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FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH UPGRADES TO DANLEY SOUND LABS

TACOMA, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2014: Fellowship Bible Church in Tacoma, Washington started as a gathering of friends in a living room on July 7, 1977 (7-7-77) and grew over the decades that followed to become a beacon in the community. The church moved into its current 750-seat sanctuary in 1996 and developed an engaging contemporary worship style complete with a small band. However, the church members were long dissatisfied by the sound quality in the sanctuary. So when they recently raised the funds, they sought high and low for the very best sound reinforcement system to replace it. That search took them to Audio Video Electronics, a Twin Cities-based A/V integration firm with extensive experience designing and installing systems based on Danley Sound Labs components. Now, Danley synergy horn loudspeakers and DBH subwoofers provide beautifully articulate, musical reinforcement with even coverage.

“Their old system was in a pretty sorry state when we first arrived to meet and understand their needs,” said Stefan Svard, president of Audio Video Electronics. “They were most interested in getting a new system that would be consistent; Consistent not only in its day-to-day performance, but consistent in its coverage of the seating area. One of the things I really like about Danley is the phase coherency of its designs. It makes for consistent patterns and, perhaps more importantly, remarkably consistent sound quality within that beam. I’ve been a Danley supporter for a long time now, and I’ve really come to believe in [President] Mike [Hedden] and the rest of the company.”

The new system is much simpler than the old system. Three Danley SH-50s comprise a center cluster with a pair of Danley SM-60s providing side fill. A pair of Danley DBH-218 subwoofers generates ample deep bass. Svard used Danley’s modeling software to optimize the positioning and component selection. Three Powersoft Duecanali 3904 amplifiers with integrated DSP power all of the full-range boxes, with a channel to spare for an additional down fill that the church will have funds for in the future. A single Powersoft K20 with integrated DSP powers both subwoofers. A Midas PRO2 console serves as a flexible, easy-to-use front end. “The whole system is much simpler now,” said Svard. “They have a nice console with a digital snake and a clean rack. Although it’s not complicated, it gives Fellowship Bible Church a lot of punch and room for growth.” In addition to the sound reinforcement system, Audio Video Electronics also gave the church a new Vivitek d6010 6000 lumen projector and a 16×10’ pearlescent Da-Lite snap-screen.

“I love that when I cluster the Danley boxes, they act like one large speaker,” said Svard. “Other manufacturers generate comb filtering and lobing, which can cause some nasty feedback when the cluster is above the pulpit. Danley doesn’t do that. Danley gives me excellent pattern control with uniform sound. The clarity of a Danley box is unmatched, in my opinion. The low-end at Fellowship Bible Church is tremendous. We had a few of their new DBH-218s at a much larger, 5,000-seat church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they were great. We arranged Fellowship’s two DBH-218s to give some directivity to the low end, which gives them nice on-stage volume and ample bass in the seats. In all, we gave them a premium system all the way across, from the console… to the amps… to the loudspeakers and subs. They’re very happy with it.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

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Masque Sound Takes Lincoln Center Theater Audiences on a Sonic Tour of New York City in Moss Hart’s Autobiographical Play, Act One

NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2014 – Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returned to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to support Sound Designer Dan Moses Schreier with a dynamic custom audio equipment package for Lincoln Center Theater’s newest production, Act One.

In Act One, James Lapine directs his own adaptation of Moss Hart’s classic autobiography, which chronicles the legendary playwright and theater director’s struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in theater. This led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman, and culminated in his first great success, Once in a Lifetime.

Schreier’s biggest challenge in designing the sound was dealing with the acoustics of the theater itself. “The Vivian Beaumont Theater is notorious for requiring special acoustic systems, since there is no natural reverb in the room,” says Schreier. “When the theater was constructed it was built with traps all the way around the back wall of the auditorium, which gives the effect of an acoustically dead space. Technologies have evolved so much since the theater opened in 1965, however, that it is now possible to make the room feel alive.”

Part of the aesthetic of Act One is driven by the set design, as it features a three-story structure built on an 80-foot revolving turntable. Each part of the turntable highlights a different New York City locale throughout the play. “It’s very monumental, it’s very theatrical and it’s a very beautiful structure,” adds Schreier. “All of the sound effects were driven by the look and the movement of this turntable, which signifies that specific time period of Moss Hart’s life. In addition, every time it spins, you get a different sonic picture of New York City — sometimes it’s the subway, other times the street or a playground. The idea behind the sound design was to create a sonic version of New York City. With Masque Sound’s help, I think we did a wonderful job.”

Another key component of the sound design was the use of Yamaha’s DME 64 Programmable DSP Engine. “I worked very closely with my Associate Sound Designer Joshua Reid to create nine different zones that all have different timings to help with the architecture of the space,” says Schreier. “Because of the theater’s shape, a third of the audience is always looking at the back of an actor. A big part of the sound design was to compensate for this, which is why we created these different time zones based on the actor’s locations on the set.”

In order to achieve the sound he was looking for, Schreier chose the Yamaha CL-5 digital mixing console. With a three-section fader layout for efficient hands-on control, the CL-5 is an ideal choice for a diverse spectrum of live sound systems, giving Schreier exactly what he needed. He utilized 12 discreet outputs of the console going to various areas of the theater in order to provide real sound effects, such as the sound of the subway moving across the back wall of the theater at the same time as dogs barking upstage. This added real depth and three dimensions to the design.

For his PA, Schreier thought a lot about what speakers would be right for the space. “The Vivian Beaumont Theater seats like a coliseum with a three-quarter fan shape,” he continues. “There was one speaker in particular, the d&b audiotechnik E12-D, that I thought would solve the problem of the theater very elegantly, and it did. The coverage is smooth and it’s amazing how well the speakers work. I think the sound reinforcement part of the design sounds quite fantastic and I really have to thank Masque Sound for that, because they had to purchase this particular model for this production.”

Schreier chose the d&b E12-D for its rotatable horn, as it provides a very wide dispersion. By rotating the horns up and down, he was able to cover the theater almost entirely with one cabinet, thus eliminating the need for an array. Masque Sound also provided d&b Q-subs as well as Meyer Sound M1Ds for the rear orchestra fill and balcony delay ring. In addition, Schreier also utilized the Beaumont Theater’s Qin-house PA system for some of the sound effects when he wanted to envelop the audience.

Act One opened on Thursday, April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show features a cast of 22 including Tony nominees Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana and Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin. The limited engagement is currently scheduled to run through June 15, 2014.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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HARMAN’s dbx DriveRack PA2 Loudspeaker Management System Makes A Night and Day Difference for Live Sound Engineer Whitney Day

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Audio engineer Whitney Day is an independent audio professional who has worked with many of the larger companies in Las Vegas, in venues such as the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and for productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil, Mannheim Steamroller and many others. Production managers know they can rely on Day to deliver superb live sound with exceptionally clear, detailed and well-balanced mixes and Day is always on the lookout for tools to deliver better sound – like HARMAN’s dbx DriveRack PA2 Loudspeaker Management System.
The DriveRack PA2 enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimized for the best-possible sound quality. The PA2 is ideal for bands, musicians and artists who carry their own PA and for a wide range of installed sound applications. The DriveRack PA2 makes it easier than ever to set up a system and control it on the fly via a mobile device or laptop.

“As a live audio mixing engineer, DSP and loudspeaker EQ are fundamentally important tools for me and I’ve always been impressed with the digital signal processing in HARMAN products,” Day stated. “I’m constantly looking for new ways to achieve better sound and when the PA2 was introduced I felt it was something that would help me do my job in smaller to medium-size shows.”

The dbx PA2 offers a host of loudspeaker tuning and system optimization features, including a new Wizard setup utility, AutoEQ™ room EQ, Advanced Feedback Suppresion (AFS™) and more. The PA2 provides dbx compression, graphic and parametric EQ, speaker delay, dbx’s exclusive Subharmonic Synthesis for enhanced low-frequency response, a built in loudspeaker crossover (for full-range, 2-way and 3-way systems) and additional features to get the most from any speaker system it’s used with, in any room.
“The PA2 is exactly what I was looking for,” Day said. He found it simple to set up and use without reading the manual. The PA2’s wireless control gives him the freedom to make adjustments while walking around a venue and listening to the loudspeakers from various locations, which Day finds a major advantage in making sure every listener in every seat enjoys the best-possible sound.

Day is particularly impressed with the PA2’s natural, transparent EQ. “Sometimes even on the best consoles when you engage the EQ you might notice a change in the character of the sound but can’t really put your finger on what it is. On the worst consoles it puts a mask over the sound. It’s like covering the speakers with a bed sheet. When I take the EQ in and out on the PA2 it’s flawless – I don’t hear any change in sonic character.”

The PA2 does its sonic job with precision. On a lot of even highly touted digital consoles, if Day thinks he needs a 2dB cut he’ll make a 5dB cut and slide the fader back and forth until he hears what he wants. “With the PA2, 99 percent of the time the EQ adjustment is exactly what I think it should be. If I want to make a 1dB cut, I hear a 1dB cut. For the PA2’s price point I was amazed – that’s a very good EQ.”

He also feels that when it comes to EQ, the edict “first, do no harm” applies. “People think about EQ in terms of improving the sound, but in order to do that your EQ needs to sound fundamentally good to begin with. I find that with some gear, applying EQ can be extremely destructive to the signal and really mess up the phase relationships between frequencies. That’s simply not an issue with the PA2. I’m really stunned at how good the unit is, and the fact that it’s this good at its price point.”

“We designed the unit with the goal of bringing the highest levels of audio quality and control to smaller venues and live events and having an audio engineer of Whitney’s caliber talk about the precision of the PA2 is the best compliment we can receive,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast for HARMAN Signal Processing.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Leading Italian Hire Company AGORA Adds SSL Live to its Console Portfolio

“The sound quality reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to”

ROME – AGORA, the leading Italian rental company, has purchased an SSL Live console to support the local and international music, sports and corporate events that it serves. In the nearly 25 years that it has been in business, AGORA has become the standard for the tours of top Italian artists, such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Ligabue and Tiziano Ferro, as well as high-profile international events, such as Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Elton John, the Live 8 concert and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 and 2014 Winter Games in Turin and Sochi.

AGORA’s Live console has already hit the road with one major client, Italian blues singer Mario Biondi, whose front of house engineer, Piefrancesco “Hugo” Tempesta, has been using it on tour for almost two months and has been extremely happy with the results. “Before I decided to use the SSL Live on tour, I did a simple but efficient test,” says Tempesta. “I used one channel and carefully listened to the performance of the mic pre, summing and overall sound quality, which reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to. I had no doubt in my mind that this was the console for me, and I feel very confident in my choice.”

It wasn’t just the sound quality that drew Tempesta to the SSL Live, but also the user-friendly interface, which he says is well-designed and intuitive. Another key feature for him is SSL’s Blacklight II high bandwidth multiplexed MADI, which transports several MADI ports on a single fibre connection.

Wolfgango and Vittorio De Amicis, brothers and co-owners of AGORA added their own comment regarding their addition of SSL Live to their hire portfolio. “AGORA usually invests with major players in the industry and of course SSL is one of them, even if it has just joined the live touring market. We expect that SSL’s reputation will follow the company into the live space and make Live a leading contender in the market.”

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Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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SSL Live Console on the Road with Flogging Molly’s GREEN 17 TOUR

“Bar none, it’s the best digital console on the market”

LOS ANGELES - When an analogue stalwart front-of-house engineer who’s known to eschew digital consoles finally finds one that meets his standards it’s a milestone. Flogging Molly is named for their inauspicious start playing Molly Malone’s Pub in Los Angeles Monday nights in the Nineties. The seven-piece Irish/American, punk/folk ensemble is a rock band with traditional Irish instruments, fronted by Dave King on acoustic guitar and Bridget Regan on fiddle, with electric guitar, bass drums, accordion and banjo. An SSL Live console, supplied by VER Tour Sound, the latest addition to SSL’s Live partner network, was deployed at front of house for the group’s 10th Annual GREEN 17 TOUR, the band’s countdown to St. Patrick’s Day. Stopping at 27 cities, the tour started at Atlanta’s Tabernacle and ended five weeks later at New Orleans’ House of Blues.

FOH engineer Kevin Lemoine describes the touras “theaters and larger clubs, like the House of Blues, with loudspeakers ranging from a very nice d&b J-series outside where everything is pristine and clean, all the way down to 15-year-old EV boxes.”

Lemoine has mixed Green Day for 13 years and is known for carrying an analogue console during most of his tours. He has mixed a number of other well-known acts, including Sugar Ray, Buck Owens, the Luna Chicks, Iggy Pop, Ice-T, Jane’s Addiction, The Black Crowes and The Reverend Horton Heat, among others.

VER’s Jason Vrobel has worked Green Day shows with Lemoine since 2004 as crew chief and system engineer. “I’ve known Kevin for a very long time,” Vrobel states. “He’s always been anti-digital. Always uses analogue as much as he possibly can. Anytime there’s analogue/digital situation, it wasn’t his choice. This was the first time he was extremely happy.”

“I didn’t have any time on the SSL Live before we went out on tour,” says Lemoine. “Back at VER, Jason programmed the inputs, effects sends and returns, groups, basically assigning the whole console before the tour. So no training, a little bit of YouTube searching about how things work, how it was set up, how it operated, but the rest of it was hands-on right there. It’s not a very difficult console to get around on.”

SSL Live is designed to provide a flexible workflow with several operational approaches, combining a large multi-touch daylight screen, with a second channel control screen surrounded by dedicated encoders, and up to three five-layered, 12-channel fader tiles plus, under the hood, there’s abundant, adaptable bus architecture. “The first day, was a little nerve-wracking because I was just learning the console,” says Lemoine. “Second day, I got a little deeper into what was available on each input; compressors, limiters, gates and how things worked. For the stuff that you use every day, it’s laid out pretty well. The sound was great on the first day and throughout the tour, I just refined the great sound.

“There are two schools of thought from a FOH perspective,” continues Lemoine. “Pretty much, it boils down to digital versus analogue consoles. To my ear, and to most of my friends’ ears, analogue consoles sound the best, but the one negative factor is transport, size, weight and all that stuff. On the other hand, you have the digital realm where the console is small, light and easy to pack around, but their sound is usually kind of inept, I think. The features are there, but in the end, the sound isn’t really what you’re looking for. So now, you have this SSL Live, which seems to be in its own realm. It’s a small digital console, easy to pack around and fits into any venue, but it doesn’t sound like a digital console, it sounds like an analogue console. It’s very pleasing to the ear.

“It’s a very wide sound stage,” adds Lemoine. “A lot of consoles don’t go that wide. It’s nice to hear your drummer’s toms go from left to right and hear a true stereo image on your cymbals. It’s definitely a wide sound stage. Bar none, it’s the best digital console on the market. I have no doubt in my mind. I really like Live’s mic pres, they’re pretty amazing.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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5 Seconds of Summer, One Mixing Console of Choice: HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi4

SYDNEY, Australia – Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is currently one of the hottest bands in the world. Since forming in December 2011 as college students posting YouTube videos of cover songs, the group has rocketed to worldwide fame—it has performed as the opening act for One Direction and will reprise that role on an upcoming tour, had its debut single “She Looks So Perfect” hit Number One in 39 countries and sold out headlining shows in Australia, the US and the UK in minutes. Over the last year the band and front of house engineer John Delf have toured the world with one console: the HARMAN Soundcraft Vi4.

“We’ve done more than 110 shows with One Direction, interspersed with 5 Seconds of Summer’s headlining shows and last year played in front of a combined audience of over one million people. Not bad for a band that at the time hadn’t even had a single out yet,” said Delf. “Most of the venues have been arenas from 10,000 to 20,000 capacity although we did a couple of shows that were 25,000 to 30,000, and a few 1,000 to 3,000-seat theaters. Through it all the Vi4 has been rock solid.”
Although 5 Seconds to Summer has been playing some of the world’s biggest venues and the Vi4 is capable of 96 inputs to mix, the band has a channel count of 32, making the Soundcraft Vi4’s compact size and ready access to all functions a big benefit. “I can get all my important channels on layer one, so I find it really easy to get access to everything I need without having to switch pages on the console,” Delf said.

What’s Delf’s biggest challenge in using the Vi4? “Trying to hear the mix over the screaming girls! For the first three songs of the set it’s almost impossible to hear the music because the fans are so excited to see the band that their screams are in the region of 115 to 120 dB, which is quite a lot louder than the usual 104-105 dB gig level. This also batters your ears and they take a little time to recover so it’s not until around song four that can you start to really get an idea as to what is going on.”

“I have all my main important channels on layer one of the desk, so all the drums, bass, guitars and vocals, then layer two is just for backing tracks and effects returns that usually look after themselves,” Delf said of his console configuration. “I use the VCAs a lot and have masters for all sections of the band and an all master for the whole band less vocals. It’s with this all VCA that I ride the dynamics of the band. I also have an effects VCA and a delay return VCA so I can control these levels and mutes without going on to layer two.”

Delf noted that one of the main reasons he chose the Vi4 for mixing 5 Seconds of Summer is the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack library of plug-ins developed with Universal Audio and compatible with all Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles. “The fact that you can now use all the Universal Audio plug-ins in the live environment is so exciting,” he said. “I own Edge Recording Studios in Cheshire UK and we have a UAD2 card installed and the Universal Audio plug-ins sound amazing in the studio, so to be able to apply those to live sound is very cool.”

“Soundcraft also provided us with the touchscreen to control all these plug-ins and that makes it so much cooler to use and also looks pretty damn impressive,” Delf continued. “When I first started using them the effect was quite subtle but one day on tour one of my cables went missing and I thought I couldn’t use it for the show and that’s when I realized how much I missed it and how big a difference it really made. We found the cable in the end and it was all systems go. Not sure what I’d do without it now to be honest!”

Having used a Soundcraft Vi6 on a previous tour with the band Plan B, Delf chose the Vi4 primarily for its sound quality. “I just love the way it sounds and it was my first choice for 5 Seconds of Summer,” he said. “This band has a much smaller channel count than the Plan B tour so I was able to fit perfectly on the Vi4, so why not? It sounds amazing, has great pre’s, has built-in dbx compressors and Lexicon effects, plus the addition of the Realtime Rack UAD card. Why wouldn’t anyone choose one?”

So far, Delf is more than satisfied with the Vi4. “I have loved using the desk and all of its features,” he noted. “It’s so easy to get round and everything you need is there in front of you. We let our support act use the desk too and their engineer had never seen one before the tour and by show two he was all over it. It’s very easy to use, sounds amazing and is so quick to learn. I couldn’t ask for more. Bring on the Soundcraft Vi3000, that’s all I can say!”

For more information on John Delf’s recording studio, please visit www.theedgestudios.co.uk.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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The Naked and Famous Pick TELEFUNKEN M81 Mics for World Touring

Performing Coachella and Headlining America in May and June

The Naked and Famous is pictured live with their TELEFUNKEN M81 dynamic mics; (L-R) are Thom Powers, vocals, guitars; Aaron Short, keyboards, engineering; Alisa Xayalith, vocals, keyboards. Photo by David Goggin.

New Zealand’s hit alternative rock band The Naked and Famous is touring the world with their TELEFUNKEN M81 dynamic microphones. Following their performance at the Coachella Festival in April, the band tours Australia before returning to the States in May and June.

“We discovered the Telefunken M81 while rehearsing at Bedrock Studios in LA,” recalled Aaron Short, who plays keyboards in the band. “The big challenge on stage is getting the right rejection from the mic. We’re very loud onstage and the vocals can be very dynamic and then suddenly quiet. We needed to find one microphone that could be sensitive and clear, but at the same time still have very strong feedback rejection.”

The Naked and Famous formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith recorded two EPs “This Machine” and “No Light” with Aaron Short, a fellow student at Auckland’s MAINZ music college, sharing engineering duties with Thom. The band took their name from a line in the English artist Tricky’s song “Tricky Kid,” “everybody wants to be naked and famous,” that questions the notion of celebrity.

The band settled in Los Angeles after completing the tour for their first full length album “Passive Me, Aggressive You” which featured the US Gold selling single “Young Blood”. They had performed over 200 shows in 24 countries between 2010 and 2012. Sharing a home in LA’s Laurel Canyon, they began work in earnest on writing and demoing their second album. Their intention was to record an album that could be played live, not relying on backing tracks.

“When we got the Telefunken mics we A-B’d them with our touring mics and there was just an elemental difference,” explained Aaron Short. “The top end especially opened up, almost like a condenser microphone. After rehearsing a bit we realized they really made a big difference with live vocals. We also used a Telefunken M80 dynamic on the snare drum for the album we recorded in LA with Billy Bush at Sunset Sound.”

Entering LA’s Sunset Sound studio in March 2013 with engineer Billy Bush (who had mixed the previous album), they began the process of recording “In Rolling Waves.” The album sessions were completed in a month and then in late 2013, The Naked and Famous headed for London where Alan Moulder spent a month mixing the album at his Willesden studio, Assault and Battery.

The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York by Joe LaPorta, who had also mastered “Passive Me, Aggressive You.” The album was produced by Thom Powers with Aaron Short. Justin Meldal-Johnsen co-produced two tracks with Thom Powers.

Learn more about The Naked and Famous at: http://thenakedandfamous.com

ABOUT TELEFUNKEN
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to each and every one of their customers.
For more info, visit: http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com

First Alliance Church Takes Massive Leap Forward with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Console

(Left) Wayne Jeschke, Technical Associate, First Alliance Church; and (Right) Paul Nadeau-Bonilla, Technical Director of Environments, First Alliance Church.

CALGARY, Canada – The First Alliance Church in Calgary is home to a 75-year-old sanctuary that seats 1,700 people. The size of its congregation, combined with the various styles of music and dynamic worship services, prompted Technical Director of Environments Paul Nadeau-Bonilla to recently upgrade the Church’s audio system with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, installed by Sapphire Sound in Vancouver, B.C.

The Church hosts full orchestras, choirs and bands, on top of its annual Broadway-style Christmas musical. The Vi6 was chosen for its ability to accommodate and switch seamlessly between all types of productions with minimal setup times and clutter. With 96 inputs to 35 output channels, the Vi6 is capable of handling any large-sized venue with ease.

“Before buying the Vi6, we researched flagship models from many other brands,” said Nadeau-Bonilla. “From an ergonomic standpoint, the Vi6 is head and shoulders above all the other consoles. The intuitive layout and visual appearance drastically improves our workflow, and the onboard features are really easy to work with, unlike some of the confusing navigation on other digital consoles.”

The Soundcraft Vi6 pushes boundaries by empowering the user with features that improve ease of use, rather than the culmination of controls that get lost in endless menus. The beautiful ‘knobs-on-glass’ controls sit on top of the Vistonics™II channel strip interface, providing users with the most unadulterated monitoring and mixing experience. TheSoundcraftFaderGlow™ color-coded illumination for the faders is particularly eye-catching, and gives the user an additional level of status indication, significantly reducing operating errors.

“The details in the layout of the Vi6 are amazing,” according to Wayne Jeschke, Associate of Technical Arts. “Someone can run wireless microphones and orchestra at the same time, while the Cue Advance buttons and Snapshots are readily available and well within reach. We wanted something as user-friendly and analog-like as possible, and I believe the Vi6 hits the sweet spot. Even some of our non-technical engineers are able to work on it flawlessly.”

“We did not expect the sound to be this good,” Jeschke continued. “The difference in clarity from our older board is so great, that we get compliments from numerous untrained people all the time. The user-friendliness combined with a clean, natural sound makes the Vi6 an extraordinary console within its class. It blew us away.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Martin Audio AQs Excel At Amble Links Holiday Park

Country and leisure park operators Park Leisure recently undertook a major upgrade of its Amble Links ‘owners-only’ holiday park on the Northumberland, England coast.

Preferred AV integrators Promotiontime NE carried out the technology design and outfitting of its main entertainment areas, The Links Owners Only Bar & Entertainment Lounge and refurbished Old Storehouse restaurant/bar, exclusively using a Martin Audio AQ solution for all of its requirements.

Brian Graham, who took over Promotiontime NE ten years ago, has been a frequent user of Martin Audio systems over the years, particularly the Blackline series, but the compact AQ architectural range has opened up a number of new opportunities for him.

“Martin Audio is generally our ‘go to’ brand for most requirements above a basic bar, and I would probably have specified Blackline again for the entertainment room. But when we heard the AQ series, we knew this would be equal to the demands of the room.”

The stage system needed to reinforce small acts, as well as a resident DJ and karaoke, but also needed to be used for larger performances when required.

After sampling the AQ series Graham specified a pair of AQ28’s, with dual 8in drivers, one each side of the stage, as the main front-facing PA with an AQ10 on each wing providing outfills. Recessed into the stage on each side is an AQ215 (2×15) bass enclosure with a 42-way patch so that incoming productions carrying their own mixing console can plug straight in and override the house desk.

The Old Storehouse is divided into two areas; a restaurant and bar, with background music fed to eight AQ6 in the main restaurant and a pair of AQ5s in the overspill/annex area, while the dedicated bar area is served by an additional combination of AQ8, AQ6 and pair of AQ112 (1×12) subs.

The music extends to the outside patio area where Brian Graham has specified four Martin Audio C115 surface-mount weather-resistant speakers.

The entire system is powered by Martin Audio MA5.2K, MA4.8Q and MA2.8Q amplifiers and fed by a 16×16 audio routing matrix, which allows any sound source to be switched to any zone via the Martin Audio Engineer 818 DSP. Limiting and EQ settings are also stored in the Engineer, with inputs recalled and switched between the different operating modes via the Control4 audio and lighting environmental control platform (linked to Mode dimming packs for the lighting).

The installation needed to offer ease of use and the site is configured so that all audio and vision can be switched and controlled from two touch screens, one located in the main bar and the other in the performance area, to allow intuitive use throughout the complex.

In summary, Brian Graham confirmed, “In addition to raising the performance level, we had to make the installation look sleek which the AQ certainly does. And with only around 10 ft. ceiling height in the entertainment room, we are able to run the AQ28s in landscape orientation, flush against the ceiling. It was the perfect solution.

“Everything works seamlessly; the client is absolutely delighted, the feedback has been great and we have had nothing but positive comments.”

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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TC Takes QL On Demonstration Road Show

BUENA PARK, Caiif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the first mid-west demonstrations of the new Yamaha QL Series Digital Consoles hosted by TC Furlong Inc. Events are free. The dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, 4/16, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
TC Furlong Inc. in Lake Forest, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-after-hours-tc-furlong-inc-tickets-11201286349?aff=yamaha

Tuesday, 4/22, 9:00 am -1:00 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
Regus Offices in Rosemont, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-rosemont-il-tickets-11203922233?aff=yamaha

Tuesday, 4/22, 4:00 pm -7:30 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
The Moody Church in Chicago, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-chicago-il-tickets-11204000467?aff=yamaha

The new Yamaha QL Series inherits CL console features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.

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