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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Le Diplomate Audiovisual is hosting its first two-day Open Door (French Porte Ouverte le Diplomate or POD) event bringing together over 25 audio-visual exhibitors, guest presenters, product demonstrations, conferences, animation, and networking opportunities for industry professionals. The 2014 POD event is designed to create a meaningful and valuable experience and includes clinics with AV specialists, hands-on demonstrations, and an exhibition of new products.
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) is the main sponsor of this new event to be held at Le Diplomate Audio Visual, 5588 Blvd Rossignols, in Laval, Quebec. YCAS products to be exhibited during the two-day event include
the new Yamaha QL digital console line, CL console, NEXO PS speakers and Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products. On a mobile stage, a NEXO STM line array will be used for live events, and on ‘the Patio’ CIS products will be used in real world setting. Classes on QL and Dante network will also be offered.
Exhibition dates and times are Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
For more information on POD 2014 visit, http://diplomate.com/pod2014/en.html.
The event is free but registration is necessary. To register,
MicroMain27s Shine in Wide Range of Musical Genres
Pictured in his Nashville studio is producer Bob Ezrin with his Barefoot Sound MM27 monitors.
Top producer Bob Ezrin installed Barefoot Sound MM27 monitors when he moved into his Nashville studio in the famed Berry Hill neighborhood of Music City USA. His spacious control room houses an AWS console, an abundance of vintage outboard gear, numerous keyboards, and more than 40 guitars.
Ezrin first encountered the Barefoot monitors during a demo at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The choice of music to listen to was Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” which he produced. “I found the Barefoots to have exceptional depth of field and width of imaging,” he recalls. “The sound is very clear, distinct and remarkably colorless. It was easy for me to hear every single component of the mix, just the way it was intended to be.”
In an illustrious career as a music and entertainment producer that has spanned over 40 years, Toronto-born Royal Conservatory alumnus Bob Ezrin has worked in virtually all genres and media with many of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, including, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, U2, Peter Gabriel, Deep Purple, Lang Lang, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, K’naan, will.i.am, Zucchero, Green Day, Elton John, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart and many others.
The new Barefoot Sound MicroMain27 Gen2 is a 3.5-way active system with 5 drive units housed in sealed enclosures spanning 30Hz to 45kHz with vanishingly low distortion, big dynamic range and ultra-fast transient response. The ring radiator tweeter is superbly detailed and produces very wide dispersion out to its highest frequencies. The new 5.25″ midbass features a phalanx of advanced technology, yielding midrange detail that rivals any driver available.
“I love the way the Barefoot monitors get loud but they don’t hurt,” Ezrin continues, “unlike many so-called professional speakers that sound really great at very low levels and then terrible at high levels, or the other way around, fantastic at high levels but horrible at low levels. The Barefoot’s sound consistent at whatever level one is listening. I like them because they’re clinical and not colorful. They make me work to get all the color, all the definition, and all of the essential components of the mix. They just give me a true picture of what it is that I’m doing.”
Ezrin has produced numerous major events including the re-opening of the SuperDome after Katrina and Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden. Among numerous film and TV projects, Ezrin produced the award winning film “Fade To Black” starring Jay-Z, Beyonce and a wide variety of urban artists. His monitors must perform with a vast variety of musical sounds.
“The Barefoots have proven to be ideal speakers for any of the genres of music that I work in,” he adds. “They love the bottom end, they’re crispy-clear on the top end. They have great depth and breadth, and they give the truest representation of what I’m building and creating.”
Ezrin is also an innovator and entrepreneur having co-founded The Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, B.C. in 2009 and Beat Kangz Electronics, a hip hop musical instrument manufacturer in 2008. He is a governor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, vice chairman of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, an advisory member of MusiCounts and, along with U2_s the Edge, a co-founder of Music Rising, an initiative to replace musical
instruments lost in natural disasters. He is also a past trustee and governor of The Recording Academy.
Learn more about the Barefoot Sound MicroMain 27 monitors at : http://vintageking.com/barefoot-sound-micromain-27-gen2-pair
ABOUT BAREFOOT SOUND
Barefoot Sound was founded by Thomas Barefoot with the goal of creating a new breed of studio monitor. While project studios were sprouting up all over the world, filled with outstanding gear, yet with limited space, Thomas Barefoot recognized the need for a speaker that could transcend the traditional distinctions between nearfield, main and mastering monitors. Translating effortlessly and never requiring second guessing , Barefoot Sound monitors are recognized throughout the music industry as multifunctional masterpieces. By creating one studio monitor that fits into a small physical space with leading edge technology and astounding clarity, Barefoot has set a new standard. Handcrafted in the USA.
For more info visit: http://www.barefootsound.com tel: 503. 894. 8602
G.A.N.G. Attendees in San Francisco Enjoy Recording of Nashville Orchestra
Pictured in San Francisco are (standing L-R) Studio Trilogy engineer/co-manager Willie Samuels, business operations mgr Cindy McSherry, Ocean Way Nashville's director of operations Pat McMakin, and (seated) Trilogy's chief engineer/co-mgr Justin Lieberman.
Attendees at this year’s recent G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco enjoyed a premiere event at Studio Trilogy: the live synchronized recording of a performance by a 30-piece orchestra from Ocean Way Nashville, Tennessee.
The live session was co-sponsored by Source Elements, whose software Source-Connect locked the Pro Tools rigs from each location together while sending the hi-resolution live orchestra feed from Nashville to SF. Source-Connect also allowed talk back capability between the two studios. Minutes into the session, the walls and distance disappeared and people on both ends communicated seamlessly.
“We also utilized a live camera feed from Nashville,” explained Justin Lieberman, Trilogy’s chief engineer. “We watched and listened in real time to the orchestra in Nashville while recording to our Pro Tools timeline. We have the capability to lock picture on both ends or just record to existing tracks and we can provide feedback on the performance and interaction with both the Nashville engineering team and the conductor from our studio in San Francisco.”
Composer David Shipps conducted the Nashville musicians while the visiting game composers and producers on the San Francisco end could check out the impressive facilities at Ocean Way Nashville and listen to talented orchestral musicians contracted by Nashville Music Scoring’s Alan Umstead, while in the pristine listening environment offered at Studio Trilogy.
“This was not only an exciting event during the SF conference,” remarked Pat McMakin, Director of Operations, Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios. “It was also the premier of our new strategic partnership with Studio Trilogy, which offers composers and their music production teams a convenient way to take advantage of the terrific studios and musicians in Nashville while working in the comfort of one of California’s finest studios.”
“We believe this transcontinental partnership opens up a huge opportunity for San Francisco / Bay Area-based gaming and film companies to utilize the amazing Ocean Way Nashville orchestra and studio without ever leaving SF,” added Trilogy’s Justin Lieberman. “We can then edit and mix in surround and stereo right here in SF as soon as the session in completed.”
Both Studio Trilogy and Ocean Way Nashville are active in the film, TV, advertising, and game scoring industries. Composer Nathan Johnson recently scored at Trilogy “Young Ones,” which debuted at this year’s Sundance Festival. Upcoming is his score for “Don’t Kill the Messenger,” directed by Michael Cuesta (“Homeland”). Games scored at Trilogy include “Infamous 2″ for Sony Playstation and “BioShock Infinite” with composer Jim Dooley for 2K Games.
OWN has scored major games for Sony Playstation as well as the music for several of the nominees and winners at this year’s prestigious G.A.N.G. Awards, including “Thieves In Time,” composed by Peter McConnell, and “Last Of Us,” scored by Academy Award-winner Gustavo Santaolalla, which took home the top prize at the G.A.N.G. Awards.
The Source-Connect event was co-sponsored by Studio Trilogy, Source Elements, and Ocean Way Nashville. In addition to witnessing the historic recording session, there was a patio BBQ for attendees to catch up on the days events at the Game Developers Conference.
The system provided by Source-Connect enables audio connections between digital audio systems anywhere in the world, allowing direct-to-the-timeline recording with real-time, broadcast-quality audio using only an internet connection.
The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) is made up of composers, sound designers, voice over directors, game designers, producers and other associates and executives within the greater interactive entertainment industry. http://www.audiogang.org/
ABOUT STUDIO TRILOGY
Located in the creative heart of San Francisco, Studio Trilogy is a full-service recording facility that provides music recording and audio post-production services in a World Class recording environment. Designed by John Storyk of WSDG, Trilogy’s 8800 square foot facility houses three state-of-the-art control rooms, music and voice recording studios, multiple lounges, and a lush garden/bbq area. An on-site 1200 sq.ft. luxury apartment with media lounge and chef’s kitchen is also available.
Learn more at: http://studiotrilogy.com
ABOUT OCEAN WAY NASHVILLE
Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios, founded in 1996, are located in the heart of Nashville’s famous Music Row. Purchased from the founders in 2001 by Belmont University, the studio remains a fully commercial facility but has added an educational component in conjunction with the school’s College of Entertainment and Music Business. Housed in a 100 year old Gothic revival greystone church, Ocean Way Nashville provides an exceptional acoustical space tuned specifically for music recording in the rich visual beauty of a church sanctuary.
Learn more at: http://www.oceanwaystudios.com
Custom Audio Equipment Package Includes New Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System
LOS ANGELES, APRIL 9, 2014 — When Sound Designers David Patridge and John Shivers returned for the second run of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony – A New Musical, they once again turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a new custom audio equipment package. The show’s Los Angeles production at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre marks the second time the duo was personally chosen by Manilow and Sussman to create the sound design — and while the story remains the same, the sound design was completely different.
Harmony recounts the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men who in 1920s Germany took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in dozens of films and packed the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed with the commencement of World War II.
“After the Atlanta run [of Harmony] came to an end, the equipment we used went back into Masque Sound’s shop and we rebuilt the entire show for this second run in Los Angeles,” says Patridge. “Every theatre and venue is a challenge of its own. One of the obstacles was the theatre’s size, as the Ahmanson is a much bigger theatre than Atlanta. You can’t cookie cutter these things and they have to be morphed into whatever works for the architecture. Masque Sound did an excellent job accommodating our needs.”
Masque Sound provided the designers with a DiGiCo SD10T digital console, which not only provides the flexibility they were looking for but also comes complete with a software package that is designed specifically for the theatrical market. In addition, the show has a completely new PA design featuring L-Acoustics dv-DOSC speaker arrays built from scratch via Masque Sound’s inventory. The dv-DOSC delivers powerful, cost-effective coverage in a compact profile making it ideal for the designers’ needs.
Masque Sound also supplied a demo system of the Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System featuring eight 9000 series radios. The Sennheiser Digital 9000 system was developed for all professional users who are unwilling to compromise on sound. Its unique uncompressed digital audio transmission offers artifact-free sound with great dynamics. The Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system not only delivers a unique sound quality but also lets its professional users experience a whole new kind of flexibility.
“With the Sennheiser 9000 series you can use a built-in software feature in the receiver rack, which will scan and allocate available frequencies,” adds Patridge. “Theoretically, you should no longer need the extra steps of doing an RF scan of the venue in advance or an intermodulation study. The 9000 series takes the hit or miss of pre-programming completely out of the equation. Masque Sound not only provided us with this impressive demo equipment, but they also set up an on-site visit with a Sennheiser tech who demonstrated the use and features of the new system. There is no question that the 9000 series will prove very valuable with a more and more crowded RF spectrum and sonically, they are great.”
Directed by Drama Desk Award-nominee Tony Speciale (Classic Stage Company’s Unnatural Acts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Harmony officially opened at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on March 4 and is slated to run through April 13, 2014.
About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.
BUENA PARK, Caiif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the first mid-west demonstrations of the new Yamaha QL Series Digital Consoles hosted by TC Furlong Inc. Events are free. The dates and locations are as follows:
Wednesday, 4/16, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
TC Furlong Inc. in Lake Forest, IL
Tuesday, 4/22, 9:00 am -1:00 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
Regus Offices in Rosemont, IL
Tuesday, 4/22, 4:00 pm -7:30 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
The Moody Church in Chicago, IL
The new Yamaha QL Series inherits CL console features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.
Classic SSL 64-channel G+ at Center of Vintage and New Gear
Pictured at EastWest Studios celebrating the newly remodeled Studio 5 are (standing L-R) Vintage King west coast sales manager Jeffrey Ehrenberg, chief engineer and project manager Lawrence Malchose, studio manager Candace Stewart, producer/engineer Dave Reitzas, assistant studio manager Blake Rogers, and (seated L-R) producer/engineers Chris Lord-Alge and Eddie Kramer. Photo by David Goggin.
World-renowned EastWest Studios have opened their reborn Studio 5 with a classic 64-channel SSL G+ console and a wealth of new and old gear from Vintage King Audio. Main monitors are EastWest Custom Augspurger design in a spacious control room remodeled by chief engineer and project manager Lawrence Ethan Malchose.
“My goal with this room,” Malchose explained,”was to create an environment that embraced the spirit of this building by implementing tried and true equipment choices, the SSL G+ and custom Augsberger mains for example, and dovetail that with the workflow and aesthetics expected in a new studio. The combination of new and vintage gear makes this room as good as it gets technically, and it’s a really comfortable space to work in.”
Additional gear provided by Vintage King Audio includes a pair of vintage DBX 160 VUs, GML 8200 2 Channel, 5 Band Parametric EQ, SPL Transient Designer 4, ADR Compex 760 by Q2, Chandler TG1, API 500 series rack loaded with various EQ, Bryston Amplification, and a Headphone Monitoring System by HEAR.
Vintage King’s west coast sales manager Jeffrey Ehrenberg commented, “Chief engineer Lawrence Malchose came to Vintage King with a very specific equipment list they needed for their new mix room and we were honored to be involved in this significant project. With our eclectic blend of vintage, new and boutique audio equipment, we were able to find everything they wanted and deliver it on time and on budget.”
EastWest Studios manager Candace Stewart summed it up: “We have been contemplating for a long time getting an SSL back in the building. As a booker it’s really important that I be able to offer many options for our clients, and ideally to keep them in the building for every aspect of the recording process. Jeff at Vintage King totally understood our need to both appeal to our loyal analog loving clients as well as those folks who like to mix in the box. VK’s service was fast and friendly and they were flexible when we changed our minds and modified our choice of certain key pieces of gear.”
See more photos of the event at: http://on.fb.me/1m8gM9W
About EastWest Studios
Located in the heart of Hollywood, EastWest Studios have contributed to some of the most celebrated music of the last fifty years, from Frank Sinatra to The Rolling Stones. These iconic studios have been brought into the 21st century by a striking collaboration between EastWest Sounds producer Doug Rogers and internationally renowned designer Philippe Starck. A key ingredient, however, was in preserving the integrity of the live recording rooms, as built by legendary engineer Bill Putnam in 1961.
For more info, visit: http://www.eastweststudios.com/
About Vintage King Audio
Vintage King Audio is a global leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals, from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up, Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. Far surpassing the basic functions of an audio dealer, however, Vintage King Audio values its long-standing partnerships with manufacturers and stays connected with the professional audio community through hosting frequent events, panel discussions, and product launches.
For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us
ORLANDO, FL, APRIL 7, 2014 — Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, is pleased to announce that Evan Hall has been hired as project manager. Hall will oversee and coordinate frequencies for a variety of PWS events that require the expert frequency coordination and management needed in today’s congested RF landscape. He will be an integral part of the development of future plans focusing on all PWS’ business divisions: Live Events, Broadcast, Music Festivals, Design Services, Product Manufacturing and Business Development.
“Evan’s wealth of industry knowledge and experience in managing audio and wireless for large events will be a great asset to PWS,” says PWS General Manager Jim Van Winkle. “Evan will be called upon to make a positive impact on our business, as well as help grow and maintain PWS’ standing as an industry leader. We are pleased to welcome him to the team.”
Hall brings more than 20 years of industry experience to PWS, having most recently worked for Funa International, Inc., while holding the position of Principle Park-Wide Audio Designer for a newly constructed theme park, Chimelong’s Ocean Kingdom, located on Henquin Island, China. Prior to that, Hall spent nine years at LMG, Inc. as Audio Manager, Mixing Engineer and Touring Audio Crew Chief for various recording artists including Avril Lavigne, Rob Thomas, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, One Republic and countless corporate events for Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in his career, Hall spent five years as an Audio Engineer and Designer with Walt Disney World Entertainment.
“I am excited to be joining the PWS team, and I look forward to working with the company on the upcoming line-up of high-profile summer events and design projects,” says Hall. “To play a role in PWS, a dynamic company immersed in such a diverse range of live events, design projects and product development, gives me the opportunity to continue working in an industry that I know and enjoy.”
About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “MAMMA MIA!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.
Company also introduces heavy-duty and reinforced cable relief solutions for its d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones
LAS VEGAS, APRIL 7, 2014 – DPA Microphones introduces its very latest in headset and miniature microphone technology at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C3333). Included in the introductions are the new d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone, the heavy-duty d:screet™ 4060 and 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, and the classic d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with reinforced cable relief. Also on display will be DPA’s new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones, which are ideal for broadcast productions with vocal performers who need to move freely without obstructions from a handheld mic or one on a stand.
Perfect for reality show settings, the new d:screet Necklace Microphone is currently being used in the Danish adaptation of Big Brother. With this mic, audio techs don’t have to worry about how to attach it to clothing—even beach scenes aren’t a problem. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic is especially convenient for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements. The mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. The d:screet Necklace Mic comes in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.
“The expansion of the d:screet Miniature Microphone Series is important in order for us to meet increasing market demands for a large variety of solid workhorses that deliver superb sound under challenging conditions,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “The new d:screet Necklace Microphone is clearly meeting a need that we identified for a mic that can be mounted and removed quickly, and several times, by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. With the updated solutions for our d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, we’re fulfilling requests from users a for high-quality sound with a highly-durable housing and cable.”
During the show, the company is presenting two options that accomplish these needs. Incorporated on all d:screet Miniature Microphones, the robust strain relief version ensures that people who are not used to handling miniatures can feel reassured by the increased reliability. The heavy-duty 4060 and 4061 microphones, which are ideal for people who require even more enhanced security and for whom the visual appeal is of less importance, are perfect for placement in rigorous filming situations, such as incorporated into a combat suit for a fight scene or under a horse saddle in a period piece. It features a stainless steel housing, sturdy cable relief and a thicker .08-inch cable. Both enhanced versions are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of broadcasts.
Combining the flexible mechanics of DPA’s modern d:fine ear mount solution with the sound qualities of the legendary 4066 Omni and 4088 Cardioid headsets, the new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones are ideal for broadcast productions with vocal performers who need to move freely without obstructions from a handheld mic or mic stand and address every need that actors, musicians and singers may face on live television. These new products join the original d:fine as well as the traditional 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headset Microphones under the company’s d:fine family, giving fans the choice between a variety of sound handling and size options, depending on the intended application.
“We have seen a growing need for durable body worn microphone solutions with excellent sound reproduction and an even sturdier casing for stringent use in live environments and similar settings,” adds Poulsen. “So, we launched the d:fine Headset Microphones with the belief that it would define a new generation of headsets. It certainly did meet our expectations, so we have now decided to expand the d:fine Headset series with this brilliant solution to give users a broad assortment of styles and features.”
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.
Belgium rock band Balthazar recently threw open the doors to one of their sound checks so that 45 audio engineers and musicians in Brussels could see how DPA microphones are used during the band’s live shows.
This unique workshop, organised by DPA’s Belgium distributor Amptec, was supported by Balthazar’s Front of House engineer Filip Tanghe who took part in a question and answer session with the invited audience, during which he discussed microphone and mixing techniques.
Dany Meeuwissen, Pro Audio Sales Manager at Amptec, says: “The workshop took place at the Ancienne Belgique concert hall where the band were playing a gig later that evening. After a general introduction to DPA’s microphone technology, the audience was able to listen to the band soundchecking and hear solo examples of the various DPA microphones that they use on stage. These include four d:facto™ Vocal Microphones, two d:dicate™ 4011C Compact Recording Microphones, which are used for overheads, and three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which are used on the snare and floor tom drums.”
Originally from Ghent and Kortrijk, Balthazar is a five-piece rock band that has been receiving fantastic reviews across Europe as the support act for Editors. The band is now touring in its own right and has made DPA microphones an integral part of its tour equipment.
“When it comes to vocal microphones, DPA’s d:facto is my first choice because it has such great resistance to feedback without sacrificing any detail,” says Filip Tanghe. “The sound it produces is very full and rounded, with no harshness at all. I find it incredibly musical.”
Tanghe engineers approximately 130 live gigs a year for Balthazar and now uses DPA microphones all the time. When Balthazar are not touring he works with Belgian singer songwriter Hannelore Bedert, who tours with an 11-piece band consisting of horns, strings, drums, guitars, keyboards and backing vocalists.
“I use DPA microphones for Hannelore’s live gigs as well and they certainly make those set-ups a lot easier,” Tanghe says.
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
Hear from the Pros as They Discuss Today’s World of Audio and Video Production
LAS VEGAS, APRIL 4, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, will host several presentations from leading industry professionals at its booth throughout the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546).
“Sound Devices is thrilled to welcome Alex Lindsay, Eliot Mack, Dave Ruddick and Drew Taylor to provide their expert insight and experience in various aspects of audio and video production,” says Paul Isaacs, vice president of marketing for Sound Devices. “I encourage all of those in attendance at NAB to come be a part of these informative sessions.”
These leading industry influencers will share their first-hand production experience with multimedia workflows, extreme location audio and video capture, and other challenging scenarios, providing their insights into the real world of production from both the audio and video perspective. The NAB seminar lineup includes:
Monday, April 7, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
Alex Lindsay – Founder, Pixel Corp.
Alex Lindsay has been working in computer graphics and video production for over 25 years. Starting in programming and computer aided drafting, Lindsay has worked in radio, print, games, interactive, broadcast and film. He spent three years working at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic on Star Wars: Episode 1 before starting his own companies, dvGarage, which builds tools for the visual effects community, and Pixel Corps, a world leader in live interactive streaming events — producing over 300 events per year around the world. Lindsay will discuss the audio and video challenges of multi-site live stream productions.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
Eliot Mack – CEO, Lightcraft Technology
Lightcraft Technology was founded in 2004 by mechanical engineer and MIT/University of Michigan graduate Eliot Mack. Mack has worked at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he led the mechanical engineering effort on the iRobot Roomba before applying his skills and dedication to the development of the Previzion virtual studio system. In this presentation, he will walk through the details and benefits of how Lightcraft’s Previzion virtual studio system embeds tracking data into Apple ProRes Quicktime files captured by the Sound Devices PIX 240i, which can then be transferred into traditional post-production tools or played back in real time from the PIX 240i into Previzion.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.
Dave Ruddick – Location Sound Mixer
Dave Ruddick records audio in some of the most beautiful, treacherous and remote locations in the world. An accomplished mountain climber and outdoorsman, Ruddick is in demand when the conditions are the most challenging, including productions taking place on the summit of Mount Everest, following the Iditarod in Alaska and scaling glaciers in Greenland. His customers include National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS Nova, WGBH Boston, History Channel and Skywalker Sound. Dave will discuss the challenges of audio production in extreme locations, far from mains, technical support and hot showers.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
Drew Taylor – Business Development, HRS Control
HRS Control is a four-year-old company with a deep background in corporate rental, staging, live event production and concert touring that has also expanded into broadcast and commercial system integration. The company develops its own products for AV system control. Taylor will talk about how HRS Control products control and automate the PIX 260i, taking advantage of the frame synchronous playback and record.
Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.
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