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HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Go Into “X Mode” for the 2014 Miss USA Interviews

JBL_MissUSA_2BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – As 51 contestants competed in one of the country’s most widely viewed beauty contests, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Premier Sound Services (PSS) provided the sound reinforcement for the Miss USA Pageant. The event is part of Miss Universe, which is owned by Donald Trump and was televised nationally live on NBC. As always, PSS stuck with its inventory of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays to generate the best coverage and superior sound quality.

The main PA system consisted of 13 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side in long-throw “X Mode” (35Hz high pass filter) and were powered with 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The system also featured 45-degree outfill arrays, which featured nine VTX V20 loudspeakers in long-throw 60Hz mode that were powered by six Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. On the floor, 16 bi-amped JBL SRX712M stage monitors were used with five Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers.

Two JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers were provided for the judges, with an additional two V20 loudspeakers per side for front fill, powered by two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The downstage side-fill hangs featured six JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers per side, powered by a single Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier. The upstage side fill hangs also featured six VT4886 loudspeakers per side, powered with one Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier.

“Keeping the loudspeakers hidden from the camera angles as much as possible was the main challenge of this event,” said Brian Gordon, Co-Owner and Head Audio Engineer of PSS. “Originally, we wanted to hang 14 units per side for the main PA, but thanks to the sheer power of the VTX Series we got the output we needed with fewer units, and we never hit the limit on any of the amplifiers.”

When asked why no subwoofers were used, Gordon replied, “We didn’t need any subwoofers for this show, because intelligibility and sound cohesiveness were the key objectives, and the VTX Series loudspeakers are superior in those areas over everything else. There was no interference and everything came out exactly as it should. I was especially impressed by the smoothness of the off-axis dispersion of the V20’s, which was just amazing.”

For more information on Premier Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets.   With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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(Left to right) Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional; Jeff Harris, District Sales Manager, HARMAN Professional; Hoyt Atkinson, Owner, Atkinson Sound; Steve Johnson, CEO, HP Marketing; and Derreld Yost, Atkinson Sound.

(Left to right) Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional; Jeff Harris, District Sales Manager, HARMAN Professional; Hoyt Atkinson, Owner, Atkinson Sound; Steve Johnson, CEO, HP Marketing; and Derreld Yost, Atkinson Sound.

KAMAS, Utah – Leading regional sound company Atkinson Sound recently bolstered its audio system inventory with HARMAN’s new JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD 4×3500 amplifiers. The company will be using its new system for a variety of events beginning in May.

Founded in 1980 by Hoyt Atkinson, the company has evolved its business from a small provider of DJ systems to one of the region’s most successful sound contractors, providing rental and production services for concerts, festivals, corporate events and more, while also growing a strong systems integration department. A longtime JBL customer, Atkinson Sound’s investment in JBL has grown in parallel. “We have been a JBL company many years, starting with an SR-X system before graduating to HLA, and in more recent years to VERTEC® line arrays,” Atkinson said.

After seeing the new VTX V20 system at the Winter NAMM 2014 show, Hoyt Atkinson knew it was time to once again upgrade with JBL. “The high frequency in the V20 is just astounding and there is nothing else that compares to what the D2 driver is providing in a box of that size,” he said.

Atkinson Sound has purchased 24 VTX V20 line array loudspeakers, 12 VTX F12 multi-purpose loudspeakers, six VTX G28 subwoofers and 12 VTX S25 subwoofers. The systems will be configured and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

The VTX V20 loudspeaker features a true 3-way system design with proprietary D2 Dual Diaphragm Dual Voice Coil compression driver and Differential Drive™ low frequency transducer technology along with patent-pending ultra-linear motor technology employed for midrange components. In keeping with the philosophy of the VTX Series, the VTX V20 has extremely high power density with each line array element featuring two 2261H 10-inch Differential Drive woofers, four 2164H 4-inch ultra-linear midrange transducers and three of the new small-format D2415K Dual Drivers.

Atkinson Sound expects to use the new VTX system for a variety of events throughout the western United States in the coming spring and summer months. “We love VERTEC and we saw it as a giant step forward for JBL when they introduced the VERTEC Series, and our adoption of VERTEC won a lot of jobs for us,” Atkinson noted. “Now, we see another leap forward with VTX and although we considered loudspeaker systems from competitive brands, nothing matched what VTX has to offer. It’s also a very rider-friendly loudspeaker, which gives us an advantage.”

For more information on Atkinson Sound, please visit www.atkinsonsound.com

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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RocknRollMarathon2LAS VEGAS, Nevada – As it has in years past, AV Vegas Concert Sound and Lighting provided the audio/lighting system for the world-famous Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. However, for the first time, AV Vegas supplied HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers for the event’s sound reinforcement system.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is a yearly event that draws more than 30,000 runners. For a few hours a year, Las Vegas Boulevard is closed to all traffic and becomes the best-lit running track in the world. Runners pass more than two dozen stages with live bands and DJ’s urging them on.

AV Vegas Concert Sound and Lighting has been the Marathon’s principle audio and lighting provider for several years, and this year the company upgraded two of its music features with the JBL VTX line array system. The marathon’s start line truss structure became home to two hangs of three JBL V25 fullsize line array loudspeakers, each accompanied by a single VTX S28 subwoofer. The crew also installed pairs of truss-mounted JBL VRX932LA Constant Curvature loudspeakers every 200 feet down the Boulevard, lining the street with 2,800 feet of delay loudspeakers. The VTX system, accompanied by the delays, served to pump up the runners before the start of the race.

After closing the Boulevard at noon on the day of the race, there was a small window of time to assemble the truss structure in the street, hang the arrays and program the lighting that had been pre-installed the night before. “We took delivery on the VTX and two-channel Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers just a couple days before the marathon,” said John Hansen, CEO of AV Vegas. “We literally threw the amps into some road cases, set the presets with JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ and onto the truck for the gig.”

In addition, this year, the marathon organizers wanted to arrange towers of speakers along the run path to maximize the time when the runners would hear music. In past years, runners would run past live music stages and only be in the pattern of the stage loudspeakers for a short time. Enter the “Mile of Music” concept: AV Vegas’ staging department built a 4’ x 8’ x 7’ tall deck and placed them 500 feet apart on the Las Vegas Strip. The audio department installed a pair of ground-stacked V25 loudspeakers facing north and another pair facing south on each tower. The audio signal was sent wirelessly with a selection of antennas.

“At one point, after the Strip was closed to general street traffic, I was able to drive my car past the Mile of Music with my windows open and sunroof open,” Hansen said. “The test track sounded great, but then the bass kicked in on the track. Suddenly, there was such incredible thump and we were not using subs. At a time in entertainment history where the demand for sub bass is growing, it is nice to know that the top boxes are up to the challenge too. The box had already won my heart with the clarity of the new D2 high-frequency driver, but after hearing them in this application, I am sure we made a good decision buying this box.”

For more information on AV Vegas Concert Sound and Lighting, please visit www.avvegas.com

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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HARMAN_F3FNORTHRIDGE, California – For the eighth straight year, Miller Pro Audio supplied a HARMAN’s JBL line array system, powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in downtown Austin, Texas. The system was deployed for the festival’s main (Orange) stage, which hosted performances by Snoop Dogg, MIA, MGMT, Slayer, Television and more.

The main PA system featured a left-right configuration of 10 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements per side, with an additional six V25 elements for front fill. The system also included nine ground-stacked G28 subwoofers, with 12 S28 subwoofers hung as a center cluster. Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers powered the V25 loudspeakers and S28 subs, while I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers powered the G28 subs. The system was controlled via JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

According to Oliver, the challenges of the event ranged from the large number of acts to staying within strict noise limits from the city. “We try very hard to find a happy medium that keeps everyone as happy as possible,” he said.

With offices in Austin, Dallas, Lubbock and Oklahoma City, Miller Pro Audio was founded more than 20 years ago by Danny and Leslie Miller, growing from one truck and a small shop on a dirt road to averaging well over 1,000 shows per year spanning from clubs to top 10 shed tours. “We are a turnkey company, meaning we stock a full inventory of audio, backline, lights, video, staging, truss-built roof systems and stage lines,” said Aaron Oliver, Corporate Comptroller/Corporate Trainer for Miller Pro Audio. “We also provide production management, stage management, event planning and have a thriving install department.”

This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest marked Miller Pro Audio’s first use of the JBL VTX line array system. “We found the VTX to have great, smooth response while remaining very musical,” Oliver noted. “The output power of the V25 was killer and the subs were powerful yet smooth and punchy. We really liked the VTX system and would love to experience what it has to offer again.”

Miller Pro Audio also owns Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and have been pleased with the products’ performance. “We utilize the I-Tech amps to power many other products we supply and all in all, we love what the I-Tech’s allow us to achieve,” Oliver said.

In addition, Performance Manager has proven beneficial to Miller Pro Audio’s business. “We used Performance Manager for the Fun Fun Fun Fest and we use it on many other shows as well,” Oliver added. “The control it provides really helps us cut back on the need for additional hardware, which means less cases, less labor and lighter trucks—all of which translate to savings in budget.”

For more information on Miller Pro Audio, please visit www.millerproaudio.com

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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ACL-1AUSTIN, Texas – Music festival specialist Thunder Audio added another notch to its list of notable music events in October when the Livonia, Michigan-based company made its debut at the renowned Austin City Limits Music Festival. The event, which for the first time took take place over two weekends (October 4-6 and October 11-13), saw Thunder Audio set up a huge HARMAN JBL VTX line array system, powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“We know what sound needs to be like for large outdoor music festivals,” assures Thunder Audio Vice President Paul Owen, who spent 23 years mixing monitors for heavy-metal legend Metallica. “We’ve done numerous major ones including the Orion Music + More Festival, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and Faster Horses, and you need a powerful system with excellent low-frequency response and clarity that’s also incredibly reliable for long periods of time under sometimes pretty challenging conditions. And it can get pretty hot in Austin! But I have to say, VTX has proven itself to be just that system on previous occasions and it proved itself again at the ACL Music Festival.”

The system consisted of 36 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements flown 18 per side flanking the main stage, with an additional eight V25 cabinets per side for the outside hang. A total of 48 VTX S28 subwoofers were configured as two hangs of 12 each on either side of the stage, with 24 ground-stacked S28 subs across the front of the stage. Four JBL VERTEC® VT4888 midsize line array elements were used for front fill along with a pair of V25 loudspeakers as left-right outside fills. The JBL loudspeakers were controlled using a pair of dbx 4800 system controllers. The entire system was powered by 86 Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers networked and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ system setup software, which enables Thunder Audio to configure and tune an audio system in less time and with better results.

Owen said that in addition to challenging work, large music festivals are also excellent opportunities to viscerally compare the performance and sound of different PA systems in the field. “You can see how different systems handle throw distances, tightness and accuracy of pattern coverage, vertical and horizontal dispersion, and sonic accuracy,” he explained. “The VTX system was at the top of all of those characteristics.”

In particular, Owen said, the VTX’s throw was exceptional and just what was needed in the huge, 351-acre Zilker Park venue for the ACL Music Festival. “The reaction of guest engineers to the VTX has been just spectacular,” he added.

Greg Snyder, Project Manager for Thunder Audio at the ACL Music Festival, noted the performance of the S28 subwoofers was impressive. “The punch from the subs, especially during Muse’s headline set, was monstrous,” he said. “The people there that night got a real treat.”

Celebrating its 34th year in business in 2013, having grown from its beginnings as a regional sound company in 1979 to its current status as a premier international live production and systems integration company, Thunder Audio has provided sound for Steely Dan, Metallica, The White Stripes, Linkin Park, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, John Legend, Travis Tritt and many other artists along with more than 60 corporate clients. The company acquired its first VTX system last year and company executives were astonished by the system, and particularly by the quality of the new JBL D2 Dual Driver included in the V25. “There’s no disputing the sound quality and the sheer amount of horsepower the V25 has,” said Owen, who also noted how the VTX components’ lighter weight makes them a more versatile option for the variety of projects Thunder Audio handles.

“A number of artists experienced VTX for the first time at the ACL Music Festival this year and all of them were suitably impressed,” Owen recounted. “I’m certain there will be more converts in the future.”

For more information on Thunder Audio, please visit www.thunderaudioinc.com

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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