Over the past year, 10,000 users have tried Crown’s HiQnet Band Manager system configuration and control software for a variety of portable PA applications, supporting performances from live bands and singers to DJs.

The free software provides a user interface designed to simplify system setup and management while enabling audio professionals, musicians, and engineers to configure and control a rack of Crown XTi series amplifiers. Band Manager unlocks all loudspeaker-processing capabilities of the XTi Series.

Band Manager makes use of browser-style navigation, and the "Home" screen displays monitor strips for each amplifier in the rack and front-of-house EQ and level control. EQ for stage monitors and all other processing is accessible on an individual amplifier basis.

When starting Band Manager, all amplifier settings are transferred from the connected devices, but they can also be saved to disk for quick recall if the rack is used often in multiple venues.

Band Manager is a simplified version of its parent software, HiQnet System Architect, a much larger application which provides full-system control of over 70 professional audio devices from across the entire Harman Pro group, including the XTi Series.

Anyone who has already used System Architect with the XTi will be familiar with the amplifier control layout since Band Manager makes use of the same software plug-in.

Directly tailoring Band Manager to the needs of portable PA market enables far quicker configuration of a rack of XTi amplifiers by bringing only the essential tools into direct focus.

For those who need the more advanced control, any rack configurations saved within Band Manager can be opened in System Architect. By using the plug in concept, Band Manager is all ready to control other future portable PA HiQnet devices.

"Band Manager is successful because it provides real value," said Andy Flint, Crown marketing manager for portable PA. "It simplifies the process of setting up and optimizing the PA system, while at the same time allowing users to extract the maximum from their system. Put simply, it’s a performance accelerate."

Harman HiQnet is a connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet is designed to free users of the need to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across the Harman Pro Group and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Originally posted 2010-01-21 23:06:01.