We all know that acoustical consultants don’t often lavish praise on manufacturers, but our work to build and deliver over 600 loudspeakers for an NFL stadium project - many of them custom-engineered – on an extremely tight timeline inspired the following from Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, Williams (WJHW) consultant Mark Graham:
“When we say EAW delivered, we mean that literally. We (WJHW) didn’t even come on board until last October, when the design process began, so the window for manufacturing, customization and delivery was even tighter.”
The EAW factory in Whitinsville produced almost all of the loudspeakers in the month of May, setting a new, all-time high for total number of WP weatherproof enclosures produced in a month.
The photo shows one of the custom-engineered systems, the TT212 dual 12-in steering LF system mounted just behind a partially visible QX Series system at far left. The TT212, which uses a variant of the MK2300 Series enclosure, creates an end-fired array to project LF energy into the listening area and away from the wall.
The EAW House of Worship Technology Tour continues through the Southeast USA, thanks to our tour guides Quest Marketing and the churches that are hosting the events.
The photo shows ASG Director Jerrold Stevens presenting the evening session at the Mount Paran Church in Atlanta. From the look of the slide, he appears to be discussing cardioid array techniques for LF pattern control. The tour wraps up on Thursday at the Southpoint Community Church in Jacksonville, FL. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP.
Since the spring, hip hop artist Mac Miller has been wowwing audiences with a KF740 line array system provided by Showtime Sound. We recently caught up with the production house to pull together a press release. Showtime President Scott Tydings says:
“The system was perfect right out of the box. We knew what would work well for Mac’s tour, and the EAW equipment was the perfect choice for it. The bottom end was exceptionally good. It just sounded great, no matter what size or type venue we were working in, from 1,500 people to 6,500. It was such a flexible PA that sounded great in any configuration, which is exactly what you want when you have an artist who is on his way up and the venues will be varied from night to night.”
In addition to the KF740 main arrays, the full system includes KF750/KF755 outfills, SB1000z subwoofers and JF80 stage lip fills. It’s all powered by Lab.gruppen PLM Series amps with onboard…
EAW’s Summer 2012 House of Worship Technology Tour got off to a successful start on Tuesday outside Nashville, TN. The first event, held at First Baptist Church in Joelton – a Nashville suburb, attracted acoustical consultants and designers, system integrators and installation contractors and house of worship technology staff.
The tour is the brain-child of EAW US Regional Sales Manager/East Scott Pizzo. Scott presented along with ASG’s Installed Systems Manager Adam Shulman (top left photo), who will also cover today’s event in Kernersville, NC in the Triad region between Greensboro and Winston-Salem. ASG Director Jerrold Stevens will join Scott for events next week in Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL.
The photo at bottom left shows the set-up including products from the MK, VFR and QX Series. Not shown but on-site for demo: NTL720 and Microwedge stage monitors.
Eastern Acoustic Works® is thrilled to announce that world-renowned FOH mix engineer Martin Frey has endorsed EAW® Red Certified KF740 arrays for main PA loudspeakers.
From the press release:
“Martin Frey is known for working with artists with an extraordinary commitment to delivering top-quality live sound in large-scale venues,” EAW President Jeff Rocha said. “That he chooses to specify EAW Red Certified KF740 systems shows that proper use of the complete EAW tool kit ensures that KF740 owners can deliver consistent performance that is second to none.”
“The KF740 is one of the best line array loudspeakers I’ve ever used,” Frey said, “but that’s not enough to get me to endorse a product. Between Resolution software, the Powercubes with on-board DSP amps, the Greybox DSP approach and the Powertools tool kit, choosing a Red Certified PA vendor becomes a zero-risk decision. If you follow the step-by-step process to design, implement and optimize the system, you’re virtually guaranteed a good result.”
“For me, the learning never ends,” Frey continued. “Acoustical science is a complex field, and sound reinforcement technology continues to advance. Nobody can claim to be fully trained. EAW Red Certification…
When we left Las Vegas after InfoComm 2012, we left 8 pairs of the new KF740 Zero Degree Adapters with our friends at H. A. S. Productions. They’re getting used pretty much constantly, but this photo really caught our eye.
This is a 3 Doors Down show held July 4, 2012 at the Fremont Street Experience, which is kind of like a street, except it’s covered with a giant roof and there aren’t any cars. It is, in fact, Fremont Street or what used to be Fremont Street, but it’s, well…maybe you better go to Las Vegas and check it out for yourself.
This array flies 16x KF740 modules per side, with the top 4 modules ‘flat-fronted’ to generate on-axis projection. At around 106 lbs per module, that’s just over 1.5 tons of main loudspeakers to cover 15,000 listeners. Not too shabby from a cost:benefit angle, is it?
EAW and Quest Marketing are holding a House of Worship Technology Tour in four cities over the next few weeks. This tour consists of product demonstrations of EAW QXi Series, MicroWedge, MKi Series, NTL720, and VF Series products …all heard through EAW UX8800 processors, a DiGiCo SD Series digital console, and Powersoft amplifiers. These are events are not simple “sales demos,” but rather a technology demonstration to show you and your staff what level of quality can be expected with the latest in audio reproduction technology.
This educational seminar will include presentations on “Choosing the Correct Loudspeaker for Your Application” and “Optimizing Your Monitor Rig” given by EAW’s Application Support Group Installed Systems Manager Adam Shulman (Nashville & Kernersville), and Jerrold Stevens, Director of ASG (Atlanta & Jacksonville). EAW’s US Sales Manager/East Scott Pizzo will attend all four events.
This seminar brings together church technical staff for a night of fun, informative education and to discuss possible solutions for their real-world audio situations. In addition to the presentations, there will be an informal Q & A session among the factory personnel and audio professionals to discuss solutions for your application.
The event is divided into two time slots. In the afternoon is a consultant…
Since this prototype KF740 Zero Degree Adapter was created in early March 2012, it has circled the globe twice.That’s how much KF740 owners want to get their hands on these beauties. For about $600 per module, KF740 owners can transform their rigs to be able to create larger arrays with flat-fronted modules at the top. That means bigger rigs for bigger gigs. Official, final products are now in stock.
Produced in the USA, the prototypes went immediately to Frankfurt, Germany for use in our 16-module array hung at Prolight + Sound. From there, they flew to Australia, where Production Audio Services used them at Christian festivals Easterfest and PlanetShakers.
From Australia, they flew to Dallas, TX, USA, where Tim and Chad “It’s a Tank” Cain from Gemini LSV used them at EdgeFest (shown), the massive alternative rock festival that’s the unofficial start of the summer music season.
Tired yet? From Dallas, the prototype adapters flew to Mumbai, India. For the Palm India show, EAW’s new…
An NLT720 weighs less than 50 lbs (22.25 kg), but a mere 7 per side provided by EAW’s Estonian distribution partner Heliart proved plenty heavy enough for the Rabarock Festival in the city of Järvakandi in the Baltic republic. The annual event features local Estonian heavy metal acts as well as bands from across Europe.
The system included NTL720 mains, SB2001 main subs and MW12 Microwedges, plus JFL210 front fills and JFL210 side fills supplemented with VFS250 side fill subs. All of it was controlled with UX8800 signal processors, and to get maximum performance from the Microwedge monitors, Heliart powered them bi-amplified, using the “White” DSP settings. Heliart chose the White setting to cut through the high on-stage levels common with heavy metal bands.
Microwedge active processing allows three options for processing created with our development partner Dave Rat of Rat Sound:
White - As Dave says, “EAW lab coat white – pure and unadulterated”
Grey – Rolled off slightly at the top for a little less edge
If you heard crazy stories about our demo of the new Avalon by EAW™ SUB.two hybrid subwoofer system, rest assured; they’re true. This sub is scary powerful, loading dual 12-in cones on a bent bass horn and then mounting a 21-in direct radiator in the final flare.
That’s right, sports fans. It’s both a direct radiator AND a bass horn. That’s the hybrid part. And we process the two sections separately, so we can actually tweak and tune to taste.
Here’s what you really want to know: yes, we were destroying the Las Vegas Convention Center with sound. Literally!
It all started on Tuesday, when we were tuning the demo system. Granted, the array was a bit over-the-top, including 5x of these beasts. (If you’re doing the math at home, that’s 10x horn-loaded 12s and 5x 21s.)
We fire up the system and arll kinds of stuff started falling from the ceiling. First it was the plastic trim pieces around the sprinkler heads….