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DANLEY DOES DOUBLE DUTY FOR RICHWOODS CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND SATELLITE LOCATION

Richwoods_ExteriorPEORIA, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 2014: Richwoods Christian Church was founded in the late 1990s by pastor Jim Powell in Peoria, Illinois. Its congregation was initially small, a scant sixty-five people, but those congregants were motivated to grow the church. They succeeded, and today Richwoods Christian Church brings 1,400 people together every weekend, spread across four services at two locations. The larger location built its current sanctuary in a former high-end furniture store, where, despite low ceiling height, local A/V integration firm Advanced Audio and Lighting gave the church a highly-intelligible and musical sound reinforcement system based on Danley Sound Labs SH-50 full-range loudspeakers and TH-115 subwoofers. Not wanting to compromise at the satellite location, Richwoods Christian Church asked for Danley again. There, a collapsible system of self-powered Danley SH-96 loudspeakers and TH-118 subwoofers meets that goal.

“Everyone we worked with at Richwoods had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve without getting overly involved in the nuts and bolts of how it would be achieved,” said Trent Keeling, vice president at Advanced Audio and Lighting. “Quality audio was high on their priority list. They wanted a system that would deliver their very contemporary praise and worship style with authority. Because there’s a lot of musical talent in the church, they needed something that would serve everything from orchestral music to a five-piece rock band, on top of having excellent intelligibility.”

Richwoods_PerformanceWhile the church’s new location in a former furniture store would serve it well in terms of location and accessibility, it was not ideal for sound reinforcement. There was only a nineteen-foot distance between the floor and the low steel, which was compressed even further by a modest stage and drop ceiling. “That’s not a standard hang height,” laughed Keeling. “One of Richwoods’ signature programs is its Christmas pageant, which involves, at various points, up to thirty children running around stage with open omnidirectional lavalier mics. If we could place the PA twenty-five feet up and twenty-five feet forward, then just about any loudspeaker could pull that off. But here we were going to be right above the stage, sixteen feet up. That’s where you separate the men from the boys.”

Keeling’s solution was to cover the room with four Danley SH-50 full-range loudspeakers, two close-packed on each side of the stage. “Danley’s Synergy Horn loudspeakers, like the flagship SH-50, have excellent phase coherency and precise pattern control down to 350Hz and lower,” he said. “Because of that pattern control, the SH-50s can be right above the stage without collapsing into feedback. In addition, the fact that the SH-50 is a three-way enclosure gives Richwoods great vocal intelligibility.” Two flown Danley TH-115 subwoofers provide low-end support. The system is nominally stereo, but because the six hundred-plus seat room is so wide, the techs are “discouraged from doing any hard panning,” in Keeling’s words. Biamp Audia provides modest processing, Lab.gruppen amplifiers power the system, the FOH desk is a Yamaha M7, and Shure microphones provide input.

The church was so pleased with the quality of its Danley sound reinforcement system that it motivated the approach they took to designing a satellite location, Richwoods East. “They recognized that the quality of their services was an important component of Richwoods’ success,” said Keeling. “They wanted the satellite to live up to the quality of the ‘Mother Ship’.” The 500-member congregation of Richwoods East meets at an Embassy Suites ballroom using a portable, plug-and-play system. Keeling maintained the ‘Mother Ship’s’ quality by designing a ground-supported system of two self-powered Danley SH-96s and two self-powered Danley TH-115 subwoofers.

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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Martin Audio OmniLine Solves Problems For St. Andrews Cathedral

Sydney, Australia––Wizard Projects, supported by the engineering team from Technical Audio Group (TAG) have installed a large 140-element Martin Audio OmniLine system in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. The system originally needed to be commissioned in time for the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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St. Andrew’s is the oldest cathedral in Australia and one of the city’s finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture; however such beautiful architecture comes at an acoustic cost with challenging reverberation times making clarity and evenness of coverage across the congregation a constant issue.

Having struggled with a sound system that failed to deliver clear speech intelligibility and effective live music reproduction, the church’s decision to install a new system reached emergency status with the Royal visit at hand.

Ross Cobb, Director of Music at St Andrew’s, and Canon Chris Allan were given the job of bidding for design, installation and commissioning of a state of the art system with absolutely no compromise in sound quality––to be fulfilled in just two weeks.

The task was awarded to Wizard Projects, led by senior engineer Michael Sheldrick with an electro acoustic design team of Glenn Leembruggen and David Gilfillan; the final piece in the jigsaw was the proven Martin Audio OmniLine micro line array, supplied by the manufacturer’s Australian distributor, Technical Audio Group.

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Cobb had heard OmniLine in similar church installations and was impressed with the system’s consistent coverage, fidelity and low-key aesthetics.

The team identified a number of key design challenges: the church’s long RT time, sub bass placement and beam steering. The unusual logistics of church services involves a 360 degree presentation from the pulpit, a center transept area where choirs and clergy require sound reinforcement and a church where the congregation could sit anywhere at any service and expect perfect sound. On top of that, priests would move through the nave on headset radio mics with open mics for question and answer sessions.

Wizard’s design solution was to deploy an unprecedented 140 OmniLine elements (distributed over 22 hangs) along with six Martin Audio AQ212 dual 12 inch sub bass. Not only was the quantity of elements enormous but so was the DSP control.

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Having used OmniLine in other reverberant environments they recognized that a unique aspect of the system is that it can be mechanically arrayed and aimed when used in passive mode but can also be deployed in an MLA [Multicellular Loudspeaker Array] active configuration.

In MLA mode, each element in the array is separately amplified and processed using FIR filters, based on custom software. This enables the system to not only be mechanically and electronically steered, but allows consistent frequency response throughout the listening area without the lobing associated with straight columns.

OmniLine is used in a combination of active arrays for the critical areas and passive hangs for spot fill, distributed across 60 channels of 200W-per-channel amps.

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The main Western Nave arrays include two banks of 12 active OmniLines with a further two banks of 10 active arrays for the outer northwest pews, while the Eastern Nave has two banks of eight active elements with a further four positions of six active OmniLine for the center of the transept.

The sub bass system is floor mounted in two banks of three AQ212 with separate amplification and processing for each cabinet, which enables the low frequency to be electronically steered. According to TAG technical director, Anthony Russo, “Because OmniLine has such an extended and usable frequency response to 75Hz, the spectral balance between arrays and subs is even and consistent—a feature not normally associated with a compact array and large bass system.”

TAG also recommended advanced DSP and enabled the church to control the system with iPads, using custom designed GUI screens for simple services, or interfacing with the mixer and digital stage box for full scale services.

Other ingenious design features enable the pulpit’s local OmniLine, mounted a mere 19.6” above, to be ramped down, panned and re-EQed to its opposite partner array via the use of an under-carpet pressure mat whenever a priest uses the pulpit with a live mic. OmniLine’s smooth response is such that only 6dB reduction was required to achieve the pass mark required for gain before feedback criteria.

As Glenn Leembruggen commented, “OmniLine amazes every time we use it; the CAD and filtering predictions are absolutely usable; it’s an amazing engineering feat; there is nothing I have ever worked with that comes close to this product.”

And Canon Chris Allen added, “This has not only been an extraordinary effort but the compliments from the congregation on the clarity of the system are never ending.”

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

About OmniLine®
OmniLine is a versatile, micro-line array designed for installation in a wide variety of architectural environments. Its modular approach and scalability extend its use from foreground applications to sound reinforcement in large acoustic spaces. Intelligent software enables an array to be configured to deliver sound precisely over any vertical angle to fit the venue profile without spilling onto surfaces where sound is not required. Additionally, elimination of high-frequency side-lobes gives OmniLine the advantage over currently available DSP steered columns, making it suitable for high quality music reproduction as well as speech in large, reverberant spaces. Each array is constructed by connecting multiple modules. Up to 32 modules can be connected where both high output and vertical focusing down to low/mid frequencies are required. Smaller number of modules (down to 4) can be used for shorter-throw applications, where vertical focusing of the low/mid frequencies is less important. This scalability means that OmniLine can be used in a variety of applications. Visually, an OmniLine array is slim and unobtrusive, with soft lines that minimize its visual presence in an architectural environment.

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.

Estonia Public Broadcasting Achieves “Best Sound Ever” with HARMAN Studer’s Vista 5 M3 Digital Console

Studer_EstoniaTALLINN, Estonia – Estonia Public Broadcasting recently upgraded its OB van with a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M3 digital console. The organization chose to make the upgrade in anticipation of the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, which took place July 4-6 in Tallinn.

Sold through ProMedia Inc., Studer’s Estonia distributor, the Vista 5 M3 is being used to mix all audio through EPB’s OB van. The console is also complemented with Studer’s Vista FX engine, a 2U chassis that offers Lexicon surround effects and a graphic EQ, all controlled through the Vistonics™ user interface. Connection to the console’s DSP engine is made directly via two high-capacity multichannel HD links.

“This is the first time we have had the chance to mix 150 channels—with the Vista 5, it’s now possible,” said Vytautas Martinonis, Head of the Radio Technical and Sound Recording Department, Estonia Public Broadcasting. “It’s given us the best sound I’ve ever heard from a digital console.”

The Studer Vista 5 M3 is ideal for small to midsize studios and OB trucks, thanks to its compact size and simple connectivity. The total I/O capacity, comprising various cards including mic/line, ADAT, TDIF, AES/EBU, SDI and MADI, may exceed 1,700 inputs and outputs.

“We chose the Vista 5 M3 because it made the most sense from an ergonomic perspective, and we know this console was specifically built with OB vans in mind,” Martinonis noted. “We have also had a positive experience with the Vista 9 that we use at the Estonia Concert Hall, so we found it to be the perfect choice.”

Martinonis also pointed out that durability was also a key factor in choosing the Vista 5 M3. “It was important to have a console that could perform in higher temperatures and could absorb the movement and bumps that come with being in a portable truck,” he said.

For more information on Estonian Public Broadcasting, please visit www.err.ee

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.

Deluxe Toronto Demonstrates Commitment to World-Class Quality, Outfits New Facility with HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors, Crown Amplifiers and BSS Audio Processing

HARMAN_DeluxeTorontoTORONTO, Canada — Deluxe Toronto Ltd., one of the world’s most prestigious and successful suppliers of services and technologies to the worldwide entertainment industry, has completed relocation to a new state-of-the-art facility on King Street West in Toronto. Affirming its commitment to offering the very best in technology, Deluxe has standardized on HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors, Crown Macro-Tech 9000i amplifiers, and BSS Soundweb London processing.

Deluxe Toronto’s main theaters are equipped with three JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors behind the screen in a left-center-right configuration, powered by Crown Macro-Tech 9000i amplifiers and tuned using BSS Soundweb London processing. Deluxe’s largest mixing stage, Mix 1, is also Canada’s first Dolby Atmos-equipped mixing stage (while also being equipped for IMAX). Deluxe chose JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors in its pre-mix room. The monitoring systems were supplied by HARMAN’s distributor, SC Media Canada.

According to Nick Iannelli, VP of Post Production Operations, Deluxe Toronto, the ability to have identical setups in each mixing room not only ensures consistency for its team of audio engineers; it also provides valuable flexibility for its clients.. “Having the same technology in multiple rooms means we can transfer our work throughout the facility to accommodate different schedules, with no change in what we are hearing.”

“The JBL, Crown and BSS technologies are all built to work together,” said Phil Seel, Senior Engineer, Deluxe Toronto Ltd. “So we have this tremendous, integrated package that not only performs incredibly well, it’s also easy to customize for our operation.”

The choice of HARMAN equipment was the result of Deluxe’s extensive evaluation of the world’s best technologies, and the M2 monitors stood out markedly from the competition. “We did a lot of testing with a lot of different systems, and the M2’s sounded terrific right out of the box,” said Mike Baskerville, Manager, Sound Operations, Deluxe Toronto Ltd..

“When we first listened to the M2 speakers, it was so easy to hear the difference compared to other monitors we tested. The flatness and consistency across the room, was very evident, it didn’t matter where we stood in the room. It was amazing!” Iannelli said.

“Mixing requires critical listening. The second we changed something in the EQ, there was an instant response from the M2 speakers. This accurate sound reproduction effortlessly allows us to find the balance among so many different elements. We could hear the difference right away. It makes mixing exciting,” Baskerville said.

Moreover, the Crown amplification provides Deluxe Toronto with plenty of flexibility, regardless of the project. “We need a lot of headroom and dynamic range for a lot of the theatrical mixing we do, and the Crown amps give us that and more,” Baskerville said.

As Deluxe Toronto hoped, the consistency between rooms has paid off in spades. “For workflow it’s been great,” Baskerville said. “Not only are we hearing the same thing, we continue to be amazed at the quality of the sound, even though we’ve all been working in this industry for a long time!”

“Initial exposure to the new rooms has been met with exceptional reviews,” Iannelli said. “Everyone can now hear every single detail in the mix, which actually creates more work for us in the short term but enables us to deliver a better product at the end of the day!”

“The M2’s are a game changer,” Seel concluded. “To have this kind of fidelity in these systems, it’s mind blowing. We’ve never heard anything like this before.”

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. is a global leader in media and entertainment services for film, video and online content, from capture to consumption.

Since 1915, Deluxe has been the trusted partner for the world’s most successful Hollywood studios, independent film companies, TV networks, exhibitors, advertisers and others, offering best-in-class solutions in production, post production, distribution, asset and workflow management, and new digital solution-based technologies.

ith operations in Los Angeles, New York and around the globe, the company employs nearly 6,000 of the most talented, highly honored and recognized artists and industry veterans worldwide. Deluxe is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. For more information visit www.bydeluxe.com and www.bydeluxetoronto.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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HARMAN’s JBL AXYS Loudspeakers Travel With Rock of Ages UK Tour

JBL_RockofAgesLONDON, United Kingdom — The hilarious, ‘80s-themed musical Rock of Ages has been packing in audiences on Broadway, Las Vegas and now on tour in the UK through November. Rock of Ages features classic hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Here I Go Again,” performed with nonstop intensity by a colorful cast of characters—all heard through HARMAN JBL’s AXYS loudspeakers.

London-based Autograph Sound is signed on as the tour’s live sound provider and Chris Full, Sound Designer at Creative Sound Design, is the Associate Sound Designer for the show. Full chose a JBL AXYS system for the Rock of Ages tour because it proved ideal for the production’s highly specific requirements. “We have a ruthless touring schedule throughout the UK,” he said. “Weekly touring in the UK is an art form – with limited truck access and the vastly different size and shape of the venues, from under 1000 seats to nearly 3000 – It’s challenging!”

The show features an elaborate wraparound set that has walls across the back of the stage and up each side, and many loudspeakers integrated into the set itself. “We can’t start to build the onstage audio system until the set is completed, which leaves us with an even tighter timeline than usual to put the sound system together,” Full stated. “So we needed a system that could be set up quickly with easy rigging and be seamlessly integrated into each venue without calling attention to itself visually or restricting audience sightlines – while delivering very loud and proud rock and roll sound levels.”

Full chose a JBL AXYS setup comprised of six Scope T-2115G2 15-inch 3-way loudspeakers, six Scope T-2112G2 12-inch 3-way speakers, 16 Flex U-14G2 and two Flex U-12G2 compact 2-way speakers plus four UB-25 15-inch vented direct-radiating subwoofers. “We used a JBL AXYS rig for the London stage production prior to the tour with excellent results, so we knew it would work well sonically for the tour production, but we had to make some changes and adaptations to accommodate the quick setup and teardown required.”

Full noted that because the music is such a crucial, central element to Rock of Ages, the sound quality has to be nothing less than exceptional. “The audio is at high-volume rock and roll SPL but there’s also a lot of detail and subtlety that needs to be reproduced, as well as dialog clarity,” he said. “So the biggest challenge of the design was achieving a system that packed a lot of punch but also provided that high level of detail.”

Full knew that using the JBL AXYS point-source loudspeakers would provide the required clarity and focused coverage while taking up a minimum of space and keeping rigging time down. “So many UK venues are like miniature opera houses, very ornate theaters where you find you have to make a concerted effort to deliver high-quality audio but without disturbing the appearance if these older, beautiful structures.” Full liked the AXYS’ ability to deliver high output from small lightweight enclosures, whose small size enabled quick rigging for optimum coverage throughout the audience. Each venue uses the same core loudspeaker configuration, with modifications as required to accommodate a particular hall.

One of the JBL AXYS loudspeakers’ biggest sonic strengths is their wide dynamic capability and ability to maintain their detail and clarity at any volume. “In Rock of Ages there are a lot of transitions from soft to loud volume levels and we need the audience to feel the presence of the music even when it’s being played quietly,” Full said. “With the JBL AXYS system, we can turn it up high or very low, and the mix doesn’t change. For a show that relies so heavily on dynamic contrasts for dramatic effect, that’s a fantastic advantage.”

“We’re very pleased with the way the touring production of Rock of Ages sounds and the audience reaction has been fantastic,” Full concluded. “The attributes of the JBL AXYS loudspeakers, especially the ability to shape their sonic performance and coverage via DSP are tailor-made for a show like this.”

For more information, please contact Chris Full at chris@creativesounddesign.co.uk

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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HARMAN’S AKG Celebrates C214 as Best-Selling Condenser Microphone for Studio and Stage in the US for Past 12 Months

AKG_C214NORTHRIDGE, California — HARMAN’s AKG announced that its C214 microphone has been the best-selling condenser microphone for studio and stage in the United States over the past 12 months. From October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, no other condenser microphone generated more revenue, as the C214 found its way into countless projects, ranging from home recording studios to international concert tours and everything in between.

The C214 is a tremendously popular recording microphone, delivering a similar sound character as the legendary C414 XLII microphone. However, thanks to its robustness and world-class sound quality, it is also popular as a live microphone, having been used on tour by Dave Natale, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, and others. As further evidence of its versatility, the C214 is also part of AKG’s Drum Set Premium.

Designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end C414 family, the C214 large-diaphragm condenser microphone offers a supreme one-inch capsule on an integrated suspension to reduce mechanical noise. It also features a high-performance spider-type shock mount, windscreen and is sold in a heavy-duty aluminum case. In addition, AKG offers two C214 microphones in a Matched Stereo Pair bundle to delivering stunning performance in recording and live settings.

“Having developed and manufactured the C214 in Vienna—a city known for its rich musical history—we here at AKG are thrilled about the microphone’s popularity among leading musicians in the studio and on stage,” said Erich Gaertner, Product Line Manager, AKG. “We are looking forward to continued success with the C214 and will continue developing world-class microphones for the recording and performing communities!”

For more information on the AKG C214, please visit www.akg.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.

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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