2018-02-22

Lake Controller Software is featuring HK Audio Presets

With the release of the new Lake Controller Software V6.6.1 by Mid-January 2018, there is a new Lake LoadLibrary available. From now on, users can officially take advantage of implemented HK Audio products of the CONTOUR series, COHEDRA series, as well as the COHEDRA Compact.
As usual, you can download the new software version as well as the LoadLibrary under  www.labgruppen.com.  

www.hkaudio.com


2018-02-13

HK Audio ELEMENTS the new sound system of choice for Lenzie Union Church of Scotland

HK Audio’s ELEMENTS series forms the backbone of a substantial new PA setup for Lenzie Union Church of Scotland.

Scottish integrators and installers, Toasty Audio, have been working with Lenzie Union Church of Scotland, on the outskirts of Glasgow, to deliver a brand-new audio system throughout the main sanctuary area.

Key to the solution is clarity and intelligibility of the music and especially the spoken word. As a traditional building, the main sanctuary is long and tall with a balcony to the rear.

“To deliver a consistent and distributed volume, we chose HK Audio ELEMENTS E 435 mini line arrays for mid/highs throughout,” said Alaistair Deacon, owner/engineer at Toasty Audio. “Three pairs of E 435s are mounted along each length of the sanctuary with an additional pair as side-fill in the transept area. The excellent directivity spreads the sound evenly throughout the area, while minimizing reflections from the ceilings and floors, providing the clarity required.”

Bass is handled by two HK Audio E 210 SUB AS subwoofers on the floors in front of the main organ pipes.

Mixing and system integration is managed with the new PreSonus StudioLive Series III console and three Lab.gruppen E 8:2 Class D installation amplifiers. Multiple matrix outputs with associated EQ and delays were programmed into the StudioLive desk, driving the E 8:2s directly without any additional speaker management processors. Delays were set up throughout the system to minimise the reverberant effects within the long room. The StudioLive desk also provides for sermon recordings direct to SD card.

Margaret McCartney, convener of the communications team, said, "We were delighted with the way the team from Toasty Audio worked closely with us and the Church of Scotland's Committee on Church Art and Architecture to ensure that the installation met all the architecture guidelines, with the speakers being very discrete and all the cabling hidden within the wall.”

The Rev Dan Carmichael said: “I was so impressed with the sound of the HK Audio speakers when they were demonstrated. I didn’t know that different speakers would have such an impact on the sound quality.”

The main sound system was complemented with HK Audio PREMIUM PR:0 10 XD monitors for the band area.

2018-02-05

Presenting VORTIS 2, the first EN 54-24-certified install speakers, at the ISE show in Amsterdam

HK Audio is set to present the first of its new VORTIS 2 series install speakers developed in collaboration with Gräf & Meyer, a company specializing in evacuation systems, at the 2018 Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam.

The outcome of a successful open alliance will feature prominently in Hall 7, Booth R205 at the event, which is the world’s largest AV systems integration show.

These debut VORTIS 2 speakers are certified to EN 54-24:2008 and all future models of this line will follow suit. With this certification from the independent accredited testing institute CNBOP-PIB, these speakers can serve the dual purpose of sound reinforcement and voice alarming.

VORTIS 2 speakers deliver high sound pressure levels and provide the variable directivity needed to satisfy the statutory standards for speech intelligibility even in environments with challenging acoustics and high noise levels.

Fabian Reimann, HK Audio Application Support Engineer and Product Manager Installation, said: “Things soon get complicated in a lot of projects where the requirements for harmonized safety standards, sound reinforcement technology and system integration converge. Working with our electronics partner Gräf & Meyer, we want to provide the support technical planners, building services engineers, architects and system integrators need to successfully execute even very complex projects. The first EN 54-24-certified loudspeakers from HK Audio are an important tile in the mosaic on the path to implementing our new service offering.”

2018-01-19

HK Audio begins collaboration with Gräf & Meyer

HK Audio has entered into a non-exclusive collaboration with the German electro-acoustic alarm system firm Gräf & Meyer.

The partnership sees the companies moving towards offering a range of services that focus on the complex domain of standard-compliant and high-quality audio playback in voice alarm and evacuation systems.

The goal of the cooperation is to offer architects, planners, project developers and integrators a comprehensive package of products, partners and services to meet all their various needs and demands.

Nils Stamer, HK Audio CEO, said: "Venues and spaces that are challenging to fit with appropriate public address systems can be even more complex when it comes to the technical implementation of a sufficient voice alarm system. Now, with the partnership between HK Audio and Gräf & Meyer, we are opening a new chapter for both companies, with pro audio technology and alarm system technology coming together to meet these demanding requirements.”

The first results of the collaboration are set to be unveiled at the Integrated Systems Europe 2018 trade show in Amsterdam in February, where the HK Audio booth can be found at location 7-R205.

More information on ISE: iseurope.org

2018-01-17

Huge global #LifeIsStereo competition: win a custom white LUCAS 2K!

HK Audio has launched a mammoth online competition and giveaway to celebrate and spread the joys of stereo sound reproduction.

The Life Is Stereo contest runs until April 30 2018, and fans are being asked to send in the most creative picture they can think on the theme. Prizes for winners include a one-off custom white LUCAS 2K15 system, a LUCAS NANO 608i Stereo System, and a LUCAS NANO 305 FX Stereo System.

HK Audio’s award-winning LUCAS systems have been the go-to choice for thousands of users over the last 20 years, and all can be operated in stereo. The reasons why stereo is typically the optimum way to experience audio are detailed on the Life Is Stereo website.

Nicolas Petit, HK Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “The best way to experience great sound is in stereo – life is stereo, after all! With the Life Is Stereo competition, we want to help raise awareness of this sometimes-forgotten fact to music makers and fans all over the world, to help make their lives and performances sound better. I wish everyone taking part in the competition the best of luck, and we’re looking forward to seeing your entries!”

The competition is now open for entries. Full information on how to enter and terms and conditions can be found on the HK Audio Life Is Stereo website: hkaudio.com/life-is-stereo

2017-12-19

HK Audio set for a big presence at Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse 2018

HK Audio will present a comprehensive range of new products in Hall 3.1 at Prolight + Sound 2018.

An exciting LUCAS NANO experience will also be presented in Hall 4.1, which is part of both Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse.

In addition, HK Audio will be co-organizer of the complementary program of events in Hall 4.1, as well as Technology Sponsor of the ‘Business Academy’ lecture area in Hall 11.1.

The news marks the return of Music & Sales P.E. GmbH – HK Audio’s parent company – to the Frankfurt event, after not being present in 2017.

Nicolas Petit, HK Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “We will have numerous new pro audio products with us at Prolight + Sound 2018 – the most we’ve had for ten years. The fair is the ideal setting for a product launch because we can reach not only professional users there but also our worldwide sales partners and international trade journalists. The new concept for Hall 4.1 also represents an exciting approach and gives us the opportunity to interest musicians, entertainers and DJs using our new LUCAS NANO portable stereo PAs.”

Michael Biwer, Group Show Director of the ‘Entertainment, Media & Creative Industries’ Business Unit of Messe Frankfurt, said: “HK Audio has stood for top quality sound ‘Made in Germany’ for over 30 years – for both PA professionals and musicians. We are delighted that Music & Sales will return to Frankfurt in 2018 and to reach out individually to its target groups by making presentations in several different halls. Moreover, the company is the perfect Technology Partner for the stage in Hall 11.1 and we are looking forward to a variety of interesting events there.”

Specific details of the HK Audio events at Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse will be announced in the run up to the shows.


Useful links:

Prolight + Sound: www.prolight-sound.com

Musikmesse: www.musikmesse.com

2017-11-08

The new generation of the LUCAS NANO family

HK Audio has introduced the new generation of its bestselling LUCAS NANO family of portable, high-performance stereo PA systems: new for November 2017 are the LUCAS NANO 302, LUCAS NANO 305 FX and LUCAS NANO 605 FX, joining the already available 608i and 602 models.

The award-winning LUCAS NANO family – which is the only genuine active stereo PA series that can be carried in one hand – is now made up of five individual models across two power classes. A range of different features and options means there is a NANO to suit any need or application.

All adhere to the classic LUCAS NANO format: incredible audio performance in an ultra-compact and exceedingly lightweight package. Each LUCAS NANO model includes an active subwoofer that delivers huge amounts of low end. The subwoofer powers the two fist-sized satellites which, when not in use, are stored within the subwoofer itself.

The LUCAS NANO family is exceptionally easy to scale up or down – two units can be used together as a powerful Twin Stereo System – and all set up in seconds flat.
The flagship LUCAS NANO 608i features 8 channels, controlled via an onboard digital mixer or using a free App for iPad which features additional EQ and compressor functions. With enough inputs to plug in a whole band in, and other features like Bluetooth audio streaming, the 608i is the portable PA for any environment – and it can be mixed wirelessly from anywhere in the venue.

The all-new LUCAS NANO 605 FX is a superb all-rounder, ideally suited for anyone from musicians and bands to DJs and public speakers. Featuring five inputs, built-in reverb effects and Bluetooth audio streaming, LUCAS NANO 605FX is ready for any audio occasion.

For musicians, DJs and entertainers who want to use their own external mixer, DJ controller or playback device, the LUCAS NANO 602 is perfect – its simple interface and single stereo input make it incredibly simple and quick to get ready for show time. Its simplicity also makes it the ideal second unit in a Twin Stereo System.

Finally, the all-new LUCAS NANO 305 FX and 302 are slightly smaller in size, power and weight than their 605FX and 602 counterparts, but include the same input options and features. Supremely practical to transport and set up in a huge variety of locations, the 305FX and 302 are set to become top choices for audio fans who are seeking a better sounding lifestyle.

Rüdiger Forse, HK Audio’s Senior Product Manager, said: “The second generation of the LUCAS NANO family will make anyone’s world sound bigger and better! We’ve built in highly requested features, such as reverb, to some models, and our groundbreaking technologies like the Multicell Transformer on the 608i, 605FX and 602 systems make sure your performance will sound incredible, wherever and however you use them. “Plus, whether you’re a musician, public speaker, fitness instructor or a home entertainment fan, LUCAS NANO’s ease of handling and the various setup options mean there’s a solution for you… and up to 200 friends!”
The classic LUCAS NANO 600 and 300 models will now be phased out, and replaced by the 605 FX and 305 FX models. However, the classic models will combine perfectly with the new models, for example in a Twin Stereo System.

The LUCAS NANO 608i, 602 and 302 are available now, while the 305 FX and 605 FX will be available in late November 2017. 

2017-10-27

LUCAS NANO now more affordable than ever

Good news, portable PA fans: we have significantly reduced the suggested retail prices of our LUCAS NANO 608i and LUCAS NANO 602 portable active stereo PA systems.

With more than 50,000 LUCAS NANO systems sold since the family was first introduced five years ago, the global success story continues – and high production volumes have resulted in lower production costs, which we are able to pass on to you, the user, in the form of a better deal.

The European suggested retail prices – prices instore are typically much lower still – have changed as follows:

LUCAS NANO 608i:
reduced from €1,783.81 to €1,545.81   
LUCAS NANO 602:
reduced from €1,188.81 to €1,069.81  

This means you can now make an instant saving of €238 on the flagship LUCAS NANO 608i, while the price reductions also mean that the two-unit LUCAS NANO Stereo and Twin Stereo Systems have become much more affordable.  

Check out LUCAS NANO here: http://hkaudio.com/products.php?sid=32  

2017-10-25

HK Audio introduces the ultimate PA for mobile DJs: LUCAS 2K

HK Audio has unveiled LUCAS 2K, a new compact PA optimized for mobile DJs.

The active 2.1 stereo LUCAS 2K is set to become the new companion of choice for on-the-go events like weddings, galas, and parties. There are two models available: LUCAS 2K15 features a 15” wooden bass reflex subwoofer, while LUCAS 2K18 comes with an 18” sub to offer even more low-end. Both systems are completed by a pair of 8”/1” satellites.

Designed, engineered and built in Germany, LUCAS 2K features premium-quality components, a newly developed 2,000-watt power amplifier and advanced DSP technology. All this allows DJs to strike the perfect balance between soothing background music, crisp and articulate speech reinforcement, and huge, dancefloor-filling beats with ease.

LUCAS 2K’s painstakingly-tuned filters ensure it works equally well with all kinds of signal sources, and the systems can easily be scaled up when even more bass is required using the LINEAR SUB 1500 A (LUCAS 2K15) and LINEAR SUB 1800 A (LUCAS 2K18) subwoofers.

Practical features like HK Audio’s ingenious MultiGrip recessed handles and M20 speaker pole mounts make handling LUCAS 2K extremely simple and convenient – the 53 kg LUCAS 2K15 system can even be transported and set up by just one person – while MonoTilt technology allows the DJ to precisely angle the satellites towards the audience. A range of practical accessories like Speaker Stand Add-ons, Roller Bags and Speaker Stand Stretch Covers mean LUCAS 2K is ready for any occasion.

Rüdiger Forse, HK Audio’s Senior Product Manager, said: “Back in 1998, a new PA category was born when HK Audio invented the original Lightweight Ultra Compact Active System – in short, LUCAS. In Europe, LUCAS quickly became the top choice for entertainers, and over the years it has become a synonym for powered 2.1 systems.”

“Now, in 2017, LUCAS 2K brings about an improvement to all aspects of the LUCAS experience: easy transport, plug and play setup, a whole new stunning look, and the most electrifying stereo sound performance we have ever designed for a LUCAS. It is the compact PA mobile DJs all over the world have been asking for. Simply the easiest way to get the party started… and keep it going in style! Add in the made in Germany quality and you’ve got the PA that will soon be the heartbeat of the 21st century mobile DJ everywhere.”

 

LUCAS 2K is available now. For more information, visit the product pages here:

 

LUCAS 2K15: http://hkaudio.com/products.php?id=512

LUCAS 2K18: http://hkaudio.com/products.php?id=513

 


2017-06-08

HK Audio introduces LINEAR 3 series and new LINEAR SUB basses

HK Audio has introduced a brand new series of high-performance active speakers – LINEAR 3 – and has added two new active models to the LINEAR SUB family of subwoofers.

LINEAR 3 delivers top-notch sound for bands and DJs in every scenario, offering beautifully balanced, high definition sound, impressive low-end, clear speech reproduction, and advanced DSP technology, all packaged in a strong and confident design – and all made to premium standards in Germany.

The first members of the LINEAR 3 family are the 12”/1” L3 112 FA, the 15”/1” L3 115 FA and the multipurpose 12”/1” L3 112 XA – which functions superbly both as a top and as an onstage monitor.  

The technology behind LINEAR 3 makes it simple for performers to achieve great audio results every time, even if they have no sound engineer or a thorough pro audio knowledge themselves. Four EQ presets – Bass Boost, Flat (LF), Flat (HMF) and Contour, two of which are active at any one time – provide plenty of options for shaping the sound to perfectly fit the music style, venue and audience.  

In addition, the LINEAR 3 mid/high units offer plenty of headroom thanks to their 1,200-watt class D power amps, Intelligent Multiband Limiters ensure tonal integrity at every volume level, and precision directivity means the sound will go straight to the audience, with few unwanted reflections occurring.  
They are also ideal to be used in conjunction with LINEAR SUB subwoofers, including the new 15” L SUB 1500 A and the 18” L SUB 1800 A. The serious low-end punch the L SUB 1500 A and the L SUB 1800 A deliver is similarly suited to the LINEAR 5 series, and they can also be used to extend the ELEMENTS ‘Base’ systems. Flexible and powerful, the new subwoofers are each equipped with a stereo input, meaning they can be easily be configured in half stacks, full stacks, 2.1 setups, and in mono sub clusters.


Alexander Wollenberg, HK Audio’s Product Manager, said: “LINEAR 3 is the easiest way to impress your audience. Whether you’re a PA system expert or prefer to focus entirely on giving your best possible performance, LINEAR 3 gives you optimal results in seconds thanks to our groundbreaking technology, a bunch of logical yet innovative design features, and made-in-Germany quality. Plus, if you need an extra dose of thumping low-end power, the new LINEAR SUB basses are the perfect add-on. LINEAR 3 offers top performance you can trust in – every single time.”


The LINEAR 3 series and the new LINEAR SUB models are available now (with the exception of the L3 112 XA, which hits stores in fall 2017). For more information, visit http://hkaudio.com/products.php?sid=36