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PMC Brings Superlative Sound Quality to Andrew Lau Wai-Keung’s Private Screening Room

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Internationally acclaimed film director and producer Andrew Lau Wai-Keung has installed a pair of PMC’s flagship BB5 XBD Active loudspeakers in his private screening room in Hong Kong.

Wai-Keung began his career as a cinematographer and has worked on many notable films including Ringo Lam’s City on Fire and Wong Kar-Wai’s As Tears Go By and Chungking Express. In 1990 he made to switch to director with the film Against All, but he continues to act as cinematographer and has performed both roles on nearly all of the 30-plus films he has made.

Wai-Keung’s artistic eye and his interest in stories about the grittier, darker side of life has allowed him to carve a niche and build a reputation as one of Hong Kong’s new breed of action directors. Although film making is his passion, he is also hugely enthusiastic about good sound quality, which is why he has chosen PMC’s BB5 XBD Active Reference loudspeakers for his own screening room.

Supplied by PMC’s Hong Kong distributor Richcoln Company Ltd, the BB5 XBD Active range is always a popular choice with discerning audiophiles. Renowned for their audio fidelity, BB5 Active monitors offer extended bass response and room control by virtue of PMC’s proprietary ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) design. The active electronics are the result of collaboration between PMC and Bryston, which has delivered a loudspeaker product offering unrivalled quality and reliability.

BB5 XBD Aactive loudspeakers are the mainstay of many internationally acclaimed recording facilities, including Prince’s personal studio, Metropolis Studios in London, the Athens Concert Hall and BBC Maida Vale. Added to this, PMC’s BB5 Active monitors played an important part in ensuring that the Beatles ‘Love’ 5.1 album received a TEC Award for mastering, as well as Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media and Best Surround Sound Album.

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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

Grant and Smith ‘REACH’ for the Stars at Christmas with NEXO and Yamaha

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Two of the most recognized Christian artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, performed “Christmas with Michael W Smith & Amy Grant” at the Target Center in Minneapolis in early December, and REACH Communications (Champlin, MN), was there to support the audio production.

REACH provided their NEXO STM rig and Nuar amps along with a Yamaha PM5D-RH for front of house and dual CL5s digital audio consoles – one for the orchestra and one for the artists, and four Rio3224 input/output boxes. “We knew we needed perfect coverage for the target center as it was a sold out show, states Dan Brown, REACH Communications. We have had the new NEXO STM M46/B112 for about nine months now and knew it was up to the task for the main hangs. We recently added the new M28 boxes to our inventory, and after looking at the NEXO NS-1 simulator, could see that it would be a perfect fit for side hangs on this show.”

NEXO STM Amy Grant and MWS Concert - Side Stage

Brown said they were under a very tight load in and setup schedule for the one-off event. “The STM rigging and NUAR amp racks allowed us to get things up, checked very fast, and stay on schedule throughout the day.”

The NEXO main hang rig consisted of 24 STM M46 – 12 per side, 24 STM B112 – 12 per side, 6 STM M28 – 3 per side for down fill, 4 STM B112 – 2 per side and 24 STM M28 – 12 per side for out fill. 12 RS18 Ray Subs, 4 per side in cardioid mode and 4 spread across the stage perimeter. 6 NEXO PS10-R2s and 2 NEXO GEO S1230s were used for outer front-fill along with 10 NEXO Nuar racks.

“I was able to walk the upper seating area with Russ Long, the FOH engineer for Amy Grant and Michael W Smith, Brown says. The coverage to the upper seats was very good even with the long throw of the mains and no delay speakers. The main speakers were throwing about 300+ ft. It was very impressive!” He notes that the transition from the main to the side hangs was very clean even with the cabinets being a different driver compliment. “NEXO has done a great job of making the voicing of all of their boxes very similar to each other.”

Brown said the artist engineers requested a Yamaha PM5D-RH at FOH and CL5 for monitors. “We were tasked with providing what we preferred for the orchestra console and knew that the CL5 would be a great fit in this role as well.”

Grant MWS Concert Yamaha CL5 PM5D

The entire system for the concert was run into two Lake LM26 for zone control and was routed via Dante to all of the NEXO amps. “Our client was very happy with the results and sound coverage throughout the room. We worked closely with the venue manager and the artists’ crew to make sure we had the maximum seating capacity for the sound coverage and sight lines in the room.”

For more information on REACH Communications, visit www.reachcomm.net.

For more information on the NEXO STM and Yamaha consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Myers Heads Up 3G’s New AV Installation Division

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Los Angeles, CA––As an integral part of a significant expansion and growth move for the company, David Myers has been appointed as Director of 3G Pro Audio’s new Installation Division.

As Director of AV Installations, Myers will be dedicated to building a division that sets itself apart in terms of innovative solutions, unique new methodologies and successful collaborations with clients.

A veteran in the field with 25 years in contracting, David holds CTS-I and CTS-D certifications in Installation and Design.

Asked about his mission, David responds, “Developing consistencies within the division so our key sales team members can sell and support installations while maintaining a commonality in how things are done. Refining our branding so that 3G is perceived as an installation house; growing sales; designing systems, and responsible project management at every stage of the process.”

3G will build on its core strengths in theatrical and festival production and touring to focus on vertical installation markets such as performance venues and Houses of Worship, nightclubs and hotels that can draw from the company’s expertise in live entertainment. They will also focus on performance spaces in government and educational environments.

David feels the division should be seen as specialists in terms of the lines they carry, the solutions they offer and the way they present themselves. “We don’t want to be like everyone else,” he affirms. “What’s really important is understanding the client’s needs and maintaining a constant connection with them throughout the installation process and after the project has been completed.

“3G intends to deliver turnkey solutions that meet all of the customer’s technical requirements including sound, lighting and video. We’re not just a sound company.”

Asked about his feelings regarding the appointment, David answers, “I’m honored and excited to be part of the company. 3G is made up of a terrific group of people dedicated to treating their customers and their own staff the right way, which is the core of all business.”

Eli Stearns, President and CEO of 3G adds, “We are really excited to have Dave join our team and lead our new Installation Division. While we have been selling professional audio systems for years, Dave’s expertise as an experienced contractor and designer of full AV systems will catapult our company’s capabilities to full service integration. Moreover, Dave’s work ethic, leadership and ‘can do’ attitude makes him a perfect fit with the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality service to our customers.”

For more about 3G Pro Audio, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

David Prince Appointed Community’s Director of Development Engineering

DavidPrinceCommunity Professional Loudspeakers is pleased to announce the appointment of David Prince as Director of Development Engineering. Prince has over two decades of experience designing, modeling and measuring pro-audio loudspeakers and developing them for manufacturing. He comes to Community from Knowles Electronics where he was Product Development Manager. Previously, Prince held the position of Director of Advanced Development for Tymphany; he was Senior Research Engineer for International Jensen and he spent seven years as an Acoustic Consultant with Talaske.

Prince has a BS in physics from the University of Illinois and studied acoustics in a combined program of the University of Florida and Penn State University. He is a past chair of the AES Standards Committee on Loudspeaker Modeling and Measurement, serves on technical committees of the Acoustical Society of America and is a Board of Directors Emeritus member for the loudspeaker industry association, ALMA.

“I am delighted to join Community at this important time in its history,” said Prince. “The company is well-respected worldwide and has an impressive line-up of high-quality products. I look forward to working with the Community team as we develop new loudspeakers and continue to advance our modeling and measurement programs.”

Steve Johnson, CEO commented, “As Community positions itself for continued growth, David Prince is a strong additon to our Engineering team. David’s academic background and years of experience as an engineer, audio consultant and technical leader will serve him well in this exciting new role.

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Community Welcomes Tech Solutions and Sales

Carmel, IN – Founded in 2005, Tech Solutions and Sales is an AV manufacturers’ representative company covering the states of Indiana and Kentucky.

Owner Dave Fellabaum and associate William Stewart have many years of experience as reps and integrators in the AV business. Both Fellabaum and Stewart have extensive sales and design experience in commercial audio, educational, house of worship and other AV market areas. From this background Tech Solutions and Sales has built a representative firm that emphasizes great customer service and builds lasting relationships with the AV integrators, engineers, acoustical consultants and end users in their territory. “We can consult on system design,” said Fellabaum, “and, because we understand the nuts and bolts of the integration business, we can help our dealers close their sales and bring in a profit on their jobs.” Fellabaum says he is very excited about taking on the Community line. “We’re planning to demo the product and provide dealer training and we’re looking forward to making a major contribution to Community’s success in Indiana and Kentucky,” he said.
Mike Marr, Community’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager, added, “Tech Solutions and Sales’ emphasis on customer service and dealer support complements Community’s great product lines and applications assistance. They’re a great addition to our sales team at Community.”

Contact Tech Solutions and Sales at (317)536-5846, email Dave Fellabaum (Indiana sales) at dave@techsolutionsandsales.com or William Stewart (Kentucky sales) at william@techsolutionsandsales.com or visit www.techsolutionsandsales.com.

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Community Welcomes AVCOM as Sales Representative

AvcomCleveland, OH – Founded in the late 1960s, AVCOM is a multi-line AV manufacturers’ representative company covering the states of Ohio and West Virginia as well as Western Pennsylvania and Northern Kentucky.
AVCOM prides itself on providing quality products and building long-lasting and profitable relationships with the AV integrators, engineers, acoustical consultants and end users in their territory.

President Jim Umstead emphasized the importance of a constant presence in the field including regular business meetings with integrators and consultants and frequent product demonstrations. He commented, “We are proud to represent Community in our four-state territory. Community’s reputation for high-quality products, expert application assistance and great customer service fits well with our desire to provide each of our business partners with the best possible solutions to their particular needs.”
Mike Marr, Community’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager, added, “AVCOM has an excellent reputation for customer service and product knowledge. We’re very pleased to have them represent Community.”
Telephone AVCOM at 440-777-2442, email Jim Umstead, President, at jumstead@avcomcle.com or John Opal, Territory Manager, PA at joavcom@verizon.net or visit their website at avcomcle.com.

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Speech Clarity – A Priority for Canadian Museum for Human Rights

gareden of contemplationIMG_0595The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. The museum is a major project for Winnipeg and is the only federal museum to be built outside of Canada’s capital of Ottawa in over fifty years. It stands on Treaty One territory, not far from the place where the Métis rebelled under Louis Riel in 1870. Treaty One was Canada’s first treaty after Confederation.

The striking landmark building was designed by the renowned architect, Antoine Predock. His design for the CMHR is a journey, beginning with a descent into the earth where visitors enter the building through the “roots” of the museum. Visitors are led through the Great Hall, then a series of vast spaces and ramps, before culminating in the Tower of Hope, a tall spire protruding from the CMHR that provides visitors with a view of downtown Winnipeg.

The building’s sound system was designed by Mulvey and Banani, located in Toronto. The principal designer was Greg Rushton. Installation was handled by audio visual specialists, Inland Audio Visual Limited, and the project manager was Inland AV’s Barry Carr.

The sound system’s primary purpose is building wide multi-zone paging, but in specified areas the loudspeaker systems can also be used for local audio needs, such as those required by the banquet halls and classrooms. BGM is also to be incorporated into the system at a future date. The electronics are located in five central rack rooms and networked via Cobranet. Some six-hundred and fifty Community ceiling loudspeakers were used throughout the project. This includes a combination of 4.5-inch D4 and 6.5-inch D6 D SERIES loudspeakers, and powerful CLOUD1266 12-inch coaxial ceiling loudspeakers. The system incorporates Peavey DSP and Crest amplifiers are used to power the loudspeakers.

Inland AV installed touchscreen controlled AV systems in three classrooms, featuring projectors that can run independently or over the network. They also installed the corporate boardrooms with audio, video and simultaneous interpretation and teleconference systems.

“Community loudspeakers are designed for installations where uncompromised speech clarity and great music quality are prime requirements,” said Loren Robinson, Community’s Regional Manager. “It’s very gratifying to see them used in such an impressive system for this internationally prestigious project.”

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Iowa HS Gym Gets Overhaul From J Sound Services With Yamaha CIS

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Central High School in, Davenport, IA recently received a new audio system, installed by J Sound Services, Inc. (JSS) in Nashville for their Marshall Gymnasium. The 19,500 sq. ft. gym, seating approximately 2,200 in its bleacher area, needed to improve speech articulation and coverage while providing a permanently installed and easy to operate system. To accomplish this, JSS chose Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products to satisfy the needs of the high school.

“A major complaint to be remedied was that attendees could not understand what was being said during functions in the gymnasium,” states Jason Spence, owner, J Sound Services.

The new system includes 16 Yamaha VXS8 speakers, one Yamaha MTX3 processor, one Yamaha XMV4280 4-channel amplifier, one Yamaha DCP1V-4S wall mount control panel, two Shure BLX4R/SM58 wireless microphones, and
Lowell racks and power.

Spence said that the Yamaha MTX3 processor is managing all of the audio systems’ I/O. It acts as the systems mixer, providing input channel routing and processing such as gain, high-pass filters, EQ, compression, and automatic gain control, as well as output channel/speaker processing for delay, EQ, and limiting. Two channels of wireless microphones and a stereo input from the schools media player feed four of the 8 mic/line inputs of the MTX3. “We are utilizing YDIF digital audio out of the MTX3 to feed the input of the XMV4280 amplifier, Spence says. By doing so, we’ve streamlined our signal path to the amplifier and kept the audio digital, as opposed to using the processor or amplifiers analog I/O.”

“Installing a system that is simple to operate is always an important feature when designing a system that will be operated by non-technical staff, students, and/or volunteers, adds Spence. We provided that simplicity with a Yamaha DCP1V-4S wall mount control panel, so with a touch of a button, the system is on and ready to use. By selecting the appropriate microphone on the wall controller, the microphone’s level is controlled with the volume knob on the wall controller.” MTX processors have three wall mount control panel configurations that provide simple, remote operation of the system, and may also be controlled via free apps available for Android and Apple devices and a WAP.

“Yamaha VXS and VXC speakers have become like our Swiss Army knife of speakers; they are a great sounding, competitively priced speaker, and appropriate for numerous applications, Spence notes. We have installed them with great success in Houses of Worship, golf courses, Universities, High Schools, and currently spec’d to be installed in nightclubs and restaurants this year. It was an obvious choice for Marshall Gymnasium once I determined a distributed system was the right approach for their situation.”

Yamaha’s CIS line of speakers, processors, and amplifiers allowed JSS to design and install a system that solved their client’s sound. “The system exceeded their expectations with an audio system that is simple, reliable, efficient, and flexible for any future additions they may have.”

“The new Yamaha speakers have provided us with the opportunity to hold just about any athletic type of program we want, states Brian Ehlinger, Athletic Director. Before the install, we would hold college signings, awards banquets, and season kickoff nights in the Marshall Gym and no one could understand what was being said. It got to the point where we moved those events to our auditorium instead of our historic gym. Now, with our new system, we can again bring our athletic functions back to the gym. This system allows us a level of intelligibility for speech that is phenomenal. We have already held a function in Marshall with our new system, and our stakeholders are very impressed.

For more information on J Sound Services, Inc. visit www.jss.net.

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

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

PMC Launches Online Retailing for its twotwo™ Monitor Series

PMC twotwo Range

British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is encouraging new customers to try its compact twotwo™ reference monitor series by setting up Reference Monitor Centres at key Hi-Fi retail outlets around the UK.

The new centres are offering high quality demonstration facilities so that customers can listen to PMC’s twotwo product range in an acoustically accurate environment and receive advice from highly trained staff.

The monitors can then be bought online via a dedicated twotwo sales website and either delivered direct to the customer or to the nearest Reference Monitor Centre, all of which are offering a Click and Collect service.

Ian Downs, Pro Audio Sales Manager for PMC, says: “Our twotwo range is ideally suited to young producers and DJs who are working from home and want simple, high performance active monitors with DAC and digital playback sources. These technology-savvy customers are very comfortable with buying online, but they still want access to good demo facilities and well qualified staff who can help them identify the right product for their needs.”

PMC’s Reference Monitor Centres are strategically located in key cities such as Newcastle, London and Bristol. By basing them in Hi-Fi retail outlet, PMC is once again reinforcing its strong links between the studio and the home listening environment.

“It is PMC’s philosophy that there should be no difference between the sound the artist and producer approves in a studio and what the consumer hears at home,” Ian Downs says. “That is why all of our speaker products, whether they are destined for the studio or the home, are based on the same ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) technology that guarantees high quality, distortion-free audio.”

PMC’s twotwo range comprises of three models – the twotwo.5, the twotwo.6 and the twotwo.8, all of which combine PMC’s world-class design pedigree with sophisticated digital processing and active amplification. Ideally suited to nearfield monitoring in situations where space is at a premium, the twotwo range offers professional users high levels of clarity, transparency and accuracy.

Many renowned artists and producers have invested in PMC’s twotwo monitors, including BRIT and MPG Award-winning producer Alan Moulder and BAFTA Award-winning sound mixer Howard Bargroff.

For more information about PMC Reference Monitor Centres, please visit www.pmc-speakers.com/twotwo/demo

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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 availablematerials 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.

PreSonus Appoints Wilkins Inside Sales Coordinator for WorxAudio

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Baton Rouge, LA – January 2015… PreSonus announces the appointment of Blaine Wilkins to the position of Inside Sales Coordinator for the company’s WorxAudio division. In his new position, Wilkins be responsible for taking presales calls from prospective customers, providing product information and comparative data as requested, and providing support for the company’s authorized dealers: handling product questions, order information, and processing credit returns/advanced replacements. Further, Wilkins will support WorxAudio sales representatives with their technical queries, order information, training materials, as well as answering inbound emails from end users, sales representatives, and dealers. He will also review all purchase orders for accuracy; ensuring that proper rigging and accessories are on order. more

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