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Casino Lounge Upgrades with New Yamaha CIS Series

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Already outfitted with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems equipment, Tulalip Casino Resort in Tulalip, Washington recently upgraded its Destinations Lounge audio system with the new Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) product line. The system includes one MTX3 processor, two XMV4280 amplifiers, six VXS8 speakers, 16 VSC8W speakers, and two VXS10SW subs, all purchased on the recommendation of Clarity Media Group (CMG), Lake Oswego, Oregon.

“We decided to use the Yamaha CIS products primarily based on the sound quality of the demo units we listened to, states Travis Cibolski, co-owner and system designer, CMG. We also appreciated the system’s ability to integrate with the existing infrastructure to offer simple operation for our customer.”

Cibolski said CMG wanted to create a relaxing and high-end environment in the Destination Lounge. The audio is accompanied by a 4K Atmosphere video system displaying music being played by the artists, a mix of music videos, “mood” music which contains pictures of nature, cityscapes, etc. with music, and “digital karaoke” style scene with a live band covering songs. Each band member is played on a different TV appearing on four HD screens. For this reason, stereo in every seat was a must. The wide dispersion of the Yamaha CIS speakers allowed us to do this without cluttering the ceiling with lots of speakers. Surface mounted speakers are used for the entry and placed between suspended ceiling panels. The Yamaha speakers are compact enough to be completely hidden, offering pleasing sound with a low visual impact.”

“We knew that this system needed to be high end and sound crystal clear at all listening levels, while maintaining the aesthetics of the space,” states Aaron Jackson, Audio Visual Technical Engineer, at Tulalip Casino. “I fell in love with Yamaha products after CMG installed a head-to-toe Yamaha/NEXO system in the Canoes Cabaret, our live music venue. Our Destinations Lounge system sounds amazing through the entire spectrum and has beautifully uniform coverage in every seat. We have come to expect that when we buy a Yamaha product; it’s going to work, it’s going to look great, and it’s going to sound amazing. Bottom line for us is, Yamaha has struck the perfect balance of price and quality.”

The Yamaha CIS product offerings have been created specifically for installed sound market applications where there may not be an experienced audio operator running the system; for example, restaurants, retail outlets, public address systems within the transportation industry, convention centers, hotel ballrooms.

For more information on Clarity Media Group, visit www.claritymediagroup.net.

For more information on the Destinations Lounge at Tulalip Casino, visit www.tulalipresortcasino.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CIS Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Martin Audio MLA Compact Unites Redemption Church

Gilbert, AZ––When Redemption Church recently committed to an expansion and retrofit of their multipurpose worship and conference center, they wanted an audio, video and lighting system that would provide a truly meaningful experience for each one of their members.

The first challenge was the center itself, formed from an irregularly shaped room caused by a large extension designed to redefine the space without negatively impacting the original. Measuring about 180 feet wide by 60 feet deep, it was hardly ideal for reproducing sound, representing a very real challenge for any audio system.

Fortunately, church member Jim Jorgensen was an experienced audio engineer who had a close relationship with Redemption Lead Pastor Tim Maughan. Because Jorgensen had worked for leading audio providers and Martin Audio as a product support specialist, he was a logical choice as a consultant for this project.

When Maughan set out to find the ideal system for the new center, “Jim was the first person I called because he’d done the previous install in our chapel using Martin Audio W8LM line arrays. I didn’t want to do anything without knowing what he was thinking, because churches invariably have rooms with certain acoustic problems and typically there’s not a lot of work done to make them sound better.

“I wanted the new worship center to sound as good as it could be,” Tim continues. “Jim’s first recommendation was the new Martin Audio MLA Compact system which he thought would be ideal for us because of its coverage and control. So we began to talk about it to confirm what I needed from the system. It had to do both music reproduction really well and the spoken word with absolute clarity. Most of the church systems do one or the other, but rarely do both.

“Once I realized what it could do—and I trust Jim––I went to the team I work with and told them the investment in MLA Compact was worth it because we had to replace the sound equipment in every church building we’ve ever been a part of at least two or three times, so it’s more than worth bumping up the budget to get the system that we needed and would last for a long time.”

After a yearlong fundraising effort, Redemption purchased the MLA Compact system from On Stage Audio, a certified MLA installation partner. The actual audio setup consists of 12 MLA Compact enclosures hung in left, center, right hangs of four boxes each with two MLX subwoofers mounted under the platform stage at the outer corners. The system is completed by Martin Audio Merlin Controllers for loudspeaker and network management and also includes a Yamaha M7CL 48 channel mixer and a custom Whirlwind 64 channel splitter. Technical Director Tim Smith and rigger Mike “Milk” Arnold did the in-house installation.

The multi-purpose center holds up to 1000 members at each of the three services held on Sunday. Designed by debartolo architects ltd. for optimum sound, the space has walls with 4” of acoustic material covered by 1” slats of Cedar for the first eight feet. According to Jorgensen, “the room sounds drastically different above 10 feet in the air. The control and phase coherence of the MLA Compact system and predictability of the software enables them to make it sound great where the people are and decrease the energy where people aren’t.”

Much of the wall space is devoted to video with two 16-foot sections on the sides and a 28 ft. wide and 16 ft. tall screen behind the stage. The rest of the white walls are used for colored LED projections, all of which determined that the speakers had to be hung out of sight high up in the ceiling from flying frames attached to an angle iron hanging from trussing. Martin Audio Display™ prediction software was used to determine the optimum curvature of the arrays.

“The system location actually grew out of a ‘wrestling match’ with video because everyone wanted the same space,” says Maughan, “so the challenge was finding the right location for the speakers. We’ve been fans of Martin Audio with the W8LMs and the F2s we use for a mobile outdoor system because they deliver exactly what we expect. This was a test of asking the MLA Compact system to do something for us, so putting it up in the ceiling and changing the points where it hits the audience and dialing that in worked perfectly. The sound is exactly where we need it to be, which wouldn’t happen with another cabinet.

“I have huge expectations for audio,” Tim emphasizes. “Not just to reinforce sound, but to really make it musical. In most churches that I’ve been, none of the audio they’re running does that. It’s just sound reinforcement and often sounds really harsh without much quality. The MLA system has outperformed my expectations, which is rare.

“We have bands with electric instruments, amplifiers, and live drums that run the gamut from bluegrass to rock music. I was concerned that the subs would overpower everything with that ‘wall of speaker’ type of bass sound, but we put just two MLX under the stage platform and they’re the best sounding subs I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Maughan feels audio, video and lighting is a very subjective area in any church, especially Redemption, which is moving towards a more contemporary style of worship. Pleasing every member of the congregation, from the youngest to the oldest can be a delicate balance.

As it happens, the congregation has not only accepted the upgrade, it’s united them as well: “Sound is always very challenging,” Tim concludes. “If it’s too loud or too harsh, we get a lot of comments. We have hundreds of older people in the congregation, and this is the first time we’ve done a technical upgrade where we haven’t heard one complaint about the audio. It has worked for everyone across the board and helped them experience the service in a much more meaningful and profound way.”

For more about Redemption Church, please click to www.gilbert.redemptionaz.com

For more about debartolo architects, please click to www.debartoloarchitects.com

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

By Request: HARMAN Professional Components Are Installed In Houston’s New Indian Pentecostal Church

HOUSTON, Texas – Indian Pentecostal Church is a newly built house of worship in Houston, Texas that opened in October. The church’s 1,079-seat auditorium features a HARMAN JBL VERTEC®, Crown and BSS Audio-based sound system that wouldn’t be out of place in a major concert venue – in fact, the church specifically requested a VERTEC line array system when planning the facility.

Andy Tyndall, Co-Owner for Whitehouse, Texas sound contractor Cross Systems Audio-Visual Services (www.crosssystems.net) noted, “The church management did a lot of research before hiring us and actually told us they wanted not just a JBL system, but a JBL VERTEC system. They knew the level of performance they wanted and were well aware of the brand’s reputation.”

Cross Systems outfitted the auditorium with nine VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements per side, along with two VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers per side and four VTX Series S28 subwoofers. Four JBL STX812M 2-way floor monitors and two PRX612M 2-way powered monitors are deployed as stage monitors, augmented by seven AC15 compact speakers as stage fills.

Six Crown Macro-Tech® i Series MA12000i amplifiers power the line arrays and subwoofers, with two Crown CTs Series CTs2000 amps and a CTs4200 driving the stage monitors and stage fills respectively. In addition to the main system, 14 JBL Control 26CT in-ceiling loudspeakers and a Crown CTs600 amplifier provide audio to the church’s foyer, nursery, boardroom and restrooms. Signal processing and networking for the entire system is handled by a BSS BLU-100 12 x 8 signal processor with digital audio bus and a BSS BLU-BOB2 break-out box.

Cross Systems went with the VERTEC VT4886 line arrays because in Tyndall’s experience they have “a ton of headroom” and deliver the dynamic range necessary for a church service with live music in a larger space. Tyndall chose the Crown amps because of their high power output, outstanding reliability and the fact that they work hand in glove with VERTEC line arrays. “More importantly, the Crown amplifiers ensure we’re getting the most out of the JBL VERTEC system.” The Crown DSP presets are specifically optimized for use with VERTEC (and other JBL) loudspeakers and provide optimized frequency and phase response, horizontal coverage and other sonic advantages and enabled Tyndall and his crew to more precisely tailor the performance of the speakers to the auditorium’s acoustics.

In addition to providing sound reinforcement for the pastor’s and other speakers’ voices, Indian Pentecostal Church will be using the system for amplifying a full praise band during services and special events. Tyndall was well aware the church would settle for nothing less than the best. “The clarity, power and even coverage of the system from the front to the back of the room is superb. This is a brand-new building and we wanted to make sure we got it right the first time,” he stated. “I think anyone who hears it would say we did.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Iconyx Makes it Clear at St. Rose of Lima

Simi Valley, CA — December 2013… When St. Rose of Lima was founded in 1921, the Arroyo Simi was a rural valley, sparsely populated with hardy farming families. Like much of Southern California, the area grew quickly, as did the church’s small congregation. Today, St. Rose of Lima’s bustling campus in Simi Valley is home to a 600-seat sanctuary, as well as elementary and middle schools, a meeting hall, offices and other community facilities.

The sanctuary recently underwent a major renovation, and the result is a spacious, ornate but tasteful and unassuming space, with high peaked ceilings, stained glass windows, and hardwood pews. But the new sanctuary’s angular architecture and an abundance of smooth, reflective surfaces has created new challenges.

“The new space looks great, but it’s a far more reflective and reverberant environment now,” says Ken Buckowski of Burbank, CA-based Studio Spectrum. “The old sound system would have been problematic, both functionally and aesthetically.”

Studio Spectrum recommended a pair of Iconyx digitally steered line array systems to replace the existing system. A single IC32-R-II column is mounted on either side of the proscenium, with multiple sound beams steering sound away from walls and windows, and toward the congregants in the pews.

“They were very concerned with the aesthetics of the space, and didn’t want to see a room full of speakers anymore,” says Buckowski. “The Iconyx has such a slim, low profile design, they pretty much blend in with the architecture. Most of the people didn’t even notice them.”

The renovation also included opening additional seating to the left and right of the existing pews. “The side wings have much lower ceilings, and our original thought was to put additional speakers in there to fill that zone,” says Buckowski. “But the Iconyx enabled us to steer sound directly into that space, so we didn’t need anything else.”

Buckowski concludes, “Iconyx was the perfect solution for this space. Coverage and intelligibility are consistent to every seat in the house, and it blends perfectly with the sanctuary’s architecture. We went from having a room full of speakers to just two. They love the way it looks and the way it sounds.”

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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.

 

Preston Soper Wins Audio System Tech Of The Year Award

Jim Brammer & Preston Soper


Preston Soper was recently honored as Audio System Tech of the Year at the Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas, NV.

Soper, who works with Special Event Services (SES) as lead system tech for the Zac Brown Band, has worked in audio since the early 90s as a driver, live and recording engineer and installation technician with a variety of leading production companies, studios, installers and live venues. In addition to Zac Brown, Preston has toured with the Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer Ministries, Delirious, Govt Mule, Supertramp, Lynyrd Skynyrd and other leading artists.

Asked how he felt about winning the prestigious Parnelli Award, Preston responded, “Recognition by ones peers is a compliment that is rivaled only by acknowledgment from one’s clients. I deeply appreciate and feel honored to be one of the Parnelli award winners. Throughout my life in audio, I’ve been lucky to work with people who are so inspired, talented, and skilled, that I try to take something from them and carry those lessons forward in my own work. Without those who took the time to share their insights, I wouldn’t have been in a position to be nominated or win this award.”

Preston also had kind words for his colleagues at SES and the Martin Audio MLA system used for Zac Brown: “I would also like to express my gratitude for the guidance of Jim Brammer, Jason Farah, and the SES team during my tenure there that has allowed me to grow as an engineer while designing and deploying audio systems for a broad range of clients. Special Event Services’ commitment to MLA as an early network partner and their continued investment in this leading edge technology has helped us provide well-deployed systems, scalable to the different venue types and events with consistent results at every stop on the ZBB tour.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

Michael Prager Named Director of U.S. Sales For ADAM Audio


Hicksville, NY––ADAM Audio USA is pleased to announce that it has named Michael Prager as Director of U.S. Sales. In this new capacity, Michael will be responsible for all sales activity including direct accounts and sales representatives, as well as overseeing the marketing for ADAM’s Professional line.

A respected industry expert, Prager has been professionally involved with music and recording technology for over fifteen years, most recently for seven years as Recording Buyer at Guitar Center.

Prior to Guitar Center, Michael worked with leading brands such as Cakewalk, Steinberg, Disney Interactive, Spectrasonics, Q Up Arts and Sony Classical, as well as the Columbia College of Hollywood, CA and Keyboard Magazine. He has also authored several popular books and CDs on recording software and hardware for Cengage Learning.

Commenting on Prager’s appointment, ADAM Audio USA President Roger Fortier said, “We are proud to have Michael Prager on board as the head of our U.S. sales team. He comes to us with extensive and varied experience in the market that will enable us to grow to new levels in the future. Michael’s insights, energy and exceptional focus have been evident from his first day, and we look forward to building the brand with him for many years to come.”

For more information about ADAM Audio USA, please call 516.681.0690, or click to www.adam-audio.com

About ADAM Audio
ADAM Audio is a leading manufacturer of loudspeakers for Professional Audio and the HIFI market. Founded in 1999 in Berlin, Germany, the company‘s loudspeakers have set the highest standards around the world for accurate monitoring and natural sound reproduction. ADAM’s widely varied product lines include everything from professional studio monitors (SX, AX, and F series), to Multimedia and Home Theater/Installation loudspeakers (ARTist and GTC range), to high-end home entertainment models (Classic and Tensor series). The trademark all ADAM models have in common is the proprietary X-ART tweeter. Handmade in Berlin, Germany, it performs with a nearly flat frequency response extending up to 50 kHz.

Martin Audio OmniLine Meets Challenges Of Essex University Lecture Theater


A Martin Audio OmniLine system was recently installed in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (ICLH) at Essex University. Supplied by LMC Audio and installed by Scan Audio, the micro-line array system was identified as the ideal solution for the application from the word go.

The decision was endorsed by Tessa Rogowski, Head of Customer Services––Information Systems at Essex University. “I first saw the product at ISE and spoke with technical staff from Martin Audio about the specific problems we have with the 1,000 seat lecture theater, namely hard surfaces and the fact that the only place to hang speakers was behind the microphones, causing problems with feedback.”

Tessa continues, “There was no question in my mind that this needed to be solved once and for all. Martin Audio were the first people who actually appeared to understand my problems, and had the technology to ensure that the installation would be carried out correctly, the first time.”

The resulting OmniLine sale of 64 elements was handled by LMC Audio London, where Technical Sales Supervisor, Sam Simon-Norris, oversaw the project.

Following an initial visit from Martin Audio’s Peter Child to discuss OmniLine, it quickly became obvious to him that this was the perfect system to install at the ICLH. “With fantastic sound and sleek styling, I could see that it would complement the contemporary nature of the building brilliantly,” Simon-Norris stated.

The OmniLine system will primarily be used for voice amplification in the theater, which is used for high profile graduation ceremonies, conferences and lectures. However, a further challenge is that the theater can also split into two self-contained 500-seat spaces when the positioning of the speakers would automatically change, since they are hung on the walls that would move during the transformation.

Nigel Meddemmen, Martin Audio sales support, addressed the challenge by carrying out venue predictions as an accurate 2D slice using the OmniLine software. The calculations enabled him to position the arrays to ensure best possible response and generate the required rigging, inter-module angles and equalization. These peculiar challenges, he noted, “Actually made OmniLine an excellent choice.”

Other challenges included the use of a variety of microphones in front of the PA system, including tricky omnidirectional lavalier mics, which tend to be favored by university lecturers—plus the insistence on wall-mounting the arrays since the roof structure had not been rated for a flown system.

The biggest problem, however, was the fact that the rear walls of the hall move, splitting the auditorium via a central removable divide when it needs to open up. A total of four OmniLine arrays were specified to cover each of the two sides, yet maintain pattern control across exactly the same area when the room is functioning as a single large space. However, the front wall in each of the two halves is hinged, and when moved backwards, it would swing the outside arrays inward to leave gaps in the coverage at the sides while producing a troublesome coverage overlap in the center between the two ‘inner’ arrays.

The solution was to fix the vertical coverage of the arrays while leaving a degree of play in the horizontal alignment, which would normally be tightened off once commissioned to prevent any movement. An ‘angle stop’ system was therefore designed to slot behind the standard OmniLine wall mount brackets, to make it easy to accurately reposition the arrays when the room configuration changes.

Summarizes Sam Simon-Norris, “Nigel’s solution for overcoming the two-zone problem was as ingenious as it was practical, utilizing an additional bracket to allow the arrays to be swung from one position to another, giving optimum coverage in both modes. This really was a breakthrough for the project, and left us with no doubts that this system would be the perfect choice for the ICLH.”

For the installation itself, Simon-Norris chose long-standing LMC Audio client Scan Audio to carry out the work. The company’s MD, William (Dee) Couchman comments, “We have worked with LMC since the early 1990’s and have always been well supported with great product selection, support and demonstration equipment when needed. We had previously worked successfully together on projects for other educational institutions, and while the University of Essex was new to us, the project looked particularly interesting and we were keen to try out the new compact OmniLine system.”

The installation itself was carried out over four days, including one day to decommission the existing large custom column speakers and a small line array.

Couchman confirmed, “The main challenges included fitting the four line arrays of 16 OmniLine modules to the two large moveable projection walls. The tops of the arrays were only a few inches beneath the stage ceiling area so we used specialized hoist equipment to precisely move these into position above the supporting brackets while avoiding damage to the projection surface.

“The setting provided by the design software required only minor adjustment to produce a clear intelligible sound for this mainly speech-based reinforcement system,” he continued. “Music reproduction was surprisingly full range from such a compact line array, which blended very well with the interior of the hall.”

Nigel Meddemmen also confirmed that OmniLine had proven to be an excellent choice for this application. In addition to solving the University’s sound problems he notes that OmniLine is also visually unobtrusive, the curved lines and neutral grey color helping the system to blend, and not detract from the focus of the venue, in this case the university lecturers.

All of which is a source of great satisfaction for Tessa Rogowski. “It is exactly what I was hoping for,” she said. “Clear vocal reproduction even at the back of the hall in the seats positioned immediately in front of a significantly noisy HVAC outlet. And there is no feedback.

“From those with experience of the previously appalling sound, when they entered the room this time and we turned on the volume, they universally walked round the hall with silly grins on their faces. Sad though this is, we don’t get compliments, we have just stopped getting complaints—and trust me this makes it more than worthwhile.

“As for the installation process. I was most impressed. We could only give the installation team the smallest time frame to undertake the work—as the hall is booked at least six months in advance—and despite this all the work was completed on time.”

But the final word comes from Sam Simon-Norris. “This is just the sort of application for which OmniLine was designed and feedback from the university staff suggests that it has met and exceeded the initial brief on all counts.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Renkus-Heinz Powers Top French TV Station’s Presentations

Paris, France – December 2013…State-owned French radio and television broadcaster France Télévisions Publicité is one of the of the largest journalistic organizations in France, and as a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1950, one of the longest-standing. The station’s Paris studio recently installed a Renkus-Heinz loudspeaker system for its screening and presentation room.

Created by sound designer Terry Nelson of Switzerland-based Studio Equipment company, the new loudspeakers were installed by the studio’s technical director Christophe Scherrer and head of technology Toni Livaudais as a dedicated speech system, replacing the studio’s previous arrangement of running podium presentation microphones through the room’s surround loudspeaker system.

“It was always a problematic arrangement,” says Nelson. “There were constant problems with feedback, and the podium itself has a strong acoustic resonance. But the aesthetics of a new system were also very important. They wanted a discrete but very clear-sounding audio system that would also deal with the room’s acoustical issues.”

A nice pair copy 2Nelson initially specified two compact Renkus-Heinz TRX61 complex conic systems to be mounted on the opposing surfaces of a pillar at the entrance to the room: one to the side of the screen and facing into the room and another for an ‘overspill’ seating area to stage right. The team also upgraded the existing loudspeaker processor to a Klark Teknik DN9848 to serve both the screen system and the new speech system.

“The TRX61s are ideally suited for this installation,” says Nelson. “Their coverage is nicely focused, and they blend in well with the room. People have commented on their very natural sound, especially with voices. This was especially important, as the station has to deal with all kinds of presenters and interviewees, both professional and inexperienced.”

Nelson reports the client was quite happy with just two TRX61s but later requested an additional two speakers to broaden the coverage. “It’s a small project but we think of it as quite a success story, especially as Toni is a total sound fanatic.”

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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.

DBS Productions Relies On Martin Audio For Miami Carnival

Machel Montano, King of Soca


Drummer Boy Sound Productions recently used different configurations of its Martin Audio W8LM system for a series of concerts by Machel Montano, the world’s leading exponent of Soca, at the Miami Carnival celebration.

According to Drummer Boy Sound CEO Harold Cummings, promoter David Fredericks of Islands United approached his company to handle full production––backline, sound, staging and lighting––for the first time. “David decided to give us a try and when we came in with the smaller Martin Audio W8LMs,” Harold recalls, “he didn’t think the boxes were big enough. They’d used a production company with larger format loudspeakers last time out, and he was totally blown away when he heard the W8LMs. Not just the coverage and volume, but the sound quality and control as well.”

The Miami Festival event consisted of three concerts in totally different venues, necessitating specific setups for each. Day one was a special “Girl Power” concert targeted for women at the Miami Airport Convention Center. A smaller site with ceilings only 14 ft. high, the theater presented several challenges. “Because the ceilings were so low, we couldn’t fly the full rig,” says Harold, “but we still needed to cover a 3,000 person space and throw 200 feet, so we flew five W8LMs and four WS218X subs per side and it was more than enough sound for the room. Even with the short ceilings and below average room acoustics, the speakers sounded great.

“The second night was called ‘Fantastic Fog Friday’ based on Machel’s hit single ‘Fog’ at the Broward County Convention Center, which has 26’ foot ceilings so there was more space to play with. We used a bunch of hazers and CO2 jets to create some deep low lying fog and haze, with seven boxes a side, 10 subs and our client was extremely happy that we could get a much bigger sound without losing any clarity and coherence.”

“Rave,” held in the East parking lot of Miami’s Sunlife Stadium, was the biggest show and crown jewel of the weeklong Carnival. As Harold describes it, “The Carnival actually lasted a whole week with parties going on all over town and this concert is where everything really came together. It drew over 10,000 people, had several opening acts like the Caribbean fusion band Karma, and the headliner Montano played a two-hour set of his hit songs.

“Because it what the largest space of the three nights, we used eight W8LMs and one W8LMD (downfill) per side, two W8LMDs on the stage deck for front fill, 16 WS218X subs, Martin Audio H3+s and WMX subs for side fills, 12 LE1200 and one LE1500 stage monitors plus MA 3.0 and 9.6K amplifiers—the full Martin Audio complement!

“In terms of other gear, the FOH console was an Allen & Heath iLive T112 digital with a iDR64 rack, monitor console was a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital, processing was Ashly Protea, and the mics were all Shure. Our crew included me as FOH and System Tech, Gerald Thomas (monitors) and Matt Psarsky (stage and backline tech).”

Asked about the client and band engineer’s reaction to the system, Harold concludes, “Ryan Lynton, Montano’s production manager and FOH engineer had never used Martin Audio before and he loved it. He wasn’t sure it was going to be enough for that large a crowd, but when I fired up the W8LMs, he gave me a big smile and said ‘Wow, I didn’t know it was going to be so loud and sound this great outdoors. He said that he’d be adding it to the rider for every show going forward.

“The client Island United was more than happy and said it was the best sound and production he’d ever had doing the Rave and added that we were already hired for next year!”

For more about Drummer Boy Sound Productions, click to www.drummerboysound.com

For more about Martin Audio, click to www.martin-audio.com

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Premiere Southern California Live Music Venue Steps it Up with VARIA

Long Beach, CA – December 2013…The Gaslamp is one of Southern California’s best-known night spots, with a rich history of great entertainment and an impressively eclectic roster. On any given night, the club’s stage plays host to artists ranging from hard rock and metal to punk, acoustic, and even contemporary classical performances, as well as comedy, DJs, tribute acts, karaoke, and even televised sporting events.

The Gaslamp offers up a full kitchen, with private booths and tables as well as a bar and dance floor, making it a great place for dinner, drinks, and a night out. But as owner Mike Newfeld explains, the club’s acoustics have long been a struggle.

“It’s a very boomy room,” says Newfeld. “It’s got high ceilings, concrete floors, and just not very good sound dispersion — a lot of pockets that are dead space or too loud. The challenge has been to find a system that would deliver consistent coverage and sound good, no matter where you are in the room.”

Engineer Tony Purvis agrees. “It was really, really hard to get a good mix throughout the whole club — to achieve that ‘comfortable loud,’ where everyone can enjoy themselves, enjoy the music and the performance but still be able to hold a conversation.”

The Gaslamp recently upgraded their sound system, installing the new VARIA modular point source line array system from Renkus-Heinz. As Purvis observes, the VARIA system has completely changed the equation for the club.

“The experience that I’ve had with the new VARIA system has been just amazing,” Purvis remarks. “The design of the system has enabled complete coverage. This system makes my life easier.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the new VARIA system,” adds Newfeld. “Our customer base noticed immediately. It’s loud, clear, and clean, without blowing people away. Thanks to the new VARIA system, we are now known as the premiere live music venue in Southern California.”

 

 

 

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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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