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Bounty Music Completes Audio Revamp at St. Theresa Church In Hawaii with HARMAN Brands

MAUI, Hawaii – Owner of 35-year-old musical instrument store and pro audio installation company Bounty Music on the island of Maui, Paul Weinstein and his wife Linda recently revamped the local St. Theresa Church with HARMAN’s Soundcraft digital console, JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplification and dbx signal processing. This Catholic Church, which seats 550, required an immediate upgrade of its sound system, streamlining all the gear into an integrated network, controlled by a one-switch system.

Featured are the Soundcraft Si Expression 2 digital console with 24 recallable mic preamps, Crown DCi 2|1250 amplifier, a JBL CBT70JE-1-WH column loudspeaker per side and a dbx DriveRack PA2 for room EQ, anti-feedback and compression.

“I have always relied on Crown amplifiers for their sound quality and their reliability, especially powering JBL loudspeakers.” said Weinstein. “The dbx Driverack PA2 is a great all in one solution, for room EQ and anti-feedback.”

Due to the variety of groups performing at the Church, music can vary between multiple genres within a given day. The recallable features of the Si Expression 2 made the console the best solution for the Church.

“Compared to what else was out there, Soundcraft offers the ability to recall everything, including even mic pres,” according to Weinstein. “The price and performance made it the ideal choice for this category, beating everything else within its price range. With the new modification, we have no problem catering to the different groups coming in.”

The console is housed in a cabinet hidden from the general audience, which makes the ViSi Remote App 2.0 perfect for controlling the audio from a distance. Given the wide and shallow structure of the seating arrangements, the CBT70JE-1-WH loudspeakers were chosen to provide excellent coverage in every seat, without consuming much real estate. Bounty Music accomplished a tremendous feat by integrating an amazing audio system that is both capable and low profile in design.

“The Si Expression sounds great, and it does what you want it to do, using a much appreciated intuitive layout,” said Weinstein. “The faders are not cluttered by layers, which is great for non-professionals and volunteers. Everything we need including EQ and compression is onboard, and no external gear except for the dbx DriveRack is used.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s AKG Enters Red Bull Air Race World Championships 2014 with Wireless Microphone Systems

ROVINJ, Croatia – While Hannes Arch, co-architect of HARMAN’s AKG AV100 aviation headphones, was the winner of the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia, the moderator’s bench was left wanting for nothing with their own set of HARMAN’s AKG wireless microphones, headsets and in-ear monitoring systems. The AKG systems enabled flawless communication on and off the racecourse during the commencement and winner ceremonies.

The system at the Red Bull Air Race featured the AKG DAM+ Series gooseneck microphones, equipped with CK49 capsules for the desks, capturing the sound of live commentators and the winners of the contest. The capsule is designed to capture the best sound in any indoor and outdoor environment, honing in on voices at greater distances, and reducing pop noise at short distances. Combined with the AKG WMS4500, DHT700 and DMS700 wireless microphone systems, the announcers were well-equipped for the show.

“Red Bull wanted to bring pristine audio performance and crystal-clear communication to this competition, which is why these AKG systems were perfect solutions for the Red Bull Air Race,” said Walter Rührig, Artist & Key Customer Relations, AKG. “In an outdoor environment like this, it is essential that we provided gear like the CK49 with windscreens, to reduce wind and pop noise during interviews and live announcements. The equipment performed perfectly without hiccups, which is a testament to AKG’s reliability.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Christie’s Book of Transformation Celebrates Projection Mapping Around World

Christie® has published and released The Book of Transformations – a ‘coffee table‘ style book that explores and celebrates how artists and technicians are using powerful projection display technologies to visually transform familiar structures and objects.
The Book of Transformations provides key visuals, core plans and technical details on scores of projection mapping projects done around the world using Christie projectors and complementary enabling technologies. It is available as a free downloadable app across multiple platforms, a PDF file and as a limited release hard copy publication.

Through more than 70 case studies, readers learn how giant office buildings, ancient temples and churches, landmark towers, bridges, performance stages and even athletic playing surfaces have been re-imagined and truly transformed using ‘light paint’ and the creative genius of event producers and artists.

Projection mapping involves creating an accurate, virtual version of a structure, and then using powerful professional-grade projectors to transform the characteristics of that structure using painted light and motion graphics.

Canada’s Parliament Hill Centre Block features Christie's projection mapping

The tablet version of The Book of Transformations includes images, embedded video and detailed narratives of how various structures and surfaces were mapped, recreated in software, and then given entirely new appearances using powerful projected light. The Book of Transformations also traces the history of the art form, provides an extensive primer on how projects are conceived and executed, and looks at the future of the technology and medium.

The free tablet app is available on Apple’s App Store for iPads and Google’s Play Store for Android tablets. A non-interactive PDF is also available free of charge, allowing all the showcases and supporting material to be readily viewed on other tablet devices, as well as PCs and laptops.

The book follows the early 2013 release of Christie’s ‘The Book of Shapes,’ which explored the projects and possibilities of the Christie’s groundbreaking Christie® MicroTiles® modular displays.

Book of Transformations – Designed To Inform and Inspire
“The feedback and marketplace demand for the Book of Shapes was extremely positive, so we started putting the plans together for this new publication even as the first one was being released,” explained Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie.

“With this new book, we wanted to not only inspire our partners and end-users with what’s possible using our projection technology, but also help explain the process and ingenuity behind some of the truly amazing projection mapping work we’ve seen around the world.”

Bart Kresa of Los Angeles-based BARTKRESA Design inspired the book’s title, having produced stunning visuals at events and installations on several continents. “It’s magic,” said Kresa, “when the audience doesn’t see this as being done with projection … when the audience doesn’t really know how it happens.”
Sorted by vertical categories: Celebrations & Festivals, Corporate, Government, Mega Events, Museums & Entertainment, Promotional & Branded, and Retail & Fashion, the Book of Transformations celebrates projects across several continents.

Featured projection mapping displays include iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St. Basil’s Cathedral domes in Moscow’s Red Square and the La Scala opera house in Milan. There are also Middle East mosques and temples, grain silos along Canada’s St. Lawrence River, and an old courthouse in Chile – all brought to life with projection mapping.

The book also shows how motion graphic artists and technical producers push the boundaries of projection such as in South Korea and Singapore where water vapor has served as the digital canvas. In the U.S. and Spain, new motor vehicles have been tightly wrapped in fabric and magically transformed through multiple projections and the imagination.

The Christie Technology behind Projection Mapping
Christie’s 3-chip DLP® projectors are used around the world for projection mapping. A wide choice of resolutions and brightness levels lets users project rich, evocative displays on almost any structure or surface. Christie’s range of projectors feature up to 35,000 center lumens, and are equipped with either Xenon or mercury illumination, meeting the requirements for applications of any size and budget.

Christie Twist™ technology allows users to warp and edge-blend projected images onto irregular shapes or surfaces, and complicated multi-projector setups are made easy using camera-based systems such as Christie AutoStack™.

To download a copy of The Book of Transformations, tablet users can click here.

Jesse French Wins the Chance To Convert To Prism Sound

Delicious Audio subscriber Jesse French is now the proud owner of a Prism Sound Titan audio interface after taking part in a competition that ran in a recent edition of the online newsletter ((http://audio.thedelimagazine.com/).

“I wanted to upgrade my audio interface and when I saw the competition I realised this was the perfect opportunity,” Jesse French says. “I’ve researched the company’s products and I’m very excited about winning a Titan.”

Internationally acclaimed company Prism Sound specialises in manufacturing high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the broadcast, film, music production and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the award-winning ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney.

Prism Sound’s family of audio interfaces includes Orpheus, Lyra (I and II), Atlas and Titan, which was launched to huge critical acclaim at the AES Convention in New York in October 2013. This multi-channel interface offers recording professionals ultimate quality analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows PC at sample rates up to 192kHz via a simple USB interface. Titan has eight analogue inputs, eight analogue outputs and S/PDIF and TOSLINK optical digital I/O ports. The optical ports can also be used for ADAT, giving Titan a maximum capability of 18 concurrent input and output channels plus dual stereo headphones. The unit also features Prism Sound’s new MDIO interface miniature expansion slot, which can be used to expand its connectivity, for example by adding a direct connection to Pro Tools|HDX systems.

For Jesse French, the opportunity to own a Prism Sound audio interface couldn’t come at a better time as he is soon to graduate from Hampshire College in Massachusetts where he has been studying music performance and production.

“I am currently working on my thesis, which is on alternative ways to distribute music online,” he explains. “I also play in a band – Young Tricksters (http://youngtricksters.bandcamp.com/) – and I plan on continuing to play out and record after a graduate.”

Prior to acquiring his Titan, Jesse was using a low end 8-channel interface and running Logic. The ability to record 16 channels means that he can now upgrade his recording set up.

“When I heard I’d won the competition, it took a while to sink in,” he says. “I didn’t really believe it until the unit arrived and now I’m really excited to own it and want to say a big thank you to everyone at Prism Sound and Delicious Audio who made this possible.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

HARMAN’s Studer Vista X Console Star of the Show at KOBA 2014

SEOUL, South Korea – At KOBA 2014, HARMAN’s Studer showcased a broad selection of its latest products for broadcast applications, including the flagship Vista X digital console with the new Studer Infinity Processing Engine, additional Vista Series models, the compact, cost-effective OnAir broadcast consoles and more. KOBA (the Korea International Broadcast, Audio and Lighting Equipment Show) is South Korea’s premier showcase for the global broadcasting industry.

Studer exhibited with HARMAN’s South Korea distributor Dongyang Digital Co., Ltd. at KOBA 2014 at the COEX Exhibition Center, Seoul, South Korea, Booth C210 (May 20 – 23, 2014).

“At KOBA 2014, attendees had a unique opportunity to experience the new Vista X,” said Myoung-Ho Seo, Director of Technical Sales for Dongyang Digital. “It is a remarkable advancement in large-scale broadcast console technology that gives broadcast professionals far greater mixing and production capabilities than ever before—and by a wide margin.”

At the heart of the Vista X is the Studer Infinity processing engine, 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 single CPU-based board. The Vista X includes 12 A-Link high-capacity fiber digital audio interfaces, to provide more than 5,000 inputs and outputs.

The Vista X shares many features with the Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 consoles that were featured at KOBA, including the company’s patented Vistonics™ color touchscreen interface, FaderGlow™ enabling faders to be color-coded according to function, flexible input routing and many additional features that make Studer Vista consoles the most powerful and versatile in the industry.

Also on show was the Studer OnAir Series 3000 consoles, a complete lineup of compact, flexible boards that offer a host of useful high-end features that are ideal for smaller, medium and larger radio and TV studios.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

ESS Audio Announces First Sales of HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Console in Poland

LOMIANKI, Poland – HARMAN Soundcraft’s Polish distributor ESS Audio has fulfilled the first of its first batch of orders for the new Soundcraft Vi3000.The first two companies to take delivery are W Sound from Szczecin, run by Mariusz Węgiełek, and Modussound of Sieraków Śląski, headed by Artur and Lukasz Kedzia. Both confirm they already have the consoles out on tour.

ESS Audio demonstrated the new features of the much-anticipated console to its customer base, and at the same time staged an open day for the Vi3000, which coincided with the European premiere of JBL Professional’s new VTX V20 loudspeakers and included two days of training. The event was supported by Oskar Tarczynski (from ESS Audio) and Ed Jackson (from HARMAN Professional).

The Soundcraft Vi3000 boasts many new attributes. In addition to the much requested access to Universal Audio’s plug-ins (via the new Soundcraft® Realtime Rack plug-in processing engine – which also integrates with the rest of the Vi Series consoles), the console also provides an analogue infrastructure via the I/Os on the back and has built-in MADI and Dante, as well as an upgraded SpiderCore™ DSP and new ‘3D’ Vistonics graphics.

In addition to the Dante/MADI record feed outputs, the console provides MIDI, USB, Ethernet, DVI out, redundant power supply and other connections.

According to W Sound’s Mariusz Węgiełek, “The Soundcraft Vi3000 is the ideal solution for medium-sized touring companies such as ours. The capability of the board, the price of the controller and additional peripherals like the stage rack or expansion cards, make it impossible to look at any alternatives.”

“The immediate driver for the purchase was to acquire a console that would meet most of the riders from the middle range of touring artists—and after almost a month of use, it has been a big hit,” Węgiełek continued. “The response from our sound engineers could not be more positive, and our Vi3000 is working almost every day, earning us money.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Britney Spears Doubles Down on DiGiCo in Vegas

Marc Delcore, Britney: Piece of Me's musical director and keyboard player, seated at the DiGiCo SD10 house console with FOH engineer Robert "Cubby" Colby (left) and 3G Productions' Julio Valdez just outside the mixing bunker

Robert “Cubby” Colby and Johnny Balistrere both using SD Series desks for Britney: Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS theater

LAS VEGAS — Britney Spears is currently taking a break from touring, settling into a two-year residency on the Las Vegas Strip at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS theater, which was revamped for the purpose at a reported cost of $20 million with new staging, lighting, projection, and sound equipment, including a pair of DiGiCo digital audio mixing consoles. Britney: Piece of Me, which has already grossed nearly $18 million, brings a dance club atmosphere to the 4,600-seat theater, where the singer, backed by 14 dancers and a four-piece band, performs hits from her 15-year career.

Marc Delcore, the show’s musical director and keyboard player, appreciates the finesse with which veteran front-of-house engineer Robert “Cubby” Colby, using the DiGiCo SD10 console, is able to deliver every nuance of the band’s performance to the audience. “I spend as much time as I can during soundcheck with Cubby,” reports Delcore, who joined Spears in early 2000 as a keyboard sound designer and programmer before first appearing onstage with her on the 2009 Circus tour. “If I ask him to bump a track that might not be sitting where I need it, the flexibility to make that change but also keep what we just did is really important for me.”

According to Colby, the DiGiCo console’s snapshot functionality enables him to translate the tracks coming off stage, which have been carefully crafted by the musicians, to the audience. “With the help of virtual soundcheck and snapshots I’m able to recall sequenced tracks that are a very big part of a show like this, especially a dance show,” he says. “Britney sings every song live, but there are additional tracks when they’re doing the heavy dance numbers. Snapshots give Marc the security of knowing that these levels that they work on so hard translate to the live environment.”

“Britney pretty much has to stick to her script, but I have a lot of freedom to play different chords or different sounds,” continues Delcore. “Anything that the band throws at him, Cubby hears right away and he makes the adjustment. He catches everything and is able to make those adjustments with the console. It’s important for him to be able to make those changes on the fly. He’s such a great engineer.”

Monitor engineer Johnny Balistrere, generating 42 sends to side fills and wedges for Spears and the dancers, with in-ear feeds for the band, had not previously used a DiGiCo console. Once he learned that he would be using an SD5, Balistrere spent some time on the phone with Matt Larson, national sales manager at Group One, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, who also directed him to an online video tutorial. “It’s a great training video,” says Balistrere. “I was able to retain most of what I watched and apply it to this console. It’s the most impressive, well-thought-out console I have ever used in my career. You can operate it with ease.”

Balistrere continues, “It’s a very musical console. Certain things I want to be digital, certain things I want to be analog. The fact that I can customize digital and analog sounds in my mixes, separating inputs into a digital head amp or putting a DigiTube [tube emulation] on and making it a little more gritty, is one of the greatest features.”

By chaining effects, Balistrere is also able to deliver significant sound pressure levels to Spears’ wedges without having to worry about feedback, he says. “With condenser mics and headsets, I’ll take a vocal and send it to five or six effects, turn the sends down, and use them as vocal boosts with minimal effect. I’m able to get 112 or 113 dB, A-weighted, three feet from the wedges with her Crown CM-311A headset mic without even a hint of feedback. I’d never experienced that in my life until I used a DiGiCo console.”

Balistrere prefers to fix problem inputs at the source rather than use subtractive EQ. “But with the DiGiCo console I find I’m running even flatter EQs than I was previously in other consoles. So I can experiment more with my mic technique and placement, and not have to go right to the EQ section and cut it. It’s a very easy, precise, smooth console. I’ve got to say, it’s hard to go back to anything else!”

Julio Valdez, systems engineer and designer for 3G Productions – the rental house that supplied the show’s DiGiCo desks and d&b loudspeaker system – notes that the SD10 and SD5 were the natural choices for this massive production that is nightly drawing capacity crowds. “The sheer number of channels, pristine 96K sound, and ease of use were all huge factors in making these consoles the right gear for the job,” he says. “They say you’re only as good as your tools, but I really must compliment Cubby on the consistently exceptional mix he’s providing. He really makes the SD10 shine and I know he’s very happy with DiGiCo, as we all are.”

Cubby agrees: “My relationship with DiGiCo goes back to the company’s inception and I can honestly say that out of all of the digital consoles available to musical productions and mixers around the world, DiGiCo holds the key to undisputed audio quality and function. And with spill sets and other new features, the company continues to set the bar even higher. I love the SD10.”

“I also have to give a lot of credit to Marc Delcore,” he adds. “To be able to work on pursuing the best possible musical experience and audio quality with a musical director and keyboard player of his caliber really benefits this whole production. The same can be said of production manager Jason Danter, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and many others. Music is the number one focus of this production, and it has been a pleasure to be part of a show with such great audio facilities and a band that really cares about how it sounds.”

Britney: Piece of Me began its most recent leg on April 25. Following a summer break the show is scheduled to run through August into early September, tentatively wrapping up in February 2016.

About DiGiCo
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and ground-breaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. For more information, go to: www.DiGiCo.biz

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Australia’s Trackdown Studios Expands With HARMAN’s JBL and Crown

SYDNEY, Australia — Since its humble 1980s beginnings as a cramped recording studio with mattresses on the walls for sound absorption, Trackdown Studios (www.trackdown.com.au) has evolved to become a fixture on the Australian pro audio scene, working with artists like INXS, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Will.I.Am and many more and growing to two locations offering music and film recording and post-production. Trackdown’s Moore Park facility recently expanded with the addition of “Theatre One,” a new 20-seat room with audio post, mixing and 3D screening capabilities. Rather than equipping the theater with conventional studio monitors Trackdown chose HARMAN’s JBL Professional ScreenArray™ cinema system powered by Crown DSi Series power amplifiers.

Working with HARMAN Professional Australian distributor JANDS (www.jands.com.au), Trackdown installed a complete multichannel surround sound system with three JBL 3722N 2-way ScreenArray loudspeakers as the left, center and right channels, each employing dual 15-inch woofers and a horn-loaded compression driver. Four JBL 8340A 2-way surround loudspeakers and a JBL 3635 18-inch subwoofer complete the speaker complement.

The loudspeakers are driven by three Crown DSi 2000 amplifiers, which include presets for JBL cinema loudspeakers to make configuration quick and easy and provide on-board signal processing to handle crossover points, EQ, speaker delay and output limiting. Rounding out Theatre One’s equipment is a host of impressive video gear including a Christie Digital projector, Harkness Screens projection screen, Doremi ShowVault 4K video server and other equipment.

Right from completion (“we finished painting in the morning and started working in the afternoon,” noted Trackdown general manager Elaine Beckett) the studio launched into high-profile activity on films including The Great Gatsby, Forbidden Ground, Warwick Thornton’s new film The Dark Side and a concert documentary on Australian music legends Paul Kelly and Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

Response to the Theatre One has been extremely enthusiastic. “One sound mixer in particular was thrilled to be working in Theater One, using it as a premix space,” noted Beckett. “It’s quite common to have small monitors in premix rooms and he was very impressed to be working with true theater sound for monitoring. What he mixed in Theatre One translated really well when doing the final mix in a large theatre.” With customers that include the elite of Australia’s film community and a growing number of international clients, Trackdown is confident they’ll be mixing a future Award-winning soundtrack sooner rather than later.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Raiding the Rock Vault Continues to Thrill Audiences with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Recently rated by The Las Vegas Review Journal as “Best Musical 2014”, “Raiding the Rock Vault” uses HARMAN’s AKG Microphones to provide the ultimate classic rock concert experience in Las Vegas. Written by GRAMMY™-winning producer David Kershenbaum and John Payne of Asia, this 2-hour experience weaves an entertaining storyline with some of the greatest rock hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The full microphone system for “Raiding the Rock Vault” comprises 16 DMS700 V2 wireless channels connected to all the guitars through PT700 V2 transmitters, 12 WMS4500 wireless channels for vocals, with HT4500 D5 and D7 capsules for the singers and PT4500 transmitters for the actors. Twelve channels of IVM4500 are used for in-ear monitoring, while AKG’s HELICAL antennas take care of transmission.

“Everything has worked great, and that’s the most important thing,” said Keith Marks, production coordinator for “Raiding the Rock Vault.” “When we listened to the quality of AKG’s wireless microphones, we found that even artists who have never worked with wireless microphones before are loving it. The DMS system sounds perfect, on par with the quality of wired microphones.”

The “Raiding the Rock Vault” cast, which recently added Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and Dio, performs over 200 shows annually. Naturally, the intensity and repetition of these shows require the production crew to maintain an inventory of extremely durable sound equipment.

“It’s a testament to the quality of the equipment, when it keeps performing great, day in and out,” Marks said. “Also, AKG provides incredible customer service: I can get Joe Wagoner or anyone else at AKG on the phone whenever I need them, which is an invaluable benefit.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Southfield Jazz Orchestra Upgrades to HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 For Jazz Ensembles

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan – Having founded the sound reinforcement company EBR Providers LLC. in 2012 to support regional events in Michigan, Eric Rayford recently purchased a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital console for local acts such as the Southfield Jazz Orchestra, which began in 2010 in collaboration with the City of Southfield Parks and Recreation Department. The Vi1 will serve as a powerful upgrade that not only fits into the budget of the orchestra, but also the modest spaces of its venues.

The Southfield Jazz Orchestra performs mostly as a jazz ensemble playing tunes such as “In The Mood”, “Teach Me Tonight”, “Love For Sale”, and many more. Privileged to have saxophonist George Benson and vocalist Barbara Ware perform in the band as artists-in-residence, Rayford wanted to move into the digital age with the Vi1 console.

“Sixteen channels are sufficient for what we need and the Vi1’s size is ideal for the small venues that we play in,” said Rayford. “The ability to control some venues remotely on the iPad is great, because sometimes we don’t have enough room for a board near the stage. With the Soundcraft ViSi Remote App, I am able to keep the system in a protected area when performing in a bar, out of harm’s way from the audience.”

Moving away from the analog consoles he used previously, Rayford appreciates the familiar analog-like controls on the Vi1. Every knob and button correspond to only one function, eliminating the layering of controls. Although it is the smallest member of the Vi Series, the Vi1 console still packs the intuitive Soundcraft FaderGlow™ for color-coded illumination of the motorized faders, and the Vistonics™ touchscreen user interface for all other surface controls. The Southfield Jazz Orchestra also uses JBL Professional EON Series portable loudspeakers for many of its performances.

“This board is so well-designed and packed with so many functions, I won’t ever need a larger one for this act,” said Rayford. “The dedicated buttons for EQ’s and effects are very useful, and the layout is not cluttered at all. I can finally put EQ on an individual channel, which is great!”

Besides generating more success for the band with the brand new digital console, Rayford also assists with managing the sound at three different church sites under the Third New Hope Baptist Church, one of which is equipped with a 32-channel Soundcraft Vi3. He also would like to see the remaining two locations to be outfitted with Vi Series consoles as well.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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