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Scraft_Production1PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Production 1 is one of the Czech Republic’s busiest live sound companies, providing audio, video, lighting and staging for high-profile events like the Old Punx Tour 2014 at the Masters of Rock Café in Zlín, the Pilsner Fest 2014 in Pizen, The Faktor Fest 2014 concert on Sokol Island and many more. Recently, Production 1 added a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 digital live sound console to its growing live sound inventory.

“We provide sound for a wide range of music festivals, corporate events and everything in between, and needed to upgrade to a console that would have the flexibility to accommodate any live sound rental situation,” said Stanislav Benes, co-owner and sound engineer at Production 1. “We already had two Soundcraft Vi1 consoles, which we purchased because their sound was superior to what we had owned previously, and our positive experience with the Vi1 made the acquisition of the Vi3000 a logical step up.” Benes was also drawn to the Vi1’s space-saving form factor and attractive pricing. Production 1 purchased the Vi3000 from Czech HARMAN Professional distributor Audio Master.

The Soundcraft Vi3000 offers a host of high-end features including a new ergonomic design, 96 channels to mix, new internal SpiderCore 40-bit floating point DSP, Dante compatibility and much more. The Soundcraft Vi3000 features a control surface with four Vistonics II™ touchscreen interfaces, making it the only console in its class that can be used by two engineers at the same time. The Vi3000 provides extensive connectivity and routing options and offers a host of built-in Lexicon reverb/delays, dbx compression and effects.

Once Production 1 started putting the Vi3000 through its paces, Production 1 realized it was exceeding expectations. “For us, sound quality is paramount and the Vi3000 is absolutely superlative in this regard,” Benes noted. “The mic preamps are exceptionally clean and have a great deal of headroom.”

Not only has the Vi3000 expanded the services Production 1 can offer to its clients, it’s now one of the most-wanted pieces of gear in the company’s rental stable. “This console has become a favorite not just to me, but also to many of the sound engineers of the bands we work with and other rental companies that love to rent it,” Benes noted. He notes that although it has extremely sophisticated capabilities it’s easy to operate, especially for experienced pros like him and the Production 1 staff. “As soon as you put your hands on it you can tell this is a board that was designed by people who know what live sound engineers want and need.”

Production 1 looks forward to continued growth in 2015, thanks in no small part to its new Soundcraft Vi3000 console. “In fact, we already know what our next equipment purchase is going to be,” Benes said. “Another Vi3000!”

For more information on Production 1, please visit www.production1.com

For more information on Audio Master, please visit www.audiomaster.cz

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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HARMAN_AcousticLightPERUGIA, Italy – The main audio integrator within its local region in Italy, Acoustic Light recently completed a successful acoustic training session featuring new audio products from HARMAN Professional. By using Soundcraft consoles, JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, AKG microphones, Lexicon digital effects processors and BSS signal processors, Acoustic Light showcased the latest digital audio technology for a variety of applications.

Participants at the event included sound engineers, musicians, and other audio service providers. For the training session, Acoustic Light used a Soundcraft Vi3000 console with a Stagebox, a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console with a Compact Stagebox and a Soundcraft MH3 console (48 channels) with an analog Stagebox.

“The Soundcraft consoles were invaluable in improving the participants’ understanding of the various audio products in the signal chain,” said Stephan Luthi, owner of Acoustic Light. Everyone obviously loved the Vi3000 and wanted to take it home, but the Si Expression also has a nice learning curve due to its simple layout. Since most people at the event were accustomed to analog consoles, being able to compare the MH3 with the digital consoles side by side definitely opened up a new world for them.”

Also featured were JBL PRX715 and SRX700 loudspeakers, Crown I-Tech 4000 amplifiers, AKG C 414 LTD and C 451 B microphones, Lexicon PCM81 and PCM91 digital effects processors, and BSS AR-133 and FCS-960 signal processors. These products allowed Luthi to explain the basic concept of audio design to the musicians while showcasing advanced features for the engineers.

“We chose these products to show participants how to properly tweak the system and position the microphones in a way that will enhance the intended sound, rather than inhibit it,” said Luthi. “Overall, everyone was impressed by the quality of the products offered in their price range.”

For more information on Acoustic Light, please visit www.acousticlight.it

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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Scraft_ArdenTheatre copySAINT ALBERT, Canada – Catering to a wide array of events ranging from live concerts to full theatrical productions, the Arden Theatre in the Canadian province of Alberta is a dynamic venue where folk, blues, modern rock and jazz music come to life. To deliver world-class sound for its programs and events, the Arden Theatre currently employs HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi1 mixing consoles.

The Arden Theatre is an intimate space that seats 509 people, with a stage that is 40 feet wide and 26 feet deep. Of its 240 shows per year, the Arden Theatre features many repeat performers that are drawn back by the facility’s acoustics. With such a variety of performers, in-house Sound Technician Tyler Patrick finds the digital features of the Soundcraft Vi consoles to be essential to his workflow.

“We have a lot of shows that come back year after year, so the ability to recall stored settings is huge for us,” said Patrick. “The Vi6 with a Compact Stagebox allows us to have an expanded channel count at front of house and the Vi1 is perfect for our monitor position. With these consoles, we’re able to mix our big yearly musicals without problems.”

When deciding to transition out of analog, the technical staff attended demos of digital consoles from various audio brands, none of which struck as strong a chord as the Soundcraft Vi Series. According to Patrick, ease-of-use features like Vistonics™ and FaderGlowTM were the factors that took the Vi6 and the Vi1 beyond excellent sound quality.

“The Vistonics touchscreen is so easy to use, and the biggest selling point for me is that it allows for more than one person to operate the console at the same time,” said Patrick. “Many of the artists who play here bring their own engineer. Also, sometimes we allow high school students to come and operate the sound equipment on their own. Naturally, we place a high value on ease of use.”

Patrick continued to explain why he loves every aspect of the Soundcraft consoles. “When we first plugged in the Soundcraft Vi consoles, they sounded like analog desks without any harshness of a digital desk,” he said. “It sounds very smooth, exactly like you would expect a high-quality board to sound. The parametric EQ’s on the channels are fantastic and responsive.”

As part of the venue’s future growth, the production team has partnered with a video company to offer web-streaming capabilities for its shows. To this end, it is planning to use the Vi6 console to send multi-track audio via optical MADI to the Soundcraft Vi1 console, which in turn will be managed separately in a different room. Webcasts with pristine sound quality will be available next year thanks to this configuration.

While in-house and guest engineers are getting used to the five minute setup times of the Soundcraft consoles, the theater is well-equipped to serve the local community of Saint Albert for years to come.

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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Scraft_ShellTheatreFORT SASKATCHEWAN, Canada – As the in-house audio operator for Shell Theatre, which recently acquired a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, Norah Seed is certainly well-equipped to handle the venue’s exciting variety of live programming. The 538-seat performing arts space accommodates numerous dance recitals, musicals, and Christmas productions throughout the year, while maintaining its own self-produced Season Series consisting of professional acts from around the world and local acts from the region.

Owned and operated by the City of Fort Saskatchewan as part of the Dow Centennial Centre and the Sherritt Cultural Pavilion, the Shell Theatre attracts many North American touring artists, with an emphasis on Canadian talent. When Seed first arrived at this venue, she used her 25 years of audio technician experience to learn a new digital console that provided a simple and effective way to mix each show and continues to meet or exceed various client needs.

“I’ve had experience with other consoles, but since I’m new to this venue, I’m grateful to have an easy console to work with,” said Seed. “I like the way it can be set up, as I can have as many auxiliaries and matrices I need for every file; all the gains and high pass filters are exactly where you expect it to be, and the EQ functions are flexible. Everything is in a logical place and it all makes sense.”

Many racks of outboard equipment were stored away immediately after the Shell Theatre acquired the Vi6, completing the transition from analog to digital. As the EQ, gates, compressors and reverb units collect dust underneath the stage, the Soundcraft console’s color-coded FaderGlowTM lighting and its widescreen Vistonics II™ interface illuminate the now de-cluttered space.

“I love the color-coded lighting on the faders and the Vistonics widescreen,” said Seed. “The interface is intuitive for whatever I want to do, such as EQ-ing the vocals instantly, rather than touching three buttons to get there. The illuminated and color coded faders are just handy to indicate which feature you are editing and for operating in a dark theatre environment.”

“The Vi6 combines the best of both digital and analog, because it allows me to mix quickly while having all those digital features,” Seed concluded. “Not only does it make my life easier, it also sounds great.”

For more information on the Shell Theatre, please visit www.shelltheatre.ca

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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HARMAN_StorySoundALPHEN, The Netherlands – Dutch audio rental provider Story Sound has recently completed what has unquestionably been the most diverse range of projects in the company’s history, all with a rig of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“Since this summer’s festival season, our work roster has covered an unbelievable program—ranging from reinforcing illusionists, undertaking royal events, supporting the Four Day Marches [Vierdaagsefeesten] in Nijmegen and assisting with the pan-European launch of new industrial machinery,” said director Michael Story.

“We have also worked with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time—in a free concert at the new Rotterdam Central Railway Station,” Story added. This has enabled the company to deploy its full range of front-line JBL line array systems, as appropriate, for each event.

Over a period spanning more than 15 years, Story Sound has systematically adopted most generations of JBL’s large-format enclosures, dating back to the HLA; today, the company’s expanding new-generation VTX rig is complemented by its existing VERTEC® VT4887A, VT4886 and VRX rigs, which are rarely found in the warehouse.

Of the shows that have given Story most satisfaction is the recent concert of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, where he used JBL’s revolutionary VRX system, ranks highest—the more so because a production manager, for whom they had successfully delivered a major project, had recommended them.

Unusually, the concert, staged in the station’s entrance hall, was to honor 10 years of the Metro Rotterdam and was attended by at least 4000 curious passengers and passers-by. The Rotterdam Philharmonic played five classical pieces under the direction of conductor Jurjen Hempel, and Story Sound provided light, sound and staging.

“The location was perfect for VRX,” said Story, adding that they rigged five VRX932LAP per side on each tower (using Genie lifts) with four VRX918S subs ground-stacked on the floor at each wing. The loudspeakers were powered by Crown I-Tech 5000HD and the sound was mixed on a Soundcraft Vi4 by Story Sound’s Wibo Vermeulen.

This show came on the back of a successful summer festival season during which Story Sound’s VTX system was again pushed to the max—and the company also continued to carry out environmental noise control on behalf of the local authorities. “We always use VTX where sound containment is an issue, and as the environmental pressures increase, we carry out calculations in LAC (HARMAN’s Line Array Calculator) and this data is then implemented in EASE modeling,” he said. “All this we report to the authorities.”

The 98th International Four Days Marches in Nijmegen, where soldiers march through the town, saw the company working for promoters Matrixx, for whom they also annually reinforce the Emporium Festival (Nijmegen) and Dreamfields Festival (near Arnhem). Story said that due to their calculations and predictions Matrixx were able to secure an additional contract for a new stage this year—and locations were set at Matrixx in the Park, Matrixx live at the Quay, the Festival Palace and the Stevens Church.

For the main stage, Story Sound fielded 24 VTX V25 line array elements (12 per side) and 16 VTX S28 subs, set in a reverse cardioid pattern across the front. To this they added two delay towers, each containing six VTX V20 line array elements—with the entire system powered with Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

As for Emporium and Dreamfields, Story Sound provided a large number of systems—no fewer than 160 V25 tops and 122 S28 subs at Emporium alone.

While Story Sound has its JBL VERTEC VT4886 on almost permanent hire with the Royal Netherlands Airforce Orchestra (Wibo Vermeulen again mixing on a Studer Vista 5SR, along with Remko Luijten), the production company has also deployed its VT4886 rig on the touring version of “Dreamgirls”, running from September 2014 through April 2015. “Again the sound has been perfect, with our VT4887A also delivering great results,” Story noted.

Other events undertaken by Story Sound include shows in Germany for illusionist Hans Klok, where coverage for the larger shows is provided by a VTX system. Sound effects play a major role in this production and Story Sound’s system is fully backed up, with the whole show computer controlled.

Meanwhile, at the other extreme, Story Sound has fielded its VERTEC VT4887A and VTX at events in both The Hague and Maastricht in commemoration of the 200 years celebration for the Dutch monarchy.

Finally, another challenging tour of duty which saw Story Sound handle full technical production, including a complete video mapping exercise, was the pan-European introduction of NACCO Materials Handling Group’s new Hyster and Yale lines of lift trucks, where four clusters of four JBL VRX932LA-1 and VRX918S subs were used.

All HARMAN Professional equipment is supplied in the Netherlands by Audio XL, headed by general manager, William Van Druten.

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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