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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.

Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i Come Into Focus at InfoComm 2014

New Recorders Offer Advanced Network Functionality and Multi-Drive Recording for Seamless Integration into Existing AV Systems

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 17, 2014 – Video Devices, mission critical video products by Sound Devices, showcases its latest PIX recorders, PIX 270i and PIX 250i, at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6443). The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i multi-drive video decks offer comprehensive multi-channel AV record and playback tools for house of worship (HOW), corporate, live event and other production applications.

The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. Its advanced network functionality along with simultaneous multi-drive video and audio recording makes Video Devices latest PIX products a complete production-ready AV solution. In addition, its ability to be controlled over IP, RS-422 and GPIO make it ideally suited to be integrated into a range of AV applications.

Both products feature extensive network connectivity and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s production. Its built-in Web server, PIXNet, offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. PIX 270i features built-in multiple unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel. Frame accurate sync works with other PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 250i can be grouped with other PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i can be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible) controllers as well as via its GPIO port.

Up to four drives, two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For PIX 250i, up to two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

The Video Devices PIX 250i and PIX 270i are designed for mission-critical applications with their dedicated video hardware, and PowerSafe and FileSafe feature sets. Both products are equipped with the company’s proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PIX also features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should a drive be inadvertently removed during recording; simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files. Powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector, the PIX 270i also offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

The PIX recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

The PIX 270i offers extensive audio capabilities, with 64 record tracks (32 tracks at 96k), Dante audio-over-Ethernet, 64 channels of both MADI (coaxial and optical) audio, eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, making the PIX 270i the world’s first video device that also includes Dante audio over Ethernet. The PIX 250i features eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and supports up to 16 tracks of audio. With its wide range of input and output capabilities, the 270i also offers real-time bridging between the various audio interface types.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i also include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available.

With its built-in ultra-accurate time-code generator/reader with genlock input/output, the PIX is a great master clock for driving a network of devices requiring synchronization. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources.

PIX can be seamlessly integrated into existing AV systems and environments due to its 1/2-rack, 2-U chassis dimension. Both the PIX 270i and PIX 250i have precision five-inch IPS, 800- x 480-pixel displays for setup menu access and video monitoring. The high-accuracy display, with its peaking, false color and zoom functions, is perfect for framing, exposure and focus evaluation.

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. 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. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

Sennheiser microphone technology set to feature in Brazil

Old Lyme, Conn., June 16, 2014 – When national soccer teams from all over the world line up to compete for victory in Brazil, several hundred million TV viewers will be watching live and many will be more than happy to stay up all night in order to follow the action. During the tournament, the production company Host Broadcast Services (HBS) will be using wireless and wired microphones from Sennheiser, including the new Esfera surround microphone system, to capture the stadium atmosphere as realistically as possible and to provide the matches with thrilling commentaries and pitchside reports.

Whether sports fans or not, for TV viewers soccer is set to reign supreme for the next few weeks. For HBS, which has been producing such events since 2002, preparations have long been underway — the equipment and teams required for Brazil have been on-site since the beginning of April, carrying out intensive groundwork in order to ensure smooth broadcasts from the twelve stadia.

In Brazil HBS will, for the first time, use Sennheiser’s new Esfera surround microphone system, which produces complete 5.1 surround sound from the signal of a compact stereo microphone. “For us, high-quality images and high-quality sound go hand in hand,” comments a spokesperson from HBS. “And with Esfera we can create 5.1 sound with ease – even in post-production. Due to their compact construction and the small amount of cabling required, Esfera microphones will be used in a number of areas in the stadia, e.g. in the players’ tunnel, outside to capture the atmosphere and in the Camera 1 position as a fail-safe for 5.1 surround sound.” A total of 36 Esfera microphones (SPM 8000) will record the sound in the twelve stadia; in the International Broadcast Centre, two Esfera processing units (SPB 8000) will then be used to produce 5.1 sound from the stereo signals.

The sound of volleys and goal kicks will be captured using around 300 shotgun microphones – including MKH 8070 long gun microphones for the very precise recording of distant sound sources, MKH 8060 short gun microphones and MKH 418-S stereo shotgun microphones. MD 46 reporter microphones will also be in action at the edge of the pitch.

A total of 24 plug-on transmitters from the 2000 series will be used for wireless boom microphones and for spidercam-mounted MKH 8060s. Every camera team will also have a wireless reporting set (EK 2000 camera receiver and SK 2000 bodypack transmitter with MKE 1 clip-on microphone) and a wired MD 46 reporter microphone at its disposal. The audio signal will be monitored via HD 25 headphones.

Team and match news:

Of course, background reports about the teams and other stories from Brazil are a vital element too. To this end, HBS has also put together additional wireless packages for reporters: 40 wireless reporting sets with technology from the 2000 series will provide crystal clear sound transmission (EK 2000 camera receivers and SKM 2000 handheld transmitters with MMD 935 microphone heads), while 40 talk-back links will enable reporters to maintain contact with editorial staff (SK 2000 transmitters and EK 1039 bodypack receivers with HD 25 headphones).

Wolfgang Guse, Sales Director Professional Systems at Sennheiser Vertrieb und Service: “The demands regarding broadcasting from Brazil will be very high – image and sound quality must be excellent. We are delighted that HBS has been working with us for such a long time and has again, in Brazil, chosen to rely on our high-quality products.”

Sennheiser equipment in Brazil:

Microphones in the twelve stadia / camera team equipment

• 36 Esfera surround microphone systems (36 SPM 8000 stereo microphones; two SPB 8000 processing units)
• 240 MKH 8060 short gun microphones
• 48 MKH 8070 long gun microphones
• 96 MKH 418-S stereo shotgun microphones
• 47 MKH 416 short gun microphones
• 120 MD 46 reporter microphones
• 24 wireless channels of the 2000 Series for boom and spider cam microphones
• 47 wireless microphone systems for camera use (EK 2000 camera receivers, SK 2000 bodypack transmitters with MKE 1 clip-on microphones)
• 47 MD 46 reporter microphones
• 47 HD 25 monitoring headphones

Additional equipment for team news reporting:

• 40 camera systems (EK 2000 camera receivers, SKM 2000 handheld trans-mitters with MMD 935 microphone heads)
• 40 talk-back links (SK 2000 bodypack transmitters, EK 1039 bodypack receivers, HD 25 headphones)

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. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 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, Australia and New Zealand, 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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Image captions:
1: In Brazil, HBS will use Sennheiser shotgun microphones, wireless microphone technology and Esfera surround microphone systems

2: The MKH 8070 long gun microphone can record even distant ball contact reliably and realistically

Sennheiser Encourages Customers to ‘Gear Up and Cash In’ During New Wireless Rebate Promotion

From Now Until August 31st, Customers Can Trade In Their Old Wireless Gear for up to $200 Cash Back on Select New Sennheiser Wireless Systems

Old Lyme, Conn., June 2, 2014: Some things are worth waiting for, like Summertime and audio specialist Sennheiser’s latest rebate promotion — which offers customers of select new wireless systems up to $200 cash back for qualifying trade-in equipment.

Between now and August 31, wireless customers can trade in their old wireless systems for cash rebates when purchasing new Sennheiser wireless systems. Cash back will be given for systems including XS Wireless ($50), ew 100 G3 ($100), ew 300 G3 ($150) and ew 500 G3 ($200) — full model numbers listed below. Rebates are valid on Sennheiser wireless systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Sennheiser dealer between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014. Customers can learn more and take advantage of the promotion by downloading the PDF here: http://www.sennheiserusa.com/gear-up.

Following is a listing of rebate values for the various products included in the promotion:

XS Wireless Systems ($50 rebate value)
• XSW 12
• XSW 35
• XSW 52
• XSW 65
• XSW 72

ew 100 G3 Systems ($100 rebate value)
• ew 112 G3
• ew 112-p G3
• ew 122 G3
• ew 122-p G3
• ew 135 G3
• ew 135-p G3
• ew 145 G3
• ew 152 G3
• ew 165 G3
• ew 172 G3
• ew 100-ENG G3

ew 300 G3 Series ($150 rebate value)
• ew 312 G3
• ew 322 G3
• ew 335 G3
• ew 345 G3
• ew 352 G3
• ew 365 G3
• ew 300 IEM G3
• ew 300-2 IEM-G3

ew 500 G3 Series ($200 rebate value)
• ew 512 G3
• ew 572 G3
• ew 500-935 G3
• ew 500-945 G3
• ew 500-965 G3

To receive a rebate on eligible products, customers will need to mail the following items to Sennheiser following their purchase (postmarked no later than September 30, 2014):

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Sennheiser website at: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/rebate.
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014, from an authorized Sennheiser dealer for a product listed above.

All rebates must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless trans-mission 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, Con-necticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engi-neering 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.

The Audio Engineering Society Comes to Los Angeles for 137th International AES Convention

— AES137 to feature busy itinerary of numerous track sessions, including Recording and Production, the Project Studio Expo, Networked Audio, and more —

— Taking place in the revitalized L.A. Live district, AES137 will be the focal point for all things audio —

New York, NY, June 12, 2014 — The AES 137th International Convention is gearing up to take place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located in the revitalized L.A. Live district. Returning to Los Angeles after nearly 12 years, the AES Convention will bring together the world’s largest gathering of audio professionals for four days of the best of what the industry has to offer. Attendees will be able to take advantage of opportunities to hear from top audio industry figures while also sharing in the latest research and technology information through informative papers, tutorials, workshops and special events.

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording and production, broadcast and streaming, game audio, live sound, post-production, and more — AES137 will have something for everyone. Of special focus this year will be Networked Audio and its integration into our standard workflow, with particular attention to standards such as AES67, MADI, and other networking protocols that the AES has played a large part in shaping. From creating such standards, to maximizing playback potential of the final product, the Audio Engineering Society is the place to connect with the people and technologies on the leading edge of professional audio.

As a recent addition to AES conventions, the popular Project Studio Expo (PSE) presented by Sound On Sound magazine, serves as a venue for focusing on some of the most timely and relevant areas of interest facing today’s personal and project studio users. These comprehensive presentations cover topics of importance for all engineers, producers and recording enthusiasts, without leaving the exhibits showcase area. This fourth edition of the PSE will feature two new and unique presentations: “The Five Most Common Project Studio Recording Mistakes,” presented by Mike Senior of Cambridge Music Technology; and “Project Studio Design,” with acclaimed studio designer John Storyk of the Walters-Storyk Design Group. Both programs will give personal insight into practical project studio issues, from initial design to avoiding common mistakes in workflow and technology.

Visit the AES137 home page for future updates on registration, programs, and special events at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now 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. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

Antelope Audio Delivers Analog Warmth and Clarity on Jay-Z’s Magna Carter World Tour

Front of House, Monitors and Playback Rigs All Clocked Externally Using Antelope Audio Trinity | 10M Combination, While Orion32 Facilitates 32 Channels of Pristine Playback

Santa Monica, CA, June 11, 2014 – Having completed the second European leg of his international Magna Carter tour in support of his latest blockbuster album Magna Carta Holy Grail, world famous hip hop artist Jay-Z continues to dazzle arena audiences with his uncommon talent, sheer charisma and authentic performances. The tour, which began in October of last year, is expected to continue as more dates and locations are announced.

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Antelope Audio, fresh off of Rihanna’s “Diamonds World Tour”, has played a central role in the Magna Carter tour’s audio system, providing clocking for all critical production stations including front of house (FOH), monitors and playback. “I am from the old school, and for me, it is all about the analog sound,” comments Kelo Saunders, FOH engineer for the Magna Carter tour. “In this digital world we all now live in, the Antelope Audio Trinity and 10M add a new dimension, bringing it closer to what you might expect from analog. It opens the mix right up and that’s what I love about it.”

Jay-Z’s production team embraced Antelope’s clocking and conversion equipment approximately one year ago, after some of their equipment was damaged in a flood following Hurricane Sandy. “After the flood, we lost a lot of our gear,” recalls Kenny Nash, a veteran engineer who has handled monitors for The O’Jays, Brian McNight, Vivian Green and many others. “But from the old comes the new, so we rebuilt our rig and brought the Antelope stuff in starting with a 10M and a Trinity. When I began clocking my console off of these units, my mixes changed.”

“With the Antelope gear, my mixes sounded brighter and the sonic spectrum widened,” Nash continued. “I am able to run a lot of my channels flatter now, where I used to have to have some EQ bumps. It kind of made the whole mix just open up.”

Currently, Jay-Z’s Magna Carter tour utilizes an Antelope Audio Trinity | 10M combination at FOH to which the console and Pro Tools system are both slaved. The monitor system, meanwhile, is clocked by an Antelope 1oM, and provides clocking for two Antelope Orion32s, both located at playback.

For playback engineer Demetrius Henry, the Antelope Orion32 AD/DA audio interface — which provides 32 channels of pristine I/O in a single rackspace unit — has opened up an array of new possibilities. Henry, who first used the Orion32 during Rihanna’s “Diamonds World Tour”, was shocked at how much power the device delivered in such a small footprint. “It really blew my mind that Antelope was able to send and receive 32 channels of 192k audio all over USB, without me having to install some kind of proprietary hardware card on my computer,” he says.

“By using the Orion32, I am able to give FOH and monitors more channels and more audio to work with, without having to increase our rackspace,” Henry continues. “This gives them more flexibility to isolate playback tracks so they can manipulate each of them individually. On this tour, we gave Jay 30 tracks whereas we, in the past, would normally be limited to 16 or even less. This let’s the engineers really dial into the specific sounds they are looking for.”

By giving the FOH and monitors more channels of clear audio, Henry says the difference was audible: “You could absolutely hear the difference,” he says. “It got brighter and more detailed. The fact that we now have more separation with the stems and are able to now sum them in the console rather than in the box has helped get us better separation. So now the mix has more depth, more punch and is cleaner overall.

Having better clocking and more refined conversion has helped the Jay-Z tour deliver more of a studio grade audio performance, something Henry considers quite a big innovation. “I come from a studio environment, so it has been my dream to help translate as much clarity and definition from the studio to the live experience as possible.

Omar Edwards, keyboard player for Jay-Z, sums it up best describing Antelope’s role and the importance of the audio system in a live setting: “There is a lot of information happening onstage,” he says. “There is playback, there is the band and all this information is coming into the system. To make all of this clear so people can grasp what the music is all about it has to sound clear. We can rehearse for months and if it doesn’t sound clear, the music won’t connect. Connecting is the point – and this inspires people. Whatever great artist exists, they were once inspired in this way. I use one word to describe what we are getting from Antelope: clarity.”

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

Photo captions:
1) Hanging Out at Jay Z’s Magna Carter Tour video
2) Kelo Saunders, Front of House Engineer for Jay Z’s Magna Carta tour.
3) The Antelope Audio Trinity | 1oM combination is being used for clocking during Jay Z’s Magna Carter tour at Front of House.
4) Demetrius Henry’s playback rig

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.

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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