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PRS for Music Installs PMC Speakers In New Listening Room

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PRS for Music, the organisation that represents over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, has chosen PMC loudspeakers for the listening room in its new offices in Kings Cross, London.

PRS for Music relocated to Two Pancras Square at the end of 2014. Moving to this prestigious new building gave the organisation the opportunity to create a working environment that was ideally suited to its needs. Part of that process involved installing a dedicated listening room that could be used for any critical listening tasks, including judging entries for the annual Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate the best British music writing.

PRS for Music director and Music Producers Guild Chairman Steve Levine was responsible for the listening room project and for the choice of PMC monitors. As a multi-platinum music producer, Levine has crafted hits for artists such as The Beach Boys, Culture Club, the Creatures, Gary Moore and Westworld and has won numerous awards including a BRIT Award for Producer of the Year, a Grammy for his work with Deneice Williams and a Sony Radio Award.

“When PRS asked me to oversee the design and build of its new listening room, I want to ensure that it was as good as it could possibly be,” Levine says. “For this reason I insisted that the architects installed a floating floor to prevent reverb issues and that it was as acoustically accurate as possible. The choice of monitors was easy because I already have PMC speakers in my own studio and am therefore familiar with the way they sound and the high quality audio they deliver. PMC speakers are renowned for being exceptionally accurate and that is what I really like about them – the fact that you can hear all the nuances of the music you are listening to and you don’t miss even the tiniest detail.”

As the PRS for Music listening room is compact, PMC recommended twotwo.5 active speakers that are specifically designed for situations where space is at a premium but quality must not be compromised. The smallest members of the twotwo family, these ultra-compact nearfield monitors feature the same technology as their larger siblings allowing them to perform way beyond expectation. Resolution and neutrality is provided by sophisticated DSP, dual power amplifiers, PMC’s new 27mm tweeter and a 140mm (5.5”) bass unit, all housed in an ATL™ labyrinth cabinet. The result is a monitor that delivers exceptional dynamics, musicality and depth of bass despite its small cabinet size.

About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

DPA Delivers Pristine Audio During The Filming Of Taken 3

Stephane Bucher on Taken 3 set

Capturing high quality audio for a blockbuster film is always crucial as dialogue between the actors must be heard if the story is to be understood. But when the sound crew also has to contend with action-packed scenes featuring car chases and shoot outs, recording comprehensible audio becomes an even more complex challenge.

This was the situation French sound engineer Stéphane Bucher found himself in when he started working on Taken 3, the third and final instalment of the Taken film trilogy starring Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker and Maggie Grace.

“I knew we had a lot of dialogue taking place in difficult conditions where using a boom mic just wasn’t going to work, so there was only one thing for it,” he says. “I reached for my stock of DPA d:screet™ 4060 miniature microphones and asked the wardrobe team to help me figure out where we could hide them.”

Bucher is no stranger to the versatility and exceptional sound quality afforded by these tiny DPA mics as he used them to great effect last year on the Luc Besson film Lucy, which starred Scarlett Johansson. On that occasion they were sewn into the seams of Scarlett’s t-shirt and delivered great audio without any visibility issues.

“When we were filming Lucy, Luc Besson only used one camera so we did have the option of using a boom mic for some scenes,” Bucher says. “The big difference with Taken 3 was that Olivier Megaton [the director] used three cameras at the same time so that he could capture numerous different angles. In tight situations, such as inside the police station where Forest Whitaker had five pages of dialogue to record, we couldn’t use only a boom because of the wide and tight angles. That was when the DPA mics became so indispensable. Their sound matched perfectly when the boom couldn’t be used. We recorded fantastic audio that came across loud and clear in the mix. By the end of the film I’d say that 80% of the audio was recorded using these mics.”

Internationally acclaimed as a sound engineer, Bucher has worked with numerous famous actors and directors including Morgan Freeman, Pierce Brosnan and Kevin Costner. In recent years many of the projects he has undertaken have come via major feature film producers such as EuropaCorp. He also owns and manages the Paris-based rental company, A4Audio, which supplies audio equipment to film and TV clients.

Bucher believes that good preparation was key to the success of the audio in Taken 3. Before shooting started in the USA, he spent four days with wardrobe staff figuring out the best places to hide the DPA d:screet 4060 mics.

“Unlike Lucy where the action took place over a very short timeframe, this film spans a longer stretch of time so there were more costume changes to content with,” he explains. “Hiding microphones in clothing only works if you can avoid scratching or chaffing noises. We did pretty well with most of the costumes until we came up against a waterproof jacket that Liam wore in a few scenes. This was made from really noisy fabric, so the wardrobe department put a noiseless soft tissue into the jacket to prevent the mic from picking up the crackling of the cloth. Luckily the 4060 was sufficiently sensitive to be able to pick up the sound we did want without any problems.”

For scenes where the action took place within a car, Bucher used DPA d:dicate™ MMC4018-ES supercardioid microphones with MMP-ES active cables with side cable, which were supplied by DPA’s French distributor Audio2.

“They were great,” he says. “I used them for the first time and for one particular car chase where Liam Neeson is driving very fast on the highway. I needed a very small mic to put into the car’s sun visor. We bought two new sun visors, opened them up and put the 4018 mics inside. This was possible because the cable comes out of the side of the mic and it worked perfectly that way. We also tested them on a much simpler car scene, in which Forest Whitaker is driving and talking, and they worked great for that, too.”

Bucher adds that he is so impressed with the results he has achieved when using tiny DPA microphones that he now wants to use DPA mics on a boom.

“I’ve got some new film projects coming up and I think one of them will be ideal for this,” he says “It’s going to be shot in Denmark later this year, so what could be better than using Danish DPA mics? I have no doubt that I’ll get great audio quality if I do use them because this is what DPA is renowned for – really translucent, clear, natural sound.”

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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

Music Producers Guild Announces its 2015 Award Winners

MPG Awards 2015 Paul Epworth

For the third time in seven years, producer Paul Epworth carried off the top gong at the Music Producers Guild Awards, which took place last night at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

Epworth, who has recorded numerous artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Adele, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay and John Legend, was handed the MPG’s Producer of the Year Award for 2015 – an honour that he also won in 2010 and 2013. As its recipient, he automatically received the 2015 BRIT Award for Best Producer, which was presented at the same time.

Now well established as an annual music industry event, the Music Producers Guild Awards 2015, in association with G-Technology, also honoured multimedia entrepreneur and former Eurythmic Dave Stewart with the MPG’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, sponsored by PPL.

Stewart later took to the stage to entertain guests with a live performance. Among the artists joining him were young American singer Thomas Lindsey, with whom Stewart has recently recorded an album; 17 year old British newcomer Holly Stephenson, who is soon to release her first album produced by Dave Stewart, and The Lake Poets – aka Martin Longstaff – a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from Sunderland.

Introduced in 2009 to recognise the enormous contribution made by recording professionals to the success of the UK’s music industry, the MPG Awards regularly attracts a high turnout of music industry VIPs and celebrities.

Steve Levine, chairman of the MPG, says, “There has always been a close relationship between artists and recording professionals and we are delighted that the MPG Awards is always so enthusiastically received by those at the forefront of creating great music. Once again, our winners and nominees have been involved in hugely diverse projects that cover a wide range of musical styles and genres. This truly reflects the incredible amount of recording talent we have here in the UK and I am delighted that the Music Producers Guild is annually able to give these worthy professionals the credit they deserve.”

The 2015 MPG Awards saw a total of 15 Awards presented (see full list of winners below). These included the MPG Award for Inspiration, won by Damon Albarn, and the MPG Award for Innovation, won by Giorgio Moroder.

“We are delighted to honour both of these incredible talents with the two awards that are chosen by MPG,” says producer and MPG Awards Committee member, Tony Platt. “When we started to consider possible candidates for this year’s important MPG Inspiration Award one name came up repeatedly. Interestingly, for very diverse and often personal reasons, we all decided that Damon had inspired in the very best way possible – by example. Inspiration is not easy to define, especially in a creative industry, but perhaps the ability to fuel enthusiasm is at the heart of it and Damon Albarn, in his quiet unassuming way, has managed to do this, year after year, project after project – it was an easy choice in the end!”

An equally emphatic decision was made to present the 2015 Innovation Award to Giorigio Moroder. Widely regarded as the founder of Disco and an electronic music trailblazer, Moroder returned to the limelight last year when he collaborated with Daft Punk. He is about to release his first solo album in 30 years and is also working with artists such as Charli XCX, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga.

For a full list of MPG 2015 Award winners and sponsors, please see the list below:

• UK Producer of the Year, sponsored by The BRITS 2015:
Paul Epworth

• Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, sponsored by PPL
Dave Stewart

• Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by RØDE:
Mark Rankin

• Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic:
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

• Mastering Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Apollo & Transco Blanx:
Mandy Parnell

• UK Album of the Year, sponsored by Universal Audio:
Goldfrapp – Tales of Us

• UK Single Song Release of the Year, sponsored by Shure:
Sam Smith – Stay With Me

• Re-mixer of the Year, sponsored by G-Technology
James Rutledge

• Breakthrough Producer of the Year, sponsored by Musicguard Insurance:
Tom Dalgety

• Breakthrough Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Alchemea College:
Robbie Nelson

• International Producer of the Year, sponsored by Lewitt Audio & JHS:
Dan Auerbach

• Studio of the Year, sponsored by KMR Audio:
RAK Studios

• The A&R Award, sponsored by Prism Sound:
Korda Marshall

• The MPG Award for Innovation
Giorgio Moroder

• The MPG Award for Inspiration
Damon Albarn

The Music Producers Guild would like to thank to Avid for sponsoring Award tickets for all of the nominees.
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About Music Producers Guild:
The Music Producers Guild 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.

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PMC and Auro Technologies Help Launch the 2015 GRAMMY Celebrations

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British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC played a key part in ensuring that the US Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing got the 2015 GRAMMY Week celebrations off to a flying start.

PMC is a Silver Sponsor of the P&E Wing’s annual party at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, an event that traditionally kicks off GRAMMY Week and regularly attracts over 500 industry VIPs.

All sponsors are given the opportunity to host a technical demonstration and in PMC’s case this took the form of a joint presentation with Auro Technologies, which showcased its Auro-3D audio format. Five PMC twotwo.8 monitors, four twotwo.6 monitors and a twotwo.sub2 active subwoofer were positioned around The Village Studio’s Studio A live room in an Auro 9.1 configuration to create the Auro-3D effect of an enveloping cocoon of sound. The flagship AV processor Auro-3D Mensa was on hand to create the best possible immersive sonic experience.

“It was an exceptionally well received demonstration,” says PMC’s US President of Sales and Marketing, Maurice Patist. “Many of the producers at the party are PMC users and have our loudspeakers in their own private facilities, so they were already aware of the audio accuracy and detail our products deliver. But the combination of PMC and Auro-3D really blew them away and even though there were other 3D sound demonstrations taking place that night, people kept coming back for another listen because they were so impressed.”

Patist adds that PMC is delighted to be a long term supporter of the P&E Wing’s GRAMMY Event, which it has now sponsored for seven of the eight years it has been running.

“It gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our technology to some of the most influential producers and engineers in the USA,” he says. “As a result we have established a very strong network of PMC users, including producer Justin Hergett who was nominated for a GRAMMY for his work with Beyonce; engineer Dave Schiffman, who won a GRAMMY for his work with Vampire Weekend and artist/engineer David Miles Huber who has been nominated for a GRAMMY numerous times.”

The US Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing comprises more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals. Anyone who joins The Recording Academy in the category of producer or engineer automatically become a member of the P&E Wing.

As a national membership initiative of The Recording Academy, the Wing provides a vehicle to reach a specific constituency, to craft advocacy positions, and to better address the daily concerns of these individuals. This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community uses its nationwide network of experts to address critical issues affecting the art and craft of recorded music. Among these issues are: the development and adoption of new technologies; recommendations for best practices in recording, master delivery, archiving and preservation; and support for both music education and education in the recording arts.

This year’s P&E wing party, which took place on February 3rd, saw three times GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers honoured for his commitment to excellence and his ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. He joins an impressive list of past honorees, which includes Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Al Schmitt, Jerry Wexler, and Neil Young.

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

DPA Microphones Are The Perfect Accompaniment For Lamia

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Tunisian singer Lamia Bèdioui is renowned for her unique vocal style that combines extensive range with a huge amount of sensitivity and acoustic detail. Taking her influences for a variety of cultures and musical traditions, Lamia is highly respected on the World Music circuit and much in demand as a collaborator with other musicians.

In recent months, Lamia has been recording her second album, Athamra. For this project she switched entirely to DPA microphones because she and her sound engineer, Andreas Kamenidis, felt DPA was the only brand capable of delivering the clear, clean signal she wanted.

Currently based in Greece where she has lived since 1992, Lamia’s repertoire embraces ballads, opera-style singing, improvisation, acoustic music, storytelling, rhythm, dynamic range and rich harmonic variations. Capturing such diversity is an enormous challenge, but Kamenidis thinks DPA is easily up to the task.

“We have 12 DPA microphones in total – a wired d:facto™ Vocal Microphone for Lamia; five d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones that are mainly used on acoustic guitar and traditional instruments such as the kanun, Cretan lyra, oud, mandolin and lute; a d:screet™ 4090 Omnidirectional Microphone for instruments, vocals and as overhead and a d:screet™ 4091 Omnidirectional Microphone for frame drums and various percussions. We have completed our line-up with four d:fine™ Directional Headset Microphones, which are used by Lamia when she is storytelling and by the rest of the band for backing vocals. These mics are also ideal for capturing small wind instruments that are in close proximity to the face, for example the kaval, flute, jaws harp and kazoo.”

Kamenidis adds that the DPA microphones have now been used to record vocals, instruments and percussion for Lamia’s new album and also to replace previous recordings that were not done with DPA and were therefore not up to the standard Lamia wanted.

“The signal is so clear now,” Lamia adds. “The sound is very focused, fresh and alive. I really like the accuracy and precision we are achieving with these microphones – even a rough recording made with DPA is potentially good enough to fit into the mix. Everyone in the band is enjoying the new recording sessions, especially me as now I can truly recognise my voice.”

Kamenidis is using DPA for both live and studio work, and says they are ideal for both situations.

“They allow us to capture the pure, analogue sound of the band’s instruments,” he says. “The d:vote 4099 Instrument and d:fine Headset Microphones are particularly versatile because they offer close miking, stable mounting, easy patching and dispatching and crystal-clear sound capture.”

Kamenidis adds that Lamia takes great interest in her sound and how it is technically achieved.

“When we first met, I realised her demands were very high and I was surprised to hear her describing in very clear detail exactly what she wanted,” he says. “At that stage she wasn’t happy with the sound she was getting. She was using different equipment in different environments, and this inevitably affected the end results. She couldn’t find the proper balance and was therefore unable to achieve her desired sound.”

Kamenidis created a technical rider for Lamia that addressed all of her touring and recording needs 100%. Investing in DPA microphones was key to getting her sound right.

“I explained that she should only invest in equipment that told the ‘truth’, equipment that could support and highlight her skills and ideas, equipment that she could trust. That is why I recommended DPA.”

As a singer, Lamia was particularly keen to have a vocal mic that didn’t colour the sound of her voice. Kamenidis recommended DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone because it offered an exceptionally natural sound, superior gain before feedback and high separation from nearby sound sources.

“Lamia also wanted the opportunity to move about and to give the audience a very clear view of what was happening on stage,” he adds. “DPA’s d:fine Headset Microphones allow her this freedom of movement and give the audience a nice sense of an unplugged show. And in real ‘unplugged’ conditions, we are able to use our DPA microphones to silently record the performance.”

Lamia’s new album will be released in April 2015. For more information about Lamia and her music please visit http://www.lamiabedioui.com/

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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

PMC Helps Showcase Auro-3D® To Top UK Producers

Auro-3D demo at Metropolis

Two ground-breaking technologies came together at London’s Metropolis Studios last week to deliver a truly immersive 3D experience to some of the UK’s most influential record producers.

Hosted by the MPG (Music Producers Guild), the Introduction to Auro-3D® event gave recording professionals an opportunity to learn more about Auro Technologies’ 3D audio format, which envelopes audiences in a cocoon of life-like sound.

The Auro-3D® experience was delivered via nine PMC twotwo.5 monitors and a twotwo sub1-woofer, which were specifically chosen for their high levels of clarity, transparency and accuracy. PMC, which has worked closely with Auro Technologies for many demos, sent technical staff to Metropolis Studios, London, to ensure that the monitors were aligned ideally.

Ian Downs, Pro Audio Sales Manager for PMC, says: “With Auro-3D, and specifically Auro 9.1, the monitors are placed in a traditional 5.1 surround configuration, but with four additional speakers positioned in each corner of the studio at above-head height to give an immersive 3D feel. We have worked with Auro Technologies on previous demos, particularly in the US, so we were delighted to be able to support them at this event in the UK.”

Members of the MPG include many eminent producers, recording engineers and re-mixers who have been responsible for numerous international hits. Record producer and MPG Executive Director Mick Glossop says: “Introducing our members to new technologies is all part of the MPG remit. We hold regular technical seminars, as well as networking events that take place in various venues throughout the UK. We were delighted to host this event to introduce Auro-3D® – a technology that certainly captured the imagination of those attending.”

The Auro-3D presentation and demo was delivered by David Walstra, Vice president, Auro-3D® Content, at Auro Technologies.

“Auro-3D is revolutionizing audio by immersing the listener in 540° of sound,” Walstra says. “This exciting move from Stereo or two-dimensional Surround Sound formats (5.1/7.1) to Auro-3D is a breakthrough achieved by adding the missing and final third dimension of height in front and around the listener. Our unique vertical stereo field around the audience creates a totally new level of immersion and marks a major leap in the evolution of natural sound reproduction. Thanks to the addition of height channels, natural acoustic reflections reach you as they would in real life, originating not only from around but also from above you.”

Based in Belgium, Auro Technologies is a spin-off of the Galaxy Studios Group and owner of the Auro-3D® Technology Suite. The Auro-3D® system, which was launched in 2006, was designed by Wilfried Van Baelen, founder of Galaxy Studios – a recording facility that is internationally acclaimed for its state-of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and film sound. Aimed at digital cinema, home cinema and mobile, gaming and automotive applications, Auro Technologies also believes that Auro-3D® has huge potential for the music industry.

“Consumer 3D content is here already– for both music and movies,” David Walstra adds. “Following on from cinema releases in Auro-3D®, the first Blu-ray films are now being released and we expect many more to be made available in future. There are also more than 100 music titles in production, covering all kind of genres, of which the first (Souvenir, Remote Galaxy and Magnificat from 2L, Mando Diao’s Aelita, the ambient Lichtmond 3, and Tiesto’s Elements of Life) are already available in Pure Audio Blu-Ray. Hearing is believing and getting the Auro-3D® message out to recording professionals is very important. That is why we were so keen to work with the Music Producers Guild to deliver this event.”

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without colouration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

Matthew Dear Chooses PMC Monitors for His Studio

Matthew Dear

Michigan-based electronic artist, producer, DJ and remixer Matthew Dear, Ghostly Records’ first signing, has bought a pair of PMC twotwo.8 reference monitors for his personal recording studio, an impressive facility based around a Mac Pro running Logic and a 1979 vintage Spectra Sonics mixing console.
Dear felt a need to change his studio monitors after becoming dissatisfied with the transferability of mixes he was creating in his studio. “My old monitors weren’t cutting it for me anymore. I’d take a mix to a label or to a collaborator’s place, and sometimes it would be spot on, and sometimes it would be off. When you mix your own stuff, you need that ability to translate. I know of guys that have million-dollar rooms, but their tracks only sound good in that room. And if it sounds great there, but not on an iPod or on the radio, you have a problem!”

Dear likes to remain aware of current audio equipment trends and researches everything he buys himself. He heard about PMC’s twotwos on-line and was keen to audition them, having heard of the company and its Grammy-winning roster of users. He also contacted Techno pioneer Carl Craig for advice after reading that he owned PMC BB5s. Craig advised him to speak to Maurice Patist at PMC USA directly.

“I contacted Maurice, and he couldn’t have been more helpful,” explains Dear from his studio. “He sent me some twotwo.6s to demo, and I really thought they were going to be too small for me. But I was really surprised and impressed. They sounded amazing for their size.” Eventually, Dear chose to buy the twotwo.8s, the largest in the twotwo range, feeling they were more closely suited to his roomy studio.

“I was working on an electronic album with another artist, and my old monitors were making everything sound very nice and smooth. When I got the PMCs, it was almost like taking a rag with Windex on it and cleaning a dirty window. Everything was much more present, and the areas I really needed to work on started jumping out at me. There was more accuracy in the high frequencies, and especially in the low mid. That’s where I was really missing out with my last speakers; I needed something more controlled.”

Now setting up a new studio in the Detroit area, Dear feels the twotwo.8s have brought him the transferability he was looking for. “Since getting the twotwos, when I’ve worked on something here and then taken the mix elsewhere, it’s exactly as I heard it here. I don’t get any hidden surprises any more.”

Matthew Dear is DJing around the USA in February 2015, and on tour later in the year under his Audion alias. For more information, see http://ghostly.com/artists/matthew-dear.

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

PMC Brings Superlative Sound Quality to Andrew Lau Wai-Keung’s Private Screening Room

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Internationally acclaimed film director and producer Andrew Lau Wai-Keung has installed a pair of PMC’s flagship BB5 XBD Active loudspeakers in his private screening room in Hong Kong.

Wai-Keung began his career as a cinematographer and has worked on many notable films including Ringo Lam’s City on Fire and Wong Kar-Wai’s As Tears Go By and Chungking Express. In 1990 he made to switch to director with the film Against All, but he continues to act as cinematographer and has performed both roles on nearly all of the 30-plus films he has made.

Wai-Keung’s artistic eye and his interest in stories about the grittier, darker side of life has allowed him to carve a niche and build a reputation as one of Hong Kong’s new breed of action directors. Although film making is his passion, he is also hugely enthusiastic about good sound quality, which is why he has chosen PMC’s BB5 XBD Active Reference loudspeakers for his own screening room.

Supplied by PMC’s Hong Kong distributor Richcoln Company Ltd, the BB5 XBD Active range is always a popular choice with discerning audiophiles. Renowned for their audio fidelity, BB5 Active monitors offer extended bass response and room control by virtue of PMC’s proprietary ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) design. The active electronics are the result of collaboration between PMC and Bryston, which has delivered a loudspeaker product offering unrivalled quality and reliability.

BB5 XBD Aactive loudspeakers are the mainstay of many internationally acclaimed recording facilities, including Prince’s personal studio, Metropolis Studios in London, the Athens Concert Hall and BBC Maida Vale. Added to this, PMC’s BB5 Active monitors played an important part in ensuring that the Beatles ‘Love’ 5.1 album received a TEC Award for mastering, as well as Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media and Best Surround Sound Album.

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com

DPA Microphones Help Niels Lan Doky Bring Superlative Sound To Tokyo’s Blue Note Club

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Tokyo’s famous Blue Note club recently played host to Danish Jazz legend, producer and internationally acclaimed pianist Niels Lan Doky, who performed a series of concerts with Swedish singer and actress Edda Magnason. Also on stage were the other two thirds of Niels’ Jazz trio – drummer Niclas Bardeleben and bass player Ira Coleman, who has also played with Herbie Hancock and Sting.

Key to the success of these concerts was the extensive use of DPA microphones – a brand that Lan Doky insists on using, both on the road and back home in Copenhagen where his own club, The Standard (thestandardcph.dk), is fully equipped with DPA.

“It has been two years since I was last in Japan and these concerts, which were an homage to the Swedish actress and jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, were much anticipated and sold out in advance,” Lan Doky says. “For this reason it was particularly important that I delivered the best show possible. To achieve this aim I knew that DPA microphones would have to be part of the mix. I have been using DPA microphones on piano since 1993 and since October 2013 I have used them exclusively on all instruments at all of the concerts at The Standard. In my own club we are dedicated to an uncompromised top quality sound and we only use DPA there because they are by far the most detailed, precise and ‘true’ microphones on the market. I cannot imagine a concert without them, and this is why we used them on piano, acoustic bass, drums and Edda’s vocals at the Blue Note. These mics are so good that it would be a huge compromise to not have them on recording as well as live.”

Niels Lan Doky took his own DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to Japan, along with his DPA 3521 Cardiod Compact stereo kit to mic the Blue Note’s grand piano. The kit, which has now been superseded by the d:dicate™ 3511ES stereo kit, consists of two d:dicate 4011ES Cardiod Compact microphones in stereo left/right set up.

Lan Doky says: “I also use a DPA d:vote™ 4099P Instrument Microphone stereo kit for piano, close to the piano’s soundboard in one of the holes in the sound metal frame. This allows me to blend a direct close mic signal with a warm feel and different touch into the mix.”

DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound supplied the required d:vote 4099P Instrument Microphone for the Tokyo concerts and also supplied an additional d:facto Vocal Microphone, a d:vote 4099B Instrument Microphone for the upright bass and mics for the drums including a d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardiod Compact mic for the bass drum, a d:dicate 4006A Omnidirectional mic that was placed inside the drum kit and a matched pair of d:dicate 4011A Cardiod microphones on overheads.

Ken Kimura, DPA’s General Manager for the APAC region says: “It was very important to Niels that the stage configuration was the same as it is at The Standard. Hibino Intersound were very happy to supply the additional microphones he needed and to offer on-site support throughout the concerts.”

Lan Doky adds that while he loves all of his DPA microphones, the one model he simply can’t live without is the d:facto Vocal Microphone.

“For vocals I swear by this microphone,” he says. “It combines crispness, warmth and precision – all at the same time. Vocalist Edda Magnason who played with my trio has a lot of detail in the frequency spectrum of her voice. For her I can’t imagine using any other microphone. We also took it with us for an appearance on a J-Wave radio show. It is just an amazing vocal microphone.”

Niels Lan Doky and his precious DPA microphones are now safely back in Copenhagen and are being put to good use at The Standard. But he is still extolling the hospitality of his Japanese hosts at the Blue Note Club, the support he received from Hibino Intersound and the sheer fun of performing in a city as vibrant as Tokyo.

“It all sounded so good,” he says. “We had a fantastic time and want to extend our thanks to Hibino Intersound and DPA for helping us materialize the best possible sounding show at The Blue Note Tokyo.”

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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

PMC Launches Online Retailing for its twotwo™ Monitor Series

PMC twotwo Range

British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is encouraging new customers to try its compact twotwo™ reference monitor series by setting up Reference Monitor Centres at key Hi-Fi retail outlets around the UK.

The new centres are offering high quality demonstration facilities so that customers can listen to PMC’s twotwo product range in an acoustically accurate environment and receive advice from highly trained staff.

The monitors can then be bought online via a dedicated twotwo sales website and either delivered direct to the customer or to the nearest Reference Monitor Centre, all of which are offering a Click and Collect service.

Ian Downs, Pro Audio Sales Manager for PMC, says: “Our twotwo range is ideally suited to young producers and DJs who are working from home and want simple, high performance active monitors with DAC and digital playback sources. These technology-savvy customers are very comfortable with buying online, but they still want access to good demo facilities and well qualified staff who can help them identify the right product for their needs.”

PMC’s Reference Monitor Centres are strategically located in key cities such as Newcastle, London and Bristol. By basing them in Hi-Fi retail outlet, PMC is once again reinforcing its strong links between the studio and the home listening environment.

“It is PMC’s philosophy that there should be no difference between the sound the artist and producer approves in a studio and what the consumer hears at home,” Ian Downs says. “That is why all of our speaker products, whether they are destined for the studio or the home, are based on the same ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) technology that guarantees high quality, distortion-free audio.”

PMC’s twotwo range comprises of three models – the twotwo.5, the twotwo.6 and the twotwo.8, all of which combine PMC’s world-class design pedigree with sophisticated digital processing and active amplification. Ideally suited to nearfield monitoring in situations where space is at a premium, the twotwo range offers professional users high levels of clarity, transparency and accuracy.

Many renowned artists and producers have invested in PMC’s twotwo monitors, including BRIT and MPG Award-winning producer Alan Moulder and BAFTA Award-winning sound mixer Howard Bargroff.

For more information about PMC Reference Monitor Centres, please visit www.pmc-speakers.com/twotwo/demo

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best availablematerials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

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