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*** The D.A.S. Audio Convert 15A powered multifunction loudspeaker. ***

Valencia, Spain – WNAMM Booth #7101 and Venue Stage … D.A.S. Audio, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the most demanding sound reinforcement applications, is pleased to announce that during Winter NAMM in Anaheim, CA, the company will feature the new Convert 15A powered multifunction loudspeaker system with variable dispersion and the new SX-218A subwoofers as the main sound reinforcement system on the Venue Stage—located just outside the Arena adjacent to Hall A. These new loudspeakers—part of D.A.S. Audio’s Convert Series—will be central to all activities that take place on the stage. Equally notable, the company will introduce its new Aero 40 line array system.

At 4 PM on Thursday, January 24th—opening day of Winter NAMM 2013—D.A.S. Audio will unveil the new Aero 40 line array system at its booth, #7101 (between Hall A and the Arena). Part of the Aero Series 2 product line, the new Aero 40 is a mid-size, powered line array system utilizing 12-inch and 6-inch transducers for the low and mid frequencies respectively plus dual compression drivers for the highs. D.A.S. Audio encourages members of the press and those with an interest in live sound reinforcement to attend this new product unveiling. more

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Irish Theatre Discovers Point Source Audio’s Waterproof Mic

Performs Impeccably in Major Downpours, Renowned Sound Designer Impressed

Petaluma, CA –Last November, Vinny Osborne was on deadline, preparing for Singin’ in the Rain to be performed by the Port Laois Musical Society in Ireland. He had a special need for an earset microphone which could better handle water immersion as well as deliver impeccable audio quality. The celebrated Irish sound designer—who has been nominated 11 times (winning seven) for Best Technical Award by the Association of Irish Musical Societies—got to work. He did his research, performed rigorous testing, and chose Point Source Audio’s CO-5w waterproof microphone for his lead actor.

Point Source Audio's CO-5w Waterproof Microphone

Point Source Audio’s CO-5w Waterproof Mic Used in Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain performed for packed houses and the CO-5w earset never let us down,” Mr. Osborne said. “There were three major downpours during the two-and-one-half hour show,” he explained. The CO-5w waterproof mic has an impressive Ingress Protection (IP) rating of 57, making it ideal for vocalists, theater actors and other performers who need to defend against sweat and makeup. “I would strongly recommend these earset microphones to anyone in a similar circumstance or for any theatrical or broadcast application,” Mr. Osborne stated unequivocally. The renowned sound designer knows quality: over the past 25 years, he and his Sound and Music Company, based near Dublin, have provided expert engineering for events involving such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth and a number of U.S. and Irish Presidents. Other clients have included Riverdance the Show, U2, Bryan Adams, Sinead O’Connor and Tiger Woods.

According to Mr. Osborne, “Not only did the mic withstand the rain, it fits really well and sounds crystal clear. It is a very crisp and very live mic with plenty of level. In fact, we had to back the Sennheiser transmitter sensitivity down quite a bit to handle the input.” Launched by Point Source Audio in April, 2012, the CO-5w is the waterproof version of PSA’S very popular CO-5 omnidirectional earset microphone capable of handling up to 125dB SPL. Due to the rigorous dance routines of the show, Mr. Osborne selected the CO-5w-KIT dual earset microphone which includes a reversible dual-ear mounting accessory, windscreens and clothing clip.

“Point Source Audio’s staff was also great to deal with when helping me to meet my tight deadline,” Mr. Osborne added.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” earworn microphones in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Novato, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit

About Sound and Music Company
Based near Dublin, Ireland, Sound and Music Company has established quite a resume. Over the past 25 years, it has provided sound design and engineering for events involving such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth as well as a number of U.S. and Irish Presidents. Other clients have included U2, Bryan Adams, Sinead O’Connor and Tiger Woods. Mr. Osborne also toured with Riverdance the Show from 1994-1998. Specializing in theatre and corporate, the company handles all phases of planning and production, including working with the producer, director, and music director, visiting the venues prior to the event, liaising with the local technicians, coming to rehearsals and handling the event itself. For more information, visit

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Mr. Bonzai Hosts “Recording Studio Design” Panel at WinterNAMM

Russ Berger, Peter Grueneisen, Andy Munro and Vincent van Haaff

Pictured (clockwise from top left) are Russ Berger, Peter Grueneisen, Vincent van Haaff, and Andy Munro.

“Creative Acoustics for Modern Music Makers” –Learn from today’s master designers about modern acoustic treatment and recording studio design, from the requirements of a large commercial facility to the creation of a personal home project environment. Mr. Bonzai moderates, with Russ Berger, Peter Grueneisen, Andy Munro, and Vincent Van Haaff.

H.O.T. Zone “Hands-On training Friday, January 25, 2013
11:00 am – 12:30pm Room: 204 B

Russ Berger is president of Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG) and directs the firm’s design of audio recording, broadcast and television studios, residential theaters, entertainment facilities and technical learning environments for higher education. With over 2,500 designs to his credit, Russ’ client list includes Blade Studios, Paragon Studios, NFL Network, Apple, NFL Films, Sweetwater, MTV, MasterMix, Sony Music Entertainment, ABC, NBC, National Public Radio, and private studios for Steve Miller, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and John Fogerty. In recognition of his work, the industry has presented him with eight TEC Awards for technical excellence and creativity in acoustics and studio design.

Peter Grueneisen is the sole owner and principal of nonzero\architecture and a founding partner of studio bau:ton, which is now the media production facility design division of nonzero\architecture. Trained in Switzerland and in the US, he has a Masters degree in Architecture from SCI-Arc and is licensed in several states. Over the last twenty-four years he has designed and built hundreds of studios, from large-scale corporate facilities to personal home studios. He is a TEC Award- winner for studio design and AIA honor award winner for his architectural projects.

Andy Munro founded Munro Acoustics in 1980 and has established a reputation for design, research and project management in all aspects of audio and acoustical engineering. Munro co-founded Dynaudio Acoustics in 1990 and in 2010 launched a design project to develop the now familiar Egg monitor speaker system. With over 1000 completed design and consultancy jobs across four continents, the Munro team has a huge database of room designs and acoustic solutions.

Vincent van Haaff, a native of the Netherlands, studied architecture, theatre acoustics and sound production before his initial work at famed Electric Lady Studio in NYC and the establishment of his Waterland Design group in 1980. Since then he has designed and supervised the building of over 300 music recording studios in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Las Vegas, Chicago, Vancouver, Tokyo, Paris, London, Milan, Rome, and elsewhere. A TEC Award-winner, some of his his more notable projects include A&M Studios (now Henson Recording), Sony Music Studios, Conway Recording, Record Plant, and Universal Music/Interscope.

Mr. Bonzai
Award-winning photographer, filmmaker and music journalist Mr. Bonzai has written over 1,000 articles for magazines in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His photos and stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Pro Sound News, Keyboard, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. He has authored seven books, including “Faces of Music” (Cengage, 2006) “Music Smarts” (Berklee Press, 2009) and “John Lennon’s Tooth” (BookBaby 2012).



MÜNCHEN-GRÄFELFING, GERMANY, JANUARY 16, 2013 – BroaMan, a leading German manufacturer of professional digital video, audio and data network solutions with routing, format conversion and management for a variety of markets, including broadcast, post production and AV, is pleased to announce the hiring of D. Pagan Communications (DPC), a leading public relations firm specializing in the high-tech and professional audio/video industries. As BroaMan’s agency of record for the U.S., DPC will launch an integrated public relations campaign, supported by targeted media relations and trade show support for BroaMan, in the region. These efforts will further enhance the company’s brand recognition and expand its visibility within target markets in the U.S.

“BroaMan’s technology is based on a very specific need in the marketplace for cost effective, scalable audio and video fiber transport,” says Tine Helmle, managing director, BroaMan. “Transporting professional high bandwidth 3G/HD/SD-SDI video, audio and control signals reliably for events big, small, live or filmed is an absolute necessity. In order to continue to grow our company, we have turned to D. Pagan Communications. Its team of experts will help increase our brand’s visibility among current and potential customers in the markets we serve, including broadcast, film production and professional AV.”

As its top-of-the-line product, BroaMan’s Repeat platform consists of plug-and-play devices that convert 3G/HD/SD-SDI (or MADI) signals from coaxial cables to fiber and back. Included in the Repeat family are the Repeat48 and Repeat48CWDM, the company’s most powerful yet easy-to-use and cost-effective products that include built-in multiplexers to combine multiple signals onto a single fiber that can also be interfaced to audio and data network systems including Optocore, SANE, MADI and Ethernet. Also included in the product line are the Repeat66 and Repeat33, used for flexible applications, rather than in a plug-in-play situation.

An additional product range of the BroaMan portfolio is the Route series, which includes the Route66 and Route33 devices, both unique and based on an individual customer’s level of complexity and feature requirements. Using a Digital Video Network, the customer can specify the general system performance, the interface layout-based on basic frames-and select special features. As a result, each customer receives a customized system to meet its specific needs.

“With its involvement in world-leading projects such as the 50th Constitution Day in Kuwait and with top international broadcasters including MediaCityUK, Canadian Television (CTV) and Swedish Television – Stockholm (SVT), as well as successful devices such as the Repeat48 system, BroaMan already has a proven reputation in the industry,” says Debra Pagan, DPC founder and president. “Building upon the stellar recognition the company has received from within the broadcast, post-production and AV markets, we look forward to sharing news of the company’s exciting new endeavors and delivering exceptional results in the process.”

About D. Pagan Communications
D. Pagan Communications (DPC) is a New York-based public relations firm specializing in the broadcast, film/cinema, post-production, military, aerospace and government (MAG), medical, house of worship (HOW), pro audio, live sound, installation/pro AV, education, hospitality, music industry (MI) and consumer markets. For more than 17 years, the firm has performed a comprehensive array of services for its market-leading clients, generating press releases, articles, artist profiles, white papers, newsletters and other deliverables, and supporting clients at major trade shows around the globe. Combining excellent writing with a singular dedication to the needs of its clients and the media, DPC has earned a worldwide reputation for producing high-quality work that in turn achieves great results. For more information, visit

About BroaMan
BroaMan, (Broadcast Manufactur GmbH) based in München-Gräfelfing, Germany, manufactures infrastructure solutions for broadcast applications such as studios, OB-vans or sporting events. The turnkey solutions convert, transport and route all types of commonly used broadcast signals, including digital and analogue video, audio, intercom, and control data, over a high bandwidth fiber infrastructure. If required, this includes format conversions, e.g. from copper to fiber or from analogue to digital, as well as routing of signals based on automatic or manual rules, up/downscalers, frame synchronisers, and many more features. The company offers customized solutions for every application that requires 3G/HD/SD-SDI video transport or routing – whether a big and complex system for broadcast studio or OB Van, or a simple point to point for a small church or conference hall. For more information visit:

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The Music Producers Guild And Legacy Studios Launch Production Seminars


The Music Producers Guild, in conjunction with Joram Pinxteren at Legacy Studios in Holland, has initiated a series of seminar/workshops that will run periodically throughout 2013.

The first one, which featured Producer/Engineer Tony Platt, took place in late December 2012 and was attended by an enthusiastic audience comprising producers, engineers, label managers, artists and students.

The delegates signed up for either the morning session or the full day. The morning session took place in the spacious recording room and was attended by over 35 delegates, whilst the afternoon session took place in the control room and was limited to 10.

In the morning, Pinxteren conducted a face to face interview with Tony Platt, in which he discussed his philosophy of production, engineering and music, and revealed many amusing anecdotes. The format encouraged many interesting questions from the delegates and a lively discussion ensued. Platt had some ProTools examples of sessions that he used to explain particular techniques and illustrate his answers to questions.

In the afternoon, Platt addressed a problem recording drums that the engineer at the studio had encountered. The artists and drummer were all present and the group set up the kit and explored different approaches to recording it. The group were impressed with the results achieved from very slightly different ways of going about the process.

The delegates were invited to bring in projects that they wanted advice and evaluation for and discussion about various issues lasted almost all of the rest of the afternoon.

The remainder of the day was spent making comparisons between software and hardware versions of devices that the studio had available and was followed by a buffet dinner at the studio and general chat about a wide range of studio topics.

Commenting on the event, Joram Pinxteren says: “it was very inspiring to hear Tony share some of the secrets behind his iconic work in the past and his views on the future. Everybody will work a little differently after hearing the finer details about his recording approach.”

Those attending were also impressed with the event. Adam Bar-Pereg, a producer/songwriter from The Netherlands, says: “In the Netherlands the possibilities of meeting a top producer from abroad are practically nil, but through the efforts of Legacy Studios and the Music Producers Guild I not only met one of my heroes, but also got the chance to hear his stories and get personal advice on a number of topics. It was a great learning experience and a great social experience as well.”

The next seminar will take place in early March and will feature Gareth Jones. Those wishing to attend should check Legacy Studios’ website for more details.


About Music Producers Guild (UK):

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers.



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