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Speech Clarity – A Priority for Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Central HS Yamaha Speakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PMC Launches Online Retailing for its twotwo™ Monitor Series

PMC twotwo Range

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best availablematerials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

PreSonus Appoints Wilkins Inside Sales Coordinator for WorxAudio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Danley Synergy Horn Delivers Superior Pattern Control at Summit Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW GP SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS

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

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.

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