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Hal Leonard Announces The Pensado Papers

The behind the scenes story of Dave Pensado’s and Herb Trawick’s incredible and inspirational journey

Montclair, NJ (September 2, 2014) – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, announces the release of The Pensado Papers, written by Dave Pensado, first-call mixing engineer (Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and more!) and his manager Herb Trawick.

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The Pensado Papers is first and foremost about work ethic, passion, and commitment. The authors instill the strong conviction that going beyond expectations will guarantee success on all levels. “To this day, if someone hires me to do something it is rare that I don’t do way more than what I’m paid to do,” writes Pensado.

The Pensado Papers reveals insights into the engineering regime of a recording genius, a creative philosophy that results in achievement and success. Starting from the very beginnings of Dave and Herb’s friendship, the book leads to their top-rated YouTube show, Pensado’s Place, where they discuss important music and audio recording topics with pro audio experts. “Audio is the foundation of Pensado’s Place. But the show is really about creativity,” says Pensado when he talks about the show in the book.

The book is written in a warm conversational tone between two friends, with occasional friendly banter making it even more fun to read. Maureen Droney – editor and long-time friend to Pensado and Trawick – has skillfully captured the likeability, wisdom, and charm that millions of viewers have grown to love about this incredible duo.

Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick will introduce their book at the 137th AES Convention at Los Angeles:

Friday, October 10 at 2 pm
AES Platinum Event with Herb and Dave

Saturday, October 11 at 11 am.
Book signing at the Hal Leonard booth #1141

Praise for The Pensado Papers
“The Pensado Papers is a must-read for anyone who’s ever craved the behind-the-scenes, double-barreled, all-access pass into the music business that only Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick could provide: fiery, insightful, incisive, inspiring, and most importantly, one hell of a good read.” —Nick Messitte, Contributor, Forbes.com

About the Authors
Dave Pensado is a Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer who cut his teeth in Atlanta doing live and studio sound engineering during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles and now mixes between 200 and 250 songs per year. In September 2011, he and Herb Trawick started a weekly show called Pensado’s Place. The show is about engineering techniques and features interviews with guest mixers, producers, and artists, and has enjoyed tremendous success due to the valuable information provided by and their guests. Dave and Herb both live in Los Angeles.

The Pensado Papers – Available October 9, 2014 – PLEASE CONTACT Martina@musicmarcom.com for pre-release review copies!

The Pensado Papers
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00120020
ISBN: 9781480345690
Width: 7.0″, length: 10.0″, 320 pages

For more information, please visit HalLeonardBooks.com

DPA Microphones Expands Sales Force

U.S. office welcomes three new Area Sales Managers; promotes new General Manager

LONGMONT, CO, AUGUST 25, 2014 – DPA Inc., the U.S. branch of DPA Microphones, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Spahr, Pedro Rocha and Leonardo Romero as Area Sales Managers for the Eastern U.S., Western U.S. and Southern U.S./Latin America, respectively. The company has also promoted Shan Siebert to General Manager of the Longmont, Colorado-based office. After a year of unprecedented growth for the U.S. operations, these latest assignments signify the company’s continued commitment to its customers in the region.

“This announcement comes at a very exciting time for DPA Microphones’ U.S. operations,” says Eric Mayer, President of DPA, Inc. “Not only does this serve as an example of how our brand recognition has expanded, but it also means that we’ll be able to further grow our fan base throughout the Americas. In addition, these appointments will allow me to perform my day-to-day strategy, sales and marketing responsibilities more effectively, giving us the opportunity for even greater success. Welcome aboard, Pedro, Leonardo and Chris, and congratulations Shan!”

Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Leonardo Romero has more than 20 years experience in the U.S., Latin American and Middle Eastern markets. In addition to joining DPA, Inc. as Area Sales Manager for Southern U.S., he will also oversee DPA Microphones’ distributors in Canada and Latin America. He comes to the company from Teldyne Reson, manufacturer of high-tech sonar and hydrophone devices, where he served as Latin America Sales Director. With a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine, Romero has held sales positions for a variety of companies across the oil, printing and software markets, including Lub-Line Corporation; OneVision Software, AG; Esko-Graphics; Budde International, Inc. and Newgen Systems. He will build on these experiences to help with DPA’s presence in the HOW, theme park and cruise ship markets.

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barry University and a recording arts associate’s degree from Full Sail University, Christopher Spahr’s 20-year career spans the music, recording arts and pro sound industries. He comes to DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Eastern U.S. from RTW, where he oversaw U.S. sales and operations. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a Market Development Manager and certified U.S. RF Expert for Sennheiser, in both the installed sound and professional channels. He has also served as Staff Engineer at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and performed live sound work for various concerts, corporate functions and theater applications. These experiences make Philadelphia-based Spahr an excellent candidate to grow DPA’s reach on the East Coast and in the broadcast, theater and music markets.

A former Film Sound Instructor with The Los Angeles Film School, Pedro Rocha joins DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Western U.S. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, Rocha also earned a certificate degree in audio engineering from the Musician’s Institute and attended Full Sail University’s online entertainment business master’s program. Prior to his teaching position, Rocha served as an Avid Pro Tools® Marketing Specialist and as a pro audio and musical instrument Sales Representative for a variety of retailers, which will serve him well for his current position. In addition to his responsibilities of West Coast sales, Rocha will also be tasked with overseeing growth in the film and music industries.

Building on his five-year tenure with the company, Shan Siebert has been promoted to General Manager from his role as Service Manager, which he has held since 2010. In this new position, Siebert will oversee the day-to-day operations of the U.S. office, including distribution, technical assistance and loan facilitation. Prior to joining DPA Microphones, Shan served as a Radio Installer in the United States Army for four years, learning to solder and repair electrical equipment, and later earned a pastry degree that led to his own dessert company, where he learned the intricacies of business management. This unique background gives Siebert the perfect combination of trade and financial experience to manage and oversee DPA’s U.S. office.

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.

Sound Devices Opens New European Service Center

New Berlin Location Provides Shorter Repair Turnaround Time for European Customers

REEDSBURG, WI, AUGUST 20, 2014 – Sound Devices is pleased to announce the establishment of Sound Devices Europe GmbH and the opening of its new European Service Center in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park. The new facility has been established to extend product service and repair to the company’s growing international customer base.

With the opening of the new repair facility in Berlin, European customers can expect shorter turnaround times and lower shipping costs. In addition, local users will also have closer contact with Sound Devices technicians. The facility is stocked with a full inventory of parts and features brand-new, state-of-the-art repair equipment, and Sound Devices factory-customized test stands to ensure the highest quality service and repair possible.

“This new Service Center is a big step for us and a testament to our commitment to our European customers,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are not only committed to creating the finest video and audio products, but also providing unrivalled service to our customers. It is further proof of our continued growth and evolution as a company.”

Effective immediately, the European Service Center will perform factory service and repair for all Video Devices products, warranty and non-warranty, sold in the EU. For Sound Devices audio products, it will provide this service for the following EU countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. Distributors with established audio service repair facilities will continue to service Sound Devices audio products at this time, including Ambient Recording, Audio Electronics Mattijsen, JBK Marketing and Shure Distribution UK. Over time, all warranty service repairs will be moved to the Berlin facility.

The European Service Center is in direct contact with all European distributors, further ensuring timely delivery of service. To have product repair or service undertaken, customers should contact their local distributor directly to receive authorization.

The Berlin facility is headed by Ginetta Fassio, an accomplished Tonmeister (sound master) and Sound Devices product user for more than a decade. The expert technician team comprises highly qualified German electrical engineers, all of whom have received special training at the Sound Devices corporate headquarters in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

“Our doors are officially open and we are ready to begin handling repairs.” says Fassio. “As an extension to the team headquartered in the U.S., we will provide the personal one-on-one service that Sound Devices is known for, to those customers and distributors in Europe and the surrounding region.”

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. Established in 2014, Sound Devices Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Berlin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

Westlake Pro Hosts Mixing Master Class with Andrew Scheps

First videos in series now available on YouTube

Los Angeles, CA – Westlake Pro, a leading retailer of professional audio, video, broadcast equipment, recording, and live sound equipment, technical services and musical instruments, recently hosted a Mixing Master Class with legendary audio engineer Andrew Scheps. The seminar, which took place at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, was filmed and edited into a video series, with the first of 13 now available for viewing on Westlake Pro’s YouTube channel.
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Media Group International Opens A New Training Academy

From September 2014, leading systems integrator Media Group International (MGI) will help broadcast professionals bridge the gap between traditional broadcast infrastructure and IT by delivering high quality training courses from its new Training Academy in Dubai.

Headed by Training Manager Joe MacQuarrie, an official ACSR Trainer who has recently joined MGI from Avid Technology Europe, the MGI Training Academy will provide the burgeoning Middle East broadcast industry with a unique educational opportunity. This unique facility will give broadcast professionals and engineers in the region access to a range of courses that focus on technical and operational systems and highlight how to use new technology in the most efficient way.

“As an Award-winning company with a deep understanding of broadcast and IT infrastructures and long-standing relationships with many of the industry’s key manufacturers, MGI is ideally placed to deliver the highly specialised training courses that our industry needs.” says MGI’s Managing Director, John Aslett. “Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and broadcasters who stay on top of these changes stand to benefit enormously, both in terms of time saved and creativity unleashed.”

Based in Studio City, the MGI Training Academy incorporates classroom facilities; a student lounge; a central apparatus room; a visualisation, pre-build, testing and acceptance area for projects, and two multi-use conference/training rooms that can be used for breakout workflow discussions or additional classroom exercises.

The Academy’s schedule of day and evening courses will encompass Project Related Technical Training for existing customers and public courses. Bespoke workflow design, training and consultancy are also included in MGI’s holistic approach, with courses provided either at the Academy or on location at a customer’s facility.

“In addition to courses on all Avid solutions, an example of the type of bespoke course we are developing is the Cisco Networking Boot Camp for Broadcast Engineers, which runs from October 5 to 9, 2014,” says Training Manager Joe MacQuarrie. “The course will be delivered by MGI’s Jim White, (CCIE) and a Cisco Certified Instructor with many years’ experience building networks specifically for TV. Although it covers the essential parts of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum, the course also comes with a unique twist because we have enhanced the content so that it better meets the needs of today’s broadcaster. Pertinent topics like how to network broadcast systems are introduced, while less relevant subjects like Frame Relay have been removed.”

The Academy is also working with the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) to deliver its foundational courses, as well as offering authorised training for many different manufacturers in the broadcast industry.

For more information about the MGI Training Academy and for a full list of courses, please visit www.mgi.tv

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Notes to the editor:
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International (MGI) is an award-winning media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International won the Digital Studio award for ‘System Integrator of the Year’ in March 2014. The company also holds ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.
www.mgi.tv

The Lena Live Radio Hour is On-Air with DPA Microphones

Syndicated web-based radio show simplifies studio setup with company’s d:dicate Recording Microphone range

NEW YORK, JULY 29, 2014 – Listeners the world-over tune in to BBS Internet Radio every Thursday to hear The Lena Live Radio Hour, hosted by Professor Lena Miremonde. The multi-faceted program covers topics from physics and politics, to music and art. In order to ensure the audio is perfectly clear over the airwaves, the station relies on DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ Recording Microphones with MMP-A preamp. With the capability to switch between the d:dicate 2011 Cardioid and 2006 Omnidirectional capsules, the program’s producer, Julian Lampert, is afforded a modular functionality that can cover a large variety of audio needs while offering the benefits of fantastic sound quality and a drastically simple setup.

Thanks to his musical background, Lampert has been familiar with DPA for years. When he went searching for a microphone solution for Lena Live, he felt DPA’s selection of recording mics could easily be integrated into the station. Using just one d:dicate preamp, Lampert can choose between the 2006 Omni capsule, to record commercial and performance music, and the 2011 Cardioid capsule, to record interviews with distinguished guests who join the program to share the latest in science, medicine, the arts, politics, psychology and economics.

“The modular capability of the d:dicate Recording Microphones is exactly the reason we chose DPA,” shares Lampert. “What worked extremely well was that the range increased our efficiency dramatically and we’ve had really fantastic results all around.”

Since there is an immediate shift between the live musical performances and Miremonde’s commentary and interviews, the station had to find a way to make the microphone transition simple to avoid a lull between music and speech. Once Lampert and the program engineer decided to test relying on just one mic to cover speaking and musical audio needs, they were surprised by how well the solution worked.

“When the modular series came out, that was really our answer, and we’ve been very happy ever since,” shares Lampert. “We’ve been using less equipment, which has a very wonderful benefit of increasing our efficiency and also creating a much higher sound quality, especially for the interviews. I think of these microphones as part of my musical instrument collection, they’re more than just microphones.”

The d:dicate Recording Microphone range combines the best capsules with the best preamplifiers to deliver superior sound for all applications where high-quality audio is required. The 2011 Cardioid and the 2006 Omni are rooted in the design technology of DPA’s classic miniature capsules. The 2011, primarily optimized for on-stage use, upholds audio clarity, richness and dynamic range to fit the needs of a radio program while the 2006, which, when combined with the MMP-A preamp, produces a low distortion with an accurate and faithful sound.

In addition to using DPA for radio, Lampert always uses the company’s mics for his main role as a professional composer. He additionally relies on DPA mics to record his performances and stage work for commercial music and acoustic instruments. With over 10 years of experience, Lampert has written for two-time Olympic Champion figure skating legends Ludmila & Oleg Protopopov.

Miremonde is internationally known as a musician, journalist and educator.
With her expertise in performance psychology, she established an approach that applies to virtually all areas of human performance: from artistic expression to public-speaking, from academic achievement to developing self-confidence among young adults. She infuses an aura of music and art into nearly every area of conversation, whether it be medicine, politics, film-making or cooking. Drawing from her rich background of life and work in Europe and the U.S., Miremonde’s shows often project ideas that are universal to listeners all over the globe.

The Lena Live Radio Hour can be heard on iTunes Radio, Tune-In Radio and other radio networks. The show is currently featuring “The Nobel Series,” profiling four Nobel Prize winners in the areas of physics, medicine and biology. Other guests have included Carol Roth, CNBC contributor and New York Times best-selling author; Mark Barondess, celebrity attorney; David Gallo, oceanographer and CNN contributor; Sir Richard Roberts, 1993 Nobel Laureate, biochemist and molecular biologist, New York State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Suzi Oppenheimer; and the late UN Ambassador Jerome Shestack.

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

Music Marcom Marks 10th Year

PR & Marketing agency serves over 50 music companies over the past decade, looks to the future

Phoenix, AZ (June 23, 2014) – Music Marcom (www.musicmarcom.com) is celebrating 10 years in business in 2014. During that time, the company has successfully provided marketing communications services to over 50 musical instrument, professional audio, and music technology companies as well as recording facilities and audio industry professionals.

Combining their collective PR and marketing experience from such companies as Guitar Center, Magix Entertainment, SDI Media, Steinberg Media Technologies and Fender Musical Instruments, Brian and Martina McConnon founded Music Marcom in 2004. “We actually met at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California,” points out Brian McConnon. “We have different, but complimentary skills sets that allow us to cover a lot of ground for our clients.”

The vision was to provide small to mid-size companies a menu of expert marketing and communications services as an alternative to an expensive in-house department. By keeping Music Marcom focused and specialized, they are able to provide a tremendous value for their clients. “As we ramped up, we found this formula fit a wide range of situations, from start-ups that need the entire portfolio of marketing services, to mid-size companies that need product launch or tradeshow support, and large corporations that need focused and targeted PR,” says Martina McConnon.

Kim Pfluger, PR and Events Manager for iZotope, Inc. said, “iZotope has had the pleasure of working with Music Marcom since the very beginning. Their focus, attention to detail, and assertiveness continue to build our brand in the Pro Audio, MI, and Post Production industries, as well as new industries and geographic locations. Up for anything, they deliver great results with a positive attitude, fostering close relationships with the media on iZotope’s behalf.”

As the industry has evolved, so too has the way Music Marcom markets their clients’ products and brands. “The shift to digital media has created more opportunities to engage customers, but it has also fragmented the landscape into specific interests and preferences,” adds McConnon. “We help clients plan and implement traditional PR and marketing strategies with modern digital, social, and content marketing strategies for a completely integrated approach.”

“We have been working with Music Marcom for the last five years to help us gain better product recognition of our musician oriented publications in the MI space,” said John Cerullo, Group Publisher, Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. “They have done an amazing job augmenting our in-house efforts, which is exactly what we needed when we started this relationship. Brian and Martina have been wonderful to work with and are very engaged with both our publications and authors. This makes all the difference in the end results. We look forward to working with them well into the future.”

For more information on Music Marcom’s services, please visit www.musicmarcom.com, email martina@musicmarcom.com, or call 610-577-4982.

Backbeat Books Publishes The Bass Handbook

The complete guide to mastering the bass guitar

Montclair, NJ (June 17, 2014) – This updated version of Adrian Ashton’s step-by-step course in playing the bass guitar is the latest addition to Backbeat Book’s popular Handbook Series.

“Adrian’s book tells you everything you could possibly want to know about instruments, amplifiers, effects, players, setups, and history. It’s all here. Not to mention just plain interesting stuff that even an old hand like myself can find fascinating,” says John Paul Jones in the foreword of The Bass Handbook.

The electric bass guitar is central to modern music, playing a key role in melody, harmony, and rhythm. This book will help any bassists – beginners and advanced players – to master the instrument and find their own style. The book includes:

- A course in playing from tuning up to advanced harmony
- Guidance on how to read both tab and standard notation
- Instructions in modern techniques, including slapping and harmonics, and in how to improve your performance on stage and in a band
- Exercises in the style of ten great artists, including Paul McCartney, Flea, Bernard Edwards, Chris Wolstenholme, and James Jamerson
- Coverage of a range of genres, from rock and blues to jazz, funk, and metal
- A history of the electric bass and profiles of the most important instruments
- Biographies of the great players, plus recommended listening
- Advice on amps, speakers, strings, pickups, and cables
- The included CD contains 97 tracks of the book’s key musical exercises and examples.

“Writing with the authority and technical know-how of a player as well as an aficionado, Adrian has a dedication and obvious love of all things low frequency that makes this book no practicing or prospective bass guitarist can be without,” concludes John Paul Jones.

About the Author:
Adrian Ashton has 20 years of experience as a player, teacher, and writer. A graduate of the Bass Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, he was the founding editor of the UK’s Bass Guitar Magazine.

The Bass Handbook
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00119655
ISBN: 9781480361904
Width: 9.25”
Length: 11″
256 pages

For more information, please visit Hal Leonard Performing Arts.

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.

NEUTRIK USA APPOINTS KUKLINSKI AS APPLICATIONS MANAGER

**** Photo: David Kuklinski ****

Charlotte, NC – June 2014… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Kuklinski to the position of Applications Manager. He will focus on the Broadcast market and new solutions offered by Neutrik and their channel partners. With a background of sales and professional services management in the technology sector, Kuklinski is an ideal fit for this newly created position. Kuklinski will be based out of Neutrik USA’s Charlotte, NC offices. He started on June 2, 2014. more

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