Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lexicon® PCM92 Software Upgrade Provides Users Greater Ease Of Use With Foot Switch and Foot Controller

Lexicon®, a Harman International (NYSE-HAR) company today announced the latest software upgrade for its PCM92, which allows users to configure and use optional foot switch and foot controller capabilities through existing connections on the back of the unit.  Now musicians have complete real-time control over changing presets as well as adjusting various parameters during their live performances.

A simple ¼” TRS connection between the PCM92 and a foot controller and foot switch makes it easy for a musician to change presets and adjust parameters during a performance. Users can create a sequence of presets, called preset chains, which can be easily cycled through using a 2-button momentary foot switch or make real-time parameter adjustments with a variable position foot controller. The software update includes multiple foot pedal-enabled options including: preset chain configuration, foot pedal calibration, foot switch setup and the ability to restore factory defaults. 

“Lexicon is proud to be offering these very exciting features for our live performance customers,” said Paul Faby, Business Segment Director of Lexicon.  “The PCM92 will provide these live performances the ultimate sound, as if they were recorded in the studio.” 

Delivering 28 mono and stereo reverbs, delays, and modulation effects, flexible routing configurations, and a comprehensive library of more than 1,200 factory presets, the PCM92, with the latest software update, continues to be the most advanced audio processor in its class.

“Lexicon is proud to continue reaching the next level of musical performance and will continue to support all of our dedicated musicians through precise, easy-to-use equipment,” continued Faby.

For more information on downloading the free software upgrade and instructions on how to use Harman HiQnet™ System Architect to update the PCM92, visit the downloads section of the Lexicon website . In addition, a PCM92 User’s Manual Addendum is available that fully explains the new foot switch and foot controller functionality.

DigiTech® Ships the Revolutionary JamMan® Stereo Looper Pedal

DigiTech®, a leading manufacturer of guitar and bass processors, and a Harman International company (NYSE-HAR), is shipping the highly anticipated JamMan® Stereo Looper pedal. The JamMan Stereo packs all the features of the legendary JamMan plus stereo I/O, reverse playback, Rhythm Output, and three stop modes.

The JamMan Stereo will store over 35 minutes of stereo, CD-quality loops in 99 loops internally as well as having a SD memory card expansion slot, giving the artist the ability to store up to 16 hours of material in an additional 99 slots with the optional card.

The JamMan Stereo features USB connectivity and will sync to DigiTech’s free, downloadable JamManager™ software that organizes and saves JamMan loops to a PC or Mac. The software also provides the user with the capability to create JamLists and have them available for use anytime. 

“We reinvented loopers nearly a decade ago with the original JamMan® and now we are reinventing loopers again with the new JamMan Stereo. We are always striving to give musicians new ways to be creative and unique,” stated Jason Lamb, Marketing Manager for DigiTech.

Harman Professional Puts AVB Front And Center At InfoComm 2010, Hosts A Series Of Seminars And Training Sessions

In a move to provide systems integrators with deeper knowledge of the features, benefits and applications of the AVB protocol for multichannel A/V networking over standards-based Ethernet, Harman Professional will hold multiple training sessions and discussions throughout InfoComm 2010 that focus exclusively on the new protocol. The training sessions and discussion will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on separate days throughout the 3-day exhibition, while its new AVB system, which demonstrates the benefits of the technology with an emphasis on Houses of Worship applications, will also be on display at the Harman Professional booth, number C6236.

The House of Worship demonstration system features the three interconnected elements of Harman’s AVB system solution: next generation hardware, next generation software, and the next generation audio network. The next generation hardware consists of a dbx SC Series digital matrix processors, Crown CT series amplifiers with USP4/AVB installed, BSS Audio AVB wall plates, and the BSS Audio / Netgear Ethernet AVB switch. The system is operated through next-generation software HiQnet System Architect™ version 2 with its new configuration and routing paradigms based on designing the system directly ‘into’ a floor plan of the venue; all audio running over the next-generation audio network, Ethernet AVB.  Visitors to the booth will not only be able to experience the extrodinary simplicity of Harman’s AVB routing mechanisms, but also take real-time control of the system with System Architect’s new full-screen kiosk mode functionality.

“As more members of the professional A/V community begin to adopt AVB protocols, and the single A/V network standard becomes a reality, Harman Professional will continue to support and introduce new products that enhance the efficiency of A/V delivery,” commented Adam Holladay, Market Manager, System Development and Integration Group. “It is important for us to educate our customers on the benefits of AVB, and we encourage anyone who is at InfoComm to come by our booth or seminars to learn more – particularly those connected with House of Worship system design.”

The first public event, a training session entitled “Designing The World’s First Ethernet AVB Systems With HiQnet System Architect”, will focus on configuring an Ethernet AVB system with System Architect in a House of Worship system design, and will take place on Wednesday June 9 from 2:30pm-4:30pm at room N208. It will be hosted by a complete Harman Professional team, including Adam Holladay and Tom Cram for SDIG, Iain Gregory for dbx / BSS Audio, and Brad Benn for Crown.

The next event will be an AVnu Alliance™ panel - featuring representation from Harman International, and several other AVnu Alliance member companies - and will take place on Friday, June 11 from 10:30am-12:00pm in room N219. The panel will discuss the new IEEE 802.1 AVB standards and how they affect the A/V community.  See for more information about the alliance.

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 Professional will also be showcasing its new AVB product technologies along with other members of the AVnu Alliance at the AVnu Alliance Pavilion at booth number C7934 throughout the show.

Swing House Synergizes Sunset Strip and South by Southwest With Soundcraft

As it has done for the past three years, Los Angeles-based Swing House Productions provided live audio services and event production for performances at the Rusty Spurs club in Austin during the South by Southwest festival. This year, however, Swing House made a change by drawing from its own audio inventory for the festival, deploying a Soundcraft Vi4™ console for Rusty Spurs’ indoor stage and a Soundcraft GB4 console for a smaller stage in the outdoor area.

Starting out as a rehearsal studio, Swing House Productions has expanded into studio recording, rental department, full event production and Artist development and Management. The company’s work at South by Southwest is an extension of its relationship with the renowned Roxy music club in Hollywood. “Each year at South by Southwest, the Roxy sponsors one venue in Austin and that venue essentially transforms into the Roxy for the week,” says Phil Jaurigui, President of Swing House Productions.

This transformation includes performances by artists who are synonymous with the Roxy. To wit, this year saw the likes of Tom Morello’s Street Sweeper Social Club, Minus The Bear, Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. In total, Rusty Spurs hosted 112 bands over the span of five days.

Because Rusty Spurs does not normally feature live music, the onus fell on Swing House to not only set up a complete audio system, but one that would recreate the feel of the Roxy. “Rusty Spurs is a regular bar with no stage and no PA, so we provided the PA, the backline, the staging and everything else that it takes to change a country bar into a rock and roll nightclub,” Juarigui says.

To that end, Swing House brought its Vi4 console from its Los Angeles headquarters to Austin for the week. The audio system also included JBL SRX728 loudspeakers and SRX718S subwoofers for the main stage, with powered JBL EON15 portable loudspeakers for the outdoor stage. Crown amplifiers power the audio system, which also includes system EQ from dbx.

“Tom Der of Soundcraft turned us onto the Vi4 last year when he rented it to use for South by Southwest and we loved it,” Jaurigui says. “We have our own now and we use it in our studio for rehearsals with everyone from Maroon 5 to Iggy and the Stooges.”

Sam Coy served as the primary sound engineer for the week, which required him to quickly and repeatedly switch bands over from stage to stage for 14 hours each day. With little time to spare between performances, reliability of the audio consoles was as important as sound quality. “The attendance at Rusty Spurs was higher than it’s ever been,” Jaurigui says. “It was packed all the way through and while it was overwhelming at times, we didn’t have a single instance where either console went down.”

Moreover, Jaurigui notes that the Vi4 is not only easy to use, but also ideal for high-impact, high-volume performances. “The Vi4 is so intuitive where even if you’re only used to analog consoles you can pick it up quickly,” Jaurigui adds. “The sound is so clean and it’s very powerful and very punchy—you can really get that aggressive sound out of it that you need with rock acts.”

In addition, because the Vi4 packs so many features into a reasonably sized chassis, the transformation of Rusty Spurs into the Roxy was even more seamless. “There are so many built-in effects that sound great and it doesn’t take up much space for a fairly big console,” Jaurigui says. “Even in a small bar like Rusty Spurs, it fits comfortably. It looks great, too. All week, people were walking up to the console and were fascinated by it.”

For more information on Swing House Productions, please visit

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Packs His Pedalboard With HardWire® Extreme Performance Pedals

HardWire®, a leading manufacturer of guitar pedals and a Harman International brand (NYSE-HAR), is pleased to announce that guitarist Bill Kelliher from the Atlanta-based heavy metal band Mastodon is using HardWire® pedals both in the studio and currently on tour.

“The HardWire pedals give me the tones that I’ve been looking for and are hardwire bypass. HardWire pedals are the most tour-worthy pedals on the planet,” stated Kelliher. Currently, he has loaded his touring pedalboard with the Valve Distortion.

The SC-2 Valve Distortion Pedal that Kelliher uses provides two types of harmonically charged distortion tones: Crunch and Saturated. The Crunch Mode provides the player with plenty of gain along with mids that cut through onstage.  Saturated Mode adds extra gain for maximum sustain, making it ideal for solos. As with all HardWire pedals, the SC-2 is crafted from premium all-metal components to perform night after night, tour after tour.

Each HardWire pedal also features an assortment of tour-worthy accessories like green gaffer tape common to pro pedalboards, Stomplock™ knobguards to maintain pedal settings, and a hook & loop pad to fasten the pedal to a pedalboard.  

Kelliher and Mastodon are currently on world tour with Metallica and kick off their upcoming US tour later this month.

To learn more about Bill Kelliher and Mastondon you can visit:

The DigiTech HardWire guitar pedals are now available with an MSRP starting at $99.99.

Zakk Wylde’s Brand New Home Studio Features dbx ® Compressors – New Black Label Society Album Due Out This Summer

Professional technical A/V consultant Under the Wire, recently completed construction on the home studio of guitar legend Zakk Wylde, installing a multitude of dbx® equipment to help Zakk and his band, Black Label Society record their new album, which is set to be released the summer of 2010. 

Featured in the installation is a dbx 160SL Compressor, four dbx 160A Compressors, a dbx 386 Dual Channel Tube Mic Pre and a dbx Tube Channel Strip.  “We were specifically looking for the dbx sound,” said Zack Fagan, sound engineer and founder of Under the Wire.  “The dbx 160A and SL both have a very unique sound that no studio in complete without.” 

Black Label Society’s FOH man, Dave Allen and Fagan have been friends for numerous years before the two met again at Wylde’s new studio.  Allen put Fagan in touch with Jeff Harris of dbx when BLS was looking for a total sound turnaround. “Jeff came on board and provided us with great advice for the studio, recommending all of the equipment that would give BLS the ultimate sound for their new record,” continued Fagan.

At the project’s completion, the eager team patiently waited to hear their recordings through the latest dbx equipment.  Fagan continued, “The only issue we had with hooking up the new equipment was doing it as fast as we could to start using it.” The team couldn’t be happier with the results as the entire renovation plan went flawlessly, with no problems stemming from either the gear or installation. “The entire process from start to finish went so smoothly and quickly that the soldering iron was still hot when I ran into the studio to start working on the new album,” stated Wylde.

For more information on Under the Wire Services, visit

In the two decades since Ozzy Osbourne hired him away from his job at a New Jersey gas station to become his new guitarist, Zakk Wylde has established himself as a guitar icon known and revered the world over.  Writing and recording with Osbourne led to multi-platinum success, inspiring him to create the now legendary Black Label Society in 1998.  In the decade plus since, BLS has turned the notion of what a rock band should be upside down by inspiring legions of fans (known as Berserkers) all over the world to follow the mantra: Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever (SDMF for short). Wylde and his Berserkers have established a heavy metal institution true to the vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock n’ roll.

Versatile, Reliable and Rugged, AKG’s New 99er Microphone Series Offers A Wide Range Of Installed Sound Solutions

In an introduction that brings high performance capsule technology and market proven reliability to the broadest fixed installation market, AKG today introduced the comprehensive line of 99er microphones. With nine different products in the line that provide nine different applications, the 99ers are a diverse group of microphones that offer a solution for nearly any installed sound application.

The new line – which consists of the CGN99, CHM99, CBL99, CK99 and the DGN99 - incorporates components from classic AKG products such as the capsule of the C542 BL boundary layer microphone and the well-proven acoustical components of the discreet gooseneck range. All of the microphones are equipped with proper RF shielding to meet the high demands of electromagnetic compatibility in everyday installations. The family consists of nine microphones for nearly any typical installed sound application, including: conferencing, paging, surveillance, on-stage use and recording.

“The 99er line is a unique range of high class but affordable and easily specified microphones for the installed sound market,” said Mario Siokola, Product Manager for the 99ers. “The mix of superior acoustics, RF shielding and extraordinarily rugged mechanical design makes the 99ers easy to install and absolutely reliable in use.”

The condenser gooseneck range includes the CGN99 C/S, CGN99 C/L, CGN99 H/S and CGN99 H/L, which provide both cardioid or hypercardioid polar patterns and can come on a short or long gooseneck stand. This range is the perfect solution for conferencing systems, lecterns, podiums and altars, too. Also included in the 99er range is the CHM99 hanging microphone on a 10 m twist-free cable. Available in either black or white, the CHM99 is an ideal microphone for teleconferencing applications, theaters, or as a choir microphone in a house of worship.

“The 99er line is one of our most versatile lines of microphones to date,” continued Siokola. “They are designed to provide a solution for nearly any type of installed sound application and they provide a price performance that is simply unmatched by any other microphone range.”

Also included in the 99er range is the CBL99; a compact boundary layer microphone using technology from high-end studio mics. It has a high sensitivity and a wide frequency range, and is optimised for use as a low profile desktop microphone in conference situations as well as choir or instrument applications.

Rounding out the 99ers is the CK99 – a small lavalier microphone with a cardiod pickup pattern that makes it a feedback resistant-robust solution for speeches and house of worship applications- and the DGN99; a rugged, versatile microphone designed for all paging purposes, such as in a shopping mall or for transportation applications. The DGN99 is also available on a desk stand with a PTT switch as the DST 99 S.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hitachi Introduces CP-X3011 3LCD Projector

Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions is introducing the CP-X3011 3LCD projector, which offers a brightness of 3,200 lumens and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. The CP-X3011 features 16 Watts of built-in audio while maintaining a low noise rating of 29 dBA in Eco Mode. In addition, the CP-X3011 features a long lamp life of 3,000 hours in Standard Mode and 6,000 hours in Eco Mode.

The CP-X3011 features Hitachi’s proprietary My Buttons functionality, enabling two programmable buttons on the projector to execute any command. The CP-X3011 also offers Input Source Naming allowing users to rename input sources to fit their needs. Closed Captioning functionality is also available with the CP-X3011.

The CP-X3011 includes a hybrid filter that only requires maintenance once every 5,000 hours, providing users with a lower total cost of ownership. With the CP-X3011’s Audio Pass Through function, the projector can output audio in stand-by mode, allowing audiences to listen to external speakers via the projector’s audio output. Moreover, the projector’s Power Saving Mode reduces the stand-by power consumption to 0.5W.

The CP-X3011 contains several features that are exclusive to Hitachi. One of these is the Template Function which allows users to select one of four free-line templates that are very useful when writing on a whiteboard. Second, the Whiteboard Mode limits the peak white by changing the gamma curve. When the projector is used with a whiteboard, this feature limits brightness to protect the eye health of teachers and students. Third, the IR Remote Frequency Change Function enables the frequency of the IR remote control to be changed from the menu to avoid conflicts with fluorescent lights or IR signals from a notebook PC.

Lexicon® Releases New Windows® 7 Drivers for All USB Desktop Recording Interfaces

Lexicon®, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), has released new Windows 7 software drivers for Alpha, Lambda, Omega and the I∙ONIX U22, U42S, and U82S series of Desktop Recording Interfaces. Now all of the Lexicon USB Desktop Recording Interfaces operate seamlessly on any computers running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, Vista, or XP. Also, these interfaces operate on all Mac computers operating on OS X 10.4.9 or higher regardless of whether they are based on PowerPC or Intel processors.

Speaking about the newly updated drivers for the Desktop Recording Interfaces, Business Segment Director for Lexicon Paul Faby stated, “We’re excited to be continuing our effort to offer the latest software updates to support these products. This is a fantastic lineup which offers unbelievable sonic capabilities at very attractive prices.”

Designed to sit in the perfect location when using your DAW, between the keyboard and monitor, the I·ONIX Series is crafted from the highest quality components to ensure superior recordings. Each I·ONIX recording interface features newly designed dbx® 60V high-voltage, ultra-low noise microphone preamps on all analog inputs which are coupled with high-definition converters to ensure pristine 24-bit/96kHz audio to capture every subtle detail of the performance.

The Alpha, Lambda, and Omega Desktop Recording Studios are the perfect choice for anyone putting together their first home recording studio. Each of these completely integrated recording systems has all the tools needed to transform your computer into a professional 24-bit digital recording studio.

The newly updated drivers can be downloaded free from

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vienna State Opera’s Sound Designer Selects A Complete AKG Package To Provide Sophisticated Audio Transmissions For The Vienna Opernball

Showcasing the superior audio quality and sophistication of AKG microphones and wireless microphone systems, sound designer Professor Wolfgang Fritz recently outfitted the Vienna Opera House with a complete AKG package in preparation for Vienna’s Opernball. The package - which included the WMS4500 high-end wireless system, 19 bodypacks and various microphones - was used to support all live sound needs during the opulent promenade, and also drove the live recordings of the Opera Ball Orchestra to ensure clear, memorable reproductions. 

Vienna’s Opera Ball is widely considered to be one of Europe’s largest and most elegant social functions, and frequently attracts some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, politicians and celebrities. For the event, Fritz selected a 20-channel WMS4500 high end wireless system with 19 bodypacks and one handheld microphone, an HC577 headworn microphone with a unique CK77 capsule for the actors, two PT4500 with a CK77 microphone for a moveable piano, and one C414 and C391 microphone each used for the orchestra.

“After comparing the system’s requirements to our options for microphones, it was clear that AKG would be the perfect fit,” stated Fritz, sound designer for the Vienna State Opera, Bregenzer Festival, Mörbischer Festival and other classical events. “I use AKG equipment in every event where clarity, versatility, and precision are essential. They provide a level of price performance that is simply unrivaled by other brands.”

This year’s ball was held in the auditorium of the Vienna State Opera House. In preparation for the event, the auditorium was turned into a large ballroom overnight by removing the seats and installing a new floor that lined up flush with the stage. Fritz and his team then measured the audio acoustics while deciding the best equipment to use, ultimately selecting the AKG package for its ability to deliver clear, powerful sound at an affordable price.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Visual Worshiper Utilizes Hitachi CP-A52 Short Throw Projectors To Bring Life To Sermons And Performances In Houses Of Worship

Consulting and live design company Visual Worshiper, with the help of Hitachi CP-A52 short-throw projectors, designs and implements interactive religious sets to enhance and increase participation of church-related events throughout the nation and around the world, in an effort to create a more dynamic environment for church congregants.

With the cost of a live production or an effects-heavy sermon too high for many religious venues, Hitachi projectors, multiple screens and a mix of pictures and pre-designed animations brings a unique flare to these presentations while keeping the cost at a minimum. 

Camron Ware, visual production designer and worship leader for Visual Worshiper, has been designing these sets since 2007.  “We weren’t able to afford the equipment that we needed to put on our productions, so we looked elsewhere for an innovative solution,” Mr. Ware said.  “Our initial designs were great, but it was difficult to figure out a cost effective and simple way to project the animations on the screens without casting shadows or using bulky equipment in the crowd.” 

The decision to use Hitachi short-throw projectors came very easily to Mr. Ware.  Simply put, “There was nothing else in the market that has all the features we needed for our productions. The projectors travel well, they are compact, they display top-quality images and the price is right.” 
The CP-A52 projectors easily allow the pictures and animations, ranging from static images to intricate lighting animations, to be projected from the floor of the stage, in front or right behind the screens, while taking up minimum space - approximately one foot between the projector and screen.

“The special effects are working very well,” according to Mr. Ware. “In fact, Visual Worshiper has traveled around the world on its mission to increase active participation in the church.  Visual Worshiper has traveled to Russia, Thailand, China and across the United States to help design these attention-grabbing performances.” 

“These visual presentations really make our events stand out, because it is something fresh and engaging for our visual culture,” Mr. Ware continued.

For more information about Visual Worshiper, visit their Web site at or their blog at

Ministry of Sound chooses Soundcraft Si2 Digital Console

Ministry of Sound London’s Technical Manager Alex Barrand moved a step nearer his sonic nirvana with the commissioning of a Soundcraft Si2 digital sound desk for the famous main dance room, The Box. At the PLASA Show last September he was introduced to the Soundcraft Si1 by Harman UK/ROI distributor Sound Technology’s Dave Bradshaw (also former head of technology at the Ministry).

“There are so many digital desks on the market — but I realised that this was the easiest analogue-to-digital conversion desk money can buy,” commented Alex.

As it transpired, Ministry opted for the larger Si2 model. Whereas the standard Si1 has 32 mic inputs mapped on 16 faders, with four dedicated stereo line channels and four dedicated FX Returns from the Lexicon FX processors, the Si2 has 48 mic inputs mapped on 24 faders.

“My other house technicians are delighted with the upgrade,” confirms Alex, who has long been familiar with the Soundcraft topography and excellent signature sound. “ I have used a Vi before and as well as one of the old SM24’s, and have always felt comfortable. But I had never been on this.”

The console was pressed into service straight out of the box. “After patching the desk on the virtual version then uploading the show data it was extremely easy,” he said. “The sound was the best we have ever had, from the moment we turned it on.”

The Si2 is used as master mixer for the main room setups, taking feeds from all the booth DJ mixers — as well as bands. Alex Barrand says the extra fader group provided by the Si2 was a real bonus, adding that he no longer has any need for an outboard rack … although it is simple to make third party inserts, such as a valve compressor.

“With four Lexicon processors and each channel with its own gate, comps and EQ using dbx and BSS heritage components I have everything I need inline. It’s got a lot more weight behind it. Plus every input and output has its own dedicated input (output) socket on the back of the console.”

The Si2 also allows him to download a virtual console on his laptop and save show mixes to a USB from home.

Finally, the 24 Group/Aux busses, available at all times, have made Alex Barrand’s life (and those of his technicians) a breeze. “On our old analogue desks it was a nightmare to do switchovers — you had to put together your outboard racks every night. But using the bus sends on the Si2 anything can be done very quickly.

“Even the strictly analogue guys are over the moon.”

Further information from UK/ROI distributor Sound Technnology Ltd on 01462 480000,,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sunrise Pictures Mixes For The Stars With JBL LSR4300 Series Studio Monitors

Demonstrating the quality and dependability of JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors, New England-based Sunrise Pictures has established itself as one of the leading film production companies in the region with JBL’s LSR monitors playing an anchor role in the company’s audio system.

Based in Middletown, Connecticut, Sunrise Pictures boasts a portfolio of film projects, including independent feature films, television commercials and short films. Taylor Warren, owner of Sunrise Pictures, has grown the company on the strength of his connection with the filmmaking community in the region. “I have cultivated relationships with filmmakers in the area and their challenges, as is the case with any filmmaker, are always related to budget. Many filmmakers don’t have the money to take their project to a high profile mixing suite in New York.”

Using JBL LSR4326P studio monitors, Sunrise Pictures offers high-quality audio mixes in a sophisticated yet comfortable environment, allowing Warren’s clients to bypass the challenge of the commute and the cost of mix tim  in New York City. Warren discovered the LSR monitors while working on the feature film, Being Michael Madsen. “The film was shot documentary style, which meant there would be unavoidable sound compromises on the set,” Warren said. “Because of this, I wanted to upgrade my studio monitors and the JBL monitors seemed to have greater flexibility than any other speakers I heard. They also gave me a very balanced sound field at the mix position.”

The LSR4300 studio monitors are equipped with JBL’s proprietary RMC™ (Room Mode Correction) technology, which compensates for standing waves, or “room modes” in less-than-ideal acoustic spaces. This technology has paid dividends for Warren, who predominantly works out of a very small studio. “There might be speakers that sound as good for $5,000, but for my application there is not a better speaker, especially because my current room is small and not symmetrically shaped,” he said. “Having mixed Being Michael Madsen with these speakers, I had an epiphany when attending the film’s world premiere in London. For the first time, what I heard in the theater was exactly what I heard when I mixed the film.”

Since the success of Being Michael Madsen, Sunrise Pictures has continued to grow its business with its enhanced audio capabilities. “We have used the JBL monitors for every project since we purchased them and they have been nothing short of spectacular,” Warren said.

For more information on Sunrise Pictures, please visit

Monday, April 12, 2010

AKG’s Architectural Microphone Series (AMS) Online Configuration Tool Enables Quick And Easy Customization From Home

In an introduction that couples the versatility of its customizable Architectural Microphone Series with an unparalleled level of convenience, AKG is making its AMS Online Configuration Tool live at the beginning of May 2010. The new tool effectively streamlines the customization process for users seeking to personalize their AMS microphones, and will allow for online selection of over 6,840 customizable settings with an easy to use, interactive website.

The website allows for users to customize their microphones based on seven different variables: capsule design, polar pattern, gooseneck length, connector style, printing, color, and accessories. With the click of a button, users will be able to select from five different capsule designs, including a signal, tech, turrent, flow or cross design. There is an option for hypercariod, cardiod, and omnidirectional polar patterns, and an option for connection preference, based on the most common use of the microphone.

“The new AMS Online Configuration Tool allows users to design their own microphones from the comfort of their home with ease,” commented Mario Siokola, Product Manager for the AMS Online Configuration Tool. “Not only can they choose from a wide range of performance options, but they can also customize the microphone’s appearance to ensure that each microphone fits their needs, no matter what the setting is.” 

In addition to the functional settings, there are also a number of pages on the website where users can adjust the aesthetic qualities of the microphone. There is an option to adjust the neck length from 15 cm to 30 cm to 50 cm, change the color or finish, and even decide what’s printed as a logo. Finally, after the functions and appearance of the microphones are set, users can choose to add a number of different accessories, including: different types of mounting clips, a stand adapter, a screw set, and a windscreen for greater capsule protection.

“Our AMS line of microphones gives users the ability to personalize their very own microphone, without sacrificing performance or functionality,” continued Siokola. “And now, with the Online Configuration Tool, we have simplified this process and effectively allowed everyone to be microphone engineers and designers themselves.”

AKG’s New iPhone App Delivers Freedom, Flexibility and Functionality For Mobile Monitoring Of Wireless Microphone and IEM Systems

Starting in March of 2010, in addition to great sound and reliable performance of AKG’s wireless systems, users will have a new tool to browse, monitor, and control their wireless microphone and IEM systems: their iPhone®. With the introduction of their new iPhone application - which will be available for free in Apple’s iTunes® store – AKG has effectively streamlined the workflow for wireless microphone monitoring and configuration by linking Harman’s HiQnet® protocol to the iPhone and iPod® Touch app via Wi-Fi® network.

The new application can be used to monitor wireless system parameters and radio frequency connections on stage for some of AKG’s most popular wireless microphone systems, including the DMS 700, the WMS 4000/4500, and the IVM 4 in ear monitoring system. The user can easily browse through the entire wireless system within the device list, monitor each device and it’s parameters separately within the stripe view, or use the RF monitor for checking the radio frequency connection of each wireless device.

“With the introduction of our new iPhone application, AKG has continued to build on the industry-leading versatility offered with our wireless microphone and IEM systems,” said Philipp Sonnleitner, product manager for HiQnet and system integration. “AKG users now have the ability to control and monitor every aspect of their wireless systems from the palm of their hands anywhere on the venue.”

The iPhone application is connected via Wi-Fi to a wireless router, which is connected to the AKG HUB 4000 Q. The application can be used side by side with Harman Pro System Architect® because the entire system is based on Harman’s advanced HiQnet® protocol.

Mike Stock To Appear At Harman Booth At NAB 2010

Soundcraft Studer has announced that Mike Stock, one of television’s most successful audio engineers, will be on hand at the Harman booth (#C2619) at the NAB show on Wednesday, April 14 from 10 AM to 6 PM. NAB attendees are encouraged to visit the Harman booth to meet with Stock, and to see Soundcraft Studer’s latest product offerings for the broadcast industry. Stock’s visit is part of Soundcraft Studer’s “Mixing With Professionals” program, which centers around many of the industry’s most accomplished audio engineers and their experiences with Soundcraft and Studer consoles. 

Stock has served as production sound mixer on a variety of television programs, including “Dr. Phil,” “The Doctors,” “The NFL on FOX,” “The Bachelor” and “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” as well as numerous live events on the TV Guide Channel.

For “Dr. Phil,” “The Doctors” and “The NFL on FOX,” Stock mixes the audio using a Studer Vista 8 console. “I love mixing on the Vista 8,” Stock says. “It has a very easy learning curve for such a sophisticated desk.”

According to Stock, the Vista 8’s flexibility is one of its most valuable assets. “I use the Vista 8 at Paramount Studios to mix ‘Dr. Phil’ Monday through Wednesday and mix ‘The Doctors’ on Thursday and Friday,” Stock says. “I don’t have to patch a thing when making the transition between the two shows, I simply change a title on the desk.”

The Studer Vista 8 combines powerful broadcast features with dynamic automation to offer a highly sophisticated and flexible multipurpose live broadcast desk. The Control Bay design offers 10 faders in a small footprint, making it ideal for both fixed install broadcast and OB van applications. In addition, a sophisticated snapshot system and dedicated mute groups make this also the perfect choice for fixed install live applications. The Vista 8 also incorporates the worldwide acclaimed Vistonics™ user interface.

Harman Professional Concert Sound Powers Historic HAMPI UTSAV 2010 Music Festival

Three Regional Sound Companies, V&P Sound Pvt. Ltd., Sound & Light Professionals and SoundEffects.Com Collaborate for Sound Reinforcement of Major Music Festival.

NORTHRIDGE, California — India started its new year in style, with one of January’s most exciting events being the Hampi Utsav 2010, taking place in the south of the country.  A regular annual event in Karnataka at Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, this year’s three-day Festival was held on a grand scale by uniting with the 500th anniversary celebration of the Vilayanagara emperor, Sri Krishnadevaraya’s ascendancy to the throne.

More than 300 hundred artists performed over three days on a 200 ft. x 100 ft. stage at Hampi, with performances that included various music and Indian dance forms by such leading Indian artists as Hema Malini, Mysore, Manjunath, and Pandit Jasrat, along with international performers. The audience was estimated at between 100,000-150,000 people on each of the three days.

Three sound rental companies, V&P Sound Pvt. Ltd., Sound & Light Professionals and SoundEffects.Com, collectively provided the sound system for this major event, with JBL VERTEC® line arrays chosen for use as the sound reinforcement system for the primary concert stage.

The main left and right array hangs comprised 24 JBL VerTec VT4889s and 16 VT4880A subwoofers, all powered by Crown I-Tech 5000HD, 9000HD, and 12000HD amplifiers. The system relied on JBL’s world-standard V4 DSP presets, developed specifically to take advantage of Crown’s LevelMAX™ multi-stage limiting in the I-Tech HD amps.

Additionally, 16 VerTec VT4888s were used for outfills and center fills, with eight JBL SRX 728s in place as the center-located ground based subwoofers. A dbx DriveRack 4800 handled loudspeaker output-zone processing. A Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console was deployed at the FOH location.

Vishnu .P, Director, V&P Sound, said, “I’ve been impressed with the Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, and the LevelMAX processing is great. Having sophisticated three-stage limiting, including long term thermal protection, allows for higher Peak and RMS thresholds and this ultimately translates into more SPL output.”

Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers feature a user-inspired DSP engine, OMNIDRIVEHD, co-developed with BSS Audio and developed out of the heritage of one of the most storied and successful processors in tour sound. The processing engine features Linear Phase FIR filters that offer unrivaled crossover performance for sonically pure tunings.

“It is outstanding to see that the entire range of Harman Professional products played a key role in a highly optimized sound system for this historic music event.  The festival created an opportunity for three leading sound companies in the region to come together in a collaborative manner, and the benefit of premium sound performance. We congratulate all three companies on what was a highly successful event,” stated Sushil John, Harman Regional Sales Director for Central Asia.

AKG’s Perception 820 Tube Adds A Rich, Vintage Sound To GRAMMY Winning Producer/Engineer Jason Goldstein’s Recordings

Working with world-renowned artists like Jay-Z, Beyonce, and The Roots, GRAMMY winning producer/engineer Jason Goldstein has developed an ear for what works when it comes to recording techniques.  Whether he’s tracking lead vocals, instrumentals, or even overhead drumming, Goldstein has been turning to one microphone that he knows will bring him a smooth, rich, accurate sound: AKG’s Perception 820 Tube.  

Goldstein learned his craft from some of the most widely respected producers and engineers in the recording industry, including George Massenburg, Mike Schipley, Rick Ruben and more. Working with high-profile producers and GRAMMY winning musicians, Goldstein learned that having the right equipment for the right recording scenario could make the difference between a good and a great track, which is why he recently began using AKG’s Perception 820 Tube for his studio recordings.

“I just started using the Perception 820 Tube about a month ago, and it’s already starting to make a difference,” Goldstein said. “I’ve used it to record lead vocals for Bilal, and the first thing that jumped out at me was the control we had as a result of the many features that come standard on the mic. With switchable bass cut filters, nine different polar patterns, a ground lift switch, and more, we were able to get the exact sound that we needed for every track.”

The vintage tube sound that the Perception 820 Tube delivers is a result of the dual one-inch large diaphragm capsule and the ECC 83 dual-triode circuitry that emphasises even-order harmonics throughout. The switchable bass cut filter perfectly tailors frequency response for close micing, and the 20 dB attenuation pad can be used in high SPL applications, allowing up to 155 dB SPL. The nine polar patterns - which are switchable on the brush finished, anodized aluminium remote control unit – are changeable from omni to figure 8, and each microphone comes standard with a spider suspension shock-mount.

“When we first got this microphone, we ran it side by side with some tube microphones that were four or five times the cost, and the Perception 820 Tube held its own,” continued Goldstein. “This is already one of the better all-around microphones that I could find, but when you look at the affordable price, nothing else compares.”

Lexicon® Offers Free Seven Day Trial of PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle

Lexicon®, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), is offering a free 7-day trial of the new PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle. This powerful reverb bundle includes seven signature Lexicon reverbs which will change the way you color your mix. It includes unique plug-ins for each algorithm including: Vintage Plate, Plate, Hall, Room, Random Hall, Concert Hall, and Chamber with hundreds of the most versatile and finely crafted studio presets including recognizable classics from Lexicon’s immense library of sounds.

The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is the ultimate studio plug-in for creating professional, inspirational mixes within popular DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic, and Cubase, as well as with any other VST, Audio Unit, or RTAS compatible host.

“Since its launch the plug-in has already been used on countless new studio albums and has quickly become the premier reverb plug-in available today. All of us at Lexicon are proud to be able to deliver the same high-quality signal processing that we’ve become known for in hardware, in a software platform,” stated Paul Faby, Business Segment Director for Lexicon.

To activate a free 7-day trial of the Plug-In, a user can visit for an iLok authentication key.

The PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is ideal for recording and post-production environments where unsurpassed quality is required. It is a fully functional cross-platform plug-in that is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 along with MAC OSX 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, Power PC and Intel based. It is available now with a suggested retail price of US $1899.

THE EDGE Cuts Through With Soundcraft® Si3 Console

THE EDGE, one of New Zealand’s leading performing arts, commercial entertainment and convention facilities, recently purchased a Soundcraft Si3 console to accommodate its three separate venues. Located in Auckland, THE EDGE is home to the Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre and Conventions Wing, The Civic and Auckland Town Hall performance venues.

With the variety of events in each venue and different requirements for each sound system (not to mention the large number of visiting audio engineers), THE EDGE needed a console that was easy to use with a short learning curve.  “Our three main venues have different systems, so it was important to have a console that we could configure and save settings for each venue without having to reinvent the wheel each time the desk is moved,” says Production Purchasing Officer Joey Rabel. 

THE EDGE found the ideal solution in the Soundcraft Si3. “The Si3 has everything accessible on the surface or at least one button push away, which enables even a rookie digital tech to quickly become familiar with operating the desk,” Rabel says.

With lots of shows with multiple acts, short sound checks and quick changeovers, the ability to save all settings and recall them instantly is highly appreciated by Senior Sound Engineer Rob Henry.

In addition, the onboard processing, dynamics and compact size of the Si3 translates into a reduction in space requirements at the mix position, meaning more audience seats are available. “That’s got to keep the bean counters happy” Rabel quips. 

“The Si3’s Soundcraft pedigree meant that sound quality and reliability are non-issues and the excellent support from [Soundcraft distributor] Jands Ltd. made the decision to purchase the Si3 an easy one,” Rabel said.

UnUsUal Productions Fields New JBL VERTEC® System In Singapore’s Indoor Stadium for A-Mei’s 2010 World Tour

UnUsUal Productions, one of the leading event and concert production companies serving China and the broader Asian region, filled Singapore’s Indoor Stadium with its newly-acquired JBL VERTEC® line arrays, powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, for a performance by Taiwanese superstar Chang Huimei, aka A-mei, and her 2010 Amit Live First World Tour, named after her latest album. The performer’s highly anticipated tour packed nearly 12,000 people each night for back-to-back sold-out shows on January 29 and 30, 2010.

Born Gulilai Amit, Huimei has been a number-one recording artist since her first album, Sisters, in 1996, developing a huge fan base for her pop star character, “A-Mei.”  She has since released 17 albums throughout the past 12 years.  Her current tour is astonishing fans throughout Southeast Asia with a lavish stage production and planned showcases in Malaysia, Hong Kong and other major Asian centers.

Responsible to fulfill the audience’s high expectations for the artist, UnUsUal elected to use the high-profile A-Mei concerts as one of the first major events to showcase its new JBL rental sound inventory, deploying VERTEC line arrays and Crown amplifiers as the main sound reinforcement system for the Singapore arena shows. VERTEC line arrays were suspended from a height of 18 meters (59 feet) above the ground for optimal sound dispersion and audience coverage.  Thirty-six JBL VT4888 midsize line array elements were used as the main concert speakers, with 20 JBL VT4888 cabinets assigned as side fill arrays.  Twenty-four JBL VT4880 full-size arrayable subwoofers were used for extra low-frequency support, with 16 hung and eight stacked at the front of the stage. Crown I-T5000 HD amplifiers powered the VT4888 line arrays, while the VT4880 subs were powered by I-T12000 HDs. The system was configured using Harman‘s HiQnet™ System Architect™ software platform for remote control and monitoring.

“We needed a system that would accommodate one of China’s most adored talents, making sure every beautiful note played and vocalized was fully enjoyed,” said Johnny Ong, Owner of UnUsUal Productions.  “The sound quality that JBL VERTEC can produce not only allowed us to construct such a successful hit production, but will also help us continue growing our events and business throughout Southeast Asia.”

With operations and staff located throughout Southeast Asia, UnUsUal Productions provides a broad range of live-event production services.  “As one of Asia’s leading concert sound and production companies, with multiple service facilities, Johnny Ong and his team are uniquely positioned with this significant new audio equipment investment to leverage the increasing demand for high-quality live shows in the region,” noted David Scheirman, Vice President, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “JBL is pleased to welcome this veteran, top-tier rental sound service provider to the worldwide VERTEC owners’ group.”

More information on UnUsUal Productions can be found at 

Monday, April 5, 2010

BSS Audio™ Provides Sound Processing and Control For Burj Khalifa, The World’s Tallest Building

The family of advanced Soundweb™ processors from BSS Audio™ has been used extensively by one of Dubai’s most progressive system integrators, Bond Communications, to provide end-to-end networking at the Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai). This project, six years in the making, is the largest ever undertaken by the company — and the tallest building in the world.

Harman Professional distributors GSL Professional LLC provided the BSS Audio devices to Bond Communications. These advanced audio tools function on most of the Tower’s 164 floors, and GSL’s Marketing & PR Manager, Glen Kershaw, states, “We were selling these products to Bond pretty much up until the day of the opening — and I anticipate that the after-sales support will be ongoing following the opening.”

Located in the Downtown district — and constructed on a 500-acre plot widely described as “the most prestigious square kilometer on earth” — the building itself boasts some amazing statistics.

The Burj forms a vibrant community for thousands of residents, employees, hotel guests and tourists, with up to 12,000 people living, working and playing inside a building that stands at more than 800 metres / 2,625 ft. The piéce de rèsistance is the tower’s 124th floor observation deck, ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa’, which offers 360-degree views of the city and is open to the public.

When construction work was at its most intense, more than 12,000 people from over 100 countries were working every day at the Burj Khalifa site, which took 22 million man-hours to build.

Bond Communications AV package manager, Omar Chataw, confirms that his company was asked to provide an integrated, fully-redundant A/V system and the scope of work included networking, cabling, security, home automation, AV conferencing, two-way radio system and master control system.

Chataw knew that the design specification called for a CobraNet™ backbone, which would allow any input to be routed to any output over standard Ethernet.

His introduction to BSS Audio’s catalogue came when he was asked to trial the scalable DSP system on a nearby satellite project — the Lake Hotel.  “GSL Professional provided really good support in terms of both knowledge and service,” he said. “The BSS Audio specification was excellent — in particular the newer Soundweb London products with the digital audio bus, which also offered four times the processing capability.”

Chataw’s team constructed the network around large quantities of the newer Soundweb London family members, launched in January 2008. These include the BLU-800, BLU-320, BLU-160 and BLU-120 — products which feature a 256-channel, low-latency, fault tolerant bus. It works on Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable and allows a direct connection between devices over distances of up to 100 meters. This provided Omar Chataw with another compelling reason for adopting the BSS Audio platform.

The building contains seven separate control rooms (and a master), each with a number of Soundweb London products (18 of the newer devices are used in total).  As there was a requirement for the audio to run over a standard Ethernet network between the control rooms, CobraNet had been the obvious choice, and thus a BLU-800 is located in each of the control rooms as the main configurable hub.

This transmits the CobraNet bundle direct to CobraNet-equipped amplifiers, ensuring that the signal is kept in the digital domain throughout.

The Soundweb London digital audio bus is used throughout, allowing each zone to have its own fault tolerance.  The central control room uses 2 x BLU-800, 2 x BLU-160 and 5 x BLU-120 devices to handle a matrix of over 100 inputs and 100 outputs, taking feeds from the main music server and local line inputs.

Each of the other control areas house either two or three amp/processor racks — giving a total of between 22 and 25 for the entire construction.  Only the newer Soundweb London products could create a matrix of this size due to the combination of abundant processing capability and the high channel counts involved with the individual devices.

An AMX control system is employed in various zones throughout the system which interfaces seamlessly with the Soundweb London devices via RS-232 to allow quick and full control of the audio system.

As a result each area is able to listen to the same centralized source or to a source different than the others without any interference. The music system covers all the public areas including corridors, lift lobbies, terraces, reception areas — as well as a number of fine dining rooms and bars inside the world-first Armani Hotel Dubai, which are equipped with local source select and volume controls.

At the same time meeting rooms are provided with complete audio visual solutions for presentations and conferencing, with high-definition capabilities.

Summarized Omar Chataw, “The DSP processing power of the newer BSS Audio products and the digital audio bus provided us with a perfect opportunity. But although we have a strong technical team, we wouldn’t have gone down this route unless we knew we would get full programming, technical and integration support from both BSS Audio and GSL Professional.”

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Crown Begins Shipping Highly Anticipated XLS Series Amplifiers

After receiving rave reviews at its Winter NAMM introduction in January, Crown today began shipping its new line of XLS Series amplifiers. The new line – consisting of four models and offering an unprecedented level of performance and configuration flexibility, will usher in a new era of power amplification at the entry level.

The XLS series amplifiers implement a flexible PureBand™ Crossover System.  A user can select crossover points from 50 Hz to 3 kHz, allowing for precise matching of specified crossover points on most bi-amplified loudspeakers. Increased control is also highlighted by the three selectable channel modes and clip limiters designed to protect loudspeakers that can be turned on and off by channel.

“Today we are extremely proud and excited that our XLS Series amplifiers are now available to our customers,” said Matt Bush, Vice President of Sales for Crown. “The development of this amplifier represents the values we feel strongest about: industry leading technology, quality, reliability, and the most competitive pricing. Since the amplifier’s introduction at Winter NAMM we have received an outstanding response and are confident it will exceed our customers expectations.”

PeakX™ limiters allow higher output levels than conventional analog limiting while providing assured driver protection, and deploy algorithms derived from the extensive research and development of the OmniDrive HD loudspeaker processing in Crown’s flagship I-Tech HD Series.

In another major advance, the new XLS series amplifiers feature Integrated DriveCore™ Technology. Regardless of AC Line sag or distortion due to other equipment such as backline or lighting gear, the user will consistently have the highest level of performance as though there is a power conditioner built directly into the amplifier.  It also provides fast recovery on peaks, accurate reproduction of low-level detail, and precise tracking of low-frequencies at high power levels for maximum subwoofer output.

The new XLS Series amplifiers are housed in a new premium industrial design chassis, featuring a cast front panel for durability.  They also feature integrated rack handles and weigh under 11lbs, making the XLS Series the ultimate portable amplifier.