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L-ACOUSTICS Delivers “Philly Sound” for Theatre of Living Arts

Twenty One Pilots on stage at Theatre of Living Arts (credit: Derek Brad)

Clair Brothers Audio Systems installs ARCS II rig at intimate Live Nation venue

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – December 2013 — Although the Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) was best known in previous decades as a host for art house films and campy touring Broadway shows like Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the TLA has steadily evolved into Philadelphia’s premiere small concert venue for edgy, up-and-coming artists. Owned and operated by concert promoter Live Nation, the intimate 1000-capacity club recently bumped up its production values with the addition of a new ARCS II loudspeaker system from L-ACOUSTICS. more

The World’s First Commercial Outing for Martin Audio MLA Mini


In October, Martin Audio’s MLA Mini stepped out onto the world stage in its first commercial outing, and took on one of the most challenging venues around. The event was the annual conference of the UK retail giant, SPAR, and the venue was Westpoint, otherwise known to those in the sound community as a ‘soulless shed’, just off the M5 in Exeter.

While Westpoint offers acres of space for trucks, and therefore easy load in, the venue itself, originally designed for the trading of Devon’s finest livestock, is known for having a reverberation time of at least 7 seconds. With MLA and MLA Compact having taken on and tamed some of the most challenging spaces in the globe, MLA Mini had an enviable reputation to uphold.

The pressure was further compounded because this event is a major cornerstone in the calendar of Plymouth based Pyramid AV, under the directorship of Nic Black. The production team at Pyramid have been producing events for SPAR for some years now, and there is a deep-rooted measure of trust between client and supplier of the sort that doesn’t need a new piece of technology coming along and screwing things up.

Armed with 24 brand new MLA Mini, six MSX subs and three flying frames, the challenge fell to front of house engineer, Simon Honywill and Applications Engineer for Martin Audio, Andy Davies.

The system was deployed in three hangs, with two main purposes––one was full range, intelligible coverage of speech and music for the seated conference area at one end of the hall, and the other was coverage of the entire hall for general announcements throughout an exhibition––measuring approximately 260 x 160 feet. Simon and Andy opted for an 8 deep, left/right configuration for the conference, which was flown upstage of a thrust where all presentations would take place, and a central third hang of 8, approximately 100 ft. out into the hall. The third hang was optimized to cover approximately 165 ft. to the far end of the hall, and the left/right was loaded with two optimizations, one to cover just the seated conference and the second to work with the central hang to cover the entire hall.

Did it work? Simon was enthusiastic in his praise. “I would go so far as to say that Westpoint has never sounded so good. It was actually gorgeous to behold. This little system has something that I have never heard in a small format line array before, real depth and control across the entire spectrum, and a genuine ability to throw some distance. It is warm, smooth and extremely well behaved, requiring little or no EQ on all the head mics, except for a bit of LF roll-off. There was loads of gain before feedback, and I was actually enjoying the very simple task of mixing a little playback, speech and VT––everything sat just right.”

Indeed, MLA Mini exhibited all the qualities of the ideal system for any organization involved in the corporate world. Apart from sounding really beautiful, it flies, goes on a stand, is light, small, looks really tidy and you can guarantee great coverage and masses of gain before feedback. As Simon added, “Problem voices will be a thing of the past as you can open up mics like never before, even with some of the top end conventional small format systems. I would recommend it to anybody who takes their corporate work seriously.”

Having the final word was Nic Black, who had everything to lose from this outing: “Having the Mini MLA system at Westpoint this year reaffirmed that it is possible to have beautiful sound in a challenging space. It was a great opportunity to have demonstrated the simple fact that well engineered audio can enhance the experience of the listener. We have had much positive and complimentary feedback regarding the sound and it was without doubt the best we have had.”

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

World Renowned Cathedral Gets World Class Sound with Iconyx

St. Louis, MO – November 2013… Completed in 1914, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is renowned for its breathtaking mosaic works — one of the largest in the world. Comprising more than 41.5 million pieces, and covering 83,000 square feet, the mosaics display took more than 75 years to complete, and draws visitors from throughout the world.

The 2000-seat cathedral’s architecture is as exquisite as it is acoustically challenging, capped with a massive dome that soars to 150 feet high at its center. “It’s an exceptionally challenging environment,” explains Gary Haselhorst, President of Valley Park, MO-based Cignal Systems. “There are so many concave surfaces, with 360 degrees of windows, and the dome just exacerbates everything. There’s not a soft surface in there — marble floors, hard pews — and there are transepts on either side that create even more reflections.”

Not surprisingly, the Cathedral has struggled to find a sound system that could cope with such a challenging space. “The old system was simply ineffective,” says Haselhorst. “They had about twenty 12-inch two-way cabinets around the perimeter, hung at about 30 feet in the air. There was a very fine line between enough volume and too much volume. If we brought up the direct feed too high the room would go into feedback.”

The solution presented itself in the form of Iconyx digitally steerable column arrays from Renkus-Heinz. A pair of Iconyx IC32-R-II columns are installed left and right of the altar platform. As Haselhorst explains, the Iconyx was a clear and obvious solution.

“As proof of concept, we took a single Iconyx 32 into the Cathedral, put it stage right of the altar sanctuary area, and steered the beam away from the reflective surfaces. Even with one speaker, we were miles beyond the existing sound system.”

Haselhorst adds that the 32-element column was exactly what was needed in this reflective space. “We didn’t need the SPL, but we needed the low frequency control. Below 250 Hz, the RT in that room is unmanageable.”

A second set of Iconyx IC16-R-II columns are mounted midway back in the room as delays. “We could have easily hit the back of the room with the mains, but the transepts created another issue. If we aimed the beam high enough to hit the back of the room, we were hitting the transepts too. Using the IC16 columns as a delay kept us from having to push the front elements too hard and hitting the transept walls.” Time alignment is handled within the Iconyx software. A pair of Symetrix Radius units provides additional signal processing.

The Iconyx also offered a low-profile, streamlined design that blended well with the decor. “We custom painted them to match the walls,” says Haselhorst.

The new system has made an immense difference, says Haselhorst.  “We took down twenty loudspeakers that were aimed all over the place, and replaced them with four sources that are aimed with precision. You can hear someone now as if you were talking to them ten feet away.”

Haselhorst says the best compliment was from the archbishop himself. “He said that now he can pull up his old sermons and reuse them, and this time people will be able to hear them.”

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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.

on Introduces New SoundField Wide Coverage Two-Way Ceiling Speakers

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SoundField SF 26X, a two-way ceiling speaker featuring an open back and coaxial dual driver design for use in non-plenum airspace environments. The driver complement includes a 6.5″ (16.5 cm) woofer coupled to a 3/4″ (1.9 cm) ferrofluid-cooled dome tweeter. The SF 26X provides a frequency range of 50 Hz to 20 kHz for accurate voice and detailed music reproduction. This speaker offers a nominal impedance of 8 ohms, and is engineered with a wide, uniform 110° conical coverage and uncolored off-axis response. The SF 26X features a thin-edged bezel for a refined appearance on the ceiling, and a magnetically attached grille. more

ATC ANNOUNCES ITS NEW SCM19 HI-FI PASSIVE MONITOR LOUDSPEAKERS FOR STEREO AND MULTI-CHANNEL APPLICATIONS

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Featuring ATC Designed and Built Tweeters, and New Stylish Curved Cabinets

Las Vegas, NV (November 19, 2013) – Lone Mountain Audio, the U.S. distributor for ATC, Acoustic Transducer Company Consumer Hi-Fi products announces ATC’s new Hi-Fi Passive SCM19 V2 Loudspeakers designed for medium size stereo and multi-channel applications.

The new Hi-Fi Passive closed-box SCM19 employs ATC’s new SH25-76, 25mm soft dome tweeter, updated bass/mid drivers and crossovers housed in a new curved laminated cabinet. The second generation SCM19 employs ATC’s landmark SH25-76 tweeter, developed to satisfy the company’s long-established rigor in drive unit engineering.

ATC’s SH25-76 Tweeter
Sharing technology with the renowned ATC soft domed mid-range drive unit, the new tweeter employs a unique dual suspension system suppressing rocking modes even at high power output levels. The configuration of a short edge-wound voice coil in a long, narrow magnetic gap ensures exceptionally low distortion throughout its operating band and removes the need for Ferro-fluids, which can dry out over time, compromising performance.

A complex, shaped, soft-domed diaphragm extends high frequency range and offers a smooth off-axis response. The tweeter’s 15,000 gauss (1.5 tesla) neodymium magnet has a black heat-treated top plate, which dissipates heat away from the voice coil to maintain high power handling and low power compression. A precision-machined 5.5mm rigid alloy waveguide provides optimum dispersion, a flat on-axis frequency response and resonance-free operation.

New Cabinets and Systems
Establishing what is to be a new style for ATC’s most competitively priced range of loudspeakers, and joining their new SCM7 V3 and SCM11 V2 recently announced, the new SCM19 benefit acoustically and aesthetically from a curved cabinet construction. The new cabinet design is braced and laminated for high rigidity and damping, the curved enclosures in real cherry or black ash veneer also impart a strong impression of handcrafted design quality. The systems improved crossovers feature metallized polypropylene capacitors, large air cored inductors and ceramic wire-round resistors offer superior power handling and clarity. The new model exhibits an impedance curve free from low values, presenting an easy load for amplifiers of 75 to 300 watts.

The SCM19 is designed for optimum performance with the grill in place – although the difference in performance without the grill is minimal. The metal grille, finished in anthracite grey, fixes to the cabinet via hidden magnets. According to tradition, each model number represents internal cabinet volume in liters.

Second Generation SCM19
The new ATC SH25-76 soft dome tweeter is joined with the company’s highly linear 150mm mid/bass driver. It features an integrated 75mm soft dome – exceptional for its horizontal dispersion of mid-band frequencies – and a huge 9kg high-energy, ‘Super Linear’ magnet systems, which includes a 75mm diameter flat wire, under hung voice coil, meticulously milled and formed by ATC. The magnet system and a carefully weighted doped fabric cone assembly contribute to the SCM19’s wide bandwidth, impressive dynamic range and convincing bass output coupled with very low distortion as a result of the unique ‘Super Linear’ motor system.

The new range of ATC closed-box passive loudspeakers is certain to raise the bar in performance driven bookshelf loudspeakers. Manufactured in-house, the new SCM19 offer the ownership of a hand-built ruggedly engineered speaker, world famous for musical accuracy and high power output, and are backed by ATC’s six-year warranty.

Visit Lone Mountain Audio / ATC Loudspeakers at 2014 International CES Venetian Tower, Suite 29-227.
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ABOUT LONE MOUNTAIN AUDIO / ATC U.S. – www.lonemountainaudio.com
Lone Mountain Audio is import and Distribution Company designed to be different by focusing only on products that bring “The Studio Experience” to the home. Founded by Pro Industry Veteran Brad Lunde, LMA brings extensive experience in the recording studio industry to the consumer electronic home hi fi world. Based in Las Vegas, LMA is the exclusive US Importer for ATC Loudspeakers from the UK.

ABOUT ATC, ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER COMPANY – www.atcloudspeakers.co.uk
ATC “Acoustic Engineers” was founded in 1973 by Billy Woodman, ATC is a transducer and loudspeaker manufacturer located in Stroud, Gloucester UK. ATC is a major supplier to the Recording Studio Industry world wide, with a unique product line designed to reveal more details with lower distortion than comparable designs. Nearly ever component inside an ATC handcrafted loudspeaker is engineered and manufactured in house.

Lone Mountain Audio Contact: Brad Lunde • 1 (702) 307-2727 • email: Brad@lonemountainaudio.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis • Tel: 1 (713) 665-8758 • email: roberta@robertalewis.com

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BYU Idaho Finds Discreet Solution With Martin Audio OmniLine

Brigham Young University–Idaho wanted a new sound reinforcement system for its Barrus Auditorium Concert Hall and Taylor Chapel that would provide higher quality audio without being visually intrusive.

Jon Perdue, A/V Production & Broadcast Manager for the University details the challenge: “Barrus auditorium also functioned as a chapel and the original sound system lacked clarity and wasn’t up to today’s standards in terms of quality for vocals and instrument reproduction.

“The university had authorized us to upgrade but the music department was very concerned about hanging a conventional system in the room or having ground-stacked speakers alongside the stage for feat it would look intrusive.

“I was speaking with my friend Robert Weddings at RMB Audio,” continues Perdue, “and he had been telling me about this amazing sounding and ultra-compact OmniLine array from Martin Audio. We arranged for a system to be sent to us and proceeded to demo the OmniLine in both venues. After extensive testing, we were convinced this was the system best suited for these acoustically challenged environments.”

Coupled with its impressive sound, OmniLine’s unobtrusive appearance proved to be decisive: “The array’s small size and the aesthetics of the system were crucial factors for the administration,” Jon points out. OmniLine passed with flying colors in both rooms and the Administration thought the clusters looked very attractive in the venue. To be honest, it was a very easy sell. The results were jaw dropping!”

In order to cover the Barrus Auditorium, a spacious 682-seater which hosts over 110 events a year, Perdue and his crew hung 16 OmniLine modules per side, each with an AQ210 sub flown alongside to support the low frequency requirements for the program material without losing any clarity.

When the stage is extended for certain events, the four bottom modules can be turned off to compensate for the first five rows. This setup has proved to be far more than adequate for the choral and orchestral groups, pianists, light jazz ensembles and acoustic music events that are held there.

Commenting on the Barrus installation, Perdue adds, “Because it’s such an acoustically ‘live’ space, they wanted a natural-sounding system. It had to be accurate and lend itself architecturally to the room’s design. That was a huge challenge, but the fact that the OmniLine boxes sound so musically and acoustically transparent was a major plus.”

The Taylor Chapel is a multi-purpose venue that holds approximately 450 people with an overflow capability in three smaller rooms that can accommodate an additional 850. Two discrete eight-module OmniLine arrays hung on either side of the rostrum cover the chapel along with two AQ210 subs under the stage cover the chapel.

While Barrus auditorium is ostensibly designed for sound, the Taylor Chapel is another story. “The room is very challenging,” Perdue explains. “The roof line is stepped, very high over the stage, then drops down three feet every four feet through the rest of the room. The sides are splayed outwards and made up of floor to ceiling windows, also a problem, but the OmniLine works really well for speech intelligibility, which is the main concern as well as reproduction of acoustic music.”

The A/V Productions audio team engineers Scott Carter, Josh Foster and David Mann installed the Martin Audio OmniLine arrays in Burrus Auditorium and Taylor Chapel. Some of the other sound system components also included Lab Gruppen amplification, Yamaha LS9 digital consoles and XTA processing.

Summing up the impact of the audio upgrade, Jon concludes “Since the installation of these two systems, the university has had nothing but positive feedback from the audience to performers and administration. Our A/V team’s experience with the Martin Audio team and products has been a positive one in terms of quality, professionalism and customer service.”

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.

Triad Speakers Appoints Independent Sales Rep Firms in Michigan and Upstate New York

Portland, OR – November 18, 2013 – Custom loudspeaker manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc. today announced the appointment of On The Road AV to represent the company in Michigan and Pro Audio Associates for upstate New York.

“Jeff Fuerstenberg of On The Road AV is a successful and hard working sales representative and we are pleased to add him to our team,” says Triad Speakers Director of North American Sales Bruce Franklin.

Triad's Director of North American Sales, Bruce Franklin

Triad has expanded the region of its New England Rep Firm, Pro Audio Associates, Inc. to include upstate New York. “John Eibye, who will be primarily responsible for this region, has strong relationships with the dealers there,” says Franklin.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Vice Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. www.triadspeakers.com and www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

SOUNDCAST® NAMED AS CES INNOVATIONS 2014 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD HONOREE

2014 Innovations Design and Engineering Honoree Award


New York, New York, November 13, 2013 – Soundcast Systems today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its new Melody by Soundcast Portable Bluetooth Speaker System in the Portable Media Players and Accessories product category.

A preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to judge products entered in this prestigious program across 29 categories, honoring outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics.

Melody’s omni-directional 360° 8–speaker design delivers high-quality sound perfection with deep bass and touts 20-hours+ of uninterrupted use with its internal rechargeable battery system making it the perfect portable outdoor entertainment companion. The compact and highly stylish weather-resistant system is equipped with the latest v3.0 Bluetooth® and AAC / Apt-X® codecs allow users to stream high performance CD Quality audio from their music library, or from apps like Pandora®, Spotify™, Rhapsody®, iTunes®, TuneIn® and others, from Apple or PC devices alike.

Soundcast’s president Mike Weaver states, “The entire Soundcast team is honored beyond measure to receive the prestigious 2014 Innovations Honoree Award for our new Melody portable Bluetooth speaker system.”

Melody has quickly earned its spot as the Best Sounding Portable Bluetooth Audio System on the market today by winning six distinguished consumer electronics awards since its U.S. debut at CE WEEK in New York City.

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Soundcast’s Melody will be displayed in The Venetian Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Pavilion at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect cutting-edge design and engineering. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
• Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
• Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
• The product’s intended use/function and user value
• Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
• How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

ABOUT SOUNDCAST SYSTEMS – www.soundcastsystems.com / www.FollowMelody.com.
Located in San Diego, California, Soundcast Systems delivers high performance wireless speakers and solutions. We’re the first in the industry to get it right. That’s because we’ve developed the technology to produce the best wireless range and ultimate audio experience so you can take your music everywhere you go. It’s sound that speaks for itself and literally cuts through the noise of our competitors.

With a full line of Portable Music Systems and Wireless Audio Solutions, backed by over ten years of audio, battery and wireless technology research and development, Soundcast innovations have paved the way for the industry. Featuring a weather-resistant enclosure and industry leading battery life, our products are made for indoors and outdoors all-day play.

Designed to complement your social life, Soundcast goes everywhere you go—from the kitchen counter to the beach, poolside parties and sailing adventures to dinner soirées. Go places.

Soundcast Contact: Mike Weaver • 1 (619) 591-0126 ext. 3038 • mweaver@soundcastsystems.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis • Tel: 1 (713) 665-8758 • email: roberta@robertalewis.com

All rights reserved. All brands and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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Martin Audio MLA Goes Above And Beyond At “Ally Pally”

Capital Sound easily overcame Alexandra Palace’s notoriously challenging acoustics in late October when they brought in their Martin Audio MLA Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array to the glazed venue for the first time.

Notorious among the sound community for producing violent reflections inside the venue (and receiving noise complaints from the neighbors), would the Above & Beyond Group Therapy 050 live radio broadcast prove too great a challenge for the award-winning sound system, which promises ultimate pattern control? As for A&B, this was to be one of the biggest events in the dance music trio’s calendar.

So just how unforgiving is Ally Pally? In the words of Capital Sound account manager, Martin Connolly, “The Great Hall is a beautiful space; but when it was built in 1873, no one ever envisaged that the building would need to play host to the high volume of a modern day concert. Unfortunately, the amazing domed glass roof is only a minimal barrier to sound propagation.”

Martin Audio R&D Director, Jason Baird, puts it more succinctly, stating: “Just think of a marble and glass shoebox, 130 ft. wide, 52 ft. high and 278 ft. deep.”

Above & Beyond, who operate both full band and DJ set-ups (but in this case were operating in the latter mode), had wanted to use MLA, and when they brought in Loudsound’s Dan Craig he readily agreed, having worked successfully with MLA during the Field Day and deadmau5 shows at Hackney’s Victoria Park, as a precursor to this summer’s Hyde Park British Summertime Festival.

Capital Sound Technical Manager Ian Colville immediately set to work on designing the system, with Jason Baird providing supportive input. “We have used Martin Audio W8LC’s here in the past, but whatever system we’ve used, it has always required delays. This time we felt it was time to put our faith in MLA and do away with delays.”

For both Dan Craig, and promoters, Lock ‘N’ Load Events, the decision was fully vindicated. Craig reported that by operating to a 98dB threshold inside, production didn’t receive a single noise complaint. Yet the greatest ‘illusion’ was inside the venue, where by cleverly mapping the venue to optimize and ‘hard avoid’ selected areas, the clarity of the signal gave a distinct impression that the various DJ’s were playing a whole lot louder. And with the venue once again hosting a steady flow of events, with Cap Sound as one of their main service providers, this could prove highly significant.

“We had observed this characteristic from Day 1,” admits Colville. “If a venue is completely resonant free then the sound appears louder.” While the complete system design is conceived ahead, the system tech will always make late adjustments on the fly, he said, such as towing in the PA a fraction. In this case once production got on site, they found the venue was not quite as long as drawings had indicated and so certain measurements needed to be re-evaluated.

Fortunate then, that the system tech on this occasion was Toby Donovan, who worked as the MLA tech on the highly successful Hyde Park concerts.

“I have never encountered a system quite as clever as MLA,” he said. “But you still have to use common-sense in the physical world.”

For this show the L/R system was rigged with 11 MLA elements per side (atop a single MLD Downfill) with two W8C’s each side for outfills and eight W8LM as front fills. The PA was flown fairly high (with slight downward tilt) but then towed in marginally to keep it off the walls, using Delta plates and three motors per hang. “We only needed about 1° to avoid distracting reflections; it’s what we would generally do in noise sensitive venues,” said Donovan.

“We also needed to minimize spill all round—the rear rejection with this system is really good.”

The SPL profile was built over a 5dB spread—using zero at the mix position, +2dB at the crowd barrier and -3dB 275 ft. back at the rear curtain.

With ‘Hard Avoid’ applied uniquely to this back wall the design also utilized the Audience and Non-Audience zones with the appropriate optimization settings—the latter tapering off at the stage (from the drape line to the back wall behind).

Having the 14 MLX subs arranged in a broadside cardioid array allowed Donovan to enter delay times and change the dispersion control—using the software to electronically curve the sound into an arc. “Due to the narrow width of the venue, we were only running at 90°, so this was a pretty tight LF beam,” he noted.

Toby Donovan confirmed the belief of the entire Capital sound crew. “Such was the coherency and lack of distortion, that everyone I spoke to couldn’t believe we were only running at 98dB. It was exactly the same on the Joe Satriani tour where we were running at 99dB but sounding like 103dB. Our ears deceive us into thinking that it’s so much louder.”

All of which was to the benefit of Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 050 show, fronted by the trio of Jono, Tony and Paavo and also featuring support from renowned DJ’s Arty, Andrew Beyer, Boom Jinx and Guy J.

Paavo Siljamäki, for one, was delighted with the outcome. He stated, “[Capital Sound] made one of the most difficult venues in London sound incredible. Never before in my touring career (with over 500 gigs behind me), has the sound in a venue been such a talking point. I had lots of sound engineer friends complimenting us on the way the place sounded,”

Martin Connolly can also reflect on a highly satisfactory outing. “When we supported Subculture and Come Together at this venue for Lock ‘N’ Load Events two years ago with a hybrid system it worked well.

“But the sound was no match for this. When you are not battling against reflections or ambient noise and can aim the sound off the walls, you will always appear to get more volume from the system at sensitive sites like this. Everyone agreed, particularly Seamus [Morley], the tour manager, who described the sound as ‘epic’ and confirmed that we had made absolutely the right choice of PA.”

Photo credit: Photo by Sebastian Matthes/manox.net”

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

Daktronics Revitalizes Lane Stadium’s Sound System with HARMAN Professional Audio Components

BLACKSBURG, Virginia – Systems integrator Daktronics recently upgraded Virginia Tech University’s Lane Stadium with new HARMAN’s JBL VLA Series loudspeakers, along with equipment from BSS audio and Soundcraft. The stadium seats 66,233 and is home to the Virginia Tech Hokies football team.

The goal of this renovation was to ensure a high output system and even coverage from seat to seat. Daktronics selected JBL Professional’s VLA Series line arrays, which offers revolutionary high-impact sound beyond the reach of traditional loudspeaker designs.

“We designed the JBL VLA system to meet and exceed the initial performance standards of point-and-shoot horn speakers, while also reducing costs,” said David Sturzenbecher, Audio Project Engineer for Daktronics.

Daktronics installed a system consisting of 18 JBL VLA601H loudspeakers, four JBL VLA301H loudspeakers, two JBL PD5212 loudspeakers, two JBL PD764 loudspeakers, powered by 17 Crown I-Tech HD 4×3500 amplifiers and nine I-Tech 9000 amplifiers, with two BSS Soundweb London BLU-800 processors. The system also features a Soundcraft Performer 3 audio/lighting mixing console.

“The system has been functioning great and received many positive reviews. We utilized additional DSP I/O to control additional areas outside of the initial scope to provide added customer functionality,” Sturzenbecher added.

Besides installation, Daktronics was also responsible for system design and programming. Of course, a project incorporating all these elements did not go unchallenged.

“The original design did not call for vertical arrays, so we collaborated with the structure engineer to redesign the space to accommodate for the VLA system,” Sturzenbecher noted. “With support from [JBL Senior Applications Engineer] Brad Ricks and [owner’s representative] Anthony James Partners, we successfully completed the project.”

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.

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