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  • The Model E-3A will be shipping soon, replacing the Model E-3. 16 channels AES 48 or 96kHz plus 16 channels ADAT (48k only) simultaneously. All Dugan systems. 6-bus pre/post matrix mixer. OLED miniature control panel on front panel. PoE.
  • The Waves LV1 live mixer now hosts Dugan automixing. The Dugan plugin now works on both LV1 and MultiRack (separate versions in bundle).
  • Sound Devices 688 firmware update adds Dugan automixing. Video.
  • Trade Shows: Dan is currently exhibiting at ISE, NAB, InfoComm, IBC, AES, and Inter BEE. He will also be at USITT in St. Louis this year.
  • The Model M is shipping in limited quantities. Optical and Coaxial MADI I/O. 32 channels at 96K, 64 channels at 48K. Speech System, Music System, and Gain Limiting. Scene record and recall (beta).
  • The Model N is shipping in limited quantities. It offeres Dante network I/O, 32 channels at 96K, 64 channels at 48K. Speech System, Music System, and Gain Limiting. Scene record and recall (beta).
  • The Model K Control Surface is shipping in limited quantities. It's a physical controller for all networkable Dugan models. Model K features channel mode keys, rotary encoders for weights and other parameters, master keys for three groups, scrolling in blocks of 8 channels through any number of units, and scene recall.
  • Firmware Updates: All connectable Dugans (Models E, E-1, E-1A, E-2, E-3, K, M, N, Dugan-MY16, Dugan-VN16) can be updated with the Dugan Utility. For best performance keep your Dugans up-to-date. Find the file in our downloads directory. Whenever there is an update for any of the covered products, a new Dugan Utility will be issued. Use the latest. Utility versions are identified by the dates in the filenames.

Dan's ISE booth, 2015

ISE Booth 2015

 

PRESS RELEASES

Dan Dugan Sound Design Announces New Automixer at ISE

ISE 2017, Stand 7-P160 -- Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. has introduced the Model E-3A, an automatic microphone mixing controller with AES digital I/O. The E-3A is designed to connect to standard mixing consoles via insert points, making it a versatile and useful tool for sound engineers who frequently manage multiple microphones at live events such as corporate meetings or governmental sessions.

The Model E-3A replaces the prior Model E-3. The new version incorporates a bright OLED front panel which is used for automix gain display, management of six matrix mixing buses, and other control functions. The E-3A accommodates 16 channels of AES I/O at 48kHz or 96kHz, and may be easily linked to other Dugan digital mixers for system expansion. Alternatively, users may utilize AES and ADAT I/O simultaneously for a maximum of 32 channels at 48kHz.
As with all other Dugan automixers, the Model E-3A may be controlled from the product’s front panel, the Dugan Control Panel for Java (supplied free), the updated Dugan Control Panel for iPad, and/or the Dugan Model K Control Surface. The front panel version of the Dugan Control Panel is operated by navigation keys and a rotary encoder for setting values.

Dan Dugan is the inventor of the automatic microphone mixer. His gain-sharing technology is widely recognized throughout the professional audio and broadcast industries for creating the best possible mix of live microphones. The Dugan Speech System provides fast, transparent cross-fades without upcutting, choppy sound or shifts in background noise. Transitions between talkers are smooth and consistent, no matter how many mics are open. 

About Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc.
Dugan automixing products are used in corporate meetings, governmental meetings, broadcast news panels, sports commentary, talk shows, live theater, education and other applications. Dugan devices patch into the input insert points of mixing consoles, giving the operators automatic mixing along with all of the features of the console, such as EQ and sends.

In addition to manufacturing his own products and plug-in cards for other consoles, Dan Dugan licenses his technology to other manufacturers to build in to their products, including Protech Audio, Sound Devices, Waves and Yamaha. www.dandugan.com

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Company Contact:  Dan Dugan, CEO; +1.415.821.9776; e-mail dan@dandugan.com
PR Contact: Elaine Jones, +1.520.989.9536; e-mail elaine@ejonespr.com

SOUND DEVICES AND DAN DUGAN DEBUT DUGAN AUTOMIXING
FOR THE 688 MIXER/RECORDER AT NAB 2016
Firmware version 3.00 will make the 688 the first
field mixer/recorder ever to offer the coveted Dugan automixing

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 14, 2016Sound Devices, LLC and Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. are pleased to announce that the Sound Devices 688 mixer/recorder will be offering Dugan automixing as part of its Firmware Version 3.00 update, available at no cost to 688 owners upon release next week at NAB 2016.

On the market for less than a year, the 688 will be on display at Booths C6040 and C6706, respectively, featuring Dugan’s well-known automatic mic mixing. In keeping with Sound Devices’ commitment to giving production sound mixers the tools they need to help them mix in increasingly complex production settings, the inclusion of the Dugan Speech System™, along with Sound Devices’ MixAssist™, makes the 688 the ‘go-to’ automixing tool for field production applications.

“This collaboration brings together the durable, professional-grade audio equipment Sound Devices is known for and the well-respected Dan Dugan automixing algorithm,” says Jon Tatooles, Chief Business Development Officer, Sound Devices, LLC. “We’re proud to be the first and only field production mixer that offers Dugan automixing. Adding automixing from an industry powerhouse like Dan Dugan Sound Design enhances an already-great product.”

“Dugan automixing takes over the nerve-wracking job of cueing mics in and out, freeing up the location recordist to pay more attention to the artistic balance,” says Dan Dugan, CEO, Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. “Mixes are cleaner and post-production time is reduced for dramatic dialogue recording. In addition, over-the-shoulder recordists for news, documentaries and reality shows will appreciate how my automixing makes it possible to use several mics at once without background noise build-up. I’m pleased to license Dugan automixing for inclusion in this excellent product from Sound Devices.”

Getting a great production mix can be challenging in many field applications. Unscripted dialog, multiple characters, and wide-and-tight multi-camera coverage often require the use of wireless lavalier mics and multi-track recording. In these situations, automixers improve intelligibility, reduce noise and reverberation, and maintain consistent overall gain as microphones are turned on and off.

Dugan automixing is widely used in broadcast television applications, in dialogue recording for TV and motion picture production, and in house of worship (HOW) applications. It also is a good choice for teleconferencing, video trucks, and theater applications with multiple wireless microphones on stage.

“Many front of house and live broadcast mixers are familiar and comfortable with Dugan automixing, and how it sounds,” adds Tatooles. “We added Dugan to the 688 mixer/recorder because it’s a great option. Both Dugan and our MixAssist algorithms have the same goal — attenuating unused microphones to reduce background noise and the likelihood of feedback. The way they do it differs. There are subtleties that may steer a user to one method over another. The inclusion of Dugan automixing gives the sound mixer a choice, situation dependent, on which automixing tool best suits their application.”

MixAssist from Sound Devices can be used for mixing many speech-specific applications, including reality TV productions; a variety of broadcast TV programs, such as game shows, debates, and panel discussions; wireless multi-mic dialogue recording for TV and motion picture production; sound applications for various corporate needs; HOW capture; and more.

Sound Devices is committed to the continual improvement of existing feature sets. In addition to the Dugan inclusion, the Firmware v3.00 update also enhances Sound Devices’ MixAssist automixing feature with the ability to adjust the amount of attenuation applied to inactive/closed-mic sources. This allows the end user to tweak MixAssist to find the sweet spot between optimal noise reduction and smooth-sounding mix in different production environments.

The 688 features six high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs, each complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, analog input limiter and variable pan, plus six additional line-level TA3 inputs for added flexibility in complex productions. All inputs are assignable, pre- or post-fade, to eight-output buses: left/right plus Aux 1-6. The main left/right mix is available to three outputs simultaneously via transformer-balanced XLR and Hirose outputs.

For recording, the 688 offers 16-track, polyphonic, or monophonic broadcast WAV and MP3 file recording to SD and CompactFlash® cards. All common sampling rates are supported, including 192 kHz on up to six tracks. The 688 features comprehensive metadata editing, sound report creation, an Ambient™ timecode generator and reader, a two-second, power-on-to-record ability called QuickBoot™, and PowerSafe™, a built-in, 10-second power reserve to protect against data loss from inadvertent power loss.

About Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc.
Dan Dugan is the inventor of the automatic microphone mixer. Dan Dugan Sound Design, now in its 48th year, has been designing automatic microphone mixing technology since the late 1960s. Dugan technologies provide the best possible mix of live microphones, providing fast, transparent crossfades without upcutting, choppy sound or shifts in background noise. Transitions between talkers are smooth and consistent, no matter how many mics are open.

Dugan hardware products and the licensed Dugan algorithm in other manufacturers’ products improve audio quality in broadcast news panels, sports commentary, talk shows, corporate meetings, political debates, distance learning, live theater, and other applications. Dugan’s hardware products are accessories to sound-mixing consoles. The “Dugans” patch into the input insert points of a mixing console, giving the board operator all of the features of the board, such as EQ and sends, with the addition of automatic mixing. www.dandugan.com

 

About Sound Devices
Founded in 1998, Sound Devices, LLC, designs both Sound Devices audio products and Video Devices video products. Sound Devices offers portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news gathering, live-event, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices offers digital video monitors, recorders and related products that address a range of video productions, including fast-paced studio applications, live sports, and events, as well as mobile, TV, film, and documentary productions.

The Sound Devices, LLC, headquarters is located in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Additional offices are located in Madison, Wisconsin, Chicago, and Berlin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and/or Video Devices websites: www.sounddevices.com and www.videodevices.com.

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For Sound Devices Contact:
Jennifer Schwarzkopf                                                             Nicole Rosen
Director of Marketing Communications                                  Account Manager
Sound Devices, LLC                                                               D. Pagan Communications, Inc.
Tel: 608-415-6163                                                                  Tel: 631-659-2309     
Fax: 608-524-0655                                                                 Fax: 631-659-2310
E-mail: jennifer_schwarzkopf @sounddevices.com                E-mail: nicoler@dpagan.com
Web: www.sounddevices.com                                                Web: www.dpagan.com

For Dan Dugan Contact:
Dan Dugan                                                                              Elaine Jones
CEO                                                                                        Principal
Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc.                                              Elaine Jones Associates
415.821.9776                                                                          520.989.9536
dan@dandugan.com                                                                elaine@ejonespr.com

www.dandugan.com                                                               www.ejonespr.com/

 


Dan Dugan Sound Design Appoints Australian Distributor

September 29, 2015

San Francisco, CA -- Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. has appointed Stagetec Mediagroup Australia as a distributor for the company’s automixing products.

Part of Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup, Stagetec Mediagroup Australia offers audio engineering and design services, system and network design, and system integration along with a range of high-quality products for broadcast and professional sound applications. “We are excited to have the Dan Dugan automixing line as part of our product portfolio,” said Treva Head, Managing Director of Stagetec Mediagroup Australia. “The automixing products fit perfectly alongside our range of professional audio distribution, digital consoles and communications platforms and enhance our ability to provide solutions in broadcast, theatre and public address systems. We are particularly excited about the implementation of Dante in the Dugan range which will enable us to integrate it with existing systems effortlessly.”

“We look forward to working with Stagetec Mediagroup Australia to promote Dugan automixing for applications throughout Australia,” said Dan Dugan, CEO of Dan Dugan Sound Design. “Their expertise in audio engineering and live sound makes them a natural choice for us.”

Dugan products may be found on the Stagetec Mediagroup Australia website at http://www.stagetec.com.au/dugan. The company may be contacted at +61 2 8011 0500; info@stagetec.com.au.

About Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc.:
Dan Dugan is the inventor of the automatic microphone mixer. Dan Dugan Sound Design, now in its 47th year, has been designing automatic microphone mixing technology since the late 1960s. Dugan technologies provide the best possible mix of live microphones, providing fast, transparent cross-fades without upcutting, choppy sound or shifts in background noise. Transitions between talkers are smooth and consistent no matter how many mics are open.

Dugan products are used in broadcast news panels, sports commentary, talk shows, corporate meetings, political debates, distance learning, live theater and other applications.  The products are not mixers in themselves; rather, they are accessories to sound mixing consoles. The “Dugans” patch into the input insert points of a mixing console, giving the board operator all of the features of the board such as EQ and sends along with automatic mixing. In addition to manufacturing his own products and plug-in cards for other consoles, Dan Dugan licenses his technology to other manufacturers to build in to their products, including Protech Audio, Waves and Yamaha. www.dandugan.com

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Company Contact:  Dan Dugan, CEO; +1.415.821.9776; e-mail dan@dandugan.com
PR Contact: Elaine Jones, +1.520.989.9536; e-mail elaine@ejonespr.com


Dan Dugan Sound Design Dante-Enabled Automixer Wins Award

June 19, 2015

San Francisco, CA -- Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. has won an industry award for the Dugan Model N, an automatic microphone mixer with Dante I/O.

The “Best of Show” award was presented at the close of InfoComm 2015 by Pro Sound News Magazine, part of NewBay Media’s AV and Pro Audio Group. Best of Show awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts. According to NewBay Media, winners are chosen for ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility and reliability.

The Model N has primary and secondary Dante network connectors and is Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable. It provides 32 channels of Dugan auto-mixing at 96K or 64 channels at 48K. Dugan Speech System, Music System and Gain Limiting algorithms are all supported. In addition the Model N includes a new scene memory that can record and recall all operating settings, either globally or by unit, in a library of named scenes on Models M, N, or future models.

Like other digital Dugans, the Dugan Model N can be controlled from its front panel, the Dugan Control Panel for Java (supplied free), the updated Dugan Control Panel for iPad (coming soon), and/or the Dugan Model K Control Surface. The front panel features a complete miniature Dugan Control Panel on a bright OLED display, operated by navigation keys and a rotary encoder for setting values. The product offers standard Dugan linking for larger systems, or alternatively, 16 channels of ADAT I/O.

Dan Dugan Sound Design, now in its 47th year, has been designing automatic microphone mixing technology since the late 1960s. Dugan technologies automatically manage multiple live microphones, providing fast, transparent cross-fades without upcutting, choppy sound or shifts in background noise. Transitions between talkers are smooth and consistent no matter how many mics are open.

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Company Contact:  Dan Dugan, CEO; (415) 821-9776; e-mail dan@dandugan.com
PR Contact: Elaine Jones, (520) 989-9536; e-mail elaine@ejonespr.com


Dan Dugan Sound Design Introduces Control Surface for Automixers

June 17, 2015

San Francisco, CA -- Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. has introduced the Model K Control Surface for all networkable Dugans, including the newly announced models M and N.

The Dugan Model K is a physical interface resembling a keyboard. It gives the user physical buttons for controlling a system so operators can have their eyes on the production and their fingers on the keys. The Model K includes Manual, Automatic, and Mute keys for each channel, plus rotary encoders for setting Weights and other values, and LCD displays for the channel names and parameter values. The brightness of indicators and displays can be adjusted for dark or bright environments.

The Model K offers controls for eight channels and three groups. Like the software Dugan Control Panels, the eight channels can be bank-shifted over any number of channels in a system. The surface can select and load stored scenes on Models M, N, and future models. The Model K can be linked to a particular instance of a Dugan Control Panel so the control surface and computer display complement each other.

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Company Contact:  Dan Dugan, CEO; (415) 821-9776; e-mail dan@dandugan.com
PR Contact: Elaine Jones, (520) 989-9536; e-mail elaine@ejonespr.com


Dan Dugan Sound Design Introduces Dante-Enabled Automixer

June 17, 2015

San Francisco, CA -- Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. has introduced the Dugan Model N automatic microphone mixer with Dante I/O.

The Model N has primary and secondary Dante network connectors and is Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable. It provides 32 channels of Dugan auto-mixing at 96K or 64 channels at 48K. Dugan Speech System, Music System and Gain Limiting algorithms are all supported. In addition the Model N includes a new scene memory that can record and recall all operating settings, either globally or by unit, in a library of named scenes.

Like other digital Dugans, the Dugan Model N can be controlled from its front panel, the Dugan Control Panel for Java (supplied free), the updated Dugan Control Panel for iPad (coming soon), and/or the Dugan Model K Tactile Control Panel. The front panel features a complete miniature Dugan Control Panel on a bright OLED display, operated by navigation keys and a rotary encoder for setting values. The product offers standard Dugan linking for larger systems, or alternatively, 16 channels of ADAT I/O.

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Company Contact:  Dan Dugan, CEO; (415) 821-9776; e-mail dan@dandugan.com
PR Contact: Elaine Jones, (520) 989-9536; e-mail elaine@ejonespr.com


Dan Dugan Sound Design Introduces Automixer with MADI I/O

June 17, 2015

San Francisco, CA -- Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. has introduced the Dugan Model M, a new product for management of live microphones in unscripted talking situations.

The new Dugan Model M automatic microphone mixer uses MADI I/O, both optical and copper, and is Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable. It provides 32 channels of Dugan auto-mixing at 96K or 64 channels at 48K. The Dugan Speech System, Music System and Gain Limiting algorithms are all supported. In addition the Model M includes a new scene memory that can record and recall all operating settings, either globally or by unit, in a library of named scenes.

The Model M can be controlled from its front panel, the Dugan Control Panel for Java (supplied free), the updated Dugan Control Panel for iPad (coming soon), and/or the Dugan Model K Tactile Control Panel. The front panel features a complete miniature Dugan Control Panel on a bright OLED display, operated by navigation keys and a rotary encoder for setting values. Standard Dugan linking is available for larger systems, or alternatively, 16 channels of ADAT I/O.

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Company Contact:  Dan Dugan, CEO; (415) 821-9776; e-mail dan@dandugan.com
PR Contact: Elaine Jones, (520) 989-9536; e-mail elaine@ejonespr.com


April 30, 2015
For Immediate Release

Important Notice About Usage of Dugan Name by Others

It has come to our attention that equipment manufacturer Behringer is using the Dugan name without permission.  We are always flattered when other manufacturers use expired Dan Dugan patents. Major names like Calrec, Lawo, SSL, and Studer have implemented "gain sharing" algorithms that are variations on Dugan's original work. Behringer, however, has been using Dan Dugan's trademarked name without permission to describe a process that is not licensed. Dugan licensing guarantees the highest quality of transparent automixing.
 
Dan Dugan, CEO, Dan Dugan Sound Design Inc.

 


Dan Dugan Sound Design Appoints Exclusive Chinese Distributor

San Francisco, CA, April 2015 -- Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. has appointed Sound Works & Supplies, Ltd. (SWS) as the company’s exclusive distributor for Hong Kong, China and Macau.  Based in Hong Kong with additional offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Wuhan, SWS is a project-based company focused on high end audio. The company’s client base includes television stations, theaters, exhibition and convention centers, performance venues, rental companies and more. Other high-end audio products carried by SWS include d&b audiotechnnik, the Shure DIS DDS 5900 Digital Discussion System, Yamaha Digital Mixing Consoles, and products from LAWO, Neumann, Timax, Countryman and Sennheiser.

“We are glad that SWS became the exclusive distributor of Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc. in Greater China region,” Daniel Chan, executive president from SWS, commented. “With Dugan’s innovative technology, especially the automatic microphone mixer, SWS can widely introduce the high-end pro audio products to broadcasters, rental companies, and theatres or in conferencing applications.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Daniel Chan and his excellent team throughout China,” said Dan Dugan, CEO of Dan Dugan Sound Design. “With their advanced knowledge of live venues and installed sound, SWS is perfectly suited to represent Dugan Automatic Microphone Mixing in the country.”

Dan Dugan is the inventor of the automatic microphone mixer. Dan Dugan Sound Design, now in its 47th year, has been designing automatic microphone mixing technology since the late 1960s. Technologies invented by Dan Dugan include the Dugan Speech System, which automatically manages any number of live microphones in unscripted talking situations, the Dugan Music System, which offers automatic downward expansion to help reduce feedback and noise pick-up in live performances, and Dugan Gain Limiting, which provides a continuous, stepless, number-of-open-microphones master gain adjusting system. All three technologies provide the best possible mix of live microphones, providing fast, transparent cross-fades without upcutting, choppy sound or shifts in background noise. Transitions between talkers are smooth and consistent no matter how many mics are open.

Dugan products are used in broadcast news panels, sports commentary, talk shows, corporate meetings, political debates, distance learning, live theater and other applications.  The products are not mixers in themselves; rather, they are accessories to sound mixing consoles. The “Dugans” patch into the input insert points of a mixing console, giving the board operator all of the features of the board such as EQ and sends along with automatic mixing. Dan Dugan licenses his technology to other manufacturers to build in to their products, including Protech Audio, Waves and Yamaha. www.dandugan.com

Company Contact:  Dan Dugan, CEO; +1 (415) 821-9776; e-mail dan@dandugan.com .
PR Contact: Elaine Jones, +1 (520) 989-9536; e-mail elaine@ejonespr.com .