March 07

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."

March 01

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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.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Debuts Intelligent Meeting Room Audio with BSS DCP-555 Conferencing Processor

New BSS DSP Designed for Meeting Space Conferencing Brings Legendary Audio Quality, Simplified Setup and VoIP Support

ISE (Stand #1-F10) – AMSTERDAM – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in networked audio, video, lighting and control systems, today introduced the BSS DCP-555 Digital Conferencing Processor, an intelligent audio solution designed specifically for web and audio conferencing in meeting spaces. Leveraging BSS’s nearly 40 years of innovation in intelligent audio technology, the DCP-555 provides superior sound processing quality in a template-based solution designed for conference rooms, boardrooms and classrooms.

The BSS DCP-555 Digital Conferencing Processor is the ultimate solution for audio or web conferencing in medium or large meeting spaces, providing industry-leading sound processing and automated mixing of microphones, PC audio, and other audio sources, with acoustic echo cancellation ensuring the meeting is clear and effective. Audio from multiple microphones can be output as a single, optimized signal over USB, making it perfect for web conferencing using the AMX Acendo Core or BYOD applications. With the inclusion of onboard VoIP connectivity, rooms can be equipped with audio conferencing without the need for a separate IP phone in the room.

“BSS intelligent audio processing solutions are renowned for their superior sound quality and advanced capabilities,” says Paul Krizan, Corporate Solutions Manager for HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The BSS DCP-555 brings that same quality in a template-based solution that IT managers and integrators can easily configure, making it possible to scale to hundreds or thousands of rooms across the enterprise. Because configuration is performed using a web interface with no additional software required, setup can be done easily from any device connected to the same network.”

The DCP-555 can support up to four rooms simultaneously using bidirectional VoIP connections. The DCP-555 also offers a range of onboard I/O connection options, with AES67, BLU link, USB and 16x8 analog audio all built in. This provides easy compatibility with other HARMAN and third-party audio devices, with GPIO and relays available for simplified control.

To further streamline integration with other HARMAN devices, the DCP-555 includes built-in microphone tunings and JBL speaker tuning presets, offering simple, IT-centric configuration. When using the DCP-555 along with AMX SVSI networked AV solutions, encoder syncing is available to ensure the audio and video signals are perfectly aligned for an optimal experience without any manual setup. These features allow integrators to easily design and configure rooms with minimal complexity.

“The BSS DCP-555 is a perfect example of what HARMAN can offer our corporate, education and government clients,” says Shaun Robinson, VP, Corporate, Education and Government Customer Solutions for HARMAN Professional Solutions. “This takes the industry-leading intelligent audio processing technology we have with BSS and tailors it to the specific needs of audio conferencing applications. We’ve then made that technology extremely simple to configure and easy to integrate with a full HARMAN solution. This provides the ultimate in conferencing flexibility, drastically reducing both setup time and the amount of potential errors in the programming while still providing premium audio quality.”

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HARMAN is showing the BSS DCP-555 in Stand #1-F10 at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018. For further details, we invite you to visit:\dcp555.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers World-Class Audio Quality at the Australian High Commission

JANDS NZ deploys JBL, BSS and AKG solutions to create a versatile networked audio system for a wide range of events and speaking engagements

WELLINGTON, New Zealand— JANDS NZ recently installed a networked audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at the Australian High Commission facility in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Australian High Commission (AHC) acts as the Australian government’s official agency in New Zealand. In addition to providing a range of diplomatic services to the public, including passport, immigration, citizenship and cultural relations, the AHC also represents Australia’s interests to government and business organizations in New Zealand.

A dedicated event space in the facility allows the AHC to host numerous events and meetings throughout the year. The AHC event space consists of four individual rooms that can accommodate multiple events simultaneously, or be combined for large events. In order to ensure maximum intelligibility, versatility and ease-of-use during a wide range of events, the AHC hired Audio Workshop and JANDS NZ to upgrade their aging sound system with a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions networked audio system made up of JBL, BSS and AKG solutions.

“We asked Matt Chapman of Audio Workshop to provide a full analysis of our previous system, and recommend solutions to optimize the audio quality with a true world-class system,” said Jonathan Pawley, AV & IT Manager, Australian High Commission. “We’re very happy with the new HARMAN system, which JANDS NZ installed to Matt’s specifications—it exceeded all of our expectations.”

Audio Workshop and JANDS NZ relied on a selection of JBL speakers to ensure optimum coverage and clarity in the AHC event space. JBL CBT 70J-1 column speakers provide consistent coverage while minimizing room reflections and reverberation from the atrium’s high ceilings. JBL Control 16C/T in-ceiling loudspeakers deliver premium speech intelligibility and high quality music playback in four meeting rooms, while Control 29AV-1 speakers offer additional power and directivity for film and video presentations. In order to ensure maximum reliability, speech intelligibility and system flexibility, also while minimizing signal dropouts during events, Audio Workshop specified a multi-channel AKG WMS470 wireless microphone system.

The entire system is controlled by a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor, which can be configured to function independently in each room, or as a single time-aligned system when the rooms are combined. Finally, BSS Contrio EC-8BV wall controllers enable intuitive source selection and volume control in each room, while HARMAN’s HiQnet protocol allows the entire system to be controlled with any WiFi-equipped device.

“We’re pleased to be involved with the audio installation in Australian High Commission’s event space,” said Matt Chapman, Managing Director, Audio Workshop. “We strive to understand our clients’ needs and provide them with robust solutions that satisfy their current requirements and leave plenty of room for future expansion. We’re thrilled to see the HARMAN system has accomplished the AHC’s goals and surpassed their expectations.” 

“It is a great privilege to be associated with the Australian High Commission in Wellington,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “Our solutions are widely used throughout government facilities for their ease of use, high security standards and best-in-class technology. We thank Audio Workshop for their expert consultation, and JANDS NZ and for their dedication to customer service and faith in HARMAN products.”

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