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Stevie Wonder’s Epic ‘Songs in the Key Of Life’ Tour Takes Analog Sweetness into the Present, with Clocking by Antelope Audio

As More Tour Dates are Announced, Antelope Audio is the Sole Clocking Device at FOH and Monitors for Limited Run Engagements, with Zen Studio Capturing Each Performance

1Santa Monica, CA, February 5, 2015: Last fall, Stevie Wonder announced that he would be taking his landmark Songs in the Key of Life album on the road in a limited run, 11-city engagement across North America. The announcement sparked the attention of major U.S. media, since it marked the first time Wonder has ever taken the Diamond-certified album on tour — and almost four decades after its original release in 1976. To be sure, Songs in the Key of Life is an American masterpiece that has helped define the very fiber of popular culture, while influencing countless musicians around the world. A faithful, touring rendition of the album was a daunting endeavor, since the double album took over a year to record and involved over 120 studio musicians.

The tour, which began on November 6th at Madison Square Garden and has now been extended to run through April 12, features a horn section, a choir, background singers and a ten-piece orchestra in addition to the regular band, which is comprised of 11 musicians. All in all, the live touring rig consists of over 40 musicians and 156 console inputs. Bringing Songs in the Key of Life to the live stage and into the digital age has been an enormously challenging task, and the sonic integrity of each performance has been anchored by clocking technology from Antelope Audio.

Finding a Technical Roadmap for a Creative Visionary
2Danny Leake, who has been Stevie Wonder’s FOH engineer for 22 years, is responsible for providing a spectacular audio infrastructure for each of the shows. To achieve this, he relied on an audio system from Eighth Day Sound, while working closely with Monitor Engineers James Berry (Stevie Wonder monitors) and Rico Gonzales (band monitors): “Stevie is the creative visionary, and basically, whatever he comes up with, I create the technical road map to get it done, and make sure it is achievable from a technology perspective,” he says. “On this particular tour, Stevie was reproducing the original Songs in the Key of Life album. We had a much bigger band, an orchestra with strings, and a choir. Plus a bunch of things that he had done on that album that were impossible to play live. I had to find a way of taking 156 inputs of stuff and turn it into a stereo mix.”

For Leake, ensuring the integrity of signal path and achieving an immaculately detailed soundstage was the first order of business. Before the tour began, he met with Antelope Audio’s Marcel James, who explained that by using Antelope’s 10M/Trinity combination to clock both the FOH and monitor stations, he could achieve significantly increased sonic depth while retaining an authentic ‘analog’ feel. “I tried using the Antelope clocking system at a friend’s studio at Marcel’s suggestion, and it wasn’t a subtle difference. Now we are using the 10M/Trinity combination to clock the entire show at 96k and it sounds really wonderful.”

Antelope: Bringing Analog ‘Back to the Future’
3In an industry conditioned to raise audio quality by focusing primarily on microphones, preamplifiers and loudspeakers, Leake was surprised at the enormously positive effect Antelope’s mastering grade clock could have on the signal chain. “To me, it was more ‘analog’,” Leake explains. “As an engineer, I came up with tape in the analog days. There is a certain depth you get from that — and some of that can get ‘fuzzy’ when you go to digital. But the Antelope clocking made it sound like straight analog: all of a sudden, I had depth, I could hear things that were happening with the reverbs that were more fuzzy before.”

In addition to hearing more depth, Leake says the Antelope 10M/Trinity combination also made a difference in bringing out more detail in the stereo field: “I don’t normally mix very wide for a live show, but the Antelope clocks made a big difference in expanding the sound stage. All this enables me to maneuver better around the console.”

Moving to an external clock was a big step for Leake and the Stevie Wonder tour. “This was the very first time we used external clocking on the console, both at FOH and monitors, and I will never go back,” he says. “We’ve run everything through the Antelope clocks since day one, and they have performed flawlessly — absolutely no problems.”

Zen Studio: Ever-Present to Capture the Magic
4While on the road, Leake counts the new Antelope Zen Studio among his ‘most used’ arsenal of tools. With (20) analog inputs, (12) microphone preamplifiers and Antelope’s signature 24-bit/192 kHz conversion all running over a proprietary USB connection, he uses the Zen as a ‘scratchpad’ to capture recordings from every show and to check his stereo mixes from the main L-R console outputs.

“I used the Zen Studio to replace a competitor’s unit, and it really made a big difference,” Leake says. “I love the conversion, and it has a really smooth top end that I am used to hearing from Antelope’s clocks over the main P.A. I would describe the preamps on the Zen as very clear and open, with more depth and detail than on what I was using before.”

For the new leg of the tour, which starts on March 17th in Denver, Leake says it will once again be wheels up with Antelope Audio: “It has been a wonderful experience for me, and also for my monitor engineers: the better the clocking is, the better it is for the whole stereo stage and IEMs. In Steve’s case, his ears are his eyes — so the quality of a stereo mix is all important.”

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment 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 digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live 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.

Photo captions:
1) Antelope Audio’s Marcel James interviews Stevie Wonder FOH Danny Leake
2) Antelope Audio provided all the clocking for Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ Tour.
3) Danny Leake, Stevie Wonder’s FOH Engineer, in action.
4) Danny Leake, who has been Stevie Wonder’s FOH engineer for 22 years, is responsible for providing a spectacular audio infrastructure for each of the shows.

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The Pursuit of Perfect Sound – Sennheiser celebrates its anniversary: 70 years of innovation

1Old Lyme, CT, February 5, 2015: For decades, the name Sennheiser has been synonymous with high-quality products, excellent sound and numerous innovations that have set new standards in audio technology. This year, the audio specialist is celebrating its 70th anniversary. It remains a family-owned and operated enterprise, now headed by a third generation of the Sennheiser family: today’s CEOs, Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, are the grandchildren of the company’s founder, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser.

The list of product innovations from Sennheiser is as extensive as it is impressive. Sennheiser has made a significant impact on the evolution of audio technology over the past seven decades, from the world’s very first open headphones, the HD 414, to present-day innovations such as the Digital 9000 wireless microphone system and MobileConnect, an inclusive audio-streaming solution for people with sight and hearing impairments. Numerous patents and awards – including an Emmy, a Grammy, a Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Engineering Emmy‘s® Philo T. Farnsworth Award – bear witness to the company’s unique innovative drive. “In the past, our products have surprised and amazed the audio world over and over again. Why? Because they have gone beyond the common standard. As a result, nobody anticipated them,” says Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, who is co-CEO of the company alongside his brother Daniel Sennheiser.

The beginnings
2The company was founded on 1 June 1945 as Laboratorium Wennebostel – or “Labor W” for short – by electrical engineer Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser in Wennebostel, near Hanover, Germany. Initially, the young enterprise produced tube volt meters. They sold well, but Fritz Sennheiser had higher ambitions: Driven by the ethos of making good existing products even better while advancing new technologies, the lab developed a constant stream of new solutions. The product range gradually expanded over the years. In 1947, Sennheiser launched its first microphone developed in-house. The first “shotgun” microphone followed in 1956, and a year later the company was already producing 100 different types of products. In early 1958, Labor W was renamed Sennheiser electronic – the inception of a brand that ten years later would spark a worldwide boom by developing and producing the first open headphones.

Second and third Sennheiser generation
3In May 1982, Sennheiser saw its first change of generations. Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, son of Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, was appointed Managing Director, while his father became a limited partner. Over the years, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser gradually modernized and inter–nationalized the company’s structure, turning Sennheiser into a GmbH & Co. KG. Cutting-edge developments across various areas of acoustics, and new sales locations worldwide, followed with unprecedented momentum. Sennheiser opened an additional production plant in Tullamore, Ireland, and a branch office for research and development in the USA. An additional plant followed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and a joint venture with Denmark’s William Demant Holding was initiated, forging a path for the founding of Sennheiser Communications A/S in 2003.

4In July 2013, Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the sons of Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, took over as the CEOs of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG. Both share their grandfather and father’s entrepreneurial ambition of aiming to shape the entire audio sector through a dynamic culture of innovation and an uncompromised passion for excellence. Thanks to this spirit, Labor W, a start-up based in a half-timbered house in Wennebostel, has grown to become a global player, sustaining a continual increase in turnover over the decades. Today, Sennheiser has more than 2,700 employees, with around half of them based in Germany. In 2013, the family company, whose Management Board still regards independence as a core value, generated turnover of €590.4 million.

A smart approach to the future
As an innovation-driven company, Sennheiser will continue playing a key role in shaping the future of audio. The foundations for this have already been laid with its new Innovation Campus, built on the company site in Germany. “Here, as at our worldwide innovation centers, we will work in cross-functional teams that bring together our breadth of expertise to shape unique solutions, such as ones to individualize audio content even more,” Daniel Sennheiser explains. “In the future, we will align our product development even more closely to customers’ true needs, wherever they arise – on live stages, at professional studio productions, in offices, or simply while listening to music and relaxing – while always striving to achieve acoustic perfection.” With adaptable and increasingly smart products, Sennheiser will keep on developing and delivering future solutions that redefine audio technology.

5Throughout 2015, Sennheiser’s anniversary year, the online magazine “Bluestage” will present exciting background stories about the audio specialist’s products and the corporate history every month. More information is available at: http://en-de.sennheiser.com/bluestage-magazine.

1: Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, Alannah Sennheiser, Daniel Sennheiser, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, Karin Sennheiser (from right to left)
2: Historical photo of Laboratorium Wennebostel in Wennebostel/Wedemark, near Hanover, Germany
3: Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser
4: Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, Daniel Sennheiser (l/r)
5: Timeline of innovations over Sennheiser 70 year history (download here).

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 2,700 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, Hong Kong, 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 information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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Hardgroove Explores Rock Music’s Legacy and Future at H.O.T. Zone during NAMM Show 2015, with Steve Morse, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter and Sennheiser

Lively Artist Discussion, Tasty Jam Sessions and Sennheiser Wireless Headphones Mark Three Days of Lunchtime H.O.T. Zone Sessions at NAMM 2015

morseAnaheim, CA, February 3, 2015: During NAMM Show 2015 held last month in Anaheim, CA, audio specialist Sennheiser and Brian Hardgroove (Public Enemy) hosted three lunchtime ‘Silent Jams’ in the H.O.T. (Hands On Training) Zone, located on the second floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. Each session, produced by David Schwartz of the TEC Foundation and hosted by Brian Hardgroove, featured in-depth conversations and extended jam sessions by some of rock music’s most accomplished musicians, including Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs) and Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers).

Each day, approximately 140 attendees donned a pair of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones and ‘tuned in’ to the interviews and performances, which covered a diverse range of topics such as Morse’s and Baxter’s early touring and session work, and their continued success as artists creating and performing within an ever-evolving music scene. After each discussion, audience members were treated to free-form performances by each guest, with expert accompaniment by Hardgroove’s band, Impulse Groove Foundation (Hardgroove on bass, Mike Boyko on drums and Robert Muller on keys).

baxter“We are glad to have had the opportunity to help the NAMM Show take the H.O.T. Zone to the next level this year with our wireless technology,” commented David Missall, Manager, Customer Development & Application Engineering, Americas, Sennheiser. “The Silent Jams were a huge success, and was a unique way to deliver fantastic content and performances to a small — but passionate — group of attendees. We hope NAMM chooses to continue these sessions next year.”

Longtime IEM engineer Mark Frink mixed each of the performances, which were delivered to listeners via Sennheiser’s proprietary wireless technology. “Thanks to Sennheiser’s usual superior wireless products and support, we were able to deliver an outstanding inaugural NAMM Silent Jam to an SRO audience, and we are looking forward to next year!” commented Mark Frink. “I’ve used Sennheiser wireless products on all my tours, and as expected, they lived up to their reputation during our performances at NAMM.”

wirelessaudienceIn addition to Sennheiser RS 120 headphones, Hardgroove’s band used Sennheiser EK 2000 IEM wireless monitors and Ultimate Ears custom molds. Interview content and post-session Q&A was captured with Sennheiser e 835 wired and SKM 2000 wireless microphones (with e 935 capsules), while all instrumentation was fed into a Yamaha QL5 digital console via Radial ProD2 Dis.

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) Steve Morse (right) and Brian Hardgroove (background, left) perform at the H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam during NAMM 2015
2) Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (right) is interviewed by Brian Hardgroove during a H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam at NAMM 2015.
3) During the H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam at NAMM 2015, audience members wore Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones.

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Powersoft Unveils New Ottocanali Series and Fosters Training & Education at ISE 2015

Ventura, CA, February 2, 2015: Powersoft announces the expansion of the successful Ottocanali Series, with the addition of three new high-performance 8-channel power amplifiers — under the series Ottocanali DSP+D. The Italian manufacturer will be exhibiting at ISE 2015 (10-12 February) for the sixth consecutive year through its Dutch partner TM Audio with a dedicated area (Hall 7, K175), and will present for the first time at ISE the award winning X Series amplifier, set to revolutionise the amplification market.

OTTOCANALI DSP+D
OttocanalisEven more flexible and reliable, the new Ottocanali Series DSP+D offers a wide range of system control and monitoring functions as well as sound shaping options, a total of up to 12,000 W output power at 4 ohm over 8 channels for lo-Z or distributed line systems — all neatly packed into a double rack unit.

As with former versions of Ottocanali, the new DSP+D versions feature switchable main and aux signal inputs per channel, adequate GPIO, alarms, Lo-Z and Hi-Z output connections as well as mono-bridgeable channel pairs. These 2 RU models implement two redundant universal switch mode power supplies with PFC (Power Factor Correction) and patented SRM (Smart Rails Management) technology that maximises the efficiency of the system as well as drastically reduces power consumption.

With two redundant Dante™ by Audinate® digital streams, the Ottocanali 4K4 DSP+D, Ottocanali 8K4 DSP+D and Ottocanali 12K4 DSP+D will fit any venue as ‘stand-alone’ unit, making it ideal for multi-zone applications in mid to large-scale installs.

ottocanaliExcellent sound quality and ample output power stem from Powersoft’s unique approach to Class D amplification and DSP technology, making the Ottocanali Series DSP+D the ideal main system in any venue where performance is priority.

Powersoft’s legendary efficiency saves valuable energy, keeping both operational cost and ‘carbon footprint’ at a minimum: the new Ottocanali Series shines with outstandingly low power consumption and heat dissipation; this dramatically reduces costs from the AC mains supply and air conditioning/cooling systems – not to mention the benefits to the environment for a greener planet.

X SERIES
Also on the Powersoft stand will be the revolutionary X Series, the first amplifier that doubles as a system tool, integrating a large amount of functionality generally only found in separate outboard units. This includes an innovative system of channel routing, a truly universal mono, bi- and three-phase balancing power supply (from 85V AC up to 440V AC without the need for manual selection), and a revolutionary fully-featured DSP.

The X Series consists of two models equally suitable for concert touring and fixed installations: the X8 (eight channels in a 2U chassis), and X4 (four channels in a single rack unit). Both models share the same power density and can deliver up to 5200W @ 2 ohms per channel.

Powersoft looked at what amplifiers will require for the next 10 years and made a platform capable of meeting these needs as well as building in ‘future proof’ expandability. The X Series natively supports AES3, two redundant Dante by Audinate digital streams and analogue inputs, providing up to four different selectable input sources per channel.

The set-up parameters of the Powersoft X Series are fully integrated into Armonía Pro Audio Suite™ which offers an intuitive interface for parameter adjustment, a comprehensive control over the digital audio processing and complete real-time monitoring of the system performance. An integrated WiFi connection permits the Powersoft X Series to be accessed and managed via any smartphone or tablet through a user interface specifically developed for local monitoring.

COLLATERAL EVENTS AT ISE
The award winning X Series will be running for two other industry accolades at ISE as the finalist in the Audio category for the InAVation Awards and also for NewBay Media’s ISE Best of Show Awards. The first European installation took place at the end of 2014 at the gebr. de Nobel music venue in Leiden, Netherlands.

In addition, Powersoft will be sponsoring the 5th Dante AV Networking World by Audinate on February 9 at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn near the RAI Convention Center. The free all-day event will feature presentations, training workshops and interactive panel discussions led by industry design consultants, AV installation contractors and IT networking experts.

In addition, a hands-on Dante workshop will bring together teams of participants to demonstrate how quickly and creatively a Dante network can be designed. In this context, the Powersoft X8 will be placed on Dante’s Wall of Fame.

Finally, Powersoft will also sponsor the AudioForum by Connessioni, which will take place on the afternoon of February 9 in Room G001at the RAI Convention Center and is free to attend. Created in 2013 to make the link between audio manufactures and integrators, AudioForum is a full day educational event to disseminate knowledge and contents, and investigate the tools that can help professionals in correctly designing their audio systems. The Powersoft demo will be chaired by Luigi Chelli, Powersoft Sound Engineer, who will show X4 performance, focusing on the highest level DSP with multi-stage signal processing.

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) Powersoft is unveiling three new high-performance 8-channel power amplifiers at ISE, as part of the Ottocanali DSP+D Series.
2) The new Powersoft Ottocanali 12K4 DSP+D Pro takes up just two rack spaces.

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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

aptX Live® is a trademark owned by CSR Plc
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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