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Technologies for Worship Magazine Speaker Round-up

This month's issue of Technologies for Worship magazine highlights Tectonic in the article "Portable, Liturgical or contemporary: What Loudspeaker System is Best for You?"

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Topics: Press

Upgrading Sound in a Gothic Revival Sanctuary – Step by step.

Pacific Design & Integration CTO and Managing Engineer Steve Sagady walks us through the process of demoing, designing, installing and tuning a Tectonic system for St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego, CA.

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Jean-Luc Ponty Makes a Tectonic Connection

What Happened – 
In Seattle on Wednesday night, May 31st, at the Neptune Theatre, Jean-Luc Ponty played his violins through a stack of two Tectonic DMLs on stage, right behind him. This was a modern recreation of a favorite setup for Jean-Luc, where he had his own dedicated audience-facing monitor system. 

The DML results were astounding. From the very first note that Jean-Luc played, and then his first riff, it was an instant success. For the first few minutes of rehearsal, Jean-Luc was facing the system (back to audience) murmuring to himself, using words like “exceptional”. (At one point, FOH Engineer Glenn Kern asked Jean-Luc if he was crying.) Read More

A House United  •  Audio Upgrade at South Carolina’s House of Representative

A major upgrade of the South Carolina House of Representatives chamber features extensive use of Tectonic Distributed Mode Audio panels. Michael Schwartz, principal consultant at Deliberative Designs explains, “When using dynamic mics, we are able to achieve considerably higher gain before feedback with the DML panels as opposed to conventional loudspeaker designs. This, combined with the advanced DSP techniques we utilized, meant we could implement a far louder, far clearer, and far more intelligible system by using the Tectonic DMLs.”

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Tectonic Brings Clarity to a Reverberant Sanctuary

Beaumont, TX – Tectonic Audio Labs, the world leader in Resonant Mode Audio (RMA) solutions, announced installation of Tectonic’s Pro Audio speakers at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, a continually growing parish in Beaumont, TX striving to meet ongoing worship and technology needs. A recent architectural renovation to increase the sanctuary size and seating capacity was combined with a sound system upgrade to improve coverage, intelligibility and parishioner engagement. Tectonic PL-11s were selected for their ability to manage a very reverberant space, provide wide and even coverage, reduce feedback and meet aesthetic requirements.

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Major Audio Upgrade in Va. Church Features Tectonic PL-12 Speakers

The congregation at Providence Baptist Church stands during a service at the church in McLean, Va., with the Tectonic PL-12 speakers in view in the background mounted on the church's walls.

MCLEAN,Va. — For many churches, the impetus behind a planned install is often tied to aging equipment that has reached the end of its serviceable life.

In the case of Providence Baptist Church, a church that dates back to the 1960s — and in its current spacesince 1990 — the time had come to upgrade the worship space’s sound equipment, particularly their speakers.

“(The original speakers) were new in 1990, but now there was dry rotting,” noted Lori Taylor, Providence Baptist’s worship director. “They were deteriorating, there were also dead spaces, and we could never get any consistent sound.”

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Topics: Case Studies

Unity - Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson PBS Special

In 2010, DJ Tony Succar was requested to create a salsa version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller” for a Miami Halloween concert. Succar recorded a version in his bedroom with his band, posted it online and gave away copies. DJs started playing the track and Succar began getting requests from around the world for a full album of Latin-flavored Jackson songs.

Tectonic and ‘Unity’ first met at NAMM 2015. With a mutual goal of acoustic and artistic fidelity, they agreed to an audition event at the Unity album release party for record company and network executives.

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Tectonic Speakers and Big Ballrooms

Our recent sponsorship of Seattle’s DLIST Magazine 2015 Nightlife Awards provided us with yet another opportunity to prove-out system performance in a tough hotel ballroom.


The Emerald Ballroom at the Motif Hotel in downtown Seattle is typical of many hotel ballrooms. Normally partitioned into smaller rooms with 10’ ceilings, moveable walls can be rolled-back to create much larger spaces; still with 10’ ceilings!

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Topics: Demo Chronicles

Unity – Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson Album Release Party

Tectonic met Tony and Brian Succar of the ‘Unity – Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson’ project at NAMM 2015. Over four years ago, these brothers embarked on a remarkable musical project to re-interpret the music of Michael Jackson for the Latin music world and impressed us very much with their vision and commitment to fidelity in all aspects of this endeavor.

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San Rafael Catholic Church

 

"Tectonic PL 12 panels were the only acceptable loudspeaker technology I could think of that satisfied the majority of design, performance and integration challenges."

Worship In The Round

 San Rafael Catholic Church in Rancho Bernardo, CA is a beautiful octagonal worship space that presents a number of acoustic challenges. The sanctuary was re-designed following the trend of a center altar with organ, choir, musicians and parishioners positioned in-the-round.

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The Tectonic Demo Advantage

No-impact, real-time, real-audio proof of designs…

Here's a great example of the Tectonic Audio Labs demo advantage. We're pretty sure no other speaker system can do this...

This large Catholic Church presents a challenging acoustic space and an existing speaker solution that is under-serving the congregations. Specifically, coverage and intelligibility are major issues, such that every clergy member and parishioner we spoke with consistently complained about the audio quality.

This is a beautiful sanctuary seating over 800 people. The large square space is laid out as an alter-in-the-round. One side of the sanctuary is largely devoted to the organ, musical ensembles and the choir; with seating to the sides. The other three areas of the sanctuary are all seats and pews.

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Topics: Demo Chronicles

Seattle City Council Chamber

Seattle City Council Chambers Speakers Upgrade

Problem:
• Very wide and tall room
• History of poor coverage and intelligibility
• Two 2-way 12" front speakers and mini-monitors to cover the entire chamber, with many dead areas
• Minimal gain before feedback for boom-mounted council member mics
• Feedback issues for attendee wireless mics
Solution:
• Replace existing speaker systems with a single PL-12 Plate
• Simple Vesa mount installation
• Even coverage to all seats in the council chamber
• Sufficient gain before feedback to allow for maximum boom and wireless microphone performance.
• Architecturally respectful

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Topics: Case Studies

AR Gear Preview Summer NAMM 2014

Every year, our friends at Artist Relations host a unique event a day or so prior to the Winter and Summer NAMM shows.

These exclusive gatherings are an opportunity for a select group of unique manufacturers of all sorts to meet privately with a select group of artists, engineers, producers and studio owners of all sorts.

The 2014 Summer NAMM show’s AR Gear Preview event was our fourth one to attend and it was more than we could have hoped for!

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Topics: Demo Chronicles

The Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids Visit Tectonic Audio Labs

- It’s not every day that we wedge a 45′ tour bus into our parking lot. Nor do we often mount a 3 x 3 Tectonic Plate™ system for a private demo. At least not without getting a visit from the cops.

However, when indie duo, NPR and film stars The Milk Carton Kids contacted us and drove well out of their way in the middle of a West US tour to come and visit – based on recommendations from industry insiders and their own research – we were more than pleased to welcome them!

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Topics: Demo Chronicles

Safeco Field, Seattle

Party at the ‘Pen

- Tectonic was pleased and proud to provide a loudspeaker system for the ‘Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Charity Tournament’ at Safeco Field; home of our Seattle Mariners. The event was produced by our friends at JumpIt Media and featured music stars and Seahawks players; both current Super Bowl winning heroes and legends. Oh, and over 1,500 ’12th Man’ Seahawks Fans!

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Topics: Demo Chronicles

St. Louise Parish


Church Sound System Upgrade

Problem:
• Very wide sanctuary
• History of poor coverage and intelligibility
• Center cluster required two additional fill systems; still with dead areas
• All-glass rear of sanctuary
• Flexibility for spoken word to full worship teams
Solution:
• Replaced existing center cluster and fill systems with a 2 x 2 Tectonic Plate system
• Absolutely even stereo coverage for all seating areas
• Feedback issues managed; increased gain for pulpit, lectern and choir mics
• No additional room treatment required
• Architecturally respectful

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Topics: Case Studies

InfoComm 2014

InfoComm 2014 Review

InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas was a resounding success for Tectonic Audio Labs. This show, devoted to the creation and presentation of data and information, is one of our most favorite and relevant shows. It’s also the most taxing due to the sheer size of the convention center!

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Topics: Demo Chronicles

Mercedes-Benz, Seattle

In our never-ending quest to find the most difficult venues in which to provide sound reinforcement speaker systems and prove out the Tectonic technologies, we gladly accepted an invitation from the good folks at JumpIt Media to provide sound for an after-party event for a celebrity auction. The selected venue was the brand new Mercedes-Benz, Seattle showroom.

Mercedes has mandated that all North American showrooms be redesigned or built from the ground-up to reflect the high-tech look and feel of their cars. The basic template is a rounded glass front up to three stories tall, polished stone floors and glass walls for all internal office spaces. Dealer showrooms are also to be made available for special exclusive events including parties and performances; all requiring sound reinforcement speaker systems.

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Topics: Demo Chronicles

Gig Harbor High School Auditorium

 

Worst Seats Made Into Best Seats

Problems:
• Multi-use facility with rotating ‘pods’ of a cylindrical design
• Single center cluster only able to cover main floor seating
• No coverage to upper level rotatable seating (50% of total seats)
• Ceiling speakers used to cover upper seats
• Severe feedback issues
Solution:
• Replace cluster and ceiling systems with a 1 x 1 Tectonic Plates system
• Even stereo coverage to all areas of multi-use facility including rotatable ‘pods’
• Simple VESA-mount solution
• Feedback issues managed
• No additional room treatment required

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Topics: Case Studies

Empress Theatre

Historic Venue Renovation

Problem:
• Mandate to not interfere with architectural features with ‘room treatment’
• History of poor intelligibility, coverage and a high-fidelity experience for every seat.
• Flexibility for spoken word to all-up blues-rock performances
• Desire to attract national acts with a superior venue and sound system
Solution:
• Replaced existing trapezoidal point source system with a 3 x 3 Tectonic Plate system
• Absolutely even stereo coverage for all seats on the floor and balcony
• Feedback issues managed
• No additional room treatment required
• Architecturally respectful

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Topics: Case Studies