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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:

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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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CEntrance “DACport Pro” Connects Laptops to Mixers

Portable USB DAC with XLR outputs delivers consistent playback on any sound system

DACport-Pro-45-deg-XLR-view-Rev-2-2000CEntrance is now shipping DACport Pro™, a portable D/A converter, headphone amplifier, and monitor controller for audio professionals. With the DACport Pro, CEntrance built on the success of its DACport HD, which was designed for HiFi enthusiasts and featured on Stereophile magazine’s recommended component list for many years. The professional version of the acclaimed portable DAC adds balanced XLR output jacks, a large monitor volume control knob, and LED VU meters. The new product offers HiFi sound quality to the professional audio community and underscores the company’s focus on both user groups. The new CEntrance DACport Pro is shipping now and retails for $369.99 USD.

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Focal Releases “Clear Mg Professional” Headphones

New updated model of popular Focal headphone now uses magnesium cone for even greater dynamics

Clear-Mg-ProMontreal, Canada —  Focal has announced that it is shipping the new Focal Clear Mg Professional headphones (“Clear Magnesium Professional”), a new model of their popular Clear Professional headphones but with the addition of a magnesium (Mg) cone for even greater dynamics with a remarkable tonal balance across the full audio spectrum. The new product is available at retailers in the US and Canada on February 16, 2021, and has a suggested retail price of $1,490. USD.

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Immersive Art Experience Revealed in Paris: Renowned Writer ‘Maurice Genevoix’ Enters The Panthéon

A unique sonic technology, Made in France by Amadeus, drives the monumental new artistic work recently revealed in Paris at the Panthéon by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic

PantheonOn November 11, 2020, a unique sonic technology made in France by Amadeus was revealed in a new artistic work during the ceremony presided over by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, to celebrate the renowned French writer Maurice Genevoix as he was entered into the Panthéon

Within the scope of the Armistice Day commemorations, French author Maurice Genevoix, who wrote the tetralogy Ceux de 14 (“The Men of 1914” about World War I), joined other luminary writers such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Dumas, Hugo, and Malraux, along with revered figures from culture, science, and politics in France’s secular temple, the Panthéon. For the celebration, the President of the French Republic commissioned a work from two major figures of the contemporary art scene, the German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, and the French composer Pascal Dusapin. This is the first public commission for the Panthéon since 1923.

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SPL Ships ‘Control One’ and ‘Marc One’ Monitor Controllers

SPL Marc OneSPL of Germany has shipped the “Control One” ($599.) and “Marc One” ($799.) monitor controllers from their new affordable “Series One” product line. The SPL line of products is distributed by Focal-Naim America in the US and Canada.

The SPL Control One is the ideal monitor controller for the modern studio. As a high-quality analog control center, it manages audio sources and monitor speakers including subwoofer. In addition, the device features an individually adjustable high-quality headphone amplifier with Phonitor Matrix. Thanks to the various monitoring modes, no sound detail remains undiscovered.

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