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Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System Takes Center Court at Elite U.S. Tennis Tournament, Delivering Flawless Wireless Performance

New York, NY – August 28, 2013 – The U.S. Open is the final major Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2013, with a purse of $34 million and over 700,000 fans expected to attend between now and Monday, September 9th. In addition to drawing international tennis stars such as #5 ranked Roger Federer, #1 ranked Serena Williams and Grand Slam defending champion Andy Murray, this year’s tournament began with a special appearance by First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, who spoke during the 18th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

Audio Inc., provided the audio infrastructure, which includes eight channels of Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless, (12) channels of evolution 300 series wireless and six channels of evolution 300 series in-ear monitors (IEMs). “The Sennheiser Digital 9000 was selected for its robust construction, audio quality, and the ability to provide us with frequencies that are not available in the analog world,” commented Mike Sinclair, VP at Audio, Inc.

The new Sennheiser Digital 9000 system, which features uncompressed audio, artifact free wireless performance and superb dynamics in a package that is easy to set up and operate, was used during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which occurred on Saturday afternoon and was broadcast to millions of Americans by CBS Sports.

Ms. Obama, who was introduced by tennis champion Serena Williams, spoke through a Sennheiser ME 34 and an ME 35 wired back-electret condenser microphones, situated on an MZH goosneck at the podium. Her message, which was delivered in crisp and detailed audio, helped mobilize her “Let’s Move” campaign directed at youths.

In addition to the First Lady, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day also featured performances by The Wanted, and Coco Jones — who donned a Sennheiser HSP 4 headworn wireless microphone.

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 system was at the core of the audio infrastructure on Monday night’s opening ceremonies, supplying flawless wireless audio as dignitaries including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 39-time Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King delivered opening remarks. The evening also featured a moving rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, as performed by 11-year old Frenie Acoba — star of Broadway’s hit musical Matilda.

“Considering the importance of this live broadcast event and the difficult RF conditions in New York City, the Sennheiser Digital 9000 series really shined and was the professional system that put everybody at ease,” Sinclair observed. “The quality and reliability of the wireless audio, as well as the overall flexibility of the system, was absolutely spectacular.”

“The built-in spectrum analyzer on the Digital 9000 helped our techs consistently monitor RF signals as they came on line, keeping the audio clean and interference free for the duration of the event,” he added.

“We are grateful to Audio, Inc. for selecting Sennheiser to be part of this extremely high profile sporting event, which is of international significance,” commented Brian Walker, market development, Sennheiser. “With over 700 microphone channels being used at the venue, Audio, Inc. needed a flexible and robust wireless microphone system that could meet not only the demands of the environment, but deliver flawless, unsurpassed audio quality.”

During soundchecks, which occurred throughout the day and evening on Friday, the Digital 9000 system proved to be extremely easy to manage sonically: “The EQ on the consoles were set absolutely flat, and the voices sounded perfect through the P.A. speakers,” he says. “With analog wireless, there is usually a fair amount of EQ adjusting required to get a good sound.”

In addition to the Opening Ceremonies, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and for general announcements, the Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system will also be used during the closing ceremonies of the U.S. Open, scheduled to occur in two weeks.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headsets 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) Main Stage in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 24th.
2) Audio Inc. provided the audio infrastructure, which included eight channels of Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless, (12) channels of evolution 300 series wireless and six channels of evolution 300 series in-ear monitors (IEMs).
3) Coco Jones sang through a Sennheiser HSP 4 headworn microphone during her concert performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.
4) Rehearsals for Arthur Ashe Kids Day, during which Sennheiser Digital 9000 performed flawlessly despite a very demanding RF environment.

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Sennheiser Delivers Unplugged Studio Performances During The Newport Folk Festival®, Bringing an Additional, Intimate Stage to Newport

Newport, RI – August 19, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser once again created a truly unique performance environment at the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins during this year’s Newport Folk Festival®. In cooperation with Paste Magazine, Sennheiser hosted performances by Amanda Palmer, The Milk Carton Kids, Justin Townes Earle, Langhorne Slim and many others over the course of the nationally renowned three-day festival.

Sennheiser recorded and broadcast the performances to thousands of attending fans between Friday, June 26th and Sunday, June 28th using state of the art quality microphones, wireless systems and headphones from Sennheiser and an array of studio microphones from its German subsidiary, Neumann. Videos of the performances will be posted and shared on Sennheiser’s social outlets, including Facebook [www.facebook.com/SennheiserUSA] and YouTube [www.youtube.com/sennheiserusa] over the coming days and weeks. Watch for updates and more information on Sennheiser’s Twitter page [www.twitter.com/SennheiserUSA].

“We don’t just participate in events in the traditional and often static way,” said Stefanie Rei-chert, strategic marketing, Sennheiser. “We always look to create added value and deliver a deep and meaningful sound experience that only Sennheiser can deliver. We managed to do exactly that in Newport, and in the process we made several new friends who will not forget these special performances for a long while.”

Premium Technology Delivers Unique Experience, Adding Value to Newport

This is the second year in a row that Sennheiser and Paste Magazine have collaborated on these performances at Newport. The company’s proprietary wireless technology, paired with the historic and alluring atmosphere of the Fort Adams Ruins, evoke an atypical musical experience that fans cannot experience anywhere else. Many of the artists performed in an unplugged fashion, so audiences could experience the music in its most natural and pure form; for many attendees, this was a highlight of the festival.

“It was a privilege to once again welcome Sennheiser to the Newport Folk Festival®,” com-mented Jay Sweet, producer of the Newport Folk Festival®. “For the second year in a row, the inclusion of the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins truly enhanced the festival expe-rience for all guests and musicians alike. And, thanks to the quality footage, even those who could not attend can experience the unique sounds, sights and vibe that make the Newport Folk Festival® unlike any other festival, or place, on earth.”

Nick Purdy, publisher of Paste, added: “At Paste we love to show more than we love to tell – matching Newport Folk’s stellar lineup to Sennheiser’s headphones give us a chance to give music fans an experience they’ll never forget.”

As music fans such as those attending Newport become more sophisticated in their own musi-cal tastes, they are also becoming more demanding in how they listen to music. Sennheiser is able to deliver an authentic, high quality listening experience through the use of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, as well as through its unmatched wireless and headphone expertise. The result is a listening experience worthy of both the most discriminating fan’s passion for mu-sic, and the artist’s unrelenting craftsmanship.

Fans who were not able to attend the festival in person will soon be able to experience the music through high-definition video and the very same microphone feeds that were used during the actual performances.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless trans-mission 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, Con-necticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engi-neering 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. Amanda Palmer performs at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at the The Newport Folk Festival®, 2013.
2. Fans wearing Sennheiser headphones enjoyed intimate performances by their favorite artists at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at the The Newport Folk Festival®.
3. The Lone Bellow performs at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at The Newport Folk Festival®, 2013.

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For The Walking Dead Voice Actors Dave Fennoy and Cissy Jones, Neumann TLM 103 and U 87 Microphones Help Keep it Real

Old Lyme, Conn., – August 13, 2013- Dave Fennoy and Cissy Jones are both experienced voice actors with several successful gaming titles under their belts. A typical voice session for any other gaming title might involve recording a few greeting lines, some attack lines, taunting lines as well as various grunts and groans. But The Walking Dead — an episodic adventure series based on the successful comic book series of the same name — is based more on character relationships and dialog. This allowed Fennoy and Jones, both of whom use Neumann microphones for their voice work, much more latitude to develop their characters.

Fennoy did the voice work for lead character Lee Everett. Jones, meanwhile, did the voice work for no less than five characters including Katjaa (who appeared in episodes one through three), Jolene (episode two), and Brie (episode 4). Both Fennoy and Jones were thrilled at the amount of dialog in the game, as well as the deep interaction among the characters.

Fennoy, who relies on his Neumann TLM 103 large diaphragm condenser microphone in the studio, says he was immediately taken by the script of The Walking Dead: “On my first day in the studio looking at the script, I realized this was like no other game that I voiced before,” he recalls. “I have played two headed dragons, creatures that drop bombs from the sky, warriors, wizards and every other kind of creature. But Lee Everett was just an average, normal guy and very close to me. I didn’t have to come up with any crazy voices.”

Fennoy uses the Neumann TLM 103 mic inside his Whisper Room isolation booth at home, recording to his iMac running Pro Tools in conjunction with a Digidesign Digi 002 interface. “For accuracy and sound, you can’t beat Neumann,” he says. “This is the microphone that everything else is compared to.”

Cissy Jones: Raising the Level of Performance with Neumann

Cissy Jones also appreciated the deep characters within the script of The Walking Dead: “I am so happy to have had an opportunity to be part of this amazing game because it involved real people,” she says. “It is unlike anything I’ve ever done before and there was so much character development involved.”

During the production of The Walking Dead, Jones also gravitated towards Neumann — in this case, to the classic U87 large diaphragm condenser. “I have a deeper voice and all of that richness gets picked up accurately with the U87,” she says. “For animiation and video games, this is the best microphone to use if you want to capture all the detail and nuances in the recording.” Jones uses her U87 with a MacBook Pro running Adobe Audition, in conjunction with a Cakewalk two channel USB interface.

Jones agrees with Fennoy that the script afforded much more emotional breadth in the studio: “It’s conversation,” she observes. “You actually get a chance to know the characters and it’s not just battle cries. I’ve been in sessions where it is four hours of screaming, different ways of dying, or being the buxom blonde. That just wasn’t the case here and there was so much more depth.”

For Jones, audio occupies a foundational role in any gaming production, providing an irreplaceable emotional connection: “People play games to escape or experience another character in a different world,” she says. “If the audio is poor, you are taken out of that world, and it’s like watching a movie that is badly dubbed. Having audio that is spot on, on the other hand, provides the realism that people crave. Neumann helps me deliver this.”

With Season Two already in production, and with this summer’s recent release of ’400 Days,’ an episode that featured all new characters and helped bridged the gap between Season One and Season Two, The Walking Dead has already won more than 80 ‘Game of the Year’ awards around the world, and has been recognized in top industry and entertainment publications.

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.

Captions:
1) Dave Fennoy with a Neumann U87.
2) The Walking Dead character page.
3) Cissy Jones, pictured alongside engineer Jory Prum.

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Sennheiser and House of Blues Renew Agreement

Old Lyme, CT, August 12, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser and the House of Blues, the iconic chain of high-quality performance venues, announced that they have renewed their alliance. Sennheiser will continue to support the House of Blues with premium microphones and wireless solutions at each of its 13 locations across the United States.

Since the two companies began collaborating over five years ago, the House of Blues has experienced increased level of audio quality, flexibility and durability within its audio equipment arsenal at each of its locations. Currently, the House of Blues is using a full line of wired evolution microphones, evolution wireless G3 microphone systems and evolution wireless G3 monitoring systems at each of its venues.

Kristy Jo Winkler, relations manager, Americas, Global Sales of Sennheiser, commented: “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the House of Blues. By supporting each of its venues in so many different ways, Sennheiser is helping contribute to the unique brand the House of Blues has established. Each of their locations has a reputation as a great performance environment to hear the hottest acts in live music with the best engineering talent and the best microphones and wireless equipment available.”

“The relationship between House of Blues and Sennheiser is truly harmonious,” says Dan Schartoff, VP production, House of Blues. “There is shared passion for providing the best quality of sound and overall audio experience. Indeed, Sennheiser’s microphones have been part of many amazing and historic shows at our venues.”

An evolution of premium sound

Pierre Rochman, production manager of House of Blues – Anaheim, says that the Sennheiser evolution microphone series continues to deliver – especially when it comes to reliability. “We are doing 200 shows and events in a year at each location easily,” he says. “Yesterday we ran seven bands on the bill, today we’re going to run five and tomorrow we’re going to run six – it’s relentless and punishing. The evolution hard-wired microphones really stand up to the abuse. And in the rare case where we need a repair, Sennheiser has been very fast and responsive.”

The House of Blues, which has served as a host to A-list touring acts as well emerging artists, also appreciates the sonic flexibility and predictability of the evolution microphones. “Even though we host artists at a national level who already own Sennheiser equipment, we also host a ton of emerging artists who do not have a mic package of any kind,” states Rochman. “With our Sennheiser microphone package, we are able to introduce these artists and their engineers to high-quality audio. Whereas they might go on a stage and see a competitor’s product elsewhere, they come in here, get in front of an e 835 or e 935 wired microphone and experience great sound and great rejection. They remember these experiences and carry them throughout their career.”

Sonic flexibility and predictability

Each of the 13 House of Blues locations has an equipment package consisting of Sennheiser’s evolution series wired microphones, its renowned evolution wireless systems as well as an array of professional headphones and classic legacy mics such as the MD 421-II. This equipment provides its performance spaces large and small with the ultimate in sonic flexibility. “With so many artists coming in and out on each of our different stages, we need to be able to quickly recognize what each artist is trying to accomplish and reproduce that sonically,” Rochman notes. “I usually have about 15 minutes to get up at front of house and make that happen, and the Sennheiser evolution microphones give us plenty of latitude to do that — no matter what the genre the performance is in.”

Rochman is particularly fond of the e 906, which he says is now the ‘go-to’ microphone for amplifiers. “The e 906 gives us a much broader frequency response, and the filter switching makes it more flexible than other mics if I have to cut or boost, depending on the signal I’m getting out of the amplifier.”

As a premiere national live performance venue, the House of Blues takes a great deal of pride in the sound quality it offers at each of its locations, something they work hard at maintaining each day. “Many of our engineers would never work here unless we were able to offer quality equipment, like Sennheiser,” Rochman concludes. “We’ve got engineers that are touring with A-list acts, but this is their ‘home’ because we have great microphones, a great sounding PA and of course because we book great artists into the rooms. We appreciate the Sennheiser relationship so we can continue to service the artists to create the best possible show.”

About House of Blues

Founded in 1992, each of the thirteen House of Blues locations features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature, original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.

About Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, 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 www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: Exterior photo of the House of Blues – Dallas, Texas

2: Pierre Rochman, production manager of House of Blues – Anaheim, with his Sennheiser wireless microphones

Photos courtesy of House of Blues Entertainment

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Sennheiser’s RF Wireless Sound Academy Seminar Comes to New York City August 13th

New York City — August 5, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will be offering its highly regarded RF Wireless Sound Academy Seminar in New York City on Monday, August 13th in mid-town Manhattan. The seminar costs $199 and includes continental breakfast, full lunch, workshop materials, and a $50 rebate coupon good towards Sennheiser and Neumann products. Participants who complete the seminar will earn 6 RU CTS credits.

This single-day workshop is designed to teach attendees how to plan for trouble-free operation of multi-channel wireless microphones and wireless personal monitoring systems in even the toughest environments. Topics will include:

• Tips and tricks to maximize reliability
• Reserving TV channels for events on the new FCC spectrum database system
• Best practices for system planning and frequency coordination
• Working with wireless monitoring systems
• New developments in digital RF systems

The event will feature experts in the field including host and presenter Joe Ciaudelli, Uwe Sattler of Sennheiser, Broadway RF and audio engineer, Andrew Funk and Henry Cohen, senior RF engineer at CP Communications specializing in FCC compliance. Following are details on the event and how to register:

• Where: Musicians Union Local 802, 322 W 48th St., New York City
• When: Tuesday, August 13th 2013 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
• Cost/registration: $199 per participant. Complete registration details, bios of guest speakers and more information at http://www.sennheiserusa.com/RFseminar.

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. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Sennheiser Brings Stunning Sound, Sensational Style to the Newport Folk Festival®: Introducing The New Momentum On-Ear

Newport, RI, July 24, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will debut the new Momentum On-Ear Headphone during the Newport Folk Festival® this weekend, between Friday July 26th and Sunday, July 28th at the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins. Available in blue, pink, green and ivory, the Momentum On Ear ($229.95) will be available for purchase starting Friday at Newport.

The Momentum On-Ear is the expansion of Sennheiser’s new line of lifestyle headphones. The Momentum series was initially launched in the fall of last year and has since marked a new approach to quality design in the headphone market.

The headphone stands out for its minimalist design and high quality of materials and workmanship. Featuring uncompromising, detailed sound and a frequency range of 16 to 22,000 Hz, the Momentum On-Ear delivers the ultimate combination of sound and style. The Newport Folk Festival®, which has hosted generations of fans who crave music that is both authentic and innovative, is the perfect environment for music lovers to experience the Momentum On-Ear.

Perfection in every detail

Thanks to their closed, on-ear design, the Momentum On-Ear headphones isolate the listener from external noise to ensure a great listening experience on the move – even in noisy urban environments. The headphones feature a single-sided detachable cable with convenient in-line remote and microphone for Apple iDevices, for easy control of music playback and to make and receive calls on the go.

For more information on the Momentum On-Ear, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com/momentum-on-ear.

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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Sennheiser Brings Exclusive Listening Experience to the Newport Folk Festival® with Live Recording Sessions at ‘Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins’

Newport, RI – July 22, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser will be a major supporter of The Newport Folk Festival® for the second year in a row, partnering with Paste Magazine to host live recording sessions with today’s most authentic and trailblazing music artists. Between Friday, July 26th and Sunday, July 28th, the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins will be in full swing, capturing live recordings sessions by dozens of creative and prolific musicians.

Last year, the ruins proved to be an enormous draw at the festival, as fans listened to intimate recording sets by artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, Rodriguez and many others, using Sennheiser’s premium wireless headphone technology. The performances, which occured inside a centuries-old grotto within the fortress that graces the Fort Adams State Park, were captured using Sennheiser and Neumann microphones and broadcast to each fan using Sennheiser’s industry renowned RF technology.

This year, in addition to the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins, Sennheiser will also provide its wireless headphone technology at the Museum Stage, one of Newport’s more intimate venues. Those waiting outside the small-capacity venue will still be able to listen to intimate artist performances by wearing Sennheiser wireless headphones.

Newport and Sennheiser: Carrying on a Spirit of Heritage and Innovation

The Newport Folk Festival® is utterly unique in its legacy among American music festivals. It is where Bob Dylan changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll when he plugged in and ‘went electric’ on July 25, 1965, and is where Johnny Cash introduced Kris Kristofferson to the world stage. It is also where The Pixies — creators of the blueprint for alternative rock — went acoustic in 2005. Today’s Newport Folk Festival® is more relevant to music fans than ever. In the last four years alone, the average age of attending fans has dropped by 8.5 years among its nearly 30,000 annual attendees, and this year’s festival sold out in just five days.

“It is not difficult to draw parallels between Sennheiser and The Newport Folk Festival®,” commented Stefanie Reichert strategic marketing communication, Sennheiser. “These are two brands that have been around for decades, yet both remain at the top of their games and find themselves at the pinnacle of reinvention. Sennheiser has stayed true to its rich heritage in audio technology without becoming distracted by short-term fashion trends, while Newport continues to reinvent itself for legions of incoming generations of music fans.”

With musical content and back to back recording sessions curated by Paste Magazine, Sennheiser will once again post entire artist performances on the Sennheiser website for fans to watch in the days and weeks following the festival.

“Newport has always followed its own path and carved its own identity,” commented Jay Sweet, producer of The Newport Folk Festival®. “We have an extremely loyal fanbase of tastemakers who crave both authenticity and ‘off-the-beaten-path’ cultural experiences. At today’s festival, it would not be unusual to see My Morning Jacket’s Jim James woodshedding with John Prine, Andrew Bird sitting in for an impromptu set with Emmylou Harris, or even Beck rubbing shoulders with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. It is a place where the new and old become reacquainted and reinvented for the incoming generations.”

Both Newport and Sennheiser cater to a growing audience of consumers who seek substance and authenticity. Indeed, Sennheiser has chosen The Newport Folk Festival® as the location to launch one of its highly anticipated new consumer products, introducing premium sound quality to many thousands of music fans.

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.

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Bob Moog’s Archives Donated To World-Class Facility at Cornell University

Ithaca, NY, July 19, 2013 – Yesterday, Cornell University announced the archives of Dr. Robert A. Moog have found a home at their Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance, thanks to a generous donation from his widow, Dr. Ileana Grams-Moog.

Dr. Robert A. Moog is the founder of Moog Music, the world’s leading manufacturer of analog synthesizers, and the inventor of the legendary Moog synthesizer. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell in engineering physics in 1965 and was a longtime resident of Trumansburg, N.Y. His personal archive of notes, plans, drawings, recordings and more will be housed in the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

“It was Bob‘s wish that his archives be preserved and made accessible to other scientists, inven-tors, engineers and innovators,” Grams-Moog said. “It has been eight years since my husband’s death and I am happy that my gift to Cornell will finally make this rich collection available. Bob would be pleased to know his life’s work is finally being properly preserved so that current and future generations may advance upon his work.”

Cornell has flourished as a center for research in music since the Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance was founded in 1929, and its extensive holdings include a special focus on historical key-board instruments. It collects heavily in 20th- and 21st-century music of Europe and the United States, including electronic music and music by Cornell composition alumnae.

“We’re thrilled to welcome this donation to Cornell, and we look forward to welcoming resear-chers from all over the world who hope to learn more about Dr. Moog’s life and work, ” said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “We pride ourselves on not only preserving valuable historical knowledge, but providing access to one-of-a-kind, original materials to as many people as possible.”

Dr. Grams-Moog continued, “Cornell is a 150-year-old institution with a long history of steward-ship and dissemination of rare and valuable collections for education and research. Donating Bob’s archives to the university is the best opportunity to preserve and protect them so they will finally be accessible to students and scholars worldwide. In addition, they will be available to future generations long after we’re all gone.”

About Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library’s rich collections, expert librarians, responsive services and welcoming spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning throughout the university. Its world-class collection — nearly 8 million print volumes, nearly a million e-books and 5 million journal article downloads per year — covers incredibly diverse fields. The Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance provides extensive holdings of printed materials and recordings to support the study of music.

About Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. The company hosts Moogfest, a three-day festival celebrating the intersection of music and technology in honor of Moog’s innovative spirit. All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.

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Sennheiser Makes it Easy to Upgrade Wireless Systems with ‘Trade In, Trade Up’ Promotion

Old Lyme, Conn., July 12, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced its new Trade In, Trade Up promotion in which consumers can trade in their old wireless equipment from any manufacturer and receive a credit of up to $200 toward the purchase of a new Sennheiser wireless system. Customers can learn more and take advantage of the promotion by visiting http://en-us.sennheiser.com/promos.

Rebates are valid on select Sennheiser XS and EW G3 wireless systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Sennheiser dealer between now and September 30, 2013. Following are trade-in rebate values for the various products that are included:

• XS Wireless – $50 rebate
• ew 100 – $100 rebate
• ew 300 – $150 rebate
• ew 500 – $200 rebate

To receive a rebate on eligible products, customers will need to mail the following to Sennheiser following their purchase (postmarked no later than October 31, 2013):

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Sennheiser website at: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/promos.
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between July 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013, from an authorized Sennheiser dealer for a product listed above.
• The old wireless systems being traded for cash rebate (quantity of trades will be matched one-to-one against purchases, up to the quality of new systems purchased).

All rebates must be postmarked no later than October 31st, 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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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.

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P!NK takes off with Sennheiser

International superstar P!NK’s The Truth About Love arena tour is wowing audiences around the world with its incredible mixture of chart-topping tunes, aerial acrobatics, and sheer no-holds-barred entertainment – all powered by audio equipment from Sennheiser. The 140-date 2013 tour sees P!NK perform like never before, flying above the audience, dancing between two stages and diving into water – a demanding high-energy extravaganza that required custom solutions from the audio specialist.

Today’s arena shows offer ever-increasing level of spectacle, fusing sound, vision, special effects and pure performance. In taking to the road with The Truth About Love tour, P!NK has raised the bar even further, with an elaborate game-show themed concert that takes off in every sense – exploding into wild baroque performances and taking to the air with extensive aerial acrobatics driven by a wire system that lets the star travel to every corner of the arena. But how do you maintain great sound and all the emotion when everything is in motion?

Reaching new heights takes innovation:

Monitor assistant and sound engineer, Ben Byford described the challenge: “With this tour, the biggest challenge is that she is so much in the air. This show takes it further than anything I have ever done just because of the distances she can fly over the audience, the height, the movement, including spinning on her own axis. It’s definitely pushing it to a new level – technically and physically for her as well. It was vital to plan for this and get equipment that worked for the job.”

As Byford explained, the production relied heavily on solutions from Sennheiser, including custom prototypes developed specially for the tour: “The whole show is essentially all Sennheiser: every microphone, every in-ear system, every radio system – it’s all Sennheiser. The in-ears we use are Sennheiser 2000 series IEM systems. P!NK uses an SKM 2000 microphone, but with an MD 9235 head. The in-ear piece that she uses is a special prototype that we’re helping to test – a custom-made in-ear with an integrated microphone.”

That custom solution was developed by virtuoso monitor engineer, Horst Hartmann, who worked closely with Sennheiser. He explained that developing a special integrated monitor and microphone was the only way to cope with the highly physical nature of the performance, the aerial stunts and the lifts within the dance routines: “As well as the challenge of the range of motion, we also needed to provide P!NK with a headset that could also work in front of the PA because she is often flying above the audience and through the whole room. Additionally, the microphone had to sound as good as a hand-held one and had to be extremely resistant to feedback, like a hand-held would be.”

A headset with a neckband was ruled out because the set-up time would inhibit costume changes. They also needed a precise fit, as use of a cardioid mic meant that it had to stay in position right at the corner of P!NK’s mouth in order to receive the highest possible intensity of sound. On past tours, the team had used an earset mic taped in position on P!NK’s face but this time the audio team wanted to take things still further: “We came up with the idea of an in-ear with an integrated microphone,” said Horst Hartmann. “I’d seen referees, pilots, and firefighters wearing this but that’s about communication – walkie-talkie rather than the hi-fi quality we demanded. The capsule was already there: that of the HSP 4, an incredible microphone. Working with Sennheiser, we then developed the “hardware” around this capsule.”

Sennheiser developed a microphone that could be attached to the in-ear mould. With the in-ear fixed and securely in position, the attached microphone would stay in place with no adjustments. That was the theory, and in practice the solution proved a match for the demanding performance. Monitor engineer Jon Lewis explains: “Being integrated means that it’s very much set at the right position because it’s custom-made to the curve of her face, so there’s no movement. There’s nothing to tighten or loosen. So once it’s clicked into the in-ear piece, that’s it! This was perfect as any movement would have made things impossible, given the circus-style aspects of the show.”

Hartmann also describes the advantages of developing the whole solution with Sennheiser: “It’s now also one solution from one company, a simple solution that means everything is carried to the transmitter via the same cable. Much better for costume changes: You can take it off very quickly with one click, put a blind cover on it, so the connection is protected and that’s it. Sennheiser developed this just for P!NK’s current tour, and she liked it from the start. No other company offers this kind of product at the moment. And while it’s a prototype, it’s proved reliable – we don’t have any drop-outs when she is flying through the hall. It works perfectly.”

Instrument and ambience mics:

For miking the band, Chris Madden, FOH, and Horst Hartmann drew on the extensive range of wired Sennheiser microphones. The 24” kick drum was miked with an e 901 and an e 902, while the hi-hat and ride cymbal were picked up using e 914s. Two MKH 80s were used as overheads. The guitar cabs were captured with a total of three e 906s. The Leslie speaker was miked by three MK 4s, with two of them positioned at the top of the speaker, and one at the bottom.

In order to capture the audience reactions for the artists’ IEM receivers, Madden and Hartmann used two cardioid MKH 8040 for outside left and right, two MKH 8060 short gun mics for inside left and right as well as two MKH 8070 long gun microphones for far left and right.

A global tour, a universal receiver:

The Sennheiser EM 3732-II wireless receiver delivered a robust backbone to the audio. With a switching bandwidth of 184 MHz, the EM 3732-II can be deployed worldwide. Hartmann explains that its versatility offered a solution that would work perfectly in any venue, in any country: “This is a universal receiver that is capable of working wherever the tour lands: We use receivers that are capable from 600 to 800 MHz and can be used in America, Europe, and Asia. We do need to occasionally change the hand-held transmitters, but have two versions to cover both 600 and 700 MHz. We also love that the EM 3732-II is compatible with the 2000 series as well as the 5000s series transmitters.”

The Truth About Love – partnership counts:

The flexibility of the products and the audio specialist’s readiness to go the extra mile in developing dedicated prototypes has made Sennheiser a true partner to the tour. “Sennheiser are always there for us,” said Chris Madden. “You just have to pick up the phone or e-mail and you’re being supported – no matter what you ask for.” Ben Byford agrees: “There’s no other manufacturer that you feel you can just pick up the phone and ask for advice or ask for new products. It’s definitely the aftersales and the relationship side that makes Sennheiser stand out as a partner.” For Hartmann, reliability is also key: “The most important thing is that the solutions and devices are perfectly reliable. On a tour like this, you really depend on the equipment to perform each and every day.“

“It’s a great pleasure for Sennheiser to be able to support high flying touring artists such as P!NK,” said Pierre Morant, Global Relations Manager for EMEA at Sennheiser, “Taking a hands-on and collaborative approach is the key to making these relationships successful and to delivering the best service and products. In this case, working closely with Horst Hartmann was the key to innovating a new solution that has taken our ability to deliver flawless sound to – quite literally – new heights.“

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, 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 www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: The Truth About Love 2013/2014 tour sees P!NK perform like never before – extensive aerial acrobatics are part of her energetic show
(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur)

2: Chris Madden, FOH engineer for P!NK, with Horst Hartmann, monitors (l/r)

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