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Antelope Audio Zen Studio Wins Mix/PAR 2014 Innovative Product Award

Zen Studio is Chosen as the Most Innovative Interface in Publication’s First Readers’ Choice Awards

PARlogoSanta Monica, CA, November 19, 2014: Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio announced that its Zen Studio won an ‘Innovative Product Award’ in the first Mix/PAR reader’s choice awards. The Zen Studio audio interface was nominated in the Interface category alongside equipment from several other leading audio manufacturers. Each of the winning products were selected by readers of Pro Audio Review and Mix Magazine.

“We are pleased that Zen Studio has been recognized with an Innovative Product Award by readers of Pro Audio Review and Mix Magazine,” commented Marcel James, Director of US Sales and Marketing, Antelope Audio. “We believe the many innovations in Zen Studio and our other products like Pure2, MP32, Orion32, Satori and others are raising the bar and shaping the expectations of pro audio consumers, who are demanding greater flexibility and uncompromising audio quality in the products they choose.”

zenfrontIn recognition of outstanding technical achievement, Zen Studio recently received a nomination for the 30th Annual TEC Awards. Zen Studio is a professional portable audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller. It is built with the purpose to be a powerful professional mobile recording studio, but its features such as 20 analog inputs, 12 world-class mic preamps, Antelope’s acclaimed conversion and clocking, onboard DSP effects, multiple monitor mixers, custom high-bandwidth low-latency USB, and Mac/PC control software make it a perfect recording solution not only for location but studio recording as well. Since its launch in May, Zen Studio, has received multiple recognitions from the media, users and Grammy Award winning engineers across the Globe.
Zen Studio was designed and manufactured based on proven conversion, clocking and USB technologies used in Orion32, the company’s best selling product. Orion32 is part of the critical audio signal path in a number of large live shows and prominent studios. For its diminutive size, Zen Studio delivers a breakthrough number of mic pres and DI instrument inputs in a mobile interface, along with exceptional monitoring and tracking DSP capabilities more commonly found in high end, commercial studios.

For more information on Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/zen-studio-portable-audio-interface.

About Antelope Audio:
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

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

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

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BB4 Studios Launches: World-Class Mixing & Mastering Facility Brings Innovative New Audio Resource to New York City

‘Brooklyn Born Brooklyn Bred’ Williamsburg Room Opens Up Fresh Creative Options for Mixers, Mastering Engineers, Producers, Artists & Labels

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY – November 18, 2014: It’s not easy to bring something new to the music production scene, but BB4 Studios has accomplished just that. Shorthand for “Brooklyn Born Brooklyn Bred”, this just-launched Williamsburg facility is providing producers, engineers, artists, and labels with an innovative audio resource.

1BB4 has created a studio unique to New York City, executing an acoustically excellent environment that is optimal for both mixing and mastering. Designed by owner Rafael “Raf” Planten and Christos Tsantilis (P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Mobb Deep, Mos Def, Brandy, Big Pun, Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle, Saigon), BB4 provides mixers, mastering engineers, producers and labels with an exciting option for perfecting projects. World-class recording capabilities for vocals and overdubs are also onsite.

An Advanced Audio Environment
Built from the ground up as a brand new studio on Williamsburg’s famed Bedford Avenue, BB4 channels the artistic energy of its surrounding neighborhood into its precisely tuned space. A multi-platinum engineer, producer, quality-control expert, as well as an accomplished studio designer, Tsantilis focused his decades of audio experience into making BB4 a first-choice room for honing the best possible mixes and masters – accomplished via thoroughly modern workflows within a welcoming environment.

The goal with BB4’s design was straightforward: Make a neutral room with as flat a sweet spot as possible. Only the highest-grade acoustical treatments and wiring were specified, combined with a custom mastering-style console outfitted with elite dynamics, EQs, and effects gear, plus a huge collection of plugins.

“Once upon a time, mix rooms and mastering suites were built to the same specs,” Tsantilis points out. “But at some point mix rooms had to get bigger, to accommodate the larger tracking consoles that were being brought in. The BB4 approach gets mixers back into a room that’s optimized for accuracy – this is a mastering-grade environment where they can mix. Having this purpose-built environment provides an extreme upgrade in your ability to hear the music, and make much more informed decisions.”

Equipping the Right Environment
Freelance producers, mixers, and mastering engineers alike will feel well-supported at BB4, which provides an assistant engineer for all sessions. With the gear selection that’s on hand, audio professionals should feel immediately inspired to get to work on their sounds.

BB4’s sweet spot begins with a custom mastering-style console designed by renowned studio designer Ken Capton (Eminem, Kid Rock, Music Works NYC, Yessian Music New York). Avid Pro Tools 11 and SonicStudio’s SoundBladeHD serve as the mixing and mastering DAWs, respectively, connecting to the hardware and monitors via Prism Dream and Avid HD Omni converters.

Outboard is extensive without being overwhelming. Compressors include dual RAD 4K-CS SSL’s, Manley SLAM!, Tube-Tech CL 2A, Alan Smart C2, TK Audio BC1, and custom 1176. EQs include four channels of Vintech 473, API 553, Nightpro EQ3-D, and a Weiss Eq1-LP/DYN combo. An Orban Stereo Synthesizer model 245e and classic Yamaha Spx90 are on hand for outboard FX. A Manley 16×2 tube mixer is available for summing.

For tracking and overdub sessions, microphones include a Manley Reference, stereo Audio-Technica ATM450’s, and a Shure SM7B. Mic pre’s are populated by the likes of four Vintech 573’s, two API 512c’s, and a stereo Melcore AML-27. Hardware can also be swapped in and out at a visiting engineer’s request.

Available plugins include Eventide Anthology, Waves Diamond Bundle including Platinum, Restoration, and Transform Bundles, Sonnox Oxford Elite, SoundToys with Eleven, Altiverb XL, and Lexicon – PCM Native Total Plug-In Bundle.

All mixing and mastering decisions go through the meticulously planned monitoring system, which features a PMC ib2 passive 3-way system flanked by dual ADAM Sub12 subwoofers. Bryston 4bst and THX amps power the system, all calibrated by a White Instruments Room EQ.

The attention to detail in BB4’s high-grade dead soft annealed solid pure silver (4N) wiring – overseen by wiring guru Mike Donahower (Jungle City, Robert Clivilles, Five Towns College) — illustrates the extreme care taken to deliver the truest possible sound. “The wiring makes all the difference in the world – it definitely affects the sonic character, depth and dimension that you can hear in a stereo recording,” says Tsantilis. “We strictly employed Furutech and Oyaide connectors, which are optimized for music by cryogenic freezing: That process changes the molecular makeup of the metal for less distortion, noise and resistance.”

Brooklyn and Beyond
While the emphasis is wholly on the music, BB4 is a comfortable place to work for hours at a stretch. A couch is behind the mix/master position in the main room, while a well-appointed lounge completes the experience for all clients and artists in attendance. The vibe is minimalist and stylish at the same time, deleting distractions while maximizing creative inspiration.

BB4 realizes Rafael Planten’s commitment to converging audio and art on a Brooklyn block that he loves deeply – he was literally born in the building whose ground floor the studio occupies. His room doesn’t just fill a need in New York City’s densely crowded studio scene, it creates a new category. That makes BB4 Studios bigger than just another business: it’s a way of contributing to the community, the local economy, and global music.

“Sound makes a difference in people’s feelings,” Planten says, summing it up. “If you’re hearing something good, it will feel good.”

For more information on BB4 Studios, visit http://www.bb4studios.com/.

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Sennheiser Portable Speakerphones: Exceptional Design and Outstanding Quality in a Premium Conferencing Solution

The SP 10 and SP 20 Speakerphones from Sennheiser Deliver an Outstanding Communication Experience From Just About Anywhere

Old Lyme, CT, November 13, 2014: Sennheiser, a leading provider of premium headset and speakerphone solutions, announced the availability of its new range of SP 10 and SP 20 portable speakerphones for business professionals. The new SP 10 and SP 20 are flexible, completely portable conferencing solutions that feature excellent sound and user-friendly functionality in an elegant design. With the SP 10 and SP 20, it is easy to facilitate both personal or small group conference calls in the office or while traveling.

1The Sennheiser Speakerphone Series features Sennheiser’s renowned high definition audio quality in a stylish, eye-catching design. A winner of both the prestige 2014 red dot and 2014 iF design awards, the new Speakerphone Series elevates the anonymous meeting room conference phone to the level of ‘must have’ workplace innovation. Both the SP 10 and SP 20 showcase Sennheiser’s sound heritage and iconic design, while bringing a stylish visual element to just about any work environment.

Simply Plug in for Great Sound

The Sennheiser Speakerphone Series enables business professionals to easily make personal or small group conference calls. Each model features ‘plug in and talk’ simplicity, with the SP 10 connecting to PC/softphone and the SP 20 connecting to PC/softphone via USB cable or mobile phone/tablet via 3.5 mm jack plug. Furthermore, the SP 20/20 ML versions allow call participants to be connected via mobile phone and PC.

2Tori Seliokas, Channel Manager, Telecommunications of Sennheiser Electronic Corp., said: “Mobile professionals crave greater flexibility for collaborations and small group conferences, whether they are moving around office complexes, or holding ad hoc teleconferences while travelling. With the introduction of the Speakerphone Series, Sennheiser adds an important new category of portable conferencing solutions to its product portfolio, designed to enhance productivity in the office and the field.”

Both the SP 10 and SP 20 variants of the Speakerphone Series use Sennheiser’s high definition sound quality, voice clarity and echo cancellation to ensure an outstanding communications experience for user and listeners. The Speakerphones’ ‘dual talk’ function enables users to interrupt a conversation more naturally, ensuring better call interactions.

The intuitive user interface on the SP 10 and SP 20, with its clear call and volume control and mic mute buttons, ensures easy call management and ‘hands free’ control, no matter where the location. When not being used for calls, the Speakerphone Series can also be used for playing music.

Compatible with all main UC providers, the Speakerphone range is also Optimized for Microsoft® Lync® on both Microsoft® Windows® and Mac® and compatible for use with UC providers such as Avaya, IBM and Cisco.

The SP 10 [$179.95] and SP 20 [$199.95] are available now.

Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the scientific and engineering award of the academy of motion picture arts and sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) The Sennheiser SP 10 Speakerphone
2) The Sennheiser SP 20 Speakerphone

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Ottawa Hills School District Taps Powersoft K Series for Reliability, Sound Quality and Remote Capabilities

Powersoft Helps ‘The Green Bears’ Raise Quality of Audio Performance in Sonic Makeover of Gymnasium, While Keeping Equipment Footprint Lean and Mean

Toledo, OH, November 12, 2014: The Ottawa Hills Local School District, based just outside of Toledo, OH, is highly regarded for both its academic and athletic programming. The district, which is comprised of an elementary and a junior / senior high school and roughly 400 students, is home of the Green Bears — and considers its athletic program to be an integral part of students’ overall learning experience. As an academic institution focused on providing students with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum, The Green Bears’ athletic program has won multiple state titles and excels in sports such as football, soccer, volleyball and basketball.

gymwideThe athletic program at Ottawa Hills is not only appealing for enrolled students, but also for fans and spectators including alumni, staff, visiting teams and the broader community at large. The high school’s gymnasium, an important venue that hosts basketball games, volleyball games and many other district activities and events, was constructed roughly a decade ago and has a capacity of 2,000 persons. This year, the gymnasium was outfitted with a new, state of the art PA system comprised of Powersoft and EAW components.

The catalyst for the sonic upgrade was lack of intelligibility, reports Eric Harter, President of Montpellier, OH—based Harter Sound. “They have a fairly young gymnasium as compared to most other schools,” he observes. “But the problem was that all the spectators, especially alumni and athletic directors, complained that they could not hear or understand any of the announcements in the gym.” Since the gymnasium is routinely used for commencement activities, meetings and other district related events, achieving audio intelligibility was a primary concern for the administration.

Out with the Old, In with K Series

Harter’s firm was given the nod at the recommendation of one of the administration’s technical directors who had worked with him in the past. The first order of business was for him to evaluate the existing environment, the legacy sound system and determine what needed to be done differently to achieve greater intelligibility. Harter notes that the legacy sound system consisted of four powered cabinets placed at center court, each with an estimated frequency range of between 500 Hz to 12 kHz. The speaker placement proved to be inefficient and cumbersome, and the technical crew tried to adapt it to different events by merely aiming speaker cabinets in various directions depending on the activity in the gymnasium. “Unfortunately, system had been put into place without taking into consideration speaker positioning, time alignment, EQ and power requirements,” Harter says.

kseriesThe acoustic environment itself was sound however, so after removing the existing components Harter’s team was soon able to focus on equipment choice and integration. “We did not have to do much acoustic work outside of choosing the right equipment components, putting them in the right places and powering them properly,” he recalls. After determining the different locations where the audience would be seated and each respective distance from the sound source, Harter selected a two-way point source system consisting of ten speakers in three different ‘zones’ across the length of the gymnasium. Each speaker was placed horizontally rather than vertically approximately 18′ from the floor, enabling the system to maintain a relatively low profile. The speaker height and horizontal orientation also made it less likely to be struck by an errant ball, intentionally or unintentionally.

At the core of the new system were three K series amplifiers, each driving respective zones consisting of 12″ woofers and for high frequencies, a single 1.75″ driver. According to Harter, one of the reasons Powersoft was chosen was because of its ability to drive such a substantial amount of power while taking up just three rack space units. Another reason was that the system amplifiers could be set up in a secure location and controlled remotely using Powersoft’s Armonia software. “We set it up so that if someone gets access to the rack, they can’t change anything unless they know exactly what to do and how to do it,” explains Harter. “The sole person with the ‘key’ is technology director, who we’ve trained how to use the system and the software.”

To Armonia and Beyond

With Powersoft’s Armonia software, all the key features of the new PA system are literally at the fingertips of the technology director. “We put an ethernet system in place and it hooks up to the WiFi — it was very easy to configure,” he says. “We can enable everything from EQ, to delay to trimming different zones up and down. But all they really needed to be able to do was turn the different zones on and off or up and down, and they can now do all this wirelessly using the Powersoft Armonia application. It is incredibly easy to operate during a game or other event.”

gymdetailFrom a broader project perspective, it was important for Harter to ensure that Ottawa Hills Local School District was pleased with the gymnasium sound system, since his company is being considered for a much larger, football stadium project due to kick off in the spring. “We wanted to make sure that whatever we did in the gymnasium left a very good impression so that we are the ones the district wants to partner with on other projects,” says Harter. “In this regard, Powersoft and EAW took us a long way towards achieving our goals.”

Making the Right Choice

While the Powersoft K3s were not the least expensive product under consideration, they were the clear long-term value choice. “We were asked why the Powersoft units were more expensive than other more common brands,’ recalls Harter. “Our response was that the Powersoft units take up less rack space, are extraordinarily reliable, and the power efficiency is spectacular. Once we got past the initial sticker shock, the conversation shifted to value based topics like reliability, intelligibility, power conservation and size and space requirements — soon enough my client agreed that it was the right choice.”

“The administration is just thrilled,” Harter concludes. “They realize they purchased a premium product that is not ‘middle of the road’ and that it delivers precisely what was needed for this installation: plenty of power, headroom and remote capabilities — all in a small physical space that is contained and secure.” Harter says that Powersoft’s premium amplifier solutions help distinguish him from the crowd: “We are not the lowest price guy in this market, but we believe there is a reason for that. We don’t want to compete on cost, but on long-term investment and value. For me and my clients, brands like Powersoft represent an advantage on many levels.”

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

Captions:
1) The Ottawa Hills Local School District chose Powersoft to drive its new state of the art PA system.

2) The Powersoft K series bring unparalleled efficiency in a single rack space.

3) Detail of the PA installation in ceiling of the gymnasium.

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Sennheiser Encourages Microphone Owners to Petition to the FCC in Light of Impending UHF Spectrum Auction

Company Says FCC Should Retain Two Blocks of Clean UHF for Hypercritical Mics and Ear Monitors, and Mic Owners Should Receive Compensation As a Result of Spectrum Repacking

Old Lyme, CT, October 29, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser, which continues to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in light of the pending spectrum auction now scheduled to take place in early 2016, recently filed a Petition For Reconsideration with the FCC on its Incentive Auction Ruling. The company also encourages microphone owners and customers to write to the FCC in support of the Petition for Reconsideration before the initial reply deadline of November 12th, 2014, and is offering to help with any filing or procedural requirements.

Sennheiser’s recently filed Petition For Reconsideration argues two primary points:

• There should remain two blocks of clean UHF for hypercritical microphones and ear monitors (the FCC plans to eliminate the two reserve mic channels);
• Mic owners should be compensated by the auction winners for their equipment, purchased to comply with the previous 700 MHz reallocation, that will be displaced as a result of this next spectrum repacking.

“The FCC has an enormously difficult task to repurpose spectrum from traditional over-the-air TV broadcast to mobile broadband services — this is a matter of content distribution,” says Joe Ciaudelli, Spectrum Affairs, Sennheiser. “However, spectrum is crucial for content creation as well. It is essential that productions have access to reliable prime spectrum for their most critical wireless links. Also, responsible mic owners invested in new equipment just a few years ago to comply with the Commission’s mandate to vacate the 700 MHz band. They should not be subjected to another premature obsolescence of their gear without some compensation. In our petition we detail options for addressing these important issues.”

Last April, Sennheiser launched a website to keep its customers informed on developments concerning the future of wireless microphones and the UHF spectrum. The website [http://sennheiser.com/spectrum] also contains a template for a sample support letter that microphone owners can download and use to express their own views to the FCC concerning equipment replacement costs they will incur as a result of spectrum reallocation.

In early 2016, the FCC plans to hold an ‘incentive auction” with the intent of transferring spectrum currently allocated for over-the-air (OTA) TV service to mobile broadband. The auction offers TV broadcasters the opportunity to relinquish or share their spectrum license in exchange for a portion of the proceeds generated by the auction. The broadcasters that operate on channels in the 600 MHz range that choose to stay on the air will be moved to a different TV channel during the subsequent repacking process, scheduled to be completed 39 months after the new channel assignments are determined.

For more information, please visit http://sennheiser.com/spectrum or contact Joe Ciaudelli directly at spectrum@sennheiserusa.com.

About Sennheiser:

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available at www.sennheiser.com.

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CARGO Nightclub Brings Unmatched Sound Quality to Reno with Powersoft

‘Power is Everything’ for Newly Redesigned Venue, Which Counts Itself Among the Finest Sounding Small-Scale Venues in Western United States

Reno, NV, October 27, 2014: The newly completed CARGO Nightclub, which opened last June, is an exquisite 1,000 person capacity venue located in the Whitney Peak Hotel in the heart of downtown Reno. The new club, which is powered by several Powersoft M and K series amplifiers, is something of a sonic gem with its best in class audio system and lighting design, created to meet and exceed the discriminating standards of A-level touring artists and engineers.

cargo1The hotel, which is located where the Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel once stood, underwent a multi-million dollar renovation before opening to the public as Whitney Peak Hotel on Memorial Day of this year. Now, as Northern Nevada prepares for an impending technology boon with the planned construction of Tesla’s soon to be constructed Gigafactory, CARGO finds itself at the ‘spearhead’ of a ‘rebranding’ that is already underway in greater Reno.

Prior to the reconstruction and rebranding of the hotel, CARGO was located on the third floor, situated as a 700 person capacity venue with a mediocre sound system. With the property under new ownership following the renovation, a new directive was put in place from management that would ultimately raise the audio production and lighting design standards of the venue to an entirely new level. At the core of the audio system is an EAW KF740 3-way array system, powered by Powersoft K10s, K6s and K2 (2) channel high-performance power amplifiers.

powersoftrack“The whole idea of the club was to go high-end on the production side so we could be attractive to larger, nationally touring artists,” comments Dan Bishop, Production Manager at Whitney Park Hotel. “Now, CARGO is able to produce the same or better production quality that artists are used to experiencing in much larger venues. Our choice of Powersoft amplification played a key role in helping us attain both the quality of audio we required, while reducing overall power consumption. Since reopening the club in June, we are getting amazing feedback from both fans and artists alike — everyone is insanely impressed with the quality of production.”

A ‘Big-Sounding Venue’ in ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’:

According to Bishop, there were two fundamental challenges the venue faced during the renovation and rebranding phase. First, the first floor facility to be completely redesigned and rebuilt to accommodate a dedicated HVAC system and decoupled wall construction for the performance venue, which shared the first floor with other ‘quieter’ spaces including the restaurant and hotel lobby. Second, the selection and installation of sound and lighting components was of critical concern.

cargo2“My expectation of the audio system was that it had to be sonically accurate,” says Bishop. “Many times in other rooms, where there is an inferior PA, the sound is muddy coming into the room and this is often compensated for by increasing volume. I wanted to make sure all our program material was accurately represented without depending on ‘more volume’ so it would be heard with great clarity from anywhere in the room.”

To power the EAW KF740 system, which consists of two (6) box arrays suspended from the ceiling at either side of the stage and another (3) across the front of the stage, Bishop chose (8) Powersoft K10 for the subwoofers and low frequency drivers, (4) K6s for the mid-frequency drivers, (4) K2s for the high frequency drivers and Powersoft M50Q four channel amplifier to power the center fill speakers (for mid frequency).

On specifying equipment for the venue, Bishop was surprised to learn about the K-series amazing power efficiency rating. “The efficiency was so high and the power needed to run the Powersoft equipment was so minimal that I actually changed my design for electrical requirements because I knew the system wasn’t going to need as much,” he says. “That actually ended up saving us a significant amount of money in both construction and ongoing utility costs.”

“Once we got the system up and running, everyone was just floored,” Bishop recalls. “The clarity of the audio was amazing. There was no hum, no buzzing, no nothing. It was dead silent until you put something through the system. And once we did put audio through the system, what came out of it was so accurately reproduced, it was just amazing.”

powersoftrack2Bishop says that he initially became interested in Powersoft on hearing an audio demonstration at nearby University of Nevada Reno, which runs its house PA system off of Powersoft amplifiers. “I saw that they were running all of their gear off of a tiny 3U rack system set up in a corner,” he says. “I was impressed with both the audio quality and the small footprint and efficiency of the gear.”

CARGO uses two Midas PRO9 consoles: one at front of house and the other at monitors. Having chosen Powersoft, he is assured that whatever audio is coming out of the audio processing will be completely neutral. “The Powersoft gear does not color the sound in any way, and the audio that gets reproduced in our room is stunning,” he says.

“Power is Everything”:

“From the very beginning of this project, we wanted to make sure that we were achieving the best possible audio for this room, and power is everything,” concludes Bishop. “Now, no matter where you are in the venue, you are going to get a great show. That means we did a good job on equipment selection and integration, and I am really proud of that.”

Since opening, Cargo has hosted nationally prominent acts like Shiny Toy Guns, Johnny Lang and renowned Ukelele player Jake Shimabukuru. The venue continues to rise in prominence in Reno and beyond, and the property itself is planning even more innovations: “We are working on a couple of new projects. And when we begin pricing installations for these, Powersoft is a name that will be at top of my list : I love the brand and the product.”

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

Captions:

1) Reno, Nevada’s Cargo is powered by several Powersoft M and K series amplifiers,
2) At the core of the audio system is an EAW KF740 3-way array system, powered by Powersoft K10s, K6s and K2 (2) channel high-performance power amplifiers.
3) A camera crew records the television program “Cargo”, live at the Whitney Peak Hotel.
4) Powersoft K2, K6 and K10s power the front of house system at Reno’s Cargo nightclub.

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Antelope Audio Zen Studio Professional Portable Audio Interface Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Nomination for 30th Annual TEC Awards

Antelope Audio Receives Nomination in “Computer Audio Hardware” Category for Second Year in a Row

Santa Monica, CA, October 22, 2014: Antelope Audio announced that its recently launched Zen Studio audio interface has been nominated for the 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the ‘Computer Audio Hardware” category. The TEC Awards are the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards, honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production.

zentec“We are honored that the TEC Foundation nominates an Antelope Audio product for the second year in a row,” commented Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. “Zen Studio is a studio; it is not jut a tag we put next to Zen. It is a whole studio that you can bring with you everywhere you go and still keep the studio quality of the sound. We deeply appreciate that after getting the recognition of our customers, we have also gained this recognition by the TEC Foundation.”

Zen Studio is a full-featured audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller in a svelte, road-ready chassis. Featuring 20 analog inputs, 12 world-class mic preamps, Antelope’s acclaimed conversion and clocking, onboard DSP effects, multiple monitor mixers, custom high-bandwidth low-latency USB, and Mac/PC control software, the ergonomic, back-packable Zen Studio houses the powerful core of a professional mobile recording studio. Since its launch in May, Zen Studio, has received recognition from the media, regular users and Grammy Award winning engineers in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

For more information on Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/zen-studio-portable-audio-interface.

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

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

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

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

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Powersoft Introduces the DigiMod IK Kit, Enabling OEM Manufacturers to Build Simple, Customized Solutions Around its Renowned DigiMod Amplifier Series

Flexible New Integration Kit Includes Upgraded DSP, Autoswitch Circuit and Other Improvements

Ventura, CA, October 21, 2014: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced the launch of its new DigiMod IK kit. The DigiMod IK, a package that consists of three separate, easily assembled elements, was designed to help OEM manufacturers develop their own line of active loudspeakers using industry-respected components.

9DigiMod IK brings an unprecedented degree of scale and flexibility to OEMs and integrators who require Class D amplification technology for loudspeaker applications in the professional audio markets. By separating the DigiMod into three different elements (which are easily connected by screws), Powersoft was able to deploy innovative upgrades to each component. The three components, which consist of an aluminum heatsink plate, a DSP/interface kit and an amplifier module, now include the following improvements:

• An onboard autoswitch circuit
• An upgraded DSP circuit board to include external A/D converters
• A set of gaskets designed to prevent air leakages

Powerful Customization for OEMs:

digimod_ik_master_01The new DSP-D circuit board is also fully compatible with Powersoft’s Armonia Software Suite, which enables remote control and monitoring of the full range of Powersoft products. When using Powersoft’s new Armonia ProManager software in conjunction with the new DigiMod IK kit, OEM manufacturers can integrate a customized, branded layer to their finished product offering — complete with their own brand identity, customized presets and other attributes.

With Armonia ProManager, OEMs can initialize products as proprietary while displaying branding information, the name and serial number of the loudspeaker system, the product name and family as well as product images and brief descriptions. This level of customization and visibility adds another dimension of value for the manufacturer. For a detailed workflow and background on how Armonia ProManager can help configure any IK combination, please visit http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/software/armonia-promanager.

“The DigiMod IK helps our OEM partners create a more exclusive and customized product offering, while delivering the quality, performance and reliability our user base expects,” commented Matteo Bianchini, account manager of Powersoft . “Now, OEMs and integrators can access a powerful ‘plug ‘n’ play’ solution that leverages the latest innovations in DSP A/D and switching technologies, while extending an OEM’s own branding and product recognition.”

A video summary of ProManager initialize procedures is available to view at the Powersoft YouTube channel. The DigiMod IK kit is available now.

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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Neumann Captures TEC Award Nominations for its TLM 107 Microphone and KH 120 D Studio Monitor

Anaheim, CA, October 21, 2014: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that its TLM 107 microphone and its KH 120 D studio monitor have each been nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the 30th annual TEC Awards. The TLM 107, a large diaphragm multi-pattern microphone, has been nominated in the category of ‘Microphones – Recording’, while the KH 120 D was nominated in the category of ‘Studio Monitors’.

TLM107aPresented 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 30th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2015 NAMM Show, to be held in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2015. 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, 2013 to August 31, 2014, were eligible for nomination.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann, commented: “Both the TLM 107 and the KH 120 D represent the pinnacle of innovation and are symbolic of Neumann’s commitment to shaping the future of audio. We are honored that the TEC Foundation has chosen to consider these products for Outstanding Technical Achievement awards.”

TLM 107 Microphone:

The TLM 107 is a modern, high-resolution sound transducer with excellent reproduction characteristics that enable it to capture the original sound without coloration, ensuring unlimited design freedom in mixing and post-production. The newly developed double diaphragm capsule is inspired by one of Neumann’s top models, the D-01. With its exceptional impulse fidelity, the TLM 107 is particularly suitable for percussion and the finest overtones of stringed instruments.

All of the TLM 107s switching functions are managed through an elegant, wear-resistant navigation switch. The contemporary, intuitive operating concept includes an illuminated pattern display in the chrome ring, with the Pad and Low Cut status LEDs positioned to the left and right. After 15 seconds, the display is turned off automatically, allowing the TLM 107 to be positioned discretely on the stage.

KH 120 D Studio Monitor:

KH120D_Front_and_BackThe KH 120 D is designed for tracking, mixing and mastering applications in music, broadcast, project and post-production studios. Utilizing the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation technologies, the KH 120 D ensures the most accurate sound reproduction possible. Equipped with an additional BNC input for AES/EBU or S/P-DIF formats (24-bit/192 kHz), the KH 120 D enables seamless digital workflow right up through playback on the studio monitor.

The KH 120 D also features digital delay for both analog and digital inputs, enabling the monitor to be used for demanding tasks requiring time alignment. With a maximum delay of over 400 ms, the KH 120 D is able to seamlessly address audio/video synchronization issues, or simply manage time delay compensation in situations where space constraints preclude equidistant positioning of loudspeakers.

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.

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Sennheiser Esfera Surround Microphone System and HD8 DJ Headphones are Nominated for TEC Award

Sennheiser Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Nominations in Signal Processing Hardware and Headphone/Earpiece Technology Categories

ANAHEIM, CA, October 21, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its Esfera surround microphone system and its HD 8 DJ headphones have been nominated for the 30th Annual TEC awards. The Esfera system, which has been nominated in the Signal Processing Hardware category, consists of the SPM 8000 two-channel microphone unit and the SPB 8000 processing unit; the HD8 DJ, which is a closed, circumaural headphone, has been nominated in the Headphone/Earpiece Technology category.

Sennheiser_Esfera_systemPresented 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 30th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2015 NAMM Show, to be held in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2015. 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, 2013 to August 31, 2014, were eligible for nomination.

Greg Beebe, president of Sennheiser USA, commented: “Sennheiser is once again honored to be nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards by the TEC Foundation. The Esfera system and the HD8 DJ represent our continued commitment to product innovation and our passion for achieving great sound.”

The Esfera surround microphone system:

The Esfera system consists of the SPM 8000 two-channel microphone unit and the SPB 8000 processing unit. The microphone unit features the typical advantages of RF condenser microphones: natural and detailed sound, transparency, ruggedness and high resistance to adverse climatic conditions. The processing unit uses an algorithm perfectly matched to the microphones to generate a 5.1 surround signal with sampling rates of up to 96 kHz. An integrated compressor ensures a broadcast-friendly signal. For ease of operation, the processing unit uses four directly selectable presets. These can be modified via an Ethernet interface to adapt to local conditions, including the settings for the gain of the individual channels, front and surround focus, surround delay, rotation, filters and cut-off frequencies, compressor, make up gain, output gain, limiter and windshield compensation.

The HD8 DJ:

HD8 DJ_sideBuilding on the legacy of its iconic HD 25 DJ headphones, which have been used by the world’s leading music producers and DJs for 25 years, the HD8 DJ headphones are designed for the most demanding users and punishing professional environments. The HD8 DJ delivers excellent sound reproduction with the highest levels of external noise attenuation.

Constructed of premium metal-crafted reinforcement parts, the HD8 DJ are built to deliver on stage or in the studio. Its iconic metal pivot rings allows the user to swivel the ear cups up to 210° for easy one-ear monitoring at the turntable. Soft, durable ear cushions ensure a comfortable fit, while virtually eliminating background noise.

The Sennheiser Group, with its head office in Wedemark (Hanover Region) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2013 the family company, which was founded in 1945, realised a turnover of around 590 million euros. Sennheiser has more than 2,500 employees worldwide and operates its own factories in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. The company Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor speakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres) are also part of the Sennheiser Group. You can find further up-to-date information about Sennheiser online at www.sennheiser.com.

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1. Sennheiser Esfera surround microphone system
2. Sennheiser HD8 DJ headphone

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