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Factor Audio Doubles Down on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 Consoles For Theater Gigs

Scraft_FactorAudioREDWOOD CITY, California – As an all-purpose sound provider, Factor Audio recently acquired a second HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console to better serve its diverse range of clients. Having enjoyed tremendous success with the first purchase, Factor Audio continues to work with the Si Expression 3 due to its ease of use, great sound and affordable price point.

Factor Audio designs and engineers its own custom solutions to provide better sound quality with greater efficiency for its clients. Relying on an experienced team, it caters to indoor theater, outdoor festivals, huge conferences and intimate weddings. The wide variety of gigs and desire for greater sound quality and efficiency led the company to the Si Expression console.

“We like to seek new ways to innovate and streamline our processes, which allow us to engineer solutions that best serve our clients’ needs,” said Mike Thompson, Owner of Factor Audio. “After working with the Soundcraft Vi6, I’m confident that replacing some of my analog workhorses with Soundcraft’s offerings was the right choice. So far, my experience with the Si Expression 3 console has simply been terrific.”

Not only did the Si Expression 3 address the reliability issues of some of the older analog consoles, but it also offered more flexibility with the compatible CAT5 snake system and the increased channel count. Thompson also plans to acquire a 32×16 Soundcraft Mini Stagebox for added capacity.

“This console allowed me to reap the benefits of digital features without complicating the workflow,” said Thompson. “I like the graphic EQ’s on the faders, the FaderGlowTM feature, and the ability to recall everything at the touch of a button. The response is instant and gratifying.”

“Most importantly, for this price point I think the Si Expression 3 is the best sounding board on the market,” said Thompson. “The lower register is clear and punchy, and overall the console’s sound has a nice warmth to it. Unlike some digital consoles the Si Expression remains musical even when it’s pushed to extremes.”

While Thompson continues to explore the console’s potential by adding Dante capabilities, the team at Factor Audio plans to invest in a Soundcraft Vi3000 console in the near future.

For more information on Factor Audio, please visit www.factoraudio.com

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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Acoustic Light Turns New Page With HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 Console

Scraft_AcousticLightASSISI, Italy – Catering to large-scale musical events, orchestras and choirs, Italian systems integrator Acoustic Light recently added a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console to its HARMAN-dominated inventory. This decision not only signifies the growth of the company’s services, but also denotes a significant leap towards leading the sound and lighting market in the province of Perugia. The console was sold through HARMAN’s regional distributor, Leading Technologies.

The owner of Acoustic Light, Stephan Lüthi, explained that 70 percent of his inventory consists of HARMAN gear, including JBL loudspeakers, AKG microphones, Crown amplifiers and other Soundcraft consoles. Having owned HARMAN equipment since the company’s inception in 2002, Lüthi has plenty of experience with the Soundcraft Vi Series.

“I was excited when the Vi4 and Vi6 were launched, and the Vi1 has also been perfect for a lot of my needs,” said Lüthi. “They are delightful consoles to work with, leading to great successes at major festivals. Now that we’ve grown as a company, we want to continue our reliance on the HARMAN gear that helped us get to this stage, and so we did not hesitate in ordering the new Vi3000.”

Lüthi greatly appreciates the distinct ease of use that Soundcraft consoles grant sound engineers at any venue. Thanks to the onboard inputs and outputs of the Vi3000, communication across the signal chain is seamless, which is convenient for projects taking place in conference rooms and theaters.

“I just love Soundcraft, and that’s why I have always used their consoles,” said Lüthi. “Even though the market is full of other brands, none of them satisfy me as much as Soundcraft, in terms of convenience and sound quality. Now that we are equipped with the Vi3000, we will be able to tackle any show with ease.”

For more information on Acoustic Light, please visit www.acousticlight.it

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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Extra! Extra! Masque Sound Delivers High-Energy Sonic Explosion to Touring Production of Tony Award-Winning Hit Musical, Newsies

Custom Audio Equipment Package Hits the Road to Take Broadway Sound from Coast to Coast

PHILADELPHIA, PA, OCTOBER 21, 2014 – When the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical NEWSIES flies off the rack to begin its North American tour on October 11, Sound Designer Ken Travis relies on Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to deliver a dynamic custom audio equipment package for the smash hit.Newsies, the musical

NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work. The entire creative team is reuniting to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.

Having designed the sound for NEWSIES’ Broadway run, Travis has a deep understanding of the show’s audio requirements. His goal for the tour was to replicate the remarkable Broadway sound in each of the different venues and theatres, all of which have their own unique characteristics and challenges. In order to accomplish this, flexibility in the sound system was a key component.
NEWSIES Ensemble. Broadway company of NEWSIES. CDisney. Photo by Deen Van Meer
To achieve the all-encompassing range that Travis was looking for, Masque Sound provided a DiGiCo SD10 Live Digital Console. “The SD10 is a much smaller console than the SD7 that was initially used on Broadway, which makes it easier to travel with throughout the tour,” says Travis. “Its footprint in the front of house is half the size; yet, it still provides us with incredible flexibility without compromising any of the show’s audio capabilities.”

One of the biggest challenges that Travis faced in preparing for the tour were the varying sizes and shapes of the theatres. While the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway is a small house with a relatively smooth soundscape to navigate, a majority of the theatres throughout the tour are much larger and deeper, with wider prosceniums, and require greater amplification from the sound system.Kara Lindsay as -Katherine Plumber- and Jeremy Jordan as -Jack Kelly- and the Broadway company of NEWSIES. CDisney. Photo by Deen Van Meer

“Since we cannot block the seats with sound towers, we had to alter our delays and add some extra fill speakers to accommodate the wider venues,” Travis continues. “In some locations, we specifically aimed the audio toward a section that was extremely left or right. We needed to make sure the system was as comprehensive as possible, and with Masque Sound’s vast equipment expertise, we were able to create a system that worked in multiple locations.”

Travis utilized a d&b audiotechnik Q-Series speaker system for the tour for its compact size, articulate sound quality and superior sound pressure level. “I am very familiar with the Q-Series and know how it plays in 2,500-seat rooms versus 4,000-seat rooms,” he says. “NEWSIES is a pop tour, so there are moments throughout the production in which the stage gets really loud and full of dynamic dialogue and movement. I feel comfortable knowing that the Q-Series speaker system can handle the workload.”

Masque Sound also provided Travis with a custom microphone package, featuring a selection of DPA microphones as well as a Sennheiser radio microphone package for the more than 20 channels of wireless that will be used for the show.
Liana Hunt and Company. Broadway company of NEWSIES. CDisney. Photo by Matthew Murphy
“The team at Masque Sound has once again been great to work with,” Travis concludes. “As soon as we found out about the tour, we sat down with the crew and started to plan. The team at Masque Sound knows what I like to use, and they were able to quickly and efficiently help me to purchase the orchestra audio equipment package, ensuring that each piece of equipment would perfectly address my needs in creating this sound vision. The collaboration with Masque Sound and Alex Hawthorn, my associate sound designer, allowed us to create a wonderful audio package that sounds amazing.”

The NEWSIES North American tour’s scheduled stops include Cleveland, Louisville, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Toronto. It makes its official opening in Philadelphia in late October. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NewsiesTheMusical.com.

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.

Technical Productions Inc. Quarterbacks the NFL’s St. Louis Rams Pre-Game Show With HARMAN’s Soundcraft and BSS Audio

HARMAN_RamsPregameST. LOUIS, Missouri – Having delivered audio services for all pre-game NFL events for the St. Louis Rams for the last two years, as well as other productions for over a decade, Technical Productions Inc. (TPI) again provided the audio system for the festivities prior to the team’s first game for the third season. While maintaining a low budget just outside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, engineers Stephen Jones and Marshall Stacy of TPI took advantage of the HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console’s mixing power and BSS Audio signal processors to achieve the most compelling sound for the audience.

As is typical for the Rams’ live pregame events, TPI supplies a 20×26-foot stage to complement the space. Featured in this particular event were a Si Expression 3 console with two 32×12 stage boxes and three Dante cards, plus five BSS Audio FCS-960 graphic EQ units and four BSS Audio FDS-366T loudspeaker management processor, of which two were used for the main PA’s and two for the monitors.

“We’re trying to get the highest-quality sound for the best price,” said Stephen Jones of TPI. “Because we have to maintain a low budget, we are always trying to keep up with modern technology. That’s why we switched to the Si Expression lately, because it’s affordable and allows us to add more loudspeakers to the mix. Also, with the ViSi Remote iPad functionality, I can be at front of house while the monitor tech is onstage when syncing up all our equipment; it’s just easy.”

Despite the Si Expression’s affordability, Jones is confident it can stand up to other, more expensive brands. “The EQ on the Si Expression sounds very nice compared to our previous boards,” he said. “I also like the fact that I can make every mix stereo or mono, because I use a lot of parallel compression in my mixing. I like to break up the instruments and vocals into different subgroups and compress them individually.”

Having the Si Expression allowed Jones, who is very detail-oriented, to maximize his abilities during a show, and with the onboard memory, no intricate setting is left unsaved. When combined with technologies from BSS Audio, Jones has everything he needs without going over the budget.

“I like the immediate response from the BSS Audio technologies inside the console, which are very sensitive, so that whenever I make a move I can hear it instantly,” said Jones. “Overall, it’s a really great-sounding system.”

For more information on Technical Productions Inc., please visit www.technicalproductions.com

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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Trumpeter Farnell Newton is “Ready to Roll” with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

AKG_FarnellNewton copyPORTLAND, Oregon – As a globetrotting trumpeter for such renowned artists as Bootsy Collins, Jill Scott and Jarrod Lawson, it’s hard to imagine Farnell Newton having any time to focus on his own solo career. However, his new album, Ready to Roll, is a testament to his non-stop commitment to his craft, while the songs within the album showcase Newton’s musical versatility. Whether it’s in the studio or on the road, Newton is a committed user of HARMAN’s AKG microphones.

Recorded in his home base of Portland, Oregon, Ready to Roll is a slight departure from Newton’s previous albums. “This album is all funk, soul and R&B,” Newton said. “Although I play a lot of jazz—and will be recording with a jazz label in December—I’m keeping those worlds separate. I want people to be able to let go and groove to this record.”

While Ready to Roll is comprised of original compositions, Newton’s touring experience with other big-name acts has played an influential role in his writing. “Playing with Bootsy has inspired me to play funkier, while my shows with Jill have definitely helped me write more soul-based music as well,” he said.

Newton recorded all of his horn parts on Ready to Roll with an AKG C214 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, which offers a supreme one-inch capsule on an integrated suspension to reduce mechanical noise.

“The C214 is terrific, I used it for my last album as well, and it’s clear, not tinny-sounding, and it’s easy to use,” Newton said. “When I’m recording my horn parts, I know how they should sound to the listener. The C214 gets me to that sound very quickly and easily. Even if I have to go back and tweak the EQs after the fact, I still know it was recorded correctly and has that flavor I’m looking for.”

In addition to his own live performances, Newton employs his AKG WMS4500 wireless microphone system while on tour with Bootsy Collins and Jill Scott (and will do so on Jarrod Lawson’s upcoming European tour). The WMS4500 includes an SR4500 true-diversity receiver and a D7 Vocal Set.

“I’ve never had any problems with the WMS4500, I just plug in and start playing,” Newton said. “I’ve never had to worry about any RF-related issues and it sounds great. I’m always ready to go.”

For more information on Farnell Newton, please visit www.farnellnewton.com

For more information on AKG, please visit www.akg.com/pro

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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Church On The Rock at the Golden Triangle Upgrades to HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000

Scraft_GoldenTriangle_1BEAUMONT, Texas – Located at one of its several campuses, the Church On The Rock at the Golden Triangle location in Texas recently acquired a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console to provide its community with better worship services and broadcasts. Part of a major renovation project, the Vi3000 is part of a new, streamlined audio system, where the console is being used as the Church’s FOH console and for broadcasting.

Seating 1000, the Church on the Rock consists of a shallow but wide room, which requires a system that accommodates the 180-degree seating arrangement. Lead FOH Engineer Blake Sessions took charge of this challenge, and decided that the Vi3000 console was the best choice especially thanks to its MADI and Dante connectivity and channel capacity.

“I’ve worked on the Vi Series consoles before, so I understand how intuitive the layout is on these boards,” said Sessions. “The Vi3000 is very flexible as it offers 96 input channels and 24 mono or stereo output busses depending on what we need. Also, being able to run 64 channels with Dante or MADI protocol is very important, because it allows us to link the feeds to our broadcast studio via Cat5 or optical cable.”

The Church hosts a total of four services between Sundays and Wednesdays, which are tracked and broadcasted from the website churchonline.tv. To ensure quality during each service, it needed a console that not only sounds great, but is also easy to learn and use for the newer operators.

“We have several volunteer engineers, so it’s nice to have a console that has a familiar analog layout and feel,” said Sessions. “However, the ease of use does not take away from the performance: the console is a work horse with fantastic pre-amps and abundant capabilities. It’s amazing how I can get all that at this price point.”

After installing the new audio equipment and setting up the Dante network, Golden Triangle Church On The Rock was able to greatly improve their live and broadcast sound departments.

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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Singer/Songwriter Passenger Rides Along with HARMAN’s AKG DMS700 V2 Wireless Microphone System

AKG_PassengerNORTHRIDGE, California – Renowned singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his professional moniker Passenger, is currently touring the United States. Delivering world-class audio to support his dynamic and intimate live performances, Rosenberg and front of house engineer Simon Kemp rely on a HARMAN AKG DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system for his acoustic guitars, along with a D7 vocal microphone, plus an AKG wireless stomp microphone for Rosenberg’s unique brand of percussion.

As a sound engineer who also has a strong relationship with his artist, Kemp is in tune with Rosenberg’s unique requirements of his audio setup. “He is very thorough, knows exactly what he wants and he has the ears to make sure he gets it,” Kemp said. “We are constantly improving and critiquing the sound.”

Kemp notes the most daunting challenge of Passenger concerts is translating a folk singer with an acoustic guitar into a sound that can reach up to 6,000 people per night. “The sound needs to be very gentle for the quiet songs and a massive ‘in-your-face’ sound for the big songs,” he commented. “It’s a great challenge.

To meet this challenge, Passenger uses a DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system for acoustic guitars. “We had a test with all the other wireless options available and we were not sold on the quality with any of them until we got to the DMS700 V2,” Kemp said. “We tried the DMS700 V2 and [Rosenberg] thought he was plugged in. I would be amazed if anybody could actually tell the difference—it sounds incredible and is very easy to use.”

Kemp chose the AKG D7 as Passenger’s vocal microphone for several reasons. “The main factor is that it sounds incredible because I can get so much gain before feedback,” Kemp noted. “He’s amazingly dynamic so I need the gain, and this microphone is dynamic with the sonic quality of a condenser.”

“The tour has been amazing so far,” Kemp concluded. “We started off with festivals in the summer and are now in the middle of our US tour. Europe and Australia are next. We have been getting amazing reviews.”

For more information, please visit www.akg.com/pro

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.

Vintage King Hosts TELEFUNKEN Mic Summit Session During AES

Track Files for Zane Carney & Friends Now Available for Download

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Pictured at Vintage King Los Angeles during AES are (L-R) Tommy King, keyboards; Gavin Salmon, drums; Zane Carney, guitar and vocals; Greg Garbowsky, bass; Josh Gleave, Vintage King Sales; Jason Scheuner, TFunk Artist Liaison; Jeffrey Ehrenberg, Vintage King West Coast Sales Mgr; Alan Venitosh, TFunk Director of Operations. Photo by David Goggin.

Vintage King Audio, the leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing teamed up with TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik to make this a very special AES in honor of its return to Los Angeles. Dubbed the “Telefunken Microphone Summit,” Vintage King and Telefunken recorded a live session with Zane Carney and Friends showcasing a full range of dynamic and condenser models from the microphone titan.

The entire line of classic TELEFUNKEN microphones were on hand for this historic session, including the new M60 small diaphragm condenser mic, the company’s first FET model. Additional Telefunken mics on hand were the DD5 Dynamic Drum Pack for drums and the M81 Dynamic for guitars. Telefunken also supplied old favorites like the ELA M 251E, C12 and U47, in addition to newer mics like the AR-51, AK-47 MKII and CU-29.

In new gear announcements, Telefunken debuted their M60 small diaphragm FET mic at the recording session. While this new mic has been used in private by Steely Dan and on TV projects like “The Following,” the Vintage King and Telefunken session was the exclusive debut to the public during AES 2014.

Visit the Telefunken website here for detailed info on the session. Downloads will be available shortly.
http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com/download/tfunk-vk-aes-mic-summit/

Zane Carney is a world-class guitarist, singer, and songwriter, most known for his work with John Mayer, the band Carney, and Broadway’s “Spider Man -Turn Off The Dark.” Bono of U2 has referred to Zane as “The best guitarist in NY and LA”. More recently, John Mayer handpicked Zane to play guitar on his current world tour and latest album.
Learn more about Zane Carney at: http://www.zanecarney.com

ABOUT VINTAGE KING AUDIO
Vintage King Audio is a leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals – from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up – Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us

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

Amadeus Installs Massive Custom-Designed Speaker System for French ‘National Museum of Natural History’ in Paris

Over 180 Amadeus speakers installed in vast French ‘National Museum of Natural History’ space, new speakers specifically designed and hand-crafted by Amadeus for the updated 20th Anniversary re-opening —

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The Great Gallery of Evolution

Paris, FranceOctober 15, 2014 – At the French ‘National Museum of Natural History‘ in Paris, September saw the 20th anniversary re-opening of the updated Great Gallery of Evolution space featuring an install of site-specific custom-designed Amadeus speakers. Based in France, Amadeus is one of the premiere manufacturers of high-end sound reinforcement systems and custom studio speakers in the world. The museum install features an assortment of Amadeus speaker and sub-woofer models to offer the public a Hi-Fi audio experience throughout the vast museum. Merging Technologies, Solid State Logic and Flux also added key ingredients to the new museum install to control the Amadeus speakers.

Amadeus’ Director of Research & Development, Michel DELUC, and designer Bernard BYK, created completely new speaker and subwoofer configurations for the massive, over 180-speaker, sound system install at the National Museum of Natural History. The new speaker design has extended the Amadeus PMX Series with a super-compact 4-inch coaxial driver model, the PMX 4. Bernard BYK and Michel DELUC also designed two new compact sub-woofers specifically for the install, the ML 8, and the ML 12 SLIM, with 8-inch and 12-inch drivers respectively. The ML 8 is the smallest of the Amadeus ML Series of subwoofers; likewise the PMX 4 is the smallest of its series. Custom-made product manufacturing, solving acoustical or technical issues, and addressing market demands, are all strong traditions at Amadeus, and the large and complex Museum of Natural History install is an excellent example.

1024-Museum-lrg-3Bernard BYK, co-founder and CEO of Amadeus comments, “I have been trained as an architect, and this training definitely influences both the products we develop and the projects we work on. I think that for an architect, the starting point is to decrypt the space and to think of the way to put one’s work in a cultural, social and environmental context. That’s the way we design our sound systems…. We think about their integration in different places, and we supervise this integration. Each space has its own acoustical characteristics and above all its own architectural properties. Our work is to take these phenomena into account to increase the transparency of our sound systems.”

The previously released PMX 5, 5-inch driver model, was also used in the museum install with special finishes of high-gloss ‘Oyster White’ for the cabinet and a ‘Pearl Gold’ finish for the AirTex fabric for the speaker protection grill to specifically match the color of the main ceilings of the Museum. Additionally, a modified ML 12 subwoofer, (named the ML 12 SLIM), was re-designed as a slimmer version to be built-in some of the museum’s high-walled cabinets that were not deep enough to hold the standard ML model.

Several of the new ML sub-woofers are installed in prominent locations that the public can see and feature an attractive natural Beech wood exterior, matching the paired PMX 4 speakers in Beech wood. All the updated or newly created products, including the PMX 4 and ML 8 subwoofer, are now available for other installs as standard parts of the PMX and ML series Amadeus product lines.

On the amplification side, Amadeus developed and launched two prototypes, the MULTIAMP and A Series, (both to be released in 2015) to match the needs of the museum install. These two new Amadeus Amplifier Series extend, complete, and perfect the ‘HI-FI’ dimension and sound of the Amadeus speaker products. They integrate carefully listened to and selected components from among the most efficient and transparent of the audiophile market.

1024-Museum-lrg-5“The National Museum of Natural History install is a high-point of the many years in speaker and amplifier design by Amadeus. It is a perfect example of the outcome from the Amadeus brand philosophy that is built on the long-standing, close and productive relationships we have maintained with talented designers and scenographers, both in France and around the world, for over 35 years.” stated Gaetan BYK, Marketing Manager at Amadeus. Originally designed for the National Museum of Natural History, following the request of French designer, scenographer and composer Marc PIERA, the new PMX 4, ML 8, ML 12 SLIM, MULTIAMP and A Series amps are the concrete expression of this ethos.

Marc PIERA, co-founder and CEO of Comportements Sonores and scenographer for the museum install explains in detail how the install came about, “I tested many small and light speakers (weight was a major security issue) sold by well-known brands. I then turned towards PA systems. Leaving aside the brands whose systems didn’t meet relevant specifications – dispersion quality, frequency range, and impulse response around the speaker – I finally got in touch with Amadeus, a company I already revered for its high-quality PA products. I didn’t know they made small speakers, but I had used Amadeus products as I gave training seminars about controlled directivity, and during many shows and concerts, not to mention an acoustical study for the auditorium at Chelles (a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris).”

Describing the audio for the exhibition areas, Marc PIERA reveals, “The audio sound tracks created by Frédéric ROCARD are based on natural ambient sounds, from thunderstorms to delicate ambiences, a tribute to the rich timbres and dynamic levels of all animal species shown in the Gallery; Dynamic margins between background noise level and reasonable listening levels is reduced. It was then mandatory to find how to best place the Amadeus loudspeakers to get an excellent covering in the public spaces, and to design a system with a high-quality stereo image faithful to the complex ambiences. Another key point to accomplish was that no spectrum changes would occur off-axis. In the end, 186 Amadeus sound sources were installed, including 28 subwoofers.”

Dominique BRULHART, Head Software Engineering at Merging Technologies describes their involvement with the install, “Merging was excited by the opportunity to work on this project, of an unprecedented scope for our product Ovation. We were equally pleased to note that the set-up, comprising 186 loudspeakers across seven zones, connected to two Horus converters, all handled by a single Ovation, worked without a hitch. We nevertheless learned a great deal from this installation and identified several ways in which our user interface could be enhanced. That’s the reason why these projects are so inspiring. We look forward to participating in many more alongside Amadeus in the future.”

“Management of the Amadeus speakers through Merging Technologies devices features specially designed Merging Technology software plug-ins for the museum install which can control dynamic EQ, expander/gate functions, as well as compressor and limiter capabilities for each of the Amadeus speakers individually. The Merging Technologies Loudspeaker Management System that was created is 100% Amadeus compatible and can easily be used in future installs,” adds Dominique BRULHART.

The ‘Grande Galerie de l’Évolution’ (Great Gallery of Evolution) is a more than 60-thousand cubic meter area. It is split into several public spaces: the first is 3,500 sq. meters by 2.5 meters high, the second, 2300 sq. meters by 15 meters high, plus 3 passageways – 1100 sq. meters each. Since the Gallery is a museum, there are many children’s groups and families attending, so the background noise levels are often between 55 and 70dB (A). The Gallery is also a conservation area-implying mandatory demands of integration of sound quality and other limitations.

Marc PIERA describes how he handled many of these issues in the museum space, “The Amadeus PMX 5, then the smallest speaker of the range, was too heavy to use everywhere. Amadeus quickly suggested that they design a variant offering the same sonic qualities but with a reduced weight. They created a prototype of the PMX 4, and after we tested and measured this new model in situ, it appeared it could be used to send sound in the passageways, with very high quality. Using a very tight distribution I got an incredible sound image and the finest details along these long corridors exactly as I had wanted.”

However, in some parts of the installation the existing PMX 5 model turned out to be best, “The PMX 5′s attenuation is even and its coaxial speaker shows an excellent impulse response which helps to reduce ceiling reflections,” continued Marc PIERA. “Eighteen Amadeus ML 12 subwoofers, distributed around the passageways, handle bass extension.” Referring to the tight space for some subwoofer positioning he says, “Amadeus was able to fulfill the integration needs with a thinner version of subwoofer, the ML 12 SLIM. We set the crossover frequency between the PMX 5 speakers and ML12 SLIM subwoofers at 90Hz, allowing us to reduce localization problems.”

Wrapping up his assessment of the National Museum of Natural History project, Marc PIERA concludes, “This kind of integration job, filled with aesthetic taboos and security issues, requires not only very high-quality products, but also deeply involved partners. Amadeus really was exemplary in that matter, and this contributed to the final success of the project. Their commitment even led the company to create specific RAL colors and wood finishes, putting the final distinguishing touches on this successful integration. And, as if all this was not enough, Amadeus even developed the amplifier system to deal with these 186 independent speaker lines. Solid State Logic interfaced the system, and Merging Technologies dealt with the programming side using their Ovation system, even adapting their product for us, on the practical and ergonomic side. The system filtering issues were handled by Flux, Merging Technologies‘ long-time partner.”

1024-Museum-lrg-7“In the end,” adds Marc PIERA, “I was able to stay as close as I wanted to the sound that I had imagined, specified and championed for this type of electro-acoustical mission: To get as much definition as possible in the sound image and the timbre. ‘Traditional’ systems like Amadeus PMX speakers remain the safest solution to work with difficult acoustics.”

About PMX 4 Speakers and ML 8 Subwoofers
Revealing his challenge for the museum install, Michel DELUC says, “We had to create a product matching the Amadeus sonic philosophy, starting from the PMX 5 format and trying to reduce its size by 50% without making any sonic compromise. The PMX 4 loudspeaker comprises a 4-inch (100 mm) neodymium woofer, with a 0,8-inch (20 mm) tweeter mounted in coaxial mode. It draws 300 watts peak from the line, under a 8-ohm impedance and produces 112 dB peak SPL.”

The Amadeus PMX 4 speaker used in the museum install is designed for sound professionals wishing to combine high sonic fidelity with ultra-compact format for space-limited installation or live use. This new speaker, the most compact in its line, completes the Amadeus PMX Series speaker line which includes the 15, 12, 10, 8 and 5-inch models, each available in passive, self-powered and EtherSound-enabled versions. Initially available in a highly resistant black (water-soluble) paint finish, the PMX 4 is also available in several different standard colors. Every PMX 4 can also be ordered in a ‘made-to-measure’ finish, based on registered or non-registered colors and/or materials. It can be manufactured in standard premium-grade Baltic Birch or in special woods such as Wenge, Wacapou, Wamara, Ebony from Africa, and more traditional timbers such as White Sycamore and Oak. The Amadeus PMX 4 speaker is priced at 490.00 € each (VAT excluded).

Adding background on the new Amadeus ML 8 Subwoofer design, Michel DELUC says “We started to develop the ML 8 from the ML 12 ultra-compact format and tried to reduce its size by 25% while preserving both the sonic clarity, the real tonal accuracy and the extreme precision of the lowest frequencies specific to Amadeus LF loudspeakers. We achieved this through a quite complex internal structure, hosting several tuned notch resonators and a terrific 8-inch (200 mm) transducer with a 3-inch (75 mm) ventilated voice coil, designed to reduce all forms of distortion and coloration to a bare minimum.”

The ML 8 draws 600 watts peak from the line, under an 8-ohm impedance, and produces 118 dB peak SPL. The subwoofer is available in a highly wear resistant black (water-soluble) paint finish, but is also available in several standard colors. Or the ML 8 can be ordered in a ‘made to measure’ finish, based on registered or non-registered colors and/or materials. To offer more possibilities, the cabinet and the acoustical fabric covering the front grill can each have a different color. The Amadeus ML 8 is priced at 890 € each (VAT excluded).

The Amadeus speaker models installed at the Museum:

PMX 4 ultra-compact 2-way coaxial loudspeaker (4” LF + 0,8” HF) in natural Beechwood finish: 16 units
PMX 4 ultra-compact 2-way coaxial loudspeaker (4” LF + 0,8” HF) in Traffic Grey finish: 36 units

ML 8 ultra-compact subwoofer (1 x 8” LF) in natural Beechwood finish: 5 units
PMX 5 MKIII ultra-compact 2-way coaxial loudspeaker (5.25” LF + 1,5” HF) in Oyster White & Pearl Gold finishes: 106 units

ML 12 MKII high-power compact subwoofer (1 x 12” LF): 2 units
ML 12 SLIM high-power compact subwoofer (1 x 12” LF): 18 units

Amadeus amplifiers models installed at the Museum:

MULTIAMP 4X (4 x 190 W/8Ω + DSP): 8 units
MULTIAMP 6X (6 x 190 W/8Ω + DSP): 7 units
MULTIAMP 8X (8 x 190 W/8Ω + DSP): 13 units

A10:1 (1 x 1000 W/8Ω + DSP): 2 units
A20:2 (2 x 1000 W/8Ω + DSP): 9 units

About National Museum of Natural History
The Museum is a public cultural, scientific and professional establishment under the double authority of the French Ministry of higher learning and research, and the Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy. The museum comprises fourteen sites throughout France with four in Paris, including the original location at the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement. The galleries open to the public are the Cabinet d’Histoire du Jardin des Plantes in the Hôtel de Magny, the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, and the famous Grand Gallery of Evolution. For more visit: http://www.mnhn.fr/fr

About Amadeus
Amadeus develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of high-end sound reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors and various signal processing interfaces that combine its own custom innovative technology with stylish design, for the professional audio industry. Created in 1992 from the collaboration between the French designer Bernard BYK and the scientist and musician Michel DELUC, the Amadeus brand has grown to become a leading supplier of high-end audio solutions and services for theaters, opera houses, museums, recording studios, research centers and touring concert sound rental operations. All development and product manufacturing is centralized in Amadeus headquarters in France, with field offices and authorized distributors located in Europe, Asia and UAE.

Contact Amadeus at info@amadeusaudio.fr or visit http://www.amadeusaudio.fr

Amadeus is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. All other registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Control Everything From Anywhere with the All-New Mackie DL32R™ Digital Live Sound Mixer

Delivering complete wireless control of a powerful 32-channel digital mixing platform

 WOODINVILLE, WA, USA – OCTOBER 15, 2014 – Mackie today introduces a powerful new 32-channel digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s intuitive Master Fader iPad® app, freeing users to get in the mix like never before — the DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control. Featuring complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback, you can control everything from anywhere with the DL32R.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.”

The Mackie DL32R features a mix of flexible, professional I/O in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie’s all-new Onyx+ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power. The new Onyx+ preamps outperform the industry-proven Onyx design, which has garnered rave reviews for its boutique-quality sound and performance.

“You get frequency response that goes all the way down to 20Hz within 1dB at all gain settings,” remarked Olswang. “Noise is minimized at every gain setting, not just minimum and maximum like other mixers. Designed for the rigid standards of professional live sound, DL32R’s gain changes are completely silent.”

 Fully-assignable using the Master Fader control app, there are 14 XLR outputs great for anything from stage monitors to matrix outputs. The front panel also features a stereo AES digital output for connecting gear like speaker processors. A dedicated stereo monitor output is ideal for connecting an in-ear monitor system for detailed listening from anywhere in the venue.

With complete wireless control of the system using Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app, a new world of mixing possibilities opens up. There is no longer any need for a fixed FOH position. Place the mixer where it works best — be it next to the stage, backstage or even tucked away in a utility closet. This can also eliminate the need for an expensive, bulky analog snake.The DL32R does away with troublesome FOH positions such as under a balcony, behind a pillar, etc.  The user can tune the room right from the problem spots and get on stage to ring out monitors or work with the band to dial in the perfect monitor mix.

Multiple engineers can work wirelessly from a single DL32R mixer using their own iOS device, including monitor engineers and performers who wish to control their own monitor mixes. The lead engineer can apply access limiting to additional control devices, keeping the user from making unwanted changes.

Multi-track recording and playback are critical for professional applications and the DL32R features two flexible methods for multi-track recording and playback. The first of these is direct to USB hard drive, which is currently a 48 kHz, 24-bit, 24 input by 24 output platform. This will be expanded soon to 32×32 via a free firmware update. The direct-to-disk option delivers unprecedented wireless control over your multi-track recording and playback

“Just connect a USB hard drive loaded with your media directly to the DL32R and you can control it all from anywhere in the venue,” remarks Olswang. “It’s an amazing way to control things like backing tracks and intermission music all while recording the show. Plus, who wants to run back and forth to a separate recording rig?”

An additional USB 2.0 computer audio interface is available for 32×32 recording and playback that can directly connect with any DAW, great for studio applications and rehearsal spaces. Both methods provide the ability to record the band and perform a virtual soundcheck at the next show. This is a powerful and professional way to dial in a mix at any venue.

MAC-3DL32R_Live_Monitor_Mixing_2 copyThe DL32R is loaded with powerful DSP that eliminates the need for racks of expensive outboard processing. Each of the 32 inputs features a 4-band parametric EQ with a separate high-pass filter plus gating and compression. Four return channels feature dedicated EQ and compression. Each of the 14 aux sends, six matrix busses and main L/R busses feature a 4-band parametric EQ, 31-band GEQ, a compressor limiter and alignment delay. Six subgroups feature EQ and compression. Each processor features Modern and Vintage voicing options, delivering sonic choice to the user. Three separate effects processors with dedicated sends allow for two reverbs and one delay with tap control. 6 VCAs and 6 Mute Groups round out the processing.

“Only the DL32R delivers professional mixing tools like VCAs, subgroups and matrix busses at this price point,” comments Olswang. “And there’s no configuration or tradeoffs. Every input and output has all the processing you need for your professional application.”

Designed from the ground up for live sound, Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app delivers total wireless control over the DL32R. True to Mackie’s ongoing commitment to creating mixers that are extremely easy to learn and to master, Master Fader provides fast navigation and very powerful tools for mixing 32-channels of audio.

“One of the most powerful features of Master Fader is our user-definable view groups,” remarks Olswang. “Simply select the channels for each of the six view groups to easily switch between things like drums, guitars or vocals. This means no swiping and no remembering what bank to select. Just go right to what you need.”

Master Fader is loaded with a wide array of factory presets that are ideal for novice users and a great starting point for any professional, requiring little to no tweaking depending on the application. Users can also create their own custom presets, simplifying and minimizing setup when working with common and familiar sources. There’s also the ability to share these presets via email or Dropbox, which is a powerful new tool for the Mackie mixing community. Plus, with frequent and simple App Store updates, Master Fader will get better over time with more features planned for the future.

“With the Mackie DL32R, you control everything from anywhere. You get the freedom to mix how you want, where you want and get results that truly benefit the audience,” concludes Olswang.

The new Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control will be available worldwide in Q4, 2014. The DL32R will have a U.S. MSRP of $2499.99.

The Master Fader app is available for free download from the App Store.

The My Fader app is available through iTunes.

For more information, visit http://www.mackie.com/DL32R

 

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Wi-Fi router and iPad required for operation. Not included.

 

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