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WORLD NEWS Alchemy Mastering chooses digital audio converters L ondon-based Alchemy Mastering, a leading specialist in audio mastering, e-mastering and duplication, has chosen four NTP Technology DAD AX24 ultra- high-quality analogue-to-digital and digital-to-analogue audio converters. These have been installed as part of a major upgrade to the facilities at its headquarters at Shepherd’s Bush. “We have tested pretty much everything in terms of mastering grade digital/analog/digital converters over the past five years,” comments Alchemy Mastering Engineer Matt Colton (MPG Awards Mastering Engineer of the year 2013). “The quality of the AX24 is stunning. As soon as I heard them, I ordered four. They are hugely enjoyable to listen to and not overly flattering. They sound sweet and musical but I know that what I am hearing isn’t hyped; I am just getting exactly what is on the tape. This means that I can trust the mastering and postproduction decisions I am making are as informed as possible. It’s my favourite D/A I have heard to date.” Final leap into the d:ep end D PA Microphones is delighted to announce that its 4060, 4080 and 4090 Miniature and 5100, 5006A, 5006-11A and 5015A Surround Microphones will be joining the d: family of names. Building off the success of the company’s new d: branding, the current 4060, 4080 and 4090 Miniature Mics now fall into the d:screet Miniature Microphones group and the Five- channel surround solutions are henceforth known as the d:mension Surround Microphones.  DPA has also chosen to add the ever-popular 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headsets under the d:fine Headset Microphone category, and the mics will also receive an upgrade to coincide with the existing d:fines. Additionally, its new d:dicate Recording Microphone line combines the company’s best new and existing capsules and preamplifiers from the previous Reference Standard series. TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 83 NOVEMBER 2013 | 09