Roland Announces iPad App

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Las Vegas, NV., June 13th, 2012 – Roland Systems Group is pleased to announce a dedicated iPad application to control the Roland M-480 Digital Mixing Console.

The application is designed to control parameters of the M-480 allowing the user to store scenes and edit the Channel Strip (EQ), GEQ, and Sends on Fader to name a few.

Using Wireless LAN to connect, customers are able to adjust mixing parameters on stage or around the room, away from the M-480 positioned at the front of house. By connecting Roland’s new Wireless Connect USB adapter to the M-480 USB port, the M-480 can appear on a wireless network enabling the iPad to connect and control the M-480.

“The success of the iPad as a tool in live audio applications is clear. This dedicated App is an important step in a series of logical progressions in our development of remote controlled applications for operators”, states John Broadhead, Vice President of Technology and Communications.

The app is expected to be released in the App Store Q3 2012.

About Roland Wireless Connect
The hardware portion of Roland Wireless Connect is a simple, compact wireless USB adapter WNA1100-RL (that plugs into the USB port on a Roland product or instrument. In order for the mobile device to communicate with the M-480, you can setup a point to point ad-hoc network or use a wireless LAN access point.

About Roland M-480
The M-480 V-Mixer features 48 mixing channels and 6 stereo returns for a total of 60 channels. Bussing is strong with a total of 27 consisting of 16 auxiliaries, 8 matrices and full support for Mono, Stereo or LCR sound design. With a configurable choice of available digital I/O boxes, the M-480 can support up to 90 inputs and 90 outputs – all fully assignable via the digital patchbay. The patchbay also has the unique ability to route any input to any output without going through the mixer. Each mixing channel includes 2 stages of dynamics processing, 4-band PEQ, and delay. Dedicated 4-band PEQ, limiting and delay are available on every output.


Iron Chef wears Point Source CO-7 unbreakable earset

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Iron Chef Cat Cora is Cooking...while wearing the CO-7 "unbreakable boom" microphone during the Savor the Coast fair in San Luis Obispo, CA.

The Point Source CO-7 features extraordinarily natural vocal quality and an unbreakable microphone boom and earloop.  For more information or to order your own CO-7, please click here


How to mic a chainsaw?! Audix Captures Recycled Production

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imgLas Vegas (May 14, 2012)—Recycled Percussion, the highest non-vocal finalists ever on America's Got Talent, perform six shows a week at the Tropicana Las Vegas Theater, with all the act’s stick work heard via Audix microphones.
Throughout the show, percussionists Justin Spencer and Ryan Vezina, DJ Todd Griffin and guitarist Matt Bowman proceed to use, misuse and abuse pretty much anything one can find at hardware stores, junk yards and landfills. Oh, and a chainsaw.
Nearly 60 Audix mics have been selected to sonically capture the show. "The Audix D6 and D4 crushed the sound of the other microphones we were using and trying," says Spencer; group founder and sound designer. "We have over 20 plastic barrels that we play. We need five dollar 22-gallon buckets from WalMart to sound like $2,000 kick drums, and Audix, with some plate reverb, is the choice for us."

Read more: How to mic a chainsaw?! Audix Captures Recycled Production


DPA d:fine Earset Microphone - dual ear update

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In just a couple weeks, we should be receiving the first batch of dual ear versions of d:fine omni mics.  The dual ear d:fine directional version will likely be shipping by mid-june.  Also, the short omni boom versions of the d:fine should be available by end of June.

For those of you who already have a d:fine mic, or wish to purchase a current single ear version, you will be able to simply purchase a "dual ear mount" accessory which can convert the single ear to a dual ear in a couple of seconds.

If a mic is ordered in the dual ear version, it will come with the dual ear mount. Ordered as a single ear, it will come with the single ear mount.  Dual-to-single mount accessories will also be available. 

You should purchase the version of a d:fine that you will use the majority of the time. At any time, you can add the dual ear or single ear accessory.

You can have the d:fine headset any way you want it. The d:fine is the most versatile, comfortable, reliable, and best sounding headset available today.

Keep in mind that every part of the d:fine headsets are easily replaceable. Ear mounts, cable assemblies, and adapters can always be replaced -- affordably. A d:fine headset is a lifetime investment. It isn't to be thrown away if it's a little "bent out of shape."

For wireless use, know that wireless adapters are available for nearly every kind of wireless, and that hardwired versions are available for Sennheiser 1/8" mini type belt packs (Evolution series), Sennheiser 3 pin Lemo compatible belt packs, Shure TA4F compatible belt packs, and Lectrosonics TA5F compatible belt packs.

If you have a question, please feel free to call.  To take a look at our currently-stocked DPA d:fine microphones, click here.  And if you'd like to try one, please let us know.  We stock demo models so that you can hear the difference for yourself.   


Improved PR35 Large Diaphragm Vocal Microphone

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Heil Sound has announced an upgrade to their popular PR 35 handheld dynamic microphone.

The PR 35 was first introduced in 2008 and quickly found favor with artists such as Joe Walsh, Charlie Daniels, Stevie Wonder and others.

While at first glance the changes are cosmetic in the form of a new chassis, several significant internal improvements have also been made.

Rear rejection, which has always been a strength with the PR series of mics from Heil, is -42dB with the upgrade. A concealed two-position roll off switch replaces the former thumb switch.

Visually, the new PR 35 harkens to a time when wired handheld vocal mics had a certain "look" and could be identified when seen on camera.

The PR 35 ships with three interchangeable colored trim collars that can be mixed and matched.

The new PR 35 is still priced at $274, and is made in the USA. Try one today. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.


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