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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.”

March 15

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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 07, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Beulah Baptist Church Bring Its Worship Services to New Heights

STC Audio Video deploys JBL, Crown and BSS solutions to create a powerful and versatile audio system for the 3,000-seat house of worship

DECATUR, Ga.—Systems integrator STC Audio Video recently deployed a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio system at the Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, Georgia.

Established in 1896, Beulah Baptist has relocated several times before moving into its current facility in 1999. Featuring a sizeable domed-ceiling structure and seating for 3,000 congregants, the church recently hired STC to replace its 15-year-old audio system with a new state-of-the-art audio solution that could deliver excellent sound quality during sermons, choir performances and full band worship performances. After careful consideration, STC selected a complete JBL VTX Series audio solution for its power, clarity and transparent reproduction.

"HARMAN has a reputation for making speakers that provide excellent performance," said George Seldon, President and CIO of STC Audio Video. "I chose the VTX V20 because it can truly go from 20 Hz to 20k cleanly, and it has a lot of dynamic range. The clarity is just phenomenal."

The system at Beulah Baptist is comprised of two main hangs of six VTX V20 loudspeakers and three VTX S25 subwoofers per side, supplemented by two aux hangs made up of three V20 loudspeakers and one S25 subwoofer aimed 90 degrees to the side. The entire system is powered by Crown XTi 2002 and iTech 4x3500 amplifiers, and BSS audio processors provide processing.

As a systems designer, Seldon makes an effort to thoroughly determine what his clients want and need, rather than just offering cookie-cutter solutions. In the case of Beulah Baptist, there were several important aspects of the church's programming that the sound system needed to support, including exceptional speech intelligibility for sermons and plenty of extra headroom for a 125-member choir.

"When the pastor speaks, everybody needs to hear him clearly—if you can't hear the pastor, then why are you in church?" Seldon said. “The second requirement was to make sure the system could cleanly reproduce the church band and allow the musicians to hear themselves clearly. The third was that it needed to the clarity to accurately reproduce the 125-member choir."

To achieve these goals in such a large space, Seldon needed to design a system with plenty of headroom. The JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers proved to be more than up to the task, providing the clarity and high SPL that the church wanted.

"They like it loud, they like it in your face, but with the efficiency of this system, it never has to go above -20 dB on the master fader," Seldon said. "The performance matters, and that's where the VTX V20 system fits in. It met all its objectives—it really did."

Not only did Seldon customize the sonic aspects of the installation, but he also made sure it was aesthetically right for the space. In this case, he wanted the speakers to blend in with the white walls and ceiling of the church, which was a challenge considering the speaker cabinets are black. But Seldon, who regularly consults with an interior designer about the visual aspects of his installations, came up with a solution.

"I had the speakers custom-painted white, since the church is all about aesthetics," Seldon said. "I always try to put PA speakers in a facility that fit with the architecture of the room. Whatever the colors of the walls, that's the color the speakers will be."

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March 02, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings a New Level of Sound Quality to the 2018 GRAMMY Awards

A complete JBL VTX Series audio system delivers world-class sound at Madison Square Garden for “Music’s Biggest Night”

NEW YORK CITY—Firehouse Productions recently deployed a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

Held on January 28, 2018, this year marked the first time the ceremony was held outside of Los Angeles since 2003. Firehouse Productions was hired to provide sound reinforcement for the event, which included live performances by Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Bruno Mars and Cardi B, SZA, Childish Gambino and more. In order to ensure exceptional sound quality for both the audience at Madison Square Garden and the television broadcast, Firehouse designed a complete HARMAN Professional audio system centered upon JBL VTX Series loudspeakers and Crown amplification. 

“When it comes to sound quality at the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, we have incredibly high standards,” said Michael Abbott, Audio Coordinator, 2018 GRAMMY Awards. “The HARMAN VTX system delivered incredible results, and in my opinion Madison Square Garden has never sounded better. It was one of the best-sounding shows we’ve ever produced.”

Firehouse Productions Vice President Mark Dittmar and Systems Tech Jamie Pollock began working on the design three months before the ceremony, which involved coordinating with the art and lighting departments to optimize the system configuration for the elaborate stage and lighting designs. Another primary goal was ensuring that the energy of the system stayed extremely focused to avoid any roomy or washed-out sounds for the TV broadcast.

Intelligibility and transparency were also key, since the system volume needed to remain consistent throughout the dynamic range of performances. Using a combination of VTX V25-II loudspeakers and the new VTX A12 loudspeakers for the main arrays, the Firehouse team created a system that delivered incredible clarity and precision, even at the lower volumes required for the television broadcast.

“The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences takes this show very seriously, and front-of-house sound is a top priority,” said Ron Reaves, Front of House Music Mixer, 2018 GRAMMY Awards. “The JBL VTX system was one of the best PA systems I’ve ever mixed on, it just translated so well to the room. I can't say enough about the design and tuning of the VTX rig, because it was spectacular. The audience is made up of producers, engineers, and the world’s biggest artists—people who make their living listening critically to music. A lot of those same people came back and commented about how good the system sounded, more than I can ever remember. It was a huge win for Firehouse and JBL Professional.”

The HARMAN Professional audio system included two main hangs of 16 VTX V25-II loudspeakers per side, 14 VTX A12 loudspeakers per side, and nine VTX S28 subwoofers per side flown in a cardioid configuration. In addition, ten VTX G28 subwoofers were deployed in five ground stacks, 24 VTX V20 loudspeakers were deployed in six delay clusters, and 36 VT4886 loudspeakers were used for front fills. The entire system was powered by Crown I-Tech 1200HD and 4x3500HD power amplifiers in custom-built Firehouse racks.

“I've been designing PA systems for television shows for 18 years and this is probably the most successful design we've ever had,” said Dittmar. “The A12 loudspeakers performed great, and I'm a huge fan of the V25-IIs. We always go for an incredibly high level of intelligibility, but this pushed it to a level we've never heard before. It was a great-sounding show and it had impact, but it was several dB quieter than anything I've experienced in a long time. There was no need for it to be any louder because you could hear every S and every T, the diction was absolutely flawless. It was a perfect storm of things coming together to create an awesome experience.”

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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

Watch the video now.

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