Archive for December 13th, 2012

Singing is Easier with a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Mic

Dutch singer Margot Giselle says DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone lets her sing her heart out without straining her voice

AMSTERDAM, DECEMBER 13, 2012 – After putting DPA Microphones’ new handheld d:facto Vocal Microphone through its paces on her recent tour, Dutch singer and vocal coach, Margot Giselle, says she is delighted with the natural sound it gives her voice.

“For the first time ever, I can hear my voice as it really sounds because the microphone only amplifies the sound – it doesn’t change my voice in any way,” says Giselle. “It is bright, clear and warm. And, by allowing me to create all the vocal colors I want, the DPA d:facto microphone makes singing really easy.”

During her recent tour of the Netherlands, Giselle worked with sound engineer Roel van Zeelst, from Dutch rental company IDAK, which has a large stock of DPA microphones. In conjunction with DPA’s Dutch distributor Amptec, van Zeelst arranged for Giselle to test the new DPA d:facto vocal mic as he felt it would be ideally suited to her voice and her singing style.

“I perform with four musicians and sing a lot of acoustic material, and I wanted a microphone that allows me to recognize my own voice, even when it is amplified,” Giselle explains. “The d:facto does exactly what I wanted, and sounds so much better than any microphone I had used in the past. I am really delighted with it. The clarity and naturalness of the sound means that I can relax on stage and just enjoy the performance.”

Giselle, who trained as a classical vocalist at the Conservatory of Utrecht in the Netherlands, has worked on many musical theatre productions including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cabaret, Annie and Cats. She has also worked as a backing vocalist for artists such as Petra Berger. In 2011, she recorded and produced her first solo album Same Girl, which combines songs from various musicals with easy listening tracks and light pop covers. When she is not recording and performing, Giselle offers vocal coaching from her private studio and at the Frank Sanders Musical Academy in Amsterdam. Giselle is undertaking another tour for Spring 2013 and plans to include the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone in her equipment list.

“The d:facto is a wonderful microphone that makes it easy for singers to sing their hearts out without straining their voices,” she says. “It also helps that Roel van Zeelst is a fantastic sound engineer who knows just how to make the microphone work for me in the best possible way.”

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

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

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Antelope Audio Brings Good Cheer to the Audio Community with Holiday Sales on High-End Converters and Clocks, Including Zodiac+, Trinity and Eclipse 384

Antelope Audio announced that it is once again offering significant year-end, holiday discounts on its most popular and accessible products designed for audiophiles and audio professionals. Between now and December 31st 2012, select Antelope dealers will be offering the company’s Zodiac+, Trinity and Eclipse 384 at a discount of 15 percent off street price.

“Good clocking and conversion are fundamental building blocks towards achieving the best possible audio quality,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio USA. “By taking advantage of our holiday discounts and acquiring Antelope’s best-in-class technology, audiophiles and music professionals can measurably improve the performance of their systems, whether they are listening to music or creating it.”

Antelope Audio’s clocking and conversion technology is used by the most discriminating engineers and mastering professionals in the music, film and television industries, and is a staple in many famous recording studios around the world. The company’s popular line of Zodiac D/A converters represent an elegant solution for nearly any home A/V system, and can dramatically improve overall audio performance.

Following is product and pricing information for items included in the sale:
Zodiac+ HD Mastering 192kHz DAC: Was $2,696, now $2,299
Trinity Universal HD Master Clock: Was $2,995, now $2,549
Eclipse 384 Mastering AD/DA Converter: Was $6,995, now $5,946

To take advantage of Antelope Audio’s holiday discounts, customers in the U.S. may contact Sweetwater.com, Vintage King, Alto Music and JSS. For complete product information, please visit the Antelope Audio website.

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TELEFUNKEN and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios Team Up for Supersession

Grateful Dead Co-Founder Heads Up All-Star Performance

Pictured at TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA, are Ryan Loftus, Jeff Pehrson, Jeff Chimenti, Alan Veniscofsky, Bob Weir, Jason Scheuner, Robyn Sylvester, Jonathan Wilson, and Richard Gowen. Photo by Paul Vnuk Jr.


TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik and TRI (Tamalpias Research Institute) Studios have partnered for a private performance event and recording workshop for the press, industry professionals, and TELEFUNKEN dealers.

Recorded in hi-resolution audio and HD video, the performance featured musicians from the Grateful Dead inspired family of bands, including Furthur, Ratdog, Box Set, The Fall Risk, Sovoso, and The Sunshine Garcia Band. A tour of the facility was conducted by one of TRI’s engineers, Dennis “Wizard” Leonard, well known for his work at Skywalker Sound.

Performers included studio owner and Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir (Furthur, Ratdog), Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog keyboard player), Jeff Pehrson (The Fall Risk, Box Set, Furthur backing vocalist), Robyn Sylvester (Ratdog bassist), Jonathan Wilson (prominent LA producer / musician credited with reviving the Laurel Canyon sound), Richard Gowen (Jonathan Wilson’s drummer), and Sunshine Becker (Sovoso, The Sunshine Garcia Band).

On hand from TELEFUNKEN were director of operations Alan Veniscofsky, design engineer Ryan Loftus, and artist liaison Jason Scheuner. TELEFUNKEN microphones owned by Weir include two ELA M 251s, two C-12s, three ELA M 260s, two AK-47 MkIIs, eight M80s, six M81s, and a vintage AKG C-24 restored by TELEFUNKEN.

In addition to the mics already on hand at the studio, TELEFUNKEN brought in other mics, such as the CU-29 Copperhead, the new version of the AR-51 with the dual-membrane edge-terminated TK-51D capsule, and a prototype of the new M82 Dynamic. The entire performance was recorded exclusively with TELEFUNKEN microphones.

Highlights of the TRI Studio sessions included the use of the TELEFUNKEN ELA M 260 TRI-MONO system, a 3-channel Decca Tree-type microphone array developed in tandem with TRI Studio engineers and designed for recording room and ambient environments. TRI Studios employs the Meyer Constellation System, which combines a patented algorithm, digital processing, and miniature transducer technology with acoustical research to provide sonic flexibility not normally attainable without movable walls or orchestra shells. TELEFUNKEN’S TRI-MONO system proved to be the perfect tool for recording the unique sonic capabilities of TRI Studios.

Jason Scheuner, TELEFUNKEN’s artist liaison, has worked for several years with the team at the studio. “This was a one of a kind event,” he remarked. “The musicians were all exceptional, the studio and their audio/video engineering team are unmatched, and it proved to be the perfect situation to push our TELEFUNKEN mics to the limits — the results were incredible.”

For more info about Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI Studios), visit:
http://www.tristudios.com

To learn more about TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, visit: http://www.t-funk.com

About TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik produces a comprehensive line of fine microphones, ranging from meticulously engineered replicas of historic vintage microphones handcrafted in the USA, to the R-F-T series of microphones that take advantage of the globalization of technology, as well as innovative dynamic microphones for live and studio performance.

Singing Is Easier With A DPA d:facto™ Vocal Mic

After putting DPA Microphone’s new hand-held d:facto Vocal Microphone through its paces on her recent tour, Dutch singer and vocal coach Margot Giselle says she is delighted with the natural sound it gave to her voice.

“For the first time ever I was able to hear my voice as it really sounds because the microphone only amplified the sound – it didn’t change my voice in any way,” Margot Giselle says. “It was bright, clear and warm – and by allowing me to create all the vocal colours I wanted, the DPA d:facto microphone made singing really easy.”

During her recent tour of the Netherlands, Margot Giselle worked with sound engineer Roel van Zeelst, from Dutch rental company IDAK, which has a large stock of DPA microphones. In conjunction with DPA’s Dutch distributor Amptec, van Zeelst arranged for Giselle to test the new DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone as he felt it would be ideally suited to her voice and her singing style.

“I was performing with four musicians and singing a lot of acoustic material, and wanted a microphone that would allow me to recognize my own voice, even when it was amplified,” Giselle explains. “The d:facto did exactly what I wanted and sounded so much better than any microphone I had used in the past. I was really delighted with it. The clarity and naturalness of the sound meant that I could relax on stage and just enjoy the performance.”

Margot Giselle, who trained as a classical vocalist at the Conservatory of Utrecht in the Netherlands, has worked on many musical theatre productions including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cabaret, Annie and Cats.  She has also worked as a backing vocalist for artists such as Petra Berger and in 2011 she recorded and produced her first solo album Same Girl, which combines songs from various musicals with easy listening tracks and light pop covers. When she is not recording and performing, Margot Giselle offers vocal coaching from her private studio and at the Frank Sanders Musical Academy in Amsterdam

Margo Giselle is undertaking another tour for Spring 2013 and plans to include the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone in her equipment list.

“The d:facto is a wonderful microphone that makes it easy for singers to sing their hearts out without straining their voices,” she says. “It also helps that Roel van Zeelst is a fantastic sound engineer who knows just how to make the microphone work for me in the best possible way.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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