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Sennheiser and House of Blues Renew Agreement

Old Lyme, CT, August 12, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser and the House of Blues, the iconic chain of high-quality performance venues, announced that they have renewed their alliance. Sennheiser will continue to support the House of Blues with premium microphones and wireless solutions at each of its 13 locations across the United States.

Since the two companies began collaborating over five years ago, the House of Blues has experienced increased level of audio quality, flexibility and durability within its audio equipment arsenal at each of its locations. Currently, the House of Blues is using a full line of wired evolution microphones, evolution wireless G3 microphone systems and evolution wireless G3 monitoring systems at each of its venues.

Kristy Jo Winkler, relations manager, Americas, Global Sales of Sennheiser, commented: “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the House of Blues. By supporting each of its venues in so many different ways, Sennheiser is helping contribute to the unique brand the House of Blues has established. Each of their locations has a reputation as a great performance environment to hear the hottest acts in live music with the best engineering talent and the best microphones and wireless equipment available.”

“The relationship between House of Blues and Sennheiser is truly harmonious,” says Dan Schartoff, VP production, House of Blues. “There is shared passion for providing the best quality of sound and overall audio experience. Indeed, Sennheiser’s microphones have been part of many amazing and historic shows at our venues.”

An evolution of premium sound

Pierre Rochman, production manager of House of Blues – Anaheim, says that the Sennheiser evolution microphone series continues to deliver – especially when it comes to reliability. “We are doing 200 shows and events in a year at each location easily,” he says. “Yesterday we ran seven bands on the bill, today we’re going to run five and tomorrow we’re going to run six – it’s relentless and punishing. The evolution hard-wired microphones really stand up to the abuse. And in the rare case where we need a repair, Sennheiser has been very fast and responsive.”

The House of Blues, which has served as a host to A-list touring acts as well emerging artists, also appreciates the sonic flexibility and predictability of the evolution microphones. “Even though we host artists at a national level who already own Sennheiser equipment, we also host a ton of emerging artists who do not have a mic package of any kind,” states Rochman. “With our Sennheiser microphone package, we are able to introduce these artists and their engineers to high-quality audio. Whereas they might go on a stage and see a competitor’s product elsewhere, they come in here, get in front of an e 835 or e 935 wired microphone and experience great sound and great rejection. They remember these experiences and carry them throughout their career.”

Sonic flexibility and predictability

Each of the 13 House of Blues locations has an equipment package consisting of Sennheiser’s evolution series wired microphones, its renowned evolution wireless systems as well as an array of professional headphones and classic legacy mics such as the MD 421-II. This equipment provides its performance spaces large and small with the ultimate in sonic flexibility. “With so many artists coming in and out on each of our different stages, we need to be able to quickly recognize what each artist is trying to accomplish and reproduce that sonically,” Rochman notes. “I usually have about 15 minutes to get up at front of house and make that happen, and the Sennheiser evolution microphones give us plenty of latitude to do that — no matter what the genre the performance is in.”

Rochman is particularly fond of the e 906, which he says is now the ‘go-to’ microphone for amplifiers. “The e 906 gives us a much broader frequency response, and the filter switching makes it more flexible than other mics if I have to cut or boost, depending on the signal I’m getting out of the amplifier.”

As a premiere national live performance venue, the House of Blues takes a great deal of pride in the sound quality it offers at each of its locations, something they work hard at maintaining each day. “Many of our engineers would never work here unless we were able to offer quality equipment, like Sennheiser,” Rochman concludes. “We’ve got engineers that are touring with A-list acts, but this is their ‘home’ because we have great microphones, a great sounding PA and of course because we book great artists into the rooms. We appreciate the Sennheiser relationship so we can continue to service the artists to create the best possible show.”

About House of Blues

Founded in 1992, each of the thirteen House of Blues locations features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature, original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.

About Sennheiser

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. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 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).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: Exterior photo of the House of Blues – Dallas, Texas

2: Pierre Rochman, production manager of House of Blues – Anaheim, with his Sennheiser wireless microphones

Photos courtesy of House of Blues Entertainment

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The Pro Audio Files Launches Mixing Rap Vocals Video Training

Mix Engineer Matthew Weiss Shows How To Get The Best Rap Vocal Sound Out Of Any Situation

Boulder, CO (August 12, 2013) – The Pro Audio Files, a fast growing online community where audio professionals share insightful tips, techniques, and articles about recording, mixing, and production, widens its scope by launching Mixing Rap Vocals, the first installment of a new video training and tutorial series.

The Pro Audio Files founder, Dan Comerchero, keeps a close eye on the most discussed topics in his community. He has found that many musicians, engineers and producers are seeking advice when it comes to mixing vocals, and particularly rap vocals. Comerchero worked with author and noted mix engineer Matthew Weiss to develop an in-depth tutorial about mixing rap vocals. Weiss is a true expert in this field, having worked for over 10 years with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Gorilla Zoe, Arrested Development, Dizzee Rascal, MURS, Gift of Gab, J-Son and many more.

Mixing Rap Vocals is an 80-minute downloadable video tutorial, divided into four digestible segments, taking the viewer step-by-step to better results:
- cleaning up the audio
- controlling the dynamics
- enhancing and polishing the vocal
- creating the space around the vocal with effects such as reverb and delay

In the video, Weiss shows how to get the best audio results, even from less than stellar recordings and teaches how to process vocals with EQ, compression and time-based effects, as well as how to identify and enhance key frequencies. The video also resolves the mystery of compression by elaborating on various settings and techniques particularly effective and useful for vocals in the rap genre. Included is a bonus interview with vocal coach Laura Zahn on how to produce better vocals.

Professional engineers and mixers will benefit from the clarity and efficiency of the process Weiss lays out. Beginners and intermediate mixers will find the tutorial accessible when tackling difficult subjects, and they will learn advanced techniques. Emmy Award-winning video editor and audio engineer Bill Cammack attests to that: “Matthew’s tutorials are always clear and informative. He gives in-depth explanations of the thought processes behind why he uses particular techniques, which are very useful and applicable to mixers who use digital or analog gear.”

To celebrate the launch of Mixing Rap Vocals, The Pro Audio Files invites everyone to take advantage of the introductory discount of 50% off the regular price, this week only (sale ends August 14th, 2013 – see complete details at http://mixingrapvocals.com). Additionally, Quiztones, the popular frequency ear-training app developed by Comerchero in partnership with Audiofile Engineering, is free on the iOS App Store during the same time period.

The Pro Audio Files has established itself as a trusted and reliable source of tips and advice for the pro audio industry. The Mixing Rap Vocals video tutorial reflects Comerchero’s commitment to top-quality products. Other titles and installments of the video training series are planned for future release.

Pricing & Availability:
Mixing Rap Vocals: $38 – on sale for $18 until August 14th, 2013, and available for instant download: http://mixingrapvocals.com (press kit here)
Quiztones: free until August 14th. Available on the App Store: http://quiztones.com/app

About The Pro Audio Files
The Pro Audio Files is an online community where audio professionals from around the world share insightful tips, techniques, and articles about recording, mixing, and production. Founded in 2010 by Dan Comerchero, The Pro Audio Files has grown from an exclusive, insider’s tip website, to a large network of audio professionals. Thanks to Comerchero’s experience developing software and his connections in the industry, The Pro Audio Files is able to offer a wealth of useful information, and their proprietary products are aimed at improving audio professionals’ skills and the quality of their work.

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Sound Devices Update V3.02 Bring New Capabilities To The PIX 240i Video Recorder

REEDSBURG, WI, AUGUST 12, 2013Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, introduces its new version 3.02 firmware update for its PIX 220i and 240i Production Video Recorders. The update changes file formatting from UDF to exFAT volumes for PIX 220, PIX 220i, PIX 240 and PIX 240i users. This new update is available free of charge to all PIX customers.

The portable PIX 220i and PIX 240i recorders bring edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD recording to SD/HD-SDI or HDMI-equipped video cameras, simplifying both production and post-production environments. Previously, drives formatted by PIX Video Recorders were UDF volumes. While the PIX 220i and PIX 240i Video Recorders will now format drives as exFAT, users still have the ability to record and play back from UDF-formatted drives.

“exFAT is a well-supported drive format, compatible with Mac OS, Windows and Linux, and will offer expanded convenience and functionality to our end users,” says Paul Isaacs, Technical Development Manager, Sound Devices. “As drive sizes continue to increase, exFAT scales exceptionally well, supporting volumes as large as 64 ZiB.”

While PIX 220i and PIX 240i units running version 3.02 will now be able to read and record to UDF-formatted drives, once a drive has been formatted as exFAT, it can only be accessed by a machine able to address exFAT. PIX 220i and/or PIX 240i recorders running firmware version 3.01 or earlier will not be able to address exFAT-formatted drives.

For more information and to download this latest update, visit http://www.sounddevices.com/download/pix-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.

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