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Leading Dutch Live Solutions Provider Mertens AVR adds SSL Live to Product Portfolio

GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS – Mertens AVR, which has long been an important player in the Dutch live sound rental and production services market, has purchased an SSL Live. L500 console to serve as the premier mixing solution for its clients. Currently in use for a four-month-long national comedy tour, Mertens’ Live console has also been reserved for an extensive project list of classical music concerts that takes them well into the spring. The console was supplied to Mertens by SSL Live Distributor for the Netherlands, Audio Electronics Mattijsen.

According to Chris Mertens, owner of Mertens AVR, the company rents only the industry’s leading brands to provide clients with high-quality infrastructure for projects, from corporate events and expos to theatres and concerts/tours, throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. Since the company offers full system equipment and services, including all lighting, audio and trussing, Mertens says that the capacity and functionality of the SSL Live. L500 allows him to reach an even broader scope of customers.

“I’ve been looking for quite a while for a desk that had enough inputs and outputs to allow us to take productions one step further,” he explains. “I feel I’ve found the solution with the L500. It is an entirely new type of desk; the next generation of digital mixing consoles. It doesn’t matter what kind of sound system you have, the console’s versatility and compatibility means it will always work perfectly with your set up. It really is the product I have been waiting for, which made my decision an easy one. We already have several projects lined up for the L500 this year, which is very good.”

“Chris Mertens and the entire team at Mertens AVR are well-established professionals in the live sound market,” says Tim Harrison, SSL’s Area Sales Manager. “Their extensive customer base provides an unparalleled opportunity for the continued growth and success of both Mertens and the SSL Live console. We are truly excited to add Mertens AVR to SSL’s Partner Network.”


Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Masque Sound Audio Equipment Package Powers Up New Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University

DANBURY, CT, JANUARY 15, 2014 — When Norwalk-based Jaffe Holden Acoustics was tasked with designing the AV systems for the brand new Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University, it worked with Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to put together a custom audio equipment package to install in the upgraded facility.

The $97 million, 130,000-square-foot state-of-the art facility is home to approximately 450 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 80 faculty members. A center that took 12 years to conceive, finance, design and build, the new space melds the three departments that were once housed in Higgins, Berkshire and White Halls on the midtown campus. Boasting a unique design, today’s building is divided into three distinct wings: Theatre Arts, Music and Visual Arts, all of which are adjoined via a stunning lobby that is equipped with a ramp bridge that appears to hover high above the room. The center also features a 350-seat concert hall, with flexibility for a range of instructional uses, a 350-seat theater with the technical assets of a Broadway stage, as well as art studios, music and theatre rehearsal studios, 29 music practice rooms, an art gallery and a recording studio.VPAC Concert Hall - Photo Credit Peggy Stewart WCSU

“We worked with Masque Sound on the Claire Tow Theatre at Lincoln Center and had a wonderful experience with them, so we knew that the team would be a great fit to work with on this large-scale project,” says Ben Bausher, senior consultant at Jaffe Holden Acoustics. “Even though Masque Sound is a big shop, the crew was incredibly attentive, so much so that I know and have interacted with everyone on the team, and relied on them to offer constant support and guidance throughout the construction process.”

In preparation for the Visual and Performing Arts Center system installation, Jaffe Holden Acoustics partnered with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture and Amenta Emma Architects and, together, the companies embarked on a design process that took a total of three years to complete, starting in 2008 and culminating in late 2011 when actual on-site construction began. From there, Ferguson Electrical Contractors hired Masque Sound as the AV integrator, which worked directly with LiveWire Sound and Image to implement the design. Throughout the endeavor, multiple companies worked together under the guise of Dimeo Construction, the construction management company hired by the state of Connecticut to act on behalf of the University.VPAC Recording Studio - Photo Credit Peggy Stewart WCSU

“We were fortunate enough to have Masque Sound not only provide us with a custom audio equipment package for the base infrastructure, but also assist us with the integration of both the recording studio console, as well as all of the loose and fixed equipment in the AV package,” says Peter Visentin, director of facilities, engineering and planning at Western Connecticut State University. “The equipment package provided by Masque Sound was based on exact specifications from Jaffe Holden to fit our complex needs. We were working within a short timeframe, with only about 11 weeks to get all of the equipment moved into the facility. Matt Peskie and Arno Miller from Masque Sound both did a fabulous job in working with Ben Bausher to make sure everything was completed in time.”
While Masque Sound provided the overall audio equipment on the project, each room also consisted of its own custom package, which required precise planning and design. This coordinated multi-room approach ensured that the audio equipment adequately met the specific requirements of that space and also the overall soundscape.

Two key challenges that Masque Sound faced when discussing the installation process with Western Connecticut State University were in regards to the engineering and installation timing. “We know how important the pre-installation engineering phase is to resolve issues before they happen in the field, and we spent a solid two months preparing the 14 AV racks at our shop before shipping the racks to WCSU,” says Matt Peskie, installation department manager, Masque Sound.

Additionally, working on a large-scale project such as this, in which multiple rooms are involved, the completion status of each individual room is often staggered. “Our site crew, as well as the team from LiveWire Sound and Image, needed to remain flexible on a daily basis, completing tasks based on which rooms were ready to receive AV equipment,” Peskie adds. “The timing as to when to bring all of the control surfaces and sensitive equipment to the construction site is a huge decision, but there is always a deadline looming and our crew worked hard to stay on schedule, so that the team could efficiently move onto the next phase of commissioning.”VPAC Theater - Photo Credit Peggy Stewart WCSU

The Visual and Performing Arts Center’s main theater utilizes a DiGiCo SD10 Live Digital Console with both an SD rack and a mini-rack, which drive multiple Symetrix Edge units for processing. Lab.gruppen amplifiers then, in turn, are connected to a Fulcrum speaker system consisting of 20 discreet speakers. The concert hall relies on a DiGiCo SD9 Live Digital Console with the same SD rack and mini-rack setup as the theater, as well as the Symetrix Edge units for processing. Also similar to the theater, Lab.gruppen amplifiers drive a Fulcrum Acoustic 34-speaker system. A Crestron® control system can be utilized for non-skilled operator events, as well as control of the Servoreeler microphone system.

Once the equipment was installed, one of the main challenges that Jaffe Holden Acoustics faced was tuning the concert hall. “The venue has two tiers of wraparound seats,” adds Bausher. “Getting all of those delay times and EQ’s dialed in took a fair amount of work, and my colleague Phillip Peglow did an amazing job tuning all the systems. In addition, Matt Nichols and Russ Cooper did an incredible job on the architectural design. The building looks gorgeous and, thanks to the hard work of many people, including those at Masque Sound, it sounds fantastic.”

For more information on Western Connecticut State University and its new Visual and Performing Arts Center, visit http://www.wcsu.edu/svpa/svpa-center.asp.

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 led by President Stephanie Hansen and the firm’s third generation owner, Geoff Shearing. 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.

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The Villalobos Brothers and DPA Microphones Set To Close the 2015 NAMM Show

The trio is expected to deliver a vivacious performance using DPA’s d:facto™ and d:vote™ mics

DPA Microphones_Alberto-Luis-Ernesto VillalobosANAHEIM, JANUARY 22, 2015DPA Microphones and the Villalobos Brothers, the contemporary Mexican ensemble known for their debut album Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, have teamed up for the closing performance of the 2015 NAMM Show. Set to hit the GoPro Stage at the Grand Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center on Sunday, January 25 at 4 p.m., the Villalobos Brothers will perform a unique blend of songs that celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music, with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, which lends perfectly to the natural reproduction of the DPA d:facto™ Vocal and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones. Attendees are invited to stop by the DPA stand (Hall A, Booth 7113) prior to the performance to see the mics up close.

DPA Microphones_dfacto_Luis VillalobosThe Villalobos Brothers, comprised of siblings Luis, Ernesto and Alberto Villalobos, are a trio of renowned vocalists and violin players. The group is supported by band members Humberto Flores on guitar, Rosa Avila on drums and Leo Sherman on bass. Having recently acquired the DPA mics for use in both the studio and during live performances, the group will be using them once again for their upcoming NAMM performance.

“We are all extremely grateful to DPA Microphones for their ongoing kindness,” says Luis Villalobos. “Our relationship with the company began when we discovered the d:vote Instrument Microphones for our violins. We quickly fell in love with the microphones’ clarity, ease of use and ability to stay put throughout our rigorous performances. Since then, DPA has become more than a mic company to us. We cannot be more excited to use DPA’s mics for our show-closing performance, which will take place in front of many of the industry’s top music professionals who visit NAMM.”

DPA Microphones_dvote_Alberto VillalobosIn addition to their NAMM Show performance, the Villalobos Brothers will continue to use DPA’s d:facto and d:vote on the road, with plans to include more of the company’s mics in future set-ups.

Born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, the Villalobos Brothers have performed at many high-profile events and locations, including Cumbre Tajin, one of the top Latin American music festivals as well as the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York – making them the first Mexican band to perform at the venue. The band’s impressive list of credits also includes the Latin Grammys®, Carnegie Hall and the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, among others. The group has collaborated with legendary Grammy-winning musicians such as Dolly Parton, Dan Zanes, Pierre Boulez and Eddie Palmieri. The Villalobos Brothers plan to complete a symphonic project in collaboration with Grammy-winning arranger and composer Eduardo Magallanes, in addition to recording a second album early this year.

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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RHC Holdings RoadHog Pro Touring Cables Hit the Road With Top Artists

Production Managers and Audio Techs for Kansas, Montgomery Gentry and Brantley Gilbert Rely on RoadHog

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 22, 2015 ― Built for even the most extreme touring conditions, RoadHog Pro Touring Cables, an RHC Holdings brand, continue to be recognized by audio techs and production managers for some of the world’s top artists. The latest endorsements come from A.J. “Jukebox” Srybnik, guitar and bass tech for Brantley Gilbert; Jeff Greeniger, production manager for Montgomery Gentry and Chad Singer, production manager and FOH engineer for the legendary group Kansas. As the cable company of choice for each of these longtime industry professionals, the RoadHog cables are custom fitted to each of their staging needs.

All RoadHog cables are designed to work perfectly no matter how often they are put to use, employing the most rugged constructions without sacrificing sound quality. The custom cables employed by the artists are road ready and tour tough with flexible jackets that ensure they not only lay flat on stage, but also roll up easily without causing bends.

These qualities are especially important to the legendary American rock group Kansas, which started replacing its aging cables with RoadHog looms and XLR cables early last year. “Every time I order RoadHog cables, they have always worked perfectly,” says Singer. “We’re probably already on show number 80 with our current looms, which I ordered at the beginning of the year, and I have not had a malfunction — they have been perfect. I’m looking forward to having more opportunities to use the RoadHog line of products.”

When Srybnik, a longtime RoadHog user, signed on with country/southern rock artist Brantley Gilbert, he immediately knew he’d be switching their eclectic collection of audio cables to his trusted brand. “For me, it’s all about trust and reliability,” he says. “Of course, for everyone, the most important factor is how they sound. When I got here, they were using an array of cables, stuff from 20 years ago. We had issues with power boards going down and broken cables here and there, which sparked me to get in touch with Lucas [McCulley, marketing manager/artist relations for RHC Holdings]. We completely rewired all of their gear, so we are using RoadHog cables exclusively now. Since we made the switch, we’ve had no problems at all with our cables; everything is consistent and everyone in the band sounds perfect.”

Montgomery Gentry’s audio team made the jump to RoadHog on recommendation from other artists on their record label. “Previously, I was just using whatever I could purchase at Guitar Center,” explains Greeniger. “We would usually purchase the somewhat cheaper options and they wouldn’t last very long. The RoadHog cables hold up so much better; there have been no failures and I haven’t had any complaints from the band about the sound.”

RoadHog touring cables are uniquely designed for touring performers. Engineered “Road Ready and Tour Tough,” RoadHog cables utilize the most rugged construction for those who don’t have the time to be neat and careful with their gear, while always providing high-quality sound. For those who want even more superior sound, there is also the SilverHog, which features the same RoadHog construction with silver-plated conductors and shields. RoadHog also comprises Hog, HogCloth, HogM, HogMPro, HogMCloth and SilverHogM, and will forever remain devoted exclusively to cables.

Stevie Wonder’s Team Switches to DPA Microphones

LOS ANGELES – After a recent summer tour throughout Europe, legendary musician Stevie Wonder’s audio team has something new to sing about; the addition of DPA microphones to his touring rig. On recommendation from Jazz singer Dee Alexander, Wonder’s front of house engineer tested the DPA Microphones’ d:facto™ Vocal and d:vote™ 4099P Instrument piano microphones while on the road. Now a permanent fixture for all of Wonder’s performances, the mics provide the perfect blend of tone and detail that is necessary for the musician’s wide range of styles.

As Wonder’s FOH engineer for more than 20 years, Danny Leake has had plenty of time deciphering what audio tools are best suited to the musician. Having used DPA’s original 4006 recording mics for Wonder’s percussion section for years, the decision to switch the performer himself to DPA mics was an easy one.Calling Festival - Day 2

“I still use my original DPA 4006s for the percussion section,” says Leake. “When I finally had the opportunity to try the DPA d:facto Vocal Mic, I jumped at the chance, and I’m glad I did. Along with Dwayne Jones, who handles Stevie’s in-ear monitors, and John “Bugs” Parkinson on band monitors, we all agree it has a bigger and more powerful sound, has good volume before feedback and is also really full on the low-end.”

In addition to the gain features, Leake also noted other effects. “A lot of artists tend to ‘eat’ the microphone, which can alter a mic’s sound because of proximity effect,” he explains. “This doesn’t happen with Stevie because the mic is a few inches away on a stand, but I was still able to tell that the proximity effect of the d:facto was right on point. That was a really cool thing for me in terms of keeping it on track.”

Switching to DPA’s d:facto wasn’t the only change to the performer’s mic setup as Leake also selected a stereo pair of the d:vote 4099P piano mics, which he used on Stevie’s grand piano in conjunction with MIDI. “Personally, I think the MIDI stuff is sort of dry-sounding, but it enables us to sound even with the rest of the band, while still keeping the piano up front,” he says. “The mics are there to add sparkle and realism to Stevie’s sound, because he is a really great pianist. I think the d:votes capture the dynamics of what he’s doing much better than the MIDI does. Compared to our older mics, the d:votes are more open and they sound much clearer. I think they were also able to pick up the piano better because you can position them exactly where you want. It was definitely a better experience for me.”

Leake has now written the d:facto and d:vote mics into the rider for all future shows, guaranteeing that the musician will always be amplified using DPA mics. A veteran sound engineer, Leake is also a past president of EARS – the Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago, an organization of engineers and producers who promote the Chicago Recording Industry and mentor students.

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Matthew Dear Chooses PMC

Electronic Artist Buys twotwo.8s for Studio Facility

DETROIT, JANUARY 22, 2015 – Michigan-based electronic artist, producer, DJ and remixer Matthew Dear, Ghostly Records’ first signing, has bought a pair of PMC twotwo.8 reference monitors for his personal recording studio, an impressive facility based around a Mac Pro running Logic and a 1979 vintage Spectra Sonics mixing console.

Matthew DearDear felt a need to change his studio monitors after becoming dissatisfied with the transferability of mixes he was creating in his studio. “My old monitors weren’t cutting it for me anymore. I’d take a mix to a label or to a collaborator’s place; sometimes it would be spot on and other times it would be off. When you mix your own stuff, you need that ability to translate. I know of guys that have million-dollar rooms, but their tracks only sound good in that room. And if it sounds great there, but not on an iPod or on the radio, you have a problem!”

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

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

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

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

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


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

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RHC Holdings Highlights Limited-Edition Silk Screen Fat Rat Guitar Pedal at the 2015 Namm Show

ANAHEIM― RAT, an RHC Holdings Brand, highlights its limited edition FAT RAT guitar pedal at the 2015 NAMM Show (Booth 4556). Paying homage to the original FAT RAT, the company has produced 1,000 limited-edition silk-screen versions of the pedal. All subsequent iterations of the product will feature an overlay.

“This limited-edition run is a unique offering for our customers, and we are excited to bring this product to NAMM,” says Darius Seabaugh, Vice President of Marketing for RHC Holdings. “We encourage all of those in attendance at the show to come see and listen to this commemorative FAT RAT guitar pedal for themselves.”RHC Holdings_RAT_FAT RAT

Drawing on the popularity and foundation of the original RAT Pedals, the U.S.-built FAT RAT features complete tonal flexibility through a choice of original or MOSFET clipping circuits. The MOSFET clipping section in the pedal provides a subtle smoothing in the upper mids and a more amp-like tone throughout the range of the RAT, without sacrificing the basic feel of the classic pedal. The FAT RAT guitar pedal also features a bass enhancement, increasing the bass response—perfect for bassists and guitar players who tune down their instruments. The FAT RAT runs on 9 to 18 volts of DC power, offering users excellent headroom and audio fidelity. It includes a socketed op-amp, which allows users to easily change between the stock OP07DP and other popular chips.

For more information on the RAT Pedal, please visit: www.ratdistortion.com.

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Pro Co, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

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Solid State Logic Launches New ‘VHD Pre’ Module for 500 Format Racks

LOS ANGELES – 2015 NAMM Show (Booth #6900) – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of tools for creative audio professionals is proud to announce the release of the VHD Pre Module for the popular 500 format modular rack platform. The release makes the uniquely versatile VHD based preamp technology from Duality, SSL’s industry leading large format studio console, available for studios of all sizes.

The VHD Pre is an immensely versatile recording and processing device. It can deliver ultra clean SSL SuperAnalogue™ grade recordings but also features a switchable VHD mode. SSL’s patented Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) system uses a 100% analogue signal path to generate rich harmonic distortion. As you increase VHD input gain, the Variable Harmonic Drive process introduces either 2nd or 3rd harmonic distortion or a blend of the two to your source material. At lower gain settings it adds gentle valve-style warmth or a touch of transistor edge. As the gain is increased the more extreme the distortion becomes until at high gain settings it delivers fierce trashy transistor-esque grunge. The VHD Pre gives the user ultimate versatility from a studio grade preamp. Whether it’s ultra-clean traditional SSL, subtle warming or totally trashy transistor distortion, VHD will change your expectations of what a preamplifier should deliver.SSL VHD Pre Module for 500 format racks_white

The VHD section of the VHD Pre Module has three rotary controls: a Drive control selects 2nd harmonic or 3rd harmonic distortion or a continuously variable blend of the two. A +20/+75dB gain control sets input level. A -20/+20dB trim control adjusts the output level from the circuit to enable level matching with other devices, because by its nature the VHD circuit can significantly increase signal levels. The VHD Pre Module has a selection of other essential professional preamp features: a signal present LED, a switchable 15Hz to 500Hz LF Filter section, Hi-Z impedance switch for mic impedance matching, +48V phantom power, PAD to enable the VHD system to be used as a line level processing device and a Phase Invert Switch.

Key Features:
• Uniquely versatile recording and processing
• Ultra clean SSL SuperAnalogue grade preamp
• Switchable VHD system adds controllable 2nd or 3rd harmonic distortion
• Switchable LF Filter (15Hz to 500Hz)
• Hi-Z switch for high impedance microphone use
• +48V Phantom Power with status LED
• PAD for use with line level source material
• Phase invert switch

SSL VHD technology is available in the following products: Duality, XL-Desk, X-Rack VHD Input Module and the (1U rack) VHD Pre.

The VHD Pre Modules will be available from SSL Resellers worldwide from March 2015.
Module Prices: £399, $649, 503.37€ + VAT or Sales Tax

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DPA Microphones and Blues Duo P.S. are d:dicate’d to Autism Awareness

DPA Microphones and Blues Duo P.S. are d:dicate’d to Autism Awareness
Company’s d:dicate™ 4011A and d:facto™ Vocal mics used for blues album and performances

Dan SpitzANAHEIM, JANUARY 21, 2015Dan Spitz, co-founding member, co-producer and lead guitarist of the American thrash metal band Anthrax, and vocalist Michaela Paige, a Top 12 contestant on Season 3 of NBC’s hit reality TV show The Voice, have collaborated to form P.S., a unique blues duo with the mission of raising autism awareness around the world through a soon-to-be-released, self-titled acoustic EP. For the project, Spitz plays several unique Weissenborn lap slide guitars, which he recorded using a stereo pair of DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid Microphones, an equally distinctive microphone capable of capturing the instruments’ exceptional acoustics. In addition, Spitz knew that DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone would lend perfectly to Paige’s vocal range. The pair will also use DPA microphones during a performance on the 2015 NAMM Show Main Stage on Thursday, January 22 at 1 p.m.

Having previously used DPA’s d:dicate 4011A to record the Weissenborn, Spitz knew that the mic would once again be perfect for this album. “The unique sounds that can be achieved with this instrument help me bring my personal experiences to life,” says Spitz. “With the Weissenborn, you’re playing all frequencies continually, and that’s the beauty of the instrument. The 4011A captures baritone to alto sounds and gives the microphone a chance to recover, even in a condenser form, before switching over to grab another frequency. When I started to select microphones that would best suit this recording, I knew I needed something that could project the purity and tonality of my instrument and Michaela’s vocals. The songs had to sound exactly like what we heard while we played. I knew the natural sound of the DPA mics would be an ideal solution.”

Paige, who is using the d:facto with both wired and wireless setups, echoes Spitz’ sentiments. “I think this is an absolutely beautiful microphone,” she says. “The d:facto has a clearness and a smoothness to it that I haven’t found with previous microphones. I fell in love with it the first time I used it. I’ve noticed that Dan’s mics are also great at picking up the bluesy sound of his Weissenborn, giving our album just the right amount of soul. I’m very happy to have been introduced to all of the DPA mics. They perfectly capture the sound of this project, which encompasses everything Dan and I believe in.”

In the future, the duo plans to take the d:dicate 4011A and d:facto mics on the road, praising the simplicity of switching between setups and having mics that can highlight the range of sounds. “I’m excited to take the mics on the road with me for my live performances, like the one at the 2015 NAMM Show,” Spitz adds. “We have a great sound that will appeal to a large audience, not just blues fans. My goal is to raise autism awareness through music, and I plan on reaching as many people as possible.”

In addition to his role as Anthrax’s lead guitarist and co-producer, Spitz’s six-string accomplishments include several Platinum, Multi-Platinum or Gold albums and soundtracks, as well as three Grammy® nominations. He is also the first heavy metal artist to have his music played on another planet. Chosen by NASA to place the first top 10 song chart on Mars to awaken the NASA Curiosity Rover 2012 – alongside prestigious songs from Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, among other revered artists – Spitz can be thought of as the first intergalactic heavy metal recording artist.

Already an iTunes Top 100 artist, 19-year-old Paige has made it to the Top 10 on U.K. and German Dance charts and has been mentioned in USA Today newspaper, Rolling Stone magazine and on Access Hollywood. With a voice that’s reminiscent of the greats, like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Paige has wowed international audiences and philanthropic circles, performing jazz, blues and R&B standards.

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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REEDSBURG, WI — Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for broadcast and film production, is pleased to announce that its 970 64-track Dante- and MADI-equipped multi-track audio recorder has been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the Production category.

“We are grateful that such a prestigious industry organization has chosen to acknowledge us once again with a nomination for a CAS Technical Achievement Award,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We continually look to advance our technology in order to better serve the art and science of sound in the motion picture and television industry. We couldn’t be happier that the 970, our first-ever dedicated rack-mount audio solution, is being recognized for doing so.”Sound Devices 970 - front panel

Sound Devices’ 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs, including 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. The half-rack, 2-U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality high-track-count audio recording, such as drama and reality productions, and live concert recording. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA-connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock.

The 970 also features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. Users can perform file metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names and reel folders before, during and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante. Sound Devices’ 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control.Sound Devices 970 - back panel

Additionally, Sound Devices 970 features the company’s proprietary PowerSafe™ technology, which has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of a power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds to safely stop any file operation and then shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. The 970 also features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should this occur when a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, the user can simply reinsert the drive and FileSafe will automatically repair the files.
The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 to recognize outstanding sound mixing in film and television as well as technical achievement in production and post production. A blue-ribbon panel of CAS Members determined the nominees for the 51st Annual Cinema Audio Society Technical Achievement Awards. Winners will be announced February 14 during the CAS Awards ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles.

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. Video Devices is a brand of Sound Devices for their 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.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites: www.sounddevices.com and www.videodevices.com.

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