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Zac Brown Band Headlines Wrigley Field With Martin Audio MLA

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Chicago, IL––SES (Special Event Services) set up what President Jim Brammer terms as “the largest outdoor MLA system deployed in North America thus far” for a sold-out Zac Brown concert at Wrigley Field of 40,000.

The event also marked Zac Brown Band’s first as a solo headliner in a major league ballpark, having shared staging earlier this summer with Billy Joel at Boston’s Fenway Park. Both shows were part of the band’s successful “Great American Road Trip” tour that runs until the middle of October.

The massive Martin Audio MLA system consisted of 170 enclosures: A Main Hang of 22 MLA over 2 MLD per side; 24 MLA Compact per side for Outfill; 8 flown MLX subs per side and 24 MLX in 12 stacks of two across the entire downstage area; 4 MLA Compact in a straight array per side for Off Left/Right front fill; 6 W8LMD across the downstage edge for Lip Fill, and 24 MLA for delays.

Asked about the event, Brammer responds, “The challenge with Wrigley and most ballparks is getting sound up under the overhangs in the upper deck. We were able to solve that with a delay system that consisted of four SES audio carts, each with six MLA, arrayed at home plate, first and third base near the seats.”

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In terms of audio quality, “the show was off-the-charts good,” Jim adds. “Everyone was extremely pleased and we had visiting major league ballparks to look at the MLA setup and see if they might be able to use it, and they were very happy with the way it sounded.

Tour Veteran Warren Cracknell from the SES Nashville office summed it up with one word, ”Outstanding!”

When asked what he thought, FOH Engineer/Production Manager Eric Roderick said, “It was Bad to the Bone!”
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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 Furlong Hosts Digital Console Expo

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LAKE FOREST, Ill.—TC Furlong, Inc. will host a Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, October 21 between 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Manufacturers include Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Avid, Midas, DigiCo, SSL Live, Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, Mackie, PreSonus, QSC, and several more. The companies will exhibit their latest digital consoles, and manufacturer staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is free of charge and will be held at the Moody Church, 1635 N LaSalle Street, Room 107, in Chicago. Food and beverages will be provided along with a raffle for prizes as well as giveaways.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce.

The Moody Church is easily accessible by public transportation, and there are several pay lots as well as limited street parking in the area.

This is the third Digital Console Expo presented by TC Furlong Inc. TC Furlong is a Chicago-area live sound rental and sales company that has been in business for 41 years.

For more information, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce or call 888-823-8756.

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L-ACOUSTICS Has Oregon Music Festivals Covered

Justin Moore heard via K2 arrays at Cape Blanco (credit for all photos: Jeremy Polzel)

Justin Moore heard via K2 arrays at Cape Blanco (credit for all photos: Jeremy Polzel)

U.S. Audio & Lighting deploys K2 system for large country music events

BROWNSVILLE / SIXES, Oregon — Music festivals have increased in number and diversity in recent years, and regional festivals have enjoyed explosive growth. Two of this season’s most successful regional festivals took place this August in Oregon where the five-year-old BI-MART Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville (August 15-17) drew upwards of 25,000 fans who came to hear acts like Blake Shelton, Gary Allen and Eric Church. Regional discount retailer BI-MART also launched a new sister festival in Sixes this year, the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival (August 1-3), which attracted as many as 15,000 to hear Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Justin Moore, among others.

These two festivals represented country music at its best, but what really tied both together – aside from their mutual corporate sponsor – was the sound provided at each site by U.S. Audio & Lighting’s L-ACOUSTICS K2 system. “The music sounded excellent in both places,” says Patrick Coughlin, general manager of U.S. Audio & Lighting North, the Northern California branch of the North Hollywood-based company that has become one of the largest K2 users in the States. more

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DiGiCo Tops the Feed Chain on Linkin Park’s “Carnivores” Tour

Ken "Pooch" Van Druten mans the FOH mix on a DiGiCo SD7

Ken “Pooch” Van Druten mans the FOH mix on a DiGiCo SD7 (credit for all photos: Vic Wagner)

Ken “Pooch” Van Druten and Kevin “Tater” McCarthy ride like kings on new SD7 console pair

AGOURA HILLS, California — Following the release of the band’s sixth studio album, The Hunting Party, nu-metal pioneers Linkin Park recently sprang out on the first leg of their 25-date “Carnivores” North American tour with supporting acts 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI.

With Escondido-based Sound Image providing sound reinforcement for the trek, much has changed from previous tours – but not the guys riding faders at FOH and monitors. In a move driven by both I/O needs and the increased sound quality of a 96 kHz system, Ken “Pooch” Van Druten and Kevin “Tater” McCarthy have moved from their previous digital mixing console choices to a brand new pair of DiGiCo SD7 desks. more

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AudioXL to Distribute Intellivox and AXYS Products in Benelux

(Left to Right) Thijs Dullaart, Audio XL; Nick Screen, Duran Audio; William van Druten, Audio XL.

(Left to Right) Thijs Dullaart, Audio XL; Nick Screen, Duran Audio; William van Druten, Audio XL.

DIEST, Belgium – HARMAN Professional is announcing that its Benelux distributor, AudioXL, has been named the exclusive distributor of the JBL Intellivox and AXYS loudspeaker products for the Benelux region. In October 2013, HARMAN acquired Duran Audio and its flagship Intellivox and AXYX lines, before incorporating them into the JBL product lineup.

“We are very excited about having the Intellivox and AXYS products as part of the JBL portfolio,” explained William van Druten, General Manager at AudioXL. “Intellivox was the first digitally steerable array on the market and the engineers from Duran Audio are widely regarded as the pioneers of and the authority on this technology. Intellivox is a great solution for delivering clear and intelligible speech in difficult acoustic environments and there are already many high-profile applications of the products around the world. This, combined with AudioXL’s experienced and skilled team and the wider portfolio of HARMAN products, is a recipe for success. I am sure we can continue to grow the market for the product and deliver fantastic solutions for many more projects.”

In recent years, Intellivox has become the preferred loudspeaker solution for major railway stations in Holland. Intellivox has not only been chosen for its ability to deliver the ultimate intelligibility but also for its subjective sound quality and natural sound reproduction. Stations now installed with Intellivox include: Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

The product has also enjoyed great success in the worship and AV markets. The AXYS range is also widely used by many rental companies in the region and is known for delivering transparent sound reproduction even at high sound pressure levels.

“This new relationship with AudioXL presents some really exciting opportunities,” Nick Screen, HARMAN Sales Director – Duran Audio Products. “With Intellivox it has always been about selling solutions, but it was a niche solution for intelligibility and many clients want a complete audio system. The HARMAN acquisition and the partnership with AudioXL means that we can now offer a complete HARMAN-based sound system solution that delivers Intellivox-quality intelligibility. Combine this with AudioXL’s team and large customer base and you have a winning formula.”

For more information on these products, please visit JBL Professional (www.jblpro.com) or AudioXL (www.audioxl.be and www.audioxl.nl)

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Apple Invites Larry Fishman To Speak At Special Employee Presentation

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Cupertino, CA––With products such as iPhone, iTunes, MacBook, iMac and more, Apple Inc. is well known for beautiful design and seamless product integration. But where does Apple turn when looking for inspiration to help keep their ideas fresh?

Larry Fishman founder and President of Fishman, designer and manufacturer of pickups, amplification and other products for acoustic and electric musicians, was recently invited to speak to Apple designers, engineers and product managers.

Fishman delivered a presentation entitled “Inspiring Tools for Musicians: A Confluence of Engineering and Art” to a standing-room only audience. Not surprisingly, almost all in attendance raised their hand when asked by Mr. Fishman, “How many of you are engineers?” When asked the second question, “How many of you are musicians?” an equal number responded.

Fishman continues, “At that point I knew I was among friends. My own background with a Mechanical Engineering degree and years as a performing bassist has allowed me to seamlessly move between creative endeavors. Sometimes I’m playing my bass; sometimes I’m ‘playing’ my computer CAD system; at all times I’m creating.”

Mr. Fishman took the audience through his concept of creativity and how the engineering arts relate to and co-exist with the “fine” arts in terms of individuals and companies. He went on to explain how the Fishman culture of inspiration, rejecting institutional bias and “untying knots” has helped build an award winning, profitable and acknowledged leader in the MI industry over the last 33 years.

In addition to the lecture, music was used to reinforce key points and illustrate the end results of Mr. Fishman’s process. Performances featuring musicians Greg Koch, Roscoe Beck and Ritchie Fliegler were woven throughout the program.

Specific products were included such as Fishman’s first pickup design for upright bass along with his early relationship with guitar makers, which ultimately led to the development of the industry-standard Matrix pickup. Fishman spoke of his experience creating Parker Guitars with Ken Parker, and many of the challenges he faced with a radical new design that challenged the sensibilities of the conservative guitar market. Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology, Loudbox acoustic amplifiers and Fluence Multi-Voice electric guitar pickups were also used as examples to illustrate the Fishman creative technology process. Of particular interest to the Apple audience was the TriplePlay Wireless MIDI Guitar Controller and how it integrates with iOS and OS X software.

Fishman concludes, “At this point, Apple’s mark on product technology and design are indisputable. That they would invite me to speak to them as a peer is quite an honor. Being given the opportunity to share my views on product development to a receptive audience at Apple was an amazingly inspiring and humbling experience.

“Also, the fact that many of the attendees stayed and chatted well after the presentation was over definitely made my day. We could really relate to each other, as in ‘if you’re a computer company why are you making a phone?’ It’s not that much different from our expansion into digital processing, electric guitar pickups and amps. Ultimately, we all agreed the object is to bring value, something truly unique to people.”

For more information about Fishman, please click to www.fishman.com.

Masque Sound Takes Off with First National Tour of the High-Flying Hit Musical Comedy, Pippin

Custom Audio Equipment Package Delivers Broadway Experience to Audiences around the Country

DENVER, CO, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 - When the Broadway smash hit Pippin embarked on its first national tour on September 6 at The Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was along for the ride to support Sound Designers Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm’s vision for the high-flying, death-defying musical comedy.The Cast of the National Touring Production of PIPPIN. Credit Terry Shapiro (2)

Pippin tells the story of a young prince as he sets out on a thrilling journey to find meaning in his existence. He notes two potential paths: he can choose a happy, but simple life or risk everything in favor of a momentary flash of glory. A magical show, Pippin has become a well-known staple in the theatre community for its many classic Broadway numbers, including “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow” and “Love Song.”

Deans and Helm have been with Pippin since its Broadway opening in April 2013 and are both intimately familiar with the show’s audio requirements. “The creative concept behind Pippin was designed in New York, so we are now trying to bring that Broadway experience to the different theatres on the tour,” says Deans. “The show itself essentially stays the same as the one that appears on Broadway in every aspect, except for the sound design. Because we are putting on performances in different theatres of various sizes and capacities, as well as some with balconies and some without, we needed a very flexible sound system that could provide full coverage, with no matter to the room and its dimensions.”
John Rubinstein as Charlemagne and Sabrina Harper as Fastrada in the National Touring Production of PIPPIN. Credit Terry Shapiro (2)
In order to deliver as close to the Pippin Broadway experience as possible, Masque Sound provided the designers with a DiGiCo SD7 Live Digital Console complete with Stealth Digital Processing™. “The SD7 is very versatile, sounds great and does everything we want it to do,” says Helm. “It is extremely helpful in ensuring that we can expect exceptional sound coverage in all of the theatres in which the production will be playing.”

As part of the custom-designed audio system, Masque Sound also supplied an array of d&b audiotechnik speakers, which the designers chose for their excellent sonic soundscape, as the speakers help to keep the continuity between the Broadway show and the tour productions. In addition, a selection of microphones from Shure, Neumann and DPA, as well as a 40-channel wireless package featuring Sennheiser mics with DPA booms, were also included in the audio equipment package.

“The crew at Masque Sound is always wonderful to collaborate with,” adds Deans. “Masque Sound worked closely with us to build the ideal speaker package to fit our sound requirements. The crew really looks after the best interests of the show. They care about the production, they care about us, and that always makes working with them such a rewarding experience.”

In addition to providing the custom audio package for the show, Masque Sound also supplied frequency coordination for the show’s 40-plus channels of wireless microphones. Masque Sound’s expert team provided the touring crew with the information and RF equipment that they needed to ensure that all of the show’s wireless transmission would remain interference free.
Sasha Allen as Leading Player and the cast of the National Tour of PIPPIN. Credit Terry Shapiro (2)
Deans and Helm also acknowledge the importance of their own crew’s hard work in ensuring the show’s success. “Our Associate Sound Designer Drew Levy, Production Sound Supervisor Alex Ritter and two fantastic sound mixers, A1 FOH Mixer Maxine Gutierrez and A2 RF/Backstage Support Nathan Meredith, look after the show, tour with it and do an amazing job on all accounts.”

Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony® nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 Doigts de la Main, also known as 7 Fingers. The show opened on Broadway on April 25, 2013 and went on to win four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical for Paulus. The Pippin tour is currently slated to run through August 2015 with 33 stops, including Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Seattle.

For ticket information, please visit www.pippinthemusical.com/tour.php.

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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COUNTRYMAN MICROPHONES HELP PERFORMANCES THRIVE AT THE HERCHEL AVRA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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Pryor, OK – September 2014… Located in Northeast Oklahoma, the Pryor Public Schools has a long and rich tradition of academic excellence and student activities—attributed in large part to strong support from the Pryor community. Pryor High School has a wide offering of courses, including a strong fine arts program. Each year, the school presents a major musical performance in the Herchel Avra Performing Arts Center and, to ensure the best possible audio quality for these productions, earset microphones from Menlo Park, CA-based Countryman Associates are used. more

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Rob Macomber Picks Sanken Stereo Mic for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Adjustable Dual Capsule CUW-180 Captures Historic Performances
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Pictured in the Music Studios at Jazz at Lincoln Center is chief engineer Rob Macomber holding the Sanken CUW-180 stereo microphone.

As Chief Engineer of the Music Studios at Jazz at Lincoln Center for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Rob Macomber puts his extensive knowledge of audio, technology and music to use to ensure that the world-class artists performing there nightly sound just as good on live radio, television and internet broadcast as they do in the concert hall.

One of Macomber’s favorite microphones is the unique Sanken stereo CUW-180, comprised of two exceptionally engineered cardioid condenser microphones combined in one compact body. Each of the two 180° capsules is independently adjustable with 15˚ detent, providing a versatile microphone for a variety of stereo and Surround recording applications.

“The CUW-180s perform wonderfully anywhere and everywhere,” says Macomber. “On a regular basis I use them as a pair over the stage for ambience. That’s my standard main stereo pickup over the stage. Eight feet up or so, at the lip of the stage angled at 45 degrees. I also use them for ensemble sections, like trombones and trumpets. As a section mic it is fabulous.”

In his nine year tenure at SiriusXM, Macomber has worked with a who’s who of modern day musical giants, including Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Sting, Beyonce, Santana, Andrea Bocelli, Chic Corea, Dave Brubeck and Joshua Bell, helping them all sound their best on-air.

“The stereo Sanken mics give me the full frequency spectrum,” remarks Macomber. “On the low end, the proximity effect is very minimal, although I’m primarily not in close-miking situations. The 180 is very flat throughout the frequency spectrum. No boominess, no having to roll off the low end, very smooth on the top end. Off-axis it’s very natural sounding.”

Over the course of his prolific career, Macomber has recorded and/or mixed music for highly-rated television broadcasts such as the Tony Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Fashion Rocks, VH-1 Divas, VH-1 Storytellers, AOL Sessions, Live from Lincoln Center Series and numerous DVDs and concert films.

Macomber comments on the unique dual capsule design and the precise detente adjustment. “It’s a killer design in a fairly fast-paced environment, where I do get a sound check, but it’s still a live show. Each show is different and when it’s happening I can’t stop the show and say, ‘Hey, we need to reposition that mic.’ I can get that mic position spot-on and know that one click wider or one click narrower on both capsules will land me where I want to be. Then if need be, I can simply adjust the panning on the desk on the fly. The quick paced broadcast environment for a live show is quite a challenge — the Sanken is a great performer.”

Macomber has been honored with many awards and accolades, including two Grammy Awards (for his engineering work on Arturo O’Farrill’s “Song for Chico” and Kurt Elling’s “Dedicated to You,” in 2008 and 2009, respectively). He was also a member of the sound team that received the 2010 Emmy Award for Best Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special for “The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert.” He is also a two time TEC Award nominee.

To read the entire interview with Rob Macomber,
visit: http://tinyurl.com/nzu6xef
Learn more about Sanken microphones: http://sankenstudio.com

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Martin Audio MLA Mini Lifts Spirits At IDC Church

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Chicago, IL––Encompass AV recently installed a Martin Audio MLA Mini loudspeaker system at the Inspirational Deliverance Center Church of God in Christ as part of a major technical upgrade for its 500-seat worship center.

Tim Pickett, President of Encompass AV, explains that his company was chosen because “the church liked the fact that we could deliver a turnkey system with sound, lighting and a video network, the whole package.

“And they insisted on really good sound,” Tim adds. “The church has a very energetic Gospel choir and two Leslie cabinets hooked up to the Hammond organ that really push the audio system to the limits. Plus the worship center has highly reflective surfaces so they needed a system with exceptional output control.

“We specified several systems for them and they chose the Martin Audio MLA Mini because of the system’s state of the art technology and phenomenal sound quality. Also, the coverage had a nice tight pattern to it, and that was a huge selling point for MLA. In fact, we set up a demo and they liked it so much, they bought the demo units!”

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The installed audio system includes two four-block MLA Mini arrays driven by MSX mini sub power plants. Two Martin Audio AQ8s provide additional fill with four C6.8T ceiling speakers installed in the low ceiling above the choir as monitors. Two Behringer S16 digital snakes supplement a Behringer X32 digital console with programmable MIDAS preamps.

There are three video displays in the sanctuary, two 80” Sharp LEDs left and right and a 70” Sharp LED facing the choir, with two Sony 1080P PTZ HD cameras driving the video network system. Lighting is provided by 60 Elation LED PAR-style lighting systems with six Elation LED architectural floods.

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Asked about the MLA Mini’s performance, Tim enthuses, “I love it. The sound quality is amazing. Everybody that’s heard it comments on how crystal clear it is and the Church is ecstatic about the system.”

Rob Hofkamp, Martin Audio Director of North American Operations adds, “The MLA Compact has already made significant inroads in Church installations and the MLA Mini should also enjoy considerable success in the House of Worship market given its compact size, control and exceptional performance.”

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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