Archive for August, 2011

Sennheiser Supports Unsigned Artists with The Sessions

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Montreal – August 16, 2011 – Audio manufacturer Sennheiser is showcasing independent artists through The Sessions, a series of locally produced music shows featuring unsigned local bands and solo acts that will culminate in a grand finale in September where one act will be awarded a Sennheiser prize pack valued at $5,000.

The Sessions kicked off in February at The Guitar Boutique (aka The Ranch) in Bethany, Ontario with six bands getting the chance to play through a premium range of sound equipment, including K-array loudspeakers and Sennheiser microphones. A second Session in July saw the event move outdoors, while expanding to include 19 bands over a two-day ribfest event. An August Session will feature 22 bands before the grand finale takes place in September. more

David Crowder *Band Takes Sennheiser Along for its Final Nationwide Tour

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Old Lyme, Conn. – August 15, 2011 – As the David Crowder*Band (DC*B) wraps up the remaining festival dates, conferences and one-off performances on its current tour, the band looks forward to embarking on what is likely to be its final tour as a band this fall. Audio specialist Sennheiser will be along for each of the remaining shows, which are on track to selling out to capacity. For the last several years, DC*B has relied on Sennheiser wireless systems and microphones for outstanding sound quality for both vocals and instruments throughout its touring operation.

In what is to be its final year as a band, 2011 has already seen DC*B nominated for a Grammy. The band let loose during its live performances so far this year, playing sets in excess of two hours of lesser-known material in smaller, more intimate venues. No matter what size venue the band plays, their collection of Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems helps the band’s sound remain true –- both to themselves and hundreds of thousands of fans. more

AES Platinum Panels: ‘The Studio As An Instrument’ and – ‘The Producers Portfolio’

Creating Hits With The Flaming Lips, Bob Dylan, The National, Bjork, Amy Winehouse, Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney & More

NEW YORK: Eagerly anticipated, AES Convention,janice_david_lores.jpg Platinum Panels always attract top-tier producer and engineer participants and, substantial audiences seeking knowledge and inspiration. For the 131st AES Convention, SonicScoop co-founders, Janice Brown and David Weiss have developed unique events focused on innovative concepts and featuring participants who have achieved the dual pinnacles of creative and popular success.

“We are fortunate to have tapped into the insights and connectivity of these accomplished chroniclers of today’s audio industry,” Convention Chair Jim Anderson remarked. “They are totally plugged-in to the creative community, and we are confident their journalistic acumen will bring an unconventional perspective to their panels. In a related announcement, legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering & DVD is currently developing his popular Platinum Mastering Panel,” Anderson adds, “news of that event will be announced soon.” more

Guitar Center Professional Appoints Kurtis Ewing Account Manager

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 9, 2011 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the appointment of Kurtis Ewing to the position of Account Manager, based in the company’s Sherman Oaks, California location, effective immediately. In his new position, Ewing will draw on his extensive experience in sound production to help GC Pro expand its presence in the studio, live, post-production and house-of-worship market sectors. The announcement was made by GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner and further underscores GC Pro’s ongoing commitment to the continuing growth of GC Pro as a turnkey supplier for professional end users.

Ewing brings a wealth of experience in the music production, television and house-of-worship market sectors to the GC Pro team. As a third-generation TV soundman, he knows the unique needs of the Southern California audio industry. With a high level of expertise, Kurtis is passionate about servicing GC Pro’s diverse client base in Los Angeles, including the post-production and composer communities. Ewing has a talent for producing music, and aside from his work in TV sound, he has written music for such hip-hop stars as The Game, Ne-Yo and many more. more

Neumann Introduces Three New Digital Microphones and Portable, Two-Channel Digital Interface

Old Lyme, Conn. – August 9, 2011: Neumann, manufacturer of the world’s most highly regarded microphones, announces four new digital products: the KMS 104 D and KMS 105 D vocal microphones, the KMR 81 D shotgun microphone and the portable DMI-2 digital converter. The addition of these items into Neumann’s existing digital portfolio highlights its leadership position in the digital microphone category, while breaking new ground in live, broadcast and portable microphone applications.

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Digital microphones for live vocal applications
Building on the success of the Neumann KMS 104 and KMS 105 condenser vocal microphones, Neumann introduces their digital counterparts: the KMS 104 D and KMS 105 D (MSRP: $1,398). Equipped with the core features of the existing models, the KMS 104 D, with its cardioid pattern, and the KMS 105 D, with its super-cardioid pattern, offer additional digital advantages such as an extended dynamic range, more robust operation and integrated peak limiters that prevent clipping. more

DK-Technologies Appoints Lift AV as New US Distributor

With the launch of its groundbreaking Compact Audio Loudness (CALM) meter, DK-Technologies is anticipating a significant growth in demand from international broadcasters – both for this meter and for all of the other products in its audio and video metering and monitoring range.

In order to cope with the expected increase in demand in the US, DK-Technologies has appointed Lift AV as its new distributor, with responsibility for the entire DK-Technologies product range.

Based in Kirkland, near Seattle, Lift AV was formed in 2007 by Steve Palermo and system designers, David Ellis and Justin Friesen. Its client base is primarily commercial and broadcast clients, production studios and houses of worship. Lift AV provides clients with design, sales and support for audio, video and lighting applications.
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Steve Palermo, President of Lift AV, says: “Lift AV has had excellent success placing DK products with end users for several years now and after looking at this opportunity to distribute DK in the US, we felt it was a perfect fit. DK has a proven record of producing reliable and quality products. We’ve always had great working relationship in the past and this further strengthens those ties.” more

All-Pro Detroit Lion Lomas Brown and Sennheiser Help Illuminate Potential Career Paths for Detroit’s Inner City High School Kids

dsc_7060.JPGDETROIT – August 8, 2011: Late last month, audio specialist Sennheiser was invited to join seven time All Pro lineman Lomas Brown at his free annual linebacker’s football camp. The camp, which featured firsthand instruction from Lomas Brown and other accomplished NFL and college athletes, was attended by 150 Detroit-based high school linebackers and featured a dedicated broadcast booth set up by Sennheiser.

In addition to gaining valuable instruction on how to be an effective linebacker, each child was given the opportunity to participate in the taping of a mock sports broadcast, providing them with real-world experience and a first hand glimpse into the world of professional sports careers off the field. Each child who participated in the broadcast activity was given a free pair of Sennheiser headphones and a certificate of completion. more

Jampro Antennas IBC 2011 Preview

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Sacramento, CA — JAMPRO ANTENNAS, INC.’s IBC 2011 line-up will emphasize the value and features of its extensive range of broadband solutions. The manufacturer – the oldest antenna company in the USA – broadband highlights will include its JAT-U UHF broadband super turnstile antenna, JUHD UHF broadband panel antenna, Prostar JA/MS-BB broadband UHF slot antenna, and the new RCEC .2 meter (8”) affordable mask filter. Jampro will also showcase its RCCC constant impedance combiner along with economical and flexible antennas, combiners & filters, towers, and RF components that address every application in the broadcast industry including DTV, DVB-T, FM and HD Radio solutions. The company will additionally showcase its Service Group and the vast scope of services – that span from concept to completion – that are available. more

Sennheiser Provides Support to Musicians ‘On the Ground’ During Summerfest 2011, World’s Largest Music Festival

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Milwaukee, WI – August 4, 2011: For several years running, audio specialist Sennheiser has made its presence known among musicians and artists attending Summerfest. This year, as in previous years, Sennheiser was also an active sponsor of Summerfest’s Emerging Artist Series, engaging not only well-established artists but also artists on the rise including The Material and The Last Vegas.

Sennheiser brought along its branded tour bus, which not only served as a change of scenery for artists and crew, but also provided them with a source for comprehensive technical expertise, emergency replacement gear and educational demonstrations of wireless and microphone products to help them achieve a flawless performance. more

Guitar Center Opens 220th Store in Huntsville, AL

— Company opens its sixth store in 2011 with special savings and events —

— Store features on-site lessons and guitar repair services —

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Westlake Village, CA (August 3, 2011) – On Thursday, July 28, 2011, Guitar Center hit a milestone as it opened its 220th store, its newest retail location in Huntsville, Alabama. A 14,202-square-foot location, Guitar Center Huntsville also features Guitar Center Studios, an on-site lesson and rehearsal facility. The store’s opening brings to the area vast product selection, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of its dedicated staff. To celebrate the opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians.

Located at 5900 University Dr. NW, Suite A, Huntsville, AL 35806, the store features well-equipped showrooms with the latest products for the musician, from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to special Grand Opening Weekend programming, early shoppers also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend with deals on a wide selection of music instrument and professional audio equipment, including guitar and drum essentials. more

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