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K2 Becomes NYC’s Newest Flying Superhero

See Factor deploys brand new L-ACOUSTICS system at acoustically challenging Javits Center for worldwide premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past

NEW YORK CITY — For the launch of the summer blockbuster film X-Men: Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox staged its worldwide premiere at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on midtown Manhattan’s west side.

The debut of the $200-million-plus film, attended by Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry and other stars, was a huge event filling a hall inside the cavernous Javits Center and illuminating a 75-foot-wide screen hung on the hall’s north wall. The showing also had to be able to reproduce the film’s bombastic 5.1 surround soundtrack, but the Javits is no cinema; the same huge floor-to-ceiling glass wall that offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and New Jersey can also create uncontrollable aural reflections that would turn the hall into an acoustical nightmare.

Event producer Samantha Sackler Productions tapped NYC-based See Factor Industry, its longtime collaborator on east coast events and movie premieres, who called upon the sonic equivalent of a superhero: L-ACOUSTICS’ K2, a lightweight, high-powered, full-range line source array system that made its official debut earlier this year. For the X-Men premiere, the AV specialist deployed 24 K2, 12 SB28 subs and 16 coaxial 115XT HiQ wedges, all powered and processed by L-ACOUSTICS’ LA8 amplified controllers. See Factor also provided all lighting, rigging and management services for the event. more

D.A.S. AUDIO DEPLOYED AT BRIARCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

**** Photo: Briarcrest Christian School’s Sparks Chapel Fine Arts Center ****

Memphis, TN – August 2014… For over forty years, Briarcrest Christian School has been recognized in the Mid-South for its unique combination of academic excellence and Christian education. Starting at the pre-school level and continuing through the 12th grade, Briarcrest Christian School offers students a wealth of learning opportunities, including a comprehensive Fine Arts program. In an effort to support its music, theatre, and a wide range of other on-campus activities, the school recently opened the Sparks Chapel Fine Arts Center. To ensure the highest levels of speech intelligibility and music reproduction characteristics, the facility is equipped with a world-class sound reinforcement system drawn from the Aero Series 2 catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. more

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ISI Supports Sammy Hagar With Martin Audio W8LC System

St. Louis––Ironman Sound Industries recently supported a sold-out Sammy Hagar concert in the Maryland Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre with a Martin Audio W8LC speaker system.

According to ISI President Bob Horner who served as Production Manager for the ISI team during the show, “Hagar was doing a five week tour with ten dates including smaller venues and sheds and they were only carrying stage gear and video, so we supplied them with racks and stacks and a full lighting package.

“For the PA, we had our Martin Audio rig with 32 W8LCs for the main hang, 24 W8LMs for outfill, 4 W8LMDs for frontfill and 24 WSX subs. We’d played the venue before,” Bob adds, “so there were no major challenges besides making sure everything was hung correctly and properly EQ’d.”

The show, billed as A Journey Through the History of Rock, featured Hagar perennials from the Montrose, Van Halen and Chickenfoot eras along with Zeppelin covers such as “Good Times Bad Times,” “When the Levee Breaks,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Rock and Roll.” Fittingly, Sammy was supported by Michael Anthony on bass, Jason Bonham on drums and guitarist Vic Johnson from Waboritas.

Asked about the concert, Horner says, “It was one of the best shows I saw this year. St. Louis is an FM friendly town so Sammy is a pretty big deal and he really put his heart and soul into each song. I loved the sound for the show, Sammy’s FOH engineer Tony Luna, who’s mixed KISS and Aerosmith among others, was super happy with the system, and Jerry Harvey of JH Audio who used to mix Van Halen, thought the rig sounded great as well.

“We really appreciate the Martin Audio system because it’s solid, sounds great, and is really reliable. It definitely helps us get a lot of work because we’re known for the Martin Audio system in St. Louis. A lot of the current stories are about MLA, which is awesome,” Bob continues, “because the impact MLA is having really helps make more people aware of Martin Audio and the W8LC system.”

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.

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Cardinal O’Hara Gets New Stadium Sound

Philadelphia-Area High School Replaces Outdated Paging Horn System

Cardinal O’Hara, a Catholic High School in Springfield, PA, is known for the excellence of its sports, music and academic programs. As the only Philadelphia Catholic League school with a home football stadium on school premises, Cardinal O’Hara’s Lions Stadium has large home and visitors bleachers, an enclosed press box, an artificial turf field and a modern track.

In 2012 Cardinal O’Hara added outdoor lighting for night games and, recently, they replaced an outdated paging horn system with a new audio system using Community R-Series Loudspeakers.

Designed and installed by Tony Albano of Naamans Creek AV in Avondale, PA, the system uses three Community R.5 loudspeakers and one Community R.25 loudspeaker. Two of the R.5s are installed at the outside corners of the press box to cover the left and right sections of the home bleachers and a third is installed on a lighting pole behind the press box to cover the visitors’ bleachers. The single R.25 covers the center section of the home bleachers from the front of the press box. Albano says he could have installed all three of the R.5s on the lighting pole but he wanted to avoid high SPL levels on top of the press box where the videographers stand. His design covers all of the audience areas well including a standing area in front of the home bleachers.

For electronics, Albano chose a Rolls mixer and a CTS 4-channel amplifier. He installed a push-to-talk mic in the press box, provided a wireless mic for field announcements and installed a 3.5mm input for portable music players. A Community dSPEC DSP provides loudspeaker management and system equalization. Albano added a switch that reprograms the DSP to turn off the R.5 covering the visitor’s bleachers. This minimizes feedback and delay issues during field announcing. The entire electronics system was installed in a portable electronics rack which can be removed between events for security.

Albano says Cardinal O’Hara’s Lions fans love the new audio system. The sound level is very even throughout the audience areas, announcements are clear and music sounds great.

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Galaxy Macau’s Giant Crystals are Covered with Renkus-Heinz

Macau, China – August 2014… Macau is one of China’s hidden gems. Created as a special administrative region of the country, its famed Cotai Strip is modeled after its namesake in Las Vegas, awash with high-end casinos, resorts, and all the glitz that accompanies them.

The Galaxy Macau is one of the largest of the recent crop of major hotel-casino towers on the Strip. Among its amenities, the 2200-room complex offers six pools, including a wave pool with manmade beach.

The Galaxy’s casino hosts more than 1200 slot machines and 600 gaming tables. Visitors are greeted in the lobby by a fountain that transforms into a giant roulette wheel, just before a massive ten-foot (three meter) diamond rises from its top. As designer Jeremy Railton of Entertainment Design Corp explains, “the diamond is a metaphor for wishing casino visitors eternal luck and prosperity.”

The music accompanying the fountain is provided by a series of Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steered column arrays. Eight IC8-R columns and eight more IC16-R columns provide even sound distribution throughout the area, overcoming the noise of the crowds and the fountain in this cacophonously reflective environment. The system, installed by Birket Engineering Ltd. and Audio System Consultants (Asia) Ltd., also includes eight ST8R self-powered three-way systems, with 12 PN112-SUBR 12-inch subwoofers for floor-shaking low frequency coverage. The entire system is digitally networked via RHAON for complete distribution and control.

On the other side of the Galaxy, the bus lobby is home to a series of giant crystals, floating above a shimmering pool. The crystals are designed with advanced motion sensor technology to trigger special visual effects as guests approach them, with good luck symbols flashing from the crystals and reflecting on the water.

The crystal display is also aligned with a Renkus-Heinz sound system, including 16 CF121 two-way systems and another dozen PN121 two-way systems. Nine SG81 speakers provide spot fills, and 12 PN112-SUBR subwoofers complete the system.

The Galaxy Macau opened its doors in 2012, and is presently undergoing the addition of another phase, to be completed in 2015.

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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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Entertainment Quality Audio System for New Debrecen Stadium


Interton Ltd has designed and installed a Community loudspeaker sound system for the new Nagyerdei Stadion in Debrecen, Hungary. An all-seated football stadium, Nagyerdei has a 20,340 capacity, making it the third largest capacity Hungarian football stadium and the second largest Hungarian League stadium.

Home to the Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club, Nagyerdei Stadion was opened on 1 May 2014 and the first official match was played between Debrecen and Újpest, which ended with a 3-1 victory for the host team. As well as hosting Debreceni VSC games, the stadium will host matches for the Hungarian national football team. The ground also incorporates conference and banqueting suites and has a club shop selling Debrecen merchandise.

Zoltán Horváth, chief engineer of Interton Ltd, explained the basis for the system design, “Community loudspeakers are our first choice for stadium systems, and we have completed many successful projects with R SERIES. The brief for Nagyerdei, in addition to good speech intelligibility, was for discrete styling and high quality music, so the obvious choice was the weather-resistant version of the iHP-1596 from the iBOX SERIES, which provided the power, wide frequency response and aesthetics the client wanted. An EASE simulation was carried out to confirm the design would meet the required criteria.”

The audio system network is provided by a Q-SYS system, with one Core250i and the required number of I/O Frames. The main arena sound system uses four I/O Frames and twenty-eight PLX3102 amplifiers, located in four rack rooms. These amplifiers drive fifty-three Community iHP-1596WR loudspeakers, mounted below the outside edge of the canopy and providing sound to the 360-degree grandstand and to the playing field. The iHP-1596WR is a premium quality large-format 15-inch full-range loudspeaker system with 90 x 60 degree coverage. “The results are impressive,” comments Horváth. “It’s a really nice sounding system with great SPL to inform and entertain a capacity crowd.”

In addition to the main arena PA, Interton designed and installed the audio systems for the venue’s main buildings and studio and also supplied a mobile conference system. Interton additionally installed the scoreboards and the perimeter display, the video distribution system and more than 100 LCD displays. Audio and video distribution are Ethernet based using the stadium’s LAN.

An inauguration ceremony was held for the opening of Nagyerdei Stadion by Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán. After sanctification by leaders of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Catholic Church, singers including Lou Bega, Viktor Király, Ildikó Kersztes, Gigi Radić and Erika Miklósa entertained the audience at the celebration.

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Diggerland Offers Great Fun with Great Sound

Unique Attraction Features Construction Site Theme and Community Loudspeaker System

Spellcaster’s Mike Shafer says “looking at the vast areas I had to cover outdoors, I immediately thought of R Series.” He chose R.15COAX loudspeakers for the outdoor short-throw, fill and walkway areas and R.35-3896 three-way loudspeakers for the long-throw applications.

Diggerland USA’s indoor spaces have dropped ceilings with very little space between the ceiling and the roof deck. Shafer used Community’s D4LP four-inch, low-profile ceiling loudspeakers which fit in the restricted space and left room for wiring. For the covered open-area spaces such as the games arcade, he used Community’s DP6 pendant loudspeakers which brought the sound down below the ceiling beams and vibration isolated the loudspeakers from the metal roof. The overall park loudspeaker system is a 70-volt distributed design that used over 12,000 feet of speaker cable.

Spellcaster used Ashly amplifiers and an Ashly NE24.24M DSP to manage the park audio systems. They added a park-wide Wi-Fi system that allows Diggerland USA technical personnel to adjust the audio systems from any point in the park with an iPad. Spellcaster also integrated the audio system with the park’s CCTV cameras and security systems.

Diggerland USA plays music and advertising messages over their audio system with a live DJ for special events. Paging is available from any park telephone and Shure wireless mics are available for parties and other special events. Spellcaster’s Shafer says, “the park’s audio systems are everything we expected. The music sounds great and the voice paging is loud and clear.”

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Delicate Teams With Martin Audio MLA For Latin Radio Concert

Delicate Productions recently provided a Martin Audio MLA system for the Reventon Super Estrella 2014 concert at the Staples Arena in Los Angeles.

Put on by L.A.’s leading Latin FM radio station La Super Estrella 107.1, the show featured an impressive lineup of artists including La Santa Cecilia, La Union, Fobia, Roco Pachukote, Bunbury, La Ley, Caifanes and Victimas for a capacity crowd of over 18,000.

Asked about the show, Delicate Production Manager Meegan Holmes explained, “Our challenge with any concert style event in an arena is integrating our PA hangs with the lighting truss and the flown LED elements. We worked closely with the LED vendor Global Trends to ensure the best positioning of the PA versus the LED wall. The walls were all solid, so our concern was areas of the audience that would be affected in terms of being able to hear the audio. We took care to lay out our PA points so we could get past the LED but still not block the view of the screen.

“Staples Center is taller than the average arena,” Meegan continued. “The back wall has decorative metal above the top level of seating. The MLA’s versatility and output control enabled us to get to the last row without hitting that highly reflective metal.”

The system Delicate rigged for the show included 28 Martin Audio MLA and 4 MLD (downfill) for the main hangs; 16 MLA Compact for outer fills; 16 MLA Mini under 4 MSX power plant/subwoofers for sidefills, and 12 MLX subs. Other elements included Avid Profile consoles for Front of House, a DiGiCo SD11 as production console and a Yamaha DME matrix for system control.

In addition to Holmes, the Delicate crew was made up of Brennan Houser (System Engineer), Craig Robertson and Tony Luna (FOH Technicians), George Squiers and Mark Ramos (Monitor Technicians), and Russ Cunningham and Billy Flores (Stage Technicians).

Asked about reactions to the sound system, Meegan explained, “Each band in the show seemed a little louder than the previous and the PA kept up without issue. All eight engineers had fun mixing on the system, which resulted in great sounding shows. They all commented on how they were able to get so much power from so few MLX subs and how efficient they are.

“Our client came to me after the show amazed at how the rig sounded the same everywhere, how smooth and even the MLA sounds.”

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.

New Farm Cinemas Chooses Christie’s Complete Cinema Solutions for Brisbane Cineplex

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, today announced that its complete cinema solutions comprising the Christie Solaria™ Series projectors and Christie Vive Audio™ cinema systems have been installed in a newly opened cineplex located in New Farm, a trendy inner-city suburb of Brisbane.

Known as New Farm Cinemas, the complex houses six state-of-the-art auditoriums that are color-themed with each theater catered for different purposes and clientele. Meticulously rebuilt over a period of 18 months on the site of a former two-screen cinema known as the Village Twin, the 205-seat Purple Room and the premium Bronze Room with 70 seats are to open to the public on August 1. In particular, the Purple Room is the first theater in Australia to be furnished with Christie Vive Audio solution, which provides an impressive cinematic experience for movie-goers. The installation of this extensive range of cinema solutions was undertaken by Christie and its Australian partner EDGE Digital Technology.

“We applaud New Farm Cinemas for their decision to install Christie’s projection technologies and Christie Vive Audio solution in their refurbished auditoriums situated at this historically and culturally iconic location in Brisbane,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “We believe that the performance of our projection and line array speaker technologies provides a great visual and audio experience to every movie-goer and makes New Farm Cinemas one of the hottest destinations in the city.”

The innovative Christie Vive Audio, which offers truly rich, dynamic and detailed sound, unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Dolby® Atmos™, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. Combining the superior audio qualities of ribbon driver technology with the proven high quality performance of a line array speaker design – matched with powerful Class D amplification – Christie Vive Audio is the complete solution that envelopes audiences with dynamic, detailed and captivating sound.

The installation in the Purple Room comprises Christie Vive Audio speakers of varying combinations, including LA1 screen channel speakers, S215 subwoofers (for full range frequency response), S218 for Low Frequency Effects (subwoofers) channels, as well as LA1 and S115 for corner surrounds. Unlike most global Vive Audio installs to date, where surround speakers are mounted on the wall of the auditorium, a corner surround system is specially-designed for the Purple Room as its ceiling has been accorded local and state heritage protection due to its significance as an ongoing cinema since the 1920s.

New Farm Cinemas Chooses Christie’s Complete Cinema Solutions for Brisbane Cineplex

“We are committed in providing our patrons with the best movie-viewing experience by investing in the finest technologies such as Christie’s cinema technologies and equipping our theatres with the most modern facilities at this landmark cinema complex on Brunswick Street,” said Peter Sourris, owner of New Farm Cinemas. “On top of that, we want to extend the experience beyond just watching a film. It’s actually going to be a pretty trendy place to visit, even if you’re not watching a movie. People will come here just for a cocktail. It’ll be like a slice of Hollywood, in Brisbane.”

Besides the immersive aural experience brought about by Christie Vive Audio, audiences can expect nothing but the best visuals from the Christie Solaria CP2215 (equipped with Christie Integrated Media Block solution for seamless conversion and delivery of feature-film and alternative content) and the Christie Solaria One+ installed in the Purple Room and Bronze Room respectively, which utilize the latest generation DLP® Cinema electronics platform. The Solaria Series offers precise vivid color with superior contrast ratios and the light output necessary to light up even the largest auditoriums. The clear choice for any cinema exhibition environment, it is fully capable of providing the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance.

Boasting retro carpets, bean bags at the front of each auditorium for couples, arcade games and vintage film memorabilia, New Farm Cinemas is a unique, boutique-style theatre complex that pays homage to the golden age of cinema. Originally constructed in 1921 as the open-air Merthyr Picture Palace, the cinema was remodeled in the 1930s to become the Astor, before transforming into the Village Twin in 1970. The site, bought over by the Sourris brothers in 2013 and rebuilt into a modern 535-seat cineplex, is poised to revitalize this landmark site and turn it into an epicenter of social activity and pop culture. The cinema’s second phase, comprising four extra screens including two Gold Rooms offering top-of-the-range amenities, is currently under construction and is expected to be opened later this year.

Classic Art Deco Theater is Reborn with Renkus-Heinz

Riverhead, NY – August 2014… On December 30, 1933, more than 2000 people attended the Suffolk Theater’s grand opening. Local media declared it “The Radio City Music Hall of Long Island.” The last remaining movie house built by architect R. Thomas Short, and the last remaining large art deco theater on Long Island, the Suffolk Theater entertained generations of moviegoers until closing its doors in 1987.

The building sat empty until 2005, when Dianne and Bob Castaldi purchased it, with a vision of creating a modern performing arts center. Recently reopened after a lengthy renovation project, the venue retains much of its interior décor and charm, while now presenting as a multi-use, state-of-the-art dinner theater with flexible seating, digital projection, and a surround sound system featuring Renkus-Heinz PNX and TRX Series loudspeakers.

The theater’s original raked seating was removed and replaced with a multi-tiered design that allows for varied configurations of tables and chairs, accommodating everything from concerts and performances to dinner theater or movie screenings.

The venue’s audio, video, and lighting systems were designed with that versatility in mind, explains systems designer Stuart J. Allyn of Irvington, NY-based A.D.R. Studios, Inc. “The goal was to provide smooth, even coverage throughout the entire audience area, with proper time domains that would have the sound emanating from the stage, regardless of the seating configuration.”

Allyn chose a pair of PNX121 two-way 12-inch loudspeakers for the main system, with two CFX218 subwoofers for low frequency reinforcement. Ten TRX62 boxes comprise the secondary surround system, as well as providing coverage to the upper and under balcony areas. The boxes were custom painted to blend seamlessly with the venue’s walls. The system was installed by Young Equipment Sales of Hauppauge, under the supervision of Charles Stursberg, Director of Audiovisual Theatrical Lighting and Theatrical Rigging Sales.

Allyn points to pattern control as a major factor in selecting the Renkus-Heinz system. “The TRX62 is my favorite over- and under-balcony system,” he says. “Their dispersion is exceptionally wide, particularly for a box with such a small footprint. The documentation on their coverage patterns is exceptionally true and reliable. Their trapezoidal arrays really do array beautifully.”

Coverage is pointless without great sound, of course. “Renkus-Heinz voices their boxes with a real belief in the human voice,” says Allyn. “When I hear vocals coming out of these boxes, they sound like they should even before I touch an EQ. That’s very important to me. Intelligibility, warmth, depth, character — that’s what the human voice is all about, and it translates to the instruments in the orchestra. If you get human voices to just sound right, you have done your work. And the Renkus-Heinz boxes do that beautifully.“

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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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