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Nominations Open For Music Producers Guild Awards 2014

Nominations for the Music Producers Guild Awards 2014 will open today, Monday 9th September, as the most prestigious event recognising the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers prepares for its biggest year to date.

Set to be hosted at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Vauxhall, London, on Thursday 13th February 2014, the MPG Awards 2014 will award fifteen different categories of music production including the UK Producer of the Year, International Producer of the Year, Breakthrough Producer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to UK Music.

Now in its sixth year, the MPG Awards celebrate the best and brightest talent in the history of music recording, along with the industry’s rising stars. The MPG Awards count the likes of Paul Epworth, Al O’Connell, Plan B and Sir George Martin CBE amongst previous winners and the winner of the UK Producer of the Year category will automatically win a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

The nominations process, running until Monday 14th October, allows anyone to put the names of any worthwhile recording professional forward for many of the fifteen MPG Awards 2014 categories. Nominations can be made via www.mpgawards.com with producers and engineers being actively encouraged to nominate themselves.

The MPG 2014 Awards categories are:

UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award
The MPG Innovation Award
The MPG Inspiration Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music

Nominations can be made at www.mpgawards.com

MPG Chairman Steve Levine said: “The Music Producers Guild Award brings those responsible for the creation of music loved around the world into the spotlight to give them the recognition they deserve. With a bigger venue and new categories, the MPG Awards 2014 is going to be the best yet and I would encourage everyone to make their nominations for one or all of the categories and then join us in February for a celebration of the very best of production talent.”

Held in a larger venue for the first time due to the high demand of previous years, the MPG Awards 2014 is expected to be a star-studded event with every aspect of the industry represented. Attendees in previous years have included: Laura Marling, Plan B, Mark Ronson, Jamie xx, Muse, Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Jamie T, Dizzee Rascal, Florence Welch, Brian Eno, Calvin Harris and many more.

Tickets for the MPG Awards 2014 are also available to order through the website, including an early bird discount offer:
MPG Full Members: £175 plus VAT, reduced to £150 plus VAT with early bird discount.
MPG Non Members: £199 plus VAT, reduced to £175 plus VAT with early bird discount.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the MPG Awards 2014 and any company that would like to be part of this exciting event should contact Joe Edwards at FM First Monday. Telephone: +44 (0) 7701 030 513 / Email: joe@fmfirstmonday.com.

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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

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DPA Brings Out The ‘Wood’ and ‘Air’ In Dave Swift’s Bass

The first time bassist Dave Swift used a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone to amplify his double bass, he was so blown away by the sound that he decided to make the d:vote his only microphone.

“The sound coming out of my bass monitor was simply incredible,” he says. “The d:vote captured every little nuance of my playing and I could really hear the “wood” and “air” in the notes. I was so impressed that I decided to buy one and it is now the only microphone I would consider using. What’s interesting is that everyone has commented on how brilliantly it performs. Sound engineers have the biggest smile on their faces when they discover I have a DPA and they all say the same thing: ‘well done for using the best clip-on mic on the market’. Every engineer tells me it is now the industry standard mic, particularly for amplified strings, and it makes me very happy and extremely confident to know that I’m using the best product available for my needs.”

Dave Swift has been the bassist for Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 1991 and during this time he has played with an enormous range of artists including Al Jarreau, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, BB King and many more. Swift has also toured across the globe with Jools Holland, as well as performing on his hugely popular ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ TV show, which attracts millions of viewers on BBC2. Swift is also the bassist on ‘The Jools Holland Show’ on BBC Radio 2 and has recorded several multi-platinum selling albums and DVDs with Jools and his band.

When Swift is not playing with Jools Holland he works as a freelance session musician. Over the summer he is touring with comedian, game show host and singer Alexander Armstrong, but he will be back with Jools Holland by the end of the year for a tour that will feature guests such as Roland Gift and former Spice Girl Melanie C.

Dave Swift believes his DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone has made an enormous difference to both his live and his recorded sessions. He was introduced to the microphone by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network while he was recording ‘Later….With Jools Holland’. At the time he was using Fishman pickups, but he wanted a microphone that could capture more of the acoustic quality of his double bass so he decided to try a DPA because he had heard such good things about the brand.

“I’m really impressed with this microphone, especially with the way it fits so easily and simply onto the strings beyond the tailpiece,” Swift says. “It doesn’t involve any ‘clamping’ to the actual body of the bass, so it allows the instrument to resonate to its full potential. It is also very quick and easy to remove the mic without causing any damage whatsoever to the instrument – and another feature I really like is the extension gooseneck attachment. This allows even greater placement range for the mic itself, giving many options of where to position it, which is very useful as players tend to have different ideas about where best to position a mic on a Double Bass for their particular requirements. In my case, for example, I tend to position my DPA an inch or so from the central ‘belly’ of the bass, but I’ve seen other players have the DPA mic above the bridge, hovering over the strings themselves. That’s what is so great about this mic and its mounting system. It’s just so flexible and accommodating.”

Fellow musicians, including Jools Holland, have been equally impressed with Dave Swift’s DPA microphone.

“Jools is very particular when it comes to the sound of a double bass – he loves the true, vintage ‘old school’ sound of the instrument, which is why I use Pirastro gut and synthetic strings on my Double Bass,” Swift says. “However, it was only when I started using the DPA mic that Jools’ eyes lit up because he was finally hearing the full potential of the bass, and could really hear the ‘gut’ in those strings. He loves my DPA mic and on every gig and session he asks if I’ve brought it with me. I always tell him not to worry because the DPA never leaves my bass under any circumstances – I couldn’t play without it now.”

Swift adds that the DPA d:vote 4099 microphone has not only transformed his amplified sound, but has also significantly enhanced the whole process of performing and recording.

“Any musician who needs to amplify their instrument should check out DPA microphones,” he says. “They really are the industry standard and I have never encountered a better product.”

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Marshall Jefferson Adds A Prism Sound Lyra To His Kit List

Chicago House legend Marshall Jefferson has invested in a Prism Sound Lyra audio interface so that he can access Prism Sound’s renowned audio quality while he is on the road.

Sometimes known as the father of House music, Marshall Jefferson has produced numerous influential artists as well as recording solo and collaborative material under various names including Virgo, Jungle Wonz, Truth and On The House. His iconic anthem Move Your Body was included on the soundtrack for the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and also appeared on the soundtrack to Michael Winterbottom’s film 24 Hour Party People.

“I already have a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire Interface, which I love because it sounds so good,” Jefferson says. “Alongside my production work, I also DJ in various countries and when I heard about the new Lyra range I realised this was exactly what I needed for those occasions when I’m travelling. It’s very easy to use – literally plug and play – and it is so compact that it fits neatly into my laptop bag. With Lyra, I have all the Prism Sound audio quality that I’m used to in a very portable format.”

Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point. There are currently two variants in the range – the Lyra 1, which has two analogue input channels (one for instrument/line and one for mic/line) and two DA output channels, and the Lyra 2, which has two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

Jefferson has opted for a Lyra 2 and when he’s not travelling he uses it in conjunction with his Orpheus in his studio in Manchester. In recent months he has worked on project for Dave Lee, Lenny Fontana, House of Virus, Robert Owens, DJ Pierre, Donna Hidalgo and K-Klass.

“I’m doing a lot of mixing and mastering work at the moment and that’s keeping me busy,” he says. “All of my mastering projects go through my Prism Sound Orpheus and I’m constantly being asked what interface I’m using because people love the sound so much. Now I have the same sound quality when I’m on the road – and I can also use my Lyra 2 as a back-up in the studio if I want to master onto a different computer.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Media Group International Appoints Three Key Management Staff

Leading Media Systems Integrator Media Group International has consolidated a period of rapid expansion by announcing three new staff appointments.

The new recruits, who are all based at MGI’s headquarters in Doha, include Jim White, Tyrone Donnelly and Jacqulyn Hamilton, all of whom have extensive experience in their specific areas of operation. Their decision to join MGI indicates the company’s growing importance in the international broadcast industry, which is allowing it to attract the very best talent and thus significantly strengthen its team.

Formerly with BSkyB, Jim White has joined MGI as Solutions Architect and is now working closely with MGI’s designers, engineers and operations teams to deliver projects that meet each customer’s technology needs. During his tenure at BSkyB, Jim White was responsible for the overall design of Sky’s Broadcast, Campus, and Data Centre networks. He also holds Cisco’s CCIE accreditation and has extensive experience designing IP networks specifically for broadcast covering the entire workflow chain from content acquisition and contribution through to online and satellite playout.

Tyrone Donnelly, who has been appointed MGI’s Broadcast Solutions Architect, previously worked for companies such as BSkyB, Avid Technology and Sony Professional Services Europe. He has extensive knowledge in the creation and delivery of complex broadcast systems and over 10 years’ experience leading numerous successful multi-million dollar projects. Tyrone has particular expertise in sports broadcasting, having delivered production systems and managed content and workflows at the Doha Asian Games and two FIFA World Cups.

Jacqulyn Hamilton joins MGI as Head of Global Project Management. With twenty years’ experience in program management, Jacqulyn has worked for a number of Fortune 100 international firms managing complex global Project Management Offices and multimillion dollar project portfolios. Most recently, she was the global head of PMO for a Singaporean management consulting firm with offices throughout China and Southeast Asia. Coming just months after MGI was awarded the British Standards Institute’s ISO 9001:2008 certification – the world’s most recognized quality management standard – Jacqulyn’s appointment indicates MGI ongoing commitment to invest in first rate process and project management.

Paul Hennessy, CEO of MGI, says: “Since rebranding as Media Group International, we have focused on strengthening our leading position in the systems integration market by ensuring that we have first rate staff in all key positions. Jacqulyn, Jim and Tyrone bring valuable knowledge in areas such as project management, IT and broadcast infrastructure and this, along with their experience in dealing with customers and third party suppliers, makes them important members of the MGI team. We are very pleased to welcome them to the company.”

Media Group International has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region and represents many worldwide manufacturers. These include Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange,, Vinten Broadcast Ltd, Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

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Notes to the editor:
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International (MGI) is a proven media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International is ISO 9001:2008 certified, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.
Media Group International recently launched their new website to give customers a better experience online.
www.mgi.tv

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DPA Diversifies Its Highly Directional Microphone Palette

Broadcasters and film makers who are searching for a high quality boom microphone capable of capturing audio in challenging locations need to look no further than DPA Microphones’ IBC 2013 booth (8:D76).

On show for the first time at IBC is the new DPA MMC4018 – a modular supercardioid condenser capsule that is an integral part of the company’s d:dicate™ Recording Microphone range. Thanks to its directional pattern, the MMC4018 has an extremely controlled off-axis response and very uniform directional shape (independent of frequency), thus ensuring exceptionally smooth and controlled sound.

Unlike the DPA d:dicate 4017 Shotgun, which includes an interference tube and is therefore more directional at the sides, this new variant offers more consistent rear rejection making it an interesting alternative to a conventional shotgun. While the MMC4017 is exceedingly directional, especially at higher frequencies, the sleek and compact MMC4018 focuses on low noise and high sensitivity, making it more suited to long-distance voice capture.

The DPA MMC4018 is the counterpart to the MMC4018V capsule, which is used in DPA’s popular d:facto™ Vocal Microphone. This means it offers extremely good isolation and feedback rejection, making it ideally suited to applications where clarity and audio quality are critical.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “Our new MMC4018 supercardioid condenser capsule expands the flexibility of DPA’s d:dicate range by offering the broadcast, film and music recording industries the perfect microphone for long-distance boom miking, spot miking in orchestras, foley and speech recording. Due to its shorter length, it is very easy to boom in low-ceilinged rooms or to mount in challenging film recording sets such as the inside of cars.”

The modular nature of DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphone range has enabled the company to expand its remit by entering the installation market. To this end it has introduced new desktop and podium microphones that give AV installers and conference organisers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

DPA’s new MMC4018 capsule is the standard recommendation for the d:dicate podium microphone. By combining the capsule with different active booms and cables, installers can specify the exact microphone for their needs. For example, an MMC4018 capsule combined with an MMP-C compact pre-amp makes an ideal desktop microphone, while the same capsule combined with an MMP-E modular active cable is perfect for applications where the microphone needs to be hung from the ceiling because the preamp only adds 12mm to the capsule – and thanks to its integrated cable it is very inconspicuous.

“Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step,” Christian Poulsen adds. “We already had the high-end capsule and pre-amplifier technology needed to fulfil the brief, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, a desk top, a stage stand or even suspended from the ceiling, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques.”

For more information about DPA’s microphone range, please visit DPA’s IBC stand – Hall 8, D76. Visitors to the booth will also have the opportunity to win a DPA microphone by having their badge scanned and entering a free draw, which will be drawn each day at five pm throughout the show.

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit
www.dpamicrophones.com

Monster Middle East Gives Imerge Its Backing

Monster Middle East (MME) has re-affirmed its commitment to the Imerge brand by significantly increasing its stock of the company’s premium quality media servers.

As the exclusive Imerge distributor in the Middle East, MME sees huge potential for the brand, particularly among third party installers, integrators and consultants whose customers demand top of the range products in their homes and businesses.

With the Middle East’s annual sales of luxury goods now exceeding AED 30 billion (USD 8.2 billion) – and with the luxury goods market in the region recording a growth rate of 10 to 15 per cent from 2011 to 2012 (Fondazione Altagamma ‘Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study’), Imerge is ideally placed to appeal to Middle East consumers who expect a premium product.

Jehangir Khan, Regional Director MME, says: “Imerge is a high end product built to professional standards and is therefore well suited to meet the tastes and expectations of Middle East customers. The brand already has an impressive track record in the region, with many systems installed in prestigious residential and commercial properties. The fact that these products offer a centralized database and support all major control systems makes them ideal for installations where there is a requirement for multi-room media access.”

Imerge entertainment servers make it simple for users to store their content and replay it, wherever and whenever they want it, with maximum fidelity and minimum fuss.

All Imerge systems are powered by XIVA, its own leading edge technology, and can be controlled by most of the leading automation systems (such as AMX, Crestron and Savant) from Imerge’s dedicated Apple (iPhone, Pad or Pod) control application, or by browsing from another tablet or personal computer.

Imerge systems have the ability to play different media in multiple locations simultaneously without connection slowing down or stopping at the critical moment.

In 2010, Imerge became part of the Prism Sound Group, which is investing in the development of new products. Sold via a worldwide network of custom installation specialists and distributors, Imerge products are widely regarded as being the most innovative in the sector, while its standard of service is without equal.

In recent months Monster Middle East has supplied Imerge products to a number of system integrators and custom installers in the region, for various prestigious hotel projects and large commercial installations.

Daya Shankar Singh, Technical Manager at Atlas Telecommunications, says: “We chose Imerge audio servers because, as an overall audio solution, they give us every feature we could possibly need. We are continually impressed with how seamlessly the S4000 integrates into any of our projects, large or small, from the ease of importing media to the extensive compatibility of the downloadable control system modules. The S4000 is simple to use and integrates well with the other system components that we employ in the majority of our projects. Most importantly, it is very reliable – we just install and forget because we never have to worry about it not working.”

For more information about Imerge in the Middle East, please contact Monster Middle East, NC7, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tel: +971-4-883 04 05. Fax: +971-4-883 04 06. Email: support@monsterme.com

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Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server hailed for setting new standards in usability as it also integrated multi-room entertainment, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, Imerge has continually innovating releasing MS1-HD and most recently the MS1-3D, incorporating 2D and 3D Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new and unique XiVA music store and user interface in over 12 languages and many more market firsts. The current range in includes two brand new products introduced in 2012, the multi-zone S4000 audio server product and a miniature HD video player unit (Mini Client) for the MS1-3D video server.

For more information please visit www.imerge.co.uk or www.xiva.com

DPA Ensures That ‘Sugar Man’ Is Heard Loud and Clear

US singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar Award-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, has switched to a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to ensure that his audiences hear every nuance of his complex voice.

Producer and Front of House engineer Russ Miller, who has been working with Rodriguez since he started his current tour in November 2012, says the DPA d:facto vocal microphone has proved ‘absolutely invaluable’.

“It is an incredible microphone that is perfect for Rodriguez’ voice,” Miller says. “It has worked brilliantly at every venue we have visited, including Glastonbury, and frankly I couldn’t have got through this tour without it.”

Now 71 years old, Sixto Rodriguez has been called ‘the greatest 1970′s music icon that never was’. The Mexican-American folk singer was hailed as the new Bob Dylan when he was first discovered in Detroit, Michigan, in the late 1960s. But after his first two albums, Cold Fact and Coming to Reality, were commercial flops he was dropped by his record label and disappeared. Although he was actually making a living as a manual labourer, there were rumours that Rodriguez had dramatically killed himself on stage. What he didn’t realise, however, was that a bootleg copy of Cold Fact had made its way to South Africa where it had become a huge success and had won him thousands of fans who saw his music as the unofficial soundtrack to youth protests against apartheid.

In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to track him down and this led to a revival of his musical career. Further recognition came with the release of the Searching for Sugar Man documentary, which won an Academy Award in 2012.

For Russ Miller, capturing Rodriguez’ voice is a challenge because he sings very quietly.

“As a singer-songwriter in the tradition of artists like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, it is really important that audiences can hear every word of every lyric Rodriguez sings,” Russ Miller explains. “However, when he’s accompanied by a powerful, up tempo band, it can be difficult to keep his vocal loud and clear. This isn’t a unique problem, but it was one I wanted to solve before we tackled some of the bigger venues on his tour, so I started casting around for a better microphone for him.”

After a conversation with live sound engineer Rik Dowding, who recently invested in DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones for The xx, Miller approached DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network, through Tour Supply Ltd, and asked if he could demo one.

“I’d also heard really great things about this microphone from Richard Nowell at RNSS who has been using them with various Jazz artists, so I thought it might work for Rodrigues,” Miller says. “The issue was actually demoing it because Rodrigues isn’t the sort of artist who will go into a studio and do an A/B comparison test. In fact, he doesn’t really do rehearsals – he just arrives at a gig and it’s ‘go’ time – there’s no real sound check or set list and he could start with any song. The first time we got to try out the d:facto was at La Zenith in Paris in front of a live audience of 7,500.”

Once Rodriguez began using the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, Russ Miller certainly noticed a difference.

“It was amazing,” he says. “The microphone is incredibly detailed in the upper mids, and as a result I was able to attenuate cymbal spill with just a low pass filter because his voice cut through really well, without having to add any air. I was also impressed with how well the microphone took EQ-ing. It was obvious to me that this was the right mic for Rodriguez so we immediately specified it for the rest of his live shows.”

Since his appearance at Glastonbury, Rodriguez has performed in various European cities including Copenhagen and Stockholm, and at another festival in the UK.

“We’ve used the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone throughout and it hasn’t let us down,” Russ Miller adds. “I’m so relieved that we have finally found the right microphone for his voice as it has improved the sound of his concerts, as well as making my job as a live sound engineer much easier!”

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Jünger Audio Appoints Carola Hölting As Head Of Marketing

Audio processing specialist Jünger Audio has appointed Carola Hölting to the position of Head of Marketing, with immediate effect.

Hölting’s appointment coincides with Jünger Audio’s recent announcement that it is redefining its brand message to promote key hardware products as universal processing platforms. Marketing is an integral part of this strategy and Hölting will be responsible for driving brand awareness across the company’s entire product range.

Carola Hölting began her career as an artist and photographer, working mainly in theatre in Germany and Switzerland. Her interest in photography, digital imaging and video editing led to a position as lecturer at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Heidenheim, and she also worked as a freelance PR and marketing consultant for a number of other artists.

In 2011, Hölting worked out a new marketing concept for the Communication and Information Center KIZ of the University of Ulm to improve their marketing and information strategy. She then moved to Berlin-based broadcast and pro audio distributor, Media Logic, where she was Head of Marketing.

Commenting on her appointment at Jünger Audio, Hölting says: “I am very pleased to be working with Jünger Audio. It’s a great challenge; there are excellent products and a dedicated and lovely team. I look forward to building further on Jünger Audio’s success and new creative innovations.”

Peter Poers, Managing Director of Jünger Audio, adds: “Carola is an important addition to the Junger Audio team and we are delighted to welcome her to the company. Marketing strategy is an important key to business success. With Carola Hölting’s engagement we can concentrate our resources to optimal opportunities with the goals of increasing sales and achieving a sustainable competitive advantage.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.jungeraudio.com

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Danish Rockers D-A-D Get Down and Dirty With DPA

Rune Slot, live sound engineer for Danish rock band D-A-D, has turned to DPA Microphones to deliver the loud, punchy sound for which the band is famous.

“I experimented with a number of different condenser microphones before settling for DPA,” Rune Slot says. “They are fantastic – awesome – and it’s really great to have high end microphones supplying the inputs to the desk.”

Slot has been on tour with D-A-D for most of this year, taking in countries such as China and the US as well as plenty of places in Europe.

He says: “D-A-D is incredibly loud so for this tour I wanted to use high end microphones that could really capture the band’s noise and energy. The DPA microphones we have chosen are great and do the job perfectly.”

Originally known as Disneyland After Dark, D-A-D formed in the early 1980s and, apart from one change when Laust Sonne replaced former drummer Peter Lundholm Jensen, it has retained its original line-up. Its international breakthrough came in 1989 when it signed to Warner Bros in the USA. At that point the band was forced to change its name to D-A-D to avoid an impending lawsuit from the Walt Disney Company.

To mic Laust Sonne’s snare drum, Slot is using a combination of a DPA d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid microphones and DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, with the former positioned above the snare and the latter below it. d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are also used to mike the toms, high hat and cymbals, with reinforcement provided by a DPA d:dicate 4011 Compact Cardioid Microphone positioned underneath the cymbals.

“It’s not jazz – it’s very Rock and Roll,” Slot says. “I’ve also used DPA 2011C microphones to pick up Jacob Binzer’s lead guitar. He has two cabinets that give a great combination of clean and dirty sound so I’ve positioned 2011C mics about 12cm from each of the speakers where they work brilliantly.”

Vocals are another area where DPA has come up trumps. Lead singer Jesper Binzer is using a Wisycom wireless system and Slot has equipped this with a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone capsule.

“The mic helps me to stay in control without having to go primal,” Jesper Binzer says, while Slot adds: “It is a really great sounding capsule that truly grasps all the spit and energy of Jesper’s performance. Even when he sings from the side, it grabs the sound and pulls it into the mix.”


Slot adds that with a loud band like D-A-D, lead vocals need to be clearly heard in the mix and initially he thought this might not be feasible with a condenser microphone capsule.

“I didn’t need to worry because the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone capsule is of such good quality that it is more than capable of giving me the sound I want,” he says. “I was really surprised when I tried it for the first time because, usually with condenser microphones, you get feedback issues, especially in the high frequency range. However with the d:facto this just wasn’t a problem. It does what it is supposed to do and there is very little of bleed from the rest of the band, even though the band plays insanely loud.”

Slot is also using d:facto Vocal Microphones for backing vocals, with Jacob Binzer, Stig Pedersen and Laust Sonne all singing into wired versions of the d:facto.

“These microphones are really good at isolating the vocals and they are also happy to take plenty of punishment,” he adds. “The guys do like to ‘eat’ their mics, but the d:facto Vocal Microphones cope with that brilliantly and still deliver a very punchy sound.”

See the interview with Rune Slot and clips from a D-A-D concert at www.dpamicrophones.com/livedad

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DPA Microphones At The Fortune Global Forum 2013

DPA Microphones played a significant part in the success of this year’s Fortune Global Forum, which was held in June in Chengdu, China.

CEOs from some of the world’s largest multinational companies gathered in Chengdu for the three day event, which was also attended by China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and other Chinese dignitaries. The Forum culminated in a Gala Dinner during which guests were entertained by musical performances by 30 guzheng players, opera singers, choral and pop singers, and a piano performance by Lang Lang, China’s premier classical pianist.

Prior to the event, Fortune’s Audio Designer Ron Lorman contacted Ken Kimura at DPA’s APAC office in Hong Kong and requested his help in sourcing microphones for the Gala Dinner.

“I have been using DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones for some time and was aware of the quality of DPA’s product range,” Lorman says. “This event was of huge importance and it was vital that I delivered exceptional audio quality, therefore DPA was the obvious first port of call when it came to sourcing the right microphones.”

With help from Ken Kimura and Pike Xin, Product Manager at DPA’s Chinese distributor Digital Media Technology, Lorman was able to access exactly what he needed. At the Gala Dinner he had 100 inputs to deal with and all of the primary inputs were miked with DPA.

“During the conference sessions, I used assorted mics including my own stock of DPA d:fine Headset Microphones for the various presenters. The d:fines work exceptionally well because they deliver excellent intelligibility and are very comfortable for the presenters to wear,” Lorman says. “The Gala Dinner, however, presented a number of interesting microphone challenges, and this was where the advice and help I received from Ken and Pike was invaluable.”

Lorman’s main goals were miking multiple diverse artists, with rapid set changes, including guzheng players, percussion ensemble, lead vocals, choir, flutes, harps and a string quintet. He also had to ensure an elegant sound from Lang Lang’s Steinway piano.

“I had very little prior information about the guzheng players, so I wasn’t sure if I needed to mic every instrument – or indeed where it would be best to mount the microphones,” he says. “In the end we used DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones that we placed underneath the instruments, mounted to the stands with universal clips. They were able to capture the sound without getting in the way of the performance. The various d:vote 4099 mounting systems proved to be extremely flexible and well thought out.”

For Lang Lang’s piano, Lorman used DPA’s d:vote 4099P Stereo Microphone System. This dedicated system includes a pair of sensitivity selected d:vote 4099 supercardioid mics on goosenecks with magnetic mounts, which is designed to capture true acoustic piano sound in a live setting. With this system, Lorman was able to easily achieve a clean and transparent stereo sound.

DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:facto Vocal Microphones were also used to mic a traditional Chinese ensemble with flute, harps, ziao and zhnogruan as well as orchestral musicians playing violins, violas, cello and bass, that played to guests during dinner. d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were also used on the extensive percussion ensemble.

“The drums were very dynamic and the d:vote 4099s captured every nuance,” Lorman says. “Among the many highlights of the Gala Dinner were vocal performances by the opera singers, Liao Changyong, Laura Wright and You Hongfei, and by Tan Weiwei, China’s premier pop artist. For these artists I used DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones and I must say, I was incredibly impressed by the results these mics delivered.”

The vocalists all used wireless versions of the d:facto Vocal Microphone, in conjunction with a Shure R wireless system. UK opera singer, Laura Wright, was an inspiration for this choice as she preferred to work with a handheld microphone rather than use a headset mic. According to Lorman, the two Chinese opera singers were comfortable to use d:facto Vocal Microphones, and these were provided for all three performers.

“I haven’t experienced the d:facto Vocal Microphone before and I was very impressed by it,” Lorman adds. “The sound it delivered was very smooth and clean, and perfect at the top end. The off axis response was very tight, with excellent plosives rejection and subtle proximity effect, all excellent characteristics. Singers all love the way it feels in their hands and are very comfortable with it. d:facto really is a very formidable and unique microphone, and I can see why artists like Sting are using it.”

Ron Lorman has successfully used DPA d:fine Headset Microphones for other critical productions. Recently at a London Fortune event, d:fine Headset Microphones were again in his arsenal, along with a d:facto Vocal Microphone for the singer who provided the entertainment.

“I’m so impressed with the d:facto Vocal Microphone and the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones with the multiple mounts that I have now purchased them for my own stock,” Lorman adds, “and I can predict that they will be getting plenty of use.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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