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Yamaha Audioversity – Applications Edition Headed to ChiTown

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Buena Park, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. is heading to Chicago with an Applications Edition for Sound Reinforcement/Live Sound of the ever-popular Audioversity, November 3-5, 2014. The company has reformatted the learning experience for a limited time held over three days and consisting of three tracks, with each day focusing on a specific subject. Day 1 will focus on Digital Mixing Consoles for Sound, Day 2 – Digital Audio Networking, and Day 3 – Speaker Systems. Attendees will be eligible to receive CTS credits for each of the three-day sessions.

The Mixing Consoles track on Day 1 will focus on the latest in the Yamaha digital console family – CL and QL Series. Subjects will feature the essentials of the two series, mixing techniques, tips and tricks, and a mixing lab offering attendees hands-on time with assistance from our specialists. You may choose the CL or QL Series track depending on preference Learning material will be consistent in both tracks. A unique course for system techs covering Dante™ networking, Soundcheck Best Practices, Guest/User Management, and much more. For more information and to register, visit https://www.yamaha.com/ycas/training/registration.html?classdate_id=794&course_id=151.

Day 2 focuses on building networking skills applicable for audio engineers. The day will start with fundamentals in the context of a common home network, and expand into features required for full scale Dante™ network provisioning and configurations. Participants will learn by doing with live demonstrations and interactive labs. Popular and thought provoking topics include: Integrating Audio Networks with Existing IT Networks (Including WiFi points and Internet Access), Adding Dante™ to Existing Audio Networks (CobraNet®/EtherSound™), employing Dante™ as a clear, low-latency conferencing solution, using Dante™ for distributed audio or connecting overflow rooms, choosing network switches, WAPs, and other hardware for audio networks. For more information and to register, visit https://www.yamaha.com/ycas/training/registration.html?classdate_id=795&course_id=152.

Day 3 will feature speakers and systems including product listening demos, applications, and the latest in design software. New NEXO products – the GEO M6 Compact Sound Reinforcement System and the versatile STM M28 loudspeaker will be highlighted along with various STM ground-stack configurations. For more information and to register, visit https://www.yamaha.com/ycas/training/registration.html?classdate_id=796&course_id=153.

“Since its inception in 2010, the Audioversity Expo has provided complimentary education to thousands of audio professionals,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “This one-of-a-kind event is truly a unique offering unlike any other.”

Audioversity – Applications Edition is free-of-charge and open to members of the audio community. Attendance is limited and seats will be filled quickly so register for the tracks at the links above.

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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.

Zac Brown Band Headlines Wrigley Field With Martin Audio MLA


Chicago, IL––SES (Special Event Services) set up what President Jim Brammer terms as “the largest outdoor MLA system deployed in North America thus far” for a sold-out Zac Brown concert at Wrigley Field of 40,000.

The event also marked Zac Brown Band’s first as a solo headliner in a major league ballpark, having shared staging earlier this summer with Billy Joel at Boston’s Fenway Park. Both shows were part of the band’s successful “Great American Road Trip” tour that runs until the middle of October.

The massive Martin Audio MLA system consisted of 170 enclosures: A Main Hang of 22 MLA over 2 MLD per side; 24 MLA Compact per side for Outfill; 8 flown MLX subs per side and 24 MLX in 12 stacks of two across the entire downstage area; 4 MLA Compact in a straight array per side for Off Left/Right front fill; 6 W8LMD across the downstage edge for Lip Fill, and 24 MLA for delays.

Asked about the event, Brammer responds, “The challenge with Wrigley and most ballparks is getting sound up under the overhangs in the upper deck. We were able to solve that with a delay system that consisted of four SES audio carts, each with six MLA, arrayed at home plate, first and third base near the seats.”

In terms of audio quality, “the show was off-the-charts good,” Jim adds. “Everyone was extremely pleased and we had visiting major league ballparks to look at the MLA setup and see if they might be able to use it, and they were very happy with the way it sounded.

Tour Veteran Warren Cracknell from the SES Nashville office summed it up with one word, ”Outstanding!”

When asked what he thought, FOH Engineer/Production Manager Eric Roderick said, “It was Bad to the Bone!”

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.

Doha Airport is Covered with ICONYX as Far as the Eye Can’t See

Doha, Qatar – September 2014…. Hamad International Airport covers nearly a third of the city of Doha, with more than half of the airport’s. 29 sq km (11 sq miles) reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. Its state-of-the-art passenger and cargo facilities will serve more than 30 million passengers and 1.4m tons of freight per year.

Technology for the airport is equally impressive, including an RFID baggage handling system, high-tech air traffic control and radar systems, and a cutting-edge public address system based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steerable line array loudspeaker systems.

The system includes 208 IC8-R, 30 IC16-R, five IC24-R, and two IC32-R loudspeaker columns, all networked to provide individual control of each individual unit. Strikingly, not a single one of the 245 speaker columns installed throughout the facility is visible to the naked eye.

“All the loudspeakers are hidden,” explains Renkus-Heinz Middle East Sales Manager Norbert Bau. “They have all been flush mounted and concealed behind grilles, or they have been integrated into custom-designed stainless steel pillars. It’s an architecturally stunning facility and the best Iconyx installation I’ve ever seen.”

Much of the credit for this impressive installation goes to the contractors, Consolidated Engineering Systems Co (CESCO), and subcontractors H. Robert Guild Associates, Inc (HRGA). “The system was designed by Acoustic Design Ahnert (ADA Gulf), and the entire installation was performed by CESCO, who brought in Robert Guild of HRGA to provide the experience and expertise for this very high-profile project,” Bau observes. The project also included a massive IED announcement control system and thousands of small ceiling speakers for the voice alarm system. Testing and commissioning the system was performed by HRGA, with support from Renkus-Heinz application engineers.

While the project has not been without its challenges, Bau points to good planning as an indispensible factor. “The design of the sound system was seriously considered when designing the airport. And ADA Gulf convinced the architect to apply acoustic treatment so the acoustic conditions are very good – it sounds very dry.”

Since opening its doors to passengers, Hamad International Airport is quickly becoming an international hub, providing the air travel capacity the city of Doha has been sorely needing, with a sound system that will clearly and intelligibly serve millions of passengers for years to come. As Norbert Bau concludes, “it is an impressive system for a very impressive airport.”

 

 

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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.

AudioXL to Distribute Intellivox and AXYS Products in Benelux

(Left to Right) Thijs Dullaart, Audio XL; Nick Screen, Duran Audio; William van Druten, Audio XL.

DIEST, Belgium – HARMAN Professional is announcing that its Benelux distributor, AudioXL, has been named the exclusive distributor of the JBL Intellivox and AXYS loudspeaker products for the Benelux region. In October 2013, HARMAN acquired Duran Audio and its flagship Intellivox and AXYX lines, before incorporating them into the JBL product lineup.

“We are very excited about having the Intellivox and AXYS products as part of the JBL portfolio,” explained William van Druten, General Manager at AudioXL. “Intellivox was the first digitally steerable array on the market and the engineers from Duran Audio are widely regarded as the pioneers of and the authority on this technology. Intellivox is a great solution for delivering clear and intelligible speech in difficult acoustic environments and there are already many high-profile applications of the products around the world. This, combined with AudioXL’s experienced and skilled team and the wider portfolio of HARMAN products, is a recipe for success. I am sure we can continue to grow the market for the product and deliver fantastic solutions for many more projects.”

In recent years, Intellivox has become the preferred loudspeaker solution for major railway stations in Holland. Intellivox has not only been chosen for its ability to deliver the ultimate intelligibility but also for its subjective sound quality and natural sound reproduction. Stations now installed with Intellivox include: Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

The product has also enjoyed great success in the worship and AV markets. The AXYS range is also widely used by many rental companies in the region and is known for delivering transparent sound reproduction even at high sound pressure levels.

“This new relationship with AudioXL presents some really exciting opportunities,” Nick Screen, HARMAN Sales Director – Duran Audio Products. “With Intellivox it has always been about selling solutions, but it was a niche solution for intelligibility and many clients want a complete audio system. The HARMAN acquisition and the partnership with AudioXL means that we can now offer a complete HARMAN-based sound system solution that delivers Intellivox-quality intelligibility. Combine this with AudioXL’s team and large customer base and you have a winning formula.”

For more information on these products, please visit JBL Professional (www.jblpro.com) or AudioXL (www.audioxl.be and www.audioxl.nl)

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Martin Audio MLA Mini Lifts Spirits At IDC Church

Chicago, IL––Encompass AV recently installed a Martin Audio MLA Mini loudspeaker system at the Inspirational Deliverance Center Church of God in Christ as part of a major technical upgrade for its 500-seat worship center.

Tim Pickett, President of Encompass AV, explains that his company was chosen because “the church liked the fact that we could deliver a turnkey system with sound, lighting and a video network, the whole package.

“And they insisted on really good sound,” Tim adds. “The church has a very energetic Gospel choir and two Leslie cabinets hooked up to the Hammond organ that really push the audio system to the limits. Plus the worship center has highly reflective surfaces so they needed a system with exceptional output control.

“We specified several systems for them and they chose the Martin Audio MLA Mini because of the system’s state of the art technology and phenomenal sound quality. Also, the coverage had a nice tight pattern to it, and that was a huge selling point for MLA. In fact, we set up a demo and they liked it so much, they bought the demo units!”

The installed audio system includes two four-block MLA Mini arrays driven by MSX mini sub power plants. Two Martin Audio AQ8s provide additional fill with four C6.8T ceiling speakers installed in the low ceiling above the choir as monitors. Two Behringer S16 digital snakes supplement a Behringer X32 digital console with programmable MIDAS preamps.

There are three video displays in the sanctuary, two 80” Sharp LEDs left and right and a 70” Sharp LED facing the choir, with two Sony 1080P PTZ HD cameras driving the video network system. Lighting is provided by 60 Elation LED PAR-style lighting systems with six Elation LED architectural floods.

Asked about the MLA Mini’s performance, Tim enthuses, “I love it. The sound quality is amazing. Everybody that’s heard it comments on how crystal clear it is and the Church is ecstatic about the system.”

Rob Hofkamp, Martin Audio Director of North American Operations adds, “The MLA Compact has already made significant inroads in Church installations and the MLA Mini should also enjoy considerable success in the House of Worship market given its compact size, control and exceptional performance.”

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.

Iconyx Covers Serious Space at Eaton World Headquarters

Beachwood, OH – September 2014… Founded nearly a century ago as a small gear and axle manufacturer, Eaton Corporation has grown to become a global leader in power management, with more than 100,000 employees in 175 countries. The company recently opened its new world headquarters in this Cleveland suburb, a 580,000-square-foot office tower designed by architects Pickard-Chilton of New Haven, CT.

The building’s entrance encompasses a massive glass atrium soaring several stories high, creating a vast, open and naturally lit indoor space. More than just an impressive entryway, it’s a stunning architectural design that serves as a nexus for staff and guests to converge for everything from casual lunching to large-scale company events.

International AV consultants Electrosonic created the atrium’s focal point, a towering cylindrical LED display matrix “chandelier” that brings an ever-changing dynamic to the environment with imagery, information, and animations that can be seen throughout the space.

Audio and acoustical treatment was provided by Milford, CT-based SH Acoustics, the company behind such landmarks as Washington, DC’s Newseum, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Exploration Space, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Daily Planet. As SH Acoustics President Steve Haas explains, the brief was to create an acoustical experience that would complement the stunning visual environment.

“It’s a very dynamic space — much more than just a lobby,” says Haas. “It’s often used to host both formal and informal events, sometimes attended by hundreds of people.”

Needless to say, the large, reflective environment presented its share of acoustical challenges. Says Haas, “it’s a very large, very live space, and no one really knew how all these different surfaces would work together. We worked with (integrators) Zenith Systems and the architects to design the audio system, enhance the acoustical treatment, and ensure that everything they were planning was done right.”

Anticipating that the atrium would become something of a multi-use space, Haas explains his team’s approach in designing the sound system. “We broke it down to several different categories,” he says. “The daytime experience is more of a casual, ambient environment, while the evening experience is typically an event or presentation, with the chandelier as a visual focus. We had to create an audio system that could provide complete and consistent coverage, as well as being flexible and reconfigurable for different types of events.”

The main system centers around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC7-II mechanically steerable line array loudspeakers. A total of eight IC7-II are implemented throughout the space, each with its own matching subwoofer, creating eight points of full-range sound. But as Haas explains, only two of the arrays are permanently mounted. “We’ve made six of them portable. The two permanently mounted units are great for providing light ambient music to fill the space. The others are on stands, and when they want to do a larger event, they just set them up, plug them in, and press a button from wherever they are in the space. That’s the magic of DSP — we’ve set up various configurations to work with a number of different types of events, different presentation positions, and other variables.”

“The key to the success of this system is in using very directional speakers, and placing them precisely,” observes Brian Yates, Project Coordinator with Zenith Systems. “Steve Haas recommended Iconyx because it’s an excellent speaker that throws well and has great directionality. He and his team spent several days working with us to calculate DSP and time alignment for each speaker, based on different possible scenarios of where in the space a presentation might be held.”

The trick, of course, is to achieve the impression of localized sound throughout the atrium, and to do so from whichever of several possible locations the presenter might select. “The Iconyx arrays are all calibrated to create an immersion in the middle of the atrium,” says Haas. “Using different time delays, we can make it sound like it is coming from one end or one side or wherever the speaker is located. The IC7s behave so well, even in challenging spaces, and that is a big part of what makes it work.”

“This was the first project we’d worked with Steve on, but we’ve worked with Iconyx on a number of projects, and agreed immediately it was a great solution,” says Yates. “It’s also got a nice, low profile, which makes it easy to blend them in with the architecture.”

“This has been a really unique and interesting project,” Haas concludes. “Holding events in an atrium isn’t all that new, but the type of multimedia events they’re doing in this space really does raise the bar. They are not just creating innovative content, they’re also figuring out how to be creative in delivering it in this space, with this medium. We’re really pleased with the results.”

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

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DANLEY JERICHO HORNS COVER NORTH TO SOUTH AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY’S BEAVER STADIUM

Penn_State_Beaver_StadiumUNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 2014: The Penn State Nittany Lions play all of their home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. With an astounding capacity of over 106,000, Beaver Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Western hemisphere (after the University of Michigan’s stadium) and the fourth largest in the world. A recent off-season upgrade to high-definition LED scoreboards inspired a parallel upgrade to a new high-definition sound system that relies on Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horns to throw sound from the south end zone clear across to the north end zone – and all areas between – with point-source, horn-loaded fidelity. Coverage is a remarkable ±2dB across that huge expanse, and eight Danley TH-812 subwoofers support the full-range content with honest, musical low end that shakes the stands.

Clair Solutions Senior Systems Designer Jim Devenney (Manheim, Pennsylvania) designed the system with assistance from Chad Edwardson at Danley Sound Labs and Al Harris from Populous Architects (Kansas City, Missouri). Jason Hertz led the installation for Clair Solutions with assistance from Jonathan Hoffman and Forrest Brewer from Barton-Mallow/Alexander, the general contractor. “The new scoreboard would no longer be able to accommodate the old sound system,” said Devenney. “It simply wouldn’t fit. Mike Hedden, Danley president, came up from Georgia to demo a Danley Sound Labs solution, and the school officials liked its full-bandwidth sound, dynamic response, and even coverage.” Importantly, the Danley solution would allow Devenney to cover the entire stadium with a much smaller footprint. Hedden commented, “Our demo was an opportunity to do a side-by-side with a very popular line array. At 800 feet the Jericho Horn was clear and present, like it was fifty feet away. When we switched to the existing line array it was as if the sound stepped backwards three hundred feet. It was a stunning difference. One of the officials asked me how I could explain what everyone was hearing. I replied, to paraphrase the founders, we hold these truths to be self evident, that all loudspeakers are not created equal!”

The system hangs from three levels on the new scoreboard, and each side is a mirror image of the other side. At the top level, two Danley J4 Jericho Horns hit the stands beyond the opposite end zone. Below that level, four Danley J3 Jericho Horns cover the far half of the east and west stands. At the lowest level, two Danley J3 Jericho Horns cover the near half of the east and west stands, and two Danley SH95-HO loudspeakers provide near fill. All told, eight Danley TH-812 subwoofers, four on the top and four on the bottom, provide abundant bass. Devenney left a distributed system of fill speakers under overhangs in place. Lab.gruppen LM26 processors running Lake software provide equalization and protection for the system. Lab.gruppen FP-Series amplifiers with the NLB-60E controller provide system power as well as network control and monitoring.

“Everything worked out very well,” said Devenney. “Coverage is excellent: plus or minus 2dBA throughout the stadium, except in club areas where I intentionally made things quieter. The system has good articulation, nice fullness, great dynamics, and impressive vocal clarity. The J4’s do a great job getting high end to the far side of the stadium, and the efficiency of the Danley components reduced the footprint considerably from where it had been.”

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.

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INTRODUCING THE ATC SCM20ASL PRO MKII: ATC IMPROVES ITS MOST POPULAR SMALL-FORMAT, 2-WAY ACTIVE REFERENCE MONITOR

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 2014:ATC_SCM20ASLPro_MkII TransAudio Group, U.S. rep for ATC and other boutique professional audio companies, introduces the ATC SCM20ASL Pro MkII near-field reference monitor. The ATC SCM20ASL Pro MkII improves upon the ATC SCM20ASL Pro. Like its predecessor, the MkII is a high-performance two-way active loudspeaker that is ideally suited for critical near-field applications or as surround channels in larger systems. Its exceptionally neutral output extends across the audible spectrum and is now improved by a new amplifier design, a new ATC-made dual suspension tweeter, and a new cabinet design.

“ATC is well-known for designing and building studio monitors that are unflinchingly truthful and that help engineers deliver mixes that translate everywhere,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “ATC founder Billy Woodman and his team of R&D engineers never tire in the pursuit of perfection, and improvements to the passive SCM20PSL Pro MkII led to parallel improvements in the active the SCM20ASL Pro MkII.”

The new SCM20ASL Pro MkII is based around the ATC 6.5-inch “Super Linear” LF driver with integrated midrange, utilizing the same SL technology developed for the larger nine-, twelve- and fifteen-inch based monitors. Constructed with a 75mm/three-inch voice coil and a short-coil, long-gap topology, it combines the high-power handling and low-power compression usually only found in large, high-efficiency systems with the fine resolution and balance of modern high fidelity systems.

Five years in development, the new ATC dual-suspension 25mm tweeter offers lower distortion, higher output, and greater reliability. The electronics in the active design have also had considerable development time invested in them, resulting in reduced noise and distortion (a further -10dB @ 10kHz) and a reduced operating temperature for improved reliability. The amplifier design is a revised version of ATC’s discrete MOSFET Class A/B design with 200W and 50W continuous power available for the bass and high-frequency sections, respectively. The user controls have also been improved over the previous generation with more flexible input sensitivity controls and a revised low-frequency shelf control to help achieve good balance in difficult acoustic conditions. The amplifier includes protection circuits for both DC offset and thermal overload.

The new cabinet design maximizes linearity and minimizes size and weight. The cabinet has been restyled to more closely follow the larger monitors in ATC’s professional range and is constructed from heavily-braced MDF. Highly damped, elastomeric panels are bonded and stapled to the cabinet’s inner walls to suppress cabinet panel resonances, while the enclosure’s front panel is heavily radiused to reduce cabinet diffraction, improving the frequency response and imaging.

“Even given the excellence of the previous design, these new features lead to a substantive improvement,” Lunde concluded.

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ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

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Steely Dan’s Pursuit of Perfection with MLA

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen took Steely Dan’s “Jamalot Ever After” tour across the U.S. and Canada this summer, with OSA International, Inc. providing Martin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) sound system.

Steely Dan has a reputation among audiophiles and throughout Pro Audio for their fastidious attention to sound production, so much so that many FOH engineers and system techs use a Steely Dan track to tune a system. When it comes to live sound, their expectations for the PA are no less demanding.

Returning to mix Steely Dan is Mark Dowdle, whose extensive credits include Elton John, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner and Jackson Browne, to name just a few. Last year’s tour included a stop at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where Dowdle mixed on two 7-box MLA arrays, the first year of a new OSA installation and the first new PA in a decade at North America’s oldest music festival.

Mark Dowdle

Late last year, Steely Dan’s road manager, tour sound icon Robert ‘Nitebob’ Czaykowski, introduced Walter Becker to MLA at a demonstration at New York’s Manhattan Center, where they were able to walk around and hear the evenness of its response and coverage. Steely Dan often plays theaters, where the mix position is usually at the back, beneath a balcony. “I go out there every day and listen to it; that’s part of my gig,” Czaykowski said. “What really knocks me out about MLA is that you can really control it so it’s not splattering off a back wall or cluttering up in the lower balcony.”

Present also at the NYC demo was Jim Risgin, Vice President for OSA –owners of the largest inventory of MLA in North America. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas and now also Nashville, OSA have built an impressive reputation and client list providing complete technical services to some of the largest corporate, sporting events and concert tours in the U.S. The NYC demo was followed by extensive research from Mark Dowdle to confirm that the system would deliver the desired performance, and as a result Steely Dan added MLA to their tour.

Across the demanding 56-stop tour, MLA showed its versatility, control and overall sound performance credentials. Dowdle points out that the MLA provides extremely even front-to-back SPL as well as evenness of frequency response throughout the listening area. “The coverage is very smooth, especially its shading,” he said. “You can walk up on the PA in the front and it sounds just like it does in the back of the room.”

Dowdle also mentions an improvement to the stereo field. “Everything is more defined, so that automatically translates into the stereo field being more discernable,” he said. “MLA gives me dynamic range, clarity and definition so that I’m able to position and layer sounds in the stereo field which you can really hear where they all are.” He adds that the MLA’s sound is extremely coherent and is very responsive from a mixing standpoint. “You make a small fader move and it’s immediately noticeable.”

Furthermore, Dowdle is surprised by the constant comments from the audience. “I’ve been mixing for a long time and usually nobody ever says anything. This particular tour I’ve had more response from the audience than any tour I’ve ever done in my entire career, and it’s always been very positive and it’s always been very poignant. That’s in large part because of MLA allowing me to get it exactly how I want everywhere in the room.”

OSA crew chief and MLA system engineer Martyn ‘Ferrit’ Rowe is well known from his tenure at Martin Audio as an MLA product specialist before leaving to work for OSA as Director of Engineering. The Steely Dan tour travels in two trucks, carrying consoles and backline (including a Steinway grand) in one, and lights and PA in the second. “We’re carrying 26 MLA and 2 MLD down-fills, as well as 18 MLA Compacts, plus 8 MLX subs and 6 W8LMD used as front-fills,” Rowe explains.

The tour played Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena and New Orleans’ UNO Lakefront Arena using the 14-box MLA main arrays and 9-box MLA Compact side arrays that they carry. “The LA Forum was the only venue on our 56-show itinerary where we had to add PA,” said Mitchell Keller, Steely Dan’s production manager for the fourth year running. “It’s quite impressive that on a two truck tour we can carry enough PA to do arenas.”

The rest of the itinerary ranged from sheds and theaters to casinos. “The smallest venue was Humphrey’s in San Diego, putting in two subwoofers and ground stacking six MLA per side,” Rowe explains. “We recently did four shows in a row with single point hangs using ten MLA enclosures.”

As well as MLA’s flexibility and scalability, Rowe is keen to point out the simplicity of its operation. “It’s like fly by wire; you tell it what you want and the software produces a custom preset for your system and the room,” he said. “This isn’t auto EQ, you still have control over all the decisions that are being made, but the computer is doing the heavy lifting for you.”

So, coming full circle, what did Fagen and Becker make of the sound quality? According to Dowdle, “Both have come out into the audience on a number of occasions and have always been positive with their feedback and what was going on.

“More often than not Donald will come out and listen and frequently comments, ‘It sounds great,’ which is probably the highest compliment that I could ever receive in my career.”

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

HARMAN’s Studer, Soundcraft, AKG and JBL Offer World-Leading Audio Tools for Broadcasters at IBC 2014

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – At IBC 2014, HARMAN Professional is showcasing an impressive array of new products for the broadcast industry, ranging from Soundcraft and Studer routers, cores and digital consoles to AKG’s professional lines of microphones and headphones and JBL’s studio monitors. Studer is introducing no less than eight new products and updates for its industry-leading line of digital audio consoles.

Studer is adding to the immense power of its Vista X digital console with the next step in processing power and intuitive functionality, the Studer Vista V. The new 52-fader Vista V is based on the same Quad Star technology as its predecessor the Vista X launched earlier this year, but in a more compact footprint ideal for smaller studios, OB trucks and large live productions.

In addition, Studer is introducing the Infinity Core 200, version 5.2 software upgrade to its Vista X, Vista V, Vista 1 and Vista 5 digital consoles and AES67 interfacing via a D23m card. New to the 5.2 software are: the ability to assign Strip Setups as CUE events; support of the Soundcraft Realtime Rack (UAD plug-ins); support of Lexicon PCM96 Surround reverbs with Infinity Core; Input Gain unfold for multi-format channels; Spill Zone for contributing channels; GUI enhancements and new patch groups; A-Line embedded Ethernet; and contribution PAN in stereo channels to mono Aux busses.

Studer will be demonstrating its new D23m I/O system, which features enhanced channel count architecture that allows customers of its Vista X and Vista V digital consoles to transfer a huge number of channels. The D23m works seamlessly with Studer’s new Infinity Core and A-Link interface technology.

Offering continued support of its customer base in the radio broadcast market, Studer is also announcing the release of its OnAir v6.1 software. This new software release is a free update for all owners of Studer OnAir digital mixing consoles. The OnAir v6.1 software offers a wealth of new feature enhancements including: loudness metering; delay function; improved AoIP support with Dante; automated gain calibration; and BSS BLU link support.

Addressing a specific need in the sports broadcast market, HARMAN’s Studer is unveiling a prototype unit designed to provide a more rewarding audio experience for television viewers. Known as the Studer Ball Chaser, this unique product allows broadcast engineers to use a joystick to open the shotgun microphone closest to the action on the playing area, while keeping the other microphones closed.

Also at the HARMAN stand, Soundcraft will feature the Realtime Rack, a 1U unit compatible with Soundcraft Vi as well as Studer Vista consoles housing Universal Audio’s portfolio of top quality audio plug-ins, plus three Si Performer 1 19” rack-mounted digital consoles. The Si Performer 1 has an input capacity of 80 audio inputs to mix on all models, while featuring the same mix power as the Performer 2 and 3 consoles but with 16 mic pres and 16 faders. Moreover, the unique integration of a DMX512 port offers core lighting control, ideal for single (audio + lighting) operator application.

AKG will be showing a series of professional microphones and headsets that are ideal for broadcast customers. Among these products include the PR4500 ENG multichannel wireless system, the HC577 L reference head-worn microphone, the CK77 WR miniature lavaliere microphone, the C45,the C414 XLII multi-pattern condenser microphone, the C230 dynamic ENG microphone and the HSD 171 and HSD 271 professional headsets.
Finally, JBL will be showing its award winning range of high performance LSR305 and LSR308 monitors featuring the revolutionary Image Control Waveguide.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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