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HARMAN’s JBL Line Arrays and Crown Amplifiers Provide Soundtrack for Hungarian Summer Festivals

HARMAN_StrandfestBUDAPEST, Hungary – Popular around the world, HARMAN’s JBL VTX and VERTEC® line arrays, and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, were particularly in demand this summer at festivals throughout Hungary. For celebrations large and small, held indoors and outside and with audiences up to 30,000 people, JBL was the top choice for MEDIA EVENT Ltd., one of Hungary’s largest event producers. The system was recommended and supplied by Zsolt Szarvas of MS-Rent (Microsound Ltd. Division), a major European dry hire PA rental company (www.microsound.hu). MS-Rent has been a long term partner of JBL for over nine years and invested heavily in the new VTX V25 system around a year ago in order to meet the increasing demand and requests from the wide variety of international touring artists visiting Hungary.

From an extravaganza held in downtown Budapest to the beach festival at Lake Balaton, JBL systems that proved popular over the summer included VTX V25 line array loudspeakers, two subwoofer models (the VTX S28 and VTX G28) and VERTEC line array loudspeakers. Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers powered the systems.

“I am very proud of the quality of sound we were able to deliver for events across Hungary this summer,” said Gabor Pocz-Nagy, main sound engineer with MEDIA EVENT. “We have a long tradition of summer festivals in our country. It’s an important part of our heritage to organize events that are enjoyed by natives and visitors alike. The value of the sound produced by the JBL and Crown components made this summer’s festivals even more appealing for thousands of people.”

Festivals in Hungary produced by MEDIA EVENT and equipped with JBL and Crown systems from MS-Rent include:

• The main stage at the Belvarosi Fesztival, a free music festival held in inner-city Budapest in late May that features live jazz, rock, pop and folk concerts on three different stages.

• Viva Comet, an international music competition Hungary has been sending contestants to since 2004.

• The OTP Simple Main Stage at Fishing on OrfU, a festival combining camping and music that offered festival goers more than a thousand tents this year.

• The A38 Stage at the Sziget Festival, one of the largest multicultural events in Europe, that is held on an island – known as the Island of Freedom – in the heart of Budapest. Now in its 22nd year, the festival attracted nearly 400,000 fans from more than 70 countries in addition to the approximately 5 million who followed along online.

• The Pepsi Main Stage at the 38th annual EFOTT, the festival for university and college students, popularly known as “the country’s biggest student party.” The lineup on the Pepsi Main Stage this year included Ivan & the Parazol, Fish! and Paddy and the Rats.

• The Petőfi Radio – Telekom Main Stage at the Strand Festival, which took place in August as part of the musical event circle around Lake Balaton. The vast majority of the performers came directly out of the alternative/underground Hungarian music scene.

• The OTP Junior-Petofi Radio Main Stage at the 22nd annual Volt Festival, held for six days each summer near the city of Sopron, which sits on the Austrian border near Lake Neusiedl. The festival is known as a “family friendly” event that attracts children and the elderly in equal numbers. This year’s festival culminated with a performance by the Arctic Monkeys and drew 120,000 fans with an additional 500,000 following online.

• The 2014 Balaton Sound festival attracted 145,000 fans over the span of four days and five nights. The Party Arena and Jäger Stage were both equipped with HARMAN audio systems, where top performers included Muzzaik, Hot X, Statik and Ludmilla.

The VTX systems were sold through Bert Audio, HARMAN Professional’s distributor in Hungary (www.bertaudio.hu).

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

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces 7 Series Master Reference Monitors

JBL_7SeriesNORTHRIDGE, California — Delivering unprecedented sonic performance in a compact form factor, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced the first two models in its new 7 Series Master Reference Monitors, the 708i and the 705i. Leveraging patented technologies of JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, these two models were developed to meet the needs of broadcast and post-production facilities, producing content in surround and burgeoning immersive audio formats.

From a hardware standpoint, multi-channel monitoring presents several challenges: The presence of video displays may limit options for speaker placement, installing a power outlet at each speaker location is costly, and management of a multichannel monitoring system requires costly outboard equipment. Use of traditional powered studio monitors is problematic. The solution calls for a next-generation approach to monitoring hardware.

At AES 2014, JBL Professional introduced the 708i 8-inch two-way, and 705i 5-inch 2-way installed monitors with remarkable frequency response and output that belie their small size. To deliver exceptional performance, JBL developed a new miniature high-frequency transducer—the 2409H—featuring JBL’s low-mass, annular diaphragm design that allows very high output with low distortion and high frequency response to 35kHz. JBL also engineered two new high-excursion 5-inch and 8-inch woofers, the 725G and 728G that allow the speakers to deliver robust low-frequency output into the 30Hz range. JBL’s distinctive patent-pending Image Control Waveguide and a sophisticated dividing network work in concert to produce an imperceptible crossover transition, detailed, spatial imaging and neutral response, particularly in the critical dialog range. Front-ported birch plywood install-ready enclosures include bottom and rear-panel mounting points. With a range of available mounting brackets, the speakers’ placement can be optimized to maintain sight lines to video displays.

To reduce enclosure size and installation cost, the speakers are centrally powered by HARMAN’s Crown DCi 8|300N 8- and 4-channel power amplifiers. The 705i and 708i can be driven by a single amp channel or bi-amplified. For greater accuracy and room-to-room consistency, HARMAN’s BSS Soundweb London signal processor provides speaker tuning, room EQ, and bass management. The processor accepts 16 or more analog and AES/EBU inputs, and networks with the power amps via CAT5. The entire system can be externally controlled with HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, a hardware controller, or wireless tablet. Working in concert, the amps, processor and high-performance 5-inch, 8-inch and 15-inch speakers (including the M2), are a modular system that can be scaled to any size room and any number of channels. With exceptional frequency response, and tune-ability, the complete system provides greater room-to-room consistency and accuracy at the mix position.

With the launch of the 705i and 708i, JBL raises the bar and expectations for studio monitor performance. “These models are the product of extensive R&D, and collaboration with post and broadcast customers,” said Peter Chaikin, Sr. Manager, JBL Professional Recording and Broadcast. “At AES, amazed responses to the performance of the 708i and 705i indicate we achieved our objective!” The LSR705i and LSR708i Master Reference Monitors will be available in January 2015 as part of complete 5.1, 7.1 and immersive sound monitoring systems.

For more information on the 7 Series, please visit www.jblpro.com/7series

For more information on the M2 Master Reference Monitor, please visit www.jblpro.com/m2

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

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

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

Amadeus install

The Great Gallery of Evolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About PMX 4 Speakers and ML 8 Subwoofers
Revealing his challenge for the museum install, Michel DELUC says, “We had to create a product matching the Amadeus sonic philosophy, starting from the PMX 5 format and trying to reduce its size by 50% without making any sonic compromise. The PMX 4 loudspeaker comprises a 4-inch (100 mm) neodymium woofer, with a 0,8-inch (20 mm) tweeter mounted in coaxial mode. It draws 300 watts peak from the line, under a 8-ohm impedance and produces 112 dB peak SPL.”

The Amadeus PMX 4 speaker used in the museum install is designed for sound professionals wishing to combine high sonic fidelity with ultra-compact format for space-limited installation or live use. This new speaker, the most compact in its line, completes the Amadeus PMX Series speaker line which includes the 15, 12, 10, 8 and 5-inch models, each available in passive, self-powered and EtherSound-enabled versions. Initially available in a highly resistant black (water-soluble) paint finish, the PMX 4 is also available in several different standard colors. Every PMX 4 can also be ordered in a ‘made-to-measure’ finish, based on registered or non-registered colors and/or materials. It can be manufactured in standard premium-grade Baltic Birch or in special woods such as Wenge, Wacapou, Wamara, Ebony from Africa, and more traditional timbers such as White Sycamore and Oak. The Amadeus PMX 4 speaker is priced at 490.00 € each (VAT excluded).

Adding background on the new Amadeus ML 8 Subwoofer design, Michel DELUC says “We started to develop the ML 8 from the ML 12 ultra-compact format and tried to reduce its size by 25% while preserving both the sonic clarity, the real tonal accuracy and the extreme precision of the lowest frequencies specific to Amadeus LF loudspeakers. We achieved this through a quite complex internal structure, hosting several tuned notch resonators and a terrific 8-inch (200 mm) transducer with a 3-inch (75 mm) ventilated voice coil, designed to reduce all forms of distortion and coloration to a bare minimum.”

The ML 8 draws 600 watts peak from the line, under an 8-ohm impedance, and produces 118 dB peak SPL. The subwoofer is available in a highly wear resistant black (water-soluble) paint finish, but is also available in several standard colors. Or the ML 8 can be ordered in a ‘made to measure’ finish, based on registered or non-registered colors and/or materials. To offer more possibilities, the cabinet and the acoustical fabric covering the front grill can each have a different color. The Amadeus ML 8 is priced at 890 € each (VAT excluded).

The Amadeus speaker models installed at the Museum:

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

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

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

Amadeus amplifiers models installed at the Museum:

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

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

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

About Amadeus
Amadeus develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of high-end sound reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors and various signal processing interfaces that combine its own custom innovative technology with stylish design, for the professional audio industry. Created in 1992 from the collaboration between the French designer Bernard BYK and the scientist and musician Michel DELUC, the Amadeus brand has grown to become a leading supplier of high-end audio solutions and services for theaters, opera houses, museums, recording studios, research centers and touring concert sound rental operations. All development and product manufacturing is centralized in Amadeus headquarters in France, with field offices and authorized distributors located in Europe, Asia and UAE.

Contact Amadeus at info@amadeusaudio.fr or visit http://www.amadeusaudio.fr

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Control Everything From Anywhere with the All-New Mackie DL32R™ Digital Live Sound Mixer

Delivering complete wireless control of a powerful 32-channel digital mixing platform

 WOODINVILLE, WA, USA – OCTOBER 15, 2014 – Mackie today introduces a powerful new 32-channel digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s intuitive Master Fader iPad® app, freeing users to get in the mix like never before — the DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control. Featuring complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback, you can control everything from anywhere with the DL32R.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.”

The Mackie DL32R features a mix of flexible, professional I/O in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie’s all-new Onyx+ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power. The new Onyx+ preamps outperform the industry-proven Onyx design, which has garnered rave reviews for its boutique-quality sound and performance.

“You get frequency response that goes all the way down to 20Hz within 1dB at all gain settings,” remarked Olswang. “Noise is minimized at every gain setting, not just minimum and maximum like other mixers. Designed for the rigid standards of professional live sound, DL32R’s gain changes are completely silent.”

 Fully-assignable using the Master Fader control app, there are 14 XLR outputs great for anything from stage monitors to matrix outputs. The front panel also features a stereo AES digital output for connecting gear like speaker processors. A dedicated stereo monitor output is ideal for connecting an in-ear monitor system for detailed listening from anywhere in the venue.

With complete wireless control of the system using Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app, a new world of mixing possibilities opens up. There is no longer any need for a fixed FOH position. Place the mixer where it works best — be it next to the stage, backstage or even tucked away in a utility closet. This can also eliminate the need for an expensive, bulky analog snake.The DL32R does away with troublesome FOH positions such as under a balcony, behind a pillar, etc.  The user can tune the room right from the problem spots and get on stage to ring out monitors or work with the band to dial in the perfect monitor mix.

Multiple engineers can work wirelessly from a single DL32R mixer using their own iOS device, including monitor engineers and performers who wish to control their own monitor mixes. The lead engineer can apply access limiting to additional control devices, keeping the user from making unwanted changes.

Multi-track recording and playback are critical for professional applications and the DL32R features two flexible methods for multi-track recording and playback. The first of these is direct to USB hard drive, which is currently a 48 kHz, 24-bit, 24 input by 24 output platform. This will be expanded soon to 32×32 via a free firmware update. The direct-to-disk option delivers unprecedented wireless control over your multi-track recording and playback

“Just connect a USB hard drive loaded with your media directly to the DL32R and you can control it all from anywhere in the venue,” remarks Olswang. “It’s an amazing way to control things like backing tracks and intermission music all while recording the show. Plus, who wants to run back and forth to a separate recording rig?”

An additional USB 2.0 computer audio interface is available for 32×32 recording and playback that can directly connect with any DAW, great for studio applications and rehearsal spaces. Both methods provide the ability to record the band and perform a virtual soundcheck at the next show. This is a powerful and professional way to dial in a mix at any venue.

MAC-3DL32R_Live_Monitor_Mixing_2 copyThe DL32R is loaded with powerful DSP that eliminates the need for racks of expensive outboard processing. Each of the 32 inputs features a 4-band parametric EQ with a separate high-pass filter plus gating and compression. Four return channels feature dedicated EQ and compression. Each of the 14 aux sends, six matrix busses and main L/R busses feature a 4-band parametric EQ, 31-band GEQ, a compressor limiter and alignment delay. Six subgroups feature EQ and compression. Each processor features Modern and Vintage voicing options, delivering sonic choice to the user. Three separate effects processors with dedicated sends allow for two reverbs and one delay with tap control. 6 VCAs and 6 Mute Groups round out the processing.

“Only the DL32R delivers professional mixing tools like VCAs, subgroups and matrix busses at this price point,” comments Olswang. “And there’s no configuration or tradeoffs. Every input and output has all the processing you need for your professional application.”

Designed from the ground up for live sound, Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app delivers total wireless control over the DL32R. True to Mackie’s ongoing commitment to creating mixers that are extremely easy to learn and to master, Master Fader provides fast navigation and very powerful tools for mixing 32-channels of audio.

“One of the most powerful features of Master Fader is our user-definable view groups,” remarks Olswang. “Simply select the channels for each of the six view groups to easily switch between things like drums, guitars or vocals. This means no swiping and no remembering what bank to select. Just go right to what you need.”

Master Fader is loaded with a wide array of factory presets that are ideal for novice users and a great starting point for any professional, requiring little to no tweaking depending on the application. Users can also create their own custom presets, simplifying and minimizing setup when working with common and familiar sources. There’s also the ability to share these presets via email or Dropbox, which is a powerful new tool for the Mackie mixing community. Plus, with frequent and simple App Store updates, Master Fader will get better over time with more features planned for the future.

“With the Mackie DL32R, you control everything from anywhere. You get the freedom to mix how you want, where you want and get results that truly benefit the audience,” concludes Olswang.

The new Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control will be available worldwide in Q4, 2014. The DL32R will have a U.S. MSRP of $2499.99.

The Master Fader app is available for free download from the App Store.

The My Fader app is available through iTunes.

For more information, visit http://www.mackie.com/DL32R

 

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Wi-Fi router and iPad required for operation. Not included.

 

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

Monty_Python_HiMenlo Park, CA – October 2014… World-famous alternative comedy group Monty Python recently took to the stage for the final time with a run of shows at London’s O2 arena in July. The final show of the ten-date production was aired live on UK Gold and across the world, so choosing the right microphone was a top priority. more

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Neumann Presents U47 fet Microphone to Grammy-Award Winning Audio Engineer / Producer Bruce Swedien at the 137th AES Convention

swedienLos Angeles, October 15, 2014: During the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention held here last week, premium audio brand Neumann made a very special presentation of a new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to esteemed recording engineer and producer Bruce Swedien.

Swedien, who counts the recording and mixing of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album among the highlights of his lifetime of career accomplishments, was presented with serial number 82 of the U 47 fet Collectors Edition, in honor of the year that the Thriller album was released to the public. The presentation was made by Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet at the Neumann booth on Friday, October 10th.

The original U 47 fet was used extensively by Bruce Swedien throughout the recording of Thriller, so the event was especially fitting as Neumann launched its new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to a new generation.

u47frontWolfgang Fraissinet commented: “It is a very special honor for our company to honor Mr. Swedien in this way. He has not only left an indelible mark on the recording community at large, but his contributions to the recording of Thriller and countless other recordings have had a tremendous influence on our culture.”

The Neumann U 47 fet microphone was iconic in shaping the sound of the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. As the transistorized successor of the U 47, it permitted the processing of very high sound pressure levels for the first time, and engineers were able to place it directly in front of extremely loud sound sources such as guitar amplifiers and kick drums, as well as in front of more delicate sources such as vocals and acoustic instruments. The combination of the U 47 fet’s ability to capture high sound pressure levels and the unique capsule design derived from its famous tube-based predecessor, the U 47 fet contributed to many legendary recordings.

Now, the U 47 fet Collectors Edition has been faithfully reproduced using the original production documents and schematics. The Collectors Edition is supplied with a high-quality wooden case with special packaging, and an individual certificate with the serial number of the microphone and signature of Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet.

The U 47 fet is now shipping and is priced at $3,999.95. For more information, please visit u47fet.neumann.com.

About Neumann:
Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser:
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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

Music production collaboration network announces support for stem-only projects

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

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

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

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

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

I Won't Let You Down by OK Go

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

The Dalai Lama Presents 2014 Kalachakra Prayer with DPA Microphones

Reynolds Sound & Lighting Services relied on the company’s d:fine™ Dual-Ear Cardioid Headset Microphone for the 10-day Buddhist ceremony

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LEH, LADAKH, INDIA, OCTOBER 15, 2014 – Earlier this year, His Holiness the Dalai Lama hosted Kalachakra, a religious event that takes place at various locations around the world every few years. With a now 79-year-old religious figure at the helm for the nearly two-week long Kalachakra 2014 prayer meeting, high importance was placed on finding a microphone that would project his voice to the nearly 200,000 followers who attended. The solution was found in DPA Microphones’ d:fine™ Dual-Ear Cardioid Headset Microphone, which was supplied from the company’s U.S. office. The microphone was such a success that it is now the preferred microphone for His Holiness for all of his speaking engagements.

33rd Kalackakra by His Holiness the 14. Dalai Lama, Ladakh, J&K, India,  July 2014. Photo by Manuel Bauer 2014. This picture is Copyrightprotected and only for use by the Private Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and internal use by the Organising Committee for use in direct connection with the 33rd Kalachakra.As the sound company of choice for the Dalai Lama, Reynolds Sound & Lighting Services supported this year’s prayer ceremony, which was held in Ladakh, up in the Himalayas, 16,000 feet above sea level. In addition to braving the treacherous travel to the location, the audio team from Reynolds was also faced with properly miking a person who would be speaking for long periods of time and whom they themselves could not physically contact.

“One of the biggest challenges for us was that the Dalai Lama would speak for about five hours every day, so we needed a high quality microphone that would provide excellent gain before feedback, excellent off axis rejection and low noise floor,” explains Felix Remedios, owner of Reynolds Sound & Lighting Services. “This event focuses on His Holiness speaking to a crowd of 100 to 200 thousand people over a period of 10 to 12 days. This would be stressful on anyone’s voice, and required the assurance of long term comfort and the ability to maintain critical placement. The DPA d:fine made it possible for us to ensure that his voice was loud and clear, and that all of the attendees could hear every word he spoke.”

33rd Kalackakra by His Holiness the 14. Dalai Lama, Ladakh, J&K,The Kalachakra 2014 event was held in a field equivalent to the length of four soccer fields, with the audience almost a kilometer away from the stage. “We had to be really careful to ensure that his voice was heard across the whole venue,” explains Remedios. “In addition to needing perfect reliability, given only one mic for a large audience, there was a high level of stage monitoring requirements for the surrounding Monks. I had contacted my friend and colleague Ron [Lorman] in New York, and explained that I was unsure that my previous mics would have the amount of gain that I needed. We additionally discussed the unique monitor needs for this event, as it was mandatory that the source element provided a flat response with substantial rear rejection. Ron recommended the d:fine products and he put me in touch with the company during a visit to the U.S.DPA Inc. supplied me with four mics to try out, which I brought back to India. My team was extremely happy with the quality.”

Once the mics traveled up into the Himalayas, Reynolds’ audio team, led by Sound Engineer Suresh J, were able to put them to the test for the first time. “We chose to use the cardioid version of the mic for the Kalachakra,” adds Remedios. “We had never used DPA mics before, but one of the first things we noticed was that there was no coloration in the signal. His Holiness’ voice sounded extremely natural and transparent, and we were able to get the gain levels we wanted. The DPA d:fine is certainly a big quantum leap from what we are used to, both in signal levels from the mic and overall quality of the design.”

DPA Microphones_dfine_Dalai Lama3In addition to the location of the prayer meeting, the overall setup of the stage and personal preferences of His Holiness also provided a unique set of challenges. The Dalai Lama sits on a high throne, surrounded by several senior monks both in front of and to each side of him. “Since we have worked with him for several years, we know that the microphone must always be placed beside him on stage so he or a member of his team can put it on him,” continues Remedios. “In order for a mic to get the perfect amount of gain it must sit exactly in the correct position. Luckily, the DPA d:fine is designed in a manner that even an untrained person can affix the mic. The Dalai Lama’s media team representative, Jigme Tsering, was able to fit it onto His Holiness each day. It worked out so well that on the last day the Dalai Lama put the microphone on himself and was very pleased.”

His Holiness wasn’t the only one impressed by the DPA d:fine Headset Microphones. “The Dalai Lama’s media team was so pleased with the quality of the microphone that they asked to keep it for his smaller prayer meetings,” concludes Remedios. “Of course we obliged and gifted them one. We also decided to follow suit. As one of the largest audio rental companies in the country, we work with the biggest corporate houses for several important, large-scale events. We plan to use DPA on all of them. It is definitely going to be our microphone of choice moving forward.”

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to 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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Studio Gear of Milwaukee Keeps On Growing With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Warner/Chappell Production Music Earns Seven Nominations for The Library Music Awards

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Nashville, TN, October 15, 2014 – Warner/Chappell Production Music today announced that it has earned seven nominations for The Library Music Awards 2014. Nominations include Best Hip Hop Library Track for “How I’m Living” from 615 Platinum Series’ Hip Hop Vol. 3; Best Wildcard Library Track for “The Cartel” from CPM’s Latin Showdown, and Best Pop Library Track for “New Day” from 615 Platinum Series’ Indie Youth.

The awards, in their inaugural year, set out to champion the best and brightest in the Library Music industry. Judged by top names in Music Supervision, Ad Agencies, Composers and more, the awards acknowledge the high standard for quality Library Music tracks worldwide.

“We are delighted to have received seven nominations across twelve categories at The Library Music Awards,” said Randy Wachtler, Warner/Chappell Production Music President & CEO. “This truly speaks to the time and expertise that goes into producing our level of quality Library Music.”

The Library Music Awards winners will be announced in London at a live event on October 23.

About the Library Music Awards:

Launching for the first time this year, the Library Music Awards champion the best and brightest in the industry, and are all about talent. Their call to action: “Libraries, show us what you’re made of!” The awards, featuring a stellar line up of judges, from all areas of the industry, are here to make sure the best rise to the top. The Library Awards Ceremony will be held October 23 in London, England. http://librarymusicawards.com/

About Warner/Chappell Production Music:

Warner/Chappell Production Music is a worldwide leader within the production music industry with over 35 years of experience and success. It unites many of the most successful and respected independent brands in production music, including 615 Music, Non-Stop Music, Groove Addicts, V – The Production Library, and many others. The brands comprising Warner/Chappell Production Music have been the recipients of many industry awards, including multiple Emmy(r), Telly, ADDY and Promax honors.

Please see www.warnerchappellpm.com

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