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Sepura Plc Streamlines Development and Testing of Radio Technologies with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 1

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom – As a designer and manufacturer of digital mobile radio products for businesses in the public safety, industrial, commercial and military sectors, Sepura Plc is a market leader in radio terminals with distribution in over 100 countries worldwide. A development team in the company’s Cambridge facility recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital console to improve and streamline processes during product testing stages.

The Si Expression 1 is situated next to an acoustic testing chamber with a head and torso simulator, to test against specifications in typical usage scenarios, including background noise testing using surround sound. This system is set up to accommodate a binary goal: the automatic verification of products during late development stages and the manual acoustic testing during early development stages of software, terminals and accessories.

“These two activities have conflicting requirements and this is why we purchased the Si Expression,” said Edmund Elsey, Senior Acoustic Engineer at Sepura Plc. “Our automated tests are run with in-house software that control our terminals remotely, which requires the signals to be routed to and from different equipment, depending on the test. We used a switching unit to route the signals, which not only introduced noise and ground loops, but also prevented easy monitoring. For manual testing, we needed to partially dismantle and reconfigure the system, as well as adjust signal levels and EQ.”

“However, the Si Expression allows for automated routing, monitoring of any input, and GEQ functions all in one,” Elsey said. “I now have all the equipment permanently connected because I can control routing from any input to any output using MIDI control messages sent directly from our software. For manual measurements, I can route any signal anywhere I like.”

The Soundcraft Si Expression is a flexible digital console that provides a tremendous value at its price range, with intuitive features such as Soundcraft FaderGlow™, which illuminates the faders with color coded LED lighting. Workflow is taken to new heights, as monitoring, functions and effects are designed to be efficient and hassle-free. For example, Elsey found that he could use the GEQ to implement correction functions at any time through the bypass feature and customize the fader layout.

“I worked with a Soundcraft analog console before, and tried a demo of the Si Expression at HARMAN’s UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd, so I know that Soundcraft lives up to its name by manufacturing high-quality mixing desks,” Elsey said. “We also made sure that our high-powered digital radios would not interfere with the desk, as to not introduce TDMA noise onto the signals. In fact, I was impressed that Soundcraft sent me a copy of their EMC report when I enquired about RF immunity.”

“The Si Expression massively improved productivity in our test environment, because now the whole system can be configured at the touch of a button for different use cases,” Elsey concluded. “The THD and noise floor are also great and have been verified to be more than adequate for our needs.”

For more information on Sepura Plc, please visit http://www.sepura.com

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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RCF and Thunder Audio provide heavenly sound on Tyler Perry’s “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” tour

(Edison, New Jersey) Michigan’s Thunder Audio Inc. has a relationship with tour management company Peachez Entertainment Services that stretches back over 20 years – before Tyler Perry began his incredibly prolific theater, TV and film career. Since 1999, Mr. Perry has produced a new stage production almost every year, and the 300 live shows that he presents each year in association with Peachez Entertainment Services are attended by an average of 35,000 people per week. His latest stage play, “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”, owes its clarity of sound to Thunder Audio and RCF.
“Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned” is a production of nine actors, including Patrice Lovely from the hit TV sitcom “Love Thy Neighbor” and R&B Artist Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley. The show, which also includes a five-piece band and three backing vocalists, segues from spoken dialogue right into songs and back again, and requires a system to meet these unique sonic demands. Thunder Audio Inc. has provided an RCF system, including 28 TTL55-A Line Array Modules and 4 TTL36-AS subwoofers, that perfectly fills the bill.
“The actors use lavalier mics, which aren’t really designed for loud-volume singing – the challenge is making that sound not too harsh and loud, while preserving the clarity of the spoken parts,” says Ron Hurd, Thunder Audio Engineer and FOH Engineer for the tour. Hurd has engineered sound on Tyler Perry’s shows since 2000, and he’s seen a dramatic turnaround in theatergoers’ post-show comments as they exit past the soundboard since incorporating RCF into the production.
“With RCF, the transition from voice to song has been so seamless,” says Hurd. “We used to get some comments from patrons as they were leaving about how the vocals were hard to understand, or that the musical numbers were too loud… Now we get compliments on the music and the clarity of the actors’ voices.”
Production Director Norman Williams of Peachez Entertainment Services has presided over every theater date of the tour, primarily venues with an average of 3,000 seats, and has similar praise for Thunder Audio and RCF.
“Sometimes we have very tight load-in schedules, and the RCF system is incredibly easy to load in and get positioned,” says Williams. “Thunder Audio’s customer service is outstanding,” Williams continues. He recalls a situation at a show in Chicago, where additional sound equipment was needed “Within six hours, Thunder Audio had a truck down here from Detroit with the necessary gear.”
Tour sound provider Thunder Audio Inc. is a complete audio and production service that has the experience and technology to meet any challenge. www.thunderaudioinc.com
RCF designs and manufactures high-quality professional audio sound system components including transducers, powered and self-powered loudspeakers and line arrays, power amplifiers, digital loudspeaker management systems and recording studio monitors. Additional information can be found at www.thunderaudioinc.com or 313-291-5020 and www.rcf-usa or 732-902-6100

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Andrea Taglia Captures New Notes for Andrea Bocelli with HARMAN’s AKG K812 Headphones

VIENNA, Austria – Andrea Taglia, FOH and Studio Engineer for the world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, recently added HARMAN’s AKG K812 headphones to his product lineup. For studio sessions as long as Bocelli’s, Taglia needed headphones that could not only put out consistent and pure sound with the finest sonic details, but could also provide a level of comfort that is tolerable for several hours. After testing the K812 headphones on multiple devices including mobile phones, notebooks, and home stereo systems, Andrea’s expectations were exceeded on multiple factors.

“After listening to different music styles including classical, jazz, pop, rock and even some heavy metal to test the headphones, I have a very clear idea of these headphones,” Taglia said. “They give out a full and detailed sound, just like a studio monitor would. Its low end is deep without being muddy or gummy and the high end never runs aggressive. The K812 is truly balanced across the range, which is impressive as it can deliver high pressure sound levels without changing the timbre.”

Introduced in late 2013, the K812 offers an oversized 53mm driver for the highest dynamic range ever in an AKG headphone. Its copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sounds beyond the limits of human hearing, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. Each K812 is built for comfort with a fast, adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads to ensure comfort in any application, for extended periods of time. It also features a new open-back design optimized for pristine and natural sound.

“I really appreciate the comfort and design of this headphone—because the K812 is so lightweight and well-balanced you can really forget about them for hours” according to Taglia. “The cups close very well around the ears, and it is perfect for studio use. On top of that, I also like the headband adjustment clips, which allow for very exact and repeatable adjustment, convenient when switching headphone usage between different engineers.”

Taglia finished by saying, “AKG really impressed me with the K812 headphones, as they will be my reference headphones for a long period of time. My compliments go to the team who engineered this marvelous piece of sound technology.”

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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ESP/SurgeX Continues to Grow by Acquiring SurgeX International

Knightdale, NC – April 18, 2014 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, announces the acquisition of SurgeX International, which had been operating as its own entity since Electronic Systems Protection, Inc acquired SurgeX North America in 2008. The move unifies all SurgeX operations under a single management team located in Knightdale, NC, that will allow the company to streamline international expansion and better serve their customers.

Global demand for smart energy and power management products is growing and the acquisition allows SurgeX to better serve the needs of an electricity-dependent world. The company is uniquely suited to handle the demand of established and developing markets based on its existing operational capabilities and extensive product offerings. Uniting worldwide operations and management of SurgeX assets in the Knightdale, NC headquarters will increase product development and result in more consistent service for customers, distributors and dealers.

“We are living in an increasingly developed and powered world. Reliance on IT infrastructure and other electrical systems is higher than ever so safeguards are needed against the various anomalies that can affect equipment and systems,” said Stephen F. Galloway, CEO and president ESP/SurgeX. “We have existing residential and commercial product lines, development capabilities, and manufacturing capacity to serve the evolving needs of our growing international market. Furthermore, the move will increase sales opportunities for our U.S.-based dealers, consultants and design integrators who handle installations all over the world.”

SurgeX’s diverse product portfolio includes solutions for audio video, IT infrastructure, digital signage, integrated systems and more. SurgeX provides professional-grade power protection and intelligence solutions for rack systems, branch circuits, and standalone equipment for mission critical electronics.

For more information, please visit www.surgex.com.

 

ABOUT ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products.  Our comprehensive product portfolio features surge elimination and multi-stage protection, offering a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with over 37 patents/patents pending, we specialize in developing premium solutions that never degrade. Superior to conventional single stage MOV circuitry found in traditional power protection products, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and can cause both degradation and equipment downtime. From our multi-stage protection to our surge elimination technology, there is no other company in the market that provides a comparable “best-in-class” portfolio.

 

ESP/SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. Our products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit http://www.surgex.com or http://www.espei.com  for further company and product information.

AV Vegas Rocks Marathon With HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – As it has in years past, AV Vegas Concert Sound and Lighting provided the audio/lighting system for the world-famous Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. However, for the first time, AV Vegas supplied HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers for the event’s sound reinforcement system.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is a yearly event that draws more than 30,000 runners. For a few hours a year, Las Vegas Boulevard is closed to all traffic and becomes the best-lit running track in the world. Runners pass more than two dozen stages with live bands and DJ’s urging them on.

AV Vegas Concert Sound and Lighting has been the Marathon’s principle audio and lighting provider for several years, and this year the company upgraded two of its music features with the JBL VTX line array system. The marathon’s start line truss structure became home to two hangs of three JBL V25 fullsize line array loudspeakers, each accompanied by a single VTX S28 subwoofer. The crew also installed pairs of truss-mounted JBL VRX932LA Constant Curvature loudspeakers every 200 feet down the Boulevard, lining the street with 2,800 feet of delay loudspeakers. The VTX system, accompanied by the delays, served to pump up the runners before the start of the race.

After closing the Boulevard at noon on the day of the race, there was a small window of time to assemble the truss structure in the street, hang the arrays and program the lighting that had been pre-installed the night before. “We took delivery on the VTX and two-channel Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers just a couple days before the marathon,” said John Hansen, CEO of AV Vegas. “We literally threw the amps into some road cases, set the presets with JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ and onto the truck for the gig.”

In addition, this year, the marathon organizers wanted to arrange towers of speakers along the run path to maximize the time when the runners would hear music. In past years, runners would run past live music stages and only be in the pattern of the stage loudspeakers for a short time. Enter the “Mile of Music” concept: AV Vegas’ staging department built a 4’ x 8’ x 7’ tall deck and placed them 500 feet apart on the Las Vegas Strip. The audio department installed a pair of ground-stacked V25 loudspeakers facing north and another pair facing south on each tower. The audio signal was sent wirelessly with a selection of antennas.

“At one point, after the Strip was closed to general street traffic, I was able to drive my car past the Mile of Music with my windows open and sunroof open,” Hansen said. “The test track sounded great, but then the bass kicked in on the track. Suddenly, there was such incredible thump and we were not using subs. At a time in entertainment history where the demand for sub bass is growing, it is nice to know that the top boxes are up to the challenge too. The box had already won my heart with the clarity of the new D2 high-frequency driver, but after hearing them in this application, I am sure we made a good decision buying this box.”

For more information on AV Vegas Concert Sound and Lighting, please visit www.avvegas.com

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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HRS Control’s UDC Provides Custom Control Solution For Alford Media Services’ Innovative Breakout Pods at Client’s Annual Meeting

When a large, high-tech client posed a challenge for staging its annual meeting, Alford Media Services, Inc. found an effective custom solution in HRS Control’s Universal Device Controller (UDC).

Based in Coppell, Texas, Alford is known for its forward-thinking approach to supporting the AV needs of a variety of clients. For this project the client wanted to reset their massive general session ballroom into six circular, stand-alone breakout pods during a lunch break. And once the pods were in place each presenter needed to have full wireless remote control of AV playback in the pod.

“The client wanted to convert the ballroom into individual breakout rooms without walls or dividers,” says Rich Tate, director of marketing and creative at Alford. “They wanted six draped circular pods to come down from the ceiling; 40-50 seats were set up for each pod. Presenters had to have iPad control of the projector, screen and speakers in each pod and all the playback equipment backstage.”

Alford rigged each fully-equipped pod on a circular truss that could be quickly lowered from the ceiling. The self-contained set up permitted a fast turnaround of the ballroom but the issue of playback control remained.

“The head of our video department was familiar with HRS Control’s UDC,” says Tate. “We’re always on the lookout for innovative remote control solutions; we do a lot of iPad and IOS mirroring.”

Alford IT Specalist Cy McCormick used UDC software to build a custom iPad interface for the presenters that would wirelessly control centralized AV gear backstage from each pod. The presenters could not only control their slides, videos and audio levels, they also could instantly switch between primary and back up equipment if needed.

“Each pod had unique content with AJA Ki Pros and computers used for playback and graphics,” Tate explains. “We could talk to the playback devices very easily with UDC’s AJA Gang Control feature.”

Tate designed the graphical interface and buttons on the presenters’ iPad controllers. “It was cool to do custom buttons in custom sizes and put things on the screen wherever we wanted them – there were no restrictions,” he notes. “We even used a custom background, client colors and brand logo.”

He reports that “everything worked like a charm” at the meeting’s breakout sessions where the pods were a big hit. “The client was thrilled with UDC’s custom control solution. We want to develop UDC for more clients and are eager to have the opportunity to use it again.”

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