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AirFX_10NABEREZHNYE CHELNY, Russia — Nightclub and karaoke bar Batyr has everything needed to turn an ordinary evening into a remarkable experience: a high-energy environment, talented resident DJs, a fantastic sound system and HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting equipment. In November 2014, the club’s resident lighting designer and winner of Martin’s 2013 Russian Lighting Designer Contest, Artem Sagaidak, tested a pair of Martin MAC Viper AirFX™ lighting fixtures + Quadray kits over two nights with great success.

Sagaidak first encountered the AirFXs at a Martin seminar in Moscow. As a fan of mid-air effects, he immediately wanted to test these fixtures in a club. He reached out to Martin product manager Anton Anufriey and with his support, a short-term loan was arranged for the following weekend – a disco night and a party titled “This City Does Not Sleep.” Sagaidak also regularly uses his personal M2GO™ during shows at Batyr.

“I added a pair of wash lights to the rig for versatility, which created more dynamic looks,” said Sagaidak. “Since all the devices involved offer CMY color mixing, they naturally complemented each other.”

Sagaidak’s lighting those two nights provided a memorable experience for partygoers and impressed Batyr’s management team, which is considering purchasing AirFXs for temporary installation.

Sagaidak is particularly pleased with the fixtures’ zoom capabilities. “MAC Viper AirFXs are effective in both programming and performance,” he said. “Between the zoom, optics, and a broad array of gobos, they have everything for any venue! You can easily create unique mid-air effects or get an excellent wash light combining the wide zoom and CMY.”

Even before nightfall, when Sagaidak’s party duties begin, his fondness for the AirFX is unmistakable.

“Time slips away when programming the AirFXs,” he said. “I remember sitting down just after lunch having so much fun swapping different gobos, mixing colors in CMY, splitting beams with the prism, using the iris and zoom,” he said. “And then suddenly I realized that it was already dark outside!”

Martin equipment

  • MAC Viper AirFX, 2 x pcs.
  • M2GO, 1 x pc.
  • Jem AF-1 MkII, 2 x pcs.
  • Magnum Club Smoke System, 1 x pc.

For more information on Batyr, please visit http://batyr.club/

For more information on lighting designer Artem Sagaidak, please visit http://vk.com/id202370215 and https://www.facebook.com/artemiy.smith?fref=ts

For more information, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: www.martin.com.

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

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HARMAN_NeilDiamond_2-copyNORTHRIDGE, California — Neil Diamond is back on the road and is the first artist to perform with HARMAN’s new JBL Professional VTX V25-II line array loudspeakers. Sound Image is providing the live sound reinforcement for the tour, which is scheduled to extend through to the end of 2015. Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers are powering the system, while stage microphones come courtesy of AKG.

While the system configuration sometimes changes for specific venues, the main system typically consists of 16 VTX V25-II line array elements per side in a left-right configuration, along with 12 VTX S28 subwoofers per side and a total of 64 VTX V20 loudspeakers for out fill and side fill. In addition, a total of 24 VERTEC® VT4886 loudspeakers provide reinforcement to the seating behind the stage. The system is powered with more than 100 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers for a total of 1.6 million watts of power. A variety of AKG C414 and D5 microphones are being used, along with AKG wireless systems with D5 heads for vocals. The system is monitored and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

After thousands of shows and over more than 45 years on the road as Neil Diamond’s sound designer and front-of-house engineer, you can be sure I’ve used every kind of sound system in every possible configuration,” said Stan Miller, Neil Diamond’s longtime engineer. “We are demanding when it comes to system performance and continually try new approaches to achieve our goals. Hands down, the JBL VTX system we’re currently touring with provides the best sound we’ve ever had.”

“Stan Miller has been a good friend for decades and Sound Image has wanted to work with him on a Neil Diamond tour for many years, so I’m thrilled that this tour has given Stan the best system he has ever heard,” said Dave Shadoan, President of Sound Image.

Miller notes performance consistency as one the main reasons why the VTX has impressed day in and day out. Over the course of this year-long tour, we’ll be in every kind of venue with every kind of variable. It’s imperative for this show to sound its best in spite of the issues or idiosyncrasies each room may throw our way. There’s no question that arenas have their acoustic challenges—and no matter what we’re up against, this system delivers. Three months into the tour, I can tell you that we now have the most consistent system performance we’ve ever had—every single day for every single show. No other system we’ve ever used has met that demand so gracefully or consistently,” Miller said.

In addition, the VTX system’s sound quality puts it head and shoulders above the competition. I push this system hard,” Miller noted. “With more than a million watts of horsepower at the ready, it takes everything we dish out and more. The frequency response is beyond anything I’ve ever heard: clean and crisp highs, a butter-smooth mid-range and punchy, tight low end. And that’s not only at the house mix position: it’s the same throughout the entire venue, which makes it even more impressive.”

Although Miller and his team face different acoustic and physical challenges in each venue, the VTX system provides the ability to accommodate every environment with no change in quality of the system’s performance. “The nuts-and-bolts engineering that has gone into the VTX system makes the physical system configuration easier than ever,” Miller added.

I’m a tough customer when it comes to sound systems,” Miller concluded. “I’ve seen it all and heard it all. When I say this is the best system I’ve ever used, I mean it. The extraordinary engineering from JBL makes my job a real pleasure and Neil Diamond’s show sounds better than ever.”

Sam Helms, President of HARMAN regional representative Sigmet Corporation, noted: “In all my years of touring experiences, I have never been more proud to be associated with the incredible performance of these two new systems that we have out on this tour. The new VTX Series of products continue to prove over and over, every night, every venue, that we have come to the next level of performance that we have all been waiting for.”

For more information on Sound Image, please visit www.sound-image.com

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

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blueparrot_topcaseEDINBURGH, Scotland — Lighting hire and technical event production specialists Blue Parrot have joined HARMAN Martin Professional’s UK dealer network, adding 12 new Martin MAC Quantum Profile™ moving heads to their Edinburgh-based hire stock. The fixtures, which feature a 475 W white LED engine, are the first real alternative to a more traditional 700/800 W discharge moving head and bolster Blue Parrot’s position as a market leader.

The Quantum Profiles are the latest addition to Blue Parrot’s large moving light inventory which includes 30 MAC Aura™ washes, 24 MAC 101™ units and a mixture of the flagship MAC Viper series of products: Profile, Performance and Wash DX models.

“We’ve had a great experience with our Martin MAC Aura and MAC 101 fixtures over the last few years,” says Dave Morris, Head of Hires, Blue Parrot. “They’re reliable and versatile lights in diverse applications, so it makes sense for us to invest in the Quantum Profile to continue offering the latest and best equipment to our production and dry hire customers.”

A number of high-profile technical production projects made 2014 very successful for Blue Parrot. In a particularly prestigious instance, the company was asked to manage the site, power, and lighting at the Scottish Parliament’s Media Village for the Scottish Referendum.

“The Media Village Project was important for us in many ways as the eyes of the world were on Holyrood for that week,” says Jonnie Clough, Managing Director, Blue Parrot. “The client demanded high production values and especially detailed Health and Safety planning. While it was a challenging project at times, we successfully delivered a safe and efficient village which was well received by visiting international broadcasters.”

Other notable projects in 2014 included exterior lighting of the International Broadcast Centre in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, technical production of the ‘Lates’ events at both the Edinburgh Zoo and National Museum of Scotland, technical production of Jesus and Robinson College Cambridge’s May Ball formal parties and lighting and power design for the Virgin Money Festival Fireworks Concert in Edinburgh.

“Most of our projects involve creative solutions, tight production schedules and no room for mistakes,” says Morris. “Keeping ahead of the game by investing in the best equipment available allows us to work quickly and efficiently and guarantee stunning results. The new Quantum Profiles will support us in offering even better solutions throughout 2015 and beyond.”

For more information on Blue Parrot, please visit http://www.blueparrotevents.com/

For more information, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: www.martin.com.

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

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RITE Door AIAATLANTA, GA — At the 2015 AIA Convention the RITE Door by Adams Rite, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, will be featured at booth #2123. With a wide variety of finishes and stylish handles, the RITE Door is the most unique and aesthetically pleasing door in the market with a variety of designer options and distinct preassembled hardware devices.

The RITE Door is a fully integrated door opening system that not only saves installation time and money but also meets the most stringent fire and accessibility codes. Pocketed options and inset exist devices allow for clean sight lines that blend effortlessly with architectural elements. The RITE Door is also virtually maintenance free making it ideal for ballrooms, meeting rooms, convention centers, movie theaters, stadiums, shopping centers, and restaurants.

“The RITE Door is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for high quality doors that can either disappear into the background or stand out, depending on the desires of the designer,” said Wendy Bowman, Marketing Communications Director, EMS & OEM Group, ASSA ABLOY. “Especially appealing to architects, the RITE Door can be finished to complement any wall covering and the exit bar recesses into the door for a clean, modern aesthetic.”

Stop by the ASSA ABLOY booth at AIA or visit RITEdoor.com to help you design and specify the rite integrated door system for your next project.

ABOUT ADAMS RITE

Over 115 years old, Adams Rite Manufacturing Co., an ASSA ABLOY Group company, designs, manufactures and markets door and door hardware products to the commercial, industrial and institutional building construction industry and is recognized as one of the leading suppliers in its area of specialization. Adams Rite develops products that are designed to complement the clean lines of modern doors, while at the same time meeting safety and access codes. Visit their website at www.adamsrite.com.

ABOUT ASSA ABLOY

ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user demands for security, safety and convenience. For more information visit www.assaabloy.com/en/com/.

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JBLProjectEverestWhiteMUNICH, Germany — At HIGH END 2015 HARMAN Luxury Audio Group will be featuring the first-ever demonstration of the new № 536 Monaural Power Amplifier, which combines high power output with extraordinary sound quality and iconic industrial design. The No 536 will be demonstrated along with the recently released No 585 Integrated Amplifier and JBL’s flagship DD67000 Everest and K2-S9900 loudspeakers. The DD67000 Everest will be shown in high-gloss Polar White while the K2-S9900 with be shown in high-gloss Rosso Corsa – both additional-cost options that are part of a custom finish program that will be available later this year exclusively for the JBL Everest and K2 models. The system will be on exhibit at HIGH END 2015 at the MOC Munich, Atrium 4, 1.0G, F119 (May 14 – 17, 2015).

“At HIGH END 2015 we’ll be presenting the very finest in music reproduction,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management, HARMAN Luxury Audio Group. “With the world premiere of the Mark Levinson № 536 amplifier and the opportunity to hear the JBL Project Everest DD67000 loudspeaker, we intend to provide music lovers with nothing less than an unforgettable listening experience. Additionally, as part of our new custom finish program, the JBL Everest and K2 loudspeakers will be shown in Polar White (DD67000) and Rosso Corsa (K2-S9900). These new special order, limited availability color options utilize premium automotive-grade paints and finish techniques, and deliver a level of personalization that is befitting of these two statement loudspeakers.”

The JBL Everest and K2 loudspeakers on demonstration at HIGH-END 2015 in Polar White (DD67000) and Rosso Corsa (K2-S9900) are two of six new custom high-gloss painted finish options that include Deep Black, Polar White, Rosso Corsa, Verde Mantis, Racing Orange, and Sapphire Blue.

The № 536 delivers superlative amplifier performance. Its massive 400 watts output (into 8 ohms, 800 watts into 4 ohms), makes it ideal for the most demanding audio systems. The № 536 employs discrete class AB amplifier topology with no integrated circuits in the signal path along with Class A voltage gain and driver stages, a configuration that delivers exceptional sonic purity and resolution of the finest musical detail. Among its additional features are XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced outputs, two pairs of speaker binding posts, and Ethernet, RS-232 and 12-volt trigger inputs and outputs that enable interfacing with other Mark Levinson components and automation and control systems.

The Mark Levinson № 585 integrated amplifier delivers ultimate-quality music reproduction from analog and digital sources, including computers and music servers. The № 585 accommodates a wide variety of music sources including 32-bit/192kHz computer audio and DSD over PCM via USB. The № 585 employs fully discrete dual-monaural analog input and output circuitry and incorporates exclusive HARMAN Clari-Fi™ processing, which uses proprietary signal-enhancement techniques to provide the best-possible sound from compressed digital audio sources.

The JBL Project Everest DD67000 is the finest loudspeaker ever created by JBL, incorporating the company’s most advanced materials, components and technologies to set a new standard in audio reproduction. Now available in a stunning gloss white finish, the DD67000 combines the open, effortless quality of midrange and high-frequency compression drivers with the low-frequency authority and impact of dynamic drivers to convey music with remarkable fidelity and musical involvement. Complementing its sound quality, the DD67000 is striking in design, with distinctively curved and angled surfaces and furniture-grade craftsmanship.

Also being shown at HIGH END 2015 are Revel’s new Concerta2 series loudspeakers. The series features six models that incorporate numerous design and engineering upgrades to deliver exceptional sound and sets a new benchmark in high-end value. Along with their improved audio performance, Revel Concerta2 loudspeakers have a refined experience with new enclosures, high-gloss white and black finishes and elegant design accents.

Concerta2 Series loudspeakers employ a 1-inch aluminum tweeter with an integral phase ring, derived from Revel’s Performa3 Series, to deliver detailed and transparent high-frequency response. The tweeters are mated to a new, patented fourth-generation Acoustic Lens Waveguide that optimizes the blend between the tweeter and woofers and improves off-axis performance for smoother, more consistent performance over a wide listening area.

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

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