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Sennheiser Supports Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for ONE DROP”

Las Vegas, May 6, 2013 – Recently, Cirque du Soleil presented “One Night for ONE DROP” at the “O” Theater, located in the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip. The one-night-only production, which combined talent and production expertise from seven other resident productions, was held on World Water Day on 22 March to help raise awareness on the increasing global water crisis. Audio specialist Sennheiser, which has a longstanding relationship with Cirque du Soleil that extends over two decades, loaned several channels of wireless equipment through its Global Relations team to help ONE DROP realize its creatively and technically ambitious production.
 
Established by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, ONE DROP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ‘ensure that water is accessible to all, today and forever.’According to some estimates, nearly one billion people in the world live without clean drinking water, while another 2.5 billion people lack access to modern sanitation facilities. In the show “One Night for ONE DROP”, Cirque du Soleil illustrated the fragility of the Earth‘s water ecosystem and the impact of water needs around the world in beautiful stage sets, breath-taking artistics and music to remember.
 
Building on Enduring Success

One Night for ONE DROP was planned to run concurrently to “O”, Cirque’s resident show at the Bellagio since its 1998 opening. Therefore the Cirque team needed to augment the existing Sennheiser wireless system to accommodate the additional onstage talent. Gavin Whiteley, Technical Manager of Audio for Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division, reached out to Sennheiser to ensure the upgraded system would perform flawlessly and would meet the stringent technical demands of the show. “Sennheiser’s product line is not only proven industry-wide, but also within our own shows,” Whiteley says. “It is a known quantity and we knew we could count on it. Krista Monson’s [director] vision was to have more live musicians onstage than “O” normally does, so that’s when we were looking to get those additional resources in the theater so we could achieve her vision,” he recalls.

Kristy Jo Winkler, Sennheiser’s global relations manager for the Americas, comments: “Our relationship with Cirque du Soleil spans many years and Sennheiser has always maintained a deep and meaningful connection with the performing arts. We were inspired to play an integral role in ONE DROP – firstly because it represented another chance to push our technical boundaries and secondly because it was for such a worthwhile cause.”
 
“As soon as we got the call from Gavin, Sennheiser’s Global Relations team quickly provided ten additional wireless channels – all racked and preconfigurated so it would be ‘plug and play’ for this unique one-night spectacle,” explains Dave Missall, national market development, professional systems, Sennheiser USA.
 
Reinventing the Fundraiser, with a Little Help from Their Friends

“Our founder, Guy Laliberté, wanted to reinvent the fundraiser the same way he reinvented the circus 29 years ago,” says Gavin. “One Night for ONE DROP was to be performed only once, therefore we needed all our systems to be incredibly reliable and trustworthy.”
 
The 90-minute performance featured more than 230 artists and performers from neighboring Cirque du Soleil productions, an original composition for string quartet by award-winning film composer Danny Elfman, a dance piece choreographed by Sonya Tayeh of “So You Think You Can Dance”, a special guest performance by certified platinum recording artist Jackie Evancho and many other creative acts.
 
Gavin wanted to build on the capabilities of the wireless system that was already in place while using the existing frequency coordination and antenna distribution system – which had already been laid, filtered and optimized for the operation of the “O” show. “We wanted to work within our current frequency range so we didn’t have to open the doors to any new potential RF interference,” he says.
 
To accommodate ONE DROP, Gavin says he had to roughly double his wireless equipment to support additional instruments, singers and speaking parts – including Elfman’s string quartet composition, which was being performed in public for the first time. “It was a balance of working within the limits of the existing system, but still fulfilling the requirements each show needed to do it right.”
 
According to Sennheiser’s Dave Missall, reliable wireless performance is a critical dimension of any Cirque du Soleil production, especially for One Night for ONE DROP: “Everything has to be completely in sync, and of course you can’t have a wireless monitor or wireless instrument system fail,” he explains. “The entire show is timed perfectly from the very beginning, so precision and accuracy of cueing is everything.”
 
Flawless Performance from Beginning to End

In addition to the “O” Theater’s existing eight channels of Sennheiser EM 3732-II receivers, Sennheiser provided ten more channels of EM 3732-II receivers, eight SK 2000 bodypack transmitters, four SKM 5200-II handheld transmitters and two SK 5212-II beltpack transmitters to handle the additional wireless requirements of One Night for ONE DROP. “We ended up using all of it – on instruments, clowns, spoken word performers, you name it,” says Gavin.
 
One of the highlights of the show, Gavin says, was Danny Elfman’s string quartet, performed by musicians moving fluidly across the stage. “We used the extremely small SK 5212-II bodypack transmitters and mounted them either to the instruments themselves or directly on the performers,” says Gavin. “They were ideal for picking up the sound of each instrument.” Jackie Evancho sang through an SKM 5200-II wireless transmitter coupled with a Neumann KK 104-S capsule. “We asked her staff what kind of microphone she’s comfortable singing with, and they replied Sennheiser,” he says.
 
According to Gavin, the system performed flawlessly as expected from beginning to end: “Cirque is known for its visuals, its music and its top level production quality for every show it has in place. One Night for ONE DROP was no exception,” he says. “From a sound perspective, we wanted to get more of the audio quality we were already experiencing in “O”, one of Cirque’s longest running shows. We certainly achieved this and everyone was more than happy with how good it sounded.”
 
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. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million euros in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 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.

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Moog Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame for Patent No 3475623, The Moog Ladder Filter

ASHEVILLE, NC – May 1, 2013 – Moog Music is proud to announce that today its founder Dr. Robert Moog will be posthumously inducted in to the United States Patent and Trademark Office National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Dr. Moog is being awarded this honor for Patent No. 3475623, more commonly known to Moog fans as the Moog Ladder Filter. Moog Music, which will be hosting Moogfest, its annual celebration of the innovative spirit of Dr. Moog on April 25th-27th 2014, has created a video featuring Moog hardware engineer Rick Shaich discussing the importance and innovation of this creation. The video can be seen here: http://www.moogmusic.com/sight-and-sound/product_demo/moog-ladder-filter

In the video, Shaich discusses the Ladder Filter, the first Voltage Controlled Filter, which is the heart and soul of the Moog modular synthesizers of the 60s, the Legendary Minimoog of the 70′s, and is still the same filter topology used in all Moog Synthesizers to this day. The Ladder Filter is an essential element of the massive, thick sound for which Moog instruments are renowned.

To celebrate this historic occasion Moog Music is reissuing the Moog Ladder Filter Tee, which is now available for pre-order and will ship with a free poster commemorating Bob Moog’s induction to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Links:
Ladder Filter Video: http://www.moogmusic.com/sight-and-sound/product_demo/moog-ladder-filter

moogmusic.com

moogfest.com

About Moog:
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. To learn more, visit www.moogmusic.com

Media Contact:
Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

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The Sound of Success: Sennheiser and Infiniti Red Bull Racing Take the Lead in Innovation and Excellence

Race Day at the Formula One Shanghai Grand Prix: The excitement mounts. Second only to the incredible spectacle of the cars is the intense sound, as the air fills with the roar of engines. It’s a meeting of sound, vision and passion. Reflecting this unique fusion, Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Sennheiser are joining forces for the 2013 racing season. The audio specialist has been named as the first Official Audio Supplier, supplying professional audio solutions for the Factory debriefs, driver interviews and powering the DJ booth in the exclusive Paddock Club. The cooperation will be kicked off at the Shanghai race with a special DJ set from Chinese superstar DJ, Jamaster A, and the creation of an exclusive edition of Sennheiser MOMENTUM headphones.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing has dominated the Formula One World Constructor’s Championships for three years, has the car to beat and a red-hot pairing of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Innovation, precision engineering, a passion for excellence, and a determination to be the best – Infiniti Red Bull Racing has epitomised these qualities. So too has Sennheiser, which has maintained its supremacy over 65 years at the forefront of high quality sound.

While Infiniti Red Bull Racing takes winning performance to the track, Sennheiser will take premium sound backstage as the first ever Official Audio Supplier to the Racing team. Sennheiser audio equipment will be used by Team Principal, Christian Horner, during his Team debriefs. Meanwhile, Sennheiser will also be helping fans get even closer to the action, with the wireless 2000 microphone series used for Paddock Club driver interviews.

A great start is all-important in Formula One: Sennheiser and Infiniti Red Bull will be launching the new relationship in style at the Shanghai Grand Prix, 11 – 14 April. Sennheiser will be wowing crowds with a very special DJ set by Chinese superstar, Jamaster A, who will perform for race visitors at the site entrance, equipped by Sennheiser. Later the party gets exclusive, as Jamaster A lays down the grooves for VIPs backstage in the prestigious Paddock Club, taking to the decks in the Sennheiser-powered DJ booth. At the European Races starting in Barcelona on 12 May, special guests of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team can enjoy professional sound additionally in the popular Red Bull Energy Station, which will be equipped with a Sennheiser wireless microphone system.

Throughout the season, the companies will be working together on a number of exciting projects that will take the sounds and sensations of Infiniti Red Bull Racing even further. The first development to be announced is the creation by Sennheiser of a very special Infiniti Red Bull Racing edition of its acclaimed MOMENTUM headphones, featuring the colours and logo of the F1 team. Part of Sennheiser’s Style Selection, the MOMENTUM combines high quality, luxury materials with incredible sound quality that draws on the audio expert’s longstanding expertise in high performance audio. This limited edition will be available to the teams and its very special guests. The MOMENTUM and additional Sennheiser flagship products such as the HD 800, HD 700, IE 800 headphones and the 9000 wireless microphone series will be on display in the Paddock Club at selected races.

“Sennheiser is used to delivering champion performance in sound through our commitment to excellence and innovative technology. Working with Infiniti Red Bull Racing is a real privilege and a great way of reflecting what Sennheiser means today,” says Paul Whiting, President of Sennheiser Global Sales. “Just as with Formula One, Sennheiser’s new MOMENTUM headphones match an aspirational, fashionable style to an unrelenting pursuit of high performance. They represent the same purity of purpose that underpins champion teams such as Infiniti Red Bull Racing”, explains Peter Callan, President of the Consumer Electronics Division at Sennheiser. Describing the relationship with Sennheiser, Christian Horner, Team Principal at Infiniti Red Bull Racing said: “Innovation, passion and performance are constant drivers in everything we do. Sennheiser’s shared commitment to these same values has advanced the science of sound for over 65 years and they continue to push the boundaries. That’s why we’re really excited to be working with the audio specialist.”

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 2011 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 531 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 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

Media Contacts:

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

Global Press Contact Sennheiser
Mareike Oer
Email: mareike.oer@sennheiser.com
Tel: +49 5130 600 719

Press Contact Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Lyndsey Fairburn
Email: Lyndsey.fairburn@redbullracing.com
Tel: +44 (0) 7764386399

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Sennheiser Partners with Redbird, King Schools and AOPA on Headset to Accompany Redbird’s new Jay Flight Simulator

Lakeland, Fla., April 9, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has partnered with Redbird Flight Simulations, King Schools and AOPA to offer headsets that will accompany Redbird’s Jay desktop flight simulation system. The Jay system, which is being launched by Redbird at this year’s Sun ‘n Fun, is a consumer-oriented flight simulator that enables a broad base of aviation enthusiasts to access proficiency-based flight training. Beginning now, Sennheiser’s new PC 350 SE gaming headset will be available as an accessory for Jay in the AOPA store.

During the 2013 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, Sennheiser, Redbird, AOPA and King will host a “Jay Challenge” launch event in which attendees of the expo will have a chance to win prizes including a ride with Team Aerostars and a Sennheiser S1 Passive headset. Participants of the challenge will be asked to complete various missions on the Jay simulator and fill in a logbook detailing their adventures, before being entered in a raffle for a chance to win various prizes.

“This year at SUN ‘n FUN, we are encouraging aviation enthusiasts and aspiring pilots to take the next step in their adventures,” commented Christian Pulm, global marketing and strategy development, Sennheiser Aviation. “Our partnership with Redbird, AOPA and King, which will extend well beyond SUN ‘n FUN, is a perfect extension of our Live Your Dream program, which encourages people to realize their ambitions in the world of aviation.”

“We are delighted to partner with Sennheiser, a brand that is known and recognized around the world for its excellence in audio,” commented Jeff van West, director of Redbird Media. “We believe audio plays a fundamental role in enhancing the end-user experience — not only for realistic effects and user enjoyment, but also for retention of key training concepts.”

The PC 350 SE, which is a professional noise-blocking headset, is the perfect complement for the Jay flight simulation system. Even at high volumes, more than 95% of the audio remains inside the headset, enabling you to focus on the mission at hand. The PC 350 SE also features the most accurate sound reproduction available in a gaming headset today. Utilizing Sennheiser’s “Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement” technology, the headset channels audio signals directly into your ears, rather than onto them.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of aviation headsets, microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. With their top-quality acoustics, high wearing comfort and rugged designs, Sennheiser aviation headsets are suited to the needs of professional and private pilots and air-traffic controllers. Innovations such as the NoiseGard™ active noise compensation system and ActiveGard™ protect against potentially harmful volume surges.

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.sennheiser-aviation.com. To learn more about Captain Judy Rice’s journey, please visit http://www.thinkglobalflight.org.

Contact:
Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

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Thinklogical Leads the Industry with New 4K Solutions

MILFORD, Conn. – Thinklogical LLC, a global manufacturer of secure fiber optic video and KVM routing and extension systems, today announced the introduction of two new Thinklogical SDIXtreme™ solutions to support the extension of SMPTE standard 4K signals.

The new Thinklogical solutions are able to extend 4K signals from four HD-SDI inputs or two 3G inputs over a single multi-mode or single mode fiber, with no compression, latency, artifacts or lost frames. The new products are in addition to Thinklogical’s previously released 4K solutions for single or dual link DVI signals.

The SMPTE 4K Digital Cinema standard references ultra-high definition (UHD) video delivered at a resolution of 4096 × 2160 pixels, twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of the 1080p HDTV format, with four times as many pixels overall.

“Thinklogical is proud to be first to market with these 4K SMPTE/Digital Cinema extension solutions,” said Larry Wachter, Vice President of Research and Development for Thinklogical. “Customers will now have the ability to extend and switch 4K signal streams, without sacrificing the higher resolution, frame rates and color depth provided by the SMPTE 4K standard.”

Christie Digital Systems (http://www.christiedigital.com), a global visual technologies company, is a Thinklogical business partner. “Thinklogical understands that the growth of the 4K format is dependent on having solutions that enable the extension of SMPTE standard 4K signals,” commented Jennifer Smith, vice president, Engineering, Christie Digital Systems. “With the introduction of their new SDIXtreme™ solutions, Thinklogical is well positioned to help drive greater market adoption of 4K-based image processing.”

Thinklogical will feature a demonstration of the company’s 4K solutions at NAB Show 2013 in booth number N2819. Contact Thinklogical at info@thinklogical.com or (203) 647-8700 for more information or to schedule an appointment at the show. Click here to access an interactive map with Thinklogical’s booth location at NAB Show 2013: N2819

About Thinklogical
Thinklogical is the leading manufacturer and provider of fiber optic KVM, video, audio, and peripheral extension and routing solutions. Thinklogical offers the only fiber optic KVM routers in the world that are accredited to The Common Criteria, EAL4 and TEMPEST. Government, entertainment, scientific and industrial customers worldwide rely on Thinklogical’s products and solutions for security, high performance, continuous operation and ease of integration. Thinklogical products are designed and manufactured in the USA. Thinklogical is headquartered in Milford, Conn. and is privately held by Riverside Partners, LLC of Boston, Mass. (http://www.riversidepartners.com). For more information about Thinklogical products and services, please visit www.thinklogical.com. Follow Thinklogical on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/thinklogical.

Media Contacts:

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

Robert Ventresca
Thinklogical
(203) 647-8728
bobv@thinklogical.com

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Neumann Announces Launch of KH 310 A Three-Way Active Monitor

Old Lyme, Conn. – April 8, 2013: Premium audio brand Neumann announced the launch of its new active studio monitor: the KH 310 A. The KH 310 A is a three-way system that reflects Neumann’s philosophy of achieving the most accurate sound reproduction using state-of-the-art technology and techniques. The KH 310 A will be on display at the Neumann booth at the 2013 NAB Show (booth C3217) and will be shipping next month.

The cutting edge electro-acoustic performance of the KH 310 A is based on newly developed drivers housed in a sealed cabinet — this ensures extremely accurate reproduction over the entire frequency response at surprisingly high reproduction levels. The new KH 310 A, along with the KH 120 monitor Neumann launched in 2010, demonstrates that Neumann is not only identified with first-class microphones but also manufactures sound transducers of equally high quality for the end of the signal chain.

“The KH 120 two-way near-field monitor has set a new standard in its class,” commented Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann Berlin. “The same uncompromising innovation characterizes Neumann’s new three-way monitor, the KH 310 A.”

The KH 310 A is suited for use as a near-field monitor for mixing and mastering, or as a front loudspeaker in medium-sized surround systems, or as a rear loudspeaker for larger mult-channel systems. It is recommended for demanding applications in the fields of music production, broadcasting, post production and mastering. In combination with the Neumann studio subwoofers, KH 810 and KH 870, which feature a 7.1 High Definition Bass Manager, the KH 310 A monitor provides users with a perfect surround solution. The system is particularly relevant for use in the movie industry, which often requires monitoring solutions for multichannel recordings with 8 or more audio channels.

The KH 310 A’s treble, midrange and bass drivers have all been designed and tested by Neumann. Each driver is carefully optimized using acoustic simulations and undergoes an extensive series of measurements, ensuring an extremely linear reproduction across the entire frequency range. The bass driver provides an accurate response down to 34 Hz. This is achieved using a sealed cabinet design that provides extremely fast transient response. The mid-frequencies, essential for speech and vocals, are reproduced with exceptional precision by a dedicated soft dome midrange driver. Meanwhile, the high frequencies are handled by an alloy fabric dome in an elliptical Mathematically Modeled Dispersion™ waveguide. The result is an authentic sound, rich in detail, that provides a wide sweet spot while minimizing reflections in the vertical plane.

Three powerful class-AB amplifiers and a high-capacity SMPS power supply deliver very high headroom to the system with no audible distortion, and the acoustical controls for bass, low-mid and high frequencies make the KH 310 A a problem solver for acoustically challenging environments such as edit suites and OB vans. The KH 310 A is magnetically shielded and an exstensive range of accessories offers a diverse range of mounting options.

The status of the comprehensive protective system is indicated by a back-lit Neumann logo, which signifies the highest manufacturing quality. Manufacturing tolerances are so small that any two KH 310 A monitors can serve as a matched pair. The KH 310 A cost $2,249.95 each, and will be shipping in early May.

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 or by contacting:

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

Rachel Smolin
Public Relations
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation
(860) 434-9190, Ext. 180
rsmolin@sennheiserusa.com

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Sennheiser Extends Free Trial Program for its Tourguide 2020-D Guided Tour System

OLD LYME, Conn. –Audio specialist Sennheiser announces an extension of the free trial program for its Tourguide 2020-D system. Interested organiza-tions can request a risk-free trial by visiting www.sennheiserusa.com/tourguidetrial. A Sennheiser representative will respond to all demo inquiries and arrange shipment of the system.

The Tourguide 2020 series is the first digital RF wireless tour guide system, offering excellent audio quality and extremely reliable, interference-free communication. Desi-gned for easy setup and operation, this system offers a high degree of flexibility with six available audio channels, making it an ideal choice for almost any guided tour appli-cation.

System components include your choice of a handheld or bodypack transmitter with a headset microphone; lightweight stethoset or bodypack receivers; and the portable, convenient EZL2020-20L storage carry case with charger.

Premier auto manufacturer BMW recently chose Tourguide 2020-D. Since the beginning of 2013, the BMW production plant in Dingolfing, Germany has used Sennheiser Tour-guide 2020-D systems for their factory tours. The behind the scene tour impresses up to 20,000 guests from all over the world every year.

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) automobile plant recently upgraded to the Tourguide 2020 system for their guided tours. The plant, which manufactures the company’s Elantra and Sonata automobiles, has been using Sennheiser’s Tourguide headsets since the tour program began in October of 2005.

Features of the Tourguide 2020 System
• High-quality, crystal clear wireless audio
• Reliable digital communication
• Easy set-up and operation
• Up to six concurrent tours possible
• All-in-one, comfortable headset for listeners
• Hands-free communication for tour leader
• Convenient case for charging, transporting and storing system components

To learn more about the promotion, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com/tourguidetrial.

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 Sci-ences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com or by contacting:

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

Rachel Smolin
Public Relations
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation
(860) 434-9190, Ext. 180
rsmolin@sennheiserusa.com

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Antelope Audio’s Orion32 Interface Now Features Automatic Notification and Updating Capability and Zero Latency 32×2 Mixer

Santa Monica, CA, April 2, 2013 – Antelope Audio announced that its Orion32 interface, the world’s first 32-channel AD/DA converter and audio master clock in a 1U rack unit, now includes another groundbreaking feature: the ability to notify users on firmware updates directly from the control panel and automatic updating at the user’s request.

The Orion32, which supports both MADI and USB interfaces and is clocked by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology, automatically runs a software assessment at startup and can initiate any required software updates at the push of a button.

“Updates and user tips from the control panel and other new features we are announcing will enhance our customer’s experience even further,” commented Marcel James, director of sales & marketing, Antelope Audio. “With these and other new updates, the Orion32 packs a host of features never before seen on a pro audio device including its massive channel count per square inch and unmatched USB performance.”

Other recently updated features to the Orion32 — which is already being used by top recording artists such as Rihanna, Skrillex and Beyonce — include a zero-latency 32×2 mixer, news feed links to ‘how-to’s’ and helpful videos as well as other performance enhancements and general bug fixes.

Orion32: Unmatched Audio Quality and Clocking in an Interface

The Orion32 allows 192 kHz I/O streaming of up to 32 channels through its custom-built USB chip, which provides seamless connectivity to any USB-enabled DAW or computer. The converter also provides 32 channels of 96 kHz audio through its Fiber Optic MADI I/O connections, making it perfect for capturing audio in live sound environments and many other applications. When using the MADI interface, the Orion32 can handle 16 channels of 192k audio.

Orion32 is also an audio master clock, employing Antelope’s proprietary 4th generation of AFC and oven controlled oscillator — both technologies that made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader for accuracy and reliability in recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the world. The four word clock outs, together with the 10 MHz input, make Orion32 ideally suited to be in the center of any project or high-end studio.

Orion32 is packaged in a 1U enclosure with an eco-friendly power consumption of only 15 Watts. In addition to saving rack space and having very low heating levels, Orion32 comes with an extremely reasonable pricing even for small home studio, launching with a street price of only $2,995.

Orion32: Key Features

- Zero latency 32×2 mixer
- Firmware update notifications at startup
- Antelope Audio precise AD/DA conversion technology
- Up to 192 kHz on 32 channels I/O via custom-built USB chip
- 32 channels I/O via Fiber Optic MADI I/O connections
- Eight D-SUB 25 connectors for AD and DA
- 16 channels on 4 ADAT input and output connectors
- Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking with Atomic input
- Antelope’s proprietary Oven Controlled Oscillator for supreme clocking stability
- Four word clock outputs and one word clock input
- Five presets for fast and easy recall of favorite setups
- 1U rack size with power consumption of 15 Watts and very low heating levels
- A user friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X

About Antelope Audio

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

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

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Contact information:

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
Phone: (914) 602-2913
E-mail: jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

Georgi Lazarov
Marketing Communications
Antelope Audio
Phone: +44 20 8133 8113
E-mail: pr@antelopeaudio.com
Twitter: @AntelopeAudio
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AntelopeAudio

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Sennheiser Extends Free Trial Program for its Tourguide 2020-D Guided Tour System

March 28, 2013 · Old Lyme, CT – OLD LYME, Conn. – March 28, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announces an extension of the free trial program for its Tourguide 2020-D system. Interested organizations can request a risk-free trial by visiting www.sennheiserusa.com/tourguidetrial. A Sennheiser representative will respond to all demo inquiries and arrange shipment of the system.

The Tourguide 2020 series is the first digital RF wireless tour guide system, offering excellent audio quality and extremely reliable, interference-free communication. Designed for easy setup and operation, this system offers a high degree of flexibility with six available audio channels, making it an ideal choice for almost any guided tour application.

System components include your choice of a handheld or bodypack transmitter with a headset microphone; lightweight stethoset or bodypack receivers; and the portable, convenient EZL2020-20L storage carry case with charger.

SKM 2020-D-US digital handheld transmitter, SK 2020 D-US bodypack transmitter, HDE 2020-D-II-US stethoset receiver, EK 2020-D-II-US bodypack receiver, EZL 2020-20L charging case

SKM 2020-D-US digital handheld transmitter, SK 2020 D-US bodypack transmitter, HDE 2020-D-II-US stethoset receiver, EK 2020-D-II-US bodypack receiver, EZL 2020-20L charging case

Premier auto manufacturer BMW recently chose Tourguide 2020-D. Since the beginning of 2013, the BMW production plant in Dingolfing, Germany has used Sennheiser Tour-guide 2020-D systems for their factory tours. The behind the scene tour impresses up to 20,000 guests from all over the world every year.

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) automobile plant recently upgraded to the Tourguide 2020 system for their guided tours. The plant, which manufactures the company’s Elantra and Sonata automobiles, has been using Sennheiser’s Tourguide headsets since the tour program began in October of 2005.

Features of the Tourguide 2020 System:

• High-quality, crystal clear wireless audio
• Reliable digital communication
• Easy set-up and operation
• Up to six concurrent tours possible
• All-in-one, comfortable headset for listeners
• Hands-free communication for tour leader
• Convenient case for charging, transporting and storing system components

To learn more about the promotion, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com/tourguidetrial.

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Sennheiser Helps Lake Pointe Church Carry Consistent Message Across Each of its Four Campuses, with Nearly 200 Channels of Wireless

Old Lyme, Conn. – March 26, 2013 – Lake Pointe is a Southern Baptist church located in Rockwall, TX. With an active congregation of approximately 10,000 and four campuses spread across approximately 30 square miles, Lake Pointe ranks as one of the largest churches in the United States. Following the Federal Communication Commision’s (FCC) ruling on the 700 MHz bandwidth issue a few years ago, Lake Pointe turned to Sennheiser for advice on how to restructure its wireless systems. Now, the church regularly uses over 150 channels of Sennheiser wireless among its four campuses.

Every weekend, Lake Pointe Church works hard to ensure its programming and audio quality is consistent across all of its campuses. Working alongside a staff of 14 full time personnel and approximately 350 volunteers, of which 85 serve each weekend, Technical Audio Systems Director Jason Cole is responsible for making sure the “Lake Pointe DNA” is present in all of the Church’s performances and live presentations. He relies on a ever-growing collection of Sennheiser G3 wireless systems and microphones to make that happen.

“Audio is such a critical part of what we do,” Cole observes. “I spend a lot of time with our campus producers so they know exactly how things are supposed to sound, and how things need to be presented from an audio perspective. Again, we are looking for sonic consistency across all our campuses – and having all Sennheiser everywhere makes that process so much easier because we know what each mic is going to sound like.”

Lake Pointe’s main auditorium, which seats approximately 4,500 people, is outfitted with 10 Sennheiser EM 3732 receivers, coupled with SKM 5200 transmitters and Neumann KK 105 supercardioid capsules. Additionally, it employs 10 channels of Sennheiser wireless for its IEMs. “All of our vocalists – particularly our worship leaders – are blown away by how superior the Sennheiser mics sound, especially in their IEMs,” Cole says.

According to Cole, the RF environment in the greater Dallas region can be volatile and difficult to manage. “The RF landscape changes so much in this area that we really have to monitor it on a regular basis,” he says. “One of the great things about the Sennheiser wireless is the amount of bandwidth that we get. We have so many options when it comes to channel selections.” With his Sennheiser G3 systems, setting up and synching frequencies on the fly is a fast and simple process. “We do the scans right off of the 3732 unit,” Cole says. “Having the ability to do the scans, pick the frequencies and very quickly synch them to the beltpacks or handheld mics is a beautiful thing. This is a big deal because every Sunday morning we have to play this RF game.”

At front of house, Lake Pointe routinely relies on Sennheiser’s WSM software to monitor changes in wireless system performance. “Even though our wireless receivers are located backstage, we have them networked together so our FOH engineer can monitor all performances from FOH and troubleshoot as required,” says Cole. “Every now and then, something will change in the RF that has nothing to do with us, and we have to adapt. With the WSM software, we can see all the RF signals going to all the receivers and transmitters all the time. We can also monitor battery life or see if a performer has the ‘mute’ switch on. It allows us to react very quickly before issues come up so the quality of our performances won’t be affected.”

In addition to its vast collection of Sennheiser wireless equipment, Lake Pointe also depends on Sennheiser wired mics on drums, guitars and other instruments. On drums, Cole uses a combination of e900 series microphones, such as the e905 on snare, the e914 on hi-hat and the e902 on the kick drum. “I am telling you, the e902 is the single best mic solution for kick drums I have ever heard, and I have played with them all.” For toms, he routinely uses the tried and true MD 421s, and on electric guitar amplifiers, he will reach for either the e609 or the e906 depending on the tone of the amp.

Now that spring is approaching, all eyes at Lake Pointe are on the upcoming Easter services, which are bound to draw approximately 22,000 congregants. “For Easter, we will be maxing out all of our Sennheiser wireless gear,” Cole says. “On any other given weekend, we will usually have two or three vocalists on a stage; but for Easter, we will usually have 8-10 people singing at every campus, and all at the same time. With Sennheiser, we are happy to have the confidence that there will be no technical issues and that everyone attending will have a high quality audio experience.”

Since Lake Pointe Church began using Sennheiser approximately four years ago, Cole couldn’t be happier about the overall relationship and equipment performance. “We have been so pleased with the product in every respect,” he concludes. “Because our church is so big and since we are really well connected with other churches around the country, other technical directors regularly ask us advice on which wireless systems and microphones to buy. We recommend Sennheiser without hesitation.”

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