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Bexel Supports a New Season of the Best in Reality TV

From “Chopped” to “The Apprentice,” Company Provides Services for a Host of Non-Scripted Shows
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(BURBANK, Calif.) – As the Fall television season rolls out, a wide array of reality programming is being supported by Bexel, a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions. Bexel can be found behind the scenes on a veritable who’s who of non-scripted programming, including Chopped and The Apprentice, providing them with the equipment, state-of-art systems, and engineering support needed to meet the highest broadcast standards.

The span of Bexel’s services in reality television covers the entire gamut the genre has to offer. From competitions like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Hell’s Kitchen, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Utopia; to the real world exploits of Beyond Scared Straight, Black Ink Crew, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vanderpump Rules, Watch What Happens: Live, and White Girl Problems; to sports-based shows including The Big Break, Deadliest Catch: The Bait, and Hard Knocks, Bexel contributes expertise, support, and solutions to some of television’s most entertaining shows.

Bexel provides a variety of premier technology solutions to these shows, including complete ENG camera packages with wireless monitoring, full ENG audio packages with multi-track recording, Cat-5 monitoring for offstage production offices, fiber booth kits, flypack systems, director/DP monitoring solutions, and much more. The company’s services also incorporate on-site design and installation, overall project management of the technical production, customized communication systems, and frequency coordination and consultation.

Chopped, which will soon begin airing its 22nd season, has been working with Bexel from day one. The popular cooking competition works with a 12 ENG camera flypack from Bexel, utilizing 10 Panasonic AJ-HDX900s cameras and two Panasonic AK-HC1500G robotics systems. The show is provided with CopperHead and SMPTE fiber cable, as well as Bexel’s custom camera harness, to make the ENG cameras work as needed in a studio application.

“From season one, we’ve worked with the great team at Chopped to build a camera package specific to their needs,” says Ernesto de la Torre, business development manager for Bexel. “To be cost effective, they need a very versatile system. With their 12 cameras, they have the flexibility to do what they need in the fast-paced Chopped Kitchen, while still being able to go ENG, which they do for the contestant bio packages. We’re also able to support their Steadicam Operator, who uses a Teradek Bolt Pro system. It allows him to record onboard with the Bolt, and transmit his signal to the control room integrating it into the full production process.”

Bexel also provides hands-on engineering support, delivered in a way that is uniquely integrated with the production. Timothy Quinn, a system engineer for Bexel, serves as the Engineer in Charge on Chopped. In that role, Quinn oversees the technical engineering aspects of the entire production. “Tim is an integral part of the show, and he’s truly considered to be a member of the Chopped crew after all these years,” notes de la Torre. “We also provide a Video Operator who’s charged with making sure all the cameras are matched when the show is being produced, which helps manage time and budgets during the editing process. Bexel’s commitment to our clients is exemplified by Tim and the complete services and support we’re proud to provide for Chopped.”

“Bexel’s support has been invaluable on Chopped,” comments Notional’s Loe Fahie, Line Producer for Chopped. “As an equipment and services provider, they’ve been with us every step of the way. Even when we moved studios a few seasons ago, everything went seamlessly. The team at Bexel knows our production requirements and anticipates our technical needs, which helps keep our production on schedule. I love this team. Ernesto and Tim act as if our show is their show as well. Bexel is part of the Chopped family!”

Bexel has also enjoyed a longstanding relationship with The Apprentice franchise. The popular series, featuring Donald Trump, will soon begin airing its 14th season (The Celebrity Apprentice 7), and Bexel has been in “the boardroom” from the very beginning. Each season the company sends a team of engineers to execute and oversee the entire installation in The Apprentice’s Trump Tower studios. For the upcoming season, the production is utilizing 24 cameras from Bexel, including 18 Sony PDW-F800s cameras and 60 channels of wireless audio from Sennheiser and Lectrosonics.

“From the very start, versatility was key for this production,” notes Gregory Bragg, vice president of Global Sales for Bexel. “Their field crews are able to use the 18 ENG cameras to shoot the contestants in ‘reality situations’ and set up mini-fly packs with six to ten cameras to cover a ‘task delivery’ in the field. Then all of those cameras are able to come in when they shoot the boardroom material. They get tied into Bexel’s control room facilities and become part of the studio flypack as well. The Apprentice franchise is the reason we originally developed our custom harness system. The only cost effective solution for them was to allow the flexibility of an ENG camera into a flypack situation, and our harness has continued to serve us well on many other shows.”

Bexel has served as a resource to production companies from the initial days of reality television. “Since the dawn of the early MTV shows in the mid-1990′s, including Road Rules and many others, Bexel has been at the forefront of support for reality television,” concludes Bragg. “As the genre has evolved, so have the services and solutions that we offer. The depth of our reach into the reality market is really unmatched. Whether it’s a small two to three camera production, a 24 camera mega-show, the 90 robotics involved in Hell’s Kitchen, or the massive infrastructure of Utopia, Bexel covers the entire range.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Registration for the 21st HPA Tech Retreat Now Open

The Bellwether Entertainment Technology Event Returns to Indian Wells
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(Los Angeles, CA) Today at the SMPTE Symposium, produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA(r), registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat officially opened. For the 21st consecutive year, a veritable who’s who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business leaders will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015.

The HPA’s preeminent event enjoys a global reach, bringing together the thought leaders and senior practitioners driving the rapidly advancing entertainment technology landscape. The HPA Tech Retreat has consistently proven to be a crucial gathering where technological developments in production, post production and broadcast are unveiled, discussed and debated. During the Tech Retreat, attendees from the media and entertainment industries are uniquely able to share time and ideas with academics from around the world, scientists, and experts in technology from various disciplines. The environment is one of discovery and exploration.

Mark Schubin, who has led the programming for the HPA Tech Retreat for many years, notes, “Each year, we receive submissions from all over the world – about six times more than we can possibly use – and, based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be hard to choose. So many new technologies have been introduced at the Retreat over the years that it’s tough to count them all.”

Over the course of its history, the HPA Tech Retreat has seen a number of breakthrough products and processes previewed in advance of their actual debuts. Surround headphones, full-color full-motion holograms, Sony’s HDCAM SR, SR Memory, targeted-ad production and distribution systems, Panasonic’s Varicam and stereoscopic cameras, Dolby’s high-dynamic-range video monitors, Pencil-beam microphones, and OLED monitors to name just a few of the many “firsts” to be unveiled at the Tech Retreat.

Leon Silverman, President of HPA, notes, “The Tech Retreat is the place you go to see history before it’s made, and to move and shake with the movers and shakers across the technology community. The subjects are always topical, but the real value of this event is the ability to share ideas and challenges, to understand from those who really know and get inspired. While I take away so much from this event each year in program content, an equally important take away comes from mingling with this amazing group – the teachers who teach the teachers. If you have not been to the Tech Retreat, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to the desert. If you have been, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

Breakfast roundtables are also a popular part of every HPA Tech Retreat. Schubin comments, “Participants begin hashing out the future of media at the lively breakfast roundtables. Among the topics already confirmed for the 2015 event are net neutrality, content security, workflow complications, and a review of the legislative and regulatory environment.”

The HPA Tech Retreat is a not to be missed opportunity for industry professionals. The five day, multifaceted event includes dynamic conference sessions, a curated Demo Room with leading-edge technologies, networking events, and parties. The session schedule and programming information will be announced soon.

Earlier this year, SMPTE and HPA became official partners, moving forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. Today’s Symposium is the first jointly produced HPA/ SMPTE event, an auspicious time to open registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

The event has a history of selling out, and timely registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is recommended. Registration at Early Bird rates is now available, REGISTER. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com, call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860, or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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ProdyTel and Media Vision’s Alliance Shakes Up Conferencing Systems Offering

October 20, 2014 –

Andreas Martin of Media Vision with Jan Wintersberg and Christian Carrero of prodyTel

Andreas Martin of Media Vision with Jan Wintersberg and Christian Carrero of prodyTel

ProdyTel, lead distributor for the audiovisual market in Europe, and Media Vision, the expert group on conference and interpretation systems, have recently entered into a strategic partnership to supply and support TAIDEN conferencing solutions in Germany and Austria. In addition, Media Vision has announced the appointment of Andreas Martin, industry expert, to work by ProdyTel’s side in support of the German-speaking clientele.

The synergistic partnership aims at creating the strongest pool of technical expertise in the field of conferencing systems. “Our global team of 30 members is exclusively focused on this product range, giving us a unique know-how to respond to complex technical requirements and manage large-size projects” says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision, “We have over 10 years of successful track record in supplying TAIDEN equipment”.

With Andreas Martin on board as Media Vision’s Director of Sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the German-speaking network is now armed with even more TAIDEN product expertise and an additional point of contact for local and immediate support. With over 14 years of experience in the conference and interpretation industry, Mr Martin has been involved in the design and management of numerous high profile projects across Europe and beyond.

Jan Wintersberg and Christian Carrero, Managing Directors at ProdyTel, are welcoming the collaboration with Media Vision and its expanded team as a way to set foot more firmly into an area of specialty within the AV industry. “TAIDEN solutions are always a step ahead, offering more flexibility and features to users than any others” says Jan Wintersberg, looking at the newly released Video Monitor Conferencing Unit now in ProdyTel showroom “We have the right technology, and now we also have the additional expertise to take it to the next level and support all size projects”.

“With the new partnership, our network of systems integrators will experience even more resources in design while choosing the right technology for flexible meeting spaces” adds Christian Carrero, “We remain focus on support and training tools in the conferencing field”.

The two companies joining forces is sure to be a driving force for TAIDEN in Europe. The manufacturer already stands out with innovative product lines such as the all-in-one Multimedia Conference System that it was first to bring to market, high-profile references like the United Nations Headquarters or the Council of Europe, very fast response times on complex projects, and a superior 5-year warranty.

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About Media Vision
Media Vision is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for multipurpose meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio intelligibility in the room and on the far end for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.media-vision.com

About ProdyTel
ProdyTel Distribution GmbH is an audio-visual distributor based in Stein, Germany. Co-founded in 2005 by Jan Wintersberg and Christian Carrero, ProdyTel provides design, consultation, sales, and logistics services to its domestic and international manufacturers in support of dealers and consultants in Germany and Austria. Market segments include sound reinforcement, audio and video conferencing, signal management and remote control, and presentation technologies. For more information, visit the corporate website at www.ProdyTel.de, telephone +49-911-988189-0, or email us at info@prodytel.de

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Recorded with DPA Microphones

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Oscar-winning production sound mixer Simon Hayes relied on DPA lavalier mics to record Marvel’s film adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn.

Hayes, who first used DPA microphones as Production Sound Mixer for the film adaptation of Mamma Mia in 2008, has turned to DPA d:screet™ 4061 and 4071 miniature mics on every film he’s worked on since then. Recently these have included Les Miserables (for which Hayes picked up the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Sound Mixing) and upcoming releases Tarzan, directed by David Yates and Kingsman: The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughan.

Hayes chose DPA miniatures for Guardians of the Galaxy so that he could capture original dialogue, right at the point of shooting. Given that Director James Gunn’s vision for the film was to preserve the authenticity and emotion of the actors’ performances, he felt this was the best way to serve the film and its creative team.

“It was clear from the first meeting with James Gunn that he wanted to capture original performances, which of course isn’t always easy when you’re talking about large budget special effects and action-driven visual effects type movies,” Hayes says.

“We knew that we were going to be shooting three or four cameras at all times so the DPAs took precedence over the booms on a lot of scenes. This meant that, in the final mix, at least 75% of the dialogue that made its way into the movie was recorded on DPA [d:screet] 4071s and DPA [d:screet] 4061s.”

Leading man Chris Pratt was fitted with the DPA d:screet 4061 omnidirectional mic. “We felt that the 4061 added a little something extra in the bass region for his voice, which was quite exciting,” Hayes continues. “All of the other characters used 4071s on their chest rigs and if we were rigging microphones in their hair or in their helmets, we used 4061s to increase the bass.”

As the title suggests, the sets for Guardians of the Galaxy were not going to be small. Finding regular-sized Sound Stages a little small, set designer Charlie Woods had sets housed in old Ministry of Defence buildings to allow enough space. This provided Hayes with a few hurdles to overcome sound-wise.

“That kind of environment isn’t as easy to record sound in as a sound stage, so I had a lot of background noise and a lot of reverb to contend with,” he says. “Again, the DPA mics excelled at rejecting that reverb and just capturing dry, up-front vocals for me.”

One of the things that really sets Guardians of the Galaxy apart from its kin in the superhero film genre is its esoteric 70′s soundtrack, which was integral to the way the sound was mixed. Hayes explains why this was a huge consideration when recording:

“Mixed in with the huge space sound-effects that the sound design team built for us, we really wanted close-up dry dialogue so that we could push the music and the effects harder, and that’s what the DPA mics helped us to do,” says Hayes, who collaborated closely with Alexandra Byrne (costume designer) and Dan Grace (costume supervisor) to design the mic placements used within the actors’ costumes.

“We had some really interesting rigs. For instance, Lee Pace, who plays Ronan, was wearing a helmet for his whole performance and we actually placed two 4061 mics into the helmet because the microphones were creating a tiny bulge. We wanted to have the bulge uniform, so we put one above each eyebrow, which not only gave a uniform look to the helmet, but it also gave us the opportunity to have two tracks running on Lee Pace’s dialogue.”

Ronan has a particularly dynamic part in the film, as Hayes continues: “This placement allowed Lee Pace more creativity in the way that he was playing Ronan and I was able to assure him that because we had the two 4061 mics on him, he could literally go from a whisper to a shout without us having any trouble whatsoever.”

Dave Bautiste, whose character Drax the Destroyer goes through the whole film topless, presented another challenge altogether, which meant finding an ingenious solution.

“We collaborated with the Special Makeup FX department and were able to have a [d:screet] 4071 basically rigged into the special makeup effects, which was applied to his upper body so it became part of a scar in the middle of his solar plexus,” Hayes says. “This meant that even though we had a topless man through the whole movie, in every single scene we were able to have a perfectly placed 4071. DPA’s are so reliable that you can have it buried under makeup and you know that it’s going to work all day, you’re not going to have any problems from them.”

With a run of over 18 films on which he’s used DPA microphones, Hayes concludes, “In the marketplace today there aren’t any lavalier mics that sound as natural and as transparent as DPAs. I feel that when I’m using a DPA microphone, I’m hearing actors through their performance rather than the microphone factoring it.”

After the box-office success of Guardians of the Galaxy, a sequel has already been announced, due for release in 2017.

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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

Point Source Audio SERIES8 Honored with BEST MICROPHONE Award

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Point Source Audio President James Lamb (center) accepting New Product Award for the company’s CO-8WD headset microphone

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Petaluma, CA — Point Source Audio (PSA), maker of the SERIES8 collection of high performance miniature microphones, announced that its CO-8WD headset microphone has won the coveted Worship Facilities New Product Award in the category of Best Microphone. The winners were announced at the 2014 WFX Conference & Expo in Dallas, TX.

Point Source Audio was one of 25 companies to receive the New Product Award but the only microphone manufacturer to receive this honor. Its CO-8WD headset microphone was selected based on a two-part evaluation of the product’s attributes, design, and functionality; and also its impact and benefits to the church market.

James Lamb, president of Point Source Audio, commented “The award is a source of great pride to our company, and shows our dedication to provide the greatest overall experience to our clients when then choose Point Source Audio.” The company also gave away 100 of their new custom protective microphone cases to church attendees.

The SERIES8 collection of headset, earworn and lavalier microphones is Point Source Audio’s next generation of miniature microphones. Its flagship 360° bendable boom feature is one of four features the company touts to be unique in combination with their mics’ IP57 waterproof rating against water, sweat and makeup; 148 dB max SPL; and interchangeable X-connectors for swapping wireless terminations.

Since their introduction, SERIES8 microphones have seen wide adoption from distinguished users such as the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, Chase Oaks mega-church, the Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo to name a few. With an MSRP starting at $389, Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about Point Source Audio’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (@PSA_audio) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com

Follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PSA_audio

DPA Microphones Makes Incognito’s Percussion Sound Crisp and Clear

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Jazz Funk band Incognito celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion the band was recently filmed at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire for a live convert DVD.

To ensure that the sound was as a tight as possible, Incognito’s percussionist Joao Caetano took along his own selection of DPA microphones including four d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and a stereo pair of d:dicate™ 4011A cardioid microphones, which were used as overheads for the recording.

“Normally I use d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid microphones for studio work and rely on the d:vote 4099 Instruments Microphones for live performance. But on this occasion we were recording audio for a DVD so I supplemented the line-up with the d:dicate 4011As because I wanted to capture the best sound possible. Our front of house engineer, Chris Lewis, was very happy that I had brought them out of the studio for the task. He always insists that I use my DPAs on all our gigs.”

25-year-old Caetano is a fully fledged member of Incognito having joined Jean Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick’s band in 2010. Originally from Macau, he came to the UK to study Music at Chichester University. Since graduating he has worked as a professional percussionist in the UK and has also composed and recorded music for television. Alongside his Incognito projects, Caetano has also worked and performed with the likes of Chaka Khan, Leona Lewis, Jessie J, Dionne Bromfield, Mario Biondi.

“Although I am primarily a percussionist, I am also very melodic because I studied violin for 12 years and guitar while I was at university,” he says. “I incorporate an awareness of other instruments into my work and I do like to capture the best sound possible, both in the studio and on the live stage. This is the main reason why I invested in my own selection of DPA microphones – in my opinion they are the best microphones in the world. They wipe the floor with everything else.”

Incognito tours every year and 2014 is no exception. The band are currently performing at various venues around Europe and Caetano takes his trusted d:votes with him wherever he goes.

“I use them on my congas and bongos because they deliver a really crisp, clear sound,” he explains. “They are very reliable and, of course, very portable because they are so small. I love the fact that they are well engineered and that they can be used on a range of instruments thanks to the clips that DPA has designed for them. Everything about them is good – even down to the cables and the case they come in. Compared to other microphones, they are streets ahead and once you have tried them you never go back to anything else.”

Joao Caetano is also working on a solo album project and says this will be recorded with DPA microphones because he wants it to sound ‘beautiful’.

“I’m playing guitar on this album and I’m definitely using my d:dicate 4011A microphones to capture that,” he says. “I have also been recommending DPA microphones to other musicians that I work with and am more than happy to point them in the direction of DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network, who were a great help when I was buying my own microphones.”

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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

DJ Ravidrums Performs At Telemundo’s Third Annual Premios Tu Mundo Show With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

AKG_DJRavidrumsMIAMI, Florida – Dubbed the ‘One-Man Wrecking Machine’, DJ/drummer DJ Ravidrums (Jakhotia) recently performed at the Telemundo’s Third Annual Premios Tu Mundo (Your World) Awards in Miami’s American Airlines Arena, which featured top Latin American and Spanish artists such as Yandel, Lucero, Juanes, Los Tucanes de Tijuana and David Bisbal. Having developed a transparent touchscreen DJ interface in collaboration with Virtual DJ Software—the Dream Screen 3000—the unique talents of this DJ/drummer were delivered to the audience with HARMAN’s AKG microphones.

Jakhotia combines his drumming skills with an interest in modern DJ applications, such as digital turntables. During the primetime show, his setup featured the Dream Screen 3000 with customized surrounding drums, situated on a separate platform in front of the main stage.

Jakhotia used 10 AKG C518M microphones on all the tom drums, two AKG C451B microphones on the overheads and an AKG D40 microphone on the snare.

“The show was about big giant Brazilian Samba sounds, consisting of percussion, electronics and proper acoustics,” said Jakhotia. “Getting the acoustics to meet the electronics takes a lot of work, but the AKG C518 microphones helped me do all that and generate a more powerful presence.”

As Jakhotia delivered an audiovisual spectacle in the middle of the arena, the AKG microphones held their own and delivered more than just world-class sound. “In this age it’s all about ease of use and reliability, which these microphones definitely have,” Jakhotia said. “Even after hitting them with my drumsticks many times, they never fail.”

In addition to the Awards event, he also uses an AKG D12 microphone for the kick drum for some shows, and AKG C414 microphones at his home studio.

“I just love the C414’s, as they’ve always been legendary and made me fall in love with AKG ever since I was a kid,” said Jakhotia. “The punch and clarity is there, making the electronics sound beefy and the acoustics sound complete. It’s challenging but thanks to AKG, I can always find the right balance.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Point Source Audio SERIES8 Microphones Chosen by Chase Oaks Texas Mega-Church

Audio engineer and leadership team select PSA’s low-profile mics after extensive evaluation.

Chase Oaks' Senior Pastor Jeff Jones relies on Point Source Audio’s CO-8WD headset microphone to deliver to his congregation

Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” miniature microphones, announced that its SERIES8 miniature microphones have been adopted by the three campuses of Chase Oaks Church of Plano, Texas—serving greater Plano’s population of 720,000.

SERIES8 headset mics are well-suited to the church community, particularly those with large congregations and physical dimensions to match. Chase Oaks’ expansive campuses made servicing their microphones a growing challenge and expense. “Our old headsets were continually snapping. It was very frustrating,” recounts Chase Oak’s Audio Engineer Kevin Sanchez before discovering Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 and its unique “Unbreakable Boom”. “The help I received from PSA’s customer support CHAT just blew me away,” Kevin added, “every question I asked came back with a ‘yes’ and a ‘here’s how you can do it.’”

The SERIES8 collection of headset, earworn and lavalier microphones is Point Source Audio’s next generation of miniature microphones. Its flagship 360° bendable boom feature is one of four features the company touts to be unique in combination with their mics’ IP57 waterproof rating against water, sweat and makeup; 148 dB max SPL; and interchangeable X-connectors for swapping wireless terminations.

Sanchez was wowed by Point Source Audio’s miniature headset that was both bendable and waterproof. After purchasing the CO-8WD through his trusted dealer, Rat Sound Systems in Camarillo, California, he verified the boom didn’t break after bending it 90° and after wearing for 30 minutes, it passed the comfort challenge. But the definitive factor for Sanchez and the leadership team was the headset mic’s performance quality. “I was shocked at how much gain I could get before feedback and the clarity of the headset,” remarked Sanchez.

Chase Oaks Church joins other distinguished venues such as Universal Studios, the Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo to have compared and chosen Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 microphone. With an MSRP starting at $389, Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about Point Source Audio’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

Apple Invites Larry Fishman To Speak At Special Employee Presentation


Cupertino, CA––With products such as iPhone, iTunes, MacBook, iMac and more, Apple Inc. is well known for beautiful design and seamless product integration. But where does Apple turn when looking for inspiration to help keep their ideas fresh?

Larry Fishman founder and President of Fishman, designer and manufacturer of pickups, amplification and other products for acoustic and electric musicians, was recently invited to speak to Apple designers, engineers and product managers.

Fishman delivered a presentation entitled “Inspiring Tools for Musicians: A Confluence of Engineering and Art” to a standing-room only audience. Not surprisingly, almost all in attendance raised their hand when asked by Mr. Fishman, “How many of you are engineers?” When asked the second question, “How many of you are musicians?” an equal number responded.

Fishman continues, “At that point I knew I was among friends. My own background with a Mechanical Engineering degree and years as a performing bassist has allowed me to seamlessly move between creative endeavors. Sometimes I’m playing my bass; sometimes I’m ‘playing’ my computer CAD system; at all times I’m creating.”

Mr. Fishman took the audience through his concept of creativity and how the engineering arts relate to and co-exist with the “fine” arts in terms of individuals and companies. He went on to explain how the Fishman culture of inspiration, rejecting institutional bias and “untying knots” has helped build an award winning, profitable and acknowledged leader in the MI industry over the last 33 years.

In addition to the lecture, music was used to reinforce key points and illustrate the end results of Mr. Fishman’s process. Performances featuring musicians Greg Koch, Roscoe Beck and Ritchie Fliegler were woven throughout the program.

Specific products were included such as Fishman’s first pickup design for upright bass along with his early relationship with guitar makers, which ultimately led to the development of the industry-standard Matrix pickup. Fishman spoke of his experience creating Parker Guitars with Ken Parker, and many of the challenges he faced with a radical new design that challenged the sensibilities of the conservative guitar market. Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology, Loudbox acoustic amplifiers and Fluence Multi-Voice electric guitar pickups were also used as examples to illustrate the Fishman creative technology process. Of particular interest to the Apple audience was the TriplePlay Wireless MIDI Guitar Controller and how it integrates with iOS and OS X software.

Fishman concludes, “At this point, Apple’s mark on product technology and design are indisputable. That they would invite me to speak to them as a peer is quite an honor. Being given the opportunity to share my views on product development to a receptive audience at Apple was an amazingly inspiring and humbling experience.

“Also, the fact that many of the attendees stayed and chatted well after the presentation was over definitely made my day. We could really relate to each other, as in ‘if you’re a computer company why are you making a phone?’ It’s not that much different from our expansion into digital processing, electric guitar pickups and amps. Ultimately, we all agreed the object is to bring value, something truly unique to people.”

For more information about Fishman, please click to www.fishman.com.

Earthworks FlexMics Capture Beatification Ceremony Conducted by Pope Francis in South Korea

Milford, NH – Earthworks FlexMic™ podium microphones were recently used in a Beatification Ceremony conducted by Pope Francis in Seoul, Korea on August 16. The ceremony was held at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, with nearly one million people in attendance and 20 percent of South Korea’s population tuning in to watch the historic event on television.

Sung Jun Park, Director of Engineering for Art Mix, selected six FMR500/HC 19 inch Earthworks podium microphones for the ceremony.

Park commented on some of the benefits that the Earthworks FlexMics provide. “The sensitivity and dynamic range are good. Additionally, their gain before feedback is definitely superior to the other microphones.”

Park also noted the response of the ceremony’s organizers to the sound quality the FMR500/HCs delivered. “The Vatican was satisfied, since the FMR500/HCs have a high quality sound.”

In addition to the overall sound quality, the FMR500/HCs also provided aesthetic benefits for an event being broadcast on television. “The microphone’s head is small. So, it did not hide the Pope’s face.”

For this particular ceremony, Park utilized J-Series and Q Series loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik, a DIGICO SD-8 console and six Earthworks FMR500/HC podium microphones.

www.earthworksaudio.com
www.audioworks.co.kr
www.artmix.co.kr

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