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This One’s For You: Sound Image and Jimmy Buffett Celebrate 40 Years On the Road Together Using HARMAN’s Crown I-Tech HD Amps and JBL VTX Line Arrays

ESCONDIDO, California — Jimmy Buffett has been extolling the laid-back pleasures of Margaritaville, having a Cheeseburger In Paradise and the fact that it’s Five O’Clock Somewhere since he recorded his first album in 1970. For 2014, San Diego’s Sound Image is celebrating 40 years as Buffett’s live sound provider with a new touring system based around HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

“When it comes to connecting with the audience, I think you can safely say that nobody’s better at it than Jimmy Buffett,” said Dave Shadoan, who partnered with Sound Image’s founder and partner, the late Ross Ritto, in 1971. “His fans hang onto every word at his live shows and they deserve nothing less than the best sound we can deliver.”

Buffett’s audience certainly isn’t going to have to strain to hear him sing. The live sound rig consists of 80 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers driving 52 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and 24 S28 cardioid-arrayable subwoofers. “We generally hang 14 V25 loudspeakers per side in the main array, with eight S28 subs next to them and 12 V25 loudspeakers in each of the left and right side hangs,” noted Sound Image front of house engineer Rich Davis. Depending on the venue, Davis will add more S28 subwoofers at the middle of the stage to fill out any void in the low frequencies, plus three S28 subs on each side if necessary. “We were in sheds at the start of the tour and will be outdoors through October.”

Davis noted that the biggest issue Buffett will have with a sound system is keeping the low end from building up on the “deck” that makes up the floor of the stage. “That’s one of the reasons I like to spread out the subwoofers and not use massive ground stacks,” he said.

Davis sets up the system using JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system control software. “The latest version of Performance Manager saves us a lot of time and simplifies the entire configuration and calibration process,” Davis pointed out. “It enables us to go deeply into the I-Tech HD’s many DSP functions, filters and crossovers and fine-tune the sound. It also gives me automatic control screens for each of the line array columns and if I need to edit, modify, add or delete a hang, it’s actually easy instead of being a time-consuming chore.”

Davis notes that he rarely needs any EQ on the high end and that the system is smooth from top to bottom. “We did a show in Raleigh and I walked up on the lawn, which was about 430 feet from the speaker stacks and there was solid low end all the way in the back of the lawn, which never happened before. This new system is more coherent and the low end really holds up.”

“The PA is super stable,” Davis added. “Jimmy is known for talking between songs and when he talks to the other band members it’s often sideways off the mic. I can ram that fader all the way up so that he can be heard and the system still doesn’t have any problems.”

“It’s been an honor, a privilege and a great time working with Jimmy all these years,” Shadoan concluded. “The only thing missing in this 40th year is my former partner and Jimmy’s former monitor engineer, Ross Ritto. Sound Image has always been about technological innovation and I know Ross would be thrilled to hear what we’re doing with Jimmy on his 2014 This One’s For You tour.”

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

You Say You Want More Resolution – Renault’s CAVE Raises the Bar for Virtual Reality Design

Paris, France – August 2014…Virtual Reality (VR) technology first appeared on the virtual horizon several decades ago, but it’s safe to say that the past few years have seen a quantum leap in its evolution. With ever-increasing processing power and ultra-high resolution display technologies, the cartoon-ish, low bitrate virtual worlds of yesterday have given way to stunningly realistic environments shockingly close to the real thing. And VR technology has become an integral aspect of so many of our most prolific industries, from military and pilot training, architecture, and medical research, to aerospace and automobile design.

French automobile manufacturer Renault has long been ahead of the curve in embracing new technologies. Most recently, the company has implemented a new CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) facility at the Paris headquarters. While other auto manufacturers have also implemented CAVE technology, Renault’s facility boasts the highest resolution ever realized in a VR environment, with five sides of Sony-based imaging that can deliver up to 16k resolution.

Renault partnered with Mechdyne, a leader in VR and visual technologies, to design and implement the new CAVE facility. “Renault approached us to bid on the project, because we had already built a six-sided CAVE of that resolution, and we understood the challenges,” explains Mechdyne’s Richard Cashmore. “They had a very clear concept of what they wanted to do.”

“We wanted to work with a company who could provide us with a holistic, integrated system, including structure, projection, and computers,” explains Andras Kemeny, founder and head of Renault’s Virtual Reality and Immersive Simulation Technologies Group. “While many of the leading manufacturers have provided exceptionally good support and advice, we found that Mechdyne was not bound to a specific technology. They were able to look at the entire technological landscape, and consider combinations of different brands and products. Their approach was very focused on our specific goals, rather than on whatever technology they favored.”

The system includes five sides of Sony SXRD 4k projectors at 5.5k lumens, scalable to 16k — the first 16k VR environment anywhere in the world. “While there were some other options using newer DLP projection, ultimately, the Sony system delivered the fastest performance and the highest resolution, both of which were critical factors,” observes Cashmore.

Kemeny adds, “In this case, the Sony projector Mechdyne specified was originally designed for cinema-based solutions. Calibrating multiple projectors was not something Sony had addressed. Sony provided us some data, and then our engineers at Renault and Mechdyne collaborated for several months to design a calibration protocol. We’ve been quite happy with the results.”

Indeed, the collaboration between Renault and Mechdyne created a powerful synergy. “Originally, the relationship was that of client and provider, but over time it really evolved to where we were all really part of the same team,” says Kemeny.

“I think that’s one thing that’s unique about our approach,” observes Cashmore. “We really try and look at the project through the eyes of the end user. We’re not trying to sell whatever technology we’ve got in stock. We can recommend what we feel is best for them, given their goals and the technologies available.”

Though Renault’s CAVE was initially created for interior ergonomic design, Kemeny reports that the technology has become popular with other departments within the organization.

“One thing that was very exciting for us was the fact that the CAVE was being embraced by various departments within Renault,” he says. “Ultimately, this is enabling us to build a better vehicle.”

In fact, the Renault CAVE has led to discussions with Daimler (parent company of Mercedes Benz) on a new collaborative project. “There has long been a strong working relationship between Renault and Daimler,” says Kemeny.

“The collaboration with Mechdyne has given us the most state-of-the-art facility in the automotive industry,” Kemeny concludes. “It’s a system we can be very proud of.”

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About Mechdyne 
Mechdyne is one of the world’s leading providers of innovative visual information technologies.  We bend technology to our will in ways that transform complex data into insights and ideas.  To ensure our customers succeed, we provide comprehensive, customized solutions that include consulting, software, technical services, and hardware integration.
With offices around the world, Mechdyne serves a global customer base.  Our customers include: leading government laboratories, energy companies, universities, manufacturing and design firms, U.S. armed forces, and other users of visual information technologies.

Titan Mobile Knocks It Out Of The Park For MLB

Avolites’ compact console slugs a grand slam controlling lights at SE Systems-manned Major League Baseball stadium concert series

GREENSBORO, NC — As Major League Baseball pennant races hit a feverish pitch during these dogs days of summer, many teams are adding value to ticket prices with post-game stadium concerts by an eclectic group of all-star talent ranging from country’s Martina McBride to rap’s 50 Cent.

Much like a manager draws up a powerful yet balanced lineup full of professionals, turnkey production house SE Systems of Greensboro, NC was summoned earlier this summer by Select Artists Associates of Scottsdale, AZ to handle the pro audio/lighting needs for many of these entertaining shows hosted by the Washington Nationals and New York Mets, among others scheduled through the end of September.

Demanding a seamless, quick switchover as soon as the last pitch is thrown, SE Systems is tapping Avolites’ Titan Mobile lighting console for its small footprint (19″ x 14″), perfect for the field-friendly, time-sensitive roll-on for such a post-game assignment, explains SE lighting designer Nehemiah (aka “Captain Nemo”) Grubbs. more

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L-ACOUSTICS Serves Up Sound Solution For Clowes Memorial Hall Of Butler University

Butler University's newly-restored Clowes Memorial Hall (credit for all photos: Kelley Jordan)

Wright Consulting Associates and Mid-America Sound team up for KARAi install

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — In celebration of its 50th anniversary last fall, Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University’s professional performing arts venue, embarked on a $2M restoration project under the direction of Elise Kushigian, Executive Director, and daily supervision of all 18 contractors by Karen Steele, Director of Operations. The restoration included much-needed updates to its roof, walls, seating, carpet, acoustics and audio enhancement system. The acoustical and audio enhancement portion of the project was spearheaded by David Wright of Indianapolis-based Wright Consulting Associates, Inc. (WCA) who called upon local tour sound provider Mid-America Sound Corporation (MAS) to provide system expertise and, ultimately, the recommendation for a new L-ACOUSTICS KARAi house sound system. more

Kreative Teknik AB Illuminates Ullevi Stadium’s Iconic Pillars with HARMAN’s Martin Exterior 400 Wash Lights

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — As one of the largest arenas in the Nordic region, Sweden’s Ullevi Stadium recently completed a renovation that increased its capacity from 54,000 to 75,000 people featuring 43,000 seats with another 32,000 in standing room. Located in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, the outdoor arena was inaugurated in 1958 when the country hosted one of the world’s most prestigious soccer competitions. However, as the stadium has aged it has undergone a series of renovations, the first in 1985 when the stadium’s iconic concrete pillars on either side of the main entrance were reinforced. Further renovations in 2004 brought Swedish lighting design firm Kreative Teknik AB on board to light the pillars and recently the company retrofitted their original design with six of HARMAN’s Martin Professional Exterior 400 light fixtures.

Each pillar features three Exterior 400 fixtures mounted over 200 feet or 65 meters above the ground, shining both up and down to ensure the entire length is evenly covered. The lighting is controlled by a CueServer-system via DMX that allows for the facility manager to easily change the appearance through a simple click on the touchscreen or by a pre-programmed calendar.

Martin’s Exterior 400 now produces a much brighter and crisper light with more saturated colors when compared to the earlier models Kreative Teknik installed back in 2004. Today, the Exterior 400 line boasts a brighter light with lower power consumption of 139 W, down from the 575 W of its predecessor. Additionally, the fixture’s advanced LED technology limits downtime and maintenance costs while increasing the life span from 2,000 hours to 40,000 hours.

“Once again Martin’s fixtures were the best choice and we are extremely proud of the result of this project,” said Marcus Persson, CEO and Owner of Kreative Teknik AB. “We chose Martin because of their well-documented quality of outdoor fixtures in installations and their exceptional ability to support us with spare-part handling.”

The lighting concept was designed to allow the city’s population to know what type of event was being held inside the venue, such as blue and white washes over the pillars to signal a soccer match for the local team. The color-changing technology and rugged design of the Martin Exterior 400 made it a clear choice for Kreative Teknik.

“The technology has changed drastically since we first installed a number Martin’s Exterior 200 and 600 at the stadium,” said Persson. “Almost a decade has passed and Martin’s been a proven innovator in LED technology, energy-efficiency, RA-index and fixture design. The Exterior 400 is a great example of their ability to provide designers with advanced technology to empower their creative visions.”

For more information on the Martin Exterior 400 wash light, please visit: http://www.martin.com/product/product.asp?product=exterior400

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

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

Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene Elevates Its Sound System With HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers and Soundcraft Digital Consoles

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene has served its parishioners since 1941, with roots going back to the first group of Nazarenes who congregated in the region in 1912. Like many houses of worship, the church had been making do with an inadequate, practically antiquated sound system until it brought in Spokane, Washington’s Hoffman Pro Systems and HARMAN Professional for an audio revival.

“The sanctuary literally had two wall-mounted speaker boxes to provide coverage to the entire main floor, balcony, under balcony and the church’s extended side wings,” said Hoffman Pro Systems general manager Dave Kenagy. “To say it was insufficient for the church’s current needs, which include providing sound for a full praise band, would be an understatement.”

Not so for the current system, specified by designer/installer David Lewis which features a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital console, Crown XTi 2 Series amplifiers, JBL VRX Series and additional loudspeakers, dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controllers and AKG K240 MKII headphones.

The Soundcraft Si Expression 3 has a MADI card installed and provides 32 inputs from the floor as well as local inputs at front of house for playback from various audio sources. A Soundcraft Stagebox is located at the front of the pulpit/stage area, linked to the console via a HARMAN BLU-Link card. Two dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controllers connected to the front of house via Cat6 cable enable the drummer and guitar/bass player to control and balance their own individual monitor levels, which Kenagy notes helps to keep the overall stage volume lower and easier to mix.

The Si Expression 3 handles the front of house and all monitor mixes. “The church volunteer staff had to make the move from their old analog console to digital,” noted Kenagy. “Although they’re not audio professionals, the board’s straightforward control layout and ability to store and recall snapshots made it easy for them.”

Three JBL VRX 932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers and two VRX918S subwoofers are hung as the main center cluster. Two VRX928LA loudspeakers are used for balcony fill, with three AC18/26 wall-mountable loudspeakers employed for under-balcony fill. Two AC18/95 wall-mountable loudspeakers are used for front side fill where the seating wraps around the front corners of the stage. In addition, an AC26 compact loudspeaker is mounted on stage and aimed back at the choir area. The loudspeakers are powered by a total of five Crown XTi 6002, XTi 4002 and XTi 1002 amplifiers.

Lewis noted that the Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene is “extremely happy with the new system. Aside from the fact that it’s a night and day difference from their old setup sonically, for the first time it enables the church to mix the praise band the way they should be heard and it gives the pastor and the speakers the freedom of wireless movement.”

Another benefit which was unforeseen by Lewis and the church’s staff: the sound quality is so clear throughout the entire sanctuary that fewer people are using the church’s assistive hearing devices.

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

HARMAN Professional Delivers Superb Sound in New Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe Auditorium

BIBVEWADI, PUNE, India — The city of Pune has a new cultural attraction to be proud of – the recently completed Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe Auditorium, an 850-seat facility built to host Marathi-language theatrical productions and other events. Named for the noted social reformer and writer, the Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe auditorium has an understated yet striking architectural design and an elegant interior with the finest quality appointments and audio/video facilities throughout, including an audio system built around HARMAN Professional’s JBL, Crown and dbx.

Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe Auditorium was built under the auspices of government agency Pune Municipal Corporation, which chose Zillion Solutions of Pune as the systems integrator thanks to the firm’s more than 25 years of experience in auditorium installations. “The time span to install the audio system was only five days,” said Pankaj Pansare, Zillion Solutions’ proprietor. “Five days for everything – from receiving the loudspeakers and components to installing, EQing and calibrating the system in time for opening night.” As if that wasn’t enough pressure for Pansare and his team, the installation was the first government project Zillion Solutions had ever undertaken.

Pansare knew he could turn to HARMAN to help him meet the tight time requirements and provide loudspeakers and products that would deliver world-class sound. “We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Zillion Solutions over the course of many successful projects,” noted Rohan Tadke, National Sales Manager, HARMAN Professional India. “They know our products offer sound quality, performance and reliability that’s second to none and we know they trust us as a valued partner to provide technical and design assistance and deliver products on time no matter what.”

HARMAN Professional India supplied 12 JBL VRX932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers, along with two VRX915S subwoofers, two SRX712M stage monitor/utility loudspeakers and 10 Control 1 wall-mountable loudspeakers. The loudspeakers are driven by seven Crown XTi 6002 amplifiers. Additional system components include a dbx DriveRack 4800 Loudspeaker Management System, dbx 234 stereo crossover and dbx 231 dual-31-band equalizer. “We needed a system that provided high-quality sound with even coverage throughout the auditorium, and was easy to operate and be totally reliable once installed,” stated Pansare.

The speakers were deployed in a somewhat unusual manner, since no fill loudspeakers were specified for the balcony by the architects. The JBL VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers were placed to cover both the main auditorium floor and the balcony, with the upper line array elements in the cluster aimed at the balcony and operated at a higher volume than the rest of the speakers via the dbx DriveRack 4800. “This combination actually works so well that we don’t miss the presence of fill loudspeakers at all,” Pansare pointed out.

The system was calibrated using HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ software. Pansare noted that Audio Architect enables him to optimize a system to its full potential, and makes the process faster and easier than by any other means he’s used previously. The result was all Zillion Solutions hoped for and more. “The engineers from Pune Municipal Corporation were highly impressed with the sound quality and performance of the system and its ability to deliver even coverage and clear, intelligible audio throughout the auditorium.”

Pansare proudly noted, “Because of the hard work and dedication of our team and the support that HARMAN provided, the system was working a day earlier than we promised.”

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

Philadelphia Funk Authority Displays True Multitasking Skills With HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 2 Console

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Catering to weddings, private events, festivals, clubs and concerts in and around the tri-state area, Philadelphia Funk Authority comprises hardworking individuals whose passion is playing funk, soul and R&B music from the ‘70s to today. Since the band’s members all maintain regular jobs during the day, it opted for a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console to mix its shows from the stage, foregoing the need for extensive technical training on a difficult-to-use console.

Heading up the technical department for the band is Andrew Kowal, a trumpet player who has been a musician for 30 years. While taking on the responsibilities of an onstage mixer, he needed an intuitive console that allowed him and the band members to simultaneously control the sound dynamics of the show and their own performances. The Si Expression 2 was chosen for its effortless workflow, flexible outputs, and the ability to mix on the fly.

“While onstage, I can operate the console and other band members can tweak their monitor mixes, meaning that we required an intuitive solution that could keep up with our dynamic pace,” said Kowal. “Having 24 channels is very comfortable for a 9-piece band with four lead singers and three horns, but having the flexibility to mix five discrete monitors at the same time while playing music is great!”

After acquiring the Si Expression 2, the band members noticed how much less gear they needed to transport to each show. With the Si Expression 2, no longer were they required to juggle additional racks and outboard equipment, resulting in a setup time of less than an hour. Even an extra feed into a house PA system only takes a couple of minutes to set up.

“I love everything about the console, especially the FaderGlowTM feature, because it’s so nice to light up only the faders that are in effect, so I don’t need to waste time on finding the right faders,” said Kowal. “I like having instant access to the graphic EQ, filters, compressors, as it makes everything so much easier and faster. Basically, everything improved for us overnight.”

For more information on Philadelphia Funk Authority, please visit http://www.phillyfunk.com/

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

NRJ TV Finds Versatile Solution in HARMAN Studer Vista 1 Digital Console

PARIS, France – NRJ TV has recently purchased a HARMAN Studer Vista 1 digital console for its television control room. NRJ TV has a television control room and two studios to manage the production of its NRJ 12 channels, Chérie 25 and NRJ Hits. Both channels broadcast news and live shows every day.

According to Cédric Drapeau, Technical Manager, it was important to upgrade to a console that could sustain the network’s production growth. “We have a variety of programming that takes place here at NRJ 12 and Chérie 25, so we need equipment that provides a high level of versatility to meet our varying needs,” he said.

To that end, NRJ chose the Studer Vista 1 digital console, which fits perfectly into the network’s technical environment.

The audio configuration of the two studios is based on an EtherSound network, allowing for easy routing and management of signals between the two TV studios and the control table. The Vista 1 has an EtherSound connection that can control over 32 inputs and 32 outputs to perfectly interface into the network.

The Vista 1 is highly suited to broadcast applications, with an integral DSP engine of 96 channels. The Vista 1 can handle mono, stereo and 5.1 inputs with ease, and is provided with 32 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs and eight stereo AES inputs and outputs on rear panel connections.

The Vista 1 contains many of the same features as its larger brother, the Vista 5, including the patented Vistonics™ user interface plus features such as true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control.

The Vista 1’s I/O can be expanded using the standard Studer D21m I/O controller’s card slot on the rear, to allow a wide range of protocols including MADI, AES, AoIP, ADAT, TDIF, CobraNet, Dolby E/Digital and SDI connections. A MADI link can connect to any of the Studer Stagebox range for XLR connectivity as well as other formats.

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

Patchwerk Recording Studios’ Nick Bassani Keeps On Track With HARMAN’s JBL LSR308 Studio Monitors

ATLANTA, Georgia – Patchwerk Recording Studios is one of the top recording and mastering facilities in the United States. The Atlanta studio has recorded more than 60 platinum and gold albums and worked with a who’s who of rap, hip-hop, R&B and pop artists including 50 Cent, Sean Combs, Pit Bull, Flo RIda, Jay-Z, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and dozens of others. It’s music based on bass, and producers, artists and listeners want more and more of it, notes Patchwerk’s tracking engineer Nick Bassani, which is why he relies on HARMAN’s JBL LSR308 powered studio monitors as his go-to near-field loudspeakers.

Bassani recognizes in the urban music scene “there’s an insatiable appetite for more low-end response in the music and this creates a challenge for urban market producers and mix engineers. Many monitors and even headphones out there cater to this appetite with low-end response that’s often misleading and just plain inaccurate.”

Bassani feels the JBL LSR308 is the perfect solution to the need for for bass-accurate near-field monitors. “Accuracy and clarity tend to be expensive – but not in the case of the LSR308. They’re not ‘boomy’ or exaggerated in the bass, yet have more low-end response along with far better high-frequency extension—all the way up to 24kHz—than any other near-field I’ve used.”

The powered-bi-amplified LSR308 employs a long-throw 8-inch woofer and a 1-inch woven-composite neodymium tweeter that is mated to JBL’s exclusive Image Control Waveguide™, developed for the company’s new flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor.

“The LSR308’s wider frequency response and clarity and ability to let me ‘hear into’ the mix at lower volumes has caused me to make huge improvements in my overall mixing technique,” said Bassani. “Thanks to the exceptional definition of the woofer and tweeter and the accurate on-and off- axis coverage pattern of the waveguide, the stereo image is deep and wide and the clarity is phenomenal. I can hear reverbs and delays extremely well.” Bassani also found the LSR308 “a godsend” when its improved resolution allowed him to begin experimenting with mid-side panning in his mixes.

Bassani asks: “Suppose an artist or producer wants to be sure that what they hear in their mixing environment translates accurately to the next studio they work in, or in their car or home?” “To be honest, that’s what really sold me on the LSR308. During a project, we were tracking in a studio that had a nice vocal booth but the control room was not the best. We replaced the existing control room speakers with a pair of LSR308 monitors and I noticed an instant improvement in the transferability of my rough mixes between the studio, my home and another professional studio where I work.”

After that experience, Bassani installed the LSR308 at Patchwerk’s Studio 9000 (one of Patchwerk’s main tracking and mixing rooms) and has never looked back, saying he is “unable to part with them.” He now takes a pair of LSR308 monitors to every room on any project he’s involved with, whether it’s a small project studio or a multi-million-dollar facility. He concluded, “I know that if I get my mix sounding great on the JBL LSR308 monitors, I’ll never have anything to be worried about.”

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

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