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HARMAN’s dbx Introduces DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System With Mobile Device Control at NAMM 2015

dbx-DriveRack-VENU360FrontsmallANAHEIM, California – At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s dbx announced the introduction of its DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a live or installed sound speaker system to be precisely optimized for the best-possible sound quality. Successor to the industry-standard DriveRack 260, the new VENU360 adds a host of additional features including mobile device control, additional input channels, improved DSP and easier operation.

“The DriveRack VENU360 provides a level of loudspeaker tuning that’s far beyond anything previously available,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast. “The result is sound systems that simply sound better, with the major advantage of having complete control of the VENU360 from a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone.”

The DriveRack VENU360 is a highly configurable and flexible device, which includes the latest advancements in dbx’s AFS™ and AutoEQ™ algorithms (first introduced in the well-received DriveRack PA2). It provides expanded input processing and includes dbx’s useful AFS (Advanced Feedback Suppression), which automatically detects and precisely removes problematic feedback-causing frequencies. Other input processing includes 31-band graphic EQ, 12-band parametric EQ with narrow-notch capabilities, dbx compression, subharmonic synthesis for enhanced low-frequency impact, backline time delay, and noise gating.

Multi-crossover configurations are possible with support for full range, 2-way or 3-way operation (custom mono 4-way, 5-way or 6-way configurations are also available). Extensive output processing is provided with 12-band AutoEQ (eight AutoEQ bands, four user configurable bands), dbx compression, automatic gain control, subharmonic synthesis, noise gating, tower delays (up to 1000ms per output), 8-band parametric EQs (used for speaker tunings), dbx limiting and driver alignment delays.

Connecting a dbx RTA-M measurement microphone (sold separately) to the front-panel RTA mic input allows dbx’s proprietary Level Assist and AutoEQ algorithms to be utilized, for automatic, precise system balancing and equalization of the loudspeakers within the venue, for a smoother, more accurate system frequency response. Since AutoEQ is now located in the output processing stage, independent sections of a system can be equalized automatically. This allows AutoEQ to be used on the FOH system as well as the stage monitors, zones and tower delays!

The DriveRack VENU360 can be set up and operated from a compatible iOS, Android, Windows or Macintosh device via an easy-to-use app and a standard Wi-Fi router connected to the rear-panel Ethernet port. The VENU360 also has a front-panel LCD display with on-screen “map”-style navigation and input and output meters and mutes for system setup and monitoring.

An improved automated Wizard setup utility now supports stage monitors, making setup of an entire sound system fast, easy and precise. The dbx Wizard automatically configures hundreds of audio parameters with the push of a few buttons, with no previous audio experience required. Among the Wizard’s many functions are Level Assist, AutoEQ, AFS and built-in speaker and amp tunings for JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and many more. Up to 75 user configurations can be saved, eliminating the need to enter the same system or venue settings over and over again.

The dbx VENU360 provides balanced XLR analog and AES digital inputs for connection to a mixer, with support for mono, stereo, LCR and aux-fed sub configurations. Six balanced XLR outputs can be configured for PA system front of house, stage monitors, delay towers, zones and more. The VENU360 is also compatible with BSS Audio Contrio Ethernet wall controllers. Future firmware updates can be made via the USB port and firmware update utility.

The dbx DriveRack VENU360 will be available in April 2015 at a suggested price of $799.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console Road Test with Daniel Sørensen on Tour with Silya & The Sailors

SiLyA Sailors stageOSLO, Norway — On site at a Norwegian rental company in autumn 2014, Lighting Designer Daniel Sørensen was introduced to HARMAN’s Martin Professional’s Espen Bechmann (Key Account Manager, Norway), who offered him the chance to test Martin’s M6 lighting console. Sørensen jumped at the chance, immediately fell in love with the M6 and brought his newfound love on tour with him and Silya & The Sailors.

Norwegian artist Silje Haugum Nymoen, a.k.a. Silya, was known back in the day for her feature appearances with pop group Multicyde. She moved to New York and did a few solo projects under the artist name SiLyA and wrote songs for other artists. In the autumn of 2013 she had a comeback in her native Norway when she won the Norwegian version of Star Fight (Stjernekamp) and earned the title ‘Norway’s Ultimate Entertainer.’ In the wake of this victory, Silya wanted to do a show in Oslo, Norway with her band, The Rapscallions, and called in Daniel Sørensen to be in charge of scenography and lighting. What was supposed to be a couple of shows turned into three tours in 2014, and band members from Silya’s American band, The Sailors, were flown in to join the most recent tour.

Sørensen works freelance as a Lighting Designer and Tour Manager for several acts within the pop, rock and electro genres. While studying fashion design in Bournemouth, UK he was offered a part-time position as Production Manager at a student venue where he got to operate the lights for different shows. Upon his return to Norway he was offered a position at Rockefeller Music hall while also working at setting up his own fashion business. He was quickly offered the chance to tour with a band and has been busy touring and designing ever since.

Sørensen likes to work very closely with each artist to include his or her thoughts and ideas in his designs. He tries to capture the artist as he sees him or her. “Silya is so multi-faceted—her music blends the best of modern pop, soul, rock and cabaret,” said Sørensen. “She is a true entertainer, a master at captivating audiences, and she’s the most confident artist I’ve ever worked with. All this I try to take into the equation.”

Because of his background in design, Sørensen is often involved with the entire visual process in connection with concerts and tours, including scenography, costumes, lighting and even PR. He tries to incorporate elements from stage design into album covers and PR material and vice versa, to create a coherent image for the artist.

“’Silya and her band have a fascination with everything related to marine life – hence the band name – and they wanted to create a set to resemble something in between a sailors’ club and a cabaret nightclub,” said Sørensen. “So I included marine elements in the stage design, costumes and lighting design.”

As part of his design process, Sørensen always creates mood boards for the artist with pictures and thoughts. This usually goes over very well with artists as it then becomes easy to relate to Sørensen’s ideas. He recently started using Pinterest to create boards with various inspirational material such as fashion, lighting, films, textures etc. and then uses these to recreate specific atmospheres in his designs.

After getting up close and personal with the M6 console on the tour, Sørensen feels the M6 is a strong competitor to the other desks on the market. “I found the M6 is one of the most intuitive and easy to learn desks I’ve laid my hands on,” said Sørensen. “It has several features which makes it really versatile, and the user interface makes it quick and easy to customize according to your personal preferences. I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a reliable console as a touring companion.”

A feature request from Sørensen for future versions of Martin consoles would be an option to rearrange playback banks in a specific order to match bands’ ever-changing set lists. “There are ways to work around this, but I’m hoping it will be as simple as “copy-paste” in the future,” said Sørensen.

Sørensen also used Martin’s M2GO portable controller when the crew was required to fly to venues on the tour. “Because of its compact design and low weight, you can take the M2GO onboard flights in carry-on luggage,” said Sørensen. “You are quickly up and running as you can easily load shows from the M6 via an external touchscreen. Being a big fan of the M6, I would wish for future versions to include M6-like faders.”

“At Martin Professional we’re committed to delivering innovative consoles developed on the basis of market demands and feedback,” said Paul Pelletier, Product Manager for Controllers, Martin Professional. “Letting our customers field test our consoles provides us with valuable feedback from the users in real-life applications and all this information is accumulated and used for future product development.”

Now keen to take on other Martin products, Sørensen will soon be joined on tour by the MAC Quantum Wash and the MAC Viper AirFX and will also experiment with VC-Dots.

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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: www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus Moving Head LED Fixture Now Shipping

RUSH_MH1profile_plus_mainAARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus moving head LED light is now shipping. As the latest addition to the RUSH by Martin line of affordable lighting solutions for the installation market, the RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus is a powerful yet efficient LED profile that can produce a wide variety of high-quality effects.

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the MH 1 Profile Plus to the market,” said Mark Buss, Product Manager, RUSH By Martin. “After a very successful global launch at LDI in Las Vegas where the improved features caught the attention of many visitors, I can confidently say that the RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus will be a class leading product within the industry.”

A brighter and more efficient upgrade to Martin’s popular RUSH MH 1 Profile, the new RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus boasts a 180 W LED engine that provides 50 percent more light output. The luminaire also features an increased beam angle of 16 degrees for more efficient optics.

The fixture provides a multitude of vivid colors and effects via two gobo wheels (fixed and rotating) as well as two color wheels housed within. The RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus features a 3-facet prism for indexing and rotation with variable direction/speed as well as an electronic dimmer to create “shutter” effects such as strobes, pulses, and instant open/blackouts. An improved cooling system also ensures the fixture operates with minimal noise.

The RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus is controllable via a stand-alone mode or DMX (17 channels). The fixture’s stand-alone mode allows for four pre-programmed shows and offers music or auto trigger options.

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For more information on Martin’s RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus, please visit: www.martin.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 (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Audio Everywhere and MYE Entertainment Announce Exclusive Development Partnership for Streaming Audio Delivery for Fitness Club Applications

Audio-Everywhere-LogoSARATOGA, California — Underscoring its commitment to providing high-quality streaming audio through personal mobile devices, Audio Everywhere today announced that it has been chosen for an exclusive partnership with leading fitness entertainment company MYE Entertainment. Under the agreement, Audio Everywhere and MYE Entertainment will co-develop hardware and mobile app features to enhance the MYE AppAudio system released in March 2014.

The jointly developed solution, consisting of hardware and mobile app features, will provide health club members with high quality audio that corresponds with the facility’s televisions but is controlled via their own Apple or Android devices. Rather than simply providing the soundtrack, however, the technology actually marks the emergence of a new marketing feature. By making it possible for fitness centers to customize their iOS or Android apps to feature the colors, logos and text consistent with their own brand, the technology creates new opportunities for club operators to market to members directly on their mobile devices via welcome screens with streaming video capabilities and by scanning banner ads, coupon offers, schedules and more.

“While businesses in many industries will ultimately benefit from this innovation, we understood fitness centers represent one of the biggest applications in need of a comprehensive streaming audio solution for their customers,” said Lance Glasser, president and CEO, Audio Everywhere. “Our partnership with MYE accelerated development of cutting edge hardware and mobile apps that make it easier than ever for fitness clubs to take full advantage of the range of iOS and Android capabilities.”

Tony Garcia, president, MYE Entertainment, said the partnership benefits both companies, the fitness centers that use the technology and their customers. “Partnering with Audio Everywhere provides us with an immediate upgrade to our AppAudio technology by delivering the highest quality audio on Apple or Android devices from televisions installed anywhere in the fitness facility,” he said. “Under the agreement we also obtained exclusive rights to Audio Everywhere patents and patents pending for the worldwide fitness industry, providing MYE a solid technological foundation moving forward.”

For more information about MYE Entertainment please visit: www.myeclubtv.com.

For more information about Audio Everywhere please visit: www.audioeverywhere.com.

About MYE Entertainment

MYE Club TV Systems is a division MYE Entertainment Inc. a multi-million dollar electronics design and manufacturing company based in Southern California with state-of-the art production facilities in the USA and abroad. MYE develops and markets a variety of innovative commercial fitness products including AppAudio, CardioCare machine management, Wireless audio transmitters and receivers, integrated TV audio receivers and LCD TVs for leading brands including Cybex, Life Fitness, Matrix, Nautilus, Octane, Star Trac and StairMaster. Visit http://www.myeclubtv.com or call 800-779-6759 or 661-964-0217.

About Audio Everywhere

Audio Everywhere is the leading provider of high-quality streaming audio solutions for fitness centers, bars and restaurants, casinos, and a range of other environments and applications. Founded by ExXothermic, Inc., in early 2012 as a Silicon Valley start-up, Audio Everywhere features free downloadable apps for iOS and Android users and leverages global Wi-Fi standards. For more information about Audio Everywhere please visit: www.audioeverywhere.com.

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HARMAN’s Crown Audio Announces “Empower by Crown” Amplifier Program With Elite Consumer Electronics And Custom Integration Manufacturers

Crown-Module-DriveCore-ChipELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced Empower by Crown, a new embedded amplifier program to provide third-party active loudspeaker manufacturers of elite consumer electronics (CE) and customer integration (CI) finished product with special access to the Crown Audio portfolio of amplifier technology. Built on Crown’s proprietary DriveCore™ platform, all Empowered by Crown Amplifiers are designed for integration into virtually any loudspeaker configuration and application and provide the same industry leading performance that is synonymous with Crown.

As the world’s largest and most sophisticated designer and manufacturer of premium amplification technologies, Crown Audio has developed a vast array of patented technologies for professional and consumer applications. Now, having successfully proven many of these ideas in its own offering and those of its sister brands within HARMAN’s professional, automotive and consumer businesses, Crown Audio is making select platforms available to premium third-parties seeking to integrate the platforms into their CE and CI offerings.

“At Crown Audio we’re continually working with partners within the HARMAN fold but also with third- party brands in the automotive, professional and consumer domains. Today, for the first time ever, we have formalized this business reality into a business initiative so that we can provide current and select new partners with the appropriate depth of support,” stated John Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager, Amplifier and Signal Processing, HARMAN International. “In doing so, we provide premium partners with the highest levels of innovation coupled with concierge-grade integration and support; we provide our stakeholders with additional value, and we provide our engineering teams with new opportunities to express their innovation leadership.”

The first Empowered by Crown amplifiers offer power points from 75W up to 2x750W continuous and 2x1000W burst @ 2 ohms. All Empower by Crown Amplifiers boast industry-leading voltage and current drive capability; ultra-low distortion (110dB S/N). Empower by Crown Amplifiers are EuP compliant, and feature an integrated power supply, plus aux DC supply for input cards and networking options.

Driving Crown’s capabilities to deliver customized solutions is its Elkhart, Indiana-based cellular manufacturing facility, which was recently redesigned to decrease time-to-market for new product development as well as a new 50,000-square-foot HARMAN Technology Center in Salt Lake City, Utah that opened earlier this year and houses the company’s Corporate Technology Group responsible for leading company-wide R&D.

An example of innovation now being deployed across multiple products is Crown’s DriveCore technology. The DriveCore chip, co-developed with Texas Instruments, combines the amplifier drive stage into the power output stage circuits that are typically much larger in size and power requirements. As a result, power consumption is dramatically reduced and the amplifiers are far more energy-efficient.

Ideal for confident deployment in high caliber powered speakers, Crown Embedded Amplifiers will feature an integrated protection suite including Clipping, Temperature, Shorted/Failed driver, over-current, AC mains over/under voltage that is managed locally through Drivecore.

All Empowered by Crown Amplifiers are backed by Crown’s unrivaled technical expertise and concierge-grade integration and support.

“We don’t expect to have solutions to fit every manufacturer’s product mix, idea or particular challenge but when Crown Audio does partner with a third-party we want that partnership to be comprehensive and valuable,” Fitzgerald added. “I am confident that this formalization of our program and the institution of support will lead to new, fruitful and long-standing relationships and exciting, successful new products.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX PRO Seminar Series Offers Behind-the-Scenes Experience with VTX Line Arrays and Linkin Park Production Team

JBL-VTX-Seminar-SeriesNORTHRIDGE, California – Providing a unique opportunity for audio engineers to experience its market-leading VTX line arrays in real-world conditions, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is announcing the inauguration of its VTX PRO Seminar Series. The first seminars will be hosted by: Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, FOH Engineer for Linkin Park; Jim Digby, Tour Director for Linkin Park and President of the Event Safety Alliance; Vic Wagner, System Engineer for Sound Image; and Vinnie Perreux, Market Manager, Tour Sound, HARMAN Professional.

The VTX PRO Seminar Series will offer a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Linkin Park’s concert productions and the VTX technology and sound design that go into those productions. Attendees will be able to experience the same VTX performance that can be heard during a Linkin Park show—while also having access to a Linkin Park concert that evening.

Starting January 15 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, the VTX Pro Seminar Series will make more than 20 stops through March, stretching across the United States and Canada, coinciding with Linkin Park concerts in the same venues. Stops include Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Dunkin Donuts Center in Rhode Island, Rexall Place in Edmonton, and more.

Content for the VTX Pro Seminar Series includes an introduction of VTX system technology, followed by a discussion of venue-specific sound design incorporating VTX line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplification and processing, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software and the JBL Line Array Calculator, along with cardioid subwoofer arraying techniques. After a virtual playback session and discussion of the Event Safety Alliance with Jim Digby, the seminars conclude with a Q&A session, followed by admission to the Linkin Park show.

Sound companies and system specifiers interested in attending the VTX Pro Seminars are invited to register with Jamie Criswell at Jamie.criswell@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Hitachi CP-WX8265 Projectors Bring Pop to Texas Church

Hitachi Current 1Katy, Texas, January 19, 2015 – After the environmental projection system in Current – A Christian Church started to lose its color and strength, an upgrade was in order. Current found the perfect fit with Hitachi’s CP-WX8265 projector. Located in Katy, Texas, Current’s Worship and Creative Arts Pastor Evan Schwartz chose the CP-WX8265 for higher brightness and a picture that would “pop.”

“There are two Hitachi CP-WX8265 projectors mounted to the ceiling and they shoot on each side of our platform in the front,” explained Mr. Schwartz. “They are in our main auditorium which seats about 525 at one time.” The projectors are used for both graphics and live video during services.

There were multiple factors in choosing projectors that would fit the needs of the Texas church. “We chose the CP-WX8265 because it was a great HD projector to upgrade to without a huge bill to pay,” said Mr. Schwartz. “It was a much-needed upgrade from our SD projectors. You get quite the bang for your buck. These projectors can fill the entire room.”

Finding a projector that was easy to use was also a key factor in the decision, Mr. Schwartz said. “The projectors are very versatile. It is very easy to use the Perfect Fit feature and the lens shift to get the projector right where you need it to be.” Mr. Schwartz also mentioned how the projector’s ease of use does not compromise the quality of the projection.

The benefits the CP-WX8265 projectors have had on Current’s services have been multiple. “There are too many benefits to name,” explained Mr. Schwartz. “We upgraded our lumen power by twice the amount, threw the signal less than twice the distance, went from SD to HD and made it much more clear to see what we want people to see. When people walk into our facility, we want them to feel like they are walking into the presence of God. These projectors help us do exactly that by giving people a clear visual of what we’re presenting.”

There have been many positive comments from the church members about the new Hitachi projectors. “Many people say that it grabs your attention immediately and keeps you coming back,” said Mr. Schwartz.

For more information on the Current – A Christian Church, visit http://www.currentchristian.org

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

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About Hitachi America, 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, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For 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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Legendary Artist AR Rahman Adopts the HARMAN Studer Vista X Digital Console

Studer_ARRahmanCHENNAI, India – One of the world’s most respected composers, singer/songwriters, musicians and music producers, AR Rahman recently added a HARMAN Studer Vista X digital console to the studio of his YM Movies film production firm in Chennai, India.

A GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner, AR Rahman is one of the world’s most influential music professionals and is probably best known for his scores and soundtracks in countless feature films, including Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Jodhaa Akbar. Rahman’s compositions are popular for their eclectic blend of musical styles and wide range of instrumentation. To date, Rahman has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.

Rahman will be using the Vista X to mix audio for the extensive variety of YM Movies projects, as well as Rahman’s other works, including his own solo albums and numerous humanitarian projects.

“The console’s massive number of channels and outputs will speed up laying stems, for big scores in particular,” Rahman said.

Speaking on his decision to purchase the Vista X console, Rahman said it was love at first sight. “I first saw the Vista 5 at the HARMAN store in New York City and I loved the controls,” he noted. “I soon learned about the Vista X and had to have it. It has a very user-friendly vibe and processing redundancy.”

In addition, Rahman’s previous experience with other HARMAN audio equipment provided reassurance that the Vista X would not disappoint. “When I started my Panchathan Record Inn studios, the only speakers I had were JBL Control 5 and 4412,” Rahman said. “I am also a big fan of Lexicon reverbs as well.”

The Vista X offers an unsurpassed intuitive user interface, retaining the patented Vistonics™ and FaderGlow™user interface, providing control of 800 or more audio DSP channels and more than 5,000 inputs and outputs.

At the heart of the system is the Infinity DSP core, which uses CPU-based processors to provide huge numbers of DSP channels for large-scale, high-resolution audio processing and mixing. Thanks to the Infinity core, this is the first time more than 800 audio channels have been processed in a CPU-based board. This offers significant advantages, as CPU processing provides a scalable system, faster development of new signal processing designs, huge channel counts, full system redundancy without a single point of failure and the possibility of running third-party algorithms.

“I’m using the Vista X as a full-fledged post-production console,” he said. “Geoff Foster from Air Studios is here mixing over 600 tracks of ProTools on it right now.”

For more information on AR Rahman, please visit www.arrahman.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse Leaps Into Digital With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Console

Scraft_Cocoa copy 2COCOA, Florida – First opened to the public in 1924, The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP) is listed on the national register of historic buildings, and serves as the community theater for regional Broadway performers. Having relied on a HARMAN Soundcraft MH3 console for many years, the in-house staff recently upgraded to a full digital infrastructure featuring the new Soundcraft Vi3000 console.

The CVP has provided Cocoa with affordable community theater and education in the performing arts over the decades. With 17 years of sound engineering experience, Lead Audio/Sound Designer of CVP Gavin Little knew exactly which digital console would suit the venue’s performances the most, opting for the Vi3000.

“I’m a huge Soundcraft fan because of their sound quality, and decided to replace an old analog Soundcraft with a new digital one,” said Little. “Moving over to the Vi3000 from the MH3 was a huge leap in terms of functionality. I wanted to store all the shows and have huge matrix capabilities with delays built into the console. This console does all that and is easy to use.”

Many engineers like Little prefer Soundcraft consoles over alternative brands due to their layout and design. Rather than scrolling through countless menu layers, the Vi3000 allows audio professionals to cut down on setup time and enjoy a smoother mixing experience. The Vi3000 is perfect for addressing workflow issues, even during large-scale productions.

The CVP has a seating capacity of 600 people, and currently hosts 5 shows per week, while also featuring six or seven big musicals per year. The productions consist of full large-scale orchestras and a cast so large that it is common to see 20 wireless microphones on the stage at the same time. To accommodate the channel load, Little also acquired a Soundcraft 32×8 Stagebox for use in the orchestra pit and a Soundcraft 32×16 Stagebox for use on the stage.

“This digital console is laid out so well and so intuitively, that it functions like an analog console,” said Little. “For example, the Vistonics™ screen and the FaderGlow™ are straightforward features that allow me to focus on my job and the show while mixing. I think this is the way of the future, as I was confident to be able to do a show right out of the box.”

“The sound was completely transparent from the moment I turned it on,” said Little. “The console provides true representation of sound, as you could hear the EQ working really well, with the sound being very clean. I’m excited to use this console for our next big show a month from now, which is West Side Story.”

For more information on The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, please visit www.cocoavillageplayhouse.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Now Streaming to Your Smartphone: Audio Everywhere Delivers High-Quality Audio For Every Environment

AE LogoSARATOGA, California — Comprehensively addressing the need for high-quality streaming audio in public venues, including fitness centers, sports bars and restaurants, hotels, houses of worship, as well as digital signage applications, Silicon Valley based company, Audio Everywhere has developed a solution for delivering high quality sound from any source via a free downloadable app for iOS and Android devices.

Audio Everywhere is powered by a media appliance that connects to multiple televisions or other sources and operates over standard Wi-Fi. The system provides high quality audio delivered via a free downloadable app used by the venue’s customers.

“The opportunities to enhance dynamic video content with high quality audio in a range of markets and environments is limitless,” stated Lance Glasser, president and CEO Audio Everywhere. “Our solution provides an accurate, low latency, streaming audio solution and because we leverage standard Wi-Fi our system can be deployed anywhere worldwide.”

Audio Everywhere’s app is highly customizable and provides the capability to place streaming video or advertisements when the app is launched or at specific times and can also be easily embedded and skinned to integrate into a company’s existing app.

“Today Audio Everywhere is a differentiator in my market,” said Robert Goslin, owner of Bull Wings Bar and Grill. “I can see the day coming soon when it will be a must-have for every sports bar.”

An Audio Everywhere system can support hundreds of users simultaneously and is highly scalable. It can be easily integrated into a location’s existing PA system and support is available for multiple languages. The system is available in multiple configurations from 1 to more than 32 channels of audio.

For more information about Audio Everywhere please visit: www.audioeverywhere.com.

About Audio Everywhere
Audio Everywhere is the leading provider of high-quality streaming audio solutions for fitness centers, bars and restaurants, casinos, and a range of other environments and applications. Founded by ExXothermic, Inc., in early 2012 as a Silicon Valley start-up, Audio Everywhere features free downloadable apps for iOS and Android users and leverages global Wi-Fi standards. For more information about Audio Everywhere please visit: www.audioeverywhere.com.

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