JBL Professional Introduces the JBL EON ONE MK2 Column PA

October 05, 2021

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today introduced the JBL EON ONE MK2 battery-powered column PA.

The JBL EON ONE MK2 packs a class-leading acoustic package, 5-channel digital mixer, comprehensive Lexicon and dbx DSP, Bluetooth 5.0 functions and full app control into a lightweight, rechargeable battery system that weighs just 42.5 pounds.

“We designed the EON ONE MK2 to meet the needs of a huge range of users,” says Brandon Knudsen, Loudspeaker Product Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “It’s ideal for anyone from buskers seeking pro-grade sound without AC power, to educators and hospitality providers who want fast setup and ease of use, to houses of worship and rental companies who need portable solutions for indoor and outdoor applications. You get all of this fidelity and functionality in a system that won’t break the bank—or your back.”

This powerful, versatile system leverages JBL EON-family acoustic innovations to deliver higher output, greater clarity and deeper coverage than any PA in its class. Its geometrically-optimized, C-shaped array of eight 2-inch tweeters works in combination with a 10-inch woofer to deliver smooth, even response down to 37 Hz. This C-shaped array provides wide horizontal dispersion and deep vertical throw that ensure loud, clear sound anywhere in the room.

Driving EON ONE MK2’s innovative acoustics is a robust 1,500-watt (peak) amplifier that ensures clean, distortion-free sound at any volume level. Variable Power Performance technology automatically optimizes performance for either AC or battery power, providing 4 dB of extra headroom when connected to AC power. The EON ONE MK2 is engineered for versatility and ease of use, offering pro-grade processing with an innovative triple-tier interface, packed inside of a full-color LCD display that lets users choose beginner, intermediate or advanced control. The system features Lexicon effects like reverb, chorus and delay, in addition to a full suite of dbx DriveRack technology, including AFS (Automatic Feedback Suppression), parametric EQs, limiters, delays and SubSynth. User-configurable presets and onboard hardware EQ with three fixed knobs make it easy to dial in great sound fast.

Presenters, fitness instructors and emcees will appreciate the Soundcraft Easy Ducking feature, which lowers background music volume when speech is detected. Performers can play extended sets, thanks to an easily swappable six-hour battery in the column.

The 5-channel digital mixer is packed with inputs and outputs that include three Neutrik XLR combo jacks, one Hi-Z input and a ¼-inch balanced passthrough with independent volume control and speaker delay. Two channels of true 48V phantom power are also included for support of condenser microphones.

The system can be controlled by the new JBL Pro Connect app, which provides remote access via Bluetooth 5.0 to every function and preset from a phone or tablet for up to 10 units.

The EON ONE MK2 is designed to be carried with one hand, with an ergonomic handle that’s engineered for maximum comfort. The system is encased in a durable polypropylene shell that’s rugged enough to handle even the toughest gigs. Like every JBL speaker, the EON ONE MK2 undergoes 100 hours of stress testing to ensure that it’ll perform flawlessly in real-world conditions.

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The 2021 WhatsOnStage Awards Feature Showstopping Virtual Performances With Martin Professional Lighting Solutions

The 2021 WhatsOnStage Awards Feature Showstopping Virtual Performances With Martin Professional Lighting Solutions

September 30, 2021

LONDON, England—For the virtual 2021 iteration of the annual WhatsOnStage Awards, lighting designer Jack Weir used Martin Professional lighting solutions to translate the excitement and grandeur of live performance through the computer screen. 

Held annually since 2001, the WhatsOnStage Awards celebrate excellence in the British live theater industry. However, due to social distancing regulations, this year’s ceremony was a virtual live stream broadcast from the Turbine Theatre, a more intimate venue than the show’s usual large-capacity locations like the Prince of Wales Theatre and the Dominion Theatre. This year’s show required a lighting system that effectively translated from the stage to the screen and performed efficiently despite the limited space, power and personnel available. Organizers turned to Jack Weir, a 2016 WOS Award nominee for his lighting work on the West End production of Boys In The Band, who created an impactful and versatile lighting system using Martin MAC Allure Profile spotlights, MAC Aura wash lights and P3 system controller software.

“It’s always a pleasure being invited back to light the WhatsOnStage Awards,” said Weir. “In 2021, we swapped the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End for the more intimate Turbine Theatre. Naturally, this brought some new challenges for the design. A significant reduction in performance area, a limitation on the number of performers for each act, and a smaller power supply meant we had to alter the usual quantities of lighting equipment we’d use.”

The lighting rig primarily featured Martin MAC Allure Profile spotlights, equipped with seven-segmented beam control and P3-enabled programming. Designed with versatility and simplicity in mind, the MAC Allure lights visually elevated the virtual performances while allowing plenty of power and space for film and production crews. 

“I wanted a flexible fixture with a small physical footprint and good energy efficiency to use in the space,” Weir explained. “The Mac Allure fulfilled this requirement, and thanks to its powerful optics and seven-segment array, we were able to create some very versatile and unique effects when paired with the P3 software. It gave me a palette that could create seven different looks for each act that performed.”

To further heighten the visual atmosphere, Weir also utilized Martin MAC Aura single-lens wash lights with a built-in LED backlight array. With a broad color palette and wash angle support up to 58 degrees, the lights can produce eclectic and colorful designs across a wide coverage range.

Finally, the Martin P3 networked system controller was the central control hub for the show’s entire lighting system. With granular pixel-level controls and sophisticated automation procedures across both DMX and Art-Net protocols, the P3 platform allowed Weir and the other lighting engineers to work with accuracy and ease from a simple and intuitive setup.

The 2021 WhatsOnStage Awards show was a success, reaching thousands of remote viewers. Featuring performances from West End productions of Rent, Hairspray and more, the show exemplified the tenacity and vitality of the British theater industry and also paid tribute to front-line workers and volunteers for their efforts during the pandemic.

“Being able to share some of our newest technology, alongside some of our most established products, was a real joy,” said Matthew Wright, Application Engineer, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “It is always so satisfying to see how creatives take the training I show them and use it to create amazing new looks and effects—especially when I can see how much fun they have doing it.”

GRNDHOUSE Launches Home Fitness Startup With a Unique Visual Brand Using Martin Professional LED Fixtures

GRNDHOUSE Launches Home Fitness Startup With a Unique Visual Brand Using Martin Professional LED Fixtures

September 30, 2021

LONDON, England—Online home fitness startup GRNDHOUSE recently equipped its studio with a custom LED lighting rig designed by Hayden Borgars, featuring Martin Professional VDO Sceptron 10 LED video fixtures supplied by Colour Sound Experiment.

Conceived and launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, GRNDHOUSE provides daily workout videos with professional instructors via a subscription service. Members can follow along at their own pace with a flexible schedule, on-demand access and a range of intensity levels. When launching the service, GRNDHOUSE’s founders knew their broadcast studio needed excellent lighting and a distinctive visual design to establish the company’s brand. To achieve this goal, GRNDHOUSE hired lighting designer Hayden Borgars, who designed a dynamic LED lighting system using Martin VDO Sceptron 10 creative LED fixtures, which were provided by HARMAN distributor Colour Sound Experiment.

“The brief for the design was to create a space for the instructors to film their workout classes in, which would be unique and work with GRNDHOUSE’s color scheme,” said Borgars. “Our videographer Chris Jeffers suggested incorporating tubes into the design, and I knew instantly that I wanted to use Sceptron fixtures.”

To create the look of illuminated tubes, Borgars’ design features eight Martin VDO Sceptron 10 fixtures standing vertically around the instructors. Another 16 fixtures are arranged in a square on the floor, framing the space and providing crucial illumination for floor-level exercises. During workout sessions, the lights are synchronized to display static colors during low- to medium-intensity portions and switch to dynamic, high-energy video effects during high-intensity segments.

“We’ve been using pixel-based effects across the Sceptron units to visually increase and decrease the intensity of each section of the workouts,” added Borgars. “We keep things static during the main body of the workouts, and then switch to fast-paced pixel effects for the finishers.”

With high-quality 16-bit per color image processing technology and 10mm pixel pitch, Martin VDO Sceptron 10 creative LED video fixtures produce rich, vibrant colors and extremely smooth motion effects. Each LED pixel is precisely calibrated for brightness and color, giving the fixtures a completely consistent look. Hybrid P3 and DMX control allows for flexible video mapping and seamless integration with other lighting and video solutions. Integrated power and data cabling allowed Borgars to daisy-chain the fixtures to a single power supply with no loss in power or data transmission.

“I like how the VDO Sceptron 10 can have more than one purpose,” said Borgars. “We’ve been using them as a main light source, an effect light and a set piece. The VDO Sceptron 10 allowed us to control every pixel and run video effects through each fixture. This changed the way we used the fixtures within each workout class and teaser video.”

Having already created over 12 months’ worth of daily workouts, GRNDHOUSE continues to produce content on a regular basis. With a broad user base and a devoted community of fitness enthusiasts, the company is on track to change the way people think about exercise.

“Streaming and on-demand classes will still be popular after COVID-19,” Borgars opined. “Although gyms have started to re-open, GRNDHOUSE has seen its subscribers sticking to home-based workouts, or taking its classes to the gym with their phones.”

Yangsan Culture & Arts Center Elevates the Experience With JBL Professional and Crown Audio Solutions

Yangsan Culture & Arts Center Elevates the Experience With JBL Professional and Crown Audio Solutions

September 30, 2021

GYEONGSANGNAM-DO, South Korea—To provide high-quality sound that elevated the audience experience, TechDataPS Co., Ltd. equipped the Yangsan Culture & Arts Center with state-of-the-art audio solutions from JBL Professional and Crown Audio.

Opened in 2002, the Yangsan Culture & Arts Center is dedicated to promoting the arts community in Yangsan City, including hosting a wide range of performances. The venue includes a nearly 800-seat grand concert hall, a mid-sized 300-seat outdoor stage, a small 167-seat indoor hall, an exhibition room and a practice room. TechDataPS Co. Ltd reported that the center requested a user-friendly audio system with powerful subwoofers in order to deliver pristine and impactful sound quality to all seats, but the venue’s deep balconies made even coverage a challenge. The installation team selected industry-leading JBL speakers and subwoofers alongside Crown amplifiers to provide powerful output, pristine sound quality and even coverage throughout the venue.

To ensure crystal-clear sound with total coverage in each performance hall, TechDataPS installed JBL VTX V20 three-way high directivity line array speakers and JBL VTX S25 dual 15-inch subwoofers. The former provides horizontal coverage up to 105 degrees and maintains clear and transparent audio at high volumes, while the latter emits the impactful low frequencies crucial to live performances thanks to the built-in Differential Drive technology. Finally, the user-friendly Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers, featuring powerful OMNIDRIVEHD™ Processing and linear phase FIR filters, offer unmatched processing and signal quality to guarantee crystal-clear audio with ample headroom.

Representatives for the Yangsan Culture & Arts Center were impressed and delighted by the new audio system for its reliably even sound and accessibility for staff members. They extend their gratitude to TechDataPs for finding solutions that will uphold a standard of excellence across all events and performances.

“Cultural centers like Yangsan Culture & Arts Center require audio systems that are easy to use and flexible enough to meet various configurations,” said Amar Subash, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TechDataPS for their expertise and successful completion of the project, creating an unmatched space for performance.”

Griffith University Transforms Classroom Into Immersive Learning Environment With HARMAN Professional Solutions

Griffith University Transforms Classroom Into Immersive Learning Environment With HARMAN Professional Solutions

September 30, 2021

QUEENSLAND, Australia—Griffith University recently collaborated with Videopro, ThreeOneFive Innovations and HARMAN Professional Solutions to create an immersive active learning space using cutting-edge AMX networked AV solutions.

Founded in 1971, Griffith University is a public research university in South East Queensland with five physical campuses spanning three cities, and a sixth digital campus. With more than 50,000 students and 200,000 respected alumni, Griffith University is one of the world’s top-performing universities. In order to deliver an immersive learning experience, Griffith University teamed up with Videopro, Australia's premier dealer in audiovisual equipment, and ThreeOneFive Innovations to install a state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions AV system that enables staff to stream lectures to multiple locations.

“The client requested a high-tech solution to connect two rooms so that staff could deliver multiple lectures without having to travel across campus,” said Chris Duckworth, Owner, ThreeOneFive Innovations. “They also wanted to improve the learning experience for students with state-of-the-art solutions. To create a class-leading engagement space, we selected the AMX SVSi N1000 platform. Its ultra-low latency and flexible I/O are critical for lectures in this space.”

ThreeOneFive Innovations and Videopro equipped the classrooms with AMX SVSI N1000 Series encoders and decoders, enabling seamless streaming between teaching spaces. The SVSi platform makes it easy to control peripheral devices and share content remotely to suit post-COVID teaching requirements. An NX-2200 controller enabled ThreeOneFive Innovations to temporarily run the N1000 AVoIP platform on a separate stand-alone network while the university prepared their campus network for AVoIP deployment.

“Once the campus network was AVoIP-enabled, we were able to easily migrate the SVSi devices and leverage the N1000 platform to share images between teaching spaces,” continued Duckworth. “More recently, the rooms were combined to uphold social distancing requirements. The AMX platform has delivered above and beyond our expectations with excellent functionality and reliability.”

ThreeOneFive Innovations and Videopro outfitted the new active learning space with an Acendo Vibe Conferencing Soundbar, and a Massio keypad at each student’s location to transform this traditional teaching space into a high-tech educational hub where students can collaborate in-person or remotely. AMX Modero Touch Panels enable staff to seamlessly route and control audio and video from multiple locations, while the AMX Resource Management suite automatically manages and monitors every device on the network.

“Before we had the system in place, the lecturers found it difficult to engage with a large number of students at once,” said Merv Connell, Technology Architect, Griffith University. “So, we devised a model where the academics could engage with students without having to walk around the classroom in person. All of the equipment used to design the system has been tried and tested on the campus before, so we were confident about choosing HARMAN products. The switching controls, microphone, video system and receivers are all standard equipment that we have used before, but in this project, they were deployed in a different manner to create an immersive experience. It’s exciting to be the first to introduce the AMX Acendo Vibe as part of our teaching application.”

“A project like the engagement space at Griffith University cannot be approached in a traditional way,” said Amar Subash, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “The challenge was to create a unique solution using the standard equipment. We would like to thank our partners Videopro and ThreeOneFive Innovations for using AMX products resourcefully and creating an effective, collaborative learning space for students and lecturers.”

Alex-SOUND Gears up for the Return of Live Events In Germany With JBL Professional and Crown Audio Solutions

Alex-SOUND Gears up for the Return of Live Events In Germany With JBL Professional and Crown Audio Solutions

September 29, 2021

BERLIN—To provide impactful and high-quality audio for post-pandemic live events, Alex-SOUND added state-of-the-art JBL Professional VTX Series loudspeakers and Crown power amplifiers to their inventory.

Based in Berlin, Alex-SOUND is a one-stop shop for casual and professional events, providing audio-visual system rental, photography, DJ services, catering and more. With COVID restrictions lifting and live events making a comback, Alex-SOUND decided to invest in a cutting-edge audio system to both show renewed confidence in the future of in-person events and exceed their clients’ expectations with top-quality sound. To meet these goals, the company turned to Audio Pro, the exclusive HARMAN Professional Solutions distributor in Germany, to upgrade their inventory with state-of-the-art JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers, VTX B18 subwoofers and Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD power amplifiers.

Designed with touring companies and rental houses in mind, the JBL VTX A8 is one of the most advanced line array loudspeakers on the market. The speaker features a mid-frequency Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) waveguide for a 110-degree dispersion pattern, a high-frequency compression driver for pristine sonic clarity and auto-locking rigging mechanisms for quick setup and deployment. Powerful yet compact, the A8 is well-suited for small- to medium-sized events.

“Despite the pandemic, it made sense for us to invest in the JBL VTX A8,” said Stefan Mendelsohn, Owner, Alex-SOUND. “The VTX A8 is an incredibly versatile, high-quality speaker. Not only does it sound great, but its weight and handling are perfect for our needs.”

Additionally, the JBL VTX B18 subwoofers are compatible with the VTX A8 for easy suspension. Equipped with the new JBL 2288H 18-inch woofer and Slip Stream ports, the B18 offers deep bass response as low as 28 Hz with efficient airflow and minimal audible turbulence. Finally, the Crown IT43500HD amplifier completes the system with unrivaled Omnidrive HD Processing, reliable power output and the user-friendly LevelMAX Limiter Suite.

Alex-SOUND trialed its new system at a large outdoor event organized by the German trade union ver.di and received positive reactions from the socially distanced audience. With wide coverage and even frequency distribution, the A8 and B18 easily accommodate the larger outdoor spaces needed to safely host events.

“The pandemic has proven traumatic for the event industry in general, but there are still opportunities to be found,” said Carsten Peter, Product Manager, Audio Pro. “Social distancing means you need a system that can cover spaces five to ten times bigger than they normally would be. The VTX-A8 is perfect for these situations.”

“We’ve already started using the system in live events, and it’s made a positive impression not just with our clients, but also among our professional sound engineers,” added Mendelsohn. “We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from the team at Audio Pro, who has been at our side from the very beginning, and we are proud to be part of the JBL family.”

The String Cheese Incident Dazzle Audiences at Red Rocks Amphitheater With Martin Professional Lighting Solutions

The String Cheese Incident Dazzle Audiences at Red Rocks Amphitheater With Martin Professional Lighting Solutions

September 28, 2021

DENVER—To create exciting, immersive visuals that highlighted Red Rocks Amphitheater’s unique layout during the String Cheese Incident’s multi-night run, PHNTM Labs deployed a dynamic lighting rig featuring Martin Professional lighting fixtures, provided by Brown Note Productions.

Colorado-based jam band The String Cheese Incident returned to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater for the 45th time this past July to kick off their 2021 tour, marking the first full-capacity events at the venue in over a year. Red Rocks’ iconic geological architecture and storied history make performing there a major career milestone for many artists, with legendary performers from The Beatles to Vulfpeck gracing the stage over the past 80 years. Because the venue’s steep seating arrangement means a majority of the audience is seated above the stage roof, Red Rocks has historically posed a unique challenge to lighting designers. However, the venue received a new stage and roof area in 2020 for easier installation and greater production potential. 

To give audiences an unforgettable experience, The String Cheese Incident requested a dynamic light show that kept up the excitement throughout their multi-hour improvisational sets and reached every audience member with impactful and immersive visuals. To deliver a truly memorable light show, PHNTM Labs deployed an advanced lighting rig featuring Martin VDO Atomic Dot and MAC Axiom Hybrid fixtures.

“The String Cheese Incident generally do multi-night runs at Red Rocks every year,” said Michael Smalley, Creative Director, Production Designer and Lighting Designer, PHNTM Labs. “Doing lighting there is incredibly tough because 77 percent of the audience is above the roof of the venue. Luckily, Red Rocks happened to get a new roof structure last year that made it a lot easier to rig all kinds of stuff. We wanted to play with the roof’s architecture and be some of the first people to put lights up there. The Atomic Dots, being lightweight enough and at a price point where we could get a lot of them, allowed us to really expand and use the whole width of the roof.”

PHNTM Labs deployed VDO Atomic Dot WRM fixtures on the ground for a warm-looking strobe effect that felt organic to Red Rocks’ natural red-orange hue. The roof featured 40 VDO Atomic Dot CLD fixtures in lines following the roof’s arc to create psychedelic, UFO-like visuals and emphasize the Denver skyline behind the stage. Combining a pixel-controlled Aura backlight and an LED dot, the Martin VDO Atomic Dot is a highly versatile fixture capable of powerful beams, vibrant color washes, intense strobes and more. Its compact design allows for easy installation in a variety of quantities and patterns, from simple rows to elaborate grid patterns. The WRM variant features a color temperature of 2700K, while the CLD model provides cooler illumination at 5700K.

“With the Dots on the ground, it was a nice fill of color in the haze zone, directly upstage of the band,” said Smalley. “It lit the smoke up when it was there and gave us a nice kind of vibe for everything else to cut through. We needed to make sure we used something that was lightweight on the roof, so the Dots were great for that. It was a low-intensity installation to have what in my opinion was probably the best aesthetic of the whole rig. The Dots traced the roofline in a really pretty way and made the whole stage look like it was a UFO touching down.”

Martin MAC Axiom Hybrid beam/spot fixtures with diffused wash functionality rounded out the setup upstage and on the roof. Equipped with the MAC Viper CMY color palette and high-precision optical system for a robust range of applications, the Axioms complemented the Atomic Dots with saturated washes, a wide field of coverage and beams that easily reached audience members in the highest and furthest rows.

Finally, Martin’s P3 visual control interface added additional simplicity and ease of use during the installation and operation process. With optimized processing power and an ergonomic user interface, the P3 makes programming shows, syncing different elements and even switching out fixtures simple and efficient.

“One of the Dots on the roof dimmed during rehearsals, as lights sometimes do,” said Chris Ruppel, Associate Designer, Associate Director and Technical Director, PHNTM Labs. “The P3 made it really easy to swap it out, remotely readdress and get it back into the rig in its proper spot.”

The String Cheese Incident played a rollicking three nights at Red Rocks to much acclaim and many audience members specifically noting the visuals provided by the Atomic Dots. In August, CBS Sunday Morning featured clips of the band performing and the Martin fixtures in action during a segment on Red Rocks’ 80th anniversary.

“We added tons of stuff when the show’s capacity was increased, like LED strips to light up walls,” said Smalley. “Out of all of it, the biggest impact and the most important addition we made to the show, and the part that most people cared about, were the Atomic Dots.”

“We really wanted to highlight the shape of the roof to show off this whole new era of Red Rocks,” added Ruppel. “The Atomic Dots looked great for people up close and they read incredibly well for people at the back. Row 80 to 90 are really far away from the stage, and it looked just as good back there as it did to people at front-of-house and the front of the stage. They were a really solid choice of fixtures.” 


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Debuts New JBL Professional Control Contractor Series Offerings

HARMAN Professional Solutions Debuts New JBL Professional Control Contractor Series Offerings

September 28, 2021

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control technologies, today introduced the JBL-LCT 81C/TM metric lay-in ceiling tile speaker and the JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 retrofit safety tether for JBL Control 10, 20 and 40 Series ceiling speakers with press-in grilles.

The LCT 81C/TM delivers high output and exceptional intelligibility for classrooms, offices, paging systems, airports, retail stores and any place where speech and music clarity are critical. This discreet, low-profile speaker features a highly efficient 200 mm (8-inch) dual-cone driver with 1-inch voice coil and high-performance transformer. Its wide 100-degree conical dispersion pattern translates to broader coverage with fewer speakers, and its high 96 dB sensitivity means loud and clear sound even at low tap settings.

Installation is quick and easy: Simply remove a standard 600mm x 600mm ceiling tile and lay the speaker in its place. With a shallow depth of just 103 mm (4.1 inches), the JBL-LCT 81C/TM can be installed where deeper loudspeakers can’t fit—even in ceiling spaces with HVAC ducts, plumbing and other obstructions. Because the speaker looks like a ceiling vent, it’s ideal for venues where the architect or visual designer doesn’t want the appearance of a ceiling speaker. Use the JBL-LCT 81C/TM on either a 70V or 100V distributed speaker line or at low impedance, for maximum versatility.

“Most in-ceiling speakers require a highly skilled installer to measure and cut precise speaker holes into ceiling tiles, which is a messy, expensive, time-consuming process,” said Rick Kamlet, HARMAN/JBL Senior Manager, Installed Loudspeakers. “The JBL-LCT 81C/TM drops right into standard metric ceiling grids, for fast, neat installation that doesn’t require cuts or modifications to the ceiling and doesn’t contaminate the client’s space. “These speakers really check all the boxes: They’re efficient and affordable, sound great, and can be installed in minutes. And now, with a metric version, anyone in the world can take advantage of their clarity and versatility.”

When it comes to installs, safety comes first. The JBL-LCT 81C/TM is UL1480 and UL2043 certified, allowing use in ceiling plenum spaces where certifications are required. Two safety seismic attachment tabs are provided for securing to a ceiling deck.

JBL Professional also introduced the JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 retrofit safety tether for JBL Control 10, 20 and 40 Series ceiling speakers with press-in grilles. This durable, reliable safety tether is constructed from strong, highly flame-resistant aramid fiber cord and is virtually invisible and acoustically transparent.

The JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 is sold in packs of ten and supports JBL Control 10 Series, Control 20 Series and Control 40 Series speaker lines.

Starmania 21 Makes a Spectacular Comeback With Dynamic and Expressive Lighting from Martin Professional

Starmania 21 Makes a Spectacular Comeback With Dynamic and Expressive Lighting from Martin Professional

September 23, 2021

VIENNA, Austria—To give the reimagined Starmania 21 a fresh and exciting look, lighting designer Roland Greil designed a dynamic and versatile lighting rig using Martin Professional LED lighting fixtures and creative video solutions.

Starmania is an Austrian televised musical competition that was originally broadcast from 2002 to 2009 on channel ORF 1. This year, ORF decided to bring the show back as Starmania 21, with a fresh cast of contestants and a new panel of judges. Taking the opportunity to give the revived show a fresh look, Starmania producers hired lighting designer Roland Greil, who designed a dynamic lighting rig using a variety of Martin LED fixtures and creative video elements.

“The young talents on Starmania performed all kinds of music, from early 20th-century Austrian folk music to the newest chart hits and everything in between,” said Greil. “You want to give every song the right look and feel. Your fixtures need to be versatile enough to do this, because you’re still dealing with budget constraints. You can’t have 300 lights for rock and roll and 300 lights for modern hits.”

Greil’s lighting design included 48 Martin MAC Aura PXL wash lights, chosen for their high-intensity illumination, rich colors and silent tilt, pan and zoom capabilities. To supplement the MAC Aura PXLs, Greil added 35 MAC Viper Wash DX fixtures for additional wash illumination. To highlight the performers, Greil selected 68 MAC Viper Performance fixtures, taking advantage of an innovative “Follow Me” system, which automatically follows the performers’ movements like a traditional follow spot. Featuring 26,000-lumen intensity, fast 1:4 zoom with auto-linked focus and four versatile shutter blades for framing, the MAC Viper Performance is the ideal tool for illuminating the stars of Starmania 21.

To produce exciting synchronized effects, Florian Wieder, the production’s set designer, and Greil created a dynamic, illuminated background for the stage using 134 VDO Sceptron 20 and 132 VDO Sceptron 10 LED battens, accompanied by 264 Martin VC-Grid LED pixel tiles. For the more intense moments of the show, Greil incorporated Martin VDO Atomic Dot CLD hybrid fixtures, which combine a compact strobe, small blinder, video pixel and small spotlight into one versatile element. All Martin LED video fixtures feature precisely-calibrated pixels for extremely consistent performance, as well as a range of versatile diffuser options for achieving a wide variety of looks.

To control the show’s large and complex lighting rig, Greil used the Martin P3-300 System Controller. Capable of driving more than two million pixels, the P3-300 supports Martin’s proprietary P3 platform for sophisticated programming, as well as standard DMX and Art-Net protocols for seamless integration and compatibility with any system. A straightforward user interface makes it easy to design, program and orchestrate fixtures.

“For Starmania, we wanted something that offered a greater level of control,” said Greil. “The P3-300 enabled us to easily use the VDO Sceptron 20 and 10 as classic light fixtures, and instantly switch to a video mapping mode when needed. The video integration was really helpful for the whole show process.”

An estimated 530,000 people tuned into the semi-final of Starmania 21, thanks in part to the allure of Greil’s dynamic lighting design using Martin LED fixtures and creative video elements.

Charles Moniz and Chris Rabold Bring JBL 708P Monitors On Tour With Bruno Mars For Live Mixing and Backstage Recording

Charles Moniz and Chris Rabold Bring JBL 708P Monitors On Tour With Bruno Mars For Live Mixing and Backstage Recording

September 17, 2021

LOS ANGELES—While on the road with Bruno Mars, Grammy award-winning recording engineer Charles Moniz and live sound engineer Chris Rabold rely on JBL Professional 708P master reference monitors to deliver crystal-clear sound for front-of-house mixing as well as recording backstage.

With three multi-platinum albums and more than 7 billion streams on Spotify, Bruno Mars is one of the most beloved and successful artists of the past decade. A talented singer, dancer and multi-instrumentalist, Mars is known for riveting and tightly-rehearsed live shows with his backing band the Hooligans, and most recently, with Anderson .Paak as the R&B duo Silk Sonic. Mars and the band frequently work on new songs while on the road and needed a high-quality mobile recording setup that could be easily assembled in any setting. Moniz, who worked with Mars on his 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox and 2016’s 24k Magic, selected JBL Professional 708P reference monitors for their studio-grade sound quality, high output and balanced coverage. Additionally, front-of-house engineer Chris Rabold uses them to dial in a consistent live mix in any venue.

“We often record in dressing rooms, locker rooms, kitchens, workout rooms—I had a setup in a bullfighting ring in Spain one time,” said Moniz. “The 708P monitors have a lot of onboard processing to help you tame unruly spaces. A few tweaks with the built-in EQ can help you avoid overcompensating for those frequencies in your mix, as well as enhance the listening experience for everyone in the room.”

Featuring an eight-inch Differential Drive low-frequency transducer and a next-generation 2409H high-frequency compression driver, the 708P delivers pristine sound with an output range several times greater than comparably-sized studio monitors. The built-in LCD display and rear-panel controls make it easy to dial in the right settings for recording and mixing in less-than-ideal spaces. Plus, their compact form factor makes them easy to take on the road. Moniz added that he most enjoys the wide “sweet spot” created by the patent-pending Image Control Waveguide. 

“The first time I heard the 708P monitors, I was sitting in front of the console and thought they sounded great,” explained Moniz. “But what really impressed me was when I walked across the room, it still sounded like I was sitting right in front of the console. That’s a huge deal—having things sound balanced throughout the space is such a benefit.”

Chris Rabold, Mars’ front-of-house mixer, uses 708P monitors for pre-show mixes due to their “honest and true” frequency response, which translates seamlessly to live PA systems of any make, model and size.

“The 708P monitors never deceive me and always make my mix sound bigger,” said Rabold. “The low end is thick and punchy, the midrange is honest and intact, and the highs are not overly bright or deceptively sparkly. There's no hype or coloration to them, and because of this, I know that what I'm hearing will translate to any environment.”

Moniz and Rabold both agree that the 708P Master Reference Monitors have the sonic range and versatility needed to provide pristine audio and reliable mixes amid the changing environments and unpredictability of touring. Most importantly, the monitors are what Mars needs to feel inspired and focus on making great music while on the road.

“Everyone is always excited with what we’re creating when they hear it on the 708P monitors,” added Rabold. “Between their SPL capabilities and wide sweet spot, people always have fun listening to them. I don't know how the JBL engineers pulled it off, but my hat goes off to them.”

AKG by HARMAN Introduces the Ara Two-Pattern USB Microphone

AKG by HARMAN Introduces the Ara Two-Pattern USB Microphone

September 15, 2021

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control technologies, today introduced the AKG Ara, a two-pattern USB condenser microphone.

Ara lets content creators and musicians effortlessly capture studio-quality, 24-bit, 96kHz audio for superior speech clarity and stunning vocal and instrument tracks. Two pickup patterns focus on a single source or everyone in the room. The directional Front (cardioid) pattern captures sound directly in front of the mic while rejecting sound from other sides, making it perfect for podcast hosts, bloggers, gamers, videoconferencing and for recording voice and instruments. The Front + Back (omni) pattern picks up sound evenly from all sides, making it ideal for recording interviews with multiple speakers.

“What’s really great about Ara is that it can accomplish so many goals for a variety of users. It’s perfect for elevating interviews and video blogs with its crystal-clear sonic quality and sleek looks,” says Chris Hansen, Director of Recording and Broadcast, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “But it’s also great for gamers who really get to step up their in-game vocal delivery with a mic that sounds phenomenal. And Ara’s selectable patterns and the ability to handle up to 120 dB max SPL give musicians plenty of headroom to record everyone in the band. The best part is that Ara is plug-and-play simple, thanks to USB connectivity and class-compliant drivers.”

Ara’s essential functions, including pattern selection, mic mute and a headphone volume knob, are located on the front of the mic for easy access; a 3.5mm headphone jack allows latency-free monitoring.

Ara’s compact footprint and versatile mounting options make it ideal for both desktop use and studio scenarios. Set Ara on a desktop using the included yoke and base stand or attach to a boom or standard mic stand; record on the go with a mobile device and optional adapter.

Included accessories include a 2m USB-C to USB-A cable, a 3/8-inch to 5/8-inch threaded mic stand adapter and a free registration card for Ableton Live 11 Lite recording software. Ara works seamlessly with all major live-streaming, video conferencing and music-recording applications.