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HARMAN_LinkinPark2PASAY, Philippines — Touring in support of its new album Living Things, Linkin Park brought its high-powered alt-metal-rap-rock to the Philippines’ for only the second time in its career, performing at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on August 13. Audio for the 20,000-seat arena was supplied by Manila-based tour sound contractor SoundCheck (www.soundcheck.com.ph), with a massive sound system featuring 128 HARMAN JBL VTX Series line array loudspeakers and subwoofers powered by 30 Crown VRACK amplifier systems.

SoundCheck has supplied tour sound for top international and Philippines acts since 1992. The system deployed for Linkin Park included a total of 60 JBL VTX V25 line array elements and 60 VTX S28 subwoofers flown for the main and side PA. In addition, six JBL VERTEC® VT4888DP-PA powered midsize line array elements were used for the center cluster, and 16 VERTEC VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers and 12 VRX932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers were ground-stacked with the subs in cardioid configuration.

Thirty Crown VRACK amplifier racks and three custom Crown racks powered the loudspeakers. VRACK is a complete, transportable amplifier solution that includes Crown I-Tech HD Series power amps, analog and digital connections and a universal power distribution system, housed in a wheeled rack with a suspension system that enables VRACKs to be suspended. Total amplification for the Linkin Park system added up to 78 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers, nine I-Tech 9000 HD and 12 I-Tech 3500 HD amps. SoundCheck used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software to set up and control the system.

Providing additional support to the SoundCheck team throughout load in and the show was HARMAN Professional Asia’s tour sound market manager, Vincent “Vinnie” Perreux. Although the SM Mall of Asia Arena is a very large 20,000-seat venue, once SoundCheck began the process of setting up the show, Perreux realized the amount of equipment requested on Linkin Park’s rider was actually going to be too much. “I think more audio professionals are starting to realize this now but the JBL VTX line arrays and subwoofers deliver far more output and coverage than other line arrays of their size, with more clarity, lower distortion and smoother tonal response,” Perreux noted.

In fact, when Perreux, SoundCheck and Linkin Park front of house mixer Ken “Pooch” Van Druten started the show, they left some of the top subwoofers completely off and kept the rest of the subwoofers between 7dB and 10dB down. “Even at the end of the show, when the band was going flat-out pedal to the metal and the audience was going nuts, we were still running the subs at -3.5dB,” said Perreux.

The Performance Manager software contributed greatly to SoundCheck’s ability to set up the sound system accurately before the first note was even played. Performance Manager enabled the crew to optimize the setup of the JBL VTX and VERTEC loudspeakers both in terms of determining the speakers’ physical deployment and in tuning the speakers using JBL’s V5 presets. Performance Manager also fully integrates with Crown’s VRACK. “We actually had to use a very light touch on the Crown amplifiers’ built-in OmniDrive HD DSP processing,” Perreux pointed out, “and Pooch only had to use four filters on his master EQ when mixing the show.”

“The sound was fantastic and Linkin Park, the band’s crew and the promoter were happy and really enjoyed the system,” Perreux concluded. “Mission accomplished!”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Farber Sound Powers North Dakota State Fair with HARMAN’s Crown VRACK Amplifier Systems

NDSF1MINOT, North Dakota — Great. Big. Fun. That’s how the North Dakota State Fair bills itself, and this July it lived up to its name with rides, rodeos and concerts by Tim McGraw, Journey, Scotty McCreery, Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert and other acts. Featuring a grandstand that holds up to 16,000 people, Minneapolis, Minnesota audio production company Farber Sound has handled sound reinforcement at the North Dakota State Fair for the past five years, and this year decided to step up their game with a system based around HARMAN’s Crown VRACK amplifier systems.

VRACK is a complete, transportable amplifier management solution that includes Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system, all housed in a wheeled rack with a captive suspension system that enables VRACK to be flown in the same manner as a line array loudspeaker system.

“From being a VERTEC® house for the last nine years the move to Crown VRACKs was a smooth transition,” said Farber Sound owner Dave Farber. “We wanted to upgrade to the V5 presets for the VERTEC loudspeakers that are available for the I-Tech HD Series amps used in VRACK. Although the decision to make the investment wasn’t easy, the V5 capability and the other advantages we get from VRACK made it a logical move for a tour sound company like us.”

The system Farber Sound brought to the North Dakota State Fair included four VRACK 4x3500HD racks, each including three I-Tech 4x3500HD 4-channel amplifiers, and three VRACKs with three I-Tech 12000HDs in each. The VRACKs powered two main left and right hangs of 16 JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements each, along with 32 JBL SRX728S subwoofers arranged in eight groups of four and eight VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements used for front fill. The team used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software, along with JBL’s Line Array Calculator speaker modeling application, to configure and control the system from front of house.

“Things went as smoothly as can be using VRACK,” said Farber. “Everyone was very happy with the rig.” Farber also likes VRACK’s ability to operate on different voltage levels at the flip of switch and notes that its AES/EBU connections along with VDrive make it a very flexible package. “I have consistency in my inventory and can simply buy more VRACKs when we are ready to expand.”

“The wow factor of Crown VRACK and Performance Manager is impressive. It’s amazing how much you can do with a simple click,” Farber stated. “The capacity this offers for what we might be able to do going forward is very exciting.”

For more information on Farber Sound please visit: www.farbersound.com.

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HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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HARMAN_TheVoiceThailand2BANGKOK, Thailand  – Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand recently drew a huge turnout of fans for Coca-Cola Thailand’s “Real Voice, Real Talent” concert, featuring performances from all 59 contenders of The Voice Thailand television series. For the event, Ten Years After Audio (TYAA) deployed its new HARMAN JBL VTX line array system and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

The “Real Voice, Real Talent” concert featured a large, square stage set up in the middle of the stadium, with loudspeakers and amplifiers on all four sides of the stage. The main PA system featured 36 JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements, flown in left-right arrays of nine elements each, at the front of house and opposite sides of the stage. These were supplemented with a total of 32 VTX S28 subwoofers, deployed on the ground in four cardioid-configured arrays of eight each.

The other two sides of the stage featured left-right arrays of six JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements each, for a total of 24 VT4889 elements. A total of 24 VERTEC VT4880 subwoofers were on these two sides of the stage, deployed on the ground in four cardioid-configured arrays of six each. Powering the loudspeakers were 32 Crown VRack 12000HD amplification systems (for a total of 96 I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers). Utilizing the built-in signal distribution and on-board DSP resources of the VRack 12000HD’s, TYAA was able to drive the entire system with JBL V5 tunings, maximizing the performance and linearity of the VERTEC and VTX loudspeakers.

Sixteen JBL STX815 loudspeakers were pole-mounted for supplementary fill, with additional STX815 loudspeakers for stage monitors, powered by eight Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers. Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi1 consoles were each used at the FOH and monitor positions, with system design and management handled by JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™.

“We collaborated on the system design with Performance Manager, virtually building the system together within the framework of the software, and it was an incredibly smooth process,” said Eric Friedlander, Business Developer, Tour Sound, Crown Audio (who provided onsite support for the event). “TYAA worked with [Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL] Paul Bauman to optimize the PA virtually in JBL Line Array Calculator 2, so when setting up the system, we simply had to load the Performance Manager file into the amps and it made for a phenomenal starting point.”

“In addition, Performance Manager was key in setting up the cardioid subwoofer configurations on-site,” Friedlander added. “Setting up the proper DSP with one click on a speaker in Performance Manager enabled TYAA to simply deploy the subs knowing the optimal settings were already in place.”

This was the first event at which TYAA used its full VTX system, which it purchased through Mahajak Development Co., Ltd, HARMAN’s Thailand distributor.

“Unquestionably, it is a great honor for us to have this opportunity to employ world-class audio systems for the best performance for our customers,” said Chavalit Mahaviriyakul of TYAA. “We could not be more confident in HARMAN and Mahajak, as well as our decision to upgrade to the JBL VTX series.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

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NORTHRIDGE, California — Demonstrating its commitment to make JBL® HiQnet Performance Manager™ the most comprehensive and useful system configuration and control application in professional live sound audio, HARMAN Professional today released JBL HiQnet Performance Manager version 1.1 featuring support for the Crown VRACK 4×3500 and updated JBL V5 Preset Data. In doing so, the company is coupling the most efficient and best sounding audio hardware technologies with the industry’s most advanced yet intuitive configuration and control application.

“HARMAN’s stated goal for JBL HiQnet Performance Manager is that it should make the complex simple and enable better sounding performance audio systems to be designed and deployed more efficiently and economically,” stated Adam Holladay, Market Manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group. “With the release of version 1.1 and the addition of support for Crown VRACK 4×3500 and updated JBL V5 Preset Data for VTX Series and VerTec Series models, we’re making JBL HiQnet Performance Manager more inclusive and valuable to our customers for theatre, worship, and corporate and all live sound applications.”

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager dramatically reduces design time, simplifies networking and automates control interface configuration. With considerable expert system design knowledge embedded directly into the software, Performance Manager cleverly disguises the complexity of system configuration and guides even the less-experienced user through the process so as to achieve a far more optimal result than would otherwise be possible.

New in version 1.1:
• Support for the Crown VRACK 4×3500 with full integration into the Performance Manager workflow
• JBL V5 Preset Data for VerTec VT4889 (V5 R1) and VerTec VT4888 (V5 R1)
o Short Throw (ST) and Long Throw (LT) preset support for VT4888 and VT4889, with HF shelving characteristics that are consistent with VTX V25
o Sub / low preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4888 and VTX G28, S28 subwoofers
o Sub / low preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4889 and VTX G28, S28 subwoofers
o Cardioid preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4882, VT4880, VT4880A subwoofers
o Cardioid preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4880 (2x front-firing) and VTX S28 (1x rear-firing)
o Cardioid preset (X, 60, 80) support for VT4880A (2x front-firing) and VTX S28 (1x rear-firing)
o Revised subwoofer model limiter thresholds
• JBL V5 Preset Data for VTX V25 for Crown Audio IT12000HD (V5 R1.1)
o Minor changes to subwoofer model limiter thresholds
• JBL V5 Preset Data for VTX V25 for Crown Audio IT4x3500HD (V5 R1.2)
o Minor changes to subwoofer model limiter thresholds
o New extra long throw (XLT) support, compatible with IT12000HD XLT

Performance Manager 1.1 is available for purchase on the HiQnet website. A single license is available for $399, with volume discounts available for 2 license key purchases or more. The Performance Manager 1.1 installer will automatically utilize a valid, existing license key activated for a current installation of Performance Manager 1.0. Existing users should simply download and install Performance Manager 1.1 below to upgrade.

Performance Manager 1.1 supported devices include:
• JBL VTX Series V25, G28 and S28 models
• JBL powered VerTec DrivePack Series with DP-DA input card
• JBL passive VerTec Series
• Crown I-Tech HD Series
• Crown Macro-Tech i Series
• Crown VRACK 12000
• Crown VRACK 4×3500
• Crown I-Tech Series [discontinued]
• dbx DriveRack® 4800 / 4820

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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LONDON, United Kingdom — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced it is adding to its popular VRACK complete amplifier management solutions with the introduction of its VRACK 4x3500HD. The new version incorporates three of Crown’s flagship I-Tech 4x3500HD DriveCore™ Series 4-channel power amplifiers in a single road-ready plug-and-play rack, providing a versatile, turnkey multichannel amplifier solution for tour, rental and installed sound applications.

Designed to work hand in hand with JBLVTX and VerTec Series models with upcoming support planned for JBL VRX and STX models, the VRACK 4x3500HD includes three built-in Crown I-Tech HD Series 4×3500 DriveCore power amps, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system that can be set to meet US and international power standards. All the components are housed in a wheeled rack with a captive suspension system that enables it to be flown in the same manner as a line array loudspeaker system. Multiple VRACKs can be linked together for integrated operation in larger systems.

“Since its introduction our VRACK concept has been embraced by live sound and event providers for its plug-and-play operation, easy transportability and flexible configuration options,” said Brian Pickowitz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “The VRACK 4x3500HD builds on this concept with a full 12 channels of high-power amplification and greatly expanded connectivity features, giving users a powerful and versatile multichannel amplifier management solution.”

“VRACK is an integral part of our turnkey system package for JBL VTX and VERTEC”, adds Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Based on field testing to date, we’ve been extremely pleased with IT4x3500HD performance and VRACK4x3500HD provides the amp rack equivalent of the optimized power density philosophy that was adopted for the VTX V25 loudspeaker itself – lots of horsepower in a compact, tightly-integrated package.”

The I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers feature a 4.3-inch front-panel LCD touchscreen that provides amplifier monitoring and access to key functions with color-keyed visuals. Each amplifier offers an extensive complement of inputs and outputs including four analog inputs, four AES3 digital inputs and four AES inputs over VDrive and the ability to select four CobraNet® inputs. The amplifiers also include SpeakON or banana plug speaker connectors.

The VRACK 4x3500HD utilizes HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ 3.2 control functionality and Version 5 DSP preset support for JBL Professional’s new VTX Series V25 plus VERTEC Series line array loudspeakers. System Architect provides control through monitoring and adjustment on a rack-by-rack basis and the ability to make changes to all three amps in the VRack through a single interface. The VRACK 4x3500HD is also compatible with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ sound reinforcement system design software for enhanced control and monitoring capabilities.

The I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers deliver 1,900 watts per channel into eight ohms, 2,400 watts per channel into four ohms and 4,200 watts into four ohms bridged. The amplifiers provide extensive DSP sound-tailoring capability and incorporate Crown’s exclusive linear phase FIR and IIR filters to provide optimized loudspeaker crossover points with improved midrange clarity and off-axis response. The amplifiers’ USB port enables users to load preset amplifier settings or device files and update firmware.

The Crown VRACK 4x3500HD amplifier management solution is now shipping.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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