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Martin Audio MLA Takes the Stage At KROQ Christmas Show

Photo: Stephen Carr Photography

Photo: Stephen Carr Photography

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

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

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

Photo: Stephen Carr Photography

Photo: Stephen Carr Photography

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

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

Tears for Fears - Stephen Carr Photography

Tears for Fears – Stephen Carr Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sound Works Productions Celebrates NYE in Style With NEXO and Yamaha

Sound Works Pro NYE

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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

SoundTube Announces new Rep Appointments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM DEPLOYED AT CEDAR GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH

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

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

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

Renkus-Heinz Welcomes MediasPro as New Distributor in Germany

Orange County, CA and Eckersdorf, Germany – January 2015… Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of MediasPro GmbH as the company’s new distribution partner in Germany, effective January 1, 2015.

Founded in 1999, MediasPro is one of Germany’s leading distributors for installed audio products, including digital audio networking, PA systems, and amplifiers, as well as amplification control and monitoring technologies. MediasPro also specializes in room and concert hall acoustics, with more than 15 years’ experience in acoustical measurements, room modeling and evaluation, and electroacoustical tuning of room parameters.

“Renkus-Heinz is one of the world’s most respected and renowned professional audio manufacturers,” remarked Michael Voessing, MediasPro CEO. “With the addition of Renkus-Heinz products to our portfolio, MediasPro will now be in a position to provide the finest integrated systems solutions for projects ranging for small installations to large venues. We are very much looking forward to working with this outstanding brand, and with the great team at Renkus-Heinz.”

Renkus-Heinz European Sales Manager Hâkkan Sjöö added, “We are exceptionally pleased to welcome MediasPro to the Renkus-Heinz family. Their team are truly experts in the field of installed sound technologies, and their reputation is second to none. We are looking forward to a long and mutually successful relationship.”

In addition to their main office in Eckersdorf, MediasPro also operates regional offices in Bad Vilbel, Haimhausen, and Schwaebisch Hall. For more information on MediasPro, visit their website at www.mediaspro.de.

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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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Meyer Sound CAL at Carolina Panthers’ Stadium: A Clear Solution for Distributed Audio

BOA stadiumHome of the Carolina Panthers NFL football team, Bank of America Stadium has installed 30 steerable CAL™ column array loudspeakers from Meyer Sound to provide exceptional intelligibility for 37,000 fans in its upper deck area. The slender profile of CAL harmoniously blends in with flagpoles, solving an aesthetic challenge in distributed sound systems for sports venues.

“The Panthers’ stadium doesn’t have a continuous lighting catwalk like other NFL stadiums, so there was no place to put the sizeable conventional speakers we would need to cover the upper level without having large clusters up on poles,” says Mark Graham, the system designer and an associate of consultants Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW). “Aesthetically, the clusters would have been a hard sell to the architects and stadium management.”

The proposal of the CAL loudspeakers was a turning point in the system design process, according to Cliff Miller, Carolina Panthers audio director who has been with the organization since 1995. “The CAL loudspeakers were probably the deciding factor in going with a distributed system in that stadium because of their slim profile,” Miller says. “With the CALs, you notice the flags more than the speakers. They look like an integral element of the architecture.”

Thirty CAL 96 loudspeakers are spaced evenly between the lighting towers and configured for a 30-degree downward beam tilt and a five-degree vertical beam spread. The result is uniform, wide-bandwidth coverage to the farthest seats located over 100 feet away.

“The CAL loudspeakers handle everything exceptionally well—not just the announcers, but also music playback, referee mics, and live bands, which the CALs handle easily,” says Miller. “We’re not running them at anywhere near their full potential.”

The Meyer Sound system was provided andinstalled by Minneapolis-based Parsons Technologies, a division of Parsons Electric. The architecture firm for the upgrade was Wagner Murray Architects.

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Concord Pavilion Improves Lawn Coverage with Meyer Sound MICA

concordCalifornia’s Concord Pavilion has completed its first concert season with its new Meyer Sound MICA® line array loudspeaker system covering its 4,570-capacity lawn seating area in the foothills of Mount Diablo. Since installation, the upgraded system has provided pristine, uniform lawn coverage for performances from Journey, The Steve Miller Band, Aerosmith, and Chicago to Kings of Leon, Marc Anthony, and Linkin Park.

“Clarity, intelligibility, and transparency are the words we hear most often to describe the new MICA system,” says Steve Paine, technical director of the Concord Pavilion and project manager behind the system makeover. “Patrons have remarked that they can understand vocals far better than before.”

The upgrade to the lawn system comprises 27 MICA loudspeakers positioned in seven arrays across the lawn, while four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and two UPA-1P loudspeakers provide additional fill. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 408 array processor provides system drive and alignment, while a Compass® RMS™ remote monitoring system communicates loudspeaker performance data.

“The MICA system is truly small but mighty,” Paine says. “It’s very easy to control and seems impervious to distortion, no matter how hard we drive the gain.”

The arrays have also made a positive impression on touring acts throughout the concert season. “Artists and sound engineers are pleased to see this new, state-of-the-art sound system when they arrive at the venue,” reports Paine. “It demonstrates to them that we care about our patrons, and about how we represent the artists who play our venue.”

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Concord Pavilion has been a Bay Area mainstay since 1975. The 12,500-capacity venue is owned by the City of Concord and operated by Live Nation.

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Danley Delivers Clarity and Punch at Alabama’s Iron City Music Venue

IronCity_ExteriorBIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – DECEMBER 2014: Birmingham, Alabama’s Iron City is a new 1,300-capacity music venue that plays host to acts both local and national. It occupies two former automotive warehouses downtown that the owners gutted and renovated to hit the perfect middle between steely grit and modern elegance. As General Manager Mike Creager put it, “At Iron City, we aim to do everything a cut above. From production to hospitality, we always shoot for a high standard.” That philosophy extends to sound reinforcement as well. Creager worked with Tim Ogletree at MediaMerge (Chelsea, Alabama) to design a zero-compromise system that would be appropriate for Iron City’s wide footprint. Rather than a line array, Creager and Ogletree designed a point-source system using Danley Sound Labs’ patented Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers. Although sometimes skeptical of the system’s relatively small size (Danley designs are several factors more efficient than conventional designs), live sound engineers universally leave Iron City rekindled of the spark that got them into the live sound business in the first place.

“Tim introduced me to Danley Sound Labs and the Danley concept, and the company flew me to Gainesville, Georgia to tour their production facility,” said Creager. “I was impressed with Danley’s fidelity and intelligibility. Danley boxes have a clarity and presence that caught my ear. I’ve worked on a number of systems, and they usually involved eating deep into the EQ and filters. The Danley boxes required almost none of that. They’re pleasantly flat, and Danley subs have plenty of bass that’s nicely articulated. When I got back to Birmingham, Tim and I set to designing a great system for Iron City. When needed, we got ready help from Ivan Beaver, Danley’s chief engineer. In fact, then (and since) Danley’s customer support has been phenomenal. I get parts or answers almost before I’ve dialed the last number!”

IronCity_StageIron City’s room is wider than it is deep, and for a venue of its capacity, the ceiling is relatively low. However appropriate they may be in a deeper, larger facility, line arrays would definitely not do the trick at Iron City. In contrast, the point source Danley boxes would provide smooth, even coverage across the floor, with plenty of SPL. In a mirrored, true stereo system, a pair of Danley SH-96s provide main coverage. To the side of each, a Danley SH-64 provides mezzanine fill, and below each, a Danley SH-69 provides down fill. All together, two Danley TH-412 subwoofers and two Danley TH-118 subwoofers provide ample bass. Lake LM44 processors condition the system, and Lab.gruppen FP-series amplifiers power it.

“The system is tremendously efficient,” said Jason Westbrook, production manager at Iron City. “It’s loud and clear, with tons of headroom. We can’t blow it up. It doesn’t distort, even when we crank it up. Because we have a huge range of acts at Iron City – from country to hip-hop to rap to metal – the system’s flexibility is appreciated. It’s got the clarity, transparency, and power to satisfy all those styles. When engineers first arrive and set up their measurement systems, the first thing they remark on is how even the coverage is. It’s obvious on their screens and it’s easy to hear.”

Although the Danley name is popping up on more and more riders, it’s still in the minority at live music venues. That provides Creager and Westbrook with the opportunity (and occasional burden) of showing engineers its advantages. “It helps that we’ve had a year of successful shows – many with big name, national acts,” said Creager. “One of our first big shows was for Bush, and that engineer was worried there wouldn’t be enough power. It’s understandable. People aren’t used to seeing a single Danley box where normally they’d see a bunch of boxes. They don’t understand the Danley technology, and they want to have a good show. I promised the Bush engineer that we would bring in more boxes if he wasn’t happy. Of course, he was. Everyone leaves Iron City commenting on how great it sounds. And many engineers claim this is one of the best sounding rooms in the South. We’re pleased, to say the least.”

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

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