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AIMS Summer Membership Surges

Debi Moen
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BOTHELL, WA — More than 15 new member companies joined AIMS during July, August and into September, including Canon, Ciema, Gefel, Harman, LiveU and tcp. Formed last December to promote the adoption of an open-standards approach in transitioning to IP-based broadcast and video production workflows, the summer membership surge saw the alliance pass its 50th member milestone in just eight months.

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FOH at The Kennedy Center.
FOH at The Kennedy Center.

Harman Named Official Sponsor of Kennedy Center

Debi Moen
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WASHINGTON, DC – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Harman International Industries have extended their longstanding relationship with a multiyear partnership including the addition of Harman’s audio and lighting products supporting The Kennedy Center’s ambitious expansion project. As part of the expanded relationship, Harman becomes the official sound of the venue.

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This summer’s concert series included Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young, Old Dominion and the Summerland Tour with Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge.
This summer’s concert series included Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young, Old Dominion and the Summerland Tour with Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge.

Louisville's 4th Street Live Adds RCF

Debi Moen
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LOUISVILLE, KY - Louisville's 4th Street Live! entertainment complex needed to upgrade its aging sound system. With the expansion of their event programming to include more national artists, the venue looked to RCF and the new HDL50-A system to provide the sound they needed.


More details from RCF (www.rcf-usa.com):
The 4th Street Live! complex is Louisville, KY’s downtown entertainment and dining district. The unique design transformed a two-block area into an open-air mall style entertainment destination. A large A-frame glass roof encloses the area from the elements, with a live performance stage situated on the street.

First opened in 2004, 4th Street Live! has evolved into the hub of Louisville’s entertainment and tourist business – transformed into the center of citywide festivals and national concerts.

With that, the facilities saw a need to upgrade the aging 12-year-old sound system. With the expansion of their event programming to include more national artists, 4th Street Live! looked to RCF and the new HDL50-A system to provide the sound they needed.

The system is comprised of 16 HDL50-A, three-way line array cabinets with two 12” low frequency, four 6” midrange and two 1.4” high frequency drivers; coupled with 8 SUB9007-AS double 21” subwoofers.

The venue had been leasing a system to meet the touring requirements of national acts and with the gaining existing system made a concerted business decision to explore acquiring a new permanent system.

“We knew of the quality and customer service of RCF, and with the introduction of the new HDL50 system, knew we could satisfy both local productions and any national act we schedule to come in,” says 4th Street Live! Production Manager Dave Moskowitz. In making the decision, both price and performance were taken into consideration. “The value RCF offers in the HDL50-A system certainly was a factor in the decision,” noting the acquisition will pay for itself in about one season of events.

Having used it for the summer season, “the system sounds amazing,” says Moskowitz. “Everybody has been 100 percent impressed. The national acts have acknowledged the system lives up to the sound quality of any other rider-friendly systems they’ve performed on.”

He adds, “What’s even more amazing is the fact that the system specs out at 64,000 watts, yet we are operating the entire system on three 20-amp circuits! And with the functional, ease of use of RCF’s RDNet control software we are able set up the system for various program formats. Plus, being outdoors (even though under roof), with the wind and Ohio Valley heat and humidity, we can continuously monitor all system functions and components.”

This summer’s concert series included Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young, Old Dominion and the Summerland Tour with Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge.

The complex is managed by The Cordish Companies, a real estate development company based in Baltimore. Aside from the main entertainment stage the 4th Street Live! complex includes over a dozen restaurants and half-dozen nightclubs in addition to retail stores and fast-food outlets.

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The full range of L-Acoustics’ new X Series coaxials.
The full range of L-Acoustics’ new X Series coaxials.

L-Acoustics to Demo AVB-Ready Systems at AES 2016

Debi Moen
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LOS ANGELES - The upcoming AES Convention (Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center) will host exclusive demonstrations of L-Acoustics’ newly launched Kiva II ultra-compact line source, as well as the KS28 reference subwoofer and X Series of coaxial enclosures. These demos will also showcase L-Acoustics’ latest developments on the open standard Audio Video Bridging/Time Sensitive Networking (AVB/TSN) technology.

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With the loudspeakers 30 feet up in the air and row after row of racking, the placement of the loudspeakers was critical.
With the loudspeakers 30 feet up in the air and row after row of racking, the placement of the loudspeakers was critical.

Community Meets the Acoustic Challenge of IKEA in Canada

Debi Moen
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MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA - IKEA's new Distribution Center warehouse presented audio challenges. With the loudspeakers 30 feet up in the air and row after row of racking, the placement of the loudspeakers was critical. In the end, Community R Series met the criteria for a robust loudspeaker that could be implemented both indoors and out, providing high intelligibility and well controlled dispersion.

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