The Gentlemen Mutineers Use 2014 Impala as Recording Studio

Many people sing in their cars, but few sound as good doing it as Frankie Turner, lead singer of Detroit-based blues-rock band The Gentlemen Mutineers. Frankie, as his fans know him, recently sang in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, using the full-size sedan as a “mobile studio” to record an “Impala Mix” of their party anthem “Detroit Throttle.”

“The Corktown wobble, the Motor City slide, some Detroit throttle with that good time vibe, we’ll get in the Impala and take that ride, ‘til we feel like we’re 25 miles above the sky,” Frankie sang while Mark Pastoria of Harmonie Park Studios recorded it onto a laptop computer. In addition to the chorus, the band also recorded harmonica and trombone tracks in the car for the song.

The bustling city sounds of Detroit Tigers’ game-day traffic, construction noise and live music in the park proved practically inaudible inside the Impala, said the Grammy Award-winning audio engineer.

“I am amazed at how quiet the Impala is,” Pastoria said, after playing the vocal recording through Impala’s audio system. “It was important that we wouldn’t hear background noise while recording, and with all that was going on outside the car, I am astounded that we couldn’t hear any of it. The Impala rocks.”

The new Impala is quiet by design, due in part to a technology that audiophiles know well – the active noise-cancelling technology used in high-end headphones. Active Noise Cancellation is standard on new Impalas with four-cylinder powertrains and helps make the redesigned flagship Chevrolet’s quietest full-size sedan ever.

Active noise cancellation even helps owners of the new Impala save money at the pump by using three ceiling-mounted microphones to detect low frequency engine noise during idling. The frequencies are processed by an onboard computer that directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system’s speakers and subwoofer.

This technology allows the engine to operate at the fuel-conserving range of 1,000 to 1,500 RPM, and helps eliminate the need for some sound-deadening materials, all of which contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

Impala also uses a variety of sound-buffering and -absorbing materials to minimize wind, road and engine noise, including:

  • Acoustically laminated windshield and front-door glass
  • Liquid-applied sound deadener applied to the floor pan and trunk
  • Triple-sealed doors with acoustic perimeter water deflectors
  • Sound-absorbing carpet and dash mat
  • Acoustic foam baffles inside body cavities and between inner and outer quarter panels
  • And an isolated engine cradle.

“Having a quiet cabin makes it easier for Impala’s voice recognition software to understand commands,” said Kara Gordon, a General Motors’ noise and vibration performance engineer. “A quieter cabin also makes it easier for front and backseat passengers to have a conversation at normal speaking levels.”

Voice recognition is part of the MyLink system that comes standard on LT and LTZ models, and helps drivers safely place calls, enter destinations and control other functions while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

To make the Impala as quiet as possible, Gordon worked with Stephanie Ernster, a GM noise and vibration engineering specialist and friend since their college days at Michigan State University.

Ernster tested Impala’s interior acoustics with a mannequin-like binaural recording device called an Aachen Head. Named for the headquarters of Head Acoustics GmbH in Aachen, Germany, the tool uses specially calibrated microphones to precisely record a dynamic range equal with human hearing during test drives on a variety of road surfaces at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.

“Achieving a high level of acoustic refinement requires the most advanced tools available and many hours of road testing,” Ernster said. “The new Impala benefitted from both, resulting in a quiet driving experience that is truly something to sing about.”

Posted Originally By: GM News

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Top 10 Reasons Why Silverado is Summer’s Perfect Pickup

The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, re-engineered to be stronger, smarter and more capable, is the perfect pickup for hitting the road this summer. Chevrolet knows drivers taking road trips need more than just extra trunk space, which is why Silverado offers something for all passengers.

“Silverado’s combination of efficiency and capability will help drivers save money and enjoy conveniences that enhance the overall functionality of the vehicle mile after mile,” said Lloyd Biermann, Silverado marketing manager.

From hood to hitch, here are the top 10 reasons the Silverado is well equipped and capable to exceed your expectations on the roadways this summer:

1. No need to stop for directions. Drivers can stay on course with Chevrolet MyLink and OnStar. Simply choose a destination and an OnStar advisor will send turn-by-turn directions directly to the in-dash touch screen.

2. Ditch the mixed CD. Energize your ride with a road-worthy playlist. The MyLink system includes Bluetooth for phone streaming and enough USB ports and outlets to support multiple devices, making it easier to enjoy your music on the road.

3. Forget the days of the dead cell phone. Stay charged up with a new 110-volt outlet and cord management system, which allows a cell phone charger to stay plugged in for easy access when needed and concealed when not.

4. Store snacks and water for the road. The front door panels have integrated pockets ideal for snacks, drink bottles, or travel guides. The rear panels can accommodate a typical 20-ounce bottle.

5. Spend less time stopping for gas. The redesigned 2014 Silverado is aerodynamically enhanced to reduce drag, giving drivers greater fuel efficiency on the highway.

6. Stretch out. Passengers can enjoy plenty of legroom, even in the backseat. Thanks to new sculpted seatbacks, rear seat passengers enjoy about two inches more legroom and the ease of entering and exiting through wider rear crew cab doors.

7. Sleep it off. Passengers can enjoy a quiet nap thanks to Silverado’s new inlaid doors. This new design, combined with triple door seals, helps to reduce wind noise and turbulence, quieting the interior of the cab.

8. Secure travel necessities. With Silverado’s new Smart Pickup Box and four built-in cargo tie-down provisions, items remain safe and secure on the road. The new CornerStep bumper and handholds provide easier access to climb in the box for loading and unloading.

9. Tow your boat, camper, trailer, and more. Silverado’s 5.3 L EcoTec3 V-8 and stronger chassis provide towing capability, up to 11,500 pounds, for hauling on long road trips.

10. Be on the safe side. Travel companions stay safe with Silverado’s two available active safety technologies – forward collision alert and lane departure warning. These features, new to Silverado, warn of collision risk or leaving a lane without signaling.

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