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HARMAN’s AKG Awards World-Class Microphones and Headphones to Winners of Global Rockstar Online Music Contest

Jhanniel, First Place winner of Global Rockstar

Jhanniel, First Place winner of Global Rockstar

VIENNA, Austria – The winners of Global Rockstar, the world’s largest online music video contest, were announced on December 21, with HARMAN’s AKG awarding a variety of its world-class microphones and headphones to the top three winners.

Argentina’s Jhanniel won First Place in the contest, which includes prizes of $25,000 (USD) in cash, as well as AKG’s C414 XLS matched pair stereo set, the Perception 820 Tube condenser microphone, K712 PROs reference studio headphones, and the K240 MKII professional studio headphones.

The Second-Place winner, Ala Ghawas of Bahrain and Third-Place winners, Laurin & Nico of Austria, won AKG live or recording packages including various microphones and headphones.

Global Rockstar began receiving entries on September 1 until November 4, when one artist from each participating country was selected through user voting, more than 10,000 bands, solo artist, singer-songwriters and other artists from around the world uploaded their songs and videos to www.globalrockstar.com. After an intense competition that involved heavy self-promotion by the artists, the final voting completed on December 20.

In addition, for each week until voting began on September 1, an Artist of the Week won an AKG D5 microphone, while an Artist of the Month won an AKG WMS420 wireless microphone system every month.

“It is a pleasure to once again support the world’s largest online music contest by providing tomorrow’s popular music stars with equipment used by the world’s most successful recording artists,” said Walter Rührig, Artist & Key Customer Relations, AKG. “Congratulations to this year’s winners and we hope your new AKG equipment can help launch successful and enduring careers!”

For more information on Global Rockstar, please visit www.globalrockstar.com

More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Extron Now Shipping Two New IP Link Pro Control Processors

Extron IPL groupExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IPL Pro CR88 and IPL Pro IRS8 control processors. The IPL Pro CR88 features eight contact closure inputs and eight relay ports, while the IPL Pro IRS8 features eight one-way IR/serial ports. These compact, high-performance IP Link Pro control processors are loaded with features inherent to the IP Link Pro family, including more power, speed, and memory, as well as Ethernet control and enhanced security. They are compatible with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are ideally suited to take advantage of the advanced configuration options within Extron’s Global Configurator Plus and Global Configurator Professional. more

Extron Shipping MediaLink Plus Controller with Ethernet Device Control

Extron MLC Plus 84 D PlusExtron is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC Plus 84 D. This easy-to-use, two-gang Ethernet controller is used for controlling common AV functions such as power, input switching, and volume. As part of the new MediaLink Plus Series, it is designed with more powerful features, enhanced security, and Ethernet control. It has eleven backlit soft touch buttons and a variety of ports and inputs, including a remote volume control port for use with select Extron amplifiers. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the controller to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal for use in single display applications or anywhere that centralized, pushbutton AV control is needed. more

BenQ Unveils World’s First Professional Photography Monitor

New SW2401PT Facilitates Editing With 99-Percent Adobe RGB Color Space, IPS Technology, Black-and-White Mode, and More

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 18, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned digital lifestyle solutions provider and LED monitor expert, today introduced its all-new SW2401PT photography monitor. Featuring a 24-inch QHD display, 99-percent Adobe RGB color space, and IPS technology, BenQ’s latest addition to its creative design monitor series combines a selection of high-end features for incredibly reliable color accuracy, fidelity consistency, and seamless compatibility with today’s DSLR cameras. Designed to facilitate the way photographers work with color, the SW2401PT also enables easy hardware calibration, 14-bit 3D, LIT, Delta E<2 capabilities, a Black-and-White mode, and more.

"BenQ is proud to introduce the world's first monitor specifically engineered for today's professional photographers and enthusiasts," said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. "Loaded with advanced features to support the color editing process, our latest RevolutionEyes monitor displays a larger spectrum of color reproduction while hardware calibration allows users to adjust the monitor's image-processing chip without changing the graphics card output data. Powerful, intuitive, and extremely advanced, the SW2401PT lets photographers blend colors with incredible accuracy to bring more creative integrity to their work."

Designed specifically for today's digital photographers, BenQ's QHD 2560×1440 SW2401PT professional photography monitor includes a 99-percent Adobe RGB color gamma to provide a greater range of color reproduction for shades of blue and green, while hardware calibration allows users to fine-tune the device's image-processing chip without replacing the graphics card output data — ensuring that every photo is displayed smoothly and consistently, exactly as it was taken. Equipped with two preset calibration modes, the SW2401PT provides a 14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT) and DeltaE<2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces, enabling a more authentic view of original images. The SW2401PT also comes with BenQ's Palette Master calibration software, which can be used with a calibrator to optimize color performance.

Featuring four times the pixel resolution of FHD devices and nearly 77-percent more working space, the 24-inch SW2401PT gives photographers an incredibly versatile screen area while the monitor's OSD controller puts easy remote configuration directly onto the user's hand. As a result, the SW2401PT can be customized to click through display settings for applications such as photo editing, web surfing, or word processing software. To facilitate the photo editing process even further, the SW2401PT comes equipped with a Black-and-White mode which allows users to easily edit and view black and white photos without losing any facets of the details or tones of the original photograph.

To increase viewer comfort during long periods of computer use, the SW2401PT integrates BenQ's RevolutionEyes(TM) technology. Featuring ZeroFlicker(TM) capabilities, the monitor uses a new direct lighting system engineered to eliminate flicker issues caused by backlight controllers. As a result, the eye-comfort technology enhances productivity and reduces visual fatigue by eliminating monitor flickering at all brightness levels.

The BenQ's SW2401PT is available now and retails at $499. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for "Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life," fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling projector brand powered by TI DLP(R) technology in The Americas(1). BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, and lifestyle lighting for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it's interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company's products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon Q3'14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of "Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life", BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers' lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, mobile communications, and lifestyle lighting. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $22+ billion powerhouse comprised of nearly 20 independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group's vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company's vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life. The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world's top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BenQ AB DentCare Corp., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., LILY Medical Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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The Masonic Upgrades Stage With Intelligent LED System From Impact Lighting and HARMAN’s Martin Professional

Photo Credit: Ashely Graham/Live Nation

Photo Credit: Ashely Graham/Live Nation

SAN FRANCISCO, California — The Masonic has been a landmark in San Francisco since opening in 1958 and is now operated by concert promotion company, Live Nation. The venue recently underwent a massive renovation that included the addition of a new concert stage, luxury VIP boxes and flexible, tiered open floor space for both general admission and seated shows—which brought capacity to 3,300. Among the several major enhancements unveiled, The Masonic now features a new stage lighting system with more than 45 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional MAC Viper and MAC Aura fixtures.

Developed by San Francisco-based Impact Lighting (www.impactsf.com), which began working with Martin Professional in 2003, the new lighting design was tailored specifically for the flexibility of the new space to ensure optimal lighting for every event held at the venue.

“Live Nation initially requested a state-of-the-art lighting system,” said Kim Martin, Sales and Marketing Manager, Impact Lighting. “So at the time of the proposal we felt the challenge was to convince the client that to truly be innovative they should move to intelligent lighting and LED fixtures.”

Live Nation, however, was ready: The new operators were so impressed by the intelligent LED system proposed by Impact Lighting that the installation began almost immediately. The design features eight MAC Viper Profiles and eight MAC Viper Wash lights across two 50-foot trusses (four of each fixture per truss) above the main stage for effect lighting, backed by 16 MAC Aura wash lights (eight per truss). Impact also installed five MAC Viper Performances on a front stage truss along with 12 MAC Auras for front wash. The system is DMX-controllable and programmable through the house console.

“We’ve been working with Martin for more than a decade,” said Kim Martin. “We have the Martin Vipers and Auras in our production rental inventory so it made sense for us to install them at The Masonic from a fixture knowledge and support perspective. The Vipers are phenomenal fixtures from the zoom to the gobo selection. The optics are truly superb with a bright beam and a CMY color mixing system that produces consistent color from lens to target.”

Kim Martin said, Impact lighting has continued to rely on Martin Professional because of its unique ability to consistently produce equipment that sets industry standards. “You can not please everyone, but to become an industry standard you’ve got to offer enough features that designers want at a price production houses can afford,” she said. “Martin has done this incredibly well and as a result it’s possible to travel around the country and have your equipment needs fulfilled. Even for our own house-designed productions, we may need to add inventory to complete a large event so it’s important to have a company like Martin whose gear you can find and rent at other production houses no matter where you are.”

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.

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Aurora Sound and Light Design Provides Tremendous Audio Experience at Palladino’s Restaurant with HARMAN Professional

HARMAN_PalladinosSOUTH PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — In the revitalized neighborhood of south Philadelphia, famous chef and Philly native Luke Palladino is returning to his old stomping grounds with a new restaurant called (what else?) Palladino’s. The restaurant opened on December 17 and features gourmet Italian cuisine and world-class atmospherics courtesy of a HARMAN Professional audio system.

Ian Hoffer of Aurora Sound and Light Design, who has provided audio and lighting systems for some of the most popular clubs, bars and restaurants on the East Coast, designed the audio configuration for Palladino’s. The restaurant is separated into three separate zones and features a variety of BSS Audio signal processing, Crown amplifiers and JBL loudspeakers.

“Like many restaurant and bar projects, budget was a major factor when it came to technology, but we also did not want to compromise in quality,” Hoffer noted. “I’ve had a lot of success with HARMAN in the past and the combination of BSS, Crown and JBL allowed us to install a really nice system for the 100-person capacity restaurant.”

The audio system at Palladino’s is separated into three zones: the dining room, bar and exterior patio. A total of 21 JBL Control 226CT ceiling loudspeakers—Kevlar-reinforced woofers and compression drivers for highs—are dispersed throughout these zones, with Crown CDi4000 and CDi1000 amplifiers powering the system.

“The BSS BLU-8 was chosen as it provides for more control options than a simple volume control. The manager can select from multiple sources—TV, Mac Mini, DJ input, or an iPod,” Hoffer noted. “I installed JBL ceiling speakers at the Rumor club in Philadelphia a few years ago, so I knew they would work well at Palladino’s. That, combined with a BSS BLU-50 signal processor, gives us a lot of options and kept the technology budget in check.”

For more information on Aurora Sound and Light Design, please call 609-433-6289.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Sonnet’s Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount Storage System Offers Built-in RAID 5 Controller, USB 3.0 Interface

Low-Cost, Four-Bay 1U Storage System Uses 3.5-Inch SATA Drives, Is Versatile and Easy to Configure With RAID 5

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 17, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today introduced the Fusion(TM) R400 RAID USB 3.0, a four-bay, hardware RAID 5, rackmount storage system with a USB 3.0 interface. The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 integrates a high-performance RAID controller for maximum drive configuration versatility and critical data protection, and its USB 3.0 interface provides single-cable-to-host connectivity and wide compatibility. Its compact size makes this Sonnet storage solution perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, rack cases, and server rooms as well.

“Our new Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 should be on the short list for anyone looking for an affordable, multidrive 1U rackmount storage system,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “This flexible four-drive RAID 5 SATA storage system is easy to configure and simple to deploy in a server rack and delivers good, reliable operation in a convenient, budget-friendly package. The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 is the perfect complement to our RackMac mini, a 1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini, to support our small- to medium-sized business and education customers.”

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 features a high-performance internal storage controller that offers five drive configuration options (RAID 5, RAID 0, RAID 10, Span, and JBOD) without requiring additional hardware, software, or a specialized RAID controller card. Drive operation and health status indications are available at a glance with multicolor LEDs.

Drive configuration is as easy as flipping a mode selector switch, with configuration options that include maximum capacity (RAID 0), data protection with optimum performance (RAID 5), most concurrent audio file editing (JBOD), or combining all four drives’ capacity into a single large volume (Span). The 5.0Gbps SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface delivers optimal performance to any USB 3.0-equipped computer, and can be connected to virtually any computer with earlier-generation USB ports.

The Fusion system provides ideal low cost storage expansion for a Mac(R) mini (running OS X(R) Server) housed in either the Sonnet RackMac(TM) mini enclosure or xMac(TM) mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system. A second Fusion system can be connected to a computer for added data security and high availability. The user is then able to configure the computer with popular backup and archiving software to automatically mirror the primary storage system to the second one.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 includes a quiet, temperature-controlled fan that operates at a slow speed in most situations but speeds up with more extended or intense disk activity. The unit is compatible with Sonnet’s line of PCIe(R) and ExpressCard/34 USB 3.0 host controllers, and supports Mac, Windows(R), and Linux(R) computers. To allow users the widest-possible choice of high-capacity drives that meet their particular capacity and performance needs, the Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 is sold without hard drives.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (part number FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an MSRP of $349. More information on the product is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/fusionr400raidusb3.html.

More information other Sonnet Technologies products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems, pro media readers, RAID storage systems, and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Solotech Increases Yamaha NUAGE Awareness In Canada

Solotech NUAGE DEMO

BUENA PARK, Calif.—A recent Yamaha NUAGE demo took place at Solotech in Quebec City, increasing awareness of the new advanced digital audio production system to the Canadian market, and educating its clients about the new system.

Held in October, the “NUAGE Demo Week” included Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems team member Michel Trépanier and Marcel Maurceri and François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, who conducted approximately a dozen of demos and presentations to clients. “The clients really enjoyed the event and were amazed by NUAGE and its impressive possibilities for post-production,” states Fabien Panou, Marketing & Communications for Solotech.

“Mr.Thibault received training from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, and is probably one the most well-trained representatives in Canada on the system, Panou said. He has already sold three NUAGE systems this year, and interest from our clients is continually growing.”

Attendees consisted of studio owners, audio specialists in the video game industry, and educational institutions. “The NUAGE system integrates perfectly with the capacity of Nuendo,” notes Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, while Pierre Rousseau owner of Studio SFX said he’s been working in a Pro Tools environment for the last 20 years and was very surprised how the NUAGE system is revolutionary on many aspects. “The system brings creativity and productivity to another level.”

For more information on Solotech, visit www.solotech.com.

For more information on Yamaha NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: L to R: François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Michel Trepanier and Marcel Mauceri

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Samsung Adds High-Brightness Displays to Smart Signage Lineup

OMD Series delivers brilliant images and clear text in high ambient light environments where making a strong visual impact is important

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Ridgefield Park, NJ – December 17, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced a new lineup of 2,500 nit high-brightness displays in screen sizes from 46- through 75-inches. Designed to deliver consistently brilliant performance, the OMD Series LED-lit LCD displays convey easily readable text and bright graphics in high ambient light environments and outdoor applications, including transportation facilities, banking and retail storefront windows, sports arenas, quick service restaurants and convention centers (outdoor use requires custom-designed weatherproof enclosure).

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“Samsung continues to develop innovative solutions that enable businesses to make smarter signage choices, whether that’s making the transition from a printed poster to dynamic digital signage in a storefront window for increased visibility or upgrading to an all-in-one solution for easier content management,” said Thomas Evans, director of display product marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “We understand that capturing the attention of consumers today can be challenging and created the OMD Series to offer a simple, smart and visually attractive way for businesses to showcase content, so that no matter the environment their messages will come across clear and bright.”

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Ideal for High Ambient Light Indoor Conditions or Sunlight Readable Outdoor Environments

At 2500 nits, the OMD Series displays deliver ultra-high brightness. The display’s high contrast ratio of 5,000:1 allows consistent, clear and vivid delivery of visual messaging. With an energy-efficient LED backlight, the OMD Series also incorporates an automatic brightness sensor helps reduce power consumption and provides optimal visibility. Additionally, all OMD Series displays are equipped with Samsung’s circular polarizing technology which allows for viewing content on the display while wearing polarized sunglasses.

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Highlands Church Breaks Audio Barriers With HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Console

Scraft_HighlandsChurch copySCOTTSDALE, Arizona – To streamline its Sunday services, rehearsals and weekly events, Highlands Church in Scottsdale recently acquired a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 digital console as part of a long-overdue audio equipment upgrade. As the previous system was constrained by its limited capacity, the Church now enjoys a massive amount of channels with the addition of a Soundcraft 64×32 Stagebox, enabling a more refined experience in the 1,500-seat sanctuary.

In addition to the standard house of worship environment, the sanctuary also serves as a rental venue for some local nonprofit groups. To allow better access for volunteers and guest engineers from the local community, Technical Director Luke Taylor chose the Vi3000 console for not only its high channel count, but also its low total cost of ownership and ease of use.

“After the capabilities of the Vi3000 were announced, I became very interested in the console for its value and accessibility of controls,” said Taylor. “We were able to cut out a lot of analog equipment and cables from our inventory, streamlining the whole operation. I especially like hooking up via Dante for multi-tracking, so that we can stream live events on our websites.”

For Taylor, the Vi3000 console stood out from other brands thanks to its straightforward, analog-like design, allowing instant responses for operators. The Vi3000 is loaded with such features as separate output buses on every channel and Soundcraft FaderGlowTM illumination on each fader.

“Since we have a lot of volunteer operators that rotate on a schedule, I really appreciate the fact that I don’t have to tweak settings that are five layers deep anymore like with some of the other boards that I’ve worked with,” said Taylor. “Features like FaderGlow are great shortcuts for newer users and definitely help me train them to become comfortable quickly while using the board. We wanted to see as many channels at one single time in a clear layout, and the Vistonics II™ touchscreen also delivered.”

Besides convenient features, the Vi3000 is renowned for superior sound due to its SpiderCore DSP engine with onboard Lexicon FX processing. “It sounds great,” confirmed Taylor. “I like the preamps and the EQ’s a lot more than some of the competitors. It takes a very short period of time to get everything dialed in and sounding the way I want it during rehearsals.”

For more information on Highlands Church, please visit http://highlandschurch.org

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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