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Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i Come Into Focus at InfoComm 2014

New Recorders Offer Advanced Network Functionality and Multi-Drive Recording for Seamless Integration into Existing AV Systems

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 17, 2014 – Video Devices, mission critical video products by Sound Devices, showcases its latest PIX recorders, PIX 270i and PIX 250i, at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6443). The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i multi-drive video decks offer comprehensive multi-channel AV record and playback tools for house of worship (HOW), corporate, live event and other production applications.

The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. Its advanced network functionality along with simultaneous multi-drive video and audio recording makes Video Devices latest PIX products a complete production-ready AV solution. In addition, its ability to be controlled over IP, RS-422 and GPIO make it ideally suited to be integrated into a range of AV applications.

Both products feature extensive network connectivity and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s production. Its built-in Web server, PIXNet, offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. PIX 270i features built-in multiple unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel. Frame accurate sync works with other PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 250i can be grouped with other PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i can be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible) controllers as well as via its GPIO port.

Up to four drives, two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For PIX 250i, up to two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

The Video Devices PIX 250i and PIX 270i are designed for mission-critical applications with their dedicated video hardware, and PowerSafe and FileSafe feature sets. Both products are equipped with the company’s proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PIX also features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should a drive be inadvertently removed during recording; simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files. Powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector, the PIX 270i also offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

The PIX recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

The PIX 270i offers extensive audio capabilities, with 64 record tracks (32 tracks at 96k), Dante audio-over-Ethernet, 64 channels of both MADI (coaxial and optical) audio, eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, making the PIX 270i the world’s first video device that also includes Dante audio over Ethernet. The PIX 250i features eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and supports up to 16 tracks of audio. With its wide range of input and output capabilities, the 270i also offers real-time bridging between the various audio interface types.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i also include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available.

With its built-in ultra-accurate time-code generator/reader with genlock input/output, the PIX is a great master clock for driving a network of devices requiring synchronization. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources.

PIX can be seamlessly integrated into existing AV systems and environments due to its 1/2-rack, 2-U chassis dimension. Both the PIX 270i and PIX 250i have precision five-inch IPS, 800- x 480-pixel displays for setup menu access and video monitoring. The high-accuracy display, with its peaking, false color and zoom functions, is perfect for framing, exposure and focus evaluation.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

Professional Wireless Systems’ Frequency Coordination Hits A Homerun For Joel Osteen’s Night Of Hope At Yankee Stadium


Megachurch Pastor Returns to the Bronx for an Inspirational Experience of Encouragement

BRONX, NY, JUNE 16, 2014—When Joel and Victoria Osteen’s Night of Hope made its inspirational return to Yankee Stadium on Saturday, June 7, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was on-hand to provide frequency coordination for the event. The company also complemented Joel Osteen’s equipment setup with a range of additional wireless solutions.

Night of Hope is an inspirational experience of encouragement, hope and worship. The two-hour event offers audience members words of encouragement from Victoria Osteen, a special testimony from Dodie Osteen and concludes with prayer and an inspiring message from Joel Osteen. This was the second time that the stadium housed the wildly popular author and megachurch pastor. The Osteens’ motivational worship gathering in 2009 was the first non-sporting event at the new stadium.

In providing its wireless services for the outdoor broadcast, PWS managed a total of 115 frequencies and faced two main challenges. Not only did PWS need to survey the area to track down interfering ENG crews that were not coordinating with the show’s wireless frequencies, but the company also had to be on standby for inclement weather during the outdoor event, as sudden storms open the potential for dropped signals and channel interference. PWS provided exceptional service in its RF coordination, immediately locating all interfering sources and correcting any potential issues that may have arisen during the show’s broadcast.

“Whenever working in a major metropolitan city like New York, it is essential that we get as much information ahead of time from all of those who plan on using the spectrum, in order to keep any potential challenges or issues to a minimum,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager of PWS. “John Garrido, the RF coordinator during this event, once again did a great job in ensuring that there was no frequency interference or signal problems, and that the evening was a success.”

For the event, PWS supplied and deployed a majority of its own equipment, including a combination of its Domed and Helical Antennas, all running through its GX-8 Combiners for transmission, in addition to its DB-IC Multicouplers for zoning and distribution. PWS relied on its Directional Finding Kit, along with a frequency counter and RF scanner to locate all frequencies. Tying everything together, PWS managed the show’s frequencies with its own Intermodulation Analysis Software System (IAS). IAS is a complete frequency management tool that helps coordinators quickly choose the clear frequencies for each specific wireless system and tuning range. Additionally, Telex BTR 800s were used for the show’s wireless intercoms.

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in live concert, television broadcast, corporate, industrial, theatrical, house of worship and sports events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mama Mia,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater, historic St. Bartholomew’s Church and NYU’s James L. Dolan Recording Studio. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Sets the Stage for 2014 New Music Seminar

NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 2014 – Cerwin-Vega!, part of Gibson Brands Inc., is pleased to announce that its P-Series Professional PA system was an integral part of the audio setup for the prestigious New Music Seminar (NMS) in New York. Marking its second year in attendance at the event, the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series provided a natural sound that is ideal for all NMS presentations and performances.

See Factor, the lighting and sound company for the conference, supplied a total of eight full P-Series setups – comprised of two P1500X Loudspeakers and a P1800SX Subwoofer each – for traditional PA arrangements, two additional P1500X Loudspeakers for monitor wedges and two 16-Channel CVM Mixers. “Before we moved to our current location at the iconic New Yorker Hotel, the entire conference was held at Webster Hall,” explains Dave Lory, musical director for the event. “Since it’s an acclaimed music venue that hosts world-famous musicians, we always relied on the hall’s house PA system for all of our audio needs. Knowing about the change of location, my friends at Gibson approached me and recommended I try their Cerwin-Vega! P-Series. I was honestly a little wary at first, but they performed so well last year that it was a no-brainer for me this year.”

“Dave is one of the best event producers in the industry, he demands excellence when it comes to audio production and the quality of his work always reflects that,” adds Peter Schwinge, the seminar’s general manager who was appointed to help grow international presence at the event. “Gibson brought the idea of Cerwin-Vega! to us, but the fact that Dave has chosen to use them again speaks volumes. And I agree with him, too. The speakers sound very natural and the distance on them is absolutely great!”

With an average attendance of approximately 1,300 people each year, NMS is one of the most influential music conferences in the world. It features sessions and/or presentations from more than 150 CEOs, presidents, executives and leaders who address the many aspects of the emerging music industry in addition to as many as 100 artist performances. The seminar’s goal is to serve as a quality launch pad for musicians and businesses alike. On the artist side, the conference provides the opportunity for them to hone their skills and learn new tricks. For businesses, it’s a chance for them to find the next big name in the industry.

Originally having run from 1980 to 1995, NMS was re-launched in 2009 with new vigor. In 2012, the seminar received support from the New York City Mayor’s office to declare the first New York Music Week. With support and appearances from the heads of such corporate brands as Pepsi Co, Napster, Clear Channel and Vevo, the seminar features music showcases from France, Spain and Sweden and the newly-launched Xray A&R Listening and Critique room where artists had the opportunity to have their music reviewed by the representatives from all of the major recording labels.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

DPA Microphones Goes on a Musical Journey with The Walk to Fisterra

Company supplies array of microphones for a unique recording and musical documentary about a U.S. cellist’s 600-Mile Trek through France and Spain

NEW YORK, JUNE 11, 2014 – New York-based Cellist Dane Johansen is embarking on The Walk to Fisterra, a 600-mile musical/walking journey along the Camino de Santiago, a popular pilgrimage route through France and Spain. Over the course of his six-week journey, which began May 14, Johansen will stop at several of the 36 historic churches along the Ancient Roman footpath, where he will perform Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, while a team of filmmakers and music producers capture content for a stunning documentary about the pilgrimage. To ensure the highest quality audio, sound engineer, Kyle Pyke, and Grammy® Award-winner, Jesse Lewis, who is the music producer and co-sound engineer on the project, are using several pieces from DPA Microphones’ product line.

Included in their audio arsenal are d:dicate™ 4007A Omnidirectional mics for location recording and a combination of d:dicate 4011F Cardioid Podium and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument mics for close-pickup of the cello. A variety of d:mension™ 5100 Mobile Surround and d:dicate 4017B Shotgun mics are being used to capture ambience along the trail, while d:screet™ 4061 Miniature mics pick up dialogue.

“DPA was our top choice for microphones to record the audio for this journey,” shares Pyke. “When we were spec’ing out what we might need for the project, we enlisted DPA Microphones to be our exclusive mic partner. The reason is pretty simple, not only does the company’s catalog offer everything we could hope for, and more, in terms of microphone quality and detail, but DPA itself embodies an open, adventurous approach to pushing the industry forward, which is an intrinsic quality of The Walk to Fisterra.”

“DPA’s entire line of microphones is world class and the first I turn to for literally any situation,” adds Lewis. “Whether they are used for dialog, mobile-surround ambience or a solo cello, there isn’t another product line out there that can do everything that DPA’s mics can do. The accessories give us configurability, the vast microphone line gives us a freeing flexibility – which is something we especially need on this journey – and the capture of speech, ambience and music is lifelike and pristine. For a project like this, we need voices to be clear and the music has to be stunning, and that’s just what we get with DPA. Since DPA spares no expense in development and production, no matter the microphone or application, their mics are really a perfect fit for The Walk to Fisterra.”

As Johansen performs at churches along the route to Fisterra, his team will produce recordings and sound maps of each location, which Lewis can then use back in the studio to recreate the audio during film screenings or as background for Johansen’s live performances. “When we are on the road in often less-than-ideal acoustic environments, it’s important to make sure that nothing is lost due to noise or lack of detail,” continues Pyke. “We’re very happy with our selection of DPA mics, which ensure we keep the natural sound of the instrument intact during the recording process.”

To prepare for any unique audio challenges that they may encounter at the older venues, Pyke will rely on the cardioid pattern of the DPA d:dicate 4011F and d:vote 4099 mics, to capture sound directly off the instrument. The 4011F, superior for high sound levels and close pickup, will highlight the sound around the cello, while the d:vote 4099, much more natural sounding than any internal microphone or pickup, will be mounted directly on the cello to accurately record the instrument while removing any unwanted noise. Pyke also plans to use his DPA d:dicate 4007A Omni mics to capture in surround sound the reverberations produced by the instruments in the churches, which have an antique architecture that offers unique acoustics. The setup uses a decca tree in front, with two mics spaced at a variable distance and width, to give a sense of depth between venues.

“The 4007A’s flat response across the frequency spectrum is the perfect tool for capturing the true sound of the hall in both musical recording and impulse responses,” shares Pyke. “The 4011F offers a colorless pickup yet still retains its musicality, while the 4099 is conveniently small and unobtrusive without losing any detail. Additionally, the 5100, which we use to capture ambience in the venues, offers incredible audio quality in a rugged, easily mounted microphone design.”

In order to ensure the recordings offer listeners a true sense of the experience, Pyke must also capture dialogue and the ambience of journey along the Camino. To produce the best results, a combination of a d:mension 5100 Surround, 4017B Shotgun and several d:screet 4061 Miniature mics will be used. The d:mension 5100 comes conveniently packaged for recording surround on the road, as it can be mounted to a camera or boom, while the 4017B shotgun provides everything necessary for clear directional sound regardless of environmental conditions. The d:screet 4061s, though tiny, produce an accurate omnidirectional pattern without need to be aimed directly at the sound source.

The Walk to Fisterra was inspired by Johansen, who feels the voyage is symbolic to his relationship with music. The dedication needed to perfect the Bach Suites requires an artist to continuously pursue a singular goal and therefore is like a pilgrimage, endless and requiring extreme effort, daily commitment and absolute resolve. Johansen and his team hope the performances of Bach’s music and visits to mentor young cellists in schools along the Camino during The Walk to Fisterra, will inspire the communities as they speak through the universal language of music.

Johansen performs throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician and he is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He made his Lincoln Center Debut performing Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto with James Levine in celebration of the composer’s centennial and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012, performing a program of his own design entitled Lightness, which explored philosophical lightness in music of the 20th century.

El Camino de Santiago, an ancient route to Santiago de Compostela and Fisterra on the western edge of Europe, was originally a Pagan footpath that was later appropriated by the Romans as part of their campaign to Christianize Spain. Still journeyed by those seeking to challenge their bodies and minds, the path features roads, monasteries and cathedrals along the route to provide pilgrims with areas of rest.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Professionak Wireless Systems Showcases Range of RF Solutions for Live and Broadcast Events at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 11, 2014-Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, will showcase its range of RF solutions at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C11816), including its GX Series of Combiners, DB Series of Multicouplers, Helical Antennas, Domed Helical Antennas, and various accessories such as splitters, Dual Bias Ts and receive and transmit line amps.
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“InfoComm is the ‘can’t miss’ AV technology show of the year, and we look forward to demoing our range of state-of-the-art RF and wireless equipment to the industry professionals in attendance at the show,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “In addition to showcasing our RF solutions, PWS representatives will be on hand to discuss our ability to provide onsite install services and show support for wireless systems at broadcast, industrial, live entertainment and media events of any size.”

At InfoComm 2014, PWS will highlight its GX series of combiners, the GX-4 and GX-8, which offer selectable high and low output settings, as well as above unity gain on output. Helpful for very anemic transmitters, the combiners in the GX series are considered RF limiters because of their proprietary Automatic Level Control (ALC) circuitry. The power level of each frequency at the output of the combiner is a maximum of 250 mW licensed, 50mw if not licensed. This is the FCC’s maximum allowable limit for RF in-ear monitor (IEM) systems in the UHF band. The GX-4 is an RF IEM transmitter combiner/booster, compatible with RF signals from major IEM transmitter manufacturers across the radio band from 470MHz to 698MHz. The system accepts input power levels from 20 to 100 mW, with each input containing its own discreet RF amplifier and ALC circuits. The signals are amplified to the power level needed to produce up to 250 mW of RF at the output antenna port.

PWS will also feature its DB series of Multicouplers, including the DB8 (8 outputs), DB16 (16 outputs) and DB24 (24 outputs). These diversity systems are designed to distribute antenna signals to multiple receivers without loss and with high isolation between ports. Outputs can be put into ranges, providing the user the ability for low, middle and high as well as custom ranges for frequencies. The systems all come packed with features providing the user with maximum control as well as two power supplies, ensuring that if there is a power failure, backup is available.

Two of PWS’ flagship product lines, Helical Antennas and the new Domed Helical Antennas, will also be onsite. PWS Helical Antennas, which are perfect for long throws and high gain, have become the industry standard for multichannel wireless microphone, in-ear, and intercom systems thanks in part to their unique characteristics, offering users extreme flexibility. The circularly polarized UHF antennas cover a frequency range of 450 MHz to 950 MHz and offer 14dbi gain and 8.5dbi for the Domed Helical. With an inherent boost in gain, greater bandwidth, and dropout-resistant polarization, PWS Helical Antennas outshine the performance of traditional antenna designs. Popular for use with IEM systems, users can employ these antennas with other UHF systems, including wireless microphones and intercom systems.

For venues and installations where site-line appearance is a priority, PWS Domed Helical Antennas offer a wider angle of coverage that’s perfect for smaller stages and medium gain. Featuring the same circular polarization as the original PWS Helical Antenna, the Domed Helical features a more durable, sealable enclosure, and compact profile. Inconspicuous and robust, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna is a great choice when the requirements of aesthetics and function can’t be compromised.

Additionally, PWS has recently begun to streamline its manufacturing process to accommodate faster turnaround time when it comes to product development. “To continue to provide the necessary support and high-level functionality on today’s in-demand productions, we are constantly looking for ways to improve both our products and our services, as a company,” adds Van Winkle. “We specialize in frequency coordination that is solid, accurate and constant, as is our workflow.”

For more information, stop by Booth C11816 or visit www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

DPA Microphones d:fine™ 66 and 88 Miniature Headset Mics Make InfoComm Debut


New mics join the original 4066/4088 and d:fine Headsets in the d:fine family to meet a variety of needs


LAS VEGAS, JUNE 10, 2014 DPA Microphones’ new d:fine™ 66 and d:fine 88 Miniature Headset Microphones will be on display at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C11936). Ideal for productions involving presenters and performers needing to move freely about a stage without obstructions from a handheld mic or mic stand, the d:fine 66 and d:fine 88 have joined the company’s d:fine Headset Microphone family, which now addresses a variety of sound handling and size options, depending on the intended application.

With a contemporary look and classic sound, the d:fine 66 and d:fine 88 combines the 4066 Omni and 4088 Cardioid microphone capsules with features of the modern d:fine headsets, such as an advanced mount and flexible ear hooks. The new DPA d:fine 66 Omnidirectional Headset Microphone and d:fine 88 Directional Headset Microphone, which are recognized by their rounded capsules, are intended for use by actors, musicians and singers who require optimal sound and grid cleaning/changing options.

“We introduced 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 Microphones. “The d:fine certainly did meet our expectations, so we have now decided to expand the d:fine Headset series to include this third solution to give users a broad assortment of headsets and features. Featuring a total of four capsules – two omnis and two cardioids – and three headset mounts – single-ear, dual-ear and personalized mount, the d:fine Headset Microphones Series offers something for every user and environment.”

When DPA Microphones launched its d:fine Headset Microphones, the company met a market demand, which created a new niche of DPA headset users that did not affect the popularity of the original 4066 and 4088s. Thanks to the strong popularity of both microphone lines, this third option in the d:fine series comes as a result of a growing need for durable body worn microphone solutions with excellent sound reproduction and sturdy casing for stringent use in live environments.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Masque Sound Fills Charleston with Sweet Music for 38th Season Of Spoleto Festival USA

Custom Audio Equipment Package Turns on the Charm for Celebration of America’s Premier Performing Arts Gathering

CHARLESTON, SC, JUNE 10, 2014 – When the 38th annual Spoleto Festival USA, America’s premier performing arts festival, kicked off on May 23, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide Sound Supervisor Lew Mead with an extensive custom audio equipment package for the multi-venue, two-week long celebration.

For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned and emerging artists and performers in opera, theater and dance, as well as chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music.

As sound supervisor, Mead is given the incredibly challenging task of piecing together all of the different equipment and staffing needs of the various companies at each venue, to not only provide them all with exactly what they need for their shows but also to allow them the flexibility to coordinate with multiple performers in one space. In order to pull this off, Mead begins his pre-planning as early as November of the previous year and works with an audio staff of 10 engineers during the festival.

“Months before the festival, we compile all of the drawings and requirements for each artist and performer,” says Mead. “I then work with the venues directly to discuss which equipment we can place in each location. Lighting Supervisor Andy Cissna, Special Projects/Carpentry Coordinator Paul Hunter, Director of Production at Spoleto Festival Rhys Williams and I are in constant communication to try to blend all of the different requirements for each venue together so that it works for all parties involved.”

In addition, Festival Engineer Kate Foretek spent two weeks in the Masque Sound shop, piecing together the various custom equipment packages that the festival events required before shipping the packages to Charleston.

“The crew at Masque Sound has been fantastic to work with and incredibly helpful in terms of assisting our team through the engineering and extensive planning that goes into all of the different events,” adds Mead. “Everyone at Masque Sound is very forward-thinking, and they were all quick to anticipate and address our needs. Additionally, the depth of their inventory is great. They are always able to provide us with the exact equipment we are looking for.”

One particular instance in which Masque Sound was able to provide Mead with specific equipment to accommodate a performer’s request occurred during preparations for acclaimed recording artist Lucinda Williams’ performance. “Lucinda Williams requested two DiGiCo SD10 Live Digital consoles for her performance at the TD Arena,” says Mead. “We haven’t used the SD10s in the past, because they’ve been quite a rare commodity in the industry, but Masque Sound stocks them in its inventory and ensured that the consoles would be made available to my team. We were thrilled to be able to supply Ms. Williams with these fantastic consoles, as the sound quality was impeccable.”

Mead also credits Masque Sound’s customer service and hands-on approach as a big part of the festival’s success. “When I’m looking at these venues, I try to do it with an open mind, envisioning the different equipment that Masque Sound can offer me and seeing if I can make it work. Scott Kalata, from Masque Sound, came down to Charleston and toured all of the venues with me and came up with some suggestions, which was very helpful. The fact that I can call anyone on the team—whether that person is Scott, Gary Stocker or Dennis Short—and quickly be offered equipment advice is a huge benefit. It is really great to be able to rely on them as a resource, and it is very reassuring to know that with their extensive inventory, they can accommodate my needs for an event of this size and scope.”

In total, the festival utilized more than 200 microphones, 100 speakers and 5 digital consoles from some of the audio industry’s top manufacturers, including DiGiCo, Sennheiser, JBL and Meyer, all adding up to an incredibly successful premier performing arts festival.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Masque Sound Custom Audio Equipment Package Captures the Magic for Shakespeare’s Fantasy Play, The Tempest

CAMBRIDGE, MA, JUNE 5, 2014 – When Sound Designer Darron L West and Associate Sound Designer Charles Coes were looking to create a dazzling audio experience for William Shakespeare’s fantasy play The Tempest, they turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package.

The Tempest is a co-production between The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The play premiered under a big top tent in Las Vegas on April 1 and is now playing at the A.R.T’s Loeb Drama Center.

The Tempest tells the story of shipwrecked aristocrat Prospero and his daughter Miranda who wash up on the shores of an enchanted and strange island. They find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, in which Tom Waits’ and Kathleen Brennan’s Dust Bowl balladry, Teller’s (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller) magic, and Pilobolus’ dance movements animate the spirits and monsters.

The sound designers’ goal was to create a very traditional Shakespearean play in the most modern way possible. Most of the soundscape was created by a four-piece live band and an array of eclectic percussive instruments.

“We have live musicians on stage accompanying the actors, so we utilized a lot of microphones and effects units,” says Coes. “We took a modern spin on the idea of a traditional Shakespearean ensemble by updating it to include a mix engineer and console. We really wanted to bring the band out and lift the vocals up so that you could effectively and clearly hear both from within the theater.”

One of the main challenges on the project was to create a sound design for two very different venues. “We encountered quite a bit of ambient noise from air conditioners, trains, helicopters and the nature of being in an unprotected acoustic space at the tent in Las Vegas,” adds Coes. “From there, we transitioned to the very quiet, typical theater space at the A.R.T.”

To give the designers the flexibility and dynamic audio that they were looking for, Masque Sound provided a custom equipment package featuring a Yamaha CL5 mixing console along with Yamaha Rio3224-D Dante digital network remote I/O racks.

For the speaker package, Masque Sound provided d&b audiotechnik Q1s for the left and right line array and a Meyer Sound M’elodie array for the center cluster. “We needed speakers with a lot of horsepower for Las Vegas, but the real challenge lay in the fact that we then needed to fit that same amount of equipment into the A.R.T., which is a shorter house,” continues Coes. “The crew at Masque Sound worked very hard to get us another M’elodie QuickFly frame in an extremely short amount of time, so that we could split our array from a single eight cabinet rig into two side-by-side four cabinet rigs.”

Although not in the original plans, 16 channels of Sennheiser wireless were used as well. “Right before we left the shop, the directing team had some concerns about the background noise in the tent and area mics, and we moved very quickly to change the show over from those area mics to a full RF package with body mics for everyone,” says Coes. “We went from a little bit of wireless to expanding it out to the full cast of 13, and we did it in about three days. Masque was incredibly accommodating and incredibly speedy in making it happen. They are always a great company to work with.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

DPA Microphones Becomes Platinum Partner for Technologies for Worship Pavilion at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 4, 2014DPA Microphones, the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications, is pleased to announce that it has signed on as a Platinum Partner for the Technologies for Worship Pavilion (Booth C4846) at InfoComm 2014. As part of this sponsorship, the company’s d:fine™ Headset, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument and d:facto™ Vocal mics will be used for all presentations and performances taking place at the Pavilion. DPA representatives will also be hosting two workshops at the Pavilion focused on proper mic’ing principals several times throughout the show.

With InfoComm as a co-sponsor this year, the Technologies for Worship Pavilion will take on a new life, providing a full “Live Event Experience” to show attendees. Intended not just for audio specialists in the house of worship market, the pavilion will feature workshops and presentations for all live event markets, including theaters, arenas and community centers. For its part, DPA Microphones’ two workshops, Mic’ing Your Worship Leader and Mic’ing Acoustic Instruments (detailed descriptions can be found below), will include information that is applicable to all types of live presentations and performances.

“DPA Microphones will play an integral part in the signal flow of the Live Experience Pavilion, and brings top-notch education right to the show floor with their hands-on workshops,” says Darryl Kirkland, Publisher and Owner, Technologies for Worship Magazine. “We are very pleased to welcome them as a sponsor!”

“At DPA Microphones, we know that the key to success in the pro audio industry can be found in educating and sharing experiences with current and future generations of audio professionals,” says Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc. “This is not only in terms of proper microphones, but all equipment needed for a live performance setting. That’s why we’ve teamed up with InfoComm and Technologies for Worship Magazine to help ensure that those working within the industry are well-educated on technology, practices and especially techniques, which is the theme of our workshops.”

Mic’ing Your Worship Leader
Presented: Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Friday, June 20 at 11:15 a.m.
Description: Representatives from DPA Microphones will present various techniques that are typically used to amplify a presenter’s voice using only the company’s d:fine Headset and d:screet™ Miniature Microphones. They will also describe the pros and cons to each method and will illustrate the principals needed to mic a moving body, through hands-on demonstrations.

Mic’ing Acoustic Instruments
Presented: Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19 at 12 p.m.; and Friday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Description: Representatives from DPA Microphones will exhibit different methods for amplifying acoustic instruments using only DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument and d:dicate™ Recording Microphones, and will discuss which are the preferred techniques. This workshop will not only illustrate the principals of mic’ing an ensemble of acoustic instruments, but will also provide visitors with a first-person approach.

For more information about the Technologies for Worship Pavilion, or to register for the workshops, please visit: http://www.tfwm.com/Infocomm-2014-Hands-on-Workshops

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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DPA Microphones and Break of Reality Partner to Support Music Education Programs

Quartet hits the road with company’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones; Chooses Oklahoma high school as mic recipient

EDMOND, OK, JUNE 4, 2014DPA Microphones recently joined cello-rock group Break of Reality as advocates for the importance of music education in schools. In conjunction with its tour schedule supporting its latest album, TEN, the group hosted a month-long Music Education Tour, making its way to 10 school districts across the U.S. At these stops, students attended workshops and performances hosted by the quartet to learn about the art and appreciation of music. In an effort to provide music programs with the opportunity to experience world-renowned quality technology, DPA Microphones donated three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to Edmond North High School (ENHS), in Edmond, OK, deemed by the band to be the school in greatest need for an audio solution.

“Next year, we will be kicking off our Strolling Strings program, the first of its kind at Edmond,” said Peter Markes, orchestra director at ENHS. “One of the tricky pieces I have been trying to figure out is the best way to amplify a few students for performance programs. These d:vote mics are a great solution. Thank you, DPA and Break of Reality for this generous gift!”

The members of Break of Reality are no strangers to performing for and/or conducting workshops at public schools and wanted to use their good fortune in the industry to afford aspiring musicians with the same opportunities they’ve encountered. That’s when the members decided to launch the Break of Reality Music Education Tour. With the help of fan donations through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the group’s tour expenses, the band members set out on the road with a mission to raise money at each school concert. After the stops, 100 percent of the donations and ticket proceeds were given to the music programs for each school they visited.

“We learned to play our instruments through public school music classes,” shares Ivan Trevino, co-founder and percussionist for the group, which has been performing for more than a decade. “If it weren’t for those programs, I don’t think Break of Reality would exist today.”

In addition to the donation, the band also teamed up with DPA to use the d:votes for its performances on the Music Education Tour. At all schools, especially ENHS, the microphones gave the next generation of musicians the chance to gain hands-on experience with some of today’s most advanced technology.

“We truly value the importance of music education programs,” said Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc. “By providing the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, we hope the students at Edmond North High School can learn how to properly amplify their instruments and understand the importance of using a high-quality microphone to capture their sound.”

Ideal for everyone from beginner to professional, the d:vote 4099 Instrument mics were chosen for the school on recommendation from the quartet, which previously selected the d:vote 4099s after experimenting with a series of audio setups, including both pickups and microphones, that continuously fell short of finding an ideal audio solution. Plus, the d:vote 4099 is designed with the touring musician in mind, so it can easily be unclipped and repositioned on the instrument, without any cable ties or other obstructions. This creates an effortless solution for both groups. The accurate natural sound, balanced EQs and functionality of the microphone will come in handy for Break of Reality and Strolling Strings tours.

“The students started using them in our orchestra room, just experimenting, the first day we received them,” continues Markes. “What I like most thus far is their ease of use. While we haven’t had a chance yet to use them in a public venue, we’re already practicing with them in our orchestra room and we’ve found that they are basically plug-and-play to the setup that we have in place. I look forward to using them in different halls as we kick off our Strolling Strings program.”

The DPA mics give the group a sense of comfort that previously did not exist when miking the cellos and they say they can already recognize many benefits of the DPA mics, including a pristine natural sound and the unique mounting solution. “We love the d:vote, I don’t know any other microphone of its kind that is designed specifically for the cello and that makes it a lot easier to work with,” shares Patrick Laird, cellist and Break of Reality co-founder. “The frequency response is much more balanced than anything we’ve used before, so it requires a lot less treatment in the venue. In addition to giving us great sound, the d:vote actually can fit inside the cases while still mounted to the cello, which provides a quick and simple setup.”

With Break of Reality as avid users because of DPA’s reputation for providing highly durable and pristine sounding microphones, and a whole generation of students familiarizing themselves with these features, everyone will be able to perform like the pros.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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