Archive for June 11th, 2014

DPA Microphones Goes on a Musical Journey with The Walk to Fisterra

Company supplies array of microphones for a unique recording and musical documentary about a U.S. cellist’s 600-Mile Trek through France and Spain

NEW YORK, JUNE 11, 2014 – New York-based Cellist Dane Johansen is embarking on The Walk to Fisterra, a 600-mile musical/walking journey along the Camino de Santiago, a popular pilgrimage route through France and Spain. Over the course of his six-week journey, which began May 14, Johansen will stop at several of the 36 historic churches along the Ancient Roman footpath, where he will perform Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, while a team of filmmakers and music producers capture content for a stunning documentary about the pilgrimage. To ensure the highest quality audio, sound engineer, Kyle Pyke, and Grammy® Award-winner, Jesse Lewis, who is the music producer and co-sound engineer on the project, are using several pieces from DPA Microphones’ product line.

Included in their audio arsenal are d:dicate™ 4007A Omnidirectional mics for location recording and a combination of d:dicate 4011F Cardioid Podium and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument mics for close-pickup of the cello. A variety of d:mension™ 5100 Mobile Surround and d:dicate 4017B Shotgun mics are being used to capture ambience along the trail, while d:screet™ 4061 Miniature mics pick up dialogue.

“DPA was our top choice for microphones to record the audio for this journey,” shares Pyke. “When we were spec’ing out what we might need for the project, we enlisted DPA Microphones to be our exclusive mic partner. The reason is pretty simple, not only does the company’s catalog offer everything we could hope for, and more, in terms of microphone quality and detail, but DPA itself embodies an open, adventurous approach to pushing the industry forward, which is an intrinsic quality of The Walk to Fisterra.”

“DPA’s entire line of microphones is world class and the first I turn to for literally any situation,” adds Lewis. “Whether they are used for dialog, mobile-surround ambience or a solo cello, there isn’t another product line out there that can do everything that DPA’s mics can do. The accessories give us configurability, the vast microphone line gives us a freeing flexibility – which is something we especially need on this journey – and the capture of speech, ambience and music is lifelike and pristine. For a project like this, we need voices to be clear and the music has to be stunning, and that’s just what we get with DPA. Since DPA spares no expense in development and production, no matter the microphone or application, their mics are really a perfect fit for The Walk to Fisterra.”

As Johansen performs at churches along the route to Fisterra, his team will produce recordings and sound maps of each location, which Lewis can then use back in the studio to recreate the audio during film screenings or as background for Johansen’s live performances. “When we are on the road in often less-than-ideal acoustic environments, it’s important to make sure that nothing is lost due to noise or lack of detail,” continues Pyke. “We’re very happy with our selection of DPA mics, which ensure we keep the natural sound of the instrument intact during the recording process.”

To prepare for any unique audio challenges that they may encounter at the older venues, Pyke will rely on the cardioid pattern of the DPA d:dicate 4011F and d:vote 4099 mics, to capture sound directly off the instrument. The 4011F, superior for high sound levels and close pickup, will highlight the sound around the cello, while the d:vote 4099, much more natural sounding than any internal microphone or pickup, will be mounted directly on the cello to accurately record the instrument while removing any unwanted noise. Pyke also plans to use his DPA d:dicate 4007A Omni mics to capture in surround sound the reverberations produced by the instruments in the churches, which have an antique architecture that offers unique acoustics. The setup uses a decca tree in front, with two mics spaced at a variable distance and width, to give a sense of depth between venues.

“The 4007A’s flat response across the frequency spectrum is the perfect tool for capturing the true sound of the hall in both musical recording and impulse responses,” shares Pyke. “The 4011F offers a colorless pickup yet still retains its musicality, while the 4099 is conveniently small and unobtrusive without losing any detail. Additionally, the 5100, which we use to capture ambience in the venues, offers incredible audio quality in a rugged, easily mounted microphone design.”

In order to ensure the recordings offer listeners a true sense of the experience, Pyke must also capture dialogue and the ambience of journey along the Camino. To produce the best results, a combination of a d:mension 5100 Surround, 4017B Shotgun and several d:screet 4061 Miniature mics will be used. The d:mension 5100 comes conveniently packaged for recording surround on the road, as it can be mounted to a camera or boom, while the 4017B shotgun provides everything necessary for clear directional sound regardless of environmental conditions. The d:screet 4061s, though tiny, produce an accurate omnidirectional pattern without need to be aimed directly at the sound source.

The Walk to Fisterra was inspired by Johansen, who feels the voyage is symbolic to his relationship with music. The dedication needed to perfect the Bach Suites requires an artist to continuously pursue a singular goal and therefore is like a pilgrimage, endless and requiring extreme effort, daily commitment and absolute resolve. Johansen and his team hope the performances of Bach’s music and visits to mentor young cellists in schools along the Camino during The Walk to Fisterra, will inspire the communities as they speak through the universal language of music.

Johansen performs throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician and he is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He made his Lincoln Center Debut performing Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto with James Levine in celebration of the composer’s centennial and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012, performing a program of his own design entitled Lightness, which explored philosophical lightness in music of the 20th century.

El Camino de Santiago, an ancient route to Santiago de Compostela and Fisterra on the western edge of Europe, was originally a Pagan footpath that was later appropriated by the Romans as part of their campaign to Christianize Spain. Still journeyed by those seeking to challenge their bodies and minds, the path features roads, monasteries and cathedrals along the route to provide pilgrims with areas of rest.

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.

GatesAir Transmitters Power National Over-The-Air Radio Services in Pakistan

Flexiva™ AM transmitters balance consistent, reliable coverage over large areas with low total cost of ownership

CINCINNATI, June 11, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, is helping Radio Pakistan (the Pakistan Broadcasting Corp.) deliver news, information and entertainment over the air to residents across the country with its reliable, efficient AM radio solutions. GatesAir supplied its high-power Flexiva™ DX® and 3DX® series of AM over-the-air transmitters to ensure reliable and consistent coverage across the large country.

The power-efficient Flexiva transmitters yield typical efficiencies approaching 90 percent, delivering the industry’s lowest operating costs for AM radio transmitters.

“Our national services are absolutely vital to Radio Pakistan, keeping the people informed and up to date,” said Mrs. Samina Parvez, director general, Radio Pakistan. “We want to focus our efforts on delivering the right programs, so our top requirement was for a supplier who could undertake the complete project and provide continuing support in the shape of essential spare parts to keep the transmission smooth. GatesAir has an excellent reputation in transmitters, and met all our criteria.”

All GatesAir AM radio transmitters leverage modern technology to run exceptionally cool and provide high reliability in harsh environmental conditions, with design efficiencies that ease ongoing maintenance. Specifically, DX transmitters use redundant circuit designs that, together with modular construction and off-the-shelf components, make them extremely easy to maintain. The 3DX line of digital, solid-state AM transmitters features Direct Digital Drive technology, which eliminates traditional RF driver designs. This enhancement results in a simpler design, greater efficiency and improved reliability, ultimately reducing operational costs.

“When considering very high-power transmitters, efficiency is one of the most critical factors, as is the huge impact on cost of ownership,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “We have invested in unique and market leading technology to ensure superior efficiency and the exceptional reliability operators expect.”

The new transmitter networks are now on air. While Radio Pakistan is broadcasting analog radio on medium wave, the transmitter platforms can be converted in the field to provide digital radio broadcasting in the future.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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Pensado Awards Unveils Megaphone Statuette

New awards show previews the award trophy in advance of June 28 ceremony

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 10, 2014 — Pensado Awards, an upcoming award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” has unveiled its award statuette – custom-designed as a gold-plated megaphone. Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey).

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “When we were trying to decide on a trophy design, we wanted to create something unique and memorable that encompassed audio in general and captured the spirit and lightheartedness of Pensado’s Place. Then one night it came to me: A megaphone – a tool for public address, or ‘P.A.’ – struck me as the perfect symbol for these awards, as most audio is made for the public in one way or another. Also, I have been calling the Pensado Awards ‘P.A.’ since day one, so it ties in very nicely across our whole concept.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) added: “We wanted our awards statuette to be something that both pros and non-pros could relate to, and I think the megaphone is iconic to everybody in some way. We look forward to distributing these handsome trophies to our award winners on June 28.”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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