HARMAN’s AKG Launches New Drum Set Session I Microphone Set For High Performance in the Studio and on Stage


ANAHEIM, California – Featuring a sensational price/performance ratio, the new HARMAN’s AKG Drum Set Session I is a high-performance microphone starter kit that contains everything to perfectly capture the sound of a complete drum set. By combining an array of its condenser and dynamic microphones, AKG is providing drummers with a versatile and compact pack of tools for recording and live performance.

Containing seven high-performance microphones from the Perception Live series, the Drum Set Session I contains one AKG P2 bass drum microphone, two P17 small-diaphragm microphones for overheads and four P4 microphones for toms and snares. The set is complete with all microphone clamps and stand adapters, and comes in a protective aluminum carrying case that is rugged and roadworthy.

To ensure peace of mind, the Perception Live microphones feature an indestructible metal casing, a rugged spring steel microphone grill, a scratch-resistant finish and gold plated XLR pins. As usual, these AKG microphones are suitable for high input and powerful sound during all applications.

The P4 microphone can handle SPL of up to 152dB and a variety of loud instruments without any distortion. The P2 takes care of the low end by providing a profound bass range for the kick drums, trombones and bass amps. Together, the dynamic duo provides the most neutral reproduction of the sound of instruments.

The P17 true condenser microphone is also able to support high SPL of up to 155dB, and delivers outstanding clarity with its lightweight diaphragm. Due to its transformerless electronics, it also provides a full dynamic range with minimal distortion.

Well-known studio and touring drummer Rick Latham, is already using the new Drum Set Session I, saying, “The Drum Set Session I is an amazing assortment of microphones that offers quality for any drummer, no matter what their skill level. The pack is always with me – in my studio, on the road or on stage.” 

AKG Drum Set Session I - http://www.akg.com/pro/p/drumsetsessioni

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

HARMAN Professional to Provide Complete Tour Sound and Lighting System for NAMM 2015 Center Grand Plaza Main Stage


ANAHEIM, California — For the third year in a row, the sound reinforcement system for the NAMM GoPro Stage at the Grand Plaza will feature world-class products from HARMAN Professional. HARMAN will provide a complete concert audio and lighting system featuring JBL VTX line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and Martin lighting.

The stage will host a wide variety of artists during Winter NAMM 2015, including headliners Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Stanley Randolph and No Wonder (featuring members of Stevie Wonder’s band), and Mexican violin trio the Villalobos Brothers. Performances will take place during show hours from January 22-25.

The stage will be outfitted with a complete HARMAN Professional tour sound and lighting system with 10 JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers per side, six S25 subwoofers per side, six S28 subs (center) plus JBL VTX F Series fill speakers and stage monitors. Additional audio equipment will include Crown Audio VRack amplifier systems, Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles and AKG wireless and wired microphones. A complete Martin lighting system will feature Martin MAC 700, MAC 301 and MAC Viper lights.

“NAMM attendees know they can look to HARMAN Professional for the very best in pro audio and lighting, and this year our Center Grand Plaza Main Stage will be better and more exciting than ever,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “It’s a unique and informative opportunity for show-goers to experience our products where it really counts—in the real-world proving ground of live performance.”

The HARMAN Professional Center Grand Plaza Main Stage headlining concert schedule is as follows:

·       Thursday, January 22, 6:00 pm: opening night concert featuring Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue
·       Friday, January 23, 6:00 pm: George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
·       Saturday, January 24, 6:00 pm: Stanley Randolph and No Wonder featuring the Wonder Band
·       Sunday, January 25, 4:00 pm: the Villalobos Brothers

The Stage will also host a variety of live entertainment during the day. In addition to the concerts, professional sound and lighting company representatives attending NAMM may schedule a daytime technical walk-through with HARMAN Professional staff. For more information please contact Brian Pickowitz of HARMAN Professional at Brian.pickowitz@harman.com or George Georgallis of JBL Professional at George.georgallis@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

HARMAN’s AKG K553PRO Studio Headphones Combine Closed-Back Performance and Open-Back Sound Quality


ANAHEIM, California – Offering closed-back performance and open-back sound for monitoring, mixing and mastering, HARMAN’s AKG today introduced its K553 PRO closed-back studio headphones. The K553 PRO’s provides an optimal balance of noise-isolating qualities of closed-back headphones and the spacious, multi-dimensional sound of an open-back design.

The K553 PRO headphones feature 50mm drivers for a strong, yet accurate and distinguished bass response as needed for monitoring and mastering contemporary music. The extra-large soft ear pads and lightweight over-ear design ensure stress-free listening over several hours, while the 2D-axis mechanism enables full flat folding for easy storage and handling on the road.

With its low-impedance drivers, the K553 PRO is sensitive enough to also be used on laptops and mobile devices, so the soft high-quality cable is equipped with a 3.5mm (1/8”) plug. A screw-on adapter to 6.3mm (1/4”) is included.

“Regardless of environment, requirements for headphones remain constant: realistic, sophisticated sound reproduction and comfort,” said Philipp Schuster, Product Line Manager, Headphones, AKG. “The new K553 PRO offers these qualities and more, while also being extremely affordable!”


More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014

HARMAN Professional to Provide Complete Tour Sound and Lighting System for NAMM 2015 Center Grand Plaza Main Stage


ANAHEIM, California — For the third year in a row, the sound reinforcement system for the NAMM GoPro Stage at the Grand Plaza will feature world-class products from HARMAN Professional. HARMAN will provide a complete concert audio and lighting system featuring JBL VTX line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and Martin lighting.

The stage will host a wide variety of artists during Winter NAMM 2015, including headliners Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Stanley Randolph and No Wonder (featuring members of Stevie Wonder’s band), and Mexican violin trio the Villalobos Brothers. Performances will take place during show hours from January 22-25.

The stage will be outfitted with a complete HARMAN Professional tour sound and lighting system with 10 JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers per side, six S25 subwoofers per side, six S28 subs (center) plus JBL VTX F Series fill speakers and stage monitors. Additional audio equipment will include Crown Audio VRack amplifier systems, Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles and AKG wireless and wired microphones. A complete Martin lighting system will feature Martin MAC 700, MAC 301 and MAC Viper lights.

“NAMM attendees know they can look to HARMAN Professional for the very best in pro audio and lighting, and this year our Center Grand Plaza Main Stage will be better and more exciting than ever,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “It’s a unique and informative opportunity for show-goers to experience our products where it really counts—in the real-world proving ground of live performance.”

The HARMAN Professional Center Grand Plaza Main Stage headlining concert schedule is as follows:

·       Thursday, January 22, 6:00 pm: opening night concert featuring Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue
·       Friday, January 23, 6:00 pm: George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
·       Saturday, January 24, 6:00 pm: Stanley Randolph and No Wonder featuring the Wonder Band
·       Sunday, January 25, 4:00 pm: the Villalobos Brothers

The Stage will also host a variety of live entertainment during the day. In addition to the concerts, professional sound and lighting company representatives attending NAMM may schedule a daytime technical walk-through with HARMAN Professional staff. For more information please contact Brian Pickowitz of HARMAN Professional at Brian.pickowitz@harman.com or George Georgallis of JBL Professional at George.georgallis@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

HARMAN’s AKG Delivers World-Class Clarity, Reliability and Versatility with new DMS800 Wireless Microphone System

ANAHEIM, California – HARMAN’s AKG is introducing the DMS800 reference digital wireless microphone system. Building on the incredibly successful DMS700 V2, the new DMS800 offers everything that made its predecessor an outstanding performer, while adding features that deliver more versatility than ever before.

The DMS800 features two digital audio outputs for DANTE and AES EBU, along with improved design and mechanics for the DHT800 handheld transmitter, plus interchangeable microphone heads. In addition to the DHT800 transmitter, the DMS800 system includes the DSR800 stationary receiver and the DPT800 wireless body pack transmitter.

The system offers two balanced XLR and two unbalanced jack connectors, as well as digital wireless audio transmission with low-cut filter, 3-band equalizer, dbx compressor and dbx limiter. The DMS800 allows users to choose from a variety of premium dynamic and condenser vocal microphones, including the D5 WL1, D7 WL1 and C5 WL1.

Up to 40 channels are available with the DMS800, which can be used simultaneously. High-end antenna system and multichannel accessories are available to suit the system to individual needs. Built-in HARMAN HiQnet™ network remote control and monitoring can be done from a PC via HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod® or Soundcraft Vi Series consoles.

The DMS800 boasts an up to 150MHz ultra-wide frequency range, making it ideal for worldwide touring in frequency-crowded environments. Also, 512-bit encryption ensures state-of-the-art protection for sensitive audio information.


More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Takes Analog into the 21st Century with Signature 22 and Signature 12 Multi-Track Recording/Mixing Consoles


ANAHEIM, California – Delivering world-class audio quality and multi-track recording and mixing functionality, HARMAN’s Soundcraft today introduced its Signature 22MTK and Signature 12MTK analog mixing consoles. The Signature 22MTK and Signature 12MTK feature 22 and 12 input channels, respectively, with integrated multi-track USB interfaces. Both small-format consoles feature onboard Lexicon effects, Soundcraft’s acclaimed Ghost microphone preamps and many additional enhancements to deliver studio-quality, multi-track recording.

“Our new Signature 22MTK and Signature 12MTK are powerful all-in-one consoles that make it easy to both record and mix musical performances,” said Sean Karpowicz, Soundcraft’s Product Manager. “They’re ideal for recording live gigs and studio rehearsals, mixing a band, producing a demo, integrating pre-recorded playback with live performance or remixing previous multi-track recordings.”

The Signature 22MTK and Signature 12MTK incorporate Soundcraft’s iconic Ghost mic preamps, directly drawn from the company’s top-of-the-line professional consoles, to deliver extraordinary audio quality with high headroom, wide dynamic range and exceptional resolution and clarity with a superb signal to noise ratio. They employ Soundcraft’s Sapphyre Assymetric EQ for perfectly equalizing every vocal and instrumental element in a mix with the unmistakable musicality inherent in every Soundcraft console, plus the GB Series audio routing technology famous in thousands of live venues worldwide.

Both models include a wide variety of built-in Lexicon studio-grade reverb, chorus, modulation and other effects and dbx limiters on the input channels. In addition, the console’s multi-track USB audio interface allows any VST/AU/AAX/TDM/RTAS plug-ins to be inserted on any input channel, enabling studio plug-ins to be seamlessly integrated with live performances. Accompanying the consoles are free downloads of the Lexicon MPX-L native plug-in and Ableton Live 9 Lite.

The Soundcraft Signature 22MTK and Signature 12MTK are designed to deliver pristine recordings. Both have an ultra-low-latency USB interface that flawlessly captures every channel, which can then be mixed or transferred to a DAW for further mixdown and production. The consoles offer XLR and switchable Hi-Z inputs that enable guitars, basses and other instruments to be directly connected.

Both consoles feature smooth, premium-quality faders with GB® Series audio routing with flexible pre/post switching on each Aux, and subgroups with powerful routing and switching options as well as dedicated outputs. The Signature 22MTK and Signature 12MTK are built using tour-grade robust metal construction and top-quality components. Both have an internal universal power supply.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

HARMAN’s dbx Introduces 500 Series Processors at NAMM 2015


ANAHEIM, California – At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s dbx is introducing its 500 Series processors, five compact yet powerful half-rack-space recording studio signal processors. The new 500 Series models include the 560A Compressor/Limiter, 530 Parametric EQ, 580 Mic Pre, 520 De-Esser and 510 Sub Harmonic Synth.

The dbx 560A Compressor/Limiter provides flexible control of dynamics including threshold, compression ratio and output gain. It offers selectable classic hard-knee compression or exclusive OverEasy® mode incorporating dbx’s highly musical program-dependent attack and release times. The compression ratio is variable from 1:1 through infinity:1 to -1:1 and the 560A also has a unique Infinity+ compression mode using negative ratios. Adjustment is easy thanks to the 560A’s ladder-style LED RMS gain-reduction and input/output meter displays with true RMS level detection.

Based on the classic dbx 905, the dbx 530 Parametric EQ is a 3-band parametric equalizer with selectable bell or shelf-type filters on the low- and high-frequency bands, and adjustable Q on each band. The dbx 530 allows adjustment of level and bandwidth at frequencies that have been carefully chosen for maximum musical effectiveness.

Great studio sound starts with a great mic preamp – and the dbx 580 Mic Pre is designed to deliver pristine audio quality with exceptional clarity, nuance and presence. Its custom-designed, premium ultra-low-noise mic preamp circuitry provides up to 60dB of gain and can accommodate mic or line-level signals. Controls for Gain, Low Cut, High Detail, Low Detail and Polarity Invert allow precise sonic tailoring and the large analog VU meter combines old school visual appeal with accurate level indication.

The dbx 520 De-Esser is remarkably effective at removing sibilance from vocals for smooth, professional-quality recordings. Taking its heritage from the acclaimed dbx 902, the 520 has a frequency control range from 800Hz to 8kHz and provides de-essing ranging from 0dB to 20dB. Its gain reduction metering provides at-a-glance indication of the amount of de-essing applied.

The dbx 510 Sub Harmonic Synth enhances any recording with deep, powerful bass an octave lower than the original signal. Whether it’s used for adding low-frequency impact to an entire track or beefing up an electric bass, synthesizer, bass drum or other instrument, the dbx 510 adds the subterranean punch today’s producers, musicians and listeners demand. The 510 includes a low-frequency boost, subharmonic level and frequency range controls. 

“Our 500 Series processors bring renowned dbx signal processing to a smaller footprint than ever before while delivering the signature sound quality engineers, producers and musicians know they can rely on from dbx,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast at HARMAN Signal Processing. “In addition to taking up little real estate, they’re extremely simple to use yet provide the sound-tailoring flexibility needed to create the perfect track or final mix.”

Pricing for the dbx 500 Series Lunch Box processors is as follows: 560A Compressor/Limiter, $399; 530 Parametric EQ, $399; 580 Mic Pre, $499; 520 De-Esser, $299; 510 Sub Harmonic Synth, $299. The 560A will be the first product in the series to ship available in April 2015, with the others following soon after.


HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.
 

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