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Maryland Sound Re-Elects HARMAN’s JBL Line Arrays for President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration

NORTHRIDGE, California – Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States for a second term on January 21, 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. As it has since 1996, Maryland Sound provided the main PA system for the inauguration, relying on a combination of HARMAN’s JBL VTX and VERTEC® line arrays, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft digital consoles to provide clear sound quality to the over 1,000,000 people in attendance.

The ceremonial program, which included President Obama’s oath of office and his inaugural address, took place on the Capitol grounds, and also included music from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and the fifth grade chorus from P.S. 22 on Staten Island. The program also featured performances by James Taylor (“America the Beautiful”), Kelly Clarkson (“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”) and Beyonce (“The Star-Spangled Banner”).

At the Capitol, Maryland Sound provided an assortment of JBL VP7315, VP7215, Control 25AV and AE Series AC28/95 loudspeakers. For the massive audience that filled the Capitol Grounds and National Mall, Maryland Sound deployed 12 of its custom-built line array towers, each featuring 16 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements. Crown ITHD12000 amplifiers powered the system.

The program culminated with the Inaugural Parade, following President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their families for 1.2 miles until they reached Lafayette Park. Maryland Sound supported the main parade route with nine loudspeaker towers, each ranging from 10 to 12 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements, powered by Crown ITHD12000 amplifiers, with Soundcraft Si Compact 24 digital consoles.

At Lafayette Park, Maryland Sound erected two towers each containing four hangs of eight JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements. Crown ITHD12000 amplifiers powered the audio, which was mixed with a Soundcraft Si Compact 24 digital console.

Audio at the Presidential viewing stand outside the White House featured 25 JBL Control 25 loudspeakers, powered by Crown ITHD12000 amplifiers.

The entire system was configured using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

“It is always an honor to provide the audio system for the Presidential Inauguration and the challenge is always to provide the best audio quality possible while giving consideration to the sightlines of the crowd at the Capitol and National Mall,” said Bob Goldstein, President of Maryland Sound. “As we always say, the audience matters, and never is that clearer than at the Inauguration. JBL’s VTX and VERTEC line arrays, along with Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft consoles, once again played a crucial role in making this event a success.”

For more information on Maryland Sound, please visit www.marylandsound.com

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 about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

White Mark Designs A New Film Sound Facility In Moscow

After three years of intense work, UK studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd has completed a massive project in Moscow that involved designing and building a new, state of the art film sound facility for Russian company CineLab Ltd.

The new complex has 14 studios including three dubbing theatres built and accredited to Dolby Premier License criteria and a 5.1 mixing room for pre-mixes and TV/DVD work. It also features multiple edit and pre-production suites, sound design rooms and a large orchestral studio.

All three dubbing studios and the orchestral studio are equipped with Euphonix System 5 consoles. The 5.1 mixing room is equipped with an Avid Icon Pro Control console. Pro Tools technology is available throughout and every room in the facility is linked via a central audio and video storage server, which is backed up and configured to the highest security standards. This makes it possible for projects to be worked on in multiple studios concurrently.

CineLab is putting the finishing touches to an extensive and highly specified Foley suite and orchestral studio, which will be completed by summer 2013. Designed to accommodate traditional working methods where the sound engineer is located in a separate control room, as well as more current working methods where the engineer works alongside the artists in the recording/performance space, this studio will have a wide selection of indoor and outdoor props and surfaces. It will also have comprehensive facilities for working with water, all domestic environments, car interiors and controllable variable acoustics.

White Mark was commissioned to handle the entire project on the basis of its international reputation for designing and delivering world-class audio facilities.

Cinelab’s Managing Director Vadim Nerukov says: “We did a great deal of research before allocating this contract and in our view White Mark was the best acoustic design company on the market. Our faith in the company has been more than satisfied by the work they have done. We are delighted with the new facility and with the way in which White Mark helped us overcome numerous technical issues during the construction stage to achieve the results we wanted.”

David Bell, managing director of White Mark, adds: “This was a marathon project that involved the complete renovation of a former cold store building on the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow. The entire three-storey building was totally gutted so that every studio in the new complex could be built without compromise. We had some interesting structural issues to overcome as the existing roof needed to be raised and various floor pillars removed. The builders also had to contend with the extreme cold of Russian winters, which made pouring concrete into the foundations difficult – a problem they eventually overcame by using 400kW of heating to create the correct conditions for the materials to set.”

Bell adds that the floating isolation shells needed for the main dubbing studios and the music recording studio were so large that steel structural frames had to be erected to support them. These, in turn, were so big that they had to be lifted into place with a crane.

“The weight of the lifting equipment couldn’t be supported by the rubber isolation mounts if the floor was laid first,” he explains. “We got round this by erecting the frame before the roof above it was closed. The crane was taken out in pieces through an opening we had left in the building for this purpose. Once the building was closed to the elements, we were able to lift the steel frame using jacks and place the isolation mounts underneath so that they weren’t be affected by the extremely cold temperatures outside.”

As the project’s acoustic designers, White Mark worked closely with local architects and builders to achieve the results CineLab wanted.

“Having designed audio facilities all over the world, we have developed a working method and drawing system that allows multi-lingual work forces to build accurately from our documentation,” David Bell adds. “We successfully applied these methods to this project and the results speak for themselves. CineLab is one of the biggest projects we have ever undertaken and we are very proud of what has been achieved.”

The CineLab Group already owns a number of companies involved in the film industry, including Digital Intermediate facilities (digital colour grading, preview theatres, edit suites etc), a VFX studio, a front-end and bulk printing laboratory, a lighting/grip equipment rental house, a data delivery department (DCP mastering, KDM, content delivery via satellite to 430+ cinema sites in Russia and CIS with a reach of 1000+ screens, etc), a logistics company and a film production company.

Explaining the company’s decision to invest in this new facility, CineLab’s CEO Denis Glinsky says: “CineLab’s existing companies already attract national and international work, including Russian language dubbing of Western feature films. The new complex allows us to provide a comprehensive facility for the creation of original production sound tracks in all current coding formats including Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX and Dolby Atmos (from Spring 2013).

“We can now offer facilities for the entire sound recording process – from recording on set to overdubbing, mixing and encryption of the final soundtrack. This significantly expands our remit and we believe that the combination of a unique location and state of the art facilities will appeal to Western film producers, encouraging them to move their projects to Moscow at a much earlier stage in the production process.”

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About White Mark:

Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last fifteen years it has designed and supervised the construction of over 500 production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Germano Studios in New York, Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 140 audio studios and many broadcast and video editing facilities for more than 60 companies in Soho alone. The list of clients includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, De Lane Lea, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, DeLuxe, 750mph, NBC/Universal, Wave, Unit and Boom. Advertising agency clients include worldwide facilities for Hogarth International and AMV/BBDO on four continents. www.whitemark.com

Jünger Audio Deliver Consistent Audio Levels For PT Link Net

Jakarta-based cable television and Internet provider PT Link Net has chosen Jünger Audio’s internationally acclaimed Loudness control technology to manage the audio across 80 television channels.

Link Net is a major player in the Indonesian market, offering 110 Standard Definition and 30 High Definition channels, including one 3D channel. As well as providing cable television services, Link Net also offers Broadband Internet and OTT services to customers in Jakarta Surabaya and Bali. Its parent company, PT First Media, delivers 4G wireless and Media Production services and is currently in the process of implementing DVB-T2 and DVB-S2 services.

With numerous content streams to contend with, Link Net needed a reliable and consistent solution that would allow it to automatically adjust audio levels from incoming content sources.

Desmond Poon, Link Net’s Chief Technology Officer, says: “Different content providers have different incoming audio levels and the audio levels within some channels also vary significantly. As a result, our customers were experiencing varying audio levels when switching between channels and, quite understandably, they were finding this very annoying.”

To solve this problem, Link Net has installed five Jünger Audio C8000 Digital Audio Modular Processing systems, which comprise multiple DSP, I/O interface cards and frames that can easily be configured to provide broadcasters with a customised system to suit their specific requirements. Each C8000 system incorporates Jünger Audio’s renowned Level Magic™ II algorithm, which is compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations including ITU 1770 (versions 1 and 2), ATSC A/85, ARIB TR-B32 and EBU R128. Based on a simultaneous combination of an AGC, a Transient Processor for fast changes and a “look ahead” Peak Limiter for continuous unattended control of any programme material, regardless of its original source, Level Magic™ II can easily and automatically adjust audio levels from any source at any time, with no pumping, breathing or distortion.

“The Jünger Audio C8000 systems have been installed at our new Cable TV Headend in Berita Satu Plaza, Jakarta, where they are now levelling audio across 80 of our channels,” Desmond Poon adds. “The new Headend was commissioned in January and so far the Jünger Audio units are performing as specified, with the result that audio levels between all 80 channels are now properly aligned. We are continuing to monitor their performance but to date are very happy with the results we are achieving.”

Peter Poers, managing Director of Jünger Audio, adds: “Maintaining loudness consistency has now become a major issue for the broadcast industry and one that particularly affects playout facilities. We are delighted that Link Net has successfully solved its audio leveling issues using our Loudness control technology.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

Barix Accentuates Dynamic Audio Insertion for Businesses at Digital Signage Expo

Insertion of attention-grabbing facts before advertisements help keep customers focused on business message

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 29, 2013Barix will highlight its complete IP audio streaming and insertion solution at Digital Signage Expo (Las Vegas Convention Center, February 27-28, Booth 151), demonstrating how businesses can cost-effectively deliver targeted, dynamic messages to consumers as part of a comprehensive, custom audio program.

The Barix solution incorporates partner MOH Technology’s Adiosys ad insertion software with its Exstreamer IP decoders for audio playout. Andrew Stadheim, president of Barix Technology, U.S., says that businesses can use the complete solution to more effectively reach consumers — notably through insertion of news headlines, weather and other local-interest facts prior to ads and promotional messages.

“You’re hearing this more at gas pumps and in retail stores that place significance on audio programming, where businesses offer a teaser to entice the consumer, and follow with a business-related message,” said Stadheim. “It’s about engaging the listener up front with the goal of driving revenue. Your customers are more likely to tune out if you feed an advertisement right away.”

The Adiosys software offers a simple way for businesses to upload, schedule and target ads, jingles and promos, and simultaneously enable fact-insertion. Meanwhile, Barix Exstreamer devices are IP addressable, with the ability to receive and playout targeted messaging in one or more zones or locations. This ensures that businesses can deliver the right messages to the right locations.

“This gives retailers and other businesses two key advantages: reliable, high-quality audio playout using Barix IP audio devices; and the ability to create a personalized, broadcast-quality audio stream with dynamic messages for each of your locations,” said Stadheim.

Barix offers several Exstreamer device models for in-store media solutions, including the Exstreamer 110 IP audio device with song, title and other stream information in a front panel window; and the Exstreamer 205, which includes built-in amplification to reduce costs and infrastructure at playout locations.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Expands Range of Option Cards for Digital Consoles

ANAHEIM, California — HARMAN’s Soundcraft has announced additional option cards in the ViSi Connect family for its Vi Series, Si Compact, Si Performer and new Si Expression range of consoles. The first card is a multi-digital interface card offering 16×16 channels of Firewire or USB connection, together with eight channels of optical ADAT, making a very simple recording interface available for these popular consoles.

Also announced shipping very soon are the Dante™ interface card and the BSS BLU link card, the latter providing a simple and convenient interface to any Harman product equipped with the BSS BLU Link digital audio bus, the most recent of which is the dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor System, allowing the console to feed the monitor controllers directly.

These cards supplement the existing MADI (fibre and Cat5 options), AES, CobraNet®, and Aviom A-NET® cards, making the range one of the widest available from a console manufacturer.

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 about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Provides Sound and Lighting Training at Winter NAMM 2013

ANAHEIM, California — At Winter NAMM 2013, HARMAN’s Soundcraft will host a seminar at the H.O.T. (Hands-On Training) Zone titled, “Lighting Control for Sound Guys.” The session will introduce attendees to the DMX protocol and will provide training using Soundcraft’s Si Performer—the first console to integrate sound and lighting control in one board.

The H.O.T. (Hands-On Training) Zone provides live educational sessions and innovative ideas for professionals in the pro audio, entertainment technologies, music business operations, recording, live sound, DJ, house of worship, commercial systems contractors/integrators, and stage and lighting industries.

“The Si Performer is revolutionary in its integration of sound and lighting disciplines and while it solves a litany of challenges, it also raises the issue that many sound engineers do not know how to operate a lighting console, nor are all lighting engineers familiar with the ins and outs of running a sound board,” said Richard Ayres, Product Manager for Soundcraft, who will be running the seminar. “Our session at the H.O.T. Zone will aim to provide engineers with a comprehensive understanding of both disciplines.”

Thanks to integrated DMX functionality, the Soundcraft Si Performer range adds lighting control options to an already impressive and powerful audio feature set. The Si Performer consoles have an input capacity of 80 inputs to mix and the Si Performer 2 features 24 mic and eight line inputs, while the Si Performer 3 boasts 32 mic and eight line inputs, plus four FX return channels. The unique integration of a DMX512 port offers core lighting control. The first release of software provides four scene masters (A-D) with associated slave channels on the ALT fader layers, individual colour intensities or parameters are set on the slave faders with an overall master level fader, which itself may be assigned to any of the main fader layers for simultaneous access to audio and lighting levels.

“Lighting Control for Sound Guys” will be held on Sunday, January 27 at 1:30 PM, in Room 203 A-B at the Anaheim Convention Center. For more information, please visit http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2013/hot-zone/lighting-control-sound-guys

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 about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional EON Portable Powered Loudspeakers are Inducted Into the TEC Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame

ANAHEIM, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced that its EON Series of portable powered loudspeakers has been inducted into the TEC Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame. The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio established the TECnology Hall of Fame in 2004 to recognize audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees are chosen by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts.

When the JBL EON series was introduced in 1995 it single-handedly started the portable powered speaker revolution. The first two EON15P and EON10P models answered the need for powerful, easy-to-use, lightweight and durable portable PA and musical instrument speakers that combined the convenience of built-in amplification with outstanding sound quality.

The EON Series introduced a host of technical and design innovations including JBL’s patented Differential Drive® transducers, which employ a pair of in-line voice coils in separate magnetic gaps instead of the usual single voice coil-gap combination to enable maximum performance with minimum weight and more effective use of available enclosure space. The use of JBL’s Thermomaster® Total Thermal Management System provided efficient cooling without the need for fans or bulky heatsinks.

The EON Series was an instant hit, embraced by consumers and fueling the subsequent growth of the powered molded-enclosure integrated system segment of the MI market. Over time, the EON series evolved and expanded. The second-generation G2 models offered upgraded drivers, higher power and expanded input functionality. Today, the JBL EON Series continues its tradition of excellence with the 2-way, 15-inch EON515XT.

“We are extremely proud that our EON series has been chosen for induction into the TECnology Hall of Fame,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “EON has become the industry standard for portable powered speakers and we are gratified that the TEC judging panel has recognized the EON Series with one of pro audio’s most prestigious honors.”

For more information on the TEC Foundation, please visit http://tecfoundation.com

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 about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Jeff Iftekaruddin Plays Music For Kids (and Adults Too) Using HARMAN’s JBL Professional EON515XT Portable PA Loudspeakers

Singer/songwriter Jeff Iftekaruddin has enjoyed success touring throughout California with HARMAN’s JBL EON515XT portable PA loudspeaker.

ANAHEIM, California – Jeff Iftekaruddin is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who has been influenced by many styles of music, from the works of John Lennon that his mother loved to the music of his father’s native India. Recently, Iftekaruddin has enjoyed success touring throughout California with HARMAN’s JBL Professional EON515XT portable PA loudspeaker providing world-class audio quality in a lightweight and compact form factor.

From the day he first picked up a guitar, Iftekaruddin has been interested in combining various genres of music to create his own style, including songs recorded in both English and Spanish. His eclectic approach to songwriting can be heard in his most recent adult contemporary release, Songs About Women.

In the past two years, two unforeseen events have had a major influence on Iftekaruddin’s musical outlook. “Up until 2011 I was only making music for ‘grown ups,’” Iftekaruddin noted. “Then a chance encounter with a very special young girl and her family added a whole new perspective to my musical career.”

Iftekaruddin was playing his guitar near an auto shop while waiting for an oil change when a young boy and girl came over to listen. The girl began to softly sing along and Iftekaruddin did an improvised duet with the girl for about 15 minutes.

He then realized the girl’s parents had come over—and were politely waiting for him to finish. “The girl’s mother explained that her daughter was autistic and that they didn’t want to interrupt a song that was so calming for their child,” Iftekaruddin said. “She told me that her daughter had been feeling extremely anxious and that singing the song with me was the first time she had been calm all day.”

Iftekaruddin went home that night and reflected on how connected this little girl had been to his music. “I decided to write the girl her very own album,” he said I” wanted to fill it with music that any child—and their parents—would enjoy, no matter what their challenges were in life.” The result is Iftekaruddin’s new album, Songs About Turtles, Wolves and Stan the Man: Music for Kids Who Get It!

Another unplanned occurrence made Iftekaruddin realize the importance of good sound in live performance. “At the last minute I was asked to do a charity event in Santa Monica and had to use whatever PA they had. It was a JBL EON system,” he said. “I was performing in a massive yoga studio with beautiful bamboo floors and as soon as I plugged in and started playing I was mesmerized. I stopped worrying about my performance and just got lost in the sound. To hear my voice and guitar ringing out of the EON monitors with such clarity was just amazing – a definite rock star moment!”

Iftekaruddin soon purchased a JBL EON15XT powered loudspeaker. “Now I know I’m going to have great sound wherever I go,” he said. “I primarily play a Godin A6 guitar live and the EON515XT allows me to play direct—no EQ pedal, no ultra-funky acoustic wave modulator—just direct. I can hear every single nuance of my axe through the EON515XT.”

Iftekaruddin takes the EON515XT with him at all times. “I also have a 12-Volt/35-Watt battery plus a converter that I use to give me mobile power,” he said. “A lot of times after a show I will drive to a bank parking lot or the local Costco in Los Feliz and play for a few hours. To hear the EON515XT rebounding in such massive spaces is a holy experience.”

“My foray into the kids’ music arena has been a huge surprise in my life, and after doing shows many kids come up to me and want to know about my guitar and my equipment,” he added. “They are always interested in the EON515XT and its built-in mixer and I usually wind up having a ‘helper’ or two at a birthday party to help me set up. It’s so easy to use that they are always able to pick up very quickly how the EON515XT works.”

In addition, Iftekaruddin has found JBL Professional’s customer support to be first-rate. “It has been my experience that a lot of large companies lose touch with their customers, but JBL makes me feel like they listen to us folks who are out there in the field,” he said.

Iftekaruddin continues to bring his musical message of positivity to audiences at home and abroad. “On my new CD you’ll hear songs about working through challenges and making mistakes, a song that can help kids learn Spanish and a song about the beauty of being ‘different.’ I do my best to create a fun listening experience for the whole family.”

For more information please visit Jeff Iftekaruddin’s website, www.themusicofjeff.com. Songs About Women can be found at www.soundcloud.com/songsaboutwomen.

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 about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces M2 Master Reference Monitor

ANAHEIM, California – Responding to the call for greater accuracy and dynamic range in music and post-production control rooms, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the M2 Master Reference Monitor that for the first time makes world-class, large-format monitoring feasible in a wide range of rooms. The largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line, the M2 integrates new JBL transducer technologies and patented innovations in a free-standing, 2-way system that can be placed in any production environment and tuned to provide a superior level of accuracy and performance.

The M2 Master Reference Monitor design leverages JBL’s new D2 Compression Driver which uses two annular diaphragms and two voice coils to deliver extended high frequency response and very low distortion at very high sound pressure levels. The D2 is mated with JBL’s new 2216ND Differential Drive® 15-inch woofer also with dual voice coils, incorporating a patented wire application that reduces power compression enabling linear output regardless of playback level. With these two extraordinary drivers as the engine, the M2 Master Reference Monitor delivers extended in-room response of 20 Hz to 40 kHz for today’s high-resolution recording formats, and remarkable 123 dB SPL at one meter, providing the necessary dynamic range for demanding music and film production.

To allow an imperceptible transition between the two drivers, and deliver exceptional imaging, JBL Engineers pioneered a new patent-pending waveguide dubbed “Image Control” that enables neutral frequency response, not just on-axis, but off-axis in the vertical and horizontal planes all the way down to the M2’s 800 Hz crossover point. The unique geometry of the waveguide allows the M2 to deliver remarkable high-frequency detail and imaging and natural timbre at any listening position, in a broad range of acoustic environments.

HARMAN’s Crown I-Tech power amplifiers complete the system, providing greater than a kilowatt of clean power to the 2216ND woofer and the D2 high-frequency driver. In conjunction with the M2’s revolutionary waveguide, digital signal processing in the Crown I-Tech or BSS Soundweb™ London processor allows the implementation of an ideal crossover, while providing the option for storage of eq presets. In conjunction with measurement software, HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software allows central control of system calibration and tuning to address non-linearity in the room, ensuring a high degree of accuracy particularly in the room-dependent low-frequency area, whether the M2 is free-standing, soffit-mounted or placed adjacent to a wall.

With an efficient form-factor of only 14 inches deep, 20 inches wide and 49.5 inches tall, the M2 Master Reference Monitor allows flexibility of placement in artist studios, behind the screen and in remote trucks. “Leveraging the best of our JBL technologies, we set out to solve the problems that have prevented the use of large monitors in all but purpose built control rooms,” commented Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional Senior Manager of Recording and Broadcast Marketing. “We feel the M2 Master Reference Monitor will be a game changer, which for the first time, makes a big, detailed world-class monitoring experience a viable option for artist studios, mastering facilities, small mix stages and screening rooms.”

The M2 Master Reference Monitor will be available spring of 2013 in stereo and surround sound configurations from select JBL Professional dealers. For more information, please visit www.jblpro.com/m2

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 about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s Crown Audio Introduces USBX at NAMM 2013, Enhancing Control and Monitoring Through Wireless Connectivity of Amplifiers

ANAHEIM, California — At NAMM 2013, HARMAN’s Crown announced the introduction of the USBX, an accessory that enables Crown XTi, CDi and DSi Series amplifiers with a USB port to be operated via an Apple iPad/iPhone using the “Powered by Crown” App.

“Our new USBX greatly expands the control options available to users of our XTi, CDi and DSi amplifiers by adding iPad/iPhone operation and wireless connectivity,” said Andy Flint, Business Segment Manager, Portable PA, Crown. “It’s perfect for setting up, monitoring and troubleshooting amplifiers in a wide variety of applications including small to medium fixed installations, mobile PA systems, movie theaters and other situations.”

The USBX allows Crown amplifiers equipped with a USB port to be controlled via Ethernet. The USBX plugs into an AC outlet and up to eight compatible Crown USB products can be connected to the USBX. The USBX has built-in Wi-Fi, enabling wireless control of connected Crown amps via an iPad or iPhone and the “Powered by Crown” App without the need for a separate wireless router.

The “Powered by Crown” App allows wireless control and monitoring of Crown Ethernet-enabled devices and JBL loudspeakers that are equipped with DrivePack® DPDA built-in amplifiers. Since this app uses the same protocols as HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™, users can import custom control panels from System Architect into the “Powered by Crown” App for added functionality. A strategic long-term commitment to Ethernet technology by Crown means that users have the benefit of this simple-to-use, cost-efficient program as well as seamless integration of their legacy and future Crown products through the app.

The Crown USBX will be available in February 2013 at a suggested retail price of $249.99.

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 about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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