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The Charity Angels on Board with Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) at Malibu Country Club

— The Charity Angels to provide $100,000 Shoot-Out, on-course poker game, chance to win companion airfare and a spin-to-win —

— Event’s organizers offering a one-time million-dollar shot, hole-in-one prizes and more —

Los Angeles CA, June 6, 2013 — The 2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT), which will be held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Malibu Country Club, is proud to add special opportunities from L.A.-based organization The Charity Angels to the day’s events. Aside from the tournament itself, The Charity Angels will be providing several games and promotional opportunities throughout the day. These include $100,000 Shoot-Out for four lucky Superticket holders; an on-course poker game; a chance to win companion airfare; and a “Spin-to-Win” game, where every Superticket holder walks away a winner (prizes include Golfsmith GIft Cards, $150 BBQ Sets, One Hope Wine, Pro V 1 Golf Balls and more). Other opportunities, provided by the event’s organizers, include a $1,000,000 one-shot Shootout for one player at the end of the tournament as well as a $1000 chipping contest opportunity for another lucky player. Hole-in-one prizes include $25,000 and $10,000 packages, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle provided by Bartels Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey.

Newly announced sponsors include Blue Sky and Avid. Sponsors named previously include GC Pro, Sterling Audio, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, Lurssen Mastering, PreSonus, Record Plant, SAE Los Angeles, Shure, Sound Design Corporation, TransAudio Group, Vintage King Audio and Westlake Recording Studios, with more to be announced.

The event has been organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and will benefit the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt will serve as Co-Honorary Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Dunn stated, “We are pleased to have The Charity Angels add their flair to the tournament. This is a very special event for the industry, our sponsors, the golfers and A Place Called Home, and The Charity Angels’ extra opportunities will add a new level of excitement to the day. Just think if someone can snag the $100,000 shootout or comped airfare – what a thrill that would be for all of us!”

Online registry for players and sponsors is available at For more information about the tournament, visit or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

About A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home ( is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

DPA Microphones Bring Exceptional Clarity To Suede’s Guitars

Indie-rock stalwarts Suede, which released its sixth album Bloodsports in March 2013, recently recorded a live acoustic session for Absolute Radio at the world-famous Abbey Road studios in London.

The equipment line-up for this important gig incorporated three DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which were chosen for their clarity and exceptional audio quality.

Suede’s Neil Codling, who plays keyboards and rhythm guitar, was instrumental in the choice of microphones, specifying them for his own Martin D28 guitar and also for Richard Oakes’ Gibson J200 lead guitar and Matt Osman’s Dean acoustic bass. DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network was happy to supply the microphones.

“In an ideal world, a microphone should almost disappear, allowing the sound source to reach the listener’s ear unimpeded, dissolving the artifice of a recording,” Neil Codling says. “Like the best condenser mics, the DPA d:vote 4099 Clip Microphones capture what is happening in the room with clarity and life, putting you there, in the path of the shifting air. The wonder is that, wherever you place them, d:vote 4099 microphones give you a sound you can build a mix around, or incorporate into a mix without fuss. It’s as if they have one enormous sweet spot.”

Codling was introduced to DPA Microphones by Front of House sound engineer Jamie Orchard-Lisle, who is closely involved with the chamber orchestra Penguin Café, of which Codling is also a member.

“When I have downtime from Suede, I play in Penguin Cafe, which has a different acoustic flavour: violins, viola, cello, double bass, ukuleles, Venezuelan cuatros,” Codling says. “Whatever you point the DPA d:vote 4099 at, they seem to capture the essence of the instrument, its subtle timbres and the full breadth of its dynamic range. You get warmth without boom, intimacy without overpowering mids, clarity without brittleness. You just point them at the sound source and they sound great.”

Getting the opportunity to use DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the Abbey Road session was something Neil Codling jumped at – and he also enjoyed being able to acquaint other members of Suede to DPA’s high-end audio quality.

“When you introduce someone to DPA microphones for the first time, there’s always an exchange of looks on first hearing that says ‘wow, this sounds special!’” he says. “Even when you first set them up, it’s as if you’ve reached that point where you say ‘don’t touch a thing: that’s perfect.’ It’s a happy knack, and you just have to hit ‘record’ and enjoy it.”

Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit

Riedel Establishes New U.S. Office and Training Center in Burbank to Meet Demand for Sales and Rental Services

GLENDALE, Calif. — June 13, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that it has opened a new facility in Burbank, Calif., to address increasing demand for the company’s product range. In addition to providing space for more inventory and sales personnel, the new facility includes a training room in which customers and partners can get hands-on experience with Riedel equipment and software.

“As a rapidly growing number of U.S. production companies turn to Riedel solutions, our Burbank facility gives us the ability to provide both new and existing customers with a higher level of service and support,” said Christopher Street, general manager for North and Central America, Riedel Communications. “In fact, our sales and service operations are growing worldwide, demonstrating the increasing adoption of Riedel gear in diverse applications and locations.”

Among the solutions available for training and demonstration at the new facility are the Riedel MediorNet real-time media network; RockNet real-time audio network; Artist, Performer, and Acrobat intercoms; as well as a variety of radios, headsets, and fiber and intercom accessories. The office also will support Riedel’s full-service rental offering, which provides the wired and wireless intercom systems and signal transport and routing along with the staff for live events, TV productions, and theater performances. The full-service rental surpasses simple dry-hire to include project planning, logistics, setup, and operation.

Riedel’s new U.S. office is located at:
2508 North Ontario St., Burbank, CA 91504
Phone + 1 (818) 409-6900
Fax + 1 (818) 241-5927

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Sennheiser and K-array Create State of the Art, Immersive Sound Experience at Hunt Library, NC State’s Pioneering ‘Library of the Future’

Raleigh, NC – June 10, 2013NC State is known around the world as a preemi-nent technology and research university, preparing thousands of students each year for the most demanding and creative high-tech careers on the planet. The University re-cently opened its pioneering, state of the art new learning facility and technology incuba-tor, James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The new facility, which features audio solutions from Sennheiser and K-array, provides students and faculty with unmatched visualization, computing and collaboration technologies for advanced, next generation applications in engineering, computer science, textiles, design, and other disciplines.

Located on the University’s Centennial Campus and designed by renowned international architectural firm Snøhetta, the Hunt Library is meant to be a ‘technology sandbox’ — a place where innovative ideas can flourish and collaborative dialog can be exchanged without restriction. During the design phase of the facility, Sennheiser became an official ‘Powered By’ partner.

“We had to find the right technology partners that could fit into our vision,” says Maurice York, Head, Information Technology NCSU Libraries, NC State University. “The Hunt Library is an impressive building, designed by one of the best architecture firms in the world,” says York. “So performance and form factor were very important considerations for us all the way through. We wanted to create a sound environment that brought this incredible visual environment to life, so visitors would have that ‘WOW’ experience.”

Scott Frey of Pittsburgh-based The Sextant Group handled the A/V design and supervised equipment specification for the entire project, and the installation was handled by Tampa, FL-based integrator AVI-SPL, a company that was chosen for their knowledge in complex A/V installations: “AVI-SPL have a quality team in the field and were one of only a few companies that could fill the requirements of the project,” says Frey. “We were very confident working alongside them from the very beginning.”

The library, which is comprised of more than 220,000 square feet, had several dedicated spaces featuring large-scale visualization, interactive displays, 3D motion technologies and other visual elements that would be complemented by highly specialized audio componentry from Sennheiser and K-array. “Audio quality is always the first thing I con-sider, and then aesthetics follow closely behind,” says Frey, who identified K-array as a suitable solution following a visit to the K-array demo room at the InfoComm trade show in 2011. “The video componentry was the highest quality on the market, so I wanted to match this with the highest possible audio quality.”

Frey thought the K-array system would be perfect for the Library’s Game Lab — not only because of their sound, but because of their small footprint. “I had maybe 6″ to work with for each speaker, and had to ensure the sound was paramount,” Frey recalls. “Those 2″ linear drivers on the KK102 really sold me — a traditional loudspeaker would have been twice that size.”

After setting up a K-array surround system in the Game Lab, Frey was so pleased that he specified them for other environments within the Library as well, in addition to head-phones and wireless equipment from Sennheiser. Sennheiser’s Eric Reese facilitated demonstrations in several rooms that were still under construction at the time, including what would eventually become the Auditorium. “Even though we knew the acoustical properties of the rooms would change, it was important for us to be inside the building and inside those spaces,” York explains. “After we set up a 5.1 system in the Game Lab, we then went down to the Auditorium and auditioned several different types of music. The performance of the system just blew us away.”

There were five primary A/V environments the team focused on for the initial installation: the Game Lab, the Teaching and Visualization Lab, the Creativity Studio and the Audito-rium. Each space had a completely different technology focus and design program.

The Immersion Theater
Located on the main level of the library and just 40′ inside of the main entrance, the Im-mersion Theater serves as a presentation space for faculty to show off their research, and a space for students to discuss and review their projects. It features a 20′ curved micro-tile display wall as well as an intelligent but powerful sound system from K-array. “We originally thought of limiting the audio requirements to just voice reproduction, but after discussion we realized we needed a much richer sound environment,” York recalls. “Part of the acoustic challenge was that the space was open to the main traffic through-way. We had to contain the sound inside of the space so it didn’t bleed out into the read-ing rooms, but still provide an engaging audio experience.” The solution was to deploy several of K-array’s KV50 ultra slim line arrays in the ceiling, along with KU36 ultra slim subwoofers — which were mounted above the video wall. This combination created fo-cused and powerful sound dispersion for those working in the space, without distracting students in the nearby reading rooms.

Game Lab
North Carolina’s Research Triangle is recognized as a main center of gaming devel-opment, with one of the most dense concentrations of gaming companies in the U.S. NC State offers an undergraduate program that is focused on the entertainment side of gaming, as well as a graduate program that is focused on sophisticated applications like artificial intelligence, environmental simulations and advanced training platforms. The Game Lab, which doubles as a development lab and a place where students can take a break and play their favorite console games, features a 20′ wide micro display wall, which can be augmented into 80 disparate LED cubes – each measuring 10″ x 12″. The multi-channel audio system features a 5.1 K-array set up with (3) KK102 line array ele-ments, each comprised of (16) 2″ neodymium magnet transducers and positioned hori-zontally at left, right and center of the display wall. Two K-array KK52s serve as rear left and right channels, and a 12″ KMT12P ultralight subwoofer, mounted in custom cabi-netry underneath the display wall, provides 600 watts of detailed sub-bass frequencies. In addition to the K-array, the Game Lab also features four channels of Sennheiser wire-less comprised of SR 300 IEM G3 transmitters, EK 300 IEM G3 receivers and RS 120 wireless headphones, in addition to several Sennheiser lavalier and handheld wireless microphones.

Teaching and Visualization Lab
The Teaching and Visualization lab is designed with similar design principles as an open, black box theater. “We wanted to create a room in the facility that was adaptable enough that we could constantly change it,” York explains. The room features an open infrastructure overhead, as well as exposed walls and flooring so pipe grids, cables, electricity and other items can be easily accessed and adjusted. Surrounding the room is a 270-degree projection screen, which provides an immersive, 3-sided wrap-around visual experience. Audio is covered with a 5.1 surround system from K-array, which in-cludes three KK102 line arrays mounted horizontally in the front (left, right and center), and two KK52s for rear left and rear right channels. The sub-bass system, a K-array KMT12P, is mounted above and suspended from the ceiling deck. In mounting the speakers, integrator AVI/SPL deployed an intelligent clamping system enabling speak-ers to be repositioned as needed.

Creativity Studio
Similar in design to the Teaching and Visualization lab in its ‘black box theater’ approach, the Creativity Studio is a multi-collaboration environment designed for many people to use simultaneously. The space features (16) 10′ x 4′ whiteboard panels that can be moved, reconfigured or retracted to meet the specific needs of a project, making the room extremely flexible. Large screens on both sides of the room and two rotating walls in the middle enable it to function as separate rooms or as one large space. Two separate K-array 5.1 systems were deployed with a similar clamping solution as the Teaching and Visualization lab; once again, the KK102s were deployed for left, right and center, with the KK52s covering left rear and right rear channels. For sub-bass frequen-cies, two K-array KMT12Ps were mounted in the ceiling. “Since the room could be di-vided into two rooms, we wanted each half of the room to have its own 5.1 surround system; these can be tied together to make a 10.2 system if the full room is used. This is where the pipe clamping system helped so we could adjust and shift the set up as needed,” York says.

Another key space in the new installation is the new 400-seat auditorium, which is locat-ed just below the Immersion Theater near the entrance of the library. This theater fea-tures a 30′ wide screen — the largest projection screen on campus — complemented by a state-of-the-art K-array surround sound system. The auditorium is used primarily for lectures and as a classroom, but also doubles as an all purpose theater for ‘movie night’ and other campus activities. All of the K-array speakers are completely hidden from view, mounted in niches behind the screen and behind acoustic paneling surrounding the space. In the front of the room behind the screen are eight vertically mounted K-array KK102s positioned at left, center and right, supplemented by (4) KK102s posi-tioned at rear left and right. Finally, (16) KK52s are positioned around the perimeter of the room, which help create an immersive and authentic sound experience.

For Frey, the project was a resounding success. “This was one of the best projects I ever worked on and I got top quality support from the NC State personnel, the design team, the integrator and of course Sennheiser. The quality demands of the project were very high and required the best efforts from everyone involved,” he says.

The Hunt Library helps NC State realize its vision of becoming among the most techno-logically innovative universities in the world, and serves as an important vehicle for re-search, learning, collaboration and experimentation. By implementing a world-class sound environment, the University was able to provide a more enriching A/V experience. “The installed systems we have right now are just the starting point,” York adds. “We are seeing lots of potential applications for different types of speakers and ways we can use them in the different spaces, since they each have their own character.”

The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, me-dium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit

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. For more information, please visit

K-array Introduces Anakonda: A ‘Bendable Speaker’ That Can Adapt to Almost Any Integration Environment

Old Lyme, Conn. – June 12, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced the availability of the latest product from its distributed brand K-array. Anakonda is a benda-ble speaker that combines outstanding audio quality with an enormous range of configu-ration and installation possibilities. Anakonda is the perfect solution for a variety of indoor our outdoor applications such as theme parks, museums, broadcast studios and many others.

Since each speaker element is bendable, the Anakonda can be wrapped around poles, columns, or mounted to curved or otherwise uneven surfaces. Speakers are available in 6-foot lengths, and can link to up to 16 combined elements using the Anakonda’s in-tegrated NL4 connectors. The speaker’s dedicated presets support a variety of configurations, including both standalone and combination use wtih K-array KMT Series subwoofers.

“The Anakonda establishes a completely new set of possibilities for rental companies, integrators and end users,” commented Vanessa Jensen, senior product specialist, in-tegrated systems, Sennheiser. “The speaker’s flexible design makes it perfect for both portable and installation designs, indoor or outdoor. With the Anakonda, it is now possible to get great sound just about anywhere.”

The Anakonda looks as great as it sounds. With a sleek and discreet design for which K-array has become well known, the speaker delivers crisp, intelligible audio while enhancing the aesthetics of just about any installation environment. Each Anakonda includes a wall bracket, as well as fabric covers in both white and black to enhance vis-ual appeal and protect against dust.

Adding to its flexibility, the Anakonda is compatible with other K-array products such as the KA40 amplifier and the KMT12 and KMT18 subwoofers. Each KA40 amplifier can drive up to 16 Anakonda (KAN200) elements per channel, and the KMT12 and KMT18 subwoofers can support up to 8 Anakonda’s per channel.

The Anakonda, which is priced at $899.95, is available in the U.S. exclusively through authorized Sennheiser dealers. Below is a complete list of specifications:

Speaker power handling: 150 W (AES)
Frequency range: 150 Hz – 18 kHz +/- 6 dB (1)
Impedance: 64 ?
Maximum SPL: 96 dB (continuous) – 102 dB (peak) (2)
Coverage: Horizontal: 160°, Vertical: 10°
Crossover Type: External crossover required
Frequency: High pass @150 Hz, 24 dB/oct suggested minimum

Full-range: 8 x 1” neodymium cone driver with 0.75” voice coil

Dimensions: 79.5 x 2.2 x 1.4 in.
Weight: 3.09 lbs.

(1) With dedicated preset
(2) measured with musical signal

The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, me-dium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit

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. For more information, please visit

DPA Microphones Launches the Ultimate in Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013

Company builds on the renowned audio quality of its highly regarded microphones to design new solutions that are ideal for the installation market

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 – Internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, DPA Microphones has now turned its attention to the installation market with the launch of two new Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 744). Based on the company’s d:dicate™ Recording Microphones (formerly known as Reference Standard) and its renowned 4060 Miniature/d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, both solutions give AV installers and conference organizers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

As a high-end solution, DPA is offering podium microphones that incorporate the modular capsules from its d:dicate Recording Microphones, which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. These new podium microphones combine the state-of-the-art d:dicate capsules with any of the company’s newly introduced modular active booms and modular active cables. With several capsules to choose from, DPA customers can access the exact microphone and boom or cable combination to meet their needs.

“Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We already had the high-end capsule and preamplifier technology needed to fulfil the audio component, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver high-end installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, desk top, stage stand or even a ceiling suspension, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques.”

In addition to the high-end d:dicate solution, DPA has also developed a cost-effective, directional podium microphone based on two of its renowned miniature microphones, the 4060 and the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone.

These directional gooseneck microphones, which use interference tubes and pre-polarized backplates to ensure speech intelligibility, were originally devised on request from the Nobel Prize organization. In search of a dedicated podium solution for its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize presentation at Oslo City Hall in Norway, the organization required a microphone that could stand up to the acoustical challenges of its auditorium. To fit the need, DPA Microphones adapted its existing miniature capsule to give an off-axis frequency response that negated room reverberation while preserving the needed on-axis sensitivity for voice level. The company also positioned the capsule on a delicate gooseneck stand, which encompasses a sleek Scandinavian design. The result was so well received that the microphone was quickly adopted as a standard DPA product and is now available to all installation customers. This miniature podium microphone can also be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s innovative adapter that is available for its range of miniature microphones.

Both Podium Microphones will be available to the installation market beginning August 2013. For further information, please visit

DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit

Antelope Audio Orion32 Delivers Optimal Sound Quality and Reliability During Recording of Ray Fuller Performance at Buddy Guy’s Legends

Last month, the new Antelope Audio Orion32 multi-channel interface was put to the test during a live recording of blues maestro Ray Fuller at one of the premier blues club destinations in the United States: Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. The recording, which consisted of non-stop 60 and 90-minute sets before a live audience, was captured in its entirety using the Orion32, which recorded 26 tracks of audio in 96k to a MacBook Pro running Pro Tools.

For freelance engineer Mike Picotte, the benefits of the Orion32 were immediately apparent from the moment he began setting up the remote recording rig — which was situated several flights of stairs above the venue. “I didn’t want to have to carry a lot of gear, and for this particular project, I wanted to keep my set up lean, yet powerful,” he says. Since the Orion32 is able to handle 32 tracks of 96k audio in a single rack space, Picotte was able to maintain an extremely compact set up, with zero compromise on sound quality. “I just ran a USB from the Orion32 to my laptop, and recorded the whole show,” he says. In addition to the Orion32, Picotte also had an Antelope Audio 10M Atomic Clock in his rack to maximize the fidelity of his rig even further.

Picotte, whose day job is with audio retailer Sweetwater Sound, acquired the signal by placing a splitter snake onstage so he could access all of the venue’s microphones, then supplemented the house mics with his own — creating a fully redundant set up with plenty of alternate audio source possibilities. “I wanted to have everything covered and then decide later what I actually needed, so I brought my own mic locker with me just in case,” he recalls. Picotte ran the snake up the stairs into a small room where he was able to record and monitor the performance using a Dangerous D-Box system and a pair of Sennheiser HD 380 closed back headphones.

At the preamplifier stage, Picotte employed two TRUE Precision 8s and an Audient ASP008, which he then connected to the Antelope Audio Orion32. He then recorded the entire performance over USB 2.0 at 96k to the MacBook Pro via the Orion32, without incident or interruption. “Performance-wise, the Orion32 was amazing,” Picotte recalls. “There was no lag time on the screen, and no hiccups at any point during the entire gig. I ran 26 channels at 96k without stoppage and had no issues whatsoever.”

Thanks to the flexible i/o architecture of the TRUE Precision 8, Picotte was also able to run backup audio feed to a separate system as a safety. But the backup system suffered a complete failure mid-way through while capturing audio at just 44.1k. “Next time, I will probably use another Orion32 as a backup instead of another device,” he says.

Remote recording in complete confidence

In the past, Picotte would typically record to an external drive. But with the combination of the Orion32 and the solid-state architecture of the MacBook Pro, this is no longer necessary. “Now, with all the testing that I’ve done, I record directly to the solid state drive on the MacBook via the Orion32, then immediately transfer the audio to a secondary hard drive following each set,” he explains.

Picotte had full confidence in his Orion32 well before the recording gig. “Before the Ray Fuller performance, I tested the Orion32 over MADI into my Pro Tools HD system and USB into Pro Tools natively,” he says. “Although I tested it at a 64 sample rate, I ran a 1,024 sample buffer size during the gig because there was no artist mix, therefore no need to tax the computer system.”
A great challenge for any remote recording engineer is being able to adapt to unpredictable technical environments. In this sense, the Orion proved to be the ultimate ‘Swiss Army Knife,” ready for just about any situation: “Even though I knew the capabilities of the venue well in advance, it was exciting to come to the live recording knowing that I could mix and match signals on the Orion32 if I had to,” says Picotte. “I had analog, optical and MADI i/o options all at my disposal if I needed them.”

The Orion32′s ‘True to Life’ Sound

Perhaps most importantly of all, Picotte characterizes the Orion32 tracks he captured as ‘extremely detailed and accurate.’ “There was great separation on the drums and particularly good transient response on the kick, snare and overhead,” he reports. “Some converters will soften the transients, or it will feel like they are not coming across like they do live. The Orion32 gave me the best representation of how the band actually sounded in the club, and with no coloration. All the channels were clean, and the depth and stereo imaging were outstanding.”

“Whether it is a studio or a live recording, my goal is to capture all the sonic details of a performance,” Picotte concludes. “Ray Fuller is known for his tone and I wanted to capture the band the way they sounded that night at Buddy Guy’s Legends. With the Orion32, I was able to do this and deliver a ‘true to life’ recording when it was over.”

About Antelope Audio

Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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Fast, simple, sound: the LSP 500 PRO PA system from Sennheiser

The new LSP 500 PRO PA system from audio specialist Sennheiser will set new standards in the world of sound. The wireless LSP 500 PRO will be unveiled in the U.S. at InfoComm 2013 and offers outstanding sound and simple control via an app.

This innovative wireless loudspeaker ensures that the PA system for any event can be installed in next to no time. Not only does the wireless LSP 500 PRO eliminate the need for time-consuming laying of cables, Sennheiser also provides an app that enables up to 20 loudspeakers to be remotely controlled at the same time.

User-friendly control by an app

The entire PA system is controlled by the LSP 500 PRO app, which essentially takes over the functions of a mixing console. No matter whether it is the volume, the equalizer or the delay – the Sennheiser app makes it easy to control all of the audio settings. Configurations can be set either for individual speakers or for groups of speakers as well as for the audio sources connected to them.

“The app is a genuine labour-saving device for setting up PA systems at an event,” explained Martin Gurtner, Portfolio Manager at Sennheiser’s Integrated Systems Division. “This user-friendly and efficient application makes the Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO the ideal partner for events of all sizes, such as congresses, galas or press conferences.”

Highly versatile

Each Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO can take up to three receivers for wireless microphones, and each also has a combined socket for a 6.3 mm jack plug and an XLR-3 connector for using a wired microphone. The highly versatile loudspeaker is additionally equipped with a USB connector and a Bluetooth interface as well as an AUX input and output. If more than one loudspeaker is being used, one of them can be defined as the master and then connected with the other speakers – the slaves – via a wireless link.

Every LSP 500 PRO has a built-in music player that enables music to be played directly from an external device via the USB connector or the Bluetooth interface. The music player also has a convenient recording function which allows audio input to be recorded directly on a USB device. “Whatever the application, the LSP 500 PRO PA system provides Sennheiser’s usual excellent level of audio quality, which not only guarantees optimum speech intelligibility but also offers good sound for music,” explained Martin Gurtner.

Reliable operation with two batteries

The wireless Sennheiser loudspeaker has room for two rechargeable batteries but uses only one of them to supply power at any time. That ensures reliable operation and an operating period for the LSP 500 PRO of up to seven hours. The use of a second battery also allows the battery to be removed for recharging while the speaker is still in use. The current state of charge of each of the two batteries of a loudspeaker is shown continuously by the Sennheiser app, keeping the sound engineer informed about the power supply at all times. If a battery level becomes critically low, a warning is instantly displayed.

The LSP 500 PRO is compatible with microphones from Sennheiser’s evolution wireless 100, 300 and 500 series. The speaker comes with a dust cover. A white stretch cover, a padded rugged cover and a trolley bag for secure transportation are available as accessories.

The Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO loudspeaker will be available from summer 2013, and the app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple iTunes Store from summer onwards.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

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