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BLACKBIRD STUDIO CHOOSES API 1608 FOR ITS NEWLY CREATED BLACKBIRD ACADEMY

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2013: An API 1608 analog console will serve aspiring sound engineers at the newly created Blackbird Academy recording school in Nashville, Tennessee. The school is based at the prestigious Blackbird Studio and will draw on their history, expertise, and industry connections to offer three educational curricula, totaling over 720 hours of horizon-expanding coursework. Class sizes will be small and will feature extensive hands-on lab time, including time in two of Blackbird’s eight recording studios, now reserved exclusively for educational use. The classroom space was created by interior designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz of the HGTV television show, Home by Novogratz.

“We chose the API 1608 for a number of reasons,” said John McBride, who is co-owner and co-operator of Blackbird Studio with his wife, country superstar Martina McBride. “The 1608 is easy to use, it has a great sound, and it’s an excellent tool to teach students signal flow. We already have a couple of 1608s at Blackbird, and we’re very happy with them. Moving forward with the Academy, we wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Mark Rubel and Kevin Becka are co-directing Blackbird Academy, which began with a three-day summer camp designed for high school students. The Academy’s debut Studio Engineering Program kicked off on September 30, 2013 and will run for about 24 weeks.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Sound Company Adds Yamaha CL5 to Arsenal

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Event Pro, Inc. of Hastings, MN has recently upgraded its digital console arsenal with a new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console and Rio3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes. The purchase was facilitated by Metro Sound and Lighting, St. Paul, MN. Event Pro supports regional and national productions, and is a technical services provider for touring, corporate, civic, and educational events. The company began 14 years ago, however, owner Neal Wallace started his career prior to that in the 1980s as a touring engineer. Although the basic focus for Event Pro was (and still is) providing state-of-the-art audio services, the company also provides full lighting, video, and staging services.

“Our focus is on pre-production planning and heavy client involvement in the execution of an event or concert,” states Wallace. “We also provide high school theatre sound instruction and support for school events that are often very complex in nature, some with up to 30 wireless systems, 48 audio channels, and multiple scenes programed on the consoles. With our training and the use of Yamaha digital consoles, students are able to handle 100% of an event’s audio operation.

Wallace said the new Yamaha CL5 will be used for many Event Pro productions, and Yamaha console familiarity was key to its purchase. “It was a logical step for all technicians familiar with Yamaha consoles, says Wallace. We have been avid fans of Yamaha digital consoles, but the decision also came on advice from our techs along with other production company owners, as a great usable product to own, with the expectation of providing our customers a solid new platform for superb sound.”

Wallace added that another reason for the purchase of the Yamaha CL5 is its digital snake system and the ability to “drag” only pencil thin Cat5 cables across ballroom ceilings and concert grounds instead of the heavy split analog snake systems they currently use. “The technical aspects of the Rio units and Yamaha’s attention to digital pre amp issues for split monitor dual-console systems was also was a factor,” Wallace notes.

Early spring projects for Event Pro, Inc. consist mainly of corporate and non-profit event use, while the summer season focuses on outdoor college events and many festivals where the CL5 will be particularly useful, along with theater, tour rentals, and installed sound business. “Our audio department takes much pride in supplying the ultimate in production requirements for our clients.”

For more information on Event Pro, Inc. visit www.eventpro-inc.com or visit them on Facebook.

For more information on Metro Sound and Lighting, visit www.metrosoundlighting.com or visit them on Facebook.

For more information on the Yamaha CL digital audio console, visit http://www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L TO R Larry Fisher, Metro Sound & Lighting and Neal Wallace, Event Pro, Inc.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

SWEDISH COMPOSER AND PRODUCER ANDY PRICE DISCOVERS METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA/GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – NOVEMBER 2013: “Ever since I can remember I’ve been making music,” said Swedish composer and producer Andy Price. “I started recording when I was twelve years old using a couple of cassette tape decks and a cheap toy keyboard. I used one tape deck to record drums, and then played the drum track back while I recorded keys on the second tape deck. A few years later, I traded my scooter in for an old Korg that I still use to this day!” Clearly, the music bug bit Price early and deep. Today, he splits his time between Los Angeles and his native Gothenburg, producing and writing with artists such as Cheryl Cole, Girls Aloud, Dot Jr, Ministry Of Sound, and Sasha Keable (just to name a few) and is in the studio right now working hard to finish songs with Tokio Hotel, Aura Dione, Jana and more. The breakout hit that put him on the path he now enjoys was “Lyracis” and the video for the single, “Speakerphone” got over a million YouTube views in just a few weeks.

Several years ago, Price read an online review of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in, and, curiosity piqued, gave it a spin. “ChannelStrip has been a huge part of every song I’ve created since then,” he said. While Price is most celebrated as a producer and songwriter, the nature of the market leads him to mix most of the material he works on. It’s a task he enjoys, and it affords him the creative freedom to fully realize his artistic vision. He has since expanded his Metric Halo palette to include HaloVerb and Precision De-Esser. “I have an obsession for vintage gear and the classic sound of older records,” he continued. “Metric Halo’s plug-ins are unique because they deliver that classic analog sound with all of the convenience and flexibility of a plug-in. I would say that Metric Halo is my foundation when mixing. A Metric Halo plug-in is on at least 80% of my channels!”

ChannelStrip is Price’s “tool of all tools.” Almost every track needs some kind of help in the frequency or dynamics domain, and ChannelStrip addresses both aspects within one scalable plug-in. With the newest version, ChannelStrip 3, Metric Halo has added SpectraFoo spectrum analysis to provide visual feedback for changes made to the main signal or to the side-chain signal. “It seems that ChannelStrip is always my starting point for a mix – getting things into decent shape; and my finishing point – making the fine corrections once everything is dialed in,” Price said. “Importantly, it’s very fast and intuitive. It’s easy to find the right settings. Also critical is its warm, analog sound and punchiness that I can’t get with any other plug-in.” Almost all of Price’s template channels include an instantiation of ChannelStrip.

Price’s introduction to Metric Halo HaloVerb and Precision De-Esser is more recent. “HaloVerb is my new favorite reverb,” he said. “It has something magic in it that works especially well with vocals or any signal that needs to ‘pop.’ I feel like it has the character of a great room – a real room – that’s unique among reverb plug-ins. Similarly, Precision DeEsser is the only de-esser that I’ll use now. It gives all of my vocals a noticeably warmer output, which is something that I’ve never considered or experienced with any other de-esser. I sometimes even throw it on the master bus together with ChannelStrip 3 to clear out anything edgy or grating. ChannelStrip 3 comes first with an overall high-end boost, followed by Precision DeEsser to give a crisp, but warm, sound to the overall mix.”

Price confesses that his role is an imprecise mixture of musician, composer, engineer, and producer. “Most people say that I produce records and write songs,” he said. “But from my perspective, I just have fun and play with sound all day. I go into the studio and it’s just a big blur. Then some hours later, hopefully we have a song!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

Mama Mia! Yamaha CL5 Fits the Bill for ABBA MANIA

BUENA PARK, Calif.—ABBA MANIA, formed in 1999 as the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute production, is promoted by Handshake Group of Manchester, England. The U.S. leg of the tour that began in Elkhart, Indiana and ends in Sedona, Arizona has Clearwing Productions (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to thank for handling audio production. The company provided a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console with two Rio 3224-D input/output boxes for front of house mixing duties by Trevor Powers of Clearwing.

“The advantage of having the Yamaha CL5 in conjunction with two Rio i/o racks is the ultimate flexibility when interfacing with house PA’s, states Powers. Do you need AES? No problem. Do you need four outputs for your subs? No problem. The list can go on and on.” Powers said that by splitting up the Rio racks, he has eliminated the use of ANY sub-snakes on stage, which makes for a very clean looking stage. “Also, by not having long runs of mic cables before the mic pre’s, I have virtually eliminated any buzzes or hum.”

With regard to the CL’s Premium Rack, Powers is using the Rupert Neve Portico 5043 as a bass compressor and the U76 to compress/level the female leads. “I have been quite impressed with the sound quality of the CL as well as the flexibility the console offers.”

For more information on ABBA MANIA, visit www.abbamania.com.

For more information on Clearwing Productions, visit www.clearwing.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Audio Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

DPA Microphones Bring Quality Sound to Studio and Small Screen

Audio engineer Richard Gough is the latest in a roster of high profile Front-of-House engineers who are investing in DPA d:facto™ II Vocal Microphones for use with big name recording clients.

Gough has been using d:facto Vocal Microphones supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network with a number of artists. One of these is Conor Maynard who has tried the microphone in the studio for small live recordings, and in a broadcast setting for live TV performances including one for SBTV and another for ITV2′s Xtra Factor.

“Maynard is still quite fresh and new to the music industry,” Gough explains, “so I didn’t really expect him to notice using different mics on his own vocal. But after using the d:facto for about ten shows in a row, there were a couple of TV performances where we had to use another brand of wireless mic and he instantly noticed the difference. He wasn’t happy with the amount of ‘pop’ or the ‘booming’ in the low end that these other microphones were giving. It was a noticeable difference for him.”

Also impressive for Gough has been the way DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone performs, even d when used in an unconventional way.

“Conor ‘cups’ the mic, like a rapper,” he explains, “and this distorts the polar pattern of the mic. But noticeably with the d:facto, this doesn’t seem to matter too much. I still get plenty of gain before feedback in my side fills, so his vocal is there if his ears fail. This is one of the most impressive things about the mic. It has such a smooth response and gives lovely warm lows without ‘popping’ and ‘booming’.”

Gough’s criteria for an ideal mic are build quality, sound quality, gain before feedback, and adaptability. DPA’s d:facto vocal Microphone possesses all of these attributes, he says, and is adaptable too, with the ability to change the capsule with just a few turns.

“The d:facto Vocal Microphone makes my job so easy: previously I was always using the parametric EQ to get rid of little things I didn’t like the sound of, which I now realize were down to the old mic. Now I’m leaving it completely flat, just high-passing to about 125Hz. It couldn’t be simpler: I add a compressor to the channel, with a nice reverb and I’m done.”

Gough has been using DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones in several tiny venues recently and says its performance “was amazing”. Artists he has used it with include Conor Maynard, Sivu and the band Kowalski – with Lauryn Hill possibly next in line.

“She is such a stickler for her IEMs and wedges sounding great but also being very loud,” he explains, “so that’s going to be my next d:facto challenge.”

Equally at home in sound reinforcement and recording applications, DPA’s high quality d:facto II Vocal Microphone is designed to offer extraordinary natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and extreme sound level handling. Its supercardioid pattern and superb definition gives high separation and true sound colour on stage. A three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone removes unwanted noise.

The d:facto Vocal Microphone provides improved audio performance as it is linear in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, while its impressive definition and accuracy reproduces a singer’s voice effortlessly. The flexibility of its adapter system gives the user simple and affordable possibilities of choosing either a wired DPA handle or the professional wireless system of their choosing, with no loss in sound quality.

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About Richard Gough
Originally from Northern Ireland, Gough has toured with the likes of Muse, Radiohead, Van Morrison and Sigur Ros. He runs his own company, Noiseboi, and has recently worked with Lauryn Hill as Production Manager and Monitor Engineer and Conor Maynard as Monitor Engineer.

For more information, please visit www.noiseboi.com

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

Audinate and Digital Audio Labs Enter Licensing Agreement

Portland OR.-Nov 18, 2013- Digital Audio Labs has entered into a license agreement with Audinate to license its Dante™ media networking solution. The first Digital Audio Labs product to integrate Dante will be the Livemix personal monitoring system, slated to launch January 14th, 2014. Audinate is the leading developer of digital media networking solutions, offering the Pro AV industry the most interoperable networking technology system. Digital Audio Labs designs and manufactures high quality products aimed at professional audio markets with a history of industry leading and innovative digital audio products.

“This year, we announced the Livemix personal monitoring system with features like studio quality audio, signal processing on each of the 24 channels, custom channel naming, stereo ambient microphones, and MirrorMix™ remote mixing,” remarks Andy Swanson, Digital Audio Lab’s Marketing Director. Swanson adds, ”Livemix is a personal monitoring system that helps musicians give their very best to every performance.” Swanson finishes by saying, “When looking at the available digital options, Audinate’s Dante media networking was the clear stand out. Adding Dante will enable the Livemix personal monitoring system to easily interface with the hundreds of other Dante products on the market.”

Nearly every person on the Livemix design team is actively involved in playing or mixing live music on a weekly basis. This brings an understanding of both the performer and the sound tech perspectives and is evident in the design and features. Livemix is at once deep enough for the professional but simple to use for the volunteer performer.

Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante technology is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency, tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante is the leading digital media networking solution and has been adopted by more than 120 OEMs to date.

“Both Audinate and Digital Audio Labs have built their products around innovative technology with a focus on ease of use,” says Dave Anderson Director of Sales for Audinate. Anderson adds, “The Livemix product with Dante inside facilitate Livemix to connect with the hundreds of Dante-enabled products from our growing list of licensees.”

About Digital Audio Labs
Digital Audio Labs, a privately owned Chanhassen, Minnesota based company is a recognized leader in analog to digital conversion, digital signal processing, and amplification. Well known for their CardD, CardDeluxe and OEM and contract products, DAL continues their 20+ year history of excellence in audio with the PowerShape™ and Livemix product lines.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by 120 OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

API 1608 TRAVERSES THE EARTH

JESSUP, MARYLAND: With hundreds of satisfied customers, API’s 1608 console continues to make a mark on the music industry with the company’s signature API sound. Available with or without P-Mix automation and up to 48 channels, 1608’s can be found in studios both large and small, in the U.S. and around the world. Here is a small sampling of some 1608s that have recently left the factory.

STUDIO K – Paris, France Situated on the fourth floor of a 17th century building in Paris, David Chalmin’s 32-channel automated API 1608 console is the perfect fit for his semi-private space. Chalmin began as a musician, but his interest in pro audio gear has turned him into an engineer who has worked on everything from alternative rock to classical music.

Chalmin did his fair share of research before deciding on the 1608 and chose the console based on the API sound, character, and API 500 Series format. “The preamps are amazing, so already while tracking you get your sound. Then, during the mix, you have huge headroom to play with. Automation is simple and straightforward. It brings the console to another level. This console is a dream!” says Chalmin.

VIRGINIA ARTS – Charlottesville, Virginia Next, Virginia Art’s (Virginia’s oldest operating commercial studio) opted for a 16 channel API 1608, again with P-Mix automation. The console will serve as the flagship in Virginia Arts Recording, owned by Chris Doermann and engineered by Sean Dart.

The 1608 has already served many local and national acts, such as John Grisham, Thomas Dolby, Those Darlins, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Cowboy Junkies, and William and Mary Accidentals.
“The API brand has long been known for its excellent products. Sound and flexibility were among the top factors [in purchasing the 1608]. The console’s small footprint and low power draw was the perfect addition to our relatively small control room. Also, API’s staff welcomed us into the factory on day one and answered every question we’ve had since. And the biggest thing – great sound,” said Sean Dart.

EMERY RECORDING STUDIOS – Novelty, Ohio Final example, studio owner, producer, engineer and mixer, Eric Emery, chose a 16 channel automated API 1608 to represent his workspace, Emery Recording Studios, and his band, Concordia. Working under Johnny K. at Groovemaster Studios, as well as Grammy Award-winning mixer Craig Bauer, Emery’s 1608 choice of console has added a level of API professionalism to his studio, which has been in operation since 2005 when he was just 15 years old.

“The first time I heard that magical API Sound I was hooked. It just has that special punch you can’t get from anything else,” said Emery. “This console gives my mixes something I couldn’t get from any other piece of gear. This is a definite no-brainer if you want to achieve that truly commercial sound.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Yamaha CL Digital Console Update V 1.7 Available in December

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the December availability of Version 1.7 software upgrade for the Yamaha CL Series Digital Audio Console. The upgrade, available via free download, is based on significant end user input and will provide enhanced efficiency and versatility along with significant improvements that will be especially valuable for mixing engineers in festival and similar complex event setups. Several of the features implemented in V 1.7 will make the CL an even better console choice for festivals, since many of the new features are already familiar to PM5D users.

New CL V 1.7 features include Selective Load/Save for set up data such as scene memory, libraries, etc., can now be individually loaded from or saved to USB memory providing an efficient way to load complex setup data. The HA Option for changing input patches now makes it possible to select whether the end user wants to use the HA settings from the patched port as is, or copy the channel HA settings to the patched port in order to quickly change input patches when mixing in a fast-paced environment without having to copy HA settings.

“As with all Yamaha Commercial Audio products, updates are implemented based on suggestions primarily from our end users,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Their input is quite essential, now, and for future generation of products.”

CL V 1.7 updates also include: in the Sends On Fader mode, the assignable encoders (Gain/Pan/Assign knobs) can now be used to adjust channel level and panning for sends to stereo buses. Custom Fader Bank setups can be stored to, and recalled from, individual scenes. At busy events that involve multiple engineers, this feature can make it easy to change custom fader bank settings without having to switch users. And, the sends from input channels to buses on which the send point is set to PRE, can now be assigned to DCA groups for muting via a DCA Mute Option for PRE sends.

Other new features in CL V 1.7 include improved Channel Name Display In the Sends On Fader mode where channel ON/OFF status is now indicated in the channel name display. Additionally, a “black” 9th color has been added for the Channel Color Bar. More points are available in the Metering Point field on the meter display with the addition of “Pre GC Meter” and “Post Digital Gain Meter”.

Also in CL V 1.7, the Analog HA gain and Digital HA gain indication have been improved and are both displayed in the Selected Channel View Gain/Patch field at all times. The HPF status of R Series and similar external HA units are shown in the Gain/Patch field as well. DCA/MUTE group and mute name display are now shown in the DCA/Mute Group Assign Mode pop-up display. Improved Channel Link display indicators in the CH Link Mode pop-up display will make it easy to see current link group settings.

In addition to the above new features, CL V 1.7 includes Extended Cue monitor adjustment range that extends from -30 dB to +20 dB. It is now possible to specify whether latched or unlatched external switches are connected to the GPI input ports. And, when mounting I/O devices on the Dante network, the device type can now be detected without the description in the device label, allowing for better customization of names.

For more information on Yamaha CL V 1.7, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

DPA Microphones At The Top Of The Class

Children are lovely, but they do have a habit of breaking things, which is why any piece of equipment used in a school environment needs to be very tough.

According to Matthew Talks, founder of educational equipment specialists Podboffin, DPA’s versatile d:fine™ Headset Microphones certainly fit the bill because they are virtually unbreakable, even in the hands of kids.

“Usually, radio mics in schools have a short lifespan due to cables breaking,” Talks says. “However, I have yet to use the spare DPA mics that I bought recently because the first set I acquired are still going strong. Even if the cable were to break, the modular construction of DPA’s d:fine Headset Microphones means I can replace just the cable at a fraction of the cost of the initial outlay.”

Established in 2010, Podboffin provides recording, sound installation and live production services to schools and also offers advice on choosing the right audio equipment, setting it up and operating it. The company recently invested in a dozen omnidirectional single-ear DPA d:fine Headset Microphones, supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network, which are now being hired out to UK schools.

“I was familiar with DPA microphones having previously sub-hired d:fine units, so I decided to purchase my own,” Talks says. “In schools, the number one requirement is always for radio mics because the biggest sound problem school productions have is hearing students singing over a live band. The d:fine Headset Microphones completely solve this because I can get the capsule in really close to the singer with no plosive issues and with crystal clear sound.”

Talks admits that, in the educational market, cost is inevitably an issue.

“However, once schools hear the difference that pro mics make when compared to budget mics – and see how little effort is required to get superb results – they never go back,” he says. “I have yet to hire out d:fines and not get repeat business.”

DPA’s popular d:fine Headset Microphones are specifically designed for actors, public speakers, broadcast hosts, musicians and singers who want a lightweight, easy to wear headset microphone that leave them free to move around without compromising vocal quality. With their impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, these unobtrusive microphones provide a discreet solution that can hardly be seen on the face. The range, which is renowned for its audio accuracy, is available in both directional and omnidirectional options and in single- or dual-ear designs with a choice of three lengths of microphone booms. They are also compatible with just about any wireless system.

Talks envisages his DPA d:fine Headset Microphones will be hired by “any school with a good business model for school productions”. Schools, he believes, can justify an increase in ticket prices and advertising when the production is good and is not let down by bad sound.

To date schools that have used DPA d:fine Headset Microphones for their concerts and drama performances include Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School, The Beacon School and Gerrards Cross Junior School.

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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

METRIC HALO GEAR SCORES HIGH IN PROFESSOR WHALEY’S RAP-MATICS STEM-EDUCATION PROGRAM

WASHINGTON D.C./ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 2013: As a founding member of the pioneering San Francisco hip-hop group Bored Stiff, Pablo Sierra Whaley (aka “Professor Whaley”) has been writing raps and producing music since 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Between the two degrees, Whaley spent several years as a middle school math teacher and department chair in the Bay Area, where he first developed his innovative “Rap-Matics” program for boosting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) competency using elements of hip-hop, poetry, and technology. Today, Whaley continues to curate the Rap-Matics curriculum and operate his production studio, Sonic Legacy Music with the help of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip 3.

“Music is in my DNA,” asserted Whaley. “I was born into a musical family. My mom, grandma, and great-grandma all played piano. I played the trumpet in middle school, and then started a hip-hop group with my friend ‘Equipto,’ a now-legendary Frisco MC. As a teacher, one of the problems I noticed early on was that students were not connecting with the subject matter in the math books we were using. So I decided to take a new approach. I knew that my students loved the hip-hop culture. As an MC, I knew that rapping was a tool that could be used to connect people with concepts and information. I had ‘math-raps’ and ‘chemistry-raps’ to prove it. So I decided to create a literacy program that fused rap with mathematics. This was in the spring of 2000. To my knowledge, I am the first educator in the United States to have created a hip-hop-based math literacy program.”

Whaley founded Sonic Legacy Music in 2005. “I’ve used hundreds of different plug-ins from the freeware to the top-of-the-line stuff,” he said. “But nowadays, whenever I make music, I use Metric Halo ChannelStrip 3. It’s an extremely versatile plug-in. I’m using it for mixing and mastering several of my own projects right now, including unreleased Rap-Matics tracks and client projects. I have also used its de-noising, equalization, and compression to clean up audio from Rap-Matics video footage. The EQ is amazing, especially on drums and vocals. The scalable GUI is awesome. The presets are truly useful and the EQ curves are easy to grab and manipulate. The compressor is clean, but I can tweak it to get a more grimy sound when I need it. Overall, the ChannelStrip 3 is my go-to plug-in for all things requiring gating, compression, or equalization… which is pretty much everything!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO
Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

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