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HARMAN’s Lexicon Reduces Prices, Streamlines Its Plug-Ins Lineup

ANAHEIM, California – HARMAN’s Lexicon today announced that effective immediately it is offering new, lower prices on its audio plug-ins. In addition, the company is streamlining its lineup to focus on the five core plug-in bundles: the PCM Total Bundle, PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle, PCM Native Effects Bundle, LXP Native Reverb Bundle and MXP Native Reverb Bundle.

“By simplifying our plug-ins lineup, we’re making it easier for users to choose the right plug-in for their needs, ,” said Noel Larson, Market Manager-Portable PA, Tour and Recording at HARMAN Signal Processing. “We have also implemented significant price reductions. Our award-winning Lexicon reverbs and effects are the industry standard and with our new pricing, Lexicon sound quality is now available to more pro and project studios and enthusiast users than ever before.”

The current Lexicon plug-ins lineup is as follows:

PCM Total Bundle – 14 VST®/AU/RTAS® reverb and effects plug-ins, New SRP: $999
PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle – seven VST/AU/RTAS reverb plug-ins, New SRP: $599
PCM Native Effects Plug-In Bundle – seven VST/AU/RTAS effects plug-ins, New SRP: $499
LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle – four VST/AU/RTAS reverb plug-ins, New SRP: $199
MXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle – VST/AU/RS reverb plug-in, New SRP: $99

The plug-ins offer a wide variety of legendary Lexicon reverbs and effects like Vintage Plate, Hall, Room, Concert Hall and other hallmark Lexicon reverbs, and effects that run the gamut from Pitch Shift, Chorus, Dual Delay and Resonant Chords to other completely unique sounds. All the plug-ins are designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools and Logic, as well as with any other VST, Audio Unit™ or RTAS-compatible platform and with Windows and Macintosh computers.

For more information please visit www.lexiconpro.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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s Lexicon Gear Is Bulletproof For The BackBeat Brawlers’ Gabriel “The Gun” Gonzalez

ANAHEIM, California – Gabriel “The Gun” Gonzalez is a trumpeter, percussionist, producer and arranger who co-founded No Doubt with Gwen Stefani in 1986 and was instrumental in the development of the third-wave ska movement of the 1980s. Gabriel The Gun is currently with the BackBeat Brawlers, a Reggae/Ska band with Jazz and Soul influences. Conducting an extensive amount of his work from his home studio, Gonzalez has become a convert to HARMAN’s Lexicon MX400XL 4-In/4-Out Reverb/Effects Processor and I-O FW810S 10-Input/12-Output FireWire Audio Interface.

“When I started looking at hardware upgrades recently, I was attracted to the Lexicon products because of their reputation, bulletproof construction, ease of plug-and-play use and especially their sound quality,” explained Gonzalez.

Gonzalez and his musical partner, Mel Scott of Blue Room Studios, have recorded close to 200 TV and film scores and have a keen understanding for the sound that Gonzalez could get in his home studio. “When we installed the Lexicon MX400XL and I-O FW810S, the difference in sound quality was immediately apparent not just to me but to everyone present. The sounds we could achieve became cleaner, crisper and more refined – in a word, stunning,” added Gonzalez.

Currently working on his new BackBeat Brawlers album, Gonzalez explains Lexicon components have become an integral part of its production. “I’ve also done several film submissions recently. Over the years, I’ve tried a huge amount of outboard processing gear and the reverbs, effects, delays and dynamic capabilities of Lexicon MX400XL and I-O FW810S hands-down blow everything else out of the water,” stated Gonzalez.

“There are tons of AD/DA recording interfaces out there but only Lexicon has that trademark monitoring reverb that lets you monitor the performance with reverb while it’s being recorded. This really helps artists feel more comfortable and very often we’ll get a better take. Also, the built-in dbx compression and EQ has proven to be invaluable. For my work this means that we can slightly compress and EQ the tracks while recording to get that sound we want instead of using all kinds of additional gear and effects afterward. In a project studio, it might be the reverse of how a lot of people do it but for me it makes recording easier and faster,” stated Gonzalez.

“The quality of the preamps in both Lexicon units is also outstanding, as is the built-in Type IV dbx D/A conversion and bundled Pantheon™ II reverb plug-in. I think Lexicon makes the best gear out there – period.”

The Gun is looking forward to more touring with the BackBeat Brawlers and creating more music with the Lexicon MX400L and I-O FW810S.

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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s dbx Now Shipping Its TR1616 BLU Link I/O

ANAHEIM, California – HARMAN’s dbx today announced it is now shipping its TR1616 BLU link I/O a 16-input/16-output digital on ramp/off ramp module that brings professional digital networked audio connectivity to an attractive price point.

“Our TR1616 allows users to create a digital snake or network to the size they need with plug-and-play simplicity. In an easy to use and highly flexible way using the BLU link digital audio bus,” said Noel Larson, Market Manager for Portable PA, Tour and Recording. “Thanks to the TR1616, customers no longer have to keep buying new systems and replacing old ones, as the system will expand with your needs.”

The TR1616 offers 16 XLR/TRS analog inputs and 16 analog outputs, along with BLU link RJ-45 Loop input and output and an RJ-45 Snake input and output ports. Users can configure up to 256 channels at 48kHz or up to 128 channels at 96kHz. No addressing or programming is required.

Each of the TR1616’s 16 front-panel channels features a high-quality dbx mic preamp with mic gain, 20dB pad, low-cut filter, +48V phantom power and polarity selection, along with signal, clipping and additional indicators. A rear-panel USB and Ethernet port enables uploading future firmware updates.

Up to 60 TR1616 units can be linked together with no loss of control or fidelity, enabling first-time users to expand their systems as their connectivity requirements increase. The dbx TR1616 is ideal for use with mixing consoles and with the new dbx PMC Personal Monitor Controller, a remote control that allows performers to easily set up and control their personal mix of up to 16 channels of audio via a BSS Audio BLU link interface. A live mode option provides the user the capability to see real-time view of channels.

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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s AKG Introduces Revamped Digital Automatic Microphone Mixers – DMM6 and DMM12 – During NAMM

ANAHEIM, California – Adding to its family of microphone mixers, AKG proudly introduces its new line of digital automatic microphone mixers – DMM6 and DMM12. With an intuitive user interface, numerous DSP functions and high signal to noise ratio (S/N), the DMM series provides users with the highest quality in automatic mixing technology.

DMM12 offers 12 inputs, while easily adjusting the mic to line level. Its four line outputs (2x stereo) are individually assignable for each input. The stereo record outputs are individually assignable, while the headphone out port allows users to listen to each input and output individually.

DMM6 offers six inputs and two line outputs at 1x stereo.

When in use, all inputs are active, but attenuated to a level that equals the level of one “active microphone.” If two or more inputs receive relevant input signals, their amplification is increased to a level, which allows overall output to equal one “active microphone,” resulting in an absolute feedback-stable system.

Working to deter noise pickup, the DMM series senses numerous sonic activities to monitor and diminish unwanted sound. If a signal is picked up over a long period of time, the mixers understand that it may be an air conditioning unit or other unavoidable noise. When a large number of microphones pick up the same signal and all mics are active, the DMM system will recognize applause and not react. When two microphones are receiving the same signal, the mic with the slightly higher level gets priority, while the other one is attenuated.

“AKG understands the needs of the live sound professional and the updates to our line of rackable mixers underscores our goal of providing high-quality, reliable sound in all performance spaces,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business development Manager, Installed Sound, AKG. “DMM6 and DMM12 embody the technological advancements AKG delivered with its original analog 8-channel auto mixer, AS8 and its digital predecessors DMM4/2/4. DMM12 and 6 will be a tactical addition to any installed sound system to ensure proper sound.”

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®, 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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Alcorn McBride Releasing Timeline Feature for V16 Pro and New RideTraXX Synchronized Multi-channel MP3 Player at ISE

Alcorn McBride made headlines at the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) conference in November where it unveiled a Timeline feature for its line of Pro Series controllers and released the mobile RideTraXX synchronized multi-channel MP3 player.

Timeline is a new feature within WinScript Live, the program used for Alcorn McBride controllers. It will be released for download during ISE and has no additional charge. The Timeline feature offers a flexible way to program events on the Pro Controllers, which supports hundreds of time-based and event-based sequences and hundreds of timelines. This feature allows users to add markers, drag and drop events, add triggers, and group related events for fast editing. With the flexibility of timeline, users can change event values and times all while the show is running. Timeline can zoom in to a specific point in the show and mix timed and logical events on a single view without overlapping events.

RideTraXX also made its debut at IAAPA and will be shown and available for shipping at ISE. The mobile multi-channel MP3 player delivers synchronous playback for creative immersive environments and high-inertia vehicle applications, including dark rides, roller coasters and simulators. It plays up to 16 synchronous channels at 128kbps, 10 channels at 192kbps, or up to eight channels with crossfade to a second set of eight channels. It offers network, serial and GPI control. It stores MP3 files on CompactFlash; with no moving parts it provides a reliable and maintenance-free solution.

The rugged new mobile audio player is sized to fit almost anywhere and can withstand harsh conditions and high vibrations. All boards are conformal-coated for moisture resistance; all connectors are locking high-vibration resistant, with high-surface contact points. Shock mounting is included, with various options available depending on the G-Load and frequency response of the vehicle.

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.

WorldStage Adds New Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles for Rentals and Staging

WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications Inc., has chosen the Yamaha CL5 digital audio console and accompanying Rio (Remote/IO) stage rack as its new audio console and immediately made them available for audio system rentals and staging.

The Yamaha CL Series is a Dante network–based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive system solution. The footprint of all three CL consoles in the series is small, yet powerful and has been developed specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring and remote broadcast.
The Yamaha CL5 mix capacity is 72 mono plus 8 stereo inputs (64 channels through Dante and 8 local), with 34 faders. It features 16 DCAs, channel encoders and supports 48kHz and 44.1kHz sampling rates. Up to eight external Rio boxes can be used for a total of 256 channels via the Dante digital network.
“We’re excited to be one of the first in the New York area to offer this system to our clients,” says WorldStage Director of audio services David Lynd. “The CL5 is well suited as a mixer for corporate as well as music events. With 64 remote inputs and 8 local on the desk it satisfies our clients’ requests for a console with higher channel counts. The CL5s give us more inputs in a small form factor; running fiber instead of large, heavy copper multi-core audio snakes is also a major plus.”

WorldStage president Josh Weisberg says the company chose the CL5 after an extensive search. “We like its compact, ergonomic design, easy-to-learn user interface and broad feature set. The CL5’s aggressively competitive price point allows WorldStage to use the console on a wide variety of projects that would have formerly utilized older analog boards,” Weisberg concludes.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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