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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

HARMAN’s AKG Introduces Revamped Digital Automatic Microphone Mixers – DMM6 and DMM12

ORLANDO, Florida – Adding to its family of microphone mixers, AKG proudly introduces its new line of digital automatic microphone mixers: DMM6 and DMM12. With an intuitive user interface, numerous DSP functions and high signal to noise ratio (S/N), the DMM series provides users with the highest quality in automatic mixing technology.

DMM12 offers 12 inputs, while easily adjusting the mic to line level. Its four line outputs (2x stereo) are individually assignable for each input. The stereo record outputs are individually assignable, while the headphone out port allows users to listen to each input and output individually.

DMM6 offers six inputs and two line outputs at 1x stereo.

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

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

“AKG understands the needs of the live sound professional and the updates to our line of rackable mixers underscores our goal of providing high-quality, reliable sound in all performance spaces,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business development Manager, Installed Sound, AKG. “DMM6 and DMM12 embody the technological advancements AKG delivered with its original analog 8-channel auto mixer, AS8 and its digital predecessors DMM4/2/4. DMM12 and 6 will be a tactical addition to any installed sound system to ensure proper sound.”

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, 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 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

Photo Credit: A. Tischler

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.

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