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Neglab Reopens in Australia in Response to Demand for Film Processing

Veteran Facility Owner Werner Winkelmann Will Oversee Motion Picture Film Processing



(SYDNEY, Australia) Neglab, a motion picture film laboratory for processing 35mm and 16mm color negative, will reopen its doors later this month, providing high-quality film processing services to the region. Werner Winkelmann, original owner of the facility, has over 25 years of experience working in the lab industry and brings extensive expertise to the entire imaging chain.

“All of us at Neglab are thrilled to re-engage with the filmmaking community and provide outstanding lab services for the region,” says Winkelmann, co-founder and technical operations manager. “We are poised to provide unparalleled services, and have brought together a staff of professionals with incredible knowledge and a dedication to superior quality control standards.”

A recognized expert in the laboratory business, Winkelmann has been involved in building ECN2, ECP2 and ECP3, and black-and-white processors throughout his career. Joining him at Neglab will be Herbert Stegbauer, director and owner of Stegbauer Pty., manufacturer and supplier of film processing equipment. Stegbauer started his career at Colorfilm and later co-founded Filmlab Engineering. Neglab will operate out of Stegbauer’s factory. Together, Winkelmann and Stegbauer have assembled a team of experts with over 80 years of experience in the film industry.

Neglab has been designed to provide superior motion picture laboratory services to filmmakers, installing the latest design magnetic drive processor, and surpassing standards for cleanliness. The backup and safety systems on Neglab’s processor ensure trouble free operation and perfect processing of 35mm and 16mm color negative formats.

“Customer service is a priority for us,” adds Winkelmann. “We know that labs need to be responsive to filmmakers. We offer location pick up and handling anywhere within the Sydney central business district, and all rushes will be quickly delivered directly to the production’s telecine facility of choice. We can also arrange Interstate shipments at reasonable rates, when requested by the customer.”

Neglab originally opened in July 1997, and briefly suspended operations a few years ago based on industry economics. But with today’s production landscape and a resurging choice by filmmakers to originate on film, Winkelmann saw an opportunity to reopen.

For more information on Neglab, contact w.winkelmann.48@gmail.com, or call +0409.928.117.

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First Sale of Calrec Callisto Console Goes to Wisconsin’s Token Creek Mobile Television

Token Creek Also Purchases Artemis Beam Desk

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Oct. 10, 2013 — Calrec has sold its first Callisto audio console, a new console making its U.S. debut at AES, to outside broadcast (OB) company Token Creek Mobile Television. The Wisconsin-based OB company also purchased a Calrec Artemis Beam console. The Callisto will be installed in a new truck destined to cover high school and college sports and corporate and entertainment events, among others. The Artemis Beam has been installed in an existing HD unit that covers a wide variety of sports and entertainment events.

“We have two other Calrec desks besides the Artemis Beam and the Callisto, and we’ve always been very happy with them, so when we decided to build new trucks, Calrec was our first choice,” said Brendan Clark, Token Creek’s director of engineering. “Calrec consoles have become widely accepted in our market, so not only do our own operators like them, but freelancers get comfortable using them in a very short time. They also give us the features and flexibility to meet whatever specs our clients require. The Callisto, in particular, will allow us to serve clients who want high production value in a more cost-effective truck.”

Token Creek ordered a Callisto console with 44 faders and a 64 x 64 mic/line, 72 AES, and four MADI I/O configuration, as well as a GPIO control option. The Callisto’s streamlined, efficient design makes it especially suited to the new truck, which Token Creek is building to accommodate clients with smaller budgets who want a high-quality product but don’t need all the resources of Token Creek’s other HD trucks. Each of the console’s channel strips has only the most essential mechanical controls, featuring a fader, two flexible control cells, and a dedicated gain pot. Callisto uses Calrec’s award-winning Bluefin2 networking technology at its core, and the same integral 8192 x 8192 Hydra2 router as Calrec’s Apollo and Artemis consoles. It also has a highly intuitive GUI suitable for a broad range of operator skill levels.

The Artemis Beam console has been installed in Token Creek’s Chippewa HD mobile unit. It is a 64-fader console configured for 256 x 256 MADI, 128 x 128 AES, and 64 x 64 analog I/O, giving Token Creek the flexibility to take in 16 channel sources, mix them efficiently, and distribute them easily in and out of the router. Token Creek uses the console’s many main outputs to generate different program and transmission mixes, and the company finds the Bluefin2 networked I/O and flexibility of the control surface especially helpful.

“By adding two more Calrec consoles to its fleet, Token Creek now has the capability to serve just about any size production or budget,” said Henry Goodman, Calrec’s head of sales and marketing. “The Callisto gives Token Creek a cost-effective console with all the features and reliability it has come to rely on from Calrec. Selling the first Callisto console to a long-time customer such as Token Creek is especially gratifying because it tells us they have the continued confidence to invest in our newest products.”

The Callisto console will make its U.S. debut at AES 2013, where it will be on display with the Artemis Beam and the rest of the Calrec line. Callisto will begin shipping in spring 2014. Information about Calrec and its products is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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RTI Hosts Global Partner Summit 2013

International Partners From 15 Countries and Six Continents Attend Second Annual Event

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Oct. 10, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) announced that in the wake of its highly successful showing at CEDIA EXPO 2013, the company hosted the RTI Global Partner Summit 2013 in its hometown of Shakopee, Minn. The second annual event was held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, and included attendees from 15 countries and six continents.

“We had an amazing time with our international partners during last year’s inaugural RTI Global Partner Summit and have been looking forward to this year’s event ever since. It certainly didn’t disappoint,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “The event is a nice blend of education and fun, with informative seminars and the opportunity to enjoy time with our colleagues outside of the office as well. It also gives our partners the ability to meet RTI staff in person, see the inner workings of our headquarters, and gives them direct access to all levels of our organization. It is an extremely valuable experience for all parties and a great way to cap off CEDIA.”

The Global Partner Summit 2013 included some of the company’s most valued international partners, who attended seminars covering a broad range of subjects — including RTI products, programming, sales strategies, and more — from a variety of presenters. The seminars were combined with fun-filled, mid-western-style evenings to welcome RTI’s guests to the Twin Cities.

“For me the RTI Global Summit is an event not to miss. It provides an extremely valuable opportunity to share ideas and goals amongst partners and friends of RTI,” said Joe Barhoush, president of GES Ltd. “In addition, we gain an outlook of what lies ahead for RTI and the company’s innovative solutions. I know we all appreciate the hospitality and experience provided by RTI. I can’t wait for next year’s summit!”

RTI products are now available from authorized representatives in more than 100 different countries. More information about the company and its products is available at www.rticorp.com.

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android(TM) devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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RTI Now Shipping Elegant, Affordable KX2 In-Wall Controller

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Oct. 9, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that it is now shipping its award-winning KX2 in-wall controller. Offering the benefits of a high-end control device at an affordable price point, the KX2 is the perfect solution for residential and commercial installations. The elegant unit features a 2.8-inch QVGA color LCD display with a customizable interface and hard buttons which may be custom engraved, while multiple bezel options allow the KX2 to blend seamlessly into any décor. The controller’s sleek design is complemented by a host of powerful features such as direct IR control, integrated Ethernet with Power over Ethernet (PoE), and two-way control when incorporated into an RTI control system.

To enhance the user experience, the KX2′s ambient light sensor adjusts the unit’s back light level in accordance with its surroundings, while a proximity sensor automatically brings the controller to life when approached by a user. The KX2′s IR output port provides direct control of devices, while an integrated 10/100Base-T Ethernet port with PoE provides convenient two-way control when the controller is integrated into a system utilizing an RTI processor.

The graphic interface on the KX2′s 2.8-inch display is configurable using RTI’s Integration Designer(R) software, making it easy for installers to provide their clients with a simple, intuitive control experience. In addition, the device’s twelve hard buttons ship with a selection of common control tasks, or they can be custom engraved using RTI’s Laser Shark(R) service.

“We are extremely happy to release the KX2. We believe that integrators and consumers alike will be pleased with the value and performance offered with this new controller,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “For end users, the KX2′s design, color touchscreen, two-way control capabilities, and affordable price point make it a very attractive option. For installers, it’s simple to customize the GUI and hard buttons to match the needs of their customers, providing the flexibility to incorporate the KX2 into any installation.”

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android” devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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HARMAN Professional Invests in Live Sound & Rental Community With Dedicated Global Team to be Led by Industry Veteran, Brian Pickowitz

NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA — HARMAN Professional today announced the formation of a new global group to support live sound and rental professionals with advanced programs, including technology, systems, training and support. The group is led by Brian Pickowitz, newly promoted to Associate Director, Global Live Sound and Rental Systems, and also includes tour sound veterans Raul Gonzalez, Application Engineer, Live Sound and Rental for North America, and Vincent “Vinnie” Perreux, Application Engineer, Live Sound and Rental for EMEA and Asia. Today’s announcement was made by Scott Robbins, Executive Vice President of Sales, HARMAN Professional, to whom Pickowitz reports.

“The formation of a new Global Live Sound and Rental Systems group within HARMAN Professional will serve our customers well and I am pleased and encouraged to have a professional of Brian Pickowitz’s expertise and experience to lead the group. Brian understands his market, his technologies and his clients’ needs and makes it his business to ensure their productions meet their highest expectations. Brian has demonstrated his capacity as a client-partner and I am confident that he will make a significant contribution to our success and the success of our clients around the world,” said Robbins.

According to Pickowitz, the group is extending the depth of partnership to which HARMAN Professional engages its customers in this community. “We recognize that partnership extends beyond a transaction and requires a considerable commitment before, during and after the sale. Our strengthened commitment to training and support will ensure that customers in the live sound and rental communities extract optimal return from their investment in our platform,” Pickowitz said today. “If we can provide customers with greater consistency in terms of system performance and setup efficiency, then we’ll help improve their businesses and therein lies the goal of this new group.”

Brian Pickowitz joined Crown Audio as an Electrical Design Engineer in 2004 and has since been heavily involved in the development of Crown Audio’s tour sound business, assuming the marketing leadership of that sector in 2010. He has played a key role in the design and implementation of business-critical live sound products, including the I-Tech HD, Vrack and Macro Tech I Series. A 2004 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Brian Pickowitz holds a BSEE in Electrical Engineering.

Vincent “Vinnie” Perreux has more than 30 years experience supporting worldwide tour sound productions and working closely with front of house and monitor engineers. He has served as sound system engineer, crew chief and product trainer for Clair Global & Clair Brothers. Vinnie’s experiences also includes work with Clair/ShowCo, SSE Audio Group, Agora, Westfalen Sound and Eighth Day Sound other companies and with bands including Muse, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Leonard Cohen, Gloria Estefan, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and Elton John among others.”

Raul Gonzalez is similarly qualified with18 years of experience in the audio industry. During the last 13 years, Gonzalez has worked for HARMAN’s JBL Professional supporting tour sound & rental clients as Market Development Engineer for Latin America, Tour Sound Product Manager and Tour Sound Field Engineer. Prior to joining HARMAN, Gonzalez was Systems Engineer for the Julio Iglesias World Tour, and Audio System Designer for Concert Sound Consultants. He also served as FOH Engineer for Jam On The Groove World Tour and Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway Tour, as well as a recording engineer for BGF Productions.

“Just as our live sound and rental customers rely on talented, hardworking crews to represent their businesses and support their artists, HARMAN Professional now has one of the most talented and hardworking teams on the road to support its customers. I look forward to working with Vinnie and Raul to develop support and training programs that provide customers with deeper care and more forward-looking training than anyone else in the marketplace,” Pickowitz concluded.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Av Week 2013: RelampIt Projector Lamp Recycling Raffle

Each year audiovisual professionals celebrate the AV industry during a week-long event in October, known as AV Week. AV specialists use AV Week as opportunity to raise awareness of the span of AV applications in many markets including business, government and education. This is also an ideal time for RelampIt to encourage recycling within industry and reinforce their commitment to environmental sustainability.

RelampIt receives thousands of lamps during their month long projector lamp recycling program every year. They anticipate a record number of participants and lamps recycled during the 2013 event.
Kicking off during AV week and extending for 5 weeks, the annual RelampIt Recycling Raffle is RelampIt’s way of:
• celebrating the AV industry during AV Week
• encouraging participants to recycle, furthering their sustainability initiatives
• continuing to support a cost-free, end of lifetime option for projection lamps

RelampIt’s Lamp Recycling Raffle runs October 14th through November 22th. To participate all are simply invited to recycle spent projector lamps! Send a minimum of 5 lamps to the RelampIt Recycling Center, which qualifies for one entry in the lamp recycling raffle. Participants have the opportunity to win one of two prizes, including a grand prize of a brand new front projector. Winners are selected randomly from all eligible entries. Visit www.relampit.com for more details about the RelampIt Recycling Raffle and terms & conditions.

RelampIt will also be providing free shipping for all recycling raffle participants during AV Week (October 14-18). Jut fill out the recycling request form at http://www.relampit.com/Projector-Lamp-Recycling.htm and RelampIt will email a UPS label for the lamp shipment.

Finally, RelampIt will be running two AV Week social media challenges for all #AVTweeps. On Tuesday October 15, and Thursday October 17 they will have contests on Twitter and LinkedIn. Details of the challenges will be released shortly, and winners will receive new livescribe digital pens!

RelampIt provides new lamps in re-certified housings for the projection display industry. RelampIt has developed a process that allows projection lamps to be re-newed at a reduced cost without compromising lifetime or performance. RelampIt also offers a no charge projector lamp recycling service. The RelampIt Projector Lamp Recycling Center, focuses on reducing waste and environmental contamination from the lamps found in front and rear projectors.

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Loop Utah Movement Underway with Support from Listen Technologies

Listen Technologies joined Loop Utah in September to Kick-Off the Loop Utah Movement at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Festival.

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—Listen Technologies joined other hearing loss advocates at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Festival for the kick-off of the statewide movement to get Hearing Loops installed in public spaces throughout Utah.

The Loop Utah Movement is dedicated bringing more awareness to the subject of hearing loss by educating Utah communities about assistive listening systems, in particular Hearing Loops, which provide individuals with hearing loss a better way to experience what they fully deserve when they visit public places like churches, theatres, museums, auditoriums, and concert venues.

As a co-sponsor of the event, Listen installed two temporary Hearing Loops, one around the main stage for presentations and a smaller one at their own booth to demonstrate the technology to visitors. A Hearing Loop, also known as an Induction Loop or T-Loop, is an assistive listening system that provides access to facilities for those with hearing loss. It takes a sound source and transfers it directly to a hearing aid without background noise.

The increasing popularity of Hearing Loops has seen a steady increase in the inclusion of telecoils in hearing aids. At present just under 70% of hearing aid models on the market are fitted with them. This number is as high as 95% in countries where Hearing Loops are already established, and all new model cochlear implants now offer telecoils.

“I am involved with Loop Utah, because I believe in the technology,” says Dr. Lobdell, Loop Utah Steering Committee Chair. “My passion for loop technology began early in my career when my hard of hearing grandmother explained how a loop system allowed her to continue to participate in church services, which made me wonder why the technology wasn’t available in more places.”

Loop Utah planning meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Sanderson Community Center. For more details on what you can do to be a part of the movement visit www.looputah.org.

About Listen Technologies
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies and more. Watch the About Listen video. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

About Loop Utah
Loop Utah is an ongoing advocacy campaign dedicated to educating Utah venues about the many benefits of hearing loop technology, which delivers sound directly to an individual’s telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant. Loop Utah will serve to attract, educate, and advocate as the collective voice for loop technology so the Hard of Hearing can have the enriched experience they deserve in venues across the state of Utah. For more information about Loop Utah, contact LoopUtah@gmail.com or call 801.556.2241.

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Sennheiser Delivers Flawless Wireless Performance on Bruno Mars ‘Moonshine Jungle Tour’

New York City, October 10, 2013: Superstar Bruno Mars finished the North American leg of his Moonshine Jungle Tour in September ­ a run that consisted of over 40 U.S. and Canadian dates, a spectacular appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, and an announcement that he will perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on February 2, 2014. This month, the Moonshine Jungle Tour continues on to Europe before setting out to Australia and New Zealand in early 2014. Bruno and his band rely on Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems.

At the VMAs, which were broadcast from New York City’s Barclays Center and reached more than 10.1 million viewers, fans were treated to a thrilling rendition of Mars’ new single, “Gorilla”. Dressed in a leopard skin shirt on a stage awash in green lasers and gorilla imagery flashing on a massive LED screen, Mars delivered a memorable, soulful vocal performance through a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II wireless transmitter and MD 5235 capsule. During the VMAs, which also featured performances by Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and others, Mars picked up two Moonman awards: Best Male Video for his #1 hit single “Locked Out of Heaven”, and another for “Best Choreography” for his latest single, “Treasure”.

The VMAs were the icing on the cake for Bruno Mars’ production team, who has endeavored to continually raise the audio quality and production standards of the touring operation for the past several years. Sennheiser’s global relations team has played a direct role in helping them achieve this goal by providing superb wireless and microphone technology. “When I took on the Bruno Mars gig over 2-1/2 years ago, he and the background singers were using a competitor’s model. I just knew there was a better microphone and capsule combination for him,” recalls James Berry, monitor engineer for Bruno Mars. “I began transitioning the background singers first, then worked with the front-of-house guy to get Bruno to try a Sennheiser microphone. Now you couldn’t pry that microphone out of his hands if you tried!” he says.

For wireless audio at the VMAs, as well as with the rest of the tour, the Bruno Mars production team has relied on Sennheiser. At the VMAs, one particular challenge was the massive LED walls at the rear of the stage. “We had to shoot the wireless signal right through the LED walls,” Berry recalls. “We did a lot of pre-planning on antenna placement when we got there. It was all rock solid and performed flawlessly.” The monitor crew used Sennheiser’s WSM software to save set-up time: “We used WSM to preload all the frequencies we were sent, so when we arrived, we just booted up the system and were ready to go in about ten minutes. In the past, we would have had to go to every individual unit and program all this information in.” Berry also used the software to monitor each wireless element in real time: “I rely on WSM to see my battery and RF levels, as well as all the inputs and outputs,” he says.

Honing In on Bruno Mars’ Microphone and Wireless Touring Rig

Derek Brener, who has been Bruno Mars’ front-of-house engineer for 3-1/2 years, recalls a point where Bruno’s audio infrastructure took a huge step forward: “One of the main turning points was when James came in and said he would not use anything else but the Sennheiser wireless ­ that’s when everything changed. James is such a heavy hitter having worked with Beyoncé, Weezer and lots of other great bands, I trusted his opinion.”

After trying various Sennheiser capsule and transmitter combinations for some time, Berry and Brener eventually settled on an SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with an MD 5235 capsule. “For me, the MD 5235 capsule punches through the PA system better than any other microphone we’ve used on Bruno Mars,” says Brener. “Bruno is very involved with Derek and me on the way things sound and has very clear ideas on what he wants and what he expects,” Berry adds. “Now, it is a comfort thing. Whether we are playing arenas, stadiums or awards shows, there is no debating ­ he wants Sennheiser, and that’s what he’s going to get.”

For vocals and horns, the band’s wireless consists of ten channels of Sennheiser EM 3732-II receivers, seven SKM 5200-II transmitters with MD 5235 capsules and three SK 5212-II bodypack transmitters. Berry says that one of the primary reasons they chose the EM 3732-IIs was because of the AES3 digital output with external word clock synchronization: “We are clocking our wireless devices at 96kHz to get the best sound quality we can. We didn’t consider anything other than this unit because we knew it would give us the best sound quality and reliability on the RF side.”

“For me, clocking at 96kHz opens everything up so it sounds more full,” Berry continues. “You have the entire frequency expanse in there, and what you put in is what you get out. Therefore you can hear the Sennheiser MD 5235 microphone capsules we are using with even greater fidelity.”

The band also relies on Sennheiser for its wireless monitor systems, of which Berry has sixteen channels of SR 2050 IEM. This covers the entire band, as well as off-stage technical staff. “I’ve used a lot of in-ear systems, and the reason I chose Sennheiser is because of sound quality,” says Berry. “The wireless IEMs deliver a wide stereo image so I can put things right into place where they need to go in my mix. For me, there is no other option than the 2k series because of that.”

All in all, over the course of the entire North American tour including the VMAs, the Sennheiser equipment has performed flawlessly, reports Brener: “We have never, ever experienced a drop out as long as we have had the Sennheiser wireless. It is all rock-solid. I have major confidence in Sennheiser.”

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1: Bruno Mars on stage during the Moonshine Jungle Tour with his Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter and MD 5235 capsule (photo credit: Getty Images)

2: James Berry, monitor engineer for Bruno Mars, beside his racks of Sennheiser wireless (photo courtesy of DiGiCo)

3: Bruno Mars‘ front-of-house engineer, Derek Brener

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Joan Baez Down Under with DPA Microphones

American folk musician used d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics to highlight the instrumental portions of her music

AMHERST, MA, OCTOBER 10, 2013 – American folk singer/songwriter Joan Baez went on the road in Australia and New Zealand this summer with DPA Microphones’ d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones. The musician and prominent activist’s audio engineer Jason Raboin uses the mics to achieve the ultimate sound of the grand piano, mandolin and violin that are prominently featured in her music. A long-time DPA fan, Raboin doesn’t leave home without the d:votes. He even brought them with him to Baez’s special performance in late July with Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris to benefit Downtown Streets Team, an organization aiming to end homelessness.

With two d:votes originally purchased for Dirk Powell—a multi-instrumentalist in Baez’s band who wanted free range of movement while playing his guitar, violin (fiddle) or mandolin—Baez’s rig now features a total of four d:votes. With the ability to mount the wireless microphone directly onto the instrument, Powell can perform with the gusto of a typical fiddle or mandolin player.

“Dirk’s request sent me on a hunt for a mic system that not only does what he wanted, but also sounds good and is useable in monitors,” says Raboin. “The d:vote 4099s were a clear choice. Since the mic mounts right onto the flat surface of the string instruments, I was initially worried that gain and monitors would be an issue, but the microphone has been really great. We are able to get plenty of gain. Sometimes Dirk plays fiddle right in front of the monitors and we’re fine. I think that’s something that every engineer worries about, not getting gain in your monitors if you use a condenser mic, but that’s definitely not the case with the d:votes.”

After the success of the d:votes with the string instruments, Raboin chose to add to the collection with a stereo pair for Baez’s grand piano. “Another thing that’s great about the d:votes is that when I’m using them for the piano, I can arrange the mics so the piano can be played with the lid closed,” he explains. “People usually come up with all sorts of whacky solutions to accomplish this, but DPA has a mount that lets me affix the mics without any harm to even the most expensive instrument. And they still sound just as good. That was actually also one of the main selling points for Dirk.”

The small size of the d:votes play an integral part in this arrangement. The compact size also proved a valuable feature during Baez’s Australian tour, for which the crew flew, rather than drove, to each stop. To meet the travel budget, Raboin had to pack only the audio essentials into a few pelican cases. Each could not exceed the 50 pound weight limit set by today’s travel standards, and it is for this reason that the miniature microphones were helpful.

“The d:votes are so tiny, they barely take up any space or weight,” continues Raboin. “Also, while the mics are more expensive than the average condenser mic on the market, when you think about it in terms of return on investment—how many different places they can go, and so easily, because of their modularity and all the mounting options—it ultimately makes them less expensive than other solutions.”

In addition to all of Baez’s performances, Raboin also uses d:votes when he’s engineering for folk singer Judy Collins. A sound engineer for more than 15 years, Raboin has worked with artists such as Modest Mouse, Luna, Cowboy Junkies and Devendra Banhart. He also currently owns Camden Sounds, a sound company based in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Baez has performed publicly for more than 55 years and has released 30 albums, which feature songs recorded in six different languages. In addition to her musical talents, Baez is an avid social and political rights activist and has been involved with issues ranging from civil and human rights to environmental issues and war protests.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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Neumann’s Jürgen Breitlow to be Featured on Panel Highlighting Microphone Specifications at 135th AES Convention

Breitlow will Discuss Technical Specifications of a Microphone on Panel to Take Place on Thursday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m.

New York – October 9, 2013: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that Jürgen Breitlow, director research & development, Neumann GmbH, will be featured on a panel entitled “Microphone Specifications – Believe it or Not” to take place in room 1E12 at the Javitz Center in New York City. Breitlow will discuss the technical specifications of a microphone, among other topics during the panel.

• WHAT: “Microphone Specifications – Believe it or Not” panel, featuring Jürgen Breitlow, director research & development, Neumann GmbH
• WHEN: Thursday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m.
• WHERE: Room 1E12, Javitz Center, New York City

Breitlow is an accomplished development engineer who has been with Neumann for 13 years. The panel, which is to be moderated by Eddy B. Brixen, EBB-Consult/DBA Microphones, is being presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications. Following is an abstract:

“There are lots and lots of microphones available to the audio engineer. The final choice is often made on the basis of experience or perhaps just habits. (Sometimes the mic is chosen because of the looks… .) Nevertheless, there is essential and very useful information to be found in the microphone specifications. This workshop will present the most important microphone specs and provide the attendees with up-to-date information on how these are obtained and understood. Each member of the panel—all related to industry top brands—will present one item from the spec sheet. The workshop takes a critical look on how specs are presented to the user, what to look for and what to expect. The workshop is organized by the AES Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications.”

To learn more or register for the panel, please visit the AES website or contact Christopher Currier, Product Specialist at Neumann at (860) 434-9190 x185 or ccurrier@sennheiserusa.com.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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