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HARMAN Professional to Provide Complete Tour Sound and Lighting System for NAMM 2015 Center Grand Plaza Main Stage

HARMAN_NAMMStage-smallANAHEIM, California — For the third year in a row, the sound reinforcement system for the NAMM GoPro Stage at the Grand Plaza will feature world-class products from HARMAN Professional. HARMAN will provide a complete concert audio and lighting system featuring JBL VTX line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and Martin lighting.

The stage will host a wide variety of artists during Winter NAMM 2015, including headliners Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Stanley Randolph and No Wonder (featuring members of Stevie Wonder’s band), and Mexican violin trio the Villalobos Brothers. Performances will take place during show hours from January 22-25.

The stage will be outfitted with a complete HARMAN Professional tour sound and lighting system with 10 JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers per side, six S25 subwoofers per side, six S28 subs (center) plus JBL VTX F Series fill speakers and stage monitors. Additional audio equipment will include Crown Audio VRack amplifier systems, Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles and AKG wireless and wired microphones. A complete Martin lighting system will feature Martin MAC 700, MAC 301 and MAC Viper lights.

“NAMM attendees know they can look to HARMAN Professional for the very best in pro audio and lighting, and this year our Center Grand Plaza Main Stage will be better and more exciting than ever,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “It’s a unique and informative opportunity for show-goers to experience our products where it really counts—in the real-world proving ground of live performance.”

The HARMAN Professional Center Grand Plaza Main Stage headlining concert schedule is as follows:

Thursday, January 22, 6:00 pm: opening night concert featuring Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue
Friday, January 23, 6:00 pm: George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
Saturday, January 24, 6:00 pm: Stanley Randolph and No Wonder featuring the Wonder Band
Sunday, January 25, 4:00 pm: the Villalobos Brothers

The Stage will also host a variety of live entertainment during the day. In addition to the concerts, professional sound and lighting company representatives attending NAMM may schedule a daytime technical walk-through with HARMAN Professional staff. For more information please contact Brian Pickowitz of HARMAN Professional at Brian.pickowitz@harman.com or George Georgallis of JBL Professional at George.georgallis@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Martin Audio MLA’s Excellent First Night Out With The Tenors

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Raleigh, NC––Kevin Sucher, FOH engineer for the popular Canadian operatic pop foursome The Tenors, recently had a very successful first experience mixing with Martin Audio’s MLA Compact loudspeaker system.

For two concerts at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium, Sucher was able to use a loudspeaker system provided by RMB Audio that consisted of 12 Martin Audio MLA Compact enclosures and 6 DSX subwoofers per side with 4 MLA Mini cabinets for lip fill, all networked via U-NET. Avid Profile consoles were provided for FOH and Monitor.

Asked about mixing with an MLA Compact system, Kevin responds, “It was my first time and it turned out to be a very pleasurable experience. For this tour, we didn’t carry any production with us, including backline, which presents its own challenges when you’re using different equipment from city to city.

“There can be a lot iffy pairings, but when you have the correct rig paired with the right desk some magical things can happen and this was one of those very pleasantly surprising situations. Bottom line, the MLA system blew me away. It was really exceptional. We do many of these shows all around the world and I’ve mixed on a lot of different systems, but this was one of those rare occasions when the responsiveness and the ability to make a small change in the dynamics was amazing. 3dB really felt like 3dB!

“And the frequency response was fantastic, like 800Hz was truly 800Hz. There weren’t any of these situations where you’re trying to borrow or cut frequencies from areas you don’t want to cut, but you have to because your ears are telling you what you’re hearing isn’t correct. Every frequency was exactly where it was supposed to be.”

Kevin feels that mixing The Tenors is particularly challenging because of the complex dynamics presented by having 20 to 30 string players on stage along with a large 30-member choir and a five-piece band. Their music is highly detailed which demands the kind of precise dynamic control provided by MLA Compact.

“I started out as a recording engineer and then became a FOH engineer many years ago so I approach live mixing in a very ‘studio’ kind of way,” Kevin explains. “Staying true to their music and recordings as closely as possible is very important, and when you have a lot of live microphones onstage it’s difficult to keep the dynamics contained.

“Adding to the challenge is the fact that The Tenors’ repertoire ranges from classical crossover all the way through different types of pop music that changes from night to night. As such, the speaker system needs to be very responsive and my approach to mixing them is as if they are a large pop act so I need adequate bottom end, much more than some venues they’re booked into. That wasn’t a problem with the MLA system.”

RMB Audio’s Cooper Cannady guided Kevin through the MLA Compact system’s capabilities, including its ability to avoid directing the energy to certain areas in the venue: “Cooper is very knowledgeable about MLA and he quickly educated me how to use ‘hard avoid’ to duck the ceiling response around the 7dB to 8dB range so we could eliminate unwanted reflections we didn’t want in the performance, which made a noticeable difference. The flexibility to change the direction of the energy is like having extra amenities in a very sexy car. These are really well thought out additions.

“That kind of flexibility also allowed us to control feedback in situations where The Tenors performed in the audience 30 to 40 feet in front of the main hangs, which can be tricky depending on the microphones you’re using.”

Because the Memorial Auditorium is almost as wide as it is long without a true balcony and a second level of seats that begins high up far behind FOH position, the MLA system had to be rigged much closer to the ceiling to provide proper coverage. That said, MLA’s control proved to be “a big help in terms of what was a challenging space in terms of getting real boxy-sounding.

“At this point, I could not at this point think of a better rig than the MLA system for that situation,” Kevin concludes. “I would be eager to hear it again in a more typical space.

“In terms of the sound for all of our shows, it was probably the highlight of the tour. A lot of people walked by after the concert and gave us thumbs up. I’d be very eager to use it again.”

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.

Matthew Dear Chooses PMC Monitors for His Studio

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Michigan-based electronic artist, producer, DJ and remixer Matthew Dear, Ghostly Records’ first signing, has bought a pair of PMC twotwo.8 reference monitors for his personal recording studio, an impressive facility based around a Mac Pro running Logic and a 1979 vintage Spectra Sonics mixing console.
Dear felt a need to change his studio monitors after becoming dissatisfied with the transferability of mixes he was creating in his studio. “My old monitors weren’t cutting it for me anymore. I’d take a mix to a label or to a collaborator’s place, and sometimes it would be spot on, and sometimes it would be off. When you mix your own stuff, you need that ability to translate. I know of guys that have million-dollar rooms, but their tracks only sound good in that room. And if it sounds great there, but not on an iPod or on the radio, you have a problem!”

Dear likes to remain aware of current audio equipment trends and researches everything he buys himself. He heard about PMC’s twotwos on-line and was keen to audition them, having heard of the company and its Grammy-winning roster of users. He also contacted Techno pioneer Carl Craig for advice after reading that he owned PMC BB5s. Craig advised him to speak to Maurice Patist at PMC USA directly.

“I contacted Maurice, and he couldn’t have been more helpful,” explains Dear from his studio. “He sent me some twotwo.6s to demo, and I really thought they were going to be too small for me. But I was really surprised and impressed. They sounded amazing for their size.” Eventually, Dear chose to buy the twotwo.8s, the largest in the twotwo range, feeling they were more closely suited to his roomy studio.

“I was working on an electronic album with another artist, and my old monitors were making everything sound very nice and smooth. When I got the PMCs, it was almost like taking a rag with Windex on it and cleaning a dirty window. Everything was much more present, and the areas I really needed to work on started jumping out at me. There was more accuracy in the high frequencies, and especially in the low mid. That’s where I was really missing out with my last speakers; I needed something more controlled.”

Now setting up a new studio in the Detroit area, Dear feels the twotwo.8s have brought him the transferability he was looking for. “Since getting the twotwos, when I’ve worked on something here and then taken the mix elsewhere, it’s exactly as I heard it here. I don’t get any hidden surprises any more.”

Matthew Dear is DJing around the USA in February 2015, and on tour later in the year under his Audion alias. For more information, see http://ghostly.com/artists/matthew-dear.

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

Steve Young Joins Community as Director, North American Sales

Steve YoungCommunity Professional Loudspeakers is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Young as Director, North American Sales. Young brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and management to Community. He comes to Community from the Music-Group where he was Manager of Business Development for all Music-Group professional brands including Midas, Klark-Teknik, Turbosound and Eurocom. Previously, Young was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mitek (Atlas Sound).

“Community offers their customers a level of integrity that is simply unparalleled,” said Young. “Our products not only sound phenomenal, but they are also backed by leading edge engineering and the best applications support team in the industry. Customers certainly have a lot of choices today, but when they choose Community vs. the competition, they will experience the positive differences which will immediately improve their bottom line. ”

Steve Johnson, Community’s CEO commented, “I am excited to welcome Steve Young to our team. Steve’s experience and capabilities will be important assets in our sales and marketing efforts and we all look forward to growing Community’s North American Business under his leadership.”

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Texas Football Gets an Upgrade at Buddy Moorhead Stadium

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buddymoorheadstadiumscoreboardConroe, Texas – Named after a legendary football coach and home to the Conroe Independent School District’s numerous High School athletic teams, Buddy Moorhead Stadium continues a proud tradition of Texas high school football with a modern facility seating over 8400 fans.

The stadium’s artificial turf and competition track were recently upgraded, but for several years, its sound system had been unreliable and fans often complained about intelligibility.

In 2014, the Conroe school district chose TASC A/V to provide a new sound system. TASC designed a system based on Community R6-51 high-output, horn-loaded loudspeaker systems.

TASC Project Manager, Anthony DiDonato explained, “Our only real option for locating the loudspeakers was at the scoreboard. So, we needed an extra-long-throw box to cover over 150 yards. Plus, this is Texas football – we needed high SPL at long distance to get over the crowd!”

Lab Gruppen amplifiers power the system which also includes a Montezuma DSP mixer and Shure ULX wireless microphones for field use and game announcements. Two Symetrix Radius DSPs provide DSP functions and loudspeaker management communicating over a dedicated DANTE V-LAN network provided for the project. TASC installed twelve Community C6 ceiling loudspeakers in the press box with zone volume controls and a shotgun mic on the outside of the press box to monitor the game and half-time events.

The system was installed in August of 2014 in time for the Tigers’ first game of the season. DiDonato says the response from the district client, Conroe ISD, has been highly enthusiastic, with director of athletics Danny C. Long reporting that his team is “ecstatic” with the new installation: “TASC A/V really went the extra mile to design and install a rock-solid system and ensure that it produces quality sound in every part of the stadium.”

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Debuts SRX800 Series Portable Powered Loudspeakers

JBL_SRX800-smallANAHEIM, California — HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced the introduction of its SRX800 Series portable powered loudspeakers, which incorporate premium JBL transducers and built-in Crown DriveCore amplifiers to deliver exceptional sound quality with user-configurable DSP speaker-tuning capability.

JBL SRX800 Series models include the 12-inch 2-way SRX812P, 15-inch 2-way SRX812P, dual 15-inch 3-way SRX835P, 18-inch SRX818SP subwoofer and the SRX828SP, the world’s only dual-18-inch powered subwoofer at this price point.

“The portable PA market has been moving more and more towards powered loudspeakers and our new SRX800 Series was created to do nothing less than redefine the performance standards in the category,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “Its built-in Crown amplification and configurable DSP provide never-before-available tuning capabilities that enable a new level of sonic accuracy in any system or application.”

The SRX800 Series utilizes premium JBL transducers that combine high power handling with extremely low distortion. High frequencies are handled by waveguides that provide accurate horizontal and vertical pattern control with smooth frequency response over a wide area. The high-excursion woofers deliver the clear, articulate, powerful bass that is a JBL hallmark, with minimal dynamic compression even during continuous use at high volume. SRX800 loudspeakers and subwoofers are rated at between 135dB and 141dB depending on the model.

All JBL SRX800 models incorporate built-in Crown DriveCore amplifiers with 2,000 watts power output (1,000 watts in the SRX818P) for effortless clean power and headroom. HARMAN’s DriveCore technology enables the design of amplifiers that are lightweight and energy-efficient, yet extremely powerful. The amplifiers’ onboard DSP includes 20 parametric equalizers, 96kHz FIR (Finite Impulse Response) filters for improved crossover tuning, speaker-delay adjustment and even a signal generator to aid in system calibration. All models also incorporate JBL Application Engineered preset tunings that facilitate fast system setup. In addition, JBL SRX800 Series loudspeakers and subwoofers are fully compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet™ network communications protocol, enabling control via Audio Architect or JBL SRX Connect—the new iOS and Android application that provides a fast streamlined approach to system control.

SRX800 Series enclosures are built for extreme durability even under the most demanding applications. The speakers have M10 suspension points for easy rigging and standard 35 mm pole cups for stand mounting. The rear panels feature an LCD screen and glow in the dark ink to facilitate setup even on dark stages. The SRX812P includes feet that enable it to be used as either a main or monitor speaker.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Real-world innovation at the heart of Kramer’s ISE 2015 presence

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Solutions focus, brand new products, exhibitor hospitality and extensive education line up

At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe 2015 event, Kramer Electronics will exhibit over thirteen real-world solutions and technologies. They will also provide training, education and networking opportunities and make several product introductions on stand 1.F20.

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To demonstrate working solutions in real-life settings, each with a presenter, is the best way to communicate the value – both business and technical – of our extensive product range in numerous vertical markets,” said Aviv Ron, Vice President Business Development and Strategy at Kramer Electronics.

We expect that our stand will outperform everything we have done at previous shows and will position us ahead of the competition in our ability to bring solutions of unparalleled value, innovation, functionality, scale and performance. Visitors to the Kramer stand will be able to see the products in action, test them out, ask questions and plan for future project investments.

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Set to draw crowds from many disciplines in the AV and IT worlds, highlights include solutions-based demonstration areas such as Corporate, Education, Banking and Trading, Live Events and Healthcare.

In addition, there will be dedicated areas for Collaboration, Control and Streaming as well as Kramer’s industry-leading portfolio of “Installer Solutions”, including cables, connectivity and surprising Audio innovations.

Showing for the first time in Europe will be the multi-award winning VIA Collage™ and VIA Connect Pro™ true collaboration solutions. On a dedicated booth area, visitors will be able to see first hand how multiple participants can manage and share video, documents or files securely in real time using PC, Mac or mobile devices.

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Award winning innovation
Like at previous shows, Kramer will take up the opportunity of the biggest industry tradeshow in Europe to launch new products in many product categories. This will include new scalers, range extenders, various audio products and much more.

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Adding to its tradeshow presence, Kramer is shortlisted for three categories in the InAVation Technology Awards 2015. The VIA Collage is shortlisted in the Collaboration category, K-Touch is shortlisted for Control category and VS-D matrix switcher family is shortlisted in the Video Processing and Distribution category.


Education and training

Reaffirming its commitment to spreading the knowledge about AV technology and solutions, Kramer is set to double its training efforts with ongoing presentations about the benefits of collaboration, which will run at the Kramer stand during all three days of ISE 2015.

Set to be an ISE show highlight, Kramer will host a panel on Future solutions for productive and effective collaboration in the Unified Communications Theatre, on Wednesday, 11 February, Hall 9.A140 between 16:00 – 17:00.

Meanwhile, the company will present at three InfoComm University™ training sessions:

InfoComm Lab: Succeeding with EDID, a hands-on-lab showing how to design HDMI installation correctly presented by Ohad Oman, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February at 14:30-16:30 in Room D403.

Streaming AV – A Wave of Opportunities will explore technologies, benefits, implementations and applications. The session will be presented by Erez Dafnai, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February between 14:30 to 15:30 in Room D204.

Collaboration in the BYOD Era will be presented by Neta Lempert, VP Digital Business Development on Thursday, 12 February between 14:30 and 15:30 in Room D203.

Commenting on the company’s training offering at ISE 2015, Aviv Ron said: “This year, we are putting an even greater focus on education and training to support our technological innovations in the rapidly changing AV and IT world. For the first time, we are introducing Kramer’s Training On Demand™ that will offer all classes in all popular languages, according to visitors’ demand. ISE is the perfect place for us to do that and it shows the global nature of our presence and support. Training, or rather industry education, is key to our customers’ ability to adopt new technologies and to leverage them when implementing excellent end-users’ solutions.”

Kramer ISE 2015 Party and Networking Event

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Guests of the traditional and ever popular Kramer ISE 2015 party and evening spectacular will be treated to live entertainment, fun, dine and wine as well as a few surprises on Wednesday, February 11 from 18:00 to 22:00.

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.KramerAV.com.

Some useful links:
Official ISE hashtag: ‪#kramersolutions‬‬‬‬
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerelec
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerelectronics
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kramerelec/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kramerelectronicsus
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across 6 continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Health Care, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.KramerAV.com

It’s All in the Listening at ISE 2015—Meyer Sound Stages Immersive Sonic Event “Countdown”

countdownAt ISE in Amsterdam, visit the Meyer Sound stand to hear some of the latest Meyer Sound loudspeaker and digital solutions in action. Headlining the presentation is “Countdown,” an immersive multichannel sonic adventure that brings the company’s advanced show technology from the world’s most ambitious spectacles to the exhibit floor. Visitors are also invited to experience the exceptional control and sonic fidelity of the steerable CAL™ column array loudspeaker—now officially the industry’s first AVnu-certified AVB loudspeaker.

“Countdown” features the Meyer Sound SpaceMap® multi-channel dynamic panning software with the D-Mitri® digital audio platform. These systems have powered dynamic sonic experiences in theme parks, aquariums, and theatres, including the latest stage adaptation of the Anne Frank story in Theater Amsterdam and Bill Fontana’s Sonic Mappings in Rome. “Countdown” is scheduled to run on all three days of the show at 10, 12, 2, and 4. The sound design is created by Jason Rauhoff, senior digital product specialist at Meyer Sound. Rauhoff was a veteran associate sound designer for numerous Cirque du Soleil® productions and served as recording engineer on Kanye West’s The College Dropout.

Selected for world-class venues from the Musikverein in Vienna and Konzerthaus Berlin to Berner Rathaus in Bern, Switzerland, CAL provides exceptional coverage control and sonic precision, while its Ethernet AVB ports combine audio signal transmission with beam control and remote system monitoring. Now with the AVnu certification, CAL provides seamless interoperability with certified AVB devices from other manufacturers, while offering numerous advantages of the open IEEE AVB standards.

The LEO™ Family of linear line array systems is displayed at the show, including the LEO-M and LYON™ line array loudspeakers which have supported productions from the Judas Priest and Michael Bublé tours to the 25th anniversary celebration for the Fall of the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate. For small to mid-size installation projects, Meyer Sound brings the MINA™ compact line array, the UPQ-1P, UPA-1P, and UPM-1P loudspeakers. In addition, the MJF-210, the company’s lightest stage monitor is featured as well as numerous models featuring the IntelligentDC™ technology, which marries the advantages of self-powered systems with remote DC power. The products at the show range from the HMS-5 and HMS-10 surround loudspeakers and the MM-4XP and UP-4XP loudspeakers to the MM-10XP subwoofer.

Integrated Systems Europe
Stand 1-M90
Amsterdam RAI
February 10-12, 2015

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Yavapai College Installs MINA: “With Meyer Sound, Everything Gets a Bit Easier”

y_yavapai_pac010 copyTo meet the growing demand for high-profile artists and productions in Prescott, Ariz., the 1,100-seat Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC) has installed a versatile Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system as part of a major renovation.

Since YCPAC’s re-opening, MINA has supported productions from Peter Frampton, Magic of Motown, and the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir to the Manhattan Short Film Festival. “With the new MINA arrays, the YCPAC has an amazing system for live performances, with even coverage throughout the entire venue,” says Tom Aldridge, YCPAC presentation technology manager. “It sounds great, and meeting the requirements on a tech rider is greatly simplified. When people find out we’re running a Meyer rig, everything gets a bit easier.”

The system was designed and installed by Chandler, Ariz.-based TPI. “The MINA arrays deliver great musicality and intelligibility with uniform coverage across the entire hall, and their low profile has virtually eliminated any line-of-sight issues,” says Glenn Peacock, vice president of TPI.

The main system comprises left and right hangs of 10 MINA loudspeakers each as well as three 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements in a cardioid array atop the catwalk. Two Meyer Sound models with IntelligentDC™ technology are installed, including 16 UP-4XP loudspeakers for front fill, balcony fill, and under-balcony delay and four UP-JuniorXP VariO™ loudspeakers for box and under-box seats. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provides system drive and alignment, while a Compass® RMS™ remote monitoring system with one RMServer communicates loudspeaker performance data.

Peacock adds that IntelligentDC technology solves distribution issues and provides tremendous savings in both efficiency and space. “There are a lot of high-density areas in the venue, and we wanted to add some fills to cover some of those shadowed seats,” Peacock says. “The convenience of IntelligentDC allowed us to install those smaller boxes in the most optimal locations without having to accommodate power cabling and other equipment.”

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ATC Monitors the Choice of Multiple Grammy Winners Gavin Lurssen and Chuck Ainlay for their Current Grammy Nomination

Gavin_LurssenLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2015: With three Grammy wins and one Latin Grammy win already to his name, renowned mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen has been nominated for yet another Grammy Award this year in the category Best Engineered Album for mastering The Way I’m Livin’ by country music singer Lee Ann Womack (which is also up for Best Country Album). He shares the nomination with fellow Grammy-winner Chuck Ainlay, who recorded and mixed the album using ATC SCM25A active three-way near-field monitors. When the project moved to Lurssen’s L.A.-based studio, his beefy ATC SCM150ASL active three-way mid-field monitors took over and guaranteed that Lurssen’s practiced ears would direct the tweaks and tucks so that Womack’s beautiful melodies would entrance listeners on everything from ear buds to expensive home theaters.

Ainlay installed ATC’s biggest soffit-mounted professional monitors, the SCM300ASLs, at his BackStage Studio around the turn of the century. “ATCs possess tremendous accuracy throughout the vocal range, and the levels I get on ATCs always seem to translate to any other environment” he said. “Since Lee Ann Womack is among the greatest female country music singers ever, I obviously had to make sure that her vocals shined on the new album. It’s also a very dynamic album that comes from the heart; it’s not just about radio hits.” Though happily accustomed to his SCM300ASLs, Ainlay had long been at the mercy of whatever loudspeakers were present whenever he worked away from BackStage. “I heard the relatively new ATC SCM25As at AES a while back and I knew I had to have them,” he said. “I bought the floor models!” Thanks to that purchase, Ainlay was able to record and mix The Way I’m Livin’ at Sound Stage Studios and still rely on his ATC SCM25As’ honesty.

Chuck_Ainlay“Chuck gave me some direction, but mainly he wanted me to do what I do,” said Lurssen, who is well known for delivering masters that retain an organic “chunkiness” that conveys life and dimension even on today’s ubiquitous, and often lossy, digital formats. “I strive to retain and accentuate the depth of field and lower midrange support that ultimately supports the high-end image. The clarity of ATC’s midrange is exceptional and allows me to really hear exactly what I’m doing. Of course, Chuck wanted me to produce a competitive master, but we were both in agreement that it should not be over-slammed or over-cooked.” In part to help ground his vision for the recording with Ainlay’s, Lurssen often flipped back and forth between his larger ATC SCM150ASLs to his pair of smaller ATC SCM25As – the same model that Ainlay had used. “You can never have too much information in these matters,” he laughed.

Although much of Lurssen’s magic is beyond the ability of words to describe, he was able to articulate a few of the critical components that he listened for on The Way I’m Livin’ and why their success helped the recording as a whole. “Lee Ann’s melodic structures simply had to shine,” he said. “In each instance, I had to make sure that the song was really ‘let out,’ and the vocals were usually the critical leverage point. When that melodic structure is presenting itself, it’s important to hear two aspects of the mid range. The first is the upper part, where the song is really going to jump out of the speakers. The second is the lower part that supports that upper part. Determining exactly where those two parts meet is critical for getting the right depth of field, balance, and support. The ATC’s let me zero in on that aspect so that I was sure everything was perfect. Because that balance is correct, Lee Ann’s voice and melody seem to leap from the loudspeakers.”

To get everything sounding just so, Lurssen employs an unusually large number of hardware compressors, limiters, and equalizers. “I’m trying to do as little as possible while still having the greatest impact possible,” he said. “I use a lot of gear, but I use each piece very subtly. A bit of each of the best works way better than a lot of any single piece, no matter how good it is. When everything is said and done, it needs to sound like I was never there – there can be no veil between the artist and the listener.”

Lurssen first heard ATC monitors years ago when a fellow engineer insisted that their team use a pair of ATC SCM50ASLs for a Pink Floyd project. “The rest of us made a fuss because we all had some other speakers that we were already used to,” he said. “But he set them up and within literally three seconds, I knew that I had to have my own pair. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind, which is a rare thing for anyone, I think. That certainty never went away, and so when I set out on my own a few years later, I started with ATC monitors and then built everything else around them. I’ve found that when I get a master sounding right on my ATCs, the master will successfully translate to any other system, pro or consumer.”

Gavin Lurssen will be present at ATC’s NAMM press conference on Friday, January 23 in support of the new ATC product introduction.

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