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SSE Hire Pilots HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Console and Realtime Rack at Cambridge Folk Festival

Scraft_CambridgeCAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom – One of the longest running folk festivals in the world, the Cambridge Folk Festival recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, drawing an audience of approximately 10,000 people. Taking advantage of this historical occasion, SSE Hire provided HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles for the main and second stage, while also using the Soundcraft Realtime Rack on the second stage.

The result of a unique collaboration between Soundcraft and renowned plugin manufacturer, Universal Audio, the Soundcraft Realtime Rack brings industry-standard UAD studio plugins to the Soundcraft platform.

Connecting to Vi Consoles via Optical MADI, the Realtime Rack hosts Universal Audio’s authentic hardware emulations and award-winning UAD plugins. Each Realtime Rack unit processes up to 16 channels of a MADI stream and up to four racks can be cascaded together to provide a maximum of 64 channels.

“The Realtime Rack offers 74 plug-ins, all of which are designed and produced by UAD,” said Richard Watts of SSE Sales. “The great thing about UAD plugins is that every single one is signed off by the original outboard unit manufacturer. This ensures that each one is as close to the real thing as possible, making them some of the best plugins on the market.”

“We had a request from FOH engineer Jesse Godolphin to supply a Realtime Rack for use with the Soundcraft Vi6 at Cambridge Folk Festival,” Watts continued. “SSE Hire once again supplied the PA systems for the festival and Jesse was looking after FOH for the second stage, a role he’s had since 2007.”

Already a fan of UAD plugins, Jesse Godolphin expanded on his choice of the Soundcraft rack. “I was using a Vi6 for Cambridge so when Soundcraft launched the Realtime Rack, I thought it would be ideal for the festival.” Godolphin was certainly not disappointed. “I have mixed FOH at Cambridge Folk festival for many years and I can easily say with the UA 1176LN plugin I got best the vocal sound ever.”

Godolphin found the unit user friendly. “I was very impressed with the ease of which you could select and recall compressors, effects and EQ. Navigating around the software was very easy and intuitive. A very handy function was the HARMAN HiQnet™ software, which linked the Vi6 to the Realtime Rack. With HiQnet I could recall and store snapshots just on the Vi6, which was very handy for quick changeovers. Patching MADI inserts was very quick too, as I could have 16 plugins ready patched across the Rack MADI stream and then assign them to any channel. Copying and pasting plugins on the fly was very easy too.”

The Realtime Rack is available for hire and sale from SSE Audio Group.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Canada’s Arden Theatre Delivers Robust Production With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi Consoles

Scraft_ArdenTheatre copySAINT ALBERT, Canada – Catering to a wide array of events ranging from live concerts to full theatrical productions, the Arden Theatre in the Canadian province of Alberta is a dynamic venue where folk, blues, modern rock and jazz music come to life. To deliver world-class sound for its programs and events, the Arden Theatre currently employs HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi1 mixing consoles.

The Arden Theatre is an intimate space that seats 509 people, with a stage that is 40 feet wide and 26 feet deep. Of its 240 shows per year, the Arden Theatre features many repeat performers that are drawn back by the facility’s acoustics. With such a variety of performers, in-house Sound Technician Tyler Patrick finds the digital features of the Soundcraft Vi consoles to be essential to his workflow.

“We have a lot of shows that come back year after year, so the ability to recall stored settings is huge for us,” said Patrick. “The Vi6 with a Compact Stagebox allows us to have an expanded channel count at front of house and the Vi1 is perfect for our monitor position. With these consoles, we’re able to mix our big yearly musicals without problems.”

When deciding to transition out of analog, the technical staff attended demos of digital consoles from various audio brands, none of which struck as strong a chord as the Soundcraft Vi Series. According to Patrick, ease-of-use features like Vistonics™ and FaderGlowTM were the factors that took the Vi6 and the Vi1 beyond excellent sound quality.

“The Vistonics touchscreen is so easy to use, and the biggest selling point for me is that it allows for more than one person to operate the console at the same time,” said Patrick. “Many of the artists who play here bring their own engineer. Also, sometimes we allow high school students to come and operate the sound equipment on their own. Naturally, we place a high value on ease of use.”

Patrick continued to explain why he loves every aspect of the Soundcraft consoles. “When we first plugged in the Soundcraft Vi consoles, they sounded like analog desks without any harshness of a digital desk,” he said. “It sounds very smooth, exactly like you would expect a high-quality board to sound. The parametric EQ’s on the channels are fantastic and responsive.”

As part of the venue’s future growth, the production team has partnered with a video company to offer web-streaming capabilities for its shows. To this end, it is planning to use the Vi6 console to send multi-track audio via optical MADI to the Soundcraft Vi1 console, which in turn will be managed separately in a different room. Webcasts with pristine sound quality will be available next year thanks to this configuration.

While in-house and guest engineers are getting used to the five minute setup times of the Soundcraft consoles, the theater is well-equipped to serve the local community of Saint Albert for years to come.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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The Masonic Upgrades Stage With Intelligent LED System From Impact Lighting and HARMAN’s Martin Professional

Photo Credit: Ashely Graham/Live Nation

Photo Credit: Ashely Graham/Live Nation

SAN FRANCISCO, California — The Masonic has been a landmark in San Francisco since opening in 1958 and is now operated by concert promotion company, Live Nation. The venue recently underwent a massive renovation that included the addition of a new concert stage, luxury VIP boxes and flexible, tiered open floor space for both general admission and seated shows—which brought capacity to 3,300. Among the several major enhancements unveiled, The Masonic now features a new stage lighting system with more than 45 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional MAC Viper and MAC Aura fixtures.

Developed by San Francisco-based Impact Lighting (www.impactsf.com), which began working with Martin Professional in 2003, the new lighting design was tailored specifically for the flexibility of the new space to ensure optimal lighting for every event held at the venue.

“Live Nation initially requested a state-of-the-art lighting system,” said Kim Martin, Sales and Marketing Manager, Impact Lighting. “So at the time of the proposal we felt the challenge was to convince the client that to truly be innovative they should move to intelligent lighting and LED fixtures.”

Live Nation, however, was ready: The new operators were so impressed by the intelligent LED system proposed by Impact Lighting that the installation began almost immediately. The design features eight MAC Viper Profiles and eight MAC Viper Wash lights across two 50-foot trusses (four of each fixture per truss) above the main stage for effect lighting, backed by 16 MAC Aura wash lights (eight per truss). Impact also installed five MAC Viper Performances on a front stage truss along with 12 MAC Auras for front wash. The system is DMX-controllable and programmable through the house console.

“We’ve been working with Martin for more than a decade,” said Kim Martin. “We have the Martin Vipers and Auras in our production rental inventory so it made sense for us to install them at The Masonic from a fixture knowledge and support perspective. The Vipers are phenomenal fixtures from the zoom to the gobo selection. The optics are truly superb with a bright beam and a CMY color mixing system that produces consistent color from lens to target.”

Kim Martin said, Impact lighting has continued to rely on Martin Professional because of its unique ability to consistently produce equipment that sets industry standards. “You can not please everyone, but to become an industry standard you’ve got to offer enough features that designers want at a price production houses can afford,” she said. “Martin has done this incredibly well and as a result it’s possible to travel around the country and have your equipment needs fulfilled. Even for our own house-designed productions, we may need to add inventory to complete a large event so it’s important to have a company like Martin whose gear you can find and rent at other production houses no matter where you are.”

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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Aurora Sound and Light Design Provides Tremendous Audio Experience at Palladino’s Restaurant with HARMAN Professional

HARMAN_PalladinosSOUTH PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — In the revitalized neighborhood of south Philadelphia, famous chef and Philly native Luke Palladino is returning to his old stomping grounds with a new restaurant called (what else?) Palladino’s. The restaurant opened on December 17 and features gourmet Italian cuisine and world-class atmospherics courtesy of a HARMAN Professional audio system.

Ian Hoffer of Aurora Sound and Light Design, who has provided audio and lighting systems for some of the most popular clubs, bars and restaurants on the East Coast, designed the audio configuration for Palladino’s. The restaurant is separated into three separate zones and features a variety of BSS Audio signal processing, Crown amplifiers and JBL loudspeakers.

“Like many restaurant and bar projects, budget was a major factor when it came to technology, but we also did not want to compromise in quality,” Hoffer noted. “I’ve had a lot of success with HARMAN in the past and the combination of BSS, Crown and JBL allowed us to install a really nice system for the 100-person capacity restaurant.”

The audio system at Palladino’s is separated into three zones: the dining room, bar and exterior patio. A total of 21 JBL Control 226CT ceiling loudspeakers—Kevlar-reinforced woofers and compression drivers for highs—are dispersed throughout these zones, with Crown CDi4000 and CDi1000 amplifiers powering the system.

“The BSS BLU-8 was chosen as it provides for more control options than a simple volume control. The manager can select from multiple sources—TV, Mac Mini, DJ input, or an iPod,” Hoffer noted. “I installed JBL ceiling speakers at the Rumor club in Philadelphia a few years ago, so I knew they would work well at Palladino’s. That, combined with a BSS BLU-50 signal processor, gives us a lot of options and kept the technology budget in check.”

For more information on Aurora Sound and Light Design, please call 609-433-6289.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Trinity Christian Centre, Singapore Is A New Nighttime Icon with HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting

Martin_Trinity CentrePAYA LEBAR, Singapore — In a prominent intersection on the outskirts of Singapore City in Paya Lebar lies the Trinity Christian Centre, Trinity@Paya Lebar. Designed to imitate the vast canyons of the Israeli deserts, the building’s beige-colored facade mimics the folds of the desert landscape and now boasts HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting.

The original lighting scheme did not live up to Trinity Christian Centre’s aspirations to become a neighborhood nighttime landmark. In fact, even the next-door gas station outshone it and made more of an impact on the surroundings with lights. In consequence, ONG&ONG (Lighting Design) were commissioned to design and implement a new lighting concept for this house of worship.

ONG&ONG (Lighting Design) installed 14 Exterior 400 Image Projectors, 28 Exterior 410 fixtures, all controlled by Martin’s M-PC controller. Inspired by the original visions, ONG&ONG set out to use the light to mimic the hues of colors of the Israeli skies and to tell meaningful stories to the community.

“Our task was to enhance and improve existing architectural features in the night,” said Swee Hong Ong, Director at ONG&ONG (Lighting Design). “To ensure the success of the lighting design we had to conduct various onsite tests and consider the surroundings and conditions before we could propose our idea for the new design. This process is a lot more demanding than designing a new project from scratch.”

After a series of shootouts to test various fixtures from different manufacturers in relation to their wash quality and color rendition, Martin fixtures from the Exterior range were chosen to project the new design onto the facade of the building. The fixtures were mounted on poles, equipped with lenses and glare shields to reach all the folds in the facade and complement the geometry of the architectural surface.

“The Exterior range from Martin proved to have the rich, saturated color wash that we were looking for,” said Ong. “The fixtures are easily controllable and unlike the other fixtures we tested, the exact calibration enables all the fixtures to display the same colors.”

The new lighting design attempts to create a connection between the church and its community. Pre-programmed sequences display messages of faith and joy to spectators, and colors and projected patterns add a dimensionality to the architecture. The animation and vibrancy of the colors mirror the dynamism of the sky.

“Apart from depicting the sky, as an added benefit the color scenes we’ve worked on together with Trinity also works to relate to the events and festivities celebrated by the church,” said Ong. The animated scenes and effects would not have been possible without our great installer, Kurihara Kogyo. We can only be happy with the result we achieved together.”

Against the backdrop of the relatively quiet, semi-industrial surroundings, Trinity has now completed its transformation into a new night-time icon in the neighborhood.

Link to video: http://youtu.be/JBxnmRwHSek

Martin Equipment
1 x M-PC controller;
14 x Exterior 400 Image Projector;
28 x Exterior 410 with snoot kits.

Lighting design: ONG&ONG (Lighting Design)
Martin equipment supply and installation: Kurihara Kogyo Co., Ltd
Lighting programming: Martin Professional Pte Ltd

Photo Credit: Chee Keong Photography

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 enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Highlands Church Breaks Audio Barriers With HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Console

Scraft_HighlandsChurch copySCOTTSDALE, Arizona – To streamline its Sunday services, rehearsals and weekly events, Highlands Church in Scottsdale recently acquired a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 digital console as part of a long-overdue audio equipment upgrade. As the previous system was constrained by its limited capacity, the Church now enjoys a massive amount of channels with the addition of a Soundcraft 64×32 Stagebox, enabling a more refined experience in the 1,500-seat sanctuary.

In addition to the standard house of worship environment, the sanctuary also serves as a rental venue for some local nonprofit groups. To allow better access for volunteers and guest engineers from the local community, Technical Director Luke Taylor chose the Vi3000 console for not only its high channel count, but also its low total cost of ownership and ease of use.

“After the capabilities of the Vi3000 were announced, I became very interested in the console for its value and accessibility of controls,” said Taylor. “We were able to cut out a lot of analog equipment and cables from our inventory, streamlining the whole operation. I especially like hooking up via Dante for multi-tracking, so that we can stream live events on our websites.”

For Taylor, the Vi3000 console stood out from other brands thanks to its straightforward, analog-like design, allowing instant responses for operators. The Vi3000 is loaded with such features as separate output buses on every channel and Soundcraft FaderGlowTM illumination on each fader.

“Since we have a lot of volunteer operators that rotate on a schedule, I really appreciate the fact that I don’t have to tweak settings that are five layers deep anymore like with some of the other boards that I’ve worked with,” said Taylor. “Features like FaderGlow are great shortcuts for newer users and definitely help me train them to become comfortable quickly while using the board. We wanted to see as many channels at one single time in a clear layout, and the Vistonics II™ touchscreen also delivered.”

Besides convenient features, the Vi3000 is renowned for superior sound due to its SpiderCore DSP engine with onboard Lexicon FX processing. “It sounds great,” confirmed Taylor. “I like the preamps and the EQ’s a lot more than some of the competitors. It takes a very short period of time to get everything dialed in and sounding the way I want it during rehearsals.”

For more information on Highlands Church, please visit http://highlandschurch.org

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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New Life Restoration Church Chooses Hitachi CP-WX8255A Projector to Light Up its Auditorium Stage

Hitachi NewLifeRestorationBreckenridge, Texas, December 16, 2014 – After a remodeling of the auditorium in the New Life Restoration Church in Breckenridge, Texas, worship leader Van Moore and his colleagues needed a projector upgrade. They found the solution in the Hitachi CP-WX8255A projector. With its high brightness and widescreen capabilities, the CP-WX8255A met all of the needs for the intimate gatherings of the 100-member church.

“We remodeled our auditorium and it had too much ceiling can lighting on the stage,” explained Mr. Moore. “We upgraded our older projector to the brighter Hitachi CP-WX8255A projector that was also native to widescreen. It was just what we needed for our services.”

Finding a projector that had clear and crisp picture in a room that had large amounts of light was difficult. “We worked with ccisolutions.com and rep Dieter Gilkey recommended this specific model based on our needs and lighting requirements,” stated Mr. Moore. “We also received a free additional bulb.”

The projector is in place for many different uses in the auditorium. “We use the projector to display lyrics to songs, videos, sermon notes, Bible verses, and more,” explained Mr. Moore. “As the main projector behind the worship team, it is projected onto a 140-inch diagonal screen for all people to see clearly. We have a very clear picture and no color wash out even when all the lights are on full power.”

Another factor in finding the perfect projector for the auditorium was ease of use. “We like that we can use a remote control from the back of the auditorium to control off/on and menu options, even over 100 feet away,” stated Mr. Moore.

“Lyrics were always viewed well as we dim the lights, but during the times when we weren’t worshipping, the colors were always washed out,” explained Mr. Moore when talking about how the CP-WX8255A has helped better their church services. The Hitachi has much richer color and a much clearer picture in any lighting situation.”

Mr. Moore was not the only one who appreciated the upgrade. “We have had comments from the church community about how much better the color looks! We are very happy with our Hitachi projector.”

For more information on New Life Restoration Church, please visit http://newliferestorationchurch.com

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

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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, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 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 materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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The GRAMMY Museum® Adds 200 HARMAN’s AKG Custom Headphones for Exhibits and Programs

AKG_GRAMMYMuseumLOS ANGELES, California – In accordance with its commitment to using world-class technology to educate visitors on the history of all forms of music, The GRAMMY Museum® recently added 200 customized HARMAN’s AKG headphones for its exhibits and programs.

Part of the LA LIVE complex in downtown Los Angeles, The GRAMMY Museum is an interactive celebration of the power of music, occupying four floors and 30,000 square feet of exhibits, interactive experiences and films that provide museum-goers with perspective on the history of music, the creative process, the art and technology of recording, and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards.

To deliver clear and immersive audio to its visitors, The GRAMMY Museum turned to AKG, whose world-class headphones and microphones are used by some of music’s most accomplished artists and producers. In fact, AKG is a GRAMMY winner of its own, earning a Technical GRAMMY in 2010 in recognition of AKG’s contributions to the art and science of music recording and performance through innovation and excellence in product design.

“When The GRAMMY Museum opened in 2008, we outfitted the entire museum with HARMAN Professional audio equipment, and it has been an incredibly successful relationship from the beginning,” said Eric Stock, Senior Manager, Production and Interactive Design for The GRAMMY Museum. “We are happy to continue this relationship with the addition of these custom AKG headphones, which will only add to the interactive experience of the Museum.”

“Given the number of GRAMMY-winning music professionals who have used AKG equipment over the years, and considering AKG’s own Technical GRAMMY in 2010, the history of AKG and the history of popular music go hand in hand,” said Karam Kaul, Director of Marketing for AKG. “We are honored to have so many visitors learning about music history every day through our products, and we hope their use of AKG gives them an even greater understanding of the tools that are used by the best in the business.”

More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Studer Comes Dancing at the Tower Ballroom

TX8 LIVE SHOWBLACKPOOL, United Kingdom – When BBC’s flagship Saturday night Strictly Come Dancing entertainment show relocates once a year from Elstree Studios to the coruscating Blackpool Tower Ballroom, all the production infrastructure likewise heads north, with the OB recording trucks set up in a co-opted scanner park. With the hit show now in its 10th year, BBC Studios and Post Production’s Andy Tapley, and lead Sound Supervisor, Tony Revell, evolved an elegant workflow in Blackpool, mixing the show entirely on three HARMAN’s Studer digital consoles. For the first time on a Strictly OB, the topology was based on a conjoined Vista 8 and Vista 5, alongside a Vista 1, which handled the surround sound mix within Red TX’s reconfigured Red II 3D/7.1 OB truck. This also housed a dedicated grams area.

Both the Vista 1 and Vista 5 were provided by Terry Tew Sound & Light, along with 60-70 channels of radio mic and IEMs. Tew also handled RF frequency management.

States Andy Tapley: “Linking the Studer Vista 8 and Vista 5 Cores via HD provided 96 channel tie-lines, as well as 64 bi-directional MADI streams between the Vista 1 and Vista 5; this meant it was easy to sub-mix and main mix between the two.”

Mixing live in the ballroom was FOH sound engineer Nick Cook. Three of the fibre stageboxes were located by the splits for radio mics and band circuits with the fourth assigned to audience mics. (FOH also took its feeds from these splits).

The multis on the OB’s resident Vista 8, operated by Andy Tapley, carried all band, orchestra and music circuits as well as the dancers’ radio mics, while two fibre multis to Tony Revell’s Vista 5 ran 26 audience mics, presenters’, judges’ and vocal mics.

Both stereo mixes and surround mixes were created in the OB. Stems were provided to Sound Supervisor Richard Sillitto who produced a surround mix on the Vista 1 via the Dolby E encoder and Dolby Audio Tool. The resulting downmix was then compared to Tony Revell’s stereo mix. “I could precisely match the stereo dynamics Tony was using by simply interpreting his mix,” states Sillitto. “But the aim of the surround mix is to put everyone in the best seat in the house; it’s why you want to hear the audience around you.”

Running the I/O architecture via optical fibre were four Studer D21m stage boxes — two each assigned to the Vista 5 and Vista 8 where McBusted were joined by Shirley Bassey (plus a 12-piece string section and backing vocals). This was in addition to resident band leader Dave Arch’s 15-piece ensemble, fed via MADI to the Vista 8, which also handled the string submixes. The Vista 5 provided Grams feeds to FOH and monitors (sound beds, voice overs, tracks for McBusted and couples’ rehearsals).

Other add-ons to the sound desk technology proved equally useful in supporting a first class production. For example, ‘Virtual Vista’ was used to build the desks and the Vista ‘Config’ tool used to design the number and type of channels as well as busses and I/Os for each of the three desks.

“This was really the key to enabling the Vista 5 and 8 to link cores,” explained Tapley, “It meant I could build the desk titles with ‘Virtual Vista’ from the comfort of my sofa! It enabled us to drop our Configs into Dropbox and compare tie-lines and MADI routing so that by the time we arrived here we could virtually load the files on USB sticks, and save as snapshots.” These were used to save band and vocal mixes and prefade routings to VT of couples’ mics while dancing. Each snapshot on the Vista 8 fired off a MIDI trigger to the Vista 5 so that the snapshots on each desk would change in unison.

The production team also called on the Studer VistaMix Plus software resource, assigning four separate busses and automixing with the Cedar DNS-8 dialogue noise suppressor. “It makes a huge difference to be able to place the person talking in the centre of the mix and duck any others rather than having something swimming in open PA,” Revell remarked. “Each presenter’s and judge’s mic had it’s own Cedar channel inserted — and this ‘cleaned’ audio was then fed to the VistaMix channel to further improve the signal.”

The eventual mix transmission was sent via MADI to the adjacent CTV OB truck where all vision mixing and VT routing take place.

Tony Revell said: “With this technology, we are able to build the mix accordingly and it is easy because of the MADI connectivity. I can write a custom config for the surround and via an extra MADI card, link all three desks.”

It also enabled the sound supervisor to fire off different reverbs, running QLab on a MacBook Pro, with the ‘Theatre Cue’ list containing the snapshots programmed with MIDI cues.

In summary, both Andy Tapley and Tony Revell say the experience of the conjoined Vista 8 and Vista 5 had been “like having one big desk, requiring just two CAT5 cables to link them. We were able to replicate the studio operation on the OB and it enabled us to concentrate on the content without having to worry about the technical aspects.”

Tony Revell believes that the Studer set up had been given “the biggest workout we’ve ever known,” adding, “to be able to sit down and decide how many channels and mix busses we needed and then customise it for a particular event was really useful.

“It is certainly a huge step forward for us in delivering a show like Strictly live to air from an OB,” he concluded.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Project LA Chooses HARMAN’s Martin Professional to Bring Color and Life to the Party

HIPLA_ProjectLosAngeles_02_140716LOS ANGELES, California — Project LA, located in the heart of Hollywood BLVD in Los Angeles, installed HARMAN’s Martin Professional VC-Strips to bring excitement and energy to the dance floor. The concept of Project LA is an interactive social experience that is all-inclusive, fun, and mesmerizing. The VC-Strips from Martin Professional were installed in the space formerly the home of the Roxbury, an 80’s nightclub that was brought to life in the classic movie ‘A Night at the Roxbury’.

The art of reflection was important in creating the environment Project LA wanted. “The vision for this project was to create an immersive environment which integrated lighting and visuals with complex reflection,” said Vello Virkhaus, CEO, Designer and the creative mastermind behind visual arts studio V Squared Labs. The layout and design of the space consisted of glass mirrored triangles for reflection purposes with the VC-Strips for light. The triangles were installed on the walls and onto the ceiling for a very modern club vibe.

“The VC-Strips provided us excellent flexibility and optimal data and power transport through the strips, reducing the number of power supply and wiring complexity tremendously,” explained Virkhaus. “This combined with the color life calibration and excellence in manufacturing was exactly what we needed to execute Project LA.”

Achieving the goal wasn’t an easy process. There were many challenges along the way. “The most challenging thing was that upon arrival, 70% of the triangles were destroyed from the collapse of the shipping system and a 2,000 plus mile drive rattling sharp corners into faces,” said Virkhaus. “Parts literally rolled out as the truck door opened. Our entire team, including office staff, came to help re-wire.”

Luckily, the VC-Strips managed to survive the rough transportation. “The VC-Strips survived the most intense transport from Florida to LA in which the packing system for our triangles collapsed,” explained Virkhaus. “Very few of the strips bent.”

Project LA is very happy with the final result. Achieving their vision didn’t come without roadblocks, but they worked around it. “Overall I rate the Martin VC-Strips an A+ on performance so far,” said Virkhaus. “The response has been very positive. We have had colleagues and clients both sharing their enthusiasm for our design.”

For more information on V Squared Labs Inc., please visit: www.vsquaredlabs.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 enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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