Using components under the Harman Professional brand umbrella, Harman’s Connected PA concept was designed to allow mics, speakers and DIs to be recognized by the mixer and control app — easing setup and preset management for users.
Harman’s technology is significant because it simplifies system installation for non-technical users. It could be extended to other audio and video systems as more non-trained workers are asked to master technical tasks.
Harman said the technology uses ioSYS, a software technology that was launched earlier on the Soundcraft Ui24 mixer and JBL PRX800W loudspeaker. More recently, Harman announced the availability of the dbx Di1 direct injection box and the AKG P5i microphone. All feature ioSYS, which runs on iOS or Android tablets, Mac or PC platforms.
The technology, Harman said, was designed to allow non-technical users to do 90 percent of an installation through plug-and-play technology. For example, plug in an AKG P5i mic into a Soundcraft Ui24 mixer and it automatically launches a menu of presets.
Those pre-determined parameters set gain, define EQ and optimize FX like reverbs and delays. More than 70 different presets are included. Each component is automatically recognized and paired with its unique presets. The technology is powered by dbx, DigiTech and Lexicon processing, all owned by Harman.
The dbx DI, designed specifically for musicians, connect the outputs from electric guitars, bass amplifiers, keyboards and other devices to a console mixer without the use of a microphone. It has a signal pass through connector, XLR balanced output, TS and XLR inputs, an attenuation control, ground lift and nine volt battery operation mode.
The AKG P5i dynamic microphone is the first designed to automatically configure with the Connected PA ecosystem, providing instant recall of performer and presets. It features a supercardioid polar pattern and heavy duty metal construction.
Though the Harman technology was launched to ease the installation of public address systems, it clearly could have other applications, especially where non-technical users are involved.
Remote recording, podcasts and other audio/video applications designed for offices and homes are good candidates for the future of the technology.
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