Harman Professional demonstrates its HiQnet Performance Manager software, a refined user interface that facilitates the design of touring and live performance venue sound reinforcement systems, at InfoComm 2011.
Designed especially for touring and theatrical sound engineering, HiQnet Performance Manager is an application-specific iteration of 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, setup 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”, explains Paul Bauman, director of tour sound product application and epplication engineering, 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. The user begins by loading templates of the speaker arrays used in the system, and then runs 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 user defines the required amplifier parameters for the passive loudspeakers within the arrays, 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 equalization parameters that are determined in JBL Line Array Calculator II as part of the modeling process to optimize sound pressure level and frequency response over the defined audience geometry.