DirectOut gets jazzy in Dortmund at special “headphone concert” for producer Julian David

The Domicil jazz club in Dortmund is regularly listed in the top 100 jazz venues in the world by New York jazz magazine, Download. It recently hosted two sold-out evenings to experience a live CD recording and video production for two young jazz bands: the six-piece instrumentalists, “Filou” who describe their music as a fusion between funk, jazz and hiphop, and the groovy string trio, “Duck Tape Ticket” whose trademark is jazz improvisation. Producer Julian David took the very deliberate decision to ditch the PA in favour of wireless headphones in order to provide a completely immersive experience for the audience as well as the best possible conditions for audio capture and recording. The event was supported by DirectOut who provided much of the equipment to make the event possible.

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In total, DirectOut supplied two ANDIAMO.MC microphone amplifiers, five BREAKOUT.AN160 terminal extension boxes and two MA2CHBOX.XL reference class headphone amplifiers. A total of 48 channels were recorded on two systems with full redundancy. The ANDIAMO.MCs were used both as A/D converters and mic preamps in order to amplify the vast number of signals collected across the stage. Both devices were controlled remotely via USB on a separate laptop running Directout’s dedicated ANDIAMO Remote software. Producer and engineer Julian David used the MA2CHBOX.XL connected via MADI in order to monitor and control the recording with the highest possible quality whilst maintaining flexibility. He was delighted with the results.

“The performance of the various DirectOut elements was utterly convincing and even exceeded my expectations,” he declared. “The audio quality of the recorded signals is absolutely superb and the entire system worked perfectly. The ability to absorb such a high number of audio channels with such a compact setup and yet absolutely no compromise in terms of performance and flexibility was extremely impressive, and a real blessing. Thanks again to DirectOut for their generous support.”

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The live album is due out in early September 2015 along with the video production from music film production company klangmalerei.tv. In addition to the technical support from DirectOut and other pro audio companies, the event was also supported by the Rotarian Jazz Fellowship and a number of private sponsors.

About DirectOut GmbH
DirectOut GmbH was founded in 2008 by a team of professional sound engineers headed up by Stephan Flock, an award-winning classical music sound engineer with over 20 years’ experience in digital audio signal processing design. The company specializes in developing essential pro audio connectivity, networking and bridging solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. Unique in that all members of the DirectOut development team are still active professional sound engineers, the company is thus fully focused on real-world demands and problem solving. The product range, marketed under the brand of DirectOut Technologies®, offers solutions that build bridges between different audio worlds and make systems and formats more flexible. Audio formats supported include MADI, AES67 and RAVENNA. Headquartered in Mittweida, Germany, DirectOut products are distributed worldwide.

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