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Bob Moog’s Archives Donated To World-Class Facility at Cornell University

Ithaca, NY, July 19, 2013 – Yesterday, Cornell University announced the archives of Dr. Robert A. Moog have found a home at their Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance, thanks to a generous donation from his widow, Dr. Ileana Grams-Moog.

Dr. Robert A. Moog is the founder of Moog Music, the world’s leading manufacturer of analog synthesizers, and the inventor of the legendary Moog synthesizer. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell in engineering physics in 1965 and was a longtime resident of Trumansburg, N.Y. His personal archive of notes, plans, drawings, recordings and more will be housed in the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

“It was Bob‘s wish that his archives be preserved and made accessible to other scientists, inven-tors, engineers and innovators,” Grams-Moog said. “It has been eight years since my husband’s death and I am happy that my gift to Cornell will finally make this rich collection available. Bob would be pleased to know his life’s work is finally being properly preserved so that current and future generations may advance upon his work.”

Cornell has flourished as a center for research in music since the Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance was founded in 1929, and its extensive holdings include a special focus on historical key-board instruments. It collects heavily in 20th- and 21st-century music of Europe and the United States, including electronic music and music by Cornell composition alumnae.

“We’re thrilled to welcome this donation to Cornell, and we look forward to welcoming resear-chers from all over the world who hope to learn more about Dr. Moog’s life and work, ” said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “We pride ourselves on not only preserving valuable historical knowledge, but providing access to one-of-a-kind, original materials to as many people as possible.”

Dr. Grams-Moog continued, “Cornell is a 150-year-old institution with a long history of steward-ship and dissemination of rare and valuable collections for education and research. Donating Bob’s archives to the university is the best opportunity to preserve and protect them so they will finally be accessible to students and scholars worldwide. In addition, they will be available to future generations long after we’re all gone.”

About Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library’s rich collections, expert librarians, responsive services and welcoming spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning throughout the university. Its world-class collection — nearly 8 million print volumes, nearly a million e-books and 5 million journal article downloads per year — covers incredibly diverse fields. The Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance provides extensive holdings of printed materials and recordings to support the study of music.

About Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. The company hosts Moogfest, a three-day festival celebrating the intersection of music and technology in honor of Moog’s innovative spirit. All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.

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Sennheiser Makes it Easy to Upgrade Wireless Systems with ‘Trade In, Trade Up’ Promotion

Old Lyme, Conn., July 12, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced its new Trade In, Trade Up promotion in which consumers can trade in their old wireless equipment from any manufacturer and receive a credit of up to $200 toward the purchase of a new Sennheiser wireless system. Customers can learn more and take advantage of the promotion by visiting http://en-us.sennheiser.com/promos.

Rebates are valid on select Sennheiser XS and EW G3 wireless systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Sennheiser dealer between now and September 30, 2013. Following are trade-in rebate values for the various products that are included:

• XS Wireless – $50 rebate
• ew 100 – $100 rebate
• ew 300 – $150 rebate
• ew 500 – $200 rebate

To receive a rebate on eligible products, customers will need to mail the following to Sennheiser following their purchase (postmarked no later than October 31, 2013):

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Sennheiser website at: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/promos.
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between July 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013, from an authorized Sennheiser dealer for a product listed above.
• The old wireless systems being traded for cash rebate (quantity of trades will be matched one-to-one against purchases, up to the quality of new systems purchased).

All rebates must be postmarked no later than October 31st, 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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P!NK takes off with Sennheiser

International superstar P!NK’s The Truth About Love arena tour is wowing audiences around the world with its incredible mixture of chart-topping tunes, aerial acrobatics, and sheer no-holds-barred entertainment – all powered by audio equipment from Sennheiser. The 140-date 2013 tour sees P!NK perform like never before, flying above the audience, dancing between two stages and diving into water – a demanding high-energy extravaganza that required custom solutions from the audio specialist.

Today’s arena shows offer ever-increasing level of spectacle, fusing sound, vision, special effects and pure performance. In taking to the road with The Truth About Love tour, P!NK has raised the bar even further, with an elaborate game-show themed concert that takes off in every sense – exploding into wild baroque performances and taking to the air with extensive aerial acrobatics driven by a wire system that lets the star travel to every corner of the arena. But how do you maintain great sound and all the emotion when everything is in motion?

Reaching new heights takes innovation:

Monitor assistant and sound engineer, Ben Byford described the challenge: “With this tour, the biggest challenge is that she is so much in the air. This show takes it further than anything I have ever done just because of the distances she can fly over the audience, the height, the movement, including spinning on her own axis. It’s definitely pushing it to a new level – technically and physically for her as well. It was vital to plan for this and get equipment that worked for the job.”

As Byford explained, the production relied heavily on solutions from Sennheiser, including custom prototypes developed specially for the tour: “The whole show is essentially all Sennheiser: every microphone, every in-ear system, every radio system – it’s all Sennheiser. The in-ears we use are Sennheiser 2000 series IEM systems. P!NK uses an SKM 2000 microphone, but with an MD 9235 head. The in-ear piece that she uses is a special prototype that we’re helping to test – a custom-made in-ear with an integrated microphone.”

That custom solution was developed by virtuoso monitor engineer, Horst Hartmann, who worked closely with Sennheiser. He explained that developing a special integrated monitor and microphone was the only way to cope with the highly physical nature of the performance, the aerial stunts and the lifts within the dance routines: “As well as the challenge of the range of motion, we also needed to provide P!NK with a headset that could also work in front of the PA because she is often flying above the audience and through the whole room. Additionally, the microphone had to sound as good as a hand-held one and had to be extremely resistant to feedback, like a hand-held would be.”

A headset with a neckband was ruled out because the set-up time would inhibit costume changes. They also needed a precise fit, as use of a cardioid mic meant that it had to stay in position right at the corner of P!NK’s mouth in order to receive the highest possible intensity of sound. On past tours, the team had used an earset mic taped in position on P!NK’s face but this time the audio team wanted to take things still further: “We came up with the idea of an in-ear with an integrated microphone,” said Horst Hartmann. “I’d seen referees, pilots, and firefighters wearing this but that’s about communication – walkie-talkie rather than the hi-fi quality we demanded. The capsule was already there: that of the HSP 4, an incredible microphone. Working with Sennheiser, we then developed the “hardware” around this capsule.”

Sennheiser developed a microphone that could be attached to the in-ear mould. With the in-ear fixed and securely in position, the attached microphone would stay in place with no adjustments. That was the theory, and in practice the solution proved a match for the demanding performance. Monitor engineer Jon Lewis explains: “Being integrated means that it’s very much set at the right position because it’s custom-made to the curve of her face, so there’s no movement. There’s nothing to tighten or loosen. So once it’s clicked into the in-ear piece, that’s it! This was perfect as any movement would have made things impossible, given the circus-style aspects of the show.”

Hartmann also describes the advantages of developing the whole solution with Sennheiser: “It’s now also one solution from one company, a simple solution that means everything is carried to the transmitter via the same cable. Much better for costume changes: You can take it off very quickly with one click, put a blind cover on it, so the connection is protected and that’s it. Sennheiser developed this just for P!NK’s current tour, and she liked it from the start. No other company offers this kind of product at the moment. And while it’s a prototype, it’s proved reliable – we don’t have any drop-outs when she is flying through the hall. It works perfectly.”

Instrument and ambience mics:

For miking the band, Chris Madden, FOH, and Horst Hartmann drew on the extensive range of wired Sennheiser microphones. The 24” kick drum was miked with an e 901 and an e 902, while the hi-hat and ride cymbal were picked up using e 914s. Two MKH 80s were used as overheads. The guitar cabs were captured with a total of three e 906s. The Leslie speaker was miked by three MK 4s, with two of them positioned at the top of the speaker, and one at the bottom.

In order to capture the audience reactions for the artists’ IEM receivers, Madden and Hartmann used two cardioid MKH 8040 for outside left and right, two MKH 8060 short gun mics for inside left and right as well as two MKH 8070 long gun microphones for far left and right.

A global tour, a universal receiver:

The Sennheiser EM 3732-II wireless receiver delivered a robust backbone to the audio. With a switching bandwidth of 184 MHz, the EM 3732-II can be deployed worldwide. Hartmann explains that its versatility offered a solution that would work perfectly in any venue, in any country: “This is a universal receiver that is capable of working wherever the tour lands: We use receivers that are capable from 600 to 800 MHz and can be used in America, Europe, and Asia. We do need to occasionally change the hand-held transmitters, but have two versions to cover both 600 and 700 MHz. We also love that the EM 3732-II is compatible with the 2000 series as well as the 5000s series transmitters.”

The Truth About Love – partnership counts:

The flexibility of the products and the audio specialist’s readiness to go the extra mile in developing dedicated prototypes has made Sennheiser a true partner to the tour. “Sennheiser are always there for us,” said Chris Madden. “You just have to pick up the phone or e-mail and you’re being supported – no matter what you ask for.” Ben Byford agrees: “There’s no other manufacturer that you feel you can just pick up the phone and ask for advice or ask for new products. It’s definitely the aftersales and the relationship side that makes Sennheiser stand out as a partner.” For Hartmann, reliability is also key: “The most important thing is that the solutions and devices are perfectly reliable. On a tour like this, you really depend on the equipment to perform each and every day.“

“It’s a great pleasure for Sennheiser to be able to support high flying touring artists such as P!NK,” said Pierre Morant, Global Relations Manager for EMEA at Sennheiser, “Taking a hands-on and collaborative approach is the key to making these relationships successful and to delivering the best service and products. In this case, working closely with Horst Hartmann was the key to innovating a new solution that has taken our ability to deliver flawless sound to – quite literally – new heights.“

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: The Truth About Love 2013/2014 tour sees P!NK perform like never before – extensive aerial acrobatics are part of her energetic show
(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur)

2: Chris Madden, FOH engineer for P!NK, with Horst Hartmann, monitors (l/r)

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Antelope Audio to Showcase its New Orion32 Interface at Summer NAMM

Nashville, TN, July 10, 2013 – Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio will be showcasing its groundbreaking new Orion32 interface at the Summer NAMM show between this Thursday and Saturday at booth 925. This year, the Summer NAMM show, which is being held at the new Music City Center for the first time, is expected to draw over 10,000 visitors from almost 30 countries.

Demonstrations at the Antelope Audio booth will feature the Orion32 being used in conjunction with a Rupert Neve Designs 5059 summing mixer and a pair of Chris Pelonis monitors. Antelope will also have its Isochrone 10M master clock on display, which is a staple in many of the top mastering, recording and post-production facilities around the world.

With no less than 32 channels at the output stage in a single rack space, the Orion32 is becoming very popular for use with summing mixers, including the Rupert Neve Designs 5059. Such a combination can result in increased fidelity, leading to detailed mixes that feature greater dimension.

At a price point of just $2,995, the Orion32 is finding its way into both commercial and project studios given its flexible I/O capabilities, high channel count and built in master clocking capabilities. Its custom-built USB chip supports 32 channels of 192 kHz I/O and works with any USB-enabled DAW or computer. The converter also provides 32 channels of 96 kHz audio through its fiber optic MADI I/O connections, making it ideal for use in live sound environments, and for use in remote recording applications.

“The Orion32 is a perfect complement to almost any studio environment or mobile recording setup,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales and Marketing, Antelope Audio U.S. “This year at Summer NAMM, we will be demonstrating how the Orion32 can dramatically increase the quality of a mix when used in conjunction with a high end summing mixer, such as the Rupert Neve Designs 5059.”

The Orion 32, which generates very little heat and consumers just 20watts, is housed in a single 1U rack space and requires no internal fan. Its flexible routing capabilities support simultaneous signals over both USB and MADI, and are all managed through a simple-to-use desktop application included with the device.

About Antelope Audio
www.AntelopeAudio.com

The digital audio world leader, Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than a 20-year 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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Design for the senses – quality for individualists: The new MOMENTUM On-Ear from Sennheiser

Quality, substance and value: audio specialist Sennheiser developed the MOMENTUM headphones for people who prize these properties – and who refuse to compromise on sound or design. Equipped with high-quality audio technology and finished with the finest materials, the MOMENTUM unites form and function like no other headphones. Now Sennheiser is introducing the MOMENTUM On-Ear. This smaller, on-ear version makes it possible to define your personal style with a range of contemporary colors.

The MOMENTUM On-Ear is a new addition to the MOMENTUM family, adding a dash of color to the Sennheiser product range. The headphones are available in four fresh shades – distinct looks selected by an international team of designers and trend scouts. In blue, green, pink and ivory, their perfect combination of sound and style is every bit as impressive as the rest of the MOMENTUM range.

Katrin Huss, Director of Customer Relationship Management at Sennheiser comments: “The new MOMENTUM On-Ear embodies an urban style that’s focused on high performance and the finest materials – on style and substance. They are the perfect choice for those who demand top quality and want to express this through their own personal style.”

High-quality audio technology and the finest materials

The MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones stand out for their minimalist design, but also for the tangibly high quality of their materials and workmanship. The ear pads and headband have been finished in Alcantara®, a high-tech material produced in Italy. As a result of its unique combination of suppleness, durability and breathable comfort, this luxury material is valued by fashion designers and interior designers alike. As with all other models in the MOMENTUM family, the headband of the MOMENTUM On-Ear is made of stainless steel.

The sound of these headphones is also clear and uncompromising, creating a sound experience in which even the tiniest details can be heard. Equipped with high-end 18-ohm transducers, MOMENTUM On-Ear guarantees full stereo sound with a slight bass emphasis in a frequency range from 16 to 22,000 Hz. Thanks to their closed, on-ear design, these headphones isolate the listener from external noise to ensure a great listening experience on the move – even in noisy urban environments.

Perfection in every detail

MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones feature a single-sided detachable cable with convenient in-line remote and microphone for Apple iDevices, for easy control of music playback and to make and receive calls on the go.

The new member of the MOMENTUM family is available in the colors blue, green, pink and ivory at selected retailers from summer 2013.

For more information on the MOMENTUM On-Ear, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com/momentum-on-ear

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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macProVideo.com and Neumann Announce SongCraft Remix Contest

Old Lyme, CT – July 9, 2013: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that it has partnered with macProVideo.com (MPV) in support of MPV’s 4th SongCraft Remix Contest. The contest challenges entrants to remix an exclusive track entitled ‘K(no)w” by Erin McKeown and Ben Sollee, providing a chance to win a Neumann TLM 102 large diaphragm condenser microphone valued at $699 plus a one-year subscription to macProVideo.com.

‘K(no)w” was written and produced from start to finish in the new MPV video tutorial, SongCraft: Songwriting with Erin McKeown and Ben Sollee. In the video, the two singer songwriters meet for the first time and are tasked with composing a song from start to finish in a single day. The finished article, which was produced in New York City’s Dubway Studios, was recording using an extensive assortment of Neumann microphones, including the TLM 102.

The contest is free of charge and open to participants anywhere in the world. By visiting and registering at the contest website, entrants can download track stems for remixing via SoundCloud. Final mixes must be uploaded to the SoundCloud submissions box no later than midnight PST, July 31st 2013, and contest winners will be announced on the MPV site shortly thereafter. Visit the contest website for instructions and regulations.

Great Things Come in Small Packages


With the TLM 102 large diaphragm microphone, Neumann has put legendary sound within the reach of the home and project studio users. The TLM 102, priced at juste $699, is 13% smaller than its “big brother”, the TLM 103, and delivers outstanding sonic quality in a small and economically attractive package. The microphone, which is available in both black and nickel finishes, has a maximum SPL of 144 dB and is extremely quiet with a self-noise of 12 dB-A.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Sound meets fashion: Sennheiser’s new MOMENTUM On-Ear

Old Lyme, CT, July 9, 2013 – Delighting ears and turning heads: Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones see the audio specialist getting seriously fashionable. The newest addition to Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM family debuts in a palette of fresh, pastel colors that’s right in step with the latest fashion collections. To celebrate the launch of the headphones, renowned photographer Alexander Gnädinger worked with three established fashion bloggers from different countries to create personal portraits reflecting the colors and the style of the new MOMENTUM On-Ear.

Injecting bright, beautiful color into Sennheiser’s range of headphones, the new MOMENTUM On-Ear is crafted from the finest materials and available in four colors, inspired by an international team of design experts and trend scouts. With versions in blue, green, pink and ivory, the pastel shades define an emerging trend for subtler color that is a key look in the current fashion collections.

The look, the feel, the sound

As well as exciting those with an eye for style, the MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones are a tactile delight: They feature a headband and earpads finished in high-tech Alcantara®, a specialised luxury material loved by designers and automotive upholsterers for its unique combination of softness, durability, and breathable comfort. While providing supreme comfort, the Alcantara® earpads isolate the listener for a great listening experience on the move, even in noisy urban environments. Lightweight sliders of premium brushed stainless steel complete the high end look.

Seriously stylish does not mean compromising on sound. The MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones deliver a sound experience that one would expect from audio specialist Sennheiser. The high performance transducer system offers an uncompromising sound performance: Rich, detailed and with a slight bass emphasis.

Inspired by fashion, inspiring the fashionable

To reflect idea and vision behind the MOMENTUM On-Ear, Sennheiser has worked with Alexander Gnädinger, a renowned photographer in the field of fashion and lifestyle, to explore how the unique colors and styling of the headphone range could inspire international fashion bloggers. Starting with a pair of MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones in the colors that best matched their own distinctive style, bloggers Luke Todd from the UK’s “FashionBeans”, Haleigh Walsworth from France’s “Making Magique”, and Anna Frost from Germany’s “Fashionpuppe” were invited to work with the photographer to art direct and model in their own photoshoots.

Alexander Gnädinger explains how the vision came together: “It was very interesting to work with the three different bloggers, to look at them, learn from them, work with their style and then jointly create a personal portrait, related to fashion, music and the new Sennheiser headphones.”

“I really like the MOMENTUM On-Ear. It creates the link between fashion and music. Where it has always existed it’s now shown in a physical form – it looks good, with great colors and the sound is brilliant. It really cements the bond between the two,” says FashionBeans’ Luke Todd.

The new headphones feature a single sided detachable cable with convenient in-line remote and mic for Apple iDevices, for easy control over music playback and to make and receive calls on the go.

About Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

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Sennheiser Announces Shipment of its New HDVD 800 Digital Amplifier

OLD LYME, Conn. – July 2, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its new HDVD 800 digital amplifier is now shipping. The new amplifier is designed to provide a crystal clear, brilliant response and is ideally suited for driving the entire line of high-end headphones from Sennheiser, including the HD 600, HD 650, HD 700, HD 800 and other models.

The new HDVD 800 provides a crisp and detailed, distortion-free response — making the listener feel as they were sitting directly in front of the audio source. Designed, developed and manufactured in Germany, the new amplifier is a manifestation of the effort and vision that drives Sennheiser in the development of its high-end products, creating an unsurpassed level of acoustic performance.

Balanced sound image and impressive spaciality
Sonically, the HDVD 800 delivers a balanced sound image, maximum precision and impressive spatiality. It features a fully symmetrical layout that ensures even signal transmission from the source to the headphones. “The fully symmetrical principle effectively compensates for interference and distortion,” explains Axel Grell, Sennheiser’s High-End Product Manager at Sennheiser. “The sound therefore becomes much clearer as total harmonic distortion is minimized.”

The HDVD 800 is also equipped with an asymmetrical input socket; when using this input, incoming signals are symmetrized before further processing takes place. Digital sources are connected to the rear of the unit as an AES/EBU input or S/PDIF (optical and coaxial). The HDVD 800 also features an extra USB input, which offers 24 bit data transmission at 192 KHz*.

Sophisticated materials for a premium touch

A glass panel embedded in the aluminium housing of the amplifier gives a clear view of the top-quality interior of the devices. The rotary potentiometer is mechanically connected to the volume control by a 150mm long shaft. This unusually long shaft allows the signal path between the audio source and the potentiometer to be kept very short, thus preventing possible interference of the signal. High-quality components (Alps RK 27 quad) ensure that the volume is controlled with maximum precision and a fine rotary ‘feel’. Also visible through the glass panel are the cooling element, the audio relay and countless MELF resistors for the amplifier.

The housing, the potentiometer control as well as the rotary switch for selecting the source are all made of anodized aluminium, while the front panel of the housing and the controls are milled from solid material. The HDVD 800, which is priced at $1,999.95, was developed and designed in Germany.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com

*Driverless operation on a Mac from operating system OS 10.5 onwards. A driver is included for Windows computers from XP operating system onwards for 192 kHz operation.

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Sennheiser provides unwavering support and flawless wireless as CMA Music Festival shatters attendance records

Nashville, TN, July 1, 2013 – From June 6 to 9, the Country Music Association (CMA) held its 42nd Annual Fan Fair, a four-day music festival consisting of dozens of country performances including current, chart-topping Sennheiser users such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band to ‘heritage’ artists including Kenny Rogers and Oak Ridge Boys.

Each year, the festival gains in popularity around the world and this year was no exception as the total number of attendees exceeded 80,000 over the course of the festival — a 13 percent increase in overall attendance compared to 2012. Sennheiser supported the production with wireless equipment consisting of eight channels of EM 3732-II receivers, coupled with SKM 2000-XP handheld wireless transmitters and MMD 935-1 cardioid microphone capsules.

Curt Jenkins was responsible for the audio as project manager for Nashville-based Sound Image. Jenkins made contact with Tim Moore, Sennheiser USA’s artist relations manager, several weeks before the event for assistance in coordinating artist and engineer equipment needs. With the complexity of the event in mind, Moore suggested bringing in the Sennheiser Global Relations Team for additional support utilizing their production-ready technical assets. “Sennheiser recognizes the challenges technicians and engineers face during these events to stay efficient, so our pre-configured wireless equipment racks give them one less thing to worry about,” commented Kristy Jo Winkler, Global Relations Manager, Americas. The equipment was used extensively over the course of the performances at LP Field — Nashville’s 68,798 capacity sporting arena that is also home to the Tennessee Titans U.S. football team.

In addition to the wireless racks, Sound Image appreciated the microphone capsules Sennheiser provided. “The e 935 microphone and MMD 935-1 capsule have become very popular and are the choice of a large number of Sennheiser users,” commented Tim Moore. “The MMD 935-1 capsule has a natural response that consistently and accurately reproduces the source. When Curt asked for support from Sennheiser, I knew that the 935-1 capsule would be perfectly suited for the application.”

Sennheiser: providing wireless support where it‘s needed

“I was managing audio for the whole event,” commented Curt Jenkins, who was asked to provide several additional channels of production wireless to cover the festival’s heritage acts as well as ongoing MC activities. “Since it was being filmed for TV by a major network, we had to ensure all the audio was rock solid, especially considering we were multi-tracking everything. We asked Sennheiser if they could help and they arranged to have a rack sent over without delay.”

In addition to the wireless microphones, Sennheiser also supplied several SR 2050 IEMs and evolution series wired microphones. The equipment was used throughout the duration of the four-day festival, providing clear and predictably flawless performance to the record-setting, sell-out crowd. From the outset, Jenkins had no doubt that the MMD 935-1 capsules would perform well in a stadium environment, especially considering that it has been the ‘go-to’ capsule for both Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton: “The capsules themselves are well rounded,” he says. “The MMD 935-1 is totally controllable in a stadium environment and because of its wide frequency response works great on anybody’s voice.”

No clicks, pops, swishes or dropouts

Jason Glass of Cross Plains, TN-based Clean Wireless Audio was hired by Sound Image to handle RF coordination for the stage microphones, IEMs, television crews as well as touring rigs for guest acts during the festival. Glass was tasked with covering the entire stage performance area as well as a secondary stage in the audience, located approximately seventy-five feet beyond the downstage edge of the main stage.

He put the Sennheiser rack into play from the moment it arrived during load-in on June 3rd. “We relied heavily on the Sennheiser wireless receivers and transmitters during each of the four days, and everything worked perfectly,” he recalls. Each day, Glass worked alongside each artist’s tech team to provide backup frequencies should any trouble arise. “Not only were the vast majority of pre-assigned Sennheiser frequencies clean, but Taylor Swift’s RF Tech Bill Flugan emailed me afterwards to let me know their show went flawlessly.”

Glass, who has toured for over 20 years as a monitor engineer, says that the Sennheiser gear performed as advertised: “Everything worked so incredibly well. In four days, we didn’t experience a single click, pop, swish or dropout.” Glass says in addition to the incredible reliability of the Sennheiser wireless, he also appreciates the cross-compatibility between the 2000 series and 5000 series wireless systems: “When you are working with different touring acts, some walk in with Sennheiser 5000 systems — if the next act walks on and are carrying the 2000 series, you can push a few buttons on the receiver and be ready to go,” he says.

Sennheiser Global Relations making it work

Perhaps most of all, Glass is appreciative of the care that goes into pre-configuring a turnkey system. “When you obtain a turnkey system from Sennheiser Global Relations, the rack is absolutely gorgeous. It is well thought out, constructed and functions exactly as you would expect,” he says. “For instance, each BNC cable is no longer and no shorter than needed — when you are trying to squeeze every last decibel out of an RF transmission system, things like cabling become a factor and Sennheiser does it right.”

“It brings to mind the old catch phrase ‘German precision engineering’,” concludes Glass. “Everything has its purpose, and that’s appreciated. When you talk to people at Sennheiser, they know their stuff.”

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

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Get the right mic for your sound – Sennheiser’s ‘evolution Soundroom’ app makes choosing a microphone easy

Old Lyme, Conn., June 20, 2013 – With such a broad range of microphones meeting a wide spectrum of needs, what’s the best way to identify the Sennheiser mic that’s right for you? What’s the difference between vocal microphones like the e 935 and e 945? How does the bass drum sound change when it is picked up by two microphones? With the ‘evolution Soundroom’ app for the iPad you can stop wondering and get hands on: just select a microphone and listen to its sound using professional recordings.

“This app brings the reproduction side of a recording studio to the iPad,” explains Oliver Ohrndorf, Marketing Manager for Music Industry, Live Sound and Rental. “’evolution Soundroom’ not only allows users to compare microphones virtually, but also to create their own mixes and save them as presets.”

Based on professional recordings
The audio material used for the iPad app has been recorded with incredible precision in the Sennheiser Studio (formerly Peppermint Park Studio) by Gregor Zielinsky, tonmeister and International Recording Applications Manager, and live sound engineer Sebastian Schmitz, Product Manager for Wired Microphones.

With drums, bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, trumpet, trombone and saxophone, the audio recordings for the app are extensively orchestrated and show the best microphones for each instrument. All microphone tracks are available in high audio quality (44.1 kHz WAV), raw and can be remixed to suit the user’s requirements. Using the app, users can listen to and compare the following Sennheiser microphones:

• Vocal microphones:
o MK 4 (large-diaphragm true condenser, cardioid)
o e 965 (large-diaphragm true condenser, cardioid and super-cardioid)
o e 945 (dynamic, super-cardioid)
o e 935 (dynamic, cardioid)
o e 865 (condenser, super-cardioid)
o e 845 (dynamic, super-cardioid)
o e 835 (dynamic, cardioid)

• Instrument microphones:
o Bass drum: e 901 (miked from the inside), e 902 (inside + outside), e 602 (outside)
o Snares: e 904 above; e 604 top and bottom
o Hi-hat: e 914, e 614
o Rack tom: e 904, e 604
o Floor tom: e 904, e 902
o Overheads: 2 x MK 4, 2 x e 914
o Bass: MK 4, e 906, direct out
o Electric guitar (solo): MK 4, e 906
o Electric guitar (rhythm): MK 4, e 906, e 606
o Electric guitar (room mic): MK 4
o Acoustic guitar: 2 x MK 4, direct out
o Trumpet: MK 4, e 908
o Trombone: MK 4, e 908
o Saxophone: MK 4, e 908
o Wind instruments, room mics: 2 x MK 4

Building on this exciting feature set, Sennheiser plans to develop the app further, for example, by adding different musical styles. The evolution Soundroom app can be downloaded from the Apple Store for free. More information is available at:
http://en-us.sennheiser.com/microphones/evolution — customers who do not own iPads can utilize a scaled down mic finder on this page.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Ger-many, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was es-tablished in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by sub-sidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Com-munications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com

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