Slamhammer Lights Up Soundset Music Festival with HARMAN Professional Solutions

November 19, 2018

SAINT PAUL, Minn—Slamhammer recently deployed a Martin by HARMAN Professional Solutions lighting solution at Soundset Music Festival for performances by Logic, Migos, Wu-Tang Clan and more.

Hosted by Rhymesayers Entertainment, Soundset is the premier rap and hip-hop festival in Minnesota. Featuring live music, breakdancing, street art and skateboarding, Soundset is an all-day event that takes place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and averages 30,000 guests annually. With performances from over 50 artists across five stages, Soundset wanted to make their 11th year bigger and better than ever. In order to provide legendary lighting for some of the most popular artists in the world, Soundset hired Slamhammer to help select a set of fixtures capable cutting through the sunlight, enduring through the rain, and creating dazzling lighting displays in the dark. Slamhammer assembled a world-class Martin lighting solution that allowed for quick deployment and versatile lighting options on both stages.

“Soundset had eight acts per stage with varying genres, and we had to work to satisfy everyone's lighting needs,” said Peter Skujins, President and Owner of Slamhammer “Since most of the performances are during the daytime, we needed fixtures that could create sharp, visible beams in broad daylight—but we also needed a strong front wash for performances after sundown. There’s been a ton of excitement about the new Martin fixtures, so they were the obvious choice.”

Slamhammer deployed mirrored lighting rigs on both main stages with MAC Quantum Wash fixtures downstage, MAC Quantum Wash and MAC Viper Profile, and Atomic 3000 fixtures mid-stage, and MAC Axiom Hybrid and MAC Quantum Wash and MAC Viper Profile fixtures upstage. Slamhammer also deployed MAC Aura and Quantum Profile fixtures on the Atmosphere & Friends Stage. The MAC series fixtures pack a surprisingly powerful punch into a small package. Featuring LED bulbs powerful enough to compete with high-intensity discharge lamps, the MAC series fixtures are designed to consume less power and generate less heat than traditional fixtures. Most importantly, they provide a wide assortment of dynamic lighting effects versatile enough to meet the needs of multiple lighting designers during a busy festival.

“A lot of acts bring their own lighting designers so we needed a rig that could accommodate anything they might want to use,” said Marty Lesmeister, Lighting Department Manager at Slamhammer “All of the Martin fixtures we used went over really well with everyone. Even during the daytime those hybrid fixtures can create a beam that just cuts right through a small amount of haze—it barely takes anything to make them pop.”

Soundset Festival celebrated their 11th with performers, crew and guests from all over the US and the world—including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and more.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Alleviates NW Group with Trailblazing Lighting Fixtures

November 18, 2018

AUSTRALIA — To rev up their lighting catalog, NW Group recently secured the state-of-the-art Martin Professional MAC Quantum Profiles and MAC Aura XB Washes from HARMAN Professional Solutions.

NW Group delivers exceptional Technical Production by supplying the highest standard of audio, video, and lighting solutions across Australasia. NW Group is represented by Norwest and Haycom in Australia with Oceania and Spyglass our brands in New Zealand. Recognizing that each brand is a specialist across the disciplines of Audio, Video, and Lighting, NW Group renders quality service to their clients. With expert teams, world-leading technology, and unrivaled inventories across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, and Wellington, they have the capability and resources required to meet a diverse set of events anywhere.

Having already used Martin's light fixtures in the past, NW group decided to heighten their inventory with more industry-leading products from Martin. They wanted light fixtures that could provide rapid movements and quality color mixing during performances on stage. To help them choose the ideal products, they reached out to Show Technology.

"Following our substantial purchases in 2016 of MAC Quantum Wash and Profiles, MAC Aura, MAC Vipers and MA consoles, it was a natural decision for us to continue along that product line for our Brisbane and Melbourne offices," said Graeme Whitehouse, General Manager of NW Group. "Both locations purchased MAC Quantum Profiles, and we stepped up to the Aura XB this time around. It's a logical choice to span our client base, ranging from very corporate, to Arts and Entertainment."

Apart from being a light-weight, compact LED wash light, the MAC Aura XB integrates several new features. It offers additional brightness, a new superior color mixing system, and an optimized lens design which emits tighter beams and more even washes. Martin's unique and patented Eye-candy Aura Effect makes it a wholesome, appealing package. It features an extremely bright single-lens wash with fully pre-mixed color and a broad color palette that includes RGBW color mixing. Its eye-candy Aura Effect makes it a huge hit on the stage, elevating performances to the next level.

The MAC Quantum Profiles, on the other hand, combines top-quality white light with a fast, smooth CMY color mixing system and crisp gobo projection on surfaces as well as mid-air. With all these incredible features and Martin’s trademark new Animotion™ FX system that allows extraordinary beam animations, the market is now finally seeing the first real 700/800 W discharge lamp replacement in a profile fixture that effectively harnesses cutting-edge LED technology.

"NW Group was looking for contemporary light fixtures that would provide high-quality wash and help them create incredible beam effects on the stage. Quantum Profile and Aura XB are perfectly suited for this kind of stage effect. Powered by HARMAN Professional Solutions, the combination of these two outstanding products from Martin is sure to create wonders on the stage," said a spokesperson at Show Technology.

NW Group used the MAC Quantum profiles to achieve a mixture of break up gobos, aerial and beam looks. The speed of the unit, the smooth CMY color mixing, and dimming curve, positively impressed them. They liked that their new Martin products were highly reliable, easy to rig and configure, and could perform exceptionally well under harsh country conditions.

"They are a very impressive, extremely bright LED fixture," said James Dee, NW Group's Account Manager. "The Quantum's Animotion effect added an extra layer of beam animations to our plotted looks. The MAC Aura XB's were used as the main wash light on the stage. They are a compact, lightweight unit that delivers a great punch through a single lens unit. The Aura XB also has a very impressive zoom and lens design and can deliver in its own right some really tight beam looks."

"We thank NW Group for their continued patronage and are pleased to offer intelligent lighting solutions, technologically enhancing the quality of performance," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would also like to extend our appreciation to Show Technology for delivering fitting solutions and providing exceptional customer service, right to the last detail."


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Bank of Thailand Future-Proofs New Learning Center with HARMAN Professional Solutions AV Systems

November 07, 2018

Mahajak Development deploys JBL Professional, Crown, Soundcraft, BSS, AMX and Martin solutions for interactive installations at Bank of Thailand’s Learning Center

BANGKOK, Thailand—Mahajak Development Co. recently deployed an end-to-end HARMAN Professional Solutions AV system at Bank of Thailand’s Learning Center library and museum.

Bank of Thailand is the central financial body overseeing all monetary policy in Thailand. Across the road from its Bangkhunprom Palace headquarters, the Bank recently established a Learning Center complex in its former mint facility. The five-story building contains the Prince Vivadhanajaya Library, dedicated presentation rooms and research areas, a banquet hall and the Bank of Thailand Museum, which offers guided tours and interactive exhibits about the history of Thai currency. The Learning Center required a flexible, integrated audiovisual solution that could be expanded and reconfigured as needed. To meet these goals, Bank of Thailand hired Mahajak Development to design a complete HARMAN Professional AV solution consisting of JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers, BSS signal processors, AMX control systems and Martin lighting fixtures.

“The idea was to create an interactive environment in the Learning Center using high-tech scalable solutions to ensure our future needs are met as the Center grows and changes,” said the spokesperson for Bank of Thailand. “The interactive exhibitions required clear speech reproduction, eye-catching visuals and advanced control systems to run it all seamlessly. HARMAN’s best-in-class audio systems, video switchers and interfaces helped us create an inspiring, collaborative experience at the Learning Center.”

For large events in the banquet hall and library, JBL VT4888 and AC599 loudspeakers with SRX812P and ASB7128 subwoofers project powerful, high fidelity sound. In the library’s presentation rooms, JBL AC195 full-range speakers and Control 16C/T ceiling units provide even coverage for mid-size audiences. The museum’s smaller exhibits utilize JBL LSR305 studio monitors and E55BT wireless headphones for private listening and audio assistance. Control 28-1 loudspeakers and SB-150 wireless subwoofers provide wide coverage for background music in the entrance hall. The system is powered by Crown I-Tech HD and DCi Series amplifiers. Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixers allow staff to easily make adjustments. Audio is routed through a network of BSS BLU-100 signal processors with flexible digital architecture that can be reconfigured as needed.

To enable seamless AV control, Mahajak outfitted the facility with a network of integrated AMX systems. DVX-2250HD presentation switchers and DGX digital media switchers form the core of the system, connected by DX-TX-DWP transmitters and DX-RX receivers. MSD-701 touch panels and the TPControl iPad app provide staff, presenters and guests with tactile interfaces for controlling various interactive features. Martin MAC Aura and Quantum Profile fixtures create an immersive lighting experience in the banquet hall and museum exhibits.

“A distinct venue like the Bank of Thailand Learning Center requires a world-class audio-visual system that provides end-to-end capabilities,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director at Mahajak Development. “HARMAN's diverse portfolio of products gave us the ability to build reliable, robust and future-proof AV systems for the venue. There were two overhead projectors installed to ensure complete real-time redundancy. During installation, we made adjustments to ensure the speakers were fitted at the right angles to deliver optimum audio experience.”

“Creating an interactive learning space for Bank of Thailand has been a unique, exciting challenge for HARMAN,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM of HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "The project required a sophisticated AV system that would deliver rich sound and stunning visuals for an immersive interactive experience. Leveraging our global experience with projects like this and Mahajak Development’s deep knowledge and capabilities, we were able to seamlessly execute the project.”


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Debuts Martin MAC Allure Profile Featuring Integrated P3 Creative Video Control

October 29, 2018

LDI (Demo Room #N253) – LAS VEGAS – Today, HARMAN Professional Solutions introduced its freshly innovative Martin MAC Allure Profile LED Moving Head. MAC Allure products were designed to support the unique performance lighting needs of rental and install clients, including concert/touring, TV shows, corporate, houses of worship, concert venues, nightclubs, and cruise ships. Also at LDI, HARMAN re-introduced the ultra-creative potential and ease of use offered by its Martin P3 Visual Control Solution, which is integrated into the MAC Allure Profile and soon other Martin fixtures.

There is nothing quite like the Martin MAC Allure Profile. This is the first fully-featured moving head to combine a proprietary, solid state RGBW additive color mixing engine, a 7-segment pixelated beam and onboard P3 and DMX controllability that lets users swiftly alternate or mix between control protocols. The overall feature set further includes dimmer, strobe, color mixing, gobos, iris, prism, zoom, focus, pan and tilt.

“Until now, there hasn’t been a truly efficient way to integrate solid state (LED) color mixing into profile fixtures,” said Markus Kluesener, HARMAN Professional Solutions Stage Lighting Product Manager. “We decided to address this need head on and asked our engineers to come up with a game changer. They came through with an all-new, proprietary, color-mixing light engine that exceeded our expectations for efficiency.”

Another first, the MAC Allure Profile includes a pixelated beam divided into seven individually-controlled, full color segments (pixels). This gives lighting designers new options for creativity and frees them to expand in directions they previously may have never considered. The MAC Allure Profile was also designed for extreme user-friendliness with a built-in FX engine for P3 and DMX controllability that lets users swiftly alternate or mix between control protocols.

“As we’ve been talking to end users about the features they look for in this segment of fixtures, they can’t get over how much usability we were able to build into this fixture that we were also careful not to over engineer,” said Peter Skytte, HARMAN Professional Solutions Tour Lighting Manager. “The end result is a straight forward feature set that is not overloading the programmer with unnecessary parameters to deal with.”

Additional Details and Availability
HARMAN is demonstrating its Martin MAC Allure Profile and Martin P3 Visual Control Solution in Demo Room #N253 at Live Design International (LDI) 2018.


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HARMAN Celebrates 30th Anniversary of AMX Touch Panels with New, Streamlined Control and Room Scheduling Panel Lineup

October 24, 2018

NORTHRIDGE, California – Today, HARMAN Professional Solutions announced a new lineup of control and room scheduling interfaces from its legendary AMX family of products – the new AMX Modero G5 Touch Panels and AMX Acendo Book Room Scheduling Panels. To better serve its customers, AMX has completely refined its touch panel product lines to create a single, five model lineup that draws on the best features of its award-winning Modero X and Modero S control panels, Acendo Book room scheduling panels, and G5 and G4 processing engines.

The new lineup is designed to support the unique and widely ranging interface needs of corporate, education, government, hospitality, and large venue customers. Five product SKUs cleverly deliver customers their choice of the most popular configurations and screen sizes. The new models simplify ordering, support, and technical updates by offering customers a software-configurable choice of control or room scheduling functionality (7” and 10” wall mount models). The new touch panels are available in tabletop and wall mount models, with 7”, 10”, and 20” screen sizes.

“We are truly excited to consolidate the best features of our control and scheduling panel family into a single five model lineup,” said Michael Saadeh, HARMAN Professional Solutions Product Manager, Video and Control. “With this move, we are also able to enhance our interfaces with features like enterprise-grade security, powerful graphics processing, and the latest in capacitive touch screen technology - all at an industry leading value. We are proud to continue to drive industry innovation in workforce collaboration and meeting room functionality – and now from a single, user-configurable interface.”

    Key new and enhanced features include:
  • User-configurable transformation to and from a Modero G5 control panel or an Acendo Book room scheduling panel with no programming or additional hardware required
  • Enhanced capacitive touch screens delivering an exceptional user experience
  • Enhanced side room availability LEDs that are nearly twice the current size for improved visibility
  • Support for 802.1x and IPv6 to address enterprise network requirements for Acendo Book configurations
  • For support of government and other sensitive applications, all of the new tabletop models do not include a microphone and all wall mount models may have their microphones disabled by software, physically detached, or both.

“For many of us that have literally grown up building AMX touch panels, we couldn’t be happier to share this news that also aligns with the 30th anniversary of the world's first touch panel by AMX in 1988,” said Shaun Robinson, HARMAN Professional Solutions, VP of Customer Solutions. “These new products underscore the mission we’ve had since day one - to build the smartest, most innovative, and most effective control and scheduling interfaces on the market, hands down. It’s clearly the reason why AMX continues to be the world’s most requested and respected brand to manage the top corporate, government, and education spaces.”

Details and Availability
We invite you to learn more about the new lineup of AMX control and room scheduling panels. For more information on the complete line of AMX corporate, education, and government-focused solutions, please visit amx.com.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Martin ELP LED Ellipsoid Fixtures

October 19, 2018

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced new Martin ELP LED ellipsoid fixtures.

Martin ELP fixtures are available in two versions: ELP WW (Warm White) offers industry-leading color rendering and brightness, while ELP CL (Color) delivers rich, saturated colors and class-leading output. ELP fixtures feature industry-first advances in lighting functionality, including the highly efficient gear-based Fine Focus adjustment knob, and the Fast Focus feature which allows the fixture to be focused without data flow. ELP also offers 16-bit dimming with four selectable curves and 26 color presets that match industry-standard color filters. ELP fixtures can be configured with Martin lens tubes in 19, 26, 36 and 50-degree beam angles as well as third-party lens tubes. ELP fixtures can also be configured with a wide range of accessories, including gel frames and gobos, offering exceptional flexibility in lighting design and inventory management.

“For years, lighting professionals have relied on the versatility of ellipsoidal fixtures for concerts, plays and live events, and now Martin is raising the bar with new ELP LED fixtures,” said Nathan Fleming, Senior Manager Entertainment Space Solutions HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The Martin engineering team in Denmark not only designed class-leading optics, they delivered groundbreaking features like Fine Focus and Fast Focus. Combining superior output, optics and color rendering with unparalleled ease-of-use and convenience, Martin ELP is the leading LED ellipsoidal fixture in its class.”

Featuring optic assemblies designed in Denmark by team behind MAC Encore, ELP is designed to maximize efficiency and deliver a flat field of illumination for smoother blending and mixing between fixtures. The ELP WW delivers 7,000 lumens of output and an industry-leading 97 CRI at 3000K color temperature, for the truest color representation on any surface. The ELP CL fixture offers an impressive 6,900 lumens and a CRI of 85 in High Output mode, and 5,900 lumens and 90 CRI in High Quality mode, with a color temperature of 6,000K (open white). Both models offer flicker-free operation for consistent light output—on and off camera.

ELP combines legendary Martin quality with a suite of next-generation features to deliver new levels of performance, functionality and ease-of-use. Innovative gear-driven Fine Focus adjustment allows for precise, nuanced control, and enables users to lock focus exactly where they want it, instantly. The innovative Fast Focus feature brings the fixture to full output for 60 seconds simply by holding the Enter button for five seconds, enabling users to focus the fixture during set up without data. Halation Color correction removes atypical blue and brown halos when using Martin lens tubes. ELP fixtures also offer 16-bit dimming with four selectable curves. Additionally, tilt knobs are placed out of the way of framing shutters, to allow quick, easy position adjustments.

ELP fixtures can be configured with one of four Martin lens tubes in 19, 26, 36 and 50-degree beam angles. Compatibility with third-party lens tubes, gel frames and gobos make ELP fixtures highly flexible and allow for seamless integration with existing rigs.

For more information, please visit https://www.martin.com/en-US/product_families/ELP.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Fuels Nine Stages of Electronic Dance Music at Emporium Festival

October 15, 2018

WIJCHEN, The Netherlands—Story Event Engineering recently deployed multiple HARMAN Professional Solutions audio systems at Emporium Festival, including JBL VTX A12 tour sound solutions.

“We’ve been providing sound for Emporium Festival for over 10 years, and every year our company grows along with it,” said Paul Lehmann, Sales Representative & System Engineer, Story Event Engineering. “This year alone we used more than 400 JBL speakers and 200 Crown amps. Nine independent systems at a festival of this size can be a lot to keep up with, so it’s important to have reliability and consistency among all the gear. From JBL VTX 12 main rigs and VRX DJ monitors to Crown amps and Soundcraft mixers, we used HARMAN Professional live sound solutions across the board.” 

To ensure optimized system performance across all nine stages, the Story Event Engineering team relied on a range of JBL VTX and VRX speakers and subs assembled in different configurations tailored to the needs of each stage with regards to size and genre represented. For the two main stages, Story Event Engineering selected VTX A12 line arrays, which enabled production Manager Koen Wijnands and his team to achieve incredible power, depth and clarity with minimal system tuning.

“From the first time we heard the VTX A12, we’ve been extremely impressed by its sound quality and performance,” continued Lehmann. “The A12’s clarity is amazing and its headroom is unbelievable—and the best part is it doesn’t require a lot of tweaking to make it sound good. From electronic styles like house, EDM and techno to live bands playing pop and rock, the A12 can handle any genre of music right out of the box. And the rigging is so simple and well thought out—as long as you do your calculations beforehand, you just throw up the A12’s, turn up the volume and it sounds great!”

In addition to VTX A12 line arrays, Story Event Engineering supplied VTX V25-II line array systems for the remaining seven stages, with V20 speakers providing out fill coverage. VTX S28 and G28 subwoofers delivered the deep impact necessary to get the dance floor rumbling. VRX932LA1 speakers and VRX918S subwoofers provided powerful and accurate on-stage monitoring for DJs and performers. The VRX932LA1 also served reliably as downstage front fills for the audience members in the front rows. State-of-the-art Crown I-Tech 12000HD, 5000HD and 4x3500HD amplifiers powered all speaker systems at the festival. To ensure top-tier mixing control, the main stages were equipped with Soundcraft Vi2000 consoles with Realtime Rack, while the other stages received Soundcraft Vi1 consoles.  

Dutch promoters and engineers have been so impressed with Story Event Engineering’s production quality that the company attributes a part of its growth directly to the VTX A12.

“So far everyone who heard the A12 system is blown away by its sound quality,” concluded Lehmann. “Electronic music has a lot of subtle effects that sometimes get lost in other systems. Because of the clarity of the A12 system, you can hear every detail in the music and that’s what drives the audiences crazy. We’ve deployed these at other festivals and promoters have been astonished with the results. You could say the A12 system performs so well, it generates more business all by itself.”


HARMAN Professional Solution Extends Audio Distribution Rights to Fairlight in Benelux

October 01, 2018

New agreement expands Fairlight’s distribution of HARMAN brands to support customer demand for audio and lighting touring solutions

LONDON—Harman Professional Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, today announced it is extending its partnership with Dutch distributor Fairlight to include tour audio solutions in the Benelux region.

This agreement is an expansion of Fairlight’s existing HARMAN distribution rights, which previously focused on Martin by HARMAN, renowned throughout the industry for its dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural and commercial markets. The expanded agreement applies to the full range of tour audio products offered by HARMAN brands JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS, providing a 360-degree solution to customers requiring both audio and lighting solutions in the touring market.

“We are delighted to extend Fairlight’s distribution rights to HARMAN audio brands,” said Scott Aslett, Regional Director, HARMAN Professional Solutions, Northwest Europe. “We already have a strong established partnership with Fairlight, and given their prominence in the touring industry, this expansion of our partnership will support the great demand for HARMAN solutions and yield improved service to our customers in the Benelux region. Our world-class audio solutions work seamlessly with our innovative lighting solutions, and Fairlight’s industry-leading experience positions them to provide complete HARMAN audio and lighting solutions as an expansion of their previously-existing distribution rights.”

“We are excited about this extension of our HARMAN distribution rights,” said Michael Arntz, General Manager, Fairlight. “The inclusion of renowned HARMAN audio brands means we are now able to offer a complete package, which is something our customers in the touring market have previously asked us to supply. We understand our customers’ needs and we’re happy to offer an all-in-one solution. We are completely aligned with HARMAN’s mission to provide innovative products and engaging customer support. We’ve experienced a great deal of success in distributing Martin by HARMAN lighting solutions, and we look forward to extending that passion to iconic brands like JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS, satisfying the increasing demand for HARMAN lighting and audio solutions across Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands.”

Fairlight has over 30 years of experience providing lighting and audio solutions and is well-known for offering a broad scope of professional services within the industry. The distribution agreement comes into effect immediately. Please contact europeanmarketing@harman.com for any additional questions.


HARMAN Professional Solution Extends Audio Distribution Rights to Fairlight in Benelux

October 01, 2018

LONDON—Harman Professional Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, today announced it is extending its partnership with Dutch distributor Fairlight to include tour audio solutions in the Benelux region.

This agreement is an expansion of Fairlight’s existing HARMAN distribution rights, which previously focused on Martin by HARMAN, renowned throughout the industry for its dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural and commercial markets. The expanded agreement applies to the full range of tour audio products offered by HARMAN brands JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS, providing a 360-degree solution to customers requiring both audio and lighting solutions in the touring market.

“We are delighted to extend Fairlight’s distribution rights to HARMAN audio brands,” said Scott Aslett, Regional Director, HARMAN Professional Solutions, Northwest Europe. “We already have a strong established partnership with Fairlight, and given their prominence in the touring industry, this expansion of our partnership will support the great demand for HARMAN solutions and yield improved service to our customers in the Benelux region. Our world-class audio solutions work seamlessly with our innovative lighting solutions, and Fairlight’s industry-leading experience positions them to provide complete HARMAN audio and lighting solutions as an expansion of their previously-existing distribution rights.”

“We are excited about this extension of our HARMAN distribution rights,” said Michael Arntz, General Manager, Fairlight. “The inclusion of renowned HARMAN audio brands means we are now able to offer a complete package, which is something our customers in the touring market have previously asked us to supply. We understand our customers’ needs and we’re happy to offer an all-in-one solution. We are completely aligned with HARMAN’s mission to provide innovative products and engaging customer support. We’ve experienced a great deal of success in distributing Martin by HARMAN lighting solutions, and we look forward to extending that passion to iconic brands like JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS, satisfying the increasing demand for HARMAN lighting and audio solutions across Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands.”

Fairlight has over 30 years of experience providing lighting and audio solutions and is well-known for offering a broad scope of professional services within the industry. The distribution agreement comes into effect immediately. Please contact europeanmarketing@harman.com for any additional questions.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Enchanting Sound and Lighting to Iceland’s Secret Solstice Music Festival

September 26, 2018

REYKJAVÍK, Iceland—HljóðX recently deployed HARMAN Professional Solutions audio systems and lighting solutions at Iceland's Secret Solstice music festival, including a JBL VTX line array system, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital mixing consoles and Martin lighting fixtures.

Held in Reykjavík during a period of 24-hour sunlight in the Arctic Circle, the annual music festival features non-stop performances across four outdoor stages and an indoor club venue. Festival organizers hired HljóðX to provide sound and lighting systems for all five venues that could accomodate the festival‘s diverse lineup of high profile artists, including Slayer, Gucci Mane, Bonnie Tyler and Steve Aoki. HljóðX outfitted each stage with JBL VTX V-Series line array loudspeakers, Crown I-tech amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers and Martin lighting fixtures.

“The event environment is fast-paced, and being able to set up and connect the sound system in a very short time and get started quickly with great-sounding JBL presets is important for us,” said Ingolfur Arnarsson, CEO of HljóðX. “That gives us additional time to work on the audio and further tweak each system for the best sound for each act. That’s an important aspect that we really like in the JBL system.”

HljóðX equipped the stages with JBL VTX V25-II loudspeakers and S28 suspended subwoofers, Crown I-Tech 12000HD and 4x3500HD amplifiers, and BSS OMNIDRIVE HD signal processing. Soundcraft digital mixing consoles integrated seamlessly with the system, which made it easy for sound engineers to adapt to different sets throughout the day.

“It is a true joy to work with the VTX 25 at a festival like this,” said Axel Flex Arnason, Sound Engineer at Secret Solstice. “At my stage I’m confronted with a very broad spectrum of music, from a live band playing soft soul music to aggressive hip hop, often with a lot going on in the lower frequencies. The VTX system gave me an even palette to work with, delivering beautiful, undistorted sound quality through the entire spectrum at loud volume.”

“We ran the system full range to have more even coverage on the low end,“ said Eyvindur Eggertsson, project manager at HljóðX sound division. “That supported the sound of all the different artists who performed with very nice results.“

Martin MAC Aura XB Wash fixtures provided bright illumination to compete with the midnight sun, and their compact design and low power consumption was ideal for running multiple stages efficiently. HljóðX used the Rush MH3 for narrow, long-throw beam lighting and spectacular mid-air effects. Atomic 3000 LED strobe lights amped up the energy, especially in the indoor club venue.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers a Superior Audio Experience at Guru Nanak College

September 20, 2018

CHENNAI, India—Studio Care recently installed a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system in the Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Auditorium at Guru Nanak College.

Inaugurated by President Shri Ram Nath Kovind on the school’s 42nd annual convocation day, the 7,200-square-foot auditorium houses 900 seats and is used for various student activities, cultural programs, convocation and other ceremonies. In order to deliver clear and even audio coverage throughout the facility, Studio Care deployed an end-to-end HARMAN Professional audio solution made up of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplification, BSS signal processors, Soundcraft digital mixing consoles and AKG microphones.

“This is a fairly large auditorium, and the client wanted a state-of-the-art audio system that could deliver clear and uniform coverage,” said Mr. S. Kangayan, Owner, Studio Care. “We chose HARMAN Professional Solutions for their prestigious brands, extensive service network, and the ability to create an end-to-end audio solution from a single manufacturer. We supplied, installed and programmed the entire solution with strong support from the HARMAN engineering team. The JBL loudspeakers have delivered exceptional sound quality and coverage, and the client is very satisfied with the installation.”

The main audio system includes four JBL AM7315/95 loudspeakers and two ASB7128 subwoofers, as well as four AC18/26 loudspeakers for side fills and six EON612 self-powered loudspeakers for stage monitors. The loudspeakers are powered with two Crown DCi 4l1250N power amplifiers, the subwoofers are powered by a Crown DCi 4l2400N power amplifier, and the side fills are powered by a DCi 2l600N power amplifier. Audio is mixed on a Soundcraft Si Impact 32-channel digital mixing console, and AKG microphones provide exceptional clarity and intelligibility for cultural programs, lectures, demonstrations and other presentations.

“Our installation at the Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Auditorium is an important milestone, and our expertise in the education market enabled us to deliver a world-class system in a very unique space,” said Prashant Govindan, Senior Director, India and SAARC, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The Guru Nanak Education Society is a non-profit organization that is supported by 250 Sikh families residing in Chennai. Despite being a small community, their contribution in the field of education is commendable. During the project’s planning phase, the team at Guru Nanak College communicated that they wanted a high quality system with robust output, which helped deliver the right solution under a tight timeline. The entire project was completed in just two months—from planning to execution.”