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Metalcore Band blessthefall Announces New Album “Awakening,” Headlining North American “Fearless Friends Tour” with Sennheiser at Their Back

Old Lyme, Conn. – November 10, 2011 – Since hitting the post-hardcore scene in 2007 with their debut album and earning a spot on the Warped Tour that same year, blessthefall has made measured progress in its career, reaching legions of fans while playing larger, more prominent venues around the world. Their most recent album, Awakening, was released last month and solidifies the high energy sound and intensity the band has been crafting over the course of its discography, which now includes three albums.
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Sennheiser’s evolution Series Microphones are an Integral Part of Le Poisson Rouge’s “Perfect Sound System”

New York – October 24, 2011: Now celebrating its third year in business, New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge (LPR) has reinvigorated the musical landscape of Greenwich Village –- birthplace of the Beat movement and former home to musical legends such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel and so many others. Located on Bleecker Street on the site of the former Village Gate, LPR has made a name for itself in a musical community that now includes more contemporary names like Florence & the Machine, the JACK Quartet and Lykke Li.

Since opening in the summer of 2008, LPR –- which has been recognized by restaurant guide Zagat® as having a “perfect sound system” — has hosted a remarkably eclectic listing of musical performances. Any given show may feature a classical pianist, hardcore avant-garde ensemble, or anything in between. Perhaps the only common element among the performances is that each one is captured using Sennheiser ’s evolution series microphones.

Le Poisson Rouge: Bringing out the Best
Shortly after opening, LPR recruited Richie Clarke, a 15-year sound veteran who has worked across every conceivable genre of music including jazz, rock, reggae, classical and R&B. Clarke, who came from New York’s famed Manhattan Center studios, has been a longtime user of Sennheiser equipment and brought with him a solid understanding of microphones and sound. On his first day of work, among the first things he did was check out the mic cabinet at LPR. “Sennheiser has always been extremely high on my personal list and -– along with Neumann — is the only microphone company I’d want us to be closely aligned with,” he says.

The broad range of performances at LPR presents unique technical challenges. “Some nights we need to mic a 30-piece orchestra with various classical instruments and percussion –- often ‘in the round’ in front of the P.A.,” Clarke observes. “Our collection of Sennheiser mics helps me achieve the highest possible sound pressure level with no feedback — while maintaining the sound integrity of each instrument.” Since LPR often features multiple performances in a day, Clarke and his team are often working against the clock. “It is very tightly scheduled, so when we put a mic on an instrument -– whether it is a screaming electric guitar or a gentle violin -– we need that microphone to help us get to where we need to be as fast as possible.”

Great sound across a diversity of applications
For drums and percussion, Clarke is big a fan of the Sennheiser e 900 series all around. “They sound great whether we are doing heavy hip hop shows or more sensitive jazz standards. The sound of the drum comes through so naturally, and it is all there before EQ,” Clarke says. In terms of specific placements, he prefers to use the e 901 and e 902 on the kick, inside and out. On the snare, he uses an e 905. “This gives us the punch we need –- whether it’s rock or jazz,” Clarke says. He uses e 904s on toms, an e 614 on hi-hat and e 914s as overheads.

Perhaps Clarke’s most favorite microphone of all is the Sennheiser e 906. “For the guitars, we use these exclusively — there is never a situation where they don’t work,” he says. “Our room is a very bright room, and the 906 brings out all the right elements. They give you the crunch of the sound, but without the brittleness.”

LPR routinely puts Sennheiser microphones to the test on vocals, and the e 965 has quickly earned its position as ‘most favored microphone,’ Clarke says: “We already loved the e 935 and e 945, and didn’t think it could get any better. Then we got our hands on an e 965 and I had everyone try it out independently. One by one, I started getting emails and texts from all my engineers telling me that it is the best sounding vocal mic they ever heard. They all had the same experience.”

Microphones that translate to live broadcast
As LPR becomes well established beyond the boroughs of New York City, Internet broadcasting plays an increasingly important role in helping the club attract and maintain its loyal fan base. “We started streaming shows about six months ago and hit our highest viewership numbers in the last couple of weeks,” Clarke says. “It is very important to me that if I have a great sound in the room that it also translates to our live broadcasts. So far, whatever I hear from the mix position sounds great on the radio as well, and this is in large part due to the quality we are getting out of those Sennheiser mics.”

Clarke says that the magic of Sennheiser microphones lies beyond just the great sound: “The versatility of these microphones is very important to me. Being able to switch microphones at any given moment and roll with the punches is key. Sennheiser is a lifesaver here because they perform well across so many different instruments. I can mix and match any of these mics, and they all sound good!”

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Sennheiser’s Installed Sound Academy to Visit Oklahoma City on October 25, 2011

OLD LYME, Conn.–October 20, 2011: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will offer its Installed Sound Academy Seminar in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. The one-day event focuses on key practices, topics and trends in the installed sound/systems integration business.

The eight-hour session will be led by Sennheiser veterans Kent Margraves and Eric Reese. Modeled after Sennheiser’s highly acclaimed RF wireless and studio recording sound Academy seminars, the session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn or refresh integration skills while earning 7.5 CTS renewal units of credit toward Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) re-certification. The training session will provide classroom and demonstrative instruction on the following topics:

– Sound reinforcement
– Microphone theory and applications
– Wireless personal monitor systems
– RF wireless systems
– Troubleshooting logic

Who should attend?

– Designers and sales engineers who recommend systems to customers
– Consultants involved in designing and writing specifications
– Technicians responsible for correct system installation and implementation
– Worship leaders
– Project managers, production managers, system operators, mixers and technicians
– Anyone involved in the selection and purchase of audio products and systems, or seeking CTScredits for certification renewal

About the instructors
Kent Margraves’ 20-year industry history includes eight years at Sennheiser. His decade-long career as a professional worship audio director included completing thousands of events in sound reinforcement, live broadcast, post production, studio recording, live recording and touring applications. Eric Reese has been immersed in the systems integration industry for over 11 years. Prior to joining Sennheiser’s national market development and education team, he served as an area sales manager for Sennheiser, held project/design engineering positions with two national integrators, and served as a reliability engineer for another manufacturer.

Registration costs $149 and includes, lunch, workshop materials, complimentary giveaways and a $50 coupon toward any Sennheiser product. The session will be hosted at Crossings Community Church at 14600 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

For more information and to sign up, visit the Sennheiser Installed Sound Academy registration page.

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Sennheiser Shines on the Creative Arts Emmy Red Carpet

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Los Angeles—September 22, 2011: At this year’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards show, audio specialist Sennheiser was tapped to capture the “glamorous? sound bites from the bustling red carpet for one of the entertainment industry’s leading crew-centric magazines, Sound & Picture.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the 2010-2011 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the 63rd Emmy Awards presentation at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Included among the presentations were Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing Achievement in a One Hour Comedy or Drama Series and Outstanding Music Composition in a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. For the evening’s events, Sound & Picture looked to the new MKH 8060 shotgun microphone, equipped with the MZD 8000 digital output module, to capture the vibrancy of the red carpet. While the digital microphone more

At Harry Potter Premier in New York City, K-array Loudspeakers Deliver Clear Audio Quality during Lincoln Center Red Carpet Event

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NEW YORK – September 13, 2011: At the premier of blockbuster movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2? — which took place at New York’s Lincoln Center Plaza on July 11th — K-array’s Redline series of loudspeakers were on hand to ensure that VIPs, international media and invited guests could hear things loud and clear. The event, which required intelligible audio in three distinct areas including the red carpet area, the tented VIP area and all along the Plaza and Broadway, employed the entire family of Sennheiser-distributed K-array Redline series loudspeakers, including the KR100S, KR200S and KR400S.

Lou Mannarino, veteran audio engineer, sound designer and president of NY-based L&M Sound and Light, knew that K-array was the only loudspeaker that could fit the bill given the unique challenges that the outdoor event presented: achieving outstanding audio quality at more

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Sennheiser MKH 8060 and MKH 8070 digital microphones capture the sounds and excitement of 2011 US Open of Surfing

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Huntington Beach, California, September 9, 2011 – At this year’s US Open of Surfing, a nine-day broadcast event in which the top surfers in the world compete for a $100,000 top prize, digital Sennheiser MKH microphones were on hand to capture every sonic detail of the excitement – which also included a BMX riding and skating competition.

The annual US Open of Surfing is attended by over 500,000 people and held on a beach that stretches over 300 yards. For this year’s broadcast, Hollywood-based Coffey Sound deployed Sennheiser’s latest MKH shotgun microphones: the MKH 8060 and MKH 8070, equipped with MZD 8000 digital output modules. The digital microphones not only provided improved clarity and detail of the audio, but also provided an important element of weather resistance required to take on a cruel outdoor environment fraught with wind, moisture and salty more

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K-array Introduces Uncompromising Sound Quality and Extreme Portability for Musicians and More with New Blueline Series of Loudspeakers

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Old Lyme, Conn. – August 17, 2011: Audio specialist Sennheiser announces the launch of the Blueline series of innovative loudspeakers from its distributed brand K-array. A versatile system designed to meet all the needs of the modern musician, the Blueline series features many of the benefits found in K-array’s professional RedLine series; most notably outstanding sound quality in an extremely small footprint.

The first product to be launched as part of the K-array Blueline series is the KB1: an ultra-slim, powered line-array system featuring a 12? sub-woofer and eight 3? drivers. Weighing in at just 44lbs. and featuring a sleek carrying case, the plug-and-play KB1 is perfectly suited for bands, solo musicians, DJs, presenters and anyone else seeking the ultimate in portability and great sound.

Massive Sonic Benefits in a Small Footprint
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David Crowder *Band Takes Sennheiser Along for its Final Nationwide Tour

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Old Lyme, Conn. – August 15, 2011 – As the David Crowder*Band (DC*B) wraps up the remaining festival dates, conferences and one-off performances on its current tour, the band looks forward to embarking on what is likely to be its final tour as a band this fall. Audio specialist Sennheiser will be along for each of the remaining shows, which are on track to selling out to capacity. For the last several years, DC*B has relied on Sennheiser wireless systems and microphones for outstanding sound quality for both vocals and instruments throughout its touring operation.

In what is to be its final year as a band, 2011 has already seen DC*B nominated for a Grammy®. The band let loose during its live performances so far this year, playing sets in excess of two hours of lesser-known material in smaller, more intimate more

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Neumann Introduces Three New Digital Microphones and a Portable, 
Two-Channel Digital Interface

Old Lyme, Conn. – August 9, 2011: Neumann, manufacturer of the world’s most highly regarded microphones, announces four new digital products: the KMS 104 D and KMS 105 D vocal microphones, the KMR 81 D shotgun microphone and the portable DMI-2 digital converter. The addition of these items into Neumann’s existing digital portfolio highlights its leadership position in the digital microphone category, while breaking new ground in live, broadcast and portable microphone applications.

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Digital microphones for live vocal applications
Building on the success of the Neumann KMS 104 and KMS 105 condenser vocal microphones, Neumann introduces their digital counterparts: the KMS 104 D and KMS 105 D (MSRP: $1,398). Equipped with the core features of the existing models, the KMS 104 D, with its cardioid pattern, and the KMS 105 D, with its super-cardioid pattern, offer additional digital advantages such more

Sennheiser Provides Support to Musicians ‘On the Ground’ During Summerfest 2011, World’s Largest Music Festival

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Milwaukee, WI – August 4, 2011: For several years running, audio specialist Sennheiser has made its presence known among musicians and artists attending Summerfest. This year, as in previous years, Sennheiser was also an active sponsor of Summerfest’s Emerging Artist Series, engaging not only well-established artists but also artists on the rise including The Material and The Last Vegas.

Sennheiser brought along its branded tour bus, which not only served as a change of scenery for artists and crew, but also provided them with a source for comprehensive technical expertise, emergency replacement gear and educational demonstrations of wireless and microphone products to help them achieve a flawless performance.

Summerfest attracts around one million music fans each year, and features 11 stages with performances from over 700 bands, making it the largest music festival in the world. Attendance at Summerfest was more

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