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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.

HOSA TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES NEW MOGAN ELITE ICE OMNI EARSET MICROPHONE

Buena Park, CA – September 2013…

**** Photo: Mogan Elite Omni Earset Microphone ****

Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce the new Mogan Elite ICE Omni Earset Microphone. As the newest addition to the Mogan Microphones brand of subminiature microphones, the new Mogan Elite ICE builds upon the strengths of the original Mogan Elite Earset Microphone while taking fit and appearance to an entirely new level. Designed to deliver full-frequency vocal reproduction for the most discerning presenter or performer, the new Mogan Elite ICE Earset Microphone is a terrific choice for broadcasters, theatrical performers, church worship leaders, and other professionals seeking exceptional audio performance while taking advantage of the microphone’s all-but invisible appearance. more

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CAD Audio Names Habel Sales Manager For Installed Products

Bob Habel

Solon, OH––CAD Audio has announced the appointment of Bob Habel as Sales Manager for Astatic Commercial installed products.

In this capacity, Habel will be responsible for managing all commercial accounts and Astatic rep firms while providing technical support for installed products.

A 30-year industry commercial A/V veteran, Habel has held sales management positions at several major Ohio rep firms including Cambridge Marketing, Online Marketing and with systems integrator, Zenith Systems AV Solutions. He is also CTS-certified and has worked as a project manager, effectively spanning both sides of the marketplace.

Commenting on Habel’s appointment, CAD Audio Executive VP of Sales & Marketing Tony O’Keefe said, “Bob has a very successful track record as a sales management executive and integrator in commercial A/V. His wide-ranging experience and technical expertise make him highly qualified to drive the commercial side of our business.”

For more information about CAD Audio/Astatic Commercial, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com

Earthworks Microphones Record Brahms’ Requiem

September 19, 2013, Milford, NH – On April 28, 2013, the Meridian Symphony Chorus and Orchestra recorded the Brahms’ Requiem at Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, MS. This church was chosen for its’ outstanding acoustics. The entire performance was recorded using all Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ as follows: 4 FW730 Flexwands™ on choir, 2 QTC40s on the orchestra, 1 SR30 for solo mic, 1 SR30 for room ambience, and 1 PM40 PianoMic™ on piano. Dr. Bob Hermetz, Conductor, said “This recording sounds incredibly detailed, natural and real. I am very pleased with the results.”

Photo courtesy of Meridian Symphony Chorus and Orchestra ©2013

The Meridian Symphony Chorus has been conducted by Dr. Hermetz since 1971 utilizing singers from East Mississippi and West Alabama, dedicated to presenting the highest level of choral singing. Averaging three concerts a year, the chorus presents music ranging from contemporary styles, theater, oratorio, opera choruses, and other classical forms. In addition to local and regional performances, the Symphony Chorus has made three appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall through Mid America Productions. The chorus is a non-profit organization operating under the umbrella of the Meridian Symphony Association, Inc.

For information on this recording or a CD of this performance, call (601) 693-2224, and for information on Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ visit www.earthworksaudio.com.

Broadcast Mixing Abilities Enhanced With HARMAN AKG DMM12 BC

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Highlighting its line of digital mixing units in the DMM series, HARMAN’s AKG will be showcasing its DMM12 BC during IBC. The 12-input mixer’s highly sophisticated algorithm offers a high signal-to-noise ratio to minimize the number of open microphones in a mix and offers the ability to create a different mix per each output. The DMM12 BC unit is scalable up to 10 units and each unit’s inputs are individually routable to numerous outputs – two stereo line outs, one stereo record output and an AES-EBU output. The professional-grade unit offers numerous DSP functions included in the 19-inch, 1HU device.

Managing level, bass, low cut, limiter, compressor, auto-mixing, priority, pam/balance, routing to receiver, routing to output 1, routing to output 2 and delay adjustments can be made quickly with the intuitive, easy-to-use interface.

“A broadcast facility with DMM12 BC allows engineers to have better control of the digital audio functions, but with a more “analog” feel to the unit,” stated Kent Iverson, Director of Marketing and Product Development, AKG. “The DMM series will be a substantial addition to any broadcast or backroom installed sound rig as its quality, reliability and user-friendliness meet the needs of the mixing professional on numerous levels.”

When in use, all inputs are active, but attenuated to a level that equals the level of one “active microphone.” If one or more inputs receive relevant input signals, their amplification is increased to a level, which allows overall output to equal one “active microphone,” resulting in an absolute feedback-stable system.

Working to deter noise pickup, the DMM series senses numerous sonic activities to monitor and diminish unwanted sound. If a signal is picked up over a long period of time, the mixers understand that it may be an air conditioning unit or other unavoidable noise. When a large number of microphones pick up the same signal and all mics are active, the DMM system will recognize applause and not react. When two microphones are receiving the same signal, the mic with the slightly higher level gets priority, while the other one is attenuated.

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.

ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH THRIVES WITH LECTROSONICS

** Photo: Jason Martin, TSG’s Aspen system programmer **

Baton Rouge, LA – September 2013… In the fall of 2009, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church embarked on an ambitious campaign “To Build a Future of Hope!” Among its various directives was the complete renovation of the church. Recognizing the importance of delivering a high level of speech intelligibility and music reproduction to the congregation, the church recently completed installation of a new sound reinforcement system—and at the heart of that system is audio processing and wireless microphone technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS PROVIDES INSPIRATION AT MEGAFEST 2013

When an estimated 75,000 people converged on downtown Dallas from August 29-31 for MegaFest, the nation’s largest inspirational family festival, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was on hand to provide all wireless equipment and frequency coordination for the multi-venue festival.

Produced by MegaFest Incorporated in conjunction with Mike Walker Creative, MegaFest is a family-friendly festival that brings together the best of T.D. Jakes Ministries, with conferences including Woman Thou Art Loosed, Manpower, MegaKidz and the Mega-Youth Experience. The festival featured inspiration, music, entertainment and seminars, along with appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Babyface, Joel and Victoria Osteen, Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington, Steve Harvey, Brandy, Ray Chew and other celebrity guests.

Oprah Winfrey’s Life Class kicked off the three-day festival, which took place at the American Airlines Center (AAC). The main program was broadcast from the AAC, with several other large events held at the Dallas Convention Center. PWS supplied all the wireless ENG gear as well, including Lectrosonics microphones and IFBs, to coordinate this multi-venue festival.

The package that was supplied by PWS included Shure Axient microphone systems and PSM1000 In Ear Monitor systems, as well as Telex BTR800 wireless communications for all events, at both locations surrounding the festival. In addition, PWS provided several of its own products, including its GX-8 Combiners, DB-8 Distribution Systems, and its Helical and Domed Helical Antennas.

While PWS provided all the wireless gear and coordination, the company worked closely with both Spectrum Sound and Crossroads Audio, who provided PA and monitor gear to the American Airlines Center and the Dallas Convention Center. PWS was responsible for coordinating nearly 400 frequencies between the two separate venues including eight performance spaces set up in the Dallas Convention Center, the constantly changing needs for media coverage, and the high level of DTV congestion throughout the Dallas area. PWS’s five-man crew worked closely with the festival’s main production company and the local sound companies at each venue to ensure the coordination of all wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and show communications were flawless.

“Having worked with Mike Walker in the past at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, we were glad that he decided to contact us for our wireless gear and expertise for an event of this scale,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager of PWS. “Being able to provide the equipment and services for an event of this size and scope is what we do best, and the fact that the event went as smoothly as it did is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the PWS team.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

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” and “Once” 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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