More Great News

July 20, 2010
Rising star Isaiah Fogle, representing the United States won the Grand Champion Award in Instrumentalist and Dance categories at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, CA. July 11-19, 2010.  Congratulations Isaiah.  Keep up the good work!


June 18-20, 2010
Summer NAMM was a very rewarding opportunity for Direct Sound.  Your Essential Headphone Kits™ were shown for the first time.  Good friends Jim Riley, Travis Toy, Vincent Dee, Ira Blonder, members of Mr. Groove and of course everyone at JamHub LLC all stopped by to say hello and thanks.  Jim was excited about his new book, “Song Charting Made Easy – A Play-Along Guide to the Nashville Number System” published by Hal Leonard® Corporation. March 10, 2010
Virgil Donati was brilliant as usual as he performed his magic at The Stage at Mozingo in Saint Louis. Everyone in attendance was amazed at how this exciting world-class drummer made the most difficult rudiments look ridiculously easy. Adding to his enjoyment, young drummer Christian M. capped off his evening by winning a set of Extreme Isolation EX-25 professional headphones that were raffled as an attendance prize. Thanks to Jeff Mozingo for a great time. 

March 3, 2010
JamHub continues to impress with their model BedRoom, GreenRoom and TourBus silent rehearsal studios. Introduced to the music world at the 2009 summer NAMM show, this cool idea is a lot more fun, entertaining and rewarding than playing video games. So what’s next? How about the best of both worlds: JamHub + Extreme Isolation headphones. In conjunction with JamHub, The Essential Headphone Kit will be coming soon that will enhance your JamHub experience.

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January 14-17, 2010
Visit us again in Hall E, booth 1635, at the 2010 Winter NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. November 1, 2009
The sound of drums will rumble across North America once again on November 1 as 11 Five-Star member drum shops participate in The Big Beat and raise money for worthwhile causes. Billed as the world’s largest multi-city drum set event, last year’s Big Beat drew 1286 drummers and about 4000 spectators in nine cities, raised more than $45,000 for music and other charities and collected 7000 pounds of food.

Direct Sound Headphones is proud to be a Gold sponsor at this very unique and worthwhile event. To find out how you can participate, go to or visit your nearest Five-Star Drum Shop.

July 2009
Darryl Johnson and Bonnie Bramlett using EX-29 headphones in studio at Groovehouse Recording in Nashville, TN.

Darryl Johnson and Bonnie Bramlett

July 17-19, 2009
Summer NAMM is always a good time to meet and reconnect with old friends and associates. This year was no different. Jim Riley and Travis Toy from Rascal Flatts stopped in to give us a big “thumbs up”, as did Tim Smith from Groovehouse Recording and Rob Birenbaum, manager of Five-Star Drum Shops group.

Summer NAMM 2009

It was especially good to see the very talented Isaiah Fogle. This young, exciting drummer plays well beyond his years. Direct Sound Headphones is glad to be a contributor to Isaiah’s very bright future. The big hug John Gresko, inventor of Extreme Isolation® headphones, received from Isaiah made this year’s trip to Nashville all the more special. June 18, 2009
It was a grand evening for the Grand Opening party for Shock City Studios – one of the “hottest new studios in the world” as proclaimed by Mix Magazine. John Gresko, inventor of Extreme Isolation® headphones, himself a former studio drummer, was thoroughly impressed by the uniqueness of this world-class recording facility.
Shock City Studios uses Extreme Isolation® headphones exclusively. The headphones are tremendously beneficial while recording vocal tracks because they do not bleed (leak) unwanted sound into live microphones and are used for critical mixing.

Shock Studios - Shocking Facts

 April 2009
Extreme Isolation® headphones will be offering its “Best of Class” EX-29 headphones to singers and vocalists to the The Modern Vocalist (TMV) community.
John Gresko, president of Direct Sound Headphones, and a world-class vocalist himself, is excited to have forged a partnership with TMV. “This is a great opportunity to introduce Extreme Isolation® headphones to singers around the world”.

March 5-8, 2009 – Javajazz Festival
Extreme Isolation® headphones were very well received at the recent Javajazz Festival held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Direct Sound’s Indonesian distributor, BIGKNOB AUDIO was a successful contributor to this world class event.

January 2009 – Winter NAMM
Dave Weckl stops by Direct Sound headphones booth to vist with John Gresko, and to check out the Extreme Isolation Headphones for use in his studio. He has been searching for better headphones for recording and rehearsing.

Dave Weckl at NAMM

January 2009 – Winter NAMM
Long-time Extreme Isolation Headphones endorser Paul Gilbert visits with John Gresko during the 2009 Winter NAMM Show. The EX-29 headphones that Paul uses are included as part of the Paul Gilbert 20th Anniversary Guitar package from Ibanez.

Paul Gilbert at NAMM

October 2008 -Extreme Isolation Headphones was recognized by Worship Leader, a leading church audio publication, as an Editor’s Pick in its “Best Of The Best” awards for 2008.

Direct Sound has seen tremendous growth in the Church Sound and Music Technology sector of the music industry.

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September 24, 2008 – On a recent visit to St. Louis, Fred Dinkins, world renowned drum instructor and respected studio drummer, recently toured Direct Sound Headphones new manufacturing and research facility. As a teacher, Fred promotes the benefits of hearing protection and isolation to his students at the P.I.T., Musician’s Institute, located in Hollywood, California.

Fred was in town to discuss product development with Direct Sound’s marketing team and visit with John Gresko, the inventor of the Extreme Isolation brand of headphones.

January 2008 – Direct Sound Headphones launches new and improved website.

September 2007 – Direct Sound Headphones extends sales force through the use of independent representatives in addition to it’s global wholesale availabilty