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USO’s 4th of July Pitbull Concert at the White House Celebrates Veterans with Event Tech and HARMAN Professional

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Contracted by the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) for the sixth year to integrate the sound at the 4th of July concert on the South Lawn of the White House, live production company Event Tech deployed HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays, Crown amplifiers and dbx signal processing to meet the strict demands of the venue and to deliver high-quality sound to the honorable audience.

International pop star Pitbull gave an hour-long performance for the 1,200 US servicemen and servicewomen that were present, as well as their families and the White House staff. Besides the show, there were various activities such as barbecue, lawn-games, photo stands and meet-and-greets. However, the annual event would have not been as successful without Event Tech’s ability to bring high-level production quality to the events.

Because of a gradient on the South Lawn, it was a challenge to balance the sound between the two ends of the stage; stage-left was elevated two feet above the ground, and stage-right was elevated five-and-a-half feet above ground. To provide precise coverage of 280 degrees, Event Tech used four stacks of six ground-stacked JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers and one VTX S25 subwoofer per stack, as well as six VTX G28 subwoofers per side in cardioid arrangement as the main PA. Two VTX F12 and two VTX F15 loudspeakers were deployed for front and out fills.

Four VRack 4x3500HD and two VRack 12000HD amplification systems powered the entire PA system. A dbx DriveRack 4800 unit enhanced the signal processing and routing for the overall system. The system was configured and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™.

“We did a lot of pre-work at our office with the VTX rig, because we wanted to make sure that the coverage was precise and make it drop off 300 feet from stage left, so that the sound did not penetrate the White House,” said Jeremy Meyers, Account Executive and Audio Systems Designer for Event Tech. “I was very impressed with the output from these small V20 boxes, given their relative size compared to those from other manufacturers that I have worked with in the past. The detailed coverage from JBL’s patented waveguide and the precise frequency output of the D2 drivers allowed us to accomplish our goal.”

Since the stage was set up between the fountain and the White House, space was tight and the FOH position was at an awkward location. Also, the crew was forced to use smaller sized loudspeakers in order to fit all the equipment onto the stage. However, compromising on power was not an option either, since Pitbull’s music has significant output requirements, especially for low frequencies.

“The VTX V20s were truly perfect because of their power-to-size ratio and the Crown amplifiers were also compact and powerful enough for this event,” said Raul Gonzalez of HARMAN. “The front stacks could throw the music 225 feet to the back of the audience, and the stacks on the side were so powerful that we did not need separate loudspeakers for the FOH position. Overall, the performance was great and we were able to deliver everything in a compact, tightly-integrated package.”

“We were also impressed with the VTX F12 and F15 fills, which had amazing output, even when compared to the V20 boxes,” said Meyers. “Thanks to our experience in live corporate events and the incredible caliber of these JBL loudspeakers, our veterans received a terrific 4th of July gift.”

For more information about Event Tech go to www.eventtech.com.

Event Tech is a nationally recognized leader in providing production services to the trade show, entertainment, industrial, and special events industries. No matter the location or project size, Event Tech meets and exceeds the needs of its clients through the use of the latest in audio, lighting, power distribution, mobile stages, roof systems, staging and structures, and is supported by some of the industry’s leading professionals. Event Tech carries a wide array of Harman brands’ equipment for sale and rental, and proudly uses Harman brands on their own productions around the country.

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.

Rockdale Town Hall Upgrades to State-of-the-Art Audio System with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers and Soundcraft Digital Console

SYDNEY, Australia – In a project designed to reinvigorate the city’s regional arts and cultural hub, systems integration firm The P.A. People recently upgraded the audio system at Sydney’s Rockdale Town Hall. The new state-of-the-art system features HARMAN’s JBL VRX Constant Curvature loudspeakers and a Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital console.

The new audio components at Rockdale Town Hall provide fresh life to the historic complex and provided Sydney with a world-class venue that can accommodate a varied array of events from musical concerts and variety shows to business, community and social events. In addition to the new PA and communications system, the auditorium’s beautiful Art Deco detailing has been restored.

To avoid intruding on the classical aesthetics of the venue, an unobtrusive yet powerful PA system was required and Brett Steele, project manager for The P.A. People, immediately thought of the JBL VRX Constant Curvature loudspeakers. Hung in a left/center/right configuration, the VRX932LA loudspeakers deliver extraordinary power handling, clarity, flexibility and, of course, stunning JBL sound in an attractive, easy to handle and affordable package.

“The VRX loudspeakers are configured to ensure maximum coverage and cater to the widest range of applications from musical theater to simple speeches,” Steele said. “The VRX rigging made it easy to install and the system is performing well.”

The PA is controlled through a Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital mixing console, which is ideal for a venue that has to accommodate a wide variety of uses.

“This easy-to-use console from Soundcraft has the flexibility to accept local inputs in the control area, such as radio microphones and playback sources, as well as accepting microphone and line level inputs via the mini stage box located on the stage,” Steele added. “This is a great general purpose console for this venue.”

The reopening concert received a warm reception from both the crowd and in particular, the council.

“The Rockdale Town Hall reopening concert proved the sound system, specifically designed for this unique 1940s Art Deco auditorium, has the dynamic range to cater for any type of performance from opera to basic public speaking” endorsed a Council spokesman. “It complements and supplements the existing natural excellent acoustics of the Hall. Rockdale City Council is very happy with the end result.”

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.

Paul Hatt Takes HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi4 Console On The Road With Paolo Nutini

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – Heralded as one of the top voices in modern soul”, Scottish singer/songwriter/musician Paolo Nutini has quickly hit the big time since his 2006 debut album These Streets reached 5-times platinum in the UK. His 2010 follow-up Sunny Side Up reached Number One on the UK charts, as did his latest 2014 release Caustic Love. Nutini is currently touring worldwide in support of Caustic Love with monitor engineer Paul Hatt, working behind a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi4 digital live sound console. Hatt has been with Nutini for the past six months, relying on the Vi4 to deliver monitor mixes to Nutini and his 11-piece band that includes guitars, bass, drums, a 2-piece brass section, backing vocals and more. In addition, Hatt’s company, CS Audio, has been providing a control and monitor package for the tour.

“Paolo has a wonderful dynamic range and we’re doing a nice mix of rock and some softer tunes,” Hatt pointed out. “The Vi4 sounds equally clear and musical whether Paolo and the band are quiet and subdued or rocking away at full bore—the console never sounds strained or harsh no matter what we ask it to do.”

Hatt notes that Paolo and the band are so tight they don’t need a click track: “This is the first band I’ve done in years where I don’t have to hear that click in my ear all the time and can just concentrate on the mix. The vocal and instrumental balances are always varying and changing with a band of this size and with the Vi4 I can easily store hundreds of cues if I like and easily keep up with anything Paolo and the band want to do, even on a moment’s notice.”

Hatt finds the expanded monitor mixing capabilities provided by the Soundcraft Vi4’s latest Version 4.8 software to be especially useful. Version 4.8 offers a number of significant new features including the ability for all 32 of the console’s mix busses to operate in stereo mode, to allow use as in-ear mixes. A number of new signal routing, panning and processing options are also provided. “I give Soundcraft credit for improving their already-excellent consoles with an update that adds new features to make life easier,” he said.

“The Vi4 is now even more suited to live performance thanks to the expanded bus structure,” Hatt said. “It’s nice to know I can keep adding stereo mixes and not run out of them, which happens with some other consoles.”

Hatt has also been working with the Soundcraft ViSi Remote iPad app, which enables remote control of Soundcraft Vi Series or Si Compact consoles from an iPad. Hatt takes his iPad with ViSi app on the road to EQ the monitor wedges from various locations across the stage, finding it extremely useful in dialing the sound of each monitor without having to constantly run to and from the console to the stage. “To say this speeds up the process of fine tuning and ringing out the monitors would be an understatement,” he noted.

Hatt had been using Soundcraft digital consoles for a few years before signing on with Nutini. “I have to say the Vi4, along with the Vi1, has been my favorites of any live sound consoles.”

In Hatt’s estimation, the Vi4 and Vi1 are the most intuitive to operate and combine all the control, signal routing, instant setup and recall, built-in processing and other benefits of a digital platform with unexcelled sound quality. “With the Vi4 I often forget I’m using a digital board, but when I go back to other brands I can feel the difference in ease of use,” he concluded. “The Vi4 is by far the best and easiest console out there for live concert mixing.”

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.

Engineer John Delf Puts HARMAN’s Soundcraft Realtime Rack Plug-in Engine to the Test on 5 Seconds of Summer World Tour

SYDNEY, Australia – Having toured the United Kingdom, United States and Australia with Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, front of house engineer John Delf was one of the world’s first professionals to put the HARMAN’s Soundcraft Realtime Rack to use. Delf has been using his Soundcraft Vi4 digital console in conjunction with the Realtime Rack—a massive library of plug-ins from Universal Audio, compatible with all Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles.

“I have been using the Soundcraft Vi desk range for many years now so I was very excited when they announced the release of the Realtime Rack,” Delf said. “I had heard great things about the Universal Audio plug-ins, so the thought of using these in combination with the Vi4 that I was using on the 5SOS tour was a very exciting prospect.”

According to Delf, the Realtime Rack has opened up a new world of possibilities. “The onboard dynamics and effects on the Vi range are exceptional but to be able to scan through the entire UAD catalogue and insert other extremely tasty emulations is so cool,” he said. “I am able to put two or three different compressors and pre’s into all my important channels and switch between them, trying out which ones are best for each application.”

In addition, the Realtime Rack enables Delf to create processing and effects combinations that would not be practical if he was using outboard hardware. “At one point I was running three compressors on my kick drum microphone and it sounded great—not something that would have been practical using actual outboard gear,” he noted. “The advantage of the virtual emulations is that I can create chains that in the real world I could only ever dream of.”

Of equal important is the Realtime Rack’s ease of use—a crucial benefit on tours where every second is at a premium. “Once the Realtime Rack is cabled up to the Vi it’s very easy to add the effects to your existing channels and you can still use them in combination with the onboard desk dynamics and effects. All internal connections are done though the MADI interface so once you have the ins and outs sorted in the Realtime Rack, it’s very simple to link those into the channels.”

According to Delf, the diversity of effects at his disposal gives him a virtually limitless sonic array to choose from. “A kid in a sonic sweetshop probably best describes using it,” he quipped. “The only downside is that once you have used the Realtime Rack you will really miss it next time you have to do a show without one!”

“It just adds that extra bit of magic to your mix that was only previously available to studio engineers, but is now quite literally at the fingertips of the live engineer, via a great touchscreen. Thank you Soundcraft, I really loved using this piece of kit.”

For more information on John Delf’s recording studio, please visit www.theedgestudios.co.uk

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.

Dreamsound Is Poland’s First Post-Production Studio to Adopt Dolby Atmos Powered By HARMAN’s JBL and Crown

WARSAW, Poland — Since 2007 Warsaw-based Dreamsound (www.dreamsound.pl) has been one of Poland’s top film post-production studios, offering a complete range of services from recording sound on set through sound editing, mixing and audio mastering. Since its inception Dreamsound has been committed to offering its clients the very latest in film sound technologies, as evidenced by the fact that it’s the first post-production house in Poland licensed to produce film soundtracks using the leading-edge Dolby Atmos surround-sound system, heard at its full potential thanks to a system based around HARMAN’s JBL ScreenArray™ loudspeakers and Crown DSi and XLS DriveCore Series amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is a next-generation surround-sound technology that employs overhead speakers as well as traditional surround speakers to create a remarkably realistic and immersive sonic environment. Dolby Atmos employs up to 64 speakers to heighten the enveloping sonic atmosphere and impact of movie theater sound. The Dolby Atmos JBL and Crown system is installed in a new 280 square foot, 15-seat screening room that opened in January 2014. Dreamsound co-owner Kacper Habisiak worked closely with JBL and Crown brand manager Wojtek Kopytek at HARMAN Professional distributor ESS Audio and with Dolby personnel in designing and installing the screening room.

The installation employs a total of 32 JBL loudspeakers including ScreenArray 3731-T 3-way tri-amplified loudspeakers and 4642 dual-18-inch subwoofers arranged behind the 20-foot wide projection screen in a left-center-right configuration. JBL SCS 12 and SCS 8 Spatially Cued Surround 12-inch and 8-inch coaxial loudspeakers are mounted on the ceiling, side and rear walls, augmented by two JBL 4181 18-inch subwoofers. The loudspeakers are driven by a complement of Crown DSi 1000 and XLS 2500, XLS 2000, XLS 1500 and XLS 1000 amplifiers.

“JBL speakers are the standard in Polish cinemas, and they match perfectly with Crown amplifiers, so it was a logical move for us to implement these components in our Dolby Atmos screening room,” said Habisiak. “Equally important, the performance of the speakers and amplifiers meets Dolby’s licensing requirements, which are extremely stringent regarding specifications including sound pressure levels, frequency response, coverage relative to room size and other parameters.”

JBL’s ScreenArray 3731-T loudspeakers are designed for critical sound reproduction requirements in small to medium cinemas and studio production and post-production applications. The 3731-T incorporates a host of design and engineering advancements including Optimized Aperture Waveguide and Focused Coverage Technology for ultra-low distortion and extremely uniform frequency response over a precisely controlled coverage area. Crown’s DSi amplifiers are specifically designed for cinema applications with features including onboard DSP, EQ, delay, output limiting and presets for JBL loudspeaker systems. XLS Series amplifiers combine performance and flexibility featuring both Crown’s proprietary DriveCore™ Technology and PureBand™ Crossover System allowing users to select crossover points from 50 Hz to 3kHz.

“The JBL and Crown system far exceeds our expectations,” Habisiak noted. “It’s one thing to meet the Dolby Atmos specs, which are admittedly quite demanding – but it’s another thing to actually experience what this system can do. The combination of the clarity, dynamic power and seamless integration of the speakers and amplifiers with the three-dimensional width, depth and height localization of the Dolby Atmos process is truly remarkable to hear.”

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.

Crutchfield Designs Loud and Bulletproof Sound System for Trinity Irish Pub With HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – As a popular dance club near the campus of the University of Virginia, Trinity Irish Pub garnered a great amount of attention when word spread of its upgraded sound reinforcement system, featuring HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers. Systems integrator Crutchfield Corporation of Charlottesville, Virginia designed and installed the unique system.

Two design goals were set for the new system at the Trinity Irish Pub: the loudspeakers needed to produce twice the amount of output power than the old system while attaining proper coverage in the room. In addition the entire system needed to be bulletproof and able to withstand any amount of power surges as well as physical abuse. Hence, the team decided on four JBL PRX412M portable loudspeakers and one PRX418S subwoofer, powered by one Crown XTi4002 and one XTi2002 amplifier, with additional management from a dbx DriveRack PA+ system.

“We wanted to tailor the sound to the room, and with the HARMAN gear working so well together, we were able to do just that,” said Brian Madison, Pro Audio Buyer of Crutchfield Corporation. “The HARMAN brands are certainly known as industry leaders, and everyone here at Crutchfield appreciates their products’ build quality and performance. Thanks to the output and integration of HARMAN gear, we were able to suspend the loudspeakers above the crowd to get enough power and headroom for many years.”

Dallas Simon, an AV Design Specialist for Crutchfield, was one of the engineers on-site who assessed the installation. The team was forced to adjust for an asymmetrical layout, so in order to eliminate dead spots on the dance floor, a conventional rectangular pattern in loudspeaker alignment could not be used. With proper tweeter alignment to the dance floor, Simon inverted the loudspeakers so the horns were on the bottom, which produced the perfect angle.

“The owner wanted the loudspeakers as high as possible and as close to the wall as possible, which limited the degree of tilt we could accomplish,” said Simon. “We still wanted to hang the system so that the loudspeakers fired inward at the dance floor, without pushing excessive volume at the bar, for obvious reasons. For such a unique installation, the PA sounds fantastic and the owner as well as the house engineer are very pleased with the results.”

Now that the mission is accomplished, The Trinity Irish Pub has become an even more popular destination for the college crowd, having to often turn people away at the door. Each night the PRX loudspeakers rock the entire venue, and the system will last for years to come.

For more information on the installation, please visit http://www.crutchfield.com/trinitypub

Crutchfield Corporation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, is one of the nation’s leading catalog and Internet retailers of consumer electronics products. Crutchfield brings a legacy of remarkable customer service to the pro audio marketplace. Last year, Crutchfield.com earned its 14th straight “Circle of Excellence” Platinum Award for website performance and customer service from Bizrate Research, a division of Shopzilla. Of the more than 5,100 online retailers in the Bizrate network, Crutchfield stands alone as the only one to win the “Circle of Excellence” Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years.

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 AKG WMS4500 Wireless Microphone System Delivers True Sounds to Danny Janklow’s Sound Barrier

LOS ANGELES, California – Dubbed the “Charlie Parker of the 21st Century” by Terell Stafford, Danny Janklow recently completed a multi-faceted project that represents the modernization of tap dancing and jazz music. While using HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 wireless microphone system, he created Danny Janklow’s Sound Barrier to celebrate America’s musical roots while moving forward with an innovative sound, breaking genre boundaries with soulful and vibrant music.

Having used AKG equipment for his performances in the past, Janklow relied on the AKG WMS4500 wireless microphone system and the SR4500 stationary receiver to project clear and audible sounds from his saxophone. For this particular project, he performed at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Grill, the premier jazz space in Los Angeles.

“The sound of AKG’s microphone system cuts through the entire venue, and everybody heard it clearly,” said Janklow. “Even during my past performance at the outdoor stage of the LACMA Museum, the sound was able to cut through an auditorium of 10,000 people. However, for this musical story to be told, we needed both the tap dancers and great music. Thanks to my AKG system, I was able to deliver the right sounds to accompany the dancers.”

The AKG WMS4500 system is known for its flexibility and liberates artists from burdening handheld microphones. For Janklow, this is an integral part of his show, as he needed the freedom to interact with onstage tap dancers, and with the audience.

“I played all sorts of music since the age of 11, including jazz, classical and R&B, and I have never had a microphone system that was so convenient. It was truly life-changing,” said Janklow. “Also, the clarity that I hear during shows and recordings is incomparable. It has a clear definition of the timbres, it cuts very nicely and best of all, it blends well with other musicians onstage.”

For more information on Danny Janklow, please visit www.dannyjanklow.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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Third New Hope Baptist Church Purchases HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 2 Digital Console For New Campus

DETROIT, Michigan – Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan now featuring Sunday services at their three locations (Main, West and Northwest Campuses), recently purchased a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console for its newest Northwest campus in Farmington Hills, which seats approximately 300 people. The church is known to offer a mixture of styles when it comes to its services, ranging from traditional hymns to contemporary Christian rock.

As the Lead Sound Engineer for the church, Derrick Holmes travels between all three campuses to manage the sound installations and train volunteers at each location. Having started his own live sound company for local bands called D&G Sound, he temporarily installed a Si Expression 3 console at the Farmington Hills campus. The church was so impressed with the console that it led to the purchase of its own Si Expression 2, which marks another step towards implementing the latest audiovisual technologies at the new campus.

“Based on my past experience as a live sound and studio engineer, I can confidently say that I’m impressed by the Si Expression Series,” said Holmes. “They’re user-friendly, and they hide well behind a screen. I can sit in the theater seat with an iPad and it feels great to control everything remotely. When I am on the board, the FaderGlowTM illumination makes the operation more intuitive than other boards, especially when using the console in dark theater environments.”

The Farmington Hills campus has a modern venue that is also used as a theater, so the Si Expression 2 was the perfect choice to highlight the acoustics of the venue, and to help volunteers transition out of their analog background.

“It’s easy to teach people with relatively little experience to use the board, because it’s so intuitively designed and it sounds great!” said Holmes. “Considering the price-point, you get high quality in sound and construction. The layout is very organized, so it wasn’t hard to transition people out of analog.”

For more information, please visit www.thirdnewhope.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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Over 1,400 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting Fixtures Provide Vehicle Lighting Across the 2014 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT, Michigan — The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), better known as the Detroit Auto Show, is one of the largest automotive shows in North America and annually features many national and worldwide introductions from the world’s most renowned auto manufacturers. Perennially held at Detroit’s Cobo Center, the 2014 NAIAS showcased the industry’s latest innovations to more than 800,000 attendees over the course of nine days. As a critical component of the show’s experience, over 1,400 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures were deployed by a number of leading production partners and lighting-provider Christie Lites across the entire show, including booths for Chrysler, Nissan, Infiniti, Ford, Lincoln, Acura, Volvo, and more.

Chrysler
Chris Wojcieszyn of Lighthaus Design teamed with Bruce Spillman, Onsite Lighting Designer, who oversaw the execution and focus for Chrysler’s 2014 NAIAS booth, to develop an elaborate lighting design for the booth which also featured Fiat, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and SRT. Wojcieszyn used 270 of Martin’s MAC 2000 XB Wash lights with super wide lenses to create an even white wash across the booth’s exterior, which consisted of large flat white walls on three sides. Spillman and Wojcieszyn also deployed 81 of Martin’s Viper Wash DX luminaires on all the featured vehicles on revolving platforms across the booth. “The new internal barn-door setting and shuttering system on the DX washes are really easy to work with,” commented Wojcieszyn. “It allows you to manipulate and shape the light exactly how you need it without compromising the power and amount of light you are getting.”

Acura
Chris Wojcieszyn was also the Principal Lighting Designer for the 2014 Acura booth, which featured 138 of Martin’s MAC Aura Wash lights. The booth featured two suspended rings that twist throughout the entire space, one made of silver and the other wood to represent man and machine. “At a previous show we used the Viper DXs to wash over the rings but it proved to be a bit too strong, which is really a credit to the design of the fixtures,” explained Wojcieszyn. “I switched to the MAC Auras for the Detroit show and I was able to mix the color effectively and really get the warmth I was looking for out of the rings.”

Nissan
Principal lighting design for the Nissan booth was developed by Chris Medvitz of Lightswitch and included 52 Martin Viper Wash DX fixtures to light the key vehicles for press events and reveals. Additionally, Medvitz used 90 Martin MAC 2000 Wash XBs to light the booth’s signature architectural feature or ‘halo’. “As an elliptical cantilevered sculptural element dominating the booth, the ‘halo’ was animated with light to enhance and extend the audience experience of the audio/visual content from a giant curved LED video screen also featured on the booth,” explained Medvitz. “The MAC 2000 fixtures were configured with buxom lenses as the throw was only a few feet away, but the bright light paired with the Martin color mixing system bathed the ‘halo’ in a vibrant and robust ‘Nissan Red’ when not animated.”

Infiniti
Medvitz also served as the principal lighting designer behind the 2014 Infiniti booth where he deployed 10 Martin Viper Wash DXs and 84 of Martin’s MAC Aura fixtures to provide light for VIP lounges, highlight corporate logos, add color and movement to the press event, and even light a DJ featured on the booth. Additionally, Medvitz used 24 MAC Auras on a circular truss to light the new Infiniti Q50 Eau Rogue concept car. “The Auras created an extremely smooth and soft wash for the concept vehicle that allowed us to fine tune color and color temperature to make the red paint on the vehicle appear the way our clients wanted both on camera and in person,” commented Medvitz.

Commenting on his choice of the Viper Wash DXs for the Nissan and Infiniti booths, Medvitz said, “I’m a big fan of the Viper DX! They have great output but don’t have the excessive weight or size of other wash fixtures. The beam shaping feature on the DX allowed us to more precisely light the vehicles for camera–the ability to shape the light on the cars and control spill proved to be an invaluable asset.”

Ford and Lincoln
Lighting Designer Jonny Milmer of Imagination used 166 Martin Professional MAC Aura, 12 MAC 700 Wash and four MAC III fixtures for lighting of the feature vehicles on both the Ford and Lincoln booths. For Ford, Milmer used the MAC Aura to light both the featured vehicles and the key interactive display due to its light weight, speed and light versatility. “We needed a fitting that could match the daylight lamp from the Static Daylight Pars while creating full color sequences to help tell the design and production story,” explained Milmer.

For the Lincoln booth, Milmer chose the MAC Auras to light the feature vehicle on the center revolve stage due to its clarity and the consistent color temperature it produces. “Our clients take the car colors very seriously and the color of the lighting is a crucial part of getting the color of the car right for the designers,” commented Milmer. “For us, the Martin MAC Aura is the only fitting that allows us the consistency of color that enables us to match the colors we need perfectly every time without creating colored reflections.”

Milmer also used Martin’s MAC III for gobo projection to create interesting animation and morphing effects across the booths. Additionally, Martin’s MAC 700 Wash lights were deployed to help light the Mustang display area that consisted of a large interactive presentation. “We simply used the MAC 700s to provide a bit more punch and drama in this area of the booth,” stated Milmer. “These fixtures are very compact for their output and they were able to fit comfortably on our custom truss.”

Volvo
Developed by Robert Cangemi, Principal Lighting Designer of Cangemi Design, the lighting design for Volvo’s 2014 NAIAS booth featured 72 of Martin Professional’s MAC Auras, 16 MAC III Performances, and 12 MAC Vipers. As a crucial element of the design, Cangemi relied on Martin’s MAC Aura to match the color temperatures of the daylight Par fixtures used on the cars and ensure the feature vehicles sparkled. “In my opinion the Auras are the single best LED moving light released in a long time,” stated Cangemi. “I always use them in color calibration mode which renders an amazing clean cool open white. Also, I can match other daylight products with a fraction of the weight and power while the zoom range and color mixing is incredible.”

Commenting on the reliability of Martin’s lighting fixtures, Cangemi said, “Booth maintenance was a breeze as the fixture worked and continued to work despite the harsh environment of a trade show that required continuous lighting for upwards of 14 hours a day. Whether in the same static position, running a slow moving effect continuously, the Martin fixtures did not let us down.”

Mercedes and Porsche
Additionally, Martin’s MAC Viper Profile, MAC Viper Wash DX and MAC 2000 Wash XB fixtures were deployed on the Mercedes booth for feature car lighting. The Porsche booth also featured Martin’s MAC 2000 Wash luminaires.

Production Companies:
SEIBO (www.seibollc.com) – Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Chrysler
Creative Technology (www.ctus.com) – Kia, Jaguar, Land Rover
2XD (www.2xdproductions.com) – Volvo, Mercedes, Porsche
Imagination (www.imagination.com) Ford, Lincoln

Vendor:
Christie Lites (www.christielites.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 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.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional and Crown Uncork Extraordinary Sound at BottleRock Napa Valley

NAPA, California — Billing itself as the Ultimate Celebration, the 3-day BottleRock Napa Valley Festival offered the best in music, wine, beer and gourmet food, accompanied by stellar sound courtesy of HARMAN Professional audio systems featuring JBL’s VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The festival, which took place on three stages at the Napa Valley Expo, hosted an unusually diverse lineup including Outkast, Eric Church, The Cure, Weezer, Heart, The Fray, Barenaked Ladies, Thee Oh Sees, and more than 70 other acts.

Camarillo, California-based full-service event production company Delicate Productions provided sound, light and video for the event. It was the second year Delicate got the exclusive to handle all the A/V and lighting setup for all three stages—and the first year the company used JBL VTX line arrays.

BottleRock is held right in the actual heart of the city of Napa, which meant the stages were 200 feet from houses in every direction. On top of that, the sound system was not allowed to exceed an SPL of 105dB C-weighted, so Delicate needed loudspeakers that could meet these requirements yet deliver the high-impact, full-range sound that the artists and concertgoers expect at an outdoor festival.

Delicate Productions’ President Jason Alt and his crew had previously heard a VTX demo at JBL’s Northridge, California headquarters, liked what they heard and thought the VTX Series would be well suited for the requirements of the festival. “We had never used the VTX loudspeakers before, but we had complete confidence after hearing them for ourselves at Northridge,” Alt said.

For each of the three BottleRock stages, Delicate hung nine JBL VTX V20 line array elements and six S28 subwoofers on each side of the stage, along with 12 F12 loudspeakers for out fill and six F15 loudspeakers for down fill.

Amplification was provided by two Crown I-Tech 12000 HD VRacks for the subwoofers, three I-Tech 4×3500 HD VRacks for monitor mixes, out fills and stage subs, and two I-Tech 4×3500 HD VRacks to power the V20 loudspeakers. The amps were linked to the VTX loudspeakers via JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system setup, calibration and control software.

“The VTX line arrays, subwoofers and loudspeakers proved to be exactly what was needed for the application,” Alt noted. “The VTX’s acoustic energy was focused in the right direction, with the correct directivity being delivered forward to the audience and with very little spill to the surrounding neighborhood.”

Alt was equally impressed by the VTX’s sound quality, particularly the accuracy and resolution of the D2 dual-diaphragm high-frequency compression driver and the smoothness of the transition from the midrange to the upper-midrange and highs. “The V20 is really impressive and the fidelity is second to none, including any of the highest-end boxes that are out there,” he said. “The way the V20 pairs with the subwoofer, it’s all elegantly designed.”

Alt noted that he was “really blown away” by the entire HARMAN package for the way the synergy between the VTX loudspeakers, I-Tech HD Series amps and HiQnet Performance Manager software enabled the crew to set up the entire system faster and more accurately and optimize the performance of the loudspeakers and amps to a greater degree than in previous events. “Looking at the way JBL, Crown and Performance Manager tied together, it’s apparent that HARMAN has thought out the process very well.”

For more information on Delicate Productions, please visit www.delicate.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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