Archive for April 10th, 2012

Neumann KH 120 Monitors Provide Precision and Clarity for Mateusz Zechowski, Classical Recordist for Yale Symphony Orchestra

New Haven, Conn. – April 10, 2012 – Since 2000, Mateusz Zechowski’s STUDIOTEO has been providing freelance recording services to some of the most renowned orchestras, choirs and ensembles in the northeastern corridor. Based out of New Haven, Zechowski, who has just upgraded his monitoring system to include the Sennheiser-distributed Neumann KH 120s, has a versatile geographic reach working with clients in and around neighboring Yale University as well as New York City and Boston. He counts Yale Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra New England, New York Choral Society and Juilliard Baroque Ensemble among his clients.

“For classical recordists, there are generally two types of recordings,” says Zechowski. “One is taping concerts, in which you are more or less battling a recording environment that has already been chosen, and the other is ‘co-creating’ a recording with a client where you can exert more artistic control. Both scenarios — and in fact all the work I do — require top-notch studio monitors and now I am 100 percent dependent on the Neumann KH 120s.”

Zechowski is a native of Poland who studied at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and more recently at the Yale School of Music in New Haven. His recordings regularly appear on internationally regarded classical labels such as Naxos, Carus Verlag and Dels. The Neumann KH 120 active near field monitor is his monitor of choice whether he is on-location or working in his mastering suite in the lower level of his home. He was introduced to the KH 120 during the AES show in New York, when he met Sennheiser product specialist for studio products, Christopher Currier.

“I asked Christopher about the Neumann KH 120s at the booth, and he said he was happy to bring a pair by for me to demo in my studio,” Zechowski recalls. “When he did, I was in pretty deep shock because when compared to my other set — a respected large format British monitor — it was immediately apparent that the Neumann’s clarity, openness and large sound stage was far superior. My first impression was that they were on the bright side, but later I realized that this was due to its extended clarity.” The other thing that struck Zechowski was the amount of sheer bass force and dispersion in the low end: “It is quite incredible that such small monitors can generate such a large sound stage — especially in the lower frequencies. It is quite a remarkable achievement.”

Once Zechowski acquired the KH 120s and began using them on a regular basis on his work with choirs, small ensembles and large orchestras, the sonic attributes of the KH 120s became even more apparent: “These speakers are very precise, and this becomes very important when you have singing voices. With this kind of precision, you can hear and fix things immediately, whether it is a miking set up, EQ, or whatever. They give you an exact read.” The compact size and extreme portability of the KH 120s also enable Zechowski to bring them on location to his sessions. “They are a real winner for what I do and help me quickly assess what kind of mic set up I want to use, whether it is a Decca tree, a traditional spaced pair or a coincident mic arrangement.”

Zechowski now relies on the KH 120s to ensure his work sounds good outsideof the studio, as well. “All the mixes I do on the KH 120 translate beautifully to the external world, whether it is a mundane car stereo, a home-based system or audiophile setup alike,” he says.

As Zechowski continues his relentless pursuit to increase the quality of his recordings, the phone keeps on ringing: “In this profession, everything depends on word of mouth,” he observes. “Musicians relate to each other and recommend recording engineers like other people might recommend dentists. I’ve managed to build a steady group of loyal clients, because I am always looking to improve on what I’m doing.”

The Neumann KH 120 studio monitor
The Neumann KH 120 is a compact near-field studio monitor that delivers unprecedented accuracy and versatility within a broad range of monitoring environments. The KH 120 is perfect for tracking, mixing and mastering in music, broadcast, project and post-production studios.

The KH 120 represents the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation and measurement technologies to ensure the most accurate sound reproduction possible. It has a Mathematically Modeled Dispersion™ (MMD) waveguide, flexible acoustical controls, analog class-AB amplifiers, various input formats and an extensive mounting hardware range. All of this provides the user with the maximum versatility over a wide variety of acoustic conditions, source equipment and physical locations.

LAWO TO SHOWCASE SIGNIFICANT AUDIO BROADCAST DEVELOPMENTS AT NAB

*** The new RAVENNA DALLIS Master Card ***

Las Vegas, NV – April 10, 2012… Lawo, a leading manufacturer of digital audio networking systems and consoles for a wide range of applications from small to large scale audio production in television and radio, post production, and live sound is pleased to announce several important developments that will be showcased during the forthcoming NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show. Showing a comprehensive range of audio production solutions that will appeal to the broadcast community, Lawo’s technological prowess will be on display at booth #2046, Hall C2.

During NAB, Lawo will be showcasing a variety of exciting product offerings, including implementations of RAVENNA Audio over IP technology, the world premiere of the company’s new SDI-Dock, JADE and Multitrack Editor software products, the new Version 4.16 software running on the mc²66 MKII broadcast console, Visual Extension for sapphire, Nova29, a crystal console, plus demos of practical applications using the Virtual Studio Manager for the device-independent control of audio and video equipment. more

AES 132nd Convention Offers Prolific Papers/Posters Presentations

The Hand Clap As An Impulse Source, Virtual Microphones & Audio For Games

BUDAPEST: Over one hundred enlightening Paper and Poster presentations have been developed for the 132nd Audio Engineering Society Convention set for the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center April 26-29. Leaders throughout the international professional audio community will gather to exchange ideas, and take maximum advantage of the Convention’s unique networking opportunities. Highlights of the varied Paper and Poster schedule include:

The Hand Clap as an Impulse Source for Measuring Room Acoustic: Authors – Prem Seetharaman and Stephen P. Tarzia tested the suitability of hand clap recordings for measuring several acoustic features of musical performance and recording rooms. Their goal was to make acoustic measurement possible for amateur musicians and hobbyists through the use of a smartphone or web app. Using their technique, measuring a room’s reverberation times and frequency response is as easy as starting a smartphone app and clapping several times.

Emerging and Innovative Audio Virtual Microphones – Using Ultrasonic Sound to Receive Audio Waves: Authors – Tobias Merkel, Hans Lƒhmann, and Tom Ritter will discuss their research with highly focused ultrasound beams and microphones. They overlaid the wave field of a common audio source with an ultrasonic beam. They discovered that the phase shift of the received signal obtains the audio information of the overlaid field. Since the ultrasonic beam itself acts as sound receiver, no technical device e.g. membranes, are necessary in the direct vicinity of sound reception. Because this type of sound receiver is not visible or touchable they describe it as a “Virtual Microphone.”

Audio for Games and Mobile/PDA, Efficient Binaural Audio Rendering Using Independent Early and Diffuse Paths: Author – Fritz Menzer A multi-source binaural audio rendering structure is proposed that efficiently implements plausible binaural reverberation including early reflections and late reverberation. The structure contains delay lines and, a feedback-delay network that operate independently, modeling early reflections and diffuse reverberation, respectively. Computationally efficient heuristics are presented for the implementation of an HRTF set and, for the diffuse reverberation, a real-time implementation on a mobile device will be presented.

Please visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: The Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the 132nd AES Convention April 26-29.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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