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Martin Audio Appoints James King As New Marketing Director


Martin Audio has appointed James King as its new Director of Marketing.

King assumed his new position at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt as the loudspeaker manufacturer’s groundbreaking MLA technology starts to enjoy unprecedented sales success.

King states that he immediately recognized the opportunity to capitalize on this situation. “I am impressed with the ambition, innovation and heritage of Martin Audio, and am excited at the prospect at being able to hone this into a clear competitive advantage that will deliver further market share gains worldwide,” he said.

“The industry is full of passion and I look forward to immersing myself in the world of pro audio to deliver the insights necessary for Martin Audio to best serve its customers and strengthen its brand position.”

Welcoming him to the company, Martin Audio Managing Director, Anthony Taylor, added, “We have searched hard for an experienced marketing talent that will help to bolster the existing executive board and to capture both verbally and visually the essential nature of Martin Audio. And in James we believe we have that person. This will lead to an exciting new chapter in the company development as the message of our technological edge continues to take hold.”

Highly experienced in brand leadership within the international business world, James King joined communication giant Motorola in 2001, and after occupying various senior management roles, became EMEA Brand Marketing Director in 2008, a position he held for the next four years. Prior to that, among the other companies he held a marketing management position was with Dyson.

The new Director of Marketing will be based at Martin Audio’s international headquarters, in High Wycombe, Bucks.

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.

Pro Control Now Shipping iPro.8 Low-Cost Companion Controller for Apple(R) Smartphones and Tablets

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — April 15, 2013 — Pro Control, a division of Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), today announced that it is now shipping its new iPro.8 companion controller. Designed for end-users that enjoy using their Apple(R) smartphone or tablet as the primary controller for their electronic systems, the low-cost iPro.8 adds the convenience of a dedicated remote with instant connectivity and hard buttons for tactile control. more

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Mod Awards Select PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain Wall for Ceremony Honoring Best in Exhibit Designs

For an award show honoring the best in modular exhibit design, when it came time to select an LED screen to integrate into the stage design for the ceremonies, event coordinators knew exactly where to turn for a winning solution – PixelFLEX. Held at the Four Seasons Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Mod Awards featured a 16′ x 16′ state-of-the-art LED video curtain wall from PixelFLEX, makers of the industry’s leading ultra-flexible, lightweight and durable LED screens.

Attendees to the ceremony were first greeted by two 8′ tall cylinders created by turning four PixelFLEX panels on their side to create a one-of-a-kind eye-catching design. Once the show began, PixelFLEX’s LED curtain, featuring a series of motion graphics introducing each of the ceremony’s speakers and showcasing each award category, was integrated behind a series of fabric structures on stage. The PixelFLEX solution’s work wasn’t done at the conclusion of the award ceremony, as the video curtain wall was used to feature a variety of images, including video, sponsor logos and animation graphics during the after party.

Event organizers, thrilled with the system’s performance, are currently planning how they can incorporate the innovative technology into their booth designs moving forward.

“The unique nature and exceptional performance make PixelFLEX’s LED video curtain wall a very attractive option for exhibitors,” said George Contorinis, marketing director at Abex, booth manufacturer and host of the 2013 Mod Awards. “We were eager to see the system’s capabilities in action at the Mod Awards and we were not disappointed. This technology opens up a lot of possibilities for how exhibitors can attract attention during trade shows and events.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8×4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect and can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping. This flexibility, in combination with the product’s extraordinary light weight – PixelFLEX LED Curtains range
from 4.5 lbs to 19.9 lbs per square meter, which is 60 to 90 percent less than most other LED video screens – provides substantial savings on transportation costs and space.

“We’ve been involved with the annual Mod Awards for the past 11 years and this was definitely the most technologically advanced show attendees have ever seen,” Contorinis stated. “The primary reason for that was the PixelFLEX curtain as it inspired us creatively in how we integrated video and graphics into the ceremony.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

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Vista Systems’ Spyders Help Deliver 4K Digital Display to US Navy’s NUWC and SOUTHCOM Facilities

Vista Systems’ Spyders have joined the Navy and are instrumental in two installations featuring the same 4K digital cinema technology used in the entertainment industry.

IGI (Immersion Graphics, Inc.), which is headquartered in Detroit, included Spyder X20 video processors with 16 inputs (8 DVI, 8 video/HDSDI) and 8 outputs for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island and the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Doral, Florida. Their new installations now offer the highest resolution single display visualization solution used by the US Navy.

At NUWC 4K technology is deployed for education, information, training and collaboration with other naval sites, such as the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Before the upgrade visualization was done with a three-panel screen, three low-resolution projectors and analog RGB sources.

Now, a 50-seat PowerWall Room with a dedicated media support staff boasts a custom 25×14.7-foot rear-projection screen and a Sony T-110 SXRD 11,000 lumen 4K projector. Sources include an IGI Visualization Workstation outputting 4K (4096×2160) signals and a 7th Sense Delta Media Server capable of playing uncompressed image sequences at 4K resolution. . IGI wrote custom software, which enables users to manipulate multiple windows on a 55-inch multi-touch panel and implement Spyder to display those windows on the PowerWall.

“Users can pick sources from the multi-touch panel, drag and drop them onto the screen, and resize and reposition them by dragging their fingers along the panel,” explains Matt Lamb, Engineering Manager at IGI. “Using this gestural interface they can enlarge an image, arrange images in pre-set windows or create custom arrangements. Spyder and our software allow them to do that.”

The PowerWall operates in two modes. Cinema Mode projects the image onto the full width of the PowerWall. Critical Viewing Mode brings the projector closer to the PowerWall and tightens the pixel density for detailed high-resolution viewing. Legacy Mode is still offered for the three-panel screen as well.

“IGI has worked with Vista for a long time, and Spyder is known for its reliability and quality,” says Lamb. “Spyder handles multiple 4K windows seamlessly; it’s superior to many products on the market. It’s been performing flawlessly at NUWC.”

Spyder is similarly configured at SOUTHCOM, where it performs more operations-based functions. SOUTHCOM is one of nine unified Combatant Commands in the Department of Defense and is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations and security cooperation for Central and South America and the Caribbean.

“Spyder is also rock solid at SOUTHCOM,” Lamb reports. “It’s in use at least 10 hours a day with people looking at very high-resolution intelligence data.”

Pat Hernandez is the president of IGI and provided the mechanical design for the projection systems at NUWC and SOUTHCOM.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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DPA Microphones Brings ‘Technicolour’ To Sam Lee’s Voice

Folk singer Sam Lee finally ended his long search for the right vocal microphone when he discovered DPA Microphones d:facto™ Vocal Microphone.

Lee, who was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2012, was introduced to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone by Front of House sound engineer Jamie Orchard-Lisle.

“Finding a microphone to match my voice has never been easy,” Lee says: “After successive attempts to find the gear to capture the full colour and dynamics of my voice, I’ve always been left feeling a bit cold. It wasn’t until Jamie introduced me to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone that the full Technicolor really left the stage and illustrated the depth and clarity of my range.”

Multi-talented Lee is not just a folk singer – he also teaches and hosts radio and TV programmes. His debut album Ground of its Own is an unusual folk collection comprising traditional songs he learned first-hand from the Roma, Gypsy, Scottish and Irish traveller communities. These songs have been passed from generation to generation, over centuries, and Lee scoured the UK to find them.

Earlier this year, Lee took part in an international showcase at the WOMEX Convention in Thessaloniki, Greece, and it was here that Jamie Orchard-Lisle first introduced the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, which was supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

Orchard-Lisle, who is a long term fan of DPA’s microphone technology, says: “DPA’s products always deliver fantastic results and, having tried the d:facto Vocal Microphone with other singers, I felt it would be perfect for Sam. The d:facto really brings out the dynamics of his voice and his on-stage performances now sound absolutely amazing. Since WOMEX, we’ve used the d:facto Vocal Microphone for all of his recent gigs and I’ve been getting compliments about his vocal sound from other sound engineers. The d:facto is a remarkable microphone and I can’t sing its praises highly enough.”

Sam Lee adds: “WOMEX is the largest annual world music conference, and one that is attended by world music aficionados and sound snobs. Thanks to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, the reaction to my performance was unanimously positive and the bookings poured in. I am now so impressed with this microphone that I hope never to leave home without one. Any self-valuing singer should really be questioning whether they can afford not to carry one, in my opinion.”

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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

Meta4 Chooses DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones

Finnish string quartet Meta4 has invested in four DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, which they are using to capture the sound of two violins, a viola and a cello.

Meta4’s Atte Kilpeläinen says: “These are, without doubt, the best microphones we have ever tried. The finest thing about them is their ability to produce a very natural sound that truly reflects our performance.”

Formed in 2001, Meta4 consists of Antti Tikkanen and Minna Pensola on violin, Atte Kilpeläinen on viola and Tomas Djupsjöbacka on cello. This internationally successful string quartet has won numerous accolades and awards including first prize in the 2004 International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow, where it was also awarded a special prize for best Shostakovich interpretation. The quartet enjoyed continued success in 2007, winning the first prize in the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna. Later that year the Finnish Minister of Culture awarded Meta4 with the annual Finland Prize in recognition of an international breakthrough. Meta4 was also selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2008-2010.

Meta4 decided to upgrade its microphones after hearing very positive reviews from other musicians about the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone range.

“We approached DPA’s Finnish distributor Jyrki Makinen at Noretron Audio and arranged a demo,” Kilpeläinen says. “Having tested the microphones ourselves and really liking the sound they delivered we decided to have a set of our own. We are using clips for the violins and violas and these are working well. It takes a bit of concentration to get them in place but once they are in the right position they work extremely well.”

To date, Meta4 have used their new DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones in a concert hall environment, performing Kaija Saariaho´s Nymphea for string quartet and live electronics and Black Angels by George Crumb.

“Regardless of whether we were in Finland, Belgium or Spain – all of which are places we have performed recently – the sound engineers are always very happy with our DPA microphones,” Kilpeläinen add. “Our next challenge is to use them in a rock or jazz venue – and we’re really looking forward to that!”

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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

DPA Microphone’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone Delivers a Noticeable Difference

DPA Microphones’ new d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone has made internationally acclaimed jazz singer Claire Martin OBE very happy indeed. Since switching to the new microphone, Claire says she has never heard so much clarity in her voice and the difference is so noticeable that all the sound engineers she works with are making positive comments.

“This is definitely the right microphone for me,” she says. “It picks up all the colours in my voice and I can hear every breath, which makes it easier to control phrasing. It almost makes singing easier as I can try out vocal idea’s and actually hear myself changing the timbre of my sound – something I felt was lost with other microphones. It also delivers without me having to be right in too close to the mic, so I can definitely play around with lower end notes by coming in a little closer for a bassier response. This works really well in ballads, I feel.”

Claire, who has been singing professionally for over 25 years has garnered numerous awards and rave reviews for her work, including winning the BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalists and six British Jazz Awards. She has released a total of sixteen albums, all on the Linn label, and has collaborated with various prominent musicians including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Barron, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jim Mullen and Nigel Hitchcock. In addition to her singing career, she is also a co-presenter for Jazz Line Up on BBC Radio 3 which is now in it’s thirteenth year.

Claire’s decision to try DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone was inspired by a sound engineer who was working with her at the Pizza Express Jazz club in London’s Soho.

“The engineer was raving about the mic and saying how it would suit my voice,” she explains. “Other singers and also my record company Linn Records, had often talked about the quality of these microphones – so at last I was able to try one out in an intimate club setting. I was immediately impressed by its lightness and handling.”

The d:facto Vocal Microphone was supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network and after that initial try-out, Claire was hooked.

“The d:facto captures every nuance of my vocal sound and, once I had worked out the direction handling, it actually made me feel very confident about my diction and tone. I also notice that I don’t lose any level when I give my sound more power and pull away from the mic. The sound is still clear and full and more rounded. You can hear the whole breath and, as a jazz singer, this is the sound I’m after. This microphone certainly delivers what I want and I definitely feel I’m using the best microphone there is.”

Claire’s d:facto Vocal Microphone is now in use at every one of her concerts – and thanks to its ability to deliver high quality audio she feels she can cope much better with whatever the PA system throws at her.

“In jazz clubs, some PAs are better than others and this microphone gives me a fighting chance of getting a great sound,” she says. “I also love how light it is.”

In June 2011, Claire was appointed Office of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music. She is currently touring with Brighton based cellists the Montpellier Cello Quartet, showcasing new arrangements for voice and cello quartet by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Djano Bates. She plans to return to the recording studio later this year to begin work on her 17th album.

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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

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