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Waves Audio to Present Waves SoundGrid® at the Resolution Magazine Audio Networking Forum

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, is presenting Waves SoundGrid® at the Resolution Magazine Audio Networking Forum, taking place on 12 December 2014 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London, UK. The Audio Networking Forum brings together technology experts, operators and industry professionals involved in audio networking for broadcast, post-production, live sound and music production. Each year, the Forum serves as an essential crash course on the capabilities of audio networking today.

Waves’ main presentation at the 2014 Forum will be delivered by Gil Wasserman, Director of the Live Division at Waves Audio and Senior Product Manager of the SoundGrid project for the past six years. Since joining Waves Audio in 1998, Wasserman has also been product manager for Waves MaxxBCL and other non-plugin Waves products, and has served as Waves’ Marketing Director for two years. In his presentation, “SoundGrid: From the Studio to the Stage and Back Again,” Wasserman will elaborate on how networking is all about increasing efficiencies, saving money and speeding workflows, and will show how SoundGrid is employed regularly at high-profile live music events with project transfers directly to and from the recording studio.

Wasserman says, “Waves is delighted to have this opportunity to convey the benefits of SoundGrid. I will focus on how SoundGrid combines networking with audio processing, demonstrate the ease of SoundGrid’s user-oriented networking, and share user stories.”

To read more, please visit http://www.waves.com/soundgrid-systems.

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Global Harvest Church Gets the Right AV and Lighting Systems with Help from GC Pro

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— GC Pro shows the value of relationships as it helps Global Harvest Church move to its new space with the right technology, installation and service —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — As churches expand, break off, or move into new spaces, they often need help finding the right mix of AV technology to let them get off the ground as successfully as possible. That’s exactly what Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, was able to do for the new Global Harvest Church, in Carrollton, Texas, earlier this year.

For years, Global Harvest Church shared worship spaces with the New Song Church, also in Carrollton, but more recently members of the existing congregation sought to express their own worship style with their own separate worship facility. New Song Church has been a long-time customer of GC Pro, which had sourced audio and video products for the church in the past. Thus, the founders of Global Harvest Church became familiar with GC Pro’s vast inventory, competitive pricing and extensive knowledge of the entire AV spectrum of technology, and in particular with GC Pro’s Affiliate Program, which pairs clients who need AV installation/integration services with vendors with specific capabilities to fit those needs. In this case, the nascent church’s leadership approached GC Pro’s Dallas office with their plan, and GC Pro stepped up to help them accomplish this smoothly.

Beginning a year ago, GC Pro Senior Account Manager Jeffrey McDaniel began coordinating between the church and Omnicoustics, a local AV integration company that is a member of the GC Pro Affiliates Program. As plans with the new church’s architects began to come together, GC Pro and Omnicoustics owner Adrian Gamez developed AV systems designs that would perfectly integrate into the church’s physical architecture. These include a sound system featuring a DB Technologies DVA T4 powered line array, two DB DVA-S20DP Dual 18-inch powered subwoofers, a Symetrix SymNet® Open Architecture Dante® Scalable DSP processor, and Sennheiser handheld wireless microphone and in-ear monitor systems. Video components include a Blackmagic Designs router and SDI converters and Panasonic cameras, and three Apple iMac Quad Core computers, as well as lighting components from Chauvet.

“We’d had a lot of time to get to know them,” McDaniel says of the founders of the new church. “And they knew us from all the work we had done together at New Song over the years. We knew each other as people as well as professionals, and that makes a huge difference, especially in the house-of-worship category, where trust in who you’re dealing with is everything.”

The choice of Omnicoustics proved to be a good one for the church. Company owner Adrian Gamez recalls that the church, which has a fairly low ceiling, specifically wanted a line array sound system. “That’s usually not a good combination,” says Gamez, who analyzed the space using EASE software and determined that the DB Technologies T4 line array would be a good solution. “GC Pro sourced that for us, as well as all the other equipment and products we needed,” he says. “There’s a good balance between what we do and what GC Pro is best at that really delivers a great end result for the client.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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Audio-Technica Names Millar Electronics New Rep Firm for Southeastern U.S.

STOW, OH — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, appoints Apex, North Carolina-based Millar Electronics as its new manufacturer’s rep firm for the southeastern U.S., including the region encompassing Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
In existence since 1924, Millar Electronics specializes in the pro audio and A/V integration industries. The announcement was made by David Marsh, Audio-Technica Director of Sales, Professional Markets, and signifies A-T’s continued emphasis on growth in all markets, particularly installed sound.

Millar Electronics Principal Herman Civils (Outside Sales, NC/SC Region) will be joined in representing A-T by team members Pete Petty (Outside Sales, NC/TN Region), Bryan Civils (Outside Sales, NC/SC Region), Jerry Silhavy (Outside Sales, GA Region), Jack McGehee (Outside Sales, AL/MS/West TN Region), Linda Crofton (Inside Sales) and John Herr (Product Support). A-T is the latest addition to Millar’s brand roster, which also includes such lauded manufacturers as Community Pro, Fulcrum Acoustic, InFocus, König & Meyer, Lowell Manufacturing and Symetrix.

“As we continue to pursue growth in all areas, the installed sound market has grown into a major point of focus for our company,” stated David Marsh. “We have been a leader in product introductions for this sector, with innovations including UniPoint and our Engineered Sound® Series, and the first wired Dante™ boundary microphone, as examples, so we need to make certain that we are partnered with the best rep firms with roots in both installed sound and retail. Millar Electronics embodies this trait, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship with their team.”

Herman Civils added, “Millar Electronics is proud to add Audio-Technica to the roster of brands we represent. We like to partner with the best the industry has to offer, and Audo-Technica’s reputation speaks for itself. We believe that collaboration and support flowing between manufacturer, rep and vendor are critical for the success of all three, and we look forward to fostering this line of communication moving forward.”

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State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, Updates Audio Systems with the Help of GC Pro

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — The nearly century-old venue State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, opened its doors in 1936 but closed down in 1988. Luckily, it later underwent a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation that both buffed up its Art Deco design elements and added modern sound and lights with a 20-foot video screen, turning it into one of the leading live music venues in the region, sporting a wide-open dance floor and 200 seats in the restored balconies. The State Theatre just got another upgrade, this one to its audio and lighting systems, with all components sourced through Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

The new audio and lighting components include an RCF dual-hang line array sound system, managed by a dbx DriveRack 4800 speaker processor and mixed through an Avid SC48 VENUE digital FOH console. There is also a new High End Systems Road Hog 4 lighting control console and 16 new Chauvet LED and PAR lighting fixtures. All of these components were installed by Koko Brothers Entertainment, a proud member of the GC Pro Affiliate Program.

“That’s one of the things we love about working with GC Pro — any product we think we might need on a job, GC Pro will always be able to get it for us,” says Angelo Kokkinakos, who with his brother Lou owns and operates Koko Brothers Entertainment. The Baltimore-based firm is one of an elite group of approved vendors in the GC Pro Affiliate Program, which includes a growing number of award-winning companies and individuals who specialize in key areas of professional audio systems design, integration and installation.

“There were a couple of challenges,” says Angelo Kokkinakos. “It’s an old, landmarked building, so there’s not much you can do from an acoustics point of view, because the historical nature of the interior must be maintained. The owner” — Thomas Carter, who with a partner bought the State Theatre and brought it back to life — “wanted better sound. What had been in there was a ground-stacked system, which was good, but the coverage was uneven; it needed a number of under-balcony fills to make it work. Working with Jonah [Joffe, GC Pro Account Manager based at the Washington, D.C.-area office], we determined that a flown line array would be the best choice.”

“When we explored the different options and prices [for the P.A. system], the RCF came up as the right solution for the job,” says Angelo. “And once we had it installed, it really exceeded our high expectations. And that’s what I mean about working with GC Pro: whatever we might ask for, they’ll always tell us, ‘No problem! We can get that!’ And if something comes up in the middle of the project, like it did here when we discovered that the crawl space between the FOH position and the stage was longer than the snake we had specified, no problem — GC Pro and Whirlwind worked together to get us the items we needed to modify the snake.”

On working with GC Pro, Angelo notes, ““It’s a great partnership,” says Angelo Kokkinakos. “Every project has turned out exactly the way it’s supposed to. Clients love that!”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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GC Pro Appoints Adam Riley Marketing Manager

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— Newly created position further emphasizes ongoing expansion of GC Pro —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the appointment of Adam Riley to the newly created position of Marketing Manager, GC Pro. The announcement was made by GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner and reflects the division’s ongoing growth and expansion within the Professional Audio, Live Sound, House-Of-Worship, Education and Installed Sound market sectors.

In his new position, Riley will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing plan to increase overall brand visibility by utilizing new, progressive marketing tools with a special focus on web, print, social media and event-based initiatives.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Riley has always had a passion for music and arts. He began playing guitar at age nine and went on to perform at live events within the Saint Louis and Midwest region. After graduating college with a degree in art and media design from Jefferson College, Missouri, Riley worked as a multimedia designer and web developer, and eventually moved into the role of Creative Director within the power sports industry. Wanting to further his education and hone his skills in marketing, Riley eventually went back to college to receive a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications, along with another minor in Interactive media, from Webster University of Saint Louis. During that time he took on the role of Regional Marketing Director, working client-side for the Surdyke Family of Dealerships, a privately owned business within the power sports industry.

Commenting on the appointment, Rick Plushner stated, “Adam is a welcome addition to GC Pro, and his strengths dovetail nicely with the rest of the team. This is an exciting time to be in the business, as the entire marketing paradigm is changing, and we are looking forward to Adam bringing his unique perspective and skill set to our group. His involvement will be extremely beneficial to the long term growth and expansion of GC Pro.”

“My longing to live on the west coast and in an urban environment with a vast amount of culture and creativity have led me to working for GC Pro, and I couldn’t be happier,” stated Adam Riley. “Coming aboard GC Pro was the perfect opportunity to utilize my creative skills, while helping to build the brand and its media communications. I’m looking forward to working with the company as we plot our course to maximize our offerings to the marketplace while assisting our vendors and end users alike.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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GC Pro Provides A/V and Lighting Components for Perry, Georgia’s New Hope Baptist Church

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— GC Pro acts as a one-stop shop for church’s AVL needs, including systems design and integration, readying the facility for a new generation of worshipers —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, — The New Hope Baptist Church of Perry, Georgia, intimately understands the need for AV technology for communicating its message. But like many churches, New Hope needed help figuring out what would best suit its needs. That’s where Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, came into the picture. GC Pro account manager Brad Lyons met with the church’s leaders and offered a turnkey solution that comprehensively addressed audio, video and lighting in a single package.

GC Pro brought in one of its Affiliate Program members, locally-based Commercial Sound and Video, to implement all of these integrated solutions. They included a single-point line JBL VRX932 line array above the church’s front area with JBL CBT70J side-fills on each side. Three JBL PRX718XLF self-powered subwoofers were cut into the stage and installed. The choir monitor is a single JBL CTB70J1 line array cabinet behind the VRX line array. This is all powered by nine Crown XTI2002, XTI4002 and XLS1500 power amps. A new 32-channel Soundcraft Expression console with a 32×8 stage box is connected via CAT5.

“The best feature is we put this on a wireless network, allowing control from the floor and on-stage with an iPad, especially useful considering the booth is a room in the upstairs back corner part of the sanctuary,” explains Lyons. “Another huge feature was being able to program the console and lock-out controls for the volunteer team so that they have perfect sound every week.”

For video, two new Panasonic PTDW640 projectors now illuminate a pair of new 12-foot-wide Da-Lite screens. A newly installed Blackmagic ATEM1/ME video switcher has become the centerpiece of the entire facility. “We re-purposed an old projector and screen to be used as a rear-wall confidence monitor,” Lyons explains. “The Blackmagic allows us to send independent video sources to the two front screens as well as the rear-screen. This has really increased the effectiveness of the church’s video system.” In addition, a new Blonder Tongue QME Modulator allows them to distribute live video and audio to previously installed televisions in the foyer, kitchen, pastor’s office, treasurer’s office, fellowship hall and other overflow areas. A new lighting package consists of two Chauvet Ovation 165w LED fresnels and a Chauvet Ovation 190 ellipsoidal that now provide a dramatic improvement to lighting the pulpit.

What really made the difference for New Hope Baptist Church was how GC Pro was able to offer a comprehensive solutions approach for all of the church’s AVL needs. “The great thing is that Brad [Lyons] speaks their language,” says Nathan Miller, owner of Commercial Sound and Video. “Churches aren’t residential or commercial — they are their own category and have unique needs and requirements. GC Pro understands that, and that’s why they’ve been so successful in this category. We ‘get’ what churches need. And only GC Pro is positioned, through its sales, inventory, sourcing and integration resources, to provide that kind of service.”

Willie Williams, long-time member and project manager for New Hope, went on to say, “We couldn’t be more pleased with the upgrade investment our church has made. In fact, we continue to receive compliments on just how much better everything looks and sounds. There are a few more projects we need to tackle, but we are happy and excited to be working on these projects with both GC Pro and Commercial Sound and Video.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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High Resolution Technologies Introduces Its Nano Series dSp and i-dSp for Improved Sound from Mobile Devices

Burlingame, CA – At AnDevCon 2015, High Resolution Technologies (HRT) is introducing its nano series dSp and i-dSp digital sound processors, two accessories that provide significantly improved headphone sound quality for smartphones, tablets, and portable devices.
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The High Resolution Technologies nano series dSp and i-dSp are on exhibit at AnDevCon at the Hyatt Regency, Burlingame, CA in the Grand Peninsula Ballroom during the show.

The HRT dSp (SRP: $69.99) works with Android and other devices, and the i-dSp (SRP: $69.99) works with Lightning connector-equipped Apple products including iPhone 5 and 6, iPod touch and current iPad models. Both ultra-compact models incorporate proprietary digital Sound processing and a high-performance headphone amplifier.

The nano series is designed for those who use their phones, tablets, laptops and other portable devices as their primary listening and viewing platforms and who seek the best-possible headphone experience for music, video and gaming with improved resolution, spatiality, dynamics and heightened realism.

The HRT dSp and i-dSp are compatible with all audio formats supported by portable devices running Android, Windows, Apple iOS and OSX, thanks to their UAC (USB Audio Class) interface. The dSp and i-dSp require extremely low power consumption and offer extended playing times and plug-and-play connectivity. Both models support all audio formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC, PCM, Apple and Windows lossless and all streaming audio and video formats. Both models are firmware-upgradeable to accommodate future updates.

Ideal for use with a wide range of headphones, the nano series dSp and i-dSp draw from HRT’s pioneering R & D in the USB audio accessories category and decades of involvement in high-end audio. Both models incorporate high-performance microelectronics and proprietary digital Sound processing software to deliver the very best listening experience possible from any headphones. With its included adapter cable the dSp can also be used as an outboard digital Sound processor with desktop and notebook computers.

The High Resolution Technologies dSp and i-dSp will be available in January 2015.

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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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Planar Introduces Industry-First 98″ 4K Touch Display

The leader in 4K displays for commercial applications expands its award-winning Planar UltraRes Series family with first-of-its-kind Planar UltraRes 98” Touch

Planar UltraRes 98Touch_environmentPORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 9, 2014–Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR),a global leader in display and digital signage technology, today announced the breakthrough Planar® UltraRes™ 98” Touch LCD display, the industry’s largest 4K touch display.

The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch combines a multi-touch, multi-user experience with native Ultra HD resolution, making it possible to interact across a large screen area with crystal-clear detail and precision. With 32 simultaneous touch points, the display is designed for a wide variety of resolution-rich, collaborative applications including meeting rooms, training facilities and command and control centers. It is also ideal for eye-catching interactive digital signage that engages viewers and is rugged for public space reliability.

“Planar has been first to market with a variety of new 4K display solutions, and the Planar UltraRes 98” Touch represents another industry milestone,” said Becky Connors, product marketing manager at Planar Systems. “With its multi-touch support, enhanced durability and sleek design, the display sets the bar for interactive commercial experiences, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to offering the best in 4K technology.”

The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch expands Planar System’s leadership in the ultra-high definition category, which includes Ultra HD touch and non-touch offerings in 28”, 58”, 65” and 84” sizes. Among the benefits include:

  • Seamless touch experience: The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch provides 32 simultaneous touch points, 500-nit brightness, and flawless 2D and 3D viewing. The 98” diagonal is without seams, offering the largest touch surface area without bezel disruption.
  • Stunning clarity: With a native 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, the Planar UltraRes 98” Touch brings the highest level of clarity in text and fine detail for touch users viewing at close distances.
  • Maximum durability: Planar’s ERO™ (Extended Ruggedness and Optics™) optical bonding technology offers added protection for safeguarding the Planar UltraRes 98” Touch in high-traffic and long-term use applications. The bonded glass screen also improves optical performance and touch accuracy by eliminating the air gap between the protective glass and LCD screen.
  • Sleek design: The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch offers an elegant design with an attractive, logo-free, narrow bezel. Using the Planar Profile™ Mounting System, it installs just 4” from the wall, making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Advanced power management: The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch utilizes the latest-generation LED backlight technology and passive cooling to achieve maximum energy efficiency. It consumes less than 0.5 watt of energy in standby mode, and incorporates a fanless, whisper-quiet design free from disruptive background noise.

The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch will be available starting in December 2014 through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers. Additional information is available at www.planar.com/UltraResTouch.

About Planar

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providingpremier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.planar.com.

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