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CAD Audio Expands Acousti-Shield Line With New AS22 & AS16

AS22 Inside View

Solon, OH––CAD Audio has added the new AS22 and AS16 to its growing line of Acousti-shield stand mounted acoustic enclosures.

The Acousti-shield 22 is a foldable stand mounted acoustic enclosure that provides added portability to the Acousti-shield line. Constructed of 16 gauge perforated stainless steel shield mated to 53mm high-density micro cell acoustic foam, it enables a mobile dry recording environment to be created for custom vocal and miking situations at home and on the road.

AS22 Outside View

The AS22 reduces unwanted reflections and echo flutter while attenuating unwanted environmental acoustic interference. Its flexible design and supplied mounting hardware allows exceptional mic positioning flexibility and portability.

The AS16 Acousti-shield offers similar results for instrument recordings or on stage isolation. It combines durable construction and high-density micro cell acoustic foam to facilitate an isolated recording environment.

A special design enables the AS16 to be used with a range of microphones from pencil condensers to most popular dynamic instrument mics for easy placement in studios or on stage.

Like their popular predecessor, the Acousti-shield AS32, the new AS22 and AS16 are essential tools and vital accessories or musician in home and project recording and live performance situations.

MSRP for AS16: $99, AS22: $129

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

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Extron Introduces Five Input Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the AXP 50 C AT, a five input audio expansion processor with Extron ProDSP for integrating remote microphones and other sources onto a Dante™-enabled Extron DMP 128 audio system. A single Ethernet cable to a central equipment rack can link multiple AXP 50 C AT units, avoiding the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each mic. The AXP 50 C AT provides 48 volt phantom power to its mic/line inputs. Dedicated signal processing is available for each input, including gain, filtering, dynamics, and AEC – acoustic echo cancellation. The intuitive DSP Configurator Software makes it quick and easy to set up DSP parameters and AEC on the AXP 50 C AT. more

Masque Sound Supports Billy Crystal’s Return to Broadway for Reprisal of Tony® Award-Winning Play, 700 Sundays

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

When Billy Crystal returned to Broadway to reprise his Tony® Award-winning play 700 Sundays, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on hand to support Sound Designer Steve Canyon Kennedy and Associate Sound Designer Walter Trarbach with a custom audio equipment package.

700 Sundays, an autobiographical journey, is an original two-act play centered on the legendary actor’s heartfelt and often hilarious story of growing up, growing old and the undeniable power of family. Crystal plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today, taking audiences through his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally his adulthood. The title refers to the number of Sundays shared by Crystal and his father, Jack Crystal, who passed away when he was 15.

“Masque Sound has been the audio equipment rental provider since the show made its Broadway debut in 2004. They have been with us for two national tours as well as the show’s Australia run, so they were the obvious choice for this reprisal,” says Trarbach. “We have enjoyed our relationship with Masque Sound, and their equipment and support is always top notch.”

For 700 Sundays, Masque Sound provided a custom audio package that included an Avid VENUE Profile digital mixing console. L-Acoustics dv-DOSCs made up the line array elements for the main speaker system and a selection of speakers from Meyer Sound, EAW and d&b were utilized as fill speakers for the rest of the theater. An XTA Electronics DP428/448 Audio Management System and Meyer Sound Galileo 616 Loudspeaker Management System as well as a wireless microphone package from Sennheiser and an intercom system from Clear-Com were also included.

“In addition to the high quality gear provided by Masque Sound, the sound system worked well thanks to the hard work of our team,” says Trarbach. “Production Sound Engineer Andrew Keister and John Cooper, who handled the backstage audio, both did a wonderful job.”

700 Sundays won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event and the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. The limited nine-week engagement will continue through January 5, 2014 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). HBO will be filming the play for a special that is slated to air in 2014.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

DPA Microphones Introduces the d:fine™ 66 and 88 Miniature Headset Mics at the 2014 NAMM Show

New mics join the original 4066/4088 and d:fine Headsets in the d:fine family to meet a variety of needs

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 23, 2014 – DPA Microphones is pleased to introduce its d:fine™ 66 and d:fine 88 Miniature Headset Microphones at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). These new products join the original d:fine as well as the traditional 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headset Microphones under the company’s d:fine Headset Microphone family. With a contemporary look and feel, the new mics will carry on the sound capabilities of the microphone capsules from the classic 4066 and 4088, and the features of the modern d:fine mechanics, such as an advanced headset mount and flexible ear hooks.

When DPA Microphones launched its d:fine Headset Microphones a few years ago, the company met a market demand, which created a new niche of DPA headset users that did not affect the popularity of the original 4066 and 4088s. Thanks to the strong popularity of both microphone lines, DPA Microphones is now adding the d:fine 66/88 into the d:fine Headset Microphone family.

“We launched the d:fine Headset Microphones a few years ago and selected the name based on a belief that the microphone would define a new generation of headsets,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “The d:fine certainly did meet our expectations, so we have now decided to expand the d:fine Headset series to include this third solution to give users a broad assortment of headsets and features. Combining the flexibility of our modern d:fine ear mount solution with the sound qualities of the classic 4066/4088 Headsets, fans can choose between a variety of sound handling, size and cleaning options, depending on the intended application.”

Now featuring a total of four capsules, two omnis and two cardioids, and three headset mounts, single-ear, dual-ear and personalized mount, the d:fine Headset Microphones Series offers something for every user and environment.

The new DPA d:fine 88 Directional Headset Microphone and d:fine 66 Omnidirectional Headset Microphone, which is recognized by the rounded capsule/housing of the 4066/4088 predecessors, is intended for use by actors, musicians and singers who require optimal sound and grid cleaning/changing options. The d:fine Headsets that are recognized by their low-profile flat microphone head are perfect for presenters, speakers or hosts who require minimal visual impact. The classic 4066 and 4088 are for users who prefer a more personal fit to the headset mount.

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.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

DPA Microphones Debuts Shiny Facelift for d:facto™ Vocal Mic at the 2014 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 22, 2014 – DPA Microphones is unveiling new grids with gold and nickel finish for the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). The new grids are available as accessories to existing systems and can be purchased as metal grids only or as total solutions with foam and pop screen. Additionally, the nickel option matches the finish available on the Sennheiser 2000, 5200 and 9000 wireless mic systems and comes complete with corresponding adapters.

“We are very excited to present the new gold and nickel d:facto grids for the first time ever here at the NAMM Show,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We saw a demand in the market to attain the d:facto sound with more than just the traditional black adapter systems, and now we have just the solution with the d:facto, which follows DPA’s continued commitment to providing the best vocal microphone on the market.”

With a true studio sound for the live stage, the d:facto line offers an extraordinarily natural sound with high separation and extreme SPL handling, giving users unlimited possibilities for their performances. In addition to use with the wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system, which allow for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems. With these latest color options are sure to make the d:facto even more popular among live sound engineers.

With its superb linearity in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, the d:facto offers impressive definition and accuracy in reproducing a singer’s voice effortlessly, improving audio performance. Its simple plug-and-play features allow it to reproduce an extraordinarily natural sound, capable of achieving the extreme sound level handling of 160 dB. As with all DPA mics, the d:facto 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.

The new gold and nickel grids will be available starting February 2014.

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.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

DPA Microphones d:vote™ Instrument Mic Giveaway Announced for the 2014 NAMM Show

All attendees are invited to visit company booth and enter for their chance to win

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 20, 2014 – DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is giving away three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). Show attendees are invited to stop by the DPA Booth Thursday, January 22, Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24 to enter the contest. Applicants will receive a signature DPA Microphones pin to indicate their submission. DPA will select and announce the winner at 4 p.m. on each of those three days. Attendees must be present and wearing the pin to win the microphone.

Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, the DPA d:vote is rugged and stable, featuring a versatile and extendable gooseneck, sturdy shock mount and a detachable cable, making it perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. Intended for fast-paced performance settings, users can easily unclip, reposition or move it to another instrument with just one hand. The d:vote’s microphone mounting system itself is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

The d:vote’s condenser mic features a supercardioid polar pattern for highly uniform off-axis frequency response and superior gain before feedback. Capable of handling high sound pressure levels, these microphones live up to DPA’s pedigree of breathtaking clarity and richness. Additionally, the d:vote’s MicroDot-XLR connector and variety of adapters ensure compatibility with virtually any wireless system. The product can also be used as a standard 48V phantom-powered microphone via its supplied XLR connector.

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.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

DPA Microphones Capture the Sound of Andrea Bocelli’s Orchestra

Andrea Taglia, live sound engineer for the famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, is a huge fan of DPA microphones and rates them as the most technically advanced and sonically transparent microphones on the market.

It is therefore no surprise that Taglia personally owns a selection of DPA microphones and regularly sources additional units whenever he is on tour with Bocelli.

“I’ve been using DPA microphones for many years and bought my first stereo d:dicate™ 4006 Recording Microphone when it was still known by the old Bruel & Kjaer name,” Taglia says. “I first became familiar with the DPA brand when I was using DPA miniature microphones on singers in musical productions. Eventually I began experimenting and started using them on instruments as well, which gave me great results. I’m now a huge fan and have bought quite a few for my own microphone collection, including d:dicate 4006 and 4011 Recording microphones and a selection of d:screet™ 4090 and 4061 Miniature microphones.”

Andrea Taglia began his career in the theatre, mixing audio for plays and musicals and working with directors such as Peter Stein, Bob Wilson, Massimo Castri. He also worked with classical orchestras and jazz musicians and acted as a live sound consultant designing sound systems for touring and fixed installations such as cruise ships.

“I made a conscious decision to stop touring in 2003 when my second son was born, but when I met Andrea in 2006 he persuaded me to go back on the road – although these days I only go on tour with him,” Taglia says.

Bocelli’s most recent concerts have taken place all over the world and in each venue Taglia has supplemented his own DPA collection with additional microphones supplied by DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer.

“We used DPA d:screet 4061 Miniature microphones as close proximity mics for the strings – four on first violins, three on second violins, three on violas and three on cellos,” he explains. “We have also been using them for our guest violin soloists and for our guitar duo CARisMA, who usually play at Bocelli’s concerts.

“In large and reverberant venues where the noise floor can be pretty high, it is important to have good close proximity microphones to help reduce feedback and deliver more attack and a more present and detailed sound. This is especially important when the orchestra is playing over pre-recorded tracks.”

Taglia adds that DPA’s wide range of instrument clips and accessories adds an extra dimension to the versatility of the company’s products.

“DPA has always been very careful about providing the correct accessories so that users can get the best from their products,” he says. “For example, the DPA MHS6001 rubber suspension, which we use on strings with the 4061, is a real problem solver as it is universally accepted by every musician, even on very expensive instruments. They are happy to use it because it doesn’t actually touch the instrument. Instead it allows the microphone to float under the strings on the rubber mount.

“I’m also a big fan of the DMM0007 rubber holder as it allows me to position a 4061 miniature microphone very close to the strings on an acoustic guitar without annoying the musician playing it. With this solution I can get the full sound of the instrument in a way that wouldn’t be possible with a pick-up.”

Taglia adds that he uses his own DPA microphones on a daily basis as they are invaluable for live recording work and for aligning sound systems, which is what he does when he isn’t on tour.

“Over the years I have used literally tons of DPA miniature microphones on singers in the theatre and I’ve also used my fair share of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones on double basses and cellos,” he says. “Every time I need a linear, true microphone that is capable of handling high SPL, I always choose 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

Media Vision Kicks Off Operations in Europe.

Media Vision Global Sales Team

Media Vision is the name that keeps coming up in the conferencing systems market. A long-time TAIDEN partner in North America, the company has just announced the opening of four new offices and warehouses across Europe to support the high-demand for conferencing microphones and language interpretation solutions in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.

With a high-spirited team of 25 exclusively focused on supporting the brand, Media Vision has won key projects in recent years and boasts high-profile references such as the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In North America, the company has four offices – San Francisco, New york, Washington DC and Toronto; They were ranked #535 Fastest Growing Company in 2013 and the fastest growing company in Pro-AV.

The Media Vision European team members will be all out in force at ISE booth 3-A110. François Bestel, Director of Sales in Switzerland, was first to join the Geneva-based establishment in mid-2013. A recognized expert in the field of conferencing and language interpretation, François is best positioned to connect with international organizations.

In November of 2013, Media Vision took another landmark step in its expansion plan with the opening of its largest European establishment in France: a 360 sq. meters office, show room and warehouse near Paris. Antoine Haller has been appointed as Director of Sales for the French company. Driven by his passion for pro-audio solutions, Antoine brings a special expertise for corporate applications, the fastest growing market segment for Media Vision.

The Scandinavian office is opening in Copenhagen, Denmark, in February of 2014 with Sandra Kellermann as Director of Sales. Sandra brings a new perspective to the company having 15 years of experience working for a respected European manufacturer of conferencing systems. She is not only an expert, Sandra speaks fluently 6 languages, she knows the specificities of each country like no other and is able to adapt quickly to the local demand.

Beyond sales activities, the company is also investing in a large rental inventory that will be available to partner companies in need of digital microphones and simultaneous interpretation equipment for all size-events. Media Vision’s fourth European office located in Brussels, Belgium, will be dedicated to rentals with inventory also available in Paris. Wholesale rental has been another field of expertise for Media Vision and US-based sister company Conference Rental. In recent years, all have noticed TAIDEN equipment featured in high-profile events such as the G20 Mexico Summit.

With this remarkable team in place and offices in close proximity to major business hubs, Media Vision is well positioned for success. “We are a truly international company now, combining the expertise that every region has to offer” says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision, “We are strong thanks to our Chinese manufacturing partner TAIDEN always at the forefront of innovation, thanks to our American roots with a business and service-oriented mindset, and finally bringing into this melting pot the European expertise in conferencing and interpretation systems”.

With this fresh new approach, Media Vision is now open for business in Europe.

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About Media Vision
Media Vision is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio in the room, including for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.media-vision.com

Earthworks PianoMic™ and Mason & Hamlin Model A Make Beautiful Music Together at NAMM 2014

Milford, NH – Earthworks, manufacturer of the revolutionary PM40 PianoMic™ System, and Mason & Hamlin, one of America’s oldest and most respected piano manufacturers, are teaming up at NAMM (Booth 6882).

The Pianodisc® equipped Mason & Hamlin Model A will be on display at the Earthworks booth for attendees to not only admire the handcrafted piano, but also to listen to the through the Earthworks PM40 PianoMic™ System.

At 5’8″, the Mason & Hamlin Model A grand is widely regarded as the biggest sounding piano under 6′ in the industry and a perfect piano to demonstrate the wide frequency response of Earthworks High Definition Microphones™. It is equipped with a PianoDisc iQ player system with new ProRecord optical key sensors. This player system features high-definition playback with 1024 levels of expression on each note. It interfaces with Apple iOS and Android devices and is operated wirelessly.

The Earthworks PianoMic™ System was engineered to revolutionize piano miking and achieve an incredible improvement in piano sound for live and recording applications with no mic stands or booms. This innovative design allows near-perfect closed lid piano miking. The PM40 combines breathtaking realism through two 40kHz random incidence omni microphones. It also provides more gain-before-feedback, significantly less leakage from surrounding instruments and the same pristine sound quality with the piano lid either up or down.

The Pianodisc® equipped Mason & Hamlin Model A miked with the Earthworks PM40 PianoMic™ System, along with the rest of the Earthworks product lineup, will be at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, January 23-26, Booth #6882. Visit Mason & Hamlin / PianoDisc at NAMM, Convention Center 3rd Floor, Booth #521.

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CAD Audio Debuts 1600 Series UHF Wireless System


Anaheim, CA––CAD Audio is introducing the high performance StagePass™ 1600 Series UHF wireless system at 2014 Winter NAMM.

A versatile addition to the StagePass™ line, the new 1600 Series system provides 100-channel frequency agile UHF operation for maximum operating range along with CAD ScanLink™ technology to precisely scan, select and link to the optimum channel in any RF environment.

Other features include True Diversity operation to minimize multipath interference along with CADLock™ Automatic Tone Encoded Squelch that eliminates unauthorized transmissions in the signal path.

1600 systems are available as the WX1600 Handheld System; WX1610 Bodypack System featuring the Equitek E19 Broadcast and Production miniature condenser earworn mic, Cardioid Lav and Guitar Cable.

StagePass TX1600 handheld TX1610 body pack transmitters have soft touch multi-function On-Off/Mute/Low Battery/ScanLink status switches with multi-color LED indicators. High quality alkaline double AA batteries provide more than 15 hours of transmitter battery life.

The WX1600 receiver is housed in a durable metal chassis with ¼” and XLR outputs for additional flexibility. System specs include a Frequency Response of 40Hz–15KHz, and Dynamic Range >105dB.

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by Booth #6632 Hall A Anaheim Convention Center, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

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