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Meta4 Chooses DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones

Finnish string quartet Meta4 has invested in four DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, which they are using to capture the sound of two violins, a viola and a cello.

Meta4’s Atte Kilpeläinen says: “These are, without doubt, the best microphones we have ever tried. The finest thing about them is their ability to produce a very natural sound that truly reflects our performance.”

Formed in 2001, Meta4 consists of Antti Tikkanen and Minna Pensola on violin, Atte Kilpeläinen on viola and Tomas Djupsjöbacka on cello. This internationally successful string quartet has won numerous accolades and awards including first prize in the 2004 International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow, where it was also awarded a special prize for best Shostakovich interpretation. The quartet enjoyed continued success in 2007, winning the first prize in the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna. Later that year the Finnish Minister of Culture awarded Meta4 with the annual Finland Prize in recognition of an international breakthrough. Meta4 was also selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2008-2010.

Meta4 decided to upgrade its microphones after hearing very positive reviews from other musicians about the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone range.

“We approached DPA’s Finnish distributor Jyrki Makinen at Noretron Audio and arranged a demo,” Kilpeläinen says. “Having tested the microphones ourselves and really liking the sound they delivered we decided to have a set of our own. We are using clips for the violins and violas and these are working well. It takes a bit of concentration to get them in place but once they are in the right position they work extremely well.”

To date, Meta4 have used their new DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones in a concert hall environment, performing Kaija Saariaho´s Nymphea for string quartet and live electronics and Black Angels by George Crumb.

“Regardless of whether we were in Finland, Belgium or Spain – all of which are places we have performed recently – the sound engineers are always very happy with our DPA microphones,” Kilpeläinen add. “Our next challenge is to use them in a rock or jazz venue – and we’re really looking forward to that!”

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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

DPA Microphone’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone Delivers a Noticeable Difference

DPA Microphones’ new d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone has made internationally acclaimed jazz singer Claire Martin OBE very happy indeed. Since switching to the new microphone, Claire says she has never heard so much clarity in her voice and the difference is so noticeable that all the sound engineers she works with are making positive comments.

“This is definitely the right microphone for me,” she says. “It picks up all the colours in my voice and I can hear every breath, which makes it easier to control phrasing. It almost makes singing easier as I can try out vocal idea’s and actually hear myself changing the timbre of my sound – something I felt was lost with other microphones. It also delivers without me having to be right in too close to the mic, so I can definitely play around with lower end notes by coming in a little closer for a bassier response. This works really well in ballads, I feel.”

Claire, who has been singing professionally for over 25 years has garnered numerous awards and rave reviews for her work, including winning the BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalists and six British Jazz Awards. She has released a total of sixteen albums, all on the Linn label, and has collaborated with various prominent musicians including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Barron, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jim Mullen and Nigel Hitchcock. In addition to her singing career, she is also a co-presenter for Jazz Line Up on BBC Radio 3 which is now in it’s thirteenth year.

Claire’s decision to try DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone was inspired by a sound engineer who was working with her at the Pizza Express Jazz club in London’s Soho.

“The engineer was raving about the mic and saying how it would suit my voice,” she explains. “Other singers and also my record company Linn Records, had often talked about the quality of these microphones – so at last I was able to try one out in an intimate club setting. I was immediately impressed by its lightness and handling.”

The d:facto Vocal Microphone was supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network and after that initial try-out, Claire was hooked.

“The d:facto captures every nuance of my vocal sound and, once I had worked out the direction handling, it actually made me feel very confident about my diction and tone. I also notice that I don’t lose any level when I give my sound more power and pull away from the mic. The sound is still clear and full and more rounded. You can hear the whole breath and, as a jazz singer, this is the sound I’m after. This microphone certainly delivers what I want and I definitely feel I’m using the best microphone there is.”

Claire’s d:facto Vocal Microphone is now in use at every one of her concerts – and thanks to its ability to deliver high quality audio she feels she can cope much better with whatever the PA system throws at her.

“In jazz clubs, some PAs are better than others and this microphone gives me a fighting chance of getting a great sound,” she says. “I also love how light it is.”

In June 2011, Claire was appointed Office of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music. She is currently touring with Brighton based cellists the Montpellier Cello Quartet, showcasing new arrangements for voice and cello quartet by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Djano Bates. She plans to return to the recording studio later this year to begin work on her 17th album.

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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

AVLEX ANNOUNCES NEW EARSET MICROPHONES

**** Photo: Avlex HS48-HSP49 Single Ear Low Profile Headworn Microphones ****

Kansas City, MO – April 2013 … Avlex Corporation, the name audio professionals turn to for world-class wireless technology and microphones, is pleased to introduce two low profile new earset microphones: the HS-48 Single Ear Headworn Microphone and the HSP-49 Single Ear Premium Headworn Microphone. Providing exceptional audio performance with comfort, durability, and the ability to interface with a wide range of wireless systems, these new microphones are well suited for use by worship leaders, educators, business presenters, theatrical and live music performers, plus broadcast professionals. more

Small And Effective, HARMAN’s AKG C111LP Earhook Mic Improves Stage Performance

FRANKFURT, Germany – Offering world-renowned professional audio equipment available for the studio to the stage, HARMAN’s AKG proudly introduces its C111LP earhook microphone, ideal for on-stage performers and corporate speakers for venues of all sizes.

The C111LP is nearly indestructible, constructed out of stainless steel to ensure ruggedness and reliability. Still, the strong frame is pliable, able to adjust and fit the head of any performer. The small skin-colored boom visually disappears against the face, while its 7g weight provides a comfortable fit.

“The C111LP’s flat frequency response ensures perfect audio quality, which we research, design and manufacture to meet the demanding needs of the professional audio industry,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business Development Manager, Installed Sound, AKG. “We understand the need to provide performers with comfort with a reliable microphone and the C111LP encompasses all of the qualities expected on stage.”

The C111LP connects to all AKG pocket transmitters via 3-pin mini XLR for easy integration into any rig. Its frequency response ranges from 60-15.000hz, with an omni-directional polar pattern. C111LP includes a windscreen, cable clip and carrying pouch within its packaging.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s AKG B48 L Battery Power Supply Offers More Than 20 Hours Of Condenser Mic Performance

FRANKFURT, Germany – Evolving its legendary list of recording and live sound equipment, HARMAN’s AKG launches the successor of its B18 condenser microphone battery power supply with the introduction of the B48 L. With its very low noise level, a frequency response of 20Hz – 24Hz and an inverse polarity protection feature against incorrect battery insertion, the B48 L Battery Power Supply provides users with more than 20 hours of use on only two AA batteries.

When phantom power for a condenser is unavailable from a mixer, the B48 L phantom power supplies microphones with 48V and meets the P48 phantom power standard. Additionally, B48 L’s mini-XLR audio output and included mini-XLR to mini-XLR connection cable supports a direct connection of condenser microphones to all AKG bodypack transmitters. A low battery LED light illuminates if phantom power drops below 40V.

“We’ve designed B48 L to replace our original B18, which required two expensive 9V batteries and didn’t support P48 standards,” stated Wolfgang Fritz, Product Marketing Manager – Tour Sound, AKG. “Many of our more advanced microphones, including the C414 do not allow for voltage lower than the P48 standard. Now, we can be sure to accommodate all users so their AKG microphones have proper power and provide the quality and reliability we strive to offer professionals around the world.”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Revolabs Names FVC as Distributor in Middle East And North Africa (MENA) Region

SUDBURY, Mass. — April 3, 2013 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that it has named FVC as a distributor of the company’s wireless audio systems for unified communications in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Under the agreement, FVC now offers Revolabs’ plug-and-play, desktop, and wireless unified communications products to its network of partners in a wide range of MENA markets, including education, oil and gas, government and defense, finance, and healthcare. more

GoodLuck’s International Tour Relies on HARMAN’s AKG Wireless Systems

VIENNA, Austria – Since the release of its self-titled debut album in 2011, South African electro-swing dance group GoodLuck has reached the number one spot on South African charts six times and performed more than 500 live shows in seven countries. Equipped with HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 wireless system, GoodLuck entertains its loyal fans with mashups of old school swing music, electronic dance and its own original vocals.

With three AKG PT4500 bodypack transmitters, an HT4500 handheld transmitter and D7 capsule microphones, GoodLuck performs its chart-topping hits with clear and quality sound in any country.

“GoodLuck has been a fantastic member of the AKG family, extending our global reach and building our reputation for internationally acclaimed premium live sound on an international level,” stated Walter Ruhrig, Artist & Key Customer Relations, AKG. “As an international touring band, the quality of its performance reflects heavily on its fans’ and followers’ experience at events and we are proud to offer GoodLuck AKG’s premium wireless systems.”

GoodLuck was recently nominated for three South African Music Awards including ‘Best Dance Album,’ ‘Best Duo / Group’ and the coveted ‘Record of the Year.’ 
The group’s live show has been hailed as one of the most explosive and energetic in the electronic music world.

“When using AKG, we know our fans are hearing exactly what we envision our sound to be,” stated Ben Peters of GoodLuck. “This past year has been so great for our group and we look forward to working with AKG to continue sharing our art with the world!”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information on GoodLuck, please visit http://www.goodlucklive.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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SERVICES AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH THRIVE WITH LECTROSONICS

**** Photo: Brandt Fincher with the Lectrosonics Quadra IEM ****

Augusta, GA – March 2013… Since 1804—when Thomas Jefferson was President of the United States and Lewis and Clark were exploring the newly purchased Louisiana Territory— First Presbyterian Church has been meeting the spiritual needs of people in the Augusta area and around the world. Music plays a prominent role in the church’s worship activities and to ensure the best possible sound quality for all involved, an impressive assortment of wireless technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics is utilized. more

DPA Microphones Brings Unobtrusive Audio Quality to NRCU

The National Radio Company of Ukraine (NRCU) has expanded its stock of microphones by investing in six DPA Reference Standard 4011C compact cardioid microphones.

Vyacheslav Zhdanov, Head of Audio at NRCU, says “Buying these microphones was not a difficult decision to make. We had previously been renting DPA microphones so our engineers were familiar with them and knew they offered exceptional sound quality. We also knew that, coming from such a well-known Danish company, we would have no problems with their reliability and build quality.”

Zhdanov adds that the small size of DPA’s Reference Standard 4011C compact cardioid microphones was another attractive feature as they can be used discreetly, particularly on television broadcasts.

Designed for situations where unobtrusive miking is required, DPA’s 4011C microphones are ideally suited to television, film, theatre, concert and studio performances where they deliver a clean, natural sound while reducing the noticeable effect of lighting reflection and minimizing bleed from other instruments.

NRCU’s microphones were supplied by DPA’s Ukrainian distributor Realmusic and are now being used to record classical and folk music concerts for radio and television broadcast across all three of its national channels and one international channel. The majority of these recording are taking place at House Recording NCGR in Kiev.

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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

The Band The xx Joins DPA Microphones d:facto™ Vocal Mic Fan Club

Award-winning band The xx has bought two DPA d:facto™ II Vocal Microphones after being impressed by their audio quality and ability to deliver an incredibly natural sound during a recent tour of the US.

The band, which comprises Oliver Sim, Romy Madley-Croft and Jamie Smith, won the 2010 Mercury Music Prize for their debut album xx. They were introduced to DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphones by their live sound engineer Rik Dowding who was keen to find an alternative to the microphones Oliver and Romy had been using.

“One of the most important things about working with this band is the translation of the very intimate, late night vocals of the albums to a live situation,” Dowding says. “Higher mic gains introduce unwanted stage noise into the microphones, especially in smaller venues. In order to get that ‘in your face’, yet delicate sound, I needed a mic that had great feedback rejection. In truth, I’d been looking to improve our microphone choice for some time.”

Dowding’s solution was to hold a microphone shoot-out to see what else might work. His monitor engineer, Craig Donaldson, recommended including the new DPA d:facto vocal microphone after reading an article about them in the trade press.

“DPA has a great reputation for audio quality so we were interested to see what this new vocal microphone was capable of,” Dowding says. DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network was happy to supply a demo unit and the battle began.

“It was immediately obvious that the d:facto was the best microphone on show, especially for Romy who has a very warm, breathy and distinctive voice with some sibilance,” Dowding says. “To deal with that we needed a microphone that could deliver exceptional audio clarity, yet not display the usual Rock n’ Roll coloured sound associated with proximity effect and artificial high mid boosting. The d:facto was perfect – in fact Romy noticed the difference immediately, noting how much clearer her voice sounded when she heard it through her in-ear monitors. It was also noticeable to me how good the mic’s feedback rejection was.”

The DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone was tested even more thoroughly at a pre-US tour gig at Brixton Academy, London, and once again it performed flawlessly.

“At that point we decided to use it for Oliver’s vocals as well because we were so pleased with the sound we were getting,” Dowding says.

The xx toured the US with d;facto vocal microphones and are using them on the next leg of their tour which takes place in Australia. They also used them for a gig at Abbey Road Studios where they were recorded for a live session on Absolute Radio.

“There is no doubt that the d:facto Vocal Microphone does take a while to get used to because it doesn’t colour the sound and has a flat response,” Dowding adds. “But once you realise how good it is in dealing with proximity effect, and how much clarity it delivers, you quickly become a convert. Add to that the ability to use it with most wireless systems without compromise and you have a very powerful package.”

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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

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