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Rensselaer City School District Enjoys Successful Learning With More Than 50 Hitachi Projectors

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 13, 2012 – Located in Rensselaer NY, the Rensselaer City School District is home to a 278,000-square-foot campus that houses approximately 1,100 students in grades pre-K through 12. Completed in 2008, the fully facility is equipped with a host of audio/video educational tools including more than 50 networkable Hitachi 3LCD projectors.

“When we began looking at which A/V projectors to purchase, at first we didn’t consider that they could be networked together,” said David Howell, Network Systems Engineer, Rensselaer City School District. “However, once I found out the Hitachi projectors had networking connectivity, I realized the ability to send content and messages throughout the school and coordinate the operation of all the projectors from a single computer would be very attractive features.”

Hitachi projectors are installed throughout the facility in classrooms, plus a large instruction room and an auditorium.

“We particularly like the Live Viewer software with the newer projectors, which captures the image on a PC and sends it to the projectors via either a wired or wireless connection,” Howell added. “This keeps our teachers facing the class and gives them the freedom to be more engaging and interactive with students. We’re finding this to be especially beneficial at the junior and senior high school levels.”

Once installed, Howell found the projectors offered additional benefits. “We have a small staff, and the ability to centrally monitor all the projectors via the network saves us a lot of time,” he said. “The networking capabilities also make maintenance easier and save money on lamp replacement. The Hitachi PJMan Projector Management software tells us when the filters have to be cleaned. We do this faithfully and as a result we’re well exceeding the advertised lamp life on our projectors.”

“The PJMan software also gives us other diagnostic information so we can keep on top of potential problems and make sure the projectors are running at their coolest and most efficient,” Howell continued. “I can also send an emergency notification image to any projector to alert the operator should a problem ever occur.”

The large-venue projector in the auditorium has been a welcome addition as well. “We used to have to roll the A/V equipment in and out all the time and it was quite a hassle and time-consuming,” Howell said. “In addition to the convenience of the projector, it delivers superb image quality.”

“I really didn’t expect everything we’ve gotten from the Hitachi projectors and their networking capabilities, and have been pleasantly surprised,” Howell concluded. “We’ve enjoyed a huge return on our investment.”

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

HARMAN’s dbx(r) Introduces Its PMC Personal Monitor Controller at InfoComm 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At InfoComm 2012, HARMAN’s dbx is introducing its PMC Personal Monitor Controller, a remote control located near the performer that lets them easily set up and control their own personal mix of up to 16 channels of audio. The dbx PMC Personal Monitor Controller is the ultimate answer for musicians everywhere who ask their soundman for, “more me! less them!”

“Our Personal Monitor Controller gives performers real-time control over their individual mixes, right from their position on stage,” noted Noel Larson, Market Manager for Portable PA, Tour and Recording. “As anyone who’s performed live knows, your on-stage needs are always changing. With the PMC, each musician can now dial in their mix exactly the way they want it – and when you hear yourself better, you play better.”

The attractively priced dbx PMC lets users precisely dial in the levels of up to 16 channels of audio and tweak each channel with EQ, panning, Stereo Width control and effects including a choice of built-in Lexicon(r) reverbs. Performers can control their mix on the fly in real time and save up to 16 user-preset mixes. The PMC works with traditional on-stage monitor systems, powered personal monitors, in-ear monitors, and headphones.

Multiple PMCs can be used in an audio system, and each user can have a unique mix. The PMC is ideal for everything from house of worship systems with a single compact mixing console to large-scale orchestra installations with up to 60 PMCs.

The dbx Personal Monitor Controller uses a BLU link audio bus from either the dbx TR1616 or any BSS(r) London system to control 16 channels of digital audio (expandable up to 256). Its clean, uncluttered control layout, bright LCD screen and Wizard set-up and configuration utility make the PMC’s set-up time incredibly fast. All inputs and outputs are provided, and its integrated mic stand mount facilitates placement on stage. The PMC has a large channel ID strip that can be written on with a dry-erase marker, making it easy to label channel inputs. A live mode option provides the user the with capability to see real-time view of channels.

The PMC can be configured to operate with either 48kHz or 96kHz D/A conversion. Its built-in dbx PeakStop(tm) limiting prevents the possibility of signal overload. The PMC is future-ready, thanks to its USB port, DSC and Ethernet port for future updates.

The dbx PMC Personal Monitor Controller will be available in September 2012.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

Studio Technologies Showcases New 5100-Series Modules at InfoComm 2012

Units Include Support for SDI Video Generation and Intercom Interfacing

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012 – Studio Technologies, the manufacturer of tailored, high-performance video, audio and fiber-optic products for the professional audio, installation and broadcast markets, showcases prototypes of four new products soon to be included in its 5100-Series of broadcast support modules at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C5950). These new units include the Model 5150 Video Generator, Model 5152 Video Generator with Audio Embedding, Model 5162 Video Generator with Audio De-Embedding and Model 5140 Intercom Interface. All units enhance production and delivery options for the education, corporate, worship and broadcast markets.

“The unique aspect of the new video-based products is the ability to store and output a custom high-definition video image at HD-SDI and 3G-SDI rates,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “The image, based on a bit-map (BMP) file typically created using a personal computer’s graphics program, is loaded into the modules via a standard USB flash drive memory stick. The image is automatically connected to electrical and optional optical SDI outputs whenever an SDI input signal is not present. This ensures that an SDI output signal is always sent to equipment further along the signal chain. This can be extremely useful, serving both as a ‘keep alive’ signal as well as providing a detailed graphics image for identification purposes.”

The Model 5152, in addition to the Model 5150’s video generation capability, allows four stereo digital audio signals to be embedded into the SDI signal. The eight channels of audio will always be embedded, whether or not an external SDI source is present. The Model 5162 includes video generation as well as de-embedding audio from an incoming SDI signal. The module also provides four stereo digital audio output signals.

The new Model 5140 Intercom Interface will also be displayed. Its unique capabilities provide a unified connection interface for both party-line (PL) and 4-wire (line level) intercom systems, offering a reliable and easy-to-use I/O panel for remote broadcast and infrastructure applications. The Model 5140 was specifically designed to allow “guest” users, including media crews, production or uplink trucks, and temporary equipment, to be quickly and efficiently linked to ports on a host intercom system.

Two input and two output signals, either analog or digital, are typically connected to ports on a facility’s matrix intercom or fiber-optic-based signal transport system. The Model 5140 contains a 4-wire to 2-wire converter and intercom power supply circuitry to provide a 2-channel broadcast-standard party-line intercom interface. This allows users to directly connect PL beltpack devices, as well as interconnection with existing party-line circuits. Two sophisticated auto-null circuits provide excellent audio performance. The Model 5140 also contains two analog 4-wire (line level) inputs and outputs on standard 3-pin XLR connectors. These are provided so that ports on a “guest” intercom system can be directly connected, as well as being compatible with a wide-variety of application-specific equipment. Status indicators and audio level meters help to ensure that optimal performance is maintained.

”All the 5100-Series modules require only a source of 12-volt power for operation and can be mounted in a variety of custom enclosures,” adds Kapes. “The modules should find use in applications including remote sports and entertainment broadcasting, stadium and arena input/output locations and corporate video infrastructure environments. They are designed for standalone use, as well as for connecting directly with other 5100-Series modules for video transport, audio input, audio output, IFB and intercom applications.”

About Studio Technologies, Inc.
Studio Technologies, Inc. provides tailored, high-performance video, audio, and fiber-optic products for the professional audio and broadcast markets. The company was founded in 1978 with a commitment to design and manufacture dependable, individualized solutions for broadcast studio, stadium, and corporate environments. Known for “designing for the way professionals work,” the company is recognized as an industry leader that has never wavered from its individualized design pledge. Product categories include fiber-optic transport, broadcast support, mobile broadcast, intercom and IFB, announcer consoles, loudspeaker monitor control systems, distribution amplifiers, cable testers, and sound pressure level monitor systems. For more information, please visit the Studio Technologies Web site at www.studio-tech.com or call 1-847-676-9177.

HARMAN’s AKG Discreet Acoustics Modular PLUS Series Delivers Improved Modularity And Quality For Conferencing And Presentations

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – With a continued focus of providing the highest quality and most versatile microphones available, HARMAN’s AKG announces its latest addition to its installed systems – the Discreet Acoustics Modular PLUS Series. With a wide range of goosenecks and installation modules available, the Discreet Modular PLUS Series offers optimal adaptation for all types of room setups and speakers, with quick microphone capsule exchange.

The reliability stemming from the models’ LED Ring underscores the ability to reduce the risk of operating errors, sturdy material to reduce fatigue and improved protection from signal block outs. The LED Ring uses special circuitry to operate off standard phantom power, as two separate leads carry supply voltage and provide extra shielding to the audio signal.

The Modular PLUS Series’ interface module connects the high-quality gooseneck to the phantom power source, which adds flexibility to all mounting modules. The self-cleaning connector is reliable, inconspicuous and safe – allowing for simplified and cost-effective microphone replacement. The goosenecks themselves are tested under extreme circumstances, bent and twisted into extreme shapes, ensuring their quality and flexibility.

“AKG has specialized in developing, designing and manufacturing quality microphone capsules for more than 60 years and the Discreet Acoustics Modular PLUS Series is a testament to the continued strategy to offer the best in sound in any mic’d application,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business Development Manager Installed Sound and Conferencing, AKG. “The variety offered through the Modular PLUS Series, from the power offerings to the mounting and capsule modules, is the best in class and will provide optimum audio for videoconferencing or presentations around the world.”

The CK43 supercardioid condenser capsule offers users a 95-degree pickup angle, ideal for situations where unwanted noise pickup is a concern. The CK49 is a reference condenser capsule with an 80-degree pickup, with clean, off-axis response. It is ideal for use with inexperienced speakers, focusing on the voice when the speaker is distant, and reducing pop if close to the mic.

AKG’s Gooseneck GN155M is a 155cm module with a heavy, shock-mount floor stand that works perfectly as a stand-alone unit or on stages placed in front of a large group of instruments or speakers. HM1000M is a reference-hanging module used to fly mics from the ceiling to record or reinforce music or speech in houses of worship, theatres or conference halls.

AKG’s PAE M reference powering module offers the phantom power for fixed and mobile installation, providing a gold-plated, 3-pin XLR connector. Its wide voltage range fits most mic mixers. PAESP M is a programmable power module for fixed and mobile installation, fitted with a unique binary coded decimal switch to recall operating modes. PAESP M’s noiseless mic switch reduces its level by 26dB, avoiding the irritating crackling sound when phantom power is interrupted. The PAE5 M provides a 5-pin XLR connection allowing audio signal and central voltage to be fed separately.

The four different powering modules, five mounting modules and three capsule modules combine and add up to a total of 60 different microphones combinations.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012—Aviom, the exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, will be introducing the C4dio Digital I/O Card for the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System at InfoComm 2012, Booth 10146, Hall C. In addition, the company will also be showing the new SK6 Stage Kit for the AllFrame F6 Modular I/O Frame.

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DPA Upgrades Popular 4099 Instrument Mic Series to d:vote™ at InfoComm 2012

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012 – DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is presenting its d:vote™ range of instrument microphones at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C9850). DPA’s d:vote is ideal for live performance settings requiring high-quality, discreet mics that are effortless to change. Building on the success of the highly acclaimed 4099 instrument clip mic series, d:vote features an enhanced shock mount to provide even better absorption.

DPA’s 4099 instrument microphones have been widely embraced by internationally known artists, including Sting, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Bobby Ricketts. More natural sounding than any internal microphone or pickup, d:vote rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of acoustic instruments. Now, just one microphone model can beautifully reinforce an entire orchestra.

In addition to the shock-absorption upgrades, the new d:vote instrument microphones now feature a cable available in heavy duty 2.2 mm (0.087 in) and 1.55 mm (0.061 in) diameter versions, which can be detached from the end of the gooseneck. Further flexibility is available through an extension unit for the gooseneck supplied with the mic, which lengthens its neck by 50 percent.

“After a long introduction, the 4099s have more than tripled in sales over the last two years, and continue to post strong sales numbers,” says DPA CEO Christian Poulsen. “When upgrading our mics to the d:vote, we have listened to what our users want. The improvements make it even more durable and less sensitive to noise. The new extension unit brings maximum value to demanding applications, achieving just the right sound from the instrument.”

The d:vote condenser mics feature supercardioid polar patterns for highly uniform off-axis frequency response and superior gain before feedback. Capable of handling high sound-pressure levels, these microphones live up to DPA’s pedigree of breathtaking clarity and richness.

Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, d:vote is rugged and stable, with a versatile and extendable gooseneck that provides stable positioning. The mics can easily be unclipped and repositioned, or moved to another instrument, with only one hand. d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

The d:vote MicroDot connector and more than 35 DPA adapters ensure compatibility with virtually any wireless system. The product can also be used as a standard 48V phantom-powered microphone via its supplied XLR connector.

DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information about DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers Take Flight at University of Rhode Island’s Swan Hall

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Leading systems integration firm HB Communications recently upgraded the audio system at the University of Rhode Island’s Swan Hall with a variety of HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers. Located in the heart of New England, the University of Rhode Island (URI) offers students a wide variety of educational opportunities and a choice of more than 80 different majors. URI’s Swan Hall is a focal point for the study of English, modern and classical languages, literature and film media. However, its audio and video facilities were in severe need of upgrading by the time the 2011 school year ended.

“Swan Hall had an outdated audio and video system,” said Jim Smith of HB Communications. “We were asked to do a complete overhaul. However, the shape of the room and the layout of the seating caused us to make some inordinate speaker and placement choices. The JBL CBT100LA column speakers and Control 67 HC/T pendant speakers proved to be the perfect solutions.”

Swan Hall is a wide, flat room that has about 200 seats in 11 tiered rows, with a sloped floor, making the seating higher in the back of the hall than in the front. However, the ceiling remains at the same height-which means that the people sitting in the back of the room have their heads closer to the ceiling than the people in the front.

“The loft ceiling was also a potential acoustical nightmare,” Smith noted. “It was completely bare with exposed trusses and duct work and no type of acoustic treatment-even a typical dropped ceiling would have reduced the amount of echo and reflections considerably.”

Smith deployed two JBL CBT100LA column speakers-one on each side of the projection screen located at the stage area at the front of Swan Hall. “The narrow column design and the tight pattern control of the CBT100LA allowed us to direct the acoustic energy straight back to the seating, as opposed to a typical speaker that would have a much wider dispersion pattern and would not work nearly as well,” Smith said. “The CBT100LA has a narrow vertical and wide horizontal coverage pattern that allowed us to direct the sound into the seating area without going into the ceiling loft above, which would have caused a lot of problematic reflections.”

To tackle the challenges of the sloping floor and the difference in ceiling height between the front and the back of the room, HB Communications chose to augment the system with the JBL Control 67 HC/T pendant speakers. “We realized the Control 67 HC/T pendant speakers were the ideal solution because they have a narrow down-firing dispersion pattern and can be hung from a ceiling, so we were able to place them in three rows of four speakers each, suspended above the seats,” Smith noted. “This allowed us to precisely control the sound coverage and direct the sound exactly to where we wanted into the seating area, without putting any sound into that echo-prone ceiling loft. This configuration also enabled us to achieve a good balance between the stage area and front seats, and the rest of the hall.”

Swan Hall is used as a classroom and lecture hall and also for film studies, so the University wanted a sound system that could be used for both applications and was within a reasonable budget. To reproduce the full-range audio required of movie soundtracks, HB Communications augmented the main speakers with a pair of JBL ASB6115 front-firing 15-inch subwoofers, mounted from the ceiling to the left and right of the projection screen and the CBT100LA speakers. The CBT100LA speakers and ASB6115 subwoofers are driven by Crown Audio XLS2500 amplifiers, while the Control 67 HC/T speakers are powered by Crown CTs4200 amps.

“We used the Crown amps because they have onboard digital signal processing that lets us optimize the performance of the loudspeakers and subwoofers,” Smith pointed out. “Because the ceiling is flat and the seating is tiered, the pendant speakers at the back of the hall are closer to the listeners’ ears than the speakers at the front of the hall. The DSP in the Crown amps enabled us to make adjustments for each row so the sound stays consistent for everyone.”

“The University of Rhode Island is very happy with the results,” concluded Smith. “In fact, when we finished the installation we demoed it by playing a live version of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’-and it wowed everyone.”

As the largest university in the smallest state, the University of Rhode Island is known regionally and worldwide for its innovative, big ideas, adaptive intelligence and breakthrough solutions to today’s puzzling problems. URI’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

Prestonwood Baptist Church Upgrades Worship Space and Broadcast Facilities With HARMAN’s Studer Vista Digital Mixing Consoles

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – One of the largest “megachurches” in North America, Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, is currently receiving an upgrade to its HD broadcast facility and live sound reinforcement system, courtesy of Clair Brothers Audio Systems. Highlighting these upgrades are three HARMAN Studer Vista digital mixing consoles.

The weekly message preached from the Prestonwood pulpit is viewed and listened to all over the world through PowerPoint Ministries-the radio, television, and Internet ministry of the church. The message is also live streamed and available on iPhone and Android apps.

The weekend services at the Plano Campus of the church vary from a contemporary service on Saturday nights consisting of an 8-person rhythm section, an 8-person praise team, a worship leader and a 30-to-40 minute sermon. Sunday services consist of a 6-person rhythm section including Latin percussion, a 10-person praise team, a 40-piece orchestra and a 350-voice choir under the direction of Worship Pastor Todd Bell. The message from Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of the 30,000-member church, is simulcast to two other campuses along with a live streaming webcast.

“All in all, an average Sunday morning service has an average of 120 channels,” said Chief Audio Engineer Chris Schutz.

In addition to the weekend services, the worship space at Prestonwood is used for multiple events throughout the year, including worship services for the Prestonwood Christian Academy, performances by students and children and other special events.

“In December, the music ministry presents a large-scale, innovative and media-interactive Christmas production with a combined cast of 1,000 people,” said Scott Seal, Executive Director of PowerPoint Ministries. “The amazing thing is that more than 30,000 people attend each year from throughout the North Texas region, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.”

Not all events are Prestonwood driven, however.

“We believe in supporting our local community,” Seal added, “so we also facilitate the graduation ceremonies for an average of about eight local high schools and one seminary, as well as convocations for a handful of area school districts.”

At the Plano Campus, Vista 5 M2 42-fader consoles have been installed at the FOH and monitor positions. Schutz noted the many advantages of the Vista 5 M2 over competitive consoles. “The Vistonics(tm) interface is one-of-a-kind for starters,” he said. “The simple layout of the desk gives the most analog feel of any digital desk I have mixed on. There is no channel strip; instead, I touch the EQ display on the screen for a channel and it is all right there in front of me. Combine this with excellent audio quality and these simple factors make the Vista mixing system the ideal choice for Prestonwood.”

The biggest requirement of the audio system at Prestonwood is flexibility, said Broadcast and FOH Engineer Armando Escobedo, as many of the events at the church run close together.

“During the weekend of a children’s musical, we will have our normal worship services along with rehearsals and the musical that Sunday evening,” Escobedo said. “It is important to be able to switch seamlessly through all of the events that weekend. That being said, our audio production has been designed to accommodate the diverse events; the new system is a hybrid of an installed/touring-type system.”

The Studer Vista system has enabled this flexibility by bringing the preamps to the stage for all three consoles. “The D21m satellite is the backbone of this design-we have three racks with three D21m’s in them, loaded with 40 channels of mic pre’s with a 3-way passive split,” Schutz said. “We otherwise would have had to install an extensive copper snake system with multiple patch points throughout the stage to accommodate all of the inputs needed for a service.”

The Studer Vista 9 was chosen to replace a Yamaha PM1D console at Prestonwood’s HD broadcast facility because of its flexibility and accommodating I/O solutions. “We really like the console’s ability to expand to the number of inputs needed from the stage [180 channels] and record out to ProTools via the MADI protocol, for later post-production work,” Escobedo said. “Also, having the control room monitoring solution enables us to listen to multiple formats so we know exactly what is going out to several different outputs: for example, the mix-minuses that are fed to our other campus locations. The Vista 9 also gives us the ability to come right back into the console on a secondary input on each channel for the remix and layback to video.”

The media team at Prestonwood will be relying extensively on Studer’s AutoTouch Plus Dynamic Automation, to allow for the post-production results to be similar in tonality to the live mixes, Schutz said.

Configurability of the Vista consoles also gives Prestonwood the flexibility it needs. “The inputs of all three Studer consoles are configured similarly, yet their output capabilities are different based on each of the mixing positions,” Schutz said. “Once I learned how the D21m satellite racks could be employed, the wheels started turning on how to make our audio I/O portable and flexible. All this, coupled with the service from the Studer sales team and technical department, has been amazing.”

For more information on Prestonwod Baptist Church, please visit www.prestonwood.org.

For more information on PowerPoint Ministries, please visit www.powerpoint.org.

For information on Clair Brothers Audio Systems, please visit www.clairsystems.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(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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

HARMAN Professional Introduces HiQnet Audio Architect(tm) Configuration and Control Software For Installed Sound Applications, And HiQnet Motion Control iOS App

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At InfoComm 2012, HARMAN Professional today introduced HiQnet Audio Architect(tm) configuration and control software, marking a new era in the HARMAN HiQnet platform. HiQnet Audio Architect represents the single-most comprehensive audio networking solution for professional fixed install applications providing integrators with a unified platform for system design, programming and custom control.

HiQnet Audio Architect enables a greater level of integration for the end user by combining the functionality of predecessor software applications HiQnet System Architect(tm) and HiQnet London Architect(tm). The new software platform will provide system-focused configuration of over 100 HiQnet products from AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL and Lexicon. It merges the open-architecture DSP backbone of the BSS Audio Soundweb London family with the comprehensive workflow and customizable control of HiQnet System Architect.

In adding the feature set of HiQnet London Architect to the HiQnet System Architect software platform to create HiQnet Audio Architect, the HiQnet team has included numerous user experience and workflow enhancements in order to provide the operator with as much depth and complexity as each system requires. It cleverly hides advanced features from a more novice user but does not inhibit the design of a large-scale system. The workflow paradigm introduced in System Architect 2 and more recently adopted by JBL Performance Manager(tm) carefully guides the designer from start to finish, and presents a cleaner workspace by displaying only the tools appropriate for each and every stage of the design.

Being launched alongside HiQnet Audio Architect will be HiQnet Motion Control(tm) – an Apple iOS app which enables customized control interfaces designed in Audio Architect to be imported on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices for mobile system control. Dedicated design templates are available within Audio Architect for the configuration of customized interfaces, which can be used to control devices from BSS, Crown, dbx and JBL. HiQnet Motion Control will be available from the Apple App Store imminently and will also function with HiQnet System Architect prior to the availability of HiQnet Audio Architect.

HiQnet Audio Architect positions itself as the most versatile software application available today for the network configuration, by providing the ability to route the emerging AVB open standard, Cirrus Logic CobraNet and Audinate Dante audio network protocols, as well as HARMAN’s proprietary BLU link high-channel, low latency digital audio bus, all within a single application. By providing the ability to route the three most widely-adopted audio network protocols within a single interface, a system designer educated in the use of HiQnet Audio Architect can flexibly move from one network platform to another without being experienced in multiple software packages. The BLU link digital audio bus offers a highly complementary solution to any network – whether AVB, CobraNet or Dante – by enabling far greater routing flexibility and the added benefit of alleviating bandwidth from the primary network.

“With this introduction HARMAN emphatically delivers the best of both worlds, combining the feature-set of HiQnet System Architect and HiQnet London Architect Software. The introduction of HiQnet Audio Architect is a major milestone in the vision of the unified, end-to-end HiQnet networked audio system. We are now offering the all-in-one design, routing and control solution that the professional AV community has been waiting for. No other manufacturer can match the diversity of product offerings and the versatility of networked audio routing within a single software application as HARMAN will now provide through HiQnet Audio Architect – and this phase of the HiQnet program is really only just beginning,” stated Adam Holladay, Market Manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group.

Fresh off the back of the co-sponsored AVB Networking Conference 2012, for which public interest was overwhelming, HARMAN is also exhibiting on the AVnu Alliance booth, C11039, where its AVB-capable BSS Soundweb London devices will be taking part in the largest AVB interoperability demonstration to-date.

HiQnet Audio Architect, the network topologies it configures and controls, and the accompanying HiQnet Motion Control iOS app will be demonstrated as part of an extensive HiQnet ‘system wall’ on the HARMAN booth, C10719.

HARMAN HiQnet(tm) is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. HARMAN HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across HARMAN’s Professional Division and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.


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