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METAlliance Academy Comes to Sound Stage in Nashville

“Tracking In Session with The Guys”
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The METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technical Alliance) Academy is coming to Nashville’s famed Sound Stage Studios for an immersive recording event on December 6 & 7. “Tracking in Session with The Guys” attendees will participate and interact with METAlliance founders: Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, and Al Schmitt in live recording sessions.

Following successful METAlliance events in Hollywood at the historic studios in the Capitol Records tower and in New York City at Avatar Studios, participants will once again get a close-up look at basic tracking and mic techniques with some of today’s top talents, in Nashville’s Sound Stage Studios.

“Our previous METAlliance Academy events were a great experience for all of us,” commented George Massenburg. “We’ll be working with top musicians in a great studio with a very small group of students, pros, educators and recording beginners.”

The METAlliance offers a unique opportunity to experience living history while learning invaluable techniques with the legendary master craftsmen who founded the METAlliance. Two days focused on the art and craft of recording. Interact with all six METAlliance members with live musicians (TBA).

Amenities include catered lunchs on both Saturday and Sunday. Space is extremely limited and only a small number of attendees will have this unique opportunity. Cost: $1,495.00 per person.

For more information and registration forms visit: http://www.metalliance.com

ABOUT THE METALLIANCE
The METAlliance is comprised of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. The METAlliance founders are Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt.

The METAlliance is a collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production. The METAlliance is dedicated to the passionate commitment of securing the art of music through recording technologies that best deliver the music in all its many modern forms.

Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain.

METAlliance : strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to the highest standards of audio and delivery of music, securing the art through recording technology in all its evolving modern forms.

Singer/Songwriter Passenger Rides Along with HARMAN’s AKG DMS700 V2 Wireless Microphone System

AKG_PassengerNORTHRIDGE, California – Renowned singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his professional moniker Passenger, is currently touring the United States. Delivering world-class audio to support his dynamic and intimate live performances, Rosenberg and front of house engineer Simon Kemp rely on a HARMAN AKG DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system for his acoustic guitars, along with a D7 vocal microphone, plus an AKG wireless stomp microphone for Rosenberg’s unique brand of percussion.

As a sound engineer who also has a strong relationship with his artist, Kemp is in tune with Rosenberg’s unique requirements of his audio setup. “He is very thorough, knows exactly what he wants and he has the ears to make sure he gets it,” Kemp said. “We are constantly improving and critiquing the sound.”

Kemp notes the most daunting challenge of Passenger concerts is translating a folk singer with an acoustic guitar into a sound that can reach up to 6,000 people per night. “The sound needs to be very gentle for the quiet songs and a massive ‘in-your-face’ sound for the big songs,” he commented. “It’s a great challenge.

To meet this challenge, Passenger uses a DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system for acoustic guitars. “We had a test with all the other wireless options available and we were not sold on the quality with any of them until we got to the DMS700 V2,” Kemp said. “We tried the DMS700 V2 and [Rosenberg] thought he was plugged in. I would be amazed if anybody could actually tell the difference—it sounds incredible and is very easy to use.”

Kemp chose the AKG D7 as Passenger’s vocal microphone for several reasons. “The main factor is that it sounds incredible because I can get so much gain before feedback,” Kemp noted. “He’s amazingly dynamic so I need the gain, and this microphone is dynamic with the sonic quality of a condenser.”

“The tour has been amazing so far,” Kemp concluded. “We started off with festivals in the summer and are now in the middle of our US tour. Europe and Australia are next. We have been getting amazing reviews.”

For more information, please visit www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Vintage King Hosts TELEFUNKEN Mic Summit Session During AES

Track Files for Zane Carney & Friends Now Available for Download

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Pictured at Vintage King Los Angeles during AES are (L-R) Tommy King, keyboards; Gavin Salmon, drums; Zane Carney, guitar and vocals; Greg Garbowsky, bass; Josh Gleave, Vintage King Sales; Jason Scheuner, TFunk Artist Liaison; Jeffrey Ehrenberg, Vintage King West Coast Sales Mgr; Alan Venitosh, TFunk Director of Operations. Photo by David Goggin.

Vintage King Audio, the leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing teamed up with TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik to make this a very special AES in honor of its return to Los Angeles. Dubbed the “Telefunken Microphone Summit,” Vintage King and Telefunken recorded a live session with Zane Carney and Friends showcasing a full range of dynamic and condenser models from the microphone titan.

The entire line of classic TELEFUNKEN microphones were on hand for this historic session, including the new M60 small diaphragm condenser mic, the company’s first FET model. Additional Telefunken mics on hand were the DD5 Dynamic Drum Pack for drums and the M81 Dynamic for guitars. Telefunken also supplied old favorites like the ELA M 251E, C12 and U47, in addition to newer mics like the AR-51, AK-47 MKII and CU-29.

In new gear announcements, Telefunken debuted their M60 small diaphragm FET mic at the recording session. While this new mic has been used in private by Steely Dan and on TV projects like “The Following,” the Vintage King and Telefunken session was the exclusive debut to the public during AES 2014.

Visit the Telefunken website here for detailed info on the session. Downloads will be available shortly.
http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com/download/tfunk-vk-aes-mic-summit/

Zane Carney is a world-class guitarist, singer, and songwriter, most known for his work with John Mayer, the band Carney, and Broadway’s “Spider Man -Turn Off The Dark.” Bono of U2 has referred to Zane as “The best guitarist in NY and LA”. More recently, John Mayer handpicked Zane to play guitar on his current world tour and latest album.
Learn more about Zane Carney at: http://www.zanecarney.com

ABOUT VINTAGE KING AUDIO
Vintage King Audio is a 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. For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us

ABOUT TELEFUNKEN
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to each and every one of their customers.
For more info, visit: http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com

Amadeus Installs Massive Custom-Designed Speaker System for French ‘National Museum of Natural History’ in Paris

Over 180 Amadeus speakers installed in vast French ‘National Museum of Natural History’ space, new speakers specifically designed and hand-crafted by Amadeus for the updated 20th Anniversary re-opening —

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The Great Gallery of Evolution

Paris, FranceOctober 15, 2014 – At the French ‘National Museum of Natural History‘ in Paris, September saw the 20th anniversary re-opening of the updated Great Gallery of Evolution space featuring an install of site-specific custom-designed Amadeus speakers. Based in France, Amadeus is one of the premiere manufacturers of high-end sound reinforcement systems and custom studio speakers in the world. The museum install features an assortment of Amadeus speaker and sub-woofer models to offer the public a Hi-Fi audio experience throughout the vast museum. Merging Technologies, Solid State Logic and Flux also added key ingredients to the new museum install to control the Amadeus speakers.

Amadeus’ Director of Research & Development, Michel DELUC, and designer Bernard BYK, created completely new speaker and subwoofer configurations for the massive, over 180-speaker, sound system install at the National Museum of Natural History. The new speaker design has extended the Amadeus PMX Series with a super-compact 4-inch coaxial driver model, the PMX 4. Bernard BYK and Michel DELUC also designed two new compact sub-woofers specifically for the install, the ML 8, and the ML 12 SLIM, with 8-inch and 12-inch drivers respectively. The ML 8 is the smallest of the Amadeus ML Series of subwoofers; likewise the PMX 4 is the smallest of its series. Custom-made product manufacturing, solving acoustical or technical issues, and addressing market demands, are all strong traditions at Amadeus, and the large and complex Museum of Natural History install is an excellent example.

1024-Museum-lrg-3Bernard BYK, co-founder and CEO of Amadeus comments, “I have been trained as an architect, and this training definitely influences both the products we develop and the projects we work on. I think that for an architect, the starting point is to decrypt the space and to think of the way to put one’s work in a cultural, social and environmental context. That’s the way we design our sound systems…. We think about their integration in different places, and we supervise this integration. Each space has its own acoustical characteristics and above all its own architectural properties. Our work is to take these phenomena into account to increase the transparency of our sound systems.”

The previously released PMX 5, 5-inch driver model, was also used in the museum install with special finishes of high-gloss ‘Oyster White’ for the cabinet and a ‘Pearl Gold’ finish for the AirTex fabric for the speaker protection grill to specifically match the color of the main ceilings of the Museum. Additionally, a modified ML 12 subwoofer, (named the ML 12 SLIM), was re-designed as a slimmer version to be built-in some of the museum’s high-walled cabinets that were not deep enough to hold the standard ML model.

Several of the new ML sub-woofers are installed in prominent locations that the public can see and feature an attractive natural Beech wood exterior, matching the paired PMX 4 speakers in Beech wood. All the updated or newly created products, including the PMX 4 and ML 8 subwoofer, are now available for other installs as standard parts of the PMX and ML series Amadeus product lines.

On the amplification side, Amadeus developed and launched two prototypes, the MULTIAMP and A Series, (both to be released in 2015) to match the needs of the museum install. These two new Amadeus Amplifier Series extend, complete, and perfect the ‘HI-FI’ dimension and sound of the Amadeus speaker products. They integrate carefully listened to and selected components from among the most efficient and transparent of the audiophile market.

1024-Museum-lrg-5“The National Museum of Natural History install is a high-point of the many years in speaker and amplifier design by Amadeus. It is a perfect example of the outcome from the Amadeus brand philosophy that is built on the long-standing, close and productive relationships we have maintained with talented designers and scenographers, both in France and around the world, for over 35 years.” stated Gaetan BYK, Marketing Manager at Amadeus. Originally designed for the National Museum of Natural History, following the request of French designer, scenographer and composer Marc PIERA, the new PMX 4, ML 8, ML 12 SLIM, MULTIAMP and A Series amps are the concrete expression of this ethos.

Marc PIERA, co-founder and CEO of Comportements Sonores and scenographer for the museum install explains in detail how the install came about, “I tested many small and light speakers (weight was a major security issue) sold by well-known brands. I then turned towards PA systems. Leaving aside the brands whose systems didn’t meet relevant specifications – dispersion quality, frequency range, and impulse response around the speaker – I finally got in touch with Amadeus, a company I already revered for its high-quality PA products. I didn’t know they made small speakers, but I had used Amadeus products as I gave training seminars about controlled directivity, and during many shows and concerts, not to mention an acoustical study for the auditorium at Chelles (a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris).”

Describing the audio for the exhibition areas, Marc PIERA reveals, “The audio sound tracks created by Frédéric ROCARD are based on natural ambient sounds, from thunderstorms to delicate ambiences, a tribute to the rich timbres and dynamic levels of all animal species shown in the Gallery; Dynamic margins between background noise level and reasonable listening levels is reduced. It was then mandatory to find how to best place the Amadeus loudspeakers to get an excellent covering in the public spaces, and to design a system with a high-quality stereo image faithful to the complex ambiences. Another key point to accomplish was that no spectrum changes would occur off-axis. In the end, 186 Amadeus sound sources were installed, including 28 subwoofers.”

Dominique BRULHART, Head Software Engineering at Merging Technologies describes their involvement with the install, “Merging was excited by the opportunity to work on this project, of an unprecedented scope for our product Ovation. We were equally pleased to note that the set-up, comprising 186 loudspeakers across seven zones, connected to two Horus converters, all handled by a single Ovation, worked without a hitch. We nevertheless learned a great deal from this installation and identified several ways in which our user interface could be enhanced. That’s the reason why these projects are so inspiring. We look forward to participating in many more alongside Amadeus in the future.”

“Management of the Amadeus speakers through Merging Technologies devices features specially designed Merging Technology software plug-ins for the museum install which can control dynamic EQ, expander/gate functions, as well as compressor and limiter capabilities for each of the Amadeus speakers individually. The Merging Technologies Loudspeaker Management System that was created is 100% Amadeus compatible and can easily be used in future installs,” adds Dominique BRULHART.

The ‘Grande Galerie de l’Évolution’ (Great Gallery of Evolution) is a more than 60-thousand cubic meter area. It is split into several public spaces: the first is 3,500 sq. meters by 2.5 meters high, the second, 2300 sq. meters by 15 meters high, plus 3 passageways – 1100 sq. meters each. Since the Gallery is a museum, there are many children’s groups and families attending, so the background noise levels are often between 55 and 70dB (A). The Gallery is also a conservation area-implying mandatory demands of integration of sound quality and other limitations.

Marc PIERA describes how he handled many of these issues in the museum space, “The Amadeus PMX 5, then the smallest speaker of the range, was too heavy to use everywhere. Amadeus quickly suggested that they design a variant offering the same sonic qualities but with a reduced weight. They created a prototype of the PMX 4, and after we tested and measured this new model in situ, it appeared it could be used to send sound in the passageways, with very high quality. Using a very tight distribution I got an incredible sound image and the finest details along these long corridors exactly as I had wanted.”

However, in some parts of the installation the existing PMX 5 model turned out to be best, “The PMX 5′s attenuation is even and its coaxial speaker shows an excellent impulse response which helps to reduce ceiling reflections,” continued Marc PIERA. “Eighteen Amadeus ML 12 subwoofers, distributed around the passageways, handle bass extension.” Referring to the tight space for some subwoofer positioning he says, “Amadeus was able to fulfill the integration needs with a thinner version of subwoofer, the ML 12 SLIM. We set the crossover frequency between the PMX 5 speakers and ML12 SLIM subwoofers at 90Hz, allowing us to reduce localization problems.”

Wrapping up his assessment of the National Museum of Natural History project, Marc PIERA concludes, “This kind of integration job, filled with aesthetic taboos and security issues, requires not only very high-quality products, but also deeply involved partners. Amadeus really was exemplary in that matter, and this contributed to the final success of the project. Their commitment even led the company to create specific RAL colors and wood finishes, putting the final distinguishing touches on this successful integration. And, as if all this was not enough, Amadeus even developed the amplifier system to deal with these 186 independent speaker lines. Solid State Logic interfaced the system, and Merging Technologies dealt with the programming side using their Ovation system, even adapting their product for us, on the practical and ergonomic side. The system filtering issues were handled by Flux, Merging Technologies‘ long-time partner.”

1024-Museum-lrg-7“In the end,” adds Marc PIERA, “I was able to stay as close as I wanted to the sound that I had imagined, specified and championed for this type of electro-acoustical mission: To get as much definition as possible in the sound image and the timbre. ‘Traditional’ systems like Amadeus PMX speakers remain the safest solution to work with difficult acoustics.”

About PMX 4 Speakers and ML 8 Subwoofers
Revealing his challenge for the museum install, Michel DELUC says, “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. The PMX 4 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 Amadeus PMX 4 speaker used in the museum install is designed for sound professionals wishing to combine high sonic fidelity with ultra-compact format for space-limited installation or live use. This new 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. 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 Amadeus PMX 4 speaker is priced at 490.00 € each (VAT excluded).

Adding background on the new Amadeus ML 8 Subwoofer design, Michel DELUC 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. The Amadeus ML 8 is priced at 890 € each (VAT excluded).

The Amadeus speaker models installed at the Museum:

PMX 4 ultra-compact 2-way coaxial loudspeaker (4” LF + 0,8” HF) in natural Beechwood finish: 16 units
PMX 4 ultra-compact 2-way coaxial loudspeaker (4” LF + 0,8” HF) in Traffic Grey finish: 36 units

ML 8 ultra-compact subwoofer (1 x 8” LF) in natural Beechwood finish: 5 units
PMX 5 MKIII ultra-compact 2-way coaxial loudspeaker (5.25” LF + 1,5” HF) in Oyster White & Pearl Gold finishes: 106 units

ML 12 MKII high-power compact subwoofer (1 x 12” LF): 2 units
ML 12 SLIM high-power compact subwoofer (1 x 12” LF): 18 units

Amadeus amplifiers models installed at the Museum:

MULTIAMP 4X (4 x 190 W/8Ω + DSP): 8 units
MULTIAMP 6X (6 x 190 W/8Ω + DSP): 7 units
MULTIAMP 8X (8 x 190 W/8Ω + DSP): 13 units

A10:1 (1 x 1000 W/8Ω + DSP): 2 units
A20:2 (2 x 1000 W/8Ω + DSP): 9 units

About National Museum of Natural History
The Museum is a public cultural, scientific and professional establishment under the double authority of the French Ministry of higher learning and research, and the Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy. The museum comprises fourteen sites throughout France with four in Paris, including the original location at the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement. The galleries open to the public are the Cabinet d’Histoire du Jardin des Plantes in the Hôtel de Magny, the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, and the famous Grand Gallery of Evolution. For more visit: http://www.mnhn.fr/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 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

Amadeus is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. All other registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Blend Host Stems of OK Go’s “I Won’t Let You Down” For Remixing

Music production collaboration network announces support for stem-only projects

NYC (October 15, 2014) - In addition to the existing support for major DAWs, Blend (http://blend.io), the premier platform for collaborating on music projects, now also supports the universal, multi-track stem format to share music sessions.

The first project published in this format is OK Go’s “I Won’t Let You Down” from their newly released studio album Hungry Ghosts. The track was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Depeche Mode) in Los Angeles. OK Go invites music producers to put their spin on the track in their DAW of choice, and the best ones will be featured on OK Go’s social media channels. The track can be heard and pulled for remixing at http://blend.io/okgo

Blend members have long been able to share and store their music projects in their native format such as in Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Garageband, Pro Tools, Reason, FL Studio, and Native Instruments Maschine. As of today, users can also publish (learn how) and pull stem-only projects to collaborate with other producers regardless of what their DAW of choice may be.

Once the user has pulled a stem project he can save his update directly to Blend. When the file is pulled, Blend will automatically detect the correct DAW the collaborator is using. Lastly, this new feature will allow musicians to keep their collaborators informed of publishing updates.

The collaboration with OK Go is another milestone in Blend’s endeavors to connect known artists and Blend members to create new music.

I Won't Let You Down by OK Go

About Blend
Blend (http://blend.io) is a Betaworks backed startup for musicians and producers to connect and share in­-progress tracks and collaborate. On Blend, users share music projects in their native (source) format. Blend supports major music software tools including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Reason, Pro Tools and Garageband. For more information, please visit http://blend.io.

Studio Gear of Milwaukee Keeps On Growing With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

HARMAN_StudioGearMILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Founded in 1989, Milwaukee’s Studio Gear has provided audio, video and lighting equipment rentals, sales and installations to a growing clientele of Fortune 500 companies, houses of worship, universities, small businesses and other customers throughout the Midwest. In fact, for its 25th anniversary Studio Gear is experiencing a growth spurt: “In the past few years we have experienced a huge increase in business, especially for large-scale events,” noted Studio Gear project manager Collin Donohue. As a result, the firm has been steadily expanding its inventory, most recently with the addition of HARMAN Professional’s JBL VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

Studio Gear started its JBL inventory with a few VRX900 Series cabinets some years ago, soon increasing its VRX complement more than four-fold. Liking what they heard, the company then purchased a 12-per-side JBL VERTEC® VT4886-based system for larger events. Even so, over the course of the past two years, the need for an even more capable system became apparent—coinciding with the availability of JBL’s current top-of-the-line VTX Series.

“The VTX Series’ V20 line array loudspeaker was the perfect fit.” Donohue said. “It sounds spectacular, it can handle a lot of power, delivers exceptionally wide and smooth coverage and its smaller size and weight make it a very good choice for us, especially in situations where height and weight restrictions become an issue. In the corporate production world, that’s a pretty common occurrence.” Studio Gear has purchased 18 V20 loudspeakers to date and also expanded its inventory of VERTEC VT4880A arrayable subwoofers.

To drive the V20 arrays, Studio Gear acquired Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD four-channel amplifiers, along with I-Tech 12000HD amps to power the VT4880 subs. “Our first large-scale PA that we ever bought was powered by Crown Macro-Tech amps and as far as big projects go, it’s been all Crown all the time for us,” said Donohue. Donohue and his team are relying more and more on JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ system setup and calibration software to squeeze every drop of sonic capability from the I-Tech HD Series’ built-in preset tunings and extensive DSP functionality.

He also notes that more often than not, he’s not working with professional performers. “In a corporate setting you’re lucky to get people to put a microphone within six inches of their face.” As a result, Donohue has to set up a system with an entirely different approach to how it’s going to be used and think about how things will need to be tweaked during an event. “The tight pattern control and high output on the V20 gives us a huge advantage for those tricky situations.”

“The JBL line arrays and Crown amps give us better tools than ever before to deliver a better audio experience to our clients. It’s a tremendous advantage,” Donohue concluded.

For more information on Studio Gear, please visit www.studiogear.net

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Manley CORE Nominated for TEC Award

 Chino, CA – October 2014…The nominees for this year’s Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards are in, and Manley Labs is proud to announce that the CORE® Channel Strip has been recognized in the category of Microphone Preamps.

The CORE is a new and innovative channel strip that combines the best of Manley’s acclaimed technologies in a powerful, easy-to-use design. Built upon a 25-year legacy producing revered recording studio equipment for top recording engineers and musicians, Manley Labs has combined its CORE technologies to give you maximum flexibility at an affordable price.

Starting with the same highly acclaimed Class A Preamp circuitry found in the Manley VOXBOX®, Dual Mono, and Mono Microphone Preamplifiers, the CORE integrates Manley’s unique ELOP®-based compression, limiting, and equalization circuitries into a powerful integrated package that delivers Manley’s inimitable sonic signature, at a surprisingly affordable price.

The CORE is designed for today’s musicians, with an intuitive yet feature-rich front panel that allows you to concentrate on your performance without being submerged in a sea of knobs and switches. Easy to use, musical and forgiving, the CORE makes it easier than ever to cut a great sounding track.

“We are both thrilled and honored that the CORE has been nominated for a TEC award,” remarked Manley Labs President and Co-Founder EveAnna Manley. “The CORE represents an exciting new direction for Manley Labs, and the response to it has been overwhelming. It’s truly a privilege to be included in such a prestigious group of nominees.”

The TEC Awards will be held during on January 24, 2015, at the annual NAMM Convention at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.

 

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About Manley Laboratories, Inc. - Since the late 1980s Manley products have evolved from purist audiophile vacuum tube designs expanding into professional audio and digital converter systems. Manley’s legacy of design philosophies has been proven over years of real-world experience, using high quality modern components, many of which are fabricated in-house. Manley’s 11,000 sq. ft. building houses a machine shop, printed circuit board manufacture, audio transformer winding, engraving, and wire harness prepping facilities. All custom design, R&D, assembly, testing, and quality control processes are performed with precision and pride at the Manley factory, located just 35 miles east of Los Angeles, California. All Manley products are built in Chino, not China. 

For more information, visit: http://www.manley.com

Cain Joins Middle Atlantic As Director of Sales Support

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Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Wally Cain as Director of Sales Support. In this newly created position, Cain will oversee and manage the Customer Support, Technical Support, Inside Sales, Residential Support and Design Services departments.

Prior to joining Middle Atlantic, Cain spent nearly 10 years at Lastar’s Cables to Go (C2G), which became part of Legrand North America earlier this year. At C2G, Cain most recently served as Manager of Customer and Technical Support and Product Manager, Inside Sales Manager and Account Manager prior to that. His educational background includes a BS in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University.

Commenting on the new appointment, Dan Tarkoff, Middle Atlantic Vice President of Sales, said, “Wally brings a wealth of experience in Customer and Tech Support, Inside Sales and Product Management in the A/V industry. He’s had a highly positive influence as a key member of the management team at C2G.

“We are excited at the prospect of having Wally guide our Customer Support and Inside Sales teams to a new period of significant and sustained growth as we continue our promise of providing the highest level of support to our customers.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Technotrix Acquires Martin Audio MLA For Improved Coverage

Technotrix

Chicago, IL––Specialists in Audio, Lighting, Staging and Rigging, Technotrix Inc. recently became a valued member of the growing worldwide MLA Network with the purchase of an MLA System 24.

The System 24, which consists of 14 MLA and 2 MLD (downfill) enclosures and 8 MLX subwoofers, was acquired prior to the summer festival season on July 1st and immediately pressed into service for the Taste of Chicago food and music festival, Summer Set Music & Camping Festival, Riot Fest in Chicago and a concert with The Replacements headlining in Minnesota.

Asked about the impact of the new system, Technotrix Senior Account Executive Kevin Kiefer responds, “The MLA technology is really exceptional. The system coverage is much better than anything we’ve ever used. For The Replacements concert, the last show at Midway Stadium in Minneapolis, we used a larger System 36 and the most noticeable thing was the phase coherence and stereo imaging. We were between 400 and 500 feet away from the PA and it sounded like listening to the concert in your living room.

The Replacements

“Apart from all of the control that you have over the volume and level of sound throughout the listening area,” Kevin adds, “is the area beyond that. With MLA, you can be sitting on a hillside beyond the audience area and the experience is much better than any other system we’ve ever heard.

“I have to say that the MLA system has performed exceptionally well in these outdoor environments so far. It met with a universally positive response this summer, especially at some of these other festivals where we’ve been able to hear the other large format systems that are out there. It’s very apparent with MLA, especially over large distances, how the coverage remains consistent throughout the entire listening area from front to back. This is something we noticed right away when evaluating the rig. MLA doesn’t act like a typical loudspeaker system.

“What I tell everybody is that the cellular drive in the design of the MLA is the technology destined to replace current line arrays as we know them. The system looks and rigs like a line array, but much the same way line arrays replaced conventional PA systems for over 95% of the large shows these days, cellular drive will eventually replace line arrays. Once you do festivals with MLA, other systems just don’t sound right.

“We’re trying to educate our clients as to all the stuff we can do with this system that no one else can do,” Kevin concludes, “and it takes time to have people understand these capabilities are even available to them because they’re so advanced.”

Technotrix team photo caption:
From the left: Brian Levy, Andy Kuhlmann, Rosie, Matt McQuaid, Kevin Kiefer, Michael Schroeder, Brent Bernhardt, Beau and Chris Bonifas

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Recorded with DPA Microphones

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Oscar-winning production sound mixer Simon Hayes relied on DPA lavalier mics to record Marvel’s film adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn.

Hayes, who first used DPA microphones as Production Sound Mixer for the film adaptation of Mamma Mia in 2008, has turned to DPA d:screet™ 4061 and 4071 miniature mics on every film he’s worked on since then. Recently these have included Les Miserables (for which Hayes picked up the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Sound Mixing) and upcoming releases Tarzan, directed by David Yates and Kingsman: The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughan.

Hayes chose DPA miniatures for Guardians of the Galaxy so that he could capture original dialogue, right at the point of shooting. Given that Director James Gunn’s vision for the film was to preserve the authenticity and emotion of the actors’ performances, he felt this was the best way to serve the film and its creative team.

“It was clear from the first meeting with James Gunn that he wanted to capture original performances, which of course isn’t always easy when you’re talking about large budget special effects and action-driven visual effects type movies,” Hayes says.

“We knew that we were going to be shooting three or four cameras at all times so the DPAs took precedence over the booms on a lot of scenes. This meant that, in the final mix, at least 75% of the dialogue that made its way into the movie was recorded on DPA [d:screet] 4071s and DPA [d:screet] 4061s.”

Leading man Chris Pratt was fitted with the DPA d:screet 4061 omnidirectional mic. “We felt that the 4061 added a little something extra in the bass region for his voice, which was quite exciting,” Hayes continues. “All of the other characters used 4071s on their chest rigs and if we were rigging microphones in their hair or in their helmets, we used 4061s to increase the bass.”

As the title suggests, the sets for Guardians of the Galaxy were not going to be small. Finding regular-sized Sound Stages a little small, set designer Charlie Woods had sets housed in old Ministry of Defence buildings to allow enough space. This provided Hayes with a few hurdles to overcome sound-wise.

“That kind of environment isn’t as easy to record sound in as a sound stage, so I had a lot of background noise and a lot of reverb to contend with,” he says. “Again, the DPA mics excelled at rejecting that reverb and just capturing dry, up-front vocals for me.”

One of the things that really sets Guardians of the Galaxy apart from its kin in the superhero film genre is its esoteric 70′s soundtrack, which was integral to the way the sound was mixed. Hayes explains why this was a huge consideration when recording:

“Mixed in with the huge space sound-effects that the sound design team built for us, we really wanted close-up dry dialogue so that we could push the music and the effects harder, and that’s what the DPA mics helped us to do,” says Hayes, who collaborated closely with Alexandra Byrne (costume designer) and Dan Grace (costume supervisor) to design the mic placements used within the actors’ costumes.

“We had some really interesting rigs. For instance, Lee Pace, who plays Ronan, was wearing a helmet for his whole performance and we actually placed two 4061 mics into the helmet because the microphones were creating a tiny bulge. We wanted to have the bulge uniform, so we put one above each eyebrow, which not only gave a uniform look to the helmet, but it also gave us the opportunity to have two tracks running on Lee Pace’s dialogue.”

Ronan has a particularly dynamic part in the film, as Hayes continues: “This placement allowed Lee Pace more creativity in the way that he was playing Ronan and I was able to assure him that because we had the two 4061 mics on him, he could literally go from a whisper to a shout without us having any trouble whatsoever.”

Dave Bautiste, whose character Drax the Destroyer goes through the whole film topless, presented another challenge altogether, which meant finding an ingenious solution.

“We collaborated with the Special Makeup FX department and were able to have a [d:screet] 4071 basically rigged into the special makeup effects, which was applied to his upper body so it became part of a scar in the middle of his solar plexus,” Hayes says. “This meant that even though we had a topless man through the whole movie, in every single scene we were able to have a perfectly placed 4071. DPA’s are so reliable that you can have it buried under makeup and you know that it’s going to work all day, you’re not going to have any problems from them.”

With a run of over 18 films on which he’s used DPA microphones, Hayes concludes, “In the marketplace today there aren’t any lavalier mics that sound as natural and as transparent as DPAs. I feel that when I’m using a DPA microphone, I’m hearing actors through their performance rather than the microphone factoring it.”

After the box-office success of Guardians of the Galaxy, a sequel has already been announced, due for release in 2017.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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