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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

Biamp Systems Offers AV Training Sessions Ahead of InfoComm Mexico 2014

Commercial audio leader continues partnership with InfoComm to provide AV systems training to Spanish-speaking industry professionals

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 5, 2014 – Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, will continue its partnership with InfoComm International by offering a third training session just prior to TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014. In an effort to help increase the number of trained AV professionals in Latin America, the course, held Aug. 18-20, will allow Biamp(R) partners to understand and troubleshoot the IT networks that support today’s unified AV systems. more

Catalyst AV Network Member Custom Plus Distributing San Jose Hosts August 19th Grand Opening Event

Dealers invited to visit new shopping-warehouse with exclusive deals and demos

Auburn, WA – August 5, 2014 – Custom Plus Distributing and sister company manufacturers rep firm Oliver Marketing announce the grand opening of its fourth location on August 19th, to feature the unveiling of a new shopping-warehouse and showroom, limited time promotions, demos and other exclusive benefits for area integrators.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., guests can tour and shop the new San Jose warehouse, enjoy great food and experience the highlighted 4K Ultra HD Experience Demo Room by Sony. In addition, new products, demos and deals will be on-hand for brands such as: IC Realtime, ClearView CCTV, ICE Cable Systems, Nest, APC, Sony, Onkyo, URC, Sanus, 2GIG, Russound, TiVo, ProControl, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire, Panamax, Vivitek, Soundcast, EnGenius, Velodyne, and Atlona, amongst others.

“Attractions include a prize drawing for tickets to the San Francisco 49ers, a 42-inch television, remotes and other product from leading brands,” says Charity Hardwick, Custom Plus Distributing Director of Marketing. “Additionally, a free 49er jersey will be given away with purchase of a Sony 4K TV.”

Hardwick along with General Manager Mike Munger, Territory Manager Steven Ricks, Branch Manager Kevin Mitchel and Inside Sales Rep Peter Warren will all be on-hand to meet with dealers, provide warehouse tours, set-up accounts and answer questions.

Dealers, integrators, and other industry professionals are invited to attend the grand opening throughout the day. To register for the event, visit: https://sanjosecpd.eventbrite.com or email to: info@customplusdistributing.com

About Custom Plus Distributing
Established in 1996, Custom Plus Distributing is a leading Distributor covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Northern California and Nevada territories. Distributing over 65 brands and specializing in both car and home categories, CPD has three full-service warehouse locations in Auburn, WA, Beaverton, OR and Rancho Cordova, CA. CPD is also a founding member of Catalyst AV, a consortium of consumer electronics distributors which serve over 15,000 dealers nationwide.

SET Expo 2014: FOR-A to Showcase Range of Video Solutions

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces it participation at the upcoming SET Expo 2014, taking place at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil from August 25-27. FOR-A will exhibit a variety of its popular solutions in booth E17, including its full 4K variable frame rate camera, video switchers, signal processors and multi viewers.

Among the highlights of FOR-A’s booth will be the highly regarded FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE will be demonstrated alongside FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system. The ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE operators to zoom in on and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.

FOR-A will also showcase a number of its popular video switchers, including the HVS-XT portable switcher series. Both the HVS-XT100, which comes with a separate main unit and control panel, and the HVS-XT110, which features a compact, integrated design, will be on display. FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher will also be shown. Offering unique capabilities that allow operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions, the cost-efficient switcher is widely used by broadcasters, houses of worship, education facilities and corporate video producers.

A variety of FOR-A’s signal processors will also be on display, including the award-winning FA-1010, which includes 10 video inputs and outputs and offers multi-channel routing between sources and effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FA-9520 and FA-9500 multi purpose signal processors will also be demoed at the show.

Other equipment to be shown by FOR-A includes the new MV-1620HSA multi viewer, a compact (1RU) but full-featured unit that includes the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

“This region is so important to FOR-A, and the SET Expo 2014 is a premier Latin American industry event,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “We look forward to exhibiting at this year’s show and displaying some of our newest and most in-demand solutions. A product I’m particularly looking forward to showcasing is our award-winning FA-1010 signal processor, which has proven itself to be a highly popular solution in the region.”

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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DVEO Launches Real Time, End to End Pro-MPEG FEC SMPTE 2022 Stand Alone Error Correcting Router for UDP or RTP Traffic

FEC Box IP IP

FEC Box IP IP

San Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will soon start shipping their new FEC (Forward Error Correction) device that catches and corrects bit errors in Internet transmissions. DVEO will debut the new FEC Box IP IP at Stand 2.A34 at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 12-16.

The FEC Box IP IP increases the reliability of UDP or RTP IP streams over lossy network transports, and alleviates jitter and packet loss introduced on WiFi, satellite, microwave, cellular, Internet, and other networks sensitive to noise. It is designed for video over IP, streaming live IP camera views, or any application where UDP/RTP audio-visual traffic is used and data loss is possible.

Forward Error Correction (FEC) is a method for finding and correcting errors in data transmissions. Extra data, called checksum packets, are added to the outgoing video stream so that errors can be corrected at the receiving end. The Pro-MPEG Forum, an association of broadcasters and content developers, adopted open standards for implementing FEC when transporting video over IP networks. The FEC Box IP IP is compatible with SMPTE 2022-1, -2, and -3 standards. This ensures high video quality and interoperability with other devices.

“The FEC Box IP IP alleviates dropped or scrambled bits, and it fixes dropped pixels and lines when transmitting video over noisy IP connections,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “It enables our customers to stream video or data with reliable delivery. It can also provide SMPTE 2022 based FEC compatibility to devices that don’t support it.”

The compact (4.5 inches/114 millimeters square) device is generally purchased in pairs — one at the transmitting end, and one at the receiving end. However, it also works with other Pro-MPEG compatible devices. To ensure compatibility with receivers that don’t support FEC, the internal structure of the transport stream itself is not modified.

The FEC Box IP IP supports IP UDP unicast and multicast, in or out, and supports both HD and SD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 encoded streams.

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Features — GNAT 1080p 60

  • Alleviates packet loss introduced on WiFi, satellite, microwave, cellular, Internet, and other networks sensitive to noise
  • Compatible with SMPTE 2022-1, -2, and -3 standards
  • Inputs/Outputs: UDP/RTP IP streams
  • Supports IP UDP unicast and multicast, in or out
  • Supports both HD and SD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 encoded streams
  • 10/100 Ethernet ports – switched for flexible use
  • Software updates can be performed via the Web GUI, or via the USB command stick
  • Will not alter the internal structure of the transport stream (PAT, PMT, etc.)
  • Tested for compatibility between other FEC equipped devices
  • Dimensions: 114 x 86 x 28 mm (4.48 x 3.38 x 1.12 inches)

Suggested Retail Price:
FEC Box IP IP (Usually sold in pairs): $1,195 U.S., each

DVEO and FEC Box IP IP are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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.

CLEAR-COM LAUNCHES FREESPEAK II™ DECT-BASED DUPLEX WIRELESS INTERCOM SYSTEM

At IBC 2014 Clear-Com® will announce the launch of FreeSpeak II™ wireless intercom system, an enhanced DECT-based offering that operates in multiple license-free DECT bands from 1.897-1.933GHz. FreeSpeak II delivers improved roaming capability for reliable wireless connections, superior digital ‘Clear-Com Sound’ for clear intelligibility and ultimate audio comfort, and innovative intercom features that make it a high performance wireless option.
The system is ideal for deployment across large-scale, multi-zone production areas typically required in live events, broadcast and sports production.

More Users, Same Flexibility

FreeSpeak II allows large numbers of wireless beltpack users to simultaneously roam across an expansive production area without compromising on performance. Similar to
its predecessor, FreeSpeak II can be implemented as a standalone base station wireless
system or as an integrated wireless solution within Eclipse HX matrices, known
as FreeSpeak II Integra. When using the base station, up to 20 full-duplex wireless
beltpacks can be connected; in an integrated matrix setup, as many as 50
full-duplex wireless beltpacks can be used at the same time by strategically
placing 10 or more distributed remote antennas to create an expansive coverage
zone. These beltpack users are then able to directly communicate with any other
remote or local matrix panel or other wireless or wired beltpack user who is on
the Eclipse HX Matrix System network.

New Hardware, Better Experience

FreeSpeak II leverages the existing base station from its predecessor that has been updated to work with the new beltpacks and new active antennas. All-new five-channel,
full-duplex FS II-BP wireless beltpack was uniquely designed for the rigorous
demands of large-scale operations and continuous communication use. Ergonomically
positioned controls, intuitive operation and rugged housing make the beltpack
ideal for extended use under harsh conditions. Beltpacks are IP-65 rated for
water and dust resistance for mobile productions. The Li-Ion battery for the
beltpack can last over 18 hours on a full charge. Beltpack operations including
battery health, RF status and Antenna link can be monitored in real-time via
the base station or Eclipse HX version 7.6 software.

The newly-designed Active Antenna provides the cellular roaming capability that keeps wireless users connected to the base station or to the Integra Solution. Enhancements to
the antenna systems now offer a much improved wireless performance and thereby
delivering a reliable wireless connection for mobile intercom users. Locally-powered
Antennas can be positioned up to 3,200ft away, or 800ft away when centrally
powered from the base station. Five way Antenna Splitters extend the base station
to create an expansive coverage area with up to 10 antennas.

Crystal-clear Sound, Ultimate Audio Comfort

FreeSpeak II beltpack users can continue enjoying the highly-intelligible and digitally-clear “Clear-Com Sound at 7kHz “commentator” audio bandwidth. This level of sound
quality offers excellent audio experience and reduces the strain on the user’s ears after extended usage.

Simon Browne, Director of Product Management, Clear-Com, said, “FreeSpeak is a proven duplex wireless solution for large-scale, multi-zone production areas. The introduction of the redesigned FreeSpeak II Beltpack and Antenna provides rugged and ergonomic operation, together with greatly improved radio and audio clarity that will delight our wireless users.”

The FreeSpeak II family of products, together with a wide range of other Clear-Com solutions, will be available for demonstration on Stand 10.D29 at IBC 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Sonnet Now Shipping Award-Winning New xMac Pro Server

New 4U Rackmount Enclosure Securely Houses the Latest Mac Pro, Connects Three PCIe Expansion Cards Via Thunderbolt 2, and Provides 5.25-Inch Mobile Rack Expansion

IRVINE, Calif. — July 29, 2014 – Sonnet is now shipping its new xMac(TM) Pro Server with a Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the latest generation of Mac Pro(R) computers. The xMac Pro Server securely mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays. Unveiled at the 2014 NAB Show, the xMac Pro Server has already garnered industry awards.

“The xMac Pro Server builds on the success of our rack-mountable xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products to provide much-needed expansion capabilities for the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks storage expansion and PCIe slots,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to fully leverage their investment in the new Mac Pro and still use the high-performance PCIe cards they need.”

The xMac Pro Server’s PCIe card expansion module incorporates ultrafast 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology, providing sufficient throughput to support many of the highest-performing PCIe cards, including pro audio, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel, as well as SAS/SATA RAID controllers and video capture and editing cards. The expansion system supports up to three full-length PCIe cards with one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots. Along with an integrated 300-watt power supply, the system includes one auxiliary 75-watt PCIe power connector for cards that require supplementary power, such as the Avid Pro Tools | HDX or the RED ROCKET-X cards. Two remarkably quiet, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans manage the airflow path according to the Apple operating guidelines for the Mac Pro, ensuring cool, reliable operation in noise-sensitive environments.

The xMac Pro Server’s Computer Mounting Module secures the Mac Pro in a protective steel cocoon covered inside with soft-touch padding, holding the Mac Pro firmly in place while protecting its mirror finish. The module extends the Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI interfaces to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit for easy external cable connection, while a USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front to enable the user to conveniently connect a USB peripheral and activate the computer’s power switch. Because panel-mount connectors for Thunderbolt cables do not exist, the Computer Mounting Module provides cable management tie-downs for securing all Thunderbolt cables that are connected to the Mac Pro during installation. An included Thunderbolt cable connects the Mac Pro to one of the xMac Pro Server PCIe expansion system’s two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an included lock secures the Thunderbolt cables in place when connected to the expansion system. These features make the xMac Pro Server ideal for use in both fixed and mobile applications.

The xMac Pro Server provides space for additional expansion equipment. With the optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit (Basic Edition), users can install two 5.25-inch mobile rack devices of their choice in the outer enclosure and connect them easily to cards installed in the PCIe slots. Without taking up additional rack space, the kit supports a wide array of devices such as an internal LTO tape drive, four or eight swappable 2.5-inch SSDs, a Blu-ray burner, a Sonnet Qio(TM) MR pro universal media reader, or three swappable 3.5-inch hard disk drives. Sonnet also offers preconfigured Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits that include the basic kit; one or two devices such as those mentioned above; a high-performance PCIe controller card to support the devices; and the necessary cables to connect them together. Users need only add their own hard drives, SSDs, or LTO tape drives to complete the package.

The xMac Pro Server (part number XMAC-PS) is now shipping at a suggested retail price of $1,499. The basic-edition Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit (formerly named Echo(TM) Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit, part number EXP3FR-MRM) has a suggested retail price of $199 and is available now; preconfigured Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits are also available now at retail prices ranging from $699 to $1,899. An extensive list of PCIe cards compatible with the xMac Pro Server is available on Sonnet’s website, with the list continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified. Like Sonnet’s Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems, the xMac Pro Server was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

More information on these products and Sonnet’s complete product family is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems; pro media readers; RAID storage systems; and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) Pro Server PCIe(R) 2.0 expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro(R) with Thunderbolt(TM) 2 ports, shown with optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit (Mac Pro computer not included).

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DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS DELIVER AUDIO HORSEPOWER AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky held the very first Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horse races in 1875, the year it opened. The track acquired its now-iconic twin-spires grandstand in 1895 and subsequently added to it on either side in pieces during the last century, bringing the grandstand’s current capacity to 52,000. In anticipation of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs commenced installation of a 171-ft. by 90-ft. video screen, the largest 4k video board in the world. Because the facility’s low-fi sound reinforcement system had been designed ages ago for only spoken word reproduction, the new screen would require a serious sound system upgrade to realize its full potential and impact. Dallas-based Marsh/PMK International, LLC designed the new sound reinforcement systems for all of the outdoor areas including nearly sixty clusters in the grandstands comprised of Danley Sound Labs SH50, SM96 and SM60F loudspeakers as well as TH212 subwoofers.

Encompass Develop, Design & Construct oversaw the installation of both the new video board and the new sound systems and they hired Marsh/PMK. Dave Stearns and Tim Lindstrom worked with Marsh/PMK to execute the sound system project from conception to completion. “The timeline for such a large-scale project was incredibly short – only six-and-a-half months from start to finish,” said David Marsh, owner of Marsh/PMK. “We were selected as the consultant in early October and delivered the design to Encompass at the end of December with two addenda following in January. Siemens was awarded the installation contract at the beginning of February. They won the bid in part because they have an ongoing contract to operate and maintain the sound systems at Churchill Downs. As such, they were already familiar with the facility and all the relevant operational aspects. Minor installation work and punch list corrections were still going on after the opening of Churchill Downs’ spring meet on April 26. Final testing and adjustments followed to make the system fully ready for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby race days on May 2nd and 3rd.”

“I’ve been listening to Danley systems at trade shows for years now,” said Marsh. “I like the company’s philosophy of building large horn systems instead of adding to the already flooded market of line arrays. We see line arrays used in many permanent installations where properly designed horn arrays would work better. People have the idea that line arrays are a panacea, the cure-all for every situation, because they can throw sound long distances and because the main sound lobe can be electronically shaped and steered. True, but there is another side to that story.” Marsh goes on to explain, “Constructive and destructive interference that makes line arrays work also causes noticeable variations in tonal quality. Interference also produces lobes of sound in unintended directions, including behind the array. Lastly, most line arrays have wide horizontal dispersion, the angle of which is usually fixed by the basic building block of the array. In such cases, it is not possible to vary the horizontal dispersion angle along the length of the array to optimally match the intended coverage area.”

Marsh said, “I’ve been looking for the right project for Danley. Churchill Downs became the one. Danley clusters positioned along the front edge of Level 300 serve the largest covered seating tier and all the trackside sections in front of the grandstand building from one end to the other. A tight vertical pattern with sharp cut-offs was critical in our long-throw situation. We had to throw sound all the way down to the edge of the track without ‘sizzling the hair’ of people seated below the clusters where Level 200 protrudes out from the building. The system performs as intended. I was also pleased by the performance of Danley’s TH-212 subwoofers. This is a tapped horn design that delivers an impressive amount of bass in a relatively small package.”

Our original design was based on a different loudspeaker manufacturer, but they couldn’t guarantee that their products would be delivered on time,” said Marsh. “Danley had slightly greater vertical coverage patterns in similar box sizes [to those of the other manufacturer], which allowed us to modify our design to use one less box per cluster. That would ultimately be a cost savings. Danley emphatically stated that the boxes would be delivered on time and that sealed the deal. They made good on their promise.”

Danley Sound Labs, Inc. President and CEO Mike Hedden commented, “One of the things we are very proud of is our U.S.-based manufacturing. From the time we got the order until it was shipped complete was four weeks; 250 fully weatherproofed loudspeakers in four weeks, that’s unheard of in this day of off shore production! During this time the south got hit by two severe snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the region. Even with raw goods being lost in logistics which delayed shipments, we still delivered the products in organized pallets so that each load represented a finished cluster on the job site in four weeks.”

Unlike a typical baseball or football stadium, the grandstand building at Churchill Downs has seating tiers that are stacked vertically, straight up and down. Moreover, various expansions have occurred over the years adding sections on either side of the historic “twin spires.” All of these sections have slightly different profiles. There are varying ceiling heights, seating depths and column spacing. It was a unique situation that required careful planning. Unfortunately, Churchill Downs did not have CAD drawings of the facility. In fact, PDF drawings provided to Marsh/PMK trickled in over a period of weeks and none of them were to scale. “This put the already tight design schedule in serious jeopardy.” Marsh said. “How were we going to get this project into EASE [for coverage modeling] and how were we going to produce usable CAD backgrounds?”

Tim Lindstrom worked with Melvin Saunders, another consultant working on the Marsh/PMK team, to meet the challenge. Tim used dimensions obtained during the initial site survey to create re-scaled PDFs. Melvin used Google Earth to confirm or correct the dimensions and then created a SketchUp model of the complicated grandstands. The SketchUp model was imported into EASE, which finally allowed Dave Stearns to get into the detailed loudspeaker system design. Tim subsequently set about creating the necessary CAD backgrounds. “I was very proud of our team’s resourcefulness.” Marsh declared.

Two basic cluster types alternate along the length of the grandstand, just under the front edge of the Level 300 ceiling. There are nearly sixty clusters in total. The first type of cluster includes a Danley SH50 long-throw box and a companion TH212 subwoofer. The SH50 covers the seating in front of the grandstand building all the way out to the edge of the track. The second type of cluster replaces those boxes with a Danley SM96 to provide near coverage in between the horizontal cut-off angles of the SH50s in the adjacent clusters. Both cluster types include a rear-firing full-range SM60F aimed toward the top of the Level 300 seating tier and a more-or-less down firing SM96 with its woofer removed.

Marsh/PMK expanded existing Q-Sys DSP and QSC amplification to power the system. Existing Renkus-Heinz and QSC loudspeakers were repurposed and added to as necessary to improve coverage on the “porches” in front of upper level suites and on Level 200 of the grandstand building. Renkus boxes were also used on the front edge of Level 200 to cover walkways in front of the building and the rear of Level 100 seating where the Danley coverage is shadowed by overhangs. Existing Community loudspeakers were repurposed and added as necessary on poles to cover seating that extends beyond the building as well as the track infield, the entry plaza and the paddock area. “Re-use of existing equipment where possible was a goal of our design, but Danley now provides the major audio horsepower for the grandstands at Churchill Downs,” said Marsh, claiming no pun intended.

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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