October 13
2016

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October 13, 2016

JBL by HARMAN VTX Series Returns to Lollapalooza

Thunder Audio deploys JBL VTX V25-II line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers to power dynamic performances by Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Lana Del Ray and more

CHICAGO—Thunder Audio recently deployed a large-scale JBL by HARMAN VTX Series system at Lollapalooza 2016 to power a diverse lineup of high profile artists at the festival’s Bud Light stage, including Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Lana Del Ray, The 1975, Future, Disclosure, HAIM and many more. Thunder Audio used the JBL VTX system at Lollapalooza 2015, and selected the system once again for its smooth frequency response, powerful output and ease of deployment. The VTX system’s clear and transparent sound quality was especially important, and enabled Thunder Audio to accommodate a wide range of sonic requirements.

“We always set up the system as flat as possible out of the box without a lot of processing or equalization—the system already sounds great with the JBL voicings,” said Greg Snyder, Vice President of Sales at Thunder Audio. “We’re handing the FOH engineers a very flat and neutral system that works well for any type of music, so they don’t have to do a lot of work to get the sound they want for their artist. This makes it much easier to meet the artists’ expectations and everyone had a great time using it.”

The system Thunder Audio deployed included two main arrays of 18 x VTX V25-II, two arrays of 8 x VTX V25-II for outfills, 8 x S28 subwoofers flown per side, and 30 x S28 on the ground deployed in 10 clusters of 3. The entire system was powered by 72 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers and Thunder Audio used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager 2.0 software to configure, optimize and monitor the entire system.

“When we built the system, we chose to use Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers for the power,” said Snyder. “There’s so much power on reserve, and we get clarity out of the full spectrum of the system, whether it be low, mids, highs or subwoofers. If a dynamic drum roll or a downbeat occurs, the power is always there and it’s always clean. Last year, we updated our VTX system with new waveguides that made the high frequency even more spectacular and crystal clear. And with the development of Performance Manager 2.0 software and how far it’s come, the entire system is bulletproof.”

As with last year’s festival, the Thunder Audio team faced some significant challenges during deployment. The site received lots of rain in the week before the festival and the area in front of the stage retained a lot of water. Thunder Audio needed to get the system up quickly to avoid tearing up the ground.

“We had to make sure the audience could enjoy where they were standing without getting stuck in the mud, so we needed to build the system quickly while still maintaining the site,” said Snyder. “VTX is one of the most user-friendly systems to deploy, since it can easily be flown standing up or laying on its face. Deployment was very quick and within a couple hours we had all the main clusters and out fills up. Then all we had to do was fork down our subwoofers, which we placed on pallets to keep them out of the mud.”

The artists performing at the Bud Light stage had drastically different sonic qualities—from intense and bass-heavy electronic sounds to rock and roll to modern pop. As an early adopter of the VTX Series, Thunder Audio and was initially drawn to the system for its versatility and its ability to produce excellent results with any type of music.

“With today’s digital consoles and very diverse frequency requirements, it’s important to have a PA that can accurately reproduce the sounds going in to the system,” said Snyder. “With VTX, the sound that comes from the system is record quality. We heard Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding and all of the acts as they’re truly supposed to sound. Even with 40,000 people in front of the PA, the system still sounds great and gives the artists exactly what they’re looking for. In the end, we’re trying to make everyone’s job easier. VTX is a dynamic product and it becomes one with the artist that’s performing.”

October 05
2016


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October 05, 2016

HARMAN Professional Solutions Supports Upcoming “Song of the Human” Sound Installation in New York

British composer Pete M. Wyer selects JBL Control One speakers and Crown power amplifiers to create a uniquely immersive experience of music and sound

NEW YORK—HARMAN Professional Solutions is pleased to announce it is supporting “Song of the Human,” an upcoming performance and sound installation by acclaimed British composer Pete M. Wyer. The new composition will premiere on October 12 at a free concert in the Winter Garden atrium of Brookfield Place, and will be recorded for future broadcast as part of public radio station WNYC’s New Sounds series. The live performance will include choral singing by Philadelphia choir The Crossing, found sounds, human speech and other unique recordings played through speakers installed in and around the atrium’s palm trees. Wyer selected 16 JBL Control One speakers and two Crown DCi 8|300N power amps for all of the development he did in his studio in preparation for this unique event.

“All the preparation and prototyping work was done with HARMAN equipment, and I've really enjoyed working with it,” said Wyer. “The immersive experience was especially created to move through and around the trees at Brookfield Place, and it is a special treat to bring these natural and created sounds into such an extraordinary space.”

Wyer is known internationally for his wide range of orchestral, operatic and choral work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Academy and London Symphony Orchestra. “Song of the Human” is inspired by the theory that human language evolved from birdsong and aims to reproduce the restorative effects of birdsong for psychological wellbeing. The composition is specifically suited to Manhattan, where birdsong is rarely heard as part of everyday life.

The recordings and choral works that make up the composition were written to be experienced in a spatialized sound field and create a uniquely immersive audio experience. Each JBL Control One speaker is independently coordinated within the overall soundscape via specially created software, which enables sound to move in any direction throughout the space.

Following the concert on October 12, a recorded version of “Song of the Human” will play throughout the opening hours of the Winter Garden from October 14–23. Visitors will experience the sound moving as they move throughout the atrium, and the piece will be looped, so listeners can either hear the full work or simply pass by and hear a few moments of music. Both the concert and installation are open to the public and free of charge.

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September 21, 2016

HARMAN Professional Solutions Provides an Immersive Audio Experience for CityPride Multiplexes

Lexicon QLI-32 QuantumLogic Immersion processor, JBL cinema surround speakers and Crown amplifiers help audiences experience the highest-quality sound

MAHARASHTRA, India—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced that CityPride Multiplexes has deployed a complete HARMAN cinema audio solution to provide exceptional sound quality for its state-of-the-art multiplex cinema. The new system features the Lexicon QLI-32 QuantumLogic Immersion processor, JBL loudspeakers and Crown DSi power amplifiers. CityPride selected the HARMAN solution for its seamless integration and ability to provide audiences with a truly immersive audio experience.

“The new HARMAN audio solution gives a completely new dimension to the sound and delivers unmatched output, clarity and fidelity,” said Pushkaraj Chaphalkar, partner at CityPride Multiplexes. “We have received excellent reviews from the audience about the new sound system and they are thrilled to experience the vast improvement in sound quality.”

CityPride installed the new HARMAN solution in its main cinema auditorium, which has a capacity of more than 500 seats. The new system includes a JBL 5742 4-way high power screen array, 9320 and 9310 cinema surround speakers, SCS 12 spatially cued surround loudspeakers and 4642A subwoofers. The new Lexicon QLI-32 cinema processor is designed to deliver up to 32 channels of surround sound, providing a deep and life-like sound experience for moviegoers. CityPride is the first cinema in India to deploy the QLI-32.

“The Lexicon QLI-32 allows us to ensure that the audience will get the best experience for each and every movie,” said Chaphalkar. “The JBL speakers and Crown amplifiers provide incredible crispness and the new generation of surround speakers ensures that the bass effects are felt in surround sound as well.”

CityPride has been using JBL speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers for over 20 years due to their industry-leading output, clarity and dependability. When CityPride decided to upgrade their audio system in the new auditorium, HARMAN was the clear choice.

“In the Indian market, there are several companies in the cinema audio sound segment, but some brands are too expensive while others require a special content format,” said Chaphalkar. “The HARMAN cinema solution gives us a complete end-to-end solution — the speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers and the QLI-32 processor — all in one seamless package. The HARMAN solution provides an incredible sound experience and gives us a great value for our investment.”

August 10
2016


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August 10, 2016

JBL by HARMAN VTX Series Helps Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Overcome the Elements

Palmetto Soundworks deploys VTX V20, VTX G28, VTXS25 and VTX F12 speakers to deliver incredible sound, despite extreme weather conditions

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Palmetto Soundworks recently deployed JBL by HARMAN VTX Series line arrays to provide amazing live sound at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival. Located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the three-day festival was inundated with some extremely adverse weather conditions, including high winds and driving rain. The premium sound quality and industry-proven reliability of the VTX system enabled the team from Palmetto Sound to overcome the elements and deliver crisp and clean audio that complemented some truly incredible performances.   

“We were in really poor weather conditions the whole weekend—we gave floating subs a whole new meaning,” said Jared Miller, Production Manager at Palmetto Soundworks. “The performance of the VTX rig was excellent, even with that much water. I was really impressed with the sound quality and reliability.”

The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival lineup featured some of the world’s most renowned blues artists, including Joe Bonamassa, The Robert Cray Band, John Mayall, Canned Heat, The Mavericks, Tab Benoit, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Sonny Landreth, Mud Morganfield and many more. In order to deliver excellent sound quality for the event, Palmetto Soundworks deployed JBL VTX Series line arrays for their powerful performance, smooth high end and ease of deployment. The premium sound quality VTX delivers enabled the guest engineers to mix the performances with minimal EQ adjustments.

“The high end was really smooth, and the entire VTX system sounded really great out of the box,” said Miller. “A lot of the guest engineers commented on the smoothness of the top end and the overall sound quality. From my point of view as a provider, it’s an easy day for me when guest engineers can start setting up, and it already sounds good. I don’t have to convince anyone of the quality of the VTX rig—engineers come in and know that it will sound good.”

The system Palmetto deployed for the festival included two main arrays of 12 VTX V20 loudspeakers, four ground stacks of three VTX G28 subwoofers, four ground stacks of two VTX S25 subwoofers and two VTX F12 loudspeakers used for front fills. The entire system was powered by Crown VRack 12000HD and VRack 4x3500HD amplifiers, which also performed well despite limited airflow. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager 2.0 software allowed the Palmetto Sound team to closely monitor the entire system throughout the bad weather.

“Performance Manager 2.0 performed flawlessly—we knew we were going to have bad weather, and the software really allowed us to stay on top of the system,” said Miller. “The VTX arrays and VRack amplifiers performed great through some truly terrible conditions. There were no hiccups in the system.”

July 25
2016


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July 25, 2016

JBL by HARMAN Fuels a Weekend of Heavy Rock at the Rock’n Derby Music Festival

Audio Images Sound & Lighting Selects JBL VTX Series Speakers and Crown Amplifiers to Deliver High-Impact Live Sound for the World’s Biggest Hard Rock Bands

SCHAGHTICOKE, New York—New York-based live sound production company Audio Images Sound & Lighting recently deployed JBL by HARMAN’s VTX Series speakers, powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, to deliver powerful live sound at the inaugural Rock’n Derby music festival in upstate New York. The JBL VTX V25-II arrays delivered incredibly clean output and high SPL to complement exciting performances by some of the world’s biggest hard rock bands. This combination of advanced power and exceptional high-frequency performance enabled Audio Images to provide an intense and high-impact concert experience for more than 15,000 music fans.

“The VTX is a lot clearer and louder than our previous system,” said David Holland of Audio Images. “The VTX’s D2 dual-diaphragm, high-frequency drivers are designed to eliminate the harmonic distortion you would normally hear in the high end, so the clarity is amazing.”

The three-day event provided attendees with a truly unique festival experience, combining live music, demolition derby and championship wrestling. More than 40 bands performed on three stages during the event, including heavy-hitting acts like Megadeath, Five Finger Death Punch, Coheed and Cambria, Anthrax, Clutch and more. In order to provide excellent live sound for the distortion-heavy performances, Audio Images deployed the VTX arrays for their ability to deliver high SPL without sacrificing clarity. The VTX arrays were met with wide acclaim by touring front of house engineers, who were impressed by the crisp high end and powerful output. 

“The front of house engineers were extremely excited about using the VTX arrays, and we received lots of compliments on the clarity of the sound,” said Holland. “We had Lamb of God on the first night, and their engineer usually likes to get a lot of high-end click out of the kick drum. He actually had to dial down the high end that he usually turns up, because the clarity was already there.”

Audio Images also used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager 2.0 software to control and configure the VTX arrays and ensure optimum performance. The team was particularly impressed with the level of control the software provided.

“I was very impressed with the control we had over the entire array,” said Holland. “I could pick out each circuit in the array and see exactly what it was doing. For the Crown VRack and I-Tech HD series power amplifiers, we could see temperature, voltage and any type of limiting going on. It basically gave us very direct control of the entire system.”

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 29,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.7 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

For more information, contact:

Ian MacDonald

Brand Definition

Tel: +1 212-660-2555

Ian@Brand-Definition.com

© 2016 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.

July 21
2016


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July 21, 2016

JBL by HARMAN’s VTX Series Helps Power Performances By Top Country Artists at Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street Presented by Coca-Cola

JHE Production Deploys JBL VTX V20 Arrays to Deliver High-Quality Live Sound on the Coca-Cola Stage

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—JBL by HARMAN VTX Series line arrays recently helped JHE Production deliver the highest quality live sound at Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola. The 22nd annual festival was held in conjunctionith the Coca-Cola 600 weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and featured a stellar lineup of top country music artists, including Montgomery Gentry, Chris Young, Kellie Pickler and The Band Perry. In order to provide the highest quality audio and meet the challenges of setting up a mobile stage in the middle of the city, JHE selected JBL VTX V20 for its clean and transparent sound, ease of deployment and exceptional coverage.

“There were two large office buildings on either side of the stage, so we were a little worried about the sound reflecting off the buildings and ruining the mix,” said Brian Hancock, Director of Audio Engineering at JHE Production. “The VTX system gave us precision control over the configuration and coverage, which allowed us to deliver excellent sound quality. We do a number of mobile shows each year, and VTX delivers the advanced performance we need to expand our current capabilities even further.”

Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola featured two nights of performances by some of the biggest stars in country music. The primary goal for many of the touring engineers was to ensure that the vocals sounded great and sat on top of the mix. However, with multiple acoustic and electric instruments being played on stage simultaneously, it was challenging to achieve a clean and upfront vocal mix. The high output and transparent sound quality of the VTX V20 enabled JHE Production to meet this challenge, and the engineers and artists alike were impressed with the sound quality at the festival. 

"In country music, there’s a great deal of focus on the vocals,” said Hancock. “Audiences want to hear the vocals more than anything else. I think we definitely achieved that with VTX, and everyone commented on how great the vocals sounded throughout the festival.”

Since the festival essentially took place in the middle of Uptown Charlotte, it was important for JHE Production to deploy and configure the system quickly. The system also needed to be compact and lightweight to meet the size and weight restrictions of the mobile stage. VTX V20 is equipped with a new suspension system that provides efficient transport, fast setup and precise configuration, enabling JHE Production to get the system up and running fast.

“The VTX was a breeze to set up and we saw major advantages of how the system rigs in the air,” said Hancock. “Anyone who is used to working on mobile stages knows that there are intense rigging restrictions on where you can put weight. VTX made it simple to handle that stuff.”

JHE Production also deployed a Soundcraft Vi7000 mixer and Crown VRack power amplifiers at the festival, and used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager 2.0 software to configure the entire system. The selection of HARMAN live sound solutions provided seamless integration and delivered exceptional performance for the festival. 

“The Crown VRack amps were quick and easy to deploy, and everything was super flexible for routing,” concluded Hancock. “Performance Manager allowed us to add our presets and configure everything beforehand, and everything came together smoothly. We were very pleased with the entire system.”

The JBL VTX V20 delivers advanced technology and extraordinary performance in a small format, high power density 3-way system. All VTX V20 components have been specifically engineered to provide stable 105-degree horizontal coverage and effective line source array coupling in the vertical plane while delivering linear, transparent sound up to surprisingly high output levels for its diminutive size. JBL's exclusive dual voice coil, dual magnetic gap Differential Drive technology is at the core of all VTX models, dramatically reducing driver weight while greatly enhancing all critical performance parameters: frequency response, power output and distortion.

Photography Credit: Craig Bess Photography

ABOUT JHE PRODUCTION 

Founded in 1987, JHE Production is an award-winning event production company specializing in live shows, experiential activation, special and corporate events. For more information, visit www.gojhe.com.  

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 29,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.7 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

For more information, contact:

Ian MacDonald

Brand Definition

Tel: +1 212-660-2555

Ian@Brand-Definition.com

© 2016 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


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