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Neumann TLM 107 Microphone Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Award at 30th Annual TEC Awards

TLM 107 Is Recognized as Best In Class in the Recording Microphone Category During Awards Ceremony at the 2015 NAMM Show

1Anaheim, CA, January 28, 2015: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that its TLM 107 microphone was recognized with an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award by the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Foundation. Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet was on hand to accept the award during a reception held at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on Saturday evening.

The TLM 107 is a modern, high-resolution sound transducer with excellent reproduction characteristics that enable it to capture the original sound without coloration, ensuring unlimited design freedom in mixing and post-production. The newly developed double diaphragm capsule is inspired by one of Neumann’s top models, the D-01. With its exceptional impulse fidelity, the TLM 107 is particularly suitable for percussion and the finest overtones of stringed instruments.

2“Speaking behalf of Neumann and Sennheiser, I am very proud to have the TLM 107 recognized by the TEC Foundation and by our peers in such a competitive technology category,” commented Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann and Director, Business Segment Audio Recording for Sennheiser. “The TLM 107 was designed to capture instruments and vocals transparently and without coloration, while providing the ultimate in flexibility for different recording applications. I am very proud of our entire team which helped us achieve this result.”

3Since the TEC Foundation was established in 1990, Sennheiser and Neumann have been presented with a cumulative total of 21 Outstanding Technical Achievement awards as well as having five products represented in the TECnology Hall of Fame, including the venerable Sennheiser MD 421 microphone.

Detailed product information on the Neumann TLM 107 can be found at www.tlm107.neumann.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 www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet accepts the TEC Award for the Neumann TLM 107 microphone.

2) The TLM 107

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Powersoft X Series Wins Pro Sound Web / Live Sound International Reader’s Choice Award for Power Amplifier Products

After Casting Thousands of Ballots for Sixth Annual Awards, X Series Emerges as Favored Choice

Ventura, CA, January 28, 2015: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced that its X Series has been presented with a Reader’s Choice award from Pro Sound Web / Live Sound International magazines. The X Series emerged as the favored choice in the Power Amplifier Products category after thousands of reader ballots were tallied.

11The X Series, which was launched to the U.S. market during the InfoComm show last June to great success, delivers unmatched levels of versatility, flexibility and power, redefining what is possible in power amplification. With flexible channel routing, a truly universal mono, bi and three-phase balancing power supply and fully featured DSP, the X Series represents a revolutionary step forward in performance and power efficiency in both concert touring and fixed installation applications.

“We are pleased to be recognized by the readers of Pro Sound Web and Live Sound International, who are among a very informed constituency within the pro audio community,” commented Kurt Meltzer, U.S. Sales Director, Powersoft Audio. “Each of the products in our X Series line is the result of tireless research, relentless innovation and meticulous refinement — it is exciting to see our customers taking their audio solutions to the next level in such a broad range of applications.”

XSeries-GlamShadow-850x410Powersoft X Series has been also nominated as a finalist in the Audio category for the InAVation Awards and for Newbay Media’s ISE Best of Show Awards. Both awards will be announced during the ISE Show in Amsterdam, between February 10th and 12th. “Being named as a finalist in not one, but three respected industry awards gives our team a tremendous sense of achievement,” said Francesco Fanicchi, Brand and Communication Director of Powersoft. “Winning the Pro Sound Web Reader’s Choice award also validates that we are proceeding in the right direction and that our hard work is paying off.”

The X Series follows previous innovations by Powersoft including the K Series, which debuted in 1995 and introduced the professional audio industry to disruptive technologies including Power Factor Correction (PFC) and switch-mode amplification. The unprecedented efficiency of the X Series enables system integrators and production professionals to deploy fewer rack units while realizing sustained, predictable high performance power suitable for just about any production or installation.

By using Armonia Pro Audio Suite™ in conjunction with the X Series, users are able to access all necessary set up parameters as well as comprehensive control over digital audio processing and system performance monitoring. An integrated WiFi connection allows the X Series amplifiers to be accessed and managed by smartphone or tablet through ¬a customized user interface.

The X Series, which consists of the X8 (2U chassis) and the X4 (1U chassis), supports AES3 and Dante™ by Audinate®, and also features analog inputs for up to four input sources per channel. For more information on X Series, please visit: http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/touring/x-series.

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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Are you D1 and Only?

ew D1 VisualAnaheim, CA, January 23, 2015: To celebrate the launch of its new evolution wireless D1 digital microphone series, audio specialist Sennheiser is announcing a contest to find the ultimate cover version of “The One and Only”, the classic pop song by Chesney Hawkes. 50,000 euros worth of brilliant prizes can be won, with the very best performer winning their very own professionally produced music video and audio recording of their cover and ew D1 systems for their band.

Runner-up prizes include fantastic new D1 wireless microphone sets, and there are more opportunities to win: the first 20 valid entries will receive an evolution wireless D1 vocal set, as will the ten best covers as voted by the public.

Ingo AngresThe ultimate winner and best runners-up will be selected by a jury of industry experts from among the 20 best entries shortlisted by a public vote. Jury members include “The One and Only” song-writer, Nik Kershaw, Anastasia Schoeck of Imagem Music, Sennheiser CEO Andreas Sennheiser, and Joel Cassady of Walk off the Earth – a band whose own covers are the stuff of YouTube legend.

Ingo Angres, marketing manager Live Performance and MI at Sennheiser, explains the contest: “The evolution wireless D1 is all about setting your performance free and taking your talent to the next stage. It removes the hassle of complex set-ups and cables and delivers incredible sound quality. When there’s nothing in the way of your creativity, think what you could achieve. That’s the spirit behind this contest – we want to see people take a song everyone thinks they know and set themselves free to make something fresh and new.“

How to enter
ew D1 Vocal Set 2If you think you and your band are the ones to take on the challenge, then get creative, interpret the song in your own unique style and record a video of your performance and upload it to YouTube. Then simply visit www.sennheiser-D1.com to submit your entry. The competition will be open to entries from 21 January until midnight on 10th May 2015. 

Between 21 January and 19 May 2015, visitors to the Sennheiser contest page can vote for their favourite cover version. The 20 performances with the most votes will be announced on 20 May and will go through to the final round, with the top ten receiving a D1 vocal set. The jury will then proceed to judge the entries according to musical quality, unique style and authentic performance.

The winner, who will receive the grand prize, and the second and third places will be announced on 1 June 2015.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1: Sennheiser launches a cover contest to celebrate the launch of evolution wireless D1
2: Ingo Angres, marketing manager Live Performance and MI at Sennheiser
3: The first 20 videos on the website will each receive an evolution wireless D1 Vocal Set for being so quick – as will the ten best covers with the most votes by the public

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Sennheiser and Apogee announce partnership at NAMM Show

Anaheim, CA, January 23, 2015: At Winter NAMM, audio specialist Sennheiser and Apogee Electronics, industry leader in digital audio conversion technology, have announced their collaboration.

logosAt the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Apogee’s Betty Bennett and Sennheiser’s Peter Claussen have jointly announced the cooperation of their companies. Peter Claussen, COO of Sennheiser, said that “Apogee and Sennheiser are a perfect fit. We both operate in the demanding premium sector, serving professional and semi-professional audio customers across the globe. Our product portfolios perfectly complement each other, and I am looking forward to collaborate with a company that has truly pushed the boundaries of digital audio.”

Betty Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee, commented, “This is an exciting collaboration for us. Sennheiser is a highly respected brand with an incredible product portfolio and an extensive global reach. Our reputation for delivering premium products to the pro and prosumer markets are well aligned and our core competencies are very complementary. This collaboration will result in innovative, high-quality products that will truly inspire our customers.”

Details about the collaboration are to be revealed at a later date.

About Apogee
Apogee Electronics is an award-winning manufacturer of professional audio devices that advance audio recording and deliver ultimate sound quality, inspiring simplicity and incredible value. Apogee initially made its name with special anti-aliasing filters that solved many of the early problems associated with digital audio. Later, Apogee’s complete conversion systems pushed the envelope of digital audio quality and established Apogee as a key innovator in the field of professional digital audio. Today, Apogee converters and audio interfaces are regarded as the reference standard in the audio industry. Products such as Symphony I/O, Big Ben, Ensemble and Duet all have set the benchmark by which digital audio recording hardware is judged. Now with its latest products JAM and MiC, designed especially for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and GarageBand software, Apogee continues to be at the forefront of recording technology. Apogee’s mission is to build products that offer ultimate sound quality, innovative design and unparalleled value to all music creators from the aspiring artist to the discerning audio professional.

About Sennheiser
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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Sennheiser Announces Booth Performances at NAMM 2015, Including Freedy Johnston, Nina Storey, Raining Jane and others

Anaheim, CA, January 22, 2015: Audio specialist Sennheiser (Hall A, Booth 6577) announced that its booth stage at NAMM will once again feature an impressive roster of both established and emerging musical talent. The product demonstrations — which will feature the latest audio equipment from Sennheiser — will begin at noon today and con-tinue through Sunday afternoon, January 25th.

Scheduled performances are as follows and may be subject to change:

Thursday, January 22nd
12:00 p.m. — Chris Pierce
12:45 p.m. — Nina Storey
1:30 p.m. — Freedy Johnston
3:00 p.m. — Shane Henry and Maggie McClure
3:45 p.m. — Nina Storey
4:30 p.m. — Halocene

Friday, January 23rd
12:00 p.m. — Sista Jean & CB
12:45 p.m. — Marcus Eaton
1:30 p.m. — Dilana
2:15 p.m. — Sista Jean & CB
3:00 p.m. — Marcus Eaton
3:45 p.m. — Katie Cole
4:40 p.m. — Nu-Blu

Saturday, January 24th
12:00 p.m. — Debby Holiday
12:45 p.m. — Nu-Blu
1:30 p.m. — Raining Jane
2:15 p.m. — Debby Holiday
3:00 p.m. — Nu-Blu
3:45 p.m. — Magnolia Memoir
4:30 p.m. — Zane and Paris Carney

Sunday, January 25th
12:00 p.m. — Katie Cole
12:45 p.m. — Chantelle Barry
1:30 p.m. — Jaq Mackenzie and Matt Jordan
2:15 p.m. — Katie Cole
3:00 p.m. — Chantelle Barry
3:45 p.m. — Celia Chavez

Each year, the Sennheiser booth stage provides a high-quality, entertaining platform for emerging talent to heard by the over 80,000 people attending NAMM. For more infor-mation on artist performances, or to learn more about Sennheiser, please stop by booth 6577 or visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Senn-heiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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Sennheiser launches evolution wireless D1 – easy digital wireless for ambitious bands

ew D1 VisualAnaheim, CA, January 22, 2015: At NAMM, Sennheiser has launched evolution wireless D1, a range of digital wireless microphone systems that lets bands go wireless the easy way. With systems for vocals or for instruments, a band’s life is made simpler: transmitters and receivers automatically pair and select suitable transmission frequencies, while multiple D1 systems can automatically coordinate themselves. ew D1 operates in the 2.4 GHz range, which is license-free worldwide. “D1 instantly readies you for making music – and takes the complexity out of wireless,” summarizes Martin Fischer, product manager at Sennheiser.

Ease of use is key
Bands can now just forget about frequency setting, matching transmitters and receivers, and getting the gain right – evolution wireless D1 offers true ease of use by doing all these time-consuming and sometimes error-prone chores for them. “Basically, all that is needed is to switch the system on”, said Martin Fischer. “The rest will happen automatically. In no time at all, you’re all set to start jamming – with all the levels right, and a stable wireless link.”

License-free 2.4 GHz transmission with intelligent channel management
ew D1 LogoD1 operates in the 2,400 to 2,483.5 MHz range, which is license-free worldwide so there is no need to register the system or pay for the use of bandwidth. Region-specific particularities are catered for in the respective country variants. To allow co-existence with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other 2.4 GHz systems, the D1 receiver continually scans the RF environment, and will inaudibly and seamlessly hop to another frequency if it detects any interference. “ew D1 continually checks the entire 2.4 GHz band in your surroundings to guarantee you optimum performance,” added Fischer. Two channels are always available: besides the actual audio transmission channel, the system runs a redundant back-up channel, thus providing frequency and time diversity. Transmission reliability is further increased by fast-switching antenna diversity. Summing up, Fischer said, “ew D1 uses triple diversity to protect the wireless link between radio microphone and receiver.”

Quality audio
evolution wireless D1 employs the industry-leading aptX Live® codec that ensures excellent audio quality and wide dynamics for vocals, speech and instruments over the entire audio frequency range. Overall latency is a low 3.9 milliseconds, which is ideal if wireless monitors are to be used. To ensure optimum levels, ew D1 automatically sets the correct microphone sensitivity.

ew D1 Vocal SetVia the ew D1 menu control, bands have a range of audio effects at their disposal. These include a 7-band graphic equalizer, low-cut filter, automatic gain control and de-esser. The D1 vocal systems come with dynamic evolution microphone heads but can naturally also be combined with the condenser capsules from the acclaimed series, which are available as accessories.

Channel coordination and adaptive transmission power
ew D1 systems coordinate themselves fully automatically. For multiple systems, receivers will synchronize themselves to accommodate up to 15 channels in an ideal RF environment.

ew D1 Instrument SetWhere local frequency regulations allow, for example in the USA and Canada, Sennheiser has fitted its evolution wireless D1 systems with adaptive transmission power, with up to 100 milliwatts of power ensuring an extra-reliable link and extended range. For this, the receiver continuously informs the transmitter about how much RF output power is actually needed for a stable signal. The transmitter adapts accordingly and transmits at the requested power. “This feature not only increases the range if, for example, the singer moves further away from the receiver but it also saves battery power in those instances where the transmitter is very close to the receiver,” said Martin Fischer.

Powering and control options
D1 transmitters can be powered by either standard batteries or rechargeable “accupacks” that are available as accessories. These rechargeable lithium-ion packs recharge via USB or a docking charger and offer the additional advantage that the remaining battery life is indicated on the transmitter and receiver. Where required, the ew D1 system can be controlled by Apple® or Android® devices using a dedicated app.

Available soon
Headmicevolution wireless D1 comes in complete, ready-to-use systems or can be tailor-made by combining individual components, which is especially attractive for vocal systems. Besides the vocal and instrument systems, the D1 series comprises headmic and lavalier systems. Available in your local music stores from March 2015.

www.sennheiser-d1.com

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Apple® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
Android® is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1: Coming to your music store soon: evolution wireless D1 digital wireless mics

2: Sennheiser’s D1 sets a new standard for easy-to-use wireless microphones

3: The evolution wireless D1 instrument system

4: The ME 3-II headset microphone offers increased comfort and an optimized capsule

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Back to the Future Sounds: Moog Recommences Manufacturing Large Format Modular Synthesizers

ASHEVILLE, NC, January 19, 2015: January 19, 2014 Asheville, NC: 50 years ago, at its first introduction, the Moog modular synthesizer represented as radical a transition as Kandinski’s abstracts or Kodak’s cameras – offering both a break from yesterday and a startling glimpse of tomorrow. And, as with all cultural explosions, the impact of Dr. Bob Moog’s invention was impossible to evaluate from the epicenter. It’s only now, 50 years down the line that we can get some measure of the importance, and the sheer untapped potentiality of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

1Today, it is with great excitement that Moog Music Inc. announces their plans to re-commence the limited run manufacturing of three of their most sought after 5U large format modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973.

To commemorate the announcement, Moog shot a short film at their factory about the inspiring and multifaceted relationship artists have with modular synthesizers. The video features electronic music pioneers such as Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Herb Deutsch alongside performances by contemporary modular artists like Holy Ghost! (DFA), Gavin Russom (ECSTATIC/Entropy Trax), Max Ravitz AKA Patricia (L.I.E.S./Spectral Sound/Opal Tapes), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Western Vinyl), Jacques Greene (Vase/LuckyMe) and M. Geddes Gengras (Stones Throw). Each artist played a patch live, in one take, with no overdubs on one or more of the new Moog Modular systems.

2The foundation for this announcement was laid last year at Moogfest 2014, when Moog released the Emerson Moog Modular system – a faithful recreation of Keith Emerson’s legendary modular instrument, which was the culmination of three years worth of research and engineering. Now Moog will use the techniques learned recreating the EMMS manufacturing process to once again build these modular systems. Crucially, in deference to the unique character and appeal of the original instruments, these systems will be made entirely to their original product specifications and manufacturing techniques and processes.

Working from the 1970s schematics, the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 will be meticulously handcrafted, as a true recreation of the original. The modules are built from the original circuit board films – just as they were in 1973- by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods. The front panels are photo-etched aluminum, a classic process rarely still used in today’s synthesizer manufacturing, to maintain the classic and durable look of vintage Moog modules.

3Upon their first release in 1973, the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 represented a high watermark for modular synthesis, and their inimitable tones can be heard shaping many much-loved albums. They were fundamental in the development of contemporary soul, RnB, and disco from giving Stevie Wonder’s classic run of 70s LPs their questing, innovative edge, to providing Giorgio Moroder with the pulsating machine melodies that ushered in electronic dance. At the same time, these were the instruments that inspired Brian Eno to push further out into seas of layered tranquillity on his pioneering ambient albums, or provoked bands like Yes and Tangerine Dream to blast their sonic freak outs into the cosmos.

However, the reintroduction of these instruments is not about reliving the past – while much incredible work has been done with the Moog Modular, there is so much further yet to be explored in this relatively young instrument. Artists had only begun to grasp the vast possibilities of these large format modular synthesizers when they went out of production over thirty years ago. Decades of electronic experimentation have enabled musicians to move on from viewing the Moog Modular as a replacement for traditional instrumentation. Now a new generation of artists, with a greater understanding and more complex tools, will have the opportunity to explore the power of these singular sonic machines. Today, the modular synthesizer is viewed in the manner Bob Moog originally intended: to “discover endless offbeat, unconventional, and even irrational ways of working.”

4The dedicated nature of the Moog modular rebuilding process is such that the units will come in extremely limited quantities. There will be 55 units of the System 55, priced at $35,000 per instrument; 35 of units of the System 35, priced at $22,000 per instrument; and 150 units of the Model 15, priced at $10,000 per instrument.

Alongside these Moog Modular Systems will be the Sequencer Complement B Expansion Cabinet, a dual 960 Sequential Controller, an accompaniment to the System 35 and System 55, that has been out of production for over 30 years– as well as an optional 5-Octave duo phonic keyboard.

Links:
Video: http://youtu.be/3w6qWiEx8BQ
Modular Systems: http://www.moogmusic.com/moog-modular-synthesizers
Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u0zsvbsisj0pedy/AADnSqH3jKKfRWRwitZ2tBCZa?dl=0

About Moog Music
Moog Music 500 series modules and electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted at the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

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Antelope Audio to Demonstrate Zen Studio, Satori Monitor Controller, Pure2 Mastering Converter and MP32 Preamplifier During 2015 NAMM Show

Zen Studio, Now Available with Z-Rack Mount and Embroidered Travel Case, to be Honored as Nominee During TEC Award Ceremony Saturday Evening

Anaheim, CA, January 21, 2015: During the 2015 NAMM Show this week, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Hall A - Booth 6274] will demonstrate the detail, purity and flexibility of the newest products in its lineup of professional audio products: the Pure2 mastering converter, the MP32 microphone preamplifier, the Satori monitoring controller, and of course the Zen Studio — which has received industry accolades and a TEC Award nomination during 2014.

zrackThe new products, which are all shipping as of this month, bring unprecedented detail, depth, clarity and transparency to professional users’ audio signal chain, while extending usability with an array of product features and multiple I/Os. Antelope Audio will also showcase new accessories for Zen Studio including its new Z-rack mounting system and a Zen Studio embroidered protective carrying case, an elegant solution designed for ease of use and portability.

Zen Studio: A Fully Featured Recording System ‘To Go’

Zen Studio, which is nominated for the 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the ‘Computer Audio Hardware” category, is a full-featured audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller in an ergonomic and robust road-ready chassis.

Featuring 20 analog inputs, 12 world-class mic preamps, Antelope’s acclaimed conversion and clocking, onboard DSP effects, multiple monitor mixers, custom high-bandwidth low-latency USB, and Mac/PC control software, Zen Studio is a powerful core to any professional mobile recording studio.

Pure2, Satori and MP32: The Enlightened Audio Chain

The combination of the Pure2 mastering converter, the Satori monitor controller and the MP32 preamplifier, which will each be demonstrated at the Antelope booth, brings a new level of detail and purity to any signal chain.

zen_case2Pure2 is a mastering-grade 24/192 kHz AD/DA 2-channel converter and master clock, enabling users to realize unsurpassed digital clarity and analog realism, while offering a flexible set of connectivity options and extremely efficient and ergonomic software remote control. With best-in-class Burr-Brown converters and the same Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology present in Antelope’s ultra high-end Trinity master clock, Pure2 helps musicians and engineers achieve new levels of mastering excellence.

MP32, a 32-channel, console-grade microphone preamplifier with integrated software control, is designed to compliment Antelope’s Orion32 and provide the greatest possible transparency during the recording process. Occupying just 3U rack spaces make the MP32 the ultimate solution for both studios and live recording — where rack space can be a precious commodity.

Satori, meanwhile, is a true analog monitoring and summing system designed to deliver an ‘epiphany’ experience to the sound engineer. Antelope’s renowned relay-controlled stepped attenuator, the extremely versatile connectivity options and great selection of stereo effects and comprehensive monitoring options, place the Satori among the most advanced monitoring controllers in the world, and make it equally suited to both commercial and project studios.

To learn more, stop by Antelope’s booth at the NAMM Show or visit Antelope’s web site at: http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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Powersoft Audio Plays Key Role in AV Integration at Hope Lutheran Church, Delivering Increased Efficiency, Intelligibility

Excel AV Group Completes Design and Installation for 1,200-Capacity Church in North Dakota’s Largest City

stageFargo, ND, January 15, 2015: Hope Lutheran Church began its ministry on the north side of Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city, back in 1958. Since then, the church has succeeded in carrying its message to a diverse set of people from all walks of life, and now hosts approximately 2,600 congregants per week. Recently, Minneapolis, MN—based Excel AV Group (http://www.excelavgroup.com) assisted the church in completing a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.

The new AV system, which is part of a broader construction upgrade that was completed in mid-October, is a significant upgrade to the facility’s previous system, which was aging and no longer able to fulfil the church’s innovative programming requirements. When the original system was acquired in the early nineties, content consisted primarily of organ, choir and spoken word. Now, as the church pursues a more contemporary programming path, music can range from traditional to more progressive — therefore the system must now accommodate increased SPL and frequency range.

A New Audio System to Meet New Programming Demands:
boardThe new installation not only needed to ensure that everyone could hear the pastor clearly, but also had to support dramatic performances, video content as well as live modern music performances. “The old system did not have enough SPL output, the audio quality was poor, and the coverage was spotty throughout the sanctuary. They needed a system that could deliver even coverage to all seating locations — not just in terms of SPL, but also tonality, which is more difficult.” explained Caleb Dick, System Designer, Excel AV Group.

Hope Lutheran’s Technical Director contacted Excel AV Group two years ago, which counts House of Worship-related projects as approximately 80 percent of its overall business. The firm was brought on to design and implement the new audio system, as well as update the sanctuary’s lighting system while adding a 16-foot wide LED wall — replacing an older projection-based system. The new audio system featured a Powersoft K10 DSP powering the subwoofer (a Danley DBH218 bass horn enclosure), (2) Powersoft Duecanali 3904s powering the main loudspeakers (both Danley SH96 three-way horn loudspeakers) and a Powersoft Duecanali 5204 powering the balcony speakers (two Danley SM60F and one SH95HO three way horn loudspeakers.). The system also features a Midas DL251/X32 digital mixing console and Symetrix DSP, which was chosen for its networking capabilities.

speakerThe church wanted this project to involve top manufacturers, so the system is based around Powersoft for the amplifiers, Danley for the speakers, Midas for the mixing console and Sennheiser for the wireless system. Powersoft amplifiers were chosen for their outstanding sound quality, low current draw and their ability to deliver the high power requirements of the system. Following a thorough acoustic assessment, it was concluded that the main speakers required 2,800 watts at 8 ohms. “That is a lot of power, and it narrowed the options down among the choice of manufacturers. We ended up selecting the Powersoft Duecanali since we wanted to use the best technology available at the time.” Excel was able to have the whole system sequenced and running off of multiple 20-amp circuits. “We didn’t have to change to 240 volts and this made it very simple. The current draw was very low overall thanks to the efficiency of the Powersoft amplifiers.” Caleb explains.

Enhancing Parishioners Audio Experience:
Since a good part of the sanctuary’s interior is composed of hardwood, the room already had pleasing acoustics. To retain its inherent ‘live feel’ without energizing the ceiling and wall, speakers with excellent pattern control were used to avoid extraneous reflections. Excel cites the precise pattern control of the Danley loudspeakers as an important factor in achieving a favorable acoustic response, and also controlling gain before feedback issues. Speakers were hung from large beams spanning the entire width of the sanctuary, and subsequently angled in various positions to ensure audio coverage for virtually every seat in the facility.

HopeLutheranRackThe system design consisted exploded mono with three different zones: a floor zone for the main speakers, a balcony consisting of three speakers (and also where FOH was located), and under the balcony, which required six speakers given its short ceiling height and deep seating area. All of these speakers were time aligned to the main system; one of Excel’s primary goals was able to ensure single time arrival for every seat in each zone — including the FOH position in the balcony, which they ultimately achieved.

The church needed the system to reach 103 dBA with 15 dB of headroom. Based on the system design, as well as the SPL plots and modelling software analysis, Excel knew the intelligibility of the system was going to be extremely high because they had one time arrival everywhere. Thanks in large part to the Powersoft K10 DSP and damping factor compensation, the bass extension was almost 30 Hz and the SPL for low frequencies was higher than the church will ever use. In a nutshell, every single one of both Excel’s and the church’s goals was met.

Delivering More Than Good Frequency Response:
According to everyone at Excel, choosing the right amplifier choice can play a determining factor in delivering a premium audio experience, as in this case: Excel has used Powersoft a number of times over the last five years. When it comes to sound quality, there is something about how Powersoft amps can deliver high levels of power really fast. For example, the subwoofer impact is consistently hard, even if the electrical service into the amp fades a bit. On the other speakers, the response from the mids and the highs are really accurate as well. The Powersoft amps produce an authentic, present sound. “It doesn’t feel like you are rounding off the transients like some older amps.”

Duecanali_3904“A lot of people think of sound quality in terms of frequency response, and a lot of that is true to an extent,” he continues. “In most amplifiers, except for the cheap ones, frequency response is almost flat. The biggest difference among amplifiers for sound quality — assuming the frequency response is good — is in the impulse and phase response. This is where Powersoft amplifiers perform very well. The sound starts and stops exactly when it is supposed to.”

The installation, which began in early July 2014 and completed by month’s end, was a rousing success. The church loves it, it was a significant upgrade and everyone is very pleased. From a technical perspective, Excel had high expectations from the start and knew everything would come out right, as they had a lot of experience with Powersoft and everything performed extremely well.

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

Captions:
1) Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND recently completed a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.

2) The church’s new audio system includes several Powersoft K and Duecanali series amplifiers.

3) One of the Danley loudspeakers hanging in the main sanctuary area.

4) The Excel AV Group rack, which consists of a Powersoft K10, (2) Powersoft Duecanali 3904s and (1) Powersoft Duecanali 5204.

5) Two Powersoft Duecanali 3904s power the main sanctuary loudspeakers.

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Powersoft Joins the Legends

Florence, Italy, January 12, 2015: Built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Seoul’s Sangam Stadium could scarcely have hosted a more unusual ‘World Final’ than when some of the best gamers on the planet assembled recently for the League of Legends showdown.

1Based on the online game that has swept the globe (and particularly Korea), some 45,000 thronged to witness this online sport (or ‘e-game’) as the Star Horn Royal Club from China took on Samsung White, and fingers clicked furiously across a computer mouse.

And with an estimated further 40 million people watching around the world — either online, in cinemas or on the ESPN3 sports channel, production values were set high.
Seoul-based Rhino Sound Systems were brought in to design the sound reinforcement inside the bowl and they assembled a vast battalion of Powersoft amplifiers to power their new EAW Anya system (and KF740/KF730 speakers).

2The system engineer was Gwon Seung Cheoul (also known as Mr. PAMAN), and not for the first time he had cause to thank the versatility of Powersoft’s advanced inherent control.

Gwon said that although this was a long way removed from being a rock concert the disciplines were the same as he strove to produce a powerful sound. After trying several simulations the model managed to remove reflections from the back wall, while KF740 delays ensured that the sound carried evenly to all parts of the stadium.

3The biggest challenge he faced was having the main tower position set behind the stage, and production requiring clean sightlines on the stage itself.

Mr. PAMAN designed and configured his amp racks back at the company warehouse, deploying 80 of the powerful K10 and 43 x K3. “I spent two weeks prepping the show which was an amazing size,” he said. “We used Powersoft’s DSP so I could control and monitor all the amplifiers from my laptop using the Armonía software.”

Rhino featured a 32-box Anya system, believing this to be the first worldwide deployment of two 16-element hangs — all controlled by dedicated Resolution 2 software, operating over Dante. This automatically configured the best performance parameters and conditions. A second laptop was used solely to control the EAW Resolution 2 software driving Anya. Subs comprised 20 each of EAW’s SB1002 and SB2001 (in an end fire set up).

4Powersoft provided EAW Greybox-specific plug-ins for the Armonía software. “We drove the EAW MW12 and MW15 stage monitors using this plug-in loaded onto the Armonía and Powersoft DSP, and it sounded f***ing great!” reports the system tech.

He added that when Rhino first invested in the Powersoft brand it was because they liked the economy of the 1U rack size, combined with the tremendous power output. “It was just the perfect amplifier, with very low power consumption, which was a further bonus.” Now they are also aware of its far-reaching control.

At Sangam Stadium, all Powersoft amps received the audio signals from an EAW UX8800 controller on a combined network so everything could be controlled from FOH via the 11 UX8800 controllers.

The EAW subs were assigned to Powersoft’s K10s, and sounded no better than during a performance by the Imagine Dragons. Said Mr. PAMAN. “I always use the damping control function. In the outfield, running cables over 20 or 25 metres for example we would generally be losing power; but using the Powersoft damping control function the quality of the sound changed immediately and was really great. Driving the subwoofers the sound also changed enormously, it was much tighter and had more punch … and I loved it.”

In summary he said that the League of Legends World Finals had been the most challenging event he had ever designed a control network for. “But the success was due to the Powersoft technology — not only the external Powersoft amps, but also the Powersoft modules in Anya itself.”

Jeff Na, from DasanSR, Powersoft’s Korean distributors, was the sound director, and the event was also supported by James Bamlett, and Bernie Broderick from EAW’s Application Support Group. Others involved in the design included Dasan SR team leader, Kang Hyun Min and Will Taylor from 3G Live Productions.

Watch the official League of Legends Show video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y3t52hWIas

Click here to watch the DasanSR video on the build up: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bhfmJ6Xudc

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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