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DPA Microphones Allow Jure Tori To Move Freely On Stage

Slovenian accordionist Jure Tori is using DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to bring extra energy and quality to the sound he is achieving on stage. The internationally acclaimed musician recently bought two d:vote microphones from DPA’s Slovenian distributor, Sonus, and is now using them for all of his live performances.

“When you’re playing an accordion, the whole body is involved,” Tori says. “Therefore I need microphones that enable me to move and express myself without limitations. With a DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone attached to my accordion, I am able to pick up the sound of the entire keyboard and really capture the sensitivity of my music.”

A unique and charismatic musician, Jure Tori has performed on stages all over the world, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians such as Austrian double bass player Ewald Oberleitner and guitarist Ariel Cubria. He also plays as part of the group Orlek and recently established the Tori Trio with Oberleitner and percussionist Ganesh Anandan. His reputation as an accordionist is now so well established that his songs are part of the curriculum programme for students of accordion and his compositions have been published by the Slovenian Music Information Center. His music has also been used to accompany animations by Dušan Kastelic (Bugbrain Institute), in movies by Metod Pevec and in various Slovenian and Austrian documentaries.

“My compositions express my personality, traumas and pleasures – sometimes in a funny way and sometimes in a sad way” he explains. “DPA microphones have brought real progress to my music, especially the work I am doing with the Tori Trio. With DPA, I have achieved more live musical energy, improved the quality of the sound and found it much easier to play my instrument.”

DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are renowned for their audio quality and their versatility. Despite their tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, these clip mics are rugged, stable and perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. Intended for fast-paced settings, the mics can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

“On an accordion, the constant sound of the bass is very important and these microphones enable that sound to be properly picked up,” Tori adds. “They also make it much easier to record live concerts. I have managed to find a good solution for fixing and positioning the microphones on both sides of the instrument and as a result I am really enjoying the sound these microphones are delivering.”

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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

Yamato Drummers Use DPA Microphones On European Tour

Netherlands-based Sound Adventure has purchased a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Rock Touring Kit featuring 10 d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and accessories. The kit was immediately put to use by the Japanese drumming troupe, Yamato, for which Sound Adventure has been providing live audio services during its recent European tour.

“We have been using DPA mics on stage for a few years now,” explains Erik Bouwmeester, Sound Adventure’s owner and Yamato’s FOH engineer. “We use the d:fine 4066 Headset Microphones for vocals or flutes and the d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones for string instruments such as the guitar-like Japanese Samisen.”

Yamato have become something of a cultural phenomenon in recent years. Founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993, they have given more than 2,500 performances in 51 different countries and regions of their spectacularly choreographed taiko drumming. The troupe tours for between six to ten months a year, creating and presenting original compositions on an impressively global scale.

This level of touring means that all equipment has to be very hard wearing to survive the demands of life on the road. Added to this, Yamato’s artistic director Masa Ogawa insists that the audience must not see any microphone during the show. Happily, the new d:vote 4099 clip mics used by Sound Adventure are discreet enough to ensure that remains the case.

Bouwmeester was introduced to the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones on Yamato’s previous European tour by DPA’s Belgian distributor Amptec Belgium.

“They are a perfect match with our beltpacks and can easily handle the SPL of the drums, which is sometimes more than 132dB,” he says. “Also the variation of good clips and clamps is very useful. For example we use four guitar clamps with an elastic extension on the medium drums called the Myadaiko. We also use a single d:vote 4099 on the biggest drum Yamato plays, the Odaiko which weighs almost 500kg, but it has no problems in picking up that sound as well.”

In total Bouwmeester uses 32 wireless channels, 14 of which are miked with DPA mics. These are fed through a d&b audiotechnik PA system via a Digidesign venue profile/mixrack Front of House console.

Having successfully used the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones in Europe, Bouwmeester says the Yamato troupe is now considering buying another DPA Rock Kit package for their own shows in Japan. They are currently back in their home country for various performances but will be returning to Europe in June for shows in Germany and Eastern Europe.

“Obviously I will be using my DPA Rock Touring kit for those shows as well,” Bouwmeester says.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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Prism Sound Brings Mic To Monitor Back To The USA

How do the pros do it? What makes great gear great? How is that hit sound achieved? What does it take to become a successful and in demand audio engineer?

These are just some of the questions that Prism Sound will set out to answer when it takes its hugely popular Mic to Monitor series of free seminars and workshops to the USA for a five date tour.

Targeted at music production students, hobbyists and professionals, Mic to Monitor aims to dispel the many myths surrounding the recording process. In conjunction with SADiE and PMC, Prism Sound will be hosting events at SAE Atlanta (March 19th); Full Sail, Orlando (March 21st); the Winter Music Conference, Miami (two days on March 24th and 25th) and the University of Miami (March 26th).

Each seminar features presentations from recording professionals who will answer audience questions on recording techniques. There will also be the opportunity to demo equipment and win recording equipment. The Mic to Monitor event in Orlando will also be webcast live for those who want to be part of the experience but can’t get along in person. To register, please contact sales@prismsound.com

Chris Allen, Prism Sound’s SalesExecutive and Support Engineer, says: “Our Mic to Monitor tours are always well received because they give those attending the opportunity to learn tips, tricks and technical know-how directly from top producers and engineers. Our guest speakers are always willing to share their knowledge and to back up their examples with original material from their own studios and projects.”

Guest speakers for Mic to Monitor USA 2014 include Edward J “UK” Nixon of the Grammy Award winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and multi-Grammy Award winning producer Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee.

Edward J “UK” Nixon, who presents the seminars in Atlanta and Orlando, will give an insight into his unique story No Secrets, the rise of his career from early beginnings in the idyllic Lake District in the English countryside to becoming one of the most globally respected engineers of today. Edward will also demonstrate his approach to the workflow, mixing style and processes which earned him his title as Chief Engineer of the production super-group, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Sir Paul McCartney, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross & Drake).

Multi-Grammy award winning Producer and DJ Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee, who presents the Miami sessions, will share his knowledge under the heading That Perfect Mix. His production experience is legendary and has resulted in over 25 million record sales to date for his work with Eminem, Drake, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Akon, Rihanna and many more.

As well as guest presenters, Prism Sound’s Mic To Monitor sessions will also feature talks from top British pro audio equipment manufacturers Prism Sound, PMC and SADiE. These will cover hardware design and optimizing your studio setup, converter design and clocking, and speakers and acoustics. Professional mastering will also be discussed, with the chance to have questions answered first hand from leading designers and makers of high-end professional audio products.

Places on Prism Sound’s Mic To Monitor Tour USA are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Anyone registering and attending will have an opportunity to win prizes from Prism Sound, PMC and SADiE.

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To register your interest, please visit the relevant link:

Mic to Monitor USA Tour 2014 ATLANTA

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mic-to-monitor-usa-tour-2014-atlanta-registration-10571225821?aff=PR

Mic to Monitor USA Tour 2014 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mic-to-monitor-usa-tour-2014-university-of-miami-registration-10572190707?aff=PR

Mic to Monitor USA Tour 2014 WMC MIAMI

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mic-to-monitor-usa-tour-2014-wmc-miami-registration-10572222803?aff=PR

Mic to Monitor USA Tour 2014 ORLANDO

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mic-to-monitor-usa-tour-2014-orlando-registration-10572172653?aff=PR

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

Funky Junk Takes On UK Distribution For Pearl Microphones

Funky Junk, Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services, has added Pearl Microphones to its distribution roster.

“Having used and loved Pearl Microphones for more than 20 years, I was delighted when the opportunity arose to represent the brand in the UK,” says Funky Junk’s founder Mark Thompson. “These microphones have an exceptional pedigree and history. They deliver great results, particularly on acoustics instruments, and they are built to last. It’s no surprise to me that vintage Pearl Microphones are as much in demand as new ones.”

Pearl’s Chairman, Sven Olof Andersson, says: “We are extremely happy to be working with Mark Thompson and his crew of dedicated professionals in the UK. Pearl goes a long way back in Britain and we will now continue to grow there with an exciting line-up of products and new developments.”

Founded in 1941, Pearl is renowned for its award-winning rectangular membrane technology, which is used for natural and transparent recording all over the world. All Pearl microphones are crafted in Sweden.

Today Pearl is owned by Bernt Malmqvist and a group of private investors who have brought a new business savvy to the company and a renewed passion for the use of Pearl microphone technology.

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About Funky Junk:
Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Spain and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.

For more information please visit www.proaudioeurope.com

MGI PARTNERS WITH MOLDEN MEDIA AND NEVER.NO FOR CABSAT 2014

Media Group International (MGI), the region’s leading systems integrator, has partnered with Molden Media and never.no to showcase the latest trends in On-Air graphics and live social management based on multi-touch screen technology at next week’s CABSAT 2014.

Demonstrating the very latest in picture-in-picture (PIP) broadcasting technology, Molden Media’s screen will broadcast a football match, during which live data graphics, social media content and user voting results will be displayed on the interactive video wall. The exhibit will comprise an interactive multi-touch fully HD video wall (4m x 2.1m), equipped with social media interaction technology, M2Social, and iPad and smart phone voting integration, M2Vote.

Enabled with an interactive multi-touch technology, which can support up to 32 simultaneous touches at a time, the LED video wall features touch widgets. As the position of a presenter is also tracked, the widgets follow automatically, enabling the content to always be at the presenter’s control.

In addition to Molden Media’s activity, MGI’s partner never.no will showcase their live social management and interactive broadcast platform ‘Interactivity Suite’ for both programming and live Advertising. Where live content will be harvested from social and second screen sources (including comments, trends, images, video, and polls), moderated and then broadcast in real time.

Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to interact with their tablets or smart phones and vote for ‘man of the match’ and for the winning team. Illustrative analyses of player moves and pull-out statistic boxes will provide a more comprehensive viewing experience, whilst social media comments can be highlighted on the screen for discussion.

Paul Hennessy, CEO of Media Group International, said: “We are extremely pleased to partner with Molden Media and never.no for CABSAT 2014, and to be involved in showcasing such innovative On-Air graphics technologies. The exhibit will offer a fully interactive experience, incorporating social media, which we look forward to sharing with our visitors.”

Molden Media offers turnkey solution for real-times broadcast graphics, design, project planning and integration services for a number of international TV stations. Together with Media Group International, they will showcase one of the largest screens of its kind at CABSAT 2014.

Never.no will demonstrate abilities such as social media moderation, filtering, trending, video, second screen sync of incoming audience content and Dynamic Ad interaction.

Visitors will be entered into the draw to win an iPad Mini when they complete a short survey being conducted at the MGI stand.

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The Media Group International CABSAT 2014 exhibit can be found at stand B5 20.
For further information please contact:
Jo Robertson
T: 00971 55 980 6697
E: gssg@fourcommunications.com

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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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

In the US
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e-mail : sales@prismsound.com

DPA Microphones Brings the Glitz of Gold to ProLight + Sound 2014

At Prolight + Sound 2014 (Booth 8:C71), DPA Microphones will be focusing attention on its range of high quality microphones for the live stage.

The company’s award-winning d:facto™ Vocal Microphone will be sporting new grids with gold and nickel finishes – ideal accessories for vocalists who want added sparkle for their onstage performances.

“We saw a demand in the market to attain the d:facto sound with more than just the traditional black grids,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “These grids provide the solution by bringing an exciting new visual dimension to a microphone that is already internationally acclaimed for its great sound.”

The new grids are available as accessories to existing d:facto solutions and are delivered as metal grids with foam and pop screen. Additionally, the nickel option matches the finish available on the Sennheiser 2000, 5200 and 9000 wireless mic systems and comes complete with capsule and corresponding adapters.

With a true studio sound for the live stage, the d:facto Vocal Microphone offers an extraordinarily natural sound with high separation and extreme SPL handling, giving users unlimited possibilities for their performances. In addition to use with the wired DPA handle, the d:facto provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system, which allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems.

DPA will also be using the ProLight + Sound platform to showcase its hugely popular range of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones.

Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, the DPA d:vote clip mic is rugged and stable as it features a versatile and extendable gooseneck, sturdy shock mount and a detachable cable, making it perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. As it was intended for fast-paced settings, the mic can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

On show for the first time in Europe will be DPA’s new d:vote 4099 Rock Touring Kits, which give users a choice between a four-piece or 10-piece Peli case package. The company has also released two similar Classic Touring Kits for classical musicians.

“Our d:vote microphones have always been popular with classical musicians because they deliver such fantastic sound and allow musicians to capture the true sound of their instruments,” Christian Poulsen says. “However, in recent years we’ve noticed a steady increase in sales to rock bands such as Metallica, D-A-D and Paramore, who have experienced how the DPA sound enhances their performance. With our Rock Touring Kits we are making the sound engineer’s task so much easier.”

Rock and classical musicians have embraced d:vote instruments microphones because they are so small and discreet, and because they come with an exceptional range of adapters. The 10-piece kit includes 10 d:vote microphones, 10 adapters and 25 holders for different instruments adjusted to either rock or classic applications. The four-piece kit includes four d:vote microphones, four adapters and 10 holders.

“With other brands, engineers usually have to use tape to get the mics to stay in place in certain areas that prove to be the best placements. d:vote has clips for all instruments and, with the new kits, engineers have an ingenious solution,” Christian Poulsen says.

DPA will enhance its Prolight + Sound 2014 line-up by showing its superior d:dicate™ Recording Microphone range, which delivers high quality audio across many applications including live sound for touring and installation purposes. Now incorporating the new modular MMC4018 Supercardioid Capsule, the well-known MMC4007 High-SPL Omnidirectional Capsule (now re-launched for modular use) and the modular 4000 and 2000 microphones, the d:dicate range allows users to combine various capsules with DPA’s state-of-the-art preamps for extra versatility. These preamps include the A, which is a Class A transformerless design; the B, a low cut and high boost filter version; the compact C option for visual unobtrusive miking; and the new modular MMP-E active cable preamp for hanging or table applications. An MMP-F modular boom pole is available for podium or floor stand use of the d:dicate capsules.

Continuing its tradition of offering exhibition visitors even more bang for their bucks, DPA is once again running a daily draw at ProLight + Sound 2014, with the opportunity for a lucky person to win a DPA microphone (d:vote™ or d:fine™ single-ear headset). To enter, all visitors have to do is visit the DPA booth during the day, collect a special pin and then return at 5 pm for the draw.

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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

DPA Microphones Gives Live Performers More Freedom To Move

Artists who like the freedom to dance and sing on stage should visit DPA Microphones at Frankfurt ProLight + Sound 2014 (booth 8:C71) for the very latest in headset and miniature microphone technology.

DPA’s new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones are ideal for performers like actors, musicians and singers who need to move freely and don’t want to be constrained by a hand-held microphone or a mic on a stand. With the flexible mechanics of the d:fine ear mount and the capsules from the legendary 4066 omni and 4088 cardioid headsets, the d:fine range now covers every need.

“We see a growing need for body worn microphone solutions and a need for them to be even more sturdy for the hard use in live environment, musicals, etc. Therefore, we launched the d:fine Headset Microphones a few years ago and selected the name based on a belief that the microphone would define a new generation of headsets,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA. “The d:fine certainly did meet our expectations, so we have now decided to expand the d:fine Headset series with this brilliant solution to give users a broad assortment of headsets and features. Combining the flexibility of our modern d:fine ear mount solution with the sound qualities of the classic 4066/4088 Headsets, fans can choose between a variety of sound handling, size and cleaning options, depending on the intended application.”

Shown to the world for the first time at ProLight + Sound, the series of d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphone has a reinforced cable relief for even better robustness and to ensure that people who are not used to handling miniature microphones can use the mic without being afraid of breaking it. For the people who require even more security and where the visual size is of less importance, a heavy-duty version has been made, consisting of a stainless steel housing, a heavy-duty cable relief and a thicker 2.2 mm cable. Both models are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of live touring.

“The expansion of the d:screet™ Miniature Microphones series is important for us to meet the ever more demanding needs from the market for a solid workhorse that delivers superb sound under challenging conditions,” Christian Poulsen adds. “Apart from the upgraded versions of the d:screet 4060 series, we have also made a new d:screet Necklace Miniature Omni Microphone that is meeting the request from the market for a mic that can be mounted and de-mounted quickly several times by the untrained talent himself without a sound expert nearby. You don’t have to think about which clothes the mic is to be attached to – actually, being naked is not a problem at all. The d:screet 4060 Miniature Microphone is of typical DPA quality and is perfect for reality shows, for example. It has been used for more than a year in the Danish reality show, Big Brother.”

Visitors to ProLight + Sound 2014 have the opportunity to win a DPA microphone (d:vote™ Instrument Microphone or d:fine™ single-ear headset) by taking part in the company’s daily draw. To enter, please visit the DPA booth during the day, collect a special pin and then return at 5 pm for the draw.

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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

DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone Wins New Fans

ran Healey, the lead singer of UK band Travis, and Marti Pellow, the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, are the latest in the growing list of vocalists to switch to DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone. In both cases the artists made the change on the recommendation of their live sound engineer, Tom Wiggans.

“I have no problem recommending DPA’s new d:facto microphone because I’m so impressed with the results it has delivered for Fran and Marti – and for Dougie Payne, Travis’ bass player, who is also using one for his backing vocals,” Wiggans says. “Before I tried d:facto, I had tried quite a few new vocal microphones that made big promises, but always ended up going back to the microphone that people have been using for over 40 years. However, the d:facto’s clarity and ability to capture the true sound source without extraneous background noise has made a real difference to the way I work. I now have much more time to concentrate on other details because my vocal fader is just vocal, I don’t have to deal with anywhere near as much ambient mush bleeding into the mix.”

Tom Wiggans was introduced to the microphone by Rob Ramon, product manager for DPA’s UK distributor, Sound Network.

“Rob was at one of the gigs Travis played at the Roundhouse in London, and afterwards he came backstage and introduced himself,” Wiggans said. “I was already familiar with DPA having used the company’s overhead and instrument mics. When I heard about d:facto I was keen to try one, so Rob arranged a demo. I didn’t get a chance to try it until we were in Paris a few days later. Pablo Wheeler (Travis Monitor Engineer) and I were able to do an A/B comparison with it against the mic Fran usually used. It sounded amazing – so good that after the show I realised I was going to need better reverbs. The difference was really noticeable.”

After such a positive experience, Wiggans was happy to specify two d:facto Vocal Microphones for the rest of the Travis tour, which was taking in a number of South American cities.

“I had one for Fran and one for Dougie, both of whom were delighted with the way their vocals were sounding,” Wiggans says. “We then flew straight to some Scottish shows, and unfortunately all our equipment went astray so we had to borrow stuff for a couple of shows. Thankfully, our gear arrived for the last show, and as soon as the band walked on stage and spotted we had the mics back everyone was much happier. Missing something when you don’t have it is always a good indication of how good it is.”

After completing the Travis tour, Tom Wiggans took his d:facto vocal microphones straight out on the road again – only this time with Wet Wet Wet.

“My original plan was to have Marti try the mic in rehearsal so that we could see how he got on with it, but he was having none of that,” Wiggans says. “He wanted to try it straight away so Chris Trimby (Wets Monitor Engineer) just threw him on stage with it, blind. The d:facto sounded brilliant from the off and Marti was absolutely chuffed to bits. He liked the weight and feel of it in his hand. From a performance point of view he felt it was really well balanced.”

Tom Wiggans has also been using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture drums and brass. These were supplied by SSE Audio Group in the UK and used on the Travis tour.

“The minute we miked up Neil Primroses’ drums with the d:vote 4099, everyone was blown away,” Wiggans says. “People were coming up to me and asking what I’d done to make the drums sound so ‘real’. All the attack that you get with acoustic drums was there – it sounded like you were standing right next to them, only through a PA. They were just as good on Wet Wet Wet’s brass section, which tends to be quite loud. Once again there was no problem with feedback or rejection.”

Both Travis and Wet Wet Wet will be playing live in coming months – Travis is off to the Far East in March/April, while Wet Wet Wet has a number of racecourse gigs lines up for the summer. For Tom Wiggans and for the lead singers, the choice of microphone is now easy.

“It will be DPA’s d:facto without any doubt,” Wiggans says. “From now on, when it comes to vocal mics, it’s always going to be my first choice.”

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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

Visual Unity’s vuMobile™ platform Adds Ecwid

Leading OTT platform and multiscreen solution provider, Visual Unity Global is announcing an important extension to its mobile marketing platform vuMobile™, by integrating the popular Ecwid e-commerce platform. vuMobile™ now enables clients to build their own online store in 5 minutes. This feature improvement is offered within the existing price and service package.

Recently announced rebranding and repositioning of vuMobile™ version 4.0 is followed by a further significant platform feature improvement; integration with the revolutionary Ecwid shopping cart. Ecwid is the fastest-growing, global e-commerce platform for small businesses, and used by over 400,000 retailers in 175 countries. The multi-platform Ecwid is also Facebook’s most popular store building app.

With vuMobile™, clients can now build an online store within five minutes. This storefront is fully functional on any device including feature phones, smart phones and even desktops. Through a modern responsive design, clients are able to categorize different types of products (for example consumer electronics or e-products) and choose from more than 40 payment systems. Ecwid has numerous shipping and tax options and enables product feeds to marketplaces and comparison shopping engines. The e-shop is easily integrated with social media networks like Facebook, and the Ecwid storefront is available in 45 languages.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity Global, says. “Thanks to the integration with Ecwid’s online store, our vuMobile™ platform now offers our clients the ability to easily generate additional revenue through mobile channels worldwide.”

“Ecwid is honored to integrate with the Visual Unity platform and work with such an innovative partner,” says Jim O’Hara, president of Ecwid, Inc., adding, “Now Visual Unity’s users can add robust e-commerce functionality directly to their mobile sites in minutes, and also enjoy the flexibility of adding stores to social media and other online venues.”

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy officer at Visual Unity Global adds: “This latest integration with Ecwid shows Visual Unity’s commitment to developing strategic features that bring untapped revenue success to our clients.”

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About Visual Unity Global

Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyse and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

About Ecwid: Ecwid is a full-featured, cloud-based e-commerce platform that allows businesses to create professional online stores and embed them into any existing web, mobile, or social site. Ecwid, available directly or through trusted partners, has over 400,000 registered merchants in 175 countries, and is available in 45 languages. A free plan is available. The Ecwid Facebook app is the leading shopping cart application on Facebook, with over 40,000 Facebook stores globally and used by more than 300,000 monthly active users.

For further information, please visit: www.ecwid.com.

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