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Legendary Towne Crier Cafe Opens New Venue in Upstate New York, Drawing International Talent and Elevating Sound Experience with Sennheiser

Towne Crier Cafe, Hub for American Roots, Jazz and World Music Since 1972, Re-Opens in Beacon New York with Stunning Decor, Farm Fresh Food and Authentic Sound from Sennheiser

Beacon, NY, December 17, 2013: One of the best music scenes in New York is actually just outside New York City — approximately, 65 miles north in Beacon, New York. The city’s newest jewel is the Towne Crier Cafe, which combines an exquisite Americana-style restaurant, an intimate performance space and authentic sound from Sennheiser — all within a striking new facility designed from the ground up. While the venue is new to Beacon, The Towne Crier Cafe has an established legacy as one of New York’s most unique performance venues, hosting both emerging and established musical acts from here and abroad.

The Towne Crier Cafe, which is near the banks of the Hudson River and close enough to draw audiences from northern New Jersey, southeastern Connecticut as well as New York, is situated in an ideal location. Beacon has a vibrant artistic community with galleries, a thriving music scene and one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums: Dia: Beacon. Towne Crier owner Phil Ciganer says the club has received a warm reception from the surrounding community since its opening — partly because it continues to attract fans from all over the region: “On any given night, people who know The Towne Crier will show up because they’ve known us over the years,” he says. “When people come here, they also enjoy other parts of the town. The city is enjoying a renaissance and we are all working together to make it a nice, regional focal point.”

The facility in Beacon was an oversize warehouse before Ciganer put pencil to paper and began transforming it into an exquisite performance space and restaurant. “Everything from the framing, to the electric, to the sound system had to be built — it was a major project that took more than nine months,” he recalls. Once all the construction and interior elements were complete, Ciganer turned his attention towards the sound system. “The most important thing for me was to have the best sound anywhere,” he says. “We want people to be comfortable here and experience great music.”

The Towne Crier’s relationship with Sennheiser began over a decade ago when Greg Beebe, then a product manager for Sennheiser U.S. and now its president, paid a visit to Ciganer. “Greg was very impressed with what we were doing here and offered his support, so we began using Sennheiser at that point and have been very pleased with the sonic quality and durability of the microphones since,” he says. “When we moved to Beacon, I thought it would be a good idea to reconnect and strengthen our ties, so Tim Moore [Sennheiser artist relations] came to visit to assess the sound requirements we had in the new space.”

Moore recommended a package of Sennheiser’s evolution series wired microphones to cover vocals, piano, acoustic instruments such as guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as well as drums and other instruments. This included several e 935 dynamic microphones for vocals, e 914 small diaphragm condenser microphones for piano, acoustic instruments and room ambience, e 906 dynamic microphones for guitar cabinets and several other microphones including the e 902, e 904 and e 905 to cover drums and other instruments.

Joe Johnson, front of house for the Towne Crier, is elated with the performance of the evolution series, which he has running into a Soundcraft Performer 3 digital console and a Meyer P.A. system: “The e 935 is one of the best vocal mics I’ve ever heard,” he says. “The e 914s have a nice, open presence and a firm low end. We also use these as overheads on the drums — they are so versatile.” The e 935 was recently used as the vocal microphone during a performance by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb. “Jimmy has such a unique voice and an unusual microphone technique,” says Johnson. “With the e 935, you could really understand the diction and his lyrics.”

While the Towne Crier Cafe has established itself on an entirely new level, its overall vision remains the same as it was in 1972, says Ciganer: “Since the beginning, the music has always been the most important thing to me,” he says. “I have always associated Sennheiser with high quality, and Sennheiser microphones have helped us get the sound to where we wanted it to be.”

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, Connecticut. 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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) Songwriting great Jimmy Webb performs through a Sennheiser e 935 dynamic microphone and a pair of e 914 small diaphragm condenser microphones on the piano to an enthusiastic audience in November, 2013.
2) Joe Johnson, front of house for The Towne Crier, mixes a show using a Sennheiser e 935 microphone so artists can hear him clearly through stage monitors.
3) Singer/songwriter Sam Gleason sings through a Sennheiser e 935 dynamic microphone with an e 914 small diapragm condenser microphone on his acoustic guitar.

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New Deal Sounds Great to DPA Microphones

Danish microphone manufacturer to start 2014 with The Riverside Company as its new partner

ALLEROED, DENMARK, DECEMBER 17, 2013 – Leading microphone manufacturer DPA Microphones has consolidated its position in the market by joining forces with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that focuses on acquiring strong and growing businesses. The Riverside Company’s investment in DPA Microphones will allow DPA to significantly expand its operation and grow the company at a much faster pace.

“DPA is already a very successful and profitable company, which has been experiencing a 15 percent increase in sales, year after year, for the last five years,” says Christian Hoff, CFO of DPA Microphones. “With Riverside involved, we anticipate even stronger sales growth in the next five years.”

Riverside has extensive experience in the audio and electronics industry, having previously invested in German loudspeaker company Teufel, which was successfully divested in 2010. More recently, Riverside acquired BLUE Microphones, a U.S. manufacturer of consumer and performance microphones and related products.

Riverside Partner Thomas Blomqvist explains that Riverside saw DPA Microphones as an attractive partner because it has an innovative and well-designed product range and an international reputation for delivering outstanding quality and durability.

“This is a solid foundation for further growth and Riverside’s global network and experience in the audio industry should help propel DPA to further success,” adds Blomqvist.

Under the terms of the new deal, Hoff and Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, have retained their current positions in management and on the board, along with a 40 percent shareholding. Riverside is now the majority shareholder and will also have representation on the DPA board.

“For our day to day operation, it is business as usual,” says Poulsen. “What has changed is our ability to capitalize on our current success and make this even more significant in the future. Riverside has an extensive network worldwide, many of whom are specialists in the audio industry and have deep technical knowledge and experience that we can exploit. This investment will allow us to develop new technologies and new products at a much faster pace. It will also allow us to move into new markets and attract more good people to our brand, while still properly supporting our existing customer and partner base.”

DPA makes an array of microphones geared toward demanding professional users in application areas such as theater, broadcast, public address, live and studio. Its current product range includes headset, lavalier, instrument and vocal microphones. In addition, the company makes adapters and a variety of accessories to complement its offerings. DPA’s products are sold through the company’s own sales offices in Denmark, the U.S. and Hong Kong, as well as through a worldwide network of licensed distributors, and are used by many of the world’s top studios, broadcasters and recording artists.

Working with Blomqvist on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Björn Larsson and Associate Martin Gustavsson. Principal for Origination, Lars Eriksson, sourced the opportunity for Riverside. L.E.K., KPMG and Gorrissen Federspiel performed commercial, financial and legal due diligence, respectively. Danske Bank provided financing for the transaction. Audon A/S, an M&A International Inc. firm, advised DPA Microphones.

About The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $250 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 320 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.
www.riversidecompany.com or www.riversideeurope.com

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.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INAUGURATES MULTI-PURPOSE WSDG CONTROL ROOM

CHICAGO: For over 120 years, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has reigned as one of the world’s greatest classical music ensembles. In a move to upgrade their recording, broadcast and streaming capabilities, Marc Geelhoed, chief of the CSO’s CSO Resound record label, commissioned leading recording engineer/producers Tim Martyn and Shawn Murphy to form a design team to revamp the control room which has long served as the CSO’s technical hub.

A multiple Grammy winner, and owner of Phoenix Audio LLC based in Glen Rock NJ, Martyn has served as Technical Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival for 30 years. Oscar and Grammy-winning, film-scoring engineer Shawn Murphy, has worked with such artists as James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman and John Williams on films ranging from The Bourne Legacy, Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park.

Cognizant of the compressed time frame and technical constraints of the project, Martyn and Murphy turned to the Walters-Storyk Design Group as architectural and acoustical collaborators. “I’ve worked with John Storyk on a number of studio projects, and knew they had the creative skills and technical knowhow to redesign CSO’s control room within the limited construction window and budget allotted for this critical turnaround,” Martyn said.

WSDG Project Manager Matthew Ballos reports that their initial site visit to CSO’s 320 SF control room immediately inspired a key design point. “John Storyk and I agreed that the path to reconfiguring this 16′ wide x 20′ long room was to change its orientation from center line (rear wall) access to right rear corner. Shifting the position of the entrance immediately enabled us to improve the ‘sweet spot;’ introduce a comfortable client work area, and develop additional space to accommodate the CSO’s active CD duplication service for conductors and guest artists.” In addition to creating a custom suspended ceiling cloud and wall treatments, WSDG supervised custom millwork for the mixing desk and related cabinetry.

Designed to accommodate live recording, broadcast, streaming and post-production, the new CSO control room and recording system features Merging Technologies’ Pyramix DAWs and Horus Mic preamps and converters; a Yamaha DM2000 console; and B&W and Classé Monitors and power amplifiers. In addition, the orchestra made a serious commitment towards upgrading their microphone inventory, with new mics by Schoeps, Sennheiser, and Neumann.

“We could not be more pleased with the vastly improved appearance and functionality of our redesigned control room,” Marc Geelhoed remarked. “Tim and Shawn coordinated a remarkable team effort. Our new WSDG room is a success on every level. Our listeners and fans will clearly benefit as much as our technical staff from this new facility.”

“As an ardent enthusiast of classical music, I have an abiding love for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and their inspirational Music Director, Riccardo Muti,” John Storyk concludes. “We were honored to contribute to this important project.”

Photo 1. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Control Room revamped by WSDG. Photo by Harvey Tillis

Photo 2. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Photo 3. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Center. Photo by Jim Steere

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969′s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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New Deal Sounds Great To DPA Microphones

Leading microphone manufacturer DPA Microphones has consolidated its position in the market by joining forces with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that focuses on acquiring strong and growing businesses.

The Riverside Company’s investment in DPA Microphones will allow DPA to significantly expand its operation and grow the company at a much faster pace.

“DPA is already a very successful and profitable company, which has been experiencing a 15% increase in sales, year on year, for the last five years,” says DPA’s CFO Christian Hoff. “With Riverside involved, we anticipate even stronger sales growth in the next five years.”

Riverside has long experience in the audio and electronics industry, having previously invested in German loudspeaker company Teufel, which was successfully divested in 2010. More recently Riverside acquired BLUE Microphones, a US manufacturer of consumer and performance microphones and related products.

Riverside Partner Thomas Blomqvist says that Riverside saw DPA Microphones as an attractive partner because it has an innovative and well-designed product range and an international reputation for delivering outstanding quality and durability.

“This is a solid foundation for further growth, and Riverside’s global network and experience in the audio industry should help propel DPA to further success,” he says.

Under the terms of the new deal, DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen and CFO Christian Hoff have retained their current positions in management and on the board, along with a 40% shareholding. Riverside is now the majority shareholder and will also have representation on the DPA board.

“For our day to day operation, it is business as usual,” Christian Poulsen says. “What has changed is our ability to capitalize on our current success and make this even more significant in the future. Riverside has an extensive network worldwide, many of whom are specialists in the audio industry and have deep technical knowledge and experience that we can exploit. This investment will allow us to develop new technologies and new products at a much faster pace. It will also allow us to move into new markets and attract more good people to our brand, while still properly supporting our existing customer and partner base.”

DPA makes an array of microphones geared toward demanding professional users in application areas such as theatre, broadcast, public address/live and studio. Its current product range includes headset, lavalier, instrument, and vocal microphones. In addition, the company makes adaptors and a variety of accessories to complement its offerings. DPA’s products are sold through own sales offices in Denmark, the US and Hong Kong as well as through a worldwide network of licensed distributors, and are used by many of the world’s top studios, broadcasters and recording artists.

Working with Thomas Blomqvist on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Björn Larsson and Associate Martin Gustavsson. Principal for Origination Lars Eriksson sourced the opportunity for Riverside.

L.E.K., KPMG and Gorrissen Federspiel performed commercial, financial and legal due diligence, respectively. Danske Bank provided financing for the transaction. Audon A/S, an M&A International Inc. firm, advised DPA Microphones.

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About The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $250 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 320 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.
www.riversidecompany.com or www.riversideeurope.com

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 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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