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2016

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Lindsey Stirling Counts on HARMAN Professional Solutions to Support Her Concert Violin Sound

Lexicon, dbx and JBL enable front of house engineer, Rob McWhorter, to stay in step with the dancer and electronic music star

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—Virtuoso electronic violinist, YouTube phenomenon and New York Times Best Selling author, Lindsey Stirling recently commenced her latest North American tour with Lexicon, dbx and JBL Professional audio brands bolstering her inimitable sound and elaborate production style.                                                                                                 

During her live show, Stirling twists and twirls alongside four dancers while switching between four violins. “The fact that Lindsey can play as stably as she does while she’s moving is amazing, but working on Lindsey’s violins can still be complicated,” said Rob McWhorter, front of house engineer for Stirling. “A violin is an acoustically based instrument but, with the band’s EDM, dubstep, electronic and pop dance style influences, we have a lot of volume. We can’t keep a live mic in check with Lindsey and instead need to run all of her violins direct.”

 “Always having a direct signal means there’s a lot you need to do to make the sound as big and natural as possible,” McWhorter said. “ One of the key elements of Lindsey’s violin sound is reverb, and on this tour, I have a pair of Lexicon PCM 96s to help give me the biggest, most spacious and ambient reverb as possible, so I can run them very wet and still sound natural.” McWhorter further deploys the Lexicon PCM 96s for Sterling’s vocals and the drum kit.

Rounding out Stirling’s violin sound, McWhorter uses two dbx 676 Tube Microphone Preamp Channel Strips. “I have slightly different settings for each violin—various combinations of reverb, EQ, compression and different pre-amps—and two of the four instruments rely on dbx processing,” he said.

Having worked with Stirling since her debut tour four years ago, McWhorter also serves as her production manager and uses JBL speakers for onstage monitoring. “All of our monitors are JBL, and we’ve been using them since day one. In the four years that we’ve had them, I’ve never had to replace a driver. We use a drum sub, wedges at the keyboard position and side fills for the dancers. That way, if any of their IEMs go out, I know they’ll still be able to hear the mix. The JBLs are solid and never let me down.”

Stirling catapulted into the limelight as an acclaimed violinist and performer with her self-released and produced music videos on YouTube, which have garnered more than 1.4 billion views and more than 8 million subscribers. With her unique blend of Celtic folk, classical, dubstep and dance, her debut and sophomore releases have both topped the Billboard Album charts and, to date, her tours have sold more than 500,000 headline tickets worldwide. Lindsey’s highly anticipated third studio album, “Brave Enough,” will be released on August 19 through her own imprint, Lindseystomp Records.

May 23
2016

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Provides Elite Sound for High-End New Zealand Hotel

JBL, Crown and dbx deliver premium sound quality and powerful zone control for the upscale Novotel New Plymouth Hobson

NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand—The choice of a HARMAN Professional Solutions integrated system­—featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and dbx signal processing—­is proving to be the perfect match for the stylish, 4.5-star Novotel New Plymouth Hobson hotel in New Zealand’s Taranaki region. The hotel required an elegant audio system to provide premium sound quality, coverage and control of its many areas. Local integrator TSH Audio & Video worked closely with Jands, the New Zealand HARMAN Distributor, on the audio design of the project.

TSH Audio & Video (formerly Taranaki Sound Hire) has been installing innovative AV systems and supplying technical hire services to the Taranaki community for more than 40 years. Established in 1988, Jands is a specialized distributor of world-leading audio brands in New Zealand.

The hotel’s distributed sound system is controlled with a dbx by HARMAN ZonePRO 1261m digital zone processor. The ZonePRO family of fixed architecture audio processors offers a high-quality, cost-effective solution for commercial audio applications. The system is managed by several ZonePRO Ethernet controllers throughout the venue.

“ZonePRO is a rock solid platform and is really easy to program,” said Daniel Evans, Senior Technician at TSH Audio & Video. “Working with the ethernet controllers makes it so easy to install and manage.” 

An array of JBL loudspeakers was selected for this installation, including the new JBL Control 31 loudspeakers installed in the conference room. Part of the JBL Control Contractor Series, they feature extremely smooth frequency response and extended bandwidth for high quality sound. JBL Control 24CT-M ceiling loudspeakers with wide 150-degree coverage were installed throughout the venue for background music, including inside the gymnasium. In addition, JBL Control 25T loudspeakers were installed to provide music for the outdoor deck/dining area.

The audio system at Novotel New Plymouth Hobson is powered by Crown DCi 2|300 and Crown DCi 4|300 multichannel amplifiers. Crown DCi high-performance amplifiers are designed, engineered and manufactured with the highest quality standards and provide system integrators with a versatile, compact and highly energy-efficient amplifier.

“TSH was very pleased to be involved with the construction of this iconic New Plymouth project and to be working with Jands to specify a high quality audio system,” said Evans. “Jands provided us with quick turnaround on design changes and the HARMAN vast toolbox of products came in handy when we had to come in under budget."

January 21
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January 21, 2016

dbx by HARMAN Introduces Five New 500 Series Modules and Two PowerRack 500 Series Chassis at Winter NAMM 2016

ANAHEIM, California – At Winter NAMM 2016, dbx by HARMAN is debuting seven powerful additions to its popular 500 Series line of signal processing modules. Perfect for studio, live sound and mobile recording applications, the 500 Series modules and PowerRack 500 Series chassis are compact, portable and highly modular. They also offer excellent features, control, sound quality, and the highly sought-after warmth and usability of analog signal processing.

The new dbx 540 is a single-slot 500 Series tube microphone preamp that boasts pristine audio output, superior-quality high-end design at a value price. The dbx 540 features a Class A tube preamplifier, switchable phantom power and a super fast in-line optical compressor. The interchangeable 12AX7 preamp tube allows users to experiment with a variety of modern and vintage tubes for creating a customized sound.

The new dbx 565 is the ideal 500 Series dual-channel optical compressor for the discriminating user. The 565 features a dual-channel multi-frequency-band optical compressor, Linkwitz-Riley 4th-order (24dB/octave) crossover slope, Master level display with VU meter, Gain reduction LED, Independent compression, Attack and Release controls, and a Circuit bypass switch.

Finally, the new 555 5-band parametric EQ, the 570 High-Z input and the 590 Phase manipulator will join the current dbx 500 series line offering a full range of processing tools for recording and live sound.

Also new at Winter NAMM 2016, the new PowerBlock3 and PowerRack3 both feature power sources designed to house up to three 500 Series modules. The rear panel sports three slots of balanced XLR inputs and outputs along with three slots of unbalanced ¼-inch inputs and outputs. A 48V phantom power switch is located on the front of the rack for easy access. The chassis are designed to be fully compatible with the 500 Series format, but in two different compact orientations–horizontal and vertical, respectively.

“Our studio and live sound customers let us know they are delighted by the dbx 500 Series line,” said Peter Chaikin, Recording Solutions, HARMAN Professional. “With five new entries and two new chassis, dbx has an unparalleled stable of versatile and high-quality modules.”

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 28,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.4 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

January 21
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dbx by HARMAN Launches Dante and BLU link Compatible DriveRack VENU360 Models at Winter NAMM 2016

ANAHEIM, California – dbx by HARMAN is showcasing expanded offerings for its DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System at Winter NAMM 2016. Dante and BLU link™ enabled versions of the VENU360 extend the versatility of the best-selling VENU360 product family.

The Dante compatible VENU360D and BLU link compatible VENU360B units open the VENU360 to a whole new world of live and installed sound systems, including networked systems that want to add a stage or a room to an existing design. The VENU360 provides all the processing and flexibility needed between the mixer and amplifiers to optimize and protect your loudspeakers. With the latest advancements in dbx’s proprietary AutoEQ™ and AFS™ algorithms, additional input channels, Ethernet control via an Android,® iOS,® Mac,® or Windows® device, and updated wizards, the DriveRack VENU360 continues the DriveRack legacy of great-sounding, powerful, and affordable loudspeaker management processors, for a whole new generation.

“We’re very excited to expand our best-selling DriveRack family with the addition of the VENU360B BLU link and VENU360D Dante versions,” said Noel Larson, Director of Marketing, Signal Processing, at Harman Professional. “The VENU360 has been a tremendous success and almost immediately we had requests for BLU link and Dante enabled versions of the product. We are proud to introduce the next level of DriveRack.”

With an RTA Mic “listening” to the room, the updated DriveRack VENU360 AutoEQ algorithm sets speaker levels and room EQ automatically in a matter of seconds using sine sweeps. This means room adjustments can now be made very quickly, without subjecting an audience to lengthy broadcasts of pink noise.

And of course, nothing turns audiences away like annoying and potentially painful audio feedback. To counter this, dbx engineers have improved their already-stellar Advanced Feedback Suppression algorithm. The DriveRack VENU360 “listens” for and anticipates feedback and automatically removes it before it even has a chance, while never altering your sound.

More information on the dbx VENU360D and VENU360B can be found at http://dbxpro.com/en-US/products/driverack-venu360-d and http://dbxpro.com/en-US/products/driverack-venu360-b.

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 28,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.4 billion during the 12 months

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The dbx goRack™ Portable Performance Processor Is Now Shipping

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today announced the goRack™ Portable Performance Processor is now shipping. The goRack is an easy to use loudspeaker management processor that enables a portable PA system to be optimized for the best-possible sound quality. The goRack incorporates the best of dbx’s acclaimed DriveRack series processing simplified down to its purest form, in a sleek and compact unit that fits into the palm of the hand.

“The dbx goRack provides all the essentials of our industry-leading DriveRack processors into an affordable product that is incredibly simple to use,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast. “With the introduction of goRack, bands and musicians everywhere can now easily and significantly improve the sound of their PA.”

The goRack offers processing including EQ, compression, AFS Automatic Feedback Suppression, Subharmonic Synthesis for enhanced low-frequency response and more. Five buttons offer access to the most commonly used processing effects, and a large data wheel lets users quickly dial in any of the goRack’s processing sound-enhancement effects including 16 musical genre-based 31-band graphic EQ settings. The goRack’s compressor is based on the design of the original and highly acclaimed dbx 163X. The goRack also includes dual dbx mic preamps, selectable mic/line input settings, and AUX input and left and right channel volume controls.

The dbx goRack connects between a mixer and an amplifier via its stereo inputs and outputs. It offers combination XLR and 1/4-inch (Mic/Line) inputs and XLR outputs. It can also be used as a stand-alone performance processor/mixer for a solo artist.

The dbx goRack Portable Performance Processor has a suggested street price of $99.95.

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 27,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.2 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2015.

September 09
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Songwriter/Producer Extraordinaire Monty Powell Adds HARMAN’s dbx 676 Tube Preamp Channel Strip Workhorse To His Stable

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Songs from acclaimed songwriter/producer and music industry veteran Monty Powell have topped country music charts for decades. He’s written hit songs for Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw and won numerous accolades including a CMA Triple Play Award for having written three #1 songs in one calendar year and SESAC’s Songwriter Of The Year in 2009. Having recently completed construction of a new recording facility, Monty added the new HARMAN dbx 676 Tube Mic Preamp Channel Strip to his recording chain.

“Inspired moments in songwriting can be fleeting”, explained Powell. “You need to be able to capture inspiration in an instant and dialing in a great vocal sound or tracking an instrument through the 676 is effortless. I can route any source to the 676 and comp together a song with confidence. Also, the 676’s compressor is really transparent. Controlling dynamics is a snap with its classic OverEasy setting.”

Monty’s songwriting talents are rivaled only by his generosity and willingness to share his craft, which has sprouted his latest endeavor, Musician Labs - a live, interactive, online instructional series and mentoring program for aspiring songwriters. “MusicianLabs.com is dedicated to teaching the principles necessary for sustaining a successful career in the music business,” said Powell. “I’m blessed to be able to share my knowledge as a songwriter/producer at a time when technology has removed the conventional barriers of communicating with other artists. I believe achieving success in the music industry is a science and cofounding Musician Labs has given me the perfect vehicle to teach my proven techniques and formula.”

Part of the conversation amongst songwriters inevitably lands on choices of gear. “dbx compressors are a fixture in many of the Nashville studios where I first cut my teeth in recording music. The dbx 676 lives up to their legacy. It delivers a warm, natural, sound quality often missing from many digital interfaces at a price that isn’t out of reach for home studio enthusiasts. Not everyone can afford the luxury of tracking through a vintage tube mic. The dbx 676 can elevate the performance of any entry level mic. If you aren’t second guessing your signal path, your creativity can flow,” added Powell.

“Pairing the dbx 676 with an artist of Monty’s songwriting and producing abilities is a thrill. You can’t turn on a country radio station without hearing a song he’s either written or influenced and we can’t wait to hear how he uses the 676 on his future projects. In addition to being a force of nature in the songwriting world, Monty has a great ear. We’re honored to have the dbx 676 Tube Mic Preamp be a part of his recording and creative process,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA, Recording and Broadcast, HARMAN Signal Processing.

The dbx 676 is a vacuum tube-based microphone preamplifier that offers a host of flexible sound-tailoring options to deliver extraordinary audio quality in recording and live sound applications.

The dbx 676 employs a high-gain, Class A tube preamp section based around a 12AU7 vacuum tube that can be adjusted to be clean and pure-sounding or dirty and full of harmonic character. The 676 incorporates the Compressor/Limiter design from the highly sought-after dbx 162SL and a 3-band parametric EQ, enabling exacting control of dynamics and tonal balance. The dbx 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip has a U.S. street price of $999.95.

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 27,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.2 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2015.