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James Blunt Chooses HARMAN’s Martin Professional to bring his “Moon Landing” World Tour to Life

MartinPro_JamesBluntAARHUS, Denmark — James Blunt, alongside his Production Designer Paul Normandale and Lighting Director Glen Johnson, are on the road for another tour with HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures, including 41 MAC Auras, 32 MAC Viper Profiles, six MAC Viper AirFXs and two AF1 Fans.

Blunt released his newest album in October of 2013 entitled ‘Moon Landing’, which features an emotional and powerful side to the singer-songwriter we have not yet seen. The album is personal and intimate, reflecting back to where Blunt got his start and where he is now.

“We have worked with James Blunt since 2005, this is our fourth world tour with him, and all James’ shows have been dominated by Martin moving lights,” Said Johnson. “This is the largest production we have taken out on the road thus far.”

The theme of the tour is the romanticism and loneliness of the moon landings. For Normandale, this was a fun challenge. “My thoughts and vision with the lighting design were inspired by the lunar landing theme. That is where the idea of landing craft risers and panorama of the lunar planet LED screen came from,” explained Normandale.

“The Viper Profile has great color speed for snap chase,” said Normandale. “The optics and reliability of the fixture over this past year has been staggering. I don’t think we have swapped even one Martin fixture yet. The Viper Profiles have become the standard profile workhorse, with great gobo options and a fantastic color speed on the color wheel.”

“The MAC Viper AirFX has great zoom optics,” said Johnson. “It’s a great all-around fixture. I could do the whole show just with these.”

“I love the Viper Air FXBeams,” said Johnson. “They have become a great addition to the Martin range and filled a gap that Martin had. They work really well and have produced some fantastic aerial looks over the audience. The Aura I think I can say is Normandale’s favorite LED wash fixture as they seem to feature on nearly everything he does.”

The Moon Landing World Tour started in December 2013 in China and will run until spring 2015, making its way through North America, Europe, Africa and South America.

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.

CRAS and HARMAN’s JBL Professional M2 Master Reference Monitors Serve Up A Feast for the Ears At 2014 PotLuckCon Audio Conference

At PotLuckCon: Peter Chaikin of JBL (left) and Robert Brock of CRAS (right) in the CRAS state-of-the-art mobile broadcast truck featuring JBL LSR6300 Series studio monitors and Studer Vista 5.

TUCSON, Arizona — Calling itself “the ultimate weekend of audio recording geekery,” the 2014 PotLuckCon Audio Conference brought recording industry professionals together for a healthy serving of workshops, seminars, recording sessions and demos from the best and brightest in the pro audio industry. A key participant was the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS), which hosted a demo room featuring HARMAN JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor loudspeakers. The CRAS mobile broadcast unit was also on hand, which rolled in equipped with JBL LSR6325P studio monitors and a Studer Vista 5 digital mixing console.

CRAS is a technical school providing instruction in audio recording, engineering and production. Its two locations in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona teach students the skills they need to start their career in the day they graduate.

The JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor is a 2-way powered large-format loudspeaker designed to set new standards for sonic accuracy and dynamic range in professional monitoring environments. It incorporates JBL’s newly developed D2 dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression driver, a Differential Drive™ dual-voice-coil woofer and JBL’s proprietary Image Control Waveguide™ to deliver exceptional studio monitor performance.

JBL’s LSR6325Pbi-amplified compact studio monitor provide exceptional performance in applications where accuracy is a CRAS Digital Department Director Robert Brock first became interested in the M2 when visiting JBL’s Northridge, California facility. “I was stunned at the level of accuracy and detail the M2 delivered,” he said.

When Brock subsequently began planning the CRAS exhibit at PotLuckCon, he realized the professionals at the convention would be the perfect audience for the M2. “PotLuckCon draws exactly the kind of people who, like our students, need to hear this loudspeaker.”

One of the highlights of PotLuckCon is the Casita Gear Crawl, in which the exhibit rooms are transformed into mini-studios. CRAS’s Casita featured a pair of M2 monitors. “For most of the people who came to our room it was the first time they’d heard the M2 and it was a big hit,” Brock commented. “It’s really unlike anything else out there for its ability to faithfully reproduce everything that’s on the original recording with absolutely uncompromised dynamics and frequency extension. It’s incredibly revealing without ever sounding clinical or harsh and its tonal balance and spatiality remain intact over a wide listening area.”

Also at PotLuckCon, Andrew Scheps, producer, mix engineer and principal of Tonequake Records, delivered a poignant presentation titled “Lost In Translation,” which examined the effect of low-resolution digital delivery on the emotional impact of recorded music. Sponsored by the Recording Academy® Producers and Engineers Wing®, and with JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors as the playback system, the crowd experienced Scheps’ dramatic A/B comparison of high and low-resolution file formats.

For more information on CRAS, please visit www.audiorecordingschool.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’s JBL and Crown Take The Pohoda Music Festival to New Heights

TRENCIN, Slovakia — The Pohoda Music Festival is one of the biggest events in Slovakia, and this summer’s was no exception. Electronic music legends Kraftwerk headlined the festival, which also featured Tricky, Mogwai, Tame Impala, Suede, Goldfrapp and many others. The 30,000 concertgoers who attended the festival at Trencin Airport were treated to a diverse range of electronic, techno, hip hop, rock and other musical styles – and the best sound ever in the festival’s 17-year history, thanks to a HARMAN JBL VTX and Crown audio system supplied by Slovakian sound contractor Audio Line (www.audio-line.sk).

Audio Line founding member Ladislav Demcak had been a long-time JBL user and before the start of last year’s summer touring season made the decision to make the move to JBL’s top of the line VTX Series line arrays after spending time in Belgium evaluating a VTX system with JBL’s Paul Bauman and “Big” Mick Hughes, front of house engineer for Metallica. “We could hear straight away that this was a very good system,” said Demcak. “I knew I had to have it – once I’d heard it I could never go back.” Demcak and his crew gave the VTX line arrays an “intense induction” with their existing Crown I-Tech HD inventory in 2013 over the course of some of Slovakia’s leading festivals including the Dobry Festival, Topfest, Terchovsky Budzogan, Lodenica and last year’s Pohoda Music Festival.

For this year’s event Audio Line equipped the Pohoda Music Festival’s main stage with two hangs of 14 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and 10 S28 dual-18-inch suspendable subwoofers on either side of the stage with 12 additional G28 subs stacked on the ground in a cardioid array in front of the stage. Eight V25s provided out fill on each side of the stage and a pair of V25s were employed as near-fill loudspeakers. The loudspeakers were all driven by eight Crown VRack amplifier systems that each housed three of Crown’s I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers. In addition to the main stage, Audio Line furnished the sound reinforcement systems for four of the other seven stages at the festival.

“Pohoda is the one festival where the sound quality had to be second to none,” Demcak pointed out. “Especially considering that Kraftwerk was headlining! We wanted the sound to be perfect.” Demcak applied all the experience and knowledge gained in more than a year of using VTX outdoors to tweak the system to maximum performance. One major advantage Demack and his team had over last year was that they used the latest version of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software and VTX preset tunings, which enabled them to really dial in the interface between the VTX arrays and Crown amps and fine-tune a greater number of system parameters.

Demcak noted that the Pohoda Music Festival’s production team were happy to have JBL VTX and Crown there once again. “I also received extremely positive feedback from each band. The rig sounded more like the world’s biggest and clearest high-end audio system than a typical live sound system – everybody remarked that the sound was state of the art and the best they’d ever heard.”

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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Hotel Congress Re-designs Its Club With HARMAN Professional Audio System

TUCSON, Arizona – Famous for being the hotel where American bank robber John Dillinger was captured in 1934, the Hotel Congress is an extraordinary location that, in addition to a high-end hotel, has hosted a variety of events and banquets since its construction in 1919. Its main nightlife property, Club Congress, recently received a massive overhaul of its sound infrastructure with HARMAN’s Soundcraft, JBL and Crown systems, leading to a drastic improvement in its audio offerings.

The venue is a small 45 x 40-foot live music venue that is host to many national touring acts and local dance nights. To ensure optimal sound coverage for the stage and audience, the most efficient and powerful loudspeakers from JBL were chosen to provide the best entertainment experience that Club Congress has ever witnessed.

The output system consists of three JBL VRX932LAP powered Constant Curvature loudspeakers per side, two STX828 dual 18-inch subwoofers, six SRX712M stage monitors, one PRX718XLF subwoofer and one JBL PRX715 loudspeaker. The system is powered with two Crown XTi 6002 amplifiers, one Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and one I-Tech 9000HD amplifier. Sound is further enhanced by a dbx Driverack PA2 for additional processing power. While also responsible for the integration of the new HARMAN audio solution, Head Audio Engineer Dana Fehr wanted a complete system that is easy to use and void of technical problems.

Thus, Fehr also chose the Si Performer 3 to provide guest DJs and fill-in staff with easy workflow and extensive onboard features to take the music at Club Congress to the next level. “The Si Performer 3 was an immense upgrade in terms of sound quality and user-friendliness, even before we installed the new loudspeakers,” said Fehr, speaking from prior experience with Soundcraft consoles during his 20 years as an audio engineer in live and recording sound. “Having used Vi Series consoles on large-scale events, I have come to appreciate the reliable manufacturing of Soundcraft boards, and their intuitive design and accessibility for operators of all skill levels. Unlike some of the other brands, Soundcraft consoles sound great and their file management is easy to use.”

Features like Soundcraft FaderGlow™ make the console easy to operate, while also making it especially suitable for dark club environments, where mood and lighting can be as essential as the music itself. For a venue as small as this live music venue, the console’s form factor means it occupies minimum real estate on the dance floor. Coupled with the JBL VRX932LAP loudspeakers, the new HARMAN system delivers incredible power to all areas of the room.

“I am very happy with the way everything sounds, now that the whole system has been swapped for HARMAN equipment,” said Fehr. “I am glad that my work no longer involves repairing broken equipment, and is more centered on optimizing the sound experience for our customers. Every piece of gear from the Crown amplifiers, to the JBL loudspeakers, to the Soundcraft console is the best we’ve ever experienced in this club.”

Photo Credit: Michelle Armstrong

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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City College of San Francisco Stays on the Cutting Edge of Instruction with Hitachi Projectors

San Francisco, California, September 23, 2014 – Looking to bolster its technology offerings for its main campus, the City College of San Francisco recently installed multiple Hitachi projectors of various models, highlighted by the CP-AW312WN ultra short throw projector. In addition, the College now features the Hitachi CP-WX8255, CP-WX8240 and CP-X3030WN models. Thanks to their reliability and ease of use, the Hitachi projectors have met and exceeded the needs of the College’s faculty, staff and students.

The City College of San Francisco’s main campus has 11 buildings with classrooms and nine other “learning centers” that range in variety from classrooms at the San Francisco International Airport to a 14-story building in San Francisco’s Financial District that serves approximately 70,000 students. To date, the projectors have been installed in lecture halls, classrooms, and group study rooms. However, the college has a goal of installing projectors in every classroom to aid instruction and student presentations. Faculty, students and staff will be operating the projectors through a wall-mounted “PIXIE” control panel.

Jerome Fong, audiovisual technician for the City College of San Francisco, assisted in the selection, purchase and installation of the projectors. He also oversees maintenance and management of the equipment. “There is a need to keep up with technology and it is not practical to support legacy AV equipment anymore,” Mr. Fong said. “The upgrade with Hitachi projectors has been very successful and we are looking forward to adding more units in the future. “

For more information on City College of San Francisco please visit: http://www.ccsf.edu

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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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Introduces The JEM Hazer Pro For Advanced Atmospheric Haze Effects

AARHUS, Denmark — Underscoring its commitment to providing dynamic solutions for entertainment productions around the world, HARMAN’s Martin Professional today introduced the JEM Hazer Pro for advanced atmospheric haze effects. With the introduction of the JEM Hazer Pro, Martin now offers the most complete range of efficient, reliable and compact professional hazers in the industry. The JEM Hazer Pro includes advanced pump technology, 2.5 L of fluid capacity that provides 10 hours of operation on full output, a user-friendly on-board control panel with preset functionality, and a host of additional new features.

As the newest member of Martin’s professional hazer family, the JEM Hazer Pro is built with a lightweight and compact design ideal for theaters, cruise ships, bars, clubs, theme parks and medium to large shows. An innovative high-quality air pump system ensures the small-particle haze disperses evenly and continuously with superior optical clarity and reflectivity, perfect for today’s highly defined light beams.

The JEM Hazer Pro features a short warm up time and an unprecedented low noise output that is capable of producing exceptionally fine atmospheric haze in a short period of time. The hazer also comes standard with an on-board DMX 3-pin and 5-pin connection, a sealed fluid system for easy transportation, and is plug-and-play capable with programmable fast-access keys.

Designed as an upgrade to Martin’s popular JEM K1 Hazer, the JEM Hazer Pro is a culmination of Martin’s developments on its line of professional hazers and offers a multitude of new improvements and capabilities:

• 45 % smaller;
• 30 % / 6.5 kg lighter;
• 110 % higher output;
• Uses C+ Haze Fluid for the finest haze output;
• Smoother, more consistent output;
• Fluid capacity 2.5 L – 10 hours on full output.

Martin will showcase the JEM Hazer Pro at the 2014 LDI Expo on November 17 – 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For more information on Martin’s JEM Hazer Pro, 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 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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JVC Launches New Waterproof, Secure-Fit Sports Headphones

WAYNE, NJ, September 18, 2014 – Music is the perfect workout partner and for those who want to liven up their workout, JVC has four new sports headphones that include waterproof and washable options, all designed to stay in place during the most vigorous sports or workout activities.

The four new models include two in the JVC Gumy Sport line and two in the Extreme Fitness line. The new Gumy Sport headphones – the HA-EN10 and HA-ENR15 – feature a Nozzle Fit earpiece made of soft silicone and a unique shape that provides a comfortable and secure fit so they won’t fall out during exercise. Both Gumy Sport models are sweatproof with IPX2 water ingress protection rating, which means they can be used during light rainfall. The 3.3-foot cable has an iPhone compatible plug, and small and medium earpieces are included to ensure the best fit. The HA-ENR15 includes an in-line remote control and microphone for use with iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices. Both Gumy Sport models come in a choice of four color combinations – blue/black, black/red, pink/violet and white/orange.

The new JVC HA-ETX30 and HA-ETR40 Extreme Fitness headphones feature JVC’s new Pivot Motion Fit, a soft rubber rotating hook that fits within the part of the ear just above the ear canal to provide an ultra-secure yet very comfortable fit. To tailor the fit to each user, the hook rotates and its position can easily be adjusted while wearing the earpiece. The Extreme Fitness headphones are IPX5/IPX7 rated, so there’s rarely any need to worry if caught out in a rain storm, and they can be safely washed, either by rinsing under running water or rinsed briefly in a basin of water. The 3.94-foot cord has a gold-plated iPhone compatible plug, and each headphone comes with small, medium and large earpieces and a cable clip to hold the cable in place. The HA-ETR40 includes additional open-type earpieces that allow ambient sounds to be heard, such as approaching traffic, for safety. It also features a splash-proof in-line remote control and microphone on a 1.97-foot cable plus a 1.97-foot extension cord.

The HA-ETX30 is available in four color combinations – blue/yellow, black/green, pink/blue and white/orange. The HA-ETR40 comes in gun metallic/black and red/black.

The new JVC sports headphones will be available in late September at the following prices:
HA-EN10 $14.95
HA-ENR15 $19.95
HA-ETX30 $29.95
HA-ETR40 $39.95

About JVC Americas Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Americas Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC Americas distributes imaging and home entertainment products for the consumer market, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

AudioXL to Distribute Intellivox and AXYS Products in Benelux

(Left to Right) Thijs Dullaart, Audio XL; Nick Screen, Duran Audio; William van Druten, Audio XL.

DIEST, Belgium – HARMAN Professional is announcing that its Benelux distributor, AudioXL, has been named the exclusive distributor of the JBL Intellivox and AXYS loudspeaker products for the Benelux region. In October 2013, HARMAN acquired Duran Audio and its flagship Intellivox and AXYX lines, before incorporating them into the JBL product lineup.

“We are very excited about having the Intellivox and AXYS products as part of the JBL portfolio,” explained William van Druten, General Manager at AudioXL. “Intellivox was the first digitally steerable array on the market and the engineers from Duran Audio are widely regarded as the pioneers of and the authority on this technology. Intellivox is a great solution for delivering clear and intelligible speech in difficult acoustic environments and there are already many high-profile applications of the products around the world. This, combined with AudioXL’s experienced and skilled team and the wider portfolio of HARMAN products, is a recipe for success. I am sure we can continue to grow the market for the product and deliver fantastic solutions for many more projects.”

In recent years, Intellivox has become the preferred loudspeaker solution for major railway stations in Holland. Intellivox has not only been chosen for its ability to deliver the ultimate intelligibility but also for its subjective sound quality and natural sound reproduction. Stations now installed with Intellivox include: Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

The product has also enjoyed great success in the worship and AV markets. The AXYS range is also widely used by many rental companies in the region and is known for delivering transparent sound reproduction even at high sound pressure levels.

“This new relationship with AudioXL presents some really exciting opportunities,” Nick Screen, HARMAN Sales Director – Duran Audio Products. “With Intellivox it has always been about selling solutions, but it was a niche solution for intelligibility and many clients want a complete audio system. The HARMAN acquisition and the partnership with AudioXL means that we can now offer a complete HARMAN-based sound system solution that delivers Intellivox-quality intelligibility. Combine this with AudioXL’s team and large customer base and you have a winning formula.”

For more information on these products, please visit JBL Professional (www.jblpro.com) or AudioXL (www.audioxl.be and www.audioxl.nl)

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.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Helps Foster Immersive Experience for Thousands at Eagle Brook Church

CENTERVILLE, Minnesota – When a person enters a service at Eagle Brook Church, the congregation’s goal is for them to be welcomed by real people, challenged by biblical messages that address everyday problems and inspired by excellent music. With 18,000 attendees worshiping at 6 locations throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, the scale of Eagle Brook Church makes providing a personalized, immersive experience a challenge. Making the music even more inspiring, however, became a little less daunting of a task with the installation of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures.

Deployed to compliment the message and the music at the Lino Lakes campus are 16 Mac Viper Air FX fixtures and eight Martin 250 Washes. For Easter and other special occasions, the church supplements its installed fixtures by renting other Martin Fixtures. The church’s Blaine campus boasts 10 Mac 700 Profiles and four Mac 250 Entours. At Spring Lake Park, six Mac 250 Entours and six Mac 250 washes are used, and eight washes and six Mac 250 Entours are used at the White Bear Lake campus.

Eagle Brook Church has come a long way since 1948, when it was founded as a Sunday school initially attended by only 19. Today, for weekend services, the teaching pastor’s message is delivered live at the Lino Lakes location and broadcast via simulcast technology to the Blaine, Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park, White Bear Lake and Woodbury locations.

While the pastor’s message is simulcast, each Eagle Brook campus has its own music. Nate Nohling, Lead Lighting Director, oversees lighting and scenic design across the organization and works closely with Tom Clark and Travis Leatherman who help to design and program across the 6 campuses. “My goal is to create an immersive environment that enhances the worship experience,” he said. “We don’t want the lights to become the focal point or draw attention away from the experience. Instead, we want the lighting to match the energy of the music. To attain that, I work closely with the music pastors to make sure my design is cohesive with their vision.”

To help meet that challenge and many others, Nohling said that Eagle Brook Church was a Martin house before he joined the organization more than two years ago and that it will remain one for the foreseeable future. “We’re very particular about the brand of our campuses,” he said. “A part of that brand is making sure we have the same quality of fixtures to achieve the same type of environment across our campuses. Sticking with Martin fixtures helps us by having consistency when it comes to color palettes and overall output quality of our lighting.”

In the end, though, what’s important to Nohling and other members of Eagle Brook Church’s leadership team is making sure that everyone who attends a service has a deeply personal and immersive worship experience. “Lighting plays an important role in how people experience our brand,” he said. “And when you have different spaces, lit by different fixtures, creating the same lighting experience with different rigs is a challenge. That’s why maintaining a consistent design throughout our sites is a key part of my role. We need to have one design sensibility that we can draw on to create and deliver a consistent look and feel across campuses. Utilizing Martin fixtures helps us to be confident that when you walk into any one of our campuses, it is going to look and feel like Eagle Brook Church.”

Photo Credit: Tom Clark

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.

HARMAN’s Studer Introduces New MADI Card to Accompany D23 I/O System

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – In correlation with the introduction of its D23m I/O system and A-Link 3 Gbit/s optical interface, HARMAN’s Studer is announcing the first MADI I/O card specifically designed to fit in the new D23 frame, which works seamlessly with Studer Vista X and Vista V digital consoles. The card may also be used in the Vista 1 I/O card slot.

The new I/O card is a dual slot card fitted with two redundant MADI interfaces and provides up to 128 channels of inputs and 128 channels of outputs on the two fully redundant interfaces. SFP modules are used for the front panel MADI interfaces and these hot-pluggable devices are available in a variety of optical and electrical formats.

MADI is a worldwide standard and is used for high capacity interfaces to much studio equipment such as Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), video and audio routers, other consoles and, most importantly, stage boxes. Studer stage boxes have embedded control within the MADI stream, even if all 64 channels are used for audio. This new card may be connected to two Studer stage boxes, either D21m type or the Compact Stagebox. Full microphone control and remote frame status monitoring for both frames is provided on the console application.

Each of the two MADI interfaces provides dual outputs (with the same audio and control data). The MADI inputs will automatically switch in less than a millisecond to the reserve input if the data is corrupt or fails, thus providing full cable redundancy for typical OB operations.

MADI channel count to the D23m backplane may be set for both interfaces in eight channel steps individually from eight channels to 64 channels. MADI outputs may be set to 56-channel mode for compatibility with legacy equipment. MADI inputs may be in either 64- or 56-channel mode. Input sample rate converters may be enabled for use with non-synchronous sources.

The MADI interfaces will run at 44.1 kHz, 48kHz, 88.1kHz and 96kHz in the D23m frame. Channel count is halved unless two pairs of cables are used.

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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