AMX by HARMAN Announces New Enova DVX All-In-One Presentation Switchers With 4K60 4:4:4 Video Support

February 10, 2020

ISE 2020 (Stand #1-F10)HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced two new AMX Enova DVX all-in-one presentation switchers.

The new AMX Enova DVX presentation switchers combine full 4K60 4:4:4 video support with cutting-edge HARMAN Professional technologies like a Crown DriveCore amplifier and BSS Audio signal processing, as well as Dante and AES67 support, enabling universities, corporations and government entities to deliver world-class video and audio experiences in a variety of applications. Both the 8x4+2 DVX-3266-4K and 6x2+1 DVX-2265-4K all-in-one presentation switchers are fully compatible with existing DXLink 4K60 transmitters and receivers, enabling the distribution of full 4K60 4:4:4 over long distances.

“As AV technology continues to evolve rapidly, facility owners need flexible and scalable systems that enable the highest video resolution and audio fidelity,” said Jeff Burch, Director, Video Product Management, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The new DVX all-in-one presentation switchers will dramatically simplify AV control and distribution in medium-sized and large conference rooms, boardrooms, classrooms, lecture halls and auditoriums. With ultra-high resolution 4K60 video, legendary HARMAN audio quality, flexible I/O options and an intuitive user interface, DVX switchers provide more power and flexibility than ever before.”

New DVX all-in-one presentation switchers bring 4K60 4:4:4 capabilities to the DVX family, providing superior video resolution for critical viewing applications where fidelity is crucial. Compatible with DXLink 4K60 transmitters and receivers, new DVX presentation switchers enable 4K60 4:4:4 video distribution up to 100 meters using a standard category cable. With HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support, users can realize the full potential of their source and display devices, resulting in the highest possible video quality.

Equipped with class-leading HARMAN Professional audio technology, new DVX presentation switchers deliver unparalleled sound quality. With a built-in 120-watt Crown DriveCore amplifier capable of driving 8 Ohm or 70/100 Volt speakers, new DVX presentation switchers deliver exceptional sound quality with plenty of volume. High-quality BSS audio processing and Advanced Feedback Suppression from dbx help prevent common audio problems, providing crystal-clear sound. With Dante and AES67 support, users can seamlessly integrate with other AMX products for additional processing and routing capabilities.

With six microphone inputs and an array of versatile features, new DVX presentation switchers offer flexibility in a variety of applications. New DXLink ports support video, USB 2.0, audio, network, power and control over a single cable, making setup quick and simple. Additionally, DXLink inputs and outputs on the new DVX models are compatible with standard HDBaseT devices such as cameras and projectors allowing direct connections without additional equipment. Featuring technologies developed for the DGX 100-series such as the ICSLan private network, auto-binding DXLink endpoints, and a mobile-friendly HTML5 web interface, the new DVX presentation switchers are easier than ever to install and operate.

Additional Details

We invite you to learn more about the new AMX Enova DVX presentation switchers below. We also invite you to explore what’s possible from HARMAN Professional in the wide variety of applications we support.

  • AMX Enova DVX-3266-4K 8x4+2 4K60 4:4:4 All-In-One Presentation Switcher (4 HDMI Inputs, 4 DXLink-4K60 Inputs)
  • AMX Enova DVX-2265-4K 6x2+1 4K60 4:4:4 All-In-One Presentation Switcher (4 HDMI Inputs, 2 DXLink-4K60 Inputs)

Auckland Zoo’s Old Elephant House Restaurant Delivers Exceptional Sound with HARMAN Professional Solutions

Auckland Zoo’s Old Elephant House Restaurant Delivers Exceptional Sound with HARMAN Professional Solutions

February 10, 2020

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—AV integrator Skopik and HARMAN distributor JPRO recently outfitted the newly-opened Old Elephant House restaurant at the Auckland Zoo with a multi-zone indoor/outdoor audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.

Opened in 1922 and expanded in 1973, Auckland Zoo occupies a 40-acre lot near Auckland’s Central Business District. The zoo’s former elephant house was recently converted into a unique restaurant and versatile event space called the Old Elephant House. To ensure excellent sound quality and even distribution throughout the indoor and outdoor areas of the restaurant, the Auckland Zoo hired AV integration company Skopik to design and install a multi-zone audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers supplied by HARMAN distributor JPRO.

“The brief was simple,” says Jeff Sundrum, AV Service and Installations Manager, Skopik. “Our client required a high-fidelity audio solution for multiple areas at the Old Elephant House, which could be used by any staff member. We selected the JBL Control Contractor series and all-weather outdoor speakers from JBL’s broad range of products because the audio quality and coverage is pristine. This ensured that the best type of speaker was utilised in each location.”

Skopik selected JBL Control 25-1 wall-mounted loudspeakers and Control 14C/T ceiling speakers to achieve balanced sound quality and broad, consistent coverage in the indoor sections of the Old Elephant House. With a 5-inch woofer and .75-inch tweeter, the compact Control 25-1 delivers pristine sound with a wide, 100-degree coverage pattern. The built-in InvisiBall mounting hardware allows the speakers to be mounted discreetly, with minimum impact to the restaurant’s unique décor. The ceiling-mounted Control 14CT features a 4-inch woofer and .75-inch tweeter in a coaxial configuration with generous 120-degree conical coverage to fill in the gaps. In the outdoor areas, Skopik installed compact JBL AWC62 6.5-inch all-weather coaxial loudspeakers, which feature 110-degree coverage and a sturdy U-bracket for reliable outdoor mounting at any angle.

To power the loudspeakers and provide comprehensive control over multiple audio zones, Skopik selected the Crown CDi DriveCore 4|300 amplifier. Using technology derived from the flagship DriveCore Install series, the CDi DriveCore 4|300 offers streamlined functionality for small-to-medium installations like the Old Elephant House. Powerful onboard DSP includes advanced signal routing, EQ and the acclaimed LevelMAX limiter. Preloaded JBL speaker tunings allowed Skopik to optimize the signal being sent to each different type of speaker for ideal results. The HiQnet Motion Control app for iOS allows staff at the Old Elephant House to remotely control each speaker zone by independently switching sources and adjusting levels with an iPad.

“We simplified the installation process with a four-channel Crown Drivecore CDi 4|300 amplifier, which gave us sufficient zones to work with,” adds Sundrum. “The CDi 4|300 speaker presets and internal DSP for JBL loudspeakers meant that we did not have to rely on any external DSP. Some basic programming on the Motion Control app allowed us to provide staff with a clean and simple-to-use interface to manage audio sources and volume in all four zones. Our client is enormously happy with the outcome.”

“JBL Control Contractor series has a profound heritage and is the industry leader for commercial speakers, offering a massive variety of loudspeakers for any application,” said Eli Murray, AVC Sales Representative,  JPRO. “We are proud to be part of this project. Skopik has provided an amazing solution in this tranquil space.”


AMX by HARMAN Announces New AMX 4K60 4:4:4 Twisted Pair and Fiber Boards and End-points for Enova DGX 100 Series Enclosures

AMX by HARMAN Announces New AMX 4K60 4:4:4 Twisted Pair and Fiber Boards and End-points for Enova DGX 100 Series Enclosures

February 10, 2020

ISE 2020 (Stand #1-F10)—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced a new line of 4K60 4:4:4 twisted pair and fiber I/O boards for AMX Enova DGX 100 Series A/V matrix switcher enclosures along with accompanying transmitter and receiver end-points.

New AMX DGX 4K60 input and output boards, transmitters, and receivers offer government entities, universities, and corporations the ability to distribute full 4K60 4:4:4 video end-to-end securely over long distances. Included in the 4K60 suite are a total of 8 new products including AMX DXLink 4K60 HDMI Transmitters and Receivers and AMX Enova DGX 4K60 Input and Output Boards, each available in either twisted pair or fiber variants.

The fiber models offer the ultimate in security and support for extended distances, while the twisted pair models are ideal for cable runs of 100 meters or less. This new suite of products is fully compatible with the existing Enova DGX 100 Series enclosures, allowing an easy path for users to upgrade their systems to the highest-quality, most secure technology without investing in an entirely new system architecture.

“Our new DGX 4K60 boards and end-points represent HARMAN’s forward-looking innovation in video switching and transport technology, as well as continued commitment and support of the DGX family of products,” said Jeff Burch, Director, Video Product Management, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Not only are we offering the most advanced, secure, high-quality system on the market, implementation is designed to be fast and easy for enterprises already using DGX 100 Series equipment, which eliminates the need to upgrade to a completely new system.”

New DGX 4K60 products offer 4K 4:4:4 video at 60 fps over a single fiber-optic cable, providing uncompromised image quality in critical applications like government operations centers and hospitals where every pixel matters. While many of today’s computers and displays already support the latest HDMI 2.0 standard, transport and switching products often only support the older HDMI 1.4 specification, limiting the system to 4K at 30 fps or reduced color information. These new cards and end-points allow users to access the full potential of their source and display devices.

Security focused installations will benefit greatly by using new DGX 4K60 fiber products. Previously, high-security operations had to settle for either reduced resolutions over a single fiber connection or full resolution over multiple fiber runs. DGX 4K60 products deliver 4K60 4:4:4 video over a single fiber or twisted pair cable with full support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.

Ease of use is paramount in all applications and the new suite of 4K60 products continues the DGX Series’ commitment to providing seamless, intuitive configuration and setup. When added to a DGX system, these new products will be auto-configured, and settings can be customized using the award-winning mobile-friendly web-based DGX configuration tool. Hot-swappable cards allow for easy reconfiguration with zero downtime to the rest of the installation, allowing users to upgrade their systems in phases. Furthermore, with audio, video, Ethernet, and USB 2.0 signals carried over a single long-distance cable, equipment can be installed neatly without cable clutter.

Now in its 5th-Generation, the Enova DGX 100 Series is the most secure, reliable, and easy to install audio video switching solution on the market and is backed by HARMAN with a limited lifetime warranty.  With the addition of the new DXLink 4K60 and DGX Fiber 4K60 boards and endpoints, DGX is now the most complete and flexible solution as well.

Additional Details

We invite you to learn more about the new AMX 4K60 4:4:4 twisted pair boards and end-points below. Fiber boards and endpoints are coming soon. We also invite you to explore what’s possible from HARMAN Professional in the wide variety of applications we support.

Twisted Pair

Fiber

  • DXFP-RX-4K60 - AMX DXLink Fiber 4K60 HDMI Receiver Module (Coming Soon)
  • DXFP-TX-4K60 - AMX DXLink Fiber 4K60 HDMI Transmitter Module (Coming Soon)
  • DGX-I-DXFP-4K60 - AMX Enova DGX DXLink Fiber 4K60 Input Board (Coming Soon)
  • DGX-O-DXFP-4K60 - AMX Enova DGX DXLink Fiber 4K60 Output Board (Coming Soon)

Sungkyul University Creates An Innovative Extended-Reality Center with HARMAN Professional Solutions

Sungkyul University Creates An Innovative Extended-Reality Center with HARMAN Professional Solutions

February 07, 2020

ANYANG, South Korea—TechData PS Co., Ltd. and Myeongseong Nano System recently equipped the new XR Center at Sungkyul University with a state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions immersive audio system powered by JBL, Crown and BSS solutions.

First established in Seoul in 1962 before moving to a sprawling campus in Anyang, Gyeonggi-do province in 1975, Sungkyul University is currently attended by over 4,500 students. The university recently added a state-of-the-art Extended Reality (XR) Center devoted to the study and development of virtual, augmented and mixed-reality technologies; the first facility of its kind in South Korea. To provide immersive sound to compliment a variety of XR experiences, Sungkyul University commissioned AV integrators TechData PS and Myeongseong Nano System to design and install a state-of-the-art audio system featuring a JBL Intonato Monitor Management and Tuning System, JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors.

“We required a solution that could bring out the best in our cutting-edge XR Center,” said Hyeon Sik Yu,  Director of XR Center, Sungkyul University. “Our criteria for the project was quite clear from the beginning. The sound system had to deliver powerful output with a high degree of clarity and even distribution; and of course, it had to be flexible enough to adapt to various AV formats. Having said that, we are very satisfied with the solutions provided by TechData PS , as these products meet all the requirements and achieve the highest quality of sound at reasonable prices.”

TechData PS and Myeongseong designed the XR Center’s audio system around the JBL Intonato 24 Monitor Management and Tuning System for maximum flexibility and control. With 24 analog inputs and outputs, the Intonato 24 is capable of accommodating the large multi-speaker setups necessary for creating immersive, three-dimensional sound for XR experiences. Cutting-edge speaker calibration software and an external microphone input streamline the setup process with automatic calibration for a variety of surround sound and immersive audio speaker configurations. Multiple RJ45 ports for JBL HiQnet and BLU Link connectivity allow the Intonato 24 to interface with networked audio systems for even greater flexibility.

The Intonato 24 feeds a set of 11 JBL 708i monitors and an S2S-EX subwoofer arranged in a 7.1.4 configuration. Seven directional speakers form a circle similar to traditional 7.1 surround sound speaker placement, while four overhead speakers add a height dimension, creating a true three-dimensional sound field. TechData PS and Myeongseong selected the 8-inch JBL 708i for its extended frequency response and Image Control Waveguide, which provides enhanced spatial accuracy. The S2S-EX subwoofer delivers additional low-frequency output with minimal distortion thanks to a 15-inch driver and dual SlipStream ports, supplementing the main speaker array with deep bass to enhance the immersion.

The loudspeakers and subwoofer are powered by Crown DCi 8|300N, 4|300N, 2|300N and 2|1250N amplifiers, which provide ample headroom for ultra-transparent sound. The Crown amplifiers are connected to BSS digital signal processors via BLU Link, a low-latency, fault-tolerant 48-channel digital audio bus carried over standard Cat 5e cabling, creating a flexible audio network. The BSS BLU-120 and BLU-50 signal processors perform complex digital signal routing and provide powerful DSP for fine-tuning the array. TechData PS and Myeongseong added BLU-DAN cards to allow the system to transmit data over the Dante network protocol.

“The client required an industry-leading sound system to supplement the cutting-edge technology at the XR Center,” said Won Ha, Jeong, Sales Representative, TechData PS Co., Ltd. “In addition, they requested a sound system that was being adopted for its quality by eminent companies in the Republic of Korea. Moreover, the system had to be flexible, allowing students to experience various audio formats while also providing powerful sound distribution and clear output for the theater. After assessing the specific requirements, we concluded that sound solutions powered by HARMAN and JBL would be best suited for the project.”

"The project at Sungkyul University was a momentous one, being the first use case of ultra-modern audio solutions in South Korea," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TechData PS Co., Ltd., for not just designing and executing the solution to the last detail, but also pioneering the use of such an innovative setup.”


Century City Cinema Delivers Immersive Audio Experience with JBL Professional Cinema Audio Solutions

Century City Cinema Delivers Immersive Audio Experience with JBL Professional Cinema Audio Solutions

February 07, 2020

MANDI DABWALI, India—To deliver clear, intelligible vocals and a superior surround sound experience, Cine Tech Engineering Works equipped Century City Cinema Punjab with a state-of-the-art JBL Professional cinema audio system.

Located in the heart of Mandi Dabwali, Century City Cinema is a 381-seat multiplex with two luxurious screening rooms. To deliver a world-class cinema experience, Century City Cinema hired Cine Tech Engineering Works to upgrade their aging audiovisual system with a cutting-edge HARMAN Professional Solutions cinema audio system featuring class-leading JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.

“We recently installed cinema sound solutions in Century City Cinema, Punjab, with the help of the HARMAN Professional Solutions team,” said Asad Rashid, Owner, Cine Tech Engineering Works. “As per the client's requirements, we designed a cutting-edge audio system that includes JBL 4732-T loudspeakers and JBL 4642A high-power subwoofers along with JBL 9300 cinema surround speakers. The system is powered by Crown DSi Series amplifiers and a JBL CPi2000 cinema processor.”

Century City Cinema equipped both theaters with premium JBL 4732-T triamplified ScreenArray loudspeaker systems to deliver crystal-clear, THX-certified sound. Equipped with JBL ScreenArray technology, 4732-T systems deliver impressive output, balanced coverage, and minimal distortion. To deliver rich, powerful low-end for music and sound effects, Century City Cinema selected JBL 4642A dual-driver subwoofers for their flat frequency response and high output. To create immersive audio experiences, Century City Cinema supplemented the system with JBL 9300 cinema surround loudspeakers. With a versatile wall-mounting system, JBL 9300 loudspeakers can be positioned at three different angles for optimal coverage.

To provide staff at Century City Cinema with a simple means of adjusting audio levels and sound quality for both screening rooms, Century City Cinema equipped the theater with a JBL CPi2000 cinema processor. With state-of-the-art DSP processing, audio enhancement presets and an intuitive software interface, the CPi2000 provides seamless control. The system is powered by Crown DSi Series amplifiers.

"We recently set up a JBL Professional sound system in our facility to deliver an amazing cinema experience with crisp, clear sound quality,” said Sagar Bansal, Owner, Century City Cinema. “Our visitors appreciate the enhanced surround sound effect, which has solidified our reputation as a quality cinema. Working with the HARMAN Professional Solutions and Cine Tech Engineering teams was a great experience."


Macao East Asian Games Dome Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Macao’s Return with JBL Professional

Macao East Asian Games Dome Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Macao’s Return with JBL Professional

February 07, 2020

MACAO, China—To deliver clear, intelligible sound for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to China, AV integrator Macao Chi Fu Lighting & Audio Technology Co., Ltd. recently equipped the Macao East Asian Games Dome with a state-of-the-art JBL Professional by HARMAN audio system.

To celebrate 20 years since its return to China, the former Portuguese colony of Macao held a dinner reception and inauguration ceremony at the Macao East Asian Games Dome. At the ceremony, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the People's Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivered a speech honoring the 20th anniversary of Macao's return to China and the inauguration of the fifth administration of the Macao Special Administrative Region. To ensure pristine sound with extensive coverage for the event, AV integrators Macao Chi Fu Lighting & Audio Technology Co., Ltd. were hired to design and install a cutting-edge audio system featuring class-leading JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, supplied by Advanced Communication Equipment (International) Company Ltd.

The anniversary ceremony and the inauguration of the fifth administration of the Macao Special Administrative Region were held at the Macao East Asian Games Dome’s Exhibition Center and Macao International Convention Center on December 20. Macao Chi Fu equipped the venue with state-of-the-art JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers to ensure crystal-clear sound in every seat. JBL PRX400 Series speakers provided additional coverage and an extended low-frequency response. Macao Chi Fu supplemented the system with the highly portable JBL EON1500 passive loudspeakers. The system was powered with Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and MA 9000i amplifiers.

The reception dinner for the conference was hosted in the Macao East Asian Games Dome’s Gymnasium and Theatre on December 19. Macao Chi Fu equipped the venue with additional JBL PRX400 Series loudspeakers powered by Crown MA 5000i amplifiers to deliver crisp, detailed sound. The system was supplemented with JBL EON612 powered loudspeakers.


JBL Professional and AKG Earn Prestigious Awards at 2020 NAMM Show

JBL Professional and AKG Earn Prestigious Awards at 2020 NAMM Show

January 29, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced that JBL Professional and AKG were honored with prestigious awards at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

  • JBL VTX A8 loudspeakers earned the 2020 NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award in the “Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers” The 35th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards honored best-in-class products in the professional audio community.
  • The JBL EON ONE Compact received The Music & Sound Award for “Best Speaker of 2019”. Presented by The Music and Sound Retailer, the Music & Sound Awards are prestigious awards based on a poll of leading manufacturers from across the industry.
  • The AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle earned the NAMM-U Best in Show Award in the “Gotta Stock It” category. The NAMM-U Best in Show Awards are selected by a panel of music retail gear experts, who vote for their favorite products across the entire NAMM show.
  • Laura Lawrence, Director of Global Marketing at HARMAN Professional, won a grant to attend the 2020 Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Leadership Summit. Presented by the NAMM Foundation, the SWIM Summit program supports women working in the music products industry to connect, support and grow their leadership and professional abilities. The grant awards were announced at the 2020 NAMM Show.

“We are honored by the incredible awards JBL Professional and AKG received at the 2020 NAMM Show,” said Erik Tarkiainen, Vice President of Global Marketing, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “We couldn’t be more excited to accept the second TEC Award for JBL VTX Series speakers, and we are thrilled that new solutions like the AKG Podcasters bundle are already gaining recognition throughout the industry. We look forward to continuing our tremendous growth and innovation, and we appreciate the support from our partners as we move the industry forward in 2020.”

“JBL Professional is extremely honored to receive a NAMM TEC Award for the JBL VTX A8,” said George Georgallis, Director of Product Management, Line Array Systems, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “I would like to thank the JBL Engineering team for their incredible work on VTX A8, and the entire line of JBL VTX A-Series. From groundbreaking acoustic research to cutting-edge product development, we are committed to creating the most innovative and powerful audio solutions in the industry.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces  Brian Divine as Division President

HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Brian Divine as Division President

January 29, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the appointment of Brian Divine to President of the Professional Solutions division, effective immediately. As president, Divine will be responsible for overseeing the division’s worldwide operations, strategy, product roadmap and performance across all eleven brands.

Divine’s elevation to the role is culmination of a nearly 20-year-career working in the professional audio, lighting and video control industry. In his 15 combined years at HARMAN Professional, Divine worked closely with distributors and customers in nearly all of the entertainment and enterprise vertical markets the division serves in roles overseeing customer service, sales, engineering, marketing and product management. Divine was most recently Senior Vice President for Products & Customer Solutions in the Professional Solutions division and Vice President of Product & Program Management, respectively.

“I am honored to accept this role, and do so with great humility and awareness of the awesome responsibility of carrying forward HARMAN’s iconic brands that were built over the course of, in some cases, nine decades,” said Brian Divine, President, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The pro industry is in my DNA as my career was built through dedication to HARMAN Professional Solutions and its employees, channel partners and customers. These influences will directly impact the direction of the division as we look towards a robust roadmap committed to, and aligned with, customer needs for leading-edge pro products in audio, lighting and video control.”


JBL Professional Announces Fixintogetmixin Masterclasses at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

JBL Professional Announces Fixintogetmixin Masterclasses at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced that Brad ‘fixintogetmixin’ Divens will present two exclusive masterclasses at The REACH campus at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on February 12, 2020. The program is sponsored by JBL Professional and Soundcraft in cooperation with the Kennedy Center.

Guests are invited to register and attend a series of masterclasses with Brad ‘fixintogetmixin’ Divens. In addition to currently working as front of house engineer for Enrique Iglesias, Divens has also engineered for Linkin Park, Garbage, Cyndi Lauper, HIM, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Mötley Crüe, Jane's Addiction and more.

Divens will speak at two exclusive Masterclass events. Both events will take place on Wednesday, February 12 in Studio K at The REACH inside the Kennedy Center, and will be hosted by Soundcraft’s Live Sound Product Specialist, Tom Der. Studio K is multi-purpose performance space, equipped a state-of-the-art JBL VTX A8 rig to deliver Divens’ mixes with pristine sound with unparalleled clarity.

During his ‘Building the Mix’ Masterclass, Divens will discuss and demonstrate his approach to putting together a live mix, including technical topics such as the basics of input gain, EQ, compression, plugins and routing, as well as creative concepts regarding the audience and the artist. During ‘The Music’ Masterclass, Divens will deconstruct live mixes from three different artists and discuss his approach to achieving a polished final mix.

To sign up for fixintogetmixin with Brad Divens: Building The Mix or fixintogetmixin with Brad Divens: The Music, please register at https://pro.harman.com/lp/fixintogetmixin.


HARMAN Presents Exclusive On-Stage  Interview with Woodstock Engineer and ‘Father of Festival Sound’ Bill Hanley at the NAMM Show 2020

HARMAN Presents Exclusive On-Stage Interview with Woodstock Engineer and ‘Father of Festival Sound’ Bill Hanley at the NAMM Show 2020

January 15, 2020

NAMM (Booth #14508) – ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced it will host an exclusive interview with legendary sound engineer Bill Hanley at the 2020 NAMM Show.

Often regarded as the ‘Father of Festival Sound,’ Bill Hanley is an iconic audio pioneer whose integral role in Woodstock paved the way for generations of future festivals. From his early work with the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, to the Beatles’ final tour and Dylan’s infamous ‘electric set,’ Hanley’s contributions to the development of event production are unrivaled. Visit the HARMAN booth in the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, January 18 at from 11:00AM – 12:00PM to hear Hanley discuss fascinating behind-the-scenes details, including the planning and execution of Woodstock, a watershed moment in the history of rock and roll and festival performances.  

“Woodstock wouldn’t have happened without JBL,” said Hanley. “The JBL D Series drivers were a key component to our custom speaker designs. Without those, we wouldn't have had enough depth and power in the low-end to carry all the way to the back of the crowd. That was the beginning of a life-long relationship. I’m very proud to have partnered with JBL for the iconic festival, and I’m excited to share the story of how we made it happen with guests at the NAMM show.”

With an unprecedented 500,000 people in attendance, Woodstock was the largest festival ever held at the time. And with live concert sound still in its infancy, there were no loudspeakers on the market powerful enough to produce sufficient sound for the massive crowd. As the leading expert on large outdoor PA systems, Hanley was hired to build and operate a one-of-a-kind PA for the event.

To deliver powerful, intelligible sound for the event, Hanley custom-designed a new loudspeaker model called the HSI 410, which featured four 15-inch JBL D-130 drivers and four 15-inch JBL D-140 drivers. These colossal loudspeakers stood nearly seven feet tall and weighed more than half a ton. To ensure balanced coverage, Hanley constructed two multi-level towers to raise the loudspeakers up to 70 feet in the air. After assembling the monumental system, Hanley and his team mixed the shows from platform of plywood and scaffolding erected in the center of the crowd.

Hanley’s innovative practices and speaker designs laid the groundwork for festival and concert production for decades to come. To learn more about Hanley’s accomplishments over the years, including his involvement with Woodstock, check out the upcoming documentary and accompanying book by John Kane, The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound later this year from The University Press of Mississippi. To learn more or preorder your copy of the book in advance, please visit http://www.thelastseatinthehouse.com/.

Hanley will be joined on stage with Ken Lopez, a consultant on The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound and former vice president of JBL Professional. The program will be hosted by broadcast journalist, Nic Harcourt.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Appoints MadisonAV as Authorized Distributor for AMX and Install Audio Solutions in Australia.

HARMAN Professional Solutions Appoints MadisonAV as Authorized Distributor for AMX and Install Audio Solutions in Australia.

January 10, 2020

Brisbane, Australia—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced it has realigned distribution of AMX, SVSI, and install ranges of AKG, BSS, Crown and JBL Professional in Australia with the appointment of MadisonAV, part of the Madison Technologies group.

Distribution in Australia for HARMAN’s retail, cinema, touring, performing arts, broadcast, and Martin lighting solutions remains unchanged.

With a long and successful legacy of representing leading brands in the Australian market, MadisonAV is known for deep technical expertise, in-depth product knowledge, strong sales and service networks, and excellent customer service catering to a wide range of customers. MadisonAV will expand its portfolio to include the complete range of AMX video control solutions, and HARMAN Professional install and integration audio product suite. This will offer customers a single interface across HARMAN’s wide range of video controls and install audio solutions.

“We are excited to partner with MadisonAV and expand our distribution reach in Australia. This is aimed at enhancing access to HARMAN products and solutions across verticals, focusing on solutions-driven approach and elevating customer experience,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “MadisonAV brings 28 years of experience serving the Australian market and we look forward to our collaboration with MadisonAV and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge will help us deliver the latest and most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”

Recognising the unique maturity of the Australian AV market, HARMAN Professional Solutions will be increasing its local presence in 2020. Consisting of seasoned industry professionals, the Australian Professional Solutions team will manage relationships with key systems integrators, consultants and end users, coordinating and combining the significant capability of MadisonAV.

“We are known in the Australian market for our strong market coverage, technical knowledge and customer service. HARMAN Professional Brands and Solutions are renowned for their world class quality and technological superiority," said Ken Kyle, CEO, MadisonAV. "We understand our customers' need for world class products and solutions along with reliable after sales service support. With our hands-on experience and coverage in the Australian market, we are excited to bring HARMAN Professional Video, Install Audio and Integrated Solutions to our customers and elevate their experiences."

For further information contact MadisonAV on 1800 436 378 or at connect@MadisonAV.com.au and HARMAN at HPro.APAC@harman.com.