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Located in Baltimore MD’s historic Highlandtown neighbourhood, New Light Church: Ministry of St. Luke 4:18-19 place s ahigh priority on its youth ministry, particularly through music.

New Light ChurchFormerly the New Light Baptist Church, the new facility was completed in mid-2009 with its technical installation subsequently handled by A/V system design/integrator, Connectivity Group. The resulting audio system makes extensive use of Tannoy loudspeakers to enable the church to pursue its aims in both speech and song.

The project, explains Connectivity Group’s founder/owner John Saunders, who designed the system, was part of an overall rebuild made necessary by catastrophic damage from a recent fire. As a result, the project involved a complete replacement of New Light’s A/V systems that, in keeping with New Light’s emphasis on dynamic, multi-faceted worship, had to speak well to the reinforcement of speech and program music, a gospel choir and a full electric praise band.

‘There really wasn’t much in there before,’ he says, ‘and I think they were looking at getting a new system before the fire.’ But while the church knew they wanted high quality audio reinforcement, they weren’t entirely certain what type of system to install to meet their requirements and budget.

Ultimately, Saunders specified one Tannoy VQ 100, one V8 and two V6s for the main system, as well as various third party products to provide onstage monitoring.

Originally Saunders intended to use a VQ 60, but after Ease modelling the room revealed that the coverage offered by a single VQ 100 – hung as a centre fill, 20-ft high, to cover the main area of the room – was preferable. To complete the coverage, a single V8 was hung from the ceiling in the rear centre of the sanctuary to cover a small, approximately 12-ft deep balcony at the back of the room. The two V6s were mounted on columns located at either corner of the stage roughly 6-ft high, and angled slightly to the left and right to provide front/side fill.

The challenges that informed Saunders’ choices were substantial. While not a huge space, he explains – estimating the capacity of the room at between two and three hundred people – it was a highly reverberant one. ‘It was all hard surfaces; with wooden pews, stained glass windows down the side and the whole back wall has a huge stained glass window. With the VQ, because of its pattern control, I could minimize what I was throwing at the back wall, and it’s a clean-looking box.’

While the room didn’t require a complex system, aesthetics were of key importance, and the VQ 100 allowed Saunders to cover the majority of the room with a single loudspeaker. The Dual Concentric design of the V series played into his decision as well, Saunders notes, as did his familiarity with Tannoy. ‘I’ve worked with the Tannoy’s before,’ he says. ‘I like the design, how they install and the look of them. They’ve also been a pretty responsive company and I like the rep, Charles Cassell, of Audio Associates.’

The lack of budget for acoustic treatments also spoke to both Saunders choice of Tannoy and his overall design. ‘That was another reason I chose the VQ 100 and those smaller fill speakers. Rather than having one big cluster cover the whole room, I was able to cover the main seating area, and cover it so tight, that I could put in the V6s and V8 to fill in where the main speaker didn’t quite hit.’

‘I like the wide coverage of the VQ,’ he continues, ‘and the fact that it’s a three-way box so I can get clarity of speech. But it also provides a little bit of punch, with more low end that I typically can get from a two-way box.’

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Ranked by the US News & World Report as the second best regional university in the United States’ south, the Elon University campus contains the Whitley Auditorium – a multipurpose space serves as a venue for lectures, concerts, performances, weekly chapel services and is home to a Casavant pipe organ.

Whitley AuditoriumAfter struggling with an inadequate sound reinforcement system, university officials called in Audio & Light, a design/build firm focused on A/V systems for the commercial and educational markets, to handle the installation of a new sound system.

‘This is an acoustically challenging space, as it is optimised for the pipe organ,’ says Jim Hoyle, President of Audio & Light and the designer of Whitley Auditorium reinforcement system. ‘Hence, the room is quite live. The room, which is roughly 90-ft deep and 42-ft wide, can be difficult because it is used for so many different types of events. As a presentation space, a high degree of speech intelligibility was required while at the same time, the loudspeaker system had to be very capable in its ability to reproduce music. Ultimately we decided on DAS Audio’s Variant 25A powered two-way mid-high loudspeakers plus the Variant 18A powered subwoofer System.’

The DAS system installed by the Audio & Light crew comprises six Variant 25A loudspeakers and a single Variant 18A powered subwoofer. The loudspeakers are set in a central cluster over the front of the room’s stage area, with the subwoofer at the top of the cluster and the six Variant 25A elements underneath. The loudspeaker cluster is flown at a height of 26-ft.

‘The most important factor was, of course, sound quality,’ Hoyle says. ‘This room is acoustically challenging and with this system, we are able to achieve clear, highly intelligible sound throughout the hall. The throw and horizontal dispersion of this system is excellent. The sound is clear and very natural. It handles music beautifully and we have consistent coverage from front to rear and side to side.

‘I was equally impressed with DAS Audio’s rigging hardware,’ he continues. ‘The flyware is very clean, efficient, and easy to use. The entire system–with the flying grid, followed by the Variant 18A subwoofer and the six Variant 25A elements beneath the sub–works superbly well.’

Since the system has gone into service, Hoyle reckons that everyone who encounters it is impressed: ‘Everyone involved with the venue is very pleased with its performance,’ he confirms. ‘The previous system was inadequate for the space and, as a result, they frequently rented equipment. This new system resolves those issues and is facilitating better sound quality for every type of event that’s held in the room. The DAS product has been nothing short of terrific.’

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The small German village of Worpswede has enjoyed a lively artistic community since the end of the 19th century, and was made famous by the painters and poets who moved to the area. Today, it remains a centre artistic and literary events, and the ballroom built in 1870 is still an important venue.

Worpswede Music HallKnown as Music Hall since 1993, the ballroom holds 550 people, and stages concerts worthy of major cities – John Mayall, Al di Meola, Manfred Man, Robert Cray, Steve Lukather, Mothers Finest, Marla Glen, Tina Dico, and Rebecca Bakken have all performed here.

The sound system of the Music Hall is managed by Joerg Mohr and Raymond Hassfeld. Among other experiences Mohr has toured with funk-metal band Living Colour as FOH engineer for years. He has also mixed the sound on solo projects for Will Calhoun, Doug Wimbish and Vernon Reid.

‘When we had to decide which amplifiers were best suited to replace our old gear, we started looking for great sounding amps,’ he says. ‘But also for something that was going to be technically future-proof. For that reason we needed something with internal DSP functionality, as well as remote control and monitoring capabilities. Powersoft amps fitted the bill perfectly.

‘We were simply amazed by the output these guys can fit into a singlew rack space. And this is not only referring to the K3s that we use for the FOH PA, but also for the M50Qs that are driving the floor monitors. Eight monitor channels at a maximum power of 1.250W in 2U only. How cool is that?

‘The quality, functionality and green-conscious design of Powersoft products were only part of the story,’ he adds. ‘The great support from the guys at Trius Vertrieb in Ibbenbueren really completed the positive experience. In the not-so-distant future we plan to replace the amplifiers for close fills and delays with Powersoft units too. We will end up with one amplifier rack left instead of the three we had before.’

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Long overdue, renovation of the lobby and atrium at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas marks the adoption of the hotel as the NFL XLV Super Bowl headquarters.

anatole_hiltonWith the gutting of the existing lobby of the 1,606 room hotel and creation of an 11-storey atrium _ with water feature and Media Grill+Bar – the 11,000-sq-ft space required an unobtrusive, distributed sound system for music playback in the area.

To handle the job, R2W’s Dallas office took on design and installation of the sound system for the atrium as well as other systems required by the renovation – not least, 25 custom light fixtures throughout with space within for loudspeakers. ‘Our job was to come up with a system that would provide the audio quality that the hotel required while working within the space limits we were given,’ says R2W Senior Engineer, Jim Nelson. ‘I thought of Tannoy immediately. They have always been very helpful in creating custom audio solutions and the sound quality of their components is terrific.’

The custom light fixtures are square pillars, roughly 6-ft high. The lower two-thirds of the pillar are illuminated and the top of the box is capped with a LED fixture aimed upward. The area allocated for the speakers falls between the light and the cap, providing a very compact space approximately 6-inch high by 12-inch wide and 12-inch deep. ‘It was a clever way to distribute sound throughout the atrium very unobtrusively,’ adds Steve Reed, Senior Account Manager at R2W. ‘Conduit was run under the floor to each location for the lights making it easy to add in the wiring that the audio system required at the same time.’

After evaluating their options Nelson and Reed determined that the Tannoy 4-inch Dual Concentric driver (4DC Contractor Kit) would be the ideal solution. The 4-inch (100mm) driver with crossover is a contractor kit used in custom design situations such as this. The drive unit comprises of a mid/bass cone and a 0.75-inch HF unit with neodymium magnet assemblies. The mid/bass and tweeter sections of this constant directivity driver are coincidentally aligned to be a true point source, ensuring a wide and controlled dispersion for optimum coverage. Seventy-volt transformers were added to the units for the distributed system.

Because the lighting fixtures were being custom built, Nelson and Reed also worked with the lighting designer to make sure that the product would not only work, but also fit. Ultimately two 4-inch drivers were installed in each fixture. ‘We built the drivers into each fixture and enclosed them with an attractive grill around all four sides of the pillar,’ Nelson explains. ‘You wouldn’t even know they were there except for the music which was exactly what the hotel wanted.’

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Tel Aviv’s 950-capacity Cameri Theatre has been equipped with an L-Acoustics Kiva ultra-compact modular WST line source system by Israel distributor, Lightone.

Cameri TheatreAs the already theatre uses L-Acoustics coaxial systems for its touring productions, it was to L-Acoustics that it turned for a recent refit, replacing an older system that was inadequate for its more demanding productions.

Independent sound designer Eytan Gidron created the system, together with L-Acoustics’ tech support engineer Germain Simon, using the company’s SoundVision 3D acoustic simulation software. Nine Kiva and three Kilo low-frequency extensions per side have been flown as the main LR ‘music’ system. Below each array is a single 112P self powered coaxial speaker, used to bring down the sound image and fill the areas that the main array does not cover. Completing the LR system are two ground stacked SB18i subwoofers per side. A centre array of nine Kivas is used mainly as a vocal system.

The system has sufficient power to cover the entire theatre, which incorporates 700 stalls, a first balcony of 150 seats and a second balcony of 100, reaching the furthest seats of both balconies, plus the under balcony area.

Since installation, the Cameri’s new system has been in use on an exacting musical production of Cabaret: ‘The first thing I noticed after powering up the system was a clear and solid midrange, followed by a smooth, dynamic yet non aggressive low end,’ says Yishay Hamami, sound technician at the theatre. ‘The sub lows produced by the ground stacked SB18is merge very well with the flown system to yield a precise bottom end with minimum distortion. I was very pleased to step out from FOH during soundcheck and find that my mix translated evenly across the hall, introducing good frequency response coverage with lots of headroom.’

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A major part of the audio refurbishment of its main auditorium, Sweden’s contemporary Folkteatern Goteborg has brought performance tracking to its productions.

Folkteatern Goteborg The heart of the new set-up is an Outboard Electronics TiMax SoundHub-S32 audio showcontrol controlled by a TiMax Tracker (TT) performer tracking system.

TiMax processing and control was specified by Alf Berntsen, head of leading Swedish acoustic consultants Artifon, who handled the audio design for the new space. A long-time advocate of delay-based source-orientated vocal reinforcement, Berntsen has previously used TiMax systems in his designs for Norway’s prestigious Oslo Opera House, where he had also been impressed with their ability to deliver highly immersive surround sound effects.

The project was overseen by Folkteatern Goteborg head sound engineer Allan Antilla, and designed with the dual objectives of enhancing vocal intelligibility by transparent audio localisation of the actors’ voices, in addition to the comprehensive sound effects editing, playback and automated panning offered by the TiMax SoundHub’s S-Version software.

As well as these dynamic delay-matrix functions, TiMax SoundHub provides multiple zone balancing and EQ presets for the eclectic mix of speaker enclosures, which are used in thae variable set-ups that accommodate the many different stage and seating configurations that can be created in the auditorium. The TiMax matrix was fitted with analogue I/O cards plus an optional Madi interface for direct fibre-optic interfacing with external multichannel sources.

Four TiMax Tracker TT Sensors were positioned in the corners of the room to map the space in three dimensions, and received pulses of UWB 6-8GHz signal from 16 TT Tags worn by the performers. The TiMax Tracker location server then applied vector (AOA) and time (TDOA) analysis to track the actors in real time and continuously adjust the delay settings in TiMax SoundHub to maintain seamless audio localisation for their individual radio mic feeds.

The Folkteatern’s system is just one of several TiMax installations across Sweden which are setting something of a new standard for theatre vocal reinforcement in the country, with even certain actors themselves commenting that they feel more connected to the audience when amplified this way.

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The newly constructed Apogee Stadium is the centre of University of North Texas’ Mean Green Village outside of campus.

Apogee Stadium To meet the stadium’s sound requirements, Texas-based Electro Acoustics has installed a JBL VLA line array system designed by Gary White of Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams Inc. For both announcements and emergency considerations, it was important for the PA system to provide high output, high clarity and power.

The 30,850-capacity Apogee Stadium features a main scoreboard system comprising eight JBL VLA901 line array loudspeakers, combined with eight VLA601 loudspeakers, each split four to each side. Three additional VLA901H and four VLA601H loudspeakers round out the scoreboard system. Installed throughout the stadium for additional PA support are 74 Control 26CT ceiling speakers and 18 Control 30 outdoor monitor speakers.

‘JBL’s VLA line arrays provide the power and reliability the client required in such a demanding venue,’ says Electro-Acoustics President, Chris Jordan. ‘The speakers are perfect for an outdoor environment. We focused on providing a loud system that could withstand any inconvenient weather. The VLA loudspeakers are performing exactly as they were designed.’

Crown amplifiers power Apogee Stadium’s sound system, which also features BSS processing. The entire system is controlled through Harman’s HiQnet System Architect

To ensure construction of the stadium was completed on time, Electro Acoustics designed, built, tested and tweaked the entire system in its studio – an important strategy to ensure the safety and structural integrity of the construction site.

‘The speakers were easily rigged and time was the only challenge when dealing with the new construction of Apogee,’ Jordan says. ‘UNT was our first major install of VLA line arrays and we are very proud of the outcome. The stadium sounds amazing. The clients received exactly what they expected, on time and on budget.’

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A star-studded opening ceremony marked the reopening of Moscow’s premier playhouse, the Theatre of Nations, following a five-year renovation project.

Theatre of NationsIts return to operation finds it equipped with an APG loudspeaker system, designed, supplied and installed by Russian pro audio and lighting specialists, Doka Center – who also supplied the motorised lighting and staging systems.

‘We specified an APG system because we have we have complete confidence in both the products and the company,’ says Doka Center Head of Sound, Sergei Yurchenko. ‘We have a vast experience of the brand and we know that we can always deliver a top quality solution using their products, especially as we can accurately predict the results using Ease software.

‘For the Theatre of Nations we decided on a main system based around DS15s around the proscenium arch because it’s an extremely versatile cabinet with a lot of flying/hanging options, and it offers superb sound reproduction. We opted for the compact MX1 for delays and fills.’

Theatre of NationsThe complete system comprises six DS15 for the main system (a central cluster of two DS15 with two single DS15s per side) with two more hidden on a balcony dedicated to effects. Each of the 12 private boxes is equipped with an MX1 in white, and a further eight MX1 for fill.

The stage monitoring system comprises a further two DS15s supplemented by four MX4, while a BM3000C cabinet per side handles stage effects. Finally, Yurchenko specified two TB218S subs for low frequency reinforcement. The entire system is driven by Lab.gruppen C Series installation amplifiers with APG processing throughout.

A unique structure with a wide-ranging programme of activities including its own original productions, the Housed in the former Korsh theatre that was built in 1885 on land belonging to the millionaire Bakhrushin merchant family, the building was renamed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Phase two of the renovation project, which is scheduled for early in 2012 and will include more APG equipment, will concentrate on the renovation of the theatre’s smaller hall.

The reopening of the venue was marked by a visit from Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. In accordance with an old theatre tradition, Putin was asked to hammer into the stage a silver ruble minted in the year the theatre was founded. Putin duly obliged, and rounded off the visit with an impromptu turn at the piano.

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Sharing its location with Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum, the Ejin Horo Banner Theatre complex in Ordos has refurbished the sound system serving its 1,200-seat theatre space, as well as its concert hall and multi-purpose hall (each with a capacity of 600) and six conference rooms.

Ejin Horo Banner TheatreIn each of the performance spaces of the venue – which is situated in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region of China – Fohhn Audio loudspeaker systems have been installed with a view to achieving excellent reproduction of speech and music, combined with flexible remote control and networking possibilities, while remaining sympathetic to the architectural surroundings.

A selection of Fohhn’s Arc-Series compact high performance loudspeakers have been used in the main theatre, including 18 AT-66, 44 AT-07, 12 AT-201 and eight AT-50 models, along with eight Linea AL-20 line source speakers, ten AS-40 subwoofers and eight XM-4 stage monitors. This part of the installation also includes 20 D-2.1500 (two-channel) and ten D-4.750 (4-channel) DSP-controlled digital amplifiers and an NA-1 Fohhn-Net Remote.

The concert hall, meanwhile, has been fitted with 12 Fohhn PT-8 compact line array systems, four PS-2 subwoofers and four XM-4 monitors driven by four A-2.2100 and two D-2.1500 digital amplifiers. An FC-8 DSP system controller and an NA-1 Fohhn-Net Remote have also been included. In the multi-purpose hall, AT-50 and XT-33 loudspeaker systems have been combined with AS-40 subwoofers, D-2.1500 amplifiers and an FC-8 controller. Each of the conference rooms has also been equipped with 12 Linea AL-50 systems and twelve XS-10 active subwoofers.

The installation markes the end of a two-year period that has seen a significant number of Fohhn loudspeaker systems delivered to the Far East for prestigious installations and events.

‘We are delighted to have supplied another comprehensive range of systems for this latest installation and we would like to congratulate our partner Shoushan System Integration for its excellent work,’ says Fohhn Audio Director of Sales & Marketing, Uli Haug.

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The London flagship Abercrombie & Fitch store recently called on Technomedia Solutions – an audiovisual/interactive design, consultation and installation firm headquartered in Florida with offices in New York, Las Angeles, London and China – to rejuvenate its sound system.

Abercrombie & Fitch‘Our original objective was to redesign a sound system that would fit into the past design approach in the flagship stores and sound amazing,’ explains Technomedia President and owner, John Miceli. ‘The Team at Abercrombie & Fitch was interested in providing customers of the London Flagship with an audio experience that would reflect the very high quality of the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing brand.’

The store occupiesan historical building – with the consequence that the rooms are much larger and have higher ceilings than the other flagship locations. The previous system used powered components that were concealed in the top of custom millwork distributed throughout the store.

‘The new system needed to use the same cabinetry in order not to impact the aesthetic of the store while at the same time providing an evenly distributed high-end stereo listening experience,’ A&F A/V Systems Manager Anthony Liccardi explained. ‘The challenge was finding a small powered speaker that would fit the confines of the cabinets while providing the sound quality Abercrombie required from the system retrofit.’

As a supporter of Powersoft amplifiers, the integrator was familiar with the Digimod amplifier modules: ‘We realised that we could hard-wire the loudspeakers to the Digimod amplifier modules and create our own powered loudspeakers,’ Miceli says.’ It was the ideal solution.’

As a result, the upgraded system uses a custom configuration of Powersoft Digimod amplifier modules to power a distributed and networked sound system consisting of JBL AC15 and Martin Audio AQ8 loudspeakers.

Technomedia specified Digimod 500s and Digimod 1000s to power the full-range loudspeaker system. The two-channel 1000s delivers 500W/channel (4Ω) and 1kW into 8Ω ohms bridged. The 500s is the only Powersoft amplifier module with a single-channel output stage delivering 500W (4Ω) making it well suited to small professional applications or products that require reliability and high audio quality.

‘Building the boxes for the modules ended up being very beneficial,’ Liccardi, explains. ‘We used grommet connectors and hardwired the loudspeakers to the amplifier boxes. Each module powered one or two loudspeakers depending upon the location. It worked out extremely well.’

Upon completion the London Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store boasted a new sound system consisting of 60 JBL AC15 and 20 Martin AQ8 full-range loudspeakers powered by 25 Digimod 500s and 25 Digimod 1000s amplifier modules with the low frequency sound provided by 30 Meyer Sound self-powered subwoofers.

‘The store management was looking for an audio solution that would upgrade the quality of the customers shopping experience,’ Liccardi concludes. ‘The new system at the London store really hits the mark by providing even consistent coverage along with the highest audio quality obtainable.’

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