Monday, January 06, 2014

Meyer Sound CAL Covers 360 Degrees at Vancouver Chan Centre

Meyer Sound system deployed at Vancouver Chan Centre

The 1,185-seat Chan Shun Concert Hall in Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has installed a 360-degree system comprised of six steerable CAL column array loudspeakers from Meyer Sound. The upgrade has markedly improved both vocal clarity and sound distribution for the hall’s variety of events.

The system design was tasked to Martin Van Dijk, principal designer of the Toronto-based consulting firm Engineering Harmonics. The requirement was to evenly cover all seating areas, including 180 hard-to-reach seats in the choral loft behind the stage. The system also had to work at various heights, as the hall features an adjustable canopy to optimize reflections for different events.

“It was an extraordinary challenge,” says Paul Alegado, project manager and associate designer for Engineering Harmonics. “During the review process, the manufacturers and contractors involved had to re-submit designs several times to fully meet the requirements. When all was said and done, it worked beautifully.”

Employing powerful DSP algorithms, the steerable CAL column array loudspeaker allows its vertical beam to be angled up or down in one-degree increments to accurately aim only at target areas. The center cluster at Chan Centre comprises three forward-facing CAL 64 loudspeakers covering the orchestra level and two balconies, two side-facing CAL 32 loudspeakers, and one rear-facing CAL 32 loudspeaker for the choral loft. Four presets in the Meyer Sound Compass control software allow operators to maintain constant coverage, regardless of the height of the cluster and overhead canopy.

“In the past, we’d had problems with people sitting behind the stage or on the stage hearing what was said,” remarks Owen Schellenberger, technical director at the Chan Centre. “Now those problems are essentially eliminated. We had no complaints after any of the ceremonies this graduation season, and the centre management has commented favorably on the improvements.”

The hall has also installed a left-right reinforcement system based around Meyer Sound MINA line array loudspeakers. The system is anchored by twin arrays of 10-each MINA loudspeakers under a 500-HP subwoofer, and also includes 10 UPM-1P loudspeakers for front and loge fill, two on-deck 700-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor.

“The MINA works very well in here,” says Will Howie, audio engineer at the Chan Centre. “I’m impressed with the clarity it has brought to the room, which is a difficult one, as it was designed for symphonic music. MINA has that certain ‘forwardness’ you hear in a good studio monitor.”

Both the CAL center cluster and the music reinforcement system were provided and installed by Sapphire Sound of Abbotsford, BC. Brockville, Ontario-based GerrAudio provided project support.

The overhaul of the hall’s AV system also included the installation of Avid VENUE consoles at FOH and monitor, and an Optocore fiber-based network system.

Artists who have performed with the new system include Patty Griffin, Judy Collins, Lila Downs, and the Taj Mahal Trio with Shemekia Copeland.

Opened in 1997, the Chan Centre at the University of British Columbia was made possible by generous donations from local philanthropists Tom and Caleb Chan. The performing arts complex also includes the Telus Studio Theatre, the Royal Bank Cinema, and the Great Performers Lounge.

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Posted by Julie Clark on 01/06 at 03:11 PM
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SynAudCon Announces Spring 2014 In-Person Training Schedule

SynAudCon announces 2014 in-person training schedule.

Synergetic Audio Concepts (SynAudCon) has released their in-person seminar schedule for the Spring of 2014.

SynAudCon is renowned for their real-world audio educational offerings through web-based and in-person training offered worldwide.

SynAudCon will offer the three-day “Sound Reinforcement for Technicians” (SRT) in Portland, Oregon on February 24-26, 2014 and again in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 2-4, 2014.

SRT instructor Pat Brown provides hands-on exercises which allow attendees to use a tool kit (that includes meters and other items that are needed) to test and troubleshoot systems. The class also goes into detail on how to use modern dual-channel FFT measurement platforms. On day three, SRT demonstrates the setup of a 3-way triamped loudspeaker, including polarity testing, equalization, crossover selection and signal alignment.

“SynAudCon Digital”, a three-day seminar, will be presented April 28-30, 2014 in North Haven, Connecticut. “SynAudCon Digital” is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to digital audio, digital signal processing and digital audio networks. The materials presented shorten the learning curve for understanding everything from data formats to networked audio systems with an emphasis on the practical. The seminar is taught by Pat Brown, Steve Macatee and Bradford Benn.

For more specific information about the 2014 schedule, seminar agendas, and online registration, visit the SynAudCon website.


Posted by Julie Clark on 01/06 at 03:00 PM
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Beverly Hills’ First Performing Arts Center Roars To Life With L-Acoustics

Electrosonic equips Wallis Annenberg Center’s Bram Goldsmith Theater with L-Acoustics ARCS WIFO and XT loudspeaker systems

After more than two years of construction, Beverly Hills’ first performing arts center, the Wallis Annenberg Center – or simply “The Wallis” – officially opened in mid-October with a star-studded, invitation-only gala featuring a concert by Natalie Cole.

Since then, the center’s primary performance space – the 500-seat, proscenium-arch Bram Goldsmith Theater – has been hosting a steady lineup of world-class theatre, music and dance performances sonically reinforced via the venue’s new L-Acoustics amplifier and loudspeaker system.

The sound system was designed and installed by the Burbank team of Electrosonic, Inc., which handled AV design and integration for the entire complex – including the adjacent 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office, fully restored and repurposed as a grand lobby, café, gift shop, classroom and office space, and home to the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater.

According to Electrosonic Design Consultant Steve Coe, the L-Acoustics Certified Provider hung an array of three ARCS FOCUS and one ARCS WIDE on a two-line winch above the center of the Goldsmith’s full-sized theatrical stage. The compact array can fly from stage level to show trim at the top of proscenium, as well as fly out of sight above ceiling reflectors at the catwalk level when unnecessary for purely acoustic or orchestral performances.

At the request of the venue’s benefactors, the rest of the sound system is practically invisible. Coaxial 12XT enclosures are hidden in the proscenium on either side of the stage, while two more are flown above the ceiling reflectors as balcony delays. Also suspended above the reflectors are four individually flown SB18i subs for low-end.

For cinematic events, the venue additionally features a full 7.1 surround system built around L-Acoustics’ smaller XT series products. Eight 8XTi enclosures are mounted in acoustically treated wall recesses along each side of the room and covered with removable acoustic panels, while a total of four tiny 5XT enclosures are similarly hidden along the back wall of the balcony and deliver rear-balcony coverage.

Two LA8 and eight LA4 amplified controllers housed in a custom amplifier rack in the control booth power and process the entire system via LA Network Manager software.

“When we first got involved with this project way back in 2008, we knew even then that we wanted to have an L-Acoustics system in the main house,” Coe recalls. “We originally looked at KIVA-KILO and ARCS II, and then KARA as well. But as the project evolved, ARCS WIFO made its debut and was perfectly suited for the space. Having personally tested the Goldsmith’s new system with a string quartet, classical pianist, jazz band and rock band, I feel that it achieves such a level of purity and clarity – as well as lovely warmth – that many other manufacturers seem to lack. I’ve always loved L-Acoustics in the theatrical setting and this project absolutely confirms that.”

Wallis Annenberg Center Director of Production James D’Asaro shares Coe’s delight with the new system. “Our L-Acoustics house system works very well for producing a sound and expressiveness within the range of what our artists and guest companies expect without being overwhelming to our audiences,” he says. “The system doesn’t feel like it has to ‘pierce’ before it has real presence and power, but is well balanced in a way that allows it to become virtually invisible when we don’t want to perceive that it is doing something.

“During Natalie Cole’s performance at our opening gala, the system sounded clean and inviting. The soul in her music easily shone through, and she commented about the lovely sound from the stage. Natalie’s front-of-house engineer, who had never been in the Goldsmith Theater prior to then, also mentioned that he was very impressed. He was surprised by how amazing everything sounded from a system that, for the most part, is so well hidden. It truly belies the power, coverage and sound it’s capable of.”


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Fred Hammond And United Tenors Tour With RCF

Fred Hammond and The United Tenors tour with RCF.

Fred Hammond, arguably one of the most recognizable voices in Gospel music, has received numerous Dove, Stellar and Grammy Awards honoring his innovative work in the genre.

In 2013 Hammond reached across musical boundaries with the creation of United Tenors, a quartet of male vocalists that fuse the gospel stylings of Hammond and Brian Courtney Wilson with the R&B influences of Dave Hollister and Eric Roberson.

Recently the group has been out on tour promoting their album United Tenors: Hammond, Hollister, Roberson, Wilson with a RCF TTL33-A line array system supported by TTS-56A subwoofers.

The system was comprised of eight TTL33-A boxes, an active three-way box with dual 8-inch low frequency woofers along with one 8-inch midrange and three-inch high frequency compression drivers, along with 10 TTS-56A double 21-inch active subwoofers.

“The vocals were pristine,” explains Ray Hammond, front-of-house engineer on the tour. “The system no only handled the four vocalists superbly, but duplicated the rhythm section with precision. The system rocked!”

Hammond had previously worked with an RCF TTL55-A line array system, downsizing slightly for this tour’s venues to the TTL33-A.

“At first, I was a little concerned of the overall sound considering the size of the subwoofers and the 8-inch drivers in the main PA,” Hammond adds. “I expected a frequency hole but to my surprise, it worked great.”

Hammond used RCFs stand-up kart which made getting the P.A. up and dialing it in quick and easy.  RDNet, RCF’s proprietary DSP protocol that allows for the monitoring of all system components and control parameters including gain, equalization and delay, added considerably to ease of setup in every venue.

“It was one of the fastest systems I’ve ever worked with,” Hammond concludes. “It sounded amazing, it was flexible and incredibly easy to dial in the system from venue to venue.”


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Bose Tames Acoustics At Bridgewater State University Auditorium

Bose RoomMatch Loudspeakers And PowerMatch Amplifiers Tame the Acoustics of the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium at Bridgewater State University.

Bridgewater State University Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers are able to work around the venue’s existing acoustical intricacies, turning previously troublesome areas like the balcony into prime listening seats

The Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, has been part of campus life since it was built in 1970.

Named for retiring president Adrian Rondileau, the center boasts several ballrooms and conference rooms, a large cafeteria, several common areas, an open access computer lab and a small dining room. It also houses offices for the Center for Multicultural and International Affairs, the Student Government Association and Visitor Information.

The heart of this multi-use building is its 1,300-seat auditorium, which is used for concerts and theatrical presentations. The auditorium’s sound system was recently upgraded with RoomMatch loudspeakers and PowerMatch amplifiers from Bose Professional Systems.

Designed and installed by Sudbury, Massachusetts-based Adtech Systems, the system is configured in a single central array consisting of one RM9005 loudspeaker, two RM9010’s, two RM9020’s and one RM12040; a pair of RMS215 subwoofers; and four LT 9403 full-range 3-way loudspeakers used as fills.

These are powered by three PM8500N PowerMatch amplifiers. The system is controlled by a Bose ControlSpace ESP-88 DSP.

When Adtech Systems was being considered for the project, Charles Crane, Sales Engineer with Adtech, utilized the the Bose Modeler sound system software to draw all the seating areas within the auditorium and predict the sound coverage.

This showed the customer that the design would thoroughly cover the floor and balcony seating areas, but it also revealed that the array would have to be hoisted higher than expected to address the existing acoustical clouds in place in the venue – something that could only have been accurately determined by computer modeling, since the clouds were not precisely represented on the auditorium’s blueprints.

“As it turns out, we were the only one of the three vendors who provided the schools with a proposal that was validated by computer modeling,” says Crane. “When they saw how Bose was able to provide a complete package, from modeling and speakers to DSP and amplification, they got it – they saw that this was the full-featured solution that they really needed.

“The room has a lot of reverberation and peculiar reflections, and the Modeler design was able to identify them. Then, the combination of RoomMatch loudspeakers, PowerMatch amplifiers and ControlSpace ESP-88 were able to properly address those issues.

“And they worked like a charm – the customer told us that the balcony went from being the worst seats in the house to some of the best. Bose really helped turn this venue around.”


Posted by Julie Clark on 01/06 at 10:25 AM
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Revolabs Names Midwich UK Distributor

Revolabs has names Midwich as a new UK distributor

Revolabshas named Midwich as a new UK distributor for the company’s wireless audio systems for unified communications.

Through its RW Salt audio division, the Midwich Group will offer Revolabs’ full line of plug-and-play, desktop, and wireless unified communications products to its network of partners in a wide range of vertical markets, including education, corporate, finance, and healthcare.

“Partnering with the Midwich Group is an important milestone in our UK distribution strategy. Midwich is perfectly positioned to help us reach new customers there and expand our presence in new and established vertical markets,” said Marc Cremer, chief operating officer, Revolabs. “Through their RW Salt division, we will have access to hundreds of additional reseller partners who are focused on installed conference audio solutions.

“The Midwich Group also provides access to many IT and data VARs in the UK, offering additional channels for our FLX and FLX UC products.” 

Founded in 1979, the Midwich Group is a family of trade-only distribution technology specialists that has built a reputation for quality products, industry knowledge, and unparalleled partner support.

Representing Revolabs’ products will enable Midwich to strengthen its unified communications portfolio with offerings that feature market-leading audio quality and wireless flexibility.

“There has been a demand for a hassle-free, effective, quality solution for wireless communications in the workplace for some time,” said Alison Charters, audio product manager at Midwich Group. “We are very excited to address this need by bolstering our product lineup with Revolabs’ plug-and-play, desktop, and wireless UC products range.

“The company’s products enrich our portfolio while providing a wide range of markets with greater access to the benefits of advanced wireless audio technology. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Revolabs.”

A key product in the Revolabs audio solutions family is the Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems. Using a new distributed architecture, Executive Elite’s remote antenna receiver and base DSP units connect via a standard Cat6 cable with power over Ethernet (PoE) support to facilitate installations. As a result, the system’s remote antenna receiver unit can be placed in the same room as wireless microphones, vastly improving wireless connectivity.

Executive Elite’s new redesigned microphones feature an elegant Fortune 500 look and feel, superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy operation, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links.

Revolabs’ wireless audio systems and accessories are available from RW Salt effective immediately. The company also provides technical support, sales, marketing, and training for the entire Revolabs product range


Posted by Julie Clark on 01/06 at 10:13 AM

Yamaha MTX New Firmware And Software Update Enables AEC And Dugan MY Card Compatibility

Yamaha announces MTX Series Matrix Processor firmware and software update.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced Version 1.2 firmware and application software for the MTX Series Matrix Processor, the core product of the Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) product line.

MTX v1.2 now makes the processor compatible with the MY4-AEC acoustic echo cancellation card required for distance conferencing and the Dugan-MY16 auto mixing capability card.

The Yamaha CIS Series, launched in 2012, includes the VXC Series Ceiling Speakers, VXS Series Surface Mount Speakers, XMV Series Multi-channel Power Amplifiers, and the MTX Series Matrix Processors specifically designed for the commercial installation solutions market.

Now with MTX v1.2, there is an even more comprehensive range of flexibility that will meet the demands of installed applications.

The new software enables compatibility with the two MY cards that was previously only available for use primarily with Yamaha’s DME Series Digital Mixing Engines.

The MY4-AEC card eliminates unwanted acoustic echo that is caused by secondary signals of speaker output or reflections from room surfaces that are common in teleconferencing applications.

The card is equipped with a noise reduction function that removes steady-state background noise caused by air conditioning components, projector fans, etc. Once the card is installed in the processor, parameter settings can be controlled using the AEC window in the MTX Editor program.

The Dugan-MY16 card, developed by Dan Dugan Sound Design, automatically optimizes the gain distribution of multiple faders simultaneously, allowing sound engineers to focus on their mix rather than keeping track of mic levels.

Auto mixing parameters can be set using dedicated software that works in conjunction with the MTX Editor and is available via free download at

“Ever since we launched the Yamaha CIS Series, we have received very strong, positive reactions from the installed sound market regarding its DSP power and the scalability the series provides when configuring a sound solution using amplifiers and speakers,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “MTX v1.2 is based on a number of requests from our customers regarding certain functionality and capabilities that are relevant to their applications.

“So, by adding compatibility with the MY cards, integrators will be able to address an even wider variety of installed sound applications and offer powerful functionality similar to the DME (Digital Mixing Engine) but at a lower cost to customers using the MTX5-D processor.”

Lopez also said that with the recent addition of the Wireless Digital Controller App for Android available free of charge at the Google Play Store, the MTX Series continues to bring extraordinary value to the Yamaha Commercial installation Solutions product line.

Yamaha MTX v1.2 will be released in mid-January and can be downloaded free of charge by the Yamaha website.


Posted by Julie Clark on 01/06 at 09:54 AM

Friday, January 03, 2014

Lightning Boy Audio Introduces The VOG Plate Reverb

At just over 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide and weighing in at nearly 400 pounds, VOG provides a "shimmer" to recordings with the natural beauty of a real stereo plate reverb

Lightning Boy Audio (LBA) has announced the availability of the Voice of the Gods (VOG) plate reverb.

It’s an analog stereo plate reverb inspired by the classic EMT plate reverb first introduced in 1957. At just over 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide and weighing in at nearly 400 pounds, VOG provides a “shimmer” to recordings with the natural beauty of a real stereo plate reverb.

It also provides a detailed and rich warm analog sound, in contrast to emulators and plug-ins. Lightning Boy Audio takes a classic concept to a new level of high fidelity with our hand wired class A tube amplifiers.

The adjustable dampening panel on the VOG allows the reverb decay time to be set anywhere between 2 to 5 seconds, either manually, or with the optional motorized remote control.

The VOG driver amplifier is a class A, 15-watt mono tube amp that delivers rich single-ended tube tone and features passive EQ controls for bass and treble with also a volume control to push the reverb driver.

The driver amp is loaded with NOS EL84, 12AX7 and 6X4 vacuum tubes, paper in oil caps, and top-quality audio transformers available.

The VOG output amplifier is a class A, push-pull stereo tube amp with separate volume controls and offers the flexibility to connect to the FX return on a mixing board or to the inputs of an A/D converter for digital mixing. A matching pair of high-quality NOS 6922 vacuum tubes, a NOS 6X4 vacuum tube, and premium audio transformers round out the output amp.

Lightning Boy Audio recently completed a VOG install at Schwab Music, a mixing and mastering studio located on the north side of Chicago.



Learn more about plate reverbs here.

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River Oaks Church Retires Analog Console, Upgrades To Yamaha CL5 Digital

“We are living by the console’s iPad App; our engineers stay on ground level during rehearsals and worship to make sure our mix is perfect." -- Tim Blaum, program director

The 600-seat River Oaks Community Church, in Goshen, IN, holds contemporary worship services, and on any given Sunday, serves 1,200 of its congregation.

With a rotating pool of 25 musicians, a standard worship service consists of 5-10 members on stage. The church recently retired its aged analog console and upgraded to a new Yamaha Commercial Audio CL5 digital audio console and Rio 3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes, purchased from Mid-America Sound of Greenfield, IN.

“We had an analog console for about 10 years that outlived its welcome”, states Tim Blaum, program director at the church and installer of the CL.“We realized we needed to have additional control and mixing space.”

Blaum notes that on occasion, the church had to rent a Yamaha M7CL for outdoor gigs or other special services when they needed a little extra control.

“We have a volunteer team that is comfortable in the analog environment using a full bank of physical faders because it’s what we’ve been used to, but we knew it was time to upgrade to digital. Several industry professionals recommended we investigate the new Yamaha CL Series since it has several added benefits. After weighing our options, we heeded their advice and decided to go with the CL5 because of its power and features.”

Prior to the new CL’s arrival, volunteers viewed online tutorial videos, having been familiar with the M7CL. “Yamaha digital consoles have always been strong and reliable, and with the CL’s price point, the console will give us room to grow and expand our worship ministry,” Blaum says. “Talented musicians with years of training and skill lead our ministry, and our production team is eager to help them sound the best they can with our new desk.” The church is currently using the Dante network locally due to its pre-existing snake structure.

He also notes that the front of house location is an elevated mezzanine, which makes mixing difficult. “We are living by the console’s iPad App; our engineers stay on ground level during rehearsals and worship to make sure our mix is perfect. The labeling on the CL was a major enhancement, but we really love just about every feature it has since we came directly from the analog world. The console sounds great, and since its installation, we’ve had numerous compliments about our mix greatly improving. No doubt, this is an exciting step forward for us.”

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Denmark’s SOHO Lounge Installs Meyer Sound UP-4XP 48V Loudspeakers

Exceptional audio performance with the advantages of a self-powered system

The SOHO Lounge & Music Bar in Holbæk, Denmark has installed a versatile Meyer Sound system headed by self-powered UP-4XP 48V loudspeakers.

The new system was supplied and installed by Copenhagen-based PRIME A/S.

“People come to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine in the afternoon, meaning that the audio system only needs to provide low-key reinforcement during daytime hours,” says Lars Christensen, venue owner. “At night, appearances by live bands and DJs call for something altogether more powerful. The system had to be truly multi-purpose, and I am delighted that the Meyer Sound equipment fits the bill perfectly.”

Peter Petersen, productions director for PRIME A/S, provided the venue’s main lounge space with 12 UP-4XP loudspeakers, four UPA-1P loudspeakers, two 600-HP subwoofers, and three MM-10XP 48V subwoofers. Powered by three external MPS-488HP power supplies (48V DC), the compact UP-4XP loudspeakers offer exceptional audio performance with the advantages of a self-powered system.

Elsewhere in the venue, five MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers are placed in the bathrooms and outdoor area, while one UPM-1P loudspeaker handles monitor duties in the DJ booth. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor provides control and optimization for the entire loudspeaker system.

The lounge stage uses a Midas console and Shure microphones, while DJ equipment includes a Pioneer DJM-900nexus digital mixer and two Pioneer CDJ-2000 digital turntables.

“We get a lot of touring bands playing here,” says Christensen. “Several of them have already pointed out that our system is one of the best they have encountered in a venue of this kind in Denmark.”

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Allen & Heath Answers Texas Challenge At Oakwood Baptist Church

Multi-purpose worship venue has several spaces needing flexible, reliable and clear audio signals

Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, TX, recently invested in new audio equipment to manage a growing worship program, highlighted by an Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system, distributed in the U.S. by American Music And Sound.

Services at the church feature a worship band that includes a 10-person praise team, drums, keyboard, bass, piano, two guitars, and a 7-piece horn section.

“Sundays are different every week, we can have a guitar player leading our services, a piano player, or our pastor. On most Sundays we have 100 or more choir members,” explains Jeff Owen, technical director at Oakwood Baptist.

From traditional services to concerts and community events, this is a multi-purpose worship venue with several spaces needing flexible, reliable and clear audio signals. Charged with delivering a solution was Doug Windell, design manager for Ace Audio of Hutto, TX.

“It was time for a new mixing console to replace the old analogue board, and I knew the Allen & Heath iLive-144 digital system was the right console for the job,” says Windell.

Accompanying the iLive-144 surface is an iDR10 modular mix engine with 64 inputs and 24 outputs, 8 input and 4 output cards, plus a Dante card for recording and streaming requirements. An xDR-16 expander rack was also installed onstage to provide extra inputs for multiple audio sources.

“The move to a digital system gives the church the ability to set up different types of worship services from traditional to more contemporary experiences,” says Windell. “Plus, iLive dramatically improved the room audio and brought down the noise floor to zero.”

Owen adds, “When we started using iLive there was such a clarity of the speaker’s words that congregants began complimenting the sound. The individual limiters, compression and gates on each microphone input are a big advantage.

We weren’t built to be a concert hall but the ability to distinguish the different instruments and voicing is wonderful, I can really make the guitar pop, for example. The iLive mixing tools enable us to balance the total sum of the audio to create a beautiful worship experience.”

Another challenge for Owen and his team of audio artists is the overflow room adjacent to the main worship sanctuary.

“We recently had the opportunity to mix our overflow room using a wireless access point connected to the iLive network. All we had to do was have one person in the room with an iPad mixing the audio signal with the Allen & Heath OneMix app,” Owen enthuses. “Challenge solved.”

The church also opened a new children’s space in a building nearby the main worship centre. An iLive-T80 Surface with iDR-48 fixed format MixRack was installed not only to run the A/V needs of the children’s activities but as a training console for the all volunteer audio team.

“The kids space mainly does dramas and video presentations so there is more of an A/V slant to the technology needs. The T80 serves us perfectly for the Children’s space but also to train the future audio techs for their duties in the main sanctuary,” states Owen.

Windell adds, “The Allen & Heath iLive-144 system is so good in the main sanctuary, that there was never a doubt which mix console to use in the children’s space.”

The versatility, extensive but straightforward set of tools on both iLive systems has opened a new world of audio technology for Owen and his team. “I’m an IT guy by trade, when I came to the Oakwood Church, my hobby was sound. Now I’m able to bridge my love of technology with the creativity of music and spoken word thanks to Allen & Heath,” he says.


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AVnu Alliance Welcomes Crestron As Its Latest Member

Alliance is seeing accelerated momentum for AVB across a breadth of markets including professional A/V, automotive, and residentia

AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, welcomes Crestron as its latest member.

The membership addition of Crestron marks the first AVnu Alliance member to create solutions for smart home and commercial buildings, and furthers the progression of AVB in professional audio/video and residential markets. 

Standing at 65 global members, AVnu Alliance is seeing accelerated momentum for AVB across a breadth of markets including professional A/V, automotive, and residential with member companies working together to drive AVnu-certified devices as the highest performance, most reliable, more flexible, and more affordable market solutions.

“Our commitment to standards makes us the perfect candidate to join the AVnu Alliance to ensure interoperability among networked AV devices and provide the highest quality streaming AV experience,” states John Pavlik, Crestron director of architecture & design. “We’re excited to collaborate with fellow AVnu Alliance members and utilize our expertise to promote the adoption of AVB standards to provide a better end-user AV experience.” 

“It’s extremely motivating to have Crestron join our membership ranks,” adds Rick Kreifeldt, president of AVnu Alliance. “Crestron understands the importance of having pieces of a complex system work together and as a leader in residential and commercial automation systems, they will lend incredible knowledge and value to the Alliance, while extending our commitment to the AVB ecosystem.

“The AVnu Alliance is fostering a new networking ecosystem of interoperable devices by working with industry leading members such as Crestron.”

The AVnu Alliance is testing AVB-enabled networking devices at its appointed testing house, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and has many products in the certification process. AVnu Certification is available to alliance member companies.

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Shure Introduces New Entry-Level SE112 Sound Isolating Earphones

Offer consistent, rich sound with deep bass and an optimized nozzle design for listener comfort

Shure has introduced SE112 Sound Isolating earphones, joining the company’s SE line.

Designed for audio pros, musicians and music/audio enthusiasts, SE112 earphones provide Shure quality and durability at an affordable price, offering consistent, rich sound with deep bass and an optimized nozzle design for listener comfort.

Intended for everything from live performance to personal listening, sound isolating sleeves for the SE112 help block ambient noise and prevent outside noise from interfering with the listening experience. Three sizes of soft, flexible sleeves gently contour to ears for a comfortable fit.

The SE112 comes equipped with a durable fixed 50-inch cable, and to further enhance the fit for long-term wear, and keep cables out of the way, the earphones provide an over-the-ear configuration.

“Earlier this year we introduced our premium SE846 earphones with a truly groundbreaking low-pass filter. Now with the SE112s, we have a pair of quality earphones for an even wider range of users and preferences,” says Matt Engstrom, category director for monitoring/listening products at Shure. “No other earphone line delivers the same level of Shure sound quality and comfortable fit—and, at just under $50, the SE112s are the ideal upgrade to the standard earphones you get with today’s popular audio players.”

SE112 earphones carry a 2-year limited warranty and will begin shipping in spring 2014 with a MAP of $49.


Posted by Keith Clark on 01/03 at 01:16 PM
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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Symetrix Adds Functionality, Sound Quality And Control To Hampton’s Upscale Dockers Waterside

Taylor Sound of Holtsville, New York dramatically improved the sound system with a cost-effective and comprehensive Symetrix system.

Although it is one of the premier dining and entertainment establishments in the upscale resort villages of the Hamptons, Dockers Waterside went without a fully-integrated professional sound system until only recently.

The attractions that draw vacationers, weekenders, and residents to Dockers Waterside include regular live music, two outdoor “living rooms,” three bars, scores of tables that overlook the bay, and, of course, five-star cuisine.

Taylor Sound of Holtsville, New York dramatically improved the sound system with a cost-effective and comprehensive Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed-architecture processor and the owner and management are enjoying convenient control from their smartphones via Symetrix ARC-WEB.

“Dockers Waterside previously had some amplifiers and music-store-grade analog and digital processors,” explained Bill Taylor, owner of Taylor Sound. “Some of the components had gone bad, but the real motivation for upgrading the system was the owner’s inability to manage the inconsistent levels coming out of his music players.

“His solution was to try to compress the signal so as to achieve uniform output, but the compression sucked the life out of the music and killed the low end. It just didn’t sound good.”

The automatic gain control (AGC) in the Symetrix Zone Mix 761, together with the rest of its processing power, produced vastly better results.

Inputs to the 12-input Zone Mix 761 include an iPod, a Sonos music player system, output from the live music system, and a wireless microphone for parties and other events.

Taylor used all six of its outputs to feed six separate zones in Dockers Waterside via three new Crown XLS 1000 amplifiers and the existing loudspeakers.

Additional improvements include a collection of AudioTechnica paddle antennas that provide coverage for the wireless microphone throughout the establishment.

The owner and management select zone inputs and adjust volumes via Symetrix ARC-WEB, which they access from their smartphones. Staff can also make necessary changes using a hardwired Symetrix ARC-2e wall-mounted, menu-driven remote located near the main bar.

“We got the system up and dialed in very quickly,” said Taylor. “We were able to give Dockers so much more functionality than it had previously. Symetrix’ AGC algorithm is great, and the owner is very pleased with the quality and consistency of the sound now. Being able to hand him ARC-WEB put the installation over the edge. He loves having that kind of convenient, cutting-edge control!”


Posted by Julie Clark on 01/02 at 03:46 PM
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Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School Launches Next Generation of Producers With Harman

Harman professional products play important role at Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School in Nashville.

The first of its kind in the US, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee provides a unique opportunity to students interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. The school offers concentrations in audio engineering, radio production, broadcasting and other media industries.

Fulfilling a key initiative of the project, Pearl Cohn partnered with the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers (P&E) Wing in late 2012, to build a fully functioning, world-class recording studio, creating the opportunity for students to learn music production skills in a professional, hands-on environment.

The new studio is equipped with Harman Professional’s newest JBL studio monitors, AKG headphones and microphones, Lexicon effects and Crown amplifiers.

The transformation of Pearl Cohn into the Nation’s first Entertainment Magnet High School was the personal project of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and Music Makes Us, a music education advocacy group, working to create a world-class learning environment for entertainment arts in Nashville.

Renowned studio designer Steven Durr donated his time and energy to develop the plans and oversee construction of the fully equipped studio.

In a remarkable effort, producer/engineers Jeff Balding, Chuck Ainlay, in addition to Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, Terry Palmer, Matt Schlachter, Jon Randall Stewart, Durr and notable members of the Nashville music community rolled up their sleeves as a valuable subcommittee to put the facility together.

“Music education is so important to The Recording Academy, so when we were approached with the idea of Pearl-Cohn’s studio, we were proud to help in the development, contacting key associates in the music world to construct the first-of-its-kind high school facility,” says Susan Stewart, South Regional Director, The Recording Academy. “The studio became a reality with the help of the generous manufacturers and the community, who bonded together to provide students the hands-on environment they deserve to excel in the music industry.”

According to Sam Lorber, Instructional Designer at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, the institution was developed with the desire of engaging students with project-based lessons centered on the entertainment industry theme. 

“It was the intention of the school from the start to provide professional-level education. Whether students are going to pursue an audio degree or a career immediately after graduating, they will have the problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills associated with a strong audio-based foundation,” Lorber stated. “With the P&E Wing and Harman, our vision of building the all-encompassing studio has far surpassed what we ever imagined was possible!”

The commissioning of the studio at Pearl-Cohn marks the first installation of the JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors powered by two Crown iTech 5000 HD power amplifiers.

The M2, JBL’s flagship main monitor system leverages 7 patented technologies, JBL’s next generation transducers and its new Image Control Waveguide to deliver exceptional imaging, frequency response and high output to very broad space in the control room. . 

The control room also includes a 5.1 JBL LSR6300 system, while edit rooms are equipped with JBL LSR4300 studio monitor systems.

AKG microphones and headphones include K271MKII and K240MKII headphones, D12 VR drum microphone, C214s, a C414 matched stereo set and three C451B condensers.

Lexicon’s PCM96 Parallel Stereo and Surround Sound Reverb/effect processor was installed. Pearl-Cohn also installed three complete Lexicon plug-in packages.

Pearl-Cohn provides nine audio classes, which have become the most popular courses since the program was established. The studio/audio program has become the centerpiece of a curriculum that includes a student-run record label and publishing company, plus classes in studio techniques for musicians and singers.

Students select a pathway — choosing between careers as producers, managers, engineers, marketing agents, and more — and enroll in classes beginning with a survey of the music industry and progressing into the specific areas of each student’s interest.

“With a student-run record label, a state of the art studio and the support of music industry veterans, the stage is set at Pearl-Cohn for emerging talent to make their mark in the music world. The future of the industry lies within these kids. We are proud to partner with The Recording Academy in support of this project,” stated Mark Ureda, Vice President, Strategy and Technology, HARMAN Professional.

“We want our students to realize their dreams and potential. They enter the program with ambitions and we want them to graduate with the skills that will provide a stepping stone for a successful career in the audio industry and success in life,” Lorber continued. “Having a partner like HARMAN enables us to create a student-centered studio that rivals university and professional facilities. The sound emanating from our studio is superb and we can’t thank our partners enough for helping Pearl-Cohn inspire its students in this top-of-the-line learning environment.”


Posted by Julie Clark on 01/02 at 03:24 PM
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