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Harman Upgrade Improves Greater Media NJ’s Sound

JBL 3 Series studio monitors, AKG microphones facilitate statewide broadcasts

Greater Media, Inc.’s New Jersey facility WRAT(FM) recently installed two pairs of Harman’s JBL LSR series studio monitors as part of a station-wide renovation. Regional manufacturer’s representative Sigmet Corp. provided the JBL equipment.

With a pair of LSR305 studio monitors in a small production room and LSR308 studio monitors in the main production room, the creative department has improved the accuracy of production reference points, according to a release.

“We had what I like to call a ‘snowflake collection’ in our studios in that building — no two pairs of anything were the same,” Keith Smeal, director of technical operations for Greater Media New Jersey, was quoted as saying. “We’re currently working on getting every station on the same platform and the initial installation of the LSRs has been a very successful starting point.”

An additional pair of LSR305s has been installed in the home studio of the program manager of WJRZ(FM), another Greater Media New Jersey station.

Sigmet also delivered three pairs of JBL Control 5 loudspeakers for portable use during events.

During the renovation, Smeal demoed numerous AKG microphones, and a set of microphones provided by Sigmet consisting of C414s, C214s, 4500 BCs, C3000s and a D12 VR was delivered to the facility. Smeal has plans to use 60 AKG C414s in his studios for a full microphone upgrade in 2014.