Archive for March 12th, 2012

Red Rooster Harlem Combines Cultural Diversity, American Roots Cuisine and Compact, Powerful Sound by K-array

New York – March 12, 2012: Red Rooster Harlem is a new restaurant named after the legendary Harlem speakeasy that once stood on 138th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was frequented by prominent musicians, poets and politicians of the day including Nat King Cole, James Baldwin, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and many others. Today’s Red Rooster Harlem embraces the spirit of Harlem’s past, while incorporating the latest technology advancements from K-array, an Italian loudspeaker brand distributed by Sennheiser .

Red Rooster Harlem’s chef is Marcus Samuelsson — a Harlem resident who is regarded as one of “The Great Chefs of America” by the Culinary Institute of America. Samuelsson serves up a menu as vibrant as Harlem’s diverse population. Like the food, the music there is equally as colorful, representing the entire gamut of musical genres — on any given night, you might hear hip-hop, gospel, jazz, soul or Latin. The chosen sound system had to perform equally well across each of these.

Justin Lizama, Managing Partner of The Solidman Group (TSG), was responsible for the system design and chose K-array to ensure the best possible audio experience for both patrons and musicians. “We were looking fora versatile system that could provide even sound dispersion and a sleek visual profile,” he recalls. “I wanted to build something that was exciting from a technology perspective that would keep the aesthetic visuals in balance with the room. The K-array KK 50s were the perfect choice.”

Attaining clear, even dispersion wasn’t easy in an environment fraught with acoustic challenges: “The space includes pillars and very low ceilings, so there is not a lot of room for high speaker placements,” observes Jim Feeney, account executive at The Zeo Group, which assisted in specifying and integrating the audio system. “To keep everything covered, we were able to tuck and hide several KK50s — so there was no longer an issue with clearance.”

K-array: “King of Coverage”

With two stage set-ups — one for everyday use and the other for larger performances — it was important to uphold the visual appeal of the high-end boutique room, while providing high quality audio for both audiences and performers. The system was comprised of seven K-array KH15s and seven KK50s compact line-array elements, two KL 18 loudspeakers, two KL12 MA powered subwoofers and two KL21 MA powered subwoofers. The KK 50s, with a dispersion pattern of 120 x 7 degrees, were placed so they could precisely reach difficult areas.

The sound of the new K-array system is described by Lizama as “super tight and transparent. We see a lot of new equipment every year, and I definitely think that the K-array products are a great advancement in technology,” he says. “If we had used a traditional system, it would not have been aesthetically pleasing — trapezoidal boxes are not fun to look at.”

If you are trying to build a sophisticated room, the audio should be just as sophisticated,” Lizama concludes. “In New York City, space is always at a premium, and in this business, coverage is king. At Red Rooster Harlem, whether patrons are seated by the back wall or in a corner, they hear the same definition and audio quality that everyone else is hearing in the room.”

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LECTROSONICS WIRELESS INTEGRAL TO PRODUCTION OF HBO’S TREMÉ

* Photo: Tremé production sound crew members *

New Orleans, LA – March 2012… Focusing on the lives of musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and others in New Orleans as they work to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, HBO’s made for TV series Tremé has received critical acclaim. To ensure the show’s continued good fortune, the legendary sound quality and reliability of Lectrosonics wireless microphone technology has become an integral part of Tremé’s audio production. more

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Lowell Introduces Digital Specifier’s Guides for Consultants, Contractors and Systems Integrators

— Online documents make it easy to compare products in easy-to-navigate flip books —

PACIFIC, MO, March 12, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional AV Products for more than 60 years, has introduced online Specifier’s Guides designed to be used as a resource by consultants, contractors and systems integrators. The documents can be found in both Flash/“flip-style” and PDF formats at www.lowellmfg.com/main-literature.html. Offering both Flash and PDF formats accommodates multiple platforms, so those accessing from personal computers, tablets, smartphones or other devices can easily view specs in the office or in the field.

The digital books make it easy for users to compare products via spec sheets, instead of going back and forth between web pages or downloading multiple spec sheets for reference. The new Specifier’s Guides are part of an ongoing series of Lowell resources for consultants, contractors and systems integrators. Specifier’s Guides currently available include “Racks & Enclosures,” “Rackware® Accessories,” “Power & Surge Suppression,” and “Packaged Speaker Systems and Soundmasking.” Another book is in the works for speaker assemblies and audio components.
The series of online Specifier’s Guides will be updated on an ongoing basis.

For more information, visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com

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Elit Deploys L-ACOUSTICS Systems Across Istanbul

An L-ACOUSTICS KARA system set up at Ora Arena for a Buena Vista Social Club concert

ISTANBUL — L-ACOUSTICS’ Turkish distributor, Elit Light&Sound Technologies (www.elit-tr.com), reports a spate of recent installations and projects in Istanbul using L-ACOUSTICS systems.

Technical production companies 911 Music and Pia Stage Technologies worked with Elit to provide all sound and lighting for a concert at new Istanbul venue Ora Arena featuring the Buena Vista Social Club and Omara Portuondo. A main system of 12 L-ACOUSTICS KARA WST line source speakers per side was used along with four L-ACOUSTICS ARCS, 10 SB18 and six SB28 subwoofers, and 16 112P coaxial loudspeakers as stage monitors, the whole system being driven by 10 LA8 amplified controllers apart from the self-powered 112Ps. The prestigious concert featuring the multiple Grammy-winning Cuban band was organized by Turkish event management company Unilife. more

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TRENT REZNOR AND ALAN MOULDER UPGRADE TO SSL DUALITY CONSOLE

Duality used to mix music for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

LOS ANGELES –Academy and Grammy Award winning composer, musician and producer Trent Reznor, founder of the group Nine Inch Nails (NIN), has upgraded his private studio with a Solid State Logic Duality SE console. Reznor chose the Duality on advice from producer/engineer Alan Moulder while they were mixing the soundtrack for the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They used the Duality to complete mixing the tracks that Trent composed with Atticus Ross, as well as the soundtrack’s two cover songs – Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song,’ featuring Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Bryan Ferry’s ‘Is Your Love Strong Enough?’ by Reznor and Ross’ side-project How to Destroy Angels.

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HOSA TECHNOLOGY PROMOTES PUSEY TO VP OF SALES & MARKETING

**** Photo: Jonathan Pusey ****

Buena Park, CA – March 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for musicians and audio professionals, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jonathan Pusey to the newly created position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Pusey’s appointment is intended to help guide the company as it transitions to its next generation of leadership. His appointment took effect in January 2012. Pusey will be stationed at the company’s headquarters in Buena Park, CA. more

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