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NAMM 2019: Harman Professional Solutions reveals new audio developments

Among innovations to be presented include new AKG DMS series wireless systems, JBL One series 104 reference monitors, and a huge update to Soundcraft Ui24R 3.0 Firmware

Harman Professional Solutions will showcase a variety of new and exciting audio products today at the NAMM show, booth 14508.

JBL One Series 104 reference monitors:

Harman will present its new JBL One Series 104 monitors at the NAMM show, designed for recording musicians, podcasters, and music and video producers of all levels.

JBL One Series 104 monitors draw from seven decades of JBL Professional engineering to deliver an innovative new speaker with newly engineered JBL 4.5” coaxial drivers that provide full range performance without a subwoofer. This coaxial driver has been specially contoured using the same research that led to the waveguide found in the M2, 7-Series, and 3-Series monitors. A high level of performance, even at loud playback levels, is accomplished through integrated 60-watt Class D amplification that can drive One Series speakers to 104db SPL (peak), without distortion.

With a new aesthetic and compact size, they are applicable to small workspaces too, in consideration of the varying requirements of modern and home studios. Features like its front-panel volume control allows convenient level adjustments, the front-panel headphone jack automatically muting the speakers, providing isolation, and dual 1/4-inch balanced and single 1/8-inch unbalanced TRS inputs accommodate a wide range of sources. An optional, protective carrying case will also be available.

“The world’s top recording studios and touring artists rely on JBL Professional monitors to deliver unparalleled fidelity and performance, and today’s content creators deserve a similar level of performance,” commented Chris Hansen, director, recording and content creation. “With the JBL One Series 104, we’ve leveraged the best of JBL engineering to deliver both a reliable sonic reference and a truly enjoyable listening experience, all at an attractive price point.”

AKG DMS series digital wireless systems:

Harman will also launch its new AKG DMS100 and DMS300 digital wireless systems at NAMM.

AKG DMS digital wireless systems combine 2.4GHz operation with Harman’s signature AKG sound quality to deliver studio-grade sound with advanced security features, longer battery life and ease of use.

The eight-channel DMS300 and four-channel DMS100 are available in two configurations: an AKG handheld microphone or an instrument, or a headset-ready body pack. The DMS series offers 24-bit/48 kHz uncompressed audio coding, low latency and signal security provided by AES 256-bit encryption.

“The new AKG DMS digital wireless systems leverage more than 70 years of AKG microphone engineering to deliver unrivalled fidelity, security and performance,” stated Christopher Palmer, product manager, microphones. “Featuring iconic AKG sound and user-friendly controls, DMS digital wireless systems are the ideal solution for performing musicians, small- to medium-sized corporate and government presentations, houses of worship, fitness instructors, educators and anyone who seeks both studio-quality sound and the freedom of movement onstage.”

DMS systems were designed for intuitive operation, with push-button channel pairing and colour-coding for easy identification. Its adaptive channel selection locates available wireless channels, and DMS300 features a high-resolution front-panel LCD screen. Up to four DMS100 and eight DMS300 systems can be synced and used simultaneously.

DMS handheld transmitters feature an authentic AKG microphone capsule and acoustical engineering, and both the handheld transmitter and body pack offer 24-bit, 48kHz resolution and a linear frequency response. The body pack is instrument ready or can be used with optional AKG headsets or clip-on mics.

AKG DMS wireless systems operate in the 2.4GHz band, a global license-free space, avoiding the interference found in traditional analogue wireless systems. Built-in advanced AES 256-bit encryption protects the signal and keeps wireless audio communications private, which is beneficial for conferences.

Soundcraft Ui24R 3.0 Firmware update:

Harman will also be unveiling multiple updates to its Soundcraft Ui24R 3.0 Firmware.

The new setting, Cascade, enables users to connect two Ui24R via Ethernet to double their mixing capability by enabling a new 32×32 bi-directional audio bus between consoles. Users can easily switch between Host and Remote units with a single click on Ui24R’s HTML5 screen user interface. Common applications of this new functionality include: doubling mic inputs, by adding a second Ui24R as a submixer, routed into the main Ui24R; and utilising two Ui24R mixers to create two independent mixes, each with dedicated EQ/Gate/Compression, for example when mixing FOH and monitors, or creating independent FOH and streaming/live recording mixes.

Ui24R’s new Cue feature enables the saving and fast recall of mix settings. While recalling Cues, Ui24R can block any changes to routing or processor types, which produces seamless operation, an essential feature during low volume events, for example, while mixing for theatre.

A new UDP view in the Ui24R HTML5 interface adds simple buttons to send industry-standard UDP commands over Ethernet to external gear, such as lighting software or hardware lighting controllers. A valuable use for this feature is to trigger preset lighting cues, which is perfect for community theatres, churches or corporate presentation settings where the sound engineers or volunteers might not have lighting experience.

The embedded Lexicon processing in Ui24R is now enhanced with Reverb Pre-Delay, allowing users to easily set the time before first surface reflections and swiftly simulate desired acoustic environments.

The “Big Desktop” INFO view provides a birds eye view of the entire Ui24R mix environment, represented as a single large console surface. Users can see graphics of their gate, compressor, EQ curve, FX and Aux sends, and jump between controls for editing with simple double-clicks. This feature is designed for use on 1080p resolutions screens.