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HARMAN Professional Powers NAMM 2014 GoPro Stage: Line-up Includes AKG, Soundcraft And Crown Technologies With Martin Lighting And Worldwide Debut Of JBL VTX Series V20 Line Array

ANAHEIM, California — At The NAMM Winter Market 2014, a complete HARMAN Professional concert audio and lighting system has been selected by Greg Herreman Productions to support the NAMM GoPro Stage at the Grand Plaza. The system includes the new JBL VTX Series V20 line array system and S25 subwoofers. The stage will feature headlining performances by world-renowned percussionist Sheila E. and blues-rock guitarist Jonny Lang, with events beginning 6:00 PM nightly on Wednesday, January 22 through Saturday, January 25.

Event system support and logistics are being managed by San Diego-based MSI Production Services and front of house and monitor system mixing is being handled by independent live sound engineers Eric Stalhammer and Rebecca Wilson.

Stahlhammer’s event sound design for the outdoor event series includes 10 JBL V20 line array loudspeakers, six S25 subwoofers per side, six G28 subs (center) plus JBL VTX F Series fill speakers and stage monitors, with VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers and VT4883 subcompact subwoofers for side fill. Additional equipment includes Crown Audio VRACK amplifier systems, Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles and AKG wireless and wired microphones. A full Martin entertainment lighting system features Martin MAC Viper, MAC 700 and MAC 301 lights operated by an M1 programmable controller.

“We are very pleased to be part of the NAMM 2014 GoPro Stage at the Grand Plaza, where attendees can look forward to a good time, great music and experience the very latest in live sound and lighting technology,” said Brian Pickowitz, Associate Director, Live Sound and Rental Systems, HARMAN Professional Division.

“We are particularly excited to present JBL’s world premiere of the new VTX Series V20 and S25,” Pickowitz continued. “Since its introduction, the JBL VTX Series has quickly been adopted as the new standard in line array loudspeakers, and the V20 and S25 expand the range to offer more even more options for a wider variety of tour sound and performance-venue applications.”

The HARMAN Professional GoPro Stage at the Grand Plaza schedule is as follows:

• Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 pm: pre-show party featuring Bernie Williams and Gil Parris
• Thursday, January 23, 6:00 pm: opening night concert featuring Jonny Lang
• Friday, January 24, 6:00 pm: The Imagine Party, including a concert with Sheila E. and a special appearance by Art Alexakis of Everclear
• Saturday, January 25, 6:00 pm: Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen, with Guest Appearance by Gaby Moreno

In addition to the nightly concerts, live entertainment programming, ranging from jazz to mariachi music to local rock, will be scheduled throughout the day. Professional sound and lighting rental company representatives attending NAMM may schedule a daytime technical walk-through with Harman Professional staff who will be onsite in Anaheim’s Grand Plaza.

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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Sennheiser Announces Lineup for On Stage Product Demonstration Performances at NAMM 2014

Product Showcases Begin at Noon Each Day and Carry on through Sunday

Anaheim, CA, January 20, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser (Hall A, Booth 6577) announced that its booth stage at NAMM will feature an impressive roster of emerging musical talent. The product demonstrations — which will feature the latest audio equipment from Sennheiser and its family of distributed brands— will begin at noon on Thursday, January 23rd and continue through Sunday afternoon, January 26th.

Scheduled performances are as follows and may be subject to change:

Thursday, January 23rd

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo (Sennheiser product concept)

• 12:00 p.m. – Marcus Eaton (Eclectic acoustic pop)

• 12:45 p.m. – Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden (singer/songwriter, soundtrack)

• 1:30 p.m. – Corey Gray and Jake Coco (singer/songwriter pop)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Dilana (rock)

• 3:00 p.m. – Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden

• 3:45 p.m. – Corey Gray and Jake Coco

• 4:30 p.m. – Marcus Eaton

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Friday, January 24th

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 12:00 p.m. – Nina Storey (fusion of alternative rock/blues/jazz / soul)

• 12:45 p.m. – Magnolia Memoir (jazz/blues inspired rock)

• 1:30 p.m. – Calico (Americana)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Nina Storey

• 3:00 p.m. – Magnolia Memoir

• 3:45 p.m. – Marcus Eaton

• 4:30 p.m. – Calico

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Saturday, January 25th

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 12:00 p.m. – Raining Jane (eclectic rock/folk)

• 12:45 p.m. – Charles Jones (keyboardist)

• 1:30 p.m. – Debby Holiday (rock/dance/soul)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Special Guest

• 3:00 p.m. – Charles Jones

• 3:45 p.m. – Debby Holiday
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• 4:30 p.m. – Kelly Moneymaker (rock/blues/classic rock)

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Sunday, January 26th

• 12:00 p.m. – Nu Blue

• 12:45 p.m. – Katie Cole (Americana/acoustic rock)

• 1:30 p.m. – Honey Whiskey Trio (folk/bluegrass)

• 2:15 p.m. – Nu-Blu (bluegrass/country)

• 3:00 p.m. – Katie Cole

• 3:45 p.m. – Honey Whiskey Trio

Each year, the Sennheiser booth stage provides a high-quality, entertaining platform for emerging talent to heard by the over 80,000 people attending NAMM. For more information on artist performances, or to learn more about Sennheiser, please stop by booth 6577 or visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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DPA Microphones d:vote™ Instrument Mic Giveaway Announced for the 2014 NAMM Show

All attendees are invited to visit company booth and enter for their chance to win

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 20, 2014 – DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is giving away three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). Show attendees are invited to stop by the DPA Booth Thursday, January 22, Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24 to enter the contest. Applicants will receive a signature DPA Microphones pin to indicate their submission. DPA will select and announce the winner at 4 p.m. on each of those three days. Attendees must be present and wearing the pin to win the microphone.

Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, the DPA d:vote is rugged and stable, featuring a versatile and extendable gooseneck, sturdy shock mount and a detachable cable, making it perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. Intended for fast-paced performance settings, users can easily unclip, reposition or move it to another instrument with just one hand. The d:vote’s microphone mounting system itself is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

The d:vote’s condenser mic features a supercardioid polar pattern for highly uniform off-axis frequency response and superior gain before feedback. Capable of handling high sound pressure levels, these microphones live up to DPA’s pedigree of breathtaking clarity and richness. Additionally, the d:vote’s MicroDot-XLR connector and variety of adapters ensure compatibility with virtually any wireless system. The product can also be used as a standard 48V phantom-powered microphone via its supplied XLR connector.

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.

Biamp Systems and InfoComm Partner to Train on AV Networking in Mexico

Spanish speaking systems integrators to receive significant discounts on quarterly sessions of InfoComm’s ‘Networking Technology’ class scheduled for 2014

MEXICO CITY — Jan. 20, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, and InfoComm International, a trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry worldwide, today announced a partnership to provide networked AV systems training to industry professionals in Mexico. As host of four quarterly sessions of InfoComm’s “Networking Technology” course in Mexico City, Biamp(R) is extending a generous discount to its local systems integrators. The three-day sessions are scheduled for:

*Feb. 27-March 1
*May 29-31
*Aug. 18-20 (during TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014)
*Nov. 27-29

“Biamp is committed to supporting education and training programs that can help increase the number of trained AV professionals in Latin America,” said Ernesto Montañez, Area Manager, Central America, Biamp Systems. “InfoComm’s foundational ‘Networking Technology’ class is ideal for current integrators who carry Biamp products as well as those who have completed, or are currently completing, our certification program. Based on the results of a similar course held by InfoComm in December of last year, which was fully booked, we expect demand to be high for the 2014 series of courses.”

“The AV world has changed and if you’re not up to speed on IT networks, you are at risk of being left behind,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “InfoComm thanks Biamp Systems for helping to develop the industry globally, and Latin America in particular.”

In “Networking Technology,” students will learn to understand and troubleshoot IT networks that support AV systems. Held at the Mexico City office of Biamp Systems’ Mexican distribution partner, Representaciones de Audio, each session will be limited to 10 attendees and will be presented in Spanish. As the program’s sponsor, Biamp is offering its channel partners and Mexican integrators a 50-percent discount on registration.

For details and registration, attendees may contact Rodrigo Casassus Coke at latinamerica@infocomm.org or visit InfoComm online at www.infocomm.org.

More information on Biamp System’s full line of audio solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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About InfoComm International
InfoComm International(R) is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Sound Devices Nominated For Two Technical Achievement Awards by The Cinema Audio Society

PIX 260i Production Video Recorder and 633 Production Mixer Recognized

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 20, 2014 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its PIX 260i Production Recorder and 633 Production Mixer have been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 to advance the art and science of sound in the motion picture and television industry. A blue-ribbon panel of CAS Members determined the nominees for the 50th Annual Cinema Audio Society Technical Achievement Awards, which will be announced on Saturday, February 22 in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

“We are honored to have two products nominated for a CAS Technical Achievement Award,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We take pride that several of the nominees for outstanding achievement in sound mixing are Sound Devices customers, and to be a small part of their success. Our commitment to providing our customers, and the industry, with world-class products remains our most important business and these nominations reaffirm that mission.”

Sound Devices PIX 260i Production Recorder is a rack-mounted, file-based audio and video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based decks in production and post-production environments. The PIX 260i supplies all the features and tools needed by production companies looking to migrate to 32-track file-based recording and playback environments. It records QuickTime video files or audio-only WAV files to up to four attached drives.

Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Audinate’s Dante audio-over-Ethernet protocol, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available. The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96 kHz for eight tracks, 192 kHz for six tracks) or timecode stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus Left/Right and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

Unique to the industry, the 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This four-way powering allows for multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18 V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed and seamlessly transitions to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10 seconds to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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RHC Holdings Artist Signings at 2014 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 20, 2014 ― RHC Holdings is pleased to announce its lineup of artist signings for the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 4558). Included among these artists are RAT spokesperson, Joe Trohman, lead guitarist for Fall Out Boy, who will be at the booth on Thursday, January 23 at 3:45 p.m. Also attending the show to represent RoadHog are guitarist Mark Zavon of Kill Devil Hill and his bandmate, bassist Rex Brown, who is also of Down and Pantera fame. The duo will be available on Friday, January 24 at 1 p.m. Finally, members of the band Foreigner, who are avid RoadHog users, will be greeting fans on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m.

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Announces Availability of Vi Version 4.8 Software for Vi2, Vi4 and Vi6 Consoles

Now loaded with Vi 4.8 software, the Soundcraft Vi6 rolls off the production line in Potters Bar, UK. Pictured (left to right): Harry McGee, Tony Alexander, Dominic Harter, Tim Mahesan.

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft today announces the launch of its Vi Version 4.8 software—a substantial new update for Soundcraft Vi1, Vi2, 4 and 6 consoles. Version 4.8 software contains a number of significant new features, with stage monitor applications in particular set to benefit most from the update.. Some of the new features may require the purchase of additional DSP cards for Vi1, Vi2, 4 and 6 consoles.

The most significant of the new features is the upgrade of the bussing system on Vi1, Vi2, 4 and 6 to allow all 32 of the console’s mix busses to work in stereo mode when required—without stealing any other busses–to allow use as in-ear mixes. In addition, a new source selection switch has been implemented that allows each individual aux or group bus send from channels to be sourced from four different points in the signal path—post-fade, post-EQ & Dynamics, pre-Dynamics but post-EQ, and pre-EQ & Dynamics (existing software only allows the first two of these points to be selected). Other features include stereo mode for Matrix busses (including up to eight stereo Matrices on the Vi1), post-fade insert points for automixer insertion on Vi2, 4 and 6, and coloured channel label backgrounds. A new enhanced Aux VCA system allows monitor engineers to selectively use VCA mixing within a monitor mix.

In order to benefit from the new audio features, Vi1, Vi2, 4 and 6 consoles must have at least three DSP cards fitted to the Local Rack. Consoles with only two DSP cards fitted will require the purchase of a third DSP card in order to benefit from the new audio features and in this case will need to choose using an ‘Expansion Mode’ switch between 96 inputs and the old bussing system, or 64 inputs with the new bussing system. In order to have both 96 inputs and the new audio features, a fourth DSP card will need to be purchased.

Vi1 consoles will not receive the ‘All Busses can be mono or stereo’ feature, pre-fade Aux send options or post-fade insert point features, due to DSP restrictions.
A new Contribution Pan function allows each of the Matrix contribution signals, selectable from a multitude of sources including channel direct outs, bus and master outs and direct I/O patches, to be positioned within the Matrix bus’s stereo field.

Also for Vi1 consoles, V4.8 software allows increased flexibility of the Local I/O configuration, so for example one of the line out modules may be exchanged for a third Mic/line input module, giving a total of 48 mic ins and 16 line outs on the back of the console.

For all Vi consoles, it is now possible to select a bus mix as the external key input source for the Gate/Ducker on input channels. This allows more flexibility particularly when using the ducker to control ambient mics for a recording or in-ear monitor mix.

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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Delicate And Martin Audio MLA Support Black Crowes

The Black Crowes celebrated a successful tour of outdoor venues with a joyous December concert reunion finale at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Like the tour, the concert featured the Tedeschi Trucks band and The London Souls, with Delicate Productions of San Francisco supporting with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system.

According to Smoother Smyth of Delicate, the tour included sheds ranging from 3,000 to 18,000-capacity with Black Crowes FOH Engineer Bob Coke “over the moon about the MLA system.” Setup for the tour included 11 MLA and one MLD (downfill) per side, 8 MLA Compact per side, and 12 ground-stacked MLX subwoofers.

After the initial summer tour, the Black Crowes continued to tour using local promoter-supplied systems in the fall. But because Delicate and Martin Audio MLA had worked out so well for the band during the summer, the Crowes decided to bring both back for the finale.

The challenge for Delicate was to completely rebuild the disassembled system from scratch so that it was identical to the original touring rig and get it up to San Francisco for an 8:00am load-in and 2:00pm soundcheck with no rehearsal time. As Smoother concludes, “it required a maximum effort on our part, but was well worth it because we were getting a lot of comments the next day about how amazing it sounded. The Graham auditorium is known as a very lively room and MLA allowed us to contain and control the audio really well. It turned out to be a slam-dunk.”

Bob Coke, contacted in France where he lives and works, also had positive comments: “I was initially skeptical about the MLA system. But during my first experience with the MLA Compact at a circular bull fighting arena in the south of France––an acoustically difficult venue––I was truly amazed by the sound quality, color and coverage. An hour before doors we were told that certain sections of the seated area would be vacant. The system tech, Andy Davies, reprogrammed the venue coverage to exclude that section in five minutes. I walked the section and was amazed to hear the difference. It’s what convinced me that the theory behind the MLA system was accurate and reliable. To be able to reprogram where the sound is being sent in a venue without having to physically change how the system is flown is quite remarkable.

“We were touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and The London Souls,” Bob continues. ”Each band had their own FOH engineer with different criteria for the system color, but the three of us agreed that the system sounded great. In the mornings when we were loading in the system, we would often hear from the local crews or local sound technicians that the MLA was the best sounding system they had yet heard in their venue. For the size and punch it can’t be beat. It’s also easy to set up and take down.”

Asked about mixing the final concert, he concludes, “The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a really decent 7000-seater. I mixed the band for their final show LOUD––louder than the first two acts and the system as well as the venue behaved really well acoustically at that level. I was impressed by the sound of the Tedeschi Trucks band and London Souls, and how sweet the system sounded at their levels. There were a lot of people who stopped by after the show to pay tribute to the sound. The best compliment is when people talk about how great the show was––it’s a sign I’ve done my job well and that people have experienced the music in a direct way without having it ‘filtered’ through a bad sounding system or being distracted by room acoustics or a bad mix.”

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.

The Music Producers Guild Gives Special Recognition To Sean Davies

The Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that Sean Davies, an internationally acclaimed studio designer, technical engineer and authority on disc cutting lathes, will be presented with a Special Recognition Award at the MPG Awards 2014, which take place in London next month.

Renowned as an audio consultant, Davies is also at the heart of the UK and European disc cutting business thanks to his extensive knowledge of cutting techniques, lacquers and the ins and outs of the equipment needed to cut a vinyl record.

He first became interested in audio at the age of 13 when he began repairing broken radios and cutting discs at home. His hobby developed into a career when he was offered a job at IBC Studios, initially in the maintenance department and then in the disc cutting operation. Davies’ reputation as an expert soon spread, securing him other key technical positions until he eventually founded his own company, SW Davies Ltd, which specialises in maintaining high quality disc-cutting lathes and supporting cutting facilities around the world.

Although he recently announced his retirement after 53 years in the professional audio industry, Davies is still acting as a consultant – most notably for the recently launched Art of Vinyl (AoV), a new maintenance business headed by the former-Metropolis Mastering engineer Crispin Murray and audio/video equipment repair specialist Duncan Crimmins.

Ray Staff, of the MPG’s Mastering Group which nominated Sean Davies for a prestigious Special Recognition Award, says: “I am so pleased Sean is receiving this acknowledgment. He has been my mentor for over 40 years. Sean is a generous educator, gifted with the ability to explain often complex theories, simply and clearly. His skills and knowledge have benefited every aspect of recording, mastering, manufacturing and design. He is a truly unique man in our industry.”

Sean Davies will be presented with his award at the MPG 2014 Awards ceremony, which takes place on February 13th at the at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

Now firmly established as a must-attend industry event, the MPG Awards attract music industry stars and VIPs who turn out in force to celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK’s music industry. In 2014, the MPG is once again collaborating with the BRITS to present the winner of its Producer of the Year Award with a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com

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DPA Microphones Capture the Sound of Andrea Bocelli’s Orchestra

Andrea Taglia, live sound engineer for the famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, is a huge fan of DPA microphones and rates them as the most technically advanced and sonically transparent microphones on the market.

It is therefore no surprise that Taglia personally owns a selection of DPA microphones and regularly sources additional units whenever he is on tour with Bocelli.

“I’ve been using DPA microphones for many years and bought my first stereo d:dicate™ 4006 Recording Microphone when it was still known by the old Bruel & Kjaer name,” Taglia says. “I first became familiar with the DPA brand when I was using DPA miniature microphones on singers in musical productions. Eventually I began experimenting and started using them on instruments as well, which gave me great results. I’m now a huge fan and have bought quite a few for my own microphone collection, including d:dicate 4006 and 4011 Recording microphones and a selection of d:screet™ 4090 and 4061 Miniature microphones.”

Andrea Taglia began his career in the theatre, mixing audio for plays and musicals and working with directors such as Peter Stein, Bob Wilson, Massimo Castri. He also worked with classical orchestras and jazz musicians and acted as a live sound consultant designing sound systems for touring and fixed installations such as cruise ships.

“I made a conscious decision to stop touring in 2003 when my second son was born, but when I met Andrea in 2006 he persuaded me to go back on the road – although these days I only go on tour with him,” Taglia says.

Bocelli’s most recent concerts have taken place all over the world and in each venue Taglia has supplemented his own DPA collection with additional microphones supplied by DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer.

“We used DPA d:screet 4061 Miniature microphones as close proximity mics for the strings – four on first violins, three on second violins, three on violas and three on cellos,” he explains. “We have also been using them for our guest violin soloists and for our guitar duo CARisMA, who usually play at Bocelli’s concerts.

“In large and reverberant venues where the noise floor can be pretty high, it is important to have good close proximity microphones to help reduce feedback and deliver more attack and a more present and detailed sound. This is especially important when the orchestra is playing over pre-recorded tracks.”

Taglia adds that DPA’s wide range of instrument clips and accessories adds an extra dimension to the versatility of the company’s products.

“DPA has always been very careful about providing the correct accessories so that users can get the best from their products,” he says. “For example, the DPA MHS6001 rubber suspension, which we use on strings with the 4061, is a real problem solver as it is universally accepted by every musician, even on very expensive instruments. They are happy to use it because it doesn’t actually touch the instrument. Instead it allows the microphone to float under the strings on the rubber mount.

“I’m also a big fan of the DMM0007 rubber holder as it allows me to position a 4061 miniature microphone very close to the strings on an acoustic guitar without annoying the musician playing it. With this solution I can get the full sound of the instrument in a way that wouldn’t be possible with a pick-up.”

Taglia adds that he uses his own DPA microphones on a daily basis as they are invaluable for live recording work and for aligning sound systems, which is what he does when he isn’t on tour.

“Over the years I have used literally tons of DPA miniature microphones on singers in the theatre and I’ve also used my fair share of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones on double basses and cellos,” he says. “Every time I need a linear, true microphone that is capable of handling high SPL, I always choose DPA.”

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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 provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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