HARMAN Professional Solutions announces a new lineup of control and room scheduling interfaces from its legendary AMX family of products – the new AMX Modero G5 Touch Panels and AMX Acendo Book Room Scheduling Panels. To better serve its customers, AMX has completely refined its touch panel product lines to create a single, five model lineup that draws on the best features of its award-winning Modero X and Modero S control panels, Acendo Book room scheduling panels, and G5 and G4 processing engines.
The new lineup is designed to support the unique and widely ranging interface needs of corporate, education, government, hospitality, and large venue customers. Five product SKUs cleverly deliver customers their choice of the most popular configurations and screen sizes.
We often get asked what size power amplifier we recommend for a particular passive (i.e., non-powered) loudspeaker model. In general, the recommendation is that you should pick an amplifier that can deliver power equal to twice the speaker’s continuous average power rating. This means that a speaker with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms and a continuous average power rating of 300 watts, for example, would require an amplifier that can produce 600 watts into an 8 ohm load.
Why is it that we recommend a power amp that’s twice as big as the speaker? The short answer is that a quality professional loudspeaker can handle transient peaks in excess of its rated power, if the amplifier can deliver those peaks without distortion. Using an amp with some extra headroom helps assure that only clean, undistorted power get to the loudspeaker.
The Ziegfeld Theatre opened in 1969 as a single-screen movie theatre. The theatre was named in honor of the impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. Between 1969 and 2016, more world premieres of Hollywood blockbuster films were held at the Ziegfeld Theatre than any U.S. movie theatre outside of Los Angeles. Building on a rich history, the Ziegfeld Ballroom opened Fall 2017 as one of the most significant event properties in New York City.
The sound and lighting for the Ziegfeld Ballroom is an entirely Harman solution using JBL speakers all powered by Crown 4×3500 amplifiers. The lighting is Martin Professional.
6 JBL VTXV20 per side 12 total
3 JBL S25 per side 6 total
2 JBL G28 optional
12 JBL AC28 used for front fills, side fills, balcony fills
8 JBL M20 stage monitors
6 JBL VTX F12 sidefills optional
6 JBL VTX F18 subwoofers optional
All powered by Crown Itech Vracks
16 – Martin Encore LED CLD Profile
20 – Martin Aura XB LED Wash Fixture
14 – Martin Quantum LED Spot
8 – Upstage Elation Color 5 Profile LED Leko
Stage Wash Package:
8 – Martin Encore LED CLD Profile
4 – Martin Aura XB LED Wash Fixture
2 – Martin Quantum LED Spot
Ballroom Wash Package:
24 – Martin Aura XB LED Wash Fixture
Sensing Beauty is a multi-sensory art exhibit created by students and faculty of University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The audio component of the exhibit was delivered to attendees via ListenTALK mobile collaboration by Listen Technologies. To learn more, visit listentalk.com.
The What: Harman Professional Solutions is now shipping its AMX by Harman N7142 Networked AV Presentation Switcher. The AMX N7142 combines local matrix switching with low-latency networked AV video distribution. With the ability to switch local AV sources and distribute video over the network in one solution, the N7142 presentation switcher is designed solution for applications like active learning environments and overflow classrooms.
The What Else: The AMX N7142 brings a variety of connectivity options, including 6×2 video switching along with two available networked AV card slots for use with the broad range of AMX encoder and decoder cards. The N7142 Presentation Switcher distributes UHD content from the latest 4K60 sources to most modern displays thanks to support for 4K60 4:4:4 video, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. Each of the two discrete video outputs also has a mirrored HDMI port for connecting to an additional display, encoder card or other video distribution equipment. The two available networked AV slots and an integrated gigabit Ethernet switch make distributing classroom presentations to student workstations or overflow seating as easy and immediate as a single LAN connection.
The switcher supports source HDMI audio, two microphone inputs with phantom power, as well as six independent stereo inputs. The N7142 includes a built-in DSP with AEC and a 60W stereo amplifier that can operate in 4/8 ohms, 70V or 100V modes via a user-selectable switch, for integration with existing AV infrastructures.
A PREMIUM PANEL FOR THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE
The Modero X® Retractable Touch Panel is the flagship automation interface from AMX. Utilizing unrivaled industrial design that is designed to recess and hide away when not being used, the Modero X Retractable highlights the best of what’s possible with AMX technology. A unique, space-saving panel with premium automation capabilities, the Modero X Retractable is a touch panel like no other. To learn more, click here.
The Kennedy Center has partnered with HARMAN Professional Solutions for over 20 years to bring exceptional sound and lighting to a wide range of events. “The partnership that we’ve had with HARMAN is 20 years old, and in those 20 years we have done extraordinary work together. We’ve been creative, HARMAN has been responsive. And together we have done things that we alone could never have done.” —Deborah Rutter, President, Kennedy Center
BLUFFDALE, UTAH – December 6, 2017 – Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening products for more than 18 years, has acquired the Audio Everywhere brand and products from ExXothermic, Inc. ExXothermic, Inc. is the global technology leader in Wi-Fi streaming technology with four related patents. Audio Everywhere technology has become the go-to solution for affordable, plug and play streaming of wireless audio over existing Wi-Fi networks and is the perfect complement to Listen Technologies’ portfolio of innovative assistive listening products. Audio Everywhere from Listen Technologies products will begin shipping December 11, 2017.
“Listen Technologies has partnered with ExXothermic, Inc., the developer of Audio Everywhere, over the years because Dr. Lance Glasser and his team share our passion for designing technology and solutions that deliver clear sound to everyone, regardless of the setting and acoustics,” said Russ Gentner, CEO, Listen Technologies. “We are taking our partnership to the next level with Listen Technologies’ acquisition of the Audio Everywhere brand and products, and we are proud to continue offering our best-in-class assistive listening systems, now with best-in-class Wi-Fi audio streaming under the Audio Everywhere from Listen Technologies brand.”
Listen Technologies continues to create innovative assistive listening systems that enable people to hear the world around them, even in challenging audio environments. Its products include the new ListenTALK two-way collaboration system, the award-winning ListenIR, ListenRF, and ListenLoop. 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…
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…
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.
The CP Palm Beach Masters, presented by Sovaro™, is a leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, which began in August 2016 and spans across seven east and seven west coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. A total of 14 athletes from the new Longines FEI World Cup™ North American league will qualify for this year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Omaha, NE.
When it came to selecting a speaker for the Taylor Harris Club (a 300’ long two story VIP tent) at the CP Palm Beach Masters in Wellington FL, ascetics as well as sound quality lead us to the JBL CBT series. Having used these line array column speakers in church and school installs I knew it was the right choice for this job. The CBT 50 LA 1 in white blended in perfectly with the decor of the tent. We made a custom mounting bracket out of aluminum so we could hang 36 of the speakers from the structure of the tent. Using white speaker cable we were able to hide the wire in the troth of the upright column support of the tent. As we started to install the speakers in the tent we were getting very positive comments from the officials on how good the speakers looked and how well they blended in. and this was before we ever fired them up. This was a 4 day event with the big class on the last day. On the last day we had Johnny Rez from the Voice sing the National Anthem and before the jump off he sang one song. The comments from the audience in the tent were wow that sounded good, followed by where are the speakers? When the speakers were pointed out to them, they asked if the speakers were just added. They were there all week? Its comments like this that makes our job worthwhile.
We were booked for next year’s event and are already planning on adding more JBL speakers to the outside of the tent. – Bill Fitch – Fitch Electronics Inc.
Posted on Feb 7, 2017
By Strother Bullins, Technology Editor
Amsterdam, Holland (February 7, 2017)—Harman has announced its support of AES67—the open audio-over-IP (AoIP) standard published by the Audio Engineering Society in September 2013—across its networked audio and video product families.
Harman’s Soundweb London BLU-806DA, BLU-326DA and BLU-DA devices will support both Dante and AES67 natively and will replace the BLU-806, BLU-326 and BLU-DAN devices, respectively; and Harman’s Crown DCi-DA Dante amplifiers will also support AES67 through an upcoming firmware update. (more…)
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.
Step on stage with a studio legend. The new AKG C636 is the legendary C535 updated for today’s rigorous live performance requirements. Offering the pure studio sound you’ve grown to love, housed in a worry-free durable housing, you can now focus on your vocal performance—not on the performance of your microphone.
Spend a few minutes with the AKG C636, and you’ll realize you’ve never held a mic like this. Its proprietary double shock suspension system provides unparalleled rejection of handling noise. And the C636 doubles-down on keeping your performance flawless by incorporating a state-of-the-art, multi-layer pop noise rejection system that eliminates plosives and a consistent, cardioid polar pattern that eliminates feedback.
Made with hand-selected components and manually tuned for a pure transparent tone, the new C636 retains the spirit of the classic AKG C535 condenser microphone, while being updated to meet the demands of today’s top vocal performers. More…
The Soundcraft Ui24R is a complete, rack-mountable, digital mixing and multi-track recording system that delivers flexible I/O, pristine sound quality, intuitive wireless control, and roadworthy reliability—all in a streamlined design. The system can double as a stagebox and can be controlled by up to 10 devices via Ethernet or built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, making it possible to control mixing and multi-track recording wirelessly from anywhere in the venue. Renowned Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech signal processing ensures pristine sound, while 20 Studer-designed microphone preamps deliver more professional inputs than any other mixer in its class. The compact, rack-mounted Ui24R is also compatible with the new HARMAN Connected PA system, and offers unprecedented control, versatility and power at an incredible value. From the stage to the studio, Soundcraft Ui24R is the ultimate system for artists, venues and engineers who need to save space and deliver superior sound. Click for the Soundcraft Ui24 SellSheet.
JBL Professional released its new JBL 7 Series Powered studio monitors at NAMM today.
Carrying over driver and waveguide technologies from the flagship JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor, the new 705P five-inch and 708P eight-inch monitors utilize proprietary drivers. Both models feature the 2409H high-frequency compression driver, which incorporates an low-mass annular diaphragm intended to aid output and provide low distortion, with response beyond 36 kHz.
The 725G five-inch low-frequency transducer used in the 705P model provides 14 mm peak-to-peak excursion, delivering low-frequency output down to 39 Hz. The 728G eight-inch low-frequency transducer inside the 708P leverages JBL Differential Drive technology to provide output and extended, linear low-frequency performance to 35 kHz.
Both the 705P and 708P feature the JBL patent-pending Image Control Waveguide and a built-in dual amplification system optimized for the high-output drivers. A 120W amp powers the 2409H high-frequency transducer, while a 250 W amp is dedicated to the 725G and 728G low-frequency transducers.
Both sport onboard DSP-based room equalization to help compensate for acoustic issues in a room, and both models feature analog and AES/EBU digital inputs allowing connectivity to a broad range of production hardware, including digital audio workstations (DAW), mixing consoles and digital playback hardware with sample rates of up to 192 kHz. Internal sample rate converters can be enabled to allow the monitors to receive digital signals of uncommon sample rates.
During this year’s IBM World of Watson conference HARMAN and IBM announced a new strategic partnership focused on bringing HARMAN’s end-to-end solutions together with IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities. This partnership was announced after the completion of testing a JBL prototype speaker in Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. HARMAN and IBM plan to continue to integrate solutions for multiple industries, pushing IoT to new boundaries
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!
Emilian Wojtowycz, HARMAN Professional Solutions Manager, Restaurant and Retail Stores, introduces the Crown CDi DriveCore Series Amplifiers. Emilian shares the key benefits that makes this Series ideal for supporting small/medium installations in houses of worship, restaurants, cruise ships, hotels, museums, theatre, cinema, retail stores, and similar installed sound applications. For complete product details on all of the models in this Series, please visit: http://www.crownaudio.com/product_fam… and for additional support or to contact a Crown representative, please visit: http://www.crownaudio.com/en-US/suppo….