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.

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JBL Professional and Martin Lighting Soar at Summerfest 2018

July 09, 2018

CLEARWING Productions deploys JBL VTX A12 loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and Martin MAC Encore fixtures at world's largest music festival

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—CLEARWING Productions, a nationally renowned full-service production company, deployed a stunning HARMAN Professional Solutions audio and lighting solution made up of JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and Martin lighting fixtures this week at Summerfest 2018.

Known as “the world’s largest music festival”, Summerfest features over 1,000 performances across 11 stages and attracts nearly one million people annually. In order to provide premium audio and lighting for the world’s top music artists, CLEARWING Productions deployed full HARMAN Professional Solutions rigs at multiple stages across the festival, including the groundbreaking JBL VTX A12 loudspeakers, and the newly-released Martin MAC Encore fixtures.

“Summerfest is home to the world’s top artists and we’re thrilled to use JBL Professional and Martin lighting to provide an amazing experience for performers and audience members alike,” said Gregg Brunclik, President/CEO of CLEARWING Productions. “The new JBL A12s sound incredible—they allow the artists to put on their best performance, and they always get the crowd hyped. With so many different acts, our lighting needs can change drastically from set to set, and the MAC Encore fixtures make the performers look great every time.”

On the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage, CLEARWING deployed a complete JBL audio system featuring 20 VTX A12 line array loudspeakers, 12 VTX S28 and 12 VTX G28 subwoofers, and four VTX V20 line array loudspeakers for fills. Four VRack 4x3500HD and four VRack 12000HD power amps from Crown powered the rig. The lighting rig featured eight Martin MAC Encore Performance fixtures and six MAC Quantum Wash fixtures to illuminate performances by Social Distortion, Buddy Guy, Cheat Codes and more.

On the Uline Warehouse Stage, CLEARWING deployed a complete JBL audio system featuring 18 VTX A12 line array loudspeakers, 12 VTX S28 and six VTX G28 subwoofers, and eight VTX V20 line array loudspeakers for fills. Four VRack 4x3500HD and three VRack 12000HD power amps from Crown powered the rig. The lighting rig featured eight Martin MAC Encore Performance fixtures and six MAC Quantum Wash fixtures to illuminate performances by Plain White T's, The Neighbourhood, Gin Blossoms and more.

On the BMO Harris Pavilion Stage, CLEARWING deployed a complete JBL audio system featuring 20 VTX A12 line array loudspeakers, 18 VTX G28 subwoofers, and 16 VTX V20 line array loudspeakers for fills. Four VRack 4x3500HD and four VRack 12000HD power amps from Crown powered the rig. The lighting rig featured eight Martin MAC Encore Performance fixtures and six MAC Quantum Wash fixtures to illuminate performances by Pat Benatar, Steven Tyler, Cheap Trick and more.

On the JoJo's Martini Lounge Stage, CLEARWING deployed a complete JBL audio system featuring eight VTX V20 line array loudspeakers and six VTX S25 subwoofers. Two VRack 4x3500HD power amps from Crown powered performances by The Screamin' Cucumbers, Kings of Radio, The LoveMonkeys and more.

In the American Family Insurance Amphitheater CLEARWING deployed a complete Martin lighting solution featuring 20 VDO Sceptron 10 video fixtures, 20 VDO Fatron 20 video battens, 24 RUSH MH 10 Beam FX fixtures and 12 Atomic 3000 LED strobes to illuminate performances from James Taylor, Halsey, Dave Mathews Band and more.

“HARMAN continually provides outstanding sound and lighting solutions for the greatest performers in the world, and we’re very excited about our continued partnership with CLEARWING that positions our products at the world’s largest music festival,” said Andy Flint, Vice President of Live Entertainment at HARMAN International.

HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Availability of JBL C221 and C222 Two-Way ScreenArray Cinema Loudspeakers

April 23, 2018

Next-generation loudspeakers deliver the latest JBL technology in a compact and accessible form factor, helping small- and medium-sized cinemas greatly improve sound quality and coverage

CINEMACON, LAS VEGAS—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced that JBL C221 and C222 two-way ScreenArray cinema loudspeakers are now shipping in limited quantities, with full availability in May 2018.

JBL C221 and C222 loudspeakers help small- and mid-sized cinemas upgrade to next-generation JBL technologies for improved coverage and smooth sound reproduction at an accessible price point. Featuring patent-pending Dual Dissimilar Arraying and Acoustic Aperture Technology, C221 and C222 loudspeakers continue the JBL legacy of leadership and innovation in cinema audio, combining a compact design with the latest technology for superior performance and better coverage for raked seating.

The JBL 200 Series was designed to offer cinemas an affordable solution for creating the best possible audio experience in small- to mid-sized rooms. By including new, patent-pending technologies that complement the legendary sound of JBL cinema loudspeakers, the 200 Series offers a solution without compromise—improving performance and coverage while dramatically lowering the total cost of ownership.

JBL’s patent-pending Dual Dissimilar Arraying design combines two asymmetric high-frequency drivers in tandem, making it possible to sculpt the geometry of modern cinemas. While traditional configurations require three-way loudspeakers to achieve this level of performance, Dual Dissimilar Arraying creates coverage patterns specifically designed for raked seating in modern cinemas. And with the 200 Series, simultaneously lowers the total costs of ownership of such a system.

The JBL 200 Series also includes Acoustic Aperture Technology that works seamlessly with its low-distortion 15” driver. The integrated Acoustic Apertures create a horn-loading effect, helping to maintain a wide horizontal coverage pattern through the crossover range while improving speech clarity. The result is even coverage of the entire cinema seating area, making every seat the best seat in the house.


  • Two-way Next Generation ScreenArray® design for maximum output, improved coverage, and minimum distortion
  • Patent-pending Dual Dissimilar Arraying Technology
  • Patent pending Acoustic Aperture Technology
  • 12” footprint saves space without sacrificing performance
  • Lower total cost of ownership


JBL C221 and C222 two-way ScreenArray cinema loudspeakers are now shipping in limited quantities, with full availability in May 2018. Learn more about the JBL 200 Series line of Two-Way ScreenArray Cinema Loudspeakers at jblpro.com/cinema.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Opens New Experience Center, EMEA Headquarters in London

April 04, 2018

New location expands HARMAN Professional’s global network of experience centers; Multi-functional facility will serve as new headquarters for EMEA region and showcase cutting-edge technology offerings

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif. & LONDON) —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 – London. The new facility expands the growing global network of HARMAN Professional Solutions Experience Centers, including locations in Los Angeles, Singapore and Shanghai, and will serve as the new headquarters for the EMEA region.

Designed to showcase how HARMAN solutions uniquely address customer needs across a variety of entertainment and enterprise market applications, the 25,800-square-foot (2,400-square-meter), multi-functional facility including EMEA headquarter offices, demonstrates the integration of brands including JBL Professional®, AKG Acoustics®, AMX®, BSS Audio®, Crown International®, dbx Professional®, DigiTech®, Lexicon Pro®, Martin®, Soundcraft® and Studer®.

“The opening of the experience center in London represents a major investment in the EMEA region, enabling us to deepen relationships with our customers and greatly expand our presence across critical markets,” said Chris Smith, Vice President, EMEA, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Not only will the facility offer customers the opportunity to experience HARMAN innovation firsthand, it provides our staff with a state-of-the-art headquarters that will allow us to pursue new opportunities with greater speed and efficiency.”

The HARMAN Experience Center—London is comprised of several dedicated spaces along with the EMEA office space and meeting rooms.The Product Showroom is filled with HARMAN solutions including HARMAN’s Connected Retail Experience, Huddle Space, Connected Hotel Room, Home Recording, Networked AVoIP, and much more. The Foyer, Boardroom and Auditorium are not only practical-use spaces, but also areas that demonstrate HARMAN solutions for restaurant, corporate, education, corporate, and theatre environments.

“By opening this HARMAN Experience Center in London, we expanding our robust global network of experience centers and enabling our customers around the world to experience the One HARMAN Solution proposition firsthand,” said Mohit Parasher, Executive Vice President and President, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “From JBL Professional 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 HARMAN Experience Center—London 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.

The HARMAN offices and Experience Center is located at Westside, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9TD. For more information, contact European.Marketing@Harman.com.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Allied Esports Set A New Standard in Professional Gaming with Esports Arena Las Vegas

March 29, 2018

Allied Esports deploys a wide range of JBL Professional, Crown, BSS, AMX and Martin solutions to deliver an immersive gaming experience at its flagship arena

LAS VEGAS—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced Allied Esports is leveraging cutting-edge HARMAN Professional audio, lighting and control solutions at Esports Arena Las Vegas, which celebrated its grand-opening on March 22, 2018 at the Luxor Hotel and Casino.

The new Esports Arena Las Vegas is a 30,000-square-foot multi-level arena with a competition stage, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, VIP room, two bars, and state-of-the-art streaming and production studios. The facility also features an interactive area known as “The Dome” that includes retro games, and a front lobby equipped with gaming stations, a streaming booth and a virtual reality station.

In order to provide a world-class audiovisual experience at the new arena, Allied Esports formed an exclusive partnership with HARMAN Professional Solutions to provide a custom audio, lighting, and control solution made up of JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS audio processors, AMX control systems and Martin lighting fixtures.

“Esports Arena Las Vegas is the flagship location of our growing global network of Esports properties, and Allied Esports is proud to partner with HARMAN Professional to deliver an incredibly immersive experience for gamers and fans alike,” said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports. “Audio is a huge part of the gaming experience, and the HARMAN solution delivers premium sound quality and control. We’re excited to continue to work with HARMAN as we set a new benchmark for competitive gaming and interactive entertainment, and open new arenas around the world.”

The opening ceremony at Luxor Hotel and Casino featured a series of events designed to showcase the arena's impressive production quality and interactive entertainment, with more than 20 professional esports players and 500 local gaming influencers in attendance. Highlights included an opening night of show matches between SonicFox vs. GO1 and Rogue vs. Ghost Gaming in Rocket League®, and eUnited vs. Spacestation in SMITE as well as the weekend launch of fighting game tournament Smash Masters League featuring Super Smash Bros for Wii U. World-renowned chef José Andrés also held a discussion about the custom gaming-inspired menu that the ThinkFoodEntertainment team created for Esports Arena Las Vegas.

“With the opening of Esports Arena Las Vegas, HARMAN Professional is setting the standard for professional audio performance in competitive gaming arenas,” said Nicholas Cohen, Esports Business Development Lead, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Esports is the future of live competition, and HARMAN Professional is uniquely positioned to deliver powerful audio, visual, lighting and control solutions that immerse gamers and fans in the action like never before. Esports Arena Las Vegas is the first facility of its kind in North America, and its success paves the way for future collaboration between HARMAN Professional and Allied Esports as they expand into new markets worldwide.” 

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Sets a New Benchmark for Security in the AV Industry

March 20, 2018

AMX by HARMAN Video Distribution System receives the industry’s first Cybersecurity Assessment Package (CAP) from the Joint Interoperability and Test Command (JITC) for direct connection to DoD networks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced that more than 50 AMX by HARMAN AV solutions, including Enova DGX 100 Series Digital Media Switchers, NetLinx NX Series Integrated Controllers, and Modero X Series touch panels have passed US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) testing, and are now included on the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) Approved Products List (DoDIN APL), formerly the Unified Communications Approved Products List (UC APL).

While compliant security is not required for inclusion on the DoDIN APL, security demands in the IT industry are greater than ever, which is why HARMAN Professional conducted an exhaustive review of the most stringent security controls and methodologically designed and implemented security features to ensure its products meet the strictest IT requirements. The result is the most secure AV product family on the market.

The AMX NX Integrated Controller, which is also included in Enova DVX and DGX products, and G5 Touch Panels now meets the requirements for accreditation under the Risk Management Framework (RMF) established under Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 8510.01. These include compliance with the controls defined under Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Instruction No. 1253 (CNSSI 1253) to the control values set in the relevant DISA Security Requirements Guides (SRG) without external mitigation.

“IT departments worldwide are facing an ever-evolving array of security challenges that can affect operations and cause significant problems within their information infrastructure,” said Paul Zielie, Enterprise Solutions Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “HARMAN Professional AV solutions are the first in the industry to fully conform to the world’s most stringent security criteria, enabling IT departments in even the most data-sensitive industries to use out-of-band management with secure network access, saving significant time and resources throughout the organization.”

Featuring the same enhanced cybersecurity features found in leading IT technologies, AMX solutions enable IT departments to significantly reduce AV operation and maintenance costs, while also improving system availability through secure remote management systems.

“With AV increasingly becoming part of the IT department, AV cybersecurity requirements have become a major concern,” said Charlie Booth, Vice President, Government Sales, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The newest generation of AMX by HARMAN video control and distribution systems set a new benchmark for cybersecurity in the AV industry. Not only does HARMAN currently meet the world’s most stringent security requirements, we are committed to meeting any review or standard set of controls on an ongoing basis. No other AV manufacturer provides such robust cybersecurity features, and we are pleased to offer solutions with integrated protocols that enable customers to keep their AV networks safe and secure.”

AMX by HARMAN AV solutions products security highlights:

  • Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
    • Integration with Microsoft Active Directory
    • Two-factor authentication
      • Common Access Card (CAC) and Personnel Identification Verification (PIV) Card reader enabled
    • Programmable access control with Two-factor authentication available at the touch panel UI
  • Security logs in SYSLOG
  • FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption
  • TLS based control protocol (ICSPS)
  • SSH and TLS control of third party devices
  • Certificate based Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
    • Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) and Certificate Revocation List (CRL) support
  • Port based security (802.1x)
  • Isolated ICSLan for control and management of non-secure devices
  • Code Hashing

The following AMX by HARMAN solutions are now included on the DoDin APL:

Enova DVX 22XX and 32XX All-In-One Presentation Switchers
Enova® DGX 800 Enclosure
Enova® DGX 1600 Enclosure
Enova® DGX 3200 Enclosure
Enova® DGX 6400 Enclosure
Enova® DGX HDMI, DVI, DXLink, and Audio Switching Boards
DXLink Twisted Pair and Fiber Transmitters / Receivers
NetLinx NX-1200 Integrated Controller
NetLinx NX-2200 Integrated Controller
NetLinx NX-3200 Integrated Controller
NetLinx NX-4200 Integrated Controller 
Epica DGX 288 Enclosure 
Epica DGX 288 MultiMode Fiber Input/Output Board
10.1" Modero X® Series G5 Retractable Touch Panel 
20.3" Modero X® Series G5 Panoramic Tabletop Touch Panel
20.3" Modero X® Series G5 Panoramic Wall Mount Touch Panel
10.1" Modero X® Series G5 Tabletop Touch Panel 
10.1" Modero X® Series G5 Wall Mount Touch Panel 
7" Modero X® Series G5 Tabletop Touch Panel
7" Modero X® Series G5 Wall Mount Touch Panel6-Button Massio Keypad
8-Button Massio Keypad

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings a New Level of Sound Quality to the 2018 GRAMMY Awards

March 02, 2018

A complete JBL VTX Series audio system delivers world-class sound at Madison Square Garden for “Music’s Biggest Night”

NEW YORK CITY—Firehouse Productions recently deployed a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

Held on January 28, 2018, this year marked the first time the ceremony was held outside of Los Angeles since 2003. Firehouse Productions was hired to provide sound reinforcement for the event, which included live performances by Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Bruno Mars and Cardi B, SZA, Childish Gambino and more. In order to ensure exceptional sound quality for both the audience at Madison Square Garden and the television broadcast, Firehouse designed a complete HARMAN Professional audio system centered upon JBL VTX Series loudspeakers and Crown amplification.

“When it comes to sound quality at the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, we have incredibly high standards,” said Michael Abbott, Audio Coordinator, 2018 GRAMMY Awards. “The HARMAN VTX system delivered incredible results, and in my opinion Madison Square Garden has never sounded better. It was one of the best-sounding shows we’ve ever produced."

Firehouse Productions Vice President Mark Dittmar and Systems Tech Jamie Pollock began working on the design three months before the ceremony, which involved coordinating with the art and lighting departments to optimize the system configuration for the elaborate stage and lighting designs. Another primary goal was ensuring that the energy of the system stayed extremely focused to avoid any roomy or washed-out sounds for the TV broadcast.

Intelligibility and transparency were also key, since the system volume needed to remain consistent throughout the dynamic range of performances. Using a combination of VTX V25-II loudspeakers and the new VTX A12 loudspeakers for the main arrays, the Firehouse team created a system that delivered incredible clarity and precision, even at the lower volumes required for the television broadcast.

“The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences takes this show very seriously, and front-of-house sound is a top priority,” said Ron Reaves, Front of House Music Mixer, 2018 GRAMMY Awards. “The JBL VTX system was one of the best PA systems I’ve ever mixed on, it just translated so well to the room. I can't say enough about the design and tuning of the VTX rig, because it was spectacular. The audience is made up of producers, engineers, and the world’s biggest artists—people who make their living listening critically to music. A lot of those same people came back and commented about how good the system sounded, more than I can ever remember. It was a huge win for Firehouse and JBL Professional.”

The HARMAN Professional audio system included two main hangs of 16 VTX V25-II loudspeakers per side, 14 VTX A12 loudspeakers per side, and nine VTX S28 subwoofers per side flown in a cardioid configuration. In addition, ten VTX G28 subwoofers were deployed in five ground stacks, 24 VTX V20 loudspeakers were deployed in six delay clusters, and 36 VT4886 loudspeakers were used for front fills. The entire system was powered by Crown I-Tech 1200HD and 4x3500HD power amplifiers in custom-built Firehouse racks.

“I've been designing PA systems for television shows for 18 years and this is probably the most successful design we've ever had,” said Dittmar. “The A12 loudspeakers performed great, and I'm a huge fan of the V25-IIs. We always go for an incredibly high level of intelligibility, but this pushed it to a level we've never heard before. It was a great-sounding show and it had impact, but it was several dB quieter than anything I've experienced in a long time. There was no need for it to be any louder because you could hear every S and every T, the diction was absolutely flawless. It was a perfect storm of things coming together to create an awesome experience.”

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.”

HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Studio Quality Vocals to the Stage at NAMM with AKG C636 Microphone

January 25, 2018

Updates to the legendary C535 include a custom-tuned capsule and multi-layer protection, offering best-in-class sound quality and onstage reliability; now shipping worldwide

NAMM (Booth #14811), ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today presented the AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone to the U.S. market at the 2018 NAMM show, and announced its immediate worldwide availability.

The C636 combines the sound quality of the legendary C535 microphone with new innovations to provide professional singers with tour-grade reliability and stage performance. Featuring a custom-tuned capsule and state-of-the-art design, the C636 perfectly captures every nuance of a vocal performance, while rejecting feedback, handling noise and pop noise.

“We took the legendary C535 vocal microphone and updated it to meet the rigorous live performance requirements of today’s most discerning vocalists,” said Christopher Palmer, Solutions Manager, Microphone, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The C636 delivers true studio-quality vocals in an extremely rugged design, combining best-in-class sound quality and onstage reliability. We’re excited for our customers to experience the unparalleled transparency and studio fidelity of the C636 at NAMM 2018.” 

The AKG C636 features three proprietary technologies that are designed to address several common problems singers face on stage, including feedback, handling noise and pop noise. 

  • Combining a uniform cardioid polar pattern throughout the entire frequency spectrum with a specially designed suspension and grille for the capsule, the C636 virtually eliminates feedback. This unique approach to housing the capsule avoids unwanted sound reflections on the back of the capsule, ensuring feedback and spill over rejection.
  • The C636 features the world’s first double shock suspension system, greatly reducing unwanted handling noise. The capsule sits on a highly absorbent rubber bearing that eliminates any structure-based noise, while an adjustable balancing network cancels vibrations over a wide frequency range. 
  • A multilayer protection system prevents unwanted pop noises. The protection system consists of the grille, a foam layer behind the grille and a magnetically attached computer-modeled mesh layer on top of the capsule—providing singers with a clear, plosive-free vocal performance. This three-layer protection system is unique to AKG and sets a new industry standard for pop noise suppression. 

In addition, a robust, zinc-alloy housing with a spring steel grille and 24-carat gold-plated capsule ensures the C636 is extremely rugged and durable enough to last a lifetime of performances.

The AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone is now available from authorized HARMAN resellers worldwide. The C636 WL1 Wireless Master reference condenser vocal microphone head will be available in March 2018. For more information please visit http://www.akg.com/.

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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.