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DPA Microphones Launches the Ultimate in Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013

Company builds on the renowned audio quality of its highly regarded microphones to design new solutions that are ideal for the installation market

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 – Internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, DPA Microphones has now turned its attention to the installation market with the launch of two new Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 744). Based on the company’s d:dicate™ Recording Microphones (formerly known as Reference Standard) and its renowned 4060 Miniature/d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, both solutions give AV installers and conference organizers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

As a high-end solution, DPA is offering podium microphones that incorporate the modular capsules from its d:dicate Recording Microphones, which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. These new podium microphones combine the state-of-the-art d:dicate capsules with any of the company’s newly introduced modular active booms and modular active cables. With several capsules to choose from, DPA customers can access the exact microphone and boom or cable combination to meet their needs.

“Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We already had the high-end capsule and preamplifier technology needed to fulfil the audio component, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver high-end installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, desk top, stage stand or even a ceiling suspension, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques.”

In addition to the high-end d:dicate solution, DPA has also developed a cost-effective, directional podium microphone based on two of its renowned miniature microphones, the 4060 and the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone.

These directional gooseneck microphones, which use interference tubes and pre-polarized backplates to ensure speech intelligibility, were originally devised on request from the Nobel Prize organization. In search of a dedicated podium solution for its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize presentation at Oslo City Hall in Norway, the organization required a microphone that could stand up to the acoustical challenges of its auditorium. To fit the need, DPA Microphones adapted its existing miniature capsule to give an off-axis frequency response that negated room reverberation while preserving the needed on-axis sensitivity for voice level. The company also positioned the capsule on a delicate gooseneck stand, which encompasses a sleek Scandinavian design. The result was so well received that the microphone was quickly adopted as a standard DPA product and is now available to all installation customers. This miniature podium microphone can also be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s innovative adapter that is available for its range of miniature microphones.

Both Podium Microphones will be available to the installation market beginning August 2013. For further information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S 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 Microphones d:facto II Vocal Mic on Display at InfoComm 2013

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 6, 2013 – DPA Microphones will feature the d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 774). Perfect for any live performance, this latest addition to the d:facto line affords users unlimited possibilities for their performances. The mic’s state-of-the-art adapter system, which allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems, is regarded as a major game changer.

The d:facto II Vocal Microphone is DPA’s latest condenser microphone. It brings true studio sound to the live stage by offering an extraordinarily natural sound, superior gain before feedback and extreme SPL handling. The new d:facto II guarantees users will have legendary DPA sound, regardless of their existing wireless systems, including Sony, Lectrosonics, Shure, Wisycom and Sennheiser. The d:facto II also provides improved audio performance, as it is superbly linear in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, while its impressive definition and accuracy reproduces a singer’s voice effortlessly.

“The launch of the d:facto II Vocal Microphone is a major step for DPA, as it means that we now have a microphone for every acoustic miking situation, whether you are amplifying or recording,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We are extremely proud to have developed an ingenious adapter/preamp range that brings the true DPA sound out of a wireless system. The ones that are currently available deliver very limited power to handle the dynamic output from our high-end condenser capsules, so getting the sound quality we wanted was nearly impossible. We had to be creative and put a huge amount of work and thought into the electronic circuit of the adapter/preamp solution. We wanted to be completely true to the input of the vocalist, and with d:facto II we have reached this goal.”

Equally at home in sound reinforcement and recording applications, the d:facto II’s simple plug-and-play features allow it to reproduce an extraordinarily natural sound, which reaches the extreme sound level handling of 160 dB. As with all DPA mics, the d:facto II provides superior gain before feedback and a robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone to remove unwanted noise. It also boasts exceptional isolation from handling noise as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels.

DPA Microphone will also exhibit its other microphone lines, which are equally ideal for the live performance or installation markets. The company’s highly regarded Reference Standard Microphones, now known as d:dicate, have long delivered superb audio quality to musicians who want to use a microphone on a stand. For mobile instrument miking solutions, DPA offers the innovative d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and its range of Miniature Microphones, which are ideal for those who prefer to have their microphone mounted on their instrument. Another solution that will be available at InfoComm is DPA’s lightweight, easy-to-wear d:fine™ Headset Microphone, which is seen increasingly more often at events where voice intelligibility is important.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S 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.

Life Ball’s 21st Year Of Raising AIDS Awareness and Funds Features Global Stars Miked With HARMAN’s AKG

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VIENNA, Austria – In its 21st year of “Fighting AIDS and Celebrating Life,” the annual Life Ball celebration featured global celebrities, ambassadors and performers on 11 stages in a glamorous night to raise awareness of the ailment affecting hundreds of millions of people. From Sir Elton John to Bill Clinton, a vast spectrum of stars performed and presented to the thousands in attendance and millions watching on television to deliver the important message. With HARMAN’s AKG wireless systems, in-ear monitors, wired microphones and headphones, that message was heard loud and clear around the world.

Fifty channels of AKG WMS4500 and DMS700 wireless were deployed throughout Vienna’s City Hall building. Thirty channels of IVM4500 in-ear monitors and 60 wired D5 and D7’s were used for performances and presentations, while 20 K267 and K181 headphones were used by DJs during the event. AKG has provided microphone, headphone and wireless solutions to the Life Ball celebration for eight consecutive years.

International stars included Sir Elton John, President Bill Clinton, Fergie, Hilary Swank, Carmen Electra, Adam Lambert, Kelly Osbourne and Barbara Eden, who donned her classic I Dream of Jeannie costume, among others graced the stage during the event.

“Life Ball continues to send a very strong message around the world, helping to ensure we are all fully educated and aware of AIDS and its continuing devastation around the world,” stated Walter Ruhrig, Artist and Key Customer Relations, AKG. “Providing a clear and reliable audio channel for this important message is key for the event’s effectiveness. Partnering with Life Ball once again to provide microphone systems has become an honored tradition for AKG. We are very happy to work with our Vienna neighbors!”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information on Life Ball, please visit http://www.lifeball.org.

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.

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CAD Wireless Clears Up Audio Problems At St. Joseph’s Church


Ashtabula, OH––As an integral part of the Roman Catholic Our Lady of Peace parish,
St. Joseph’s Church has been serving the community since the 1930s.

Built in the traditional style and able to hold up to 300 people, St. Joseph’s has an older congregation and, according to Pastor Father Raymond Thomas, “some of our community have hearing impairment problems which presented special challenges for our original microphone system. They couldn’t hear my voice because the sound cut out and it wasn’t clear.”

Elaborating on those problems, CAD Development Engineer Craig Huffman adds, “The existing wireless system just didn’t have the range Father Thomas needed to move around the church. They also struggled with vocal clarity and had recurring problems with microphone pickup.”

A recent upgrade to CAD Audio’s UHF WX100 installation-grade wireless system solved all of those problems. The new system starts with three rack mounted WX100 receivers and three WX155 body packs with rechargeable batteries and BPC drop-in chargers. The body packs are equipped with WXHW and Model 302 cardioid condenser headworn mics and a Model 301 cardioid condenser lavalier mic. A DA100 distribution amp and ANT110 antennas complete the package designed for Father Thomas, Parochial Vicar Father Ernesto Rodriguez and a visiting Deacon.

The result? As Father Thomas says, “I’m very pleased and the sound is beautiful, especially compared to what we had before. The clarity is phenomenal, like night and day. Everyone can hear the spoken word a lot better now, which makes our services much more involving and inclusive.”

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

COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW COMPANY WEBSITE

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Menlo Park, CA – June 2013… Countryman Associates, Inc., the leading innovator of high-quality, miniature microphones and direct boxes for the audio professional, is pleased to announce the launch of the company’s new website (www.countryman.com). Designed from the ground up with a focus on easy access to its wealth of information, the new Countryman website not only makes product information more accessible, it is far more visually dynamic than before—making it a compelling destination for those interested in learning about the company, its products, and services. more

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DPA Microphones is Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother

NEW YORK, MAY 30, 2013 – The best Broadway musicals transport audience members into the world of the show, making it as real to them as the neon lights and towering buildings of nearby Times Square. That’s why staff members working on the new Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella turned to DPA Microphones’ Miniature. Not only do the mics provide a transparent sound for the show’s cast and orchestra; their compact size keeps them hidden from the audience, allowing spectators to enjoy the show without being distracted by the sight of bulky equipment. more

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DPA Microphones Appoints Niels Jørgen Øhrgaard

In a move that will significantly strengthen its market position, DPA Microphones has appointed Niels Jørgen Øhrgaard as its new Executive VP for Sales.

Øhrgaard joins DPA Microphones from Reson where he was Executive VP Global Sales and Marketing. He has also held similar positions at other high tech companies including Hasselblad A/S and ScanView A/S – Purup Eskofot A/S.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “Niels Jørgen has spent the last 20 years developing and growing sales globally for a range of companies and we are delighted that DPA will now benefit from this extensive experience. His appointment comes at an exciting time for DPA. We have recently introduced the new d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, which has been well received by the audio industry, and we are also introducing other new product ranges that will appeal to a wide variety of industry sectors. Having Niels Jørgen on board will allow us to capitalize on existing business channels and extend into new business areas.”

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Jørgen Øhrgaard moved into R&D and then sales where his negotiation skills and ability to motivate staff produced outstanding results for the companies he worked for. Now based in Copenhagen, he has travelled extensively and has lived in various countries including the Philippines, Chile and Kenya.

Commenting on his appointment, Øhrgaard says: “DPA’s microphone products have an international reputation for audio accuracy, reliability and superb engineering and this heritage offers enormous potential for the company to grow its global business. There are numerous applications for DPA’s technology and this gives us plenty of scope to develop new business channels. I hope that my experience in dealing with strategic sales will ensure the profitability of the company and extend that profitability to DPA’s partners around the world.”

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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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Earthworks Expands Installation Series Microphone Line

May 29, 2013, Milford, NH – Earthworks has expanded its Installation Series to include the IM12-W, a 12 inch gooseneck cardioid condenser microphone designed for fixed installations. The Series previously offered a 3 inch and 6 inch model. The primary applications for the IM Series include ceiling mounted teleconferencing, distance learning, surveillance, boardrooms, government facilities, and ambient room miking.

The IM12-W provides an ultra-low profile microphone solution with pristine sound and a 30Hz-30kHz flat frequency response. Patented near-perfect polar technology prevents the loss of high frequencies on or off-axis to the microphone.

The microphone’s slim gooseneck and small microphone head allow quick and easy positioning, while nearly disappearing into the ceiling. And like the rest of the Earthworks product line of microphones and preamplifiers, the IM12-W is manufactured in the USA and comes with a 15 year warranty.

The Installation Series, along with the rest of the Earthworks line up, will be at InfoComm in Orlando June 12-14, 2013 in Booth 323. Visitors to the Earthworks booth will have the opportunity to win an Earthworks installation microphone of their choice.

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Point Source Audio Debuts SERIES8 Miniature Microphones at INFOCOMM

Point Source Audio exhibits SERIES8, a high caliber collection of miniature microphones exceptionally resilient against boom breakage and moisture; and are easy to service with novel “X-Connectors.”

Point Source Audio SERIES8 Miniature Microphones

Point Source Audio’s new SERIES8 Robust Miniature Microphones are offered in headset, earworn and lavalier styles in both omnidirectional and cardioid patterns.

Petaluma, CA – Every user knows the inherent delicate nature of miniature earworn and headset microphones that achieve their transparency can be a double edged sword. Durability is hard to attain without compromising the product’s low-profile appearance but Point Source Audio (PSA), innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “unbreakable boom” microphone, is meeting that challenge and more. The omnidirectional models of its new SERIES8 line will feature the prized 360° degree bendable boom combined with IP 57 waterproof protection against moisture, sweat and makeup—all while achieving a discreet profile and even a performance boost to 148dB max SPL. The long awaited Cardioid models round out the new offering for users looking for an “unbreakable boom” microphone capable of precise placement with a durable, yet low-profile. All SERIES8 mics feature user-friendly interchangeable “X-Connectors” for termination with popular brands of wireless transmitter packs including Sennheiser, Shure, Lectronsonics, Audio-Technica and more. The entire line of SERIES8 omnidirectional (CO-8) and cardioid (CR-8) headset, earworn and lavalier microphones will be shown for the first time at the Point Source Audio Booth 1426 during Infocomm 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

SERIES8 begins with a foundational performance criteria of 148dB max SPL and 135dB max SPL for its respective omnidirectional (CO-8) and cardioid (CR-8) offerings, each available in three different styles: headset, earworn and lavalier. The CO-8 omni mics are the only miniature mics on the market capable of reaching 148dB max SPL. They can capture all the nuances from spoken word to the extremely high vocals of singers. Combining this performance with the enduring bendable boom design that can be twisted into any position without worry of boom breakage—and a water/sweat proof protected element, the CO-8 omni line is the singular tool that can solve miking challenges big and small.

The CR-8 cardioid benefits are clear—this pickup pattern can eliminate nearly half of the environmental sounds around the microphone to focus more directly on the speaker or singer. Both the omni and cardioid mics come standard with easy-to-use low-cost “X-Connectors” which are replaceable connectors intended for fast on-site repair, or swapping to a new wireless termination with ease. The “X-Connectors” are attached with a short threaded cable connector so it carries none of the bulkiness or weight of other solutions, and stays securely in place. “Our SERIES8 mics are high value for customers that want a low-profile mic that has it all: unbeatable max SPL, a choice of two mic patterns in three styles, long-lasting boom durability, and moisture and makeup protection,” noted James Lamb, president of Point Source Audio. “It’s the best of all worlds.”

Availability and Price
The SERIES8 omnidirectional (CO-8) and cardioid (CR-8) headset and earworn mics are shipping July. The lavalier styles will ship in October.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” earworn microphones 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

DPA’s d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone Wins New Fans In Belgium

Belgian sound engineer Joris Verniest, from betterliVe.be, has been introducing DPA Microphones’ new d:facto II Vocal Microphone to some of the country’s top bands after being blown away by the natural sound quality it delivers on the live stage.

DPA’s Belgian distributor Amptec gave Verniest the first DPA d:facto II Vocal Microphone in the country to demo and since then he has been using it for a wide variety of gigs and with many different artists.

“It doesn’t matter what situation I put it in – whether it is a small club, a big outside stage such as the Pukkelpop festival, with wedges or in-ear – I have consistently got great results,” Verniest explains. “The vocals are incredibly clear through my mix and there is very little crosstalk from the drums or guitar amps. I even recorded some gigs in multitrack to compare the d:facto with other microphones and there was a huge difference in terms of crosstalk, with the d:facto coming out much better.”

Joris Verniest’s recently used the DPA d:facto II Vocal Microphone at a concert for Belgian Indie Rock band Het Zesde Metaal at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. The band was playing with a string quartet and acoustic piano, both of which were also miked with DPA – d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for the string quartet and a stereo pair of DPA 4021 Compact Cardioid microphones for the piano.

“In general I use the d:facto II Vocal Microphone with DPA’s wired handle, but I do like the concept of the adapter system that makes it compatible with most commonly used wireless systems,” Verniest says. “I’ve always been a big fan of DPA’s sound quality and have quite a collection of DPA mics. That’s why I was so interested to try the new d:facto Vocal Microphone.”

Among the bands that Verniest has introduced to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone are Customs, The Bony King of Nowhere, Renée and Sherman.

“All of these artists have really noticed a difference and have been very happy with the clarity d:facto delivers to their vocals,” he adds. “Sherman, for example, wanted his vocals to be very loud and clear and the d:facto helped me achieve that without sounding hollow or being on the edge of feedback.”

Verniest adds that although some singers take a little while to get used to the d:facto Vocal Microphone, they soon realise that what they are hearing through the wedges or in-ear is far superior in terms of sound quality.

“I’ve even had house technicians and monitor engineers commenting on the great sound,” he says. “And when you even get members of the audience telling you they appreciated the quality of the vocals, you know you are on to a good thing!”

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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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