June 14, 2017
New integrated PA ecosystem automates setup and configuration of microphones, DI boxes, mixers and loudspeakers, providing exceptional ease of use and versatility for a wide range of AV scenarios
InfoComm (Booth #3201), ORLANDO— HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today presented the HARMAN Connected PA at the 2017 InfoComm show.
The HARMAN Connected PA is a complete, integrated ecosystem of audio products that allows AV specialists, educators, houses of worship, small venue owners and musicians to get professional results quickly and easily via HARMAN Connected PA app, regardless of their level of experience with pro audio equipment or traditional sound systems.
“The HARMAN Connected PA is ideal for a number of pro-AV solutions, and we’re excited to have thought leaders and industry pros from around the world experience it at InfoComm 2017,” said Adam Holladay, Director, Hospitality Solutions and Marketing, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With the HARMAN Connected PA, ioSYS technology automates setup and hardware configuration and enables anyone to achieve great sound quality, regardless of previous audio experience. And although the technology is brand new, we’ve designed the system deliberately to provide the exact same user experience to anyone who’s ever connected speakers and a mixer using analog cables.”
HARMAN’s exclusive ioSYS™ technology is at the heart of the Connected PA system, enabling products with the embedded technology to automatically recognize each other and be configured automatically with the HARMAN Connected PA app. This takes the guesswork out of setup and configuration, and enables users to consistently achieve great live sound. The Connected PA product ecosystem initially includes equipment from Soundcraft, JBL, dbx and AKG, allowing users to create systems that suit their specific needs. Compatible products include:
Connected PA was recently expanded with the release of the AKG MDAi CPA Connected PA microphone adapter. Featuring embedded ioSYS technology, this small and portable accessory makes the groundbreaking HARMAN Connected PA System compatible with all AKG dynamic vocal mics, as well as mics from other manufacturers. Simply attach the device to any input of a Soundcraft Ui24R mixer, then plug in a dynamic mic and mic cable for automatic recognition with the HARMAN Connected PA app and ecosystem—providing effortless set up, instant recall of performer and presets, and great sound for musicians of all skill levels.
HARMAN ioSYS technology combines the transmission of device-specific data over standard analog cables with WiFi in order to generate a map of all analog connections. By knowing the precise model and serial numbers of connected devices, the groundbreaking new HARMAN Connected PA mobile app configures input channel strips, recalls microphone presets and even recalls specific mixer settings for a performer. The system also recognizes which models of powered loudspeakers are connected to the mixer outputs, automatically automating gain staging, recalling appropriate EQ presets and even transmitting wireless access point information to link the speakers to the integrated WAP in the Soundcraft Ui Series mixer.
The HARMAN Connected PA mobile app provides one centralized interface for full audio system control, removing the need for multiple apps and GUIs. It intelligently brings together Soundcraft mixing consoles, AKG microphones, dbx DI boxes and JBL speakers into a single user interface, offering a flexible and scalable solution that makes it easy to get great sound quickly and simply. The Connected PA mobile app is now available for immediate download on both iOS and Android devices.
HARMAN Professional Solutions plans to add many new products to the Connected PA ecosystem to provide greater versatility, and will be deploying ioSYS technology across several other markets to bring the same configuration simplicity to installation and larger live sound applications.
The HARMAN Connected PA app is in public beta and currently available from the Apple App Store, Google Play, Soundcraft.com and JBLPro.com.
The Soundcraft and JBL components mentioned in this announcement are all currently available but may require firmware updates to enable HARMAN Connected PA functionality. For additional information on the HARMAN Connected PA app and ecosystem, please visit www.connected-pa.com.