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ANAHEIM, JANUARY 20, 2014 ? RHC Holdings is pleased to announce its lineup of artist signings for the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 4558). Included among these artists are RAT spokesperson, Joe Trohman, lead guitarist for Fall Out Boy, who will be at the booth on Thursday, January 23 at 3:45 p.m. Also attending the show to represent RoadHog are guitarist Mark Zavon of Kill Devil Hill and his bandmate, bassist Rex Brown, who is also of Down and Pantera fame. The duo will be available on Friday, January 24 at 1 p.m. Finally, members of the band Foreigner, who are avid RoadHog users, will be greeting fans on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m.
RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.
Pictured (clockwise from top left) are Michael Bradford, Billy Bush, Mr. Bonzai, and Ken Jordan.
Award-winning photographer/music journalist Mr. Bonzai hosts the slashing edge panel “Producers” in the WinterNAMM H.O.T Zone (Hands On Training) on Friday, January 24. Learn from some of today’s most creative producer/engineers as they reveal the inside story of their success and the pitfalls they have encountered. Mr. Bonzai moderates, with Michael Bradford, Billy Bush and Ken Jordan.
Day: Friday, January 24, 2014
Start Time: 01:30 pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 min
Room: The Forum (203 A-B)
Presenter: Mr. Bonzai
Some of music’s most creative minds come together to assess and confront the production of music in our day and age. It’s out of the box thinking that’s still in the groove.
Michael Bradford lives in L.A., but his heart and soul were made in Detroit, where he was born, and where he first learned to play music. One of the most versatile musicians and producers in music, Bradford has worked with a stunning variety of top artists. He has written, produced and engineered records for Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Stevie Nicks, Anita Baker, New Radicals and Beth Hart, in addition to creating dozens of orchestral arrangements for records, film and TV.
Bradford has worked extensively in film and TV, notably with composer Paul Buckmaster (Murder In Mind, The Maker) Terence Trent D’arby (The Fan), Uncle Kracker (Osmosis Jones, American Pie 2), and Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana). Bradford is the co-writer and producer of Uncle Kracker’s #1 smash “Follow Me”, and the producer of his #1 cover of Dobie Grey’s classic “Drift Away”. He has also coproduced Kid Rock’s triple-platinum LP, “The History of Rock”, and engineered the New Radicals’ classic “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too”.
Bradford has recently produced and written songs for Jem, John Mellencamp, Deep Purple and Travis Tritt. He has performed live as the music director for artists Dave Stewart, Kid Rock and Ringo Starr. Another recent highlight for Bradford was Stevie Nicks’ new album “In Your Dreams”, where he played bass on various tracks, and co-produced the song “Cheaper Than Free”. Bradford’s latest work can be heard in the Film “About Time”, where he co-produced a new recording of Ben Folds’ song “The Luckiest”, featuring Folds and a full orchestra. Bradford has also recently produced music for the film “The Getaway”, as well as the upcoming film “Life Of Crime”, based on a novel by the legendary Elmore Leonard. “The Long Night” is the first full-length album, coming soon from Michael Bradford, writer, producer and musician. A mix of rock and ambient, with some trip-hop influences, it is perhaps the missing link between Massive Attack and Pink Floyd.
Record producer, engineer and mixer Billy Bush is well known for his extensive work with multi-platinum rock band Garbage. In addition to producing, engineering and mixing records for Garbage, Bush joins the band on tour to help reconcile their technological needs with their live performance. The result has pushed the boundaries of and blurred the lines between live performance and recorded music. As a mixer, Bush’s credits include The Naked & Famous’s Passive Me, Aggressive You (Fiction), Snow Patrol’s single “In The End” from Fallen Empires (Polydor), and Neon Trees’ Picture Show, including the single “Everybody Talks” which reached #6 on the Billboard 200.
Also an accomplished producer, Bush produced, engineered, and mixed Fink’s Perfect Darkness (Ninja Tune), as well as French band Superbus’s Sunset (Polydor France) and The Boxer Rebellion’s Promises (Absentee). Recently, Bush engineered and mixed The Naked and Famous’s song “Following Morning,” which will appear on the Dallas Buyers Club soundtrack. He also recently completed mixing Los Angeles band NO’s forthcoming album, as well as English singer and songwriter Jake Bugg’s forthcoming Shangri La (Mercury), produced by Rick Rubin. He is currently mixing the forthcoming album from Eastern Conference Champions, and is set to produce the follow up to Fink’s critically acclaimed Perfect Darkness.
Celebrated producer and songwriter Ken Jordan is one of the founding members of the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling electronic music duo The Crystal Method. Originally formed in 1993 in Las Vegas, NV, The Crystal Method has been heralded by the Village Voice as “one of the best live dance acts on Earth.” Together with production partner Scott Kirkland, The Crystal Method have been known for over a decade for their enduring dance floor anthems (“Now Is The Time,” “Keep Hope Alive”), airwave smashes (“Trip Like I Do”) and a willingness to collaborate with an array of talent-including rock’s elite like Scott Weiland, Matisyahu, New Order’s Peter Hook, Emily Haines of Metric and Filter’s Richard Patrick.
TCM has dominated the remix, film soundtrack, television, gaming and advertising worlds, most recently helping Victoria’s Secret drop jaws with music for a TV commercial campaign and collaborating with soundtrack heavyweight Danny Elfman for several contributions to Hollywood blockbuster Real Steel. Their platinum-status debut album Vegas (released in 1997) is one of the biggest-selling electronic albums of all time, landing them in the top five of best-selling electronic acts in America. TCM scored the film London, as well as the themes for TV shows “Bones” and “Third Watch,” and were the first act to work with Nike for their running soundtrack series.
In his spare time, Jordan serves as a board member of the Electronic Music Alliance (EMA)-a public charity, non-profit organization and global membership alliance uniting the electronic music industry and community to be the “Sound of Change,” cultivating, collaborating and celebrating social responsibility, environmental stewardship, community building and volunteerism-an avid hockey player, environmentalist and electric car driver.
Award-winning photographer, filmmaker and music journalist Mr. Bonzai has written over 1,000 articles for magazines in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His photos and stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Pro Sound News, Keyboard, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. He has authored seven books, including “Faces of Music” (Cengage, 2006) “Music Smarts” (Berklee Press, 2009) and “John Lennon’s Tooth” (BookBaby 2012).
Artist, composer and producer adds the Dangerous Source monitor controller to his Paris studio with stellar results —
Dan Black with the Dangerous Source monitor controller
Edmeston, NY – January 20, 2014 – Internationally acclaimed solo artist, composer and producer Dan Black recently added the Dangerous Source monitor controller to his Paris studio setup. He feels the Dangerous Source has made huge differences in his studio for writing his own music and collaborating with other artists. “I noticed a profound improvement in detail with the Source, it was like a veil was lifted,” says Black.
Dangerous Music is a leader in monitor solutions, garnering multiple industry awards and pioneering the product category with the introduction of the “Dangerous Monitor” in 2003 and more recently the Monitor ST/SR for stereo and surround, the D-Box and now the Dangerous Source: which offers the Dangerous Music quality and adds both portability and affordability to any studio setup, from a laptop to a full-on Pro Tools HD rig and large format console – and every studio in between.
Although Black has a very nice recording and mixing setup, his previous monitoring control was not great, “Only upon receiving the Dangerous Source did I realize how weak the link was! I was in a space that I had been working in for awhile, and everything else was the same except the monitor controller. I noticed a profound improvement in detail when I added the Source – being able to hear problems and overall a much more pleasant listening experience. I write mainly, so a lot of what I do is listen to the same thing a thousand times and the Source makes that a lot less taxing.”
Black recalls how he found out about the Dangerous Source controller, “A mixing friend of mine based in Paris, who has a big SSL studio on the other side of Paris from me, has a lot of Dangerous gear in his room, and he came around to my studio and commented on the weak link in my chain which was my not-very-good monitor amplifier, he said ‘You need to sort that out!’ and he introduced me to the folks at Dangerous Music.”
“I’ve had a similar experience with the headphone amp in the Source,” adds Black referring to a ‘lifting of the veil’ in sound quality. “I instantly heard lots of detail, the Source made the music instantly a lot less fatiguing. I am also able to work at a lower volume and still be ‘into the vibe’ of the track. I’m able to work constructively without having to ramp up the volume, I can stay at the same volume for a long time and still feel like I am hearing everything. It’s actually quite important, with my ears being quite important to my job!”
Black keeps his main studio workhorse setup with the Dangerous Source and also uses his laptop connected to the Source on the second input, a unique feature of the Source. “Most of my time is either writing for myself or with other artists and a lot of that involves continuously referencing other things, not just music, jumping on other material on the Internet. The fact that I can use the USB out from my laptop at the same time as my main rig, that’s a huge game-changing thing. I don’t have to jump between programs. I have the same audio quality using the two inputs simultaneously, it’s almost like it’s the same computer. That’s the massive advantage of the Source. Having two separate digital sources fed to the monitor controller and listening through the same D to A converter without having to change anything has made my life a thousand times easier. I use that everyday,” explains Black.
Black uses Apple Logic to write and record and often also uses Ableton Live, and AVID Pro Tools if someone sends him a session in Pro Tools. In live shows he tends to use ‘Live’ onstage. “At the end of the line in a production I’ll use Logic, but more and more I find I use Live to write with as well because it’s different,” Black reveals. “I have a good mic-line chain and a good A-to-D converter. I don’t work with bands, I work with solo artists or myself so I need at maximum two good lines in at one time. So I bought a Mitek A-to-D converter and a MOTU Express and now I’m monitoring digitally through the Source. That’s quite radically changed my work,” states Black. “The Source is doing a lot of stuff, it’s the speaker monitor controller and it’s bringing in sound from the Internet, iTunes, Spotify on the laptop – it’s multitasking.”
When a writing partner heard the difference the Source made in Black’s studio setup he got an immediate response, “A another producer/writer I work with regularly in Paris after hearing the Source he is threatening to buy one too. He’s got a good setup and has better monitor control than I had, but the thing I just talked about – easily listening to two sources without changing anything – and the simplicity of the Source impressed him. He heard my setup and went ‘OK, that’s a thousand times better, and I think I might get one!’
Black is sure to take the Source on tour with him to continue to work on music. “Ask me when I’m on the road again! [laughs]. Last time he was on the road for 3 years.
Black has worked on a lot of music since getting the Source, including his own recordings, “Obviously I’ve been using it a lot on my own stuff – a lot of which is finally coming out this year. I’ve been also working with a lot of artists in Paris and Europe including “Weekeed,” and an Island-Def-Jam signing: “Wrabel,” he’s based in LA, but he was in Paris, I used the Source for that session too. Another artist I used the Source with was “Bag Raiders,” also an LA based duo, but they are from Australia. I’ve started working with French artists too, one who won the French TV show “The Voice”, “Olympe.” I’ve also done music recently for Kid Cudi,” says Black.
When discussing the ease of use of the Dangerous Source, Black only says, “My 2-year old son has learned to use it, so that’s a good sign!” But he adds seriously, “In many ways I don’t even think about it, in a good way. The Source instantly does what you want it to do without having to figure it out. The Source does what it says it does, and very well!” concludes Black.
Find out more about Dan Black at: http://www.dan-black.com
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 and Dangerous Bax EQ.
For more information on Dangerous Music visit www.dangerousmusic.com phone 607-965-8011 or email: email@example.com
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The Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that Sean Davies, an internationally acclaimed studio designer, technical engineer and authority on disc cutting lathes, will be presented with a Special Recognition Award at the MPG Awards 2014, which take place in London next month.
Renowned as an audio consultant, Davies is also at the heart of the UK and European disc cutting business thanks to his extensive knowledge of cutting techniques, lacquers and the ins and outs of the equipment needed to cut a vinyl record.
He first became interested in audio at the age of 13 when he began repairing broken radios and cutting discs at home. His hobby developed into a career when he was offered a job at IBC Studios, initially in the maintenance department and then in the disc cutting operation. Davies’ reputation as an expert soon spread, securing him other key technical positions until he eventually founded his own company, SW Davies Ltd, which specialises in maintaining high quality disc-cutting lathes and supporting cutting facilities around the world.
Although he recently announced his retirement after 53 years in the professional audio industry, Davies is still acting as a consultant – most notably for the recently launched Art of Vinyl (AoV), a new maintenance business headed by the former-Metropolis Mastering engineer Crispin Murray and audio/video equipment repair specialist Duncan Crimmins.
Ray Staff, of the MPG’s Mastering Group which nominated Sean Davies for a prestigious Special Recognition Award, says: “I am so pleased Sean is receiving this acknowledgment. He has been my mentor for over 40 years. Sean is a generous educator, gifted with the ability to explain often complex theories, simply and clearly. His skills and knowledge have benefited every aspect of recording, mastering, manufacturing and design. He is a truly unique man in our industry.”
Sean Davies will be presented with his award at the MPG 2014 Awards ceremony, which takes place on February 13th at the at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.
Now firmly established as a must-attend industry event, the MPG Awards attract music industry stars and VIPs who turn out in force to celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK’s music industry. In 2014, the MPG is once again collaborating with the BRITS to present the winner of its Producer of the Year Award with a BRIT Award for Best Producer.
About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.
The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com
Andrea Taglia, live sound engineer for the famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, is a huge fan of DPA microphones and rates them as the most technically advanced and sonically transparent microphones on the market.
It is therefore no surprise that Taglia personally owns a selection of DPA microphones and regularly sources additional units whenever he is on tour with Bocelli.
“I’ve been using DPA microphones for many years and bought my first stereo d:dicate™ 4006 Recording Microphone when it was still known by the old Bruel & Kjaer name,” Taglia says. “I first became familiar with the DPA brand when I was using DPA miniature microphones on singers in musical productions. Eventually I began experimenting and started using them on instruments as well, which gave me great results. I’m now a huge fan and have bought quite a few for my own microphone collection, including d:dicate 4006 and 4011 Recording microphones and a selection of d:screet™ 4090 and 4061 Miniature microphones.”
Andrea Taglia began his career in the theatre, mixing audio for plays and musicals and working with directors such as Peter Stein, Bob Wilson, Massimo Castri. He also worked with classical orchestras and jazz musicians and acted as a live sound consultant designing sound systems for touring and fixed installations such as cruise ships.
“I made a conscious decision to stop touring in 2003 when my second son was born, but when I met Andrea in 2006 he persuaded me to go back on the road – although these days I only go on tour with him,” Taglia says.
Bocelli’s most recent concerts have taken place all over the world and in each venue Taglia has supplemented his own DPA collection with additional microphones supplied by DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer.
“We used DPA d:screet 4061 Miniature microphones as close proximity mics for the strings – four on first violins, three on second violins, three on violas and three on cellos,” he explains. “We have also been using them for our guest violin soloists and for our guitar duo CARisMA, who usually play at Bocelli’s concerts.
“In large and reverberant venues where the noise floor can be pretty high, it is important to have good close proximity microphones to help reduce feedback and deliver more attack and a more present and detailed sound. This is especially important when the orchestra is playing over pre-recorded tracks.”
Taglia adds that DPA’s wide range of instrument clips and accessories adds an extra dimension to the versatility of the company’s products.
“DPA has always been very careful about providing the correct accessories so that users can get the best from their products,” he says. “For example, the DPA MHS6001 rubber suspension, which we use on strings with the 4061, is a real problem solver as it is universally accepted by every musician, even on very expensive instruments. They are happy to use it because it doesn’t actually touch the instrument. Instead it allows the microphone to float under the strings on the rubber mount.
“I’m also a big fan of the DMM0007 rubber holder as it allows me to position a 4061 miniature microphone very close to the strings on an acoustic guitar without annoying the musician playing it. With this solution I can get the full sound of the instrument in a way that wouldn’t be possible with a pick-up.”
Taglia adds that he uses his own DPA microphones on a daily basis as they are invaluable for live recording work and for aligning sound systems, which is what he does when he isn’t on tour.
“Over the years I have used literally tons of DPA miniature microphones on singers in the theatre and I’ve also used my fair share of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones on double basses and cellos,” he says. “Every time I need a linear, true microphone that is capable of handling high SPL, I always choose 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
ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 2014: In a unique supply agreement, RF Venue remote antennas, RF distribution equipment, and other accessory products for wireless microphones, IEMs, and intercoms are now available through Professional Wireless Systems, a Masque Sound company.
“Professional Wireless’ team is among the elite groups in wireless audio system configuration, coordination, and management worldwide,” commented RF Venue CEO Chris Regan. “We are thrilled to add our products to their RF toolkit and now be able to offer our customers the best in class frequency coordination and onsite RF services.”
RF Venue’s innovative Diversity Fin, RF Spotlight, and CP Beam antennas represent all-new approaches to solving signal dropout and interference problems for wireless audio systems of all sizes. Professional Wireless offers a complementary range of RF hardware and software systems in addition to a wide range of consulting, design, and show management capabilities.
“Quite simply we found kindred spirits with Chris and his team at RF Venue,” stated Geoff Shearing, president of Masque Sound and Professional Wireless. “We share a passion for solving RF problems for users of wireless audio products and I am greatly looking forward to the exciting things that will come from this collaboration.”
ABOUT PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS As a wholly owned subsidiary of Masque Sound, Professional Wireless Systems specializes in developing brand new gear for the increasing demands of RF equipment. PWS supplies and supports wireless systems for any kind of live and broadcast event. www.professionalwireless.com
ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events. www.rfvenue.com
Mobile recording interface for smartphones and tablets on display next week
Chicago, IL -January 16th, 2013 –
The new CEntrance "MixerFace" 2-channel battery-powered mobile recording interface for smartphones, tablets and laptops
, a leader in Digital Audio, announced that it will be participating at the 2014 Winter NAMM show
in Anaheim, CA. This year, CEntrance will showcase its full line of products for recording and playback, including the best-selling HiFi-M8
(r) DAC and amplifier for iPhone and the newly released MixerFace
(r) mobile recording interface based on the same portable technology. The company’s exhibit will be located at booth 7327
in the Arena
, located near Hall A.
MixerFace is a mobile recording interface that connects professional microphones with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The small, battery-powered device fits under an iPhone. It features two studio-grade microphone preamps and rich digital connectivity options, enabling professional-quality location recording. MixerFace integrates the smart phone into the audio production workflow, creating mobile recording capability for the modern, on-the-go musician, broadcaster and VO artist. MixerFace is currently the subject of a successful crowd-funding effort on Indiegogo. The Indiegogo campaign lasts until January 31st, 2014 and can be found at: http://igg.me/at/mixerface
The 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 NAMM booth.
Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance, stated, “Getting the latest gear first has its advantages, so we decided to crowd-fund MixerFace to speed up the product introduction. This parallels our recent crowd-sourced efforts with the HiFi-M8, but takes that a step further by opening the process up to the general public.”
“MixerFace shares battery-powered technology with the HiFi-M8 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.”
MixerFace offers two Neutrik(tm) combo jack inputs with boutique low-noise microphone preamps, independent gain controls with LED level monitoring, switchable 48V phantom power, sophisticated monitoring options, a headphone amp and 24-bit/192kHz converters. Mixerface offers the choice of connecting to a laptop or to a smart phone / tablet for recording or playback. 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 April 2014 and will be priced at $599-US, while Indiegogo contributors can save a significant amount and be the first to receive the new product well in advance of stores. For more Mixerface product information, visit http://www.mixerface.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Grammy Award winning producer and DJ, Supa Dups, has just added a Prism Sound Titan USB multitrack audio interface to his equipment roster, complimenting the Prism Sound Lyra 2 audio interface that is already an integral part of his studio set up.
Supa Dups, who began DJ-ing at the age of 11 and producing at 16, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. A member of the influential Black Chiney Sound System, a nod to his Chinese Jamaican heritage, Supa Dups’ breakthrough came in 2004 when he produced Nina Sky’s Turnin’ Me On. He is now one of the most sought after writer/producers around and has worked with numerous artists including Eminem (one track on the Grammy Award winning ‘Recovery’), Mary J Blige, John Legend and Bruno Mars.
“Prism Sound is the Rolls-Royce of converters and there’s nothing else that sounds like it,” he says of his kit. “There is other equipment and then there’s Prism Sound. In fact, the Lyra 2 is my mobile rig now.”
Although he is exceptionally busy, Supa Dups prefers not to name the artists he’s currently working with because not everything recorded in his studio always sees the light of day. But he is very keen to talk about his Prism Sound converters – Titan, which he only recently took delivery of and Lyra 2, which he uses all the time.
“I haven’t had a lot of time to play with Titan yet, but I keep having excellent experiences with Lyra,” he says. “The other day I was working with a band and plugged the guitar and bass into it at the same time and used it right there on the spot. It sounded excellent. We finished everything on it, even the demo vocal. Basically it has become the centrepiece of the studio. Everything about it is awesome.”
Supa Dups spends a lot of time working out of Circle House studios in Miami, and credits the city with having a fantastically diverse music scene.
“It’s like London minus the dub-step, but with an additional overall Caribbean influence which collides with the American sounds. It’s definitely got a style all of its own,” he says.
Proving he’s a man of much versatility, Supa Dups recently finished an entire live reggae album. “I didn’t know I could do that,” he says. “It was a challenge for me but I’d definitely like to be involved in more entire projects in the future and writing classic albums that people will be listening to in decades to come.”
And the Lyra 2 and his new Titan will be with him every step of the way. “There is a lot more to explore with them,” he says. “I’ve used the Lyra 2 for hours and hours and technically I’m not sure I’ve broken the back of it yet. There’s still a lot to learn and play with, but it always sounds awesome.”
About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.
For more information: www.prismsound.com
Upcoming Stops in Chicago, Nashville and Los Angeles
Pictured at the Avid S6 launch in Detroit are Vintage King's Tom Menrath, Jacob Schneider, and Ryan McGuire; and Avid's Jake Schaefer and Jeff Komar.
The exclusive Vintage King Detroit launch event for Avid’s highly anticipated all new S6 console was a milestone success, to be followed by events in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Nashville.
Appointments are now being scheduled for an exclusive first look at the S6 at our Los Angeles and Nashville locations here: http://bit.ly/1clblgT
Leveraging the best of the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families in a revolutionary new modular design, Avid’s new S6 delivers superior ergonomics and intelligent studio control, providing an intuitive, immersive experience for the modern sound engineer.
Vintage King’s upcoming Avid launch events are a great opportunity for audio professionals to hear from Avid Applications Specialist, Jeff Komar, and Vintage King’s knowledgeable staff about this revolutionary console. Built on proven technology and trusted by top audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, the S6 delivers the performance needed to complete projects faster and deliver optimum sounding mixes.
“The Avid S6 finally brings the intuitive tactile satisfaction of working with touchscreen technology, the build quality and layout of a traditional high-end analog console, together with the powerful in-depth tweakability that only Eucon can offer, all in an affordable and scalable package,” said Ryan McGuire, International Sales & Business Development for Vintage King. “I’m very excited to get these into my customers hands, as the possibilities are endless for how they can customize this surface to work within their flow. It certainly leaves the Icon series and any other competitively priced controllers in the dust.”
Learn more about the S6 at Vintage King: http://vintageking.com/avid-s6
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:
ANAHEIM, JANUARY 16, 2014 – DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is pleased to introduce its new d:dicate Series MMP-F Modular Active Boom at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). Intended for use with the d:dicate MMC4011 Cardioid and MMC4018 Supercardioid mics for podium, floor stand or hanging applications, the MMP-F relies on the same technology as the company’s MMP-E active cable.
Equipped with an active boom pole preamp, the MMP-F is available in a variety of lengths and gooseneck options. It fits to any modular d:dicate capsule and offers excellent radio frequency rejection, which is obtained through the DPA-designed impedance balancing with active drive.
“We’re excited to introduce this new MMP-F Modular Boom, which further enhances the options of uses for our d:dicate Recording Microphone Series,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “The d:dicate line combines the company’s best new and existing capsules and preamplifiers, which deliver superior sound across many applications where the microphones have not been widely used before, such as live sound applications for touring and installation purposes.”
The MMP-F Booms are available in 15-, 30- and 45-cm hanging/table/podium options and as 75- and 120-cm floor stand choices. In addition to the MMC4011 and MMC4018, the d:dicate range also includes the MMC4007 High-SPL Omnidirectional Capsule and microphones from the familiar and well-loved DPA Reference Standard series, including the modular 4000 and 2000 Series.
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.
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