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Jeff Powell Records You Me & Apollo at Ardent in Memphis

Started as a Single Then Moved to an Entire Album

Pictured in the Ardent Studios atrium are (L-R) Lucas Peterson, assistant engineer; Tyler Kellogg, drums; Morgan Travis, guitar; Brent Cowles, lead vocals, guitar; Jeff Powell, producer, engineer; Dave Cole, bass; and Jonathan Alonzo, guitar, vocals.

Popular Colorado band You Me & Apollo first visited Ardent Studios in Memphis to cut a two-song single with renowned producer/engineer Jeff Powell, but the results inspired them to return to record their new full length album.

Powell, who started out at Ardent 25 years ago answering phones, is now a successful independent producer/engineer and considers Ardent his home base. One of Powell’s specialties at Ardent is recording, mixing and mastering two songs in one day and also providing lacquer masters for the 7″ single.

“I just spent a 10-day run at Ardent with You Me & Apollo,” remarked Powell. “It all started with my one-day singles offer. if a band really has their act together, they can walk out at the end of the day with a two-song digital master and the lacquers for a seven inch.”

The group You Me & Apollo began with the musical exploration of Colorado-born Brent Cowles. His first EP, “How To Swim, How to Rot,” was released while he was attending school in Arizona. The band’s debut LP, “Cards With Cheats,” was a celebration of doo-wop, soul, blues, and alt-country. The band spent the following year touring nationally, supporting acts such as ZZ Ward, Third Eye Blind, Aaron Freeman (of Ween), and Dashboard Confessional. Following the success of the single recorded at Ardent, “I Don’t Want To Be Loved” and B-side “Finding Peace,” the band recently returned to record their forthcoming as-yet-untitled album, due out in May.

“Our experience with Jeff is hard to put into words,” commented Cowles. “We felt as a band that musically he brought out the best in us and we were just blown away when we finished the album.”

Jeff Powell’s enviable credit roster includes Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Tonic, Big Star, The Bottle Rockets, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Primal Scream, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, and The Afghan Whigs. His early years at Ardent landed him sessions working elbow-to-elbow with producer/engineer legends such as Jim Gaines, Glyn Johns, Rob Fraboni, John Hampton, Joe Hardy and Jim Dickinson. Getting the call to work with legendary Tom Dowd certainly was a career highlight.

“I got to do six records with Tom Dowd,” Powell recalls. “He put me in the engineer seat for my first major label record all those years ago after having me assist several engineers on a couple of projects with Leonard Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. He gave me my big break, really. Most of my recording is done at Ardent, so that’s my family. I love those guys and I love the studio. ”

In addition to working on numerous Gold and Platinum records, as well as six Grammy-winning projects, Powell currently chairs the P&E Wing for the Memphis Chapter of NARAS, and has been honored as a Legendary Producer of Memphis at the annual Blues Ball. Powell also been an Adjunct Professor, overseeing senior projects at the University of Memphis Recording Program.

ABOUT ARDENT STUDIOS
Ardent Studios officially got its start in 1966, when the operation moved from John Fry’s home studio to a commercial space on National Street in Memphis. From there it was only a matter of time until nearly every artist on the Stax Records roster made their way through the doors. Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Sam & Dave, and Booker T & The MGs all made hit records at Ardent. The success continued through the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s into the new millennium with hits for Big Star, ZZ Top, The Replacements, Joe Cocker, REM, Soundgarden, Gin Blossoms, The White Stripes, and many more. For nearly five decades, Ardent has stayed at the cutting edge of recording technology, and currently features four full service studios with top of the line digital and analog capabilities, able to handle any and all recording needs.

Learn more at: http://www.ardentstudios.com

Stanton to Host Several Performances at Gibson Brands’ Stand at Musikmesse 2014

Appearances to Feature a Large Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Loudspeaker System

FRANKFURT, 10 MARCH, 2014 — Stanton®, part of Gibson Brands, Inc., is hosting several exclusive musical performances at Musikmesse 2014. The company’s current lineup includes DJ Spark, DJ Nena Chula, Alexander Sonnenfeld, Hix Boson and DJ Mad Vibes, who will all perform using Stanton Turntables. There will also be presentations and performances from other Gibson Brands, which will all take place on stage at the company stand (Hall 5.1 at Stand A82). For all appearances and presentations, attendees will have the chance to experience firsthand the power and punch of the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Loudspeakers, which will be arranged in flyovers and stacks throughout the stand.Stanton_Musikmesse 2014_Performances Flyer

DJ Spark, who is currently on tour with R&B singer Omarion, will perform at the booth on Wednesday, March 12 at 12 p.m. and Friday, March 14 at 10 a.m.
• Germany’s own DJ Nena Chula, an OnPoint Entertainment artist, is set to perform on Thursday, March 13 at 10 a.m.
• German native Alexander Sonnenfeld, a Qbert Scratch Academy guest professor, is performing on Friday, March 14 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
Hix Boson, Berlin’s ‘Turntable Entertainer,’ will perform Friday, March 14 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m.
• Producer DJ Mad Vibes, a drum and bass DJ, is performing on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m.

Additionally, TASCAM is hosting pop/soul artist Laidesoul each day and representatives from Cakewalk will give daily demos of the company’s SONAR X3 Software.

About Stanton
Stanton, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products, which include turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

Masque Sound Has Its Latest Broadway Fling with Romantic Musical, The Bridges Of Madison County

Custom Audio Equipment Package Heats Up the Stage with Passionate Adaptation of Hugely Popular Novel

NEW YORK, MARCH 6, 2014 – Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, provided a custom audio equipment package for the new romantic musical, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The show officially opened on Thursday, February 20.

Based on James Waller’s best-selling novel, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of photographer Robert Kincaid and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife Francesca Johnson. Developed by a Pulitzer®- and Tony® Award-winning creative team, this new musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the eternal question, “What if…?” Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher and book by Marsha Norman, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY features a score by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and stars four-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale.

Sound Designer Jon Weston and Masque Sound began their collaboration on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY when the musical made its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer. “I have enjoyed a long relationship with Masque Sound and it’s great to be working with them once again,” says Weston. “They are an excellent sound shop to collaborate with and I can always count on them to provide me with the equipment that I like to use, which in some cases is not that easy to find since I like the characteristics of older gear. I specifically chose an older-era console, speakers and amplifiers for this production.”

Weston’s goal in designing the sound for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY was to be as sonically transparent as possible. “In order to provide that organic, analog feel for the show, we walked the line of acoustic reinforcement very carefully and discretely, including an all-acoustic orchestra pit,” he adds. “I really wanted the sound to be as real as possible.”

At the heart of the custom audio equipment package Masque Sound provided was the Cadac J-Type analog console, which Weston considers the finest-sounding audio mixing console. Masque Sound’s custom equipment package also included Tannoy 3836 Dual Concentric 15-inch speakers, EAW JF200 and JF60 ultra-compact two-way range speakers, d&b audiotechnik E8 and E12X-Sub loudspeakers, Meyer Sound subwoofers and speaker processors, Yamaha H series power amplifiers alongside d&b audiotechnik power amplifiers, Sennheiser and Shure wireless microphones, XTA Electronics DP428/448 Speaker Management System and a Clear-Com intercom system. In addition, Masque Sound provided frequency coordination for the 24-channels of wireless in-use throughout the show.

“My biggest challenge on this project was finding the equipment I wanted because it’s not stuff that rents all the time and Masque Sound did an incredible job in accommodating my needs,” says Weston. “This was a true collaboration and my team, made up of Head Sound Engineer Jason Strangfeld; Assistant Sound Engineer Sean Luckey; Production Engineer Charlie Grieco; Sound Engineer Michael Eisenberg and Assistant Sound Designer Josh Millican, along with the designers of the other departments, were all on the same page on how we wanted the show to look and feel, and I think we were very successful.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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SSL Live Console on the Road with Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front Tour

“I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system”

OXFORD, ENGLAND – When the company’s owner mandates the use of its latest technology for its first major tour, you can be sure everyone involved, knowing his perfectionist approach, gives it their full attention and then some. Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front tour made full use of the new SSL Live consoles supplied by Britannia Row Productions for the first part of the tour in Sept/Oct 2013, and will continue to demand perfection from the console when the tour resumes in April 2014. Happily, the hard work paid off and artists, engineers and SSL’s design team were all thrilled with the results – as were audiences across Europe.

Three Live consoles were employed to handle the Back to Front performances. One at front-of-house, one was for the band’s monitors and one was used for Peter Gabriel’s monitoring system. All the consoles performed flawlessly.

“The first thing to say about Live is that it sounds really good and makes mixing live audio very easy,” says Ben Findlay, FOH engineer. “You get lots of separation and clarity. The EQ is musical, never harsh, and the dynamics are transparent even when compressing a signal hard, as you would expect from an SSL console. The mixes come together quickly when starting from scratch. Because the audio is very clearly defined, you have more options regarding relative levels, so elements of a mix that may normally be masked with another console are still clearly audible. This leads to accomplishing the often illusive third dimension to a mix that live engineers strive for — and that is a real sense of depth. The console is also extremely reliable with not so much as a flicker during the whole tour. I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system. Live is a great console.”

The Live console was designed to appeal to engineers with a range of operational approaches and can be used very flexibly. The Back to Front shows provided clear evidence as the three highly experienced mixers took advantage of the adaptable bus architecture, processing tools and user interface options to support their personal approach to the differing tasks they were managing.

“Ben and I recorded a multi-track version of the Back to Front show during the U.S. tour in 2012, so we had a ready reference to run through the Live console when it became available before official show rehearsals,” says Richard Chappell, Peter Gabriel’s live show coordinator and personal monitoring and studio engineer. “When we first worked with Live, we realized how very exciting and pioneering this console was. This console sounds great. The first part of the learning curve was the impressive touch screen that allowed each of us to configure the setup the way we wanted to work. The needs of monitoring are, after all, different from FOH. For me, Live is the engineering equivalent of what a musical instrument is to a performer. I can now do what I do better with Live. Secondly, I’ve heard horror stories in the past about other new consoles going out and crashing or not working. With Live, we never lost a show, it always worked.”

“Live is a hybrid console that has a touch screen but it’s also button operated; a real crossover between two ways of working,” says monitor engineer Dee Miller. “For an engineer, it’s a very powerful tool and capable of doing a lot of things. What I’ve had to do is learn how to use the desk to mix the show my way, so Live is a tool for any particular job as opposed to bending a job around a different manufacturer’s tool. It’s got some great features on it and it’s very powerful. Live sounds great, the clarity is extremely good and I would just say that you can hear everything really, really well. From an engineering point of view, I made many performers happy with their monitor mixes using Live.”

Photography: York Tillyer
© 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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ASHLY AUDIO APPOINTS NETHERLANDS-BASED MIKE VAN DER LOGT AS NEW SALES MANAGER FOR EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND AFRICA

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Spurred by growing demand in foreign markets that has prompted a complete sales reorganization, Ashly Audio has appointed industry veteran Mike van der Logt of 4M4You, to serve as its sales manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Van der Logt has over 25 years of experience in the industry providing product and relationship advice to pro audio manufacturers. Based in the Netherlands, he is well-suited to serve EMEA customers. On behalf of Ashly, van der Logt will travel the region to strengthen and expand business with existing distributors and develop new relationships to sustain and build sales momentum.

“Mike has extensive product knowledge, creative ideas for product applications, and a solid history of sales success,” said Mark Wentling CEO at Ashly. “He has a proven ability to develop sales in both new and existing markets, strong analytical and planning skills, and excellent rapport with people and cultures across EMEA. Mike develops meaningful relationships with clients and turns them into solid partners.”

“Ashly Audio would also like to thank Peter Malech of PM Distribution Germany, for his many years of exemplary representation of Ashly in the EMEA. While Peter is stepping down from his Ashly duties, and assisting in this transition, PM Distribution will also continue on with EMEA representation for other manufacturers.”

“Ashly has been in business for forty years and has a serious legacy in the industry,” said van der Logt. “Ashly’s track record and famous reliability has earned them a lot of loyalty, and I’m excited to build on that kind of success. There is a lot to talk about in Ashly’s extensive product line, from the established workhorses – like the modular ne24.24M processor – to exciting new advances – like the nX-Series amplifiers, which pack tremendous power, higher channel counts, plus Ethernet control, Network Audio, and DSP into just a 2-rack space footprint.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

(PHOTO CAPTION) (from left) Jon Paul Boucher – Ashly Audio COO; Mike van der Logt – Ashly Audio EMEA Sales Manager; Mark Wentling – Ashly Audio CEO.

Please stop by Ashly’s Prolight + Sound Booth 8.0D01 to meet Mike van der Logt and learn about Ashly’s ever growing product line.

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DANLEY SOUND LABS SEEKS INTERNATIONAL DEALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS AT PRO LIGHT AND SOUND

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – MARCH 2014: Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers, will be at booth 8.0N60 (Hall 8.0, Booth N60) at Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, Germany March 12 –15, 2014. As Danley approaches its tenth year in business, its solid foundation in the house of worship and theater markets has expanded exponentially into the arena and stadium markets with the introduction of the Danley Genesis and Jericho horns, which deliver line array coverage from point-source designs. To support and sustain that growth, Danley is seeking international dealers and distributors in several key locations to join its team. Interested parties should either contact Jonathan “J.P.” Parker, Director of Sales, and Chad Edwardson, Applications Engineer, or meet them at Pro Light & Sound.

“Although we have many areas of the world covered, there are still numerous holes in Danley’s global dealer and distribution network that need to be filled,” said Parker. “We’re looking forward to meeting with candidates at Pro Light & Sound.” In addition to a collection of its established models, Danley will have its new OS 80 weatherproof loudspeaker and its new SBH-10 Skinny Big Horn at the show. Danley designs have made a big splash in the American and European sports arena market, with Genesis Horn and Jericho horn installations at football stadiums (Lambeau Field and Ralph Wilson Stadium), college American football stadiums (Louisiana State University, Arizona University, Brigham Young University, Michigan State University, and Northwestern University, among many others), and as well as indoor sports arenas.

To set up an appointment contact: J.P. Parker (jp@danleysoundlabs.com) or Chad Edwardson (chad@danleysoundlabs.com)

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

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TELEFUNKEN Returns to SXSW

Partnering with The Continental Club, Nomad Sound, Jimmy Kimmel Live

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT, will be showing its entire line of microphones again this year at Gear Expo, Booth #209, March 13 – 15 during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

TELEFUNKEN also has partnered with The Continental Club in Austin, which will have their entire main stage equipped with a variety of Tfunk mics, including the M80, M81 and M82 dynamics, in addition to DD5 Dynamic Drum sets. http://www.continentalclub.com/Austin.html

TELEFUNKEN also hosts their open SXSW party at the Gallery @ The Continental Club on Thursday, March 13th from 6pm to 8pm with performances by artist Gone By Daylight & others TBA.
http://www.gonebydaylight.com

In addition, TELEFUNKEN has partnered with Austin-based audio specialists Nomad Sound and will provide dynamic microphones for additional outdoor stages throughout the SXSW event.
http://www.nomadsound.net

The Continental Club’s production manager and Nomad Sound’s lead engineer Jamie Wellwarth, commented: “Telefunken has changed the whole sound of the Continental Club. Their M80 and M81 dynamic mics have brought out a clarity to the vocals that we just didn’t have before. We use the M82 on kick drum giving us solid boom and attack. It’s great working with Tfunk, because we are going for the same thing — great sound in a rockin’ nightclub.”

Lastly, TELEFUNKEN microphones will be used for the SXSW tapings of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Audio Engineer Bart Chiate remarked, “The TELEFUNKEN M80_s are my go-to mics for the live performances on JKL. But with the show happening in Austin it wasn’t logistically possible for us to bring our own mics, so we reached out to Tfunk and they fixed us up with all the mics we need for our crew at the festival. It’s gonna be a blast, especially since we know we have the sound totally nailed.”

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

Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

LEDView530

Calibre UK deployed in what is believed to be the greatest area of LED large screen displays ever, for the Olympic Winter Games

Calibre UK announces that their LEDView530 scalers were deployed in what is believed to be the largest area of LED screen displays in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

“We believe that our easy to use LEDView530 scalers performed pixel accurate scaling of video content together with per-input channel colour calibration for display of live, recorded and graphics and backdrop content onto a large number of LED videowall displays at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, playing a fundamental part in the spectator, participant and viewer experience,” said Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director at Calibre UK.

“The LEDView530 was selected because of its competitive combination of superb performance, ease of use, flexibility and robust design as well as a proven track-record in live events use,” added Brooksbank.

“Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers were also used at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as for HM The Queen’s Jubilee. It’s very gratifying to see them utilized again for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.”

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in digital cinema, large venue projection and LED events, surgical medical applications and broadcast/television studios. 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.

www.calibreuk.com

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HOSA TECHNOLOGY MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Buena Park, CA – March 2014… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for music, sound, and A/V professionals, is pleased to announce the company’s 30th anniversary. From its humble beginnings in 1984, company founder Sho Sato has built Hosa into an internationally recognized organization that provides an expansive range of products for various industries. What began as a single-page catalog of audio interconnects and adaptors now encompasses most—if not all—audio cables and adaptors, a growing assortment of data and video cables, wireless microphones, stands, and much more. The 30th anniversary celebration kicked off at January’s Winter NAMM Show with a focus on the company’s leadership transition to new CEO Mayumi Martinez. more

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CEntrance Debuts ‘MixerFace’ Recording Interface at NAB

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

CEntrance 'MixerFace' mobile recording for iPhone/iPad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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