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Clay Paky B-EYE K10s Make Red Rocks Debut with STS9 Concert and Join Band’s Fall Touring Rig

BNSTS920140906JP_1200px_004Lighting designer Saxton Waller selected 22 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10 LED-based moving lights controlled by a grandMA2 with NPU for two sold-out STS9 concerts at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, the lead up to the band’s cross-country fall tour. The fixtures and console were provided by Brown Note Productions, Inc. in Thornton, Colorado. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA products in North America.

The instrumental band STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), which plays self-described post-rock dance music, is one of the nation’s top-grossing tour acts with a heavy presence in the festival circuit. Their dates at Red Rocks, September 5 and 6, preceded the start of their first tour in nearly a year. The tour will play venues in the Midwest and East, including Chicago, New York, Detroit and Pittsburgh.

Brown Note Productions, Inc. is a full-service audio, lighting and video production company specializing in touring, festivals and special events. It won the 2013 Parnelli Award for “Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year” and is nominated for the same award again this year.

“STS9 is our flagship client: We’ve been working with the band for the 10 years we’ve been in business,” says CEO Sara B. Knutson, who is partnered with her husband, Ryan, in Brown Note Productions. “STS9 has played Red Rocks, named the best concert venue in the country, a number of times before. And we do 30-35 shows there annually with clients, so it’s a very familiar venue. The B-EYE K10s made their Red Rocks debut with STS9, then will accompany the band on their six-week tour.”

Brown Note Productions is a fan of Clay Paky products with more than 60 Sharpys and 16 Sharpy Washes in their inventory. Now, 22 B-EYE K10s have joined the product roster.

“We expect the K10s to be accepted by all the major tours,” says Knutson; the fixtures were rented previously by String Cheese Incident for their show at Electric Forest. “We also look for the K10s to bring in new clients who are excited by the hype and what the lights can do. Clay Paky always puts out amazing products – look at Sharpy and how it has revolutionized the industry. Their products are solid and in-demand – we can’t keep them in stock!”

Brown Note Productions has a long history with MA consoles, too. “We started with one many years ago and have really ramped up our inventory so we now carry two grandMA2s, a grandMA2 light, an NPU, a command wing and we still have a grandMA1. They are the go-to desk for any major tour; they’re on every rider and are specked for all the big national festivals.”

Saxton Waller, who heads Denver-based Roygbiv Lighting & Show Design, has been the lighting designer for STS9 for 14 years. He saw Clay Paky B-EYE K20s at a recent Phish concert and when a sample K10 became available he got a chance to “play with it” for a day and see if the fixture would fit into STS9′s new touring rig.

“I used 22 K10s for Red Rocks, and we’re touring with 20,” he says.
“I’m using the K10s any way I can: every function they have, I use – wash mode for big-stage looks, beaming down without opening the prisms for small beam effects, rotating them and opening and closing the prisms for custom effects.” At Red Rocks and on tour STS9 has opted not to use video elements in their shows so lighting design and effects play a bigger role than ever.

At Red Rocks Waller placed one K10 behind each of the five band members and tilted the fixtures forward about 25º “to get them under the band and all the way back to the rocks,” he explains. The remaining 17 K10s were mounted in the truss. The fixtures will be deployed in a similar way for the touring rig.

Waller built custom macros for the K10s that extend creative flexibility with color. “I’ve written probably 30 custom chases with colors attached. So in a three-spoke fan each spoke stays the same color all the way around, like a gobo wheel spinning. I can fire them of in any combination,” he explains.

He attached ghost protocol presets to his custom chases to facilitate writing the macros assigning the K10 color combinations. “Each chase can have 60-80 steps, so I only have to write it once, not each time I have a different color combination.”

Waller has also invented a way to see each beam of the K10s in MA 3D setting up each cell as an individual moving light. “It’s been priceless for me to see the beam structure in the studio without setting up the entire rig,” he says.

“Brown Note is a great company and has always been a great partner of ours,” says A.C.T Lighting Vice President of Sales, Brian Dowd. “They’re always excited about trying the latest and greatest equipment and they’re able to do so in a way that really showcases the gear.”

Chris Ruppel from Brown Note Productions gets kudos from Waller for “making it all happen” with K10 and grandMA2 programming.

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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Analog Way releases new Apps and bolsters its offerings of Software and Tools

September 2014 – Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of AW Toolbox. This wireless App to remotely operate the LiveCore™ series of AV processors completes Analog Way’s recent line of software and tools released to help operators get the most out of the high-end mixers.

Analog Way is pleased to announce the availability of AW Toolbox, a mobile App designed to control the LiveCore™ series of presentation mixers. The wireless application offers the ability to fine-tune any multi-projector Soft Edge Blend, recall presets and Master presets with seamless transitions, and easily configure the processor’s inputs and outputs, all via WiFi. In addition, AW Toolbox displays sources and logos through dynamic snapshots automatically refreshed every second. Compatible with Android™ tablets and Apple iPad, AW Toolbox is available on both the Google Play Store ($19.90 – 14.90€) and iOS App Store® ($19.99 – 17.99€).

Philippe Vitali, Integration and Application Software Director, explains: “In order to make the operation of our LiveCore™ mixers even simpler, we’ve designed AW Toolbox to offer remote control. Through its user-friendly interface, operators can now easily operate their system with a tap or flick of a finger, wherever they are in their show area”.

In addition to AW Toolbox, Analog Way’s Integration and Application Software team has released a series of free tools to provide support to users in their daily operations.
Among them, AW Gateway allows up to 5 simultaneous connections to one single Analog Way switcher that does not natively support multiple controllers.
The AW Screen Frame Cutter was designed for Soft Edge Blending applications. The tool helps split any wide-screen image into multiple still backgrounds including overlaps very easily.
Finally, Analog Way released the AW EDID Editor. This free software allows users to create and edit any standard EDID files to ensure optimal compatibility between sources and display systems. AW EDID Editor can be used within any application no matter the systems involved.
These tools are all available as free downloads on www.analogway.com and are all compatible with Windows and Mac OS X.

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PURE GROOVE SYSTEMS TAKES DANLEY TO THE DANCE!

Pure_Groove_DanleyLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In less than a decade, Danley Sound Labs has revolutionized the fidelity and efficiency of sound reinforcement in houses of worship and, more recently, arenas and sports venues. The key to that revolution is the innovative loudspeaker and subwoofer designs of Tom Danley, who spent his early years inventing electro-acoustic solutions for NASA and holds seventeen patents, only a fraction of which are for music reproduction devices. He is a broad and deep thinker, and the patented Synergy Horn and Tapped Horn technologies, upon which Danley Sound Labs products are based, cleverly sidestep the compromises that are inherent to conventional loudspeaker and subwoofer designs. Simply put, Danley devices sound glorious at any volume, with rich, honest bass and pleasant midrange. Moreover, the efficiency of Danley devices allows that better fidelity to happen with vastly fewer boxes (and thus with vastly fewer amps and processing). With the help of Pure Groove Systems, Danley Sound Labs plans to expand its revolution to the world of dance music.

“I know the current dance music industry standard, and Danley smashes it,” said Damian Murphy, founder of Pure Groove Systems and president of Liquified, the dance music and festival production veteran. “I thought I had heard ‘great’ systems before, but now that I’ve heard Danley, I realized that audiences were settling for something that isn’t that great.’ I feel that it’s my duty to get promoters, artists, and fans the true sound they deserve,” said Murphy. Pure Groove Systems distributes, rents and demos Danley products globally.

Danley Sound Labs made its first inroad in the house of worship market in part because that’s where the heart of company president Mike Hedden resides, and the company’s current expansion into the arena market comes with considerable insider knowledge. They lacked that connection to the dance music industry, however. “Danley approached me and suggested a demo for a show we were doing in the Atlanta area,” said Murphy. “They sent Ivan [Beaver] and Chad [Edwardson] with a system to cover 1,500 people. It was just four boxes – two tops and two subs. I admittedly, was dubious, but they assured me it would be more than enough.”

Murphy continued, “They were right. It was plenty loud. But more importantly, it sounded rich, clean, and powerful. It was immersive and no matter what was playing, I felt like I was inside the track; and I wasn’t getting my head ripped off, either, despite the volume. The advantages didn’t end there. The consistency of sound was also unparalleled. No matter where I went on the dance floor or on any of the venue’s three balconies, I heard the same enveloping sound. It was unlike anything I had heard in my 25 years in the industry. It was very special.” Murphy reports that all of the numerous Danley systems he has since been a part of share those qualities.

The second characteristic of Danley’s designs – efficiency – is also a huge advantage in the dance music industry. “We put up a twenty-box Danley system at a 12,000 person stage at the Lightning In a Bottle Festival,” said Murphy. “An adjacent stage used over 170 conventional boxes to cover a comparable crowd, and their sound was no where near as good as ours. Danley’s efficiency scales, too. Fewer boxes means less time and/or people rigging, fewer amps, less processing, less electricity, smaller trucks, less fuel, and so on. And the fact that the efficiency comes with a dramatic improvement in sound quality… well, you can see why I’m excited to move the industry toward Danley.”

Since its establishment in January 2014, Pure Groove Systems has provided Danley systems for several festivals. At Miami Music Week, forty of the world’s top DJs played to 15,000-plus people, over five days, using two Danley J1 Jericho Horns and two Danley BC-415 subwoofers. The previously mentioned “Lighting In a Bottle” Fest used four Danley J1 Jericho Horns, two Danley SH-96HOs, eight Danley BC-415 subwoofers, and six Danley TH-118 subwoofers. The system performed flawlessly fourteen hours a day through the extreme heat and dust of the California desert. Despite rain at Amsterdam’s “Lost In a Moment” outdoor event, DJs kept more than 4,000 people packed on the dance floor using two Danley J1 Jericho Horns, two Danley SH-96HOs, two Danley TH-812 subwoofers, and two Danley BC-415 subwoofers.

“Working with the Danley team has been inspiring,” said Murphy. “They’re justifiably confident in their products, but they welcome feedback and are constantly looking to improve. The products sound amazing with any type of musical genre, electronic, rock, pop, classical, etc. I’m devoting myself to traveling the world with these systems to make an impact in my industry. We sell and rent Danley systems or demo them to potential customers in the right situation. I’m willing to do that because I’m confident that once people hear a Danley system, they’re going to want to buy it. There simply is nothing comparable to the clarity and power of these speakers. The difference is obvious.”

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PURE GROOVE SYSTEMS, VISIT: Web: PureGrooveSystems.com • Twitter: @PureGrooveLabs • Facebook: PureGrooveSystems

Two Symetrix Jupiter 8 Turn-Key DSPs and ARC-WEB Control Technology Power Corner Entertainment

1919HOUSTON, TEXAS: Corner Entertainment is a recently-opened entertainment constellation located in Houston, Texas. It features a restaurant (Corner Table) a bar/nightclub (The Oak Bar), and a second wine and mixed drinks bar (1919). Though distinctly named, the three concepts flow together, both physically and in the vibe that unites them. That vibe is perhaps best described as high-class, but relaxed. Though the aesthetic and the quality of the libations and cuisine might justify it, Corner Entertainment is decidedly not stuffy. Houston-based integration firm LoGo Audio Video Music designed and installed Corner Entertainment’s high-performance, cost-effective audio system using two Symetrix Jupiter 8 fixed architecture standalone DSPs with smartphone control for the managers provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB.

“For small- to mid-sized installations, the Symetrix Jupiter is the only processor I’ll use,” explained Jay Gonzalez, LoGo AV’s founder and chief designer. “I’ve used a wide range of processors from different manufacturers, and I’ve experienced a surprising number of failures. When I have issues like that with a processor, I can’t use it again. It’s just too stressful! In contrast, the Symetrix Jupiter is always rock-solid and incredibly easy to work with. My programmer has had zero issues and loves that connecting with the Jupiter is as simple as plugging it in. And of course, Symetrix’ studio-grade sound quality is amazing and gives my clients a sound system to be proud of.”

Corner Entertainment’s audio system is divided into two completely separate halves: one that runs the restaurant and a second that runs the bar. Inputs to the restaurant system include a wireless microphone for events, a tie-in from a small mixer on a patio where bands set up, an iPod dock, and a Pandora music service stream. With eight inputs, one Symetrix Jupiter 8 accepts those sources and provides all of the necessary equalization, dynamics, and routing control. Crown CTS-Series 70-volt amplifiers power SoundTube SM500 loudspeakers. The Jupiter 8’s eight outputs feed eight separate zones, selected to give Gonzalez and his team maximum flexibility to tailor output levels and processing for a perfectly tuned system.

CornerTable_PatioSource selection and volume control are provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB technology. “They were excited by ARC-WEB,” said Gonzalez. “It’s cool technology that’s also very practical and, like all the Symetrix products I’ve worked with, rock-solid.” The owners and managers are set up to use ARC-WEB, but in the event that they aren’t available, LoGo Audio Video Music installed a hard-wired backup. A Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote located at the equipment rack provides redundant control.

The area that Corner Entertainment beautifully renovated to form its bar areas was constructed in 1919 (hence the name) as a sawmill to process local oak trees (hence the name) for upscale residences in Houston. Its inputs include a wireless microphone, an iPod dock, a Blu-ray player, an HDMI audio de-embedder, and a DJ tie-in from the wine bar area. Again, a Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP handles all of the system processing, and Symetrix ARC-WEB and ARC-2e control technology allows source selection and volume control. With sixteen QSC AD-S82Hs and two QSC GPW subwoofers powered by beefy QSC PLX-3602 amplifiers, “it can get dance club crazy” in the bar areas, in Gonzalez’ enthusiastic words. A separate VIP area, dubbed “Lexington’s,” has its own Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote for separate input selection and volume control, as well as a dedicated flat-screen for presentations or screenings.

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

API 1608 CONSOLE A POWERFUL SOLUTION FOR CHT ESTUDIOS IN CHILE

Gonzalo_GonzalezSANTIAGO, CHILE: With sound quality a top priority, mix and mastering engineer Gonzalo González E. wanted to expand his studio offerings, while maintaining the high quality of recording for which his clients are accustomed. With all the needs of his growing studio in mind, González was advised by 57 Pro Audio, API’s Chilean distributor, to add a standard 1608 console.

The 1608 is a perfect match for the size of CHT Estudios, as well as both the independent and bigger international label clients that it works with. “We usually record bands of rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae, and folk music of Chile,” said González. “Many people in Chile receive this new console as good news for the recording industry.”

Along with the 1608, CHT Estudios has a pair of 3124 preamps, which González says he uses on everything. He also uses a 527 compressor in his API lunchbox®. “With the 1608, we can now use the preamps and EQ, and send to record in DAW, and at the same time. We can also use faders of the same channels to listen to tracks from DAW, which is very useful. My favorite feature is the ability to use EQs as an insert for gear outside the console. We can also sum thirty-two channels of DAW using sixteen channels on faders, with eight stereo returns and eight program bus ins.”

Coming up in the next few months, the studio will continue recording and mixing for an array of recognized artists. “All of the features make the console a powerful solution for a studio like ours,” said González. “It is a good inspiration for us, and for everybody who likes music with a very good quality of recording.”

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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HARMAN’s Crown and BSS Audio Are At Center Court In Wimbledon Audio System Upgrade

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

LONDON, England — It’s the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship – Wimbledon, held at the All England Club In London since 1877. Although steeped in tradition, the facility takes a decidedly modern approach to its audio and communications network, evaluating and updating its installation every year. Prior to the 2014 tournament, Wimbledon-based systems contractor RG Jones Sound Engineering (www.rgjones.co.uk) knew that the scope of work would be much more involved than in the past. Because of building renovations, the Broadcast Center PA equipment room had to be completely relocated, and the system upgrade called for more audio inputs and outputs than the existing system provided.

Jon Berry, RG Jones Sales and Installation Director realized that HARMAN’s Crown DriveCore Install (DCi) Network amplifiers and BSS Audio BLU-160 signal processor made such a major undertaking a lot easier, because of their ability to be networked with the All England Club’s existing Soundweb London audio DSP system, which operates across the site in locations including the Centre Court clubhouse, the North courts, the Gate 3 turnstiles building and other areas. RG Jones installed a total of 24 Crown DCi 4|300N and DCi 4|600N four-channel amplifiers in the new PA room, as well as two BSS Audio BLU-160 processors. All Crown and BSS Audio products were supplied by UK HARMAN distributor Sound Technology, Ltd.

Crown’s DCi Network amplifiers utilize exclusive DriveCore amplifier technology, which enables powerful, energy-efficient operation from an amplifier just 2U rack spaces high. The ampifiers are compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ system setup and control software.

The amplifiers receive audio from the BSS BLU-160 processors via BLU link, a low-latency 256-channel fault-tolerant bus, which provides the required channel count and a cost-effective hardware solution that can be implemented over long distances.

“Having to implement such a major overhaul of the system proved to be a blessing in disguise, as the relocation of the PA room confirmed our belief that network-compatible amplifiers were the way forward,” said Berry. “The ability to network the amplifiers alongside the existing Soundweb London system has proven to be extremely useful. Having in-depth, instantaneous monitoring of the amplifiers gives us a degree of control that was simply unavailable before.” He also noted that the amplifiers’ Ethernet connectivity significantly reduced the amount of analog cabling that would have otherwise been necessary.

Berry has been equally impressed with the DCi Network amplifiers’ performance. Before starting the All England Club project RG Jones undertook rigorous sonic testing at their workshop to check that the amplifiers would integrate with the existing system. “While conducting these evaluations we realized that the depth and functionality of the amps’ DSP features were a major advantage in tailoring their performance to the speakers, the system and the venue,” Berry added.

For Berry and his team, the acid test was going from the workbench to configuring the installation for the Centre Court clubhouse. “The setup and commissioning of the clubhouse system was the most complex part of the install, and in fact we found the process to be intuitive, easier than we thought it would be – and extremely effective. The flexibility, control capabilities and the sound quality are far better than we could have hoped for and we will certainly be specifying the Crown DCi amps and BSS Audio components for future projects.”

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

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.

Professional Wireless Systems Highlights Range of RF Solutions for House of Worship Events at WFX 2014

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 – Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, will showcase its range of RF solutions at WFX 2014 (Booth 1023), including its Helical Antennas and Domed Helical Antennas, Intermodulation Analysis Software System (IAS), GX Series of Combiners and DB Series of Multicouplers.PWS_Helical Antenna

“We are excited to bring our range of state-of-the-art RF and wireless equipment to the house of worship professionals in attendance at WFX 2014,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “In addition to showcasing our RF solutions, PWS representatives will be on-hand to discuss our ability to provide on-site install services and support for wireless systems at HOW events of any size, especially with the influx of larger scale events for the upcoming holiday season.”

Two of PWS’ flagship product lines, Helical Antennas and Domed Helical Antennas, will be on display at the show. PWS Helical Antennas, perfect for long throws and high gain, have become the industry standard for multichannel wireless microphone, in-ear and intercom systems, due in part to their unique characteristics, which offer users extreme flexibility. The circularly polarized UHF antennas cover a frequency range of 450 MHz to 950 MHz and offer 14dbi gain and 8.5dbi for the Domed Helical. With an inherent boost in gain, greater bandwidth, and dropout-resistant polarization, PWS Helical Antennas outshine the performance of traditional antenna designs. Popular for use with IEM systems, users can employ these antennas with other UHF systems, including wireless microphones and intercom systems.

For venues and installations in which site-line appearance is a priority, PWS Domed Helical Antennas offer a wider angle of coverage perfect for smaller stages and medium gain. Offering the same circular polarization as the original PWS Helical Antenna, the Domed Helical features a more durable, sealable enclosure with a compact profile. Inconspicuous and robust, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna is a great choice when aesthetics and function cannot be compromised.

PWS will also be demonstrating its Intermodulation Analysis Software (IAS), which cuts down on setup time by combining a database of wireless performance equipment and access to local television frequencies in use. “PWS’ IAS software is the solution RF technicians have been waiting for,” adds Van Winkle. “This saves tremendous time over traditional trial-and-error methods. Once a clean frequency is found in IAS, a simple pre-show equipment test will verify the software’s ‘offline’ analysis. Our proprietary software helps to speed up a tedious and error-prone process.”

Additionally, PWS will highlight its GX Series of Combiners, the GX-4 and GX-8, which offer selectable high and low output settings, as well as above unity gain on output, as well as its DB Series of Multicouplers, including the DB8 (8 outputs), DB16 (16 outputs) and DB24 (24 outputs). These diversity systems are designed to distribute antenna signals to multiple receivers without loss and with high isolation between ports.

Interested show participants are invited to stop by PWS’ WFX Booth (1023) to speak with executives about the company’s latest product offerings. The team will also be offering site surveys at a discounted price to show attendees who are interested in learning more about how to optimize their frequency coordination during house of worship events.

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.

New Birthplace of Country Music Museum Explores Historic 1927 Bristol Sessions with Audio and Video Systems from Electrosonic

BCM day 2-21Straddling the Virginia and Tennessee state lines, the town of Bristol just opened the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, featuring audio and video systems provided by Electrosonic.

The new museum celebrates the historic 1927 Bristol Sessions, which are considered the origin of modern country music. Held by the Victor Talking Machine Company in a local hat warehouse, the sessions were made possible by the advent of portable audio recording technology. Nineteen performers traveled to what was then the largest urban area in the Appalachians to raise their voices in song; the sessions marked the commercial debuts of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family.

The 24,000-square foot Birthplace of Country Music Museum uses multiple theater experiences, interactives and artifact displays, to tell the story of the Bristol Sessions and their far-reaching influence. The museum is in a vintage building that formerly housed a truck dealership; over a period of years, it was gutted and retrofitted to be true to the era of the Bristol Sessions.

Electrosonic was brought on board the project in its early stages by Washington, D.C.-based Hillmann & Carr, which produced the museum’s video content and handled interactive programming. Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team worked with Joseph Nicholson of studioMUSarx in Philadelphia on the initial exhibit design. Electrosonic’s Orlando office provided the subsequent AV systems and support for the facility.

“There were a number of challenges to working in a historically significant building,” says Electrosonic project manager Tim Wilson.

Chief among them – and critical to a music-themed museum – were the issues concerning sound. Steve Haas, president of SH Acoustics in Milford, Connecticut, served as the acoustic and audio consultant to Electrosonic and was a key contributor to the project’s audio design and calibration. “We had to resolve acoustically challenging hard surfaces and create the highest quality sound experience for visitors,” he says. “Optimizing the sonic environment throughout the museum was the goal, whether in the theaters or individual exhibits.”

Visitors to the museum enjoy five theaters, four of which feature equipment from Electrosonic. The largest of them, the Orientation Theater, has a holding area styled like a train depot. Visitors hear associated sound effects and historic music clips through Acoustic Enhancements’ activated sound panels built into the depot walls while they wait to gain admittance to the theater; when they hear a train’s air brakes, the theater doors open and they take a seat to watch the video, “Bound to Bristol,” about the musical heritage of the Bristol Sessions. The Orientation Theater is outfitted with an InFocus projector, Renkus-Heinz speakers, Bag End subwoofers and activated sound panels by Acoustic Enhancements. A pair of NEC monitors above the walkways provides closed captioning.

The small Greasy Strings Theater displays a looped video exploring the philosophy and musical techniques behind the sessions. It has a BenQ projector and Innovox and Tannoy speakers. The Chapel has a few church pews where visitors can rest and watch a video about local gospel groups and how faith has shaped music. It has a BenQ projector, Tannoy speakers and four Acoustic Enhancements activated sound panels built into the pews. The Orientation Theater, Greasy Strings and the Chapel all have Screen Goo projection surfaces on their walls. Their video sources are Alcorn McBride DVM8500 digital video machines.

A stop at the Immersion Theater comes later in the tour. Its video focuses on making visitors part of the unbroken circle of country music and includes clips of many different artists performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – from Jimmie Rodgers to Lynyrd Skynyrd. This theater has a custom Da-Lite perforated, curved screen, three blended BenQ projectors, a Dataton WATCHOUT video source, Tannoy speakers and Bag End subs – and room to dance. The walls are lined with murals showing crowds of appreciative country music fans at the annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival in Bristol.

Throughout the museum, a number of interactives equipped with 32-inch ELO touch screens engage visitors in various aspects of the Bristol Sessions and country music heritage. Interactives dubbed “Way Back Machines” enable visitors to scroll through photographs showing Bristol over the years; four “Mixing Stations” allow them to change the mix on assorted tracks from the sessions. Two “Bristol Remastered” interactives, with Brown Innovations focused beam speakers, showcase a number of session tunes covered by contemporary artists. An interactive recording booth invites visitors to sing along in their own version of the famous Bristol Sessions, and “Send a Postcard” lets them choose a digital postcard design to email to family and friends.

Bristol-born Tennessee Ernie Ford gets a video kiosk driven by an Alcorn McBride DVM8500 with overhead speakers. The “Rediscovered/Reinvented” video, displayed on a 46-inch monitor, shows how movies and media integrate country music today. It is also fed by an Alcorn McBride digital video machine.

The museum has provided space for a working internal radio station, too. Visitors can look through picture windows to the audio booth, which features a vintage radio control room and studio equipped with a 1940s Raytheon console from a Bristol radio station that has been retrofitted to convert analog to digital signals. The FCC has granted a low power FM license, and the studio will soon begin broadcasting WBCM, Birthplace of Country Music Radio. Electrosonic provided the interactive outside the windows where visitors can tune into four pre-recorded radio shows if the radio station is not broadcasting. Audio playback is provided by a QSC Q-Sys system.

Electrosonic built three control rooms on the second floor of the museum, which are connected with a fiber network. Empty racks have been provided to accommodate future expansion in the already limited space. Museum staff maintains all of the audio and video equipment.

“Everything looks very, very good and sounds excellent,” says Wilson. “The Birthplace of Country Music is a very cool place to visit, and the people there are wonderful. They really believe in the product and have done a great job showing the full spectrum of country music from the 1927 sessions to today.”

Dr. Jessica Turner, the museum’s director and head curator, concluded, “It was important to us, as a music museum, to have the highest quality sound and media experiences. This is exactly what the group from Electrosonic delivered. I was impressed that the whole team worked with us to troubleshoot problems to find innovative solutions, often going above and beyond to provide expertise and professionalism. I was sad when the installation was complete and we would no longer be working together.”

Burwil was the general contractor for the museum.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Now Shipping RUSH Wizard™ Effect Light

RUSH by Martin_WizardAARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the RUSH Wizard™ “full-house” effect light for nightclubs, bars and other leisure environments is now shipping. As the latest member of the RUSH by Martin line of affordable lighting solutions, the RUSH Wizard is an extremely bright yet energy-efficient light providing high-quality mid-air effects.

The RUSH Wizard is music-triggered and DMX-controllable with two independent color/gobo wheels offering seven colors (plus two whites) and 13 different gobos with an additional two open patterns. An advanced shutter system allows the Wizard to create fast strobe and pulse effects as well as blackouts and a unique instant open. The Wizard also delivers more than 80 agile light beams with each beam chasing the other while continuously changing color and gobo pattern.

“Finding reliable effect lighting that is compact and bright while also energy efficient is a challenge faced by many integrators,” said Mark Buss, Product Manager, RUSH by Martin. “We are committed to providing the industry with the most innovative and affordable lighting solutions; the RUSH Wizard is a powerful addition to our RUSH by Martin line that is capable of filling any venue with a dazzling display of mid-air effects and personality.”

The Wizard’s powerful ‘full-house’ club effect produces more than 80 light beams with each beam chasing the other while also continuously changing color and gobo patterns. It also features adjustable focus and a stand-alone mode for easy control as well as a130W short-arc discharge to create powerful effects via a reflector.

In addition, the RUSH wizard comes equipped with mounting brackets for easy installation on walls and ceilings as well as on floor stands ideal for mobile DJs in need of portable lighting.

For more information on Martin’s RUSH Wizard, please visit:

http://www.martin.com/en-US/Product-Details/RUSH-Wizard.aspx

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

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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