Archive for May, 2013

DPA Microphones Introduces The New d:dicate™ Recording Microphone Range

DPA Microphones is delighted to announce the launch of the d:dicate™ Recording Microphone range, which combines the best capsules with the best pre-amplifiers to deliver superior sound for all applications where high quality audio is required.

The d:dicate range includes DPA’s new modular MMC4018 supercardioid capsule, the counterpart to the MMC4018V capsule used in the company’s new d:facto™ Vocal Microphone and one that is ideally suited to applications where clarity and audio quality are critical. d:dicate also includes the well-known MMC4007 hi-SPL omnidirectional capsule, previously known as 4007, now in a modular version. Widely used for measurement purposes, this capsule has an unbeatable dynamic range and can handle extremely high sound pressure levels. Both capsules is widely used for picking up drums, percussion, brass instruments – and for measurement purposes. Both are entirely compatible with other d:dicate preamplifiers.

Completing the d:dicate line-up are microphones from the familiar and well-loved DPA Reference Standard series, which has been absorbed into the d:dicate range with all former Reference Standard products now carrying d:dicate branding. These include the modular 4000 and 2000 series, which are manufactured to perform within very narrow tolerances and offer exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. Within the 4000 series there are a wide variety of capsules including the new 4018 supercardiod, 4017 shotgun, 4015 wide cardioid, 4011 cardioid and 4006 omnidirectional. The 2000 series consists of two twin diaphragm capsules – the 2011 cardioid and the 2006 omni versions that are rooted in the design technology of DPA’s classic miniature capsules. All these capsules can be combined with a state-of-the-art A pre-amp, a B pre-amp with low cut and high boost filters, and a C pre-amp, which is a compact version for discreet miking.

Like all DPA microphones, every variant in the d:dicate range delivers clear, transparent and precise sound, along with the robustness and versatility that are the hallmarks of DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques. These high quality microphones are increasingly being employed in harsh live sound environments, particularly on drum kits where there is a demand for exceptional sound quality but where the microphones solution needs to be robust and sturdy so that it can be relied on time after time.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “Our new d:dicate Recording Microphone range gives customers the ultimate in flexibility as any microphone in the range can easily be transformed into a new variant simply by choosing a different capsule or preamplifier. Customers will also find that owning several capsules is more cost effective than purchasing a completely new microphone.

“By gathering these microphones into a specific group, d:dicate now joins our other established product groups: d:fine™ Headset Microphones, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:facto™ Vocal Microphones.”

New accessories have also been developed for the d:dicate Recording Microphone range, including modular active cables (MMP-ER with rear cable entry and MMP-ES with side cable entry) plus modular active booms (MMP-F) that are compatible with all d:dicate capsules. These new microphone solutions can be used in many different situations, for example as a podium microphone on a desktop or podium, suspended for high-end capture or on elegant stage stands. The active booms come in several lengths and configurations with flexible gooseneck and XLR termination, while the new active cable only adds a centimetre to the capsule, making it even more discreet than the compact C pre-amp, while giving comparable performance.

“It was difficult to split the preamplifier construction and make an ultra-compact head without sacrificing the sound quality,” Christian Poulsen adds. “However, we succeeded and now customers can have DPA’s renowned sound quality across many applications where we have not been widely used before, for example installation, concert halls, on stage, etc.”

The two new capsules and new accessories in DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphones range will be available from August 2013. Former Reference Standard capsules and preamplifiers now included in the d:dicate range are available now.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Sennheiser Supports Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for ONE DROP”

Las Vegas, May 6, 2013 – Recently, Cirque du Soleil presented “One Night for ONE DROP” at the “O” Theater, located in the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip. The one-night-only production, which combined talent and production expertise from seven other resident productions, was held on World Water Day on 22 March to help raise awareness on the increasing global water crisis. Audio specialist Sennheiser, which has a longstanding relationship with Cirque du Soleil that extends over two decades, loaned several channels of wireless equipment through its Global Relations team to help ONE DROP realize its creatively and technically ambitious production.
 
Established by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, ONE DROP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ‘ensure that water is accessible to all, today and forever.’According to some estimates, nearly one billion people in the world live without clean drinking water, while another 2.5 billion people lack access to modern sanitation facilities. In the show “One Night for ONE DROP”, Cirque du Soleil illustrated the fragility of the Earth‘s water ecosystem and the impact of water needs around the world in beautiful stage sets, breath-taking artistics and music to remember.
 
Building on Enduring Success

One Night for ONE DROP was planned to run concurrently to “O”, Cirque’s resident show at the Bellagio since its 1998 opening. Therefore the Cirque team needed to augment the existing Sennheiser wireless system to accommodate the additional onstage talent. Gavin Whiteley, Technical Manager of Audio for Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division, reached out to Sennheiser to ensure the upgraded system would perform flawlessly and would meet the stringent technical demands of the show. “Sennheiser’s product line is not only proven industry-wide, but also within our own shows,” Whiteley says. “It is a known quantity and we knew we could count on it. Krista Monson’s [director] vision was to have more live musicians onstage than “O” normally does, so that’s when we were looking to get those additional resources in the theater so we could achieve her vision,” he recalls.
 
Kristy Jo Winkler, Sennheiser’s global relations manager for the Americas, comments: “Our relationship with Cirque du Soleil spans many years and Sennheiser has always maintained a deep and meaningful connection with the performing arts. We were inspired to play an integral role in ONE DROP – firstly because it represented another chance to push our technical boundaries and secondly because it was for such a worthwhile cause.”
 
“As soon as we got the call from Gavin, Sennheiser’s Global Relations team quickly provided ten additional wireless channels – all racked and preconfigurated so it would be ‘plug and play’ for this unique one-night spectacle,” explains Dave Missall, national market development, professional systems, Sennheiser USA.
 
Reinventing the Fundraiser, with a Little Help from Their Friends

“Our founder, Guy Laliberté, wanted to reinvent the fundraiser the same way he reinvented the circus 29 years ago,” says Gavin. “One Night for ONE DROP was to be performed only once, therefore we needed all our systems to be incredibly reliable and trustworthy.”
 
The 90-minute performance featured more than 230 artists and performers from neighboring Cirque du Soleil productions, an original composition for string quartet by award-winning film composer Danny Elfman, a dance piece choreographed by Sonya Tayeh of “So You Think You Can Dance”, a special guest performance by certified platinum recording artist Jackie Evancho and many other creative acts.
 
Gavin wanted to build on the capabilities of the wireless system that was already in place while using the existing frequency coordination and antenna distribution system – which had already been laid, filtered and optimized for the operation of the “O” show. “We wanted to work within our current frequency range so we didn’t have to open the doors to any new potential RF interference,” he says.
 
To accommodate ONE DROP, Gavin says he had to roughly double his wireless equipment to support additional instruments, singers and speaking parts – including Elfman’s string quartet composition, which was being performed in public for the first time. “It was a balance of working within the limits of the existing system, but still fulfilling the requirements each show needed to do it right.”
 
According to Sennheiser’s Dave Missall, reliable wireless performance is a critical dimension of any Cirque du Soleil production, especially for One Night for ONE DROP: “Everything has to be completely in sync, and of course you can’t have a wireless monitor or wireless instrument system fail,” he explains. “The entire show is timed perfectly from the very beginning, so precision and accuracy of cueing is everything.”
 
Flawless Performance from Beginning to End

In addition to the “O” Theater’s existing eight channels of Sennheiser EM 3732-II receivers, Sennheiser provided ten more channels of EM 3732-II receivers, eight SK 2000 bodypack transmitters, four SKM 5200-II handheld transmitters and two SK 5212-II beltpack transmitters to handle the additional wireless requirements of One Night for ONE DROP. “We ended up using all of it – on instruments, clowns, spoken word performers, you name it,” says Gavin.
 
One of the highlights of the show, Gavin says, was Danny Elfman’s string quartet, performed by musicians moving fluidly across the stage. “We used the extremely small SK 5212-II bodypack transmitters and mounted them either to the instruments themselves or directly on the performers,” says Gavin. “They were ideal for picking up the sound of each instrument.” Jackie Evancho sang through an SKM 5200-II wireless transmitter coupled with a Neumann KK 104-S capsule. “We asked her staff what kind of microphone she’s comfortable singing with, and they replied Sennheiser,” he says.
 
According to Gavin, the system performed flawlessly as expected from beginning to end: “Cirque is known for its visuals, its music and its top level production quality for every show it has in place. One Night for ONE DROP was no exception,” he says. “From a sound perspective, we wanted to get more of the audio quality we were already experiencing in “O”, one of Cirque’s longest running shows. We certainly achieved this and everyone was more than happy with how good it sounded.”
 
About Sennheiser:

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million euros in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).
 
You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

Workshops & Tutorials Align For 134th AES Convention In Rome

ROME: “The Workshops and Tutorials developed for the 134th AES Convention were designed to provide attendees with a particularly diverse educational curriculum. In many cases these events serve as integral components of major Track Presentations. Although their subject matter is diverse, their unifying core is a shared level of authoritative excellence,” observes 134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. The 134th AES Convention will be held, May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. The international gathering of audio professionals will provide attendees with an unparallel opportunity to exchange ideas and information and to network with their peers, in one of the world’s most storied cities.

A Partial List of 134th AES Convention Workshops Includes:

• Applications of 3-D Audio in Automotive
• Multichannel Immersive Audio Formats for 3-D Cinema and Home Theater
• Design and Build of First Atmos-Equipped Dubbing Theater
• Capturing the Acoustics of Concert Halls with a Loudspeaker Orchestra
• Current Reference Listening Room Standards: Are They Meaningful?
• Sound Mixers Discuss Their Craft

Tutorial Presentations Include:

• Creative Distortion? You Are in the Over-Driver’s Seat
• Acoustic Enhancement Systems-Basics
• Microphones: The Physics, Metaphysics, and Philosophy
• Rub & Buzz and Other Irregular Loudspeaker Distortion
• 3-D Audio, Produce the New Dimension?
• Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ

Click on http://www.aes.org/events/134/workshops/ and
http://www.aes.org/events/134/tutorials/ for complete program information.

For full Convention details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, Rome

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

Paper Sessions Set To Enlighten AES 134th Convention Attendees In Rome

ROME: “AES Convention Paper Sessions represent innovative thinking by some of the most creative minds in professional audio,” states 134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. “Papers Co-Chairs Veronique Larcher and Angelo Farina and their review committee evaluated over a hundred submissions in search of the most compelling, timely, and meaningful presentations. They have produced an outstanding program, developed to provide attendees with invaluable information. Over 110 Papers will be presented. We are deeply appreciative of the time and energy they devoted to this assignment,” Zanghieri adds. The 134th AES Convention will be held May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. The event represents an unique opportunity for industry professionals to exchange ideas and information with their peers, in a city that has been a seat of learning for centuries.”

AES 134th Convention Papers Sessions Include:

* Education and Semantic Audio
* Audio Signal Processing
* Room Acoustics
* Spatial Audio
* Measurements and Modeling
* Applications In Audio
* Recording And Production
* Perception And Education

“We were fortunate to have received a great number of remarkably diverse and extremely high quality submissions,” Veronique Larcher reports. “This made our selection both easier and more complicated. As we had a limited amount of time for the presentations, we were faced with making some difficult decisions. Angelo Farina and I are confident that 134th AES Convention Attendees will find many worthwhile options to explore.” Farina stresses the point that all paper presentations will be available in print and PDF/CD format at the convention and also in audio format following the event.

For details on the AES Papers Program visit: http://www.aes.org/events/134/papers/

For Convention details visit the Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: Rome’s Fontana di Trevi

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN MACON, GA

— 245th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (April 30, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, April 25, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Macon, Georgia, located at 4551 Billy Williamson Dr. Suite 160, Macon, GA 31206. The Macon store (Guitar Center’s 245th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

GC Macon Store Manager Jason Kunberger, who has been with Guitar Center since 2004 in Atlanta, stated, “We are so excited to be bringing a Guitar Center to Middle Georgia, and I’m so humbled to get to be a part of it. I love being involved in helping people grow in their musicianship, from helping customers find their first instrument, then watching them learn to play at GC Studios lessons, to seeing them come back to expand their collection throughout the years – it’s exciting to feel so connected to new music being made everyday.”

GC Macon Assistant Manager Sarah Fordham added, “For me working for Guitar Center is a dream job and starting at the first store outside the central Atlanta area in Georgia allows me to be a part of making it even easier for Guitar Center to help Macon residents, such as myself, get the instruments and tools they need to help them make music. We pride ourselves on giving our customers the best possible experience when coming to our stores and the whole Macon staff is excited to share those experiences with our friends, neighbors and local musicians in Macon, while assisting them with all their musical needs.”

Guitar Center Macon: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Macon music scene, Guitar Center Macon also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Macon residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Macon brings an unprecedented selection of products to Macon, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Macon includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Macon: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Macon customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Macon will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Macon store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Macon residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Macon Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Sat: 10 AM-7 PM
Sun: 12 PM-5 PM

Moog Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame for Patent No 3475623, The Moog Ladder Filter

ASHEVILLE, NC – May 1, 2013 – Moog Music is proud to announce that today its founder Dr. Robert Moog will be posthumously inducted in to the United States Patent and Trademark Office National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Dr. Moog is being awarded this honor for Patent No. 3475623, more commonly known to Moog fans as the Moog Ladder Filter. Moog Music, which will be hosting Moogfest, its annual celebration of the innovative spirit of Dr. Moog on April 25th-27th 2014, has created a video featuring Moog hardware engineer Rick Shaich discussing the importance and innovation of this creation. The video can be seen here: http://www.moogmusic.com/sight-and-sound/product_demo/moog-ladder-filter

In the video, Shaich discusses the Ladder Filter, the first Voltage Controlled Filter, which is the heart and soul of the Moog modular synthesizers of the 60s, the Legendary Minimoog of the 70′s, and is still the same filter topology used in all Moog Synthesizers to this day. The Ladder Filter is an essential element of the massive, thick sound for which Moog instruments are renowned.

To celebrate this historic occasion Moog Music is reissuing the Moog Ladder Filter Tee, which is now available for pre-order and will ship with a free poster commemorating Bob Moog’s induction to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Links:
Ladder Filter Video: http://www.moogmusic.com/sight-and-sound/product_demo/moog-ladder-filter

moogmusic.com

moogfest.com

About Moog:
Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. The company hosts Moogfest, a three day festival celebrating the intersection of music and technology in honor of Moog’s innovative spirit. All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC. To learn more, visit www.moogmusic.com

Media Contact:
Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

Rome 2013 — 134th AES Convention Amplifies Spatial Sound

ROME: “Reviewing the many authoritative Papers and Workshop submitted for the 134th AES Convention, the Committee recognized a prevalence of 3-D Sound-related proposals,” reveals AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “It became apparent that we had enough perceptive, well-researched events to establish a formal Spatial Sound Track,” “By assembling nearly two dozen-papers and four timely Workshops into a dedicated bloc, we can direct 3-D Sound-focused attendees to a comprehensive overview on this topical field.” The 134th AES Convention will be held May 4 -7 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre.

Spatial Sound Track Paper Sessions Include:

• Perception
• Recording & Production
• Spatial Audio – Part 1: Binaural
• Spatial Audio – Part 2: 3-D Microphone and Loudspeaker Systems
• Spatial Audio – Part 3: Ambisonics, WFS

Workshops Include:

• Applications of 3-D Audio in Automotive
• Properties of Auro 3-D Room Signals
• Bernstein and Beethoven in 3-D
• 3-D Audio: Produce the New Dimension?

Visit: http://www.aes.org/events/134/spatialsound/ for a complete list of events.

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For Convention details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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