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St. Louis Symphony Optimizes Capabilities for Recording and Live Broadcast with HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 Digital Console

Studer_StLouisSymphonyST. LOUIS, Missouri – Looking for a digital console to meet its needs for high-resolution recordings and live radio broadcasts, the prestigious St. Louis Symphony found the ideal solution in HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 console. Offering 128 channels at a 96kHz sample rate, the Vista 5 has given the Symphony tremendous versatility, redundancy and world-class audio quality

The St. Louis Symphony is currently in its fifth season of broadcasting, where each of its Saturday evening orchestral series performances are aired live on St. Louis Public Radio 90.7-KWMU. “It’s truly a live broadcast, nothing is pre-taped,” said Paul Hennerich, lead engineer for the St. Louis Symphony and owner of the Pan Galactic Company. “The Vista 5’s redundancy and flexibility have really made a difference this season. And the board also enables us to work with multiple streams during the performances.”

Not only are the Saturday performances aired live, but the entirety of the St. Louis Symphony’s concerts are also recorded in 96k, with some of them being used in releases of John Adams’ music by subscription through Nonesuch Records. “For our recordings with Nonesuch, the Vista 5 was one of the few consoles that had the ability to do high-resolution recordings that we need to track,” Hennerick said. “And, of course, the sound quality is phenomenal, so the console hit all the requirements we had.”

Hennerich noted that the Vista 5’s speed in live situations has enabled him to work efficiently and quickly. “The Vistonics™ interface is just incredible,” he said. “Having the touchscreen built in with the physical controller is a huge difference from other consoles. Other consoles might have the touchscreen feature, but it isn’t integrated with a physical controller.”

In addition, the Vista 5’s EQ capabilities also sold the St. Louis Symphony on the console. “With classical music you need a phase-accurate EQ to really bring out the subtleties of the orchestral performances,” Hennerich noted. “We also have the Vista FX feature with the built-in Lexicon effects. Having the ability to adjust multiple reverb sends at the same time makes the workflow that much faster. Also, being able to have two engineers work on their own control surface has been a nice feature.”

Looking ahead, the St. Louis Symphony will be adding the new Infinity Core™ processing engine to its Vista 5. “The current DSP core we have is pretty great, but I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do with the Infinity Core,” Hennerich said. “The sky is the limit for us!”

For more information on the St. Louis Symphony, please visit www.stlsymphony.org

For more information on the Pan Galactic Company, please visit www.pangalacticrecording.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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Macau Tower Transforms Its Wedding Banquet Hall With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting

Martom_MacauTowerMACAU, China – Known for its modern architecture and artistic design, the Macau Tower, located in the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is a landmark that features an eloquent banquet hall which was recently revamped using HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting fixtures.

Featured in this lighting renovation are four Martin MAC 350 Entour LED lighting fixtures, 16 Mac Auras, six Rush PAR 2 RGBW Zoom cans, an M2GOTM lighting console and an iOS MAXRemote. This package is centered on compact performance, as each of these lighting elements take up minimal real estate, but are able to emit powerful beams of output.

The tower is a popular destination amongst international tourists, avid shoppers and romance seekers. Donned with ballroom chandeliers and magnificent crystals, the banquet hall needed specialized lighting solutions to complement the elegance of the room. By implementing the latest lighting technologies, the owners of the tower are hoping to elevate the standards of this ceremonial room to best match the stunning views that surround the entire floor.

“The lightweight design is very effective for this banquet room, for its ability to maintain a low profile while projecting up to 8000 lumens,” said David McKinney, Head of Harman China Operations. “Martin MAC 350 Entour lighting fixtures are in this sense powerful and versatile LED lights capable of highlighting any occasion. Combined with the wide and uniform wash beams of the MAC Aura Washes, this duo sets up the perfect mood for weddings.”

Today, the Wedding Banquet Hall is more colorful than ever before, and thanks to the advanced controls of the compact M2GOTM lighting console, users have the flexibility to apply different configurations to any type of event. Also, operators may use the iOS MAXRemote app to enjoy the freedom of remote control, while mingling with guests and the audience.

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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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lights Up The Ubisoft Event at 2014 E3 Conference

Martin_Ubisoft E3NEW YORK, New York — E3, the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games, provides groundbreaking new technologies to over tens of thousands of professionals. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in June, this event has representatives from over 100 countries. This year, HARMAN’s Martin Professional helped bring the Ubisoft event to life providing premier lighting for the introduction of this year’s newest games, including Assassins Creed French Revolution.

Featured at the Ubisoft event were 64 MAC Quantum fixtures, 10 MAC 2k Performances, five MAC 2k Washes, eight MAC Viper Profiles and 22 MAC Auras.

Chris Collins, Yeager Design, along with Elizabeth Harper, E. Harper Design, described the amount of work that went into finding the appropriate lighting for the event, including the creation of a waving French flag from Martin lights. One of the biggest challenges was finding lighting that not only added to the stage but also looked good on camera.

“Making sure it looks good for the camera is huge,” said Harper. “Your live audience is only a fraction of who is actually watching the event. Branding is one of the biggest aspects of these events so finding the correct color range to match the brands that show up on camera is equally important”

Finding the right lights for an event of this caliber to fit both the live event and the broadcasting took some work, but Martin was able to provide just the right equipment. “We’re starting to phase out the MAC 2k washes, the Viper Wash and Profile are filling those roles for the next generation,” said Collins. “The MAC 2k was our go to fixture prior to the Viper line as it offered a nice field for camera, as well as the shuttering mechanism in a reasonable size fixture. The Viper line is a nice improvement and it’s timing is great for taking over from the MAC 2k line.”

The Vipers that were used for the Ubisoft event have a great range of optics, whether it’s for texturing a site or a short throw or even lighting a piece of scenery. “The Viper is a reasonably sized fixture and it’s been really great,” mentioned Collins. “Our camera guy loved the Auras. If you just have scoop for house lights nobody wants to see them. But the Auras gave the TV/web audience a better sense of how many people were there and all the excitement surrounding the event.”

When asked if there were any big obstacles around the lighting, Harper replied, “No real challenges that the gear impacted. Overall everyone was very happy with the variety of looks for the show. With the Quantum’s negative space around it, it could have been easy for the LED screen to overwhelm everything. But we actually had to dial the Quantums back to get a nice balance. The event was a big success both live and broadcasted, thanks to the versatility of Martin’s lighting fixtures.”

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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HARMAN’s Crown and BSS Audio Are At Center Court In Wimbledon Audio System Upgrade

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

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LONDON, England — It’s the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship – Wimbledon, held at the All England Club In London since 1877. Although steeped in tradition, the facility takes a decidedly modern approach to its audio and communications network, evaluating and updating its installation every year. Prior to the 2014 tournament, Wimbledon-based systems contractor RG Jones Sound Engineering (www.rgjones.co.uk) knew that the scope of work would be much more involved than in the past. Because of building renovations, the Broadcast Center PA equipment room had to be completely relocated, and the system upgrade called for more audio inputs and outputs than the existing system provided.

Jon Berry, RG Jones Sales and Installation Director realized that HARMAN’s Crown DriveCore Install (DCi) Network amplifiers and BSS Audio BLU-160 signal processor made such a major undertaking a lot easier, because of their ability to be networked with the All England Club’s existing Soundweb London audio DSP system, which operates across the site in locations including the Centre Court clubhouse, the North courts, the Gate 3 turnstiles building and other areas. RG Jones installed a total of 24 Crown DCi 4|300N and DCi 4|600N four-channel amplifiers in the new PA room, as well as two BSS Audio BLU-160 processors. All Crown and BSS Audio products were supplied by UK HARMAN distributor Sound Technology, Ltd.

Crown’s DCi Network amplifiers utilize exclusive DriveCore amplifier technology, which enables powerful, energy-efficient operation from an amplifier just 2U rack spaces high. The ampifiers are compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ system setup and control software.

The amplifiers receive audio from the BSS BLU-160 processors via BLU link, a low-latency 256-channel fault-tolerant bus, which provides the required channel count and a cost-effective hardware solution that can be implemented over long distances.

“Having to implement such a major overhaul of the system proved to be a blessing in disguise, as the relocation of the PA room confirmed our belief that network-compatible amplifiers were the way forward,” said Berry. “The ability to network the amplifiers alongside the existing Soundweb London system has proven to be extremely useful. Having in-depth, instantaneous monitoring of the amplifiers gives us a degree of control that was simply unavailable before.” He also noted that the amplifiers’ Ethernet connectivity significantly reduced the amount of analog cabling that would have otherwise been necessary.

Berry has been equally impressed with the DCi Network amplifiers’ performance. Before starting the All England Club project RG Jones undertook rigorous sonic testing at their workshop to check that the amplifiers would integrate with the existing system. “While conducting these evaluations we realized that the depth and functionality of the amps’ DSP features were a major advantage in tailoring their performance to the speakers, the system and the venue,” Berry added.

For Berry and his team, the acid test was going from the workbench to configuring the installation for the Centre Court clubhouse. “The setup and commissioning of the clubhouse system was the most complex part of the install, and in fact we found the process to be intuitive, easier than we thought it would be – and extremely effective. The flexibility, control capabilities and the sound quality are far better than we could have hoped for and we will certainly be specifying the Crown DCi amps and BSS Audio components for future projects.”

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

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 Now Shipping RUSH Wizard™ Effect Light

RUSH by Martin_WizardAARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the RUSH Wizard™ “full-house” effect light for nightclubs, bars and other leisure environments is now shipping. As the latest member of the RUSH by Martin line of affordable lighting solutions, the RUSH Wizard is an extremely bright yet energy-efficient light providing high-quality mid-air effects.

The RUSH Wizard is music-triggered and DMX-controllable with two independent color/gobo wheels offering seven colors (plus two whites) and 13 different gobos with an additional two open patterns. An advanced shutter system allows the Wizard to create fast strobe and pulse effects as well as blackouts and a unique instant open. The Wizard also delivers more than 80 agile light beams with each beam chasing the other while continuously changing color and gobo pattern.

“Finding reliable effect lighting that is compact and bright while also energy efficient is a challenge faced by many integrators,” said Mark Buss, Product Manager, RUSH by Martin. “We are committed to providing the industry with the most innovative and affordable lighting solutions; the RUSH Wizard is a powerful addition to our RUSH by Martin line that is capable of filling any venue with a dazzling display of mid-air effects and personality.”

The Wizard’s powerful ‘full-house’ club effect produces more than 80 light beams with each beam chasing the other while also continuously changing color and gobo patterns. It also features adjustable focus and a stand-alone mode for easy control as well as a130W short-arc discharge to create powerful effects via a reflector.

In addition, the RUSH wizard comes equipped with mounting brackets for easy installation on walls and ceilings as well as on floor stands ideal for mobile DJs in need of portable lighting.

For more information on Martin’s RUSH Wizard, please visit:

http://www.martin.com/en-US/Product-Details/RUSH-Wizard.aspx

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.

DL Sound & Lighting Productions Gives Butchart Gardens Great Sounds for the Summer with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

IMG_2366VICTORIA, Canada — Providing a sound reinforcement system to accommodate the growing audiences for The Butchart Gardens’ “Summer at the Gardens” concert series, DL Sound & Lighting Productions of Victoria has supplied HARMAN’s JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers for two months of live performances.

Located near Victoria on Vancouver Island, The Butchart Gardens is a collection of floral gardens that receives almost a million visitors each year. For the past 12 years, DL Sound has provided the sound reinforcement system for The Butchart Gardens’ famed “Summer at the Gardens” series. This year’s performers included world-famous acts including Colin James and Pink Martini, with performances scheduled every night from June 15 to August 30.

“This year, The Butchart Gardens wanted to up the ante as far as the draw of its performing artists went, so they also needed an audio system that would meets the needs of larger crowds,” said Doug Lyngard, President of DL Sound. “They also wanted to be able to fly the PA system instead of ground-stacking, which they have done in the past.”

“The venue lends itself to great presentation for an artist, and this is a great venue for acts coming through the Victoria area,” said Paul Gatien, Live Sound Engineer for The Butchart Gardens. “For Colin James, we had an audience of 5,000 people, which was one of our largest events.”

The system at The Butchart Gardens includes a left-right hang of six V20 line array loudspeakers per side, powered with Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers. Gatien also uses JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ to monitor and control the system.

“I haven’t had any training on Performance Manager, so I’ve been figuring it out as we go, but it’s so intuitive that it’s been working great, and we’re doing really well with it,” Gatien noted.

When looking for a loudspeaker system for the summer season at The Butchart Gardens, Lyngard was attracted to the V20 for multiple reasons. “I really liked the sound of the V20, and the JBL name carries a solid reputation, so that also played a big factor,” he said. “Other factors like the easy rigging were important, as well as how easily the loudspeakers work with the Crown amplifiers and Performance Manager.”

“We’re really happy with the system,” Gatien added. “We do everything from symphony performances and jazz to classic rock and blues, and the VTX loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers handle it all very well.”

While Summer at the Gardens provided the impetus for DL Sound to purchase the JBL VTX system, the company has big plans for it once the summer is over. “The V20 and I-Tech 4x3500HD raise our ability to compete for larger projects,” Lyngard said. “Now we’ll be able to provide sound for all the venues on Vancouver Island and in the Vancouver area and be able to fill most riders as well.”

For more information on DL Sound & Lighting Productions, please visit www.dlsound.net

For more information on The Butchart Gardens, please visit www.butchartgardens.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.

Jason ‘Malletman’ Taylor Finds The Sweet Spot With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones And Headphones

AKG_MalletmanATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – A nationally renowned jazz recording artist, vibraphone player Jason ‘Malletman’ Taylor relies on HARMAN’s AKG microphones to produce the perfect sound in the studio and on the stage.

Taylor has played in a variety of theaters and nightclubs throughout his career, while recording and performing with the likes of Tito Puente Jr., Earth, Wind & Fire, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Bernard Purdie and Jon Bon Jovi. Malletman sees today’s music as a melting pot of genres, and thus restricts himself to none.

Prior to his game-changing experience with AKG, the 5-time GRAMMY® nominee was forced to become a ‘slinger’ and play the vibraphone with great force in order to be heard. But after his introduction to AKG microphones, it became effortless for him to find the right sound.

“They can hear me well now,” said Taylor. “It’s the best sound I’ve ever played. AKG takes me to the next level in the world of audio. For years I couldn’t be heard, and now it’s a challenge to not hit too hard. Also, I don’t have to worry about accidentally hitting the microphones anymore either, because I know they won’t break like some of the other brands that I’ve tried.”

Taylor uses two AKG C516 ML miniature microphones for his vibraphone and an AKG D5 handheld microphone to speak with the audience while onstage. He also likes to rely on the AKG K550 and K551 reference headphones for all production work in the studio.

“When I make music with the AKG headphones, I can make the sounds that I want, and they just make me smile,” said Taylor. “This whole journey with AKG makes me smile.”

For more information on Jason Taylor, please visit http://www.malletsplace.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.

DJ Ravidrums Performs At Telemundo’s Third Annual Premios Tu Mundo Show With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

AKG_DJRavidrumsMIAMI, Florida – Dubbed the ‘One-Man Wrecking Machine’, DJ/drummer DJ Ravidrums (Jakhotia) recently performed at the Telemundo’s Third Annual Premios Tu Mundo (Your World) Awards in Miami’s American Airlines Arena, which featured top Latin American and Spanish artists such as Yandel, Lucero, Juanes, Los Tucanes de Tijuana and David Bisbal. Having developed a transparent touchscreen DJ interface in collaboration with Virtual DJ Software—the Dream Screen 3000—the unique talents of this DJ/drummer were delivered to the audience with HARMAN’s AKG microphones.

Jakhotia combines his drumming skills with an interest in modern DJ applications, such as digital turntables. During the primetime show, his setup featured the Dream Screen 3000 with customized surrounding drums, situated on a separate platform in front of the main stage.

Jakhotia used 10 AKG C518M microphones on all the tom drums, two AKG C451B microphones on the overheads and an AKG D40 microphone on the snare.

“The show was about big giant Brazilian Samba sounds, consisting of percussion, electronics and proper acoustics,” said Jakhotia. “Getting the acoustics to meet the electronics takes a lot of work, but the AKG C518 microphones helped me do all that and generate a more powerful presence.”

As Jakhotia delivered an audiovisual spectacle in the middle of the arena, the AKG microphones held their own and delivered more than just world-class sound. “In this age it’s all about ease of use and reliability, which these microphones definitely have,” Jakhotia said. “Even after hitting them with my drumsticks many times, they never fail.”

In addition to the Awards event, he also uses an AKG D12 microphone for the kick drum for some shows, and AKG C414 microphones at his home studio.

“I just love the C414’s, as they’ve always been legendary and made me fall in love with AKG ever since I was a kid,” said Jakhotia. “The punch and clarity is there, making the electronics sound beefy and the acoustics sound complete. It’s challenging but thanks to AKG, I can always find the right balance.”

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.

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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