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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY THUNDERS WITH DANLEY JERICHO HORNS

PULLMAN, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2014: The Cougars football team of Washington State University plays all of their home games in 33,500-seat Martin Stadium. Although on the smaller side among its Pac-12 peers, the stadium has more than enough seats for every resident of Pullman, Washington (the university’s home), and loyal alumni and visiting fans easily make up the difference, filling the stands to near capacity on game day. Recent additions to the stadium necessitated relocating the scoreboard to the opposite end zone, and that in turn inspired a full upgrade to Martin Stadium’s sound reinforcement system. Three Danley Sound Labs J3-64 Jericho Horns, two J4-31 Jericho Horns, and four TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers now fill Martin Stadium with glorious, high-fidelity sound.

Washington State University called in Anthony James Partners of Richmond, Virginia to design the sound system. “It was a pretty straightforward situation,” said Lee Vaught, senior audio engineer at AJP. “Martin Stadium is a bowl with almost no overhang. A distributed system wasn’t an option. We had to go with an end-fired system, and the new scoreboard was the obvious place to put it. The only question was exactly what boxes to use. This is my first full Danley installation, and the their design provided the necessary coverage with vastly fewer boxes than I would have used with conventional technology.”

Three Danley J3-64 Jericho Horns provide the majority of the full-range coverage at Martin Stadium. They split the stadium down the middle, with the odd J3-64 covering the additional asymmetrical seating below the press and suite box. Two Danley J4-31 Jericho Horns deliver high-frequency content to the far seats, where otherwise the high end would be diminished having traveled through so much air. A single Danley OS-80 weatherproof Synergy Horn loudspeaker fills in for the seats right below the scoreboard. Four Danley TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers – two to a side – complement the fidelity of the full-frequency components with robust low end. A handful of JBL Control 28 loudspeakers provide coverage of the small shaded area underneath the press and suite box. A rack of Crown i-Tech HD-Series amplifiers powers the system, with processing from a BSS London backbone.

Danley Sound Labs, President Mike Hedden commented, “This was a short turnaround project and was one of the first using our SketchUp plugin module in DDT3D. This is a very powerful 3D coverage program we developed that enables accurate predictions of all frequencies from 20Hz and up. We’ve worked with virtually all the major modeling programs and DDT is simply the easiest yet powerful program out there. This enabled us to turn the entire design around in basically one day.”

“The coverage is great,” said Vaught. “The long throw across the field is impressive, and the high end from the J4s together with the low end from the 812s provides a full-frequency experience that stadiums with conventional systems would have a hard time replicating. Surprisingly, we actually received a request to turn the system down after the first few home games. That never happens! If anything, systems aren’t loud enough. But at Martin Stadium, we pulled it back a bit. There’s plenty of headroom, and it sounds clean and undistorted. Cougars fans will enjoy this sound system for a 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.
www.danleysoundlabs.com

Masque Sound Supports Billy Crystal’s Return to Broadway for Reprisal of Tony® Award-Winning Play, 700 Sundays

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

When Billy Crystal returned to Broadway to reprise his Tony® Award-winning play 700 Sundays, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on hand to support Sound Designer Steve Canyon Kennedy and Associate Sound Designer Walter Trarbach with a custom audio equipment package.

700 Sundays, an autobiographical journey, is an original two-act play centered on the legendary actor’s heartfelt and often hilarious story of growing up, growing old and the undeniable power of family. Crystal plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today, taking audiences through his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally his adulthood. The title refers to the number of Sundays shared by Crystal and his father, Jack Crystal, who passed away when he was 15.

“Masque Sound has been the audio equipment rental provider since the show made its Broadway debut in 2004. They have been with us for two national tours as well as the show’s Australia run, so they were the obvious choice for this reprisal,” says Trarbach. “We have enjoyed our relationship with Masque Sound, and their equipment and support is always top notch.”

For 700 Sundays, Masque Sound provided a custom audio package that included an Avid VENUE Profile digital mixing console. L-Acoustics dv-DOSCs made up the line array elements for the main speaker system and a selection of speakers from Meyer Sound, EAW and d&b were utilized as fill speakers for the rest of the theater. An XTA Electronics DP428/448 Audio Management System and Meyer Sound Galileo 616 Loudspeaker Management System as well as a wireless microphone package from Sennheiser and an intercom system from Clear-Com were also included.

“In addition to the high quality gear provided by Masque Sound, the sound system worked well thanks to the hard work of our team,” says Trarbach. “Production Sound Engineer Andrew Keister and John Cooper, who handled the backstage audio, both did a wonderful job.”

700 Sundays won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event and the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. The limited nine-week engagement will continue through January 5, 2014 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). HBO will be filming the play for a special that is slated to air in 2014.

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.

High-Tech Meets Elegance at Iceland’s Hippest Bowling Lanes

Reykjavik, Iceland | January, 2014 – When a bowling alley houses 22 lanes plus a VIP/private party area, a sports bar, cafe, and restaurant, live DJs, and more than 50 screens to showcase all the best in live sports and entertainment, it’s clear that this is not just another blue collar beer-and-peanuts joint. Keiluhöllin Egilshöll, is a noteworthy blend of both high-tech and elegant design, boasting one of Iceland’s largest AV installations to date and being named Bowlers Journal’s “Best New Lounge/Restaurant.”

Inside this 30,000 sq. foot venue, club-like LED lighting pours over the lanes and neon bowling balls, with sleek, softly lit lounges with plush couches tucked away behind. LCD screens hover over the lanes and line the dimly lit brick walls of the bar and cafe. The restaurant, meanwhile, is free of screens, filling the space with decorative lighting and rustic stone walls.

Despite the venue’s singular elegance, it still presents all the acoustical challenges associated with any bowling alley — hard, reverberant surfaces, ever-changing audio material, and of course, the inevitable din of the game itself. Reykjavik-based AV designers ETOS designed and installed the high-end sound and video systems for this uniquely diverse venue. As ETOS General Manager Jakob Kristinsson explains, the audio system had to not only transmit intelligible announcements over the din of a cacophonous bowling alley, but also deliver full spectrum sound and hefty bass for music and live DJs – hence the decision to go with the power, pattern control, and full-range performance of the Renkus-Heinz CF/CFX series.

Across the six zones covering the 22 lanes and VIP area, ETOS installed 12 CFX151 cabinets, with six CFX18S subwoofers for low end reinforcement. Featuring a two-inch extended range titanium HF driver, and a 15-inch heavy duty woofer that can handle up to 700W, the CFX151s powerfully deliver the full spectrum performance required in the main bowling area. The built-in crossover also includes EQ and high-frequency protection, ideal for the dynamic changes in audio and occupancy levels.

Augmenting the primary setup, six CFX121 cabinets in three zones cover the restaurant area, with four more CF121 units across the four zones covering the sports bar and cafe. Audio networking is courtesy of two Peavey MediaMatrix Nion n6 systems.

The video component of this AV installation is extensive as well, including more than 45 LCD displays and 15 projectors from Philips, LG, and Panasonic. Rounding out the impressive look and sound of Keiluhöllin Egilshöll is a full Crestron controlled LED and lighting system, including five wireless control pads.

The installation’s intense schedule compressed about 800 hours into an eight week span to complete the entire project, from design to doors opening. Since then, ETOS reports the system has been performing flawlessly, blending the best in design with the best in technology.

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

L-ACOUSTICS Hits a “Home Run with Fireworks” at Calvary Chapel of Naperville

CCI Solutions retrofits newly remodeled sanctuary with full KARAi system

NAPERVILLE, Illinois – January 2014 — Calvary Church of Naperville, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, recently wrapped up a five-month sanctuary renovation that increased seating from 2500 to 3000 without moving any walls. As part of the project, the church also underwent a full AVL system retrofit, which was designed and integrated by CCI Solutions of Olympia, Washington. more

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces VRX Line Array Calculator at Winter NAMM 2014

ANAHEIM, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional is announcing the VRX Line Array Calculator (LAC) for its popular and widely used VRX Constant Curvature Series loudspeakers. The VRX LAC offers an accurate and easy-to-learn design tool that allows configuration of VRX systems prior to deployment.

“Since JBL introduced the first VRX loudspeakers, they have been used in virtually every imaginable environment, from theaters to houses of worship, sports facilities to schools, as portable or permanent sound reinforcement systems,” said Jon Sager, Senior Manager, Market Development, Installed Sound, JBL Professional. “The VRX Line Array Calculator will provide an effective sound design and simulation tool that builds on the successful heritage of JBL’s VTX and VERTEC® Line Array Calculator software.”

With the VRX LAC, up to four audience planes can be modeled. Adding ground-level seating, multiple balconies, stage areas and rear wall boundaries is simple. In addition, quick calculation of optimal array angles and gain shading offers smooth front to rear audience coverage. Visual display of rigging details on a separate “Array Configuration” page shows size, weight, and rigging parameters with built-in working load limit (WLL) design factor safety warnings.

The VRX LAC also enables two separate arrays to be used simultaneously. Adding a second rear delay array with the proper angles and relative volume is now easily accomplished. Moreover, ground-supported stand mount and subwoofer stacked arrays can be modeled just as they are used with the VRX products. Dual angle pole mount socket selectors show down tilt angles for increased aiming flexibility, while single point hang array angles can now be easily checked ahead of time.

The VRX LAC includes a quick start help file that can get any VRX user up to speed and using the VRX LAC in under an hour. VRX User Guides (for both passive and powered systems) are bundled with the VRX LAC for quick reference to specific questions that may come up when using VRX loudspeakers.

To download the all-new VRX LAC, please visit http://www.jblpro.com/catalog/general/ProductFamily.aspx?FId=9&MID=2

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

NEW AT NAMM! SONODYNE LAUNCHES NEW SRP SERIES OF HIGHLY-ARTICULATE COMPETITIVELY-PRICED STUDIO MONITORS

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2014: Based in India, Sonodyne is well known for designing and manufacturing studio monitors that deliver big-ticket performance without the big ticket. Company founder Ashoke Mukherjee and his research team have yet again smashed the performance/price barrier with the SRP series of bi-amplified, die-cast aluminum studio reference monitors, and TransAudio Group, Sonodyne’s U.S. distributor, will be showcasing them at Booth #6945 at NAMM 2014. Five models span the series to meet different needs and budgets, from the small SRP 350, through the SRP 400, 500, and 600, to the large SRP 800. A sensible collection of back panel controls adapt the SRP series loudspeakers to a wide range of room conditions, and tapped inserts at the bottom and rear allow for a variety of mounting options. Clean self-power ranging from 20+20W in the SRP 350 to 175+100W in the SRP 800 is perfectly matched to the acoustics of the drivers and enclosures.

“We’re pleased to demo Ashoke’s latest creation at NAMM,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “The Sonodyne SRP series studio reference monitors deliver the sort of clear, honest reproduction that is normally available only from manufacturers that charge many times the price. The range of sizes available in the SRP series will suit a variety of needs, from small-driver references, to surround channels, to primary near-fields.” The aesthetically-pleasing Sonodyne SRP series studio monitors are available in rich black, charcoal grey, and snow white.

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. www.transaudiogroup.com

STOP BY AND SEE US AT NAMM 2014, BOOTH #6945

HARMAN’s JBL Professional LSR310S Powered Studio Subwoofer With XLF Rounds Out Winning 3 Series Studio Monitor Line

ANAHEIM, California – Bringing extended low-frequency performance to music recording and post-production clients, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced the new LSR310S powered studio subwoofer optimized for use with the highly successful JBL 3 Series studio monitors. The first studio monitors to incorporate JBL’s patent-pending Image Control Waveguide, the recently introduced 3 Series models provide an unprecedented level of accuracy, with exceptional imaging and detail at most affordable price points. Rounding out the 3 Series line, the new LSR310S subwoofer extends the low-frequency response of the system into the 20 Hz range while including an innovative feature that will make the sub attractive to dance music producers.

Driven by an integrated 200 Watt Class D power amplifier, a new 10-inch high excursion woofer works in concert with JBL’s patented Slip Stream Port™, delivering impressive low-frequency response below 27 Hz, with peak output of 113 dB SPL. Exceptional performance in a compact form-factor make the LSR310S the ideal choice for use in music recording and playback reference systems, and also as the “.1” LFE Low Frequency Effects speaker in surround-sound post production applications. Developed with dance music producers in mind, the sub includes a selectable XLF Extended Low Frequency setting that emulates the augmented low frequency response heard in the dance club environment. This provides a useful reference of how a dance mix will sound in the outside world.

Designed to integrate into a broad range of applications the LSR310S features balanced XLR and ¼” inputs, a selectable input sensitivity switch and three crossover settings: 80Hz, XLF and External. The 80 Hz setting implements high and low pass filters to create a seamless blend of the LSR310S with JBL’s LSR305 or LSR308 studio monitors or models from other manufacturers. The external setting bypasses all filtering, allowing use of an external crossover. The special XLF setting activates a 120Hz High Pass Filter in conjunction with a low frequency tuning that approximates the tuning used in club playback systems. Using this setting, the bass output more than doubles and the newly developed woofer/amp combination with protective limiting allow the 310S to produce extended bass output continuously without failure.

The LSR310S joins JBL’s exciting 3 Series Powered Studio Monitors, which are capturing rave reviews for their exceptional performance and value. “With the addition of the LSR310S Sub, we are able to offer a complete full range system with impressive detail, accuracy and low frequency performance at a price within reach of any studio,” said Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager Recording and Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional. “The new XLF setting will be a welcome ‘plus’ for producers of hip-hop and dance music, conveniently bringing the sound of the club to the control room,” Chaikin added.

The LSR310S striking appearance is highlighted by a distinctive glossy black flange of the front-mounted Slip Stream™ Port. The handsome compact black enclosure is designed to fit neatly into small recording and post production studio environments.

“The 3 Series Studio Monitor line is the result of close collaboration with the production community and our retail partners and our commitment to the needs and trends of the market. The new LSR310S leverages JBL’s market leading transducer and acoustic technologies to provide an unusual level of performance and value.” Chaikin concluded The LSR310S will ship in January 2014 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.00. More information is available at www.jblpro.com/3Series.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional EON600 Series Brings Studio Monitor Sound to Portable PA Loudspeakers

ANAHEIM, California – At Winter NAMM 2013, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is announcing the latest addition to its legendary EON portable loudspeakers with the new EON600 Series. A complete departure from traditional approaches to affordable, self-contained and portable PA systems, the EON600 Series was purposely designed and built from the ground up using JBL’s advanced waveguide technology and proprietary transducers. The EON600 Series brings the extraordinary quality of high-end studio monitors to a highly flexible, easy-to-use PA system.

“We’ve found a way to deliver studio monitor quality sound in a portable PA system, which is only possible by leveraging JBL’s revolutionary innovations in waveguide and transducer development,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “The striking design of the EON600 is a logical extension of the groundbreaking EON format, applying the latest technologies in cabinet materials, acoustic science, transducer design and user-friendliness.”

The first model in the EON600 Series is the EON615 15-inch 2-way loudspeaker. It features built-in, 1000-watt power amplification, providing exceptional headroom for a variety of applications, from fixed PA to gigging bands. Custom JBL high- and low-frequency transducers deliver massive sound pressure levels with lower distortion throughout the frequency range.

The foundation of the EON615′s performance is a breakthrough approach to waveguide design, solving the inherent beaminess of conventional speaker systems that causes them to have a different frequency response off-axis than on-axis. JBL engineers examined the radiation characteristics of the EON’s high- and low-frequency drivers at 36 different points employing JBL’s exclusive, state-of-the-art measurement techniques, then designed individual waveguides for both components that control the sound radiation at the high frequencies, the crossover point, and at the low frequencies.

Special fluting is designed into the structure that guides the frequencies through the full range of the system, resulting in consistent response throughout its 90-degree coverage pattern. The quality and consistency between on-axis and off-axis response delivers uniform coverage and high intelligibility, which means the EON615′s smooth, transparent sound is the same for the entire audience. These characteristics are the foundation of high-end studio monitor sound and are now available for the first time in a portable, affordable system.

Knowing that fine-tuning sound requires sophisticated yet convenient control, JBL engineers developed an iOS and Android supported interface to be paired with the Bluetooth Smart Ready 4.0 for controlling master volume, adjusting the 5-way, user-definable parametric EQ, and saving and recalling user presets. The interface controls EON’s onboard best-in-class 32-bit, 130 mHz, ultra-low power, audio DSP subsystem, so it’s fast and efficient with superb audio quality. Four strategically placed handles allow easy handling, indexed feet allow secure stacking, transportation and storage, and extra-strong enclosures ensure rugged reliability, a hallmark of all JBL products.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Provides World-Class Performance and Added Flexibility with JBL VTX V20 and S25 Line Array Loudspeakers

ANAHEIM, California – Adding to its already-legendary VTX Series line arrays, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the VTX V20 dual 10-inch line array loudspeaker and VTX S25 cardioid-arrayable dual 15-inch subwoofer. Both products offer the same unmatched sonic clarity, high power density and precise coverage as their predecessors (the V25, S28 and G28) but in more compact form factors, providing rental sound companies, event sound designers and system integrators even more flexibility when building world-class live sound reinforcement systems.

“In its short history, the VTX Series has already proven to be the world’s highest-performing line array system, as evidenced by its rapid worldwide adoption and deployment on some of the world’s most successful tours and in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, not to mention numerous industry awards,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The new V20 and S25 deliver the same level of performance that is characteristic of the VTX Series while adding even more flexibility due to their compact form factors.”

The VTX V20 loudspeaker features a true 3-way system design with proprietary D2 Dual Diaphragm Dual Voice Coil compression driver and Differential Drive™ low frequency transducer technology along with patent-pending ultra-linear motor technology employed for midrange components. In keeping with the philosophy of the VTX Series, the VTX V20 has extremely high power density with each line array element featuring two 2261H 10-inch Differential Drive™ woofers, four 2164H 4-inch ultra-linear midrange transducers and three of the new small-format D2415K Dual Drivers.

VTX V20 features three D2415K transducers – a new small format version of the patented D2 Dual Diaphragm, Dual Voice Coil annular (ring radiator) compression driver that delivers a dramatic increase in pure high frequency extension and sound pressure levels with significantly lower distortion, reduced power compression and lower weight combined with increased power handling, linearity and dynamic headroom.

A new Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) waveguide based on the same proven design principles that have been so successfully employed for both the VTX V25 and VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements, provides stable 110-degree horizontal coverage for V20, combined with perfect line source array coupling from 0 – 12.5 degrees in the vertical plane. The VTX V20 features a highly integrated, modular design with unique cast-aluminum baffle and HF waveguide construction that allows the enclosure to achieve the same tightly-packed power density as the V25 along with the added benefits of light weight, improved structural rigidity and enhanced heat dissipation.

VTX V20′s new ASM Suspension System was specifically designed for ease of transport and handling, speed of installation and versatile re-configurability. Fully captive, ergonomic flip hingebars work in conjunction with a rotary cam angle stop mechanism (ASM) to select inter-enclosure angles quickly and efficiently while the array is being deployed. The dual mode ASM suspension system facilitates operation in either compression mode (using a rear pullback motor or hand hoist to set inter-enclosure angles) or traditional fixed angle suspension mode (using quick release pins to secure angles between enclosures). During de-installation, ASMs can quickly be reset to zero degrees to configure enclosures into travel position for convenient landing onto vertical transporters that are specifically designed to have truck pack friendly dimensions.

A completely new array frame and extension bar design complements the V20 suspension system, providing a high degree of flexibility for either compression or tension mode suspension as well as tilt adjustment capability for stacked configurations. An additional adapter accessory is under development that will allow V20 to be suspended under V25 enclosures for downfill applications.

The companion VTX S25 subwoofer uses a pair of the same 2000-Watt continuous, 15-inch Differential Drive transducers employed in the fullsize V25, ensuring the same sonic signature while allowing V20 and S25 arrays to be used for outfill, center cluster or delay system applications in conjunction with main left/right V25 arrays. The S25 is cardioid-arrayable, and can be suspended in the middle of V20 arrays to provide effective balcony/floor coverage and under-balcony penetration for theatrical sound design applications. Alternatively, S25 enclosures can be flown at the top of V20 arrays in either front-firing or cardioid mode to extend the low frequency length of the line array and provide improved low frequency pattern control and throw, similar to the manner in which S28 enclosures can be deployed at the top of V25 arrays. With its compact form factor, the S25 is also an ideal tool for drum monitoring and medium format front-of-house ”subwoofer/satellite” use with VTX F Series enclosures or VERTEC subcompact line arrays.

Bauman concludes, “NAMM is the public preview of V20 and S25 and we are excited to be featuring the system on the Grand Plaza main stage to serve all live acts in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. We’ll be conducting field testing throughout January and February with key development partners to further refine the V20 system in preparation for production availability in March 2014.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Delicate And Martin Audio MLA Support Black Crowes

The Black Crowes celebrated a successful tour of outdoor venues with a joyous December concert reunion finale at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Like the tour, the concert featured the Tedeschi Trucks band and The London Souls, with Delicate Productions of San Francisco supporting with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system.

According to Smoother Smyth of Delicate, the tour included sheds ranging from 3,000 to 18,000-capacity with Black Crowes FOH Engineer Bob Coke “over the moon about the MLA system.” Setup for the tour included 11 MLA and one MLD (downfill) per side, 8 MLA Compact per side, and 12 ground-stacked MLX subwoofers.

After the initial summer tour, the Black Crowes continued to tour using local promoter-supplied systems in the fall. But because Delicate and Martin Audio MLA had worked out so well for the band during the summer, the Crowes decided to bring both back for the finale.

The challenge for Delicate was to completely rebuild the disassembled system from scratch so that it was identical to the original touring rig and get it up to San Francisco for an 8:00am load-in and 2:00pm soundcheck with no rehearsal time. As Smoother concludes, “it required a maximum effort on our part, but was well worth it because we were getting a lot of comments the next day about how amazing it sounded. The Graham auditorium is known as a very lively room and MLA allowed us to contain and control the audio really well. It turned out to be a slam-dunk.”

Bob Coke, contacted in France where he lives and works, also had positive comments: “I was initially skeptical about the MLA system. But during my first experience with the MLA Compact at a circular bull fighting arena in the south of France––an acoustically difficult venue––I was truly amazed by the sound quality, color and coverage. An hour before doors we were told that certain sections of the seated area would be vacant. The system tech, Andy Davies, reprogrammed the venue coverage to exclude that section in five minutes. I walked the section and was amazed to hear the difference. It’s what convinced me that the theory behind the MLA system was accurate and reliable. To be able to reprogram where the sound is being sent in a venue without having to physically change how the system is flown is quite remarkable.

“We were touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and The London Souls,” Bob continues. ”Each band had their own FOH engineer with different criteria for the system color, but the three of us agreed that the system sounded great. In the mornings when we were loading in the system, we would often hear from the local crews or local sound technicians that the MLA was the best sounding system they had yet heard in their venue. For the size and punch it can’t be beat. It’s also easy to set up and take down.”

Asked about mixing the final concert, he concludes, “The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a really decent 7000-seater. I mixed the band for their final show LOUD––louder than the first two acts and the system as well as the venue behaved really well acoustically at that level. I was impressed by the sound of the Tedeschi Trucks band and London Souls, and how sweet the system sounded at their levels. There were a lot of people who stopped by after the show to pay tribute to the sound. The best compliment is when people talk about how great the show was––it’s a sign I’ve done my job well and that people have experienced the music in a direct way without having it ‘filtered’ through a bad sounding system or being distracted by room acoustics or a bad mix.”

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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