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HARMAN Professional Audio System Rolls Out at bluO Bowling Center In Chandigarh, India

CHANDIGARH, India – PVR bluO Rhythm and Bowl, a new entertainment destination concept in India, bills itself as India’s largest bowling center, with locations throughout the country. Much more than just a place to knock down pins, bluO’s newest Chandigarh location boasts 25 lanes and offers music, world cuisine, two karaoke rooms and internationally renowned DJ’s. Its lounges are the scene of regular Bollywood celebrity sightings. bluO’s striking interior features a ceiling with “rippling wave” lighting and other ultramodern design touches – and a HARMAN Professional sound system to keep the good times rolling.

“As a destination, PVR bluO epitomizes a new bowling facility standard due to its capability to infuse energy and excitement through sound. When HARMAN was approached by the management of PVR, we knew our goal was to ensure the necessary blend of quality acoustics to match the aesthetics of the venue. Upon completion of the project, we had a great sport destination with a world-class sound system, delivering a great experience to visitors,” advised Karan Kathuria, National Sales Manager, Installed Sound, HARMAN India.

Resonance Audio, a New Delhi-based system integration firm, was responsible for the design, layout, installation and programming of the bluO system. A JBL loudspeaker complement of four STX 815M two-way 15-inch loudspeakers, four STX 818S 18-inch subwoofers, two Control 28s loudspeakers, a SB210 dual-10-inch compact subwoofer, and six Control 29AV’s which feature a rotatable high-frequency horn, enabling either horizontal or vertical mounting for added installation flexibility, cover the venue.

Audio signal processing and distribution is handled by a BSS Audio BLU-100 signal processor with digital audio bus, BSS BLU-BOB break out box output expander and a Soundcraft EPM-6 mixing console. Crown amplifiers, including one XTi 4002, one XLS 2500 and three XTi 6002’s drive the loudspeakers. Resonance Audio also supplied four AKG HT-45 wireless microphones for paging and announcements, karaoke and visiting DJs and entertainers.

“Our primary needs for this installation were good speech intelligibility and very high SPL levels with uniform low-frequency distribution and exceptional audio reproduction throughout the facility,” said Raghu Srinivasan, Managing Director at Resonance Audio. “We had a lot of ground to cover – the bowling alley itself, the lounges, the bar and restaurant and other areas, and we selected the particular JBL loudspeaker models on an application-specific basis to best cover the areas in which they were installed, and because their form factors made it easy to place them where they would not intrude upon bluO’s decor.”

Overall, the system was designed to maintain a high signal-to-noise ratio and have enough headroom to prevent clipping. “As you can imagine a bowling alley is a high ambient noise level environment, and we knew the power capability of the Crown amps, combined with the wide coverage patterns and efficiency of the JBL loudspeakers would be more than up to the task.”

Srinivasan chose the BSS BLU-100 because its flexible programming options enabled him to configure the system for optimal performance. The BLU-100 and Soundcraft console enable the system to deliver different volume levels for different zones of the venue, without being complicated to use.

“This project needed a system that staff members can easily operate without having to rely on a dedicated audio person. For this reason and because it’s constantly in use delivering high SPL on a regular basis, the audio system has to be totally reliable and foolproof. We have relied on HARMAN Professional products in all of our large-scale installations for years, and our belief in their capabilities has only been strengthened with time,” stated Srinivasan. “We are proud to have been an integral part of such a prestigious project and are more than delighted to have executed it with such extraordinary results,” he concluded.

Commenting on the installation, Bhanu Yadav, Vice President, Operations for PVR bluO stated, “This project was a major success, and we now have an amazing audio experience with a system that is both clear and powerful.”

“Our work with Resonance Audio and this particular installation underscores HARMAN India’s commitment to serving a host of vertical market applications that are now demanding higher quality audio solutions in their venues,” stated Prashant Govindan, Director, India Operations HARMAN Professional. “At HARMAN we are uniquely positioned to meet this need with our dedicated systems approach providing these users with all the elements required for a first-class professional audio system.”

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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TG Baker Delivers Supreme Audio to Waterloo Station with HARMAN’s JBL Professional Intellivox Loudspeakers

LONDON, United Kingdom – In a multi-phase, multi-year undertaking, TG Baker (Sound) Ltd. recently completed an upgrade to the audio system at the London Waterloo station with HARMAN’s JBL Professional Intellivox loudspeakers.

After the successful completion of several other major station projects throughout the United Kingdom, TG Baker Sound was approached by Network Rail framework contractors to put a design together for the London Waterloo station. With the goal of improving system intelligibility throughout the station (beginning with the concourse area for the 2012 London Olympics, followed by the rest of the train shed and ancillary station areas after the games), TG Baker Sound faced a number of challenges.

London Waterloo is the UK’s largest and busiest railway station and like many large railway stations it provided the sound system designers with a significant challenge. Designing a system that can deliver clear and intelligible messages to the passengers in a station with a high reverberation time and high levels of background noise is never easy. For this reason, TG Baker chose loudspeakers from the Intellivox DDS (beam shaping) range to enable them to aim the sound where it was needed, at the passengers.

“In addition to the hostile acoustic environment of the station, there was also a number of other projects going on in the station simultaneously, which not only dictated the heights at which we could install the loudspeakers on the concourse, but also affected the general layout of the system,” said Scott McLucas, Senior Project Engineer, TG Baker Sound. “The design on the main concourse changed several times due to advertising and retail balcony projects.”

The final design on the concourse includes 21 JBL Intellivox DS180 loudspeakers mounted in pairs at a height of 7.4 meters, with a single unit filling in the access route to platform 18. The main train shed has 50 Intellivox DSX280 loudspeakers spread across 18 platforms. “This design for the concourse is unique in that the ideal mounting height of the beam-steering loudspeakers in this environment is typically 2.1 to 2.5 meters,” McLucas noted. “However, with the pressure from the other projects, we have the concourse loudspeakers mounted much higher.”

To overcome this challenge, TG Baker worked to develop the unusual design that would not only meet the architectural challenge, allowing the loudspeakers to be mounted at 7.4 meters, but would also do so while delivering an acceptable level of acoustic performance and intelligibility of the system. “We have worked with Duran Audio on a stadium project previously in Dublin and have since been appointed the preferred Intellivox partner for the UK rail market,” McLucas added. “We continue to work closely with them on other major station projects and also tunnel projects which is a new market sector for us.”

According to McLucas, returns on the new Intellivox system at Waterloo have been nothing but positive. “We have received comments that the intelligibility has been greatly improved and the system is now performing as it should be for the UK’s busiest rail terminal,” he said.

For more information on TG Baker Sound, please visit www.tgbaker.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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HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX V20 Line Arrays Find Home at the Effenaar

EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands – The first permanent installation of HARMAN’s JBL VTX V20 line arrays was recently completed at the Effenaar venue in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The system was put to its first test with a performance by singer-songwriter and violinist Joan as Police Woman. Audio XL, HARMAN’s Benelux distributor, provided the system.

The Effenaar is a legendary music venue located in the city center of Einghoven. It was founded in 1971 and has established a reputation as one of the main clubs in the Netherlands where world-famous acts could play, and also a club where new, local talent could spawn, grow and be harvested.

The new PA system at Effenaar features a left-right configuration of five V20 line array elements per side, accompanied by three S25 subwoofers per side. Seven I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers power the system, which also features two JBL STX835 loudspeakers. The venue also features a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, two Vi4 digital consoles and JBL PRX portable PA loudspeakers.

The JBL VTX V20 loudspeaker features a true 3-way system design with proprietary D2 Dual Diaphragm Dual Voice Coil compression driver and Differential Drive™ low frequency transducer technology along with patent-pending ultra-linear motor technology employed for midrange components. In keeping with the philosophy of the VTX Series, the VTX V20 has extremely high power density with each line array element featuring two 2261H 10-inch Differential Drive™ woofers, four 2164H 4-inch ultra-linear midrange transducers and three of the new small-format D2415K Dual Drivers.

“The Effenaar chose the new JBL V20 because we first heard its big brother, the V25, and were very impressed,” said Charles Konings, Technical Production Manager at the Effenaar. “We think JBL took a big leap forward in designing the VTX Series.”

For more information on the Effenaar, please visit www.effenaar.nl

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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Yes Planet Cinema in Rishon LeZion Enters the 3D Sound Sphere with HARMAN’s JBL and Crown

RISHON LEZION, Israel – As if vibrating chairs, gusts of wind, thunder and lightning was not enough, the Israel Theaters Group which owns Cinema City International, recently added a Barco Auro-3D advanced sound system to the three largest theaters at the Yes Planet complexes in Rishon LeZion. This next-generation multi-dimensional sound system features HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown DSi 2000 amplifiers.

“We are using JBL loudspeakers in the movie theaters we set up in Israel and abroad, and this time we chose to upgrade and work with Crown’s new DSi Series amplifiers, which turned out to be a perfect combination and a winning formula for reliability and uncompromising sound. The combination of Crown and JBL gives perfect results,” said Ilan Schor, Cinema City International’s technical manager.

By implementing loudspeakers in the ceiling as well as the sides of the theater, the Barco Auro-3D system effectively immerses the viewer in an omnidirectional aural experience. The JBL loudspeakers installed were: 21 JBL ScreenArray 3732 loudspeakers, 36 JBL 4670D loudspeakers, 12 JBL 3678 loudspeakers, 30 JBL 4645C subwoofers, 114 JBL 8340A Surround loudspeakers, 124 JBL 8320 Surround loudspeakers and 18 JBL 8350 Surround loudspeakers.

Schor added, “This time we chose Crown’s DSi series of amplifiers with built-in DSP, which includes perfect compatibility with every loudspeaker and enables simple and easy control of each component in the system. Also, the DSi-8M projection booth monitors also enable us to fully monitor the system during the screening.” A total of 126 Crown DSi 2000 amplifiers were installed in conjunction with 24 Crown DSi-8m state-of-the-art monitors.

As sound is an inseparable part of the movie-viewing experience, this upgrade not only offers the viewers a new and exciting sound quality, but makes it easy for the staff to operate and monitor the system as well. Rarely can one find a cinema system with a more streamlined integration as the one between JBL and Crown.

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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Creative Audio Provides HARMAN’s JBL VTX Loudspeakers for George Jones Tribute Concert

NORTHRIDGE, California – “Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show – A Tribute to George Jones” was recently held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and featured a “who’s who” of country music luminaries including Alabama, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Travis Tritt and many more—122 artists in total. Jones, considered by many to be the greatest country singer who ever lived, was honored in a four-hour concert attended by thousands of people, with live sound provided by Rockford, Illinois-based Creative Audio and a HARMAN JBL audio system that included more than 100 VTX and VerTec® line array loudspeakers.

The 4-hour concert included over 40 performances powered by 56 JBL VTX V25 and 48 VT4888 line array loudspeakers. The stage, located at one end of the arena, featured an in-the-round system consisting of two hangs of 16 V25 line array elements for mains, two hangs of 12 V25 for side fill, plus four hangs of 12 VerTec VT4888 midsize line array elements for rear fill.

“The VTX Series has established itself as the new standard in tour sound,” stated Chris Mentzel, Owner of Creative Audio. “We were confident this system would be the best choice for the many different acts throughout the concert and we were right. The output of the VTX is simply amazing, especially in the high-end, there is absolutely no distortion. No other option out there really compares to the sonic capabilities the VTX offers.”

In addition, the system was backed by 18 cardioid-arrayed VTX G28 subwoofers ground-stacked in clusters of nine per side. “The extended low-frequency of the G28’s is quite incredible. The sheer power the G28 offers meant we didn’t need to fly any subs,” explained Mentzel.

HARMAN’s Crown Audio I-Tech HD 12000 amplifiers powered the mains, sides and subwoofers. Additionally, Crown’s I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers powered the upstage, rear-fill and front-fill loudspeaker elements with a pair of dbx DriveRack 4800’s for global EQ and routing. All amps in the system were programmed with VTX and V5 Presets and controlled via JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™.

“Overall, the venue indicated this was their first show with an in-the-round system that did not receive audio complaints,” commented Mentzel. “I could not have imagined the success of a show with this many acts performing over a 4-hour period without JBL. They continue to put out the absolute best in tour sound equipment and the VTX is no exception.”

For more information on Creative Audio, please visit www.creativeaudio.us

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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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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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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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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Winter X Games Chooses HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 As Part Of A New Integrated Fiber Optics Network

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Ed Johnson Audio, designer and contractor of audio systems, is a private company specializing in large events such as the NAB Conventions, Red Bull Events, and the Summer and Winter X Games. Having provided reliable technical expertise for these events for 14 years, owner Ed Johnson always relies on the most suitable gear for each event, opting this year for HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital console to mix the sound at the 2014 Winter X Games.

Held in Aspen, Colorado, the Winter X Games presented a different challenge for the audio engineers, as they were required to mix the live aspect of the show and share feeds with television broadcast on ESPN. To achieve this, for the first time as one big system at the Winter X Games, fiber optics were used to create an integrated connection between the TV network and the control tower, essentially allowing them to share all feeds and signals.

“The X Games is unique, because from an audio standpoint, there are two shows streaming simultaneously,” said Johnson. “We needed detachment and integration on the fly, and so we chose the Soundcraft Vi1 console to make the marriage between the two shows possible. We have used Soundcraft for the past couple of years, but by adding a single-mode fiber card, we were able to integrate and share all the signals on the MADI stream.”

The Soundcraft Vi1 allows for splitting of the feeds, which in the case of this show was not only appreciated but also necessary. The Winter X games are split between: venue A, the area for Super Pipe, Big Air and Slope Style, and Venue B, which catered to Motorsports (three events), Snowboarder X and Slope Style. Both the program feeds and music feeds are assigned to 28 loudspeaker zones.

“With the Soundcraft Vi1 and a fiber optic cable that routes everything to both venues, I was able to interchange feeds without interruption,” said Johnson. “The console is self-explanatory and intuitively designed, as everything I did, from sharing content on the MADI stream to interfacing with the TV segment, was easy and smooth. Thanks to Soundcraft I was able to cover this huge area within my budget.”

“With the Vi1, I’m always able to not only keep operations within a small footprint, but also control two different areas on the Vistonics™ touchscreen,” said Johnson. “This console is superior in a lot of ways, as it only took me 20 to 30 minutes to familiarize myself with everything. Due to the successes of integrated HARMAN products, I’ve also requested Soundcraft consoles and JBL loudspeakers for upcoming large events such as the Summer X Games.”

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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Carlos Elizalde Blends Singing and Dancing Seamlessly With HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 Wireless Microphone System

SAN RAMON, California – As an integral member and founder of Ruckatán, a Latin, Reggae and World music group, percussionist/singer/songwriter Carlos Elizalde relies on high-quality audio equipment to accompany his dynamic and animated performing style. For optimal sound quality and hands-free performance, Elizalde is currently using HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 Wireless Microphone System with D7 microphone, plus the AKG IVM 4500 In-Ear Monitor Set.

“Having booked 75 shows already for 2014, I’ll be using the AKG WMS4500 system for all of them,” said Elizalde. “There is a lot of movement in my shows, where I jump off risers, dance and perform hand percussion at the same time. We require a solid wireless system, and AKG delivers on that need.”

Not only does Elizalde create an artistic fusion between English and Spanish in each Ruckatán act, but he also provides vocals and percussion for Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band. For both acts, the WMS4500 has been key to his ability to produce lively and creative shows.

“I’ve also been using the wireless system in the studio and it sounds killer,” continued Elizalde. “When you transition from wired microphones, the wireless ones tend to sound a little thinner. However, these AKG microphones have such warmth to them. The WMS4500 is a really nice system, as it has the D7 capsule in it, so I know it shares that technology.”

The AKG D7 reference dynamic vocal microphone is a powerful tool for vocalists, as it provides an extraordinarily crisp and clean sound via the dual-layer Varimotion diaphragm. It is extremely durable, and as the very first AKG product that Elizalde became familiar with, provides an unhindered degree of reliability as well.

“I first saw and sampled the D7 wired microphone two years ago at The Secret Studio in Alamedia, California. The next week, I bought one for myself,” said Elizalde. “I fell in love with this product and started touring with it to every location. It is so reliable and easy to operate, since I can just plug it in and start the show.”

The AKG IVM 4500 In-Ear Monitoring System maintains stable signals with a new reference radio electronic design, resulting in uncompromised audio monitoring quality, which Elizalde describes as “very cool. It represents accurately what the monitor mixer is giving you.”

“As I’m a part of the Latin community, I’m excited to help raise AKG’s exposure in the Latin market,” Elizalde concluded. “Since these products are both affordable and also high in quality, I believe they deserve more presence in this space.”

For more information on Ruckatán, please visit www.ruckatan.com

For more information on Caravanserai The Santana Tribute Band, please visit www.santanatributeband.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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