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Stampede’s 2012 Big Book of AV Tour Will Hit The Big Apple On October 24th!

North America’s largest ProAV dealer tour will take a big bite out of the Big Apple on Wednesday, October 24th, when Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. brings its Fall 2012 Big Book of AV Tour (BBOAV) to the Hotel Pennsylvania located at 401 Seventh Avenue, directly across from Penn Station in the heart of New York City.

“Make no mistake about it, Big is going to meet Big when our Fall 2012 tour stops in America’s biggest city,” Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly promised today. “So for this stop on the tour we’re adding even more seminars, more product demonstrations, and more incentives for dealers to make the time to come out and see what’s new from our exhibiting manufacturers.”

According to Kelly, all New York attendees will receive a $50 AMEX gift card. In addition, attendees will receive a $100 Restaurant.com gift card for every training session they attend! For those who register for all training sessions, they will walk away with $350 in gift cards!

Attendees will also be treated to a continental breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a lunch buffet from noon to 1:30 p.m. There will also be a prize drawing each hour, with the lucky dealers taking home a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, clean power processors, speakers, gift cards, or even a 42” LCD TV with a Sharp Soundbar and Blu-ray DVD player!

Dealer registration is open now at www.bigbookofavtour.com, where they can also find directions and a full list of raffle prizes. The New York City event will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST.

With a catalog that now features information on more than 7,967 products from more 90 manufacturers, Stampede continues to provide the largest range of ProAV solutions in the industry. “Our extensive product selection lets our dealers find the customized solutions that meet their specific needs,” said Kelly. “Our expert knowledge of ProAV combined with our incredible product selection allows us to offer dealers the very best.”

The 2012 Big Book of AV Tour features more than 40 exhibitors including Atlona, Benq, BrightSign, Canon, Chief, Christie, Draper, Epson, Gefen, Hall Research, Hitachi, Hitachi StarBoard, Ken-a-vision, Kramer, LG Panels, MediaPOINTE, Mitsubishi, Mustang, NEC, Optoma, Peerless, Perfect Path, Samsung, Sharp and Sony. Remaining stops on the Fall 2012 Tour include:

November 8, 2012 San Diego, CA
December 5, 2012 Atlanta, GA

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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THE HÅLOGALAND THEATRE UPGRADES WITH DPA

The Hålogaland Theatre in Tromsø, Norway, is putting its new DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones through their paces on a production of Les Misérables, which opened on September 6th 2012.

The theatre has replaced its old stock of DPA 4060 omnidirectional miniature microphones with 40 directional d:fine Headset Microphones and 40 d:fine omni microphone booms, which are being used with a new 32 channel Shure Axient wireless system. The microphones were supplied by sound company Lydproduksjon Tromsø AS, in conjunction with DPA’s Norwegian distributor Lydsystemer.

Jim Oddvar Hansen, Head of Sound at the theatre, says: “The new d:fine Headset Microphones replace a selection of DPA 4060 miniature microphones that we had had for some time. As our previous experience with DPA technology had always been good, it made sense to upgrade using the same manufacturer’s products.”

Jim Oddvar Hansen adds that the d:fine headset microphones were chosen because they offer the latest technology and are also very comfortable for performers to wear.

“The microphones stay in place even with theatre productions like Les Misérables that include dancing and running about the stage while singing. This was a major consideration when it came down to our choice of headworn microphones – we needed something that not only offered exceptional sound quality but was also durable and practical. The DPA d:fine fits all these criteria.”

The Hålogaland Theatre, the regional theatre for Troms and Finnmark, has also invested in 40 DPA omni microphone booms, which are less sensitive to handling noise and to wind, blows and pops.

“We felt that omni microphones would give us the best sound quality for musical productions,” Jim Oddvar Hansen adds. “Also, having both long and short booms provide maximum flexibility and makes it possible to use the microphones on children, or to hide them underneath costumes.”

The Hålogaland Theatre’s production of Les Misérables stars some of Norway’s most talented artists and will run until 28th of November 2012.

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

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XPAND 3D’S NEW PASSIVE SYSTEMS RESET EXPECTATIONS IN SPECTACULAR FASHION!

DEAUVILLE, France – In a move to provide cinema industry professionals with more quality and choice than ever before possible, XPAND 3D — the leader in multidimensional imaging and pioneer of active shutter technologies — today introduced a new passive solution that delivers performance, comfort and commercial versatility to new, broader markets. The new XPAND Polarizer and Color Spacer passive systems will feature stunning new glasses that are lighter, more ergonomic and certainly more stylish than anything on the market today.

Commenting on the announcement, Maria Costeira, Chief Executive Officer, XPAND 3D noted, “XPAND 3D is singularly committed to advancing the consumer experience of multidimensional imaging and whereas our active shutter technologies are deployed by the world’s leading cinemas and for the studios’ most important premieres, we recognized that a sizable market was being under-served with sub-par passive technologies. Recognizing that only passive technology could meet the commercial needs of this group, we elected to design a superior solution that would elevate the performance threshold of passive 3D. I am thrilled that our new XPAND passive systems exceed all expectations on price and performance.”

XPAND 3D passive glasses reflect well on the theater and make for a more comfortable viewing experience. The new XPAND Infinity glasses are high-end 3D glasses, which provide the brightest, most vivid and realistic 3D images available. XPAND Infinity glasses are also optimized to work with laser projectors, making it the optimal future-proof 3D system. The glasses are available in adult and children sizes.

All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps. The Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema.

XPAND offers a wide range of high-end IR systems that cover spaces from 10 to more than 5,000 seats. The XPAND Polarizer 3D system, a cost-effective 3D cinema solution using high-quality disposable circularly polarized 3D glasses and active projector polarizer with full support of all HFR formats. The system works with all digital cinema projectors and requires the usage of a high-gain silver screen. Due to the high gain screen usage, the XPAND Polarizer system is recommended only for cinemas that are used exclusively for 3D movies. Hybrid cinemas that are used for both 2D and 3D movies are recommended not use silver screens, due to the viewing zones and hot spot problems.

XPAND 3D Color Spacer is a passive, color wavelength-based 3D cinema solution. XPAND Color Spacer uses two cinema projectors, a matt white screen and reusable passive Color Spacer glasses. This solution is specifically designed for special venues that want to use passive glasses with a matt white screen. The system is recommended only with extra bright projectors due to the light output limitations of color wavelength filtering.

XPAND 3D systems are installed in cinemas worldwide, with 70 percent of the 3D cinema market share in Asia and more than 50 percent in mainland Europe. XPAND 3D glasses and systems are the default choice for VIP theaters, studio screening rooms, celebrities’ home cinemas, government presentations and high-quality 3D presentations. XPAND 3D is the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, and is used for the biggest 3D Premieres globally.

“There is no question that active shutter technology provides the optimal visual experience,” Costeira added. “But in many cases our customers have a stratified approach to offer ‘good,’ ‘better’ and ‘best theaters based on price and performance criteria. They have come to rely on XPAND 3D for technology and service at the ‘better’ and ‘best’ and have asked us to develop a solution for the broader entry level. We waited until a time that we could make a quantitative difference in the passive experience and yet do so at a price that would work. I believe we have achieved this dual goal in spectacular fashion!”

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

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Austrian Musical Talent Soap&Skin Joins HARMAN’s AKG Family Of Endorsees

VIENNA, Austria – With a number-one album in Austria and numerous music industry accolades, including the Amadeus Austrian Music Award and European Border Breakers Award, HARMAN’s AKG is proud to welcome the extraordinarily talented musician, Anja Franziska Plaschg, aka Soap&Skin, as an endorsee of the AKG microphone line, extending the worldwide network of musicians in the AKG family.

Currently touring Italy promoting her latest album “Narrow,” Soap&Skin was immediately fascinated by the sound and performance of the Austrian-based manufacturer and its 65-year reputation of quality after her first listen. With her diverse abilities, performing multiple acts on tour – solo, with a string ensemble and a choir – it was important the diverse music was properly miked for the perfect sound.

Soap&Skin currently utilizes AKG’s D5 and D7 dynamic microphones for vocals, a combination of C414 and C411 microphones on piano and vast number of C519 clip-on microphones for her ensemble.

“AKG is extremely pleased to cooperate with young, outstanding talents. As an Austria-based company, we are particularly proud of Soap&Skin,” stated AKG CEO Jürgen Bopst. “By signing Soap&Skin, AKG adds another talent from the alternative music community to our very diverse family of musicians. This partnership is inspired by artistic innovation on the highest international level and begins to shine the light on numerous opportunities AKG has in the upcoming months dealing with musicians out of the mainstream!”

“We’ve provided Anja with the ideal set of vocal and instrumental microphones that will deliver a crystal clear, undistorted sound to make her voice and music even more impressive on the ear,” added Walter Rührig, head of artist and key customer relations, AKG.

For more information on Soap&Skin, please visit http://www.soapandskin.com.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Inside Columbia Magazine Installs ELAN g! System To Gain Total Control In Kitchen

When Fred Parry, publisher of Inside Columbia magazine, was looking to enhance the publication’s in-house cooking class, Culinary Adventures, he wanted his chefs to have instant control of the live video camera so they could easily manage how the classes are presented to attendees. While planning their new state-of-the-art kitchen classroom, Parry asked the custom installation team at D&M Sound if there was a control system that would give his chefs complete control of the kitchen and provide fast, simple control of the audio, video, lighting, HVAC and surveillance systems. D&M rose to the challenge by equipping the new kitchen with an ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System that gives the staff the ability to control everything with the push of a button!

With the ELAN g! system the staff can now easily control the camera that films live culinary details and display the video feed on three flat screen TVs that hang above the kitchen. The cameras serve double duty when classes are finished, providing 24/7 security and monitoring for the expensive professional-grade kitchen. Each ELAN g! audio zone can play audio from CD players, iPods, traditional radio, TV or computers. The system also allows the chefs to direct the live audio from their microphones to any or all of the audio zones. The g! system is easy to use and can be accessed from anywhere in the world using any laptop or iOS or Android mobile device.

“Inside Columbia was looking for a system that would not only give them total control over every aspect of the kitchen, but would also be easy to learn,” said Anne Moore, owner of D&M Sound. “We knew right away that the ELAN g! system was the perfect choice. The simple-to-use interface allows the chef to have complete control over the production of the class, so that when he’s teaching a class, he can use one of the 8 camera presets to personally choose the camera angles and decide when to zoom in on the food.”

The system uses the ELAN HC8 controller, one ELAN NWA 18 network router and switch, one ELAN M86 6-zone audio controller, four Paradigm speakers and a Xantech video distribution amp used to feed the three TVs. The chef’s counter features a custom set of buttons that allow the chef to control the movement of the overhead camera, and two wireless microphones allow the audience to clearly hear the cooking presentation.

Parry demoed a number of control systems before eventually deciding that the ELAN g! system offered everything he was looking for. “We were looking for a system that could offer close-up shots of what our chefs are doing with their hands, as well as a number of other key shots during the classes,” said Parry. “Our goal was to give our cooking class participants a ‘front row seat’ in the kitchen, and the ELAN g! system allowed us to accomplish that. Other systems we looked at didn’t even come close to offering that level of versatility or flexibility.

“The g! system has significantly increased the production value of our cooking presentations. Our guests can now watch our chefs cook on crystal clear monitors that we can easily control from an iPad. I would highly recommend the system to anyone who has a similar need for total control. There’s a big ‘wow’ factor in our ELAN system and we couldn’t be happier with it.”

The ELAN g! Control System provides users with the most uniform and intuitive icon-based control from their favorite devices including TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the trendy g!Mobile app users love on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touchscreens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users’ televisions and mobile devices. And the system’s IP backbone makes it just as easy to control the system from across the room – or across the globe.

Individual “apps” for each subsystem allow the user to control security, climate, lighting, media, irrigation, pool/spa, messaging, video and photos with the flick of a finger. Access is fast and secure through any ELAN home interface or globally with mobile Internet enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Netbooks and PC Tablets. Since the intuitive interface empowers users with personalized scheduling and detailed history views, high consumption subsystems like lighting and climate can be closely monitored and managed for a greener lifestyle – and substantial energy savings.

All photos courtesy of LG Patterson.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech®

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Advanced Installs An Immersive One-Of-A-Kind AV System In Jack Astor’s Flagship Toronto Location

When the management team at Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill was looking to make their new flagship Toronto location stand out completely from any other restaurant around, they did what they’ve done 15 times in the past, and turned to Advanced, Canada’s leading audio-visual presentation products and solutions specialist, and Jack Astor’s go-to provider for all things AV. Advanced equipped the restaurant with a completely original AV solution that enhances the customer experience and includes an impressive 5-display by 5-display video wall, the largest permanent video wall the company has ever installed inside a restaurant.

“We have a longstanding history with the Jack Astor’s chain, so they knew that we would be able take their concepts and turn them into realities,” said Mark Mulford President at Advanced. “The management team at Jack Astor’s wanted the biggest video display possible, so our team of experts created a massive video wall that completely distinguishes this location from any other restaurant around. Nothing else even comes close.”

Advanced provided the restaurant with a 5×5 NEC video wall that is visible from literally anywhere in the restaurant, making an impact on patrons as soon as they walk through the door. The video wall allows customers on both the floor and mezzanine levels of the restaurant to enjoy satellite programming while they dine. Advanced also implemented several strategically placed ‘video wall trees’ throughout the restaurant. These ‘trees’ consist of a metal pipe that goes from the ceiling down to the floor, with each holding two plasma screens, making it so that everybody in the restaurant is able to watch the game at all times.

According to Mark McPherson, Vice President of Sales at Advanced, the key to making the St. Lawrence restaurant stand out was to try something that has never been done before. “Advanced has implemented AV solutions in close to 15 other Jack Astor’s locations, so they knew that we were capable of coming up with a plan that would make their new location completely stand apart from anything done before,” said McPherson. “We not only installed our biggest restaurant video wall ever, but we equipped the restaurant with over 70 LCD displays, designed and constructed the video wall trees, and integrated a full audio solution. Everyone at Jack Astor’s, from the management to the customers, is loving the new setup.”

In fact, the management team at Jack Astor’s is so happy with their new AV system, that they are planning to have Advanced go back to previous Jack Astor’s locations that they’ve worked on, to update those systems with the same innovative technology used in the St. Lawrence restaurant. Advanced is also currently working on integrating a similar AV solution in a Kingston-based Jack Astor’s restaurant.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Ottawa, Toronto, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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International School Installs more TecPodium Interactive Lecterns!

Rothberg International School uses TecPodium Control Panel to bridge between the 30 languages spoken in classrooms.

What can you do if you have students from more than 50 countries speaking more than 30 different languages? How do you transmit a professional appearance to students who demand up-to-date technology that operates with zero failure? Is there a way to host international conventions and conferences without the need to spend on monitoring technicians each day?

These were the exact dilemmas the leaders and executives of the Rothberg International School were facing when they decided to enquire the possibilities opened for them.

After examining and testing several alternatives TecPodium Interactive Lectern (TPI-12) was chosen as the preferred solution across the School’s lecture halls, classrooms and teaching areas.
This Summer, more TecPodium units were integrated in the rooms with Sharp LCD projectors, motorized screens and light control modules.

TecPodium with its outstanding easy to use Control Panel has only a few keys, with icons that transcend language, to control and switch between all the AV equipment. Students from China and Japan understand the simple icons just like there colleagues from Russia and America.

Rothberg International School hosts some 1,200 students from abroad who come to pursue degrees or earn credits for transfer. The School has become an international arena, a magnet that attracts students from around the world.

www.tecpodium.com

NanoLumens® Forms Strategic Alliance With Michael Dennis And 4 Media Solutions To Accelerate Business Development

In a move designed to accelerate its business development initiatives across every digital signage vertical market it serves, NanoLumens®, the pioneering Norcross, Georgia-based company that introduced the world to large-format flexible LED display technology, today announced it has retained Michael Dennis and his technology solutions consulting firm, 4 Media Solutions, to work on developing key market relationships. The announcement was made today by Karen Robinson, NanoLumens’ Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

“Working with Michael Dennis and 4 Media Solutions is an extension of NanoLumens’ business strategy of aligning ourselves with independent centers of excellence to help us meet our growth targets faster and more efficiently,” said Robinson. “Michael has over 25 years of experience in the AV industry, and his firm is strategically positioned to play a major role in driving our business growth strategies to the next level.”

Through 4 Media Solutions, Michael Dennis uses his industry expertise to offer service to emerging and established companies and organizations by providing innovative business growth strategies that translate client goals and objectives into real world solutions. The company specializes in identifying and bringing intelligent and disruptive technologies to market. Prior to founding 4 Media Solutions, Dennis was an integral part of the Executive Management team at Whitlock, a leading AV solutions provider. During his seven years at Whitlock, Michael provided a significant and positive impact on the sales and growth of the company. Previously, he held positions as Founder & CEO at Globalwise Media Networks, LLC, and Regional Vice President at SPL, in addition to several other executive and sales leadership roles with industry leading integrators and solutions providers.

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitch (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50 percent reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled in the United States, NanoLumens displays are offered in standard configurations as well as design-specific configurations to fit virtually any size, shape or curvature in both the NanoFlex line of flexible displays and the NanoSlim line of fixed frame displays.

The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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WE’RE HEARING YOU LOUD AND CLEAR WITH DPA MICROPHONES

As the Torch Relays made their way around the UK this summer, DPA microphones were at the heart of the festivities, providing loud and clear audio at a total of 70 evening celebrations and the daily lighting of the cauldron ceremonies.

Among the items on the extensive sound, lighting and power equipment list for the Torch Relays were DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones, supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network. These were used at every one of the 70 locations to mic a wide range of dancers, actors, presenters and TV presenters.

“We chose DPA d:fine Headset Microphones for their discreet profile and sensitive capsules,” says sound engineer Doug Maddison, who was responsible for the on-stage sound at the evening gigs. “We specified the cardioid version to try and reduce spill and feedback from the monitors and the PA. This was important as the presenters were often standing in front of the PA to address the audience.”

Among the artists who took part in the evening celebrations were Dizzee Rascal, Labrinth, Eliza Doolittle, Friendly Fires, The Wanted, You Me At Six, Mark Ronson, Katy B, Emeli Sandé, Wretch 32 and dance troupe Twist And Pulse. A number of presenters were also involved in each leg of the relay, including former ‘Blue Peter’ presenter Andy Akinwolere.

“When I heard I was doing 70 gigs in a row on monitors with multiple headset microphones, I did wonder if I was going to go mad, but thanks to DPA I was very pleasantly surprised,” Maddison adds. “The d:fine’s performed really well and required very little EQ-ing. Normally, if I am using headset microphones, I would anticipate having to do some very careful EQ-ing to achieve either a quiet but full sound or a loud but very modified sound with lots of missing frequencies. However, on the first day of using the d:fines, I found that it was possible to use the same output wedge EQ that I used for a band with dynamic microphones, without having to do much EQ-ing on the d:fine input. The result was impressively loud and clear.”

Doug Maddison says his experience of fitting the d:fine Headset Microphones to artists, performers and presenters was also very positive.

“They were very comfortable for the performers and incredibly easy to fit – to the extent that some artists could actually mic themselves up. Even the dancers doing breakdancing and acrobatics had no trouble keeping the d:fine’s in place.”

Over 1.5 million people saw the Torch Relay evening celebrations, some of which took place in seriously adverse weather conditions.

“We were outside for 70 days and for about 36 of those it rained non-stop,” Maddison adds. “The d:fines were used every day and regularly got soaked. As one would expect this occasionally had an impact on high frequencies, but once we’d dried the microphones out in a box of silica gel their performance quickly returned to normal.”

One thing Maddison did discover is that, compared to previous microphones he has used, the cardioid version of the DPA d:fine proved very effective in high winds.

“Overall we were really delighted with their performance,” he says. “They looked great, they sounded great and all I can say is thank you, DPA, for making it all so easy.”

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

Hot Chelle Rae Turns to Neumann KK 205 Microphone Capsules for Warm, Crisp Sound

Nashville-based pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae burst onto the charts last year with its double-platinum single, “Tonight, Tonight,” off its sophomore album, Whatever. Since then, the band’s intense schedule has taken them on an almost non-stop international tour with headline appearances in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Japan. Premium audio brands Neumann and Sennheiser have been along for the ride as Hot Chelle Rae’s equipment demands have become increasingly sophisticated and their fan base multiplies.

Hot Chelle Rae‘s core members have been playing together for the better part of seven years and were born into Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter families. Just two years ago, the bandmates were touring in a van and a trailer playing 1,000-capacity clubs. Their single “Tonight, Tonight” helped rocket them to the top, coming in at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and number five on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 charts.

With a rigorous tour schedule that now involves buses rather than small trailers, the band routinely finds themselves opening for acts like Taylor Swift and The Script when they are not playing major headline dates themselves. The band has dramatically improved the audio quality of their live performance by utilizing a combination of Neumann KK 205 capsules and Sennheiser SKM 2000 wireless transmitters for their two primary vocal positions.

“We were looking for better clarity in our vocal performances,” commented Zach Snyder, monitor engineer and production manager of Hot Chelle Rae. “We selected the Neumann KK 205 mic capsule because of its warm sound and super-cardioid pattern, which does a great job in rejecting ambient stage noise. Paired with our Sennheiser SKM 2000 transmitters, these capsules save us an incredible amount of time on sound checks since they sound great out of the box since they require very little EQ.”

Snyder, who says he likes the frequency response of the KM 205 more than any other mic capsule he’s used, expects to add a Neumann KK 204 capsule when the band adds a new keyboard player to its lineup in the near future. In addition to the Neumann KK 205s, Hot Chelle Rae maintains 16 channels of Sennheiser RF on stage: six channels on guitar, eight for wireless personal monitors and two for vocal microphones. Snyder says he plans to increase that number to 22 in the near future.

The transition to the KK 205 capsules was seamless and has been a measurable improvement: “They’re really pumped and Ryan’s [Follesé's] vocals come through extremely clear,” says Snyder. “Also having the Neumann capsules have brought us tons of credibility with other engineers!”

The acoustic features of the KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads are derived from the multiple award-winning wired Neumann stage microphones, the KMS 104 and KMS 105. The KK 204, with its cardioid pattern, ensures the best possible suppression of sound originating from 180 degrees to the rear, while the supercardioid KK 205 has greater directivity, and maximizes incident sound from the front as compared to sound from the rear. Due to the “single polar pattern design,” the polar patterns are very uniform over the entire frequency range and provide excellent resistance to feedback.

Photo caption:
Ryan Follesé of Hot Chelle Rae relies on a Neumann KK 205 microphone capsule, coupled with a Sennheiser SKM 2000 wireless transmitter.

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