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Long Island’s Vavoom and Breakdown Go Digital With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 1

Scraft_VavoomLONG ISLAND, New York – Looking for a compact audio console with value, Steve Jaworowski recently acquired a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital console for his classic rock band Vavoom and Tom Petty tribute band Breakdown, both of which play in nightclubs and pubs throughout Long Island. As his first Soundcraft console, Jaworowski is extremely pleased that his new setup not only fits the budget, but also exceeds expectations.

Throughout their history, Vavoom and Breakdown relied on analog consoles. Upgrading to the Si Expression 1 console allowed the band members to transport less outboard equipment from venue to venue.

“Compared to my previous consoles, where the quality varied greatly, the Soundcraft console is awesome,” said Jaworowski. “At first I was a little nervous about the motorized faders, but everything worked out perfectly, and I like all the features that come with this board. For example, I really like the Soundcraft FaderGlowTM lighting when mixing in the dark. Choosing the Si Expression 1 was not a hard decision, because there weren’t too many boards in this price range with all the features that I want.”

As an experienced engineer/musician, Jaworowski also likes to use the Soundcraft ViSi Remote 2.1 iPad app to set up sound within the audience for sound checks, eliminating the need for transitioning on and off the stage. The full band mix consists of one house and two monitor mixes, which Jaworowski is now able to control from the same console.

“It’s great that I can do everything from the Si Expression 1,” said Jaworowski. “The board is convenient, but also powerful. The four FX processors are nice, individual channel EQ is good, plus I can find everything on the board quickly, so the learning curve wasn’t too bad. Not only does the band like it, but people from every venue now prefer it if we manage our own sound.”

For more information about Vavoom, please visit http://www.vavoomrocks.net/

For more information about Breakdown, please visit http://breakdowntribute.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 Provides Bright Effects for the International Circus Festival “IDOL”

Photo credit: Elena Blednykh (www.lenreport.ru)

Photo credit: Elena Blednykh (www.lenreport.ru)

MOSCOW, Russia — With a unique style of its own that miraculously intertwined the best traditions of Russian and Soviet culture as well as new trends of the modern entertainment industry, the World Circus Festival “IDOL 2014” took place at The Great Moscow Circus from September 10th through 14th. HARMAN’s Martin Professional fixtures played the main role in creating exciting lighting effects in accordance with the vision of the event.

Preparation time for the festival was limited as the event grounds had hosted another performance right before, so the technicians had to dismantle the previous installation and create a new rig for “IDOL” using 64 MAC 101s, 20 MAC Viper Profiles, 24 MAC Auras, 12 MAC III Washes, six MAC III Performances, 10 MAC III AirFXs, 12 Atomic 3000 DMXs with Atomic Colors, two Glaciator X-Streams, a Jem Hydra with 12 heads, and six Jem K1 Hazers with six AF-1 fans.

“The fixture park of The Great Moscow Circus has all the necessary creative instruments to implement my ideas,” said Roman Vakulyuk, Lighting Director. “I really like the MAC III Wash. It is a very powerful fixture with an excellent CMY color-mixing system. Thanks to its superior optics I can express all my ideas in lighting without any technical limits. In my mind, each big venue must have this kind of fixture as it can make a high-quality background for any light show.”

The lighting installation for “IDOL” at the circus was arranged in a special way. The main part was a large ring with MAC III Washes, MAC Viper Profiles, Atomic 3000 DMX strobes + Atomic Colors as well as MAC Auras. “It gave us an opportunity to make lighting compositions for the arena itself and the audience. The colors of those fixtures were not violent but soft and ‘lifelike’,” said Vakulyuk.

The second part of the installation was a top round truss with MAC III AirFXs, MAC III Performances and MAC Viper Profiles in several circles. Each circle is a rig with lighting fixtures – 360 degrees – which makes it possible to cover each section with effects inside and outside of the arena as well, as the action can take place in the spectator zone or in the space below the roof. “This 360° approach to the rig allowed us to work on the entire space of a huge arena, ” said Vakulyuk

The third part was located in the audience area with Compact MACs 101 as the workhorse creating a necessary volume effects from the audience during the show and their compact size was an advantage, as they did not make any obstacles for spectators.

“Currently, I work with the MAC III AirFX and MAC III Performance,” said Vakulyuk. “They are wonderful fixtures to create a beautiful scenography. I can easily make different animation effects – water, fire, and others. I like the set of features of those fixtures in comparison with traditional spots that offer colors and gobos only.”

During the five days of the festival, the lighting fixtures were never turned off. There was a continuous working process that included rehearsals, preprogramming and then shows in the evening.

“The festival was a tough schedule for us,” said Vakulyuk. “The lamps were on all the time and we never needed to reboot the fixtures. Martin’s gear really can work non-stop and it never fails.”

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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Arch Enemy Finds an Ally in HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Console

Scraft_ArchEnemyHALMSTAD, Sweden – Bringing its unique brand of melodic death metal to its fans across the Atlantic Ocean, Swedish band Arch Enemy is currently touring North America with a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console at front of house.

According to Hagen Weigel, Arch Enemy’s FOH engineer, Arch Enemy’s shows are dynamic and full of energy and theatrics. “Arch Enemy is a band that has beautiful melodies arranged around very intricate drumming, which is mixed with heavy shredding guitars and spiced up with brutal growling to form a nice mélange that feels like a kick in the face,” he said.

While “melodic death metal” might seem like an oxymoron, it is in fact a popular sub-genre that is nonetheless quite challenging to mix. “There are heavily distorted guitars that are also wide, open, and melodic which mix with very fast double kick drum playing,” Weigel noted. “Frequency differentiation is key to the mix—getting all of the instruments to sit and work around each other. I need to have clarity and separation and still be able to put [lead singer] Alissa’s voice out in front. I’m always looking for the result to be something that is beautiful and brutal at the same time.”

In his search for a digital console for this tour, Weigel placed a priority on reliability. “You can have the best-sounding, most feature-packed desk, but when it crashes in front of 30,000 people at a festival none of that matters,” he said. “What Soundcraft has done with the Vi6 is create an incredibly stable, ergonomic console that still has all of the features that I am looking for.”

Those features, in turn, are multiple. “In order to fulfill my vision of what the Arch Enemy sound should be I need really good dynamics—fast responding gates, compressors that are smooth and predictable in behavior, EQs that are responsive and accepts boosts well, and effects engines that are able to give me reverbs that range from ‘80s plate sounds to modern large reverbs,” Weigel added.

For all these reasons, Weigel chose the Vi6, which he noted has performed flawlessly to this point. “From metal to orchestral and symphonic music, Vi consoles are able to translate the vision you have for your mix in your head to the PA,” he noted. “It is incredibly reliable and consistent and sounds beautiful.”

Lastly, Weigel notes the Vi6’s intuitive user interface is icing on the cake. “The whole concept of having a dedicated touchscreen for every eight channels is great,” he said. “The fader bank, all angled really steep, gives a very nice feel of having a perfect overview and also puts every single parameter in reach, all the time. I don’t have to step through menus and sub-menus, it’s all right there. In my opinion the Vi interface is probably the fastest interface there is to work on.”

For more information on Arch Enemy, please visit www.archenemy.net

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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Firehouse Productions Scores Big at 2014 NFL Kickoff Event With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

HARMAN_NFLKICKOFF copySEATTLE, Washington – Featuring free performances by Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden, the 2014 NFL Kickoff Event scored big with sonic capabilities provided by New York-based Firehouse Productions. Held outside Seattle’s iconic CenturyLink Field, the annual event’s musical guests were backed by an audio system featuring HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers.

Having designed and managed sound reinforcement systems for various major rock tours and high-profile live broadcasts, Firehouse Productions was well equipped to handle the event. “This was a good, straightforward show for us because we knew we were only going to be dealing with just two performers,” said Mark Dittmar, VP of Design and Engineering, Firehouse Productions.

Taking place just outside the CenturyLink Field stadium, Dittmar and his team were challenged with city restrictions on decibel levels, as well as the customary Seattle rain. To stay within the city’s stringent limitations on sound levels, the team relied on JBL VTX line arrays as well as several delay towers with JBL VERTEC® loudspeakers to manage the sound coverage within the outdoor space.

The stage’s main hang featured 14 JBL VTX V25 line array elements while 12 VERTEC VT4889 loudspeakers were deployed for side hangs on either side of the stage. Firehouse also utilized two clusters of six VT4889 for rear-fill and 12 VT4889 loudspeakers for the delay towers. The system also consisted of 16 VTX G28 and 20 VT4880A subwoofers and was powered by 90 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers. In addition, the system was monitored and controlled with JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

“The VTX line arrays are very capable and deliver a ton of power,” said Dittmar. “I don’t have to hang as many to get the same SPL when compared to hanging other rigs. Additionally, the reduced weight adds to the flexibility of design, and makes my job a lot easier when trying to integrate the system in a challenging space. In addition, the quality of the sound, especially the high-end, is absolutely amazing.”

“We’ve been using Crown since the beginning,” said Dittmar. “They give us so much power in such a small package. One of our favorite aspects about Crown is the ability to build a custom library of presets that enable us to control any speaker in our inventory with the proper power and optimize their EQ, delay and other parameters.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: www.firehouseproductions.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-WX8255 Projector Provides Tremendous Benefits to Olive Branch Community Church

Hitachi_OliveBranchCorona, CA, November 25, 2014 – After a less than satisfactory projection setup in Olive Branch Community Church in Corona, California, Director of Technology Services Brian Norwood set out to upgrade the church’s system. The solution was found in the Hitachi CP-WX8255 projector, meeting all of the church’s visions.

“Our video and lighting was pretty rudimentary when I took over as Director,” explained Mr. Norwood. “I had a vision to extend the projected content out to a panorama and invest in enough lighting to make the environment the whole room instead of just the stage.”

Olive Branch Community Church has an attendance of 900 to 1000 people in multiple services on Sundays. The Hitachi projector is mounted on the ceiling and is projected onto a 16 x 9-foot screen. It is the centerpiece of a 5-screen projection setup. For worship services, it displays motion backgrounds and lyrics, title and segment slides during speaking promotions, and virtually all of the video content.

“The budget for this project was very small,” explained Mr. Norwood. “I didn’t even want to pursue it if the projector would not be able to do true HD, and be bright enough to make a major impact.” The Hitachi CP-WX8255 met Mr. Norwood’s needs. “The specs, reputation and value of the CP-WX8255 made it an easy choice. “

Ease of use was a big factor in making the right projector selection. “I think the CP-WX8255 is the very definition of easy to use,” said Mr. Norwood. “We had it unboxed, up, aimed, sized, and focused in less than an hour.”

The CP-WX8255 has been very beneficial to Olive Branch. “Our Church has left-center-right seating and the people in the center were really having to turn quite a bit to view any content. That was especially troublesome for worship, and you had to look across people to see lyrics,” Mr. Norwood explained. “The Hitachi projector and center screen gives them a place of their own for worship content. Also it gives us a real tool in outreach as we finally have a display worthy of hosting movie nights or sporting events.”

In addition, the Church members have been thrilled with the upgrade. “Our congregation loves the addition,” Mr. Norwood added. “Honestly, not a week goes by without someone commenting on the improvement in the visual appeal of the service.”

For more information on Olive Branch Community Church of Corona, CA, visit http://www.olive-branch.org

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

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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Belmont University Reopens Legendary Columbia Studio A with HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors

JBL_BelmontNASHVILLE, Tennessee — As befits its Nashville location, Belmont University has close ties to the music industry—its Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business (CEMB) is the world’s only AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-accredited Music Business program as well as the first ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)-accredited Audio Engineering Technology program. Among its numerous activities the school runs four professional-quality recording studios on campus, the historic Quonset Hut Studio, Ocean Way Nashville Studios—and now, the recently renovated Columbia Studio A, equipped with HARMAN Professional’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors.

The JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor is a 2-way powered large-format loudspeaker that sets new standards for sonic accuracy and dynamic range in professional monitoring environments. It incorporates JBL’s latest transducer and acoustics technologies including the newly developed D2 dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression driver, the Image Control Waveguide, the 2216ND Differential Drive™ dual-voice-coil woofer and numerous additional refinements to deliver exceptional studio monitor performance with remarkable detail, full-range frequency response from 20Hz–40kHz, spatial accuracy and wide dynamic range free of power compression.

Opened in the 1960s, the historic Columbia Studio A recorded many of music’s greatest artists, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, George Jones, and many more. However, by the early 1980s it had been converted into an office space. Thanks to the efforts of Belmont University and a donation by the Mike Curb Foundation, Columbia Studio A is making music again as a multi-purpose space for classes in recording studio engineering and sound reinforcement. It also hosts workshops and seminars for a variety of university activities and organizations like the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the US Copyright Office.

“In order to serve our academic requirements, Columbia Studio A features a wide variety of recording equipment dating from the 1960s all the way to the present, as evidenced by our purchase of the JBL M2 monitors,” said Michael Janas, Instructor, Audio Engineering Technology and Director of Recording Studio Operations at Belmont University. Studio A boasts an eye-popping assortment of restored vintage and modern cutting-edge gear, all routed through an API split-monitor console that once resided in the RMU-2 mobile recording truck of recording pioneer, Walley Heider.

“In restoring Columbia Studio A, one of the goals was to let students experience the evolutionary roots and the historical and technical context of multi-track recording studio technology as we know it today,” Janas stated. “In order for the students and faculty to best hear and understand the aural characteristics of this wide range of equipment, it was important to choose a modern monitoring system that would best reproduce the sound of the source audio in our new ‘old’ studio.”

Janas turned to the project’s acoustical consultant, Dave Rochester of Lebanon, Tennessee’s Technical Audio Services, for advice. Rochester recommended Janas consider the JBL M2. Janas and his team did their homework, ultimately consulting with JBL Professional and the staff at Guitar Center Pro (GC Pro) in Nashville. They liked what the saw and heard and in January 2014 finalized the decision to purchase a pair of M2 monitors and a Crown I-Tech HD Series 4x3500HD amplifier to power them. The Crown amp provides four channels of amplification for the pair of bi-amplified M2s and its internal DSP provides the crossover and also room EQ to optimize the M2 system performance in any room.

“The JBL M2 is stunning in its ability to present fine detail,” Janas pointed out. “The outstanding imaging of the speaker is by far one of my favorite attributes of the system. The M2 not only provides a wide stereo sound field but also depth and height. It’s made a significant impact on everyone who’s heard it.” Designed specifically for the M2, JBL’s Image Control waveguide enables a seamless crossover transition between the woofer and high-frequency driver while delivering extraordinary imaging and rich musical detail to a broad area of the room.

“The M2 turned out to be absolutely perfect for our application. It enables students and staff to hear everything that’s going on in the studio with exacting detail. It reveals the sonic characteristics of every piece of gear we add or take out of the recording chain, whether a microphone, reverb unit, EQ or other link in the recording chain. In fact, it showed us that some of that vintage gear is a lot better than anyone realized.”

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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Beijing Workers’ Service Center Receives Smooth Translation Capabilities With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones And Headphones

AKG_BeijingWorkerCenterBEIJING, China – Breaking down language barriers for international guest speakers and officials, the 300-seat roundtable conference hall at the Beijing Workers’ Service Center in China was recently equipped with HARMAN’s AKG CS5 Conferencing system and K99 Perception headphones. Not only did audio supplier and integrator Beijing Respectful Electronic Technology Company Ltd. enable seamless translation and interpretation capabilities, it also provided improved voice clarity during meetings.

The installed conferencing system features two AKG CS5 VU voting units, 39 CS5 DU delegate units, three CS5IU interpreter units, one CS5 BU base unit, five CS5 CU50 charging and storage units, 10 CS5 IRT1 infrared transmitters, 250 CS5 IRR7 infrared receivers and 41 GN30 and CK31 microphone capsules. In addition, 253 AKG K99 high-performance Perception headphones were provided for accurate sound output.

“When tasked with this project, we were looking for stable system performance, simultaneous translation into seven different languages and clear sound input. With the AKG CS5 conferencing system, I believe we have found what we were looking for,” said Yin Wang, Technician at Beijing Respectful Electronic Technology Company Ltd. “This system really gives us great voice clarity and stability, so conferences can continue smoothly and uninterrupted.”

After distributing the infrared receivers evenly across the room, Wang made sure that the IR signals were uniform and stable. The CS5 system meets the stringent requirements of international conferences, but to ensure that conference participants have no trouble hearing all communications within the room, Wang turned towards the industry leader again for high performance headphones.

“We needed multilingual translation capabilities, because the conference room is often used for international meetings, but we also needed good headphones so that voices remain clear,” said Wang.“The AKG K99 Perception headphones performed reliably throughout all the meetings so far.”

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 Studer and Sonic Emotion Present 3D Speaker Management Systems—Mixer Integration Concepts Paper at Tonmeistertagung Conference

Studer_VistaV copyCOLOGNE, Germany – At the Tonmeistertagung conference on Sunday, 23 November in Cologne, Germany, Peter Glaettli of HARMAN’s Studer and Etienne Corteel of Sonic Emotion presented a paper titled, 3D Speaker Management Systems—Mixer Integration Concepts. The paper addressed the benefits of 3D speaker management systems over traditional systems, the differences between these systems, practical implementation practices for 3D speaker management systems, and more.

The paper demonstrates the integration of Studer digital mixing consoles with Sonic Emotion’s Wave 1 wave field synthesis-based 3D speaker management system. This integration allows the sound engineer to control the audio source placement in the 3D field directly from the source channel strip of a Studer Vista console surface. Selecting the source channel on the console also selects the appropriate source in the Wave 1 user GUI for an easily extended parameter. The source placement in the 3D field is done directly from the source channel’s Vistonics™ surround-pan rotaries or by using the console’s joystick.

The combination of Studer Vista digital consoles and Sonic Emotion’s Wave 1 is uniquely optimized for effective 3D speaker management, particularly in theaters and performing arts centers, as well as concerts and festivals. Sonic Emotion’s Wave 1 is capable of 3D effects but also spatial sound reinforcement, adding realism to the reinforcement of audio sources, improving intelligibility of audio sources and naturally reducing masking between sound sources.

“At Studer, we firmly believe 3D sound control has a place in many applications, beyond the highly niche projects where special spatial effects are required,” Glaettli said. “To that end, it’s important to educate the industry on the best ways to implement 3D speaker management systems, while also showing that Studer is integrating with third-party systems, which is key to widespread implementation in the future.”

Founded in 2002, Sonic Emotion is the world leader in 3D sound entertainment for consumer electronics and professional applications. Beginning with the sound technologies originally developed for academic use, Sonic Emotion holds a number of worldwide patents and is established as the leader in research and application of audio processing technologies. Recognized as the standard in sound, Sonic Emotion applied its expertise in the field to offer a scaled down version of the technology to meet the demands of consumers and professionals. Sonic Emotion’s Absolute 3D sound technology solutions have been included in entertainment electronic products sold worldwide including sound bars, towers, DAB radios, docking stations and mobile phone applications. Sonic Emotion’s Wave1 3D sound processor is installed in a growing number of venues for live sound reinforcement, theaters, parties, experimental 3D sound mixing and audio-visual immersive installations.

For more information on Sonic Emotion, please visit www.sonicemotion.com/professional/

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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Paragon 360 Completes Total Audio Overhaul at Enid, Oklahoma’s Emmanuel Baptist Church With HARMAN’s Crown Amplifiers, BSS Audio Processing and JBL Loudspeakers

HARMAN_EmmanuelBaptistENID, Oklahoma – Since its founding in the early 1980s, Emmanuel Baptist Church has grown into a strong congregation that hosts three worship services on Sundays alone and activities that serve a broad range of adults, youth, students and other groups in the community. The church was overdue for an A/V/L system renovation and turned to Springfield, Missouri integrator, Paragon 360 for an upgraded audio system featuring HARMAN’s Crown, BSS Audio and JBL components to meet the needs of its contemporary worship environment.

“This project was a full renovation with a major architectural redesign of the entire worship center. It involved new audio, acoustics, lighting, staging and video systems as well as new scenic elements custom designed for the church,” said Mark Coble, Audio/Acoustics Design and Commissioning specialist at Paragon 360. For this project, Coble and his design/build team needed to satisfy the requirements of three distinct groups: those attending traditional services with a choir; a more blended worship experience with praise singers and a band; and a modern, contemporary worship service.

Coble also noted that Emmanuel Baptist Church’s pastor likes to deliver passionate sermons and wanted to get his voice down to a whisper and still be heard by all the church’s congregants. “Before the update, he felt like he had to yell at times to get everyone to hear him.” In addition, Coble noted that the system had to be more than just a “house PA” – it needed to have the capabilities of a concert sound rig. “The church hosts touring artists and didn’t want to have to deal with them bringing in their own gear. They needed a system that would have a large input count and deliver the high SPL that is often required for these performances.”

Before undertaking the project, church officials had asked Coble specifically about JBL and Crown based on their previous positive experiences in other venues. “We of course were well familiar with the capabilities of HARMAN gear and have had a lot of success with it. Since this had to be a really dynamic PA, I knew that JBL VERTEC® line arrays and Crown amps would be the perfect fit for this application.”

Paragon 360 deployed eight VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements and a VT4883 dual-12-inch subcompact arrayable subwoofer in three main flown clusters each at the left, center and right of the auditorium. Two JBL STX828S subwoofers were placed in custom subwoofer enclosures located in the face of the stage and four AC28/26 compact 2-way loudspeakers serve as overhead monitors for the choir. Nine AC25 ultra-compact loudspeakers deliver under-balcony fill and four STX812M 12-inch stage monitors cover the pulpit/stage area.

Seven Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers power the main line arrays and subwoofers. Two Crown DCi Series 4|600 amplifiers drive the under-balcony and monitor loudspeakers, with a DCi 2|600 amp handling the choir monitors. The amps and speakers are networked using a BSS BLU-160 Soundweb London Signal Processor with BLU link in conjunction with a BLU-BOB break-out box output expander.

“Once we knew that we were going with JBL VERTEC, the Crown I-Tech HD amps were a natural fit,” Coble stated. “We knew they would deliver the kind of horsepower the installation required and we wanted to take advantage of the amps’ built-in VERTEC factory presets to optimize the system.”

In addition to the new audio system, Coble and his crew also did a significant amount of work adding the necessary acoustical treatments to optimize the sound of the sanctuary.

“The rig sounds great and everyone is really happy with the performance,” Coble concluded. “We truly realized our goal of transforming the space for a new generation of churchgoers.”

For more information on Paragon 360 please visit: www.paragon360.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 BSS Audio Provides Networking for Italy’s MiCo – Milano Congressi Convention Center

BSSMICO2 copyMILAN, Italy — Fiera Milano SpA is the most important trade show organizer in Italy and its MiCo- Milano Congressi convention center is the largest in Europe, with a capacity for 18,000 attendees and 70 different conference rooms. Located in the heart of Milan, the center has a variety of exhibition spaces and its conference rooms feature a complete range of audio and video connectivity including a comprehensive audio upgrade featuring a HARMAN BSS Audio Soundweb™ London networking solution.

The installation, located in the Northern wing of MiCo, was designed and built by Volume Srl, Euphon S.p.A. Group with support from HARMAN Professional Italian distributor Leading Technologies. The installation interfaces with the existing BSS Audio network that Leading Technologies provided for the South Block section of the facility.

The backbone of the system is provided by BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processors, which offer configurable I/O, signal processing, Audinate’s Dante™ audio transport and Harman’s BLU link digital audio bus. Thirty-seven BLU-806 devices are installed in 18 rooms (along with an audio mixer), with each room’s EQ correction programmed into the BLU-806 devices. The BLU-806 was specified because it is the only Dante-supporting DSP device that could handle the required amount of signal routing and processing and enable a dual-redundant Dante network to run throughout MiCo North.

The system utilizes HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, which provides comprehensive configuration, control and monitoring of the system.

According to Leading Technologies engineer Roberto Frigerio, the size of the project was matched by its urgency. “In the spring, the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union decided to bring various international meetings to MiCo. The organization also wanted to test the waters regarding staging other international corporate events beginning in 2015. Despite our successful installation in the South Block two years earlier, we had to prove we could accommodate these new demands and seamlessly integrate the new installation with the existing one – and under severe time and budgetary constraints.”

In addition to providing audio and video connectivity throughout the convention center, a major requirement was to standardize operation of the system in any room and accommodate a number of diverse A/V sources. “The BSS Audio Soundweb London system takes in the audio inputs from the mixing consoles via Dante and feeds the amplifiers through BLU link,” explained Volume’s project manager Marco Salviati. Users now also have the ability to send A/V from one room to all the others, enabling multiple rooms to share the same content, yet have individual volume levels.

109 JBL Control® 28 loudspeakers deliver audio throughout MiCo’s rooms. The speakers are powered by nine Crown DriveCore™ Install 4I300N amplifiers. In addition, a pair of JBL LSR305 powered studio monitors are used to provide a sonic reference in the master control room.

“For such a complex and flexible installation, it’s really simple to operate,” noted Dick Cranbe, the Audinate consultant on the project. “Every room can be run completely independently, and where rooms are linked together a user can use a single audio mixer to control the volume of all the rooms.”

“The project has lived up to its expectations, which were extremely high,” concluded Frigerio. “Until now, there was no facility in Italy capable of hosting large international meetings, which meant that we lost business to other countries. With the advent of the new BSS Audio system, MiCo is truly in the forefront of the world’s convention centers, and we’ve brought a new level of professionalism and new job opportunities into our domestic market.”

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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