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Madonna Gives Sennheiser All Her Luvin’

Stadiums, arenas and open air venues across Asia, Europe, North and South America are hosting Madonna’s 2012 MDNA Tour, with all featuring a large Sennheiser wireless microphone and monitoring system that helps deliver a flawless performance, night after night. Madonna has six Sennheiser SKM 5200 mics for each show, which, as monitor engineer Matt Napier explains, get tested to the limit.

“The 5200s get a real battering. The whole first section of the show is highly stylised with an almost comic book aggression. There is a lot of staged violence and the microphones get hurled around and are frequently being thrown to and from dancers and onto the floor,” commented Napier. “We’re going through a new microphone every ten shows or so. But given that the 5200 is not a microphone designed for such abuse, I think they are standing up remarkably well. Of course we have a whole drawer of spares from Sennheiser!” he concluded.

Audio rental company Eighth Day Sound provided the Sennheiser equipment after purchasing from Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, USA. The tour features six further SKM 5200s with MD 5005 capsules for backing and guest vocal microphones. Together with Madonna’s vocal mics, these use seven EM 3732-II wireless receivers. Fourteen 2000 series wireless systems are used for in-ear monitors, with 14 more for guitar systems. In addition, a percussion trio uses SKP 2000 plug-on transmitters, taking the overall wireless channel count to around 50.

“The plug-on transmitters are a very useful solution, because the trio comes on stage, does its section and goes off again. There’s no time to cable the musicians up. It’s a very neat way of using RF,” says Napier. “On top of everything else, there is also a wireless comms system, so we are probably up to 70 channels of RF at each show and we have had no problems at all.

“Everything is using the built-in networking, all programmed on the Wireless Systems Manager, which saves a huge amount of time. Every show so far has been trouble free.”

Caption:
Madonna.jpg: Madonna’s 2012 MDNA Tour uses Sennheiser microphones and monitors
(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur)

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Antelope Audio Announces World’s First 32 Channel AD/DA Converter and Audio Master Clock in a 1U Rack Box

Antelope Audio today announced Orion 32, the world’s first 32-channel AD/DA converter and audio master clock in a 1U rack. The new device supports both MADI and USB interfaces, clocked by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology.

Orion 32 allows 192 kHz I/O streaming of 32-channel digital audio through its custom-built USB chip, which provides simple 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, which can be used to connect with any suitably equipped MADI device.

Orion 32 also supports ADAT protocol by offering 16 I/O channels, for even greater compatibility with a large number of audio devices. The multi-channel converter inputs and outputs pass the analog signal through 8 D-SUB 25 I/O connectors.

Antelope Clocking for Increased Sonic Accuracy
In addition to being an extremely high quality audio converter, Orion 32 is also an audio master clock. The Orion 32 employs 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 Orion 32 ideally suited to be in the center of any project or high-end studio.

“The multi-channel Orion 32 is the logical step, following our highly acclaimed stereo AD/DA converter Eclipse 384 we launched last year,” Igor Levin, Antelope Audio CEO says. “We have developed this device in response to customers who have demanded Antelope’s signature-quality sound, but in a multi-channel device. Orion 32 is ideally suited to a sound engineer’s needs for high quality, clean and transparent conversion, combining the efficiency of MADI and USB interfaces with the perfection of Antelope clocking.”

With its seamless digital routing options, the Orion 32 offers exceptional flexibility. The routing feature allows sound engineers to, for example, use the AD conversion and output the signal simultaneously both through the MADI and USB interfaces. The device is managed through a user friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X. Moreover it is equipped with five preset buttons for fast and easy recall of favorite settings.
Orion 32 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, Orion 32 comes with an extremely reasonable pricing even for small home studio, launching with a street price of only $2,995.

Key Features

  • 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

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Moog Announces Release of “Analog Delay,” First Delay Designed Exclusively for the 500 Series Pro Audio Format

Today Moog Music announced the release of the “Analog Delay,” the first delay designed and created exclusively for the 500 series pro audio format. The Analog Delay is a 100% analog signal path module that features 800ms of delay time, front panel MIDI control, and an assignable Tap Tempo/CV jack on its front panel. Included with each unit is a free VST/AU/RTAS editor for easy implementation into any recording, live, and performance situation.

The Analog Delay has been designed with tone, connectivity, and flexibility at the forefront. Moog’s engineering team worked tirelessly to deliver a delay with an incredibly clean front end that could easily be pushed into a warm, natural overdrive for saturated delay trails or distorted delay effects.

Though not on the front panel, the Analog Delay features a 6 Waveshape LFO that allows users to create other time based effects such as tape delay, chorus and extremely modulated sounds. The LFO is easily accessed via MIDI and the free VST/AU/RTAS Analog Delay plug-in editor.

Also accessible via the included editor are advanced features like Tap/CV input routing, Keyboard Control settings, Clock Divisions and a Delay Multiplier for access to illegal delay times (up to 4x the front panel position). In addition to Tap Tempo and CV control, the Tap/CV input can also convert click track audio into a tap tempo signal.

The new Moog 500 Series Analog Delay module will be debuting at the 2012 AES conference in San Francisco booth 1222 and is expected to begin shipping in Dec. 2012

Web Page: moogmusic.com/analogdelay

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Sennheiser to Host “Al Schmitt & Friends” Roundtable at AES to Include Elliot Scheiner, Ed Cherney, George Massenburg, Chuck Ainlay and Frank Filipetti

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will sponsor “Al Schmitt & Friends: AES Roundtable of Award-Winning Engineers” at the 133rd Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention, to be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco later this month. The roundtable, which is free to registered AES attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, will cover a range of recording-related topics and includes some of the biggest names in audio production: Elliot Scheiner (Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton), Ed Cherney (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), George Massenburg (Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor), Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits) and Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, KISS).

The roundtable will be hosted by 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt and is being presented as part of Sennheiser’s Recording Sound Academy (RSA) program. Admission to the event at the convention is free for all AES attendees. For those not able to attend, the event will be recorded and posted online at the Recording Sound Academy (RSA) and AES websites. The archived video can be viewed free for all RSA and AES members, and just $9.95 for non-members. To learn more or to sign up for RSA, please visit http://www.sennheiserrsa.com.

Details on time and location
When: Friday, October 26, 2012 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. PDT
Where: 133rd AES Convention, San Francisco
Moscone Convention Center Special Events Room #134

Topics covered at the roundtable will include:
Understanding the differences of recording at home, in a project studio and in a larger traditional studio
How to effectively record drums
How and when to use effects
Techniques for vocal thickening
Obstacles that were encountered and resolved during the recording of classic albums
Diplomacy in the studio with artists, executives and other stakeholders

During the presentation, the panel will answer questions both in person and those posted by RSA members from the RSA forum page.

Register for the Online Recording Sound Academy
By registering for Sennheiser’s Online Recording Sound Academy, participants have the opportunity to have two of their own mixes critiqued by award-winning engineers, in addition to having access to live and archived webinars and other special events featuring well-known artists and producers. Members can also access exclusive tutorial videos and receive a free copy of CuBase LE5 mixing software as well as the chance to win a Neumann U 87 studio microphone.

Photo caption:
Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer (image courtesy Capitol Studios).

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Moog Minitaur and Animoog Receive Technical Achievement Nominations for 28th Annual TEC Awards

Moog Music announced that it has been nominated for the 28th Annual TEC Awards in two separate categories: “Musical Instrument Technology (Hardware)” and a new category, “Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets.” The TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. The 28th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Nominations are based on product entries made by a select panel of industry professionals in numerous audio categories. Products must be released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012, to be eligible for nomination.

Mike Adams, CEO/President of Moog Music, commented: “It is a privilege for us to be considered for two TEC Awards this year, especially in the new Smartphone and Tablet Apps category. We are very proud of the work our team has done on both the Minitaur and Animoog and are grateful for this recognition.”

Minitaur: Analog Bass Synthesizer
The Moog Minitaur, which captured a nomination in “Musical Instrument Technolgy” is a powerful, compact analog bass synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function design. It is the first instrument in Moog’s Taurus family that does not have foot pedals. At only 8.5″ x 5.25″ and less than 3lbs, the Minitaur puts legendary analog Moog bass into a package designed to fit seamlessly into today’s performance and production environments.

Animoog: Expressive, Captivating and Sonically Immersive
Animoog, which has been nominated in the new “Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets” category, is powered by Moog’s new Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE) and is the first professional polyphonic synthesizer designed for the IOS. Animoog captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the modern touch surface paradigm, enabling a user to quickly sculpt fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve. Visually captivating and sonically immersive, Animoog brings IOS music production to the next level.

For more information about Minitaur or Animoog, visit http://www.moogmusic.com.

For more information about the TEC Foundation, visit http://www.tecfoundation.com.

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Moog Music’s Minitaur and Animoog.

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Sennheiser Circle Series and DW Pro2 Headsets Win Top “Six Dragons” Rating from Voice Recognition Leader Nuance

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its DW Pro2 wireless headset received the top ranking for quality from Nuance, a leader in voice and language technologies. The DW Pro2 was the only and first product in Nuance’s recent wireless headset comparison to receive a score of “Six Dragons” — the highest possible ranking from the company’s rigorous testing — for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate for Mac.

Nuance routinely assigns quality rankings to audio equipment such as headphones and microphones on a scale of one to six dragons, six being the highest. According to the company, microphones and headsets are subject to a stringent evaluation of performance, accuracy, ease-of-use, durability, Windows compatibility and other criteria. To date, Nuance has certified more than 20 wireless headsets from nine other manufacturers .

In addition to the DW Pro2 headset’s Six Dragons rating, Sennheiser’s Circle Series SC230 and SC260 models received a top score of Six Dragons in the wired category.

“Sennheiser is completely dedicated to achieving great quality audio,” said Bill Rice, national sales manager, telecommunications, of Sennheiser. “The reason why Sennheiser is able to score so highly in these evaluations is because for more than 65 years, our core expertise has been sound. In the world of voice recognition, this is the ultimate attribute.”

The DW Pro2 professional wireless headset is an ergonomically designed, high-performance DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) headset that delivers HD voice quality and noise-cancelling capabilities in a comfortable, sleek design. The DW Series consists of the DW Pro1 and the DW Pro2, with the Pro2 being the stereophonic version. Professional wireless headsets allow workers greater comfort and mobility in an office setting, resulting in increased productivity and more precise communications.

Sennheiser’s DW Pro headsets were previously awarded a 2012 Speech Technology Excellence Award from TMCnet’s Customer Interaction Solutions magazine, which recognizes companies that have made significant contributions improving speech applications for their clientele. These models have also been certified for interoperability with telephony solutions from Microsoft, Avaya, Cisco, IBM and Polycom.

As business environments rely increasingly on digital audio content, speech recognition continues to gain momentum as a valuable tool. This technology is especially pertinent in markets such as healthcare, where physicians can transcribe patient records and verbal comments into their (now mandatory) electronic health records; or in education, where students and professors can electronically digitize the text of their lectures. Nuance holds significant market share in the healthcare vertical, as more hospitals and private practices transition their paper records to secure, electronic data files, in adherence with government HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations.

“We developed our Dragon ranking system to help ensure our customers are aware of the highest quality audio products for our Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate for Mac products. We congratulate Sennheiser and its DW Pro2 for achieving Six Dragons,” said Peter Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer for Nuance, and General Manager for Dragon.

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Audio for video: Sennheiser launches online tutorial for filmmakers

“If you’re asking me ‘What is the most underestimated power of filmmaking?’ that would be sound,” says filmmaker Geert Verdickt. To remedy this situation, the multi-award-winning video journalist has joined forces with audio specialist Sennheiser to develop a series of tutorial videos dedicated to the subject of audio for video filmmakers. In a total of five episodes, Geert Verdickt shows ambitious filmmakers how to record perfect sound for their videos, and does it in a way that is both professional and entertaining. New tutorials will be uploaded to www.sennheiserusa.com/audioforvideo every two weeks through November 14.

“The video series is packed with useful tips on every aspect of audio for video, ranging from everyday situations to particularly challenging filming environments,” explained Oliver Ohrndorf, Marketing Manager Professional at Sennheiser. “The tutorials are aimed at video journalists, video filmmakers and amateurs who want to enhance their video images with excellent sound. Geert Verdickt is not only an outstanding video filmmaker but also an entertainer who is able to inspire and motivate his audience.”

The subjects dealt with in the tutorials include wireless audio recording, choosing the right microphone, recording with DSLR cameras and using shotgun microphones, as well as tips and tricks for avoiding proximity effect and reducing wind noise.

A win-win situation
Not only does each tutorial provide valuable information, it also gives participants a chance to win an attractive prize by answering a question on the subject. For each episode, there will be a chance to win three combinations of an MKE 600, Sennheiser‘s new video shotgun microphone and a set of classic HD 25-II headphones. The winners will be drawn from all the correct answers submitted.

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Sennheiser HD 700 Headphones and Neumann KK 204/205 Wireless Microphone Capsules Each Nominated for TEC Award

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its HD 700 headphones and the Neumann KK 204 and KK 205 wireless microphone capsules have been nominated for the 28th Annual TEC awards. Sennheiser’s HD 700 headphone, which has been nominated in the new ‘Headphone/Earpiece Technology’ category, is an open, dynamic stereo headphone combining high-end sound with an innovative headphone design. The cardioid KK 204 and supercardioid KK 205 capsules, which have been nominated in the ‘Microphone Technology/Sound Reinforcement’ category, are fully compatible with Sennheiser’s 2000 Series wireless handheld transmitters.

Presented by the TEC Foundation, the TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. The 28th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2013 NAMM Show, to be held in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2013. The nominations, based on product entries by audio manufacturers, were made by a select panel of 130 professionals in numerous audio specialties. Products and projects released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012, were eligible for nomination.

Greg Beebe, president of Sennheiser USA, commented: “We are pleased that both Sennheiser and Neumann have once again been nominated for an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award by the TEC Foundation. Both the HD 700 headphone and the Neumann KK 200 Series capsules are best-in-class products, representing the pinnacle of premium sound and innovation.”

HD 700: A Wide Sound Stage with an Ultra-Fast Response
The HD 700 open, dynamic stereo headphone joins Sennheiser’s series of acclaimed audiophile headphones. A patent-pending vented magnet system manages air movement beneath the diaphragm, providing clean, controlled dynamics with ultra-low total harmonic distortion. An angled transducer design and a vibration dampening chassis offer audiophiles and mastering engineers outstanding spatial imaging without artificial coloration.

KK 204/205: Uniform over the Entire Frequency Range
The Neumann KK 204/205 microphone capsules were designed to complement Sennheiser’s renowned 2000 series wireless transmitters. The acoustic features of the KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads are derived from the multiple award-winning wired Neumann stage microphones, the KMS 104 and KMS 105. The KK 204, with its cardioid pattern, ensures the best possible suppression of sound originating from 180 degrees to the rear, while the supercardioid KK 205 has greater directivity, and maximizes incident sound from the front as compared to sound from the rear. Due to the “single polar pattern design,” the polar patterns are very uniform over the entire frequency range and provide excellent resistance to feedback.

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Hot Chelle Rae Turns to Neumann KK 205 Microphone Capsules for Warm, Crisp Sound

Nashville-based pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae burst onto the charts last year with its double-platinum single, “Tonight, Tonight,” off its sophomore album, Whatever. Since then, the band’s intense schedule has taken them on an almost non-stop international tour with headline appearances in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Japan. Premium audio brands Neumann and Sennheiser have been along for the ride as Hot Chelle Rae’s equipment demands have become increasingly sophisticated and their fan base multiplies.

Hot Chelle Rae‘s core members have been playing together for the better part of seven years and were born into Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter families. Just two years ago, the bandmates were touring in a van and a trailer playing 1,000-capacity clubs. Their single “Tonight, Tonight” helped rocket them to the top, coming in at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and number five on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 charts.

With a rigorous tour schedule that now involves buses rather than small trailers, the band routinely finds themselves opening for acts like Taylor Swift and The Script when they are not playing major headline dates themselves. The band has dramatically improved the audio quality of their live performance by utilizing a combination of Neumann KK 205 capsules and Sennheiser SKM 2000 wireless transmitters for their two primary vocal positions.

“We were looking for better clarity in our vocal performances,” commented Zach Snyder, monitor engineer and production manager of Hot Chelle Rae. “We selected the Neumann KK 205 mic capsule because of its warm sound and super-cardioid pattern, which does a great job in rejecting ambient stage noise. Paired with our Sennheiser SKM 2000 transmitters, these capsules save us an incredible amount of time on sound checks since they sound great out of the box since they require very little EQ.”

Snyder, who says he likes the frequency response of the KM 205 more than any other mic capsule he’s used, expects to add a Neumann KK 204 capsule when the band adds a new keyboard player to its lineup in the near future. In addition to the Neumann KK 205s, Hot Chelle Rae maintains 16 channels of Sennheiser RF on stage: six channels on guitar, eight for wireless personal monitors and two for vocal microphones. Snyder says he plans to increase that number to 22 in the near future.

The transition to the KK 205 capsules was seamless and has been a measurable improvement: “They’re really pumped and Ryan’s [Follesé's] vocals come through extremely clear,” says Snyder. “Also having the Neumann capsules have brought us tons of credibility with other engineers!”

The acoustic features of the KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads are derived from the multiple award-winning wired Neumann stage microphones, the KMS 104 and KMS 105. The KK 204, with its cardioid pattern, ensures the best possible suppression of sound originating from 180 degrees to the rear, while the supercardioid KK 205 has greater directivity, and maximizes incident sound from the front as compared to sound from the rear. Due to the “single polar pattern design,” the polar patterns are very uniform over the entire frequency range and provide excellent resistance to feedback.

Photo caption:
Ryan Follesé of Hot Chelle Rae relies on a Neumann KK 205 microphone capsule, coupled with a Sennheiser SKM 2000 wireless transmitter.

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YOU’RE INVITED: Antelope Audio to Provide Sneak Preview of World’s First Atomic AD/DA Preamp at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Antelope Audio cordially invites you to experience a first hand, sneak preview of its groundbreaking Rubicon: the world’s first atomic AD/DA preamp. Join Antelope Audio each day at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest where we will be conducting live demonstrations of Antelope Audio’s advanced AD/DA and clocking technologies, which are recognized and used extensively throughout the recording, mastering and film production world. In addition to showcasing the Rubicon and conducting private listening sessions of its DACs and clocking technologies, Antelope will have its renowned Zodiac Gold 384 kHz DAC on hand, which has been reviewed favorably in publications like Digital Trends, AV Guide, Stereophile and many others.

WHAT: Antelope Audio AD/DA and clocking demonstrations at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
WHERE: Denver Marriott Tech Center, Marriott Tower Level 10, Room 1022
WHEN: October 12th through 14th, 2012 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
RSVP HERE

Experience “True to Life” Analog to Digital Conversion
The 10 MHz Rubidium atomic clock, coupled with Antelope Audio’s proprietary clocking technology achieves at breakthrough in jitter management, providing listeners with unprecedented sound quality. The transformer-based, ultra low noise, discrete JFET phono preamp, together with the ultra-high 384 kHz sample rate A/D conversion and USB recording capability provide users with the sublime experience of digitizing their favoriate tracks, keeping the depth and warmth of the original analog recordings.

Zodiac Gold USB DAC with 384 kHz Audio Capability
Antelope’s Oven Controlled Oscillator and 64-bit clocking technology help audiophiles experience a new level of detail, sound clarity and warmth. The DAC features a plug and play USB interface that connects seamlessly to an iPad, Mac, PC, or just about any other digital media source. The 384 kHz audio capability dramatically improves the listening experience on both loudspeakers and headphones.

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