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Real Life Christian Church Expands Its Multi-Site Ministry With Sennheiser Wireless Microphones and In Ear Monitor Systems

Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless G3 Series Prevails in a High-Volume RF Region, While Providing Scalability and Ease of Operation

Orlando, FL, November 26, 2013: Real Life Christian Church is an Orlando-based ministry providing services to over 5,000 people across five locations, each utilizing Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems. At each of its campuses, the church features live and video teaching as well as upbeat music from a modern worship band, with a volunteer production staff handling most of the AVL duties. The church recently expanded its facilities by adding a new portable campus at the University of Central Florida (UCF) — the second largest university in the United States.

Since the newest campus is ‘portable,’ it requires production staff to quickly set up and strike all the equipment needed to produce a high quality service each week. The system is outfitted with several channels of Sennheiser evolution wireless G3 systems and microphones not only because they are extremely easy to set up, but because they routinely deliver high quality audio and reliability in one of the most congested RF environments in the country.

In addition to using Sennheiser evolution wireless at all of its campuses, Real Life also uses Sennheiser equipment to facilitate Real Life TV on Good Life Broadcasting, a regional broadcast network that reaches millions of people in central Florida. Real Life is also able to extend its reach by hosting church online and a podcast that worshipers can tune into from anywhere in the world.

“We need to make sure that the audio is consistent across each of our environments, whether our services are happening in person or via broadcast,” says Phil Ramsey, media pastor for Real Life. “We use Sennheiser, because any lack in clarity or intelligibility can negatively impact the overall worship experience for our congregation.”

Depending on Sennheiser Evolution Wireless G3:

Real Life saw the potential of portable ministry campuses for its growing congregation early on. Before opening its newest UCF location in August, the church already had two other portable facilities that required set up and strike each week. When it came to expand again, Ramsey didn’t hesitate specifying Sennheiser equipment again since it had already proven its worthiness among the churches four other locations in and around Orlando.

“We really needed microphone system that we can come in, plug in and go,” says Ramsey. “The frequency coordination on the G3 wireless system is so simple, and it is the standard at all of our locations so any of our volunteers can have everything set up and running in a matter of minutes. We’ve never had wireless microphone issues at these portable facilities, and this is huge for us. Everything is rock solid.”

At all of its combined campuses, Real Life utilizes approximately 40 channels of G3 wireless systems, as well as accompanying in ear monitor (IEM) systems. Ramsey says Real Life will soon be integrating several Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld wireless transmitters into its arsenal, coupled with Neumann KK 204, KK 205 and Sennheiser e965 microphone capsules. “As far as wireless mics are concerned, these capsules deliver the ultimate clarity we are looking for in our style of music, and enable the vocals to sit on top of the mix without a lot of work,” says Ramsey.

Sennheiser Wireless Systems Manager:

Sennheiser’s Wireless Systems Manager (WSM) software enables Real Life to access and monitor its wireless equipment via remote control. The production team is able to view mute status, battery life and other important parameters by utilizing WSM’s advanced software features. “We use WSM because most of our equipment is locked up in a rack and we don’t have immediate access to the hardware,” says Ramsey. “With the WSM software, we have so much control in the palm of our hands and without having to access the physical devices. When you are in a 100,000 square foot facility, that makes all the difference.”

With its eyes on the future and on the further development of its new UCF campus, Real Life has never looked back in its quest for outstanding audio: “For our church, the message is so important,” he says. “We want to glorify Christ in everything that we do, and we believe that audio is one of the primary methods for relaying that message. It doesn’t matter whether someone is tuning in on their cell phone, their iPad, or attending in person. We want the audio to hit the mark.”

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, Connecticut. 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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The DSP ‘Brain’ of Brno: Symetrix Processing Massive Audio Installation at Leading Czech University

Brno University's main auditorium, one of the rooms served by SymNet processing

Distributor Audio Digital and systems integrator APS install Symetrix technology throughout new campus building.

Established in 1899, Brno University of Technology has evolved over the ensuing century to become one of the Czech Republic’s leading universities. Staff have consistently sought to match this cutting-edge reputation with high-end technology, and it was in this spirit that distributor Audio Digital and systems integrator APS recently provided the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communications’ new complex with a system that harnesses the power of Symetrix audio processing.
 
The scale of the installation was truly immense and encompassed 12 lecture halls with capacities ranging from 75 to 200 seats, along with many other smaller lecture rooms. But the undoubted centrepiece of the project – and its most challenging aspect in acoustical terms – was a 300-capacity auditorium designed in the shape of a large sphere.
 
“The volume and acoustics of the room are everything but standard, and yet a perfect coverage and intelligibility had to be achieved,” says Michal Zeman of Audio Digital. No small feat – yet Zeman was always aware that a system based around Symetrix SymNet Edge DSP technology could get the job done.
 
Modular in nature, SymNet Edge provides both the 48-channel digital audio matrix required today and the ability to scale up in the future should the need arise. Consisting of three Edge units located around the auditorium and connected over a standard Ethernet network using an Audinate Dante bus, Edge’s decentralised structure allowed Audio Digital and APS to keep analogue cable runs to an absolute minimum.
 
The Symetrix DSP – which is integrated into the auditorium’s overall Cue control system – is also advantageous to the teaching staff, who do not necessarily have extensive operational skills. “The choice of Symetrix really paid off here, too, as on one hand it offers user-friendly features such as automixing, and on the other allows external access to every single parameter needed, so there were no limits in adjusting the Cue’s user interface to the needs of the users,” says Zeman.
 
Carefully finetuning the Symetrix system to optimise the acoustics, Zeman and collaborators deployed AFMG’s EASE software to produce a loudspeaker design based around TOA line arrays and Dynacord subwoofers. Amplification comes from APart Audio amplifiers, while wired and wireless microphones by TOA, Electro-Voice and MIPRO complete the core specification.
 
Symetrix technology is by no means restricted to the main auditorium, however: two of the other lecture rooms feature SymNet Solus 16 standalone DSP units, while audio in ten smaller spaces is driven by Zone Mix 761 devices.
 
Paying tribute to the “feature-richness and competitive price level” of the Symetrix DSP technology, Zeman says that it was “from the very beginning our first and only choice for the DSP ‘brain’. No other brand I have encountered currently comes even close to what Symetrix can offer.”

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Jünger Audio Incorporates Audinate’s Dante IP Technology

Jünger Audio has announced a partnership with Audinate (www.audinate.com) that will allow the company to incorporate Audinate’s Dante digital media networking solution into its Award-winning range of audio processing solutions.

Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante technology is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency, tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante is the leading digital media networking solution and has been adopted by more than 120 OEMs to date, with hundreds of partner’s products to choose from. Applications using Dante can be found across broadcast, pro AV, commercial installation and live sound entertainment markets.

Jünger Audio’s first device to feature Audinate’s Dante technology will be the V*AP two channel voice processor. With its high-end algorithms and simple to use interface, it is specifically designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations and TV production voice-over studios. Adding audio network capabilities to the V*AP complements its consequent network approach on control, measurement and administration. In combination with a Dante computer interface or the DVS Dante Virtual Soundcard software, the V*AP can act as a sophisticated frontend for any digital audio workstation (DAW) or video editing system. The Dante interface solution will be released for the V*AP in the first quarter of 2014 and subsequently become available for all other Jünger Audio boxed products.

Peter Poers, CEO of Jünger Audio says: “We looked at all the audio over IP network solutions and found that the efficiency, ease of use, seamless integration and growing range of manufacturers supporting Dante made it the ideal choice for Jünger Audio. As customers continue to demand and expect interoperability between devices, we believe that the adoption of Dante will allow us to provide all the functionality and flexibility that the Pro Audio community needs now, and positions us well for developing and introducing next generation audio products.”

“Jünger Audio is known for their unique range of digital processors which are designed to meet the precise needs of the professional audio broadcast market,” Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate adds. “Dante is already the leading interoperable network solution for the professional audio and broadcast markets. Jünger Audio’s V*AP voice processor with Dante networking simplifies how audio can be distributed for TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

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