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Mizmor HD Productions Turns to HARMAN’s Studer

TEL AVIV, Israel – Mizmor HD Productions, based in Tel Aviv, has recently purchased a 32-fader HARMAN Studer Vista 1 digital console through Kilim Electronics, Studer’s Israeli distributor.

Under the direction of Daniel Lankry, Mizmor HD has grown steadily since being founded in 1992 and today has four sophisticated HD OB vans, including the largest in Israel, broadcasting mainly sport and national events. It is in this OB, which can accommodate up to 14 cameras, that the Vista 1 and Compact Stagebox have been installed, replacing the previous analogue console.

After considering all options, the purchasing decision was based on the superior facilities of the Studer console and the service/backup Mizmor knew it would receive from Kilim Electronics.

The Vista 1 is a transportable all-in-one digital mixing console for broadcast, live and production use, with the control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies all contained within the console. This makes it the ideal choice when space is restricted, such as in OB and ENG vans.

Thanks to the patented Vistonics™ user interface, with 40 on-screen rotary knobs, the Vista 1’s look and feel is identical to that of the larger, more sophisticated Vistas.

The OB van’s technicians say their excitement on taking delivery was eclipsed by the speed of installation (which they undertook themselves). They then discovered just how easy the Vista 1 was to operate.

“In fact they started working only a quarter of an hour after the installation was complete—without the need to study the manual,” reported Kilim Electronics’ MD Meir Kilim, whose Haifa-based company again supplied all the services.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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One Vision Acquires HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact Digital Audio Consoles

CANBERRA, Australia – When Canberra-based audiovisual company One Vision decided it was time to replace its Yamaha digital mixers, there was only one alternative—HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact. Soundcraft’s Si Compact Series consoles are designed to offer digital power and versatility combined with an operator-friendly “analogue feel.” The consoles were purchased through Jands, Soundcraft’s Australian distributor.

“We wanted a console that would be more hands on than the Yamaha consoles as far as the crossover between digital and analogue,” commented Frank Meany, managing director of One Vision. “Basically, we wanted a console with knobs on it as opposed to a console with buttons and scrolling pages of menus, it’s more intuitive.”

Meany and his team have found their Soundcraft Si Compact consoles to be very powerful and they are particularly impressed by the console’s sound, with Meany remarking that it sounds more like an analogue console than other digital consoles.

“We purchased a digital multicore for them which makes a huge difference being able to patch things around and also having the soft patch on it,” Meany added. “I am however a bit sad that the Soundcraft Si Performers were not available at the time we bought them—a simple lighting console built into the desk would have been great! Maybe next time.”

Meany also commented on how easy his team has found the Soundcraft Si Compact to learn, describing it as a straightforward live sound mixer.

“Its price range, small footprint and portability also helped seal the decision to purchase,” he said.

In the few months since acquiring the Soundcraft Si Compact, One Vision has had it hard at work mainly on corporate events and Meany reports that it has been totally reliable and a great asset to the company.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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Bose® RoomMatch® System Solves Two Problems for Winnipeg’s Rowandale Baptist Church

Speech intelligibility and the sound quality of louder worship music were problems at opposite ends of the aural spectrum, but the Bose® RoomMatch® system addressed both of them, offering articulate speech and full-range audio for the music

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 25, 2013 – Rowandale Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where an average of 220 worshipers assemble each Sunday, faced the same issues that confront many churches as they aspire to have their message delivered clearly and articulately, while presenting music that is powerfully performed and inspiring. Unfortunately, in many of the acoustical environments typical of houses of worship, getting a single sound system to address both needs can be difficult. Rowandale Baptist Church found its answer with a RoomMatch® system from Bose® Professional Systems. Installed earlier this year by audio systems specialist Sound Art in Winnipeg, the new system consists of a center-hung cluster comprising one RM7020 module atop a RM12040 module, plus one RM9040 module used as a balcony delay speaker and a pair of MB24 modular subwoofers (chosen in place of the RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofer due to space issues), all powered by Bose PowerMatch® PM8500 and PM8500N amplifiers. From the moment it was first turned on, the RoomMatch system delivered everything the church was looking for: clean, articulate and powerful sound that evenly covered the entire worship space.

“The church, which had had some experience with the brand in the past, actually contacted Bose Professional Systems directly, and Bose then asked John [Loewen, head of Sound Art’s sales and installation division] and I to take a look at it,” recalls Ian Skrabek, Project Manager at Sound Art for this installation. “Like many churches, they were looking for a way to make speech clearer and get it to cover the interior of the church more evenly. At the same time, their worship music performances had become increasingly louder and more powerful – a new youth service to be held twice a month would include a full band playing contemporary-style music. Specifically for this service they were concerned about meeting high volume and bass requirements. They needed a sound system that could handle that with full-range sound and do so without any distortion.”

Skrabek felt confident that they could successfully address both issues with technology from Bose. Skrabek and Loewen chose RoomMatch array modules for their ability to handle high SPL levels in a more compact form factor, as well as their wide selection of coverage patterns to choose from and their smooth natural sound. “One of the really remarkable things about the RoomMatch systems is how few modules you actually need to cover a space,” marvels Skrabek. Two modules essentially gave us four zones of coverage, which distributes the sound very evenly.”

Furthermore, the PowerMatch amplifiers can be networked or not, depending upon the needs of the project. Sound Art used a PowerMatch PM8500N amplifier, networking the RoomMatch center cluster and balcony delay speakers together, while separately powering the MB24 subwoofers, which are soffited beneath the stage, with a PM8500 amplifier. “The PowerMatch amps are able to deliver an incredible amount of power from a standard 15-amp AC outlet, and all system processing was done with the DSP in the PowerMatch amps,” Skrabek notes. “The church was extremely happy with the outcome. The resulting sound coverage from the RoomMatch modules is very consistent everywhere in the room and balcony. The sound system is now capable of accurately reproducing the most delicate sounds right up to concert-volume sound with thunderous bass. They got everything they were looking to achieve.”

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Antelope Audio Announces its Largest Black Friday Sale to Date on Clocking Devices and AD/DA Converters

Musicians and Audio Professionals Can Take Advantage of up to 29 Percent Discounts on Antelope Audio Products from Friday, November 29th to Friday, December 6th

Santa Monica, Calif., November 25, 2013 – Just in time for the holiday rush, Antelope Audio announced its largest sale ever with an entire week of discounts — including deals on single and bundled professional merchandise. By contacting certain dealers, customers can take advantage of discounts up to 29 percent on Antelope’s selected products such as the renowned Trinity and 10M, Eclipse 384 mastering AD/DA converter and Zodiac+ D/A converter. The top selling, TEC Award nominated 32-channel audio interface Orion32 will come in an attractive bundle price with the extremely stable 10M atomic clock.

“We are pleased to provide such an amazing opportunity for audio professionals and enthusiasts to upgrade their studio equipment, and this year we are expanding our offering to include even more industry-leading converters and clocking systems,” said Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio USA. “Our digital audio equipment has seen unprecedented success through world tours and studio recordings this year, and this resounding success makes it possible for us to significantly expand our Black Friday offerings.”

In the United States, customers interested in purchasing discounted items may visit Alto Music, B&H or Sweetwater and Studio Economik (Canada). For more information on seasonal discounts, please visit Antelope Audio’s product page.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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Electrosonic Provides Audio-Visual Systems Expertise for Thea Award-Winning Projects

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has announced the winners of the prestigious 20th annual Thea Awards, honoring creative excellence in theme parks, museums and other attractions, and once again Electrosonic has taken part in several of the winning projects. This year Electrosonic played key roles in Outstanding Achievement awards for the Polynesian Cultural Center Revitalization in Oahu, Hawaii, and the Mystic Manor trackless ride at Hong Kong Disneyland.

The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) netted honors in the Attraction Revitalization category and was cited by TEA for “very successfully bringing the 50-year old facility and guest experience into the 21st century.” The theater hosts the new production “Hawaiian Journey,” which takes guests on a breathtaking flight through the islands as they look at the time of the first Hawaiians.

Early in the design phase of the project, Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team worked with Michael Lee Design, LLC to develop a modern digital solution to replace the aging IMAX film system and antiquated audio system in the existing facility. During the production phase, Electrosonic installed a new AV system in the reimagined theater, including a Christie 4K projector, 7thSense 4K media server and Strong/MDI 40×74-foot projection screen, plus a new 7.1 surround sound system and Medialon Show Manager. Electrosonic also designed and installed alternative content interfaces that enable the theater to serve as a true multi-purpose facility. Electrosonic’s upgrades not only reduced operating costs but also significantly enhanced the guest experience.

Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland won TEA’s top honors in the Attraction category for the ride creators’ ability to never lose “their rigorous focus on the beautifully told story” while achieving “technical breakthroughs.”

Working with the US-based Disney team, Electrosonic provided audio-visual fabrication services in the US for Mystic Manor, a trackless ride-through attraction that combines extensive and ingenious projection mapping, audio-animatronics and other one-of-a-kind special effects to tell the tale of a mischievous monkey and a magical music box whose ribbon of mystical energy brings a host of artifacts to life. The highly immersive adventure is full of surprises and theatrical wonders that deliver “state-of-the-art storytelling.”

The Thea Awards are considered one of the attraction industry’s greatest honors. The awards gala, slated for April 5, 2014, in Anaheim, California, will mark two decades since Thea honors were first presented.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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SMPTE Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending With a Purpose

Dec. 3 Day of Giving Provides Powerful Reminder That Donations Are Instrumental in SMPTE’s Success in Education and Standards Work

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 25, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that it has joined #GivingTuesday, a first-of-its-kind effort to leverage the power of charities, families, businesses, and individuals to inspire people to take collaborative action in giving to the causes they support in better and smarter ways, improving their communities, and helping to create a better world.

“The support of SMPTE members and customers is essential to the continued growth and improvement of the Society and its ability to meet the needs of both members and the greater motion-imaging industry,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “#GivingTuesday reminds us how important it is to support those organizations, such as SMPTE, doing valuable work for their constituents throughout the whole year.”

The second annual #GivingTuesday event will take place on Dec. 3, 2013. The event will harness the power of social media to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season, just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come to kick off holiday shopping.

Donations given to SMPTE through #GivingTuesday will support efforts including the Student Membership Challenge, which subsidizes the SMPTE memberships of college students who are studying technical subjects related to the motion-imaging industry; the Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship, which is designed to help students further their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology; the SMPTE general fund that supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, software, and programs so that the Society stays in step with current technology; and the Centennial project celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Society.

The initiative was launched by New York City’s 92nd Street Y (92Y), along with a group of friends and partners, to find ways to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving.

“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country, building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s interim executive director. “This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”

Information about donating to SMPTE and its programs and scholarships is available at www.smpte.org/donations. Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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PESA Hires Bin as Marketing and Sales Manager for China

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced Lou Li Bin has joined the company as marketing and sales manager for the company’s Beijing office, effective Oct. 18. He is responsible for sales and marketing efforts for the company’s product lines in China, and will also provide support for regional trade shows and conferences.

A graduate of Beijing Broadcast Institute, Bin has worked in the broadcast industry for more than 20 years. Most recently, he served as vice president at VTRON Technology, where he helped the company land its first business deal with China broadcasters. He has also handled marketing and sales for Miranda, Grass Valley, and Sony in China.

“We are very pleased to welcome Li to PESA,” said John T. Wright, PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “With his industry knowledge and channel partner relationships, we are confident he will be able to increase sales across China.”

Bin is based in PESA’s Beijing office. Contact him at +86-1380-126-2787 or via e-mail at libin@pesa.com.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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World’s first 3-chip DLP projector with LED illumination to launch at IITSEC 2013 conference

For regular I/ITSEC show updates, please visit www.digitalprojection.com/iitsec

ATLANTA, GA – 11/21/2013 – After two years of intensive development and market feedback, the world’s first 3-chip DLP LED projector is now in production. Digital Projection International (DPI), Texas Instruments’ first DLP projector partner and the only projector manufacturer to win an Emmy for engineering development, proudly announces the TITAN WUXGA LED 3D. I/ITSEC, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, will supply the ideal product launch event for this simulation-oriented display from December 2 – December 5, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

Available now for simulation projects demanding long-life illumination with minimal consumables and remarkable color accuracy, DPI’s TITAN LED delivers a remarkable value set to the simulation and virtual reality (VR) markets. As the brightest LED projection solution available today, the 2,000-lumen TITAN LED enlists premium LED elements for over 60,000 hours of consistent illumination. DPI’s single-chip LED displays are already well-recognized for their virtually maintenance-free operation. Impressive as they are, the new TITAN LED surpasses these performance benchmarks by additionally producing imagery in the widest color gamut currently possible. The TITAN LED also brings an incredibly low cost of ownership over the display’s lifespan due to the elimination of lamp replacement costs. Add to these points of value the low heat and low noise output of the TITAN LED and simulation environments now have the ideal imaging solution.

The 1920 x 1200 resolution TITAN WUXGA LED 3D is based on Texas Instruments’ 3-chip DLP technology. Therefore, the TITAN LED is free of the single-chip color artifacts sometimes experienced in single-chip DLP displays. A further advantage to the TITAN’s 3-chip platform is the high-bit signal processing inherent in 3-chip DLP projectors. For simulation applications needing IR capabilities, LED+IR versions of the TITAN are also available. Additionally, TITAN LED+IR projectors are also available with dual input control, enabling the simultaneous display and control of two streams of video. Due to the anticipated impact the new TITAN LED will have on the simulation and VR markets, DPI has built a substantial backlog that will begin shipping in December, 2013.

DPI will reveal a LED projector solution-filled exhibit space in booth #2181 at the upcoming I/ITSEC 2013 trade show. I/ITSEC attendees will witness the launch of brand-new imaging solutions from DPI, as well as proven projectors in partner booths throughout the show floor. I/ITSEC promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs. The trade show takes place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from December 2 – December 5, 2013.

Interested parties who would like to receive a free four day exhibit hall badge at no charge can register by visiting https://secure2.rhq.com/iitsec/iitsec2013/public/index.cgi?track=exhibitsonly and using pass code EXH2181. If you’d like to schedule a meeting at I/ITSEC in booth #2181 or receive more information, please send an email to simulation@digitalprojection.com or call 770-420-1350 and ask for DPI’s simulation specialist.

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About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

For further information and photography, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

Press Enquiries
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Digital Projection Inc.
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The Center for Discovery Finds the Right Solution with Masque Sound’s Custom Audio Equipment Upgrade

Flexible System Expands Theatrical Capabilities of Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center

HURLEYVILLE, NY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 — Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, recently provided a complete custom audio equipment upgrade solution for the Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center for Environmental Health and Education at The Center for Discovery. These new audio capabilities will now allow the Center, an organization renowned for the educational, clinical, residential, social and creative arts experiences it provides to children and adults with significant intellectual disabilities and medical frailties, to be able to offer even more events and activities.

“The Center for Discovery wanted to be able to put on more theatrical productions, as well as host movie nights and other events at the Big Barn Center, and felt it needed a more flexible sound system that could handle all that,” says Sound Designer Gabriel Bennett. “I have a familiarity and comfort level with Masque Sound and knew it was the right company for the job. Fortunately we were able to make it happen.”

Bennett’s goal in designing the sound system upgrade was to disperse the sound more evenly and ensure full coverage throughout the room, as well as provide surround sound capabilities. According to Bennett, “We sourced some gear that was higher quality and more on the professional end of things as opposed to the consumer gear the Big Barn Center had previously been using. We really wanted to maintain a high level of fidelity while also providing a level of versatility the Center previously did not have. There is now a main, left, center, right that allows for this. Also, we can now tune the room according to the event and it sounds great.”

Bennett’s biggest challenge with the project, and one that Masque Sound proved extremely helpful with, was the Center’s desire to put in a more permanent solution. The Center wanted to install permanent gear and cable runs. They also wanted to run isolated audio power for the speakers and console.

“Because there was no theatrical rigging or structure already in place, things such as tilting and refocusing the speakers without moving them, based on the needs of the room were difficult,” adds Bennett. “Masque Sound’s technical support proved really helpful in overcoming this and any other issues we had.”

At the heart of the new system is an Avid Venue SC48 digital console, a fully integrated solution that combines all I/O, digital signal processing and tactile control into a single console, making it an affordable and flexible live system choice. In addition, an XTA DP448 speaker management system was supplied. Meyer Sound also contributed a selection of speakers, including UPA-1Ps and UPA 500-HP subwoofers. The Sennheiser 2000 series wireless mic system, a selection of Shure microphones and ancillary equipment completed the upgrade.

“Masque Sound was really helpful in providing audio gear that not only served our purpose, but provided the fidelity we were looking for as well,” says Bennett. “The audio solutions that Masque Sound created for us kept us within budget without compromising the quality of the gear. Overall, we are very happy with the system.”

The Center for Discovery’s unique philosophy of creating challenging, accessible, healthy, loving, supportive and homelike educational and work settings, in which children and adults can develop relationships, learn and grow, and foster new social and artistic skills, helps distinguish the venue from like-minded establishments. The agency’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and their families by offering innovative educational and social experiences.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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DPA Microphones Creates a Bang with Paramore During Band’s 2013 World Tour

FOH engineer credits the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mic and
d:dicate™ 2011C Compact Cardioid Mic with delivering ideal percussion sound

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE, NOVEMBER 25, 2013DPA Microphones is drumming up some attention while on the road with the Grammy nominated alternative rock band Paramore for the band’s self-titled world tour. DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate™ 2011C Compact Cardioid Microphones are keeping Paramore’s touring drummer in beat with band mates and fans by delivering clean, clear and precise percussion. Equipped with universal mounts, these mics ensure that every stop on the band’s self-titled international tour features the natural sound of each percussion instrument.

Eddie Mapp, Paramore’s front-of-house Engineer, chose the microphones to help provide the band and audiences alike with optimal sound. Mapp has been using the d:votes on his acoustic guitar in the studio for quite some time, but received a tip to try them out on the drum kits from Metallica’s front-of-house engineer Mick “Big Mick” Hughes, who had recently made the switch to DPA for Metallica’s last tour and accompanying movie release. Now a staple for both engineers’ rigs, the duo considers the mics to be a recently uncovered industry secret, that Mapp has since been sharing, that provides the ultimate in natural drum sounds.

“I run into a lot of other engineers who are curious as to what I have been using to mic snare drums,” says Mapp. “Mick learned about DPA Microphones from the production engineers working on Metallica’s 3D movie. He suggested I check them out – so I did. The first chance I had to try them on the drums was when I joined Paramore on tour in February. The band members were used to a specific sound from their mics, so I tried not to change it too much. The only change I have made so far is to use the d:votes and 2011Cs for the drum kit, and everyone loves it. We’ve done a lot of different press and promotions around the world and every engineer who hears the band is always instantly impressed with how natural the sound is from the drums.”

In addition to the clarity, the ease of setup is highly regarded by Mapp, who depends on DPA’s universal mount to customize Paramore’s sound. Mapp attaches several d:vote microphones to the stand below each crash and ride cymbal, as well as another for hi-hat. He also relies on the d:vote to mic underneath the snare and a DPA 2011C for close-miking the snare top. The simplicity of this setup, along with the assurance of the most concise sound possible, makes Mapp’s job easier.

“I just find that it is really easy to fit the snare drum with a DPA mic wherever you need it in the mix, as opposed to some mics from other manufacturers,” he continues. “I was blown away the first time I put the d:vote on the snare. It is my favorite snare microphone that I have ever had. As for the cymbals, I’ve done spot mics for many years and the d:vote is very impressive. Other microphones that I have tried end up rolling the sound off prematurely, but with DPA it extends that high sound.”
Designed for use in touring applications, the d:vote is a highly durable microphone available for use across several musical applications. The versatility and mounting options of the d:vote allow it to be effortlessly unclipped and repositioned for the most accurate positioning.

“The d:votes’ tiny cables make it look fragile, but we haven’t had a single issue,” says Mapp. “I hope to use more of DPA’s microphones in the future. I’ve heard the 2011C is phenomenal on guitar; I just haven’t had the opportunity to try that yet.”

An engineer for nearly 15 years, Mapp has spent the majority of his career providing front-of-house support for the American rock band Evanescence. He has also toured with Papa Roach, Taking Back Sunday, Stone Temple Pilots, Zakk Wylde and more.

Paramore is currently on an international, 110 stop tour to support the band’s fourth, self-titled release Paramore (2013). Lead by singer Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis (bass guitar) and Taylor York (lead guitar), the tour also features Jon Howard (rhythm guitar, piano and backing vocals), and Justin York (guitar). Paramore will continue to tour in 2014 throughout North America, joined by Metric and Hellogoodbye as opening acts. The band also has two special performances planned onboard the Norwegian Pearl as part of the PARAHOY! Cruise in March 2014, for which the group and its fans will sail from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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