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Community Announces Millar Electronics as Southeast USA Rep Firm

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Millar Electronics as the company’s new sales representative for the Southeast United States. Founded in 1924, Millar Electronics has a focus on building quality relationships through exceptional customer service. Millar will cover the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama for Community from their headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina and their branch office in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We’re pleased to welcome Millar Electronics as our Southeast representative,” said Mike Marr, Community’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “The Southeast is a very important territory for Community, and Millar Electronics’ great reputation and experienced team will help us strengthen our dealer base and expand our sales in the area.”

“We are excited about representing Community,” said Herman Civils, Millar Electronics Principal. “Community is a well-known and highly-respected brand with an accomplished staff, great products and excellent training programs,” he continued. “We look forward to taking the Community message to the dealers and consultants in our territory and helping Community grow its brand and market share.”

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Kanex Pro Joins HDBaseT™ Alliance

KanexPro has joined the HDBaseT Alliance as an adopter member. The HDBaseT Alliance is an organization of companies working to promote HDBaseT technology.

HDBaseT is focused on distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. That has always been a focus of KanexPro’s, according to marketing chief Kashyap Khetia, who says that prior to joining the HDBaseT Alliance KanexPro was one of the earliest to use Valens chipset based extenders in routing distances up to 100 meters.

“We are tremendously excited to join the HDBaseT Alliance and take part in the comprehensive advances this technology is making in many digital signal distribution display applications,” said Khetia.

“HDBaseT Alliance membership will help safeguard that our future products are well aligned to meet the growing demand for simple yet effective video matrix switchers and extenders that our customers demand.”

“HDBaseT has become a de-facto standard for digital connectivity for the consumer markets and a variety of commercial markets including professional AV and broadcasting, and a primary driver of that growth is the addition of companies like KanexPro to the HDBaseT Alliance,” said Arial Sobelman, president, HDBaseT Alliance.

HDBaseT will be a focal point for KanexPro during InfoComm 2014 at its booth N1657.

For more information, please visit KanexPro.com

GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES UPDATES TO GA-2021 LINE ARRAY SYSTEM

**** Photo: Grund Audio Design GA-2021 ****

Council Bluffs, IA – April 2014… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce that new Gala Series GA-2021 line array elements are being updated with revised flyware and that a new transport case is available. While the new flyware provides greater versatility, the new enclosures remain fully compatible with existing GA-2021 systems and can be used together should customers wish to expand their current systems. more

L-ACOUSTICS’ KARA Works the Las Vegas Strip with MGM Resorts

The new KARA rig in action in MGM Hotel/Casino's Sports Book

Touring rig covers events at more than a dozen properties for the hotel/casino chain

LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International techs see it all. Sound system requests can be for a single lavaliere microphone setup for a business meeting in the morning, a DJ-fueled and bikini-filled pool party at lunch, a prize fight weigh-in with a mariachi band in a ballroom in the afternoon, and then a headline act in an arena in the evening. When the biggest chain of mega resorts in the Entertainment Capital of the World needed a new system that was both versatile and stellar sounding, it turned to L-ACOUSTICS and a system based on the compact KARA line of loudspeakers. more

Renkus-Heinz Adds Color to New York’s Grey Bar

New York, NY – April 2014… The area around midtown Manhattan is about as busy and bustling as one might expect in the heart of the City that Never Sleeps. Packed into these few square miles is a staggering array of museums, shops, casual and upscale eateries and watering holes.

Since opening its doors last year, Grey Bar has quickly become a popular neighborhood spot for the midtown crowd. The restaurant’s kitchen has been receiving stellar reviews, and the dining room has been perpetually full.

The Grey Bar’s sound system, installed by Rego Park, NY-based Starview Satellite and designed by Rich Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon, and Associates, is designed to keep pace with the club’s ambience, whether it’s the midday lunch crowd or the more upbeat dinner hours. The system comprises a dozen Renkus-Heinz TRX81 two-way complex conic loudspeakers, with four cabinets across the bar and and eight more covering the dining areas.

As Starview’s John Paturno explains, the TRX Series was ideally suited for this application, with a tight pattern control that enabled the sound to be focused away from many of the room’s abundance of mirrors, glass, and other reflective surfaces.

“We were impressed with the flexibility of the TRX81 as well,” says Paturno. “Initially, we had planned on mounting all the cabinets horizontally, but due to some last-minute architectural changes, it became necessary to reorient a few of them vertically. We were impressed with how easily we were able to rotate the horn to achieve the coverage we needed.” Powersoft amplification drives the system, with Symetrix DSP also providing Web-based access to the system. “The owners can adjust the source and volume, even from off-site,” adds Paturno.

The Grey Bar has become an instant hit with the busy urban set, praised both for its menu and its ambience. As Paturno points out, the TRX Series has been a big part of that ambience. “The uniformity and flexibility of the TRX81s provide the perfect non-intrusive backdrop for the lunch and dinner crowds, with the capacity for a more high energy sound for the later night Manhattan crowd.”

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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.

FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH UPGRADES TO DANLEY SOUND LABS

TACOMA, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2014: Fellowship Bible Church in Tacoma, Washington started as a gathering of friends in a living room on July 7, 1977 (7-7-77) and grew over the decades that followed to become a beacon in the community. The church moved into its current 750-seat sanctuary in 1996 and developed an engaging contemporary worship style complete with a small band. However, the church members were long dissatisfied by the sound quality in the sanctuary. So when they recently raised the funds, they sought high and low for the very best sound reinforcement system to replace it. That search took them to Audio Video Electronics, a Twin Cities-based A/V integration firm with extensive experience designing and installing systems based on Danley Sound Labs components. Now, Danley synergy horn loudspeakers and DBH subwoofers provide beautifully articulate, musical reinforcement with even coverage.

“Their old system was in a pretty sorry state when we first arrived to meet and understand their needs,” said Stefan Svard, president of Audio Video Electronics. “They were most interested in getting a new system that would be consistent; Consistent not only in its day-to-day performance, but consistent in its coverage of the seating area. One of the things I really like about Danley is the phase coherency of its designs. It makes for consistent patterns and, perhaps more importantly, remarkably consistent sound quality within that beam. I’ve been a Danley supporter for a long time now, and I’ve really come to believe in [President] Mike [Hedden] and the rest of the company.”

The new system is much simpler than the old system. Three Danley SH-50s comprise a center cluster with a pair of Danley SM-60s providing side fill. A pair of Danley DBH-218 subwoofers generates ample deep bass. Svard used Danley’s modeling software to optimize the positioning and component selection. Three Powersoft Duecanali 3904 amplifiers with integrated DSP power all of the full-range boxes, with a channel to spare for an additional down fill that the church will have funds for in the future. A single Powersoft K20 with integrated DSP powers both subwoofers. A Midas PRO2 console serves as a flexible, easy-to-use front end. “The whole system is much simpler now,” said Svard. “They have a nice console with a digital snake and a clean rack. Although it’s not complicated, it gives Fellowship Bible Church a lot of punch and room for growth.” In addition to the sound reinforcement system, Audio Video Electronics also gave the church a new Vivitek d6010 6000 lumen projector and a 16×10’ pearlescent Da-Lite snap-screen.

“I love that when I cluster the Danley boxes, they act like one large speaker,” said Svard. “Other manufacturers generate comb filtering and lobing, which can cause some nasty feedback when the cluster is above the pulpit. Danley doesn’t do that. Danley gives me excellent pattern control with uniform sound. The clarity of a Danley box is unmatched, in my opinion. The low-end at Fellowship Bible Church is tremendous. We had a few of their new DBH-218s at a much larger, 5,000-seat church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they were great. We arranged Fellowship’s two DBH-218s to give some directivity to the low end, which gives them nice on-stage volume and ample bass in the seats. In all, we gave them a premium system all the way across, from the console… to the amps… to the loudspeakers and subs. They’re very happy with it.”

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

PreSonus Tames the Loudest Hole in Golf

Scottsdale, AZ – April 2014… With a history dating back to the 1930s, the Phoenix Open is one of pro golf’s most celebrated events. Now known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the tournament has hosted some of the biggest names in the game, from Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Crenshaw to Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, and Tiger Woods.

In 1987, the Open moved to its current home at the world-renowned TPC Scottsdale golf course. The course was custom designed for the tournament and is best known for the 16th hole of its Stadium Course. It has often been referred to as “the loudest hole in golf”; during the tournament, its amphitheater-style seats are packed with crowds of exuberant fans and spectators who cheer and jeer loudly as the pros play through.

David Eriksson, CEO of Phoenix-based Church Technologies, is a volunteer with the Phoenix Thunderbirds, a prominent civic organization that has supported the Open throughout its storied history, raising millions of dollars for Phoenix-area charities. Eriksson, who has lent his audio skills to the event for close to a decade, explains the challenges behind the 16th hole.

“It’s always been a bit of a crazy event, and by the time the players get through to hole 16, they’re nearing the end of their game, and things are loosening up,” he observes. “But it’s still a regulation game, and the PGA has some pretty stringent regulations regarding noise. The challenge is to find just the right balance of being heard over the crowd without overpowering the game.”

Eriksson found the solution a few months before this year’s Open. “We did an event last December as part of the Shane and Shane tour, and I got to hear the new PreSonus® StudioLive™ AI loudspeakers,” he recalls. “I just loved the way they sounded, and I thought it would be great to try them out at the Open.”

Four systems were brought in to cover the 16th hole, each comprising three StudioLive 328AI Active Integration™ loudspeakers and a StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer. “We had one system in the Chairman’s Club, another in the bar area, and two more on the crowd,” says Eriksson. “The sound was just wonderful—the system had such amazing clarity.”

For next year’s Open, Eriksson plans on bringing in a StudioLive AI-series digital console, too, to take full advantage of Active Integration. “I’m really excited about being able to control the mix from an iPad,” he enthuses. “I can be down in the tee box and hear what the players are hearing. That’s an amazing advantage.”

“This is one of the biggest events in professional golf, and getting the sound right is a big part of it,” Eriksson concludes. “PreSonus has pretty much everything we need, from the console to the speakers, and it’s all fully integrated to work together. It’s a great fit.”

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About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. – Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Imperial Russian Ballet Gets Royal Sound with Renkus-Heinz

Ljubljana, Slovenia – April 2014… In the heart of Slovenia’s capital city, Park Tivoli is a lush urban oasis that is home to the renowned International Center of Graphic Arts, as well as the Museum of Contemporary History. The Park is also home to Hala Tivoli, one of the region’s largest sporting and event halls.

Recently, the Hala Tivoli’s 4500 seat basketball venue hosted a performance of Labodje Jezero (Swan Lake) by the acclaimed Imperial Russian Ballet, drawing a full house and numerous national and international dignitaries. Audio for the event was provided by leading tour providers Akustika Pirman, who brought in a system based on Renkus-Heinz PN-Series line array loudspeakers. As Systems Engineer Metod Komatar explains, the system was exactly what was needed for the venue.

“The Hala Tivoli actually has pretty good acoustics for a sporting arena, and it’s possible to get a reasonably good sound in the room,” says Komatar. “The biggest challenge is the height of the left and right seating areas, and how to cover it consistently using a relatively small number of loudspeakers.”

The main system, designed by Komatar and director Joze Pirman, comprises four flown arrays — two left and two right — each with six PN102 line array cabinets. Six DRS18-2B subwoofers covered low frequency reinforcement. Four TRX151 full range cabinets provide front fill for the first few rows, with two more TRX151 boxes onstage as side fills for the artists. The system was powered by Crown and lab.gruppen amplification, with a Xilica XD4080 unit for system DSP.

“We have used Renkus-Heinz systems for many years, because they always fulfill our needs perfectly, through many different types of events,” adds Komatar. “The PN102 line arrays deliver a nice wide dispersion that enabled us to consistently cover a large area with a small number of speakers. The Renkus-Heinz system proved itself once again, with a very natural sound and plenty of headroom, which is critical for classical music.”

 

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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.

Great Sound Is In the Can At Pepsi Center With HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional

DENVER, Colorado — Known to Denver denizens as “The Can,” the 20,000-plus capacity Pepsi Center is home of the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche and the National Lacrosse League Colorado Mammoth, and is also host to concerts and special events. The arena opened in 1999 and has been in continuous use since then – including its original sound system. When the Pepsi Center decided to upgrade to a massive new state-of-the-art scoreboard in 2013, management determined it would also be a good time to replace the venue’s audio system from top to bottom.
Colorado Springs, Colorado sound contractor LVW Electronics and Dallas, Texas system designer Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) had installed the original system and were retained to perform the upgrade, using HARMAN BSS Audio, Crown, and JBL components.

LVW CEO Rusty Griffith pointed out, “The fact that both firms had a history with the venue made us the logical choice – we were under a tight timetable on this project and were given seven weeks to complete a job that would usually take over three months.” LVW was given the go-ahead in spring 2013 and Griffith and his crew had to be finished in time for the start of the Pepsi Center’s fall line-up. “We worked day and night all summer long.”

LVW and WJHW chose a JBL loudspeaker system comprised of six columns of 10 JBL VLA901-MF-16 line array loudspeakers, hung around the perimeter of the arena. The VLA901-MF-16 was chosen for its ability to provide high-volume sound reinforcement at throw distances beyond the reach of traditional loudspeaker designs. Each loudspeaker is equipped with dual 15-inch woofers, dual 8-inch cone midrange compression drivers and three 1.5-inch high-frequency compression drivers. In addition, four JBL ASB6128V dual 18-inch subwoofers are hung directly behind the each of the 10 main line arrays. The loudspeakers and subs are powered by 44 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, plus 11 Crown CTs 2000 amps to drive additional loudspeakers at the back of the arena.

“JBL’s VLA line has been a strong choice for us in arenas for the past few years. The overall sound quality is excellent and they provide higher output and increased intelligibility,” explained Mark Graham, Associate for WJHW. “We paired the VLA loudspeakers with the 4-channel Crown amplifiers, which we chose based on previous successes and the overall strong reliability reputation of the I-Tech HD line.”

The system is networked using four BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processors and six BLU-326 I/O expanders, both Dante-enabled products. Control for the entire Pepsi Center audio system is provided by HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, a common control platform for all devices from microphone to loudspeaker. “Using Audio Architect was a big deal,” Graham noted, “considering how new the software was at the time we did this installation. It paid off though – it’s a great way to control the system and its audio management capabilities are extensive. The venue’s ownership was very pleased when he saw we had the capability to put everything onto one software platform.”

“This installation turned out to be fantastic in terms of equal coverage to every area of the arena,” said Griffith. “The performance of the VLA loudspeakers and the subwoofers is so consistent that there’s very little seat-to-seat variation. The Pepsi Center project turned out to be one of the best examples of this I have heard.”

In addition to performance, one of the main benefits of choosing HARMAN according to Griffith was the support LVW and WJHW received from the company throughout the project. “We looked at various manufacturers’ solutions. I’ve always liked JBL and the HARMAN product line for its excellent sound quality and solid engineering and the support they provide – especially on this project, given the time crunch we were under – is second to none.”

In addition to its capability as a full stand-alone sound reinforcement system, the new system is designed so it can be used along with a tour sound system for concerts and other events. If a band or a convention comes to town and their rental system doesn’t have enough coverage, they can readily connect to the Pepsi Center system to supplement the audio.

For more information about LVW Electronics, please visit www.lvw.com.

For more information about Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, please visit www.wjhw.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors Prove “Pitch Perfect” for Music Mixer Joseph Magee

NORTHRIDGE, California — Music mixer Joseph Magee, whose impressive credits include Saving Mr. Banks, Pitch Perfect, High Fidelity, Into the Wild, The Muppets, Spider-man 3 and many more, is currently on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, mixing music for the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2. For this music-heavy project, Magee is putting HARMAN’s JBL Professional flagship large-format M2 Master Reference Monitors to the test. Recently signed by Hollywood’s TODD-SOUNDELUX, where he is responsible for the company’s expanding music services, Magee chose the M2 system for projects at TODD-SOUNDELUX’s Hollywood facility. For Pitch Perfect 2, Magee transported his JBL M2 monitors along with a pair of JBL LSR308 studio monitors to Baton Rouge, where the film is in production. The music recording studio for the project was built specifically for the film in an existing 4-story warehouse structure.

With the objective of recording 95 percent of all the on-camera a cappella performances in a new, untested studio environment, Magee relies on the M2’s ability to provide exceptional performance in any production environment. “I’ve been using the M2 monitors in my music dub room at TODD-SOUNDELUX and I’m now getting accustomed to using them on the road,” Magee said. “I think a lot of people perceive the M2’s as monitors that are meant to be permanently installed in a control room, tuned to the room and then left alone. But the reality is these loudspeakers sound great out of the box, so taking them to Baton Rouge was an easy decision.” With the dynamic range needed for film production yet with a footprint of only 20 feet wide by 14 feet deep, the M2 is finding its way into smaller rooms where traditional cinema speakers are prohibitive. With included room EQ, the M2 system can deliver accurate response in any mix environment.

Having used other large-format studio monitors, in Magee’s opinion, JBL’s patented-pending Image Control Waveguide, coupled with JBL’s patented low-distortion D2 high-frequency driver sets the M2 apart from the pack. “The waveguide is so darn fast, I’m hearing things I haven’t heard before in my mixes and I’m hearing things differently—in a good way,” he said. “At the TODD-SOUNDELUX facilities, all the engineers who have come through have been shocked at how authoritative these M2 loudspeakers are and they’ve been amazed at the clarity of the system.”

In addition to the M2 system, Magee uses a pair of JBL’s powered 3 Series LSR308 studio monitors as his near-field listening system. In a portable, “bookshelf”-size format, and available at an entry-level price, the 3 Series studio monitors share the Image Control Waveguide technology developed for the M2 to provide detailed imaging. “In all honesty, when I was first auditioning the M2 system at TODD-SOUNDELUX, I didn’t fully understand what I was working with,” Magee noted. “But then I worked with the 308 monitors at home and it all clicked for me. I simply wasn’t used to the imaging and level of detail these speakers provide.”

To further meet Magee’s needs, JBL custom-designed a panel in its HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software that enables Magee to quickly create a simple, 4-band Room EQ in the DSP of the Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers being used to power the system.

Looking towards the future, Magee sees no boundaries for the M2. “I envision a lot of opportunities for different applications with the M2,” he said.

For more information on Joseph Magee, please visit his IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0535848/

For more information on TODD-SOUNDELUX, please visit www.toddsoundelux.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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