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HARMAN’s Crown Ships XLi Series, Setting New Standard for Affordable Power Amplifiers

Crown-XLi-Series-smallANAHEIM, California — At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s Crown announced it is now shipping its XLi Series, four models that set a new standard for entry-level professional grade amplifiers. The new XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 are powerful, rugged and reliable and are well suited for a wide variety of live and installed sound applications.

The Crown XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 deliver 1,000, 500, 330 and 200 watts per channel respectively (into 8 ohms; 2,700, 1,500, 900 and 600 watts in bridged mode into 8 ohms). All models feature user-selectable input sensitivity to accommodate a variety of program sources that have low output signals and include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs. XLi can be operated in stereo, parallel or bridged-mono mode and provides binding post and speakON output connectors to facilitate use with virtually any type of passive PA speakers.

All four amplifiers feature front panel level controls, signal presence, and clip and fault LED indicators. Like all Crown power amps, XLi Series models provide comprehensive protection against shorts, no-load conditions, and power on/off thumps. The amplifiers are also shielded against radio frequency interference to keep the sound quality pure, even in situations with a great deal of wireless activity.

“Our XLi Series power amps bring the exceptional sound quality and bulletproof construction Crown is known for to more attractive price points,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “They’re ideal for musicians, bands, DJs, dance clubs, bars, houses of worship and other situations where affordability is important, without compromising on performance or reliability.”

All Crown XLi amplifiers feature a one-year, no-fault, fully transferable warranty.

Crown XLi Series amplifiers have MAP pricing as follows: XLi3500, $649; XLi2500, $399; XLi1500, $299; XLi800, $229.

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 dbx Introduces DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System With Mobile Device Control at NAMM 2015

dbx-DriveRack-VENU360FrontsmallANAHEIM, California – At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s dbx announced the introduction of its DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a live or installed sound speaker system to be precisely optimized for the best-possible sound quality. Successor to the industry-standard DriveRack 260, the new VENU360 adds a host of additional features including mobile device control, additional input channels, improved DSP and easier operation.

“The DriveRack VENU360 provides a level of loudspeaker tuning that’s far beyond anything previously available,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast. “The result is sound systems that simply sound better, with the major advantage of having complete control of the VENU360 from a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone.”

The DriveRack VENU360 is a highly configurable and flexible device, which includes the latest advancements in dbx’s AFS™ and AutoEQ™ algorithms (first introduced in the well-received DriveRack PA2). It provides expanded input processing and includes dbx’s useful AFS (Advanced Feedback Suppression), which automatically detects and precisely removes problematic feedback-causing frequencies. Other input processing includes 31-band graphic EQ, 12-band parametric EQ with narrow-notch capabilities, dbx compression, subharmonic synthesis for enhanced low-frequency impact, backline time delay, and noise gating.

Multi-crossover configurations are possible with support for full range, 2-way or 3-way operation (custom mono 4-way, 5-way or 6-way configurations are also available). Extensive output processing is provided with 12-band AutoEQ (eight AutoEQ bands, four user configurable bands), dbx compression, automatic gain control, subharmonic synthesis, noise gating, tower delays (up to 1000ms per output), 8-band parametric EQs (used for speaker tunings), dbx limiting and driver alignment delays.

Connecting a dbx RTA-M measurement microphone (sold separately) to the front-panel RTA mic input allows dbx’s proprietary Level Assist and AutoEQ algorithms to be utilized, for automatic, precise system balancing and equalization of the loudspeakers within the venue, for a smoother, more accurate system frequency response. Since AutoEQ is now located in the output processing stage, independent sections of a system can be equalized automatically. This allows AutoEQ to be used on the FOH system as well as the stage monitors, zones and tower delays!

The DriveRack VENU360 can be set up and operated from a compatible iOS, Android, Windows or Macintosh device via an easy-to-use app and a standard Wi-Fi router connected to the rear-panel Ethernet port. The VENU360 also has a front-panel LCD display with on-screen “map”-style navigation and input and output meters and mutes for system setup and monitoring.

An improved automated Wizard setup utility now supports stage monitors, making setup of an entire sound system fast, easy and precise. The dbx Wizard automatically configures hundreds of audio parameters with the push of a few buttons, with no previous audio experience required. Among the Wizard’s many functions are Level Assist, AutoEQ, AFS and built-in speaker and amp tunings for JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and many more. Up to 75 user configurations can be saved, eliminating the need to enter the same system or venue settings over and over again.

The dbx VENU360 provides balanced XLR analog and AES digital inputs for connection to a mixer, with support for mono, stereo, LCR and aux-fed sub configurations. Six balanced XLR outputs can be configured for PA system front of house, stage monitors, delay towers, zones and more. The VENU360 is also compatible with BSS Audio Contrio Ethernet wall controllers. Future firmware updates can be made via the USB port and firmware update utility.

The dbx DriveRack VENU360 will be available in April 2015 at a suggested price of $799.

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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Real-world innovation at the heart of Kramer’s ISE 2015 presence

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Solutions focus, brand new products, exhibitor hospitality and extensive education line up

At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe 2015 event, Kramer Electronics will exhibit over thirteen real-world solutions and technologies. They will also provide training, education and networking opportunities and make several product introductions on stand 1.F20.

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To demonstrate working solutions in real-life settings, each with a presenter, is the best way to communicate the value – both business and technical – of our extensive product range in numerous vertical markets,” said Aviv Ron, Vice President Business Development and Strategy at Kramer Electronics.

We expect that our stand will outperform everything we have done at previous shows and will position us ahead of the competition in our ability to bring solutions of unparalleled value, innovation, functionality, scale and performance. Visitors to the Kramer stand will be able to see the products in action, test them out, ask questions and plan for future project investments.

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Set to draw crowds from many disciplines in the AV and IT worlds, highlights include solutions-based demonstration areas such as Corporate, Education, Banking and Trading, Live Events and Healthcare.

In addition, there will be dedicated areas for Collaboration, Control and Streaming as well as Kramer’s industry-leading portfolio of “Installer Solutions”, including cables, connectivity and surprising Audio innovations.

Showing for the first time in Europe will be the multi-award winning VIA Collage™ and VIA Connect Pro™ true collaboration solutions. On a dedicated booth area, visitors will be able to see first hand how multiple participants can manage and share video, documents or files securely in real time using PC, Mac or mobile devices.

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Like at previous shows, Kramer will take up the opportunity of the biggest industry tradeshow in Europe to launch new products in many product categories. This will include new scalers, range extenders, various audio products and much more.

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Adding to its tradeshow presence, Kramer is shortlisted for three categories in the InAVation Technology Awards 2015. The VIA Collage is shortlisted in the Collaboration category, K-Touch is shortlisted for Control category and VS-D matrix switcher family is shortlisted in the Video Processing and Distribution category.


Education and training

Reaffirming its commitment to spreading the knowledge about AV technology and solutions, Kramer is set to double its training efforts with ongoing presentations about the benefits of collaboration, which will run at the Kramer stand during all three days of ISE 2015.

Set to be an ISE show highlight, Kramer will host a panel on Future solutions for productive and effective collaboration in the Unified Communications Theatre, on Wednesday, 11 February, Hall 9.A140 between 16:00 – 17:00.

Meanwhile, the company will present at three InfoComm University™ training sessions:

InfoComm Lab: Succeeding with EDID, a hands-on-lab showing how to design HDMI installation correctly presented by Ohad Oman, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February at 14:30-16:30 in Room D403.

Streaming AV – A Wave of Opportunities will explore technologies, benefits, implementations and applications. The session will be presented by Erez Dafnai, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February between 14:30 to 15:30 in Room D204.

Collaboration in the BYOD Era will be presented by Neta Lempert, VP Digital Business Development on Thursday, 12 February between 14:30 and 15:30 in Room D203.

Commenting on the company’s training offering at ISE 2015, Aviv Ron said: “This year, we are putting an even greater focus on education and training to support our technological innovations in the rapidly changing AV and IT world. For the first time, we are introducing Kramer’s Training On Demand™ that will offer all classes in all popular languages, according to visitors’ demand. ISE is the perfect place for us to do that and it shows the global nature of our presence and support. Training, or rather industry education, is key to our customers’ ability to adopt new technologies and to leverage them when implementing excellent end-users’ solutions.”

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.KramerAV.com.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerelec
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerelectronics
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kramerelec/
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across 6 continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Health Care, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.KramerAV.com

HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console Road Test with Daniel Sørensen on Tour with Silya & The Sailors

SiLyA Sailors stageOSLO, Norway — On site at a Norwegian rental company in autumn 2014, Lighting Designer Daniel Sørensen was introduced to HARMAN’s Martin Professional’s Espen Bechmann (Key Account Manager, Norway), who offered him the chance to test Martin’s M6 lighting console. Sørensen jumped at the chance, immediately fell in love with the M6 and brought his newfound love on tour with him and Silya & The Sailors.

Norwegian artist Silje Haugum Nymoen, a.k.a. Silya, was known back in the day for her feature appearances with pop group Multicyde. She moved to New York and did a few solo projects under the artist name SiLyA and wrote songs for other artists. In the autumn of 2013 she had a comeback in her native Norway when she won the Norwegian version of Star Fight (Stjernekamp) and earned the title ‘Norway’s Ultimate Entertainer.’ In the wake of this victory, Silya wanted to do a show in Oslo, Norway with her band, The Rapscallions, and called in Daniel Sørensen to be in charge of scenography and lighting. What was supposed to be a couple of shows turned into three tours in 2014, and band members from Silya’s American band, The Sailors, were flown in to join the most recent tour.

Sørensen works freelance as a Lighting Designer and Tour Manager for several acts within the pop, rock and electro genres. While studying fashion design in Bournemouth, UK he was offered a part-time position as Production Manager at a student venue where he got to operate the lights for different shows. Upon his return to Norway he was offered a position at Rockefeller Music hall while also working at setting up his own fashion business. He was quickly offered the chance to tour with a band and has been busy touring and designing ever since.

Sørensen likes to work very closely with each artist to include his or her thoughts and ideas in his designs. He tries to capture the artist as he sees him or her. “Silya is so multi-faceted—her music blends the best of modern pop, soul, rock and cabaret,” said Sørensen. “She is a true entertainer, a master at captivating audiences, and she’s the most confident artist I’ve ever worked with. All this I try to take into the equation.”

Because of his background in design, Sørensen is often involved with the entire visual process in connection with concerts and tours, including scenography, costumes, lighting and even PR. He tries to incorporate elements from stage design into album covers and PR material and vice versa, to create a coherent image for the artist.

“’Silya and her band have a fascination with everything related to marine life – hence the band name – and they wanted to create a set to resemble something in between a sailors’ club and a cabaret nightclub,” said Sørensen. “So I included marine elements in the stage design, costumes and lighting design.”

As part of his design process, Sørensen always creates mood boards for the artist with pictures and thoughts. This usually goes over very well with artists as it then becomes easy to relate to Sørensen’s ideas. He recently started using Pinterest to create boards with various inspirational material such as fashion, lighting, films, textures etc. and then uses these to recreate specific atmospheres in his designs.

After getting up close and personal with the M6 console on the tour, Sørensen feels the M6 is a strong competitor to the other desks on the market. “I found the M6 is one of the most intuitive and easy to learn desks I’ve laid my hands on,” said Sørensen. “It has several features which makes it really versatile, and the user interface makes it quick and easy to customize according to your personal preferences. I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a reliable console as a touring companion.”

A feature request from Sørensen for future versions of Martin consoles would be an option to rearrange playback banks in a specific order to match bands’ ever-changing set lists. “There are ways to work around this, but I’m hoping it will be as simple as “copy-paste” in the future,” said Sørensen.

Sørensen also used Martin’s M2GO portable controller when the crew was required to fly to venues on the tour. “Because of its compact design and low weight, you can take the M2GO onboard flights in carry-on luggage,” said Sørensen. “You are quickly up and running as you can easily load shows from the M6 via an external touchscreen. Being a big fan of the M6, I would wish for future versions to include M6-like faders.”

“At Martin Professional we’re committed to delivering innovative consoles developed on the basis of market demands and feedback,” said Paul Pelletier, Product Manager for Controllers, Martin Professional. “Letting our customers field test our consoles provides us with valuable feedback from the users in real-life applications and all this information is accumulated and used for future product development.”

Now keen to take on other Martin products, Sørensen will soon be joined on tour by the MAC Quantum Wash and the MAC Viper AirFX and will also experiment with VC-Dots.

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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: 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 Crown Audio Announces “Empower by Crown” Amplifier Program With Elite Consumer Electronics And Custom Integration Manufacturers

Crown-Module-DriveCore-ChipELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced Empower by Crown, a new embedded amplifier program to provide third-party active loudspeaker manufacturers of elite consumer electronics (CE) and customer integration (CI) finished product with special access to the Crown Audio portfolio of amplifier technology. Built on Crown’s proprietary DriveCore™ platform, all Empowered by Crown Amplifiers are designed for integration into virtually any loudspeaker configuration and application and provide the same industry leading performance that is synonymous with Crown.

As the world’s largest and most sophisticated designer and manufacturer of premium amplification technologies, Crown Audio has developed a vast array of patented technologies for professional and consumer applications. Now, having successfully proven many of these ideas in its own offering and those of its sister brands within HARMAN’s professional, automotive and consumer businesses, Crown Audio is making select platforms available to premium third-parties seeking to integrate the platforms into their CE and CI offerings.

“At Crown Audio we’re continually working with partners within the HARMAN fold but also with third- party brands in the automotive, professional and consumer domains. Today, for the first time ever, we have formalized this business reality into a business initiative so that we can provide current and select new partners with the appropriate depth of support,” stated John Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager, Amplifier and Signal Processing, HARMAN International. “In doing so, we provide premium partners with the highest levels of innovation coupled with concierge-grade integration and support; we provide our stakeholders with additional value, and we provide our engineering teams with new opportunities to express their innovation leadership.”

The first Empowered by Crown amplifiers offer power points from 75W up to 2x750W continuous and 2x1000W burst @ 2 ohms. All Empower by Crown Amplifiers boast industry-leading voltage and current drive capability; ultra-low distortion (110dB S/N). Empower by Crown Amplifiers are EuP compliant, and feature an integrated power supply, plus aux DC supply for input cards and networking options.

Driving Crown’s capabilities to deliver customized solutions is its Elkhart, Indiana-based cellular manufacturing facility, which was recently redesigned to decrease time-to-market for new product development as well as a new 50,000-square-foot HARMAN Technology Center in Salt Lake City, Utah that opened earlier this year and houses the company’s Corporate Technology Group responsible for leading company-wide R&D.

An example of innovation now being deployed across multiple products is Crown’s DriveCore technology. The DriveCore chip, co-developed with Texas Instruments, combines the amplifier drive stage into the power output stage circuits that are typically much larger in size and power requirements. As a result, power consumption is dramatically reduced and the amplifiers are far more energy-efficient.

Ideal for confident deployment in high caliber powered speakers, Crown Embedded Amplifiers will feature an integrated protection suite including Clipping, Temperature, Shorted/Failed driver, over-current, AC mains over/under voltage that is managed locally through Drivecore.

All Empowered by Crown Amplifiers are backed by Crown’s unrivaled technical expertise and concierge-grade integration and support.

“We don’t expect to have solutions to fit every manufacturer’s product mix, idea or particular challenge but when Crown Audio does partner with a third-party we want that partnership to be comprehensive and valuable,” Fitzgerald added. “I am confident that this formalization of our program and the institution of support will lead to new, fruitful and long-standing relationships and exciting, successful new products.”

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 JBL Professional VTX PRO Seminar Series Offers Behind-the-Scenes Experience with VTX Line Arrays and Linkin Park Production Team

JBL-VTX-Seminar-SeriesNORTHRIDGE, California – Providing a unique opportunity for audio engineers to experience its market-leading VTX line arrays in real-world conditions, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is announcing the inauguration of its VTX PRO Seminar Series. The first seminars will be hosted by: Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, FOH Engineer for Linkin Park; Jim Digby, Tour Director for Linkin Park and President of the Event Safety Alliance; Vic Wagner, System Engineer for Sound Image; and Vinnie Perreux, Market Manager, Tour Sound, HARMAN Professional.

The VTX PRO Seminar Series will offer a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Linkin Park’s concert productions and the VTX technology and sound design that go into those productions. Attendees will be able to experience the same VTX performance that can be heard during a Linkin Park show—while also having access to a Linkin Park concert that evening.

Starting January 15 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, the VTX Pro Seminar Series will make more than 20 stops through March, stretching across the United States and Canada, coinciding with Linkin Park concerts in the same venues. Stops include Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Dunkin Donuts Center in Rhode Island, Rexall Place in Edmonton, and more.

Content for the VTX Pro Seminar Series includes an introduction of VTX system technology, followed by a discussion of venue-specific sound design incorporating VTX line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplification and processing, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software and the JBL Line Array Calculator, along with cardioid subwoofer arraying techniques. After a virtual playback session and discussion of the Event Safety Alliance with Jim Digby, the seminars conclude with a Q&A session, followed by admission to the Linkin Park show.

Sound companies and system specifiers interested in attending the VTX Pro Seminars are invited to register with Jamie Criswell at Jamie.criswell@harman.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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Hitachi CP-WX8265 Projectors Bring Pop to Texas Church

Hitachi Current 1Katy, Texas, January 19, 2015 – After the environmental projection system in Current – A Christian Church started to lose its color and strength, an upgrade was in order. Current found the perfect fit with Hitachi’s CP-WX8265 projector. Located in Katy, Texas, Current’s Worship and Creative Arts Pastor Evan Schwartz chose the CP-WX8265 for higher brightness and a picture that would “pop.”

“There are two Hitachi CP-WX8265 projectors mounted to the ceiling and they shoot on each side of our platform in the front,” explained Mr. Schwartz. “They are in our main auditorium which seats about 525 at one time.” The projectors are used for both graphics and live video during services.

There were multiple factors in choosing projectors that would fit the needs of the Texas church. “We chose the CP-WX8265 because it was a great HD projector to upgrade to without a huge bill to pay,” said Mr. Schwartz. “It was a much-needed upgrade from our SD projectors. You get quite the bang for your buck. These projectors can fill the entire room.”

Finding a projector that was easy to use was also a key factor in the decision, Mr. Schwartz said. “The projectors are very versatile. It is very easy to use the Perfect Fit feature and the lens shift to get the projector right where you need it to be.” Mr. Schwartz also mentioned how the projector’s ease of use does not compromise the quality of the projection.

The benefits the CP-WX8265 projectors have had on Current’s services have been multiple. “There are too many benefits to name,” explained Mr. Schwartz. “We upgraded our lumen power by twice the amount, threw the signal less than twice the distance, went from SD to HD and made it much more clear to see what we want people to see. When people walk into our facility, we want them to feel like they are walking into the presence of God. These projectors help us do exactly that by giving people a clear visual of what we’re presenting.”

There have been many positive comments from the church members about the new Hitachi projectors. “Many people say that it grabs your attention immediately and keeps you coming back,” said Mr. Schwartz.

For more information on the Current – A Christian Church, visit http://www.currentchristian.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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Legendary Artist AR Rahman Adopts the HARMAN Studer Vista X Digital Console

Studer_ARRahmanCHENNAI, India – One of the world’s most respected composers, singer/songwriters, musicians and music producers, AR Rahman recently added a HARMAN Studer Vista X digital console to the studio of his YM Movies film production firm in Chennai, India.

A GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner, AR Rahman is one of the world’s most influential music professionals and is probably best known for his scores and soundtracks in countless feature films, including Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Jodhaa Akbar. Rahman’s compositions are popular for their eclectic blend of musical styles and wide range of instrumentation. To date, Rahman has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.

Rahman will be using the Vista X to mix audio for the extensive variety of YM Movies projects, as well as Rahman’s other works, including his own solo albums and numerous humanitarian projects.

“The console’s massive number of channels and outputs will speed up laying stems, for big scores in particular,” Rahman said.

Speaking on his decision to purchase the Vista X console, Rahman said it was love at first sight. “I first saw the Vista 5 at the HARMAN store in New York City and I loved the controls,” he noted. “I soon learned about the Vista X and had to have it. It has a very user-friendly vibe and processing redundancy.”

In addition, Rahman’s previous experience with other HARMAN audio equipment provided reassurance that the Vista X would not disappoint. “When I started my Panchathan Record Inn studios, the only speakers I had were JBL Control 5 and 4412,” Rahman said. “I am also a big fan of Lexicon reverbs as well.”

The Vista X offers an unsurpassed intuitive user interface, retaining the patented Vistonics™ and FaderGlow™user interface, providing control of 800 or more audio DSP channels and more than 5,000 inputs and outputs.

At the heart of the system is the Infinity DSP core, which uses CPU-based processors to provide huge numbers of DSP channels for large-scale, high-resolution audio processing and mixing. Thanks to the Infinity core, this is the first time more than 800 audio channels have been processed in a CPU-based board. This offers significant advantages, as CPU processing provides a scalable system, faster development of new signal processing designs, huge channel counts, full system redundancy without a single point of failure and the possibility of running third-party algorithms.

“I’m using the Vista X as a full-fledged post-production console,” he said. “Geoff Foster from Air Studios is here mixing over 600 tracks of ProTools on it right now.”

For more information on AR Rahman, please visit www.arrahman.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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Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse Leaps Into Digital With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Console

Scraft_Cocoa copy 2COCOA, Florida – First opened to the public in 1924, The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP) is listed on the national register of historic buildings, and serves as the community theater for regional Broadway performers. Having relied on a HARMAN Soundcraft MH3 console for many years, the in-house staff recently upgraded to a full digital infrastructure featuring the new Soundcraft Vi3000 console.

The CVP has provided Cocoa with affordable community theater and education in the performing arts over the decades. With 17 years of sound engineering experience, Lead Audio/Sound Designer of CVP Gavin Little knew exactly which digital console would suit the venue’s performances the most, opting for the Vi3000.

“I’m a huge Soundcraft fan because of their sound quality, and decided to replace an old analog Soundcraft with a new digital one,” said Little. “Moving over to the Vi3000 from the MH3 was a huge leap in terms of functionality. I wanted to store all the shows and have huge matrix capabilities with delays built into the console. This console does all that and is easy to use.”

Many engineers like Little prefer Soundcraft consoles over alternative brands due to their layout and design. Rather than scrolling through countless menu layers, the Vi3000 allows audio professionals to cut down on setup time and enjoy a smoother mixing experience. The Vi3000 is perfect for addressing workflow issues, even during large-scale productions.

The CVP has a seating capacity of 600 people, and currently hosts 5 shows per week, while also featuring six or seven big musicals per year. The productions consist of full large-scale orchestras and a cast so large that it is common to see 20 wireless microphones on the stage at the same time. To accommodate the channel load, Little also acquired a Soundcraft 32×8 Stagebox for use in the orchestra pit and a Soundcraft 32×16 Stagebox for use on the stage.

“This digital console is laid out so well and so intuitively, that it functions like an analog console,” said Little. “For example, the Vistonics™ screen and the FaderGlow™ are straightforward features that allow me to focus on my job and the show while mixing. I think this is the way of the future, as I was confident to be able to do a show right out of the box.”

“The sound was completely transparent from the moment I turned it on,” said Little. “The console provides true representation of sound, as you could hear the EQ working really well, with the sound being very clean. I’m excited to use this console for our next big show a month from now, which is West Side Story.”

For more information on The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, please visit www.cocoavillageplayhouse.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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Myers Heads Up 3G’s New AV Installation Division

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Los Angeles, CA––As an integral part of a significant expansion and growth move for the company, David Myers has been appointed as Director of 3G Pro Audio’s new Installation Division.

As Director of AV Installations, Myers will be dedicated to building a division that sets itself apart in terms of innovative solutions, unique new methodologies and successful collaborations with clients.

A veteran in the field with 25 years in contracting, David holds CTS-I and CTS-D certifications in Installation and Design.

Asked about his mission, David responds, “Developing consistencies within the division so our key sales team members can sell and support installations while maintaining a commonality in how things are done. Refining our branding so that 3G is perceived as an installation house; growing sales; designing systems, and responsible project management at every stage of the process.”

3G will build on its core strengths in theatrical and festival production and touring to focus on vertical installation markets such as performance venues and Houses of Worship, nightclubs and hotels that can draw from the company’s expertise in live entertainment. They will also focus on performance spaces in government and educational environments.

David feels the division should be seen as specialists in terms of the lines they carry, the solutions they offer and the way they present themselves. “We don’t want to be like everyone else,” he affirms. “What’s really important is understanding the client’s needs and maintaining a constant connection with them throughout the installation process and after the project has been completed.

“3G intends to deliver turnkey solutions that meet all of the customer’s technical requirements including sound, lighting and video. We’re not just a sound company.”

Asked about his feelings regarding the appointment, David answers, “I’m honored and excited to be part of the company. 3G is made up of a terrific group of people dedicated to treating their customers and their own staff the right way, which is the core of all business.”

Eli Stearns, President and CEO of 3G adds, “We are really excited to have Dave join our team and lead our new Installation Division. While we have been selling professional audio systems for years, Dave’s expertise as an experienced contractor and designer of full AV systems will catapult our company’s capabilities to full service integration. Moreover, Dave’s work ethic, leadership and ‘can do’ attitude makes him a perfect fit with the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality service to our customers.”

For more about 3G Pro Audio, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

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