Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SoCal’s Largest Hotel Selects Symetrix SymNet For Conference Center Upgrade

With a hectic schedule, Dante networked audio solutions by Symetrix helped speed installation time and deliver significant cost-effectiveness for Audio Associates.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt, Southern California’s largest hotel, recently received an extensive AV renovation that included solutions from Symetrix.

The two towers, one 34 floors and one 40 floors, are the seventh and third tallest buildings in San Diego, and most of its 1600 rooms offer spectacular views of the city, the Pacific Ocean, or both.

The quality and quantity of the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s accommodations paired with Southern California’s weather guarantees that its 125,000 square feet of flexible ballrooms and breakout rooms (40+) remain booked without pause. However, that tight schedule, while a blessing in every other respect, became the principle challenge in an extensive renovation of the hotel’s AV system.

Due to their ease of programming, cost effectiveness and complete flexibility when expanding via Dante, San Diego-based Audio Associates chose a number of Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 open architecture networked DSPs and affordable SymNet xIn 12 and SymNet xOut 12 I/O expanders as the audio heart of Manchester Grand Hyatt’s new AV system.

“This is a large, multi-phase project,” explained Eric Evans, sales engineer at Audio Associates. “Most of the system is up and running, but as the work expands to other floors and other areas, we will be installing more SymNet Radius 12x8 DSPs and further SymNet xIn 12 and SymNet xOut 12 expanders.” Because the hotel is so fully booked, Audio Associates has to run double- and sometimes triple-time to get the work done.

The previous sound setup involved behemoth analog systems with large racks of switches to deliver the necessary room combining functionality. “The bid provided lots of options for replacement systems,” Evans continued. “I got prices for a number of possible product choices, but nothing was coming close to the cost-effectiveness that SymNet Radius 12x8 could offer. And because the job was evolving and changing, the fact that we could network via Dante and add inputs and outputs at will with the SymNet xIn 12 and SymNet xOut 12 I/O expanders made Symetrix the best solution.”

The meeting and ballroom spaces are spread out across three floors. Some of the original analog mixers were repurposed for budgetary reasons, but everything else has been replaced or is slated for replacement. In total, four SymNet Radius 12x8 DSPs, eight units of SymNet xIn 12, and seven units of SymNet xOut 12 now artfully provide input processing, loudspeaker conditioning and, critically, room combining functionality in a fraction of the space used by the old analog setup.

“Programming the Symetrix system was easy, which was very important given the time constraints we were working with,” said Evans. “And once we had the system in place, the hotel requested tweaks which were remarkably quick and easy to implement.”

A contracted AV company resides in-house to handle all of the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s event production. “They love the new system because it’s so much easier using Crestron control to make adjustments,” said Evans. “Before, they had to run back to the equipment room every time. They’re excited to have the entire system completed as now they also have comprehensive Symetrix ARC-WEB iPad control. Going forward, we’ll be using Symetrix SymNet Dante-scalable DSPs for conference centres and the like because they have the performance, flexibility, programmability, and price-point that we need.”

One of the meeting rooms shown prior to an event at San Diego’s Hyatt Grand Manchester (Credit: Hyatt Corporation)

Audio Associates

Posted by House Editor on 06/23 at 08:11 AM
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Lab.gruppen Introduces LUCIA Amplifier Series At InfoComm (Video)

Decentralized power in a compact Energy Star compliant amplifier for AV installation.

At the recent InfoComm 2015 show in Orlando, Lab.gruppen unveiled LUCIA, a new series of AV installation amplifiers. 

LUCIA is a first for Lab.gruppen in providing solutions for amplification and processing. This ‘decentralized’ approach to AV systems design puts power, processing, control and I/O exactly where it’s needed.

LUCIA facilitates a cost-effective alternative to the conventional approach, where all amplifiers, processing and matrix mixers are located centrally in equipment room racks—often far removed from the end use location.

Instead, LUCIA packages everything in one compact unit, ready be installed locally at the heart of any dedicated application.

The benefits include better sound reproduction with reduced loudspeaker cable runs, greater user flexibility (giving local inputs and some zone control), and potentially avoiding the costs associated with a separate AV equipment room. The bottom line: LUCIA is far easier to install and set-up for great results – saving time and money.

At the heart of LUCIA (Localized Utility Compact Intelligent Amplification) is its DSP and advanced limiter design.

LUCIA has been designed and engineered with quick install and very easy setup in mind. Each unit comes supplied with a wall-mount bracket allowing for discreet on-wall location (such as behind video displays) but can also be located close to wherever it needs to be in the room – such as next to projector or integrated into a reception counter, podium & lectern or bar area. All connections are via Euroblock screw terminals (also RCA phono inputs shared with channel 1 and 2), and level setting is available on front-panel potentiometers. Advanced circuitry protects the amplifier and connected loudspeakers from potential damage caused by clipping, thermal overload, or extreme low line voltage. The base models require no configuration whatsoever, with all DSP features fully automated (multi-band compressor, look-ahead limiter and load detection for optimized power output).

LUCIA is built around an extremely compact and versatile Energy Star-qualified Class D amplifier platform. Combining innovative electronics with cutting-edge processing from the world of high-end broadcast audio, LUCIA delivers consistently great sound at any listening level. LUCIA sits at the heart of almost any room or zone where high quality audio, ease of use and flexibility are requirements – providing industry-renowned amplification, innovative DSP, plus flexible input and routing control in one quiet-running device. It does all the hard work, providing better sounding results ‘out of the box.’ Even when subject to demanding operating conditions, such as overdriven inputs, LUCIA prevents audible clipping so it always sounds great.

—DSP front-end on all models – Multi-band compressor and look-ahead limiter design.
—Auto Load Sense (ALS) – Proprietary auto-set Voltage Peak Limiter (VPL) for optimum performance with any connected load, delivering maximum output power into 8, 4 or 2 ohms (2 × 60 W LUCIA 120/2 or 2 × 120 W on LUCIA 240/2
—Advanced DSP – Featuring Automatic Dynamic Loudness Contouring (ADLC) delivers “fuller” listening experience – especially at low perceived levels
—Energy Star qualified – Conforms to green building standards and latest Energy Star specifications
—Configuration Software – Windows and Mac software wizard for initial set-up, advanced editor for preset configuration (connection via USB)
—4 × 4 mix matrix on LUCIA 120/2M and 240/2M – Route internally to amplifier or to line-level outputs
—DSP features – Per-channel presets for high-pass filter parametric EQ, multi-band compressor, look ahead limiter
—Configuration Software – Windows and Mac software wizard for initial setup, advanced editor for preset configuration (connection via USB)
—Default preset mode – Works out of the box for common applications with no configuration
—GPIO – Remote control (eg. wall panel) for channel switching, level – integration with paging systems
—Compact form factor – Half-rack, 1U chassis and supplied bracket for discreet on-wall mounting
—Efficient Class D amplifier – Patented design
—Fail-safe operation – Short circuit, thermal, and under-voltage protection
—Balanced and unbalanced (RCA) inputs – Connects to any input source
—Universal power supply – Operates at 100 -240 V AC (50 or 60 Hz)
—Auto standby and wake-up – Standby power consumption less than 1 W
—Intelligent fan control – Silent operation in idle and at lower output levels
—Sturdy metal chassis – Protection for long-term durability
—CE, CSA, CCC and PSE approvals – Conforms to building codes worldwide


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Biamp Systems Expands Vocia Paging System Capabilities

Vocia 1.7 introduces new amplifiers, passive end-of-line monitoring devices, live inter-world paging and up to 30 minute recorded messages.

Biamp Systems announces the release of Vocia 1.7, the newest addition to its public address and evacuation system.

With its decentralized architecture, Vocia is designed with no single point of system failure for reliable public address and paging applications in healthcare, corporate office, convention space and high-volume transportation environments.

Vocia 1.7 is equipped with new 2RU amplifiers, passive end-of-line monitoring devices (PLDs) supporting a wide range of speakers, as well as enhancements such as live inter-world paging, increased recorded message times of up to 30 minutes, and the flexibility to have multiple Life Safety Interface (LSI-16) devices per world.

“These latest additions to the Vocia platform unlock increased flexibility of design, leveraging the advantages of Vocia’s decentralized architecture,” said Shell Haffner, director of product management at Biamp Systems.

“Our new amplifiers provide a wider range power options to fit the needs of any size of application, and our new passive end-of-line devices reduce expenses by eliminating power and return cabling requirements. Vocia takes public address and voice evacuation to the next level in both system design and expectations.”

The four-channel VA-4300CV and eight-channel VA-8150CV digital networked amplifiers provide power levels of 300 or 150 watts-per-channel respectively, delivering continuous audio power at the wattage needed. The 2RU amplifiers come equipped with comprehensive failover capabilities, including device-to-device and channel-to-channel failover.

Incorporating the newest Vocia Message Server (MS-1e), Vocia 1.7 also provides improved message playback, event scheduling, a VoIP paging interface, email reporting, logging capabilities, and remote system access. The Text-to-Speech Servers (TTS-1e and TTS-1nce) are networked text-to-speech engines that support the creation of browser-based announcements. TTS-1 devices use Ethernet-based control protocols within a Vocia system to construct a variety of announcements using a set of user-defined templates.

Biamp Systems

Posted by House Editor on 06/23 at 07:09 AM

Monday, June 22, 2015

New BSS Audio BLU-DAN Dante To BLU link Bridge Showcased At InfoComm 2015

Connects a Dante device to one or more BLU link devices via standard Cat-5e cabling

The new Harman’s BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-DAN Dante to BLU link bridge, which allows one or more BLU link devices to be integrated with a Dante network, was showcased at the recent InfoComm 2015 show in Orlando.

“The BLU-DAN is a simple, yet powerful device which allows Dante functionality to be added to our Soundweb London 100 Series processors and Crown DCi Network Series amplifiers,” explains Iain Gregory, senior market manager, Installed Sound, HARMAN Signal Processing. “Since those devices also feature BLU link, you only need one, affordable BLU-DAN per equipment location.”

The BLU-DAN connects a Dante device to one or more BLU link devices via standard Cat-5e cabling. It’s capable of simultaneously transmitting and receiving up to 64 channels of Dante audio (64 x 64).

Primary and secondary ports are provided to ensure fault tolerance and control is provided through a separate Ethernet port. The BLU-DAN’s BLU link connectivity is a low-latency, fault-tolerant digital audio bus with 256 channels.

The BLU-DAN is configurable using Harman’s HiQnet Audio Architect software. A selection of logic objects and a drag-and-drop user interface facilitate system setup. Its bi-directional locate functionality allows devices to be identified both from and within HiQnet Audio Architect.

BSS Audio
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Posted by Keith Clark on 06/22 at 03:24 PM
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AKG Supports Annual Life Ball Charity Event For 10th Consecutive Year

AKG microphones and monitoring gear supported the event, including wired mics, headphones and 100 channels of wireless systems.

On May 16, 2015, Vienna’s City Hall Square was transformed into a gold-drenched fantasy world as it hosted Life Ball, Europe’s biggest AIDS charity event.

As thousands of celebrities, musicians and revelers came together to raise awareness for the cause, AKG provided audio to complement the stunning visuals.

Gold – Ver Sacrum was the theme of this year’s event, where the décor and outfits glittered like never before. Celebrity participants included Mary J Blige, actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.

The night also included a fashion show featuring French icon Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Behind all the glitz and glamour was a supporting cast of AKG microphones and monitoring gear, including 100 channels of AKG wireless systems and a variety of cabled mics and headphones.

For 10 individual stages, the event staff turned to the WMS4500 analog reference wireless mic system and the DMS700 V2 digital wireless system. Both were chosen for their outstanding audio quality, reliability and ability to simultaneously handle multiple channels – up to 70 for the WMS4500 and up to 40 for the DMS700 V2.

Monitoring for speakers and performers was handled by the AKG IVM4500 wireless in-ear monitoring system.

“Ever since 2006, we have been the proud partner and sponsor of the annual Life Ball in Vienna,” said Walter Rührig of AKG artist and key customers relations. “Finding the right equipment for 10 different stages with differing acoustics was challenging, but thanks to the flexibility of AKG microphones, the input and pickup patterns perfectly complemented the wide variety of presenters and performers.”

Harman Professional

Posted by House Editor on 06/22 at 03:22 PM
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Yamaha Rivage PM10 Makes InfoComm Debut

Hybrid microphone preamplifiers have been newly-developed, along with the analog section, both in terms of components and overall design.

Yamaha Professional Audio has introduced the new RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing console at InfoComm 2015.

The new flagship RIVAGE PM10 increases the quality and versatility necessary in a live sound environment, and inherits features from the PM Series Consoles.

The PM10 system is comprised of the CS-R10 control surface, DSP-R10 DSP engine, RPio622 I/O rack, three types of RY cards, and two types of HY cards provide the flexibility to configure and ideally match the scale and functional requirements of any application.

Hybrid microphone preamplifiers have been newly-developed, as has the analog section both in terms of components and overall design.

Rupert Neve Designs (RND) transformer circuitry and SILK processing has been created utilizing Yamaha’s VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology. The SILK processing feature even includes selectable “RED” and “BLUE” characteristics, and a continuously variable “TEXTURE” knob that facilitate sonic shaping right at the input stage, adding musical sparkle or power as required.

The channel EQ and dynamics have been significantly upgraded with three newly developed algorithms plus the Yamaha “Legacy” algorithm. The new “Precise” algorithm includes Q parameters on the low and high shelving filters that allow filter overshoot to be flexibly controlled for added musical impact.

An “Aggressive” algorithm has been designed for the most musical response, and the “Smooth” algorithm offers smooth, natural control while retaining the fundamental character of the source. Two Dynamics stages are provided, each functioning as a gate, compressor, ducker, or de-esser as required. Two compressor types are included: “Legacy Comp” features standard Yamaha digital console compressor characteristics, and “Comp260,” a VCM model of a popular analog comp/limiter from the mid-70s.

A total of 45 plug-ins are available for creative processing, with substantially increased processing power. New and noteworthy are plug-ins created in collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs, TC Electronic, and Eventide.

Collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs has resulted in the “Rupert EQ 773,” “Rupert Comp 754,” “Rupert EQ 810,” and “Rupert Comp 830,” all VCM models of Neve designed outboard devices from the 70s and 80s. All four models deliver the gloriously musical vintage outboard sound still favored by many discerning engineers. The alliance with TC Electronic has resulted in the inclusion of two new reverb plug-ins: the “VSS4HD” room simulation reverb that offers a multitude of reflection settings with musical-sounding reverb processing capabilities, and the “NON LIN2” plug-in that can function as an envelope-filtered gate reverb without requiring a trigger.

Console operation has been given the utmost attention with the Yamaha-familiar Selected Channel section implemented in full, allowing all parameters of the selected channel to be directly and intuitively controlled. There are also two large LCD touch screens that provide logical continuity with the faders, offering the same operability as the highly regarded Centralogic interface in 12-channel groups. In addition to this dual interface hybrid operation style, horseshoe-ring encoder position indicators, refined panel layout, and several other details contribute to significantly improved overall operability.

New features extend the usefulness of the scene memory: “Isolate” enables the engineer to specify entire channel modules including EQ and dynamics libraries, etc., that will be protected from recall operations without altering the Recall Safe settings; significant for situations where scene memory is heavily used. The Overlay Filter can be “overlaid” on a current mix to apply temporary offsets to fader and mix/matrix send levels independently from Scene Recall - valuable in situations that require sudden changes and the ability to easily revert to the original settings.

The CS-R10 control surface and DSP-R10 DSP engine are connected via a dedicated CAT5e ring “Console Network.” The DSP engine connects to the RPio622 I/O racks via the newly developed TWINLANe ring network using multi-mode optical fiber. The fact that both networks use simple ring connections facilitates redundancy and the highest possible reliability. TWINLANe is an original Yamaha protocol that can handle up to 400 96kHz audio channels over distances of up to 300 meters with low latency and redundancy for high reliability. Up to two DSP-R10 DSP engines and eight RPio622 I/O racks can be connected in a single ring.

Connection to a computer for multi-track recording, connectivity to the NUAGE Advanced Production System, Yamaha CL and QL Series Consoles, as well as other external equipment is possible via a Dante network. Dante, designed for simple setup with an extremely wide range of professional audio devices, works ideally with TWINLANe to create an exceptionally flexible, reliable system overall.

RIVAGE PM10 will be available this year.

Yamaha Professional Audio

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One Systems Showcases New 106HTH & 104HTH Loudspeakers

These two loudspeakers are the first of many One Systems loudspeakers to be enhanced with new features in 2015.

One Systems has announced the introduction of two new, enhanced direct weather loudspeakers – the 106 HTH and 104HTH.

These two loudspeakers are the first of many One Systems loudspeakers to be enhanced with new features in 2015.

One Systems president, Doug MacCallum, recently announced universal improvements across the One Systems direct weather product line. These product enhancements include continued utilization of 304-grade stainless steel painted with a new marine-capable polyester based paint that, when used together, holds up like marine-grade stainless.

In addition all hang points and external hanging hardware are manufactured in 316-grade stainless only, to ensure that units can be hung outdoors in any venue in the world, as well as all indoor venues excluding indoor swimming pools. One Systems offers separate natatorium loudspeakers for indoor swimming pool applications.

“This next generation of products translates into speakers capable of withstanding the level of moisture and corrosion that was in the past only associated with the higher grade marine versions of each product,” explains MacCallum. “We are also incorporating the use of internal transformers on most models, so that this will allow system integrators to select between 4-ohm/8-ohm – depending on the model – or switch over to 70 volt or 100 volt with ease.”

These improvements will enable One Systems and its international distributors to focus better on maintaining higher levels of inventory for all models, and will simplify the ordering process for One Systems dealers.

Both the 104HTH and 106HTH are two-way designs featuring wide coverage patterns – 110 x 80 and 110 x 70 degrees respectively. Each low Q pattern is ideal for short throw and near field sound reinforcement applications. The configuration scheme does not utilize any switches that may limit system reliability. Both loudspeakers offer superb intelligibility, extended bandwidth and superior system dynamics.

“It is important that end-users know that their system is impervious to the ill effects of all types of weather,” MacCallum concludes. “One Systems is the only company in the industry to offer this kind of comprehensive direct weather solution for its entire brand of products. These enhancements, along with our already great sounding, highly intelligible loudspeakers, allow our products to be specified almost anywhere.”

One Systems

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Two New Crown Audio DCi Network Series Amplifiers Make U.S. Debut At InfoComm 2015

Both the DCi 4|2400N and DCi 2|2400N deliver 1,900 watts into 8 ohms, 2,400 watts into 4 ohms and 2,100 watts into 2 ohms

Additional models joining the Harman’s Crown Audio DriveCore Install (DCi) Network Series of power amplifiers—the new DCi 4|2400N, DCi 2|2400N—made their U.S. debut at the recent InfoComm 2015 show in Orlando.

“The high-power amplifiers fill out our DCi Network Series amplifier line with channel configurations and power ratings that were unavailable before, including 2-channel and 4-channel models with 2,400 watts per channel,” states Dan Saenz, business segment manager, Crown Audio. “With the introduction of the new amps, Crown is now able to offer a complete range of DCi Network amplifiers for every networked installed sound requirement, from smaller house of worship, restaurant, bar or retail installations to large-scale applications requiring multiple channels of high power.”

Both the DCi 4|2400N and DCi 2|2400N deliver 1,900 watts into 8 ohms, 2,400 watts into 4 ohms and 2,100 watts into 2 ohms. All power outputs are minimum guaranteed power ratings. In addition, the ampifiers offer direct drive “constant voltage” capabilities for 70-volt rms and 100-volt rms amplification without the need for a step-up transformer, yielding higher audio quality and delivering their full rated power output in distributed audio applications.

Crown DCi Network Series amplifiers offer networked monitoring and control capabilities via their primary and secondary Ethernet ports. The ampifiers are compatible with Harman’s HiQnet Audio Architect system setup and control software and utilize TCP/IP-based protocol in HiQnet for network monitoring and control. All the amps offer compatibility with a low-latency, fault-tolerant digital audio bus, capable of routing 256 channels using standard Cat-5e cable over a distance of up to more than 300 feet between devices.

Like all Crown DCi Series amplifiers, the DCi 2|2400N and DCi 4|2400N incorporate HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore amplifier chip for powerful, efficient operation from ab installation-friendly 2RU form factor. The compact Class D PWM DriveCore circuitry combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio signal functions.

Both amplifiers provide networking and control features to ensure reliable operation, including continuous load monitoring, comprehensive error reporting, pilot tone monitoring and programmable general purpose input/output (GPIO) ports. The amplifiers also offer DSP features including LevelMAX limiters for the inputs and outputs with thermal limiting, an input compressor, input and output delay, input and output EQ, built-in crossovers and a built-in signal generator.

The amplifiers incorporate an exclusive Power Factor Corrected (PFC) universal power supply that is designed to deliver maximum power and the most efficient operation in any country, and their universal AC input accepts voltages from 100 – 240 volts AC, 50/60 Hz (+/- 10 percent). The amplifiers’ cooling system focuses the airflow on where it’s needed most, minimizing heat and noise.

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

Crown Audio
Harman Professional

Posted by Keith Clark on 06/22 at 01:11 PM
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JBL Professional Showcases VTX V25-II Line Array At InfoComm 2015

New waveguide fosters improved long-throw performance, wavefront control and power matching

At the recent InfoComm 2015 show in Orlando, Harman’s JBL Professional showcased the new VTX V25-II, the successor to the V25 line array loudspeaker offering a new waveguide for improved long-throw performance, improved wavefront control and improved power matching with the companion Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD four-channel amplifier.

“The VTX V25-II demonstrates JBL’s commitment to making VTX the industry’s flagship touring system, while also showing our determination to protect our VTX partners’ initial investment,” states Paul Bauman, associate director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Along with the introduction of V25-II, we are offering an upgrade path that is both cost-effective and easy to implement for existing V25 enclosures in the field.”

The VTX V25-II maintains the same horizontal coverage performance of the original V25, and current V25 owners can upgrade their cabinets in a matter of minutes with the VTX-V25-WG-UK waveguide upgrade kit.

The new V25-II waveguide incorporates design improvements that were motivated by the VTX V20 waveguide and differs from its predecessor with revised internal acoustical path geometry and double the number of acoustic transmission paths. In addition, the V25-II waveguide’s exponential geometry assists with wavefront expansion while providing improved wavefront control and line source array coupling in the vertical plane at higher frequencies.

The V25-II waveguide also provides better acoustic loading conditions for JBL’s D2 dual diaphragm, dual voice coil compression drivers, resulting in over 10 dB higher sensitivity above 10 kHz. This sensitivity increase means that less high frequency shelving equalization is required in order to achieve the same acoustic output response and, as a result, there is a significant increase in amplifier headroom.

Limiter thresholds can also be adjusted so there is less peak limiting activity and reduced distortion. All of this combines to provide higher maximum SPL and improved system packaging density since there is a better power match when V25-II is used with Crown Audio I-Tech 4x3500HD four-channel amplifiers.

Improved polar characteristics and wavefront control are also obtained with the new waveguide which translate to improvements in long-throw performance and overall, V25-II offers more even coverage, front to back. Improvements can also be found underneath and behind the array, where V25-II focuses significantly less high-frequency energy.

In addition, JBL hightlighted the VTX V25-II-CS, which includes the optional V25-CS-K compression suspension kit pre-installed at the factory and is intended for use with VTX V25-VTC Vertical Transporters and accessories.

Bauman concludes, “VTX V25-II and V25-II-CS offer clients the choice between individual enclosure or vertical transporter conditioning. Existing V25 enclosures can be upgraded to the V25-II standard with the VTX-V25-WG-UK and with the addition of the optional VTX-V25-CS-K compression suspension kit, V25 enclosures can be further modified to the VTX V25-II-CS standard.

“Vertical transporters are not necessarily the right solution for all applications but we are now able to offer clients a highly-effective solution that suits either requirement. The waveguide upgrade program has been underway since February 2015 and VTX owners have been extremely pleased with the improvements.”

JBL Professional
Harman Professional

Posted by Keith Clark on 06/22 at 12:52 PM
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Radio Active Designs Debuts TX-8 Wireless Antenna Combiner At InfoComm 2015

Can be used on the transmit side with company's UV-1G wireless intercom as well as with any UHF IEM system

At the recent InfoComm 2015 show in Orlando, Radio Active Designs (RAD), maker of the UV-1G wireless intercom system that includes belt packs (RAD packs) that operate in the relatively unused VHF frequency range, introduced the TX-8 wireless system antenna combiner.

The TX-8 can be used on the transmit side of the UV-1G as well as with any UHF in-ear monitoring (IEM) system. In fact, it allows the connection of up to eight UHF transmitters to one antenna.

Advanced active-linear design reduces intermodulation products to exceptionally low levels to minimize interference while providing compatibility with all forms of modulation, including FM, AM, SSB, ENB, as well as a variety of digital forms, including FSK and MIMO.

“The new TX-8 delivers a convenient way to streamline wireless system configurations not just with our own equipment, but with other gear that may be essential to a project,” notes James Stoffo, a principal of Radio Active Designs. “As a result of this consolidation, it enhances performance, simplifies operation, and saves on cost—all at the same time.”

Individual channel indicators on the TX-8 front panel show RF activity and amplifier faults. An antenna fault indicator warns of excessive antenna VSWR. Output power is selectable to 50, 100 or 250 mW, independent of input power level.

In addition, the TX-8 incorporates RF power regulation that insures constant, pre-determined output from IEM and RF PL devices. And, each of the TX-8’s inputs are outfitted with individual RF power switches.

The TX-8 offers modular design housed in a steel 1RU package engineered to handle the rigors of live applications. A built-in power supply provides exceptional reliability as well as clean operation. And, an intelligent rear-panel layout simplifies system connections and reduces installation time.


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Posted by Keith Clark on 06/22 at 11:15 AM
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Austin’s Continental Club Steps Up To Meyer Sound

A hot-spot for live music since 1957, the Continental Club is a focal point for label showcases during the annual South by Southwest festival.

Named one of the top 10 clubs in America by Rolling Stone, the Continental Club in Austin, has recently upgraded its house and monitor systems to new Meyer Sound loudspeakers.

Audiences and artists alike immediately noticed the change in audio quality.

“As soon as we flew the new Meyer Sound PA, we could tell the difference immediately,” says Jamie Wellwarth, head of audio for the 300-capacity club and touring front of house engineer for bands Jane’s Addiction and Social Distortion.

“It has clarity, punch, and you can get it nice and loud without that harsh sound that hurts your ears. It fills the room without overwhelming people up front. The difference really is night and day.”

The new house system comprises four UPQ-2P loudspeakers, two 700-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with a Galileo Callisto 616 processor for system drive and alignment. Six MJF-210 stage monitors supply onstage foldback. The venue also features a Midas Verona analog console and hard-wired Telefunken mics.

“Everybody who plays here is amazed by how clear the MJF-210 monitors sound at high volumes, and how the vocals and instruments really cut through,” adds Wellwarth.

A key player in implementing the recent audio overhaul was Kevin Lemoine, former staff front of house mixer at the Continental Club who is now a touring mixer with Green Day, Dwight Yoakam, and others. “The improvement is astonishing,” he reports. “The system delivers all the music performed here perfectly, from classic country and Americana to alt-rock, blues, and Western swing. This is a legendary venue, probably the roots music equivalent of New York’s CBGB, and it finally has the sound system it deserves.”

A celebrated hot-spot for live music since 1957, the Continental Club is a focal point for label showcases during the annual South by Southwest festival. Current owner Steve Wertheimer acquired the club in 1987 and is credited with guiding it to worldwide renown.

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AtlasIED Introduces Strategy III Series Installation Loudspeakers

New designs feature Safety First Mounting System (SFMS) technology, preventing mounting tab damage and simplifying the installation process.

AtlasIED announces the release of the new FAP Strategy III Series ceiling loudspeakers.

A new innovation is our Safety First Mounting System (SFMS) technology, preventing mounting tab damage caused by over torqueing during the installation process. 

Excessive torque can damage the mounting tabs, increase the chance of breakage and the loudspeaker falling from the ceiling.

The SFMS is the result of over 100 tested prototypes until the final design was approved. This patent pending technology uses t-handles that are integrated into the front of the loudspeaker baffle to tighten the mounting tabs in materials up to 3/4”.

The SFMS also decreases installation time by up to 60%. Its mounting design is simple install steps without the need for any tools. A front mounted 70V tap selector allows installers to quickly adjust and set the 70V power taps. A removable 4-pole euro-style connector allows for easy pre-wiring and daisy chaining of additional loudspeakers and subwoofers. 

The result is lower labor costs and better profits. The improved waveguide design provides wider coverage than previous models. The benefit is cost savings due to fewer loudspeakers required, while still maintaining uniform sound throughout. Low-frequency response is enhanced and deeper bass definition is provided via the optimized low frequency tuning port. Additionally all models are safety listed to both UL1480 and UL2043.

Available Models
FAP33T - 3-inch Single Cone 16W 70.7V with 130 Degree Dispersion

FAP43T - 4.5-inch Coaxial 32W 70.7V with 110 Degree Dispersion

FAP63T - 6.5-inch Coaxial 32W 70.7V with 100 Degree Dispersion

“These new FAP loudspeakers are truly a game changer for AtlasIED”, says president of sales & marketing John Ivey.

“The unmatched sound quality combined with the new SFMS makes these loudspeakers the ideal choice for almost any application. The addition of the 3-inch model to the line provides us the ability to compete head to head with other manufacturers in all models but with better sound quality and features.


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Soundcraft Spotlights New Si Impact Digital Console At InfoComm 2015

Combining analog workflow with digital flexibility for live sound and recording applications

At the recent InfoComm 2015 show in Orlando, Harman’s Soundcraft spotlighted the new Si Impact digital mixing console, which is designed to be as simple as an analog mixer but with workflow enhancements and DSP power for both live sound and recording studio applications.

The 40-input Soundcraft Si Impact offers live sound digital mixing with ViSi iPad control and built-in Stagebox connectivity for I/O expansion. In addition to its live sound components, the Si Impact has a 32-in/32-out USB recording and playback interface that provides multitrack recording and playback directly from a DAW. Right out of the box, you get a free download of Ableton Live 9 Lite.

The fully motorized faders come equipped with Soundcraft FaderGlow illumination technology and LCD channel displays or ‘scribble strips’ for visual feedback and easy operation.

The Si Impact provides 32 mic/line inputs, 40 DSP input channels (32 mono inputs and four stereo channels/returns) and 31 output busses (all with full DSP processing and GEQ) with 20 sub-group aux busses and four mono/stereo matrix busses. Eight XLR/quarter-inch combi-jacks are available for line inputs and instruments, while a 4-band fully parametric EQ is available for each channel and bus. The Si Impact also offers studio grade effects and dynamics from Soundcraft’s sister companies BSS, Lexicon and dbx.

The Si Impact supports up to eight VCA masters and eight Mute groups, plus 26 motorized input faders and LR/Mono (fully motorized with four fully customizable fader layers). The console also features a 5-inch color touchscreen display for access to show setup, patching, FX, and security.

“The Si Impact is the first of its kind in that it truly combines analog workflow with digital flexibility at a lower price than ever before,” said Sean Karpowicz, product manager, Soundcraft. “Most importantly, the Si Impact features the absolute best sound quality of any product in its category, on par with consoles many times larger and costlier. And thanks to the USB interface, it’s equally at home in the studio or on the road.”


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Trinity Central Upgrades With Mackie DL32R

The 120-strong congregation meets at a local independent cinema, setting up and breaking down their gear for each week's service.

Founded roughly three years ago, Trinity Central is a modern, non-denominational church that recently upgraded their portable worship system with a Mackie DL32R digital mixer.

The 120-strong congregation meets each Sunday at a local independent cinema in Vancouver’s Yaletown district, setting up and breaking down their gear for each week’s service.

“We bring in all our own gear, rather than running through the theater’s system,” explains Mark Peskett, Trinity’s guitarist and technical advisor. “We’ve got a good sounding PA system, and although the room isn’t really designed for live sound, we’ve been working on optimizing our system’s performance.”

As part of that process, Peskett recently helped upgrade Trinity to the new DL32R. “We had been using the DL1608, which served us very well,” he explains. “We were really excited about the DL32R and got our hands on one as soon as we possibly could.”

Peskett cites audio quality as a prime consideration. “We’re not a significantly large church - yet - but we really value the sonic integrity and production value of our meetings,” he says. “The DL32R is a major step up. The preamps sound absolutely pristine, with a great sense of dynamics, clarity and air. I’ve personally invested a lot into the signal integrity from my own guitar and pedalboard, but it’s all wasted if it’s going into a bad preamp.”

The DL32R’s DSP is another major plus, says Peskett. “We use compression and the EQ on essentially every channel, and use reverb and delay on vocals, snare, acoustic,” he says. “In some instances we’ve used presets, but typically we’re dialing them in ourselves. I often find myself misled by visual feedback, especially with EQ, so I’m using more vintage EQ modes, almost forcing myself to listen more.”

The band is typically a five-piece, with everyone on in-ears. “All of our musicians look after their own in-ear mixes - at least those who own iOS devices,” says Peskett. “Thanks to the DL32R, we can now run four or five stereo monitor mixes with no problem.”

Peskett is also responsible for the church’s podcast, and points to the DL32R’s multitrack recording capabilities as invaluable. “It’s just awesome - particularly the fact that you can just plug and play without any driver installation. My DAW immediately recognizes all the ins and outs, so getting set up is super easy.”

The new mixer’s debut was an auspicious one. “The first time we used it was for our Christmas Carol service, our biggest event of the year,” Peskett recalls. “We had an over-capacity crowd of around 260, and the DL32R was amazing. We had rented extra mics and monitors, and were using almost every input and output available. And even though the Master Fader 3.0 software was new to us, we were still able to pull off one of our most technically demanding services without a hitch.”

Peskett says the DL32R was clearly the right choice. “I foresee this mixer serving us for many years to come.”


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Outline North America Appoints Joseph Fustolo As Senior Sales Engineer/Product Support Specialist

Brings more than 20 years of pro audio experience to company in a wide range of roles

Outline North America has announced the appointment of Joe Fustolo as the newest member, taking the role of senior sales engineer/product support specialist.

“We’re pleased to make this announcement at InfoComm 2015 as yet another facet of the continued growth and development of Outline in the U.S.,” states Tom Bensen, Outline North America senior vice president and managing director. “Joe is a great addition to the team with his experience and talents. We’re confident that his impact will be immediate, and that he will hit the ground running.”

Fustolo joins Outline with more than 20 years of experience in the pro audio industry, including live sound, theatrical sound, rigging, installation, customer support, technical sales, sales management and system design.

“It’s truly an honor to be working for such a passionate company. With the best in Italian quality, along with a very innovative approach to their product design and engineering, I’m ready to do my part in taking Outline to the next level here in the U.S. market,” Fustolo says. “I look forward to the challenges and rewards that lie ahead.”

Fustolo will be based in a new satellite office in Taunton, MA, located within the Northeast corridor that provides easy access to major markets.

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Posted by Keith Clark on 06/22 at 09:12 AM
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