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AKG_K181DJNORTHRIDGE, California – AKG by HARMAN is introducing the new K181 DJ UE reference class DJ headphones, developed based on input from professional DJs. The K181 DJ UE (Ultimate Edition) headphones are built for professional DJ use in any club environment.

The K181 DJ UE headphones feature a closed back design and a sturdy 50 mm transducer, delivering enough power to withstand even the strongest PA speakers, especially for pre-fader listening. For loud working conditions, the Bass Boost will help DJs better hear low frequencies, while the headphones’ coiled cable offers freedom to move without stepping on a cable.

“The new K181 DJ UE headphones are the result of our listening to the needs and demands of our DJ customers in the field,” said Philipp Schuster, Product Line Manager, Headphones, AKG. “In speaking with our customers, we learned that some of their priorities include freedom of movement, high power and strong low-frequency reproduction. We feel the K181 DJ UE headphones fulfill these requirements and more!”

Key Features Include:

  • Bass Boost switch to emphasize low frequencies in loud working conditions.
  • Detachable coiled cable that gives freedom to move in the DJ booth.
  • Mono/Stereo switch for optimum single ear monitoring.
  • 3D-Axis folding mechanism for easy transport and storage in record or laptop bags.
  • Lightweight construction that enables multiple mixing positions.

More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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AKG_D5CNORTHRIDGE, California – Introducing a vocal microphone designed specifically for intensive stage use, AKG by HARMAN is announcing the new D5 C dynamic directional microphone. The D5 C provides the dependability and sonic quality required for all live sound environments.

“Since its launch, the D5 has gained a well-deserved reputation as a highly durable and high-performance dynamic vocal microphone for live staging applications of all sizes,” said Erich Gaertner, Product Line Manager, AKG. “The D5 C lives up to this reputation and offers live vocalists an expanded lineup of industry-leading microphone options to choose from.”

Thanks to its cardioid polar pattern, the D5 C is the most sensitive to sound coming from the front, while barely responding to sound from the back. It can withstand press levels up to 160 dB, while the elimination of handling noise guarantees reliable performance. An additional model, the D5 CS, is electrically, mechanically and acoustically identical to the D5 C, but features a click-free on/off switch.

Key Features Include:

  • Patented laminated Varimotion diaphragm for crisp sound that cuts through every mix.
  • Cardioid polar pattern for a wide variety of applications.
  • Dual shock mount of microphone capsule, eliminating any kind of handling noise.
  • Integrated pop filter for elimination of pops and wind noise.
  • Spring-steel wire-mesh grilled that withstands every live performance.

More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Vi5000-Straight-OnFRANKFURT, Germany – Providing a wider range of options to its industry-leading Vi Series digital mixing consoles, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is introducing the Vi5000 and Vi7000 models at Prolight & Sound 2015. The Vi5000 and Vi7000 offer optional 96kHz processing, upgraded channel counts and even more reliable hardware to the live sound industry’s most popular mixing interface. The Vi5000 and Vi7000 replace Soundcraft’s popular Vi4 and Vi6 consoles, offering significant technology and feature set improvements whilst retaining and building on the user interface and sound quality characteristics that have made these consoles a favourite on riders for the last eight years.

The Vi5000 and Vi7000 provide a choice of compact control surfaces with new local rack and active breakout box hardware, delivering simultaneous mixing of up to 128 inputs and 32 mono/stereo busses with up to 384 inputs and outputs in the I/O system allowing unlimited record feeds from all channels. Pristine sound quality is assured with ultra-low noise microphone amplifier designs and enhanced 96kHz 40-bit floating point digital audio processing, with the first ever digital implementation of the classic BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ adding to the channel processing armoury, while effects contain eight independent Lexicon multi-FX units, and a BSS graphic EQ on every bus output. Both consoles also feature an additional dedicated 64ch MADI interface for Realtime Rack; a collaboration with Universal Audio that gives users access to industry-standard UA studio plugins.

Rapid configuration via new encoder assign functions and shortcut keys are joined by a new extension to the Vi’s patent-applied-for VM2 radio microphone status monitoring feature, with Shure ULXD systems now recognised alongside AKG’s DMS800 and WMS4500 systems. The Vi5000 and 7000 consoles boast the most configurable local and Stagebox I/O hardware in their class, with extensive ViSi Connect I/O expansion options available (EtherSound™, CobraNet™, Dante™, MADI, etc.) plus a choice of Cat 5e or Optical fibre Stagebox connection to suit budget and cable length. The Vi5000 and Vi7000 also feature the latest 3D Vistonics II™ and FaderGlow™ interfaces, plus an improved ViSi Remote iPad control interface completes the package.

“Our Vi4 and 6 consoles have been enormously popular with countless tour sound professionals, as well as theatres, houses of worship, and more,” said Dave McKinney, Vice President and General Manager, Soundcraft and Studer. “With the introduction of the Vi5000 and Vi7000, we are showing that we’ve listened to our customers and are offering a significant step up with the User Interface features they need and the world-class audio quality and processing tools they expect, so that any engineer can have the very best mixing technology at their fingertips.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Vi7000-AD-10k_LightsFRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN’s Soundcraft and Shure today announced a new collaboration that enables native monitoring and control of select Shure wireless systems on Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles. The initial implementation is being showcased at Prolight + Sound, where the new Soundcraft Vi5000 and Vi7000 Digital Mixing Consoles support Shure’s ULX-D® and QLX-D™ Digital Wireless Systems.

With the introduction of the Vi5000 and Vi7000 Consoles comes the new extension to the Vi’s patent-applied-for VM2 radio microphone status monitoring feature, with Shure’s digital wireless systems now recognised alongside AKG’s DMS800 and WMS4500 systems. This integration enables automatic Shure device discovery, identification, and mapping of each wireless system to the appropriate mixer channel. When that channel is selected on the console, all essential wireless parameters are displayed. This enables live monitoring of the channel’s RF and audio metering, with the ability to adjust receiver gain from the console, much like trim adjustment for a wired mic. In addition, battery life status for Shure rechargeables and standard AA alkalines is supported.

“We are very pleased to be collaborating with Soundcraft to enable remote monitoring and control of networked Shure wireless systems,” said Shure President and CEO Sandy LaMantia. “Providing the essential wireless functions within the console inspires user confidence and adds value to both systems by providing a more seamless, integrated experience.”

Dave McKinney, General Manager and Vice President of Soundcraft and Studer notes, “The Vi Series consoles are designed to deliver the features and technology that our customers demand, so collaborating with Shure to deliver wireless data, natively and automatically, was an easy decision as it creates a smoother workflow for our users – something we are always striving to achieve.”

Models ULX-D and QLX-D are two of the newest digital wireless systems from Shure. Both use Ethernet connectivity to deliver system data to Soundcraft Vi Series consoles. ULX-D Dual and Quad systems also offer networked digital audio connectivity via Dante. Along with the new Vi5000 and Vi7000, a subsequent software update will support Shure wireless integration, including the current Vi1 and the Vi3000.

With improved workflow and added convenience, this collaboration between Shure and Soundcraft signals a shared and continuing commitment to improving the user experience through technology, innovation, and cooperation. For more information, visit www.shure.com and www.soundcraft.com.

About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones, wireless microphone systems, in-ear personal monitoring systems, conferencing and discussion systems, networked audio systems, award-winning earphones and headphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated is headquartered in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company also has regional sales and marketing headquarters in Eppingen, Germany, and Hong Kong, China, with more than 30 additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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FRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN’s JBL Professional has introduced a new simple and intuitive method for controlling its range of Intellivox Beam Shaping (DDS) loudspeaker arrays. The new software is called “Rapid DDS” and can be used with Intellivox DS and DSX ranges. Rapid DDS allows users to manipulate the DDS beam settings directly from WinControl for the first time.

Rapid DDS can be used for rooms which have a flat floor or a simple incline in the audience area, such as a lecture theatre. Users can define where they want coverage to start, where they want coverage to end and what the audience height is. Rapid DDS will then suggest the optimum mounting height for the array and display a vertical cross-section of the beam. Uploading this setting is then as easy as pressing apply.

The software is not just for commissioning engineers either. It can also be used in offline mode by consultants who wish to use the directivity data for a DS or DSX Intellivox unit in EASE, Catt Acoustic or ODEON. Once an Intellivox has been setup in the RAPID DDS software you are then able to download the directivity file of your choice.

“Unlike Beam Steering, which is more like a simple point-and-shoot technology, Beam Shaping allows users to create a tailor made dispersion pattern that perfectly suits the shape of the audience plane while avoiding hard reflective surfaces,” said Nick Screen, Intellivox Sales Director, JBL Professional. ”Rapid DDS will allow commissioning engineers and consultants access to a faster, simpler and more intuitive software interface for Intellivox DS and DSX ranges. This will not only save them time but will also make the products accessible to a much wider audience.”

The new Rapid DDS software is part of the latest WinControl install set which can be downloaded from the JBL Pro website.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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