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COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES DEBUTS I2 INSTRUMENT MICROPHONE

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Menlo Park, CA… NAMM Booth 6691, Hall A… Countryman Associates, Inc., the leading innovator of high-quality, miniature microphones, is pleased to introduce the I2 Instrument Microphone. Featuring the legendary sonic accuracy Countryman microphones are known for, the new I2 Instrument Microphone maintains a low profile while being the ideal choice for a wide range of instrument miking applications, including sound reinforcement of bands and orchestras as well as broadcast applications where accurate instrument capture is essential to the overall sound of a televised performance. more

DPA Microphones Presents Full Line of Music Mics at the 2015 NAMM Show

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DPA Microphones Presents Full Line of Music Mics
at the 2015 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 13, 2015 – DPA Microphones is showcasing the latest versions of its d:facto™ Vocal, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument and d:dicate™ Recording Microphones at the 2015 NAMM Show (Hall A, Booth 7113). Representatives will also be on hand to discuss the company’s new d:screet™ Necklace Microphone, which has been nominated for a prestigious 2015 Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award.

Following DPA’s continued commitment to providing the best vocal microphone on the market, the d:facto Vocal Microphone offers a true studio sound for the live stage. In addition to a superior natural sound, high separation and extreme SPL handling, singers and engineers are also afforded the choice between the company’s wired handle or its state-of-the-art adapter system, which allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems. The mic features DPA’s remarkable triple stage pop filter design and is available with black, golden and nickel grids.

Employed in top recording studios and live applications around the world, DPA’s d:dicate 4011 Cardioid Microphone is perfect for both close-ups on individual instruments and vocals as well as for spot-miking symphonies. Its components have been carefully selected to provide optimal neutrality, accuracy and extremely low distortion at even the highest sound levels. Additionally, the d:dicate 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone is optimized for use on stage, with a linear off-axis response and a smaller frequency bandwidth, which increases stage separation and gain-to-feedback, making the mic level easier to control.

Available with adapters suitable for a vast majority of instruments, the company’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones can be purchased individually or in four-piece or 10-piece Rock and Classic Touring Kits. Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, the DPA d:vote is rugged and stable. It features a versatile and extendable gooseneck, sturdy shock mount and a detachable heavy-duty cable, making it ideally suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. Intended for fast-paced settings, the mic can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of any instrument.

With a nomination for a TEC Award, the d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone has been gaining attention throughout the audio industry. The mic, which can be mounted and removed quickly by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby, addresses a previously untapped corner of the market. Especially useful for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements, the d:screet Necklace Mic is ideal for situations requiring quick costume changes, such as pop concert tours. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic is available in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

Audinate Announces 5th Annual Dante AV Networking World at ISE 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Dante’s AV Networking World series of informative presentations and hands-on workshops will be held Monday, 9 February 2015 at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn near the RAI Convention Center.

The free all-day event will feature presentations, training workshops and interactive panel discussions led by industry design consultants, AV installation contractors and IT networking experts. The event will also feature a major interoperability networking demonstration of Dante-enabled products and systems, several of which are debuting at ISE from the industry’s leading audio manufacturers. 25 leading audio equipment manufacturers are co-sponsoring this year’s conference including Ashly Audio, AtteroTech, audio-technica, Bosch, Bose, BSS, Crest Audio, Delec, Focusrite/RedNet, Harman Professional, Lab.gruppen, Lake, Nexo, NTP, Peavey Commercial Audio, Powersoft, PreSonus, Shure, Stewart Audio, Soundcraft, StageTec, Studio Technologies, Symetrix, Tendzone and Yamaha. Media sponsors include AV Magazine and rAVe Europe.

Presentations cover a variety of topics, including:
• A market research report on the state of audio networking
• A case study featuring the Singapore Sports Hub
• Networking 101- Understanding Networking Basics
• Common issues with how AV equipment is controlled
• A detailed look at Dante in the School of Audio Engineering (SAE)
• How Sydney Trains implemented a networked Digital PA
• Milano Congress – A look at Dante in Europe’s largest convention center
• A glimpse into the future of Dante and AV networking

In addition, a hands-on Dante workshop will bring together teams of participants to demonstrate how quickly and creatively a Dante network can be designed. The event will include raffles, giveaways and surprises throughout the day, as well as a sponsored lunch for all attendees and a hosted networking mixer at the end of the day.

Seating is limited, so register now to reserve your seat for this premiere event at ISE.
To register, click here http://bit.ly/avnw-ise1Dante AV networking World

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About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

DPA Microphones Brings New Levels of Speech Intelligibility to ISE 2015

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DPA Microphones, in partnership with its Netherlands distributor Amptec, will show its high quality microphones aimed at the installation market at this year’s ISE exhibition in Amsterdam (stand 7-V240).

One of the most important things for a speaker is that the message gets to the audience as clearly and comprehensively as possible. DPA Microphones is renowned for developing and manufacturing neutral and accurate microphones for measurement and studio use among others. The microphones reproduce sound to the smallest detail even in the most difficult surroundings and DPA now offers a range of products that give AV installers and conference organisers the high quality sound they demand.

Podium and Floor Stand Microphones

DPA’s Podium Microphone range consist of the d:screet™ Miniature Podium Microphone that provides the installation market with an elegant, directional microphone based on DPA’s renowned miniature microphones. This is a unique podium solution based on a special interference tube technology that ensures an exceptional directivity and off-axis rejection. It has already proven to be the best choice for speech applications in some of the worst acoustic environments.

“We were contacted by an organization that had simultaneous interpreters refusing to use their existing microphones because the audio quality was so bad,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “Simultaneous interpreting is a hard job and if the audio is poor, it gets even tougher. We knew we had the right capsule technology to take their existing solution to a new level – we just had to develop the microphone solution for the purpose. When testing against three or four times more expensive competitive podium microphones, our shotgun solution was clearly better. We are proud to set the new standard of podium microphones securing high speech intelligibility.”

The miniature capsule is mounted on a delicate gooseneck and comes in several lengths for table mounting. It can even be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s ingenious adapter range, which is already used for other miniature microphones.

DPA’s Podium range also includes the d:dicate™ Podium Microphones that incorporate modular capsules from DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphones, which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. By combining state-of-the-art capsules with modular active booms and floor stands, DPA customers can access the precise high quality microphone for their needs.

The company is also showing its d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, an exceptional hand-held vocal mic that offers true studio sound in live surroundings. Due to the modularity of the two ranges, the d:dicate capsules can easily be mounted on the d:facto handle or dedicated adapters, that permit it to be used on various professional wireless systems.

Body Worn Microphones

DPA will complete the ISE line-up with its full range of body worn microphones consisting of the d:screet Miniature Microphones mainly used as lavalier and the d:fine™ Headset Microphones, both internationally acclaimed for their superior sound quality and durability.

The d:screet Miniature Microphones will include the recently launched d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone – a cleverly designed mic that houses the legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace that can be mounted by non-technical people repeatedly.

The d:fine Headset Microphones are unobtrusive microphones that are very popular with conference speakers and adjudicators who want to keep their hands free while they are presenting and talking. Offering impressive gain before feedback, these microphones are renowned for their audio accuracy and ability to deliver natural speech intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. Available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs, d:fine Headset Microphones are comfortable to wear and can be adjusted to accommodate any ear size and head shape.

For more information about DPA’s microphone range please visit www.dpamicrophones.com or come and see us at ISE on stand 7-V240.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
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Norway’s Critically-Acclaimed Susanna Switches To DPA

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Norway’s Susanna, one of the most original artists currently working in the Nordic music scene, has been making the most of the DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone that she acquired last year from the company’s Norwegian distributor Lyd-Systemer AS.

“My d:facto Vocal Microphone gives the transparent sound I like, and gives me the best starting point for the work I am doing,” Susanna says. “Either I am singing with acoustic instruments like baroque harp and nyckelharpe [a traditional Swedish instrument], or I am processing my voice with electronics.”

The microphone came into its own during her recent tour, which visited USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria and the UK. Susanna also has a new album out – Meshes of Voice – a stunning collaboration with another shining light of the Nordic scene, Jenny Hval, on her own label, SusannaSonata.

As its title suggests, Susanna’s album is all about her vocals and how they blend with Jenny Hval’s voice. The project is based on an exchange of letters and then a live collaboration between the two artists, and stems back to 2009. It is, according to Susanna, a record inspired by Gaudi, bestiaries and Maya Deren’s short experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon, and the pair’s voices swoop and call over the evolving soundscapes that unfold below them.

“The d:facto is my new favorite microphone,” she adds. “For many years already I have been traveling with my own vocal microphones, because I deeply care about the sound of my voice and how it is mediated in the best possible way, from me to the audience.”

More tour dates are in the offing during which Susanna’s growing audiences can hear exactly why she rates DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone so highly – and why many critics rate her so highly as well. www.susannamagical.com

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Level 42 Adds DPA Microphones to its Tour Roster

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British pop/rock band Level 42 has recently introduced a selection of DPA microphones into its live sound arsenal, including DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for brass and toms, and a d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Recording Microphone for the ride cymbal.

One of the mainstays of the British music scene for over three decades, the band is currently undergoing an audio transition that has seen them switch to DPA microphones and introduce in-ear monitors so they can do away with a ‘whole stage full of wedges’. According to Mark ‘Joey’ Jowitt, who has been Level 42′s sound engineer since 1999, seeing the last of the wedges was a wonderful feeling.

“Thank technology that those days have gone,” he says. “It’s taken a while, but it’s all ears now. Musicians switching to in-ears find it quite disconcerting at first – as you move around the stage nothing changes in level, and that takes some getting used to. But the benefits are immense. In my experience bands become tighter, their pitching improves and obviously FOH engineers love it.”

Level 42 co-founder and one of the world’s leading funk bassists, Mark King, certainly appreciates the difference, especially when the stage set up is coupled with the renowned sensitivity of the d:facto Vocal Microphone.

“Most engineers will tell you that mic spillage is one of the hardest things to overcome during the performance, and I for one have spent far too much time trying to clean up vocal parts because of drums and monitors screaming down an open mic that is being driven too hard,” he says.

Jowitt adds: “With the d:facto, we were impressed by its overall rejection of unwanted residual noise. More often than not, condenser mics on vocals tend to become another drum overhead when you come off them, but there were no such issues with this mic.”

Mark King believes that the exceptional sensitivity of the d:facto Vocal Microphone is also allowing him to sing more freely during live performances.

“The definition in the lower registers has improved significantly for me since I started using d:facto,” he says. “It was such a difference that I bought two microphones to carry with us all the time in case the production team we were working with couldn’t supply them. Having the d:facto is like having a great studio mic onstage. I love it!”

The DPA microphones used during Level 42′s tour were supplied by Capital Sound Hire and DPA’s UK distributor, Sound Network. These included d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones that earned the respect of the band and the sound crew for their ability to ensure all 18 channels of Pete Ray Biggin’s titanic drum kit could be heard.

“With the kit being so large and such an important part of Level 42’s sound, tight miking is imperative,” says Jowitt. “The size and clip fitting of the d:vote 4099 was quick and easy, which is good as miking a kit of that size can become quite tedious after the first 10 shows! It also has a very big sound for such a small diaphragm.”

With 2014’s Sirens tour now behind them, Level 42 is looking forward to a busy 2015 that will see them touring Japan before moving on to the European festival circuit and wrapping the year up in a one-off show at London’s indigo at the O2. Quite what the kit list will be for the dates is, as yet, undecided, but Jowitt is confident it will include DPA microphones because ‘they sound fantastic’.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

FOH Engineer Greg Walsh Chooses DPA Microphones For Kate Bush’s Before The Dawn Shows

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Greg Walsh, Sound Design and Front of House Mixing Engineer, chose a selection of DPA microphones to capture the sound of Kate Bush’s hugely successful Before the Dawn series of concerts at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

After 35 years away from the live stage, these much anticipated concerts received high praise from reviewers and fans who frequently commented on the exceptional audio quality and the clarity of Kate’s vocals.

The decision to use DPA microphones was made following extensive testing by Greg Walsh and the production team, which included renowned audio engineer Stephen Taylor who was responsible for Kate’s vocal processing and monitor engineer Ian Newton, who sadly passed away earlier this month.

“I knew about DPA, having originally discovered Bruel and Kjaer [DPA's predecessor] in the mid-1980s,” Walsh says. “The larger capsule microphones such as the original B&K 4007 have been my first choice for acoustic guitar, drum overheads or ambient pairs for percussive and orchestral sources ever since.”

For the Hammersmith Apollo shows, Walsh specified DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for a number of instruments, including percussionist Mino Cinelu’s rig where they worked well on the Bougarabou, Djembe and Floor Tom.

“Their small profile allowed us greater positioning flexibility and the supercardiod pattern gave us tight focus on the sound source and excellent rejection,” he says.

Walsh also specified a DPA d:dicate™ 4011 Recording Microphone as a central focus mic for shakers and other hand held percussion, wireless DPA d:screet™ 4060 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones for the accordion and tambourine, and a wireless d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone for the djembe in the ‘minstrel’ sections of the show.

“Despite their small size the d:vote 4099s proved to be very robust and reliable. They were quiet, had excellent transient response and gave me a very workable natural sound,” Walsh says.

The Before the Dawn shows also gave Greg Walsh an opportunity to try DPA’s hand held d:facto Vocal Microphone for the first time.

“Finding a vocal microphone with a dynamic range capable of capturing the broad range of vocal performance and styles was obviously paramount,” Walsh explains, “We tested most of the available handheld microphones before deciding that the d:facto was the right choice. We opted for the wireless version, which we used with a Shure UHF-R system, and it proved to be very reliable and stable.”

In total, seven d:facto microphones were used on stage – five for the Chorus and two for Kate Bush. DPA also created a custom headset mic with a d:facto 4018V capsule that allowed Kate to perform with her hands free.

“We also used two DPA d:screet 4060 Microphones for the filmed segments of the show which were shot in a water tank at Pinewood.” Walsh says. “They were small enough to be concealed in a life jacket and were also very resilient to water ingress.”

Since completing the Before the Dawn shows, Walsh has been working on other projects, including a recent concert in Russia that involved a rock band and a 64 piece orchestra.

“I had no hesitation in specifying DPA d:vote 4099s for the orchestra, all members of which were individually mic’d,” he says. “DPA are an excellent company and provided fantastic support. I have known many of the team, in particular Ralph Dunlop and Pete Wandless, for many years and would like to thank them for their support.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DPA Microphones Help Cats On Trees Deliver A Great Live Sound

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Live sound engineer Verlaine Levis used to think that DPA microphones were only suited to classical music and never imagined that they were also great for pop rock tours. But since using a selection of DPA mics on the current Cats On Trees tour, Levis is the first to admit that his initial perception was entirely wrong.

“When DPA’s French distributor Audio² gave me the opportunity to try the company’s microphones with Cats On Trees, I was happy to accept the challenge,” Levis says. “It didn’t take long to dicover that these great microphones have beefy pickups and are perfectly suited to rock and pop acts. We’re now using three d:facto™ Vocal Microphones, as well as a d:dicate™ ST2011C Stereo Pair with 2011C Compact Cardioids and a number of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for drums and violins.”

Levis, who began his career with French sound company Audio-Lum, started working as a live sound engineer in 2001 and has toured with the likes of Sidilarsen, Claude Sicre, Bombs 2 Bal, Zebda, Magyd Cherfi and Mouss and Hakim. He is also building a strong reputation as a recording engineer, having been asked by a number of artists to assist with studio sessions.

Cats On Trees, a French musical duo consisting of Nina Goern and Yohan Hennequin, specialise in ambient indie pop and have released one self-titled album and a number of singles including Sirens Call, which reached No. 3 in the French charts in 2013. The band is now half way through a European tour that will see them play nearly 200 dates in various countries including France, Germany, England and Spain.
“The tour is awesome and they are playing to virtually full houses every time,” Levis says. “Since September they have been performing with a string quartet, but because we have such a busy touring schedule there hasn’t been much time for residency work or to prepare the mix. Therefore the show is being built as we go along.”

Levis runs the Front of House sound, the mix for the In Ear Monitors and the shipment of sequences since he mixes upstream.

“With the help of our lighting person, we have set up a network between sound, light and stage,” he explains. “Yohan controls the lights and video via a MIDI controller, but I am the master of the Mac, which manages the sequences and the network. Feeling comfortable is of ultimate importance to the artist so I try hard to achieve that, but with this duo it is very difficult to create a show that is the same every time because they are constantly changing things.”

The progressive evolution of the show was a key reason why Levis decided to switch to DPA microphones. He had previously used DPA omnidirectional microphones to record voice ensembles and orchestras in churches, therefore he knew of their ability to faithfully recreate the acoustics of a venue. After speaking to Audio², he was able to try out various combinations until he found the microphones that worked for him.

“I had a very clear idea of how each instrument should sound,” he explains. “I wanted to bring a lot of omnidirectional microphones on tour so that I could capture the natural colour of the instruments, but given the on-stage proximity of the drums and piano, this was not possible. As it stands, only the ambient microphones are omnidirectional.”

Levis eventually opted for DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the drum kit and was immediately impressed by the sound, which he describes as ‘very powerful and very natural’.
“These microphones really pick up extreme levels – they are great,” he says. “We now have DPA d:vote 4099s on the bass drum, snare, toms and violin. I even had them as under-cymbals this summer. I am most impressed with the way they capture the sound of the bass drum. I position the mic at the entrance of the drum and slightly inside it. Although the capsule is very small, it still delivers the most amazingly deep, accurate bass.”

Levis is also using DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones, which have solved the feedback issues he was having with other mics. The band has three on stage – one for Yohan on drums and two for Nina as she sings in two different locations.

“For Yohan, the issue was his drum kit,” Levis says. “I was afraid his vocal mic would pick up a lot of extraneous sounds but in fact what I achieved with d:facto was a clarity to his voice that no other mic would have given me. I just had to think carefully about the positioning of his microphone to avoid rear rejection. Furthermore, the d:faco has a very high gain and its gain before feedback is incomparable.”

“As for Nina, well to be honest it was Nina who chose d:facto – not me. We’d tried a number of different mics but it was d:facto that she really liked. I never impose a microphone on a singer and I even made her do a blind test because I wanted to be sure she was 100% comfortable with the way her voice sounded. She immediately noticed the difference and now doesn’t want to sing with any other microphone.”

The fact that DPA microphones deliver a very precise sound has given Levis’ mixes more accuracy and finesse. They have also made everyone more demanding when it comes to sound quality, especially when it comes to tuning drum kits.

“For me, the DPA microphones can be summarized in two words: natural and punchy,” Levis says. “What’s more they are very rugged. I’ve broken three microphones so far on this tour, but not a single one of them has been a DPA.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DPA Microphones Go On The Road With Bombay Bicycle Club

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Earlier this month indie rock luminaries Bombay Bicycle Club became the very last band to play London’s legendary Earl’s Court venue, which is soon to be demolished. The band took to the stage as part of an epic world tour, which not only highlighted the success of their So Long, See You Tomorrow album but also allowed them to use DPA microphones extensively on the road for the first time.

And if delivering the last ever gig at Earl’s Court wasn’t enough, Bombay Bicycle Club also happily accepted a special guest when Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour joined them on stage. Gilmour first played steel lap guitar on the band’s song Rinse Me Down, before giving an emotional rendition of Wish You Were Here, backed by Bombay Bicycle Club. As with all of the performances that night – and during the entire tour – DPA microphones were on hand to ensure exception audio quality.
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Tour Manager Steven Down has been working with the band for five years. He says: “Jon Burton, the previous FoH engineer, brought the DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to our attention while he was reviewing equipment for one of the pro audio magazines. Jack Steadman (lead vocals) gave it a go during the warm up tour we did at the start of this campaign and he was very impressed with the clarity compared to the dynamic mics we had been using previously. Shortly afterwards we obtained a capsule to use on our Sennhesier wireless system for Liz Lawrence who does a lot of backing vocals in the show. More recently we have started using d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid units on the kick and snare and some d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones on the toms with great results.”

Downs adds that the Bombay Bicycle Club show moves from songs with loud distorted guitars and heavy drums to quiet and intimate piano and vocal solos. “I think the dynamic range and the frequency response of the d:facto really allows Jack to perform with confidence in all situations,” he says.

Steadman himself is certainly a fan of the d:facto Vocal Microphone.

“The wonderfully clear, bright sound of the mic means I don’t have to mess around endlessly with EQ to get the results I want,” he says.

Also happily not messing around with EQ too much is Simon Lutkin, freelance sound engineer and production manager who first took over monitors for the band during their Different Kind Of Fix tour in 2012.

“We have drums, bass, guitars, keys, percussion, backing vocals and a brass section onstage during the show — it can get pretty busy!” he says of the current set-up. “Currently the show is around 40 channels but both Tom Wiggans (FoH) and myself try to keep the channel count down as much as we can. A lot of the shows we do are festivals and rolling in with too much can be a problem for broadcast and patch.”

Everyone has in-ear mics, but Lutkin also uses wedges on the downstage edge and side-fills to add feeling. Add to that up to nine people at any one time and the stage can get pretty full.

“With that many on stage, any help I can get through technology is great,” Lutkin says. “I use scenes for each song to make small changes automatically through the show so I can keep my eye on the band. The d:facto Vocal Microphone really helps control the ambience for the main singers. Compared to other mics, as well as having a pretty tight pickup pattern, the overall tone of the spill is much nicer to listen to. In a live scenario you are always up against bleed from other sources, but with this set of mics the spill is much more pleasant sounding and therefore can be a help rather than a hindrance.”

All of the band’s DPA mics were supplied by the company’s UK distributor Sound Network. Alongside the d:facto, the tour configuration sees Lutkin use d:dicate 2011C mics on both kick and snare because they are small enough to be deployed exactly where he wants them and light enough to stay in place without putting any pressure on the stand or clamp. d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are also in use for rack, floor, crash, ride and the brass section.

To maintain consistency the group carries all the mics and IEMs with them internationally, simply hiring in consoles locally (a DiGico SD7 for FoH and Midas Pro2c for monitors), thus ensuring that the signal path from source to output is the same each day.
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“In a live scenario you can’t always place mics exactly where you want for a variety of reasons, so having a set of mics that work well wherever you put them is a real positive,” concludes Lutkin. “All the DPA mics we use on Bombay, like all the ones I have used in the past, never fail to impress day after day. Since populating the stage with DPA microphones it has really made a difference to the quality of the overall sound of the show.”
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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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ATC_SCM20_MonitorLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 2014: For lovers of great audio gear, the Black Friday hubbub and the month of frenzied holiday shopping that follows it are tinged with sadness: so much money spent on electronics that could have been spent on gear! To ease your pain, the team at TransAudio Group, distributor of some of the finest recording equipment on the planet, is offering ATC’s reference monitors – the passive ATC SCM20PSL and the active ATC SCM20ASL MkII – at a discounted price. And that’s not all! Select Bock microphones will ship with a free Pauly windscreen – the best windscreen ($250.00) on the planet. But act fast – these offers end on December 31st.

ATC reference monitors are prized for their unflinchingly faithful representation of audio. They make imperfections obvious and allow you to correct those imperfections so that your recordings translate everywhere. For the month of December, the passive ATC SCM20PSL, normally $3995 a pair, will sell for just $3149 a pair. The active ATC SCM20ASL MkII, normally $6695 a pair, will sell for just $5339 a pair.

TAG_Holiday_BockIndustry insiders know that David Bock is the man to turn to when a cherished vintage microphone needs repairs, and Bock has leveraged his decades of experience servicing the world’s best microphones to creating the world’s best microphones… with vastly better reliability and consistency than vintage units. For the month of December, the Bock 241, Bock 251, and Bock 407 will ship with a free Pauly PR120-T30m windscreen – the most effective, and yet transparent, windscreen available. That’s a $250 savings and a lifetime of perfect vocals!

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

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