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Technical Expert Greg Smith Pursues Audio Passion With HARMAN’s Soundcraft, JBL, AKG, Lexicon and dbx

HARMAN_GregSmith copyCHARLOTTE, North Carolina – While working as a Senior Manager of Product Development for event production company JHE Production Group, Greg Smith channels much of his professional expertise into his passion for audio production at his home studio. Having enjoyed great success before with HARMAN equipment during his professional career, he recently acquired Soundcraft, JBL, AKG, Lexicon and dbx products to mix and produce events in his own community.

Featured in Smith’s personal inventory are four JBL PRX735 loudspeakers, four PRX718XLF subwoofers, an AKG DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system, two AKG D5 wireless handheld microphones, a dbx DriveRack PX powered speaker optimizer, a dbx 2231 graphic equalizer, Lexicon MX400XL reverb/effects processor, and a Soundcraft Si Performer 1 mixing console.

“Since I work with a lot of the HARMAN equipment at my company, I am proficient enough to manage the sound for local shows and events,” said Smith. “I love the long faders on the Si Performer 1, and I really enjoy using Soundcraft FaderGlow™ feature, because 90 percent of the time we’re working in the dark and it’s nice to be able to glance over my settings quickly.”

“As for the PA system, the JBL PRX700 Series gives me the most bang for the buck,” said Smith. “Having used the original PRX series, I’ve noticed that these loudspeakers can work through everything including extreme weather conditions and temperatures. Not only will they survive the conditions, they sound absolutely amazing.”

Growing up, Smith mixed sound and music in high school as well as plays and shows on the weekends. He deepened his knowledge of audio engineering over time and also broadened it with experience in multiple settings, including an aircraft carrier during overseas deployments. Currently, his professional work entails the design of framework and structural engineering plans for a variety of event venues.

“I’m old-school, and I like to operate on a more detailed scale than just highs, lows and mids,” said Smith. “I got the dbx optimizer and equalizer so that I can manage my cutoffs and see the numbers 10, 20, 30 all across the entire spectrum. I want it very tight and clear, and this is the only way to do it with my budget.”

When asked what drove him to invest in a personal HARMAN Professional inventory, Smith said: “I’m extremely passionate about my work and decided that for my hobby, I would like to continue using long-lasting gear from the HARMAN brands. For example, my Lexicon processor and AKG mics have proven to be almost bulletproof.”

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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Carlos Elizalde and Rúckatan End 2014 on a High Note with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

AKG_CarlosElizaldeSAN RAMON, California — Percussionist/singer/songwriter Carlos Elizalde refuses to let 2014 go gentle into that good night, with a string of performances in December to close out one of his most successful years to date. As always, Elizalde is relying on his world-class array of HARMAN’s AKG microphones for his final performances of 2014.

Elizalde is the leader of Rúckatan, a San Ramon, California-based Latin, reggae and world music band, where his vocals and stage presence deliver a message of positivity—something everyone can use around the holidays. On Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, Rúckatan will be sharing a bill with Richard Bean & Sapo, the Sal Rodriguez Band, Jesse Flores and more at the Alemany High School Hall in Mission Hills, California.

In addition, Rúckatan will be playing a free show at the R-Place Music Club in Livermore, California, on Saturday, December 20.

“I’m really looking forward to closing out 2014 with a bang!” Elizalde noted. “My AKG microphones have supported me so well throughout the year—and in many years before. It’s a luxury to be able to perform night in and night out with the knowledge that your microphone system will back you up 100 percent.”

Elizalde is the proud owner and avid user of an extensive AKG system, highlighted by his WMS4500 wireless microphone setup, which includes a D7 reference dynamic vocal microphone. Elizalde also uses an AKG IVM4500 in-ear monitor set and a D7 microphone for percussion.

Elizalde also recently added an AKG C214 large-diaphragm condenser microphone to his inventory. “I am using the C214 for an overhead to mic all of my LP hand percussions,” Elizalde added. “It’s really an incredible microphone!”

For more information on Rúckatan, please visit www.ruckatan.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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Story Sound Takes HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers on a Wide Tour of Duty

HARMAN_StorySoundALPHEN, The Netherlands – Dutch audio rental provider Story Sound has recently completed what has unquestionably been the most diverse range of projects in the company’s history, all with a rig of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“Since this summer’s festival season, our work roster has covered an unbelievable program—ranging from reinforcing illusionists, undertaking royal events, supporting the Four Day Marches [Vierdaagsefeesten] in Nijmegen and assisting with the pan-European launch of new industrial machinery,” said director Michael Story.

“We have also worked with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time—in a free concert at the new Rotterdam Central Railway Station,” Story added. This has enabled the company to deploy its full range of front-line JBL line array systems, as appropriate, for each event.

Over a period spanning more than 15 years, Story Sound has systematically adopted most generations of JBL’s large-format enclosures, dating back to the HLA; today, the company’s expanding new-generation VTX rig is complemented by its existing VERTEC® VT4887A, VT4886 and VRX rigs, which are rarely found in the warehouse.

Of the shows that have given Story most satisfaction is the recent concert of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, where he used JBL’s revolutionary VRX system, ranks highest—the more so because a production manager, for whom they had successfully delivered a major project, had recommended them.

Unusually, the concert, staged in the station’s entrance hall, was to honor 10 years of the Metro Rotterdam and was attended by at least 4000 curious passengers and passers-by. The Rotterdam Philharmonic played five classical pieces under the direction of conductor Jurjen Hempel, and Story Sound provided light, sound and staging.

“The location was perfect for VRX,” said Story, adding that they rigged five VRX932LAP per side on each tower (using Genie lifts) with four VRX918S subs ground-stacked on the floor at each wing. The loudspeakers were powered by Crown I-Tech 5000HD and the sound was mixed on a Soundcraft Vi4 by Story Sound’s Wibo Vermeulen.

This show came on the back of a successful summer festival season during which Story Sound’s VTX system was again pushed to the max—and the company also continued to carry out environmental noise control on behalf of the local authorities. “We always use VTX where sound containment is an issue, and as the environmental pressures increase, we carry out calculations in LAC (HARMAN’s Line Array Calculator) and this data is then implemented in EASE modeling,” he said. “All this we report to the authorities.”

The 98th International Four Days Marches in Nijmegen, where soldiers march through the town, saw the company working for promoters Matrixx, for whom they also annually reinforce the Emporium Festival (Nijmegen) and Dreamfields Festival (near Arnhem). Story said that due to their calculations and predictions Matrixx were able to secure an additional contract for a new stage this year—and locations were set at Matrixx in the Park, Matrixx live at the Quay, the Festival Palace and the Stevens Church.

For the main stage, Story Sound fielded 24 VTX V25 line array elements (12 per side) and 16 VTX S28 subs, set in a reverse cardioid pattern across the front. To this they added two delay towers, each containing six VTX V20 line array elements—with the entire system powered with Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

As for Emporium and Dreamfields, Story Sound provided a large number of systems—no fewer than 160 V25 tops and 122 S28 subs at Emporium alone.

While Story Sound has its JBL VERTEC VT4886 on almost permanent hire with the Royal Netherlands Airforce Orchestra (Wibo Vermeulen again mixing on a Studer Vista 5SR, along with Remko Luijten), the production company has also deployed its VT4886 rig on the touring version of “Dreamgirls”, running from September 2014 through April 2015. “Again the sound has been perfect, with our VT4887A also delivering great results,” Story noted.

Other events undertaken by Story Sound include shows in Germany for illusionist Hans Klok, where coverage for the larger shows is provided by a VTX system. Sound effects play a major role in this production and Story Sound’s system is fully backed up, with the whole show computer controlled.

Meanwhile, at the other extreme, Story Sound has fielded its VERTEC VT4887A and VTX at events in both The Hague and Maastricht in commemoration of the 200 years celebration for the Dutch monarchy.

Finally, another challenging tour of duty which saw Story Sound handle full technical production, including a complete video mapping exercise, was the pan-European introduction of NACCO Materials Handling Group’s new Hyster and Yale lines of lift trucks, where four clusters of four JBL VRX932LA-1 and VRX918S subs were used.

All HARMAN Professional equipment is supplied in the Netherlands by Audio XL, headed by general manager, William Van Druten.

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 Soundcraft at the Double for La Citrouille

Scraft_LaCitrouilleBRITTANY, France – Based in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, contemporary musical theatre La Citrouille has upgraded its technical infrastructure with the purchase of two new Soundcraft digital desks from HARMAN distributor Eurolive. The newly released Vi3000 will principally be used for mixing the wide range of performances and events hosted at the venue, while the smaller Si Expression will handle monitors.

Prior to purchase, Eurolive had also arranged various console demos to enable the theatre to make the correct decision.

The purchases were authorised by General Manager Benjamin Bouet, who has worked at La Citrouille since 2003 (initially in the studios). When the theatre itself opened in 2009, he became General Manager, and has remained the only house technician since January 2012 when the theatre received a ‘SMAC’ designation (certifying it as a live contemporary music room).

The theatre itself has a capacity of 420 (200 seated) and Bouet explained that, while they were ready to upgrade their old Soundcraft analogue MH3 house desk and move into the digital world, the theatre’s returns desk had equally been starting to show signs of weakness, costing valuable time — particularly when making preset recalls on evenings where there were three or four groups participating. In addition, the monitor desk didn’t have the required adjustable low cut filter — and so La Citrouille sensed that this, too, needed to be replaced.

Helping to fund the new Vi3000 was the local community itself — notably the City of Saint Brieuc, Brittany Region and the CNV (National Centre for Variety). When it was used for the first time with the group Miossec, their sound engineer arrived with his show on a USB stick (from a Vi4), Bouet recalls. “They just had to repatch a few effects in the console and it was perfect — and a big time saver.”

He said that Soundcraft’s release of the Vi3000 was perfect in terms of timing as it sits in the portfolio between the Vi1 (“very popular with technicians but insufficient faders for us”) and the more expensive Vi4 and Vi6.

“Technicians are already experiencing great results,” he says. “The Dante capability of this console also attracted me and it will enable us to make multi-track recordings of some concerts. It opens up new perspectives.”

He adds that with the space saved at FOH, it is easier to accommodate a second console when incoming engineers carry their own production. “We welcome artists in residence, and it’s great that they can walk away with their show on a USB key.”

For monitors, Benjamin Bouet had wanted a console with at least 30 inputs on the same fader to avoid losing time by constantly changing layers on the menu. Soundcraft’s Si Expression 3 exactly met the requirement and everything on the desk was easily accessible. Essentially, I was looking for a simple console that all the technicians could use, at an affordable price.”

Featuring 32 recallable mic pre amps, the Si Expression 3 is a powerful cost effective digital console — and one that can expect to endure a heavy-duty life cycle. “Soundcraft has a reputation for building robust, reliable desks, and this was another important factor — in fact their consoles have been in use for 20 years in our studios and are still working.”

After mixing monitors for three groups on the recent Transmusicales tour, he confirms that the Si Expression functioned extremely well and certainly met all expectations.

These two new desks will take care of all eventualities. For aside from running concerts throughout the year, La Citrouille hosts meetings, as well as housing a ‘rock school’ where musicians can learn their craft, stages workshops in the performing arts and encourages youth theatre. ”And when we have residences, groups can prepare their shows and just plug in their file via USB stick.”

Soundcraft products are distributed in France, as part of the Harman Professional portfolio, by SCV Audio.

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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Shell Theatre Streamlines Dance and Music with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Console

Scraft_ShellTheatreFORT SASKATCHEWAN, Canada – As the in-house audio operator for Shell Theatre, which recently acquired a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, Norah Seed is certainly well-equipped to handle the venue’s exciting variety of live programming. The 538-seat performing arts space accommodates numerous dance recitals, musicals, and Christmas productions throughout the year, while maintaining its own self-produced Season Series consisting of professional acts from around the world and local acts from the region.

Owned and operated by the City of Fort Saskatchewan as part of the Dow Centennial Centre and the Sherritt Cultural Pavilion, the Shell Theatre attracts many North American touring artists, with an emphasis on Canadian talent. When Seed first arrived at this venue, she used her 25 years of audio technician experience to learn a new digital console that provided a simple and effective way to mix each show and continues to meet or exceed various client needs.

“I’ve had experience with other consoles, but since I’m new to this venue, I’m grateful to have an easy console to work with,” said Seed. “I like the way it can be set up, as I can have as many auxiliaries and matrices I need for every file; all the gains and high pass filters are exactly where you expect it to be, and the EQ functions are flexible. Everything is in a logical place and it all makes sense.”

Many racks of outboard equipment were stored away immediately after the Shell Theatre acquired the Vi6, completing the transition from analog to digital. As the EQ, gates, compressors and reverb units collect dust underneath the stage, the Soundcraft console’s color-coded FaderGlowTM lighting and its widescreen Vistonics II™ interface illuminate the now de-cluttered space.

“I love the color-coded lighting on the faders and the Vistonics widescreen,” said Seed. “The interface is intuitive for whatever I want to do, such as EQ-ing the vocals instantly, rather than touching three buttons to get there. The illuminated and color coded faders are just handy to indicate which feature you are editing and for operating in a dark theatre environment.”

“The Vi6 combines the best of both digital and analog, because it allows me to mix quickly while having all those digital features,” Seed concluded. “Not only does it make my life easier, it also sounds great.”

For more information on the Shell Theatre, please visit www.shelltheatre.ca

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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Creative Audio Provides Sound For Alice In Chains Tour With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays And Crown Amplifiers

ONTARIO, Canada – With two headline shows in Ontario, Alice In Chains recently completed its North American tour, where the band performed in theaters and arenas with capacities ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 seats. Having stocked HARMAN inventory for 25 years, live production company Creative Audio provided full production elements for the show including JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD power amplifiers.

A month-long endeavor consisting of four to five shows a week, the Alice in Chains tour featured heavy rock music with high SPL levels. To support the intensity of the shows, Creative Audio supplied the band with 24 JBL VTX V25 loudspeakers, 16 VTX G28 subwoofers, 12 VERTEC® VT4888 loudspeakers and 28 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

“We’ve recently graduated from VERTEC to the VTX line arrays, and so far the results have been positive,” said Chris Mentzel, Owner of Creative Audio. “These boxes are absolutely comfortable with reaching the high SPL levels of heavy rock music. The sheer output is amazing, and thus we can use fewer subs and have twice as much low end when compared with the older boxes. The high end is great, because it’s so smooth without sounding piercing at all.”

Two Creative Audio technicians traveled with the band during the tour, assisting with setup and teardown for every show. Having transitioned to the latest JBL technologies, they took full advantage of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™, as well as Crown’s I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“When we started getting into Performance Manager, we liked it so much that it has now completely replaced our old system. It’s a real lifesaver,” said Mentzel. “Combined with the I-Tech 12000HD amps, everything is easier to navigate. The amps are so powerful that we no longer need an external processor in line.”

Creative Audio currently plans to double its VTX inventory within nine months.

For more information on Creative Audio, please visit http://www.creativeaudio.us/

For more information on Alice in Chains, please visit http://www.aliceinchains.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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The Church of Christ Turns To Hitachi CP-WX8265 Projector for Brilliant Video Display

Hitachi ChurchofChristDorchester, Massachusetts, December 4, 2014 – Needing a replacement projector for its worship services, the Church of Christ recently found an ideal solution in the Hitachi CP-WX8265. Located in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the Church of Christ has a congregation of about 375 members. Carlfred Malcolm, the building engineer and media technician for media and broadcast, explained the need for a new projector. “The demand for versatility calls for high volumes of information to reach the masses with simplicity,” stated Mr. Malcolm.

The CP-WX8265 is used for many different occasions within the church. “We use the projector primarily in the main auditorium for morning worship song service. It is also used for our weekly message bulletin, youth movie nights, and the church finance meetings,” explained Mr. Malcolm. Because the projector has so many different uses, it was important to find a projector that was easy to use and crystal clear.

“Despite all of its high-tech features, the setup and use were intuitive,” stated Mr. Malcolm. The clarity of the picture was a big factor in choosing the right projector for the congregation, Mr. Malcolm added. “We can all see vivid pictures despite the amount of light in the sanctuary or time of day,” added Mr. Malcolm.

The benefits of the new projector exceeded the expectations of Mr. Malcolm and the congregation. “No more shutting off the lights to enhance the picture at 6,500 lumens, easy wireless projector communication, many different options and settings. It’s great.”

The entire congregation has had positive comments about the projector. “This projector’s performance has been the talk of the congregation,” said Mr. Malcolm. “The CP-WX8265 has been a great investment compared to other projectors boasting the same features.”

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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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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