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Mackie and CCI Bring Audio Salvation to Acoustically Challenged Life Church

Woodinville, WA — August 2013… CCI Solutions has a well-deserved reputation for creative solutions to challenging spaces. So it’s not surprising that the Olympia, WA-based AV design firm is behind the unique installation at Life Church in nearby Oak Harbor, featuring a 360-degree all-Mackie audio system.

With multiple weekly services hosting a growing membership approaching 900, Life Church recently completed an expansion project that includes a new multi-purpose youth facility. Housed in a futuristic looking geodesic dome, the youth center is designed as a circular worship space with integrated audiovisual system and seating for 150.

“This was an unusual space that presented some unique acoustical challenges,” explains Rick Boring, Sr. Systems Consultant for CCI Solutions. “The structure had been built several years ago but was never completed, and was uninhabitable. The room itself is circular, so every single interior wall is angled. Configuring it with traditional theater seating would have presented some coverage problems, and the need to go with a curved video screen, which would be expensive.”

CCI’s simple and effective solution was to design a space with 360-degree seating. A small, slightly elevated stage at the room’s hub is built around a single center truss that holds four Mackie HD series loudspeakers and four LCD displays.

“The youth pastor conducts the service from the center stage, while the rest of the band is on another small stage an alcove off to one side,” says Boring. “And depending on how the room is configured, the band alcove can sometimes wind up behind the seating area.”

“Placing the speakers in the center was the easiest and most cost-effective way to ensure good, consistent coverage,” Boring adds. “Plus, everyone is watching the worship leader on the center stage, and reading the text on the screens above him. Having the sound emanate from the middle of the room simply makes the most sense.”

The main loudspeaker cluster consists of four Mackie HD1531 powered 15-inch 3-way systems. The speakers are mounted vertically above the LCD displays and angled down toward the seating areas.

“The Mackie HD1531 offers great sound quality and versatility for the money,” Boring remarked. “With a challenging job like this, where space and budget are important, the HD1531 delivers a tremendous amount of clean output and bandwidth. So when the kids want to rock they can do it no problem. They’re fully powered, so we didn’t have to worry about outboard amps, and they’ve got more than enough low end for this space, so they don’t need a sub.”

For mixing duties Boring specified a Mackie DL1608 digital live mixer with iPad control. In addition to the band, inputs include a wireless microphone system for the youth pastor, as well as a Denon recording and playback system. The Mackie DL1608 provides outputs for mains as well as monitors, and handles 100% of the system DSP.

“The DL1608 is absolutely perfect for a job like this,” says Boring. “It’s really simple to use, has excellent processing power already onboard, and packs plenty of I/O for its size.”

The “keep it simple” mindset extends beyond all things audio to the video system as well. Beneath the four Mackie HD series loudspeakers are four 65-inch LCD displays. Signal is provided by a Mac Mini computer running ProPresenter software. Four separate Xbox 360 consoles are each coupled to the four screens for rowdy, eye-to-eye multi-player sessions.

While technology may be their passion, the team at CCI Solutions will ultimately cite customer satisfaction as their highest priority. For Life Church, Boring is especially pleased with the finished product.

“We care about these churches and we want to help them communicate their message,” concludes Boring. “I worked very closely with Life Church’s Sr. Pastor from the very beginning of this project. He’s very pleased with the final result and that’s exactly what we strive for.”

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Mackie, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, is known worldwide as a leading developer and marketer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, retail locations and on major musical tours. For more information visit: www.mackie.com.

Mackie is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. in the United States, European Union and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Starlight Express Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Martin Audio MLA Compact

When the updated production of Starlight Express opened at Bochum, Germany’s Stadionring—celebrating 25 years since its premiere performance at the specially constructed ‘Starlight Express Theater’ in 1988—it featured Martin Audio’s award-winning Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) platform for the first time.

Advertising itself as “the fastest musical in the universe” it fell to sound supervisor Riccardo van Krugten and system engineer/installation manager, Georg Hentschel to supercharge the next generation production while remaining faithful to Martin Levan’s original sound design.

Hentschel was already familiar with Martin Audio’s pioneering system, since his company (LiveAudio) has owned an MLA rig since May 2011. He later attended the world launch of the second-generation MLA Compact in London, and it is the smaller system that his company has now installed for this production.

Overseeing the sound in Bochum since early 2010, Riccardo van Krugten was eager that the production remained faithful to a single system to cope with the fast roller skating action. “We wanted a stereo set-up for the orchestra, and a separate system for vocals, positioned above the main performance area,” he said. “This required a PA solution that would reproduce music and vocals equally well.” Another issue was the need to reduce spill and crosstalk from the PA speakers into the 25 fast moving Microport headsets.

Since the new production promised “to take audio engineering to the highest level”, van Krugten knew that today’s audience expectation is far greater than it was two decades ago. He was also mindful of past complaints concerning vocal intelligibility and clarity in parts of the auditorium. “And so we searched for a system that would provide even coverage for all seats in the house, maintaining frequency response and sound levels.”

That search began after Andreas Karsten had produced a 3D EASE model of the Starlight Express Theater. Said Riccardo, “We ran various simulations with the existing speakers and looked at the problems. Then we ran the same simulations with a two conventional line array rigs at different positions to identify whether a line source solution could be used in this situation, before inviting nine manufacturers for two shoot out sessions.”

Atlantic Audio, Martin Audio’s German distributor, organized the hardware and crew for this shoot out, which took place in front of the full production team, including Phil Edwards, the musical supervisor from England.

To thoroughly evaluate the competing systems, Riccardo prepared a file in ProLogic containing samples from the show (and other vocal recordings of different tonalities), as well as music that everyone would recognize. “For the second half of the session we had the Starlight rhythm section and three cast members perform live from different positions on stage,” he said. “In two shoot out sessions, we heard nine different (mono) arrays rigged side by side. The MLA Compact never left any doubt it would handle reliably whatever kind of audio we threw at it.”

As a result, 27 MLA Compacts have been divided into three flown L/C/R arrays of nine elements each, along with three DSX subs ground stacked left and right of the stage. This is designed to cover the entire auditorium including the balcony and the middle sub on each side is reversed to produce a cardioid pattern. The subs are set unconventionally just outside the left and right array —stacked on the middle track level a few meters above the ground—and are sunk into the proscenium wall, via a specially-designed setup.

A pair of Martin Audio W8VDQ hybrid boxes provide outfill coverage extension of the center array, while production rigged a so-called ‘crossfire’ system, so that those sitting at the sides of the auditorium would also receive a stereo orchestra image.

Georg Hentschel explained, “Starlight has a large cast equipped with omnidirectional lavalier mics who constantly move around the set on three levels behind the speakers and also in front of the PA, often directly facing the arrays. During one particular scene, six highly amplified singers are elevated directly behind the center array, which mainly handles vocals. The amazing reduction in backspill of the MLA Compact masters these challenges in a very impressive way. The other aspect, of course, is MLA’s outstanding tonal quality.“

Hentschel set ‘Hard Avoid’ for the areas behind the arrays where there is a lot of singer traffic as well as to the areas underneath the speaker systems. Further back down the auditorium, the problems become even more complex, with two tracks running right through the audience, who are seated on different levels. Finally, there is a balcony and several rows of seating at both side walls that need to be covered.

“I challenged the system with various optimizations to achieve the best solution, and it has really delivered; we were able to solve many problems with MLA’s advanced technology, and it was absolutely the right system for the job,” he said.

And Riccardo van Krugten also commends the seamless swap-over between old and new sound systems. “The transition was smoother than expected. We knew it would be a whole new world for the performers. Part of the new concept was to reposition and reuse some of the old PA speakers for monitoring purposes, and that idea played out really well. All in all, I believe we have respected Martin Levan’s clever original sound design by replacing existing components with more advanced technology.”

Head of sound in Bochum is Jürgen Janßen, who mixed all the shows during the process of changing over the sound system, while Riccardo created the matrix layout and Georg took care of the necessary programming and alignment. Throughout the process Atlantic Audio coordinated between Martin Audio and the production team.

For more about Martin Audio and MLA, please click to www.martin-audio.com

Photo credit: Jens Hauer

Renkus-Heinz Helps Prairie Meadows Cut to the Chase

Renkus-Heinz Helps Prairie Meadows Cut to the Chase

Altoona, IA – September 2013… In 1989, Prairie Meadows Raceway opened its doors with the goal of giving central Iowa residents a horse racing facility of their own. Twenty-five years later, Prairie Meadows has grown to include a 168-room hotel with state-of-the-art amenities, live and simulcast horse racing, a massive casino with table games and more than 2,000 slot machines, restaurants, lounges, and a busy concert venue.

Among the horse racing community, Prairie Meadows has gained considerable recognition as an exceptionally well-designed and well-run facility, drawing racing fans from across the state and the region. Among the Raceway’s many amenities is a massive four story glass pavilion that offers comfortable indoor seating on multiple levels. It’s a treat for spectators but with all the makings of a sonic nightmare, explains Mike Pedersen, Senior Staff Engineer at Marshalltown, IA-based Mechdyne, the audio video integrators behind this state-of-the-art project.

“It’s a challenging venue,” says Pedersen. “It was built in phases over 20-plus years, and has a mix of seating styles, with stadium seating on one level, grandstand seating on another, as well as a multi-tiered dining area with tables. The original sound system has been expanded in a piecemeal fashion throughout the years, and had become untenable — coverage was inconsistent and intelligibility was next to nil. They were actually cranking up the volume on each individual TV monitor just so people could hear the race.”

“They originally came to us with concerns about the quality and coverage of the tiered seating areas overlooking the racetrack,” explains Mechdyne Designer Tim Taylor. “But they were also in the process of mapping out an expansion of the entire casino, which was going to require an audio system too. At that point it made far more sense to suggest that they implement a larger system with networked distribution and processing.”

“It made sense from a budgetary perspective, certainly,” adds Pedersen. “There was very little by way of documentation on the existing system, so just identifying where things were would have been very time consuming. We were able to design them a networked system that would give them DSP control, monitoring, and expandability, as well as providing them with full documentation going forward.”

The 70V distributed audio system is based around more than 40 TRX-121 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers, with DSP and amplification handled by Biamp Tesira and Vocia networks. As Pedersen explains, one of the objectives behind the complex signal processing is to increase intelligibility and directionalize the sound source.

“When things get exciting, when the announcers get excited, we want the spectators to be turning their heads toward the direction of the audio,” he says. “The goal was to draw the ear, and the eye, toward the racing action. So even though the speakers are mounted where the glass and ceiling meet, we needed to create the sonic impression that the sound was coming from down on the track.”

In the casino area, several dozen TRX81 loudspeakers are flown from the ceiling to provide music and paging coverage. “It’s a very high, open, unfinished ceiling, which limited our choices of loudspeakers,” says Taylor. “The TRX81 has a very tight, controlled dispersion pattern, and by mounting them in a grid pointing straight down, we were able to achieve seamless coverage across the entire open seating area, with no overlap or dead zones.”

The system is designed for flexibility, providing everything from background music and paging to zoned functionality. “We’ve set up a number of snapshots, enabling them to zone off various meeting rooms and ballrooms,” says Taylor. “And of course, the Vocia amps are rated for emergency paging functions as well.”

The decision to go with Renkus-Heinz and the TRX series was an easy one, says Pedersen, based on past experience with the brand. “We have for many years seen Renkus-Heinz as one of the leading companies in quality and service, so when the time came and it was clear they were interested in a high-quality product, we didn’t hesitate to recommend it.”

For Mechdyne, the Prairie Meadows project was something of a departure; the company is known for its expertise in Virtual Reality and 3D visualization technology, as well as complex IT and networking projects. “It’s true that our company crew out of a certain niche in virtual reality and simulation type systems,” says Pedersen. “And typically we find that clients and designers of VR systems tend to consider audio a lower priority, which is unfortunate considering how much a part of the overall experience audio represents. For us, Prairie Meadows was an exciting project, because it enabled us to design an audio-only system where the sound pretty much disappears into the experience. That would have been far more difficult without the pattern control of the TRX loudspeakers.”

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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.

BLASTED AROUND THE CLOCK BY SALT AIR DANLEY OS-80 HIGH-FIDELITY WEATHERPROOF SPEAKERS DELIVER SONIC CLARITY AT NEW TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI OUTDOOR STADIUM

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 2013: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is situated on Ward Island, braced on one side by Oso Bay and on the other side by Corpus Christi Bay. With some of the highest average wind speeds in the nation, the entire campus possesses a maritime atmosphere (read: “salty sea spray air, 24/7”) that inspired the nickname for its students: Islanders. Thus, when it came time to specify loudspeakers that would remain outside around the clock at the new $9 million Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium, A/V design firm Anthony James Partners specified Danley Sound Labs’ new OS-80 loudspeaker. The OS-80 delivers the exceptional fidelity and pattern control that are the hallmarks of Tom Danley’s innovative loudspeaker designs in a fully-weatherproof housing.

Anthony James Partners was asked to join the project only a few months before it was slated for completion – a very tight time frame – and to make matters tighter, no one bid on the design. For many years prior, the Corpus Christi branch of Network Cabling Services had worked successfully with the university on its networking infrastructure, and when the university learned that Network Cabling Services had an A/V team at another branch office, it saw the solution to its installation dilemma. “We walked the stadium in late June and the project had an August 1st deadline for completion,” explained James Daniels, systems integrator with Network Cabling Services. “It was a super tight timeline, and Danley Sound Labs came through – as they always do – on time.”

The Danley OS-80 shares the same patented Synergy Horn technology of Danley’s SH-Series loudspeakers, which gives it an even frequency and phase response, tight pattern control, seamless array-ability, and vastly improved clarity and intelligibility over conventional designs. In addition, the OS-80 is engineered to function without compromise in driving rain, freezing cold, and, most germane here, maritime air. “The Danley OS-80 is sealed up tight,” said Daniels, who took one apart. “There’s an O-ring at the split, and there’s no other place where moisture can get in. That’s critical on Ward Island, where these loudspeakers will be berated by salty wind 18 out of every 24 hours, year in and year out.”

The design features ten Danley OS-80s. Four OS-80s hang side-by-side on the press box to cover the main grandstand, which seats approximately 750. Two more OS-80s hang off the side of the press box in a near-field/far-field configuration to cover a gathering area. Two OS-80s hang off the field house in a near-field/far-field configuration to cover the long jump and pole-vault area. And the final pair was made to be a portable rig that could be set up and integrated for different occasions and specific areas that were not covered by the installed sound system. “The system is spread out, with each loudspeaker covering specific areas,” said Daniels. “To do it any other way would have risked noise pollution at adjacent buildings and facilities.”

Inputs to the system include three field boxes, each with four microphone inputs and two communications inputs, along with press box microphones and audio playback devices. The inputs feed a patch panel and a 16-channel Allen & Heath MixWizard analog console. The console outputs to a QSC Q-Sys Core 250i DSP system. QSC PL-Series and CX-Series amplifiers power the system. “Strictly speaking, the Danley OS-80s are not being powered up to their program rating,” said Daniels. “We just didn’t need to project as far as they’re capable of. Nevertheless, the system sounds incredible – the intelligibility and clarity are phenomenal. We performed a test with a wireless microphone. We were about 650 feet away and the time delay meant that we were halfway through a sentence when it came back to us. We could hear and understand everything perfectly. It was crystal clear.” And this, from a fully-weatherized loudspeaker!

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

HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT ST. JOHN’S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH BUILDS NEW SANCTUARY, INSTALLS DANLEY

SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS: Originally known as “Free Church” when it was founded in 1848, St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts is one of the nation’s oldest predominantly African-American churches, and its history is intertwined with the history of advancing human rights in the United States. One of its founding members was a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, and John Brown, abolitionist and hero of Harper’s Ferry, was a member when he lived in Springfield. St. John’s Congregational Church served as a busy stop on the Underground Railroad, and over the years the church has enjoyed visits from luminaries such as Sojourner Truth, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Jesse Jackson. Membership swelled in the 21st Century, prompting the church to raise funds for a new 800-seat sanctuary on property across the street from its existing, 100-year old building. Recently completed, the new sanctuary features a Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that delivers precise intelligibility and soul-moving bass.

“St. John’s Congregational Church has a high-energy contemporary music program, and they wanted a sound reinforcement system that would really support and extend that aspect of their services,” explained Victor Puddy, chief engineer with dB Audio & Video. Getting it exactly right was so important that the church officials sought recommendations for integration firms from friends around the country. Georgia-based dB Audio & Video came highly recommended, and a small contingent of church officials flew down to Gainesville to meet with the folks at dB Audio & Video and to tour some of their local installations. They were impressed and hired the firm to design and install the new sound reinforcement system. To minimize time away from home and family, dB Audio & Video technicians pre-fabricated as much of the system as possible in their Georgia shop.

“To meet their needs, we had to design a sound system with great intelligibility, musicality, and low-end extension – even and especially at high SPLs,” said Puddy. “They wanted to feel the grooves of their seven-piece contemporary band, not just hear them. Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers deliver superior speech intelligibility, and their exceptional pattern control keeps energy on the congregation and away from the walls. Of course, the low end from Tom Danley’s subwoofer designs is phenomenal.” A single Danley SH-96 mounted at the ceiling above the stage covers most of the seats, and a pair of Danley SH-60s on either side provide fill. A Danley SH-100 mounted behind the SH-96 and facing the opposite direction covers the choir. Two Danley TH-115 subwoofers mounted on the floor deliver generous bass.

An Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer (paired with a digital snake for the stage and a second digital snake for wireless microphone receivers and playback devices) provides a flexible and recallable front end. A dozen Shure ULX wireless microphones guarantee excellent reception and fidelity at the sound source. Output from the mixer feeds a Danley Sound Labs DSLP-48 signal processor, which in turn feeds RMX 450 and 1850 amplifiers. A new Panasonic HD video system complements the sound reinforcement system. High-definition cameras capture video of the service from different angles and distances and project them on two screens behind the stage, and to one on the back wall for the choir. In addition, the HD video signal is distributed throughout the building.

“They’ve been using the new system for several weeks now, and it would seem that everybody is in love with it,” said Puddy. “They were especially impressed by the even coverage and the tremendously deep and clear bass response.”

ABOUT dB AUDIO AND VIDEO dB Audio and Video is a Gainesville, Georgia-based design/build technologies integrator specializing in audio and acoustics, broadcast and presentation video, digital signage, and control automation for houses of worship, schools, sports arenas, government and military. For more information visit: www.dbaudioandvideo.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

SES Supports The Avett Brothers With Martin Audio MLA

SES (Special Event Services) of Winston Salem and Nashville recently supported the popular Avett Brothers on the first leg of their world tour with a Martin Audio MLA System 36 loudspeaker system.

Describing how SES became involved with the tour, Michael Brammer, SES Director of Touring Operations stated, “We did a trial show at the beginning of the tour, and due to the success of the MLA and the overwhelming positive fan response, the band decided to take us on the road. The band went from a bus and trailer to three trucks virtually overnight, in part because they fell in love with the Martin Audio MLA system.”

The Avett Brothers are led by Scott and Seth Avett on vocals and a variety of stringed and percussion instruments, along with Bob Crawford (double bass), Joe Kwon (cello) and Mike Marsh (drums). With several chart albums including I and Love and You (2009), The Carpenter (2012) and the upcoming Magpie and the Dandelion, they combine an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, punk, pop, folk, rock and roll, honky-tonk and ragtime into solid original songs that have gotten Bob Dylan’s attention, among others.

With stops in Canada and Europe before wrapping up in the US this Fall, the Avetts headlined “The Carpenter” tour with acts such as The Old Crow Medicine Show and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals opening for them in a mix of amphitheatres, arenas and theaters including two sold out nights at Red Rocks.

In order to cover the crowds that averaged from 10 to 12,000 with a bump to 18,000 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, SES deployed a loudspeaker system consisting of 11 MLA enclosures and one MLD downfill cabinet per side along with six MLX ground-stacked subs per side. They also used an Avid Profile for FOH and a DiGiCo SD-9 for Monitors. When The Avett Brothers return for the final US leg, they will play larger arenas, so SES plans to add MLA Compact speakers for outfill to increase the coverage area.

Asked how MLA performed during the tour, Michael responded, “Their FOH Engineer Justin Glanville really likes the dynamic range and stereo imaging of the MLA system as The Avett Brothers are a very complex band. They play a variety of instruments and exchange them from song to song, so there’s a constant circle around the stage. The show ranges from very energetic moments down to just two guys singing into one microphone acoustically. It’s a very dynamic show and MLA really responds well to it.

“The coverage has been uniformly excellent in all kinds of venues, and MLA doesn’t take long to set up. In fact, Andrew Steelman, our Systems Tech was able to fly it in the morning and have Justin behind the console by lunchtime. The MLA system really has given us everything we’ve needed and more from a loudspeaker rig.”

For more about SES, please click to www.specialeventservices.com

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

Integrator Finds The Sound Of Success With The Niles Cynema Soundfield In-Wall Soundbar

International custom electronics integrator Jim Beaumont of HomeTech Europe has installed hundreds, if not thousands of different products throughout his career, and he’s never seen anything quite as unique as the Niles Cynema Soundfield in-wall soundbar from Core Brands. As the first of its kind, the Cynema Soundfield naturally has some ‘wow’ factor to it, but according to Beaumont it’s the practical application of a high-quality soundbar that virtually disappears that’s making it fly off the shelves.

“When I heard about the Niles Cynema Soundfield I knew some of my clients would love it, but I didn’t think I’d sell 10 of them in the first month!” Beaumont said. “Niles recognized that homeowners want good sound to match their attractive wall-mounted TVs, but they also want it to be as unobtrusive as the TV itself. With TVs getting thinner and thinner, the TV manufacturers have run out of room for good speakers, and the only solution when your TV is an inch off the wall is to put the speakers into the wall itself.”

The Cynema Soundfield doesn't require cutting the wall studs and the grille can be painted any color to match any decor.

Beaumont says his clients and the designers he works with immediately see the value in a soundbar that can be painted over and literally disappear into the wall. For years, in-wall speakers have been the preferred solution of integrators and interior designers because they blend into the room, but they can be expensive and difficult to install in an existing room because of wiring and additional components such as amplifiers and AV receivers. The Cynema Soundfield solves this issue because it requires just two wires, one for audio signal and one for power, and it can be installed in less than an hour by a certified Niles installer, even if the TV is already hung on the wall.

“It’s easy to sell because it can be used in retrofits, new homes, board rooms and even retail locations like hotel lobbies, without anyone even knowing it’s there,” Beaumont continued. “Several of my clients were so excited when I showed it to them that they bought multiple units for multiple rooms. I think the market for this innovative premium sound solution could be huge, and I’m going to sell as many of them as I can.”

And it’s easy to complete the home theater experience with one of Niles’ small, powerful subwoofers and wireless kit, so the sub can go anywhere the homeowners want without running wires. The wireless kit hooks right up to the Cynema Soundfield’s amplifier, so there’s no separate amp or receiver necessary.

What makes the Cynema Soundfield so unique is its rail system; the only thing that gets cut into the wall is a thin metal rail that sits flush with the drywall, and then the three individual speakers and the amplifier simply lock into the rail. With such a fast installation time, models that match TVs of all sizes, plenty of power and fidelity (30W RMS per speaker, three speakers per soundbar) and the ability to paint the grill and make the speaker invisible, the Niles Cynema Soundfield is a hot item for electronics integrators and design-conscious homeowners everywhere.

The Cynema Soundfield includes inputs for optical audio, HDMI and analog audio, and can also be integrated into a multi-room audio system. It features autosense turn-on so that no separate remote is required, and it simply turns on whenever it receives an audio signal from either the TV or a connected multi-room audio system.

Wisdom Audio and D-Tools Renew MVP Program Partnership

Wisdom Audio product information is now completely updated in System Integrator™ and available to current SI users for immediate use and specification

CONCORD, CA – September 4, 2013 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Wisdom Audio has renewed their participation in the MVP Partnership Program.  Detailed information on of the entire line of Wisdom Audio products are available in D-Tools product database, for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify free of charge. Based in Carson City, Nevada, Wisdom Audio was founded in 1996 and has been a long-standing participant in the D-Tools MVP program. Catering to music lovers and audiophiles alike, Wisdom Audio provides products that offer the highest levels of performance and superior technology.

“From inception, our goal has been to create the finest loudspeaker design and revolutionary technology while maintaining our commitment to providing world-class customer service,” said Todd Sutherland, VP of Marketing for Wisdom Audio. “That same goal extends to our partnership with D-Tools. We are pleased to offer System Integrator™ users our most current product information in order to provide an efficient outlet for them to recommend our solutions to their clients.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“Wisdom Audio has been a longstanding MVP Program participant, and we are thrilled to have them renew for yet another year,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Our global network of SIX 2013 users are provided a significant advantage through this partnership, as it ensures they have ready access to detailed product information and simplified specification of Wisdom Audio’s highly stylistic and innovative loudspeaker solutions in their project proposals.”

About Wisdom Audio
Wisdom Audio is the leader in designing and manufacturing high-performance planar magnetic transducers for architectural speaker applications with more than 100 man-years experience. Wisdom Audio was founded in 1996 to create no-compromise planar magnetic hybrid loudspeaker systems for the most demanding and critical audiophiles.

Wisdom Audio systems employ proprietary, custom-made planar magnetic and dynamic transducers optimized for high performance, including high-end architectural audio reproduction applications. Its hybrid-technology systems have earned praise and awards from the specialized media, while satisfying a growing base of customers and dealers worldwide. Wisdom Audio’s products, including their multi-award winning Sage Series architectural models, are handcrafted in limited quantities by specialized craftsman at the Company’s headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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Hillsong UNITED Brings “WELCOMEZION” Tour to U.S. on K1

Hillsong UNITED performing on K1/KARA at the Hollywood Bowl

Mid-America Sound deploys full L-ACOUSTICS system for international worship group

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Hillsong UNITED, the chart-topping worship band that rose out of the youth ministry of Sydney, Australia’s Hillsong Church, recently wrapped up a U.S. summer arena tour in support of its 12th and latest full-length album, ZION. The outing, known as “WELCOMEZION”, picks back up with a second three-week leg of North American dates in November and will continue to be supported by Greenfield, Indiana-based Mid-America Sound, which has been supplying an L-ACOUSTICS K1 system for the tour. more

UCLA’s Historic Pauley Pavilion Upgrades With HARMAN’s BSS Audio and JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Building on the rich heritage of UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and providing a new level of entertainment for students and fans, Los Angeles-based Pro Sound & Video recently upgraded the audio system, part of a $125 million renovation to the arena. Acoustic Dimensions served as acoustical consultant for the project, which includes HARMAN’s JBL Professional Precision Directivity™ (PD) series loudspeakers, BSS Audio Soundweb London signal processing and Crown CTs Series amplifiers.

Pauley Pavilion, which opened in 1965, is the on-campus home court to the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball, gymnastics and volleyball programs, as well as a campus landmark which played host to the 1984 Olympics, a 1988 presidential debate and renowned entertainers including Frank Sinatra. With 38 NCAA championship teams across the various programs, the venue’s history speaks for itself.

The design process was conducted over a 20-month period, while the renovation included the addition of modern amenities with a new center-hung video display and new speaker system for the arena seating, concourses and restrooms, with AV systems for the new team meeting room, player lounges and Stadium Club.

The total installation included eight JBL PD5212/64 loudspeakers for main long throw, eight PD5212/64 loudspeakers for main short throw arrayed above the four corners of the scoreboard and 32 AM7212/95 main delay loudspeakers installed in a delay ring around the arena seating, underneath the upper seating level. Additionally, two VP7212MDP floor monitor speakers were provided for courtside use, 29 Control 26CT ceiling loudspeakers installed in the arena’s premier seating Pavilion Club, and 30 Control 24CT MicroPlus compact in-ceiling speakers installed in the writing and press area of the arena.

“We have used the JBL PD5000 series boxes on previous projects and like the way it sounds. With its tonal quality and high output capability we determined it was a good design choice. Add to that fact that JBL’s headquarters are right down the street from the University, we knew that it was the right speaker for the arena” explained Brian Elwell, Senior Consultant and VP of Acoustic Dimensions.

A total of three Crown CTs600 amplifiers power the systems 70V speakers, with an array of BSS BLU-800, BLU-160, BLU-16 and BLU-32 being used for digital signal processing as well as a BLU-10 controller for level control and mutes of the various speaker systems.

“This was a fairly simple system to install, except for one main challenge,” explained Joe Byrne, Operations Manager, Pro Sound & Video. “With trapezoid cabinets such as the PD loudspeakers, it made it difficult to hang the boxes from the stadium roof. There is no easy way to have the speakers seismically arrested and would have required a huge amount of wired rope installed between the speakers and the ceiling. It looked chaotic on paper.”

“We needed a ridged frame system to cut back on the wire strung in the rafters so we developed a square structural steel frame in which the loudspeakers could hang inside and be seismically arrested to the frame itself,” Byrne said.

With the addition of a large new ribbon and LED scoreboard, the sonic quality of the JBL PD Series loudspeakers complemented the system quite well. “With a ring of delay speakers underneath the upper seating level, the coverage is great,” Byrne continued.

The great longstanding relationship between Pro Sound and HARMAN gave Byrne and his team the confidence in installing a full JBL, and BSS Audio system. “We’ve never had any issues with the audio system when we know we have HARMAN products deployed. With years of experience, we know that the system will be reliable and help reinforce the UCLA tradition within the arena.”

For more information on Pro Sound & Video, please visit: http://www.prosound.net/

For more information on Acoustic Dimensions, please visit: http://www.acousticdimensions.com/

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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