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VALLEY INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTER SELECTS D.A.S. AUDIO

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San Benito, TX – October 2014… Just a short drive from the Mexican border and southeast of the city of McAllen, Valley International Christian Center (VICC) recently opened a new, almost 70,000 square foot sanctuary. This state-of-the-art church is the largest house of worship in the Rio Grande Valley and, in 2013, was recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in America by Outreach Magazine. Music plays a vital role in VICC’s worship services and, to ensure a high level of speech intelligibility and excellent music reproduction characteristics, church officials recently gave the green light to the deployment of a new sound reinforcement system drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. more

Technotrix Acquires Martin Audio MLA For Improved Coverage

Technotrix

Chicago, IL––Specialists in Audio, Lighting, Staging and Rigging, Technotrix Inc. recently became a valued member of the growing worldwide MLA Network with the purchase of an MLA System 24.

The System 24, which consists of 14 MLA and 2 MLD (downfill) enclosures and 8 MLX subwoofers, was acquired prior to the summer festival season on July 1st and immediately pressed into service for the Taste of Chicago food and music festival, Summer Set Music & Camping Festival, Riot Fest in Chicago and a concert with The Replacements headlining in Minnesota.

Asked about the impact of the new system, Technotrix Senior Account Executive Kevin Kiefer responds, “The MLA technology is really exceptional. The system coverage is much better than anything we’ve ever used. For The Replacements concert, the last show at Midway Stadium in Minneapolis, we used a larger System 36 and the most noticeable thing was the phase coherence and stereo imaging. We were between 400 and 500 feet away from the PA and it sounded like listening to the concert in your living room.

The Replacements

The Replacements

“Apart from all of the control that you have over the volume and level of sound throughout the listening area,” Kevin adds, “is the area beyond that. With MLA, you can be sitting on a hillside beyond the audience area and the experience is much better than any other system we’ve ever heard.

“I have to say that the MLA system has performed exceptionally well in these outdoor environments so far. It met with a universally positive response this summer, especially at some of these other festivals where we’ve been able to hear the other large format systems that are out there. It’s very apparent with MLA, especially over large distances, how the coverage remains consistent throughout the entire listening area from front to back. This is something we noticed right away when evaluating the rig. MLA doesn’t act like a typical loudspeaker system.

“What I tell everybody is that the cellular drive in the design of the MLA is the technology destined to replace current line arrays as we know them. The system looks and rigs like a line array, but much the same way line arrays replaced conventional PA systems for over 95% of the large shows these days, cellular drive will eventually replace line arrays. Once you do festivals with MLA, other systems just don’t sound right.

“We’re trying to educate our clients as to all the stuff we can do with this system that no one else can do,” Kevin concludes, “and it takes time to have people understand these capabilities are even available to them because they’re so advanced.”

Technotrix team photo caption:
From the left: Brian Levy, Andy Kuhlmann, Rosie, Matt McQuaid, Kevin Kiefer, Michael Schroeder, Brent Bernhardt, Beau and Chris Bonifas

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.

VARIA Helps Millsaps College Solve a Sonic Challenge

 Jackson, MS – October 2014… Founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890, Millsaps College is a privately supported national liberal arts school located on a sprawling, leafy 103 acre campus near downtown Jackson, MS. Like many small colleges, the school’s main auditorium acts as a multi-purpose venue, used for a wide range of events that includes lectures, city council meetings, panel discussions, recitals, music performances, and movie showings.

As Philip Boyd of Ridgeland, MS-based Academic Technologies explains, the college had long struggled to achieve consistent sound coverage across the venue, particularly with regard to vocal intelligibility. “It’s mostly a recital hall, a very live room, with brick walls and a big pipe organ in it,” says Boyd. “The previous two box center-cluster solution was underpowered and covered only a portion of the room – mostly a hot spot in the center about eight rows back. They wanted the ability to have a true versatile dynamic – to go from spoken word to musical programs. Achieving clarity in a board meeting or a panel discussion in that room with no treatment was difficult.”

The hall’s layout and design was another major contributor to poor intelligibility. “The room is about 85 feet deep by 50 feet wide, with steeply raked seating,” Boyd continues. “So the ceiling is 25 feet at the stage, but only 8 feet at the back of the room, which makes uniform coverage even more of a challenge. It also created line-of-sight issues – the screen was partially obscured at the back of the room by the old center cluster.”

After thorough assessment of the room, Boyd recommended the school replace the current system with a Renkus-Heinz VARIA Modular Point Source Line Array system. “The VARIA system was the best option to achieve the versatility we needed,” Boyd observes. “VARIA’s modular design gave us a lot of flexibility in terms of system placement and configuration. And VARIA’s range of vertical and horizontal dispersion angles, together with its transitional waveguides, enabled us to custom configure a system that easily addressed the multiple challenges we had to deal with in the hall.”

Academic Technologies replaced the old center cluster with left and right VARIA arrays. “We used two 7.5×60 degree VARIA systems on top, and then a 7.5×60/90 degree and a 22.5×90/120 degree, and complementing subs for each array,” says Boyd. “The subs were flown beside the main array to minimize the vertical and visual component of the system, both to avoid interference with the large center video screen as well as the visual of the pipe organ when the screen is not in use. The VARIA arrays are 35 feet apart over the front of the stage, and we’re still able to get coverage for the first two rows.”

Boyd reports Millsaps college officials are exceptionally pleased with the new system. “The VARIA arrays enabled us to address both coverage and line-of-sight issues, and to achieve excellent intelligibility without changing the sound qualities of the room. Everybody has been very happy with the results.”

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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.

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SVS LAUNCHES PC-2000 POWERED CYLINDER SUBWOOFER

The cylinder subwoofer form factor is reinvented by SVS with acclaimed 2000 Series subwoofer technology and décor-friendly styling.

Denver, CO – Rocky Mountain Audio Fest – October 10-12, 2014 – SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces the PC-2000 subwoofer, a modernization of the original SVS cylinder design featuring driver and amplifier technology from the vaunted 2000 Series subwoofers, and fresh, décor-friendly styling. With a footprint measuring just 16.5” in diameter, the PC-2000 delivers unmatched bass performance per square-inch of floor space.

“The cylinder subwoofer is an icon of our design heritage. The PC-2000 integrates our best technology and engineering resources, along with style upgrades, to make it appealing to contemporary audio and home theater enthusiasts,” said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. “It’s an absolute beast of a performer and ideal for those who want outstanding deep bass effects and mid-bass slam, without the huge footprint.”

Standing 34” tall, the PC-2000 is a striking monolith of power that uses vertical height to achieve a generous enclosure volume, despite the small footprint. Interchangeable black ash or piano gloss top caps give the subwoofer design flexibility to match a range of décors. It is also the first SVS subwoofer to come standard with the SoundPath Isolation System. The elastomer feet decouple and isolate the PC-2000 from the floor, resulting in tighter and cleaner sounding bass, less room rattle, and fewer complaints from neighbors and roommates.

Inside, the PC-2000 boasts a 12” down-firing 2000-series driver. Nearly 20 driver prototypes were built by hand and punished with rigorous real-world testing; including 100-hours straight of full power testing; before the final version was approved for production. The drivers consist of dual high-grade ferrite magnets and an FEA-optimized motor for nearly distortion-free performance. A reinforced Nomex spider was integrated for improved linearity and driver control, especially important when the STA-500D amp is pushing the PC-2000 to maximum output levels.

Conservatively rated at 500 watts RMS continuous and 1100 watts peak dynamic, the Sledge STA-500D DSP amplifier inside the PC-2000 has brains to match its brawn. A sophisticated DSP in the amplifier includes an array of filters and volume, gain, and phase controls for fine-tuning performance. A frequency-dependent limiter/compressor algorithm with adjustable attack/release and compression parameters offers the ultimate in refined behavior at the drive limits of the subwoofer system. The DSP amplifier is effortless in its delivery of all this power, yet it consumes less than half-a-watt in stand-by mode.

Rated at 17-270 HZ +/- 3dB, the PC-2000 features a stereo line-level RCA input and 80Hz high pass filtered output connections, continuously variable volume and phase controls, and a rear-firing 4” high-flow port with large radius inner and outer flanges.

Pricing for the PC-2000 is $799.99 for the Black Ash top cap, and $849.99 for the Piano Gloss top cap.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com  or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Nicholas Brown: nbrown@castercomm.com

Kimberly Lancaster: klancaster@castercomm.com

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SVS LAUNCHES PRIME SERIES SPEAKER FAMILY

The new line consists of tower, center channel, bookshelf and satellite speakers that redefine high performance audio at the price point.

Denver, CO – Rocky Mountain Audio Fest – October 9-11, 2014 SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces the Prime Series, a versatile line of high performance speakers designed to give listeners a world class audio experience at a price that defies convention. Spawned from the acclaimed SVS Ultra Speakers, the Prime Series features décor-friendly styling and trickle-down technology that cements SVS as a mainstream high performance audio leader.

Consisting of a Tower, Bookshelf, Center and Satellite model, the Prime Series is the American audio brand’s second full-range speaker family offering. SVS applied knowledge gained from developing the award-winning Ultra Series, and also applied exhaustive new engineering and form factor changes to achieve flagship performance at mainstream prices. This design philosophy is illuminated in the premium finish, features, and specifications. The ultimate goal of the Prime Series is to make high-end audio inclusive and open experiences up to a broader audience than was previously possible.

Gary Yacoubian, SVS president, said, “The mission of SVS is to bring the joys of high end audio to an ever-broader audience, and we are really proud of the Prime Series because they do exactly that.”

The Prime Tower speaker benefits from lessons learned developing the Ultra Tower, with its own distinctive touches. It has a completely new 3.5-way crossover that ensures a full, flat and seamless frequency response from the tweeter to the midrange driver, and through the two individually tuned and isolated 6.5-inch woofers. The design creates deep bass extension and a cohesive sonic presentation, with no compromises for either home theater or home stereo applications.

Designed for two-channel purists and home theater fans alike, the Prime Bookshelf speaker serves equally well as a standalone reference monitor, surround sound speaker, or front channel speaker, depending on the end user’s preference and the room’s layout. The 6.25” woofer delivers deep and articulate bass and outstanding extension, courtesy of a stiffened polypropylene cone, a refined motor with aluminum shorting ring for reduced distortion, and a vented voice coil former. The 1” aluminum dome tweeter utilizes an FEA-optimized diffuser to deliver open ‘airy’ presentation and unveiled highs.

It’s rare, if not impossible to find a true three-way center channel speaker at the Prime Series price point. Two-way center channel speakers are prone to off-axis frequency anomalies and simply can’t match the performance of other speakers in the line-up. To create an uncompromised, yet affordable center channel, SVS engineered a true three-way, four-driver design featuring a 1” aluminum dome tweeter, dedicated 3.5” midrange driver and dual 5.25” woofers. SVS’s exclusive SoundMatch three- way crossover ensures a smooth transition between all drivers for effortless projection into the room, both on- and off-axis. To avoid midrange modulation from all that woofer power, SVS mounted the midrange driver in its own dedicated and completely sealed compartment, which ensures natural and immersive dialogue clarity and vocal timbre, even during bass-heavy tracks and scenes.

The sleeper of the series may be the Prime Satellite, SVS’s first satellite speaker. The Prime Satellite pushes performance to unprecedented levels in this form factor, with design and component quality rivaling speakers two and three times their price. The Satellite speaker stands on its own, or matches perfectly with SVS subwoofers in 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 systems, or it can serve as the front, center, and surround speakers in a very capable, very affordable multi-channel home theater system featuring other members of the Prime family. The compact size and included wall bracket also make the Satellite ideal in locations where space is limited, but high performance is desired.

Yacoubian continued, “Our design team deserves kudos for engineering the Prime Series to deliver an incredibly high level of audio performance at their disciplined price, a much more difficult prospect than when cost is no object. They are a product of both a passion for great experiences and the expertise to make them happen affordably.”

The Prime Series feature lifestyle-friendly cabinet design, available in black ash or piano gloss. Precision machined front-baffle chamfers on the Prime family were carefully engineered to reduce tweeter diffraction artifacts, as well as to tie the Prime Series to the SVS Ultra Series lineup sonically and aesthetically. Every speaker in the range has been painstakingly voiced and sonically matched with each other and the Ultra Series allowing end-users to mix and match all models, creating endless home theater possibilities.

SVS Prime Series speakers are available in a variety of two-channel and home theater packages, but can also be configured in any multi-channel array for use with Dolby Atmos or other surround sound formats. Information and pricing for the various speakers and packages is available at www.svsound.com.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com  or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Nicholas Brown: nbrown@castercomm.com

Kimberly Lancaster: klancaster@castercomm.com

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D-Tools to Host Webinar with Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Partner Noble Fidelity

Free “Dealer Opportunities with Noble Fidelity” webinar October 21 will give prospective Noble Fidelity dealers insight and training on the company and its product offerings

CONCORD, CA – October 8, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that it will soon host a webinar for Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner Noble Fidelity, maker of high-performance in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. The free webinar, “Dealer DTLOGO_basic logo for online use_245x109Opportunities with Noble Fidelity,” will take place Tuesday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT. Attendees will learn how partnering with Noble Fidelity can provide a protected, high-margin line of business for custom and luxury audio/video integrators, as well as insight on the company’s award-winning line of architectural speakers.

“We encourage custom integrators interested in selling top-tier quality products from companies that understand the challenges integrators face in today’s ‘get-it-anywhere’ marketplace, to attend this webinar,” says Tim Bigoness, VP Sales and Marketing for D-Tools.” “This training will show dealers how to increase profits while the selling superior sounding Noble Fidelity product line, and punctuate key points as to Noble Fidelity’s superior business plan and clearly communicate their dedication to high quality dealer relationships.”

Because Noble Fidelity is a D-Tools MVP Partner, dealers, specifiers, installers, and integrators have complete access to the most up-to-date and detailed Noble Fidelity product information available, along with current stats, pricing, and special offers in a format that can be utilized cross-functionally for maximum workflow efficiency. Users of D-Tools System Integrator receive updated MVP partner product data free of charge as part of the platform’s offering. The MVP program in turn gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program participant’s dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support. More than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process with the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

For more information on how to register for the webinar, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/74640862

About Noble Fidelity
Performance-wise, Noble Fidelity Loudspeakers are without peer in their dealer and consumer price ranges. The Noble Fidelity Business Model embodies the classic limited distribution business model. Only genuine, licensed, Installing Dealers of Audio/Video products are eligible for Authorized Dealership. Noble Fidelity products are not available through or left to the marketing practices of wholesale distributors. Noble Fidelity products are not sold online. Noble Fidelity will set Authorized Dealers apart from others. Dealers enjoy geographic territories free of profit-eroding conflicts. There are no “Show Rooming” perils with Noble Fidelity.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact: 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

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Foo Fighters Headline With Martin Audio MLA At Invictus Games

Invictus Games - Closing Ceremony 14th September 2014

Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) PA system enjoyed its busiest weekend of the year, with two huge simultaneous London events on either side of the capital.

While rental/production company Capital Sound was fielding no fewer than 170 enclosures at the perennial Proms in the Park (Hyde Park), over in the east at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Prince Harry inspired Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert also featured MLA.

The five hour extravaganza combined a celebration of medallion presentations to the wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who competed in the Games, backed by a full concert line up with Foo Fighters headlining and supporting acts Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams, The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks and James Blunt.

A crowd of over 25,000 people heard Prince Harry deliver a heartfelt speech that roused the spirits of the crowd, culminating in a Mexican wave, before introducing the Foo Fighters for their triumphant return to London.

Invictus Games - Closing Ceremony 14th September 2014

The event was promoted by AEG Live, with Capital working for site managers, Loudsound, with whom they have enjoyed a long relationship (most recently at British Summer Time in Hyde Park).

But unlike Hyde Park where sound leakage is at its most sensitive, there was optimism MLA would be able to produce an even bigger sound. “This was a totally new situation and the promoters were keen to see what we could get out of it, sound wise,” commented Paul Timmins, Capital Sound Account manager. “[Loudsound site production manager] Dan Craig really understands audio and was confident he could achieve proper rock and roll levels.”

With the closest residence still within 850 ft. of the stage and with Vanguardia measuring propagation at four separate offsite locations, the production team was still able to hit the FOH SPL’s demanded by the Foo Fighters, playing at well over 100dB(A) as the level ramped up incrementally through the day; at the same time the sound comfortably tapered off below the offsite restriction of 75dB(A) at the nearest measurement point — and recorded values as low as the mid 60’s.

The main front facing PA comprised two hangs of 14 MLA per side and two MLD Downfills, while for sidefills, because of the site topography, Capital was able to field 12 MLA Compacts on one flank and 16 on the other—an asymmetric solution that worked particularly well. This enabled the shorter hang to fire into the VIP grandstand without straying beyond into the large block of apartment buildings behind.

Two Martin Audio W8LCs were deployed for center front fills and there were two masts of delays, set 245 ft. back from the stage (midway from the site perimeter), each containing eight Martin Audio W8L Longbow enclosures. Meanwhile, 12 Martin Audio LE1200 low profile wedge monitors were provided as floor monitors onstage.

Invictus Games - Closing Ceremony 14th September 2014

The real customization came in the 32-enclosure MLX sub array. In order to meet the Foo Fighters tour spec they deployed Philip Reynolds, who has worked extensively with Martin Audio US partner Delicate Productions and is familiar with MLA.
Along with Martin Audio R&D director, Jason Baird, and Capital Sound technical manager, Ian Colville, Reynolds adapted the sub array into a Left/Center/Right design, which included cardioid elements to contain coverage, while bringing even more low-end transient attack to the central section.

Having been involved with the Foo Fighters since their Wasting Light album back in 2011, Reynolds confirmed: “That sub design was exactly as I wanted and for the band it delivered the high impact in the mix” — a mix that was delivered by veteran sound engineer Craig Overbay, piloting a DiGiCo SD10.

But the planning of the event was to throw a final curve at the Capital Sound team as Paul Timmins explained. “Although we had designed the audio for the closing concert, since we had the infrastructure already in place, at short notice we were asked to also handle the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony. We had to come up with a system we could change in a day, and throughout the opening ceremony there was an element of rapid reconfiguration as we had to make it work for every dignitary on stage.”

Marty Beath, a seasoned MLA tech, was part of the crew, and this is where his MLA experience, and knowledge of the audience geometry in the MLA software, was brought to bear. “The area that became the audience zone at the Closing Concert was set out like a military tattoo,” he explained. “We needed a new solution for MLA which covered the competitors’ section—set 20ft in front of the stage—so we optimized the system in the software to use the bottom part of the main PA to cover the front.

(left to right): Jason Baird, Marty Beath; Philip Reynolds

(left to right): Jason Baird, Marty Beath; Philip Reynolds

“When Prince Harry was at a lectern in the PA zone I loaded a new snapshot in MLA which enabled us to get another 8dB of gain before feedback; so by using MLA’s software to set a hard avoid I could direct the sound over the lectern, which was fantastic.”

The entire production seemed more than satisfied with the levels and quality achieved. Phil Reynolds was enthusiastic: “I enjoy how far MLA has come. I was happy with the deployment, everything matched Foo Fighter specs, the PA did exactly as planned, and it’s been exciting hearing the band today playing through a full MLA for the first time.”

Dan Craig added, “Once again MLA displayed all we know and love about the system and delivered effective, even coverage. It’s my third major park event of the summer and yet again MLA has demonstrated its flexibility to create a system design network.

“Since I have been using the system it has solved three very different problems and I am happy to be working with Ian [Colville] and the Capital team to provide the solutions which MLA enables us to implement.”

And describing the concert as “a fitting end to an inspirational four days of Games,” Jim King, Director of Events, AEG Live said: “AEG are very proud to have played our part in producing the Invictus Games Closing Concert.”

Or as the Foo Fighters put it, “What a perfect way to finally return to the UK for the first time in years…it’s been waaaay too long! Thanks for having us; it is truly an honor to come play for these incredible men and women….”

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ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD COMES ALIVE WITH DANLEY GENESIS HORNS AND SUBS

Roswell_HS_StadiumROSWELL, NEW MEXICO: For too many years, football fans and supporters of Roswell Independent Schools in Roswell, New Mexico suffered the poor performance of small paging horns that squawked announcements no one could understand and that emitted music no one could feel. It was a sad, uninspiring, and yet not uncommon situation. When money finally became available to make improvements, the school hired local firm J&G Electric to oversee the project. Relatively new to the Pro Audio market, Mike McClain of J&G Electric sought, without bias, the very best sounding system for his client at the most reasonable price. A thorough search turned up Danley Sound Labs, and Roswell Schools now benefit from a pair of Danley GH-60 Genesis Horns for vivid full-range output and a pair of beefy Danley DBH-218 subwoofers for low-frequency support.

“The school gave J&G Electric free reign to choose the best audio system they could, given the constraints of the budget,” explained Noel Darby of DarbyReps (Denver, CO), who represents Danley in the Rocky Mountain Region and who consulted on the design. “They had heard great things about Danley – that Danley’s designs are uniquely efficient, natural sounding, and easy to work with. I’ve been selling loudspeakers for a long time, and I believe Tom Danley’s designs really are amazing. He’s not chasing the same old woofer/tweeter or line array concept.”

Roswell_HS_Scoreboard_SpeakersGiven that the existing light poles are all behind the seating, it didn’t make sense to use a distributed system. Instead, Darby suggested an end-fired system that would split the field down the middle and provide equal coverage to the home and visitor seating. A Xilica XP-2040 2×4 processor handles modest input conditioning and system EQ, and feeds two Danley DSLA 3.3k and two Danley DSLA 6.5k amplifiers. Those amplifiers in turn power two Danley Genesis GH-60 horns and two Danley DBH-218 subwoofers mounted above and behind the scoreboard. The Genesis Horns use Danley’s patent-pending Paraline acoustical technology to gradually attenuate output at lower angles so as to deliver even SPLs to all the seats, near and far.

The install proved to be the largest hurdle to overcome. “With the original site being built in 1968, and seeing numinous additions and upgrades, we had our hands full,” said McClain. Trenching was tedious in order to avoid underground utilities and unknown paths, so we were forced to dig slowly and carefully. When it was all said and done we had over 700 feet of trench at four feet deep. In order to avoid the necessity of repeating the arduous process at a later date a second “spare” conduit was installed. Dealing with the harsh desert heat cooling the equipment was also an issue. To avoid building a structure to hold the equipment, we used a self-contained climate controlled rack to house the amps and processors. Using the assistance of a local fabricator the forty-foot tall structure holding the loudspeakers was built. “After all the sweat and heavy lifting the system worked as designed and as promised.”

Deward Timothy of Utah’s Poll Sound came in for the final tuning, which, by all accounts, didn’t take very long given the natural sound of the GH-60s and the fact that they are true point-source devices. “The school district is amazed at how much output they’re getting,” said McClain. “The coaches are ecstatic! This is a huge leap up for them, and the system will serve them well for a long, long time to come.”

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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Fox Sound Service Invests in Italy’s First Meyer Sound LYON System

fox soundFox Sound Service has purchased the first Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system in Italy. Adding to Fox Sound’s large Meyer Sound inventory of more than 170 loudspeakers, the LYON system has supported a range of classical, rock, and dance events across the country.

“I was extremely impressed with the technical advantages of linear sound reinforcement offered by Meyer Sound’s LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcementsystem, but we had been waiting for a more compact version better suited to the Italian market,” explains Carlo Volpe, technical director and co-owner of Fox Sound. “LYON is exactly what we need. It has the performance and versatility ideal for any production, from open-air classical music presentations to jazz festivals and rock concerts. My partners and I are proud to be the first in Italy to supply this new technology.”

Fox Sound’s purchase comprises 20 LYON linear line array loudspeakers, eight 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system, and RMServers for the Compass® RMS™ remote monitoring system.

Since delivery, LYON has been chosen to reinforce the orchestra and chorus of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia for an outdoor concert in Rome’s historic Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. The system has also supported events such as Festival Mozart and Traffic Festival in Torino, Verde Vento (Green Wind) Festival in Cassino, and the Perdonanza Celestiniana (Celestine Pardon) celebration in L’Aquila.

“After 25 years of providing Meyer Sound technology to the Italian market, it was time to take a major step ahead with LYON,” says Walter Alfonsetti, co-owner of Fox Sound. “LYON complements our existing range of Meyer Sound products, and will play an important role in the future of our company.”

The LYON system sale was handled by Meyer Sound’s Italian distributor, Linear Sound, a division of Eko Music Group.

Located in Poggio Picenze, Fox Sound Service supplies a wide range of event production technology rentals throughout the Italian peninsula. Events served by the company include classical open-air concerts, civic celebrations, corporate presentations, and summer music festivals, including 25 years with the prestigious Pescara International Jazz Festival.

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One-Man Band Ed Sheeran Wins Over Arena Crowds with Meyer Sound LEO and LYON

ed sheeranWith a Meyer Sound LEO™ and LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system supporting just his vocal, acoustic guitar, and loop pedal, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has single-handedly captivated 10,000-plus crowds on his latest world tour. Among the many concert reviewers impressed by how well Sheeran’s one-man show translated in a large arena, Katie Atkinson of Billboard writes: “He had the crowd wrapped around his finger, and the booming sound to pack an arena with just an acoustic guitar and his voice.”

Chris Marsh, Sheeran’s production manager and FOH engineer, says: “I’ve had a chance to hear Ed’s music on a lot of different systems, for various festivals, one-off shows, and opening for acts like Taylor Swift. But whenever I came across LEO—and more recently, LYON—I’ve noticed a marked difference in sound quality, and hence a marked difference in my enjoyment of mixing the show. When using them together, the transitions between the two loudspeakers are virtually seamless, whether moving across to the side hangs or up underneath the down fills.”

Although configurations vary slightly with venues, the large arena system comprises main front hangs of 12 LEO-M over four LYON linear line array loudspeakers each, with 14 additional LYON loudspeakers in each of the twin side hangs. Completing the system are 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements for low end and eight M’elodie® line array loudspeakers for front fill. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 AES and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provides system drive and alignment.

Onstage foldback is supplied by four MJF-212A stage monitors and dual side-fill stacks, each with two 700-HP subwoofers and one JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker. The system is supplied by Wiltshire, England-based Major Tom Limited, and systems tech for the tour is Tristan Nelson-Hauer.

“The 1100-LFC is an astonishingly fast-moving device,” says Marsh. “The impact it transmits when Ed slaps his guitar—his interpretation of the kick drum—is far better than I’ve heard from any other sub. The others are just too slow to keep up.”

Major Tom’s decision to invest in LYON was made by principal Lars Brogaard, an early LEO adopter. “The LYON-W has the wide dispersion I wanted for down-fill, and with the longer-throwing LYON-M, they complement the LEO very, very well,” he says.

Feeding the LEO system on the tour is a DiGiCo SD7 mixing console augmented by Avalon VT-737SP channel strips and Bricasti digital reverbs. Sheeran’s vocal mic is a Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless with a custom MD 9235 capsule.

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