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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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Audinate Announces 5th Annual Dante AV Networking World at ISE 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Dante’s AV Networking World series of informative presentations and hands-on workshops will be held Monday, 9 February 2015 at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn near the RAI Convention Center.

The free all-day event will feature presentations, training workshops and interactive panel discussions led by industry design consultants, AV installation contractors and IT networking experts. The event will also feature a major interoperability networking demonstration of Dante-enabled products and systems, several of which are debuting at ISE from the industry’s leading audio manufacturers. 25 leading audio equipment manufacturers are co-sponsoring this year’s conference including Ashly Audio, AtteroTech, audio-technica, Bosch, Bose, BSS, Crest Audio, Delec, Focusrite/RedNet, Harman Professional, Lab.gruppen, Lake, Nexo, NTP, Peavey Commercial Audio, Powersoft, PreSonus, Shure, Stewart Audio, Soundcraft, StageTec, Studio Technologies, Symetrix, Tendzone and Yamaha. Media sponsors include AV Magazine and rAVe Europe.

Presentations cover a variety of topics, including:
• A market research report on the state of audio networking
• A case study featuring the Singapore Sports Hub
• Networking 101- Understanding Networking Basics
• Common issues with how AV equipment is controlled
• A detailed look at Dante in the School of Audio Engineering (SAE)
• How Sydney Trains implemented a networked Digital PA
• Milano Congress – A look at Dante in Europe’s largest convention center
• A glimpse into the future of Dante and AV networking

In addition, a hands-on Dante workshop will bring together teams of participants to demonstrate how quickly and creatively a Dante network can be designed. The event will include raffles, giveaways and surprises throughout the day, as well as a sponsored lunch for all attendees and a hosted networking mixer at the end of the day.

Seating is limited, so register now to reserve your seat for this premiere event at ISE.
To register, click here http://bit.ly/avnw-ise1Dante AV networking World

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About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Danley Synergy Horn Delivers Superior Pattern Control at Summit Church

Summit_ChurchNILES, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 2015: Although First Missionary Church established in Niles, Michigan over fifty years ago, it has been only in recent years that its growth has begun to strain the resources of its small sanctuary. The church elected to move to a new location, where it could build a larger multipurpose room and, as time and funds permitted, additional infrastructure, such as a dedicated sanctuary. Because the new building is located on a hill amid the relatively flat topography of southern Michigan, the church also elected to change its name to Summit Church. However, the name was all that changed. The church did not change its contemporary approach to delivering engaging services, which includes a full band with vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums. To present those services with maximum impact and intelligibility, Minnesota-based Audio Video Electronics (AVE) designed and installed a sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Labs SH-96 and SH-60 Synergy Horn loudspeakers.

“Summit Church’s worship director posted on a Church Sound and Media Tech Facebook group looking for bids for a design the church had been given,” explained Stefan Svärd, president of AVE. “We were recommended by three people, and I personally responded to his request. Although it seemed like something we could bid on, I wanted to speak with the worship director to understand exactly what their current situation was and what they were hoping to achieve with the new system. We spoke on several occasions, and I came to believe the design they were given was a square peg for a round hole. The room was to be wide and shallow – a gym really – with the stage on the long side. The design called for just one screen with only a 40-degree viewing angle, and the specified loudspeakers had no effective pattern control – in a concrete box with no acoustical treatment. It was going to be an audio/visual nightmare. We couldn’t bid on it in good conscience, but we could work out an alternative. We could give them two appropriate screens, excellent pattern control, and acoustical treatments.”

Svärd visited the church over the July 4th weekend. “I met with them and attended a service at the old location,” he said. “I felt welcomed. They had a great vibe, great music, and a wonderful message.” Based on his now-intimate knowledge of the church and the plan for its new multipurpose sanctuary/stage/gym, Svärd designed a new system in EASE. As installed, it is a simple exploded mono cluster with a single Danley SH-96 loudspeaker for main coverage, opposite Danley SH-60s for side fill, and two Tannoy VX6 loudspeakers for near fill. “I originally included a subwoofer in the design, but the budget wasn’t there,” Svärd said. “Fortunately, the SH-96 has respectable output down to 40Hz. Summit’s bass won’t knock you over or crush your chest, but it sounds full and musical. As funds permit, they may elect to add a subwoofer.”

QSC CXD-Q networked amplifiers power the system, with processing from QSC Q-Sys Core 250. A Soundcraft Expression console on a rolling rack provides flexible control for full-blown events, whereas a simple microphone jack and input for mp3 players paired with iPad control and/or a QSC touchpanel provide simple control for simple events. Band members use a new Digital Audio Labs Livemix personal monitoring system, which connects to the Soundcraft console via Dante. SVSI video processing handles a range of input sources, with final output to two Vivitek 4800lumen projectors and two Draper screens.

Svärd attended the first service at the new location, which turned out to be much more of a nail-biter than he had anticipated. Due to a shipping snafu, the acoustical panels hadn’t arrived in time, and so the system was effectively firing into a painted concrete box. “Between services, the pastor met with a group of older congregants – the population that typically has the hardest time hearing spoken word,” he said. “Without the acoustic panels in place, the pastor feared the worst and expected some complaints. To his amazement, there was not a single complaint! One older member said that for the first time ever he heard and understood every single word that was spoken. For me, there can be no greater testament to Danley’s tremendous pattern control paired with AVE’s solid design and installation. The guy understood every word in a concrete box! It’s astounding.”

Shortly after that time, the acoustical treatments arrived and the system went from great to stupendous. “Summit Church’s new building is located on a large parcel of land, and they have plans to eventually raise new buildings on it, including a dedicated sanctuary,” said Svärd. “I’m sure Danley will be a part of that because everyone is in love with how their new system sounds.”

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

GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW GP SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS

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Council Bluffs, IA – WNAMM Booth 6332 Hall A … Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to introduce the new GP Series loudspeakers. Featuring lightweight injection molded enclosures designed to provide years of trouble-free operation and easy transport, these self-powered general purpose sound reinforcement loudspeakers are ideal for a wide range of applications, including clubs, mobile DJs, performing musicians, corporate AV, houses of worship, and education. more

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