NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN
Professional today announced that its JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ sound
reinforcement system design software is now available to users as a public beta
version. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager had been previously available to a
closed group of 60 worldwide beta testers.
JBL HiQnet Performance Manager is a highly refined user
interface that facilitates the design of touring and live performance venue
sound reinforcement systems. Created especially for touring and theatrical
sound engineering, Performance Manager is an application-specific iteration of
the category-leading HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ configuration and control software
application for professional-grade audio system integration.
“JBL HiQnet Performance Manager is a powerful tool that
makes the design, setup and tuning of a JBL VERTEC loudspeaker
system a lot faster and more efficient,” noted Adam Holladay, Market Manager,
HARMAN System Development and Integration Group.
“The response from our beta testers has been extremely
positive,” continued Holladay. “In venue after venue, JBL VERTEC system
engineers have been able to achieve consistently higher levels of performance
than before. They note that they are also able to set up a system more quickly,
saving time and money. Now that we are making it available in a public beta
version, many more users will have the opportunity to take advantage of the
benefits of Performance Manager as a free download.”
The public beta version of Performance Manager is available
The beta version is functional except that users will need to apply for a
license key in order to go online and access the online operate modes of
certain system devices. An in-depth series of training videos can be viewed at http://hiqnet.harmanpro.com/training/.
The full version of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager will be available in early
2012 at a suggested retail price of $399.
Winner of a 2011 PLASA Innovation Award and a finalist for
the upcoming EMEA 2012 InAVation awards for which voting is currently open, JBL
HiQnet Performance Manager provides a comprehensive, step-by-step workflow that
directly corresponds to real-world system configuration, taking the workflow
paradigm introduced in System Architect 2 to a higher level of functionality for
any live performance audio application. It is fully integrated with JBL’s Line
Array Calculator II loudspeaker configuration and acoustic modeling software.
The user begins by loading templates of the speaker arrays
used in the system, and then runs Line Array Calculator II for each array as
part of the initial sound design task of determining how many and which type of
loudspeakers are required to cover a given venue. For each array, Performance
Manager automatically loads the passive VERTEC or powered
VERTEC DrivePack DPDA line array configuration into the
main application workspace – the first of many automated design processes
native to the software application. Loudspeakers can also be manually loaded
into the templates if desired.
Once the user defines the required amplifier parameters for
the passive loudspeakers within the arrays, Performance Manager automatically
loads the correct number of Crown Audio VRACK or other user-determined
amplifier racks into the audio system. The software then associates the
amplifier outputs with the bandpass crossover inputs for the selected array and
programs the amplifiers with the correct JBL preset data, as well as gain
shading and JBL Line Array Control Panel equalization parameters that are
determined in JBL’s Line Array Calculator II as part of the modeling process to
optimize sound pressure level and frequency response over the defined audience
Representations of the bandpass inputs for each loudspeaker
section are overlaid onto the arrays, enabling the user to easily visualize the
array configuration, whether JBL DrivePack-powered or driven by external Crown power
amplifiers. Performance Manager
software also significantly simplifies system-networking configuration – the
user can simply drag and drop devices discovered on the network onto the
pre-configured devices within the Performance Manager workspace to synchronize
all addressing and parameter values.
In addition, the Performance Manager graphical interface
provides embedded control panels for array calibration, time alignment and
system EQ which utilize input section digital signal processing resources
available in either Crown I-Tech HD power amplifiers or JBL DrivePack-powered
loudspeakers with DPDA digital audio input modules. Input attenuation,
equalization, delay settings and bandpass controls are all readily accessible
directly within the main application workspace along with flexible grouping and
comprehensive solo/mute functionality for system testing.
Once system tuning is complete, Performance Manager’s Show
Mode display is optimized for the actual live performance, offering appropriate
adjustment control ballistics for equalization and dedicated monitoring
interfaces for levels, speaker loads, thermal conditions and AC power requirements.
The workspace for all stages of Performance Manager’s workflow has a common
design motif, with monitoring functions overlaid on top of the same loudspeaker
bandpass representations within the workspace, making visualization easier and
more consistent across various workflow screens.
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 HARMAN’s Professional
Division and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group
(SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and
markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive,
consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including
AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The
Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports
leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than
25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and
infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across
the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales
of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.