July 13
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New Talent, New Sounds: Composer Adam Hochstatter and Lexicon's PCM92

LOS ANGELES, California – Los Angeles can be a tough town when you’re trying to get a break in the entertainment business – but if you have talent, it also offers opportunities available nowhere else. Just ask Adam Hochstatter, who graduated from University of Southern California in 2010 and since has become a highly sought-after composer and orchestrator for film, TV, and commercials. His compositions often blur the lines between live and computer-generated music by using the Lexicon PCM92 Reverb and Effects Processor as a key sonic element in the process.

Hochstatter got started in the business soon after graduation doing freelance work and projects for other composers. As he got deeper into the field he became exposed to more equipment. Eventually Hochstatter started to branch out and get work on his own, and had to move into his own studio space and invest in his own gear.

“A lot of the work I do for television, commercials and independent films involves orchestration and MIDI mock up. This is where you have to make computers sound like a real orchestra, since the client can’t afford to hire a live orchestra as part of the project,” Hochstatter said. “This kind of work means that I’m always looking to enhance realism in my music, and I was recently in the market for a new reverb. I tried a bunch of different software but I wasn’t really happy with any of what was available at the time.”

Contrary to Hollywood’s dog-eat-dog image, Hochstatter found great support from fellow composers in his search. “Since I’m out in LA, I’m lucky because there are so many resources for young composers. Those in our industry are extremely helpful in letting others test out gear.” Ultimately he was able to borrow a Lexicon PCM92. “I fell in love with it.” The Lexicon PCM92 delivers 28 stereo and mono reverbs, delays and modulation effects and a collection of over 1,200 presets, including industry-standard classics from Lexicon’s vast library of sounds.

Aside from its rich sonics and flexible features, Hochstatter points out another advantage: as a hardware unit the PCM92 doesn’t stress his computer at all. It allows him to run sophisticated reverbs with no CPU power taken away from my computer, where he hosts samples and other CPU intensive audio software. “My computer and DAW have enough to deal with as it is!”

“Something about the Lexicon PCM92 just sounds smoother to me. It doesn’t have the sonic artifacts that I heard in the software I tried, and it does an amazing job of making sampled instruments sound more realistic. I used to struggle a lot more with getting my work to sound convincingly lifelike and the PCM92 has made my work sound so much better, whether I’m adding a touch of reverb to an individual instrument or creating a big wash of sonic atmosphere to complement the mood of a film, TV or commercial.”

Hochstatter also does a lot of work for companies that create sample libraries, creating demos that showcase specific instruments. “It’s the ideal way to show what the samples can really do in a musical setting.” Perhaps not surprisingly, he’s now doing demo videos for Lexicon. “Thanks to Adam’s exceptional talent and understanding of how reverb and effects can absolutely make a track, we’re really excited to have Adam produce more product demo videos that really dig deep into the capabilities of Lexicon products,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Professional.

“When I was first looking for reverb units, I was surprised that I couldn’t find a lot of online resources regarding how the unit sounded,” Hochstatter said. “I saw a few YouTube videos that demonstrated a particular feature well, but didn’t give enough of an overall picture for me to gamble and spend the money without really knowing what I was getting. Living in Los Angeles, I was able to borrow and test out a number of things, but if you’re not in a bigger city you might not be able to find the resources you need. My goal is to give insight for those who are starting out in the field like I was, and can’t test the products out for themselves.”

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

June 30
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Engineer Michalis Michael Grooves on Lexicon’s PCM Native Reverb Bundle

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Michalis “MsM” Michael is a talented recording and mixing engineer from London. With tastes ranging from Greek music to grime, his credits include Ed Sheeran, Royskopp and Robyn, DJ Fresh, P.Diddy and many others. HARMAN’s Lexicon has been a constant in Michael’s variegated musical life, including his latest project with up and coming singer/songwriter Zak Abel. Michael used the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle extensively on Abel’s first Atlantic Records EP, Joker Presents Zak Abel, mixed by Michael and produced by acclaimed UK record producer Joker. “The first reverb I remember hearing was a Lexicon – my dad had an old one that was purple if I remember rightly and even then, the sound grabbed me. My dad is highly regarded in the Greek music scene and would always say to me that Lexicons are the best. So I just grew up with that in mind. Another one of my earlier mentors, Tony Matthew, also used to teach me a few things about mixing on a console and a Lexicon was always involved.”

Over time Michael has used a variety of Lexicon reverb and effects units, and the progression to the PCM Native Reverb was a natural evolution. “Lexicon has made the transition from hardware to plug-ins brilliantly,” he noted. “Hardware and plug-ins both have their place and I’m glad Lexicon offers both, but the flexibility and ease of use of the PCM Native Reverb is hard to beat and the perfect complement to the way I work mixing ITB.” The PCM Native Reverb was Michael’s go-to reverb on this Joker Presents Zak Abel. “Because the majority of the drums were programmed, I found the PCM bundle invaluable for making the drums sound more natural and ‘live’ as opposed to artificial and ‘canned.’ In fact, for this project and the other work I do most of my programmed drum kits get some form of Lexicon Room reverb to add depth and presence. And getting a great drum sound is the foundation of getting a great recording."

“The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb bundle is a crucial part of my mixing process and can bring the space and depth I need to any project I’m mixing. I’ve got a few tricks I do with the plate reverbs that I don't mix without” Michael concluded,” Michael concluded. “Myself, Zak and Joker are thrilled with the way the EP came out and we think it’s going to win a lot of people over.”

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

June 01
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June 01, 2015

Lexicon Announces Summer 2015 50% Off Plug-Ins Sale

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s Lexicon today announced a summer 50% savings on any Lexicon Professional plug-in product (digital download only). The promotion runs from June 1st, 2015 through June 30th, 2015. To purchase a Lexicon plug-in and take advantage of the offer, visit the Lexicon store homepage (http://store.lexiconpro.com/browse_express.aspx) and enter coupon code: LEXSUMMER2015 at checkout.

Lexicon processors have become staples in the recording studio, on stage productions, as well as in every top post-production facility. Now Lexicon has complemented the finest hardware processors with the best software plug-ins available.

All five Lexicon plug-in software bundles offer the same distinctive, smooth, rich “Lexicon Sound”, and deliver an artful blend of legendary Lexicon reverb and effects plug-ins with hundreds of the most versatile and finely crafted studio presets, all designed to bring unsurpassed sonic quality to the full range of audio applications.

“Our summer promotion is an amazing opportunity to start or expand a library of Lexicon digital effects at unprecedented pricing opportunities that make them an even better value then ever before,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA, Recording and Broadcast at HARMAN Signal Processing.

Pricing is available only through the online Lexicon store. When purchasing through the Lexicon Store, enter offer code LEXSUMMER2015 in the "Redeem Your Gift Card/Coupon" data field before checking out when prompted to do so. Offer valid from 12:00 a.m. (EST) on June 1, 2015, until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on June 30, 2015.

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

April 22
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Lexicon Introduces QLI-32 Quantum Logic® Immersion Processor for Spectacular Cinema Surround Sound

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s Lexicon today introduced its QLI-32 Quantum Logic Immersion cinema processor, designed to deliver up to 32 channels of surround sound in professional cinema applications. The new QLI-32 interfaces with a theater’s media source and existing cinema processor to provide a multi-dimensional listening experience with left, center, right, surround, rear and height channels, all via HARMAN’s proprietary Quantum Logic Immersion surround-processing technology. In doing so, the QLI-32 provides theaters with a cost-efficient and easily deployed upgrade path to significantly-improved immersive cinematic sound.

“Our new QLI-32 offers an effective way for theater owners to upgrade to immersive surround sound with a product that is fully compatible with existing cinema processors and is competitively priced,” said Dan Saenz, Business Segment Manager, Installed and Cinema Sound, HARMAN Professional. “It can be easily integrated into an existing theater or specified as part of a new installation.”

The Lexicon QLI-32 utilizes HARMAN’s exclusive Quantum Logic technology to provide up to 32 channels of immersive surround-sound audio over BLU link from any mono stereo, 5.1- or 7.1-channel program material. The Lexicon QLI-32 uses exclusive signal processing techniques to actively analyze the acoustical information in the audio mix and re-create a full three-dimensional sonic environment with width, depth and height by identifying and positioning objects in the sound field – all without adding elements to the original mix. Because the QLI-32 works with existing audio systems, installation costs are reduced and any stereo or multi-channel content can be made immersive.

The QLI-32 features an 8-channel analog 25-pin connector, two 8-channel AES RJ-45 inputs, a BLU link (2 x RJ-45) input and a BLU link (2 x RJ-45) output. It also provides an Ethernet port and RJ-45 control connections. The QLI-32 provides Auto EQ per SMPTE 202 and offers 1/3-octave graphic EQ for each of its 32 output channels as well as parametric low-frequency EQ. The QLI-32 can be easily configured via its web-based interface and its simple front-panel control layout provides ready indication of operational status. Measuring 1U rack space high, the QLI-32 installs easily into an equipment rack.

Quantum Logic Immersion uses specialized algorithms to extract signal and reverberant streams from the original recording. Individual voices and instruments, as well as reverberant spatial information, are identified and then re-authored into a precise multichannel soundfield. QLI combines the individual signal streams using patented filter bank technology and psychoacoustic modeling to create an immersive multichannel listening experience with exceptional clarity, detail and image specificity.

The Lexicon QLI-32 Quantum Logic Immersion processor is currently available.

December 30
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HARMAN Professional Powers Italian Digital Audio Training Session At Acoustic Light

PERUGIA, Italy – The main audio integrator within its local region in Italy, Acoustic Light recently completed a successful acoustic training session featuring new audio products from HARMAN Professional. By using Soundcraft consoles, JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, AKG microphones, Lexicon digital effects processors and BSS signal processors, Acoustic Light showcased the latest digital audio technology for a variety of applications.
 
Participants at the event included sound engineers, musicians, and other audio service providers. For the training session, Acoustic Light used a Soundcraft Vi3000 console with a Stagebox, a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console with a Compact Stagebox and a Soundcraft MH3 console (48 channels) with an analog Stagebox.
 
“The Soundcraft consoles were invaluable in improving the participants’ understanding of the various audio products in the signal chain,” said Stephan Luthi, owner of Acoustic Light. Everyone obviously loved the Vi3000 and wanted to take it home, but the Si Expression also has a nice learning curve due to its simple layout. Since most people at the event were accustomed to analog consoles, being able to compare the MH3 with the digital consoles side by side definitely opened up a new world for them.”
 
Also featured were JBL PRX715 and SRX700 loudspeakers, Crown I-Tech 4000 amplifiers, AKG C 414 LTD and C 451 B microphones, Lexicon PCM81 and PCM91 digital effects processors, and BSS AR-133 and FCS-960 signal processors. These products allowed Luthi to explain the basic concept of audio design to the musicians while showcasing advanced features for the engineers.
 
“We chose these products to show participants how to properly tweak the system and position the microphones in a way that will enhance the intended sound, rather than inhibit it,” said Luthi. “Overall, everyone was impressed by the quality of the products offered in their price range.”
 
For more information on Acoustic Light, please visit www.acousticlight.it