Harman hosts Singapore seminars
SINGAPORE: Harman successfully hosted a two-day seminar at Resort World Sentosa (RWS) on 29th and 30th March. Primarily focussing on JBL’s VTX technology, the event was presented by renowned tour sound expert Paul Bauman (Harman associate director, global tour sound). Divided between theory and practical sessions, the technology was explained in detail before the commencement of hands-on system setup allowing invited delegates to gain an in-depth understanding of designing, optimising and using VTX line array speaker systems.
The adoption of JBL Line Array Calculator, HiQnet Performance Manager and HiQnet Audio Architect software was an integral part of the training, before the participants went to work on a VTX demo system. ‘We were pleased to see no less than 40 attendees joining us for the two training days,’ commented Mr Bauman. ‘Thanks to everyone's cooperation, we managed to provide true hands-on training for this crowd. It was an all-round success, a lot of fun and well worth the time and effort.’
The normal training timing and programme caters for smaller groups, so Mr Bauman decided to change the format of the hands-on session, splitting the group into teams of two during the rigging exercise. For the rigging exercise, the teams separated to stage left and stage right, competing against one another as Harman regional sales manager, touring and rental, Yusof Ahmad, explained. ‘It was good to add some fun into the activities by hosting this rigging competition and we awarded prizes to the winners for their time of seven minutes and 14 seconds. It’s important for us to connect with our audience and engage in dialogue. Rather than just show products, it’s important to educate, listen, provide support and prove that we’re upping the ante. Paul’s presence and the effort of the whole team made the event a resounding success underlined by an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees.’
Delegates from rental houses, venues, systems integrators and distributors in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia attended. In contrast, assistant technical manager from Resorts World Sentosa, Faisal Omar made the short walk to the event. ‘The training was a great opportunity to learn more about JBL VTX,’ he stated. ‘Paul did an excellent job, giving us plenty of detailed information, yet making it easy for us to absorb. In particular, the JBL Line Array Calculator session impressed me as it has improved functionality and greater accuracy than I’ve seen before.’
Following the two day course and the presentation of JBL VTX training certificates to all the delegates, Harman hosted a third JBL VTX demo day at RWS’ Hard Rock Hotel. Once again, the event was split into a morning of theory and afternoon of practical demonstrations for the assembled 120 guests at the Coliseum stage venue. An overview of the VTX system together with theory, concept, and software tools was presented with particular emphasis on the demo system that was listened to during the afternoon session. Also included were global VTX references with their individual challenges and requirements related to an assortment of venues together with the system solutions based on EASE modelling, system rigging and optimisation.
The afternoon listening tests were performed on a demonstration system, which combined nine per side VTX V25-II flown together with three per side VTX S25 subs in cardioid mode. In addition, 12 VTX S28 subs were ground stacked to further enhance the lower frequencies. All powered by Crown VRacks combining iTech 3500 and iTech 12000 amplifiers, the VTX system was joined on stage by sets of the newly launched VTX M Series M20 and M22 floor monitors, and mixed on the latest Soundcraft Vi 7000 digital console, also one of the very first to leave the factory.
As the three day event closed with a buffet and drinks, Harman Asia senior sales director Thomas Marcher was celebrating a good ROI and his birthday. ‘This is the first event we have hosted on such a scale since we settled into our new Harman headquarters here in Singapore,’ he commented. ‘The turnout surpassed our expectations and it was also the perfect opportunity in which to launch the new VTX M Series stage monitors and Soundcraft Vi 7000 console. These were flown in just in time for the occasion. The VTX system is here to stay, and we look forward to continuing demo activities in the region.’