May 10, 2022
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control technologies, today introduced the JBL SRX900 Series of powered line arrays. The family, which includes dual 6.5-inch and dual 10-inch powered line array elements and 18-inch and dual 18-inch powered subwoofers, is ideal for rental companies, fixed installations and musicians seeking the ultimate combination of performance and portability.
The SRX900 Series’ outstanding performance is based on time-tested JBL technologies: Custom-engineered and manufactured, high-power-handling transducers deliver superior fidelity and class-leading output. Precision waveguides provide accurate pattern control for intelligibility and definition that are unmatched in this category. User-configurable DSP and design-and-management software tools provide hands-on control from a computer or mobile device, making design, deployment and control a breeze. SRX900’s cabinet architecture is thoughtfully engineered for easy handling, fast rigging, minimal space displacement and streamlined transport.
“With the SRX900 Series, we’ve brought JBL’s professional line array technologies to versatile, budget-friendly systems that can grow with customers’ needs,” says George Georgallis, Director, Product Management – Performance Audio at HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Because systems are scalable, it’s easy to start with a small investment and expand a system over time. Also, SRX900 models are voiced to work seamlessly with other JBL tour systems.”
SBX900 Series speakers showcase acoustic innovations like JBL’s patented Radiation Boundary Integrator™ (RBI), which mounts both the high and low-frequency transducers on a single horn, improving horizontal dispersion while minimizing cabinet size. A proprietary waveguide provides perfect cabinet-to-cabinet summation for seamless front-to-back coverage, and a large horn extends low-frequency control and reduces unwanted energy behind the array.
The SRX900’s next-gen 2432H-3 compression driver features a neodymium magnet structure, 3-inch titanium diaphragm and a 1.5-inch exit, for crisp transients, superior dynamic range and extended sensitivity beyond 10 kHz. Woofers are based on JBL’s Differential Drive dual-voicecoil, dual-gap design, which delivers better heat dissipation, lower power compression, and wider dynamic range than conventional single-coil designs. It all adds up to extended frequency response, high power capacity and low distortion in an incredibly lightweight driver assembly.
SRX900 models feature built-in DSP that provides everything users need to optimize and tune their systems, including 24-band parametric EQ, 2,000 ms of delay and gain control. JBL’s proprietary Array Size Compensation (ASC) filter corrects for different array sizes, while the FIR-based Throw Distance Compensation (TDC) filter compensates for air-imposed sound loss, for more uniform sound distribution. A rear-panel LCD provides access to key control features.
A suite of software tools simplify system design and management: Use the Windows-based LAC-3 simulation software to predict acoustical performance and the Array Link iOS/Android companion app to share rigging and mechanical information from LAC-3 to mobile devices. The SRX900 Series’ dedicated CloudworX Performance Wi-Fi-capable system-management software integrates configuration and control functions in a single application.
The SRX900 Series supports HARMAN’s new HControl Ethernet protocol, which brings advances in stability, reduces network traffic load and removes the need for complex IP addresses. Users can simply set a numerical value to each device for easy identification. Two switched network ports offer simplified networking for daisy-chaining. SRX900 products are equipped with dual Ethernet ports to facilitate monitoring and configuring the system over the network. Because SRX products use standard Ethernet protocols, customers can take advantage of inexpensive networking products such as Ethernet switches and Wi-Fi access points.
The SRX900 Series’ LevelMax limiter suite, codeveloped by JBL and Crown engineers, uses sophisticated excursion-control algorithms to protect transducers from mechanical damage. Long-term thermal protection keeps transducer temperatures under control, ensuring reliable operation under any conditions.
The SRX900 Series offers a complete system solution, including speakers, subwoofers and accessories that support a range of configurations and simplify storage, transport and rigging. SRX900 systems can be deployed in a variety of ways, from pole-mounted to ground-stacked to flown arrays of up to 16 cabinets. A three-point rigging system makes suspending systems safe and easy, regardless of system size or user experience level: Pre-set splay angles on the ground; cabinets lock into place once the system is lifted. SRX900 products are designed to work seamlessly with other JBL touring sound products, thanks to common voicing targets and phase characteristics.
Because the SRX900 Series is self-powered, users never have to worry about matching components or lugging amp racks. Custom Class D amplifiers are passively cooled, with no open holes that could allow water or dust to enter the electronics. A universal switching mode power supply works on any voltage between 100 and 250V, and a low power mode conserves energy when no audio is detected, saving energy. Up to eight SRX906 speakers and four SRX910 speakers can be connected to the same power circuit (depending on region), minimizing cable complexities and cutting costs.
Reinforced plywood and composite enclosures are acoustically optimized for superior bass extension and designed for a clean, modern look, with enclosed side panels and integrated handles. Cabinets feature four large double-flared low-frequency ports, which allow airflow even when driving the system to the limit.
Like every JBL product, SRX900 Series models undergo 100 hours of rigorous stress testing to ensure they will perform flawlessly and reliably in real-world conditions.
Available accessories include array frames, pole-mount and truss-clamp adapters, cases, carts and covers.
Visit www.jblpro.com for complete product details and specifications.
May 03, 2022
ATLANTA—To create the optimal guest experience at the recently opened Bellyard Hotel, Basesix Systems outfitted the venue with JBL Professional loudspeakers and AMX networked AV systems to deliver high-quality sound and video content via an easy-to-use system.
Located in Atlanta’s historic West Midtown stockyards, the Bellyard Hotel by Marriott is the cornerstone of The Interlock, the city’s newest destination for high-end shopping and culture. Opened in 2021, the boutique hotel offers the highest-quality experience for guests on business or vacation, featuring modern suites, an upscale bar and a French bakery, as well as private spaces for meetings and events. During construction, the hotel’s leadership required guidance regarding the best audio-visual systems in the lobby, bar, conference rooms and outdoor section. To meet the hotel’s modern design and commitment to quality, Basesix Systems installed solutions by JBL Professional and AMX.
“The design was probably 80% complete, but there were several question marks,” said Dan Ford, Systems Director of AV, Basesix Systems. “The consultants looked for our guidance to fill in the blanks: In this conference room, what size should the displays be? Can we put outdoor speakers or displays in this particular area? If there’s none currently in the design, how does that impact the system? We have used HARMAN on very similar projects that we've done in the past, so we knew it was a good fit when we started working on the project.”
To distribute clear sound throughout the facility, the Basesix team installed a background music system that controls levels and processing for all communal areas from a central location. While the original design called for a non-JBL Professional brand speaker, Basesix instead recommended JBL Control Series speakers to take advantage of the wide range of models and seamless integration into indoor or outdoor spaces.
The indoor spaces sport a mix of JBL Control 18CT and 24CT ceiling speakers, deployed in different areas depending on ceiling height. In areas with standard ceiling height, Basesix selected the Control 24CT for its broad, 130-degree coverage pattern. Areas with higher ceilings received Control 24CT speakers, which feature a narrower 90-degree cone of coverage. The outdoor area features JBL Control 24CT speakers in addition to wall-mounted Control 25 speakers, which feature a durable, weatherproof design that makes them suitable for all environments.
“We have used many speakers in the past, but we trust the JBL brand because of the quality and durability of the speakers in a never-stopping environment like Bellyard,” added Ford.
Serving as the hub for the hotel’s extensive audio-visual network is the AMX NX-2200 integrated controller. Implementing both analog and digital formats, the NX-2200 can effortlessly process data and automation for both modern and legacy audio-visual technology. Finally, the AMX EXB-COM2 serial interface establishes remote connection to the central head-end rack via Ethernet, enabling staff to control the system from different locations.
To allow staff to easily control the audio and video systems, Basesix deployed AMX MSD-701 and MSD-1001 touch panels throughout the lobby and conference rooms. With an intuitive interface for everything from room scheduling to audio mixing, the touch panels are easy for staff members to utilize at a moment’s notice. The overall result is a powerful yet flexible AV ecosystem that enhances the Bellyard Hotel’s communal spaces and enriches the overall guest experience.
“I have a long-standing relationship with HARMAN, and we have a history of using AMX,” added Ford. “My programmer prefers to program AMX systems because of how easy and reliable they are. If there's a problem with something that needs to be addressed quickly, AMX is always very quick to respond. We have systems that have been in place for six or seven years now, and they're still going like a workhorse.”
April 26, 2022
NÜRBURG, Germany—To enhance the visitor experience at the BMW showroom in the iconic Nürburgring motorsports complex, system integrators C-Line Mediensysteme installed a suite of powerful HARMAN Professional audio-visual solutions.
BMW and HARMAN have enjoyed a close working relationship for almost 30 years. Harman Kardon speakers deliver immersive and high-fidelity audio on the road to millions of BMW sedan and SUV owners, making HARMAN’s technology as much a part of the BMW experience as the finely-tuned engines and German craftsmanship. For its 480-square meter showroom at the legendary Nürburgring Formula 1 motorsports complex, BMW wanted a versatile and easy-to-use audio-visual system with wireless control to ensure an unforgettable experience for every visitor. To meet these requirements, BMW and C-Line deployed a comprehensive selection of AMX, JBL Professional and Crown solutions.
“We wanted to deliver a perfect sound and video system, but we had to meet a really tight deadline,” said Thomas Langenegger, Project Manager, BMW M. “Complicating matters, we had to use the venue for different exhibits, each with their own audio-visual needs.”
BMW’s primary goal for the showroom’s system was to deliver audio and video content throughout the facility with ease and efficiency. AMX SVSI 2300 Series AVoIP encoders and decoders provide the needed processing power and user-friendliness, allowing staff to display signage, presentations, and race day video feeds at the touch of a button. AMX Modero touch panels allow users to control the displays on any of the nine video walls throughout the space and select live TV, Nürburgring TV or auxiliary inputs for presenters to showcase their own content. AMX Touch Panel Control apps give users the same level of control from wireless tablets and smartphones.
"Since the beginning of the project, we knew that we would install a reliable and rock-solid control system combined with SVSI networked AV from AMX,” said Christian Kraus, Account Manager, C-Line Mediensysteme. “AMX is our manufacturer of choice and we have done many successful installations over the years using their solutions."
To accommodate the showroom’s limited size, C-Line selected JBL AC28/26 two-way loudspeakers and ASB6115 subwoofers for wide coverage and detailed sound while taking up minimal space. Because the showroom also has the ability to be divided into three separate audio zones divided by acoustic curtains, C-Line deployed JBL AWC82 and Control 67 P/T loudspeakers to provide distinct, independent audio in each area when needed. Crown CDi 4|600 and CDi 2|300 networked amplifiers, featuring easy monitoring and extensive control options, allow staff to program and adjust extremely low-latency audio throughout the facility. Langenegger reported overwhelmingly positive responses to the showroom’s audio and video components from visitors thus far, recognizing HARMAN and C-Line for their expertise and collaboration.
“BMW is a hugely design-oriented company, so we wanted speakers that would be both sleek and unobtrusive,” added Langenegger. “The JBL speakers fit the bill, and the whole system works perfectly. HARMAN and BMW have a long partnership because their equipment works and their products are excellent. We didn’t have to think too hard about partnering with HARMAN, and in the end, we chose the best system for our needs. It met, if not exceeded, our requirements.”
April 21, 2022
NAMWON, South Korea—To achieve premium sound quality and coverage throughout the Chunhyang Culture and Art Center, TechDataPS Co. Ltd. selected and installed dynamic and reliable JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft audio solutions.
As a multi-purpose artistic space in Namwon––the birthplace of the Korean traditional folk music Pansori––the Chunhyang Culture and Art Center highlights the unique character and culture of Namwon, a city founded more than 1,000 years ago. With a land area of 10,604 square meters and a total floor area of 4,410 square meters, the three-story venue features a 778-seat grand performance hall.
TechDataPS Co. Ltd. reported that the client requested a full overhaul of the venue’s audio system for greater coverage and output across all floors. To meet these goals, the installation team enlisted JBL VTX Series speakers, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft mixers for a comprehensive and powerful audio system.
Through pre-simulation, analysis and adjustment, the TechDataPS team achieved uniform sound distribution throughout the entire space. After removing the existing point source speakers on the second floor, the team installed next-generation JBL VTX A8 line array speakers with 110-degree dispersion on both the second and first floors. Equipped with 8-inch woofers, four 3.5-inch midrange drivers and two 2-inch high-frequency drivers in a compact enclosure, the A8 provides full-spectrum sound and wide dynamics for venues of any size.
Additionally, JBL VTX B18 subwoofers reinforce the system’s low end for a more impactful sound for every audience member. Featuring JBL’s patented Slip Stream double-flared exponential low-frequency port design allows the B18 to move air more efficiently while reducing audible turbulence even at maximum output. Combined with the A8, which shares the same width and suspension hardware as the B18, the speakers create a full and immersive sound fit for a wide range of performances.
These speakers will operate in tandem with the venue’s existing JBL PRX400 Series and AM Series speakers, which the installation team repositioned for stage and backstage monitoring. For the backend, Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers with OMNIDRIVEHD processing and Crown’s patented Class-I technology provide sufficient output for the entire system, while a Soundcraft Vi2000 audio mixer offers simple and responsive controls and programming.
A spokesperson for the Chunhyang Culture and Art Center noted how the venue required a high-end audio system to deliver a world-class sound for the wide range of performances throughout the year. They selected the A8 speakers to achieve that goal, and they are very satisfied with the new system overall.
"For a multipurpose venue like Chunhyang Culture and Art Center, it is imperative to have a cutting-edge audio system," said Amar Subash, Director, Channel Management and Audio Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TechDataPS for providing an enriching experience to the patrons of the art center and their unwavering confidence in HARMAN’s products to deliver unique and engaging experiences.”
April 21, 2022
ULSAN, South Korea—To outfit the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium with the latest in sound system technology, TechDataPS Co. Ltd. selected and installed a range of dynamic HARMAN Professional audio solutions.
Built to host the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium is a 43,544-seat venue at the heart of the Ulsan Sports Park. With three stories and two basement floors, the stadium features a roof covering 87% of the four-sided stands supported by steel trusses designed to emulate the whale skeleton found in the hemisphere petroglyphs at Daegok-ri, Ulju. Additional pillars allude to the Silla Gold Crown, which inspired the stadium’s nickname, “Big Crown.”
A spokesperson for TechDataPS Co. Ltd. reported that the client requested a comprehensive revamp of the stadium’s 20-year-old audio system, but the venue’s unique structure left the installation team with limited placement options. To meet these challenges, the installation team selected versatile and intuitive JBL Professional, Crown, BSS and Soundcraft audio solutions for clear output and even coverage across every seat in the stadium.
The installation team implemented JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers as the system’s primary solution thanks to its innovative auto-locking rigging mechanism and comprehensive set of mounting accessories for numerous placement options. Additionally, the IP55-rated JBL AWC129 and VLA-C2100 durable loudspeakers reinforce the sound and coverage for the first floor and upper levels, respectively. Crown DCi 4|1250N and DCi 4|1250DA amplifiers offer efficient power for the second and third floors while the DCi 2|600N and DCi 4|600N models do the same for the ground floor.
For the central control area, Soundcraft Vi2000 audio mixers with Vi Stageboxes and a JBL 308P MKII monitor, powered by a Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifier, offer intuitive controls and mixing tools for consistent, studio-quality sound. Finally, BSS BLU-100 and BLU-DAN signal processors ensure low-latency and responsive audio throughout the entire stadium.
A spokesperson for the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium said that after the much-needed audio system renewal, the stadium has now achieved the best sound quality among the ten World Cup stadiums in Korea, and is now one of the superior stadiums in the world. Given the stadium’s historical significance as the center of the 2002 World Cup, it is the pride of the Ulsan Facilities Corporation and will continue to thrive thanks to this installation. They also thanked TechData PS and HARMAN for their efforts and dedication to the project.
"Apart from delivering world-class performance, the new audio setup at Munsu Football Stadium had to meet great standards of reliability, durability and safety," said Amar Subash, Director, Channel Management and Audio Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TechData PS for delivering on all those fronts, meeting the unique demands of the space so articulately and creating an immersive space for the audience and visitors of the stadium.”
April 21, 2022
WINTER PARK, Fla.—To provide students and clients with the latest technology for creating stunning visuals, Full Sail University recently equipped its flagship venue, Full Sail Live, with Martin Professional LED lighting fixtures and creative video elements powered by Martin’s P3 control system.
One of the world’s leading universities for media and entertainment professionals, Full Sail University offers accredited degrees in the fields of music and recording, film and television, art and design, games, communications, sports broadcasting, emerging technologies and business. Full Sail’s sprawling campus includes a variety of classrooms, labs, studios and performance venues equipped with state-of-the-art technology, offering students the opportunity to learn on the same equipment and software they’ll encounter in their careers.
When it came time to upgrade the lighting rig at the university’s flagship venue for live events, Full Sail Live, staff had high standards for solutions that would benefit students and outside clients alike. Being longtime users of Martin lighting solutions, the university’s Event Operations department selected Martin MAC Ultra Performance, MAC Aura PXL and VDO Fatron 20 fixtures powered by a P3-300 system controller and P3 PowerPort 1500 power and data units.
“It's a ten-year-old facility, so we started to look at how we could offer our students and clients the latest technology,” said Vincent Lepore, Director of Event Technical Operations, Full Sail University. “The bottom line was to make sure that we're offering our students the best possible education on the most current equipment available, and that's what this system provides. First and foremost, we're a university, so education is our number one goal. We also do a lot of outside client events, so we want to make sure that not only are we offering the students the best technology, but also the outside clients.”
Another factor in the university’s choice of lighting equipment was the increased amount of live streamed events. Since lighting appears differently on camera than it does in person, Full Sail Live’s new rig had to look just as good to remote viewers as it did to live audiences.
“We've started to do a lot more live streams over the course of the past two years, and almost every event that we do now involves some sort of streaming aspect,” added Noah Rohrbaugh, Lighting Director, Full Sail University. “The lights needed to work for the in-person audience as well as what's being streamed, and that's a huge challenge because it has to look good to the human eye as well on video.”
For primary spot and profile lighting, as well as a variety of gobo effects, Full Sail acquired 13 Martin MAC Ultra Performance fixtures. Built to support the biggest live events, the new MAC Ultra Performance raises the bar for extremely bright moving lights with benchmark output across the zoom range, a next-generation framing system and extremely high-definition optics.
For wash lighting and unique pixel effects, the university ordered 34 Martin MAC Aura PXL fixtures, a multi-source wash light that combines a 19-segment main beam with a separate Aura backlight made up of 141 pixels. Individual pixel control for both sources makes it possible to combine traditional wash lighting with video content, presenting totally unique opportunities for creative lighting and visual design.
“The Ultra Performance is definitely the workhorse of this rig,” explained Rohrbaugh. “Its brightness and gobo features are able to create looks across the room that people can recognize. The Aura PXL is more of a wash fixture, but its integration with P3 and the ability to play video across it opens it up to something that we haven't seen in the past in any of our lighting fixtures—the ability to control it either from the lighting console or a media server. That was a huge plus for us when we were looking at fixtures.”
To extend video content off the venue’s main LED screen (made up of Martin VDO Face 5 HC panels) and minimize shadows in the room for better video presentation, Lepore and Rohrbaugh supplemented the main fixtures with Martin VDO Fatron 20 LED video battens. Consisting of four rows of precisely calibrated LEDs with 16-bit per-color image processing, the VDO Fatron 20 allows for infinite creative video mapping possibilities. Nine field-exchangeable diffuser and lens options expand the unit’s capabilities, and a single integrated power and data connection streamlines setup. Lepore and Rohrbaugh deployed 80 Fatron fixtures on the walls and ceiling of the venue, keeping an additional 40 in reserve to expand the rig as needed.
Behind the scenes, staff and students leverage Martin’s innovative P3 control platform to seamlessly map video content across the LED screen and lighting fixtures. Two P3-300 system controllers power the main screen, while a third powers the entire lighting rig. Additionally, Full Sail keeps a fourth P3-300 unit in reserve for expanding the rig. Combining the intuitive P3 workflow with a high-performance video processing engine, each P3-300 unit can control up to 2,080,000 pixels and integrate with DMX, Art-Net and sACN protocols. P3 PowerPort 1500 units provide stable power delivery and high-speed, high-capacity video processing.
“When you look at the rig now, the way that video content and lighting are integrated with one another is very noticeable, even to the untrained eye of someone who doesn't know about media servers or lighting,” remarked Lepore. “The way that stuff is integrated is the killer feature to me.”
In addition to creating vibrant looks onstage, reliability was a major requirement for the new lighting rig. With classes nearly every day and many live and streamed events per semester, the university needed fixtures they could trust to perform reliably, day in and day out.
“Full Sail has a very extensive history of using Martin both on the event side and the education side—in fact, just last week we used some MAC 700s from the early 2000s and they're still going great,” said Rohrbaugh. “Martin has proven to us over the years that reliability is very important. A lot of these rooms are being used multiple times every day, either by students coming in for labs or by clients that we're bringing in, so it's important that these fixtures work every time we turn them on. That's something that Martin has proven to us from the MAC 600s all the way up to what we're using now.”
On March 10th, Full Sail University held its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Full Sail Live, debuting the new lighting rig for students and alumni.
“That was the first time that we debuted the completed system with hundreds of guests in attendance, so there was a lot of ‘wow factor’ when they came into the room and saw it transformed from the way it had been in the past,” said Lepore. “It was a great system before, too, so to get such positive feedback out of people when the room already looked beautiful to begin with was really validating.”
April 21, 2022
BUSAN, South Korea—To ensure pristine sound quality throughout the prestigious Eulsukdo Cultural Center, TechDataPS Co. Ltd. installed a comprehensive audio system featuring state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions.
Founded in 2002, the Eulsukdo Cultural Center is a multi-purpose space for visitors to experience various art forms and performances with the natural beauty of Eulsukdo Island as a backdrop. Designed to achieve a harmonious blend between nature and culture, the center features an outdoor performance hall overlooking a stunning sculpture park and the island’s natural beauty, as well as three indoor exhibition areas.
TechDataPS Co. Ltd. reported that the client requested a new audio system for crystal-clear sound and full coverage within both indoor performance areas. However, the deep balconies in both areas made achieving true tonal clarity for all audience members a challenge. The installation team developed a design that achieved immersive, reflection-free sound with industry-leading JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft audio solutions.
The new system primarily features the compact yet powerful JBL VTX A8 line array speaker, which provides impactful sound and full coverage thanks to its 110-degree dispersion and mid-frequency Radiation Boundary Integrator design. Additionally, JBL VTX B18 subwoofers reinforce the lower frequencies and feature a patented Slip Stream double-flared exponential low-frequency port design to avoid muddling the system’s overall clarity. Finally, JBl VTX M20 stage monitors with Differential Drive transducers and D2 dual diaphragm, dual voice coil compression drivers ensure isolated and coherent audio for the performers onstage.
For amplification, Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers provide ample and reliable output across four channels, making it the ideal choice for the center’s diverse performances and exhibitions. Concluding the setup is the Soundcraft Vi3000 audio mixer, whose 36 faders and four Vistonics II™ touchscreens ensure versatile control and ease-of-use during performances.
Eulsukdo Cultural Center thanked the TechData team and praised the new system’s performance and flexibility. They added that they know the HARMAN solutions will help the center create unforgettable experiences for visitors and audiences of any event.
"Complementing Eulsukdo Cultural Center’s ambiance, the HARMAN PA system delivers exceptional audio across the venue," said Amar Subash, Director, Channel Management and Audio Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TechDataPS for tackling the requirements of the cultural center with dexterous use of HARMAN’s range of audio solutions while ensuring an immersive audio experience for listeners."
April 20, 2022
UNITED KINGDOM—To provide rock band Nothing But Thieves with immersive and expressive visuals for their sold-out UK arena tour, Lighting Designer Sam Tozer crafted a dynamic rig featuring Martin Professional lighting solutions, provided by Christie Lites.
The tour, which kicked off at the Birmingham Academy on October 10, 2021 and included shows at London’s O2 Arena and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, promoted the Essex band’s latest chart-topping album, Moral Panic. For Nothing But Thieves, a staple on the festival circuit, the tour marked its long-awaited return to live performances, as well as its arena debut, and so the band wanted to provide audiences with an especially memorable and high-quality live experience.
However, with no opportunity for dress rehearsals due to pandemic restrictions the lighting rig needed to be reliable and adaptable in order to adhere to the strict time frame. To meet these requirements, Tozer relied on Martin’s MAC Aura PXL and MAC Viper fixtures. His team included Account Holder Andy Stratum, Crew Chief Adam Morris and Production Manager Andrew Sweeney.
“When drawing up plans for the tour, we tried to match the new art design of the latest album,” said Tozer. “We wanted to create a clean-looking show and build dynamically during the performance with lighting added throughout the set. I wanted a rig that could light the band, but also was versatile to provide some eye candy when needed.”
The Martin MAC Viper served as the main workhorse for the tour and provided the essential key lighting for framing the band. With a 140mm front lens, CMY color mixing and two five-slot rotating gobo wheels, the Viper is a high-output yet compact tool capable of fat beams, colorful accents and a wide range of effects.
For extra production flair, Tozer selected Martin MAC Aura PXL fixtures as his side-lights, providing elegant and well-articulated effects throughout the show. Featuring its characteristic multi-lens “bubbles” and Aura backlight technology, the Aura PXL offers to-the-pixel control via DMX, Art-Net, sACN or P3 for a wide range of detailed washes and vivid effects. Tozer added that he hid the Auras behind a transparent plastic drape, which deflected the light hitting the stage and gave an increased illusion of depth.
“When selecting the fixtures for this tour, I wanted a wash light that was bright and bold,” explained Tozer. “The MAC Aura PXL met these requirements and delivered brilliant whites and an unbeatable color range. It’s one of my favorite fixtures to work with. I love the pure output and the wide range of colors, especially the pastels.”
Nothing But Thieves’ 2021 tour was a hit with audiences and critics alike, and showcased the band as a bona fide, arena-filling live act. Tozer praised the predictable, intuitive nature of the Martin fixtures, which behaved exactly as expected.
“Going straight to the stage, we needed to make sure the lights worked reliably—and they did,” said Tozer. “Everything remained in sync, giving the audience an unforgettable show. The way the Martin fixtures easily interfaced with our console allowed us to be really creative.”
April 20, 2022
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control, today introduces the Martin ERA 150 Wash moving-head and Martin ELP PAR static LED wash.
These next-generation fixtures produce class-leading lumen output with high-intensity zoom, full-gamut color calibration and smart rigging and control functions, making them versatile workhorse lighting solutions for rentals, installs and touring.
Brightness That Goes the Distance
The Martin ERA 150 Wash, the successor to the iconic Martin RUSH MH 6 moving-head LED, delivers a stunning 3,900 lumens—twice the brightness of its predecessor—thanks to its newly engineered 7 x 40W RGBW light engine and optical system. It’s ideal for covering larger stages that require long throw distances.
The ELP PAR, a successor to the best-selling RUSH PAR 2 static LED outputs 3,500 lumens, twice the output of the previous model, thanks to the same powerful new light engine and optical system.
Full-Gamut Color Calibration
The ERA 150 Wash and ELP PAR feature full-gamut color-calibration systems, which allow consistent color reproduction from fixture to fixture and support a dedicated color temperature control channel for adjusting the color space from the desired color temperature.
High-Intensity Zoom for Washes and Beams
With a wide zoom range of 4.2–58 degrees, the ERA 150 Wash and ELP PAR excel at producing broad washes and high-intensity mid-air effects.
Smart Setup Features
Streamline setup with the ELP PAR’s smart rigging and control features, including omega-bracket-connectivity and clear angle-projection indicators that allow for quick and repeatable installation. With the push of a button, the fixture temporarily switches to full-power/open-white/adjustable-zoom settings to instantly confirm projection and focus.
An All-Weather Option
The ELP PAR IP variant (available later this year) is IP65 rated for outdoor use, providing protection from water and dust. And, its sealed design supports fewer maintenance cycles.
Both lights feature a low-noise Theatre mode, which operates at a whisper-quiet 33 dB.
Fixtures are ready for the road, thanks to their tough, lightweight yet durable design that has been verified through Martin’s extensive test program.
“We built the ERA 150 Wash and ELP PAR to significantly raise the brightness bar in the compact class, producing up to twice the lumen output of their predecessors,” says Mark Mercer-Buss, Martin Product Manager, Entertainment Lighting. “Adding new features such as full-gamut color calibration, enhanced optics for narrow beam projection and a wide uniform wash field finally offers lighting designers toolkits previously only found in larger-format fixtures.”
April 19, 2022
Rocco’s Bar & Gusto is a restaurant and venue located inside United Cinemas in Warriewood, New South Wales that hosts parties, private business meetings, sporting and fine dining events in its multipurpose event spaces. Because the venue space can be divided into multiple separate areas to accommodate a variety of events and meetings, the restaurant required an audio-visual solution with the flexibility to route and matrix signals to their respective zones. To meet this request, Rocco’s acquired a fully networked audio-visual system featuring solutions by AMX, BSS, JBL Professional, Crown and AKG.
“We wanted an immersive experience for Rocco’s Bar & Gusto, and the HARMAN solutions exceeded our expectations,” said Sam Mustaca, CEO, United Cinemas. “Just like the state-of-the-art sound found in our theaters, we wanted Rocco’s to have exceptional sound capabilities that elevate the customer experience.”
To achieve high-quality sound throughout the space, the installation team equipped the restaurant with JBL Control 47LP low-profile ceiling speakers and Control 40CS/T in-ceiling subwoofers for wide and consistent coverage throughout the venue while using minimal space. Additionally, an AKG WMS470 wireless microphone system ensures clear vocals and excellent speech intelligibility for performers and speakers. Crown DCi 8|300N amplifiers with DriveCore technology efficiently and reliably power the loudspeakers, and BSS EC-8BV Ethernet wall controllers offer speaker load flexibility and easy volume control across different zones. Finally, the BSS BLU-BIB input expander offers increased flexibility with an additional eight analog channels, and the BSS BLU-100 ensures latency-free signal processing for high-bandwidth events.
The central control system for the venue, featuring exclusively AMX solutions, provides flexible zone configuration and extensive network security features. The AMX MT-1002 tabletop touch panel and NX-2200 NetLinx NX integrated controller provide fast responsiveness throughout the venue and ease of use for staff. Lastly, the AMX SVSI N2300 4K Series encoders and decoders distribute 4K video with low latency, low bandwidth and low power consumption, while the NMX-ATC-N4321 audio transceiver efficiently sends and receives two-channel balanced or unbalanced audio over IP throughout the venue.
“The ultimate goal was to create a unique, multi-functional event space for guests with a simple, easy-to-use interface to manage audio sources across multiple zones,” said Roy Mustaca, Founder, United Cinemas. “I’m grateful for the HARMAN and installation teams for their thoroughness in transforming Rocco’s into a truly world-class venue.”
A spokesperson for the installation team added that they specifically selected AMX and BSS controllers and processors for their proven reputations of high-level integration with various technologies, making them a natural fit for Rocco’s event space.
“Rocco’s Bar & Gusto was a bespoke installation in every sense,” said Amar Subash, Director, Channel Management and Audio Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “Leveraging the latest in control technology offered by HARMAN’s systems, they were able to create an engaging environment. “We would like to thank Rocco’s Bar & Gusto for letting us help them provide a premium audio experience to their audience.”
April 15, 2022
HOUSTON, Texas—To offer clear, transparent audio for music production and mixing, as well as loud and bass-heavy sound to satisfy clients, JEM Productions Texas upgraded G&B Productions’ newly renovated studio with three sets of JBL Professional loudspeakers and a JBL Intonato 24 monitor management and tuning system.
G&B Productions is co-owned by producers G.Luck and BDon, who have worked with a variety of high-profile artists as well as local Houston musicians. With their business growing, the production duo decided to upgrade their studio with improved acoustical design, custom lighting and—most importantly—enhanced sound. According to Gavin Luckett (G.Luck), the goal was threefold: to upgrade the studio’s main monitors for more transparent sound, to satisfy artists with loud and bass-heavy playback, and to create a flexible monitor management system to switch between sources and speakers.
“We were looking for a speaker system that would impress our clients,” said Gavin Luckett, Producer and Co-Owner, G&B Productions. “Half the battle is bringing clients into the studio for playback, so that was the main thing we wanted to improve. Also, the quality coming through our speakers when it’s time to mix was just ‘okay,’ and we wanted to go beyond standard. The way we did our new studio, we wanted the sound to be incredible. So that's the reason we wanted to upgrade everything.”
To achieve extremely detailed and transparent sound for accurate mixing, JEM Productions Texas selected JBL 708P master reference monitors as the studio’s main mixing speakers. Featuring next-generation JBL 2409H high-frequency compression drivers and 728G Differential Drive low-frequency transducers, the 708P delivers smooth response from 35–36,000 Hz with excellent dynamic range. Patent-pending JBL Image Control Waveguides ensure a wide “sweet spot” for accurate sound on- or off-axis.
“As an engineer, you want a clear sound in the studio that doesn’t fool you, but when you get to the car it should sound crazy,” said Luckett. “The speakers that we have now are extremely clear. You can hear everything; you can hear what you need to fix. Our previous speakers didn't give me that. They gave me a lot of color, but they didn't give me true sound.”
To impress clients with extra-loud playback and enhanced bass output, the JEM team outfitted the studio with JBL SRX815P large-format passive loudspeakers, which are soffit-mounted in the walls behind the main monitors. Designed as a PA speaker, the SRX815P fills the room with up to 130 decibels of full-range sound thanks to 15-inch Differential Drive woofers and 3-inch high-frequency compression drivers with neodymium voice coils. A 90-by-50-degree dispersion pattern ensures even coverage throughout the entire room.
For additional coverage and flexibility, JEM added a pair of JBL 308P monitor speakers aimed at an island toward the rear of the room which is used by producers working on laptops during sessions. Featuring efficient Class D amplification, 8-inch woofers, soft dome tweeters and patented JBL Image Control Waveguides, the 308Ps provide mix-worthy sound quality and broad coverage at impressive volumes.
To complete the expansive speaker system with the full, powerful low-end that modern hip-hop and related genres demand, JEM installed JBL SUB18 and LSR310S subwoofers. Powered by a 2500-watt Crown MA5000i amplifier, the SUB18 complements the main monitors and PA speakers with up to 137dB SPL from its massive JBL 2269H 18-inch Differential Drive transducer. The 10-inch, powered LSR310S provides additional low-frequency extension for the 308P monitors in the rear of the room.
“Doing a lot of music in the south, we go to the lowest notes on those 808s,” explains Luckett. “You can definitely hear it on the 708Ps alone, but I was really impressed when we added the SUB18. You could feel it. I was sitting at the front of the studio the other day and I could feel a beat that I had made playing in the main room. I knew which beat they were playing just by the bass, and that impressed me a lot.”
To give Luckett and his collaborators the power to easily control the studio’s multiple sets of speakers and subwoofers, JEM installed a JBL Intonato 24 monitor management and tuning system with a desktop controller. In addition to automating the speaker tuning and calibration process for accurate sound, the Intonato system allows Luckett to independently switch each set of speakers on or off, add or remove subwoofers, control volume and more. According to Luckett, this makes it easy to adapt to different situations in the studio, from critical listening to high-volume playback for clients.
“When it got hooked up, I was like, ‘Yes, this is what we've been needing,’” said Luckett. “I can pick the vibe I want going on at any given time and just walk over and hit two buttons while my engineers are working. Sometimes we'll have the little woofer, big woofer, big speakers, little speakers and speakers in the back going at the same time. Even when you play all that together at the end of the session, everything sounds good. Our playback is incredible now.”
Eric Cummings, Managing Member of JEM Productions and the designer of G&B’s new audio system, expressed gratitude for his company’s relationship with HARMAN and the solutions that made this project a success.
“Working with HARMAN, I always know I’ll be able to find the perfect solutions for my clients,” said Cummings. “The latest JBL monitors, Crown amplifiers and the Intonato system work together flawlessly as a complete ecosystem, which made it easy to set the studio up with a sound system that surpassed their expectations. HARMAN has always been a reliable partner for us, and we look forward to the next opportunity to work with them.”
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