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L-ACOUSTICS KARA installed in Norwegian National Theatre

OSLO, Norway — Norwegian distributor Scandec Systemer has supplied and installed an L-ACOUSTICS KARA WST line source system in the Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo.

The new system consists of seven KARA cabinets flown with two SB18 subs per side, with a center array of 10 KIVA speakers. The system is driven by LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers. more

Summit Integrated Systems Installs HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers at Flatirons Community Church in Colorado

Summit Integrated Systems installed a Crown-powered JBL VERTEC line array system at the new Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado.

LAFAYETTE, Colorado — A new mega-church in Lafayette, Colorado has revitalized the downtown area and the Christian community. Located in a remodeled former Walmart and large grocery store, Flatirons Community Church is a 4,100-person capacity house of worship, occupying 160,000 square feet of space. The main sanctuary has as much in common with a theater as a church, including a sound system of epic proportions featuring more than 30 HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array and PD Series loudspeakers, powered by more than 50 Crown® Audio I-Tech Series amplifiers.

The sound system design and installation was contracted to Summit Integrated Systems of Lafayette, Colorado, a full-service audio, video and lighting company with expertise across all large project disciplines. Summit provides a variety of services locally and nationally, from turnkey installations to large specialty subcontracting.

“Our challenge was to provide clear, large-scale sound with full coverage in a room that measures 50,000 square feet, yet still maintain an intimate feel,” noted Tyson Wiens, Vice President of Operations for Summit. “The bands at some of the services absolutely rock the house, and we needed to deliver levels of 98 to 100 db at the mix position.”

Summit went with a system that includes 10 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements per side, complemented by four VERTEC VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers. Two JBL PD743 loudspeakers are used for side fills and seven PD743 speakers are employed for down fills, along with two PD764 loudspeakers used as delays.

“We knew we wanted line arrays for the new church,” stated Wiens. “In the old facility, we were blowing smaller speakers all the time. We demo’d several brands of loudspeakers and worked hand in hand with the church in the process, which was easy as they’re right down the street from us and we’ve done projects with them before. The new sanctuary is a totally renovated space, which was advantageous as we could integrate the audio/video and lighting design with the rest of the new construction.”

“We chose the VERTEC VT4889 for a number of reasons. The punch of the dual 15-inch speakers and the four 2250H 8-inch midrange drivers was unlike anything else we’d heard. The VT4889 has plenty of headroom—it’s a real rock and roll box—and can ‘breathe’ without compressing the mids and vocals. Also, they fit within our budget.”

“The room is basically a big square box with the stage located in a corner, and the seating fanning out from the base of it,” continued Wiens. “Providing adequate coverage was definitely a challenge—and we found that we needed additional speakers to augment the VERTEC arrays in order to completely fill the room. We consulted with JBL engineers and came upon the solution of using the PD743 speakers to extend the left and right coverage beyond the VERTEC arrays, and maintain the stereo image. It’s a novel application that works perfectly.”

“Another important consideration is that we chose Crown I-Tech amplifiers because they’re specifically designed to integrate with the VERTEC speakers and the BSS® Audio Soundweb™ London BLU-800 signal processor we used,” said Wiens. “Although there are other good amplifiers out there, the fact that the VERTEC speakers and Crown amps are designed to work in synergy made setting up and tuning the system a lot easier and faster.” The system employs 10 I-T12000HD, 23 I-T9000HD and 19 I-T5000HD power amps.

“The Flatirons Community Church is one of our most successful installations,” concluded Wiens. “You can’t come out of there without feeling moved and inspired.”

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.

L-ACOUSTICS KARAi Makes Waves In New Cruise Ship Installation

HAMBURG, Germany — An L-ACOUSTICS KARAi modular WST line source system for permanent installation has been installed into the 881-seat Celebrity Theatre of the Mein Schiff 2 cruise ship.

The system consists of six KARAi cabinets and four SB28 subs in cardioid mode per side, with three 8XT coaxials as front fill. “There were a few reasons why we chose an L-ACOUSTICS system,” says Ingo Rippe from German systems integrator Protones, which also owns a KARA system for rental. “The first reason was the performance of the KARAi and SB28. more

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Gabisom Delivers World-Class Sound at Rock in Rio 2011 With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

Gabisom Audio Equipment provided a JBL VERTEC line array system for Rock in Rio 2011 in Brazil.

NORTHRIDGE, California – The Rock In Rio festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in spectacular fashion: it was the world’s biggest music festival of the year, with almost 700,000 fans attending the week-long event. Rock In Rio 2011 took place in the City of Rock, a specially built venue on the site of where Olympic Village will be located for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Dozens of rock’s biggest names performed at Rock in Rio, including Guns N’ Roses, Shakira, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Ke$ha, Metallica, Rihanna, Coldplay, Elton John, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many other top artists.
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Wolf Trap Modernizes Its Loudspeaker System With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Array Speakers

The upgraded delay loudspeaker system at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap features JBL VERTEC subcompact line arrays.

NORTHRIDGE, California — Located in Vienna, Virginia, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is one of the nation’s most important cultural centers. The Filene Center is Wolf Trap’s main venue, a uniquely beautiful, architecturally distinctive 7,000-seat indoor/outdoor theater that is host to an average of 90 performances a year from major and local artists. Opened in 1984, the rebuilt Filene Center II recently upgraded its aging delay loudspeaker system with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements and VT4883 subcompact line array subwoofers.
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Clair Brothers Audio Systems and HARMAN’s JBL VLA Line Arrays Raise the Roof at BC Place

Clair Brothers Audio Systems installed a total of 160 JBL VLA Series line array loudspeakers at the renovated BC Place in Vancouver. Photo Credit: Matt Boulton

NORTHRIDGE, California – Even by stadium standards, Vancouver, Canada’s BC Place stands out. The newly renovated stadium boasts the world’s largest cable-supported retractable roof and dominates the city’s False Creek waterfront like a gigantic glittering jewel set at river’s edge. The renovations include a state-of-the-art audio system, highlighted by HARMAN’s JBL VLA line arrays installed by Clair Brothers Audio Systems.

BC Place, which reopened on September 30, 2011, is home of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer, and has hosted year-round major events including the 2010 Winter Olympics. When owners B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), decided to renovate BC Place, they knew they had to think big. Indeed, BC Place has been modernized inside and out–including a massive JBL VLA Series loudspeaker system comprising no less than 160 JBL VLA601-WRC 3-way line array loudspeakers, making this the largest VLA installation to date.
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Mahajak Equips New Zhulian Auditorium With HARMAN Audio Components

NONTABURI, Thailand – Consumer goods giant Zhulian (Thailand) Ltd. has developed a 2-storey mega-auditorium building on its premises in Nontaburi Province, adjacent to the regional office building. Center Stage Company, a subsidiary of Mahajak Development Co., the Bangkok-based HARMAN Professional distributor, provided audio system design, consultancy, equipment supply and installation services, centered on an integrated HARMAN audio solution.
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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

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.

Canalis Nightclub Opens In Vietnam With JBL Loudspeaker System and Other HARMAN Brand Products

NORTHRIDGE, California – Situated in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, the luxurious Canalis nightclub enjoyed a spectacular mid-May opening, which saw appearances by top Vietnamese singers, Ho Ngoc Ha, Dam Vinh Hung and Duong Trieu Vu.

The 400-person capacity dance and live music club, run by an entrepreneur with three other venues in Vietnam’s largest city, has benefitted from a USD $500,000 makeover, and a new HARMAN’s JBL loudspeaker system, installed by local distributor, Basao Investment—forming part of a complete end-to-end system.

The company was awarded the contract for consultancy and installation following a competitive tender, and Basao’s technical support manager, Do Thanh Danh, worked closely with the owner and his technical team to deliver the solution. To provide the desired coverage, Canalis Bar’s main stage has been equipped with eight JBL AM7315/64 high power 3-way loudspeakers, four JBL AL7115 single 15-inch low-frequency speakers and six JBL ASB6128 subwoofers at both stage left and right, with four JBL SRX715F speakers acting as delays at the rear.

Powering the main stage system are four Crown CTs1200, six MA5000i and six MA 9000i amplifiers. The delays are powered by a further MA 5000i with a dbx DriveRack 260 processor and BSS FDS-336T Minidrive speaker management system, fed from a Soundcraft GB2/16 mixer.

The GB2, in turn, takes playback feeds from a CD DJ, and other outboard dynamics include a Lexicon MX400 reverb/FX processor, BSS Opal FCS-966 EQ and dbx 1046 Quad Compressor/Limiter. Basao Investment has also specified an AKG wireless system in the shape of two channels of WMS 450 Vocal Set D5 True Diversity Wireless System.
All of this adds up to a fully optimized system, which has surpassed the expectations of the owner.
“He is delighted because out of his four clubs the sound quality in Canalis surpasses everywhere else,” states Do Thanh Danh.

For further information on Basao Investments, please visit: http://www.basaoinvest.com

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

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