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Back to the Future Sounds: Moog Recommences Manufacturing Large Format Modular Synthesizers

ASHEVILLE, NC, January 19, 2015: January 19, 2014 Asheville, NC: 50 years ago, at its first introduction, the Moog modular synthesizer represented as radical a transition as Kandinski’s abstracts or Kodak’s cameras – offering both a break from yesterday and a startling glimpse of tomorrow. And, as with all cultural explosions, the impact of Dr. Bob Moog’s invention was impossible to evaluate from the epicenter. It’s only now, 50 years down the line that we can get some measure of the importance, and the sheer untapped potentiality of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

1Today, it is with great excitement that Moog Music Inc. announces their plans to re-commence the limited run manufacturing of three of their most sought after 5U large format modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973.

To commemorate the announcement, Moog shot a short film at their factory about the inspiring and multifaceted relationship artists have with modular synthesizers. The video features electronic music pioneers such as Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Herb Deutsch alongside performances by contemporary modular artists like Holy Ghost! (DFA), Gavin Russom (ECSTATIC/Entropy Trax), Max Ravitz AKA Patricia (L.I.E.S./Spectral Sound/Opal Tapes), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Western Vinyl), Jacques Greene (Vase/LuckyMe) and M. Geddes Gengras (Stones Throw). Each artist played a patch live, in one take, with no overdubs on one or more of the new Moog Modular systems.

2The foundation for this announcement was laid last year at Moogfest 2014, when Moog released the Emerson Moog Modular system – a faithful recreation of Keith Emerson’s legendary modular instrument, which was the culmination of three years worth of research and engineering. Now Moog will use the techniques learned recreating the EMMS manufacturing process to once again build these modular systems. Crucially, in deference to the unique character and appeal of the original instruments, these systems will be made entirely to their original product specifications and manufacturing techniques and processes.

Working from the 1970s schematics, the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 will be meticulously handcrafted, as a true recreation of the original. The modules are built from the original circuit board films – just as they were in 1973- by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods. The front panels are photo-etched aluminum, a classic process rarely still used in today’s synthesizer manufacturing, to maintain the classic and durable look of vintage Moog modules.

3Upon their first release in 1973, the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 represented a high watermark for modular synthesis, and their inimitable tones can be heard shaping many much-loved albums. They were fundamental in the development of contemporary soul, RnB, and disco from giving Stevie Wonder’s classic run of 70s LPs their questing, innovative edge, to providing Giorgio Moroder with the pulsating machine melodies that ushered in electronic dance. At the same time, these were the instruments that inspired Brian Eno to push further out into seas of layered tranquillity on his pioneering ambient albums, or provoked bands like Yes and Tangerine Dream to blast their sonic freak outs into the cosmos.

However, the reintroduction of these instruments is not about reliving the past – while much incredible work has been done with the Moog Modular, there is so much further yet to be explored in this relatively young instrument. Artists had only begun to grasp the vast possibilities of these large format modular synthesizers when they went out of production over thirty years ago. Decades of electronic experimentation have enabled musicians to move on from viewing the Moog Modular as a replacement for traditional instrumentation. Now a new generation of artists, with a greater understanding and more complex tools, will have the opportunity to explore the power of these singular sonic machines. Today, the modular synthesizer is viewed in the manner Bob Moog originally intended: to “discover endless offbeat, unconventional, and even irrational ways of working.”

4The dedicated nature of the Moog modular rebuilding process is such that the units will come in extremely limited quantities. There will be 55 units of the System 55, priced at $35,000 per instrument; 35 of units of the System 35, priced at $22,000 per instrument; and 150 units of the Model 15, priced at $10,000 per instrument.

Alongside these Moog Modular Systems will be the Sequencer Complement B Expansion Cabinet, a dual 960 Sequential Controller, an accompaniment to the System 35 and System 55, that has been out of production for over 30 years– as well as an optional 5-Octave duo phonic keyboard.

Links:
Video: http://youtu.be/3w6qWiEx8BQ
Modular Systems: http://www.moogmusic.com/moog-modular-synthesizers
Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u0zsvbsisj0pedy/AADnSqH3jKKfRWRwitZ2tBCZa?dl=0

About Moog Music
Moog Music 500 series modules and electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted at the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

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Antelope Audio to Demonstrate Zen Studio, Satori Monitor Controller, Pure2 Mastering Converter and MP32 Preamplifier During 2015 NAMM Show

Zen Studio, Now Available with Z-Rack Mount and Embroidered Travel Case, to be Honored as Nominee During TEC Award Ceremony Saturday Evening

Anaheim, CA, January 21, 2015: During the 2015 NAMM Show this week, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Hall A - Booth 6274] will demonstrate the detail, purity and flexibility of the newest products in its lineup of professional audio products: the Pure2 mastering converter, the MP32 microphone preamplifier, the Satori monitoring controller, and of course the Zen Studio — which has received industry accolades and a TEC Award nomination during 2014.

zrackThe new products, which are all shipping as of this month, bring unprecedented detail, depth, clarity and transparency to professional users’ audio signal chain, while extending usability with an array of product features and multiple I/Os. Antelope Audio will also showcase new accessories for Zen Studio including its new Z-rack mounting system and a Zen Studio embroidered protective carrying case, an elegant solution designed for ease of use and portability.

Zen Studio: A Fully Featured Recording System ‘To Go’

Zen Studio, which is nominated for the 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the ‘Computer Audio Hardware” category, is a full-featured audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller in an ergonomic and robust 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, Zen Studio is a powerful core to any professional mobile recording studio.

Pure2, Satori and MP32: The Enlightened Audio Chain

The combination of the Pure2 mastering converter, the Satori monitor controller and the MP32 preamplifier, which will each be demonstrated at the Antelope booth, brings a new level of detail and purity to any signal chain.

zen_case2Pure2 is a mastering-grade 24/192 kHz AD/DA 2-channel converter and master clock, enabling users to realize unsurpassed digital clarity and analog realism, while offering a flexible set of connectivity options and extremely efficient and ergonomic software remote control. With best-in-class Burr-Brown converters and the same Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology present in Antelope’s ultra high-end Trinity master clock, Pure2 helps musicians and engineers achieve new levels of mastering excellence.

MP32, a 32-channel, console-grade microphone preamplifier with integrated software control, is designed to compliment Antelope’s Orion32 and provide the greatest possible transparency during the recording process. Occupying just 3U rack spaces make the MP32 the ultimate solution for both studios and live recording — where rack space can be a precious commodity.

Satori, meanwhile, is a true analog monitoring and summing system designed to deliver an ‘epiphany’ experience to the sound engineer. Antelope’s renowned relay-controlled stepped attenuator, the extremely versatile connectivity options and great selection of stereo effects and comprehensive monitoring options, place the Satori among the most advanced monitoring controllers in the world, and make it equally suited to both commercial and project studios.

To learn more, stop by Antelope’s booth at the NAMM Show or visit Antelope’s web site at: http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

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

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

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Powersoft Audio Plays Key Role in AV Integration at Hope Lutheran Church, Delivering Increased Efficiency, Intelligibility

Excel AV Group Completes Design and Installation for 1,200-Capacity Church in North Dakota’s Largest City

stageFargo, ND, January 15, 2015: Hope Lutheran Church began its ministry on the north side of Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city, back in 1958. Since then, the church has succeeded in carrying its message to a diverse set of people from all walks of life, and now hosts approximately 2,600 congregants per week. Recently, Minneapolis, MN—based Excel AV Group (http://www.excelavgroup.com) assisted the church in completing a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.

The new AV system, which is part of a broader construction upgrade that was completed in mid-October, is a significant upgrade to the facility’s previous system, which was aging and no longer able to fulfil the church’s innovative programming requirements. When the original system was acquired in the early nineties, content consisted primarily of organ, choir and spoken word. Now, as the church pursues a more contemporary programming path, music can range from traditional to more progressive — therefore the system must now accommodate increased SPL and frequency range.

A New Audio System to Meet New Programming Demands:
boardThe new installation not only needed to ensure that everyone could hear the pastor clearly, but also had to support dramatic performances, video content as well as live modern music performances. “The old system did not have enough SPL output, the audio quality was poor, and the coverage was spotty throughout the sanctuary. They needed a system that could deliver even coverage to all seating locations — not just in terms of SPL, but also tonality, which is more difficult.” explained Caleb Dick, System Designer, Excel AV Group.

Hope Lutheran’s Technical Director contacted Excel AV Group two years ago, which counts House of Worship-related projects as approximately 80 percent of its overall business. The firm was brought on to design and implement the new audio system, as well as update the sanctuary’s lighting system while adding a 16-foot wide LED wall — replacing an older projection-based system. The new audio system featured a Powersoft K10 DSP powering the subwoofer (a Danley DBH218 bass horn enclosure), (2) Powersoft Duecanali 3904s powering the main loudspeakers (both Danley SH96 three-way horn loudspeakers) and a Powersoft Duecanali 5204 powering the balcony speakers (two Danley SM60F and one SH95HO three way horn loudspeakers.). The system also features a Midas DL251/X32 digital mixing console and Symetrix DSP, which was chosen for its networking capabilities.

speakerThe church wanted this project to involve top manufacturers, so the system is based around Powersoft for the amplifiers, Danley for the speakers, Midas for the mixing console and Sennheiser for the wireless system. Powersoft amplifiers were chosen for their outstanding sound quality, low current draw and their ability to deliver the high power requirements of the system. Following a thorough acoustic assessment, it was concluded that the main speakers required 2,800 watts at 8 ohms. “That is a lot of power, and it narrowed the options down among the choice of manufacturers. We ended up selecting the Powersoft Duecanali since we wanted to use the best technology available at the time.” Excel was able to have the whole system sequenced and running off of multiple 20-amp circuits. “We didn’t have to change to 240 volts and this made it very simple. The current draw was very low overall thanks to the efficiency of the Powersoft amplifiers.” Caleb explains.

Enhancing Parishioners Audio Experience:
Since a good part of the sanctuary’s interior is composed of hardwood, the room already had pleasing acoustics. To retain its inherent ‘live feel’ without energizing the ceiling and wall, speakers with excellent pattern control were used to avoid extraneous reflections. Excel cites the precise pattern control of the Danley loudspeakers as an important factor in achieving a favorable acoustic response, and also controlling gain before feedback issues. Speakers were hung from large beams spanning the entire width of the sanctuary, and subsequently angled in various positions to ensure audio coverage for virtually every seat in the facility.

HopeLutheranRackThe system design consisted exploded mono with three different zones: a floor zone for the main speakers, a balcony consisting of three speakers (and also where FOH was located), and under the balcony, which required six speakers given its short ceiling height and deep seating area. All of these speakers were time aligned to the main system; one of Excel’s primary goals was able to ensure single time arrival for every seat in each zone — including the FOH position in the balcony, which they ultimately achieved.

The church needed the system to reach 103 dBA with 15 dB of headroom. Based on the system design, as well as the SPL plots and modelling software analysis, Excel knew the intelligibility of the system was going to be extremely high because they had one time arrival everywhere. Thanks in large part to the Powersoft K10 DSP and damping factor compensation, the bass extension was almost 30 Hz and the SPL for low frequencies was higher than the church will ever use. In a nutshell, every single one of both Excel’s and the church’s goals was met.

Delivering More Than Good Frequency Response:
According to everyone at Excel, choosing the right amplifier choice can play a determining factor in delivering a premium audio experience, as in this case: Excel has used Powersoft a number of times over the last five years. When it comes to sound quality, there is something about how Powersoft amps can deliver high levels of power really fast. For example, the subwoofer impact is consistently hard, even if the electrical service into the amp fades a bit. On the other speakers, the response from the mids and the highs are really accurate as well. The Powersoft amps produce an authentic, present sound. “It doesn’t feel like you are rounding off the transients like some older amps.”

Duecanali_3904“A lot of people think of sound quality in terms of frequency response, and a lot of that is true to an extent,” he continues. “In most amplifiers, except for the cheap ones, frequency response is almost flat. The biggest difference among amplifiers for sound quality — assuming the frequency response is good — is in the impulse and phase response. This is where Powersoft amplifiers perform very well. The sound starts and stops exactly when it is supposed to.”

The installation, which began in early July 2014 and completed by month’s end, was a rousing success. The church loves it, it was a significant upgrade and everyone is very pleased. From a technical perspective, Excel had high expectations from the start and knew everything would come out right, as they had a lot of experience with Powersoft and everything performed extremely well.

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) Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND recently completed a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.

2) The church’s new audio system includes several Powersoft K and Duecanali series amplifiers.

3) One of the Danley loudspeakers hanging in the main sanctuary area.

4) The Excel AV Group rack, which consists of a Powersoft K10, (2) Powersoft Duecanali 3904s and (1) Powersoft Duecanali 5204.

5) Two Powersoft Duecanali 3904s power the main sanctuary loudspeakers.

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Powersoft Joins the Legends

Florence, Italy, January 12, 2015: Built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Seoul’s Sangam Stadium could scarcely have hosted a more unusual ‘World Final’ than when some of the best gamers on the planet assembled recently for the League of Legends showdown.

1Based on the online game that has swept the globe (and particularly Korea), some 45,000 thronged to witness this online sport (or ‘e-game’) as the Star Horn Royal Club from China took on Samsung White, and fingers clicked furiously across a computer mouse.

And with an estimated further 40 million people watching around the world — either online, in cinemas or on the ESPN3 sports channel, production values were set high.
Seoul-based Rhino Sound Systems were brought in to design the sound reinforcement inside the bowl and they assembled a vast battalion of Powersoft amplifiers to power their new EAW Anya system (and KF740/KF730 speakers).

2The system engineer was Gwon Seung Cheoul (also known as Mr. PAMAN), and not for the first time he had cause to thank the versatility of Powersoft’s advanced inherent control.

Gwon said that although this was a long way removed from being a rock concert the disciplines were the same as he strove to produce a powerful sound. After trying several simulations the model managed to remove reflections from the back wall, while KF740 delays ensured that the sound carried evenly to all parts of the stadium.

3The biggest challenge he faced was having the main tower position set behind the stage, and production requiring clean sightlines on the stage itself.

Mr. PAMAN designed and configured his amp racks back at the company warehouse, deploying 80 of the powerful K10 and 43 x K3. “I spent two weeks prepping the show which was an amazing size,” he said. “We used Powersoft’s DSP so I could control and monitor all the amplifiers from my laptop using the Armonía software.”

Rhino featured a 32-box Anya system, believing this to be the first worldwide deployment of two 16-element hangs — all controlled by dedicated Resolution 2 software, operating over Dante. This automatically configured the best performance parameters and conditions. A second laptop was used solely to control the EAW Resolution 2 software driving Anya. Subs comprised 20 each of EAW’s SB1002 and SB2001 (in an end fire set up).

4Powersoft provided EAW Greybox-specific plug-ins for the Armonía software. “We drove the EAW MW12 and MW15 stage monitors using this plug-in loaded onto the Armonía and Powersoft DSP, and it sounded f***ing great!” reports the system tech.

He added that when Rhino first invested in the Powersoft brand it was because they liked the economy of the 1U rack size, combined with the tremendous power output. “It was just the perfect amplifier, with very low power consumption, which was a further bonus.” Now they are also aware of its far-reaching control.

At Sangam Stadium, all Powersoft amps received the audio signals from an EAW UX8800 controller on a combined network so everything could be controlled from FOH via the 11 UX8800 controllers.

The EAW subs were assigned to Powersoft’s K10s, and sounded no better than during a performance by the Imagine Dragons. Said Mr. PAMAN. “I always use the damping control function. In the outfield, running cables over 20 or 25 metres for example we would generally be losing power; but using the Powersoft damping control function the quality of the sound changed immediately and was really great. Driving the subwoofers the sound also changed enormously, it was much tighter and had more punch … and I loved it.”

In summary he said that the League of Legends World Finals had been the most challenging event he had ever designed a control network for. “But the success was due to the Powersoft technology — not only the external Powersoft amps, but also the Powersoft modules in Anya itself.”

Jeff Na, from DasanSR, Powersoft’s Korean distributors, was the sound director, and the event was also supported by James Bamlett, and Bernie Broderick from EAW’s Application Support Group. Others involved in the design included Dasan SR team leader, Kang Hyun Min and Will Taylor from 3G Live Productions.

Watch the official League of Legends Show video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y3t52hWIas

Click here to watch the DasanSR video on the build up: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bhfmJ6Xudc

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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Sennheiser Lights Up H.O.T. Zone with Wireless Headphones as Hardgroove Brings ‘The Silent Jam’ to NAMM Show 2015

Interviews and ‘Silent Jams’ to Include Steve Morse and Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter

hotzoneAnaheim, CA – January 5, 2015 – Audio specialist Sennheiser (NAMM Show 2015: Hall A, Booth 6577) announced that its wireless headphone technology will support the H.O.T. (Hands On Training) Zone this year as Brian Hardgroove hosts ‘Silent Jam’ at the NAMM Show 2015. Hardgroove (Public Enemy) and host of the radio shows ‘Hardgroove’s Fuse Box” and “This is Hardgroove”, will host the ‘Silent Jam in the H.O.T. Zone stage on Friday, January 23, Saturday, January 24th and Sunday, January 25th. David Schwartz of the TEC Award Foundation will serve as producer for each event, which is limited to 140 attendees.

The sessions, which are an hour long and being co-produced by Sennheiser and Impulse Groove Foundation, will feature Steve Morse of Dixie Dregs fame (Friday, 1:00 p.m.) and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, known for his work with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers (Saturday, 12:00 p.m.). Sunday’s session at 12:00 p.m. will fea-ture special guests to be announced. Each session will be broadcast through Sennheiser wireless headphones to 140 attendees and consist of in-depth artist interviews, followed up by an impromptu jam session featuring Hardgroove on bass, Mike Boyko on drums and Robert Muller on keys.

ahardgroove“This event is an extension of the ‘From A Whisper To A Dream’ band competi-tion we did last summer, during which we used wireless headphones at the sug-gestion of Sennheiser’s Dave Missall,” commented Brian Hardgroove, who was inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band Public Enemy. “It was a huge success there, so Dave asked me to bring it to NAMM and invite some extremely high profile musicians.”

On bringing Steve Morse and Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter to the H.O.T. Zone stage, Hardgroove says: “My choices are based on what inspires me. As a kid, I remem-ber Steve Morse and The Dixie Dregs coming to play where I lived — they were so progressive. Meanwhile, Skunk is a guy who can play anything. He can play heavy-hitting rock or the funk and soul like he created these genres.”

headphonelistenersLongtime IEM engineer Mark Frink will be mixing each of the lunch-time sessions, which will occur in the NAMM H.O.T.Zone’s Tec Lab (Room 202 B). Sennheiser RS 120 headphones will be provided for the audience, with the band using Senn-heiser EK 2000 IEM wireless monitors and Ultimate Ears custom molds. “I’ve used Sennheiser IEMs on all my tours and find them very musical,” Frink said. “We used the RS 120 headphones for the recent inaugural AES Live Sound Expo in Los Angeles.”

Interview content and post-session Q&A will be captured with Sennheiser e 835 wired and wireless dynamic microphones, while all instrumentation is fed into a Yamaha digital console via Radial JDIs. “Sennheiser, Yamaha and Radial and Ulti-mate Ears have been very supportive of all my recent trade show events,” Frink added.

For more information on the H.O.T. Zone, please visit the NAMM Show site at https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2015/hot-zone-grid; to learn more about Sennheiser, please stop by booth 6577 during the exhibition, or visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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 mil-lion 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 on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1) Brian Hardgroove (Public Enemy) in the studio
2) Sennheiser RS 120 headphones will be provided for the audience at this year’s Silent Jam at NAMM 2015.

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Hollywood Sound, Powersoft, Symetrix and Yamaha Bring Networked Audio Alive at Temple Israel of Hollywood

Latest upgrade in Miller Hall enables the efficient distribution of 200-channels of high quality, low latency audio

1Los Angeles, December 22, 2014: Established in 1926, Temple Israel of Hollywood continues to be a beacon for Reform Jewish traditions and values. Today this multi-purpose cultural and worship center hosts an increasingly diverse selection of events, with many taking place in its principal venue – the exquisitely appointed Miller Hall.

The fully equipped 5,000 sqft. ballroom stages a mix of live performances, cinema screenings and religious services. Clients are able to make use of an impressive AV infrastructure comprising over 200 channels of low-latency audio – which was recently the subject of a substantial overhaul courtesy of Hollywood Sound Systems (HSS).

2The firm’s Brett M. Grossman served as digital systems design/programming lead on the project, and recalls that Temple Israel approached HSS with the core concept of “updating the digital technologies involved and moving forward with a best of breed audio networking solution” – the regular need to reconfigure the layout and change the mix position according to event type effectively demanding a flexible networking solution. Now, every physical input and output is individually addressable, while remaining space-efficient and allowing for the possibility of future expansion.

To meet the project’s unique requirements, Hollywood Sound Systems set about devising a system based around products from Powersoft, Symetrix and Yamaha.

3“One of the most important decisions during the design process is what brands to trust,” says Grossman. “We chose Powersoft, Symetrix and Yamaha because they make our designs flexible, expandable, and dependable without sacrificing the quality of sound. Our systems perform because these brands perform.”

Condensed into an “insanely small-rack space”, the Powersoft specification packs a robust 26 channels of amplification derived from two Ottocanali 8K4s, one Ottocanali 12K4 and one Duecanali 3904. Introduced in 2013, these Ottocanali models incorporate Class D topologies for high output power – up to 12,000 Watts over eight channels for the 12K4 – while the Duecanali 3904 delivers notably energy-efficient performance from a 1U format.

4Regarding what is Hollywood Sound Systems’ first substantial installation of Powersoft equipment, Jon LeBlanc, Project Lead, says “We could not believe our ears the first time we turned them on. We A/B’d the amp against four of our other “go to” amps, and the Powersoft units won unanimously in a blind test of our entire shop. We’re really happy with the result.”

For the FOH mixer, Hollywood Sound Systems sought a desk that possessed “a small form factor and was easy to teach to operators” – a requirement satisfied by the new Yamaha QL5 digital audio console. Having served as a Yamaha Commercial Audio dealer since Yamaha entered pro audio in 1973, Hollywood Sound Systems is very familiar with all spheres of its pro-audio range, and so also they called on the company for a new loudspeaker system, choosing the Installation Series, and consisting of six IF2112/95s, four IF3115/95s, four IH2000/95s, one IL1115 and one IS1218 and two RIO3224 units.

Managing venue-wide signal processing is a pair of Symetrix SymNet Radius AEC open architecture Dante-scalable DSPs, equipped with AES option cards, along with xIn 12 and xOut 12 Dante network audio expanders. A long-term user of Symetrix products, Grossman describes SymNet Radius AEC as “one of my real go-to tools… we use it for a wide variety of projects.”

In the case of Temple Israel, he expects the Symetrix DSPs to have several specific benefits. For a start, the automixing capability will be a real advantage for those “smaller-scale events that basically have an operator-free set-up”. Meanwhile, the inclusion of the AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation) algorithm will become useful for “speech presentations, where the sound can be a bit ‘roomy’. Flipping on the AEC in a PA situation definitely allows some correction to take place.”

Work on the install was completed in November, and Hollywood Sound Systems’ efforts resulted in a “delighted” reaction from Temple Hall personnel. “They love the capabilities that the Dante network and the Dante-supporting products offer them,” says Grossman. “For example, every Yamaha speaker and floor wedge is individually addressable as part of the Dante network. The new infrastructure really sets them up for the new era of digital audio.”

www.hollywoodsound.com
www.powersoft-audio.com
www.symetrix.com
www.tioh.org
www.yamahaca.com

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) Brett M. Grossman of Hollywood Sound, standing in front of the rack at Temple Israel of Hollywood.
2) View towards the stage at Temple Israel of Hollywood.
3) View of the mix position at Temple Israel of Hollywood.
4) The fully equipped 5,000 sqft. Ballroom at Temple Israel of Hollywood stages a mix of live performances, cinema screenings and religious services.

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Sennheiser Ushers in a new Class of RF Experts

2Wedemark, Germany, December 19, 2014: Nine months of hard work have paid off: a total of 19 wireless professionals from the worldwide Sennheiser organization have been awarded the coveted RF Expert certificate. The last of three on-site training sessions took place in Delhi, and in the meantime the new RF experts have been in action all over the world to provide support for Sennheiser customers and partners in their projects.

“The system of extensive online training and close supervision by mentors combined with several weeks of on-site training has proven itself,” said Kirsten Wessendorf, Manager Sennheiser Sound Academy, summarizing the training course. Meanwhile, some of the new RF experts have already completed their first major projects.

Ryan Burr from Sennheiser Middle East provided support for his client Doummar – Q2 Advanced Technology in planning the conference and entertainment facilities for the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre in Doha (Qatar). This included carrying out a thorough analysis of the wireless conditions at the location, planning the conference/interpreting systems and the wireless microphone channels, coordinating all wireless frequencies and programming and testing the systems on site.

3Ryan Burr: “This project is simply gigantic. Five conference rooms are equipped with ADN-W wireless conference systems with a total of 380 delegate units, while a further six have SR 2020/HDE 2020 interpreting systems with a total of 4,000 receivers. 150 channels of wireless microphones, mostly 5000/3000 systems, are used in the event venues. One room alone has 72 channels! It’s the largest single project that Sennheiser Middle East has ever worked on, and my further training as an RF expert came just at the right time for me.”

Vincent Tilgenkamp from Sennheiser Benelux has also earned the right to call himself an RF expert. In fact, he achieved top results in all tasks and was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award. He can also look back on a number of successful projects, including the hit TV show “Utopia”, devised by John de Mol and produced by Talpa, in which he supported the multimedia company Dutchview by providing a special wireless solution. Dutchview was faced with the daunting challenge of picking up the wireless microphone signals from the reality show participants over an area of 12,500 square metres. Vincent Tilgenkamp and his team succeeded in covering this vast area with a single rack of receivers and a number of antenna distribution combiners that were custom-built for Utopia (link to the report: http://en-de.sennheiser.com/news-utopia-becomes-a-reality-with-sennheiser-wireless).

Tilgenkamp too is delighted with the RF expert course: “I particularly liked the on-site training sessions where we had to solve tricky problems. Our mentors made a lot of effort to manipulate the equipment, introduce all sorts of RF interference and additionally put us under time pressure. For example, they would invite a big audience to a concert and ask us to get the band miked and the RF wireless systems running in virtually no time at all! In the end, of course, the audience was let in on time and enjoyed a top-quality gig.”

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 on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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RF Experts.jpg: The new Sennheiser RF experts with their mentors

Outstanding Achievement.jpg: Vincent Tilgenkamp (2nd from l.) achieved the top results and was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award by Eric Denise (Global Sales Vice President APAC), Volker Schmitt (Director Product Lifecycle Management Professional) and his mentor Sam Davison (from l. to r.)

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Powersoft’s Revolutionary Deva Messaging System Makes its U.S. Debut at RiverRink, One of Philadelphia’s Most Famous Holiday Attractions

Deva Combines Pristine Audio, LED Lighting, Messaging and Security Features into a Compact, Eco-Friendly Unit

1Philadelphia, December 15, 2014: Each year at the end of November, thousands of tourists and Philadelphians flock to RiverRink at Penn’s Landing to celebrate the onset of winter and the holiday season. For over 20 years, the Olympic Size skating rink has been a focal point one of the City’s most enduring holiday traditions. This year, RiverRink is the centerpiece of a ‘pop up’ winter garden that features a magical winter landscape complete with Christmas trees, cozy fire pits and spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River. RiverRink is also the site of the very first U.S. installation of Powersoft’s Deva — a revolutionary new messaging system that is helping cities like Philadelphia embrace ‘smart city’ applications.

For the thousands of skaters that attend RiverRink each day, the Powersoft Deva system delivers up to 115 dBs of pristine audio — while consuming a diminutive physical footprint and remaining completely energy independent. Two of the Deva units are programmed to take photos of skaters at regular intervals, enhancing the overall entertainment experience. After the rink closes, the system — which is controlled over a wireless LAN — is able to provide intelligent surveillance and active monitoring of the premises.

2Williamsport, MD-based Live Sound Co., which handled design and integration of the Deva system, was given a preview of the Deva system over a year ago by Claudio Lastrucci, Research & Development Director at Powersoft. “Our first installation of Deva is the culmination of our efforts with Powersoft, and their incredible engineering vision,” commented Jeremiah Leiter, President of Live Sound Co. “When we turned the units on and they were working exactly as we hoped they would, it was such a feeling of pride. We don’t just want to sell products to our clients, we want to help them solve problems. This is exactly what the Powersoft’s Deva enables us to do.”

A Small Revolution in a Smart City
The Philadelphia RiverRink installation is comprised of four Deva units mounted on two steel poles on opposite sides of the skating rink. A fifth Deva unit is mounted on a pole and pointed towards the entrance of the rink. Each unit — which measures approximately 12″ x 18″ and weighs just under 22 lbs. — comprises an active loudspeaker, an interactive messaging system, high powered LED lighting, an FM tuner, built in GPS, presence sensors, Wi-Fi and many other intelligent features.

3In all his years of doing systems integration work, Live Sound Co. Chief Operating Officer Nik Mondo has never seen such a revolutionary product. “As far as I know, there is no other product on the market that combines such a compelling feature set,” he says. “The icing on the cake is that they can be solar powered and have a built-in battery, so they don’t require external power sources. This means that you don’t have to worry about the typical power restrictions that might be faced in other scenarios with other competing products on the marketplace.”

While the RiverRink installation was initially set up as a ‘proof of concept’ to demonstrate Deva’s features and functionality, Nik Mondo, who hails from the City of Brotherly Love, is confident that the council will soon find other ‘smart city’ applications for the unit: “I would like to see Deva installed alongside the trails along the Delaware River, all the way to South Philadelphia,” he says. “Such a system could provide messaging and an added measure of assurance and security for pedestrians, especially in areas where there is not a lot of lighting or public infrastructure.”

4“Security is such an important consideration for just about any metro area,” Mondo continues. “On this product, there is a light, a camera, an FM tuner, a motion sensor and a speaker all in one. So if somebody walks in front of the unit, it can trigger a predefined message — or it can photograph surroundings at predefined intervals. All of this activity can be monitored from any location via the network.”

Design Intelligence, Ease of Integration
Deva’s intelligent product design carries through to its unmatched ease of installation: “We can install each unit in about seven minutes,” says Mondo. “The mounting and set up is very simple and exactly what you would expect from Powersoft.” The power is supplied via solar panels, which are positioned and clamped directly to the truss above each unit.” As engineers, designers, installers and integrators, we are used to dealing with complex levels of components, software and other considerations to make things work right,” says Leiter. “Deva is a joy for us because it is so easy to get it up and running — all the functionality you could ask for is at the ready for the end user.”

5Once the system was up and running at RiverRink, the audio quality did not disappoint. “When we first fired it up and played music in the rink, all the audio engineers and staff had smiles on their faces. The audio was crisp, clear and articulate,” Mondo says. Initially, he was concerned that the four Deva units would not cover the 98′ x 200′ rink space, due to their modest — yet sleek — physical presence. “I was extremely worried that four units may not cover all that space,” he recalls “To my surprise and excitement, they audio covered the entire rink with ease and even bled out into other areas beyond the rink when we needed it to.”

6Having completed its first successful Deva installation at RiverRink, Live Sound Co. is eager to approach other new markets with Powersoft’s latest solution, which is among the first to combine such valuable features in a physically compact and ecologically minded design. New markets and potential applications include amusement parks, zoos, campus environments and other city municipalities — all of which could likely benefit from Deva’s interactive messaging and security features. “We really believe in this product since it represents a potential solution for so many things,” says Samuel Leiter, Executive VP, Live Sound Co. “We have an open invitation for any city official in the U.S. to visit us in Philadelphia to preview what these units could do in their own cities.”

To learn more about Powersoft’s Deva, please visit: http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/multimedia/deva. For more information on Live Sound Co., contact Nikolas Mondo at info@livesoundco.com or by phone at 1-800-977-5350.

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 Powersoft Deva messaging system was recently installed at Philadelphia’s RiverRink ice rink.
2) For over 20 years, RiverRInk has been a focal point one of the City’s most enduring holiday traditions.
3) Closeup of one of the towers supporting Powersoft’s Deva solution at Philadelphia’s RiverRink.
4) The Powersoft Deva features an intelligent design in a small footprint.
5) Video featuring Powersoft’s Deva.
6) Philadelphia’s RiverRink, which features Powersoft’s Deva messaging system, is the centerpiece of a ‘pop up’ winter garden that features a magical winter landscape complete with Christmas trees, cozy fire pits and spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River.

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Antelope Audio Announces Special Christmas Pricing on Two of its Most Popular Products: Zen Studio and Orion32

Antelope Audio to Provide a Free Embroidered Protective Gear Bag with Each Purchase of a Zen Studio

Santa Monica, Calif., December 11, 2014 – Just in time for the Christmas season, Antelope is spreading holiday cheer through the audio community, offering discounts on its most popular professional products: the Zen Studio portable pro interface and the Orion32 multi-channel AD/DA converter.

discountBetween now and December 31st, 2014, Antelope Audio is offering the Orion32 at a special, discounted price of $2,795 [instead of its regular price of $2,995], while the Zen Studio is being offered at just $2,295 [instead of its regular price of $2,495]. As part of the special holiday promotion, a free, Zen Studio embroidered protective gear bag will be included with each purchase of a Zen Studio.

To learn more about Antelope’s Christmas promotion, or for additional details on the Zen Studio or Orion32, customers can visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/Christmas-Special-Discounts. Holiday discounts are available at any of Antelope’s authorized dealers, a list of which can be found here: http://antelopeaudio.com/en/retailers-map.

gear“Antelope’s converters and interfaces are the perfect gift for anyone who aspires to achieving pristine audio in their signal chain,” said Marcel James, Director of Sales and Marketing for Antelope Audio USA. “For professionals and high end project studios, the Orion32 brings an unmatched I/O capacity in addition to flexible routing options. Meanwhile, the Zen Studio, which features our world-class preamplifier technology, is perfect for musicians, home studios, or anyone who wants state of the art studio quality while on the road.”

Both the Orion32 and the Zen Studio have been recognized with Outstanding Technical Achievement nominations by the TEC Foundation — in 2013 and 2014 respectively. More recently, the Zen Studio won an Innovative Product Award in Mix/PAR’s first Reader’s Choice awards and Orion32 was nominated for a Sound on Sound 2015 Award.

The TEC Awards will be announced at the 2015 NAMM Show, being held in Anaheim, California next month. To learn more about Orion32 or Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/category/a-d-d-a-converters.

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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Talamas Sound Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Sennheiser by its Side

For More than Three Decades, Company Has Ushered Customers Through Technology Evolutions in Broadcast Audio, with a Little Help From Sennheiser

SennheiserOld Lyme, Conn. – December 10, 2014 –Dave Talamas started Newton, MA -based Talamas Sound in July 1979. Talamas wasted no time building on its foundation of now time-tested principles: an unwavering commitment to customer service, a willingness to anticipate trends in the industry and an emphasis on main-taining strong relationships. Sennheiser Electronic Corporation was among the first companies with which Talamas Sales and Rentals developed a lasting relationship.

With its deep knowledge of broadcast, audio and video technologies and a commitment to be more than a ‘box house,’ Talamas soon developed a loyal customer base. “I remember one of my first sales was the Sennheiser MKH 804 shotgun microphone — a predecessor of the current MKH 8070,” says Talamas, who is now CEO of the company. “Since then, Sennheiser has continually evolved their entire product line. When the 5000 wireless series was introduced, it became the stand-ard on Broadway, while the 2000 series was almost immediately adopted by the broadcast market. The EK 3041 camera-mounted true diversity receiver was also a game changer; the producers loved it because it was small, light, and very reliable.”

Talamas Sound has worked alongside Sennheiser to support its more recent innovations as well, such as the Digital 9000 wireless system — which he sees as an important step forward for the industry as spectrum challenges become more pervasive: “The new digital systems Sennheiser is developing, such as the Digital 9000, utilize bandwidth much more efficiently, and without compression. This is so important because the next generation of broadcasters will not be using the same frequency bands given the shrinking spectrum they will be facing.”

Innovation, Education and Relationships
SK_9000In addition to bringing its customers up to speed on important issues facing the broadcast industry such as the potential implications of the FCC’s impending spectrum repacking, Talamas Sales and Rentals also routinely educates end-users on topics such as microphone techniques and wireless microphone applications. Last month, at its new 1,400 square foot meeting space, the company hosted Sennheiser’s David Missall for a seminar covering these and other important broadcast production considerations.

While the broadcast technology landscape may have changed dramatically over the last three decades, some things haven’t changed, including the company’s longevity with customers, vendors and its own employees: “We have maintained our integrity over the course of our history,” says Diane Talamas, Chief Financial Officer of Talamas Sound. “We have always been there for our customers, as Sennheiser has always been there for us. During our relationship with Sennheiser, they have always stood behind their products, and for us, this is key. If an issue comes up, they help resolve it and will never walk away from the problem.”

For Dave Talamas, it all comes back to relationships: “Our relationship with Sennheiser has been so important because without the unwavering support and close relationship of the manufacturer, we could not have become what we are now,” he concludes. “In many ways, our company shares similar values to Sennheiser: we are customer oriented and have a deep technological expertise.” As for the quality, in all his 35 years, there has never been a question. “When I am offering a client a Sennheiser product, I don’t talk them up — I just have them listen.”

Caption:
1) From left to right: Diane Talamas, CFO, Sales Manager, Talamas Sales and Rentals; Greg Beebe, President, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Chris Clay, Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Professional Systems, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Dave Talamas, President , Talamas Sales and Rentals; Peter Claussen, President Professional & Integrated Systems, Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG; Michael Cleary, Area Sales Manager, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. (Photo credit: Michael Duca)

2) The Sennheiser SK 9000 digital wireless transmitter

About Talamas Sales and Rentals
Talamas has been serving the digital cinema, video, broadcast, theater, educational, and production industries for 35 years. Over that time the Newton, MA-based company has earned a reputation for technical know-how and unparalleled customer service. Founded in 1979 by Dave Talamas, the company has responded to innovations in audio and video technology by bringing state-of-the-art gear to professionals in the Boston area, throughout the United States and across the globe.

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 on the Internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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