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The 4 ZONE antenna combiner takes the complexity out of multi-zone wireless microphone projects. 4 ZONE combines together up to four separate pairs of diversity antenna connections for multi-purpose rooms, indoor-outdoor configurations, or main stages with secondary breakout rooms.
For fine tuning RF levels in each coverage area, 4 ZONE provides individual channel RF signal attenuation control down to -31dB in 1 dB steps. And for active antennas or in-line amplifiers, it features selectable 12V DC power to accommodate long cable runs.
With selectable ON/OFF inputs, 4 ZONE also allows for quick control of coverage zones for roaming microphone transmitters, so you can choose which zones are active as a live event or location sound project progresses, saving setup and breakdown time onsite.
Middle Atlantic Products has added the integrator-focused L5 Series Lectern to the solutions available within its design experience at middleatlantic.com. Users can customize the L5 and streamline the ordering process through the website, addressing any system requirements with the products and accessories available for the series—including new storage, shelving, and cable management options. If a simpler solution is needed, customers can choose from a selection of preconfigured lecterns that incorporate current design trends. Read more…
Innovative I/O automation software for broadcasters receives the NewBay Best of Show Award from TV Technology
Northridge, Calif. —HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced that its new Studer DIOS I/O routing software was awarded the NewBay Best of Show Award from TV Technology at the 2017 NAB Show. NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Unveiled at NAB 2017 to widespread acclaim, DIOS is the world’s first I/O routing automation software designed to manage and simplify complex routing matrices within broadcast workflows.
“The response to DIOS at NAB 2017 has been overwhelming, and we’re honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Director of Solutions & Marketing for Hospitality and Broadcast, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “By managing and simplifying complex routing processes, DIOS will help broadcasters increase production efficiency, reduce common workflow errors and expand on-air redundancy. We’re excited to partner with industry leaders to ensure DIOS continually evolves to meet the ever-changing requirements of modern broadcast. This award reinforces our belief that we’re off to a great start.”
“The products nominated for the Best of Show program, now in its fourth year, provide an outstanding overview of new technology on the show floor and shine a spotlight on the very best,” said Eric Trabb, Vice President & Group Publisher, NewBay Broadcast & Video Group.
DIOS offers a number of key features that help broadcasters increase production efficiency and reduce workflow errors, including I/O routing management and automation, automated and redundant pathfinding, diagnostic notifications, transportation of baseband and IP data, offline configuration capabilities and more.
DIOS will be available in fall 2017. To learn more, visit our Studer DIOS product page.
RICHMOND, Va.—The University of Richmond recently installed a complete AV system by HARMAN Professional Solutions in its new Queally Center, a cutting-edge facility that serves as a welcome center for guests and unites the offices of admissions, financial aid and employer relations. In order to create a memorable experience for visitors and meet the needs of students throughout their collegiate journey, the University of Richmond’s Information Services team equipped the building with an integrated HARMAN AV solution made up of AMX control systems, JBL Professional speakers and Crown professional power amplifiers. Today, the university uses the building-wide HARMAN system to provide an immersive experience for prospective students—and help current students pursue professional opportunities.
“We standardized on AMX over ten years ago, and it has been an excellent platform,” said Doug West, Assistant Vice President of Information Services, University of Richmond. “The HARMAN system is incredibly flexible. Professors can walk into any smart classroom on campus, immediately configure the room for their lecture needs, and deliver high quality audio and video presentations. Although the technology capabilities in the Queally Center go far beyond those of our standard classroom spaces, we still wanted to extend that same ease-of-use to the new facility.” Read more…
Whenever you are designing an audio system, there are some important questions you should ask—both of the client and yourself. Being prepared and having the right knowledge from the start can prevent many headaches down the line. That said, here are 16 questions every sound contractor should ask at the start of a new job:
12 Questions for the Contractor to Ask the Client
- What is the main use of the facility under development?
- High energy house of worship or traditional?
- Live performance or dance/playback club?
- Restaurant with Sports bar?
- Is the project new construction or renovation?
- Will the existing equipment be used along with new equipment?
- Are there CAD plans or paper blueprints available?
- Can we borrow them to get scanned at Kinko’s?
- What is the estimated life expectancy of the room for its designed function?
- Will the room designed as a main sanctuary/worship space become the youth room in four years?
- Are you adding video to the Sports bar in a year?
- Will the Dance area start adding live acts later on?
- What are the SPL and/or performance goals for the system?
- Does the client know what 105 dB sounds like?
- Will there be extensive amounts of subwoofer energy required?
- Will touring gospel/religious groups use the system? Will they demand technical equipment rider adherence?
- Who will be operating the system?
- Will operator training be included in the after sale support?
- Is the required operator skill set of the system at “Broadway Level” and the available in-house skill set at “Community Theater?”
- What is the actual audio budget as related to the A/V scope of work?
- How much of the A/V system budget needs to be allocated for video and lighting?
- What is the time line for the construction and installation phase?
- Is there adequate available time for design and equipment procurement?
- How long can you ‘lock in’ pricing for? Are raw material or equipment costs on the rise?
- Are labor and installation personnel costs stable?
- What are the rooms working configurations?
- If a multi-purpose room, is there a set presentation area, or does the presentation focal area shift for different functions?
- Does the sporting gym/ field house/ arena also function as a convocation center for graduations or assemblies?
- Is the new system eliminating live production costs incurred by portable systems brought in for live performance events?
- Does it make sense for the client to buy a system used three times a year, when live production companies regularly update and maintain their rental stock? Am I shooting myself in the foot asking this?
- Is a new sound system being asked to address room acoustic problems?
- Do the services of an acoustical specialist need to be used prior audio system design?
- Is the structural design of the facility ample for a properly placed flown system?
- Do funds exist for a structural/professional engineering analysis to evaluate the new rigging positions?
4 Questions for the Contractor to Ask Themselves
- Is the scope of work beyond my skill set and prior job experience?
- Can I sub-contract rigging, system tuning and adjustment, and shop drawing requirements and still make a profit? Is it time to set up a level as a contractor?
- Can I access all required equipment lines necessary to fulfill the bid list?
- Can I open up additional lines or two-step what I’ll need to complete the consultants design? How will this affect my bottom line?
- Will the scope of work require additional personnel to be hired?
- Beyond the above mentioned subcontracted specialists, is the company infrastructure ready for the additional work load?
- What are the additional associated risks involved in the project?
- Will additional insurance and/or bonds be required for my companies overall protection?
Lighting Designer Justin Garrone of Innovative Show Design (ISD) recently completed an innovative video display at the College Football Hall of Fame using a massive array of cutting-edge Martin by HARMAN LED video solutions. The installation is the largest deployment of Martin VC-Dot 9 video elements in the country, using more than 17,000 individual dots to create a stunning LED video display that covers the entire façade of the building. The groundbreaking design enables the College Football HOF to create highly customized original content for special events and display eye catching visuals to attract guests.
“The easy route would have been to use video tiles and create one big video surface, but that would have been cost-prohibitive and introduced weight restrictions,” said Garrone. “When I approached Martin about the project, they were excited and very willing to support us with system diagrams, system flow and picking the right version of the dot. They were there to make sure from the start of the project to the day that we left that everything was right and working—and that I as a designer was happy. The Martin VC-Dot 9 allowed us to be as creative as we wanted when we were distributing the dots behind the glass, and create something special and one-of-a-kind. I wanted this to be a centerpiece for downtown Atlanta, and I think we accomplished that.” More…
The 200 Series combines JBL’s latest technological advances with a compact footprint and accessible price point, making it easy to upgrade the sonic experience in your small or mid-sized cinema. Featuring patent-pending Dual Dissimilar Arraying and Acoustic Aperture Technology, the JBL 200 series provides remarkably uniform coverage and smooth, accurate sound reproduction for every member of your audience. Models range from 12-14” thin, perfect for small and medium multiplexes with space constraints. And since the 200 Series uses the same driver technology trusted by top movie studios around the world, your audience will enjoy a more captivating, authentic experience from every seat in the house—just like the creators intended. More info…
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Robin Johnson of The Stone Church contacted us to find a clean and economical line array installation method in this beautiful church building in Brattleboro, VT. The speakers utilized were 3 JBL Professional VRX 932 per side. Each cluster was aimed using a Polar Focus Blackbird frame with infinite tilt adjustability, with structural extension posts that are also cable raceways. Each cluster had full pan and tilt adjustability with no visible shackles, wire rope, chain or signal cable. Photos courtesy of The Stone Church.
Harman Professional Solutions has launched Enova DGX Audio Switching Boards with Dante integration that deliver Dante networked audio feeds to and from Enova DGX 100 Series Digital Media Switchers. The new Dante board kits expand Enova DGX enclosures with up to 16 channels of networked audio, enabling flexible audio switching between traditional AV solutions and the industry’s standard networked audio format. More…
There’s more to managing a successful wireless audio installation than pulling cable and sound checking. Managing the project is a big job itself. Working closely with the venue can be challenging for many people if you aren’t used to dealing with clients. There are some best practices you should follow in order to provide the best service and protect your business. We break everything down in our latest article. Read it here: Working with Venues to Create Wireless Audio Project Plans
Feb 22, 2017 – Duncan Proctor, Installation Magazine – Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business has utilised a suite of Harman Professional solutions for the Dolby Atmos system within its 250-seat theatre and mixing stage.
The $87 million, 134,000sqft R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center features facilities for the music business, motion pictures and media studies programmes, with spaces including classrooms, labs, performance spaces, production spaces and research rooms. The theatre and mixing stage is equipped with a Dolby Atmos immersive audio system and utilises Harman’s JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS networked audio.
HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced the JBL AWC62 all-weather 2-way coaxial loudspeaker, the latest addition to the full lineup of JBL AW and AWC Series speakers. Featuring an ultra-compact, highly weather-resistant design, the AWC62 delivers extraordinary clarity for speech and extended frequency response for music, making it an ideal choice for spot-fill applications at stadiums, racetracks, fairgrounds, water parks and other outdoor venues.
The ListenWiFi 2.0 expansion is here and shipping! The new release, combined with manufacturing efficiencies, have made it possible for us to lower the pricing – we’ve doubled the channels, increased the number of potential users, and made it substantially more affordable! ListenWiFi enhances any audio video application by easily streaming audio to Smartphones via Wi-Fi. Scalable, easy to install, and simple to use- ListenWiFi delivers crisp, clear audio to the palm of your hand. ListenWiFi is the pro audio streaming solution ideal for multi-screen, video wall, or multi-video image applications. Scalable to meet the needs of virtually any businesss or venue, ListenWiFi is simple to install and requires no monthly fees or hidden contracts for streaming audio and automatic software updates. ListenWiFi systems can accomodate anywhere from 100 to over 1,000 devices in large areas, with up to 48 channels of quality audio. More information
The HARMAN Connected PA is a complete, integrated system of live sound products that allows musicians and performers at any skill level to quickly and easily get professional results. At the center of the system is the groundbreaking new HARMAN Connected PA mobile app, which provides one centralized solution for intuitive setup, configuration and control. The HARMAN Connected PA brings together Soundcraft mixers, AKG microphones, dbx stage boxes and JBL speakers that integrate HARMAN ioSYS technology to offer a flexible and scalable solution that makes great live sound easy.
HARMAN Connected PA is an industry first, and streamlines the setup process with one state-of-the-art central app for the entire component system, removing the need for multiple apps and GUIs. The app automatically identifies and configures connected equipment, provides setup wizards for quick and easy system configuration, and offers access from a variety of devices, including iOS and Android tablets, Mac OS and Windows. More info.
The What: Middle Atlantic Products’s new LT Series Rackmount LED Work Light is a rack light that mounts vertically or horizontally anywhere in the rack, providing illumination wherever needed when working inside racks, furniture, and other enclosures. Available in single-light or a dual-light bar models, the LT Series Rackmount LED Work Light is a simple solution for a faster, more efficient integration experience.
We see some of our FS/W weather protective speaker covers in action at Wallace Wade Stadium, home of the Duke University Blue Devils. The FS/W covers were ordered by Duke University technical services manager Selden Smith, and were used to keep the Blue Devil Marching Band’s JBL PRX 715S cabinets dry in the worst of fall football weather. Check with your Sigmet representative about UnderCovers custom covers, they cover anything!
Samsung Electronics has acquired Harman International Industries, Incorporated for $112 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $8 billion, with the agreement expected to close in mid-2017.
The purchase price represents a premium of 28 percent based on Harman’s closing stock price on November 11, 2016 and a 37 percent premium to Harman’s 30-calendar day volume weighted average price ending November 11, 2016. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and Samsung expects to use cash on hand to fund the transaction. The agreement is still subject to approval by Harman shareholders, regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions.
The deal will give Samsung a significant presence in the market for connected technologies, automotive electronics in particular, which is a strategic priority for Samsung and expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025. Approximately 65 percent of Harman’s $7 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ending September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market as of June 30, 2016 was approximately $24 billion.
With regard to the benefits and opportunities in the audio sector, Harman brands including JBL, Harman Kardon, and AKG will enhance the competitiveness of Samsung’s mobile, display, virtual reality, and wearable products to deliver a differentiated audio and visual experience for customers.
As for the Professional side of Harman, the agreement will expand the combined company’s B2B platform through its ability to deliver integrated, large-scale AV professional solutions at stadiums, concert venues and other performance centers.
Welcome to our latest “Tech Talk,” where we meet with industry experts to discuss issues and ideas surrounding audio, visual and lighting (AVL) technology. In this installment, we’re speaking with Jacques Spillmann, a senior manager in mechanical engineering at JBL Professional. In the five years Jacques has been at HARMAN Professional Solutions, he has authored numerous patents … Read more
JBL Professional is pleased to announce that orders are now being taken for our next-generation adjustable coverage column array loudspeaker system – the CBT 1000 (full-range) + CBT 1000E (extender). There truly is nothing like this speaker system in the marketplace.
Expanding upon JBL’s highly successful Constant Beamwidth Technology™ breakthrough, the CBT 1000 represents the next-generation in pattern control consistency, featuring highly adjustable vertical coverage (without the use of DSP) plus tapered horizontal waveguide to more accurately map to the room geometries of a wide variety of listening spaces. The asymmetrical settings allow sending of more sound toward far areas of the room, leveling out sound levels from front to back. The system handles 3000 Watts, features pattern control to below 200 Hz, and is IP-55 rated for outdoor use.
What Makes the CBT 1000 system an UNBEATABLE Solution?
- Constant Beamwidth Technology™ with adjustable / asymmetrical vertical coverage and tapered horizontal coverage allows for excellent mapping of the listening space and effective coverage of corner seats.
- Individually adjustable “pattern up” and “pattern down” coverage settings provide 16 different coverage pattern combinations.
- Reduced audio spill into non-audience areas results in clearer music, more intelligible speech, and better direct-to-reverberant ratio.
- Very high sound levels — up to 131 dB average /137 dB peaks (at 1 m, depending on the settings*).
- Twelve 6.5-inch high-excursion LF drivers (system) and twenty-four purpose-designed high-power HF tweeters.
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