Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Verdi Viale Health And Fitness Center Selects Ashly

Morimoto Naniwa Sound Projects designs system with the nX4004 four-channel programmable output amplifier for new facility in Yotsukaido, Japan

Verdi Viale health and fitness center in Yotsukaido, Japan, is a purpose-built two-story building with a comprehensive range of amenities to help its clients achieve “life balance” using three studios: a cardio studio, a yoga studio, and a machine room.

With the assistance of Morimoto Naniwa Sound Projects of Tokyo, Verdi Viale supplied each studio with its own sound playback and instructor reinforcement system using One Systems 108im loudspeakers powered by four-channel Ashly nX4004 four-channel programmable output amplifiers.

“The main purpose of the system is to allow for background music or for program music with instructor reinforcement,” explained Masaki Morimoto, co-owner of Morimoto Naniwa Sound Projects, who, along with Makoto Akashi, helped select the sound reinforcement products, specified their placement, and tuned the installed system.

“Most of the facility is surrounded by glass walls, which led to long reverberation times. Of course, intelligibility was very important, and it was necessary to maintain perfect, undistorted fidelity. Ashly amplifiers are excellent in this regard, and Ashly’s reliability would allow Verdi Viale to operate without interruption.”

Kazuhiko Hosoi, president of S and A Planning, oversaw the installation of the system. A big part of Hosoi’s job was making sure the system blended invisibly into Verdi Viale’s sleek interior design.

“This aspect of the job is very important in Japan,” Morimoto explained. “There is a premium placed on making sure everything in the interior design is consistent, and Mr. Hosoi has a lot of experience making sound and video systems work with the interior designs of restaurants and retail stores.”

Within each of the three separate studios, a four-channel Ashly nX4004 amplifier delivers 400W each to four One Systems 108im full-range loudspeakers.

“The large-format compression driver of the 108im contributes to the high intelligibility of the system despite the reverberant character of the glass walls,” Morimoto said. “And the one-to-one pairing of loudspeakers with amplifier channels allows the system to operate with plenty of headroom for undistorted playback. In addition, the Ashly amplifiers are robust to the area’s poor power supply – most commercial facilities have less than 100V AC, and there is no grounding point. Despite this, the Ashly amplifiers perform reliably and sound excellent.”

Each One Systems 108im hangs from a custom bracket built by Morimoto Naniwa Sound Projects. A simple DBX processor mixes inputs from various background music sources, a CD player for each studio, and an instructor microphone for each studio.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

ARGOSY Introduces HALO Compact, Streamlined Workstation

Designed to be customized with accessories to specifically suit any audio or video studio requirements

ARGOSY has introduced HALO, a compact, streamlined workstation designed to be customized with accessories to specifically suit any audio or video studio requirements. 

HALO includes a new sculptured armrest design, fingerprint-resistant laminated desk surface, extruded aluminum chassis rail, 11-gauge steel leg assemblies with cable-pass through leg posts, twin 8 RU bays with unrestricted depth and easy access to cable connections, steel rack frame supports, and a lowered monitor platform with cable grommets.

ARGOSY chief designer David Atkins notes that he was inspired to design HALO after observing the clean lines, balance and high design of Formula One race cars.

HALO can be personalized with a number of accessories, including IsoAcoustics near-field monitor platform attachments to support one or two pair(s) of loudspeakers weighing up to 35 pounds each, 4 RU rack-mount accessory shelves to accommodate non-rack-mountable gear, monitor arms with adjustable support brackets, and a large pullout desk/accessory drawer. 

“We’re thrilled to introduce HALO and offer our customers the ability to have a personalized workstation to match their workstyle at a very attractive price,” states ARGOSY president Tim Thompson. “Now everyone who has ever wanted to own an Argosy can have the opportunity to build their dream studio.”

Prices for HALO start at $1,499.99 (U.S.), and accessories are available as add-on options. More information is here.


Posted by Keith Clark on 09/14 at 02:48 PM
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Extron Now Shipping SM 28 Two-Way Surface Mount Loudspeakers

Available as an 8-ohm or 70/100-volt installation loudspeaker with black or white finish

Extron Electronics is now shipping the SM 28 SpeedMount, a two-way surface-mount loudspeaker with a proprietary concealed wall mounting system.

The SM 28 includes an 8-inch (20.3 cm) woofer with dual tuned ports and a 1.1-inch (2.8 cm) tweeter. Frequency range is stated as 59 Hz to 22 kHz, with a power rating of 90 watts continuous (pink noise) and 180 watts continuous (program capacity_.

The Extron exclusive mounting system is designed to accommodate division-of-labor installations and save costs. The SM 28 is available as an 8-ohm model, while the SM 28T version can operate in 8-ohm direct as well as 70- and 100-volt modes. The SM 28T has a six-position power tap selector for up to 64 watts, which can conveniently be accessed through the grille from outside the loudspeaker.

“SpeedMount has quickly become a favorite of AV integrators, and we’re pleased to bring the fast installation capability to the larger format SM 28 speaker, which can support both low and high impedance applications,” says Casey Hall, vice president of sales and marketing for Extron.

“Our exclusive mounting system allows a large number of SM 28 speakers to be installed quickly and efficiently, so that multiple sound systems can be completed within a short installation window.”

To meet a variety of installation needs, the flexible mounting system includes a 0-degree mounting plate and a 10-degree mounting adapter. The 0-degree mounting plate provides the electrical connections and allows the SM 28 to be oriented vertically or horizontally, flush with the wall. When the 10-degree mounting adapter is added to the mounting plate, the SM 28 can be positioned with a 10-degree tilt downward, upward, left, or right.

The SM 28 saves time and installation costs for AV system contractors working with low-voltage contractors in a division-of-labor installation. During rough-in, a low-voltage contractor installs the mounting system on the wall and terminates the speaker cable to the mount’s integrated wiring contacts. Later, the AV system contractor completes the installation by sliding the SM 28 onto the mount.

The SM 28 is sold in pairs and carries a five-year parts and labor warranty. It’s available in a black or white finish and includes the mounting plate and mounting adapter. Also available is an optional yoke mount kit that allows for vertical or horizontal mounting on a wall, or on a ceiling, and provides 180 degrees of pivot in 10-degree detented steps.

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Posted by House Editor on 09/14 at 01:28 PM
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A New System Playing In Peoria

“Will it play in Peoria?” asks the old adage. It certainly will at the theater within the Peoria Civic Center, thanks to a significant audio system upgrade at the central Illinois city’s leading venue for concerts, theatrical productions, and other live events. The upgrade also allows the theater to work more cohesively with sister venues that are also part of the civic center complex, including Carver Arena and a convention center.

The sound design and installation was provided by Peoria-based Advanced Audio and Lighting for the 2,244-seat venue, including its 16 skyboxes, balconies, and underbalconies as well as ancillary areas like dressing rooms and lobby areas. A primary goal of the project was bringing the theater, which opened in 1982, up to contemporary audio production standards, and in fact that’s what has been achieved – and then some.

Prior to the upgrade, rental systems frequently had to be brought in, especially for concerts. Further, there was the desire that the system offer a variety of different configurations to better meet the specific needs of each type of performance visiting the venue.

“For example, when an off-Broadway engineer comes in and has specific requirements and says, ‘shut certain zones off,’ we can do it. Or he may want a specific EQ response from some components, and we can do that,” explains Trent Keeling, vice president of Advanced Audio and Lighting, who co-owns the company with partner Graeme Brown.

Keeling also credits the contributions of the company’s team as being crucial to what is ultimately a highly successful outcome, including systems engineers Nick Steinseifer and Don Delong as well as installation foreman Ryan Swearingian. “Other support staff is too numerous for mention here – suffice to say I couldn’t be more proud of this incredible team,” he says.

Members of the Advanced Audio and Lighting team with theater technical director Eric Yarbrough. Left to right: Ryan Swearingian, Mike Buck, JJ Henkins, Trent Keeling, Don Delong, Yarbrough, and Nick Steinseifer.

Meeting Unique Needs
The Biamp Tesira digital processing platform implemented on the project plays a key role in delivering maximum flexibility, with audio signal and control transport via an AVB (Audio Video Bridging) network design. Along with a newly designed company switch and proper electrical distribution, the system exhibits an extremely low noise floor.

The AVB network protocol provides imperceptible latency, excellent clocking, and freedom from interconnected ground loops. A 21-inch touch panel and multiple LAN connections offer convenient operator access to system parameters along with a full-featured virtual mixer for events with less input requirements. 

Keeling notes that the sonic quality of the Tesira platform is also quite good, commensurate with other premium digital processing options for sound reinforcement. “A lot of designers have needs that are unique to their show,” he notes. “It’s not a generic thing. For example, they may want to matrix sound effects to specific locations or incorporate aux fed subwoofers. Again, we can do that.

“The design of the system also allows shows to come in with their own gear as their needs require, and they can either route or tie-in to our system,” he continues. “Flexibility is critical. Matrix routing. Preset configurations for instant recall by house staff. You name it. That’s all been established within Tesira.” The platform also handles signal delivery and management to the subsidiary spaces noted earlier (lobbies, dressing rooms, etc.).

A view from the stage of much of the coverage area presented by the theater.

Plenty Of Options
The flexibility mantra also applies to the main loudspeaker systems, joined by quality full-range sound reinforcement. Two loudspeaker sets can be utilized to deliver coverage to the expansive main floor seating area as well as two balconies on the rear wall and the rows of skyboxes along each side.

Left and right line arrays flank the stage proscenium, where they provide dynamic support primarily for concerts, while a distributed system anchored by a loudspeaker cluster flown at center and joined by numerous compact loudspeakers on time delay can support other types of performances or presentations.

The line arrays are each comprised of nine RCF TTL55-A three-way active modules, and beneath each are three RCF TTL36-AS dual 18-inch active subwoofers in cardioid configuration. According to Keeling, the RCF TTL line arrays and subs were selected for this project because their active designs reduces amplification costs, they incorporate quality transducers that are known in touring circles, and they offer real value in performance versus cost.

“Competitively, when you look at all of the loudspeakers available today, RCF is right there with any of the big-name players,” he says. “This was a year-long vetting and design process for our team, working very closely with Eric Yarbrough, the technical director of the civic center.

“Eric is a seasoned professional and was able to provide us with the huge variance of production scenarios that were critical to the project’s success. With the budget restraints that we had, you don’t get any better than this.”

He adds, “The system can easily attain 115 dB continuous at the back wall. So it can handle harder acts while also being received very well by more acoustic-based artists. We’ve had consistent compliments from a wide range of touring engineers since the arrays were implemented.”

Meanwhile, the center cluster is comprised of three Danley Sound Labs passive loudspeakers – a single SH-50i for floor seating joined by two SM-60s that provide down fill coverage. They’re housed in a custom Polar Focus flying kit that allows them to be easily removed when sightlines for theatrical productions are impacted.

Further, the cluster itself can also be used solely to provide coverage at smaller events, with or without the four RCF TT52-A two-way (dual 5-inch) loudspeakers along the stage for front fill. Direct coverage to the skyboxes is attained with RCF C3108 compact passive loudspeakers, while six more of these loudspeakers bolster coverage to the underbalony regions. Two RCF P5228 wide-coverage compact loudspeakers reinforce the upper balcony seats.

A larger perspective of the theater, including the new main left-right RCF main arrays and center cluster.

Another Level
All passive loudspeakers are driven by Powersoft Ottocanali 8-channel amplifiers that are specifically designed for mid- and large-scale multi-zone applications. Specifically, higher power Ottocanali 12K4 amps drive the larger loudspeakers while lower power Ottocanali 4K4 amps handle the smaller ones.

Two Avid VENUE Profile digital consoles are on hand for use at front of house and monitors, accompanied by their respective stage boxes and digital snake system. The monitor console feeds up to eight RCF TT25-SMA active 12-inch monitors that can be placed about the stage, as well as three larger (dual-12-inch) TT45-SMA active wedges and an RCF SUB8004-AS 18-inch active sub for drummers.

All of this, combined with a versatile loudspeaker control approach, has helped take the venue to another level when it comes to being seen as a top-tier facility that appeals to a wider range of functions.

“Our design takes into account event production costs and enhances the revenue stream to the venue,” Keeling concludes. “Management can be very competitive when vying for events by noting the true turnkey nature of the facilities. Potential clients can walk into the venue and notice right away how flexible it all is, as well as how they won’t need to spend extra money bringing in additional gear or labor. Plus it sounds great. The venue has noticed a huge uptick in outside promoters who want to use this premium venue.”


Posted by Keith Clark on 09/14 at 08:37 AM
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Bank Of Thailand Upgrades With Renkus-Heinz

Vichai Trading 1983 renovates Bangkok headquarters' 252-seat auditorium with IC Live column array loudspeakers and CF18S subwoofers.

Bank of Thailand’s headquarters in Bangkok has recently undergone a major technology refit and renovation including the addition of loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz.

The renovation included the incorporation of integrated AV and IT systems designed and implemented by systems integrators Vichai Trading 1983.

Originally constructed some 40 years ago, the building’s communications infrastructure has been completely updated from the days of teletypes, typewriters, and paper, with Vichai Trading 1983 installing projection and conferencing systems, AVB networking, and updated audio systems.

One of the facility’s busiest venues is a 252-seat multi-functional auditorium.

Used to host seminars, presentations, live performances, and cinema screenings, the room is equipped with a concealed L-C-R audio system comprising Renkus-Heinz IC Live digitally steered column array loudspeakers, augmented by dual CF18S subwoofers.

As Vichai Trading 1983 managing director Thaweesak Thamsirisup explains, the room’s challenging architectural character made Iconyx steered-beam technology an obvious choice.

“The auditorium has high reflectivity by design,” says Thamsirisup. “A number of different materials are used in the space, creating a very live environment. This is good for performances and cinema presentations, but somewhat problematic for spoken word presentations. Because of this, we chose the IC Live system, to increase the clarity of the speaker’s voice.”

Four TRX82H compact loudspeakers are deployed on the compact stage as monitors during live performances. For cinema presentations, 12 wall-mounted SGX-61 loudspeakers, powered by Lab.gruppen amplification, provide surround sound capability.

Thamsirisup reports that the system has exceeded expectations. “The customer is very pleased with the sound of the IC Live system,” he says. “Now they finally have a state-of-the-art system that can deliver in any situation, at the touch of a screen.”

Posted by House Editor on 09/14 at 08:17 AM
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Avid Appoints Rashid Desai As Senior Vice President And Chief Technology Officer

The software development veteran brings 20 years of technology leadership experience to Avid

Avid announces that software development veteran Rashid Desai has been named senior vice president and chief technology officer.

A key member of Avid’s Executive Leadership Team, Desai will tap into more than 20 years of experience to further execute the company’s strategic vision, Avid Everywhere.

Reporting directly to Avid Chairman, president and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr., Desai will be responsible for leading all of Avid’s technology teams, including software and hardware engineering and information and technology.

He will spearhead the development of applications for the Avid MediaCentral TM Platform to help media organizations and creative professionals make content creation and distribution more efficient, powerful, and collaborative.

“With 20 years’ technology leadership experience, Rashid brings a strong track record for leading and transforming global technology teams,” said Hernandez. “Having worked with Rashid at Open Solutions, I’m confident that his experience developing platforms that scale to global levels will help us drive Avid Everywhere forward.”

Desai joins Avid from Barclaycard, where he held managing director, chief information officer and chief technology officer roles.

He was responsible for the company’s U.S. technology strategy and capabilities, and successfully led a multi-year transformation of the business, with an emphasis on secure cloud-based technologies using agile development and lean operations.

Earlier in his career, Desai held technology leadership positions at Equifax, where he drove the development of an enterprise customer management platform, oversaw the innovation of a scalable global internet commerce platform, and strengthened and simplified the company’s infrastructure. He is also a board member at Zip Code Wilmington, Delaware’s first coding school, preparing the next generation of software development professionals.

“My key objective is to drive the development of innovative solutions that solve the media industry’s most critical challenges,” Desai said.

“I am proud to be part of a global team that is so committed to innovation and customer success, and I look forward to playing a key role in fulfilling the Avid Everywhere vision.”

Desai completes Avid’s Executive Leadership Team with the recent appointments of Warner Bros. alum and technology leader Kyle Kim-Hays as chief marketing officer, former Orad executive Ilan Sidi as the vice president of human resources, and the promotion of Avid veteran Dana Ruzicka to Chief product officer.


Posted by House Editor on 09/14 at 07:10 AM

AKG Introduces MicroLite Series Miniature Microphones

Designed for broadcast, theater and conference applications, the MicroLite series includes lavalier, ear-hook and headworn options.

AKG by Harman introduces the MicroLite series of miniature wearable reference microphones, offering sound quality and durability in a tiny, discreet form factor.

Designed for broadcast, theater and conference applications, the MicroLite series includes lavalier, ear-hook and headworn options, all of which provide comfort and flexibility along with moisture resistance and EMC protection.

“AKG’s new MicroLite mics are tiny, but the sound they produce is far from it,” said Karam Kaul, marketing director for AKG.

“Beyond great sound quality, we spent considerable time on every aspect of the design. From ear-hook and headworn models that users can easily adjust on their own, to multiple layers of protection against moisture, these mics deliver superior performance in the most demanding applications.”

The LC81 MD cardioid lavalier microphone features a diameter of 4.8mm, a length of 10mm, and a weight of 2g.

The microphone’s sensitive cardioid polar pattern picks up a wide range of frequencies and provides flexibility in getting the best sound from the source. Available in four colors, the LC81 MD is inconspicuous on every user.

The LC82 MD omni-directional lavalier microphone has a diameter of 3mm and a length of 6.5mm, making it one of the smallest omnidirectional microphones in the world. Ideal for musicals, theater, churches, broadcast and large-format presentations, the LC82 MD also ensures that moisture and makeup won’t dampen a performance. Like the LC81 MD, the LC82 MD is available in four colors.

Similar to their lavalier counterparts, the EC81 MD and EC82 MD ear-hook microphones provide additional options. Designed for theater, broadcast, musical performances and conferences, the EC81 MD and EC82 MD are engineered for accurate, specific placement. Each microphone offers a flexible ear-hook and adjustable boom length for comfort, while users can choose between a cardioid (EC81 MD) or omnidirectional (EC82 MD) model. The EC82 MD also features a moisture-resistant design. Both microphones are available in two colors.

For those who prefer an even more stable fit, the HC81 MD and HC82 MC omni-directional headworn microphones are available in both cardioid and omni-directional formats, respectively. Featuring flexible ear-hooks and an adjustable boom, they both make it easy for wearers to customize the fit to their liking. Each microphone is available in two colors, and the HC82 MC features a moisture-resistant design.

All MicroLite microphones feature a cable with a Microdot connector, which is compatible with a variety of different connections, as well as all major manufacturers of wireless microphone systems. This provides the flexibility to integrate the MicroLite microphones into a variety of environments, and customize the system for optimal performance. They are also a complement to AKG wireless systems such as the DMS800, and can be easily integrated with products from other Harman brands.

A variety of accessories are also available with the MicroLite series, including wire-mesh protection caps, foam windscreens, phantom power adapters, lavalier clips, and perspiration and makeup protectors.


Posted by House Editor on 09/14 at 06:04 AM
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Friday, September 11, 2015

MM-acoustics Introduces W Series Dedicated Stage Monitors

Both new passive, coaxial models were subject to a summer of road testing before release

Macedonia-based MM-acoustics has announced the addition of the W Series of dedicated stage monitors to its growing product line.

Both the new W8 and W12 monitors, which were subject to a full summer of road testing before being released, offer a passive, coaxial design. A pole mount makes them suitable for use as mains in a variety of applications as well.

Both models offer a 1-inch-exit polyester diaphragm compression driver providing smooth response and low harmonic distortion mounted on its respective neodymium woofer (8-inch for the W8 and 12-inch for the W12). The components are housed in a Baltic birch bass-reflex tuned enclosure protected by durable scratch-resistant textured paint.

The coaxial transducer arrangement in the W8 produces 90-degree axi-symmetric directivity, while the W12 provides 80 × 60-degree directivity. Both are engineered to deliver a smooth tonal response that’s free of any secondary lobes over the entire frequency range.

The passive crossover in both models is made of audiophile-grade components to further feedback resistance and sonic precision.

W8 Specs
Usable bandwidth (-3 dB): 60 Hz—20 KHz
Nominal Directivity (-6 dB): 90 degrees omnidirectional
SPL: 121/124/127 dB (cont/program/peak)
Power Handling: 280 watts AES, 400 watts program, 800 watts peak
Recomended Amplifier Power: 300—400 watts at 8 ohms
Nominal Impedance: Passive 8 ohms

W12 Specs
Usable bandwidth (-3 dB): 60 Hz—20 KHz
Nominal Directivity (-6 dB): 80 × 60 degrees
SPL: 128/131/134 dB (cont/program/peak)
Power Handling: 580 watts AES, 1000 watts program, 2000 watts peak
Recomended Amplifier Power: 600—1000 watts at 8 ohms
Nominal Impedance: Passive 8 ohms


Posted by Keith Clark on 09/11 at 04:02 PM
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Studer Introduces Vista 1 Black Edition Digital Console At IBC 2015

New console includes true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control

Offering an enriched feature set and retaining the ease of use of the Vista 1 digital mixing console in a sleekly designed form factor, Harman’s Studer is introducing the Vista 1 Black Edition at IBC 2015.

Thanks to the patented Vistonics user interface with 40 on-screen rotary knobs, the Vista 1’s look and feel is identical to that of its larger sister models the Vista X and Vista V.

Features such as true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control make the Vista 1 an ideal choice for broadcast, live and production use.

For theatre productions, the Vista 1 comes with the complete toolset for sound designers.

The enhanced theatre CUE list includes Character/Actor Library event handling, with MUTE and VCA events handling. CUEs can fire MIDI/MMC events as well as loading different Strip Setups and UAD Plug-In snapshots.

With software v5.3, the Vista 1 Black Edition user will also get SpillZone and FollowSolo functionality, as well as a server-based event logger application, which is logging Vista system and user-events.

With an integral DSP engine of 96 channels, the Vista 1 can handle mono, stereo and 5.1 inputs, and is provided with a standard configuration of 32 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs and four pairs of AES inputs and outputs on rear panel connections which also can be customized.

I/O can be expanded using the standard Studer D21m card slot on the rear, to allow MADI, AES, AoIP (including AES67), ADAT, TDIF, CobraNet, Dolby E/Digital, SDI connections etc. MADI links can connect to any of the Studer Stagebox range for XLR connectivity as well as other formats.

The Vista 1 also features an integral jingle player, played from audio files on a USB jingle stick (such as station ID or background FX), and triggered by a series of eight dedicated keys in the master section.

The Studer Vista 1 Black Edition also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network.


Posted by House Editor on 09/11 at 10:18 AM

Riedel Communications Opens New Offices In Tokyo and Madrid

Maribel Roman of Southern Europe will head the new Spanish office, with Cameron O'Neill, of the Asia-Pacific region in Tokyo.

Signaling its expanding market presence throughout Europe and Asia, Riedel Communications announces the opening of new regional offices in Tokyo and Madrid.

Headed by Maribel Roman, general manager, Southern Europe, the new Spanish office will provide sales and support for customers in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece.

The office is conveniently located in southern Madrid near one of the city’s main traffic arteries.

“The opening of the Madrid office is a significant milestone for our company and gives us a strong position from which to support our growing customer base in southern Europe,” said Roman.

“We can now provide the localized support that is absolutely critical for maintaining a presence in this region.”

Located in the popular Shinjuku district, Riedel’s new Tokyo office completes a trio of Asian hubs that also includes locations in Sydney and Singapore. The office is led by Cameron O’Neill, Riedel’s director for the Asia-Pacific region.

“The new Tokyo office will serve as an important center for Riedel’s design, sales, support, and service operations across the Asia-Pacific region,” said O’Neill.

“We’ll be investing in all three of our Asian offices to make sure that our customers are being serviced to the best of our ability.”

Riedel Communications

Posted by House Editor on 09/11 at 10:03 AM

Calrec Audio Integrates Waves Plugins For Hydra2 Platform

The new module provides direct connection between Hydra2 and the Waves SoundGrid network.

New for IBC2015, Calrec Audio is showcasing an integrated Waves SoundGrid solution for its Hydra2 platform of consoles on stand 8.C61a.

This integration is unique amongst broadcast desks in that it uses a brand-new SoundGrid interface module on Calrec’s Hydra2 network.

The module provides direct connection between Hydra2 and the Waves SoundGrid network, allowing integration and fewer parts in the chain, meaning lower latency and greater reliability.

Calrec customers can control Waves software, such as MultiRack, from the integrated touch display in Apollo and Artemis surfaces, allowing direct control of Waves plugins from the mix position.

This capability gives Calrec users instant access to the range of Waves plugins and broadcast tools, such as the new UM225/226 stereo-to-surround upmixers, WNS noise reduction tools, and a wide variety of processors.

“Calrec is at the forefront of broadcast audio, and this partnership further develops Waves’ presence in the broadcast market,” said Mick Olesh, vice president of Waves.

“Calrec’s adaptation is an integrated solution that includes many broadcast features associated with its Hydra2 networking system. The result is a very robust infrastructure.”

Thanks to a direct Hydra2 connection, all Calrec/SoundGrid I/Os benefit from the powerful Hydra2 feature set, which includes source and destination protection, Hydra Patchbays, aliases, access rights, and the inherent redundancy of the Hydra2 network.

“Calrec’s integration builds on technology and knowledge developed by Allen & Heath and DiGiCo,” said Henry Bourne, product manager at Calrec. “This uniquely integrated solution using Hydra2 is another example of how we have benefited from increased R&D collaboration across the Audiotonix group.”

The module features two SoundGrid ports, allowing direct connection of two SoundGrid products, or expansion via a SoundGrid certified switch.

Calrec Audio

Posted by House Editor on 09/11 at 09:39 AM
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AKG Announces Dante Compatibility With Reference Digital Microphone Mixers

The new DMM8 ULD and DMM14 ULD mixers offer advanced DSP functionality, multiple routing options and versatility.

At IBC 2015, AKG by Harman is expanding its line of reference digital microphone mixers and offering more connectivity options with the new Dante compatible DMM8 ULD and DMM14 ULD models.

Ideal for large meeting rooms and conferencing applications, the new DMM8 ULD and DMM14 ULD mixers offer advanced DSP functionality, multiple routing options and tremendous versatility.

On the ULD models, all ins are available as direct outs—which is ideal for broadcast applications—while all outs are also available on the DANTE stream.

The DMM8 ULD provides 14 free assignable DANTE outs, while the DMM14 ULD provides 22. In addition, four DANTE streams can be used as inputs with both models.

Like the rest of the line, DMM8 ULD and DMM14 ULD feature built-in DSP to ensure precise mixing of up to 80 and 140 channels, respectively, by cascading up to 10 units. Numerous DSP functions such as EQ filters, compressor/limiter, and routing for a variety of spoken word applications.

The DMM8 ULD and DMM14 ULD also offer a LAN interface via Ethernet to enable control over large distances using, for instance, an AMX control system. With this functionality, users have the flexibility to mount the mixer in a centralized technician room, rather than a location near the venue, while retaining the ability to make adjustments.

In addition, AKG offers software that enables users to control all functions via AMX and Crestron products, or directly via a Wi-Fi router on Apple, Android and Windows devices. This gives users the freedom to mute unnecessary microphones and otherwise manage the discussion either automatically or manually.

Key Features Include:
—Digital signal processing and mixing algorithms for mixing, resulting in high gain before feedback and clear voices
—Two-channel USB (stereo) streaming In and Out for interfacing with IT networks
—Six (12 with DMM14) programmable presets for tailoring to different situations
—12-band graphic EQ on outputs for optimized loudspeaker tuning
—Audio matrix routing of all inputs to all outputs for creating multiple mixes of multiple output combinations


Posted by House Editor on 09/11 at 09:16 AM
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Waves Audio Now Shipping eMo D5 Dynamics Plugin

Using Parallel Detection technology, Waves eMo D5 delivers the power of five dynamics processors — Gate, Leveler, DeEsser, Compressor and Limiter

Waves Audio is now shipping the eMo D5 Dynamics plugin.

The first plugin to use Waves’ Parallel Detection technology, Waves eMo D5 delivers the power of five dynamics processors — Gate, Leveler, DeEsser, Compressor and Limiter — in one interface.

Thanks to Waves’ Parallel Detection technology, each of the five processors responds to the original signal and to each of the other processed signals simultaneously.

This lets users control the total dynamic change introduced by the different processors, ensuring that the final sound achieves clarity without over-compression. 

The eMo D5 Dynamics plugin also provides a combined gain reduction meter for the Leveler, Compressor and Limiter, making it easier to monitor and control levels. 

eMo D5 is a Swiss army knife for dynamics. With its single-page GUI, users will be able to set up a dynamically balanced mix with maximum efficiency, saving tremendous amounts of time by not having to open and tweak different dynamic plugins. 

With its zero latency, low CPU consumption and pure sound quality, eMo D5 is a natural for both live and studio engineers. 

Waves eMo D5 features:
—Five dynamics processors in one plugin
—Gate and Compressor with dedicated HP/LP filters and an external sidechain option
—Smooth Limiter with zero latency and sharp attack
—Comprehensive DeEsser with pre/post-Compressor routing
—C-weighted Leveler with an adjustable range
—Zero latency
—Low CPU consumption
—Combined gain reduction meter for the Leveler, Compressor and Limiter
—Fully compatible with touchscreens

Waves Audio

Posted by House Editor on 09/11 at 08:29 AM
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Audinate Announces Dante-Enabled Product List Tops 500

Represents a 60-plus percent increase in the number of available products over the past 12 months

Audinate has announced that more than 500 Dante-enabled products are now available from licensed manufacturers worldwide.

The figure represents a 60-plus percent increase in the number of available products over the past 12 months.

“The 500th Dante-enabled product represents a significant milestone for Audinate and our Dante OEM partners,” states Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “Customer research tell us that the single biggest factor when selecting an audio networking solution is the number of available products on the market.

“With hundreds of products launched in the last 12 months, Dante has reached the tipping point and has become the industry standard for audio over IP networking,” he adds.

The milestone was reached this week with several new products being launched by partner manufacturers at the IBC show in Amsterdam, including:
-      Solid State Logic announced the System T, a fully networked broadcast audio production environment with new ways to combine control interfaces, processor cores and I/O devices
-      TSL Products announced two Dante audio monitors, the Mix and Solo models, both with Dante
-      RTS announced KP-Series key panels that include Dante connectivity in all three models.
-      Jünger Audio announced the Dante audio over IP interface card to network all of the company’s Slim Line digital audio processors.
-      Bel Digital announced a Dante audio monitor which provides audible monitoring as well as visual signal strength indication.

In addition to these new products in the broadcast industry, recent announcements include products in the commercial install market, pro audio and public address markets. The full list of Dante-enabled products is here.


Posted by Keith Clark on 09/10 at 01:46 PM
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The Hall At MP Taverna Selects Martin Audio MLA

Canal Sound & Light designs a system around the MLA Mini system to provide sound reinforcement and control noise overspill to neighboring residences.

One of several upscale Greek restaurants from chef Michael Psilakis in New York City, MP Taverna is located in the heart of Williamsburg and has a small live venue and beer hall located alongside.

Simply named The Hall, it benefits from a Martin Audio MLA Mini system to both provide sound reinforcement and control noise overspill to neighboring residences.

Canal Sound & Light was brought in by Psilakis’ exclusive contractor Demetrios Limbas of Simplifying IT Consultants to install the audio system.

Canal’s Jeffrey Kwan describes the space as a narrow room 45 ft. wide by 110 ft. long with a low ceiling height of 11 ft.

“We were tasked with designing the audio system and the challenge was to find a compact line array system that could produce superior audio and cut the sound off at a certain point so the client wouldn’t get noise complaints from restaurant patrons and neighboring condos and homes.”

“Because it provides that kind of control in a small format, the MLA Mini system perfectly matched the criteria for this project. We installed two Mini 4-enclosure arrays, one per side, with an MSX sub mounted underneath each side of the stage.”

To fully cover the onstage needs of the performers, Jeffrey and his team installed a monitor system that consists of two Martin Audio LE1200 and three LE1500 wedges driven by MA3.0 and MA2.0 power amps.

Asked how MLA Mini performed with the Hall’s eclectic lineup of funk, rap, acoustic, neo-soul and rock bands, Jeffrey responds, “One of the owners had an engineer working there as a consultant who actually requested a Martin Audio system, which worked out great for us. The system sounds absolutely amazing. We first did a demo in the room during construction and even then, just playing back regular tunes, they were blown away by the way it sounds.”

“When we explained the additional MLA control features, which would help them conform with local sound ordinance issues, they were even more sold on it.”

Martin Audio

Posted by House Editor on 09/10 at 12:24 PM
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