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Upmixer Now Supports AAX – Free Penteo Contest from Pro Tools Expert
Pictured in a Warner Bros. session is award-winning re-recording mixer Steve Maslow. Photo by David Goggin.
Multiple Oscar- and Bafta-winning re-recording mixer Steve Maslow has upgraded to the new Penteo 4 Pro plug-in that discretely converts stereo to 5.1, offering exacting control over sound image placement to create high-quality, natural-sounding surround.
“If I get 2-track source music, I use Penteo,” Maslow comments. “It’s impressive to take a 2-channel mix and make it come out of 5 speakers. I just finished a film called ‘Tammy.’ Every cue in that movie, from source needle drops to music score was all 2-track. The opening cue was a stereo record by the Allman Brothers that was released in 1986, and it worked great. I used Penteo from reel 1 to reel 6 and everything worked flawlessly.”
When asked how he previously accomplished upmixing from stereo to surround, Maslow explained, “I would take the left and right track of a 2-track and run them through a couple of panners, fold it in a little bit so the left and right contributed to the center just a little bit. Then I would take a boom box, take a feed from the left and the right and return it to a fader to get the bottom end for the boom. That would give me left, center, right, boom. For left surround, right surround I would try to get a very short reverb to feed to the surrounds. That was the problem — it would always put some sort of echo into the track.”
Maslow, who is a 3-time Oscar winner and 2-time Bafta-winner, has worked on hundreds of films, including the recent “Non-Stop,” starring Liam Neesen, last year’s “The Great Gatsby,” and classics such “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “The Last Waltz.”
“I used Penteo on last year’s ‘RED 2′ with Bruce Willis and Hellen Mirren,” Maslow recalls. “There was a lot of 2-track source music and even some of the score was 2-track. For me, Penteo is a very useful tool. I wouldn’t do another film without it if 2-track music comes in. It really makes you look good when you can take a 2-track mix and create a 5-channel mix.”
Maslow elaborates on the use of Penteo 4 Pro, “For the film I’m working on now, the music was 2-track strings, 2-tracks brass, 2-track percussion, so then I have to think about how I’m going to work with that. I can’t just put them all left-right. Sometimes I used to take the percussion and put it in the center, but with Penteo, I just feed all the 2-channel mixes in and it comes out as a 5.1 score. That’s what I want and it really sounds good.”
In addition to mouse-operated controls, Penteo 4 Pro is the first up-mixer to support multi-touch controls, allowing a sound designer to control more than one Penteo feature at once, thereby creating a natural mixing experience through simple hand contact. Penteo 4 Pro is the world’s first multi-touch plug-in designed for use with the Raven MTX Surround console.
“I find that a lot of 2-track mixes are very narrow and by using Penteo it gives me the hard center that I like,” says Maslow. “When you’re playing with a 2-track you just get left and right and a phantom center, not a hard center. Penteo gives me a hard center with that bottom end that I like, and it just fills the room up better than a 2-track does. Any two track that comes to me now is going through Penteo.”
It is customary for a re-recording mixer to deliver a preliminary mix and then get feedback on revisions. “I usually am asked to make changes, but on the last show I just finished, I didn’t get one note from the music department. Not one comment when we screened the film and they listened to it. Usually I would get some notes, but I got nothing, no critical notes at all. They loved everything, so it does make me look a little better because of the way the music comes out.”
Once a film with a surround soundtrack is ready for distribution, it must also be compatible in stereo, as well. Penteo 4 Pro is 100-percent ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. The plug-in features an intuitive visual interface modeled after vintage gear, and offers six automated preset modes as well as advanced manual controls for fine-tuning.
Read the entire Interview with Steve Maslow and other industry leaders in the Perfect Surround Master Class series:
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Native AAX64 Support
Penteo 4 Pro now natively supports Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) for true 64 bit processing. Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of this new plug-in. Penteo 4 Pro is available online with demos available at multiple GC Pro locations. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/npc6j8v
About Audiotech Digital Limited (ADL)
Penteo transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect 5.1 surround sound. Developed by ADL, Penteo 4 Pro remains faithful to the original stereo mix; no artificial sound manipulation is used. The Penteo 4 Pro plug-in creates a perfect surround experience for all stereo media with zero sonic artifacts, crisp and discrete center-channel, and only Penteo is 100% ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. Penteo has been used by major studios on hundreds of films, TV shows and music recordings and supports AAX64, RTAS, VST and AU formats.
Discover the world of Penteo at http://www.perfectsurround.com
BUENA PARK, Calif.—Le Diplomate Audiovisual is hosting its first two-day Open Door (French Porte Ouverte le Diplomate or POD) event bringing together over 25 audio-visual exhibitors, guest presenters, product demonstrations, conferences, animation, and networking opportunities for industry professionals. The 2014 POD event is designed to create a meaningful and valuable experience and includes clinics with AV specialists, hands-on demonstrations, and an exhibition of new products.
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) is the main sponsor of this new event to be held at Le Diplomate Audio Visual, 5588 Blvd Rossignols, in Laval, Quebec. YCAS products to be exhibited during the two-day event include
the new Yamaha QL digital console line, CL console, NEXO PS speakers and Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products. On a mobile stage, a NEXO STM line array will be used for live events, and on ‘the Patio’ CIS products will be used in real world setting. Classes on QL and Dante network will also be offered.
Exhibition dates and times are Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
For more information on POD 2014 visit, http://diplomate.com/pod2014/en.html.
The event is free but registration is necessary. To register,
BUENA PARK, Calif.—“Trivium” is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida that formed in 2000, and since signing with Roadrunner Records in 2004, has released six studio albums and eighteen singles. Selling over one million albums worldwide and following the release of their sixth album, the band is out on tour in support of Vengeance Falls.
After speaking with Clair Bros. (Littiz, PA) who is responsible for audio production for the tour about different console options, Trivium’s monitor engineer, Mike Babcock, chose the new Yamaha QL5 Digital Audio Console for monitor mixing. Clair is also providing a FOH control package, a full stage patch package, and snake system for Trivium. The band owns JH-Audio IEMs and Sennheiser transmitters. Clair is also providing a full monitor system and control package for “Volbeat” who headlines the tour.
“The Yamaha QL Console Series could not have been released at a more opportune time, states Clair Account Manager, Justin Weaver. We were in the middle of talking to tour manager Joey Brueckmann and Mike Babcock about their upcoming tour package, and the QL5 was the perfect fit for the tour. Trivium is jumping around between headline, support, and festival shows, so having a reliable, compact console in monitor world was a must since real estate on stage is at a premium.”
After speaking with Doug Staab at Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, he assured Clair Bros. that Yamaha could have the QL5 QC’d and shipped to them before their shop load-out date. “Not only did they deliver on time, but our console department also had time to play with the console and was quite impressed with the design and feel of the QL, says Weaver. We look forward to deploying this desk on many more tours in the future that require a dependable, small-footprint mixing console.”
Initially, Trivium chose a Yamaha CL1 for the tour mainly because Brueckmann was finding that all of their fly dates had Yamaha PM5Ds for monitors, and we wanted to stay within the Yamaha family for consistency yet keep a small footprint for ease of everything,” states Babcock. The fact that the new QL5 was available was a huge bonus, mainly for the onboard preamps and not needing an additional Rio rack. I’ve never been one to shy away from new gear, especially from Yamaha.”
Babcock said since the main goal for a monitor console was a small footprint and Trivium is the main support act on the Volbeat tour, a quick load out was important. “Having a file system that is compatible with all Yamaha consoles is a big plus. The file conversion utility worked great with our first fly date festival using a Yamaha PM5D.” Babcock said that on that fly date with a converted QL5 show file for PM5D externally clocked at 96 there was no noticeable audio quality difference after gain structure was reset. “I would consider the QL5 to be PM5D quality (or better) in an Yamaha LS9 size. Great for club tours, support tours, and anywhere a small footprint is needed. Keeping client demands for high quality audio is the main goal, and the addition of the Premium Rack plug-ins is greatly appreciated and adds that little special sauce we all love. There are times where I really need dynamic EQ, and that option is great as well.”
“It all adds up to be the best monitor mixes anyone in the band has ever had mainly due to having the QL5 tools required to offset various venue conditions at the tip of my fingers.”
For more information on Trivium, visit www.trivium.org.
For more information Clair Bros., visit www.clairglobal.com.
For more information on the Yamaha QL Digital Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.
PHOTO ID: L to R: ME Mike Babcock with TM Joey Brueckmann
About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.
MicroMain27s Shine in Wide Range of Musical Genres
Pictured in his Nashville studio is producer Bob Ezrin with his Barefoot Sound MM27 monitors.
Top producer Bob Ezrin installed Barefoot Sound MM27 monitors when he moved into his Nashville studio in the famed Berry Hill neighborhood of Music City USA. His spacious control room houses an AWS console, an abundance of vintage outboard gear, numerous keyboards, and more than 40 guitars.
Ezrin first encountered the Barefoot monitors during a demo at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The choice of music to listen to was Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” which he produced. “I found the Barefoots to have exceptional depth of field and width of imaging,” he recalls. “The sound is very clear, distinct and remarkably colorless. It was easy for me to hear every single component of the mix, just the way it was intended to be.”
In an illustrious career as a music and entertainment producer that has spanned over 40 years, Toronto-born Royal Conservatory alumnus Bob Ezrin has worked in virtually all genres and media with many of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, including, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, U2, Peter Gabriel, Deep Purple, Lang Lang, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, K’naan, will.i.am, Zucchero, Green Day, Elton John, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart and many others.
The new Barefoot Sound MicroMain27 Gen2 is a 3.5-way active system with 5 drive units housed in sealed enclosures spanning 30Hz to 45kHz with vanishingly low distortion, big dynamic range and ultra-fast transient response. The ring radiator tweeter is superbly detailed and produces very wide dispersion out to its highest frequencies. The new 5.25″ midbass features a phalanx of advanced technology, yielding midrange detail that rivals any driver available.
“I love the way the Barefoot monitors get loud but they don’t hurt,” Ezrin continues, “unlike many so-called professional speakers that sound really great at very low levels and then terrible at high levels, or the other way around, fantastic at high levels but horrible at low levels. The Barefoot’s sound consistent at whatever level one is listening. I like them because they’re clinical and not colorful. They make me work to get all the color, all the definition, and all of the essential components of the mix. They just give me a true picture of what it is that I’m doing.”
Ezrin has produced numerous major events including the re-opening of the SuperDome after Katrina and Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden. Among numerous film and TV projects, Ezrin produced the award winning film “Fade To Black” starring Jay-Z, Beyonce and a wide variety of urban artists. His monitors must perform with a vast variety of musical sounds.
“The Barefoots have proven to be ideal speakers for any of the genres of music that I work in,” he adds. “They love the bottom end, they’re crispy-clear on the top end. They have great depth and breadth, and they give the truest representation of what I’m building and creating.”
Ezrin is also an innovator and entrepreneur having co-founded The Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, B.C. in 2009 and Beat Kangz Electronics, a hip hop musical instrument manufacturer in 2008. He is a governor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, vice chairman of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, an advisory member of MusiCounts and, along with U2_s the Edge, a co-founder of Music Rising, an initiative to replace musical
instruments lost in natural disasters. He is also a past trustee and governor of The Recording Academy.
Learn more about the Barefoot Sound MicroMain 27 monitors at : http://vintageking.com/barefoot-sound-micromain-27-gen2-pair
ABOUT BAREFOOT SOUND
Barefoot Sound was founded by Thomas Barefoot with the goal of creating a new breed of studio monitor. While project studios were sprouting up all over the world, filled with outstanding gear, yet with limited space, Thomas Barefoot recognized the need for a speaker that could transcend the traditional distinctions between nearfield, main and mastering monitors. Translating effortlessly and never requiring second guessing , Barefoot Sound monitors are recognized throughout the music industry as multifunctional masterpieces. By creating one studio monitor that fits into a small physical space with leading edge technology and astounding clarity, Barefoot has set a new standard. Handcrafted in the USA.
For more info visit: http://www.barefootsound.com tel: 503. 894. 8602
“The sound quality reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to”
ROME – AGORA, the leading Italian rental company, has purchased an SSL Live console to support the local and international music, sports and corporate events that it serves. In the nearly 25 years that it has been in business, AGORA has become the standard for the tours of top Italian artists, such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Ligabue and Tiziano Ferro, as well as high-profile international events, such as Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Elton John, the Live 8 concert and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 and 2014 Winter Games in Turin and Sochi.
AGORA’s Live console has already hit the road with one major client, Italian blues singer Mario Biondi, whose front of house engineer, Piefrancesco “Hugo” Tempesta, has been using it on tour for almost two months and has been extremely happy with the results. “Before I decided to use the SSL Live on tour, I did a simple but efficient test,” says Tempesta. “I used one channel and carefully listened to the performance of the mic pre, summing and overall sound quality, which reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to. I had no doubt in my mind that this was the console for me, and I feel very confident in my choice.”
It wasn’t just the sound quality that drew Tempesta to the SSL Live, but also the user-friendly interface, which he says is well-designed and intuitive. Another key feature for him is SSL’s Blacklight II high bandwidth multiplexed MADI, which transports several MADI ports on a single fibre connection.
Wolfgango and Vittorio De Amicis, brothers and co-owners of AGORA added their own comment regarding their addition of SSL Live to their hire portfolio. “AGORA usually invests with major players in the industry and of course SSL is one of them, even if it has just joined the live touring market. We expect that SSL’s reputation will follow the company into the live space and make Live a leading contender in the market.”
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.
NORTHRIDGE, California — Music mixer Joseph Magee, whose impressive credits include Saving Mr. Banks, Pitch Perfect, High Fidelity, Into the Wild, The Muppets, Spider-man 3 and many more, is currently on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, mixing music for the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2. For this music-heavy project, Magee is putting HARMAN’s JBL Professional flagship large-format M2 Master Reference Monitors to the test. Recently signed by Hollywood’s TODD-SOUNDELUX, where he is responsible for the company’s expanding music services, Magee chose the M2 system for projects at TODD-SOUNDELUX’s Hollywood facility. For Pitch Perfect 2, Magee transported his JBL M2 monitors along with a pair of JBL LSR308 studio monitors to Baton Rouge, where the film is in production. The music recording studio for the project was built specifically for the film in an existing 4-story warehouse structure.
With the objective of recording 95 percent of all the on-camera a cappella performances in a new, untested studio environment, Magee relies on the M2’s ability to provide exceptional performance in any production environment. “I’ve been using the M2 monitors in my music dub room at TODD-SOUNDELUX and I’m now getting accustomed to using them on the road,” Magee said. “I think a lot of people perceive the M2’s as monitors that are meant to be permanently installed in a control room, tuned to the room and then left alone. But the reality is these loudspeakers sound great out of the box, so taking them to Baton Rouge was an easy decision.” With the dynamic range needed for film production yet with a footprint of only 20 feet wide by 14 feet deep, the M2 is finding its way into smaller rooms where traditional cinema speakers are prohibitive. With included room EQ, the M2 system can deliver accurate response in any mix environment.
Having used other large-format studio monitors, in Magee’s opinion, JBL’s patented-pending Image Control Waveguide, coupled with JBL’s patented low-distortion D2 high-frequency driver sets the M2 apart from the pack. “The waveguide is so darn fast, I’m hearing things I haven’t heard before in my mixes and I’m hearing things differently—in a good way,” he said. “At the TODD-SOUNDELUX facilities, all the engineers who have come through have been shocked at how authoritative these M2 loudspeakers are and they’ve been amazed at the clarity of the system.”
In addition to the M2 system, Magee uses a pair of JBL’s powered 3 Series LSR308 studio monitors as his near-field listening system. In a portable, “bookshelf”-size format, and available at an entry-level price, the 3 Series studio monitors share the Image Control Waveguide technology developed for the M2 to provide detailed imaging. “In all honesty, when I was first auditioning the M2 system at TODD-SOUNDELUX, I didn’t fully understand what I was working with,” Magee noted. “But then I worked with the 308 monitors at home and it all clicked for me. I simply wasn’t used to the imaging and level of detail these speakers provide.”
To further meet Magee’s needs, JBL custom-designed a panel in its HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software that enables Magee to quickly create a simple, 4-band Room EQ in the DSP of the Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers being used to power the system.
Looking towards the future, Magee sees no boundaries for the M2. “I envision a lot of opportunities for different applications with the M2,” he said.
For more information on Joseph Magee, please visit his IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0535848/
For more information on TODD-SOUNDELUX, please visit www.toddsoundelux.com
HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.
BUENA PARK, Caiif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the first mid-west demonstrations of the new Yamaha QL Series Digital Consoles hosted by TC Furlong Inc. Events are free. The dates and locations are as follows:
Wednesday, 4/16, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
TC Furlong Inc. in Lake Forest, IL
Tuesday, 4/22, 9:00 am -1:00 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
Regus Offices in Rosemont, IL
Tuesday, 4/22, 4:00 pm -7:30 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
The Moody Church in Chicago, IL
The new Yamaha QL Series inherits CL console features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.
Classic SSL 64-channel G+ at Center of Vintage and New Gear
Pictured at EastWest Studios celebrating the newly remodeled Studio 5 are (standing L-R) Vintage King west coast sales manager Jeffrey Ehrenberg, chief engineer and project manager Lawrence Malchose, studio manager Candace Stewart, producer/engineer Dave Reitzas, assistant studio manager Blake Rogers, and (seated L-R) producer/engineers Chris Lord-Alge and Eddie Kramer. Photo by David Goggin.
World-renowned EastWest Studios have opened their reborn Studio 5 with a classic 64-channel SSL G+ console and a wealth of new and old gear from Vintage King Audio. Main monitors are EastWest Custom Augspurger design in a spacious control room remodeled by chief engineer and project manager Lawrence Ethan Malchose.
“My goal with this room,” Malchose explained,”was to create an environment that embraced the spirit of this building by implementing tried and true equipment choices, the SSL G+ and custom Augsberger mains for example, and dovetail that with the workflow and aesthetics expected in a new studio. The combination of new and vintage gear makes this room as good as it gets technically, and it’s a really comfortable space to work in.”
Additional gear provided by Vintage King Audio includes a pair of vintage DBX 160 VUs, GML 8200 2 Channel, 5 Band Parametric EQ, SPL Transient Designer 4, ADR Compex 760 by Q2, Chandler TG1, API 500 series rack loaded with various EQ, Bryston Amplification, and a Headphone Monitoring System by HEAR.
Vintage King’s west coast sales manager Jeffrey Ehrenberg commented, “Chief engineer Lawrence Malchose came to Vintage King with a very specific equipment list they needed for their new mix room and we were honored to be involved in this significant project. With our eclectic blend of vintage, new and boutique audio equipment, we were able to find everything they wanted and deliver it on time and on budget.”
EastWest Studios manager Candace Stewart summed it up: “We have been contemplating for a long time getting an SSL back in the building. As a booker it’s really important that I be able to offer many options for our clients, and ideally to keep them in the building for every aspect of the recording process. Jeff at Vintage King totally understood our need to both appeal to our loyal analog loving clients as well as those folks who like to mix in the box. VK’s service was fast and friendly and they were flexible when we changed our minds and modified our choice of certain key pieces of gear.”
See more photos of the event at: http://on.fb.me/1m8gM9W
About EastWest Studios
Located in the heart of Hollywood, EastWest Studios have contributed to some of the most celebrated music of the last fifty years, from Frank Sinatra to The Rolling Stones. These iconic studios have been brought into the 21st century by a striking collaboration between EastWest Sounds producer Doug Rogers and internationally renowned designer Philippe Starck. A key ingredient, however, was in preserving the integrity of the live recording rooms, as built by legendary engineer Bill Putnam in 1961.
For more info, visit: http://www.eastweststudios.com/
About Vintage King Audio
Vintage King Audio is a global leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals, from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up, Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. Far surpassing the basic functions of an audio dealer, however, Vintage King Audio values its long-standing partnerships with manufacturers and stays connected with the professional audio community through hosting frequent events, panel discussions, and product launches.
For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us
Rio Rancho, NM – April 2014…
** Photo: Lectrosonics Digital Secure Wireless system **
Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is pleased to announce the introduction of the Digital Secure Wireless system. Featuring AES-256-CTR (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption technology, the new Digital Secure Wireless system is ideal for use in environments where privacy is of paramount concern, such as corporate boardrooms, shareholder meetings, and government facilities. As a rugged and high-quality wireless microphone system, the new products will also find a home in theaters, film making, touring and other demanding applications. more
Company also introduces heavy-duty and reinforced cable relief solutions for its d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones
LAS VEGAS, APRIL 7, 2014 – DPA Microphones introduces its very latest in headset and miniature microphone technology at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C3333). Included in the introductions are the new d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone, the heavy-duty d:screet™ 4060 and 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, and the classic d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with reinforced cable relief. Also on display will be DPA’s new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones, which are ideal for broadcast productions with vocal performers who need to move freely without obstructions from a handheld mic or one on a stand.
Perfect for reality show settings, the new d:screet Necklace Microphone is currently being used in the Danish adaptation of Big Brother. With this mic, audio techs don’t have to worry about how to attach it to clothing—even beach scenes aren’t a problem. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic is especially convenient for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements. The mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. The d:screet Necklace Mic comes in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.
“The expansion of the d:screet Miniature Microphone Series is important in order for us to meet increasing market demands for a large variety of solid workhorses that deliver superb sound under challenging conditions,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “The new d:screet Necklace Microphone is clearly meeting a need that we identified for a mic that can be mounted and removed quickly, and several times, by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. With the updated solutions for our d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, we’re fulfilling requests from users a for high-quality sound with a highly-durable housing and cable.”
During the show, the company is presenting two options that accomplish these needs. Incorporated on all d:screet Miniature Microphones, the robust strain relief version ensures that people who are not used to handling miniatures can feel reassured by the increased reliability. The heavy-duty 4060 and 4061 microphones, which are ideal for people who require even more enhanced security and for whom the visual appeal is of less importance, are perfect for placement in rigorous filming situations, such as incorporated into a combat suit for a fight scene or under a horse saddle in a period piece. It features a stainless steel housing, sturdy cable relief and a thicker .08-inch cable. Both enhanced versions are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of broadcasts.
Combining the flexible mechanics of DPA’s modern d:fine ear mount solution with the sound qualities of the legendary 4066 Omni and 4088 Cardioid headsets, the new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones are ideal for broadcast productions with vocal performers who need to move freely without obstructions from a handheld mic or mic stand and address every need that actors, musicians and singers may face on live television. These new products join the original d:fine as well as the traditional 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headset Microphones under the company’s d:fine family, giving fans the choice between a variety of sound handling and size options, depending on the intended application.
“We have seen a growing need for durable body worn microphone solutions with excellent sound reproduction and an even sturdier casing for stringent use in live environments and similar settings,” adds Poulsen. “So, we launched the d:fine Headset Microphones with the belief that it would define a new generation of headsets. It certainly did meet our expectations, so we have now decided to expand the d:fine Headset series with this brilliant solution to give users a broad assortment of styles and features.”
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.
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