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JDK and Musikmesse: Together Again

The JDK team is in Frankfurt, Germany this weekend, at the annual Musikmesse show. Musikmesse is a great opportunity for JDK to connect with its large number of international distributors and dealers, especially those in the APAC region. The show runs from April 7th to the 10th, so stop by Booth F33 (Hall 9, Level 1), where a complete line of JDK gear is displayed, and JDK staff is on hand to answer your questions.

Interview with Blackbird Studios' Rolff Zweip: the 8MX2

API: We're curious, why does Blackbird own so many 8MX2s?

ROLFF ZWEIP: Blackbird currently owns 18 8MX2 units, and we have at least one unit in each of our tracking rooms and found them to be one of the best 'invisible' sets of mic preamps for the talkback mics. They're also used in the studios, in rental rigs and on the road in recording rigs. Specifically Martina McBride's live tech/engineer Allen Ditto travels with them for the front end in his rigs. We even have several in the studios for cue sends. (There's a rumor we are in the market for a few more units.)

API: How frequently are they rented out?

RZ: The best answer I can give is 'all the time'. Without naming names—sorry, we have to be discreet—we've had the 8MX2 preamps on projects featuring everyone you've heard of, as well as some folks you haven't heard of yet.

API: Why are the 8MX2s so popular?

RZ: They're compact, versatile, powerful front end tools for tracking and most of all they sound great. They're exactly what a live engineer or tech would wish for. Most times they're rented to clients that take out live recording rigs with our Protools systems. It's their size, flexibility and function that makes them popular, and over time the units remain solid and trouble free.

API: Any fun facts you want to share about the 8MX2s?

RZ: Truth be told, there have been tracks that went to the mix that were captured from one of the open talkback mics by accident. On playback, someone asked "What is that?", and it was used! Last time I heard about it, it was a snare drum, but it's happened several times.

API: As always, thanks for the conversation and we appreciate your time.

RZ: No Problem!

JDK Heads To Mexico City

JDK salesman Mark Seman will take the full line of JDK gear south of the border for Sound:Check xPo Mexico (Mexico City). In addition to all JDK units, Mark will have API audio gear including the BOX and 1608 consoles.

Garth Brooks Enjoys the 8MX2 on Tour

Country music mainstay Garth Brooks is back on tour for the first time in two decades, and he has several 8MX2 units included in his FOH setup. Best wishes to Garth and his wife Trisha Yearwood, who are enjoying a successful first leg of their world tour.

Back to School—and JDK—at Maine College of Art

The University of Maine has made a scholarly choice indeed—Professor Steven Drown recently ordered four V10 mic pres and four V14 EQs for their audio department. Many thanks to Rick Scott at Parsons Audio, an official JDK dealer, who facilitated this sale.

JDK: Did You Know?

JDK aren't arbitrary letters. The JDK name was chosen for President Larry Droppa's children's initials: his sons Jack and Daniel and his daughter Katherine. Dan and Katherine even wore shirts sharing this fact at one of our trade shows.

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