RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Solace Tour Lights up Stages Worldwide with Martin by HARMAN

April 22, 2019

THORTON, Colo.—Brown Note Productions recently deployed a lighting rig designed by Matthew Smith and Brad Salt of Colourblind Production Lighting for RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Solace tour, featuring Martin by HARMAN lighting solutions.

Formerly known as RÜFÜS, RÜFÜS DU SOL is an Australian electronic dance group formed in 2010. After releasing their fourth studio album Solace in 2018, the band embarked on an international tour spanning four continents. To achieve a vibrant, memorable stage design for the tour, RÜFÜS DU SOL worked closely with Colourblind to create a dynamic lighting design centered around a striking LED grid backdrop. Tasked with realizing the design in a tour-friendly format for the North American legs, tour lighting provider Brown Note Productions put together a lighting package featuring Martin by HARMAN VDO Sceptron 10 linear LED video strips and MAC Aura LED wash lighting fixtures.

“Colourblind developed a design concept and worked with us to evolve it from the first drawing to what became the final rig,” said James Watt, Production Manager at Brown Note Productions. “The Sceptron structure behind the band was a fundamental project to figure out, especially to make it tour-friendly while getting them the look they wanted. They knew what they wanted, and we had to figure out how to pull it off pull it off realistically to make it easy to build every day.”

The LED grid behind the band is comprised of 120 VDO Sceptron 10 linear LED fixtures arranged in ten rows. The structure spans the entire stage, with a gentle curve that wraps around on each side. Behind the grid is a massive video screen displaying custom-made visuals. Throughout the show, the Sceptron fixtures alternate between displaying synchronized video content and contrasting lighting effects. The Sceptrons’ integrated power and data connectors make setup and teardown easy, maximizing efficiency for Brown Note’s crew.

“The thing I really like about the Sceptrons and the way we're using them on this tour is that they can be used as a lighting fixture and a video fixture as well,” said Matthew Smith, Senior Lighting Designer at Colourblind. “There are a few points in the show where we're using the whole structure as one big light source, but we're also running custom video content as well. You can get these really striking strobe looks out of it, and also have some really elegant textures and patterns going on as well.”

Brown Note also provided 14 Martin MAC Aura fixtures for wash lighting. The Auras are mounted on trusses upstage, downstage, stage right, stage left and overhead to provide even coverage from all angles. With a broad color palette and 3850-lumen output, the Aura fixtures provide ample power and versatility for the energetic show. The Auras’ compact, lightweight design and low power consumption makes them the ideal choice for the demanding, nonstop schedule of the Solace tour.

“The MAC Aura has been one of the most robust lights that we have ever purchased,” said Ryan Knutson, President of Brown Note Productions. “A lot of different events and designers still use it because it gives such a great light and it’s lasted through a lot of different designs and new technologies like LED. It's a long-lasting product that still continues to do amazing work for us. We can barely keep them in stock.”

The North American leg of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Solace tour ran from October 24th to November 25th, before the band continued on to Europe and the UK. After a holiday break, they resumed touring across Australia and South America, adding additional North American dates from April to October 2019, due to popular demand.

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

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André Rieu And The Johann Strauss Orchestra Light Up Audiences, Stage With Martin Lighting

April 22, 2019

London – World-famous violinist and conductor André Rieu is known for his incredibly popular tours, visiting over 100 venues a year with his Johann Strauss orchestra. The tour has a huge opportunity to impress both live audiences and millions of viewers watching in cinemas and on DVD. This means that the lighting needs to be suitable for cameras recording the show for broadcast, DVD and the cinema, as well as the audience attending the performance.

It is important for the André Rieu Tour lighting be as compact, portable and low weight as possible to enable quick transitions between shows, supporting the tech crew as much as possible. The large number of performers in the orchestra need to be lit with a uniform field and dynamic effects to highlight different aspects of the performance, creating a great atmosphere for the audience.

To meet these goals, Maurice Verbeek, lighting designer at André Rieu productions, used lights including MAC Encore Performance CLD and MAC Aura, supplied by Netherlands-based Fairlight. The set is entirely made up of intelligent lights and all moving lights are LED.

Martin MAC Encore CLDs are deployed as the orchestra’s key lights, offering a best-in-class size/weight/performance ratio. They are attached to pre-fabricated parts of the set, facilitating quick transitions between performances. The cutting-edge LED technology’s advanced colour mixing is ideal for illuminating the orchestra, and flicker-free refresh rates ensure that cameras can capture top quality footage.

For the orchestra’s backlight, Verbeek created five chandeliers, each incorporating 16 MAC Auras. The chandeliers are on wheels and thanks to the Aura’s compact, low weight design, can travel as one piece in the tour truck, helping to ensure fast transitions between venues.

Super-bright MAC Aura XBs are used as side lights, hanging at both high and low levels at the side of the stage, providing 6000 Lumens output and rapid movement. For the tour’s outdoor events, such as Rieu’s annual Maastricht summer concerts, MAC Quantum Wash provide an impressive balance between colours and whites. Features such as smooth CMY colour mixing make it possible to illuminate large areas of the orchestra, stage and surrounding buildings in colour, creating an atmospheric experience for the live audience and cinema viewers alike.

“The tour is getting better and better every year,” Verbeek says. “I personally think that we have the perfect tour set. I have the perfect products and the quickest, most silent and most flexible tour set. I’m really happy with it.”

He adds “the technical crew who work with the gear, doing the loading and unloading, are also really happy with the set as it’s all on wheels and the Encore is really light.”

Verbeek’s experience has helped him to realise the importance of orchestra key lights. “I notice a big difference with the Encore. I’m convinced it’s got the perfect flat field and colour temperature,” he explains.

The pricing of the MAC Encore has also had an impact on the effects that Verbeek can create, enhancing the visual experience for the audience. “It’s made it possible for me to add more spots, so I can include more specific key lights,” he says.

The quality of the lighting fixtures means that all elements of the stage can be lit with the same intensity and brightness, so the performance can be captured by the cameras, ensuring a high-quality show for Rieu’s millions of viewers. Verbeek says: “Every year it looks better for broadcast, for DVD and for the cinema.”

 

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

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David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

+1 (818) 895-3464 O

+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


Studer by HARMAN Accelerates Worldwide Momentum In Professional Mixing Environments

April 10, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced that Studer by HARMAN continues achieving widespread adoption in professional broadcast and audio mixing environments around the world.

Offering world-class sound quality, intuitive design and flexible routing, Studer Vista consoles continue to be a leading choice for professional broadcasters and mixers. Vista consoles feature scalable Infinity Core signal processors, and comprehensive metering to meet the challenges of the most demanding broadcast environments.

Examples of recent Studer professional mixing solutions that have been adopted in broadcast and live entertainment include:

 

NORTH AMERICA

  • Paramount Pictures equipped its Hollywood studios with a Vista X large-scale mixing console and two Vista 5 Black Edition digital mixing consoles.
  • The Metropolitan Opera in New York City upgraded its facilities with a Vista V digital mixing console for events and exhibitions.
  • A major news network purchased four Vista V digital mixing consoles with Compact Core 600 processors and a Vista 1 Black Edition console for its new facility in New York’s Hudson Yards. The network also upgraded its Atlanta headquarters with a new Studer Vista V digital mixing console.
  • CTV in Canada upgraded its facilities with a Vista X large-scale mixing console and a Vista 1 Black Edition digital mixing console.
  • Trinity Broadcast Network purchased a Vista V digital mixing system for its California headquarters.
  • NEP upgraded its Gold remote recording truck with a Vista X large-scale mixing console.

 

EMEA

  • BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio Foyle upgraded their broadcast studios with OnAir 3000 digital broadcast consoles.
  • Arab Radio Network in United Arab Emirates updated its facilities with 15 Glacier Series broadcast audio control surfaces and 15 Micro Series digital audio broadcast and production mixing systems.
  • NextRadioTV in France upgraded eight studios in its new broadcast facility with a Vista X console, seven Vista V consoles, eight Compact Remotes, one Infinity Core 800 processor and ten Compact Stageboxes.
  • The Staatstheater Darmstadt theatre company in Germany updated its performance hall with a Vista V digital mixing console.
  • RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) upgraded its broadcast studios with six Vista 5M3 digital mixing consoles and five Vista 1 Black Edition digital mixing consoles.
  • The Schauspielhaus Zürich theater in Switzerland updated its concert hall with a Vista V digital mixing console.
  • Streamteam Nordic Oy in Finland upgraded its broadcast studio with a Vista V digital mixing console.

 

APAC

  • The Shanghai Oriental Art Center upgraded its opera and concert halls with Vista X and Vista V digital mixing consoles.
  • Xinjiang People's Broadcasting Station and Shenyang News Radio in China upgraded their broadcast studios with OnAir 3000 digital broadcast consoles.
  • Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Hong Kong recently updated several of its halls with a Vista 1 Black Edition and three Vista V digital mixing consoles.
  • Heilongjiang Television Station (HLJTV) in China recently updated its OB van with a Vista X large-scale mixing console.
  • Love FM and FM Nagasaki radio stations in Japan recently upgraded their broadcast studios with OnAir 2500 digital broadcast consoles.
  • The Voice of Vietnam upgraded its studios with an OnAir 2500 and two OnAir 2500 Modulo digital broadcast consoles.

 

 

For more information about Studer, visit https://www.studer.ch/en. Or visit the Studer demo truck at NAB 2019 in Las Vegas in the Outdoor/Media Mobile area stand # OE12057, featuring: Studer Vista X, Vista V, Vista 1 and Micro series consoles, Soundcraft VI 3000 and SI Expression Consoles, and JBL 7 Series Studio Monitors.

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

GLOBAL

David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

+1 (818) 895-3464 O

+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

APAC

RV Ramachandran

Marketing Director - Asia Pacific Harman Professional Solutions

RV.Ramachandran@harman.com

+65-6870-5000 Office

+65-9146-2464 Mobile

 

© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


The School of Nichiren’s Daijozan Houonji Temple Elevates Acoustic Clarity with HARMAN Professional Solutions

April 05, 2019

NAGOYA, Japan—The School of Nichiren's Daijozan Houonji Temple recently collaborated with Hibino and HARMAN Professional Solutions to implement a state-of-the-art audio system to deliver enhanced clarity during sermons and announcements.

Founded in 1909 by Tatsuko Sugiyama, The School of Nichiren's Daijozan Houonji Temple seeks to inspire and save the world through the text of the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of 13th century priest Nichiren. Houonji Temple has many branch temples and missionary offices throughout Japan, and thousands of people gather to listen to the sermons delivered during the events held in the temple.

“To provide optimum sound coverage, ensuring that all visitors can hear the sermons clearly, the temple management requested us to implement a system that would provide crystal clear audio quality during the events,” said a Akio Taniguchi, Branch Manager at Hibino. “We used JBL's Intellivox column speakers and the Soundcraft digital mixer, to set up a robust sermon delivery system. The combination delivers full and balanced audio coverage over the entire seating area, ensuring that every guest receives a superior listening experience.”

The JBL Intellivox DSX280 HD powered column speakers installed in the temple provide a constant sound pressure level over a distance of up to 115 feet, enabling visitors to enjoy an immersive sound experience. To achieve effortless integration with the column speakers and produce a perfect audio mix, Hibino installed Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital audio mixers. Together they provide exceptional clarity, dynamic range and crystal-clear sound in every corner of the temple.

"As a result of significant reverberation in the main hall where sermons are delivered, it was often difficult to make out the priest's words and there were some areas where the sermon could barely be heard,” . “Amid discussion of alternative sound delivery systems such as earphones, a test of the Intellivox speakers using the DSP to control the vertical spread of the sound provided a major improvement in clarity. The response has been excellent from the visitors. With the addition of the Si Expression 1 mixer and other changes to improve the system's overall sound quality, the sound quality is significantly better in the office and other areas as well."

“It is an honor for HARMAN Professional Solutions to provide The School of Nichiren's Daijozan Houonji Temple with superior audio solutions,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We would like to thank Hibino for providing excellent customer service while delivering a rich, immersive sound experience to convey the teachings of the temple perfectly.”

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

GLOBAL

David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

+1 (818) 895-3464 O

+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

APAC

RV Ramachandran

Marketing Director - Asia Pacific Harman Professional Solutions

RV.Ramachandran@harman.com

+65-6870-5000 Office

+65-9146-2464 Mobile

 

 

© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.

 

 

 


HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers Exceptional Audio for Zhang Jun’s Pop Spin on Chinese Opera

April 03, 2019

SHANGHAI—Chinese opera star Zhang Jun’s recent production “Shuimo Xindiao” featured JBL VTX Series loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, which delivered premium audio to an arena packed with 10,000 music fans.

As a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Zhang Jun strives to keep the 600-year-old tradition of KunQu opera alive. His latest production, “Shuimo Xindiao” (New Tunes of the Water Mill), reinvented classical melodies with modern pop instrumentation, including guitar, violin, saxophone and electronic elements. The performance took place at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.

To convey the subtlety of KunQu with the intensity of pop music, the production required a cutting-edge sound system with unparalleled power and clarity. In order to deliver world-class sound for the performance, event crews deployed  a JBL VTX line array system consisting of VTX A12, V25 and V20 loudspeakers, S28 and G28 subwoofers, and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Due to the immense size of the Mercedes-Benz Arena, the production needed a sound system that could provide even coverage throughout the entire venue and bring high-quality sound to every seat. The HARMAN Professional system was comprised of 28 VTX V25 loudspeakers for the main arrays, 30 VTX A12 loudspeakers for side fills, six VTX V20 loudspeakers for center fills. Subwoofers included 16 S28 subwoofers suspended with the main arrays and eight G28 models stacked at ground level. The entire system was powered by a network of Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.


Le Mobile Remote Recording Studio Brings Exceptional Clarity to “Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Live” with JBL Professional 7 Series Monitors

March 27, 2019

CARLSBAD, Calif.—Guy Charbonneau recently upgraded Le Mobile remote recording studio with JBL by HARMAN 7 Series Monitors for class-leading accuracy while recording and mixing Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration.

Established in 1973, Le Mobile is a remote recording and mixing studio entirely custom-built into the back of a semi-truck. Le Mobile has been a heavyweight in the mobile recording industry for more than 40 years. Guy has worked with over 1,000 of the most prominent artists in the world, earning over 50 gold and platinum records, an Emmy® Award and several TEC Awards.

Le Mobile has been equipped with a JBL custom built tri-amped JBL monitoring system since it was first designed in 1977. In fact, the system in Le Mobile has been personally tuned and improved over the years with the collaboration of former Director of JBL Technology Mark Gander who met Charbonneau while he was demonstrating Le Mobile at the AES trade show in the early 1980s.

Recently, Guy and son Ian were hired to record and mix “Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Live”, a tribute concert that was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to celebrate Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday. The performance will be released as a PBS special as well as a 16-song live album and DVD, and features an all-star band under the direction of Brian Blade and Jon Cowherd with performances by Diana Krall, James Taylor, Norah Jones, Los Lobos, Emmylou Harris, Graham Nash, Seal, Kris Kristofferson, Brandi Carlile, Chaka Khan, Glen Hansard and Rufus Wainwright.

Guy and Ian mixed the performance in Le Mobile using JBL Professional 708P reference monitors, which they selected for their stunning detail, clarity and smooth frequency response.

“My approach to recording a live show is to really feel the show, and sometimes you have to monitor fairly loud to do that,” said Guy. “But with the 708s, you don’t have to play them very loud to feel something. It makes a big difference when you’re working 14 or 16-hour days. The 708s are very transparent and pleasant. You can work long hours without having to turn them up as loud as other monitors.”

Ian says the new JBL 708Ps have been very reliable both in the studio and on location.

“JBL has done an incredible job with the 708s,” said Ian Charbonneau, Engineer, Le Mobile. “Even the compression driver is very smooth. Whether you play them at a low or high level, they’re still pleasant and very accurate. That’s a big plus in those monitors, and I think they sound very solid. They’re not a vanity product like some studio monitors today—these are workhorses. The 708s are beyond powerful, very solid sounding and well built, whether it’s a mobile recording situation, live broadcast or studio environment.”

Guy recalls being amazed by the even and balanced imaging of the JBL 3 Series monitors while working in a studio with a very large-format console in New York. After trying the 3 Series on that project, with much eagerness, it only made sense to try the 708’s. Guy has been using the 7 Series monitors ever since to ensure his mixes will translate to other systems.

“You don’t have to sit in one place—you can move left or right, stand up or sit down and the sound doesn't change,” said Guy. “Most speakers aren't like that, you have to be in the right spot but the 708s sound good no matter where you sit. They translate well to any source—I can listen on the little speakers in my kitchen, in my car, or even on my laptop and everything is still there. If it sounds good on the JBLs, it will sound good anywhere.”

Ian says his favorite thing about the new JBL 708Ps is how they complement the existing main JBL system in Le Mobile.

“I’ve probably owned every pair of monitors JBL has released over the years,” said Ian. “They’ve made some great speakers, but these stood out to me. Right away, I recognized that big solid sound. These are the JBL I remember when I was younger. The 708s translate very well to our original mains from 40 years ago, it’s like a father and son relationship.”

The 16-track “Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration” concert CD and DVD are currently available for pre-order, and set for release on March 8, 2019.

For more information about Le Mobile, please visit http://www.lemobile.com


HARMAN Professional Solutions Creates an Enchanting Lighting Experience for Pan Pacific Singapore’s Ballroom

March 26, 2019

MARINA BAY, Singapore—To create an enchanting ballroom experience for weddings and special events at their luxury hotel in Marina Bay, Pan Pacific Singapore hired MYNALIGHT to design a dynamic LED ceiling installation using Martin by HARMAN VC-Dot 1 strips.

Pan Pacific Hotels Group operates upscale hotels, resorts and serviced suites throughout Asia Pacific and North America For the redesigned 800-capacity ballroom Pan Pacific Singapore wanted to create an immersive and customizable lighting experience for thematic weddings and events. Pan Pacific Singapore hired MYNALIGHT to design and deploy a state-of-the-art LED lighting installation in the ballroom ceiling that could complement the elegant color schemes, table settings and flower arrangements of the hotel’s wedding themes.

"Lighting the ballroom for Pan Pacific Singapore was an ambitious project, which we approached in our uniquely collaborative style,” said Ms. Yaeko Hashimoto, Principal Lighting Designed, MYNALIGHT. “After much scrutiny and discussion with our experts, we concluded that Martin lighting fixtures would be ideal for the media effect ceiling they were looking for. It not only produces a spectacular lighting design, but turns the ballroom into a unique experience."

MYNALIGHT decided to highlight the ballroom’s abstract, coral-inspired ceiling design by mounting 7,120 VC-Dot 1 creative LED pixels along the intersecting lines that divide the recessed portions of the ceiling. The VC-Dot 1 system form a network of more than 7,120 individual controllable LED media pixels, which are capable of displaying synchronized video effects in perfect harmony via the Martin Professional P3 system controller. The integrated P3 powerport 1500 provides both power and data for the VC-Dot 1 with the compact VC-feeders, driving each VC-Dot string in daisy chain methodology - setting up the system is a breeze. Martin Rush MH 1 Profile Plus fixtures provide supplemental lighting to the space, and are capable of complimenting any color scheme or effect with dual gobo and color wheels.

"We were thrilled to have futuristic gear such as Martin for our ballroom,” said Vincent Choo, Director of Technical Services & Project Management, Pan Pacific Singapore. “The recently installed creative element in our revamped ballroom illuminates the area effectively and enables quick, effective alterations. MYNALIGHT took up the project and personalized it to suit our unique visualization, attention to detail in our media effect ceiling, and we are delighted with the quality of the light fixtures from HARMAN Professional Solutions."

"We are honored to be able to deliver an awe-inspiring ballroom atmosphere for Pan Pacific Singapore," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to MYNALIGHT for future-proofing Pan Pacific Singapore's lighting fixtures and turning their vision into reality with a powerful set of products and lighting expertise.”


NextRadioTV Expands Broadcasting Capabilities with Studer by HARMAN

March 25, 2019

PARIS—NextRadioTV recently worked with Audiopole and Red Bee Media to equip eight studios in their new broadcast facility with state-of-the-art Studer by HARMAN Vista mixing consoles and routing systems.

NextRadioTV is a French broadcasting company operating multiple radio and television stations. After being acquired by Altice, a European media group, NextRadioTV moved to a brand-new facility inside Altice France’s headquarters. With twice as many studios to manage, NextRadioTV’s engineers decided to increase efficiency by making each one a multipurpose space with identical equipment. NextRadioTV hired system integrator Red Bee Media to install a complete Studer by HARMAN broadcast mixing solution, supplied by Paris-based HARMAN distributor Audiopole.

“NextRadioTV was already equipped with Studer consoles in their former facility—they had two Vista consoles in their TV studios and two OnAir 3000 consoles for the radio studios,” said Jean-Phillipe Blanchard, Managing Partner at Audiopole. “When they decided to move to a new premises, we started discussing the project and they said that they wanted to use same type of console in both the radio and TV studios.”

Seven of the new multipurpose studios feature identical Studer Vista V consoles, which increase efficiency by allowing engineers to seamlessly switch between radio and TV broadcasting with little to no downtime. The Vista V’s Quad Star technology and Infinity Core processor give it ample DSP power for demanding mixing tasks. These components also provide industry-leading levels of redundancy to ensure uninterrupted broadcasts. The visual feedback from the Vistonics interface and FaderGlow technology allow engineers to view all important parameters at a glance, speeding up workflow for complex live broadcasts.

The largest studio in the new facility has the capability to host live TV or radio broadcasts with a studio audience. Here, Audiopole supplied a Studer Vista X console to provide extra power and flexibility necessary for delivering separate audience and broadcast mixes. Since the Vista X shares a similar interface and features with the Vista V, NextRadioTV’s engineers can apply the same workflow processes in all studios. Ten Studer Compact Stage Boxes throughout the facility provide a high density of inputs for complex broadcasts. Each studio is also equipped with a Studer Compact Remote Bay for extra redundancy in the event of any console maintenance.

In addition to the Infinity Core processors found in each Vista console, Audiopole supplied two standalone Studer Infinity Core 400 units to serve as a master audio routing system. Capable of accepting up to 5,000 inputs and outputs, this central routing system makes I/O from all eight studios available anywhere in the facility. It’s also capable of precise automatic mixing, which NextRadioTV uses for adding commentary to the audio feeds they receive from sports events throughout Europe.

“The central audio routing system handles all the communication between the consoles, but it’s also used to do some automatic mixing when they need to do commentary on sports events,” Said Blanchard. “The Infinity router is basically a Vista console without a control surface, so you get the same features as a mixing console. In this case, they use the VistaMix feature to mix the commentary from a booth at NextRadioTV with the audio feed from the event.”

Equipped with Studer by HARMAN consoles and peripherals, NextRadioTV’s new facility gives them greater broadcasting capabilities than ever. And since all eight studios share the same systems and workflow, any of them can be used for radio or TV broadcasting at any time. The new system is also highly scalable and ready to adapt to NextRadioTV’s growing operations.


WEIN Cinema Brings World-Class JBL by HARMAN Cinema Audio to Asia’s Largest Cinema Complex

March 21, 2019

ACE Film and Television Equipment Co. deploy a range of JBL cinema audio solutions to deliver high-quality surround sound for 34 theaters at WEIN Cinema

SHANGHAI—ACE Film and Television Equipment Co. recently outfitted WEIN Cinema, Asia’s largest cinema complex, with state-of-the-art JBL by HARMAN cinema audio systems in 34 separate theaters.

WEIN Cinema is the largest cinema complex in Asia, comprised of 34 state-of-the-art theaters occupying a 20,000 square-meter area. WEIN is located within the massive Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center, which also contains multiple exhibition halls, a business center, high-end office space and hotels. With more than 5,000 seats total, the WEIN Cinema complex includes a Samsung Onyx LED screen, two IMAX theaters and several themed theaters including a children’s theater, couples’ theater and VIP theater. WEIN Cinema contracted with ACE Film and Television Equipment Co., a high-end theater brand operated by Dadi Digital Cinema Corporation, to outfit all 34 theaters with JBL and Crown audio solutions to match the state-of-the-art video technology with unparalleled sound quality.

ACE installed a range of JBL loudspeaker systems to provide flexible solutions tailored to each individual theater, including JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers positioned behind the screens for primary sound reproduction. JBL 3722N two-way loudspeakers from the ScreenArray line were used in most of the theaters, providing smooth and accurate sound reproduction in a compact and cost-effective format. ACE also deployed the three-way JBL 3732 model in certain situations to provide maximum output with minimal distortion and optimal coverage. Other theaters feature JBL 3252N units with dual 15" low frequency drivers and Teonex-diaphragm high-frequency drivers in a single enclosure. JBL C222 loudspeakers were used in the smallest theaters, where space limitations required an extra-compact footprint.

ACE installed three different JBL surround loudspeaker models throughout the complex. The cost-effective and high-performing JBL 8320 serves as the main surround speaker, with a total of 148 units installed. Other theaters feature the JBL 9400/9410, which offers extended bass response and a proprietary Wave Shaping Vane for precise coverage. In theaters where space was limited, ACE selected 8" JBL 8281 speakers to provide high power handling and sensitivity in a small package. To supplement the surround systems, fill out the sound and provide extra bass impact, ACE deployed two different types of JBL subwoofers. The main subwoofer in most of the theaters is the JBL 4642A, which contains dual 18" woofers mounted in a vented-gap configuration for smooth response at the lowest audible frequencies. In certain theaters, ACE selected JBL 4181 subwoofers with 18” dual-coil vented cooling drivers as an alternative.

Crown amplifiers were used exclusively throughout WEIN Cinema. 137 Crown DSi Series power amplifiers, designed specifically for use with the JBL ScreenArray systems, power most of the cinema loudspeakers and provide onboard DSP. Ten Crown XLC Series amplifiers with DriveCore technology were installed in select theaters to provide a more cost-effective solution with lower power consumption without sacrificing performance. Additionally, each of WEIN Cinema’s IMAX theaters features a JBL CPi2000 cinema processor unit, which provides volume control and DSP for all surround speaker channels, 1/3-octave graphic EQ for precise room tuning and system fault detection with redundant outputs in case of power failures.


Soundcraft by HARMAN Vi Series Digital Mixing Consoles Lead India’s Pro Audio Industry to New Heights

March 20, 2019

MUMBAI, India—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced that Soundcraft by HARMAN Vi Series digital mixing consoles have established a significant footprint in India’s pro audio market with continued growth thanks to organic word of mouth throughout the industry.

The Soundcraft Vi Series is a family of large-format digital mixing consoles that offers audio engineers intuitive control over as many as 128 inputs and 32 auxiliary busses. Vi Series consoles are popular choices among audio professionals in a wide range of audio applications, including pro tours, performing arts theaters, houses of worship, stadiums, live broadcast and more. One of most unique features of the Vi Series is its Studer Vistonics touch screen interface, which makes it easy to manage complex mixing jobs with unmatched simplicity. In addition to their intuitive workflow, Vi Series consoles are constructed with a sturdy aluminum chassis to hold up to rigorous use by world-class mix engineers, touring acts, rental companies, music festivals, top venues and more.

“Because of their legendary audio quality, intuitive workflow and extended feature sets available on all models, Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles have become a mainstay for leading touring and rental companies throughout the world,” said Prashant Govindan, Senior Director, HARMAN Professional Solutions, India & SAARC. “With the release of the second generation of Vi Series consoles, we have seen more and more users choosing them for their main FOH and monitor consoles across a wide range of genres and venue types. Another contributing factor to the success of the Vi Series is the quality of training, support and service HARMAN has extended to customers and partners in the region. I am personally thrilled to be part of the team that accomplished this milestone in India’s emerging market. We thank all HARMAN customers including rental houses, professional mix engineers and loyal supporters.”

Soundcraft Vi Series consoles have earned a special place in the inventories of industry professionals thanks to their renowned user-friendly controls and intuitive operation. The Vi Series’ unrivaled integration of touchscreen control is one of the most commonly cited reasons a growing number of audio engineers and technicians throughout the industry are relying on Vi Series consoles. 

“Soundcraft Vi7000 and Vi6 consoles have been in our arsenal for more than a decade,” said Manish Mavani, Director, Sound & Light Professional. “We are proud to have one of the largest inventories of Vi consoles in India, backed by great product reliability and exceptional customer service from HARMAN.”

“We’ve had an extraordinary experience with Soundcraft Vi1 consoles,” said Navneet Wadhwa, Director, Audio Design. “We appreciate the console’s workflow and ease of use.” 

“The Soundcraft Vi3000 is a great mixing board for big corporate gigs and live concerts,” said Santana Davis, Managing Director & Chief Sound Engineer, J Davis Pro Sound & Lighting. “The Vi3000 is efficiently designed with comprehensive I/O and provides Dante/MADI functionality, the ability to use UAD & Waves plugins and reliability thanks to redundant power supplies.”

“I started my digital audio career mixing front-of-house on the Soundcraft Vi3000,” said Vijay Dayal, Sound Engineer, Yashraj Studios & FOH Engineer, Ajay-Atul. “I used to rely on analog consoles exclusively, until I was pushed by a mentor to make the shift to digital before getting left behind. After experiencing the benefits of mixing a massive amount of inputs on the Vi3000 with plenty of headroom, I was sold. What I like about Vi Series consoles is that they give you the sound quality of analog with the convenience of digital. I also appreciate the Vistonics interface, which makes it feel like you’re interacting with analog knobs and can see everything you’re doing. I’m currently enjoying the unlimited possibilities and expansive freedom of the Vi7000.”

“The Vi3000 is one of the best monitor mixing consoles on the market—it captures the moment perfectly,” said Purvaze Buxy, Director, Vibrations Unlimited & FOH Engineer, Armaan Malik. “It provides superior sound quality through its advanced engineering, the preamps sound great and its feature set is incredible. You’d be hard pressed to find a better value for your money.”

“I started touring 17 years ago, and after using a wide range of digital consoles, I can say the Soundcraft Vi Series is my favorite and I love using Vi consoles,” said Sunny M.R., Producer & FOH Engineer, Arijit Singh. “The layout is simple and everything is right in front of my eyes—soundcheck is a breeze with these consoles! On Arijit’s current tour, we have over 200 inputs, so we use Vi7000 and a Vi3000 consoles for front-of-house and monitor mixing. The Vi Series consoles help me handle each gig smoothly. HiQNet remote control makes it easy for me to adjust the sound while physically walking around the venue. The onboard recording and plugin processing is phenomenal—I record a total of 128 tracks for each performance. I also use a lot of analog outboard gear, so I love that the Vi consoles offer an alternate input switch on each channel if I need to change to the direct stage input as a backup during a hardware malfunction.”

“What I love about the Soundcraft Vi Series is that it lets me use the ‘walk up and mix’ method,” said Johnston D’Souza, FOH Engineer, Kabir Café, Alien Chutney. “The interface is straight-forward and simple to understand. You can always see everything you need to know about each channel. Additionally, the Vi Series gate and compressor are both really smooth and transparent.”

“We recently purchased Soundcraft Vi3000 consoles to teach our students how to practice efficient workflow in the live sound industry,” said Dilip Achtani, Associate Director, Seamless Education Academy. “The students found it easy to operate and they love the Vi3000’s combination of a simple layout with advanced features like Vistonics touchscreens and Soundcraft Realtime Rack.”

 

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3.15 Art Center Delivers Stunning Sound for Performance Art Pieces with a JBL by HARMAN Audio System

March 15, 2019

CHANGWON, South Korea—3.15 Art Center recently collaborated with TechData Co., Ltd. and HARMAN Professional Solutions to upgrade their concert hall with a class-leading JBL audio system for events, live performances and more.

3.15 Art Center is a multi-purpose venue dedicated to enhancing the creativity and diversity of the performing arts. In order to provide pristine sound quality for live performances in their 1,100-seat concert hall, 3.15 Art Center recently decided to upgrade their existing sound system with a state-of-the-art audio solution. Together with TechData Co., Ltd.—one of the world’s largest technology distributors—3.15 Art Center outfitted their concert hall with JBL VTX V20 line-array loudspeakers, VTX S25 subwoofers, SRX812P powered speakers and Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers.

“3.15 Art Center asked us to deploy an audio solution capable of outputting high sound pressure levels with a flat frequency response,” said Jonathan Choi, Tech Lab Engineer, TechData Co., Ltd. “Due to the close proximity and steep slope of the audience seats, we knew we would need a high-powered line array in order to provide even coverage throughout the theater. Considering these factors, we selected JBL loudspeakers for their impressive SPL and highly directional output.”

TechData Co., Ltd. equipped the theater with JBL VTX V20 three-way line-array speakers for the main sound system. The V20 is specifically engineered to provide stable 105-degree horizontal coverage while delivering linear, transparent sound. The flexible suspension system allows for quick and easy rigging, expediting the installation process. JBL VTX S25 subwoofers provide industry-leading low frequency output in a compact, suspendable design. Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers deliver clean, reliable power to the system and offer advanced networking capabilities. JBL SRX812P full range powered speakers are used as stage monitors to provide clear, intelligible sound for performers on stage. SRX812P speakers are also used as front-fill speakers to ensure even coverage in the first and second rows. SRX812P speakers combine JBL drivers, DSP and HiQnet networking functionality with Crown amplification and DriveCore technology for unprecedented performance and control.

"At 3.15 Art Center, we host a wide range of events throughout the year and required a high-end audio system to deliver world-class sound without the aid of a rental company,” said Woong Heo, Art Centre Sound Director, 3.15 Art Centre. “TechData suggested a JBL audio solution and we have been very impressed with the results. The V20’s offer a flat frequency response and high SPL in a compact, easy-to-install package.”

“We are delighted to have collaborated with 3.15 Art Center and introduced world-class audio systems in this distinguished venue,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "HARMAN is thrilled to be a part of this project. Partnering with TechData Co., Ltd. has been an enriching experience, and we would like to thank them for their unwavering confidence in HARMAN's products as they continue to bring unique and engaging experiences to the fore.”