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Get HD Sound For HD Pictures with DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

Broadcasters attending IBC 2013 will only need to stop at DPA Microphones’ stand D76 in Hall 8 to cover all HD broadcast microphone applications, from the single interview to the complete TV show.

Since its beginning in 1992, DPA Microphones has been developing microphones that deliver HD sound from the deepest sounds to the highest peaks, covering the whole dynamic range, delivering perfect, linear HD sound.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “People spend a lot of time in front of their TV and enjoying this experience depends on the picture they see and the sound they hear. This is where DPA microphones make the difference. A poor sound, even with a good picture, is not accepted. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for the sound engineer to work with DPA microphones. This means that they are extremely linear and need very little or no EQ’ing. DPA is the only company on the market that delivers the same sound pattern, whether you work with a miniature microphone or a larger d:dicate™ microphone. The microphones simply blend perfectly and give a fantastic sound experience – for the sound engineer and the audience.”

Broadcast applications cover many situations and different miking possibilities depending on requirements, taste and specifications. In the broadcast studio the TV host is close miked with a DPA lavalier miniature mic mounted on the chest, or perhaps the elegant d:dicate™ mic on a goose neck mounted on the desktop. The journalist (the VJ) who interviews people in the field needs lightweight equipment because he has to record both the video and the sound at the same time. He would be miked with a DPA miniature or headset mic, while recording the interview with a d:facto mic. In a full blown TV talent show, the TV host wears a d:fine™ Headset Microphone, the singer sings into a d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, the band is reinforced with d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate Recording microphones and the whole ambience is captured with the 5100 Mobile Surround microphones. And the list of combinations goes on and on.

“We believe we deliver the best sounding microphones to the broadcast industry and you can challenge us on that,” Christian Poulsen adds. “The audience deserves the best and we want to be the first choice when it comes to the best sounding microphones. The hallmarks of DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques ensure that every DPA microphone delivers clear, transparent and precise sound, along with the robustness and versatility.”

Beside DPA’s unique miniature based microphones, broadcasters will be particularly interested in the new d:dicate™ 4017C Shotgun microphone, a shorter version of the popular d:dicate 4017B Shotgun microphone. Thanks to the modularity of this new d:dicate range, DPA has been able to team the much loved 4017 shotgun capsule with its compact C preamp to create a microphone that is ideal for boom recording in tight spaces and rooms where ceiling height is limited. Offering the same functionality as the 4017B-R, which is the shotgun microphone in a Rycote Windshield, the 4017C-R offers the same solution, just with the 4017C and a smaller Rycote Windshield to give outside broadcasters, journalists and location film-makers everything they need for clear, directional sound, regardless of weather or environmental conditions.

The d:dicate series has been expanded with yet another new preamplifier solution, two modular active cables (MMP-ER with rear cable entry and MMP-ES with side cable entry), plus a number of modular active booms (MMP-F). These new microphone solutions can be used in many different applications, for example as a microphone solution on a desktop, on a podium, suspended for high-end capture or on elegant stage stands. The active booms come in several lengths and configurations with flexible gooseneck and XLR termination. The new active cable only adds a centimeter to the capsule, making it even more discreer than the compact C preamp, but giving comparable performance.

At IBC 2013, DPA Microphones will also be showing its new, high quality d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone that gives users unlimited possibilities for their performance. This eagerly awaited addition to the DPA condenser microphone range brings true studio sound to the live stage by offering an extraordinarily natural sound, superior gain before feedback and extreme SPL handling. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system that allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems.

DPA will complete its IBC 2013 line up with its expanded d:fine™ series of Headset Microphones. Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, these unobtrusive microphones are easy to fit and provide presenters and guests with a discreet microphone solution that can’t be seen on the face. The d:fine range is renowned for its audio accuracy and its ability to deliver natural voice intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. Available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs and with long or short booms, d:fine™ headset Microphones are designed to fit comfortably and can be adjusted to accommodate any ear size and head shape.

At the DPA stand every microphone can be listened to and there is even a tombola where you can win a d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone every day at 5 pm.

For more information about DPA Microphones, please come to Hall 8, Stand D76 or visit the company’s website – www.dpamicrophones.com

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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

Ellie Goulding Switches To DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone

Award-winning singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ellie Goulding has switched to a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone after trying it for the first time at the Chime for Change concert, which took place in London in June.

Currently touring in the USA to promote her second album, Halcyon, Goulding is now using the a wireless version of the d:facto Vocal Microphone for all of her concerts.

Goulding’s Front of House sound engineer Oz Bagnall and monitor engineer James Neale were introduced to the d:facto Vocal Microphone by Dave Kay at Adlib Audio. He recommended it as an ideal replacement for the hardwired microphone she had been using on her previous European tour. DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network was able to arrange a demo just prior to the Chime for Change concert, and Bagnall and Neale were so impressed by its performance that they bought one.

We both felt it was the best microphone for Ellie,” James Neale says. “She is really happy with it and is now using it for all her live performances.”

Oz Bagnall adds: “During Ellie’s European tour we struggled with level and ambient spill on her vocal, so we used a mic that was discontinued several years ago and was only available as a hardwired version. From that point our search was on to find a modern microphone with similar rejection but hopefully with better quality sound. We tried out a lot of different microphones before demoing the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone. Apart from sounding amazing, it was the only microphone that was able to deliver what we wanted in terms of rejection, plus it allowed us to go back to a wireless system which gives Ellie much more scope to move on stage.”

Goulding’s first proper try out with the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone came at the Chime For Change concert, which also featured artists such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Florence and the Machine. The microphone was supplied via Adlib Audio by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

“During the first sound check Ellie did find the change in tonality a little disconcerting because she wasn’t used to it, but we persuaded her to use it for the show and in the end she was very happy with the result,” Oz Bagnall says. “At FOH, the microphone was a huge success as I had all the level I needed and much improved audio quality and clarity. I especially like its flat response and virtually no low end proximity effect.”

Oz Bagnall demoed the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone with a Shure wireless system, but he is now using it with his existing Sennheiser system.

He says: “At Chime for Change our slot in the concert program put us on the side stage so that the main stage could be reset for Beyoncé. This meant that Ellie was in front of and in between the SL main and side PA hangs, which from a sound quality perspective is not an ideal position. However, thanks to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, the sound we got in the stadium was great. I was so pleased that we were able to take delivery of the wireless version of the d:facto before Chime for Change – and very grateful for the help Sound Network and Adlib Audio gave us.”

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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

Relacart release DAM-800 Digital Eight-Channel Automatic Mixer

Now Relacart Electronics Co.,Ltd release DAM-800 Digital Eight-Channel automatic

mixer.It is the perfect combination of digital  audio and digital control technology.

It is with special control softwareallowing detailed settings and adjustments for each 

channel. Full-intelligent conference management, can easily set up a set of powerful and 

easy-operation digital intelligent conference system. 

 

The DAM-800 Digital Automatic Mixer has 3 superiorities:

 

1,Full-intelligent conference management without on-site  operation.

It can connect to a PC or mobile phone (Android system) for detailed setting and

remote control with special software.

 

2,Independent Channels, Powerful Function

Built-in high-performance DSP process the gain and howling  automatically, which

can set and adjust for each channel.

The mixer has 8 channel inputs, which can be set independently  without mutual

influence.

8×2 matrix allows different inputs and different outputs.

 

3,Flexible Expansion

AES digital audio output interface allows digital recording  equipment.

The unit can be cascaded up to 16 units by accessory link  cable to  allow maximum

128 channels operation.

An RS232 interface external control system or external auto video tracking system.

 

The DAM-800 Digital Automatic Mixer apply to  high requirement occasions such

as governments, business centers, conference centers, hotels and broadcast, etc.

If you need more information,please take  our website www.relacart.com

DPA Microphones Help Bill Gates Address the Big IF Rally

DPA Microphones played a significant role at the recent Big IF rally in London’s Hyde Park by ensuring that celebrities and VIPs such as Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and film director Danny Boyle were clearly heard by the 45,000-strong crowd.

Sound, lighting and power for the event was supplied by Ethix Management, which has many years’ experience in event production.

Ethix Management’s Managing Director Paul Jones, says: “We took 12 DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones to the event and used them to mic various speakers, including Bill Gates. Apart from the fact that they sit so well on the user’s head and are incredibly comfortable, they were also chosen because they offer the best sound reproduction. When you are dealing with the spoken word there is absolutely no room for error as it is vital that the speakers are heard by everyone in the crowd. DPA d:fine Headset Microphones allow us to deliver loud and clear audio and, in our opinion, nothing beats them.”

The DPA d:fine Headset Microphones for this event were supplied by the company’s UK distributor Sound Network. Ideally suited to a wide range of applications, d:fine Headset Microphones offer impressive gain before feedback and are extremely rugged and reliable. These unobtrusive microphones are easy to fit and are renowned for their audio accuracy. The microphones are available in both directional and omnidirectional options and in single or dual-ear designs with a choice of three lengths of microphone booms.

“We use d:fine Headset Microphones at many of the events we handle because we know we can rely on them to deliver the results we want,” Paul Jones adds. “We are now planning to invest in a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone so that we have an alternative available for speakers who don’t like to wear headset mics.”

The Big IF rally was organised by the ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF’ coalition with the aim of raising awareness about global hunger. Throughout the day speakers such as Bill Gate, Danny Boyle, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Willliams and Nelson Mandela’s wife Graça Machel pressed for Government action to end hunger and save the lives of millions. Their comments were particularly directed to G8 leaders who were about to meet for a summit in Northern Ireland.

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

Social Media Decides Winners For Global Rockstar Competition, Winners Receive HARMAN AKG Prize Package

VIENNA, Austria – With a vision to bring international musicians together in a peaceful and fair contest, the Global Rockstar competition will once again rely on social media to find the best new musicians around the world. Bands, singers and musicians from all genres are invited to upload their original compositions to be put up against fellow international artists in an online voting contest. The Global Rockstar winners receive a prize package from HARMAN’s AKG, in addition to international recognition.

“We launched Global Rockstar simply because we love music,” stated Christof Straub, Founder of Global Rockstar. “There is so much undiscovered talent that is worth a listen and we hope to provide a stage for all artists who believe in their art.”

To ensure a fair outcome during the contest, a jury formed of social media users and an expert panel of music business professionals will choose those who advance throughout the contest. The highest voted songs and additional “wild card” votes from the panel will be in the running for $10,000 and an AKG prize pack worth more than $15,000, which includes: numerous D5, D7 and C214 microphones, K271 and K171 headphones and WMS470 instrument and vocal wireless system sets.

For their loyalty, activeness and support, fans are also eligible to win AKG prizes.

“Our motivation for supporting the Global Rockstar competition is its offering of a professional competition for young, up and coming musicians and an opportunity to present themselves internationally without a major recording deal,” said Walter Ruhrig, Artist and Key Customer Relations, AKG. “With AKG’s professional line of mics, headphones and wireless systems, these artists will be able to continue pursuing their dreams with professional-grade equipment, bringing out their best sound possible!”

For more information and to register for the Global Rockstar competition, please visit: https://www.global-rockstar.com. Artists can upload their original songs on the site up to August 5, 2013. National pre-selections will end September 2 and one national winner from each country will be chosen for the global finals, which run from September 2 through December 20.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

DPA Helps James Currie Capture the Sound of East Arnhem Land

Sound designer James Currie has been using a DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone to capture the audio for a new feature film entitled Charlie’s Country, which was shot on location in East Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Directed by Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer and produced by Nils Erik Nielsen and Peter Djigirr, Charlie’s Country, starring iconic Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil, is a tragi-comic portrait of one man’s struggle to define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia.

For James Currie, who has more than 100 feature films to his credit, filming Charlie’s Country provided the perfect opportunity to try a DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone for the first time. The microphone was recommended by Julius Chan, sales engineer at DPA’s Australian Distributor Amber Technology Ltd, who has given Currie advice on audio equipment in the past.

“Julius praised the microphone and, now that I have used it, I agree with his opinion,” Currie says. “We decided, before embarking on this production, that our basic post position was going to be Dolby 7.1 with a possibility of going to final mix with Dolby Atmos. A 5.1 microphone for recording atmospheres was therefore an essential item in the structure and vision of the soundtrack. The DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone was the instrument that allowed us to work with confidence and to approach the post production of Charlie’s Country with a strong degree of certainty.”

Currie adds that the subject matter and nature of the film also dictated his approach to the audio. He wanted a discrete array of tracks, along with clarity and a faithful representation of the sonic world of East Arnhem Land, so that no sounds needed to be introduced from elsewhere.

“The indigenous population of East Arnhem Land understand the natural world and their lives are tuned to that world,” he explains. “They make changes to their living conditions and proceed to ceremonies and other celebrations by obeying the change of seasons and the movement of nature and its sounds. The introduction of sound from elsewhere would be an insult to their understanding of the world and we would lose face within the community, to say nothing of a loss of confidence with the tribal elders.”

Filming in East Arnhem Land, which is deep into Aboriginal tribal land, came with its own set of issues. Currie describes the area as ‘Australian frontier territory’ and says only madmen and obsessive filmmakers would consider staying there for any length of time.

“Conditions in East Arnhem Land are character building at the best of times and, as this was my fifth production in the area, I knew it would be physically and mentally exacting,” Currie says. “It is a rugged, tough, tropical place, full of crocodiles, spiders of indescribable ugliness and large winged insects whose sole blood sucking purpose in life is to make working and sleeping entirely miserable for everyone. Charlie’s Country includes scenes that had to be filmed in the rain so we knew from the start that our equipment needed to be versatile and rugged in order to withstand the most demanding of conditions and locations. The DPA 5100 microphone gave excellent results and coped with all conditions remarkable well. Humidity is always an issue but the DPA 5100 sailed through without a problem, although its rain cover didn’t fare as well because quite a few bugs enjoyed its texture and ate holes in the fabric.”

Charlie’s Country is now in post-production in Australia where the mixing team are dealing with the 300+ atmospheres recorded on the DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone. It is due to premier at the Adelaide International Film Festival later this year and may well be the first Australian production to be mixed in Dolby Atmos.

Currie adds that he has nothing but praise for the DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone, which delivered on every level.

“The results I achieved with this microphone exceed my expectations, which is not something one says very often in this business,” he explains. “To record the many and varied atmospherics of East Arnhem Land was a joy. The DPA 5100 provided an accurate and astonishing depth of recording that will allow us, in post, to extract the emotion and colour of the exotic Arnhem Land locations for a worldwide audience.”

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

Red TX Records In Norway With St. Olaf Choir

The St. Olaf Choir, the premier choral ensemble from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA, has marked its centenary by recording a classical concert at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.

This two-day recording in June 2013 was captured for broadcast and subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release by UK audio for broadcast specialists Red TX in conjunction with Visions/NEP.

The St. Olaf Choir is the pioneer a cappella choir in the USA and has long set the standard for choral excellence. Consisting of 75 mixed voices, the choir is made up of full-time undergraduate students who rehearse five days a week, in addition to completing a full schedule of academic studies.

Since 1990, the choir has been conducted by Anton Armstrong, and every year it undertakes an annual tour that enables it to bring its artistry and message to thousands of people around the world. To date the choir has completed 15 international tours and performed for capacity audiences in the major concert halls of Norway, France, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and the Twin Cities.

The choir’s most recent visit to Norway allowed St. Olaf to continue a long standing relationship with the country, which dates back to 1874 when St. Olaf College was founded by a group of Norwegian-American immigrants, led by Pastor Bernt Julius Muus. The college and its choir are named after the king and patron saint of Norway, Olaf II Haraldsson.

The last time the choir visited Norway was in 2005, during the country’s Centennial celebrating 100 years of independence from Sweden. On that occasion the St. Olaf Choir joined the St. Olaf Orchestra and the St. Olaf Band for a three-week tour of Norway, during which the ensembles performed jointly in Oslo, Bergen, Molde, Stiklestad and Trondheim and presented additional concerts throughout the country. In December of that year a television special titled A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway was broadcast nationally on PBS in the USA and was released on DVD.

Based on the success of this PBS broadcast, it was decided that the choir’s centennial tour to Norway in 2013 would be an excellent catalyst for recording another special in Trondheim. This concert special was the finale of the St. Olaf Choir’s three-week performing tour of Norway, to honour the anniversary of the choir’s first tour to Norway 100 years ago under the direction of its very first conductor, F. Melius Cristiansen. It also gave St. Olaf a great opportunity to continue its relationship with the musicians at the cathedral, especially the Nidarosdomens Jentekor and their conductor, Anita Brevik.

To capture the audio for the recording, Red TX drove its large Red II music recording truck to Trondheim – a journey that took three days and involved travelling through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark before finally reaching Norway.

Jeffrey O’Donnell, St. Olaf’s Director of Broadcast/Media Services and audio producer for this project, says: “Red TX was recommended by Visions/NEP and although this is the first time we have worked with the company, we were very impressed by their professional approach to what was a complex project. We’ve been delivering audio in 5.1 since the previous Trondheim program in 2005 and Red TX was more than able to accommodate this requirement. I’m very grateful to Red TX for an amazing job well done – and to Visions for connecting us together in the first place!”

O’Donnell adds that with every recording project he undertakes with the choir, his goal is always to ensure a choral blend and balance between the voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and clear diction. He also aims to capture a sense of the space and performing environment, achieve a warm yet uncolored sound and ensure that no individual voice dominates the choral texture.

“For this particular recording, we were dealing with two choirs – St. Olaf Choir and the jenktekor (Girls’ Choir) of Nidaros Cathedral – performing individually and as a combined ensemble,” O’Donnell adds. “We also had a string quartet, piano, Hardanger fiddle, and organ. We faced a particular challenge in providing enough microphone coverage to capture this sound while still doing our best to avoid having microphones and stands appear in the camera shots.”

In consultation with Jeffrey O’Donnell, Red TX’s director Tim Summerhayes suggested a selection of microphones. DPA Microphone’s UK distributor Sound Network was able to supply most of the microphones he needed, with the rest made up from Schoeps and AKG.

“We used Schoeps MK2 systems, suspended at a height of about four meters, to capture the two choirs and the congregation,” Tim Summerhayes explains. “We also suspended DPA mobile 5100 surround microphones at about six meters in the centre of the performance area to give the impression of the size of the choir and of the cathedral. For the brass quartet, we used two DPA 3521s compact mics on DPA’s ORTF mic mount. The clarity was very impressive and blended into the mix seamlessly. For the piano, we opted for a pair of AKG 414s.”

Despite the complexities of this project, both O’Donnell and Summerhayes were delighted with the recording, which went very smoothly. The audio is now being mixed and post produced in the USA by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), which co-produced the project.

Catherine Allan, Executive Producer from TPT, says: “Editing will take place in August and September and we aim to air the program, which currently has a working title of A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway, on PBS stations nationwide during December 2013. The program will be a one hour Christmas special and there will also be an extended DVD and Blu-ray release, made by St. Olaf. We hope that NRK will purchase the special for broadcast and we will be seeking additional distribution.”

The St. Olaf Choir’s ever-expanding discography now features 27 discs following the 2011 release of Great Hymns of Faith Vol. III. Other recordings released in recent years include the first two volumes of Great Hymns of Faith, Charles Ives: The Celestial Country, My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord, The Spirituals of William L. Dawson, and Advance Australia Fair. All recordings are available through St. Olaf Records at www.stolafrecords.com.

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is a Hit With Live Music Venues

DPA Microphones new d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is proving popular with London’s live music venues, a number of which have made the microphone an integral part of their equipment stock.

Since its launch in 2012, this eagerly awaited addition to the DPA condenser microphone range has been a big hit with a wide range of vocalists who appreciate its ability to bring true studio sound quality to the live stage. d:facto Vocal Microphones offer an extraordinarily natural sound, superior gain before feedback and extreme SPL handling. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system that allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems.

Two prestigious London venues that were quick to adopt the d:facto Vocal Microphone are The Union Chapel in Islington and the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street, Soho.

Sound engineer and producer Les Mommsen, of 4AM Productions, is head technician at Union Chapel, an award-winning 900 capacity venue housed within a 136 year old Victorian Gothic Revival Church.

He says: ”The type of concerts we have vary and have included the likes of Bono, The Edge, Elton John and Bryan May through folk legends like Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy and Billy Bragg to Jazz and contemporary classical music most notably being a performance by the Phillip Glass ensemble in December last year. We tend to cover all genres of music, though we do operate as an acoustic venue so most artists either already perform acoustic music or play a special acoustic show for the venue.”

A large proportion of the equipment that artists need to play at the Union Chapel is provided by the venue, which has invested heavily in high quality gear.

”The addition of the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone to our microphone stock has massively improved our ability to deliver natural and detailed acoustic music to our audiences,” Mommsen says. “For some time now we have been looking to provide a high quality vocal condenser microphone because the venue is a very special place for musicians to perform and is especially rewarding for vocalists as the room’s acoustics support and enhance the voice in a very pleasing way. We want the audience to feel a direct and personal connection with the music and the musicians on stage, so it makes sense to carry this philosophy through to the sound. When we heard that DPA were launching the d:facto Vocal Microphone, it was high on our list of microphones to try as we were sure that, being a DPA product, it would be clean, detailed and transparent.”

DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network supplied The Union Chapel with a wired version of the d:facto Vocal Microphone and it is now in regular use by visiting artists.

“We have had the best results using the d:facto microphone on traditional folk and jazz music,” Mommsen adds. “All DPA products excel in delivering a natural, uncoloured representation of acoustic instruments and these are the precise qualities that discerning folk and jazz musicians and technicians look for in their tools. I personally love the d:facto, especially on male vocals. It has pleasing low midrange warmth, an open top end that delivers precision and detail and good sensitivity to proximity effect. With the correct mic technique it can provide artists with greater control over how they want to shape the tonal quality of their vocal.”

Across London at Pizza Express Jazz Club, the d:facto Vocal Microphone is generating similar positive reaction. Pizza Express Jazz Club is a small venue but its size promotes a feeling of intimacy as the audience is very close to the performance. Over the years many stars have appeared at the venue, including Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones, Danilo Perez and Amy Winehouse.

Sound engineer Luc Saint-Martin, of Oneland Productions, says: “In terms of genre, Pizza Express Jazz Club is quite varied. Even though it is called a jazz club, it covers lots of music styles from straight ahead to contemporary, via Latin, smooth jazz, acoustic and electric.”

Saint-Martin’s decision to invest in a wired version of the d;facto Vocal Microphone was made soon after the unit was launched.

“I’ve had a good relationship with Sound Network and use many DPA products,” he explains. “When Sound Network told me DPA was launching d:facto, it was a logical step to try it out as I didn’t have a great handheld vocal microphone and it definitely ticked that box. I especially like its versatile, modular design. Depending on what you need, you can use a variety of different capsules so it can either be used as a handheld, or mounted on a stand for any other application.”

Vocalists are notoriously fussy about the vocal microphone they use and many have favourites from which they will not be parted. Yet at both The Union Chapel and Pizza Express Jazz Club, singers who have tried d:facto have been very pleased with the results they have achieved.

“The response has been really encouraging,” Saint-Martin says, while Les Mommsen adds: “It can be difficult to convince engineers and artists to try a new microphone, especially when it comes to a vocal microphone, but those who have tried it have been very positive and love the sound quality it delivers.”

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

CAD Audio Ships New GXL Wireless Systems


Solon, OH––Shipping now, the new GXL-V and GXL-U wireless systems are designed for ease of use and flexible operation while providing a high performance solution in a convenient dual system configuration.

The GXL-V VHF receiver features two channels of VHF wireless in one chassis. It includes XLR and ¼” discrete outputs and XLR as a mix output of the two channels. The GXL-V receiver features RF and AF indicator lights along with volume controls.

The GXL-U UHF receiver includes two channels of UHF wireless also conveniently engineered into one chassis. It is outfitted with XLR and ¼ connectors as discrete outputs and XLR as mix output of the two channels. The receiver also includes RF and AF indicator lights and volume controls.

GXL-V VHF and GXL-U UHF wireless systems are offered with handheld or bodypack transmitters. All bodypack systems are supplied with guitar cable and condenser headworn mic at no additional charge.

MSRP for GXL-V VHF wireless is $139
MSRP for GXL-U UHF wireless is $229

For more about CAD Audio and GXL Wireless, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

LECTROSONICS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW ASPEN PROCESSORS

**** Photo: Lectrosonics Aspen SPN Conference Wideband and SPN Trio Wideband processors ****

Rio Rancho, NM – June 2013… Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is introducing two new processors for the Aspen product line: the SPN Conference Wideband and the SPN Trio Wideband. Both units feature the newly developed AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation) algorithm with wideband audio response to 20 kHz. This new algorithm was developed to address the needs for a single acoustic echo canceller to handle the challenges of multi-site bridging and an unlimited number of microphones on the system. more

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