HARMAN’s dbx Begins Shipping 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today announced the 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip is now shipping. The dbx 676 is a vacuum tube-based microphone preamplifier that offers a host of flexible sound-tailoring options to deliver extraordinary audio quality in recording and live sound applications.

The dbx 676 employs a high-gain, Class A tube preamp section based around a 12AU7 vacuum tube that can be adjusted to be clean and pure-sounding or dirty and full of harmonic character. The 676 incorporates the Compressor/Limiter design from the highly sought-after dbx 162SL and a 3-band parametric EQ, enabling exacting control of dynamics and tonal balance.
“Whether you need a preamp that provides pristine, rich sound quality and tube warmth, want to add some edge and personality to vocals and instruments or are seeking to improve the sound of your recording or live rig, the dbx 676 is the ideal tool for taking your sound to the highest level,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Signal Processing.

The dbx 676 offers ¼-inch and XLR inputs and outputs, a front-panel instrument input and a side chain insert. An optional digital output card is available. The 676 allows for precise tailoring of input and output levels, which can be monitored by its large multi-function VU meter.

The compressor/limiter section provides extremely flexible control of dynamics including threshold, attack, gain and release, auto attack and release, hard and soft knee compression, dbx-exclusive AutoVelocity™ manual and OverEasy® modes and PeakStop™ limiting algorithm and many additional functions. The 676’s 3-band parametric EQ allows adjustment of level and bandwidth at frequencies that have been carefully chosen for maximum musical effectiveness.

The dbx 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip has a U.S. street price of $999.95.

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

Gem Center in Vietnam Launches with HARMAN Professional For Inspiring Events

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Recently opened in the heart of the largest city in Vietnam, the premier event venue Gem Center is designed with as much architectural elegance as its name implies, and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Complementing the high-end atmosphere of the venue, local HARMAN distributor Basao Investment installed HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft mixing consoles, dbx processing, Lexicon effects and AKG microphones.

With a focus on inspiration and innovation, the Gem Center serves as a flexible function space of 7,200 square meters, making it the largest venue in Ho Chi Minh City for large-scale events such as corporate conferences and artistic performances. What sets it apart are its teams of highly skilled organizers, decorators, chefs, and stage and audio experts.

In order for the staff to bring the imagination of guests to life, it needed an integrated audio system to reinforce a coffee shop, a restaurant, two meeting rooms, two ballrooms, a sky bar, a runway and a balcony. The background music system features 12 JBL Control 23T loudspeakers, 39 JBL Control 25T loudspeakers, 15 Control 28T-60 loudspeakers, and 12 Control 28 loudspeakers. Other systems feature eight PRX715 powered loudspeakers, two PRX735 powered loudspeakers, 18 VERTEC® VT4888DP-DA powered line array loudspeakers and eight VERTEC VT4882DP-DA powered arrayable subwoofers.

The background music system is powered with four Crown CTs 1200 amplifiers and two CTs 600 amplifiers, as well as two 1160 mixer-amplifiers. Two Soundcraft Si Expression 3 and two Soundcraft Spirit GB2 consoles with two Mini Stageboxes handle mixing. The system also features dbx ZonePro 640m digital zone processors for expanded processing capability, plusfour Lexicon MX400 multi-effects processors.

“There is no other venue in the city that is so well-equipped,” said Nguyen Khac Anh, Managing Director of Basao Investment. “The equipment list that we provided works well for this venue, as it will allow guests to enjoy crystal clear music in the background as well as onstage. We have relied on HARMAN for many years, because its products give us a lot of flexibility when it comes to designing integrated systems for special venues like the Gem Center.”

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

Kenny Mixx Steps Up His Game with HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors

ATLANTA, Georgia – Atlanta-based mastering engineer Kenny “Mixx” Daniels of Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta has a list of credits that reads like a “who’s who” of the hip-hop industry: Prince, Ludacris, Nelly, T.I and Rick Ross, to name a few. In his control room at Patchwerk Studios, Kenny Mixx recently installed a pair of JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors in his mastering room.

The largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line, the M2 integrates new JBL transducer technologies and patented innovations in a free-standing, 2-way main monitoring system that provides a superior level of accuracy and performance in a broad range of production environments. Today, Kenny Mixx hosts top clients in his M2-equipped mastering room, and his projects dominate the airwaves.

A longtime user of JBL studio monitors, Kenny Mixx explains why he fell in love with the M2 speakers: “Let’s go back to the name: JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors. That sounds great! The M2 Master Reference Monitor truly is a speaker worthy of its name.” As soon as the M2 speakers went into production, Kenny evaluated one of the first sets available. “At the time, I was still using my JBL LSR6328P studio monitors with matching dual subs and hadn't planned on changing my trusted set up, because if it's not broke then don't fix it, right?”

However, after setting up and listening to the M2 monitors for the first time, Kenny realized everything had changed. “I'll have to admit it took me every bit of a few seconds to realize that this speaker was different, and get this: I was sitting off-axis to the far right of the speaker and the imaging was phenomenal—very smooth-sounding,” he said. “Everything sounded familiar, but it was like the sound was on steroids all around. I had to have them.”

“Kenny is an exceptional talent,” said Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional Senior Manager, Recording and Broadcast Marketing. “I was honored to receive a call from Kenny one day, telling me he was using JBL studio monitors on his projects. We developed a great relationship and during M2 development, we discussed the M2 might be the perfect solution for his new room at Patchwerk. As soon as the speakers were available, Kenny spent time with a set. I traveled to Atlanta when Kenny was dialing them in, and hearing his projects made both of us smile.”

Speaker calibration was accomplished using the room EQ in the Crown I-Tech amplifiers and Rational Acoustics’ SmaartLive software. Spending time with the speakers, Kenny refined the tuning over a period of days. “When I hit play after recalibrating my room, the system not only blew my socks off, but I was truly amazed at how tight and precise the low frequencies were. There was no overhang or that dreaded tubby bass ringing that I hate in other designs.”

“When your speaker cones are still moving when they should not be, then they not only falsify bass notes; they also tend to smear soundstage detail,” Kenny continued. “In other words, the speakers aren't playing back the same song. I read some really cool stuff about HARMAN’s approach to achieving highly accurate lows, based on the Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD power amp’s super-high damping factor and the M2's dual voice coils wound with special wire that doesn't change impedance as the voltage or volume increases.”

According to Kenny, the difference in HARMAN’s ability to achieve these lows is night and day, when compared to other systems. “Man oh man, when you hear the system as a whole with the waveguide and D2 high-frequency driver you will know exactly what I'm referring to,” he said. “The waveguide with D2 drivers draw such a clean, smooth center image that time and time again clients compliment the speakers on how 3D and holographic they sound.”

In fact, Kenny even admits that the speakers’ accuracy is so dead-on that it’s taken him some time to fully adjust. “True story: as I was working on a song one day I would periodically mute my speakers and turn around to answer the phone behind me on my coffee table but it turned out no one was paging me—I was actually hearing sounds that were out of phase in the mix that I was working on! Now that’s imaging.”

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

John Newman Tours on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi Consoles from SSE Hire

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom – Having recently mixed the 2014 UK Tour for recording artist John Newman, sound engineer Aaron Buck supported each show flawlessly with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 and Vi6 consoles at the monitors position, coupled with a Soundcraft Stagebox. Thanks to the sound quality and onboard features of the consoles, the team enjoyed consistent success throughout the tour. SSE Hire provided the consoles for the tour.

As he is heavily involved in the production and mixing of his own sound, Newman has strict requirements for what he hears in his in-ear monitors (IEMs). Therefore, it is crucial for Buck to dial in on the exact settings that are perfect for Newman’s performances. This is where Soundcraft Vi consoles shine, as they combine powerful effects with a simple layout of the board.

“I like the sound quality of the Vi desks and the onboard reverbs,” said Buck. “Before we used the Vi consoles, it took us quite a while to settle John into a vocal reverb that he was comfortable with for his IEMs. After switching to Soundcraft with the onboard Lexicon effects engines, it became a matter of minutes to get it down. We haven’t felt the need to tweak the reverbs for almost 100 shows.”

The Soundcraft Snapshot system allows the operator to store records of the console’s settings, which in turn, can be recalled during a performance. For Buck, Snapshots are now an integral part of each show, as both Newman and his band have become reliant on them.

“At first John was wary about the concept of taking Snapshots per song for his IEM mix, because the band members all required changes for each song,” said Buck. “I decided not to recall John’s individual sends and reverbs, and mix them on-the-fly every night, while still having the band and tech mixes stored and recalled for every song. This gave John peace of mind, while giving the band and techs what they needed as well.”

“Thanks to tech support from Pete Russell and Chris Courtney at SSE, I was able to get a look at these consoles and learn a lot of new software features I have not previously seen before on the Vi6.”

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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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

HHB Communications Upgrades Radio Station at Imperial College Union with HARMAN’s Studer OnAir 1500 Console

LONDON, United Kingdom — Delivering ease of use and professional-grade audio quality for a student-run broadcast studio, HHB Communications Ltd. recently upgraded the radio station at Imperial College Union, the college’s Student Union, with a HARMAN Studer OnAir 1500 digital mixing console.

Imperial College London is a premium science-based university, consistently ranked among the best in the world, offering a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges. The College’s Student Union houses a student-run radio station, Imperial College Radio, which broadcasts a variety of programming that ranges from music to comedy shows to discussion forums.

“The school wanted to refurbish the Student Union’s broadcast facilities, which includes a radio station, TV studio and rehearsal area,” said Andrew Hingley, Education Sales Manager for HHB. “The radio station was the most important part of the upgrade, so they were looking for a mixer that could handle their audio needs and was easy to use.”

Ultimately, HHB and Imperial College Union chose the Studer OnAir 1500, a 12-channel, 12-fader console designed as a flexible hybrid solution for radio broadcasting and production. It’s ideal for studios needing a compact and cost effective mixing console for a production room or studio. Integrated USB playback and record functions make the OnAir 1500 a very compact, yet complete, mixer.

“The OnAir 1500 is high-quality, easy to use and met the Union’s budget requirements, so it was a perfect fit for the station,” Hingley noted. “A lot of undergrads are also interested in pursuing careers in broadcasting after college, so it’s beneficial to familiarize them with products that they’ll encounter in professional studios.”

For more information on HHB Communications Ltd., please visit www.hhb.co.uk

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Delivers Gold Standard Lighting On Treasure Island

LONDON — Praised by critics for its lively and ingenious interpretation of a classic yarn, the British National Theatre’s rendition of Treasure Island for the winter of 2014/15 is both a dramatic and aesthetic success. Central to the family production’s visual presentation, HARMAN’s Martin Professional fixtures were heavily featured in Bruno Poet’s lighting design.

Running at the Olivier Theatre from September 2014 through to April 2015, the production features a set by Lizzie Clachan that takes the audience from a pub in southwest England to Bristol docks, sailing to and finally on the titular island itself. Instrumental in establishing the show’s atmosphere is Poet’s lighting design, which works double-time fulfilling both form and function. His designs accentuate the locations’ drama but also help tell the story by directing the audience where to look in particular scenes.

“I was very keen to use single-directional light sources as often as possible for a very clean look, both in the air with haze and in terms of light and shadow on the stage,” said Poet.

No stranger to Martin fixtures, Poet deployed Martin MAC Auras on his recent projects for the West End revival of Miss Saigon and Icelandic band Sigur Rós’s world tour and in the process developed a curiosity for Martin’s MAC Quantum Wash.

“I’m very keen on using HMI lights and 5Ks, so I was interested in the Quantum as an LED alternative to those kind of sources,” he said. “While I didn’t think you could really replace tungsten light, I discovered the Aura to be a fantastic improvement on a small discharge source and wanted to see if the MAC Quantum Wash, could replace the bigger discharge lights.”

Poet’s preference for tungsten meant that he chose Martin MAC TW1s for lighting the show’s characters and Quantums for a big single source, wide lens look. Meanwhile, Martin MAC Vipers were used for areas where precise light was essential.

“The Olivier stage is fairly big and one MAC Quantum Wash can cover it while retaining a good amount of punch,” he said. “When it’s on the wide setting you get a lovely 5K-like source and beam in the air. The MAC Quantum’s broad color palette also worked especially well for the night and storm scenes. I see it as a 2.5k HMI replacement with a huge electricity saving as, unlike the HMI, it is drawing very little power when not in use.”

Poet is equally enthusiastic about the MAC Viper fixtures.

“The MAC Viper Wash DX is wonderful because it’s bright enough to cover the whole stage but the internal barn door effect is incredibly useful,” he said. “There are moments when actors have to sneak onstage from the back without being seen and the internal barn doors help me cut the beam off at a precise place and with a beautiful soft edge. I like their punch, I like the color mixing. In fact, I like everything about the Wash DX. It’s absolutely my favorite discharge wash light at the moment!”

Working alongside the Olivier Theatre’s Lighting Supervisor & Chief Electrician Andy Taylor and Programmer Daniel Haggerty, Poet and his team are more than happy with the choice of Martin fixtures for the show.

“The MAC TW1 is probably my favorite moving light for illuminating actors and the Vipers and Quantums were great complements to the rig,” he said. “They gave me the flexibility of different effects for different moments, plus they’re reliable, very light and straightforward to rig. We had to mount a couple of the Quantums in odd positions but the process was easy.”

Martin equipment
·         MAC Quantum Was, 8 pcs.
·         MAC TW1, 12 pcs.
·         MAC Viper Wash DX, 10 pcs.

For more information on the National Theatre, please visit http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

For more information on lighting designer Bruno Poet, please visit http://brunopoet.co.uk/

For more information, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: www.martin.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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

RUSH Lighting Fixtures, by HARMAN’s Martin Professional, Help Create Dynamic, Energized Atmosphere at Elaborate Parq Club

SAN DIEGO, California – As founder of install firm SJ Lighting, Inc., Stephen Lieberman relies on creativity, principles of design, and high-quality lighting fixture manufacturers like HARMAN’s Martin Professional to build visually dynamic club atmospheres. He recently outfitted San Diego’s Parq club with an array of RUSH by Martin products including the RUSH MH 3 Beam, RUSH MH 1 Profile and RUSH PAR 1 RGBW in an installation that was both comprehensive and cohesive with the club’s other design elements.

Located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the 38,000 square foot club opened in the fall of 2014. Lieberman was brought in midway through the two-year construction period by a referral from the interior designer. He describes his organization’s role as visual “enhancers” based on the designer’s aesthetic.

“It’s important to consider all aspects including geometry and perspective,” said Lieberman. “You know it’s done right when it looks like a single design firm was responsible for the whole space.”

While creating a cohesive environmental design is Lieberman’s overall responsibility, his primary focus is the lighting, the club’s primary visual element during party hours. He relies on Martin’s line of club-oriented RUSH lighting fixtures to immerse every inch of the club in lighting in a way that boosts every guest’s experience.

“The Martin RUSH MH 3 Beam does the heavy lifting,” said Lieberman. “The big effects over the dance floor –that’s the RUSH Beam. The lighting over the main attractions like the DJ and the dancing girls? Also the RUSH MH 3 Beam. Every fixture has a purpose but you need to make sure that the space is properly lit.”

The RUSH fixtures certainly contribute to Parq’s highly stimulating interior, which is frequently described as ‘heavy on technology’ and ‘over-the-top.’ But Lieberman believes bright, prominent illumination is only one component of proper venue lighting. He considers lighting fixtures essential to maintaining a dynamic atmosphere for guests, performers, producers and club staff.

“Club shows often go for more than eight hours,” said Lieberman. “Our goal is to give the lighting designer enough tools he needs to keep things fresh, for both staff and guests, night after night. A great lighting designer tells a story along with the music. The more tools he has, the better the story he can tell.”

Lieberman founded SJ Lighting Inc. in 1994 and has worked with major worldwide music festivals and events ever since. He now focuses primarily on nightclubs and has installed hundreds of Martin RUSH products in the past six months as part of his all-encompassing visual stage designs.

Martin Equipment List
Dance Floor
·           RUSH MH 3 Beam, 32 pcs.
·           RUSH MH 1 Profile, 28 pcs.
·           RUSH PAR 1 RGBW, 12 pcs.
Patio
·           RUSH MH 1 Profile, 8 pcs.

For more information on SJ Lighting, Inc. please visit: http://www.sjlighting.net/

For more information on Parq, please visit: http://www.parqsd.com/

For more information, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: www.martin.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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.
 

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