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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUPTransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

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The Wave Builds With Martin Audio Subs

The Wave WS218Xs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SSL Matrix Used For Recording Much Anticipated New Faith No More Album

“The Matrix has been a great box for tracking.”

OAKLAND, CA – After a 17-year hiatus, seminal American band, Faith No More, are nearing completion of a new album. Bassist and songwriter Billy Gould is also producing the album and has used his SSL Matrix to streamline the recording process. Faith No More are cited by many artists as ground breakers and a key influence thanks to their distinctive sound, explosive energy and fusion of metal with a wide range of other stylistic influences. They have enjoyed huge commercial success, scooped numerous awards and are known for approaching recording and production as a part of their creative process. For this new album, the band members wanted the creative freedom of working in their own private rehearsal space ‘Estudios Koolarrow.’

Billy Gould with SSL Matrix“Matrix was a great way to get a lot of recording done within the small footprint needed to fit this space,” says Billy. The Matrix is Billy’s personal console which he has been using for other production projects, some of which can be found at the excellent Koolarrow Records web site. “Previously, I had been working in the box and having a real master control section and analogue channels have been a major step forward. The last album we (FNM) recorded, in 1997 (“Album of the Year”), was done in a full-service studio, on two-inch analogue tape, although we did utilize an early Pro Tools system at the time, which was a first for us. Back then the state of the business was totally different; as a musician, recording was a process that was usually overseen by producers and engineers in commercial facilities. Something like the Matrix allows us to be creative in our choice of recording environment. It sounds good and is manageable enough for an easy install and to get up and running.”

“The Matrix has been a great box for tracking,” continues Gould. “Simply doing things like setting up monitor levels happens very quickly. It’s great having real input channels, being able to use our own selection of outboard mic pre’s, blending mic channels using real faders and setting record channels with the touch of a button. Everything is done within the same console. I like this thing!”

The new Faith No More album is slated for a 2015 release. Koolarrow Records releases a steady stream of material from an eclectic mix of artists from around the world.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Biamp Systems Appoints Alex Kalejs to Growing Global Sales Team

Kalejs to serve as regional manager for Northwestern North America

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Dec. 17, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the appointment of Alex Kalejs as regional manager, Northwest region of North America. Kalejs will be responsible for strategic sales and support encompassing the entire Biamp(R) product line, as well as nurturing partnerships as part of the company’s commitment to superior customer service. more

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Highlands Church Breaks Audio Barriers With HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Console

Scraft_HighlandsChurch copySCOTTSDALE, Arizona – To streamline its Sunday services, rehearsals and weekly events, Highlands Church in Scottsdale recently acquired a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 digital console as part of a long-overdue audio equipment upgrade. As the previous system was constrained by its limited capacity, the Church now enjoys a massive amount of channels with the addition of a Soundcraft 64×32 Stagebox, enabling a more refined experience in the 1,500-seat sanctuary.

In addition to the standard house of worship environment, the sanctuary also serves as a rental venue for some local nonprofit groups. To allow better access for volunteers and guest engineers from the local community, Technical Director Luke Taylor chose the Vi3000 console for not only its high channel count, but also its low total cost of ownership and ease of use.

“After the capabilities of the Vi3000 were announced, I became very interested in the console for its value and accessibility of controls,” said Taylor. “We were able to cut out a lot of analog equipment and cables from our inventory, streamlining the whole operation. I especially like hooking up via Dante for multi-tracking, so that we can stream live events on our websites.”

For Taylor, the Vi3000 console stood out from other brands thanks to its straightforward, analog-like design, allowing instant responses for operators. The Vi3000 is loaded with such features as separate output buses on every channel and Soundcraft FaderGlowTM illumination on each fader.

“Since we have a lot of volunteer operators that rotate on a schedule, I really appreciate the fact that I don’t have to tweak settings that are five layers deep anymore like with some of the other boards that I’ve worked with,” said Taylor. “Features like FaderGlow are great shortcuts for newer users and definitely help me train them to become comfortable quickly while using the board. We wanted to see as many channels at one single time in a clear layout, and the Vistonics II™ touchscreen also delivered.”

Besides convenient features, the Vi3000 is renowned for superior sound due to its SpiderCore DSP engine with onboard Lexicon FX processing. “It sounds great,” confirmed Taylor. “I like the preamps and the EQ’s a lot more than some of the competitors. It takes a very short period of time to get everything dialed in and sounding the way I want it during rehearsals.”

For more information on Highlands Church, please visit http://highlandschurch.org

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Symetrix Announces 2014 US Rep of the Year and International Distributor of the Year Award Recipients

Outstanding sales growth and support for the leading DSP brand underpin the awards given to Production Audio Video Technology (PAVT) Pty and Bormann Marketing (pictured).BormannGroup wTrophy2
 

SEATTLE, WA — 17 DECEMBER 2014: In the continuation of a long-term tradition to acknowledge excellence among its business partners and associates, digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has announced that Bormann Marketing has won Symetrix 2014 US Rep of the Year, while Production Audio Video Technology (PAVT) of Melbourne, Australia, has been named International Distributor of the Year.

Based in the City of Hopkins, Minnesota, Bormann Marketing is responsible for Symetrix sales and promotional efforts throughout the Mid-West. A previous recipient of the Rep of the Year award in 2012, Bormann Marketing has fully surpassed all of its sales objectives in the last 12 months and registered the greatest year-on-year growth by US territory.

Principal Jon Bormann comments: “I am delighted to accept this honor on behalf of our entire crew, who are completely dedicated to helping Symetrix grow. We believe wholeheartedly in the company, and feel that the recent product developments and introduction of Dante support for the SymNet range have really helped to broaden the brand’s appeal in recent years. Moving forward we will continue to support Symetrix with our present extensive training programs.”

Tim Murray, who heads western US regional sales for Symetrix, adds: “The fact Jon and his team have won Rep of the Year in two of the last three years speaks volumes. As we continue to sustain our overall corporate growth through evolving technology and product offerings, Bormann Marketing has been at the forefront of our independent rep force’s efforts with partner trainings, showcase events and, of course, exceeding sales goals to name just a few.”

Consistently strong brand representation and the successful provision of substantial Symetrix systems to high-profile customers, including the University of Sydney, are among the factors that informed the selection of Australia’s PAVT as International Distributor of the Year.

Graeme Stevenson, PAVT managing director, comments: “It’s great to be acknowledged for the hard work put in by our team to help build the Symetrix brand from a high quality product with a niche user base to something with greater traction in the Australian/NZ AV industry. We’ve made a big push to ramp up our Symetrix training offering, and have been actively involved in supporting a number of customers who have made the move to use Symetrix for the first time. Essentially, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and ‘mucked in’ to make sure our end-user clients and integration partners are all comfortable using Symetrix products, and are happy with the results.”

Mark Ullrich, international sales manager for Symetrix, adds: “PAVT provides exceptional attention to all aspects of distribution, from sales and marketing, to technical support and training. They create immense value for the customer and the result has been impressive growth in a competitive marketplace. I applaud and thank the entire PAVT team for their outstanding efforts, and look forward to continued collaboration and success in the coming year.”
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ABOUT SYMETRIX: Dedicated to making life sound better for almost 40 years.

With a current and broadly-based product portfolio that encompasses both open architecture (Edge, Radius 12×8, Radius AEC) and fixed architecture (Jupiter, Zone Mix 761) solutions, Seattle, USA-based Symetrix is the global leader in digital audio signal processing. From a founding base in the studio and MI communities, Symetrix has emerged to take a defining role in commercial audio, its products now a default choice for large-scale installations in performance venues, sports arenas, educational establishments and many more. Benefiting from a worldwide distribution network that has seen its products specified in over 100 countries, Symetrix nonetheless continues to spearhead the entire design and build process from its Seattle HQ. The manufacturer is now enhancing its readiness for a new era of AV networking through its licensing partnership with Audinate, whose world-leading Dante media networking solution is fully integrated into the SymNet DSP platform.

DPA Microphones Help Cats On Trees Deliver A Great Live Sound

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Live sound engineer Verlaine Levis used to think that DPA microphones were only suited to classical music and never imagined that they were also great for pop rock tours. But since using a selection of DPA mics on the current Cats On Trees tour, Levis is the first to admit that his initial perception was entirely wrong.

“When DPA’s French distributor Audio² gave me the opportunity to try the company’s microphones with Cats On Trees, I was happy to accept the challenge,” Levis says. “It didn’t take long to dicover that these great microphones have beefy pickups and are perfectly suited to rock and pop acts. We’re now using three d:facto™ Vocal Microphones, as well as a d:dicate™ ST2011C Stereo Pair with 2011C Compact Cardioids and a number of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for drums and violins.”

Levis, who began his career with French sound company Audio-Lum, started working as a live sound engineer in 2001 and has toured with the likes of Sidilarsen, Claude Sicre, Bombs 2 Bal, Zebda, Magyd Cherfi and Mouss and Hakim. He is also building a strong reputation as a recording engineer, having been asked by a number of artists to assist with studio sessions.

Cats On Trees, a French musical duo consisting of Nina Goern and Yohan Hennequin, specialise in ambient indie pop and have released one self-titled album and a number of singles including Sirens Call, which reached No. 3 in the French charts in 2013. The band is now half way through a European tour that will see them play nearly 200 dates in various countries including France, Germany, England and Spain.
“The tour is awesome and they are playing to virtually full houses every time,” Levis says. “Since September they have been performing with a string quartet, but because we have such a busy touring schedule there hasn’t been much time for residency work or to prepare the mix. Therefore the show is being built as we go along.”

Levis runs the Front of House sound, the mix for the In Ear Monitors and the shipment of sequences since he mixes upstream.

“With the help of our lighting person, we have set up a network between sound, light and stage,” he explains. “Yohan controls the lights and video via a MIDI controller, but I am the master of the Mac, which manages the sequences and the network. Feeling comfortable is of ultimate importance to the artist so I try hard to achieve that, but with this duo it is very difficult to create a show that is the same every time because they are constantly changing things.”

The progressive evolution of the show was a key reason why Levis decided to switch to DPA microphones. He had previously used DPA omnidirectional microphones to record voice ensembles and orchestras in churches, therefore he knew of their ability to faithfully recreate the acoustics of a venue. After speaking to Audio², he was able to try out various combinations until he found the microphones that worked for him.

“I had a very clear idea of how each instrument should sound,” he explains. “I wanted to bring a lot of omnidirectional microphones on tour so that I could capture the natural colour of the instruments, but given the on-stage proximity of the drums and piano, this was not possible. As it stands, only the ambient microphones are omnidirectional.”

Levis eventually opted for DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the drum kit and was immediately impressed by the sound, which he describes as ‘very powerful and very natural’.
“These microphones really pick up extreme levels – they are great,” he says. “We now have DPA d:vote 4099s on the bass drum, snare, toms and violin. I even had them as under-cymbals this summer. I am most impressed with the way they capture the sound of the bass drum. I position the mic at the entrance of the drum and slightly inside it. Although the capsule is very small, it still delivers the most amazingly deep, accurate bass.”

Levis is also using DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones, which have solved the feedback issues he was having with other mics. The band has three on stage – one for Yohan on drums and two for Nina as she sings in two different locations.

“For Yohan, the issue was his drum kit,” Levis says. “I was afraid his vocal mic would pick up a lot of extraneous sounds but in fact what I achieved with d:facto was a clarity to his voice that no other mic would have given me. I just had to think carefully about the positioning of his microphone to avoid rear rejection. Furthermore, the d:faco has a very high gain and its gain before feedback is incomparable.”

“As for Nina, well to be honest it was Nina who chose d:facto – not me. We’d tried a number of different mics but it was d:facto that she really liked. I never impose a microphone on a singer and I even made her do a blind test because I wanted to be sure she was 100% comfortable with the way her voice sounded. She immediately noticed the difference and now doesn’t want to sing with any other microphone.”

The fact that DPA microphones deliver a very precise sound has given Levis’ mixes more accuracy and finesse. They have also made everyone more demanding when it comes to sound quality, especially when it comes to tuning drum kits.

“For me, the DPA microphones can be summarized in two words: natural and punchy,” Levis says. “What’s more they are very rugged. I’ve broken three microphones so far on this tour, but not a single one of them has been a DPA.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

One Year Later, API 1608 is the Perfect Foundation for the Blackbird Academy

BlackbirdAcademy_1stAnnivNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2014: The API 1608 analog console at the center of The Blackbird Academy’s thirty-seat classroom has scarcely been idle since the school opened its doors in 2013. The Blackbird Academy, an extension of the top-flight, multi-room Blackbird Studio in Nashville, is owned and operated by recording engineer John McBride and his wife, country music superstar, Martina McBride. Students in the program learn the basics of pro audio sound quality and signal flow using the classroom’s 1608, and then apply that knowledge in Blackbird Studio’s control rooms, which include a 32-channel API 1608 and two large-format API Legacy Plus consoles.

“The API 1608 sounds great, and serves as the perfect foundation for our students to build from,” said Kevin Becka, instructor and co-director of the academy. “Before arriving at Blackbird, most of our students got into audio using their own computers with inexpensive interfaces. They’re shocked at how the act of simply plugging in an instrument to the clean signal path and transformers of the 1608 can make it sound. We’ve come to call the effect, ‘API Love’. The construction of the 1608 is well thought-out and executed – everything about it is solid.”

The classroom is designed to give students a co-pilot’s view of everything the instructor is doing. Video cameras mounted above the 1608, and display the view on 65-inch screens. Each student uses an academy-issued iPad with custom-created apps, providing descriptions of every aspect of the studio, and how those aspects connect with gear in Blackbird’s dedicated control rooms.

Outside the classroom, students disperse into the control rooms of Blackbird Studio for smaller classes, and execute independent projects. “These are the very same control rooms that are regularly attended by some of the biggest names in the music industry,” said Becka. “It’s a unique experience for the students to go into those rooms and know that yesterday, Tim McGraw or Keith Urban were in the same room. Learning signal flow on the classroom’s API 1608 transfers directly to Blackbird’s two API Legacy Plus consoles.”

The staff at The Blackbird Academy is looking forward to a second year, and continued success, behind the API 1608.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608, and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.
www.apiaudio.com

Ashly Processors and Amplifiers Breathe New Life into Bourbon Square Casino

Bourbon_Square_Casino_1SPARKS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 2014: Formerly called The Silver Club, Bourbon Square Casino recently reopened in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada. In addition to a fresh New Orleans theme, Bourbon Square now sports a new eight-zone sound reinforcement system centered on an Ashly ne8800 processor and four two-channel ne800 70-volt amplifiers. Critically, the system also features iPad wireless remote control via the free Ashly Remote App, which allows the Bourbon Square staff – who are experts on gaming but not necessarily pro audio – to control the system intuitively.

“There was a four year span between the closing of The Silver Club and its rebirth as Bourbon Square,” explained Mike Pristow, general manager at Vision Control Associates, the firm that designed and installed the casino’s new sound system. “They were able to blow the cobwebs off the old sound system and power it up, but it sounded horrible. It was an old design with old equipment, and a lot of the loudspeakers were blown. We suggested a new multi-zone system using Ashly processing and amplifiers together with SoundTube loudspeakers. In addition to standard audio playback, they wanted to allow pages and prerecorded message delivery from their phone system with appropriate ducking.”

Five of the zones are strategically located throughout the game floor, one covers the restaurant, and the two remaining zones cover the phones and the message unit using the DSP’s ducking feature in the event of an overhead page or automated advertising through their message repeater. Inputs to the system include two DMX boxes, two DirecTV signals, a digital signage unit, video projector output, and two microphones for special events or announcements. A single eight-by-eight Ashly ne8800 Protea™ DSP Network System Processor handles all routing logic, input equalization, and loudspeaker processing. Its output feeds four dual-channel Ashly ne800 70V Network Amplifiers, which power a collection of eight-inch SoundTube CM82-EZs-II loudspeakers and three-inch SoundTube SM31-EZ loudspeakers.

“The staff have a lot more to think about than complicated sound system controls,” said Pristow. “We used Ashly’s free iPad App to give them custom control of input sources and volumes, as well as a collection of appropriate presets. It was my first time programming Ashly’s iPad app, and it went smoothly.”

“Like a lot of installations, providing a cost-effective, high-performance system with intuitive user control was paramount,” said Randy Premetz, vice president of design and engineering with Vision Control Associates. “Ashly makes competitively-priced equipment that is flexible, powerful, and reliable – exactly the sort of thing that is needed for a job like Bourbon Square. And the company’s phenomenal support guarantees a smooth installation as they always deal with our problems and questions at a time scale measured in minutes. It’s been my experience that Ashly treats all integrators with respect, no matter the size – it’s in their DNA.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.
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