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TRICKY STEWART RENOVATES TRIANGLE SOUND STUDIOS WITH TWO SOLID STATE LOGIC AWS 900+ CONSOLES

Production Powerhouse Relies on the AWS SuperAnalogueâ„¢ Sound

ATLANTA, GA—Triangle Sound Studios, home base to mega-producer Tricky Stewart and his highly successful RedZone Entertainment company, has undergone a major renovation around two Solid State Logic AWS 900+ SE consoles. Producing hits for superstars like Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx, Usher, Jesse McCartney, Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Beyoncé with the current hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Stewart relies on SSL’s sterling SuperAnalogueâ„¢ sound to create the hits. more

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AURALEX REACHES FOR THE STARS WITH SONOLUX ELiTE FIBER OPTIC ACOUSTICAL PANEL POWERED BY iSKY

SonoLux_PanelANAHEIM, CA – Auralex Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, and iSky a high-tech, low voltage, digital lighting company, teamed up to shine light on this year’s Winter NAMM show with the introduction of SonoLux, best in class fiber optic star field lighting coupled with state-of-the-art acoustical performance.

SonoLux ELiTE Fiber optic acoustical panels incorporate Auralex’s best-selling ProPanels with iSky’s fiber optic lighting expertise, offers a plug-and-play star field experience to the market. These midnight blue panels feature iSky’s patent-pending Star Engine lighting effects, which mimic the random glimmer of the night sky. more

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Electro-Voice X-Array rocks on AC/DC’s Black Ice Tour

acdc_ev_2009_01.jpgTouring for the first time since 2003, rock legends AC/DC are once again on the road with the only speaker system able to reproduce their full-bore sonic assault to their satisfaction: X-Array from Electro-Voice. The tour celebrates the band’s most recent album “Black Ice,� their 19th studio album in 36 years. The X-Array system for the tour was designed by long-time Electro-Voice user and consultant Harry Witz of Clair Global, the man behind some of the largest PA system designs of all time.

Analog-centric AC/DC also favors the warm, responsive sound of Midas mixing consoles. The Black Ice Tour’s console spec includes a vintage Pro 40 and a Heritage 4000 operated by Front of House Engineer Paul “Pab� Boothroyd (who is also Sir Paul McCartney’s FOH man) and Monitor Engineer Mike Adams, respectively. A Klark Teknik DN9696—the world’s most powerful digital recorder—adds a high-tech edge to Front of House.

These ingredients add up to one seriously powerful rock ‘n’ roll machine, as the 500,000-plus people who have already checked out the tour’s North America leg will testify. Over one million people will have seen the show by the time the tour ends in Glasgow in June.

To provide sound to do justice to AC/DC’s hard-rocking reputation, Witz and Boothroyd needed boxes capable of filling arenas with high SPL, highly intelligible sound night after night, as well as work ing seamlessly with the warm, full sound of the equipment at Front of House.

AC/DC required speakers that could blow their audience away both sonically and visually, steering away from line array designs lacking physical size. Having had great results on these same terms with X-Array on their last tour, they chose to stick with the winning formula. However, new system tweaks by Witz and his team had the X-Array system sounding as good as any state-of-the-art line array out there, but with all the muscle of far more moving air.

As AC/DC’s last leg of its North American tour enters its final weeks, Witz and his team report that the response to PA has been excellent, and it has become apparent that the band and its crew made the right decision by once again choosing Electro-Voice X-Array for its touring rig. X-Array has set the standard for performance and ease-of-use in touring applications for many years, and has long been considered the ultimate in touring system technology. It’s hard to argue with legends like AC/DC. Or half a million of their fans.

Click here to read Nort Johnson’s full “Live Sound� feature on the Black Ice Tour

Photos by Roy Timm, Harry Witz, and Nort Johnson

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