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Soundcraft Studer Appoints Alan Wright to new Quality and Continuous Improvement Role

Soundcraft Studer has promoted Alan Wright, previously UK R&D Manager, to the role of Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager, reporting directly to Andy Trott, Vice President & General Manager of HARMAN’s Mixing and Microphones & Headphones Business Unit.

Trott says, “We pride ourselves on the levels of quality and ingenuity across our businesses but we also have a mantra of continuously improving everything we do; however large or small that improvement might be. It is Alan’s role to drive the business on all fronts of quality, ISO, process improvements and Green initiatives; we consider these to be business imperatives, hence why this function reports directly to me.“

Wright joined HARMAN in 1995 with BSS Audio then moved to Soundcraft under the same roof in Potters Bar. He has an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire.

“During the past few years running Engineering Services, and latterly R&D more

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R2W Provides Powerful JBL Loudspeaker System At PBR Rock Bar

Adding another staple to the Las Vegas bar, restaurant and nightclub scene, systems integration firm R2W designed and installed a complete JBL loudspeaker system at Fine Entertainment’s recently constructed PBR Rock Bar to support all audio from background restaurant music to televised sporting events and live rock concerts.

The 1,100-capacity venue, located in the Miracle Mile complex at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Hotel, combines a rock and roll atmosphere with a nightclub, American grill, more than 100 high-definition televisions and a mechanical bull to offer patrons a Vegas experience like no other. In addition, the PBR Rock Bar’s main dining hall transforms into a stage for live performances after dark.

R2W installed 21 JBL AM7212/95 12-inch full-range 2-way loudspeakers, five ASB6125 high-power dual subwoofers, eight AC28/26 2-way loudspeakers and four Control 24CT 2-way ceiling speakers for the 13,000 square-foot dining/bar area, along with 15 JBL Control more

Harman Professional Issues HiQnet System Architect™ Version 2.3: Improves Performance, Workflow Efficiency And Hardware Integration

Underscoring its unique commitment to providing the systems integration community with the most advanced, intuitive and current systems configuration and control toolsets, Harman Professional Systems Development and Integration Group (SDIG) introduces HiQnet System Architect™ Version 2.3. In doing so, SDIG significantly improves the performance, functionality and user interface of System Architect, which, according to Adam Holladay, senior market manager, Harman Professional Systems Development and Integration Group, makes System Architect more useful, more effective and more efficient.

“SDIG is singularly committed to improving HiQnet System Architect on every criteria at every opportunity,? Holladay said today. “We regularly examine the user experience, the performance engine and hardware integration and we religiously seek out new ways to improve each. With version 2.3, our base of 30,000 registered HiQnet users will see advances in the look and feel of the software, the speed and efficiency of the software and operational functionality.?

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Euro Media France OB Upgrades With Studer Vista 9 Console

France’s leading broadcast facility provider, Euro Media France (EMF), has become the most recent operator to install a new Studer Vista 9 digital console into one of its OB vehicles.

Their XL2 mid-range HD truck is one of a fleet of 22 OB’s, which have been amalgamated under the EMF umbrella since the merger of subsidiaries EMT, SFP and VCF at the beginning of this year, and one of six HD-equipped vehicles. The 13.6-metre truck supports up to 24 cameras and incorporates a VTR area, monitor stack, production area—and now a top specification audio mixing front end.

The new console was supplied by Audiopole to replace an old Studer D950—which was the first digital desk that SFP ever bought during their days as an independent. It is one of several Vista 9 consoles already supplied by Studer’s French distributor since its launch in June of this year.
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Lexicon® LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle Creates Atmospheric Soundscapes for Film Composer Frederik Wiedmann

Frederik Wiedmann is a film composer known for his powerful, compelling and emotionally evocative movie scores. He has composed music for more than 20 feature films including Return to House on Haunted Hill, The Hills Run Red, Mirrors 2, Beneath, Hellraiser: Revelations and Ecstasy, as well music for various TV series.

Wiedmann is equally adapt at drama, action, horror, thriller, comedy and adventure, and is extremely particular about achieving the perfect sonic texture to accompany the on-screen action. One of the tools he constantly relies on is the Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle, a versatile software package that offers classic Lexicon reverb algorithms along with a host of studio presets and extensive sound-tailoring capabilities.

“I’ve always prized the natural ambience and inviting quality of Lexicon reverbs, and I’m thrilled that Lexicon now has a native plug-in version of their hardware reverbs,? said Wiedmann. “I like to use more

PRG Rocks Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony with JBL VerTec Subcompact Line Arrays

Continuing one of the nation’s most time-honored holiday traditions, Production Resource Group (PRG) deployed JBL’s new subcompact VerTec® line array system to highlight musical performances during the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York. With performances by Mariah Carey, Josh Groban and Susan Boyle, along with an appearance by the Radio City Rockettes, PRG ensured the bundled-up crowd was completely immersed in holiday entertainment. Staged on Tuesday, November 30, the Tree Lighting Ceremony featured the traditional large tree, a 74-foot Norway spruce, with 30,000 LED lights on five miles of wire.

Ground-stacking four JBL VT4886 subcompact line array elements on top of two VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers with arrays positioned on each side of the stage, PRG turned the world-famous ice rink into center stage for the national live telecast of the Tree Lighting Ceremony, which aired on NBC as part of the “Christmas more

Stefan Happe Joins Soundcraft Studer

Stefan Happe has joined HARMAN to run the Studer Customer Service team based in Regensdorf, near Zurich, Switzerland.

With experience in recording and broadcast (he started his audio life as a recording and mastering engineer) and live sound (running a PA rental company which included Soundcraft consoles in its inventory), he spent several years with, Mackie based in Germany as product manager in the boadcast market and more recently in the UK to head up European Service and Support.

Happe says, “The name Studer has always stood for highest quality–it was always my goal as a mastering engineer to work with and own Studer products. Later in my career as I moved into audio distribution and manufacturing, the Studer brand was the name I used to rank others in terms of quality and success. It’s a thrill now to be here and be working with these products and more

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Crown Audio Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification At Elkhart Manufacturing Facility

Crown Audio today announced it has been approved for conformance of quality assurance in accordance with the International Organization for Standards (ISO) 9001:2008. Operating at such standards allows Crown to respond more quickly to marketplace and customer demand while maintaining consistently high levels of quality in all facets of its amplifier production.

Commenting on what ISO 9001:2008 registration will mean from the end-user’s perspective, Marc Kellom, Director, Marketing for Crown stated that customers can purchase Crown amplifiers with increased confidence. “It is reassuring to have a highly qualified third party audit your products and processes and certify that they consistently meet the highest quality standards.?

Certification to ISO 9001:2008 is a model for quality assurance in design, manufacturing and customer care. ISO 9001:2008 registration applies to all products manufactured under the quality system in place at the registered site. Registration requires demonstration of a total quality control system more

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Hitachi Debuts Its CP-AW250N Ultimate Short Throw Projector

The CP-AW250N Features Ultra-Short Throw Distances, Eliminating Obstruction Of The Image

Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is building on its worldwide-leading market share in the ultra-short throw projector category with the new CP-AW250N Ultimate Short Throw projector. The CP-AW250N surpasses industry standards for ultra-short throw projectors and also features networking functionality, which makes monitoring and maintenance easier than ever before. The CP-AW250N features a throw distance of 22 inches at an 80-inch screen when displaying content in its native WXGA resolution.

The CP-AW250N offers a high brightness of 2,500 ANSI lumens at a light weight of 8.5 pounds and also achieves a high contrast ratio of 2000:1. Hitachi’s new free-shaped lens and mirror improve throw ratio while also making the projector smaller and lighter. In addition, they improve resolution quality, vividly displaying high-definition images. The shorter throw distance and lighter weight allow for easier more

Sarah McLachlan Takes Soundcraft Vi6™ To The Fair

Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan brought an abridged version of her world-famous Lilith Fair to Australia in October, the first time the female-only festival tour has been staged outside North America.

The Lilith Fair was founded in 1997 after McLachlan became frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female musicians in a row. In Australia local acts Kate Miller-Heidke and The Verses joined her for the 5-concert tour.

Jands Production Services provided the audio equipment and crew for veteran front of house engineer Gary Stokes, who has toured with Sarah for close to 21 years.

At FOH was a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console, which Stokes first became acquainted with while mixing for French-American singer Madeleine Peyroux. Sarah McLachlan also utilizes AKG 535 Eb stage microphones for backup vocals during her set.

“[Peyroux] was opening for Diana Krall, whose FOH guy uses more

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