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API’s BOX FILLS IN THE “MISSING PIECE” AT THE CASINO IN NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 2014: The BOX has settled into a new home in a Nashville studio – The Casino. Owned and operated by Eric Masse, The Casino records LPs and EPs for signed artists and bands within the city. Masse consulted Chad Evans at Vintage King while he upgraded his studio, and now admits that the “feels like the missing piece” to his former setup.

“I had been craving the next step up for my sixteen I/O studio for a while,” said Masse. “When I heard about the BOX last year, I started gearing up for it.” The Casino, which also houses two lunchboxes®, six 512c mic pres, a 5500 dual equalizer, and a 2500 stereo compressor, stayed in the API family when looking to gain control over pans and add inserts.

“Enter stage right – the BOX,” jokes Masse, who is amazed by the capabilities The Casino is now able to fulfill. “I can hardly contain my head from exploding from all the options. It’s the center of my studio. I can route things in the mix like never before, and parallel compress things all analog. I can add outboard effects post-conversion to individual tracks, and I don’t have to use my converters to feed the hear-back headphone hub. I can instead build a mix with the sends, and use the inserts for direct ‘more me’s’ and use all sixteen converters for audio. I’m digging it.”

Apart from the functions, the customizable 500 Series inputs allow The Casino to create its own unique sound. “I like that I can utilize the 500 Series slots on the program bus, while still using the input channels. So far, to be honest, I like everything about it.”

Since installing the BOX, Masse has put the final touches on singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter’s second album, and is currently mixing alternative artist Mikky Ekko’s record. He is also ready to record the second country music album Charlie Worsham. The versatility of the BOX helps meet the needs for each unique artist, and allows Masse to utilize the space he needs to record and grow. “I like that it’s a console, and not a console.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 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.

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Symetrix Jumps Into Space-Age Sound and Control at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2014: Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first reusable spacecraft ever built in the United States, and the extensive prototyping and experiments that it underwent led directly to the construction of space shuttle Columbia and the rest of NASA’s fleet. After the retirement of the space shuttle program, NASA awarded Space Shuttle Enterprise to Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where it was installed after a much-publicized NYC flyby and Hudson River barge ride. Leo Garrison, senior integration specialist at Metro Sound Pros, designed and installed a flexible sound reinforcement system for the museum’s purpose-built Space Shuttle Pavilion using the cost-effective Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP with smartphone-based control provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy badly damaged the pavilion a few short months after it had opened to the public, but the Intrepid Museum rebuilt the exhibit with several improvements, including a second Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP for expanded functionality.

Garrison used the Symetrix Jupiter 8 hardware, which has eight inputs and eight outputs, together with the Priority Zone Mixer #1 App, which automatically configured the Jupiter hardware for routing and processing needs of such a system. “The Symetrix Jupiter DSP delivered a lot of processing power at an affordable price,” said Garrison. “The budget was very tight, and the client selected powered loudspeakers that required a lot of the Jupiter’s processing capabilities in order to sound properly tuned.” The museum’s AVP of technology opted to rely on Symetrix’ robust ARC-WEB Internet-based control, with one Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote for backup. Garrison custom designed the ARC-WEB interface just as he would a hardware ARC interface and gave the museum the ability to select different input sources in the Pavilion’s entryway and in the Pavilion itself.

The original Symetrix Jupiter 8 hardware survived Hurricane Sandy, which collapsed the inflatable dome due to loss of power. Because the museum had to start over again, they had the opportunity – unwelcomed as it was – to redesign the exhibit with knowledge of what worked and what could have worked better,” said Garrison. The second Symetrix Jupiter 8 was added to the system and also uses the Priority Zone Mixer #1 App. One analog output was dedicated to feed into the first unit’s priority input 1. That allows single source material from the second Jupiter to feed the entire exhibit, when desired. Together, the two units possess sixteen outputs, with roughly half feeding audio induction loops for assisting the hearing impaired. For day-to-day use, different zones loop zone-specific audio, such as recordings of radio transmissions between NASA ground control and Enterprise during test flights or educational movie content.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

SSE Audio Group Adds HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 to Extensive Inventory

Chris Courtney mixing monitors for Travis at the Isle of Wight Festival with SSE’s new Soundcraft Vi3000.

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN Professional has announced that SSE Audio Group has been appointed a Soundcraft Vi Select Dealer, and immediately purchased one of the first Soundcraft Vi3000 digital consoles off the production line, sold through HARMAN’s UK distributor Sound Technology.

SSE Sales Director, Alex Penn, confirmed, “We have a long history with Soundcraft’s Vi Series. We saw the Vi3000 for the first time at Frankfurt Prolight & Sound; it sits neatly between the Vi1 and Vi4 and offers many new features, which will secure the longevity of this series, which has always been popular with engineers.”

Marking a massive technological upgrade to the groundbreaking Vi Series, the Vi3000 offers many advantages, including the much-requested access to Universal Audio’s plug-ins via Soundcraft’s Realtime Rack plug-in engine—both points picked up on by Penn.

“The Realtime Rack can also be used with our existing Vi6 inventory,” Penn continued. “We have a pool of sound engineers who are existing Vi users and it will be useful to let these guys know about the new facilities on offer with Realtime Rack.”

“We also see a lot of potential in SSE sales and installations for the Vi3000, with its very competitive price point and new facilities,” Penn added. “This is the first time a large-format Vi control surface has been available to the market at this level and the Vi3000 will integrate very neatly and cost-effectively into venues with existing analogue infrastructure via the I/O on the back of the surface. Onboard MADI and Dante interfaces as standard are also a huge bonus as well as upgraded DSP and new graphics.”

SSE’s Vi3000 had had its first major outing at the recent Isle of Wight Festival where it was used by SSE regular Chris Courtney to mix monitors for Travis. Courtney had previously used a Vi6 for the band, but for this festival run, the reduced size and lack of rack requirements made the Vi3000 a more attractive proposition.

For more information on SSE, please visit www.sseaudiogroup.com

For more information on Sound Technology, please visit www.soundtech.co.uk

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

DPA Microphones Capture The Kyteman Orchestra

Front of House engineer Sjoerd Terpstra used a selection of DPA microphones to capture the unique sound of the Kyteman Orchestra when they played six concerts at the Utrecht Tivoli in Holland recently.

The concerts, which took the form of elaborate jam sessions, were all multitrack recorded for subsequent mixing and broadcast on the internet.

“Our aim was to create a library of completely original Kyteman material,” Sjoerd Terpstra says. “None of the songs were written in advance – they were all improvised on the spot.”

Founded by Colin Benders (aka Kyteman), the Kyteman Orchestra plays a mixture of hip-hop, opera and jazz laced with melodies and raw beats. Its first album, The Hermit Sessions, was released in 2009 and was a great success in the Netherlands where it reached the top five of the Dutch Album Charts and sold over 75,000 copies.

Sjoerd Terpstra, who has been working with Kyteman for the last five years, says he chose DPA microphones for this project because he knew they were capable of delivering studio quality from the live stage. The microphones were supplied by Amptec, DPA’s distributor in the Netherlands.

“There are approximately 18 musicians in the orchestra,” Terpstra explains. “We used a lot of DPA d:vote 4099™ Instrument Microphones on strings and horns, a d:dicate 2011A on the drums and percussion and a set of d:screet 4061 Miniature Microphones on the upright piano because they sound amazing, especially at low noise levels. One of the snare drums initially gave me a lot of trouble because it was so low pitched and I just couldn’t get it to sound right, but eventually I used another d:vote 4099 and then it sounded great. The d:vote could handle the low pitch well and gave me enough ‘snap’ to make it cut in the mix.”

Terpstra adds that the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were especially useful because they were able to deliver very isolated sound.

“We were recording on an exceptionally cramped stage so this was an important feature,” he says. “The isolation they achieved gave me tons of possibilities in both the FOH and studio mixes.”

With the latest Kyteman Orchestra project now completed, Sjoerd Terpstra is now working with a number of bands from the Middle East.

“I am hoping to use DPA microphones for some of those projects, too,” he says. “I am always happy with the results I get from DPA so have no hesitation in recommending them to all the bands I work with.”

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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

Clay Paky Shotlight Washes Rock at Back-to-Back Outdoor Concerts

Clay Paky Shotlight Wash fixtures really rock. In fact, they took to the stage for two back-to-back concerts in May: the MMR*B*Q, the annual show from Philadelphia rock radio station 93.3 WMMR where Rob Zombie headlined, and the WRFF-FM Seventh Birthday Show where Foster the People headed the bill.

John Duncan of Pinpoint Lighting, the festival lighting designer for both shows, says the same rig stayed in place for MMR*B*Q and WRFF’s Seventh Birthday Show at the outdoor Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey. Ten Shotlight Washes obtained from Main Light Industries in Wilmington, Delaware were mounted on the downstage truss for the shows.

“The rig’s overall design was a standard festival plot,” he says. “It’s just that every year everyone wants it brighter. So the Shotlight was perfect for this application.”

Clay Paky’s Shotlight Wash combines a 1500W discharge lamp wash light and a 3000W Xenon lamp strobe in one device. The two wash/strobe functions are perfectly integrated and can be operator-controlled with either simultaneous or separate operation and special effects. The strobe function is provided by two semicircular Xenon lamps working independently so they can flash together or separately at different frequencies.

The wash light section features an optical unit with extremely high luminous efficiency; an 11º-74º electronic zoom; an array of filters; a hybrid dimmer; and three-phase pan/tilt motor for perfectly silent operation.

Duncan had previously used Shotlights on an indoor show and found that he could “wash the entire stage with just four of them. They were really bright, and I needed something big, bad and bright for the back-to-back festivals.”

John Bailey, the lighting designer for Rob Zombie, was initially supposed to use another light as a “good front light” for the singer. “But when I heard the Shotlights were going to be used, I was happy. I was very glad to see a bigger lamp. Ten on the downstage truss was more than enough.”

For Rob Zombie’s act Bailey ran four 9×12-foot scrims with images on them around the stage. “It took only two Shotlights to wash all that for me,” he reports. “They were really perfect for this type of thing. My color palette for Rob is very saturated, and these lights mixed them really well. I was also very impressed with the strobes.”

Duncan says the Shotlight Washes performed “excellently” for the duration of both rock concerts. “We didn’t have one problem with them.”

Bailey calls the fixtures “really amazing” and says, “I look forward to using them again.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “The Shotlight’s brightness combined with the innovative effects seemed perfect for this application and I’m glad they could function so well for these great lighting designers.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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Masque Sound Returns to the Berkshire Mountains to Celebrate 60th Season of the Williamstown Theatre Festival

Efficient Custom Audio Package Features Dante-Enabled Equipment

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, AUGUST 4, 2014 — When the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts recently came alive for the 60th season of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returned to celebrate its 11th season of providing audio equipment and services for the highly acclaimed summer theatre.

Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has been bringing together America’s finest actors, directors, designers and playwrights as they present a unique opportunity for artists and audiences alike to revisit classic plays with innovative, new productions. This summer, two internationally renowned powerhouse performers—soprano Renée Fleming and multiple award-winning actress, dancer and singer Chita Rivera—will make their respective Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage debuts. The festival’s 2014 season kicked off with the opening of June Moon on the Main Stage and A Great Wilderness on the Nikos Stage. Now playing on the Main Stage are Living on Love and The Visit, while Fool for Love and The Old Man and the Old Moon will round out the Nikos Stage’s summer productions.

To ensure a successful season, Masque Sound provided a comprehensive custom audio equipment package for each of the two stages’ three summer shows. “Prior to the season opening, we start from scratch and work with Masque Sound’s talented crew to map out and create what we envision for the season’s equipment packages,” says Ben Truppin-Brown, sound supervisor, Williamstown Theatre Festival. “This year, we installed a fairly comprehensive, overarching audio system, designed to provide a front end PA that will work across the board, adequately addressing the audio requirements for each of the six shows between the two spaces, while also taking into account the particular needs of each individual show. The challenge is that when one production ends, we only have 24 hours to changeover for the next show. Masque Sound did a great job in helping us lay out the general infrastructure, so that we could very easily drop in the additional components that we needed for the next production.”

New to the Williamstown Theatre Festival this year is the addition of Dante-enabled equipment to Masque Sound’s custom package. “Masque Sound has always been incredibly accommodating to our needs, and when we asked about using the Dante™-enabled equipment for this season, they were happy to oblige,” adds Truppin-Brown. “Using the Dante network makes the distribution of the signal unbelievably simple and efficient. It’s an amazing addition and one that we are thankful Masque Sound made possible for us.”

In addition to the Dante-enabled custom audio equipment package, Masque Sound is also once again managing frequency coordination for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The company’s expert wireless service team has been on-hand providing approximately 15 channels of wireless for the start of the summer and will be expanding to about 56 channels of wireless for the final two musicals.

The two main stages at the Williamstown Theatre Festival are equipped with an array of Meyer Sound and d&b audiotechnik speakers. The 511-seat Main Stage theatre features a Yamaha CL-5 Digital Mixing Console and the 173-seat Nikos Stage is equipped with a Yamaha CL1 console. All of the signal processing takes place digitally from the consoles to the Yamaha DME64 Digital Mixing Engine before breaking out to analog outputs. For wireless needs, Truppin-Brown utilized the Sennheiser 3000 series transmitters and receivers, supplementing it with Sennheiser SK 5012 and SK 5212 transmitters and EM 1046 receivers.

“One of the reasons why Masque Sound is such a reliable, well-respected company in the industry is because the crew offers a high-level of support to its customers, one that is unparalleled,” adds Truppin-Brown. “We produce shows of a high caliber, and we do it with a young, but talented, crew whose experience levels greatly vary. Equally as important as the production quality of the festival is the educational experience that we provide interns and staff. For most of the people on the Williamstown crew, this shop build was their very first. Masque Sound supports that educational mission through its staff’s willingness to teach and by allowing us to expose our crew to some of the best equipment available. It is an experience that I don’t think any other summer stock theatre can offer and that I don’t think any other shop can give. We could not be as successful as we are without Masque Sound, and we value our relationship with them.”

In addition to the two main stages, Masque Sound also provided custom audio equipment packages to the Goodrich Hall, for the festival’s cabaret performances; the Directing Studio’s workshop productions; and numerous rehearsal and performance spaces in and around the greater Williamstown area. To learn more about the Williamstown Theatre Festival, visit http://wtfestival.org/.

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

HARMAN’s Studer, JBL and AKG to Showcase World-Leading Broadcast Audio Technology at TAB Convention & Trade Show

AUSTIN, Texas — At the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show, HARMAN Professional will be showcasing an extensive array of world-class audio products for the broadcast industry, including Studer digital consoles, AKG microphones and JBL studio monitors.

Taking place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, the TAB Convention & Trade Show is the largest state broadcast meeting in the United States, featuring one-and-a-half days of management, engineering and sales programs, plus a 127-booth trade show with industry vendors from around the country.

Studer will be showcasing its Vista 1 all-in-one digital mixing console, with integrated control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies consoling one compact footprint. This makes it the ideal choice when space is restricted, such as in OB and small control rooms or ENG vans. The Studer Vista 1 also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles which means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network. Two expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to popular formats, including CobraNet or Aviom A-Net, Ethersound, Dante, Dolby E and MADI I/O.

AKG will feature a variety of microphones and headphones for broadcast applications, including the C4500 BC. This large-diaphragm condenser microphone in front-addressed format is specially designed for on-air broadcast work. It provides a cardioid pickup with voice-friendly tuning and a low proximity effect, as well as high RF/EMI insensitivity.

In addition, JBL Professional will show off its award-winning 3 Series studio monitors, which are now available with the LSR310S powered studio subwoofer. Driven by an integrated 200 Watt Class D power amplifier, a new 10-inch high excursion woofer works in concert with JBL’s patented Slip Stream Port™, delivering impressive low-frequency response below 27 Hz, with peak output of 113 dB SPL.

For more information on the TAB Convention & Trade Show, please visit www.tab.org

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

A.Focx Productions Mixes New Night Ranger Album with HARMAN’s AKG Headphones and Microphones

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – With an audio engineering and FOH background dating back to his late teens, Anthony Focx is an experienced producer, heading up his company A.Focx Productions to provide artists and bands with the highest levels of audio services. He uses HARMAN’s AKG headphones and microphones to produce, record, engineer, edit, mix and master tracks from a wide range of musical genres, including the latest album by Night Ranger, called High Road.

While producing the album, Focx emphasized the importance of microphone quality and placement. Thus, he used AKG C414, C414 XLS, D112, C451, C4000 and C12 microphones as well as AKG K240 and AKG K271 MKII studio headphones to produce the tracks.

As with many other artists and producers that rely on the build quality and durability of AKG products, consistent audio is key to a reliable mix. Focx believes that, “the way these products are engineered is what led them to be a staple in music productions for decades. AKG microphones are used in all styles of music, and capture sound is such a natural way that it’s almost as if the human ear is trained to hear their sound.”

When asked what he has been impressed with the most, Focx replied, “It’s amazing how well constructed AKG products are and their ability to achieve inspiring levels of sound. My AKG headphones are very durable, lightweight, comfortable and boast excellent fidelity.”

Having a tremendous amount of experience under the belt, with close to 300 album credits, Focx is pleased with his wide array of AKG equipment and is set to enjoy them for many years to come. “It’s been a fantastic experience using AKG products,” he said. “We’ve had many successes in the past with their microphones and headphones and will continue using these products for all albums in the future. As they say, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it!”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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Belushi’s Comedy Club Installs PreSonus StudioLive AI Series System

Fort Myers, FL – August 2014… In a career that spans three decades, actor Jim Belushi has appeared in countless movies and television shows, including his hit ABC comedy According to Jim. What many fans may not know is that he has achieved success in another comedic role: that of club owner. The Comedy Bar, Belushi’s club in Chicago, is a popular spot for both tourists and locals alike.

Recently, Belushi got a chance to reprise his role as club owner when his cousin, Chris Karakosta, approached him about becoming a partner in a new restaurant he was opening in Fort Myers, Florida.

“I’d always liked the [Fort Myers] area,” says Belushi. “Then Chris told me the best part: The restaurant was opening in what used to be one of the biggest Irish pubs he’d ever seen. Two floors!” Soon after, Belushi’s Comedy Club, Fort Myers, opened its doors on the second floor above the Tilted Kilt restaurant.

Belushi is also a singer and musician with a demanding ear for superior live sound. His group The Sacred Hearts is the official house band for the House of Blues chain. Not surprisingly, as Belushi’s Comedy Club took shape as a venue where both comedy and live music would be performed, Belushi’s musical heritage influenced his demand that the club have the highest quality audio system anywhere — one versatile enough to handle live comedy, as well as musical performances.

To meet those demands, the club turned to Cape Coral, Florida, consultants Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions. After speaking with the owners regarding their live-sound requirements, Creative Sound and Lighting owner Tony Flammia recommended a PreSonus StudioLive™ AI-series Active Integration™ system for the house sound, including two StudioLive 328AI loudspeakers for the mains, one StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer, and a StudioLive 16.4.2AI 16-channel digital mixing system as the hub for sound throughout the venue.

“Because the 328AI is such a nice slim box, it doesn’t need a lot of space,” says Flammia. “We took the 328s and mounted them sideways and then rotated the horn, rotated the center.”

The StudioLive 16.4.2AI mixer enabled Flammia to set up various zones within the venue and time-align the system to seamlessly integrate them. “The unique thing about this installation is they’ve got the mains, ceiling speakers, a VIP room, and an outdoor area,” says Flammia. “We’ve time-aligned all the different areas of the venue to work alongside the mains. Everything is three milliseconds behind the mains. Your brain tells you that the source is coming from the stage. As the [sound from the] mains comes out, you don’t hear any reflections, even in the bathrooms. All the subgroups are actually set up as zones. The DSP inside the StudioLive AI-series mixer enables us to achieve this level of control.”

The StudioLive 16.4.2AI mixer’s wireless networking capabilities enable Belushi’s house engineer and guest engineers for the venue’s live bands to move around the facility while controlling all setup, tuning, and monitoring functions of the venue’s sound components using an iPad® or laptop. “The really cool thing about this project is the fact that when there is a comedy act, the sound guys literally are sitting there with their iPad,” says Flammia. “They have control over the background music for intros and outros and full control over the comedian’s vocal, and they can actually bring the main speakers up or down, the ceiling speakers, the VIP room, even the bathroom speakers. And because of the time-delay setup, it sounds like one source throughout the entire building.”

If the initial reviews of Belushi’s Comedy Club are any indication, the multi-talented performer has another hit on his hands, with the help of PreSonus’ StudioLive AI Active Integration system. Flammia concludes, “The system sounds great. It is punchy. Aesthetically there is no other speaker that we could have done this installation with that offers the same effect within that price range.”

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About PreSonus
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.

 

 

ASHLY AUDIO PROCESSING AND MULTI-CHANNEL AMPS REVAMP CHICAGO AREA MALL

VERNON HILLS, ILLINOIS: Built in the early 1970s, Westfield Hawthorn Mall is located in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills. Its classic mall architecture boasts 4 anchor stores, 180 retail spaces, and 1.3 million square feet of space. However, until recently, its sound system possessed the lifeless quality of 1970s-era contractor-grade components. Music was low-fidelity, speech was of poor intelligibility, and volume throughout was too loud during slow times and too quiet during busy times. Renaissance Communications Systems, located nearby in Franklin Park, Illinois, overhauled Westfield Hawthorn Mall’s sound system. In addition to replacing the ceiling speakers, Renaissance also gave the mall modern auto-leveling control and multi-zone support using two Ashly Audio ne8800M 8-In x 8-Out Protea™ DSP System Processors and two 8-channel Ashly ne8250.70 Network Amplifiers.

“Certainly, one big issue was the sound quality itself,” said Mike Shares, CEO with Renaissance. “The components needed to be modernized. Beyond that, they were having problems with the volume control. First, the system wasn’t zoned properly, so low-ceiling areas had to share the same volume with high-ceiling areas such that neither area could be ideal. Moreover, traffic in the mall varies widely; it’s very slow on a weekday afternoon but very busy on a weekend afternoon or in the rush up to the holidays. The management wanted the sound system to play at appropriate volumes without having to manually track it. They have enough other things to worry about.”

Shares divided the system into thirteen zones based on location, purpose, and ceiling height. Input sources to each zone may be selected independently, and the target volume-over-noise in each zone may also be selected independently. Sensing microphones in several of the zones feed the pair of Ashly ne8800M Protea™ Digital Processors, which analyze the ambient noise and adjust the music or paging output to hit the target sound pressure level. A pair of Ashly ne8250.70 8-Channel Network Power amplifiers deliver 250-Watts per channel to all thirteen zones while taking-up only 4 rack spaces. Nearly 200 full-fidelity Community D6 loudspeakers now deliver the background music with modern impact and convey pages with crystal-clear intelligibility. Of course, paging and alarm overrides provide Westfield Hawthorn Mall patrons with a secure environment.

“I’ve been using Ashly for twelve years now, and I’ve always had excellent results,” said Shares. “The equipment is extremely reliable, and its five-year warranty was a selling point for the client. I have a good relationship with the Ashly support staff, and they helped with the most efficient plan for Westfield Hawthorn Mall. The ambient noise detection and adjustment feature in the Protea software works very well, and the fact that we could fit all of the processing and amplifier channels into just 8 rack spaces was great. That saves space and power consumption.” Based on the success of Westfield Hawthorn Mall, Renaissance has already secured another mall renovation job, where Shares will again use Ashly processing and amplification to deliver excellent performance at a fiercely competitive price.

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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