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

LONDON, United Kingdom — HARMAN’s Studer has extended 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 has also introduced 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 September 30, 2011.

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Derik Lee Turns to HARMAN’s JBL LSR4300 Studio Monitors to Create The Soundtrack for “Bring It On: The Musical”

NORTHRIDGE, California – Derik Lee is a New York-based musician, composer and recording engineer who was invited to travel across the country to record and mix the score for “Bring It On: The Musical,” a new theatrical musical comedy which recently debuted at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. On location, Lee had to work in a number of acoustically less-than-ideal environments—including a dressing room, and relied on the accuracy of his JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors as a sonic reference point.

“I began recording and producing the music in my Brooklyn home studio, which of course I’m intimately familiar with, and which is based around JBL LSR4328 monitors,” noted Lee, who learned his craft working with renowned producer/ engineer Frank Filipetti. “Soon after, I had to move my setup to a room in Studio 54 in New York, which turned out to be fine.”

However, when composer Tom Kitt and orchestrator/arranger Alex Lacimore asked Lee to come to Los Angeles, Lee knew he was in for a challenge. “When I got to the room—which was normally used by the theater ushers—I took one look and thought, ‘I’m dead.’ I was in an area that was like a little box and didn’t see how it could possibly sound good. I set up my laptop, keyboard, and a pair of JBL LSR4328 monitors—and the sound was way too boomy. My heart sank…but that was before I turned on the RMC Room Mode Correction feature.”

Using a supplied microphone and internal analyzer, the LSR4328’s RMC system measures and compensates for the misleading peaks in bass response caused by room modes and the speakers’ proximity to walls and work-surface boundaries.

“I turned on the RMC system and the clouds parted and the butterflies came out,” said Lee. “After a huge sigh of relief, I knew I could keep working. Having a reliable reference monitor is important for any project, but it was especially important for ‘Bring It On’ because of the nature of the music. It’s intensely synthesizer-driven and has a lot of sonic elements.”

Just when Lee was getting a handle on the project, he had to relocate again—this time to an office. “If that wasn’t enough, after a while I had to move once more, to the conductor’s dressing room! The dressing room in particular had trouble written all over it,” Lee said. “But once I kicked in the LSR4328P RMC system, the low-frequency response I was getting was excellent. That and some judicious speaker positioning enabled me to get accurate mixes no matter where they stuck me.”

In addition to smooth bass response, Lee needed speakers that were accurate through the rest of the frequency range, and had resolution of musical detail that would let him know exactly what was being recorded. “I couldn’t have gotten through this project without the LSR’s,” Lee said. “I never had to use the RMC feature in so many places before and under conditions where we were constantly making revisions to the score right up until opening night. No matter what rooms they threw me in, I knew I could trust that my mixes would translate well in the theater.”

Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world’s leading manufacturer of loudspeakers used in demanding recording, post-production and broadcast applications and facilities worldwide. JBL Professional is the recipient of numerous awards including a prestigious Technical GRAMMY® Award “for continual mastery and innovation…to ensure exacting standards for the most accurate sonic experience.” JBL Professional is part of the Harman International network of professional and consumer audio companies. For complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website at www.jblpro.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 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.

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HARMAN Professional Audio System Boosts Serbia’s Concert of the Year

Studio Berar provided a comprehensive HARMAN audio system for NS Koncert Godine 2011, highlighted by JBL VERTEC line arrays.

NOVI SAD, Serbia – When the NS Koncert Godine 2011 (Serbia’s NS Concert of the Year) took place recently, local HARMAN Professional distributor Studio Berar fielded premium products from the Group brand portfolios to ensure that the near-capacity 9,500-person crowd who assembled in the Great Hall of the Sport & Business Centre Vojvodina (aka SPENS) in Novi Sad were treated to a memorable audio experience.

Since this is the largest centre of its kind in the Balkans—and the event hosted all the year’s best bands in a 9-hour back-to-back show—Studio Berar needed to draw on all of its 28 years’ experience, which in the case of NS Koncert Godine dates back to 1993.

Working with production managers Momcilo Berar and Emil Berar, the service company took responsibility for the entire technical realization, including stage, rigging and lighting, as well as the sound.

For the main PA system, Studio Berar rigged 20 HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements (10 per side), with eight VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers on each flank covering the main auditorium and giant balconies. Twelve further VT4889’s provided outfill coverage, with a pair of VT4888 midsize line array elements assigned for infill duties.

The entire system was set up and optimized using HARMAN Professional’s HiQnet System Architect™ 3.0, with system management under dbx DriveRack 4800 control.

Other processing was also drawn exclusively from the HARMAN catalogue and included dbx IEQ 31 graphic EQ, Lexicon PCM 91 and PCM 96 reverbs, BSS DPR-402 and DPR-404 compressor/de-essers and DPR-504 gate. This was all reinforced with JBL powered VP7212 loudspeakers.

Studio Berar also took the opportunity to field its two Soundcraft Vi6™ digital consoles in the FOH and monitor positions—both configured with stage box and local racks. In addition a Soundcraft MH2 analogue desk was deployed for the second stage.

The highlight of the event, according to Studio Berar’s marketing manager, Lazar Josanov, was the continuous music—thanks to the deployment of the second ‘No Break’ stage. “Both stages were situated in the north-west corner of the hall, and close to each other, so that fans didn’t need to turn round to follow performers on the adjacent stages,” he said. “An advantage of this was that some of the same equipment could be utilized for both stages.

Of the auxiliary stage, Josanov reports that production was thrilled with this new approach, which enabled the musical marathon to take place without a break. “On the main stage were the older, more famous bands and while they were changing over, young up-and-coming artists were reveling in their first 15 minutes of fame on the No Break stage,” he said. Major acts appearing included Partibrejkers, Sunshine, Eyesburn and Ritam Nereda.

Studio Berar’s technicians, who also undertook necessary Vi6 induction, were main sound engineer Ivan Paplacko, while Zoran Matic supervised the No Break stage. “These are among the most experienced sound technicians in Serbia and we were delighted to have them in our team,” praised Lazar.

“As for the Soundcraft desks, they were fantastic; we have two Vi6s and take every opportunity to put them out on our shows. Ergonomically they are laid out with everything in front of the operator, and there is no need to look around when running the show. Using Soundcraft Vi6s, technicians have the mix right in the palm of their hand.”

From the desks they also supplied a MADI bridge to enable the entire event to be recorded on a Mack Audio recording station.

Summing up, Lazar Josanov described the event as a major success. “We had 1500 more visitors than last year and this was due to the efforts of the whole Studio Berar production team, the No Break stage and, of course, the very best HARMAN Professional sound reinforcement. It was unquestionably the best concert of the year in Serbia.”

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

For more information on NS Koncert Godine, please visit http://www.koncertgodine.com or http://sr-rs.facebook.com/KoncertGodine

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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VISUAL UNITY EXPANDS ITS MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH TWO KEY APPOINTMENTS

Leading Broadcast and Multiscreen System Integrator Visual Unity has expanded its management team with two key appointments – Tony Hasek and Asheem Parikh. These appointments will further strengthen Visual Unity’s sales channel and its ability to help customers as they make the transition from traditional broadcasting to a modern multiscreen workflow.

As Vice President of Sales, Tony Hasek will drive Visual Unity’s international business development and take charge of internal sales management. He brings 20 years experience in both Systems Integration and Mobile technology to the role, having previously founded system integrator Kinetik and Anyware, a developer of custom and stand-alone applications for Apple’s iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Google’s Android OS, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

Client Services Manager Asheem Parikh, who joins Visual Unity from KIT Digital, will assist customers with effective project deliveries. His extensive experience in programme management and professional services will ensure best practice and a smooth transition for customers who are expanding or adapting to the multiscreen environment.

Commenting on the new appointments, Visual Unity’s CEO Jakub Kabourek says: “Tony and Asheem are valuable additions to our team and their experience extends our unique expertise in linear and multiscreen solutions. They join at an exciting time for Visual Unity, following the successful delivery of a High Definition production OB vehicle to Czech TV and news that the national broadcaster’s online service iVysilani, driven by Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ integrated multiscreen content and delivery platform, has won two industry awards for innovation to power the second screen.”

Visual Unity is now consolidating its position as a multiscreen specialist by launching new and enhanced mobile features for its vuMedia™ platform and extending its Content Delivery Network outside Europe with new pops in the Middle East.

Over the next 12 months Visual Unity will be taking part in a number of trade events including the CABSAT, NAB and IBC exhibitions.

For more information about Visual Unity, its products and its services, please visit www.visualunity.com

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About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator blending broadcast, IT and multiscreen expertise to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. The team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast-IT convergent and multiscreen systems since 1991 – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web and second screen solutions.

Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetised in the multiscreen environment. Through four highly scalable and flexible modules, the vuMediaTM platform delivers a cutting-edge web-based and mobile viewing experience, comprehensive VOD services and secure, robust content distribution – all of which can be seamlessly deployed into existing workflows.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Dubai and Belgrade.

For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity: Na hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic
T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: info@visualunity.com

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Jünger Audio Gives US Broadcasters The Tools To ‘CALM’ Audio Loudness

Dynamics specialist Jünger Audio will be attending the NAB 2012 convention (Booth SU3604) with two new additions to its *AP family of loudness control processors. These units are specifically designed to help US broadcasters stay within the parameters of the newly introduced CALM legislation.

The *AP family all incorporate Version II of Jünger Audio’s renowned LEVEL MAGIC™ adaptive loudness algorithm, which is compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations including ITU 1770 (versions 1 and 2), ATSC A/85, ARIB TR-B32 and EBU R128. Based on a Multi-Loop dynamic range control principle where slow changes (AGC), fast changes (Transient processing) and Look Ahead peak limiting are handled simultaneously, LEVEL MAGIC offers level management with exceptionally high audio quality and without coloration, pumping, breathing, distortion or modulation effects.

Peter Pörs, managing director of Jünger Audio, says: “When it comes to controlling audio loudness and ensuring that broadcast audio stays within the law, our *AP family provides broadcasters with all the tools they need. Major broadcasters around the world are choosing these products because they allow loudness consistency to be maintained in a very easy and cost effective way – and without any detrimental effects on sound quality.”

At NAB 2012, Jünger Audio will show its Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor, which made its operational debut at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest and has now being installed in numerous broadcast facilities. Primarily designed for TV playout, the device provides Loudness control, Upmix and surround sound processing for up to eight channels of audio (8×1, 4×2, or 6+2).

T*AP focuses on automatic and adaptive loudness control and also offers Jünger Audio’s Spectral Signature™ as standard. This remarkable proprietary technology gives TV and radio broadcasters the ability to create a signature mask as a template so that they can recreate the same atmosphere and dynamics on subsequent audio content. Optional Dolby Decoding and Encoding (D, D+, or Pulse), as well as metadata management, are also provided along with 5.1 Downmix and Jünger Audio’s 5.1 UPMIX circuit, which has been upgraded to deliver greatly improved performance and a range of new settings.

The two new additions to the *AP family, which will be on show for the first time in the USA, include the D*AP LM4 and the D*AP LM2.

The D*AP LM4, a four-channel Digital Audio Processor aimed at television broadcasters and video production and post production companies that need to control audio loudness while creating and editing broadcast content. Similar in concept to the hugely popular Jünger Audio B46 processor, which it replaces, the D*AP LM4 also features on board AES/EBU digital I/O, along with optional 3G/HD/SD-SDI I/O or analogue I/O. This combination of formats is likely to open up many new markets for the unit. Control of this 19” rack-mountable unit is via a smart new front panel or via a Web interface for those who wish to operate it remotely.

The D*AP LM2 is a two-channel Digital Audio Processor that replaces Jünger Audio’s ground breaking D06 unit. The D*AP LM2 offers a powerful combination of dynamics and loudness control, making it suitable for a wide range of applications including television, radio, music production and PA. It can handle both analogue and digital (AES/EBU) audio and features an automatic input switchover with parallel output formats. It also fits neatly into a rack and is controllable through a newly designed front panel or via a Web based interface.

Both the D*AP LM2 and D*AP LM4 come with optional redundant PSU and a power fail bypass to ensure maximum operational security. They also feature Jünger Audio’s Adaptive Dynamics as standard, allowing customers to incorporate additional processing blocks such as compressors and expanders. Spectral Signature™ will become an option for these processors.

Jünger Audio will also be showing a prototype of the V*AP two-channel voice processor, a new addition to the *AP family that will be officially launched at IBC 2012.

The development of this unit has been driven by market demand for a voice processor that allows TV and radio journalists to capture their own narrative style, particularly when operating outside the studio. The V*AP will come with either a microphone (optional dual high end Mic preamps) or AES I/Os so that it can be used with a mixing desk as a high end outboard dynamics processor. Featuring Jünger Audio’s renowned audio quality, this 19” 1RU device will combine classic dynamics processing, filters, EQ and Spectral Signature, Jünger Audio’s new dynamic equalization algorithm. It is designed to be extremely easy to use and will have powerful User Interfaces including front panel operation, GUI selection and API for third party application (HTTP, Ember).
Junger Audio is completing its NAB line up with Loudness Logger, a powerful tool that offers customers of all Jünger Audio levelling processors an easy way to monitor the development of the loudness over time. This innovation is critical to all broadcasters who now need to show precisely how their audio levels are performing in order to comply with new legislation on Loudness. Using this new software, broadcasters can monitor in real time or by analyzing previously stored loudness log files. The software, which is an MS Windows application, can be purchased from Jünger Audio on a license basis per PC and is protected by an USB dongle. The Loudness Logger works with Jünger Audio’s entire range of new box processors as well as with recent versions of LEVEL MAGIC™ cards in the modular C8000 system.
If you would like more information about these products please visit Junger Audio at NAB 2012 – Booth SU3604 – for a demo.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

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