by Oz, Sales/Marketing

TC Furlong Inc. is dedicated to keeping up with the latest and greatest in the live sound industry. I recently traveled to Orlando for InfoComm 2017. The convention meets every year and covers audio, video, and lighting.  Here are some gear highlights I took away from Infocomm 2017:

Shure:

Axient Digital:

The Axient Digital system was announced a few months ago, but the full system made an appearance at InfoComm. I had a chance to get my hands on the new equipment. 

Axient Digital system has a few major advancements making it the most versatile wireless microphone system that Shure is currently offering.  Here are a few major features of the new system:

  • Axient Digital transmitters and receivers are both wide band spanning 184 MHz. This means that users don’t have to own and manage multiple frequency blocks. All Axient Digital systems are compatible with each other.
  • The dual and quad receivers are the same for both the basic AD transmitters and ADX transmitters. This makes upgrading even a single channel of Axient Digital very simple. It also means that an Axient Digital system can operate with AD and ADX transmitters simultaneously.
  • The Axient Digital system is capable of operating in high density mode, allowing upwards of 47 channels operating per 6 MHz TV band and 63 channels per 8 MHz TV band.

Microflex Complete:

Shure announced the release of their new conferencing system called Microflex Complete at InfoComm 2017. The systems are intended to be a complete audio system designed for conferences and meetings ensuring that every participant can hear and be heard clearly. The system is available in wired or wireless configurations. The system is able to be either mobile or installed and can be tailored to each individual application as needed.

d&b audiotechnik:

d&b audiotechnik was featuring their brand new Soundscape processing engine as well as their new 24S loudspeaker and 21S subwoofer. I sat in on a demo for both of these new products. 

The Soundscape system has the impressive ability to locate a sound source in an environment rather than simply using a stereo image. Placing a sound in the stereo field produces positional information for only a small section of the audience. Now, its true location, or origin, can be realized. The system creates a natural auditory picture that intensifies the visual environment.

The system is powered by the DS100 signal engine which routes and distributes large channel counts across multiple locations. The signal engine is a Dante enabled 3 RU matrix processor that provides 64 inputs and 64 outputs, with level and delay adjustments at all cross points, EQ, input/output processing and recallable presents. It seamlessly integrates with the DS10 Audio network bridge, which interfaces between the Dante audio transport protocol and the AES3 inputs of the d&b amplifiers. The system is managed by the R1 Remote control software.

The demonstration was an impressive show of the versatility of the Soundscape system and had me smiling the whole time. It will be interesting  to see what applications this system will be used for.

The 24S full range two-way loudspeaker and its companion 21S Subwoofer were also featured in the demo, providing impressive support for the Soundscape system. d&b systems have always been impressive when it comes to their sound, and these additions to their lineup are no exception.

Yamaha

The new Yamaha CS-R10-S surface is the newest addition to the Rivage system lineup. The surface is approximately two thirds the size of the existing CS-R10, but offers the same operability. There is an up-coming dual console function will allow the CS-R10 and CS-R10-S to be connected to a single DSP-R10 DSP engine so that the surfaces can be used as FOH and monitor positions. The addition of this new surface represents an ongoing effort by Yamaha to introduce more options for building a versatile mixing system.

While it’s hard to try and see everything at a convention of this size, I was able to get an exciting glimpse into the near future of professional audio. If you have any questions about any of the products featured in this blog, feel free to contact me or Brian at sales@tcfurlong.com or 847-367-9588.

 

By Oz, Sales/Marketing

FCC Spectrum Auction

It is growing ever more important to be aware of the changing RF landscape. Since the FCC finished the incentive auction for the 600 MHz band, the implications of that sale have become clear.

The sale of the 600 MHz band will displace many TV channels in the 600MHz band. The FCC has re-assigned them to empty space in the lower part of the spectrum. This “repack” will make the space that is usable by standard UHF wireless systems even more crowded and will affect how legal wireless microphones systems will work.

Whether you are considering purchasing new wireless or simply wanting to ensure the usefulness of what you already have, here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • If any of your current wireless systems can operate somewhere between 614-698 MHz, they will be illegal to use as of July 2019. This expanded time period is intended to give TV channels and other users time to shift their systems out of that part of the UHF spectrum. However, the companies who purchased a large portion of the spectrum have already received approval to begin testing in the 600 MHz space. This could mean that systems operating in the 600 MHz range will become less viable and more difficult to tune to open frequencies.
  • If you own a wireless system that operates in the 600 MHz range, the best course of action is to replace it with a system that operates outside of that range. Shure Inc. is offering a rebate program to encourage these upgrades, and it is likely that other manufacturers will follow suit soon. We will continue to update our website with more rebate information as it comes available.
  • The TV channel repack will crowd the remaining open portions of the UHF spectrum. Systems that up until now have operated fine will likely be less able to find open operating frequencies. It is becoming more and more important to diversify operating frequencies. As far as we know now, this process will not begin in the Chicago area for another two years, but it may begin sooner in other metropolitan areas.
  • Due to the auction and re-pack, many manufacturers have begun building systems that operate outside the UHF spectrum. While switching away from UHF may be a potential safeguard against current or future issues, it is important to recognize all of the implications of making a switch, including needing new antennas, encountering other interference, or issues integrating systems that operate in different parts of the spectrum.

While the continued spectrum changes do present challenges to the live sound industry, TC Furlong Inc. is dedicated to staying on top of all the newest information and making sure you know what to expect. For regular updates on the 600 MHz sale and the TV channel re-pack, sign up for our 600 MHz newsletter below. If you have any questions about this information, feel free to contact our sales team at 847-367-9588 or sales@tcfurlong.com


 

LINA LAUNCH
by Brian Grahn, Sales/Marketing

In 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories was established in Berkeley, California, but founders John and Helen Meyer had met about a decade earlier during the Summer of Love in 1967. It’s from that time of their first date in a hi-fi shop that John and Helen are celebrating 50 years together this year, along with 50 years of innovative and creative audio solutions.

In celebration of this milestone anniversary, John and Helen have decided to tour the world putting on specially curated audio events, and one of their first stops was the LINA product launch in New York City.  TC Furlong Inc. was well represented at the event by General Manager Jeff Cech and the Owner TC Furlong. 

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Dating back to their very first patents for low distortion sound and trapezoidal loudspeaker cabinets, Meyer Sound Labs has been creating innovative, hand-crafted audio products, systems and ideas.  Those innovations continue with the newest addition to the LEO family of loudspeakers: the LINA line array loudspeaker.

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The smallest and lightest loudspeaker in the series, the LINA brings the linearity, low distortion and excellent power-to-size ratio of the LEO family to a wider range of applications.  Borrowing from the existing MINA footprint, LINA contains new drivers and redesigned amplifier and signal processing.  With improved high-frequency headroom, the LINA is able to faithfully reproduce audio with serious power, high intelligibility and minimized distortion.  To use Meyer’s terminology, they are “Simple. Small. Superior.”

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Designed with versatility in mind, the LINA can be used as a single cabinet, in front-fill or under balcony applications, or for use with a small number of cabinets for situations requiring precise, high-frequency vertical pattern.  Additionally, LINA pairs well as a supplemental fill in a larger LEOPARD system.  Paired with the companion 750-LFC low-frequency element, the operating range of the system can be extended down to 36 Hz.

Earlier last month, TC and Jeff were able to visit the factory in Berkeley, where Meyer Sound’s ingenuity and attention to detail are on full display.  All Meyer loudspeakers are designed, engineered and manufactured in Berkeley, CA, allowing meticulous quality control over all methods and materials used in the process.  This translates to a renowned unit-to-unit consistency and reliability of all products within the Meyer Sound brand.

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TC Furlong Inc. is proud to have been a Meyer dealer for the past 19 years.  Our trust in the quality and reliability of the product makes it easy for us to confidently recommend Meyer systems to our customers, and the reason we have built much of our rental inventory around Meyer’s brand.

For information on any Meyer Sound products, including the LINA, please contact the Sales Team at 847.367.9588 or sales@tcfurlong.com.

For more information on adding Meyer speakers to your next show, or any help with your next rental, please contact the Rental Team at 847.367.9588 or rentals@tcfurlong.com.

By Oz, Sales/Marketing

MW12 Blog

TC Furlong Inc. has added EAW MicroWedges to its extensive rental inventory of loudspeakers and monitor wedges.  The EAW MW12s are coaxial monitor wedges pairing a 12-inch woofer with a 3-inch voice-coil compression driver. Together, these provide full yet controlled 90-degree conical dispersion.

The coaxial design means that all frequencies emanate from the same point, making crossover region problems and time/phase irregularities virtually non-existent. It also allows the wedge to have an incredibly low-profile footprint.

The MW12 wedge has selectable full range or bi-amped modes. The port on the front of the cabinet enhances LF response in coupling with the floor and houses both the carrying handle and passive/active mode switch, as well as two NL4 connectors. The concealed connectors allow the wedges to be placed as close together as desired. Additional cable can be stored in the port without impacting LF response.

The MW12 features:

  • Highly coherent coaxial design (12-inch woofer)
  • Enhanced fidelity and power handling
  • Upgraded transducers and crossover design
  • Switchable full range/bi-amp modes
  • Convenient input connector location
  • Sturdy balance for console bridge monitor use

Our intention with this investment is to expand our substantial inventory of passive, conventionally powered, full range wedges, and standardize on the MW12. TC Furlong Inc. also has upwards of fifty bi-amped and self-powered wedges in rental stock.

For more information about adding our new EAW MW12 MicroWedges to your next rental, please contact our rental team at 847-367-9588, or rentals@tcfurlong.com.

TC Furlong Inc. also sells EAW loudspeakers, as well as all other major audio brands. For questions about purchasing EAW MicroWedges or anything else from our list of over 100 professional audio manufacturers, contact our Sales Team at 847-367-9588 or sales@tcfurlong.com

by Brian Grahn, Sales/Marketing

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On March 28, the Kellogg School of Management cut the ribbon on the new Kellogg Global Hub building at Northwestern University, and the TC Furlong Live Event Group was there to provide full production support, including audio, video and lighting. The newest addition to Northwestern’s campus, the Global Hub was designed by Toronto-based KPMB Architects and is six levels of classrooms, offices and communal creative space. 

“When the university approached us, we knew the purpose the event was to show off the space,” says Chris Wintz, who was the Project Manager for the event.   “We had to design our production to complement the architecture.”   That meant designing an audio, video, and lighting solution that was not only sufficient for the space, but also the smallest visual footprint possible.

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Planning for the event began well before the construction had been completed, so initial production meetings were based only on architectural drawings.  The ceremony was set to take place in the center of “Collaboration Plaza,” a beautiful and cavernous space at the center of the Global Hub. 

The audio system was designed around Meyer UPA, UPJ and UPM speakers to ensure high intelligibility.  A cantilevered yoke design at the top of box truss put the speakers in the correct position while maximizing sightlines to the stage and building.  The system was processed and mixed on a Yamaha CL1 with a Rupert Neve 5045 and Shure ULX-D and UHF-R wireless systems. 

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Small bands that were located on the balconies of different floors were sub-mixed with Allen & Heath Qu series consoles and sent to be mixed into the main PA with a wireless point-to-point connection.  On-stage, Countryman Isomax IV gooseneck microphones with UR3 plug-on transmitters complimented an acrylic lectern for the main presentation. 

TC Furlong Inc. also provided and coordinated lighting and video support.  Around the building, more than 70 wireless, battery-powered LED lights were used to highlight architectural features, and stage washes were hung on integrated ceiling lighting frames for the main presentation.   A Barco PDS-902 digital switcher drove two 90” displays that were on-stage for videos and slides.

“It was excellent to have the opportunity to work with the Kellogg team as they enter a new era,” says Chris Wintz. “We look forward to seeing all they have in store for their beautiful new space.”  The Kellogg Global Hub is now open for students and faculty to enjoy.

TC Furlong’s Live Event Group provides complete event solutions for concerts, broadcast originations and special events. Contact Jeff with TC Furlong’s Live Event group next time you have an important function that demands expert planning and flexible execution at 847.367.9588 or  jc@tcfurlong.com.