Archive for July 22nd, 2013

Sennheiser Brings Exclusive Listening Experience to the Newport Folk Festival® with Live Recording Sessions at ‘Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins’

Newport, RI – July 22, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser will be a major supporter of The Newport Folk Festival® for the second year in a row, partnering with Paste Magazine to host live recording sessions with today’s most authentic and trailblazing music artists. Between Friday, July 26th and Sunday, July 28th, the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins will be in full swing, capturing live recordings sessions by dozens of creative and prolific musicians.

Last year, the ruins proved to be an enormous draw at the festival, as fans listened to intimate recording sets by artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, Rodriguez and many others, using Sennheiser’s premium wireless headphone technology. The performances, which occured inside a centuries-old grotto within the fortress that graces the Fort Adams State Park, were captured using Sennheiser and Neumann microphones and broadcast to each fan using Sennheiser’s industry renowned RF technology.

This year, in addition to the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins, Sennheiser will also provide its wireless headphone technology at the Museum Stage, one of Newport’s more intimate venues. Those waiting outside the small-capacity venue will still be able to listen to intimate artist performances by wearing Sennheiser wireless headphones.

Newport and Sennheiser: Carrying on a Spirit of Heritage and Innovation

The Newport Folk Festival® is utterly unique in its legacy among American music festivals. It is where Bob Dylan changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll when he plugged in and ‘went electric’ on July 25, 1965, and is where Johnny Cash introduced Kris Kristofferson to the world stage. It is also where The Pixies — creators of the blueprint for alternative rock — went acoustic in 2005. Today’s Newport Folk Festival® is more relevant to music fans than ever. In the last four years alone, the average age of attending fans has dropped by 8.5 years among its nearly 30,000 annual attendees, and this year’s festival sold out in just five days.

“It is not difficult to draw parallels between Sennheiser and The Newport Folk Festival®,” commented Stefanie Reichert strategic marketing communication, Sennheiser. “These are two brands that have been around for decades, yet both remain at the top of their games and find themselves at the pinnacle of reinvention. Sennheiser has stayed true to its rich heritage in audio technology without becoming distracted by short-term fashion trends, while Newport continues to reinvent itself for legions of incoming generations of music fans.”

With musical content and back to back recording sessions curated by Paste Magazine, Sennheiser will once again post entire artist performances on the Sennheiser website for fans to watch in the days and weeks following the festival.

“Newport has always followed its own path and carved its own identity,” commented Jay Sweet, producer of The Newport Folk Festival®. “We have an extremely loyal fanbase of tastemakers who crave both authenticity and ‘off-the-beaten-path’ cultural experiences. At today’s festival, it would not be unusual to see My Morning Jacket’s Jim James woodshedding with John Prine, Andrew Bird sitting in for an impromptu set with Emmylou Harris, or even Beck rubbing shoulders with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. It is a place where the new and old become reacquainted and reinvented for the incoming generations.”

Both Newport and Sennheiser cater to a growing audience of consumers who seek substance and authenticity. Indeed, Sennheiser has chosen The Newport Folk Festival® as the location to launch one of its highly anticipated new consumer products, introducing premium sound quality to many thousands of music fans.

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 www.sennheiserusa.com.

Audio-Technica Supports Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s New Recording Program

STOW, OH, July 19, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to be among an elite group of audio equipment manufacturers lending key support to Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School (the only entertainment magnet high school in the country) as it rolls out its new recording technology program and world-class recording studio, the result of Nashville Metro Schools’ “Music Makes Us” initiative. The studio was designed and assembled by leading members of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, and is part of the first-ever student-run record label in a high school. On May 8, 2013, members of the P&E Wing, along with Nashville public officials, representatives from Audio-Technica and other key sponsors, members of the media and more attended a red-carpet event at the school’s campus celebrating the grand opening of the program and facility.

The studio, which will serve the school’s Academy of Entertainment Management and Academy of Entertainment Communication divisions, is a multi-room facility with a large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using the recording equipment, synthesizers, digital samplers and drum machines. The studio also features a sizable tracking room where the Audio-Technica microphones will be employed as students capture recordings of live musicians. The facility also features several isolation booths and two 5.1 surround sound editing suites. In addition, the studio houses a multi-station teaching area with 30 Apple iMac-equipped workstations connected to the teacher’s station and the studio.

A-T equipment in the studio includes two ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphones; an ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; three ATM25/LE Limited edition Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphones; two AT4081Bidirectional Ribbon Microphones; two AT4033/CL Side address Cardioid Condenser Microphones; an AT4047/SV Side address Cardioid Condenser Microphone; an AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone; two AT4051b Cardioid Condenser Microphones; an AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone; and five sets of ATH-M50s straight-cable Studio Monitor Headphones.

Multiple GRAMMY® Award nominee Jeff Balding, P&E Wing Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee Chair, stated, “We thank Audio-Technica and all of our key sponsors. They provided an integral piece of this puzzle, and they have made a tremendous impact on this groundbreaking program. I can’t help but think of what a gift it will be for these students to be working with such state-of-the-art gear as Audio-Technica microphones and headphones. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the present and future of music, and we are proud to have Audio-Technica involved.”

Fellow subcommittee member Chuck Ainlay, who also acts as the Chair of the P&E Wing in Nashville, added, “I have personally been a long-time user of Audio-Technica microphones and headphones, and it’s great that the students at Pearl-Cohn will have the opportunity to use the same microphones that the pros use in the studio. With the support of companies like Audio-Technica, the recording technology program at Pearl-Cohn will help raise students’ expectations about the quality of music and have a tremendous impact on their lives.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us is a joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean and music industry and community leaders. The Music Makes Us initiative will lead the nation in music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape.

Sound Devices Demonstrates 788T with Latest Firmware and Production Capabilities at SMPTE Australia 2013

SYDNEY, JULY 22, 2013 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, will be on-site at The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers biennial conference and exhibition, SMPTE13, demonstrating its latest solutions for content creators in the motion-imaging, sound and broadcast industries (John Barry Sales, Stand C29). The company will exhibit its flagship 788T and 788T-SSD digital audio recorders with the latest firmware update, Version 3.0.

With the influx of multi-tracking in the field and on set, the 788T has become the next-generation digital audio recorder for advanced sound mixers who require additional isolated tracks. It boasts eight full-featured inputs and records to up to 12 tracks. It accepts either microphone or line-level signals, provides 48-V phantom power for condenser microphones, offers peak limiters for microphone inputs and features fully adjustable high-pass filters—all in a compact package. Routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to left/right mixed tracks, isolated tracks or aux tracks.

Further positioning the 788T as one of the foremost solutions for today’s evolving production standards, Version 3.0 is a free download for all existing and new 788T users offering a 192-kHz sampling rate for up to four tracks (L through B) recording to one drive. It provides for scene, take, notes, false takes, circle and track name metadata to be synched between C-Linked 788Ts. Version 3 firmware also features digital input limiters for AES3 and AES42 inputs, perfect for digital microphones. Additional enhancements include a left/right tone identification mode with a shortcut to toggle the mode on or off, added user-customizable CL-9 encoder adjustments, which affect trim gain and EQ frequency, and the option to decode MS into LR MIX only and leave ISO tracks as un-decoded MS.

In addition, Version 3.0 offers a new timecode mode, “Free Run – Auto Output Mute.” This is the same as the “Free” run mode, but mutes the “Lemo” timecode output when stopped and can be used to roll external devices when the “Rec-Run” timecode is not suitable. In addition to overall faster drive formatting, the latest firmware features an upgraded external low-voltage threshold, now 11.3V, along with various overall system improvements and optimizations.

“SMPTE is a leading technical society for the industry and we look forward to attending the conference once again this year,” says Ed Capp, Global Director of Sales for Sound Devices. “We believe attendees will be pleased to learn more about the new upgrades to the 788T and how the product can continue to be a mainstay in their production rigs, especially as audio production techniques continue to evolve.”

788T/788T-SSD users can download Version 3.0, by visiting: http://www.sounddevices.com/download/788t-firmware/download/.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

AES Holds 50th International Conference with Focus on Audio Education

— The Audio Engineering Society’s first conference dedicated specifically to audio education will focus on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations, and related topics impacting all aspects of professional audio education —

— Event will be held July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee —

New York, NY, July 18, 2013 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is holding its 50th International Conference, dedicated specifically to audio education, July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The three-day conference will focus on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations and related topics that impact the theoretical and practical aspects of professional audio education. The conference will bring together leading educators and professional audio industry representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge that will contribute to improving quality and effectiveness for students and faculty alike. The event will also for the first time include a significant focus on live sound as a component of a pro audio education curriculum, a fact underscored by the event’s keynote address delivered by Bob McCarthy, Director of System Optimization at Meyer Sound.

In recent decades, audio education has expanded significantly worldwide, with many colleges and universities, career institutes, high schools and manufacturers now offering a wide range of courses and training in professional audio. There are practical questions that administrators and faculty face managing audio as a discipline within educational institutions. For example, what skill sets should students develop and what career options can they pursue? What are the practical and financial implications of acquiring, installing and maintaining necessary equipment and infrastructure? How does the popularity of distance learning affect audio education? What role can audio education play in local artistic and economic initiatives and community development?

More than 120 educators and industry representatives from around the world will address these and other questions through a focused series of presentations, papers, workshops, case studies and discussions. The conference results will include a collection of over 30 formal papers, historical documents, survey instruments and potential recommendations for educational resource management and development. In addition, eight workshops and tutorials will focus on topics including pedagogy, curriculum design and instructional resources; internships, employment and career counseling; partnerships with industry and professional organizations, learning outcomes and academic standards, accreditation and program administration. Full program details are posted here.

“AES members who are in academia and industry share a similar passion for strengthening the range and quality of educational resources associated with audio engineering,” states Bill Crabtree, Conference Co-Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Recording Industry at MTSU. “We expect that this conference will have a lasting and positive effect on pro audio education programs at all types of schools going forward.”

Get HD Sound For HD Pictures with DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

Broadcasters attending IBC 2013 will only need to stop at DPA Microphones’ stand D76 in Hall 8 to cover all HD broadcast microphone applications, from the single interview to the complete TV show.

Since its beginning in 1992, DPA Microphones has been developing microphones that deliver HD sound from the deepest sounds to the highest peaks, covering the whole dynamic range, delivering perfect, linear HD sound.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “People spend a lot of time in front of their TV and enjoying this experience depends on the picture they see and the sound they hear. This is where DPA microphones make the difference. A poor sound, even with a good picture, is not accepted. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for the sound engineer to work with DPA microphones. This means that they are extremely linear and need very little or no EQ’ing. DPA is the only company on the market that delivers the same sound pattern, whether you work with a miniature microphone or a larger d:dicate™ microphone. The microphones simply blend perfectly and give a fantastic sound experience – for the sound engineer and the audience.”

Broadcast applications cover many situations and different miking possibilities depending on requirements, taste and specifications. In the broadcast studio the TV host is close miked with a DPA lavalier miniature mic mounted on the chest, or perhaps the elegant d:dicate™ mic on a goose neck mounted on the desktop. The journalist (the VJ) who interviews people in the field needs lightweight equipment because he has to record both the video and the sound at the same time. He would be miked with a DPA miniature or headset mic, while recording the interview with a d:facto mic. In a full blown TV talent show, the TV host wears a d:fine™ Headset Microphone, the singer sings into a d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, the band is reinforced with d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate Recording microphones and the whole ambience is captured with the 5100 Mobile Surround microphones. And the list of combinations goes on and on.

“We believe we deliver the best sounding microphones to the broadcast industry and you can challenge us on that,” Christian Poulsen adds. “The audience deserves the best and we want to be the first choice when it comes to the best sounding microphones. The hallmarks of DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques ensure that every DPA microphone delivers clear, transparent and precise sound, along with the robustness and versatility.”

Beside DPA’s unique miniature based microphones, broadcasters will be particularly interested in the new d:dicate™ 4017C Shotgun microphone, a shorter version of the popular d:dicate 4017B Shotgun microphone. Thanks to the modularity of this new d:dicate range, DPA has been able to team the much loved 4017 shotgun capsule with its compact C preamp to create a microphone that is ideal for boom recording in tight spaces and rooms where ceiling height is limited. Offering the same functionality as the 4017B-R, which is the shotgun microphone in a Rycote Windshield, the 4017C-R offers the same solution, just with the 4017C and a smaller Rycote Windshield to give outside broadcasters, journalists and location film-makers everything they need for clear, directional sound, regardless of weather or environmental conditions.

The d:dicate series has been expanded with yet another new preamplifier solution, two modular active cables (MMP-ER with rear cable entry and MMP-ES with side cable entry), plus a number of modular active booms (MMP-F). These new microphone solutions can be used in many different applications, for example as a microphone solution on a desktop, on a podium, suspended for high-end capture or on elegant stage stands. The active booms come in several lengths and configurations with flexible gooseneck and XLR termination. The new active cable only adds a centimeter to the capsule, making it even more discreer than the compact C preamp, but giving comparable performance.

At IBC 2013, DPA Microphones will also be showing its new, high quality d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone that gives users unlimited possibilities for their performance. This eagerly awaited addition to the DPA condenser microphone range brings true studio sound to the live stage by offering an extraordinarily natural sound, superior gain before feedback and extreme SPL handling. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system that allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems.

DPA will complete its IBC 2013 line up with its expanded d:fine™ series of Headset Microphones. Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, these unobtrusive microphones are easy to fit and provide presenters and guests with a discreet microphone solution that can’t be seen on the face. The d:fine range is renowned for its audio accuracy and its ability to deliver natural voice intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. Available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs and with long or short booms, d:fine™ headset Microphones are designed to fit comfortably and can be adjusted to accommodate any ear size and head shape.

At the DPA stand every microphone can be listened to and there is even a tombola where you can win a d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone every day at 5 pm.

For more information about DPA Microphones, please come to Hall 8, Stand D76 or visit the company’s website – www.dpamicrophones.com

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DK-Technologies Releases New LTC Engine for the PT5300 Master Sync Generator at IBC 2013

DK-Technologies is using IBC 2013 as the platform to release its latest LTC and 3G additions to the field proven PT5300 Master Sync Generator (Hall 8, Stand B60).

In master sync applications, the new LTC fallback function allows the PT5300 to align with the internal high precision clock – a feature that is of huge importance to users working in situations where GPS coverage is patchy or inadequate.

In slave sync applications the LTC engine enables the PT5300 to genlock to VITC time-code derived from the black-burst input.

The new LTC engine will be shipping as an integral part of the PT5300 by September 2013. The improved functions are available to existing PT5300 users as an upgrade module.

DK-Technologies has also announced that the PT5300 Master Sync Generator and its change-over companion product, the PT5211, will both be 3G compatible by the end of 2013.

“With years of experience and thousands of field hours under the PT5300 hood, we feel that 3G is a natural progression,” says DK-Technologies’ COO, Jacob Christensen.

The 3G upgrade will be available as an optional hardware module and will be backwards compatible with all existing PT5300 and PT5211 units.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

DK-Technologies DK Meter Goes ‘All In’ for IBC 2013


DK-Technologies has given its DK Meter software a comprehensive revamp so that it now incorporates Picture Preview and SMPTE timecode reading. And, in a move that will be enormously beneficial to broadcasters, it has also completely removed complex license structures allowing full access to all software features to any DK Meter user.

Uffe Kjems, Product Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “By removing complex license structures, we have made it possible for all DK Meter users to access any of the software features available today. The change, which amounts to a significant increase in functionality and value, applies to any meter in the DK Meter range. Existing users can download the new software free of charge from our website: www.dk-technologies.com.”

The new software, which will be on show at IBC 2013 (Hall 8, Stand E60), also allows 3G SDI video streams to be previewed on the DK Meter screen for instant check or permanent video display.

“Broadcasters need the ability to preview the 3G SDI Video stream and, for DK-Technologies, incorporating this feature into our DK Meter software was an obvious progression,” Kjems adds. “Achieving this was technically challenging but we can now offer our users the ability to measure, monitor and preview the de-embedded SDI audio stream. Picture preview is a very useful additional feature as it can be used to quickly check the SDI video stream and is also handy when the DK Meter is being used as a mini video monitor.”

Additionally, the new software features SMPTE timecode reading for instant view and Logging against timecode. This gives all DK Meter users an easy and accurate way of addressing relevant loudness corrections and actions.

Finally, the DK Meter has undergone a significant facelift, making it much clearer to read and much more user friendly. The user interface step-up includes larger and smoother fonts and a completely new color scheme, elevating the precision metering of the DK Meter to a new level of readability and resolution.

For more information about the new DK Meter software, please visit DK Technologies at IBC 2013, Hall 8, Stand E.60.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

DK-Technologies Steps Up Audio and Waveform Monitoring at IBC 2013


DK-Technologies is using the IBC 2013 platform to launch the PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor. This flagship addition to the DK range introduces a unique combination of Audio, Loudness and Waveform monitoring at the highest precision, allowing it to blend into virtually any metering application.

On show at DK-Technologies’ IBC 2013 stand (8.B60), the PT0800 offers broadcasters an extended collection of high quality video and waveform monitoring tools. The video section is flanked by an audio toolbox, complete with Bargraphs, Moving Coil Emulation, DK’s proprietary StarFish™ display technology, FFT spectrum analysis and much more. In addition, the PT0800 complies with all major broadcast standards and includes Loudness and True Peak logging.

The DK-Technologies’ PT0800 is highly customizable and allows for virtually any combination of audio and video tools to be viewed and adapted to the specific application and use. The user interface functionality can be tailored to accommodate the functions, views and features desired by the end-user.

“The PT0800 is the most flexible and customizable high quality metering unit on the market today,” says Uffe Kjems, DK-Technologies Product Marketing Director. “This product will make audio and video engineers’ lives much easier and will help broadcasters cope with the fast changing requirements that they face.”

The PT0800 hardware is modular and allows for input/output choices of AES, HD SDI, Analogue, and Dolby E formats, enabling up to 4 camera inputs alongside up to 64 audio inputs and 16 outputs, all under preset control.

DK-Technologies will start shipping the new PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor from October, 2013. If you would like more information about this product, please visit www.dk-technologies.com or visit the company at IBC 2013 – Hall 8, Stand B60.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

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