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HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Go Into “X Mode” for the 2014 Miss USA Interviews

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – As 51 contestants competed in one of the country’s most widely viewed beauty contests, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Premier Sound Services (PSS) provided the sound reinforcement for the Miss USA Pageant. The event is part of Miss Universe, which is owned by Donald Trump and was televised nationally live on NBC. As always, PSS stuck with its inventory of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays to generate the best coverage and superior sound quality.

The main PA system consisted of 13 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side in long-throw “X Mode” (35Hz high pass filter) and were powered with 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The system also featured 45-degree outfill arrays, which featured nine VTX V20 loudspeakers in long-throw 60Hz mode that were powered by six Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. On the floor, 16 bi-amped JBL SRX712M stage monitors were used with five Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers.

Two JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers were provided for the judges, with an additional two V20 loudspeakers per side for front fill, powered by two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The downstage side-fill hangs featured six JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers per side, powered by a single Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier. The upstage side fill hangs also featured six VT4886 loudspeakers per side, powered with one Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier.

“Keeping the loudspeakers hidden from the camera angles as much as possible was the main challenge of this event,” said Brian Gordon, Co-Owner and Head Audio Engineer of PSS. “Originally, we wanted to hang 14 units per side for the main PA, but thanks to the sheer power of the VTX Series we got the output we needed with fewer units, and we never hit the limit on any of the amplifiers.”

When asked why no subwoofers were used, Gordon replied, “We didn’t need any subwoofers for this show, because intelligibility and sound cohesiveness were the key objectives, and the VTX Series loudspeakers are superior in those areas over everything else. There was no interference and everything came out exactly as it should. I was especially impressed by the smoothness of the off-axis dispersion of the V20’s, which was just amazing.”

For more information on Premier Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Play for the Majors in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California – Petco Park, home to Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres, recently took a bold step toward delivering on its dedication to “Creating Major League Memories” as systems integrator Daktronics installed an all-star lineup of standard-setting audio equipment featuring HARMAN components. The facility, which opened in 2004, seats 42,445 and calls itself “The World’s Best Ballpark in America’s Finest City,” is now equipped with HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio processing components.

David Sturzenbecher, audio project engineer, and the Daktronics Audio team’s first step in the extensive Petco Park audio retrofit was evaluating the state of the previous system by testing every amplifier’s voltage gain and frequency response. Petco Park has two large amplifier rooms, each with 80 amplifiers, and up to 30 amplifiers in each of six smaller rooms. Daktronics Audio replaced each of the older amplifiers in the smaller rooms with Crown DCi amplifiers; the upgrade to the Crown DCi amplifiers in the larger rooms is ongoing. Featuring Crown’s DriveCore™ technology, the DCi series is more powerful and energy efficient then other large-scale install grade amplifiers and are just 2U rack spaces high.

For loudspeaker testing, Sturzenbecher along with Field Engineer, Doug Dodge took complex impedance measurements of each unit run from the amplifier rooms and listened to every passband of every loudspeaker. Once the needs were determined, JBL became the obvious choice. “The stadium is located only a quarter mile from the ocean, and the loudspeakers on the upper deck are quite exposed and only accessible via scaffolding,” he said. “So in addition to superior sound quality, we selected the JBL PD and AM weatherized boxes because we knew they would be able to handle these conditions without the need for additional service.”

While the sound requirements for most of Petco Park are on a grand scale, the facility does have a number of restaurants and bars that called for a lighter touch. To accommodate those areas, Sturzenbecher augmented the BSS Audio BLU-800 processers already installed throughout the venue by adding BLU-320 devices in the park’s more compact sections. “The BLU-320 provides the preamps for local audio input, but also provides the BLU link source for each local amplifier room,” he said. “The Soundweb London processors were programmed so that mix engineers can monitor any audio signal in the park from the control room.” In the Bud Patio area, Daktronics installed three JBL Control 29AV-1 loudspeakers and, for Hodad’s Restaurant, eight JBL C29AV-WH-1 70V loudspeakers. The lodge, restaurant and the Pier and Hall of Fame bars use Crown DCi 2I600N amplifiers.

The equipment inventory of HARMAN products that Daktronics installed in various areas of the park is extensive. On the Toyota Terrace, 19 JBL PD5322/95-WRX-WH weather-protected loudspeakers were installed. For the outer concourse, Sturzenbecher selected 30 JBL AWC129 all-weather loudspeakers with 70V transformers and two Crown DCi 2I1250N amplifiers. To fill in gaps in the concourse, two JBL PD5322/43-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers, two JBL AM5215/66-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers, powered with four Crown DCi 2I1250N amplifiers.

On the park’s upper deck, Daktronics installed a complete replacement, including 26 JBL PD5322/64 WRX-H-WH weather-protected loudspeakers, 26 JBL AM5215/26-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers, 26 AM5215/95-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers and 23 JBL AM5215/00-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers. Daktronics outfitted the Right Field Budweiser Scoreboard and Budweiser Patio Addition with four JBL PD5322/64-WRX-H-WH weather-protected loudspeakers, five JBL AM5215/26-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers, one JBL PD5215/95-WRX-H-WH weather-protected loudspeaker and, for the right outfield rear fill, seven JBL C29AV-WH-1 loudspeakers; the area is powered with a Crown DCi2I1250N 2 Channel amplifier. For the owners’ suites, Daktronics installed 12 JBL C29AV-WH-I weather-protected loudspeakers.

This deployment is also one of the largest to date of HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ audio system design and configuration software, which retains the workflow-centered philosophy first introduced in HiQnet System Architect™ but also incorporates the BSS Audio Soundweb London DSP functionality to combine the power of the open-architecture platform with equally powerful microphones, amplifiers and loudspeakers.

By uniting HiQnet System Architect and Soundweb London, HARMAN believes that HiQnet Audio Architect represents the next stage in the evolution of audio systems design software. Sturzenbecher agrees. “HiQnet Audio Architect lets us combine programs and provide intuitive custom panels on a large touchscreen for the operators,” said Sturzenbecher, who installed the Petco Park deployment. “We have more than 200 HiQnet devices on the network, and the status of all of them can be seen by simply glancing at the software.”

The HARMAN lineup even helped address one of the unique acoustic challenges of Petco Park, which is the “Park at the Park” area just outside the stadium where fans can watch the game with their pets. “The main complaint from people in that area was that the sound was unintelligible,” Sturzenbecher said. “So we replaced about a dozen loudspeakers with two JBL CBT 70J+E column loudspeakers. The coverage throughout the park is great and the vocals are very clear.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console is the Optimal Solution for Tiens Conference

NEW YORK, New York — For Tiens Company’s annual distributor conference at Moscow’s Russia Hall in SC “luzhniki”, featuring a combination of official speeches and an original concert program for 8,000 guests, HARMAN’s Martin Professional provided Lighting Designer Roman Kasaev with a M6 console to control a design with over 100 Martin lighting fixtures.

To ensure the lighting design integrated seamlessly with the conference’s theme, Kasaev teamed with Daniel Maneshin, Technical Director at the Knyazev Agency, who was brought in to design the conference’s main concept. Maneshin also developed the conference’s business section as well as conceptualized many decorative and informative elements, which featured several LED screens mounted on the main stage. Kasaev chose 48 MAC 101 compact LED wash lights due to the brightness and colors that complimented the LED screens used at the event. The MAC 101s were mounted on custom-made metal structures between screen modules, eight pieces per aperture, due to their bright colored lights that fit ideally with the colors of the video-content on LED screens.
“The MAC 101s are extremely bright and they were never lost on the background of the LED screens,” said Kasaev. “What’s more, there were moments when they outshined the powerful MAC III Profiles.”

“Thanks to the built-in effects engine of the M6, I was able to create a very sophisticated and beautiful color and dimming effects for the MAC 101s,” Kasaev explained. “It resulted in a very intense, bright and impressive picture! The MAC 101s are very fast, so I could bring more diversity into lighting design to make it more dynamic and filled with drive and energy.”

The event program also featured classical ballet and acrobatic performances. To highlight the actors and gymnasts, Kasaev also chose 34 MAC III Profiles to create unique lighting accents with beautiful rays and gobo projections.

For Kasaev, the Tiens Conference was the first project where he was able to work with M6 console, only a slight change as he is familiar with the philosophy from using the M1 and M2GO controllers before. “I had a very big set of equipment for this project so I needed a more powerful console than the M,” Kasaev said. “I reached out to the Representative Office of Martin Professional in Moscow for the support and they provided me with M6 console.”
“Working with the M6 console was very cool and awesome,” he continued. “It’s definitely number one in the M-series due to the features, functions, power and possibilities. The effects engine that Martin’s R&D invented and implemented is a crazy story! The programming speed is really impressive! I had two monitors that allowed me to program many things much faster. The whole process is a pleasure, when you work on M6! The implementation is excellent, very easy to use. Every LD could find all the instruments they need to put their creative ideas into life! I want to recommended LDs to try to work with M-series consoles. It is really very easy, logical and simple solution for programming a variety of lighting effects!”

In addition, Kasaev deployed 50 MAC Aura’s and 12 Atomic 3000 DMX strobes throughout the lighting design.

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 designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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Christian Worship Center Upgrades with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Console

MANTECA, California – The Christian Worship Center in Manteca, California recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console to better accommodate the Sunday and Wednesday services at its 2,000-seat venue. While most of the Center’s previous equipment was analog, current Lead Sound Engineer Bill Clark relayed how the construction goal was to implement state of the art sound reinforcement gear through digital technology. Hence, the church set stringent design requirements for the new console and with the assistance of San Francisco’s Novo Group and consultant Art Yeap, it was determined only the Vi6 could satisfy.

As a serviceman with 35 years in the U.S. Army, the last 18 in the Army Music Program, Clark is also responsible for the sound reinforcement of his Army unit, the 191st Army Band in Dublin, California. Having experienced Soundcraft as one of his first digital consoles in the past, he appreciates the brand and recommends Vi Series consoles for their channel capacity, rich feature set and cost-to-performance ratio.

Additionally, the Christian Worship Center plans to create a production company utilizing its current platform for theater and music. In order to suit the audio needs of artists and actors, the owners required a well-polished MADI implementation of the new console. The Vi6 can more than provide for this need, as Clark recently demonstrated with the recording of two albums so far.

“We wanted to do a lot of things with our new console, and we went with the Vi6 because it’s superior in many ways,” said Clark. “Whether used for touring or fixed installation, from a safety and logistics standpoint, it cuts the weight and equipment count by so much, allowing us to replace all those equipment racks with onboard features. With regards to capacity, we never reach the limit with our 64×32 mono-outs, despite having a big worship team of eight vocalists, a full-sized band with a horn section and 18 channels of wireless handhelds and body-packs.”

All the feeds are routed into a PC, which gives Clark the ability to come back later and audit the mixes. As an additional benefit, this allows him to train new volunteers more efficiently, leading to more consistent operations of the intuitively designed console. For example, training a student who is obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in music production was as easy for Clark as training his own son, who has had limited sound engineering experience.

“Not only does the console run continuously with no problems [I’ve tested it multiple times on 16 hour runs non-stop], it sounds great!” said Clark. “There are a lot of subtle things that my ears don’t hear anymore, but with a digital signal path, the marvelous compressors and the onboard effects, I can definitely hear the improved clarity. Frankly, it all sounds nothing short of astounding.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Celebrities Speak Volumes On The Stages Of The 2014 Life Ball In Vienna With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

VIENNA, Austria – Celebrating cultural diversities from around the world in an effort to support people with HIV and AIDS, the annual Life Ball in Vienna is an extravagant event that attracts tens of thousands of international visitors. This year’s event utilized 100 channels of HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500, DMS700 and IVM4500 wireless microphone and monitoring systems for onstage vocal performances and announcements.

The highlight of the 2014 Life Ball featured celebrity speakers such as Bill Clinton, Christina Perri, Ricky Martin and more. To project the voices from these esteemed spokesmen and spokeswomen, the technical crew relied on AKG’s microphones for the highest caliber of sound.

“Ever since 2007, we have been the proud partner and sponsor of the annual Life Ball in Vienna,” said Walter Rührig, AKG Artist & Key Customers Relations. “Finding the right equipment for nine different stages with differing acoustics was challenging, but thanks to the flexibility of AKG microphones, the input and pickup patterns were very accommodating to the various presenters and performers.”

The AKG WMS4500 is an analog wireless microphone system with a maximum channel count of 70, a perfect choice for such a massive event due its reliability and proven audio quality. AKG’s dedication to quality is also evidenced with premium digital audio from the DMS700 wireless microphone system and IVM4500 in-ear monitoring system, both of which are easy to operate and favored worldwide.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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HARMAN Distributor Audiopole Brings Studer Vista X to French Market with Paris Launch Event

PARIS, France – In an event dedicated to educating loyalists and potential customers alike, French distributor Audiopole recently showcased the revolutionary new HARMAN’s Studer Vista X and its Infinity Core technology in Paris. Held at the restaurant Archibald in Paris, Jean-Philippe Blanchard of Audiopole presented the Vista X and Infinity Core to more than 50 end-users and journalists in attendance.

The Studer Vista X console is truly the first of its class in broadcast sound mixing. By using aviation-standard system redundancy that takes advantage of four processors and two independent DSP cores with instant change-overs, this console is able to overcome failures evident in conventional TDM-based systems. While it borrows previous Soundcraft/Studer technologies such as VistonicsTM touchscreen and FaderGlowTM channel illumination, it also delivers a mind-blowing 800+ audio channels and 5,000 inputs and outputs, all with superb sonic quality.

“As this is the first public presentation of the Studer console and the Infinity Core in France, we are proud to officially present this new technology to the thriving French broadcast market. France is really one of the main European markets for Studer, we have already sold over 100 Vista consoles in France and we hope to sell many more,” said Blanchard. “At this event, the end-users and network broadcasters in France were able to get their hands on the console they have been waiting for. By offering huge capacity and processing power that integrates well with existing infrastructures, the Studer Vista X is engineered to the highest standards of the industry and is a true reflection of the services that we provide. Our customers were also able to check the new software version for Vista 1, which now includes Lexicon effects as well as the features of the Vista Remote Bay.”

Studer European Sales Director Karl Chapman also attended the event. “We have had terrific feedback from our customers here in France and elsewhere around the world,” he said. “The Vista X and the Infinity Core is an exciting step forward in technology that offers our customers even greater flexibility and resilience when designing system solutions.”

For more information on Audiopole, please visit www.audiopole.fr

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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Positive Reinforcement: CTS Audio Adds More Than 100 HARMAN JBL VTX Series Line Array Loudspeakers to Its Tour Sound Inventory

FRANKLIN, Tennessee — Sound contractor CTS Audio was one of the first adopters of HARMAN JBL’s flagship VTX Series line arrays and it’s safe to say they’ve liked what they heard—the company just purchased more than 100 more of them. CTS Audio added a total of 108 V20 line array loudspeakers to its inventory, plus another eight V25 loudspeakers and a bevy of VTX F Series F12 loudspeakers.

While Franklin, Tennessee-based CTS Audio had used the V25 arrays at a number of high-profile events in the past year, the company put the V20 to the test for the first time at the recent 2014 K-Love Fan Awards, held at Nashville’s Opry Hotel and featuring the biggest names in Christian music including Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Scott Stapp, Sidewalk Prophets and more than 40 other artists.

“Based on our experience with the VTX Series V25 and S28 subwoofers, we didn’t think we were going out on too much of a limb with the V20’s, which we were interested in for their smaller size and which would give us a more flexible loudspeaker inventory that would be adaptable to a wider variety of venues,” said Mike Taylor, Vice President at CTS Audio.

Nevertheless, it was definitely a case of “try before you buy”, and Taylor and his team flew out to the JBL headquarters in Northridge, California to give the V20 an audition. Taylor was hoping to hear big sound from a more compact loudspeaker–and was floored. “We listened to six of the boxes from 200 feet away and were amazed at how much clean, powerful sound the V20 put out.”

For the K-Love Fan Awards, CTS flew 10 deep V20 arrays over four S28 subwoofers on each side of the stage, complemented by two F12 speakers per side for outfill. The loudspeakers were driven by 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers, and CTS used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ for system setup and control. “We’ve used the Crown amps with the V25 line arrays and Performance Manager on dozens of events, so the transition to the V20 was pretty close to effortless in terms of setup and calibration,” Taylor said.

“The sound we achieved was stunning, absolutely stunning,” Taylor added. “The headroom with the V20s is really impressive and a marked step up from other loudspeakers that we’ve used in the past.”

Taylor noted that in fact, they never came anywhere close to hitting the limiting for the system, and the V20 exceeded their expectations in its ability to fill the Opry with even coverage from the front to the back of the hall, with a smooth tonal balance and impressive dynamics and presence.

Taylor and his crew also appreciated the V20’s smaller size that makes it easier to fly, load in and load out. “It’s just a really well thought-out design,” he concluded.

For more information on CTS Audio, please visit www.ctsaudio.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Launches Online “How To” Video Series

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft is pleased to announce that it is offering its “How To” instructional video series on its website, www.soundcraft.com. The videos focus on the Si Series of digital consoles and include a variety of topics from basic operation to advanced tips and tricks.

The “How To” video series offers practical instruction on how to get the most from a Soundcraft Si console in live sound, recording and fixed-installation applications. “The video series offers real-world information and depth of subject matter for a broad spectrum of users, whether they’ve never had their hands on a Soundcraft console before and need to get up and running quickly or have mixed hundreds of shows and want to dig deeply into a console’s feature set,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Soundcraft Studer.

Alongside the “How To” videos, there is a video vault covering every Soundcraft console range including the Vi Series, Si Expression, Si Performer and analogue consoles. A wide variety of topics is offered, from basic operation and configuration, gain structure, channel assignment and using EQ and effects to Soundcraft-specific features like the Vistonics II™ colour touchscreen interface and FaderGlow™ illuminated, colour-coded faders.

“At Soundcraft we’re dedicated to providing our users with the educational tools they need to get the most out of their consoles,” said Watson. “We’d like to think our video series is the next best thing to having a front of house engineer standing next to you behind the console.”

The videos can be viewed at http://www.soundcraft.com/support/videos.aspx?c=15

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Tenor Saxophonist Keith Anderson Relies On HARMAN’s AKG C519 On Tour With Prince and Solo

VIENNA, Austria – Full of Soul—that’s the name of tenor saxophonist Keith Anderson’s band and a fitting description of the man himself. The Texas-based Anderson is a musician’s musician with an enviable high-profile gig—he’s currently playing in the horn section with Prince. He has worked with musical legends like Erykah Badu, Les McCann, Kanye West and many more. Anderson relies on the AKG C519 professional miniature clip-on condenser microphone, having become a convert to its rich sound and ability to deliver on every live gig.

Anderson and all 11 members of Prince’s horn section have been using the C519 for a variety of gigs with the Minneapolis maestro, including the last Montreux Jazz Festival and one-off and private gigs. Anderson also has plenty of other work playing with Full of Soul and top-caliber musicians like Roy Hargrove and his band RH Factor, and Marcus Miller. He’s also mixing his upcoming as-yet-untitled live album, which has the C519 all over it.

The AKG C519 microphone clips gently onto the bell of a saxophone, trumpet or any other wind instrument. Its tight cardioid polar pattern makes the C519 ideal for use near monitor wedges, and its flat 20Hz-20kHz frequency response makes it ideal for woodwind and brass instruments. The C519 can be used with a variety of wireless body-pack transmitters.

“Playing onstage with Prince can be loud, especially with 11 horn players. The C519 can handle the stage volume from the monitors without feeding back,” said Anderson, who noted that the horn section doesn’t use sound baffles or microphone stands on stage “because we have intense, calorie-burning choreography!” The C519’s small size and ability to easily mount onto a horn makes it a perfect dance partner. Anderson clips his PT 470 body pack onto a key guard rail on the side of his Cannonball tenor sax and neatly wraps the cable from the C519 around the bell of the horn.”

Anderson finds the AKG C519 works well for all the horns in the section, which include five saxes, four trumpets and two trombones. “All the guys really like it, although I have to say it’s particularly well suited for tenor sax—it really complements the frequency range of the tenor.”

Nevertheless, Anderson wasn’t a complete convert at first. “On my own gigs I used to use a microphone that had too much bottom end and every time I played out, I had to tell the sound engineer to EQ the microphone and roll off the bass drastically. One night, the front of house guy just wasn’t getting it and I struggled with the sound the whole night.”

A friend happened to be in the audience that and lent Anderson a C519. “I looked it and said, ‘Wait a minute, this is the same microphone I’ve been using with Prince!’” Anderson found the C519 to be just what he was looking for, and that its clear, natural sound brings out all the nuances of his tenor sax and his alto sax, whether he’s playing smoothly or going for grit and squeal.

The AKG C519 has been totally reliable on every gig. “I only had to change my wireless frequency one time for one show, and that has nothing to do with the microphone itself, which has been a flawless performer. The sound engineers are very happy with it and I can hear myself better than ever before in the monitors and in my in-ears when I use them.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

John ‘Sax’ Williams Inspires Next-Generation Woodwind Players With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Woodwind specialist John “Sax” Williams devotes his life and career to being a professional recording artist, performer, and educator. Whether it’s in the studio, on stage or during instructional sessions with students, Williams uses HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 and C519L microphones as his tools of choice.

With experience touring in the United States Army Band, Williams has performed for multiple presidential administrations such as that of George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Currently, when he’s not focused on live and production work with renowned artists such as Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z, he passes his love and passion for music onto others through one-on-one instruction.

Williams’ AKG microphones allow him to project his sound during shows and recordings as best as possible. “AKG produces high-quality, world-class microphone systems, which make all the difference for me,” said Williams. “The WMS4500 wireless system and the C519ML saxophone microphone are awesome products that I constantly use for my live performances and recordings. The sound is sincere and warm, and I can tell that it is the result of long hours of refinement, where the development of the product was clearly thought out.”

A classically trained clarinet player, Williams has a deep understanding of the delicate sound elements on the stage and in the studio. But besides accuracy in sound, it is important to have reliable equipment, and the AKG microphones give Williams peace of mind when touring and teaching.

“The SR4500 Receiver and PT4500 UHF Wireless Bodypack Transmitter are extremely durable and last forever,” said Williams. “I’m also impressed by how HARMAN as a company always comes through with technical support, regardless of what time I need it. It’s been amazing every time, receiving honest and reliable support even when traveling on the road.”

Sound engineer of Audio Wave Sound Rob Gordon, a frequent collaborator with Williams and also a proud AKG customer, added: “I’ve recommended AKG microphones to others for a long time, considering their amazing front-end projection and warmth of sound,” said Gordon. “The C1000, C414 microphones sound great and are the perfect choices for top-level musicians such as John.”

For more information on John “Sax” Williams, please visit www.johnsaxwilliams.blogspot.com

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HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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