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Earthworks Now Shipping 40kHz High Definition FlexMic™ Podium Microphones

Milford, NH – Earthworks expands its FlexMic™ Series of podium microphones to include 40kHz High Definition models, which feature an extended frequency response from 50Hz to 40kHz.

HD FlexMics

The original FlexMic™ models feature a 50Hz to 20kHz frequency response, while the new High Definition models have 50Hz to 40kHz response that provides even greater clarity and intelligibility than the 20kHz models.

All FlexMic™ and HD FlexMic™ models feature a new slimmer 7mm diameter gooseneck, and a shorter tip, providing an overall lower profile.

The FM & FMHD models feature a fully flexible gooseneck, while the FMR & FMRHD models have a rigid center with flex at both ends. All FlexMic models are available with either cardioid or hypercardioid polar patterns in 13, 19, 23 and 27 inch overall lengths.

Every standard and HD FlexMic utilize Earthworks’ patented polar technology, which allows orators to move as much as 90 degrees off-axis to either side, above or below the mic and still maintain the same pristine sound quality with high intelligibility.

All FlexMic™ and HD FlexMic™ models are currently shipping.

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Earthworks FlexMics Capture Beatification Ceremony Conducted by Pope Francis in South Korea

Milford, NH – Earthworks FlexMic™ podium microphones were recently used in a Beatification Ceremony conducted by Pope Francis in Seoul, Korea on August 16. The ceremony was held at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, with nearly one million people in attendance and 20 percent of South Korea’s population tuning in to watch the historic event on television.

Sung Jun Park, Director of Engineering for Art Mix, selected six FMR500/HC 19 inch Earthworks podium microphones for the ceremony.

Park commented on some of the benefits that the Earthworks FlexMics provide. “The sensitivity and dynamic range are good. Additionally, their gain before feedback is definitely superior to the other microphones.”

Park also noted the response of the ceremony’s organizers to the sound quality the FMR500/HCs delivered. “The Vatican was satisfied, since the FMR500/HCs have a high quality sound.”

In addition to the overall sound quality, the FMR500/HCs also provided aesthetic benefits for an event being broadcast on television. “The microphone’s head is small. So, it did not hide the Pope’s face.”

For this particular ceremony, Park utilized J-Series and Q Series loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik, a DIGICO SD-8 console and six Earthworks FMR500/HC podium microphones.

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Earthworks Debuts IML Installation Series with LumiComm™ Touch Ring

Milford, NH – Introducing the Earthworks IML Installation Series featuring the LumiComm™ Touch Ring designed for permanent table top installation.

IML12-B, IML10-B, IML6-B, IML3-B

Seamlessly integrated into the microphone, the LumiComm™ Touch Ring consists of a dual-color LED light ring and a touch sensor output, providing integrators complete freedom to assign function and LED color with a media control system.

The IML microphone is a back-electret condenser that features a near-perfect cardioid polar response and a flat 30Hz-30kHz frequency response, allowing orators to maintain the same intelligibility at the front and sides of the microphone without a reduction of high frequencies.

IML models come standard with RF shielding, cardioid polar pattern, 4.5 inch body, black finish, touch sensitive surface, and dual-color (red & green) LED light ring. They are available with 3, 6, 10 or 12 inch goosenecks.

Primary applications for the IML Series include boardrooms, teleconferencing, distance learning, and government facilities.

Shipping July 2014.

See us at InfoComm Booth #C11708.

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Rick Camp Brings Earthworks WL40V Capsule on the Road with Jennifer Lopez

Milford, NH – With a career spanning 30 years and a roster that includes Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Burt Bacharach, The Isley Brothers, Baby Face, Anita Baker, and Kelly Clarkson, FOH Engineer Rick Camp has certainly been around the block. And in 2011, Camp added Jennifer Lopez to his impressive roster. Now Camp is taking the Earthworks WL40V wireless microphone capsule on the road with Jennifer as she tours the globe.

Camp first learned about the Earthworks WL40V capsule from a friend, Tim Kidwell, who does sound for Frankie Beverly and Maze. “Tim showed me how well the WL40V rejected sound.” recalls Camp. “During a performance Frankie would always turn around and walk straight toward the drum set, and his stage volume was always incredibly loud. The Earthworks capsule just rejected all of the sound from the drums.”

About a year later, Camp had an opportunity to use the WL40V capsule himself on Jennifer’s Sony DWX Digital Wireless. “I am an endorser of Sony wireless microphones, and in talking with my rep from Sony, he told me how the new Sony DWX series wireless mics were designed to use interchangeable mic capsules,” explains Camp. “He mentioned that one of the interchangeable capsules was the Earthworks WL40V. I told him that I had actually heard one of the Earthworks mic capsules in action, and that I wanted to try it.”

“The thing that impresses me with the WL40V is that the pickup pattern is really tight, which rejects all the stage noise coming in from the rear and sides,” explains Camp. “When a singer turns toward a drum set or guitar amp, it rejects all of that. The rear rejection is just great!”

“I also love the sound of the Earthworks capsule,” says Camp. “It is crystal clear and sounds like a studio mic on stage. The WL40V has a very smooth response and I love that, especially when Jennifer is on a ramp, 50 feet out in front of the PA speakers.”

Camp explains how the WL40V has improved Jennifer’s performance. “The WL40V capsule is incredible and there is nothing that I don’t like about it. It has made a world of difference for me, and especially with Jennifer, because she likes to work in front of the PA speakers for about half of the show, and I have no acoustic feedback problems,” explains Camp. “When she walks down the 50 foot ramp, when she faces the audience, her body blocks the speakers and when she turns around toward the stage, with the rear of the mic facing the speakers, it all works flawlessly. No matter which way she turns, I have no feedback problems when using the WL40V mic capsule. This capsule improved the performance by fifty percent, just by the rejection of all the outside elements such as side fills or wedges.”

Another challenge Camp faced during the performance? “There is a part of Jennifer’s show where she is doing a tango with some of her dancers,” says Camp. “One of the dancers holds Jennifer’s mic up to her, and she says a few words as she is spinning around and twirling. I could never dig out this little vocal, as it was so soft. However, when using the WL40V capsule, I have no trouble picking this up. It sounds just like she was standing still, singing into the microphone.”

Having had such a stellar experience with the WL40V on Jennifer’s tour, Camp is spreading the word. “I have already recommended the Earthworks WL40V capsule to other engineers,” says Camp. “I tell them that the WL40V has incredible rear rejection and a very impressive sound quality. It sounds like a studio mic on stage.”

“I have found Earthworks and its people wonderful to work with. When I needed something, they were right there to help me out,” concluded Camp. “I have been very favorably impressed with the WL40V wireless microphone capsule, so much so, that I am now looking forward to trying out the Earthworks High Definition drum mics and the PianoMic™.”

Veteran FOH Engineer Rick Camp has developed Master Mix Live, a Las Vegas, NV-based school devoted to training people in the art and science of live sound. For more info about Master Mix Live, go to mastermixlive.com.

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London National Theatre Purchases Earthworks PM40 PianoMic™ for ‘The Light Princess’ Musical

Milford, NH – The prestigious London National Theatre has recently purchased the Earthworks PM40 PianoMic™.

Ed Furguson - National Theatre with the Earthworks PM40

Ed Furguson, the sound manager for the National Theatre and associate sound designer for the musical ‘The Light Princess’ in conjunction with Simon Baker purchased the PM40 after extensive tests as the musical written by singer-songwriter Tori Amos and playwright Samuel Adamson is centered around a grand piano, and in fact Tori’s personal grand piano was used for the production.

The Earthworks PM40 is quick and easy to use with a simple, yet ingenious extendable pole which rests inside the grand piano and has miniature omni capsules optimized for grand piano delivering the perfect piano sound, at full stick, half stick or even with the lid closed and without the use of unsightly microphone boom stands.

Distributed in the UK by Unity Audio Ltd.

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Earthworks PianoMic™ and Mason & Hamlin Model A Make Beautiful Music Together at NAMM 2014

Milford, NH – Earthworks, manufacturer of the revolutionary PM40 PianoMic™ System, and Mason & Hamlin, one of America’s oldest and most respected piano manufacturers, are teaming up at NAMM (Booth 6882).

The Pianodisc® equipped Mason & Hamlin Model A will be on display at the Earthworks booth for attendees to not only admire the handcrafted piano, but also to listen to the through the Earthworks PM40 PianoMic™ System.

At 5’8″, the Mason & Hamlin Model A grand is widely regarded as the biggest sounding piano under 6′ in the industry and a perfect piano to demonstrate the wide frequency response of Earthworks High Definition Microphones™. It is equipped with a PianoDisc iQ player system with new ProRecord optical key sensors. This player system features high-definition playback with 1024 levels of expression on each note. It interfaces with Apple iOS and Android devices and is operated wirelessly.

The Earthworks PianoMic™ System was engineered to revolutionize piano miking and achieve an incredible improvement in piano sound for live and recording applications with no mic stands or booms. This innovative design allows near-perfect closed lid piano miking. The PM40 combines breathtaking realism through two 40kHz random incidence omni microphones. It also provides more gain-before-feedback, significantly less leakage from surrounding instruments and the same pristine sound quality with the piano lid either up or down.

The Pianodisc® equipped Mason & Hamlin Model A miked with the Earthworks PM40 PianoMic™ System, along with the rest of the Earthworks product lineup, will be at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, January 23-26, Booth #6882. Visit Mason & Hamlin / PianoDisc at NAMM, Convention Center 3rd Floor, Booth #521.

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Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ Record Choir of More Than 5000 Sing Zach Sobiech’s “Clouds”

Milford, NH – On December 5, a choir of over 5000 singers came together to sing Zach Sobiech’s “Clouds” at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota as a tribute to the singer-songwriter. A matched pair of Earthworks QTC40s was used to record the 5000-person choir on the first anniversary of the song’s release to benefit the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Veteran producer Karl Demer of Atomic K Records & Productions, a full service Audio/Video/Photography production company based in Minneapolis, MN, produced the original version of “Clouds” performed by Zach Sobiech.

“A year ago I was asked to produce a song for a teenager name Zach Sobiech who had terminal cancer and wrote a song to say goodbye to his family and girlfriend,” explains Demer. “A video was made of his experience recording the song. This video went viral on the internet; the song went to #1 on iTunes and Billboard and to this day, has raised nearly 1 million dollars for Children’s cancer research specifically to find a cure for the type of cancer that took his life.”

Being the producer of the original version of “Clouds,” Demer was asked by Dan Seeman, KS95 general manager and close friend of Zach Sobiech, to produce a recorded audio track and direct the choir for the 1 year anniversary event.

The hope for the event was to have 1000 singers, though that goal was quickly reached and a cap put on registration for participation knowing that many more would be there as spectators. “They wanted to ask several local choirs to sing the song at the Mall of America rotunda during their annual KS95 for Kids Radiothon sponsoring the Children’s cancer research fund,” says Demer. “They were hoping to get up to 1000 singers. Day 7 of promotion for the event, we had to stop registering singers at 3600 due to the capacity of the venue! The Mall of America estimates the number in attendance singing at 5000 people.”

Demer now had the task of figuring out how best to record a choir of 5000 in a less than ideal location. “I was doing pre-production research as to how I should go about recording 5000 singers on 4 levels in a full circle with reflective surfaces everywhere,” says Demer. “Earthworks mics kept coming up in my searches for realistic symphonic recordings from a stereo pair, so I reached out to Earthworks through their website and told them of my challenge. Later the next day, to my surprise, Craig Breckenridge responded with a very detailed description of how he suggested I go about placing mics for the recording. He apologized for the delay in response but wanted to get the input from his whole team at Earthworks! I was blown away by such personal service despite never meeting Craig.”

For the event, Demer ran the matched pair of QTC40s through Midas preamps and recorded directly off the preamps to his Macbook Pro running Cubase.

Though familiar with Earthworks High Definition Microphones™, this was the first time Demer had an opportunity to use them. He explains his experience using the QTC40s to record the 5000-person choir: “The QTC40s responded with superior clarity and frequency response. Basically what I heard with my headphones off is what I heard with my headphones on while soloing the QTC40s. The benefit of this stereo pair was that they gave me a beautiful true stereo image of 360 degrees on the x-axis and nearly 180 on the y-axis.” You can see and hear this impressive event on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLhUS_QjcZY

While the Largest Clouds Choir event was Demer’s first experience using Earthworks microphones, they have quickly found a home in his studio. “I’ve since used the stereo pair of QTC40s as room mics for a horn session,” explains Demer. “I was equally impressed by their natural response. I’ve never had an easier time integrating a horn section into a mix while retaining such detail in the instruments.”

“As I said earlier, I had never experienced such great personal service from a company that I had never done business with before,” Demer concludes. “The fact that they collaborated as a team to help me find the correct solution for my recording dilemma shows their true passion for audio excellence.”

To read Zach’s story or to donate to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, visit ChildrensCancer.org/Zach.

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“Clouds” by Zach Sobiech

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Earthworks Microphones Capture Singing Christmas Tree Performances

Highland Baptist Church utilizes 22 Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ for Singing Christmas Tree Performance

Milford, NH – Franklin Denham, Minister of Music at Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, has been conducting Singing Christmas Tree performances since 1985. The history of singing trees goes back to the outdoor presentations in 1933 at Belhaven College, Jackson, MS, which is considered the first and oldest outdoor Singing Christmas Tree event in America. At the time, indoor performances were rare, as it required a rather large church to accommodate this type of performance. All of the tree performances at Highland Baptist Church have been continually held indoors and are performed 6 times each year. Over the past 29 years, there have been approximately 2,800 attendees per season. Depending upon the year, there will be from 65 to over 100 singers on the tree. It stands 35 feet high, with nine rows of singers and weighs 21,000 pounds fully loaded.

“Over the years we had used conventional condenser microphones for sound reinforcement on the tree,” explains Denham. “About four years ago we converted to Earthworks® and placed 16 SR30 High Definition Microphones™ on the tree. The Earthworks microphones make 60 singers sound more like a hundred. We are able to get more gain-before-feedback. This allows us to bring the choir sound up to a level that will balance well with our 21-piece orchestra and organ. An immediate bonus of the Earthworks microphones is a dramatic improvement in intelligibility. If a choir can be heard and understood, what can be better than that?”

The choir begins each program singing on risers directly behind the orchestra. For these selections, Denham utilizes 4 Earthworks FW730 Flexwands™. “The Flexwands provide us excellent coverage of the choir, more gain-before-feedback and more intelligibility,” says Denham. “The rear rejection of the Flexwands keeps the leakage of the orchestra into the choir microphones at a bare minimum. The Flexwands are almost invisible from the congregation when the house lights are up. When house lights are dimmed, the Flexwands become completely unnoticeable. One of my favorite features of the Flexwands is that the microphone connector is in the base and there are no visible wires above floor level. The Flexwands are light years ahead of our previous microphones.”

“I would also like to mention that we have an Earthworks PM40 PianoMic, which is just stellar. We use a few extra SR30s for solo instruments. The recent addition of an Earthworks podium microphone allows us to hear the spoken word with incredible detail and clarity either on, or off-axis. The use of Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ has made an incredible improvement in our church services and music performances.”

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Earthworks Now Shipping 521 ZDT Preamp for 500 Series Racks

Milford, NH – The Earthworks 521 ZDT Preamps for 500 series racks, are now in stock and shipping.

Based on the ZDT Preamp technology designed by David Blackmer, the Earthworks 521 brings the exacting standards of the ZDT Zero Distortion Preamplifiers™ to the convenient 500 series format, providing a pristine amplification option to the 500 series rack.

“Earthworks is continually developing precision audio products that elevate the audio chain,” says Heidi Blackmer Robichaud, President/CEO of Earthworks. “We are thrilled to introduce the new 521 preamp, our first ever 500 series preamp, giving recordists an Earthworks ZDT Preamp option for their 500 series racks.”

The solid state 521 features switchable phantom power, polarity invert, and peak amplitude clip detection, just as in the original ZDT Zero Distortion Preamplifiers™. The transformerless output stage of the 521 will easily drive long cable runs without loss of quality. Transparent gain is switchable from 5dB to 60dB in 5dB steps.

The Earthworks microphone preamplifier topology provides outstanding common mode rejection, excellent overload margin and an incredibly low noise floor, combined with the ultra-wide bandwidth of the ZDT Preamps (1Hz to 200kHz ±0.5dB) and distortion of less than 1 part per million (0.0001%). This exceptional level of performance is maintained over an extensive range of impedances applied to the input, making the 521 suitable for practically any microphone – ribbon, dynamic or condenser.

The Earthworks 521 has a MAP of $999.

The Earthworks 521, along with the rest of the Earthworks product lineup, will be at The 135th AES Convention at the Javits Center in New York, October 18-20, Booth #2739.

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Earthworks Microphones Record Brahms’ Requiem

September 19, 2013, Milford, NH – On April 28, 2013, the Meridian Symphony Chorus and Orchestra recorded the Brahms’ Requiem at Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, MS. This church was chosen for its’ outstanding acoustics. The entire performance was recorded using all Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ as follows: 4 FW730 Flexwands™ on choir, 2 QTC40s on the orchestra, 1 SR30 for solo mic, 1 SR30 for room ambience, and 1 PM40 PianoMic™ on piano. Dr. Bob Hermetz, Conductor, said “This recording sounds incredibly detailed, natural and real. I am very pleased with the results.”

Photo courtesy of Meridian Symphony Chorus and Orchestra ©2013

The Meridian Symphony Chorus has been conducted by Dr. Hermetz since 1971 utilizing singers from East Mississippi and West Alabama, dedicated to presenting the highest level of choral singing. Averaging three concerts a year, the chorus presents music ranging from contemporary styles, theater, oratorio, opera choruses, and other classical forms. In addition to local and regional performances, the Symphony Chorus has made three appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall through Mid America Productions. The chorus is a non-profit organization operating under the umbrella of the Meridian Symphony Association, Inc.

For information on this recording or a CD of this performance, call (601) 693-2224, and for information on Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ visit www.earthworksaudio.com.

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