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Clearwing Takes KARA and KIVA to the Streets of New York City

The Bacon Brothers on NYC's Super Bowl Boulevard stage featuring Clearwing's L-ACOUSTICS KARA and KIVA enclosures

Week of Super Bowl concerts on Broadway rely on L-ACOUSTICS

NEW YORK CITY — Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee reports that it was hired by the National Football League for three Super Bowl venues, all of which it supported with a full compliment of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers.

The NFL’s official Super Bowl Tailgate party held at the old Meadowlands Racetrack featured American Idol‘s Phillip Phillips, The Band Perry and the cast of Jersey Boys on a brand new K2 rig. The NFL On Location Super Bowl Club featured the Fray and Cyndi Lauper before the game on another K2 system hung at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. However, the real test for Clearwing took place during the entire week prior to the game across the river in Manhattan.

Super Bowl Boulevard took over Broadway between 34th and 47th streets featuring a stage that by day hosted NFL player autograph sessions and by night bands like Blondie, the Bacon Brothers, Michael Cavanaugh and the Café Wha? House Band.

The system had to be compact because, although the stage spanned the Great White Way, emergency vehicle lanes needed to be created on both sides of the street, which kept the stage width down to a rather tight 32 feet. Furthermore, the system had to ground stacked, which made the choice of KARA and KIVA, supported by eight SB18 and a pair of SB28 subs, one that met both the logistical and audio needs.

“Stacking in the downstage corners of the stage, the width of the speakers took up minimal stage space; plus, being able to stack the SB18s directly behind the KARA stacks allowed us to get the bigger sound that a three-way enclosure would provide while still maintaining a small footprint,” says Clearwing’s Steve Harvey, who, along with system tech Trevor Powers, was in charge of the audio for the stage. “We had the SB18s running up to 100Hz for improved low end from bass guitar and drums, and the SB28s in front of the stage added extra lows in the drums and playback elements.”

As if the logistical challenges of an outdoor gig in the middle of Manhattan were not enough, the weather in New York City that week was at times very cold.

“Our semi trucks had to be unloaded at midnight and the show started at noon,” says Harvey. Outdoor temperatures got down to zero Fahrenheit at times. “The amps were turned on at the beginning of the week and stayed on all week. The L-ACOUSTICS gear was solid throughout, however; not a single blip from an LA-RAK — even in these extreme conditions — and the speakers were solid.”

When the bands played, the audio had to cover an area that extended a full city block. That may sound more like a gig for a full-sized K1 rig rather than the relatively diminutive KARA, but it was about coverage — not volume — which is where the KIVA boxes came into play.

“We deployed a pair of KIVAs every 40 feet on each side of the street,” adds Harvey. “There were three sets of delays total, and it was all about coverage and intelligibility. Those delays meant we could hit the very back of the block without thrashing the nine KARA boxes stacked on either side of the stage. It was a tough gig, but the L-ACOUSTICS stuff worked great.”

Clearwing Productions can be found online at www.clearwing.com.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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New York’s Pig ‘n’ Whistle Sounds Better than Ever with Renkus-Heinz

New York, NY – March 2014… In a city with no shortage of Irish pubs, the Pig ‘n’ Whistle Murray Hill truly stands out. At once unique and familiar, it’s a warm, welcoming space where neighborhood residents and visitors alike can gather, chat, enjoy a drink, and watch their favorite game.

But the room’s cozy confines can present some acoustical challenges, with its long, narrow dimensions and high-beamed ceilings making it difficult to achieve the right balance of sound across the entire space. “It’s a relatively narrow room, which makes it hard to provide consistent coverage,” explains John Paturno of Rego Park, NY-based Starview Audio. “The high ceilings add to the boominess.”

The demand was for a budget conscious, high quality sound system that would meet the pub’s needs for intelligibility and tight pattern control. Starview selected a system centered on ten Renkus-Heinz CFX 61 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers. Six speakers cover the pub area in front, with the remaining four serving the rear dining space. The system is powered by Powersoft amplification, with processing handled by Symetrix Solus 8.

“The CFX61’s coverage pattern is very tight and very accurate, and gives us seamless coverage from box to box with wider spacing between the cabinets,” offers Paturno. “That translates to fewer speakers than we would have needed to achieve this degree of consistency with a different solution.”

Paturno adds, “they needed a system that could provide a comfortable level of background music for the day crowd, but had the capability to get loud enough for the sports crowd. The CFX61 delivers great speech intelligibility, which is great when there’s a full house watching the game.”

Clearly, the new system has more than met the pub’s needs. “Everyone involved is truly pleased with the results,” Paturno reports.

 

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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.

 

The Water’s Edge Reincarnated After Super Storm Sandy

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hurricane Sandy couldn’t have struck this regionally known restaurant/bar/catering facility on the Barnegat Bay at a more inopportune time. The Ziegler family had just purchased the Water’s Edge in Berkeley Twp, New Jersey weeks before when Sandy made its mark on the Jersey Shore. Unfortunately, the structure took a huge hit and the new owners had to rebuild from the ground up.

Calling on the services of Boulevard Pro of Ridgefield Park, N.J., Water’s Edge co-owner Dave Ziegler, requested a completely designed audio/video system solution. “We believe in the Yamaha CIS (Commercial Installation Solutions) Series complete system solution approach, and that is how I presented the new system recommendation to our client,” states James Cioffi, co-owner, Boulevard Pro. “Our experience and reputation combined with the Yamaha support network secured our involvement on this project.” Boulevard also recommended and installed POS, CCTV and DTV systems.

The Water’s Edge venue consists of three large indoor catering spaces including the restaurant, and is used for wedding and large events. An 8,000 sq. ft. outdoor space houses the Tiki Bar and Edge Live, which when weather permits, features live music. Patrons arrive all summer long by land and by sea.

“Our major challenge in designing and installing the new system was time itself! says Ziegler. We had to have a functional Tiki Bar for the summer or we risked losing our loyal customers. Our other major challenge was complying with the sound ordinance and containing the sound within the four wind-break glass walls that surrounded the Tiki Bar that literally sit on top of the water. With the help of Boulevard Pro, we were able to design several zones throughout the Tiki Bar to manage the sound levels out of respect for our neighbors. James Cioffi was one of my most patient vendors, able to do all of this with NO structure in place, plotting zones on our ever changing architectural drawings, and continually modifying the design until we had a final set of drawings.”

The indoor space is outfitted with a Yamaha CIS MTX3 audio processor, two DCP1VS keypads, and 48 Yamaha VXC4W ceiling speakers. The system controls eight audio zones and is using all 12 of the MTX3 inputs. “THE MTX3 is super powerful and sounds great,” says Cioffi. The Yamaha keypads are located in the head end interior location of the space and in the outdoor bar/lounge area, controlled completely via iPad/iPhone. The waterfront bar/lounge system consists of a Yamaha LS9-16 digital audio console, Yamaha TX4n amplifier, Yamaha DXR 12×2 monitors, and IF2112M95 speakers. The Yamaha StageMix App on the LS9 runs live entertainment via an iPad. “The entire venue is beautiful and really impressive, and the Yamaha system is working great,” Cioffi exclaims.

“We are proud to say that we are the premier spot on the Barnegat Bay hosting the best entertainment both inside and out, notes Ziegler. Bands and DJ’s couldn’t be happier coming to play at our venue because they no longer have to haul all of their heavy equipment in to play. It’s a win-win situation. When my general manager isn’t around, I like to take this Ferrari of a sound system for a true test drive!”

For more information on The Water’s Edge, visit www.watersedgeonthebay.com.

For more information on Boulevard Pro, visit www.blvdpro.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CIS Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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#2 L to R: Boulevard’s James Cioffi and Water’s Edge Co-owner Dave Ziegler

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

DANLEY SOUND LABS SEEKS INTERNATIONAL DEALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS AT PRO LIGHT AND SOUND

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – MARCH 2014: Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers, will be at booth 8.0N60 (Hall 8.0, Booth N60) at Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, Germany March 12 –15, 2014. As Danley approaches its tenth year in business, its solid foundation in the house of worship and theater markets has expanded exponentially into the arena and stadium markets with the introduction of the Danley Genesis and Jericho horns, which deliver line array coverage from point-source designs. To support and sustain that growth, Danley is seeking international dealers and distributors in several key locations to join its team. Interested parties should either contact Jonathan “J.P.” Parker, Director of Sales, and Chad Edwardson, Applications Engineer, or meet them at Pro Light & Sound.

“Although we have many areas of the world covered, there are still numerous holes in Danley’s global dealer and distribution network that need to be filled,” said Parker. “We’re looking forward to meeting with candidates at Pro Light & Sound.” In addition to a collection of its established models, Danley will have its new OS 80 weatherproof loudspeaker and its new SBH-10 Skinny Big Horn at the show. Danley designs have made a big splash in the American and European sports arena market, with Genesis Horn and Jericho horn installations at football stadiums (Lambeau Field and Ralph Wilson Stadium), college American football stadiums (Louisiana State University, Arizona University, Brigham Young University, Michigan State University, and Northwestern University, among many others), and as well as indoor sports arenas.

To set up an appointment contact: J.P. Parker (jp@danleysoundlabs.com) or Chad Edwardson (chad@danleysoundlabs.com)

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

DANLEY JERICHO HORNS FILL 2200-SEAT FIRST REDEEMER CHURCH WITH STUDIO-QUALITY SOUND

CUMMING, GEORGIA: For a long time, First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia didn’t have a purpose-built sound reinforcement system for its stunning 2,200-seat sanctuary. The contemporary band that rocked the morning service, as well as the orchestra and two-hundred-plus voice choir that supported the traditional service, played through the repurposed remnants of a sound reinforcement system that had once serviced their converted warehouse where the church first started. Years of band-aids and add-ons averted disaster, but the room was so unevenly covered that a foot in either direction was often significantly different, with obvious phasing in the travel. Now, a pair of Danley Sound Labs’ most powerful point-source boxes, Danley Jericho J1-94s, deliver stunning stereo imaging with abundant low-end support from a beefy Danley BC-415 subwoofer flown in the center of the room. “First Redeemer now has the best sounding sanctuary in the world,” averred Scott Oliver, owner of Centerline Audio Visual of Hendersonville, Tennessee. “I would put it up against any other system, at any price!”

Oliver designed and installed the system, with custom rigging and fly-ware by Diekhoff Company (Nashville, Tennessee). “My philosophy is always to use as few speakers as possible,” said Oliver. “There’s less destructive interference and fewer alignment issues. Instead of using more speakers for a larger room, I prefer to use larger speakers. A lot of people think I’m nuts for designing Danley Jericho Horns into this, but the results say otherwise. The Jericho offers stunning detail and clarity. It’s very accurate – like a giant studio monitor. With two of them, the stereo imaging is vivid, and it is easy to pick out each and every instrument on stage. Even sitting in the balcony, you can hear the snares rattling and different hi-hat velocities. And even though it’s been said a billion times, it’s still true: Danley’s pattern control is unbelievable. The coverage at First Redeemer is remarkably even.”

In addition to the two Danley J1-94 loudspeakers and the BC-415 subwoofer, a pair of Danley SH-69s provide down-fill for the first few rows and a pair of Danley SH-46s provide side-fill. An existing Digidesign Venue console is still in use and feeds a pair of Danley DSLP-48 processors. Three new Danley EDA 12k and four new EDA 4.8k amplifiers power the system “We did a shoot-out with a number of high-end commercial amplifier manufacturers, and the Danleys had the most consistent measured RMS power level,” said Oliver. “Moreover, I like that they are just straightforward amplifiers – no crazy bells and whistles. The whole system embodies the same sort of simplicity – just a couple of processors, 52,000 watts, a handful of (large) loudspeakers, and one massive subwoofer!”

First Redeemer had originally considered purchasing a line array system from another super high-end loudspeaker manufacturer. “We did an entire design and brought in a system to test,” explained Jeff Baggett, First Redeemer’s audio engineer and a Nashville mastering engineer. “It sounded great, and I was skeptical that Danley would be able to touch it. Scott [Oliver] brought over a pair of the Danley Jericho Horns and powered them up. Immediately it was game over. The Danleys ate the other system for lunch. They were tremendously even and had no finger lobes at all. We even matched the EQ curve of the other system to try and make it a fair fight, but the Danleys still killed it. Now that the system is properly installed and voiced for the room, it’s even better. I love it. It’s the kind of sound that makes you want to just bring in some music and listen. The reproduction is so accurate that I could easily master an album on the system. It’s that good. And the subs are just incredible.”

“The very first song we pulled up had no EQ or processing, but already the new Danley system sounded 3,000-times better than the old system that they had been trying to perfect for sixteen years,” said Oliver. “By the time we where on song three, it sounded like a record. The mix was expansive and rich. When we went to the traditional service, Baggett was mixing sixty channels of audio, and anyone in the congregation could easily distinguish each one of those instruments. The church was also impressed by the price tag for this world-class sound system. It was about one quarter the price of the original line array that they had considered!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

Crestview Church Gets Creative with PreSonus

Boulder, CO – March 2014… For Greig Hess, music is an indispensible part of the worship experience. As Worship Pastor at Boulder’s Crestview Church, Hess has long been a strong advocate in creating a contemporary service that inspires through music. And as he explains, PreSonus gear has made a tremendous impact on his work.

“I originally got an AudioBox 1818VSL for our small project studio about a year now,” he says. “I began using it on some live events as well, and I was really impressed with it. So we recently got a StudioLive 24.4.2 console for the sanctuary, and it’s dramatically changed the way we create and record our music.”

Hess says the StudioLive has enabled them to radically streamline their live service production. “The processing power in the StudioLive is equal to several times the outboard gear we had before — we can have a compressor and effects on every channel if we need to. Plus we were able to remove a whole rack of gear from Front of House. And the ability to save full snapshots of everything has done amazing things for our workflow.”

As has the ability to record the entire mix, he observes. “We use Capture to record a multitrack of our live service. With a volunteer staff, it’s great because when you are training a new sound guy you can use it to show them how to run the console, how to add effects, what different things sound like. And you’re doing it in an empty room, without the pressure of a live service.”

In fact, he adds, it’s a useful thing even for a more experienced mixer. “I’m usually on stage playing, and working with a Capture session gives me a chance to get familiar with the board, so I know what to ask for when I need something. It’s also great for rehearsals — we use it to control the mix from the stage, which enables us to schedule rehearsals without having to have a sound guy present.”

Not surprisingly, those Capture sessions have seeded other creative projects as well. “We load the files into Studio One and do some additional production, add instruments and do some sweetening to the tracks,” he says. “You can do some amazing things in Studio One.”

The sanctuary is outfitted with Renkus-Heinz TRX81 and TRX62H two way loudspeakers, powered by Crest and Crown amplification. A Hear Back personal monitoring system drives the musicians’ in-ear systems. And Hess reports he’s also picked up an AudioBox USB to use when playing tracks and loops from his laptop on stage.

Meanwhile, he says, the AudioBox 1818VSL has continued to be a workhorse on its own. “We’ve been using the AudioBox 1818 VSL in our Fellowship hall. It’s enabled us to add a 16-input interface in there, with no fuss and no setup woes. Sometimes we do video projects, and the Audiobox 1818VSL makes a great portable setup we can take anywhere. And I’m already thinking about how we can use it when we do retreats. I can basically set it all up for them here, configure it all the way they will be using it, and they can take it with them and not have to worry about needing a sound guy.”

Hess concludes, “for a smaller church like ours, PreSonus gear has really given us an edge. It’s affordable, it’s easy to use, and it gives us access to the kind of technology that only the really big churches used to be able to afford.”

 

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Historic Lyric Theater Upgraded With Martin Audio

Miami, FL––Built in 1913, the Lyric Theater quickly became a popular entertainment center for African-Americans in Miami. It grew to be the anchor of “Little Broadway” in Overtown, eventually featuring artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Celia Cruz, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Redd Foxx, Mary Wells and others.

After closing in the 70s, the Lyric was purchased by the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida in 1988. Since then, the venerable theater has undergone three major restorations and upgrades, culminating in a grand opening for the fully refurbished performance complex in early February.

Miami’s Drummer Boy Sound Productions did the consulting and design for the Lyric’s new audio and video systems. Asked why he chose Martin Audio for the upgrade, owner Harold Cummings responded, “My client Tim Barber, managing director of the Black Archives, had heard a Martin Audio system at one of my events and was impressed.

“The client wanted a high quality sound system that could be used for national R&B and Gospel acts and theater production events, that would properly cover the venue, and be accepted by touring engineers,” adds Harold.

“A line array wasn’t the right answer because the Lyric is a small 400-seater with a balcony and the sound would have been all over the place. Plus we needed a stereo-imaged room because the space also doubles as a movie theater.

“The Martin Audio W3P was the only speaker that made sense since it’s a compact 3-way trapezoid system with a tight pattern and 65º horizontal dispersion, which was key to this job,” Harold explains. “There weren’t that many speakers on the market with that type of dispersion, sound quality and high output capability in one package.”

Cummings’ system design includes four W3Ps flown from the proscenium wall, (one firing at the balcony and one at the main theater floor on each side) two Martin Audio AQ5s for stereo under balcony, two AQ5s for stereo front fill, and two WS218SX subs fitted into custom openings inside the stage. There are also Martin Audio LE1200s as stage monitors.

Other system components include an Allen & Heath iLive T112 console with iDR48 rack, Ashly Protea processor, Shure mics, a Whirlwind split snake system and cables.

Asked about the reaction to the audio system’s debut at a grand opening event called “Lyric Live” (an amateur hour contest for singers, bands and comedians from all over South Florida), Harold said, “Everyone thought the system sounded amazing and the coverage was incredible. You could hear perfectly in every single seat. We had more than enough headroom and plenty of low end, something that’s very important to me. With Martin Audio, I feel confident that no matter what kind of act comes in here, we have it covered.”

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.

Classic St. Louis Church Trades 12 For 1 with Iconyx

Florrisant, MO – March 2014… One of the first settlements in what would become the State of Missouri, Florrisant was founded in the 18th century by French settlers. Until the late 19th century, French was the village’s predominant language — except for a small population of German settlers in the southern part of town. Seeking a church that spoke their language, in 1866 a handful of those German families founded the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The church’s grand old Gothic style sanctuary has been a landmark on Jefferson Street since 1893. The 600 seat hall was designed in the spirit of the great cathedrals, with soaring walls, stone floors, high arched ceilings, and ornate stained glass windows. It’s a lush, reverberant setting for choir and organ, but problematic for spoken word intelligibility.

“Although it’s not a large room, its acoustical character is very much like that of a cathedral,” explains Gary Haselhorst, President of Valley Park, MO-based Cignal Systems. “Their issues are similar to that of a cathedral, on a smaller scale — it’s a very reverberant space, and intelligibility suffers.” The church’s previous sound system, with 12 pillar-mounted cabinets, only added to the cacophony.

Cignal removed the existing speakers and replaced them with a single Iconyx digitally steered line array column from Renkus-Heinz. “We had recently used the Iconyx in the St. Louis Basilica, and when the monsignors heard how well it worked in the cathedral, they knew there was hope for theirs as well.”

A single IC24-R-II column is mounted on a front pillar, just left of the altar. “We were able to achieve very uniform coverage with just one speaker,” says Haselhorst. “We ordered the cabinet painted to match the brickwork, and the Monsignor’s sister painted some marbled accents on it. It blends in almost invisibly with the architecture.”

Haselhorst reports the system has solved the room’s intelligibility problems and more. “They run the praise band through the Iconyx as well, and it sounds great,” he says. “We took out twelve speakers and replaced them with one Iconyx. They’re very pleased.”

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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.

Long Beach Arena’s Pacific Ballroom is Covered by Renkus-Heinz

Long Beach, CA – February 2014…Covered on the outside by one of the world’s largest murals, “Planet Ocean,” The Long Beach Arena is an unmistakable part of the city’s skyline. Built in the early 1960s as part of the greater Long Beach Convention Center, the Arena is also an unrivaled cornerstone of entertainment in Southern California, hosting events ranging from the first NHL game in 1967 and the 1984 Olympic volleyball tournaments, to acts as diverse as Cirque Du Soleil, Iron Maiden, Run-D.M.C and Disney on Ice.

The Arena’s Pacific Ballroom, along with the rest of the Convention Center, has recently reopened after a massive series of renovations. The Ballroom’s new state-of-the-art audio, lighting, and curtaining system — the largest ceiling grid in the country — has been recognized by Venues Today magazine with an Ops and Tech Award. The system has helped to transform the Arena into even more of a multi-functional venue, enabling the 46,000 sq. foot, 200 foot long elliptical floor to be partitioned for use without the surrounding arena seating, and arranged in a wide range of configurations.

But while the curtain does wonders to partition and conceal the arena seating and frame the flat floor, it does little for the acoustics of the space. Indeed, the Arena’s vast acoustics presented a challenge in finding a sound system flexible enough to meet the demands of its wide-ranging roster of events.

Working with architectural firm John Fisher & Associates, engineering firm JR Clancy, and installers Pro Sound, Burbank, CA-based Electronsonic created an audio system to address the Arena’s diverse needs. The system, which mounts on a moveable ceiling grid, comprises left and right hangs of ten Renkus-Heinz IC2 digitally steerable array cabinets per side. Each array is augmented by eight IC118S subwoofers for low frequency power and punch. As Electrosonics Andy Batwinas explains, it’s a concept that has never really been implemented on this scale.

“The grid itself can lower to 30 feet for smaller events, and raise up to 70 feet for games and larger events,” says Batwinas. A series of connection points allow the speaker arrays to move around the grid depending on the desired configuration. Once in place, the IC2 arrays’ digitally steered beam technology enables them to be configured to cover only the areas needed, steering sound away from the hall’s reflective outer areas. The grid can also lowered and removed for events like a Cirque Du Soleil show, providing full access to the 75-foot ceiling, and the IC2 arrays can be removed from the grid and ground stacked as well.

“The IC2 delivers such even sound pressure level from front to back,” Batwinas says. “When we did the demo, it was set up at the far end of the arena and shot down the long way. You could walk the whole space, cover the floor, and keep it a solid 98 db SPL from one side to the other.”

The system is networked using RHAON control, enabling the Arena’s technical crew to implement preset coverage configurations for different event needs, and making quick changeovers possible with the press of a button.

“The IC2 steered beam technology made it a vastly superior alternative to a standard line array system,” Batwinas observes. “With the IC2 you can aim the sound down to the floor so it’s not bouncing off the architecture.”

Based on the success of the IC2 system, a Renkus-Heinz system of 18 VARIA modular point source arrays and 12 VA15S subwoofers was added to cover the Arena’s 19,000 square foot Lobby area and 29,000 square foot concourse. The VARIA’s modular design and variable dispersion patterns enable the systems to be custom configured for the area’s different ballrooms, theaters, halls, and atrium. Additionally, 16 CFX81 loudspeakers were installed in the ceiling of the Arena’s lobby for added foreground coverage.

The Long Beach Arena’s grand re-opening on November 20, 2013 met with rave reviews, and the Ballroom boasts a full calendar and an exciting 2014.

 

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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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Sochi Olympics Sound Better with Renkus-Heinz

Sochi, Russia – February 2014… The Sochi Olympics have gone to the history books, and as is always the case, the brief few days the games are held belies the immense time and effort preparing for them. In Sochi, a dozen new world-class venues have been erected for the games, and outfitted with high-performance audio, video, and lighting systems.

Avallon, Ltd of Moscow designed and installed multiple Renkus-Heinz systems in no fewer than five Olympic venues. The most prominent project was the Arena Isberg, home to the figure skating and short track competitions. As Avallon President Sergey Vashchenko explains, it was also the most challenging.

“Since music is such an important part of the performance, figure skating competitions have some of the most stringent sound requirements,” says Vashchenko. “Even after working with the building’s designers to reduce the reverb time from 7.5 to 3.2 seconds, we still knew we need to create a system with great performance and tight pattern control, to keep the reflections under control.”

The audience seating is covered by eight each Renkus-Heinz CEM61 and CEM62 high power CoEntrant mid-high modules, with eight CE-3TLO subs covering low frequency reinforcement. The systems are hung around a central Media-LCD display. Ten CT7M TRAP boxes provide music to the skaters on the ice.

“During the EASE acoustic modeling phase, we looked at a number of options, including more traditional line arrays,” says Vashchenko. “But we were not happy with the difference in sound quality between the audience and the ice. Moreover, there was some concern that a line array might block the sightlines for some of the upper-level seating. The optimal solution was to mount all the speakers on the video screen frameworks, and the Renkus-Heinz CEM and CT series speakers offered coverage patterns that suited this arrangement very well.”

Power and signal processing for the systems is covered by Dynacord DSA-series multichannel amplifiers and P64 matrix processors. Amps and DSP are located within the signage frameworks, to reduce cable runs and assure low impedance. Audio signal is fed via fiber from the Stage Tec Auratux 16-T2Z digital console. “We assembled the entire system within the framework while it was on the ground, which made things a bit easier,” says Vashchenko.

Acoustical measurements were carried out by consultant Yury Indlin of ADI in Irkutsk. Vashchenko designed the system, with installation and commissioning by Avallon’s Vladislav Azarov.

“During the competition, sound levels are limited to 85-87dB,” says Vashchenko. “But during testing we were able to achieve levels of 103dB, with even coverage across the entire facility.”

At the Arena Fischt, home of the Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies, Avallon installed six Iconyx IC7-II mechanically steered array systems in the VIP lobby, as well as a pair of PNX-82 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers in the Press Center. And the Training Centers for Hockey and Figure Skating are both outfitted with multiple TRX151 two-way systems.

“It was a great pleasure to work with the Renkus-Heinz system,” remarked Vladislav Azarov. “I’ve heard many good things about their patented wave guides, but this was my first experience using their products on a large-scale project, and it was awesome. I’ve had so many great comments about the sound quality, from the athletes, from the spectators, and even from the heads of the Olympic Committee.”

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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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