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DPA Microphones Rise To The Challenges Of The Jungle

Researcher and eco-acoustic composer David Monacchi has been using DPA Microphones’ 4060 miniature microphones to capture the sounds of the rainforest as part of his long-term environmental sound-art project entitled Fragments of Extinction.

David Monacchi, who is Professor of Electroacoustic Music at the Conservatorio G.Rossini in Pesaro, Italy, is collaborating with various institutions on this project, which involves traveling to some of the world’s most remote areas of intact rainforest to record complex soundscape portraits.

“I use several microphone techniques in the field, most of which involve quite heavy and complex systems,” Monacchi explains. “DPA miniature microphones are extremely lightweight and this makes them highly suitable to field work where I may have to hike long distances in extreme terrain.”

David Monacchi’s two Hi-Sens DPA 4060s omnidirectional miniature microphones with accessories were supplied by DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer.

“The DPA 4060 microphones are so small that, if appropriately arranged in a handmade stand, they can be used for self-worn binaural recordings,” he explains. “When used in this way they give optimum results because their dimensions are perfectly suited to being placed at the entrance of the ear canal.”

Originally designed for use with wireless systems in theatre, television and close-miked instrument applications, DPA’s 4060 miniature microphones exhibit a highly accurate omnidirectional pattern and therefore do not need to be aimed directly at the sound source to achieve quality pickup.

“This feature is especially useful for binaural recordings,” says Monacchi, “where, in order to collect the three-dimensional information, it is important that all the sound reflections from the pinna are picked up in a linear way.

David Monacchi adds that the sound quality delivered by his DPA 4060 miniature microphones is excellent.

“They have very good tonal quality, linear behaviour and immunity to infrasound vibration-driven noises – all of which are very positive characteristics in the field,” he says. “Considering their dimensions, the signal to noise ratio of these capsules is extremely high, making them suitable for low intensity biophonies and distant sound sources. In addition, their extended high frequency response to around 40khz make them suitable for recording non-audible biophonies like some species of insects and bats.”

David Monacchi’s most recent trip was to Borneo, but he has also visited rainforests in remote areas of the Amazon and Africa. He usually travels alone or with one assistant and relies on local research Institutions or NGOs for field support and rainforest explorations.

“The project embraces collaborations with Greenpeace and several academic Institutions and Organizations around the world,” he says. “Its aim is to collect sound data and complex soundscape portraits of some of the oldest ecosystems on Earth, many of which are being damaged and are disappearing at an exceptionally fast rate.”

Working in rain forests brings its own particular set of issues, not least very high humidity that can oscillate between 70% and 99%.

“My DPA 4060 miniature microphones perform very well in high humidity condition and are very stable in their performance, even when quick humidity and temperature changes occur,” Monacchi says. “Also, compared to bigger and heavier condenser microphones, they are extremely resistant to unwanted impacts so they are very reliable in the uncertain conditions of remote field trips.”

David Monacchi adds that although a larger diaphragm microphone would provide a better signal to noise ratio, he always carries his DPA 4060 miniature microphones because they are so portable and reliable.

“Considered their dimensions, I think DPA’s 4060 microphones are a true miracle of electroacoustic engineering,” he says. “Without doubt, they are the most adaptable microphones in the world for recording binaural in extreme conditions.”

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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

St. Andrews Lutheran Church Chooses Earthworks Choir Microphones

Maple Grove, MN, April 23, 2013 – Kevin Crow, Vice President of Audio Video Electronics announced that their firm has utilized 8 Earthworks ChoirMics™ in the sanctuary of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Mr. Crow says that their firm specializes in acoustics, sound, video & stage lighting systems primarily in the house of worship market, but also works in the hospitality, corporate and education markets. “Earthworks is one of our very top choices for choir microphones in many of our church installations,” states Crow. “Earthworks is one of our strong preferences because they fit a really good niche for us.”

“Along with the customer Brad Nelson, Front of House Engineer for St. Andrews, we chose the Earthworks ChoirMics™ for the St. Andrews Church installation because they have a massive choir,” explains Crow. “Their sanctuary seats over 1200 people. Even though their choir may project well into the room, we still like to mic the choir because it really fills the room. We positioned the ChoirMics on the various sections of the choir (soprano, alto, tenor & bass). In this large sanctuary, the ChoirMics are virtually invisible from the congregation,” says Crow. “Even when photographed with a telephoto lens the ChoirMics are hard to see.”

“The main reason we prefer the Earthworks microphones, is because of their sound quality and gain-before-feedback. The sound quality that we obtain from the Earthworks sound element is just unbelievable,” says Crow. “There is also a giant organ very close to the ChoirMics, which is the largest organ in the state of Minnesota. It is a miracle that we can get as much sound from the choir with the organ and mics placed where they are. It is a real testimony to the exceptional quality of the Earthworks microphones.”

“After this installation was completed, church leaders and members comment on the improvement of the choir sound quality on nearly a weekly basis. These comments are typically: ‘The music sounded good before, but sounds so much better now.’ The improvement in sound quality is due to the use of quality microphones and a quality sound system working together. There are Earthworks ChoirMics into a Midas Legend mixer through an L-Acoustics Kiva/Kilo loudspeaker system. It’s like having all the best ingredients, you only need good music and this church has that for days,” says Crow.

“We end up recommending Earthworks microphones all the time, because they are the only high definition microphones in the industry. In addition they also offer more gain-before-feedback than any other microphones that I have ever seen. We use the Earthworks FlexMic™ podium microphones all the time, which is hand-down the best podium microphone in the world. I would also like to add that St. Andrews church also has an Earthworks PianoMic™, and they really love it.”

Crow concludes, “The use of Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ enables us to design and install very impressive sound installations. Needless to say, we are great fans of Earthworks microphones.”

For information on the Earthworks ChoirMics 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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DPA Microphones Wins A Prestigious mipa Award

DPA Microphones d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone has been awarded a prestigious mipa (Musikmesse International Press Award) in the Live Microphone/IEM category.

The award was presented to DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen at a special mipa Awards Ceremony held during Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound on Thursday, April 11th 2013.

Widely regarded as the “Grammys” of the Musical Instrument/Pro Audio industry, the mipa Awards are voted for by editors of over 100 magazines from around the world. The 2012/2013 Awards had over 40 categories covering musical instruments and audio equipment.

Commenting on the Award, Christian Poulsen says: “We are absolutely delighted that our d:facto II Vocal Microphone has been recognised as a ground-breaking product, and that we were able to beat off stiff competition from other well-known and respected microphone brands. We spent three years developing this microphone and we are very proud of our achievement. We always knew we were onto a winner and it is very satisfying to see that the cream of the world’s pro audio and musical instrument press agrees with us.”

DPA’s d:facto II Vocal Microphone brings true studio sound to the live stage by offering an extraordinarily natural sound, superior gain before feedback and extreme SPL handling. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system that allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems such as Sony, Lectrosonics, Shure, Wisycom and Sennheiser.

Equally at home in sound reinforcement and recording applications, the d:facto II is the vocal microphone that the music industry has been waiting for. Its simple plug-and-play features allow it to reproduce an extraordinary natural sound, which reaches the extreme sound level handling of 160 dB. As with all DPA mics, the d:facto II is superbly linear in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, while its impressive definition and accuracy reproduces a singer’s voice effortlessly. It also sets new standards its robust three-stage pop protection grid that ensures the removal of unwanted noise.

During Prolight + Sound, folk pop band SHEL performed on the DPA booth using the new d:facto II Vocal Microphones in several wireless configurations. Already fans of DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics, which they use, SHEL recently took the d:facto II Vocal Microphone on the road for concerts in Denver, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles and are now on tour in Europe visiting Ireland and the UK.

For more information about the 2013 MIPA Awards, please visit www.mipa-award.de/nominations_2013.php

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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 Microphones Brings ‘Technicolour’ To Sam Lee’s Voice

Folk singer Sam Lee finally ended his long search for the right vocal microphone when he discovered DPA Microphones d:facto™ Vocal Microphone.

Lee, who was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2012, was introduced to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone by Front of House sound engineer Jamie Orchard-Lisle.

“Finding a microphone to match my voice has never been easy,” Lee says: “After successive attempts to find the gear to capture the full colour and dynamics of my voice, I’ve always been left feeling a bit cold. It wasn’t until Jamie introduced me to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone that the full Technicolor really left the stage and illustrated the depth and clarity of my range.”

Multi-talented Lee is not just a folk singer – he also teaches and hosts radio and TV programmes. His debut album Ground of its Own is an unusual folk collection comprising traditional songs he learned first-hand from the Roma, Gypsy, Scottish and Irish traveller communities. These songs have been passed from generation to generation, over centuries, and Lee scoured the UK to find them.

Earlier this year, Lee took part in an international showcase at the WOMEX Convention in Thessaloniki, Greece, and it was here that Jamie Orchard-Lisle first introduced the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, which was supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

Orchard-Lisle, who is a long term fan of DPA’s microphone technology, says: “DPA’s products always deliver fantastic results and, having tried the d:facto Vocal Microphone with other singers, I felt it would be perfect for Sam. The d:facto really brings out the dynamics of his voice and his on-stage performances now sound absolutely amazing. Since WOMEX, we’ve used the d:facto Vocal Microphone for all of his recent gigs and I’ve been getting compliments about his vocal sound from other sound engineers. The d:facto is a remarkable microphone and I can’t sing its praises highly enough.”

Sam Lee adds: “WOMEX is the largest annual world music conference, and one that is attended by world music aficionados and sound snobs. Thanks to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, the reaction to my performance was unanimously positive and the bookings poured in. I am now so impressed with this microphone that I hope never to leave home without one. Any self-valuing singer should really be questioning whether they can afford not to carry one, in my opinion.”

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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

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

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