Harmons ACEs it!

This winter Harmon's team members Doug Meyer and Christopher Knapp attended classes at Absen's HQ in Orlando to become Absen Certified Engineers (ACE). Doug and Chris both passed the test in preparation for an upcoming install project at Next Level Church's Fort Myers location. The Church added an DV3+ Absen LED to its main stage design to allow dynamic scene changes and subtle motion images. 

Give us a call if you are looking to rent or install an LED wall! 

Playlist Live 2016 - Orlando

 

What is Playlist Live? Here is a quick rundown taken from their website:

"Playlist Live hosts a three-day event where online creators and their biggest supporters come together in one place for an unforgettable experience. The weekend begins on Friday with Business Day then Saturday and Sunday are the core days of our event. When you attend Playlist Live, there are non-stop interactive activities going on throughout the entire weekend. We take pride in being the top creator event of our kind and are excited to ring in year six with all of our online friends IRL!"

The event this Spring was hosted at the Marriott World Center in Orlando FL, with an estimated 10,000+ in attendance. Playlist requires many different environments with their own unique AV needs. 

In the pictures below, you will see some of the AV environments that we provided for the weekend. Among these, were two stages with acts ranging from full bands to a panel of six or more. A nightclub-esque VIP party with a towering truss structure DJ booth & plenty of confetti as well as three business day panels where content creators discuss success & failures in their industry. 

Working with the crew at Playlist Live to take their ideas and incorporate them into an AV reality is always a pleasure. Enjoy the photos and please let us know how we can help make your next event a success!

Click the button below to learn more about Playlist Live.

Harmon's Uses a Chromecast?!?!

 

The SWFL Food & Wine Fest 2016, is always a memorable event. This year Harmon’s used a custom app to show the dollar amount of the current bid on the 7 displays throughout the room.

The live auction portion of this event is always the highlight, the auction has raised a total of 12.8 million dollars that directly benefits SWFL Children’s Charities to read more about the event please visit their website www.swflwinefest.org.

To accomplish getting this live dollar amount on the screens quickly and efficiently we used downstream keying from a Roland switcher on a custom Chromecast app. This app, built in house, allows any computer running Google’s Chrome browser with the Chromecast extension installed to send text to the Chromecast. Using downstream keying, to remove the background color of the app (can be customized) leaving only the text, to be show on top of the other video/powerpoint etc.

To use Auction Cast you may find it on the title bar of our website under portals. If prompted to enter a password, please email kevin@harmonsav.com for access.

Taking Christmas production to the Next Level

Dec. 23-24th 2015

This Christmas Harmon’s AV teamed up with the production staff at Next Level Church to bring The Wonder of a Star to life.  Barbara B Mann performing arts hall was church for; 2 days, 4 services & over 6,000 attendees.

Next level church relies on lighting, sound and video together to create an immersive experience at their campus and when moving to Barbara B. Mann for their Christmas service they turned to Harmon’s AV help create a similar experience at the local theater.

Video

Harmon’s implemented 3 circle truss’ flown with Stretch Shapes screen fabric stretched across the inner circumference of the circle to provide i-mag and graphics a place to live. The center circle was slightly larger than the outer two with an 14’ inner diameter, the others being 10’. To support the balcony seating with clear video we used a 7.5’ x 14’ screen. All of the screens were supported with DLP Mitsubishi projectors and the signals were processed using Analog Way and Panasonic video switching equipment.

Lighting

Harmon’s provided over 100 light fixtures for the event including: 20 5R Beams + 56 Opti LED Pars + 29 ELED Strips + 12 LED Moving Heads + 1 Mirror Ball.

Next Level Church, wanted to take the lighting for this years Christmas to the next level. The nights were themed on “The Wonder of a Star”, adding on the the theme of the circle truss screens as stars, Lighting Director & Designer Ryan Gates thought to make make these stars shine. Bringing the circles to life with moving head LEDs, Pars & Beams. This design was then given more dimension by adding some more Pars and moving head lights above the stage, these pars also helped to set the cool blue night time theme of the event.

Further expanding on this starry eyed theme NLC added a mirror ball to reflect light from the beams all around the room. Accomplishing the feeling of being transported into a field of stars in the blink of an eye.

Keeping the majority of the viewer's attention on the starry screens, 29 pixel bars were set up in vertical orientation where random LEDs would illuminate causing a twinkling effect.

Audio

To create a more immersive audio experience Harmon’s provided 6 RCF dual 18” subwoofers to supplement the theaters existing speaker system. Two stacks of three Subs flanked either side of the stage directly under the house line array.

Next Level Provided their own mixing console, a Midas Pro 2 with Cat5 runs to the stage to accommodate the inputs and outputs over AVB.

 

To stay informed about what we are doing and where we are doing it please follow us on Instagram & Twitter! @HarmonsAV



Harley Davidson Six Bends gets a Kramer K-Touch Control System

We have stepped into the future of the internet of things and tablet control is just the beginning.


In late July, Harmon's was contacted by a partner to come to Six Bends and reinvigorate their existing AV control system. The system in place consisted of 2 projectors, that had wall plates for an HDMI connection as their only input source. A sound system with 2 wireless microphones and an wall controller which would only control to volume of the microphones. We start had to think of a solution that offered flexibility and ease of use as many different groups use this room for functions weekly. We decided upon the K-Touch system by Kramer Electronics. K-Touch consists of a tablet (iOS or Android) and a network to connect AV hardware with the user in a manner in which they don't have to be a systems engineer to make an adjustment or change an input.

First, we wanted to be able to send the same inputs; Direct TV, Music Videos (that are constantly looping in the showroom) and both HDMI wall plates to either of the projectors. For this we used the Kramer VSM-4x4HFS, this is a seamless matrix switcher which allows multiple outputs to use the same or different inputs all depending on what the user wants to view. Bonus, this switcher is made by Kramer Electronics as is the K-Touch control system. This should work fine for the Tablet control end goal. Perfect, we have accomplished getting all the video inputs to the projectors without being tied to a single input source. 

Now what about turning those projectors on and off? For this we utilized  another Kramer product the FC-22 IP. This box when connected to the network allowed us to send simple commands ie. on/off via the serial port on the existing projectors. 

For audio we have two microphones in the room as well as the video sources. The mixing here was done by a Shure SCM820, this is an effective rack mount mixer that allows IP (network) control. To get the audio from the desired source, for example an HDMI wall-plate/Direct TV etc. we had to take anther output of the Kramer VSM-4x4HFS (switcher) and put an active audio extractor inline (HDMI to RCA). This would allow us to make that output of the VSM as a audio source selector. In the Pictures below you can see how this translates to the end user. Simply, four buttons to select what they want to hear in the room with a master volume control and some dynamic text to ensure they are aware of what they should be hearing. 


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Onto the iPad interface. Shown here is the simple "welcome" screen of the iPad interface. As you can see this allows full customization, anything you can think of we can put here. 

 
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After interacting with the welcome screen the user lands on the main page of the control interface.  Most of the room control is on this page. You can change what you are viewing on either projector, turn the projectors on/off, raise the volume of your selected audio source (shown here as Direct TV), even the microphone volume is accessible on this page. Now what if you wanted to change the channel? Well, everyone knows the frustration of having more then one remote, so we added that in the control interface! Just tap the familiar looking icon that is an image of a standard Direct TV remote and you are taken to the page of controls.

As the library of K-Touch compatible devices grows, we will continue to install & support these systems. They offer a streamlined solution to the ever expanding issue of having an abundance of remote controls / volume knobs etc. 


Project Gallery 

If you are curious to know more about this system or how it could be used with your existing equipment please contact us!

Tri County Visitor and Convention Bureau, SWFL Travel Rally - Lakes Park | Fort Myers, FL

The QL5, next too the wireless mic rack which hosts 4 Shure ULX-D. On top of the rack rests an  Novation Launchpad which in conjunction with Ableton Live triggers seamless music cues. 

On May 6th 2015,

Harmon's took to Lakes Park to assist our clients, the  Charlotte Harbor & The Gulf Islands Visitor & Convention Bureau, the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, and The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel/Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. To transform a empty field into a stage for games & prizes. First, Harmon's utilized the JBL VRX Line Array System which consisted of 8-VRX932LAP cabinets flown, as well as 8-VRX918SP Subwoofers. This was the main system to cover the rally field with clear & concise speech & impactful music. Routing all the inputs and outputs here was the Yamaha QL5 Digital mixer. 

Video for this daytime event was a special case. The event was held in an open field from 4pm-7pm, this meant the sun shining for the duration of the event. We utilized a high brightness 9' x 12' outdoor LED wall, this display was sent signal via an Analog Way Pulse switcher. The switcher was utilized to make a seamless switch between sources. 

For this event the client wanted to interact with the audience, to do this Harmon's made custom Twitter & Instagram feeds that were displayed throughout the event. The feeds gathered tweets and images based on the hashtag used in the post, the custom feeds were also moderated by an event staff member to ensure only quality content was displayed. 

This event was a success and we were happy to be part of it by utilizing technology to bring it to life.