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HARMAN_RamsPregameST. LOUIS, Missouri – Having delivered audio services for all pre-game NFL events for the St. Louis Rams for the last two years, as well as other productions for over a decade, Technical Productions Inc. (TPI) again provided the audio system for the festivities prior to the team’s first game for the third season. While maintaining a low budget just outside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, engineers Stephen Jones and Marshall Stacy of TPI took advantage of the HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console’s mixing power and BSS Audio signal processors to achieve the most compelling sound for the audience.

As is typical for the Rams’ live pregame events, TPI supplies a 20×26-foot stage to complement the space. Featured in this particular event were a Si Expression 3 console with two 32×12 stage boxes and three Dante cards, plus five BSS Audio FCS-960 graphic EQ units and four BSS Audio FDS-366T loudspeaker management processor, of which two were used for the main PA’s and two for the monitors.

“We’re trying to get the highest-quality sound for the best price,” said Stephen Jones of TPI. “Because we have to maintain a low budget, we are always trying to keep up with modern technology. That’s why we switched to the Si Expression lately, because it’s affordable and allows us to add more loudspeakers to the mix. Also, with the ViSi Remote iPad functionality, I can be at front of house while the monitor tech is onstage when syncing up all our equipment; it’s just easy.”

Despite the Si Expression’s affordability, Jones is confident it can stand up to other, more expensive brands. “The EQ on the Si Expression sounds very nice compared to our previous boards,” he said. “I also like the fact that I can make every mix stereo or mono, because I use a lot of parallel compression in my mixing. I like to break up the instruments and vocals into different subgroups and compress them individually.”

Having the Si Expression allowed Jones, who is very detail-oriented, to maximize his abilities during a show, and with the onboard memory, no intricate setting is left unsaved. When combined with technologies from BSS Audio, Jones has everything he needs without going over the budget.

“I like the immediate response from the BSS Audio technologies inside the console, which are very sensitive, so that whenever I make a move I can hear it instantly,” said Jones. “Overall, it’s a really great-sounding system.”

For more information on Technical Productions Inc., please visit www.technicalproductions.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Scraft_GoldenTriangle_1BEAUMONT, Texas – Located at one of its several campuses, the Church On The Rock at the Golden Triangle location in Texas recently acquired a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console to provide its community with better worship services and broadcasts. Part of a major renovation project, the Vi3000 is part of a new, streamlined audio system, where the console is being used as the Church’s FOH console and for broadcasting.

Seating 1000, the Church on the Rock consists of a shallow but wide room, which requires a system that accommodates the 180-degree seating arrangement. Lead FOH Engineer Blake Sessions took charge of this challenge, and decided that the Vi3000 console was the best choice especially thanks to its MADI and Dante connectivity and channel capacity.

“I’ve worked on the Vi Series consoles before, so I understand how intuitive the layout is on these boards,” said Sessions. “The Vi3000 is very flexible as it offers 96 input channels and 24 mono or stereo output busses depending on what we need. Also, being able to run 64 channels with Dante or MADI protocol is very important, because it allows us to link the feeds to our broadcast studio via Cat5 or optical cable.”

The Church hosts a total of four services between Sundays and Wednesdays, which are tracked and broadcasted from the website churchonline.tv. To ensure quality during each service, it needed a console that not only sounds great, but is also easy to learn and use for the newer operators.

“We have several volunteer engineers, so it’s nice to have a console that has a familiar analog layout and feel,” said Sessions. “However, the ease of use does not take away from the performance: the console is a work horse with fantastic pre-amps and abundant capabilities. It’s amazing how I can get all that at this price point.”

After installing the new audio equipment and setting up the Dante network, Golden Triangle Church On The Rock was able to greatly improve their live and broadcast sound departments.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Studer_CommonwealthGamesGLASGOW, United Kingdom – In the largest multi-sport event ever held in Glasgow, Scotland, the 2014 Commonwealth Games brought together athletes from 71 nations and territories competing in 18 different sports. The Games took place in multiple venues throughout Glasgow; Dega Broadcast Systems of Basingstoke, UK, was contracted by the BBC to provide the additional technical facilities required to cover the events. Highlighting Dega’s broadcast equipment were multiple HARMAN Studer Vista digital audio consoles.

Among the equipment Dega provided was a 52-fader Vista 9 digital console, which was used for BBC Three’s coverage of the games. The Vista 9 was also used in the evenings for an entertainment highlights show on BBC One called “Tonight at the Games.” Dega also supplied a Vista 1 console to equalize and balance all the incoming commentaries.

In addition, Dega used a Studer Route 6000 routing and signal processing system, which was connected to the Vista 9 and Vista 1, as well as a Riedel MediorNet system. The Route 6000 was used to route commentary and coordinate circuits between feeds and venues under the control of BNCS software.

“We have a good relationship with Studer and have used their equipment successfully in the past,” said John Cleaver of Dega Broadcast Systems. “The Studer consoles performed extremely well during the Commonwealth Games.”

The Studer Route 6000 system can accommodate up to 1728 x 1728 inputs and outputs. The main DSP Core is highly suited to space-conscious installations. Equipped with an internal D21m I/O system with up to 192 inputs and outputs, it takes up only 6U of rack space, while multiple cores are simply interconnected using CAT5 tie lines.

“The Vista 9 proved a great platform for both the daytime sports coverage and the evening entertainment show,” said Richard Sillitto, audio engineer at the Commonwealth Games. “The VistaMix and snapshot capabilities are great tools for the ‘of the moment’ nature of sports coverage, mixed with the demands of an LE show.”

For more information on Dega Broadcast Systems, please visit www.dega.co.uk

Photo Caption: Audio engineer Richard Sillitto mixes “Tonight at the Games” using a Studer Vista 9 digital console.

Photo Credit: Martin Deane

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Scraft_LondonFolkFestLONDON, United Kingdom – Delivering an intimate experience on three stages for the London FolkFest at The Bedford in London, Director of Music Tony Moore again used HARMAN’s Soundcraft consoles to provide each stage with the right mixing capabilities. An event that crosses cultural barriers, the London FolkFest was created in 2011 to generate inspiration through music, culminating in an ever-expanding concept that is rooted at this beautiful venue.

The program featured spontaneous and varying styles of music, allowing for a maximum capacity of 500 people per day. The venue consists of a small theater, ballroom and acoustic space, able to accommodate 250, 150 and 80 people, respectively. Each console was selected with simplicity and small footprint in mind: a Soundcraft Vi1 console was used in the theater, an Si Expression 3 console was the perfect companion in the ballroom, and an Si Performer 3 remained well out of sight in the acoustic space.

“Having a long and successful relationship with Soundcraft products, it made sense for us to use their consoles for the fourth year of the London FolkFest,” said Moore. “The secret to running this show successfully is to keep all the gear as simple and as invisible as possible. Bands don’t get a sound check, so they needed to get on stage, plug everything in and start. Because our engineers needed to work quickly and efficiently, we have come to love Soundcraft, which allows for instinctive and intuitive operation.”

The three Soundcraft consoles are known for their flexible controls and features like the Soundcraft FaderGlowTM, all of which are designed to complement creative hubs such as the London FolkFest. For example, the Vi1 was a neat and convenient solution for the Elizabethan theater, taking care of both monitors and FOH positions while maintaining a low profile throughout the show.

“We wanted to make sure our base sound is very high in quality for everything that we’re trying to do here, and I’m glad we have accomplished that with Soundcraft,” said Moore. “We were sold out most nights, and all the artists as well as the audience enjoyed the experience. We asked for small footprint and amazing sound, and that is what Soundcraft delivered.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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At PotLuckCon: Peter Chaikin of JBL (left) and Robert Brock of CRAS (right) in the CRAS state-of-the-art mobile broadcast truck featuring JBL LSR6300 Series studio monitors and Studer Vista 5.

At PotLuckCon: Peter Chaikin of JBL (left) and Robert Brock of CRAS (right) in the CRAS state-of-the-art mobile broadcast truck featuring JBL LSR6300 Series studio monitors and Studer Vista 5.

TUCSON, Arizona — Calling itself “the ultimate weekend of audio recording geekery,” the 2014 PotLuckCon Audio Conference brought recording industry professionals together for a healthy serving of workshops, seminars, recording sessions and demos from the best and brightest in the pro audio industry. A key participant was the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS), which hosted a demo room featuring HARMAN JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor loudspeakers. The CRAS mobile broadcast unit was also on hand, which rolled in equipped with JBL LSR6325P studio monitors and a Studer Vista 5 digital mixing console.

CRAS is a technical school providing instruction in audio recording, engineering and production. Its two locations in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona teach students the skills they need to start their career in the day they graduate.

The JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor is a 2-way powered large-format loudspeaker designed to set new standards for sonic accuracy and dynamic range in professional monitoring environments. It incorporates JBL’s newly developed D2 dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression driver, a Differential Drive™ dual-voice-coil woofer and JBL’s proprietary Image Control Waveguide™ to deliver exceptional studio monitor performance.

JBL’s LSR6325Pbi-amplified compact studio monitor provide exceptional performance in applications where accuracy is a CRAS Digital Department Director Robert Brock first became interested in the M2 when visiting JBL’s Northridge, California facility. “I was stunned at the level of accuracy and detail the M2 delivered,” he said.

When Brock subsequently began planning the CRAS exhibit at PotLuckCon, he realized the professionals at the convention would be the perfect audience for the M2. “PotLuckCon draws exactly the kind of people who, like our students, need to hear this loudspeaker.”

One of the highlights of PotLuckCon is the Casita Gear Crawl, in which the exhibit rooms are transformed into mini-studios. CRAS’s Casita featured a pair of M2 monitors. “For most of the people who came to our room it was the first time they’d heard the M2 and it was a big hit,” Brock commented. “It’s really unlike anything else out there for its ability to faithfully reproduce everything that’s on the original recording with absolutely uncompromised dynamics and frequency extension. It’s incredibly revealing without ever sounding clinical or harsh and its tonal balance and spatiality remain intact over a wide listening area.”

Also at PotLuckCon, Andrew Scheps, producer, mix engineer and principal of Tonequake Records, delivered a poignant presentation titled “Lost In Translation,” which examined the effect of low-resolution digital delivery on the emotional impact of recorded music. Sponsored by the Recording Academy® Producers and Engineers Wing®, and with JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors as the playback system, the crowd experienced Scheps’ dramatic A/B comparison of high and low-resolution file formats.

For more information on CRAS, please visit www.audiorecordingschool.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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