Harman Professional Solutions is using ISE 2017 to mark the European debut of its Connected PA — a complete, integrated ecosystem of live sound products.
Connected PA brings together Soundcraft mixing consoles, AKG microphones, dbx stage boxes and JBL speakers that integrate Harman’s ioSYS technology, allowing musicians to create systems that suit their specific needs.
At the centre of the Connected PA ecosystem is the new Harman Connected PA mobile app (pictured), which provides a centralised solution for setup, configuration and control, removing the need for multiple apps and GUIs.
The app automatically identifies and configures connected equipment, provides setup wizards for quick and easy system configuration, and offers access from a variety of devices, including iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows.
While Harman plans to add many new products to the Connected PA ecosystem, compatible products at launch include:
• Soundcraft Ui12, Ui16, and Ui24R Digital Mixers
• JBL PRX800W Series Loudspeakers
• dbx DI1 Active Direct Box
• AKG P5i Microphone
“Musicians need a fast and easy way to set up their PA system so they can focus on performing instead of worrying about their equipment,” said Noel Larson, Harman Professional senior global manager. “The Harman Connected PA system provides musicians a simple and effective way to set up and operate their entire PA system from one central app, with minimal pro audio skills or previous live sound experience. Now musicians can focus on what matters most – their performance.”
The Connected PA app is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2017 from the Apple App Store, Google Play, Soundcraft.com and JBL.com. Soundcraft Ui24R is expected to be available March 2017 while the AKG P5i microphone will be available February 2017. JBL PRX800W speakers and the dbx DI1 are currently available but may require firmware updates to enable Harman Connected PA functionality.