July 25
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July 25, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers a Superior Audiovisual Experience at Vietnam’s Capella Gallery Hall

Luxurious convention center equips five ballrooms and lobby with JBL Professional, dbx, Soundcraft and Martin solutions to deliver a premium guest experience 

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam—Opened in November 2016, the Capella Gallery Hall is an upscale convention center in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Featuring striking modern architecture and gorgeous interior design, the multifunctional space hosts a wide variety of events, ranging from luxurious weddings and private parties to international business conferences and industry conventions.

To ensure a world-class guest experience in each of its five large ballrooms and main lobby, the Capella Gallery Hall hired systems integrator Ba Sao Investment to implement a complete HARMAN AV solution consisting of JBL speakers, Soundcraft mixing consoles, a dbx speaker management system and a Martin lighting rig.

“Since opening less than a year ago, we have quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest event spaces in the city, hosting very important conferences for local and international businesses alike,” said Quang Dat Vu, Technical Manager, Capella Gallery Hall. “In order to maintain a standard of excellence across all aspects of our events, I trust HARMAN products to deliver superior audio quality and reliable operation.

“Each of our grand ballrooms are outfitted with JBL Control 24CT ceiling speakers and dbx DriveRack VENU360 speaker management systems, which provide excellent clarity and perfect coverage,” he said. “JBL EON 600 series speakers and subwoofers provide high-impact sound reinforcement when our events feature professional entertainment, and Soundcraft Signature Series consoles ensure the mix is top notch.”

In addition to the HARMAN audio equipment, the Capella Gallery Hall installed Martin RUSH lighting fixtures in the Capella Gallery Hall’s grand ballrooms to enhance their elegant beauty and provide an engaging visual experience for guests. The Martin RUSH Multibeam 2 is a versatile fixture, providing powerful mid-air effects with its ten individually controlled long-throw beams. With fifteen gobos and seven colors, the compact and energy-efficient Martin RUSH Wizard delivers a large variety of dance-floor looks. The Martin M-Touch enables easy DMX control of the Martin RUSH lighting fixtures, allowing the staff to easily design unique looks to suit each event’s needs.

“The Capella Gallery Hall is a unique space that has been carefully planned to provide an exceptional guest experience,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, Asia Pacific. “We are privileged to have our products utilized by the Capella Gallery Hall and we are very happy to help the Capella Gallery Hall surpass their guests’ expectations.”

Products Used

JBL EON 600 Series Speakers
JBL Control 24CT Ceiling Speakers
JBL CS Series Mixer/Amplifiers
Soundcraft Signature Series Consoles
dbx DriveRack VENU360 Speaker Management Systems
Martin RUSH Multi Beam 2 Lighting Fixtures
Martin RUSH Wizard Lighting Fixtures
Martin RUSH SM850 Fog Machines
Martin M-Touch DMX Controller

June 28
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Now Available: Free Soundcraft Si Impact v2.0 Firmware for 80 Channels to Mix

Free firmware update, combined with Mini Stagebox 32i and 16i, can double mic channels to mix

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the immediate availability of Soundcraft Si Impact v2.0 firmware. The free update dramatically expands the mixing capabilities of the Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixing console by enabling 80 total channels to mix. The free 2.0 firmware update—along with new Mini Stagebox 32i and 16i, and free updates to ViSi Remote and ViSi Listen tablet control apps—double the creative options for all Si Impact owners. Examples of new configuration options are:

  • Users can now combine the 40 mix inputs on the back of the Si Impact console plus all 32 USB inputs for 72 total channels to mix.
  • Users can add a Mini Stagebox 32i or 16i as additional input sources, for up to 64 mic channels to mix.
  • Users can add a second MADI option card to the Si Impact console, and add two Mini Stagebox units. This configuration provides up to 96 microphone preamps, 136 total inputs and 80 channels to mix.
  • Users can add the Dante option card and work with 64 Dante channels to mix.

In addition, new versions of the ViSi tablet applications are now available to support the expanded Si Impact channel count. ViSi Remote 3.4.3 and ViSi Listen 1.1.1 are now available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.

Si Impact v2.0 firmware is now available as a free download at http://www.soundcraft.com/en-US/products/si-impact#downloads_and_docs.

April 26
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April 26, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Releases the HARMAN Connected PA App Public Beta for iOS and Android

Public beta of new mobile app provides a centralized solution for intuitive setup, configuration and control for products in the HARMAN Connected PA system

NORTHRIDGE, CA—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the public beta of the HARMAN Connected PA mobile app for iOS and Android, available now. The HARMAN Connected PA is a complete, integrated system of live sound products that allows musicians and performers at any skill level to quickly and easily get professional results. The Connected PA app is at the center of the system, and provides one centralized interface for full audio system setup, configuration and control for products in the Connected PA product family.  

“The HARMAN Connected PA simplifies setup for PA systems and makes it easy to achieve great live sound quality, regardless of prior experience with traditional sound systems,” said Noel Larson, Senior Global Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The HARMAN Connected PA is the first completely integrated live sound system that makes it easy to set up and get professional sound in minutes, and the groundbreaking HARMAN Connected PA mobile app provides essential controls for the entire system. With the app and an iOS or Android device, musicians can streamline speaker and mixer setup, get amazing vocal and instrument sounds with genre-specific presets, instantly recall settings by just plugging in and much more. Now, musicians can focus on what matters most—playing music.”

Connected PA products are embedded with HARMAN’s exclusive ioSYS™ technology, which enables the different elements of the PA to recognize each other and be configured automatically with the HARMAN Connected PA app. The app automatically identifies and configures connected equipment, provides setup wizards for quick and easy system configuration, and offers access from a variety of devices, including iOS and Android tablets. Compatible products currently include:

  • Soundcraft Ui12*, Ui16*, and Ui24R digital mixers
  • JBL PRX800** loudspeakers
  • dbx Di1 active direct box
  • AKG P5i microphone
  • AKG MDAi dynamic microphone adapter for Connected PA

HARMAN Professional Solutions plans to add additional new products to the Connected PA family to provide musicians with greater versatility and adaptable performance. 

*Requires firmware update to v6905 or higher   **Requires firmware update to v1.0.1.91 or higher

Availability
The HARMAN Connected PA app is now available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Download the app, check it out with your compatible product and let us know what you think. 

The Soundcraft and JBL components mentioned in this announcement are all currently available but may require firmware updates to enable HARMAN Connected PA functionality. For additional information on the HARMAN Connected PA app and compatible products, please visit Connected-PA.com.

April 03
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April 03, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces New Soundcraft Notepad Mixers

New streamlined mixing surfaces offer Lexicon digital signal processing, and USB I/O connectivity for computer-based music recording and playback 

PROLIGHT + SOUND (Hall 4.0, Stand F41), FRANKFURT—HARMAN Professional Solutions today introduced three new Soundcraft Notepad mixers. The Notepad-5, -8FX and -12FX are desktop analog mixing surfaces that include HARMAN signal processing, and USB I/O connectivity. Streamlined to meet today’s audio workflow challenges, the new Soundcraft Notepad surfaces offer exceptional value and performance for podcasters, singer-songwriters and audio professionals who require small format mixing solutions.

“Soundcraft Notepad mixers have a long history with musicians and audio professionals who need high-quality, small-format desktop mixing solutions,” said Scott Wood, Mixers Solutions Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The new Notepad generation maintains that trusted history, while adding legendary Lexicon signal processing and USB I/O connectivity, all at an entry-level price.”

Featuring trustworthy designs with high-quality components, Soundcraft Notepad mixers include professional microphone preamps with excellent audio quality for a variety of uses, XLR combination jack mic/line inputs for easy connection with professional audio gear, and 1/4" balanced inputs for connecting keyboards, playback devices and more. USB I/O connectivity enables easy recording and playback with digital audio workstations or video audio workstations. In addition, users of the Notepad-8FX and Notepad-12FX can also enhance their audio using renowned HARMAN Digital Signal Processing (DSP), including Lexicon reverbs, chorus and delay with tap tempo control.

Soundcraft Notepad mixers are designed for exceptional convenience and ease of use. A traditional channel strip layout provides fast and efficient access to desired channels and sends. Up to three EQ’s per channel are perfect for simple audio shaping on incoming audio signals. An Aux/FX send makes it easy to feed audio signals to external effects send or built in Lexicon digital processing. A master fader with LED metering provides XLR stereo output level control. A rotary headphone level provides simple control for master mix or aux output levels.

Availability

The Notepad-5, -8FX and -12FX are expected to be available in July 2017, with pricing as follows:

  • Notepad-5: $123.75 (MSRP)
  • Notepad-8FX: $161.25 (MSRP)
  • Notepad-12FX: $198.75 (MSRP)

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces the Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i

Compact and accessible stageboxes provide additional I/O channels for Soundcraft Si consoles; firmware update expands the Soundcraft Si Impact mixing console to 80 inputs

PROLIGHT + SOUND (Hall 4.0, Stand F41), FRANKFURT—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the new Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i, offering customers multiple channels of remote controlled I/O for Soundcraft Si series products, including the Si Impact mixing console. The new rack-mount stageboxes are equipped with high-quality components, including Studer-designed preamps, to deliver exceptional sound quality, convenience and robust ease-of-use.

Additionally, HARMAN is releasing a free firmware update for the Soundcraft Si Impact mixing console in April that enables up to 80 mix tracks when used in conjunction with stageboxes. The update allows Si Impact owners to add a stagebox for additional inputs, while simultaneously using the existing console inputs. By adding a second MADI option card to the console, customers can add a second stagebox and select which inputs to assign to the 80 mixing channels. In addition, with up to 80 total mix tracks, customers can now handle more complex mixing scenarios, like adding an optional Dante card for receiving from a house router, or outputting to either the back of their console or the stagebox—all while recording up to 32 tracks over USB to a connected digital audio workstation.

“The new Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i are perfect for live sound engineers, houses of worship, bands, club owners and corporate customers that want affordable remote-controlled I/O for their Soundcraft Si series console,” said Scott Wood, Solutions Manager, Mixing at HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i deliver the input power, versatility and sound quality of large-scale traditional mixing solutions—all at an incredible value. Combined with the new Soundcraft Si Impact firmware update, the new stageboxes make the Si line more compelling and more flexible than ever.”

Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i provide multiple channels of MADI I/O via standard Cat5 cabling, eliminating the need to run expensive and heavy analog snakes from the stage to front-of-house mixing positions. Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i offer remarkable value while maintaining the industry-leading performance and dependability found in Soundcraft live solutions.

Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i feature a streamlined design that provides essential connections and features, including a MADI over RJ45 connector built right onto the chassis. No local hardware configuration or option cards are needed or required—engineers can simply plug in, power on, select inputs and control remotely using a Soundcraft Si console.

Dedicated XLR mic pre inputs allow 32 or 16 simultaneous channels of external analog input. Mini Stagebox 32i offers twelve analog outputs, while Mini Stagebox 16i offers eight analog outputs for easy connection to house and stage monitors and broadcast or streaming feeds.

Mini Stagebox 32i

  • MADI over RJ45/Cat5 connectivity for 100M runs between stage and mixing console (328 feet)
  • 32 remote controlled mic preamps and A/D converters
  • 12 XLR analog line level outputs
  • 3U Rack mount design

Mini Stagebox 16i

  • RJ45/Cat5 connectivity for 100M runs between stage and mixing console (328 feet)
  • 16 remote controlled mic preamps and A/D converters
  • 8 XLR analog line level outputs
  • 2U Rack mount design

Availability

Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i are expected to be available in June 2017. Pricing as follows:

  • Mini Stagebox 32i: $1,873.75 (MSRP)
  • Mini Stagebox 16i: $998.75 (MSRP)

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New Dai Nam Racecourse Powered by HARMAN Professional Solutions

HARMAN Professional Solutions’ JBL, Crown, BSS brands help provide sound and networked audio for multi-discipline racing track

BINH DUONG, VIETNAM – Opened in October 2016, Dai Nam Racecourse was created to boost tourism in the Dai Nam tourism park complex, 24.8 miles (40 kilometers) away from Ho Chi Minh City. With such a huge space, it was critical that audio coverage was even and clear throughout the Racecourse. Local systems integrator and HARMAN distributor, Ba Sao Investment, took on the responsibility of installing the audio system for Dai Nam. 

Spanning more than 460,180 square feet (42,753 square meters), the $100 million complex was built to accommodate five racing disciplines, with tracks for dog and horse racing, auto and motorboat racing, go-kart racing and fly-board performances. The large racecourse is able to accommodate up to 60,000 spectators with four grandstands that seats 18,000.

The biggest challenge that Ba Sao Investments faced was the tight schedule as the owners wanted to open the Race Course by 2017. Featuring a full HARMAN based system with the BSS BLU Link enabled the seamless ease of connectivity, thus helping the system integrator meet the deadline.

"I am extremely satisfied with HARMAN’s products and their Vietnam partner Ba Sao Investments’ services including installation, operation and timely completion of the project,” said Vo Kim Thanh, Vice President, Dai Nam Race Course. “Not only I am very happy with the quality of HARMAN’s products but the local television stations have also praised the products during their visit.”

The completed racecourse boasts an impressive lineup of technology, with 52 JBL AWC82 taking responsibility for main audio coverage within the stadium. Two JBL PRX710 speakers were installed for monitoring purposes, within the control room. Four AWC129 units were placed for coverage at the entrance of the racecourse and parking area. Driving the speakers are 15 units of Crown CTs2000 and one CTs3000.  Both the AWC82 and AWC129 are highly weather-resistant speakers that offer 1200 x 1200 dispersion and 900 x 900 dispersion respectively. Both speakers offer extraordinary clarity for speech, with extended frequency response for music, which is exactly what the Racecourse required.

A Soundcraft Si Expression 1 console handles mixing duties, with its massive mix capacity of 66 inputs, in a small format. One distinctive advantage with the Si Expression 1 console is the FaderGlowTM that gives the user an additional level of status indication that helps to reduce operating errors. Several different functions can be assigned to a fader and to ease operations the FaderGlowTM indicates the actual function type that is currently assigned to the particular fader.

BSS networked audio played an important role at the installation. A mix of five units of BLU-50, one unit of BLU-100, one unit of BLU-102 and six units of BLU-DAN integrate the digital signal processing into one seamlessly working audio system.

Speech reinforcement is offered via five units of AKG WMS470 Vocal Set D5. The set includes a HT470 handheld transmitter featuring a dynamic D5 capsule for well-balanced, powerful sound. The space diversity receiver offers both a microphone level and a line level output.

The AKG wireless system is also supported by two units of AKG CGN521 STS, which is a professional tabletop microphone set with excellent shock absorbing properties. Its features a CGN521 condenser gooseneck microphone with a cardioid polar pattern on a slim, 50 cm long gooseneck. The microphones are used for commentary purposes.

“We are extremely privileged to be associated with Dai Nam Racecourse and thank them for choosing HARMAN’s suite of solutions including our iconic JBL, Crown, BSS, dbx and Soundcraft products,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM  HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We are sure HARMAN Professional Solutions will enhance the experience of Dai Nam customers and ensure complete satisfaction. Thanks to our partners Ba Sao Investments for their support and customer first approach.”

 

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AKG CGN521 STS x 2
AKG WMS470 Vocal Set D5 x 5
BSS BLU 100 x 1
BSS BLU 102 x 1
BSS BLU 50 x 5
BSS BLU-DAN x 6
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Crown CTs3000  x 1
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JBL AWC82 x 52
JBL PRX710 x 2
Soundcraft Si Expression 1 x 1