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CAD Audio Debuts Versatile MH100 Headphones

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Solon, OH––CAD Audio is introducing the new precision-built multipurpose MH100 headphones for studio, DJ and general playback use.

The MH100s are a closed-back, midsized design headphone equipped with high output 40mm Neodymium drivers that offer increased power and an extended frequency response of 20Hz-18kHz with exceptional detail and clarity.

Available in black (MH100) and red (MH100R), the MH100s are designed to provide hours of listening comfort with effective isolation from surrounding noise. Their excellent performance for price and solid construction make it an essential tool for superior studio performance, DJs and professional musicians.

Specifications
Frequency Response: 20Hz-18kHz
Sensitivity: 98dB
Driver: 40mm Neodymium
Impedance: 38ohm
Power Handling: 500mW

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

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DPA Microphones’ d:screet™ Necklace Microphone Earns Prestigious TEC Award

DPA Microphones’ d:screet™ Necklace Microphone Earns Prestigious TEC Award

DPA Microphones_TEC AwardALLEROED, DENMARK, FEBRUARY 2, 2015DPA Microphones is pleased to announce that its d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone has earned a prestigious TEC Award in the Sound Reinforcement category at this year’s 30th Annual award ceremony in Anaheim.

“We are very honored to have our d:screet Necklace Microphone presented with a TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Sound Reinforcement category,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “The TEC Awards are the most respected in our industry and we are quite pleased that our engineering team has been recognized for consistently designing industry-leading equipment that meets the continuously growing needs of professionals in our industry. We would like to thank not only the TEC Awards committee for the nomination, but also our customers and the industry at large for voting for this microphone.”

Released at Prolight + Sound 2014, the d:screet Necklace Microphone can be mounted and removed quickly several times by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. 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. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. It 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.

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

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BVE 2015: FOR-A to Present New Vision Mixer and Server

London ExCel, Stand M30, 24-26 February 2015

Chessington, UK - At BVE 2015, FOR-A will present its latest vision mixer, the new HVS-2000, together with its new Broadcast Box (BB-404) four-channel server. BVE 2015 runs from February 24-26 at the ExCeL London Convention Centre.

Introduced at IBC 2014, the 2 M/E HVS-2000 vision mixer is the newest addition to the HVS switcher family. A flexible unit HVS-2000-10.30.14allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the easy-to-use HVS-2000 includes powerful features unavailable in other switchers in its class. The unit runs on what has been dubbed a V6 HVS2K engine, ready for SD, HD, Full HD (3G) and 4K production.

The HVS-2000 has a number of ground-breaking features and technologies, including MELite™, which transforms a traditional AUX bus into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The MELite feature provides the HVS-2000 HVS-2000-10.30.14with the production capabilities of a fully functional 6 M/E switcher.

MELite is the building block for features such as upstream and downstream transition effects. Operators can deploy a MELite as a third M/E, transforming the switcher to a 3 M/E switcher with a 3 M/E panel. Users can also add a 1 M/E panel and allow a second operator to have the added power of a second fully functional switcher in another location, all from the V6 HVS2K engine.

The versatile, cost efficient HVS-2000 gives operators the power of 6 M/Es for multiple, independent, on-stage monitor display control. ONStage™ is a newly developed technology designed specifically for staging events, such as house of worship or corporate events where multiple image magnification displays are used, each with independent transitions. The HVS-2000 is the first switcher that allows operators to see mix, wipe, key and DVE changes with full preview control connected directly to the lever arm transition area.

Another feature that provides additional flexibility and customization is FLEXaKEY™. With FLEXaKEY, operators can tailor their production needs by adding and moving key and DVE layers to traditional M/E resources or to MELite resources. FLEXaKEY allows operators to select and multiply the layers and graphics they need, when they need them.

The switcher includes a four-channel media player capable of still image and clip store with memory back-up. Its panel memory system, P-MEM™, includes simple panel snap shot recall or events, sequence and macro memory recalls. Within the HVS-2000 is a new FOR-A-developed menu system inspired from customer feedback around the world. Called Midas Touch™, the menu system allows for easy configuration changes and full system control. The V6 HVS2K includes frame synchronizers on every input, including valuable frame grab for image capture on any input. Re-sizer for SD to HD migration is also included.

The HVS-2000 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including OB truck, live event, television studio, house of worship and educational settings. The switcher is now shipping.

FOR-A will also show the new versatile, easy-to-use Broadcast Box video server, offering low-cost record and playout. With a range of codecs and based on industry-leading software, Broadcast Box range offers a cost-effective means of ingesting material and generating different versions from the range of available codecs.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s products, please visit our web site at www.for-a.com

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Lenny Kravitz Goes Wireless With Shure Axient®

NILES, Ill. Jan. 28, 2015—Throughout his career, Lenny Kravitz has always insisted on accuracy in his guitar tone. “He works hard on getting everything just right, especially his guitar,” says Alex Alvarez, Lenny’s guitar tech of 23 years. “He’s just insistent on his sound, which is why he never went wireless. Every time we would demo something, it would never meet his expectations.”

But all that changed during production rehearsals for Kravitz’s European tour in support of his latest album, Strut. After a demo of multiple high-end wireless systems arranged by Tour Supply, Lenny, Alex, and guitarist Craig Ross agreed that Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network was the one system that could deliver his sonic requirements on stage.

“It started as a conversation with Lenny,” Alex relates. “The subject of wireless guitar came up, and I told him there was a system I wanted him to check out. He said, ‘We’ve been down this road before. I would like to, but you know if it doesn’t sound right, I’m not going to do it.’ So I called Lance at Tour Supply to set up a demo.”

With rehearsals being in Miami, Lance Wascom, CEO of Tour Supply, had two days to set up the requested shootout. “We showed two Shure systems, Axient and ULX-D®, plus two other major brands,” he says. “Everything had to come together quickly and accurately, so I flew to Miami to set up the demo. Being that Lenny and Alex are such great clients, we really wanted to offer every level of support possible.”

Axient was the system that Alex Alvarez had his eye on from the start. “I had heard about it, both from Shure and from other guitar techs,” he notes. “The fact that it can detect interference and change frequencies on its own made it really attractive to me, but I knew that if the sound wasn’t perfect to Lenny’s ears, he would just stick with his cable. But since we already use Shure PSM® 1000 in-ears, I figured it was worth a try.”

The first day of rehearsals, Kravitz was not available, so his longtime guitarist and writing partner, Craig Ross, did the initial testing. “Craig really liked the sound and said, ‘Man, Lenny’s got to approve this.’ So we set up two more units for Lenny to check out the next day, and he was very impressed with both the sound and the technology. It turned out to be an easy decision.”

Asked to comment on his adoption of the Shure Axient guitar system, Lenny Kravitz stated, “After 25 years of resisting wireless systems, I am finally free from my beloved cables without sacrificing the organic tone of my guitar and amplifiers.”

Kravitz ordered three dual-channel Axient systems: two each for himself, Craig Ross, and bassist Gail Ann Dorsey. To fully realize the system’s networking and control capabilities, the band also purchased an AXT6000 Spectrum Manager and ShowLink Access Point.

Being Axient certified, Tour Supply’s Lance Wascom took on the task of educating the production crew on the system’s extensive monitoring, control, and frequency management capabilities. Along with Alex Alvarez, Wascom conferred with monitor engineer Josh Mellottsi on how to best integrate the new systems into the Kravitz backline.

“I love the technology,” says Wascom. “Axient tends to blow people’s minds. To see their reaction as it switches channels by itself, and to see how excited the monitor engineer gets when you coordinate all their frequencies in less than a minute… it’s just a lot of fun! It’s especially gratifying to know that you’re making an impact on the crew’s day-to-day workload. Frequency coordination and monitoring can be time consuming and stressful. Axient automates much of this, which saves time and allows the guys to focus on other tasks. In that sense, Axient can be as much as a ‘win’ for the crew as it is for the band.”

While the three Axient receivers sit in racks atop each of the guitar and bass rigs, the tour’s total wireless package is networked together and operated from Mellottsi’s monitor position. Frequency coordination is handled through Axient Spectrum Manager and Shure’s Wireless Workbench® software. Each day, Mellottsi scans for available frequencies and deploys them through the system.

“Between microphones, in-ears, and now guitars, we have so many frequencies that it’s best to have one person manage it all,” says Alvarez. “Of course, what I like best about Axient is that it always has spare frequencies ready to deploy in case there’s a problem. I remember the first time the system changed frequencies on the fly, and nobody noticed anything on stage. Very awesome.”

Alvarez is also very enthused about Shure’s rechargeable battery system, which is used for the six Axient transmitters as well as the band’s 11 channels of Shure PSM 1000 in-ears. “That’s another huge saving grace,” he enthused. “We get far more time out of a full charge than alkalines, and the system actually monitors remaining life down to the minute, so there are no surprises. We used to spend $10,000 in batteries for each leg of a major tour, so it’s not just the responsible thing to do, but they also pay for themselves.”

Having used the system on the Lenny Kravitz Strut tour of Europe, Alex Alvarez reports the Shure Axient guitar systems have been a total success. “We’ve literally had zero technical problems with the system,” he reports. “But with Lenny, it always comes back to the sound. He wouldn’t go wireless unless the system didn’t change what he’s worked so hard to sound like. Shure Axient does that for him.”

Photo credit:  Axient Rack, Courtesy of Photographer Alex Alvarez

Photo credit: Axient Rack, Courtesy of Photographer Alex Alvarez

Photo credit:  Lenny Kravitz, Courtesy of Photographer Mathieu Bitton

Photo credit: Lenny Kravitz, Courtesy of Photographer Mathieu Bitton

About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones, wireless microphone systems, in-ear personal monitoring systems, conferencing and discussion systems, networked audio systems, award-winning earphones and headphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated is headquartered in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company also has regional sales and marketing headquarters in Eppingen, Germany, and Hong Kong, China, with more than 30 additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.

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Meyer Sound LEO Goes “Gangnam Style” with Psy in South Korea

psyPsy, a global viral superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul’s 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed “All Night Stand,” the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound LEO® linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

“The extended headroom and linear output characteristic of LEO is huge with Psy’s music,” says Park Dong Won, the singer’s veteran FOH engineer. “The highs were smooth and natural, even when we pushed the levels, and the dispersion meant uniform coverage for every seat. I’m not just confident in specifying LEO, but also proud to use it.”

The system comprised dual main arrays, each with 15 LEO-M line array loudspeakers flown over two LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill. Twenty-four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were arranged in a directional array, with seven MILO® line array loudspeakers per side for out fill and two-each LYON-W and MICA® line array loudspeakers for front fill. Onstage foldback was supplied by two side-fill stacks with two 700-HP subwoofers and four MILO loudspeakers each, along with 20 MJF-212A stage monitors. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplied drive and optimization.

“Psy was very happy with the LEO system when he first heard it during rehearsals,” reports Park. “He had been using other large-format systems, but discovered that LEO was the first that could deliver clear high frequencies at extreme levels without hurting your ears.”

The LEO system was supplied by Live MISO and designed by Y Hun Lee, systems tech from Sovico, Meyer Sound’s Korean distributor, in consultation with “dB Dave” Dennison, a veteran international system design and tuning specialist.

Park mixed the shows behind a DiGiCo SD7 digital console and was assisted by second engineer Ko Jong Jin. A DiGiCo SD8 was used as a sidecar for Pro Tools track playback. Wireless audio for Psy and his special guests was via a Shure UR4D system, with Psy singing through a custom silver handheld transmitter equipped with a Shure Beta 58A capsule.

Released in 2012, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a worldwide cultural phenomenon with over 2.2 billion views on YouTube. Psy’s popularity in Korea continues unabated as his concert ticket sales, recordings, and video all occupied the number one positions for 2014.

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Matrox at the 2015 NAB Show — Product Preview

Video streaming and recording appliance, multi-camera recording app and OEM products will be featured

At the 2015 NAB Show, (Las Vegas, April 13-16, booth SL5817), Matrox® Video will showcase the popular Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance, the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording app and the Matrox DSX™ Developer Products.

Also on display will be the Matrox MicroQuad™ multiviewer, the Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus HD-SDI scan converter and the Matrox MC-100™ dual-SDI to HDMI mini converter.

Matrox Monarch HD — Video Streaming and Recording Appliance

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Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

VS4Recorder Pro — Multi-camera Recording App

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VS4Recorder Pro is designed for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards. Each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.

Matrox DSX — Developer Products

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Matrox DSX Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware, including low profile cards that support up to eight reconfigurable SDI inputs and outputs, with feature-rich Windows and Linux SDKs and powerful tools for quick app development. Matrox technology enables OEMs to create advanced broadcast graphics systems, video servers, channel-in-a-box equipment, contribution and distribution encoders, and non-linear editing systems that provide 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments. Premium hardware features include multiple motion adaptive de-interlacers, up/down/cross converters and video compositors. A constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more) and extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) meet evolving needs.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Vegas Dealers Can Hit the Jackpot with AV Warehouse’s HD Technology Showcase February 26 – 27 at the Las Vegas Country Club

jackpot Sponsored by Cleerline Technology Group, Blackwire Advanced Automation Solutions, Smart Audio Video Integration, LG Electronics, Wolf Cinema, Pure Link and Just Add Power, this 2-day event focuses on the latest in fiber optics, UltraHD, video distribution and networking/IP

Las Vegas, NV – January 30, 2015 – AV Warehouse, (www.av-warehouse.com) – the Southwest region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network with outlets in Scottsdale, AZ and Las Vegas, NV – is holding its first annual HD Technology Showcase February 26 – 27 at the Las Vegas Country Club.

“Today’s integrators have a chance to capitalize on commercial and residential video and digital signage opportunities using fiber technology – especially here in Vegas,” says Paul Brown, AV Warehouse principal. “Accordingly, keeping up on the latest delivery solutions is paramount to delivering the highest-quality systems. For many, it can be their calling-card.”

“To this, AV Warehouse is proud to host a showcase event that gives local integrators the opportunity to learn about the latest in fiber optics, UltraHD, video distribution and networking/IP solutions,” adds Brown.

Factory representatives from Cleerline Technology Group, Blackwire Advanced Automation Solutions, Smart Audio Video Integration, LG Electronics, Wolf Cinema, Pure Link and Just Add Power will be on-hand to take dealers through their latest offerings and offer in-depth insight. Refreshments will be served throughout the two days.

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Location: Las Vegas Country Club, 3000 Joe W Brown Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dates and times: February 26, 2015: 1 PM – 7 PM and February 27, 2015: 10 AM – 2 PM.
RSVP: rosie@av-warehouse.com
Additional information: 702.364.1134

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

New Clay Paky Stormy Fixtures Join Slipknot Tour

A67G0465Masked rockers Slipknot are making headlines with a fifth album release, the addition of new band members, their Knotfest concert series and the launch of the “Prepare for Hell” tour – and Clay Paky Stormys are along for the wild ride.

The band just marked the debut of their fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” which was quickly followed by performances October 25 and 26 at their own Knotfest in San Bernardino, California. They began headlining the “Prepare for Hell” North American tour afterwards.

Trevor Ahlstrand, lighting designer/production designer for Slipknot, is using a package of 30 Stormys, obtained from Christie Lights, on the shows. The new Stormy uses the latest LED technology while retaining all the charm of the classic strobe. He has positioned a few on each piece truss and several in a row on the floor.

“The show is very asymmetrical with random sticks of different heights jutting out in random places and set elements of a carnival theme,” he says. “The thing with this group is that they have nine members, three of whom are drummers, so they’re very percussive. I use strobes to accent a lot of the underlying drum parts in their music; trying constantly to be creative in how I would use the strobes keeping it interesting and different from song to song.”

But Ahlstrand confesses that he’s “always had a problem with using scrollers on strobes. I don’t like to blast on lights all the time, and I don’t want to abuse the audience all night. So I try to use scrollers to get a different feel but could never seem to get them all working right.”

He looked at several LED fixtures then discovered that “Stormy had the feel of an old-school Atomic 3000 with a scroller on it. But it was way more intense. I could get any color you can think of, and when you hit it full blast it was so bright – you didn’t see anything else. I get all the benefits of a classic strobe with all the control of an LED.”

Reached during rehearsals with the band Ahlstrand reports the Stormys were performing “amazing so far – no technical issues. My fear with LEDs is balance with color, but the Stormys are all dead on with each other. They’re extremely bright and fast – I hit whatever color I want at any time. And I program them the same way I would anything else.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “We’re very excited about our new Stormys and pleased to see that they’re working well for Mr. Ahlstrand and the band.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

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High-Profile Polytechnic Institute Installs Dual Yamaha NUAGE Systems

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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York is the nation’s oldest technological research University. The private research University recently installed two Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production DAW Systems provided by Parsons Audio LLC (Wellesley, MA).

The NUAGE systems are used primarily by RPI staff, students, and available to external clients. “We read a lot of press on the NUAGE System while researching alternatives to our recording and mix system,” states Todd Vos, Audio Systems Lead, The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at RPI. “Once we determined NUAGE might be the way to go, we were given two really great demos by Parsons Audio which closed the deal.”

Both Vos and fellow engineers Jeff Svatek and Steve Mclaughlin determined NUAGE had the tightest DAW to control surface integration. “We were attracted to the programming flexibility of VST architecture, and were basically sick of the DigiDesign workflow, exclusionary software/hardware model, master section functionality (or lack thereof), and sonic shortcomings, Vos says. It all came down to timing; we were ready to move on shortly after the NUAGE System had been released, it was garnering decent feedback from users, so we pursued it.”

“NUAGE presents Nuendo to the operating engineer in a manner reminiscent of a traditional audio console, no small feat, Vos continued, the line between controller and DAW is really blurred, this layout was incredibly attractive to us and the price point was amazing. But the biggest upside of our decision to move
recording and mixing operations onto the NUAGE/Nuendo platform was the bump in fidelity. The edge of our LAWO network has these fabulous LAWO mic pres; sadly the sonic bottleneck of the system was ProTools. Now that we are running Nuendo with NUAGE, I am hard pressed to identify where things are being mutilated (negatively speaking); it was immediately apparent to us, Nuendo is just a significantly better sounding DAW.”

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The first EMPAC NUAGE System is 32-faders plus a Master section with a JL Cooper Panner. The second NUAGE System has a 16 fader unit, Master section also with a JL Cooper Panner. Both systems are connected to a large LAWO NOVA 73 MADI network via PC-based DAWS running either 96 or 192 channel RME MADI cards with two UAD QUAD accelerators, SSD record drives and a Black Magic SDI link to the facility’s Harris router for post work.

While the two NUAGE Systems are used in support of all EMPAC productions, both internal and external to campus including video shoots, music production, film post, event documentation, media research, archival and restoration–Vos said “a music engineering curriculum will start next fall at RPI that I imagine will be using the NUAGE production spaces as well.”

Good news started rolling in over holiday break as music magazines, radio stations, blogs, and awards organizations selected a number of albums produced at EMPAC. Ben Frost’s AURORA, Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich’s Surface Image, David Brynjar Franzson’s The Negotiation of Context, and Michael Gordon’s Rushes were all commissioned by EMPAC, developed through the artist-in-residence program, and recorded either in full or in part at EMPAC. The highest honor was given to Frost, whose record was chosen as the No. 1 avant-garde album of the year by Rolling Stone.

For more information on NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

DPA Microphones Are The Perfect Accompaniment For Lamia

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Tunisian singer Lamia Bèdioui is renowned for her unique vocal style that combines extensive range with a huge amount of sensitivity and acoustic detail. Taking her influences for a variety of cultures and musical traditions, Lamia is highly respected on the World Music circuit and much in demand as a collaborator with other musicians.

In recent months, Lamia has been recording her second album, Athamra. For this project she switched entirely to DPA microphones because she and her sound engineer, Andreas Kamenidis, felt DPA was the only brand capable of delivering the clear, clean signal she wanted.

Currently based in Greece where she has lived since 1992, Lamia’s repertoire embraces ballads, opera-style singing, improvisation, acoustic music, storytelling, rhythm, dynamic range and rich harmonic variations. Capturing such diversity is an enormous challenge, but Kamenidis thinks DPA is easily up to the task.

“We have 12 DPA microphones in total – a wired d:facto™ Vocal Microphone for Lamia; five d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones that are mainly used on acoustic guitar and traditional instruments such as the kanun, Cretan lyra, oud, mandolin and lute; a d:screet™ 4090 Omnidirectional Microphone for instruments, vocals and as overhead and a d:screet™ 4091 Omnidirectional Microphone for frame drums and various percussions. We have completed our line-up with four d:fine™ Directional Headset Microphones, which are used by Lamia when she is storytelling and by the rest of the band for backing vocals. These mics are also ideal for capturing small wind instruments that are in close proximity to the face, for example the kaval, flute, jaws harp and kazoo.”

Kamenidis adds that the DPA microphones have now been used to record vocals, instruments and percussion for Lamia’s new album and also to replace previous recordings that were not done with DPA and were therefore not up to the standard Lamia wanted.

“The signal is so clear now,” Lamia adds. “The sound is very focused, fresh and alive. I really like the accuracy and precision we are achieving with these microphones – even a rough recording made with DPA is potentially good enough to fit into the mix. Everyone in the band is enjoying the new recording sessions, especially me as now I can truly recognise my voice.”

Kamenidis is using DPA for both live and studio work, and says they are ideal for both situations.

“They allow us to capture the pure, analogue sound of the band’s instruments,” he says. “The d:vote 4099 Instrument and d:fine Headset Microphones are particularly versatile because they offer close miking, stable mounting, easy patching and dispatching and crystal-clear sound capture.”

Kamenidis adds that Lamia takes great interest in her sound and how it is technically achieved.

“When we first met, I realised her demands were very high and I was surprised to hear her describing in very clear detail exactly what she wanted,” he says. “At that stage she wasn’t happy with the sound she was getting. She was using different equipment in different environments, and this inevitably affected the end results. She couldn’t find the proper balance and was therefore unable to achieve her desired sound.”

Kamenidis created a technical rider for Lamia that addressed all of her touring and recording needs 100%. Investing in DPA microphones was key to getting her sound right.

“I explained that she should only invest in equipment that told the ‘truth’, equipment that could support and highlight her skills and ideas, equipment that she could trust. That is why I recommended DPA.”

As a singer, Lamia was particularly keen to have a vocal mic that didn’t colour the sound of her voice. Kamenidis recommended DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone because it offered an exceptionally natural sound, superior gain before feedback and high separation from nearby sound sources.

“Lamia also wanted the opportunity to move about and to give the audience a very clear view of what was happening on stage,” he adds. “DPA’s d:fine Headset Microphones allow her this freedom of movement and give the audience a nice sense of an unplugged show. And in real ‘unplugged’ conditions, we are able to use our DPA microphones to silently record the performance.”

Lamia’s new album will be released in April 2015. For more information about Lamia and her music please visit http://www.lamiabedioui.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

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