Harman Professional has taken the wraps off its HiQnet Performance Manager software, ‘a highly-refined user interface that facilitates the design of touring and live performance venue sound reinforcement systems’.

HiQnet Performance ManagerDesigned for touring and theatrical sound engineering, HiQnet Performance Manager is an application-specific iteration of the Harman HiQnet System Architect 2 connectivity and control software application for professional-grade audio system integration. ‘In touring, time is money and Performance Manager dramatically streamlines the system design, set-up and tuning process, allowing the JBL VerTec System Engineer to achieve a higher level of performance with more consistent results on a daily basis from venue-to-venue’, says Paul Bauman, Director of Tour Sound Product Application and Application Engineering at JBL Professional.

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. It is fully integrated with JBL’s Line Array Calculator II loudspeaker configuration and acoustic modeling software.

Users begin by loading templates of the speaker arrays used in the system, and then run 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 required amplifier parameters for the passive loudspeakers within the arrays are defined, 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 equalisation 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 geometry.

‘HiQnet Performance Manager greatly simplifies loudspeaker preset management as well as power amplifier networking, grouping, monitoring and control,’ says Brian Pickowitz, Market Manager for Crown Audio International. ‘It is the ideal complement to the Crown Audio VRack turnkey power amplifier rack solution for JBL VerTec line array systems and the automated generation of pre-configured control panels combined with a tablet-friendly, highly-intuitive user interface will be a huge timesaver for the touring sound engineer.’

Representations of the bandpass inputs for each loudspeaker section are overlaid onto the arrays, enabling visualisation of the array configuration, whether JBL DrivePack-powered or driven by external Crown Audio power amplifiers. Performance Manager software also significantly simplifies system networking configuration – users drag-and-drop devices discovered on the network onto the pre-configured devices within the Performance Manager workspace to synchronise 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 use 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, equalisation, 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 optimised for the live performance, offering appropriate adjustment control ballistics for equalisation 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 visualisation easier and more consistent across various workflow screens.

HiQnet Performance Manager is a product of Harman’s ongoing commitment to develop application-specific versions of the HiQnet platform, addressing the day-to-day tasks of audio professionals in a broad range of markets.

‘By comprehensive analysis of the workflow of audio professionals in touring applications, HiQnet Performance Manager provides an enhanced productivity tool unlike anything else available,’ says Senior Market Manager of the Harman Professional System Development and Integration Group, Adam Holladay.

More: http://hiqnet.harmanpro.com

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