Meticulously crafted and elegantly designed to deliver flawless digital recordings
Lexicon®, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today introduced its new I·ONIX U22, U42S, and U82S USB Desktop Recording Interfaces. The I·ONIX Series offers the highest quality hardware and software to provide the user with exceptional recordings. Each model provides all the necessary tools to transform a computer into a professional 24-bit digital recording studio including the USB 2.0 desktop recording interface, Steinberg® Cubase LE4® multi-track PC and Mac® recording software, Toontrack® EZdrummer® Lite virtual instrument software, and the new Lexicon Pantheon™ II VST/AU reverb plug-in.
Brilliantly designed, the I·ONIX Desktop Recording Series sit in the perfect location when using a DAW, between your keyboard and monitor. Now all the monitor and input level controls are at your fingertips. The I·ONIX Series are meticulously crafted from the highest quality components to ensure superior recordings that live up to Lexicon’s standards of performance. Each desktop recording interface features newly designed dbx® microphone preamps on all analog inputs. The preamps are driven by a high-voltage supply to guarantee stability and provide superior recordings across a wide dynamic range. Performance driven A/D-D/A converters ensure pristine 24-bit/96kHz audio quality.
Speaking about the introduction of the new I∙ONIX Desktop Recording Interfaces, Director of Marketing for Lexicon Randy Garrett stated, “Lexicon is committed to bringing the same quality equipment to casual and aspiring musicians that it has provided to professionals for years. In-depth research into home and project studio recording provided the inspiration for the unique, ergonomic shape of the new I∙ONIX Series. In addition, the no compromise design guarantees outstanding audio performance.”
The Lexicon name is synonymous with the world’s best reverb. The Pantheon II VST/AU plug-in offers six reverb types with 16 adjustable parameters, and 35 factory presets that range from Vocal to Live Sound and Special Effects. The exquisitely rich, full reverbs make it easy to add dimension and depth to any track.
Each of the three models allows for a different level of recording capability. The U22 can record two channels simultaneously and includes two analog combi-jack mic/line inputs, two TRS balanced line outputs, a Hi-Z instrument input, a ¼” high-power headphone output, and MIDI I/O. The U42S records four analog and two digital channels simultaneously, and the U82S can record eight analog and two digital channels. In addition, the U42S and U82S include four and eight analog combi-jack mic/line inputs respectively, S/PDIF I/O, two instrument inputs, and two ¼” headphone outputs. Dedicated knobs and meters provide quick and easy access to input and output levels and locking combi-jacks make sure that a connection is not lost in the middle of a performance.
The I∙ONIX Desktop Recording Interfaces all include:
• USB 2.0 connection to the DAW, up to 480Mbps
• 44.1 to 96 kHz sample rates, 24-bit resolution
• Two, Four, or Eight analog ¼” and XLR combi-jack mic/line inputs
• Two analog TRS (Stereo Main) outputs
• dbx high-voltage, ultra-low noise mic preamps on all analog inputs
• 48V phantom power for each input pair
• Input signal metering via 8 LED’s per channel
• Signal mixing and stereo bus signal metering
• Up to two 1/4” high output headphone connections
• Up to two Hi-Z instrument inputs
• Zero latency Direct/Playback monitoring
• Low latency ASIO drivers
• Pantheon II VST/AU reverb plug-in
• Steinberg Cubase LE4 and Toontrack EZdrummer Lite software packages
• Supports Windows® and Mac® platforms
Lexicon is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com
Friday, December 19, 2008
Meticulously crafted and elegantly designed to deliver flawless digital recordings
Monday, December 15, 2008
Soundcheck Rocks Philippines With JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays For R&B Sensations Rihanna And Chris Brown
Demonstrating the global reach and international rider-acceptability of JBL’s VERTEC® line arrays, Soundcheck, Inc. recently deployed a multi-array system equipped with JBL DrivePack® technology to support a massive R&B show featuring Rihanna and Chris Brown. Promoted by Globe and sponsored by MTV Philippines, the outdoor concert was staged at Manila’s Bonifactio Global City Open Field on November 16 for nearly 70,000 music fans. Having sold more than 11 million albums around the globe, Rihanna already has three No.1 Billboard hits and has amassed 12 top 40 hit singles in the U.S. The Barbadian singer, model and fashion designer was honored as Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist and Favorite Female Pop/Rock artist at the 2008 American Music Awards. Sharing the stage with Rihanna was R&B singer-songwriter and music video director Chris Brown, who also recently achieved the No.1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
A temporary stage with overhead roof and structural scaffolding support was erected onsite to support an extensive lighting system and video projection setup. Concert sound reinforcement services were provided by Soundcheck, the primary rental system contractor for the event, with additional VERTEC inventory having been sub-hired from regional system owner FriendlyFire Sound. A total of 48 VT4888DP-CN midsize powered line array elements and 16 VT4888 enclosures were in use, along with a total of 28 VT4880 and VT4880A full size arrayable subwoofers. Main left and right line-array hangs included 18 enclosures per side, with out-fill arrays each made up of 10 enclosures. Three signal-delayed array zones were also employed to provide rear-area coverage for the massive outdoor field, and JBL VRX932 compact constant curvature line array systems were in use as front-fill support speaker locations.
For stage monitoring, 4-box arrays of VT4888DP-CN’s were used as side-fill arrays with supporting 2x18-inch subwoofer stacks, while three VRX932LA’s were positioned on the downstage front truss for Chris Brown’s specified overhead center monitor array. The rental system inventory for the event also included Soundcheck’s new Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console.
“I have been a user of the VERTEC VT4888 since the system product was first released,” noted Jaime Godinez, Owner and Chief Engineer of Soundcheck. “As the owner of a rental company, I have always been satisfied that the midsize VT4888 is so flexible. It fits in very well with indoor corporate shows, but can still be assembled into large arrays to handle the big outdoor shows for international touring acts that we service. I have used the VERTEC system for shows here in the Philippines with acts like Incubus, Linkin Park, Beyoncé, Boyz II Men, and Christina Aguilera. The 4888 has delivered more than enough sound quality and SPL for whatever was required from these big shows. And, our recent upgrade to JBL’s new V4 DSP presets for VERTEC has given new life to the system, it is like getting a brand-new PA.”
Soundcheck, Inc. can be reached in Muntinlupa, Philippines at +(63) 2 807-1298 or by email at email@example.com.
Harman Professional Strengthens Emerging Markets Team: Names Alexander Rojas As Director Of Sales, Intercontinental South
Harman Professional today announced the appointment of Alexander Rojas to the newly-created position of Director Of Sales, Intercontinental South as part of its continuing initiative to better serve the emerging and established markets of Central America and South America. Rojas, an experienced sales leader and accomplished audio engineer, joins Harman with a clear mandate to develop sales opportunities, advance distributor relationships and contribute to support services for Harman Professional brands in his territory. He will report to Jaime Albors, Senior Director of Sales Intercontinental, Harman Professional and will operate from the company’s new Intercontinental sales office in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Alexander Rojas joins Harman Professional from Caribbean Broadcast Suppliers, a family owned business, where he held the position of Sales & Marketing Director since 1999 and was responsible for all sales operations and marketing activities. Rojas also developed the contracting division of the company, which served the theater, church and sports complex among others, working closely with architects and designers for this type of projects. Prior to this, Rojas was Chief Audio Engineer and Crew Chief for Pete Diaz Productions, a Miami, Florida-based production company for special events and music festivals and before this, served successively as Sound Technician, FOH and Monitor Mixer and Crew Chief at Berty’s Sound in San Juan Puerto Rico. Alexander Rojas attended the University of Miami School of Engineering for Electrical Engineering with a specialization in audio engineering with credits also from the School of Business for Business Administration. He is also accredited by many industry and manufacturer ‘s training courses.
“Alexander Rojas will be a very valuable addition to the Harman Professional team and I am confident his value will be felt immediately by our customers, distribution partners and dealers alike,” said Jaime Albors, Senior Director of Sales Intercontinental, Harman Professional. “I look forward to working with Alex to bring the exciting range of products that Harman has to offer to the widest range of customers in the Intercontinental South sales territory.”
Echoing this sentiment, Rojas noted, “Coming to this new position from an engineering and customer perspective, I recognize Harman Professional fills a unique role in our industry by consistently providing innovative, high quality audio technologies that set the standard for other manufacturers to follow. I am very pleased to represent this fine tradition and this exceptional family of category-leading brands and look forward in helping our distribution partners grow and identify new business opportunities”
Rojas and Albors are joined in Intercontinental Sales Office by John Powell who was recently appointed to the position of Director of Sales, Intercontinental South. Powell was formerly Regional Sales Manager for the Harman Music Group.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Harman Professional Debuts HiQnet System Architect™ Version 1.9: Adds New Troubleshooting, File Management, Customization Capabilities
Further advancing Harman HiQnet™ audio network configuration and control protocol, Harman Professional today launchedHiQnet System Architect™ Version 1.9, a free download which delivers a host of new features including network troubleshooting tools, file compression and management and advanced control panel customization, to name just three. According to Rick Kreifeldt, Vice President, Harman Professional Systems Development & Integration Group (SDIG), today’s introduction comes just as
the community of registered HiQnet System Architect users exceeds 20,000.
“It’s fitting that we pass the threshold of 20,000 registered users as we continue to add new features and improvements to System Architect,” Kreifeldt said today. “I believe our commitment to systematically evolve and improve System Architect is a key reason that audio professionals continue to deploy HiQnet systems in an expanding array of applications. The improvements do not stop here, however, and we will continue to listen to the community of contracting and tour sound professionals to make HiQnet System Architect the most current and progressive configuration and control tool available.”
As new members join the community of registered HiQnet users, Harman continues to add new devices to the HiQnet portfolio. Control of the three models of the new Crown I-Tech HD Series will be possible with the device plug-ins included with System Architect 1.9, which support the configuration of the FIR filters and LevelMAX™ limiters included in the new flagship touring amplifier, the algorithms for both of which were co-developed with BSS Audio. System Architect 1.9 also brings with it the fourth member of the Crown XTi Series – the XTi 6000, taking the total number of shipping HiQnet devices to 94 and the total number of System Architect-controlled devices to 67.
High among the new additions is a Network Troubleshooting tool, which actively monitors the network, diagnoses and alerts of any problems and, where possible, automatically resolves the problem or, if manual intervention is required, provides specific instructions on how to address the problem. In addition to providing real-time monitoring and alerts, the tool also creates a backup log of any IP address changes which were made in the event that the previous configuration is required to be restored. One welcome use case will be for those less experienced with network
configuration who have the frustrating situation of a HiQnet device being connected to the PC but not showing up in System Architect due to a network configuration error. The Network Troubleshooting tool will see the device, and work with the user to resolve the issue in a few simple steps.
Also new to Version 1.9 is a compressed file format which dramatically reduces file sizes - in test cases as high as a ratio of 100:1. Separately, a new utility installed with System Architect 1.9 enables advanced users to expand and explore the contents of a saved file and thereby edit individual custom panels in an XML editor, and update images offline, etc. The same utility recompresses the file for opening again in System Architect.
Working closely with the user-base of tour sound and contractingprofessionals, SDIG engineers have carefully enhanced the Custom Control Panel design experience. This includes a more automated mechanism of creating controls on a panel and assigning them to system-wide parameters. By dragging any device parameter from the System Explorer tree or Advanced Parameter Search utility and dragging onto a Custom Control Panel in the design environment, the user will be prompted with a concise list of only the appropriate controls to which it can be assigned. In user tests this mechanism has proved a significant impact on the time taken to create Custom Control Panels. The same mechanism has been implemented for enhancing Custom Control Panel navigation panel: shortcut controls can instantly be placed on a Custom Control Panel simply by dragging the appropriate panel icon from the panel toolbox.
Other Custom Control Panel additions include a freshly-designed Parameter Address Editor dialog, which primarily provides a mechanism for editing parameter assignments of pre-existing controls, but the layout of which is also perfectly suited to enabling fresh parameter assignments. SDIG has also added the ability to copy and paste just the visual elements of a control without copying any parameter assignment. Together these enhancements serve to speed up not just the functional design process of a
panel, but also the visual design element.
Additional user interface enhancement includes new window management improvements, offering menus to cascade all open windows or select an active window from a list. Concentrating further on user experience and interaction, a Device Arrange Tool in the Venue View enables the reordering of a selection of devices by device name, device type, device address or device brand.
Monday, December 8, 2008
University of Idaho Utilizes Hitachi StarBoards To Create 21st Century Educational Experience In Science Classes
- Science Classes Use Hitachi Interactive Whiteboards to Enhance Teaching Materials and Learning Objects -
Professors at the University of Idaho have chosen Hitachi interactive whiteboards in a move that greatly enhances the school’s science class and laboratory teaching technology. Purchased through Troxell Communications, the school utilizes the FXDUO-77 model StarBoard along with the award winning Hitachi CP-A100 3LCD projector as part of the Hitachi CP-A100+FXDUO bundle.
The professors immediately noticed the benefits of utilizing the combination of the Hitachi projector with the interactive whiteboard. “Before when we were utilizing a traditional projector, there was always a shadow which created a distraction when presenting,” stated Ronald Robberecht, Professor of Rangeland Ecology at the University of Idaho. “Utilizing the Hitachi short throw projector has resulted in completely eliminating the shadow effect.”
According to Robberecht his students have enjoyed the addition of the interactive whiteboard into lectures in the lab setting. “Utilizing the StarBoard makes a difference to the students, they like it and it certainly adds value to the lectures. We can view ecological topics in a very interactive manner where images, videos, and text can be easily combined with the powerful dynamic annotation features of the Starboard.”
Robberecht noted that other professors use the Starboards for courses on geographical information systems (GIS) where various information such as soil types, species, forests and grasslands, and related geographical information can be shown in interacting layers of a landscape.
“Also, having a StarBoard in my office allows me to hold research meetings there. Rather than having all the students crouch around a desktop monitor. Now they can look at the images and lecture material comfortably on the large screen. Using the Starboard really allows for a natural interactive teaching interface.”
The university has also utilized StarBoards for numerous other applications. “We have one StarBoard that is being connected with a field campus where they are teaching ecology to fifth and sixth graders,” stated Robberecht.
“We attached a web cam to the StarBoard so now we utilize it as a tool for video conferencing as well.”
Based on experiences thus far the university will certainly be considering Hitachi for future technology needs. “As our smaller classrooms and seminar rooms are renovated the new Hitachi Starboards will be integral to the renovations because the price is right, the technology is great, and the service and support we have received has been excellent,” said Robberecht.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Harman Professional Promotes Bill Raimondi To Group-Wide Director, Sales U.S. Distribution/Strategic Accounts
Harman Professional today announced the promotion of Bill Raimondi from Market Development Manager, Crown Audio to group-wide Director, Sales U.S. Distribution / Strategic accounts. In this new position Raimondi will manage and direct sales of the U.S. distribution channel and strategic account activity for Harman Professional. Today’s announcement was made by Scott Robbins, Harman Professional Vice President of Sales, to whom Raimondi reports.
“Bill Raimondi is a proven sales professional with extensive background in consumer and professional audio distribution. In this new roll Bill will be directly supporting our “One Harman” initiative by aligning our business practices in a way that promotes growth, profitability and improved customer service for U.S. dealers and distributors.”
Commenting on his appointment, Raimondi said, “As Harman Professional continues to develop a coordinated approach to its sales operations, I am honored and excited to take part in this initiative. I am looking forward to working directly with our key accounts, our sales reps and the sales teams at our brands as we enhance our approach to our sales process. My goal is to make it easier for our distribution and strategic accounts to use Harman Professional solutions and grow their business with our collection of industry leading brands.”
Raimondi joined the Crown marketing group in 2006 to develop the commercial audio business segment. During his time at Crown he contributed to the significant growth that Crown’s commercial product line has enjoyed particularly with U.S. distributors. Before joining Crown, Raimondi had a proven track record with 20+ years of sales and marketing experience from both the retail and manufacturing perspectives. His experience includes managing direct and independent sales representatives, the development of strategic business plans and sales programs as well as purchasing.
Bill Raimondi is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. He can be reached at 770-619-5888 or at Bill.Raimondi@harman.com
JBL’s New VERTEC® V4 DSP Presets Win Fans Worldwide As Global System Performance Consistency Is Achieved
Demonstrating how global adoption of the company’s new V4 DSP presets is helping achieve enhanced performance results for its VERTEC® worldwide loudspeaker system user group, JBL Professional reports an enthusiastic response to its recently-completed digital signal processing file suite for the company’s popular full-size, mid-size and compact line array elements. With a growing number of VERTEC system owners now having upgraded their system drive files to V4, touring sound mixers are realizing a significantly improved level of system performance and consistency, regardless of where in the world a VERTEC system is sourced and deployed.
“I’ve previously used VERTEC on tour with David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails, but the new V4 DSP presets have definitely taken this PA to the next level,” observed FOH engineer Pete Keppler, after using a JBL VT4889/VT4880A system from Firehouse Productions for Nine Inch Nails’ summer North American tour.
The new presets are having a particularly strong impact internationally, as globetrotting sound mixers now find the system performance consistency they have been seeking on concert rental systems from one continent to the next.
“With JBL’s new V4 DSP presets, VERTEC is completely different, it is awesome,” offers Andy Meyer, veteran FOH engineer for recent global tours by artists like Justin Timberlake and currently in preparation for the upcoming “Saints of Los Angeles” world tour by Motley Crue. “With V4 the PA becomes transparent. You do not focus on the speaker system as the sound source when listening; you identify the instrument and its placement in the mix. With the V4 software upgrade, properly implemented, VERTEC is now truly the best bang for the buck.”
In Australia, Glenn Helmot, Audio Applications Engineer for Jands Technical Resource Group, also notes that the V4 DSP presets have been a major improvement for VERTEC. “Previously, system performance could have been hit or miss depending on where you hired the system and who was running it,” he recalls. “‘Why does VERTEC sound different everywhere?’ was a comment I regularly received from system operators. Now it’s common that I receive compliments on how good VERTEC sounds with V4 and it really is quite a nice surprise.”
In Canada, Mark Radu, Systems Engineer/R&D for P.A. Plus, observes that with V4, the company’s VERTEC system now sounds better all the way from the front row to the back row in any venue. “It’s absolutely providing better phase-coherency for the system,” commented Radu. “Offering remarkable sonic improvements while delivering a uniform consistency throughout the VERTEC line, JBL continues to raise the bar in speaker performance."
In India, V&P Sound’s Senior System/Mix Engineer, Mr. Mallesh T., recently deployed his company’s VERTEC system for multiple international artists at the G.I.R. (Great Indian Rock) 2008 festival and achieved similar results. “Our VT4889 and VT4880A system using the ‘X’ mode within JBL’s new V4 DSP presets has more impact and pristine clarity than any other system,” he enthused. “I think that VERTEC is indeed creating a unique experience, a new interest and excitement in the industry, with JBL's new V4 DSP presets.”
Paul Bauman, JBL’s Director of Tour Sound Product & Application Engineering, notes that V4 presets are differentiated from previous offerings by the fact that the company basically started from scratch and applied an entirely different preset development methodology based on a combination of detailed measurements, modeling and real-world listening tests. “Proprietary JBL simulation tools now at our disposal simply did not exist for the development of previous preset generations,” observed Bauman. “Another key factor is the fact that V4 presets were simultaneously engineered for the entire VERTEC line. This helps ensure a consistent ‘family sound’ so that all models ‘play well together’ from a sound design perspective.” Bauman also commented that, “nothing is more personally gratifying than hearing from FOH or system engineers that V4 has made their life so much easier. Advancing a gig is also a lot easier – if it’s a VERTEC system, most will simply specify that the local provider will be running V4, and they’re confident that they will have a good show.”
For passive VERTEC models and outboard loudspeaker management units, V4 DSP presets are available to VERTEC system owners for download online at http://www.jblpro.com/products/tour/Vertec/V4download.html
In a related development, V4 presets are now shipping from the factory in all of JBL’s DP (DrivePack) series of VERTEC system models, enabling system owners of passive, or powered, VERTEC systems to realize the same, consistent level of performance with improved fidelity, phase-coherency and comparable sonic signatures across the entire product line.
A new DPIP Upgrade Kit for JBL DrivePack-equipped systems fitted with dbx (non-networked) input modules has also just been released for VERTEC owners wishing to realize the benefits of V4 processing for their existing, base-model VERTEC DP Series system inventories. The Upgrade Kit consists of a USB port adapter cable, download utility software and V4 firmware for the various models that allows users to re-program existing VT4888DP, VT4882DP, VT4887ADP or VT4881ADP models with V4 presets.
V4 device files for Crown I-Tech, dbx 4800 Loudspeaker Management Systems and VERTEC Drivepack DPAN and DPCN models also come bundled with Harman Professional HiQnet™ System Architect software, available for download at: http://hiqnet.harmanpro.com/downloads.php
Continuing its historic tradition of bringing together stars with world-wide recognition to witness music at its finest, the International Sopot Festival is Poland’s largest event of the year and celebrated its 45th anniversary with a memorable two day festival. One of Warsaw’s most recognized PA rental companies, GMB ProSound, supplied and operated the sound system centralized by Soundcraft Vi6™ and Vi4™ mixers.
GMB ProSound flawlessly accomplished consolidating audio suitable for an event of this caliber. The main front of house mixers deployed two Soundcraft Vi6s and the monitors were run through two Soundcraft Vi4 mixers.
The sound engineers powering the event were more than pleased with the appearance and ease of use given by Soundcraft’s digital mixers. “One of our monitor engineers sat at the desk for the very first time and went through a timed rehearsal on day one without ever reading the manual beforehand,” said Remek Kasztelnik, sound engineer from GMB ProSound. “The ease of use and the touch-screen Vistonics interface allowed the engineers to handle any obstacle that the two day festival offered and didn’t interrupt the engineers’ ability to mix an amazing show,” continued Kasztelnik.
With its extreme popularity in the Polish culture, the festival was organized and aired live in HD by TVN, one of the country’s main commercial TV networks. Kasztelnik proudly stated, “Our TV partners were very pleased because the Soundcraft boards allowed us to provide them with a copy of all signals via the consoles auxiliary MADI outputs directly from the show.”
Wladyslaw Szpilman, from Polish Radio, created the Sopot Festival in 1961 and the two-day event brings international contestants and guests together to celebrate great songs and lyrics. Throughout day one, several contests were scheduled requiring the talents of elite well-known artists. The “Amber Nightingale Prize,” a desired award, was presented to the Swedish group O’Laura who performed their lyric summer hit “Release Me.” Day two was solely devoted to the stars of the 80’s with memorable performances by Limahl with Kajagoogoo, Shakin Stevens, Samantha Fox, Kim Wilde, and Thomas Anders with Modern Talking.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Soundcraft Vi6™ Selected By ESP New York To Provide Sound Reinforcement For The Veteran’s Day Celebration On The USS Intrepid
President Bush Addresses Nation And Accepts The Intrepid Freedom Award
Showcasing the versatility of Soundcraft’s Vi6™ digital mixing console, integrators ESP New York and Wizard Studios recently deployed a Vi6 for the Veteran’s Day Celebration on the USS Intrepid. As one of ESP New York’s most challenging productions, the Vi6 was chosen for its wide range of capabilities and the flexibility required for this unique event.
The Vi6 was used to simultaneously broadcast the live feed while maintaining 32 inputs from the celebration that provided countless obstacles. Commenting on the production is ESP New York Audio Engineer, Glenn Davis, who provided audio support for the event. “The Veteran’s Day celebration was a tremendous opportunity to showcase the capabilities of the Vi6 on a worldwide scale,” Davis stated. “A lot of technical requirements from the White House required us to pre-program a majority of the presets, however there were a few vocal obstacles that required us to subgroup vocalist and insert graphic and sound via the console on the fly.”
The Vistonics provided ESP New York engineers with a very intuitive interface that is conducive for live sound events. Stephen Swope, Systems Technician and Keith Williams, A2, had the ability to choose from eight input channels for the event, with 16 rotary encoders and 16 switches per touch screen. All channel functions, including routing, input gain, digital gain trim, delay, high and low-pass filters are easily and quickly accessible for any circumstance. “The ability to control the board without a user guide and at the touch of a finger provides us with the flexibility needed to excel at an event of this magnitude,” Davis concludes.
President Bush addressed the Nation and was awarded the Intrepid Freedom Award at the celebration that honored the Veterans of America and the grand reopening of the USS Intrepid museum in New York City. World-renowned tenor, Ronan Tynan, performed “God Bless America” to the 5,000 guests and 2,500 veterans that gathered to celebrate the Veterans Day event, including New York Governor David Paterson and First Lady Laura Bush.
Soundcraft is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.”
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
STAMFORD, CT. - Harman International Industries (NYSE: HAR), a leading provider of branded audio and infotainment electronics for the home, the car, and sound professionals, said today that its professional audio products will play a key role in the new GRAMMY MuseumSM which opened in Los Angeles this week. The new museum is a collaboration between The Recording Academy®, the membership organization responsible for the GRAMMY® Awards, and Anshutz Entertainment Group, and was founded to celebrate the enduring legacies of music and its premier recognition through the legendary GRAMMY Award.
The museum, located in the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district L.A. LIVE, features some 30,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and dynamic multimedia presentations. To showcase this breadth of musical achievement, The GRAMMY Museum elected to feature professional audio technologies from several Harman International unitsincluding loudspeakers from JBL, microphones from AKG, processing technologies from BSS Audio, amplifiers by Crown Audio and mixing systems from Soundcraft.
“Our long legacy of technologies for the music business is a natural fit with the museum’s goals,” said Dinesh Paliwal, Harman’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “From legendary artists and the facilities where they perform to premium sound systems for homes and automobiles, our products help to realize the passion that is literally defined by music. We arehonored to join The GRAMMY Museum in celebrating this rich heritage.”
“For years, the JBL brand has been linked to the history of music production,” said Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum. “It is fitting that the products of this brand are featured in The GRAMMY Museum. Harman International has long been a supporter of The Recording Academy and we’re pleased to have such a valued partner join us in this exciting new venture.”
Monday, December 1, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Roselle Park, NJ based sound company Audio Inc. utilized BSS Audio Soundweb London to help run live sound reinforcement at the Bermuda Music Festival, a unique multi-day live concert event held in October, featuring artists such as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and UB40.
Mike Sinclair, Vice President of Audio Inc. only learned of how useful Soundweb London could be to him at the InfoComm 2008 show. “We were looking for a return snake for large sound systems, and it was suggested by Geoff Lissman of Harman that we consider Soundweb London.”
Soundweb London features a low-latency and a fault-tolerant digital audio bus of 256 channels. In addition to providing a backbone for the transportation of multiple channels, this bus also facilitates the creation of large, fault-tolerant, centralized matrices containing multiple devices. The digital audio bus uses standard, inexpensive Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable, which enables a distance of 100 meters between devices; fiber media converters and fiber can be utilized to increase this distance in excess of 40km.
“We used Soundweb London devices to do all the processing,” stated Sinclair. “We can get 256 channels to the stage and I have complete control and confidence in how they run. BSS Audio gave us the flexibility to have three or four consoles live and plugged in all the time. Soundweb London became the system matrix. Everyone had their own EQs and no master board was needed.” This allowed Audio Inc. the ability to perform a line check on one console and a sound check on another without ever tying one up. “Due to the fact that we are dealing with so many different acts with different equipment needs, this type of flexibility was essential.”
Sinclair also expressed how highly regarded the BSS Audio name is within the professional sound industry. “Just the BSS Audio name alone was enough to instill confidence in the sound engineers at the music festival. Because it was a BSS Audio product, it was immediately accepted by all engineers that were there,” stated Sinclair.
Harman Rocks The Great Indian Rock 2008 At Bangalore -V&P Sound Pvt. Ltd. Feature Soundcraft Vi6™ At FOH And Showcase New Version 3.0 Software
NORTHRIDGE, California- The Palace Grounds in Bangalore, India were transformed on November 7, 2008 into a celebration for thousands who turned out for “The Great Indian Rock 2008.” Bangalore transcended into the Rock Capital of India with an international concert that featured 3 prominent Indian bands, Slingshot, Rainbow Bridge and Extinct Reflections and 2 Norwegian popular acts, Sahg and Satryicon. V&P Sound deployed an extensive Harman sound system that featured Soundcraft’s Vi6 and included products from JBL, Crown, dbx, and AKG.
The sound system consisted of 20 JBL VERTEC VT4889’s with 2 main hangs of 10 per-side, 16 JBL VERTEC VT4880A subs were flown in on 4 per-side hangs, 8 JBL CSR subs were ground stacked with 4 per-side and JBL VRX932LA’s were used as center-fills. Crown I-Tech 4000, 6000, and 8000 amplifiers powered the entire system and the FOH was mixed using the Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console running the new Version 3.0 software.
Svein Solberg, Satyricon’s FOH engineer, was working on the Vi6 for the first fime and he was amazed with the intuitive interface and the ergonomic layout of the console. Solberg stated, ”This is as comfortable as working on any analog console and the ease of operation allowed me to mix on the console with little prior experience.“ Solberg continued, ”The VERTECs are loud and clean sounding boxes and this is indeed the best sounding system that we’ve operated in India.”
Vishnu, Director of V&P SOUND, was overwhelmed with the overall response from the artists, the FOH engineers and the fans. Vishnu stated, “It is a pleasure working with the Vi6 and the VERTEC’s. Setting up the VERTEC system is extremely fast and simple and the amazingly clean sound of the VERTEC’s is credited to the V4 presets developed by Mr.Paul Bauman, Director of Tour Sound Product and Application Engineering.“
The stage monitoring system was equipped with 10 VRX915M, 2 VRX915M, 2 PRX518S/230 along with 2 PRX 512M/230’s were used as the drum fills. The side fills were 4 VRX932LA and 4 VRX918S. The monitors & side fills were bi-amped using Crown ITechs and managed by another dbx DriveRack 4800.
The 2 drum kits were mic’d using AKG Drum SET II, each set included one D 112 and four C 518M. Additional products from AKG included the C414, C451, D5 and D40 microphones, WMS4000 wireless system and the IVM4 in ear monitoring system. Concluding the Harman installation was dbx 4800 Loudspeaker System Management processors that were used to manage the main hangs, subs & front-fills.
Internally Sound Uses JBL Loudspeakers and Crown Amplifiers to Create An Atmosphere Beyond Standard Healthcare At Physicians Quality Care
NORTHRIDGE, California – Physician’s Quality Care in Jackson, Tennessee, a completely new kind of walk-in medical clinic is provided to patients giving them a one-of-a-kind non-medical experience. With audio components from JBL and Crown audio systems integration firm Internally Sound has designed a system that establishes a more hospitable environment for patrons. The facility features a waiting room structured with a 26-seat movie theater. JBL’s Screen Array 4622 cinema loudspeakers, Cinema Series 4641 subwoofers, and 8340A Surround high power cinema surround systems, in addition to Crown’s DSI 2000 amplifiers for 4622’s and 4641’s, and Crown’s DSI 1000 amplifiers for surround systems play starring roles in this room.
“The doctors wanted people to come to their office and have an enjoyable experience versus a dreaded one,” said Phil Jenkins, president of Internally Sound.
At Physician’s Quality Care, the experience doesn’t end in the waiting room. Internally Sound integrated a JBL Control 26C ceiling speaker system throughout the lobby, halls, vending areas, and restrooms. Crown CTs 8200BCA amplifiers power all the speakers.
Sound carrying from the theater into different rooms and disturbing patients during examinations was a worry, but double walls were built, along with special doors designed to keep sound from transferring through. “Maintaining sound on the outdoors of the facility also had to be dealt with,” Jenkins explained. “We down tilted the Control 30’s, which keeps weather out of the speaker. Since it is a full range speaker, we were able to run it at lower levels and still get high quality sound.”
Relevant towards good health, Physician’s Quality Care also built a full-scale membership gym next to its facility. “Boomer’s,” as the gym has been named, features a TV screen on every treadmill that not only receives cable programming but also is equipped with an iPod dock allowing guests to listen to music or watch videos as they run. Plasma televisions are in each corner of the gym, and six JBL Control 30 loudspeakers, running content from XM Satellite radio, are discreetly controlled to provide excellent sound.