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Chicago Area Gospel Artist/Pastor/Church Founder Turns to AST for Danley Gear

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Pastor Smokie Norful, founder of Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, IL, is also a Grammy winning gospel artist. He turned to the Chicago branch of Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) for the church’s recent audio upgrade. AST designed and installed a new system that centers on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers for the main house system, the delay system and on-stage monitoring.BOLINGBROOK, IL — Pastor Smokie Norful, founder of Victory Cathedral Worship Center here, is also a Grammy winning gospel artist. He turned to the Chicago branch of Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) for the church’s recent audio upgrade. AST designed and installed a new system that centers on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers for the main house system, the delay system and on-stage monitoring.

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Encompass AV Outfits Irish Alehouse with Martin Audio Gear

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Encompass AV Outfits Irish Alehouse with Martin Audio GearRLAND PARK, IL — The Square Celt Alehouse and Grill, which opened near Orland Park Mall in suburban Chicago after a restaurant previously on the site was completely renovated, now features an extensive Martin Audio sound system courtesy of Encompass AV. Add a comment

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In Memoriam: Gator Cases Founder Jerry Freed

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Jerry Freed, 1940-2014TAMPA, FL — Jerry Freed, M.I. and audio industry icon and founder of Gator Cases, passed away on November 13, 2014 after a bout with cancer. He was 74. After college, Freed spent several years selling and representing Roberts Electronics, which co-branded consumer reel-to-reel tape recorders OEM'd by Akai. Freed then went on to also launch a line of guitar amplifiers by Califone, another division of Roberts, and left after Califone was purchased by Rheem in 1967.

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Singer’s Throat Polyp Cancels Culture Club’s North American/U.K. Reunion Tour

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RANCHO MIRAGE, CA — The long-awaited reunion tour of 1980s hit-makers Culture Club was scrapped on Nov. 13, two days before the first tour stop at Aqua Caliente Casino Resort Spa here, after lead singer Boy George was diagnosed with a throat polyp.

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Toyota Center Gets World’s First L-Acoustics K2 Arena System

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New L-Acoustics K2 speakers in Toyota CenterHOUSTON, TX — Toyota Center, the arena home of the NBA Houston Rockets, recently installed a new L-Acoustics K2 sound system – the first K2 system permanently installed in a major professional sports arena. The cap to a two-year AV makeover that included new HD video scoreboards, the sound system, designed in Soundvision by project consultant Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams and AV systems integrator LD Systems with support from the L- Acoustics S US applications team, primarily comprises 72 K2 enclosures flown in six arrays.

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Video of the Week: PreSonus RM Series Digital Mixers

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L-Acoustics Brings Classic Rock to the High Seas

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Little River Band performing on the Lido Pool Deck FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Aboard luxury MSC Cruises ships, production company On The Blue specializes in rock-themed cruises through the Caribbean where stars of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s regale their fans with shows night and day. Excursions like this obviously require sound systems that are powerful yet lightweight and easy to rig, which prompted Cincinnati-based sound reinforcement provider Loud and Clear, Inc. to fit the MSC Divina from bow to stern with K2 and other sound system elements from L-Acoustics.

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Shawnee Baptist Church Gets Renkus-Heinz Upgrade

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Renkus-Heinz upgrade for Shawnee churchSHAWNEE, OK — Founded in 1892, Shawnee's First Baptist Church was rebuilt in the 1930's after being damaged by a tornado. The historic building has been well maintained over the years, but its aging sound system had not been so fortunate. Church officials and congregation members alike were increasingly frustrated by intelligibility issues in the main sanctuary, and inconsistent coverage in the balcony and under balcony areas. The church turned to Edmond, OK-based AVL Systems Design, who recommended Renkus-Heinz' steered-beam technology.

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EAW Upgrade for Home of Carolina Panthers

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EAW upgrade for the Carolina PanthersCHARLOTTE, NC — The Bank America Stadium, home to the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise, recently underwent a complete sound reinforcement system overhaul featuring EAW loudspeakers. Installed in 1996, the original point-source, end zone system was upgraded to more powerful loudspeakers in 2007, but seven years later the fans expect more. Stadium owners brought in a team from Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc.’s (WJHW) Denver office to design a new, distributed system that would better cover all of the seats and provide the high quality audio that fans expect.

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AED Rent Expands to UAE with First Franchise Company

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DUBAI, UAE – AED Rent, based in Belgium and with international offices in The Netherlands, France, Germany and the U.K., announced its first franchise location, which opened here recently. The Dubai-based organization is known as AED Rent Franchise UAE.

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