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Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser hands over chairmanship — Dr. Frank Heinricht to chair the Sennheiser supervisory board from 2015

Dr.Frank HeinrichtWedemark, Germany, December 9, 2014 – Having recently turned 70 years old, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser is handing over the chair of the supervisory board of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG to Dr. Frank Heinricht, as of January 1st, 2015. Since joining the family-owned company in 1976, Dr Sennheiser’s contribution has been instrumental to the company’s success and has paved the way for a future-proof set-up of the audio company.

Frank Heinricht has been Chairman of the Board of Management of Schott AG since 2013 and became a member of the supervisory board of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG five years ago.

“Dr. Heinricht has a profound technical expertise and brings experience in managing large family-owned companies to his new role. We are very happy that he is taking over as chairman of the supervisory board of the Sennheiser Group,” said Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser, CEOs and shareholders of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG.

Commitment to independence
In withdrawing as chairman of the supervisory board, Jörg Sennheiser is placing the management of the company fully into the hands of the third Sennheiser generation. His sons Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser have been running Sennheiser electronic GmbH und Co. KG as CEOs since July 2013.

Prof. Dr. Jörg SennheiserCommenting on the changeover in the supervisory board, Jörg Sennheiser added, “My goal has always been to pass a healthy, thriving company on to the next generation.” The Sennheiser family has laid down the principles of this long-term sustainable policy in a Family Charter. This not only defines core company values such as fairness and trust, the charter also includes the commitment to maintain Sennheiser as a family business. “The company’s independence is our most precious asset,” said Jörg Sennheiser. “The family is committed to pursuing its strategy without any influence from third parties, a strategy that focuses on absolute customer orientation, technical innovation and first-class quality. This is an aim I have always pursued, and it is the basis of the decades of success that we have enjoyed and will enjoy in the future.”

The road to becoming a world brand
Jörg Sennheiser became Sennheiser’s director of technology in 1976 before taking over management of the family business as executive shareholder in 1982. During his time at the helm, Sennheiser developed to an internationally successful brand. This involved setting up new manufacturing facilities in Ireland and the USA, while at the same time expanding production in Germany. In addition, Sennheiser internationalised its sales organisation during this time. As a result of this sustained growth strategy, Sennheiser today has over 2,500 employees across the globe and is active in more than 60 countries.

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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Immersive Beethoven: The Berliner Philharmoniker in 3D Sound with Sennheiser and Neumann

1Berlin, December 8, 2014 – On November 9th, the Berliner Philharmoniker gave a memorial concert to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall precisely 25 years ago. In remembrance of the victims of the Wall, the orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, performed Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Berliner Philharmonie. Digital microphones from Sennheiser and Neumann were used to record this special event in the highest audio quality for subsequent processing in 3D sound.

Digital Right From the Start
In addition to the microphones already available in the hall, numerous microphones from Sennheiser and Neumann were used for recording the concert at the Berliner Philharmonie on November 9th 2014. Tonmeister Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser International Recording Applications Manager, had created the concept in close consultation with the sound engineers at the Philharmonie. Zielinsky focused on a completely digital workflow, converting the microphone signals to digital at the earliest possible point in the signal chain: directly behind the capsules.

2“In the recent past, I’ve already made several major recordings exclusively with digital microphones,” Zielinsky said. “My impression is that completely digital productions have a particular sound character, regardless of which pieces I am actually recording. The sound is always clean, detailed and differentiated. It’s a bit like looking through a freshly cleaned window rather than a dirty one. Particularly when I’m recording classical music, the production gains additional audio quality when digital microphones are used.”

3D Sound
The memorial concert was recorded using a special miking technique that enables the recorded material to be subsequently processed in 3D sound. If one looked closely, one could see a rectangular microphone array suspended from the ceiling of the hall. At the corners of the rectangle were four Sennheiser MKH 800 TWIN on MZD 8000 digital modules. The four microphones were mounted at two different heights but on the same depth plane.

3Each MKH 800 TWIN has two capsules with signals that can be accessed separately. In the concert hall arrangement, one capsule of each microphone pointed forwards while the other pointed backwards. In the subsequent 3D mix, the signals will be assigned to the front and rear loudspeakers. The MKH 800 TWINs were accompanied by four Neumann KM 133 D without SBK 133 sound diffraction spheres to allow for more brilliance. The Neumann microphones were pointed forward for the lower and upper front channels of the subsequent 3D mix. During mixdown, Gregor Zielinsky will be able to choose freely between the capsules, which permits any mixing ratio between the microphones.

Miking
“Microphones are the best filters!” is a common aphorism, and Gregor Zielinsky made his selection in accordance with this motto. The first and second violins were each miked with three Sennheiser MKH 8040. The brass section was miked with a total of four Sennheiser MKH 8090, and a further microphone of this type was used for the cymbals and triangle. The four solo vocalists (soprano, tenor, alto, bass) sang into four MKH 8090, while the chorus was miked with four MKH 8040 and two MKH 8090. Eighteen KM 184 D from Neumann were divided among the violas, cellos, double basses, bass drum and woodwind instruments. Two Neumann TLM 103 D were used for the harp.

4At Neumann, digital microphone solutions are offered in the Solution-D product family, which is made up of various digital microphones, the DMI interface (two- or eight-channel) and the RCS remote control software. The latter enables the microphones to be conveniently remote controlled. Signal and data transmission as well as signal feed, remote control and synchronisation are all performed in accordance with the AES42 standard. The DMI interface establishes the connection to the following audio devices in the signal flow.

The Sennheiser microphones were used with MZD 8000 digital modules, which were either screwed to the microphone heads in place of the XLR modules or operated at a distance on special signal-carrying extension arms or MZL 8003/8010 active cables. An advantage of this arrangement is the direct proximity of the A/D conversion to the capsule itself and the elimination of a conventional external preamplifier and the noise level this may introduce.

Redundant MADI Cabling
5Eight Neumann DMI-8 interfaces (8 x 8 channels) made the digital AES42 audio signals from the microphones available optically and in parallel in the formats AES/EBU and ADAT. A ninth Neumann interface was on stand-by as a spare. The digital outputs were connected with format converters from RME, which Synthax GmbH had supplied for the project as the German RME sales partner. The RME ADI-6432R format converter equipped with two power supply units converts up to 64 AES/EBU signals to MADI; its counterpart ADI-648 does the same with the ADAT format. In Berlin, the MADI signals output from the ADI-6432R and ADI-648 were each sent to a separate, directly controlled router (RME MADI Router), which was used as a splitter.

In order to ensure a redundant connection, both the control room of the Digital Concert Hall and the control room of the chamber music hall, which was assigned to Gregor Zielinsky, were supplied with MADI streams generated from AES/EBU and ADAT signals. “For an event of this kind, it’s better to be on the safe side,” said Dr. Stephan Leschka, Manager Development Electronics and Software at Georg Neumann GmbH, commenting on the sophisticated set-up. Leschka had the possibility to listen in to any signals of the four-channel MADI stream directly at the 19” rack using an RME ADI-642 and headphones.

6For clocking the digital system, the Philharmonie’s own house clock was used, which was distributed via a Rosendahl nano clock processor. All individual signals were recorded in Pyramix workstations (Merging Technologies), from which WAVE files were subsequently exported for the Pro Tools system used by Gregor Zielinsky.

In Real Time Without Parallax Errors
The video images of this musical event were recorded by a special camera developed at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (www.hhi.fraunhofer.de). The OmniCam-360 camera records images in a 360-degree format. The unusual looking construction is fitted with ten compact HD cameras from the Austrian company Indiecam GmbH, which each cover an image angle of 36 degrees and are mounted in a portrait format. The OmniCam-360 system generates a resolution of 1,920 x 10,800 pixels. A total of ten HD-SDI streams are sent from the OmniCam-360 to a server fitted with HD-SDI input boards and high-performance graphic cards. The server combines the individual signals in real time to form a seamless panorama without parallax errors by using a sophisticated stitching algorithm – very different from the solutions in the consumer sector that are available for similar purposes.

7“In our collaboration with the Digital Concert Hall, it is our aim not only to ensure that subscribers have access to the images directly from the television control room but also to provide them with additional viewing angles of the events taking place, which they can then select as they wish,” explained Christian Weißig. Gregor Zielinsky was thrilled by the potential opportunities offered by the 360-degree camera, which in a way can be seen as the visual counterpart to 3D sound: “In combination with a 360-degree image, it’s no longer a question of immersive audio but of immersive media! My wish would be to have an even more authentic experience in the reproduction of music events.”

Digital Concert Hall
Even without visiting the German capital, it has been possible since 2008 to experience concerts by the Berliner Philharmoniker all around the globe. Each season, around 40 concerts from the “Digital Concert Hall” (DCH) are broadcast as a live stream on the internet, and a few days after the performance they are added to what has in the meantime become an extremely extensive archive. “Of course, a filmed concert can never completely replace a real live experience,” admitted tonmeister Christoph Franke, who, together with video director Katharina Bruner, is a key member of the DCH team. “But the additional visual component results in a different perception than one would have when simply listening to music without an accompanying video.”

8In the past, several productions have already been done in cooperation with the Heinrich Hertz Institute, and Katharina Bruner is extremely impressed with the results. “The 360-degree recording is a fantastic thing! The DCH is already equipped with incredible video possibilities but, as in other areas, we are always trying to go even further. Perhaps the new technology will take us one step closer to the real live experience.”

All men will become brothers!
Those interested can find the recording of the sold-out memorial concert online at www.digitalconcerthall.com, the website of the DCH – the images of the 360-degree camera and the audio files for 3D sound reproduction are not available online.

9The Berliner Philharmoniker also gave performances of the memorial concert marking the fall of the Berlin Wall in Halle/Saale, Warsaw, Budapest and Prague. The orchestra expressed its thanks in its own very special way to those countries that had played a major role in the peaceful German revolution of 1989: by choosing a work by a composer of each country and, of course, with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – with its message of re-uniting those who have been parted.

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.

Image captions
C 1: Dress rehearsal of the Berliner Philharmoniker
C 2: Tonmeister Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser International Recording Applications Manager
C 3: The microphone array was made up of Sennheiser MKH 800 TWIN and Neumann KM 133 D
C 4: Two Neumann TLM 103 D were placed at the harp
C 5: In Berlin, the Sennheiser microphones were used with MZD 8000 digital modules, some of which were mounted on special signal-carrying extension bars – here an MKH 8090 on an “active tube”
C 6: Perfect combination: Neumann DMI-8 and MADI converter from RME
C 7: The OmniCam-360 records images in a 360-degree format
C 8: Dipl.-Ing. Christian Weißig, Project Manager Image Processing at the Heinrich Hertz Institute
C 9: Tonmeister Christoph Franke and video director Katharina Bruner

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Sennheiser still on top for Kylie Kiss Me Once Tour

Old Lyme, CT, December 4, 2014: Pop Princess Kylie Minogue has been touring Europe this autumn before heading back to her native Australia. Sennheiser microphones and wireless monitor systems have played a vital role in Eighth Day Sound’s audio production. The tour’s microphone package features Sennheiser SKM 5200 mics with MD 5235 capsules and EM 3732-II receivers, with monitoring via Sennheiser SR 2050 IEM transmitters and EK 2000 IEM belt packs.

kylie“The SKM 5200/MD 5235 combination really suits this show, as Kylie spends a lot of time out in front of the PA system on the B stage,” says Kevin Pruce, Kylie’s Front-of-House engineer. “Other combinations gave me less headroom, while the size and weight of the microphone are also very important. We have a great relationship with Sennheiser, in particular Mark Saunders. He is always available for advice and the backup is superb.”

This is confirmed by production manager Kevin Hopgood, who says, “Sennheiser – what can I say? We have a working relationship with Mark and the team going back over 12 years and the support on the 2014 tour has been, as ever, exemplary. Kylie hasn’t picked up another brand of microphone by choice since the first time we tried them – the weight, feel and audio quality are all perfect for her.

“Sennheiser has always delivered assistance with customization to tie in with the show aesthetics, this year with microphone bodies in scarlet, hot pink and chrome. Kylie is all about quality and attention to detail, so Sennheiser equipment is the ideal complement.”

Rod concurs, adding, “Sennheiser is extremely serious about giving the best support possible and DiGiCo are completely insane! I wouldn’t have it any other way – the quality and service are at a point whereby I would find it difficult to use any other gear. The only important addition to the hardware I can think of would be a high-quality side-chain espresso machine…”

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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Kylie Minogue sings into a Sennheiser SKM 5200/MD 5235 during her Kiss Me Once Tour (© Ken Makay)

** Please note: This picture is for editorial purposes and for use in conjunction with this release only. The picture must NOT be used for social media **

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Dante™ card and new firmware for Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 Series now available

1Old Lyme, CT, November 25, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser has announced the availability of its Dante™ card for the EM 9046 receiver, enabling the top-of-the-range Digital 9000 wireless microphone system to be integrated into Dante™ audio-over-IP networks. Also available are – as free downloads – the associated new Digital 9000 firmware version 3.0.3, and the new Wireless Systems Manager 4.2 with a set of optimised monitoring functions.

“With the EM 9046 DAN extension card, broadcast and live audio engineers can now easily integrate Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range wireless microphone system into a Dante™ network,” says Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser. “They benefit from the system’s exceptional sound with the incredible convenience of routing high-definition audio data via Audinate’s Dante™ Controller.” Dante™ works with existing network infrastructure using IP and Ethernet standards and offers hundreds of channels of high-quality audio. The networking solution is currently used by more than 155 pro audio manufacturers worldwide.

2The EM 9046 DAN extension card is simply inserted into the expansion slot of the EM 9046 eight-channel receiver. Internally, the card features sixteen audio inputs to send the digital audio and command signals over the Dante™ network. Connection is via two Gbit RJ45 sockets that serve to either establish two redundant network circuits or daisy-chain the signals. The card works with sampling rates of 44.1/48/88.2 and 96 kHz at a resolution of 24 bits.

New Digital 9000 firmware
The new firmware version 3.0.3 for Digital 9000 can be downloaded free of charge at http://en-de.sennheiser.com/service-support-services-software-downloads. With this firmware update, the receiver’s clock menu will be expanded to include a “MAN” (multichannel audio network) option, enabling the receiver to synchronize to the word clock of the Dante™ network.

3Additional benefits of the new firmware version include the monitoring of up to four daisy-chained receivers via any of the receivers’ monitoring outputs and the automatic assignment of frequencies after a scan. Engineers are now also able to scan just a 24 MHz portion of the spectrum instead of the entire booster range of 168 MHz. This increases speed in critical frequency situations.

The new firmware also includes the highly sophisticated refinements made by Sennheiser to address the near impossible conditions experienced during the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. The event took place in a super-reflective venue with a near all-metal construction but the capabilities of the Digital 9000 system were enhanced still further to be able to detect and cope with this extremely reflective environment. In addition to this advance, version 3.0.3 also ensures improved network capability with managed enterprise environments.

New Wireless Systems Manager software
4Sennheiser has adapted its Wireless Systems Manager software to include a monitoring function for the Dante™ card. The new version 4.2 allows users to monitor the EM 9046’s Dante™ audio streams from any point in the network, and to listen to the headphone monitor audio stream of connected EM 9046 receivers without any additional hardware.

WSM (Sennheiser Wireless Systems Manager) Software Version 4.2 is available from the same download address as the Digital 9000 firmware, or from http://en-de.sennheiser.com/service-support-services-wireless-systems-manager.

About Audinate and Dante™
Dante™ is the digital audio networking solution of choice for over 155 professional audio manufacturers in the broadcast, live sound, commercial installed and conferencing markets. Audinate’s Dante solution builds on existing Internet (IP) and Ethernet networking standards and offers a migration path to emerging standards like AES67. Dante networking replaces point-to-point cabling and matrix switching solutions offering hundreds of channels of high-performance audio, control and monitoring across existing network infrastructure. Installation and management is simplified through a unique combination of plug and play technologies, saving enormous installation and long-term ownership costs. Audio sources attached to any network port are available everywhere throughout the network with signal routing defined by software, not physical cabling. Audinate also offers a comprehensive set of interfacing options for PC and Mac equipment (Dante Virtual Soundcard and Dante PCIe card) enabling simple integration of existing software applications with the audio network.

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.

Captions:
1: Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range Digital 9000 wireless system is now Dante™-ready
2: Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser (Photo credit: R. Kruse)
3: The EM 9046 DAN card simply slots into the Sennheiser receiver, enabling Digital 9000 to send uncompressed HD audio data over a Dante™ network

EM 9046 DAN includes license from Audinate Pty Ltd under U.S. patent number(s) 7747725, 8005939, 7978696, 8171152 and other patents issued, see www.audinate.com/patents.

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Sennheiser Helps Inspirational ‘Skid Row Marathon’ Documentary Come to Life with Pristine Audio

MKH Shotgun Microphones Serve as a Key Storytelling Tool as a Superior Court Judge Leads Homeless Citizens on The Road to Recovery

judgeOld Lyme, Conn. – November 24, 2014 – In early 2013, Director Mark Hayes read a story about a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Craig Mitchell, who started the Midnight Mission running club consisting of former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless people and others who fell on hard times — either by making the wrong choices at earlier points in their lives, or by simple misfortune. Immediately sensing the emotional gravity and compelling human dimension of the story, Hayes and his partner, producer Gabriele Hayes, requested a meeting with Judge and began the journey towards creating their feature documentary, Skid Row Marathon.

From their earliest conversations in the Judge’s chambers to the finish line of the Accra International Marathon in Ghana, Africa last year, Sennheiser microphones were there to capture every last detail of the journey — including all the challenges, struggles, dreams and successes each of the runners experienced. The struggles were almost overbearing — but the successes were overwhelming: After completing the International marathon in Ghana, some of the runners went on to complete the 29th Los Angeles Marathon last March, while others are now training to compete in the Marathon of Rome this spring.

benshirleyAmong the characters in the film are Ben Shirley, a former heavy metal musician whose career was destroyed by drug and alcohol addiction; Rafael Cabrera, who was sentenced to life in prison after shooting a rival gang member; and Brian Langston, whose family lived out of a car after his father became ill with diabetes and was no longer able to work. Each of these club members have their own heart wrenching stories of how they fell on hard times, yet were able to pick themselves up by overcoming the immense physical and emotional challenge of a marathon.

“The sweet spot of this story is the Judge, who is also a big runner,” explains Mark Hayes. “Here is a guy whose job it is to rule on legal matters and hands out sentences to people, mostly involving prison terms. But when he is not working, he is helping people who fell into hard times get a fresh outlook on life by training for and running marathons.” The Midnight Mission running club — named after the century-old human services organization — began after a defendant finished his prison term, came back to visit the judge and subsequently invited him to Skid Row to meet some of his friends. “He went down and spoke to a few of them, and realized that starting this running club was something positive he could do,” Mark explains.

Sennheiser Shotgun Mics: The Ultimate Storyteller’s Tool
boomAt the earliest stages of the production, Mark and Gabriele both knew that the audio production would play a key role in the storytelling; and based on the unpredictable nature of the content and dialog, there would often be no ‘second chance’ to get it right. They contacted Christopher Currier of Sennheiser, who was eager to help and recommended a microphone package consisting of the MKH 416 shotgun microphone, HD 25-II headphones for monitoring and EW 112-PG3 G3 wireless systems. “Mark and Gabriele were already very familiar with our gear and had been using the older MKH 415 for their past work. Adding the MKH 416 and a few other tools just rounded out their equipment list for this amazing project,” Currier said.

Once the project began, Mark and Gabriele were told by the Judge that they would have to run with the club. “Thankfully Gabi is a runner, so she would run alongside them with a camera and an MKH 415 microphone mounted on top to capture all the action,” Mark says. Twice a week, the group would complete a seven mile run and then gather on a street corner to check on how everyone was progressing — both with the running and in their personal lives. “To capture these important conversations, Gabi would have an MKH 415 on a boom pole connected wirelessly, and I would be shooting with a camera with an MKH 416 on a shoe mount,” Mark explains.

One of the most important audio segments the team captured was an early interview with the Judge in his chambers at the Superior Court of Los Angeles, during which he explained why he started the club. “Once again, we used the boom pole with the MKH 416, and also a lavalier microphone (the MKE2-EW Gold) on the Judge’s collar, connected to a G3 wireless transmitter,” Mark recalls. “After we finished the shoot, we took the audio back for editing and it just sounded fantastic. When the audio is perfect, it can make up for a shaky camera or other visual imperfections that may occur.”

equipmentAfter the marathon training phase was completed, the running club and production crew flew to Ghana, West Africa, where the environmental conditions became harsh and challenging: “When we got there, it was like 100 degrees and very dusty,” Mark recalls. “A lot of the roads were not paved, and we were right by the ocean. It was probably the worst situation for equipment you can imagine.” Gabriele and Mark began to notice rusting and wear on the camera equipment. “I was really worried because we were under the most extreme circumstances of heat, dust, humidity and salty air. Despite all this, the audio performed flawlessly, and the Sennheiser gear we had was no worse for the wear.”

While recording location audio on the streets of Los Angeles and Ghana, the Mark and Gabriele appreciated the super cardioid pickup pattern of the MKH 416, which enabled them to focus more narrowly on the subjects they were trying to capture — without unwanted ambient noise. Audio was fed into a Sony FS700 camera, and the pair monitored on Sennheiser HD 25-1 II headphones.

“The HD 25 headphones provided an incredible amount of isolation so we could hear every detail of the dialog, just as we were capturing it,” Mark says. “Also, since there was a lot going on around us including other members of the production crew speaking, we appreciated being able to rotate the earcup so we could listen to outside activity when we were not shooting.”

With production to be wrapped up next March, the film is now scheduled to be released in September of 2015. Looking back on the production phase, Mark appreciates having had Sennheiser at his side: “We never had to worry about the audio — this enabled us to put our focus where it needed to be: on the content and storytelling.”

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.

Captions:
1) The crew sets up the Sennheiser G3 wireless system on Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell during filming of Skid Row Marathon.

2) A member of the Midnight Mission running club, Ben Shirley, speaks on camera during filming of Skid Row Marathon.

3) The Skid Row Marathon crew filming on location in Ghana, West Africa.

4) The Sennheiser audio equipment performed flawlessly despite challenging environmental conditions on location in Ghana, West Africa.

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Antelope Audio Offers Black Friday Discounts on Selected Top Sellers

Award-Winning Multi Channel Audio Interfaces, Orion32 and Zen Studio to Be Discounted Through December 7th; Free Rack Mounting Kit is Included with Purchase of a Zen Studio

Santa Monica, CA, November 24, 2014: For the third year in a row, Antelope Audio announces an attractive package of Black Friday discounts in North America, effective from November 24th until December 7th. During this period, customers can purchase an Antelope Audio Orion32 Multi-Channel AD/DA converter at a promotional price of $2,795 [discounted from a regular price of $2.995], or a Zen Studio portable pro audio interface at a promotional price of $2,295 [regular price of $2,495]. In addition, Antelope is offering a free Zen Studio Rack Mounting Kit with any purchase of a Zen Studio audio interface.

1The new, custom rack mounting kit – Z-Rack – combines both form and function in an aesthetic 2U design with dedicated vents. Sold separately, Z-Rack is valued at $79.

“Each year during Black Friday, we provide more customers the chance to experience the premium quality of our products through special discounts,” said Marcel James, Director of Sales and Marketing for Antelope Audio USA. “The Orion32 and the Zen Studio bring the finest audio quality to just about any application, whether you are a touring musician, recording engineer, mobile producer or broadcast professional. The Black Friday special is a great opportunity to get gear from Antelope Audio into your rack.”

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.

To learn more about Orion32 or Zen Studio, please visit Antelope Audio’s Professional AD/DA Converters and Interfaces.

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 Captures Nuance and Detail of The Earth Harp and Other Artistic Performances at Pennsylvania’s Mercyhurst University

Clean and Pristine Audio is the Name of the Game for Fact AV Technologies at The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center and Other Venues within the University’s Institute for Arts & Culture

Erie, PA, November 21, 2014: For Eric Johnson, owner of Erie-based Fact AV Technologies, Inc., the emotional impact of music is all in the nuance and detail. When he started his small company more than 25 years ago, Johnson set out to raise the standards of live sound for small scale and intimate venues, raising audio quality to levels more typically found in larger halls and higher seating capacity performance spaces. To stand out in a crowded market of AV solution providers, Johnson decided to come in at the ‘high end’ and build the foundation of his audio rack around Powersoft amplification,

1One of Johnson’s mainstay clients, Mercyhurst University, routinely draws national touring talent for its three intimate venues including two smaller spaces geared towards acoustic performances, and the spectacular 792-seat capacity Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center — which opened in 1996 as part of the University’s Institute for Arts & Culture (MIAD). To ensure the space is enveloped in uncompromising, pristine audio, Johnson relies on a selection of nimble, yet powerful, Powersoft amplifiers, in addition to EAW loudspeakers and digital mixers from Midas and Digico.

Typically, performances at MIAD might include jazz and orchestral concerts, but the University also attracts unconventional and artistically innovative acts such as Malibu, CA-based William Close, maestro of the Earth Harp — the longest stringed instrument in the world, and Ugandan artist Simite, who plays the Kalimba — a type of thumb piano. “These artists, and all the artists that play here, have a very specific idea of what their art and their presentation should sound like,” commented Eric Johnson. “My goal is to try to reproduce their vision as closely as possible using the tools that I have. My amplifiers from Powersoft are an important component in reproducing that performance.”

“The Secret Sauce” is Powersoft

2For performances at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Johnson relies on just four rackspaces of Powersoft amplifiers to cover FOH: (2) K10s for the subwoofers, and (2) K3s for mid and high frequencies and an M50Q for the balcony. Considering such a small amplification footprint, his Powersoft rack packs a punch: “I can hit 110 dB on the back wall if I want to,” he exclaims. In addition to his Powersoft amplification at FOH, he typically has four EAW loudspeaker cabinets on stage and another pair of loudspeakers off of the balcony, all running through a Midas Pro 2 48-channel digital console. At monitors, he has a rack with (3) Powersoft M50Qs, and other with (3) Powersoft M30s, with audio running through the Digico console.

For Ugandan artist Simite, it was a ‘bare minimum’ performance with just (7) channels, but the nuance of the audio was absolutely critical to the performance. “I was unfamiliar with most of the instruments in his arsenal except for the acoustic guitar,” Johnson admits. “So I simply approached it like I might approach a jazz band, trying to make the performance as transparent and full sounding as possible without making it sound forced.” Johnson is convinced that his high end Powersoft amplification helped him capture exactly what the artist wanted to hear. “As he played the Kalimba, the guitar player intertwined melodies in such a way that you really needed to hear every single note they were playing. While this was going on, Samite was singing with loops and creating very complex harmonies.” By the end of the show, Johnson says, audience members were dancing on the stage and Simite himself was very pleased.

3Earlier this fall, global touring artist William Close and the Earth Harp Collective also performed in Erie at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. In contrast to the diminutive Kalimba ‘thumb piano’, the Earth Harp had its audio reproduction challenges, albeit on a much larger physical scale. As the largest stringed instrument in the world with brass strings spanning hundreds of feet, the Earth Harp was actually strung from the stage to the balcony of the theater. The tones created by the Earth Harp —which are rich with harmonics and complex overtones — are unlike any other instrument and require the finest audio equipment to capture every detail. According to Johnson, Powersoft amplification stood up to the challenge.

“As William began stringing his Earth Harp from the stage to the balcony of the theater, I was scratching my head wondering what in the world this was going to be like,” Johnson recalls. “With a jazz band, you have preconceptions and can anticipate what it is going to sound like, but with someone like William, who is a true innovator, there is no basis because it’s never been done. Thanks in large part to my Powersoft rig, I was able to accurately represent those sounds, and in this case that really made the show.”

“Mercyhurst is one of my favorite places to perform and the sound system is amazing,” commented William Close. “The harmonic tones of my Earth Harp were so clear and powerful; there is no doubt in my mind that the Powersoft amplifiers helped bring this instrument and all the other instruments to a whole new level of sonic splendor. The concert hall itself really became the instrument, and the sound system brought out all the musical magic and detail.”

For Johnson, the right amplification is a critically important choice. “In my work, it all comes down to my tools, and Powersoft plays a big part of this,” he concludes. “These performances as subtle and delicate, so it is critical to have equipment that is going to perform that way. With my K and M series amplifiers, I don’t have to spend a lot of time getting it to sound just like the artist wants.”

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) William Close and the Earth Harp Collective perform at Mercyhurst.
2) System Engineer Nick Corsi (L) and Eric Johnson, Founder of Fact AV Technologies, Inc.
3) William Close strung his Earth Harp from the stage to the balcony of Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

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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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