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Harman Bows HiQnet Audio Architect

Harman Professional announced HiQnet Audio Architect configuration and control software at InfoComm.

Harman’s David Scheirman, director, knowledge resources(left); Michael MacDonald, executive vice president of Marketing (center); and Van Williamson, Sales & Marketing Manager Commercial Systems (right), were on-hand for a slew of announcements across the Harman brands, such as BSS’s SoundWeb adding Dante support; the revelation that HiQNet Audio Architect will arrive in January, 2013; Soundcraft’s bowing its ViSi Remote iOS app to control Vi and Si consoles; dbx’s entry into the personal monitor mixing market with its PMC mixer; JBL’s introduction of its AWC series compact co-axial all-weather loudspeakers and its largest column speaker, the 6.6-foot-tall CBT200LA-1; and more.
Las Vegas, NV (June 14, 2012)—Harman Professional announced HiQnet Audio Architect configuration and control software at InfoComm.

The new software, expected to debut in January, 2013, is being demonstrated as part of a HiQnet ‘system wall’ at the Harman booth. When released, HiQnet Audio Architect will reportedly combine the functionality of predecessor software applications HiQnet System Architect and HiQnet London Architect, while providing system-focused configuration for over 100 HiQnet products from AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL and Lexicon. It will merge the open-architecture DSP backbone of the BSS Audio Soundweb London family with the workflow and customizable control of HiQnet System Architect.

In adding the feature set of HiQnet London Architect to the HiQnet System Architect software platform to create HiQnet Audio Architect, the HiQnet team will include enhancements, such as to hide advanced features from a more novice user without inhibiting the design of a large-scale system. The workflow paradigm introduced in System Architect 2 and more recently adopted by JBL Performance Manager guides the designer from start to finish, and presents a cleaner workspace by displaying only the tools appropriate for each and every stage of the design.

Being launched alongside HiQnet Audio Architect will be HiQnet Motion Control—an Apple iOS app which enables customized control interfaces designed in Audio Architect to be imported on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices for mobile system control. Dedicated design templates are available within Audio Architect for the configuration of customized interfaces, which can be used to control devices from BSS, Crown, dbx and JBL. HiQnet Motion Control will be available from the Apple App Store imminently and will also function with HiQnet System Architect prior to the availability of HiQnet Audio Architect.

HiQnet Audio Architect will offer the ability to route the emerging AVB open standard, Cirrus Logic CobraNet and Audinate Dante audio network protocols, as well as Harman’s proprietary BLU link high-channel, low latency digital audio bus, all within a single application. By providing the ability to route the three audio network protocols within a single interface, a system designer can move from one network platform to another without being experienced in multiple software packages.