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THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL IMPLEMENTS CLEAR-COM’S TEMPEST900 WIRELESS INTERCOM

NEW YORK – Clear-Com® has revamped the wireless setup at New York City’s prestigious Juilliard School. The school installed three Tempest®900 digital wireless intercoms in its production department and one additional system in its recording department. The two-channel Tempest systems provide coverage within each of the facility’s three performances spaces, operating independently of one another without signal interference. more

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With 85 Years of Expertise, Tymphany Launches Into Professional Branded Transducer Market

Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers resets the 
relationship between performance and cost by building on 
proven design and manufacturing principles from Tymphany’s
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Yamaha R Remote App For Rio Line

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced today the launch of R Remote software. R Remote joins the Yamaha R Series input/output rack units, which since their inception, have made significant advancements in audio, creating natural sound quality, Dante audio networking, and system flexibility. The new Windows™- based PC standalone application, R Remote enables remote control of R Series Rio3224-D, Rio1608-D, and Ri8-D rack unit head amplifiers directly from a computer.

With R Remote, a live recording system can be created with just R Series I/O racks and a computer running Nuendo Live or similar DAW software. Combined with the I/O racks, R Remote can be used with consoles that up until now have not been able to support remote head amp control, such as the 02R96 or 01V96i. For this application, however, a Dante-MY16-AUD expansion card must be installed in the console. The end user will also be able to operate a stand-alone R Series Dante infrastructure independently from a console.

“There is great potential for advanced systems that provide enhanced portability and expandability,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “The development of R Remote is another example of listening to recommendations from our customers in order to provide them with even more advanced system possibilities.”

Yamaha R Remote will be available today, free of charge, via download at www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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Symetrix Solus DSPs Shining Brightly at Leading Norwegian Universities

Audio routing/processing in auditoria and classrooms across several higher education colleges in Trondheim is more flexible than ever before thanks to the latest generation of Symetrix open architecture DSPs.

Lecture hall audio and online content streaming in classrooms are just two of the tasks handled by Symetrix Solus and Radius 12×8 processors in Trondheim’s leading centers of higher education. The Symetrix devices were the selection of Atea, which has been providing integration services to two eminent colleges in Norway’s third largest city for several years now.

Boasting offices throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, Atea is a regional power player in IT and AV installation. During the last 12 months Atea has made increasing use of two of Symetrix’ latest products: the SymNet Solus 16 open architecture standalone DSP and the SymNet Radius 12×8 open architecture scalable DSP with support for Audinate’s Dante media networking technology.

“Generally speaking, the Radius 12×8 and Solus DSPs offer the processing power and versatility required for academic-type installations,” says André Dominic Schorr,

AV senior consultant/programmer at Atea. “In most cases, we are talking about general purpose lecture room audio, streaming and sharing of content, and flexible routing to and from different lecture halls and teaching spaces. The Radius 12×8 and Solus 16 are entirely capable of handling such tasks, but there is no doubt that Dante networking affords even greater flexibility, so the level of interest in those solutions is definitely on the rise.”

In the most recent phase of work at its two primary academic clients in Trondheim, Schorr and his team have installed multiple 16-in, 8-out Solus processors. “One of the really great aspects for this type of project is that with Solus you have a library of design templates that provides a solid basis for most problems encountered in typical university installations,” he enthuses.

But above all, Schorr is admiring of the processor’s open architecture design. “I come from a live sound background, and it seems to me that Solus’ design makes life incredibly straightforward for all types of engineers – it really is very easy to get to grips with.” Then there is the processor’s rock-solid reliability: “Speaking for myself, I have never experienced a system failure, which is precisely what you need when dealing with high-volume projects like these.”

In both colleges of higher education, the Symetrix processors have been integrated successfully with an audio inventory that includes large numbers of RCF and Focal speakers, Sennheiser wireless microphones and Audix wired microphones. Cisco and Tandberg collaboration equipment, Crestron control solutions, Sony and Epson projectors and Samsung screens are among the other stalwart elements of Atea’s university installations.

“In our current and next phase of work, we are upgrading some auditoria and lecture halls that have not received significant attention for as long as 10 or 15 years,” reveals Schorr. “With the Symetrix DSPs we are confident that we have the tool to take these rooms forward confidently into a new era of technological ease and versatility.”

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Fishman Fluence™ Reimagines the Electric Guitar Pickup


Andover, MA––Well known for their innovations in acoustic amplification, Fishman, a leader in musical performance technology for over 30 years, has taken on the challenge of rethinking and improving pickup technology for electric guitars. The result of this effort: Fishman Fluence pickups, the first truly new electric pickup system design in over 80 years.

Fluence pickups incorporate a combination of new technologies including Fluence Core “coils” and true Multi-Voice electronics to consistently create the idealized versions of classic sounds guitarists demand. In contrast to passive pickups made with traditional wire-wound coils, Fluence pickups are not susceptible to the manufacturing tolerances and tonal inconsistencies that are inherent limitations of outdated pickup technology––spurious noise, hum, cable capacitance problems, loss in tonal response and clarity due to small volume changes and other inductive issues. The result? Fishman Fluence pickups deliver the pure tone and unparalleled dynamics players love, and leave the baggage behind.

The unique Multi-Voice feature in every Fluence pickup allows players to transform their individual pickups from Vintage, to Hot, “line-in” Clean or Death Defying (depending on the model), with the right level and gain for each voice. Fluence will be introduced in Single Coil, Classic and Modern Humbucker designs, in a variety of finishes, with more models to follow in the coming year.

Fluence is also the first pickup system to eliminate two of the main reasons many players avoid going active—battery cost and implementation. When coupled with the Fluence rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack, time between charges is literally weeks instead of hours. And, when the battery is low, there is no need to remove screws, pickguards or other “trap doors,” just plug in a standard USB charger and another 200+ hours of playing time is on tap. A standard 9V battery can also power Fluence pickups.

Fluence, the latest breakthrough technology by Fishman, is destined to transform electric guitar pickup technology well into the future.

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

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Prestigious Music School Continues Yamaha Lineage with CL5 Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Housed in the renovated, historic Fenway Theater in Boston, the Berklee Performance Center is the Berklee College of Music’s flagship performance space seating more then 1,200 and counted among Boston’s most prestigious concert halls. Parsons Audio (Wellesley, MA) recently added two new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles in the performance center for use by student and faculty productions as well as national entertainment.

Berklee has had a long relationship with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems consoles dating back to 1976 beginning with the Yamaha PM1000, 3K, PM4K, PM1D, PM5D, DM2K, and now the CL Series. A CL5 is positioned at front of house with a second based in Studio BPC located in an area above the theater.

“The BPC looked upon the new CL as the PM1D successor, states Rick Scott, Sales Director, Parsons Audio LLC. Among features that were appealing to the technical team were the networking capabilities of this generation of Yamaha consoles along with its Rupert Neve plug-ins within the Premium Rack and integration with Nuendo Live.” Parsons Audio has provided customer support of the school’s Yamaha consoles since the very beginning.

“We had the Yamaha PM1D for eight years, and wanted to make sure we could stay up-to-date with current, commercially available (and currently supported) technology, states Ed Libeartore, A1 at BPC. We also really wanted to have something with remote iPad control, so we could mix monitors on stage from the FOH console.”

Liberatore said he immediately loved the sound of the preamps and the processing, and quickly became accustomed to having the controls accessible from the touch screen. “Handing an iPad off to a student assistant has been working amazingly well. It lets me concentrate on the house mix and seems to make the performers more comfortable knowing that there is somebody who can listen to the same monitor speaker with them and build a custom mix right on the spot with exactly what they need without ever having to shout to me, standing 50 feet away.”

Studio BPC, which regularly multitrack records many of the performance center concerts, is a teaching lab for live performance location recording classes. The studio is fed from a separate split off the on-stage mic snake box, but also receives a feed from the house Dante network for additional options. “I am really happy with our decision on going with the CL5 console for our live recording studio, states Alejandro Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music. The Dante Network is key in the success of our new BPC Studio, and we use Nuendo Live linked to the CL5 as one of our two multi-track systems capable of recording up to 64 channels, receiving independently the outputs of our 64 Grace mic preamps.”

For more information on the Berklee Performance Center, visit www.berklee.edu.

For more information on Parsons Audio, visit www.paudio.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY THUNDERS WITH DANLEY JERICHO HORNS

PULLMAN, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2014: The Cougars football team of Washington State University plays all of their home games in 33,500-seat Martin Stadium. Although on the smaller side among its Pac-12 peers, the stadium has more than enough seats for every resident of Pullman, Washington (the university’s home), and loyal alumni and visiting fans easily make up the difference, filling the stands to near capacity on game day. Recent additions to the stadium necessitated relocating the scoreboard to the opposite end zone, and that in turn inspired a full upgrade to Martin Stadium’s sound reinforcement system. Three Danley Sound Labs J3-64 Jericho Horns, two J4-31 Jericho Horns, and four TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers now fill Martin Stadium with glorious, high-fidelity sound.

Washington State University called in Anthony James Partners of Richmond, Virginia to design the sound system. “It was a pretty straightforward situation,” said Lee Vaught, senior audio engineer at AJP. “Martin Stadium is a bowl with almost no overhang. A distributed system wasn’t an option. We had to go with an end-fired system, and the new scoreboard was the obvious place to put it. The only question was exactly what boxes to use. This is my first full Danley installation, and the their design provided the necessary coverage with vastly fewer boxes than I would have used with conventional technology.”

Three Danley J3-64 Jericho Horns provide the majority of the full-range coverage at Martin Stadium. They split the stadium down the middle, with the odd J3-64 covering the additional asymmetrical seating below the press and suite box. Two Danley J4-31 Jericho Horns deliver high-frequency content to the far seats, where otherwise the high end would be diminished having traveled through so much air. A single Danley OS-80 weatherproof Synergy Horn loudspeaker fills in for the seats right below the scoreboard. Four Danley TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers – two to a side – complement the fidelity of the full-frequency components with robust low end. A handful of JBL Control 28 loudspeakers provide coverage of the small shaded area underneath the press and suite box. A rack of Crown i-Tech HD-Series amplifiers powers the system, with processing from a BSS London backbone.

Danley Sound Labs, President Mike Hedden commented, “This was a short turnaround project and was one of the first using our SketchUp plugin module in DDT3D. This is a very powerful 3D coverage program we developed that enables accurate predictions of all frequencies from 20Hz and up. We’ve worked with virtually all the major modeling programs and DDT is simply the easiest yet powerful program out there. This enabled us to turn the entire design around in basically one day.”

“The coverage is great,” said Vaught. “The long throw across the field is impressive, and the high end from the J4s together with the low end from the 812s provides a full-frequency experience that stadiums with conventional systems would have a hard time replicating. Surprisingly, we actually received a request to turn the system down after the first few home games. That never happens! If anything, systems aren’t loud enough. But at Martin Stadium, we pulled it back a bit. There’s plenty of headroom, and it sounds clean and undistorted. Cougars fans will enjoy this sound system for a long time to come!”

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.
www.danleysoundlabs.com

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Masque Sound Supports Billy Crystal’s Return to Broadway for Reprisal of Tony® Award-Winning Play, 700 Sundays

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When Billy Crystal returned to Broadway to reprise his Tony® Award-winning play 700 Sundays, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on hand to support Sound Designer Steve Canyon Kennedy and Associate Sound Designer Walter Trarbach with a custom audio equipment package.

700 Sundays, an autobiographical journey, is an original two-act play centered on the legendary actor’s heartfelt and often hilarious story of growing up, growing old and the undeniable power of family. Crystal plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today, taking audiences through his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally his adulthood. The title refers to the number of Sundays shared by Crystal and his father, Jack Crystal, who passed away when he was 15.

“Masque Sound has been the audio equipment rental provider since the show made its Broadway debut in 2004. They have been with us for two national tours as well as the show’s Australia run, so they were the obvious choice for this reprisal,” says Trarbach. “We have enjoyed our relationship with Masque Sound, and their equipment and support is always top notch.”

For 700 Sundays, Masque Sound provided a custom audio package that included an Avid VENUE Profile digital mixing console. L-Acoustics dv-DOSCs made up the line array elements for the main speaker system and a selection of speakers from Meyer Sound, EAW and d&b were utilized as fill speakers for the rest of the theater. An XTA Electronics DP428/448 Audio Management System and Meyer Sound Galileo 616 Loudspeaker Management System as well as a wireless microphone package from Sennheiser and an intercom system from Clear-Com were also included.

“In addition to the high quality gear provided by Masque Sound, the sound system worked well thanks to the hard work of our team,” says Trarbach. “Production Sound Engineer Andrew Keister and John Cooper, who handled the backstage audio, both did a wonderful job.”

700 Sundays won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event and the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. The limited nine-week engagement will continue through January 5, 2014 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). HBO will be filming the play for a special that is slated to air in 2014.

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

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L-ACOUSTICS Hits a “Home Run with Fireworks” at Calvary Chapel of Naperville

CCI Solutions retrofits newly remodeled sanctuary with full KARAi system

NAPERVILLE, Illinois – January 2014 — Calvary Church of Naperville, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, recently wrapped up a five-month sanctuary renovation that increased seating from 2500 to 3000 without moving any walls. As part of the project, the church also underwent a full AVL system retrofit, which was designed and integrated by CCI Solutions of Olympia, Washington. more

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“CARRIE THE MUSICAL” COUNTS ON COUNTRYMAN MICS TO DELIVER ITS THRILLS AND CHILLS

** Photo: Anton Hedman **

San Francisco, CA – January 2014… Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, Carrie The Musical focuses on an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by an oppressive religious fanatic mother. When she is humiliated by her classmates at the high school prom, she wreaks havoc on everyone and everything in her path. It’s a chilling tale that has enthralled audiences since 1988. Presented by Ray of Light Theatre from October 4th – November 2nd at The Victoria Theatre in San Francisco, Carrie The Musical kept its audiences on the edge of their seats—and to ensure the utmost clarity for both dialog and the musical performances, E6i Omnidirectional Earset microphones from Menlo Park, CA-based Countryman Associates were deployed. more

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