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April 2011

Electronic Design Company Adds New Team Member - Doug Beutel

Doug Beutel has joined us as our new Controller. A native Minnesotan, Doug has an extensive background in Operations and Financial Management. He adds value to our clients by ensuring our financial relationships stay healthy.

April 2011

Electronic Design Company Adds New Team Member - Ed Wiyninger

Electronic Design Company has hired Ed Wiyninger in the position of Project Manager. Ed has 20 years of experience in Low Voltage Electrical contracting with 13 years of that in a Project Management role. Ed keeps all of our client projects moving forward while managing their time, resources, and scope.

February 2011

Electronic Design Company Adds New Member - Joe Grieman

Joe Grieman has joined Electronic Design Company’s team as warehouse manager. Joe has a purchasing background, an audio education, and is also a musician (drums!). Joe’s mission is to make sure that customers receive prompt and accurate delivery of equipment and supplies for installations and upgrades.

August 10 2009

Electronic Design Company Gives Minnetonka Arts Center a NEXO Facelift

BUENA PARK, Calif. - Minnetonka's Arts Center on 7 has a new look and a new speaker system thanks to Electronic Design Company (EDC) of Shoreview, Minnesota. The Minnetonka, Minnesota Performing Arts Center is located on the grounds of the high school and is a joint operation between the City of Minnetonka and Minnetonka School District 276.

Electronic Design Company | Minnetonka Arts Center

The site has recently gone through a complete facelift and extensive remodeling. EDC has been in business for over 50 years and installed sound systems for the Guthrie Theatre and Children's Theatre in Minneapolis, to name a few. They were hired to install the audio equipment for the new Minnetonka theater, and specifically, the NEXO GEO S8 system in a LCR Sub configuration. The 680-seat proscenium theater, which houses several resident performance groups including the Minnetonka Community Theatre, the Music Association of Minnetonka, and the Minnetonka High School Theatre, can also be rented for non-profit, community and private use.

Art Center on 7's Bryce Larson, said, "We had a short time to make our decision, and looked at several other options. We needed to find a cabinet with the appropriate size and performance for the venue. I personally like the way the line arrays work but we needed a small array and NEXO produced the SPL we needed. We don't need rock and roll SPL for the acts that we do. We do a lot of theatre and the GEO S8 is a nice sounding cabinet for that. It produces a high level of vocal clarity and intelligibility without harshness and was exactly what we were looking for. We also have a Yamaha DME32 processor that we use for routing, EQing, and for processing on the mains. It works well with the NEXO system."

The theater's GEO S8 system consists of five NEXO S805 5-degree cabinets, one NEXO S830 30-degree cabinet, one CD12 sub, and an NX242 speaker processor. Left/right clusters consist of ten NEXO S805 5-degree cabinets, two NEXO S830 30- degree cabinets and two NX242 processors.

"We were very impressed with the accuracy of the NEXO GEOSoft design program," states Rustin Bullert, manager of Design and Consulting for EDC. "The coverage and frequency response predictions were spot on. The system sounds great and looks great in the venue. Results like this make it easy to have a happy customer."

EDC also installed six Atlas Sound 81-8R Tile support, six Atlas Sound T95-8 Torsion Back cans, six Atlas Sound THD72WC Torsion Speaker/baffle/trans, one Middle Atlantic S12-PS 12u Rack - Pepperstone Top Finish, and one Proco Custom 1u panel with page mic xlr, chime button. The theater uses Shure UHF-R mics.

For more information on Electronic Design Company, visit http://www.edcsolutions.com/.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.


About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the recent purchase of NEXO loudspeakers by Yamaha Corporation Japan, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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May 28 2009

Electro-Voice Sound For New Minnesota Performing Arts Center

Electronic Design Company | Burnsville Performing Arts Center

Since opening in January 2009, the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC) in Burnsville, Minn. has impressed visitors with its sleek lines, incredible views, and cosmopolitan atmosphere, bringing a slice of downtown Minneapolis to the suburbs.

An elegant combination of modern architectural design and flexible functionality, the BPAC's performance spaces include a 1,000-seat main theatre with a proscenium stage, an intimate black box theater, and a sizeable dance studio. Additional spaces include an all-glass lobby with panoramic views of the Minneapolis skyline and the Minnesota River Valley, a 2,000-square-foot art gallery, a banquet hall, and multi-purpose meeting rooms.

Electronic Design Company | Burnsville Performing Arts Center

In order to meet the production demands of what has already become one of the Twin Cities' busiest cultural destinations, local AV Systems Integrators Electronic Design Company (EDC) designed and installed an extensive networked audio system comprising a wide range of equipment from Electro-Voice.

"Versatility was the top priority when designing the sound system," says Dohn Fadden, Design Consultant, EDC. "The BPAC presents a variety of performances - rock concerts, standup comedy, musicals, plays, orchestral works - and also hosts open-air events outside the theater, black box theater workshops, art openings, banquets, dance rehearsals, and wedding receptions. This is truly a multi-purpose venue, and we needed a sound system that could keep up, and all while complimenting the architecture."

Electronic Design Company | Burnsville Performing Arts Center

"We worked with EV to thoroughly investigate the line array loudspeaker options for the main theatre," Fadden continues, "and a lot of configurations were considered in accordance with the venue's request that there be no delay speakers. We needed to provide excellent vertical and horizontal coverage for the upper and lower balconies from the main hangs, and we needed maximum bang for the buck. Our EASE models confirmed that the super-compact XLE line array (single 8" woofer) was ideal for the space; it provides plenty of SPL relative to its size, and the sound is warm and highly intelligible on every seat."

The BPAC's main theater system comprises 28 XLE181 loudspeakers (nine per side with a central array of 10), four flown XLCi 215 subwoofers (two per side), and eight QRx-112 floor monitors. Four Dynacord VL 262 low-profile loudspeakers serve as front fills. The entire system is run through seven CP3000S amplifiers via a NetMax N8000 matrix/processor, controlled and supervised via IRIS-Net software.

Electronic Design Company | Burnsville Performing Arts Center

"We trained our technical staff on NetMax at EV HQ," says Fadden. "We love the onboard FIR filters' clarity and pattern control and the fact it mates seamlessly with the CP amplifiers. Systems often need to undergo a lot of tweaking to reach these levels of performance, but not this one. The N8000 has 32 channels of digital audio, so we have all the flexibility we need in terms of sending and receiving signals throughout the facility, all accessible and easy-to-control via IRIS-Net. The FIR filters ensure every speaker, from an XLE element to an EVID ceiling speaker in the lobby, sounds its best; we have an optimal balance of both audio quality and application flexibility for recordings, etc. Those factors played a large role in choosing this equipment."

Six powered SxA250 loudspeakers and a single SbA760 subwoofer were specified for the 150-seat black box theater, designed to be used in combination with two more pole-mounted SxA250s for outdoor events. "These can be easily removed from the black box and deployed for outdoor concerts," says Fadden. "The SxA250 has plenty of onboard power to handle events the center might host outdoors, and again, that full-bandwidth intelligibility factor means we don't need to be too loud to be heard, which helps keep things within the city noise ordinances. They're a great multi-purpose box."

Beyond the BPAC's theatrical spaces is an equally impressive lobby, which features an adjacent art gallery, observatory deck, and banquet area. To reinforce such a multipurpose space, Fadden chose to install a distributed, networked system of 46 EVID C8.2 ceiling speakers.

"The lobby conveys a sense of openness," says Fadden, "with clean lines of glass and steel and lots of natural light. It was designed to create a certain mood, and the designers wanted to enhance the feeling of the space with appropriately high-quality sound reinforcement - something more than a run-of-the-mill paging speaker. Coverage and tone are big problems in many lobby applications, so we specified the EVIDs to act like ceiling-mounted monitors. For ceiling speakers, the low-end response and general fullness of sound is amazing. And they have a nice clean look than blends in to the space. We divided the EVIDs into separate zones with NetMax, so we can precisely adjust the sound in certain areas of the lobby depending on the event - the sound is always where it needs to be, and always at a comfortable volume. The BPAC has a sound system that can adapt to anything that's taking place at any given time; it's the perfect system for a state-of-the-art suburban performing arts center."

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December 2008

Wireless Trade-in Program

The FCC has recently adopted a proposal to prohibit the use of any wireless microphones in the 700mHz range (698-806mHz). The effective date of this action is not yet certain, but we have been told it may happen as early as the transition to digital television on February 17, 2009. What this means to many of our clients that have purchased wireless microphones from us or other parties is that they will be required to stop using those offending wireless microphones or face legal action and/or penalties if they are discovered using them at some point in the future.

Because we at Electronic Design wish to be our client's best and most complete resource for audio, video and critical communications, we feel we must make you aware of this fact. We can also provide a solution.

If you own a Shure wireless system in the 700mHz frequency range which was purchased after February 1, 2007, Shure will replace this system at no charge to you under warranty. Furthermore, if you own a Shure wireless in that frequency band purchased before February 1, 2007 or ANY other manufacturer's wireless in that band purchased at any time, Shure is offering rebates of up to $1,000.00 for trade-in.

All the customer needs to do to take advantage of this is to purchase a new qualifying Shure wireless system from EDC, fill out and sign the rebate form and return it to Shure with all required documentation and the qualifying trade-in 700mHz wireless systems. This offer is only good until May 31, 2009 and only good for a working wireless system that is in the 698-806mhz frequency band.

For more details, talk to your EDC sales or service representative.

December 2008

Shakin' it at Shakopee

Shakopee High School SHAKOPEE, MINNEOSTA:
Like most secondary schools, Shakopee High's football field is a multi-purpose venue, used for football, track and field, rallies and ceremonies. And like many high school football fields, Shakopee's was somewhat lacking in audio coverage, with an underpowered system that was being pushed well beyond its reasonable limits.

"The system was two speakers and a 150 Watt amp," says Dohn Fadden of Shoreview, MN-based Electronic Design Company. "In the few areas where the loudspeakers could be heard, the sound was largely unintelligible."

Fadden's new system design faced a few challenges, including the logistics of covering both the home and visitors' seating from a single point. "Mounting the speakers above the press box on the home team's bleachers was really the only viable solution, since trenching for cabling across the field would have been expensive and a logistical nightmare," Fadden explains. Creating an EASE modeling of the field, Fadden and design engineer Rustin Bullert created a system that included a pair of Community R.5-HP loudspeakers covering the home team seating, with two more R1 loudspeakers covering the outer edges of the bleachers and the field. A single R2 long-throw loudspeaker in the center provides coverage to the field and the visitors' bleachers.

But what really has the fans jumping is the bottom end, with two Community WET-215 subwoofers mounted underneath - and physically coupled to - the bleachers. "The bleachers are built against the side of a hill, which acts as a reflector," says Fadden. "So in addition to the 'butt-shaking' effect on the bleachers, the bass frequencies are reflected across the whole field and to the visitors' seating as well." The system is powered by Crown amplification, with DSP provided by a Biamp Nexia unit.

"The pattern control of the R-series was really helpful in designing the coverage we needed, and the price allowed the school to add in the subs and still stay within their budget," says Fadden, who adds that the subs really make a difference where it counts. "You can see a little extra energy in their step," he says. "It really gets them pumped up."

December 05, 2008

SymNet Controls the Upscale Hotel Market

After recent conversions and upgrades, three of the Minneapolis area's premier hotels now share more than lavish accommodations and spectacular service. The W Hotel in the famous Foshay Tower, the Westin Minneapolis in the historically-registered US Bank building, and the Bloomington Hilton near the Mall of America boast sound systems commensurate with their prestige. All three systems are centered on SymNet open-architecture DSP systems with user-control via SymNet wall-mounted interfaces. Electronic Design Company (EDC), the same regional firm that has been contracted to provide a state-of-the-art sound system for the new University of Minnesota Gopher's TCF Stadium, performed both the design and installation.

According to EDC lead installation technician/engineer Tim Miles, their principle functions are to flexibly provide background music in lobbies, common areas, restaurants, and bars via an extensive 70-volt network of ceiling loudspeakers and, where needed, subwoofers. Thus, many of the system inputs come from DMX Music sources, with play lists customized both by venue and by time of day. Additional iPod, CD player, and microphone inputs service bars, restaurants, and other areas that require local sources.

Nevertheless, the arguably more interesting use of the sound systems is to provide reinforcement in the elegant ballrooms and well-built meeting rooms in each hotel. Their large number of microphone inputs prompted EDC to include several SymNet BreakIn12 units, which added the required inputs without incurring the cost of additional, but unnecessary, DSP capabilities. Where multiple rooms could be combined or separated with air walls, Miles used SymNet's Automix Room Combiner DSP module to elegantly provide the necessary processing.

However unsparing these hotels seem on the surface, they are first and foremost businesses that sensibly seek to keep their bottom lines as low as possible. "A large part of the allure of the SymNet system is its fiercely competitive price point," said Miles. "In addition, SymNet's comprehensive embrace of the CobraNet protocol allows us to use Cat5 cabling throughout the installation, from the audio runs through to the ARC user interfaces. That keeps things simple from a design and installation perspective and keeps costs down overall. Easy control via the RS-232 protocol is another nice feature."

Foshay Tower

As a concrete example of flexibility afforded by SymNet's CobraNet infrastructure, Miles pointed to the sound system in the W Hotel's "Prohibition Bar." The bar affords stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline and the city's prized chain of glacial lakes from the 27th floor of the Foshay tower. EDC located a SymNet Express 8x8 Cobra in the bar and provided it with input from twenty-seven floors below using a run of Cat5 cable and network fiber transceivers. "What today is simple and inexpensive would have been just the opposite several years ago," he said. "We would have had to drive multiple lines of audio at a huge cost of cable and amplification for resultant audio with noticeably less fidelity than CobraNet delivers. CobraNet was a natural choice."

Despite the fact that all the systems are complicated and elaborate from the designer's perspective, Miles strove to keep them simple and straightforward from the user's perspective. In areas where source material would be fixed at the outset, EDC used SymNet ARC-K1 interface panels for basic volume control. Where input sources were variable, Miles wrote a simple menu structure for SymNet ARC-2 panels that users could easily learn and then fluently operate. Wherever possible, he used Automixers and Dynamics to ensure that all sources have consistent, even levels without any "helpful contributions" from users.