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South Carolina’s Cathedral of St John the Baptist has worked its way through various upgrades and renovations since its cornerstone was placed in 1850. Until now, however, none had solved the intelligibility issues presented by the highly reverberant sanctuary.

Cathedral of St John the BaptistA traditional Catholic cathedral, the sanctuary is a long rectangular room with wooden pews that seat up to 1,200 parishioners. The room features beautiful stained glass, plaster walls, columns separating the main and side seating areas, and a rear balcony. Its services are also traditional, using a choir and organ.

The Charleston cathedral called Joe Bennett, owner of Spectrum Sound, located in nearby Summerville, to help devise a sound reinforcement system that would give each mass the clarity it deserved: ‘After a thorough review of the components in place, it became obvious that the existing system was bits and pieces of older systems patched together,’ he explains. ‘There were speakers firing everywhere. Frankly it was amazing that anyone could hear the services at all.’

Bennett suggested installing new loudspeakers that would direct the sound away from the room’s hard surfaces and toward the parishioners. After demonstrating Tannoy’s VLS passive column loudspeakers, the facilities manager and the Monsignor agreed: ‘They were very impressed with the natural and realistic sound quality of the loudspeakers,’ Bennett reports. ‘They needed a system that would offer vocal intelligibility without sounding overly amplified – the VLS were perfect.’

The first Tannoy loudspeakers to incorporate Fast (Focused Asymmetrical Shaping Technology), VLS Series loudspeakers produce an asymmetrical vertical dispersion that gently shapes the acoustic coverage toward the lower quadrant of the vertical axis. The result is a passive loudspeaker that can be used to keep coverage on the audience and away from walls and ceilings.

A pair of VLS 30 column array loudspeakers was mounted on pillars in front of and to the left and right of the alter. Each box is loaded with 14 3.5-inch LF transducers mounted in vertical arrays with 16 1-inch HF transducers mounted co-axially over a section of the LF drivers. Each box produces a maximum average SPL of 120dB – more than sufficient for the space. ‘The installation was pretty straightforward,’ Bennett says. ‘We are using the VLS loudspeakers with a Biamp AudioFlex system with auto-mixer – that’s all it needs. We tweaked the system for a few days during Noon mass to make sure the EQ and auto-mix settings were all dialled in and it’s been running like a charm ever since. The parishioners and church leaders are thrilled.’

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The complete redesign and refurbishment of a leading Greek nightclub in Nafplio has seen DN’A Systems install a new t&mSystems/Powersoft sound system.

Napfoli ‘W’ clubDesigned by DN’A Systems’ Aris Issaris in consultation with the club’s owners, the set-up meets the request for ‘a very high-powered dancefloor sound system with excellent sound quality, with additional good quality coverage throughout the venue’.

The main PA uses six t&mSystems two-way Unity 12 loudspeakers, arranged in two clusters of three, with four dual 18-inch Unity218 subs handling 16kW to produce the massive low-frequency power and impact the club demanded. A balcony on the perimeter of the room is covered by 12 t&mSystems two-way XS8 speakers, with four dual 10-inch XS10.2S subs.

To optimise the quality and power of the loudspeakers, Issaris chose Powersoft amplifiers throughout, with a K3 DSP driving the Unity12s and a K6 DSP driving the Unity218 subs. An M30D DSP drives the XS8s and an M14D DSP the XS10.2S subs. The system is managed by Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite, which controls crossovers, delay lines, limiters, equalisation, damping control and Vrms output.

Nafplio is a small picturesque port in the eastern Peloponnese region of Greece. The ‘W’ club is a major draw in the area for those looking for a great summer club experience, with top DJs and organised parties. ‘Using t&mSystems and Powersoft has enabled us to deliver outstanding quality and sound levels that are truly impressive for the budget,’ Issaris says. ‘W is an exciting club, with a sound system to match.’


Studio Technologies – a manufacturer of tailored high-performance audio, video and fibre-optic systems for broadcast, studio, stadium and corporate applications – has become the 100th OEM partner for Audinate’s Dante, and is set to add to the 3.5m-plus channels of the media networking solution channels shipped in the past year.

‘We are delighted to cross the 100 OEM adoption milestone with Studio Technologies,’ says Audinate CEO, Lee Ellison. ‘The company has a great reputation for building products centred on usability. Our customers recognise that networking matters, and having an interoperable, proven networking technology to get to market quickly has enormous benefits.’

‘We are a small, technically-focused company that thrives on developing specialized solutions for our customers, says Studio Technologies President,’ Gordon Kapes. ‘They look to us to provide the glue that allows fixed and mobile broadcast applications to reach their full potential.    

‘With Dante having proven its technical excellence we are convinced that it is the correct solution for adding networking technology to our products. We are frankly honored to join the many terrific firms that are already offering Dante-connected products. Early in 2014 we look forward to offering Dante-enabled partyline intercom and IFB interfaces. Our expertise in these specialised areas, along with Dante’s network connectivity will provide users with levels of performance and flexibility previously unavailable.’

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As well as being the home of the central coordinating body for all of the Brunei’s Governmental ministries and agencies, the new Prime Minister’s Office contains a theatre and banqueting hall that each seat 1,000, a 300-seat conference hall and 13 further conference and meeting rooms. Covering 92,000m2 and costing more than £60m to construct, it calls on Yamaha digital mixers, loudspeakers and amplifiers to keep the audio inline with its status and operation.

Brunei Prime Minister's OfficeUK-based LSI Projects was invited to work with technology consultants CCW Singapore to fine-tune the plans for the sound, lighting and communications infrastructure. Once finalised LSI, under Project Director Bob Peill and Project Manager Jakub Krzeminski, supplied, installed and commissioned the equipment, as well as providing the required staff training.

Located in the country’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan, the installation includes two Yamaha M7CL-48 V3 and two LS9-32 digital mixing consoles, along with six MSP 7 studio loudspeaker monitors, seven IPA8200 and five XM4080 power amplifiers. The M7CLs were installed in the theatre and banqueting hall, with one LS9 in the conference hall and the other serving as a ‘mobile unit’ for use wherever required.

‘The Prime Minister’s Office is a major venue for international heads of Government meetings and attracts large numbers of visiting media representatives, so the technical facilities were designed to the highest broadcast standards for real-time reporting of events,’ Krzeminski says. ‘CCW chose the Yamaha mixing consoles because of their reliability and local support, while we chose the amplifiers because of their quality and excellent cost-effectiveness.’

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Claiming to be ‘the biggest bar in Asia’, Hangzhou’s G+ Club covers more than 20,000sq-ft and required a sound system to suit. Taking its cue from some of the West’s leading clubs, the venue’s owners have installed a full lineup of JBL loudspeakers and Harman supporting technology.

Hangzhou’s G+ ClubThe installation uses Marquis Dance Club Series loudspeakers, JBL Control CRV loudspeakers, JBL ASB subwoofers, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, AKG microphones, Soundcraft digital consoles, BSS Audio signal processing and Lexicon effects processing.

The Marquis Dance Club loudspeakers – 18 MD52s and 48 MD55s – are stacked in tight spaces and also suspended from the ceiling for maximum coverage of the club’s multiple floors. To complement these, the club also uses 16 JBL ASB6125 subwoofers, six JBL ASB7118 subwoofers, 16 JBL ASB7128 subwoofers, 12 JBL Control CRV loudspeakers, 16 Crown I-Tech 4x3500 HD amplifiers and eight Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers.

The speaker system is managed bya  BSS Blu-800 signal processor, and fed by a Soundcraft GB4 mixer using a Lexicon MX400XL effects processor. Two AKG DSR700 and four DHT700 wireless microphone systems complete the installation.

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JBL Marquis Dance Club Series 

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Juergen Staack's ScriptFollowing his extraordinary expedition to record a phenomenon called ‘the ice whisper’ in the coldest inhabited part of the Earth, German cross-media artist Juergen Staack has unveiled his latest project, Script.

Opened during July at the Cologne Artothek, the exhibition initially appears to offer nothing more than blank canvases. But as the space fills with visitors, four people begin to fill the canvases with words. Quickly, the visitors recognise themselves in the words. How can this be?

At the show’s preview, four women with different mother tongues mingled with the visitors, describing what they observed to the ‘writing partners’ via pocket transmitters with headset microphones. Each writer heard these descriptions in English, Russian, Japanese or Greek via a small monitor receiver with earphones and then put them on one of the canvases using a paintbrush and a special fluid.

It is another part of Staark’s unique exploration into image and language, and as with The Ice Whisper, it relies on audio technology for its success.

Juergen Staack's ScriptEssential to the performance were a number of Sennheiser wireless microphones and bodypack receivers. Specifically, the Artothek show uses four SK 2000 pocket transmitters with HSP 4 headset microphones for the describers and a further four EK 2000 IEM monitor receivers with in-ear headphones for the writers.

A number of additional monitor receivers were also used for documentation purposes (audio recording on dictaphones).

‘In Script, the traditional relationship between observer and art is turned on its head – if anything, the canvas seems to perceive the observer,’ Staack explains. ‘The “describers” are the “eyes” of the canvases, as it were; the canvases are like mirrors working with abstract words rather than direct reflection.’

The transitory and fleeting nature of observation and of the thing observed is highlighted by the coating on the canvases – after a while, the liquid dries and disappears, so that new discoveries can continuously be recorded before they in turn disappear into the past.

In order to ensure that the performance would remain accessible, Staack filmed it during the week following the show’s and converted it into a video installation together with the canvases, which still show traces of Roman, Greek, Arabic and Japanese text.

The installation continues its run at the Artothek until 24 August 2013.

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An historical building that retains important community functions, the Grand Hall of the Stadthaus in Cottbus, Germany, is used for meetings, events and theatre shows. Since the hall serves different and important purposes, a new sound system was recently commissioned to provide the flexibility required. However, initial plans included a system made up of almost 20 loudspeakers, and would have seriously affected the aesthetics of the venue.

Grand Hall of the StadthausDiego Noack (Procurement Manager of audio specialist G Fleischhauer ing Büro Cottbus), suggested that Tannoy’s QFlex digital beam steering loudspeaker array should be able to give smooth, even coverage in the acoustically challenging space, and after some careful modelling, he decided upon the QFlex 40, with one speaker either side enough to fill the Grand Hall.

‘With only a pair of speakers we could keep the historical flair of the hall,’ Noack explains. ‘Once installed, the QFlex system seemed to blend with the architecture very well. As well as that, it sounds great, and we even achieved better speech intelligibility than with conventional loudspeakers systems.’

As Tannoy provided the main system, Noack and his team also used Tannoy solutions for supplemental spaces, including a balcony area and meeting room spaces: ‘We used two CMS 401 DCE Eyeballs as fills for the sub-rank and two i7 loudspeakers for the balcony,’ he says. ‘The Grand Hall is used for meetings of delegates, but it is also sometimes used as an event-location or even for theatre. There are also two further meeting rooms, which we equipped with a pair of i7s. We went with the same brand as it was important for us to retain the same sonic qualities throughout.’

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Soho ClubWith striking interior design by Goev Studio, Razgrad’s Soho Club promises adventures in both sight and sound to Bulgarian clubbers. Playing music that is soft during daytime, and ‘challenging and edgy’ after dark, the club functions as both coffee and food bar, and full-on nightclub – and has a sound system to fit.

Martin Audio’s premium architectural AQ system serves a varied and tight schedule of events. This programme varies depending on the climate – as the weather grows warmer, Soho offers a summer garden (with children’s corner) while DJs maintain a high-level energy inside, interspersed with thematic evenings.

‘I knew of Martin Audio systems and their contribution to the evolution of club life, with a number of world famous nightclubs using the brand,’ says club owner, Marian Kirilov. ‘I contacted their representatives in Bulgaria [distributors, Imperia AV], who made the best suggestion to suit our purposes. We liked the fact that their proposal for the system, in addition to the pure sound quality, also infallibly solves all complex issues in the interior design.’

Reinforcing the dance music are the latest-generation products, including four two-way AQ8 speakers, four AQ112 subwoofers and two C115 surface-mount speakers, under the management of the dedicated AQX system controller. Ensuring the system is fully optimised, Martin Audio MA3.0 and MA1.4 digital amplifiers have been assigned to drive the system.

The combination of comfort, sound and spectacular lighting has placed the venue among the most visited new club destinations in Bulgaria.


Martin Audio has changed its distribution agreement in Lebanon with the appointment of Beirut-based Technosound.

Martin Audio and TechnosoundAccording to Technosound Director of Sales & Marketing, Pierre Fahed, the company will be focusing on all core markets – including high-end concert touring and discreet boutique installation speakers: ‘Martin Audio already has good brand awareness in our local market but we want to improve on the distribution strategies,’ he says. ‘We have been receiving excellent support from [Director of Sales] Simon Bull and [Export Sales Manager] Dominic Jacobson, and plan to set up product presentation and local training for all Martin Audio products in the near future.’

Founded in 1969, and with a large portfolio of sole agencies in the high-end pro audio sector, the company made its first approach to the British loudspeaker manufacturer at the ISE 2012 show in Amsterdam.

‘We chose Technosound as our new Martin Audio distributor in the Lebanon as their credentials are impeccable and their track record for making a success of every brand they distribute in their territory is beyond compare,’ Jacobson says. ‘We have already increased our business significantly under their tenure and we are confident that we can achieve substantial growth with the help of their team of industry professionals.’


Completed in late 2012, Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is the first purpose-built Formula One circuit in the US, and includes main grandstand with VIP Lounge, a Grand Plaza with food court and shops, a 25-ft (77m) Observation Tower and pit building with an adjacent media centre.

COTA main grandstandA/V systems play major roles in its operation. While architect Tilke’s Formula One designs include race control systems and basic audio and video systems, COTS chose to upgrade and/or supplement the A/V systems in many areas. For this, Acoustic Dimensions was called in to provide networks, and audio and video system upgrades. Acoustic Dimensions engineered the low-voltage systems and, with Hughes Associates, ensured that they complied with the mass notification code. AT&T, the overall campus technology contractor, chose Ford AV for A/V systems design and installation.

The original audio specification included paging horns for race audio and public announcements. To meet COTA’s request for A/V upgrades, Acoustic Dimensions and Ford A/V set-up a loudspeaker performance evaluation for circuit’s management. Conventional paging horns were used as a baseline and two upgraded systems were offered for comparison. As a result, Community Professional’s R-Series loudspeakers were chosen for their overall performance and sound quality, their reputation for long-term outdoor durability and their high sensitivity (efficiency), which reduced amplifier requirements and helped COTA meet its budget guidelines.

Community R2s, R.5HPs and Wet Series loudspeakers have been used in the main grandstand, on the track and in other outdoor areas. Community Distributed Design Series ceiling and surface-mount loudspeakers are also used in the grandstand, as well as the Grandstand VIP Lounge and the pit building. Community Veris2 loudspeakers are used in the media centre with the video systems. Audio electronics include Crown amplifiers, BSS London DSPs and Soundcraft digital mixing consoles.

‘Circuit of the Americas is very pleased with the choice of Community loudspeakers for these systems,’ Acoustic Dimension’s Craig Janssen reports.

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