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DPA Microphones Turns the Beat Around for Gloria Estefan

Musician’s monitor engineer uses more than 20 DPA mics to accommodate the natural sound of the live instruments used for her orchestra-based performances

MIAMI, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 ― When seven-time Grammy® winner Gloria Estefan belts it out during a live performance, her ear is trained to pick up on any imperfections. That’s why her long-time monitor engineer, Craig Melvin, relies on the precision of DPA Microphones to eliminate noise and capture the natural sound of the live instruments used during Estefan’s orchestra-based performances. To meet these audio requirements, Melvin depends on a combination of DPA 4023 Compact Cardioid Microphones, d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Microphones.

Melvin has employed the d:dicate 4011s for years in a rock music setting, but until recently, had not considered using them as orchestra mics. After hearing a live orchestra performance that had incredible sound, and discovered that DPA mics were behind the excellent audio.

He knew instantly that he had found the string mic for which he was looking. “DPA Microphones didn’t originally cross my mind when I was looking for a replacement string microphone,” recalls Melvin. “Then, my ears were opened to the possibilities of these mics. Orchestra miking is a different animal. It doesn’t have as much close miking as you find in rock music. Once Eric Schilling (recording engineer for Estefan) and I heard the DPAs used for the violins, there was no going back to anything else. Add to that the benefits of all of the mounting hardware and it was a no brainer.”

As for Estefan’s opinion of the mics, Melvin says, “Gloria is not only an accomplished singer, but a great musician as well, so she picks up on subtleties in her audio. I’m responsible for what she hears in her ear monitors. She knows how things should sound and she can detect any compression artifacts immediately. She’s got a great ear and, having just finished recording her Standards with an orchestra in a studio setting, I appreciated hearing her positive comments about the live sound we achieved with the DPA mics.”

Shortly after personally purchasing a supply of DPA Microphones to bring on the road during Estefan’s promotional tour, Melvin knew he wanted to add more to his collection. He found himself admiring the DPA d:vote with the magnetic mounts for the Steinway grand piano, which he complimented with a DPA d:screet 4061 in the hole. As that worked out very well, Melvin was ready to add more DPAs to his setup.

“DPA Microphones are solid workhorses, so much more consistent than some other microphones that we had used,” explains Melvin. “Our thought process was, if DPA is making mics for strings, then those are the mics we need. It was that simple. We did a couple of the orchestra gigs and that’s when I purchased all the DPA mics. I wanted to have that consistency for all the shows going forward.”

Now, with an inventory that features a variety of DPA Microphones, Melvin is always ready to experiment with different combinations to find the best sound possible. “We did a show with the DPA d:vote 4099 on the Steinway grand piano and kept the d:screet 4061 in the hole. I was amazed at how great that sounded,” he notes. “The d:vote works great for the Steinway, and the magnetic mounts make it so easy.”

The d:vote mounting hardware for the violins, violas and cellos allow the musicians to easily adjust the positioning on their own to meet their comfort and bowing needs without compromising the sound during a performance. Included in Melvin’s microphone collection is the d:dicate 4011, which is ideal for close miking instruments in a live performance or studio setting. This provides for accuracy, uniform off-axis response and low distortion of the natural sound. Melvin currently relies on the 4011 for flutes and saxophones.

Even today, Melvin considers adding more DPA Microphones to assist his monitoring needs, with his eye on the drums next. “I was thinking about picking up a couple of d:vote mounts for drums,” he adds. “I’ve heard people say how well they work for toms and hand drums. I used the original version of the 4011s with the 4003 Omni Microphone early in my career with Gloria for the kick and snare drums. We did a show a while back where it was just a pair of 4003s on the drums with a separate kick mic, and it was perfect for that jazz style.”

Estefan recently released her 23rd studio album, The Standards, which received a Grammy® nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In addition to her musical career, Estefan is an actress and entrepreneur. She co-owns multiple restaurants and hotels in Miami with her husband, Emilio Estefan. The Latin crossover artist is currently in pre-production for an autobiographical Broadway show.

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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Delicate and Martin Audio MLA Team Up For Maroon Five

Las Vegas, NV––For the second year in a row, Delicate Productions supported Maroon Five with a Martin Audio MLA system for two celebratory New Year’s Eve shows at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

The Event Center, a modern 12,000-seat venue, “is fortunately one of the better sounding casino rooms,” according to Jim Ebdon, FOH Engineer for Maroon Five.

“In these venues it’s all about the coverage,” Jim explains, “and what’s great about the MLA system is that it covers so well. It’s a smaller box and very versatile. We work with Delicate a lot and I trust them, so I leave it up to (President of Delicate Productions) Jason Alt and FOH Tech Makoto Araki to set up.

“They do a great job shooting the room, making the analysis and figuring out how many boxes they’re going to need and how the side hangs should be configured depending on the amount of tickets we’ve sold. Maroon Five usually sell out these shows, so the hangs tend to go right round the sides of the stage in a 270 configuration. And with MLA, we’re able to control the sound well to avoid reflections.”

The setup for these shows consisted of 11 Martin Audio MLA, one MLD (downfill) and 12 MLA Compact enclosures per side with 12 MLX subwoofers, plus 6 W8LMD and four WT2s for side fills. In addition to Alt and Araki, the Delicate crew included Craig Robinson (Monitor Tech) and Russ Cunningham (Stage Tech).

Asked how the system sounded, Ebdon said, “MLA is a very flat system, it doesn’t color the sound in any way, which is great. And I find it to be very accurate as well; the high frequencies are smooth and extremely easy to listen to. Going down the frequency range, there’s a very seamless transition into the subwoofer. With many systems, you hear the main flown PA and then the sub, it sounds like two separate sound sources. Not with MLA. It’s a real full-range sound system.

“We travel a lot and I’m lucky enough to plug into all kinds of sound systems these days. When it comes to MLA, I don’t even need to get into what kind of drivers or amps Martin Audio uses because it sounds good, and that’s all that matters.”

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.

Stagesound Event Technology Deploys HARMAN’s AKG Microphones For Pollmann 125th Anniversary Celebration

VIENNA, Austria – Austria-based company Pollmann recently invited over 800 guests to celebrate its 125th year anniversary at an event in the Sports Hall in Waidhofen a.d. Thaya in Austria. The company is well-known around the globe for its development and production of electro-mechanical components for the automotive industry. The anniversary celebrated the company’s rich and successful history in illustrious fashion that required an elaborate sound system capable of withstanding a rigorous evening full of grand presentations. Austrian rental company, Stagesound Event Technology, developed a sound system consisting of HARMAN’s AKG microphones to ensure high-quality sound for all speeches and commendations given during the celebration.

Faced with numerous acoustical challenges in the 200 x 270-foot space, which was not structurally or acoustically designed for a large PA system, Stagesound used two AKG GN30 gooseneck microphones with CK31 high-performance condenser microphone capsules for each speaker. Stagesound system engineer Markus Kouba and audio engineer Andreas Mühlmann wanted to make the system as user-friendly as possible.

”Although the majority of speakers were professional presenters, the event also featured several untrained speakers,” commented Kouba. “For these inexperienced speakers we wanted to make the system as easy to use as possible while still providing a clear sound to the audience. The AKG microphones more than met that requirement.”

In addition, Stagesound developed a system for the live band that included two C414 B-ULS condenser microphones on drum overheads and several D112 microphones for the kick drum and bass amplifiers. Stagesound also deployed four C518 M miniature clamp-on microphones on the toms and snares for the drums.

“The AKG microphones impressed with clear sound and simple handling,” stated Kouba. “We are very satisfied with the performance, and with AKG in general for all of our events around Austria. It is important as a rental company to have equipment that will withstand the unique technical riders for each event, as well as the transportation and wear and tear during each project.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Prism Sound and Oxford Digital’s Audio Design Workshop LIVE Seminars Head To The USA

Following on from the success of the Audio Design Workshop LIVE seminars in Europe, Prism Sound and Oxford Digital are hosting their next event in the USA – at Cogswell Polytechnical College, Sunnyvale, California.

Taking place from 7pm PST on March 18, 2014, this audio engineering master class focuses on the design and optimisation of Active Loudspeakers and will be held in conjunction with Texas Instruments, CJS Labs and Audio EMC.

As on previous occasions Audio Design Workshop LIVE is open to all engineers, engineering managers, students and academics involved in audio engineering. The event will also be webcast and recorded for those who want to be part of the experience but can’t be there in person.

“These seminar sessions have proved exceptionally popular in Europe and we are very excited about extending the programme in the USA,” says Elliott Whyte, Applications Engineer at Prism Sound. “Their emphasis is on real-world, practical problem solving and alongside a comprehensive seminar programme delivered by some of the most experienced audio engineers in the business, there is also plenty of opportunities for hands-on experimentation and networking with the presenters and other participants. This is a fantastic chance for everyone involved in audio engineering to learn the tricks of the trade from luminaries within the audio industry.”

Audio Design Workshop LIVE at Cogswell Polytechnical College will feature the following speakers:

• Elliott Whyte, Prism Sound – Audio Measurement Challenges; a summary and an example

• Anthony Waldron, Audio EMC – EMC Considerations for Audio Products

• Christopher J. Struck, CJS Labs – Electroacoustics and Transducers

• Lars Risbo, Texas Instruments – Development in Amplifier Technology

• John Richards, Oxford Digital – Tuning the Sound of Consumer Audio Products

Prism Sound and Oxford Digital, who have joined forces to organise the Audio Design Workshop LIVE series, have extensive experience in the field of audio engineering.

Prism Sound has been developing audio measurement solutions for over 25 years and has pioneered many major innovations in this field. The company offers high quality audio analyzers that are suited to a wide range of test and manufacturing environments.

Oxford Digital specialises in digital audio signal processing for mobile and consumer equipment. Its products include an extremely compact audio DSP core with a rapid programming and development environment and Sonic Tuning Tools that allow rapid optimisation of the sound reproduced by compact loudspeaker systems. The complete toolset is targeted at reducing time-to-market and lowering software maintenance costs.

Places for Audio Design Workshop LIVE are limited and anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to register now. To register, please follow this link which also allows you to register for the live webcast and the webcast recording:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/active-loudspeaker-design-masterclass-live-cogswell-polytechnical-college-registration-10200884119?aff=PR

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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Doug Aitken Premieres New Video Installation “The Source (evolving)” with AV Support from WorldStage

Renowned artist Doug Aitken marked the U.S. premiere of his installation “The Source (evolving)” at New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah with AV support from WorldStage, which provided design consultation, equipment and programming.

New Frontier at Sundance champions films that expand, experiment with and explode traditional storytelling. “The Source (evolving)” is a kaleidoscope of fast-paced, candid conversations with pioneers from different artistic disciplines from around the world. Aitken asks these shapers of modern culture where does the creative idea start and what is the journey to the finished creation?

“The Source (evolving)” was housed in the Pavilion, a new 2,000-square-foot circular structure adjacent to Main Street created in collaboration with U.K. architect David Adjaye. Six-channel video projections were arrayed along the inner circumference of the cylindrical structure’s interior and were visible from the outside at night when curtains were withdrawn to allow the screens to be viewed through The Pavilion’s large windows.

Aitken has said that his immersive documentary “examines the entire process of creation, not just the finished result, and speaking directly with the creators whose work has the ability to steer culture in a significant way, ‘The Source (evolving)’ takes viewers on a fast-moving road trip through the modern landscape of creativity.”

WorldStage previously worked with Aitken on “Sleepwalkers,” a multi-screen cinematic experience projected on seven facades of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City; a special single-channel version of that installation was presented at New Frontier at Sundance in 2008.

For “The Source (evolving)” the Pavilion’s partition walls created six adjacent, high-quality viewing theaters each equipped with a Panasonic PT-DZ7700 HD projector and Harkness Hall projection screen provided by WorldStage. WorldStage also supplied a near-field monitoring sound system and a directional Brown Innovations Soundbeam system for the theaters.

“We not only designed and specified the media components but also the wall construction to minimize crosstalk between the six separate theaters, which is typically an issue for installations like this,” says WorldStage project manager Randy Briggs.

“It was a pleasure to work with Doug Aitken again and to introduce his latest installation in a completely new custom built venue at Sundance,” Briggs continues. “Doug always creates unique experiences, and we’re honored to have collaborated with him on this ground-breaking six-channel projection. He is one of the most interesting voices in multimedia art today”

Aitken also developed an accompanying interactive website for “The Source (evolving),” which connected audiences not attending Sundance with the work and which will serve as a living archive that he will continue to populate with interviews.

For WorldStage, President Josh Weisberg created the system design and acoustics specs, Randy Briggs managed the project and Paul Clements handled the physical installation.

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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Stealth Acoustics Renews Partnership in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

Detailed Stealth Acoustics Product Specifications Made Available to D-Tools System Integrator™ Product Database Users for Immediate Specification Worldwide

CONCORD, CA, USA – FEBRUARY 25, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Stealth Acoustics has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. As such, detailed information about the entire family of Stealth Acoustics products will be made available for use within the D-Tools product database, better enabling worldwide D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify Stealth products for their A/V installations. Based near Seattle, Washington, Stealth Acoustics has been directly involved in countless systems integration projects spanning the Company’s near 40-year history.

“Over the years, the D-Tools MVP Program has enabled us to facilitate better communication with our dealers and introduce additional custom integrators to our award-winning line of Stealth Acoustics speakers and amplifiers,” said Steve Olszewski, Vice President of Stealth Acoustics. “We’re pleased to renew our membership in the D-Tools MVP program as it helps to ensure the best invisible audio solutions are available to the D-Tools System Integrator™ user community and that detailed product specifications are available whenever and wherever they are needed.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to welcome back Stealth Acoustics as a returning MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their unique and totally invisible audio solutions enable D-Tools SIX users to recommend great sounding and aesthetically-pleasing audio options to their clients for a variety of creative applications.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Stealth Acoustics
Stealth Acoustics is a division of Dimensional Communications, Inc., who for over 37 years has been a US-based systems integrator with a passion for creating high quality audio solutions. Starting as a boutique retail stereo store, Dimensional formed its speaker manufacturing division in 1977. Today, Stealth Acoustics is a world-recognized leading invisible speaker manufacturer with a continuing passion for creating speaker systems that not only sound great and provide installation simplicity, but which also offer unprecedented levels of elegance, value and performance to the home owner.  For more information please visit www.stealthacoustics.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

For more information, contact D-Tools at (866) 386-6571, e-mail at info@d-tools.com, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DTools, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool or visit D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com.

D-Tools Press Contacts:
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

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