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The Black Keys Turn Blue with Sennheiser

Old Lyme, CT, October 6, 2014: Overnight success was slow in arriving for Ohio garage rock duo, The Black Keys (TBK). The band was active for over a decade in small clubs on the Midwest indie circuit before the big time finally caught up with them in 2010 with the release of their sixth album, Brothers, and its quirky hit single “Tighten Up”. “We accidentally took off,” remarked TBK’s drummer, Patrick Carney. “We weren’t expecting that.” Nevertheless, they’ve had to get used to it as record sales and popularity have climbed steadily ever since, to the point where their eighth album, Turn Blue, released in May 2014, debuted at number one in the U.S., Canada and Australia, the band’s first record to top the album charts anywhere. The band is currently in the midst of their Turn Blue worldwide tour complete with a full range of Sennheiser microphones specified by their long-time FoH engineer, Jason M. Tarulli, and fully endorsed by monitor engineer Rob Elliot.

The Black Keys - Patrick Carney-photo credit Chris IsaacTarulli has been with the band since their early days, starting out in small Ohio clubs and living out of the back of a van. He clearly did a good job as Carney and the other half of the duo, guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach, have remained loyal to him throughout. Tarulli experienced the meteoric rise to fame right alongside the band, learning as they learned how to transition from small and medium-sized clubs to sold-out 10,000-seater arenas. Naturally, that has had a certain impact on the kind of gear available to the band: “It’s great to be able to choose what we want after so many years of having to make do with anything and everything!” said Tarulli. “As far as Sennheiser is concerned, this is the first tour where we’ve had Sennheiser gear throughout, and so far it’s been great.”

The Black Keys’ production manager Anthony Pitcher is a long time Sennheiser friend and was instrumental in cementing the relationship with Jason Tarulli and Rob Elliot. “I’ve used the Sennheiser line exclusively for years,” said Pitcher. “It wasn’t a tough sell with my audio team – they’re brilliant engineers who already had a thorough knowledge of the product line. It was just up to me to bring it to the table for this band.”

The Black Keys - Dan Auerbach-photo credit Chris Isaac“Overall, I’m really into the classic sound and feel of Sennheiser mics like the MD 441, 421 and the e 906,” said Tarulli. “I went for a combo of e 906 and MD 421 for Auerbach’s main guitar rig, with the 906 placed near the centre of the cone to get all the mid/hi-mid details plus the crunch and fuzz that comes from the Marshall amp and Fender guitar, and the 421 placed midway or nearer to the outer edge of the cone to get the low-mid warmth. Blended together, that makes for a nice, full, big-sounding guitar. I’ve got a 906 on the rhythm guitar because it’s a great mic for guitars, (actually, I think the 906 is an all-round great mic, period. You could use it for almost anything loud and it would sound fantastic) and a 421, the classic bass guitar mic, on bass. You can’t really go wrong with this choice, the 421 has excellent low/low-mid response.”

For the drums, Tarulli explained that as Neumann microphones had been used for making the records, the idea was to carry some of them over for the live drum sound in conjunction with Sennheiser equipment. He opted for an e 901 and e 902 for the kick drum, stating them to be respectively, “a good, solid inside kick mic to get the sound of the attack and the drum shell tone and the outside mic to get more of the drum head sound.” He went for an MD 441 on the snare (“a solid mic with good rejection”) and a Neumann KM 184 on the hi-hat which he described as “a small condenser mic that gets the sizzle of the hi-hats without sounding thin.” He also went for KM 184s as overhead mics. “The KM 184 is an excellent small-diaphragm condenser with good detail – the cymbals are full sounding, not thin or washy and it also complements the microphones on the rest of the kit for a more natural feel,” he explained.

TBK Dan Auerbach-photo credit Chris IsaacFor the rest of the kit, Tarulli decided on an MD 441 for the cow bell: “Overkill? Maybe!” he laughed, “but it really makes the cowbell feel full and even. Also, I can push the fader up when things get quiet to add a little extra ambience to the snare.” His final choice regarding the drum kit was an e 904 for the tom-toms, which is perhaps the choice he is the most pleased with. “The biggest problem I had for a while was with the tom mics,” he recalled. “I love mics like the 421 for toms, but mics that size can be difficult to focus and the stands can be clumsy and take up too much real estate on the drum riser. Most drummers can’t help but hit them…. sometimes fatally! The 904 solved all my problems – it’s compact, clips easily onto the drum, won’t come loose or fall off, even after the occasional wild hit from a drumstick, and sounds great.”

Engineers-photo credit Chris IsaacLast but not least, Tarulli decided on e 945s for both the tambourine and main vocals. “The 945 is a good all-round mic with excellent rejection and proximity effects,” he remarked. “The tambourine comes through really well, even in the midst of a loud stage, and it does the same job for the vocals, resulting in nice clear vocals and a crisp-sounding tambourine.”

Rob Elliot, an experienced UK monitor engineer (The Cure, Gomez) has been working with The Black Keys since July 2013. He cheerfully admits that Tarulli was responsible for specifying all the mics. “Jason has been with them forever, so it’s perfectly natural that he should specify the gear. That said, I think he made an excellent choice, so I’m more than happy.”

The final word went to Sennheiser Canada’s Chris Isaac who handles artist relations and has been looking after the band: “It’s great to have The Black Keys on board,” he said. “They are a fantastic rock duo with great stage presence who never fail to bring the house down with their live performances wherever they go. They also happen to be really cool guys, along with their team, who are a pleasure to work with.”

The Black Keys are currently working their way round the US before breaking for Christmas and a month off. In February they will embark on a second European leg and finish in Australasia.

The Sennheiser Group, with its head office in Wedemark (Hanover Region) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2013 the family company, which was founded in 1945, realised a turnover of around 590 million euros. Sennheiser has more than 2,500 employees worldwide and operates its own factories in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. The company Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor speakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres) are also part of the Sennheiser Group. You can find further up-to-date information about Sennheiser online at www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: Patrick Carney of The Black Keys relies on Sennheiser and Neumann microphones for his drumkit

2: TBK’s guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach with his e 945

3: TBK’s FoH engineer Jason M. Tarulli (l.) and monitor engineer Rob Elliot

(Photo credit for all images: Chris Isaac)

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Meyer Sound D-Mitri Drives Anne Frank Stage Production in Theater Amsterdam

anneAward-winning sound designer Jeroen ten Brinke has chosen the Meyer Sound D-Mitri® digital audio platform as the backbone of his design in ANNE, a dramatic presentation of the Anne Frank story in the 1,100-capacity Theater Amsterdam. With a CueConsole™ control surface, D-Mitri drives the play’s audio mixing, matrixing, and loudspeaker processing.

“Choosing D-Mitri as the foundation of the system was a no-brainer,” says Jeroen ten Brinke, who is a design parter at Audio Design International. “The audio quality is second-to-none, which is critical to bring out all the subtleties of the dialogue. It also works beautifully with both the orchestration and the sound effects, which range from whisper-quiet to wartime bombing scenes.”

Compared to most theatrical plays, the sound design in ANNE is extraordinarily intricate. Actors interact simultaneously across acoustically isolated “rooms” using wireless microphones. The room interior sets rotate on and off stage using sophisticated mechanics. As two of the acoustically isolated rooms are often on stage and active at once, hidden monitoring systems are needed for actors to hear each other on each set. In addition, dozens of loudspeakers are embedded in the sets to localize actors’ voices, as much of the dialogue is spoken in soft voices or whispers. Consequently, 24 microphone inputs are programmed in D-Mitri for balance, mixed with the original orchestral score and effects, and routed to the constantly changing outputs. Everything is then reproduced in 8.1 surround sound.

“D-Mitri coupled with CueStation™ is clearly the result of many years of experience in complex theatrical automation,” says ten Brinke. “It gives me endless flexibility during the design process. There’s never a ‘no can do’ response, no matter how demanding the request.”

The D-Mitri platform for ANNE comprises two digital I/O frames and three analog output frames, plus one DCP core processor, one general purpose I/O frame, and one analog input frame. D-Mitri is controlled via CueStation software and a CueConsole, and uses 48 input channels and 72 discrete outputs.

The audio production team also includes Chris Blaauw, assistant programmer, and Igor Milosavijevic, resident sound mixer. The system was supplied by Amsterdam-based Focus/Rent-All, with Meyer Sound distributor Audio Electronics Mattijsen facilitating the sale.

A three-time winner of the John Kraaijkamp Musical Award for Best Achievement in Design, ten Brinke also used D-Mitri in the Soldier of Orange production (Soldaat van Oranje), where a circular audience platform revolves inside a surrounding ring of expansive stage sets.

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Solid State Logic Launches New Live Console and New V2.5 Software


The SSL Live.L300 brings the massive sound of SSL to the compact live console arena. V2.5 delivers new advanced FX optimisation and 27 new features and updates to the SSL Live console platform.

OXFORD, ENGLANDSolid State Logic is extremely proud to announce a major expansion to its Live console range with the release of the SSL Live.L300 console and a new V2.5 software release that brings significant developments to the SSL Live console platform. Since the introduction of SSL’s first live console in 2013, the speed with which operators can achieve outstanding results with its consoles has been praised by leading engineers around the world. Just one year on, the release of the new L300 console and a major new software update signals SSL’s dedication to remaining at the leading edge of the live sound industry for many years to come. L300 and the new V2.5 software release embodies the SSL tradition of listening to engineers and customers and demonstrates our commitment to rapid continuous development. The L300 will be shown at the 137th AES show in Los Angeles on booth #1409.

SSL Live. L300The new release means there are now two models available in the SSL Live console range, the larger L500 and the new more compact L300. Both consoles are perfectly equipped for applications in Touring, Installation, Houses Of Worship and Theatre. At SSL we believe that offering a more compact console should not mean compromising and reducing quality or features. Both consoles offer the same immaculate, huge SSL sound and the same superb operator experience. There are no compromises in build quality and both consoles use and can share the same Remote I/O. The L300 is physically smaller than the L500, so it is a more compact, lower cost option… with no hidden performance compromises – it’s that simple. Compact it may be but the L300 delivers the power and connectivity to handle large scale productions with up to 568 input/outputs, 128 processing paths (96 full, 32 dry), a 32 x 36 matrix, 36 VCA’s, and 48 FX slots. If you want to compare connectivity and channel count of the two consoles, you will find a simple ‘L500 Vs L300’ comparison table on the SSL web site.

Being an SSL product release, there is of course more to this than simply unveiling a new model. L300 ships with new V2.5 software which brings advanced Effects optimisation and 27 new features and updates to the SSL Live console platform, which of course includes the L500. The new Effects optimisation significantly increases the number of Effects instances, which can be deployed simultaneously for many of the on board Effect types. New feature highlights include:

Follow Mode
The new Follow Mode feature allows the Select, Solo and unique Query function buttons found on the Live console Fader Tiles to be linked together in any configuration an engineer might require. Each of the three Tile buttons can be programmed to ‘follow’ any of the other buttons on a per channel type basis. Allowing input channel, Auxiliary and Stem Group mix bus operation of the buttons to be linked in different user defined ways. A simple user interface offers fast and customisable setup of the Follow Function. Offering ultimate flexibility for operator workflow and allowing engineers to access the channels they need quickly and efficiently.

Effects Rack Tempo Link
The Tempo Link feature adds the ability to link and control the Tap Tempo of any Delay effects loaded into the L500 and L300’s Effects Racks. Allowing up to 6 independent Tap Tempo functions to be controlled via both the hardware User Buttons and consoles multi-gesture touch screens. If multiple Delay effects need to be controlled by the same Tap Tempo, all the operator needs to do is load those effects into the same rack and enable their Tempo Link functions and they are immediately linked and their tempos linked together.

Introduction of User Buttons for Tap and Menu select

The Master Tile User Buttons have now been activated and offer access to the 6 Tap Tempo functions that are part of the new Effects Rack Tempo Link feature and also direct access to 4 of the most used menus of the Live consoles. The User Buttons now offer direct hardware access to these key functions and can be switched simply between Mute Groups and User Buttons with a single button press. Both sets of functions are also available via the new Home Menu which is also part of the V2.5 feature set.

Home Menu
As part of the feature expansion within the V2.5 software release, a number of new menus have been added to the Channel Control Tiles Home button, which includes its own multi-gesture touch screen. These include access to the Mute Groups and User buttons from the Tiles and also an Automation View, which gives access to and visibility of the console’s scene list, scene notes and many other automation functions.

Mix Bus Copy

This feature allows the contributions of entire mix buses to be copied across the Live console’s flexible bus structure. Copying between Mono, Stereo and LCR configured mix buses is included and it is also possible to copy across all mix bus types. Allowing Auxiliary bus contributions to be copied to Stem Groups and vice versa. This feature offers very fast and powerful mix bus copy/paste feature that is useful for any mixing application.

L300 and V2.5 will be available from November 2014.

A new L300 compatible version of SOLSA, SSL’s OffLine Setup Application will also be released alongside V2.5.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Macau Tower Transforms Its Wedding Banquet Hall With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting

Martom_MacauTowerMACAU, China – Known for its modern architecture and artistic design, the Macau Tower, located in the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is a landmark that features an eloquent banquet hall which was recently revamped using HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting fixtures.

Featured in this lighting renovation are four Martin MAC 350 Entour LED lighting fixtures, 16 Mac Auras, six Rush PAR 2 RGBW Zoom cans, an M2GOTM lighting console and an iOS MAXRemote. This package is centered on compact performance, as each of these lighting elements take up minimal real estate, but are able to emit powerful beams of output.

The tower is a popular destination amongst international tourists, avid shoppers and romance seekers. Donned with ballroom chandeliers and magnificent crystals, the banquet hall needed specialized lighting solutions to complement the elegance of the room. By implementing the latest lighting technologies, the owners of the tower are hoping to elevate the standards of this ceremonial room to best match the stunning views that surround the entire floor.

“The lightweight design is very effective for this banquet room, for its ability to maintain a low profile while projecting up to 8000 lumens,” said David McKinney, Head of Harman China Operations. “Martin MAC 350 Entour lighting fixtures are in this sense powerful and versatile LED lights capable of highlighting any occasion. Combined with the wide and uniform wash beams of the MAC Aura Washes, this duo sets up the perfect mood for weddings.”

Today, the Wedding Banquet Hall is more colorful than ever before, and thanks to the advanced controls of the compact M2GOTM lighting console, users have the flexibility to apply different configurations to any type of event. Also, operators may use the iOS MAXRemote app to enjoy the freedom of remote control, while mingling with guests and the audience.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Masque Sound Goes on Wild Trip with the Star-Studded Broadway Comedy, It’s Only a Play

Custom Audio Equipment Package Ensures the Laughs Keep Coming in Season’s Most Highly Anticipated Show

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 6, 2014 – When four-time Tony® Award-winner Terrence McNally’s raucous, ridiculous and tender comedy, It’s Only A Play, arrived on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Sound Designer Fitz Patton and Associate Sound Designer Justin Stasiw turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package for the laugh-out-loud hit of the year.It’s Only a Play Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

It’s Only A Play tells the story of opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously waits to see if his show is a critical hit. With his career on the line, he shares his first Broadway night opening with his best friend, a television star; his fledgling producer; his erratic leading lady; his wunderkind director; an infamous drama critic; and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant.

The all-star cast of It’s Only A Play includes F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and Micah Stock. This hilarious ensemble is directed by three-time Tony® Award-winner Jack O’Brien.

In designing the sound, Patton and Stasiw both aimed to create as transparent an audio system as possible. By strategically placing foot and boundary microphones hidden within the framework of the set and at the lip of the stage, the designers were able to successfully pick up the actors’ dialogues, while providing the audience with the transparent feel that they envisioned.
It’s Only a Play Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
“The play features a high-profile cast, so we were looking to provide a very realistic, acoustical sounding package,” says Stasiw. “The goal in the sound design was to provide a slight vocal lift in order to ensure that everyone in the audience could hear the actors clearly, without it sounding like the dialogue was emitting from the loudspeakers. The selection and placement of microphones were two very important tasks for this play, and Masque Sound was instrumental in providing us with the equipment that we needed to be successful.”

Masque Sound supplied a selection of microphones from DPA, including the 4021s and 4061s. “We utilized the 4021s for our floor microphones and additionally hid some within the set. The 4021 is a great, compact cardioid microphone to use as a boundary source. We also used the 4061s, which not only sound great but also are so tiny that you can hide them without worrying that anyone will be able to see them. We hid microphones around the set in order to pick up the performers’ in as natural a manner as possible. The cast is an amazing set of performers who all have strong projecting voices, so most of the amplified signal is fed into the under balcony section and the delay system. These performers are so talented that their voices can easily reach all the way to the balcony rail, so we just have to ensure that the sound gets to the back of the house.”

At the heart of the custom audio equipment package that Masque Sound provided was the Yamaha CL5 Digital Mixing Console. “The CL5’s Dante® interconnect capabilities make it a great choice because the layout of the theatre makes it difficult to maneuver heavy paired cable from backstage to the front of house,” adds Stasiw. “The ability to only have to run two network cables from backstage to front of house is incredibly helpful. In addition, Yamaha still offers the most MIDI controllability out of any console, allowing us to automate the system by essentially controlling any singular function on the console with MIDI. The ability to have that remote control over any parameter in the deck was a necessity for this production”

The custom speaker system supplied by Masque Sound features a selection of speakers from d&b audiotechnik, including E12 two-way multipurpose loudspeakers for the main left and right and downfill, as well as C7-TOP two-way horn loaded loudspeakers for the center cluster. “The sound effects used for the show feature a lot of realism, including phones ringing, etc., so there are a number of speakers hidden in the set to help us image those objects on stage and ensure that the audience is sonically drawn toward the correct positions on stage,” adds Stasiw. “The d&b speakers are essential, as they sound superior, are easy to set up and minimize steps to successfully tune the sound system.”

Additionally, Masque Sound provided Patton and Stasiw with d&b audiotechnik E8 loudspeakers to position underneath the balcony along with a large surround system comprised entirely of E0s. Patton and Stasiw also hid some E0s on stage.

“Masque Sound is always great to work with,” concludes Stasiw. “I have always had a good experience coming out of their shop and really appreciate that they are a full solution provider. The crew has always been helpful in terms of assisting our staff with everything from service and technical support to equipment advice, and Masque Sound once again did a wonderful job in helping us bring our sonic vision to life on stage.”

It’s Only A Play’s 18-week limited engagement is slated to run through January 4, 2015 at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (4235 West 45th Street). For more information, including how to purchase tickets, visit http://itsonlyaplay.com/.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Antelope Audio Introduces MP32: 32 Channels of Transparent, World Class Microphone Preamplifiers in a Compact 2U Rack Design

MP32 is the Ultimate Front-End Recording Device for both Live and Studio Applications and the Perfect Companion to Antelope’s Orion32 Interface

Los Angeles, October 6, 2014: As part of its product unveiling at the upcoming 137th International AES Convention, leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio announces the MP32, a 32-channel, console-grade microphone preamplifier with integrated software control. Housed in a 2U rack space, MP32 is specifically designed to complement Orion32′s precise conversion and ensure even greater transparency while recording.

mp32plusorion32The combination of the Orion32 and MP32 — totaling just 3U in rack space — make it a perfectly suited solution for studios and live recording where rack space can be a precious commodity. The new MP32 expands on the analog preamplifier circuit design of the recently launched Zen Studio, which includes 12 studio quality mic preamps.

“With the MP32, the key idea was to incorporate an holistic approach,” says Antelope’s founder and CEO, Igor Levin. “Instead of considering a mic pre to be a disparate element, it should be viewed within the framework of the overall structure which comprises the A/D converter, its drivers and the pre itself. The result is that the entire system works in harmony, ensuring sonic integrity throughout the entire recording chain: from recording, to conversion, and playback.”

Quality and Versatility On the Road, in the Home or in the Studio
mp32videoEach of the class-A preamps on the MP32 feature phantom power and four of them can operate as Hi-Z instrument inputs. By using the MP32′s control panel (compatible with both Mac and PC), users can manipulate each of the unit’s input types and mic gain levels remotely. Even more, audio engineers are able to save and easily recall their own presets for various situations, making workflow more efficient. The individual V/U style metering provides instant signal confirmation at the glance of a computer monitor.

mp32rearEach preamplifier on the MP32 was designed to be open and transparent, introducing an increased level of sonic realism in recorded material. The unit offers excellent headroom and up to 65 dB of gain in 1 dB steps: more than enough power for even the most demanding ribbon mics. Since the MP32 is so compact — yet uncompromising in its quality and feature set — it offers an economical solution for modern engineers and producers to increase both quality and channel count at the input stage, whether they are operating a DAW-based project studio, a state of the art commercial studio, a laptop-based live rig or a multi-channel remote recording truck.

The MP32 is scheduled to ship later in the forth quarter of 2014 and will be priced at $2995, with a special discount available for Orion32 owners.

About Antelope Audio:
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

Photo Captions:
1) The Antelope Audio MP32 is specifically designed to complement Orion32′s precise conversion and ensure even greater transparency while recording.
2) Rear panel of the new Antelope Audio MP32.
3) Teaser video for the new Antelope Audio MP32.

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PMC Launches New Large-scale, High resolution Active Reference Monitor at AES 2014

QB1-A Includes ATL™, DSP Crossover Management & Bespoke PMC Drivers & Amplification

2PMCQB1-APair2Los Angeles, October 6, 2014 – British reference loudspeaker manufacturer PMC (AES Booth 1628) has announced the launch of the QB1 Active (QB1-A), a large-scale, ultra-high-resolution main studio monitor with analogue and digital (up to 192kHz) inputs at The 137th AES Convention. Ideal for either soffit-mounted or free-standing use, each QB1-A incorporates the latest generation of PMC’s driver designs, Class-D amplification, Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, DSP control, and a quartet of 10-inch carbon fibre/Nomex® piston bass drivers to create a single reference monitor that has the transparency, resolution, dynamic range, frequency response, forensic sense of detail, and wide, consistent imaging demanded by the international audio elite.

With a maximum SPL of 132dB at one meter, the QB1-A can certainly produce level — but not at the expense of accuracy or increased distortion. Each channel has an expansive 4825W of Class-D amplification at its disposal (275W on the HF driver, 550W on the mid-range, and a generous 4000W on the four bass drivers), and the latest iteration of PMC’s ATL technology ensures a faithful low-frequency response down to 20Hz. The cutting-edge onboard DSP provides driver unit optimization, EQ and sophisticated crossover networks, while the wired RJ45 desktop control provides user-friendly access to user EQ settings via its backlit display and jog wheel, with the ability to store up to four user setup presets. Even the physical dimensions have been carefully considered: at 1092 x 820 x 520 millimeters (WHD), the QB1-A will retrofit into almost all existing studio soffits. Alternatively, its ATL™ design means that free-standing use has no impact on its effortlessly smooth bass response.

1PMCQB1-AThe QB1-A has its roots in the observation by PMC’s design team that there were no large-scale active studio monitors on the market taking advantage of the latest developments in loudspeaker driver analysis and design and DSP-aided control. This starting point, coupled with PMC’s own extensive research into driver performance, using opto-acoustic laser inferometry at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), aided and honed the design of the QB1-A. “We saw that there was a gap at the high end of the market,” explains Oliver Thomas, R&D Project Manager at PMC. “In the main, the current products on the market don’t offer the flexibility of analogue and digital inputs, and suffer from giving listeners an insufficient sense of resolution, compared to what can now be attained with good Class-D amp design and DSP-aided crossover management.”

The QB1-A makes up this ground, additionally employing recent advances in PMC’s transmission line design concept, as used in the company’s IB2 midfields and twotwo nearfields, and the aforementioned NPL analyses, to achieve even more efficient, high-performance designs. Extra bracing and damping inside the speaker cabinet prevents noise and reduces resonance to insignificant levels beyond the limits of human audibility, while the newly introduced vertical strakes in the transmission line add further bracing and simultaneously reduce turbulence in the throughput airflow, making it laminar and contributing to the QB1-A’s faster, more dynamic sound.

3PMCQB1-ASideEach speaker employs three carefully integrated proprietary driver types. PMC’s renowned soft-dome 34mm and 75mm drivers deal with the high frequencies and mid-range respectively, producing a natural, transparent sound with super-low distortion — and depending on client requirements regarding the height placement of the QB1-A, the HF driver may be placed above or below the MF driver as needed. No fewer than four handmade, individually matched low-frequency drivers handle the bass, employing PMC’s proprietary ‘honeycomb’ carbon-fibre/Nomex® design in an extensively vented, cast-aluminium chassis. The flat-faced 10-inch piston driver in each bass unit ensures a near-instantaneous, yet highly accurate transient response, while providing the sheer power required to drive the QB1-A’s heavily damped, high-compression transmission line; these power requirements exceed what an off-the-shelf cone driver can deploy without deformation. The result of this carefully judged design is reduced distortion and increased power handling and headroom, with continuous reliability.

The QB1-A’s final form, how it works, and its feature-set, are the result of over a year of practical testing by and feedback from eminent producers and engineers on both sides of the Atlantic. Nor, in the drive to create a high-performance monitor for the digital age, has the sound of this loudspeaker been neglected. Pure reference tools can be fatiguing to listen to, and the working practices of audio pros often reflect this. “Many engineers record with one set of monitors to create a sense of excitement while tracking, but then use another set for the low-level, intensely detailed business of mixing and mastering,” continues Oliver Thomas. “The QB1-A is designed for both kinds of work, offering faithful, non-fatiguing reproduction for a beautiful general listening experience or for recording, but with microscopic detail when you need it.”

The QB1 Active is being officially launched during the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles, USA, October 6-10 2014. For more information about the product and its launch, see www.pmc-speakers.com/products/professional/active/qb1a, or come to PMC’s booth at the show (1628).

“In this day and age, we felt the market could benefit from a modern, large-scale, high-resolution monitor with digital and analogue inputs,” concludes Oliver Thomas. “We couldn’t find one. That’s why we designed and built the QB1-A.”

About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without colouration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

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Chongqing International Expo Center Gets IC Live

 Chongqing, Peopl’s Republic of China – October 2014…Located at the confluence of the Jialing Jiang and Yangtze Rivers, Chongqing International Expo Center is one of the world’s ten largest convention centers, and the largest in western China. Designed and built by Insigma Systems Engineering Co, Ltd., and owned by Chongqing Panda Investment and Development Co., Ltd., the Expo Center covers more than 200,000 square meters (2.1 million square feet), with 16 exhibition halls that buzz throughout the year with exhibitions, conferences, and a wide range of events.

The Expo Center’s various halls have been outfitted with a number of high-performance sound systems based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC Live digitally steered line array systems. The Grand Ballroom system includes four ICL-FR cabinets, permanently installed, as well as four more ICL-R portable systems for added flexibility. Four IC215S-R powered subwoofers provide low frequency reinforcement. Four CF121-2 full-range point source loudspeakers and four CF121M-2 stage monitors cover additional fill duties. A PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital console handles the mix, with a BSS BLU-80A processor providing system DSP.

 The large 1500-person conference hall is equipped with two ICL-FR columns, along with a pair of CF121M-2 boxes for fills. Two smaller 1000-person conference halls offer similar systems. All three venues also utilize PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 mixers and BSS BLU-80A audio processors, as well as Bosch DCN conference systems.

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About Renkus-Heinz  - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

AUSTRALIA’S STUDIO ONE FLIGHT UP ACHIEVES “FANTASTIC” SOUND WITH AN API 1608

Studio_One_Flight_UpSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 2014: A self-proclaimed ‘analog-minded person,’ Nick Irving, owner of Studio One Flight Up in Sydney, works with independent singers, songwriters and musicians who are driven to create great records. While the studio is home to several vintage analog outboard gear pieces, Irving wanted a brand-new, reliable analog console to bring together the sound he works to achieve. Deb Sloss of Studio Connections Australia advised him towards a 32-channel API 1608 console, fitted with twenty-four classic API 550A EQs, and eight 560 EQs.

“It’s a dream console, really,” said Irving. “Computers make great multi-track recorders, but for the actual work of recording and mixing sessions, I need to be ‘hands-on”.” The moveable size of the 1608 played a role in Irving’s decision, allowing the studio to eventually grow into a new building. It also comes in 16-channel sections, allowing the actual console to expand, or even be retrofitted. “It’s chock full of API’s sensational EQs and mic preamps, silky-smooth faders, nice, bright, clear LED lights in all the buttons, and full metering with the brightly-lit VU meters.”

Studio One Flight Up uses the 1608 for both recording and mixing needs. “My sounds just get better and better now that I have an API console. Switching the metering between input and direct out is fantastic and very useful. Having buttons to engage the insert points is also a great and useful feature.” With the 1608, Irving and his crew do not need extra DI boxes, as each channel of the console has an instrument input. “It’s also great that the power supplies are quiet enough that they don’t have to be housed in a separate machine room,” Irving added.

Now that the studio renovations are complete, Irving is recording and collaborating on an album with Grammy award-winner Myles Heskett (ex-Wolfmother). “It is proving to be lots of fun. We’re really enjoying working on the API console. Everything I’ve done on it sounds fantastic – solid, crisp, clear.” Irving proclaimed, “I’ll never need another console in my lifetime!”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

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WIDE HIVE STUDIOS REOPENS WITH EXPANDED 48-CHANNEL API 1608

Howe_VeilleuxALBANY, CALIFORNIA: Wide Hive Studios in San Francisco’s Bay Area re-opened its doors earlier this year after a number of recent renovations and updates. A decade ago, veteran producer, engineer, and musician Gregory Howe folded his costly studio in San Francisco for a cozy, less expensive space in nearby Albany, California. He centered his Albany studio around a 16-channel API 1608, which he later expanded to 32 channels through a 16-channel expander. Now, with his most recent round of upgrades, Howe has added another 16-channel expander to create a 48-channel API 1608.

“I’ve been working with API gear for a long, long time,” Howe said. “I love the API sound. To me, it walks the perfect line between cleanliness, straight-up rock, and audiophile fidelity.” The recently-expanded 48-channel 1608 unifies the studio’s sound, streamlines its workflow, and also allows clients to tap into Howe’s massive collection of world-class outboard gear with ease. “The new sixteen channels primarily serve as returns from the equipment racks. We now have the flexibility and sound to do whatever we want.”

Wide Hive books jazz, funk, hip-hop, and soul artists exclusively. Since the console’s expansion, Howe has used it to record several tracks, which are receiving airplay, brisk sales, and profuse blessings from critics. Of note, swing jazz guitarist Calvin Keys cut Electric Keys with the help of the 1608 and the Wide Hive Players, an in-house collective group of jazz musicians.

Howe’s commitment to recording is not lost on his listeners. Reviews of Wide Hive releases never fail to comment on their excellent sound quality. “I’m a huge believer in analog summing,” he shares. “Digital summing involves a massive calculation that necessitates sacrifices. I can hear those sacrifices in the music. I’m looking forward to the cohesion we’ll have when the whole console is API.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTION: Owner of Wide Hive, Greg Howe (left) pictured with Steve Veilleux owner of SVT Audio.)

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