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2018

November 08, 2018

Secret Solstice Music Festival, Iceland

Held in Reykjavík during a period of 24-hour sunlight in the Arctic Circle, the annual music festival features non-stop performances across four outdoor stages and an indoor club venue. Festival organizers hired HljóðX to provide sound and lighting systems for all five venues that could accommodate the festival‘s diverse lineup of high profile artists, including Slayer, Gucci Mane, Bonnie Tyler and Steve Aoki. HljóðX outfitted each stage with JBL VTX V-Series line array loudspeakers, Crown I-tech amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers and Martin lighting fixtures.

“The event environment is fast-paced, and being able to set up and connect the sound system in a very short time and get started quickly with great-sounding JBL presets is important for us,” said Ingolfur Arnarsson, CEO of HljóðX. “That gives us additional time to work on the audio and further tweak each system for the best sound for each act. That’s an important aspect that we really like in the JBL system.”

HljóðX equipped the outdoor stages with JBL VTX V25-II loudspeakers and S28 suspended subwoofers, Crown I-Tech 12000HD and 4x3500HD amplifiers, and BSS OMNIDRIVE HD signal processing. Soundcraft digital mixing consoles integrated seamlessly with the system, which made it easy for sound engineers to adapt to different sets throughout the day. The indoor club venue was all set up with VTX A12 for the opportunity to drive the music full force by demand.

“It is a true joy to work with the VTX 25 at a festival like this,” said Axel Flex Arnason, Sound Engineer at Secret Solstice. “At my stage I’m confronted with a very broad spectrum of music, from a live band playing soft soul music to aggressive hip hop, often with a lot going on in the lower frequencies. The VTX system gave me an even palette to work with, delivering beautiful, undistorted sound quality through the entire spectrum at loud volume.”

“We ran the system full range to have more even coverage on the low end,“ said Eyvindur Eggertsson, project manager at HljóðX sound division. “That supported the sound of all the different artists who performed with very nice results.“

Martin MAC Aura XB Wash fixtures provided bright illumination to compete with the midnight sun, and their compact design and low power consumption was ideal for running multiple stages efficiently. HljóðX used the Rush MH3 for narrow, long-throw beam lighting and spectacular mid-air effects. Atomic 3000 LED strobe lights amped up the energy.     

October 01
2018

October 01, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solution Extends Audio Distribution Rights to Fairlight in Benelux

New agreement expands Fairlight’s distribution of HARMAN brands to support customer demand for audio and lighting touring solutions

LONDON—Harman Professional Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, today announced it is extending its partnership with Dutch distributor Fairlight to include tour audio solutions in the Benelux region.

This agreement is an expansion of Fairlight’s existing HARMAN distribution rights, which previously focused on Martin by HARMAN, renowned throughout the industry for its dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural and commercial markets. The expanded agreement applies to the full range of tour audio products offered by HARMAN brands JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS, providing a 360-degree solution to customers requiring both audio and lighting solutions in the touring market.

“We are delighted to extend Fairlight’s distribution rights to HARMAN audio brands,” said Scott Aslett, Regional Director, HARMAN Professional Solutions, Northwest Europe. “We already have a strong established partnership with Fairlight, and given their prominence in the touring industry, this expansion of our partnership will support the great demand for HARMAN solutions and yield improved service to our customers in the Benelux region. Our world-class audio solutions work seamlessly with our innovative lighting solutions, and Fairlight’s industry-leading experience positions them to provide complete HARMAN audio and lighting solutions as an expansion of their previously-existing distribution rights.”

“We are excited about this extension of our HARMAN distribution rights,” said Michael Arntz, General Manager, Fairlight. “The inclusion of renowned HARMAN audio brands means we are now able to offer a complete package, which is something our customers in the touring market have previously asked us to supply. We understand our customers’ needs and we’re happy to offer an all-in-one solution. We are completely aligned with HARMAN’s mission to provide innovative products and engaging customer support. We’ve experienced a great deal of success in distributing Martin by HARMAN lighting solutions, and we look forward to extending that passion to iconic brands like JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS, satisfying the increasing demand for HARMAN lighting and audio solutions across Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands.”

Fairlight has over 30 years of experience providing lighting and audio solutions and is well-known for offering a broad scope of professional services within the industry. The distribution agreement comes into effect immediately. Please contact europeanmarketing@harman.com for any additional questions.

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Nongnooch Convention Center Brings Premium Audio to Massive Events with HARMAN Professional Solutions

Mahajak Development deploys an end-to-end HARMAN audio system featuring JBL, Crown, and Soundcraft solutions at Thailand’s Nongnooch Convention Center

PATTAYA CHONBURI, Thailand—Mahajak Development Co. recently equipped the new Nongnooch Convention Center with state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions audio systems.

The Nongnooch Pattaya International Convention and Exhibition Center (NICE) is a new world-class venue for conventions, exhibitions and corporate events. The facility hosts events in its 5,360-seat main auditorium, and remotely at the nearby Nongnooch Botanical Gardens and other locations. In order to deliver exceptional audio quality for a wide range of events, NICE hired Mahajak Development to provide a powerful, modern line array system for the auditorium, and a scalable, easy-to-use mobile audio system for remote events. Mahajak Development selected an end-to-end HARMAN solution comprised of JBL VTX and VRX Series loudspeakers, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, and Soundcraft Vi2000 and Si Impact digital mixers.

“We needed sophisticated yet easy-to-use equipment, and HARMAN’s ingenious audio solutions have gone above and beyond our expectations,” said the spokesperson at Nongnooch Pattaya International Convention and Exhibition Center. “Our new line array and mobile systems allow us to have a greater impact at our events and communicate better with attendees. We’re glad to have quality gear that we can trust to be powerful, versatile, and relatively simple.”

For the auditorium’s main sound system, Mahajak Development deployed a custom JBL line array featuring VTX-V20 and VRX-932LA loudspeakers paired with stackable VTX-G28 subwoofers. They also deployed versatile, full-range PRX815W wedges as center-fill speakers and on-stage floor monitors. Crown I-Tech 5000, 9000, and 12000HD amplifiers provide plenty of power and headroom for the whole system. Audio is mixed wirelessly on a Soundcraft Vi2000 digital mixer, which provides hands-on control, visual feedback and powerful DSP processing.

For offsite events, NICE needed the performance of a line array system in a portable, scalable configuration that was still easy to set up and operate. Mahajak Development selected JBL VRX-932LAP loudspeakers and VRX-918SP subwoofers, which were designed specifically to work together in a modular system. Inputs on stage are routed to a Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32R, supplemented by dbx DI1 and DI4 direct boxes. Mahajak Development chose the Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixer for the mobile rig, which packs all the functionality of larger models into a stripped-down and intuitive interface.

“Our primary aim is to ensure that the client can focus on managing the event instead of configuring the AV equipment,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director of Mahajak Development. “The facility required a versatile audio system including portable rigs for large and small events, and HARMAN had the best solutions for everything. We had the opportunity to try out JBL speakers against other brands, and they out-performed the competition. We ended up choosing HARMAN products for everything from the line arrays, mixers and amplifiers to DIs and stage boxes.”    

"Providing HARMAN Professional Audio Solutions at the world-renowned NICE center is an absolute pleasure," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We're pleased to have partnered with Mahajak and thank them for delivering a HARMAN system that comprehensively meets their client’s needs. Their carefully constructed audio systems and level of service are highly commendable.”

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Hits a Homerun at Incheon SK Happy Dream Stadium

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INCHEON, South Korea—Kinoton Korea recently equipped Incheon SK Happy Dream Stadium with a complete networked sound reinforcement system by HARMAN Professional Solutions.

Built in 2001, SK Happy Dream Stadium plays host to home games by SK Wyverns, a professional baseball team based in Incheon, South Korea. As part of a continuous effort to improve the stadium, which seats 25,000 fans, the stadium recently decided to upgrade the stadium’s aging sound system. In order to provide fans with a rich audio experience with superior coverage and intelligibility, SK Wyverns hired local audio integrator Kinoton Korea to design and install a premium sound reinforcement system. Kinoton Korea selected a complete HARMAN networked audio solution for its industry-leading sound quality and reliable performance.

“The stadium owners love the new HARMAN system—the improved audio coverage really enhances the fans’ experiences during games,” said Cheol Yoon, VP, Kinoton Korea Inc. “South Korea experiences a wide variety of weather as the seasons change, so it was critical that all stadium speakers be weather-proof. The ability to utilize weather-resistant JBL speakers enabled us to provide SK Happy Dream Stadium with a high quality sound reinforcement system that is perfectly suited to the dynamic South Korean climate.”  

The HARMAN system installed by Kinoton at SK Happy Dream Stadium features a range of weather-resistant JBL Professional speakers distributed throughout the stadium, including 54 AM7215/95 WRX, 16 AW595, nine ASB7128 WRX, 37 AC26 WRX, 39 Control 26CT and 15 Control 25AV speakers. The entire speaker system is powered by Crown DriveCore Install Series amplifiers. In the control room, microphone and playback signals are mixed using a Soundcraft Vi1 Series mixer, while two JBL LSR305 speakers provide accurate monitoring.

Kinoton designed the entire system around a BSS Soundweb London BLU-800 signal processor and two BLU-320 expanders, providing the foundation of the custom HARMAN solution. Additionally, six Soundweb London BLU-BOB2 break-out boxes each offer eight channels of analog audio output expansion via the high bandwidth, fault tolerant digital audio bus. Finally, six BSS MC-1 fiber optic media converters provide signal transport over extremely long distances (up to 6.2 miles) using a single cable. MC-1 devices utilize automatic link restoration which re-establishes network links between two devices when any Soundweb London device is disconnected or restarted.

“The BLU Link connectivity helped us ensure clean digital connections between the processors and amplifiers,” continued Cheol Yoon, VP, Kinoton Korea Inc. “The MC-1 was also critical for successful transmission over the necessary distances. The main broadcasting room was in a completely different space than the amplifier racks, so we used optical cables for transmission. The BSS Soundweb London system was the perfect choice in this scenario.”

“At HARMAN Professional Solutions, we understand the excitement that fans feel during baseball games,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We are pleased that our solutions help keep the momentum at SK Wyverns’ games at a high level. We thank Kinoton Korea for their expertise and excellent customer service, and for their faith in utilizing HARMAN products to satisfy their clients’ expectations.”

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers Stellar Sound and Versatility at the Alaminos Convention Center

Audiophile Components Inc. creates a flexible audio system featuring solutions from JBL, Crown, Lexicon, and Soundcraft for a multi-purpose facility in the Philippines

CITY OF ALAMINOS, PANGASINAN, Philippines—Sound integrator Audiophile Components Inc. installed a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions sound system at the Alaminos Convention Center.

The facility, also known as the Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center, opened in 2017 and hosts everything from conventions to large-scale concerts to small private functions. Because of its diverse programming, it required a sound system that was not only robust, but also incredibly versatile. The City Government of Alaminos, who owns the facility, hired Audiophile Components Inc. to design, procure and deploy the system. After careful consideration, Audiophile selected a complete HARMAN Professional audio solution made up of JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplification, a Soundcraft mixing console and processing components from dbx, BSS and Lexicon.

"We are privileged to be associated with the City Council of Alaminos and Alaminos Convention Center in the Philippines," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM, APAC, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "HARMAN Professional Solutions and our iconic brands have always been known for quality and performance that helps elevate the experience for our customers."

The sound system deployed by Audiophile Components includes six JBL PRX735 15" three-way loudspeakers, which deliver high SPL with low distortion. Because of the stage location and its LED wall, the system designers chose to wall mount the loudspeakers, rather than hanging them from the ceiling. For low-frequency reinforcement, the system includes six 18" JBL PRX718XLF powered subwoofers. Audiophile Components also included four JBL PRX712 12" two-way powered loudspeakers as stage monitors. The mix is controlled via a compact, 22-channel Soundcraft Signature analog mixer that offers high headroom, wide dynamic range and an exceptional signal-to-noise ratio.

The system's signal processing components include a Lexicon MX200 multi-effects processor, two DBX 231S dual-channel 31-band graphic equalizers, and one DBX 166xs Dual Compressor/Limiter/Gate unit. For speaker optimization and protection, the designers picked a dbx DriveRack PA2 unit which provides processing between the mixer and amplifiers.

"We thank Audiophile, our long-term country partner in the Philippines for yet another successful installation," Jayaraman said. "Their strong support and customer-first approach, not to mention their excellent system design, were key factors in bringing such a high-quality HARMAN system to the Alaminos Convention Center."

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FLC Samson Enhances Luxury Experiences with HARMAN Professional Solutions

Ba Sao Investment deploys full-scale HARMAN Professional Solutions AV solution for world-class luxury entertainment experience at FLC Samson

HANOI, HA LONG, VIETNAM—Ba Sao Investment recently deployed a full-scale HARMAN Professional Solutions AV Solution at FLC Samson to provide a world-class luxury entertainment experience for guests.

FLC Group is a leading real estate developer in Vietnam with over 16 years of experience in resort-oriented facilities, ranging from beach villas to high-rise hotels. Their flagship property, the FLC Samson—a luxury hotel and resort on the coast of the East Vietnam Sea—is known for staging show-stopping performances from globally renowned artists in their 1,200-seat Plenary Ball Room. FLC Group recently hired Ba Sao Investment to design a full-scale HARMAN Professional AV solution at FLC Samson to elevate the sound quality of these performances both in the ball room and throughout the resort.

“FLC Samson is a five-star luxury resort, and we needed an AV solution that could provide five-star sound,” said a spokesperson of FLC Group. “With our new AV solution, performances in the Plenary Ball Room are bigger and better than ever—and now guests can enjoy them from anywhere on the resort. Whether they’re on the golf course, enjoying a meal in one of our fine dining establishments, or relaxing in the spa, guests can enjoy a world-class performance as if they were in the front row.”

FLC Samson’s new AV solution utilizes self-powered JBL SRX835P and SRX812P speakers, as well as JBL SRX818SP subwoofers for pristine sound in the Plenary Ball Room. Guests can enjoy performances anywhere on the premises with JBL AWC82 and Control 25T speakers mounted on the walls and JBL Control 24CT, 16C/T and 14C/T speakers in the ceilings—all powered by Crown CTs1200 amplifiers. Soundcraft Si Expression 1 and SIGNATURE 12 consoles offer improved flexibility and maneuverability, allowing staff to quickly deploy them almost anywhere—especially when paired with Soundcraft Mini Stageboxes. Presenters in the ball room sound crystal-clear with new wireless headset, lavalier, and handheld mics from AKG. Finally, performers look more striking than ever thanks to the Martin RUSH SM 850 fog machine and M-Touch DMX Console.

“Our goal for this project was to create a simple, easy-to-use AV system that allows faculty and guests of FLC Samson to stream high-fidelity media anywhere on site,” said Mr Nguyen Minh Tuan – Project Manager, Ba Sao Investment. “Our newly designed AV Solution from HARMAN Professional makes it easier for staff to carry out their day-to-day operations like meetings, presentations and performances—and easier for guests to enjoy the luxurious sights and sounds of the resort.”

“Partnering with FLC Group in coordination with our Vietnam Country Partner Ba Sao Investment to offer world class Audio and Lighting solutions is of great privilege to us at HARMAN Professional Solutions” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We thank FLC Group for reposing faith in our solutions and Ba Sao Investment for their continued Customer First approach in the Vietnam Market”


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