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Scandinavia's Largest Library Communicates Over HARMAN Network

LydRommet oversees acoustically enhanced and reconfigurable design for Dokk1

AARHUS, Denmark – The magnificent new Dokk1 Library and Citizens' Services at Aarhus Harbor in Denmark is the largest public library in Scandinavia. HARMAN distributor, LydRommet, teamed up with A/V system integrators, Solutors, to bid successfully for the technical AV contract. Situated on the waterfront, and forming part of the larger Urban Mediaspace Aarhus project, it has been jointly financed by Aarhus Municipality and Realdania at a cost of $301.9M (2.1B DKK), and is spread over 64,000 square feet (60,000 square meters) of floor space.

From the beginning was essential to create a multi-purpose library with each room being multi-functional. LydRommet and Solutors’ technical designers, they were able to meet the audio requirements set out by consultant Anders Gade, from Gade Mortensen Akustik, by offering an integrated HARMAN solution.

“We offered Solutors design support and suggestions on how to create a complete solution based on HARMAN products, making sure that the required functionality was met with the specified products,” said LydRommet CEO, Flemming Bjerke. “We are delighted with the Dokk1 installation, as this is an extremely complex solution with a super simple user interface.

LydRommet’s Henrik Foldager and Karsten Ørkild oversaw the complex audio design, which is based on networked BSS Soundweb DSP and Crown DCi|N amplifiers, running on BLU link from Soundweb. The 54 amplifier channels and high number of individually powered JBL speakers are essential to maintaining the required versatility.

Two rooms have been equipped the main hall, which can be divided into two separate rooms, and a second smaller Kids Room. The main hall’s acoustic walls have several technical functions: concealed behind the perforated wall panels are acoustical curtains that can change the room acoustics, enhancing the reverberation; at the same time the wall speakers also provide the cinema surround sound and are individually powered. The room parameters can be changed between classical and jazz concerts and for presentations.

“An essential pre-requisite had been that the equipment should be simple to use, obviating the need for a technician to be on site during concerts or meetings,” stated Jannik Mulvad, technical spokesman for DOKK1.

In presenter mode the active AKG DMS800 wireless mics are sent to the distributed speech enhancement system in the ceiling. This is based on 18 individually powered JBL Control 28s while the program sound is delivered from a PC to the JBL VRX928LA system, in stereo. In cinema mode, a separate L/C/R system, using eight JBL AM5212s plus four subs from the VRX918S live PA system, comes into play. Surround sound speakers, concealed behind the perforated wall panels as well as 18 individually powered JBL Control 25 AVs, support this mode. In live sound mode the JBL VRX928 / VRX918S subs, along with a delay system set half way down the hall, is activated. The delay system is on a separate program feed for the latter half of the hall when the foldable wall divides the room into two. In acoustical mode all sidewall and ceiling speakers are individually amplified and these speakers discreetly provide the room’s reverb sound. There are eight AKG C480/CK61 mics at the stage area, which pick up the sound and 36 C25AV and C28 JBL speakers to reproduce the required reverberation.

Given the complexity of the installation, a combination of Dante, BLU link and MADI platforms are all used for the audio signal transport, with BSS BLU-806 processors forming the heart of the system. Connected to this on a Dante platform are AKG DMS800 wireless microphone systems, while a Soundcraft Si Performer 2 with Compact Stagebox, is linked via MADI, although the console itself is connected to the Soundweb on HARMAN’s proprietary BLU link. A second Performer 2 can be found in the Kids Room.

Bjerke continued, “The biggest challenge faced by LydRommet was clocking all the digital audio protocols in order to make the system both stable and reliable. This had to be possible without connecting the Soundcraft console, since this had to be portable, and there are a few user configurations that don’t use the console at all.”

Added Mulvad, “the technical solution we designed together with LydRommet is being used to its maximum. With more than a million visitors a year in the visitor center and library there is a lot taking place in the two auditoriums. There are simple setups, with just one microphone and a projector to advanced shows from opera to jazz concerts.”

March 06
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March 06, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Shines Under The Midnight Sun

JBL, Soundcraft, Crown and Martin Professional featured at Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival

REYKJAVÍK, Iceland – One of the fastest up-and-coming events on the European festival circuit, Secret Solstice, turned to HARMAN Professional Solutions to deliver a complete audio system and lighting solutions. ID Electronic and event partner, Hljodx, provided the gear for the festival which took place over the summer solstice weekend, allowing for 72 hours of continuous daylight.

The 2016 festival was a banner year with attendance numbers soaring to 17,000 after Radiohead signed on to headline the event. The band’s rider requested the cutting edge JBL VTX V25-II line array system, which ID Electronic and Hljodx were able to provide. One of the mobile festival stages was equipped with JBL VTX V25 (seven elements per side) as well as a Soundcraft Vi6, Vi1, for FOH and monitors, and JBL VRX915M stage wedges. They also chose fixtures from HARMAN Professional Solution’s lighting portfolio to outfit the main stage, second and third stages in addition to the two tents.

“With a number of other events, 2016 was the biggest challenge for us so far,” said ID Electronic manager, Ingó Arnarson. “Everyone was happy with the service we provided and the support of HARMAN Tour Sound Application Engineer Ed Jackson took a lot of the strain off our team.”  

With headliners such as Food Fights, The Prodigy and Richard Ashcroft, 2017 is on track to be the biggest year in the festival’s history. The ID Electronic and Hljodx teams are already gearing up for the 2017 festival in June with plans to expand the JBL VTX presence to all of the major stages and adding more products from Soundcraft, BSS, AKG, dbx, Crown and Martin.

Audio products for the 2016 festival included:

  • 40 x JBL VTX V25
  • 8 x JBL VTX V20
  • 16 x JBL VerTec VT4886
  • 12 x JBL VRX932LA
  • 24 x JBL VTX V28 subs
  • 6 x JBL VTX G28
  • 6 x JBL CSR82L
  • Soundcraft Vi6, Vi1 and Si consoles
  • 24 x Crown I-Tech IT3500HD
  • 24 x Crown IT12000HD.

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  • 32 x Martin MAC 600 washlights
  • 20 x Rush MH3 Beams
  • 12 x Martin Atomic LED and conventional strobes

January 19
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Soundcraft by HARMAN Introduces the Ui24R Digital Mixing and Multi-track Recording System

New streamlined digital mixer and recorder offers 24 input channels, legendary Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech signal processing, intuitive wireless control and integration with other HARMAN Connected PA products

NAMM (Booth #7800), ANAHEIM, Calif.—Soundcraft by HARMAN today announced the new Ui24R, a complete digital mixing and multi-track recording system that delivers flexible I/O, pristine sound quality, intuitive wireless control, and roadworthy reliability—all in a streamlined design. The system can be controlled by up to 10 devices via Ethernet or built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, making it possible to control mixing and multitrack recording wirelessly. Renowned Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech signal processing ensures pristine sound, while 20 Studer-designed microphone preamps deliver more professional inputs than any other mixer in its class. The compact, rack-mounted Ui24R is part of the new HARMAN Connected PA system (also announced today) and offers unprecedented control, versatility and power at an incredible value.

“The Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixing and multi-track recording system delivers the power and capability of a large-format console in a compact and convenient solution,” said Scott Wood, Solutions Manager, Mixing at HARMAN Professional Solutions. “High-quality technology and components, including renowned signal processing from Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech, as well as Studer preamps, provides incredible results for rehearsing, performing, recording, overdubbing and more. From the stage to the studio, Ui24R is the ultimate system for artists, venue owners and engineers who need to save space and deliver superior sound.”

Ui24R provides 24 input channels, including 10 combo/XLR, 10 XLR, two line level, and two digital mix channels for a total of 24 simultaneous inputs. Renowned Studer preamps deliver rich sound for live performance and multi-track recording applications, while iconic Lexicon reverbs, choruses, delays, and dbx compression offer polished results for vocals, acoustic guitar and more. dbx AFS2 automatic feedback suppression is available on all monitor outputs, providing an excellent live experience. Plus, two channels of DigiTech guitar and amp modeling bring a host of effects to any performance or recording, particularly when low stage volume is desired.

Ui24R redefines the live mixing experience by giving engineers the freedom to control mixes from anywhere in the venue. Up to 10 devices can be connected simultaneously across reliable dual-band Wi-Fi, so musicians can adjust their individual mix on stage while the FOH engineer optimizes the audience experience. Thanks to HTML5 compatibility, the system can be controlled from any modern browser—including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS and Linux devices—without installing any apps.

Ui24R allows engineers and musicians to redundantly record their stereo mix, plus all 22 inputs, directly to a USB storage drive and a connected computer. The Ui24R is equally at home as the centerpiece of a multi-track recording studio, with easy integration between its USB audio interface and the user’s DAW of choice.

Soundcraft Ui24R is part of the HARMAN Connected PA family of products, and offers full compatibility with the new HARMAN Connected PA app (available Q2 2017) for easy control, fast setup and better-quality results. Connected PA eliminates the need for multiple apps or graphic user interfaces (GUIs) and delivers seamless plug-and-play operation with a variety of HARMAN equipment so users can control their entire live sound system with one app. Products within the Connected PA system self-identify with the new app for effortless set up, and setup wizards help customers to quickly optimize volume, configuration settings and sound quality.

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Soundcraft Ui24R will be available starting in April, 2017. For more information please visit http://www.soundcraft.com/en-US/products/ui24r.

May 18
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Production Company Continues 40-Year Investment in Soundcraft by HARMAN with Upgraded Audio Consoles

Since 1976, Soundworks of Virginia has relied on the quality of Soundcraft consoles and recently upgraded to the Vi5000 for enhanced functionality

 

RICHMOND, Va.––Soundworks of Virginia has come a long way since 1976 when its founder was loading up his Ford E350 van with a Soundcraft Series 1S console, small JBL horn-loaded speaker system and Crown DC-300 and DC-150 amplifiers. Today, the full-service live production company has more than $1 million worth of equipment that’s used for events of all sizes, including multi-day festivals that attract more than 200,000 spectators. In January, the Richmond-based production company invested in two Soundcraft by HARMAN Vi5000 consoles to replace its Vi4 consoles.

Much has changed since Soundworks was founded 40 years ago, but one thing has stayed the same—its loyalty to Soundcraft consoles. “We have always appreciated the high sound quality of the Soundcraft Vi systems,” said Steve Payne, President, Soundworks of Virginia. “It’s especially pleasing when a guest engineer turns around with a big grin and says, ‘This thing sounds great!’”

Prior to purchasing the Vi5000 consoles, Soundworks had much success using the Vi4 consoles at hundreds of events over the last four years. One event was a large outdoor show in 2015 with the Richmond Symphony, where the symphony’s mix engineer was so impressed with the Vi4 console that Soundworks was subsequently hired to provide audio support for all of the Symphony’s 2016 outdoor concerts.

“Almost without exception, guest engineers who are new to the Vi series are thrilled with the console. They’re extremely pleased with its easy interface and exceptional sound quality,” said Grant Howard, Vice President and Senior Engineer, Soundworks of Virginia. “We continue to appreciate the ease of setup on gigs that have short changeover times. There is no burrowing down into menus with the Vi operating system. Every feature is readily accessible and very quick to access.”

According to Payne, when the Vi5000 consoles were introduced, he and his team knew it was a must-have upgrade. They particularly appreciate the Vi5000’s fast startup time of less than 30 seconds, enhanced Vistonics™ screen graphics, 128 inputs/32 stereo outputs and more powerful user-definable keys. Payne was especially happy to see the digital implementation of the classic BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ adding to the channel processing.

“I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see the 901 multiband compressor included in the latest software for the Vi,” said Payne. “For the longest time, I have been half-jokingly saying to Soundcraft, ‘Come on guys, you own BSS. It would be a no-brainer to put a 901 into the Vi.’ Well, they actually did it, and it rocks. What a great audio tool to have at your fingertips.”

With the Soundcraft Vi5000, pristine sound quality is assured by ultra-low noise microphone amp designs and enhanced 96kHz 40-bit floating point digital audio processing. Effects come courtesy of 8 independent Lexicon multi-FX units, BSS DPR901ii™ integration and a BSS graphic EQ on every bus output. Rapid configuration and powerful automation features, radio mic status monitoring and extensive ViSi Connect I/O expansion (EtherSound™, CobraNet™, Dante™, MADI, etc.) complete the package.

The Soundcraft Realtime Rack provides access to Universal Audio's acclaimed analog audio processing emulations and award-winning UAD plug-ins. Realtime Rack software gives Vi console operators all the control they need to insert plug-ins on individual channels, auxiliary channels and master busses—just as easily as real hardware. A comprehensive snapshot system allows total recall of all plug-ins and their settings, while tight network integration with the Vi Series ensures that all settings of the application are stored inside the console.

“The Soundcraft Vi Series consoles are one of the few digital desks that stand alone as a total mixing package. The Vi’s have powerful, no-compromise audio tools built in. It’s all there,” said Payne. “When Soundcraft added plugin tools, they did something exceptional. The UAD plugins running on the Realtime Rack hits it out of the park. The UAD plugins are the pinnacle of classic analog signal processing emulation. The Realtime Rack integrates seamlessly with the Vi surface and operating system. Two thumbs up!”

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Soundcraft by HARMAN Releases Free Firmware Update for Ui Series Compact, Portable, Remote-Control Mixers

NORTHRIDGE, California––Soundcraft by HARMAN announced the availability of an upgrade to its Ui Series digital consoles with the release of a free firmware update, which adds several new features and extends browser and device compatibility.

“These amazing remote-control mixers have led the way with respect to portable digital mixing,” said Danny Olesh, Product Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The revolutionary HTML5 control GUI, coupled with stunning on-board DSP from dbx, Digitech and Lexicon have made the Ui12 and Ui16 the mixers of choice for many customers. The latest firmware extends the Ui12 and Ui16 mixers’ features and compatibility even further.”

Soundcraft engineers considered feedback from the user community and have included many of the most requested features within this firmware update. Most notably, the software now supports Microsoft's latest Edge browser. In addition, the Ui12 now includes stereo recording features—previously found only on the Ui16.

The introduction of a more secure password-protected Access Limitation System now gives mix engineers the comfort of assigning secure access privileges to other users. A wide range of limitations are possible, giving complete flexibility on what areas of the mixer are opened up to individual user control.

A new Sync ID feature has also been added, allowing users to maintain channel Sync across multiple browser windows, on different displays or even devices. On large screens or multiple screens, users can open multiple GUI Edit windows (EQ, DYN, and FX) and have them maintain channel sync. The user can select a channel on any of these pages and instantly view and control all EQ, DYN and FX values across devices and displays.

Further enhancements include MoreMe Portrait ON/OFF mode, Enable/Disable SSID broadcast, Channel MUTE now mutes auxes in PFL mode, and new global pre-fade Aux Send Point Selection and AFS2 preset manager. MAC Address visibility in Network Settings, a local user settings Preset Manager, Reset Local User Settings as a default feature and host of other optimizations and issue updates are also included in the firmware update.

The Soundcraft by HARMAN Ui Series mixers feature cross-platform compatibility with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux devices, and can use up to 10 control devices simultaneously. In addition, the Ui12 and Ui16 each feature built-in HARMAN signal processing from dbx, DigiTech and Lexicon, including dbx AFS2, DigiTech Amp Modeling and more. Both models feature fully recallable and remote-controlled mic gain and phantom power, along with 4-band parametric EQ, high-pass filter, compressor, de-esser and noise gate on input channels.

The free software update for Ui Series digital mixers is available immediately. New and existing Ui Series mixer customers can download the upgrade from the Soundcraft website.

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HARMAN DELIVERS ANOTHER STAGE SENSATION AT NAMM

FOR THE THIRD YEAR RUNNING, HARMAN PROFESSIONAL SPONSORED THE OUTDOOR STAGE AREA OF THE NAMM SHOW, NORTH AMERICA’S PREMIER PRO AUDIO TRADESHOW. RENOWNED FOR SHOWCASING NEW AND LOCAL TALENT, AS WELL AS ATTRACTING SOME TOP-CLASS ARTISTS DURING EVENING FESTIVITIES, THE SET UP INCLUDED A MARTIN BY HARMAN LIGHTING RIG TO FULLY ENHANCE THE BRAND’S PRESENCE.

The 2016 event culminated in a headline performance from Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame, now a successful solo artist in his own right. Nash drew crowds to the stage and seemed to really enjoy interacting with the them, reflecting on his on-stage ease.

As a sponsor of NAMM, Harman products are supplied to the entire Grand Plaza or outdoor stage area, which included all lighting requirements. Eric Friedlander, Manager of Technical Resources for Harman Tour, Audio and Cinema CSU (Customer Solutions Unit) has an intimate involvement with the event. He told TPi: “For the last three years we’ve supplied a JBL VTX V20 system and a Martin by Harman lighting package with the idea being that during the day singer/songwriters, competition winners and school bands play and then later in the night we produce shows for headliners such as Graham Nash. It’s been very cool for us, he was just incredible.

“This is quite a fun and unique set up for us because the artists are booked by NAMM, and we’re here to support what they need for their performance with our products. Some people are familiar with the brands but others will have never used them so it’s a combination of experience up there and our expertise mixing on the ground. We’re able to showcase the PA to our customers who can come outside of the convention centre and their meetings to hear the system and enjoy the constant flow of shows.

“With Graham Nash for instance, Kevin Madigan, his FOH engineer, is familiar with the V20. He often takes it out on the road with [California-based sound rental company] Sound Image for Graham’s tours.”

Madigan noted: “I’ve had a lot of experience with the VTX. We’ve toured extensively with it in a lot of different venues and I’d be happy to see it anywhere I work. JBL have done a great job with this PA; its defi nition and power are superb which makes it easy to get a great sounding mix.”

As Harman is primarily a manufacturer and not entirely set up as a sound rental company, it hires a local vendor. Friedlander continued: “One of our customers and a really good rental partner, Mastermind Production Group help out with crew and the event in general, while Harman provides all of the equipment.

“I really enjoy this part of the job. For me personally, I love mixing and I do it as often as I can. That’s why I got into this industry in the first place, for an opportunity to get behind the console and make some music.

“While NAMM is an audio-heavy and touring professional show, we still get a lot of customers who do a variety of disciplines such as integration retail, and some large format live sound installations with both lighting and audio.

“The great thing about this setting is that the audience is very discerning, it’s a mix of keen-eared sales forces, business development specialists, and older rock ‘n’ roll folks who are very serious about seeing artists like Graham Nash.”

The set up for the stage this year comprised some of Harman’s latest offerings including the VTX M20 and M22 stage monitors, something Friedlander was clearly excited about. “Our new M Series stage monitors have just been released and we’re already able to get them front of professional musicians and artists as we continue to get people used to JBL being a brand they can recognise as something they are comfortable with using from early on in their careers.”

Friedlander once again designed the stage’s audio system. There were 10 JBL VTX V20 boxes per side, six JBL VTX S25 subwoofers per side and a group of six G28 mono clusters in the middle. The subwoofers are confi gured in a cardioid pattern in order to minimise any noise upstage. To complete the system and eight JBL VT4886’s were used as front fi ll. At FOH a Soundcraft Vi7000 desk was chosen alongside a Soundcraft Realtime Rack, a UAD Powered plug-in for the Soundcraft Vi Series of live sound consoles. The monitor system comprised a Soundcraft Vi3000 console, JBL VTX M20 and M22 stage monitors, JBL CSX F35 as side fill and JBL VTX S25 subs. All amplification was via VRACK 4x3500HDs.

The microphone package is entirely AKG including D5 and D5C vocal microphones, D40’s, C451’s, C518’s, D12VRs, and C214 instrument microphones. C414XL II were utilised for audience microphones.

Chad Griswold of Mastermind Production Group told TPi: “Getting to work with new technology from Harman is an exciting place to be. This year I mixed FOH on a Soundcraft Vi7000 for the first time. Within a very short time I became very comfortable with the console, and ultimately really enjoyed mixing on the desk throughout the weekend.”

Madigan echoed this notion: “I hadn’t used the Vi7000 before NAMM but I had some brief experience with the Vi Series. It didn’t take long to get to grips with the Vi7000 at all. It sounds good and is well laid out for efficient working, which is my most basic criteria. The plug-in integration is easy to use too.”

The JBL VTX V20 system powered by Crown IT4x3500 amplifiers performed flawlessly and was not only a nice punchy sounding rig but coverage was smooth over the entire listening area. Having Harman’s Performance Manager software available to tune and time align the system and make any necessary adjustments is a great all in one solution. It makes the system easier to setup, tune and monitor throughout the event. Additionally, the new M-Series wedges on stage and the new CSX-F35 side fill boxes were awesome! These brand new products from Harman have great potential, and at Mastermind we are really looking forward to utilising them. The amount of sheer output of these new speakers and their tonal quality is amazing!

“On the lighting front, the Martin M1 console was driving a variety of proven Martin lighting fixtures as well as some new ones. We have found the M1 is user-friendly, quick to set up and easy to run. Our lighting designers liked the amount of faders it has, making it easy to grab things on the fly in a festival situation such as NAMM. We utilised 24 MAC Aura’s for all of our front light and mid and upstage washes, 14 MAC Quantum Profiles for all of our hard-edge fixtures, four brand new Atomic 3000 LED strobes, which are very bright and have a great aura effect which makes them much more versatile than your standard strobe fixture.

“We also used four new rush LED strobes for effects, and eight Rush MH4 beams on the subs downstage for some arial looks. While the beams are still a discharge lamp, all of the fixtures on the stage itself were LED-based, which is great for both power saving and heat reduction on stage. We were able to run the entire rig at 120V on a 100A 3-phase service and didn’t come close to consuming half of the available power, even with everything going full out which is quite impressive!” he added.

It’s interesting that Friendlander opted to specify the Rush fixtures in this live setting. As he explained: “These are generally a fixed install or entry level fixture, but because they’re well designed and easily integrated into the system, they were chosen to add more depth and allow for more programming options for our LD. They really held their own quite nicely when paired with the more ‘pro’ level Martin MAC fixtures.” The latter of course are often seen on arena level touring productions. He also favoured the new Atomic 3000 Strobes, which he described as “legitimately mind-blowing!”

As the sun set on the final day of NAMM, Friedlander concluded his thoughts: “I teach people about our products all the time and do training courses with them, but it is just that; training. The real world experience with musicians and engineers is the most valuable education for me, and ideally the most genuine experience for our customers too.

“Being able to be here at NAMM gives me a more complete knowledge and complete confidence in the tools that I’m using, which in turn are the tools we’re supplying to our customers and our end users. It’s been a great success for us, and we’ll be back again next year for sure!”

Griswold continued: “As we have got to know the team at Harman better it is obvious that there is a wealth of knowledge and talent there. The friendships and relationships we have created with the Harman staff through our time with them at NAMM and other events has proven invaluable. Knowing that we have a line to the people that are best suited to help us resolve any issues we come across is a great resource for our business. Furthermore, the fantastic new and innovative products are helping us expand the resources we can offer to our clients for even the most challenging of events. We enjoy being involved with Harman and look forward to being involved with more of their events in the future!”