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DL Sound & Lighting Productions Gives Butchart Gardens Great Sounds for the Summer with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

IMG_2366VICTORIA, Canada — Providing a sound reinforcement system to accommodate the growing audiences for The Butchart Gardens’ “Summer at the Gardens” concert series, DL Sound & Lighting Productions of Victoria has supplied HARMAN’s JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers for two months of live performances.

Located near Victoria on Vancouver Island, The Butchart Gardens is a collection of floral gardens that receives almost a million visitors each year. For the past 12 years, DL Sound has provided the sound reinforcement system for The Butchart Gardens’ famed “Summer at the Gardens” series. This year’s performers included world-famous acts including Colin James and Pink Martini, with performances scheduled every night from June 15 to August 30.

“This year, The Butchart Gardens wanted to up the ante as far as the draw of its performing artists went, so they also needed an audio system that would meets the needs of larger crowds,” said Doug Lyngard, President of DL Sound. “They also wanted to be able to fly the PA system instead of ground-stacking, which they have done in the past.”

“The venue lends itself to great presentation for an artist, and this is a great venue for acts coming through the Victoria area,” said Paul Gatien, Live Sound Engineer for The Butchart Gardens. “For Colin James, we had an audience of 5,000 people, which was one of our largest events.”

The system at The Butchart Gardens includes a left-right hang of six V20 line array loudspeakers per side, powered with Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers. Gatien also uses JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ to monitor and control the system.

“I haven’t had any training on Performance Manager, so I’ve been figuring it out as we go, but it’s so intuitive that it’s been working great, and we’re doing really well with it,” Gatien noted.

When looking for a loudspeaker system for the summer season at The Butchart Gardens, Lyngard was attracted to the V20 for multiple reasons. “I really liked the sound of the V20, and the JBL name carries a solid reputation, so that also played a big factor,” he said. “Other factors like the easy rigging were important, as well as how easily the loudspeakers work with the Crown amplifiers and Performance Manager.”

“We’re really happy with the system,” Gatien added. “We do everything from symphony performances and jazz to classic rock and blues, and the VTX loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers handle it all very well.”

While Summer at the Gardens provided the impetus for DL Sound to purchase the JBL VTX system, the company has big plans for it once the summer is over. “The V20 and I-Tech 4x3500HD raise our ability to compete for larger projects,” Lyngard said. “Now we’ll be able to provide sound for all the venues on Vancouver Island and in the Vancouver area and be able to fill most riders as well.”

For more information on DL Sound & Lighting Productions, please visit www.dlsound.net

For more information on The Butchart Gardens, please visit www.butchartgardens.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Jason ‘Malletman’ Taylor Finds The Sweet Spot With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones And Headphones

AKG_MalletmanATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – A nationally renowned jazz recording artist, vibraphone player Jason ‘Malletman’ Taylor relies on HARMAN’s AKG microphones to produce the perfect sound in the studio and on the stage.

Taylor has played in a variety of theaters and nightclubs throughout his career, while recording and performing with the likes of Tito Puente Jr., Earth, Wind & Fire, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Bernard Purdie and Jon Bon Jovi. Malletman sees today’s music as a melting pot of genres, and thus restricts himself to none.

Prior to his game-changing experience with AKG, the 5-time GRAMMY® nominee was forced to become a ‘slinger’ and play the vibraphone with great force in order to be heard. But after his introduction to AKG microphones, it became effortless for him to find the right sound.

“They can hear me well now,” said Taylor. “It’s the best sound I’ve ever played. AKG takes me to the next level in the world of audio. For years I couldn’t be heard, and now it’s a challenge to not hit too hard. Also, I don’t have to worry about accidentally hitting the microphones anymore either, because I know they won’t break like some of the other brands that I’ve tried.”

Taylor uses two AKG C516 ML miniature microphones for his vibraphone and an AKG D5 handheld microphone to speak with the audience while onstage. He also likes to rely on the AKG K550 and K551 reference headphones for all production work in the studio.

“When I make music with the AKG headphones, I can make the sounds that I want, and they just make me smile,” said Taylor. “This whole journey with AKG makes me smile.”

For more information on Jason Taylor, please visit http://www.malletsplace.com/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

DJ Ravidrums Performs At Telemundo’s Third Annual Premios Tu Mundo Show With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

AKG_DJRavidrumsMIAMI, Florida – Dubbed the ‘One-Man Wrecking Machine’, DJ/drummer DJ Ravidrums (Jakhotia) recently performed at the Telemundo’s Third Annual Premios Tu Mundo (Your World) Awards in Miami’s American Airlines Arena, which featured top Latin American and Spanish artists such as Yandel, Lucero, Juanes, Los Tucanes de Tijuana and David Bisbal. Having developed a transparent touchscreen DJ interface in collaboration with Virtual DJ Software—the Dream Screen 3000—the unique talents of this DJ/drummer were delivered to the audience with HARMAN’s AKG microphones.

Jakhotia combines his drumming skills with an interest in modern DJ applications, such as digital turntables. During the primetime show, his setup featured the Dream Screen 3000 with customized surrounding drums, situated on a separate platform in front of the main stage.

Jakhotia used 10 AKG C518M microphones on all the tom drums, two AKG C451B microphones on the overheads and an AKG D40 microphone on the snare.

“The show was about big giant Brazilian Samba sounds, consisting of percussion, electronics and proper acoustics,” said Jakhotia. “Getting the acoustics to meet the electronics takes a lot of work, but the AKG C518 microphones helped me do all that and generate a more powerful presence.”

As Jakhotia delivered an audiovisual spectacle in the middle of the arena, the AKG microphones held their own and delivered more than just world-class sound. “In this age it’s all about ease of use and reliability, which these microphones definitely have,” Jakhotia said. “Even after hitting them with my drumsticks many times, they never fail.”

In addition to the Awards event, he also uses an AKG D12 microphone for the kick drum for some shows, and AKG C414 microphones at his home studio.

“I just love the C414’s, as they’ve always been legendary and made me fall in love with AKG ever since I was a kid,” said Jakhotia. “The punch and clarity is there, making the electronics sound beefy and the acoustics sound complete. It’s challenging but thanks to AKG, I can always find the right balance.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

SALZBRENNER ANNOUNCES POLARIS EVOLUTION NETWORK AUDIO MIXING SYSTEM

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**** Photo: Polaris Evolution ****

Los Angeles, CA – AES Booth 1547… Salzbrenner is pleased to announce the North American debut of the network controlled Polaris Evolution cloud-based digital audio mixing system with the Polaris Scala audio DSP unit. Polaris Scala is the node where all aspects of the Evolution system’s simultaneous audio processing operations originate and come together. The Polaris Scala is where controllers are connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, resources are allocated for the tasks at hand, and where signal sources and output devices are connected. The system’s radically new cloud-based operations and flexibility usher in a new era in digital audio mixing and processing. more

3G Productions Supports Juan Gabriel With Martin Audio MLA

Photo: Robert Hacman

Photo: Robert Hacman

When Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel had to interrupt his U.S. “Volver 2014” tour for two weeks due to illness, his engineering staff prevailed upon 3G Productions to switch over to a Martin Audio MLA system for the remaining arena dates.

As 3G’s System Engineer Manny Perez describes the changeover, “The other system was working just fine, but Juan’s FOH Engineer Rodrigo Lopez had attended an MLA demo in Mexico and was really interested to see how it would perform.”

Gabriel, an internationally acclaimed Latin American musician who’s sold over 100 million albums, resumed the second leg of his sold-out tour at Miami’s American Airlines Arena, which presented some challenges of its own.

According to Perez, “As soon as I walked into the arena, their staff expressed concerns that they’d been having trouble covering the top rows of the nosebleed section for the last few shows and had to provide refunds. We assured them that we had it covered and the show would sound great everywhere. Then we put the MLA system up and tuned it really quickly even though it was a big rig designed to provide 270-degree coverage. Rodrigo, the band’s music consultant and I all walked the room from top to bottom and front to back, and there were absolutely no problems in terms of coverage and balanced sound.”

The 270-degree system for American Airlines Arena consisted of a main hang with 32 MLA and 4 MLD; side hangs with 36 MLA Compacts; a third hang with 24 MLA Compacts; 10 ground-stacked MLX subs, and 4 DD12s on the front of the stage for front-fill to the first six rows.

Photo: Robert Hacman

Photo: Robert Hacman

Describing the system in greater detail Manny points out, “The ratio of MLX to the rest of the system seems a bit light, but Rodrigo didn’t want a bass-heavy mix for the show because of all the acoustic instruments and high end frequencies. Also, we were using the new two-way DD12 powered speakers from Martin Audio for the first time and they’re really good. I would usually have to do a lot of cleaning up with EQ because they’re positioned so close to the subs, but they didn’t need a thing. The DD12s throw further than we needed them to and were more than perfect for what they had to do.”

The rest of the system consists of SSL and Avid Profile consoles for FOH and monitors, LM44 Lake processing, Smaart 7 software, Shure UFH-RD wireless and DPA microphones.

Asked about mixing on MLA, Rodrigo Lopez responds, “For me, it’s definitely the best speaker out there with more control of the sound and how it projects to the audience. The system provides the same amount of sound pressure and coverage from the front seat to the back with correct phasing throughout the arena.

“It’s been perfect for the tour,” Lopez continues. “The audience hears exactly what I’m getting out of the console. It’s challenging with Juan Gabriel because he’s playing with a lot of Mariachi and there are a lot of acoustic instruments that don’t have as much power. But with MLA, the audience can hear all of those instruments clearly, as if the musicians are playing right in front of them.”

Photo: Robert Hacman

Photo: Robert Hacman

Summing up, Perez adds, “I like the MLA’s clarity and imaging which is amazing when you pan the percussion and keyboards left to right. The speakers sound 30 feet wide where the sound moves across the space. The high end and high mids for vocals and snares are so clear; you can really hear the sizzle of the snare bottoms and high hats.

“A lot of people keep telling me how MLA is a really smooth, natural-sounding system that’s very satisfying to the ear. The staff and production crew, Juan’s musicians and his music consultant are stoked. Everybody really likes it which has been a real plus for the tour.”

Photo credit: Robert Hacman www.roberthacman.com

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.

IsoAcoustics Introduces Arista Isolation Stands for Studio Monitors and Speakers

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Los Angeles, CA (Sept 23, 2014) —At this year’s AES Show in Los Angeles, IsoAcoustics (booth #1651) is pleased to introduce Arista, a stylish and sleek new aluminum acoustic isolation stand for medium-sized professional studio monitors and bookshelf speakers for Home Entertainment and hi-fi applications.

The new Arista stands provide an aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective means to markedly enhance the sound clarity of speakers, using the patented “floating design” that this award-winning company has become known for.

The new IsoAcoustics Arista stands feature a unique integrated tilt adjustment that enables the user to dial-in the optimum tilt angle. With an overall size of 6”(w) x 7.5”(d), the Arista stands are designed for medium size studio monitors and speakers weighing up to 35 lbs.

“IsoAcoustics is very pleased to introduce the Arista stand, which offers a handsome and cost-effective isolation solution for the pro studio and hi-fi market,” says Dave Morrison, CEO of IsoAcoustics.
The Arista stand will be available in black and aluminum in December 2014.

See the new Arista and IsoAcoustics entire line of award-winning acoustic isolation stands at booth 1651 the AES Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 10-12, 2014.

About IsoAcoustics Inc.
IsoAcoustics stands provide superior acoustic isolation and enhance the sound clarity of virtually all speakers and amplification systems, including monitors for the professional studio and sound reinforcement, home theatre systems, musical instrument amplifiers, subwoofers and large monitors. AlI IsoAcoustics stands are built with a unique, patented isolation technology that allows speakers to float in free space, resulting in authentic, clear uncolored sound.

For more information, visit www.isoacoustics.com.

Yamaha Audioversity – Applications Edition Headed to ChiTown

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Buena Park, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. is heading to Chicago with an Applications Edition for Sound Reinforcement/Live Sound of the ever-popular Audioversity, November 3-5, 2014. The company has reformatted the learning experience for a limited time held over three days and consisting of three tracks, with each day focusing on a specific subject. Day 1 will focus on Digital Mixing Consoles for Sound, Day 2 – Digital Audio Networking, and Day 3 – Speaker Systems. Attendees will be eligible to receive CTS credits for each of the three-day sessions.

The Mixing Consoles track on Day 1 will focus on the latest in the Yamaha digital console family – CL and QL Series. Subjects will feature the essentials of the two series, mixing techniques, tips and tricks, and a mixing lab offering attendees hands-on time with assistance from our specialists. You may choose the CL or QL Series track depending on preference Learning material will be consistent in both tracks. A unique course for system techs covering Dante™ networking, Soundcheck Best Practices, Guest/User Management, and much more. For more information and to register, visit https://www.yamaha.com/ycas/training/registration.html?classdate_id=794&course_id=151.

Day 2 focuses on building networking skills applicable for audio engineers. The day will start with fundamentals in the context of a common home network, and expand into features required for full scale Dante™ network provisioning and configurations. Participants will learn by doing with live demonstrations and interactive labs. Popular and thought provoking topics include: Integrating Audio Networks with Existing IT Networks (Including WiFi points and Internet Access), Adding Dante™ to Existing Audio Networks (CobraNet®/EtherSound™), employing Dante™ as a clear, low-latency conferencing solution, using Dante™ for distributed audio or connecting overflow rooms, choosing network switches, WAPs, and other hardware for audio networks. For more information and to register, visit https://www.yamaha.com/ycas/training/registration.html?classdate_id=795&course_id=152.

Day 3 will feature speakers and systems including product listening demos, applications, and the latest in design software. New NEXO products – the GEO M6 Compact Sound Reinforcement System and the versatile STM M28 loudspeaker will be highlighted along with various STM ground-stack configurations. For more information and to register, visit https://www.yamaha.com/ycas/training/registration.html?classdate_id=796&course_id=153.

“Since its inception in 2010, the Audioversity Expo has provided complimentary education to thousands of audio professionals,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “This one-of-a-kind event is truly a unique offering unlike any other.”

Audioversity – Applications Edition is free-of-charge and open to members of the audio community. Attendance is limited and seats will be filled quickly so register for the tracks at the links above.

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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.

New Extron Under-Table Mount System for Full Rack Width Products Now Shipping

Extron UTM 100Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new UTM 100 Series, a unique, self-supporting under-table mount system for 1U and 2U full rack width products. The UTM 100 Series brackets feature EIA standard rack-mount spacing and are ideal for use in environments where a traditional equipment rack or cabinet cannot be located beneath a table top or other furniture surface. The UTM 100 Primary Bracket mounts directly to the undersurface of the table top, providing a small gap for optimum airflow and cooling of top-vented enclosures. For additional capacity, one or more UTM 150 Secondary Brackets can be attached to the UTM 100, up to the total supported weight of 30 lbs. (13.6 kg). more

James Blunt Chooses HARMAN’s Martin Professional to bring his “Moon Landing” World Tour to Life

MartinPro_JamesBluntAARHUS, Denmark — James Blunt, alongside his Production Designer Paul Normandale and Lighting Director Glen Johnson, are on the road for another tour with HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures, including 41 MAC Auras, 32 MAC Viper Profiles, six MAC Viper AirFXs and two AF1 Fans.

Blunt released his newest album in October of 2013 entitled ‘Moon Landing’, which features an emotional and powerful side to the singer-songwriter we have not yet seen. The album is personal and intimate, reflecting back to where Blunt got his start and where he is now.

“We have worked with James Blunt since 2005, this is our fourth world tour with him, and all James’ shows have been dominated by Martin moving lights,” Said Johnson. “This is the largest production we have taken out on the road thus far.”

The theme of the tour is the romanticism and loneliness of the moon landings. For Normandale, this was a fun challenge. “My thoughts and vision with the lighting design were inspired by the lunar landing theme. That is where the idea of landing craft risers and panorama of the lunar planet LED screen came from,” explained Normandale.

“The Viper Profile has great color speed for snap chase,” said Normandale. “The optics and reliability of the fixture over this past year has been staggering. I don’t think we have swapped even one Martin fixture yet. The Viper Profiles have become the standard profile workhorse, with great gobo options and a fantastic color speed on the color wheel.”

“The MAC Viper AirFX has great zoom optics,” said Johnson. “It’s a great all-around fixture. I could do the whole show just with these.”

“I love the Viper Air FXBeams,” said Johnson. “They have become a great addition to the Martin range and filled a gap that Martin had. They work really well and have produced some fantastic aerial looks over the audience. The Aura I think I can say is Normandale’s favorite LED wash fixture as they seem to feature on nearly everything he does.”

The Moon Landing World Tour started in December 2013 in China and will run until spring 2015, making its way through North America, Europe, Africa and South America.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Scheiner, Ainlay, Slovarp and McClain Demo Yamaha NUAGE at AES

Award-winning recording and mix engineers Elliot Scheiner, Chuck Ainlay, Jeremiah Slovarp of Jereco Studios, and John McClain of Dog & Pony Studios, along with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems technology experts will discuss and demonstrate the NUAGE Advanced Production System and Nuendo 6.5 Software for music and post applications during the AES 2014 Show. The demos will take place at booth #1401 on Friday, Oct. 10: Jeremiah Slovarp at 11:00 am – 12:00, Elliot Scheiner from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Chuck Ainlay from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, and John McClain from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. On Saturday, October 11: John McClain from 10:00 – 11:00 am, Chuck Ainlay from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and Jeremiah Slovarp from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

Also, check out the Yamaha Demo Room, #304C, on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 for CL and QL Series Basic Operation Tips between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and CL and QL Series Network Essentials between 3:00 – 5:00 pm. On Sunday, October 12, there will be a CL and QL Series hands-on open lab from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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