HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces New AKG Lyra Ultra-HD, Multimode USB Microphone

October 16, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the AKG Lyra ultra-HD, multi-mode USB microphone.

Featuring advanced circuitry based on 70 years of legendary AKG acoustic engineering, the AKG Lyra delivers the highest audio quality in its class, with acoustically transparent, 4K-compatible, Ultra HD-grade 24-bit/192kHz audio resolution. Lyra features the innovative AKG Adaptive Capsule Array, which provides user-selectable capture modes that are optimized for any performance and makes it easy to deliver professional sound for any application. Plug-and-play operation allows creators of all experience levels to get set up with and start recording quickly, while easily accessible controls provide complete control and seamless ease of use.  An internal self-adjusting shock mount minimizes contact noise, while a built-in sound diffuser and AKG’s proprietary Internal Element Overload Prevention automatically reduces noise, eliminates pops and improves signal levels.

“For 70 years, the world’s top recording studios and concert stages have relied on AKG microphones to craft today’s biggest hits,” said Chris Hansen, Director, Recording & Content Creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The AKG Lyra is built upon that same rich musical heritage, and brings legendary acoustic engineering to a versatile USB microphone that delivers the highest-quality audio in its class. Whether you’re going for a polished, modern sound or a classic vintage vibe, Lyra has everything you need to bring your ideas to life and sound your best—every time.”

The AKG Adaptive Capsule Array uses four versatile capture modes to adapt to performance needs, eliminating guesswork and enabling users to capture pristine audio quality in a wide range of recording scenarios. Front mode isolates the target sound from distracting background noise by rejecting unwanted sounds at the microphone back and sides, perfect for capturing or live-streaming spoken word, vocals, or close-mic’d instruments. Front & Back mode captures and blends together sound equally on all sides, which is ideal for face-to-face interviews and duets. Tight Stereo mode captures audio in true stereo with discrete left and right audio, providing great separation for side-by-side interviews or panel discussions, or for recording instruments like drums or piano. Wide Stereo mode captures audio with greater stereo separation, room ambience, and depth. This is ideal for dynamic situations where users want to capture sounds from all around the mic such as documentaries, field recordings, or spontaneous jam sessions.

Designed with plug-and-play simplicity, Lyra enables creators to set up and start recording quickly, regardless of experience level. With no assembly, no need for a separate audio interface and seamless software integration, Lyra is designed to work right out of the box. Lyra is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, so users can quickly record ideas in the studio or on the go. From recording music in a digital audio workstation, to live streaming on Twitch or shooting a YouTube video, using Lyra is as easy as plugging in a USB cable and pressing go-live or record.
 

Lyra is equipped with a “zero-latency” headphone jack and headphone volume knob that eliminates the short delay between speaking into a microphone and hearing the signal in the headphones, so creators can stay focused on their performance.

 Inspired by classic studio microphones like the legendary AKG C414, Lyra features a sleek design that combines fast and easy control with timeless aesthetics. Essential functions like capture modes, volume levels and mute are ergonomically placed and easily accessed right on the mic, so users can stay in the moment while always being in control. An integrated desktop stand with built-in cable management makes it easy to position Lyra on a desktop. The mic can also be mounted to a traditional mic stand or microphone boom arm for more flexibility in the studio. Lyra includes Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software, and works seamlessly with all major audio and video production software and online platforms.

Availability

The AKG Lyra will be available through authorized resellers starting in November 2019. For more information, please visit akg.com/lyra.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces New JBL Pasión Series Karaoke Loudspeakers in the APAC and China Markets

October 14, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced new JBL Pasión Series karaoke loudspeakers for the APAC and China markets.

The Pasión Series provides karaoke venues of all sizes with iconic JBL sound, sleek styling and exceptional performance at an affordable price point. Specially tuned for karaoke, Pasión Series loudspeakers provide exceptional clarity for vocals and extended bass response for music. High-grade materials, quality components and rigorous testing ensure the highest level of performance and reliability, while a sleek design with illuminated JBL Entertainment logos offers a premium look that will elevate any KTV venue. The Pasión Series includes five models of passive loudspeakers with woofers ranging from 6.5 to 12 inches, as well as a powered subwoofer.

“Excellent sound is vital to any KTV establishment, and successful businesses have trusted JBL loudspeakers for years,” said Karam Kaul, Vice President of Audio, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The new Pasión Series makes legendary JBL karaoke sound available to KTV venues large and small, with sleek styling and premium quality that is sure to make an impression on guests.”

Building on JBL Entertainment’s pedigree as a leading karaoke speaker brand, the Pasión Series delivers premium sound quality specifically tailored to KTV applications. Specially-designed woofers ranging from 6.5 to 12 inches are fitted with demodulating aluminum rings for powerful bass response with low distortion and excellent power handling. High-efficiency 3-inch tweeters produce detailed high-frequency content for crystal-clear vocals. The Pasión 12SP is the first JBL powered subwoofer made specifically for the KTV market, complimenting the Pasión range with enhanced bass.

A stylish, premium design makes the Pasión Series stand out in any venue, projecting a statement of quality. The sleek lines, metallic highlights and illuminated JBL Entertainment logo let venue owners showcase the quality of their sound system, making a lasting impression on customers. Durable materials and quality components provide years of reliable performance, making the JBL Pasión Series a smart investment for any karaoke establishment.

The Pasión Series consists of five speaker models plus a powered subwoofer, providing enough flexibility to suit any karaoke application from micro KTV booths to small- and medium-sized private rooms and even full-fledged clubs. The Pasión 12, Pasión 10, Pasión 8 and Pasión 6 feature 12-inch, 10-inch, 8-inch and 6.5-inch woofers respectively and the Pasión 6F variant features a bass port on the front for placement close to walls in small spaces. The Pasión 12SP subwoofer features a threaded pole mount, allowing it to be combined with the Pasión 6F to create a portable solution. Additionally, the 12SP is available with Chinese, Japanese and European power cables.

 Availability

The JBL Pasión 12 ($685.60), Pasión 10 ($565.00), Pasión 8 ($458.16), Pasión 6 ($400.00) and Pasión 6F ($402.75) will be available October 18, 2019. JBL Pasion 12SP ($584.34) will be available December 2019.  For more information, please visit www.jblpro.com.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces New JBL EON ONE Compact Portable PA System

October 09, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the new JBL EON ONE Compact portable PA system.

 The latest addition to the JBL EON ONE range of portable PA systems, the new EON ONE Compact is an ultra-portable, all-in-one PA system with Bluetooth that delivers high-quality sound anywhere, for hours on end. Its 8-inch speaker produces the loudest output and best bass response in its class, and the swappable, rechargeable battery lasts up to 12 hours. Weighing less than 18 pounds with a built-in carrying handle, the EON ONE Compact is easy to take anywhere. A variety of inputs for microphones, instruments and more, plus a four-channel mixer with onboard Lexicon effects and dbx EQ provides ultimate flexibility. Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to stream music and link multiple speakers, and a handy mobile app for Android and iOS provides intuitive control.

 “The EON ONE Compact’s impressive volume, bass output, portability, connectivity and control features make it uniquely suited to a variety of applications, in addition to being the ideal portable PA for musicians,” said Brandon, Knudsen, Loudspeaker Product Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Bluetooth connectivity and high-speed USB charging make it ideal for parties and the ducking feature makes it great for voice-plus-music applications like DJing or fitness classes and an excellent solution for quality sound at speaking events.”

The JBL EON ONE Compact delivers the loudest output and best bass response in its class. The 8-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter produce up to 112 dB of output from 37.5 Hz to 20 kHz, providing loud, uncompromising sound with extended low-end. A built-in four-channel mixer makes it easy to dial in a balanced sound, and optional automatic ducking ensures that speech is always heard clearly over music. Advanced onboard Lexicon DSP includes reverb, chorus, delay, with up to eight bands of dbx EQ for supreme versatility.

Designed for ultimate portability, the EON ONE Compact weighs just 18 pounds and features an ergonomic built-in carrying handle for easy transport. Its rechargeable batteries last up to 12 hours, and are easy to remove and replace for non-stop performance. Additional batteries and an external battery charger will be available separately after launch. A standard IEC cable charges the unit in as little as two and a half hours, or six during use. An integrated pole mount allows the EON ONE Compact to be elevated for improved performance in PA applications.

A variety of inputs, mixing features and effects give the EON ONE Compact a high degree of flexibility for different applications. Two combination XLR/TRS inputs with professional-grade preamps and +48V phantom power provide crystal-clear sound for microphones, while a dedicated quarter-inch high-impedance input is perfect for guitars, bass and acoustic instruments with pickups. Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to stream audio from mobile devices or link up to four speakers via the JBL Compact Control app. The intuitive JBL EON Control app also lets users adjust settings and save and recall presets with ease.

Availability

The JBL EON ONE Compact ($549 U.S. MAP) will be available in late October 2019.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces New JBL Nano KX Bluetooth Volume Controller for the China, APAC and India Markets

October 09, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the new JBL Nano KX Bluetooth volume controller for the China, APAC and India markets.

The JBL Nano KX Bluetooth-enabled volume controller is perfect for content creators, home-recording enthusiasts, mobile DJs and performers who want to integrate Bluetooth into their project studio or a non-Bluetooth, portable PA system. With professional analog I/O and easy pairing of Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones and tablets, the Nano KX seamlessly integrates into production spaces to provide non-Bluetooth speakers with wireless playback capabilities. An easy-to-use knob allows users to control volume levels of signals, as well as advance tracks, pause and mute devices connected via Bluetooth.

“Combining Bluetooth functionality, easy-to-use controls, multiple inputs and outputs and a compact, striking form factor, the JBL Nano KX is a powerful tool that enhances production and performing processes,” said Karam Kaul, Vice President of Audio, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The JBL Nano KX is a powerful tool for home-studio or live-performance environments, and delivers maximum functionality at an affordable price.”

Because many high-end studio monitors, PA systems and mixers do not include Bluetooth connectivity, the JBL Nano KX is built to integrate Bluetooth functionality into those systems and provide wireless audio playback capabilities. Users can wirelessly stream tracks from a mobile phone, tablet, or computer through non-Bluetooth speakers. An illuminated volume knob is perfect for low-light environments, and it also includes controls for play, pause, track advance and mute for Bluetooth connected devices. 

 With professional I/O connections, the Nano KX is designed to seamlessly integrate into any signal path. The Nano KX features two stereo XLR/TRS combo inputs and an auxiliary 3.5mm (1/8”) TRS input for connecting speakers and analog sources. The controller also includes three outputs, including two XLR and an auxiliary 3.5mm, to connect to JBL NANO K Series monitors or other self-powered speaker systems.

Featuring a sleek and compact design, the Nano KX is designed to fit into any modern professional production space. Nano KX works seamlessly with the JBL Nano K5, K6 and K8 and can be used with a number of additional JBL products, including LSR and other self-powered speaker systems.

Key Features

  • Bluetooth 3.0 wireless audio streaming delivers modern connectivity to analog systems.
  • Compact size gives users high functionality without consuming a great deal of workspace.
  • Industrial angle and design elements enhance usability and deliver a sleek look, while a heavy rubber base prevents slipping.
  • A balanced XLR combo input and XLR output provide professional grade connections, while a 3.5mm aux input and output allows for monitor extension.
  • An illuminated level control ring shows when the unit is powered and helps users to find and adjust controls in low light situations.
  • Mini-USB power connection makes it easy to power via USB power supply.

Availability

The JBL Nano KX ($130 MSRP) Bluetooth volume controller will be available in October 2019. For more information, please visit jblpro.com.


Beast Coast Delivers Electrifying Concert Lighting with Martin By HARMAN Lighting Fixtures

October 08, 2019

BROOKLYN, New York—Mandylights recently deployed Martin by HARMAN Sceptron and Axiom lighting fixtures on Beast Coast’s Escape From New York tour to illuminate the stage design and scenery with scintillating lighting effects.

 Beast Coast is a hip-hop supergroup from Brooklyn, New York formed in 2012 by members of Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers. After the release of their debut album, Escape From New York, in 2019, Beast Coast began a nationwide US tour. In order to compliment an elaborate stage design featuring a massive dome structure and a 30-foot Statue of Liberty head, Beast Coast hired lighting designer Tom Edwards of Mandylights, a premier lighting and visual design firm, to design a cutting-edge lighting rig. Edwards selected Martin by HARMAN Sceptron and Axiom lighting fixtures for their class-leading brightness, flexibility and reliability.

 “I really needed something that was going to help outline the sprawling structure we created,” said Tom Edwards, Director, Mandylights UK. “The base of the structure is made out GT truss and each piece is fitted with Sceptrons, which line the whole structure. I chose Sceptron fixtures because I needed a fixture that had bright output and looked as if it was part of the structure. The inbuilt macros combined with the pixel control from the console gave us an array of effects to use throughout the show.”

 Mandylights used 150 Martin VDO Sceptron 10 outdoor-rated LED video fixtures to outline the entire dome structure and illuminate its supportive truss with bright, colorful pixel effects. Sceptron fixtures feature integrated power and data cabling, which allowed Mandylights to daisy chain the fixtures together to create a wide variety of scintillating looks.

 “The Sceptron fixtures added an extra element that we needed for the show,” said Edwards. “We already had enough moving fixtures in the rig, we just needed that finishing touch and we thought the best way to achieve that was by using the Sceptrons. We wanted a more rugged, bright, raw pixel look. The Sceptrons really helped define the shape of the rig and gave us extra effects to use.”

 “With all of our designs, we always take transportation into consideration, so I also wanted to keep this rig friendly for touring,” said Edwards. “Because the angles of the dome change daily, we had to adjust the Sceptrons every day in order to get the viewing angle right for the crowd. But because of the way the Sceptrons couple together, they all tilt out in sections, so the crew just did a visual focus every day and it was looking great.”

 Sceptron fixtures are driven by the Martin P3 System Controller, which enables easy configuration, mapping and setup. P3 systems provide full control over LED fixtures and video panels, removing the need for manual addressing and external computers, making set up quick and easy. On the Escape From New York Tour, the P3 controllers lived on top of the GT truss below a 10-foot custom aluminum frame, which left enough spacing to allow for the controllers to remain discreet.

 Four flexible Martin MAC Axiom Hybrid fixtures were used to light the stage scenery and provide mid-air and projection effects. Axiom Hybrid fixtures combine beam, spot and wash functionality with high-precision optics and superior CMY color mixing to deliver an array of lighting effects.

 “We chose the Axiom fixtures because we needed a small, versatile, powerful fixture with a good zoom range,” continued Edwards. “We used them to create a really soft gobo focus on the Statue of Liberty head to pull out some of the facial features. We also used a couple of fixtures to do some mid-air gobo effects and spot treatment behind the artists as they float into the air. The Axiom fixtures been really solid—they've done 25 shows now without a single issue.”

 Mandylights used the rig to create a diverse set of looks for over 70 songs, each programed intensely to time code. Beast Coast wrapped up the Escape From New York Tour at the Mecu Pavilion in Baltimore on August 25th.

 “With modern society, we have to design shows that are visually pleasing both in person and on phones because its safe to assume the show is going to live on forever on peoples phones” continued Edwards. “They're posting to Facebook or Instagram and being hashtagged to the venue. We knew by choosing a product like Sceptron, the lighting display wouldn’t overexpose on cameras—they’re very well defined. They look great and they definitely gave the design the finishing touch.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers Elegant AV Performance at Bunurong Memorial Park

October 07, 2019

DANDENONG, Australia—B&H Australia equipped Bunurong Memorial Park with a complete AMX by HARMAN networked AV solution.

 Created in 1996 by the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Bunurong Memorial Park offers unique settings for a variety of celebratory and commemorative events. Nestled beneath a protective tree canopy, a series of intimate indoor spaces and sensory-rich gardens provides an inspirational environment for funerals, visitations, memorial services and more. At the heart of the 247-acre site is a shining example of modern architecture, housing two visitation rooms, three chapels, five multi-function rooms, offices for funeral directors, a café and a florist shop. In order to support services and functions in a wide range of spaces, Bunurong officials hired B&H Australia to outfit the building with a comprehensive, easy-to-use AV and building control solution. B&H Australia chose AMX media switchers and controllers for their reliable operation and intuitive control.

 “Bunurong Memorial Park is a uniquely Australian sanctuary which aims to provide an unforgettable setting for guests to honor and celebrate the lives of their loved ones,” said a spokesperson with Bunurong Memorial Park. “To achieve this, we needed to outfit our multi-purpose reflection spaces with modern technologies to ensure the ideal environment for families to gather in remembrance. Thanks to the top-notch designs of AMX solutions, we are pleased to offer world-class AV experiences to support these life-changing events.” 

 In order to provide seamless distribution of AV content throughout Bunurong Memorial Park, B&H Australia selected AMX Enova DGX 100 Series media switchers to serve as the core backbone of the AV platform. Enova DGX1600 and DGX3200 switchers manage and distribute AV signals in a wide range of analog and digital formats, including HDMI/HDCP, control and Ethernet for hassle-free plug-and-play operation. B&H equipped the reflection rooms with AMX Modero touch panels to provide each room with intuitive local control over source selection and room bookings. In addition to facilitating control over all AV equipment such as projectors and Blu-ray players, an NX-3200 NetLinx NX Integrated Controller also enables control over various aspects of the building’s technology, including the lighting and HVAC systems. To further simplify monitoring and control of the sophisticated AMX system, B&H Australia included AMX’s Resource Management Suite to offer remote management of all AV assets and building systems.

 “Bunurong Memorial Park asked us to help them create a contemporary, state-of-the-art reflection center for their visitors,” said a spokesperson with B&H Australia. “We chose AMX AV and control solutions because it’s the most reliable and scalable control platform on the market. AMX solutions solve the issue of navigating and managing complex technologies with flexible and scalable systems that are easy to use.” 

 “We’re immensely privileged to be associated with Bunurong Memorial Park, and to have the opportunity to provide meaningful spaces for a wide range of celebratory, reflective and commemorative events,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank B&H Australia & avt for selecting HARMAN solutions to accomplish their client’s goal of creating a serene space to reminisce and reflect.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers An Elegant Corporate AV Experience at New Zealand Ministry of Education

October 07, 2019

WELLINGTON, New Zealand— avt and Futureworks supplied the New Zealand Ministry of Education with a complete AMX by HARMAN networked AV solution.

 With nearly 2,000 employees, the Ministry of Education is one of New Zealand’s largest government agencies, overseeing the nation’s education system. To accommodate their large staff with a professional and modern work environment, the Ministry of Education recently moved their headquarters to Mātauranga House, a previously occupied 12-story office building located at 33 Bowen Street. In order to distribute a wide range of audio and video sources to various destinations throughout the building, officials hired Futureworks to install a premium corporate AV control solution. Futureworks selected an array of AMX networked AV solutions to facilitate intuitive control over the sophisticated AV system.

 “We required an AV system that could be integrated with our existing meeting room technologies,” said a spokesperson, New Zealand Ministry of Education. “The AMX networked AV system provided by Futureworks satisfied all our requirements, and its centralized platform makes it very easy for us to access, maintain and upgrade the system from anywhere in the building.”

 The Ministry of Education’s AV platform is based on the centralized architecture of AMX’s Enova DGX 100 Series, which is deployed on the building’s existing network and integrated directly with the room booking system. Futureworks installed Enova DGX3200 and DGX6400 digital media switchers to manage and distribute a wide range of video and audio signals in analog and digital formats. A comprehensive set of Enova DGX hot swappable boards are utilized in conjunction with DGX transmitters and receivers to provide an end-to-end distribution network over shielded cable.

 “The Ministry of Education asked us to supply a sophisticated AV solution to support their meeting room technologies,” said a spokesperson, Futureworks. “We chose AMX systems because they are end-to-end solutions that support a wide range of distribution formats, regardless of the application or distance between sources and destinations.”

 Futureworks also included a NetLinx NX Integrated Controller to enable management of all sources and displays throughout the building. Modero MSD-701L and MST-701 touch panels offer intuitive local control of numerous analog and digital inputs in conference rooms, meeting rooms and other spaces. Additionally, Futureworks outfitted the meeting rooms with NMX-VCC-1000 cameras and MET-6NE Control Keypad to support high-quality video conferencing applications. Finally, the new AV system can be controlled from a single interface utilizing AMX Resource Management Suite Enterprise software, which improves the efficiency of meeting spaces and technology by allowing users to schedule meeting spaces and pre-configure room technologies for upcoming meetings.

 “It’s an honor to be associated with the New Zealand Ministry of Education and for delivering technology that facilitates ideal meeting spaces,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We would like to thank Futureworks and avt for trusting AMX to create seamlessly integrated workspaces, inspiring people to come together and collaborate with efficiency.”


University of Northampton Delivers Cutting-Edge Collaborative Learning with HARMAN Professional Solutions

October 03, 2019

NORTHAMPTON, England—The University of Northampton has deployed a network of interconnected HARMAN Professional AV solutions to facilitate a cutting-edge collaborative learning environment at their brand-new Waterside campus.

 The University of Northampton is a public university in Northamptonshire, England, serving over 12,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. In order to give students the best possible education for the best value university leadership decided to build a new, centralized campus in Northampton’s Waterside district. The project allowed the school to completely rethink how to best serve their students, resulting in a radically different approach that eschewed traditional lecture halls in favor of flexible, collaborative learning spaces. In order to achieve these goals, global AV distributer Midwich supplied the university with a range of AMX, JBL, Crown, BSS and AKG solutions to accommodate the complex technical demands of the ultra-modern campus. The comprehensive HARMAN solution was designed and deployed by Kinly, a service-led integrator specializing in the design, implementation & support of best in class collaboration solutions globally. .

 “It became obvious to us that we needed to teach in a more 21st century way, so we've adopted a new approach called Active Blended Learning,” said Andrew Taylor, Digital Services Manager, University of Northampton. “I like to refer to it as almost the democratization of learning, because it's not one person standing above everyone else and talking down to them anymore. They're all in this collaborative environment. When we went down that route, it became clear to us that the spaces we were in at the time weren't suitable to teach in that manner. Our vice chancellor came to us and said that he wanted us to produce the most digitally-capable campus in the country and we turned around and said, ‘We'll produce the most digitally-capable campus in the world.’ And we really feel like we've achieved that.”

 The backbone of Waterside’s new digital infrastructure is a campus-wide matrix of networked HARMAN AV equipment. 33 AMX SVSI N-series encoder and decoder units stream 4k video to 116 flexible teaching spaces, 24 collaborative spaces, one large lecture theater and several open spaces across campus (including two massive video walls). BSS BLU-50 and BLU-100 digital signal processors handle audio routing with equal speed and flexibility via BLU Link and Dante audio-over-IP protocols. Crown CDi-series amplifiers integrate seamlessly with the audio network and provide ample power with low power consumption to comply with the school’s efficiency standards.

 A range of HARMAN audio equipment delivers pristine sound in a variety of spaces throughout the campus. The lecture theater features JBL CBT-series line array column loudspeakers, which utilize Constant Beamwidth Technology™ to achieve consistent coverage, augmented by 18” SRX818SP subwoofers for full-range sound. Additional CBT columns, along with Control 23-1 WH and 65 P/T loudspeakers and other assorted JBL models, deliver crystal clear audio throughout the common areas and study spaces. AKG WMS420 wireless microphone systems allow speakers and presenters to be heard with maximum clarity for lectures, events and campus-wide broadcasts.

 Northampton Waterside’s unique collaborative spaces were designed for maximum flexibility, incorporating a range of AMX solutions to adapt to various uses including classes, study sessions and meetings. More than 170 collaborative spaces feature an AMX Acendo Book 7" wall-mounted touch panel, which lets staff and students see at a glance if and when a room is available and book it for their use instantly, streamlining scheduling and improving efficiency. AMX MXD and MST touch panels allow users to interface with the campus AV network, and approximately 100 Bluetooth-enabled Acendo Vibe ACV-2100 Conferencing Sound Bars facilitate communication with pristine sound quality from JBL speakers and microphones. The system was installed by world-class integrator Kinly, who worked closely with the university to ensure the system was configured to meet their unique needs.

 “We were delighted to work with Midwich to create a modern learning facility for The University of Northampton’s new Waterside campus,” said Leighton Hughes, UK MD & EVP at Kinly. “The new HARMAN AV solutions enable Northampton students to collaborate and learn in exciting new ways. This project was extremely ambitious, and the end result is a truly modern and innovative campus that will provide unparalleled flexibility and scalability for years to come. We look forward to continuing our long-term partnership supporting UON with future digital transformation initiatives.”

 “We're finding that the uptake on the systems has been amazing,” said Taylor. “It's above and beyond what I expected. We had a long proof of concept period where we were introducing people to this whole idea of a flipped classroom, but to be honest, it all works so well that most of them don't know quite how much technology goes into it. Ultimately, the technology is doing exactly what it should do. It's providing a great user experience where someone walks into a room and presses a button, and everything works. And that's what they want. As long as that's how it works, they're happy. And that's what we've been able to deliver with all of our HARMAN systems.”

 One of Taylor’s main objectives with the Waterside project was to have one main supplier for all the campus’ networked AV equipment, amplifiers and loudspeaker systems, conferencing technology and control systems. The synergy between the AMX, JBL, Crown, BSS, and AKG solutions streamlined the installation and operation, and having HARMAN as the sole point of contact for support was equally important to Taylor.

 “We were pleased to provide The University of Northampton with a modern, integrated and powerful AV solution using cutting-edge solutions by HARMAN Professional,” said Mike Day, Senior Brand Manager, AMX, Midwich. “Leveraging our extensive knowledge of the latest AV technologies, we were able to provide Northampton with a cutting-edge HARMAN AV solution that enables the university to create an advanced collaborative learning environment with extraordinary flexibility. No other technology provider can provide such a seamlessly integrated solution, and we are honored to be the exclusive distributer of HARMAN Huddle Room solutions in the UK and Ireland.”

 “One of the key things I wanted to make the campus more supportable was a single supplier, so that I knew if I had a problem, it wouldn't be the infrastructure because it was all designed to work together,” said Taylor. “That was a really important thing for me, because it means that I'm only doing business with one company. It means that I know that all my stuff's going back to the same place to support. I have the surety of one person to pick up the phone to. That's a very, very key point, and that's one of the reasons why we love using HARMAN stuff on the new campus.”


The Gimje Cultural and Art Center Shines A Light on Cultural Performances with Martin by HARMAN

October 03, 2019

GIMJE CITY, South Korea—Hansam System recently equipped the Gimje Cultural and Art Center with state-of-the-art Martin by HARMAN lighting fixtures to deliver dynamic lighting displays for events and performances.

 Founded in 2009, the Gimje Cultural and Art Center is South Korea’s premier event space for plays, operas, musicals, exhibitions and more. Home to a 488-seat grand performance hall, a smaller 230-seat performance hall and various exhibition halls, the Gimje Cultural and Art Center hosts prominent performances and events such as “The Sound of Jazz Concert,” “Korean Rock Music Concert” and “Gala Les Miserables Concert.” In order to create brighter, more balanced lighting displays, the Gimje Cultural and Art Center recently hired Hansam System, South Korea’s leading distributor of professional event lighting, to upgrade their existing system with a cutting-edge lighting solution. After assessing the needs of the venue, Hansam System selected Martin by HARMAN ELP Series fixtures for their superior output and vivid color rendering.

 “The theater needed a custom lighting solution that was more compact and powerful than their existing setup,” said Mr. Sehoon Park, Sales Manager, Hansam System. “The old fixtures were halogen lamps and the client wanted to replace them with new LED lighting units that could deliver better performance. Martin ELP LED lighting units were the perfect choice with their powerful performance and cost savings. We had a little trouble fitting them into the existing installation space, but we used a bracket to raise the existing batten fixtures, which provided enough room for the new fixture’s operation.”

 Hansam System equipped the performance hall and projection room with cutting-edge Martin ELP-WW warm white and ELP-CL full color LED ellipsoidal fixtures, which deliver class-leading luminance and unparalleled ease of use. Equipped with 19-degree beam angle tube lenses, the ELP fixtures provide tight, punchy beams for creating dazzling lighting displays.

 “The Gimje Cultural and Art center is the only theater in the city, so we wanted to deliver the best possible lighting solutions to ensure the perfect viewing experience for every event, ” said Mr. Gyeongwon Kim, Lighting Director, Gimje Cultural and Art Center. “We are highly satisfied with the solutions provided by HARMAN and Hansam System, especially the ELP-WW units, and would like to acknowledge the innovative measures taken to integrate the larger ELP-CL units in the projection room as well.”                              

"Venues that host a diverse range of events like the Gimje Cultural and Art Center require lighting solutions that can bring out the true visual experience for the audience," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner Haman Systems for delivering and designing a robust solution that is sure to elevate the cultural experiences on the show."


Oregon Jamboree Hosts Country Music’s Biggest Stars with JBL by HARMAN VTX Series Loudspeakers

October 03, 2019

SWEET HOME, Ore.—Morgan Sound recently deployed a JBL by HARMAN VTX A Series live sound reinforcement solution at Oregon Jamboree to deliver top tier concert audio quality for festivalgoers.

 Oregon Jamboree is an annual three-day country music and camping festival held every August in Sweet Home, Oregon. Established in 1992, Oregon Jamboree has hosted country music’s biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith. The 2019 edition attracted 13,000 attendees each day and featured performances by Hank Williams Jr., Brothers Osborne, Chris Young and more. In order to provide exceptional sound on both the main and secondary stages, festival organizers hired pro sound AV experts Morgan Sound to provide a sound system capable of delivering premium sound quality and balanced, consistent coverage. Morgan Sound selected a JBL VTX Series tour sound solution, including A12 and V20 line array speakers, for its unparalleled performance, sensitivity and coverage.

“The Oregon Jamboree is outdoors at a fairground, so we faced the typical festival challenges of aligning delay towers and dealing with wind and crowd noise,” said Charlie Morgan, President and Owner, Morgan Sound, Inc. “The challenge is always the same—you want the people in the back to be able to hear without killing the people down in the trenches. From a technical standpoint, the phase coherency of the VTX system sounded exactly the same from front to back, on- and off-axis. I got a call from Dennis Freeman, the festival’s production manager, saying he’s very appreciative of the great job we did and that we’re definitely coming back next year—that’s the best endorsement we can get.”

On the main stage, Morgan Sound deployed 32 JBL VTX A12 line array loudspeakers to deliver industry-leading sound quality and coverage. VTX A12 speakers combine a compact, lightweight design with a patented JBL rigging mechanism and redesigned suspension system for streamlined deployment and setup. Morgan Sound used 16 JBL VTX V20 as out fills to deliver clean and consistent sound to the outer fringes of the audience area. The Morgan Sound team included Crown I-Tech HD Series 4x3500HD and 12000HD tour-grade amplifiers to power the large VTX speaker system. Morgan Sound’s new VTX system is the latest addition to a lifelong appreciation for JBL speaker systems. 

“We’re long-term JBL users,” continued Morgan. “We’ve owned almost every loudspeaker that JBL has manufactured in the last 50 years. The latest progression was to upgrade from the VerTec 4889 speakers to VTX V20, A12 and A8 speakers. The JBL team gave us a demonstration and we were very excited about getting the new system into our inventory. We were really impressed by the rigging, the transport carts, the whole package JBL put together. There was no custom engineering required on our part to make this system come out of the boxes and go into the air as quickly as possible. As the business owner, I’m the guy that looks for the hidden costs of implementing these audio systems. JBL took care of everything that we would have wanted or needed before we ever bought it.”

In the short amount of time since acquiring their new VTX line array systems, Morgan Sound has utilized the A12 speakers to great success at a range of live sound concerts. In addition to the Oregon Jamboree, Morgan Sound recently deployed the new system at the Tulalip Amphitheater for concerts by Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon, and plans to use it for many major events in the future.

“The VTX A12 speakers have a very smooth sound in the high frequencies—not as aggressive as some other tunings we’ve heard,” concluded Morgan. “This means it can play loud and still sound great. It’s going to be able to cover all of the kinds of acts that we do up here in the Pacific Northwest.”


Best Western Metro Clark adopt the Flexible HARMAN Professional Solutions Networked Audio System

October 02, 2019

ANGELES, Philippines—Intellismart Technology, Inc. recently installed an end-to-end HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system at the Best Western Metro Clark hotel to provide excellent sound with maximum flexibility.

Best Western Metro Clark provides upscale accommodations in close proximity to Clark International Airport and many popular attractions around Angeles City. In addition to well-appointed guest rooms and suites, the hotel features well-equipped function rooms for weddings, banquets, business meetings and other events. The 4,300 square-foot Simon & Stanley Hall can host up to 360 guests for larger events, and can also be divided into two smaller rooms for smaller functions. An additional conference room on the fourth floor features a garden deck, catering to groups of up to 30 guests. Other amenities include an outdoor pool on the fourth floor, an outdoor bar, multiple restaurants and a fitness center. To deliver high-quality sound reinforcement for events as well as background music, announcements and more, the Best Western Metro Clark hired Intellismart to upgrade its existing audio system with a range of JBL, Crown, Soundcraft and BSS solutions.

 “The hotel required an integrated solution with excellent sound quality, balanced coverage and easy control features for their meeting and event spaces,” said Gerry Sy President and CEO at Intellismart. “The space demanded a high-quality distributed audio system as well as a portable speaker system that met strict technical requirements while offering flexibility and ease of operation. HARMAN’s extensive range of state-of-the-art audio solutions enabled us to design the perfect system to meet the hotel’s needs.”

To ensure optimal sound quality throughout the hotel’s function rooms and common areas, Intellismart installed JBL Control Series ceiling-mounted loudspeakers in all indoor areas. In addition to providing crystal-clear sound with consistent coverage, Control Series loudspeakers feature pre-attached blind-mount back cans for easy installation and paintable baffles that blend seamlessly with the hotel’s décor. In the outdoor pool and bar areas, Intellismart selected wall-mounted JBL All-Weather Series loudspeakers to provide the same level of sound quality with added weather resistance. Intellismart also provided a JBL EON ONE PRO portable speaker system for outdoor events and parties.

To facilitate sound reinforcement for events in Simon & Stanley Hall, Intellismart provided Best Western Metro Clark with Soundcraft mixing consoles. With state-of-the-art DSP and features like FaderGlow color-coded illumination, the powerful and easy-to-use consoles make even the most complex mixing tasks intuitive and streamlined. To provide maximum clarity and intelligibility for pages and announcements, Intellismart equipped the hotel’s lobby with AKG paging microphones. Crown amplifiers power the system, providing uncolored sound and plenty of clean headroom.

The heart of Best Western Metro Clark’s new audio system is a network of BSS digital signal processors, which connect and route audio between the various loudspeakers, microphones, amplifiers and mixers. The BSS processors provide a flexible digital audio network which allows signal to be sent from any source to any destination almost instantly and reconfigured with ease. Amplifiers and loudspeakers can be split into zones and managed independently or combined, depending on the need. Hotel computers can connect to the BSS hardware via BLU Link technology, allowing hotel staff to control the network and adjust routing, monitoring, equalization and more.

"We required the latest, industry-leading audio systems to accommodate a wide range of functions in our meeting and event spaces,” said Justin Uy, General Manager for Best Western. “Intellismart worked with HARMAN Professional Solutions to create custom solutions, ensuring maximum coverage and intelligibility in each space. The HARMAN systems are very flexible, allowing our team to handle any event.”

"Hotel spaces require reliable and versatile audio solutions with excellent sound quality to accommodate a range of events and functions, and HARMAN products are exclusively designed to produce the best possible audio performance," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We would like to thank Intellismart for delivering an all-inclusive audio system specifically designed to meet the Best Western Metro Clark’s needs and accentuate the hotel's refined atmosphere.”