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March 16, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Fuels the Rhythm and Soul of Cuban Music at Café Havana

Audiophile Components selects JBL, Crown and Soundcraft solutions to create a premium live sound system for high-energy salsa performances

MANILA, Philippines—Audiophile Components recently upgraded Café Havana Greenbelt’s aging sound system with a state-of-the-art live audio solution by HARMAN Professional Solutions.

Founded by hospitality pioneer Larry J. Cruz, Café Havana is a traditional Cuban restaurant located in the Makati district of Manila. In its quest to celebrate all things Cuban, Café Havana features a nightly lineup of live salsa music for standing room only crowds. When the restaurant’s previous sound system began to show signs of wear and tear after extensive use, management hired Audiophile to install a dependable, high-quality audio solution. In order to ensure a premium live music experience for guests, Audiophile selected a complete HARMAN live sound reinforcement system comprised of JBL speakers, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft mixing consoles.   

“We’re very pleased with the new HARMAN audio system installed by Audiophile,” Commented the Operations Manager at Café Havana. “The HARMAN system is a huge improvement over our previous system and enhances the energy of the salsa bands, bringing the rhythms and textures of Latino music to life. We appreciate Audiophile’s technical expertise and look forward to partnering with them for future upgrades to our other franchise locations.”

With Café Havana’s nearly around-the-clock hours of operation, Audiophile faced a very limited timeframe to install the new HARMAN system and rewire the existing audio and power cables. The seamless design of HARMAN’s audio solutions enabled Audiophile to overcome this challenge in a timely manner, ensuring the new system was installed and ready for the next day’s live music schedule without missing a beat.

For the main house system, Audiophile installed four JBL VRX932LA-1 compact line array speakers with JBL’s exclusive lightweight neodymium magnet Differential Drive® woofer for high-power capacity. Each VRX932LA-1 features three 2408J annular ring diaphragm HF drivers and a constant curvature waveguide for unprecedented array coherence. The VRX932LA-1 speakers were paired with two JBL SRX828SP dual 18-inch subwoofers, which utilize powerful onboard 400MHz Sharc DSP and V5 tuning presets to tailor their low-frequency performance to Café Havana’s physical dimensions.

The JBL speakers were powered by Crown XTi 6002 amplifiers, delivering reliable, uninterrupted power for performances night after night. For mixing, Audiophile included a Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital mixing console, which incorporates decades worth of digital audio advancements and the newest DSP technology to ensure great-sounding mixes and intuitive control.

“We are privileged to be associated with the iconic Café Havana in Manila,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “Our legendary brands help Café Havana bring Cuban music and culture to its patrons and enhance their listening experiences. We thank Audiophile for their strong support and customer-first approach, and we look forward to partnering with them to provide better sounding live music to other Café Havana locations throughout the Philippines.”

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March 15, 2018

Gamung Productions Leads Indonesian Live Sound Industry with Help from HARMAN Professional Solutions

Live sound provider Gamung Productions experiences considerable growth after upgrading their inventory with JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft consoles

JAKARTA, Indonesia—CSA Indonesia recently supplied Gamung Productions with a complete inventory of live audio solutions by HARMAN Professional Solutions.

Founded in 1996, Gamung Productions provides full live sound production services for conventions, conferences, concerts, trade shows and more. In order to better serve an impressive client list that includes television stations and international corporations, Gamung Productions decided to upgrade its inventory with a more robust selection of audio systems to support events of any size or scale. The HARMAN systems supplied by local dealer CSA Indonesia include JBL, Crown and Soundcraft solutions, and have propelled Gamung Productions to become Indonesia’s leading sound system provider.

“Tour sound and event audio vendors need a versatile set of solutions that consistently deliver reliable performance in any venue,” said “An inventory of high-end products is essential to supplying performances with exceptional sound quality and coverage—no matter the size of the event. With the addition of JBL line arrays, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft consoles, Gamung Productions gained an advantage over its competitors competition, establishing a reputation for versatility and reliable service.”

For large high-profile events, Gamung deploys JBL VTX V25-II line arrays and G28 subwoofers. The VTX system enables Gamung to deliver powerful sound reinforcement and coverage in a compact and lightweight footprint. For medium-sized events, Gamung relies on JBL VT4888 line array speakers to provide high-quality audio for a variety of concert audio and corporate AV applications. The JBL speakers systems are powered by tour-grade Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. 

Gamung also added JBL SRX Series and PRX Series self-powered speakers to their inventory to provide smaller events with premium audio quality and coverage. JBL PRX speakers are Wi-Fi enabled and give Gamung’s engineers sophisticated DSP control over system tuning and real-time performance via the free PRX Connect app, allowing them to optimize systems faster than ever.

For mixing, CSA Indonesia supplied Gamung with new Soundcraft Vi3000 audio consoles. In addition to providing excellent sound quality and comprehensive I/O, the Soundcraft Vi3000 helps Gamung’s engineers effortlessly create great sounding mixes using advanced features like automated microphone mixing, VM2 wireless monitoring and Vistonics II™ touchscreens. When an event’s floor plan does not allow the consoles to be operated from an ideal listening position, ViSi remote control gives Gamung’s staff wireless mix control capability using the Soundcraft ViSi iPad app. 

“We’re proud to be the first company in Indonesia to own a Soundcraft Vi3000 and offer complete HARMAN tour sound solutions,” said . “Whether we’re faced with a ballroom presentation or an outdoor concert, HARMAN’s comprehensive audio solutions bring these events to life, ensuring that every word, musical note and sound effect is delivered with absolute clarity and dynamic range. We trust JBL, Crown and Soundcraft products to provide seamlessly integrated live sound systems that meet the needs of our valued clients with reliability and efficiency.”

“We’re happy to see our products being used by Gamung Productions, a leading touring and rental solution provider in Indonesia,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank CSA Indonesia for trusting HARMAN products to provide Gamung Productions with a reliable and versatile inventory of live sound solutions, and ensuring satisfaction by following up with excellent customer support.”

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March 01, 2018

Bic Runga Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Iconic Debut Album “Drive” with HARMAN Professional Solutions

JANDS NZ supplies FOH engineer Kevin Bennett with a complete JBL VTX A12 audio system on the Drive 20th Anniversary Tour

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Veteran FOH engineer Kevin Bennett recently mixed Bic Runga’s Drive 20th Anniversary Tour on a complete JBL by HARMAN VTX A12 sound system, provided by distributor JANDS NZ.

Released in August 1997, Bic Runga’s debut release “Drive” is regarded as one of the most iconic albums in New Zealand music history. In addition to winning “Album Of The Year” at the 1998 New Zealand Music Awards, “Drive” sold more than 70,000 copies and catapulted Bic Runga to international success in Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and more. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album’s landmark release, Bic Runga recently embarked on a series of concerts in which she performed “Drive” in its entirety, along with a selection of greatest hits from her subsequent multi-platinum albums.

To ensure exceptional live sound for performances of an album that won an award for its audio engineering, JANDS NZ provided FOH engineer Kevin Bennett with a complete JBL by HARMAN VTX A12 sound reinforcement system for the Auckland stop of the tour at the Civic Performance Art Theatre. Featuring a revolutionary dual 12-inch line array speaker purpose-built for mid- to large-size touring applications and high-end fixed installations, the A12 was perfectly suited for a concert at the Civic Performance Art Theatre.

“When I was given the opportunity to mix with the VTX A12, it was a no-brainer,” said Bennett. “I’ve never received as many compliments from an audience as I did after this performance. Sonically, the A12 is incredibly smooth and provides excellent coverage, both on- and off-axis. The A12 sounds so great right out of the box, it didn’t require much tweaking to optimize the system’s performance in the theater.”

Bic Runga also took note of her fans’ reaction to the exceptional sound quality provided by the JBL VTX system.

“The audience’s response to this show was even greater than I expected,” said Bic Runga. “Kevin Bennett’s experienced mixing combined with the sound system to give the show an extra clarity and presence that translated to a special listening experience for the audience. A lot of fans commented that they were particularly moved by the excellent sound quality of the music.”

The array was comprised of four ground-stacked VTX A12 speakers per side to cover the floor area, six flown A12 speakers per side to cover the balcony, and four VTX G28 dual 18-inch subwoofers deployed on the ground to supply deep and punchy bottom end. VTX-M Series monitors provided clear and accurate monitoring for the musicians onstage, and Bennett relied on a Soundcraft Vi2000 digital console for mixing.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity to help Bic Runga bring her classic album “Drive” to life with a world-class JBL VTX sound system,” said Tim Robertson, Tour Sound Manager, JANDS NZ. “We’ve seen a tremendous amount of interest in the VTX A12 since the concert, and our goal is to have it requested on more technical riders in the New Zealand market.” 

VTX A12 features a completely redesigned rigging system that allowed the College Hill Productions team to deploy the entire rig with unprecedented speed and efficiency, while the Soundcraft Vi2000 digital console enabled Bennett to craft a spectacular live mix that delivered all the sonic nuances of the expertly engineered album.

“The system was amazingly quick to deploy—when I arrived to set up the console, the PA was nearly flown and ready to sound check before I was,” said Bennett. “I’ve worked previously with Soundcraft Vi consoles, and their straightforward, analog-like workflow provides an intuitive and enjoyable mixing experience. The Vi2000 is now my go-to console, thanks to its superior sound quality and tour-grade reliability. And I love that it features the BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ.”  

“It is a privilege to see JBL and Soundcraft products supporting a truly special performance by Bic Runga,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “For decades, we’ve worked with artists and touring personnel to better understand their challenges and provide best-in-class solutions. We thank our partners JANDS NZ for their expertise and loyalty, and we look forward to working together to facilitate more incredible live music experiences in New Zealand’s touring community.”

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February 23, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Supplies a State-of-the-Art Corporate Audio Solution at Com 7

Mahajak Development selects JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, BSS and AMX solutions to create a sophisticated multi-room conference audio system

BANGKOK—Mahajak Development recently installed a complete networked AV system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at Com 7’s new headquarters.

Founded in 1996, Com 7 operates a chain of retail outlets in Thailand that imports and sells computers, smartphones, tablets, printers, accessories and more. Com 7 also develops computer software, provides repair services and distributes to over 300 stores, including Banana IT, iStudio, iBeat, BaNANA Mobile, iCare and BKK.

Recently, Com 7 relocated their headquarters to a new six-story office building in Bangkok. Com 7 hired AV integrator Mahajak Development to design and install a multi-zone AV system that would provide conference and training rooms with high-quality audio and intuitive network control. Mahajak Development selected an end-to-end HARMAN networked audio solution consisting of JBL speakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers, BSS audio processors and AMX control systems.

“Com 7 asked us to equip their new facility with a sophisticated AV system to ensure superior audio quality, reliable performance and intuitive control during conference meetings and training sessions,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director, Mahajak Development. “HARMAN solutions incorporate the latest advances in technology with seamless integration, allowing us to achieve their goals and install a conference audio system that delivers consistent intelligibility and advanced networking capabilities.

Mahajak outfitted Com 7’s conference and training rooms with JBL LSR305 two-way studio monitors and Control 25-1 compact speakers. The LSR305 features Image Control Waveguide, ensuring the presentation is neutral and accurate at the listening position, while the Control 25-1 combines wide coverage, consistent dispersion and a contemporary high-design look that fits the room’s decor. Mahajak also installed Control 14C/T full-range ceiling speakers, providing total coverage and consistency throughout the rooms. The speakers are powered by Crown XLS DriveCore Series and JBL Commercial Series amplifiers.

Mahajak built the training room AV systems around the Soundcraft Signature 10 mixing console, which delivers extraordinary headroom, wide dynamic range and pristine clarity. Throughout the facility, the audio is networked and configured using a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor, which offers a fixed configuration of 12 inputs and 8 outputs of configurable signal processing and features open architecture that is fully configurable through HiQnet™ London Architect.

For control, Mahajak included AMX NX-2200 and NX-1200 NetLinx® NX integrated controllers, which provide intuitive operation of the sophisticated AV system installed at Com 7’s headquarters. Both controllers are capable of supporting a variety of communication formats, and provide a scalable platform for the future. For room scheduling and system control, Mahajak installed AMX Modero S Series wall-mount touch panels. The NMX-ENC-N1122 video encoder provides the system with networked video capability, including output scaling, balanced audio and HDMI video connections for the room users, while the AMX NMX-ENC-N1222 decoder provides perfect digital pixel reproduction with industry leading low-latency performance over single gigabit infrastructure.

“We are privileged to be associated with Com 7 and help them achieve their goals by providing best-in-class solutions and elevating conference experiences at their new facility,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank Mahajak Development for their strong market relationships and customer-first approach, which helps us to better connect with our customers and enhance their projects.”

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February 23, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings World-Class Sound To India’s Republic Day Celebrations

JBL Professional®, Soundcraft®, Crown® and BSS® solutions deliver superior audio performance at Rajpath, a ceremonial boulevard for India’s 69th Republic Day parade

NEW DELHI, INDIA- February X, 2018,—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, recently announced that it had supplied an extensive HARMAN Audio Solutions at India’s 69th annual Republic Day celebrations.

Each year, more than 200,000 people attend the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, a ceremonial boulevard that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the National Stadium in New Delhi. The chief guests for this year’s celebration included 10 heads of state from the ASEAN nations, adding even more significance to the event.

Last year, HARMAN Professional supported the Indian Army during the transition of Rajpath’s audio systems from analog to digital. After witnessing the system’s superior audio quality, the Indian Army decided to commission HARMAN audio solutions for the 69th Republic Day parades at Rajpath.  

“HARMAN is honored to establish a long-standing relationship with the Indian Army, and deliver superior audio quality at one of the nation’s most important events,” said Prashant Govindan, Senior Director, HARMAN Professional Solutions, India & SAARC. “As industry’s leading provider of cutting-edge audio technology, the installation for Republic Day and later in the year on Independence Day enables us to showcase our expertise in delivering world-class sound at one of the world’s largest events.”

The main HARMAN audio system at Rajpath is comprised of 250 units of JBL CBT 70J-1 and 250 units of CBT 70JE-1 column speakers, 21 Crown DCi 4|2400N high performance installation amplifiers, 13 BSS BLU audio processors and six Soundcraft GB Series professional audio mixers.

February 21

February 21, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Celebrates 20 Years of Exceptional Sound and Lighting at The Kennedy Center

New video showcases how HARMAN Professional audio and lighting solutions deliver exceptional results for more than 2,000 events each year   

WASHINGTON D.C.—As the nation’s premier performing arts and cultural center, The Kennedy Center houses nine world-class performance spaces, including four theaters, three concert stages, an opera house, and a concert hall. It is also the resident venue for the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and the Washington National Opera (WNO). Each year, the Kennedy Center produces more than 2,000 events and performances, making it one of the only venues in the world to host such a high and diverse volume of programming.

In order to support a huge range of performances on a demanding schedule, the Kennedy Center relies on HARMAN Professional audio and lighting solutions to provide brilliant sound and lighting for each event. Every venue in the Kennedy Center features JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers, dbx signal processing, Soundcraft or Studer consoles, AKG microphones, and Martin lighting.

To celebrate the 20-year partnership between HARMAN and The Kennedy Center, HARMAN traveled to the facility to create this video, which shows how HARMAN Professional audio and lighting solutions give event producers impressive artistic license to achieve their vision.  

  • See how a complete HARMAN Professional audio and lighting solution enables the Kennedy Center to produce daring and artistic live performances across its nine venues
  • Learn why HARMAN equipment provides the reliability, ease-of-use, and technical redundancy required for 365 days of performances across multiple venues
  • Discover how more than 1,000 JBL loudspeakers and 500 Crown amplifiers bring impressive sound to every event
  • Find out how Soundcraft and Studer consoles, and dbx signal processing help audio engineers deliver world-class mixes for each event
  • See how AKG microphones provide professional sound reproduction for the NSO, WNO, and touring artists
  • Learn why production teams use Martin moving-head fixtures to create stunning lighting designs

“The partnership that we've had with HARMAN is 20 years old, and in those 20 years we have done extraordinary work together. We've been creative, HARMAN has been responsive. And together we have done things that we alone could never have done.”
—Deborah Rutter, President, Kennedy Center 

“When the technology is at its best, you never think about it, you never see it. That allows culture to be culture and technology to just be the infrastructure that we know we need. And we're grateful to be working with HARMAN because they're a partner who can help us realize that vision.”
—Garth Ross, Vice President, Community Engagement, Kennedy Center 

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