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FOR-A to Make First Appearance at SATELLITE 2014

Cypress, CA – FOR-A announces plans to display several highlights in its product range, including video encoder, signal processor, and frame rate conversion technology, at the upcoming SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition. Held March 10-13 at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C., FOR-A will make its debut at SATELLITE in booth 3113.

“FOR-A offers a number of products that lend themselves to satellite applications,” said Jay Shinn, FOR-A’s Northeast Account Manager. “The SATELLITE show is a premier event in this industry, and it’s the perfect venue to show off our equipment. We’re looking forward to generating excitement around our technology and connecting with satellite professionals at the event.”

In its booth, FOR-A will showcase Fujitsu’s IP-920 HD/SD compact video transmission technology. Employing best-in-class video fidelity MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding (H.264), Fujitsu’s video encoder/decoder technology performs real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IP networks. Capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency, the solution offers robust error correction and is ideal for HD/SD content delivery use. FOR-A became the sole North American distributor of Fujitsu’s high-performance encoders and decoders at the end of 2013.

FOR-A will showcase its FA-1010 and FA-9520 multi-channel signal processors at SATELLITE. Introduced last year, the award-winning FA-1010 signal processor offers 10 video inputs and outputs, multi-channel routing between sources, and effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FA-9520 3G/HD/SD dual-channel multipurpose signal processor provides frame synchronization, up/down/cross/aspect conversion, two channels of full RGB color correction, logo inserter functions and an automatic video optimizer.

Also to be displayed by FOR-A’s will be the MV-1620HS HD/SD/Analog mixed high resolution multi viewer. The compact (1RU) unit features a customizable layout, embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input, and title display of up to 16 characters per input. Additionally, the unit’s layout memory is capable of storing up to 16 layout patterns in the main unit, which can be selected directly from the front panel.

FOR-A’s FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter will also be shown at SATELLITE. The multi-format unit offers motion compensation processing, automatic scene cut detection and up/down/cross conversion as standard features.

The LTR-120HS LTO video archiving recorder will also be on hand. Using high-quality AVC-Intra/DVCPRO codec and MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, the LTR-120HS records MXF files that can be used by a variety of NLE systems to LTO tape. Designed to enable “archive at ingest” solutions, the solution easily records video footage as an MXF file in real time.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana to Showcase Next Generation Broadcast and OTT Monitoring Solutions

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana will bring its innovative broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions to the NAB 2014 convention (Booth SU11017) from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The video delivery ecosystem is expanding rapidly with the availability of content across a wide range of digital platforms,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “It is our vision to expand our offerings with powerful tools to help our customers monitor and manage any type of media in the entire ecosystem.”

Digital Nirvana’s latest generation tools address that challenge with broadcast and OTT media monitoring, content capture and repurposing.

Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System

One highlight in the NAB booth will be the next generation of Monitor IQTM – the company’s solution for multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving for traditional broadcasting. Monitor IQ provides a range of unique features including centralized management, automatic ad detection, and a director’s audio track. It accepts multiple signals, both HD and SD in full resolution, and exports them in a wide range of file formats. Its Infrastructure Self-Check performs more than 40 types of ongoing system checks to proactively monitor the total health of the Monitor IQ system. Web Captioning ensures that programming complies with new FCC closed captioning mandates in the SMPTE Timed Text Format. And Program Guide Extraction automatically extracts EIT data directly from the broadcast, simplifying program search and enabling recording by program. Several new features to be announced will be included within this new version. Monitor IQ is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

AnyStream IQ OTT Monitoring System

The video delivery ecosystem is expanding far beyond broadcast with the explosive growth of streaming content to desktops, tablets and mobile phones. As live streams increase in popularity, so does the importance of reliable OTT monitoring. Now, complementing the Monitor IQ solution for traditional broadcast content, the latest version of Digital Nirvana’s AnyStream IQTM allows broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors of streaming content to reliably monitor OTT content to ensure that live streams are up and running. AnyStream IQ monitors for quality and compliance issues like loss of video or audio, as well as loss of FCC mandated closed captions. AnyStream IQ is the industry’s first-ever cloud-based OTT monitoring solution. There is no hardware or software to install, and it offers a browser-based interface to record, monitor and search FLV, HDS and HLS formatted streams.

MediaPro Content Repurposing System

MediaProTM is Digital Nirvana’s easy, affordable solution to repurpose and rebroadcast encrypted HD content to multiple platforms. In addition to its ability to encrypt HD content, input/output options further include: SDI, ASI, IP, QAM, and ATSC.

Multiple users in news and sports departments can collaborate; record from one to hundreds of channels; and then edit, annotate and publish content in real time. Search may be based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, time/date and channel filters. Clips are stored and sent via email or FTP for archiving or external viewing in a wide range of formats and resolutions. The next generation of MediaPro will be on hand in the Digital Nirvana booth at NAB. MediaPro is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

Sound Devices Takes Home Cinema Audio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 633 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals. Sound Devices has now been a recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award four times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders, and the 664 Field Production Mixer are past winners.

“To be consistently recognized for our new products with CAS Technical Achievement Awards is an outstanding accomplishment,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “At Sound Devices, we continue to push the boundaries by presenting high-quality, innovative tools that really make a difference in the workflow of our customers. Having the Cinema Audio Society behind us reaffirms the positive impact that our product development goals have within the industry.”

Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available.

The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96 kHz for eight tracks, 192 kHz for six tracks) or timecode stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus Left/Right and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

Unique to the industry, the 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This four-way powering allows for multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18 V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed and seamlessly transitions to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10 seconds to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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Stagesound Event Technology Deploys HARMAN’s AKG Microphones For Pollmann 125th Anniversary Celebration

VIENNA, Austria – Austria-based company Pollmann recently invited over 800 guests to celebrate its 125th year anniversary at an event in the Sports Hall in Waidhofen a.d. Thaya in Austria. The company is well-known around the globe for its development and production of electro-mechanical components for the automotive industry. The anniversary celebrated the company’s rich and successful history in illustrious fashion that required an elaborate sound system capable of withstanding a rigorous evening full of grand presentations. Austrian rental company, Stagesound Event Technology, developed a sound system consisting of HARMAN’s AKG microphones to ensure high-quality sound for all speeches and commendations given during the celebration.

Faced with numerous acoustical challenges in the 200 x 270-foot space, which was not structurally or acoustically designed for a large PA system, Stagesound used two AKG GN30 gooseneck microphones with CK31 high-performance condenser microphone capsules for each speaker. Stagesound system engineer Markus Kouba and audio engineer Andreas Mühlmann wanted to make the system as user-friendly as possible.

”Although the majority of speakers were professional presenters, the event also featured several untrained speakers,” commented Kouba. “For these inexperienced speakers we wanted to make the system as easy to use as possible while still providing a clear sound to the audience. The AKG microphones more than met that requirement.”

In addition, Stagesound developed a system for the live band that included two C414 B-ULS condenser microphones on drum overheads and several D112 microphones for the kick drum and bass amplifiers. Stagesound also deployed four C518 M miniature clamp-on microphones on the toms and snares for the drums.

“The AKG microphones impressed with clear sound and simple handling,” stated Kouba. “We are very satisfied with the performance, and with AKG in general for all of our events around Austria. It is important as a rental company to have equipment that will withstand the unique technical riders for each event, as well as the transportation and wear and tear during each project.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Prism Sound and Oxford Digital’s Audio Design Workshop LIVE Seminars Head To The USA

Following on from the success of the Audio Design Workshop LIVE seminars in Europe, Prism Sound and Oxford Digital are hosting their next event in the USA – at Cogswell Polytechnical College, Sunnyvale, California.

Taking place from 7pm PST on March 18, 2014, this audio engineering master class focuses on the design and optimisation of Active Loudspeakers and will be held in conjunction with Texas Instruments, CJS Labs and Audio EMC.

As on previous occasions Audio Design Workshop LIVE is open to all engineers, engineering managers, students and academics involved in audio engineering. The event will also be webcast and recorded for those who want to be part of the experience but can’t be there in person.

“These seminar sessions have proved exceptionally popular in Europe and we are very excited about extending the programme in the USA,” says Elliott Whyte, Applications Engineer at Prism Sound. “Their emphasis is on real-world, practical problem solving and alongside a comprehensive seminar programme delivered by some of the most experienced audio engineers in the business, there is also plenty of opportunities for hands-on experimentation and networking with the presenters and other participants. This is a fantastic chance for everyone involved in audio engineering to learn the tricks of the trade from luminaries within the audio industry.”

Audio Design Workshop LIVE at Cogswell Polytechnical College will feature the following speakers:

• Elliott Whyte, Prism Sound – Audio Measurement Challenges; a summary and an example

• Anthony Waldron, Audio EMC – EMC Considerations for Audio Products

• Christopher J. Struck, CJS Labs – Electroacoustics and Transducers

• Lars Risbo, Texas Instruments – Development in Amplifier Technology

• John Richards, Oxford Digital – Tuning the Sound of Consumer Audio Products

Prism Sound and Oxford Digital, who have joined forces to organise the Audio Design Workshop LIVE series, have extensive experience in the field of audio engineering.

Prism Sound has been developing audio measurement solutions for over 25 years and has pioneered many major innovations in this field. The company offers high quality audio analyzers that are suited to a wide range of test and manufacturing environments.

Oxford Digital specialises in digital audio signal processing for mobile and consumer equipment. Its products include an extremely compact audio DSP core with a rapid programming and development environment and Sonic Tuning Tools that allow rapid optimisation of the sound reproduced by compact loudspeaker systems. The complete toolset is targeted at reducing time-to-market and lowering software maintenance costs.

Places for Audio Design Workshop LIVE are limited and anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to register now. To register, please follow this link which also allows you to register for the live webcast and the webcast recording:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/active-loudspeaker-design-masterclass-live-cogswell-polytechnical-college-registration-10200884119?aff=PR

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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Camplex Introduces New HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – February 24, 2014 - Camplex, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast fiber optic interface gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System. The CMX-HDMIF accepts HDMI and converts it to ST Fiber allowing the signal to be sent over 10 miles using low cost fiber optic cable. The cost effective Camplex complete converter system is perfect for extended use of HDTV, LCD monitors, digital projectors, plasma TV’s and other equipment requiring HDMI to Fiber conversion.Camplex CMX-HDMIF HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System

“Taking into account the low cost of fiber we wanted to provide a simple solution to extend HDMI signals over long distances,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Camplex. “The Camplex HDMI over Fiber conversion system delivers broadcast results. With ST Fiber connectors and a locking power supply the CMX-HDMIF gives you the added assurance that you’re always connected.”

The Camplex HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System is available for pre-order now and is expected to start shipping on March 10th. To learn more about the CMX-HDMIF and other Camplex products visit www.camplex.com.

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About Camplex
Camplex is a popular broadcast industry manufacturer of fiber optic based camera adapter systems and other broadcast grade fiber optic interface gear. With our unique modular design philosophy, you can add high bandwidth, long length easily deployable fiber to any camera – from broadcast to pro-sumer at dramatically lower costs than other professional systems. Unlike other systems, our fiber optic equipment is instantly swappable to any camera. Camplex supports all formats including 4K and Ultra HD production.

Camplex is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

With a SunBriteTV Outdoor Television, the Perfect Venue For Any Awards Party is Your Patio

THOUSAND OAKS, California, February 24, 2014 — A SunBriteTV outdoor television won’t be flaunting designer dresses on the red carpet, but it’s certain to be the center of attention at any awards party! SunBriteTVs are fully weatherproof and thanks to bright anti-glare HD screens, are sure to shine bright like a Hollywood starlet any time of day or night—they make backyard parties more distinctive, dynamic and fun!

“Outdoor entertaining and backyard rooms have become wildly popular thanks to homeowners who love to live and entertain outside,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions were designed for big TV events like springtime awards shows that bring family and friends together in great weather!”

SunBriteTVs are clear winners when compared to indoor televisions in outdoor areas. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics seal out moisture and remove common safety hazards associated with using electronics outdoors. Further, outdoor TVs remove the hassle of wheeling out and setting up an indoor TV outside.

“When there’s so much heavy lifting involved, cables to connect and calibrations to make, hauling an indoor TV outside for every event isn’t worth the time,” said Dixon. “Entertaining is all about enjoying the moment, not ruining it with extra stress!”

All models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects.

Every SunBriteTV includes a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20 watt built-in or detachable speakers. Optional accessories include a variety of weatherproof wall-, ceiling-, or deck pole-mount installation solutions, wireless HD transceivers and media box enclosures.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

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About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DPA Microphones Gives Live Performers More Freedom To Move

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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