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Greg Kurstin Chooses Lauten Audio “Eden” Mic for Maren Morris

Hit-making producer reveals ‘Eden’ mic used on all Morris’ vocals; plus acoustic guitar, and drums

Humble Quest Album CoverCountry music superstar Maren Morris has released her third album, “Humble Quest,” (Columbia Nashville) with Grammy® award-winning producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters), recording all of the vocals and many other sources with one of his two Lauten Audio ‘Eden’ microphones.

Detailing the simple yet effective recording setup he used for Morris, Kurstin explained, “I didn’t have any of the outboard mic pres or compressors that are in my LA studio…so all of Maren’s vocals…the acoustic guitar, and some of the drum kit…were [recorded] right into the Lauten Eden mic and [a] Universal Audio Apollo.”

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Snarky Puppy Uses 26 Lauten Audio Mics on New “Empire Central” Album

Engineer Nic Hard talks about why Lauten Audio mics “worked out perfectly”

Snarky PuppySnarky Puppy’s upcoming album “Empire Central” is a return-to-roots masterpiece tracked live in front of a studio audience and slated for release in the Fall. Tasked with capturing 19 musicians simultaneously, recording and mix engineer Nic Hard employed 26 Lauten Audio microphones for use on the group’s 14th album. “I really believe that without these mics, the record wouldn’t sound the same. Lauten Audio mics are now an important part of my arsenal,” said Hard.

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Focal Releases New ‘Solo6’ and ‘Twin6’ Monitors

Newly redesigned versions of iconic professional studio monitors retain Focal’s heritage
while raising the detail level and transparency beyond the current models

Focal SOLO6 Focal Twin6Focal has announced that it is shipping redesigned versions of its iconic professional studio monitors, “Solo6” and “Twin6”. The new versions of these renowned powered monitors, both originally released 15 years ago, retain Focal’s heritage of excellence in design and sound reproduction but offer increased sonic detail and even more transparency. Focal engineers have reached a new zenith in audio design through improved transducer designs, new amplifiers, and a structurally enhanced cabinet. The new monitors also push boundaries by adopting innovations from Focal’s award-winning Trio11 Be monitors including “Focus Mode” and much more. The new Solo6 features mounting points for wall and ceiling placement in immersive systems such as Dolby® Atmos and Sony 360RA® setups. The new Series of monitors is called “ST6” and have suggested retail prices of Solo6 $1599. USD each, Twin6 $2299. USD each, and are available at retailers in the US and Canada on June 3, 2022. In North America, Focal is distributed exclusively by Focal Naim America.

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Focal Announces Powerful ‘Sub12’ Subwoofer

Focal Sub12 features a newly designed 13-inch driver with a powerful 600-watt RMS power amp
going lower and louder than ever before

Focal Sub12Focal has announced an all-new, powerful “Sub12” subwoofer to add to its line with the Sub6 and Sub One subwoofer lineup. Focal Sub12 features a newly designed 13-inch woofer with a 600-watt power amp utilizing technology and features from their award-winning, flagship Trio11 powered monitors. The new Sub12 has a suggested retail price of $2599. USD and is set to be available at retailers in the US and Canada in Q3, 2022. In North America, Focal is distributed exclusively by Focal Naim America.

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“Six Ways Up” New 3-song EP set for May 11, 2022 Release to Streaming

Six Ways Up CoverMnemonic Records is set to release a New 3-song EP by The Arroyo Collective, “Six Ways Up” on May 11, 2022. The initial release will be to all Streaming Services, such as Apple Music, TIDAL, Qobuz, Amazon Music HD, Spotify and dozens of others.  May 11 Streaming update:

SPOTIFY
APPLE MUSIC
TIDAL
AMAZON MUSIC HD
SoundCloud Playlist

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Mastering Engineer Michael Romanowski Nominated for Three Grammys

Michael Romanowski of Coast Mastering, Berkeley, CA, is nominated for three Grammy Awards including Best Engineered Album, Classical, and Best Immersive Album

Michael_Romanowski[At Press Time: Note that Michael Romanowski has won all three Grammy Awards in the story below]

Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski of Coast Mastering in Berkeley, CA, is nominated for three Grammy® Awards for Best Engineered Album, Classical: Chanticleer “Chanticleer Sings Christmas” (Warner Classics); and two Best Immersive Album nominations, Alicia Keys “Alicia” (RCA) for the 64th Grammys; and US Army Field Band “Soundtrack of the American Soldier” (Navona Records) for the 63rd Grammys. Both 63rd and 64th immersive awards are being given this year. The 64th Grammy Awards will be presented on CBS, on April 3rd.

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Focal Releases ‘Alpha 80 Evo’ & ‘Alpha Twin Evo’ monitors, ‘Sub One’ Subwoofer

Two new affordable powered studio monitors and subwoofer are released to complete the Alpha Evo lineup, designed for musicians, composers, and engineers

Focal Alpha Evo

Focal has announced that it is shipping three new studio products, the Alpha 80 Evo and Alpha Twin Evo powered monitors, and the Sub One subwoofer. Focal completes its Alpha Evo line with these new monitors combined with the 2021 release of the Alpha 50 Evo and Alpha 65 Evo and introduces a brand-new subwoofer to match the line: Sub One. The Sub One pairs seamlessly with both the Alpha Evo and Shape monitor lines. The Alpha Evo line and Sub One are a perfect match for musicians, composers, and engineers. With new features and technologies as well as a fresh design, the Alpha Evo line delivers unrivaled performance at an affordable price point, enhancing the French brand’s position as a benchmark for professional studios. The three new Focal products will be available for orders through retailers in the US and Canada in February 2022, and have suggested retail prices of Alpha 80 Evo $549. USD each ($1098 a pair), Alpha Twin Evo $659. USD each ($1318 a pair), and Sub One $999. USD each.

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“Mixed on Focal” – Focal Naim America Announces Playlist #2

HD Audio streaming playlists of songs mixed on Focal speakers show off what the music was meant to sound like when listening on Focal speakers

Mixed on Focal

Focal Naim America, a leading North American importer, and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands, has announced “Mixed on Focal” a new program to highlight the true sound of music as the artist, mix engineer, producer, and record label meant the songs to be heard. The first two “Mixed on Focal” playlists are available today for Qobuz, Tidal, Apple Music, and Amazon Music HD with new playlists to be released periodically. Support for Spotify HIFI is planned when it is released. Songs and albums mixed on Focal speakers are featured on the high-resolution audio playlists and are available to Focal HI-FI and Pro Audio dealers, as well as the Press Corps and current and prospective customers. Whether it be in a HI-FI or Pro Audio dealer demonstration, or their home or recording studio using Focal speakers, the music will perfectly translate as the songs are all mixed on Focal.

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Amadeus Designs Innovative Sound System for ‘Normandy National Drama Centre’

CDN Normandie-AmadeusInstalled in a French Drama Center, a new three-speaker ‘antenna’ system, controlled by the HOLOPHONIX spatial sound processor offers higher accuracy of sound localization for the audience

French high-end audio developer and manufacturer Amadeus, has announced the install of a unique immersive sound system for Le Préau, the National Drama Center in Normandy-Vire, France. The newly designed system utilizes a three-speaker ‘antenna’ system, controlled by the company’s HOLOPHONIX spatial sound processor, and offers much higher accuracy of sound localization for the audience in the theater environment.

Le Préau has a mission of artistic creation, dissemination of these creations in regional and national territories, and artist-in-residence programs. The Center has been directed by Lucie Berelowitsch since January 1, 2019.

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Focal Releases Two New “Alpha Evo” Monitors

New affordable Focal monitors offer 5-inch and 6.5-inch drivers

Focal Alpha EvoFocal has announced that it is shipping the new Alpha Evo monitors, Alpha 50 Evo, and Alpha 65 Evo. These replace the current Focal Alpha 50 and 65 models in that range, while the current Alpha 80 are still available. The two new Focal Alpha Evo products are available at retailers in the US and Canada on March 25, 2021, and have suggested retail prices of Alpha 50 Evo $349. USD each, and Alpha 65 Evo $449. USD each.

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