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April 20, 2017

Studer by HARMAN Introduces New DIOS I/O Routing Automation Software for Broadcasters

Innovative I/O automation software manages and simplifies complex routing processes to help broadcasters increase efficiency, expand redundancy and reduce common workflow errors

NAB (Booth C146, Listening Room S218LMR), LAS VEGAS—Studer by HARMAN today introduced DIOS, the first I/O routing automation software designed to manage and simplify complex routing matrices within broadcast workflows. DIOS offers a number of key features that will help broadcasters increase production efficiency and reduce workflow errors, including I/O routing management and automation, automated and redundant pathfinding, diagnostic notifications, transportation of baseband and IP data, offline configuration capabilities and more.

“I/O routing is an extremely complex and time-consuming part of the production process, and unexpected hardware failures often require urgent changes to routing equipment in an attempt to stay on the air,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Director of Solutions & Marketing for Hospitality and Broadcast, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “DIOS automates the entire I/O routing process, enabling broadcasters to simplify production workflows, reduce human error during configuration and daily operation, and ensure that programs stay on the air in the event of an error. Furthermore, HARMAN is working with industry leaders and technology partners to continually evolve DIOS to meet the needs of customers and ever-changing market demands.”

After input and output locations are specified, DIOS identifies pathways and automatically routes data. When errors occur, DIOS can reroute data through automated redundant pathfinding and find an alternative pathway when an I/O route is unavailable. If no pathways are available, DIOS will provide options for disconnecting inputs currently in use, so users can determine which option will have the smallest impact on the production. Furthermore, DIOS provides users with automated diagnostic notifications, including instantaneous notice of pathway limitations or hardware failures. DIOS also recalls previous routing configurations, so users can easily make changes to equipment and quickly switch between productions without having to manually reconfigure I/O pathways.

DIOS works seamlessly with IP networks, baseband networks, or both. In hybrid IP/baseband, DIOS manages the routing through the heterogenous network – an often complex network that is made up of IP and baseband components. DIOS is format agnostic, essentially acting as a translator for the various types of data routing through a multitude of products. DIOS also enables broadcasters to bring different standards and APIs together into one ecosystem and connect third-party equipment that previously operated independently. With the ability to manage all types of input and output data, DIOS is a scalable solution that can adapt as facilities grow and needs change.

As equipment capabilities are maximized, DIOS enables broadcasters to be dynamic with their workflows and consolidate hardware. By identifying all potential pathways and routing data using the most efficient route, DIOS allows broadcasters to utilize I/O pathways that were previously unavailable in a static model, opening up an entirely new world of workflow options.  

DIOS also allows broadcasters to easily repurpose equipment within their facility for other applications. With the centralization of control, users only need to make changes in one system instead of multiple systems, reducing the amount of time it takes to set up productions. The ability to build shows offline and pre-configure I/O routes in advance further decreases set up time. Plus, auto recognition of previous I/O routes enables broadcasters to make a smooth transition back to previous configurations.


DIOS will be available in fall 2017.

April 17

April 17, 2017

Industry Leaders Showcase Broadcast and Production Technologies by HARMAN Professional Solutions at NAB 2017

Solutions from JBL Professional, Crown Audio, BSS Audio and Studer featured in partnership with Avid, Dolby Laboratories, DTS and All Mobile Video

NAB (Booth C146, Listening Room S218LMR), LAS VEGAS—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced it is partnering with key industry leaders to demonstrate innovative broadcast and production solutions at NAB 2017. Avid, Dolby Laboratories, DTS and All Mobile Video will all showcase HARMAN solutions at their respective booths to provide attendees with a firsthand look at the industry’s latest broadcast and production technologies. These solutions include JBL Professional sound reinforcement systems, Crown amplifiers, BSS Audio processors and Studer mixing consoles.

“We are pleased to partner with other industry leaders at NAB 2017 to deliver the industry’s most innovative and advanced solutions for broadcast and production,” said David McKinney, Vice President of Hospitality and Broadcast, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Not only does HARMAN provide complete end-to-end systems, our solutions integrate seamlessly with other leading technologies to provide customers with greater choice, flexibility and power.”

HARMAN Professional Solutions products will be featured by the following partners at NAB 2017:

Avid delivers the most comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world. Visit the Avid booth to learn about cutting-edge audio production workflows in the Dolby Atmos format. The Avid main stage will feature a full Dolby Atmos production presentation using a complete HARMAN audio system, including JBL AM7212/00 loudspeakers for screen channels, JBL AC28/26 speakers for surround sound, JBL ASP6125 subwoofers, Crown DCi multi-channel network power amplifiers and a BSS Soundweb London BLU806 signal processor.

A second Dolby Atmos production demonstration will feature the award-winning Avid Pro Tools | S6 modular control surface, a Pro Tools | HDX system, and a full JBL audio system with JBL 7 Series master reference studio monitors, a JBL Intonato monitor management tuning system, JBL subwoofers and Crown DCi multi-channel network power amplifiers. (Booth SU902)

Dolby Laboratories creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home and at work. Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience.

Stop by the Dolby booth to experience the latest in audio innovation from Dolby with a full Dolby Atmos demo, featuring JBL 7 Series master reference studio monitors, JBL subwoofers and Crown DCi multi-channel network amplifiers. (Booth SU1702)

DTS is a leading provider of audio solutions for mobile devices, home theater systems, cinema, gaming, automotive and beyond. With its technology integrated in more than two billion devises globally, DTS provides incredibly high-quality, immersive and engaging audio experiences to listeners everywhere. DTS will be conducting demos of their DTS:X immersive audio technology using an 11.1 JBL system every day of NAB between 12:00–2:00 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the Renaissance Hotel.

All Mobile Video
All Mobile Video is one of the industry’s preeminent audio/visual production companies, with a fleet of innovative mobile production trucks that are equipped with the most advanced equipment and technology on the market. Visit All Mobile Video to see Zurich, their largest and most powerful HDR and 4K production truck. Zurich is equipped with a 72-fader Studer Vista X with an Infinity core processor, built-in Lexicon processing, and three Studer compact stage boxes. The console also includes 11 MADI cards and 2 Dante cards. (Booth N302VR)

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Presents the Latest Broadcast, Production and Live Sound Innovations at NAB 2017

HARMAN continues to move the industry forward with next-generation broadcast audio production solutions by Studer, JBL Professional and AKG

NAB (Booth C146, Listening Room S218LMR), LAS VEGAS—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced it will be exhibiting the latest broadcast, production and live sound solutions by Studer, JBL Professional and AKG at the 2017 NAB show. Several products will make their NAB debut, including the recently announced Studer DIOS I/O routing automation software, Studer Glacier Series audio control surfaces and JBL 7 Series powered master reference studio monitors.

“We’re excited to share our latest broadcast innovations at the world’s largest gathering of broadcasting professionals,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Director of Solutions & Marketing for Hospitality and Broadcast, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “From groundbreaking I/O solutions like Studer DIOS to innovative JBL 7 Series studio monitors, we’re committed to providing broadcasters with the advanced solutions they need to create the highest quality content and meet the workflow challenges of tomorrow.”

In addition to its main booth, HARMAN Professional Solutions will also host a JBL and AKG listening room that will showcase the latest studio production technologies, including hourly live demonstrations of the JBL 7 Series.

HARMAN Main Booth (C146)

  • Studer DIOS automated I/O routing software 
  • Studer Vista X audio mixing console 
  • Studer Vista V audio mixing console 
  • Studer Vista 1 Black Edition audio mixing system 
  • Studer Infinity Core processors 
  • Studer D23m digital I/O system 
  • Studer Micro Series audio mixing system 
  • Studer Glacier Series audio control surfaces 
  • AKG Microlite microphones 

JBL and AKG Listening Room (S218LMR)

  • JBL 7 Series powered master reference studio monitors 
  • JBL Intonato monitor management tuning system 
  • JBL subwoofers 
  • AKG studio headphones 
  • AKG headsets with integrated microphones 

April 07

April 07, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Shares Key Technical Insight at NAB Show 2017

HARMAN thought leaders contribute deep industry expertise to help broadcasters enhance workflows, streamline production and adapt to dynamic changes in the industry

NAB (Booth C146, Listening Room S218LMR), LAS VEGAS—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced two in-depth presentations at NAB 2017 that will help broadcasters enhance their operations and meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving industry. The Science Behind the Sound will explore best practices for measuring the sound quality of loudspeakers and headphones, and the importance of choosing the correct monitoring solution. 5 Ways to Streamline Your Live Broadcast Workflows will demonstrate how broadcasters can leverage the latest technologies to streamline workflows and simplify production processes. Hosted by respected HARMAN thought leaders, these informative presentations will provide attendees with valuable industry insight and deep technical knowledge.

The Science Behind the Sound: How to Select Loudspeakers and Headphones for Broadcast and Production
As audiences continue to adopt higher-quality home theater systems, it is more important than ever for broadcasters to ensure that the audio they produce retains its sound quality—from production to distribution. In this presentation by Dr. Sean Olive, an Acoustic Research Fellow for HARMAN International, attendees will learn about the current best practices for measuring loudspeaker and headphone sound quality based on recent scientific research, and discover how choosing the right monitoring systems can help ensure that consumers hear audio content exactly as the artist or broadcast producer intends. At HARMAN, Dr. Olive directs research focused on the perception and measurement of sound reproduction. He has written over 50 research papers on his research, and was awarded the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Fellowship Award.

5 Ways to Streamline Your Live Broadcast Workflows
It is critical for broadcasters to ensure that their production workflows can meet today’s demands and adapt to tomorrow’s developments and opportunities. In this presentation by Katy Templeman-Holmes, Director of Solutions & Marketing for Hospitality and Broadcast at HARMAN, attendees will learn five methods for improving workflow processes that save time, resources and money. Topics will include common workflow challenges, primary workflow components and the latest technologies that can simplify the production process. In addition to discussing the components of a successful workflow, Templeman-Holmes will share tactics for making workflow more efficient, and best practices that will help organizations prepare for changes in the industry.

Scheduling and Attendance  

The Science Behind the Sound
Tue. April 25| 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM | N234-236
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5 Ways to Streamline Your Live Broadcast Workflows 
Tue. April 25 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | N234-236
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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings New Mixing Power to Munich’s Gasteig Cultural Center

Complete HARMAN mixing solution offers exceptional speed, ease of use and seamless integration for a wide range of productions at one of Europe’s busiest cultural centers

MUNICH, Germany—The Gasteig cultural center, home to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, recently upgraded its aging mixing console to a complete mixing solution by HARMAN Professional Solutions, including a Studer Vista X mixing console, Studer I/O systems, Lexicon Processors and AMX control systems. The Gasteig hosts more than 2,500 productions each year, and in order to meet such a demanding production schedule, the facility needed a cutting-edge mixing solution that would streamline workflows and enable guest audio engineers to achieve great sounding mixes with ease. The new HARMAN mixing solution offers excellent speed, flexibility and ease of use, and enables Gasteig to deliver excellent sound quality for a wide range of concerts and productions.

“We have a very short timeframe between productions,” said Peter Brümmer, chief audio engineer at the Gasteig. “There could be classical recording on Thursday, and then a jazz recording on Friday. Or we could have four performances in a single evening. I’m a really big fan of the Studer Vista X, and the Vistonics technology provides the best user interface on the market. I can turn a knob and see it happening, without having to deep dive into a computer. It reacts like an analog board.”

The complete HARMAN mixing solution at the Gasteig was provided by Audio Pro, HARMAN’s official distributor in Germany. In addition to the Vista X console, the system includes 2 Studer Infinity Core 800 processing engines for redundancy, a Studer D21m remote stagebox with 48 microphone preamps and a Studer D23M I/O system with AES/EBU, Dante, MADI and more. The Vista X is also compatible with the Gasteig’s old Studer D19 digital preamp system with 48 microphone I/O.

2 Lexicon PCM 96 Surround processors are interfaced with the Vista X via the D23M system to provide the studio with a wide range of high quality surround effects. Parameters are controlled directly from the Vista X via the Vistonics user interface using HiQNet IP protocol, and settings can be recalled instantly using the console’s snapshot feature. Finally, an AMX control system with Modero Touch Panels enable Gasteig engineers to simplify day-to-day operations in the studio, seamlessly control lighting and power and quickly switch between different DAWs. 

“Each hall in our facility is connected to the Vista X console via Dante, which gives us the flexibility to record performances throughout the building,” remarked Brümmer. “The Vista X allows us to use our old preamps, which is really important to us. We now have 96 channels of high quality I/O, which gives us the flexibility to record any performance.”

With such a busy schedule, it was important for Brümmer to select an audio console that guest engineers could operate with as little as ten minutes of preparation before each show. Three of Europe’s leading console manufacturers brought in a console for a one-week trial period, which allowed Brümmer to determine which console would enable him to mix the fastest.

“I loaded up a live multi-track recording from a pop band to determine how fast I could dial up a nice mix,” said Brümmer. “The Vista X was the fastest by far. The flexibility and mixing speed were impressive, and it was a very easy console to mix on. Now when we have a freelance sound engineer, we can show him the board in 10 minutes and have him ready to mix the performance.”

For more than 20 years, the Gasteig has recorded each and every performance by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. The recordings are stored in an archive for posterity or released commercially to the public. They also record performances by famous jazz orchestras, big bands, chamber music and more. For orchestral recordings, they typically record with 96 kHz, 24-bit sound quality using approximately 30 microphones. Orchestral performances are currently mixed in 5.1 surround sound, but Brümmer has been experimenting with creating mixes 9.1, which convey three-dimensional height, depth and width.

“With the Vista X, I can create 9.1 mixes by setting up two surround-master busses—one for the lower layer in 5.1 and one for the upper layer in 4.0,” Brümmer concluded. “Each incoming channel from Pro Tools is routed to two mixer channels: the main channel one is routed to the 5.1 bus, while the second one gets signal from the pre-fader direct out from channel one and is routed to the 4.0 bus. With 800 channels and the AutoTouch Plus Dynamic Automation System, the Vista X makes the whole process fast and easy. The best part is, I can accomplish all of this without ever having to use a mouse or a computer screen!”

Products Used:

Studer Vista X Console
Studer Infinity Core 800 Processing Engine
Studer D21m Remote Stagebox
Studer D23M I/O System
Lexicon PCM96 Surround Processors
AMX Modero Touch Panels


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March 15, 2017

Studer by HARMAN Unifies Television and Radio Production at KPBS Public Media

Complete broadcast mixing solution includes Studer Vista V console, D23M digital I/O systems and Compact Stageboxes.

NORTHRIDGE, CA – Located on the San Diego State University campus, KPBS Public Media operates three media organizations out of a single production facility, including NPR radio station KPBS-FM, PBS television station KPBS and the online news website KPBS-Digital. With so much media being created under one roof, KPBS needed a broadcast mixing solution that would streamline production and enable the separate news divisions to seamlessly share original content.  

After careful consideration, KPBS made the decision to replace its legacy digital mixing console with a complete Studer by HARMAN broadcast audio mixing solution. The new Studer mixing system enables KPBS to unify the recording and production workflows across the entire facility, efficiently mix a wide range of productions and quickly share media between the television and radio stations.

The new KPBS broadcast mixing system includes a Studer Vista V console with a fully redundant Infinity Core 400 processing engine, 5 Studer D23M I/O Systems and 5 Studer Compact Stageboxes deployed throughout the facility, enabling the different studios to record audio using the system’s DSP processing. Finally, a Studer Vista Compact Remote Bay is deployed as an extension of the Vista V, which provides additional redundancy and allows KPBS staff to control the console from any of the other studios or newsrooms.  

“The Vista V mixing solution gives us incredible production flexibility across all of our studios and newsrooms,” said Leon Messenie, Director of Engineering at KPBS. “If the radio station wants to record something in their performance studio, we can easily accommodate the microphones directly into the Vista V system. The Studer system also allows us to combine a wide range of audio sources on the same network so that all of our media is available to all of our production teams—no matter what surface they’re using. The flexibility and seamless networking between studios was a big selling point for us.”

Studer solutions are I/O agnostic, which enables the Vista system to accommodate any I/O standard. At KPBS, the Vista V console is augmented by 5 D23m I/O systems with with various I/O card configurations, including 35 embedder and de-embedders that allow production teams to strip audio from up to 35 separate video streams. The radio station can use audio pulled from a video stream to create soundbites for radio show, and the TV station can use the embedders to combine audio clips with a video stream. Media assets are shared instantly between the radio and TV departments using audio over IP networking, which is facilitated by a Liveware card in the D23m.

“The KPBS television station does a lot of production for our radio station, and both departments are constantly sharing audio soundbites back and forth,” shared Messenie. “With the Livewire integration in the Studer system, the television station has access to all of the KPBS radio sources, and the radio station has access to all of the KPBS television sources. We could be on the air doing a story for PBS NewsHour, and radio can use the audio feed to create soundbites. With the Livewire connection on the Studer console, both stations can access the audio instantly—even from mobile productions in the field.”

With a live televised nightly newscast and multiple live radio shows, system redundancy is critical at KPBS. The Studer system was designed with multiple layers of redundancy, so that even in the rare possibility of catastrophic system failure, the station will not experience any loss of audio. The Vista V features Quad Star technology, which uses four processors to achieve aviation-standard levels of redundancy in the control surface. Furthermore, CPU-based DSP makes it viable to provide two completely independent DSP cores running in parallel, with instant change over in the event of a problem.

“This is the only audio board for the entire production facility, so we definitely wanted redundancy for the entire system,” Messenie explained. “If we lost audio during our nightly newscast, it would not be good to say the least. The Vista V gives us several layers of redundancy, so that no matter what happens, the show will go on. Even in a worst-case scenario where the entire console surface fails, we can still control one of the system’s cores using the Vista Compact Remote Bay. The Studer system gives us confidence that we can work around any potential issues really quickly.”

The KPBS facility is located on San Diego State University campus, and student interns assist on numerous television and radio productions. KPBS needed an intuitive mixing system with the flexibility to accommodate users with a wide range of skill levels—from professional engineers with decades of experience to student interns who are beginning their careers in broadcasting. The Vista V features Studer's revolutionary Vistonics interface, which provides fast and intuitive control for users of all skill levels. In order to simplify productions for students, KBPS engineers create snapshots for different shows that the students can quickly recall.

The Studer Broadcast Academy also provides KPBS with a valuable teaching resource. Through interactive online courses, students work through lessons and follow along with the provided Virtual Vista software. Students are tested at the end of each lesson, and after all courses are completed, they receive official Studer Vista Online certification. This enables KPBS to ensure that interns know how to operate and control the Vista V system before they ever touch the console in the studio.

“We train students on very simple productions that we create snapshots for,” concluded Messenie. “It’s easier and less intimidating than it would be than if we placed them on a large production with a complex mixing workflow. Plus, the Studer Broadcast Academy lets us train the students on the basic operations of the Studer board before we even let them mix on the board. The entire Studer workflow has been very helpful in our student environment.”

Products Used:

Studer Vista V Console

Studer Infinity Core 400 Engine

Studer D23M I/O System

Studer Compact Stagebox

Studer Vista Compact Remote Bay

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