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dBTechnologies speakers were chosen by rental company Angel Dominguez Sonido (AD Sonido) for the Davis Cup tennis final at the Estadio Olímpico in Seville. Comprising a surprisingly small number of DVA T4, S20 and Opera Digital 410D boxes for the space, the sound system ably served the event’s 25,000 spectators.

Davis CupFour clusters of six DVA T4 were hung from the temporary roof (installed on one side of the stadium to cover the clay court for the championship) at a height of 27m serving the upper seating. Sixteen Opera 410D modules, each installed at a height of 10m, addressed those nearer the action, and a further four Opera 410D speakers ensured that the press stand also had ample coverage. Two DVA S20 subwoofers could be found at the bottom of the towers, covering the main terraces.

‘It was a tough job at the set up for AD Sonido, as there was lots going on to prepare the stadium, and both the Argentinian and Spanish tennis teams were training as well,’ dBTechnologies Area Sales Manager Juan Miguel Martinez explains ‘The installation company has been working with dBTechnologies for over four years now, so they know how good the gear sounds, and more importantly how easy it is to install, so despite the obstacles, dBTechnologies made for an ideal choice.’

AD Sonido has handled everything from conventions and fairs to many live orchestras and fashion events in 20 years of lighting and sound installation: ‘We know what we’re getting with dBTechnologies: great performance and reliability. When I went to the top terraces to listen to the DVA T4 boxes, they sounded clear and very powerful,’ says AD Sonido owner and Director, Angel Dominguez. ‘We have used dBTechnologies products on many jobs in the last four years. The boxes didn’t let us down in la Cartuja and we will definitely continue to specify them in the future.’

The Opera Digital 410D is a 400W active speaker that delivers high sound pressure levels from a compact cabinet. Both the Opera 410D and the DVA T4 guarantee exceptional speech clarity as well, so the 25,000 strong audience in the stadium could experience every shot of the 4 hour 8 minute ‘war’ between the two determined finalists.

Rafael Nadal beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the thrilling match, securing the Davis Cup for Spain, which was watched in 40 countries, with 4m viewers in Spain alone.

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The first integrated tourist venue in the Philippines, Resorts World Manila combines accommodation, eating, gaming, entertainment, a luxury mall and the Newport Performing Arts Theater – a majestic 1,500-seat venue for concerts and other productions.

Resorts World ManilaAlong with the largest LED wall in Southeast Asia, the theatre boasts Clear-Com FreeSpeak wireless system and Encore partyline intercoms for communication between its production staff during its elaborate theatre productions.

The six communication paths offered by FreeSpeak, coupled with the four additional channels from Encore, allow the theatre’s departments to work as separate communication groups. From set changes to lighting and other technical cues, the stage manager can coordinate production staff by contacting specific departments to share information that is only important to them.

‘In most sets, we would require beyond the traditional two channels of wired intercommunications for the entire production crew,’ says Ernesto De Leon, Senior Technical Manager of Resorts World Manila. ‘Simultaneous conversations about separate issues would be happening, creating much confusion, especially in the delivery of cues. These systems resolved this issue. Multiple channels of communication allow the production team to focus on what is pertinent to carry out their job responsibilities. The flexibility of this wireless technology allows unrestricted movements with excellent indoor coverage in the whole venue.’

The set-up at the theatre features a FreeSpeak base station with ten wireless beltpacks and one Encore base station with 18 RS-Series wired beltpacks and 16 KB-series speaker stations. During productions, the stage manager, technical director and other mobile stage crew members use the wireless system. Because of the FreeSpeak’s DECT and wireless auto-roaming technologies, the crew members can move freely and communicate without fading or losing connection. Further, the lighting operator, sound operators and technicians underneath the stage, along with the orchestra and backstage crew, are all on the Encore partyline system.

‘Clear communications is key when working with a large crew like the one at Newport Performing Arts Theater,’ adds Clear-Com Regional Sales Manager for Southeast Asia, Edmund Song. ‘Clear-Com understands this, which is why the company has developed value-add and easy-to-use technologies that actually enable users to concentrate better on their productions. FreeSpeak and Encore easily integrate with one another and offer the extra channel capability that the theatre requires. These systems are also scalable for expansion in the future.’

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Indonesia’s Zion School serves students from kindergarten to high school, preparing them for an increasingly technological world. To this end, it uses its 750-seat multipurpose auditorium seminars, meetings, graduation ceremonies and performances – with the help of a Symetrix Jupiter 8 to handle all audio processing.

Zion SchoolSymetrix distributor PT Gracia Auvindo supplied the capable but cost-effective Symetrix Jupiter 8 to handle all of the audio processing in the auditorium. Local dealer JK Sound provided the unit and both companies took care of the install.

‘The processing power of the Symetrix Jupiter is substantial, yet it’s easy to set up and very affordable,’ says PT Gracia Auvindo Technical Manager, Hendra Halim. ‘At the Zion School auditorium, just one Jupiter 8 handles everything.’

Coda Audio full-range loudspeakers and subwoofers powered by Camco amplifiers complete the PA set-up.

The school – which occupied a new building in Makassar, South Sulawesi and accommodates more than 700 students – uses one of the Jupiter’s many apps, which creates a sound processing and mixing tool that is specific to the needs of the auditorium.

‘The app gives us feedback fighters, parametric equalisation, and full loudspeaker management processing, among other modules,’ Halim says. ‘Everything – from the output of the mixer to the monitors to the mains – is handled by the Jupiter 8. The speaker manager provides the crossover between the full-range boxes and the subwoofer. Moreover, the Jupiter 8 sounds fantastic, and the school doesn’t have to worry about feedback or unintelligible audio.’

In addition to the Jupiter 8, a Symetrix Zone Mix 760 handles school-wide paging and background music. Six zones cover the school premises, with three strategically-located paging stations providing input. At each station, a wall-mounted Symetrix ARC-XLR push-button XLR input with an attached microphone allows for easy paging. The ARC-XLR’s four selector buttons combine with an ARC-SW4’s four selector buttons to direct pages to any or all of the building’s zones. Setting up the Zone Mix 760 to automatically duck background music for pages proved straightforward. QSC ceiling speakers and amplifiers complete the system.

‘Symetrix’ Jupiter, Integrator, and Solus families of processors provide a comprehensive and well thought out collection of solutions to every audio installation challenge,’ says Halim. ‘The installation at Zion School went smoothly for us. It took just over a day to get everything in place and tuned to perfection. After a brief training, the staff at the school are totally comfortable operating it.’

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Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church serves one of the oldest and largest parishes in the affluent Pacific Palisades suburb of Los Angeles.

The sanctuary’s stunning architecture, with soaring ceilings and exquisite glass work, has long suffered from problematic acoustics and an inadequate sound system, however.

‘A lot of the complaints about the previous systems had to do with speech intelligibility and coverage,’ Daniel Bae, Project Manager for Sierra Madre-based Platt Design Group, explains. ‘The room isn’t very deep, but it is very wide, so time alignment was a major problem.’

‘When the sanctuary was first built, we had two speakers on the ceiling,’ says Jeremias Mendez, the church’s Plant Manager for more than 30 years. ‘One side of the room was completely dead - people were only able to hear the sermon from a few seats.’

‘It’s my understanding that the sanctuary’s architecture was designed to make the most of the choir and organ, and not the sermons,’ adds parishioner Jim Dutka, the project leader behind the drive to upgrade the church’s audio system.

Dutka and company contacted Platt Design Group, who recommended a pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC-Live steerable arrays, placed on either side of the proscenium.

Unsurprisingly, respecting the Moore Ruble Yudell design of the sanctuary was a major concern: ‘Renkus-Heinz provided custom paint for the IC-Live cabinets, helping them to blend almost invisibly into the sanctuary’s beautiful architecture,’ says Bae.

‘We have a number of older parishioners who have traditionally relied on hearing-assisted technology systems every week,’ says Dutka. ‘Since we’ve installed the new system, many of them have come to us and informed us that they no longer need the assisted listening. I’m proud to say we now have one of the finest audio systems in the area.’

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Techno Q Updating its look, content and functionality, leading Qatar system integrator Techno Q has its redesigned website live.

New features include the company’s services portfolio, its partners, online registration for seminars, newsletter sign-up and the links to the company’s social media pages.

‘Our goal was to create a pleasant viewing experience by making the site brighter and the information easy to find,’ says Techno Q MD, Zeyad Al Jaidah. ‘The website and the linked Techno Q social media pages will simplify the way we interact with our stakeholders by allowing users to engage with us through various channels.’

‘We’ve taken the maximal approach, creating an image-driven, easily navigable collection of our project case studies that we will continue to update on regular basis. The site allows users to also take a closer look at some of our featured high profile projects by navigating to the projects gallery page,’ says Executive Director, Abdulla Alansari. ‘We are thrilled to present visitors with a redesigned online presence that reflects the quality and the standard of service our clients have come to expect from us.’

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After his father’s death in 1972, American racing driver George Barber put his racing career on hold to take over the family dairy business. But by the late 1980s, his obsession with vintage cars and motorcycles brought about one of the most impressive collections in the world – and in 1995 he opened the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

Barber Vintage Motorsports MuseumIn 2003 Barber sold his dairy business and invested more than US$50m in the Barber Motorsports Park. The sprawling 740 acre park – just east of Birmingham, Alabama –is home to the Museum as well as a 16-turn, 2.38-mile racetrack that has hosted both motorcycle and car racing events ranging from Grand-Am and Nascar to AMA Superbike and Mustang Club of America.

‘The state of Alabama has never had a race course as pristine as this,’ says Lee Brock of Birmingham-based Music Alley, the designer and installer behind the track’s high-end audio system. ‘It started out as a motorcycle course, but in no time at all it evolved to become one of the area’s unique racing rings.’

As Brock explains, the track’s fast-growing popularity inspired a series of upgrades including a large-scale sound system covering the entire area. ‘When Indy got involved a couple of years ago, management decided it was time to get away from those old horns they were using and put in a system with full-range, high-quality sound,’ says Brock. ‘They demoed a whole bunch of different loudspeaker products, and when we showed them the Community R-Series, that’s what decided it.’

The system usesmore than 100 Community R-Series loudspeakers – a mix of R.25, R.5 and R.5SUB models. The R-Series’ power and intelligibility was key to its selection: ‘The R-Series is unmatched when it comes to getting the announcers’ voices out there so people can understand it,’ Brock says. ‘It delivers without having to work very hard.’ QSC RMX and ISA-Series amplification powers the system, with a Rane RPM-88 providing digital signal processing.

The track hosts a wide range of events and the sound system had to be versatile enough to deliver both power and musicality: ‘Of course, for a racetrack environment volume is critical,’ he says. ‘But their programme material also employs quite a bit of music, from singing the National Anthem to a lot of high-energy material, and sound quality was an important consideration.’

Another major consideration was durability: ‘We don’t get a lot of snow here, but we do get a lot of extreme heat and humidity in the summer and some heavy winds in the spring,’ Brock says. ‘The R-Series loudspeakers survived the tornadoes we had in April, and were still sitting on the wheel fence. Honestly, the system’s been in place for a year now and we haven’t had to replace a single component.’

The track’s wide acreage presented one of the project’s biggest challenges, says Brock. ‘We had a number of speaker runs that were going to be well over half a mile, and that just wasn’t feasible using copper wire,’ he explains. ‘But we were able to use the park’s existing fibre connections from Race Control over to four corner stations around the park, and convert it to analogue from there. There are a lot of nice hills and turns where the fans can sit on the grass, put out a blanket and have a picnic, and now we can get them good quality sound wherever they are.’

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Turkmenistan TV TowerAn Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system has been installed in the conference room of Turkmenistan’s landmark TV Tower.

Located in the Turkmenistan captial of Ashgabad and opened in 2011, the 700-ft Television Tower houses a TV and radio studio complex serving six broadcast channels, and also houses an OB fleet. There is also a revolving restaurant and offices built in the shape of the national emblem — an octagonal star, which is registered with the Guinness World Records as the largest star in Turkmenistan.

The building’s sole conference facility has a small control room, which required a similarly compact mixing console.

Audio and lighting contractor, Asimetrik, selected an iLive-T80 Control Surface and iDR-48 MixRack system to fit the bill: ‘The tiny control room now has a small mixing system but with enormous features,’ says Mert Kiliccote from Asimetrik. ‘iLive more than caters for the requirements of the application and will grow with the building as facilities develop.’

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Settling into its new ground, Florida Atlantic University’s Owls football team is aiming to build on their recent promotion. Part of that optimism is reflected in the provision to extend the 30,000-seat stadium to accommodate 65,000 additional seats and a roof, if needed.

OwlsGiven the limit budget, initial plans called for a basic sound system, but system consultant Anthony James Partners alerted the school to the Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horn JH-90 – two Jericho Horn JH-90s could be used to cover the entire stadium from the scoreboard.

‘The budget was a real challenge,’ confirms Anthony James Partners Director of Audio Engineering, Larry Lucas. ‘They were set to compromise on the audio system, but we suggested they listen to a Jericho Horn JH-90. After our demo, they realised that for only a little more money, they could get a high-fidelity, high-volume sound system capable of supporting concerts and functions, in addition to great-sounding game day content.

‘Where other manufacturers use a conventional design – which has a host of inherent acoustical limitations – and then add costly and imperfect “fixes” to deal with those limitations, Danley starts with an unconventional design with solid acoustical performance,’ he continues. ‘By combining 15 drivers into a single point-source enclosure, the Jericho JH-90 is powerful but acoustically clean and simple. As a result, I don’t have to fight with phasing and timing issues in the design. I’m not fighting physics.’

Daktronics installed the audio system alongside a Daktronics scoreboard. ‘Working to accurately integrate sound systems into video board structures is a critical engineering objective,’ says Mike Maloney, Regional Audio Sales Associate at Daktronics. ‘Normally Daktronics supplies a cabinet with a speaker-covering mesh for a university, but the JH-90s at FAU needed to attach directly to the top of the video board. To satisfy the mounting requirements, our mechanical engineers designed custom mounts to hold the JH-90s safely atop the new video board. The mounts meet strict safety standards while providing tilting capabilities so as to optimise coverage at the opposite end zone.’

The coverage patterns of the two Jericho Horn JH-90s address the entire bowl of the new stadium, apart from a few seats directly below the scoreboard. Daktronics installed two Danley SH-50 full-range loudspeakers to provide the fill.

Ten Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers provide power to the system, with processing handled by BSS London. ‘The Jericho JH-90s required only some modest equalisation to be dialed in completely,’ Maloney says. ‘At the base of the system, a Yamaha 01V 96 VCM digital mixer gives the FAU audio techs control over inputs and volume. HiQnet System Architect software gives us real-time information regarding the amplifier and speaker performances.

‘The completed system provided us a very satisfied client. The vocal presentation has nice clarity, the music reproduction shows little compression of the dynamic range, and the low-frequency energy is ample.’

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Hidden in plain view between the towering skyscrapers of Toronto’s downtown financial district, The National Club is one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. The non-political members-only organization s

National ClubOnce a private retreat for clientele that included many of Canada’s current and future leaders, it is now a prestige venue for private meetings and dinners, weddings, presentations and club-hosted events.

The brick-and-plaster building has endured several renovations since being constructed in 1906. Most recently, the club’s Board of Directors voted to replace the Main Dining Room’s existing audio system, to meet the club’s need for high voice intelligibility and improved sound distribution.

According to Brock McGinnis of Westbury National Show Systems, who designed and installed the new audio system, the building’s historic nature and 14-inch thick brick-and-plaster walls presented some specific challenges during the installation: ‘The room is a very reverberant two-story space, and the dinner guests create a great deal of noise,’ he explains. ‘It’s very much like having dinner in the middle of a cathedral. The walls and ceiling are made of very hard surfaces, so in addition to the reverb problem we weren’t able to run any cable through the walls.’

The two-story, 1,950-sq-ft Main Dining Room comfortably seats 200 people, with antique chandeliers hanging from its impressive 19-ft ceiling. A balcony is located to one side of the room, creating two alcoves directly underneath it.

To meet the challenge, McGinnis opted for a Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeaker system. A pair of IC8-R columns are mounted on either side of the room’s motorised video screen. The high performance system provides superior sound pattern distribution technology combined with outstanding musicality and voice intelligibility.

‘Renkus-Heinz was our first choice for The National Club,’ he says. ‘We’ve used Iconyx loudspeakers on many other projects and find them to be extremely effective at steering the sound precisely where it’s needed, and away from areas where it isn’t. The quality of sound we get is excellent, even with all the hard surfaces in the room.’

Preserving the character and appearance of the club’s architecture was also paramount. The Iconyx loudspeakers fit very discreetly into the wall, rendering them barely visible.

‘The National Club is so pleased with the Iconyx system’s sound quality and distribution technology that they want to install more Iconyx loudspeakers in other parts of the building,’ McGinnis reports.

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As well as characterising its services, the use of live music alongside spoken word presents the Evangelische Kirche (Lutheran Protestant Church) in Wahrenholz (Northern Germany) some problems.

Evangelische KircheMoving on from an a set-up that had been installed in the mid-1960s as a ‘speech only’ system, the church found itself having to rent and set up an external PA system for its more lively gospel events. This was costly and labour intensive, and also spoiled the aesthetic of the ancient, wood-finished room.

So the curch called in installation company Klartext to design and install a new audio system.

When specifying the system, the Klartext engineers were conscious that it would have to be able to cope with all of the requirements of a modern and forward-thinking house of worship.

Due to its wooden construction, the room itself has good natural acoustics, with a warm reverb that sounds neutral over the acoustic spectrum. Because of this, the installation didn’t require beam-steering or line array speakers to achieve clear speech reproduction, but it still required something that would allow for an impressive music performance. Needing a solution that would take all of this into consideration, the Klartext engineers immediately thought of Tannoy’s V Series.

In February 2011, Klartext travelled to Wahrenholz to set up a test system for a Sunday service, using Tannoy V12s as the main speakers, supported by V6 delay speakers and supported by a VS15 BP woofer placed near the altar. The system was controlled by a TDX1 digital controller, the V12 in stereo operation and the V6 delay in mono set-up (as the fourth output was used for the sub). Klartext used both AKG and Audio-Technica condenser microphones for different locations, to test the room, and they all worked well.

V6 and VX6 speakers Before and after the service there was a thorough testing by the customer using different types of music played from CD – even the musicians among the crew were impressed with the results. Different programmes were all audible, even in the most remote areas of the hall. The church was convinced…

In the August 2011 an order was placed with Klartext for the V Series system installation ‘as tested in February’ – however, by that time Tannoy had launched its VX Series, successor to the V Series. But since the customer didn’t want to switch to speakers that had not been tested in the room, Klartext and Tannoy located two V12 and two V6 in the lower nave, and recommended the use of the new VX6 for the galleries. The look of the new system was untroubled by the fact that they are from different speaker generations. Not wishing to ruin the aesthetics of the church, Klartext painted the (originally black) V6 and VX6 speakers to blend with the wooden columns on which thewy are are mounted.

‘We completed the installation within two days and since then, many sermons, music performances and gospel services have been held at The Evangelische Kirche,’ says Volker Gringmuth of Klartext. ‘The combination of both VX and V Series have performed perfectly to the customer’s fullest satisfaction. We fully expect more orders from that region, once the Tannoy’s show what an up-to-date system can sound like.’

Lower nave: Front V12 (2), Delay V6 (2) each line stereo driven
Gallery: VX6 (4) runtime-aligned, each line mono driven
Woofer: VS15 BP
Mixer/Controller: Allen & Heath iDR 8 digital audio matrix

A-Part Champ One (V12)
A-Part Champ 2 (V6/VX 6/Sub bridged)

AKG gooseneck/GK33 (pulpit and lectern)
Audio Technica AE5100 (altar)
Inputs provided for instruments, additional mics and external mixing console

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