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Partner Conference Allows Distributors To Get Under DPA’s Skin

More than 120 pro audio distributors, dealers and opinion leaders travelled to Denmark for DPA Microphones’ Partner Conference.

Guests from around the world attended three days of meetings and seminars in Copenhagen and at DPA’s headquarters in Allerød. They were also taken on a tour of DPA’s production facility in Asnæs where they were shown the different processes involved in making a DPA microphone. The conference culminated in a live, hands-on workshop at the Nørrebro Theatre in Copenhagen, where a singer/actor and a band demonstrated various DPA microphones.

DPA Microphones’ CEO Christian Poulsen says: “The conference was a huge success as it allowed those attending to really get to know the company. DPA has changed a great deal in recent years thanks to the introduction of a new management team and significant developments in R&D that have led our product range in new and exciting directions. We held this conference because we wanted our distribution partners and invited guests to get a real sense of the DNA of the new DPA – a company with true forward vision.”

Among those attending was sound engineer Chris Ekers, who was involved with the London Olympics 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Commenting on his time in Denmark he says: “I use DPA microphones all the time for theatre and classical opera work, so I know what they can do. However, I was very interested to see the production facility and learn more about how they are made. I was amazed at the amount of work and care that goes into each microphone. I met one lady who had personally touched every DPA 4060 miniature microphone ever made – and that must be an awful lot of microphones.”

Ekers adds that the seminars and demonstrations were extremely useful, even for an experienced engineer. He also enjoyed meeting the DPA team and learning more about the company’s approach to design and manufacturing.

“This is obviously a young and vibrant company with lots of good ideas for expanding its product range in an intelligent way,” he says. “It was a privilege to be invited to DPA’s Partner Conference and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and DPA’s hospitality.”

His views were echoed by Rui Lisboa, DPA’s Portuguese distribution partner. “I was surprised to learn that every DPA microphone is hand-crafted, and also amazed by the rigorous test procedure each one goes through,” he says.

Sound engineer Bernard Schmid, who attended the partner conference as a guest of DPA’s Austrian distributor, adds: “For me, the practical demonstrations were the most useful as these gave me a chance to compare different models. I have been using DPA microphones for many years yet I still learned a new and easier way of hiding a miniature microphone in the hair.”

Another guest was Akira Fukada, the inventor of the surround standard Fukada Tree, who says: “Being able to participate in the conference was a great honour and a very stimulating experience. I now understand the direction in which DPA is aimed and I learned about the quality control of these wonderful products. DPA is an indispensable microphone for my music production, and I look forward to new developments at DPA.”

Other attendeed included artist and sound engineer Seigen Ono; Takeru Yamazaki, product manager at DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound and Chul Hoon Choi and Soo Hwan Kim from DPA’s South Korean distributor Best Leading Solutions.

“It was a fascinating experience and I came away with a much better understanding of DPA, its business philosophy and its approach to R&D and product design,” says Soo Hwan Kim, sales manager at BLS. ”We got a few hints about some of the new products that are coming along next year and these look really exciting. DPA already has a strong reputation for quality, but seeing the care that goes into the manufacture of each and every microphone leaving its factory makes you realise just how exceptional these products really are.”

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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 Are Chosen For New Jazz Venue The Standard

Danish Jazz legend, producer and internationally acclaimed pianist Niels Lan Doky has teamed up with Claus Meyer, co-owner of the Michelin-starred noma restaurant, to launch The Standard, a new Jazz club in Copenhagen that includes two bars and three world-class restaurants.

Officially opened on October 3rd, 2013, The Standard’s audio equipment list highlights another famous Danish name – DPA Microphones.

“We have between 10 and 15 DPA microphones permanently in the venue and we will be hiring in more when larger ensembles are playing,” says Niels Lan Doky, who is musical director of the new venue. “When our stage was completed in September we conducted a series of rehearsals and tests on site with the DPA team to determine exactly which microphones we needed. The list, which is exclusively DPA, includes various d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and a selection of d:dicate™ 4011 and 4006 Recording Microphones.”

As The Standard features vocalists as well as instrumentalists, Doky and his team have also invested in a new DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone that will be made available to every singer performing at the club.

“We are very excited about this microphone, which is the perfect microphone for us,” Doky says. “Our highly experienced house sound engineer, Jonas Nakel, tried it and was very impressed because it has the trademark qualities of DPA, coupled with the specific needs of a vocal mic.”

The choice of DPA Microphones reflects Doky’s philosophy that, at The Standard, it is the quality of the performance, the music that emanates from the stage, the sound of the room and the overall experience shared by the musicians and audience that matters, not the reputation or image of the artist performing.

“We are aiming to capture the timeless values that define jazz and that the greatest artists in jazz have in common,” Doky explains. “What counts is the quality of the music performed, so we will be working with incoming artists to help them prepare and enhance their shows in order to go beyond themselves and reach new levels of artistry. We also have a great sounding room with top level equipment and this is a very important part of the equation because although we are creating a classic jazz atmosphere, we are also ensuring that the room’s equipment and acoustics reflect professional recording studio standards so that we can give our audiences an exceptional sonic experience.”

Doky adds that choosing DPA was an easy decision for him to make as he already owns a selection of DPA 4011 and 4021 microphones that he uses for all his concerts and recordings.

“I have never done a recording without a large selection of DPAs,” he says. “They are the most transparent and precise microphones I know because what you put in is exactly what you get out at the other end of the chain. In the old days people didn’t always appreciate this as they were used to hearing the transformed and sometimes aesthetically altered sound that many other microphones produced. However, in our increasingly technically sophisticated world, especially in the world of A/V production, it is very important to get as close as possible to a natural sound. I believe that was DPA’s vision from the start and I am glad that they have stubbornly stuck to it.”

Doky has an elegant touch when it comes to studio work and his recordings are renowned for their superior technical quality. His latest album, Scandinavian Standards, will be released on Parlophone to tie in with the opening of the new club, which will host an album launch party.

“Like all my albums, Scandinavian Standards was recorded using DPA microphones,” Doky says. “I play piano and, given how hard it is to record and amplify that instrument, I don’t think the quality of my recordings would have been possible without the clarity and precision of my loyal travel companions, my DPA microphones.”

The opening of The Standard brings the worlds of gastronomy and music into close orbit and focuses attention on Copenhagen’s unique jazz history, which dates back to the 1950’s when many American ex-patriot jazz legends settled there.

“We take deep pride in Copenhagen’s jazz legacy and we want to reflect it in The Standard’s creative choices and decisions whenever possible,” Niels Lan Doky says. “We will be looking to bring in dynamic, vibrant and engaged jazz artists who know how to be daring and courageous without compromising integrity and quality.”

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DPA Microphones Help Tindersticks’ String Section Combat Spill

UK indie rock band Tindersticks is marking its 21st anniversary with a 12-date European tour that starts in France later this month. Among the key items of equipment at each show will be two DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which are being used on the band’s cello and double bass.

Jamie Hickey, Tindersticks monitor engineer since 2008, says he used DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones over the summer when the band performed seven shows as a taster for the 21st anniversary tour. One of these performances involved a special set at the Blue Balls Festival in Lucern, Switzerland, where the six-piece band was joined by a 17-piece string section.

“The venue had a stock of DPA 4061 Miniature Microphones that it was happy for us to use on the string section, but due to their omni polar pattern I didn’t think they were the best option for a string section that was playing alongside a rock band,” he says. “The supercardioid d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were a much better way to go because they could combat the amount of spill from other instruments on stage.

Hickey hired 17 d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones from Tech-Serv Audio in the UK. These were used to mic five 1st violins, five 2nd violins, four violas and three cellos.

“They performed absolutely brilliantly and I was so impressed that I am now using them to mic Tindersticks’ regular cello and double bass players,” Hickey says. “As far as I am concerned there is no better option for close miking strings. I love their ease of use – if time is limited, which it inevitably is, you can essentially point the mic at the F hole and voilà, it sounds great.”

Hickey adds that DPA’s instrument clips, which he describes as ‘a work of genius’, were also a bonus because they were so easy to attach to the instruments.

“String players are very wary of anyone going within six feet of their instrument – let alone attaching anything to it,” he says. “On this occasion I showed the players the mics we were using and invited them to inspect the clip. The quality and feel of the material used reassured them that there would be no damage to their instrument.”

Tindersticks’ 21st anniversary tour will feature five additional string players who will join the band when they play the London Barbican. For that concert Jamie Hickey will once again be hiring additional mics from Tech-Serv Audio.

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

MASQUE SOUND CELEBRATES THE MEMORY OF SIX EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG MEN IN BARRY MANILOW’S HARMONY – A NEW MUSICAL

Douglas Williams, Tony Yazbeck, Will Taylor, Chris Dwan, Will Blum, and Shayne Kennon in the Alliance Theatre’s 2013/14 production of Harmony – A New Musical. September 6 – October 6, 2013. Photo by Greg Mooney.

When Tony® award-winner John Shivers, along with David Patridge were personally selected by Barry Manilow and theater veteran Bruce Sussman to create the sound design for the legendary singer’s highly anticipated new musical, Harmony – A New Musical, they turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package.

Harmony, which officially opened at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on September 15, recounts the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men who in 1920s Germany took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in dozens of films and packed the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed with the commencement of World War II.

The cast of the Alliance Theatre’s 2013/14 production of Harmony – A New Musical. September 6 – October 6, 2013. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Working with Masque Sound for more than 20 years now, Shivers most recently collaborated with the company on the Broadway smash Kinky Boots, for which he won the Tony® award for Best Sound Design of a Musical. “When Barry Manilow was in essence auditioning sound designers for Harmony, he came to see Kinky Boots,” says Shivers. “He liked the sound of the show, and the very next day I received a call from Mr. Manilow asking if I could design the sound for Harmony. Masque Sound did a great job in providing the equipment and technical support for Kinky Boots, so they were my obvious choice for Harmony. I have a great relationship with them; they are wonderful to work with and are always attentive to my needs.”

One of the biggest challenges in the sound design for Harmony was achieving full-scale production sound on a limited-engagement show’s budget. “Whenever you have a very experienced pop star like Barry Manilow personally involved in a show, expectations are very high,” adds Shivers. “Although the show is only scheduled to run for a month, we did not want to compromise the sound in any way because of financial constraints. Through our design, along with Masque Sound’s extensive inventory, we were able to put together a package that ultimately ended up sounding great and made Barry very happy.”

Shivers and Patridge designed an audio equipment package that included a DiGiCo SD10 digital console. The SD10 offers a reasonably large number of inputs and outputs, along with signal routing flexibility. “DiGiCo continues to provide valuable software as an added package to their SD consoles which is designed specifically for the theatrical market,” says Patridge. “The SD10 was provided as an “SD10T” console with this software which allows the desk to operate in a manner very consistent with the needs of musical theatre. Theatre is such a small piece of the audio market and it is great to have vendors like Masque Sound who are willing to make the effort for us.”

In addition, Masque Sound provided a large speaker array of Meyer M’elodies, which Shivers likes because they have excellent clarity and punch in a relatively compact package. Masque Sound also provided Meyer subwoofers and Sennheiser Wireless SK5212s along with frequency coordination.

“Every job and every theater has its unique challenges from a sound design standpoint, whether it be microphone placement on the actors, time constraints, room acoustics, etc.,” adds Shivers. “Masque Sound is not only an equipment provider; their on-site support and troubleshooting is second to none.”

Directed by Drama Desk Award-nominee Tony Speciale (Classic Stage Company’s Unnatural Acts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Harmony runs through October 6 at the Alliance Theatre and will move to Los Angeles in the spring of 2013.

Tony Yazbeck, Will Taylor, Douglas Williams, Shayne Kennon, Chris Dwan, and Will Blum in the Alliance Theatre’s 2013/14 production of Harmony – A New Musical. September 6 – October 6, 2013. Photo by Greg Mooney.

About Alliance Theatre
Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre has become the leading producing theatre in the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people on two stages. The Alliance values excellence, pursued with integrity and creativity, and achieved through collaboration. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement. Reaching more than 200,000 patrons annually, the Alliance delivers powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply. Each year, the Alliance Theatre Acting Program and Education Department reaches 50,000 students through performances, acting classes, drama camps, and in-school initiatives with programs like the Collision Project for teens and the Theatre for the Very Young for audiences 18 months – 5 years old. The Alliance also nurtures the careers of playwrights through the Alliance National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing a premiere for the competition winner as part of the regular season with national networking opportunities for four finalists. www.alliancetheatre.org

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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HARMAN’s AKG Wireless System in the Hands of Holy Light Church of Deliverance’s Bishops for Inspiring Services

VIENNA, Austria – Led by Bishop Samuel L Carruth, The Holy Light Church Of Deliverance has opened its doors for nearly 50 years for the St. Portsmouth, Virginia community. With an aging sound reinforcement system installed in the early ‘90s, Vicom was tasked with designing and supplying the house of worship with a new system to ensure the upbeat services were clearly heard among the crowd of devout attendees.

Six hanging loud speakers covered in carpet were previously hung and aimed incorrectly resulting in poor sound and high reverberation. The band was too loud and those in the pews couldn’t hear the choir. A Yamaha console was previously installed and a mixed set of wireless microphones were available – all deemed out of date by Vicom.

A complete HARMAN system, including 10 sets of AKG WMS4500 wireless was installed throughout the church to improve live sound and recording ability. Handheld C5 microphones are on hand as presenters take advantage of the entire stage during services.

The Church now boasts a Soundcraft Si Performer 3 digital console, with a Compact Stage Box for up to 56 channels of mixing ability. Dual clusters of four JBL VRX932 loudspeakers fill left and right sides with outstanding sound, while two VRX918 subwoofers were installed left and right on the ground. The loudspeakers are powered by Crown – eight total XTi 4002 and 6002 amplifiers.

“When we designed the HARMAN solution for the Holy Light Church, our main concern was clarifying the intelligibility of the vocals and band so any performance from a single speaker to a large ensemble would be completely audible; not bouncing off the walls,” stated Andrew Fantin, Sales Engineer, Vicom. “The church is very lively in its performances and many times they reach levels of 100db. The AKG microphones are put to the test from the second the service starts to the end of the day. The entire HARMAN solution was a natural progression for the pastors and audience.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge Finds Enlightened Sound with DPA Microphones

Music for the TV mogul and alternative medicine practitioner’s latest venture recorded using d:dicate™ 2011C Cardioid and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument microphones

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 1, 2013 – This summer, nearly 700,000 people participated in the online launch of Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra’s Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge: Miraculous Relationships. For co-producers and composers Rich Tozzoli and Scott E. Moore, recording the music for this production proved to be as much of an adventure as the challenge was for the listeners. Featuring over two hours of original compositions across many genres with multiple musicians, the duo needed to create a unique and natural sound for each song, and it had to be as enlightened as each day’s meditation. To do this, they consistently called upon DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ 2011C Cardioid Microphones and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones.


Now available as a CD and as an online download, the 21-Day Meditation Challenge is an interactive transformational three-week guided meditation journey hosted by Winfrey and Chopra. At the start of each session, Winfrey introduces the focus of the mediation and Chopra then leads listeners in a mantra that explores one self-discovery topic, with a unique soundtrack for each meditation. The selection of instruments for these segments included a 100-year-old cello, an 1830s double-reeded flute known as a flageolet, Tibetan singing bowls, a vibraphone, vintage analogue synthesizers and vintage acoustic guitars.

“We approached the project very much like a film score,” says Moore. “Each piece had to be a specific, organic and beautiful cinematic experience.”

In order to ensure each song was true to the sound of the instrument and performance, while still sensitive enough for the nature of the relaxing music, Tozzoli, the primary engineer, relied on his DPA 2011C compact twin diaphragm cardioid microphones and d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones.

“I chose the DPA 2011C for this project because it has low noise and incredible clarity,” explains Tozzoli. “We recorded in various studios and also at a gorgeous remote lodge-like home on a lake, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any ambient noise because it was just the bare instruments in the mix. The fact that the 20011C is cardioid is also a big reason for my selection as I needed the recordings to be very focused on the sounds directly in front of me. The 2011C provided me with that nice, narrow path. It’s just a beautiful microphone.”

“It was absolutely heavenly to hear my 1930s Martin acoustic guitar captured with every nuance of that special tone for which those guitars are so cherished,” adds Moore.

Tozzoli and Moore carried a mobile rig – comprising both types of microphones and a Millenia HB-307 pre-amp – to each location. Tozzoli credits the compact size of the DPA mics as being perfect for mobile rigs and said the combination of DPA and Millenia products was such an ideal solution for this project that even the artists took notice. “All of the musicians commented, literally across the board, on the sound in their headphones and said it made them perform better,” says Tozzoli.

“I’m new to DPA Microphones, but when I set them up to record in my studio all I could say was ‘wow,’ ” adds Ray LeVier, drummer/percussionist for the 21-Day Mediation project. “They’re just so good at reproducing exactly what you put them up against. You get the exact same sound back. There’s a clarity and a focus about the mics that is just apparent to everyone who hears them, whether they’re a musician or not.”

In order to ensure that the sound was as natural as possible, Tozzoli used Altiverb reverbs, which is a recording of the actual sound environments of historical buildings and structures around the world, as opposed to signal-processed simulated reverbs. For example, an ancient Indian temple provided the perfect deep and multi-dimensional reverberations for recording the flageolet and other delicate instruments. In addition, he relied on Sonnox Reverb and Eventide Space to help achieve the lush audio experience.

“The combination of DPA Microphones and these other elements created this incredible atmosphere for which the musicians could make their music,” continues Tozzoli. “One challenge we had, musically and technically, was to keep the soothing and lush music continuous after Deepak’s voice dropped out and before it came back in. The DPA mics literally, without question, helped us make such beautiful music that we could balance the bare instruments and have it carry one clear message.”

The 21-Day Meditation Challenge features a wide variety of musicians, including Moore on electric and acoustic guitars; Tozzoli on guitars and keyboards and LeVier, on percussion and vibraphone. Other featured artists on the project include Akua Dickson, who played the 100-year-old cello; Andy Munitz on violin; Laura Josephson on the flageolet and various other flutes; Kristen Hevner-Wyatt on acoustic piano and Bruce MacPherson on analogue synthesizers. David Ondrick performed vocal chanting tones and played Tibetan singing bowls.

The Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge: Miraculous Relationships is currently available on CD, in two forms: the original guided meditation challenge and the simple music and mantras version. It can also be downloaded from Chopra’s mediation website: www.chopracentermeditation.com or from Winfrey’s OWN Network website: www.oprah.com/own.

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 always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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DPA Convinces Metallica’s Big Mick That Its Mics Can Rock

Big Mick, Front of House sound engineer for the US heavy metal band Metallica, is using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture the sound of drummer Lars Ulrich’s cymbals and toms.

“After 30 years with Metallica – and 15 years miking Lars’ drums with another brand of microphone – I was finally persuaded to test DPA microphones by Morten Uldbæk, who is the Danish distributor for Midas consoles,” Big Mick says. “I have to admit I had never considered DPA as the right kind of microphone for live rock music, but after giving them a try I was really impressed with their brightness and crispness.”

The final impetus to switch to DPA came from the studio engineers who were working on the soundtrack for Metallica’s 3D film Through the Never, which will have its first public screening at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California on Tuesday, September 17th.

“The recording guys were not happy with our old mics because they didn’t deliver the audio they wanted across the full frequency range,” Big Mick says. “Obviously for a surround sound, 3D movie it was important that the audio was perfect so I suggested the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and, after carrying out A/B testing, they were very happy for us to switch to them.”

Big Mick adds that as well as delivering brighter, crisper audio, the DPA d:vote 4099 microphones were much clearer in the higher frequency ranges. As a result he no longer needs to use an exciter across the cymbal and toms sub group on his Midas live sound console.

“Technology does move on and I’m always looking for better solutions,” Big Mick says. “Now that I have discovered DPA I am looking forward to trying out a few other models and already have my eye on the d:dicate™ 2011 recording microphones as I’m told they are great for drums as well.”

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

MASQUE SOUND TRANSPORTS AUDIENCES TO THE BEGINNING OF AMERICAN HISTORY FOR ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED MUSICALS OF ALL TIME, 1776

When Sound Designer Kevin Kennedy was given the challenge of creating an authentic audio experience that takes audiences on a timely, rousing and suspenseful adventure into the fascinating first chapter of American history for the American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) production of 1776, he turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package.

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, 1776 is a vivid musical look into the revolutionary events that shaped our republic more than 230 years ago as our founding fathers wrestled with infighting, held heated debates, and negotiated compromises while drafting our Declaration of Independence. Filled with glorious music and unforgettable characters, this triumphant new staging is helmed by acclaimed director Frank Galati.

Kennedy has done a number of shows with Masque Sound in the past, so working with them on 1776 was a natural fit. “In the past three years, all of my shows have been pulled from Masque Sound,” says Kennedy. “My relationship with Masque Sound has always been great. Their selection of gear and their ability to provide the equipment I ask for is second to none. Masque Sound’s customer service element is the best in the business and their level of support is unrivaled.”

In designing the sound for 1776, Kennedy’s goal was to take the audience back in time and provide as realistic and authentic a feel sonically as possible. “This musical takes place over 230 years ago and tells an extremely important story in our countries history,” adds Kennedy. “I wanted to give the audience a very natural sound and make sure that the entire room from the front row to the last row felt that they were not listening to a sound system but rather the actual instruments, only louder. The equipment Masque Sound provided, the supplemental speakers and processing, supplemental wireless microphones, pit microphones, etc., complemented the in-house gear beautifully and was vital in helping me achieve my vision.”

To complement the existing in-house audio equipment, Masque Sound provided a custom speaker package featuring Meyer UPM-1Ps and XTA speaker management processors, as well as a monitor package of Aviom A-16II mixers and Aviom A-16D Pro Distribution systems. Sennheiser Pro Quality Lav-Style Transmitters and Sennheiser Pro Quality Dual Channel Receivers made up the wireless and cabled Shure and Neumann microphones and Radial DI’s were also utilized. Masque Sound also provided a video component for 1776. Since the conductor stand’s positioned on a platform and scenic obstructions obscure him, the members of the orchestra as well as the cast cannot actually see the conductor. In order for the musicians and cast to see the conductor and take their cues, Masque Sound delivered a video distribution package including Rackmount VDA’s, Delvcam LCD monitors and a Vitek Bullet camera.

In addition, Masque Sound also provided frequency coordination for 1776. “With 26 channels of wireless in play on the actors plus the additional headsets and auxiliary equipment, as well as dealing with a production in the theater next door that has a huge frequency list, Masque Sound was instrumental in ensuring that all the wireless channels in use remained interference free and working properly,” concludes Kennedy. “We would not have been able to accomplish what we did without Masque Sound. They are always willing to help a show that comes out of its shop even with the in-house gear. Once again, they did a great job.”

1776 is currently playing at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, CA. The production opened on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 and is currently scheduled to run through October 6, 2013.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once,” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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DPA Offers PLASA Visitors A Live Sound Microphone For Every Application

DPA Microphones’ award-winning d:facto II Vocal Microphone is just one of a number of high quality microphones dedicated to the live stage that will be on show at PLASA 2013 (Stand E71).
In conjunction with its UK distributor Sound Network, DPA will highlight the breadth and depth of its live sound microphone range, which now caters for every eventuality and offers something for everyone.

“Regardless of whether you are recording or amplifying, we now has a microphone for every live miking situation,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “The launch of the d:facto II Vocal Microphone was a major step forward for DPA as it meant we could finally offer vocalists DPA’s renowned audio quality in a beautifully designed, hand-held wired or wireless unit. In addition, we also have our innovative d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and our lightweight, easy to wear d:fine™ Headset Microphones that are so popular with theatre and musical productions and are increasingly in demand for live concerts where singers want superior sound as they dance and perform.”

DPA live sound solutions also include the recently rebranded d:dicate™ range of Recording Microphones that have long delivered superb audio quality to musicians who want to use a microphone on a stand. Among these is the d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm cardioid microphone, an all-round workhorse that is optimized for on-stage use and gives superb clarity, richness and dynamics.

Visitors attending PLASA 2013 will also have the opportunity to see DPA’s new MMC4018 modular supercardioid condenser capsule that is now an integral part of the d:dicate™ Recording Microphone range. The MMC4018 offers a highly directional pattern and an extremely controlled off-axis response, thus ensuring exceptionally smooth sound. Unlike the DPA d:dicate 4017 Shotgun, which includes an interference tube and is therefore more directional, this new variant offers more consistent rear rejection (almost no back lobe), making it ideally suited to spot miking in orchestras.

The modular nature of DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphone range has enabled the company to expand its remit by entering the installation market. To this end it has introduced new desktop and podium microphones that give AV installers and conference organisers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

DPA’s new MMC4018 capsule is the standard recommendation for the d:dicate podium microphone. By combining the capsule with different active booms and cables, installers can specify the exact microphone for their needs. For example, an MMC4018 capsule combined with an MMP-C compact pre-amp makes an ideal desktop microphone, while the same capsule combined with an MMP-E modular active cable is perfect for applications where the microphone needs to be hung from the ceiling as the preamp only adds 12mm to the capsule – and thanks to its integrated cable it is very inconspicuous.

For more information about DPA’s microphone range, please visit Stand E71. Visitors to the booth will also have the opportunity to win a DPA microphone by having their badge scanned and entering a free draw, which will be drawn each day at five pm throughout the show.

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit
www.dpamicrophones.com

Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 Raises the Bar on Miniature Microphones

Designed with a variety of robust features, SERIES8 miniature microphones are tiny but tough, and now shipping worldwide

Point Source's SERIES8 Headset model is both collapsible and reversible, and available in beige or black.

Petaluma, CA — Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “unbreakable boom” microphone, today announced its SERIES8 miniature microphones are now officially shipping in three different styles: headset, earworn and lavalier. Created for use in broadcast, theater and live production, the new SERIES8 miniature microphones have recently been adopted by distinguished venues such as Universal Studios, Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo, to name a few.

SERIES8 mics are setting a new standard for performance and durability in a micro size capsule. While the mic elements measure a mere 2-4 mm in diameter, the mics’ robust features are unlike any others on the market today. The omnidirectional microphones feature 148dB max SPL with an “Unbreakable Boom” bendable to 360°. In addition, they are IP57 waterproof rated against water, sweat and makeup, and feature interchangeable X-connectors for wireless compatibility on the spot.

The SERIES8 cardioid microphones are an ideal solution for performers who require isolation from surrounding performers. The cardioid mics perform best when placed just at the corner of the mouth, which also allows them to maintain an unobtrusive appearance when worn.

”I’ve been passionate about music for more than 30 years and believe there is nothing better than hearing audio at its finest,” stated James Lamb, President, Point Source Audio. “We’ve designed the SERIES8 miniature microphones to have unmatched performance and reliability in a very tiny package. With these standards, we’re confident the SERIES8 products will meet the needs of the most discriminating audio professionals.”

With an MSRP starting at $389, PSA’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are shipping now and are available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about PSA’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting http://www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom headset and earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” in the industry. 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.

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