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HARMAN_OnTheMountainSTRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vermont – The Wild Honey Pie, a Brooklyn-based media and experiences company that produces and records live performances, recently released its latest season of On The Mountain, an original music video series recorded on location at Stratton Mountain in Vermont. With all options available, The Wild Honey Pie recording team chose a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Performer 2 digital audio console and JBL EON portable loudspeakers for extreme sessions.

Each episode of the series comprised two to three live videos recorded on set, and featured the bands Ra Ra Riot, Magic Man, The Orwells, Tei Shi, Modern Rivals, and Wilsen. Each band’s performance told a story set to a backdrop of various snow-filled mountain activities, during which the onsite guests and campers contributed to the scenes.

The schedule involved recording two bands each day, which required the technical team to set up and break down the gear each time. Having a high-quality mixing console that was both portable and resistant to the harshness of the mountain and snow environment was instrumental to the success of this project.

“We got the Si Performer 2 console because it was something that could be moved easily. Most other consoles would have been too heavy,” said Jon Lurie, Senior Director of Production at The Wild Honey Pie. “Also, this Soundcraft console is very easy to use; it lets you transition incredibly fast from main mixes to aux mixes or monitors, which gives our engineers a lot of freedom. I definitely love the features that come with this board, such as the automated faders, the GEQ’s, the onboard effects, and the recall ability. Being able to save settings and pre-produce the live sound gives us a lot of room to play with.”

For the PA system, the team opted for two JBL EON615 loudspeakers for the main system, three EON612 loudspeakers for the wedges and two PRX715XLF subwoofers. Lurie believes that the sound is mainly attributed to the skills of the engineer, rather than the complexity of the gear. As such, he greatly appreciates the seamless controls of the Soundcraft consoles and the natural sounding JBL loudspeakers.

“At the end of the day, whatever sounds great and is lightweight enough will be helpful for the production. The JBL EON600 Series loudspeakers fit this criteria perfectly,” said Lurie. “The 612’s were the ideal size for wedge monitors, the subs were fantastic and the 615’s sounded rock solid. I think every sound can be made great; it just depends on the engineer. Though having an easy board and reliable loudspeakers to work with allows the engineer to get to that sound quicker and easier.”

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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Studer_VistaVDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – HARMAN’s Studer has announced that it has sold its Vista V console in the Middle East to Sharjah TV in the United Arab Emirates. It will be installed by Dubai-based Tek Signals as part of a complete turnkey broadcast integration for Studio 3, which is being upgraded to an HD platform. The studio will be used for live news as well as programme production.

The integrators had voted in favour of the Vista V after attending a launch seminar, co-presented by Studer and territory distributor, GSL Professional. Their proposal was endorsed by Sharjah TV’s broadcast consultant Djeddi Kouider of dxb Technology LLC—although the client decision to back the 32-fader Vista V was only made after evaluation against another market leader.

“When Sharjah TV was looking to upgrade its virtual reality studio with top-of-the-line technology, Vista V immediately became the preferred choice,” confirms Nasser Mohammed, Tek Signals Principal Projects Engineer.

The new Vista V harnesses Quad Star technology, which uses four processors to achieve major levels of redundancy in the control surface, to deliver a powerful and dependable broadcast audio mixing solution in a compact form factor, while Studer’s Vistonics™ interface and FaderGlow™ add to the operator’s enhanced experience.

But it was the Infinity Core, which provides unprecedented levels of CPU-based processing power, enabling it to handle large-scale productions easily, that initially appealed. “This and the overall sound quality of Studer’s approved technology were key factors,” confirms Mohammed.

Other important assets included the console’s inbuilt delay, configurability and FaderGlow™. “This is ideal for operators to assign faders, providing configurability without the need for physical patching or plugging cables,” he notes.

At the same time, Tek Signals are supplying Sharjah TV with a new Studer D23m I/O frame, allowing console users to transfer a large number of audio channels; this works with the new Infinity Core and A-link interface technology (as well as accepting existing D21m cards).

With the Studio 3 upgrade Sharjah TV has an eye on the future. It already owns Vista 1, OnAir 3000 and OnAir 2500 consoles and is in the process of upgrading the OnAir 3000 in Studio 4 to act as a Studer RELINK hub; this will provide a more efficient workflow and resource sharing between consoles over a Studer network, and was one of the main advantages of proposing the Studer Vista V in the first place. At the same time Tek Signals is adding a meter-bridge to the existing Vista 1 that resides in Studio 1.

For more information on Tek Signals, please visit www.teksignals.com

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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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Studer_MBCDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) is an independent entertainment pan-Arab television and radio network targeting the Middle East and North Africa audiences. MBC currently has 17 television channels, with programming that includes 24-hour news, 24-hour movies and 24-hour music, as well as entertainment for Arab women, children’s entertainment, and general family entertainment. Since 2012, MBC has been upgrading the audio systems in its Dubai and Cairo studios with HARMAN Studer Vista digital mixing consoles.

“With the increasing complexity of our technical infrastructures and our dedication to providing the highest-quality television programming, we knew it was crucial to stay ahead of the technology curve,” said Raed Bacho, Broadcast Manager of MBC. “Product continuity was a top priority, so we decided early on that settling on a single manufacturer would be the ideal solution.”

To help find the right solution for its particular needs, Bacho and MBC turned to regional distributor GSL Professional, which recommended Studer’s Vista Series consoles. “We have had a very long, solid relationship with Studer, having used their products since 2002 when our Dubai Media Center studios opened. The products have shown great stability along with the flexibility needed for workflow, and console architecture was also something that set Studer apart from the competition,” Bacho noted.

MBC’s first step was the purchase of a 62-fader Studer Vista 9 digital console for its Al Arabiya news channel, based in Dubai Media City. Al Arabiya is a free-to-air channel, providing news, current affairs, business and financial markets, sports, talk shows and documentaries.

A year later, in 2013, MBC upgraded its control rooms at MBC 1, a free-to-air, pan-Arab general television channel, also based in Dubai Media City. For this location, GSL Professional supplied two Studer Vista 9 consoles. One Vista 9 has 52 faders while the other features 62 faders.

With Vista 9 consoles now in three main control rooms at MBC in Dubai Media City, and with each control room serving long hours of news and other programming, MBC had the confidence in Studer to continue expanding with the Vista platform. So later in 2013, MBC upgraded the Dubai Media City-based control room of its MBC 3 studios, which exclusively provide children’s programming. However, this time MBC opted for the compact—yet powerful—32-fader Studer Vista 1.

“Our familiarity with the Vista 9, not to mention our enjoyment in using the consoles, made the Vista 1 a great fit for our upgrade at MBC 3,” said Basheer Saad, Sound Engineers Supervisor of MBC.

In 2014, MBC added a 32-fader Vista 1 console to its Dubai Media City studios for Al Hadath, a free-to-air news and current affairs satellite channel, which operates as an extension of Al Arabiya. In addition, MBC’s news bureau in Cairo is also equipped with a 32-fader Vista 1.

Utilizing Studer D21m I/O systems, MBC has connected each of the consoles in its Dubai Media City studios via MADI—a worldwide standard electronic communications protocol—to share sources and provide redundancy.

Since the Vista 9 and Vista 1 consoles are built on the same platform switching between the studios is an effortless task. In addition, with an upgrade to Vista software version 4.9, MBC has benefited from the Studer VistaMix feature, which is an automated microphone mixing algorithm based on gain sharing for simplifying the mixing task at multi-contributor events. VistaMix removes the need for an operator to manually adjust all the faders all the time, leaving the microphones of talking participants open, while closing the microphones of silent participants in order to reduce spill and background noise.

“VistaMix is a great tool to reduce the noise coming from the newsroom, which is an open area, in talk show programs with multiple presenters and guests on the air,” Saad said.

MBC has also benefited from Studer’s proprietary FaderGlow™ technology, which illuminates each fader in the color relating to the relevant function, creating an instant overview of console status.

“FaderGlow is so handy when we work live in our 24-hour news station,” Saad noted. “These types of features contribute to the ease of use of the Studer consoles and enabled our sound engineers to adapt quickly to the technology.”

The Studer Vista consoles have provided a reliable and high-performance platform for MBC, enabling the engineers at the network to operate efficiently and effectively while sharing information in real time.

“The Studer consoles have definitely met our needs so far, as evidenced by the fact that we have continued to upgrade our studios with Vista consoles,” Bacho said. “We have had great experience with Studer in terms of audio quality, workflow and support.

For more information on GSL Professional, please visit www.gslprofessional.com

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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Studer_ZhaoqingZHAOQING, China – Having relied on HARMAN’s Soundcraft mixing consoles for more than a decade, Zhaoqing Radio in the Chinese province of Guangdong recently added two HARMAN Studer OnAir 2500 Modulo mixing consoles. The consoles were acquired from local HARMAN distributor ACE, and were installed in the two live studios that broadcast music and traffic information on the local radio.

The ‘Modulo’ version of the Studer OnAir 2500 console can be integrated within custom studio furniture and is highly modular in its design. Its separate modules for fader bays and master section along with a rack-mountable mainframe can be recessed into a desktop for a clean installation with all cables integrated within the furniture and the mainframe hidden appropriately.

Each console is equipped with 12 faders and a large number of inputs and outputs, providing the network with clean, intuitive mixing. According to ACE Technician Liang Ke Zhang, the ultimate goal was to clean up distortions that hindered previous broadcasts and add clarity to the voices of radio hosts.

“We wanted low distortion and a wide but linear frequency range,” said Zhang. “The new Studer OnAir consoles allow us to have clean sound that adds fullness to both male and female voices. To achieve this, the sound should have sufficient depth.”

While providing the renovated studios with a new streamlined look, the new OnAir Modulo consoles have proven to be a huge improvement when tested in recent daily broadcasting operations.

“The customers were surprised that the consoles add so much range and depth to the mix,” said Zhang. “Overall, the network is very satisfied that Studer is able to deliver such a huge impact.”

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_553PRO copyANAHEIM, California – Offering closed-back performance and open-back sound for monitoring, mixing and mastering, HARMAN’s AKG today introduced its K553 PRO closed-back studio headphones. The K553 PRO’s provides an optimal balance of noise-isolating qualities of closed-back headphones and the spacious, multi-dimensional sound of an open-back design.

The K553 PRO headphones feature 50mm drivers for a strong, yet accurate and distinguished bass response as needed for monitoring and mastering contemporary music. The extra-large soft ear pads and lightweight over-ear design ensure stress-free listening over several hours, while the 2D-axis mechanism enables full flat folding for easy storage and handling on the road.

With its low-impedance drivers, the K553 PRO is sensitive enough to also be used on laptops and mobile devices, so the soft high-quality cable is equipped with a 3.5mm (1/8”) plug. A screw-on adapter to 6.3mm (1/4”) is included.

“Regardless of environment, requirements for headphones remain constant: realistic, sophisticated sound reproduction and comfort,” said Philipp Schuster, Product Line Manager, Headphones, AKG. “The new K553 PRO offers these qualities and more, while also being extremely affordable!”

AKG K553 PRO – http://www.akg.com/pro/p/k553pro

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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014

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