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New Toft ATB 32-Channel Consoles at Center of Redesigns
Pictured at SAE Chicago with the Toft ATB 32-Channel console are (L-R) Vintage King's Jeff Leibovich and SAE's Bill Smith.
Vintage King Audio is working to expand the studio facilities for Audio Technology Program students at SAE Institute’s creative media arts colleges across the United States. After years of working with SAE, VK was recently called upon to implement a comprehensive upgrade of its recording studios with standardized 8-Bus configurations.
“We’re working on a number of projects with SAE, but the main one is getting the 8-Bus rooms together at SAE’s Miami, Nashville, and San Francisco schools,” says Jeff Leibovich, sales consultant at Vintage King, a global leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. “Ultimately, we’re aiming to equip SAE’s campuses in a similar fashion, which will ensure that all of SAE’s audio engineering students have access to the same kind of professional studio set-ups that they’ll encounter when they graduate and start working. This technical uniformity will also create consistency in training, and allow students to transfer between campuses seamlessly.”
“Working with Vintage King has been great,” says Bill Smith, SAE National Academic Director. “Because VK has such a broad reach in the industry, it ensures that the equipment we’re buying is truly reflective of what’s used professionally. It makes the learning experience so much better when the students get a taste of true quality in a real working environment. With our seven campuses around the country, having a strong partner that can provide immediate support is invaluable.”
Vintage King was involved in the building of SAE’s Chicago school at its earliest stages. They provided SAE’s newly opened Chicago campus with a Toft ATB 32 console and select outboard gear, including Daking 500 Series EQs and Mic Pres, Purple Action Compressor, SSL 611 Dynamics, and Phoenix Audio DRS-EQ500. A similar package was installed in Nashville and is slated for San Francisco. SAE’s Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Miami campuses were equipped with the new Genelec M040 and M030 monitors. Both the Nashville and Miami campuses also received new outboard gear for their SSL rooms and a variety of new microphones from Neumann, Royer, Sennheiser, AKG, and others.
“The best part of working with SAE in Chicago was that I got to see the space go from a shell to the professional facility that it is today,” says Leibovich. “What’s impressive about SAE is that they’re not just teaching the science of audio to their students, they’re also teaching them the skills that they’ll need to become working engineers, producers, and entrepreneurs in today’s music and entertainment business.”
SAE Institute was established as The School of Audio Engineering (SAE) in October 1976 by engineer/producer Tom Misner, who in doing so developed the world’s first combined practical and theoretical curriculum in audio engineering. Their unique education system remains the only one of its kind in the world and has since expanded to offer programs in other curriculums such as film making, multimedia and other creative medias. SAE has campuses in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, and San Francisco, with over 50 campuses worldwide.
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
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2013: An API 1608 analog console will serve aspiring sound engineers at the newly created Blackbird Academy recording school in Nashville, Tennessee. The school is based at the prestigious Blackbird Studio and will draw on their history, expertise, and industry connections to offer three educational curricula, totaling over 720 hours of horizon-expanding coursework. Class sizes will be small and will feature extensive hands-on lab time, including time in two of Blackbird’s eight recording studios, now reserved exclusively for educational use. The classroom space was created by interior designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz of the HGTV television show, Home by Novogratz.
“We chose the API 1608 for a number of reasons,” said John McBride, who is co-owner and co-operator of Blackbird Studio with his wife, country superstar Martina McBride. “The 1608 is easy to use, it has a great sound, and it’s an excellent tool to teach students signal flow. We already have a couple of 1608s at Blackbird, and we’re very happy with them. Moving forward with the Academy, we wouldn’t have it any other way!”
Mark Rubel and Kevin Becka are co-directing Blackbird Academy, which began with a three-day summer camp designed for high school students. The Academy’s debut Studio Engineering Program kicked off on September 30, 2013 and will run for about 24 weeks.
ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.
Famed studio opens recording and live schools, adds new studio based around Dangerous Music equipment: 2-Bus, Liaison, BAX EQ and Monitor ST
Edmeston, NY – December 3, 2013 – Blackbird Studio
The 'Studio I' at the new Blackbird Academy in Nashville features the Dangerous Music 2-Bus, Monitor ST, Liaison and BAX EQ
in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the world’s best-equipped and favorite recording studio destinations for top musicians, producers and engineers. Artists such as Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Jack White, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow
, and Tim McGraw
have graced its live rooms. Studio owner John McBride
brought in industry gear experts, musicians, and educators Kevin Becka
and Mark Rubel
to create a new studio and curriculum for McBride’s vision of The Blackbird Academy, Professional School of Audio
. Becka chose Dangerous Music
equipment for the new studio, including the company’s 2-Bus
analog summing, the Liaison
programmable analog router, the BAX EQ
, and the Monitor ST
monitor controller to complement and integrate with the AVID Pro Tools|HDX recording system. The new studio offers a hybrid analog and digital experience for the students, a reflection of today’s most popular direction for recording studio design. more
Rickey Minor and Chris Walden Head Up 50-piece Date for AMA Icon Award
Pictured in Ocean Way's historic Studio A are (L-R) assistant engineer Wesley Seidman, recording engineer Steve Genewick, arranger/conductor Chris Walden, producer Rickey Minor, and contractor Ernie Fields, Jr. Photo by David Goggin.
A 50-piece orchestra assembled at Ocean Way’s historic Studio A to record orchestral arrangements of Rihanna’s smash hit “Diamonds” for the first-ever Icon Award presented during the recent American Music Awards broadcast.
“Producer Rickey Minor (Tonight Show with Jay Leno) called and asked me to write and conduct the orchestral arrangements over Rihanna’s existing rhythm tracks for her song ‘Diamonds’,” commented 4-time Grammy nominee Chris Walden. “Our contractor Ernie Fields, Jr. put together a great group of musicians for a really exciting session with Rickey at the helm and Steve Genewick engineering.”
The award presentation during the broadcast came after Bill Maher made the announcement as emcee, “She has become, I think, the voice of our time.” A video commemoration from Jay Z and a video montage showing her career highlights was followed by the special performance of her song “Diamonds.” Rihanna then accepted the Icon Award, which was presented to her by her mother, Monica Braithwaite. Following thanks to a group of people including Jay Z and producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid, she ended her speech, “I can’t believe that at 25 years old I’m holding an Icon award.”
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA/GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – NOVEMBER 2013: “Ever since I can remember I’ve been making music,” said Swedish composer and producer Andy Price. “I started recording when I was twelve years old using a couple of cassette tape decks and a cheap toy keyboard. I used one tape deck to record drums, and then played the drum track back while I recorded keys on the second tape deck. A few years later, I traded my scooter in for an old Korg that I still use to this day!” Clearly, the music bug bit Price early and deep. Today, he splits his time between Los Angeles and his native Gothenburg, producing and writing with artists such as Cheryl Cole, Girls Aloud, Dot Jr, Ministry Of Sound, and Sasha Keable (just to name a few) and is in the studio right now working hard to finish songs with Tokio Hotel, Aura Dione, Jana and more. The breakout hit that put him on the path he now enjoys was “Lyracis” and the video for the single, “Speakerphone” got over a million YouTube views in just a few weeks.
Several years ago, Price read an online review of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in, and, curiosity piqued, gave it a spin. “ChannelStrip has been a huge part of every song I’ve created since then,” he said. While Price is most celebrated as a producer and songwriter, the nature of the market leads him to mix most of the material he works on. It’s a task he enjoys, and it affords him the creative freedom to fully realize his artistic vision. He has since expanded his Metric Halo palette to include HaloVerb and Precision De-Esser. “I have an obsession for vintage gear and the classic sound of older records,” he continued. “Metric Halo’s plug-ins are unique because they deliver that classic analog sound with all of the convenience and flexibility of a plug-in. I would say that Metric Halo is my foundation when mixing. A Metric Halo plug-in is on at least 80% of my channels!”
ChannelStrip is Price’s “tool of all tools.” Almost every track needs some kind of help in the frequency or dynamics domain, and ChannelStrip addresses both aspects within one scalable plug-in. With the newest version, ChannelStrip 3, Metric Halo has added SpectraFoo spectrum analysis to provide visual feedback for changes made to the main signal or to the side-chain signal. “It seems that ChannelStrip is always my starting point for a mix – getting things into decent shape; and my finishing point – making the fine corrections once everything is dialed in,” Price said. “Importantly, it’s very fast and intuitive. It’s easy to find the right settings. Also critical is its warm, analog sound and punchiness that I can’t get with any other plug-in.” Almost all of Price’s template channels include an instantiation of ChannelStrip.
Price’s introduction to Metric Halo HaloVerb and Precision De-Esser is more recent. “HaloVerb is my new favorite reverb,” he said. “It has something magic in it that works especially well with vocals or any signal that needs to ‘pop.’ I feel like it has the character of a great room – a real room – that’s unique among reverb plug-ins. Similarly, Precision DeEsser is the only de-esser that I’ll use now. It gives all of my vocals a noticeably warmer output, which is something that I’ve never considered or experienced with any other de-esser. I sometimes even throw it on the master bus together with ChannelStrip 3 to clear out anything edgy or grating. ChannelStrip 3 comes first with an overall high-end boost, followed by Precision DeEsser to give a crisp, but warm, sound to the overall mix.”
Price confesses that his role is an imprecise mixture of musician, composer, engineer, and producer. “Most people say that I produce records and write songs,” he said. “But from my perspective, I just have fun and play with sound all day. I go into the studio and it’s just a big blur. Then some hours later, hopefully we have a song!”
ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.
Mountain Co-Founder Creates Massive Guitar Tones with the M80
Pictured is engineer/co-producer Mike "Metal" Goldberg with TELEFUNKEN's M80 dynamic microphone on Leslie West's Blackstar amp.
Leslie West, co-founder of the Woodstock highlight group Mountain, is back with his massive riff-propelled guitar on the just released “Still Climbing.” Following the success of his previous album, “Unusual Suspects,” West approached the new release with a vision of tying the albums together.
“This record is a sequel to the one where I had my friends Slash, Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, and Billy Gibbons come to the studio and play,” says West. This time West’s guest include Jonny Lang, Johnny Winter, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Alter Bridge / Creed’s Mark Tremonti.
“I knew right away that TELEFUNKEN”s M80 dynamic mic was perfect for capturing Leslie’s signature guitar sound,” commented co-producer and recording engineer Mike “Metal” Goldberg. “The M80′s punchy-but-accurate mid range, clarity on the top, and the rich lows gave me the exact perspective I was looking for.”
West has been performing since 1965, when he fronted the soul-fired Vagrants in his native New York City. After that group opened for Cream and The Who, West was inspired to begin his lifelong devotion to perfecting the big guitar riffs that are the framework of his songs, which earned him the #66 slot on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists.”
“What’s different on ‘Still Climbing’ is that I wanted my guitars to sound as big as I look,” says West. “I used four of my Dean signature model guitars with my Mountain of Tone humbucking pickups. I plugged them into my Blackstar amps – no pedals – and turned them up loud and raw. I played one of the early tracks we recorded for Slash, and he said, ‘That is as heavy as it gets.’”
“You know you have the right mic for the job when no EQ is needed to capture the sound that you’re going for,” continues Goldberg. “It’s just Leslie’s guitar through his amp with an M80 on the cabinet.”
“Still Climbing,” excluding the tracks “Tales of Woe” and “Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over The Rainbow)” was mixed by Mike Fraser, who’s worked with Metallica, AC/DC, Rush, Joe Satriani, Bad Company, among many others.
Over the years, Mike Goldberg has sharpened his sonic vision by working both sides of the glass during 25 years in studios as an engineer, producer and musician. He’s honed his skills alongside some of the most talented producers, engineers and musician’s in the industry, including Ritchie Blackmore, Slash,_Jonny Lang,_Dee Snider,_Hugh McCracken, and Glenn Hughes.
“When I first listened to the M80 on Leslie’s cabinet I knew we were there,” added Goldberg. “No tricks, no EQ — just guitar, mic pre, M80, amp – and that’s exactly what you hear on the new album.”
Learn more about “Still Climbing” at: http://www.lesliewestofficial.com
Visit IMP Studios, where the album was recorded: http://impstudios.us/
About TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik produces a comprehensive line of fine microphones, ranging from meticulously engineered replicas of historic vintage microphones handcrafted in the USA, to the R-F-T series of microphones that take advantage of the globalization of technology, as well as innovative dynamic microphones for live and studio performance.
To learn more about TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, visit: http://www.t-funk.com
Top Asian Broadcaster Utilizes TM7 During Transition to Unified Metering
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, NOVEMBER 25 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the sale of eight RTW TM7 TouchMonitors to Astro Production Sdn. Bhd., a leading Asian broadcaster. The TM7s were equipped with several software modules, including: the SW20001, SW20002, SW20004, SW20005 and SW20006 units. Stagetec Asia (www.stagetecasia.com), a long-time distributor of RTW, coordinated the sale.
Audio loudness standards have been a key concern for many broadcasters worldwide. That being said, the company sought a new tool that would help it to monitor its audio levels consistently. Astro purchased the TM7 TouchMonitors, provided by Stagetec Asia, after demoing a few of the units during its live broadcasts. The company will use them to ensure that all of its production facilities, including its fleet of OB vans, are using the metering and analyzers to have uniform loudness levels across its facility.
“The TM7 TouchMonitor suits our applications very well,” says Dennis Dovale, Vice President, Astro Production Services. “In order to ensure that all personnel and operators have the same frequency, when talking about the audio loudness metering and reading, they need a good monitoring tool such as RTW’s TM7.”
RTW, meanwhile, is thrilled to make further inroads into the Asian market with this sale. “We are happy to support such a prominent broadcaster as Astro,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “The entire line of TouchMonitor audio meters was created to help engineers monitor their loudness levels easily and consistently. The fact that Astro has found our TM7 to be efficient and easy to use is further proof of RTW’s commitment to offering modern, innovative solutions for today’s loudness management issues.”
About Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad is a leading integrated consumer media entertainment group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with operations in 4 key areas of business, namely Pay-TV, Radio, Publications and Digital.
With a customer base of over 3.58 million residential customers or approximately 53% penetration of Malaysian TV households, Astro offers over 170 TV channels, including 38 HD channels, delivered via Direct-To-Home satellite TV, IPTV and OTT platforms. Astro provides HD, 3D, PVR, VOD and IPTV services through Astro B.yond and Astro On-The-Go. Fulfilling its promise to bridge the digital divide for all of Malaysia, Astro introduced NJOI as an entry-level DTH satellite TV service and is the country’s first non-subscription based satellite TV, offering 22 TV and 20 radio channels.
The People’s Choice, Astro was awarded the Putra Brand Awards Gold for the Media & Entertainment Category for 4 consecutive years. The award is in recognition of Astro’s efforts to exemplify innovation, quality and strong corporate social responsibilities. Visit www.astro.com.my for more information.
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world.
With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades. RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.
As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.
For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.
Powerful Speakers Produce the Perfect Punch for Popular Recording Studio
VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA — Fonogenic Studios, a renowned recording studio and live music venue located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, recently upgraded its sound system with Cerwin-Vega!®’s new P-Series Professional PA system and classic CVA Active Series Speakers. With constant compliments from both A-list musicians and audiences about the superior sound quality of the live venue, the studio’s owners and engineers are thrilled with the audio and the reactions.
Rami Jaffee, who is a founding member of the Grammy-winning rock band The Wallflowers and now keyboardist for the Foo Fighters, owns the studio with music producer Ran Pink, who has produced for PiNk & NoSeWoRthY and has composed for TV shows such as Happily Divorced and The Fran Drescher Tawk Show. Together, they operate half of the building as a recording studio and the other half, which features a big sound stage, as a live performance space.
“We’ve hosted crazy parties, with performances by big-name musicians, ever since our launch,” says Jaffee. “Now, we’ve been doing it more frequently, with parties every two weeks. We even live-stream the concerts to the web. We wanted Fonogenic to be an environment where artists felt comfortable emotionally investing in their music. We’re a family here and we want our clients to feel like this is their home too. We want it to be a creative haven for them. They shouldn’t have to worry about the sound quality we’re providing them.”
To ensure adequate sound coverage at the space, Jaffee and Pink hung four Cerwin-Vega! P-Series P1500X speakers from the ceiling and positioned two additional speakers as center-stage monitors. The setup was completed with CVA-118 subs for front-of-house and CVA-115 subs for the drums.
“When we compare our previous arrangement to our P-Series setup, it’s like night and day,” says Pink. “Getting the levels of the vocals and of the mixes of the music just right used to be a challenge for us because of the elongated shape of the room. But now, since we deadened the room and installed the larger P-Series system, we’ve had no problems.”
Fonogenic Studios visitors, including top-notch producers and such renowned musicians as Stevie Wonder, often remark on the space’s flawless sound quality, which Jaffee and Pink attribute to Cerwin-Vega!. “It’s just such a great feeling to hear all these music heroes mention how incredible the sound is right from the get-go,” continues Pink. “That’s the most satisfying feeling you can get, and it’s thanks to the P-Series.”
“Ross Hogarth, one of the biggest producers of our time, watched a band here at one of our events, and said the sound was just superb,” adds Jaffee. “And Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett had his side project band play one of our parties. He said he’d never heard stage sound that amazing in his entire life. In fact, when artists play at our venue now, they worry about living up to the sound quality, because it reflects the true sound of their music.”
A sound system that boasts exceptional clarity, the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series delivers a new standard in power and bass punch for superior sound quality suited to any sound reinforcement application. The P1500X speaker is the most powerful PA product in its price class, employing a 15-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver, powered by a custom 1500W Class-D amp. Overall, the compact size and incomparable clarity of the P-Series speakers make them perfect for everything from permanent installations to on-the-go rehearsals. In fact, Jaffee himself trusts the speakers so much that he even takes them on the road with him. Additionally, the CVA Active Series Speakers deliver tremendous power output and exceptional full-frequency response. The striking aluminum grills on the subwoofers minimize power compression and optimize driver performance.
Jaffee and Pink started Fonogenic Studios six years ago as a place for world-renowned musicians to record their albums, rehearse and perform live sets. In addition to Wonder, Shiflett and Hogarth, Fonogenic has also hosted artists such as Allan Parsons and Minnie Driver, as well as The Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers band members. As part of their plans to generate further interest in the studio, Jaffee and Pink are launching a YouTube channel to share with the world Fonogenic Studios’ live performances and the incredible impact that the P-Series has on the venue’s sound system. For more information, visit www.fonogenic.com.
A video tour of the venue can be found on the studio’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEKOC8TmkUA.
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the new Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.
About Gibson Guitar Corp.
Gibson Guitar Corp. 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 Guitar Corp.’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 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.
Retail Locations Offer Exclusive In-Store-Only Deals 10AM – 6PM
Inside the control room of Vintage King Nashville, located in the famous Berry Hill neighborhood. Photo Credit: CJ Hicks
Vintage King Audio has announced its stores in Los Angeles and Nashville will open at 10 a.m. on Black Friday, November 29, 2013. Guests will enjoy a day of in-store-only exclusive deals on microphones, outboard gear, speakers, consoles, guitars, amps, pedals and more. This marks the inaugural Black Friday sales event at both locations. Online visitors to the web store will also enjoy deals on Black Friday, with many continuing through December 20, 2013.
“Black Friday is a great opportunity for us to open our doors and offer incredible deals on the world’s finest recording gear. Our knowledgeable staff will be available all day to answer questions and fulfill orders,” said Tom Menrath, Head of Strategic Development for Vintage King Audio. “We are particularly excited to see new faces at VKLA and VK Nashville. Many people have not yet had a chance to experience the totally unique shopping environment we have created.”
VKLA is Vintage King’s Los Angeles flagship store and demo studio featuring over 12 recording consoles, 90 500 Series modules, 30 speakers, 80 microphones and more, all hooked up for demonstration. VKLA is located at 1176 W. Sunset Blvd. near downtown Los Angeles. For more info, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/vkla
Vintage King Nashville is the newest store, located in the famous Berry Hill neighborhood at 2826 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204. The _store features the “Vintage King Tone Lounge” where you can demo the finest boutique guitars, amps and pedals. To check out more, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/nashville
On Black Friday, November. 29, 2013, the in-store sales event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run through 6:00 p.m.
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
Audio engineer Richard Gough is the latest in a roster of high profile Front-of-House engineers who are investing in DPA d:facto™ II Vocal Microphones for use with big name recording clients.
Gough has been using d:facto Vocal Microphones supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network with a number of artists. One of these is Conor Maynard who has tried the microphone in the studio for small live recordings, and in a broadcast setting for live TV performances including one for SBTV and another for ITV2′s Xtra Factor.
“Maynard is still quite fresh and new to the music industry,” Gough explains, “so I didn’t really expect him to notice using different mics on his own vocal. But after using the d:facto for about ten shows in a row, there were a couple of TV performances where we had to use another brand of wireless mic and he instantly noticed the difference. He wasn’t happy with the amount of ‘pop’ or the ‘booming’ in the low end that these other microphones were giving. It was a noticeable difference for him.”
Also impressive for Gough has been the way DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone performs, even d when used in an unconventional way.
“Conor ‘cups’ the mic, like a rapper,” he explains, “and this distorts the polar pattern of the mic. But noticeably with the d:facto, this doesn’t seem to matter too much. I still get plenty of gain before feedback in my side fills, so his vocal is there if his ears fail. This is one of the most impressive things about the mic. It has such a smooth response and gives lovely warm lows without ‘popping’ and ‘booming’.”
Gough’s criteria for an ideal mic are build quality, sound quality, gain before feedback, and adaptability. DPA’s d:facto vocal Microphone possesses all of these attributes, he says, and is adaptable too, with the ability to change the capsule with just a few turns.
“The d:facto Vocal Microphone makes my job so easy: previously I was always using the parametric EQ to get rid of little things I didn’t like the sound of, which I now realize were down to the old mic. Now I’m leaving it completely flat, just high-passing to about 125Hz. It couldn’t be simpler: I add a compressor to the channel, with a nice reverb and I’m done.”
Gough has been using DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones in several tiny venues recently and says its performance “was amazing”. Artists he has used it with include Conor Maynard, Sivu and the band Kowalski – with Lauryn Hill possibly next in line.
“She is such a stickler for her IEMs and wedges sounding great but also being very loud,” he explains, “so that’s going to be my next d:facto challenge.”
Equally at home in sound reinforcement and recording applications, DPA’s high quality d:facto II Vocal Microphone is designed to offer extraordinary natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and extreme sound level handling. Its supercardioid pattern and superb definition gives high separation and true sound colour on stage. A three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone removes unwanted noise.
The d:facto Vocal Microphone provides improved audio performance as it is linear in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, while its impressive definition and accuracy reproduces a singer’s voice effortlessly. The flexibility of its adapter system gives the user simple and affordable possibilities of choosing either a wired DPA handle or the professional wireless system of their choosing, with no loss in sound quality.
About Richard Gough
Originally from Northern Ireland, Gough has toured with the likes of Muse, Radiohead, Van Morrison and Sigur Ros. He runs his own company, Noiseboi, and has recently worked with Lauryn Hill as Production Manager and Monitor Engineer and Conor Maynard as Monitor Engineer.
For more information, please visit www.noiseboi.com
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com
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