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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW GP SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS

**** Photo: Grund Audio Design GP-12A ****

**** Photo: Grund Audio Design GP-12A ****

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

Meyer Sound CAL Becomes First AVnu-Certified AVB Loudspeaker

b_cal_back_panel_avb_700Meyer Sound has announced that its CAL™ column array loudspeakers are the first loudspeaker products to receive the AVnu certification by AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) devices for interoperability. This certification is the global seal given to devices that have implemented the IEEE AVB standards and passed AVnu Alliance’s rigorous testing for interoperability and compliance. CAL can be heard live at the Meyer Sound stand at the 2015 ISE trade show in Amsterdam.

CAL is widely recognized for setting a new standard for coverage control and sonic precision in steerable column arrays. Now with the AVnu certification, CAL provides seamless interoperability with AVnu-certified AVB devices from other vendors to simplify network implementation for the user, while offering numerous advantages of the open IEEE AVB standards.

For specifiers and integrators, CAL with AVnu-certified AVB streamlines the network infrastructure by combining audio signal transmission with system control and monitoring using industry-standard structured cabling such as CAT5e and CAT6. This introduces unprecedented time and cost savings compared to traditional analog and digital signal distribution, while significantly simplifying network implementation and future reconfiguration. In addition, AVB eliminates shortcomings in legacy proprietary networking solutions and provides precise timing synchronization with guaranteed bandwidth.

“Meyer Sound embraces technology that yields superior audio performance and operating simplicity for our customers,” says Luke Jenks, director of product management at the company. “By aggressively addressing the issue of interoperability through AVnu certification, we have taken an important step to help customers create end-to-end AV networks that are easier to plan and less costly to install.”

The AVnu certification program is conducted by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), a third-party testing house that has also worked with the Wi-Fi Alliance and other industry consortia. Other products that have received AVnu certification include the AVB hardware and software reference platform from XMOS, switches from Extreme Networks, and more.

Heard in world-class venues such as California Memorial Stadium, the NFL Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium, Musikverein in Austria, and Konzerthaus Berlin, CAL is designed to introduce high vocal clarity in even the most reverberant environments and provide exceptional headroom for music and speech reinforcement. It is offered in three models, each with different power capabilities. All drivers are tight-packed and are individually amplified and processed. CAL’s vertical beam can be angled up or down in one-degree increments up to 30 degrees, while the CAL 64 and CAL 96 models also include beam-splitting capabilities.

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“Top Gear Live” Blazes into Norway with Powerful Meyer Sound LEO and LYON

top gear liveWhen “Top Gear Live”arrived at Oslo’s 15,000-capacity Telenor Arena for three days of adrenaline-fuelled motoring spectacle, LEO-M and LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers from Meyer Sound provided high-impact audio support. “Top Gear Live”is a theatrical adaptation of the popular BBC show, engaging audiences with its trademark blend of quirky humor and rip-roaring car races, stunts, and explosions.

“The system performed perfectly, and the coverage from the LEO and LYON arrays was exceptional in every seat,” says Theis Romme, system designer and audio project manager for Victory Tour Production, principal audio supplier for the shows. “The sound quality of the music tracks and effects supported the visual spectacle, while the vocal clarity brought out the unique personalities of the hosts.”

An elongated, U-shaped audience area was covered by six arrays of eight LYON loudspeakers each. Four arrays of eight LEO-M loudspeakers each were aimed at the end seating areas, with 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements flown in the center of the arena. The fill systems comprised 24 MINA™ line array loudspeakers for front fill and 14 UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers. System drive and optimization came from a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 AES and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors plus two Galileo 408 processors. A separate cue system for the lighting technician included two MM-4XP loudspeakers and one MM-10 subwoofer.

FOH was mixed on a DiGiCo SD8 digital console, while the hosts used ten channels of Shure Axient wireless microphones with BETA58 handheld transmitters and bodypacks coupled to DPA 4088 headworn microphones. In-ear monitoring was carried over six channels from a Sennheiser SR 2050 wireless transmitter to 30 receivers.

“Top Gear Live” has been on the road since 2008. Hosts for both the live spectacles and the television series—seen by an estimated 350 million viewers in 170 countries—are Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

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Hear Renkus-Heinz at Winter NAMM

 Orange County, CA – January 2015… After the eggnog and Auld Lang Syne, the music and pro audio industry kicks off the New Year with the annual Winter NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California. In keeping with that storied tradition, you will find Renkus-Heinz in our usual spot in the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall A, Booth 6420, from January 22-25, 2015.

Along with flagship Renkus-Heinz Iconyx products including IC2 and IC Live, on hand throughout the show will be VP Sales & Marketing Rik Kirby, Marketing Manager Margie Ulm, Product Marketing expert Jim Bailey, US Sales Managers Ladd Temple and Phil Van Peborgh, and our new company President Roscoe Anthony.

Next door at the always popular Hilton Mix Lounge, the Official NAMM Stage will be hosting a full roster of great performances beginning Wednesday evening and continuing through Saturday night. The stage will sound better than ever this year, outfitted with a full IC2 steered array and IC212S subwoofers. On stage, the players will be covered by RH123 monitors.

Elsewhere on the show floor, Sensaphonic will be sporting some PN61 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers at booth 6952. And on Thursday evening at 8:00 PM at the Sharaton Park Hotel, Renkus-Heinz will join Contact Distribution in sponsoring the Canadian Reception. Hosted by Canadian Music Magazine, the Invitation-Only event will feature a set by R&B band Red Zeppelin, performing through an IC Live Dual sound system, with CF121M monitors on stage. Contact your Renkus-Heinz rep for an invite.

So if you’re visiting sunny Southern California for NAMM this year, come by and visit Renkus-Heinz, stop by the Hilton and hear IC2 in action. We’ll see you in Anaheim.

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Martin Audio MLA Takes the Stage At KROQ Christmas Show

Photo: Stephen Carr Photography

Photo: Stephen Carr Photography

KROQ’S 25th Annual Almost Acoustic Christmas show settled in at the recently remodeled L.A. Forum this year after leaving its main home at the Gibson Amphitheater, torn down in September of 2013, and briefly occupying the Shrine Auditorium last year.

According to Meegan Holmes, Executive Account and Project Manager at Delicate Productions who has done the show for 17 years, the newly upgraded Forum turned out to be “an awesome experience. The remodel included acoustic treatments that made for a tight dead space. That was already an amazing step in the right direction for any audio vendor,” Meegan added, “because the treatment practically eliminated the cavernous sound of your average sports arena.”

Featuring an eclectic lineup including No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Tears for Fears, Modest Mouse, System of A Down, Bush and Incubus among others, Delicate took advantage of the improved acoustics in the Forum with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system.

Photo: Stephen Carr Photography

Photo: Stephen Carr Photography

The actual setup included 14 Martin Audio MLA with 2 MLD (downfill) cabinets a side as the main hangs; 16 MLA Compact per side for side hangs; 9 MLX ground-stacked subs per side, and 6 W8LM cabinets for front fill.

Two identical FOH setups each included an Avid Profile 48-channel console and a DigiCo SD11 console, while the two identical Monitor setups employed an Avid Profile 48 channel console with 10 Martin Audio LE700 monitor wedges (stage) and 2 LE700’s (cue) along with a Martin Audio WS218X drum sub cabinet.

Tears for Fears - Stephen Carr Photography

Tears for Fears – Stephen Carr Photography

Evaluating the show, Meegan concluded, “Since we moved to an arena, KROQ wanted to create a different concert experience for their fans from years past. There was a thrust on the stage that led out to a 16′ by 16′ deck in the middle of the floor, so we used the DSP in the system to steer the energy of the MLA mains away from the thrust, making the engineers’ work less stressful when their artists walked downstage.

“Everyone remarked on the quality of sound, particularly the subs, that we provided at FOH. We received compliments from our competitors that attended the show as well.”

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

D.A.S. LAUNCHES THE VANTEC SERIES OF PORTABLE SYSTEMS

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**** Photo: The Vantec series ****

Valencia, Spain – NAMM Booth# 7101 (Arena)… D.A.S. launches the new Vantec series of portable systems. The Vantec series is comprised of 4 models available in both powered and passive configurations. The completely new series incorporates 12″, 15″ powered two-way systems, a double 15″ powered three-way system employing a “dual-band” configuration and a single 18″ powered subwoofer system. more

Sound Works Productions Celebrates NYE in Style With NEXO and Yamaha

Sound Works Pro NYE

BUENA PARK, Calif.—It was a ‘big night’ in Chicago on New Year’s Eve when Sound Works Productions (Frankfort, IL) was hired to provide audio production for a celebratory party held in the Grand Ballroom of the Historic Palmer House Hilton. Billed as Big Night Chicago, the event was attended by over 3,000 who said goodbye to 2014 and rang in 2015.

“The Grand Ballroom at the Historic Palmer House Hilton Chicago is a unique space, states Daniel Nickleski, Owner/Director of Operations, Sound Works Productions. For this event, we couldn’t hang anything from the ceiling and needed to have a system that was light enough to be supported by ground lifts. The shape of the room is special as well; a large oval room with very high ceilings and a deep rectangular room off the back half.

Performances included DJ duo Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle among others. “With DJs on New Year’s Eve, we also needed a rig that has high SPL. The NEXO GEO S12 boxes gave us the lightweight footprint and pattern control, and the RS18’s Ray Subs made sure everyone felt the lows.” Nickleski said the balance of the coverage was achieved with NEXO PS10s as front fills and delays. The rig was the obvious choice for this event.”

A Yamaha LS9 Digital Audio Console performed at front of house with NX Amps handling all of the power and processing.

For more information on Sound Works Productions, visit www.soundworkspro.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems 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.

SoundTube Announces new Rep Appointments

SoundTube Entertainment has announced the appointment of two representative firms, effective January 1, 2015.

Cardone, Solomon and Associates, based in Northport, NY, will represent SoundTube and its sister companies Soundsphere, Rockustics and SolidDrive for commercial sound in upstate New York. Sales will be handled by Regional Product Manager Rich Trombitas, who has been with CS&A since 2008 and has extensive experience in both speakers and the AV industry. Michael Solomon, a founding partner of CS&A, will work with specifying consultants in the state. “Being appointed to become the SoundTube representatives for our Upstate New York region is a natural fit for us,” said Michael Solomon. “It works well with our ongoing strategic plan to continue to offer high quality products to our network of spec writing consultants, design-build, systems integration and sound contracting customers.”

Midvale, Utah-based Signal Marketing, Inc. will represent SoundTube and its sister companies in the Rocky Mountain territory: Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, eastern Montana, eastern Idaho and El Paso, Texas. Company principal Steve Trump along with Don Heisler and Corey Gale have over 62 years of combined experience working with dealers and contractors in the territory; Heath Gilbert will provide technical support and training. “Signal Marketing recognizes SoundTube as an industry leader in quality loudspeaker and related solutions,” said Steve Trump. “We are pleased to be joining their team.”

“We’re excited to work with these two excellent rep firms,” said Jill Levine, Northern States Regional Manager for MSE Audio‘s Commercial Division. “Both companies have a superb track record in maintaining customer satisfaction and building sales. They are a perfect fit for our company philosophy and goals.”
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About SoundTube Entertainment
SoundTube Entertainment, based in Park City, Utah USA, develops, manufactures and markets loudspeakers for installed sound. Our broad range of products includes RSi and RS-EZ open-ceiling, CMi, CM-BGM and CM-EZ in-ceiling, SMi surface-mount, XT outdoor, HPi high-power, Secret Sound sound-focusing, LA columnar line array and IP-addressable speaker models along with the WLL wireless delivery system, SolidDrive surface-direct and Rockustics speaker brands. SoundTube products are installed in many of the world’s best-known commercial operations. SoundTube is part of MSE Audio®, Overland Park Kansas USA.
www.soundtube.com / www.mseaudio.com

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Renkus-Heinz Fits the Bill at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo

Los Angeles, CA – January 2015…. Located in Little Tokyo, the historic heart of the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) was the dream of visionary first and second-generation Japanese American pioneers to create a permanent community center where arts and culture could come alive and flourish for future generations. Since first opening its doors in 1980, the JACCC has evolved into one of the largest ethnic art and cultural centers in the U.S.

Among the JACCC’s facilities is the 880-seat Aratani Theatre. The Aratani stages a range of performances year-round, from music to dance and drama, requiring a sound system that can meet those versatile requirements. JACCC representatives were not happy with the Theater’s existing sound system, and called upon audio consultant Gerald Ishibashi to recommend a solution. After analyzing the room and considering the multi-use performance needs, Ishibashi recommended Renkus-Heinz IC2 steered array systems for front of house, and RH-Series systems for stage monitors.

“The Aratani is a nicely designed room, but their existing system was not a full range solution,” Ishibashi explains. “They’ve had continual issues with poor intelligibility and inconsistent coverage in some areas. I’ve used Renkus-Heinz products for years, and their beam steering technology is just the best there is. When the new IC2 systems were introduced, I felt it would be a great solution for the sound issues in the hall.”

 For the front of house system, Ishibashi recommended a pair of IC2-FR Digitally Steerable arrays on either side of the stage. “We brought the IC2 cabinets into the room and, because the arrays are steerable, we were able to ground stack them instead of flying the arrays, which eliminated line of sight issues. Ralph Heinz came in and commissioned the system, and it sounded great. The clarity and articulation was just amazing, and it was consistent to every seat in the house.”

For stage monitors, Ishibashi recommended six 12-inch RH123 Three-Way Loudspeakers and a pair of 15-inch RH153 Three-Way Loudspeakers.

“The first test of the system was a live performance by The Association,” said Ishibashi. “Being a vocal group, I knew this concert would be a good test of both the house and monitor systems. After the show, the band members were ecstatic about the sound, both on stage and in the theater.”

A subsequent show with Jackson Browne confirmed his decision. “Jackson’s engineer has exceptionally high standards, and I could see he was initially a bit skeptical of the system,” says Ishibashi. “After the show, he made it a point to tell me how happy he was with the sound. That’s the thing with the IC2 – people are initially skeptical because they are used to a curved line array. But everybody that hears the IC2s loves them.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

 

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM DEPLOYED AT CEDAR GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH

**** Photo: Cedar Grove Baptist Church sanctuary ****

**** Photo: Cedar Grove Baptist Church sanctuary ****

Carthage, TX – January 2015… Recognizing that God’s message is only relevant if it can be heard clearly, Cedar Grove Baptist Church management recently elected to upgrade their sanctuary’s sound system. To ensure the highest levels of speech intelligibility and music reproduction, they chose a compact line array system from Greensboro, North Carolina-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

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