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Acoustic Light Turns New Page With HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 Console

Scraft_AcousticLightASSISI, Italy – Catering to large-scale musical events, orchestras and choirs, Italian systems integrator Acoustic Light recently added a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console to its HARMAN-dominated inventory. This decision not only signifies the growth of the company’s services, but also denotes a significant leap towards leading the sound and lighting market in the province of Perugia. The console was sold through HARMAN’s regional distributor, Leading Technologies.

The owner of Acoustic Light, Stephan Lüthi, explained that 70 percent of his inventory consists of HARMAN gear, including JBL loudspeakers, AKG microphones, Crown amplifiers and other Soundcraft consoles. Having owned HARMAN equipment since the company’s inception in 2002, Lüthi has plenty of experience with the Soundcraft Vi Series.

“I was excited when the Vi4 and Vi6 were launched, and the Vi1 has also been perfect for a lot of my needs,” said Lüthi. “They are delightful consoles to work with, leading to great successes at major festivals. Now that we’ve grown as a company, we want to continue our reliance on the HARMAN gear that helped us get to this stage, and so we did not hesitate in ordering the new Vi3000.”

Lüthi greatly appreciates the distinct ease of use that Soundcraft consoles grant sound engineers at any venue. Thanks to the onboard inputs and outputs of the Vi3000, communication across the signal chain is seamless, which is convenient for projects taking place in conference rooms and theaters.

“I just love Soundcraft, and that’s why I have always used their consoles,” said Lüthi. “Even though the market is full of other brands, none of them satisfy me as much as Soundcraft, in terms of convenience and sound quality. Now that we are equipped with the Vi3000, we will be able to tackle any show with ease.”

For more information on Acoustic Light, please visit www.acousticlight.it

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Technical Productions Inc. Quarterbacks the NFL’s St. Louis Rams Pre-Game Show With HARMAN’s Soundcraft and BSS Audio

HARMAN_RamsPregameST. LOUIS, Missouri – Having delivered audio services for all pre-game NFL events for the St. Louis Rams for the last two years, as well as other productions for over a decade, Technical Productions Inc. (TPI) again provided the audio system for the festivities prior to the team’s first game for the third season. While maintaining a low budget just outside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, engineers Stephen Jones and Marshall Stacy of TPI took advantage of the HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console’s mixing power and BSS Audio signal processors to achieve the most compelling sound for the audience.

As is typical for the Rams’ live pregame events, TPI supplies a 20×26-foot stage to complement the space. Featured in this particular event were a Si Expression 3 console with two 32×12 stage boxes and three Dante cards, plus five BSS Audio FCS-960 graphic EQ units and four BSS Audio FDS-366T loudspeaker management processor, of which two were used for the main PA’s and two for the monitors.

“We’re trying to get the highest-quality sound for the best price,” said Stephen Jones of TPI. “Because we have to maintain a low budget, we are always trying to keep up with modern technology. That’s why we switched to the Si Expression lately, because it’s affordable and allows us to add more loudspeakers to the mix. Also, with the ViSi Remote iPad functionality, I can be at front of house while the monitor tech is onstage when syncing up all our equipment; it’s just easy.”

Despite the Si Expression’s affordability, Jones is confident it can stand up to other, more expensive brands. “The EQ on the Si Expression sounds very nice compared to our previous boards,” he said. “I also like the fact that I can make every mix stereo or mono, because I use a lot of parallel compression in my mixing. I like to break up the instruments and vocals into different subgroups and compress them individually.”

Having the Si Expression allowed Jones, who is very detail-oriented, to maximize his abilities during a show, and with the onboard memory, no intricate setting is left unsaved. When combined with technologies from BSS Audio, Jones has everything he needs without going over the budget.

“I like the immediate response from the BSS Audio technologies inside the console, which are very sensitive, so that whenever I make a move I can hear it instantly,” said Jones. “Overall, it’s a really great-sounding system.”

For more information on Technical Productions Inc., please visit www.technicalproductions.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Trumpeter Farnell Newton is “Ready to Roll” with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

AKG_FarnellNewton copyPORTLAND, Oregon – As a globetrotting trumpeter for such renowned artists as Bootsy Collins, Jill Scott and Jarrod Lawson, it’s hard to imagine Farnell Newton having any time to focus on his own solo career. However, his new album, Ready to Roll, is a testament to his non-stop commitment to his craft, while the songs within the album showcase Newton’s musical versatility. Whether it’s in the studio or on the road, Newton is a committed user of HARMAN’s AKG microphones.

Recorded in his home base of Portland, Oregon, Ready to Roll is a slight departure from Newton’s previous albums. “This album is all funk, soul and R&B,” Newton said. “Although I play a lot of jazz—and will be recording with a jazz label in December—I’m keeping those worlds separate. I want people to be able to let go and groove to this record.”

While Ready to Roll is comprised of original compositions, Newton’s touring experience with other big-name acts has played an influential role in his writing. “Playing with Bootsy has inspired me to play funkier, while my shows with Jill have definitely helped me write more soul-based music as well,” he said.

Newton recorded all of his horn parts on Ready to Roll with an AKG C214 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, which offers a supreme one-inch capsule on an integrated suspension to reduce mechanical noise.

“The C214 is terrific, I used it for my last album as well, and it’s clear, not tinny-sounding, and it’s easy to use,” Newton said. “When I’m recording my horn parts, I know how they should sound to the listener. The C214 gets me to that sound very quickly and easily. Even if I have to go back and tweak the EQs after the fact, I still know it was recorded correctly and has that flavor I’m looking for.”

In addition to his own live performances, Newton employs his AKG WMS4500 wireless microphone system while on tour with Bootsy Collins and Jill Scott (and will do so on Jarrod Lawson’s upcoming European tour). The WMS4500 includes an SR4500 true-diversity receiver and a D7 Vocal Set.

“I’ve never had any problems with the WMS4500, I just plug in and start playing,” Newton said. “I’ve never had to worry about any RF-related issues and it sounds great. I’m always ready to go.”

For more information on Farnell Newton, please visit www.farnellnewton.com

For more information on AKG, please visit www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces MAC TW1 Fixture Refurbishment Program

MARTIN_MAC TW1AARHUS, Denmark — Underscoring its commitment to legacy customers, HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the return of its popular MAC TW1 Tungsten wash light as a certified refurbished product to satisfy the global demands of lighting professionals. All Martin MAC TW1 refurbished fixtures will bear a “pre-owned /certified by Martin” label and meet the same performance standards and quality level of new Martin products.

“We are thrilled to see that the MAC TW1 is still acknowledged as an outstanding product and the ideal moving light, especially in theater and TV applications where best possible light quality is important for LD´s and camera personnel,” said Markus Klüsener, Product Manager for stage lighting at Martin Professional. “Whilst LED technology is constantly improving on efficiency and light quality and finds its way into more and more applications and markets, we truly acknowledge that there is, as yet, no light source available on the market that beats the quality of the incandescent light. For certain applications, that superior light quality is needed, and we are pleased we can continue to support this need with the MAC TW1.”

Ideal for stage and studio lighting, the MAC TW1 utilizes an incandescent lamp that provides high-quality optics with soft beam edges and uniform light/color output to ensure even distribution across projected surfaces. The MAC TW1 operates in three modes—Normal, Studio and Silent—which are selectable from a lighting desk and features a unique heat management system which traps heat and silently dissipates it through the back of the fixture. A CMY color mixing system that ensures smooth transitions and delivers a multitude of vibrant colors ranging from saturated deep hues to soft pastels.

Refurbished models will be available in 80 V lamp versions that offer superior output when compared to traditional voltage lamps. In addition, all refurbished versions of the MAC TW1 wash light are backed by spare part availability and a one-year warranty.

For more information on the MAC TW1 refurbishment program, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Church On The Rock at the Golden Triangle Upgrades to HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000

Scraft_GoldenTriangle_1BEAUMONT, Texas – Located at one of its several campuses, the Church On The Rock at the Golden Triangle location in Texas recently acquired a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console to provide its community with better worship services and broadcasts. Part of a major renovation project, the Vi3000 is part of a new, streamlined audio system, where the console is being used as the Church’s FOH console and for broadcasting.

Seating 1000, the Church on the Rock consists of a shallow but wide room, which requires a system that accommodates the 180-degree seating arrangement. Lead FOH Engineer Blake Sessions took charge of this challenge, and decided that the Vi3000 console was the best choice especially thanks to its MADI and Dante connectivity and channel capacity.

“I’ve worked on the Vi Series consoles before, so I understand how intuitive the layout is on these boards,” said Sessions. “The Vi3000 is very flexible as it offers 96 input channels and 24 mono or stereo output busses depending on what we need. Also, being able to run 64 channels with Dante or MADI protocol is very important, because it allows us to link the feeds to our broadcast studio via Cat5 or optical cable.”

The Church hosts a total of four services between Sundays and Wednesdays, which are tracked and broadcasted from the website churchonline.tv. To ensure quality during each service, it needed a console that not only sounds great, but is also easy to learn and use for the newer operators.

“We have several volunteer engineers, so it’s nice to have a console that has a familiar analog layout and feel,” said Sessions. “However, the ease of use does not take away from the performance: the console is a work horse with fantastic pre-amps and abundant capabilities. It’s amazing how I can get all that at this price point.”

After installing the new audio equipment and setting up the Dante network, Golden Triangle Church On The Rock was able to greatly improve their live and broadcast sound departments.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Reflect Selects SunBriteTV Outdoor Televisions to Help Entertain and Inform Guests at Cedar Fair Amusement Parks

SunBriteTV--CedarFair1THOUSAND OAKS, California, Oct 20, 2014 — While roller coasters might be the main attractions at Cedar Fair Entertainment Company’s 11 major amusement parks, SunBriteTV’s outdoor-rated displays help keep guests entertained at the parks year-round. In an aggressive deployment timeframe of just eight rainy weeks, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions were chosen thanks to their ease of installation and weatherproofing technology that has withstood the elements across North America. They proved versatile and reliable tools in delivering necessary information and entertainment to Cedar Fair’s 23 million annual guests.

With more than 350 screens in 11 amusement parks, including Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island and Canada’s Wonderland, the digital experiences start immediately when guests arrive. Entry gate digital signage is being utilized to help direct the flow of traffic. For entry gate screens, Reflect developed a custom software application to dynamically control lane status for guest entry, indicating which lanes are open or closed. The application also provides custom content and messaging capabilities to designate lanes reserved for groups and VIPs, and can also be used to promote special events. Multiple screens throughout the parks provide guests with entertainment and information. Reflect developed dynamic content, including a custom weather package to inform guests when to expect the hottest or coldest hours of the day, or inclement weather, allowing them to plan their day accordingly.

The ReflectView enterprise digital media software suite provides Cedar Fair control over the management, distribution and presentation of HD media content and applications. ReflectView provides Cedar Fair with a flexible platform to display dynamic messaging and media that effectively communicate the latest promotions and park attractions, and it supports the integration and management of open standards for content, apps, and web technologies.

“Cedar Fair’s attention to customer service and the parks’ varied environments demanded a dependable solution,” said Rusty Wagner, SVP, Reflect. Reflect was also responsible for the selection and installation of the SunBriteTV outdoor displays in all Cedar Fair parks. “We chose SunBriteTV because the displays were not only an aesthetic fit but because the weatherproofing technology guaranteed high performance in every climate.”

Reflect deployed more than 350 SunBriteTV Pro Series 55” outdoor displays across the 11 parks. Featuring direct sunlight-readable LED screens with high temperature Enhanced Solar Tolerance (EST) technology, the Pro Series offers a consistent image in all lighting conditions. Multi-fan airflow and temperature regulation systems keep internal electronics running in temperatures from -40° to 122° Fahrenheit and a watertight Cable Entry System seals out moisture, insects, dust and foreign particles.

Inclement weather was a factor even before the installation was complete. Reflect had to perform within an ambitious timeframe of eight rainy weeks in order to finish the job in time for the start of the 2014 season. Outfitting each park with up to 50 screens was made easier thanks to the SunBriteTV’s ease of installation and responsive customer service.

“Our installation schedule was intense and the SunBriteTV team, mindful of our time constraints, was able to bulk-ship supplies directly to the parks,” said Rusty Wagner, SVP, Reflect.

The project came about in early 2014 when Cedar Fair tasked Reflect with enhancing the customer experience. This meant finding a solution to provide information and entertainment quickly and dynamically over digital networks. Thanks to the weatherproofing technology, ease of installation, product versatility and “expertise in the outdoor display market,” it’s no surprise that Reflect selected SunBriteTV to help reach Cedar Fair’s 23 million annual guests.

Designed for permanent outdoor installation, durability is inseparable from the SunBriteTV brand. In large public venues like Cedar Fair’s amusement parks, vandalism is as great of a concern as weather. The Pro Series features a front tempered anti-reflective glass window to provide added protection and prevents tampering with the LED screen.

For more information on Reflect Systems, please visit http://www.reflectsystems.com/.

For more information on Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, please visit http://www.cedarfair.com/.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV.

About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, colleges, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.SunBriteTV.com.

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Singer/Songwriter Passenger Rides Along with HARMAN’s AKG DMS700 V2 Wireless Microphone System

AKG_PassengerNORTHRIDGE, California – Renowned singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his professional moniker Passenger, is currently touring the United States. Delivering world-class audio to support his dynamic and intimate live performances, Rosenberg and front of house engineer Simon Kemp rely on a HARMAN AKG DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system for his acoustic guitars, along with a D7 vocal microphone, plus an AKG wireless stomp microphone for Rosenberg’s unique brand of percussion.

As a sound engineer who also has a strong relationship with his artist, Kemp is in tune with Rosenberg’s unique requirements of his audio setup. “He is very thorough, knows exactly what he wants and he has the ears to make sure he gets it,” Kemp said. “We are constantly improving and critiquing the sound.”

Kemp notes the most daunting challenge of Passenger concerts is translating a folk singer with an acoustic guitar into a sound that can reach up to 6,000 people per night. “The sound needs to be very gentle for the quiet songs and a massive ‘in-your-face’ sound for the big songs,” he commented. “It’s a great challenge.

To meet this challenge, Passenger uses a DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system for acoustic guitars. “We had a test with all the other wireless options available and we were not sold on the quality with any of them until we got to the DMS700 V2,” Kemp said. “We tried the DMS700 V2 and [Rosenberg] thought he was plugged in. I would be amazed if anybody could actually tell the difference—it sounds incredible and is very easy to use.”

Kemp chose the AKG D7 as Passenger’s vocal microphone for several reasons. “The main factor is that it sounds incredible because I can get so much gain before feedback,” Kemp noted. “He’s amazingly dynamic so I need the gain, and this microphone is dynamic with the sonic quality of a condenser.”

“The tour has been amazing so far,” Kemp concluded. “We started off with festivals in the summer and are now in the middle of our US tour. Europe and Australia are next. We have been getting amazing reviews.”

For more information, please visit www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Grand Ole Opry Backs Up Reputation as “Country Music’s Most Famous Stage” with HARMAN’s Studer Vista 9 and Vista 5 M2 Digital Consoles

Studer_Opry_1NASHVILLE, Tennessee – As even casual country music fans are aware, the Grand Ole Opry is an institution of American music. The Opry stage, with its trademark barn façade backdrop, has hosted music’s most accomplished recording artists for almost 90 years. Without fail, live audiences are comprised of fans from around the world, while radio and television broadcasts also extend to listeners and viewers across the globe. However, while the Opry is steeped in tradition, it also stays on the cutting edge of technology to deliver top sound quality to its live fans and worldwide audiences. Demonstrating this commitment, the Opry recently purchased a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 digital console for its broadcast services and a Studer Vista 5 M2 as its new FOH console.

With shows on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House (including occasional back-to-back shows on Fridays and Saturdays), the Opry’s technical staff operates at a hectic pace with little margin for error. For its broadcast and post-production work, the Opry chose a Studer Vista 9 digital console.

“We have been digital for a long time on the broadcast side, but we went with the Vista 9 because it was purpose-built for live broadcast and post,” said King Williams, Broadcast Engineer, who mixes the live radio broadcasts and handles the post-production work, while also remixing performances for the Opry’s marketing department to utilize. “Having the automation capability for both broadcast and post is important.”

The FOH console at the Opry is a Studer Vista 5 M2 console, which features a TFT metering system capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input, with a configurable lower area which can be used to display bus assignments, surround images or the unique History Mode. Metering for ‘layer 2’ signals can also be viewed, while the Control Bay screen can be used to provide configurable user pages with up to 40 meters.

“We are working with 96 inputs and the Vista 5 M2 is set up on four banks of 10 on the top and six layers deep,” said Tommy Hensley, FOH Engineer for the Opry. “I use three of those banks for inputs and a VCA in the middle. The console is very easy for me to navigate and I love the meter board. Being able to see the history right in front of me is a huge advantage. It’s a great console and easy to operate.”

Until the Opry upgraded to the Vista 5 M2, the FOH console was the last piece of analog audio equipment remaining. However, the Vista 5 M2 has provided all the benefits of digital technology while retaining the warm sound and tactile operation of an analog desk. “The recall on the analog board was just faders and soft keys—none of the mic pres, EQs, or limiters were recallable,” Hensley said. “Needless to say, the Vista 5 M2 has made my life way, way easier.”

“I love the comps and gates on the M2 as well,” Hensley added. “The Lexicon reverbs sound great, and we have that feature on both Vista consoles here.”

For the in-house and broadcast elements, built-in cue lists were priorities when deciding on both Vista consoles.

“Considering the number of artists we work with every week, we have tons of snapshots that we need to save to be able to recall the settings for each artist,” said Kevin McGinty, Audio Engineer at the Grand Ole Opry. “Lots of consoles are not able to handle the cue lists that we require. We have several hundred snapshots for both consoles, and the Vista boards are able to store the tons of information we have in a very efficient way.”

“The Vista 9 is set up to where I run down the cue list, recall the snapshots and fire away,” Williams added. “It’s important that I take a full snapshot of every artist, including mic preamp settings, because I am responsible for the multitrack recordings.”

According to Hensley, it’s not just the depth of the cue lists that make a difference; the ability to organize the lists alphabetically is an often-overlooked but crucial feature. “It’s something that a lot of consoles don’t have,” he said. “Having those alphabetized cue lists helps us access those snapshots right away, which is important because most of the artists only play one or two songs, then you have a few commercials and you have to adjust to the next artist right away. It’s really convenient to easily find the snapshots, quickly review them and lock them in.”

Other HARMAN equipment at the Grand Ole Opry includes a Soundcraft Si Expression 2 in the video department and an Si Expression 3 that is used as a sidecar to the Vista 9, via a MADI interface. “We run radio commercials and other content on the Expression 3 and sometimes we’ll get some playback from the video department that goes from the Expression 2 to the Vista 9 and Expression 3,” Williams said. In addition to the Si Expression consoles, the Opry features HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays for its main PA system and BSS Soundweb London DSP for the Opry’s 70-volt system.

In addition, Studer’s commitment to customer support and hands-on service has stretched the value of the Opry’s investment in the Vista consoles. “Working with Rob Lewis [Studer’s US Sales Director] and James Tunnicliffe [Soundcraft Studer Field Support and Applications Engineer] has been an absolute pleasure,” said Jon Mire, Technical Services Manager for the Grand Ole Opry. “They have been there for us whenever we’ve needed them and provide the best support I could ask for. That kind of attention to detail makes a huge difference.”

“When it comes to music venues, few can match the prestige of the Grand Ole Opry, so when it comes to technology, there can be no sacrifice in performance,” said Mike Franklin, Senior US Sales Manager, Studer. “This is a tremendous showcase for the capabilities of Studer digital consoles in live and broadcast environments and it’s a pleasure working with the team of true professionals at the Opry.”

For more information on the Grand Ole Opry, please visit www.opry.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s JBL Line Arrays and Crown Amplifiers Provide Soundtrack for Hungarian Summer Festivals

HARMAN_StrandfestBUDAPEST, Hungary – Popular around the world, HARMAN’s JBL VTX and VERTEC® line arrays, and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, were particularly in demand this summer at festivals throughout Hungary. For celebrations large and small, held indoors and outside and with audiences up to 30,000 people, JBL was the top choice for MEDIA EVENT Ltd., one of Hungary’s largest event producers. The system was recommended and supplied by Zsolt Szarvas of MS-Rent (Microsound Ltd. Division), a major European dry hire PA rental company (www.microsound.hu). MS-Rent has been a long term partner of JBL for over nine years and invested heavily in the new VTX V25 system around a year ago in order to meet the increasing demand and requests from the wide variety of international touring artists visiting Hungary.

From an extravaganza held in downtown Budapest to the beach festival at Lake Balaton, JBL systems that proved popular over the summer included VTX V25 line array loudspeakers, two subwoofer models (the VTX S28 and VTX G28) and VERTEC line array loudspeakers. Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers powered the systems.

“I am very proud of the quality of sound we were able to deliver for events across Hungary this summer,” said Gabor Pocz-Nagy, main sound engineer with MEDIA EVENT. “We have a long tradition of summer festivals in our country. It’s an important part of our heritage to organize events that are enjoyed by natives and visitors alike. The value of the sound produced by the JBL and Crown components made this summer’s festivals even more appealing for thousands of people.”

Festivals in Hungary produced by MEDIA EVENT and equipped with JBL and Crown systems from MS-Rent include:

• The main stage at the Belvarosi Fesztival, a free music festival held in inner-city Budapest in late May that features live jazz, rock, pop and folk concerts on three different stages.

• Viva Comet, an international music competition Hungary has been sending contestants to since 2004.

• The OTP Simple Main Stage at Fishing on OrfU, a festival combining camping and music that offered festival goers more than a thousand tents this year.

• The A38 Stage at the Sziget Festival, one of the largest multicultural events in Europe, that is held on an island – known as the Island of Freedom – in the heart of Budapest. Now in its 22nd year, the festival attracted nearly 400,000 fans from more than 70 countries in addition to the approximately 5 million who followed along online.

• The Pepsi Main Stage at the 38th annual EFOTT, the festival for university and college students, popularly known as “the country’s biggest student party.” The lineup on the Pepsi Main Stage this year included Ivan & the Parazol, Fish! and Paddy and the Rats.

• The Petőfi Radio – Telekom Main Stage at the Strand Festival, which took place in August as part of the musical event circle around Lake Balaton. The vast majority of the performers came directly out of the alternative/underground Hungarian music scene.

• The OTP Junior-Petofi Radio Main Stage at the 22nd annual Volt Festival, held for six days each summer near the city of Sopron, which sits on the Austrian border near Lake Neusiedl. The festival is known as a “family friendly” event that attracts children and the elderly in equal numbers. This year’s festival culminated with a performance by the Arctic Monkeys and drew 120,000 fans with an additional 500,000 following online.

• The 2014 Balaton Sound festival attracted 145,000 fans over the span of four days and five nights. The Party Arena and Jäger Stage were both equipped with HARMAN audio systems, where top performers included Muzzaik, Hot X, Statik and Ludmilla.

The VTX systems were sold through Bert Audio, HARMAN Professional’s distributor in Hungary (www.bertaudio.hu).

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces 7 Series Master Reference Monitors

JBL_7SeriesNORTHRIDGE, California — Delivering unprecedented sonic performance in a compact form factor, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced the first two models in its new 7 Series Master Reference Monitors, the 708i and the 705i. Leveraging patented technologies of JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, these two models were developed to meet the needs of broadcast and post-production facilities, producing content in surround and burgeoning immersive audio formats.

From a hardware standpoint, multi-channel monitoring presents several challenges: The presence of video displays may limit options for speaker placement, installing a power outlet at each speaker location is costly, and management of a multichannel monitoring system requires costly outboard equipment. Use of traditional powered studio monitors is problematic. The solution calls for a next-generation approach to monitoring hardware.

At AES 2014, JBL Professional introduced the 708i 8-inch two-way, and 705i 5-inch 2-way installed monitors with remarkable frequency response and output that belie their small size. To deliver exceptional performance, JBL developed a new miniature high-frequency transducer—the 2409H—featuring JBL’s low-mass, annular diaphragm design that allows very high output with low distortion and high frequency response to 35kHz. JBL also engineered two new high-excursion 5-inch and 8-inch woofers, the 725G and 728G that allow the speakers to deliver robust low-frequency output into the 30Hz range. JBL’s distinctive patent-pending Image Control Waveguide and a sophisticated dividing network work in concert to produce an imperceptible crossover transition, detailed, spatial imaging and neutral response, particularly in the critical dialog range. Front-ported birch plywood install-ready enclosures include bottom and rear-panel mounting points. With a range of available mounting brackets, the speakers’ placement can be optimized to maintain sight lines to video displays.

To reduce enclosure size and installation cost, the speakers are centrally powered by HARMAN’s Crown DCi 8|300N 8- and 4-channel power amplifiers. The 705i and 708i can be driven by a single amp channel or bi-amplified. For greater accuracy and room-to-room consistency, HARMAN’s BSS Soundweb London signal processor provides speaker tuning, room EQ, and bass management. The processor accepts 16 or more analog and AES/EBU inputs, and networks with the power amps via CAT5. The entire system can be externally controlled with HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, a hardware controller, or wireless tablet. Working in concert, the amps, processor and high-performance 5-inch, 8-inch and 15-inch speakers (including the M2), are a modular system that can be scaled to any size room and any number of channels. With exceptional frequency response, and tune-ability, the complete system provides greater room-to-room consistency and accuracy at the mix position.

With the launch of the 705i and 708i, JBL raises the bar and expectations for studio monitor performance. “These models are the product of extensive R&D, and collaboration with post and broadcast customers,” said Peter Chaikin, Sr. Manager, JBL Professional Recording and Broadcast. “At AES, amazed responses to the performance of the 708i and 705i indicate we achieved our objective!” The LSR705i and LSR708i Master Reference Monitors will be available in January 2015 as part of complete 5.1, 7.1 and immersive sound monitoring systems.

For more information on the 7 Series, please visit www.jblpro.com/7series

For more information on the M2 Master Reference Monitor, please visit www.jblpro.com/m2

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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