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Engineer Eric Masip Adds HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 To His Mobile Inventory

Scraft_EricMasipLLEIDA, Spain – Providing audio services for concerts, theater events and conferences, freelance engineer Eric Masip recently acquired a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital console to streamline his services into a compact but powerful mixing package. While supporting several live production companies, Masip uses his Vi1 for multiple situations, including monitors mixing, FOH mixing and live recording. The console was sold to Masip by Vtecnics En Ruta, through EARPRO, Soundcraft’s distributor in Spain and Portugal.

With a versatile audio background, Masip wanted a new digital console that would complement his jack-of-all-trades work ethic. To that end, he relied on his previous experience with Soundcraft Vi Series consoles. With the Vi1, he gained the flexibility of a compact console, and the power of MADI protocols to distribute audio signals to other interfaces.

“Since I have previously worked with the Soundcraft Vi6, I am convinced that the Soundcraft brand is better for me than all of the others that I have tried,” said Masip. “A freelance engineer like myself needs something portable enough to carry to shows, but also something powerful enough to provide quality services. Ultimately, I was impressed by the compact dimensions, clean interface, good sound and elegant design of the Vi1.”

With BSS EQ’s, Lexicon effects and Soundcraft FaderGlowTM illumination, the Vi1 console offers comprehensive mixing capabilities despite it being the smallest product in the Vi Series. Many engineers recognize a Soundcraft console by its intuitive layout and design, but the improved workflow is especially important for those that wear as many hats as Masip.

“The sound is really brilliant and clear, and it performs great with many of the top bands, but it’s the workflow that is truly amazing, offering me a lot of possibilities during a show.” said Masip. “The combination of the touchscreen and the vertical organization gives the console an analog-like feel, allowing me to operate very quickly, and the FaderGlow function is an excellent addition.”

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 Martin Professional MAC Quantum, VC-strips and Tripix Entertain The Audience Alongside Robbie Williams

Swings Both Ways Tour 2014.2 Credit Ralph Larmann (c) Farrell Music Ltd.jpg copyNEW YORK, New York — It’s all about glitz and glam in Robbie Williams’, Swings Both Ways Tour, which started in May and ends this September. The stage design is theatrical in every possible way. The lighting design, by Mark Cunniffe, is the perfect accompaniment to an inspired stage design and features a substantial rig by HARMAN’s Martin Professional, which is also the first major outing for lighting supplier NEG EARTH’s new stock of MAC Quantum Wash.

Martin Professional spoke to Lighting Designer, Mark Cunniffe, NEG EARTH MD, Dave Ridgway and Project Manager Caroline Beverley to hear about the lighting design process and their experiences working with MAC Quantum for this major production.

Cunniffe worked closely with Set Designer, Ric Lipson from Stufish. Based on Lipson’s initial stage design concept, Cunniffe designed the lighting. He also provided suggestions for additional stage elements, such as the chandeliers “floating” above the stage, which became a major feature of the show and have received a lot of attention.

Cunniffe started plying his trade over 20 years ago and has witnessed many advances in lighting fixture design. The rise in LED products requiring less power has allowed him to continue to develop his art in an increasingly eco-friendly way. “I find that Martin’s new MAC Quantum Wash provides me with a very good theatrical unit,” said Cunniffe. “I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of it last year and was totally blown away by its brightness and its color quality.”

Initially Cunniffe thought that he would need Quantums both on the top and bottom of the 90 x 55 ft Austrian drape, but soon realised that the Quantum was sufficiently bright and its beam sufficiently even to light up the whole drape from top to bottom. Another pleasant surprise was how straightforward it was to match the color of the MAC Auras to the new Quantums for the stage elements. Cunniffe recalled:

“We thought there would definitely be a discrepancy because of the age difference in the fixtures,” said Cunniffe. “We use a pallet of around 30 colors – very few pastels and a lot saturated and secondary colors. It didn’t take much programming and the color match between all of the units was excellent.”

“The original idea was to use MAC Auras to light the Austrian drape,” said Ridgway. “They would have done a good job, but we would have needed more of them. The Quantum is a different sort of light; its wider and more powerful, and it looks great.”

MAC Quantums were also used as audience lighting, mounted as a separate rig. According to Cunniffe, five years ago, no one would have used an LED product as an audience wash light on a show, but the Quantum is perfect for it. “The tungsten values you can get now from an LED fixture are very good,” Cunniffe said. “The Quantums allowed me to do achieve all I wanted to achieve, which is a real testament to it.”

The Tripix range was also deployed in great numbers on the tour. Although essentially an outdoor architectural fixture, it did extremely well on the semi-circular walkway. Initially, Cunniffe wanted to use them solely to get some soft light shining up on Robbie when he took to this part of the stage. “It worked so well that it turned into a stand-alone scenic element of the show, which is also why we saved it for the second act,” he said. “It wasn’t just functional; it was absolutely faultless in an entertainment environment.”

The design process concluded with a three week rehearsal period to test and adjust the stage and lighting design. “Rehearsals can be the most tricky period and the units aren’t necessarily designed to be on for 100 hours straight, but the Quantums performed as well as we could have hoped and overall we are very happy with the quality,” Beverly said.

“The lights came out of the box, they were rigged and they worked,” Cunniffe said. “Everyone involved have done a fantastic job. We also appreciate the help from the guys at Martin UK.”

“We don’t often get a chance to come in at an early stage in the production process and help things develop,” said Michael Walker, Sales Director for Martin Professional in the UK. “Although we’ve only played a small part in this incredible production, it’s great to work with such talented people, to experience the challenges and technical demands and to see what happens on the basis of a creative brief. The knowledge we gain from being part of such an epic-scale production, helps us develop new products based on real demands.”

The Swings Both Ways Tour ended September 28th with a final show in Sydney.

Martin Equipment:
MAC Quantum Wash, 62 pcs.
MAC Viper AirFX, 64 pcs.
MAC Viper Profile, 30 pcs.
MAC Viper Performance, 12 pcs.
MAC Aura, 52 pcs.
Tripix range, 300 pcs.

For more information, please visit: http://martin.com/en-US/View-Case?itemId=CaseStory:14196

Photo Credit: Ralph Larman © Farrell Music Ltd. and Ric Lipson © Farrell Music Ltd.

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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Firehouse Productions Supports Inspiring Music At Global Citizen Festival With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

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NEW YORK, New York – With a stellar reputation for managing audio at major events throughout the country, Firehouse Productions once again pushed HARMAN’s JBL VTX loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers to its limits to reinforce the sound for the 2014 Global Citizen Festival. Famous world-renowned artists and bands such as Jay Z, The Roots and DJ Tiesto performed at this show, delivering an event that matched the passion of individuals supporting this movement.

Dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030, the Global Citizen movement hosts this annual event to raise awareness to drive change in this world, promoting activism through live music. Firehouse Productions took this goal to heart, when it designed and set up an incredible system at the stage in the Great Lawn of Central Park.

For this outdoor venue of 55 acres, the system featured two hangs of 18 VTX V25 line arrays per side, 38 VTX G28 and 16 VT4880A subwoofers for the main PA, complemented by four hangs of 12 VT4889 loudspeakers for delays. The entire system was powered by 60 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers loudspeakers for the mid-high sections and 24 I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers for the subwoofers. The system was monitored and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™.

“Both our engineers and the audience liked the sound very much,” said Mark Dittmar, VP of Design and Engineering. “The VTX boxes performed consistently, with powerful bass and clear highs. Though it’s an outdoor venue, we’ve set up enough delay towers to reach every corner of the venue. As always, there were no challenges that we couldn’t overcome with these line arrays.

“The biggest thing for us is to have a single amplifier that can power every JBL loudspeaker we use, so we can use just one amp rack design for everything,” said Dittmar. “The flexibility is really incredible.”

Transcending international boundaries and languages, the one-day show called upon this generation to take real action in terms of education, sanitation and healthcare. Thus, there could be no room for failure when it came to the compelling messages by the top musicians in the world.

“We’ve meticulously designed and tested this unique system for the purpose of being able to support a show that goes on for the whole day,” said Dittmar. “Thanks to the Crown amplifiers, we were confident that performance remained uninterrupted.”

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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Church of the Highlands Delivers High-Energy Worship Experience For 20,000 Members With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting Fixtures

MARTIN_ChurchoftheHighlandsAARHUS, Denmark — With ten campuses and more than 30,000 active members throughout Alabama, the Church of the Highlands delivers a unique style of prayer that utilizes professional production elements to create a high-energy, high-worship atmosphere. Now in its second decade, the church was in need of a versatile and reliable lighting solution for its weekly services and Lighting Designer, Brian Worster, turned to HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures to provide stage and effect lighting across the ten campuses.

Services for the church are held at a variety of campuses ranging from high schools to community centers and entertainment venues and are produced primarily by volunteer “worship teams”. While the sermon is delivered from the Grants Mill main campus in Birmingham, Alabama via the Internet, each campus worship team runs the program and services locally. “We wanted to create a passionate high-energy worship atmosphere with lighting that could be quickly loaded-in and loaded-out by volunteers every week,” said Worster.

The main campus deploys Martin’s MAC Viper moving head luminaires and MAC 250 wash lights. Worster also often specified the Viper series for youth conferences put on by the church, citing their optics and power. “We recently put on a youth conference in which we brought in 28 Auras and 18 Vipers,” said Worster. “The Vipers offer great gobos, they are extremely punchy, and have incredible optics that deliver strong output and framing.”

Martin’s MAC 101 series wash lights are also used at each of the church’s locations to ensure that volunteers can easily update positioning on short turnarounds. Worster also brought in the 101s for their ability to color mix as well as for their efficiency because many of the campus locations have little to no infrastructure for large amounts of power consumption.

“The 101s are super bright and in some locations we are throwing 100 feet or more to the stage and still only at 70-80 percent output,” said Worster. “The lens accessories are great for zooming or narrow the beams to blend the front wash. We also use the 101s during the message portion as a supplement to house lights like in a theater.”

The Tuscaloosa campus features 16 101 RGBs on the upstage floor shooting on the ceiling above the stage, while the Woodlawn campus, a high school theater uses 8 101 WRMs for front wash as well. The Fultondale and Huntsville campuses feature 10 101 RGBs on trusses upstage as well as several 101 CTs downstage for front wash.

“We’ve used the 101s at the Fultondale campus for almost two years and they’ve totally changed the way we approach launching a campus with the church,” said Worster. “They offer more flexibility and provide an atmosphere that we can recreate at every location. Also, budget is an important when launching a new campus and the 101s are extremely bright yet also inexpensive enough that they were a no-brainer for our productions.”

“The service Martin has provided to us has been incredible,” summarized Worster. “The fact that Martin has a team specifically dedicated to the House of Worship market is huge for us—we feel like we have another ally on our team and I could not have imagined the success of our services without their help!”

For more information on Martin’s stage lighting solutions, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Culture Club Kicks Off Reunion Tour with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Console and the Realtime Rack, Soundcraft’s UAD Plug-In Engine

Scraft_CultureClubLONDON, United Kingdom – More than 30 years since winning the world over with pop classics like “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, Culture Club is reuniting for a string of concerts throughout North America, to be followed by a multi-arena tour in the United Kingdom. The band’s longtime front of house engineer, Jimmy Sarikas, aka “Mixologist”, recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console, which he put to use for a private Culture Club performance at the Heaven nightclub in London. The console was sold through SSE Audio Group, Soundcraft Vi Select dealer.

Jimmy purchased the Vi3000 for multiple purposes, including live mixing as well as studio and mobile recording. “I’m a one-stop shop, so I needed a console that could perform multiple functions,” he said. “I can roll up to a festival and do live multi-track recording and broadcast, and I have multiple duplication systems in my truck, so I can give you 200 CDs in a half-hour after the show.”

The first task for Jimmy’s new desk – was a private performance from the group at the Heaven nightclub in London.

Alex Penn, Sales Director for SSE Audio Group commented, “As SSE Hire has been working with Culture Club on various recent events, and SSE Audio Group has been long term suppliers of Soundcraft Vi consoles for both Hire and Sales, Jimmy got in touch with SSE Sales when he decided that the Vi3000 was his console of choice. As Jimmy really wanted to use all of the available features of the console we had to develop some customised packaging solutions, housing two screens (record overview and Realtime Rack) in the case, as well as the Realtime Rack itself and a UPS.”

According to Jimmy, the Vi3000 offers multiple benefits compared to other consoles on the market. “For starters, the sound quality of the Vi3000 is just amazing,” he said. “Vi Series consoles have always had an amazing sound and that’s the case with the Vi3000. The second major factor is ease of use. I personally feel that manufacturers are making boards that are too small. I want some faders! My arms are more than capable to open as wide as 24 faders, so it’s Soundcraft all the way for me.”

For the Culture Club shows, Jimmy is running 53 channels to accommodate the multiple vocals and diverse instrumentation on stage, which includes two piano players, several guitars, a brass section and a variety of percussion. Jimmy is also utilizing the Soundcraft Realtime Rack, a 1RU box that features a library of Universal Audio plug-ins.

“I’m loving the Dante connectivity because I record 64 channels in and 64 channels out for virtual sound checks as well as my multi-track recordings,” Jimmy noted. “I’m working with two machines for that [Mac Minis with SSD hard drives]. Both computers fit in a 1RU rack located in the flight case of the Vi3000: one is my recording device and the other is the Realtime Rack.” The computer with the “Realtime Rack” software also records a redundant 64 channels of multi-track audio via the secondary Dante output. The two screens also slide into compartments in the case. Can you believe all this and the Vi3000 in one box on wheels?”

In addition, Jimmy’s positive experience with Soundcraft boards in the past played a factor in his decision to add the Vi3000 to his arsenal. “I’ve used Vi6 consoles at festivals before and they always felt a bit daunting at first, but the truth is that Vi consoles are probably the easiest control surfaces to use,” Jimmy said. “There aren’t any hidden pages—what you need is right in front of you.”

For more information on Jimmy Sarikas, please visit www.mixologist.co.uk or www.payperviewconcerts.co.uk

For more information on Culture Club, please visit www.culture-club.co.uk

For more information on SSE Audio Group, please visit www.sseaudiogroup.com

Soundcraft and Harman products are distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology Ltd, for more information, please visit www.soundtech.co.uk

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 Linq’s High Roller Observation Wheel Enhances The Iconic Las Vegas Skyline with HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting

Martin_Linq High RollerLAS VEGAS, Nevada — In March 2014, The LINQ Resort by Caesars Entertainment altered the Las Vegas skyline when it completed the world’s tallest observation wheel. The High Roller, shaped like a giant floating hoop, now rises above the cityscape of Las Vegas, illuminated from sunset throughout the night by fixtures from HARMAN’s Martin Professional’s Tripix range of products.

Commissioned by Caesars Entertainment in 2009 with an overall vision to change the Las Vegas Skyline with a new iconic landmark, construction on the world’s tallest observation wheel began. On the lighting side of this extravagant architectural project, NYXdesign teamed up with Martin Professional, systems integrator 4Wall Entertainment and electrical contractors Bombard Electric.

The installation includes 1,120 Tripix 300 fixtures, 1,008 Tripix Wash fixtures, 560 Tripix Power IP66 power supplies and four MAC Viper fixtures.

“Working with Henrik Kristensen from Martin and the rest of the team was very rewarding,” said Buddy Pope, Senior Systems Project Manager, 4Wall Entertainment. “We had to make sure everything would be able to withstand being turned upside down every 30 minutes over and over again. Also, everything had to be designed down to the last hole before we were able to test anything. Martin’s willingness to come up with customized solutions was a key success factor in these early stages.”

“The amount of time we spent and the level of detail we worked with in the mockup stage really was worth it,” said Lighting Designer, Abigail Rosen Holmes. “It allowed us to know the choices we were making would work as we intended when installed. This information had to be carried through to the drawings, and eventually construction, as it would not be possible to adjust the fixtures’ mounting positions.”

One major challenge that had to be considered in the early stages of the project was to accommodate the user experience from both inside the cabins and from various angles and viewing distances make the lighting design successful from every possible perspective. The Tripix products were chosen because at the time it was the only fixture on the market with a converged light source, also known as a tri-color chip, meaning that when you look directly at the light source you only see the color that the fixtures is programmed to show. As visitors would be able to see directly into the light source from the cabins, a traditional RGB light source was not an option.

“Apart from the difficulty in getting to the fixture locations, our involvement was a ‘bolt-up’ and ‘plug and play’ installation of a well-designed lighting system,” said Mike Gurule, Bombard Electric. “It is clear to us that Martin places a high emphasis on quality control.”

The guidelines for the lighting design was that it had to respect the beauty and simplicity of the structure while at the same time embracing its kinetic qualities. In contrast to a lot of Las Vegas lighting, the design for the High Roller was not meant to be flashy and carnival-like.

“The vision of everybody involved allowed me to treat the object very simply, because in its pure form the structure is extraordinarily beautiful,” said Holmes. “They had this clear idea and vision and were very consistent on keeping it all the way through.”

Even though the fixtures are moving around with the rim, it is possible to program the fixtures to make the wheel appear to be one color in the bottom half and another in the top half. The programming frequently returns to white to reestablish the pure form of the object and there are subtle design choices that may not all be perceived by spectators, but contribute to the overall perception of the design.

As the sun goes down a slightly different time every day, there are 365 individual cues timed to actual sunset. It starts with a sequence designed to play from sunset to dark. When darkness falls another set of sequences carry on all through the night. Sets of special sequences are designed for holidays and special events, including, according to Holmes, an awesome one for Halloween.

There is an obvious challenge in lighting up a structure like The High Roller. Unlike The London Eye, which is designed as an open truss structure, The High Roller is a massive white object that has to be illuminated from the outside.

“The 2,000 Martin fixtures were individually mapped and numbered to provide the detail and variety we wanted in the programming,” said Holmes. “This formed the basis of the varied movement patterns and groups which play out in the programming for the wheel lighting.”

Holmes, working with programmer Jason Badger, created the initial wheel lighting sequences using an offline 3d visualizer, allowing the project team to further review and develop the feel and aesthetic of the programming in advance of installation. For onsite programming, a position was set up on a hotel balcony overlooking The High Roller. All the fixtures are wirelessly DMX-controlled and during this phase all the pre-programmed sequences were tested and more were developed.

More than a year into its completion, many believe The High Roller has become an integral part of the Las Vegas Skyline with its beautiful shape and elegant lighting design, making it fully deserving of its status as the latest and greatest Vegas landmark.

“To me the most exciting moment was the first day when we were able to turn everything on and knew that it worked,” said Pope. “Three years of work and planning turned out successfully but you can’t help but hold your breath right up until the moment you turn it on. To me it is magical when, at night the wheel comes to life with light and turns into something different.”

Video: http://youtu.be/QTlA5PV5B0k

Image credit: Denise Truscello

Lighting Team
4Wall Entertainment
NYXdesign
Bombard Electric
Martin Professional

The High Roller project also features a complete Harman audio solution provided by JBL, Crown and BSS.

Full story: http://www.martin.com/en-US/View-Case?itemId=CaseStory:14169

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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HARMAN’s AKG CS3 Delivers Subtle Simplicity For Onyx AV’s Conferencing Services

CS3_SystemALMERE, The Netherlands – Having provided sound reinforcement for hotels and corporations that required subtle but effective conferencing solutions, Dutch-based Onyx AV has recently upgraded its inventory with HARMAN’s AKG microphones. When the time came to refresh its inventory and to address the increased demand for reliable microphones during presentations, Onyx AV reached out to audio equipment distributor Audio XL to supply the new AKG CS3 Series conference system.

The modular and flexible AKG CS3 system supports up to 60 microphones with the base unit connected to PA, recording and external audio sources and camera control systems. Not only does it come with a detachable microphone that can be swapped to suit different preferences in length, but it also ensures user-friendly operation for fast conference management.

After dealing with other brands for a long time, Onyx was ready to switch to obtain higher quality performance that offers plug-and-play flexibility, allowing its customers to focus on the conference with ease. Following a live demo of the new CS3 system in Onyx’s head-office in Almere, the engineers were convinced that AKG was the right choice for them.

The system’s rigidity and compact size exceeded Onyx’s expectations and is able to serve all of its needs. Compared to the legacy system, the enormous leap in sound quality and durability has delivered excellent results during the first few weeks of the upgrade.

For more information on AKG, please visit www.akg.com/pro

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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Lighting Designer Robert Sondergaard and HARMAN’s Martin Professional Create Unique “Reverse Collaboration” Dance Production

MARTIN Reverse Collaboration-1BURNABY, British Columbia — Unlike any dance show ever produced, Robert Sondergaard’s Reverse Collaboration project is a reversal of the typical production and creative processes—developing the lighting and environment design first and then adding in choreography as the final piece. The Reverse Collaboration concept is the culmination of MovEnt’s annual project called “Today in the Theatre” that brought choreographers and lighting designers together to explore lighting without the pressure of crafting a show. However, as Sondergaard, Owner of production design house Electric Aura, sought new ways to improve the collaboration process between lighting designers and dance choreographers, he felt the project needed to take the next step. In support of this year’s event, which featured the first ever dance show created entirely via Reverse Collaboration, HARMAN’s Martin Professional teamed up with Christie Lites to provide Sondergaard with a multitude of moving head lighting fixtures, including the MAC Quantum Wash and RUSH MH3 Beam.

Dance professionals typically start with the choreography and add layers of lighting, sound, costumes and set pieces to enhance the production. However, these additional design elements are often forced to play catch up with the choreography to become a bigger part of the show and in many cases, the lack of time or monetary resources lead to designs that are not fully realized. By developing a show through reverse collaboration, Sondergaard, as the lighting and production designer, took the lead creative role. His process began by choosing a piece of music and then designed a lighting environment, with equipment provided by Martin Professional, Christie Lites, and Electric Aura’s own fixtures, that accentuated the sound.

“From a lighting standpoint, I spent three months creating the show to ensure it was fully programmed and time coded before the collaboration with the choreographers and dancers began,” said Sondergaard. “The chance to refine a lighting design to that degree was very challenging, yet refreshing at the same time. With one four-minute section of the design featuring over 220 cue calls, it was one of the most fine-tuned designs I’ve ever accomplished.”

After months of developing the lighting design, Sondergaard then teamed up with two choreographers and four dancers at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, British Columbia to finalize the show over the course of six days. The first day consisted of load-in while the choreography was developed from days two through four. On day five the production team refined the performance and on day six the show was live. “It was truly an impressive feat by the choreographers to develop the routine in such a short period of time. While I had months to refine and fully program the lighting design, the choreography was only developed over three days,” said Sondergaard.

Sondergaard deployed eight of Martin’s MAC Quantum Wash lights, with six on booms upstage and two additional fixtures hung in the air for top wash. “The intensity and quality of the light the Quantum produces is unlike any other wash light available,” said Sondergaard. “It has a unique lense effect where the front lense rotates and creates an organic movement to the light like I’ve never seen in any fixture before.”

Additionally, he used 16 Martin RUSH MH3 Beam fixtures positioned on the floor on either side of the stage and four MH1 Profile fixtures hung in a cluster over center stage. Sondergaard also suspended 15 of Martin’s MAC Aura Wash lights over the stage on truss ladders. “We were very happy with the capabilities of the RUSH MH 3 fixtures,” said Sondergaard. “The strong output and colors paired with the rotating gobos really made the MH3s a fantastic fixture to work with. They really outperformed our expectations!”

From creating cutting edge and integrated lighting designs to attracting larger audiences with bigger production elements, Sondergaard’s Reverse Collaboration project hopes to create and reinforce a new creative process that showcases the importance a more refined lighting design to dance productions.

“I have always had a strong passion for dance production,” said Sondergaard. “I am proud to help bring new creative processes and production elements to the dance world and I could not have imagined our success without the support of Martin Professional.”

Equipment
Supplied by Martin Professional and Christie Lites (www.christielites.com):
8 x MAC Quantum Wash
16 X Rush MH3

Supplied by Electric Aura:
15 x MAC Aura Wash
4 x Rush MH1

Creative Team
Conceived and Created by: Robert Sondergaard (www.electricaura.net)
Producer: Julie-anne Saroyan, MovEnt (www.movent.ca)
Choreographers : Karissa Barry & Thoenn Glover
Dancers: Jessica Wilkie, Elya Grant, Sophia Wolfe, Alex Tam

For an inside look at Robert Sondergaard’s “Reverse Collaboration” project, please visit: http://youtu.be/3gKxyK6-amI

For more information on Martin’s stage lighting solutions, please visit: www.martin.com
As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Salem Lutheran Church Brings Sanctuary To Life With Hitachi CP-WX8255A Projector

Hitachi_SalemLutheranGreenfield, Minnesota, October 17, 2014 – On a mission to find a brighter and more convenient projector, Dennis Strong, Pastor and Administrator at Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield, Minnesota, found the solution in Hitachi’s CP-WX8255A projector. Salem Lutheran Church, which has 630 members, needed a new projector primarily to show video content and presentations.

“We have been using a smaller projector on a cart that had to be wheeled out into the aisle when we wanted to use it,” explained Pastor Strong. “We wanted a high-performance projector that also would be up and out of the way.”

Having a projector in the middle of the aisle in the sanctuary was a problem for the churchgoers, as well as a potential fire hazard, Pastor Strong noted. Hitachi was able to provide what the Church needed. “The new projector is surface mounted onto the front of the rear balcony,” said Pastor Strong. “We use it to show videos and presentations during church gatherings and sermons.”

Finding a projector that met the Church’s needs came after a lot of research. “The CP-WX8255A was recommended by our audio-visual supplier, Jeanne Schultz from Point Of Power. The projector had exactly what we needed,” said Pastor Strong.

Since the installation of the projector, the Church is happy with the final result. “It is less hassle getting presentations ready because we do not need to wheel in the projector on a cart. It’s already set up,” said Pastor Strong. “It has high brightness and it is great to have it mounted and out of the way. We have had a few church members comment on how convenient the projector is and how beneficial it is to have the projector mounted.”

For more information on the Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield, Minnesota, visit http://www.salemwels.org

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

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 and JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Console Chosen for Prestigious Norwegian Academy of Music

HARMAN_NorwegianAcademyOSLO, Norway — Norwegian distributor, LydRommet, has had a busy summer, designing and setting up an extensively upgraded light, audio and AV system at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

The Norwegian Academy of Music is one of Europe’s leading artistic and academic institutions. As well as a highly competent staff of 180 to cater for more than 600 students, the buildings and facilities provide among the best and most contemporary music education environments in Europe. The academy has custom designed rooms, excellent recording studios and concert halls, which facilitate over 300 concerts a year.

According to project engineer Stig Gunnar Ringen, high-quality, user-driven solutions for teaching and concerts were central goals for this project. “The installation has made the concert halls much more flexible and suited for the broad diversity of musical expressions we accommodate, without coming at the expense of the unique acoustics of the halls,” he said.

In Lindemannsalen, the main hall, eight JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers and two VT4883 subwoofers are fitted on each side of the stage, as well as four VT4886 loudspeakers comprising a center cluster. A pair of JBL VTX F12 loudspeakers, along with four F18S subwoofers are used at the floor level, as well as monitors and multi-purpose loudspeakers from the JBL VP series.

Both of the concert halls have been equipped with the new Soundcraft Vi3000 console, each connected to a Soundcraft Vi stagebox, located in a central machine room.

The Vi3000 utilizes the new internal DSP SpiderCore based on the Studer Vista 1 engine, with Soundcraft’s Vi Version 4.8 operating software, 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 system is powered by nine Crown I-Tech amplifiers, and monitored and processed by JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

LydRommet, founded in 1978, is one of Scandinavia’s leading distributors of professional audio products and systems. In the pro audio industry in Scandinavia LydRommet is known for their dedication to quality sound, high competence and level of service.

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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