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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Delivers More Ceiling Speaker Options to Systems Integration Community with New Control 45C/T

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Adding to its incredibly successful Control® Contractor 40 Series, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the Control 45C/T coaxial ceiling loudspeaker. Along with providing high fidelity and smooth, wide bandwidth sound, this 2-way, 5.25-inch loudspeaker offers extremely consistent 120-degree broadband pattern control featuring JBL’s exclusive conical Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI™) technology.

“The JBL Control Contractor 40 Series has been popular with systems integrators around the world, thanks to its combination of outstanding pattern control and exceptional sonic performance,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Sound, JBL Professional. “The Control 45C/T loudspeaker shares these same qualities makes available for our customers a smaller full-range Control 40 Series model for their projects. We see it as an ideal solution for a wide variety of applications where a smaller size, smooth response and even coverage are desired.”

The Control 45C/T is a premium in-ceiling professional loudspeaker designed for environments that can benefit from extremely wide bandwidth and very consistent coverage from a speaker with a small footprint. Thanks to JBL’s RBI technology, the tweeter sound is well-controlled by a large waveguide, while the low-frequency sound projects through specially designed apertures in the RBI. This design allows for a seamless integration of coverage over a wide bandwidth from coaxially- mounted drivers. The result is that the sound character is extremely consistent throughout the listening space with little variation from location to location. In addition to providing better coverage of the listening area, the constant directivity coverage allows for the use of fewer loudspeakers compared to speakers that have less consistent coverage control.

The large backcan on the Control 45C/T, along with the low-frequency driver design, provides extended bass response for a warm full-bodied tone. The system’s 5.25-inch woofer features a polypropylene cone and pure butyl- rubber surround for long life. The coaxially mounted 0.75-inch soft dome features ferro-fluid cooling for enhanced power handling and reduced power compression.
Ideal for small and large projects alike, the Control 45C/T is switchable for use as either an 8-ohm low-impedance speaker, or as part of a 70V/100V distributed loudspeaker system.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Adds to Groundbreaking EON600 Portable PA Series with EON610 and EON612 Loudspeakers

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Featuring advanced waveguide technology and the latest in transducer design, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is adding two new models to its EON600 Series portable PA loudspeakers: the EON610 10-inch 2-way loudspeaker and the EON612 12-inch 2-way loudspeaker. Along with the previously introduced EON615 loudspeaker, the EON610 and EON612 deliver high-end studio monitor quality sound in a rugged, lightweight design.

“Since its introduction in January, the EON615 has been extremely well-received and the addition of the EON610 and EON612 give today’s working musicians and sound providers modern, compact options for a portable sound system that offers truly unmatched sound quality,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “The EON600 Series represents a complete rethinking of how truly good an affordable, self-contained, portable PA system can be.”

The EON610 and EON612 feature 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 EON600′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 entire coverage pattern. The quality and consistency between on-axis and off-axis response delivers uniform coverage and high intelligibility, which means the EON600′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 infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional AWC159 and AWC15LF Loudspeakers Offer World-Class, Weatherproof Sound

LAS VEGAS, Nevada –At InfoComm 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the AWC159 and AWC15LF compact all-weather loudspeakers. Designed to deliver world-class sound quality and high sound level capability for outdoor applications, their wide-range, smooth frequency response and high sensitivity ensure high-fidelity music reproduction and superb projection of clear, intelligible speech.

The AWC159 is a compact, 15-inch, 2-way coaxial loudspeaker with compression-driver high frequency, wide 90 x 90-degree coverage and 500 Watts power handling. The AWC15LF, with 500 Watts power handling, is a 15-inch low-frequency loudspeaker designed for outdoor applications where additional low frequency is required. Both loudspeakers can be operated as direct low-impedance (8 ohms) or on a 70V or 100V distributed line via built-in 300 Watt low-saturation, multi-tap transformers.

Components feature Kevlar reinforced low-frequency drivers and high-frequency compression drivers with a unique patented design and high temperature polymer diaphragm for high output levels with low distortion. Enclosures come in light gray or black and are paintable to match the requirements of the application.

AWC components are highly weather-treated and a 3-layer grille with vapor-barrier backing minimizes direct rain contact with the system transducers. The recessed terminal compartment is protected by a panel cover and a water-tight gland nut fitting. A U-bracket is included. The system’s IP-56 outdoor rating and wide, smooth frequency response makes JBL’s AWC loudspeakers ideal for projects such as racetracks, school stadiums, theme parks, fairgrounds, skating rinks and swimming facilities, as well as for arenas, general public address and a variety of other indoor and outdoor applications.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Adds to Control® Contractor 60 Series with Control 60PS/T Pendant Subwoofer

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At InfoComm 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the latest addition to its Control® Contractor 60 Series pendant loudspeakers with the new Control 60PS/T pendant subwoofer. This high-impact pendant subwoofer features built-in passive crossover for up to four satellite loudspeakers.

Featuring 150 Watt power handling and low distortion, the long-excursion 8-inch low-frequency driver features butyl rubber surround for well-damped, tight sound quality and long-term reliability, along with a polypropylene-coated cone for humidity protection. The high-temperature, 2-inch voice coil and low-mass fiberglass coil former ensure good bass transient response and excellent stability under high power, high duty-cycle, working conditions.
The Control 60PS/T may be driven by itself or with other subwoofers on an amplifier channel, sending it either a signal that has been actively low-passed earlier in the signal chain, or a full-range signal utilizing the built-in passive 125 Hz low-pass filter. The included passive crossover also provides high-passed satellite outputs, in a full-range, wide-bandwidth, passively-crossed, mono subwoofer-satellite system.

A 100 Watt multi-tap, wide-bandwidth, low-saturation transformer allows the Control 60PS/T to be used on either a 70V/100V distributed loudspeaker system or as a direct low-impedance 8-ohm loudspeaker.

A loop out connector is provided on the subwoofer for looping the full-range input signal to other loudspeakers or to other subwoofer/satellite systems. Rubber boot covers for each locking connector protect the terminals and the optional MTC-PC60 full-top cover accessory adds additional terminal protection for when using outdoors.

“The Control 60 Series has found its way into countless environments including restaurants, retail stores, music cafes, health clubs, theme bars, leisure venues, and other locations where full-range, high-fidelity foreground/background music systems are utilized,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Sound, JBL Professional. “The Control 60PS/T subwoofer now adds even more flexibility to the Control 60 Series, giving audio system designers and integrators a wider range of options for these applications.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

WorxAudio Technologies Joins the PreSonus Family

 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014… PreSonus is pleased to announce the acquisition of loudspeaker manufacturer WorxAudio Technologies, Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina, founded in 1979 by CEO and Director of Engineering Hugh Sarvis.

WorxAudio designs and manufactures a broad range of line array, point-source, sub-bass, stage monitor, and related loudspeaker systems and accessories. WorxAudio has established itself as a leading provider of loudspeaker systems in the mid to large church market, professional touring, and corporate AV channels.

With this acquisition, WorxAudio will significantly augment core elements of PreSonus’ professional loudspeaker development efforts, especially drivers, system and mechanical design, system tuning, and rigging system design. In addition, WorxAudio’s knowledge of the commercial sound and portable/touring markets will help PreSonus develop the infrastructure required to support the specific requirements of those customers. With PreSonus’s technical, software, distribution, and financial resources and WorxAudio’s technical, domain, and production expertise, the resulting collaboration—led by Hugh Sarvis—creates a very formidable competitor in the live-sound loudspeaker market.

“This is a logical move for us,” observes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “Our StudioLive™ AI series loudspeakers are great for small to medium-sized venues, but the advanced DSP platform utilized in the AI speaker line, including the optional Dante networking capability, is extremely valuable for systems designed for much larger venues and environments. The acquisition of WorxAudio significantly extends our product line to provide advanced networked loudspeaker systems to a much larger audience. Further, this acquisition brings us extremely valuable engineering system design expertise and technology, as well as loudspeaker manufacturing expertise.”

WorxAudio has gained considerable notoriety by placing near the top in several loudspeaker array shootouts, and they were the first company to implement AFMG’s advanced FIRMaker technology.

Says AFMG’s Managing Director Stefan Feistel, “WorxAudio is a premium example of a long-lasting, very positive business relationship for AFMG. WorxAudio is the first FIRmaker licensee to actually deliver two very impressive installs employing this revolutionary technology. Congratulations!”

One of the fastest growing companies in the pro audio industry, PreSonus has a well-established worldwide sales channel and, in recent years, has significantly expanded its operations, marketing and branding, testing facilities, and technical/customer support. The combined companies are expected to develop a broad range of loudspeakers for studio and stage, from low-cost, high-value products for musicians to advanced systems for mid-sized rental touring companies and systems integrators.

“Like WorxAudio, PreSonus is engineering-driven,” comments Sarvis. “We’re excited about combining our engineering know-how with PreSonus’ networking, software, and signal-processing technology to develop groundbreaking and highly competitive new professional audio products.”

For more information about WorxAudio Technologies, visit www.worxaudio.com. For more about PreSonus, visit www.presonus.com.

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About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. – Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

PRG Calls K2 Into Active Duty for National Memorial Day Concert

PRG's initial deployment for K2 was at the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (photo credits: Alan Henig)

Two complete L-ACOUSTICS rigs purchased, one immediately deployed at 25th annual event on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leading entertainment and event production services provider Production Resource Group (PRG) has officially begun upgrading to L-ACOUSTICS’ new K2 platform with the purchase of two complete line source array systems. Delivered in mid-May, the sale comprised a total of 48 K2 enclosures and 24 LA8 amplified controllers.

PRG’s inaugural K2 deployment came almost immediately – two dozen enclosures were put into active duty for the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert, attended by countless spectators on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 26. This year’s event, hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, featured an all-star lineup of performers, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Nettles, Megan Hilty, the U.S. Army Chorus and Air Force Singing Sergeants.

One of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 arrays

Having supported this annual holiday event for over two decades now, PRG’s new K2 rig replaces the call for V-DOSC used in years past. “PRG has been anxiously waiting for the arrival of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 system and it went right to work at the Capitol for Memorial Day,” says Randy Hutson, GM of PRG Chicago and vice president of PRG Audio. “We’ve been looking for a speaker system that is versatile yet meets the needs of our most demanding clients and L-ACOUSTICS has delivered with the K2. It is a high-powered, full-range speaker that weighs less, has a small footprint, offers excellent audience coverage with superb audio qualities and can easily support multiple markets, from music concerts to corporate events.”

“The K2 gives us more reach into large-scale venues, such as arenas and stadiums, but does so at significantly reduced weight without sacrificing power,” says Mark Boettcher, project manager at the Memorial Day event and a senior engineer at PRG. “At the same time, its lighter weight means it can go into venues like ballrooms and expo centers that have a lower-load rigging capacity.

“Also, the K2 enclosures have the same width as the L-ACOUSTICS K1, so it has complete rigging compatibility with K1 and K1-SB enclosures. That allows us to use K2 for downfill on K1 arrays. And all of that has significant economic implications, making the K2 extremely cost-effective. There’s just so much in the way of flexibility with the system.”

At the National Memorial Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol’s massive West Lawn, the K2 rig was configured in left and right hangs of 12 enclosures each. These were flown from towers, also used for fixed and moving lighting fixtures, positioned 105 feet downstage of the stage deck. Eight SB28 subs deployed in an end-fire array configuration provided the low-end reinforcement, while 16 coaxial 12XT wedges served as stage monitors. Thirteen LA-RAK touring racks, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers, furnished power and processing for the entire system.

In addition to the K2s, the project also used a total of 24 ARCS II systems – two hangs of five each for the invited-guest main stage, two more hangs of five for the reverse satellite stage, and two hangs of two each flanking the K2 arrays for wide horizontal coverage. Twenty-four dV-DOSC speakers, in four stacks of six enclosures each coupled with a single SB28 sub, provided delay while two more stacks of four dV-DOSC were used as guest area fills positioned on a tower on either side of the stage, also used for lighting fixtures and video screens.

With K2′s new PANFLEX variable horizontal coverage technology, the familiar challenge of surface reflections was easily overcome. “The stage was playing directly into the face of the Capitol building, which is flanked by stairs on either side, but centered on a large, ornate glass window – beautiful, certainly, but nothing we wanted to purposefully fire acoustic energy against,” notes Chris “Sully” Sullivan, L-ACOUSTICS’ east coast application engineer. “To solve the problem, we viewed the obstacle in SOUNDVISION, predicted which elements in the K2 array were going to hit it, then simply shifted the K2′s pattern asymmetrically for just those loudspeakers in the middle of the array. We reduced the reflected energy in excess of 6dB, and that was just the direct reflected energy! Combine that benefit with the reduction or elimination of the myriad of tangential off-time tertiary reflections and that becomes a massive win for the whole audience.”

PRG employees with a few of their new K2 enclosures

In terms of overall performance, the K2s were troupers. “What I can tell you is that the K2 system went up very quickly thanks to its lighter weight – much faster than the comparable V-DOSC system it was replacing – and the same goes for taking it down,” says Boettcher, who worked on the event with Alan Henig, co-systems engineer. “And the rig sounded extremely transparent. There tends to be a natural fall off of the high frequencies by the time the sound hits the Capitol steps, but the K2 had extended frequency response past 10 kHz that far out, so the sound was exquisite.”

This year’s Memorial Day concert also saw another first. Previously, the show’s FOH had been mixed using a total of three consoles – a Yamaha PM5D, PM1D and an LS9/32, all connected with multiple copper-cable snakes. This year, PRG ran the entire show on just a pair of DiGiCo SD7 consoles, with six DiGiCo SD-I/O racks and an SD-Mini I/O rack, connected by two fiber-optic cables, with the FOH mix handled by Patrick Baltzell. “This really unified operations at the site and, combined with the much lighter K2 system, gave us the same amount of punch in a smaller and more efficient footprint.”

The same system will be deployed for the July 4th concert event in the same location. “The K2 will set the benchmark going forward as its predecessor V-DOSC did when it was released years ago,” Hutson declares. “Along with K1, this gives L-ACOUSTICS the leading edge in line arrays and we at PRG are very excited to add K2 to our extensive inventory of L-ACOUSTICS products. They listened to our needs and have delivered an innovative product that will perform for years to come.”

For more details on the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert, which was broadcast live via the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Forces Network, visit www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert.

About Production Resource Group
Production Resource Group (PRG) is the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology and production services to a wide range of markets, including corporate events, concerts, special events, theatre, television, film and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores and performing arts centers. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 40 offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more info on PRG, visit www.prg.com.

About L-ACOUSTICS
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
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2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

DANLEY SOUND LABS AT INFOCOMM 2014: COME HEAR THE DIFFERENCE!

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 2014: Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers that cleverly sidestep the trade-offs and constraints of conventional designs, will have its newest cutting-edge products on display (Booth C11711) and powered up (Demo Room N108) at InfoComm 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada from June 14 to June 20. Included will be:

• Danley’s SBH (Skinny Big Horn) Series of ultra-compact, column-shaped loudspeakers, which has been expanded to include several dispersal patterns and frequency ranges.
• Danley’s OS Series of fully-weatherized outdoor loudspeakers, which has been expanded to include a new wider beamwidth model and a new subwoofer model.
• Danley’s BC218 subwoofer, which marks an “all-time low” for the company (25Hz!).
• A LARES electronic sound enhancement system composed of Danley Nano loudspeakers, with special demonstrations by company president Mike Hedden on the trumpet.
• A range of Danley’s speakers from the mighty Jericho horns to the Compact Mini’s. Danley encourages all lovers of big sound – curious, converts, and skeptics alike – to come enjoy the Danley difference!

Unlike conventional designs, Danley’s SBH column loudspeakers are acoustically coupled to create a single large horn with an effective path length of over 25 feet. As a result, listeners enjoy an uncompromised frequency response at any listening position, and the output is free of troublesome lobes. Danley will have the SBH-10 (10-deg vertical), SBH-20 (20-deg vertical), and SBH-20LF (integrated subwoofer section for 40Hz performance) on hand. Hear for yourself.

Although most Danley products can be optionally weatherized, Danley’s OS Series is designed to endure unrelenting inclement conditions without compromising fidelity and performance – right out of the box. In addition to the original OS-80, Danley has added the OS-100, which has a 100-deg conical pattern and a smaller footprint than the OS-80, along with the OS-115LF, which delivers Danley’s famous low-frequency output. Show up and spill your drink on one.

In addition, Danley will demo its BC-218 subwoofer, which uses Tom Danley’s pioneering “Boundary Coherent” technology to deliver smooth, undistorted low end down to 25Hz (those in the EDM world take special note!).

And finally, lucky attendees will get to enjoy Mike Hedden’s sonorous trumpeting as amplified and spatialized through a LARES system composed of Danley’s diminutive (in stature, not in sound) Nano loudspeakers. Like most of what goes on at Danley Sound Labs, it has to be heard to be believed!

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

MAKE SURE YOU STOP BY AND SEE (AND HEAR) US AT INFOCOMM 2014 BOOTH #C11711 AND DEMO ROOM #N108 (DEMOS EVERY EVEN HOUR DURING SHOW)

Audio Spotlight’s Sound Beam Turns Heads At The Smithsonian Future Is Here Festival in Washington, D.C.

Mythbusters’ Kari Byron and Outrageous Acts of Science’s Deborah Berebichez use Holosonics’unique Audio Spotlight directional loudspeaker technology to captivate festival audience, and demonstrate that the future of sound is already here.

Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight speakers sound like the stuff of science fiction: they produce a narrow beam of sound with the same precision as a flashlight. At any point inside the beam sound is clear and present, literally surrounding the listener’s head, while just a single step or two outside the narrow coverage area sonic bleed is nearly inaudible. Harnessing the miniature wavelengths of an ultrasonic carrier, and relying on entirely different physics than traditional loudspeakers, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight system is literally capable of providing sound where you want it, and preserving the quiet where you don’t.™

The Audio Spotlight technology was a perfect fit for the spirit of The Smithsonian’s Future Is Here Festival, an annual celebration and exploration of science, technology, culture and the arts gathered around the exciting, elastic theme of future technology. Focused on motivating young people in science, guest speakers Deborah Berebichez of Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science and Kari Byron of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters used the Audio Spotlight speaker to pan the audience, giving those in attendance a truly unique listening experience.

As Berebichez explains, "We discussed the physics of sound and demonstrated the futuristic effect of Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight speaker by beaming the popular Pharrell Williams song ‘Happy’ to the audience. Having never experienced anything similar before, people laughed and applauded as the beam of music passed by their heads, and the excitement could be felt in the room."

To help relate the benefits of Holosonics’ directional speakers, Byron and Berebichez referenced Hollywood’s science fiction blockbuster 'Minority Report,' which included scenes where actor Tom Cruise was singularly targeted on a public sidewalk with personalized retail advertising announcements. The futuristic concept was based directly on Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology, and adding controlled sound to digital signage or in-store product displays are already two of the more popular applications for their directional speakers.

Kari and Debbie discussed other practical applications where controlled sound is of particular benefit, such as museums, galleries, and trade show exhibits, kiosks, waiting rooms, offices, and healthcare facilities, and even assisted listening for the hard of hearing. As the technology continues to mature and evolve, they expect Holosonics’ speakers could one day be found in every household, allowing families to split-screen TV’s and listen to different programming from opposite sides of the same couch, or to help a slumbering partner sleep more comfortably in peace while their spouse watches TV beside them in bed.

Kari shares, "The Holosonic speaker is a perfect example of how today’s innovations can impact our daily lives for years to come. It was great to demonstrate the power of the Audio Spotlight technology to a science-minded audience."

photo copyright Sharon Farmer, sfphotoworks

About Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Holosonic Research Labs, Inc., a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded in 1999 by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows and retail kiosks. The world’s top organizations and companies use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners… and preserve the quiet.™

Press inquiries: press@holosonics.com

Martin Audio MLA Goes The Distance At BottleRock 2014

Napa, CA––Under new management, BottleRock 2014 provided three days of exceptional music, food and drink without any of the problems that affected last year’s trial launch.

As Jason Alt of Delicate Productions, provider of audio, video and lighting for the event points out, “This year’s festival was smoother, more organized and better run. Participating vendors and artists were taken care of in advance and everyone had a very positive festival experience.”

The eclectic lineup for the festival included The Cure, Outkast, Weezer, TV On The Radio, Heart, Third Eye Blind, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms and dozens more bands, solo artists and comedians that spanned a range of styles and musical generations.

Once again, Delicate provided Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact loudspeaker systems for the two main sponsored stages, Toshiba and Sprint, to ensure proper coverage within the festival grounds and output control to prevent noise overspill in surrounding residential neighborhoods.

“The city of Napa didn’t have a noise ordinance until after last year’s event and we teamed with the city to establish one that would work for the festival and the city,” Jason explains. “We came up with 105dB C-weighted at front of house, 110 feet from the stage, measured over an hour period average. This gave us enough latitude for bands to get louder for ten minutes at a time, which allowed for dynamics within that average without adversely affecting any artist’s performance.

“None of the artists or engineers had any issues with the noise ordinance. Even with the newly imposed time restrictions of stopping by 10pm, the festival went really well. And we had no noise complaints from those living near the festival site either.”

Part of this year’s new PA guidelines included removing the delay towers from the main stage to eliminate excess noise, which had no negative impact on coverage according to Alt. “It made the throw for MLA about 600 feet and the system still performed really well. The audience listening experience didn’t suffer at all. People were able to hear it and everything sounded really consistent and clear.”

The Toshiba main stage system consisted of two speaker clusters a side, each consisting of 16 Martin Audio MLA and two MLD (downfill) enclosures; 24 ground-stacked MLX subs; 12 W8LM speakers for front fills; two clusters for side fills, each containing 4 W8C, 4 W8CS compact subs, and 2 WS218X subs; and 6 MLA Compact each as side hangs.

An Avid Profile 96/24 console was used for FOH, and Yamaha PM5D-RH, DSP5D and Avid Venue 48/24 consoles were used for Monitors. Six Shure UHF-R wireless systems with SM58 capsules were also part of the main stage setup.

For the second (Sprint) stage, Delicate combined 18 Martin Audio MLA Compact enclosures per side with 12 DSX ground-stacked subs; 2 side fill clusters containing 2 W8Cs, 2 W8CS compact subs and a WS218X sub; 4 W8LCs for front fills and Martin Audio LE1200S and LE2100S stage monitors to complete the package.

Asked about MLA, Outkast FOH engineer Darcy Khan replied, “I enjoyed the system a lot. The most important thing was the clarity at 200 feet. I was skeptical about that because a lot of line arrays claim to have it but don’t deliver. And this is the only system I’ve come across that can produce enough low end with just 24 subs, but the way Delicate set it up with that block across the front of the stage, it was there. I was very pleased with it, the system really delivered the goods.”

Concluding, Jason added, “Overall the MLA’s performance exceeded our expectations. Everybody was very impressed with what the system was able to do and all of the engineers, many of whom were new to the system, had a great mixing experience with it.”

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.

ATC TWEAKS ITS ENTRY-LEVEL PASSIVE NEAR-FIELD MONITOR AND RAISES IT TO A NEW STANDARD OF PERFECTION

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 2014: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributors for ATC UK, introduces the ATC SCM20PSL MkII near-field reference monitor. The passive ATC SCM20PSL MkII improves upon the previous ATC six-inch two-way passive and is ATC’s smallest and least expensive monitor in the ATC Professional line up. Built to the same exacting standards as its active Pro Range siblings, the SCM20PSL MkII is ideal for those already using passives but seeking a new level of resolution in a compact passive package. They are ideally suited for critical near-field applications or smaller rooms.

“ATC is well-known for designing and building studio monitors that are unflinchingly truthful and that help engineers deliver mixes that translate everywhere,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “ATC founder, Billy Woodman, and his team of R&D engineers never tire in the pursuit of perfection, and our request for a smaller monitor has led them to develop the SCM20PSL Pro MkII.”

The ATC SCM20PSL MkII is based around the ATC 6.5-inch “Super Linear” LF driver with integrated midrange, utilizing the same ATC developed SL technology used in our larger nine-, twelve- and fifteen-inch based monitors. The SCM20PSL MkII is the first professional product to incorporate ATC’s brand new in-house built ATC Dual Suspension 25mm tweeter. Five years in development, the new ATC Tweeter offers lower distortion, higher output and greater reliability. A newly ATC designed/built passive Crossover has been incorporated combining second and third order features to offer improved imaging and precision, comparing favorably to our active designs. Exceptionally neutral output extends across the audible spectrum and within an all-new cabinet design, minimizing size and weight. “Given the excellence of previous designs, these advantages lead to a substantive improvement in passive speaker technology,” concluded Lunde.

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

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