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Understanding the need for professional equipment when learning how to play and record musical instruments and vocals, CAD Audio recently donated a number of MH510 studio headphones to music students in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Aaron O’Keefe, a private music instructor and owner/co-owner of the Loveland, Maineville and Lebanon music academies, describes how his students got involved with CAD.
“Carmen Mark ‘Squiggy’ DiGiacomo of the MAD Consulting Group contacted us about the manufacturer’s tent at the Rock On The Range Festival in Columbus where music product and audio manufacturers demonstrate their products. CAD Audio was one of those companies and they were good enough to donate a number of their professional headphones to our music school programs.”
Aaron’s students typically range from age six to 16 and he personally teaches piano, guitar, voice, drums, bass, double bass, vibraphone, mandolin and ukulele, to name a few. “We’ll usually take a song like ‘Heart Shaped Box’ by Nirvana or ‘Sober’ by Tool,” he explains. “I’ll teach the song individually to my drum, guitar, bass player and voice students, we’ll put them together in a band, rehearse the song, then actually record and videotape the final performance.
“These CAD headphones are going to be used in countless studio recordings, Aaron continues, “because too often, the kids have cheap, walkman-style phones that don’t do the job. The Sessions MH510s are perfect for the studio because they have a closed-back design and there isn’t any bleed through into the microphones, which is really important. Plus the audio quality is exceptional. We’re using them extensively for tracking and overdubs, which is great because they’ll eventually appear in our videos. They’re the best headphones we’ve ever used.”
Knowing that his students’ version of Tool’s “46 and 2” bit.ly/1rbMKFv on YouTube has had well over six million, four hundred thousand views to this point, appearing in their videos has added significance for supporting manufacturers such as Zildjian, Jackson, ESP, Dunlop, Kramer and CAD Audio.
Describing the adventure of taking young music students to a night out at Rock on the Range, Aaron concludes, “Guns ‘N’ Roses was headlining and the kids got to meet members of Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria and Matt Pinfield of MTV.
“Taking eight kids to a Metal show was a little stressful because I had a nine, ten and a few fifteen year olds and I didn’t have any other chaperones which was crazy. But it worked out fine, the kids got equipment, met their heroes and the nine year old, Eva, called it ‘the best trip ever.’”
For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.
New software enables engineers to pre-configure Showfiles offline and is a superb way for anyone to explore and learn the SSL Live console
OXFORD, ENGLAND – Solid State Logic is proud to announce that its Offline Setup software for the SSL Live console is now available for free download. The SSL OffLine Setup Application, or SOLSA, allows creation and editing of Live console Showfiles on a laptop or desktop PC. Almost anything that can be done on a Live console can now be manipulated and configured ‘offline’ when access to a console is not possible.
Software functionality includes console architecture configuration and setup of Fader Tile Layers and Banks. Stageboxes and I/O routing can be assigned along with the creation of scenes and other automation editing. SOLSA also allows you to add effects, manipulate channel processing settings, bus routing and VCA assignments. SOLSA includes the same Help System as the Live console software, offering a built-in user guide with tutorials and reference sections.
SOLSA is intended to enable engineers to configure Showfiles in preparation for shows but it is a fantastic way for anybody to explore and learn about the SSL Live console.
You can download the software at: www.solidstatelogic.com/live
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.
Industry Veteran Returns to the Vintage King Family
Pictured is Alex Oana, newly appointed in the role of Community and Content Development at Vintage King's Los Angeles headquarters. Photo by Sascha Vaughn.
Vintage King Audio, leading international dealer of modern and classic pro audio equipment and top restorer of vintage recording gear is proud to welcome Alex Oana in the role of Community & Content Development.
Alex Oana has made significant contributions to the pro audio and music communities over a 25-year career as an award-winning recording engineer and producer, pro audio journalist, musician, live sound engineer, sales rep, and product designer involved in development, manufacturing, and marketing. His most recent success was as the co-creator of the Raven Multitouch Audio Production Console from Slate Pro Audio.
“Alex’s range of talents and rare combination of experience gives him a unique voice in the world of pro audio,” commented Jason Van Doorn, Vintage King Director of Marketing. “He did a great job in his former position as Vintage King sales rep before taking on the Raven project, which is a significant feather in his cap. We welcome him back in the newly created role of Community and Content Development and look forward to him developing the relationship with our customers by creating engaging media and new opportunities for interaction.”
“Our gear-filled showrooms are a place for hands-on demos and industry gatherings,” added Oana. “It’s a great place for the community to share knowledge, expertise, and for us to support our customers. Vintage King is where we connect people to the tools and techniques they use to enhance their expression through sound. Our success comes from listening to our customers. We totally get it because we are musicians and engineers.”
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Fairfield, NJ–– Middle Atlantic is expanding its Modular Power Raceway system to include surge protection capabilities with two exclusive benefits. The introduction of Series Protection™ modules for the MPR Series marks the industry’s first vertical power strip to offer series type non-degrading surge protection and its first fully configurable power solution to do the same.
The new Series Protection™ modules will also provide series type surge protection to all cascading modules in each circuit. A patent-pending technology, Series Protection™ is the fastest-responding series type surge suppression currently available.
The Modular Power Raceway system allows integrators to configure their own ETL-listed vertical power solution using off-the-shelf parts. Integrators now have the option of incorporating reliable surge protection into their custom power design. When installed as the first circuit within the power strip, these modules will extend that series type surge protection to all connected units that follow. In addition, the module sits on top of raceway channel, which allows circuit wiring between modules and unimpeded connection to the termination.
The new MPR modules join the Middle Atlantic family of rackmount and RackLink™ power products leveraging Series Protection™ technology. Modules are available in 15 or 20 amp configurations with outlet options being controlled or on when connected.
For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please see 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
DPA Microphones has always been renowned for its ability to deliver superb audio, even in the most challenging conditions. Now, thanks to a new range of body worn microphones, the company has overcome the biggest challenge of all – how to give control of mic placement to non-technical actors or reality show contenstants without compromising sound quality.
DPA’s solution, which will be on show at IBC 2014, is the d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone – a cleverly designed mic that houses a legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace.
“These microphones are perfect for situations where fast costume changes are necessary – or for reality TV shows where the contestants have to place microphones without help from a trained audio engineer,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “The necklace design ensures that the microphone sits in exactly the same place on the body every time, so there is no need for EQ-ing between different recordings.”
The d:screet Necklace Mic is already being used in the Danish adaptation of Big Brother and DPA anticipates plenty of interest from other reality TV productions. The mic comes in black, white and brown and in lengths of 47 or 53 com (18.3 or 20.9 inches).
At IBC 2014, DPA is exhibiting alongside its Dutch distributor Amptec on booth 8.D70. At 5pm every evening it will be holding a prize draw, which will give one lucky show visitor the opportunity to win a DPA d:screet Miniature or d:fine™ Headset Microphone. At that same time, the company will challenge one of its mics to see exactly how much stress it can withstand. Could it be used as a drumstick, for example? IBC visitors need only come along to 8:D70 at 5 pm to find out.
While there, they can also see DPA’s new heavy-duty d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones and classic d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with reinforced cable relief, making them even more durable for demanding use. These microphones satisfy market demand for high-quality sound combined with a highly-durable housing and cable.
“Incorporated on all d:screet Miniature Microphones, our new robust strain relief version brings much needed reassurance to people who are not used to handling miniatures,” Christian Poulsen adds.
The heavy-duty 4060 microphone is ideal for people who require even more security and for whom the visual appeal is of less importance. It is 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. Featuring a stainless steel housing, sturdy cable relief and a thicker 2.2 mm (.09-inch) cable, both enhanced versions are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of broadcast productions.
DPA will complete its IBC 2014 line-up with its 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.
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 headworn mics, the new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones join the original d:fine as well as the traditional 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headset Microphones under the company’s d:fine family. With so many sound handling and size options to choose from, DPA’s d:fine family now addresses every need that actors, musicians and singers face when working in a live television environment.
“There is a growing need for durable body worn microphone solutions with excellent sound reproduction for stringent use in live environments and similar settings,” Poulsen adds. “When we launched the d:fine Headset Microphones we believed that they would define a new generation of headsets. They have certainly met our expectations, which is why we have decided to expand the d:fine Headset Microphone series with this brilliant solution to give users a broad assortment of styles and features.”
For more information please visit DPA at IBC 2014. Hall 8, Stand D70.
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
Calibre LEDView scalers power big screens for Yorkshire’s fabulous ‘Grand Depart’
While more than 5 million fans lined the roads of Yorkshire for the opening weekend of the 2014 Tour de France, relatively few got close to the action itself. For those who could not, help was at hand in the form of large LED screens powered by LEDView image-scaling technology from Calibre UK.
The key screens were supplied by two companies – Lightmedia and Big TV – both of which specified Calibre’s LEDView530 as their large-display image scaler of choice for the Grand Depart.
Lightmedia supply screens from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield
‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV - York, Sunday, 6 July.
Lightmedia supplied 19 LED screens along the route of the two opening stages from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield, with many of them acting as the visual centrepiece for official Tour de France fan parks.
Eddie Elliot-Smith, Managing Director at Lightmedia, comments: “We use the Calibre LEDView530s as a key part of our rental-and-staging operation, to scale live broadcast content from TV cameras around the course for display on each and every one of the LED screens we supplied.
“We use Calibre because, quite simply, they are the most reliable solution in the world. Not only have we used them for this year’s Grand Depart, we also relied on them for other high-profile international events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the wedding of Charles and Camilla, the launch of Xbox ONE and, indeed, Calibre’s previous generation of product at the Tour de France the last time it came to Britain in 2007.”
LED screens from Big TV for Skipton, York and Leeds
Lightmedia. Harrogate, 5 July, © Photography by David Lindsey, www.photosbydavid.co.uk
Big TV head technician Simon Woodcock says: “We went down to Yorkshire fresh from Edinburgh Festival and provided LED screens to various areas on the opening weekend, including Skipton, York and Leeds. The new ‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen wowed crowds and we also provided screens for a number of private events and parties in Yorkshire as well.
“Calibre quality is central to our LED fleet for managing live feeds. The LEDView530 can take anything you throw at it!”
A high-quality LED-optimised scaler-switcher and universal interface for LED screens, the LEDView530 provides best-in-class professional image processing in a compact, affordable 1U format. It features a jog-wheel and LCD display on its for front panel for fast and easy set-up in the field, and boasts a plethora of useful features including colour adjustment of all source types, powerful picture resizing with simple pixel-accurate edge drag-and-drop, and superior scaling, de-interlacing and noise reduction to reduce image flicker and artefacts.
For mixed rental fleet use the scaler also has a Projection mode in which it supports warp mapping and edge blending, as well as geometry correction and general projection scaling functionality as well as a Scaler-Switcher mode for general purpose scaling and scan conversion making it a truly universal device. The LEDView530 also boasts genlock and I/O lock, making it suitable for on-stage or in-camera use at live events.
Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director, Calibre UK, comments: “As a Yorkshire company ourselves, we were delighted and extremely proud to have supplied LEDView530 units to power so many LED screens along the route of our county’s “Grand Depart”. This unforgettable weekend was not just a celebration of cycling but a unique opportunity for local people to experience a sporting event they had never come so close to before.
“The crowds who lined the route were 20-deep in places but, thanks to Calibre’s Yorkshire-manufactured technology’s ability to take live broadcast feeds and process them for large-screen display simply, reliably and with absolutely no sacrifice in quality, everybody felt that they were part of the action.”
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.
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Manufactured in Europe with Cryogenic Treatment in the USA
Pictured is the new TELEFUNKEN Black Diamond ECC83-TK tube, a modern version of the 12AX7, originally developed in 1947.
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT, is debuting its new line of Black Diamond Vacuum Tubes at Summer NAMM in Nashville. Original German made TELEFUNKEN vacuum tubes have been the benchmark of excellence in all audio applications, both production and reproduction, for many decades. Today, this rich history continues with the introduction of the new Black Diamond series.
Manufactured in partnership with JJ Tubes in Slovakia, each Black Diamond tube is meticulously measured for all critical parameters of performance including transconductance, gain, noise, and microphonics.
In addition to rigorous testing procedures, all new production TELEFUNKEN tubes are cryogenically treated to ensure durability, and subjected to an extended burn-in period to ensure superior stability. The tubes are re-measured subsequent to burn-in, and again before final packaging, in order to guarantee that only the best, lowest noise tubes are offered.
The cryogenic treatment process is done for a number of benefits, both sonically and constructional. Cryogenically treated vacuum tubes have a lowered noise floor, less microphonics, expanded dynamic range with more tonal depth, and a more consistent tone over a longer lifespan. In guitar amps, Black Diamond Series vacuum tubes have more harmonic content and improved saturation, which result in a richer tonal quality and deeper overdrive character.
All TELEFUNKEN branded tubes are hand picked to be the best examples of Eastern European construction in the proud tradition with which the name TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik has become synonymous. To learn more about the full line of new tubes in the Black Diamond series visit:
See the new Black Diamond Vacuum Tubes and the entire line of TELEFUNKEN microphones at Summer NAMM in Nashville, Music City Center, Booth #426.
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
Charlotte, NC – July 2014…
** Wildcat Apollo band **
This summer it’s all about making the creative connection between young musicians, multimedia production, and live performance on the Vans Warped Tour. For 17 years in a row, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has offered fans across the nation the chance to experience this high energy music extravaganza in a whole new way. As the world’s greatest non-profit professional mobile recording studio, it is only natural for the industry’s leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions, Neutrik, to fully support this endeavor. more
New live results TV singing competition relies on company’s d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun and system of d:screet™ 4061 Miniatures with Wisycom transmitters and receivers
LOS ANGELES, JULY 8, 2014 – When Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, scored the sound supervisor role for ABC’s new live results singing show, Rising Star, he knew he would need an innovative miking solution to support the performances. In addition to his tried-and-trusted d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun Mic from DPA Microphones, McCoy also relies on his new DPA d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with Wisycom wideband transmitters and receivers.
With behind-the-scenes competitor interviews, commentary from host Josh Groban and mentoring from the likes of Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley, Rising Star incorporates significant moments of dialogue in addition to the performances. In order to account for the show’s various ENG and reality needs, McCoy simultaneously uses the d:dicate 4017 and d:screet 4061s to give the post production team the ultimate choice in audio dynamics.
Using the d:screet 4061s with the Wisycom transmitters is a first for McCoy, a long-time enthusiast of DPA Microphones. New York-based Gotham Sound supplied the one dozen d:screets and beltpacks for Rising Star. McCoy chose the d:screet 4061 because it has a lower sensitivity and can handle 144dB SPL, which allows him to avoid distortion on the powerful singing voices. In addition, post requires vibrant-sounding mics that can be concealed, and DPA was the perfect solution.
“Wisycom’s transmitters are essentially the Ferrari of wireless,” adds McCoy. “I’ve been using DPA d:screets for years, and now I’m hearing them with new parameters. Since the transmitter is equipped with an AF input mic powering at 5.5 V, as opposed to the standard three or four, we can get an enhanced dynamic range and improved frequency response from the microphones. It’s been a real ‘ear opener,’ if you will. Using the d:screet 4061s and transmitter with a 24-bit 96 KHz A/D and D/A converters gives me a sound that makes me feel like I’m back in a recording studio while I’m in the field. It’s really interesting to me to find that, with proper amplification, DPA mics can give you so much more.”
The d:screet 4061 also makes it quick and easy for McCoy to swap users between a dialogue setup and a vocal arrangement. “The fact that I can use this mic for both styles is super effective,” he says. “I don’t need more gain and additional compressors, and I don’t have to slam on another limiter; I just need fade up and fade down. It’s freeing to be able to have a mic and transmitter combo that works so well together. I’ve been wondering for years how it is that European broadcasts sound so much better than here in the states, and I think I found the secret.”
Rising Star is based on a new format in which the audience judges the contestants in real-time through social media across three time zones. Voting is conducted through Facebook and Twitter to decide if a competitor moves ahead in the show, right in that moment.
Currently the owner and operator of ToneMesa, Inc., a location and post audio company based in Los Angeles, McCoy has received two Daytime Emmy Awards for “Best Live Audio Mix to Tape” for his work on the Ellen Degeneres Show and a Grammy® Award nomination for “Best Engineered Album” for Brian Wilson’s first self-titled solo project. In early 2008, McCoy became one of the youngest members to join the Cinema Audio Society.
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.
Students Engage at EastWest Studios and Bernie Grundman Mastering
Pictured in Hollywood at EastWest Recording Studios are Eddie Kramer, Ryan Hewitt and Studio Prodigy Master Class attendees. Photo by David Goggin.
Sessions Four and Five of the popular Studio Prodigy Master Class Series were led by renowned producer/engineer Eddie Kramer. Founder of the series and Award-winning engineer Ryan Hewitt was on hand for the two-day recording and mixing sessions at Hollywood’s world class EastWest Recording Studios and also the final two days at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Working in a recording studio is much like any other profession. With new advanced gear coming out daily, there is a constant education curve that engineers, mixers and producers must follow. With the formation of the Studio Prodigy Master Class Series, founder Ryan Hewitt has helped to expedite the education process. Sponsored by Vintage King Audio, this milestone audio recording event will be available as part of the ongoing video series.
As the leader of Studio Prodigy Session Four, Eddie Kramer needs no introduction for those on the inside track of the world of rock. Born in Capetown, South Africa, Kramer would get his start engineering two Beatles singles before moving onto work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.
Kramer talked about his recording techniques on the first day while covering mixing on day two. Walking students through the operation of the studio’s expansive 80-input Neve 8078, Eddie explained in detail what it takes to capture a truly classic rock performance.
Pictured in the vinyl cutting room at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (foreground seated L-R) Chris Bellman and Eddie Kramer, (standing L-R) Ryan Hewitt and Francis Buckley, with Studio Prodigy attendees. Photo by David Goggin.
As a part of the second session, Chris Bellman and Francis Buckley teamed up for an advanced course at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios. Bellman, whose mastering credits include Tom Petty, Neil Young, Carole King and Van Halen, has been working in the industry since the late 1970s. Francis Buckley got his start in the early 1970s, and has since worked on projects for Black Flag, Quincy Jones and Alanis Morissette.
With a focus on mastering for both analog and digital, Studio Prodigy explored the differences between the two procedures. Considering the rebound of vinyl in recent years, it’s noteworthy that mastering is a uniquely complex process. During the course, Eddie Kramer and the students each provided a mix for mastering which was then cut straight to acetate.
Other Studio Prodigy Session Four sponsors included The Recording Connection Audio Institute, Royer, Mojave, Waves, EastWest Studios, F-Pedals, Equator Audio and Deltah Design.
To learn more about the Eddie Kramer, Chris Bellman, and Francis Buckley sessions, as well as upcoming Studio Prodigy Master Classes, visit:
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