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Ashly Amps and Processors Team with Danley Outdoor Loudspeakers at One of the Largest U.S. Private Schools

SevernSchool_AthleticCenterBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 2014: Severn School is among the largest and most august private schools in the nation. Situated midway between Baltimore and Annapolis in Maryland, Severn School was founded in 1914 as a preparatory school for the U.S. Navy. Today, it serves eight hundred students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. In recent years, Severn School has been updating its buildings and grounds, including new turf fields for football, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse adjacent to the new Edward St. John Athletic Center. For a few years after their installation, the school used a portable system for every football game, a solution that proved to be of low quality and, moreover, quite a hassle. Severn School called on Baltimore-based A/V contractor HP Electronics to design and install a permanent system. Citing their value and sound quality, HP Electronics installed an Ashly MX-206 six-channel microphone mixer, an Ashly nXp 1.52 two-channel 1500W Network Amplifier with a built-in Protea™ DSP Processor powering three Danley Sound Labs OS-80 fully-weatherized full-range loudspeakers.

SevernSchool_SpeakerWith no press box or permanent building adjacent to the field, HP Electronics Sales Designer Joe Schwartz gave Severn School a portable rack bag that connects to the permanent Danley OS-80s via a simple five-pin connector. Inside the rack, the Ashly MX-206 analog mixer provides a simple, intuitive way to control input volume for an Audio-Technica wireless microphone and a custom input panel for connecting MP3 playback devices and the like. A Furman CN-1800S provides power conditioning and sequencing, and is used to trigger a Furman CN20P within the main rack inside the Athletic Center, allowing the entire system to be powered up from the outdoor mix position. The Ashly nXp 1.52 provides abundant power and processing for the system in just two rack spaces. “I’ve always been a fan of Ashly products,” said Schwartz. “The MX-206 is simple to use, sounds great, and will serve Severn School a long, long time. The nXp 1.52 delivers a ton of power for the cost, and the optional built-in processing is very convenient and easy to use.”

Schwartz configured the three Danley OS-80s such that two cover the left and right sides of the bleachers and one covers the field from a crow’s nest above the bleachers. “We’ve used Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers in a number of churches and auditoriums, and they sound great,” he said. “When we saw that Danley had come out with a fully-weatherized loudspeaker that was based on the same design that we had used in the churches, it seemed like an excellent way to go at Severn. The engineers at Danley even helped with the design based on a similar field they had done. The OS-80s were relatively lightweight and easy to install. I was shocked that the single OS-80 was able to cover pretty much the entire field. And that coverage, like the coverage in the bleachers, is remarkably even. Overall, the system has great fidelity and coverage, and it came in at a very competitive price point.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

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

CRAS Outfits New Control Room wth Super Transparent ATC SCM25A Reference Monitors

Conservatory_RecordingArtsSciencesGILBERT, ARIZONA: The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences – or “CRAS” as it is more affectionately known – is a top-tier technical school dedicated to placing its well-trained students in entry-level positions in the music, game audio, live sound, broadcast, and post-production industries. Unlike most similar programs, CRAS obligates its students to obtain internships in order to graduate, and it has a excellent record of helping students obtain their first paying gig. Part of its success, which has resulted in literally hundreds of CRAS grads working on literally hundreds of Grammy Award-winning projects, is exposing students to high-end professional tools. Thus, when CRAS recently expanded its facilities with the addition of control rooms F and G, it put ATC SCM25A Pro reference monitors – among the industry’s most-trusted tools – in both.

“Our rooms reflect reality in the industry,” said Tony Nunes, music production instructor and manufacture liaison at CRAS. Nunes, together with Mike Jones, director of education, travels to trade shows, recording studios, and post-production facilities around the country to keep CRAS’s facilities and instruction in perfect synchrony with the latest (and enduring) industry standards. “We sculpt our technology and instruction to remain always at the current standards in the industry,” he continued. “Two years ago at AES in New York City, we visited a lot of the big studios in town, like Stadium Red and Electric Ladyland, and talked with our grads who worked there. A consistent theme that studio managers/staff stressed was the persistent requests they received for ATC monitors; so persistent, in fact, that most studios invested in their own ATCs.” CRAS’s ATC SCM25A Pros join Pro Tools HDX rigs with Apogee converters, [soundBlade HD] rigs with Mytek converters, and SSL AWS 948 combined console and control surfaces.

“The ATCs are certainly the most transparent monitors we have at CRAS,” said Nunes. “Students don’t get to studios F and G until they are a little ways into the program. By that time, they can really appreciate the details that the ATCs reveal. For example, when we’re tracking in those control rooms, students will notice the smallest details, like fret buzz on the bass. One time we had a vocalist who was struggling with an allergy and sinus problem. After he rested and had some tea, he came back and all the students could really hear the physicality of the difference. One student said it was like he could see the vocal cords in the ATCs. They’re a really great tool.”

Because students use the ATC SCM25A Pros later in the program, they get an opportunity to scrutinize their earlier projects. “They know so much more six months later, and now they’ve got these great monitors that reveal so much; it can often be a painful experience,” said Nunes. “But we bravely turn it into a learning experience. We find and analyze the mistakes, and then students may remix their projects. Every time, they come back happy with the results. Because the new mixes pass the test on the ATCs, they translate everywhere else, like students’ cars, apartments and computers.”

Although CRAS is explicit in stating that it does not teach students to be mastering engineers per se – which necessarily requires skills that can only be acquired through years of experience – it most definitely teaches its students about the mastering process and about the technical details that mastering engineers will expect of their work. There again, the ATC SCM25A Pros, which are mastering-grade reference monitors, benefit CRAS students.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUPTransAudio 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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The Wave Builds With Martin Audio Subs

The Wave WS218Xs

Las Vegas, NV––Specializing in audio production, rentals and sales, The Wave recently added a dozen of Martin Audio’s popular WS218X subwoofers to its growing inventory.

Asked about the purchase, owner Scott Fisher responds, “We wanted additional low end reinforcement for live shows and DJ events and chose the Martin Audio WS218X because it’s a good sounding, high output subwoofer from a brand known and respected by engineers and audio people around the world. Getting these was a win-win all the way around.”

Scott also has a full Martin Audio monitor rig consisting of 14 x LE1200s, which he likes because “they’re rider friendly, work well and are very reliable.”

The first outing for the new subwoofers was a country concert at Drai’s Nightclub at the Cromwell Las Vegas and Casino featuring Texas artist Pat Green as headliner and opening act The Dirty River Boys.

As Scott explains, “the concert took place during National Finals Rodeo, a 10-day event when Las Vegas gets very country because the event sells out the Thomas and Mack Center which seats over 18,000 people.

“In terms of the show, everything went really well with the subs even though it was the first time out. The FOH engineers for both bands, Luke Wilbanks for the Dirty River Boys and Braxton Henry for Pat Green, were super happy. They thought everything sounded great.

“The guy in charge of sound at Drai’s, who usually prefers another brand of speakers, thought the WS218X’s sounded really good and tight. He we was so impressed that we already have other shows booked in the room.”

“After the show,” Scott concludes, “my systems tech, who was also very impressed, told me that we’d made a really good purchase. I knew the WS218X’s were going to perform well, but the overall reaction has been way more positive than I expected.”

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.

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MASQUE SOUND LENDS A HELPING HAND FOR DON HILL TRIBUTE SHOW BENEFITING ROAD RECOVERY

Custom Audio Equipment Package Turns Up the Volume at Historic Fundraiser

NEW YORKMasque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, recently donated a custom audio equipment package to The Hills NYC, formerly known as the famous Don Hill’s rock club, for Celebrating Don Hill – A Night of Live Music to benefit Road Recovery. The New York-based Road Recovery is a non-profit dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge and resources. Michael C. Hall Onstage at The Hills NYC during Road Recovery Benefit Show (c) www.TracyKetcher.com

The benefit, which took place on December 7, featured Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask and punk rockers Tits of Clay, whose members, by day, resume their roles playing in the fictional band, The Angry Inch, in the current Broadway production. This Hedwig-themed tribute to legendary booker, promoter and club owner Don Hill marked their return to the site of the show’s genesis—Don Hill’s rock club, soon to re-open as The Hills NYC. The benefit for Road Recovery featured Broadway’s current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall; Fred Schneider of the B-52’s; David Johansen, widely known as Buster Poindexter and Tony Award® winner Lena Hall, including opening sets performed by rock band OURS and Road Recovery’s own youth house band, Type II. The night was emceed by Rock Punk Couture designer/artist Michael H., who was a long-time friend of Don Hill.

“After Hurricane Sandy damages and three years of abandonment, the legendary Don Hill’s was an empty room with considerable technical challenges for sound production,” says Gene Bowen, Road Recovery’s founder. “Masque Sound, a title sponsor for our charity event, helped bring a proper sound system back into the rock club and, in turn, raised the hopes and spirits of our young people by literally giving them a voice. On the night of the benefit, it was uplifting to see the Road Recovery youth house band perform on a big stage, and it all would not have been possible without Masque Sound’s support.” Road Recovery's Own Youth House Band - Type II - Performing Live Onstage at The Hills NYC (c) www.TracyKetcher.com

In order to bring the legendary club back to life, Masque Sound not only supplied the high-quality sound system but also provided dedicated staff members who were integral in the planning and execution of the audio system for the event. The team was lead by Matt Dale, who was joined by several additional Masque Sound staff members, including Ralph Grasso and Dave Francisco. The sound system consisted of Meyer Sound UPQ-1P wide coverage loudspeakers for the mains and 600-HPs for subwoofers, providing exceptional coverage throughout the space without the need for amplifiers. In addition, Masque Sound supplied a DiGiCo SD9 Live Digital Console for front-of-house and monitors. Masque Sound’s Dave Francisco also utilized the new DiGiCo iPad app® for several monitor mixes.

“Our crew at Masque Sound embraced the challenge of transforming the club into a great night of music and purpose for this very special benefit, which honored the late Don Hill, says Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager, Masque Sound. “The highlight for me, aside from all the wonderful big name talent that showed up to play, were the kids from Road Recovery and their band, Type II. They really rocked the house and their honest message of overcoming adversity was a real inspiration to all of us there.”

To learn more about Road Recovery, including how to get involved, visit www.roadrecovery.org.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Danley DBH-218 Sub Rocks the New Student Building at Dogwood Church

Dogwood_Church_1TYRONE, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 2014: Thoroughly modern in its approach and attitude, Dogwood Church pays special attention to the youngest members of its congregation. That dedication was exemplified by the construction of a new four hundred-seat youth multipurpose building on Dogwood Church’s seventy-acre campus in Tyrone, Georgia. The church sought out Chicago-based Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) to help maximize the impact of the multipurpose building’s audio, video, and lighting systems on a limited budget. AST obliged with a complete AVL system design that rests squarely on the deep fundamentals of a Danley Sound Labs DBH-218 subwoofer. The young congregants at Dogwood Church now experience a high-energy, visceral experience that grabs them – almost literally – at every level.

“Dogwood Church has a lot going on,” said Terry McCarthy, partner and systems specialist with AST. “They’re a very contemporary church with a focus on students and families, and their worship style is appropriately contemporary and high-tech. We began working with them early in the process and thus had a major role in shaping the acoustics and electrical specifications. That was important because the church had a lot of expectations but a limited budget with which to meet them. We listened carefully to their needs and helped them prioritize so that they would have the very best system for the money.”

Dogwood_Church_InteriorHigh on the priority list was the kind of deep bass that takes your breath away and reframes music as a physical experience. “No doubt, the young people connect with low end,” said McCarthy. “We had to give them plenty of bass! The Danley DBH-218 delivers exceptional low-end content at any price, but it’s very affordable.” The DBH-218 is legendary acoustician Tom Danley’s take on conventional subwoofer design. The payoff for its larger footprint is awesomely punchy, impactful bass, and the single DBH-218 covers Dogwood Church’s new student room beautifully. AST built a custom enclosure under the stage for the DBH-218, which allows for the maximum impact from the subwoofer. Efficiently powered by a QSC-PLD-4.5 series amplifier the DBH-218 receives an incredible 4200 watts of continuous power (7500 watts peak).

The rest of the system is comprised of self-powered stereo RCF HD 10a line arrays, a Behringer X32 digital console and snake system, Behringer personal mixers, and Juice Goose power sequencing. AST also designed a comprehensive Perdue Acoustics sound control system to minimize reflections and to even out the room’s frequency response. The facility also has two high-quality air walls allowing the room to subdivide for multiple simultaneous smaller events. AST installed three control point locations, which are networked for ease of access, quick changes and minimal set-up time. They also designed and installed a comprehensive HD/SDI Video System with two 7500-lumen Panasonic video projectors firing on a pair of 193-inch Da-Lite screens that flank the stage. In addition, there are six HD camera locations, two – 55-inch HD video monitors for stage view, and a 16 x 16-channel distribution system that sends high-quality video to the foyer TVs and throughout the facility. McCarthy also designed a sixty circuit comprehensive stage lighting system which includes: seven Lighting Bar locations, two Martin Rush movers, sixteen Blizzard RokBox™ LEDs and twelve Leviton 575-watt spot fixtures. The lighting system also boasts a full dimming compliment with total control of all the house lighting fixtures featuring Doug Fleenor and Lightronics. This coupled with a black wall and ceiling motif give Dogwood Church’s new student building the look and feel of a modern theater or live music venue.

“The folks at Dogwood Church couldn’t be happier,” said McCarthy. “We came in on budget and gave them a system that will meet all of their technical needs and more. And with the Danley DBH-218 installed, it’s pure Rock ‘n Roll!”

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

YULE LIKE THIS TRANSAUDIO GROUP HOLIDAY OFFER – ATC SCM20 MONITORS AND SELECT BOCK MICROPHONES

ATC_SCM20_MonitorLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 2014: For lovers of great audio gear, the Black Friday hubbub and the month of frenzied holiday shopping that follows it are tinged with sadness: so much money spent on electronics that could have been spent on gear! To ease your pain, the team at TransAudio Group, distributor of some of the finest recording equipment on the planet, is offering ATC’s reference monitors – the passive ATC SCM20PSL and the active ATC SCM20ASL MkII – at a discounted price. And that’s not all! Select Bock microphones will ship with a free Pauly windscreen – the best windscreen ($250.00) on the planet. But act fast – these offers end on December 31st.

ATC reference monitors are prized for their unflinchingly faithful representation of audio. They make imperfections obvious and allow you to correct those imperfections so that your recordings translate everywhere. For the month of December, the passive ATC SCM20PSL, normally $3995 a pair, will sell for just $3149 a pair. The active ATC SCM20ASL MkII, normally $6695 a pair, will sell for just $5339 a pair.

TAG_Holiday_BockIndustry insiders know that David Bock is the man to turn to when a cherished vintage microphone needs repairs, and Bock has leveraged his decades of experience servicing the world’s best microphones to creating the world’s best microphones… with vastly better reliability and consistency than vintage units. For the month of December, the Bock 241, Bock 251, and Bock 407 will ship with a free Pauly PR120-T30m windscreen – the most effective, and yet transparent, windscreen available. That’s a $250 savings and a lifetime of perfect vocals!

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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PlayhouseSquare Adds New NEXO M6 System For Hanna Theatre

Hanna Theatre GEO M6

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, opened in 1921 and would go on to host such stage and film luminaries as Al Jolson, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Ethel Barrymore, Ginger Rogers, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin and Yul Brynner. PlayhouseSquare assumed management of the Hanna in August 1999 following its purchase of the Hanna Office Building, which houses the venue. In 2008, the Hanna underwent a renovation to add a thrust stage, re-work its seating to 550 and become the main performance base for PlayhouseSquare’s long-time constituent, Great Lakes Theater.

Today, the theatre plays host to Shakespearean plays, big bands, musical theater, and corporate events. They recently upgraded the sound system to reflect the latest in line array technology, the NEXO GEO M620, installed by NAC Technologies, Cleveland.

“The system that was previously installed during the earlier remodel was a ‘design by committee’; a nice system but it left a lot of dead spots,” states Rick Galbraith, NAC Technologies. “Size and cost always weigh in, and the client was very concerned about the size of the array and also on a very tight budget.”

No stranger to NEXO GEO Systems installed in three of the other PlayhouseSquare theatres (installed by NAC), Galbraith said they started by placing speakers in the NS1 prediction software, virtually arranging the array size, coverage, and SPL based on available rigging points. “Available rigging points was our biggest challenge, so after using the prediction software, we determined that three clusters of three M6 speakers would be ideal for the theatre. Considering the size of the clusters, the NEXO GEO M6 system sounds amazing; with zero complaints from the theatre or patrons.”

The GEO M620 is a full-range unit for stand-alone, curved array or line array application. Extremely compact in size and lightweight, the GEO M620 uses a NEXO-designed long-excursion high-efficiency 6.5” LF driver and 1 x 1″ throat driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR Wavesource, to deliver a frequency response of 80 Hz – 19 kHz ±3dB with nominal peak SPL of 127dB. HF dispersion is 80° (120° horizontal), with 20° vertical coverage, 0° to 20° splay when arrayed. The M620 performs in a variety of configurations, facilitated by a fully integrated 3-point rigging system.

Robert Mingus, Director of Production for PlayhouseSquare, was instrumental in the decision to install the NEXO M6 in The Hanna Theatre. “Dave Cooper and Rick Galbraith of NAC have done an amazing job upgrading all of our sound systems here at PlayhouseSquare. We are very pleased and take great pride in the sound quality of our theatres, and I believe this is possible because of the great relationship we have with NAC and their craftsmanship.”

Mingus said the NEXO M6 solved many challenges of The Hanna, but most importantly, sights the sound and compactness. “The M6 system sounds fantastic! Our three-box center cluster weighs only 76 lbs., virtually disappears, and is not in the way of lighting. With special brackets from NEXO, we were able to mount the three box arrays for L + R onto the proscenium for a very clean look. NAC then tuned the room to perfection, avoiding the many problems of getting the sound into the house and off of the thrust stage.”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on the Hanna Theatre, visit http://www.playhousesquare.org/venues/detail/hanna-theatre.

For more information on the NEXO GEO M6 system, 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.

Renkus-Heinz IC2 Steers Grove City Church in Right Direction


Grove City, OH – December 2014…
Grove City Church of the Nazarene – known to congregants and locals as The Naz – has built a large and diverse congregation in this Columbus suburb. The church offers a mix of both contemporary and classic worship services, as well as hosting many conferences and concerts from touring Christian artists.

The Naz’s 2800-seat sanctuary has long struggled with sonic issues, including poor intelligibility and uneven coverage, and the church was more than ready to upgrade their sound system. Technical director Matt Groves and front of house sound engineer Doug McLaughlin undertook the job of researching possible solutions. “We looked at several major loudspeaker brands and invited several in to do demos for us,” he recalls. “They all sounded fine, but the Renkus-Heinz IC2 really stood out. They demonstrated the beam steering by putting us up in the balcony with the IC2 cabinet on stage. We could hear it just fine. Then he opens his laptop and says, ‘Watch this,’ and steers the speaker digitally so it’s hitting us directly upstairs. All of a sudden, boom, there it was, with unbelievable clarity. I looked at my front of house engineer and we both said, ‘That’s the one.’ It was the coolest thing.”

The system, installed by Tech Art Production of Columbus, comprises a left-center-right,  dead-hung configuration, with three IC2-FR modules in the center flanked by five more on either side. Each full-range IC2-FR module contains four 8-inch speakers and four vertically aligned one-inch high frequency drivers. To deliver the bass needed for the church’s powerful contemporary presentation, the arrays are supplemented by six DR18-2R powered subwoofers, hung in two groups of three between the main IC2 arrays.

Like most contemporary houses of worship, this installation requires both musicality and intelligibility, and the IC2 system delivers. “The music sounds amazing, and the spoken word is crystal clear in every seat, even under the balcony,” says Groves. “The IC2‘s digital steering enabled us to aim a beam down to hit the front rows and another to cover beneath the balcony. And we have totally eliminated the slap-back echo from sound bouncing off the balcony facing.”

Groves also appreciates the economy of cabinets required to covers the church’s wide, cavernous sanctuary. “Having 120 degree dispersion lets us cover the full width of the room, even the side wings, with just the three LCR arrays,” he reports. “To do this room with standard line arrays would take two groups 9 or 10 boxes in a curved hang, plus extra speakers to cover the dead spots. Our biggest arrays are only five cabinets tall, and we have clean sightlines from every seat. There are no front fills, no side fills, and no speakers under the balcony.”

The early Sunday service is the classic presentation, with an 80-voice choir, 20-piece orchestra, plus a rhythm section. Thirty minutes after that service ends, the room is reset for the contemporary service, with the choir loft walled off and the stage reconfigured. There is also a hybrid service on Saturday. The system’s advanced RHAON control software can instantly recall multiple configurations for each service’s different demands.

“The contemporary service is a pretty high octane and edgier presentation that includes a rhythm section, six vocalists, a whole lot of bass, and is very guitar driven,” says Groves.  “The traditional service needs less bass reinforcement, which we have set up in the RHAON software as a preset. Both sound fantastic from every seat in the house.”

The Renkus-Heinz IC2 has proven to be a perfect fit for the Grove City Church of the Nazarene. “From the first service onward, we’ve gotten nothing but compliments on the system,” says Groves. “The senior pastor is immensely pleased with it. It’s easy to differentiate everything in the mix, the sermon is perfectly clear, and we have plenty of power to get that rock concert feel when we need it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the system.”

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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.

Discovering New Uses For The Martin Audio MLA Mini

MLA Mini J Roddy Walston 1

By E. Wayne Sowder

My ultimate goal as a Front of House engineer is to make sure the artist has a clear pathway to each member of his or her audience. That’s why I’m always researching new products, networking with other techs and remaining my own toughest critic as I work to sharpen my skills.

Time is the most unforgiving factor in live sound production, and everyone has fought a losing battle against the clock trying to solve unexpected problems. So discovering tools that increase audio performance and reduce the amount of system set up and tuning time is really exciting. These tools are especially important to regional sound companies who provide systems and techs for a diverse mix of musical genres and venues on a one off basis.

When RMB Audio added Martin Audio MLA Mini enclosures to an inventory that already included the MLA Compact system, the sound techs started evaluating the system using the factory presets for basic “speaker on a stick” configurations. It wasn’t until Matt Johnson began testing the VU-NET network features that we discovered the software had presets for “Single” and “Double” front fills.

Typically, we’d used Martin Audio W8LM cabinets equally spaced on the downstage edge. Substituting the powered MLA Mini speakers for lip fills would allow the entire system to be controlled on the same network, saving setup time and facilitating control, eliminate the need to carry an amp rack, occupy a smaller footprint on the stage and in the truck pack.

At the time, the next show requiring lip fills was at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina for the “Rock and Roll Marathon” with New Politics, a Danish Dance-Rock band, headlining and Love Canon, a regional bluegrass band, opening the show. We decided to use the MLA Mini in the single configuration since it was the closest to our normal front fill package.

MLA Mini Love Canon 2

The first thing we noticed after turning on the Minis was the voicing similarity between the MLA Compact main hang and the front fills. Walking from the coverage of the main hang into the coverage of the front fills the clarity remained constant without adding additional EQ.

Moving onstage, we immediately noticed that the MLA Mini also mirrored the excellent rear rejection characteristics of larger MLA systems. This was very helpful since the Love Canon microphones were in close proximity to the front fills.

We chose to deploy the MLA Minis in double-stacked mode for artists with a louder stage volume, such as Parliament Funkadelic and J Roddy Walston & The Business. The results were impressive, using the “Double” program in VU-NET compensated for any variations caused by adding additional cabinets and provided a front fill package that caused several FOH engineers to comment that they’d mixed shows where the mains weren’t that strong or sounded that good.

For a Nickel Creek concert at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theater, we worked with their FOH Engineer David Sinko who has a very interesting process of sound checking where he mixes in mono, plays 30s music and is very discerning. When I told him that the less you do to the MLA system, the happier you’ll be if distance and elevation data is drawn correctly, that’s exactly what he wanted to hear. He doesn’t like to spend the entire day tweaking a system.

We were walking the room with David before the show and it seemed like in the center three or four rows back the front fills seemed to be in front of the system and the Main hangs were disappearing or being overpowered by MLA Minis. We decided to shorten the start of the main coverage and David asked if we’d have to rehang the speakers and I told him we could do it all on the computer via the VU-NET system, which definitely surprised him.

MLA Mini New Politics

Matt Johnson, RMB Audio’s MLA tech for that show quickly changed the start coverage of the main hang using only the MLA software and moments later David re-walked the coverage and was very pleased with the results. The group had the chance to an extended rehearsal that day which allowed all of RMB’s techs to evaluate and experience the performance of the combined MLA systems. Walking and sitting in various parts of the venue from front row to the last row in the balcony confirmed that each audience member would hear the same mix that David was hearing at the FOH position.

RMB Audio also deployed the MLA Mini in a unique way at the Koka Booth amphitheater for a performance by Josh Groban and the North Carolina symphony. The venue has an area of tall trees that provide shade from the sun at house right where many patrons have begun seating themselves. Because the area was too far off axis from the main hang to provide quality audio, Robert Weddings of RMB suggested that we use an additional MLA Mini four-box, one sub system to provide coverage for the area. I wasn’t on the show, but I heard from all of the techs that the boxes were projecting far back into the house, with full range coverage 150 feet back.

The fact that the MLA Minis are on the VU-NET network makes them an integral solution for any changes in terms of EQ, time alignment and the ability to monitor how hard the system’s being pushed or how much headroom you have.

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When we first set up the MLA Mini at the Red Hat amphitheater in Raleigh, we were walking house left to house right and the transition from the main hangs to front fills was transparent retaining all of the clarity and intelligibility. The surprising thing was when we did groups with more stage volume and used the double front fills, there was a nice low mid energy coming off of them, so it never sounded thin nor overwhelmed by the stage volume.

The Mini front fills can keep up with some pretty loud stages. They are surprisingly powerful boxes that easily carry from edge of stage to front of house position.

Overall, MLA lets the laws of physics work for us by only putting sound where people are instead of sending it to every part of the room and generating reflections and other noise. The technology has become a game-changer in delivering sound and how the system should sound because without all of the room reflections and clutter, the mix becomes much cleaner and more defined, especially in terms of getting a better stereo field throughout the house.

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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.

With Meyer Sound LEO and LYON, Judas Priest FOH Engineer Gets Headroom, Weight Savings, and Clarity

judas priestFor British metal legends Judas Priest’s world tour, FOH engineer and production manager Martin Walker has selected LEO-M and LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers from Meyer Sound’s growing LEO Family of products. With the power and linear response of both products, the crew can easily adapt the system for a wide range of venues, which includes casino showrooms, arenas, large theatres, outdoor amphitheaters, and festivals.

“The response of the system is pretty seamless, whether going from main LEO arrays to LYON side arrays, or going from a main LEO hang in an arena to a LYON hang in a theatre,” Walker says. “You turn on the PA and there’s really no difference to worry about. The headroom is there, the weight saving is there, and the clarity and fidelity are there. It’s a great system with either box out front.”

The main and side arrays for the tour are assembled from the tour’s full inventory of 28 LEO-M and 32 LYON loudspeakers and 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Twelve M’elodie® line array loudspeakers are deployed as fills, and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and six Galileo Callisto 616 array processors handles drive and optimization. For onstage foldback, monitor engineer Brad Johnson mixes the band on 10 MJF-212A stage monitors and side-fill stacks of three JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and two 700-HP subwoofers per side. The system is supplied by UK-based Major Tom Ltd.

“I try to recreate a total experience of the band,” says Walker, who mixes behind a DiGiCo SD7 digital console. “I want a loud sound with full bandwidth, warmth, and depth, a sound that really brings the band to life. With LEO and LYON, I can realize that, every night.”

Steel Panther opened the North American leg of the tour. Judas Priest’s last world tour in 2011-2012 was supported by a MILO® line array loudspeaker system.

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