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Sounds And Silence Coexist Peacefully In New York Public Library, Made Possible By Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight Technology

Audio Spotlight Directional Speakers In Action At NYPL Recognizing the interests of neighborhood youth and their affinity for embracing future technologies, Rice+Lipka Associates sought out to provide the New York Public Library (NYPL) with an exciting, modern makeover of its Hamilton Grange Teen Center situated in the heart of New York City. By focusing on integrating fresh technologies to provide unique social experiences, Rice+Lipka were able to transform the aging facility into an open-concept hangout space full of interest, engagement, and community.

As the preservation of quiet is utterly synonymous with public library space, NYPL was faced with the challenge of catering to the increasingly multimedia-centric senses of today’s youth, without adding noise or distraction to the quiet library. Their solution was the unique Audio Spotlight directional speaker systems by Holosonics. A speaker technology unlike any other, the Audio Spotlight provides a narrow sound beam of coverage, with audio levels dropping over 90% only a single step away. Harnessing such directivity, the library could create a tight, well defined listening area, while maintaining quiet for all others outside this zone.

Several of Holosonics’ unique directional speakers were mounted over the circular listening area. Inside the boundary, teens can rock the afternoon away to Garage Band on the Wii, while others study peacefully, and quietly, just outside the isolated Audio Spotlight sound field.

Michael Beach, Project Manager for HB Communications, the AV integrator responsible for the Hamilton Grange install, shares, “The Audio Spotlight is impressively effective at localizing sound.” Beach elaborates, “Libraries are notorious for very closely monitored sound levels, so it’s not every day you see an open air media center with speakers pumping sound out right in the middle of one – the Audio Spotlights make that possible.”

“It’s pretty remarkable to be able to offer the only speaker technology with precise enough coverage to be tolerated in library settings,” states inventor Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, “It’s one of the most demanding environments concerning noise, and this success is a real testament to the Audio Spotlight’s unmatched sound field control.”

About Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Holosonic Research Labs, Inc., a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded in 1999 by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows and retail kiosks. The world’s top organizations and companies use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners… and preserve the quiet.™

Press inquiries: press@holosonics.com

KanexPro releases 5-Input Mini HD Scaler with HDBaseT™ output for corporate boardrooms and lecture halls

May 8th, 2014 KanexPro exhibiting at InfoComm 2014, booth N1657 is pleased to release a 5-Input Presentation Switcher & Scaler with HDBaseT™. Based on a high-performance video processing engine that can scale standard definition HDMI, RGB, VGA, C-video and component to HD quality video and audio up to 2K. Ideal for lecture halls, corporate boardrooms and command-control centers, where switching of analog and digital signals are mission critical.

From large congregations such as house of worship centers to lecture halls and corporate board rooms, the growth of routing, scaling and signal distribution has seen many game changing facets over the decade. Some prevailed while others failed. This has helped KanexPro design powerful systems based on integrators needs. Today’s audiovisual systems must support a extensive range of analog and digital A/V formats says Kashyap Khetia, Marketing Head for KanexPro. Switching and distributing these diverse signals can be abysmal for SI’s and installers.

As an added benefit, the HDSC51HDBT provides remote powering by not having to install an extra power outlet to the ceiling or wall, the included receiver handles power over Ethernet to power up eliminating the need for a separate power supply at the remote unit. Perfect for the slim flat-panel LED display or projector mounting that does not have an extra power socket.

AV Control made easy – Wide band IR signals and bi-directional RS-232 control can be transmitted alongside the video signal over the CAT6 connection, allowing the remote device to be controlled without the need for additional cabling. Bi-directional control extension eliminates the need for control system wiring to remote devices.

The HD scaler is housed in a compact 1U, half rack width enclosure that can be installed virtually anywhere, including discreet placement underneath a conference table, cabinet place, inside a credenza, or in a lectern. Visit us at InfoComm, Booth # N1657 for a live demo.

About KanexPro

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. Our mission is always to create top-tier technology reliable and affordable.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Enters Paging Horn Market with CSS-H15 and CSS-H30 Models

NORTHRIDGE, California– HARMAN’s JBL Professional has launched its new CSS-H15 (15-Watt) and CSS-H30 (30-Watt) paging horns—the first products from JBL specifically designed for the commercial sound paging horn market. The new JBL CSS-H paging horns are ideal for public address systems, announcement/paging, intercom, security, alarm and industrial applications.

“Many of our systems integration customers utilize paging horns in their projects, and now they will have access to these top-quality, high-intelligibility, cost-competitive paging horns from JBL at their disposal,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Sound, JBL Professional. “The JBL CSS-H paging horns provide excellent voice range clarity for a variety of environments.”

Constructed of sturdy ABS with corrosion‐resistant all-stainless-steel mounting bracket and hardware, both models include a built‐in UL registered multi‐tap transformer (15‐Watt for the H15, 30‐Watt for the H30) for use with 70V and 100V distributed speaker lines, with a screwdriver adjustable tap switch, and a bypass position for direct 8-ohm operation.

The CSS-H paging horns further expand JBL Professional’s lineup of cost-effective CSS Commercial Solutions Speakers, adding to the collection that already includes CSS-8000 Series ceiling speakers, CSS-1S/T surface-mount speaker, and the JBL Commercial-branded CSM mixers, CSR remotes, CSPM paging microphones, CSA amplifier, the new CSMA mixer-amplifiers, and other products that are all designed for the needs of a wide range of commercial applications.

The JBL CSS-H paging horns are also highly weather-resistant (IP-65 rated) for outdoor applications. Both models pass JBL’s 100-hour continuous full-power test to ensure long-term 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.

27 Years Of MerleFest Support: SE Systems Relies On Yamaha and NEXO

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Held the last weekend of April in Wilkesboro, N.C., this year’s MerleFest included over 125 artists with area roots such as Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard. The Festival is named for famed guitarist the late Doc Watson’s, after his late son, Merle, also a gifted musician. For 27 years, SE Systems of Greensboro, N.C. has provided audio production for MerleFest, and supporting their efforts this year, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. provided four CL5 digital audio consoles to add to the inventory, which already included a lot of Yamaha-NEXO gear.

Two Yamaha CL5s were used for front of house and monitors at both the Americana Stage and the Hillside Stage. “All worked flawless and sounded great,” states Bryan Smith of SE Systems. “At the Walker Center and the Chris Austin Stage, we used four Yamaha PM5D’s at FOH and Monitors. At the Creekside Stage, we used our NEXO GEO D sound system with GEO Subs. On the main Watson Stage, SE Systems provided NEXO 45-N monitors with NEXO NXAMP 4×4 power amps. In the video/recording trailer, a Yamaha O1V 96i Digital Mixing Console was used to route to the DVR’s and converters.”

“This year, a new stage was added to our production, Smith says. It was a small courtyard style stage called The Plaza used for smaller, local acts. We only needed to cover audio in a small area, so we decided to use eight Yamaha DSR 112’s active speakers, four for mains and four for monitors. No subs were required for this stage. The DSR system sounded awesome and it projected just like we expected; the bass was strong, but not overpowering, and a perfect match for this stage.”

“The Yamaha CL5 is a great-sounding, and versatile console that was perfect for use on the Americana Stage at MerleFest 2014, states Melissa Joplin Higley, who mixed front of house. The console, Dante networking and Rio input/output boxes performed consistently. I found the CL5 to offer more flexibility and horsepower, and the Premium Rack Effects are a tremendous advantage.”

Higley said she used much of the CL5’s onboard processing. “I particularly enjoyed the Custom Fader Banks, especially since we used a festival patch; it was great to have each band’s input list consolidated on one page for easy access to channels, and we were able to quickly and easily adapt to many different scenarios, including hosting guest engineers, patching artist stage snakes into our Rio’s, running ears from FOH, etc.”

Jeff Neubauer mixed monitors at the Hillside Stage using a CL5. “I enjoyed the custom page feature that allowed me to just choose the channels that we were using out of the Festival page for each act. The ease of Dante to route audio between consoles was also a nice feature, and I also liked the ability to recall parts and pieces of show files.”

For more information on SE Systems, visit www.sesystems.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional to Host VTX Listening Experience, Highlighting V20 and F Series Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional is hosting a VTX Listening Experience at its Northridge, California headquarters on May 6 and 7, providing a unique opportunity to audition and work hands-on with the new JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeaker and its companion VTX S25 subwoofer, F Series multi-purpose loudspeakers, and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Morning and afternoon sessions will cover the following topics: JBL VTX V20 Technical Overview; V20 Hands-On Suspension Demonstration; Indoor Listening (small format VTX V20/S25 system versus VTX V25); VTX F Series listening session; JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ overview; and Outdoor Listening (large format V20 system with VTX S25, S28 and G28 subwoofer options).
“Since launching the V20 at the Winter NAMM and Prolight + Sound shows earlier this year, we have received overwhelming response from the audio community,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The VTX Listening Experience is a great opportunity for people to hear VTX V20 and F Series for themselves and to have a tour of JBL Professional’s product design facilities.”

For more details and to register for the VTX Listening Experience, please contact Becki Barabas at becki.barabas@harman.com.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Atkinson Sound Upholds Reputation for Excellence with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

(Left to right) Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional; Jeff Harris, District Sales Manager, HARMAN Professional; Hoyt Atkinson, Owner, Atkinson Sound; Steve Johnson, CEO, HP Marketing; and Derreld Yost, Atkinson Sound.

KAMAS, Utah – Leading regional sound company Atkinson Sound recently bolstered its audio system inventory with HARMAN’s new JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD 4×3500 amplifiers. The company will be using its new system for a variety of events beginning in May.

Founded in 1980 by Hoyt Atkinson, the company has evolved its business from a small provider of DJ systems to one of the region’s most successful sound contractors, providing rental and production services for concerts, festivals, corporate events and more, while also growing a strong systems integration department. A longtime JBL customer, Atkinson Sound’s investment in JBL has grown in parallel. “We have been a JBL company many years, starting with an SR-X system before graduating to HLA, and in more recent years to VERTEC® line arrays,” Atkinson said.

After seeing the new VTX V20 system at the Winter NAMM 2014 show, Hoyt Atkinson knew it was time to once again upgrade with JBL. “The high frequency in the V20 is just astounding and there is nothing else that compares to what the D2 driver is providing in a box of that size,” he said.

Atkinson Sound has purchased 24 VTX V20 line array loudspeakers, 12 VTX F12 multi-purpose loudspeakers, six VTX G28 subwoofers and 12 VTX S25 subwoofers. The systems will be configured and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

The VTX V20 loudspeaker features a true 3-way system design with proprietary D2 Dual Diaphragm Dual Voice Coil compression driver and Differential Drive™ low frequency transducer technology along with patent-pending ultra-linear motor technology employed for midrange components. In keeping with the philosophy of the VTX Series, the VTX V20 has extremely high power density with each line array element featuring two 2261H 10-inch Differential Drive woofers, four 2164H 4-inch ultra-linear midrange transducers and three of the new small-format D2415K Dual Drivers.

Atkinson Sound expects to use the new VTX system for a variety of events throughout the western United States in the coming spring and summer months. “We love VERTEC and we saw it as a giant step forward for JBL when they introduced the VERTEC Series, and our adoption of VERTEC won a lot of jobs for us,” Atkinson noted. “Now, we see another leap forward with VTX and although we considered loudspeaker systems from competitive brands, nothing matched what VTX has to offer. It’s also a very rider-friendly loudspeaker, which gives us an advantage.”

For more information on Atkinson Sound, please visit www.atkinsonsound.com

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

JOHNSON AUDIO WORKS SUCCESS IS BASED ON QUALITY: DANLEY SOUND LABS SPEAKERS AND SUBS HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN

COMER, GEORGIA: Bill Johnson knows live sound. Before assuming the roles of full-time technical director and chief audio engineer for the massive touring Kenneth Copeland Ministries, where he served for fourteen years, Johnson cut his teeth mixing for acts such as Concrete Blonde, the Dave Matthews Band, Ice T, and Widespread Panic. In 2000, Johnson started his own company, Johnson Audio Works, to marshal that extensive experience for the benefit of clients with small- to mid-sized live events. Recently, Johnson upgraded his rig to Danley Sound Labs, his newfound favorite loudspeakers and subwoofers. Now, Johnson graces clients with improved fidelity and impact delivered by a pair of lightweight but hugely efficient Danley SM-80 full-range loudspeakers and a pair of powerful Danley TH-118 subwoofers.

Most of Johnson’s clients are ministries, government, and community organizations, with a few upscale weddings thrown in for good measure; and three-quarters of the content he is responsible for is spoken word. His audience sizes typically range between 300 and 700 people. After recently relocating from Texas to Georgia, Johnson has developed a closer relationship with the engineers at Georgia-based Danley Sound Labs. “Of course, I was aware of Danley Sound Labs and its reputation – the pro audio industry isn’t so big,” he said. “But the first time I actually heard Danley products, I was hooked.” Part of Johnson’s success is his commitment not just to sound quality, but to the system’s overall appearance and its fine scale details. “I aim for installation quality for temporary events,” he said.

The Northside Jam is an annual event put on by Rick Nunez Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas and serves as an excellent example of the power of Johnson’s new portable Danley system. Last year, Howard Scott, former band leader of the 1970s act, War, headlined and drew 1,500 people to Marine Park. “The guy I hired to run FOH couldn’t believe I was seriously going to cover the event with just two Danley SM-80s for full-range,” Johnson said. “He could understand the two Danley BC-415 subwoofers, which I had on loan from Ivan [Beaver, Danley’s chief engineer]. But I walked in with the two SM-80s, one on each arm. They just don’t look capable of delivering the necessary SPLs. He expressed his concern but totally changed his tune after sound check. Not only were the SM-80s plenty loud enough, the sound quality was outstanding. He said it felt like mixing on studio monitors! That was at 110 feet from the stage, outdoors! I walked back 350 feet and the sound was still natural and balanced. Danley’s high-end output is notable and makes the SM-80 pleasant and effective for both near- and far-field applications.”

He continued, “In my world, it’s hard to find a one-box-fits-all solution, but the SM-80 is it. Not only is the sound quality excellent, the size greatly simplifies my set up time. That’s critical, because the margin on live events is small. I’m able to charge the competition’s rates, but where they have a four or five hour bump in, I’m able to get the job done in just two. Moreover, the Danley system tunes up with almost no adjustment, so I’m able to quickly move on to making things look nice and tending to the client’s requests. I think part of Danley’s success is the fact that everyone in the company has lived and breathed in the live and installed sound industries before. It’s more than just the sound.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

(PHOTO CAPTION: IFCM Branson Service in 2013.)

Tech Works Brings IC Live to the Party

Las Vegas, NV – May 2014…Tech Works, a leading Las Vegas-based sound and production company, just took delivery of new Renkus-Heinz IC Live digitally steerable loudspeakers, and in fact, has already deployed them successfully on several shows.

“We strive to provide our clients with the very best audio experience, and the IC Live is a fantastic sounding system,” states Tom Bourke, general manager of Tech Works. “It provides a tremendous amount of output from a very compact footprint, while the digital steering allows us to focus audio on the audience and not all over the room.”

The Tech Works IC Live package is comprised of ICL-R full-range modules and IC215S dual-15-inch bandpass subwoofers that can be combined into six different configurations.

“The scalability and flexibility of the system is fantastic, and allows us to configure a rig for a wide variety of events, from small to large,” Bourke notes. “Our clients love the sound, and they also love the look and profile of the slim columns.”

In addition to IC Live, Tech Works also recently took delivery of several Renkus-Heinz RH62 portable point-source loudspeakers, which utilize the same driver compliment as the IC Live Series, making them ideal front fill and/or delay loudspeakers to supplement IC Live main systems.

“With a width of only 8 inches (the same as the ICL-R modules), we can tuck these boxes into places a more traditional cabinet would not fit yet still get impressive output and superb audio quality,” adds Bourke.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

HARMAN’s JBL and Crown Elevate the Live Music Experience At Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Not your average music venue, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row serves up American gastropub food, drinks and live music, with some twists – table taps that allow guests to pour their own refreshments, giant video screens everywhere, and a live music stage equipped with HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers – which are elevated above the tables and crowd. It offers an alt-country environment with a punk-rock heart and a dance club pulse, courtesy of national and local artists and DJs.

Management company Riot Hospitality Group turned to a name that’s familiar to anyone in the music industry but perhaps not so well-known as a pro sound systems integrator: Sam Ash Music. “I’ve had a longstanding relationship with Riot Hospitality Group and we’ve designed and built and retrofitted other systems for them before,” said Jason Goldin, general manager of the Glendale, Arizona Sam Ash. “They were new to the live music space but knew it was a field that we have been involved in for decades. There’s nothing music-related that we can’t do.” Goldin collaborated with Arizona HARMAN Professional manufacturers’ representative, HP Marketing Company’s Andy Connors for additional design input.

Whiskey Row’s owners asked Goldin to help design a streamlined club/live sound rig that could integrate into the venue’s video-rich environment – and accommodate the unusual sonic requirements of the elevated stage, suspended above the bar. Whiskey Row’s all-HARMAN Professional audio system features six JBL STX835 loudspeakers, four STX828 subwoofers and six JBL PRX612M stage monitors. The loudspeakers for the stage above the bar – including the stage monitors – are suspended from the ceiling, and the loudspeakers for the main stage are hung from the bottom of the stage itself. In addition, two JBL PRX415 loudspeakers serve the outdoor patio.

The loudspeakers are powered by a combination of three Crown Macro Tech 12000i, two Macro Tech 5000i and an XTi 2 Series 4002 amplifier. “They have a lot of ‘intelligent’ features to help in system management, are loud and have that presence that the classic MA Series and other Crown amps have always had,” Goldin noted.

A Soundcraft Si Expression 2 24-channel digital console with Compact Stagebox and MADI digital snake, controlled wirelessly through Soundcraft’s ViSi iPad app, handle the live sound mix. A dbx ZonePro 1260 12 x 6 digital zone processor handles the audio signal processing and distributed audio to additional speakers throughout the club.

Choosing the loudspeakers was a tough call. Riot Hospitality Group wanted loudspeakers with plenty of presence that could pump out a lot of SPL for dance music, but also had excellent clarity for live music vocals – and could accommodate the unusual layouts and acoustic challenges of the elevated stages. “Because the one stage is literally flying above the bar in the middle of the room there was no conventional way of hanging the system that made sense,” Goldin pointed out. He decided to configure the loudspeakers as three stereo systems working together to create the desired coverage. “It turned out to be a perfect choice. The system is loud, and sounds clear and articulate from anywhere in the room.” He also commented, “clubs like this can beat the snot out of the gear. They play the system really loud, all night long, and it has been completely reliable.”

For Goldin, the HARMAN Professional gear performs “exactly as advertised,” even though he designed the system based on a combination of available specs and recommendations from Connors and HP Marketing, as well as personal experience with the products. “Whiskey Row is packing the patrons in every night, and Riot Hospitality was so pleased we’ve immediately started working with them for a sister concept in two other locations.”

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.

CRAS Sets Broadcast Audio Students on the Right Track with HARMAN Studer Vista Consoles and JBL Professional LSR6300 Studio Monitors

GILBERT, Arizona – Located in the Arizona desert, the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is an oasis for aspiring audio professionals. Established in 1980, CRAS offers a comprehensive educational program designed to prepare students for the fast-paced, challenging world of audio recording and sound engineering. Recently, CRAS expanded its Master Recording Program to include a Broadcast Audio segment, and outfitted its facilities with world-class HARMAN equipment that includes Studer Vista digital consoles and JBL Professional LSR6300 Series studio monitors.

The Broadcast Audio segment focuses on the opportunities and workflows and technologies that are specific to live television broadcast. Students will work out of the CRAS Broadcast audio production room as well as the CRAS mobile production trailer and work hands-on with the Studer broadcast audio mixing consoles. “Our program has always required students to study onsite for 30 weeks and then go on a mandatory internship, but we expanded that to six more weeks in our program and that includes the new Broadcast Audio phase,” said Robert Brock, Digital Department Director at CRAS. “We want our students to understand the requirements of working in broadcast production—being able to focus while working under a director and handling the pressure that comes with live broadcast.”

Brock noted a need at the educational level to raise awareness of opportunities in the broadcast industry. “The problem is a lot of people haven’t had the exposure to audio for broadcast, so there’s kind of a feeling within the broadcast industry that there isn’t a passion for audio,” Brock said. “We want to make our students aware of the numerous opportunities that exist for audio engineers in broadcast.”

While in the development stages of the Broadcast Audio segment, CRAS found an ideal partner in Studer. “We never want to do anything halfway when it comes to technology, because we want to serve the students but also want to show the industry how committed we are. A lot of manufacturers offer educational discounts and that’s fine, but we really wanted an educational partner and something that was mutually beneficial to the manufacturer and to our students. And this is where Studer really stepped up, they really understood that we wanted a partner that had some vision of their own.”

This vision led to the creation of StuderBroadcastAcademy.com, developed in partnership between Studer and CRAS. The training program is available to professional engineers but also provides the basis of the curriculum at CRAS. Students can operate a Vista 9 console in the audio production room, a Vista 5 in the mobile broadcast unit, or get training online at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com using the Studer Virtual Vista software.

“When you sit behind the Vista 9 or the 5, the user interface with Vistonics™ displays makes it really intuitive once you have it set up and configured,” Brock added. “It’s very easy to take a student who knows very little about consoles and explain just a few things and they can navigate the system, which isn’t true of all consoles out there.”

In addition, CRAS outfitted its studios with two 5.1 surround sound systems consisting of JBL LSR6325 studio monitors with LSR6312S studio monitor subwoofers. “I was at JBL’s headquarters in Northridge, California and [JBL Professional’s Senior Manager, Recording & Broadcast] Peter Chaikin showed us the LSR6325 monitors and we really liked them,” Brock noted. “They were the right form factor and sound really great. What I really like is as a system when coupled with the sub, they sound better than anything else out there. As a singular system, it jibes together really well.”

CRAS worked closely with veteran audio engineer Fred Aldous and other professionals to help CRAS devise the approach of the Broadcast Audio segment. “Fred has been working with our instructors once a week to get them up to speed on everything, and in the meantime we’ve reached out to NASCAR, the NFL and other organizations to get connected with some A1 engineers in the field. We’re really trying to connect closely with the industry,” Brock said.

For more information on CRAS, please visit www.audiorecordingschool.com

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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