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Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Launches Next Generation of Producers with HARMAN’s JBL Professional M2 and LSR Studio Monitors, AKG Microphones and Lexicon Processors

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The first of its kind in the US, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee provides a unique opportunity to students interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment industry, offering concentrations in audio engineering, radio production, broadcasting and other media industries. Fulfilling a key initiative of the project, Pearl Cohn partnered with the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy® Producers and Engineers (P&E) Wing in late 2012, to build a fully functioning, world-class recording studio, creating the opportunity for students to learn music production skills in a professional, hands-on environment. The new studio is equipped with HARMAN Professional’s newest JBL studio monitors, AKG headphones and microphones, Lexicon effects and Crown amplifiers.

The transformation of Pearl Cohn into the Nation’s first Entertainment Magnet High School was the personal project of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and Music Makes Us, a music education advocacy group, working to create a world-class learning environment for entertainment arts in Nashville.

Renowned studio designer Steven Durr donated his time and energy to develop the plans and oversee construction of the fully equipped studio. In a remarkable effort, producer/engineers Jeff Balding, Chuck Ainlay, in addition to Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, Terry Palmer, Matt Schlachter, Jon Randall Stewart, Durr and notable members of the Nashville music community rolled up their sleeves as a valuable subcommittee to put the facility together.

“Music education is so important to The Recording Academy, so when we were approached with the idea of Pearl-Cohn’s studio, we were proud to help in the development, contacting key associates in the music world to construct the first-of-its-kind high school facility,” says Susan Stewart, South Regional Director, The Recording Academy. “The studio became a reality with the help of the generous manufacturers and the community, who bonded together to provide students the hands-on environment they deserve to excel in the music industry.”

According to Sam Lorber, Instructional Designer at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, the institution was developed with the desire of engaging students with project-based lessons centered on the entertainment industry theme.

“It was the intention of the school from the start to provide professional-level education. Whether students are going to pursue an audio degree or a career immediately after graduating, they will have the problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills associated with a strong audio-based foundation,” Lorber stated. “With the P&E Wing and HARMAN, our vision of building the all-encompassing studio has far surpassed what we ever imagined was possible!”

The commissioning of the studio at Pearl-Cohn marks the first installation of the JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors powered by two Crown iTech 5000 HD power amplifiers. The M2, JBL’s flagship main monitor system leverages 7 patented technologies, JBL’s next generation transducers and its new Image Control Waveguide to deliver exceptional imaging, frequency response and high output to very broad space in the control room. .

The control room also includes a 5.1 JBL LSR6300 system, while edit rooms are equipped with JBL LSR4300 studio monitor systems. AKG microphones and headphones include K271MKII and K240MKII headphones, D12 VR drum microphone, C214s, a C414 matched stereo set and three C451B condensers. Lexicon’s PCM96 Parallel Stereo and Surround Sound Reverb/effect processor was installed. Pearl-Cohn also installed three complete Lexicon plug-in packages.

Pearl-Cohn provides nine audio classes, which have become the most popular courses since the program was established. The studio/audio program has become the centerpiece of a curriculum that includes a student-run record label and publishing company, plus classes in studio techniques for musicians and singers. Students select a pathway—
choosing between careers as producers, managers, engineers, marketing agents, and more—and enroll in classes beginning with a survey of the music industry and progressing into the specific areas of each student’s interest.

“With a student-run record label, a state of the art studio and the support of music industry veterans, the stage is set at Pearl-Cohn for emerging talent to make their mark in the music world. The future of the industry lies within these kids. We are proud to partner with The Recording Academy in support of this project,” stated Mark Ureda, Vice President, Strategy and Technology, HARMAN Professional.

“We want our students to realize their dreams and potential. They enter the program with ambitions and we want them to graduate with the skills that will provide a stepping stone for a successful career in the audio industry and success in life,” Lorber continued. “Having a partner like HARMAN enables us to create a student-centered studio that rivals university and professional facilities. The sound emanating from our studio is superb and we can’t thank our partners enough for helping Pearl-Cohn inspire its students in this top-of-the-line learning environment.”

For more information on the Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, please visit http://www.pearlcohnhs.mnps.org.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

HARMAN Professional Provides Transportation Centers with Comprehensive, Scalable Audio/Video Solutions

Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore, India features a HARMAN IDX Information Delivery System.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Whether it’s an airport, a railway station or a subway platform, transportation hubs rely on effective communication to ensure their passengers are kept up to speed with schedule changes, locations of arrivals and departures, emergencies and more. As such, the effectiveness of any transportation center’s communication relies on the strength of its communication systems. With the understanding that any communication system is only as strong as its technology, HARMAN Professional offers world-class audio and visual components to ensure information is delivered quickly and clearly to millions of travelers around the world every day.

“Through the BSS, Crown and JBL brands, HARMAN Professional has become a common choice for cities and airport designers who require reliable and heavy-duty audio equipment for their transportation facilities,” said Van Williamson, Business Development Manager, Commercial Systems, HARMAN Professional. “Furthermore, HARMAN Professional’s IDX system, developed in partnership with Com-Net Software, further adds to our ability to provide comprehensive and scalable solutions for today’s airports, transit stations and other public spaces.”

HARMAN’s IDX System is a seamless audio and visual information delivery solution that provides a highly flexible and scalable way to communicate important information for way-finding. HARMAN’s experience and expertise in audio, matched with Com-Net Software’s depth of experience and knowledge, brings a new and comprehensive approach to information delivery that has not been seen before. The system is designed and built to exceed professional audio standards, incorporating premium microphones, amplifiers and loudspeakers for the best audio quality available.”

HARMAN’s brands also offer best-in-class products in every audio category, from AKG microphones to BSS processing, Crown amplifiers to JBL loudspeakers, Martin lighting and more. As a result, HARMAN is uniquely suited to offer fully integrated, scalable audio systems where all components are optimized to work seamlessly together. These benefits are realized in ease of installation for systems integrators, affordable and easy-to-use systems for operators, and—most importantly—clear and effective communication for travelers.

In addition, HARMAN Professional hosts a wealth of resources for customers on their websites, including free software, white papers, application guides, and online training on audio topics and system design. These resources are used by professional consultants and integrators and are accessible to anyone interested in becoming more knowledgeable about audio science and technology.

For more information on HARMAN Professional’s offerings for stadiums and large venues, please visit www.harmanpro.com

For more information on IDX, please visit idx.harman.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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Hitachi Outfits the Entire Vancouver Public Schools District with Projectors

Vancouver, WA, December 30, 2013 – Since outfitting its 22 elementary schools, six middle schools and six high schools and comprehensive schools with Hitachi projectors, Vancouver Public Schools District has seen a higher level of engagement among its students at all grade levels. Hitachi’s projectors (purchased by the school district through Troxell Communications) offer dozens of advanced capabilities, such as highly intuitive operation and an unprecedented level of interactivity, that make teaching more effective and efficient and learning more engaging.

Vancouver Public Schools offer basic and advanced training courses for teachers on using the Hitachi projectors and interactive whiteboards, focusing first on the basics of the technology, and then addressing how to effectively integrate the technology into lesson plans.

“The secret to convincing a teacher to buy into the technology is by tying it into the curriculum,” said Steve Stoll, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Vancouver Public Schools. “A lot of our teachers have been excited to adopt features like conferencing, sharing screens and iPad compatibility. Veteran teachers are also seeing the value once they learn how to operate the projectors.”

“I came across an article tracing advancements in educational tools throughout history,” said Mr. Stoll. “Teachers have always pushed back in the transition from quill pen to pencil, pencil to ballpoint pen and so on. But we’ve seen teachers who are genuinely excited to use their new Hitachi projectors to the fullest extent.”

One of the most popular features of the Hitachi projectors is the ability to digitally store recent lessons. “Research shows that when the brain revisits learned information within 24 hours of inception, it has a much higher chance of being retained,” Mr. Stoll said.

Mr. Stoll explains that interactive technology is important for both the teachers and the students. “Even at the kindergarten level, we’ll see kids become accustomed to interactive lessons,” Mr. Stoll added. “In high school, they will often be utilizing the projectors and interactive whiteboards for their own group presentations.”

In addition to the Hitachi projection solutions, the district has begun several other new programs with an emphasis on technology, which include 1-to-1 initiatives where all students receive either iPads or laptops. These programs will expand to all students in grades 3-12 in the coming years.

For a school district so focused on student advancement through technology, Hitachi’s projectors are ideal. Steve Bratt, Manager of Technology Operations at Vancouver Public Schools, was impressed with the ease and affordability of the installation. “The short-throw interactive projectors are mounted in close proximity to the wall, meaning that it’s much more cost-effective and easier than installing a ceiling mount, which normally requires additional power,” Mr. Bratt said. “It also turns an existing whiteboard into an interactive board, which can still function as a normal dry-erase whiteboard on its own.”

For more information on Troxell Communications, visit www.trox.com.

For more information on Vancouver Public Schools, visit www.vansd.org.

For more information on Hitachi Projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia.

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About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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River Oaks Retires Analog Console, Upgrades to Yamaha CL5 Digital

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The 600-seat River Oaks Community Church, in Goshen, Indiana, holds contemporary worship services, and on any given Sunday, serves 1,200 of its congregation. With a rotating pool of 25 musicians, a standard worship service consists of 5-10 members on stage. The church recently retired its aged analog console and upgraded to a new Yamaha CL5 digital audio console and Rio 3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes, purchased from Mid-America Sound in Greenfield, Indiana.

“We had an analog console for about ten years that outlived its welcome”, states Tim Blaum, Program Director at the church and who installed the CL. “We realized we needed to have additional control and mixing space.”

Blaum notes that on occasion, the church had to rent a Yamaha M7CL for outdoor gigs or other special services when they needed a little extra control. “We have a volunteer team that is comfortable in the analog environment using a full bank of physical faders because it’s what we’ve been used to, but we knew it was time to upgrade to digital. Several industry professionals recommended we investigate the new Yamaha CL Series since it has several added benefits. After weighing our options, we heeded their advice and decided to go with the CL5 because of its power and features.”

Prior to the new CL’s arrival, volunteers viewed online tutorial videos, having been familiar with the M7CL. “Yamaha digital consoles have always been strong and reliable, and with the CL’s price point, the console will give us room to grow and expand our worship ministry,” Blaum says. “Talented musicians with years of training and skill lead our ministry, and our production team is eager to help them sound the best they can with our new desk.” The church is currently using the Dante network locally due to its pre-existing snake structure.

Blaum also said the front of house location is an elevated mezzanine, which makes mixing difficult. “We are living by the console’s iPad App; our engineers stay on ground level during rehearsals and worship to make sure our mix is perfect. The labeling on the CL was a major enhancement, but we really love just about every feature it has since we came directly from the analog world. The console sounds great, and since its installation, we’ve had numerous compliments about our mix greatly improving. No doubt, this is an exciting step forward for us.”

For more information on River Oaks Community Church, visit www.riveroaks.org.

For more information on Mid-America Sound, visit www.midamericasound.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Audio Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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