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API’s BOX USHERS IN BIG CHANGES FOR MIXER SCOTT ROSSER

Scott_RosserLONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 2014: Source Distribution continues meeting success for API’s BOX console in the U.K. with a sale to popular mixer/engineer Scott Rosser. Rosser, who has “remixed many of the biggest pop names in the industry including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Mariah Carey,” has been working from the spare room in his home for almost two years now. Although he wants to return to a permanent studio, he knew he needed the right gear before finding a new space. A solution arrived in April when Rosser ordered the BOX after just one demo session with Andy Bensley of Source Distribution. “Source kindly set up a demo unit at their London office for me to try out. I liked the look of the BOX straight away, and ran a stem session through the summing section. It sounded great!” Following the demo, Rosser immediately met with Mark Cooke at Tyrell London, one of Source’s dealers, and soon had a BOX of his own.

It’s not just Rosser’s location that is in flux; his main focus in the music industry has also shifted from “mainly commercial dance” to “more pop and urban stuff due to the success and expansion of 3 Beat as a label.” Rosser started working with 3 Beat Productions several years ago, and also works under the name ‘Cahill’, which is the title he uses most often when remixing for bigger-name artists. However, his success did not happen overnight. Rosser has worked in the recording world since 1989, when he was studying at Salford University in Manchester. The trends in music at the time helped form Rosser’s career, as he explains: “The city was at the forefront of the UK club culture and the Acid House revolution, so I was always interested in the electronic side of things.” Rosser and another “like-minded producer” then formed the band ‘Dario G’, which was so successful through the ‘90s that they sold 4.5 million records. “We had a few hits across Europe, and went on to release a host of underground house/rave tunes. It was a great experience.”

Now Rosser is expanding his studio’s power without taking up more space. “The BOX had everything I was looking for in one unit whereas the other options I was considering were all separate pieces. My small workspace made having everything to hand on one desk appealing.” Before the BOX, Rosser had considered API consoles out of his reach. But in the early 2000s feeling all dance music was starting to sound alike, Rosser knew he could solve the problem with analog recording equipment. “I wanted to apply a new approach which would help my mixes stand out amongst the competition. I noticed a press release for API’s new project console, and the BOX caught my attention immediately. I’ve only scratched the surface with mine, and it’s already made a big difference to my work.” This success has encouraged Rosser to look ahead to even more changes in his career.

“I’m putting some time aside in the new year to move to a purpose-built studio. I’m sure there’ll be other API units added soon. The 2500 compressor especially looks good…I know The BOX is going to serve me well for years. The build quality is excellent, it’s versatile, and I can now expand the rest of my system around it.” Since April, Rosser’s BOX has been as busy as he is. The BOX was used to mix an album by Fuse ODG, singles for Lethal Bizzle and Stylo G, and official remixes for Cheryl Cole, Ellie Goulding, Nicole Scherzinger, Olly Murs, and the boy band Rixton. Compared to mixing before the BOX, Rosser says his work has changed dramatically for the better. When asked what he likes best about The BOX, Rosser replied “Quite simply, the sound! That’s what I bought it for and it has delivered. It immediately added stereo width and a deep, warm feel that I’d been missing in previous mixes.”

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

Evolutionary Yamaha PM10 Launched Today

Yamaha RIVAGE PM10

Buena Park, Calif.—In a worldwide announcement made at Inter BEE today, Yamaha Corporation Japan has launched the RIVAGE PM10 Digital Mixing Console, an enormous, evolutionary step for Yamaha PM Series Digital Live Sound Consoles. More than ten years have passed since the Yamaha PM1D and PM5D defined the direction for the digital console market. The new flagship RIVAGE PM10 significantly increases the quality and versatility necessary in a live sound environment, and inherits features from the renowned PM Series Consoles. Evolved features and performance define yet another milestone for Yamaha sound reinforcement consoles. The PM10 system is comprised of the CS-R10 control surface, DSP-R10 DSP engine, RPio622 I/O rack, three types of RY cards, and two types of HY cards provide the flexibility to configure and ideally match the scale and functional requirements of any application.

“Our new flagship RIVAGE PM10 system is the result of more than 40 years of PM Series history and reinforces our passion to provide industry-leading commercial audio products,” states Laurence Italia, Vice President/General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “RIVAGE PM10 will ignite the market for a new era of extraordinary sound, operation, and reliability. Needless to say, RIVAGE PM10 would not be possible without the dedication of the Yamaha Japan R&D team as well as feedback from our customers.”

Under the fundamental philosophy of Yamaha live sound consoles, Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers have been newly-developed, as has the analog section both in terms of components and overall design, achieving an extraordinarily pure, natural sound. Impeccable models of the Rupert Neve Designs (RND) transformer circuitry and acclaimed SILK processing have been created utilizing Yamaha’s VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology. The SILK processing feature even includes selectable “RED” and “BLUE” characteristics, and a continuously variable “TEXTURE” knob that facilitate sonic shaping right at the input stage, adding musical sparkle or power as required. Josh Thomas, general manager of Rupert Neve Designs, had this to say about the collaboration: “We have done a number of listening sessions to compare our hardware to the transformer and Silk Texture emulations that Dr. K of Yamaha Japan and the development team achieved. Rupert and I are both very impressed by how closely the emulations get to the original analog designs. We hope that you all enjoy the rich Rupert Neve sound.”

The channel EQ and dynamics have been significantly upgraded with three newly developed algorithms plus the classic Yamaha “Legacy” algorithm. The new “Precise” algorithm includes Q parameters on the low and high shelving filters that allow filter overshoot to be flexibly controlled for added musical impact. An “Aggressive” algorithm has been designed for the most musical response, and the “Smooth” algorithm offers smooth, natural control while retaining the fundamental character of the source. Two Dynamics stages are provided, each functioning as a gate, compressor, ducker, or de-esser as required. Two compressor types are included: “Legacy Comp” features standard Yamaha digital console compressor characteristics, and “Comp260,” a VCM model of a popular analog comp/limiter from the mid-70s.

A total of 45 plug-ins are available for creative processing, with substantially increased processing power. New and noteworthy are plug-ins created in collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs, TC Electronic, and Eventide.Collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs has resulted in the “Rupert EQ 773,” “Rupert Comp 754,” “Rupert EQ 810,” and “Rupert Comp 830,” all VCM models of Neve designed outboard devices from the 70s and 80s. All four models deliver the gloriously musical vintage outboard sound still favored by many discerning engineers. The alliance with TC Electronic has resulted in the inclusion of two new reverb plug-ins: the “VSS4HD” room simulation reverb that offers a multitude of reflection settings with musical-sounding reverb processing capabilities, and the “NON LIN2” plug-in that can function as an envelope-filtered gate reverb without requiring a trigger.

“I wish to congratulate Yamaha with raising the bar for live console design significantly,” states Thomas Lund, CTO of TC Electronic. By directly integrating the world’s finest EQ, dynamics and reverbs, this mixing system is truly outstanding. Therefore, a big congratulations to the users also.”

Cooperation with Eventide has produced the “H3000-LIVE” harmonizer, an accurate reproduction of the H3000 Ultra Harmonizer algorithm with an interface streamlined for live sound use. “The marriage of classic Eventide effects with the state-of-the-art Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 mixing system is a match made in heaven,” adds Ray Maxwell, Eventide vice president of sales and marketing.

Console operation has been given the utmost attention with the Yamaha-familiar Selected Channel section implemented in full, allowing all parameters of the selected channel to be directly and intuitively controlled. There are also two large LCD touch screens that provide logical continuity with the faders, offering the same operability as the highly regarded Centralogic™ interface in 12-channel groups. In addition to this dual interface hybrid operation style, horseshoe-ring encoder position indicators, refined panel layout, and several other details contribute to significantly improved overall operability.

New features extend the usefulness of the scene memory: “Isolate” enables the engineer to specify entire channel modules including EQ and dynamics libraries, etc., that will be protected from recall operations without altering the Recall Safe settings; significant for situations where scene memory is heavily used. The Overlay Filter can be “overlaid” on a current mix to apply temporary offsets to fader and mix/matrix send levels independently from Scene Recall – valuable in situations that require sudden changes and the ability to easily revert to the original settings.

The CS-R10 control surface and DSP-R10 DSP engine are connected via a dedicated CAT5e ring “Console Network.” The DSP engine connects to the RPio622 I/O racks via the newly developed TWINLANe ring network using multi-mode optical fiber. The fact that both networks use simple ring connections facilitates redundancy and the highest possible reliability. TWINLANe is an original Yamaha protocol that can handle up to 400 96kHz audio channels over distances of up to 300 meters with low latency and redundancy for high reliability. Up to two DSP-R10 DSP engines and eight RPio622 I/O racks can be connected in a single ring.

Connection to a computer for multi-track recording, connectivity to the NUAGE Advanced Production System, Yamaha CL and QL Series Consoles, as well as other external equipment is possible via a Dante network. Dante, designed for simple setup with an extremely wide range of professional audio devices, works ideally with TWINLANe to create an exceptionally flexible, reliable system overall.

RIVAGE PM10 has an expected delivery during 2015.

For more, expanded information on RIVAGE PM10, please visit www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

ASHLY AUDIO MULTI-CHANNEL 25-VOLT AMPLIFIERS PROVIDE A COST-EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO A 70-VOLT SYSTEM WITH CONDUIT AT DENISON HIGH SCHOOL

Denison_High_SchoolDENISON, TEXAS: Denison High School in Denison, Texas recently completed a new 300,000 square-foot building to accommodate its 1,250-plus students. Although packed with the latest in academic technology and the sort of architectural features that both provide comfort and encourage learning, the new building faced cost overruns and a budgeting challenge that required creative thinking on the part of its subcontractors. Among them was a plan put forward by local A/V integrator Batts Audio, Video & Lighting to jettison a 70-volt announcement/bell system (and all the expensive conduit it would require!) for a distributed amplifier system running a 25-volt announcement/bell system. Based around eight 8-channel Ashly Audio ne8250.25pe Network Amplifiers with built-in Protea™ DSP processing, Batts AV&L gave Denison a reliable, high-quality system for a fraction of the cost of the proposed 70-volt system.

“The issue was that the new school was coming in way over budget,” explained Jeremy Pilcher, vice president of operations at Batts AVL. “It was recommended to them by the construction manager at risk, as well as by a third-party construction manager, that many items be brought back under the umbrella of the district’s responsibility, such as classroom projectors, cafeteria/gym/video room projectors, auditorium technology, and the announcement system. We have an established relationship with the district, and we became responsible for all of it.”

The most vexing problem was the announcement/bell system, which called for a 70-volt system run through conduit throughout the building. “We ran the costs/benefits on using 25-volt amps distributed throughout the building that could power loudspeakers without necessitating conduit,” Pilcher said. “Sure, we needed more amps, but even after accounting for that, the cost savings was substantial. Ashly Audio is the industry leader in multi-channel 25-volt amplifiers. They are extremely cost-effective, especially with optional on-board processing, and are well-known for their reliability.”

The system begins with a dedicated paging system with analog outputs to trigger different zones. Those triggers and the voice signal travel to the eight Ashly ne8250.25pe amplifiers, which are placed strategically throughout the school. Each amplifier’s eight channels powers delivers 250 watts output to multiple zones of 25-volt Quam-Nichols loudspeakers, and each separate channel can constitute a separate selectable paging zone. The Ashly ne8250.25pe amplifiers also provide modest equalization, delay and limiting using the optional on-board Ashly Protea processing. “All together, using Ashly’s 25-volt amplifiers provided a functionally and cost-effective solution,” said Pilcher.

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.

www.ashly.com

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PASTOR OPTS FOR DANLEY AT VICTORY CATHEDRAL WORSHIP CENTER

Victory_Cathedral_Worship_Center_1BOLINGBROOK, ILLINOIS: Pastor Smokie Norful founded Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, Illinois in 2005, the same year he won a Grammy Award for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year for Nothing Without You. He is one of the country’s top gospel artists, and his credits include several gold and platinum albums, dozens of awards and nominations, and numerous high-profile performances, including a performance at the White House in celebration of Black Music Month. When Victory raised funds for its first permanent sound system, Norful scrutinized the options, using his unique perspective to articulate exacting requirements. The Chicago branch of Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) designed and installed the new system, which centers on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers for the main house system, the delay system, and on-stage monitoring.

“Victory Cathedral Worship Center seats 1,500, and Pastor Norful fills it to capacity for two services every Sunday,” said Terry McCarthy, systems specialist with AST. “Due to cost overruns with the building’s original construction, the church had to put a new sound system on hold. They leased for many years, and when they were ready to install a permanent sound system, they wanted to do it right. Pastor Norful was very particular and we made it a priority to team up with his staff to insure that every detail was covered. We took the staff around to various installations in the Chicago area. They hadn’t recognized the name Danley Sound Labs at the outset, but when they heard it, they knew that Danley was their obvious favorite. “The first thing our customers notice when they hear Danley is great sound, plain and simple. And then, as they walk the room, they experience great coverage to every seat.”

The main system is comprised of two clusters of three Danley SH-46 full-range loudspeakers per side for true stereo coverage. Two massive coupled Danley DBH-218 subwoofers hang from the ceiling just in front of the stage. Three Danley SH-69 full-range loudspeakers provide LCR delays, two-thirds back from the stage, which give excellent representation at the mix position. Finally, four molded-horn Danley SM-80s provide incredible stage monitoring and two, flown, molded-horn Danley SM-96s cover the choir.

“AST started working with Danley Sound Labs based on Danley’s excellent sound quality, deep bass, minimal necessary processing, and unparalleled pattern control,” said McCarthy. “Taking clients on tours of our Danley installations is the best way to demonstrate the quality that we can deliver.” Moreover, Danley offers excellent service and product support – including design assistance – which is essential. As we focus on a broader class of technologies these days – sound, video, lighting and acoustics – our clients greatly benefit from this high level partnership.”

The system includes 64 channels of digital audio distribution, with Allen & Heath and Dante, including consoles at front-of-house, a complete audio suite, and a customized personal monitor mixing system. Powersoft K Series amplifiers provide power and processing for the mains. QSC PLX Series amplifiers and a Danley DSLP48 System Processor power and distribute to the stage monitors and delay fills. In addition, AST designed and installed full HD-SDI video production and presentation systems. The system includes three large video screens, six camera locations, independent IMAG control at FOH and a complete video suite and control room.

Pastor Norful and the rest of Victory’s staff and congregation are very pleased with the new system. “Smokie said it was a ‘home run’ and that it met and exceeded their every expectation,” said McCarthy.” The greatest feeling in the world when you finish a project is in the knowledge that you’ve delivered an outstanding product and that your research and hard work has paid off. They’re very happy and we are extremely proud to have served them in this capacity.” AST also provided extensive training for the staff and volunteers and the church is currently planning a new children and youth center that will utilize Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers as well.

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

www.danleysoundlabs.com

Advanced Systems and Technologies, AST • www.soundvideolighting.com
Dallas/Ed Butler: ed@soundvideolighting.com • Chicago/Terry McCarthy: terry@soundvideolighting.com

British Audio Engineer Tours And Teaches With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi Series Consoles And Realtime Rack

Scraft_ZoeMartinBRIGHTON, United Kingdom – After thriving in the audio industry for 10 years, live sound engineer Zoe Martin now relies on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 console and the new Realtime Rack while touring with international artists and bands such as Maverick Sabre, Bonobo and The Radiophonic Workshop. Having acquired substantial experience over the past decade, Martin also passes her mixing skills onto university students at the Brighton branch of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute with a Soundcraft Vi1 console.

Martin’s analog background make the Soundcraft products the clear winner when it comes to her preferred mixing consoles, as the design and layout of the Vi Series are so meticulously geared towards ease of use and instant response. To this end, the Soundcraft Realtime Rack was also a logical addition to her toolkit.

Thanks to a unique collaboration between Soundcraft and Universal Audio, the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack not only brings industry-standard UAD plug-ins to Soundcraft consoles, but also adds full remote snapshot triggering and storing. With four SHARC DSPs on-board and a huge library of UAD powered plug-ins, as well as UAD Direct Developer Plug-Ins, it offers stable DSP levels and premium sound quality in a scalable, low-latency processing environment.

“I’ve always liked the Vi consoles, because they make the most ergonomic sense to me. The Soundcraft consoles are the most analog-like digital desks in terms of layout and give me exactly what I need,” said Martin. “The Realtime Rack is also a nice feature. It smoothes out each of my mixes where I have the precision bus compressor on. The compressors on the Vi6 are very nice to begin with, but the Realtime Rack definitely gives the whole mix a nice friendly squeeze.”

“Whether I’m teaching or touring, Vi consoles allow me to adapt quickly to situations because they’re so user-friendly,” Martin continued. “For example, if a mix needs more of a specific sound at the last minute, I find that with these consoles you can make on-the-fly changes instantly. I’m a very visual operator, so with features like VistonicsTM and FaderGlowTM, I’m able to see all the settings without much effort and can keep my eye on the band.”

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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Renewed Vision Enriches World’s First Permanent 3D Pool Mapping Light Show at Sheraton Waikiki

PointCloud Media develops unique projection architecture driven though ProVideoPlayer2 software to entertain hotel guests year-round

ALPHARETTA, Georgia, November 18, 2014 — The Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu launched its Helumoa Playground Superpool series earlier this fall, comprising two distinct 3D pool mapping light show stories presented twice every evening to entertain hotel guests and the general public. Billed as the world’s first permanent installation of its kind, the 3D pool mapping shows are projected across a 7,503-square foot pool canvas, demonstrating lively displays of volcanic eruptions in “Helumoa – the birth of Hawaii”; and the rise of historical Hawaiian resorts and water sports in “Helumoa – the legendary story of Waikiki.”

Waikiki Pool Checkerboard

Overhead Pool Shot

Sheraton Wakiki Pool

The Sheraton Waikiki hired PointCloud Media, a full-service production company specializing in 3D projections, to develop innovative, energized shows featuring graphic figures and images projected onto the nearly 200,000 gallon superpool. The PointCloud solution integrates its core Raylight4D mapping system—responsible for superimposing visual content on the pool to mesmerizing effect—with seven ultra-bright projectors and reliable, cost-efficient playback software from Renewed Vision.

The integration of Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer 2 (PVP2) software is significant as it drives playback for all seven projectors from two Mac Pro computers, saving PointCloud Media tens of thousands of dollars in comparison to expensive hardware-based packages. Additionally, PVP2 simplifies the overall workflow, allowing PointCloud Media to automate playout and quickly adjust show schedules in the event of inclement weather or special circumstances.

“Over the years, we have used many different servers to augment video projections on large buildings, and they were all very complicated to operate, requiring real experts,” said Jack Hattingh, president, PointCloud Media. “The Renewed Vision PVP2 software reliably plays out all content from a stable platform, without the expense of purchasing or renting a system and hiring a full-time operator. I can purchase PVP2 software and a Mac Pro for the price of a three-week rental of most competing products. Being a permanent installation, the return on investment with PVP2 is nearly immediate.”

The end-to-end architecture includes five rooftop Barco HDQ-2K40 40,000 lumen projectors positioned 320 feet in the air to project visual content onto the pool, along with two 20,000 lumen projectors at ground level to project visuals onto adjacent rock formations. The workflow starts with a 4000×4000 content file for the pool map and a 3840×1080 file for the rock formations. A Mac Pro running PVP2 at each location slices the 4000×4000 file into five separate 1920×1080 feeds with mild overlap. The fluid pool reflections and surrounding ambience add an element of reality to the custom 3D mapping projections.

“PVP2 allows us to fine-tune the mappings on the fly to create the best convergence between the projected images,” said Hattingh. “Its advanced rending engine, coupled with the power and reliability of the Mac Pro, enables smooth playback of the massive video file across all five outputs. PVP2 is also allowing us to create some unusual projections, as we’re blending from four corners geometrically rather than top to bottom or left to right. PVP2’s flexibility has made it easy to create a unique mosaic map with plenty of light that audiences can enjoy.”

The master system on the roof is connected to the second rock projection system 31 stories below via a fiber-optic connection, with all content triggered simultaneously from both PVP2 servers. As each show begins, PVP2 triggers a contact closure relay to change the sound system from the standard background music service to the PVP2 audio feed. A third Mac Pro system outfitted with PVP2 supports a hotel broadcast on Channel 37, with viewers able to enjoy a live cut of the pool projections at the moment the light show music begins.

PointCloud Media representatives routinely monitor the system from their offices near Dallas to ensure everything is working properly, with the ability to stop, pause, restart and reschedule shows as needed. A third, holiday-themed show is now in development, given the success of the first two shows. Additionally, the simple learning curve of the system will allow hotel staff to use the system for other business opportunities as desired.

“PVP2 and the rest of system is very easy to learn and operate, so the hotel can easily use this for conferences and other themed events by the poolside,” said Hattingh. “Furthermore, they can easily gain an additional return on investment by renting the system to businesses and clients.”

About Renewed Vision
Founded in 2000, Renewed Vision’s mission is to offer reliable, purpose-built production software that enables organizations—spanning from churches to corporations—to create dynamic media experiences that enhance worship services, meetings and other special events. For more information on our product lines, including ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer and ProVideoServer, please visit our website at www.renewedvision.com.

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Firehouse Productions Powers iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014 with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Firehouse Productions deployed HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers at the iHeartRadio Music Festival providing sound reinforcement for some of the most popular artists in music today, including Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and One Direction. The 4th annual two-day festival took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to a capacity crowd of over 16,000 people.

The audio system featured a total of 36 JBL VTX V25 fullsize array elements (18 per side) for the main PA, 28 JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements (14 per side) for side hangs, 16 VTX G28 subwoofers and 16 VT 4886 subcompact line array elements provided front fill. Powering the system were 106 Crown amplifiers, which included both I-Tech 12000HDs and I-Tech 4x3500HD models featuring Crown’s DriveCore™ technology. System management and control were handled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

For Mark Dittmar, VP of Design and Engineering for Firehouse Productions, the VTX has become his PA of choice in providing audio for this event since its inception four years ago. “The VTX line is great for this kind of show, which requires not only high SPL but also clarity and accuracy,” said Dittmar.

“The show definitely runs on the loud side because of the nature of the performers but we really like to have fun with it. We always know we have enough headroom no matter how hard the bands hit it,” added Dittmar.

Dittmar continues to look to Crown amplifiers as the best match for the VTX rig for large-scale events such as this one. “The Crown amps continue to be rock solid and knowing they are optimized for the JBL loudspeakers we are confident they give us the best combination of control and performance,” said Dittmar. “We’ve definitely had great success with the system and the wide range of performers have been happy as well.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: http://www.firehouseproductions.com.

For more information on iHeartRadio, please visit: http://www.iheart.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.

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ROLL TIDE! ALABAMA’S 100,000+ BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM CONVERTS FROM LINE ARRAYS TO DANLEY

DCIM100GOPROTUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 2014: The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide – among the most storied and winningest college football teams in the nation – plays all of its home games at 100,000-plus seat Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Pleased with the authoritative performance of its on-field sound reinforcement system – a single Danley GH-60 Genesis Horn paired with a single Danley TH-212 subwoofer – the university agreed with design and installation firm Baker Audio Visual (Norcross, Georgia) that Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers should replace the existing sound system to cover the entire stadium. Constrained by an aggressive timeline that necessitated reusing existing hang points, Baker AV installed Danley’s new weatherproof OS-80 loudspeakers and OS-115 subwoofers in the upper bowl and Danley’s seasoned SH-96HO loudspeakers (with additional OS-80 loudspeakers for down fill) in the lower bowl.

“We only had a short window to complete the design and installation once the athletics department gave us the go-ahead,” said Joe Schuch, vice president of Baker AV. “We had a similarly short window at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, where Danley Sound Labs delivered over four hundred custom loudspeakers within six weeks to make that job a success. At Bryant-Denny, we worked with Mike Hedden, Danley president, on a solution that would work within the constraints of the existing infrastructure. There was not enough time to engineer new solutions or to modify loudspeaker locations. We worked through Danley’s catalog of form factors to build an appropriate solution.” In part because Danley builds all of its loudspeakers and subwoofers in the USA, it was able to meet the deadlines at Bryant-Denny while simultaneously meeting deadlines at the Kentucky Derby’s Churchill Downs. Hedden reported that, between the two, the company produced between four and five hundred loudspeakers in just four weeks.

Alabama_Stands_SpeakersThe upper bowl now gets coverage from forty distributed Danley OS-80 weatherproof loudspeakers (two at each of twenty locations), which will remain impervious to the elements for decades to come. Every other OS-80 cluster is paired with a Danley OS-115LF weatherproof subwoofer for low-end support. The lower bowl uses twenty-four clusters, each comprised of a Danley SH-96HO for main coverage and a Danley OS-80 for downfill directly below the main loudspeakers. The OS-80 is rolled off at 250Hz and thus primarily aids in spoken word intelligibility. Similar to the end zones, all of the Danley products in the upper and lower bowls deliver better coverage with substantially fewer and/or lighter boxes, making it possible for Baker AV to install the system without taking valuable time to recertify the hangs.

After a few days tuning the system, Baker AV and Danley specialists fired up the system for the university. “The Athletics Department thinks it is a night and day improvement,” said Schuch. “The Danley system is more musical and has better intelligibility. The low-end output throughout the stadium blew them away.” Hedden added, “With the Danley system, Bryant-Denny gets better coverage, higher output, greater fidelity, and deeper bass all with a fraction of the cabinets, (38 Danley Synergy Horns replaced 128 line array cabinets) weight was reduced by several tons, and our system required 52 less amplifiers and signal processing than the old system. Our company offers the highest efficiencies, which translate into fewer devices required, making us the greenest manufacturer on the market. To me, it’s a huge affirmation that we’re doing the right thing and building a better mousetrap. With Danley systems in many of the biggest stadiums in the country – Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, Buffalo Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium, LSU’s Tiger Stadium, Penn State’s Beaver Field, MSU’s Spartan Stadium, and now Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium – we hope the tide is turning on the industry’s line array funk. Roll Tide!”

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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HARMAN’S AKG Microphones Are There for Edwin McCain 300-Plus Nights a Year on the Road

AKG_EdwinMcCain copyVICTORIA, Canada — For more than two decades, singer, songwriter and musician Edwin McCain has been winning fans the world over with his richly emotive voice and compelling songs like “I’ll Be,” “I Could Not Ask for More” and “Solitude.” Blending indie rock, soul and roots rock with other less definable styles, McCain takes his music on the road with the Edwin McCain Band and a gig schedule that is among the most demanding of any touring musician: more than 300 nights a year. His constant companions: a WMS4500 professional wireless system for his guitar, along with a WMS4500 vocal system with an HT4500 wireless transmitter using a C535 capsule.

“We’re always playing out, always gigging nonstop,” said McCain, who prefers performing live rather than recording because “it feels more natural” and the experience is everything he had hoped for as a 15-year-old musician just starting out. “I’m older now but if I’m feeling old and stiff and sorry for myself, I remember myself at age 15. If that kid heard me complaining, he’d burst through the door and kick my butt! So it’s hard not to love what I do.”

McCain plugs his acoustic and electric guitars into an AKG WMS4500 wireless system, designed to provide clear, reliable, long-range reception in even the most demanding onstage environments.

“The C535 is the perfect complement to the sound of my voice,” McCain noted, praising the condenser microphone’s ability to reproduce all the nuances of his voice from rough-edged to smooth and soaring, while being able to rock out at any volume. He finds the exceptional transient response and smooth frequency balance of the C535 to be especially well suited to intimate acoustic shows yet points out, “no matter what setting we’re playing in, the equipment works great.”

“Reliability is all-important, and the durability of the C535 has been great,” said McCain. “We are rough on gear because of the amount of shows we play, the constant travelling, setting up and tearing down and all the varying conditions we encounter. We play all over the country and when we play for the military we’re all over the world. Not many people bring their microphones onto the landing strip of an aircraft carrier, but we do!”

McCain always has a backup wired microphone onstage—but in all his time using the C535 and HT4500, “I have never had to use that backup microphone, ever. The same with my wireless guitar pack—we have a backup cable just in case but I’ve never had to plug it in. We are talking a decade at least without a failure. I find that remarkable.” McCain can’t think of any other band that has the real-world experience of the Edwin McCain Band, who plays “every kind of gig you can think of from playing with a symphony orchestra to rocking a bar joint.”

“It’s nice to never have to worry about the microphones and wireless I use,” McCain concluded. “I’m much more concerned about our tour bus making it to the next town than my AKG microphones failing!”

For more information on Edwin McCain, please visit www.edwin.com

Photo Credit: Rich Singer

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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New York Festival of Light Makes a Hit in DUMBO with Clay Paky Supersharpys in U.S. Debut in Dazzling Beacon Installation

New York Festival of Lights, Dumbo/Brooklyn New YorkThe first annual New York Festival of Light (NYFOL) came alive November 6, 7 and 8 after dark in DUMBO, Brooklyn attracting crowds so large that the family event had to turn away people Saturday night. NYFOL utilized numerous Clay Paky fixtures on the main stage under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge, and Clay Paky’s new Supersharpys, controlled by a grandMA2 onPC Command Wing, created the spectacular Beacon installation at The Pearl Street Triangle. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and grandMA products in North America.

NYFOL offered visitors a curated collection of lighting installations created by local and international lighting designers, performance artists and technologists – all working with the medium of light. The event was presented by The New York Festival of Light Organization, a non-profit art group. Its vision is to create and provide a unique and delightful experience for residents and tourists by enhancing New York City’s architecture through interactive, static and projected lighting installations.

NYFOL marked the U.S. debut of Clay Paky’s Supersharpy fixture. Clay Paky was also represented at the festival by a dozen each of Sharpys, Alpha Spot HPE 700s and A.leda B-EYE K10s.

Lighting designer Ira Levy, who heads lighting production company Levy Lighting NYC, cofounded NYFOL with Liam O’Braion and serves as its creative director. Four years in the making, NYFOL finally gives New York the kind of impressive festival of light found in other major cities.

“We have such an active lighting industry and were the only city without a festival of light,” says Levy. When prospective sponsors and others asked for a proof of concept, The NYFOL Organization staged last year’s First Light in lower Manhattan as a launch event to raise awareness and generate excitement for a festival of light. A.C.T Lighting supported First Light and was eager to jump on board for NYFOL, which was planned for DUMBO.

“Ira is a long-time friend, so we offered to provide the new Supersharpys and create a powerful statement for the festival,” says Brian Dowd, vice president of sales at A.C.T Lighting. Collaborating with Levy, he mounted eight Supersharpys on a 6-foot tall platform and pointed the lights up at the sky to form a the Beacon, a stunning tapering column of blue light that could be seen from midtown Manhattan. A big mirror ball hung in the center of the platform spilling shards of light over the area when the beams focused on it.

“We have been demo’ing Supersharpys to customers here for several months but this was believed to be the first use of Supersharpys in the U.S.,” says Dowd. “Supersharpys were just used to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Each Supersharpy is only 470 watts but their power is mind-numbing: Nothing in lighting history comes close to it.”

Clay Paky builds on the Sharpy’s worldwide success with Supersharpy, an ACL beam-type moving head featuring a 470-watt, 7,800K lamp. Its light beam is three times brighter than Sharpy and packs an even bigger impact than the numbers suggest. Supersharpy’s light can reach incredible mid-air distances, making it the first low-wattage beam light that can really challenge a searchlight.

“The Beacon became an iconic part of the festival,” says Levy. “It reached up higher than the 20-story buildings in the neighborhood, and you could see the rotating pattern in the clouds.”

Dowd provided a grandMA2 onPC Command Wing to run the Beacon. “Its small footprint adapted well to the location,” he says. “It’s small but has all the power of the grandMA2 light in a package that was easily transportable to DUMBO.”

Levy Lighting provided the Clay Paky fixtures that played key roles on the main stage under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge lighting the performers and highlighting the architecture of the structure. The stage hosted an array of DJs as well as singer and light performer Nicole Renaud; the sonic cinema group Zero Times Everything, which provided the live soundtrack for the laser show; and iLuminate.

“We lined the tunnel with two lines of stick truss, which housed the moving lights and laser system,” Levy explains. Twelve Sharpys accentuated the laser effects shooting beams “that were safe enough to light people,” he says. Twelve Alpha Spot HPE 700s “gave texture and depth to the ceiling architecture” while twelve B-EYE K10s “washed the stage and highlighted the performers.”

The NYFOL Organization was “really elated with the response” to the festival, which quickly went viral via social media and the local press, Levy says. “We felt it was a real opportunity for our industry to branch out from what people expect us to do – light for New York theater and concerts – and also capitalize on the general public’s fascination with light. It opened the door for more than B-to-B relationships. We were gratified to see so many young people and hope kids will remember it and students will think of light as a career path. NYFOL can also be a hatching ground for manufacturers to think about different – maybe unintended – ways to use their lights. It opens up the industry to more creativity by more people.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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