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Lakewood Church Media Center Utilizes AudioTile

Designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics (February 08, 2006)

Following its successful launch at AES in New York City, AudioTile was recently installed in Joel Osteens Lakewood Church magnificent new media center. AudioTile, designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics, provides an attractive means of blending absorption, diffusion, and reflection for optimum acoustical balance. The patent-pending AudioTile is one of the first offerings in the new pArtScience product line from Auralex, a family of acoustical treatments designed for exceptional performance with a custom look, all at an affordable price.

AudioTile ShockWave was selected for the primary recording studio in the new 10,000 sq. ft. facility. ?The treatment was laid out with heavier coverage near the floor, gradually tapering off to very little coverage closer to the ceiling, says Brian Wheat, Product Marketing Manager for Auralex Acoustics. ?By doing this, we accomplished several major goals: providing the room with good low frequency control with thicker treatments near the floor/wall corners, creating a very tight sound in areas where drums or amplifiers might be placed, and simultaneously offering a nice reverberant sound in upper areas where overhead and/or ambient room microphones would be placed.

 As the ShockWave components are spread out, broadband absorption is maximized and the areas of exposed hard surface provide high frequency scattering. This gives the room a very natural sounding ambience while at the same time controlling undesirable acoustical anomalies. Among the many advantages of AudioTile is that it offers broadband absorption, and depending on how it is patterned, it trends towards diffusion as more of the wall surface is exposed. It also gives excellent low frequency absorption, particularly in corner applications that capture a greater depth of air space, as in the Lakewood studio.

?We pre-built the pattern laying it out on the floor, which made it simple to transfer it directly up on to the wall, comments Berger, president of Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG). ?Thats the cool thing about the AudioTile youve got all this design flexibility, but its easy to install and its easy to make it look great.

Lakewoods media center, designed by RBDG, is located on the fifth floor of a newly constructed building adjacent to the churchs 16,000-seat sanctuary. The facility includes three audio suites, eight edit suites, a graphic suite and production control rooms for broadcast video and audio. The audio suites are utilized during post-production and recording of choirs, rhythm tracks and soloists. Lakewoods weekly television program is seen in nearly 20 million households in the US and major network coverage in Canada, Australia and throughout Europe.

About Auralex Acoustics Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide the best acoustical treatment products at the best value.  Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, solid advice and exceptional customer service.  Auralex products enjoy widespread use among many prominent artists, producers, engineers and corporations.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers.  Visit the Auralex web page at  Auralex can be reached via email at [email protected] or by calling 1.800.95WEDGE.

About Russ Berger
Russ Berger is president of Russ Berger Design Group, Inc. (RBDG), a design and consulting firm that combines expertise in architecture, acoustics and interiors to create technical environments and buildings for recording studios, broadcast facilities, creative production spaces and home theaters. As the preeminent design and consulting source in its field, RBDG has more than 2,500 projects to its credit, and is an eight-time recipient of the Technical Excellence and Creativity Award for design excellence. The firm has successfully designed projects for a wide range of prominent clients, from recording artists (Whitney Houston, Steve Miller, Mariah Carey, Don Henley, Michael Bolton, John Fogerty) to broadcast networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, BET, FOX) to major corporations (NFL Films, Sony Music Entertainment, RadioShack, J.C.Penney).

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