IBC Debut For HARMAN’s Studer Low-Cost Vista Digital Console and Compact Stagebox

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Studer is extending its popular Vista 5 M2 range of digital broadcast and production consoles to include a 22-fader option, realising the lowest cost Vista ever to be made available and accompanying it with a new low-cost, Compact Stagebox.

Like its bigger brothers the 32 and 42 fader versions, the new model is optionally equipped with new TFT metering, capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input, with a configurable lower area which can be used to display bus assignments, surround images or the unique ‘History Mode’, where a scrolling audio waveform displays signal anomalies and highlights them for up to 50 seconds to allow the engineer to identify where the event occurred. Metering for ‘layer 2’ signals can also be viewed, while the Control Bay screen can be used to provide configurable user pages with up to 40 meters. When the TFT meter bridge is fitted, the external GC screen becomes an integral part of the chassis.

The Vista 5 family has found its home in all kinds of broadcast and theatre production facilities around the world. Existing Vista 5 owners will be pleased to learn that their console may be easily upgraded to the M2 version to be ready for the optional meter bridge, which is a simple add-on to the console chassis.

To provide a cost-effective package with the 22-fader console, Studer is also introducing the optional Compact Stagebox, which offers a high density of I/O connections in only 4U of rack space. The modular unit is fully configurable but is offered with a standard configuration of 32 mic/line inputs and 16 line outputs. Optionally, the Compact Stagebox can be equipped with an additional 16 mic/line input module instead of the output module, then providing 48 inputs. Alternatively, up to three output modules resulting in 48 outputs may be fitted.

The expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to most popular digital formats, including CobraNet® or Aviom A-Net® 16, Ethersound, ADAT, TDIF, SDI (SD/HD/3G), Dolby® E and Dolby Digital. A MADI recording interface can be fitted to the expansion slots as well.

The Compact Stagebox is connected to the host console using either Cat5 or optical-fibre MADI, the same way as the larger 64 mic/line Stagebox is hooked up, and shares the same redundant MADI cable capability. The unit comes complete with twin redundant power supplies, thermostatically-controlled fan cooling and full LED status monitoring. An 8ch GPIO interface is also provided.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

Applied Electronics Takes Humber College’s Mobile Broadcast Studio Live With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™ Digital Console

TORONTO, Canada — In an effort to provide current and prospective students an opportunity for a head start in the mobile broadcasting industry, Toronto-based Humber College has invested in a mobile broadcasting truck, equipped with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital console. Installed by Applied Electronics of Toronto, the Vi1-equipped truck provides students with intuitive, portable technology for mixing audio for broadcast.

Students interested in the highly demanding industry can now enroll in a 2-year Technical Broadcasting Videography program at Humber College. Every aspect of broadcast is covered in the coursework from traveling to events and setting up live feeds, to mixing and distributing the media. The broadcast truck offers an easily transported classroom/studio on wheels.

“We saw a great opportunity to offer our students a program specifically designed for the mobile aspect of broadcasting, as it is a craft in high demand around the world,” said Michael Wright, broadcast manager, Humber College. “We take pride in our Soundcraft Vi1 and the fact that no other university or college program provides an actual state-of-the-art, high-definition, fully functional broadcasting truck to students.”

“The Humber College School of Media Studies’ HD mobile is a stepping stone for covering media, sporting and school events on campus and around Canada - all circumstances where digital consoles would be used in a real-time broadcasting situations,” continued Wright. “The students are impressed when they walk into the broadcast truck and see how much we’ve invested in their education. The Vi1 is impressive in its capabilities and gives the mobile broadcast truck a great look.”

For more information on Applied Electronics, please visit http://www.appliedelectronics.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 SR Takes on All Competitors at World Gymnaestrada

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The 14th edition of the World Gymnaestrada recently concluded, drawing almost 20,000 participants from 55 nations, making it the world’s largest general gymnastics exhibition and the biggest sports event ever held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Event specialist Skynight SA of Geneva used HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 SR console to mix the opening ceremonies while simultaneously producing a feed for television networks.

The highly configurable Vista 5 SR console used a setup of 208 input channels on a small footprint of only 32 faders, thanks to its Vistonics™ user interface. This made the console the ideal choice for Martin Reich, who planned the audio installation with Skynight, and also manned the desk during the event with the help Riedel RockNet’s digital audio network.

“We decided to use the Vista 5 SR with Rocknet because it provided the greatest amount of flexibility right through to the end of the event,” Reich says. “One example is that after the opening ceremony some of the stages with live music were not used anymore. This system allowed us to simply remove the unused stageboxes without the need to reconfigure the network. Thanks to the good preparation and cooperation of all involved, the system was up and running within the shortest possible time, and it ran throughout the event without a glitch!”

In total, more then 180 audio sources coming from four different stages around the stadium had to be transported to the FOH position. Cable runs were long, with the connection from the west stage to the east stage running 300 meters. Thanks to the Rocknet system that makes use of either Cat5 or optical fiber links, heavy analog multicore cables were eliminated from the system design, and sources were plugged into one of the 12 Rocknet stageboxes and converted to the digital domain directly at the place where they originated. This was the first large-scale event where three Rocknet rings were connected to a Studer Vista console—and the success of this World Gymnaestrada is a result of the ongoing collaboration between Studer and Riedel.

For more information on Skynight SA, visit www.skynight.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays to the Fore at Serbia’s Exit Festival

NOVI SAD, Serbia – HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays were out in force at this year’s 4-day Exit 2011 Festival in Serbia, which saw bands such as Arcade Fire, Jamiroquai, Pulp, Portishead and Grinderman among the headliners. Held at the picturesque 18th century Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, on the banks of the Danube, Studio Berar’s long-standing and highly experienced rental department has been servicing this event since its inception in 2000.

The 100,000 people who attended this year’s Exit Festival enjoyed performances by numerous major international artists, presented with top-quality sound and lighting. This year’s event honored the 2,000,000th visitor since the festival began; the lucky music fan was presented with a 10-year free ticket.

The main stage was equipped with 32 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements (hung 16 per side), with VT4888 midsize line array elements providing out fill coverage and 36 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers, distributed stage left and right. The overall system design was pre-determined using JBL’s LAC II (Line Array Calculator) software. A dbx DriveRack 4800 Loudspeaker Management System, driving over 40 Crown I-Tech power amplifiers, provided EQ and routing functions. A pair of Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles was provided for the visiting sound engineers.

In the separate Dance Arena performance area, international artists such as Underworld, Deadmau5, Groove Armada and James Zabiela headed up an all-star cast. Here, the sound reinforcement system featured two hangs each of 24 VT4888 loudspeakers and VT4880 subwoofers, driven by a dbx DriveRack 4800 and Crown CTs3000 power amplifiers. Soundcraft MH3 and MH4 analog consoles were provided for the FOH and monitor positions.

Finally, the smaller Fusion Stage, featuring numerous regional acts, was equipped with 12 VERTEC VT4888 enclosures per side, with six VT4880 subs. A 48-channel Soundcraft Series FIVE at front of house was complemented by a classic SM20 monitor desk on the stage.

For Studio Berar, system management was overseen by sound engineer Aleksandar Pejin. Studio Berar marketing manager, Lazar Josanov, stated, “We found that our design approach provided excellent control and clear, strong well-defined sound. The V4 preset for VERTEC sounds perfect, and in combination with JBL’s LAC II software and HARMAN HiQnet™ for system setup, we were able to provide a secure, well-protected festival solution.”

For more information on Studio Berar, please visit www.studioberar.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

WJHW Design Outfits Ohio State University’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – Designed by Dallas, Texas-based consultants, Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WHJW) to fit the physically and acoustically demanding environment of Ohio State University’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, a HARMAN JBL VERTEC® line array system has been specified to serve events ranging from concerts, presentations, commencements, as well as outside events, including corporate meetings and weddings. The VERTEC line arrays were judged to be an ideal solution for the space, meeting detailed specifications for a semi-portable and self-powered solution.

Installed by Zenith Systems of Bedford Heights, Ohio, the VERTEC system was seamlessly integrated into the venue, according to Zenith’s Joe Ockuly. “We’ve used JBL in previous large installations and have had very positive results,” Ockuly noted. “The system was easily rigged and tuned, and the University to was able to utilize the space immediately following our installation.”

The ballroom, measuring 200 by 100 feet, is capable of being divided into three sections. The new main left-right main speaker arrays include JBL VT4887ADP powered compact line array elements and VT4881ADP powered compact arrayable subwoofers, all equipped with JBL DrivePack® technology. The nine-box VT4887ADP arrays are supported by three subwoofers per side. The ceiling-mounted arrays are suspended from a single hanging point--designed to go up and down quickly to move the system outside if necessary.

“JBL has a wide range of powered line array elements and the price-to-feature ratio is always a positive selling point for our clients,” stated Brad Lundy, consultant for WJHW. “The reliability of JBL loudspeaker technology, combined with the quality and versatility of the VERTEC system, allowed us to provide a tremendous audio system for this space. The system turned out great and the client is very happy,” he said. “The VERTEC line arrays are performing exactly as they were designed.”

For more information on WJHW, please visit http://www.wjhw.com

For more information on Zenith Systems, please visit http://www.zenithsystemsllc.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

HARMAN’s Crown Amplifiers, JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Soundcraft Vi1™ Digital Console Play Major Role In Celebration Music Theatre Renovation

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – Located in Surfside Beach, part of South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach resort area, the 950-seat Celebration Music Theatre opened earlier this year as a home to world-class live entertainment. The Theatre features the artist tribute show SUPERSTARZ! Live! with entertainers performing hits from Elvis, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Cher, Barbra Streisand and many other stars.

The Celebration Music Theatre occupies the site of a former live-performance venue, where the stage, video, lighting, wiring and other parts of the theatre have now been totally redone. All previous audio and video equipment has been removed to make room for a completely new installation that includes more than 30 HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays powered by Crown amplifiers.

Local installation specialist Commercial Audio, Inc. was contracted for the renovation, led by sales and marketing director Adam Hyman and owner Chad Johnson. The company installed 16 JBL VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements and VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers, along with two ASB6128 subwoofers, six AC28/95 and six AC16 ultra-compact loudspeakers. Crown I-Tech HD IT9000HD, XTi 4000 and CTs 1200 power amps drive the loudspeakers. A Soundcraft Vi1 64/24-input digital console handles both front of house and monitor mixing.

“I went with JBL and Crown because of my previous experience with both brands, their reliability and their broad product lineup that covers practically any professional installation situation,“ said Johnson. “The theater is more than twice as wide than it is deep, so I selected the VERTEC VT4886’s for their coverage pattern, which I was confident would work in such an unconventional room shape. I deployed the VT4886 speakers in arrays across the top left, center and right of the stage, which provided even coverage throughout the width of the room without any gaps in the distribution of sound to the audience.”

Johnson also placed the VT4883 subwoofers beneath each of the two center arrays, and an ASB6128 sub under each left and right stack. In addition, three AC16 speakers are placed on either side of the stage as front fills for the front rows of the theatre. The six JBL AC28/95 speakers are used as on-stage monitors, located at various points along the stage. “I had used the VERTEC VT8886 line arrays in previous projects, but not in a room that was wider than it was deep,” noted Johnson. “They work extremely well in the Celebration Music Theatre and we’re very happy with the results.”

In addition, the Soundcraft Vi1 console proved to be an ideal fit for a variety of reasons. “The Vi1 offers a ton of flexibility, as evidenced by the fact that it’s being used as both the FOH and monitor console at the Theatre,” Johnson added. “Also, the Vi1’s ability to recall ‘scenes’ was important, with the large number of different acts performing on some of the productions here.”

For more information about Commercial Audio, Inc. please visit http://www.commercialaudio.us/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

HARMAN JBL VERTEC® Subcompact Line Arrays Deliver Stellar Performance at Australia’s Heath Ledger Theatre

NORTHRIDGE, California – In the first fixed installation of HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® subcompact line arrays in Western Australia, Perth-based Vizcom Technologies recently integrated a VERTEC subcompact line array system at the 575-seat Heath Ledger Theatre in Perth. The Heath Ledger Theatre is part of the Theatre Centre of Western Australia, one of the defining architectural landmarks in Perth. The VERTEC system was sold through Jands, HARMAN’s Australian distributor.

The Heath Ledger Theatre is a traditional proscenium arch stage, measuring 12m wide and 9m high. The proscenium opening can be minimized with a false proscenium and borders. The stage measures 25m from wall-to-wall and 18m from the back wall to the front edge of the forestage. There are also additional wing spaces backstage due mostly to the lack of any manual flying system at the stage deck level.

The Heath Ledger Theatre’s main left/right FOH speaker arrays comprise the new JBL VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line arrays, complemented by JBL VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers on each side.

“These VERTEC line arrays were chosen over the system that was originally specified as in many ways, JBL out-performed it,” said Graham Piper, Technical Manager at the State Theatre Centre. “This was also a more cost-effective solution. The new system has performed better than a lot of people had expected it to; in fact, everyone who has heard agrees that it was a good choice. There’s been nothing but a positive response to the JBL VERTEC system.”

For more information on Vizcom Technologies, go to http://www.vizcom.com.au/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

Beijing Tianyin Deploys HARMAN Solution For China’s “I Love My Singing” Event

Beijing, China – Celebrating its 90th year as a Communist Party-run country, singing and celebration filled the National Stadium in Beijing, China for the “I Love My Singing” event. With 12,000 people and more than 200 choruses lead by famous Chinese performers Song Zuying, Sun Nan, Tan Jing, Yang Hongji and the 160-member Beijing Symphony, among others, the PA system featured a complete HARMAN solution and was deployed by Beijing Tianyin.

The sound reinforcement system included 48 of HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC VT4889, 24 VT4888 and 36 VT4880 line array elements, 16 PRX512M and 20 SRX712 speakers, as well as 23 Crown IT-5000, 72 IT-9000 and 18 IT-12000 amplifiers and two Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles and one Vi1 digital console – for sound reinforcement, monitoring and broadcast mixing.

The hang for each rig in the National Stadium included three groups of eight VT4889’s on the north and south side and one group of eight VT4888’s on the east and west. Six stacks of four VT4888’s were set on the ground to compensate the sound at the north stage, while four groups of four VT4880’s stood in the south stand.

The event focused on mass participation from its attendees, who ranged in age from 7 to 80. Representatives from all 16 regions in Beijing were present, including students, white and blue collar workers, military personnel, artists, retirees and many others.

The event is being reviewed and may create a new China chorus participation record.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

Surf, Suds and Sound: HARMAN’s JBL PRX615M Portable Loudspeakers Liven Up the Boardwalk Beer Garden at Caesars Atlantic City

NORTHRIDGE, California – Caesars Atlantic City is one of the New Jersey shore’s most popular hotels, offering entertainment, gaming, dining, luxury accommodations and much more in a spectacular oceanfront location. Caesars’ newest attraction is the Boardwalk Beer Garden, a place to kick back and relax and enjoy a world-class selection of beers and microbrews, along with an ever-changing selection of live, recorded and DJ music.

Located right in the center of the Atlantic City action, the Boardwalk Beer Garden features a high-performance music system with several JBL PRX615M powered monitor loudspeakers. Aurora Sound and Light Design installed the system, under the direction of Ian Hoffer.

“We’re specialists in the design and implementation of nightlife systems, and the majority of our work is club installations,” noted Hoffer. “The indoor portion of the Boardwalk Beer Garden was the site of a former club and already had a traditional sound system in place, but when the owners (Dusk Management Group) decided to create the Boardwalk Beer Garden featuring an outdoor seating and performance area, they needed additional sound reinforcement.”

“The project requirements called for high-quality, powered, and most importantly, portable speakers,” Hoffer continued. “I suggested that we use JBL PRX615M monitors to be evenly spaced along the beer garden, which is a long rectangular area outside of Caesars.”

The PRX615M features a 15-inch Differential Drive™ dual-voice-coil woofer and neodymium compression driver mounted to a 90º by 50º horn, all driven by a built-in dual 500-watt (1,000 watts total) Crown® Audio amplifier.

“The PRX615M was ideal for this application,” Hoffer said. “It fit the size and sound coverage requirements, and since it’s self-powered, compact and weighs less than 50 pounds, the speakers are easy to move in and out. We also installed AC power and XLR audio receptacles next to each speaker to facilitate easy setup and takedown by the bar staff.”

“The speakers have performed great so far,” Hoffer concluded. “They’re easily portable, and durable, which was a primary consideration for this application, and most importantly, they sound fantastic.”

For more information about Aurora Sound and Light Design, please call 609-433-6289.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

HARMAN’s JBL CBT Series Loudspeakers Solve Sonic Challenges at Michael Fowler Centre Auditorium

NORTHRIDGE, California – The 2,210-seat Michael Fowler Centre Auditorium in New Zealand is a jewel of a concert hall, with a distinctive 3-level glass façade and interior detailing of native timbers and Italian marble. The 2-level, oval-shaped auditorium’s acoustics are ideal for classical music concerts, and the venue is also used for events, meetings, tradeshows and other functions.

“The originally installed sound system consisted of many small loudspeakers, the coverage wasn’t uniform, and the frequency response varied depending on where you were sitting, among other problems,” noted Sam Johnston, Operations Manager of AV company Multi-Media Systems Ltd. of New Zealand.

Working with Matt Chapman and Marcus Wilson of Jands New Zealand (HARMAN’s local distributor), Johnston and Matt Hoyle of Multi-Media Systems ultimately chose JBL CBT Constant Beamwidth Technology™ column loudspeakers in an unusual configuration--a single CBT 70J speaker with a CBT 70JE extension enclosure, complemented by two CBT50LA speakers on either side, with each aimed 90 degrees to the left and right. The entire cluster is flown from the ceiling of the auditorium.

“We didn’t need a large-scale sound reinforcement system to deliver rock concert levels--we were more concerned with getting even coverage and maximum clarity and speech intelligibility, for pre-show announcements and general public address,” stated Johnston. “What we did need was very good pattern control and consistent coverage both closer and farther away from the speakers. We chose the JBL CBT models because they are specifically designed to provide even frequency coverage regardless of the distance from the speakers, without the drop off in high-frequency response and level that you hear from other column designs.”

Arriving at the final speaker configuration took some trial and error. “At first, we set up a single CBT 70J with the 70JE extension about 10 feet from the front of the stage and about 25 feet above the stage floor,” Johnston said. “From the front row to the back wall, we achieved highly intelligible speech and full-range music reproduction, with no noticeable level variation over most of the seats.”

However, the seats at the side of the stage and overlooking the stage were not adequately covered, and the seats around the downstairs walls did not receive enough high-frequency response. The team of Multi-Media Systems and Jands NZ then tested a configuration using two CBT 50LA speakers, one on either side of the single, main CBT 70J/70 JE column, to cover the seats beside the stage. “The CBT 50LA speakers can be set to provide midrange and high frequencies only, which avoided having too much bass energy being played into the room,” Johnston said. “Ultimately, the JBL CBT Series speakers proved to be the ideal solution for the Michael Fowler Centre Auditorium. They delivered the coverage, clarity and sound pressure level we needed, and the small number of speakers required enabled us to install them in a way that didn’t intrude with the aesthetics of the Auditorium, while also saving on the cost of the installation.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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HARMAN’s Lexicon Components and Plug-ins Are Integral Sonic Tools At New York’s Jungle City Studios

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Described as “one of the most impressive new studios in New York in years” by The New York Times, Jungle City Studios is bucking the trend in an era when more and more musicians are turning to laptop, home and project studio recording. Owned by Alicia Keys’ engineer Ann Minicieli and designed by renowned acoustician John Storyk, Jungle City Studios boasts interior décor that has more in common with a five-star hotel than the utilitarian look of most recording studios, along with three rooms’ worth of rare, vintage and cutting-edge gear including a host of HARMAN Lexicon components and plug-ins.

The studio is equipped with the Lexicon PCM96 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor, PCM96 Surround Reverb/Effects Processor and PCM Native Effects Plug-In Bundle, along with legacy products like the 960L Digital Effects System, M480L Reverb/Effects Processor and others. Jungle City engineers who frequently use Lexicon include Minicieli, Ken “Duro” Ifill, Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young and Tony Maserati to name a few. Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Jay Sean, Kelly Clarkson and Ne-Yo are just some of the artists who have used the Lexicon gear and recorded at Jungle City Studios.

“As any pro will tell you, Lexicon products have been a recording studio standard for ages, because of their lush, inimitable sound,” noted James Spano, Manager of Jungle City Studios. “When Ann built this facility, it was a given that Lexicon gear would be a part of it. But that’s not the whole story – our clients and engineers enjoy the useful features like the ability to save and load presets, the complete control of a wide range of sonic parameters, the multiple stereo options for using different reverbs on different tracks simultaneously and the many other benefits.”

“Most of the engineers who have worked at Jungle City have tried the software reverbs that the Lexicon plug-ins have to offer,” continued Spano. “Their ease of use and consistent user interface make for an easy transition for any engineer who has been comfortable with Lexicon hardware. But most importantly, these engineers approve of the sound quality, which is sometimes not the case when hardware makes the jump to software.”

DJ Swivel pointed out, “I mix almost exclusively in the box (on a computer), but was never able to find a plug-in reverb solution that satisfied me sonically until the PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle. It’s also really convenient. It completely eliminates the necessity of having to recall settings for a mix – the sound I want is there, instantly.”

As Duro noted, “I’m extremely particular about the quality of the reverbs I use on my productions. Competitors have come out with reverbs with algorithms that supposedly were the same as Lexicon – but I could hear the difference. I can tell when the Lexicon plug-in is being used. No other reverb is as transparent.”

For more information about Jungle City Studios, please contact www.junglecitystudios.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

Trio of HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6™ Consoles Greet Script’s Aviva Homecoming

DUBLIN, Ireland — It’s unusual enough to find a couple of identical digital consoles congregated in the crowded confines of monitor world, let alone a trio. But that’s precisely what happened when The Script played their sell-out homecoming gig at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium recently—their first stadium headline concert—when three Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles could be seen in the stage wings, where they were sequentially pressed into monitor duties.

PA providers to the Irish trio were Adlib Audio, and crew chief Marc Peers says the Vi6 is the band’s monitor desk of choice. “The Script know precisely what they are looking for,” he notes. “Both Mark [Sheehan] and Danny [O’Donoghue] are former producers and they love the sound of the Vi6. Monitor engineer Paul Moore used all the board’s dynamics—and there was no outboard processing whatsoever.”

At the same time, Adlib provided a second board for fellow Irish band The Coronas, whose foldback engineer Liam Mullen mixed their stage sound. Meanwhile, the main support was Tinie Tempah—an SSE Audio Group account; and they met stage engineer Raf Williams’ request for a third Vi6—which was overseen by SSE’s monitor tech Owain Richards.

The Vi6 is an ideal desk for monitors, not only because of its superior sound quality but also its reduced footprint—a particular advantage on small stages where a slim profile desk is essential (and no additional outboard gear is necessary). Monitor engineers also commend the Vi6’s ergonomics, including the Vistonics II™ touchscreen system and FaderGlow™, which enable engineers to access all functions quickly and easily without the need for tedious paging.

The Aviva Stadium is no stranger to hosting equipment from the HARMAN stable; last year the formerly named Lansdowne Road Stadium underwent a complete rebuild, with large quantities of JBL PD Series loudspeakers specified for the main sound reinforcement system, and Crown amplifiers and BSS Soundweb London for the network control—as well as a Soundcraft analogue desk for match day broadcast mixing.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

HARMAN’s Studer to Introduce Unique On-Air and Production Digital Mixing Console at IBC 2011

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — At IBC 2011, HARMAN’s Studer is introducing the OnAir 1500 digital mixing console, a flexible solution for radio broadcasting and production, and the result of Studer’s close attention to the needs of its customers, who are increasingly requesting more versatility and connectivity from their mixing systems at an affordable entry budget price point.

The Studer OnAir 1500 is a 12-channel, 6-fader console (expandable to 12 faders) available at an entry price of around $10,000 list, the first time a Studer has been available in this price category, ideal for studios needing an additional professional-grade fader unit and additional I/O or a compact and cost-effective mixing console for a production room or on-air studio. Integrated USB playback and record functions make the OnAir 1500 a very compact yet complete production unit and mixer. With simple point-to-point connectivity it can easily be moved around as a backup or secondary unit.

Flexibility is increased with the addition of a 6-fader extension bay, creating either a 12-fader surface, or an additional six faders that can be remotely placed in a producer’s bay or used as a redundant surface. The system bridges the gap between production and on-air needs, offering an all inclusive feature set to simplify great programming in either setting.

Channel parameters such as EQ and dynamics can be comfortably edited using console controls in combination with the OLED channel displays without requiring an additional screen or PC. For more advanced operation and configuration, the console provides interfaces for connecting a PC screen, keyboard and mouse.

The master section gives the operator simple yet comprehensive access to the signal monitoring and switching for control room and studio with an internal speaker preconfigured to output CUE and talkback signals. Audio monitoring is augmented by two 29 segment stereo bargraph PPMs, providing constant overview of all-important signals; six different meter standards are available. Unique features such as Headphone Split allows the user to listen to two different sources, one through the left earpiece and the other through the right. Preset buttons also allow one-touch control of all monitoring. Additional monitoring for separate studios is available via an external Monitoring/ Talkback unit for added flexibility.

The separate NANO SCORE of the OnAir 1500 contains the audio and control engine. Its straightforward design provides standard sockets, making any additional breakout panel unnecessary. Two separate card slots can be equipped with any optional D21m I/O module, such as MADI (up to 64 ch in/56 ch out), ADAT, AES, or additional MIC inputs. The front panel carries three USB ports, one of which is used to identify the console operator. The second port can host a USB stick for recording and playout, while the third one can be switched to deliver an additional eight channels of I/O to/from a USB device. The core connects to the surface via one Cat5 cable, which also supplies power to the surface.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

HARMAN’s Crown Audio I-Tech HD Series Amplifiers Are Used In HyperSpike Mass Notification Systems

ELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio I-Tech HD Series amplifiers have been selected for use in the Ultra Electroncs HyperSpike Mass Notification Systems that are found in both civilian and military applilcations to deliver loud, long-range acoustic voice and alarm communications.

Designed by Wattre Corporation and manufactured by Ultra Electronics – USSI, the MA-1 HyperSpike devices deliver extremely loud, highly intelligible voice communications and alert signals over distances of more than a mile and a half. HyperSpike is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world record holder for loudest electro-acoustic projection device at 182.2dB at 1 meter.

“Our unique technology revolves around the discovery that audio energy can be focused,” stated Curt Graber, President of Wattre Corporation. “The HyperSpike speaker designs are extremely effective at projecting loud, clear signals over long distances. When we looked for a suitable amplifier for our Mass Notification products, we chose the Crown I-Tech HD Series for its performance, long-term dependability and also its light weight, which was an important factor in the design specification for this product.”

HyperSpike models are in service with various domestic and international military, private and law enforcement users. Notable users include the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, the French Navy, the Malaysian Navy and many other organizations.

Ultra Electronics - USSI (www.Ultra-Ussi.com) is a global and innovative supplier of highly intelligible, ruggedized, light weight, long range directional and omni-directional acoustic communication systems. Being deployed word-wide and in combat theaters throughout the globe, the ever expanding and versatile portfolio of products are used in diverse applications such as naval and commercial maritime security, tactical mobile military scenarios, military base perimeter protection, advanced warning and notification, border and port security, law enforcement, crowd control, mass notification, fire services and more. Our business is protecting lives and property with the use of sound technology. HyperSpike® – Protection at the Speed of Sound.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

Bring the Noisettes! Indie Rock Band Chooses HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™ Digital Console for Their Current Festival Tour

LONDON, United Kingdom — “Our aim is to prove that pop music can still be alternative and exciting,” declares singer Shingai Shoniwa of British indie rock band the Noisettes. Along with guitarist Dan Smith, the Noisettes have been shaking up crowds across the United States and Europe with their incendiary live shows and rowdy mix of rock, funk, pop, soul and other less-categorizable sounds. The band has released two albums, What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? and Wild Young Hearts with a third due out in the spring of 2012.

The Noisettes are playing at festivals throughout the summer, using a Soundcraft Vi1 digital live sound console for monitor mixing along with a Soundcraft Compact Stagebox. “The challenges for our monitor engineer, Simon Panos, are quite demanding for this tour,” notes Bryony October, front of house engineer and production manager for the band. “We’re going out with a seven-piece band for this tour and every band member is using in-ear monitors. All of them are fantastic musicians who are seriously into their production values and they demand super hi-fi-sounding mixes.”

“The show requires all kinds of cues, and it’s complicated by the fact that there are five vocalists, all of whom want to hear different mixes and vocal effects,” continues October. “For example, Shingai really likes to hear her delay, but that can be distracting to some of the other vocalists. In order to pull this off, the sound from the in-ears has to be absolutely amazing – and the Vi1 is exceptional in this regard. On top of all that, I have to get a good mix for the delays for the front of house sound.”

October brings up a practical consideration many engineers can identify with: “This is a festival tour, and we don’t get any sound checks. We go on quite early in the afternoon, meaning we get no priority in terms of bringing our own gear in. The Vi1’s small footprint means that we can negotiate bringing our own monitor console without creating space issues for the bands above us on the bill who also want to bring all their own gear in. We are running 41 lines in and 21 mixes out, plus external effects sends, so we’re using the Vi1 almost to capacity, and have had no hiccups.”

“When the band was looking for a monitor console, the Soundcraft Vi1 was my first choice because of previous positive experiences with the Vi4 and Vi6 consoles for front of house,” notes October. “I wanted something I knew inside and out, as we don't always have the same monitor engineer at all of our shows. So, I need to be able to know what’s happening, even if I’m not manning the monitor console.”

“I also wanted a console that was really reliable. We can’t afford to have issues at festivals.”

“I find the Compact Stagebox to be extremely helpful for this tour,” adds October. “It expands the Vi1 console without taking up an extra flight case of space. We’ve incorporated the Compact Stagebox into our rack so that the console sits on the rack and the overall footprint remains small, while we’re still able to bring all of our rack effects.”

The Noisettes are touring throughout the summer and are working on a new album for release in 2011. For more information please visit the Noisettes’ website at http://www.noisettes.co.uk.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

GRAMMY-Winning Steve Pageot Commits to HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

VIENNA, Austria – Highlighting six decades of providing quality sound in the recording and live sound industries, HARMAN’s AKG introduces Steve Pageot, a GRAMMY-winning engineer and Platinum producer, as the latest endorsee of its professional microphone line. An expert musician with multiple instruments, including guitar, piano and jazz flute, and in multiple genres from classical to hip-hop, Pageot has been developing his musical talent from the age of three and continues to develop his talent with the help of AKG.

For nearly 30 years, Pageot has developed his sound through hard work and dedication. From a young age, he practiced his instruments with his family to perfect each one. After graduating from high school and winning a national music competition playing the flute, he earned a degree in electronic engineering and computer programming. Pageot spent his first years out of school designing electronic circuit boards. With an immaculate ear and expertise in engineering, Pageot’s pursuit of a career in music began by building his first studio.

“I was always busy, working to elevate my crafts,” stated the Montreal, Canada native. “Music became a career in my eyes before it actually was. I knew I had to make it big in the business, so I worked hard and presented myself and projects, knowing they would be the highest level.”

On his first trip to present his work to top-level executives in New York in 1993, a man who would become one of the most influential moguls in the industry turned down Pageot’s first EP. “I had a great meeting with Puff Daddy, but he told me right to my face he wasn’t interested. That didn’t stop me.”

Pageot went back to Montreal to begin analyzing his music after the discouraging meeting. “I realized the standard of music in Canada wasn’t up to pace with the New York style,” he continued. “While my mixes were great, nothing was punching – I needed more bass and drums, so I got back to work.”

At the age of 27, after fine-tuning his tracks, Pageot brought back his works to New York and was signed by producer Ron Lawrence, an associate with Puff Daddy and Bad Boy Records. His first official project as a producer, The War is On by Krayzie Bone, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Lazy Bone went platinum. “I was so honored to be associated with a production company that was known around the nation. When that first platinum plaque was delivered to me, I knew I belonged.”

Working constantly on producing and engineering mixes in his studio – sometimes one a day – one track was picked up by Aretha Franklin, which eventually earned Pageot a GRAMMY. In 2003, Franklin and Pageot’s song “Wonderful” took the GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

As an endorser of AKG, Pageot hopes to raise the bar of excellence already established by the world’s leading microphone manufacturer. “Like Quincy Jones was to my generation, I want to establish the blueprint in musical accomplishments through AKG,” continued Pageot. “AKG develops top-of-the-line microphones, ensuring anything they design and offer to the industry is perfect – something I’ve strived for my entire career.”

“Within minutes of using AKG’s P820 tube microphone, it was as if I found the love of my life,” he said. “The mic catches every nuance when you record vocals or instruments. There is no question when you play back recordings in the studio if the track is excellent or poor quality. You can focus on each individual track easily to perfect your recordings.”

“Steve brings another level of greatness to our AKG recording artists and our renown family of endorsees,” stated Joseph Wagoner, project manager, wireless-tour-install, AKG. “We are proud to have him in the studio, in the booth and on stage promoting the diversity of our P820 tube and know he will be a valuable asset in our efforts around the globe.”

For more information about AKG’s P820 microphone and Steve Pageot, please visit http://www.akg.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

Sound Image and HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 SR Digital Consoles Fatten the Sound for “Flatts Fest”

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The man at front of house for country music superstars Rascal Flatts for more than eight years, Jon Garber is using HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 SR digital consoles for the band’s current “Flatts Fest” tour. Featuring opening acts Sara Evans, Easton Corbin and Justin Moore, the 29-show tour, spanning North America, features an entirely new stage production and interactive festival atmosphere.

Escondido, California-based Sound Image is supplying the Studer Vista 5 SR as the front of house digital console, as well as an additional Vista 5 SR for monitoring. Along with the Vista 5 SR consoles, Sound Image is providing 54 JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements and 34 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers for each show, while the rig is powered by Crown IT12000HD amplifiers.

“We have a longstanding affiliation with HARMAN for more than a decade, utilizing a variety of HARMAN equipment,” Garber states. “Studer, JBL and the entire HARMAN system helps us tremendously, especially on these long and exciting tours. We can be sure to provide the artists and fans reliable, yet stunning sound in every city.”

Using the Vista 5 SR digital console since its introduction nearly four years ago, Garber credits the simple-to-use interface for its continued success. He says he only needs five minutes with anyone from a seasoned, ‘old-school’ FOH man to a new engineer on the job to completely explain the functionality of the Vista 5 SR and the console continues to impress the band and all engineers involved.

“The Vista’s are performing very well as we kick off “Flatts Fest,” Garber continues. “They can handle everything from playing at a 20,000-fan closed venue to the outdoor amphitheatres we are visiting during this tour. No digital desk compares to the Vista 5 SR. From the Vistonics™ interface and ergonomics, to the workflow, it’s an awesome piece of equipment.”

For more information on Sound Image, please visit http://www.sound-image.com

Photo Credit: Lawrence Fung

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

HARMAN’s Studer Appoints Bruno Hochstrasser as General Manager

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom — Effective immediately, Bruno Hochstrasser returns to HARMAN’s Studer as General Manager, reporting to Andy Trott (VP and General Manager, Mixing and Microphones & Headphones).

Bruno Hochstrasser joined Studer in 1971 and was highly instrumental in Studer’s domination of the high-quality, recording studio tape machine market with iconic models like the A800 (he was actually the product manager for its launch in 1978!), amongst many others.

In 1990, Bruno became President of Studer. During the 1990s, the company reinvented itself following the demise of tape, and Bruno led Studer to become the digital mixing console brand it is today. Less than two years ago, Bruno decided to go into semi-retirement but remained connected with the company as a brand ambassador, mainly in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

“Bruno is today’s Mister Studer,” said Andy Trott, “He has remained proud and loyal to Studer for over 40 years and I’m delighted he has succumbed to me tempting him out of retirement! We are facing a fascinating new era as we rejuvenate Studer with many new talented staff and the development of some groundbreaking technologies and this will require an experienced hand on the wheel. Bruno is liked and respected by our staff, distributors and customers alike, and I can’t think of anyone better to do the job.”

Studer recently launched the biggest recruitment campaign in the past 10 years and is expanding its R&D, Sales and Service teams, already resulting in several new appointments in the US, UK, Australasia, South America and Asia announced in the past six months. In June, Studer also launched its biggest education programme ever. The SBA (Studer Broadcast Academy) provides certification training for freelancers, staff engineers and system integrators worldwide, starting in the UK with courses run in the factory and via the 73-foot long Studer broadcast truck in the US. A European programme is expected to start in the autumn.

Bruno added, “For the past 40 years, Studer has been my life; I’ve seen it grow and reinvent itself and emerge as the best digital broadcast console business in the world today. The broadcast market is such an exciting place to be at the moment with so many changes presenting new opportunities for us manufacturers; we have some challenges ahead, but with our renewed investment in bright new people and some amazing new technology developments underway I truly believe we are at the start of a bright new beginning.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

Pick Of The Hits - Harman's Soundcraft MFXi8/2 Mixer in Sound & Video Contractor

There are applications that require dozens of inputs, sophisticated signal routing, parametric equalization, mute groups, and maybe even automation. For those applications, there are high-end, expensive mixers. Then there are very simple applications that only require a small handful of inputs to blend a few mics and maybe a CD player or iPod. Despite the fact that a small mixer is called for, modern technology still gives us some nice features that allow us to go well beyond the simple blending of signals for public address, including good quality digital signal processing. Additionally, there’s no point in specifying a large, heavy mixer when a small, lightweight unit will do. To this end, Soundcraft offers its MFXi series of consoles. I requested an MFXi8/2 for evaluation, deliberately choosing the smallest of these so as to be able to present information for the benefit of professionals who are either on a budget or have their large-frame console needs currently met and need a compact but advanced mixer for certain applications.

The MFXi8/2 has eight mono inputs with XLR and TRS balanced inputs for mic and line, respectively. The line input also accepts unbalanced signals. A TRS insert point is also found on each channel, along with a gain knob and 100Hz high-pass filter. Next in the path is the equalizer, with high and low shelving fixed at 12kHz and 80Hz, respectively, and mids sweepable between 150Hz and 3.5kHz with a Q of 1.5. All three bands facilitate boost or cut of 15dB. Following EQ in the signal path are the mixer’s auxiliaries. Auxes 1 and 2 feed physical TRS output jacks on the mixer, while aux 3 (known on this mixer as “FX”) feeds the internal Lexicon 24-bit digital effects processor. Each channel also features a pan knob, mute button, prefader listen button, and a bus-routing button that determines whether the channel’s output feeds the stereo “mix” bus or the “sub-L/sub-R” buses. A green “signal present” and red peak LED help to indicate input level on each channel. In addition to the eight mono channels, the mixer also offers two stereo line inputs. They’re virtually identical to the mono inputs, but they lack sweepable mids in the EQ section (mids are fixed at 720Hz). They also lack continuously variable input gain control, inserts, and the 100Hz HPF that the mono channels have. The stereo input controls are otherwise identical with the notable exception that a balance knob replaces the pan knob of the mono inputs.

Beyond the 10 short-throw faders that control levels of the mixer’s input channels, there are four additional faders: one for effects return level, one each for sub-L and sub-R, and a single stereo “mix” bus fader. The effects return channel features a prefader listen button, a pleasantly surprising feature on a mixer of this size and price. Ten-segment stereo LED meters show levels for both the main output and also pre- and after-fader listen solos. Buttons in this master section determine whether the sub buses are routed to the main stereo mix, and if so, whether they’re presented in mono or stereo. The mixer also offers balanced TRS monitor outputs, and there is a level control and a button to determine whether three auxes have master level knobs and after-fader listen buttons, and aux 2 can be assigned globally as pre- or post-fader. A headphone jack with a level control knob is also featured, as is a stereo RCA two-track input with a level control and buttons to route it to the main mix, to the monitors, or both. There is also a stereo aux return with a level knob represented by two balanced TRS jacks. Of course, there are balanced TRS outputs for auxes 1 and 2, along with the two sub buses, the FX bus, and a mono output. The mixer’s main output is a pair of balanced XLR jacks. There is a stereo pair of RCA “record out” jacks to facilitate recording, and a single button to globally apply 48V of phantom power to the mic inputs.

The internal Lexicon digital effects processor offers a nice array of parametric controls, including knobs that adjust various parameters depending upon the type of effect selected. One handles predelay/time/speed, while a second determines decay/feedback/depth, and a third is deemed the variation knob, controlling “liveliness” or diffusion depending on the selected reverb. A rotary switch determines which of 16 effects in each of two banks is selected, for a total of 32. A bank switch is not necessary, due to the clever convention facilitated by the rotary switch; each successive rotation of the knob changes from one bank to the other. Two additional knobs allow effects to be routed to auxes 1 and 2 in order to present effects in monitor mixes. An additional TRS jack allows for connection of a foot pedal to mute effects, and there is a handy pushbutton above the effects return fader that does the same. Buttons allow for entry of tempo by tapping and storage of effect programs once parameters are dialed in to suit the mixer.

The GB30 mic pres in the mixer sound good—not as good as those in the sophisticated consoles we mentioned earlier, but they are quiet and undistorted and do the job nicely. The EQs are musical and effective with their ±15dB boost/cut, particularly considering the sweepable mids. While it would be nice to have more than three auxes, it must be remembered that both the 8- and 12-input versions of this mixer are rackmountable, and small mixers like this just aren’t going to deliver that many auxes. What’s great is that the three auxes in this mixer are planned with a lot of forethought. It’s nice that one can be switched pre- or post-fader, and it makes perfectly good sense that one is committed to the internal processor. The remaining two could be devoted to monitor mixes, or just as easily to a couple of additional outboard processors, although three distinct processors on a mixer of this size would almost certainly be overkill; auxes 1 and 2 are obviously intended for monitor mixes in most applications.

The overall specs on the console are great—low noise and low distortion. The three-bus routing scheme provides a lot of flexibility, another pleasantly surprising feature in such a small mixer. The 24-bit Lexicon effects sound great too, adding even more value to the mixer, as does the standard Kensington lock slot on the rear of the console, enabling the mixer to be secured in an environment where theft is a concern.

I would feel very confident using this mixer for virtually any AV, meeting, house of worship, theatrical, or corporate setting. If the application doesn’t require dozens of inputs, this mixer still provides a lot of the sophistication that is normally found in larger consoles—definitely worth a look.

—by John McJunkin

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Legendary Producer Val Garay of Red Red Records Adds the Lexicon(r) PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle to His Sonic Toolbox

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Val Garay has produced dozens of platinum and gold records and worked with artists including Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, the Motels, Toto, Don Henley, Kim Carnes, Neil Diamond, Santana, Reel Big Fish and a who's who of others. He produced the GRAMMY(r) Award-winning "We Are the World," introduced entirely new production and micing techniques, and in the 1970s was a key architect of what is still known as the "LA Sound."

Garay is both President and partner in Red Red Records. Garay's vast responsibilities include working and signing both heritage and up and coming artists as well as providing expertise in production, mixing, songwriting, creative direction and other aspects of making and marketing music.  Additionally, Garay is producing and engineering scores for movies and television.

Like many industry veterans, Garay has been a long-time Lexicon user, and like many experienced record producers, has made the transition from hardware reverb and effects processors to software-based plug-ins.

"The quality of the reverb can make or break a track, or the sonic ambience of an entire record," noted Garay. "There's no room for sonic mediocrity when it comes to reverbs and effects, and trading sound quality for the convenience of a plug-in is not an acceptable compromise."

"When I first started working with the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle, I realized that the technology had gotten to the point where I could have the best of both worlds," continued Garay. "The sounds are classic Lexicon - rich, deep and enveloping, and they can elevate a mix from being merely good to being absolutely captivating. In addition, the ability to tweak parameters to get exactly the sound quality you want, and then be able to save those settings and recall them instantly is a powerful advantage."

"Anything that enhances the creative process and helps make better-sounding records is something to be welcomed," concluded Garay. "The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is a powerful sonic tool that I intend to use as a key element of my future productions."

The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools(r) and Logic(r), as well as with any other VST(r), Audio Unit(tm) or RTAS(r)-compatible platform. Compatible with Windows(r) Vista, XP and 7 and Macintosh(r) computers, it offers seven unique Lexicon's plug-ins including Vintage Plate, Plate, Hall, Room, Random Hall, Concert Hall and Chamber, along with hundreds of presets including classics from Lexicon's extensive library of sounds.

Its intuitive user interface provides ready access to key parameters, with a graphical real-time full-color display that illustrates all key sonic parameters. Virtual input and output meters provide ready indication of audio levels, and presets can be stored in a DAW-independent format that can be transferred to a different DAW.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets - supported by 15 leading brands including AKG(r), HARMAN Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.
 

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