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Harman launches version 1.6 of HiQnet System Architect
Harman Pro Group has introduced version 1.6 of the HiQnet System Architect system configuration and control software, a free update that integrates products from across the Harman line. The software includes several new import and export features, which make it easier to design and implement presets for discrete venues and systems. It also features an AKG plug-in for offline configuration of AKG WMS 4000 wireless systems, a new graphics engine and a more responsive user interface. In addition, master control panels are now configurable at the device channel level for greater system control, and the graphics engine has received a comprehensive upgrade.
Building on the success of the processes in place, HiQnet System Architect v1.6 new features include partial venue file export, which provides the ability to save the settings of a user-determined selection of devices and associated custom control panels within an open venue file to disk. This allows the user to repurpose an existing system configuration for upgrade with additional devices or settings, or as the basis for an entirely new system design. Also new to System Architect v1.6 is venue file import, which provides the ability to import a complete existing Venue File into the open configuration including all the device configurations and custom control panels it contains. These two features combine to allow sharing of existing data for system design and the building of subsystem libraries.
System Architect v1.6 brings with it a vastly updated AKG plug-in, written from the ground up. The plug-in offers several new features, including integration of the IVM 4 in-ear monitoring system. Offline configuration is now possible, enabling setup and grouping of WMS 4000 and IVM 4 devices, as well as grouping of multiple HUB 4000 Q devices for building large wireless systems. The plug-in adds the new device manager for configuring the frequency management with environment scan and auto setup. The plug-in will load and save settings of single devices or full systems and includes an improved user interface.
The multidevice master control panel interfaces, each provided by the various Harman Pro brands to support control of their included products, now enable configuration both at the device and individual channel level for greater flexibility. The channel configuration matrix allows the user to create a mix of the input and output channels of the selected devices, which are controlled by the single default panel.
System Architect 1.6 has also added a number of new features for future HiQnet devices. Compatible HiQnet hardware to be introduced in 2008 will offer the ability to store individual parameter settings from any number of other devices on the network and recall them directly, negating the need to have a PC online for day-to-day recall of detailed settings.
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