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Lab X Technologies Showcases Audio Networking Prowess During AES 44th Conference on Audio Networking Audio via Panel Discussions and Demonstrations

SAN DIEGO, California – Leading the transition for IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) networking in the professional audio space, President of Lab X Technologies and Marketing Work Chair of the AVnu Alliance, Lee Minich, is slated to discuss the latest in AVB and its importance in the recording and audio engineering industry during AES’s 44th Conference on Audio Networking. As a networking solution design resource for audio manufacturers, Minich will discuss network protocol, the design of AVB hardware and the future of AVB in the industry.
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L-ACOUSTICS Provides Dream Sound for Mamma Mia! in Korea

The new 1,242-seat, K1-equipped venue at D-Cube City in Seoul

SEOUL — International hit musical Mamma Mia! has now opened at the new D-Cube Arts Center, Seoul, which has been equipped by L-ACOUSTICS Korea distributor Dream Sound with a K1 WST line source and XTi coaxial system. This is the first permanent K1 theatre system to be installed worldwide. more

Kenny Mixx Making History With HARMAN’s JBL LSR Studio Monitors at Patchwerk Recording Studios

NORTHRIDGE, California – “I don’t just want to make hit records. I want to make history. And there’s a big difference.” These are the words of Kenny “Mixx” Daniels, chief mastering engineer at Patchwerk Recording Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. In recent months, some of the most prominent names in the hip-hop world have called on Kenny to master chart-topping hits. In his mastering room, Kenny relies on HARMAN’s JBL LSR6328P studio monitors with the LSR6312SP powered subwoofer.
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Calvary Spokane Sound System Upgrades to HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 Console

SPOKANE, Washington – In an effort to remake the sound system at Calvary Spokane into something that could be easily managed by volunteers while maintaining outstanding quality, Darrell Smith of Kungpow Production replaced a massive analog console with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital console and Compact Stagebox. The Vi1 provides an intuitive mix surface, powerful routing and the ability to easily reconfigure custom fader banks for the operators and their associated worship team.
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Erykah Badu’s FOH Engineer Kenneth Williams Joins HARMAN’s Soundcraft for “Mixing With Professionals” Seminar in Miami

MIAMI, Florida – HARMAN’s Soundcraft today announced that audio engineer and production manager Kenneth Williams will appear at Soundcraft’s “Mixing With Professionals” seminar on December 6 in Miami. Kenneth Williams is the front of house engineer and production manager for Erykah Badu on her current world tour, and has worked with artists including Estelle, Raheem DeVaughn, Corbin Bleu, LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, the Goo Goo Dolls and many others.

Williams is a longtime user of the Soundcraft Vi6™ digital console and will present two half-day seminars on how to get the most out of using the Vi6 for concert sound mixing, while offering advice about live sound mixing in general, and meeting the demands of being a being an audio engineer and production manager for some of the world’s top R & B, hip hop, rock and pop artists. The half-day seminars will take place at the Gibson Guitars Miami Showroom.

“We’re proud to have Kenneth Williams join our team for our upcoming ‘Mixing with Professionals’ sessions,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer. “Kenneth has received numerous accolades for the clarity and presence of his mixes and has proven himself time and again on the front line of working with some of the most successful artists in music history.”

The seminars will take place from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM for the early session and 2:00 PM-6:00 PM for the later session. The seminars are free, and attendees can sign up online at http://usa.soundcraft.com/mwp/events.aspx. The event is open to professionals wanting to learn more about the Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles, those making the transition from analog to digital consoles, new engineers and others.

Gibson Guitars Miami Showroom is located at 2751 North Miami Avenue, Suite 2, Miami, FL 33127.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

HARMAN Audio System Highlights Major Sound Upgrade at Historic Lerner Theatre

Vista AV recently upgraded the audio system at the historic Lerner Theatre with components from HARMAN’s AKG, Crown, JBL and Soundcraft.

ELKHART, Indiana — In a major overhaul of the 87-year-old Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana, audio integrator Vista AV recently completed a sound upgrade featuring components from HARMAN’s AKG, Crown, JBL and Soundcraft. The renovation added 6,000 square feet of meeting space, seating capacity and an expanded moveable stage.

The main theater area is outfitted with 20 JBL VERTEC® VT4887ADP-DA compact powered line array elements outfitted with JBL DrivePack® technology Crown-designed amplifier modules, as well as four SRX712M and six VRX915M stage monitors powered by Crown amplifiers. The existing theatre system was also supplemented with two JBL SRX718 powered subwoofers and three JBL AC18/26 compact loudspeakers. A host of AKG microphones including the D5, D40, P5, and P6 have also been added to the upgraded house system, while a Soundcraft Vi4 digital console was installed to handle both front of house and monitor mixing.

“This was a challenging installation because we were dealing with an existing historic structure that was not at all accommodating to modern technology,” stated Cyril Oake, Project Manager for Vista AV.

“Using the built-in Crown amplifier modules with the VT4887ADP-DA speakers allowed for fast rigging of the arrays and combination of the DP module and the JBL speakers not only provided a clean professional look for the install, but sonically met the needs of the facility,” added David Glass, Systems Designer for Vista AV.

The multipurpose room at Lerner Theatre includes 36 Control 26CT small-format ceiling speakers
powered by Crown CTs 4200 series amplifiers as well as a dedicated AKG WMS450 wireless microphone system.

“Quite a few of the other digital consoles have a long learning curve to get to know even the simplest of functions. With the Vi4’s Vistonics™ control interface, anyone who is familiar with an analog console can make adjustments. For a venue like the Lerner Theater this is a must because of the variety of acts that will be coming and going all the time. Sometimes even the simplest of things makes a difference. The smaller footprint of the Vi4 takes up less room in the auditorium so less seating area needs to be given up for the production location,” stated Glass.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Phantom Celebrates 25th Birthday With HARMAN’s Studer Consoles

Photo Credit: Alastair Muir

LONDON, United Kingdom— To celebrate 25 years of The Phantom Of The Opera, Cameron Mackintosh staged a special production at the Royal Albert Hall recently, with three sell-out performances over two nights.

Aside from the enormous amount of rehearsal time required, the production tasked broadcast production company, Red TX with mixing 172 channels—spread across four stage boxes—on its Score Live-powered HARMAN’s Studer Vista 8 digital console, which sits at the heart of their new RED II production vehicle.

“This is technically the highest channel count we have ever run from one truck,” confirmed Red TX managing director, Ian Dyckhoff. “It creates a bit of added pressure, but having so much combined experience between us is a real bonus.”

He added that in the past this channel count would have required a second vehicle. “But the Studer desk has enough inputs to surround mix everything independently. Thanks to the Vista 8, we can do it in one.”

Three recording stems were set up to record in 5.1 and stereo (for cinema) and 5.0 for other TV broadcasts. Rather than taking an automatic stereo down mix, Red TX created a separate stereo mix, providing greater control, for cinemas unable to take surround sound. They also employed a unique Cinema Matrix 5.1 setup that uses the X-curve for cinema equalisation.

Each Studer HD interface card can carry up to 192 channels in Vista systems at sampling rates of up to 96kHz, and is connected to the DSP core by standard CAT5 twisted pair cables. The system automatically detects newly inserted audio cards and assigns the required number of audio channels to them by pressing the front panel ‘Reconfig’ button—a feature Red TX finds particularly useful.

In fact RED II’s Studer environment, with D21m digital I/O frames and stage boxes, is configured to enable 192 channels to be recorded from the desk, with three MADI streams, 48 channels of AES (24 stereo) and 32 line.

Red TX had arrived at the Royal Albert Hall several days before the show for line checks, rigging tests and to set up templates—and with the lead characters joined by a cast and orchestra of over 200 the extended prep time was certainly needed, as the show proved challenging.

Working alongside live sound company, Autograph Sound, who supplied separate radio mic, choir and orchestra mixes to bring all the feeds into the truck independently, the RED II crew used 57 snapshots on the Vista 8, mostly for the orchestral arrangements. Said main sound engineer, Tim Summerhayes, “We used a standard 2-second crossfade on the snapshots and they were as smooth as silk.”

The production itself was a major success. In total the live broadcast was transmitted to 1,000 cinemas in the UK, a further 200 in the US and 200 in Europe.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™ Console Creates the Perfect Feeling

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – Chart-topping indie pop band, The Feeling, has completed a year of predominantly club dates and boutique festivals, allowing its sound engineers Jon Sword and Andy Greenwood to put HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital desk through an arduous duty cycle, in which it has performed flawlessly.

The band has been playing through existing house systems, and while venues such as the O2 Academies and Nottingham Rock City have fortunately been pre-fitted with Sword’s favoured Soundcraft Vi6 or Vi4 FOH desk, the production crew have been carrying their own monitor and backline setup.

The goal, according to tour manager and FOH engineer Sword, was, “Fast setup and ease of installation for the stripped-down shows without having to disrupt these existing house setups.”

Andy Greenwood confirmed, “We have enjoyed the use of a Vi1 for most of this year now—its compact footprint has been perfect for the smaller shows, and it is without doubt my favourite monitor desk. Having had considerable experience using the Vi4 and Vi6 over the last few years, the transition to the Vi1 was seamless. I have always found the Vi range to be ‘intuitive’ and the first time I saw a Vi1 I knew I would be happy to use this platform at a show.”

His faith was exemplified perfectly on the club dates. “We had the same two support bands each night so we set up a show file for them and allowed the local house engineer to operate the desk. Each day I would show the local guy the desk, explain a few basic functions and leave them to it. In 100 percent of cases, the local engineers reported that not only had they enjoyed using the Vi1 but had experienced no problems whatsoever.”

After working with the band for three years, Andy Greenwood knows just how audio-savvy the five musicians are.

“They are absolute devotees of Soundcraft,” he confirmed. “Historically, they were always against digital desks until they started using the Vi range, and to this date it is the only digital desk they are prepared to use.”

Aside from an excellent preamp, which always holds its gain structure, Andy Greenwood singled out some other cool features of the desk. “Principally there is the general layout, with its large touchscreen, minimal clutter and colour coding system which makes it very easy to ‘see where you are’ and at a glance assess EQ’s, Dynamics, sends, etc. for multiple channels; this is very handy for a monitor desk.

“Another useful feature is the ability to quickly set up user-defined pages for inputs and outputs thus enabling the simplification of stage patching and allowing the grouping of items that are used the most; this reduces the need to constantly switch between layers on the desk.”

All the band (apart from lead singer Dan Gillespie) are on IEM’s and Andy says that the inclusion of two dedicated monitor busses, “makes it very simple to jump between listening to a wedge mix or an IEM mix.”

Meanwhile, when Andy Greenwood hasn’t commandeered the Vi1 in Monitor World, veteran sound engineer Jon Sword has been using it on corporate shows and festivals at front-of-house.

He also took it out recently with Kele Okereke from Bloc Party and with Sophie Ellis-Bextor. “During the whole of this year I have used the desk in every conceivable format. I have used it 30 or 40 times as a FOH board — and because it’s so versatile I can do everything on it,” Sword said.

With regard to The Feeling tour, Sword stated, “Having not been on a Vi6 for a while I was able to write new show files—I have different styles of shows and have created different files to suit the type of event; it sounds brilliant because the Feeling sound has changed, with more emphasis now on hard disk tracks.

“The great thing about the Vi platform is that it never tells you how to use it — it leaves you to find your own way.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011.

Drummer Rick Latham Gets The “Groove” From HARMAN’s AKG Drum Set Groove Pack

VIENNA, Austria – With more than three decades of drumming alongside notable acts such as B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Edgar Winter, Chuck Rainey and currently Juice Newton, among a long list of others, Rick Latham relies on HARMAN’s AKG Drum Set Groove Pack as he continues to stress the importance of perfectly delivered sound on stage and in the recording studio. more

HARMAN’s Lexicon® PCM Total Bundle Gives Film Composer John Frizzell Total Control Over A Panorama Of Reverbs and Effects

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Canadian composer John Frizzell has scored more than 35 films, TV scores and movies for television, including “Alien: Resurrection,” Office Space,” “Legion,” “The Roommate” and the new television series “The Secret Circle.” Frizzell began his musical career singing in the chorus of the Paris Opera Company and the Metropolitan Opera Company at age 12, and went on to study at USC School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. After college, he worked for producer/vibraphonist Michael Mainieri, where he became one of the first musicians to work with the Synclavier, one of the first digital synthesizers, samplers and workstations. more

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