Archive for July 10th, 2013

Antelope Audio to Showcase its New Orion32 Interface at Summer NAMM

Nashville, TN, July 10, 2013 – Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio will be showcasing its groundbreaking new Orion32 interface at the Summer NAMM show between this Thursday and Saturday at booth 925. This year, the Summer NAMM show, which is being held at the new Music City Center for the first time, is expected to draw over 10,000 visitors from almost 30 countries.

Demonstrations at the Antelope Audio booth will feature the Orion32 being used in conjunction with a Rupert Neve Designs 5059 summing mixer and a pair of Chris Pelonis monitors. Antelope will also have its Isochrone 10M master clock on display, which is a staple in many of the top mastering, recording and post-production facilities around the world.

With no less than 32 channels at the output stage in a single rack space, the Orion32 is becoming very popular for use with summing mixers, including the Rupert Neve Designs 5059. Such a combination can result in increased fidelity, leading to detailed mixes that feature greater dimension.

At a price point of just $2,995, the Orion32 is finding its way into both commercial and project studios given its flexible I/O capabilities, high channel count and built in master clocking capabilities. Its custom-built USB chip supports 32 channels of 192 kHz I/O and works with any USB-enabled DAW or computer. The converter also provides 32 channels of 96 kHz audio through its fiber optic MADI I/O connections, making it ideal for use in live sound environments, and for use in remote recording applications.

“The Orion32 is a perfect complement to almost any studio environment or mobile recording setup,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales and Marketing, Antelope Audio U.S. “This year at Summer NAMM, we will be demonstrating how the Orion32 can dramatically increase the quality of a mix when used in conjunction with a high end summing mixer, such as the Rupert Neve Designs 5059.”

The Orion 32, which generates very little heat and consumers just 20watts, is housed in a single 1U rack space and requires no internal fan. Its flexible routing capabilities support simultaneous signals over both USB and MADI, and are all managed through a simple-to-use desktop application included with the device.

About Antelope Audio
www.AntelopeAudio.com

The digital audio world leader, Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than a 20-year 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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Coast Hills Community Church Achieves Clear, Crisp Recordings with DPA Microphones

Church Relies on d:fine Headsets and 4098H Hanging Mics for
Live Streaming and Recording of Sermons and Worship Performances

ALISO VIEJO, CA, JULY 10, 2013 – As production technology grows more sophisticated, the audio crew members at Coast Hills Community Church are finding themselves increasingly responsible for streaming productions live to the Internet or recording them to DVD. In order to deliver high-quality audio in these scenarios, the church relies on DPA Microphones’ d:fine™ Headset Microphones and several DPA 4098H Hanging Supercardioid Microphones.

Designed to function much like a traditional performing arts center, Coast Hills Community Church is housed in a nearly square building with seating for 1,300 worshippers. The sanctuary has undergone minimal acoustical treatments and exhibits a lot of natural reflection, making intelligibility of the spoken word an issue. With the front-of-house production setup situated on a balcony above and behind the parishioners, mixing and equalizing can also be a challenge. To cope with these factors, Mike Sessler, the church’s technical arts director, employs the d:fine headset microphones. The d:fine mics ensure that Coast Hills Senior Pastor Ken Baugh always sounds natural, without producing any feedback.

The microphone requires little-to-no EQ, allowing Sessler to concentrate on other aspects of recording the sermons, such as mixing. While the audio can be improved in post production, if the EQ input is perfect right from the beginning, the resulting audio will sound much better.

“Baugh has a very distinct voice that is difficult to mic and still sound good,” explains Sessler. “Previously, we had to balance a lot of EQ to make him sound acceptable. With the DPA d:fines, we use very little EQ to produce his natural voice. He sounds like him, not like a processed, analyzed version of himself.”

The placement of the microphone also has an important effect on audio, making it critical to find the right position. Even slight changes to the angle or location of a microphone can result in sound that is less than harmonious. The DPA d:fine headset features a miniature capsule that allows Sessler to position the microphone on Baugh in a spot that produces the biggest sound without losing clarity. The miniature capsule also keeps the microphone discreet, making Baugh’s voice sound loud and clear without making it look like he is wearing the mic.

“That is what I love about DPA mics,” says Sessler. “You can just put them up, or on, in the case of the d:fine, and you don’t have to do a lot of work on them. They just make the sound you’re trying to amplify louder. The d:fine is comfortable and sounds great without my having to do a lot of work. I am confident that I can hand Baugh the mic and that it will go in the same place every time.”

Duke DeJeong, church relations director for DPA dealer CCI Solutions, which often works with Coast Hills, says that the most critical microphone for any service is the one the pastor wears. “As 60 percent of the service is focused on his spoken word, it is definitely not the mic to skimp on,” he notes. “The DPA d:fine ends up in the right place every time, so there are never any gain before feedback issues, and the sound is natural, loud and clear. In the end, it is one of the best microphones out there to use for services, especially those that are being recorded.”

While the pastor should be outfitted with the highest-quality microphone during a service, Sessler knows that other audio elements must be attended to as well. For the recordings, he relies on several DPA 4098H Hanging Supercardioid Microphones to capture the live sound of the congregation for a variety of church functions, including baptisms and large-scale musical performances. These mics are positioned over the house to provide live ambient sound back to the musicians’ in-ear monitors, and also near the choir and musicians for both live performances and recordings. As with the d:fine, the 4098H provides the clear, natural sound important to capturing a musical performance.

“DPA Microphones has earned a reputation for exceptional clarity, high resolution and, above all, pure, uncolored and accurate sound,” concludes Sessler. “Whether recording or producing sound reinforcement for theatrical or broadcast productions, DPA’s microphones have become the choice of professionals who demand sonic excellence.”

The church also relies on the DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones to pick up audio from its worship band.

Coast Hills Community Church grew out of a bible study led by Founding Pastor Denny Bellesi and his wife Leesa in their living room in 1985. As the church’s popularity grew, Dana Hills High School became the congregation’s first official meeting place. When the church grew to more than 400 families, it sought more space. In 1993, the congregation moved into a brand-new building in Aliso Viejo, California, where the congregation still worships today. Well-known for its weekend services featuring solid bible teaching and passionate singing, Coast Hills Community Church has drawn more than 3,000 families to its congregation.

ABOUT DPA:
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 www.dpamicrophones.com.

Design for the senses – quality for individualists: The new MOMENTUM On-Ear from Sennheiser

Quality, substance and value: audio specialist Sennheiser developed the MOMENTUM headphones for people who prize these properties – and who refuse to compromise on sound or design. Equipped with high-quality audio technology and finished with the finest materials, the MOMENTUM unites form and function like no other headphones. Now Sennheiser is introducing the MOMENTUM On-Ear. This smaller, on-ear version makes it possible to define your personal style with a range of contemporary colors.

The MOMENTUM On-Ear is a new addition to the MOMENTUM family, adding a dash of color to the Sennheiser product range. The headphones are available in four fresh shades – distinct looks selected by an international team of designers and trend scouts. In blue, green, pink and ivory, their perfect combination of sound and style is every bit as impressive as the rest of the MOMENTUM range.

Katrin Huss, Director of Customer Relationship Management at Sennheiser comments: “The new MOMENTUM On-Ear embodies an urban style that’s focused on high performance and the finest materials – on style and substance. They are the perfect choice for those who demand top quality and want to express this through their own personal style.”

High-quality audio technology and the finest materials

The MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones stand out for their minimalist design, but also for the tangibly high quality of their materials and workmanship. The ear pads and headband have been finished in Alcantara®, a high-tech material produced in Italy. As a result of its unique combination of suppleness, durability and breathable comfort, this luxury material is valued by fashion designers and interior designers alike. As with all other models in the MOMENTUM family, the headband of the MOMENTUM On-Ear is made of stainless steel.

The sound of these headphones is also clear and uncompromising, creating a sound experience in which even the tiniest details can be heard. Equipped with high-end 18-ohm transducers, MOMENTUM On-Ear guarantees full stereo sound with a slight bass emphasis in a frequency range from 16 to 22,000 Hz. Thanks to their closed, on-ear design, these headphones isolate the listener from external noise to ensure a great listening experience on the move – even in noisy urban environments.

Perfection in every detail

MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones feature a single-sided detachable cable with convenient in-line remote and microphone for Apple iDevices, for easy control of music playback and to make and receive calls on the go.

The new member of the MOMENTUM family is available in the colors blue, green, pink and ivory at selected retailers from summer 2013.

For more information on the MOMENTUM On-Ear, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com/momentum-on-ear

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, Connecticut. 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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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