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AXS TV Upgrades its Largest OB Truck With a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 M2 QS Audio Console

DENVER, Colorado – AXS TV, a premier cable network dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions, recently acquired a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 M2 QS console as part of an upgrade to the existing infrastructure of its largest OB truck.

Technical Producer and Flyaway Engineer Jeff Carman wanted a digital console that could not only fit into the existing MADI infrastructure, but also provide the expandability of additional inputs and outputs. These options led to the purchase of the Studer Vista 9 M2 QS.

The Vista 9 M2 QS sets a new benchmark for system redundancy, with advanced Quad Star CPU architecture and optimized system design, providing the ultimate in security and peace of mind in critical live production applications.

“I’m very happy with this console because it interconnects with all our other units via MADI, and works very well for multi-track recording and mix-downs,” said Carman. “What we got was impressive, and we found the fit and construction of the console to be incredible. After using a Studer Vista 5 console in our LA studio, I deeply respect Studer for doing things well, which was one of the main reasons for this purchase. More importantly, the support from Studer has been excellent.”

AXS TV set up the console with a 24×24 Stagebox for shows, including recent mixed martial arts broadcasts as well as AXS TV’s premier music festival events.

“I’m extremely happy with this great-sounding board,” said Dan Nabors, AXS TV Engineer in Charge (EIC). “We noticed that it configures easily when we tried to add new modules several hundred feet away. With this console, we are also able to only use fiber optics, eliminating copper altogether. After changing configuration to a different output card, the Studer Vista 9 looks great, sounds great and is quite user-friendly.”

ABOUT AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions. AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.

AXS TV’s companion network, HDNET Movies, is a linear TV channel and VOD service that delivers the ultimate film watching experience — uncut and uninterrupted — in high definition. Launched in 2003, HDNET Movies programs a diverse slate of box-office hits spanning the 1950s to 2000s. The network is widely distributed by major cable, telco and satellite TV providers in the U.S. For further information, visit www.hdnetmovies.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces Immediate Availability of its M-Series Software 3.4

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional has released one of the biggest software releases ever in the new M-Series, version 3.4.

This latest version of the M-Series software brings a lot of new features as well as tons of improvements to make the entire system faster, more accurate, responsive and more efficient.

One of the biggest changes is the introduction of the next phase of MaxNet. This custom designed network protocol allows full workstation synchronization and can be programmed and played back from any M-Series console or M-PC client on the network. MaxNet is a plug and play system with zero setup. It does not require special training or experience in IT networking and is very user friendly. Programming and even patching can happen without interrupting the network, allowing multiple playback consoles to operate while someone is editing the show.

The M-Series can scale up to 64 Universes of playback straight from the console without the need of additional processing hardware, making the system very cost efficient to own and operate. sACN protocol is now part of the M-Series and can be used with any compatible sACN devices.

M-Series users will be delighted to know version 3.4 brings the Fixture Swap feature, allowing any fixture to be quickly exchanged for a new one in a single operation.

This version features a complete remake of many user interfaces such as fixtures, groups, presets, playbacks and the cue list directory. The new touch optimized design of these windows has an updated look and is created to improve user workflow and speed. Items and backgrounds can be custom-colored for fast identification and quick access.

Newly designed instant tools such as the grouping tool or cue list control allow for direct access to functions without having to change views, which further speeds up the programming on M-Series consoles.

For Windows tablet users such as the MS Surface 3 Pro it is now possible to use digitizer pen input and multi-touch displays to control the M-Series software. Combined with the new networking, such tablets are the ultimate lighting remote where all console features are available with no limitations. The M-Series software continues to innovate its user interface and provides the best user experience on touch PC systems in the industry. Theater people will be happy to use the new A/B manual crossfader, especially on the innovative split T-Bar found on the M6 console.

Artnet is now a possible input for DMX-in, allowing up to 16 Universes to be merged in or to remotely control cue list or fixture intensity. Merged DMX channels can be captured and recorded into cues or presets; an easy way to convert an older lighting system into the M-Series or allow simple remote stations anywhere on the network. A new window shows DMX-In/Out values.

Lightjockey II owners can take advantage of the M-PC, as their One-Key Lightjockey license will now unlock M-PC for up to 4 DMX universes.

The M-Series is currently in use on many international tours, shows and installations, such as Taylor Swift, Pink, Cher, Ministry of Sound and every Norwegian Cruise Liner around the world.

The M-Series software is available at no cost for one DMX Universe of control using the M-PC Free Edition.

Martin’s M-PC is available for download at www.martin.com/controllersupport

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Rock Band Squint Records Extraordinary Kickstarter Album With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones and Headphones

Photo Credit: Chet Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – Taking advantage of new opportunities in the music industry, alternative rock band Squint recently transitioned from touring across the nation to recording an album funded through Kickstarter. Despite the shift in priorities, the band always relies on HARMAN’s AKG microphones and headphones to produce the reference sound they aim for.

Squint used to perform over 200 nights per year, building a considerable following in the process. Hoping to keep up with its audience in the digital era, the band turned to studio recording projects to put out more quality content. It is a daring move that succeeded, thanks to crowd funding and reliable equipment.

“Over the last couple years, people’s attention spans have become shorter, moving to the next thing quicker,” said Dane Adrian, lead vocalist for Squint. “We lost touring, our mainstream income, but thanks to our fans on Kickstarter, and AKG microphones and headphones, we were able to bounce back and make better music in the studio.”

Thanks to the overall quality and endurance of AKG equipment, Squint employs it on the road and in the studio. Adrian used an AKG WMS4000 wireless system with a D5 microphone on the road, while the rest of the band used the C414 and the D40 microphones for guitars, the C451E microphone for the overhead drums and the D12 microphone for the bass drum in the studio and during live performances.

“As for the headphones, I love the AKG K171 MK2s, because its sound is so true,” said Adrian. “It sounds clean and clear, and that is why I consider them my reference sound for both the studio and home.”

Transitional phases for well-established artists are intimidating to say the least, and when asked how Squint managed to adopt new practices without losing its fan base, there was only one word that came to mind: loyalty.

“Ten years ago, I didn’t consider myself a rock star, but when I reached out to AKG, they listened. No matter how far I was from home, I’ve been well taken care of,” said Adrian. “It was clear that AKG was a brand that I would like to be loyal to, in the same way our fans have been loyal to us throughout the entire process. Just like our fans, AKG cares about the connection with artists, and the music they want to make.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional EON 206P Portable PA System Delivers World-Class Sound on the Move

NORTHRIDGE, California – Delivering a complete audio solution that puts legendary sound at the fingertips of anyone for audiences of all sizes, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the EON 206P Portable PA system, an all-in-one powered system that delivers professional performance and remarkable ease of use. The EON206P is ideal for a variety of applications, including: small band/solo acts, coffeehouses, clubs, schools, worship events, meetings/seminars, presentations, health clubs and more.

“With best-in-class performance, easy setup and portability, the EON 206P allows anyone to deliver their performance, presentation, class or message with legendary JBL sound technology,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “It’s also so easy to use and lightweight that anyone can operate the system, making it possible to enjoy great sound in any environment.”

The JBL EON 206P features a pair of 6.5 inch passive loudspeakers, each featuring a 6.5-inch woofer and a 1-inch neodymium black nylon dome tweeter, powered by a 160-watt power amp section (80-watts per channel). The EON 206P features a maximum SPL output of 113 dB, with a nominal coverage pattern of 100 x 80 degrees.

The EON 206P also features an integrated 6-channel mixer with: two balanced mic/line channels with XLR/quarter-inch combo jacks (CH1 and CH2); two stereo inputs (CH3 and CH4 is RCA and quarter-inch; CH5 and CH6 is a 1/8-inch mini jack). The mixer also features Stereo Monitor Out (quarter-inch left and right out) with volume control (for an external sub or stage monitors), master volume control, reverb on Channels 1 and 2, bass/treble control, and universal power (100-240V; 50/60 Hz).

Designed for easy portability, the entire EON 206P system weighs only 25 pounds, features a durable road-tough enclosure, convenient internal cable storage, and comes in a suitcase format for easy transport and storage. It also features a 36 mm pole socket for easy mounting.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Provides Energy Efficient Lighting Solution for Danish Power Plant

ROSKILDE, Denmark — In 2011, Danish waste management company KARA/NOVEREN set out to replace two furnaces with a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy incineration line. Three years later the incineration line, or more popularly referred to as The Energy Tower, stands tall on the skyline of the Danish City of Roskilde, ready for its opening today, September 2nd 2014 with HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures.

Increasing demands to reduce Co2 emissions from fossil fuels calls for alternative energy production, and implementing a modern facility will allow KARA/NOVEREN to utilize the energy resources from residual waste that cannot otherwise be recycled. In line with KARA/NOVEREN’s vision was for The Energy Tower to become a new Danish landmark. Naturally they wanted an energy efficient lighting solution to go with it so 112 Martin Exterior 410 fixtures and 78 Tripix 1200 LED strips were installed, controlled by Martin’s M-PC software.

KARA/NOVEREN envisioned a structure with the ability to communicate and relay messages of sustainable energy to the public. Located only a few hundred meters from one of the major inroads to the Danish Capital of Copenhagen, it has a huge reach and potentially thousands of spectators on a daily basis.

The Energy Tower was designed by Dutch Architect and expert in sustainable design Erick Van Egeraat, who brought in Danish Lighting Architect Gunver Hansen to identify and implement the most optimal lighting solution. An extensive testing phase began to determine the best choice of fixtures. The requirements for these fixtures were very specific. First of all the lighting solution had to be able to reproduce the lighting concept created by Van Egeraat (described below). All fixtures should be individually controllable to give the building a dynamic expression. It was also crucial that the fixtures would be able to illuminate the relatively difficult projection surface, which was dark and very diverse. At the same time the lighting should be bright and powerful enough to be seen from a distance. Finally, of course there was also a desire for low power consumption.

Even before the construction process had started, various forms of testing were performed on surfaces that resembled the projection surface of The Energy Tower. Ultimately, Martin Professional’s Exterior range fixtures were chosen for the project due to their size, durability, and color reproduction capabilities.

Van Egeraat’s vision for the lighting was for it to be an aesthetic contribution to The Energy Tower as a new landmark, and that it should signal the processes that take place inside of the tower and portray the combustion and energy making process. “At night the backlight perforated façade transforms the incinerator into a gently glowing beacon – a symbol of the plant’s energy production,” said Erick van Egeraat. “Several times an hour a spark of light will gradually grow into a burning flame that lights up the entire building. When the metaphorical fire ceases, the building falls back into a state of burning embers.”

Van Egeraat’s vision for the lighting was for it to be an aesthetic contribution to The Energy Tower as a new landmark, and that it should signal the processes that take place inside of the tower. The lighting scenario that is in place for the opening starts with a white flickering at the bottom that spreads to the whole tower. For a few minutes every hour the spark gradually grows into a blazing flame that encases the whole building. The array of warm colors resembling flames and glowing coals are meant to portray the combustion and energy making process.

“When I designed the tower I wanted the lighting design to complement the building and express what type of building it is and what it does,” said Van Egeraat. “The lighting solution has proven to have many more options than we originally anticipated, and therefore we are now working on additional lighting designs for special occasions such as the Danish Constitution Day, cultural and sporting events etc. Citizens of Roskilde and the surrounding areas will be in for a treat.”

According to Gunver Hansen this was one of the more challenging projects of her career. The structure itself consists of a framing grid built around the new chimney. An amber-colored aluminum plating is mounted onto the grid to form the exterior facade of the tower. The fixtures are mounted inside on the grid between the outer facade and the facade of the inner building, and the fixtures project onto the inner facade, which is visible at night through the laser-cut circular openings of the outer facade. Many factors had to be taken into consideration, e.g. the distance between the exterior facade and the interior projection surface varies across the entire structure. Therefore each individual fixture had to be placed carefully so the colors would mix correctly and the output would be even. Also, as the direct view into the LEDs in the fixtures had to be avoided, a number of the projectors had to be screened off with a specially designed grid.

The next challenge that presented itself was how to mount the fixtures. A lift was not an option as the fixtures had to be mounted between the inner surface and the new exterior facade. As the space was not accessible to any kind of machinery, a team of professional climbers from Danclimb was hired to mount the fixtures via rope access.

Today, on its opening day, the tower is already a well-known landmark and the object of admiration for passers-by. “We’ve already received an overwhelming public support for this project,” said Thorkil Jørgensen, CEO of KARA/NOVEREN. “People respond very well to the idea and the concept, and they really like what it adds to the area in terms of architecture and beautiful lighting. This is extremely valuable to us for branding purposes and to secure a future leading position in waste management. We see it as a great investment on several levels. We’re happy to combine an investment in modern waste management methods with an extraordinarily beautiful structure and landmark for the area.”

“We’re very pleased with the end result,” Lighting Architect, Gunver Hansen added. “The many creative possibilities for changing light color and light patterns on the Energy Tower’s facades work amazingly. I think we have succeeded in creating a shining Energy Tower, that is a fascinating and magical landmark on the dark Roskilde night sky.“

Even though not officially open till today, spectators have already had glimpses of the building in lit condition. For example during the famous Roskilde Festival, The Energy Tower shone orange to mirror the official color of the festival and its main stage. Part of the magic of KARA/NOVEREN’s new Energy Tower is its ability to alter its appearance with future lighting designs for special events, and that the lighting concept sends the message of waste-to-energy to spectators. It is an important message with global relevance.

The Energy Tower has been submitted for the Danish Lighting Award 2014.

Martin Professional Equipment
Exterior 410, 112 pcs.
Tripix 1200, 78 pcs.
Control system: Martin M-PC, RDM 5.5 splitter, Ether 2DMX

Facade Design:
(designed by) Erick van Egeraat
Facade Lighting:
Architectural Concept: (designed by) Erick van Egeraat
Lighting Project: Gunver Hansen Tegnestue
Fixtures, light control, programming, and installation: Martin Professional

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN Professional to Unveil New Products at BIRTV 2014 In Beijing

BEIJING, China – Gearing up for the upcoming Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BIRTV), HARMAN Professional will showcase a series of audio-for-broadcast products, capitalizing on its growing popularity in the Chinese broadcasting and entertainment markets. Thanks to their heritage of upholding the highest manufacturing standards for broadcast applications, HARMAN’s AKG, JBL and Studer continuously lead the industry with the best systems for radio, TV and studio applications.

This year, HARMAN (Hall 2, Booth #2022) will feature the AKG WMS420, DMS700 V2, WMS4500, and WMS470 wireless microphone systems. Of these systems, the WMS420 offers unique qualities as the most versatile, high-performance single-channel wireless unit designed for small-scale applications, such as schools and town hall events.

AKG will also display new flagship headphones such as the K812, K712PRO, K612PRO reference headphones. These new models are designed for acoustic applications where precision is key during mixing, production and post phases.

From the Studer line, the new Vista X, Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 digital mixing consoles will be on show. The Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 offer a unique blend of portability and mixing power, making them the ideal choices for restricted spaces such as OB trucks and smaller studios. The flagship Vista X brings unparalleled processing power via the Studer Infinity Core offering more than 5000 x 5000 inputs and outputs accessible via the most advanced and fastest to use U/I on the market.

Soundcraft is also demonstrating its Vi1 and Vi3000 consoles at the show. The Vi1 is a compact package featuring the widescreen Vistonics touch screen user-interface, 32 input channels plus stage box expansion and the usual intuitive features including FaderGlow™ as found on the bigger consoles from the Vi Series, the new Vi3000 which also offers 48 onboard mic inputs plus additional 64 channel stage box, four Vistonics II™ ‘3D’ touch screen interfaces and a standard, built-in Dante™ interface plus expansion options.

Wrapping up the remaining HARMAN equipment, JBL is showcasing its LSR305 and LSR308 studio monitors, LSR310S studio subwoofer as well as the M2 Master Reference monitor.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Alex Clare Rocks the V Festival with HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Consoles

LONDON, United Kingdom – Singer-songwriter Alex Clare headlined the Future Stage at the recent V Festival in Celmsford Essex, with The Old Lion Touring Company providing a pair of HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles for FOH and monitors.

According to Alex Clare’s FOH engineer Harry Devenish, Clare’s performances showcase a human approach to electronic music. “Alex’s performances fuse the weight and power of electronic records with live elements,” he said. “A lot of that is due to the bass setup—the bass guitars trigger a synth and a sub, creating a heavy, dynamic sound on stage.”

Devenish has significant depth of experience with the Soundcraft Vi6, having used one of the first models several years ago. “I come from more of an analog background and was slow to embrace digital, but I’ve always been comfortable with the Vi6,” he said. “It has a very intuitive surface, with hands-on encoders and two layers, it’s very flexible. You can do a lot on the Vi that you can’t do on other digital desks.”

“Vi Series consoles are so easy to work on,” said Tim Boardman, Tour Manager for The Old Lion Touring Company. “I’m from the studio world but I can walk up to the Vi6 and make it work, which is saying something!”

This fall, Old Lion will provide a Vi3000 and Vi6 console for a 10-week tour with Clare, where Boardman and Devenish plan on using the Soundcraft Realtime Rack library of plug-ins from Universal Audio. “We’re really excited about using the Realtime Rack library,” Boardman noted. “Bringing those effects that are predominantly used in studio settings to live performances makes a lot of sense.”

“Realtime Rack will be massive for us!” Devenish remarked. “The Vi6 is already a convenient console to work on and this will take the performance up another level.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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FIFA World Cup Stadiums Feature World-Class Audio with HARMAN Professional

Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil (Photo Credit: Gabriel Smith)

BRASILIA, Brazil – With hundreds of thousands of fans in the stadiums, not to mention the billions who tune in from across the globe, making sure the sound is perfect for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is no small undertaking. When faced with challenge of delivering the most sophisticated, world-class audio experience possible, from the Amazon basin in the north to the banks of the River Guaiba in the south, eight of the major stadium venues in Brazil’s 12 host cities featured HARMAN’s wide range of audio solutions. In addition, a wide variety of Studer Vista consoles were used for television broadcast of the games.

“From inception through delivery, each component in our family of brands is designed to provide a sophisticated, integrated and affordable audio solution,” said Robert Klesser, National Sales Manager, Install & Cinema, HARMAN Brazil. “As soccer transcends sport and becomes an expression of culture, we are honored to be the brand of choice for so many of the venues hosting matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

While the components installed vary by venue, popular products include HARMAN’s IDX communication systems, AKG microphones, BSS signal processing, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital consoles and JBL loudspeakers. The range of stadiums equipped with HARMAN audio solutions is diverse in terms of size, location and age.

Beginning on a plateau in southeastern Brazil, on the Atlantic Coast, Arena de Sao Paulo hosted the opening match between Croatia and Brazil. Built specifically for the World Cup, the facility seats 68,807 and will serve as the new home for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. Systems integrator Johnson Controls and audio integrator Soundvision outfitted the facility with the IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL Control Contractor ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles.

Surrounded by mountains in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which is inland from Sao Paulo and Rio, Estadio Mineirao is a national monument that will host not only World Cup matches but also numerous matches during the 2016 Summer Olympics as well. Built in 1965, the venue seats 57,400 and recently underwent an extensive renovation that took three years. Johnson Controls systems integrator and Soundvision audio integrator equipped the landmark stadium with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Estadio Nacional, in Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, opened in 1974, was renovated in 2013 and seats 68,009. Systems integrator Siemens and audio integrator Loudness equipped the massive facility with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Estadio Castelao is located in Fortaleza, Brazil, considered a “fortress” port on the country’s northeast coast, more than 1,500 miles from Rio. The facility, which opened in 1973 and reopened in 2013, seats 58,000. For sound, systems integrator TODO and audio integrator Telem equipped the stadium with an IDX communication system, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Arena da Amazonia is in Manaus, Brazil, the capital of the state of Amazonas and, at 2,659 miles from Rio, the furthest north of the host cities. The stadium, which opened in March 2014, seats 42,374. Systems integrator Johnson Controls and audio integrator Soundvision equipped the facility with AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and JBL Control Contractor Series ceiling speakers.

Arena Pantanal, which opened just two months before the World Cup, is 1,200 miles from Rio, near the Bolivian border and close to the center of South America, in Cuiaba, Brazil. It seats 42,968. Systems integrator Canal Livre and audio integrator Soundvision equipped the facility with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, Crown DCi amplifiers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles.

Arena Pernambuco is in an economically deprived area on the outskirts of Recife, Brazil, more than 1,400 miles from Rio. With a seating capacity of 42,800, the stadium was opened in 2013 with the hope that it will act as a catalyst for local regeneration long after the World Cup. Systems integrator NEC and audio integrator Telem installed an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Finally, the oldest of the World Cup venues, Arena de Baixada is in Curitba, Brazil, south of Sao Paulo and about 500 miles from Rio. Originally built in 1914, the stadium was completely rebuilt in 1999 and then renovated again for the World Cup. It seats 41,456. Systems integrator NEC and audio integrator Telem equipped the facility with a HARMAN lineup that includes IDX communications systems, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL AWC weatherized compact loudspeakers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers, JBL Control Contractor loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital consoles.

HARMAN Professional also had a strong presence in the broadcast elements of the World Cup, with multiple Studer Vista consoles in use for television broadcast of the games. In Rio de Janeiro, a Studer Vista 9 digital console was used to broadcast all 64 games via the TV Globo Network to the Jardim Botanico area. In addition, TV Globo’s OB Van HD3 used a Vista 9 to specifically feed games from Maracana Stadium for live transmission to Jardim Botanico. Projac, the main center of television production for TV Globo, also used a Vista 9 in its OB Van HD8 for live shows related to World Cup events. TV Globo also utilized a pair of Vista 8 digital consoles for television broadcast of live performances centered on the World Cup.

In Sao Paulo and Brasilia, TV Globo’s OB Van HD1 was equipped with a Vista 8 console for the games that were hold in those two cities. A Vista 8 and a Vista 9 were also used in Sao Paolo for live performances related to the World Cup.

Lastly, RCN in Colombia used its OB Van, equipped with a Studer Vista 5 digital console, to broadcast the entirety of the Colombian National Team’s games in the World Cup.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Sweepstakes Winner Irvine Barclay Theatre Uses Hitachi Projector to Add Depth to Stage Performances

Irvine, California, August 26, 2014 – The Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA hosts 200 events per year, many of which require a dynamic visual accompaniment. In the past, a projector would be rented on a case-by-case basis depending on performance groups’ needs, but after Chris Burrill entered and won Hitachi’s Facebook projector sweepstakes, it’s made a huge impact on both streamlining and improving performances.

“A high-quality projector such as this wasn’t in our budget plans this year, but we are thrilled with this acquisition,” said Mr. Burrill, General Manager, Irvine Barclay Theatre. “We get lots of shows that aren’t completely self-contained, and for those shows the Hitachi CP-X8170 saves us and our clients both time and money.”

The theatre used the projector for the first time earlier this year for ArgenTango, a benefit for the theatre’s programs featuring the cast of Forever Tango. A slideshow of Argentinian architecture complemented the onstage dancing to complete the mood. Another performance from JazzReach, a New York non-profit jazz program, projected a Miles Davis voiceover, images, live footage and interviews of the legendary trumpet-player while the group played his music on stage.

The Hitachi CP-X8170 projector offers a brightness of 7,000 ANSI lumens and features Hitachi’s exclusive Accentualizer image processing with Sharpness, Gloss and Shade controls that enhance sharpness, improve contrast and make fine details clearer. The result is superior, more realistic image quality even in brightly lit rooms that is comparable to the picture quality from a flat-panel TV.

“It’s been a great resource for several different kinds of shows,” said Mr. Burrill. “The HD capability and the zoom lens are features we weren’t used to having prior to the Hitachi CP-X8170, and they’ve definitely improved the audience experience so far.”

Check Hitachi’s Facebook page regularly for more information on free projector giveaways.

For more information on Irvine Barclay Theatre, visit http://www.thebarclay.org/

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

Follow Hitachi on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Hitachi-Projectors/131067323636829

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

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

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Rascal Flatts Goes Out On Rewind Tour With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown Amps

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Rascal Flatts keeps riding high – the band’s last eight albums have hit number one on the country music charts and the group continues to pack arenas in support of their new chart-topping album Rewind. Never a band to go short on production, Rascal Flatts along with supporting artists Sheryl Crow and Gloriana and live sound company Sound Image are going all-out this summer and fall with a tour sound system featuring HARMAN JBL’s flagship VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

For the Rewind shows, Escondido, California-based Sound Image is bringing out a stadium-shaking system that includes 60 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and 32 S28 subwoofers as the main system, complemented by six JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers and two VERTEC VT4880 arrayable subwoofers used as sidefills. The loudspeakers are driven by no fewer than 72 of Crown’s flagship I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

Thirty VTX V25 loudspeakers and 16 S28 subs are flown on either side of the stage with three VT4889 loudspeakers flown on either side and aimed towards the stage as monitors, and two VT4880 subs are placed on the ground of the stage floor, aimed towards the performers.

“Everybody likes the new rigging system used on the VTX arrays,” said Sound Image Systems Tech Jeremy Overall. “Everything goes together pretty easily, which is a huge advantage when you have to set up literally 100 loudspeakers night after night.” VTX’s patented S.A.F.E. suspension system is streamlined for speed and efficiency with improved, integrated hardware for faster setup and greater security. Overall and his crew are also using the new JBL VTX Vertical Transporters, rolling frames that facilitate the transport of VTX line arrays for tour sound applications. “It actually makes moving all these arrays pretty easy.”

Sound Image was one of the first tour sound providers to add the JBL VTX Series to its inventory. “We got the second VTX rig and have been carrying it for about a year and a half,” Overall said. “It’s a significant improvement from anything else we’ve used with a lot more bottom end and good punch. The new D2 dual compression driver and waveguide really smooth out the high end – there’s no harshness to be heard.” Overall points out that with VTX in place, the system requires “just a little EQ but not nearly to the extremes we’d gotten accustomed to in order to make a system sound balanced.”

The Rascal Flatts rig is set up and tuned using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software. “It’s so user-friendly – everything we need is right there. For example when we need to associate speakers to their amplifiers everything is built-in on a single tab. When we need to configure delay and processing, we just tell the program what speakers we’re setting up and all the control panels come right up.” Overall is also a big fan of the I-Tech HD Series amps, noting that Sound Image has had dozens of the amps working reliably on the road for two years. “I’m not the first person to say this but the amps work really well with the VTX arrays,” thanks to their built-in presets that enable the VTX models to be perfectly optimized for frequency response, crossover points and slopes and other sonic attributes.

“With a production like this you need to pull out all the stops in every respect including the live sound,” said Overall. “The JBL VTX and Crown system is more than a match for what’s happening on stage. The sound is incredibly detailed, punchy and ‘fast’-sounding from the deep low end to the smooth highs. I’m very happy.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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