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HARMAN Professional Releases JBL® HiQnet Performance Manager™ 1.1: Includes Advanced Support For Crown VRACK 4×3500 and JBL V5 Preset Data For JBL VTX and VerTec®

NORTHRIDGE, California — Demonstrating its commitment to make JBL® HiQnet Performance Manager™ the most comprehensive and useful system configuration and control application in professional live sound audio, HARMAN Professional today released JBL HiQnet Performance Manager version 1.1 featuring support for the Crown VRACK 4×3500 and updated JBL V5 Preset Data. In doing so, the company is coupling the most efficient and best sounding audio hardware technologies with the industry’s most advanced yet intuitive configuration and control application.

“HARMAN’s stated goal for JBL HiQnet Performance Manager is that it should make the complex simple and enable better sounding performance audio systems to be designed and deployed more efficiently and economically,” stated Adam Holladay, Market Manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group. “With the release of version 1.1 and the addition of support for Crown VRACK 4×3500 and updated JBL V5 Preset Data for VTX Series and VerTec Series models, we’re making JBL HiQnet Performance Manager more inclusive and valuable to our customers for theatre, worship, and corporate and all live sound applications.”

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager dramatically reduces design time, simplifies networking and automates control interface configuration. With considerable expert system design knowledge embedded directly into the software, Performance Manager cleverly disguises the complexity of system configuration and guides even the less-experienced user through the process so as to achieve a far more optimal result than would otherwise be possible.

New in version 1.1:
• Support for the Crown VRACK 4×3500 with full integration into the Performance Manager workflow
• JBL V5 Preset Data for VerTec VT4889 (V5 R1) and VerTec VT4888 (V5 R1)
o Short Throw (ST) and Long Throw (LT) preset support for VT4888 and VT4889, with HF shelving characteristics that are consistent with VTX V25
o Sub / low preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4888 and VTX G28, S28 subwoofers
o Sub / low preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4889 and VTX G28, S28 subwoofers
o Cardioid preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4882, VT4880, VT4880A subwoofers
o Cardioid preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4880 (2x front-firing) and VTX S28 (1x rear-firing)
o Cardioid preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4880A (2x front-firing) and VTX S28 (1x rear-firing)
o Revised subwoofer model limiter thresholds
• JBL V5 Preset Data for VTX V25 for Crown Audio IT12000HD (V5 R1.1)
o Minor changes to subwoofer model limiter thresholds
• JBL V5 Preset Data for VTX V25 for Crown Audio IT4x3500HD (V5 R1.2)
o Minor changes to subwoofer model limiter thresholds
o New extra long throw (XLT) support, compatible with IT12000HD XLT

Performance Manager 1.1 is available for purchase on the HiQnet website. A single license is available for $399, with volume discounts available for 2 license key purchases or more. The Performance Manager 1.1 installer will automatically utilize a valid, existing license key activated for a current installation of Performance Manager 1.0. Existing users should simply download and install Performance Manager 1.1 below to upgrade.

Performance Manager 1.1 supported devices include:
• JBL VTX Series V25, G28 and S28 models
• JBL powered VerTec DrivePack Series with DP-DA input card
• JBL passive VerTec Series
• Crown I-Tech HD Series
• Crown Macro-Tech i Series
• Crown VRACK 12000
• Crown VRACK 4×3500
• Crown I-Tech Series [discontinued]
• dbx DriveRack® 4800 / 4820

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.

New WMS Gaming Headquarters Lobby Features 105-Foot Videowall Run By Alcorn McBride Digital Binloop HD Video Player

Alcorn McBride’s Digital Binloop HD multi-channel video player plays a key role in the attention-getting 105-foot videowall spanning the lobby of the new Chicago headquarters of WMS Gaming Inc., a leading global innovator in the design, manufacture and distribution of electronic and digital gaming entertainment and gaming machines for the casino industry.

The impressive videowall consists of seven HD displays each of which is comprised of nine 60-inch Sharp monitors. The displays are separated from one another by about two feet of space. Mounted above the lobby’s wood-paneled walls just under the ceiling, the videowall measures nine feet high and stretches 105 feet across the lobby.

Environmental Systems Designs hired Sound Inc. to handle the AV install for the videowall. Sound Inc. deployed 7 channels of Digital Binloop HD to play the changing video content, which attracts attention from visitors and employees alike.

The Digital Binloop HD provides up to 8 channels of HD video in a compact, economical and highly-reliable package designed for continuous daily use with no maintenance. Video clips are stored on CompactFlash media so there are no moving parts to wear out; each card can hold hours of media.

“With a videowall of that size the question is what to put on it,” notes Hank Schulz, Sales Engineer of Sound Inc. “A friend of mine who shoots commercials and does product branding helped us put together some ideas. We have footage of the Chicago skyline shot by seven HD cameras; we compressed 18 hours of material to 40 minutes. We also have waves on Newport Beach and an animation of hot air balloons in a blue sky. We even have amazing HD footage from the Boston Aquarium that makes the videowall look like a 100-foot long fish tank.”

Schulz reports that the Digital Binloop HD’s “reliability and performance has been good – it’s delivering video without any hiccups and working very well.” The two-foot gap between each display is accounted for in the system’s raster.

The WMS headquarters building is part of a new Technology Campus on the north side of Chicago designed by architect SCB. The campus master plan features six new high-performance buildings integrated into an existing manufacturing district along the shore of the Chicago River. The first phase of development includes the LEED Platinum HQ, which boasts four levels of offices plus a penthouse and landscaped rooftop garden.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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