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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

Ultra Equipment Supports The Catholic University of Eastern Africa’s Multi-Lingual Conferences With HARMAN’s AKG CS5 Conference System

VIENNA, Austria – The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) provides classes ranging from religious studies to scientific research, with a significant emphasis on community service to its students. Hosting international conferences, world leaders and groundbreaking educators throughout the year, the highly respected research and teaching institution was looking for a high-quality, reliable conferencing system for its newly constructed auditorium. It was important any messages relayed to an audience or panel were clearly heard and understood, so Nairobi-based Ultra Equipment, Ltd. designed and installed a HARMAN AKG CS5 conferencing system to ensure excellent communication for all meetings.

The CS5 system is primarily used for multi-lingual conferences and voting, which were the clients’ priorities when searching for a large-scale conferencing system. The space can also be rented out for students, staff or private companies who wish to use the facilities.

One CS5 BU base unit controls 261 CS5 VU units programmed to be either chairman or delegate stations, and six CS5 IU Interpretation Units are installed in interpreter booths surrounding the room. AKG’s GN Gooseneck modules with CK31 capsules, a total of 267, are installed on each unit and 535 K77 headphones are available for all of the speakers and audience members.

The auditorium was exclusively fitted with HARMAN Professional audio products, including AKG WMS4500 wireless systems, JBL Venue Performance VP7212 loudspeakers and SB7118 subwoofers, VP stage monitors, AE Front Fill Speakers and Control 8128 ceiling speakers for corridors, meeting rooms and the basement; Crown CTS multi-channel amps for the ceiling speakers; BSS BLU-160 networked DSP; dbx outboard gear; Lexicon effects processors; and a Soundcraft GB8 48-channel mixing console.

“The CS5 installation at CUEA was the first deployment in the region and was easy to set up and configure to their complex needs,” stated Ultra Equipment Director Irfan Merali. “The clients have had no complaints in regards to the performance of the entire HARMAN system and have quickly adapted to understanding the user-friendly conference control software. Their sessions have been easy to configure, with minimum fuss.”

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.

Earthworks Podium Microphones Capture Florida Governor’s Press Conference

June 25, 2013, Milford, NH – Florida-based audio, lighting and AV production company Sound Media deployed two Earthworks FMR500 podium microphones at Florida Governor Rick Scott’s April press conference in Riveria Beach, Florida.

Lennox Foster, President of Sound Media, selected two FMR500 19 inch podium microphones for the press conference, his go-to choice for podium miking.

“Speakers tend to shift from side to side when speaking, turn their heads, speak softly or too loud and back away from the mic. The FMR500 helps us to combat these issues,” Foster explains. “The response is consistent and clear during the entire presentation.”

Lennox also noted the response of the press conference’s organizers to the FMR500s. “Organizers of the press conference were amazed at the quality and gain of the microphones. This press conference was conducted in a manufacturing facility with a high ambient noise.”

For this particular event, Foster utlized two Meyer Sound UPA-1P loudspeakers on stands, a Presonus Live 24.4.2 console and two Earthworks FMR500 podium microphones.

“A typical setup range from 8 – 12 Turbosound Flex line array loudspeakers per side in larger venues like ballrooms and arenas to 2 Meyer Sound UPA-1P on stands. Consoles choices are Yamaha PM5D, Yamaha M7CL, Presonus live or Allen and Heath analog consoles. Our podium choice is always 2 Earthworks FMR500.”

“It is great working with Earthworks as a company. Craig Breckenridge was able to listen to our request, recommend the correct product, sent samples for evaluation, then followed up to verify we found the solution,” concludes Lennox.

For more information on the Earthworks FlexMics or other High Definition Microphones, please contact Earthworks at 603-654-2433 ext.114 or by email at sales@earthworksaudio.com.

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Revolabs Executive HD(TM) MaxSecure Wins Big at InfoComm 2013

AES-256 Encrypted Wireless Microphone System Receives SCN/InfoComm Installation Product and Commercial Integrator BEST Awards

SUDBURY, Mass. — June 20, 2013 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that at InfoComm 2013, its Executive HD MaxSecure wireless microphone system was recognized as the SCN Installation Most Innovative Audio/Videoconferencing Product as well as Commercial Integrator’s BEST Audio Conferencing Solution. Both awards were presented during InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Fla. more

DPA Helps LazyTown Make Entertainment That Inspires

LazyTown Entertainment in Iceland is using DPA miniature microphones to capture the audio for the multi-award winning LazyTown pre-school television show, which is now shooting its fourth series in Iceland.

LazyTown is a leading and highly respected children’s entertainment brand comprising an award-winning TV series, live stage shows, sports events, publishing, and more. The LazyTown concept is entertainment for children and the whole family, dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle in a fun and engaging way. The TV show has become an international success since it was first launched in 2004 and has been broadcast in over 170 countries, reaching over 500 million homes and dubbed in over 30 languages.

LazyTown’s sound supervisor, Gunnar Arnason, who also owns a recording and post production company called Upptekid, is responsible for selecting all of the audio equipment used by LazyTown Entertainment at its state of the art studio in Gardabaer, Iceland.

“My task is to create the entire audio workflow for each LazyTown series, from studio recording through to the final sound mixes,” he explains. “Over the past two years we have relied on DPA microphones for dialogue recording, using them on the live actors and also to record the puppeteers. We chose DPA microphones because they have an excellent signal to noise ratio and because they are extremely well-built, which means that they last a long time and are very durable.”

DPA’s Icelandic distributor Exton has supplied LazyTown Entertainment with 12 DPA 4061 miniature microphones.

“The puppeteers have the miniature microphones mounted in sweatbands on their foreheads, while the live actors have them hidden in their clothes,” Arnason explains. “This works well, especially for the puppeteers who have to work with their hands above their heads, so they need a microphone that will stay firmly in place and won’t get knocked when they move around. Also, when the microphone is tight on the forehead you get some resonance from the skull, which makes the sound even better.”

Currently shooting its fourth series, LazyTown is an Icelandic production with an international cast from Iceland, the UK, and the USA. The series was created by former aerobics champion Magnus Scheving, who also plays the lead character Sportacus in the show, to motivate children to get active and make healthy lifestyle choices. Cleverly mixing live characters, puppets and CGI, LazyTown creates engaging storylines that have a healthy message – delivering entertainment that inspires, and raising the bar for children’s television.

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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

About LazyTown
Acquired by Turner Broadcasting in 2011, LazyTown is a leading and highly respected children’s entertainment brand that promotes health and well-being to preschoolers in an energetic and fun way. Starring its creator, former athlete Magnus Scheving, the TV series is broadcast in more than 170 countries, to 500 million homes worldwide.

Revolabs Unveils Next-Generation Executive Elite Wireless Conferencing Solution at InfoComm 2013

New Wireless Microphone System Designed to Improve Audio Quality and Simplify Large Scale Deployments

SUDBURY, Mass. — June 12, 2013 — Revolabs Inc. today announced at InfoComm 2013 its next-generation Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems, the company’s new flagship product and latest addition to its family of unified communications solutions for boardrooms and conference rooms. The system’s advanced features include a new distributed architecture, best-in-class audio quality, increased density, enhanced integration with room control systems, and cloud-based management capabilities. The solution also includes Revolabs’ secure AES-256 encryption featuring dynamic key updates every 60 seconds, in addition to flexible AVB, analog, and USB audio output options. more

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DPA Microphones Bring Exceptional Clarity To Suede’s Guitars

Indie-rock stalwarts Suede, which released its sixth album Bloodsports in March 2013, recently recorded a live acoustic session for Absolute Radio at the world-famous Abbey Road studios in London.

The equipment line-up for this important gig incorporated three DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which were chosen for their clarity and exceptional audio quality.

Suede’s Neil Codling, who plays keyboards and rhythm guitar, was instrumental in the choice of microphones, specifying them for his own Martin D28 guitar and also for Richard Oakes’ Gibson J200 lead guitar and Matt Osman’s Dean acoustic bass. DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network was happy to supply the microphones.

“In an ideal world, a microphone should almost disappear, allowing the sound source to reach the listener’s ear unimpeded, dissolving the artifice of a recording,” Neil Codling says. “Like the best condenser mics, the DPA d:vote 4099 Clip Microphones capture what is happening in the room with clarity and life, putting you there, in the path of the shifting air. The wonder is that, wherever you place them, d:vote 4099 microphones give you a sound you can build a mix around, or incorporate into a mix without fuss. It’s as if they have one enormous sweet spot.”

Codling was introduced to DPA Microphones by Front of House sound engineer Jamie Orchard-Lisle, who is closely involved with the chamber orchestra Penguin Café, of which Codling is also a member.

“When I have downtime from Suede, I play in Penguin Cafe, which has a different acoustic flavour: violins, viola, cello, double bass, ukuleles, Venezuelan cuatros,” Codling says. “Whatever you point the DPA d:vote 4099 at, they seem to capture the essence of the instrument, its subtle timbres and the full breadth of its dynamic range. You get warmth without boom, intimacy without overpowering mids, clarity without brittleness. You just point them at the sound source and they sound great.”

Getting the opportunity to use DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the Abbey Road session was something Neil Codling jumped at – and he also enjoyed being able to acquaint other members of Suede to DPA’s high-end audio quality.

“When you introduce someone to DPA microphones for the first time, there’s always an exchange of looks on first hearing that says ‘wow, this sounds special!’” he says. “Even when you first set them up, it’s as if you’ve reached that point where you say ‘don’t touch a thing: that’s perfect.’ It’s a happy knack, and you just have to hit ‘record’ and enjoy it.”
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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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