dbx ® Introduces Media Engine for SC Digital Matrix Processors For Stored Media Playback

March 26, 2010

FRANKFURT, Germany – dbx® Professional Products, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today introduced the Media Engine for its SC Digital Matrix Processors. As a factory option, the Media Engine brings cost-effective, flash-based, multi-channel playback of stored media to the SC 32 and SC 64.

The SC Media Engine comprises a DSP card and 1GB of flash storage. This allows storage of media files on the SC device itself for subsequent routing and playback. The Media Engine facilitates simultaneous playback of up to eight channels of stored media and a total storage time of around two hours. By integrating the media playback into the SC and leveraging the sharing of the SC chassis and components, the functionality of an external playback device can be obtained more easily and at a fraction of the cost. This allows contractors to add substantial functionality and value to a system without significant incremental equipment and programming cost.

Media playback can be triggered from dbx ZC Controllers, Control Inputs, HiQnet System Architect™ Custom Control Panels and third party control systems. It can also be scheduled through the HiQnet System Architect Scheduler function, either from a schedule running on a control PC or a schedule running on an SC device itself.

The ability to run scheduled preset recalls and media playback on an SC device means that, once configured, the control PC can be taken away, leaving the SC to make scheduled system changes and play back stored media at pre-determined times. This makes it the perfect device for simplification of audio systems through pre-engineered automation.

The SC 32 and SC 64 Digital Matrix Processors feature intuitive Wizard-driven system configuration using HiQnet System Architect. Unprecedented DSP power and routing flexibility make them the ideal foundation for even the most demanding systems. The SC 32 and SC 64 host a total of 32 and 64 analog I/O respectively, configurable in banks of eight.

The devices feature dedicated DSP for common processing functions as well as insert positions for specialized processing and popular audio tools including dbx Advanced Feedback Suppression™ (AFS™), Automatic Gain Control (AGC), dynamics, Sub-Harmonic Synthesizer, parametric equalizer (PEQ), Ambient Noise Compensation (ANC) and AutoWarmth®.

Harman HiQnet™ is the world's first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across the Harman Pro Group and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

dbx is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.”

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