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Additional Danley Speakers Handle Seating Expansion at Life Pentecostal Church

LifeChurch_RockRun_Interior_1JOLIET, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 2015: Life Church of Rock Run is a Pentecostal church in Joliet, Illinois with an unabashed flair for engaging, contemporary services. Outfit with drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and plenty of spirit, Life Church rocks its message every Sunday. Knowledgeable in technical matters, the church had acquired a high-performance Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system but for budgetary reasons had omitted low-end from the system. Understandably, the church was keen to shore up that omission, and it timed subwoofer installation to correspond with the addition of new seating that would require additional system coverage. The church hired Chicago-based Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) to design and install the additional coverage and to overhaul the existing system. To Life Church’s existing Danley SH-60 and SH-DFA, AST added two Danley SH-mini loudspeakers for fill, four Danley SM-100M loudspeakers for on-stage monitors, and two thundering Danley TH-115 subwoofers.

“With the new added seating, Life Church can now accommodate approximately four hundred,” said Terry McCarthy, partner and systems specialist with AST. “The church knew they had good speakers but the installation was greatly lacking in proper coverage and tuning. In addition, there was no low end. For our part, we knew we’d be able to get the existing Danley speakers tuned up nicely – the bigger issue was extending coverage and frequency response. Based on their exceptional fidelity and pattern control, it made sense to stick with Danley boxes for the new fills and subwoofers.”

LifeChurch_RockRun_Interior_2The original system is comprised of a single Danley SH-60 for main coverage with a Danley SH-DFA for down-fill, both flown from the main beam of the sanctuary’s A-Frame architecture. In addition to the new coverage the church’s sound system had been pieced together over the years and was in great need of a professional up fit. AST removed all the inadequate cable and outdated components, installed proper wiring, new amplification and several new Danley boxes. Two Danley SH-mini loudspeakers were installed stage left and right. This gives great coverage to the new seating, as well as to areas that were lacking proper coverage from the original install. Two new Danley TH-115 subwoofers were also added providing Life Church with the low-end, fidelity and thump that it was missing. Four new Danley SM-100M loudspeakers give the Pastor, vocalists and musicians the same transcendent experience that was formerly reserved for the house.

AST installed QSC PLX-series amplifiers to provide clean, reliable power. They also installed a Juice Goose power sequencing system to protect the loudspeakers and minimize unnecessary hands turning things on and off. AST also re-tasked an existing Symetrix Jupiter 8×8 DSP and tuned the system to perfection.

“Once all the new gear was installed and tuned we worked closely with the Pastor and worship team to dial everything in. This is a critical element to make an installation complete,” explains McCarthy. “It allows us to see how the system is being used, provide essential training, and it adds an element of personal service that we’ve become known for. The final tuning is done “Live.” This way we can make discreet adjustments during a normal Sunday morning experience. The church leaders, worship team and church members alike all expressed how excellent the system sounds. It was a total win!”

Pastor, Brent A Brosam added, “Life Church of Rock Run purchased our current facility five years ago. After moving in we struggled with some major challenges with our sound. The existing church building was built in the 1960s and not conducive for good sound. After failed attempts to fix the problems, we contacted Terry McCarthy of AST – Advanced Systems & Technologies, to install a Danley system, and I am so glad that we did. With the help provided by the folks at AST & Danley Sound Labs they were able to detect and find proper applications to meet our unique sound challenges. Finally our sound is exactly what we have been looking for to enhance our weekly services. The sound is incredible now. Problems solved!”

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.

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New Advanced Audio for FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships

Lillehammer Norway – Hafjell, Norway is hosting the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships this winter and, with the original sound system installed 20 years ago for the Lillehammer Winter Olympics, the Hafjell Nationalanlegg decided a new system was required. The investment is part of a major overall upgrade of the national slalom slope, financed by the Norwegian government.

Hafjell is located just north of Lillehammer and is one of Norway’s largest ski areas, with a starting point 1030 meters above sea level and a vertical drop of 835 meters. During the Winter Olympics in 1994 it was the venue for the slalom and giant slalom events and is now the national arena and training facility for these disciplines. Following the Olympics, the resort was further developed and currently consists of 30 trails serviced by a cable car, 3 chair lifts and 11 ski lifts. Hafjell and its co-owned neighboring venue together form the largest ski resort in Norway with 73 km of runs.

Design of the new system was handled by Bjørn Fjeld of Norsk Lydteknikk AS and the installation was completed by Lillehammer-based Østbye og Sletmoen. The new system was specified to be designed for the highest quality for speech and music with the possibility of future expansion in mind. With these requirements, the Symetrix Radius was chosen for its studio sound quality and Dante network compatibility. “We chose Community R SERIES loudspeakers based on many years of experience using them on ski slopes across Norway,” said Fjeld. “They provide outstanding audio quality and unequalled reliability in this type of environment. The coverage patterns and throw are also excellent, and critical for accurately covering large outdoor areas.”

Community’s digital FIR filters are programmed into the loudspeaker management module of the Symetrix Radius 12×8 for optimal system performance and the system is powered by Ecler DPA 2000 and DPA1400 amplifiers. Clockaudio mics are used for commentary and announcement.

Fjeld commented, “The original system, considered the best in its time, comprised two massive racks of electronics. One 20U rack with a modern DSP-based loudspeaker system has now replaced that and will provide Hajfell with a system we’re confident will meet their needs for the next 20 years. For the participants and audience alike, the new system also substantially raises the audio quality for their involvement and enjoyment.”

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RH Consulting Whitepaper Predicts “The Death of Analogue and The Rise of Audio Networking”

Portland, OR – February 17, 2015 – RH Consulting has released a new whitepaper examining the current state of the audio networking market and trends among the various audio networking solutions. The independent report, titled “The Death of Analogue and The Rise of Audio Networking,” was commissioned by Audinate and takes a detailed look at the number of audio networking products presently available, the growth rate for various protocols, and the market forces affecting their adoption.

“This whitepaper is the most comprehensive analysis of the audio networking market to date,” states Roland Hemming, principal audio consultant for RH Consulting. “Rather than just focus on technical differences, our goal was to provide a deep dive from the overall market perspective. We analyzed the products that are really shipping and the factors that are driving the growth, or lack thereof, of the various protocols.”

Key takeaways from the whitepaper include:

• Audinate’s Dante audio networking solution has had significant growth in licensees over the last 24 months, nearly 4 times the next largest protocol.
• Over 700 networked audio products are currently available, with the number of Dante-enabled products introduced in the last 12 month significantly outpacing all other networking protocols.
• The number of Dante-enabled products is forecasted to grow by 75% in 2015, and 130% by 2016.

In addition to looking at the total available networked products on the market, RH Consulting examined the factors contributing to the rapid growth of Dante and where audio networking sits on the technology adoption curve.

“Audio networking is following the same pattern as most new technology,” adds Hemming. “The success of Dante is consistent with easy-to-use, end-to-end solutions driving the market when technology is in the early growth phase.” He continues, “Overtime networking has become less about specifying a protocol and more about specifying products that work together.”

The report indicates that the uptake of Dante and audio networking in general is an indication that the market is undergoing a dramatic shift. “History has shown us that when a digital technology comes within 20% of the price of its analogue equivalent, the latter dies,” according to Hemming. “While audio networking is not to that point yet, the rapid growth we are seeing now would indicate that analogue’s days are numbered.”

To download the full whitepaper, visit: www.audinate.com/rise-of-audio-networking

About Roland Hemming
Roland Hemming is a principal audio consultant at RH Consulting, an independent audio consultancy offering system design, compliance, product development and project management services. In his 28-year career he has managed the two largest audio projects in Europe. He has presented papers to the Audio Engineering Society and has been an advisor to InfoComm. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences, a judge for many industry awards and regular author of articles for industry magazines. Roland is a member the AES and ISCE and he sits on the British and European committees for voice alarm systems including EN54 and the IET committee for Connected Systems Integration in Buildings.

About Audinate

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Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading manufacturers and has become the de facto standard networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

PRS for Music Installs PMC Speakers In New Listening Room

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PRS for Music, the organisation that represents over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, has chosen PMC loudspeakers for the listening room in its new offices in Kings Cross, London.

PRS for Music relocated to Two Pancras Square at the end of 2014. Moving to this prestigious new building gave the organisation the opportunity to create a working environment that was ideally suited to its needs. Part of that process involved installing a dedicated listening room that could be used for any critical listening tasks, including judging entries for the annual Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate the best British music writing.

PRS for Music director and Music Producers Guild Chairman Steve Levine was responsible for the listening room project and for the choice of PMC monitors. As a multi-platinum music producer, Levine has crafted hits for artists such as The Beach Boys, Culture Club, the Creatures, Gary Moore and Westworld and has won numerous awards including a BRIT Award for Producer of the Year, a Grammy for his work with Deneice Williams and a Sony Radio Award.

“When PRS asked me to oversee the design and build of its new listening room, I want to ensure that it was as good as it could possibly be,” Levine says. “For this reason I insisted that the architects installed a floating floor to prevent reverb issues and that it was as acoustically accurate as possible. The choice of monitors was easy because I already have PMC speakers in my own studio and am therefore familiar with the way they sound and the high quality audio they deliver. PMC speakers are renowned for being exceptionally accurate and that is what I really like about them – the fact that you can hear all the nuances of the music you are listening to and you don’t miss even the tiniest detail.”

As the PRS for Music listening room is compact, PMC recommended twotwo.5 active speakers that are specifically designed for situations where space is at a premium but quality must not be compromised. The smallest members of the twotwo family, these ultra-compact nearfield monitors feature the same technology as their larger siblings allowing them to perform way beyond expectation. Resolution and neutrality is provided by sophisticated DSP, dual power amplifiers, PMC’s new 27mm tweeter and a 140mm (5.5”) bass unit, all housed in an ATL™ labyrinth cabinet. The result is a monitor that delivers exceptional dynamics, musicality and depth of bass despite its small cabinet size.

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.

Renkus-Heinz IC2 a Hidden Gem at University Chapel

 Newport News, VA – February 2015… Christopher Newport University recently took the wraps off its newest addition, the non-denominational Pope Chapel. The 10,000-square-foot building stands at the entrance to the University and includes state-of-the-art audio, video, lighting, and media systems, including a powerful and versatile audio system centered on the digitally steerable IC2 (IC Squared) array from Renkus-Heinz.

Tom Beaudry, Owner and Senior Designer of Chesapeake-based design/build specialists Onyx AudioVisual, worked together with Erik “Ketch” Kelly, audio engineer for CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts to design the systems. As Kelly explains, versatility was a key requirement for the new venue’s sound system.

“The chapel is used for meetings and services by various campus religious groups, but also hosts weddings and musical programs, so the system needed to be versatile enough to deliver a wide range of program material,” explains Kelly.

The 350-seat chapel’s stunning Neo-Georgian architecture is beautiful to behold, but notoriously reverberant, making spoken word intelligibility a critical issue, and making it an ideal candidate for a digitally steered array. As Beaudry observes, the IC2 delivered the best of both worlds.

“We needed a high performance, high fidelity, system that could deliver intelligible speech in a highly reverberant space,” explains Beaudry. “The IC2 system gave us the pattern control of a digitally steered array, but with the full range musicality and output power of a point-source array.”

 Just two self-powered IC2-FR cabinets cover the entire room, each hidden behind scrims in two small soffits above and on either side of the stage area. “We basically needed a compact, invisible sound system that was robust and flexible enough to be used for anything, even an occasional rock band,” says Kelly.

In fact, the IC2 system delivered more than enough power, says Beaudry. “We had originally specified two boxes per side, and were a bit apprehensive when we learned that there was only room for one. But we have more than enough volume from just a pair of IC2 cabinets.”

A big test for the system came when the university decided to add a pipe organ to the room. “That was not part of the original design concept for the chapel, and we were a little concerned because of the wide frequency spread of the instrument,” says Kelly. But as Beaudry notes, “the IC2 easily handles the full range and impact of the organ. It really confirmed that we had made the right choice for the room.”

Beaudry concludes, “for a space like Pope Chapel, we had to design a system that delivered great intelligibility as well as the power and performance for a wide range of source material. And it had to have a footprint that was virtually invisible. The Renkus-Heinz IC2 does exactly that – even when you can’t see it.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

Danley’s Massive New Caleb Horn Debuts at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium

University_Iowa_1IOWA CITY, IOWA – FEBRUARY 2015: The University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team plays all of its home games in the 70,500-seat Kinnick Stadium, which is located on the west side of campus. It is adjacent to residences on one side and to campus buildings on the other side, one of which is the University Hospital. Although it’s fair to say that almost all Iowans stand behind the Hawkeyes (there is no pro team in the state) it’s also true that Iowans who are recovering in the hospital deserve peace and quiet, even on game day. When school officials became disenchanted with the lo-fi sound and poor coverage of Kinnick Stadium’s old sound reinforcement system, they worried that elevating it to modern standards would only increase game day complaints from the hospital. Those worries have been allayed. Kinnick Stadium’s new high-powered Danley Sound Labs system – the first in the world to use the massive Caleb Horn – delivers reference-monitor-quality audio while keeping sound energy in the bowl. The new audio system provides Danley’s famous pattern control, rich low-end, airy high-end, unrivaled speech intelligibility, and prevents appreciable spillover into the adjacent neighborhood and hospital.

“As Hawkeye management and fans traveled to other stadiums, they kept hearing sound systems that were far better than the one they had at home,” said Marvin Smejkal, owner of Sound Concepts (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), the company under retainer with the University for audio system maintenance and operation. “As the complaints mounted, they asked us to research the sound systems in the five best stadiums they had heard. Three of the five were Danley systems, which resonated with my previous experiences involving Tom Danley’s creations – I was a huge fan of his ServoDrive subwoofer back in the 1980s and 1990s. Based on previous experience and a very impressive blind comparison, we recommended a Danley system for Kinnick Stadium.” The design, installation, and commissioning was a collaborative effort by consultant Anthony James Partners (Richmond, Virginia), with input from Sound Concepts and Danley Sound Labs.

“The design of the new sound system presented a number of significant challenges,” said acoustician and Director of Danley University Doug Jones, who designed the speaker system using Danley’s new Direct modeling software. “Architectural considerations ruled out a distributed system, so we were asked to throw sound eight hundred feet across the stadium… without affecting the hospital just beyond. The only way to do that is with highly directional horns, which is Danley’s specialty.”

Although a range of Danley components – including Jericho Horns and BC-415 subwoofers – contribute to coverage of the entire bowl, the real hero in Iowa is Danley’s new Caleb Horn. Measuring ten feet tall by four feet wide by five feet deep, the Caleb Horn delivers precision pattern control to extremely low frequencies and provides seemingly magical coverage of the opposite stands – and little else – at Kinnick Stadium. It is a single, massive horn with 108 drivers (12 x 18-inch drivers, 32 x 6-inch mid-range drivers and 64 x one-inch high-frequency compression drivers, 40 x 15 degree coverage pattern) with a frequency response that extends down to 30Hz.

“Danley’s Caleb Horn is a game changer,” said Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering at Anthony James Partners. “Given the architecture of Kinnick Stadium, the Caleb’s default 15 by 40 degree beam width was perfect to hit the far section, but Danley was willing to modify the horn exit to hit any target we required. Apart from the precision coverage, which extends to vastly lower frequencies than can be obtained with any other solution, the Caleb shares another Danley feature: clean, musical sound without comb filtering or other interference issues.”

Kinnick Stadium is the first project to use Danley’s new freely available Direct modeling software from conception to completion. Unlike other modeling software, Direct makes predictions down to subwoofer frequencies, which allowed Jones to predict the low-frequency interactions around the bowl and, critically, at a point where the stadium is open to the hospital. By carefully adjusting the timing and phasing of the subwoofers relative to the Caleb’s substantial low-frequency content, Jones placed a low-frequency null near the hospital within the Direct software. The predicted null translates to reality; although the crowd will still enjoy abundant bass, the nearby hospital is significantly spared. “In addition to being accurate across the spectrum, Direct is very quick to render and easy to use,” commented Jones.

University_Iowa_2To either side of the Caleb Horn, a Danley J3 Jericho Horn paired with a Danley J4 Jericho picks up the distant sideline seating. The J4 is a highly-directional, high-frequency array of 64 compression drivers that compensates appropriately for atmospheric losses. Mike Hedden, Danley president commented, “The J4 is a very unique product. Sound from 64 compression drivers seamlessly exits the large format horn via a patented combiner system. This allows unprecedented audio quantity and quality to be provided at extremely long distances. The J4 is capable of reproducing audio several octaves higher than the competition, sounds much more natural, covers a larger area, and is a better value.” Another pair of J3 Jericho Horns, one on each side, provide near-throw coverage of the main seating areas. Despite their placement on the scoreboard, which is right above the near end zone seating, Danley’s exceptional pattern control allows them to operate “without liquefying the fans immediately below,” in the choice words of Hedden. Four Danley SH-64s are time-aligned and balanced on the near side to complete the even and consistent audio coverage in the stadium. Adding icing on the cake (for those who love a little bass) are four Danley BC-415 subwoofers that complement the Caleb’s low-end output and can shake the press box windows down to 21Hz. Arranged two tall by two wide, the configuration provides a favorable front-to-back output ratio, again keeping energy in the bowl and off the street. Lab Gruppen amplifiers with integrated Lake processing power the system with nearly 150,000 watts.

“Unlike the stadium’s old system, the new Danley system provides independent zone control,” said Smejkal. “Special events used to be a nightmare because we had to more or less engage the whole system, which added to the noise complaints. Now, we’re able to fire up only certain components of the Danley system. It sounds better, doesn’t waste energy, and keeps the neighbors happy. Even with the entire bowl audio system operating, we found in recent testing that areas around the stadium, where noise complaints used to be frequent, that sound from the stadium is now unmeasurable over ambient background volumes. The reduction in sound spill out of the stadium is truly amazing.”

With the new Danley Caleb Horn paired with six Jericho Horns, four Danley SH-64s, and four BC-415 subwoofers, Kinnick Stadium is capable of SPLs it will never have the opportunity to tap into. But all that sheer muscle – usually taken as the primary measure of a sound system’s mojo – is really just a side effect of the system’s extreme pattern control. “There’s no other way to get that kind of pattern control down to such low frequencies,” said Jones. “That was a huge issue at Kinnick Stadium. As a bonus, they will run the system considerably below its potential, which will keep components cool and extend its lifetime.”

Like other Danley systems, Kinnick Stadium was comparatively easy to commission. “Line array systems involve a huge numbers of boxes, all of which interfere with each other in complicated ways,” continued Jones. “They require delicate aiming, endless tweaking, and plenty of DSP manipulation. Even after all that, the results are never satisfying to an audiophile – they involve huge compromises, especially at larger distances. In stark contrast, we can simply point Danley’s horns where they need to go, and we’re most of the way there. I used only five EQ points for the entire system! We mainly adjusted levels so that the small overlap zones were consistent. The whole process took only six hours.”

Kinnick stadium currently houses the best point source, long throw audio system ever assembled, until the next Danley Sound Labs innovation again changes the playing field.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABSDanley 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

Audio Systems Support Career-Oriented Education at CREC Public Safety Academy

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Guillén Technology Consultants Designs Community-Based Systems for Connecticut Magnet School

CREC Public Safety Academy opened their modern new facility in September, 2014 with audio systems that support the school’s career-oriented education for grades 6 through 12 in law enforcement, fire sciences, emergency medicine and other safety and security fields.

The school’s large and attractive new facility serves 700 students and includes classrooms equipped with the latest technology, a gymnasium and fitness center, a cafeteria and multipurpose room along with a theatrical auditorium.

Jorge Guillén of Guillén Technology Consultants provided building technology, AV, audio systems and safety and security consulting services for the new school. The building’s many different spaces presented Guillén with numerous challenges in his audio system designs. The school’s goals included intelligible voice paging and high-quality sound reinforcement throughout. However, acoustics varied considerably from room to room and several areas had high ceilings and hard, reflective walls, floors and ceilings.

Guillén chose Community loudspeaker systems to help him overcome these acoustic challenges and meet the school’s goals. He used Community R SERIES loudspeakers in the gymnasium and multipurpose rooms and D SERIES loudspeakers in the multipurpose room, cafeteria, fitness center and library. He designed the auditorium sound system with iBOX IHP-1566 loudspeakers, i215S subwoofers and MX41E-94B floor monitors.

Guillén designed electronics systems to fit the needs of each room. He used Rane amplifiers, mixers and system processors, Samson wired and wireless microphones and Listen Technologies assistive listening systems. For the auditorium, he included a PreSonus digital mixer and a Telex theatrical intercom.

The systems were installed and commissioned in time for the school’s opening and Guillén says the Community loudspeakers helped him achieve consistently high-quality sound throughout the building’s many different spaces.

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PMC and Auro Technologies Help Launch the 2015 GRAMMY Celebrations

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British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC played a key part in ensuring that the US Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing got the 2015 GRAMMY Week celebrations off to a flying start.

PMC is a Silver Sponsor of the P&E Wing’s annual party at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, an event that traditionally kicks off GRAMMY Week and regularly attracts over 500 industry VIPs.

All sponsors are given the opportunity to host a technical demonstration and in PMC’s case this took the form of a joint presentation with Auro Technologies, which showcased its Auro-3D audio format. Five PMC twotwo.8 monitors, four twotwo.6 monitors and a twotwo.sub2 active subwoofer were positioned around The Village Studio’s Studio A live room in an Auro 9.1 configuration to create the Auro-3D effect of an enveloping cocoon of sound. The flagship AV processor Auro-3D Mensa was on hand to create the best possible immersive sonic experience.

“It was an exceptionally well received demonstration,” says PMC’s US President of Sales and Marketing, Maurice Patist. “Many of the producers at the party are PMC users and have our loudspeakers in their own private facilities, so they were already aware of the audio accuracy and detail our products deliver. But the combination of PMC and Auro-3D really blew them away and even though there were other 3D sound demonstrations taking place that night, people kept coming back for another listen because they were so impressed.”

Patist adds that PMC is delighted to be a long term supporter of the P&E Wing’s GRAMMY Event, which it has now sponsored for seven of the eight years it has been running.

“It gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our technology to some of the most influential producers and engineers in the USA,” he says. “As a result we have established a very strong network of PMC users, including producer Justin Hergett who was nominated for a GRAMMY for his work with Beyonce; engineer Dave Schiffman, who won a GRAMMY for his work with Vampire Weekend and artist/engineer David Miles Huber who has been nominated for a GRAMMY numerous times.”

The US Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing comprises more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals. Anyone who joins The Recording Academy in the category of producer or engineer automatically become a member of the P&E Wing.

As a national membership initiative of The Recording Academy, the Wing provides a vehicle to reach a specific constituency, to craft advocacy positions, and to better address the daily concerns of these individuals. This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community uses its nationwide network of experts to address critical issues affecting the art and craft of recorded music. Among these issues are: the development and adoption of new technologies; recommendations for best practices in recording, master delivery, archiving and preservation; and support for both music education and education in the recording arts.

This year’s P&E wing party, which took place on February 3rd, saw three times GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers honoured for his commitment to excellence and his ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. He joins an impressive list of past honorees, which includes Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Al Schmitt, Jerry Wexler, and Neil Young.

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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.

Fulcrum Acoustic Covers WCSU’s New High-Tech PAC

 Danbury, CT – January 2015… Opened in September 2014, Western Connecticut State University’s new Visual and Performing Arts Center is a stunning achievement in both architecture and technology. Several years in the making, the 130,000 square foot facility comprises three wings – Theatre Arts, Music, and Visual Arts – and houses a multitude of spaces including a Concert Hall, Studio Theatre, Recording Studio, rehearsal rooms, as well as an Art Gallery, Painting and Sculpture Studios, and numerous other creative spaces.

“It’s definitely an adventurous architectural space,” observes Ben Bausher, Senior Consultant at Norwalk, CT-based Jaffe Holden, and designer of the Center’s state-of-the-art audio and video systems. As Bausher explains, the project presented a number of challenges, not the least of which was the unconventional architectural design of the venues themselves.

The 350-seat Veronica Hagman Concert Hall is a case in point. One of the Center’s more interesting spaces, the hall features stunning, unconventional architecture with tri-level, in-the-round seating, variable acoustics, and an audio system featuring Fulcrum Acoustic TQ Series loudspeakers. “It’s a fairly well-behaved space, acoustically speaking,” says Bausher. “But the unique seating pattern called for a considerable number of distributed fill speakers to provide uniform coverage across the entire space.”

 Six Fulcrum CX1565 12-inch coaxial systems comprise the main arrays, with ten RX599 compact 5.25–inch cabinets providing front fill. A second fill ring of 14 RX599 boxes and a third fill ring of eight more RX599s completes coverage, with four SUB215 subwoofers stacked onstage in cardioid pattern to reduce low frequency buildup. A DiGiCo SD9 console handles FOH duties.

The 350-seat MainStage Theatre, a somewhat more conventional proscenium-style venue, is outfitted with left and right arrays, each with two Fulcrum GX1295 and two GX1265 12-inch coaxial systems, along with a center array of two CX1265 cabinets. A pair of SUB215 subs covers low end punch. Front fill and under balcony fill are both handled by RX599 boxes A DiGiCo SD10-24 covers the live mix.

The installation was performed by New Jersey-based Masque Sound. All rooms are connected via MADI over Opticore to the recording studio, which is outfitted with an SSL Duality console. A pair of portable recording racks with remote-control microphone preamps can be positioned in any of the halls or rehearsal rooms as needed, connecting directly with the studio’s Pro Tools system to capture performances in any room in the house.

Bausher points to Fulcrum’s unique coaxial design as a critical factor in the systems’ design. “To achieve the performance of Fulcrum’s 12-inch, two-way cabinets in a non-coaxial design would require a box around 30 inches tall,” he observes. “Plus, it runs on a single amplifier channel and only needs a single processing output. It’s smaller, needs less power and processing, and that ultimately means a lower budget. It was the perfect fit.”

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About Fulcrum Acoustic - Founded in 2008, Fulcrum Acoustic is a professional loudspeaker manufacturer known for its unique approach to loudspeaker design. Employing the research of company co-founder David Gunness, Fulcrum Acoustic combines proprietary coaxial design and Temporal EqualizationTM processing power to create the most powerful and versatile line of loudspeakers available.  

 

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Small Church Gets Big Sound with Renkus-Heinz VARIA

 Homestead, FL – February 2015…  Located about 45 minutes south of Miami, Florida, Princeton Church of the Nazarene has survived at least three major hurricanes over the past century. The church’s modest 200-seat sanctuary has a long history of struggling with uneven sound quality and poor intelligibility. As the first stage in a renovation for the building’s upcoming 100-year anniversary, the sanctuary was recently updated with a new sound system centered on Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source line array loudspeakers.

The system was specified by Robert Bernecker of Waxahachi, TX-based SEFI Consulting, and installed by Revelation Sound of Miami, FL. Bernecker saw this modest house of worship as an ideal setting for VARIA’s hybrid approach, using just three loudspeakers to provide controlled coverage for the entire sanctuary.

“The old system was just hammering the back wall, creating a lot of slapback, yet it wasn’t covering the front seats because it was aimed so high,” explains Bernecker. “It had very wide dispersion and zero control. VARIA’s modular design enabled me to create a system with the power of a line array, but with the pattern control to cover the room very nicely.”

VARIA’s modular design includes a range of cabinets with configurable horizontal and vertical dispersion patterns. Renkus-Heinz proprietary progressive waveguides enable transitions between two horizontal dispersion angles within a single cabinet. The result is a custom configurable system, with tighter pattern control using fewer cabinets.

“Originally, I looked at this church two years ago, and envisioned it would take about 12 horns and a few clever tricks to get the pattern control the room needed,” Bernecker recalls. “But by the time the church was ready to move forward, Renkus-Heinz had released VARIA, which gave me the tools to do the same job, with better control, using just three boxes and a good DSP system. The timing was perfect.”

The system at Princeton Church of the Nazarene comprises a single array of three VAX101 enclosures, with a different waveguide in each. The bottom speaker sports a 120-degree horizontal guide to enable full coverage of the front rows. The middle box uses a transitional waveguide that goes from 120 degrees to 90, while the top cabinet continues the progression from 90 down to 60 degrees. A legacy subwoofer is flown behind the VARIA system to provide bass extension.

 “By putting those three boxes together in that fashion, you get a seamless array with plenty of output,” explains Bernecker. “The 10-inch drivers couple together in line array fashion, which is perfect for the lows and low mids. Yet when you get to the highs, each of those horns is serving a distinct area, more like a point source. So it’s really a hybrid approach, and exactly what a smaller room like this needs.”

To ensure even coverage, Bernecker used Symetrix DSP to control the output of each speaker. “For the long throws at 60 and 90 degrees, I obviously wanted all three of those drivers firing,” he notes. “But to keep from blasting the front rows, I used FIR filters to get my pattern control by shading off each box at different frequencies. In essence, we created a variable length array that was still totally phase coherent. We were never able to do that before, and I was very, very pleased with the evenness.”

This was the first installation of Renkus-Heinz VARIA for both SEFI Consulting and Revelation Sound, and the benefits were immediately obvious, with fewer loudspeakers providing full-range audio with excellent intelligibility. “It’s the kind of thing we do routinely in a 1500-seat house of worship, using 12-box arrays coupled with some high-end processing,” says Bernecker. “VARIA enabled us to bring those same capabilities to smaller churches, giving them incredible bang for their buck.”

Mike Melcher, President of Revelation Sound, agrees. “ The Renkus-Heinz VARIA system sounds absolutely incredible,” he asserts. “This will be our premiere system for new customer demonstrations.”

As for the worship team and congregation, Bernecker reports that their first experience was revelatory. “When they walked in, their jaws dropped,” he recounts. “They had dealt with poor coverage for so many years, it was amazing to them – to have every corner of the room covered perfectly, and how the PA cuts off right at the platform’s edge. They could not believe how much clearer it sounds.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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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