HARMAN Professional Solutions Celebrates 20 Years of Exceptional Sound and Lighting at The Kennedy Center

February 21, 2018

New video showcases how HARMAN Professional audio and lighting solutions deliver exceptional results for more than 2,000 events each year   

WASHINGTON D.C.—As the nation’s premier performing arts and cultural center, The Kennedy Center houses nine world-class performance spaces, including four theaters, three concert stages, an opera house, and a concert hall. It is also the resident venue for the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and the Washington National Opera (WNO). Each year, the Kennedy Center produces more than 2,000 events and performances, making it one of the only venues in the world to host such a high and diverse volume of programming.

In order to support a huge range of performances on a demanding schedule, the Kennedy Center relies on HARMAN Professional audio and lighting solutions to provide brilliant sound and lighting for each event. Every venue in the Kennedy Center features JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers, dbx signal processing, Soundcraft or Studer consoles, AKG microphones, and Martin lighting.

To celebrate the 20-year partnership between HARMAN and The Kennedy Center, HARMAN traveled to the facility to create this video, which shows how HARMAN Professional audio and lighting solutions give event producers impressive artistic license to achieve their vision.  

  • See how a complete HARMAN Professional audio and lighting solution enables the Kennedy Center to produce daring and artistic live performances across its nine venues
  • Learn why HARMAN equipment provides the reliability, ease-of-use, and technical redundancy required for 365 days of performances across multiple venues
  • Discover how more than 1,000 JBL loudspeakers and 500 Crown amplifiers bring impressive sound to every event
  • Find out how Soundcraft and Studer consoles, and dbx signal processing help audio engineers deliver world-class mixes for each event
  • See how AKG microphones provide professional sound reproduction for the NSO, WNO, and touring artists
  • Learn why production teams use Martin moving-head fixtures to create stunning lighting designs

“The partnership that we've had with HARMAN is 20 years old, and in those 20 years we have done extraordinary work together. We've been creative, HARMAN has been responsive. And together we have done things that we alone could never have done.”
—Deborah Rutter, President, Kennedy Center

“When the technology is at its best, you never think about it, you never see it. That allows culture to be culture and technology to just be the infrastructure that we know we need. And we're grateful to be working with HARMAN because they're a partner who can help us realize that vision.”
—Garth Ross, Vice President, Community Engagement, Kennedy Center

Watch the video now.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Earns Prestigious Awards at 2018 NAMM Show

January 29, 2018

HARMAN’s Vanessa Mering honored with 2018 She Rocks Award; JBL Intonato 24 and AKG C636 win NAMM TEC Awards; JBL Professional recognized for Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced that it earned the following awards at the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California:

  • Vanessa Mering, Marketing Manager at HARMAN Professional, ­received the 2018 She Rocks Award from The Women’s International Music Network. The award recognizes Mering’s leadership and contributions to the music industry.
  • The JBL Intonato 24 monitor management tuning system received the 2018 NAMM TEC Award in the category of Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement.
  • The AKG C636 master reference condenser microphone ­received the 2018 NAMM TEC Award in the category of Microphones – Sound Reinforcement.
  • The JBL EON ONE PRO rechargeable all-in-one portable PA received the Music & Sound Award for Best Speaker of 2017 from The Music & Sound Retailer. 
  • JBL Professional received the 2017 Dealer’s Choice Award for Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year from Musical Merchandise Review.
  • Soundcraft, JBL and dbx solutions received 2018 ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International Readers’ Choice Product Awards, including:
    • Soundcraft Vi1000 for the Mixing Control Surface category
    • JBL VTX A12 for the Large Format Line Arrays category
    • dbx DriveRack PA2 for the Signal Processors category

“I’m so grateful to the Women’s International Music Network for this award, as well as to HARMAN for the support and opportunities,” said Vanessa Mering, Marketing Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “It’s an honor to lead the Women’s Network on our campus, and bring everyone together to expand opportunities for women. I’m so proud to be part of a company that elevates different perspectives, and love working in an industry that empowers people to be creative and make their voices heard.”

“HARMAN Professional is extremely honored to receive a NAMM TEC Award for the JBL Intonato 24,” said Peter Chaikin, Director, Recording Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “So many incredible people were involved in the success of the product including HARMAN Director of Technology Jim Pennock and HARMAN Solutions Manager Ted White, who were on the front line of development and played a vital part in launching not only the JBL Intonato 24, but also the JBL 7 Series master reference monitors.”


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JBL Professional Announces Guest Speakers and In-Booth Appearances at the 2018 NAMM Show

January 18, 2018

High-profile interviews and appearances will include George Clinton and members of Parliament Funkadelic, Jeff Baxter, CJ Vanston, Neal Pogue, Ryan Hewitt and more

NAMM (Booth #14811), ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions with its JBL Professional brand today announced its lineup of guest speakers and in-booth appearances at the 2018 NAMM show.

Guests are invited to stop by the HARMAN Professional Solutions booth for a series of artist interviews hosted by world-renowned TV and radio personality Nic Harcourt, as well as intimate performances, artist meet and greets, autograph sessions, and more.

The diverse lineup of legendary artists and HARMAN Professional Solutions Ambassadors will include George Clinton and members of Parliament Funkadelic, Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarists Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Grammy Award-winning producer Neal Pogue, and more.

NAMM 2018 Guest Speakers and In-Booth Appearances:

  • George Clinton, Lige Curry and DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight—Members of legendary funk group Parliament Funkadelic
    • Friday (1/26) at 4:00PM – 5:00PM
    • Saturday (1/27) at 2:00PM – 3:00PM
  • Jeff “Skunk” Baxter—Guitarist for Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers
    • Thursday (1/25) at 2:00PM – 3:00PM
  • Flavor Flav—Rapper in Public Enemy, actor, TV personality and comedian
    • Thursday (1/25) at 4:00PM – 5:00PM
  • CJ Vanston—Film composer, record producer, songwriter and keyboardist
    • Thursday (1/25) at 2:00PM – 3:00PM
  • Neal Pogue—Grammy Award-Winning hip-hop mixer and producer
    • Friday (1/26) at 2:00PM – 3:00PM
  • Ryan Hewitt—Producer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dixie Chicks and Blink-182
    • Friday (1/26) at 2:00PM – 3:00PM
  • dUg Pinnick—Bass guitarist, songwriter and vocalist for King’s X
    • Sunday (1/28) at 2:00PM – 3:00PM
  • Daley—British recording artist and songwriter
    • Saturday (1/27) at 4:00PM – 5:00PM
  • MJ Ultra—LA-based alternative R&B artist
    • Thursday (1/25) at 11:30AM – 12:30PM, 1:30PM – 2:30PM, 3:30PM – 4:30PM
    • Sunday (1/28) at 11:30AM – 12:30PM, 1:30PM – 2:30PM, 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Days and times are subject to change. For the most updated information, please visit https://pro.harman.com/lp/namm-2018.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Opens North America Experience Center in Los Angeles

December 04, 2017

15,000-square-foot, multi-functional facility showcases cutting-edge technology offerings and demonstrates the power of HARMAN Professional Solutions

LOS ANGELES—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced the grand opening of the HARMAN Experience Center in Los Angeles. The facility joins a worldwide network of HARMAN Professional Solutions Experience Centers in Singapore, China and soon in London, designed to demonstrate how HARMAN solutions uniquely address customer needs across multiple vertical markets. 

The new 15,000-square-foot, multi-functional facility showcases HARMAN Professional Solutions product solutions in a variety of entertainment and enterprise market applications. The Experience Center demonstrates the integration of brands including JBL Professional®, AKG Acoustics®, AMX®, BSS Audio®, Crown International®, dbx Professional®, DigiTech®, Lexicon Pro®, Martin®, Soundcraft® and Studer®.

“With the opening of our flagship Experience Center, we are bringing the HARMAN Professional Solution proposition to life while giving visitors a glimpse into the investments we’re making in our brands,” said Bryan Bradley, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Americas, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “From JBL sound and Martin lighting to AMX controllers and Samsung displays, the entire facility is a brilliant demonstration of what HARMAN products can do when deployed seamlessly together in enterprise and entertainment environments.”

The Experience Center is comprised of several dedicated spaces:

A unique grand entrance corridor features lighting effects and audio synced to, and anchored by, an 18’x’10’ Samsung LED video wall. The corridor is adorned with Technical GRAMMY Awards presented to JBL Professional® (2005), AKG Acoustics ® (2010) and Lexicon Pro® (2014) for contributions of technical significance in recorded field.

The Product Showroom is filled with HARMAN solutions including HARMAN’s Connected Retail Experience, Connected Huddle Space, Voice Enabled Cognitive Hotel Room, Home Recording, Networked AVoIP, and much more.

The 6,000-square-foot Soundstage delivers Live Entertainment audio, video and lighting demonstrations for House of Worship, Nightclub, Performing Arts, and Touring.

The Café, Boardroom and Training Center are not only practical-use spaces, but also areas that demonstrate HARMAN solutions in restaurant, corporate and education settings.

“With the Experience Center, we can now take conversations with our customers off tradeshow floors and into our facility to give customers and influencers a deeper and more meaningful experience all day, any day of the year,” said Erik Tarkiainen, Vice President of Global Marketing, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “This opening is an important milestone, and it marks a new and exciting beginning for HARMAN Professional Solutions. We are excited for our customers to join us as we continue to move the industry forward together.”

The Experience Center is open by appointment only to HARMAN and Samsung customers, employees, distributors, sales representatives, dealers, artists and other industry professionals for meetings, performances, productions, hospitality events and more.


Evaride and MJ Ultra Join the HARMAN Professional Solutions Ambassadors Program

October 05, 2017

Buzzworthy pop rock trio Evaride and rising R&B singer MJ Ultra join the HARMAN family to share their talent with music fans worldwide

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced that two of the industry’s most exciting new artists—Evaride and MJ Ultra—have joined the HARMAN Professional Solutions Ambassadors Program.

Within 24 hours of announcing their formation earlier this year, pop rock trio Evaride garnered more than 20,000 social media followers before they even released a song. Part of that excitement stems from the band’s lineup of seasoned musicians, including drummer Josh Devine (One Direction), guitarist Hayden Maringer (J.Lo, Demi Lovato, Daya), and vocalist Sean Michael Murray (Green Day's “American Idiot” and RENT on Broadway).

The soaring debut single “Heartless” catapulted the band onto a national level, with Evaride recently being named iHeartRadio’s "Emerging Artist". "Heartless” was also featured on iTunes’ "Hot Tracks" and "Top New Alternative Tracks" pages, as well as Shazam's "Best New Music" playlist. Based in New York and Los Angeles, the band is planning to release a full album in 2018, and is working on a music video by acclaimed director Dale ‘Rage’ Resteghini (Fall Out Boy, Pitbull, Lil Wayne) in association with HARMAN Professional Solutions’ JBL Professional and AKG brands.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with HARMAN Professional Solutions and represent legendary audio brands like AKG, JBL and Crown,” said Sean Michael Murray. “The support we’ve received from HARMAN has been incredible, especially as we head into the studio to record our album with the backing of these great brands.”

LA-based artist MJ Ultra has quickly established himself as one of R&B’s most exciting new voices. MJ Ultra is currently promoting his debut independent album, "Ocean Drive", and recently completed an extensive European summer tour. 

MJ has also scored original songs and music videos for several films, including "Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack”, Justin Timberlake's "Friends with Benefits", Kevin James' "Here Comes the Boom", and the Netflix original "#RealityHigh”. His music has also been featured on “Dancing with the Stars” and “America's Got Talent”. MJ’s latest feature collaboration with Barcelona-based DJ duo Boxinlion, "Black & White", has amassed more than 12 million YouTube views and 4 million Spotify plays. 

“The HARMAN brands have been the backbone of some of the most iconic music recordings and performances in history and I’m honored to be part of that rich tradition,” said MJ Ultra. “This partnership will enable me to further my artistic vision, and open new opportunities to connect with fans across the world.”  

The HARMAN Professional Solutions Ambassadors program gives the world’s leading artists a powerful platform to share their passion for music and audio technology. More artist and audio professional partnerships will be unveiled in the coming months—from composers and engineers to breakout stars and veteran musicians.


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Samsung Debuts World’s First Cinema LED Display

July 18, 2017

SEOUL, KOREA – JULY 13, 2017 – Samsung Electronics today announced it has installed its first ever commercial Cinema LED Screen at Lotte Cinema World Tower in Korea. Designed as a High Dynamic Range (HDR) LED theater display, the Cinema LED Screen creates a more captivating and vibrant viewing experience through next-generation picture quality and true-to-life audio thanks to collaboration between HARMAN Professional Solutions and Samsung Audio Lab.

“Through sharper and more realistic colors, complementary audio and an elevated presentation, our Cinema LED Screen makes viewers feel as if they are part of the picture,” said HS Kim, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to partner with Lotte Cinema to bring this technology to theater-goers, and look forward to continuing to shape the cinema of the future.”

Stretching nearly 10.3m (33.8ft) wide in size, the Cinema LED Screen accommodates a variety of theater configurations while ensuring superior levels of technical performance, reliability and quality. The display brings the visual power of HDR picture quality to the big screen, and enlivens content with both ultra-sharp 4K resolution (4,096 x 2,160) and peak brightness levels (146fL) nearly 10 times greater than that offered by standard projector technologies. Additionally, the Cinema LED Screen’s futuristic, distortion-free presentation leverages ultra-contrast and low-tone grayscale settings to showcase the brightest colors, deepest blacks and most pristine whites at a nearly infinite contrast ratio.

To go with the stunning video technology within the ‘SUPER S’ theater of Lotte Cinema, Samsung has paired its Cinema LED Screen with state-of-the-art audio technologies from JBL by HARMAN. This integration includes powerful speakers bordering the screen, proprietary audio processing technology, and JBL’s Sculpted Surround system, producing an unparalleled sight and sound experience the way the content creators intended.

As demands within the cinema space evolve, Samsung’s Cinema LED Screen offers the versatility to expand services to meet a wider range of audience needs. The display maintains its advanced presentation capabilities in a range of dark and ambient lighting conditions. This flexibility makes the Cinema LED Screen ideal for venues wishing to use their theater space for corporate events, concerts, sports event viewing and gaming competitions.

“‘SUPER S’ theater is a new paradigm of movie screening,” said Wonchun Cha, Lotte Cinema CEO. “We look forward to working with Samsung to introduce new, high-quality technology to the movie industry in the future, and we are excited to drive customer satisfaction through an improved viewing environment that brings a variety of content to life.”

Prior to its commercial debut, Samsung ran the Cinema LED Screen through a series of the industry’s most rigorous tests to validate its performance and presentation. In May 2017, the Cinema LED Screen became the first product to achieve full compliance with the highly-esteemed Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) theater technology standards prior to its commercial release. This certification acknowledges the display’s ability to showcase the complete color spectrum with unaltered accuracy.


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HARMAN Showcases Newly Expanded Connected PA at InfoComm 2017

June 14, 2017

New integrated PA ecosystem automates setup and configuration of microphones, DI boxes, mixers and loudspeakers, providing exceptional ease of use and versatility for a wide range of AV scenarios

InfoComm (Booth #3201), ORLANDO— HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today presented the HARMAN Connected PA at the 2017 InfoComm show.

The HARMAN Connected PA is a complete, integrated ecosystem of audio products that allows AV specialists, educators, houses of worship, small venue owners and musicians to get professional results quickly and easily via HARMAN Connected PA app, regardless of their level of experience with pro audio equipment or traditional sound systems.

“The HARMAN Connected PA is ideal for a number of pro-AV solutions, and we’re excited to have thought leaders and industry pros from around the world experience it at InfoComm 2017,” said Adam Holladay, Director, Hospitality Solutions and Marketing, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With the HARMAN Connected PA, ioSYS technology automates setup and hardware configuration and enables anyone to achieve great sound quality, regardless of previous audio experience. And although the technology is brand new, we’ve designed the system deliberately to provide the exact same user experience to anyone who’s ever connected speakers and a mixer using analog cables.”

HARMAN’s exclusive ioSYS™ technology is at the heart of the Connected PA system, enabling products with the embedded technology to automatically recognize each other and be configured automatically with the HARMAN Connected PA app. This takes the guesswork out of setup and configuration, and enables users to consistently achieve great live sound. The Connected PA product ecosystem initially includes equipment from Soundcraft, JBL, dbx and AKG, allowing users to create systems that suit their specific needs. Compatible products include:

  • Soundcraft Ui12, Ui16, and Ui24R Digital Mixers
  • JBL PRX800 Series Loudspeakers
  • dbx DI1 Active Direct Box
  • AKG P5i Microphone
  • AKG MDAi CPA Connected PA microphone adapter

Connected PA was recently expanded with the release of the AKG MDAi CPA Connected PA microphone adapter. Featuring embedded ioSYS technology, this small and portable accessory makes the groundbreaking HARMAN Connected PA System compatible with all AKG dynamic vocal mics, as well as mics from other manufacturers. Simply attach the device to any input of a Soundcraft Ui24R mixer, then plug in a dynamic mic and mic cable for automatic recognition with the HARMAN Connected PA app and ecosystem—providing effortless set up, instant recall of performer and presets, and great sound for musicians of all skill levels.

HARMAN ioSYS technology combines the transmission of device-specific data over standard analog cables with WiFi in order to generate a map of all analog connections. By knowing the precise model and serial numbers of connected devices, the groundbreaking new HARMAN Connected PA mobile app configures input channel strips, recalls microphone presets and even recalls specific mixer settings for a performer. The system also recognizes which models of powered loudspeakers are connected to the mixer outputs, automatically automating gain staging, recalling appropriate EQ presets and even transmitting wireless access point information to link the speakers to the integrated WAP in the Soundcraft Ui Series mixer.

The HARMAN Connected PA mobile app provides one centralized interface for full audio system control, removing the need for multiple apps and GUIs. It intelligently brings together Soundcraft mixing consoles, AKG microphones, dbx DI boxes and JBL speakers into a single user interface, offering a flexible and scalable solution that makes it easy to get great sound quickly and simply. The Connected PA mobile app is now available for immediate download on both iOS and Android devices.

HARMAN Professional Solutions plans to add many new products to the Connected PA ecosystem to provide greater versatility, and will be deploying ioSYS technology across several other markets to bring the same configuration simplicity to installation and larger live sound applications.

Availability

The HARMAN Connected PA app is in public beta and currently available from the Apple App Store, Google Play, Soundcraft.com and JBLPro.com.

The Soundcraft and JBL components mentioned in this announcement are all currently available but may require firmware updates to enable HARMAN Connected PA functionality. For additional information on the HARMAN Connected PA app and ecosystem, please visit www.connected-pa.com.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Wins NAB 2017 Best of Show Award for Studer DIOS

May 03, 2017

Innovative I/O automation software for broadcasters receives the NewBay Best of Show Award from TV Technology

Northridge, Calif. —HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced that its new Studer DIOS I/O routing software was awarded the NewBay Best of Show Award from TV Technology at the 2017 NAB Show. NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Unveiled at NAB 2017 to widespread acclaim, DIOS is the world’s first I/O routing automation software designed to manage and simplify complex routing matrices within broadcast workflows.

“The response to DIOS at NAB 2017 has been overwhelming, and we’re honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Director of Solutions & Marketing for Hospitality and Broadcast, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “By managing and simplifying complex routing processes, DIOS will help broadcasters increase production efficiency, reduce common workflow errors and expand on-air redundancy. We’re excited to partner with industry leaders to ensure DIOS continually evolves to meet the ever-changing requirements of modern broadcast. This award reinforces our belief that we’re off to a great start.”

“The products nominated for the Best of Show program, now in its fourth year, provide an outstanding overview of new technology on the show floor and shine a spotlight on the very best,” said Eric Trabb, Vice President & Group Publisher, NewBay Broadcast & Video Group.

DIOS offers a number of key features that help broadcasters increase production efficiency and reduce workflow errors, including I/O routing management and automation, automated and redundant pathfinding, diagnostic notifications, transportation of baseband and IP data, offline configuration capabilities and more.

DIOS will be available in fall 2017. To learn more, visit our Studer DIOS product page.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Releases the HARMAN Connected PA App Public Beta for iOS and Android

April 26, 2017

Public beta of new mobile app provides a centralized solution for intuitive setup, configuration and control for products in the HARMAN Connected PA system

NORTHRIDGE, CA—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the public beta of the HARMAN Connected PA mobile app for iOS and Android, available now. The HARMAN Connected PA is a complete, integrated system of live sound products that allows musicians and performers at any skill level to quickly and easily get professional results. The Connected PA app is at the center of the system, and provides one centralized interface for full audio system setup, configuration and control for products in the Connected PA product family.  

“The HARMAN Connected PA simplifies setup for PA systems and makes it easy to achieve great live sound quality, regardless of prior experience with traditional sound systems,” said Noel Larson, Senior Global Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The HARMAN Connected PA is the first completely integrated live sound system that makes it easy to set up and get professional sound in minutes, and the groundbreaking HARMAN Connected PA mobile app provides essential controls for the entire system. With the app and an iOS or Android device, musicians can streamline speaker and mixer setup, get amazing vocal and instrument sounds with genre-specific presets, instantly recall settings by just plugging in and much more. Now, musicians can focus on what matters most—playing music.”

Connected PA products are embedded with HARMAN’s exclusive ioSYS™ technology, which enables the different elements of the PA to recognize each other and be configured automatically with the HARMAN Connected PA app. The app automatically identifies and configures connected equipment, provides setup wizards for quick and easy system configuration, and offers access from a variety of devices, including iOS and Android tablets. Compatible products currently include:

  • Soundcraft Ui12*, Ui16*, and Ui24R digital mixers
  • JBL PRX800** loudspeakers
  • dbx Di1 active direct box
  • AKG P5i microphone
  • AKG MDAi dynamic microphone adapter for Connected PA

HARMAN Professional Solutions plans to add additional new products to the Connected PA family to provide musicians with greater versatility and adaptable performance. 

*Requires firmware update to v6905 or higher   **Requires firmware update to v1.0.1.91 or higher

Availability
The HARMAN Connected PA app is now available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Download the app, check it out with your compatible product and let us know what you think. 

The Soundcraft and JBL components mentioned in this announcement are all currently available but may require firmware updates to enable HARMAN Connected PA functionality. For additional information on the HARMAN Connected PA app and compatible products, please visit Connected-PA.com.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps the University of Richmond Deliver an Incredible Student Experience

April 26, 2017

A complete networked HARMAN AV solution helps deliver a high-impact, immersive and media-rich experience for visitors and prospective students

RICHMOND, Va.—The University of Richmond recently installed a complete AV system by HARMAN Professional Solutions in its new Queally Center, a cutting-edge facility that serves as a welcome center for guests and unites the offices of admissions, financial aid and employer relations. In order to create a memorable experience for visitors and meet the needs of students throughout their collegiate journey, the University of Richmond’s Information Services team equipped the building with an integrated HARMAN AV solution made up of AMX control systems, JBL Professional speakers and Crown professional power amplifiers. Today, the university uses the building-wide HARMAN system to provide an immersive experience for prospective students—and help current students pursue professional opportunities.

“We standardized on AMX over ten years ago, and it has been an excellent platform,” said Doug West, Assistant Vice President of Information Services, University of Richmond. “The HARMAN system is incredibly flexible. Professors can walk into any smart classroom on campus, immediately configure the room for their lecture needs, and deliver high quality audio and video presentations. Although the technology capabilities in the Queally Center go far beyond those of our standard classroom spaces, we still wanted to extend that same ease-of-use to the new facility.” 

The University of Richmond consistently ranks among Ivy League schools as a top academic institution, and more than 20,000 prospective students visit the campus each year. In 2014, the university started planning construction for a new building that could illustrate the university’s cutting-edge learning environment and support current students in the first steps of their professional careers.

Combining the offices of admissions, financial aid and employer relations, the Queally Center was designed as a true multi-use facility. The 56,000-square-foot building includes a welcome center with interactive touchpoints, smart conference rooms that enable students to go on virtual interviews with potential employers, staff offices and a multifunction 500-seat assembly room at the heart of the facility.

Designed in collaboration with the university’s Communications and Digital Engagement team, the building entrance opens into a hallway lined with brilliant digital displays, interactive information kiosks and a striking 9-panel video wall. A central AMX touch panel controls each of the displays and interactive touch points. Prospective students can use the kiosks to explore campus maps, watch videos about academic programs and connect with the university through social media channels.

At the same time, the gorgeous wall-mounted displays feature imagery of student life and important moments in university history. The result is a technology-rich facility that has an instant impact on visitors—and is highly functional for the faculty, staff and students who work in the center every day.      

The centerpiece of the Queally Center is a premium 500-seat assembly room. The venue includes three 12-foot screens with short-throw projectors and four supporting 82-inch displays for presentations. The assembly room also features an integrated sound system made up of JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, which provide pristine sound reinforcement and flexibility for a wide range of events. Four AMX touch panels allow admissions staff members to manage the different space configurations. Master control of the facility is also accessible on an iPad via the AMX TP Control application.   

To make the most of the space, the room can be converted into two or three individual meeting rooms via dividing walls that descend from the ceiling. Each space can be quickly configured with its own unique audio zone and video display, making the assembly room a perfect starting point for daily campus tours and breakout sessions for prospective students. The Office of Alumni & Career Services’ Career Gallery and Employer Suite is also located in the new building. Here, students meet with potential employers in interview suites, which are equipped with in-person and virtual interview capabilities, including displays, JBL speakers and state-of-the-art video-conferencing equipment.

“The AMX touch panels throughout the building make it easy to control all of the AV systems—from the displays throughout the building, to the conference rooms and out to the courtyard,” explained West. “In the assembly room alone, there are twelve source points that can be routed to seven content destinations, and all of that is seamlessly controlled by AMX equipment.”

Before the new facility existed, the University of Richmond offices of admission, financial aid and employer relations were in separate locations. Embarking on daily campus tours, seeking information about academic programs and tuition, and connecting with future employers required multiple trips to different buildings. With the Queally Center and the end-to-end HARMAN solution, these services and experiences are unified in a single building that not only meets the needs of all three departments, but also provides a breathtaking experience for visitors to campus.

“Because HARMAN offers a tightly integrated solution, we’re able to handle very complex A/V switching behind the scenes in a streamlined, elegant manner,” West concluded. “It makes a huge difference to presenters when technical staff are not available.”

 

Products Used:

AMX Audio Visual Control Systems
JBL Professional Speakers
Crown Professional Power Amplifiers
 

ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research and cultural facilities and opportunities usually found only at large institutions. It offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies. Richmond is recognized by virtually every college guide as one of America’s best private, liberal arts universities. University of Richmond is one of just a few colleges in the nation to be both need-blind in making admission decisions for domestic undergraduate students and committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated need for all accepted students.

 

*Photo Credit: University of Richmond


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Recognized with Audience Honor for Best Location-Based Experience in Ninth Annual Shorty Awards

April 24, 2017

NORTHRIDGE, CA – HARMAN Professional Solutions was awarded the Audience Honor for Best Location-Based Experience for its JBL EON ONE Take contest and truck tour. The campaign featured a national truck tour, with onsite demonstrations, live performances and a singer/songwriter contest, combined with interactive social media and web campaigns to maximize reach.

EON ONE Take contestants could record a single track of their original song in "one take" on the HARMAN Mobile Recording Truck. The entries were later evaluated by our panel of judges and 20 semi-finalists were selected. The 20 semi-finalists were narrowed to the top 10 finalists by Quincy Jones, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and Bryan Bradley, SVP & GM, Entertainment, HARMAN Professional Solutions. Once the judges selected the top 10 finalists, the performances were posted on the eononetake.com microsite and JBL Professional's YouTube channel, where the public could vote for their favorite artist by “liking” their video.

“It is an honor to be acknowledged for our innovative approach to a fully integrated campaign, which took our message on the road with an extensive national truck tour and contest,” said Stephanie O’Neill, head of social media and content marketing for HARMAN Professional Solutions. “This was a fantastic team effort across our organization to highlight the JBL EON ONE all-in-one professional PA system and grow our social media presence. Thank you to everyone who voted for our work and helped us receive this recognition.”

The Shorty Awards, now in its ninth year, were the first awards show to honor social media. By constantly evolving along with the changing landscape of social media, The Shortys remain the most prominent award show of its kind. The Shorty Awards continue to recognize the most influential, popular, and culturally relevant brands, organizations, agencies, campaigns and influencers across social media.

Ninth Annual Shorty Award Brand and Organization winners were announced in AdWeek and will be celebrated at the star-studded awards ceremony on April 23 in New York City.

Winners and honorees of the Shorty Awards were selected by members of the Real Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences (rtacademy.org), comprised of experts in advertising, media, entertainment and technology. Members of the Academy include Luanne Calvert (CMO of Virgin America), Jonathan Mildenhall (CMO of Airbnb), Kimberly Bryant (Founder, Black Girls CODE), Shiza Shahid, (Cofounder and Global Ambassador, The Malala Fund) and Bonin Bough (Chief Media and eCommerce Officer, Mondelez International), among others.

The Shorty Awards also introduced the inaugural Shorty Audience Honor this year, a new honor given to the brand or organization whose campaign received the most votes from the public.

 

ABOUT THE SHORTY AWARDS

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and are produced by Sawhorse Media (http://sawhorsemedia.com/), a New York-based technology startup. Sawhorse also created and runs Muck Rack (http://muckrack.com/), the leading software platform that helps Fortune 500 companies, brands, PR agencies and journalists build relationships, monitor news and measure the impact of media.