HARMAN PRO GROUP HiQNet™ PROVIDES CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM FOR STATE OF THE ART AUDIO TECHNOLOGY AT NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE WITH SYSTEM
17 January 2007, Winter NAMM
In a compelling example of how the Harman Pro Group's HiQnet™ professional audio configuration and control protocol is earning its way into some of the performing arts world's elite new projects, the company today announced that the new Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles had acquired a comprehensive Harman Pro Group system with HiQnet at its core and featuring Crown amplification and JBL Professional VERTEC® Line Arrays. The audio system was designed, sold and installed by IPR Services of Los Angeles.
Dubbed a "new era" in live entertainment, the L.A. Live experience was launched to great fanfare on October 18, 2007 with a grand opening show by The Eagles and the Dixie Chicks. It features a large, $2.5 billion development of downtown Los Angeles, including a new ESPN studio, office towers, a 50-story hotel, restaurants and a cinemaplex. Most notably, the new 7100 seat Nokia Theatre, developed and operated by AEG at a cost of $120 million, was the centerpiece and first venue to open in the complex. With a stage measuring 180' x 80', the largest in Southern California, and a performance area of over 14,000 square feet, the theatre is set to host any world-class entertainment.
"We used Harman's HiQnet for the Nokia Theatre because it obviously provides the most coherent remote monitoring and control capabilities for the Crown amplification system," said Robert Patrick, President of IPR Services. "That was important to the design concept because the amplifiers are remotely located on the grid above the stage and we needed the ability to accurately monitor and control the large system that's in there. Also, with System Architect software, we were able to easily customize the interface and train on-site staff in the use of the system, making it easy to operate for upcoming productions."
The system also contains JBL Vertec Line Arrays, with the main left and right arrays comprising 12 VT4889's and an additional 4 VT4889's for outfill. The subwoofers are JBL VT4880A's, hung in a unique center stage configuration while the JBL AC2212/00 and PD5212/95 loudspeakers are used to supplement the main system.
The system is powered by nearly 400,000 watts of Crown amplification, comprising 62 Crown I-Tech and 10 Crown CTs 1200 with PIP-lite. In addition, the Crown amplifiers also provide comprehensive speaker processing functionality for the JBL VERTEC array hangs.
All of the L.A. Live operations have embraced the most advanced systems as a point of emphasis in recreating a thriving downtown Los Angeles experience. The Nokia Theatre's use of a sophisticated, networked audio control system was meant to ensure that the biggest acts in the world could come to the venue and have their rider requirements met with a first-class touring-style sound system, while also having reliable, high-quality operation from a venue owner's point of view.
According to Michael MacDonald, Harman Pro Group Executive Vice President of Marketing, the Nokia Theatre presents the entertainment community with an impressive template that replicates the sound systems of the world's most successful tours and provides a system template that enables greater versatility and cost efficiency for live performance acts. "With the live sound and fixed install market shift to the JBL VERTEC/Harman HiQnet one-two combination, artists and engineers can be certain that the sound in the venue meets their threshold quality while promoters and producers have greater versatility to do short-run shows and have less transport overhead."
HiQnet is a network control protocol that employs industry standard hardware integrated with System Architect, a proprietary software package. Acting as more than a messaging protocol, HiQnet uses System Architect software to provide real time control and monitoring. The software enables custom control and monitoring of the entire audio system, including load monitoring, output protection and limiting, error reporting and real time proof of performance. Ethernet, USB, and serial control are all supported as is CobraNet digital audio.
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 the Harman Pro Group System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
About the Harman Pro Group:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, the Harman Pro Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com), a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets. The Company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: HAR. Harman Pro Group companies include AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, dbx, Crown International, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer.