Steve Sola and Plain Truth Entertainment Stay Ahead of the Curve with JBL by HARMAN 7 Series Studio Monitors

February 19, 2019

NEW YORK—Innovative producer, engineer, mixer and studio-owner Steve Sola recently equipped Plain Truth Entertainment with JBL 7 Series master reference monitors.

With over 25 years of experience producing and mixing hit records, Steve Sola’s impressive list of credits includes records by Mobb Deep, Nas, Eminem, Method Man, Jodeci, Tran-Siberian Orchestra and many more. In addition to his production career, Sola owns Plain Truth Entertainment, a thriving commercial studio located in New York City which has been ground zero for some of the biggest records of the past two decades. Never one to rest on his laurels, Sola decided it was time to upgrade the studio’s near-field monitors in order to keep Plain Truth moving forward with new innovations in loudspeaker technology. After conducting some careful market research, Sola chose to outfit Plain Truth’s control room with JBL 708P powered monitors.

“I’ve been using JBL in different studios since I was a kid,” said Sola. “I felt it was time to upgrade my studio monitors and JBL is an iconic brand. My first reaction to the JBL 708P’s sound quality was that it’s smooth—there are no spikes or harshness. For that reason, it’s not as fatiguing as other monitors. For a smaller speaker, I’m surprised with how tight the low end is. I can turn off my sub and still get a good low frequency response from just the 708Ps.”

Sola and his engineer staff often put in long hours to ensure top quality for everything that comes out of Plain Truth. The studio’s new JBL 708P monitors provide Sola with the power and clarity needed to craft powerhouse mixes for legendary clients without becoming fatigued during long mix sessions.  

“I like to mix at pretty conservative levels—it’s very fatiguing when it’s just loud all the time,” continued Sola. “On the other hand, artists usually want to hear how the track sounds at loud volumes. The 708Ps sound very smooth at a lower volume, but they also sound smooth when I crank them up!”

Plain Truth Entertainment has experienced steady growth even while other major studios in NYC have closed their doors. Sola attributes much of his success in the business to being inspired by evolving technologies and willing to adapt to industry shifts.

“I’ve always tried to look into the future and see what’s coming next—that’s something I share in common with JBL,” concluded Sola. “In the early years of digital recording, I embraced that change—it’s important to stay on the cutting edge. I recently refurbished my analog eight-track and still love to use it to get a certain sound, but if you get stuck in that world, you’re going to be left behind.”

In addition to producing and mixing for the steady stream of up-and-coming artists and industry legends that rotate through the Plain Truth studio, Sola is currently producing a highly anticipated compilation of unreleased tracks by legendary rap duo Mobb Deep.


Wanda Cinemas Opens World’s First All-LED Screen Multiplex with Samsung and HARMAN Onyx Cinema Solutions

February 19, 2019

SHANGHAI—Wanda Cinemas, China’s largest film distributor and cinema operator, recently partnered with Samsung and HARMAN Professional Solutions to create the world’s first all-LED cinema multiplex.

The first multiplex of its kind, the Shanghai ARCH Wanda Cinema features revolutionary Samsung ONYX LED screens in each of its six premium theater rooms. Since its recent introduction to the cinema industry in China and the rest of the world, the Samsung/HARMAN Onyx Cinema Solution has enhanced movie fans’ cinema experiences with unparalleled image and sound quality. By providing so many Onyx cinema screens in one location, Wanda Cinemas’ Shanghai ARCH location raises the bar for premium multi-function movie theaters.

“HARMAN is proud to help Wanda Cinemas introduce Samsung Onyx LED cinema screens to the China market,” said Frank Xiao, General Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions, China. “After unveiling China’s first LED movie screen in early 2018, HARMAN has further contributed to the industry leader’s future by helping Wanda Cinemas create the first all-LED movieplex of its kind in the world. The Onyx cinema solution offers an unmatched next-generation movie theater experience for cinemagoers seeking high-quality entertainment.”

The Samsung Onyx LED cinema screen delivers lifelike image quality and industry-leading visual depth. Its unparalleled brightness and High-Dynamic-Range picture quality enable Wanda Cinemas to present movies with a clearer image and greater detail than traditional movie screens and home theater systems.

The Samsung Onyx screens in each of Shanghai ARCH Wanda Cinema’s theaters are supported by state-of-the-art HARMAN audio systems, which provide the ultimate cinematic audio experience in every seat of the theater. JBL Sculpted Surround cinema speakers, subwoofers and surrounds bring movie soundtracks to life with incredible realism. The speaker systems are powered by Crown DCi-N amplifiers and optimized by BSS 160 digital audio processors.

In addition to delivering stunning visual power and larger-than-life audio performance, the Samsung/HARMAN Onyx Cinema Solution frees up space that would typically be used by traditional projection methods and enables the theater operators to experiment with different types of ambient lighting and room geometry. The versatility of the Onyx Cinema Solution also offers Wanda Cinemas the flexibility to generate revenue with new kinds of events, such as corporate presentations, concerts, games and more.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Showcases New AVLC Solutions at ISE 2019

February 05, 2019

ISE 2019 (Stand #1-F10) ­– AMSTERDAM—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced showcased new AVLC (Audio, Video, Lighting and Control) solutions at the 2019 ISE show.

New solutions and key announcements include:

  • AKG Boundary Layer Microphones

New AKG CBL Series Boundary Layer Microphones are available in two coverage patterns to support a variety of meeting space sizes and shapes. These microphones support conference rooms, education spaces, and a variety of professional use cases that can benefit from great sounding conference audio capture in large and medium sized rooms and over the web. Featuring intuitive talk/mute controls, elegant design aesthetics, and screw terminals, the CBL Series is easy to install, easy to use, easy on the eyes and makes meetings sound great. For more information, visit: https://www.akg.com/cbl-series

 

  • AKG DMS Series Secure Digital Wireless Systems

New AKG DMS100 and DMS300 professional digital wireless systems combine rock-solid 2.4GHz operation with signature AKG sound quality to deliver crisp, studio-quality sound with advanced security features, extended battery life and ultimate ease-of-use. The eight-channel DMS300 and four-channel DMS100 are available in two configurations: a high-quality, AKG handheld microphone or an instrument- or headset-ready body pack. Offering 24-bit/48 kHz uncompressed audio coding, ultra-low latency and signal security provided by AES 256-bit encryption, DMS digital wireless systems deliver exceptional performance for singers, instrumentalists and presenters. For more information, visit: AKG.com

 

  • AMX and Zoom Strategic Alliance

An exciting new alliance and product offering between AMX and Zoom Video Communications, Inc. will transform standard meeting spaces into powerful collaboration centers. Available immediately, two new solutions integrate the AMX Acendo Core Collaboration System and the Zoom Meetings service as well as AMX Modero G5 Control Panels and the Zoom Rooms Controller app, giving users the freedom to make meetings more productive, efficient, and impactful. For more information, visit: https://www.amx.com/en-US/product_families/amx-zoom-collaboration-solutions

 

  • JBL One Series 104 Compact Powered Reference Monitors

New JBL Professional One Series 104 compact powered reference monitors draw from seven decades of JBL Professional engineering to deliver an innovative new speaker. Designed for recording musicians, podcasters, and music and video producers of all levels, One Series 104 monitors feature innovative, newly engineered JBL 4.5” coaxial drivers that provide full range performance for crystal clear highs and deep bass, without a subwoofer. This new coaxial driver has been specially contoured using the same research that led to the revolutionary waveguide found in M2, 7-Series, and 3-Series monitors, and like these monitors, One Series also provide listeners with a wide, immersive sweet spot and an accuracy never before heard in monitors at this price point. For more information, visit: http://www.jblpro.com/www/products/recording-broadcast/one-series/

 

  • Martin ERA 300 Profile Fixtures

The new Martin ERA 300 is an ultra-compact profile fixture with an extremely efficient 260W white LED engine that produces a sharp gobo projection with the flat field that Martin fixtures are known for. Designed to set the new standard compact and affordable lighting for the rental and live production market, this modern, everyday workhorse fits nearly-anywhere, is easy to handle and rig, and takes up less truck space. Plus, Martin ERA 300 boasts a full suite of professional features not commonly found in other fixtures in its class, including CMY color mixing, 1:2 zoom, 9,500 lumens of output, electronic dimming and strobe, color wheel, two layers of gobos, iris, rotating prism and pan/tilt. For more information, visit: https://www.martin.com/en-US/products/era-300-profile

 

  • Martin ELP LED Ellipsoid Fixtures

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

 

  • Martin MAC Allure Profile Fixture

The new Martin MAC Allure Profile LED moving head fixture was designed to support the unique performance lighting needs of rental and install clients. Along with MAC Allure, HARMAN re-introduced the ultra-creative potential and ease of use offered by its Martin P3 visual control solution, which is integrated into the MAC Allure Profile and soon other Martin fixtures. This is the first fully-featured moving head to combine a proprietary, solid state RGBW additive color mixing engine, a 7-segment pixelated beam and onboard P3 and DMX controllability that lets users swiftly alternate or mix between control protocols. The overall feature set further includes dimmer, strobe, color mixing, gobos, iris, prism, zoom, focus, pan and tilt. For more information, visit: https://www.martin.com/en-US/products/mac-allure-profile

 

  • Samsung Nexshop

Samsung Nexshop analytics and contextual marketing platform enables retailers to deliver an intelligent, interactive in-store shopping experience for customers by displaying targeted content and personalized messages on tablets and displays strategically placed throughout the store. The solution also enables retailers to gather PII-compliant customer behavior data through in-store sensors and video analytics. When combined with HARMAN Professional’s portfolio of audio, video, lighting and control solutions (AVLC), Nexshop gives retailers the ability to customize the customer experience and optimize the customer’s path-to-purchase from beginning to end. For more information, visit: https://pro.harman.com/lp/samsung-nexshop

 

  • Soundcraft Ui24R 3.0 Firmware Update

New Soundcraft Ui24R 3.0 Firmware is now available. This free download adds cascading functionality, cue recalls, intuitive lighting control and expanded touchscreen support to the Soundcraft Ui24R surfaceless mixer and multitrack digital recorder.

 

For more information about all the new products from the brands at HARMAN Professional Solutions, visit: https://pro.harman.com/new_products


HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces New AKG Boundary Layer Microphones for Corporate & Education Spaces

February 05, 2019

ISE 2019 (Stand #1-F10) – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV; today announced its new AKG CBL Series Boundary Layer Microphones, available in two coverage patterns to support a variety of meeting space sizes and shapes. These microphones support conference rooms, education spaces, and a variety of professional use cases that can benefit from great sounding conference audio capture in large and medium sized rooms and over the web.

 

Featuring intuitive talk/mute controls, elegant design aesthetics, and screw terminals, the CBL Series is easy to install, easy to use, easy on the eyes and makes meetings sound great. Both models include bright, easily identifiable LED cues for meeting participants to indicate current talk or mute status. And there’s also no fumbling for hard to find mute buttons, simply touch the microphone body to mute or talk.

 

“One of the biggest requests we hear from technology managers is for an all-around really great sounding table mic that can also blend nicely into all kinds of conference rooms,” said Paul Krizan, HARMAN Professional Solutions Product Manager. “This is that mic. It combines legendary AKG microphone precision, a very sleek, professional look and gives users the choice to pick the right mics for the room.”

 

Key features include:

  • Multiple form factors – choose from dual or triple element to meet the requirements of any installation
  • Low profile – minimally disrupts the table surface
  • Screw terminals – greatly simplify the installation
  • Touch I/O – change talk and mute state simply by touching the mic
  • LED ring indicators – provide clear visual cues for indicating current talk and mute state
  • RF interference suppression – avoid interference from mobile phones and laptops
  • Elegant design – complements any room interior

 

“These mics are just the right addition for corporate or education spaces already being driven by AMX user interfaces, presentation and control, BSS digital signal processing, JBL ceiling speakers, and Crown amplifiers but are versatile enough to uniquely support any need or budget,” added Krizan.

 

Details and Availability

We invite you to learn more about each of the new AKG CBL Series Boundary Layer Microphones below, as well as the full line of AKG professional audio equipment at akg.com. We also invite you to explore what’s possible from HARMAN Professional in Corporate, Education, and all 26 solutions we support.

  • AKG CBL201 Dual Element Boundary Layer Microphone

  • AKG CBL301 Triple Element Boundary Layer Microphone

 


HARMAN Announces Strategic Alliance with Zoom, Debuts Side-By-Side Zoom Room and Meeting Space Control

February 05, 2019

ISE 2019 (Stand #1-F10) – Today, HARMAN Professional Solutions announced an exciting new alliance and product offering with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., that transforms standard meeting spaces into powerful collaboration centers. Available immediately, two new solutions integrate the AMX Acendo Core Collaboration System and the Zoom Meetings service as well as AMX Modero G5 Control Panels and the Zoom Rooms Controller app to give users the freedom to make meetings more productive, efficient, and impactful.

The AMX Acendo Core Collaboration System is immediately ready to support and natively run the cloud-based Zoom Meetings application to instantly launch one-touch Zoom Meetings. Zoom Meetings offer users simplified, streamlined video communications and messaging, including the ability to record meetings locally or to the cloud, as well as many additional features to deliver a more interactive meeting experience. The AMX Acendo Core platform delivers a flawless end-to-end meeting experience and features wireless document sharing, web browsing, room scheduling and more.

AMX Modero G5 Control Panels also immediately support the cloud-based, Zoom Rooms controller application to expand Modero G5-controlled standard rooms into complete, fully ready-to-collaborate, meeting spaces. The AMX and Zoom collaboration is the first of its kind to offer users the ability to simultaneously and seamlessly run the Zoom Rooms app alongside touch-based room control applications and other onscreen functions such as powering on/off lights and displays, opening and closing shades, and controlling the environment.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Zoom team on this project,” said Brian Divine, HARMAN Professional Solutions, Senior VP, Product and Customer Solutions. “They’ve really done their homework to better understand the needs of their customers and the meeting space market. We were taken by their commitment to improve the experience and believe that Acendo Core and Modero G5 align perfectly with Zoom Meetings and Zoom Rooms. This partnership has real potential to move the needle in effective collaboration.”

“Working together offers AMX and Zoom users an array of collaboration and environmental room control opportunities, not previously possible,” said Chris DeNovellis, Partnerships Development Manager, Hardware for Zoom. “Empowering users to build more effective and efficient meeting spaces is a vision we both share, and we look forward to developing additional innovations together.”

For more information, visit: https://www.amx.com/en-US/product_families/amx-zoom-collaboration-solutions


ATK Audiotek Delivers Primetime Sound at the Super Bowl, Grammy Awards and SAG Awards with JBL Professional

February 03, 2019

LOS ANGELES & ATLANTA—ATK Audiotek has selected JBL Professional’s VTX A12 and A8 line array speakers to deliver premium live sound reinforcement for upcoming primetime events, including the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the Grammy Music Awards Ceremony and the Screen Actors Guild Award Show.

ATK Audiotek specializes in providing audio systems for live television shows and major events like The Voice, Jimmy Kimmy Live!, the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards and more. They also have a thriving integration business, and install audio systems for some of the world’s leading tech and retail companies. In order to raise the bar from previous successful Super Bowl and Grammy Awards shows, ATK plans to deliver premium audio quality at these upcoming major events with industry-leading JBL VTX Series A12 and A8 line array speakers.

“The VTX A12 is the best speaker JBL has ever made, and it plays a significant role in our current inventory,” said Michael MacDonald, President, ATK Audiotek. “Two of the most important aspects of a speaker’s performance are coverage and a flat response. The A12 is consistently excellent both of these areas. We’ve added 192 A12 speakers to our inventory since the 2018 Grammy Awards, and they’ve been warmly welcomed by our engineers and technical staff.”

ATK is currently installing and fine-tuning every aspect of the sound systems to be used at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Super Bowl, one of the most ubiquitous entertainment events in the world. The VTX A12’s ease of deployment plays a huge role in enabling the ATK team to quickly deploy the speakers on and off the field for the highly anticipated Halftime Show featuring Maroon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott.

“The Super Bowl is an interesting production—everything people hear from the time they enter the venue is under our control, including the Halftime Show,” said MacDonald. “We have A12s loaded on carts to roll out on the field for the Halftime Show, and NFL groundskeepers are very happy that the carts won’t damage the field’s playing condition thanks to the speaker’s lightweight and compact design. Also, we don’t want to block fans’ field of vision. We achieve less obtrusive sight lines with the A12s so that the speaker stacks don’t interfere with views from the lower bowl seats.”

In addition to the Super Bowl Halftime Show, ATK Audiotek will also rely exclusively on VTX A12 speakers to provide premium full-range sound reinforcement for the Grammy Awards on February 10 at the Staples Center.

“When we’re doing a show like the Grammys in an arena, we need a very powerful and precise sledgehammer to do the job,” said MacDonald. “We need a lot of volume to compete with room noise, and we have a huge audience we need to cover. The A12 is excellent in that regard for its predictable pattern control, which helps us provide excellent coverage without feedback.”

ATK recently supplied a VTX A8-based sound reinforcement system for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which took place on January 29 at the intimate Shrine Auditorium. The A8’s ultra-compact design and exceptionally flat response helped the ATK team deliver superior clarity and coverage, providing maximum gain-before-feedback in the acoustically-challenging ballroom.

“A show like the Screen Actors Guild Awards requires a lot of finesse, because it’s in a smaller room and the PA is much closer to the audience,” said MacDonald. “The VTX A8 speakers are both high-powered and compact, with significantly more balanced output and better pattern control than other speakers we’ve used in the past. Another benefit of using the A8s is we save the show producers a bunch of valuable theater space by using less subwoofers.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Design My JBL Contest Winner at NAMM 2019

January 25, 2019

NAMM (Booth #14508) – ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the winner of the Design My JBL contest at the 2019 NAMM Show.

After more than 800 JBL fans submitted custom artwork for special edition JBL 305p MkII studio monitors, artist Elliott Baker was selected as the winner. Baker’s winning design will be used for a limited edition version of the 305p MkII that will be available on Amazon.com in the Summer of 2019. Five percent of sales proceeds will be donated to the NAMM Foundation to support musical education.

“The Design My JBL contest was a resounding success, we would like to thank all the participants for their incredible entries,” said Mohit Parasher, Executive Vice President and President, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “We’re excited to unveil the special edition JBL 305p MkII studio monitors at the 2019 NAMM show. We’re also proud to donate 5% of the proceeds to the NAMM Foundation, which will help advance active participation in music making by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.”

In addition to winning a pair of the special edition JBL 305p MkII monitors featuring his original design, Baker also received a $1000 Amazon gift card and free trip to Anaheim, California for the 2019 NAMM Show.

“I’m honored that my original artwork was selected to appear on these special edition monitors, and I would like to thank JBL for the amazing opportunity,” said Baker. “Much of my art is inspired by my dreams, and I can’t wait to see them set up in my home studio. I’m excited to be fully immersed in all that NAMM has to offer, and to see JBL unveil these special edition monitors in person.”

“Amazon is pleased to have collaborated with JBL on this incredible contest,” said Carolyn Sarnoff, Category Leader for Audio & Accessories, Musical Instruments and Home Entertainment at Amazon.com. “The 305p MkII studio monitors are highly rated by our customers, and we’re excited to make these monitors available this summer.”

“On behalf of the NAMM Foundation, we are honored and grateful for this donation to the NAMM Foundation from JBL,” said Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation. “JBL’s ongoing support of the NAMM Show and this wonderful donation combine to advance the work of the Foundation to support the musical and creative energies and ambitions of all people everywhere.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers An Immersive Cinematic Audio Experience at CGV Yongsan

January 25, 2019

SEOUL, South Korea—Kinoton Korea recently outfitted CGV Yongsan with an array of premium HARMAN Professional Solutions cinema audio solutions to ensure immersive sound quality across all of the multiplex’s theaters.

As South Korea’s largest cinema chain operator, CJ CGV has a long history of introducing revolutionary innovations in the cinema industry in its home country and abroad. As of October 2018, CJ CGV boasts a total of 3,553 screens at 480 locations in seven countries across the globe and now CGV Yongsan I Park Mall is home to the largest IMAX Screen in the world, measuring 31 metres wide and 22.4 metres high. CGV Yongsan also houses the world’s first 4DX-Screen X combination theater. As part of recent renovations to keep the multiplex on the cutting edge, CGV Yongsan hired Kinoton Korea to replace the theaters’ aging sound systems with state-of-the-art JBL Professional speakers and Crown amplifiers.

“As our flagship location, we wanted to ensure CGV Yongsan continues to provide the ultimate movie-viewing experience for our audiences,” said Seo Jeong, CEO, CJ CGV. “In addition to the latest digital projection technologies and luxurious amenities, CGV Yongsan required cutting-edge sound systems to deliver a truly immersive movie-watching experience. The HARMAN systems really bring the film soundtracks to life, and set a new benchmark in terms of performance and sound quality. We look forward to implementing similar solutions in future installations.”

In order to ensure enhanced soundtrack reproduction with unmatched accuracy, Kinoton Korea outfitted 18 of CGV Yongsan’s theaters with an array of JBL Professional cinema loudspeakers, subwoofers and surrounds. The wide range of JBL speakers enabled Kinoton to tailor the system response to each theater’s unique dimensions and deliver perfect coverage at every seat.

For the main front channels, Kinoton installed six JBL 5742 four-way ScreenArray cinema loudspeakers, 30 JBL 4732 three-way ScreenArray cinema loudspeakers and 34 JBL 3731 two-way ScreenArray cinema loudspeaker systems. Kinoton also installed 68 JBL 4642A subwoofers to ensure extended low frequency support. Additionally, Kinoton provided 14 JBL 8320 Compact Cinema Surround speakers, 12 JBL 9300 Cinema Surround speakers and 60 JBL 9310 Cinema Surround speakers to ensure deliver realistic three-dimensional audio. Kinoton powered the speaker systems with Crown DSi Series amplifiers. The reliable performance and onboard digital signal processing of the DSi Series amplifiers match perfectly with the JBL ScreenArray systems.

“We are thrilled to see our solutions being used by a global cinema giant like CJ CGV,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “HARMAN brands like JBL and Crown are known in the cinema world for their superior audio quality, performance and longevity. We thank CJ CGV for placing their faith in HARMAN solutions to achieve their goals. We also thank Kinoton Korea for their technical expertise and customer-focused service during the installation.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Showcases Martin ELP LED Ellipsoid Fixtures at 2019 NAMM Show

January 24, 2019

NAMM (Booth #14508) – ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today showcased new Martin ELP LED ellipsoid fixtures at the 2019 NAMM show.

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Details and Availability

HARMAN is demonstrating Martin ELP LED ellipsoid fixtures in Booth #14508 at NAMM 2019. Martin ELP WW and ELP CL LED ellipsoidal fixtures are now shipping in limited quantities and will have full worldwide availability through authorized resellers in February. For more information, please visit https://www.martin.com/en-US/product_families/ELP.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Showcases New JBL One Series 104 Compact Powered Reference Monitors at NAMM 2019

January 24, 2019

NAMM (Booth #14508) – ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today showcased new JBL Professional One Series 104 compact powered reference monitors at the 2019 NAMM show.

JBL One Series 104 monitors draw from seven decades of JBL Professional engineering to deliver an innovative new speaker, designed from the ground up. With the JBL 104 reference monitors, JBL started with the mission to give content creators the ability to hear all the details for better results while mixing and editing. JBL One Series 104 monitors achieve this through innovative, newly engineered JBL 4.5” coaxial drivers that provide full range performance for crystal clear highs and deep bass, without a subwoofer. This new coaxial driver has been specially contoured using the same research that led to the revolutionary waveguide found in M2, 7-Series, and 3-Series monitors, and like these monitors, One Series also provide listeners with a wide, immersive sweet spot and an accuracy never before heard in monitors at this price point.

JBL 104 Reference monitors offer this high level of performance, even at loud playback levels. This is accomplished through clean, integrated 60-watt Class D amplification that can drive One Series speakers to 104db SPL (peak), without the distortion found in other monitors in their class.

And JBL One Series reference monitors were created with the modern production lifestyle in mind. They not only feature a sleek, new look for JBL, but with their compact size, creators can get legendary JBL sound even in smaller workspaces. Smart features like a front-panel volume control allows convenient level adjustments without straying from the sweet spot, the front-panel headphone jack automatically mutes the speakers, providing isolation in one simple step, and dual 1/4-inch balanced and single 1/8-inch unbalanced TRS inputs accommodate a wide range of sources. An optional, protective carrying case will also be available, for production on the go.

“The world’s top recording studios and touring artists rely on JBL Professional monitors to deliver unparalleled fidelity and performance, and today’s content creators deserve a similar level of performance,” said Chris Hansen, Director, Recording and Content Creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With the JBL One Series 104, we’ve leveraged the best of JBL engineering to deliver both a reliable sonic reference and a truly enjoyable listening experience, all at an attractive price point.”

Additional Details and Availability

HARMAN is demonstrating JBL Professional One Series 104 compact powered reference monitors in Booth #14508 at NAMM 2019.JBL Professional One Series 104 compact powered reference monitors will be available Q1, 2019. For more information, please visit http://www.jblpro.com/www/products/recording-broadcast/one-series/


HARMAN Professional Solutions Releases Soundcraft Ui24R 3.0 Firmware Update

January 24, 2019

NAMM (Booth #14508) – ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today debuted a significant free update to the Soundcraft Ui24R surfaceless mixer and multitrack digital recorder at the 2019 NAMM Show.

Top functionality added by the Ui24R 3.0 Firmware Update:

Cascading

Cascade enables users to connect two Ui24R via Ethernet to double their mixing capability by enabling a new 32x32 bi-directional audio bus between consoles. Users can easily switch between Host and Remote units with a single click on Ui24R’s HTML5 screen user interface. Common applications of this new functionality include: doubling mic inputs, by adding a second Ui24R as a submixer, routed into the main Ui24R; and utilizing two Ui24R mixers to create two fully independent mixes, each with dedicated EQ/Gate/Compression, for example when mixing FOH and monitors, or creating independent FOH and streaming/live recording mixes.

Cue Recall

Ui24R’s new Cue feature enables the saving and fast recall of mix settings. While recalling Cues, Ui24R can block any changes to routing or processor types, which enables seamless operation, an essential during low volume events, for example while mixing for theater.

UDP Lighting Control

A new UDP view in the Ui24R HTML 5 interface adds simple buttons to send industry-standard UDP commands over Ethernet to external gear such as lighting software or hardware lighting controllers. A valuable use for this feature is to trigger pre-set lighting cues, which is perfect for community theaters, churches or corporate presentation settings where the sound engineers or volunteers might not have lighting experience.

Lexicon Reverb PreDelay

The embedded Lexicon processing in Ui24R is now enhanced with Reverb Pre-Delay, allowing users to easily set the time before first surface reflections and more quickly simulate desired acoustic environments.  

Big Desktop

The new “Big Desktop” INFO view adds provides a birds eye view of the entire Ui24R mix environment, represented as a single large console surface. Users can see graphics of their gate, compressor, EQ curve, FX and Aux sends, and jump between controls for editing with simple double-clicks. This feature is designed for use on 1080p resolutions screens.

Expanded Touch Screen Support 

Users now have more options for touchscreen control of Ui24R with more than 25 leading touchscreens, which directly connect to the Ui24R via HDMI and USB.

Additional Details and Availability

HARMAN is demonstrating the newly updated Soundcraft Ui24R in Booth #14508 at NAMM 2019.  The 3.0 Firmware Update is available now as free download to registered Ui24R users.  For more information on the new functionality mentioned in this release these and other enhancements, customers can download the Ui24R 3.0 Firmware Addendum manual. Both the free Soundcraft Ui24R 3.0 Firmware Update and Addendum Manual can be found on the Soundcraft Ui24R update page, located at https://www.soundcraft.com/ui24r