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TRINITY LUTHERAN CELEBRATES A NEW SANCTUARY AND IMPROVED SOUND SYSTEM

WAUPACA, WI, FEBRUARY 11, 2013—Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca, WI, recently debuted its new sanctuary—offering expanded seating capacity, more space up front for musicians and choirs, and new technology to enhance the worship experience for members and visitors. Among the new technologies included in the audio system design for the church, which was installed by Sonic Art, is the new Aviom AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System to network audio to various locations around the facility. The church also included an Aviom Personal Mixing System for its musicians in its audio system upgrade.

Sonic Art designed and installed the Pro64® audio network and Pro16® personal mixing system to be much like an analog system, but the system offers far more flexibility than a traditional system would. According to Brian Christ, senior A/V designer for Sonic Art, “The AllFrame System made the installation simple and straightforward with less failure points than an analog system, and the audio quality is excellent.”

Sonic Art wired the church with Cat-5 and placed A-Net® connection jacks (RJ-45s) in various locations to allow for the Aviom AllFrames to be placed at any of these points with an installed connection to the digital Yamaha® LS9-32 in the sound booth. Two 6416Y2 A-Net Interface Cards are installed in the console for digital I/O into the Aviom network. The church’s equipment room houses an amp rack with an MH10 Merger Hub which distributes A-Net to five POA80 Power Over A-Net Power Supplies and an ASI A-Net Systems Interface. The ASI converts Pro64 A-Net to Pro16 A-Net and is connected to an A-16D Pro A-Net Distributor that sends power and Pro16 A-Net to up to eight A-16II Personal Mixers used by the choir and praise band.

The POA80s send power and Pro64 A-Net to five locations in the sanctuary. One is connected to the F6 Modular I/O Frame that is in the choir area, which can be placed elsewhere if needed. Here four C4m Mic/Line Input Cards and one C4o Analog Output Cards provide local inputs and outputs to this location. Two additional F6s, each with four C4m Cards and one C4o Card can be placed at any of the other four A-Net locations connected to a POA80. This allows for the church’s sound team to design the audio network to meet their needs for any given sermon or event. Often one of the AllFrames is used in the praise band area, for instance.

Wanda Eikenbary, director of Music Ministries for Trinity Lutheran, says, “I can’t imagine anything better than to have this flexibility. At any given time we can configure this room with musicians and instruments in the way that we choose. The enormous amount of flexibility is worth its weight in gold to us. We can have a small, simple worship service or a large holiday production. This system opens doors for us in terms of what types of presentations we can do in the future. It is a goal of mine to bring in professional performances. This wasn’t an option in the past but it will be now.”

The AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System also gives the church the ability to expand their system as needed. Their existing F6s each have an open slot to which four more channels can be added. And adding additional AllFrames allows for even more expansion and flexibility. In addition to the flexibility of the system, the church appreciates how simple it is to use. This characteristic is incredibly important according to Eikenbary because the church relies on good-hearted volunteers who are willing to learn how to use the system.

Eikenbary also appreciates the overall warmth and breadth of the sound in the new sanctuary. She explains, “You can physically feel the sound, which we have never had before. As a musician, of course, it’s important to me that the music and sound is first rate. Making the sound the best it can be was a priority on our list for the new sanctuary. I’m glad that others understood the need and allowed us to take it to this level.”

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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Delicate Productions Holds Training Session For MLA Compact


Delicate Productions Inc.’s San Francisco office recently conducted an in-depth three-day training session for the Martin Audio MLA Compact loudspeaker system.

Attended by 12 top-tier Delicate touring and regional engineers along with notable independent engineers and facility owners interested in MLA technology, the session had a practical mission according to General Manager George Edwards.

“We currently own an inventory of MLA and MLA Compact enclosures,” Edwards explained, “and we feel that any product with this level of depth and sophistication requires not only our staff to be properly trained but also allows exposure to what Delicate and Martin Audio have to offer in sound reinforcement.

“So we put all of the attendees as close to MLA as they could possibly get with the person who knows the most about the technology, ‘Ferrit’ Rowe.”

Rowe, Technical Training Manager for MLA, headed the informative training, which started with basic audio and array studies before moving on to MLA Compact and VU-Net control software, system design, rigging and setup. Extensive one-on-one listening and Q&A sessions supplemented the sessions.

Asked about the results of the training, Edwards concluded, “It was incredibly helpful. Not just for our engineers, but for our guests as well. As the largest Martin Audio house in Northern California, it’s obviously in our and the product’s best interest to further educate anyone who wants to know more about MLA and MLA Compact.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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Red TX Records The Audio For Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – The New Generation – Alive On Stage!

 

Broadcast audio specialist Red TX has recorded the audio for a new DVD of Jeff Wayne’s iconic musical version of The War of The Worlds.

Based on the book by HG Wells, Wayne’s classic 1978 musical work has sold over 3.6 million copies in the UK alone and over 15 million worldwide, and has been performed as a musical on some of the largest stages in the world.

For this version, Wayne incorporated new interpretations of the original tracks and a new cast starring internationally renowned Irish actor Liam Neeson as George Herbet, the journalist – a role originally performed by Richard Burton.

Other stars included Jason Donovan, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, Marti Pellow, West End’s Kerri Ellis and Jettblack’s lead singer Will Stapleton. The show was performed by the Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA strings, conducted by Jeff Wayne.

Red TX was commissioned to handle the audio recording during a performance at London’s O2 Arena by Universal Visual Programming.

Producer Dione Orrom says: “We chose Red TX because we have worked with them many times in the past and they have always delivered great results. Also, Red TX understood the history of this project, having recorded Jeff Wayne’s Musical version of The War of The Worlds before in 2006, so Tim Summerhayes and his team were fully aware of the complexities of the show. There were a large number of tracks involved and complex time code issues that required the skills of an experienced audio team.”

Red TX Director Tim Summerhayes, who manned the controls on the company’s main Red II truck, says: “The secret to getting this project right was close collaboration between ourselves, Visions OBs, which was handling the video recording, and the artists’ sound crew, which was headed by Front of House sound engineer Simon Honywill and systems technician James Breward (Brew). We knew we didn’t have much time to rehearse or sound check in the O2 Arena as we had to be in and out in a day and could not interface with the show until about 1.30 pm, so a lot of preparation was done in advance.”

Some weeks prior to the O2 show, Summerhayes went to see rehearsals at LH2 Studios and the show at the NIA in Birmingham and held lengthy discussions with producer Dione Orrom, director Nick Morris, Visions unit manager Dave O’Carroll and Simon Honywill to devise a secure plan for the recording.

“We agreed to interface with Simon’s PA and took his gain structure via three MADI feeds, which we combined with analogue click tracks, time codes and the audio from the 14 ambient microphones that were covering the Arena,” Summerhayes explains. “We used three different Pryamix recording systems to distribute the tracks evenly and we also had back-up systems as a failsafe. As with any project of this scale, Red TX’s Ian Dyckhoff and Ollie Nesham were key to ensuring that all the right red lights were on.

“Timecode was the main issue we had to overcome. Normally we would lock to the video truck’s timecode, but because we were using Honywill’s MADI feeds we had to lock to his sync and show code as this was also being used to trigger the lights, live screen and special effects. There was always the possibility of a timecode drift between the two systems, which could have created serious problems in post-production, but we resolved this by very careful monitoring during the day and by recording both the show and time of day timecodes so that they could easily be tracked in post-production.”

Summerhayes adds that collaboration between the audio truck, the video truck and the Front of House sound crew is becoming increasingly common on large productions because of their complexity.
“Had we just ‘turned up’ on the day, I really don’t think that the job could have been done,” he says. “We’ve been doing this long enough and fortunately we know most of the main players, so it’s now easy for us to work alongside people like Simon Honywill and to liaise with confidence with the production company. It is with shows like this that experience really counts and we were delighted that Universal Visual Programming recognised our expertise and trusted us to do the job properly.”

The new version of Jeff Wayne’s Music Version of The War of The Worlds is an extraordinary stage production that unites conventional settings with modern technology. Highlights of the multimedia show include a three-legged, ten meter high Mars robot, a 95 minute animated movie shown on a 240 square meter screen and the use of 3D holography that allows the absent Liam Neeson to interact with the live actors on stage.

The audio recorded by Red TX is now being mixed by Jeff Wayne at his OllieWood Recording Studios. The DVD of the show will be available later this year and it will also be screened at digital cinemas around the world, starting in approximately 100 cinemas in the UK from April 11, 2013.

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

 

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