Harman SDIG Vice President, Rick Kreifeldt, will also present a paper on developments by the IEEE 802.1 Bridging Task Group on delivering uninterrupted audio and video over standards-based Ethernet.
Bringing to fruition over three years of research and development as well as comprehensive participation and leadership in the IEEE AVB 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) Task Group initiative, Harman Professional today announced it will demonstrate Harman HiQnet™ products streaming Ethernet AV in a technology preview at Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, Germany on April 1, 2009. The company will showcase several new Ethernet AV products including a dbx SC 32 Digital Matrix Processor, and a Crown CTs amplifier all connected with an Ethernet AV switch at Stand G42 in Hall 8. An Ethernet AV architectural wall-plate from BSS Audio will also be on display.
The demonstration follows Harman’s participation in the IEEE 802.1 AVB workshop with AVB Task Group co-members at the 125th AES Convention in San Francisco. Presenters included Robert Boatright, Director of Research, Harman International, Matthew Xavier Mora, Software Engineer and Michael Johas Teener, Technical Director & Plumbing Architect, Broadcom Corp — all members of the IEEE 802.1 AVB Task Group. (http://www.aes.org/press/?ID=24)
“Today’s announcement is the product of considerable labor, remarkable inter-company cooperation and uncommon leadership by a group of dedicated engineers at the IEEE AVB 802.1 AVB Task Group,” said Rick Kreifeldt, Vice President, Harman System Development & Integration Group (SDIG). “Harman has long been a very active participant in this group and we’re very pleased to see the momentum this initiative has generated from such a diverse host of technology companies. We’re also very pleased to demonstrate working end-to-end Ethernet AV across products from three Harman companies at Pro Light & Sound next week.”
The IEEE 802 working groups, a coalition of leading technology companies from professional audio and video, semiconductor, networking, computing and consumer electronics have been working on protocols that allow the building of standards-based networks with the appropriate quality of service for high quality audio performance and production. This new set of standards, developed by the IEEE 802.1 (AVB) Task Group, provides three major enhancements for 802-based networks:
• Precise timing to support low-jitter media clocks and accurate synchronization of multiple streams
• A simple reservation protocol that allows endpoint devices to reserve the bandwidth in a path to guarantee quality of service for audio/video streams
• Queuing and forwarding rules that ensure that audio/video streams will pass through the network within the delay specified by the reservation
The enhancements enabled by IEEE 802.1 standards require no changes to the Ethernet lower layers and are compatible with all the other functions of a standard Ethernet switch. As a result, the entire Ethernet ecosystem is available to developers—in particular, the various high speed physical layers (up to 100 gigabit/sec in current standards), security features (encryption and authorization), and advanced management (remote testing and configuration) features.
Commenting on the announcement, Michael MacDonald, Harman Professional Executive Vice President of Marketing & Sales noted, “The benefits of this technology will resonate widely to audio professionals in many disciplines from fixed install to broadcast to cinema, tour sound and beyond: networked systems will become easier to deploy and use and will become both more affordable and ubiquitous. I am certain that standards-based Ethernet AV will take professional grade audio — and audio professionals — to markets and opportunities our industry has never before addressed!”
Echoing this sentiment, Robert Boatright, Director of Research of Harman International’s Corporate Technology Group and Chair of the IEEE 1722 AVB Transport Protocol Working Group noted, “Ethernet AV brings a new level of simplicity, elegance, and interoperability to system design while delivering professional-grade performance. This technology will bring media networking to a wider array of applications than has ever been seen before. Working with my colleagues at Harman and peers on the IEEE (AVB) Task Groups to develop Ethernet AV has been a privilege. I’m looking forward to the near future where widely deployed audio and video networks are the norm and not just the top of the pyramid!”
On April 3, at 2:15PM in Room Symmetrie 3, Rick Kreifeldt, will present a paper entitled The use of IEEE AVB standard networking in professional A/V applications on developments by the IEEE 802.1 Bridging Task Group. The IEEE 802.1 community has been developing enhancements to Ethernet for guaranteed delivery of time synchronous low-latency high-performance audio and video. The features and benefits of this new technology will be presented with a special focus on how the challenges of large-scale Pro A/V applications are uniquely serviced. Details are available at
Patented Harman HiQnet™ is the world's first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across Harman’s Professional Division and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com), designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. Harman International maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and employs 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, March 31, 2009
Harman SDIG Vice President, Rick Kreifeldt, will also present a paper on developments by the IEEE 802.1 Bridging Task Group on delivering uninterrupted audio and video over standards-based Ethernet.
NORTHRIDGE, California – On February 28, 2009, SOUND.COM Pvt. Ltd. deployed a JBL VERTEC® line array system for the 54th IDEA Filmfare Awards at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. This marks the second straight year in which SOUND.COM has provided the audio services for the Filmfare Awards, informally known as the “Oscars of Bollywood.”
One of the oldest and most prominent events in the Indian film industry, the Filmfare Awards brings out the biggest and brightest stars of Bollywood. Two such stars, actors Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, hosted this year’s awards ceremony.
For the main PA system at this year’s event, SOUND.COM provided a total of 16 VERTEC VT4887 compact line array elements, arranged in left-right hangs of eight each, along with three VT4880 arrayable subwoofers on each side of the richly-decorated stage set. Additionally, JBL VRX932LA compact constant-curvature loudspeakers were in use as flown onstage side-fill arrays. JBL VRX915M stage monitors were used for the opening act, Farhan Akthar, while JBL SRX712M monitors provided all the backstage sound. SOUND.COM also utilized a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console at the front of house position, its first use at a major awards function in India. BSS Audio AR133 and AR204 signal processors and AKG C451 and 414 microphones rounded out the system.
“For prestigious events of this type, our entire crew feels an immense amount of responsibility and pressure to exceed everyone’s expectations and raise the bar for audio system performance,“ said Warren D’Souza, owner of SOUND.COM. “As far as speaker systems go for televised awards shows, it’s no secret that VERTEC is the de facto standard system in use, from the Oscars to the GRAMMYs, so there was no need to reinvent the wheel in our choice of speakers. We were actually so delighted with the sound of our VT4887 system on this show that after the first night of rehearsals, we immediately placed an order for more cabinets.”
SOUND.COM system engineer Sunil Karanjikar was assisted by Yasin Shaikh, Ranjit Singh, Gilroy Valladares, Yash Panchal, and Siraj Khan on the event, which spanned six days including rehearsals with the talent and TV crew.
“The use of VERTEC line arrays by SOUND.COM for India’s Filmfare Awards exemplifies the popularity and suitability of VERTEC for this type of application in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions for live sound,” said David Scheirman, Vice President, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “With SOUND.COM leading the way in providing premium audio services for regional televised live-entertainment productions, we appreciate the company’s continued support of JBL loudspeaker products.”
For more information on SOUND.COM, please visit www.online-sound.com
New Marcus Theatres® UltraScreen® At Orland Park Cinema Sports JBL ScreenArray® And AE Series Loudspeaker System
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Continuing the successful relationship between Marcus Theatres® and Harman cinema products, the Chicago suburb of Orland Park, Illinois recently celebrated the opening of a new 70-foot-wide UltraScreen® at the Orland Park Cinema. The Orland Park UltraScreen theater seats 400 and is Marcus Theatres’ 12th UltraScreen to date.
Supporting the picture displayed on the large screen at Orland Park is a state-of-the-art audio system, comprised of JBL ScreenArray® and AE Series loudspeakers and Crown Audio’s Digital B-Chain. Located behind the screen are three JBL ScreenArray 4632 3-way loudspeakers for screen channels, along with six 4642A subwoofers. Additionally, a total of eight AC2212/95 compact 2-way loudspeakers are mounted on the side walls (four per side), with an AM4315/95 3-way loudspeaker in each rear corner. The system is powered by Crown CTs amplifiers, loaded with DBC network digital audio modules.
“The system at the Orland Park UltraScreen has worked out great since opening in December 2008,” said Mark Collins, Director of Projection Technology, Marcus Theatres. “We have incorporated JBL and Crown components for similarly designed systems at other UltraScreen locations, and it has proven to be a successful model to follow. That said, as Harman products evolve, so will our systems, as exemplified by a new UltraScreen at the North Shore cinema in Wisconsin, which will include JBL’s new ScreenArray 4732 loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers. We look forward to hearing the new system when the theater opens in mid-May.”
“The new UltraScreen at Orland Park not only exemplifies the outstanding performance of the Digital B-Chain technology, but also the ability of JBL loudspeakers across different product categories to work optimally together, in this case the ScreenArray and AE Series loudspeakers,” said Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing, JBL Professional.
For more information on Marcus Theatres, please visit www.marcustheatres.com
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At ShoWest 2009, JBL Professional is featuring its Digital Surround Series loudspeakers. Three models in total—the 8320, the 8350 and the 8340A—provide an ideal surround sound solution for every digital application.
The JBL 8320 compact surround loudspeaker boasts 150 Watts of power in a very compact molded enclosure. The 8320 low-cost system features internal Thermomaster® technology, which allows for unprecedented high-frequency power and an 8-inch long-throw woofer for extended low frequency.
The JBL 8350 high power digital cinema surround loudspeaker offers 350 Watts of power and very high sensitivity for digital presentations that require extended dynamic range. The high-frequency section features a titanium compression driver with a constant coverage horn for high output capability with very even high-frequency coverage. Lastly,
The JBL 8340A Surround provides 250 Watts of power and has been the choice of theaters and post-production venues throughout the world and remains the standard of the new JBL Digital Surround Series.
“Since introducing the 8320 and 8350 last year, response from the cinema market has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing, JBL Professional. “With JBL ScreenArray® screen channel systems and the Digital Surround Series powered by Crown DSi amplifiers, the Harman Cinema Group provides the most advanced total cinema sound solution in the cinema industry.”
Monday, March 30, 2009
Harman Pro Cinema Group Provides Custom JBL/Crown Sound System for Cinemark’s New XD³ Large Screen Digital Format
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Providing moviegoers with the ultimate digital cinema visual and sound environment, Cinemark has outfitted its new XD³ auditorium with JBL custom-engineered ScreenArray® loudspeakers behind the massive 70 foot screen.
The innovative auditorium, in West Plano, Texas also includes a custom designed surround system featuring powerful JBL Application Engineered speakers that provide the perfect coverage and a completely enveloping surround sound experience. The screen speakers and surround system are complimented by an array of JBL 18-inch subwoofers to provide thundering low-frequency effects. The new Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, featuring the most advanced amplifier technology available, power the system.
“The XD³ format offers Cinemark customers an extreme digital experience,” comments Alan Stock, Cinemark’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have created an environment that engages all of your senses and pulls you into the movie.”
“JBL and Crown are pleased to have designed the Custom Cinemark Sound System to compliment the ultimate visual experience in the new XD³ digital auditorium,” comments Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing, JBL Professional. “The JBL Custom ScreenArray speakers feature patented technology and are designed to provide the most accurate and powerful reproduction of digital sound possible.”
The new ScreenArray loudspeakers feature new high-frequency drivers, new Optimized Aperture waveguides and improved, patented crossover design.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Continuing to provide cinema exhibition venues and post-production facilities with unprecedented audio performance and advanced technology, JBL is introducing the second generation of its award-winning ScreenArray® digital cinema loudspeakers.
These “next generation” ScreenArray systems feature the new large-format 3-inch neodymium, titanium diaphragm, high-frequency compression driver for ultra high performance. This new high-frequency driver is coupled with the new patented high-frequency horn featuring Screen Spreading Compensation™ to correct for high-frequency dispersion through perforated screens.
The new low-frequency sections feature the patented Differential Drive™, Direct Cooled™, 15-inch woofers for improved power handling and reduced distortion. All of the new ScreenArray series models have new Optimized Aperture waveguides for ultra low distortion and extremely uniform frequency response. Each system has improved, patented, crossover design using the most advanced computer modeling.
The next generation of ScreenArray speakers consists of the 4732, 3732 and 3731 3-way systems (available in both triamplified and biamplified versions) and the 4722 and 3722 2-way speakers (available as both bi-amplified and fully passive systems).
“The new ScreenArray loudspeaker models build on the success of their revolutionary predecessors, while at the same time truly representing the next generation in cinema loudspeaker technology,” said Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing, JBL Professional. “With these new models, the bar has been effectively raised for sound quality in the most state-of-the-art theaters around the world.”
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Building upon the success of its groundbreaking line of amplifiers dedicated for use in cinema sound, Crown Audio today introduced the DSi 6000. The newest addition to the DSi series, the DSI 6000 is designed to provide further support for the JBL line of cinema loudspeakers.
The DSi 6000 features automatic presets for JBL cinema speaker systems for quick and easy setup. An intuitive front panel LCD panel guides installers through the process of choosing loudspeaker signal processing presets and other system parameters. All DSi series amplifiers can be configured through the Harman HiQnet™ System Architect™platform.
“When increased power is required, the new Crown DSi 6000 cinema amplifier provides the power of 2100 Watts at 4 ohms and is a significant addition to the DSi line of cinema amplifiers that are the perfect match for JBL cinema systems,” stated Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing for JBL Professional.
“The DSI 6000 represents our commitment to provide the end users in this market with a continuously expanding variety of options to meet the needs any environment. The collaboration with JBL in the development of the new DSI 6000 is an example of the ability of Harman brands to share product development expertise, stated Andy Flint, Marketing Manager, for Crown.
The DSi6000 amplifiers include Crown’s extremely light and efficient switch-mode power supply, and weighs 24 pounds. The DSi 6000 has a three-year, no-fault warranty. The power rating for the new DSi 6000 is 2100 watts per channel at 4 ohms
Friday, March 27, 2009
-- The CP-X2010 Offers A Brightness Of 2,200 Lumens And A 4,000-Hour Hybrid Filter --
CHULA VISTA, Calif., March 27, 2009 — Providing educators with a new level of versatility and intuitive operability, Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc., Business Group has introduced the CP-X2010 3LCD projector. Offering a new 4,000-hour hybrid filter and a lower total cost of ownership for the education market, the CP-X2010 projector delivers Hitachi’s trademark reliability and performance.
The CP-X2010 3LCD projector features a brightness of 2,200 lumens and is easy to install and transport at a light weight of 7.9 pounds. The CP-X2010 features 16 Watts of built-in audio, eliminating the need for external speakers, while maintaining a low noise rating of 29 dBA in Whisper Mode. The CP-X2010 also boasts a high contrast ratio of 500:1.
Additionally, the CP-X2010 features a long lamp life of 3,000 hours in Standard Mode and 5,000 hours in Eco Mode. The CP-X2010 also features Hitachi’s proprietary My Buttons functionality, allowing two buttons on the projector to be programmed to execute any projector command. The CP-X2010 also offers input Source Naming, allowing users to rename input sources to fit their needs. Closed Captioning functionality is also available with the CP-X2010.
Furthermore, the CP-X2010 features a Transition Detector, which requires a password to operate the projector when it is moved from a fixed position. The CP-X2010 also offers PIN Lock and MyScreen functions, along with a security bar that enables the use of a heavy chain to prevent theft.
“The Hitachi CP-X2010 3LCD projector addresses the need for high performance and reliability in education environments,” said John Glad, Product Manager, Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc., Business Group. “Moreover, Hitachi’s innovative engineering enables the CP-X2010 to meet these needs at an affordable price point.”
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
ELKHART, Indiana – Firehouse Productions, a leader in the sound reinforcement industry has taken notice of the new Crown I-Tech HD amplifier, announcing they will purchase 100 I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers for its tour sound projects. Firehouse has gained a reputation of excellence providing sound for some of the music’s biggest acts including Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, and Hannah Montana. They have also handled major television and live events including Live Earth, the MTV VMAs, and VH-1 Story Tellers.
“Firehouse is a clear leader in the live sound industry. They have been a long time user of Crown and we have confidence I-Tech HD will be a major asset to their business for years to come. We value long-term relationships with industry leaders such as Firehouse and seeing them choose I-Tech HD is a validation of the efforts of our team to produce the best amplifier in the world,” stated Brian Divine, marketing director for tour sound at Crown. “We are proud to be a long time user of Crown because of the consistent support we have received from them over the years. Knowing they are 100 percent behind us was a key reason for us to make the move to I-Tech HD,” stated Mark Dittmar, lead sound and integration engineer for Firehouse Productions. “So far, working with this amplifier for just a short period of time, I must say the sound is stunning. The sound quality and power have really shocked us,” added Dittmar.
I-Tech HD features a new user-inspired DSP engine co-developed with BSS called OMNIDRIVEHD. The new processing engine features Linear Phase FIR filters that offer unrivaled crossover performance for sonically pure tunings. The OMNIDRIVEHD processing engine also features an innovative new suite of limiters called LevelMAX™. Harman HiQnet™ System Architect ™ mirrors the typical browser navigation interface to provide tour sound and contracting professionals with a familiar interface to access a host of power configuration and control functions.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – dbx® Professional Products, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), is offering a free db10 Premium Direct Box with the purchase of a dbx DriveRack PX powered speaker optimizer. The promotion will run through May 31st, 2009 and is being offered through participating dbx retailers across the US.
“We are extremely excited to offer this promotion to our customers through our network of great retail partners. Getting a product like the dB10 Direct Box free with a PX purchase is a great opportunity for end users not only to get better sound from their speakers but to also get better signal from their instruments. I expect many customers will take advantage of this offer,” stated Jay Woolley, marketing director, portable PA for dbx.
The DriveRack PX is the world’s first and only loudspeaker control system specifically designed for powered speakers. The PX makes all powered speakers sound louder and clearer. The Industry exclusive features found in the PX, including the Set-Up Wizard, the Auto EQ® Wizard, the Auto Level Wizard, and an included library of speaker presets make it easy for anyone to get the most sound from any set of powered speakers.
The dbx dB10 Direct Box is arguably the world’s best direct box for audio professionals with its extraordinary audio performance, superior electronic components, and incredibly rugged construction. The dB10 is a small “bullet-proof” box that converts unbalanced line-level signal to balanced mic-level output and allows users to connect their guitar, bass, or keyboard directly to a sound mixer without losing tone due to impedance mismatches, long cables or cycle hum. It helps musicians be sure that the sound from their instrument reaches the mixing console balanced and noise-free. The dB10 has been designed – both inside and out – to sound great while taking the grueling abuse direct boxes take on stage and when used by audio professionals.
The dbx dB10 Direct Box, MSRP of $129.95, is offered free to all US customers that purchase a DriveRack PX from an authorized dealer or retail outlet during the offer period. Customers are required to pay only the shipping cost ($7.95) of the free merchandise. All details about this offer, the downloadable mail-in coupon and the offer terms and conditions are available online at www.dbxpro.com/CurrentPromotions.
ELKHART, Indiana – Canadian-based sound company PA Plus recently deployed Crown amplifiers in a unique live sound application for “Howie Do It,” an upcoming unscripted comedy television series, commissioned by NBC starring Howie Mandel. PA Plus provided the sound for the live studio audience at the Colosseum at the Caesars Windsor casino in Ontario, as well as the broadcast portion of the production. The Colosseum is a 5,000-seat venue that was utilized for the show, which was the largest ever studio audience for an NBC series show.
Crown I-Tech amplifiers provided the power and processing for the system. All I-Tech amplifiers are equipped with comprehensive status, fault, and load monitoring via standard Ethernet networking and Harman Professional’s HiQnet™ connectivity and control protocol and System Architect™ interface. “System Architect easily allowed us to create and store a series of presets dedicated to the broadcast,” stated Mark Radu, systems engineer at PA Plus. The I-Tech amplifiers also feature advanced DSP processing which can be utilized for additional adjustment of line arrays.
“We were contacted by Ian Dunbar, who was head of audio for this project, to provide a complete audio solution for both the live studio audience as well as the broadcast production,” stated Radu. Providing sound for a live television event was not an easy task and the setup presented many challenges. “The production team was building its own stage and set in front of the existing setup. This then required dedicated sound, lighting and video systems to support the television tapings,” stated Radu. With the venue already equipped with an in-house Harman system, PA Plus was able to choose components from the existing sound system to use in support of their sound integration. “As host to the production, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor offered the use of any or all of their in house installation to expedite the setup. After discussing matters with the venue’s production manager, Todd Therrien, we came up with a plan that would best serve the television production yet still be non-disruptive to the regular operation of the venue,” Radu added.
The I-Tech amplifiers powered 26 JBL VerTec VT4887 compact line array elements that covered the bleacher section of the audience. “Everybody involved was familiar with the product, the venue is a VerTec installation and we fully support VerTec within our own inventory,” added Radu. JBL SRX712M monitors provided audio support for the floor seating. “Outfitted with the same family of driver components as the VerTec series, the SRX712M’s would allow for a smooth transition between the floor seating and the bleacher sections,” stated Radu. The floor level seating was covered by nine JBL SRX712M’s and was augmented by six additional SRX712M’s utilized as front fills.
Monday, March 23, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, California –V&P Sound Pvt. Ltd. deployed a powerful JBL VERTEC® line array system for the Rock Ethos 2009 festival, staged at the open-air Palace Grounds in Bangalore. The 2-day event, held March 14-15, featured many of India’s most popular rock and heavy metal bands, including Motherjane, Divine Connection, Bhayanak Maut, Myndsnare, Slain, and Infernal Wrath. Designed to promote original music while raising anti-piracy awareness, the event was produced by Buenos Entertainment, one of the most successful event management companies in India.
“Rock Ethos is one of the largest outdoor rock festivals in southern India,” noted Vishnu P., Owner of V&P Sound. “Over 20 of India’s best rock/metal bands were on stage for this event, giving us a real opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the system to artists in this musical genre. Our Crown-powered JBL VERTEC system proved its ability to deliver high fidelity, maximum-level output power and large-area coverage abilities, despite the dual environmental challenges of scorching sun and seasonal rains.”
V&P Sound set up two main arrays, totaling 20 JBL VERTEC full-size VT4889 line array elements, in left/right hangs with10 boxes per side. Eight JBL VERTEC VT4880A full size arrayable subwoofers were suspended in 4-per-side hangs, while an additional eight JBL subwoofers were also stacked 4-per-side below the VT4880A’s. JBL VRX932LA compact constant-curvature speakers were used as center-fills. A combination of Crown I-Tech 4000, 6000 and 8000 amplifiers powered the entire system, which was set up using Harman HiQnet™ System Architect™. Crown I-Tech amps also powered the onstage monitor system, which included VRX932LA arrays with VRX918S subwoofers for side fills. Crown I-Tech 4000 amps powered JBL VRX915M floor monitors. “The processing for the bi-amped wedges was done using the Crown I-Tech’s built-in DSP,” noted Vishnu P. “The stage monitors sounded fantastic.”
At the front-of-house mix position, V&P Sound used a Soundcraft MH3 48-channel console, while a Soundcraft MH2 handled onstage monitor mixing. Additionally, dbx 1066 and BSS DPR 402/522 noisegates and compressors were in use. Microphones for the event included AKG’s WMS 4000 wireless system for vocals, along with AKG’s Drum Set II, which includes a D112 and four C418M’s, used to mic all drum kits on the show. Two AKG C451B’s served as drum kit overhead microphones.
“Managing the comprehensive needs for high-SPL, multi-act outdoor festivals requires complete focus and real expertise in the field application of concert-quality sound systems,” noted David Scheirman, Vice President, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Effective results require not only the right equipment, but the right skills. With this year’s Rock Ethos event, V&P Sound has once again demonstrated the company’s strong capabilities in this area.”
For more information on V&P Sound, please visit www.vpsound.com
Thursday, March 19, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Nashville based television production company, Camp Digital, has included as the centerpiece of its audio capabilities a Soundcraft Vi4 digital console into its new JOURNEY HD mobile production truck. Providing state-of-the-art High Definition production around North America, JOURNEY HD has recently provided video and audio support for a wide range of productions, including the television special ‘Feel That Fire’ for Great American Country starring Dierks Bentley, the
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
On Tina Turner’s current world tour, sound engineer Dave Natale deployed AKG C214 microphones as well as a WMS4500 wireless system to provide outstanding audio quality and versatility on stage. Natale initially tested the C214 mic on a sound check in AKG’s hometown of Vienna, Austria and immediately began using the mic on the current tour.
Dave Natale is no stranger to working with some of the world’s biggest stars, including The Rolling Stones, Lionel Richie, Liza Minelli, Joe Cocker, Van Halen as well as engineer for the 1998 Grammy Awards. On the current Tina Turner tour, Tina, Live in Concert, Europe and the US, Natale fell in love with the wide range of capabilities of the C214.
“While touring Austria on the Tina Turner tour, I had the ability to experiment with the C214 as well as other AKG products and I immediately fell in love with the C214’s features and capabilities,” commented Natale. “I am very impressed with the C214 and they are now my new standard. The older mic's that I use become harder and harder to find, and it is great to find alternatives. This is truly the first microphone, ever, that I have used flat!”
In addition to the C214 on the Tina Turner tour, the bassist, Warren McCrae, is very pleased with the wireless capabilities of the WMS4500 wireless system. “The exceptional quality of the wireless system delivers a clear and accurate sound without any distortion, interference or latency,” McCrae states. “I have also taken full advantage of the system’s capabilities to save and recall the previous shows on the tour, which has increased production and efficiency and has saved valuable time on the road.”
The C214 is a cost effective alternative to the revolutionary C414 and is capable of handling the rigors of high-pressure sound, such as amplified guitars, with sensitivity perfect for voice and orchestral instruments as well. The C214 also boasts the highest dynamic range in its class.
The WMS4500 is available in two new frequency bands: Band 7 (500-530 MHz) and Band 8 (570-600 MHz) that offer more options for multi-channel systems in today's crowded RF environment. The system’s components, the SR4500 receiver unit, the PT 4500 emitter, and the HT 4500 handheld microphone unit all offer new features and sleek new construction.
Czech Television’s HD OB Van was in operation during the entire FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, between February 18th and March 1st, to the great satisfaction of the sound engineers. The only threat to the event was the possibility of no snow, which would have been a nightmare for the organizing committee, but finally 120 cm of snowfall over the period of the event meant that all the connecting cables from the truck to the remote stageboxes almost became a fixed installation until the early summer!
Higher temperatures and a thaw over the last 2 days finally allowed the crew of the HD Van to leave Liberec. "Over 50 hours of live broadcast was made on the Vista 8, an integral part of Czech Television’s first HD OB Van. All the standard features of this digital system, in particular the user-friendly intuitive operation, very good sound quality and overall system robustness passed the demanding test of this sports event under severe weather conditions.” The events were watched by nearly 200,000 spectators over the 2 week period.
“This comprehensive live application confirmed that the Studer Vista is able to meet our demanding expectations," reported Mr. Milan Gazdik, Senior Engineer of Audioengineering, Czech TV Prague and a member of the EBU Production Management Committee.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
-- Gregg brings over a decade of education industry experience, leading sales in the Northeast Region --
CHULA VISTA, Calif., March 17, 2009 – Hitachi Software Engineering America, Ltd. today announced the appointment of Robert Gregg as Northeast Region Education and Training Consultant. In his new role, Mr. Gregg will serve as the primary liaison with educators and customers at various educational institutions throughout the Northeast. He will introduce Hitachi products and demonstrate how the StarBoard line can meet the educational and business needs across Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
Mr. Gregg brings a wealth of experience in the educational sales market. Prior to joining Hitachi, he served as the national K-12 field representative manager for Turning Technologies LLC, which develops interactive response systems utilizing available software and hardware tools for educational environments. Additionally, Mr. Gregg previously served as a product manager for Star Tech Inc., a technology solutions company, specializing in technology sales for the K-12 and higher education markets.
His primary responsibilities will include growing Hitachi’s customer base in the Northeast while leading training sessions and actively participating in sales-related events and trade shows. Mr. Gregg will also develop current and future relationships, and assist in training for dealers and end users.
“Robert is a seasoned sales professional in the educational market and is a welcome addition to the Hitachi family. We are thrilled to have him as part of the team and supporting and growing Hitachi’s Northeast region,” said Ted Wakabayashi, President of Hitachi Software Engineering. “Robert will be an asset as Hitachi strives to provide our clients with optimal service and knowledge.”
“As a veteran in the educational technology field, I am familiar with the quality products Hitachi Software produces and I am well aware of their reputation as a leader in the interactive whiteboard field,” stated Mr. Gregg. “I’m excited to join Hitachi Software and help grow our market presence, while bringing our Northeast clients the highest level of support and service they expect.”
Monday, March 16, 2009
Lynbrook Public Schools Use Just In Time Training Method with Hitachi StarBoards At All Educational Levels
-- Long Island School District Purchases Over 100 Hitachi StarBoards In An Effort To Give Every Student A 21st Century Classroom Experience--
CHULA VISTA, Calif., March 16, 2009 – In a move that immediately positions the east coast district as a leader in educational technology, Lynbrook Public Schools in Lynbrook, New York, has upgraded classroom technology with over 100 Hitachi Software StarBoards.,The school utilizes Hitachi StarBoard FXDUO interactive whiteboards, purchased through Touchboards.com.
Matthew Nelson, director of technology for Lynbrook Schools, noted that the decision to purchase the interactive whiteboards was an easy one. “We no longer question if we will purchase this type of technology. The only question is which brand of interactive whiteboards we should purchase to best suit our needs,” he stated. “We did a tremendous amount of research and spoke with many other districts on Long Island to find out what type of interactive whiteboards they had purchased. We recognized this was a major decision and represented a significant a long term investment. Ultimately, it became clear that Hitachi offered us the best solution at the most competitive price.”
For Lynbrook, the investment in educating their staff was just as important as the decision to purchase Hitachi StarBoards. The district currently utilizes a Just In Time (JIT) Staff Development program for training its teachers on how to incorporate the StarBoard into their curriculum. Teachers receive continuous real time training as they use the StarBoard to enhance their lessons utilizing this method. “It’s not enough to give a teacher a crash course on how to use the StarBoard and expect them to be able to fully integrate it into their lessons. We need to be there every step of the way to make sure a teacher is able to maximize the impact of the technology through a well developed lesson,” stated Karrie Ann Vitti, instructional technology staff developer for the Lynbrook School District. “We strongly believe in this method of supporting our teachers because they get the help they need when they need it,” added Mr. Nelson.
Ms. Vitti is responsible for working with teachers across the district and making sure they are comfortable utilizing the StarBoard on an everyday basis. “I always provide teachers with two options when educating them on using the StarBoard. They can either work with me directly or train interactively along with their students. Those that elect class training have advanced much more quickly because the students are also learning, eventually supporting the teacher,” added Ms. Vitti.
Lynbrook has also greatly benefited from the partnership between Hitachi and RM Education. Teachers are able to develop more enhanced lessons using the specific toolbars that correspond to the subject area they are teaching, utilizing the RM Easiteach software. “For a lesson that really integrates optimum technology, we encourage our teachers to utilize the RM Easiteach software because it gives them many more tools at their disposal,” stated Ms. Vitti. RM Easiteach software is now bundled as a free addition with every Hitachi StarBoard.
Additionally, teachers within the district have noticed a difference in their students utilizing the StarBoard. For example, Amy Cohen, a 5th grade teacher in the Lynbrook School District senses that the mindset of her students is different with the interactive whiteboard. “I notice my students aren’t afraid to come up to the StarBoard to try and solve a problem. They have a greater sense of confidence when they are doing something that utilizes the technology even if they make a mistake. It’s great that the students have been exposed to the StarBoard early as it will continue to be a part of their education at the middle school and high school levels. We are providing them with a skill set to aid in their education and ultimately help them in their chosen profession.”
The Hitachi StarBoard FXDUO is a multi-touch interactive whiteboard that can be operated with finger touch or a pen/stylus, and includes educational software to build and deliver interactive lessons with online and offline library of resources that have been aligned to US educational standards.
AVS Production Group, Ensures There Is No End To Great Sound And Great Music At New York City’s Terminal 5 With Harman Professional Sound System
NORTHRIDGE, California — In a demonstration of Harman Professional components providing rental companies and venues with the sonic performance and reliability coupled with the networked configuration and control of Harman HiQnet™, premier rental house, AVS Production Group, formerly known as Abe V Systems, has deployed for the last 2 years, a JBL VERTEC rig powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers to New York City’s dynamic and progressive Terminal 5 live music venue. Terminal 5 is part of the successful Bowery Presents Production Company and family of venues that also includes the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Welmont Theater and Music Hall At Williamsburg.
The system at Terminal 5 comprises two arrays of ten JBL VERTEC VT4888 Line Array elements powered by 24 Crown I-Tech 8000s and hung on either side of the stage augmented by self-powered JBL VRX Series loudspeakers arranged in delay clusters throughout the venue. The FOH system was designed and configured using Harman’s HiQnet System Architect.
According to Abe Viera Jr. HiQnet System Architect provides his team integrators with a highly functional, intuitive user interface that help them to standardize operations and apply best practices. “System Architect enables me to train my team on one platform and for each member of the team to gain expertise in one interface,” said Viera. “This translates to better system design and operation but also the labor and money savings as we become more efficient!”
Viera also points to equipment savings enabled by HiQnet. “Having the DSP functionality in the amp with the programmability of System Architect is like having enables us to have a much stronger product”, said Viera. “By the time you’re at the console the way we can deliver a system is just far beyond what we could do in the past. We have been using the system for a year now and we won’t do anything without System Architect.”
Commenting on the loudspeakers, Viera is a supporter of the VERTEC VT4888. “The 4888’s in many people’s opinion are a great sounding box. It just sounds really good and when you’re a premium service provider like we are, you cannot compromise on the sonic integrity,” said Viera. “Our business serves the top venues and leading artists in the New York Metro Area and our trademarks are concierge-level attention to detail and absolutely great sound. We spend a lot of time going through every angle of the show, whereas others just come in, install and leave. This commitment has gotten us to where we are now and why customers continue to turn to us in good times and bad.”
Friday, March 13, 2009
Historic Rialto Theatre And SIA Acoustics Bring Past To Present With New JBL VERTEC® Powered Line Arrays
NORTHRIDGE, California – In a dramatic restoration of one of the most historic vaudeville theaters in the country, SIA Acoustics recently consulted on a unique 2-part acoustic renovation at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona. The upgrade is part of the not-for-profit theater’s third year in operation as part of the City of Tucson’s Rio Nuevo project to help revitalize downtown Tucson.
Originally built in 1920, the Rialto Theatre still boasts its original historic interior with an art deco motif, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. It was voted “Best Indoor Venue” for 2008 in the Best of Tucson awards. Recent and upcoming entertainment acts featured at the 1,800-seat facility represent a broad range of artists including Bruce Cockburn, the Jason Mraz Trio, GWAR, Eric Johnson, Candlebox, the Robert Cray Band and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. In addition to being a renowned concert facility, the theatre also hosts dance, performing arts and film screening events. In keeping with its recent renovation and prestigious honors, the new audio system at the proscenium-stage venue features JBL VERTEC® DP Series powered line arrays.
“The Rialto presents a wide range of musical and spoken word productions, so we selected a sound system capable of serving these varied types, providing both improved intelligibility and musical impact,” said Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics. “The new JBL system will provide both clear, intelligible speech to every seat, while still being able to provide tonally balanced and high impact music.”
The $300,000 upgrade to the audio system includes a line array configuration of 16 JBL VERTEC VT4888DP-AN midsize powered line array elements equipped with JBL DrivePack® technology (eight per side). The system was configured using HiQnet™ System Architect™ software and is fully networked for remote control and monitoring. The system also features a dbx DriveRack 4800 for system EQ, signal routing and loudspeaker management.
The VERTEC system was chosen for its rider-friendly features and ease of installation. ““We selected the JBL cabinets based on their excellent audio performance and their acceptance by the tour sound community,” said Bruce Momich, Production Manager for the Rialto Theatre. “At the Rialto we want to provide an extremely high-quality experience for our audience, and we feel this system will help us meet that goal.”
Acoustically, SIA Acoustics improved the tonal balance of the Theatre, helping the room support a more powerful sound system. The result is a system that is optimized to deliver intelligible speech and high-impact musical productions. “The room was a good space for amplified performances as we found it, so we only made a few changes, mostly to help control mid and low frequency reverberation, and help the room support a much more powerful sound system,” Berkow noted. “The addition of a large ‘bass trap’ at the rear of the balcony will act to improve the sound throughout the Theatre.”
For more information on SIA Acoustics, please visit www.siaacoustics.com
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The 81st Annual Academy Awards took place February 22, 2009 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, commemorating the film industry’s most accomplished professionals and productions of 2008. For the event, Valencia, CA-based audio system provider ATK AudioTek deployed the sound reinforcement system, which was designed by Pat Baltzell of Baltzell Audio Design and included JBL VERTEC® line arrays.
One of the biggest nights in entertainment, the 81st Annual Academy Awards were broadcast live on ABC and were hosted by Hugh Jackman. The evening’s highlights included “Slumdog Millionaire” winning Best Motion Picture of the Year, Sean Penn taking home Best Leading Actor for his performance in “Milk,” and Kate Winslet earning Best Leading Actress for her role in “The Reader.”
As with numerous high-profile events in recent months, including the Presidential Inauguration, the GRAMMY Awards and the EMMY Awards, Pat Baltzell designed an audio system built around JBL VERTEC line arrays. “I have had tremendous success working with VERTEC for some of the most-watched events of the year,” Baltzell said. “The Academy Awards presented another opportunity to utilize the easy rigging and reliable performance of VERTEC line arrays.”
The main PA system included two arrays in a left-right configuration, each containing 14 JBL VERTEC VT4889 full-size line array elements. Additionally, 140 JBL Control 25T surface-mount loudspeakers were set up underneath the audience seats in critical-listening VIP areas for the nominees and special guests. These were powered by Crown I-Tech 4000 amps.
Additional JBL elements in the overall system design included MS28 low-profile loudspeakers for under-balcony fill, along with two EON 10 G2 portable loudspeakers for backstage announcements, and six EON 15 G2 portable loudspeakers for red carpet announcements.
According to Baltzell, the VERTEC line arrays once again performed to expectations. “I was able to tune the system very quickly and focus my attention on mixing for the variety of performances and presenters throughout the evening,” Baltzell said. “The VERTEC line arrays allow me to operate with confidence in the technology, which makes a huge difference.”
“Our continued collaboration with Pat Baltzell for events like the EMMY Awards, the Super Bowl, and now the Academy Awards, has proven to be very successful, and the VERTEC line arrays have played a significant role in that success,” said Scott Harmala, Vice President of Engineering, ATK AudioTek.
For more information on ATK AudioTek, please visit www.atkcorp.com
SW Audio & Visual Supports Dedication Of Richmond Olympic Oval With JBL VERTEC® DP Series Powered Line Array System
NORTHRIDGE, California – In anticipation of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the Richmond Olympic Oval officially opened on December 12 and 13 with a variety of speeches and musical performances. Audio rental system provider SW Audio & Visual supplied the live sound reinforcement system, which consisted of JBL VERTEC® line arrays. The grand opening was broadcast live on the CTV Network across British Columbia.
Located in the city of Richmond, adjacent to Vancouver, the Richmond Olympic Oval is a 512,000 square foot, multi-use facility, with capacity for 8,000 spectators and includes a 400-meter speed skating track. The Oval will be used at the 2010 Olympics for all the speed skating events.
With an eye on providing a sound reinforcement system that would accommodate the needs of the live audience as well as those watching on television, SW Audio & Visual deployed a JBL VERTEC line array system.
“Interfacing with the broadcast element is always a challenge,” said Calvin McCarthy, President of SW Audio & Visual. “We have to make sure that there is a proper balance between the sound for the live audience and the audience watching on television. You need to have a certain level of control over the live system.”
The system featured line arrays in a left-right configuration, ground-stacked to keep the audio system away from the main sightlines. Each array contained five VERTEC VT4888DP midsize, powered line array elements with DrivePack™ technology. Complementing each array were two VT4880 full-size, arrayable subwoofers.
“VERTEC is our exclusive brand for line arrays and once again worked flawlessly on this event,” said McCarthy. “The sound quality is exceptional, as is the arrayability. They’re very easy to quickly rig and configure.”
For more information on SW Audio & Visual, please visit www.sw-online.com
La Jolla Playhouse selected a Soundcraft Vi6™ digital mixing for “Peter and the Starcatchers,” a new play presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theater at La Jolla Playhouse. The show is based on the best-selling book of the same name, written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
Joe Huppert and Eric Stahlhammer, Co-Sound Designers for “Peter and the Starcatchers,” selected the Vi6 for its ability to simplify workflow and its capability for success in complicated theatrical events, such as “Peter and the Starcatchers.” Huppert states, “The VI6 suits our purposes well, making it very fast to develop and track
manipulations of a sophisticated theatrical design environment.” Stahlhammer says, “This show has really demonstrated to us how powerful the Vi6 can be in the theater as the desk has allowed our team to work faster, more intelligently and more productively. We have been able to do things in this show with the Vi6 that would not have been possible or practical with other consoles.”
La Jolla Playhouse’s Production Manager, Peter Davis, discusses the advantages of working on a Soundcraft board for both engineers and students alike. “This show is a great opportunity to experiment with the Soundcraft Vi6 and to see how applicable the desk is to our market,” Davis continues. “Being able to master the Vi6 in a few hours makes it a desired tool. In an industry where attention to detail is at its highest, it is a critical advantage that an engineer has the ability to execute the designer’s vision without overcomplicating things.”
The Soundcraft Vi6 digital console features a unique integration of Vistonics II technology that allows users to use the console quickly and intuitively. Sam Lerner, the show’s engineer says, “The Vistonics concept is great. Having all of your tools in front of you while you are mixing eliminates the need for paging and switching layers and lets me focus more on actually mixing.” Stahlhammer adds, “The intuitive nature of the interface is showcased in the fact that Sam had never used the console before this show and within a few days he was as comfortable with it as any other console he had used before. In theatrical applications such as “Peter and the Starcatchers,” the engineer needs the ability to be comfortable behind the desk and the Vi6 has been really easy to deal with.” Huppert was particularly impressed with the scene snapshot functions, “The snapshot functions allow for easy changes to particular parameters without worrying about collateral damage to other settings”.
The Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Live Console uses touch-screen color-coded TFT monitors with rotary controls and switches built in and around the glass, enabling direct access to all functions at all times and providing maximum information and visibility. Huppert notes, “The integration of display, touch and physical knobs is intuitive and clear. The lighting is my favorite part, not only is it honestly fun to look at but many functions are understandable without having to read anything, which makes it easy to know where you are, even in the dark and when your eyes are on a stage 100 feet away.”
For more information on La Jolla Playhouse, please visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org
The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts has recently upgraded its already superior audio system with the installation of Soundcraft and Studer digital mixing consoles into nine of its performance spaces. Equipping one of the worlds most prestigious and respected performing arts centers with new technologies is not an easy task, especially when considering the legacy system was of the highest standards, but three Soundcraft Vi6,™ one Soundcraft Vi4™ and a Studer® Vista 5 are up to the challenge.
The Opera House holds nearly 2,300 guests and is recognized as the official home to the Washington National Opera and the annual Kennedy Center Honors. Also, the establishment conducts ballets, operas and a variety of Broadway road shows. The Terrace Theater, a much smaller venue containing 513 seats, is used for performances of chamber music, jazz and children’s productions. The Kennedy Center’s Production Operations Department selected three Soundcraft Vi6’s along with a Vi4 and a Studer Vista 5 to provide audio support to each of the respective halls in the Kennedy Center.
“The boards sound outstanding and the user interface is great,” commented John Burke, The Kennedy Center’s Production Operations Department AV System Designer. “The audio capabilities at the Kennedy Center have improved remarkably and one thing that I have noticed is that people want the shows archived and the Vi6 allows engineers to record everything in HD. It gives the engineers the ability to take the MADI data streams and put it right into a multi-track recorder without worrying about splitters and it makes recording shows much easier.”
Along with the Opera House and Terrace Theater, the Soundcraft Vi6 was also integrated into the Concert Hall, a space capable of holding over 2,400 visitors and home to the National Symphony Orchestra. Providing sound reinforcement for the smaller venues, such as the Eisenhower Theater, which hosts a wide range of smaller-scale operas, plays, musicals, and ballets is the Studer Vista 5.
“The renovation to the Kennedy Center is very extensive and requires a lot of versatility on the part of the Soundcraft and Studer consoles. In the Eisenhower Theater for example, the Vista 5 is utilized to its full potential, as the entire system is CobraNet™. The success we’ve had in the Eisenhower Theater has led to the expansion into the Concert Hall as well,” said Burke. “These Vi series products and the Vista 5 have been really great in stability and haven’t caused any problems. The much smaller footprint has been a tremendous benefit and the Vistonics are incredible as well.”
Burke concludes, “The opportunities are endless with the Soundcraft and Studer consoles. As an example, in the Concert Hall, we are able to remotely control the racks from all positions and easily ship the signals, which has been an incredible step into the future. The transformation into digital with the Vi4, Vi6 and Vista 5 has increased our production, performance and accessibility.”
In an example of co-engineering between Crown and JBL that ultimately benefits the entire worldwide VerTec® system owners’ community, JBL Professional’s V4 DSP presets are now available for Crown’s I-Tech HD series amplifiers.
“The V4 release for I-Tech HD is an important milestone that will provide immediate benefits to users due to improved sound quality and a 2dB increase in maximum SPL output thanks to new industry-standard setting LevelMAX™ limiting,” stated Paul Bauman, JBL’s Director of Tour Sound Product & Application Engineering. “LevelMAX was a joint development involving JBL, Crown, and BSS engineering and is a significant step forward in providing our users exactly what they need to get the most out of their systems - highly sophisticated loudspeaker protection that is sonically transparent and electrically accurate in terms of what is going on at the transducer level when it comes to peak, RMS, and thermal protection,” Bauman added.
“We have only just begun to tap the potential we can offer sound reinforcement professionals with I-Tech HD,” stated Brian Divine, Crown Director of Marketing for Installed and Tour Sound. “The OMNIDRIVEHD processing is a significant improvement in DSP power and refinement. We have new tools now that are going to change the way our customers utilize the processing in amplifiers.”
JBL’s new V4 DSP presets for Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers are available for immediate download from
http://www.jblpro.com/products/tour/Vertec/V4download.html, and also come bundled with the just-released version 1.90.1 of Harman HiQnet™ System Architect Software.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Serving around 15,000 students, Canterbury Christ University operates across five locations in Kent, England and offers a wide range of subjects, including music related courses. Recently, Soundcraft provided a live sound tutorial at the Broadstairs campus followed by an evening of live music with the new Si3 at FOH.
There are approximately 120 students in the Commercial Music Program with another 30 currently in the first year of the University’s new Creative Music Technology and Music Production programs.
Live tutorials like this provide the students with invaluable access to new audio technologies and provide an opportunity for them to get hands-on experience in a real mixing environment. Of the Si3, according to lecturer Andy Hurst, “The Lexicon effects units sounded great and were so easily accessible from the console. The facility to store parameters and recall at will for each band setup was also a great feature and with so many input and output options we couldn’t have been more pleased with the desks comparatively easy to move size.”
“It’s great to see up-and-coming musicians and engineers being inspired by the latest technologies, and we’d like to do more educational sessions like this and the Si3 is a perfect vehicle,” said Richard Ayres, Product Manager for the Si3. “This was also a perfect example of why we designed the Si3 the way we did, just take out your analog desk drop in the Si3, connect it to the existing snake and you’re mixing!”
As a follow-up to this session, the students will be invited to Soundcraft Studer’s UK headquarters in Potters Bar to familiarize themselves with the latest mixing technologies and get to know more about the design and manufacturing processes that go into making consoles like the Si and Vi Series.
“The experience gained by the students in having an industry manufacturer contribute to the module is invaluable,” said James Dean, Program Director for Commercial Music. “It provides an alternative perspective on industry practice, tuition on cutting edge hardware, and enhances industry links for prospective work experience. We aim to prepare our students to be self sufficient and well motivated when they graduate, and tutorials such as this raise further the student awareness of the theoretical and practical elements that they would be exposed to within an industry context.”
Soundcraft® MH3 Provides Outstanding Audio Support To The House On The Rock Church In Abuja, Nigeria
The House on the Rock Church, located in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, has recently upgraded its audio system with a Soundcraft MH3 mixing console. Nigerian installer ET Quake Multi-Media worked with Harman distributor PAXT, Mark Bailey of JBL and independent consultant Roland Hemming on the new sound installation.
The House on the Rock Church was founded in Lagos in December 1994, and was established to be a vanguard 21st century Church with a vision of empowering believers who want to fulfill their religious destinies. The Church has flourished over the years and now has over 40 member Churches and missions across Nigeria, as well as parishes in the UK, the Netherlands and other countries.
ET Quake Multi-Media chose the MH3 as audio support for the new system in the Church based on its outstanding capabilities and features. The triple mode console displays a semi-modular construction in blocks of 8 and includes: 12 aux sends, 8 group outs and left/center/and right bussing. The console also offers 4 full function stereo inputs as a standard.
“The system integration by Mark Bailey and Roland Hemming made the installation exceptionally easy,” said Emeka Michael, ET Quake Multi-Media. “We started loading into the site at nine in the morning and by four-thirty in the afternoon we had the system sounding great.”
The installation also includes other Harman components, including 20 JBL VT4887ADPAN, 6 VT4880A, 8 AC28/95 and 16 VRX915M loudspeakers. Driving the speakers are 3 Crown MA12000i and 6 MA5000i amplifiers and completing the Harman installation is a dbx4800 Driverack.
For the third time in NBA All-Star history, Phoenix, Arizona hosted the 58th annual All-Star game that featured a weekend of competition and events, including the 3-point and dunk contests as well as the Rookie Challenge. Two Guys Audio Services Inc. of Rainbow City, Alabama, through Volume Inc. provided FOH audio console support for the event and flawlessly mixed the weekend’s events on two Soundcraft Vi6™ digital consoles.
Engineers Jerome Fox and Dave Zammit independently operated the desks and provided outstanding audio quality for the event. Fox utilized one Vi6 to drive the speaker systems while mixing the production elements, including video playback rolls, announcer microphones, television feeds and on-court mics, while Zammit mixed the live music elements and delivered the feed to Fox’s console via AES for distribution.
Zammit commented on the development of the event and discussed the selection of the Vi6 consoles. “We started with 2 x 96 input systems, intending to use these as parallel main and backup systems, but as things progressed, it became clear that more than one system would be needed to merely address the input / output requirements of the event.” Zammit continued, “We needed outstanding performance from the consoles and we selected the Vi6 consoles for their great sound, reliable platform and the intuitive Vistonics interface that provides such an “analog” operation allowing engineers to fully exploit all the advantages of a digital system.”
Fox added,” I was sold the minute I discovered the HiQnet capabilities and the ability to mix effectively even without a mouse.”
The versatility of the Vi6 consoles was an integral part of the NBA-All Star weekend’s festivities commencing with the first live performance of Corbin Bleu on Friday at the Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam night and continuing on Saturday with performances by Kevin Rudolph and the dunk contest. The main event on Sunday featured John Legend, and included Latin star Juanes.
“As is the case with mixing any live event, the NBA All-Star games presented a few challenges but the Vi6 allowed us to successfully manage the event on the fly,” added Zammit. “The nature of the event required us to make quick adjustments and the reliability and flexibility of the console enabled us to remain relaxed while mixing a great All-Star game.”
Monday, March 9, 2009
JBL announced today that all five models in its Control® 40 Series of in-ceiling loudspeakers have earned a UL listing under UL1480 and UL2043. The increasingly vast JBL lineup of UL listed in-ceiling loudspeakers provides systems integrators with a variety of options for applications requiring UL listed products.
We introduced the Control 40 Series last year as the systems integrator's go-to speaker line for a wide variety of everyday premium applications," said Rick Kamlet, Senior Director, Commercial Installed Sound, JBL Professional. ³Now having earned its UL listing, the Control 40 Series joins the Control 24/26/19, the Control Micros, Control 200 Series and the Control 300 Series as a broad lineup of UL listed in-ceiling loudspeaker choices for designers and installers."
The Control Contractor 40 Series features JBL¹s proprietary Conical Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI), adapted from JBL¹s groundbreaking VERTEC® series line array loudspeakers. This unique in-ceiling innovation combines a large-diameter, high-frequency waveguide and low-frequency projection apertures that work together to provide extremely consistent pattern control and coverage.
The Control 47C/T provides extended bass performance with a wide 120 degrees of coverage (consistent over a wide bandwidth) that allows fewer speakers to cover a large space. The Control 47LP is a low-profile version for areas with shallow clearance above the ceiling, or where there are obstructions is some locations. The Control 47HC is a narrow coverage model for difficult acoustic spaces and high-ceiling areas. Rounding out the lineup are the Control 40CS/T, a subwoofer with built-in passive crossover, and the Control 42C, an ultra-compact, in-ceiling satellite loudspeaker.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Pro Media/ UltraSound Upgrades Audio At Historical St. Joseph’s Church With JBL VP Series Powered Loudspeakers
NORTHRIDGE, California – In a retrofit project that delivers high-impact, reliable audio to a historical parish, Hercules, California-based Pro Media/UltraSound recently upgraded the sound system at St. Joseph’s Church in Pinole, California with JBL Professional VP Series loudspeakers. The Church has been a permanent fixture in the Pinole neighborhood for more than a century, and a constituted parish in its own right since 1947. The parish’s congregation currently consists of more than 10,000 individuals.
The church needed improvements in both sound quality and coverage while maintaining a simplistic system for the church staff to use on a regular basis. Pro Media/UltraSound designed a cost-effective, high-performance system with these needs in mind. The main PA system is designed for speech and live music, and includes a center cluster containing three JBL VP7212/64DP powered loudspeakers. To effectively cover the choir and opposite transept area, Pro Media/UltraSound installed two Control 29AV-WH-1 white surface-mount loudspeakers, while two AC2212/64 loudspeakers serve as delays in the rear of the worship space. The Control and AE Series loudspeakers are powered by Crown CTs 4200 amplifiers.
“As a sound designer I can count on the consistency of JBL loudspeakers,” said Ted Leamy of Pro Media/UltraSound. “This installation combines a variety of loudspeaker models for a great sound at the right budget. I know that when I turn the system on, each of the loudspeakers will work well with each other.”
Along with JBL and Crown components, the sound system is also supported by BSS Soundweb London, which allows for an auto mix system. The system was configured using Harman the HiQnet™ London Architect™ communications protocol. A BSS BLU 10 controller provides the head usher with an easier way to turn the system up, down, off and on.
“The BSS London and BLU 10 gives the technology required to zone, time, and EQ the system, yet is elegantly simple for the church staff to operate,” said Leamy.
For more information on Pro Media/UltraSound, please visit www.promediaultrasound.com
Sunday, March 1, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — In what is considered to be the largest fixed sound installation project in the region, BSS Audio provided sound control in the brand new Atlantis Hotel in Dubai. The sound system covers all hotel restaurants, lobbies, corridors, visitor attractions, and retail outlets within the venue.
For the installation, 31 Soundweb London BLU-80 units, 10 BLU-32s, and six BLU-16s were utilized. All of these Soundweb London units offers configurable I/O, configurable signal processing and CobraNet audio and has open architecture which is fully configurable through HiQnet™ London Architect. The system also features 17 BLU-10s, 12 BLU-3s, and seven BLU-6s.
According to Stacey Lewis, sales and marketing manager for GSL Professional, the regional distributor for Harman products in the UAE, the Atlantis Hotel had very specific needs for the sound system. “The system needed to be easy to operate, with a common operating environment in terms of control in local zones and areas. Additionally, they needed a central system control with monitoring, scalability and flexibility, to accommodate potential future expansion plans or requirements.”
Additional Harman products that were utilized included Crown amplifiers. Thirty-five CTs 8200, eight CTs 4200 and 11 CTs 600 amplifiers were installed throughout the hotel. The amplifiers are networked and monitored on the same system as the Soundweb DSP system.
Dave Wilts, senior associate at Shen Milsom & Wilke, an acoustic consulting firm, explained the decision to specify BSS products for the Atlantis Hotel. “A large resort such as the Atlantis typically has extensive AV requirements. We wanted to provide the hotel operations staff with the most "easily managed" AV systems as possible. The BSS line provided a reliable architecture we could leverage for resort-wide, meta-level control of the BGM (background music) systems. For our completely IP-based AV systems, the IP tools and products from BSS offered the best solution, and support, for the project."