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— A combination of 16 XTA DP224 and DP226 processors used on
Broadway’s latest hit musical —

FARMINGDALE, NY, July 18, 2005 — The musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opened at the Hilton Center Theatre in Manhattan in April to excellent reviews. Much of the credit goes to a leading-edge sound system that incorporates the best in digital and analog technology. That includes 16 XTA DP224 and DP226 digital system controllers used in every aspect of the signal path to the theater’s main PA and monitoring systems.

The sound systems for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were designed by the renowned Andrew Bruce, of London-based Autograph Sound, working with Autograph Associate Designer Simon Baker and Mark Menard, Associate Designer at Acme Partners in New York City. The FOH mixer is Scott Sanders. All of the audio equipment to fulfill the rigorous specs outlined by this prestigious team of designers was supplied by Westchester County-based Sound Associates. The gear list included a DiGiCo D5T FOH console and an LDS800 ribbon-speaker line array PA system. Every inch of theater’s sophisticated PA and monitoring signal path is processed by a complement of XTA DP224 and DP226 digital system controllers.

“We used the XTA 224 and 226 systems for time delay and equalization on every single circuit in the sound systems,” explains Peter Fitzgerald, President of Sound Associates, adding that several of the units are fitted with AES/EBU I/Os to accommodate the digital outputs of the FOH console. “They’re incredibly quiet and ultimately reliable. And that’s what you need on a show on Broadway that has to be perfect every time out, eight shows a week, day in and day out. The Hilton Center Theatre is a large, live room and the show uses a big orchestra. They’re running a lot of signal in there and all of it sounds incredibly natural, and the XTA 224 and 226 processors contribute greatly to that sound.”

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XTA is a British manufacturer of signal processing equipment for the live sound, permanent installations, broadcasting, and recording markets, and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. Group One is also the exclusive U.S. distributor for Blue Sky International, Milab Microphones, MC2 Audio Ltd., and Celestion Professional Products, as well as a number of prominent lighting products.

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—For more information on the complete range of XTA products, contact Sue Adamson,
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