Martin Audio Announces Special ‘Virtual’ Launch Event

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Martin Audio has announced a Special Event to take place on February 16th, 2021, getting its 50th Anniversary year off to an energetic start. The virtual presentation will provide important updates, including the announcement of major new product and software releases.

Their rationale for a virtual event is that with much of the global tradeshow calendar still in doubt, there are very few opportunities in the near future for in-person collaboration to highlight significant additions to the international pro audio industry’s arsenal.

TASCAM Introduces the TM-82 Dynamic Microphone

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TASCAM proudly announces the debut of the TM-82 Dynamic Microphone. Featuring a unidirectional cardioid design specifically engineered for stunning voice and instrument capture, the TM-82 Dynamic Microphone makes an exceptional choice for both recording and live performance applications.

Designed as a vocal / instrument microphone for the working performer’s budget, the TM-82 is the perfect all-around microphone for natural, accurate vocal and instrument audio. With its unidirectional cardioid polar pattern and a frequency response of 50Hz〜20kHz, the new TM-82 is specifically engineered to capture the character and nuances of performances without introducing room sound into the mix. The TM-82 captures exactly what is intended—for a mix-ready track or performance.

Yamaha YC73 and YC88 Stage Keyboards Put Classic Drawbar Organs and Vintage Keys in Packages for All Musicians

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Yamaha will be showcasing the YC73 and YC88 Stage Keyboards during NAMM’s virtual Believe in Music week starting January 21, 2021. The YC73 and YC88 combine great-feeling new keyboard actions with the soulful sounds, drawbar control, and gig-ready ease of use of the YC61 (introduced in January 2020). The YC73 features 73 weighted, balanced keys and is ideal for keyboardists who divide their playing between organ, piano, electric piano, clavi, synth, and other staple keyboard sounds. The YC88 is meant for musicians who prioritize the touch and response of an acoustic piano, offering 88 weighted Natural Wood keys with triple-sensor action, synthetic ebony and ivory key tops. Both add options alongside the semi-weighted “waterfall” action of the YC61 — the key shape preferred by organ players.

The YC73 and YC88 employ exclusive Yamaha Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) to capture not only the sound of classic “drawbar” organs, but their behavior down to the component level. VCM also reproduces the distinctive rotary speaker effect, which most keyboardists consider inseparable from the organ itself. In other words, the YC series does not merely take a digital snapshot of the world’s most imitated organ sound — it builds that sound from the ground up. This results in unprecedented authenticity.

Audinate Offers Seminar on Adapting Music Education for COVID with Dante During NAMM 2021

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Audinate is offering a free seminar during NAMM 2021 on the topic of “Getting Back to Music Education and Professional Live Performances.” The seminar explores how Dante is enabling many different types of live performances while maintaining social distancing and room occupancy safeguards for all.

Also available is a new overview of the revolutionary Dante AV video-over-IP solution from Audinate, and Level 1 and 2 of the popular Dante Certification Course. That means no matter where you are in the world, and no matter your familiarity with Dante, you can gain valuable training and practical insights on using Dante in real-world, AV-over-IP integrations.

Yamaha Virtual Night of Worship – January 21, 2020

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 Featuring an Intimate and Inspirational Session with Jason Lovins Band and We The Kingdom for “Believe in Music”

Yamaha is combining the powerful message of faith through music with the intimate setting of a prayer service for its annual Night of Worship event, January 21, 2021 during Believe in Music Week.

For the past 11 years, the Yamaha Night of Worship concert has presented inspiring live performances by worship music artists. The 2021 version will deliver the same immersive experience but in an online, interactive and personal format.

Believe in Music Week is the virtual reimagining of the annual NAMM Show, canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The hour-long session will feature music performances by We The Kingdom, named the 2020 New Artist of the Year by the Gospel Music Association, and the acclaimed and popular Jason Lovins Band. The bands will also share their experiences using music to inspire, and Yamaha is offering a live chat feature allowing viewers to interact with the artists and special guests during the livestream.

“This year’s event will deliver the best of contemporary worship music artistry, featuring We The Kingdom, an exciting newcomer on the music scene, and Jason Lovins, a beloved recording and touring artist with an incredibly inspirational story,” said nine-time Emmy award-winning producer Chris Gero, chief artist relations executive, Yamaha Artist Relations Group/Yamaha Entertainment Group. “The online and interactive format will allow the viewers to get up close and personal with these artists and establish a deeper connection with their messages of faith through music.”

Night of Worship will stream on January 21, 2021, from 4 to 5 pm PST. The event can be viewed on the Believe in Music “Artist TV Channel,” and viewers must first register for Believe in Music at https://attend.believeinmusic.tv.

A separate registration for Night of Worship is not required.

TASCAM Announces the TM-70 Dynamic Microphone

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TASCAM is pleased to announce the TM-70 Dynamic Microphone. Designed as a unique hybrid of super-cardioid and dynamic elements, the TM-70 is resistant to ambient noise and is ideally voiced to handle the nuances of the human voice—making this microphone an outstanding choice for live broadcasting, podcasting, film dialog, and audio streaming.

The TASCAM TM-70 Dynamic Microphone is the perfect specialty mic for flawless vocal audio production. Featuring a super cardioid polar pattern and a frequency response of 30Hz〜20kHz, the TM-70 was specifically engineered to capture what it is pointed at, effectively isolating sound sources such as directional dialog. The mic’s super cardioid directivity makes it resistant to ambient noise, thus enabling users to achieve a clean, clear audio signal that results in first class speech intelligibility. Equally notable, as the TM-70 captures more of one’s voice and less room sound, it becomes easier for engineers to provide the ideal mix.

L-Acoustics Kiva II Shines at Westminster Christian School’s Lighthouse

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Westminster Christian School, a private preschool through high school campus in Miami’s Palmetto Bay suburb, recently installed an L-Acoustics Kiva II sound system in the Lighthouse, the school’s newly-constructed, 637-seat auditorium and worship center. The system was integrated by Jupiter, Florida-based Peerson Audio Incorporated, which L-Acoustics recently named a new Certified Provider for install (CPi).

The two-story, 30,780-square-foot Lighthouse—encompassing a full stage and orchestra pit, first- and second-floor lobbies, a choir room, classrooms, dressing rooms, an arts hub, a broadcast studio, and more—now provides a top-notch performance environment for Westminster Christian School’s highly-esteemed, award-winning Fine Arts programs. Students from grades 4 through 12 can participate in seven bands, six orchestras and an extensive choral program. WCS’s drama curriculum also prepares students for performance, set design and construction, sound and lighting, stage management, and film production. Westminster, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2021, has also earned the distinction of being named a Microsoft Showcase School for the fourth year in a row, underscoring its desire to achieve technical prowess on par with its education excellence.

Lectrosonics Sponsors Sound is Essential Contest

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Lectrosonics, together with a number of dealers, industry manufacturers and end users, has been spearheading a social media campaign for the last few weeks, Sound is Essential, to emphasize that no matter the medium, sound is critical. Without sound, stories and messages are lost to the viewers, audiences, or congregations. Alongside the campaign, Lectrosonics is sponsoring the Sound is Essential creativity contest, where users can upload videos to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and tag them with #lectrosonics and #soundisessential. The deadline to enter the contest is January 31, 2021.

The Sound is Essential videos should be short, creative, and focused on demonstrating the importance of sound. For instance, with the sound of the video absent altogether, viewers will likely wonder “what went wrong” at first, while they try to figure out why they can’t hear anything. This content may be in the form of product introductions, instructional videos, tips and tricks, videos, and the like.

dbTechnologies – EAW For Distribution Partnership

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By distributing each other’s products in their home regions EAW and dBTechnologies will better serve their customers and position themselves for growth into 2021.

“The dBTechnologies and EAW brands offer exceptional innovation and value to their customers and deserve the best chance to grow globally. A lack of unified distribution in Europe has held EAW back here for years and the star power of EAW will be a big part in lifting the image of dB in the US, exposing the brand to even more customers.” – Arturo Vicari RCF Group [RCF Group CEO)

Christmas Under The Stars is a Stellar Success with L-Acoustics

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Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV), a non-denominational Christian church located in and around Phoenix, likes to do things in a big way. Founded in 1982, CCV was able to raise over $1 million in a single day back in 1996 to purchase 50 acres in the northwest suburb of Peoria where it would build its main 3,000-seat campus, the first of what are now ten worship locations, and soon to be an even dozen in 2021.

When it came to its annual Christmastime event for 2020, the church wasn’t about to let COVID-19 permanently halt the production. Instead, it produced Christmas Under The Stars outdoors and safely spaced at all of its campuses over six nights during the holiday. Enjoyed by an estimated 50,000 people, each campus had fantastic sound thanks to the deployment of an astounding 210 L-Acoustics loudspeaker enclosures and components provided by the Phoenix office of Clearwing Productions.