New Album Tracks Debuted at Private Listening Sessions Using Focal Twin6 Be Monitors and Dangerous D-Box
Edmeston, NY – July 9, 2009 – In a joint announcement today Focal Professional and Dangerous Music announced that Imogen Heap has just finished a preview tour of her upcoming album ‘Ellipse‘ at private listening sessions around the US using Focal Twin6 Be monitor speakers and the Dangerous D-Box for monitoring control. RCA Records organized the listening tour and worked with Dangerous Music and Focal to create the high-fidelity playback system that was used in hotel suites in major US cities to preview several tracks from Ms. Heap’s upcoming album.
The British singer-songwriter-producer and two-time Grammy nominee is set to release her much anticipated new solo album ‘Ellipse’ on August 25th 2009 on RCA Records. At the listening events Ms. Heap previewed tracks including “First Train Home,” “Wait It Out,” “Earth” and the piano song “Half Life” which ends the album ‘Ellipse’ as its final track.
Commenting on the listening events, Ms. Heap said, “I was a bit nervous as it was the first time I’d played ‘Ellipse’ outside of the studio environment. But as soon as I played it through the Dangerous Music and Focal speaker system I realized I had nothing to worry about.”
SPIN Magazine covered one listening party at a penthouse suite in New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel (www.spin.com) where they described the event as “an intimate listening session…where guests sipped glasses of gin-spiked sangria” while Ms. Heap used her laptop with the iTunes visualizer on to play music from her upcoming album through the hi-fi audio system.
The Dangerous D-Box has won multiple recording industry awards for its innovative design and sonic purity. Engineered for the compact digital recording and mixing environment the D-Box integrates seamlessly into the modern workflow of computer musicians and audio professionals who require exceptional audio quality and functionality. Bringing together a collection of key features garnered from other Dangerous products, the D-Box has an integrated programmable monitor control section, providing analog and digital input selection and speaker switching. It also sports 8-channels of the world-renowned Dangerous Music analog summing technology, as well as an on-board 24 bit/96KHz D-to-A converter, talkback, dual headphone amps with individual volume control and more.
The Focal Twin6 Be monitors are the most popular of the Focal Professional range, as they are a single solution for recording, mixing and mastering. The sonic image precision, treble definition and midrange neutrality are at the heart of its reputation. Excellent articulation of the bass and mid-bass registers, even at very high sound levels, makes it a perfect reference for engineers who require absolute transparency. The design of the Twin6 Be allows a high SPL while offering a stable tonal balance. One of the two 6.5″ woofers works in large band (midrange – bass) whereas the other reproduces from 40 to 150Hz. This creates bass that preserves all the signal dynamics, without any masking effect in the midrange, keeping its neutrality and transparency.
Maintaining one of the biggest online profiles, Ms. Heap has more than 40 million plays and over 350,000 friends on Myspace, and over 7 million views on You Tube for her standout single from ‘Speak For Yourself.’ Visit Imogen Heap’s website at: www.imogenheap.com
Since its foundation, Focal has grown to become one of the worlds leading hi-fi and professional loudspeaker companies. Headquartered in Saint- Etienne, France, it is now internationally recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacture of drivers for hi-fi and professional loudspeakers. Focal is also a pre-eminent designer and manufacturer of for car-audio and pro-audio. As a market-leader in France, Focal exports over 70% of its product in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. The company’s key strength is its complete integration and quality control of the loudspeaker manufacturing process, from the design of speaker driver units, cabinets and crossovers, to the assembly of the finished product. Focal maintains an intense, continual research program and development in speaker driver technologies. Five patents have been registered to Focal since 2003. Focal currently employs over 200 people in modern facilities that concentrate production, R&D and management in a single site. In 2006, sales of Focal hi-fi and professional speakers reached over 30 million Euros. Please visit: www.focalprofessional.com and www.audioplusservices.com
About Dangerous Music, Inc.
Dangerous Music, Inc. designs and builds products that are indispensable to any DAW-based recording environment. Dangerous Music electronics designer Chris Muth has spent over 20 years working in and designing custom equipment for top recording and mastering studios. Muth and company founder Bob Muller pioneered the concept of the dedicated analog summing buss for digital audio workstations with the Dangerous 2-Bus in 2001. Today the company offers a wide range of products for recording, mastering, mixing and post-production facilities, all designed and built with mastering-quality standards and a practical aesthetic. Key products include the Dangerous 2-Bus and 2-Bus LT, Dangerous Monitor ST-SR and its Additional Switching System expansion units, Dangerous D-Box, Dangerous Master, Dangerous S&M, Dangerous Monitor and Dangerous MQ. For more information visit www.dangerousmusic.com phone 607-965-8011 or email: [email protected]
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