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Sennheiser Evolves its Artist Relations Site, Highlighting its Pioneering Approach to Support Both Emerging and Established Artists

New Site Features Auto-Updating Artist Content, Product Use Information, Video and Complete Social Media Integration

Old Lyme, CT, July 23, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that the next evolution of its artist relations site has arrived. The website [sennheiser.com/artists] is not only visually engaging for artists, music fans and customers, but is rich with information on artists using Sennheiser microphones, wireless systems and other products. Visitors can explore and gain relevant information on a wide range of Sennheiser artists and the equipment they use: from established acts such as Paramore to emerging acts such as Katie Cole.

The updated site includes a wide range of information such as artists’ favored equipment usage as well as automatically updated content so music fans can stay up to date on artist news, tours and television appearances. Website visitors can also access recent videos, press releases and artists’ social media platforms: all within a vibrant and easy to navigate web environment.

“By enhancing our artist relations site, we are able to bring yet another dimension of value to our artists and customers,” commented Tim Moore, artist relations manager, Senneiser. “We encourage every artist, musician and music fan to access our site so they can learn more about the diverse artists who choose Sennheiser and their music. Visitors also will be able to learn about the tools the artists and their teams use to achieve the audio quality they demand.”

“One of the driving factors in our site rebuild was to spotlight our emerging artists, and bring their music to the forefront,” Moore continued. “Sennheiser provides first rate technical support not only to its internationally touring artists playing stadiums and arenas, but also to smaller yet very talented acts playing local clubs and theaters. On our new site, every artist is given an equal degree of spotlight.”

“I truly value my friendship and business relationship with Sennheiser,” commented Katie Cole. “It’s clear that the company and its entire artist relations team really love music and want to support what we do. Plus there is a respect for all artists, no matter where they are in their career. I’m not quite on the level of Miranda Lambert or P!NK, but I am treated that way. This is amazing, and I’m thankful to be a Sennheiser artist.”

“Another thing I love about the artist relations team is that they fully understand what product should be used and how,” she added. “I know I am getting quality feedback when I ask about various products and their applications.”

To learn more about Sennheiser artists and to read about its relations program, please visit the new website at www.sennheiserusa.com/artists.

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.

Photo captions:
1. The new Sennheiser artist relations website
2. Sennheiser artist Katie Cole

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A Winners’ Welcome: LSP 500 PRO from Sennheiser Welcomes Home World Cup Champions

Old Lyme, CT, July 22, 2014: Last week, soccer’s world champions landed at Berlin’s Tegel airport and given a rapturous welcome by attending fans and journalists. As the players left the plane and emerged onto the visitors’ terrace, world championship sound was provided by eight LSP 500 PRO loudspeakers from Sennheiser.

At precisely 10:08, the specially chartered Lufthansa Boeing 747 from Rio de Janeiro carrying the 23 German world champions landed in Berlin. The triumphant soccer team was then given a rapturous reception by Tegel Airport staff, airline employees, journalists and hundreds of jubilant onlookers.

Eight Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO supplied by Bärlin Team operating on behalf of Berlin Airports ensured that the welcome addresses for players were clearly heard by all those present. Four LSP 500 PRO were positioned on the apron area and four more were set up on the visitors’ terrace, located about 450 feet away. Audio signals were transmitted wirelessly via an integrated Sennheiser SR 300 IEM G3 transmitter to EM 300 G3 receivers housed in the LSP 500 PRO.

Dan Wittke, Managing Partner of Bärlin Team Eventdesign GmbH, summed it up: “Thanks to Sennheiser audio technology, the event was a huge success for all those involved.”

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.

Caption: LSP 500 PRO from Sennheiser provided excellent sound at the welcome reception for the World Cup champions © Dan Wittke

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Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones Receives Local Emmy® Nomination for Best Entertainment Programming

KCET’s Artbound Special Explores Creativity and Innovation Behind Visionary Experimental Opera, Made Possible with Sennheiser Audio Technology

Old Lyme, CT, July 16, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones has been nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones was commissioned by Sennheiser and produced by KCET, the leading independent public media organization serving Southern California, and The Industry, the L.A. based experimental opera company.

The local Emmy® Awards will be presented at the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmys Ceremony on July 26, 2014, at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.

Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones [kcet.org/invisiblecities] was featured online and on-air last December in a multimedia series for KCET’s arts and culture series, Artbound. The series provided an exclusive, in-depth look at the artisitic and technological challenges that collaborators The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser faced in creating the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones. Yuval Sharon, Founder and Artistic Director of The Industry, contacted Sennheiser in early 2013 to help make the wireless opera production become a reality.

“Invisible Cities would not have been possible without Sennheiser’s support,” Sharon explains. “I actually feel like Sennheiser was a creative partner for me because it was their technology, their spirit of innovation and their love of experimentation that really gave me the confidence to create this project in the first place. The fact that they came on board at such an early stage and really wanted to support something that was a vision and not yet tangible as a reality and said ‘yes’ gave me the confidence to move forward and create this project.”

Invisible Cities, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, took audience members on a multi-sensory journey through Los Angeles’ Union Station, where they experienced an operatic narrative consisting of live dance performance, orchestral music and dramatic dialog: all driven by wireless headphone technology.

In addition to hundreds of wireless consumer headphones worn by attending opera patrons, the production utilized other Sennheiser technology including wired and wireless microphones, IEM (In Ear Monitor) systems, a complex antenna farm set up through the terminal, as well as Sennheiser’s latest innovation: its state of the art Digital 9000 system, which delivered eight channels of uncompressed, artifact free audio.

About Invisible Cities:

Hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as a “signal cultural event” and “a delicate and beautiful opera” by The Los Angeles Times, Invisible Cities was a joint production by The Industry and L.A. Dance Project which premiered at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station and performed to sold-out audiences during its run in October and early November 2013. Based on Italo Calvino’s fantastical novel, the opera was composed and adapted by Christopher Cerrone, conceived and directed by The Industry’s founder and artistic director Yuval Sharon, with choreography by Danielle Agami. The production utilized wireless technology provided by Sennheiser, offering audience members headphones to hear the opera amid the normal “hustle and bustle” of the train stationís everyday life.

About KCET:

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its nearly 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.

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.

Photo captions:
1. Invisible Cities took place at Los Angeles’ Union Station during Fall, 2013 (photo credit: Dana Ross)
2. Sennheiser’s David Missall describes Sennheiser’s technical contribution to Invisible Cities in KCET’s Artbound series.
3. During Invisible Cities, a series of Sennheiser antennas were placed throughout the facility to ensure seamless wireless coverage to both consumers and production staff.

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Master Voice Actor Rodney Saulsberry Considers the ‘Real Person Read’ and the Sennheiser MKH 416 Microphone Indispensable Elements in his Craft

The MKH 416 Shotgun Mic Helps Navigate Saulsberry Through a Sea of Diverse Work, Ranging from Television Promos, to Motion Picture Work, to Political Ads

New York — July 15, 2014: An incredibly diverse voiceover actor, Rodney Saulsberry’s ‘breakout moment’ in behind the scenes narration came as the popularity of the voiceover movie trailer peaked in the late ’90s. Following his work on the 1998 film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Saulsberry’s career skyrocketed and he has since become one of the industry’s most in demand voice actors, working on spots for television, motion pictures, video games and more. Since his early days of doing movie trailer work, the Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone has played a foundational role in his success.

In addition to his trailer narration work on Red Tails, Friday, The Best Man, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and many others, Saulsberry is also known for his work on Twix and Zatarain’s commercials and is the author of two published books on voice acting. As an on-screen actor, he has appeared in Beginners, The Philadelphia Experiment, Tango and Cash and has been nominated twice for his role as Anthony on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful — for which he was nominated for two Best Actor NAACP Image Awards.

Currently, in addition to his recurring work as the Zatarain’s man and The Bold and the Beautiful, Saulsberry’s voice can be heard around the world doing English promos for the international television network Telemundo. Saulsberry says that his vast experience as an actor has helped him remain top of mind among voiceover agents in an industry that is constantly changing.

“What makes me get the call is my ability to deliver the ‘real person read’,” he says. “Today, the challenge is to get rid of the ‘announcer style’ and make the copy more conversational. This is when the actor inside me comes out and why it is so important to know that voice over is really voice acting. You also need to hone your improvisation skills. When I improvise, I am not changing the script or rewriting, but I am making it my own.”

Sennheiser MKH 416: The ‘Instrument that Captures the Voice’

No matter what kind of voice acting he is doing, the Sennheiser MKH 416 remains Saulsberry’s standard ‘go-to’ microphone. He began using the MKH 416 during the 1990′s, especially doing movie trailer work: “When I would go to the major trailer houses around town, this was the microphone that I would be speaking into most of the time,” he recalls. Currently, he uses an MKH 416 at home in his soundproof isolation booth, which can connect to studios around the world by using a Telos Zephyr Express ISDN codec.

“I don’t even have a preamp — I plug my MKH 416 right into the back of the Telos Zephyr and it sounds great,” he says. “I work for a company in London and with my Sennheiser mic and the Telos unit, it makes me sound like I am in England, 3,000 miles away. Engineers notice and appreciate this.” Saulsberry says that he often does singing parts as well as spoken word, and that the MKH 416 is versatile enough to handle both tasks without any trouble.

Saulsberry appreciates the incredibly accurate response of the MKH 416, yet considers the mic extremely accommodating to whatever signal is being presented: “It sounds contradictory, but the microphone is very detailed but also very forgiving. It is almost saying, ‘I am out to get the best of you and will make amends so it sounds right.’ As far as my own technique is concerned, I move closer on the mic if I want to accentuate the low frequencies, or back up if I want to shout. The mic just adapts.”

No matter what kind of session Saulsberry is working on, he knows his Sennheiser MKH 416 will be there to capture ‘the real person read,’ “It captures every detail where other microphones might miss, including the ‘air’ at the end of phrases,” he observes. “It brings the presence out of my voice and I love that.”

For more information on Rodney Saulsberry, please visit www.rodneysaulsberry.com.

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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Zen Studio Makes its Debut at Summer NAMM as Antelope Audio Revolutionizes Mobile Recording

Zen Studio Delivers Unprecedented Track Count, Conversion Quality and Clocking Capabilities in a ‘Road Ready’ Compact Package

Nashville, July 14, 2014 – Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio [Booth 257] announced that it will be exhibiting at Summer NAMM, showcasing Zen Studio: its revolutionary new portable audio interface that features a total of 38 simultaneous inputs — including 12 studio grade mic pres — and 32 outputs. The Zen Studio, which also includes Antelope’s best in class clocking functionality and unprecedented channel routing, began shipping last month and is priced at just $2,495.

Antelope will conduct demonstrations between Thursday, July 17th and Saturday, July 19th, focusing on the various features and functionality of the Zen — including its powerful control panel, which makes it the perfect tool whether you are on the road or in the studio. Similar to other Antelope Audio products, Zen Studio has already attracted a high profile user base, including multiple GRAMMY Award® winning engineer Brian Vibberts [Aerosmith, Garth Brooks] and Ryan Shanahan [Lady Gaga, Orianthi].

In addition to Zen Studio, Antelope Audio will also demonstrate its Orion32 multi-channel interface, which features 32 channels of 192 kHz I/O through USB in a single 1U rack space unit. The Orion32 is a centerpiece in the playback rigs for artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, and routinely used within the mixing and mastering studios of engineers like Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman), Howie Weinberg and many others.

Going Mobile: Zen Studio and You:

Zen is a world-class quality interface that easily fits inside a backpack or gear bag and is perfectly suited for traveling musicians, location sound engineers, field recordists and many other end users seeking the ultimate in portability and sound quality. Equally useful as a stand alone device or as the perfect companion to an Orion32, Zen was born out of the need for a studio-quality portable recording solution that can go anywhere.

For more information on Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/zen-studio-portable-audio-interface.

Connectivity:

• 20 analog inputs, 14 analog outputs (includes headphone outs)
• 12 Class A mic preamps, with phantom power
• 8 mic/line inputs
• 4 mic/line/instrument inputs
• 2 Independently assignable headphone outputs
• 2 DSUB-25 connector (8 channels I/O)
• 1 Stereo monitor out
• 4 ADAT connectors (up to 16 channels I/O)
• 2 SPDIF RCA connectors (I/O)
• 2 Inserts over TRS
• 2 Word Clock BNC connectors (I/O)
• 1 Low-latency high-bandwidth USB 2.0

About Antelope Audio:
www.AntelopeAudio.com

Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of master clocks, A/D & D/A converters and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 32-channel AD/DA USB audio interface and extremely precise master clock in only 1U. Orion32 is a breakthrough technology, offering both studio and live-recording audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

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Antelope Audio Announces Shipment of its Portable Audio Interface with 12 Studio Grade Mic Pres and 20 Analog Inputs

Zen Studio Brings Unprecedented Functionality and Quality in a Portable Design, Enabling Musicians, Engineers and Sound Designers to Capture Pristine Audio While ‘On the Go’

June 26, 2014 · Santa Monica, Calif. – Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio announced that its widely anticipated Zen Studio multi-channel recording interface is now shipping. Priced at $2,495, Zen Studio is a multi-faceted, portable audio interface with best-in-class analog and digital connectivity. Measuring just 16.8” / 418 mm wide and constructed in an attractive and durable housing, the Zen Studio delivers ‘world class’ capabilities to audio professionals who want to capture outstanding, studio-quality recordings in any location.

A fully featured recording interface complete with Antelope’s industry standard clocking technology and a built-in monitoring section, Zen Studio consists of 12 studio grade mic pres, on-board DSP effects and the company’s proprietary low-latency USB connectivity — all in a package that can easily fit inside a backpack. Zen Studio is perfectly suited for traveling musicians, location sound engineers, field recordists and producers seeking the ultimate in portability and sound quality.

Supreme sound

While the Zen is diminutive in size, it delivers stunning audio quality with 12 studio grade microphone preamplifiers, Antelope Audio’s Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management algorithm and A/D & D/A conversion technology. This combination makes it the most authentic analog-sounding interface on the market. The unit’s custom USB and conversion technologies are identical to that of the top-selling 32-channel Orion32 interface, which is a centerpiece in the playback rigs for artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, and integral to the mixing and mastering studios of engineers like Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman), Brian Vibberts, Howie Weinberg or electronic music producers like Robert Babicz and Dusty Kid.

Power and flexibility

In addition to world class, studio-grade audio quality, Zen Studio offers an extremely powerful DSP, based on a custom FPGA device with massive parallel processing capabilities. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, enhancing the workflow like no other device on the market.

Unrivaled versatility

All audio I/O is available simultaneously for a total of 38 possible input and 14 outputs (including headphone outs), plus 24 simultaneous I/O channels via custom USB, supporting 24-bit, 192 kHz audio. Users can create up to four independent zero-latency mixes assignable to any outputs, including the two independent headphone outputs and monitor outputs. The unit is fully controllable using an intuitive desktop application on both PC and Mac, offering flexible signal routing and DSP-based effects along with custom presets.

Zen Studio delivers unparalleled quality and portability for the modern recordists. Its feature set makes it flexible for almost any recording and playback application, and its size makes it suitable for just about any location. For more information, please visit the Antelope Audio site at http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

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Miley Cyrus with Sennheiser Digital 9000 on Bangerz tour

Old Lyme, Conn., June 23, 2014 – Miley Cyrus is currently on tour with her fourth and definitely most controversial album to date, Bangerz. Having comprehensively ditched the Disney image of her teenage years – although not the purity of her voice which is dominant all the way through the album – Bangerz exhibits influences that shift dramatically between pop, hip-hop, funk, country, R&B and dance. The tour is equally eclectic and outrageous, featuring a giant hot dog, a troupe of dancing furry animals and cartoon characters, foam fingers and some very skimpy costumes amongst other things. High-energy and steeped in self-mockery, there is never a dull moment. Critics have been largely very positive, appreciating her vocal performance, audacity and charisma, with one critic from Time magazine calling her one of the “most dynamic performers of her generation”. On this tour, and for the first time, Cyrus is performing with the new Digital 9000 microphone system from Sennheiser.

Despite the change of image and musical direction of recent years, Cyrus has remained faithful to key members of her technical team, in particular monitor engineer Vish Wadi and FoH engineer Paul David Hager. Both have been working with Cyrus (and Sennheiser) for a number of years. Wadi’s relationship with Sennheiser goes back some 17 years, while Hager has been working with Sennheiser since he engineered the Goo Goo Dolls tour in 2005.

“Miley had been using an SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with a 5235 capsule which was a great combination for her – very robust and sounded good — but Paul [Hager] and I were really keen to try out the digital system,” explained Wadi. “When we did, we both fell in love with the sound quality and the innovative RF capabilities, so we decided to move Miley over to the Digital 9000 system for this tour. She is using an SKM 9000 handheld transmitter with the MD 9235 capsule, and it sounds fantastic!”

Wadi noted that FoH engineer Paul David Hager was a significant driving force of the desire to move over to digital. “If anything, it was even more important for him than it was for me because Paul is using digital outputs, and therefore wanted a fully digital workflow, whereas I am using analogue outputs because I think it works better for monitors, especially in-ears. That said, there has definitely been an overall improvement in sound quality, and the other major bonus is that it just makes life so much easier for all of us in terms of setup and operation. The frequency scanner is a real time-saver and once you’ve understood how it all works, it’s just a dream to work with.”

Hager is in complete agreement, and made particular reference to the Digital 9000’s unique, completely uncompressed digital transmission. “The difference in sound quality is measurable,” he said. “The wireless sounds much more natural without all the companding that was previously a feature of wireless systems. As a result, the 9000 doesn’t have that typical “wireless mic” sound – in fact, it almost sounds just like a cabled mic. Also, it can handle great distances without dropout, which for a major tour like Miley, where we’re in huge venues with massive stages, is a significant plus point. The other feature I love is the choice of AES outs right into my console for the cleanest possible signal chain – no messing around with any extraneous signal converters, it’s just direct from mic to console.”

“It’s also simplified things for me in terms of workflow,” continued Hager. “The fact that Miley and her background singers now sound so much more natural than before means that I don’t have to EQ nearly as much. The other thing that I love is having a range of heads for the mic so that I can find the right one for her voice. The downside is that we’re now spoiled for anything else – having used the Digital 9000, it’s going to be hard to go back to any other wireless system!”

Both engineers have been working with Sennheiser for some time, but Wadi in particular has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the company. “My first contact with Sennheiser was in 1997 when I was trying to find a mic for Mariah [Carey],” he recalls. I came across the 5000 Series and talked to Greg Beebe [now President of SEC, the wholly-owned US subsidiary of Sennheiser]. He sorted me out for Mariah, and we became friends. Some years later, I needed a mic for Sting, and again, Sennheiser was the only company that really reacted and cooperated with me to develop the product I was looking for. In fact, the e865 dynamic cardioid mic was a direct result of that project. Since then, I’ve been involved in road-testing new gear and giving feedback whenever I can.”

“I think Sennheiser is a great company because despite their size and prominence in the market, they are still a family-run company, and those “family values” are definitely a defining factor in the attitudes of their workforce. You get an incredibly personal service wherever you are in the world — which is enormously reassuring, and from a technical and developmental point of view, they are always a step ahead of the crowd. The result is that you get to deal with great people AND great products. What could be better than that?”

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).

Photo captions:
1: Miley Cyrus with her SKM 9000 handheld transmitter (photo credit: Getty Images/Tim Mosenfelder)

2: Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 is the only digital wireless system able to transmit full, uncompressed audio in the UHF range

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For A/V Installation and Staging Company, Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO PA System is the Perfect Solution for Outdoor and Remote Applications

Webb Audio Visual Embraces Audio Intelligibility and Ease of Use of Sennheiser LSP 500 Wireless PA System, Citing Breakthrough Performance and Capabilities

Las Vegas, June 19, 2014 – One year after its launch at InfoComm, Sennheiser’s [InfoComm booth C10908] LSP 500 PRO PA system continues to make waves as a breakthrough product within the audio installation and corporate A/V markets, providing unparalleled performance in a uniquely compact and flexible design. The new wireless PA system, which was awarded an IF product design award in the ‘Audio/Video’ category last March, has proven to be an invaluable solution within Salt Lake City-based Webb Audio Visual’s aresenal of audio tools.

As an international installation and staging company with clients like Shaklee, Nu Skin International and Disney, Webb Audio’s business is primarily centered on corporate A/V installations and large-scale event productions. Webb Audio’s rental business routinely supports meetings, general sessions and conventions for mid to large size enterprises in just about every vertical market. Since acquiring a demo unit of the LSP 500 system after visiting the Sennheiser booth at InfoComm last year, the Company has put the product into heavy rotation while quietly retiring a competing brand’s wireless speaker from its rental inventory.

“The LSP 500 is far superior to competitive products in both ease of use and intelligibility,” comments Robbie Dalley, Retail & Rental Sales Manager, Webb Audio Visual. Since deploying the LSP 500 on a wide range of projects, Dalley says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “The audio quality has been beyond what anybody could have expected. Not just the speech intelligibility, but for music as well. The sound quality is clear across the entire spectrum.”

For Webb Audio Visual, the ‘sweet spot’ for the LSP 500 integrations has been in remote locations and at outdoor events that often lack sufficient power to drive a small audio system and require wireless connectivity. According to Dalley, the extremely long battery life of the LSP 500, along with its super-fast set up and tear down capabilities, make it the ultimate portable speaker system.

One of the more recent applications that Webb Audio Visual used the LSP 500 for was for a press conference on the lawn of the Utah State Capitol buiding between the Downtown Alliance and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. In this scenario and many others like it, Dalley says the set up and tear down time required for his team has been significantly reduced, and the wireless capability has been ‘plug and play.’

Dalley finds the Bluetooth capability of the LSP 500 especially convenient and his clients often rely on this to stream music before and after speech communications. “It is simple to operate for our clients, and the fact that can play music directly from an iPad or other wireless device in addition to all the other capabilities is a huge benefit,” adds Dalley. The music player also has a convenient recording function, which allows audio input to be recorded directly on a USB device.

“For us, the LSP 500 has been a breakthrough,” concludes Dalley. “Our clients are sophisticated and have a certain expectation of how things should sound and look. We have a reptuation as a place where clients can come for quality, and the LSP 500 really reinforces the quality of our own brand in the marketplace.”

Each Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO can take up to three receivers for wireless microphones, and each also has a combined socket for a 6.3 mm jack plug and an XLR-3 connector for using a wired microphone. The wireless Sennheiser loudspeaker has room for two rechargeable batteries but uses only one of them to supply power at any time. That ensures reliable operation and an operating period for the LSP 500 PRO of up to seven hours.

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 www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) Robbie Dalley, Retail & Rental Sales Manager, Webb Audio Visual
2) The Sennheiser LSP 500, front view
3) The Sennheiser LSP 500, rear view

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Hillcrest Baptist Church Remains at the Pinnacle of Wireless Audio Technology, Ensuring a Clear Message with Sennheiser

As Church Expands its Facilities and Evolves its Wireless Capabilities to Serve its Over 5,000 Member Congregation, Audio Intelligibility, Flexibility and Reliability are Key

Old Lyme, Conn. – June 19, 2014 – Pensacola FL-based Hillcrest Baptist Church has a tremendous growth story, sprouting from a modest ‘shed’ of a structure back in 1955 with just a handful of congregants. Since then, the church’s facilities and membership — along with its audio capabilities — have increased exponentially. Hillcrest was among the first houses of worship to embrace Sennheiser’s G1 wireless technology back in the late 1990′s.

Now, the church relies on multiple channels of Sennheiser’s G3 wireless series across five different locations, while many of the original G1 units remain in use. These include the primary worship center, the children’s workshop area, the student worship center, the northwest hall (a multi-purpose facility) and within a portable video production setup that has been in use for several years.

While Sennheiser wireless technology plays an critical role in each of these locations, the most important area is the worship center where the message is delivered two times each week to approximately 2,200 parishioners. According to Greg Klimetz, Production Manager of Hillcrest Baptist Church, the most important part of the church service is to have intelligible, high quality audio that never drops out. He says that their Sennheiser wireless equipment has come through time and time again in this regard.

“I personally like the ease of use of all the Sennheiser equipment,” Klimetz says. “Back in the late 1990s, the G1 series was revolutionary and simple to operate. Now, the G3 series is even easier to use.” Ease of use is important to Klimetz given the constantly shifting needs of the space. “Our staging is always changing and our stage is very large — so if we ever have to repatch microphones or reroute audio signals, our wireless systems enable our worship leaders and performers to move around the stage freely, without being hindered.”

Ease of use is also important to Klimetz because it enables him to accomplish more with fewer A/V resources: “It is very easy for our worship leaders to set up the Sennheiser equipment with minimal training. Since they are able to create their own in ear mixes, it allows them to be more independent and means I need fewer volunteers. My workload is considerably smaller because of the Sennheiser wireless technology we have in place,” he observes.

In its primary worship center, Hillcrest has (16) channels of Sennheiser wireless, including (14) channels of ew 100 G1 series units and (2) channels of 2000 series wireless. Additionally, there are (9) channels of IEM G3 units at front of house, in addition to various antenna combiners and splitters. The 2000 series units are used for the pastor and worship leader, who use a lavalier mic and a Sennheiser ew 100 handheld transmitter coupled with an e 965 capsule respectively. The G1 series beltpacks meanwhile are used to facilitate the use of wireless instruments on stage, which include acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin and other instruments. Each of the in ear monitor units are set up so the vocal team can create their own mixes on stage.

The children’s worship area, which was added in 2008, features (12) channels of G3 wireless to carry its youth programming, while the student worship center, which has approximately 200 students in its ministry, has (4) wireless microphone channels and (6) G1 and G3 in ear monitor units. Hillcrest’s north west hall, its multi-purpose facility, has a total of (3) channels Sennheiser G1 and G2 series units. Meanwhile the portable system, which brings an entirely new set of video production capabilities to Hillcrest, features one channel of G3 wireless and (2) channels of ew G3 wireless, along with an ew 100 handheld transmitter as well as a Sennheiser ME 67 shotgun mic.

Having a portable system that is able to deliver pristine audio has been a huge benefit to the congregation, which receives regular video updates each week in the worship center: “We shoot announcement videos each week that are featured in our worship services and we also use video to introduce sermons, capture testimonials and facilitate other communications,” says Klimetz. “I can tell you that we have used Sennheiser wireless on every single one of those videos, whether it has been a lavelier mic under someone’s shirt, or a wireless transmitter / receiver set up with a Sennheiser shotgun mic. This has made it incredibly easy to capture great audio for these video productions.”

Klimetz, who in his previous role was production manager for the contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave for seven years, understands the importance of maintaining uncompromising audio quality not only in church facilities but in live touring environments. “When I was the band’s production manager, we used Sennheiser technology from the beginning and the equipment was always extremely reliable. Ironically, many of the original G1 units we were using with Big Daddy Weave were purchased by Hillcrest and are still fully operational. They just don’t break.”

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.

Captions:
1) The student center at Hillcrest Baptist Church, which has approximately 200 students in its ministry, has (4) Sennheiser wireless microphone channels and (6) G1 and G3 series in ear monitor units

2) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s main worship center, which has (16) channels of Sennheiser wireless and (9) channels of Sennheiser in ear monitor units.

3) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s video production includes one channel of Sennheiser G3 wireless and (2) channels of Sennheiser ew G3 wireless, along with an ew 100 handheld transmitter and an ME 67 shotgun mic.

4) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s main worship center rack, with its Sennheiser G3 wireless units.

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Sennheiser microphone technology set to feature in Brazil

Old Lyme, Conn., June 16, 2014 – When national soccer teams from all over the world line up to compete for victory in Brazil, several hundred million TV viewers will be watching live and many will be more than happy to stay up all night in order to follow the action. During the tournament, the production company Host Broadcast Services (HBS) will be using wireless and wired microphones from Sennheiser, including the new Esfera surround microphone system, to capture the stadium atmosphere as realistically as possible and to provide the matches with thrilling commentaries and pitchside reports.

Whether sports fans or not, for TV viewers soccer is set to reign supreme for the next few weeks. For HBS, which has been producing such events since 2002, preparations have long been underway — the equipment and teams required for Brazil have been on-site since the beginning of April, carrying out intensive groundwork in order to ensure smooth broadcasts from the twelve stadia.

In Brazil HBS will, for the first time, use Sennheiser’s new Esfera surround microphone system, which produces complete 5.1 surround sound from the signal of a compact stereo microphone. “For us, high-quality images and high-quality sound go hand in hand,” comments a spokesperson from HBS. “And with Esfera we can create 5.1 sound with ease – even in post-production. Due to their compact construction and the small amount of cabling required, Esfera microphones will be used in a number of areas in the stadia, e.g. in the players’ tunnel, outside to capture the atmosphere and in the Camera 1 position as a fail-safe for 5.1 surround sound.” A total of 36 Esfera microphones (SPM 8000) will record the sound in the twelve stadia; in the International Broadcast Centre, two Esfera processing units (SPB 8000) will then be used to produce 5.1 sound from the stereo signals.

The sound of volleys and goal kicks will be captured using around 300 shotgun microphones – including MKH 8070 long gun microphones for the very precise recording of distant sound sources, MKH 8060 short gun microphones and MKH 418-S stereo shotgun microphones. MD 46 reporter microphones will also be in action at the edge of the pitch.

A total of 24 plug-on transmitters from the 2000 series will be used for wireless boom microphones and for spidercam-mounted MKH 8060s. Every camera team will also have a wireless reporting set (EK 2000 camera receiver and SK 2000 bodypack transmitter with MKE 1 clip-on microphone) and a wired MD 46 reporter microphone at its disposal. The audio signal will be monitored via HD 25 headphones.

Team and match news:

Of course, background reports about the teams and other stories from Brazil are a vital element too. To this end, HBS has also put together additional wireless packages for reporters: 40 wireless reporting sets with technology from the 2000 series will provide crystal clear sound transmission (EK 2000 camera receivers and SKM 2000 handheld transmitters with MMD 935 microphone heads), while 40 talk-back links will enable reporters to maintain contact with editorial staff (SK 2000 transmitters and EK 1039 bodypack receivers with HD 25 headphones).

Wolfgang Guse, Sales Director Professional Systems at Sennheiser Vertrieb und Service: “The demands regarding broadcasting from Brazil will be very high – image and sound quality must be excellent. We are delighted that HBS has been working with us for such a long time and has again, in Brazil, chosen to rely on our high-quality products.”

Sennheiser equipment in Brazil:

Microphones in the twelve stadia / camera team equipment

• 36 Esfera surround microphone systems (36 SPM 8000 stereo microphones; two SPB 8000 processing units)
• 240 MKH 8060 short gun microphones
• 48 MKH 8070 long gun microphones
• 96 MKH 418-S stereo shotgun microphones
• 47 MKH 416 short gun microphones
• 120 MD 46 reporter microphones
• 24 wireless channels of the 2000 Series for boom and spider cam microphones
• 47 wireless microphone systems for camera use (EK 2000 camera receivers, SK 2000 bodypack transmitters with MKE 1 clip-on microphones)
• 47 MD 46 reporter microphones
• 47 HD 25 monitoring headphones

Additional equipment for team news reporting:

• 40 camera systems (EK 2000 camera receivers, SKM 2000 handheld trans-mitters with MMD 935 microphone heads)
• 40 talk-back links (SK 2000 bodypack transmitters, EK 1039 bodypack receivers, HD 25 headphones)

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.

Image captions:
1: In Brazil, HBS will use Sennheiser shotgun microphones, wireless microphone technology and Esfera surround microphone systems

2: The MKH 8070 long gun microphone can record even distant ball contact reliably and realistically

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