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Focal Now Shipping New “Alpha” Powered Studio Monitors in 3 Models

Three new models of active near field monitors offer Focal quality-sound with home studio affordability now shipping in the US and Canada —

New Focal powered monitors, Alpha 80, Alpha 65, & Alpha 50

New Focal powered monitors, Alpha 80, Alpha 65, & Alpha 50

Montreal, CanadaJune 25, 2014 — Renowned French speaker designer Focal Professional, with their North American Distributor Audio Plus Services, have announced that their latest “Alpha” monitors are now shipping in the US and Canada. The new monitors are available in 3 sizes, Alpha 50, Alpha 65, and Alpha 80, with 5”, 6.5” and 8” woofers respectively. The new monitors offer legendary Focal sound at an affordable price for home studio musicians and DJs creating and listening to their own music and remixes. The monitors are easily integrated into many types of music environments; even small untreated home studios. Focal Alpha monitors are very natural sounding, yet highly revealing and present a very even tonal balance from low to high volumes. In addition, the new monitors were designed to have a ‘wide sweet spot’ to help mixing in challenging, smaller studio environments. Priced per monitor, the Alpha series ranges from $349 for Alpha 50, $449 for Alpha 65 to $599 for Alpha 80.

“Focal is famous for great sounding monitors that professionals around the world in many types of music production rely on daily,” says Simon Cote, National Pro Audio Sales Manager at Audio Plus Services. “Previously the realm of mastering engineers, top mix and recording engineers, and high-end post production studios, now everyone can afford the Focal quality sound and unique monitor design in their own home music studios with the new Alpha monitor series. These new monitors use many of the same technologies in our CMS series such as the polyglass woofers, but are available at a lower cost. We did not compromise the amplifiers in the Alpha series and use the traditional Focal bi-amped Class AB models.”

Key ingredients in the success of previous Focal monitors such as the Solo6 be, Twin6 be and SM9 models are also used in the new Alpha series including custom made Focal inverted dome tweeters which offer more dynamics and less directivity, manufactured in rigid aluminum for lower distortion. The Focal-designed polyglass cones in each woofer reveal a neutral sound with less distortion in the low mid and mid frequencies. And Focal has voiced each model the same regardless of the woofer size, even with the increase in mid and low mid output with the size of the woofer, the monitor’s character is designed to remain the same. The 8-inch model is specifically designed not to create a ‘scooped’ mid range sound (like many other comparably-sized monitors), but to balance the mids and add more punch.

As commonly found on all Focal monitors is a bass-reflex front-ported cabinet allowing placement of monitors nearer to walls while still projecting correct imaging and low-end. The speaker drivers are paired with powerful bi-amped Class AB amplifiers allowing increased dynamics, high SPL, and also include thermal protection and electronic protection with a built-in limiter and compressor. Alpha monitors include a unique ‘Auto-Standby Mode’ where if no audio signal is present for 30 minutes, the speaker automatically goes into power standby, while ‘Auto-Power On’ is activated in the monitor by audio signal detection. The monitors have balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs, 6dB of gain sensitivity, and Low Frequency and High Frequency variable shelving to help match the monitor’s output to their studio environment.

The new Alpha series monitors are available now from dealers in the US and Canada, for more information on the monitors visit the Focal Professional website: http://www.focalprofessional.com/en/239-alpha

About Focal
Since its foundation, Focal has grown to become one of the world’s leading Hi-Fi and professional loudspeaker companies. Headquartered in Saint-Etienne, France, it is now internationally recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacture of drivers for Hi-Fi and professional loudspeakers. Focal is also a pre-eminent designer and manufacturer of for car-audio and pro-audio. The company’s key strength is its complete integration and quality control of the loudspeaker manufacturing process, from the design of speaker driver units, cabinets and crossovers, to the assembly of the finished product. Focal maintains an intense, continual research program and development in speaker driver technologies. Five patents have been registered to Focal since 2003. Please visit: http://www.focal-fr.com and http://www.audioplusservices.com

About Audio Plus Services
Established in 1979, Audio Plus Services is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal monitors, Moon mic pre, Vovox cables and Lauten Audio microphones. Based in Montreal with U.S facilities in Champlain, NY, Audio Plus has sales personnel located throughout the United States to professionally service their active roster of more than 300 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. Audio Plus specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, and the home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America. For more information about Audio Plus Services visit their website at http://www.audioplusservices.com/ or call (800) 663-9352

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Amadeus Chosen as Winner in French ‘PM’Up’ Business Development Contest

Amadeus is sole audio company to win in prestigious Ile-de-France economic competition that rewards companies with funding for future development —

Amadeus have won the prestigious PM'Up Ile-de-France economic development competition

Paris, France – June 10, 2014 – Amadeus, based in France, one of the premiere manufacturers of high-end sound reinforcement systems and custom studio speakers, announced today that it has received the honor of winning the ‘PM’Up’ Ile-de-France economic development competition (http://www.iledefrance.fr/competence/pm).

Amadeus was the only audio company to win out of over 228 entries. The funds are to be used over 3 years for supply diversification, international development and equipment and material investments. Amadeus has recently seen growth in the Asian audio markets and regionally in Europe and especially France in institutional installations, such as the National Museum of Natural History (France), French Institute for Science about Music and Sound (IRCAM), National Audiovisual Institute (INA), and the Philharmonie de Paris. The funds won by Amadeus, 99 110 €, will help spur investment in furthering these and other business directions for Amadeus.

Established in 2008 by the Région Île-de-France, PM’Up supports small and medium-sized businesses that exhibit a high potential for growth and job creation. Île-de-France is the wealthiest and most populated of the twenty-seven administrative regions of France.

Jean-Paul HUCHON, the President of the Conseil Regional (Regional Council) of Île-de-France points out, “PM’Up was established to support innovating, dynamic and responsible businesses with their structuring projects, in order to stimulate their growth.”

“Joining the PM’Up network alongside hundreds of high-potential SMB in the Île-de-France region’s ecosystem is a true honor,” declares Bernard BYK, head of Amadeus. “It also provides Amadeus with a wonderful opportunity to benefit from custom assistance and advising, and financial support from the Region Île-de-France. It will allow us to increase our production capacity, invest towards the launch of new products and services, create new jobs, gain new markets abroad and confirm our sustainable growth strategy.”

“Amadeus embodies the alliance of high technology and traditional know-how,” explains Antoine PALLUD, SMB advisor at the Direction du Développement Economique et de l’Innovation. “The Region Île-de-France is committed to championing businesses who believe in innovation, values, and job creation. It supports Amadeus in its expansion, most notably abroad, confident that the company will contribute to extending the influence of the region, as well as its economic growth.”

Companies who apply to PM’Up must submit an ambitious program, which may include launching new products, optimizing the company’s value chain (quality process, modernizing, partnerships, economic intelligence). The plan can also pertain to exports development, sales growth such as setting up subsidiaries or a franchise, or implementing a Corporate Social Responsibility program. The nominated businesses can obtain up to 250,000 euro in funding and benefit from assistance in the definition and implementation of their growth strategy.

The selection of PM’Up winners is made by a jury of individuals intimately involved and knowledgeable about each of the business sectors targeted: Eco-activities, Mechanics, Materials and Industrial Performance, Sustainable Mobility and Transport, ICT, High Tech, Digital and Digital Design, Health and Life Sciences, Design / Culture / Entertainment, and more.

About Amadeus
Amadeus develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of high-end sound reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors and various signal processing interfaces that combine its own custom innovative technology with stylish design, for the professional audio industry. Created in 1992 from the collaboration between the French designer Bernard BYK and the scientist and musician Michel DELUC, the Amadeus brand has grown to become a leading supplier of high-end audio solutions and services for theaters, opera houses, museums, recording studios, research centers and touring concert sound rental operations. All development and product manufacturing is centralized in Amadeus headquarters in France, with field offices and authorized distributors located in Europe, Asia and UAE.

Contact Amadeus at info@amadeusaudio.fr or visit http://www.amadeusaudio.fr

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CEntrance Releases New “Mini-M8″ at T.H.E. Show

New, slimmer version of best-selling HiFi-M8 designed for In-Ear Monitors —

The new Mini-M8 portable DAC from CEntrance

Newport Beach, CAMay 28, 2014CEntrance, Inc. a leader in portable digital audio technology is heading to the T.H.E. Show Newport. The Newport Beach exhibition is Southern California’s largest gathering of the audiophile community. At the show, CEntrance will release its new Mini-M8(tm) (‘Mini Mate’) portable DAC. The new product is a slimmer version of the Company’s best-selling HiFi-M8, and has several enhancements including compatibilty with in-ear monitors (IEM). The Mini-M8 will be available for pre-ordering at the show.

“We are very excited to be offering a version of our HiFi-M8 specifically designed for in-ear monitors,” said Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance. “The new Mini-M8 has a longer battery life, two additional inputs and it’s thirty-percent slimmer than the original, all for under $600.”

“Our customers will also be happy to know that the ultra-powerful HiFi-M8 is back in stock as well!” added Goodman.

In addition to the new product announcement, CEntrance is revealing “GloveAudio,” a brand extension, which will focus on small amplifiers for existing MP3 players.

Come meet CEntrance in the Headphonium Pavilion at the 2014 T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, CA, May 30-June 1, and say hello to Managing Director Michael Goodman and Business Development Director Bill Ford. For more information on the show visit: http://theshownewport.com/visitors/index.html

CEntrance is expanding its dealer network. To inquire, please call +1 (847) 581-0500 or e-mail at sales@centrance.com.

About CEntrance, Inc.
Founded in 2000, CEntrance develops innovative audio entertainment products and licenses its technology to industry leading brands, such as Playback Designs, Bel Canto, Benchmark, PS Audio, and Lavry. Our portable recording and playback solutions have earned enthusiastic endorsements from artists such as Harry Shearer, Nathan East and Will Lee, and mastering engineers Bob Katz, Brian Gardner and sound designer Frank Serafine, among many others. CEntrance is headquartered in Chicago and distributes its products worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.CEntrance.com

All Trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Mini-M8(tm), HiFi-M8(tm), MicPort(tm), AxePort(tm), DACport(tm), DACmini(tm), MasterClass(tm) and Audiophile Desktop(tm) are trademarks or registered trademarks of CEntrance, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Jonathan Wyner Adds New ‘Dangerous Compressor’ to his Very Dangerous Mastering Studio

Cambridge-based engineer continues to grow his Dangerous Music-equipped studio adding the new Dangerous Compressor—

Jonathan Wyner adds new Dangerous Compressor

Edmeston, NYMay 27, 2014 - Longtime mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner has added the newly released Dangerous Compressor to his already well-stocked Dangerous Music-equipped studio. Wyner’s Cambridge, MA based studio sports the Dangerous Music Master, Liaison and BAX EQ as well. Wyner is a Grammy-Nominated engineer who has mastered over 5,000 CDs so far in his nearly 30-year career. “The first thing I noticed about the Dangerous Compressor was the signal path through the compressor,” he says. “It gives a subtly warm presence while remaining open and retaining transparency. Yesterday I was working on a single for Josh Groban and I was able to tighten the dynamics very gently while maintaining the subtlety and nuance of his incredible vocal performance. The sound of the box is superlative.”

When asked how Wyner found out about Dangerous Music products, he recalls, “I have known [Dangerous product designer] Chris Muth for many years. I’ve worked for almost 30 years as a mastering engineer, and Chris was occasionally a resource for us dealing with technical issues, or we had occasion to communicate about other things. It was really through Chris’ reputation that I was drawn to the Dangerous Music products when they established the company.”

Mastering engineers evaluate, choose and use audio gear for very specific reasons related to their craft, Wyner explains one of the most import gear tests for his ear, “I suppose the first thing that I would say related to the Dangerous Music Compressor is that mastering engineers are attracted to pristine and excellent components in their signal path, especially when it comes to processing analog audio. The sound of the signal path through the Dangerous Compressor, and the quality of the sound even when you just deploy the gain, is really quite lovely.”

“It’s not what I would call 100-percent transparent,” relays Wyner, “in the sense that you hear there is something there, but what it gives to the signal path has a subtle, kind of ‘euphonic bloom’ if you will, in the mid-range. But it’s really subtle enough so you don’t feel like you’re changing balances or losing depth or detail, it just adds a ‘niceness factor’ if you will. So just right off the bat: the sound of the box, the signal path, is excellent. So that clears hurdle number one for me as a mastering engineer.”

Diving into some specifics on the features of the Dangerous Compressor, Wyner says, “The Side-Chain facility that’s built into the Compressor has been showing up in more and more compression tools, both in the way Dangerous has implemented an internal side-chain filter, or the ability to plug in an external side-chain. It’s not a new concept, but it’s very well implemented in the Dangerous Compressor. Just having that facility integrated and being able to go with their relatively gentle high-pass filter – or something a little bit more specific if that’s what you need – that makes it very convenient.”

Noting some of the other controls, Wyner adds, “The way that the stereo controls are ganged is wonderful and makes a lot of sense. The ability to tweak time constants individually, but maintaining a single gain and threshold control is a neat feature. The detector is so very smooth, it reminds me of the classic compressors we have all come to love. The Auto-Time constants, the attack and release, work very well – of course sometimes you want to turn it off, but I leave it in Auto mode more often with the Dangerous Compressor than I do with other compressors.”

“The Smart Dynamics button is a neat feature where, from my impression, it’s almost like having a very subtle ‘transient designer’ on the top of the dynamic range,” he continues. “So in other words when the compressor is IN it doesn’t feel like the transients are ‘smeared’ in the same way that it does with other compressors. I find it’s really well designed, it’s really easy to use, it sounds great and you can really lay into it and not immediately recognize the signature of the compressor. It retains sonic purity with very little added distortion. The Smart Dynamics feature helps address the level issue in a really great way that let’s me use less of, or even turn off, my digital limiter!”

“At this point the Dangerous Compressor has taken the place of my main compressor, a place to start,” says Wyner about his overall mastering rig and gear choices, “should I need compression – but even without compression I’m often running audio through the Dangerous Compressor and just using it for gain. The ganged output control in stereo mode is genius.”

Even though Wyner is one of the top mastering engineers around, and knows exactly how to tweak a compressor to do exactly what he needs it to, he still says about the new Dangerous Music Compressor, “I appreciate just how easy it is to use…and the design is very attractive!”

Turning to another fairly new and unique piece of Dangerous Music gear in his setup, Wyner offers, “The Dangerous BAX EQ is a device that allows you to mimic the kind of tone controls that consumers find on old-school stand-alone amplifiers, and the shape of the filter – the ‘Baxandall filter’ – is different from what most audio engineers have on their mixing desks. It has a different sound. I’m not sure how many people have ever had the experience of being able to compare what happens when you turn up the treble on your home receiver verses turning up a shelving EQ on a mixing desk, but they sound different, they’ve got a different shape. So having that in the toolkit, something that’s very broad, that has a more gradual slope to the filter, so it’s not sharp – it’s airier – it’s a lovely tool to have.”

“The thing that really sold me on the BAX EQ is the high pass filter. An analog high-pass filter sounds different to me than one that is designed and implemented in DSP. I haven’t found a plug-in high-pass filter that sounds nearly as smooth. I think that the BAX has a high-pass that sounds very transparent for an analog filter. There’s less phase shift and the audio usually survives the path through the filter,” reveals Wyner. “The high-pass filter just sounds great.”

“There’s also a low-pass filter on BAX that has a setting all the way out at 70khz – which is way up above anything that we can necessarily hear – but, as it drops down and touches just the top part of the audible signal, it’s got a nice way of taking out a little bit of harshness, or edginess, that will creep into mixes when somebody is using a lot of signal processing. I’ve never found a Low-Pass filter to be of use in mastering until the BAX EQ. I really like the BAX filters a lot!”

“The Dangerous Liaison is incredibly exciting,” exclaims Wyner. Where some people may think of the Liaison as mainly an analog switching box with patching memory storage, Wyner says, “To have a device that lets you so facilely and easily switch between processors, swap the order of processors, do quick A-B comparisons of signal chains. It makes my work better!”

“I use all of the Liaison‘s facilities, it mates with my Dangerous Master so that I can use one path to feed one input and either do parallel processing or not. And the other path feeds the Dangerous Master’s integrated mid-side (“S&M”) processor. I can take any of my analog boxes and implement them either in parallel processing mode or in mid-side mode,” explains Wyner. The Dangerous Master’s mid-side capabilities allow separate control of the stereo signal in terms of “center and sides” as opposed to just “left and right,” letting the engineer correct problems and enhance the stereo image of the track in ways that are impossible to execute just working in straight L-R stereo.

“It’s just as important as your greatest EQ, to have something to help you do that kind of switching,” he continues about the Liaison. “It’s important in the same way that A-B comparison between processed and unprocessed audio is at the heart of the mastering engineers’ craft. So it’s really exciting! When I first saw the Liaison, I said, ‘I have to have this!’ – it was just the same kind of excitement that I get when I hear a box that does something and you say: ‘Wow! It sounds great!’” [laughs]

Asked if the transparency that a mastering engineer requires in equipment like the Liaison is evident, Wyner agrees, “Absolutely. I don’t notice the Liaison introducing any color whatsoever. It’s virtually noise-free.”

Like the Liaison, the Dangerous Master transfer console is key to Wyner’s mastering setup and the fact that it has a streamlined feature set is fine since it has all the correct ones for mastering. “The basic commentary about the Liaison applies to the Master,” concludes Wyner. “It’s just noise-free, simple, makes life better, it’s really easy to switch things in and out in my analog chain. Plus the Master offers excellent stepped gain on the input and the output as well.” The Master is the most current version of the ‘mastering console’ design that Chris Muth has been making customized versions of for many years, specifically for individual mastering engineers at studios such as Sterling Sound.

Jonathan Wyner has mastered more than 5000 CD’s during the last 25 years spanning every musical idiom. A few selected artists he’s worked with include, Aimee Mann, Apples In Stereo, The Magnetic Fields, The Residents, Steppenwolf, The London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Thompson, Phish, Nirvana, Miles Davis, Laura Nyro, Juliana Hatfield, James Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, DEVO, David Bowie, Crosby Stills Nash and Young (CSNY), Aerosmith, Chicago, and Bruce Springsteen; and he’s worked with dozens of top record labels, from BMG, EMI, Geffen and A&M to Sub Pop, Sony, Arista, Capitol and Columbia.

Wyner holds an AB in French Horn and Composition from Vassar College, NY and is a professor of music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston. A recording engineer since 1983, Wyner began a career in Mastering in 1985 when the compact disc format was first released. He studied digital mastering with one of the pioneers in the field for 5 years prior to establishing his own company, M Works Mastering. In 2005 Jonathan received a Grammy nomination for producing a program for Deborah Henson-Conant with orchestra, entitled ‘Invention and Alchemy’ that aired nationally on PBS. Wyner prides himself in the fact that he is among the elite group of mastering engineers to have run the Boston marathon in under 3 hours repeatedly. This year he measured the SPL at the Boston marathon from a runner’s perspective. Talk about loudness wars!

Find out more about mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner at: http://www.m-works.com

About Dangerous Music
Dangerous Music, Inc. designs and builds award-winning hardware products that are indispensable to any DAW-based recording, mixing or mastering environment. The Company pioneered the concept of the dedicated analog summing buss for digital audio workstations with the Dangerous 2-Bus in 2001. Today, Dangerous Music offers a wide range of products for recording, mastering, mixing and post-production facilities, all designed and built with mastering-quality standards and a practical aesthetic. Key products include the Dangerous 2-Bus and 2-Bus LT, Dangerous Monitor ST-SR, Dangerous D-Box, Dangerous Master, Dangerous Liaison, Dangerous Monitor, Dangerous Source, Dangerous BAX EQ, and the Dangerous Compressor.

For more information on Dangerous Music visit http://www.dangerousmusic.com phone 845-202-5100 or email: info@dangerousmusic.com

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ASIIS Demonstrating Amadeus Speakers at Surabaya Music Expo

Indonesian distributor for Amadeus is showing the newly released Amadeus ML 8 subwoofer and PMX 4 ultra-compact speakers — Surabaya, Indonesia –

Amadeus ML 8 subwoofer and PMX 4 speakers

April 24, 2014 – ASIIS, the distributor for Amadeus products in Indonesia, today began demonstrating the newest Amadeus products, the ML 8 subwoofer and PMX 4 ultra-compact speakers at the Surabaya Music Expo (SMEX), April 24-27th. The four-day show is expected to bring 20,000 visitors to see the variety of music products offered. More information about the Surabaya Music Expo event is available at: http://surabayamusicexpo.com

Andy M. SUTIKNO, CEO at ASIIS, says, “ASIIS is excited to get the word out about the new Amadeus ML 8 subwoofer and PMX 4. We feel that once people hear the speakers they will realize what a great sound is possible in such a compact size. We are already getting a warm reception for the new Amadeus speakers at the Expo.”

The PMX 4 speaker is designed for sound professionals wishing to combine high sonic fidelity with ultra-compact format for space-limited installation or live use. This new 4-inch coaxial speaker, the most compact in its line, completes the Amadeus PMX Series speaker line which includes the 15, 12, 10, 8 and 5-inch models, each available in passive, self-powered and EtherSound-enabled versions.

The ML 8 is the smallest member of Amadeus’ ML Series of subwoofers that now range from 8-inches to dual 18-inch models. In the same way as the other subwoofers in the ML line, the newly developed ML 8 is built around a proprietary internal reinforcement structure designed to neutralize any standing waves and to suppress energy loss caused by vibrations. This unique construction technique creates, among other things, a dramatic cut in the level of cabinet coloration of the sound using a combination of interlocking panels arranged in two perpendicular planes. The ML 8 draws 600 watts peak from the line, under an 8-ohm impedance and produces 118 dB peak SPL.

Initially available in a highly resistant black (water-soluble) paint finish, the PMX 4 and ML 8 are also available in several different standard colors. Every speaker can also be ordered in a ‘made-to-measure’ finish, based on registered or non-registered colors and/or materials. The PMX 4 can be manufactured in standard premium-grade Baltic Birch or in special woods such as Wenge, Wacapou, Wamara, Ebony from Africa, and more traditional timbers such as White Sycamore and Oak. To offer more possibilities for the ML 8, the cabinet and the acoustical fabric covering the front grill can each have a different color.

For a private demo of the Amadeus speakers at the ASIIS booth during the SMEX please call 08122659116 or 02717088838.

About ASIIS
ASIIS is a subsidiary distribution company of AUDIO TEKHNIKA, a high-end system integrator for Home Audio, Studio and Professional Sound venues. The Indonesian Company, based in the central Java city of Danukusuman, also does Smart Building, Karaoke, Theater, Rentals and Concert Sound. ASIIS’ reputation is built on past results from its customers’ satisfaction, which has proven to be very effective for future sales through word of mouth all over Indonesia. Visit the ASIIS website here: http://asiis-indonesia.com/

About Surabaya Music Expo
Surabaya Music Expo is a great event that helps the professionals and enthusiasts of the music industry to come and connect with each other and to gain significant ideas and detailed news and information. The show offers a great platform and modern ideas and techniques with the professionals and also helps the professionals to learn about the latest developments and discuss the new trends that have been developed in the sector in the modern days. The main aim of the event is to develop and promote the industry and to enhance the knowledge and new ideas and modern opportunities that have been associated with the industry. More information about the Surabaya Music Expo event is available at: http://surabayamusicexpo.com

About Amadeus
Amadeus develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of high-end sound reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors and various signal processing interfaces that combine its own custom innovative technology with stylish design, for the professional audio industry. Created in 1992 from the collaboration between the French designer Bernard BYK and the scientist Michel DELUC, the Amadeus brand has grown to become a leading supplier of high-end audio solutions and services for theaters, opera houses, recording studios, research centers and touring concert sound rental operations. All development and product manufacturing is centralized in Atelier 33 headquarters in France, with field offices and authorized distributors located in Europe, Asia and UAE.

Contact Amadeus at info@amadeusaudio.fr for purchasing information. Or visit http://www.amadeusaudio.fr

ML 8, PMX 4, DIVA, UDX and Amadeus are registered trademarks of Atelier 33, SA. All rights reserved. Patents pending. All other registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Dangerous Music Products In Demand at Busy Music Production Group

With top producers & songwriters at ‘The AND Group’ already using Dangerous Music gear, management is getting calls from their other clients to get Dangerous too —

Lucas Keller with artist David Hodges

Edmeston, NYApril 9, 2013 – When top producers and writers collaborate in the studio with other artists-DJs and like-minded music professionals – the exposure to key pieces of gear often gets noted and talked about as one watches the other and hears just how great it sounds. This is happening at a somewhat alarming pace with Dangerous Music equipment at The AND Group, a collection of music management and media companies who are working with some of today’s top music insiders and hit makers.

“We’re a hybrid between a traditional artist management company, a publishing licensing company, and an experiential marketing company for brands,” says company co-founder Lucas Keller. “The marketing we do is specific to music and entertainment, a field that we already understand well on the management side. We started The AND Group last summer as a boutique company, but additionally we have access to licensing in TV and film, the commercial ad world, and directly to brands.”

Their artists are loving the Dangerous gear already, “I haven’t found anything out there like Dangerous Music. Their D-Box ties my whole studio together,” says multi-Grammy winner David Hodges (Evanescence, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Christina Perri). “As a monitoring system, it is intuitive and versatile, clean and powerful. As a summing unit, it gives a warmth and clarity to everything I work on – from pop tracks to country sessions, to rock mixes. The fact that I get two vital pieces of hardware in one without sacrificing any quality makes the D-Box a must-have.”

Keller adds, “Some of our artists are using the Dangerous gear in the studio and we are introducing it to some of the other artists we manage when they get together with those guys. I’m about to get our client, DJ LA Riots, turned onto Dangerous Music too, as there’s a need for gear of this quality in the DJ world. We are finding that a lot of our guys that we put together, they go in the studio with someone like David Hodges or Nolan Lambroza (Pit Bull, Christina Aguilera, Justin Beiber), and afterwards they are asking about getting the Dangerous gear for themselves. There’s a hundred pieces of rack gear in the studio and they say: ‘Hey, I was at Hodges’ place today, tell me more about Dangerous Music’ – which I found exciting! I actually am getting lots of calls and emails from our artists about Dangerous gear and wanting to put it into their own studios and production work flow.”

Other artists at The AND Group also love the gear, “The Dangerous D-Box brings depth and adds tasteful separation that you simply can’t achieve in the box,” states PJ Bianco (Demi Lovato, Sean Paul, Mya, Iyaz, Jonas Brothers). And Steven Miller adds, “I love the Dangerous D-Box. No other unit that I’ve seen accomplishes what it does. Between the monitoring, headphone amp and summing mixer, it makes my job increasingly easier; and the music I make sounds 100-times better.” Miller has worked with Pierce the Veil, The Veronica’s, and Skillet among many other acts.

Delving into why they started The AND Group, Keller says, “Two things that I think for a lot of artists were really not available10 years ago to align themselves with: Nobody put their music in a TV commercial, nobody did a brand presenting a tour. We wanted to bring those services in- house. The name ‘The And Group” happened by accident, we are actually three sub-companies, Milk and Honey, which is our artist management company, Third and Verse, which is our music publishing and licensing company, we have offices in New York and Nashville for that as well, and then a company called Sneakers and Bowties, which is our brand marketing company. We needed to buy a ‘.com’ so that’s how the name came about, The AND Group.”

Lucas is using the Dangerous Source monitor controller with his speakers at his desk, and agrees that having a sound controller that you can trust and will really let you hear the music track is important. “The Dangerous Source is amazing. It’s important for us that we’re listening through the right amps and monitors and systems, so we hear the music as clearly and accurately as possible. For our work with Sol Republic headphones it’s all about audio, with very, very picky DJs, who are very choosy about which headphones they’ll use or not use. And it’s all about music. We’re creating everything from commercial spots, and syncing our music in them, to doing deals directly with these guys that are DJs and producers and creatives. People are constantly listening to music at our company – we have music in the hallways!”

Check out The AND Group for more information at: facebook.com/theandgroup

About Dangerous Music
Dangerous Music, Inc. designs and builds award-winning hardware products that are indispensable to any DAW-based recording, mixing or mastering environment. The Company pioneered the concept of the dedicated analog summing buss for digital audio workstations with the Dangerous 2-Bus in 2001. Today, Dangerous Music offers a wide range of products for recording, mastering, mixing and post-production facilities, all designed and built with mastering-quality standards and a practical aesthetic. Key products include the Dangerous 2-Bus and 2-Bus LT, Dangerous Monitor ST-SR, Dangerous D-Box, Dangerous Master, Dangerous Liaison, Dangerous Monitor, Dangerous Source, Dangerous BAX EQ, and the Dangerous Compressor.

For more information on Dangerous Music visit http://www.dangerousmusic.com phone 845-202-5100 or email: info@dangerousmusic.com

All trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Description and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Amadeus Releases the New ‘ML 8’ Compact Subwoofer at Musikmesse

French high-end sound reinforcement manufacturer Amadeus releases the ML 8 compact 8-inch subwoofer at Prolight + Sound 2014. — Frankfurt, Germany, Prolight + Sound

The new Amadeus "ML 8" compact subwoofer deisgned for installations

March 12, 2014 — At the Musikmesse ‘Prolight + Sound’ exhibition in Frankfurt, Amadeus, based in France, one of the premiere manufacturers of high-end sound reinforcement systems and custom studio speakers, has announced the release of its new ML 8 ultra-compact subwoofer. The ML 8 subwoofer is designed for space-limited installation or live use by sound professionals wishing to combine high sonic fidelity with an ultra-compact format.

The ML 8 is the smallest member of Amadeus’ ML Series that now range from 8-inches to dual 18-inch models. The ML 8 subwoofer can be paired perfectly with the newly released PMX 4 ultra-compact speaker, also just released at Prolight + Sound. Amadeus is showing the new ML 8 compact subwoofer within the Prolight + Sound area in Hall 8 Booth G19.

The new ML 8 compact subwoofer completes the Amadeus ML Subwoofer Series speaker line as the smallest in its line, which includes the dual 18, 18, 15, 12, and 8-inch models, each available in passive, self-powered and EtherSound-enabled versions.

In the same way as the Amadeus ML 12, ML 15, ML 18 and ML 28 speakers, the newly developed ML 8 is also built around a proprietary internal reinforcement structure designed to neutralize any standing waves and to suppress energy loss caused by vibrations. This unique construction technique creates, among other things, a dramatic cut in the level of cabinet coloration of the sound using a combination of interlocking panels arranged in two perpendicular planes.

Michel DELUC, lead designer at Amadeus says, “We started to develop the ML 8 from the ML 12 ultra-compact format and tried to reduce its size by 25% while preserving both the sonic clarity, the real tonal accuracy and the extreme precision of the lowest frequencies specific to Amadeus LF loudspeakers. We achieved this through a quite complex internal structure, hosting several tuned notch resonators and a terrific 8-inch (200 mm) transducer with a 3-inch (75 mm) ventilated voice coil, designed to reduce all forms of distortion and coloration to a bare minimum.”

The ML 8 draws 600 watts peak from the line, under an 8-ohm impedance and produces 118 dB peak SPL.

The subwoofer is available in a highly wear resistant black (water-soluble) paint finish, but is also available in several standard colors. Or the ML 8 can be ordered in a ‘made to measure’ finish, based on registered or non-registered colors and/or materials. To offer more possibilities, the cabinet and the acoustical fabric covering the front grill can each have a different color.

Contact Amadeus for further information about the ML 8 subwoofer at info@amadeusaudio.fr or visit their website at: http://www.amadeusaudio.fr

About Amadeus
Amadeus develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of high-end sound reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors and various signal processing interfaces that combine its own custom innovative technology with stylish design, for the professional audio industry. Created in 1992 from the collaboration between the French designer Bernard BYK and the scientist Michel DELUC, the Amadeus brand has grown to become a leading supplier of high-end audio solutions and services for theaters, opera houses, recording studios, research centers and touring concert sound rental operations. All development and product manufacturing is centralized in Atelier 33 headquarters in France, with field offices and authorized distributors located in Europe, Asia and UAE.

PMX 4, ML 28, PMX, DIVA, UDX and Amadeus are registered trademarks of Atelier 33, SA. All rights reserved. Patents pending. All other registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Amadeus Releases the New ‘PMX 4’ Miniature Loudspeaker at Musikmesse

French high-end sound reinforcement manufacturer Amadeus releases the PMX 4 miniature 4-inch coaxial loudspeaker at Prolight + Sound 2014. — Frankfurt, Germany, Prolight + Sound

The new Amadeus PMX 4 compact speaker — designed for installations


March 12, 2014 — At the Musikmesse ‘Prolight + Sound’ exhibition in Frankfurt, French high-end sound reinforcement manufacturer Amadeus has announced the release of its new PMX 4 miniature 4-inch loudspeaker. The PMX 4 speaker is designed for sound professionals wishing to combine high sonic fidelity with ultra-compact format for space-limited installation or live use. This new 4-inch coaxial speaker, the most compact in its line, completes the Amadeus PMX Series speaker line which includes the 15, 12, 10, 8 and 5-inch models, each available in passive, self-powered and EtherSound-enabled versions. Amadeus is showing the new PMX 4 speaker within the Prolight + Sound area in Hall 8 Booth G19. The Amadeus PMX 4 speaker is set for release in 2014, priced at 490.00 € each (VAT excluded).

Initially available in a highly resistant black (water-soluble) paint finish, the PMX 4 is also available in several different standard colors. Every PMX 4 can also be ordered in a ‘made-to-measure’ finish, based on registered or non-registered colors and/or materials. It can be manufactured in standard premium-grade Baltic Birch or in special woods such as Wenge, Wacapou, Wamara, Ebony from Africa, and more traditional timbers such as White Sycamore and Oak.

The PMX 4 is an outstanding choice for a wide variety of installation needs where both sonic transparency and aesthetic transparency are a factor. Gaetan BYK, Marketing Manager at Amadeus, says, “Amadeus is very pleased to announce the release of their newest speaker, the PMX 4, which fills out the PMX Series. We recently received several convergent requests from composers, designers and scenographers — with whom we have been working with for long time — looking for a highly accurate, transparent, neutral, and above all a miniature sized sound reinforcement solution. We feel the new PMX 4 fills all these requirements perfectly.”

The new 4-inch speaker model meets the exceptional neutral-sounding standard established by the Amadeus PMX 5. 

“We had to create a product matching the Amadeus sonic philosophy, starting from the PMX 5 format and trying to reduce its size by 50% without making any sonic compromise,” added Michel DELUC, lead designer at Amadeus. “This loudspeaker comprises a 4-inch (100 mm) neodymium woofer, with a 0,8-inch (20 mm) tweeter mounted in coaxial mode. It draws 300 watts peak from the line, under a 8-ohm impedance and produces 112 dB peak SPL.”

The sides and the upper, lower and rear panels of the PMX 4 speaker are all equipped with M5-threaded inserts, compatible with U-Brackets developed by Amadeus, and speaker wall mounts, developed by Konig & Meyer, allowing the speakers to easily attach to a wall or a ceiling.

Contact Amadeus for further information about the PMX 4 speaker at info@amadeusaudio.fr or visit their website at: http://www.amadeusaudio.fr

About Amadeus
Amadeus develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of high-end sound reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors and various signal processing interfaces that combine its own custom innovative technology with stylish design, for the professional audio industry. Created in 1992 from the collaboration between the French designer Bernard BYK and the scientist Michel DELUC, the Amadeus brand has grown to become a leading supplier of high-end audio solutions and services for theaters, opera houses, recording studios, research centers and touring concert sound rental operations. All development and product manufacturing is centralized in Atelier 33 headquarters in France, with field offices and authorized distributors located in Europe, Asia and UAE.

PMX 4, ML 28, PMX, DIVA, UDX and Amadeus are registered trademarks of Atelier 33, SA. All rights reserved. Patents pending. All other registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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CEntrance Debuts ‘MixerFace’ Recording Interface at NAB

Mobile interface for smartphones and tablets to be shown at the Broadcasting Show —

CEntrance 'MixerFace' mobile recording for iPhone/iPad

Chicago, IL – March 04, 2013 – Today CEntrance, a leader in Digital Audio, announced that it will be participating at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, NV. The CEntrance NAB exhibit will be located at booth 2453D. The show runs April 7-10, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

CEntrance will showcase its full line of capture and playback products, including the new MixerFace(r) – a mobile recording interface for iPhones and computers. Combining battery-powered operation with boutique preamps and A/D converters, MixerFace is the perfect production tool for ENG, location recording, VO, guitarists and more.

Featuring two combo XLR and 1/4″ jacks, MixerFace connects professional equipment with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The hand-held device fits under an iPhone and features two studio-grade microphone preamps with line and Hi-Z inputs, studio limiters and rich digital connectivity options, enabling professional-quality location recording.

MixerFace integrates the smart phone into the audio production workflow, making mobile recording easy for the modern, on-the-go broadcaster, musician, or VO artist. The product was successfully funded via a crowd funding campaign, which allowed the user community to contribute suggestions for product design and important feature refinement. MixerFace comes on the heels of CEntrance’s successful “HiFi-M8″ (pronounced HiFi-Mate) portable DAC and headphone amp for the audiophile listening community, which will also be featured in the CEntrance NAB booth.

Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance, stated, “Our handheld recording products unlock the recording, editing and production power of the iPhone. Now you can capture, edit and upload the finished audio in minutes. This level of convenience in location recording was previously unavailable.”

“MixerFace shares battery-powered technology with the HiFi-M8 DAC and leverages our experience with small recording devices such as our popular MicPort Pro,” adds Goodman. “Today’s smart phones and tablets have become serious music production tools, and with Mixerface we are adding a professional, mobile audio capture solution.

With its two Neutrik(tm) combo jack inputs, MixerFace features boutique low-noise microphone preamps; independent gain controls with LED level monitoring, switchable 48V phantom power, limiters, and Hi-Z input for electric guitar and bass. MixerFace boasts sophisticated monitoring options, a powerful headphone amp and 24-bit/192kHz converters. Connecting to a laptop, a smart phone, or tablet for recording or playback is MixerFace’s key function. The attractive, handheld, battery-powered device is made from tough, road-worthy extruded aluminum and works for over 6 hours on a single charge.

MixerFace is set for release in May 2014 and will be priced at $599-US. Visit: http://centrance.com/products/mixerface/

About CEntrance, Inc.
Founded in 2000, CEntrance develops innovative audio products and licenses its technology to industry leading brands, such as McIntosh, Playback Designs, Bel Canto, Benchmark, PS Audio, and Lavry. The company’s portable recording and playback solutions have earned rave reviews, industry awards and enthusiastic endorsements from artists such as Harry Shearer, Nathan East and Will Lee, and mastering engineers Bob Katz, Brian Gardner, Tom Jung and sound designer Frank Serafine, among others. CEntrance is headquartered in Chicago and distributes its products worldwide.

CEntrance is expanding its dealer network. To inquire, please call +1 (847) 581-0500 or e-mail sales@centrance.com.

All Trademarks are the property of their respective holders. MicPort(tm), AxePort(tm), DACport(tm), DACmini(tm), MasterClass(tm), Audiophile Desktop(tm), HiFi-M8(tm) and MixerFace(tm) are trademarks or registered trademarks of CEntrance, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple iPhone(r), iPad(r), and iPod(r) are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.

Dangerous Music Releases New ‘Dangerous Compressor’ for Tracking, Mixing & Mastering

Chris Muth-designed compressor redefines “sidechain” while offering a uniquely transparent take on both transient and average level control for tracking, mixing, as well as mastering

The new 'Dangerous Compressor' for tracking, mixing & mastering

Edmeston, NYFebruary 25, 2013Dangerous Music has released the new ‘Dangerous Compressor‘ a dual-mono/stereo compressor for tracking, mixing and mastering designed by legendary mastering gear guru Chris Muth. Like all Dangerous Music equipment, the compressor achieves musical, yet transparent results; in the words of producer and mixer Michael James (New Radicals, Hole, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, The Coronas) “The new Dangerous Compressor is a ‘must have’ in my world. It’s a refreshing complement to the currently fashionable boxes that indiscriminately add color to your sound-whether you want it or not.” The new ‘Dangerous Compressor’ is available through dealers worldwide and has a street price of $2799 USD (2520€ Euros, 2090£ UK pounds).

The Compressor was field-tested and tweaked for almost two years before being previewed at the 2013 New York AES show. For example, Sterling Sound mastering engineer, Greg Calbi, (Tame Impala, The National, Sara Bareilles), stated, “From simple dynamics control to complete mix balance transformation, the Dangerous Compressor does both and everything in between.” While record producer and mix engineer Rob Chiarelli (Charlie Wilson, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin), exclaimed, “I love this compressor! It’s perfect on Hip-hop, R&B tracks, vocals, drums, and the mix buss. It does it all.”

What’s so Different about the Dangerous Compressor?
The ‘Smart Dynamics’ feature employs two independent slopes in the detection circuit. One stage of the detector controls the average level. The other handles only rapid transients. Normally a spike would shove down the entire track, creating an audible faux-pas moment. Instead, with the Dangerous Compressor, the normal slope stage handles the smoothing of the entire content and the other deals with the spikes. This results in a higher average level relative to peak, without the stereo image collapsing. “The ‘smart dynamics’ feature helps address the level issue in a really great way that let’s me use less of-or even turn off-my digital limiter!” says mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner (Javier Limon, Josh Groban, Nirvana, David Bowie).

By default, the unit is set to ‘Auto Attack / Release’ mode which uses time constants carefully selected for versatility. Engaging the ‘Manual Attack/Release’ button allows the manual use of the attack and release knobs. Michael James says, “I was shocked to find that the Dangerous Compressor’s auto attack/release preset always sounded ‘just right’-so good, in fact, that I found myself trying to match it manually!”

Transparent
The Dangerous Compressor may be operated in either ‘Stereo’ or ‘Dual Mono’ mode. Dual Mono has two completely independent paths; for example, kick drum in one channel and snare in the other. Stereo Mode may be applied to stereo instruments, stems or complete mixes. Many stereo compressors sum the left and right channel audio and feed that signal to one detector, resulting in any out of phase material will either not get compressed or will be under compressed. This will over-represent mono (content in the middle of the mix) and under represent panned instruments to the VCAs, making normal single-detector compressors potentially overreact to kicks, snares, and the lead vocal while ignoring the panned toms, guitars and keys. The stereo button on the Dangerous Compressor still uses both its detector circuits to drive each channel’s VCA for a more musical result. Michael James explains his experience, “The Stereo button is NOT an image killer! So many compressors collapse when you push the Link button, but the Dangerous Compressor stays wide open.”

The audiophile ‘Sidechain’ circuit offers both Bass Cut – sensitivity reduction to low frequency energy to keep the compressor from “dunking” with loud bass or kick drum levels-and Sibilance Boost, which increases sensitivity to high frequency energy causing the compressor to react more to the top end, taming the harshness without resorting to EQ changes. Users can control sibilance by reducing “S” sounds from a singer or gently tame the harshness from cymbals recorded with cheap condenser mics or poorly sampled loops. “This stuff remains natural sounding while doing heavy gain reduction. And it manages to not duck down the mix when the kick shows up. Is it really made by humans?” quips, mastering engineer Alex Saroudakis (Sony music, Universal music, Virgin).

Because of its transparency and audiophile sidechain and detector circuitry the Dangerous Compressor performs like an automated fader for riding vocals: no more manual volume drawing; Just a natural, transparent vocal sound, and it boasts extremely low distortion, even with 20dB of gain reduction. “If I were able to conjure up the compressor of my dreams, I’m pretty sure this would be it. It just works,” says mix engineer Ryan West, who has engineered records by Jay Z, Eminem, Rihanna and T.I.

Mastering engineer Mike Wells tried the Compressor and said, “With multiple sidechain options, the innovative ‘Smart Dynamics’ feature, and the signature transparent musicality Dangerous Music brings to all their products-we have a winner!” Wells has mastered projects for Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Tony Sly, and STS9 among many others.

Chris Muth has spent over 20 years working in top studios as a chief technician, and designed custom gear for them, including Sterling Sound, The Hit Factory and Masterdisk, and has worked as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer himself. Dangerous decided it was time the world had an alternative compressor that was both easy to use and powerful, and in the mold of all Dangerous Music gear: transparent. They also wanted a compressor that is useful in recording and mixing-as well as mastering-and designed for both professionals who are at ease with manual settings and up and coming engineering talents as well, who would welcome professional ‘auto’ compression modes. Enter the Dangerous Compressor.

The new ‘Dangerous Compressor’ is available through dealers worldwide and has a street price of $2799. For more information visit: http://www.dangerousmusic.com/products/compressor

About Dangerous Music
Dangerous Music, Inc. designs and builds products that are indispensable to any DAW-based recording environment. Dangerous Music electronics designer Chris Muth has spent over 20 years working in and designing custom equipment for top recording and mastering studios. Muth and company founder Bob Muller pioneered the concept of the dedicated analog summing buss for digital audio workstations with the Dangerous 2-Bus in 2001. Today the company offers a wide range of products for recording, mastering, mixing and post-production facilities, all designed and built with mastering-quality standards and a practical aesthetic. Key products include the Dangerous 2-Bus and 2-Bus LT, Dangerous Monitor ST-SR and its Additional Switching System expansion units, Dangerous D-Box, Dangerous Master, Dangerous Liaison, Dangerous Monitor, Dangerous Source, Dangerous BAX EQ, and the Dangerous Compressor.

For more information on Dangerous Music visit http://www.dangerousmusic.com phone 845-202-5100 or email: info@dangerousmusic.com

All trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Description and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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