NETIA Products at CABSAT 2015

CABSAT 2015 Product Preview
NETIA
Exhibiting With Globecast in Hall 7, Stand C7-20
March 10-12, Dubai

At CABSAT 2015, NETIA will showcase its new Media Assist software suite, which builds on the strengths of the company’s acclaimed product portfolio to provide a complete solution for managing workflows from ingest through to delivery. The company will demonstrate how the new suite enables content owners and content producers — from radio broadcasters and television stations to organizations maintaining media archives — to access, retrieve, and share or distribute their digital assets or media to any platform.

NEW NETIA Media Assist Software Suite
The NETIA Media Assist software suite unites the unique functionality of NETIA’s proven radio broadcast automation and media management products with a SQL database to provide a robust multimedia asset management system with a full complement of production tools. With this powerful new solution, users can manage all types of content, in any format, on any platform, from anywhere and at any time. The software suite also makes it easier for users to move media among different sites.

To enable convenient use across a facility or organization, the Media Assist software suite provides both a rich-client platform and a Web-based interface that can be displayed in a simple Internet browser. Both GUIs have been designed to assure effective ergonomics. The option of working through a browser-based interface allows journalists and reporters to go fully mobile while maintaining their ability to access, search, edit, and repurpose content. In fact, NETIA has already released Media Assist modules engineered for smartphones and tablets, and the company will provide demonstrations of the modules’ functionality throughout the show.

Media Assist is based on a service-oriented architecture, offering all of the additional advantages of a client-server computing model. Key benefits to operations include increased modularity, optimal scalability through the improvement or addition of services, third-party connectivity through a Web services API, and straightforward, cost-effective maintenance.

Company Overview:

NETIA, a Globecast company and part of Orange, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of audiovisual content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 15,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset, and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include the Saudi Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Sultanate of Oman, Radio Algerienne, Qatar Radio, ERTA Ethiopia, the Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, WestwoodOne, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM in Malaysia, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium, and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, Moscow, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Photo Caption: NEW Media Assist Editing Module

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Photo Caption: NEW Media Assist Import Interface

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Photo Caption: NEW Media Assist Media Sharing Module

Digigram Ready for Phase-III Expansion of India’s Radio Broadcast Market

MONTBONNOT, France — Jan. 29, 2015 — Digigram today announced its readiness for India’s “Phase-III” expansion of the country’s FM radio services, which will allow for the launch of more than 800 new FM channels in nearly 300 cities across the country. Ideal for the many new facilities that will require cost-effective audio transport solutions, the company’s IQOYA *LINK is a full-duplex encoding and decoding solution that provides uncompromising performance for IP-based studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links. The IQOYA product line already is being sold, installed, and serviced in India by Digigram partner Technomedia Solutions Pvt. Ltd and equips some of the major media groups, including Sun TV.

“With this Phase-III expansion of its radio broadcasting marketplace, India will effectively enable community radio coverage in all cities with populations of 100,000 or more,” said Philippe Delacroix, president and CEO at Digigram. “In order to provide localized information and programming to local audiences, new privately owned broadcast facilities will require affordable and reliable audio transport solutions for studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links. IQOYA *LINK meets this demand, enabling the distribution of digital audio over IP networks and delivering the audio quality and continuity critical in professional broadcast applications.”

Developed in collaboration with major European telcos and now deployed around the world, the IQOYA *LINK ensures 24/7 reliability, audio format flexibility, and ease of use — all at an attractive price point for new radio broadcast operations. Equipped with Digigram’s rock-solid FluidIP(TM) codec engine with multiple failover options, as well as redundant dual streaming and smart mechanisms that guarantee a reliable transport of audio and associated ancillary data, the IQOYA *LINK maximizes uptime.

The Digigram IQOYA *LINK system has earned honors for its reliability and robustness, both in terms of hardware and software, in challenging environmental conditions, and it boasts a mean time between failures (MTBF) of more than 70 years. With strong EMC resilience and a hardware bypass of inputs to outputs in case of power failure, the IQOYA *LINK is uniquely resilient to the potential complications typical of monsoon season. These characteristics and the product’s power-saving fanless design also suit the product for deployment in remote locations, where maintenance and repair can be difficult.

While Technomedia Solutions offers IQOYA *LINK systems as part of its product portfolio, the company also offers studio engineering operations services that include installation and operation of the systems within the larger broadcast workflow. A number of other vendors and their local partners also will supply Digigram technology to India’s burgeoning broadcast market. The company’s range of sound cards is integrated into radio automation systems and other solutions for the modern broadcast facility.

Further information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs

Neumann TLM 107 Microphone Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Award at 30th Annual TEC Awards

TLM 107 Is Recognized as Best In Class in the Recording Microphone Category During Awards Ceremony at the 2015 NAMM Show

1Anaheim, CA, January 28, 2015: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that its TLM 107 microphone was recognized with an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award by the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Foundation. Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet was on hand to accept the award during a reception held at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on Saturday evening.

The TLM 107 is a modern, high-resolution sound transducer with excellent reproduction characteristics that enable it to capture the original sound without coloration, ensuring unlimited design freedom in mixing and post-production. The newly developed double diaphragm capsule is inspired by one of Neumann’s top models, the D-01. With its exceptional impulse fidelity, the TLM 107 is particularly suitable for percussion and the finest overtones of stringed instruments.

2“Speaking behalf of Neumann and Sennheiser, I am very proud to have the TLM 107 recognized by the TEC Foundation and by our peers in such a competitive technology category,” commented Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann and Director, Business Segment Audio Recording for Sennheiser. “The TLM 107 was designed to capture instruments and vocals transparently and without coloration, while providing the ultimate in flexibility for different recording applications. I am very proud of our entire team which helped us achieve this result.”

3Since the TEC Foundation was established in 1990, Sennheiser and Neumann have been presented with a cumulative total of 21 Outstanding Technical Achievement awards as well as having five products represented in the TECnology Hall of Fame, including the venerable Sennheiser MD 421 microphone.

Detailed product information on the Neumann TLM 107 can be found at www.tlm107.neumann.com.

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

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

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

Photo captions:
1) Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet accepts the TEC Award for the Neumann TLM 107 microphone.

2) The TLM 107

Powersoft X Series Wins Pro Sound Web / Live Sound International Reader’s Choice Award for Power Amplifier Products

After Casting Thousands of Ballots for Sixth Annual Awards, X Series Emerges as Favored Choice

Ventura, CA, January 28, 2015: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced that its X Series has been presented with a Reader’s Choice award from Pro Sound Web / Live Sound International magazines. The X Series emerged as the favored choice in the Power Amplifier Products category after thousands of reader ballots were tallied.

11The X Series, which was launched to the U.S. market during the InfoComm show last June to great success, delivers unmatched levels of versatility, flexibility and power, redefining what is possible in power amplification. With flexible channel routing, a truly universal mono, bi and three-phase balancing power supply and fully featured DSP, the X Series represents a revolutionary step forward in performance and power efficiency in both concert touring and fixed installation applications.

“We are pleased to be recognized by the readers of Pro Sound Web and Live Sound International, who are among a very informed constituency within the pro audio community,” commented Kurt Meltzer, U.S. Sales Director, Powersoft Audio. “Each of the products in our X Series line is the result of tireless research, relentless innovation and meticulous refinement — it is exciting to see our customers taking their audio solutions to the next level in such a broad range of applications.”

XSeries-GlamShadow-850x410Powersoft X Series has been also nominated as a finalist in the Audio category for the InAVation Awards and for Newbay Media’s ISE Best of Show Awards. Both awards will be announced during the ISE Show in Amsterdam, between February 10th and 12th. “Being named as a finalist in not one, but three respected industry awards gives our team a tremendous sense of achievement,” said Francesco Fanicchi, Brand and Communication Director of Powersoft. “Winning the Pro Sound Web Reader’s Choice award also validates that we are proceeding in the right direction and that our hard work is paying off.”

The X Series follows previous innovations by Powersoft including the K Series, which debuted in 1995 and introduced the professional audio industry to disruptive technologies including Power Factor Correction (PFC) and switch-mode amplification. The unprecedented efficiency of the X Series enables system integrators and production professionals to deploy fewer rack units while realizing sustained, predictable high performance power suitable for just about any production or installation.

By using Armonia Pro Audio Suite™ in conjunction with the X Series, users are able to access all necessary set up parameters as well as comprehensive control over digital audio processing and system performance monitoring. An integrated WiFi connection allows the X Series amplifiers to be accessed and managed by smartphone or tablet through ¬a customized user interface.

The X Series, which consists of the X8 (2U chassis) and the X4 (1U chassis), supports AES3 and Dante™ by Audinate®, and also features analog inputs for up to four input sources per channel. For more information on X Series, please visit: http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/touring/x-series.

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

Success at AES ‘Plugfest’ Validates Digigram’s AES67/RAVENNA Implementation

Interoperability Testing Event Demonstrated That AES67 Standard Provides Real Gains in Interconnecting Standards-Based Equipment

MONTBONNOT, France — Jan. 27, 2015 — Digigram today announced that it participated in the AES67 interoperability test event held by the AES in cooperation with EBU at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in Munich late in 2014. At this “Plugfest,” Digigram and other select vendors demonstrated interoperability between different implementations of AES67-2013 across more than a dozen products. The overwhelming success of the event reinforced the value of both the AES67 standard and the RAVENNA implementation that Digigram has incorporated into its range of IP audio codecs and sound cards.

The AES67 standard enables high-performance synchronous audio-over-IP streaming interoperability between the various IP-based audio networking products available in today’s professional marketplace.

“The success of the Plugfest tests not only confirms the practical value and promise of AES67 and AES67-compatible open technology standards such as RAVENNA, but also validates our decision to implement these technologies in our IQOYA product line and sound card offering,” said Nicolas Sturmel, PhD., head of research at Digigram. “The adoption of a new standard is a major shift for the industry. Thus, as we move forward into 2015, we expect additional releases of AES67/RAVENNA-enabled solutions, as well as further progress in establishing standards-based workflows that enable our customers to optimize their deployment of these solutions.”

Facilitating low-latency synchronous audio distribution over IP infrastructures in radio facilities, RAVENNA enables new levels of performance and flexibility in IP audio transport. Digigram was among the first members of the RAVENNA consortium launched by ALC NetworX in 2010, and the company announced the addition of AES67/RAVENNA connectivity to its IQOYA range of audio-over-IP (AoIP) codecs at the IBC2014 exhibition. Digigram’s IQOYA solutions help ease users’ migration toward greater use of IP audio within their studios and ultimately facilitate more flexible design of their audio infrastructures by using standard and inexpensive IT equipment.

Announced in March 2014, the LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe sound card represented Digigram’s first RAVENNA-enabled product. Featuring ultralow latency down to one audio sample per IP packet, up to 256 RAVENNA I/O channels from multiple RAVENNA streams, and a full MADI interface, the card is ideal for high-density audio production or automation applications in radio and TV broadcast studios. This card has already been adopted by Studer to enable AES67 connectivity to its new CPU-based Infinity Series” broadcast mixing consoles.

Further information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs

Are you D1 and Only?

ew D1 VisualAnaheim, CA, January 23, 2015: To celebrate the launch of its new evolution wireless D1 digital microphone series, audio specialist Sennheiser is announcing a contest to find the ultimate cover version of “The One and Only”, the classic pop song by Chesney Hawkes. 50,000 euros worth of brilliant prizes can be won, with the very best performer winning their very own professionally produced music video and audio recording of their cover and ew D1 systems for their band.

Runner-up prizes include fantastic new D1 wireless microphone sets, and there are more opportunities to win: the first 20 valid entries will receive an evolution wireless D1 vocal set, as will the ten best covers as voted by the public.

The ultimate winner and best runners-up will be selected by a jury of industry experts from among the 20 best entries shortlisted by a public vote. Jury members include “The One and Only” song-writer, Nik Kershaw, Anastasia Schoeck of Imagem Music, Sennheiser CEO Andreas Sennheiser, and Joel Cassady of Walk off the Earth – a band whose own covers are the stuff of YouTube legend.

Ingo AngresIngo Angres, marketing manager Live Performance and MI at Sennheiser, explains the contest: “The evolution wireless D1 is all about setting your performance free and taking your talent to the next stage. It removes the hassle of complex set-ups and cables and delivers incredible sound quality. When there’s nothing in the way of your creativity, think what you could achieve. That’s the spirit behind this contest – we want to see people take a song everyone thinks they know and set themselves free to make something fresh and new.“?

How to enter
If you think you and your band are the ones to take on the challenge, then get creative, interpret the song in your own unique style and record a video of your performance and upload it to YouTube. Then simply visit www.sennheiser-D1.com to submit your entry. The competition will be open to entries from 21 January until midnight on 10th May 2015.

ew D1 Vocal Set 2Between 21 January and 19 May 2015, visitors to the Sennheiser contest page can vote for their favourite cover version. The 20 performances with the most votes will be announced on 20 May and will go through to the final round, with the top ten receiving a D1 vocal set. The jury will then proceed to judge the entries according to musical quality, unique style and authentic performance.

The winner, who will receive the grand prize, and the second and third places will be announced on 1 June 2015.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1: Sennheiser launches a cover contest to celebrate the launch of evolution wireless D1
2: Ingo Angres, marketing manager Live Performance and MI at Sennheiser
3: The first 20 videos on the website will each receive an evolution wireless D1 Vocal Set for being so quick – as will the ten best covers with the most votes by the public

Sennheiser and Apogee announce partnership at NAMM Show

Anaheim, CA, January 23, 2015: At Winter NAMM, audio specialist Sennheiser and Apogee Electronics, industry leader in digital audio conversion technology, have announced their collaboration.

logosAt the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Apogee’s Betty Bennett and Sennheiser’s Peter Claussen have jointly announced the cooperation of their companies. Peter Claussen, COO of Sennheiser, said that “Apogee and Sennheiser are a perfect fit. We both operate in the demanding premium sector, serving professional and semi-professional audio customers across the globe. Our product portfolios perfectly complement each other, and I am looking forward to collaborate with a company that has truly pushed the boundaries of digital audio.”

Betty Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee, commented, “This is an exciting collaboration for us. Sennheiser is a highly respected brand with an incredible product portfolio and an extensive global reach. Our reputation for delivering premium products to the pro and prosumer markets are well aligned and our core competencies are very complementary. This collaboration will result in innovative, high-quality products that will truly inspire our customers.”

Details about the collaboration are to be revealed at a later date.

About Apogee
Apogee Electronics is an award-winning manufacturer of professional audio devices that advance audio recording and deliver ultimate sound quality, inspiring simplicity and incredible value. Apogee initially made its name with special anti-aliasing filters that solved many of the early problems associated with digital audio. Later, Apogee’s complete conversion systems pushed the envelope of digital audio quality and established Apogee as a key innovator in the field of professional digital audio. Today, Apogee converters and audio interfaces are regarded as the reference standard in the audio industry. Products such as Symphony I/O, Big Ben, Ensemble and Duet all have set the benchmark by which digital audio recording hardware is judged. Now with its latest products JAM and MiC, designed especially for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and GarageBand software, Apogee continues to be at the forefront of recording technology. Apogee’s mission is to build products that offer ultimate sound quality, innovative design and unparalleled value to all music creators from the aspiring artist to the discerning audio professional.

About Sennheiser
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Sennheiser Announces Booth Performances at NAMM 2015, Including Freedy Johnston, Nina Storey, Raining Jane and others

Anaheim, CA, January 22, 2015: Audio specialist Sennheiser (Hall A, Booth 6577) announced that its booth stage at NAMM will once again feature an impressive roster of both established and emerging musical talent. The product demonstrations — which will feature the latest audio equipment from Sennheiser — will begin at noon today and con-tinue through Sunday afternoon, January 25th.

Scheduled performances are as follows and may be subject to change:

Thursday, January 22nd
12:00 p.m. — Chris Pierce
12:45 p.m. — Nina Storey
1:30 p.m. — Freedy Johnston
3:00 p.m. — Shane Henry and Maggie McClure
3:45 p.m. — Nina Storey
4:30 p.m. — Halocene

Friday, January 23rd
12:00 p.m. — Sista Jean & CB
12:45 p.m. — Marcus Eaton
1:30 p.m. — Dilana
2:15 p.m. — Sista Jean & CB
3:00 p.m. — Marcus Eaton
3:45 p.m. — Katie Cole
4:40 p.m. — Nu-Blu

Saturday, January 24th
12:00 p.m. — Debby Holiday
12:45 p.m. — Nu-Blu
1:30 p.m. — Raining Jane
2:15 p.m. — Debby Holiday
3:00 p.m. — Nu-Blu
3:45 p.m. — Magnolia Memoir
4:30 p.m. — Zane and Paris Carney

Sunday, January 25th
12:00 p.m. — Katie Cole
12:45 p.m. — Chantelle Barry
1:30 p.m. — Jaq Mackenzie and Matt Jordan
2:15 p.m. — Katie Cole
3:00 p.m. — Chantelle Barry
3:45 p.m. — Celia Chavez

Each year, the Sennheiser booth stage provides a high-quality, entertaining platform for emerging talent to heard by the over 80,000 people attending NAMM. For more infor-mation on artist performances, or to learn more about Sennheiser, please stop by booth 6577 or visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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. Senn-heiser 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.

Sennheiser launches evolution wireless D1 – easy digital wireless for ambitious bands

ew D1 VisualAnaheim, CA, January 22, 2015: At NAMM, Sennheiser has launched evolution wireless D1, a range of digital wireless microphone systems that lets bands go wireless the easy way. With systems for vocals or for instruments, a band’s life is made simpler: transmitters and receivers automatically pair and select suitable transmission frequencies, while multiple D1 systems can automatically coordinate themselves. ew D1 operates in the 2.4 GHz range, which is license-free worldwide. “D1 instantly readies you for making music – and takes the complexity out of wireless,” summarizes Martin Fischer, product manager at Sennheiser.

Ease of use is key
Bands can now just forget about frequency setting, matching transmitters and receivers, and getting the gain right – evolution wireless D1 offers true ease of use by doing all these time-consuming and sometimes error-prone chores for them. “Basically, all that is needed is to switch the system on”, said Martin Fischer. “The rest will happen automatically. In no time at all, you’re all set to start jamming – with all the levels right, and a stable wireless link.”

License-free 2.4 GHz transmission with intelligent channel management
ew D1 LogoD1 operates in the 2,400 to 2,483.5 MHz range, which is license-free worldwide so there is no need to register the system or pay for the use of bandwidth. Region-specific particularities are catered for in the respective country variants. To allow co-existence with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other 2.4 GHz systems, the D1 receiver continually scans the RF environment, and will inaudibly and seamlessly hop to another frequency if it detects any interference. “ew D1 continually checks the entire 2.4 GHz band in your surroundings to guarantee you optimum performance,” added Fischer. Two channels are always available: besides the actual audio transmission channel, the system runs a redundant back-up channel, thus providing frequency and time diversity. Transmission reliability is further increased by fast-switching antenna diversity. Summing up, Fischer said, “ew D1 uses triple diversity to protect the wireless link between radio microphone and receiver.”

Quality audio
evolution wireless D1 employs the industry-leading aptX Live® codec that ensures excellent audio quality and wide dynamics for vocals, speech and instruments over the entire audio frequency range. Overall latency is a low 3.9 milliseconds, which is ideal if wireless monitors are to be used. To ensure optimum levels, ew D1 automatically sets the correct microphone sensitivity.

ew D1 Vocal SetVia the ew D1 menu control, bands have a range of audio effects at their disposal. These include a 7-band graphic equalizer, low-cut filter, automatic gain control and de-esser. The D1 vocal systems come with dynamic evolution microphone heads but can naturally also be combined with the condenser capsules from the acclaimed series, which are available as accessories.

Channel coordination and adaptive transmission power
ew D1 systems coordinate themselves fully automatically. For multiple systems, receivers will synchronize themselves to accommodate up to 15 channels in an ideal RF environment.

ew D1 Instrument SetWhere local frequency regulations allow, for example in the USA and Canada, Sennheiser has fitted its evolution wireless D1 systems with adaptive transmission power, with up to 100 milliwatts of power ensuring an extra-reliable link and extended range. For this, the receiver continuously informs the transmitter about how much RF output power is actually needed for a stable signal. The transmitter adapts accordingly and transmits at the requested power. “This feature not only increases the range if, for example, the singer moves further away from the receiver but it also saves battery power in those instances where the transmitter is very close to the receiver,” said Martin Fischer.

Powering and control options
D1 transmitters can be powered by either standard batteries or rechargeable “accupacks” that are available as accessories. These rechargeable lithium-ion packs recharge via USB or a docking charger and offer the additional advantage that the remaining battery life is indicated on the transmitter and receiver. Where required, the ew D1 system can be controlled by Apple® or Android® devices using a dedicated app.

Available soon
Headmicevolution wireless D1 comes in complete, ready-to-use systems or can be tailor-made by combining individual components, which is especially attractive for vocal systems. Besides the vocal and instrument systems, the D1 series comprises headmic and lavalier systems. Available in your local music stores from March 2015.

www.sennheiser-d1.com

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The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1: Coming to your music store soon: evolution wireless D1 digital wireless mics

2: Sennheiser’s D1 sets a new standard for easy-to-use wireless microphones

3: The evolution wireless D1 instrument system

4: The ME 3-II headset microphone offers increased comfort and an optimized capsule

Back to the Future Sounds: Moog Recommences Manufacturing Large Format Modular Synthesizers

ASHEVILLE, NC, January 19, 2015: January 19, 2014 Asheville, NC: 50 years ago, at its first introduction, the Moog modular synthesizer represented as radical a transition as Kandinski’s abstracts or Kodak’s cameras – offering both a break from yesterday and a startling glimpse of tomorrow. And, as with all cultural explosions, the impact of Dr. Bob Moog’s invention was impossible to evaluate from the epicenter. It’s only now, 50 years down the line that we can get some measure of the importance, and the sheer untapped potentiality of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

1Today, it is with great excitement that Moog Music Inc. announces their plans to re-commence the limited run manufacturing of three of their most sought after 5U large format modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973.

To commemorate the announcement, Moog shot a short film at their factory about the inspiring and multifaceted relationship artists have with modular synthesizers. The video features electronic music pioneers such as Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Herb Deutsch alongside performances by contemporary modular artists like Holy Ghost! (DFA), Gavin Russom (ECSTATIC/Entropy Trax), Max Ravitz AKA Patricia (L.I.E.S./Spectral Sound/Opal Tapes), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Western Vinyl), Jacques Greene (Vase/LuckyMe) and M. Geddes Gengras (Stones Throw). Each artist played a patch live, in one take, with no overdubs on one or more of the new Moog Modular systems.

2The foundation for this announcement was laid last year at Moogfest 2014, when Moog released the Emerson Moog Modular system – a faithful recreation of Keith Emerson’s legendary modular instrument, which was the culmination of three years worth of research and engineering. Now Moog will use the techniques learned recreating the EMMS manufacturing process to once again build these modular systems. Crucially, in deference to the unique character and appeal of the original instruments, these systems will be made entirely to their original product specifications and manufacturing techniques and processes.

Working from the 1970s schematics, the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 will be meticulously handcrafted, as a true recreation of the original. The modules are built from the original circuit board films – just as they were in 1973- by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods. The front panels are photo-etched aluminum, a classic process rarely still used in today’s synthesizer manufacturing, to maintain the classic and durable look of vintage Moog modules.

3Upon their first release in 1973, the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 represented a high watermark for modular synthesis, and their inimitable tones can be heard shaping many much-loved albums. They were fundamental in the development of contemporary soul, RnB, and disco from giving Stevie Wonder’s classic run of 70s LPs their questing, innovative edge, to providing Giorgio Moroder with the pulsating machine melodies that ushered in electronic dance. At the same time, these were the instruments that inspired Brian Eno to push further out into seas of layered tranquillity on his pioneering ambient albums, or provoked bands like Yes and Tangerine Dream to blast their sonic freak outs into the cosmos.

However, the reintroduction of these instruments is not about reliving the past – while much incredible work has been done with the Moog Modular, there is so much further yet to be explored in this relatively young instrument. Artists had only begun to grasp the vast possibilities of these large format modular synthesizers when they went out of production over thirty years ago. Decades of electronic experimentation have enabled musicians to move on from viewing the Moog Modular as a replacement for traditional instrumentation. Now a new generation of artists, with a greater understanding and more complex tools, will have the opportunity to explore the power of these singular sonic machines. Today, the modular synthesizer is viewed in the manner Bob Moog originally intended: to “discover endless offbeat, unconventional, and even irrational ways of working.”

4The dedicated nature of the Moog modular rebuilding process is such that the units will come in extremely limited quantities. There will be 55 units of the System 55, priced at $35,000 per instrument; 35 of units of the System 35, priced at $22,000 per instrument; and 150 units of the Model 15, priced at $10,000 per instrument.

Alongside these Moog Modular Systems will be the Sequencer Complement B Expansion Cabinet, a dual 960 Sequential Controller, an accompaniment to the System 35 and System 55, that has been out of production for over 30 years– as well as an optional 5-Octave duo phonic keyboard.

Links:
Video: http://youtu.be/3w6qWiEx8BQ
Modular Systems: http://www.moogmusic.com/moog-modular-synthesizers
Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u0zsvbsisj0pedy/AADnSqH3jKKfRWRwitZ2tBCZa?dl=0

About Moog Music
Moog Music 500 series modules and electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted at the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

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