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Marshank Sales Wins Martin Audio Rep Of The Year Award

Rob Hofkamp, Martin Audio; Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo, Marshank Sales

Marshank Sales won Martin Audio’s Sales Representative of the Year award at the recent Winter NAMM Show.

Based in Tarzana, California, Marshank Sales has an enviable record of over 90 years in the industry and represents a number of leading brands in retail, live audio, contracting and recording. Headed up by Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo, the award-winning company is well into its third generation as a family business.

Commenting on the award, Martin Audio Director of U.S. Operations Rob Hofkamp stated, “Marshank Sales continues to perform at the highest levels, delivering outstanding results in terms of sales and building key relationships for the brand. Gary, Paul and the rest of the exceptional team provide full support for all of our products and, thanks to their efforts, we are enjoying unprecedented success for our latest offerings, the MLA and MLA-Compact.”

Paul Hugo commented, “We are really proud to represent Martin Audio. The technological advances they have made with the introduction of MLA and MLA-Compact are really attracting a lot of attention from our customers in the sound reinforcement and contracting segments. And the great support we and our customers get from Rob Hofkamp make them a pleasure to do business with.”

Photo caption (left to right): Rob Hofkamp of Martin Audio, Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo of Marshank Sales

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Bassnectar Rumbles and Rings in New Year on LMG’s L-ACOUSTICS K1 System

Popular dubstep artist shakes Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with 72 SB28 subs

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — On December 31st, over 11,000 devoted “Bass Heads” packed Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the new year with Californian dubstep musician/producer Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar.

LMG Touring, which supplied sound and video for the artist’s 2012 New Year’s Eve show at the same venue and subsequent 32-date fall tour, once again provided this year’s technical production elements, including a sizable L-ACOUSTICS K1 System. more

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DPA Shows The New d:facto™ II Vocal Mic at BVE 2013

DPA Microphones is introducing its new d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone to the broadcast industry at this year’s BVE Exhibition in London, where it will be on show on the DPA distribution partner Sound Network stand (B.55).

Ideally suited to live music broadcasting, this latest addition to the d:facto line offers an extraordinarily natural sound, high separation and extreme SPL handling, giving users unlimited possibilities for their performances. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system that allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems.

“We are extremely proud to have developed an ingenious adapter range that brings the true DPA sound out of a wireless system,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “The wireless systems currently available deliver very limited power to drive the capsule, so getting the sound quality we wanted was nearly impossible. We had to be creative and put a huge amount of work and thought into the electronic circuit of the adapter solution. We wanted to make the best vocal microphone on the market, and with the d:facto we have reached this goal.”

The new d:facto II guarantees users exceptional DPA sound with popular existing wireless systems such as Sony, Lectrosonics, Shure, Wisycom and Sennheiser. The d:facto II provides improved audio performance as it is superbly linear in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, while its impressive definition and accuracy reproduces a singer’s voice effortlessly.

The flexibility of its inventive adapter system gives the user easy and very affordable possibilities of choosing either a wired DPA handle or the professional wireless system of their choosing, with no loss in the sound quality. Its simple plug-and-play features allow it to reproduce an extraordinary natural sound, which reaches the extreme sound level handling of 160 dB.

As with all DPA mics, the d:facto II provides superior gain before feedback, and a robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone to remove unwanted noise. It also boasts exceptional isolation from handling noise as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels.

The cabled version of the d:facto II, as well as the adapters for Shure, Sony, Lectrosonics and Wisycom, will be available in February 2013. The adapters for the Sennheiser systems will be available in March 2013.

Ralph Dunlop, Director of Sound Network, says: “We are all excited to be exhibiting at BVE once again, especially in light of the success we have had over the last year. The introduction of the new d:facto II Vocal Microphone is a milestone in the development of the DPA microphone range and we are proud to now have a microphone for every professional application.”

Sound Network will also be using the BVE platform to show DPA’s expanded d:fine™ series of headset microphones. Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, DPA’s unobtrusive d:fine headset microphones are easy to fit and provide presenters and guests with a discreet microphone solution that is nearly invisible on the face. The d:fine range is renowned for its audio accuracy and its ability to deliver natural voice intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. d:fine capsules are so comfortable to wear that presenters can focus on their performance, safe in the knowledge that these hand-built microphones will deliver high-quality, distortion-free sound.

d:fine is available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs and with several boom lengths. Designed to fit comfortably, they adjust to accommodate any ear size and head shape and can be mounted on either the left or right side of the head. Available in black, beige, brown, and lime green, each solution performs spectacularly in either cabled or wireless settings and can accommodate a range of accessories including windscreens, power supplies, and adapters or cables with fixed connectors (MicroDot, 3-pin Lemo, TA4F mini XLR, Mini-jack).

“DPA is internationally acclaimed for delivering the pristine sound quality that programme makers and viewers want,” Christian Poulsen adds. “Our range includes microphones for a wide variety of broadcast applications and we are confident that, both in terms of sound quality and design, they are the best broadcast microphones on the market today.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

WorldStage Lighting Announces Staff Promotions and New Hires Within Management Group

WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, is pleased to announce two promotions and a new hire among its lighting management staff.

“WorldStage enjoyed a very successful 2012 – one of the best years in our history – and we want to build on that by giving the staff members that have proven themselves time and again more responsibility, says Josh Nissim, Vice President of Operations for WorldStage East, who was promoted to that post just last year. “We continue to embrace new technologies and expand our high-quality rental inventory along with high-quality staff to provide our clients with the customer service they expect from us”.

To that end, Terry Jackson, formerly Director of Rentals/Lighting, has been named Vice President, Director of Lighting with an overall responsibility for managing the client experience at Worlstage Lighting. Drew DeCorleto has been promoted to Director of Lighting Production building on his success with fostering and retaining client relationships.

In addition, lighting veteran J Wiese has joined WorldStage as a Senior Project Manager. Wiese comes on board with 20 years experience in all areas of lighting design and production for the entertainment industry, including television, film, opera, theater, concerts and industrials.

“We’re very excited to have J on our team with his vast technical knowledge and easy going disposition -, our clients are really going to enjoy working with him” says Nissim. “J has worked for a Who’s Who of clients in every aspect of the business, and we’re very lucky to have him on the WorldStage staff as our new Lighting Project Manager, where he’ll mainly be hands-on in the field to provide our clients direct support.”

Wiese has served as a designer, production manager, production electrician and rigger for many events, tours and musical acts, including The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Beastie Boys, U2, The Goo-Goo Dolls, The Boston Pops, Savion Glover, The Rhode Island Philharmonic, Harry Connick Jr. and James Taylor. And he has overseen corporate launches and activations for such clients as Ducati, Harley Davidson, American Express, Gillette, Macy’s, Nike and Phillips.

Among Wiese’s credits are projects for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, The Kodak Theatre, Lyric Stage, Playwrights Horizon, Commonwealth Shakespeare Theatre, The Joyce Theatre and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Last year he assisted Tribe Design with the production design for the Super Bowl half-time show starring Madonna; later he also assisted on the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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