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Community Welcomes Highway Marketing as Sales Representative

Rep Firm Will Cover Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas for Community

highwaymarketingHighway Marketing is a professional manufacturers’ representative firm with a 20-year history of supporting the installed sound and video marketplace in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The firm’s marketing and technical staff possesses a broad range of sales and engineering skills to service the needs of integrators, design firms and end users.

Highway Marketing makes good use of contemporary marketing tools including social media and a recently updated website. But the firm believes strongly in the “old school mentality” of building relationships with integrators, design firms and end users in its territory. To service this base, Highway marketing provides on-site training programs and product demos, sales support for dealers and experienced in-house tech support.

President Scott Baker emphasized the importance of a constant presence in the field including regular business meetings with integrators and consultants. He commented, “Community is a great addition to our line. Their products, technical support and management team are a great fit with our company and I’m excited about building Community’s brand and sales in our territory.”

Steve Young, Community’s Director, North American Sales, added, “Highway Marketing’s reputation for prompt service and strong support along with their complementary, integrator focused line card will help us achieve Community’s goal for strong growth in this territory. Highway Marketing has an excellent reputation for customer service and product knowledge. We’re very pleased to have them represent Community.”

Telephone Highway Marketing at (972) 490-0691, email Scott Baker, President, at scott@highwaymarketing.com or visit the firm’s website www.highwaymarketing.com.

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New Stadium Audio for 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

Sozopol_2Arena Sozòpol is one of the four venues that will host the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Completed in plenty of time for the championship, the 4,000 seat stadium has undergone full reconstruction with new grandstands and amenities.

Sozòpol is an attractive ancient seaside town located 35 km south of Bulgaria’s second largest city, Burgas, on the beautiful Black Sea Coast. It is one of the country’s major seaside resorts, internationally known for the Apollonia art and film festival.

Burgas based Pro Audio Ltd was commissioned to design and install the audio for the new stadium. Stanislav Petrov, Managing Director of Pro Audio explained their design, “High intelligibility, even coverage and good sound levels with headroom were all main criteria, so Community’s R SERIES were the natural first choice. Their accurate dispersion also avoids unnecessary overspill in the vicinity of the stadium and their all-weather reliability is second to none.”

The project was accomplished in two stages, as each of the new grandstands was built. Eight Community R.5’s were used for the main stand, with two R2’s covering the playing field. In phase two an additional nine R.5’s were installed to provide complete coverage of the second stand.

Mixing for the system is handled by an Allen & Heath analogue console with DSP and routing via a TOA M-9000M2 with remote control units. The Community loudspeakers are powered by QSC CMX series amplifiers. The system uses a Sennheiser ew300 4-channel mic system and a TASCAM CD player provides a source for music.

Stanislav Petrov commented, “The system is loud and clear and provides excellent coverage of every seat. Visitors can enjoy themselves, comfortably hearing the commentary and entertainment even when excitement is at its highest and the crowd at its loudest.”

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The Pattern Control of Danley Unleashes Clarity and Musicality at Northern Colorado Cowboy Church

CowboyChurch_Exterior1LUCERNE, COLORADO – MARCH 2015: Northern Colorado Cowboy Church, or N3C for short, is located in a former restaurant building in Lucerne, Colorado. Although a large number of cowboy boots walk through the door every Sunday, N3C is open to everyone. The “Cowboy” in its name reflects the church’s down-to-earth attitude. As one might guess, services at N3C are lively and contemporary, with high-energy music complementing colorful sermons. Although the church originally moved into the converted restaurant with a homegrown PA-on-sticks, N3C aspired to something with much greater musical impact and intelligibility to cover its five-hundred-plus seats. Local integration firm Audio Video Colorado designed and installed a new system centered on two Danley Sound Labs SM-60F full-range loudspeakers. Their excellent pattern control energizes the crowd without energizing the walls, which – as those of a former restaurant – were never designed to do good things with high-volume sound.

“They had a lot of complaints about intelligibility and the overall quality of the sound of the home-grown PA,” said Jeff Brotherston, president and design engineer at AV Colorado. “It was very uneven. The space itself is unique and difficult to cover. The room is roughly shaped like a stubby capital ‘L’, with the stage tucked into the corner that faces both segments of the ‘L’. To do it justice, we had to get surgical with the coverage pattern, and that’s what Danley is known for. With help from the technical staff at Danley, we designed a simple system that would provide perfect coverage.

CowboyChurch_Exterior2The rest of the system was in need of an upgrade as well. Brotherston cleaned up N3C’s wireless with an RFvenue Diversity Fin Antenna and gave them a new Soundcraft digital console with a Dante-networked 16-channel stage box. New Xilica processing and Crown amplification provide a worthy front-end for the Danley system. Each Danley SM-60F covers a separate segment of the room’s “L” shape. In addition, a Danley SH-Mini on delay covers an area of seats behind a support beam that blocks coverage from the main loudspeakers, and two JBL CBT-series loudspeakers provide fill for the first few rows.

“We really appreciated the help we received from Danley on the front end design,” said Brotherston. “Once we had the system in place, we called on Robert Langlois of Second Opinion Audio to tune it to perfection. All in all, it was a great team effort. The church and its congregation are very pleased with the upgrade. It gave them the musical impact and intelligibility they were missing in the old system.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS
Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

Blackburn College Revamps Auditorium with Danley Sound Labs Loudspeakers and Subwoofers

BlackburnCollege_AuditoriumCARLINVILLE, ILLINOIS: Located in the rural Illinois town of Carlinville, Blackburn College serves six hundred undergraduates. Its unique work program keeps costs low and campus community involvement high by employing students in a range of non-traditional student jobs under the direction of professionals, for nine of the campus’s sixteen buildings. A recent $3 million upgrade to the 430-seat Bothwell Auditorium continued that tradition, with the student construction crew providing much of the labor. Amid a range of new infrastructure is a new sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, which provide exceptional fidelity and pattern control.

“The old system was original to the building, which was constructed in the 1970s,” explained Ryan Winstead, sales design consultant with Advanced Audio and Lighting Systems (AALS) of Peoria, Illinois. “Their tech staff had a hard time making things sound good, and they had an especially hard time keeping stage mics from feeding back during theater productions. Part of our upgrade included a new Yamaha QL5-65 console, which scales functionality to the expertise of the operator. Accommodating different proficiencies was an important part of the upgrade.”

BlackburnCollege_SpeakerCloseup“Giving them much better pattern control was critical to the success of this installation, both in terms of keeping on-stage volume low and in terms of minimizing side and back wall-reflections to maintain fidelity and intelligibility,” said Winstead. “They also wanted stereo coverage, which would be useful for musical and theatrical performances and essential for movie presentations. Based on past experience, I knew Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers would give us the pattern control we needed with fidelity that would more than measure up to their expectations. I also knew that Danley subwoofers would provide excellent low-end support.”

To each sidewall, Winstead and his crew attached matching clusters composed of a Danley SH-46 at the top for principle coverage, a Danley SM-60 for downfill, and a Danley TH-115 subwoofer. Powersoft Duecanali 5204 amplifiers with integrated AESOP DSP provide power and modest processing for the system. The fact that all of the Danley boxes use passive crossovers minimized the number of necessary amplifier channels, which helped keep the project on budget.

In addition, AALS gave Bothwell Auditorium two Danley SM-100 low-profile loudspeakers for use as stage monitors, with plans for two more as funding permits. A Powersoft M50Q provides the necessary power. “Again, Danley’s well-known pattern control makes the SM-100 an excellent stage monitor,” said Winstead. “That, and its low profile. It has an inspiring sound and it doesn’t take up a lot of visual real estate.”

Blackburn College will celebrate the completion of Bothwell Auditorium’s renovation with a performance of Jim Beaver’s play Verdigris.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS
Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

The National Bank of Greece Invests in New Audio for its Landmark Building

NationalBankofGreece
The National Bank of Greece in Stadiou Street is located in the former building of the first Athens Stock Market. The beautiful neoclassical structure, has an impressive interior and many renaissance features.

Constructed in 1890, the building provides the National Bank of Greece with a cultural venue for exhibitions, events, presentations and meetings. To service this multi-purpose usage, the Bank needed audio of the highest quality and vocal intelligibility, and commissioned Athens-based Automation Broadcasting Audio Security (A.B.A.S.) to design and install the system.

Kostas Drosos of A.B.A.S. explained the challenge, “The beautiful interior is highly reverberant due to all its surfaces being very reflective, combined with the height of the room which reaches 16 meters. We needed a loudspeaker which delivered the audio quality required within a narrow vertical and wide horizontal dispersion pattern. To meet these parameters we chose Community ENTASYS ENT220 column loudspeakers. With twenty 80mm long excursion mylar LF drivers and four 3-element HF Compact Ribbon Emulators per enclosure, they gave precisely the well-behaved directivity control we needed.”

“Complete and even coverage of the room was achieved with just four ENT220’s,” continued Drosos. “Their slim profile also meant they were very discreet and aesthetically pleasing.” Each loudspeaker is driven by a separate amplifier to provide different sound levels required for the front and the mid/back spaces.
“We chose Monacor amplifiers from Germany as they had powerful processing built in for loudspeaker equalization,” commented Drosos. “With Crestron control, the system can be operated wirelessly from an iPad.” As part of the project, A.B.A.S. also installed a high quality 6,500 lumen Panasonic projector system.”

“The new audio system provides superb intelligibility and coverage,” concludes Drosos. “It sounds very natural and listeners do not hear any change in volume throughout the room, allowing them to completely relax and focus on the event they are attending.”

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Audio Clarity and Reliability for Lublin’s New Stadium

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Located in the provincial capital city of Lublin in eastern Poland, Arena Lublin is a new 15,500 seat capacity football stadium. Built on the land of a former sugar factory, the stadium’s surrounding area has been fully landscaped and is bordered by trees, with lawns to the adjacent river. Home ground to the football club Motor Lublin, the city is proud of its new landmark venue.

With unequalled experience in stadium audio in Poland, Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. was commissioned to design and install the sound for the new venue. “We designed the system based on Dynacord electronics with Dante protocol networks and Community R SERIES loudspeakers,” said Marcin Zimny, Sales Director of Tommex. “It’s a combination that gives us outstanding audio quality and proven reliability.”

The control centre of the sound system is sited in the commentary room with a Dynacord CMS 1600 mixer and Dell PC. Operating on an IRIS-Net network, full control of the audio system is provided from this location. Audio monitoring is provided on Genelec 6010A monitors and headphones. Commentary is via Sennheiser radio mics with a Sabine digital feedback eliminator. A Denon CD/MP3 player provides an audio source for recorded material.

Providing full redundancy, there are two separate amp rooms. These house the Dynacord P64 digital audio matrix manager units and the DPM 8016 digital matrix manager which incorporates the redundant network system. The system is powered by Dynacord DSA 8410 and DSA 8405 amplifiers, equipped with RCM 810 IRIS-net modules. Additional DSA 8405 amplifiers with DCS provide immediate backup if required.

The main stadium sound system comprises seventy-four Community R SERIES loudspeakers. “In addition to speech and music quality and all-weather reliability, R SERIES provides accurate dispersion with a wide range of throw and pattern options,” comments Zimny. “For Arena Lublin we achieved exceptionally even coverage of the complete 360-degree seating with fifty-two R.5-94’s, twenty R.5-66’s and two R2-474’s.”

Tommex also provided the audio for rooms and corridors within the arena with one hundred forty two loudspeakers. This included Community’s DS8 surface-mount and D4 ceiling loudspeakers. The internal system can be locally operated by two Dynacord wall-mounted mixer/controllers.

“The Arena Lublin system delivers the experience fans would expect from a new world-class facility,” concludes Zimny. “Intelligibility is easily maintained above the roar of the crowd, delivering entertainment and safety. With an outstanding venue and clear audio, they can really enjoy football.”

Canterbury Church Gains Invisible Intelligibility with Renkus-Heinz Iconyx

 Mountain Brook, AL – March 2015…  Established in 1950, Canterbury UMC has grown to embrace both traditional and contemporary worship styles, with separate sanctuaries for each on its Mountain Brook, Alabama campus. Recently, the church engaged Twist Technology of nearby Birmingham to address its ongoing issues with intelligibility of the spoken word in the main (traditional) sanctuary.

For Twist CEO Lynn McCroskey, there were two challenges to be overcome in this design/build project. “First, we had to create articulation in an extremely reverberant environment,” he explains. “At the same time, aesthetics was a primary concern. This is a beautiful worship space, and they did not want to see a big speaker cluster or anything like that.”

Two Iconyx IC24-R-II digitally steerable column arrays cover the entire room, delivering advanced digital beam steering to direct the sound to the seating areas, and away from the side walls, balcony facings, and other reflective surfaces. And the Iconyx slim, low-profile design enabled Twist to create a system that sounded great, with minimal visual impact.

 “The IC24 column is 10 feet tall, but only about six inches wide, so it’s really more like an architectural element than a loudspeaker,” says McCroskey. “It’s designed to be flush-mounted to the walls, so there is no interference with the congregation’s sightlines. With the precision color-matched paint job, they really just look like part of the building. Most people don’t even realize that there are two 10-foot tall speaker columns behind the altar. The church elders are very pleased and impressed.”

Iconyx steered beam technology enabled Twist Technology to meet Canterbury’s seemingly conflicting goals of preserving the sanctuary’s big sound while creating exceptional intelligibility. “We’ve used the Iconyx successfully in several architecturally sensitive installations,” McCroskey reports. “The directional control is a huge help with articulation, and really helps control reverberation. For a large space like this, with high, vaulted ceilings, a balcony, and hard surfaces everywhere, beam steering is the perfect solution. The pipe organ and choir music still soars, but now the spoken word can be clearly understood from every seat.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

AV Concepts Pushes Envelope with Dante Media Networking for Live Event Production

PORTLAND, OR – February 26, 2015 – AV Concepts, an experiential marketing partner focused on delivering creative and technical event solutions, has integrated Dante networking into its production and event systems to cost-effectively migrate its audio infrastructure to a networked routing and distribution environment. The transition to Audinate’s Dante solution, in combination with AV Concepts’ investment in fiber optic systems, enables AV Concepts to set up its networked audio architecture in 30 to 45 minutes, compared to the six-to-eight hours typically spent deploying a legacy audio system.

Delivering best-in-class audio solutions continues to be a key focus for AV Concepts as the company evolves its strategy to effectively deliver cutting-edge creative and technical staging services. The need to deliver more audio channels at higher quality influenced the company to evaluate various media networking solutions available today. Seeking a solution to simplify infrastructure with flexibility to scale for event size, AV Concepts quickly focused on building a new system based on Dante. The company’s first Dante networking solution was such a success that they are in the process of building a second Dante production system.

“We are winning new business because of Dante,” said Jason Thiele, Audio Systems Engineer at AV Concepts. “Engineers want to work with innovative new technology, and our research and experience has proven Dante to be our best choice as a standard networking solution.”

On average, AV Concepts utilizes 180 routed channels per event. For Thiele, the headaches of the analog universe almost always tied to configuration and troubleshooting – headaches that quickly escalated and consumed far too much of their customers’ valuable time on show site. Thiele and his colleagues carefully compared Dante and several additional networking solutions but found the others underwhelming.

“We found that most of these systems were about putting a box on each end to move audio, and we wanted a more flexible system,” explained Thiele. “We wanted a turnkey system that could send as many channels as we wanted across a network and covered the entire chain, right up to the PA system. We recognized the benefits of Dante after Yamaha launched its CL console series, and we quickly redesigned our entire infrastructure to be Dante across the board. With fiber connections and Cisco layer 3 managed switches, we can easily route whatever we need to, wherever we need to go. And we can quickly make changes to scale the network for events of any size.”

That flexibility has been a major benefit of the Dante transition according to Thiele, given the drastic reduction in installation time, labor and complexity he and his team have experienced.

“With the new Dante Controller, we send the network template to the front of house (FOH) crew so they can pull up our configuration,” said Thiele. “The Dante channels automatically correspond to the devices on the network. Additionally, when they load a USB stick into their console, it readily
looks for the device and a specific Dante channel. Once everything is plugged in and turned on, the signals are automatically routed. There is no more worrying about a patch list from the FOH team.”

Today, an AV Concepts event experience incorporates multiple Shure ULXD4Q wireless microphones, five Extron DMP128 digital matrix systems, two Yamaha Rio I/O stageboxes, and a Yamaha CL5 console with two additional Yamaha MY16-AUD cards. The infrastructure also includes 45 Dante Virtual Soundcards to enable audio networking from computing platforms, giving the AV Concepts team additional flexibility with bringing audio signals onto the network.

Because of Dante’s flexibility, AV Concepts can take advantage of a number of improvements and benefits in preparation for and during events. The team can also easily add or drop microphones and stageboxes from their Dante network depending on event needs. And the days of having to pinpoint cable issues or address latency concerns during the show are in the past.

“We have the highest-quality standards for our customers,” said Thiele. “The noise floor and signal latency on all of our Dante devices is virtually non-existent. However, the flexibility and scalability are the main benefits. We see other companies that have a console and a couple of Rio racks, but we have found that there are much bigger possibilities with the power of Dante networking. In fact, we have had several competitor companies come to our shop to look at our setup and rig, and they’ve all been amazed at the sophistication and advantages of our system.” As for the true test adds Thiele, “You just need to look at our customer satisfaction to tell the story.”

About AV Concepts
AV Concepts partners with brands, their experiential marketing agencies, and production partners to deliver creative and technical event solutions. We offer a collaborative, in-house approach for general sessions, keynote productions and experiential marketing activations including creative, engineering, technology and staging. From intimate events to large user conferences, we grow and evolve with our clients as their needs adapt and change. And we’re always pushing the envelope, leveraging new technologies, or inventing our own, to ensure we’re creating immersive experiences that dazzle audiences and drive business results. Visit www.avconcepts.com to learn how we can partner with you on your next event or connect with us @avconceptsinc or on LinkedIn.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and the dominant networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante and Dante Via are trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

StoreStreams to Offer Turnkey In-Store Radio to Businesses

Integrated solution removes the headaches of procuring content and licensing, while simplifying deployments and operation through a fully networked system

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, February 24, 2015 — The in-store radio architecture is typically a patchwork of systems and components from different sources to deliver music and advertising to businesses, with challenging scenarios for licensing music and audio content. The formation of StoreStreams aims to simplify the launch and management of a multi-site in-store radio system, cleanly integrating IT network infrastructure with audio players—and providing the content, licensing and user interface to ensure a unified and profitable service.

StoreStreams Data Center

StoreStreams brings together the music catalog and network intelligence of XYZ Stream Hosting, a specialist in live, multiplatform content delivery; with end point hardware supplied through LineQ, a distributor specializing in networked AV equipment. LineQ will supply Ecler Sound amplifiers, Cornered Sound loudspeakers and media players from Barix, an IP audio pioneer with hundreds of thousands of hardware players in deployment worldwide. Furthermore, the service operates on a contract-free, month-to-month basis for maximum operational flexibility.

The StoreStreams service will focus specifically on streaming content to network operators and retail businesses that want a wide selection of music channels, without the headaches of procuring and licensing content. A clean and intuitive interface will allow curators and program managers to build playlists and manage content with ease. Included within the management application is the ability to structure and schedule ad placement, station ID’s and promotional material. For resellers and integrators, the complete integrated package minimizes components and eliminates installation headaches, further accelerating deployments.

Perhaps above all, the reliability of the cloud-based, redundant streaming architecture will ensure a live, branded streaming service with high availability for networks of any scale—ensuring a dynamic, high-quality and uninterrupted in-store radio experience.

“Utilizing 21 data centers, StoreStreams serves retail businesses nationwide with hyper-regionalized content and customized services directly from the data center closest to each business location,” said Charles Odom, vice president of marketing, StoreStreams. “And through our multichannel music library and licensing agreements, our customers will have access to the most up-to-date content with full legality.”

Will Schmidt, vice president of sales for LineQ, adds that packaging the content and licensing into an integrated solution with streaming, content management, and end point tools also makes StoreStreams an ideal platform for content curators. By including content and licensing, curators can manage audio programming for retail businesses without getting involved in the legal aspects of the in-store media business.

“By aligning everything under one management system and offering comfortable month-to-month contracts, StoreStreams and LineQ have a recipe for anyone to succeed at in-store radio,” said Schmidt, adding that the entire solution is engineered to deliver an absorbing retail customer experience. “The placement of the servers and optimization of end points for consistency in live streaming is all designed to provide superior performance. This is a service that is built to satisfy customers for the long haul.”

LineQ is currently offering six months of free service with the purchase of an endpoint device, such as the Barix Exstreamer—the device that receives, decodes and plays out audio content inside stores. The complete solution will be available by end of February.

About StoreStreams
StoreStreams is the turnkey in-store audio solution that integrates seamlessly within retail environments, providing access to a wide-ranging music catalog that complements the atmosphere of any business. Founded by musicians and music lovers, StoreStreams creates customized, branded radio channels that remove the elevator music stigma, and is driven by technology that ensures the highest quality sound. StoreStreams also ensures the highest possible uptime for live streaming services without interruption through its regionalized, redundant server environments, offering reliable and scalable services for both the single retail storefront and large business networks with thousands of locations.

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Renkus-Heinz Helps Conquer Audio Challenges in Canadian Museum for Human Rights

 Winnipeg, Manitoba – February 2015… With a portfolio that includes high-profile museums, performing arts centers, corporate settings, and high-end residential theaters, Milford, CT-based SH Acoustics has gained a well-earned reputation in the rarefied world of sound design for some of the world’s most challenging acoustical spaces. For the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the combination of open architecture, reflective surfaces, and a plethora of multimedia-based exhibits made the firm the preferred choice as acoustic and audio design consultant.

SH Acoustics President and Principal Consultant Steve Haas was invigorated by the challenges the museum presented. “What makes this building unique is the open nature of the architecture,” he explains. “The walls and ceilings rarely meet, and there are few if any right angles. There are literally no doors in the galleries. Even the glass exhibit walls are unique, with open, overlapping ‘shards’ instead of a flat surface. To achieve focused sound in the exhibits and galleries and, more importantly, to control it, required a lot of specific audio gear, acoustical treatments, and careful planning and calibration.”

Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers and steerable array systems proved to be a key tool in realizing the promise and goals of the museum space. “I have had great success with Renkus-Heinz in similarly challenging spaces, especially their Iconyx arrays,” says Haas. “The pattern control and fidelity they offer are ideal for applications like this, which require working closely with architects, engineers and AV designers to deliver the intended sound without bleeding throughout the exhibit galleries.”

Haas cited the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as among the Company’s more challenging recent projects. While the ten main galleries are spread throughout the building’s seven levels, each floor is acoustically coupled to at least several others, with open architecture, reflective glass walls, and oddly-placed criss-crossing ramps connecting and passing through all the galleries. SH Acoustics worked with Electrosonic, a US-based international AV integration firm, and over a dozen media producers from all around the world, to ensure its sound designs would translate accurately to the museum space.

“We used a lot of different techniques to coordinate between the acoustics and audio,” says Haas. “Some were very localized and focused, while other spaces needed a widespread soundscape. In the mini-theater settings, Renkus-Heinz gear was involved in a big way. We used the TRX and CF Series speakers, some with PN112 subwoofers, as primary front delivery speakers behind the screen, because we’ve come to know the preciseness of their radiation pattern.”

For some of the wider theaters, off-axis response naturally became an issue, again with a Renkus-Heinz solution. On the upper level, the “Canadian Journey” gallery utilizes two IC16-R-II digitally steerable line arrays, augmented by PN Series subwoofers. “The Canadian Journey contains dozens of local media experiences, but comes alive each hour with a sound and light show projected on large screens, plus a powerful presentation with live actors,” explains Haas. “The Iconyx digital beam steering makes it easy to transition between the two programs.”

 The mechanically steerable Iconyx IC7 series also found a unique use in the museum’s primary gallery for the multimedia presentation, “What are Human Rights?” Haas explains the challenge: “The screen and seating area are roughly 90 feet wide, with multiple video projectors. We needed low-level localization of sound to cover that very wide bench in a very precise way.” The solution was to use four IC7-II mechanically steered arrays, aimed from above complemented with compact subwoofers embedded in the bench itself and a series of seven TRX speakers behind the large scrim. This provided full-range, focused sound to listeners, while still localizing back to the images on the screen. Strategies like this also helped to avoid interfering with the building’s ceiling speakers, which are required for paging.

Designed by acclaimed architect Antoine Predock and Exhibit Designer, Ralph Appelbaum, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened on September 19, 2014 to outstanding reviews. For SH Acoustics, it was another in a long line of acoustical challenges met and conquered. “It’s quite an ingenious design – one of the most fascinating buildings I’ve ever been in,” says Steve Haas. “With both large theaters and small interactive displays in an open acoustic environment, you really have to play with the laws of physics to make it all work together. But with tools like the Renkus-Heinz speakers we’ve come to rely on, it really came together nicely. Everyone is extremely pleased.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

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