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Press Releases For : October 28, 2014

Listen Technologies Announces Inaugural Champion Award

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— First recipient is Bill Register, Director of Facilities & Theater Management, Nederlander Producing Company —

BLUFFDALE, UT, October 24, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 16 years, announces the inaugural Listen Champion Award, an annual award for those exemplifying forward thinking in assistive listening. The award will be presented annually each October. Criteria for honorees include their contributions to advocacy, compliance, implementation, technology and/or innovation. The recipient of the inaugural award is Bill Register, Director of Facilities & Theater Management, Nederlander Producing Company. Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development, announced the establishment of the annual award, which underscores Listen’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness of hearing disabilities and assistive listening and to acknowledging leaders in these initiatives. The inaugural award was presented to Mr. Register at a private ceremony in New York on October 14.

Cory Schaeffer stated, “Our goal at Listen Technologies is to highlight and express our gratitude to those who endlessly work to help accommodate people with hearing loss, and with that in mind we have established the Listen Champion Award. Our first recipient, Bill Register, is a stellar example of what we honor. His actions to support assistive listening implementation and advocacy are making a huge difference on Broadway, and we acknowledge and appreciate the work he is doing. His efforts are to be applauded.”

For more information on this award and all other inquiries, please email sales@listentech.com.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Unveils 5628 Cinema Subwoofer

JBL_5628 copyHOLLYWOOD, Florida — HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the new 5628 dual 18-inch cinema subwoofer. The 5628 offers increased SPL and extended frequency response, delivering world-class audio quality to large-format auditoriums.

The high-power and lightweight 5628 is a front-loaded, vented subwoofer enclosure that houses two of JBL’s exclusive 2269H Ultra Long Excursion 18-inch Differential Drive® woofers. This woofer features neodymium magnet, dual voice coils and dual gaps, JBL’s exclusive Vented Gap Cooling™ and ultra-robust composite cone for high excursion and extra long life. The woofer is capable of a peak-to-peak maximum excursion of 89 mm (3.5 inches).

The 5628 offers 4,000 watts continuous pink noise and 16,000 watts peak power handling capacity. It features a large vent area for high output with low distortion, making it ideal for a variety of cinema applications as well as club environments.

“We have seen a demand for a high-output subwoofer with extended frequency response in large-format cinema environments,” said Charles Goodsell, Senior Manager, Cinema, JBL Professional. “The new 5628 meets these demands and more, providing an ideal solution that is easy to install while featuring JBL’s world-class performance.”

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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Audio Enhances the Experience at Cypress Mountain Resort

Cypress Mountain is a world-class resort for all forms of winter sports and leisure. Located just outside Vancouver on Canada’s west coast, it was also host to the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events of the 2010 Winter Olympics.Cypress

Allstar Pacific Integration Media Solutions based in Vancouver was asked to find an audio system solution for the Patio Ski and Snowboard Park at Cypress Mountain. As the weather can include sub-zero temperatures, heavy snow, rain and direct sunlight, all within a 24-hour period, careful consideration had to be taken to find loudspeakers that could withstand these extreme conditions and ensure good performance for both music and speech applications.

After detailed evaluation, Myk Shaflik, Allstar Pacific’s System Engineer, felt the Community R.5-99 was the best fit, both from a performance perspective as well as ease of installation. Designed for high power music and speech, the two-way, 12-inch coaxial R.5-99 provides full-range audio with 90 x 90-degree dispersion. The system is sponsored by Skullcandy who wanted to use the product as a vehicle for advertising the brand. Allstar carefully added the Skullcandy logo to the grilles of the loudspeakers, ensuring the look that both the client and sponsor appreciated.

A single pair of R.5’s was used to achieve complete coverage of the park. With the ability of the audio to travel far up both sides of the main ski areas on the mountain, the loudspeakers provided the quality, clarity and coverage that Myk Shaflik wanted. The loudspeakers are powered by QSC RMX series amplifiers and a portable rack located in the power house allows for multiple applications from daily program music to competition reinforcement, with quick and easy setup.

Andrew George, Terrain Park Manager at Cypress Mountain, commented, “Having the opportunity to partner with leading edge sound companies such as Skullcandy and Allstar Pacific in bringing music to our terrain parks has been a fantastic experience. From events to our daily operations, our customers will agree that skiing and snowboarding is even more fun with a soundtrack.”

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Chartmakers Mastering Stocks Up On Prism Sound Kit

Henkka Niemisto photo credit Christoffer Relander (1024x683)

High profile Finnish mastering studio, Chartmakers Mastering, recently bought both a Prism Sound Dream AD-2 A/D converter and an MEA-2 EQ for its state-of-the-art facility in the Töölö district of the nation’s capital, Helsinki.

Established by Svante Forsbäck together with long-term associate Henkka Niemistö, the studio is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and is as dedicated to high-quality audio mastering services as ever.

“All music styles are more than welcome to use our services,” says Niemistö. “I usually work with pop, dance, hip-hop and electronic music and some metal and rock groups. My clients are mainly Finnish bands and include Husky Rescue, Pepe Deluxe, Sofi De La Torre, Machinae Supremacy and many more.”

Chartmakers currently runs three studios in Helsinki itself and a satellite about 20 minutes to the west in Espoo. Niemistö is a firm believer that the simplest mastering chain of very high-grade equipment delivers the best results. As such, he says that the AD-2 and the MEA-2 have both been on his mind for a long time.

“It was time to finally give them a go,” he says. “Svante and I have gone through pretty much everything on the mastering market, and Prism Sound was, for me, the last largely untested equipment to try.”

The kit was supplied by Finnish distributor Qualitron and Niemistö says that as soon as the converter and the EQ were connected he felt right at home with them.

“They are a joy to use. The converter continues to surprise me, almost every day,” he says. “The EQ has some strange way of adding a sort of ‘glue’ to the master sound — I can’t really explain it. They both definitely bring the game to the next level.”

Niemistö adds that he particularly likes the fact that the converter can drive two different sample rates to different AES/EBU outputs.
“The clock also sounds very nice,” he says. “Since I do a lot of bassy electronic music I love the fact that the EQ goes down to 19Hz and up to 27k.”

Niemistö is using his Prism Sound equipment on all of his current projects where it meshes well into his existing set-up.

“I personally use three Amphion Two18 speakers and two One18s in the back for full surround, and I have a Maselec MTC-2 mastering console,” he explains.

And there might well be more Prism Sound kit added into the Chartmasters slate in the near future.

Niemistö says: “We just got the Prism Sound compressor in to test, and we might have to get that one as well…”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Katowice’s Palace of Youth Finds New Life with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones, JBL Loudspeakers and Soundcraft Consoles

HARMAN_KatowiceKATOWICE, Poland – Described as a “Palace of Youth” when it was originally built in 1951, Katowice Palac Mlodziezky was set up to create favorable conditions for youth culture and sporting activities in Poland. A public institution (listed on the Register of Historical Monuments), and administered by the Silesian school board at Katowice, it has recently invested in a new HARMAN Professional sound system, masterminded by territorial distributor ESS Audio after the previous system reached end of life.

ESS Audio mounted its successful bid as part of a consortium, along with Przedsiębiorstwo Specjalistyczne Teatr, who was responsible for the stage lighting and mechanical installation. The audio element of the project was realized by independent consultants/integrators, Telos Wojciech Zieliński.

The new audio concept for the 450-seat multipurpose auditorium was designed to create greater flexibility, allowing it to present concerts, theatres and films. In order to achieve this, premium components from the HARMAN Professional catalogue were specified.

While the main sound system is based around a JBL VERTEC® system, the optional cinema surround system can be switched in as required and the loudspeakers behind the screen are mounted on trolleys.

Hangs of eight JBL VERTEC VT4887ADP elements per side form the main PA, underpinned by three VT4881ADP subwoofers on each side. This is bolstered by three further VERTEC VT4887 loudspeakers as front fills, while for stage monitoring ESS Audio specified eight VP7212MDP enclosures. The entire front of house system is controlled and optimized via dbx DriveRack 4820 processors.

In order to carry out mixing duties at front of house, ESS Audio specified a Soundcraft Vi4 console, with a Soundcraft Vi1 in monitor world—the engineers in both locations are provided with JBL LSR2328P for their own reference monitoring.

When the operating mode switches to cinema, the appropriate presets kick in and the mobile system, comprising three elements of JBL ScreenArray 4732, boosted by a pair of JBL4642C subs, takes over. Creating the surround sound are JBL’s 8340A, powered by Crown DSi amps.

ESS Audio has also upgraded the venue’s microphones, with an AKG DMS700 digital wireless system at the heart. ESS also supplied AKG C451B and C414B XLII, as well as AKG K271 headphones.

Stated ESS Audio’s Marek Korbecki, “This new installation provides the client with a lot of new possibilities—especially in terms of the concerts they can now present and movie presentations. A comment heard by one of the sound techs was that ‘at last we finally have the sound that we have been dreaming of.’”

The overall renovation project was prepared by the Biuro Architekt Kaczmarczyk architectural studio from Sucha Beskidzka, Poland, and the entire project cost PLN 42,2 million (€10 million).

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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Providing Consistent Sound in Diverse Environments

Fargo, North Dakota –Frequent referrals from existing customers helps integrator Site on Sound win a wide variety of AV system projects. Recently, the company provided systems for four businesses located in BoerthsArtGalleryBoilerRoomBarFargo’s historic Loretta Building. And, using a combination of good system design and appropriate product choices, Site on Sound was able to meet each customer’s needs while delivering consistently high quality sound in these four unique environments.

One of these businesses was ”Boerth’s Gallery”, an established Fargo art and framing gallery that includes a two-story wine bar, called “D’Vine”. For the wine bar, Site on Sound installed a foreground music system that offers patrons an upscale jazz and rock experience. This system consists of ten Community DS5 surface-mount loudspeakers driven by a Speco matrix mixer/amplifier and includes a CD player with a 3.5mm input.

Boerth’s Gallery itself received a background music system that creates an atmosphere to support the gallery’s unique collection of works from local artists. This system consists of four Community DP6 pendant loudspeakers suspended below the gallery’s open ceiling and a mixer/amplifier with a streaming music source.

Another of the four businesses was “Pinch & Pour/Fowlers Heritage”, a clothing boutique that also sells premium extra virgin olive oils and Italian balsamics. Pinch & Pour’s new system consists of five Community DA6 architectural surface-mount loudspeakers and a Crown 280MA amplifier with a streaming music source. The system helps enhance the buying experience for customers of this unique business.

The largest of the four businesses was the “Boiler Room”, a bar and restaurant featuring live music. The Boiler Room’s new system includes ten Community DP6 pendant loudspeakers for its open-ceiling restaurant space, four DA6 architectural surface-mount loudspeakers in the bar area, a pair of D6 ceiling speakers in the restrooms and two DS8 surface-mount loudspeakers for the outside patio. The system is managed by a RANE CP66 six zone processor, includes two large-screen televisions and is powered by a QSC CX204 amplifier. For the Boiler Room’s live music, Site on Sound included a Shure GLXD24/SM58 wireless mic and a small Yamaha mixer that allows live acts to connect to the system.

Site on Sound provides AV systems for area churches, restaurants and retail businesses as well as home and marine customers. The company also installs car audio systems, offers AV rentals and has a retail store. Site on Sound Installation Manager, Scott Tally, says his company’s experience with this wide variety of customers prepared them to meet the unique requirements of these four businesses. He chose Community’s D SERIES loudspeaker family for all four projects because of its wide choice of models, sizes and form factors and its ability to provide a consistently high-quality audio experience in diverse environments like these.

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Jason Phats Changes Direction with Prism Sound’s Orpheus

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Writer, producer, remixer and DJ Jason Phats has become the latest high-profile musician to purchase a Prism Sound Orpheus Firewire Recording Interface.

“The sound is extremely detailed and transparent. Clarity, depth, separation and stereo imaging is breath-taking – my jaw hit the floor when I first heard it,” he says. “I found myself kicking back in the sweet spot and going through my music collection. Suddenly everything made sense.”

Phats runs the Orpheus through a SSL Sigma summing mixer and likes the unit primarily for its ability to lever both Prism Sound quality conversion and mic preamps into a 1U box and then cram it full of features. These include line, microphone and instrument inputs, selectable RIAA Equalization for turntables, a built-in premium-quality monitoring mixer for each output providing for performer foldback and surround monitoring, and concurrent ADAT and switchable S/PDIF or AES3 digital I/O plus support for outboard MIDI devices.

Phats, who has sold over 5m records in a career spanning nearly quarter of a century. adds that the Orpheus has fundamentally altered the way he works.

“From the moment I started working with the Orpheus I could see myself getting closer to the sound I had been searching for,” he says. “I decided to stop releasing tracks and focus on a goal: a new sound, a new direction.”

Pursuing the new path took time but now, eight months later, Phats and his management are in the process of releasing his new material.

“With the Orpheus I could instantly identify where I was going wrong in my mixes and productions. Once I could understand the mixing process with such detail and depth I was able to achieve exactly what I wanted,” he says.

The first track from the new ‘Phats & Orpehus’ partnership was Jason Phats & Fenton Gee’s \ \ H I T E \ \ A T E R (White Water), which caused a real buzz in Ibiza over the summer. There is plenty more to come too.

“Every day is a joy in the studio with the Orpheus and I am very proud of the new material I have lined up for the future,” he says. “The huge leap in quality has led to some great collaboration.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Edmonton Church Upgrades West Campus Sound System

Beulah Pastors Abbott and Jones

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Founded in 1887 by Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Canadian preacher, theologian, and author as part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), the Beulah Alliance Church recently upgraded its West Campus sanctuary sound system. The contemporary worship facility seats 1,440.

Alliance Design of Edmonton was responsible for the selection and installation of the sound system; the previous system was originally designed in 1990. The new system includes a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console at front of house and a Yamaha CL3 used for broadcast recording, along with one RIO 3224-D input/output box, and three Rio 1608-D input/output boxes, complimenting the existing NEXO GEO S8 speaker system.

“The Yamaha CL consoles were chosen for ease of operation, small footprint, Yamaha legendary sonic clarity, and the built-in Dante networking software which is amazing, nailed our decision, states Dwayne Plishka, System Consultant, Alliance Design. The consoles have been received with hi-fives from the staff.”

Plishka said Beulah Alliance previously owned a Yamaha M7CL so it was a natural progression to move to the CL consoles. The staff are using the consoles’ built-in Nuendo Live and Nuendo 6 software, he said, to audio capture the sermon message, which is then redeployed along with video to facilitate multi-site delivery, multi-track recording for artist evaluation, and broadcast.

“The entire sound system has far exceeded all performance expectations with constant compliments from guest artists, says Plishka.” At any given time during services, musicians with strings, winds, drums, bass, electric guitar, and piano assist the guest artists and worship choir.

The NEXO GEO S8 speaker system layout consists of nine boxes per side left and right with six NEXO PS8s for side fills and eight PS 8s on stage for monitors powered by both Camco and NEXO 4×4 amplifiers. “The size, remarkable sound image, and audio amplification for the number of line array elements is surprising, Plishka adds. Even guest artists support techs are surprised at the efficiency of the system.”

“Dwayne is amazing and his choice of efficient, high-quality gear is impeccable, states Pastor Mike Jones. The first time I heard the system I was blown away at the power and clarity of the system; I continue to be amazed.”

Alliance Design also installed platform lighting that is a combination of VariLite, Martin, Chauvet fixtures, and ETC. The lighting console is a Martin Maxxyz, and dimming is ETC. Panasonic switching and Panasonic Cameras were also installed.

For more information on Beulah Alliance Church, visit www.beulah.ca.

For more information on Alliance Design, visit www.alliancedesign.ca.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Pastors Rob Abbott and Mike Jones

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.

Primeview USA Showcases Lightware Matrix Switchers and High Resolution Systems Raptor Control System in its Partnership Showroom

photo 4Primeview USA, a worldwide leader in advanced display solutions, has teamed with Lightware USA and High Resolution Systems to feature the manufacturers’ equipment in their Partnership Showroom on West 44th Street in Manhattan. The showroom, which opened last February, sets the standard in style and practices for other tech showrooms around the country by demonstrating to end users how complete systems come together.

“Our Partnership Showroom not only shows our own high-end displays but also highlights equipment from select manufacturers whom we believe to be reliable as well as industry relevant,” says Chanan Averbuch, Vice Presient of Sales for Primeview USA. “We have created a technology showroom that brings together solutions for entire AV systems.”

Averbuch was introduced to Lightware USA at a trade show where he says, “I liked what I saw”. After an issue with another manufacturer, Primeview decided to feature the Lightware matrix routers and switchers in their Partnership showroom in New York. The models shown include the MX-FR17 17×17 Digital Matrix Router populated with HDMI 1.4 inputs and outputs that handle up to 4K resolutions and HDBaseT outputs. Some HDBaseT outputs of the Lightware matrix are directly connected to HDBaseT inputs on the Primeview displays and other are connected to Lightware HDMI-TPS-RX95 HDBaseT receivers. Sources are displays are a variety of resolutions including 4K, UHD, 1080p and 720p.

High Resolution Systems’ embedded control server the UDC Pro ECS-Raptor and third-party hand-held touch panels were a logical complement to control the routers “with lightning speed,” reports Averbuch.

“We’re using Lightware and High Resolution Systems equipment to route sources, do processing and control entire systems,” he says. “All via Apple iPad and iPhone interfaces. Through the HRS Control Pro app, presets – for prerecorded presentations, switching sources for presentation, power on, power off – are triggered. The app is easily customizable. We will even be building in more functionality, such as specific control over individual devices. It’s simple and it works!”

The combined Lightware and HRS system offers control and signal routing and extension of playback from WOW Vision’s collaboration system, HAI Vision’s pro video IP system, C-Nario digital signage and Sony PlayStation. It also offers control of display devices such as Vista Systems Spyder X20, tvONE’s CORIO and a myriad of Primeview and other monitors and panels.

Averbuch says that the staff of Lightware USA and High Resolution Systems have been “extremely responsive” to the concept of the Partnership Showroom. “People are most important to us, and their support has been great in helping us from the ground up with installation, phase two upgrades and attending to the details of the showroom.”

Primeview USA is hosting an Open House on November 5 to showcase an HDBaseT AV display and matrix control demonstration featuring Lightware and High Resolution Systems products. Attendance is limited; to schedule a demo visit http://bit.ly/pvlwdemo.

About Primeview USA

Primeview is a privately held global manufacturing company that was launched in 1997 specializing in advanced display solutions, with a focus on the industrial market. Primeview manufactures on the most advanced ISO-certified production lines, maintaining high quality control standards to build products for the most demanding markets. Primeview offers a true “one-stop shop” for display solutions, including digital signage, video conferencing systems, high-brightness displays, kiosks, weatherproof monitors and specialty. The company’s solutions can be found in board rooms, museums, casinos, retail stores, hotels and properties around the globe: ESPN Broadcast studios, GE Healthcare, Microsoft, BET studios, US NAVY, Ogilvy, Jaguar, Lacoste, Tourneau, H&M, Lacoste, IDF, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sandia and Revel casinos, NBC Broadcast Studios, The Weather Channel, Disney Theme Parks, World War II Museum and The MOB museum. For more information, please visit us at www.Primeview.biz or socialize with on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Linked-in.

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

About HRS Control

High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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Press Releases For : October 27, 2014

LECTROSONICS ASPEN PROCESSORS INTEGRAL TO CHICAGO’S THE SECOND CITY THEATRE SR UPGRADE

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Chicago, IL – October, 2014… Operating since the 1950′s, The Second City is an improvisational comedy enterprise, best known as the first ever on-going improvisational theater troupe in the United States. It is known also for the inclusion of live, improvised music during their performances and has served as the training ground for a host of famous alumni including John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and many more. As part of an upgrade to the facility’s sound reinforcement (SR) systems, the venerable nightspot recently incorporated three Aspen SPN1612 16 input / 12 output audio processors from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. (more…)

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