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Wowza Software Powers First Live Public Trial of MPEG-DASH During the London Games

Streaming Origins for World’s First Live Demonstration of New Streaming Standard Provided by Wowza Media Server Software

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Aug. 16, 2012 — Wowza Media Systems LLC, the “Any Screen Done Right(R)” media server software company and member of the DASH Promoters Group, provided its Wowza Media Server(R) software for the first live public trial of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG-DASH) during the London Games. In this trial, Wowza Media Server software enabled multiscreen content delivery to Android(TM) and iOS devices via the MPEG-DASH standard. This marked the first large-scale, multivendor deployment of MPEG-DASH. more

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133rd AES Convention Signals Expanded Broadcast/Streaming Media Sessions

Diverse Media Playback, New Techniques, Hot Technology

SAN FRANCISCO: Relevant and enlightening, AES Convention Broadcast/Streaming Sessions are among the most diverse and popular fielded at the event. “Back for his 26th consecutive turn as Broadcast/Streaming Chair, David Bialik consistently develops meaningful sessions which literally pack the halls,” remarked Committee Co-Chair, Jim McTigue. “We count on David to deliver high-level, entertaining and informative presentations that keep attendees coming back year after year.” The 133rd AES Convention is scheduled for Oct. 26-29 at the SF Moscone Center.

“Our goal is to provide meaningful information in the most accessible format,” Bialik reports. “We make a special effort to develop mini-tracks focused on topic-related issues. For example, attendees will find groupings of events on Troubleshooting, and Audio for TV, Radio, & Streaming, which are virtually crash courses on these issues. And, we stress the point that these events are discussions of technologies and techniques, not sales presentations. The AES Convention continues to serve as an essential destination for the serious audio professional,” Bialik adds.

133rd AES Convention Broadcast And Streaming Media Sessions Include:

What Happens to Your Production When Played Back On Diverse Media? Chair,David Bialik, CBS; Frank Foti, OMNIA; Greg Ogonowski, ORBAN; Karlheinz Brandenberg, FRAUNHOFFER; Steve Greenberg, S-Curve; Robert Orban, ORBAN and George Massenburg, McGill University. – This all-star panel will address one of today’s key production/post production issues. Faced with a plethora of costly and not always compatible, formats and playback systems, sound engineers and mixers frequently find their mixes sound remarkably dissimilar when played on various systems and formats. Comprised of leaders in broadcast, streaming, recording, technology & software design and production/ post-production, this blue ribbon panel will discuss common problems and potential solutions.

Loudness and Metadata (Living With The CALM Act) – Chair, Joel Spector, independent broadcast consultant, Andrew Mason, BBC; Robert Murch, Fox Television; Lon Neumann, Tim Carrol, Linear Accoustic; Jim Starzinsinki, NBC/Universal; Robert Seidel, CBS; Robert Murch, Fox – One of the most hotly debated and universally welcomed (by TV viewers) legislations passed by Congress in recent years, the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM) is the culmination of a long and passionate public advocacy campaign. What effect will the passage of this act have on broadcasters?

Facility Design: A User’s Evaluation Of Integral Acoustic Products & Materials: Chair, John Storyk – A panel of four leading studio contractors and installation experts: (TBD) will provide a real-world users survey of products and acoustic materials commonly (and occasionally) incorporated in critical listening environments. Optimal options for doors, glass, HVAC, variable acoustic panels, furniture, equipment racks and other integral components of today’s high-end (and budget conscious) TV and Radio broadcast facilities will be discussed. This is not an advertorial event. Contractor recommendations are based on personal field experience. Product considerations are based on their ability to provide cost-effective solutions to a myriad of technical and aesthetic issues.

*Stream Distribution – IP in the Mobile Environment: Moderator David Layer, NAB, Panel: Samuel Sousa, Triton Digital; Mike Daskalopoulos, Dolby; other participants TBA – The public demands portability for stream listening, whether in handheld mobile devices or cars. This panel will discuss current capabilities, future possibilities, and potential hurdles.

Audio for Mobile Television: TBA; Dave Wilson, CEA; Jim Starzinsinki, NBC/Universal; Robert Murch, Fox Television; Geir Skaaden, DTS other participants, TBA – This technology is currently being rolled out in the US. The discussion will encompass transmission and audio concerns for this emerging, low bandwidth terrestrial service.

Broadcast Audio Networking Techniques: Dan Braverman, Radio Systems; Greg Shay, Telos Alliance; Tag Borland, Logitek Ravena – Wiring, routing and configuring broadcast studios has evolved into a sophisticated networking process for audio and control functions This session will explore a variety of established and emerging technologies and techniques for implementing and configuring broadcast studios to accommodate fully networked audio and video control functions.

Sound Design: How Does That ‘Thing’ Go Bump In The Night? Co-Moderators, Sue Zizza & David Shinn, SueMedia Productions – Whether you are working with props, recording sounds on location, or using prerecorded library sounds, the elements you choose will impact the aesthetics of the stories you tell. Illustrated by scenes from the AES Performance, Poe A Life and Stories in Sound, this session will explore working with sound effects props in the studio and location recording elements. A brief overview of sound effects libraries will be included.

The Broadcast/Streaming Track Includes:

Understanding Codecs: Chair, Barry Mishkind, Broadcasters Desktop Resource; Kirk Harnack, TELOS; Chris Tobin, MUSICAM USA; JJ Johnston, consultant; Jeff Riedmiller, Dolby – Techniques for maximizing the effectiveness of codecs developed to encode or decode a digital data stream or signal will be discussed in depth.

The Streaming Experience Samuel Sousa, TRITON DIGITAL; participants TBA
Audio Encoding for Streaming: Samuel Sousa, TRITON DIGITAL; JT, Limelight; Casey Cambra, Dolby; Robert Reams, Streaming Appliances/DSP Concepts; Other participants & chair TBA

Additional Broadcast/Streaming Events Include:
* Working with HTML5: Chair Valerie Tyler, Greg Ogonowski, ORBAN; other participants TBA
* Audio Processing Basics: JJ Johnston; Frank Foti, OMNIA; Bob Orban, ORBAN; Participants, TBA.
* Listener Fatigue: Chair Dave Wilson Craig Kasper, Audiologist; Sean Olive, JBL: Robert Reams, Streaming Appliances/DSP Concepts
* Lip Sync Experiment: Chair, Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post; participants TBA
* Troubleshooting Software Issues: Chair, Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post; participants TBA
* Maintenance, Repair & Troubleshooting: Chair, Kirk Harnack; Bill Sacks and Kim Sacks, Optimod Refurbishing; Bob Moore, Mooretronix
* “Poe A Life In Sound” A live performance starring Phil Proctor of Firesign Theater & Disney animated film voiceover fame. Produced & directed by Sue Zizza of SueMedia, with sound design by David Shinn.

Photo: AES 133rd Convention Broadcast/Streaming Chair David Bialik

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Media Technology Expo Tackles Important Topics During Two-Day Seminar Schedule

SEATAC, WA — Media Technology Expo (MTE), which runs Sept. 26-27 at Leftbank Annex in Portland, Ore., will offer more than a dozen free educational seminars for attendees. Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), the MTE seminar schedule includes topics like audio loudness and multi-screen delivery, as well as general video production sessions on lighting and file-based workflows.

“We have a diverse group of attendees, and our seminar schedule reflects that diversity with topics for broadcasters and other video professionals,” said Arco Groenenberg, expo manager. “With these free educational seminars, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall full of new products, Media Technology Expo is shaping up to be the can’t miss event for video professionals in the Pacific Northwest.”

The Sept. 26 schedule starts at 10 a.m. with “Streaming Your House of Worship Service to Mobile Devices,” followed by sessions on file-based workflow and audio loudness. Afternoon sessions include “Video Applications over IP and Telco Networks” and “Audio DSP and Audio System Control.” On Sept. 27, sessions include “Lighting Tips and Tricks” and “Success in the Changing World of Media and Broadcast Facility Infrastructure.”

MTE is designed to appeal to broadcast, house of worship, corporate, cable, live event, government, and independent video professionals. Registration is free and includes food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For the full seminar schedule, as well as registration and vendor information, visit www.mediatechexpo.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

Kramer Introduces the 840Hxl HDMI Test Pattern Generator

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high-performance 840Hxl HDMI Test Pattern Generator. The 840Hxl can generate 32 preset patterns including several unique patterns incorporating motion, at 16 popular predefined resolutions. In addition, this unit has the ability to setup and store seven user−defined resolutions.

The 840Hxl can be used not only as a basic pattern generator, but also as an invaluable advanced HDMI troubleshooting device. The user can easily select the pattern, the resolution, the color depth, and the color space of the output HDMI signal, either through the front panel buttons or the included computer software. The 840Hxl also has extensive audio capabilities allowing the user to change the unit’s sampling frequency (44kHz, 48kHz, 88kHz, 96kHz, 176kHz and 192kHz) and bit depth (16 bit, 20 bit and 24 bit).

An important feature of the 840Hxl is the ability to read and adapt to the display’s EDID (Extended Display Identification Data). The 840Hxl has an “Output Native Resolution” setting which reads the detailed mode line of the native resolution of the display’s EDID. It then sets its output to send the optimum resolution to the connected display. In this mode, the 840Hxl operates less like a test pattern generator and more like a computer graphics card that adapts to whatever is connected to it. In today’s world of non-standard resolutions where every display is slightly different, this ability is indispensable.

Another unique and powerful troubleshooting feature included in the 840Hxl is the ability to toggle HDCP on and off. This allows the user to individually isolate the HDCP signal with one button, to determine whether HDCP is the reason that a source is not working.

The 840Hxl has an HDMI output, five dual-function control buttons, and two single-function buttons. It includes a USB port, and RS−232 port, for connecting to a controlling PC (PC control software is included). The unit has a two-digit display, power LED, and an onboard EPROM option that saves the last unit settings.

The 840Hxl is housed in a compact Kramer MultiTOOLS® enclosure, and sells in the United States at a list price of $640.00 per unit. The 840Hxl is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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Peavey PVX Series Portable Loudspeakers Now Available

Peavey® set the standard for affordable, feature-packed P.A. solutions more than four decades ago. The new Peavey PVX™ Series loudspeakers are the culmination of decades of R&D and experience building the best portable, all-in-one audio solutions—combining legendary Peavey performance and reliability with modern design for audio pros and musicians of all levels.

Peavey PVX 12 and PVX 15 passive loudspeakers deliver superior sound quality by utilizing advanced materials. The Peavey RX14™ 1.4-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver, coupled to a constant directivity horn, reproduces high and mid-high frequencies with clarity, while heavy-duty, premium Peavey woofers with 2-3/8-inch voice coils handle the lows and low-mids. These two-way loudspeaker systems are lightweight and rugged, and will handle 400 watts program and 800 watts peak power for live music, speech and other sound reinforcement applications. more

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Anton/Bauer Demonstrates New Portable Solutions for Broadcasters at SET 2012

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, AUGUST 15, 2012—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will bring its latest portable power, lighting, and transmission products to attendees of the SET Congress and 21st edition of the Broadcast & Cable Show – International Technology Fair (Booth B11A). Among its advanced solutions will be the company’s new AB-HDRF transmitter system, DIONIC® HCX battery, ULHM-LED on-camera lighting system and new Gold Mount® Solutions for the Canon C300/C500 digital cinema cameras and Litepanels LED lighting.

“Just one year after opening our local divisional office in Brazil, we look forward to attending SET and unveiling the latest portable solutions for our local customers,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development, Anton/Bauer. “Whether professionals are looking for batteries or accessories to help streamline their current systems, this year we look forward to introducing solutions that will extend our customers’ investments while offering the reliable communications they’ve come to expect from Anton/Bauer.”

• The AB-HDRF system is a compact 5.8 GHz COFDM RF system capable of transmitting a robust HD signal over great distances all while being powered by Anton/Bauer batteries. Anton/Bauer collaborated with Vitec Group sister company Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) to develop an RF system that could mount directly onto the camera, using a camera’s existing Anton/Bauer Gold Mount solution. The AB-HDTX sends its signal directly to the AB-HDRX dual-diversity receiver or the DirectVu handheld confidence monitor/receiver. It has an RF output of 100 mW and is capable of accepting a wide range of HD/SD video formats, along with embedded audio from the camera’s HD SDI output. The use of MPEG-4 compression allows the signal to travel a half-mile in line-of-site applications. The system offers users the flexibility to choose from 12 different channels in which to transmit, ensuring the least amount of interference. The unit’s size makes it ideal for reality-based, ENG/EFP and live event coverage.

• Featuring a 124Wh battery capacity and a brand new motion-detection sensor that protects against capacity loss in storage, the DIONIC HCX is Anton/Bauer’s latest addition to its successful DIONIC series high-current battery line. The DIONIC HCX’s most exciting feature is its unique, built-in motion-detection sensor. After a two-day period without a load, the DIONIC HCX automatically goes into “deep sleep,” significantly reducing self-discharge and allowing extended storage with nearly zero capacity loss. To “awaken” the battery for normal use, customers need only move it, thus activating the motion-detection feature and “waking up” the battery as a result. This new motion-detection feature significantly increases the overall life of the battery by mitigating lithium-ion battery self-discharge when the battery is not in use. To provide precise run-time data, an enhanced LCD RealTime® fuel gauge has been incorporated to display up to nine hours of run-time (under low power load conditions) using a seven-segment display enclosed by four circular arcs that indicate 15-minute time intervals.

ULHM-LED is a low-power-consumption LED, designed to offer flexibility and help achieve the perfect light for any shot quickly and seamlessly. It fits any UL2 base, providing heat- and flicker-free soft 5600k light. Ideal for many applications, it consumes very little battery power. A 3200k filter is included with each light, allowing for quick changes to match color temperatures properly. A dimmer allows for an adjustment of 0–100% with minimal color temperature change. Size: 4.5 x 5.64 x 1.62 in. (11.43 cm x 14.33 cm x 4.11 cm) Weight: .40 lbs (.18 kg). The ULHM-LED requires a UL2 base, which is sold separately or standard with the purchase of the UL2 LED package.

• The QRC-CA940 Gold Mount solution was designed to help streamline battery management for Canon EOS C300 and C500 digital cinema camera users, providing 7.2V of power to the camera via a DC connector and 14.4V on three PowerTap® connectors. Anton/Bauer has designed the QRC-CA940 to be compatible with the company’s mounting bracket for 15mm or 19mm rod systems, the MATRIX Cheese Plate. It can also be adapted to third-party support systems (15mm or 19mm clamp kits sold separately).

QR-Hilio is a 24V dual Gold Mount that mounts directly to the back of the Litepanels Hilio, making the system portable. It offers users the ability to hot swap, so if one battery is almost drained, the user can replace it without turning off the light or stopping the shoot. When used with the DIONIC HC, the recommended run time is approximately one hour and 30 minutes and two hours when used with the DIONIC HCX.

QR-LG offers two PowerTap outputs to help power additional on-camera accessories. It incorporates Manfrotto’s Mini Clamp, which allows the Gold Mount to be mounted on a variety of light stands on bars, making any lighting system truly portable.

For more information, please visit www.antonbauer.com or call (800) 422-3473.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

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HARMAN’s Crown Audio Expands Its VRACK Offerings With Introduction of VRACK 4x3500HD Complete Multichannel Amplification System

ELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced it is adding to its popular VRACK complete amplifier management solutions with the introduction of its VRACK 4x3500HD. The new version incorporates three of Crown’s flagship I-Tech 4x3500HD DriveCore™ Series 4-channel power amplifiers in a single road-ready plug-and-play rack, providing a versatile, turnkey multichannel amplifier solution for tour, rental and installed sound applications.

Designed to work hand in hand with JBL VTX and VERTEC Series models with upcoming support planned for JBL VRX and STX models, the VRACK 4x3500HD includes three built-in Crown I-Tech HD Series 4×3500 DriveCore power amps, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system that can be set to meet US and international power standards. All the components are housed in a wheeled rack with a captive suspension system that enables it to be flown in the same manner as a line array loudspeaker system. Multiple VRACKs can be linked together for integrated operation in larger systems.

“Since its introduction our VRACK concept has been embraced by live sound and event providers for its plug-and-play operation, easy transportability and flexible configuration options,” said Brian Pickowitz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “The VRACK 4x3500HD builds on this concept with a full 12 channels of high-power amplification and greatly expanded connectivity features, giving users a powerful and versatile multichannel amplifier management solution.”

“VRACK is an integral part of our turnkey system package for JBL VTX and VERTEC”, adds Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Based on field testing to date, we’ve been extremely pleased with IT4x3500HD performance and VRACK4x3500HD provides the amp rack equivalent of the optimized power density philosophy that was adopted for the VTX V25 loudspeaker itself – lots of horsepower in a compact, tightly-integrated package.”

The I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers feature a 4.3-inch front-panel LCD touchscreen that provides amplifier monitoring and access to key functions with color-keyed visuals. Each amplifier offers an extensive complement of inputs and outputs including four analog inputs, four AES3 digital inputs and four AES inputs over VDrive and the ability to select four CobraNet® inputs. The amplifiers also include SpeakON or banana plug speaker connectors.

The VRACK 4x3500HD utilizes HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ 3.2 control functionality and Version 5 DSP preset support for JBL Professional’s new VTX Series V25 plus VERTEC Series line array loudspeakers. System Architect provides control through monitoring and adjustment on a rack-by-rack basis and the ability to make changes to all three amps in the VRack through a single interface. The VRACK 4x3500HD is also compatible with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ sound reinforcement system design software for enhanced control and monitoring capabilities.

The I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers deliver 1,900 watts per channel into eight ohms, 2,400 watts per channel into four ohms and 4,200 watts into four ohms bridged. The amplifiers provide extensive DSP sound-tailoring capability and incorporate Crown’s exclusive linear phase FIR and IIR filters to provide optimized loudspeaker crossover points with improved midrange clarity and off-axis response. The amplifiers’ USB port enables users to load preset amplifier settings or device files and update firmware.

The Crown VRACK 4x3500HD amplifier management solution is now shipping.

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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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3vNet Announces Appointment of Fielder Marketing Rep Firm

3vNet, manufacturer of advanced, elegant and easy to use whole-house automation products, has announced the appointment of Fielder Marketing of Reno, Nevada who will represent 3vNet in Northern California and Northern Nevada supporting the San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno and Reno markets.

Mark Fielder, President of the firm, successfully operated a highly successful integration firm for many years. He also gained outstanding experience on the manufacturing side as the National Sales Manager for BG Radia. The Fielder Marketing team represents a unique and limited group of audio & video manufacturers. “I knew right away that Mark and his team were the right choice. They have the perfect blend of technical expertise and business savvy. Fielder Marketing is a great addition to the 3vNet family” say Matt Curtin, 3vNet’s Director of Sales. Currently the firm also represents BG Radia, Severtson, Plateau, and d-tools.

About 3vNet
3vNet manufactures a vast and complete range of whole-house control solutions for lighting, climate, security, CCTV, weather and distributed home entertainment. 3vNet products blend reliability, scalability and flexibility with contemporary design to provide solutions that are easy to install, simple to use and are designed to match any décor. 3vNet is headquartered in Orlando, FL and can be found on the web at http://www.3vnetco.com

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HARMAN Professional Ships JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ Version 1.0, Making Advanced Sound System Design Easier, More Efficient

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Following six months of successful real-world beta system testing and refinement, HARMAN Professional today announced the market availability of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ sound reinforcement system design software. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager version 1.0 is a highly evolved, application-specific iteration of the category-leading HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ configuration and control software application for professional-grade audio system integration, specialized for touring and live performance venue sound reinforcement systems.

“JBL HiQnet Performance Manager is the product of considerable research, a comprehensive engineering and design effort and equally committed beta program that included 60 audio professionals drawn from the tour and theatrical communities ” noted Adam Holladay, Market Manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group. “As a result of today’s introduction, our customers in the marketplace can deploy an easy-to-use yet eminently powerful tool that allows them to be more effective and efficient at designing high-performing, consistent sound systems for an array of applications.”

Winner of a 2011 PLASA Award For Innovation and a 2012 InAVation Awards finalist, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager provides a comprehensive, step-by-step workflow that directly corresponds to real-world system configuration, taking the workflow paradigm introduced in System Architect 2 to a higher level of functionality for any live performance audio application. It is fully integrated with JBL’s Line Array Calculator II loudspeaker configuration and acoustic modeling software.

“Performance Manager is an integral part of Harman Professional’s turnkey system solution for the recently-released JBL Professional VTX Series and provides an ideal simulation and control environment that allows system engineers to fully leverage the power of VTX and Crown Audio VRACK”, commented Paul Bauman, Sr Manager – Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The workflow approach is consistent with what has been taught throughout VerTec training for the past 6 years and there is an exciting roadmap ahead for additional product and optimization integration into Performance Manager. I’d like to personally thank all of the beta testers who provided invaluable input as well as the SDIG software team for doing a fantastic job on the software development side”.

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager version 1.0 is available for $399 per license at http://hiqnet.harmanpro.com. Volume discounts are available. An in-depth series of online training videos can also be viewed and a public Performance Manager training session will be held during the PLASA tradeshow in London, England in September. Visit http://hiqnet.harmanpro.com for more information.

The Performance Manager workflow forms the very foundation of the software with an appropriately- tailored user interface for each and every stage. The user begins by loading templates of the speaker arrays used in the system, and then runs Line Array Calculator II for each array as part of the initial sound design task of determining how many and which type of loudspeakers are required to cover a given venue. For each array, Performance Manager automatically loads the passive VERTEC or powered VERTEC DrivePack DPDA line array configuration into the main application workspace – the first of many automated design processes native to the software application. Loudspeakers can also be manually loaded into the templates if desired.

Once the user defines the required amplifier parameters for the passive loudspeakers within the arrays, Performance Manager automatically loads the correct number of Crown Audio VRACK or other user-determined amplifier racks into the audio system. The software then associates the amplifier outputs with the bandpass crossover inputs for the selected array and programs the amplifiers with the correct JBL preset data, as well as gain shading and JBL Line Array Control Panel equalization parameters that are determined in JBL’s Line Array Calculator II as part of the modeling process to optimize sound pressure level and frequency response over the defined audience geometry.

Representations of the bandpass inputs for each loudspeaker section are overlaid onto the arrays, enabling the user to easily visualize the array configuration, whether JBL DrivePack-powered or driven by external Crown power amplifiers. Performance Manager software also significantly simplifies system-networking configuration – the user can simply drag and drop devices discovered on the network onto the pre-configured devices within the Performance Manager workspace to synchronize all addressing and parameter values.

In addition, the Performance Manager graphic interface provides embedded control panels for array calibration, time alignment and system EQ which utilize input section digital signal processing resources available in either Crown I-Tech HD (and legacy I-Tech) power amplifiers or JBL DrivePack-powered loudspeakers with DPDA digital audio input modules. Input attenuation, equalization, delay settings and bandpass controls are all readily accessible directly within the main application workspace along with flexible grouping and comprehensive solo/mute functionality for system testing.

Once system tuning is complete, Performance Manager’s Show Mode display is optimized for the actual live performance, offering appropriate adjustment control ballistics for equalization and dedicated monitoring interfaces for levels, speaker loads, thermal conditions and AC power requirements. The workspace for all stages of Performance Manager’s workflow has a common design motif, with monitoring functions overlaid on top of the same loudspeaker bandpass representations within the workspace, making visualization easier and more consistent across various workflow screens.

HARMAN HiQnet™ 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, 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Marshall University’s Cam Henderson Center Gets In the Zone With HARMAN’s BSS, Crown and JBL Audio Components

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia – Marshall University’s 9,100-seat Cam Henderson Center is the college’s primary indoor athletic facility. First opened in 1981, the Center was ready for a sound system installation upgrade, which was handled by Newtech Systems, Inc., a systems integrator with locations in Dunbar, West Virginia, Ashland, Kentucky and Lexington, Kentucky. Tom Kibler, system designer and sales executive for Newtech Systems Inc., supervised the installation of a new audio system that includes more than 60 HARMAN’s JBL VRX932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers, powered by Crown DSi 4000, IT5000 HD and CDi 4000 amplifiers. The system also utilizes BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-160 Signal Processors and other BSS Audio components. Coffeen Fricke and Associates was the designer and acoustical consultant for the project.

“We chose HARMAN products because they were the best fit for me as the systems integrator,” Kibler noted. “I am very familiar with the JBL, Crown and BSS Audio products we used and in my experience they are the most reliable in their respective categories. I did consider other brands but in addition to their performance advantages concluded that the HARMAN brands offer the best bang for the buck.”

The JBL VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers are suspended from steel trusses around the interior of the arena. Each array column consists of either six or four loudspeakers. Two of the arrays are used for events such as commencements where only the arena’s stage is needed; these arrays are turned off during sporting events when the rest of the speakers are used. The system is set up so the loudspeakers’ focal points and delays are automatically reconfigured at the touch of a preset, using the Soundweb London BLU-160’s Control Inputs and Logic Outputs. In addition to the main arrays, four JBL ASB6128V subwoofers located at the center of the arena provide low-frequency reinforcement.

Two full-size equipment racks located in a dedicated electronics room contain 16 Crown DSi 4000, one CDi 4000 and two IT5000HD power amplifiers, along with the Soundweb London BLU-160 Signal Processor and a BLU-BOB2 Output Expander.

“With a job this big it’s especially true that time is money,” said Kibler, “and our installation crew marvelled at how easy it was to mount the JBL VRX932LA-1’s. Their specially designed quick-release integral rigging hardware, compact size and relatively light 46-pound weight made it possible for us to complete the installation under the hours we had bid for the project.”

“The JBL VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers allowed us to get good, clean, crisp audio to every seat in the arena,” Kibler continued. “One feature that came in really handy was their Array Configuration Selector, a series of switches that control the output of each high-frequency section in the array. This lets you set each VRX932LA-1 to deliver more high-frequency output to a distant location or less output to seats that are closer up. This feature really came in handy and allowed us to quickly do high-frequency ‘shadowing’ or fine-tuning for the near and far throw boxes in the speaker stacks. We boosted the highs 3dB on the top two arrays in the six-array stacks. We did the final high-frequency ‘sweetening’ with the BLU-160 during the commissioning of the system.”

“Programming the digital signal processing for an audio system has been a part of my work since DSP first came into the industry, and the BSS Audio Soundweb London audio networking products, DSP and setup software used in this installation actually made life pretty easy,” Kibler stated. “Not only did it provide a high level of system tuning, it enabled us to set up custom GUI [Graphical User Interface] pages and shortcuts, for example, the page that instantly switches between the stage speakers and the main venue speakers. The University staff wanted the system to be easy to operate, and Soundweb London made this possible.”

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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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