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American baseball’s spring training is a time to catch an intimate pre-season game and view a team’s favorite and newest players – in a casual, up-close and personal environment. Boston Red Sox fans are particularly well placed this season, with the opening of the Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Florida – an 11,000-capacity venue equipped with a high-end audio system that includes Community Wet and R-Series weather-resistant loudspeakers

Jet Blue ParkWith striking architecture and great views from virtually every seat in the house, the audio system would have been a simple install except for the architecture…

The system was designed by WJHW’s Gary White and installed by Peerson Audio: ‘The asymmetrical roof covering the seating areas is ornamental, rather than structural,’ says Peerson President, Allen Peerson. ‘It’s designed to be a sun shade. So we had to go above the roof and rig the loudspeakers to the structural steel instead. That meant working off the warning track with a lift to install them 80-ft to 85-ft high.’

And that height also affects coverage patterns: ‘Unlike modern major league stadiums, spring training parks are typically located fairly close to residential areas,’ Peerson explains. ‘Achieving a tight coverage pattern is important in keeping the sound away from neighboring homes, and the Community Wet Series offers an excellent coverage pattern. We did a pretty good job of it – even out in the parking lot, it’s pretty quiet.’

Audio for the main covered seating area is provided by 39 Wet W2-228T loudspeakers, with a single R1-66Z and R2-52Z loudspeaker firing out into the bleachers and berm areas. Crown CTs-series amplification powers the system, and Biamp Audia units handle system drive and processing.

‘South Florida gets quite a bit of extreme weather, including wind, rain and monsoons,’ Peerson adds. ‘The Wet and R-Series loudspeakers also offer outstanding weather resistance, making them an excellent choice for this project.’

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Part of a complete new technical infrastructure, Helsinki’s Svenska Teatern has installed DiGiCo mixing consoles with an Optocore digital optical audio network.

Svenska Teatern The Optocore fibre loop forms a digital backbone (with Sane extensions) for audio signal distribution to the amplifier racks, TTA Stagetracker localisation system and Yamaha processing. It also includes Madi converters, and was installed to coincide with the Finnish premier of Kristina från Duvemåla – a hit musical written by former ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

The equipment was supplied to the Swedish-speaking theatre by Finnish distributor, msonic, who also assisted the long-serving technical manager Andreas (Stanley) Lönnquist – and the theatre’s consultants (including Santtu Sipilä) – with the design and specification of the highly complex audio networking system, as well as the tender document. Local integration company, Hedcom Oy, had the capabilities to implement this within the time frame, and was contracted to carry out the installation following their successful bid.

The digital infrastructure itself was mainly designed by Janne Sivonen and Lönnquist along with Tero Hölttä from msonic and Santtu Sipilä. Also assisting with the design was Optocore’s support engineer, Maciek Janiszewski.

Optocore devices used in the installation include quantities of DD32R-FX providing AES/EBU I/O, X6R analogue converters, DD4MR-FX and DD2MR-FX dual Madi devices, compatible with Optocore’s Cat5-based Sane platform.

Svenska Teatern The decision to renovate the theatre was made several years ago with part of the previous technical equipment infrastructure sold or decommissioned, and part redeployed. However, Lönnquist has kept faith with d&b audiotechnik loudspeakers, now upgrading to the T-series, which will be the main sound reinforcement component among the 100-plus d&b speakers specified, while the former C-series will be relocated to the second room. DiGiCo digital consoles have been installed in both the FOH and monitor positions.

‘The main aim was to keep the entire signal path in the digital domain, in order to maintain the audio quality and keep the latency as low as possible,’ Hölttä explains. Which is where the Optocore system comes in – the German manufacturer provided a number of devices in order for the network topology to be built around two independent, and fully redundant, rings.

At front-of-house is a DiGiCo SD7T console with EX-007 Sidecar and six SD-racks, while the monitor desk is a DiGiCo SD10. Three Madi units add the open standard connectivity to the DiGiCo environment in one Optocore-based loop.

The second, pure Optocore loop provides analogue, AES/EBU and Madi inputs and outputs throughout the entire building. The system is also equipped with multiple SANE-enabled Y3R-TP cards, providing digital channels to the Yamaha DME64 processors, while two DD32R-FX devices feed the amplifiers in the amp room.

The Optocore loops are connected by two DirectOut M1K2 Madi routers, each loop compatible with Optocore’s 1Gbit network. The entire system has been designed to carry almost 1,000 audio input channels.

Development of the theatre’s technical systems is ongoing, and future plans are expected to include a production/recording room within the facility.

This famous theatre was designed by Russian architect Nikolaj Benois and built in 1866. It is the national stage for the Swedish speaking minority and has hosted many concerts and repertory theatre productions during its illustrious history. The great hall seats around 600 and a second studio theatre, around 100.

Kristina från Duvemåla, meanwhile, looks set for a long run. The musical itself is based on a series of four novels, collectively known as Utvandrarna (‘The Emigrants’) by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg, detailing a family’s poverty-driven migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th century.

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Donam-dong Catholic churchA recent audio system upgrade at the Donam-dong Catholic church in Donam-dong, Seoul, was required to handle both spoken word and music – but principally to improve acoustic intelligibility and musical clarity over the previous system in the 400-seat church.

The installation saw local distributor Dai Kyung Vascom employing a pair of Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers: ‘The church wanted to upgrade its system,’ says Patrick Han of Day Kyung Vascom. ‘After assessing the space and discussing their requirements in detail, we have supplied two Renkus-Heinz IC8-R units with Rhaon (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) and upgraded other aspects of their system to create a better system all round.’

Also installed were an Allen & Heath ML3000-24 mixer, Apex dBQ-Zero and 104-10 Aural Exciter and a variety of Sennheiser microphones.

‘The reaction from worshippers and the priests to the new system has been really good,’ Han reports. ‘Representatives from another nearby Catholic church who also came by to listen to the system were very impressed.’

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A testament to Steve Graham’s commitment and drive, the Torrance Hotel is now a stylish and popular Scottish attraction that has revitalised the surrounding area of East Kilbride. Part of its success is the audio system designed by Bryce Keachie.

Torrance HotelPart of a major restoration, Graham called in Keachie Electronics to specify and install a system that was both consistent and appropriate for all of the different areas – from discreet speakers in the sleek main dining area to something more powerful in the bar and conservatory. He turned to Tannoy…

‘I have worked with Tannoy loudspeakers a lot in the past, so I knew that whatever solution I chose would be reliable and have that hallmark of quality,’ Keachie says. ‘Apart from that, the client was very happy to be using loudspeakers from a renowned manufacturer situated in Scotland, as Tannoy is.’

Because of the architecture and the standard of the restoration, Keachie had to opt for a mixture of in-ceiling and wall-mounted speakers for the areas where light background music would be required. In this case, it meant a mix of Tannoy’s leading commercial install product ranges, DVS and CVS.

Its point-source driver design enables the DVS Series can be mounted vertically or horizontally without compromising the dispersion and coverage control, offering versatility in positioning, all of which gave Keachie more options when placing the units. For places where an in ceiling solution was required, he chose Tannoy’s in-ceiling CVS Series, which was aesthetically suited and also offered particularly high quality audio within the space. In the end, it was DVS 4s and CVS 4s that fitted the space and the client’s requirements for the main dining area, reception and the facilities areas.

For the Sports Bar and Conservatory Restaurant, where a little more volume and power was required to cope with a variety of different events that the Torrance holds, Keachie turned to Tannoy’s new VXP Series, which feature Lab.gruppen’s IDEEA (Intelli-Drive Energy Efficient Amplifier) power module. The self-powered loudspeakers build on the existing V Series range, but mark the first time that Tannoy and sister company Lab.gruppen have worked together on a product line.

A VXP 12 and VXP 8 were chosen for the Sports Bar, while a single VXP 8 was chosen for the Conservatory Restaurant. Both spaces were augmented with single Power VS15BP subwoofers, giving each venue the required power to cope with any eventuality.

‘The [earlier] V Series was very popular among installers and their clients, and I’m glad to say that Tannoy has again delivered the goods with the VX and VXP Series,’ Keachie says. The owners of the Torrance and delighted with both the look and power of their new system, and the quality of the sound is in keeping with the high standard of the surroundings.’

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Hazrat MasoomehThe first ever use of a line array at a religious site in Iran, the Hazrat Masoomeh has installed a dBTechnologies DVA loudspeaker system.

Completed in just 12 hours by local dBTechnologies distributor Kish Pishgaman, the system of six DVA T12 and ten DVA T4 elements in two arrays distributes sound evenly around the whole prayer space.

‘They were so easy to install, almost clip on, plug and play,’ says installation team chief, Meysam Khorasani, of the DVA speakers. ‘All units were pre-programmed on the floor with selector switches on the back before erecting the systems 18m high. This helps a lot for handy commissioning.’

Also overseeing proceedings was the project’s chief sound engineer, Ing. Alireza Haddadi, who had been convinced by the brand early on: ‘At the tender we were really impressed with the competitive pricing, which together with the quality of the DVA system and the high level of before and after sales service offered by Kish Pishgaman made dBTechnologies the right choice for this project.

‘It was the DVA T12 and T4 that offered the best frequency resolution and speech clarity at this price point. This, combined with outstanding power rating and a three-way amp design is particularly important to us as we are using them mainly for vocal applications covering a large listening area.’

Hazrat Masoomeh‘The low weight of the line array models was a crucial factor when it came down to the choice of speaker, as there are stiff safety regulations to adhere to,’ adds Khorasani, who was also mindful of the aesthetic impact that the system would have on the old building. ‘The wide dispersion of the two line array modules together meant they covered a vast area, hence less investment in terms of both speaker quantity, installation time and expense. And having fewer boxes is less visually intrusive.’

‘I am impressed with the know-how and continuous passion exhibited by Kish Pishgaman,’ says dBTechnologies Business Development Manager, Giovanni Barbieri. ‘Since this company has taken over the distribution in Iran, it has strengthened the dBTechnologies brand image to the point that it is now valuable and recognised in the market. Their connections in the installation field, together with our expanding product portfolio assure us of a brilliant future’

The Commercial Director at Kish Pishgaman is also confident that the newly installed system will lead to further opportunities: ‘Qom city also houses a number of other magnificent mosques, religious gathering places and shrines, which I have no doubt will follow this installation once they have had the chance to hear the dBTechnologies system first hand.

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Located high on the 22nd floor of the Menara Citicon office building, Jakarta has a new 500-capacity multi-purpose venue in the shape of the Menara Citicon Auditorium.

Menara Citicon AuditoriumIntended for uses ranging from live performances, theatre and performing arts events to weddings and worship gatherings, venue has been equipped with an L-Acoustics Kiva/Kilo WST line source system by Indonesian agent, Tri Tunggal Abadi.

The LR system comprises four Kiva ultra compact cabinets and two Kilo low-frequency extensions per side, with four SB18i subwoofers, and two 108P self-powered coaxials for front fill and 112P self-powered coaxial monitors. The entire system is driven by three LA4 amplified controllers.

‘The client wanted an unobtrusive system which would deliver high-quality sound, and would match the interior of the hall,’ says Tri Tunggal Abadi’s Andre Bonang.

‘They had seen the Kiva system in the Nafiri Convention Hall and liked both the sound quality and the look of the system. After we made a simulation on L-Acoustics’ acoustic modelling software, SoundVision, they agreed this was the right system for the venue.

‘The sound team at Menara are all very happy with the sound quality and coverage of the system.’

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Istanbul’s new indie nightclub Skandal! has opened its doors in with an L-Acoustics coaxial loudspeaker system. The club is already shaping up to be a major part of the city’s nightlife, with weekend events offering local and international DJs to get clubbers up and dancing until the early hours.

Skandal!With its sound system supplied by Turkish distributor Elit Light&Sound Technologies, Skandal! Is run by leading Istanbul venue owners, together with Metehan Çorumluoğlu (aka DJ Style-ist), and draws heavily on 1970s New Wave and disco. A system of seven 8XTi coaxial speakers from L-Acoustics’ Architectural Series for installers, with two 108P coaxials and two SB18i fixed installation subwoofers, driven by two LA4 amplifiers, has been installed into the venue.

‘The L-Acoustics system is the strongest aspect of Skandal!’ says Çorumluoğlu. ‘The DJs who’ve performed at the venue are so pleased with the sound of the new cabinets so far, and our clientele can also be heard talking about club’s sound quality with open admiration.’

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Helping the people of Medellín get around, the Metro de Medellín cable car system carries more than 400,000 riders each day over 20 miles of lines. The two light rail and three aerial tramways (cable cars) have a total of 34 stations, while the new Metro Plus system of bus lines features dedicated roadways and will add 21 elevated stations.

Metro de Medellín monitoring centreThe Metro uses an equally expansive paging set-up – presently, it is the world’s largest integrated NetMax networked matrix system and looks set to grow.

Serving a population of more than 3m people (Colombia’s second-largest metropolitan area), the paging and platform music serving the system’s stations is handled by 57 Electro-Voice N8000 matrix controllers. This supports more than 250 Electro-Voice Evid series ceiling loudspeakers powered by more that 150 channels of E-V power amps. The paging system ialso uses 163 Telex WP-300S dynamic wall plate microphones.

Designed by Medellín’s own Almacenes La Cita in conjunction with Ambientes Inteligentes, the system was installed by Indra Sistemas of Madrid, Spain. ‘We were looking for a solution that allowed all audio to be transported via IP and that would provide programmable DSP capabilities at each station so that we could make adjustments to tailor the system for each different situation,’ says Gonzalo Lizarralde, Technical Solutions Manager for Metro de Medellín. ‘NetMax gave us exactly what we needed.’

Metro de MedellínThe system handles announcements generated locally by station personnel as well as announcements from a central control point, which can address the entire system, an individual line, or a single station. ‘The paging control platform for the subway is very well-structured and functional,’ says Electro-Voice Regional Sales Manager, Juan Montoya. ‘It’s easy-to-operate system for all of the line and station operators, who must keep their focus on functions other than the audio system.’

In addition to paging, the system distributes Metro Music programming that is put together by Metro de Medellín personnel. A priority scheme allows centrally generated announcements to override local announcements, which in turn override each station’s ambient music. The system is programmed to automatically boost sound output by up to 6dB during heavy traffic hours to keep paging and music levels appropriate given increased ambient noise.

Music and those announcements originated at central control are distributed via CobraNet and decoded locally by a CM-1 interface card in each N8000 300 MIPS digital matrix controller. Each N8000 is also equipped with an AO-1 eight-channel analogue output card as well as one or more MI-1 8-channel analog mic/line input cards.

For in-station sound reproduction, the system uses 194 Evid C4.2 4-inch two-way coaxial ceiling loudspeakers and 58 Evid C8.2HC 8-inch pattern-control two-way coaxial ceiling loudspeakers. The loudspeakers are powered by 34 Electro-Voice PA4150L quad amplifiers that deliver 160W/channel, as well as two CPS 8.5 eight-channel amplifiers and one CPS 4.5 four-channel amplifier. Each CPS amplifier provides 500W/channel and is equipped with an RCM-810 IRIS-Net remote control module.

The NetMax system is controlled by operators at the central control point via a user interface that allows visualisation of the system as a whole and easy selection of the lines, stations, or other locations.

‘A big bonus is how easy the user interface makes it to program and use the system,’ Lizarralde says. ‘We’re also very happy with the scalability of the NetMax solution, because the Metro is an ongoing project that will continue to expand. Not only are we very pleased with the overall operation of the E-V system, if we analyse it from a cost and benefits angle, we’re even more satisfied.’

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Set above the bay of Jounieh, Bkerké (بكركي) is the present See of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate in Lebanon.

BkerkéArriving at its present site in 1830, the building’s the architecture is both grand and acoustically challenging – as local pro audio specialist Technosound discovered when called in to provide a new sound system.

The church commissioned the Lebanon-based company to provide a system that would give the highest quality audio with the minimum aesthetic intrusion, for both the interior of the main church and also for selected areas outside the building.

‘For the main area inside the church we chose Community’s Entasys three-way, full-range column line-array loudspeaker systems,’ says Pierre Fahed of Technosound. ‘Their wide horizontal and very narrow vertical dispersion gives excellent coverage with minimal overspill to the reflective surfaces of the room. The Entasys also provides the highest intelligibility from a very slim column, which merges well aesthetically. To minimise intrusion we painted the units locally, to match the building’s stone interior.’

Bkerké churchFor the the front entrance and the courtyard, Technosound used Community R.25-94TZ two-way, full-range, all-weather systems, with a 90° x 40° coverage pattern. ‘For sound quality combined with long-term outdoor reliability, Community’s R-Series are unequalled,’ says Fahed. ‘Their compact size and discreet colouring were again a big advantage in minimising visual impact.’

To maintain the quality of the system, Technosound supplied a range of AKG microphones, including two AKG WMS450-P wireless, four AKG CGN521E goosenecks, four AKG C5 condensers and one AKG D5S vocal mic.

These are mixed via an Allen & Heath Zed22FX with an ART MX225 distribution mixer for zone control.

Processing is handled by a dbx DriveRack PA+ and the loudspeakers are driven by QSC PLX3602 amplifiers. Two QSC K10 active loudspeakers provide foldback for the choir and the system is complete for recording and playback with a TEAC CDP650 CD Player and a TEAC CDRW890 CD Recorder.

‘Community really did have the ideal solutions for this installation, inside and out,’ Fahed reports. ‘It is visually discreet with excellent sound quality, ideal coverage patterns and assured reliability. Most importantly, the Church is very impressed and completely satisfied with the new system.’

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Made over as the Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia’s Baptist Temple is now the principal performance venue for the city’s Temple University.

Temple Performing Arts CenterThe US$30m theatre overhaul included an installation of a Meyer Sound M’elodie line array loudspeaker system to support a busy calendar of university-sponsored events and bookings from the area’s concert promoters.

‘The hall looks spectacular and has excellent acoustics,’ says Associate Technical Director and head sound engineer, Peter Schall. ‘We couldn’t have a huge array, but we still needed something that could deliver a rock show or contemporary gospel – which can be louder than rock – as well as classical and acoustic music. M’elodie fit the bill perfectly.’

Built in 1891, the facility’s Lew Klein Hall the Meyer Sound has 1,200 seats served by twin hangs of 12 M’elodie line array loudspeakers on each side, six 500-HP subwoofers and Galileo 616 loudspeaker management. Clear Sound of nearby Yeadon provided the system and a Yamaha PM5D-RH digital console as part of the upgrade, with design by company president, Chris Dietze. The system was tuned using a SIM 3 audio analyser.

M'elodie hang at TPAC‘When we looked at this project, size and weight were obviously important because of aesthetics and weight restrictions on the grid,’ Dietze says. ‘But other considerations pointing toward M’elodie were sound quality, box-to-box consistency, and rider-friendliness.’

The hall's first use saw British rock legend Ray Davies playing music from The Kinks Choral Collection. ‘This show had everything, starting with softer acoustic numbers, then a full rock band and finally adding the 48-voice chorus,’ Schall says. ‘The system absolutely delivered, and by the end of the show, Davies’s FOH engineer was just beaming, happy as a clam.’

Initially, Schall narrowed the venue’s system choice to M’elodie and one other noted manufacturer: ‘What tipped us toward Meyer Sound was the people,’ he says. ‘The support we received from everybody on the team was awesome. They made sure everything was done right, every step of the way.’

The imposing structure now housing Temple Performing Arts Center was built as Grace Baptist Church, founded by Russell H. Conwell, who also started the night classes that eventually grew into Temple University. Vacated by the congregation in 1974, the building was purchased by the university and then stood vacant for 30 years. Following its designation as a historical building, the university hired international architectural firm RMJM to devise a full-scale renovation.

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