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St. Michael’s Church in New York City Discovers New Clarity in Music and Spoken Word with Recent K-array Loudspeaker Installation

Churches can provide an inspirational and pleasing atmosphere for congregants to enjoy both music and sermon messages. But frequently, challenging acoustic environments and highly reflective interior spaces can make creating a quality listening experience an enormous challenge. Recently, St. Michael’s Church in New York City upgraded its audio system for masses and services and chose Sennheiser-distributed K-array loudspeakers — not only for their unmatched audio quality, but also for their ability to blend into the existing aesthetics of the church.

The St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which is located on the upper West Side of Manhattan, has been a mainstay for parishioners since its construction was completed in 1807. Its reverberant space makes it ideal for music performances, but the existing loudspeaker system that was in place more than 25 years was simply not up to the task of accurately reproducing both spoken word and live music performances with the quality and intelligibility that was required.

Once St. Michael’s made the decision to upgrade, authorized Sennheiser dealer PanAVid recommended installing K-array speakers and amplifiers to increase both sonic integrity and intelligibility, thereby improving the overall worship experience for congregants.

“The church’s reverberation makes it difficult to produce spoken word sound that is clear to all members of the congregation, but the K-array speakers and amplifiers provided crystal clear sound that has solved the problem,” said Robert Loehr, vice president of operations at PanAVid.
PanAVid installed two K-array KK 100 loudspeakers for the main system, two KKS 50s for the main sub-woofer system, and a total of six KK 50s as delay support speakers: two in the balconies and the other four spread throughout the sanctuary, all controlled by a programmable Roland digital mixing console.

“Although the church is beautiful in its classic design, this provides a unique acoustic challenge making it difficult for many of our congregation to hear the services,” said John Edward Cantrell, St. Michael’s Church’s choirmaster, organist and chief audio engineer. “K-array speakers and amplifiers helped us take advantage of the high frequencies the room favors, while boosting the overall quality of our spoken word services.”

The combination of the KK 50, KK 100 and KKS 50 made it possible for PanAVid to design a system that would meet the needs of St. Michael’s Church. The KK 50 and KK 100 speakers are compact line array elements comprised of multiple 2” neodymium transducers in a strong stainless steel chassis — each casting a wide dispersion pattern that can be configured horizontally or vertically. The KKS50 is a compact line array bass system comprised of 4 x 4” neodymium transducers housed in a stainless steel chassis that can also be configured horizontally or vertically.

The interior of St. Michael’s Church, which has a reverb time of approximately 3.5 seconds, has been particularly challenging for spoken word messages to be heard loud and clear. But Cantrell says the new K-array-based system generates a pleasing, crystal clear sound that provides clarity throughout the entire church.

With the new K-array installation now complete, Cantrell is able to spend more time creating inspirational music by playing the organ and leading the choir rather than at the mixing console grappling with interior acoustics and audio intelligibility.

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1. During a recent audio upgrade at St. Michael’s Church in New York, K-array speakers were chosen not only for their sound quality but also to match the aesthetics of the interior.

2. In the recent St. Michael’s audio upgrade, six K-array KK 50s were installed as delay support speakers.

3. View of the St. Michael’s sanctuary.

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Sennheiser Unveils Premium Headsets Optimized for Microsoft Lync, Enabling Increased Quality in Unified Communications Deployments

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced the launch of two headset lines optimized for Microsoft Lync. The Circle Series wired headsets and the DW Series wireless headsets have been optimized for Microsoft Lync to enhance productivity in busy working environments. The new headsets help enable organizations leverage productivity advantages of a unified communications environment while providing comfort, voice clarity and premium sound quality for users.

Circle Series
The Circle Series includes two Microsoft Lync-compatible models: the dual-sided SC 260 ML and the single-sided SC 230 ML. Each is designed to deliver HD voice clarity sound and comfort to busy contact center, office and Unified Communication professionals. “In increasingly busy workplaces, smart communication tools that allow users to work more efficiently can give a competitive advantage. With Sennheiser’s launch of its new wired Circle Series headsets optimized for Microsoft Lync, we can help provide our mutual customers with an even wider choice of Unified Communications tools to improve their business productivity,” says Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager Lync Marketing at Microsoft Corp.

DW Series
The DW Series DECT wireless headsets includes three Microsoft Lync-compatible models: the 2-in-1 DW Office ML with headband and ear hook, the DW Pro1 ML single-sided headset and the DW Pro2 ML double-sided headset. “The DW Series of headsets optimized for Microsoft Lync leverages Sennheiser’s expertise in sound quality, noise cancelation and wireless audio transmission,” said Tori Seliokas, channel manager for telecommunications at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters. “The DW Series features an intelligent design, intuitive pairing options and a generous wireless range of approximately 180 feet within a typical office building. These features, especially when combined with Microsoft Lync optimization, can be a very powerful unified communications tool in just about any workplace.”

“Sennheiser is very pleased to be extending our portfolio with these five new wired and wireless products, each of which are now optimized for Microsoft Lync,” Seliokas concluded. “With our leadership in sound quality, comfort and hearing protection, contact center, office and Unified Communication professionals can enjoy an enriched communications experience.”

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Sennheiser’s Circle and DW Series headsets are now optimized for Microsoft Lync.

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Neumann KH 120 Monitors Maintain Sonic Consistency in WWE’s Challenging Multiple-Medium Post-Production Environment

The production standard is set extremely high for post-production engineers at WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.), a global entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn. that reaches over 13 million viewers in the U.S. and broadcasts to more than 145 countries in 30 languages. Recently, WWE installed several pairs of Neumann KH 120s in its editing and post-production suites, which are used to monitor its weekly television, web and live auditorium programming.

The Neumann KH 120 was chosen for its versatility and its ability to deliver consistent sound quality across multiple broadcast mediums. Post-production staff at WWE relies on monitors in their non-linear video editing suites to produce audio that will provide viewers with the best possible listening experience on television, online and in arenas.

WWE produces seven hours of domestic television and another 80 hours of international content every week of the year, in addition to two home video titles and a pay-per-view event each month. When it came time to upgrade the video editing suites in WWE headquarters, the production team spent 18 months investigating options to get audio quality that sounded like “real speakers,” said Chris Argento, vice president of post-production at WWE.

“I fell in love with the audio quality of the small, self-powered Neumann KH 120 monitors,” Argentino says. “The stereo imaging and center channel information are absolutely perfect, and it’s incredible how accurate they are. There’s no artificial high end or feeling of processing. They sound like ‘real speakers’ and enable us to develop programming where we can judge the sound for television, online and the arena.”

Argento tested a variety of monitors while upgrading WWE’s Audio Mixing suites. For large suites, he selected Neumann’s new O 410 active midfield studio monitors. Having been extremely pleased with the crisp sound of the O 410s, Argento turned again to Neumann for the smaller non-linear video editing suites, which he chose to outfit with KH 120 monitors after getting firsthand experience with them during the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

WWE initially deployed pairs of KH 120 monitors in six non-linear editing suites, and subsequently added pairs to 14 additional suites. Now that the Neumann KH 120 has become the standard for WWE monitoring environments, Argento says he plans to add even more pairs of KH 120 monitors to additional editing suites in the near future.

Following its mantra of “good video is made by good audio,” WWE engineers are faced with a daily challenge of providing a consistent quality across existing and future media. Argento says the Neumann KH 120 monitors have made it easy to achieve this consistency, while maintaining the company’s high standards of audio quality.

The monitors have also aided editing and production staff in finishing programs that must forego audio post-production. Argento said it is critical post-production engineers are able get the same listening experience viewers will have later, and in this regard, he says the KH 120s have exceeded expectations.

As the first of Neumann’s line of studio monitors, the KH 120 is designed for use as a near-field loudspeaker or as a rear loudspeaker in larger multi-channel systems. It represents the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation and measurement technologies to ensure the most accurate sound reproduction possible.

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Antelope Audio Eclipse 384 AD/DA Converter Brings Master-Quality Audio to Korn Frontman Jonathan Davis’ Road Rig

Korn shook up the rock world at the end of 2011 when the L.A.-based band released its tenth studio album, “Path of Totality,” featuring collaborations with a host of dubstep producers including multiple Grammy Award-winner Skrillex. Now, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is doubling down on his recent statement that “North American dubstep is the new electronic heavy metal” through a side project, Killbot, and a solo project under his DJ name, J Devil, recording into a laptop on the road and in the studio, using Antelope Audio’s new Eclipse 384 converter, master clock and monitor controller.

Davis recently added the Eclipse 384 AD/DA converter in order to streamline his mobile production rig after spotting it on the Antelope Audio web site. The 384 kHz A-to-D/D-to-A converter is clocked using the same Oven Controlled Clock and 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology that is implemented in Antelope Audio’s renowned Trinity Master Clock. The Eclipse 384 offers additional features conducive to mobile production applications, including two dedicated headphone amplifiers and a custom USB interface, as well as two large peak meters on the front panel. In order to simplify operation, users can create up to five custom presets of favorite setups via the system’s OS X- and Windows-compatible software control panel that may then be recalled from the Eclipse 384’s front panel.

“This is all I’ve got now; I used to have racks of stuff,” says Davis, who records vocals, guitar and bass into an Apple MacBook Pro through a signal chain comprising little more than the Antelope Eclipse 384, an API Channel Strip and a Shure microphone. “It’s basically my studio all in one box. It’s the best interface I’ve used. I love that everything is right there,” he says of the Eclipse.

Davis, who has been performing DJ sets using the moniker J Devil, is a longtime aficionado of electronic dance music (EDM), and has been producing dubstep-influenced remixes for rock and electronic artists for several years. Having started creating EDM on his laptop “for fun,” Davis has now teamed up with dubstep producers and fellow metal-heads Sluggo and Tyler Blue to form Killbot, a “metalstep” collaboration that has signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak dance record label and has announced plans to release a four-track EP. There is also a J Devil solo EP in the works.

Davis has jumped into EDM production with both feet, making use of every waking minute to create new music for all of his projects. “Making electronic music and learning to produce and learning my new instrument—laptop, I call it—has been an amazing thing,” he told Billboard.com recently. “After every Korn show I come offstage, take a shower and I start writing.”

By utilizing high-grade audio production equipment such as the Antelope Eclipse 384, Davis is able to produce release-ready masters right there on the tour bus or the hotel room. “The Eclipse is essential, because it gives me everything I need to work on the road and not just make a demo. The stuff I actually do on the road I keep and it sounds great—it’s not just a demo that I have to rework or re-record later,” he says.

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Sennheiser Delivers End-to-End Audio Solution at Newport Folk Festival®, As Fans Experience Authentic Sound via Wireless Headphone Technology

Newport, RI – August 9, 2012 - The last weekend of July, audio specialist Sennheiser, in conjunction with event partner Paste Magazine, hosted a live broadcast / recording studio session housed in an alcove of an 18th century fortress, located on the site of this year’s Newport Folk Festival®. By simply donning a pair of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless consumer headphones, music fans were able to experience true-to-life, intimate performances artists from festival artists, including Of Monsters and Men, Tom Morello, Jonah Tolchin and 26 others.

Wherever possible, the entire audio chain consisted of Sennheiser related technology — including microphones from subsidiary Neumann and Sennheiser, preamplifiers from distributed brand TRUE Systems and wireless RF technology from Sennheiser.

The two-day recording session was not without its challenges. These included a live sound stage located just 100 yards away and an extremely reflective — and somewhat leaky — recording environment. Despite all this, the wireless headphones delivered a clean and quiet performance, faithfully representing the artists’ sounds for the duration of the two-day event.

Microphones on stage and in the room included several Neumann TLM 49s and KM 184s, two U 87s and a pair of Sennheiser e 906s. The microphones were connected to a pair of TRUE Systems Precision 8 preamplifiers, which — through a special feature on the back panel of the unit — split the signal and subsequently routed it to both a multi-track recording rig as well as a live mixer. Each of the Sennheiser wireless headphones received a live stereo mix of the multi track recording sessions courtesy of Nashville-based veteran engineer Steve Ledet. A Sennheiser A5000CP antenna was strategically placed in the rear of the grotto, providing a generous amount of RF coverage both inside and outside the grotto.

In addition to having many pairs of wireless headphones on hand, Sennheiser set up a special VIP seating area where listeners could audition an assortment of Sennheiser’s audiophile and professional headphones, including the HD 600, HD 650, HD 700, HD 800 and the new Amperior.

“Each of the performers we hosted at the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins takes an enormous amount of pride in the craftsmanship and honesty of their songs — this is of paramount importance to them,” commented Tim Moore, artist relations manager, Sennheiser. “By selecting a complete signal path of Sennheiser family gear before and after the mixing console, we were able to ensure the integrity of the audio at almost every stage. As a result, the performers were able to establish a more direct and honest connection with their fans.”

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonah Tolchin, who performed on the second day of the festival, found the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins particularly inspiring. “This is just incredible,” he said. “In this environment, with all these great mics, you are so zoned in and focused with all your heart and soul.” Tolchin recently released his debut album entitled Criminal Man, which was recorded using Neumann microphones. “The sound was very crisp and clear — I got true sound out of these mics and my music is true. So it was a good pairing!”

Clips of the performances will be made available for viewing via Sennheiser’s social media outlets over the next several weeks.

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1. Jonah Tolchin sings through a Neumann U 87 microphone, while being filmed at the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins.
2. A Sennheiser e 906 was used on many instruments, including a variety of percussion.
3. Four Sennheiser wireless rack units and a TRUE Systems Precision 8 preamplifier were among gear used in the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins.
The Neumann U 87 was used on cello and many other strings, and served as the primary vocal microphone throughout the sessions.

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Sennheiser and Full Compass to Co-Sponsor Vocal Recording Clinic Featuring Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound

Audio specialist Sennheiser and Full Compass Systems, a national leader in professional audio, professional video, A/V, lighting and musical instrument sales, are co-sponsoring a special audio recording clinic on Tuesday, September 11th at the Full Compass facility in Madison, WI. The event will feature renowned, Grammy® award-winning sound engineer Leslie Ann Jones, who will demonstrate vocal recording techniques and cover best practices when recording live vocals in the studio.

Attendees will be provided with a pair of Sennheiser HD 449s, enabling them to monitor both recording and playback. The event will feature door prizes including a K-array Piccolo audio system, a Neumann TLM 102 microphone and a TRUE Systems P-SOLO microphone preamplifier.

Leslie Ann Jones, who is Director of Music Recording and Scoring with Skywalker Sound, has been a recording and mixing engineer for over 30 years. She began her career at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles in 1975 before moving to Northern California in 1978 to accept a staff position at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There she worked with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Angela Bofill, and Narada Michael Walden, and started her film score mixing career with “Apocalypse Now.”

From 1987 to 1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios located in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. She recorded projects with Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michelle Shocked, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Marcus Miller, as well as the scores for several feature films and television shows.

In 2003, Leslie was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Classical, and received a Grammy Award for The Kronos Quartet’s recording of Berg: Lyric Suite, which won Best Chamber Music Album. This year, she won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works by Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams.

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World renowned DJ legend Bob Sinclar becomes Sennheiser’s first global headphones endorser – combining music with style

Old Lyme, Conn., August 7, 2012 – With a list of hits including ‘World Hold On’ and ‘Love Generation’ as part of his back catalogue, Bob Sinclar can truly be described as a DJ legend. The man who brought the groove back to the dancefloor – a man who marches to the beat of his own tune, producing number ones around the world which are played on radio stations in every country and on every continent. Bob Sinclar has carved out a reputation as one of the most talented DJs on the planet and Sennheiser is proud to announce that he will be its first global endorser for the new Amperior headphones. This is a collaboration be¬tween a man and a company who are both passionate about music and style.

The Sennheiser Amperior brings DJ-club sound quality to the streets – perfect for everyday music fans wanting superior sound as they listen to their beats on the move. The Amperior mobile headphones are a must-have for users wanting to experience the professional quality enjoyed by Bob Sinclar. They combine the pureness of sound of a great performance with a high-end look and style.

For Bob Sinclar sound quality is paramount. Whether three people in a small room are listening to his hits, or a dance floor full of clubbers, the sound needs to be precise and exact, and he gets this with Sennheiser – having used their HD 25 headphones for years. For him, nothing is more important than sound quality in order to share the energy of the songs with his audience; for them to hear, enjoy and react to each beat and every word.

For Bob Sinclar, being a DJ is a way of living – and was his dream since the age of 16. He is passionate about sharing energy with the crowd, creating an environment for them to escape to and lose themselves in their enjoyment of the music.

From the States to South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, the demand for Bob Sinclar’s smooth disco-tinged house sets is unwavering. His flair for blending vocals, instrumentals and rhythms into one soaring, euphoric house set rocks clubs to their very foundation wherever he touches down.

On the partnership with Sennheiser, Bob Sinclar commented, “I have worn Sennheiser headphones since I was 18, since the start of my career, because of the quality of sound. It goes straight to your ear so you can enjoy and lose yourself in the music. I want people on the streets to experience with the Amperior what I myself experience when I DJ, when I produce, when I listen to the music that I not only make, but that inspires me. Sennheiser creates a professional quality of sound for every day, and is the best in the industry.”

Sennheiser Amperior headphones are part of the lifestyle range. Their sound signature has been derived from the legendary HD 25 monitoring headphones. They bring together cutting-edge and superior sound technology with stunning materials to create headphones that people want to be seen wearing. The Amperior come in a silver or blue aluminium finish and are the perfect choice for those who don’t want to choose between perfect sound and cool design. Allowing people to experience club beats wherever they are – a real design statement which means you’ll stand out in the crowd and show your real appreciation for quality sound. Demonstrating their exclusivity, Sennheiser Amperior headphones are currently only available in Apple stores and Apple online stores and they are the perfect fit for the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Peter Callan, President, Consumer Electronics at Sennheiser explained, “These headphones are essential for all music lovers who want to experience the pure joy of a great sound performance – whenever they want and wherever they go. We are extremely excited and proud to be working with Bob Sinclar, a true musical legend, who combines fashion and style with music – just like the new Amperior.”

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Sennheiser & Paste Create Intimate Performance Space at Newport Folk Festival®, Showcasing A New Generation of Inspired Artists

Newport, RI – August 2, 2012 – Since its founding in 1959, the annual Newport Folk Festival® has served as a beacon for devout music fans and artists around the world. Last weekend, audio specialist Sennheiser and Paste Magazine introduced festival attendees to the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at The Paste Ruins, where they were able to experience up-close and personal performances from their favorite artists through a pair of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones. 29 of the festival’s 45 performing artists took part in the performances — including Of Monsters and Men, Tom Morello, Jonah Tolchin and many others.

The two-day recording session — which was open for music fans to view and experience first-hand — took place in a grotto-like alcove located in the quad of Fort Adams State Park. Despite the acoustic challenges of having a live sound stage located just 100 yards away, fans attending the Sennheiser Sound Lounge were able to enjoy intimate performances courtesy of the Sennheiser wireless headphones, which were fed a live stereo mix of the multi-track recording sessions in progress. Clips of the performances will be made available for viewing via Sennheiser’s social media outlets beginning in two weeks.

“The Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins was a huge draw at the festival this year,” commented Tim Moore, artist relations manager of Sennheiser. “It gave music fans the opportunity to discover and experience a new generation of heartfelt music in an incredibility intimate environment. Having the Sennheiser wireless headphones on hand also helped deliver the true sound that today’s music fans crave.”

In addition to having over 300 pairs of Sennheiser wireless headphones on hand for fans to enjoy authentic sound quality, a special VIP section was set up where listeners could audition an assortment of the company’s audiophile headphones, including the HD 600, HD 650, HD 700, HD 800 and the new Amperior.

Sennheiser, which owns the leading microphone brand Neumann, also used its technology on the stage wherever possible to ensure that the best possible sound quality was captured at the source.

Nick Purdy, publisher of Paste, commented: “When you come to a festival, you don’t expect to be able to get 10 or 20 feet away from the artist and experience a close, intimate performance apart from what they may do on the big stage. By partnering with Sennheiser, who helped create the environment while providing microphones, wireless headphones and other equipment, we were able to create one of the more memorable highlights of the festival.”

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonah Tolchin, who performed on the second day of the festival, found the Sennheiser Sound Lounge / Paste Ruins performance space particularly inspiring. “This is just incredible,” he said. “In this environment, with all these great mics, you are so zoned in and focused with all your heart and soul.” Tolchin recently released his debut album entitled Criminal Man, which was recorded using Neumann microphones. “The sound was very crisp and clear — I got true sound out of these mics and my music is true. So it was a good pairing!”

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1. Music fans peer over the bales of hay to view performances in the Sennheiser Sound Lounge.
2. A ‘behind the scenes’ view of a recording session by Jonah Tolchin.
3. Music fans experiencing the true sound of Sennheiser.
4. Over 300 Sennheiser wireless headphones were put into use during the Sennheiser Sound Lounge / Paste Ruins event at the Newport Folk Festival®.
5. Jonah Tolchin and all the other performers were miked with Neumann and Sennheiser microphones. Tolchin is pictured singing through a Neumann U 87.

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.

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K-array Loudspeakers Make the Grade in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, Bridging the Present and the Past

Oxford, UK – July 30, 2012: The Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford is among the city’s — and indeed England’s — most prized performance jewels. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, one of the most highly regarded architects in history, and constructed between 1664 and 1669, it is still very much a part of Oxford culture and is used not only for music concerts, but also degree ceremonies for local University students, celebrations, lectures and a number of other events. Recently, over the course of a painstakingly detailed restoration, a state of the art K-array loudspeaker system was installed to help bring the acoustics of this priceless architectural gem into the modern age.

Among the Sheldonian’s unique architectural details are its arch layout and a large cupola; its shape allows it to be used in a variety of ways. For example, during degree ceremonies, a presenter will typically speak from one side of the theatre, while during conferences, speakers might address the audience from the opposite side. For each event, a decision is made on whether to involve all or part of the seating on each of the theatre’s three levels.

Since the interior restoration included delicate finishes and flourishes, a core requirement in the installation was to ensure that the sound system would not interfere or otherwise obstruct its unique architectural details. Additionally, the loudspeaker system needed to perform across variety of performance and event applications, while delivering an extremely high standard of audio quality. The chosen K-array system, distributed by Sennheiser, was able to gracefully meet and exceed these requirements.

“We had to design a system which could work in both directions, with various combinations of loudspeakers used at different times,” said Brian Hillson, managing director of B+H Sound, the company responsible for designing and installing the new system. B+H Sound installed (12) KV50W compact line-array modules comprised of eight 1” neodymium transducers and two KKS50W bass line array systems, powered by two KA7 compact amplifiers and one single KA10.

The KV50W was able to provide even sound coverage while minimizing reflections —which was important considering the semicircular shape of the space and the three superimposing orders of tribunes. The (12) speakers were discreetly placed along the handrail of the stairs leading to the organ, as well as on the doorframes and at the sides of the buttresses positioned on the ground floor and third floor. The chassis themselves were then painted to match the colors of the theatre, making them almost invisible. The two KKS50W units were then hidden within the stair structure.

“With DSP programming at the front end, the speakers could easily be controlled to suit any particular application, depending on which orientation the theatre is used in,” Hillson continued. A series of presets was created so that the theatre’s custodian can pre-select them depending on the intended use of the theatre.

The project was an important work of ‘technological restoration,’ carried out in close contact with both the contractor and the University building surveyor. “One of the professors, and Chair of Curators who had been involved in the project came in and asked where the speakers were,” says Hillson. “That to me said everything about the advantages of using K-array.”

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As Rockport Music Expands Operations and Musical Repertoire, Neumann KK 205 Capsule Delivers Unmatched Performance

Rockport, MA – July 25, 2012: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that Rockport Music has acquired several Neumann KK 205 capsules in addition to four channels of Sennheiser 2000 series wireless. The new equipment helps Rockport ensure it is able to deliver premium sound quality over the course of its 52 week programming schedule.

Rockport Music, which is best known for its Rockport Chamber Music Festival which began in 1981, has recently undergone significant expansion of both its physical footprint and musical repertoire. In 2010, it opened the Shalin Liu Performance Center, an elegant building that houses its 334 seat, world-class concert hall as well as a multi-function/reception space located on the 3rd floor used for corporate meetings, intimate performances, wedding receptions and many other activities.

The acquisition of the Neumann KK 205 capsules, as well as Sennheiser EM 2050 two channel receivers, Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld wireless transmitters and lavalier body packs, in addition to a new antenna combiner, helps Rockport realize enormous performance flexibility while offering an unmatched dimension of audio quality to discriminating artists — many of whom insist on performing with Neumann.

Since the new facility opened, Rockport has gone from being a six week performance operation to a 52 week one, simultaneously expanding its repertoire beyond classical to now include jazz, folk, world music, pop and just about every other conceivable musical genre. The new concert hall has advanced A/V facilities including a 20 foot projection screen, and routinely features high definition simulcasts of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and England’s National Theater.

“During my first year here in 2010, one of my first goals was to bolster and enhance our in-house P.A. equipment,” commented David Shriver, technical operations manager for Rockport. “Having very high quality wireless handheld mics and belt packs was very important to me since I wanted a system that could be mostly used on stage but also offer flexible usage applications for other spaces in our facility.”

“The deciding factor for me in adding the Sennheiser 2000 wireless series came when Neumann introduced the KK 204 and KK 205 capsules this year,” Shriver continued. “I get rider requests for Neumann mics all the time, and I knew this was the direction we needed to go in. Neumann is the gold standard in microphones, and when an artist comes in and sees a Neumann mic, they are instantly confident in its ability to deliver.”

When the new Sennheiser 2000 wireless system is not being used in the concert hall, Shriver is able to use it on the 3rd floor multi-function/reception space: “Sennheiser’s Dave Missall came out, looked at the situation, and recommended an RF solution with antennas in the reception space and an antenna combiner to the existing antenna system in the concert hall. This enables me to use my four new RF systems in both places.”

While evaluating the new capsules and wireless sytem, Shriver relied on Rob Pemberton of Wellesley, MA-based Parsons Audio, who was proud to assist in the upgrade of such a world class facility, as well as Sennheiser area sales manager Mike Cleary. “Mike was great,” recalls Shriver. “He would let me try out a bunch of different microphones while we were trying to figure out what to buy — not just for handheld vocal mics, but for drums and other instruments as well.”

Shriver and Rockport Music are pleased with their new equipment acquisition: “The quality has been just top notch,” comments Shriver. “Since we added the Neumann capsules, a number of guest engineers and visiting bands have expressed their interest in working here and performing with the Neumann capsules on the stage. The sound makes a world of difference and also makes my job easier. I can run the mics flat and they sound great — also there is greater feedback rejection when compared to other microphones.”

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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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