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METRIC HALO RELOCATES TO SUN-DRENCHED FLORIDA

mhllogolarge_for-white.jpgSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Without snow shovels and down jackets, Metric Halo is in the process of moving to the Tampa Bay area during the holiday break. A beautiful 10,000-square foot facility in Safety Harbor, Florida will serve as the company’s new management, manufacturing and research & development nerve center. Remarkably, every single member of the Metric Halo staff is moving with the company, which means no break in continuity creativity or sales for Metric Halo’s loyal users. Only the company’s address and phone number will change.

“After a lifetime of braving winter in New York, we’re done,” said Joe Buchalter, president of Metric Halo. “While I’m pretty sure that some of us will be back to the Northeast to visit friends and family, the operative word is ‘visit.’” Metric Halo is timing the move to minimize disruption. The office, shipping, and support departments more

WIRELESS FIRST/CLAIR GLOBAL PROVIDE LIVE AND BROADCAST AUDIO FOR CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR SHOW

cmt_awards_2011.JPGNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2011: The Country Music Television (CMT) Artists of the Year celebration honors five country music artists who stand at the top of the field with an evening of live music at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year, Rob Lowe hosted the proceedings, which included heartfelt performances by the five honorees: Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney. As in the past, CMT hired Wireless First, a Clair Global Company to simultaneously provide live sound reinforcement and broadcast sound (the show aired in mid-December), along with RF equipment and expertise. In addition to the impactful Clair i3 line array system, which stays out of television sightlines, Clair Global brought two new products: a custom-built portable RF microphone podium and the CF 1090 Fractal Antenna. Both provided tangible benefits over existing technologies that allowed the crew to accomplish such more

HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and ATK Audiotek Deliver An All-Out Performance at the 39th Annual American Music Awards

NORTHRIDGE, California – The 39th annual American Music Awards broadcast featured a star-studded lineup of artists, nominees and presenters including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, will.i.am, David Hasselhoff, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and a host of others. Held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live on November 20, the American Music Awards (AMA) featured more than a dozen live performances, all heard through a sound reinforcement system comprised of HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays.

ATK Audiotek of Valencia, California has worked on countless television productions, special events, conventions, installation and concert tours. For the AMA broadcast, ATK Audiotek brought in an audio system that included 70 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers, 15 VT4887 compact line array loudspeakers and five VRX932LA Constant Curvature loudspeakers. In addition, more than a dozen JBL VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers that were already installed in the Nokia Theatre LA Live were employed for the live broadcast.

“With any live TV awards show, there are a number of specific considerations to deal with and the American Music Awards broadcast was no exception,” noted Mikael Stewart, VP of Special Events, ATK Audiotek. “A primary concern was that we had to make sure the house sound was loud enough–but also make sure that we didn’t intrude on the audio for the broadcast and overwhelm it with ambient noise.”

“In order to accomplish this, we went with JBL VERTEC mains and subwoofers,” Stewart added. “The VERTEC speakers give us more control over directionality, with fewer reflections off the theater’s walls and better accuracy in being able to cover all the seats. VERTEC’s focused coverage patterns are also an advantage in such a large venue, where reverberation and ambient noise can be a problem if you excite the room too much and don’t keep these factors under control.”

ATK Audiotek arranged the VT4889 speakers in eight clusters–four main arrays of nine, 10, 10 and nine speakers each, and four delay clusters of seven, nine, nine and seven each. In addition, five VRX932LA’s were placed under the balcony for additional coverage. The VT4880A subwoofers that were already installed throughout the theater were used to support the low end.

“Another very big advantage is that JBL VERTEC speakers are an industry standard and their performance capabilities are well known,” noted Stewart. “When we do these types of music awards shows, we can have something like 12 to 18 different artists and bands – and they all have their own sound engineers. It’s a big advantage for them to know the characteristics of the speakers that they are working with.”

“The Nokia is a very large and versatile ‘black box’ kind of theater,” Stewart pointed out, “and you can rig speakers just about anywhere in the room. There were no balcony hangs to contend with and it gave us more placement freedom than we’ve had in other theaters. Also, JBL VERTEC line arrays are lighter than most PA speakers, which adds to their rigging flexibility and the ability to place them at almost any angle.”

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Electrosonic Refreshes The Scottish Government’s Media Centre

Scottish Government's Media Briefing Centre

Scottish Government's Media Briefing Centre

Electrosonic has successfully upgraded some of the key audio/visual components in the Scottish Government’s Media Centre at St. Andrew’s House in Edinburgh. The Centre has the facility to run presentations, record proceedings and relay images to an adjacent room.

Electrosonic’s Edinburgh office refreshed the essential presentation equipment in “Media 1” (seating 70), “Media 2” (a small briefing/meeting or overflow room), a preparatory “Green Room” supporting Media 1 & 2, a back projection room (for main control and video routing equipment), and a control room (housing video preview and audio equipment). The original equipment was installed around 12 years ago and overdue a refresh.

Carolyne Thomson, Scottish Government Project Manager was very happy with the work carried out by the Electrosonic team. “They listened carefully to what we wanted to achieve and they came up with some very good ideas. They worked hard and we are very happy with the results, which actually exceeded our expectations.”

St Andrew’s House is the headquarters building of the Scottish Government and journalists are often briefed on Government news announcements via the facilities in the Media Centre.

Audio performance is of paramount importance since a number of events can be “on the record”. It is essential that the media can acquire “clean” audio signals, that those in the Centre can hear everything with crystal clarity, and that good archive recordings can be made. Media 1’s automatic/manual audio system is equipped with two Polycom C16 Sound Structure units for principal routing and mixing, along with a Soundcraft CPM12 for manual control. Media 1’s stage lighting is LED based and controlled by an Artistic License preset control panel.

Each Media 1 speaker position is equipped with a beyerdynamic MPR211 controlled pick-up line array microphone. These are unobtrusive both to the presenters and to the audience. A Polycom HDX mic array (for overall pick-up) and beyerdynamic Opus 650 radio mics are also on hand. An appropriate number of isolated audio feeds have also been provided for media attendees.

Media 1’s most important display is the rear projection screen which is built into the stage setting. The screen is a DNP New Wide Angle model, used in conjunction with a Barco RLM W8 projector behind it. The room is flanked by three Vaddio Wallview 50 remote controlled cameras. Other video inputs include two Roku Brightsign HD video players (for pre-recorded and backdrop material), and computer image inputs are accessible through floor boxes. The system also includes an Extron MGP picture-in-picture processor to allow the presentation of multiple images. The projector receives its images as DVI from an Extron DXP84 matrix. For maximum flexibility, an Extron 12×12 RGBHV matrix has been included.

Media 2, a less complex space, contains one Vaddio Wallview 50 remote controlled camera, as well as an interactive 70-inch LCD monitor (Smart Technologies/NEC SB8070i), which can be used to relay proceedings from Media 1. There is also an NEC 46-inch LCD monitor in the Green Room.

The primary controller for Media 1 is an AMX NI4000, connected directly to devices located in the same rack, but via Ethernet to remote equipment. An Ethernet to DMX converter is provided for lighting control. The NI4000 can be controlled by a standard AMX touch screen in the control room, from push buttons near the room curtains, or from an Apple iPad.

Electrosonic continue to support the Scottish Government with a three year service agreement, offering services such as telephone and emergency service support. “The on-going support and service we have received – even in the short period since the refresh has been first class, and reassuring,” concluded Carolyn Thomson.

Electrosonic’s dedicated team appreciates the Communications Division of the Scottish Government’s excellent leadership, attentiveness and enthusiasm. Sub-contractors were Blacklight for specialist lighting, Laurence McIntosh for lectern and stage desks, Colinton for other furniture and Mitie, who was the main fit-out contractor.

Roger Cornish was Electrosonic’s Project Manager and Dario Walker the sales consultant.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international AV company with a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has through its 47 year history developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Electrosonic brings a unique breadth of experience to each project; backed by solid engineering skills, project management and quality production facilities. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic can provide a wide range of services including technical design, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Auralex Unveils New ProMAX Panels at Winter NAMM 2012

Stand-Mounted StudioFoam Absorbers Offer Convenient, Portable Solution

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 4, 2012 — Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, officially introduces its new ProMAX Panels — stand-mounted, portable StudioFoam absorbers — at Winter NAMM 2012 (Hall A, Booth 6798).

Auralex’s new ProMAX panels are designed as a portable, lightweight, yet highly effective absorption treatment for such run-and-gun recording and performance applications as studio rentals, live events and temporary recording. They can be used in any location where mounting acoustical treatments to the wall are not possible or ideal.

The flexible absorption panels are simple to set up and transport and easily assembled and disassembled for convenient storage. Their lightweight and flexible design makes them ideal portable absorbers, as they can be moved easily and positioned to reduce audible reflections in any recording or listening environment.

Auralex ProMAX Panels can also be grouped together to form a portable vocal booth on the fly. They can also be positioned around a drum kit to “tune” room sounds in recordings and live performance venues. Able to be extended up to eight feet high, Auralex ProMAX Panels feature an adjustable contour for precision positioning.

“Based on the success of our MAX-Wall Mobile Acoustical Environment, we are proud to present this cost-effective portable absorption solution to the NAMM market,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. “As an extremely flexible acoustical solution, the ProMax is ideal for musicians and on-the-go recording applications.”

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

BenQ to Showcase the Ultimate in Entertainment at the 2012 International CES

Because Enjoyment Matters, BenQ Will Highlight Latest 3D-Ready Home Cinema Projectors, Mini Projectors, and Gaming Monitors

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 4, 2012 — At the 2012 International CES, BenQ America Corp. will present the latest developments in its family of leading-edge projectors and gaming monitors — all geared toward providing the ultimate in entertainment for home cinema viewers and gamers alike.

Visitors to BenQ’s suite will experience the latest breakthrough in home entertainment when the company unveils its first 3D full-HD home cinema projector: the W7000. The world’s first projector to be accredited with the TÜV Rheinland 3D Full-HD Certification, the W7000 is powered by DLP Link(TM) to deliver ultra-smooth 1080p full-HD 3D images to both eyes, crosstalk-free. Combined with 50,000:1 high contrast ratio, 2,000 ANSI lumen high brightness, Rec. 709 color gamut, BrilliantColor(TM) performance, VIDI(TM) lighting technology, and the latest HDMI 1.4a connectivity, the W7000 allows users to enjoy brilliantly rendered 3D movies, live sports, and video games automatically without additional setup.

Also at the 2012 International CES, BenQ will launch the next generation of its popular mini projector, the BenQ Joybee GP2. Building on the success of its GP1 predecessor, the Joybee GP2 Projector features the same elegant black and white housing while adding a number of enhancements. Just a few of these enhancements include: an intuitive user interface, 720p HD-ready video capability, short-throw projection, an integrated iPhone(R)/iPod(R) dock, an optional three-hour battery pack, 2GB of on-board memory storage, and a multitude of connectivity options for personal devices and various multimedia formats. With simple plug-and-play operation and 200 ANSI lumen brightness, the palm-sized GP2 Projector allows users to share HD-quality presentations, videos, photos, and games on a brilliant 160-inch cinematic display.

As every gamer knows, “Gaming is in the Details.” So, BenQ is pleased to introduce two new 120 Hz, 3D first-person shooter (FPS) monitors at CES: the XL2420T and XL2420TX. Offering the ultimate FPS gaming experience, the new XL Series monitors were co-developed by prominent Counter-Strike legends Emil “HeatoN” Christensen, Abdisamad “SpawN” Mohamed, Tommy “Potti” Ingemarsson, Christer “fisker” Eriksson, and Michael “ahl” Korduner, as well as UMX_Xanver from ZOWIE GEAR, an innovative manufacturer of high-end professional gaming gear. Through this collaboration, the XL Series models not only hold the fundamental key to FPS gaming success, but also possess exclusive features meticulously thought out to provide FPS gamers with the ultimate sense of ease and control. Some unique features include Black eQualizer color engine technology to allow gamers to brighten the image display without over-exposing white levels and a stylish S Switch controller to allow users to switch swiftly between customized display settings for gaming and entertainment.

“CES attendees who visit our suite will get a firsthand look at some of today’s most leading-edge innovations in home cinema 3D-ready projection and gaming monitors — a real testament to our philosophy that ‘Enjoyment Matters,’” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “For instance, our new BenQ Joybee GP2 mini projector incorporates features and benefits that mobile consumers value, offering a unique combination of performance and flexibility and giving users a fun way to present, share, and entertain.”

BenQ’s entertainment solutions for any application will be on display in Hilton Suite 28-105 at the 2012 International CES. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.com.

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About BenQ America Corp.
BenQ America Corp. is a leading-edge digital display technology company supplying superior-quality projectors and gaming monitors. BenQ America Corp. offers compelling 3D solutions from big screens to desktops. Today BenQ ranks as the world’s No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multifaceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology, and mobile technology. BenQ offers an unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projectors, LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital cameras, eBook readers, mobile Internet devices, storage devices, and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group comprises companies that operate independently while sharing resources and leveraging synergies among them. The BenQ Group companies include BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (in the top three of the world’s manufacturers of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Software Co., BenQ Hospital, BrightView Corp., Cando Co. Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Darwin Precisions, Ltd., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., SiPix Imaging, Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., BenQ Medical Technology Corporation, and Wellypower Corp.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures Join Jay-Z and Kanye West on Their Watch The Throne Tour

Watch The Throne

Watch The Throne

Hip hop kings Jay-Z and Kanye West have teamed on an eight-week run of their Watch The Throne North American tour where Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures are playing a key role. The tour, which ends in Vancouver just before Christmas, supports the rappers’ joint LP released in August and features solo cuts from their own catalogs.

Solotech, which is providing all the tour’s lighting, rigging and specialty lighting fixtures, supplied 130 Clay Paky Sharpys from its inventory to lighting designer Nick Whitehouse. “The design of the tour is very minimal, modern and eclectic,” says Richard Lachance, at Solotech, which is headquartered in Montreal. “The lighting, lasers and staging are very different – there’s a center module that’s a B stage which is very prominent, and the show is laden with LED products.”

Karl Gaudreau at Solotech, recalls that “the first time Nick used Sharpys was for Beyonce when they blew away all the other lights on the rig. Now Nick is using mostly Sharpys for the main rig for Jay-Z and Kanye. He’s positioned 24 on the floor and 48 on the main truss. Three other trusses combine Sharpys with strobes, and Sharpys are integrated with other lights on the back wall as well.”

Sharpy is a 189W moving head with an unprecedented brightness usually achievable only with far greater wattages. Tipping the scales at just 16 kg, Sharpy produces a perfectly parallel, laser-like beam with an incredible output of 5,100 footcandles at 65 feet. Sharpy is also groundbreaking in the purity of its beam, which is sharply defined and free of any halo or discoloration around the edges. It offers an interchangeable color wheel with 14 fixed colors and an interchangeable gobo wheel with 17 fixed gobos, allowing users to change the shape of the beam and create an array of spectacular mid-air effects. Sharpy features new, high-performance electronics and can perform rapid and extensive pan-and-tilt movements.

According to Lachance, Solotech’s Sharpy fixtures are in high demand. “We never see them in the shop – they’re always out. Sharpy is a very robust special effects unit, and we’ve loved them since we bought them.”

Solotech has been a fan of Clay Paky products for many years, Lachance says, and he’s been pleased with the company’s support. “We like that Clay Paky keeps coming up with new lights that are winners. We’re impressed with the direction the company is taking – that’s going to direct us in our future purchases.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re very proud to be a part of such a high profile tour and glad our products work so well on it. Solotech has been a great supporter of Clay Paky for many years and we look forward to continued collaboration with them.”

A.C.T Lighting is the North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

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Broadway Music Redesigns Star Plaza Theatre’s Sound With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – With a diverse event schedule featuring appearances by major touring artists, Merrillville, Indiana’s Star Plaza Theatre recently turned to Broadway Music to upgrade its sound system with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays. Star Plaza Theatre decided to make the investment after repeatedly needing to rent loudspeaker systems to accommodate the needs of larger productions. The new VERTEC system perfectly fills the 3,400 -seat venue with crystal-clear sound, from the main floor through to the mezzanine level.

Brian Wynn of Merrillville-based Broadway Music used his expertise, 25-year relationship with the Theatre and personal experience with JBL to provide Star Plaza Theatre with the best sound system possible. The main PA system features left-right arrays of eight VERTEC VT4888DP-DA midsize powered line array elements each, with a center array of three VRX932LAP powered Constant Curvature loudspeakers. VT4880ADP-DA powered fullsize arrayable subwoofers are hung three per side above the stage.

With a full schedule that also includes theatrical and orchestral productions, it was important to keep the subwoofers off the stage so they would not affect performances. Utilizing the self-powered speakers also pleased the engineers at the Star Plaza Theatre, as there was no need for additional amplifiers behind the stage.

“We’ve seen plenty of systems go in and out of the Star Plaza Theatre and we ended up at a point where there was no reason for the Theatre to continue renting or dealing with acts hauling their own VERTEC in, leaving the in-house system cold,” said Wynn. “Some of these bands already have saved settings for VERTEC so it’s almost a plug-and-play situation when they begin their setup and sound checks.”

“I could not believe that one of the best sounding venues in the world could sound even better,” said Mark Bishop, General Manager, Star Plaza Theatre. “The JBL VERTEC line arrays enhance the acoustically acclaimed Star Plaza Theatre to a whole new sound level. The folks at JBL and our friends at Broadway Music were a pleasure to work with throughout this project. The entire staff at Star Plaza Theatre is grateful, and I’m sure our audiences will appreciate the system for years to come.”

“The system sounds excellent,” Wynn concluded. “We have great coverage, even with the extremely high ceilings. There is definitely a significant difference in the performances and it is a positive one with JBL.”

For more information on Broadway Music, please visit https://www.facebook.com/broadwaymusic.

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 September 30, 2011.

ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS OPENS NEW PORTLAND OFFICE

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) opened a new satellite office in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 2. Located at the KGW/ Belo Corp. station facilities at 1501 SW Jefferson St., the new space provides regional customers with a centralized location for product demonstrations and improved customer support .

“Portland is one of the top 25 local television markets in the country and one of the largest in the northwest,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “Our new office will help us better serve customer in the Portland area and all of Oregon.”

ABS account executive Dave Spraker will be based out of the new office and can be reached at (503) 708-7422 or via e-mail at dspraker@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About Advanced Broadcast Solutions:
Based in SeaTac, WA, Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) specializes in personalized professional video and audio services such as sales, consulting, project budgeting, workflow analysis, feasibility studies, project management, system and architectural design and engineering, equipment specifying, procurement and installation, maintenance support, and training. ABS boasts a technical staff with over a century of practical experience in professional video and audio operations, automation, traffic implementation, multiple program stream management, and signal distribution by fiber, microwave, and satellite. ABS clients include: Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios.

For more information about ABS, call 206-870-0244 or visit our Web site at www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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The University Of Delaware Enters New Era of Audio With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™

NEWARK, Delaware — The University of Delaware recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 audio mixing console for use at its football games and other major events around campus. Joe Dombroski, Audio Engineering Technician and his colleagues at IT-University Media Services were looking for a new board to complete the expanding audio needs of the University’s large events. After comparing a number of products they chose the Soundcraft Vi1. The board was purchased through New Jersey-based Total Video Products.

“This board is perfect for University Media Services needs,” stated Dombroski. “It’s mostly used for entertainment during home football games and larger events around campus including commencements. I’ve worked with Soundcraft for a long time and I still have a Soundcraft Series 5 that I will never get rid of. It’s a classic.”

Dombroski found the Vi1 to be an ideal fit for a variety of reasons. “It has so much horsepower in a small footprint, it’s great to be able to run every channel through one CAT5 cable and know it can support it all,” he said. “I believe that sonically the Vi Series are the best boards out there. They have warm sounding pre-amps that draw you in and the Lexicon reverbs make everything so smooth and natural. It’s surprising sometimes that it isn’t an analog board, considering how good it sounds.”

Dombroski also spoke highly of the Vi1’s Common Mode Rejection Ratio—the preamps’ ability to reject noise. “So many boards have issues with grounding and interference,” he said. “They are quiet in the studio or on the bench but they light up with noise in the real world. I’ve never had a buzz or any sort of noise come out of the console. The number-one challenge of live audio is keeping things quiet—as soon as you have even five dB of extra noise it will degrade a mix.”

Along with the overall sound quality, Dombroski praised the setup and ease of use that the Vi1 offers. “The Vistonics™ is wonderful, having the ability to scan across the board and see clearly what the settings are is great,” he said. “It saves time and hassle instead of scrolling through many different menus. The multiple MADI cards are great and so convenient, giving so much flexibility to do a house mix or a multi-track mix, with endless options.”

The University of Delaware relies on other HARMAN equipment as well, including JBL VRX and VP Series loudspeakers, along with BSS Audio processing.

For Dombroski, IT-University Media Services and the University of Delaware, the Soundcraft Vi1 could not be any better to suit their audio needs. “I’ve compared a lot of boards, and nothing is as good as the Vi1. Even when paying for more expensive boards you won’t get the same audio quality that you do with Soundcraft,” Dombroski concluded.

For more information on the University of Delaware, please visit: www.udel.edu

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 September 30, 2011.

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