Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Allen & Heath iLive Employed For International Conference

Allen & Heath’s iLive digital mixing system was used for the recent Regions of Climate Action (R20) conference in Vienna.

R20 is a non-profit environmental organization founded by former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, with the support of the United Nations.

The two day conference gathered nearly 600 participants, and was hosted by Schwarzenegger. Local broadcast company, RadioMax, led by production manager, Martin Jeschke, was appointed to manage all technical aspects, and freelancer, Andreas Putz, was appointed chief audio engineer.

Based in Austria, Putz specializes in live sound engineering for music and corporate events and also in multimedia AV design for fixed installations.

For the R20 conference, Putz chose to use his own Allen-Heath iLive-112 modular surface with iDR-48 MixRack loaded with a Waves network card. There was a laptop running iLive Editor at FOH connected through a separate CAT5e cable to the iDR on stage (redundancy A), and another laptop running Editor behind the stage directly connected to the iDR rack (redundancy B) to ensure full control and backup for any eventuality.

There was also a split feed to provide audio for approximately 20 camera teams capturing the event.

“I chose iLive for this event because I’ve been using it for around 2 ½ years and it is so reliable,” comments Andreas Putz. “The system is really easy-to-use and offers a high number of redundancy options, which is very important for conference work. Not only that, iLive’s audio quality is pristine – it simply sounds amazing!”


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/03 at 11:27 AM
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Massenburg & Jaczko Test New Sanken Mics At Berklee

Working with Berklee's Rob Jaczko, Chair of the Dept., Massenburg teaches in real recording sessions with students and shares his vast knowledge of recording, as well as bringing new technology and gear.

Renowned producer/engineer George Massenburg visits Boston’s Berklee College of Music twice a year as an Artist in Residence in the Music Production and Engineering Department. 

Working with Berklee’s Rob Jaczko, Chair of the Dept., Massenburg teaches in real recording sessions with students and shares his vast knowledge of recording, as well as bringing new technology and gear.

“Allison Brown was also in residence, with our string department,” explained Rob Jaczko.  “She is a gifted banjo maestra from Nashville, so we set up to record a student bluegrass ensemble she is producing.  We are very familiar with Sanken mics here at Berklee and when I heard about this new CU-55 mic, it was a great opportunity to try them out during George’s visit to our studios.”

Berklee is in the midst of a massive studio expansion project, building ten new facilities in Boston with designer John Storyk, who also designed Berklee’s new facilities in Valencia Spain. 

The new spaces includes a scoring stage, two additional large tracking rooms, a 7.1 Euphonix mix-to-picture room, a mastering suite and a series of production studios. 

The college currently has 13 studios operating 22 hours/day, 7 days/week including two SSL tracking rooms, an SSL Duality mix room, three API Legacy studios and an Avid Icon console already in operation.

“When George arrived, we first used the CU-55’s on piano,” Jaczko explained.  “Then we moved to drum overheads and percussion.  We loved the sound of acoustic guitar with this mic, and because they are small and side-address, they work very favorably when getting them into tight spots.”

The CU-55 houses a side-firing 16mm capsule with a resonant chamber like the top of the line Sanken CU-44x, which has been tuned to create a perfect cardioid pattern and is omnidirectional below 50 kHz.  This new generation microphone is flat at 90 degrees, flat on axis, with very little proximity effect. 

“The CU-55s really excel when recording piano,” added Jaczko.  They give you a really solid, warm image of the piano, with a nice clear midrange.  The sound is very articulate, yet the top end was very pleasant, very extended.  It’s an overall superior music microphone.”

The CU—55 uses the same diaphragm material as Sanken’s remarkable CU-100 and CUW-180 mics.  Ideal for acoustic instruments like guitars, cello, harp and piano, the CU-55 can also handle the explosive levels of big brass and pounding tympani’s.

“We have a number of Sanken mics in our locker,” said Jaczko,” including the amazing CO-100K omnis.  “What we really like about the company is that they have a very musical approach to their microphone design.”

Berklee College of Music

Posted by Julie Clark on 04/03 at 11:22 AM

Avlex Introduces New MIPRO ACT-818/828 True Digital Wireless Microphone System

Two new receivers plus handheld and bodypack transmitters

Avlex Corporation has announced the new MIPRO ACT-818/828 wideband true digital wireless receivers and two matching transmitters: the ACT-80T true digital encryptable bodypack transmitter and the ACT-80H true digital encryptable handheld microphone transmitter.

The new ACT-818/828 digital wireless receivers are available in single-channel (ACT-818) and dual-channel (ACT-828) configurations. Both models are true diversity digital systems with absolutely no companding to ensure pristine audio quality. These receivers employ 256-bit encryption that can be enabled/disabled as required.

The receivers operate from 480 MHz to 698 MHz over 3 bands, each with expanded 64 MHz bandwidth. They employ 24-bit/44.1 kHz audio sampling, a true dynamic range of 115 dBA, proprietary SmartEQ with capsule emulation and low latency.

The new ACT-80T is a very small true digital bodypack unit—enabling the transmitter to be conveniently hidden among wardrobe. In addition to direct mute capability, the ACT-80T offers remote mute capability via the optional MJ-70 remote mute switch control—enabling the person wearing the transmitter to easily mute/unmute the transmitter—even when it is buried underneath clothing.

The ACT-80T offers battery life of over 12 hours using two AA batteries, a robust magnesium alloy housing to withstand the abuse typically encountered in the field, a multifunction backlit LCD display for easy viewing of system parameters, shielded controls that prevent accidental operation, and six selectable gain settings.

The MIPRO ACT-80H handheld transmitter has a lightweight magnesium alloy housing that is both rugged and comfortable to hold. It incororates a condenser cardioid capsule for audio quality with superior off-axis and plosive characteristics. It too offers12-plus hours of performance from two AA batteries.

In addition to a manual mute on/off, this unit features an Auto Mute function whereby the transmitter automatically mutes itself when lowered by one’s side, etc. — a means of avoiding feedback when in the hands of unseasoned users.

Rounding out the key features, the ACT-80H includes a multifunction backlit LCD display for easy viewing of system parameters and selectable gain, low cut, and limiting settings among its many features. Top it all off with color end clips for easy identification as well as the choice of black or champagne finishes and the ACT-80H is a tough act to follow.

Fred Canning, national sales manager for Avlex Corporation, states, “The new MIPRO true digital wireless systems deliver outstanding features at an affordable price. They provide an expanded 64 MHz bandwidth, ensuring optimal RF spectrum flexibility.

“These true digital diversity systems include a full-color Vacuum Fluorescent Display for clear viewing, one touch ACT for quick and easy channel setup, SmartEQ with capsule emulation, and 12 hours of battery life,” he continues. “True condenser handheld capsules, auto mute capability, and the world’s smallest digital bodypack, plus the ability to engage 256-bit encryption to ensure secure transmission when needed make MIPRO’s third generation true digital systems able to deliver features not found elsewhere, I’m confident audio professionals will find this a compelling system.”

The new MIPRO true digital wireless system carries the following MSRPs:

• ACT-818 single-channel receiver system (transmitters included): $1,450
• ACT-828 dual-channel receiver system: $1,400
• ACT-80T bodypack transmitter: $725
• ACT-80H handheld transmitter: $725

All models are in stock and available now.

Avlex Corporation

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/03 at 09:21 AM
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Four Audio Launching New Dante Products At Prolight+Sound 2013

New DBS1 breakout box built on Audinate’s new Dante Ultimo solution

Audinate and OEM partner Four Audio have announced the launch of two new Dante networking enabled products at the upcoming Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany.

The first new product is the DBS1, a 2-channel breakout box built on Audinate’s new Dante Ultimo solution.

It’s metal housing is smaller than a 9.5 inches and offers two balanced symmetrical analog inputs with programmable sensitivity (-46 to +14 dBu), switchable 48-volt phantom power, a low-cut filter, and has 118 dB dynamic range. The two balanced analog outputs deliver 14 dBu maximum output.

“The DBS1 is ideally suited for providing a small, inexpensive audio connection anywhere without much infrastructure,” says Rainer Thaden, Four Audio managing director. “We put a lot of attention on high audio quality to make it usable in PA systems. The DBS1 is also an ideal external 2-channel sound card for PCs or notebooks.”

For OEM/high volume customers, Four Audio offers designs tailored to their needs to eliminate unnecessary costs.

“Since the launch of Ultimo in January 2013, we are seeing rapid adoption from our OEMs developing new and innovative products”, says Lee Ellison, Audinate CEO. “Four Audio has shown an ability to understand what the market needs, and getting it to that market in record time.”

Four Audio will also be making available two new configurations to its DBO1 breakout box, a Dante-enabled unit providing eight analog output channels and optional four AES outputs.

The new configuration will offer four balanced symmetrical analog inputs from -46 to +14 dBu and either 48-volt phantom power or ICP constant current supply.

The DBO1 with ICP supply is well suited for industrial measurement applications with many widely distributed sensors. It enables to connect measurement microphones, piezo transducers, accelerometers, to a sensor network over Ethernet, allowing remote measurements over large distances with no trouble.

See the new products at the Four Audio display (Hall 8, Stand E36) at the upcoming PL+S show.

Four Audio

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/03 at 08:44 AM
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View/Download The Latest PSW Webinar: Wireless Apocalypse Or Hype?

What you need to know about the future of RF for professional audio

The recording of the recent PSW webinar—“Wireless Apocalypse or Hype?”—is now available for viewing and download here.

Presented by noted RF/wireless consultant James Stoffo, the webinar will get you up to speed on the state of affairs on white space device introduction in the U.S. this year and going forward, and how it will affect your wireless microphone and intercom operations.

Further, learn methods to maximize your chances for successful wireless microphone and intercom operations.

In addition, Stoffo unveiled wireless intercom technologies developed by his new company, Radio Active Designs (RAD). This new technology will be on display at the upcoming NAB 2013 Show in Las Vegas.

Again, go here to view/download the webinar.

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/03 at 08:04 AM
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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Midas Previews Generation 2.1 Digital Console Software

Adds a rack full of new latency-compensated FX plug-ins and dynamics processing options

Midas has announced the first public viewing of Generation 2.1 software for its entire range of digital consoles. It will be on display at the upcoming Prolight + Stage 2013 show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Midas Generation 2 software, unveiled last year at Prolight+Sound in 2012, added a host of new features and functionality to Midas digital consoles, including new FX and dynamics options, plus new mixing concepts such as Midas’ unique MCAs and “collapsed” fader flip.

Now Midas is pushing the boundaries once more at PL+S 2013, adding a rack full of new latency-compensated FX plug-ins and dynamics processing options to every console in the PRO series, plus the flagship XL8.

New FX plug-ins include a dual-channel Klark Teknik DN60 Real Time Analyser, a K-T tape saturation effect, sub-harmonic generator, multi-channel input phase adjustment insert, a fifth input compressor option, ducker mode for noise gates, plus a new “transient accent” gate option and a variable presence control for all input channel compressors.

G2.1 will be available as a free download for all Midas owners.

“There has never been a better time to invest in Midas digital,” says brand development manager Richard Ferriday. “G2.1 is further proof that buying into the Midas brand is not just buying the world’s best-sounding mixer-it is also investing in constantly evolving products which offer great ROI, an industry-leading development team committed to providing no-compromise solutions, and well over 40 years of brand heritage.

“When combined with our recent competitive pricing policy, Midas now offers an unbeatable value proposition.”


Posted by Keith Clark on 04/02 at 12:21 PM
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Line 6 StageSource & StageScape A Great Fit For Mobile Church

Plenty of capability and scalability for the church's numerous applications

Casa de Oracion de Fullerton, a Disciples of Christ church in Southern California, faced several challenges when it came to upgrading its sound reinforcement.

Because the congregation meets in a shared space, they needed a solution that would provide easy and quick setup, great sound quality and, above all else, an increase in clarity and coverage. According to church chairman Jose Vazquez, the congregation found a solution to these needs with a Line 6 StageScape M20d mixer and StageSource loudspeakers.

Three separate denominations share the same sanctuary in Fullerton, each providing its own sound system. Casa de Oracion offers a contemporary music presentation with drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, and up to five vocalists. The combination of StageSource loudspeakers and StageScape mixer offers the right blend of portability, power and truly superior sound quality.

“First, we did a demo of the speakers. We tried several brands, but Line 6 sounded the best. We bought two of them, because they were such a big improvement compared to our old system,” says Vazquez. “We got lots of compliments. Then the people from Jim’s Music in Tustin, CA came out and demonstrated the M20d mixer. We liked everything about it, with the touchscreen control and easy, digital scene recall. It also had more channels than the little mixer we had before, plus it can be controlled from an iPad. That was important to us.”

The church invested in the StageScape M20d mixer and added two more loudspeakers: one L3t for use as a monitor, and one L3s subwoofer. When he set the system up for the first time, Vasquez grasped the total capabilities and scalability of the Line 6 system.

“The mixer knows what speakers are plugged into it, and how they are being used—subwoofer, for PA or for monitors,” he notes. “And the scene even tells you what channels to plug the instruments into. That is very convenient when you only have a half hour to set up. It also has automatic feedback control. But the best part is how easy it is to get a good mix.”

StageScape M20d offers a full-color touchscreen interface that enables users to quickly and easily increase qualities like brightness and clarity. “You hear the result instantly when you drag your finger on the screen, which makes it much easier for somebody who doesn’t use a mixer very much,” says Vazquez. “For me, learning to use the system was very fast, and having different scenes set up and ready for different services and events is a big help.”

The free iPad app and integrated multi-track recording functionality also appealed to Casa de Oracion. “Our mixing position is not in the sanctuary, so it is very hard to know what the mix sounds like in the audience. The StageScape iPad app lets me do all my adjustments from inside the room, with no need to run a snake through the room. That is a big improvement for us,” says Vazquez. “And to record our services is something we did not think we could get with our small budget. But all you need is an SD card, right inside the StageScape mixer. Push one button and you can record everything.”

According to Vazquez, the upgrade to the Line 6 StageScape M20d digital mixer and StageSource loudspeakers has been a total success. “For a growing church like ours, this is an excellent product. Everything is very fast to set up, very easy to use, and the sound is a big improvement over our old system. We are very pleased with the Line 6 sound system.”

Line 6

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/02 at 11:12 AM
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Mega-Lite Launches UniColor Customizable LED Fixture

The Mega-Lite UniColor is a fully customizable, compact and impressively robust LED fixture.

The Mega-Lite UniColor is a fully customizable, compact and impressively robust LED fixture. Giving new meaning to the phrase “custom made”, Mega-Lite offers five ways to customize a UniColor CM5—LED, beam angle, body color, DMX connection and LED wattage.

The UniColor provides the option of a single LED color—red, green, blue, amber, warm white, cool white and ultra violet—making it the ideal fixture for applications that require maximum intensity of a single color. The warm white, cool white and ultra violet LEDs are available in 3-watts or 5-watts. The red, green, blue and amber LEDs are available in 3-watts only. Beam angle options include 15-, 25-, 45- or 60-degreees.

More than 200 custom colors are available for the housing, in order to tailor the aesthetic for custom architectural installations.

The UniColor has 5-pin DMX connection with or without wireless DMX and optional 3-pin connection also with or without wireless DMX. The UniColor offers the flexibility of only getting wireless DMX where you need it.

The UniColor has a smooth, flicker free dimming curve and is extremely quiet making it a superior choice for film, staging, theatre, restaurants and more. The UV option broadens the scope of the UniColor even further making it a perfect choice for laser tag, bowling alleys and Halloween themed events. It is controlled via DMX 512, using one or two channels for intensity and has on board memory to create presets for intensity.

The UniColor is completely assembled in San Antonio, Texas, delivering on quality and peace of mind. Barn doors are also an available accessory for the UniColor.


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/02 at 10:45 AM
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Sonnet Announces Fully Featured Thunderbolt Dock

Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock Includes Four USB 3.0 Ports, Four SATA Ports, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, Pass-Through Thunderbolt Port, Optical Disc Drive, and 2.5/3.5-Inch Internal Drive Bay

Sonnet has announced the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock, a fully featured docking station for Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt ports.

Sonnet’s latest Thunderbolt technology product features 15 ports: four USB 3.0, one Gigabit Ethernet, one FireWire 800, one headphone, one microphone, one speaker, one audio in, one pass-through Thunderbolt (for either another Thunderbolt device or an external display), two eSATA, and two internal SATA (one port for included optical disc drive and one 6 Gb/s port for a user-installable 2.5-inch SSD or 3.5-inch hard drive).

In addition, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock includes an 8x DVD±RW drive, or optionally, a Blu-ray BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive with Blu-ray player software for OS X.

“Today’s portable computers deliver great performance, enabling people to work and play almost anywhere,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO, Sonnet Technologies. “Moving between work or school and home can frequently mean attaching and disconnecting multiple devices such as hard drives, printers, keyboards, iPhone/iPod docks, mice, networks, speakers, headsets, optical disc drives, and external displays.

“The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock gives users a simple way to attach to and disconnect from all these peripherals and more, using a single cable.”

With the introduction of new, thinner, lighter computers, manufacturers continue to remove interfaces and optical drives that were once standard. The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock offers a simple way to restore FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, audio, and add additional USB 3.0 connectivity plus an optical drive to load software, import CDs, burn CDs and DVD-ROMs, and play DVDs and even Blu-ray movies.

Peripherals are left connected to the dock using standard cables, while the dock connects to the computer with a single Thunderbolt cable. When it is time to take the computer and go, the user needs only to disconnect the Thunderbolt cable.

With the purchase of the Sonnet dock with Blu-ray drive option, software to enable Blu-ray disc playback on Mac computers is included. All models support the installation of a standard SSD or hard drive for backing up data or hosting a media library. For Mac users, this means their Time Machine backup drive can be installed inside the dock.

Sonnet designed the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock for maximum flexibility in use. The case may be set horizontally or vertically to save space on the desktop. Both the front and back of the enclosure include USB 3.0, audio input, and audio output connections to support the handy connection of devices such as a microphone, thumb drives, headphones, or a cell phone for synching and rapid charging.

The internal drive bay supports the installation of either a 6 Gb/s SATA 2.5-inch SSD or 3.5-inch HDD, providing an ideal solution for adding storage capacity without having to connect another external drive and its power brick.

Dual Thunderbolt ports enable the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock to support daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals, and to be placed anywhere in a Thunderbolt device chain. The Echo dock also supports the connection of a Thunderbolt or display port monitor, or other display interface type with an appropriate adapter.

“The call for more mainstream Thunderbolt peripherals continues to grow louder every day,” added Farnsworth. “While ordinary docking stations are a handy solution for attaching and disconnecting common peripherals on a frequent basis, we saw an opportunity to improve upon the basic concept and deliver better value to users.

“In addition to the most-requested interfaces, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock adds an optical drive and the space and connectors to install an HDD or SSD — all in the same case.”

The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with DVD Drive (part number ECHO-TBD-CD-0TB) has a suggested retail price of $399.95.
The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with Blu-ray Drive (part number ECHO-TBD-BL-0TB) has a suggested retail price of $449.95.
The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with DVD Drive Plus 2TB HDD (part number ECHO-TBD-CD-2TB) has a suggested retail price of $499.95.
The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with Blu-ray Drive Plus 2TB HDD (part number ECHO-TBD-BL-2TB) has a suggested retail price of $549.95.

Compatible with OS X 10.8.2+, Windows 8, and Windows 7, all models are expected to be available by summer. Models without an HDD will be available from Sonnet and its resellers, while models with an HDD will be sold exclusively through Sonnet’s online store.



Posted by Julie Clark on 04/02 at 10:35 AM
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GoodLuck’s International Tour Relies On AKG Wireless Systems

Since the release of its self-titled debut album in 2011, South African electro-swing dance group GoodLuck has reached the number one spot on South African charts six times and performed more than 500 live shows in seven countries utilizing AKG wireless microphone systems.

Since the release of its self-titled debut album in 2011, South African electro-swing dance group GoodLuck has reached the number one spot on South African charts six times and performed more than 500 live shows in seven countries. 

Equipped with Harman’s AKG WMS4500 wireless system, GoodLuck entertains its loyal fans with mashups of old school swing music, electronic dance and its own original vocals.

With three AKG PT4500 bodypack transmitters, an HT4500 handheld transmitter and D7 capsule microphones, GoodLuck performs its chart-topping hits with clear and quality sound in any country. 

“GoodLuck has been a fantastic member of the AKG family, extending our global reach and building our reputation for internationally acclaimed premium live sound on an international level,” stated Walter Ruhrig, Artist & Key Customer Relations, AKG. “As an international touring band, the quality of its performance reflects heavily on its fans’ and followers’ experience at events and we are proud to offer GoodLuck AKG’s premium wireless systems.”

GoodLuck was recently nominated for three South African Music Awards including ‘Best Dance Album,’ ‘Best Duo / Group’ and the coveted ‘Record of the Year.’ 
The group’s live show has been hailed as one of the most explosive and energetic in the electronic music world.

“When using AKG, we know our fans are hearing exactly what we envision our sound to be,” stated Ben Peters of GoodLuck. “This past year has been so great for our group and we look forward to working with AKG to continue sharing our art with the world!”


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/02 at 10:25 AM
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Crown Now Shipping New DriveCore Install Series Power Amplifiers

Include Harman’s exclusive DriveCore technology that enhances sound quality, flexibility and efficiency

Crown Audio is now shipping its new DriveCore Install (DCi) Series power amplifiers, the successor to the company’s CTs Series.

DCi Analog two-, four-, and eight-channel amplifiers incorporate a host of improvements, including Harman’s exclusive DriveCore technology that enhances sound quality, flexibility and efficiency.

Twelve models in the DCi Series are available ranging from 300 watts to 600 watts of minimum guaranteed power into 4 and 8 ohms and 70Vrms and 100Vrms. The first number in the model is the amount of channels and the second number indicates the watts-per-channel power rating. All amplifiers occupy 2RU rack spaces high.

“We designed the DCi Series to be the new world standard for amplifiers in installed sound applications,” says Daniel Saenz, business segment manager, Install Sound, Crown. “In fact, the DCi Series could be nothing less, considering the CTs Series established itself as the benchmark power amplifier for fixed installations.

“The DCi Series lives up to the task and then some and audio professionals worldwide will appreciate its greatly improved performance, flexible features, high efficiency and compact form factor.”

The DriveCore amplifier IC chip combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions – yet is about the size of a postage stamp. DriveCore and the DCi Series’ leading-edge amplifier topologies dramatically reduce size and power consumption requirements and yield much more energy-efficient operation that conforms to Harman International’s GreenEdge environmental initiative.

DriveCore technology reduces the footprint of the amplifier by replacing over 500 parts from a typical amplifier design with one single IC. Smaller amplifier engines means more channels can be put into a 2RU box with more capabilities.

Crown DCi Series amplifiers can be operated into 8-, 4- or 2-ohm loads and offer direct drive “constant voltage” capabilities for 70Vrms and 100Vrms amplification without the need for a step-up transformer, yielding higher audio quality and more power available at the speaker in distributed audio applications.

The amplifiers incorporate an exclusive Power Factor Corrected (PFC) global power supply that is designed to deliver maximum power in any country and their universal AC input accepts voltages from 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz (+/- 10 percent).

The DCi Series is Crown’s greenest amplifier line to date, with a PFC power supply, a selectable powersave auto-standby mode where the amplifier will power down after 30 minutes of no input signal and consume less than 1 watt. In addition to the amplifiers’ balanced 3-pin input connectors and 2-pin terminal strip output connectors, a rear-panel AUX port enables the amplifiers to be integrated into control systems for remote on/off and amplifier fault monitoring.

Crown DCi Series amplifiers carry a 3-year, no-fault fully transferrable warranty.

Crown Audio
Harman Professional

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/02 at 10:19 AM
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Bose RoomMatch Loudspeakers Control Sound For Austin’s Cedar Street Courtyard

Venue in the nation’s live-music capital was set to clash with its residential neighbors, but Bose’s highly configurable RoomMatch system was able to provide extremely precise pattern control for great-sounding audio

In the weeks leading up to the opening of the Cedar Street Courtyard music venue in Austin, Texas, the venue was already drawing noise concerns.

Due to its close proximity to residences and other establishments, Cedar Street Courtyard was looking for a system that would minimize the problem. RoomMatch loudspeakers and PowerMatch amplifiers from Bose Professional Systems Division were able to solve these issues by controlling the sound with extraordinary precision.

Nashville-based consultant Steve Durr was called in to recommend a sound system whose sonic quality would keep it competitive with the city’s many other music venues, while at the same time keeping the sound highly controlled, away from reflective surfaces, and keep the energy channeled within the venue and away from neighboring residences.

The Bose technology was exactly what was needed. Big House Sound was selected to install the system, which consisted of four RoomMatch loudspeakers: one RoomMatch RM7020 and RM7040 array module per side, each chosen specifically for the Cedar Street Courtyard’s dimensions, along with four Bose MB24 WR (weather-resistant) Modular Bass loudspeakers, all powered by three PowerMatch PM8500 amplifiers, all delivering 500 watts to each of their eight channels.

“The results were amazing,” observes Zach Richards, Director of Installation at Big House Sound. “The sound inside the outdoor music space is perfectly aimed at the audience and away from reflective surfaces that would let it spill out into the surrounding area.

“The situation that this venue, this neighborhood, and this city found itself in is what made the Bose system a good solution. There are lots of new areas popping up where you now find clubs and homes in what was once a warehouse district, so there have to be ways to let them coexist. That’s what the Bose technology does – it lets us build a system that can help contain the sound without compromising its quality.

“The low-frequency control approach that Bose uses, along with the choice of 20 very specific coverage patterns in the RoomMatch line, lets us tailor the sound system to the venue very precisely. That means we can control the sound very effectively, and not just in the upper frequencies but well down into the mid-low frequency ranges.

“The Bose RoomMatch systems are incredible tools for the sound control and noise mitigation issues that are becoming increasingly common in cities, and especially in areas where you can have music outdoors 365 days a year, like Austin. Cedar Street Courtyard is now a flagship example of how this can be made to work in a way that helps make everyone happy.”

The Bose RoomMatch series offers a progressive directivity array which provides both concert-quality sound for live music and clear vocals for spoken word, with tonal balance consistency for installed sound systems.

The full-range modules are available in 20 different combinations with horizontal coverage patterns of 55, 70, 90 or 120 degrees, and vertical coverage patterns of 5, 10, 20, 40 or 60 degrees.

The progressive directivity array offers the ability to vary both the horizontal and vertical coverage patterns for each module in the array based on the room dimensions. More precise coverage control helps sound system designers ensure good intelligibility with spoken-word program material, especially in reverberant rooms, as well as the best possible tonal balance throughout the listening area.


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/02 at 10:13 AM
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RADAR 6 Software Update From iZ Technology Includes Support For USB 3.0 Drives And Blu-ray

RADAR 6 now available with USB 3.0 Drives, Blu-ray, and updated software

iZ Technology Corporation announces the launch of their updated software v4.0.1 for RADAR 6.

Key features of 4.0.1 software include support for RADAR 6 Solid State record drives with integral USB 3.0 port and RADAR 6 Blu-ray combo drives. Storage device handling has also been opitmized along with minor bug fixes.

The solid state record drives in the new RADAR 6 now come with a built in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 device port housed in a rugged, all metal removable key lock enclosure with a rating of 25,000+ insertions.

The SATA drive can be removed from RADAR and used as a stand-alone portable drive that can be connected to any computer with a standard USB 3.0 cable for file transfer at blazing speeds. The drive is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

Software 4.0.1 now supports Blu-ray slot load combo drives that can burn the latest dual layer Blu-ray disks up to 100 GB, red book audio CDs, data CDs and DVDs, and DVD-RAM disks.

RADAR just got even better.­­­­­

RADAR systems start at $6,800 USD.

IZ Technology

Posted by Julie Clark on 04/02 at 10:05 AM
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Adamson Systems Adds Brian Fraser As Applications Engineer

Brings more than a decade of experience working in the live, touring and installation markets to the company

Adamson Systems has announced the addition of Brian Fraser as applications engineer, based at the company’s headquarters in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada.

Fraser brings more than a decade of experience working in the live, touring and installation markets to Adamson, with experience in production management, front of house, monitors, technical sales and support. 

He’s worked in a broad range of environments, ranging from small clubs to arena-size venues with artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rick Springfield. 

Adamson Systems VP Jesse Adamson states, “Brian has a wealth of hands-on experience in the industry. We brought him on because of his ability to navigate through complex technical proposals with very clear and pragmatic direction. He will be a strong technical addition to our team.”

“I’m pretty excited to be a part of the Adamson team,” Fraser notes. “They are a dynamic, energetic organization that strives to build technology that is second to none. Most engineers know that the Energia series is very high-performance, but I’m also looking forward to getting the new Point Concentric series out there. These cabinets sound amazing and can cover such a wide variety of applications.”

Adamson Systems

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/02 at 09:14 AM
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Riedel Digital Matrix & Wireless Intercoms Enable Clear Communications At Pershing Square Center

Two elements unite to provide flexible platform for communications throughout facility

New York City’s Signature Theatre Company has installed a Riedel Communications digital intercom system at the Pershing Square Signature Center, the company’s Frank Gehry-designed home situated off-Broadway on 42nd Street.

The installation includes the Riedel Artist digital intercom matrix and Acrobat Digital Wireless Intercom system, which unite to provide a flexible platform for broadcast-audio-quality communications throughout the facility.

“Riedel’s digital intercom products give us the quality and versatility that is critical for productions in a modern theater environment,” says Graham Johnson, sound, video, and communications supervisor at Signature Theatre Company. “Not only is the ability to communicate essential to the production, but it is also critical to the safety of our staff and performers. The Riedel systems have surpassed our expectations in every way.”

The facility’s Artist systems feature a distributed masterless system architecture that significantly reduces wiring, making it easy and cost-effective for users to configure intercom panels and partylines to meet current production requirements at the center’s three theaters: the Linney, the Diamond, and the Griffin.

For each theater, engineers have created stage manager stations comprised of Artist 1000 Series control key-panels packaged into flight cases. Access plates throughout the building provide connections for both Artist control panels and Performer digital partylines, which are routed via a central patch bay.

The theater company uses an Acrobat CC-60 cell controller to support 16 wireless beltpacks. In addition, 24 Acrobat CA-6 cell antenna units installed at the Pershing Square Signature Center ensure complete coverage of the building with seamless hand-over between the antennas’ cells, providing intercom communications with consistently high audio quality regardless of users’ location.

The Acrobat system is optimized for both partyline and point-to-point communications and provides digital audio quality without interfering with UHF radio microphones or in-ear monitors.

Riedel Communications

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/02 at 08:00 AM
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