Monday, April 22, 2013

Hosa Technology Debuts PWL-400 Series Power Extension Cords

Daisy-chain multiple devices or extend the reach of an individual unit

Hosa Technology is pleased to announce the introduction of the PWL-400 Series Power Extension Cords.

Equipped with IEC C14 to IEC C13 connectors, the PWL-400 is the ideal accessory for daisy-chaining multiple units off a single power receptacle or for extending the reach of a power cord.

The new Hosa PWL-400 is the perfect complement to lighting effects, guitar amplifiers, audio interfaces, wireless audio receivers, and similar equipment.

Many types of equipment—such as lighting effects units used by DJ’s and Houses of Worship—are outfitted with both IEC In and Out jacks for the purpose of daisy-chaining these devices off a single power outlet. Long length cables on stage frequently create an unsightly mess, but the PWL-400 extension cord eliminates this situation.

This cable is designed to connect an electrical device equipped with a C13 outlet to one with a C14 inlet. With extension cord lengths as short as 1.5 feet, a stack of lighting effects, for example, can be daisy-chained together, with all cables safely out of view.

Most devices commonly used in our industry—from lighting to audio to data—require an IEC C13 power connector. When the cable supplied by the equipment manufacturer is simply too short to reach the wall outlet, the new Hosa PWL-400 extension cord provides the valuable extra length necessary to reach it—without having to sacrifice the equipment’s preferred placement.

A guitarist, for example, may find the ideal placement for his amplifier to be short of reaching the wall receptacle. By connecting the Hosa PWL-400 into the IEC connector on the back of the amplifier, the power cord supplied with the amplifier can now be connected into the PWL-400 and from there, into the wall.

Hosa’s new PWL-400 Series Power Extension Cords utilize 14 AWG (American Wire Gauge) Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors for increased current flow—ensuring optimum performance for the connected equipment. Additionally, these power extension cords incorporate a black PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) jacket for durability and low on-stage visibility.

“The new PWL-400 is one of those items no DJ, electronic musician, audio, or lighting professional should be without,” explains Jose Gonzalez, Hosa Technology’s Product Manager. “With the cord’s ability to be used both for daisy-chaining multiple devices together or for extending the reach of an individual unit, the new PWL-400 Power Extension Cords are ideal for a wide range of professional stage applications.

“For those professionals working in the music, sound, and lighting segments of our industry, the PWL-400 is a ‘must have’ accessory item.”

The new Hosa Technology PWL-400 Series Power Extension Cords are available now. MSRP pricing is as follows:

• PWL-401.5 Power Extension Cord IEC C14 to IEC C13, 1.5 ft.: $6.95
• PWL-403 Power Extension Cord IEC C14 to IEC C13, 3 ft.: $9.95
• PWL-408 Power Extension Cord IEC C14 to IEC C13, 8 ft.: $19.95

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Posted by Julie Clark on 04/22 at 08:00 AM
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RCF Rocks Suhr Guitar Event

An RCF line array system provided the quality sound reinforcement the Suhr Guitar presentation event required.

When Suhr Guitars decided to demonstrate their high-end guitars to customer and dealers during a live, two-day event, it was important that the sound system be perfect.

Suhr guitars are built with the highest quality standards possible and with incredible attention to detail. The end result is an instrument of unparalleled tone crafted from the finest materials available.
Top guitar players and support were brought in to showcase the guitars and amps. Notable from the talent pool were Andy Wood, Pete Thorne, Al Estrada, and Doug Aldrich, to name a few.

Fortunately, the RCF line array system utilized for the showcase was more than commensurate with the instruments it reproduced.

Tom Evans, independent touring FOH engineer, was onsite during the showcase to ensure that the sound for the event was flawless. Recently back from being on the road with Grouplove, he was not familiar with RCF line arrays.

“A warehouse is not normally the ideal space for a high-end live listening session, but with the RCF system it sounded terrific,” Evans explains. “I had not used RCF before and was incredibly impressed with the sound quality and the even coverage throughout the room.”

The warehouse was at the Suhr guitar factory in Lake Elsinore, California. Steve McNeil of the Mac West Group, provided the sound reinforcement system and setup.

The line arrays consisted of 12 NX L23-A array modules—flown five per side. Two were placed on the stage for front fill. Four TTS28 subwoofers were stacked under the stage for driving low end.

The NX L23-A is a very compact, active, two-way line array loudspeaker module that delivers extraordinary power handling, clarity, flexibility and great sound in a compact, easy to handle and affordable package.

The 750 Watt Class-D amplifier module accurately matches the high quality analog signal input board with precise, complex filter response that result in the natural, detailed reproduction of the best radiating designs.

The TTS28 is a direct radiating, high output, large format subwoofer that compliments high-efficiency, full range loudspeakers like the NX L23-A line array system.

“We mixed ‘loud’ for two days and the system stayed musical,” Evans continues. “It would be loud without being painful which, in my experience, doesn’t happen with every system.”

Evans manned the system at a DiGiCo SD8. The guitars were mic’d with Royer Labs guitar microphones.

“We were able to prominently display the quality of the guitars with loud sound that was even throughout the room,” concludes Evans. “You know it’s a success when dealers and customers go out of their way to comment on how great the system sounded.”

Posted by Julie Clark on 04/22 at 07:51 AM
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Solotech To Supply Meyer Sound MICA For Canada’s JUNO Awards

More than 170 self-powered loudspeakers to deployed at the Brandt Centre

At the 2013 JUNO Awards, where Canada will celebrate its music industry achievements, Montreal-based Solotech is deploying more than 170 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers to provide live sound reinforcement for the event.,

Hosted by Michael Bublé, this year’s awards will be held this Sunday, April 21, at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, and broadcast live by Canada’s CTV Television Network.

This year’s award programs are presented on three stages in the 7,000-plus capacity arena, including two performance stages at the ends of the ice hockey oval and a center presentation stage. Solotech’s system design calls for a total of 112 MICA line array loudspeakers flown in 12 arrays of between eight and 10 cabinets each. 

Supplementing the main arrays are floor center fill arrays of six each MINA line array loudspeakers, with additional UPA-1P loudspeakers and UPJunior VariO loudspeakers providing fill where needed. The subwoofers are configured in eight arrays of four-each 700-HP subwoofers.

“These are arranged in a cardioid pattern to keep the deep bass from flooding the stages, which are right under the stacks,” says David Brazeau, senior audio project manager for Solotech. “We’re also using eight 500-HP subwoofers for filling in some holes on the floor, as well as some additional 700-HPs for low-frequency extension of the stage monitoring system—for drum fills in particular.”

The system is driven by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo AES processor linked to six Galileo 616 processors. Meyer Sound’s RMS remote monitoring system is used to track performance of all loudspeaker components.

The system design for the JUNO Awards was a collaborative effort of Brazeau and Mark Vreeken and Marc Laliberté, with onsite project management handled by Patrice Lavoie.

A longtime partner with Meyer Sound since 1992, Solotech has supported the largest tours and live productions with the full range of Meyer Sound products. On optimizing the system design for the JUNO Awards, Brazeau says, “Our extensive inventory of Meyer Sound loudspeakers gave us the flexibility to tailor the right solution to every acoustical and coverage problem we encountered.”

The JUNO Awards are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Featured performers for the 2013 awards include Billy Talent, Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, k.d. lang, and Metric. Nominees for this year’s awards include Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, and Céline Dion.

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Posted by Keith Clark on 04/19 at 05:02 PM
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SING Mastering Installs Argosy GV22 For Work On World-Class Projects

Colin Leonard, owner and chief mastering engineer, has outfitted his world class SING Mastering facility in downtown Atlanta with an Argosy GV22 Universal Workstation configured with three 9RU 19-inch racks bays.

Colin Leonard, owner and chief mastering engineer, has outfitted his world class SING Mastering facility in downtown Atlanta with an Argosy GV22 Universal Workstation configured with three 9RU 19-inch racks bays.

Leonard includes Leona Lewis, Kimbra, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Justin Bieber, Wale, Cash Out, Paulina Rubio and Waka Flocka on his list of recently completed mastering projects.

Leonard, who served as Governor of the Board of Directors of NARAS—the organization behind the GRAMMYs—between 2008 and 2010, ordered his desk with three 19-inch racks bays, allowing him to locate all of his mastering equipment conveniently within arm’s reach.

“It’s got plenty of room for all my gear. And it’s great for mastering, because I could put my Dangerous Music monitor control equipment right in the middle. I also installed the optional racks in the back. It’s nice how Argosy provides metal grill covers to hide all of that—I have my power and a couple of secret pieces of equipment back there,” he says.

He adds, “I really like the Argosy desk; I just like the layout and the simplicity of it. I also think the build quality is really good in comparison to other desks that I’ve used. That’s what I like about it the most. I’ve been using it for almost six months now, and it’s really solid.”

The Argosy desk rack bays house a collection of analog mastering tools, including the Dangerous Music Bax EQ, SPL Passeq, Langevin Mini Massive and a customized Pendulum Audio OCL-2 electro-optical compressor/limiter. “I have a bunch of different converters,” he adds, including a Fred Forssell Technologies MADA-2. The desk also houses separate playback and record systems, the monitor screens for which he has custom mounted on either side of the desk.

Leonard has developed a patent-pending mastering technology: “It’s called SING technology—it’s a combination digital and analog process for making music as loud as commercial releases are now without using a digital limiter to get it that way. So it retains a lot more of the dynamic content of the mix than with a look-ahead digital limiter or analog compressor.”

He is also appreciative of the Argosy desk’s design, which works well with his monitor system, a pair of Tyler Acoustics Decade series D1 mains plus a pair of subwoofers, powered by Pass Labs amplifiers. “I like that the desk doesn’t go all the way down to the floor. I have a couple of servo drive subs up in the front and I don’t like it when the desk blocks all the airflow.”

SING Mastering is located within English Avenue Yards, a former industrial building that now houses a variety of small businesses. “The reason why I chose this building is the location—I’m right in downtown Atlanta—but also because of the ceiling height: it’s over 16 feet tall. That’s hard to find, and it really helps with the sound.” The room’s dimensions were constructed based on research by acoustician M. M. Louden in the early 1970s: “It’s the gold standard for mastering. This is an optimized version of his best sounding ratio. The room is well over 30 feet deep, and pretty flat down to 20 Hz—you can really hear everything.”

Leonard concludes, “It’s a nice comfortable place for people to come to a mastering session. I’m trying to differentiate myself from the online studios. Even though I get a lot of work from all over the world I have branded myself in a way that people realize they can come in, and they do. Probably 40 to 50 percent of clients do attend sessions. It’s really nice because then you get to sit with the client and get the vibe of the music.”


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/19 at 12:10 PM

Bose Chosen For Kansas City’s World Revival Church

World Revival Church employs Bose Professional System products to help them spread the word globally with clear and clean audio

Kansas City, Missouri’s World Revival Church, a 1,000-seat house-of-worship facility that ministers to a live congregation and broadcasts services globally, recently upgraded its sound system with components from
Bose Professional Systems Division.

RoomMatch loudspeakers and PowerMatch amplifiers, along with other Bose products, were installed to deliver the clarity and intensity of the church’s services. The challenge was to provide a system that could deliver uniform coverage, consistent volume levels and optimized sound at every seat, and by all accounts, the new Bose system more than did its job.

Ten years ago, with demand for the church’s services on the rise, World Revival moved from its original meeting house to its current 1,000-seat auditorium, with stage space for a full band, professional lighting rigs and multimedia capabilities. Soon, World Revival began live streaming its weekly services on the Web, expanding its reach around the globe.

“Our church is different,” says Steve Gray, World Revival’s Senior Pastor. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm. In some ways it’s almost a stadium experience.”

“We like a pretty good amount of volume in our worship,” says William Gilpin, World Revival’s Church Manager.

Over time, however, it became clear that, while the size of World Revival’s new home was adequate, the sound was not.

Gilpin contacted Steven Brown, System Design and Sales, Progressive Electronics, for a consultation. “Loudspeaker coverage in the space was spotty,” Brown says. “There were areas that were abrasive, and other areas that were soft. Nobody was getting the same kind of sound in the space anywhere.”

Brown’s background is in audio recording and he’s very particular about loudspeaker sound. He recently heard a demonstration of Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers. “I was floored,” he says. “I thought with this product, Bose had knocked it out of the park. I was absolutely, totally inspired.” Brown told Gilpin and Gray, “I know of a sound system you would cry for,” and scheduled a demonstration for them. After hearing it for themselves, Gilpin and Gray became believers.

Brown quickly got to work. “My goal was to paint the space with sound,” he says. “Keep all the direct energy off the walls and on the floor and the seats, so that it’s powerful without taking away from clarity and intelligibility.”

He brought in Bose sales and field engineering resources to work closely with him designing and commissioning the system. “The support from Bose is unmatched by most of the manufacturers I work with,” Brown says. “They’re not just selling product. They’re selling solutions.”

After exploring World Revival’s space, Brown and his team recommended a system with RoomMatch array module loudspeakers and PowerMatch configurable power amplifiers. Using Bose proprietary technologies, RoomMatch loudspeakers and PowerMatch amplifiers deliver concert-quality sound for fixed-installations in almost any room size, shape or acoustic requirement, and budget. 

“RoomMatch gives you great directivity,” says Nathan York, Design Engineer, Progressive Electronics. “Everything just blends perfectly.”

The system uses three RoomMatch array clusters consisting of 14 RoomMatch loudspeakers; four RM5505, two RM7005, two RM7010, two RM7020, two RM9010, two RM9020 and four RMS215 subwoofers, all driven by seven PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers programmed with Bose ControlSpace ESP digital signal processing.

For York, the PowerMatch amplifier was the right choice. “It has eight channels and almost limitless possibilities of what you can do with it,” York says. “It would be my go-to amplifier in almost any scenario.”

With their new sound system installed, it was time to hear what they’d been missing.

“People could sit anywhere in the room and it was good,” Gilpin stated. “The sound is full and loud,” Gray says, “but somebody can talk to you at the same time. You can be right underneath it and still have good fidelity.”

Soon World Revival’s congregation were believers, too.

“Everybody seemed ecstatic that first night. The clarity of it. The crispness. You could hear the low end, you could hear the highs,” added Dustin Smith, Worship Leader/Music Director. In fact, immediately after the broadcast, listeners from all over the world called World Revival, asking how they improved their broadcast audio mix. Which, of course, they didn’t. They improved the sound in the room instead.

“What we’re doing here works for us,” Gray says. “And touches thousands of people around the world.”


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/19 at 12:01 PM
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Chandler Limited Co-Sponsoring Studio Prodigy | Master Class Series

Producer/mixer/engineer Ross Hogarth to conduct second class in the series

Chandler Limited is co-sponsoring the Studio Prodigy | Master Class Series, a new audio engineering program founded by engineer/producer Ryan Hewitt and studio designer Hanson Hsu that is geared toward anyone wanting to hone their mixing skills by learning from the industry’s top professionals.

The Studio Prodigy | Master Class Series is an ongoing series of training sessions, with the second session, titled “Whatever Works,” to feature producer/mixer/engineer Ross Hogarth. The class is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 10 am to 6 pm, at Universal Mastering Studios in Los Angeles.

“Whatever Works” is geared toward advanced students, musicians, composers, and working engineers, and it requires an in-depth knowledge of audio terminology, DAWs, and the mixing process. Every Studio Prodigy session concludes with time for a Q & A period with the hosts. Refreshments will be served.

Known for his ability to work with a wide spectrum of musical genres, Hogarth has an extensive discography. Recent album credits include Steve Lukather’s Transition, Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth, as well as albums for the Sick Puppies, John Mellencamp, Ziggy Marley, and numerous additional artists.

“Being that there is very little mentoring in our industry, this is an opportunity for people like Ryan Hewitt, myself, and others to share, or pass on, some of the tips and tricks we’ve learned from our own studio experiences,” Hogarth states. “The goal is to help those up and coming studio engineers learn useful mixing and production techniques that will, hopefully, enable them to further their own careers.

“The various instructors in this program each have their own unique approach when it comes to addressing studio-related challenges. My approach has always been, ‘Whatever works,’ and, hence, the name of this particular class. My goal is to impart knowledge not only from a technical perspective, but also in terms of how one thinks as they approach a given production task.”

As part of the master class, attendees can learn more about the latest equipment from the session sponsors. Hogarth has a long history with Chandler Limited and uses several of the company’s products in his production work. Among his many Chandler Limited products are the Little Devil Colored Boost pedal, the TG Channel MKII, TG1 Limiter, TG2 Preamp / DI, and the LTD-1 EQ/Pre Amp—all of which have been used on the albums Hogarth has engineered.

“I have a very close relationship with Chandler’s Wade Goeke and his products have been a tremendous asset in my work,” he says. “We have a deep appreciation for each other and we learn from one another. I’ve been using the company’s products from the very beginning and they are an integral part of my studio efforts. I’m certain these products will be of considerable interest to the attendees of this class.”

Chandler Limited founder and owner Wade Goeke notes, “This class with Ross Hogarth is an invaluable opportunity to learn from one of the best audio engineers in the industry. Music production at the uppermost level involves a unique combination of technique and insight into the big picture. Ross is one of those incredibly gifted people who has both. I’ve always felt honored that he chooses to use our products in his studio endeavors and I’m confident the knowledge that he passes along to those in attendance will be well worth the price of admission.”

“It’s very important to me that those people who attend this class carry away useful information that can help with their own studio projects,” Hogarth adds. “I want to ensure that when a person asks a question, they get an answer that will help them address that particular issue in a useful manner. My goal is not to speak at those in attendance, but to speak to them and help them learn—in other words, interact with each student on an individual basis. This is an industry about being flexible in order to accomplish a variety of creative goals and my aim is to further that philosophy.”

Tickets for each session will be limited to 25 participants and are available at $500 each. Tickets are available here. And go here for more info about the Studio Prodigy Master Class Series.

Chandler Limited

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/19 at 10:28 AM
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RØDE i16 Offers 360-degeree Surround Recording For iOS Devices

Australian-based microphone designer RØDE has announced the i16, a surround sound microphone for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that combines sixteen discrete microphone capsules to capture the user’s surrounding audio environment in broadcast quality.

RØDE’s iXY stereo microphone for iOS devices was released in January, and has already gained critical praise from both musical and mainstream media, including a recent Red Dot product award.

The company is quickly emerging as the leader in microphones for Apple’s portable devices, and the i16 aims to consolidate this reputation.

RØDE’s founder and president, Peter Freedman, explains: “When developing the iXY we were focused on providing the ultimate in stereo audio capture for iOS devices. But during the project it became that there was a large proportion of the market who wanted to record in complete surround. We’ve taken that seriously and produced the i16.”

The new microphone uses RØDE’s own field recording app, RØDE Rec, to record the sixteen tracks simultaneously at quality up to 24-bit/96kHz. At the heart of the i16 is an incredible sixteen individual gold-sputtered cardioid condenser capsules, which allows the user a high amount of freedom to record in either surround, stereo, mono, or anywhere in between.

“Once the user records the surrounding environment, software processing inside RØDE Rec will allow them to cancel background noise through phase manipulation of the other channels, working much in the same way as noise-cancelling headphones.” explained Mr Freedman. “In this way the i16 is even more effective at recording dialogue than a traditional shotgun microphone.”

Once the user records the surrounding environment they can then use that track to phase cancel any background noise, very much like noise-cancelling headphones. This results in highly intelligible dialogue and crystal-clear audio.

The i16 is available with both Apple Lightning (iPhone 5, iPad mini) and 30-pin connections. Both are shipping now, with a MSRP of US$399.


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/19 at 10:21 AM
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IIT-Bombay Convocation Hall Sonic Upgrade With Harman Professional Audio System Solution

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) recently completed a major renovation of its 1,500 seat Convocation Hall which included an new sound reinforcement system designed around Harman products.

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) recently completed a major renovation of its 1,500 seat Convocation Hall.

The venue’s new interior spaces were designed by Mumbai architects Sandeep Shikre and Associates.

Mumbai- based systems integrator ADJM Technologies was contracted to provide expert consultancy on the A/V system upgrade, which included Harman’s AKG microphones, Crown power amplifiers, JBL loudspeakers and a Soundcraft console.

The IIT-B is recognized as a worldwide leader in the field of engineering education and research, and is known for the quality of its faculty and the outstanding caliber of students and alumni who are successful entrepreneurs, scientists and leaders in multi-national companies.

The IIT-B campus is situated in picturesque surroundings at Powai, Mumbai and extends over 200 hectares. In the recent past, the IITB has expanded to now include more than 584 major buildings, including a Convocation Hall, which recently had the honor of being inaugurated by India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

The primary use of the Convocation Hall is for graduations and convocation, and the hall also hosts audiences on a regular basis for presentations, training programs. It can also be configured for use as a theater for viewing movies, and serves as a focal point of faculty and student activity.

“As an institution that has been the hallmark of technology and innovation, our mandate for the A/V systems upgrade at the auditorium was to achieve crystal-clear, high-quality sound with ease of operation and maintenance,” said Prof. N. Venkataramani, Dean (IPS), Infrastructure, Planning & Support, IIT-B. “After a thorough study of the market that was supported by expert consultancy from ADJM Technologies, we were convinced that a Harman audio system was the right choice, thus fulfilling our audio requirements in an integrated manner that is befitting of the institution’s reputation and infrastructure”.

“We didn’t just want to upgrade the Convocation Hall A/V system – we wanted it to be future-proof for at least 10 years,” explains Anand D. Mistry, CEO of ADJM Technologies. “In addition to using high-end audio components from Harman, we designed the video and control systems using the very latest digital technologies. The system’s infrastructure design is so elegant that a single Cat-6 cable was specified for distribution of video and control signals throughout the entire hall.”

Once system design parameters were established by ADJM Technologies, the entire renovation including installation of the audio and video components, switching, control systems and wiring, took the project 60 days to complete, from start to finish.

Mistry noted. “Since everything in the system is so well-designed and works so well together, the installation itself went quite smoothly and we did not encounter any loopholes or difficulties, ensuring the project was complete well within the stipulated time.”

The Convocation Hall system includes six JBL SRX725 loudspeakers, four SRX712M stage monitors and two SRX728S subwoofers, selected on the basis of high performance and simplicity in installation and for their ability to deliver powerful bass for both cinema sound and live sound applications in the auditorium.

The speakers are driven by Crown CDi 1000, XLS 2000 and Crown XTi 6002 power amplifiers. The multipurpose auditorium’s complex audio matrix requirements are managed by a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor. Two AKG PCC-160 boundary layer mics and a Soundcraft FX16ii 16-channel mixing console complete the installation.

Mistry also explained that support from the Harman team throughout the design, specification and installation phase was excellent.

“They came immediately to the site when we informed them that we had the go-ahead for the project, even though we let them know at the last moment! Ultimately, the staff at IIT-B is very impressed by the overall performance of the system,” Mistry concluded.

Commenting on the continuing success of key audio installations in the institutional segment, Prashant Govindan, Sales Director, Harman Professional India, said, “ It is a matter of great pride for Harman to be able to meet the audio requirements of a prestigious institution like IIT–Bombay. The requirements of the institute and the short timelines were seamlessly met by our Harman Professional team led by Karan Kathuria, National Sales Manager (Installed sound), working directly with ADJM.

“The proof is the crystal-clear audio now being enjoyed by the students and the entire campus community in the auditorium. Harman’s high-definition product range and technical capabilities, coupled with ADJM’s expert support, have proven to be a winning combination.”

Other similar projects recently undertaken in India by the Harman team include the Guwahati Medical college Auditorium and Chettinad Medical College Auditorium in Chennai. Worldwide, HARMAN has a rich heritage as the sound solutions partner for numerous, prominent auditorium, theatre and performance venues, including 10 stadiums at India’s 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards in Hollywood, CA.


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/19 at 10:09 AM
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Historic St. Augustine’s Church Upgrades With Community Loudspeakers

St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Minster, Ohio, recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system with a Community ENTASYS system to improve the vocal intelligibility in the church.

Founded in 1832, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, in Minster, Ohio, built its first building, a log structure, in 1835.  The brick church building, built in 1848, has gone through several significant renovations including replacement of the original, single tower with twin Gothic towers in 1874, installation of stained glass windows in 1878 and the addition of seven ceiling murals, painted by Joseph Vittur, in 1866. 

St. Augustine’s beautiful interior is highly reverberant which is well suited for its pipe organ and 78-voice choir.  However, the church’s acoustics have always been a challenge for voice intelligibility.  So, in 2012, St. Augustine’s worked with Steve Merrill of Stage Right Productions to install a new sound reinforcement system based on Community’s ENTASYS 200 loudspeakers and dSPEC Loudspeaker Processor.

“The old sound system put the sound everywhere,” said Merrill.  “The reverb and echoes were terrible and I had to overcome these problems.” 

Merrill had used Community’s original ENTASYS Column Line Array on another project and knew that ENTASYS could project the sound directly to the people and keep it away from St. Augustine’s rounded ceiling and hard floors.  But, Merrill was attracted to Community’s newer ENTASYS 200 family because it offered several versatile models that he could use in different areas of the church. 

Merrill chose ENTASYS 212s for the main church sanctuary and ENTASYS 203s for the front (chancel) area and the choir loft. 

“A single pair of ENTASYS 212s would have covered the entire sanctuary,” he said, “but I put a second pair about half-way back in the church and delayed them with the dSPEC processor.  The delay makes the sound system disappear.

“The sound seems to come from the lector, not the loudspeakers.  Now, the sound is great everywhere.  The intelligibility is excellent and you can even hear breath noises!” 

Merrill used existing electronics where possible to keep the cost down for the church but he replaced older lavalier microphones with new Audio-Technica head-worn mics and added new Ashly amplifiers to power the ENTASYS 212s.

Greg Oen, lead technical volunteer at the church said “The (dSPEC) processor is amazing.  With the delay and equalization, you don’t even notice the loudspeakers.”  Oen continued, “some of the older choir members have asked me ‘what did you do to the sound?’ because they can finally understand the message!”

Posted by Julie Clark on 04/19 at 09:45 AM
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Duran Audio Announces European And U.S. 2013 Training Events

Covers acoustic modeling, electro-acoustics and system design

Duran Audio  has announced its schedule for its AXYS acoustic modeling and product training events.

This free training covers the range of the company’s Intellivox products as well as acoustic modeling, basic electro-acoustics and system design.

This year’s training events will be held at Duran Audio’s R&D center in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands on Tuesday, May14 and Wednesday, May 15 (2013), and also at the upcoming InfoComm show in Orlando on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11.

Although the courses are primarily targeted for consultants and contractors involved in designing and installing AXYS systems they also offer those people who wish to learn more about acoustic modeling and system design a real insight into the technology of beam steering and beam shaping products and the advantages derived through their use.

For more details contact (email): .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Duran Audio 

Posted by Keith Clark on 04/18 at 01:22 PM
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GC Pro Appoints Derek Snyder Director, Western Region

Promotion of longtime GC Pro employee reflects the division’s ongoing growth.

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the appointment of Derek Snyder to the position of Director, Western Region. The announcement was made by GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner and reflects the division’s ongoing success and expansion.

Plushner stated, “Derek has been a tremendous asset to GC Pro. He has provided guidance on starting our installations program; assisted in opening various commercial product lines; developed key post production and film accounts; and much more. His personal knowledge of equipment and strong relationships with the vendor community acquired over decades of doing business in our industry have translated into success for his staff and our division. He has a great understanding of the marketplace and our competition, and he operates with the utmost integrity. We look forward to continuing to work with him in this enhanced role.”

Derek Snyder stated, “I have been blessed to work for GC Pro over the last several years, and I am proud to see my role in the organization grow. I have a strong passion for this industry, and getting to serve the market working with major industry figures is a treat. I look forward to continuing my journey with GC Pro.”

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Clear-Com Presents USITT Stage Management Award To University Of North Carolina Student

Clear-Com continues to demonstrate its dedication to the live sound industry through its ongoing support of the USITT (United States Institute for Theater Technology) Young Designers & Technicians (YD&T) Awards.

Clear-Com continues to demonstrate its dedication to the live sound industry through its ongoing support of the USITT (United States Institute for Theater Technology) Young Designers & Technicians (YD&T) Awards.

This year, as the sponsor of the organization’s Stage Management Award, Clear-Com and USITT honored University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) senior, Peyton Becker, for her excellence in stage management and dedication to the performing arts.

The award is part of USITT’s annual Conference & Stage Expo, which attracts roughly 4,000 design and production technology professionals each year.

The YD&T Awards are presented to young designers and technicians in the industry who are beginning their careers and who demonstrate outstanding potential in areas such as stage management, technical production, makeup design, lighting design and more.

In recognition of her contributions, Becker, like all past winners, received a cash reward and registration to the 2013 USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo, where she was provided the opportunity to meet privately with the award adjudicators and sponsors during the conference.

“As the Stage Management Award sponsor for more than a decade, Clear-Com is proud to be a part of the USITT. We are glad to support students in their early successes as well as honor their exceptional skills,” says Judy Cheng, Clear-Com’s Director of Marketing. “One of the standout portions of Peyton Becker’s submission was her unique use of technology to enhance live productions, which is a key goal of Clear-Com.

“We congratulate Peyton on her achievements in the area of stage management. We know that she and the rest of this year’s winners will continue to accomplish amazing things in the field.”


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/18 at 10:06 AM
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beyerdynamic Unveils TG V35d s Mic Set Microphone Package

Includes quality vocal dynamic mic as well as all accessories

beyerdynamic has introduced the TG V35d s Mic Set which packages a vocal microphone with cables, clips and a K&M mic stand.

The TG V35d s vocal microphone provides a natural sound, and it incorporates proprietary SCT (Sound Channeling Technology) that helps optimize vocal sound without the need for extensive external equalization.

The dynamic mic has an on/off switch and features a supercardioid polar pattern to effectively prevent acoustic feedback.

The TG V35d s Mic Set includes:

• Dynamic vocal microphone with on/off switch
• XLR cable, length 4.5m (14.7 ft)
• Mic clamp
• Professional K&M mic stand with boom
• Mic bag


Posted by Keith Clark on 04/18 at 10:02 AM
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RCF Adds Compact Ayra Four To Nearfield Monitor Range

New ultra-compact Ayra Four is a smaller version of the Ayra Five, Ayra Six and Ayra Eight from RCF.

The success RCF has enjoyed with its Ayra range of active nearfield and personal monitors has led to the introduction of the new ultra-compact Ayra Four.

This follows the same design template as the popular Ayra Five, Ayra Six and Ayra Eight — but in a smaller package.

The Ayra series is optimized to deliver the best quality for a variety of applications where clear and loud sound is required. It is also ideal for multimedia gaming and as a computer satellite system. If the application require more low end, the Ayra Ten (10”) sub can be added.

Available in black and white versions, the new Ayra Four houses a 4-inch composite fiberglass woofer and the same 1-inch soft dome tweeter that appears in all models. Other characteristics include: precision directivity tweeter waveguide; fully-featured input board; reflection free front cabinet design and low distortion reflex port.

Aesthetically the Ayra Four is very attractive with a sleek look of the monitors contrasting the dark front baffle with the white cone tweeter.

At the same time, to keep the range looking fresh and in response to customer feedback RCF has taken the opportunity to add a white version of the Ayra Five, to its catalog.


Posted by Julie Clark on 04/18 at 09:55 AM

DiGiCo Launches SD Convert Session File Transfer Software

Files go seamlessly from any SD console to another

DiGiCo has launched SD Convert, allowing sessions files to be transferred from one SD range console to any other.

This stand-alone piece of software allows engineers to load their files from any console in the SD range into the SD Convert application and choose which model they want to convert to, defining their existing session with the resources available on the new console. This makes it possible to move freely up and down the console range depending on space, budget and system requirements.

“It’s fantastic to deliver a way of converting files between the large and small consoles in the SD Range,” says Roger Wood, DiGiCo head of software development. “This has been a complicated project, with the challenge being that the SD7 has almost limitless capacity, but the SD9, for example, has less.

“SD Convert has addressed these issues in the simplest possible way, making it quick and easy to transfer files up and down the range,” he continues. “It’s amazing what our team has been able to create.”


Posted by Keith Clark on 04/18 at 08:46 AM
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