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HARMAN Professional to Unveil New Products at BIRTV 2014 In Beijing

BEIJING, China – Gearing up for the upcoming Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BIRTV), HARMAN Professional will showcase a series of audio-for-broadcast products, capitalizing on its growing popularity in the Chinese broadcasting and entertainment markets. Thanks to their heritage of upholding the highest manufacturing standards for broadcast applications, HARMAN’s AKG, JBL and Studer continuously lead the industry with the best systems for radio, TV and studio applications.

This year, HARMAN (Hall 2, Booth #2022) will feature the AKG WMS420, DMS700 V2, WMS4500, and WMS470 wireless microphone systems. Of these systems, the WMS420 offers unique qualities as the most versatile, high-performance single-channel wireless unit designed for small-scale applications, such as schools and town hall events.

AKG will also display new flagship headphones such as the K812, K712PRO, K612PRO reference headphones. These new models are designed for acoustic applications where precision is key during mixing, production and post phases.

From the Studer line, the new Vista X, Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 digital mixing consoles will be on show. The Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 offer a unique blend of portability and mixing power, making them the ideal choices for restricted spaces such as OB trucks and smaller studios. The flagship Vista X brings unparalleled processing power via the Studer Infinity Core offering more than 5000 x 5000 inputs and outputs accessible via the most advanced and fastest to use U/I on the market.

Soundcraft is also demonstrating its Vi1 and Vi3000 consoles at the show. The Vi1 is a compact package featuring the widescreen Vistonics touch screen user-interface, 32 input channels plus stage box expansion and the usual intuitive features including FaderGlow™ as found on the bigger consoles from the Vi Series, the new Vi3000 which also offers 48 onboard mic inputs plus additional 64 channel stage box, four Vistonics II™ ‘3D’ touch screen interfaces and a standard, built-in Dante™ interface plus expansion options.

Wrapping up the remaining HARMAN equipment, JBL is showcasing its LSR305 and LSR308 studio monitors, LSR310S studio subwoofer as well as the M2 Master Reference monitor.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Alex Clare Rocks the V Festival with HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Consoles

LONDON, United Kingdom – Singer-songwriter Alex Clare headlined the Future Stage at the recent V Festival in Celmsford Essex, with The Old Lion Touring Company providing a pair of HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles for FOH and monitors.

According to Alex Clare’s FOH engineer Harry Devenish, Clare’s performances showcase a human approach to electronic music. “Alex’s performances fuse the weight and power of electronic records with live elements,” he said. “A lot of that is due to the bass setup—the bass guitars trigger a synth and a sub, creating a heavy, dynamic sound on stage.”

Devenish has significant depth of experience with the Soundcraft Vi6, having used one of the first models several years ago. “I come from more of an analog background and was slow to embrace digital, but I’ve always been comfortable with the Vi6,” he said. “It has a very intuitive surface, with hands-on encoders and two layers, it’s very flexible. You can do a lot on the Vi that you can’t do on other digital desks.”

“Vi Series consoles are so easy to work on,” said Tim Boardman, Tour Manager for The Old Lion Touring Company. “I’m from the studio world but I can walk up to the Vi6 and make it work, which is saying something!”

This fall, Old Lion will provide a Vi3000 and Vi6 console for a 10-week tour with Clare, where Boardman and Devenish plan on using the Soundcraft Realtime Rack library of plug-ins from Universal Audio. “We’re really excited about using the Realtime Rack library,” Boardman noted. “Bringing those effects that are predominantly used in studio settings to live performances makes a lot of sense.”

“Realtime Rack will be massive for us!” Devenish remarked. “The Vi6 is already a convenient console to work on and this will take the performance up another level.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

FIFA World Cup Stadiums Feature World-Class Audio with HARMAN Professional

Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil
(Photo Credit: Gabriel Smith)
BRASILIA, Brazil – With hundreds of thousands of fans in the stadiums, not to mention the billions who tune in from across the globe, making sure the sound is perfect for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is no small undertaking. When faced with challenge of delivering the most sophisticated, world-class audio experience possible, from the Amazon basin in the north to the banks of the River Guaiba in the south, eight of the major stadium venues in Brazil’s 12 host cities featured HARMAN’s wide range of audio solutions. In addition, a wide variety of Studer Vista consoles were used for television broadcast of the games.

“From inception through delivery, each component in our family of brands is designed to provide a sophisticated, integrated and affordable audio solution,” said Robert Klesser, National Sales Manager, Install & Cinema, HARMAN Brazil. “As soccer transcends sport and becomes an expression of culture, we are honored to be the brand of choice for so many of the venues hosting matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

While the components installed vary by venue, popular products include HARMAN’s IDX communication systems, AKG microphones, BSS signal processing, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital consoles and JBL loudspeakers. The range of stadiums equipped with HARMAN audio solutions is diverse in terms of size, location and age.

Beginning on a plateau in southeastern Brazil, on the Atlantic Coast, Arena de Sao Paulo hosted the opening match between Croatia and Brazil. Built specifically for the World Cup, the facility seats 68,807 and will serve as the new home for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. Systems integrator Johnson Controls and audio integrator Soundvision outfitted the facility with the IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL Control Contractor ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles.

Surrounded by mountains in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which is inland from Sao Paulo and Rio, Estadio Mineirao is a national monument that will host not only World Cup matches but also numerous matches during the 2016 Summer Olympics as well. Built in 1965, the venue seats 57,400 and recently underwent an extensive renovation that took three years. Johnson Controls systems integrator and Soundvision audio integrator equipped the landmark stadium with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Estadio Nacional, in Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, opened in 1974, was renovated in 2013 and seats 68,009. Systems integrator Siemens and audio integrator Loudness equipped the massive facility with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Estadio Castelao is located in Fortaleza, Brazil, considered a “fortress” port on the country’s northeast coast, more than 1,500 miles from Rio. The facility, which opened in 1973 and reopened in 2013, seats 58,000. For sound, systems integrator TODO and audio integrator Telem equipped the stadium with an IDX communication system, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Arena da Amazonia is in Manaus, Brazil, the capital of the state of Amazonas and, at 2,659 miles from Rio, the furthest north of the host cities. The stadium, which opened in March 2014, seats 42,374. Systems integrator Johnson Controls and audio integrator Soundvision equipped the facility with AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and JBL Control Contractor Series ceiling speakers.

Arena Pantanal, which opened just two months before the World Cup, is 1,200 miles from Rio, near the Bolivian border and close to the center of South America, in Cuiaba, Brazil. It seats 42,968. Systems integrator Canal Livre and audio integrator Soundvision equipped the facility with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, Crown DCi amplifiers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles.

Arena Pernambuco is in an economically deprived area on the outskirts of Recife, Brazil, more than 1,400 miles from Rio. With a seating capacity of 42,800, the stadium was opened in 2013 with the hope that it will act as a catalyst for local regeneration long after the World Cup. Systems integrator NEC and audio integrator Telem installed an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Finally, the oldest of the World Cup venues, Arena de Baixada is in Curitba, Brazil, south of Sao Paulo and about 500 miles from Rio. Originally built in 1914, the stadium was completely rebuilt in 1999 and then renovated again for the World Cup. It seats 41,456. Systems integrator NEC and audio integrator Telem equipped the facility with a HARMAN lineup that includes IDX communications systems, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL AWC weatherized compact loudspeakers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers, JBL Control Contractor loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital consoles.

HARMAN Professional also had a strong presence in the broadcast elements of the World Cup, with multiple Studer Vista consoles in use for television broadcast of the games. In Rio de Janeiro, a Studer Vista 9 digital console was used to broadcast all 64 games via the TV Globo Network to the Jardim Botanico area. In addition, TV Globo’s OB Van HD3 used a Vista 9 to specifically feed games from Maracana Stadium for live transmission to Jardim Botanico. Projac, the main center of television production for TV Globo, also used a Vista 9 in its OB Van HD8 for live shows related to World Cup events. TV Globo also utilized a pair of Vista 8 digital consoles for television broadcast of live performances centered on the World Cup.

In Sao Paulo and Brasilia, TV Globo’s OB Van HD1 was equipped with a Vista 8 console for the games that were hold in those two cities. A Vista 8 and a Vista 9 were also used in Sao Paolo for live performances related to the World Cup.

Lastly, RCN in Colombia used its OB Van, equipped with a Studer Vista 5 digital console, to broadcast the entirety of the Colombian National Team’s games in the World Cup.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Rascal Flatts Goes Out On Rewind Tour With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown Amps

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Rascal Flatts keeps riding high – the band’s last eight albums have hit number one on the country music charts and the group continues to pack arenas in support of their new chart-topping album Rewind. Never a band to go short on production, Rascal Flatts along with supporting artists Sheryl Crow and Gloriana and live sound company Sound Image are going all-out this summer and fall with a tour sound system featuring HARMAN JBL’s flagship VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

For the Rewind shows, Escondido, California-based Sound Image is bringing out a stadium-shaking system that includes 60 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and 32 S28 subwoofers as the main system, complemented by six JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers and two VERTEC VT4880 arrayable subwoofers used as sidefills. The loudspeakers are driven by no fewer than 72 of Crown’s flagship I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

Thirty VTX V25 loudspeakers and 16 S28 subs are flown on either side of the stage with three VT4889 loudspeakers flown on either side and aimed towards the stage as monitors, and two VT4880 subs are placed on the ground of the stage floor, aimed towards the performers.

“Everybody likes the new rigging system used on the VTX arrays,” said Sound Image Systems Tech Jeremy Overall. “Everything goes together pretty easily, which is a huge advantage when you have to set up literally 100 loudspeakers night after night.” VTX’s patented S.A.F.E. suspension system is streamlined for speed and efficiency with improved, integrated hardware for faster setup and greater security. Overall and his crew are also using the new JBL VTX Vertical Transporters, rolling frames that facilitate the transport of VTX line arrays for tour sound applications. “It actually makes moving all these arrays pretty easy.”

Sound Image was one of the first tour sound providers to add the JBL VTX Series to its inventory. “We got the second VTX rig and have been carrying it for about a year and a half,” Overall said. “It’s a significant improvement from anything else we’ve used with a lot more bottom end and good punch. The new D2 dual compression driver and waveguide really smooth out the high end – there’s no harshness to be heard.” Overall points out that with VTX in place, the system requires “just a little EQ but not nearly to the extremes we’d gotten accustomed to in order to make a system sound balanced.”

The Rascal Flatts rig is set up and tuned using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software. “It’s so user-friendly – everything we need is right there. For example when we need to associate speakers to their amplifiers everything is built-in on a single tab. When we need to configure delay and processing, we just tell the program what speakers we’re setting up and all the control panels come right up.” Overall is also a big fan of the I-Tech HD Series amps, noting that Sound Image has had dozens of the amps working reliably on the road for two years. “I’m not the first person to say this but the amps work really well with the VTX arrays,” thanks to their built-in presets that enable the VTX models to be perfectly optimized for frequency response, crossover points and slopes and other sonic attributes.

“With a production like this you need to pull out all the stops in every respect including the live sound,” said Overall. “The JBL VTX and Crown system is more than a match for what’s happening on stage. The sound is incredibly detailed, punchy and ‘fast’-sounding from the deep low end to the smooth highs. I’m very happy.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Advanced Audio Video Technologies Retrofit Sound System at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy with HARMAN’s JBL and Crown

DEQUINCY, Louisiana – The Pentecostal Church in DeQuincy, Louisiana required an upgrade to its sound system, and with a change from a center cluster long overdue, Pastor Wayne Neyland turned to Sulphur, Louisiana systems integrator Advanced Audio Video Technologies (www.advancedav.biz) and HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays and Crown amplifiers to bring the sanctuary’s sound up to date.

Not that the church rushed to make up for lost time, they contacted Advanced after asking around and getting a referral from another church in town. “Although the sanctuary only seats 700, the church wanted the best, and we were determined to provide it, so I took my time with the design to make sure we got it exactly right,” said Advanced owner Ethan Miller. The pastor and church personnel demoed several different models from various manufacturers and Miller had many conversations with Brad Ricks at HARMAN about recommended speaker selection and placement.

“As soon as the pastor heard the JBL VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeaker he said, ‘that’s the speaker,’” noted Miller. Advanced went with 16 VT4886 subcompact line array elements, eight per side flown from the left and right of the pulpit to cover the floor and balcony of the sanctuary. In addition, two JBL PRX418S and two JBL ASB6125 subwoofers were installed and will be moved under the platform on either side during a planned remodelling project. Four Crown I-Tech 9000HD series amplifiers drive the speakers. Completing the system are a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console and Compact Stagebox.

“Even though I know the loudspeakers and amps are designed to work together, I have to say that this was an easy project,” Miller stated. “We worked closely with Ricks and HARMAN from the very beginning in engineering the system, and the extra time we took up front paid big dividends. The Crown amplifiers are very easy to use and the fact that they’re optimized to work with JBL VERTEC line arrays really saved on system setup and tuning.”

In fact, during one point in the process, one of the amplifiers indicated that one of the loudspeakers had a different impedance than it was supposed to have. It turned out that one of the loudspeakers wasn’t connected properly. “The Crown’s built-in monitoring enabled us to figure out the problem and correct it immediately,” Miller said.

In some cases, however, there’s nothing like a person’s experience and ears: “When we first set up the system the loudspeakers were dead-on in covering the seating area, but there was a bit more sound coming off the walls than we liked. All we had to do was turn the loudspeakers in a few degrees and the sound went from good to superb.”

“The VERTECs work beautifully in this space – far from being overkill, the clarity and headroom are outstanding and the system can handle anything without the slightest hint of strain. The overall sound is nothing less than amazing.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.
 

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