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Feel The RUSH with HARMAN’s Martin Professional At Prolight + Sound 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany — At Prolight + Sound 2014, HARMAN’s Martin Professional will host its annual RUSH event at the Gibson Club in Frankfurt on March 13. In addition to a great night of fun, the venue will showcase the RUSH™ by Martin line, including Martin’s RUSH Multibeam 2™, MH 4 Beam™, and PAR 2 RGBW Zoom™ lighting fixtures.

PL+S attendees can collect their free ticket to the RUSH event by visiting the Martin stand (Hall 9, A93) during show hours. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and all event attendees must be at least 18 years of age. Martin will also be giving away a different RUSH by Martin product each day of the show. Attendees can enter for a chance to win at the Martin stand.

The RUSH by Martin line features a comprehensive and affordable range of profile, wash, strobe, beam and pin spot luminaries for DJ and club effects. As a compact moving head for smaller venues, the RUSH MH 4 Beam houses a fixed gobo wheel and color wheel for a multitude of effects, such as dimming, strobe, 6-facet prism, and focus. The RUSH Multibeam 2 is a versatile effect featuring two moveable LED bars each with five individually controlled narrow beams, as well as preprogrammed macros for powerful yet easy effects. The RUSH PAR 2 RGBW Zoom is a bright single-lens LED PAR Can with fully premixed color from 12 RGBW LEDs that offers electronic dimming and strobe.

For more information about Martin Professional’s RUSH event, please visit: http://martin.com/pressrelease/pressrelease.asp?id=948&

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 designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces Winner of Annual Young Lighting Designer Contest

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced Garou Blancan as the winner of its 2014 Professional Young Lighting Designer contest. Throughout the month of February, young amateur lighting designers from around the world competed for a chance to win by programming their ultimate show to a music track of their choice and submitting it the Martin Facebook page. Blancan will be presented as the winner during the 2014 Martin Professional Prolight + Sound Press Conference at 4 PM on Thursday, March 14 at the Martin Booth A93 (Hall 9.0).

As the first place winner, Blancan, a 25 year old Belize-born Canadian, has been awarded an all expenses paid trip to the 2014 Prolight + Sound Expo in Frankfurt Germany as well as with a Martin MG20™ lighting controller. The MG20 is a powerful yet compact controller that is easy-to-use and offers 10 fader playbacks, an external video screen, an effects generator, as well as a host of other features.

“The decision to choose Garou as the winner was unanimous,” commented Paul Pelletier, Product Manager for Controllers, HARMAN Martin Professional. “His design contained every element of a great show, including creative positions, movements, color mixing, variation and blackout. Now armed with an MG20 controller to further his already fantastic creative abilities, we are very excited to see Garou put together many great shows in the future.”

A winner was chosen through a simple process: Facebook users voted for their favorite shows and the three shows with the most votes were then judged by a three-person panel consisting of last year’s winner, Brad Helzer, Martin Professional’s Global Product and Application Specialist, Theis Wermuth, and Pelletier.

The contest also awarded prizes for the second and third place winners. As the second place winner, Ricardo Dias of Portugal was awarded Martin’s M2PC™ control surface that delivers a professional suite of features directly from any PC. The third place winner, Mihail Kisiov of Bulgaria, won a Martin USB Duo DMX Interface that offers XLR 5P female connectors and provides two DMX 512 universes from any USB enabled Windows-based PC.

“Congratulations to Garuou, Ricardo, and Mihail on their achievement as the world’s most remarkable young lighting designers,” commented Pelletier. “We are proud to support aspiring lighting design professionals and extend thanks to all the participants and those who took the time to vote to make this contest the best yet. We look forward to putting a new generation of lighting designers to the test next year.”

To view the winning shows, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/MartinProfessional/app_486254294756872

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 designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional to Host Manufacturer’s Forum Seminar on VTX Line Arrays at Prolight + Sound 2014d

FRANKFURT, Germany – At Prolight + Sound 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is hosting a Manufacturer’s Forum seminar on its revolutionary VTX line array system. The seminar will be hosted by Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional, and will take place on Friday, March 14 at 11:00 AM at the Cosmopolitan Lounge in Hall 9.T

At the seminar, aspects of the JBL Professional VTX system will be presented, including transducer technology, system design details, amplification/processing and simulation/control software. New additions to the VTX product family will also be featured, including the VTX F Series and VTX V20/S25.

“Our VTX product lineup continues to grow and as our customer base expands accordingly, Prolight + Sound offers a prime opportunity to make even more potential customers aware of VTX’s sonic superiority, easy rigging and unmatched power,” Bauman said.

All Prolight & Sound attendees are welcome to join the seminar. For more information on JBL Professional VTX line arrays, please visit www.jblpro.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s AKG Offers License-Free Operation and 128-Bit Encryption with DMSTetrad Digital Wireless Microphone System

FRANKFURT, Germany – At ProLight + Sound 2014, HARMAN’s AKG is introducing the DMSTetrad digital wireless microphone system. Ideal for a variety of applications ranging from concerts and clubs, to conferences, this license-free wireless system offers uncompressed audio transmission, superior RF performance and 128-bit AES standard encryption.

The AKG DMSTetrad digital wireless microphone system features an integrated 4-channel mixer, and an antenna front mount kit. With 24bit, 48kHz audio coding, it provides uncompressed studio-quality transmission and a linear frequency response, for uncompromising vocal and instrumental performances. The DMSTetrad’s 128-bit AES standard encryption prevents tapping of the audio signal, which makes it a perfect companion for high-security conferences.

The entire DMSTetrad system features the DSRTetrad Digital Stationary Receiver, the DPTTetrad Digital Pocket Transmitter and the DHTTetrad Digital Handheld Transmitter, available with AKG’s patented D5 acoustics or as DHTTetrad P5 with standard dynamic capsule. Two sets are available, the DMSTetrad Vocal Set including the DHTTetrad P5 and the DMSTetrad Performer Set including the DPTTetrad together with a C111 L earhook microphone and the MKG L instrument cable.

The DMSTetrad can be quickly assembled and ready to use. The DSRTetrad receiver can work with up to four channels of audio in parallel which can be mixed down directly to its balanced XLR sum output. The dynamic frequency selection (DFS) ensures that only the cleanest frequency bands are selected for the connection between receivers and transmitters automatically.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforcew of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Launches Range of Hardware and Software Solutions at Prolight + Sound 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany — Today at Prolight + Sound 2014, HARMAN’s Martin Professional introduced a range of new lighting solutions that include the MAC Quantum Profile™, Martin ShowDesigner 6™, as well as additions to its VC-Grids™ and VC-Strips™ lines.

MAC Quantum Profile™
The MAC Quantum Profile pairs the latest in LED technology with Martin’s propriety optical designs to deliver superior light output. Setting new standards for combined performance and size, this lightweight lighting fixture offers a uniquely compact frame that provides low power consumption and precision movement.

Martin ShowDesigner 6™
ShowDesigner Version 6 is the largest update to Martin’s proprietary 3D Lighting Design program since 2007. The latest iteration features a completely new user interface that is designed to increase productivity as well as the ability to drag-and-drop all design elements, such as truss, fixtures, and textures, onto a new multi-view 3D visualizer. Also, Martin ShowDesigner 6 combines DirectX11 with the latest 3D engine technology to improve rendering time on any video hardware.

VC Family
Martin has expanded its VC-Grids™ and VC-Strips™ family to fit the demands for different pixel pitch on various projects such as architectural installations, stage design, and TV set design. These creative LED video solutions are now available in 15, 25, 30 and 60 mm pixel pitch. Additionally, the power of the P3 and the PowerPort paired with Martin’s calibration technology delivers unparalleled flexibility and simplicity.

Martin also introduced a broad range of mounting solutions and optical accessories for the VC-Dots, VC-Strips and VC-Grids lines to increase versatility across all applications.

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 designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft to Host “Mixing with Professionals” Sessions at Prolight & Sound 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN’s Soundcraft is hosting its popular “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) training sessions at Prolight & Sound 2014 in Frankfurt. The sessions will offer formal training and demonstrations on Soundcraft’s Si Expression range and the groundbreaking new Vi3000 digital live sound console.

“We trained around 2,000 engineers over the past year on the Expression range as well as Vi and know the Vi3000 especially will draw lots of interest at the show,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Soundcraft Studer & AKG, HARMAN Professional. “The MwP sessions offer a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with industry experienced engineers on hand to help and provide tips of the trade, everyone is welcome to join a session.”

The ‘all-in-one-box’ Soundcraft Vi3000 digital live sound console offers a host of state-of-the-art features, a new industrial design, 96 channels to mix, and onboard Dante. The Vi3000 uses the new internal Soundcraft® SpiderCore DSP based on sister company Studer’s Vista 1 engine, with Soundcraft’s Vi Version 4.8 operating software offering the new ‘3D’ Vistonics™ user interface, while adding a fourth 24-channel fader layer to improve access to the console’s 96 input channels. The surface operation and layout is similar to other Vi Series consoles, providing a familiar feel while offering expanded functionality. The Vi3000 also features upgraded microphone preamps and 40-bit Floating Point DSP processing for superlative sound quality.

The MwP sessions will be held on all four days of the show (March 12-15) in both German and English languages at the Harman booth F32 in Hall 8. More details are available at www.soundcraft.com/mwp/events.aspx.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Ushers in the Next Generation of Digital Consoles

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft today announced the introduction of its incomparable Vi3000 digital live sound console, offering a host of state-of-the-art features including the groundbreaking internal DSP Soundcraft® SpiderCore, a new industrial design, 96 channels to mix, Dante compatibility and more.

“The new Vi3000 represents a massive leap forward in digital console design and functionality, while also keeping the best elements of the Vi4 and Vi6 consoles,” said Andy Brown, Vi Series Senior Product Manager, Soundcraft. “We have a totally new internal core based on the highly successful Studer Vista 1 and a completely new, more efficiently designed surface running updated operating software. Compared to other consoles in its price range, the Vi3000 offers more input channels, more busses, more faders, and a user interface like no other. We are proud to say the Vi3000 is simply unparalleled in its category.”

The Vi3000 utilizes the new internal DSP SpiderCore based on the company’s Vista 1 engine, with Soundcraft’s Vi Version 4.8 operating software, while adding a fourth 24-channel fader layer to improve access to the console’s 96 input channels. The surface operation and layout is similar to other Vi Series consoles, providing a familiar feel while offering expanded functionality. The Vi3000 features upgraded microphone preamps and 40-bit Floating Point DSP processing for superlative sound quality.

The Soundcraft Vi3000 features an all-new appearance with a more efficiently designed control surface, 36 faders, 24 mono/stereo busses and a sweeping black screen panel with four Vistonics II™ touch screen interfaces with sleek, updated 3D graphics. Because the Vi3000 has four touchscreens, it’s the only console in its class that can be used by two engineers at the same time.

“Visibility of parameters and easy access to them are the most important features a console can have,” Brown noted. “When something unexpected happens—as it always does in live sound—being able to see a lot of settings quickly is a massive advantage.”

The Soundcraft Vi3000 offers extensive rear panel connectivity. In addition to a full complement of analog and digital inputs and outputs, the console provides MIDI, USB, Ethernet, DVI out, Dante/MADI record feed outputs, redundant power supply and other connections. The Vi3000 has two expansion bays that can be fitted with MADI Stagebox cards, to connect multiple Soundcraft Stagebox input expander modules. The Vi3000 can also accommodate the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack, a hardware/software unit designed in collaboration with plug-in manufacturer Universal Audio that provides access to 74 industry-standard UAD plug-ins. The Vi3000 is the first Soundcraft console to incorporate a Dante interface as standard, for seamless digital audio networking with Dante-enabled devices.

Along with its greatly expanded functionality, the Vi3000 retains all the features that have made the Soundcraft Vi Series the consoles of choice for live sound engineers worldwide, such as FaderGlow™ illuminated faders that display different colors according to function, the ability to store and recall snapshots and cues, compatibility with Soundcraft’s ViSi app that allows remote control from an iPad, built-in Lexicon reverb/delays, dbx compression,effects and more.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Belfast Systems Integrator Niavac Upgrades Inventory with HARMAN’s AKG CS3 Conferencing System

BELFAST, United Kingdom – Belfast-based AV presentation system specialists, Niavac, have upgraded their rental inventory by investing in HARMAN’s AKG CS3 conference system. According to MD James Conlon, this ‘plug and play’ solution is already proving extremely popular with their customers, particularly in the educational and healthcare segments, which form part of their core business. The system was sold to Niavac through Sound Technology Ltd., who distribute HARMAN Professional products throughout the UK and ROI.

Although Niavac—who have been in operation for over 50 years—have run AKG previously in their hire fleet, they canvassed the market to look for the most suitable options before readopting the brand.

“We were recommended to AKG by a third party,” stated Conlon, “but we also looked at the offerings of the other market leaders. I did a complete trawl and then contacted distributors Sound Technology Ltd, placing an order for a 30-station system.”

The old AKG system, he said, had served the company well for many years but was reaching the end of its useful life. “And since we are staging high end conferences and board meetings in areas such as education, healthcare and the private sector, we wanted to replace like for like, but with a superior solution.”

The CS3 System is a modular and flexible conference system suitable for any venue—from corporate boardrooms to council chambers—and its components can be easily set up, and scaled to suit (for instance, one CS3 base unit can support 60 microphones which connect to all relevant devices like PA, recording, external audio sources and camera control systems). The CS3 microphone station comes with a robust interface connector, which makes it easy to interchange the mics, which come in two detachable versions.

Since Niavac are also a major system integrator in Northern Ireland, supplying microphones and portable racks regularly to the education segment, it was important they got the choice right. “We needed the new system quickly, and having had a demonstration of some of the other brands AKG won out on sheer quality, the reliability we had experienced with the brand before, its ease of operation, its competitive price and the fact that it would sit easily in our existing transit boxes,” Conlon said. “Also, it looked very corporate-friendly; with other systems we reviewed [operators] were confused by the button pressing protocols.”

To emphasize his point, Conlon stated that one of their key clients, the local Healthcare Trust “absolutely love it”—adding, “they will attach it to amps, speakers and handheld radio mics.”

For more information on Niavac, please visit www.niavac.com

For more information on Sound Technology, please visit www.soundtech.co.uk

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Media Prima Malaysia Takes HARMAN Studer Vista 1 Digital Console

Media Prima Berhad Directors of Audio Engineering, Mohd Zaidi (right) and Nur Azrin (left).

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Media Prima Berhad, Malaysia’s leading integrated media investment group, recently purchased a HARMAN Studer Vista 1 for multipurpose usage throughout all the Media Prima companies. This was supplied by HARMAN Professional’s local distributor, Mahajak Trio Electronic Sdn Bhd, and was the first Vista 1 to be delivered and commissioned in Malaysia.

According to Mahajak Trio Senior Manager, Sales and Projects, Lee Chin Kah, a reliable, highly flexible and cost-effective solution had been required by the station and Studer represented one of the best choices, with its reputation for reliability and sound quality. The station has been using Studer platforms since starting out in 1984, when they adopted early analogue consoles.

“Studer’s reputation is legendary in the audio industry and the all-in-one Vista 1 console fitted the needs of our customer perfectly, containing all the advanced features of the Vista range, including surround 5.1, within the budget,” he said.

This function is one of the features the station had been eagerly awaiting within this price range, and as a result Media Prima will be able to migrate from stereo to surround sound mixing.

In addition, they noted that Vista 1 was extremely user-friendly, with an easy-to-learn Vistonics™ user interface and unique functionality, with 40 on-screen rotary knobs. Using Studer’s unique Virtual Surround Panning, the operator can take mono sources and create a realistic sound field.

The Vista 1 is a transportable all-in-one digital mixing console for broadcast, live and production use, with the control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies all contained within the console. This makes it the ideal choice when space is restricted, such as in OB and ENG vans. The Studer Vista 1 also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network. Two expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to popular formats, including CobraNet or Aviom A-Net, Ethersound, Dante, Dolby E and MADI I/O.

Another key feature is the Studer VistaMix, which is also available for Vista1. VistaMix offers a unique solution by mimicking the action of a human operator, increasing gain for ‘talking’ mics and reducing gain for all others, quickly keeping the amount of total gain constant; even when several people are speaking, a clean live mix can be created. VistaMix also offers the ideal solution for news operations when multiple mics are installed in the studio but the desk operator is not sure which ones will be used. Vista Mix switches on only those mics that are in use, with an enable function that is faster than human mixing.

According to Director of Audio Engineering, Nur Azrin, the learning curve with the Vista 1 was minimal, and the intuitive Vistonics interface and FaderGlow™ made it easy for the sound engineer to operate compared with other digital consoles on the market. But most importantly, he confirms, the sound quality is the best and the support is excellent. “We are in the process of adding the D21m AES EBU I/O card slot on the rear of the console to expand our AES I/O channels. It takes us less than a minute for the console to recognise the new I/O’s, just by pressing the ‘Reconfig’ button on the rear of the console. It’s so user-friendly to configure. Another advantage is that the Studer stagebox can be used or interchanged between Studer and Soundcraft, since we have few Soundcraft Si Performer digital mixers — so it will save the expense of buying another stagebox,” added Mr Azrin.

“We have had no hesitation in recommending the Vista1 to customers based on the excellent quality of the sound and the inbuilt sound processing,” he summarized. “It offers one of the best price-to-performance ratios and this was a vital aspect, as it allowed us to fulfill the customer’s requirement — namely for flexibility and cost-effective sound for all video production.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Austrian Freelancer Lukas Zilka Takes HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to the Big Stage

PURKERSDORF, Austria – Lukas Zilka, a freelancer who mixes audio for live concerts, press conferences, corporate events and national balls, recently elevated his company Live Productions –Event Services with the purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 mixing console. This upgrade will assist him not only with his own productions, but also with the services he routinely offers to bigger companies.

Zilka is a highly skilled sound engineer who manages audio for some of the nation’s top balls, including the “Bonobonball” (Candy Ball) in Vienna. His previous experience with the Soundcraft GB8 analog console installed at that venue is what led him to grow his business with the Si Expression 3. It is the perfect console to lead analog users into the digital realm, as the controls on the Si Expression feel very much like any analog desk.

“Simply put, the value of the Si Expression 3 is unmatched, as other brands cost an arm and a leg for the same feature set that Soundcraft offers. I mix children’s plays for one of my regular clients, which is a local community church, and as the performance group expanded over the years and became increasingly professional, the small racks on the old Yamaha console couldn’t cut it anymore. I needed more outputs and more faders, so when I saw the Si Expression 3, I knew my search had come to an end,” Zilka said.

The Soundcraft Si Expression 3 features a mighty number of 30+2 faders along with flexible onboard and expansion I/O options to ensure that every one of the 66 input processing channels can be used. To help the operator power through concerts and events of any size, this console not only boasts the award winning EMMA™ DSP processor, it also comes with built-in FX engines that do not impact the mix regardless of load. To top it off, the fader groups are illuminated with Soundcraft FaderGlowTM, which color-codes the motorized faders for an intuitive mixing experience.

“So far, I’m loving the digital experience,” said Zilka. “I really like the easy handle on all channel parameters, as there is no need to jump into menus to get the effects I want. When I did a charity concert, I noticed the advantage of storable pre-amps, which was not present on my old mixer. I also enjoy using the ViSi app on my iPad for corporate events and press conferences.”

“Overall, Soundcraft delivered on every aspect of its name, providing me with an experience that cannot be found elsewhere for this price,” Zilka concluded. “The Si Expression does a perfect job and helps me create the exact sound that I want. Its ease-of-use features such as FaderGlow are revolutionary for this industry, which contains too many cluttered mechanics from other brands.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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