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For The Walking Dead Voice Actors Dave Fennoy and Cissy Jones, Neumann TLM 103 and U 87 Microphones Help Keep it Real

Old Lyme, Conn., – August 13, 2013- Dave Fennoy and Cissy Jones are both experienced voice actors with several successful gaming titles under their belts. A typical voice session for any other gaming title might involve recording a few greeting lines, some attack lines, taunting lines as well as various grunts and groans. But The Walking Dead — an episodic adventure series based on the successful comic book series of the same name — is based more on character relationships and dialog. This allowed Fennoy and Jones, both of whom use Neumann microphones for their voice work, much more latitude to develop their characters.

Fennoy did the voice work for lead character Lee Everett. Jones, meanwhile, did the voice work for no less than five characters including Katjaa (who appeared in episodes one through three), Jolene (episode two), and Brie (episode 4). Both Fennoy and Jones were thrilled at the amount of dialog in the game, as well as the deep interaction among the characters.

Fennoy, who relies on his Neumann TLM 103 large diaphragm condenser microphone in the studio, says he was immediately taken by the script of The Walking Dead: “On my first day in the studio looking at the script, I realized this was like no other game that I voiced before,” he recalls. “I have played two headed dragons, creatures that drop bombs from the sky, warriors, wizards and every other kind of creature. But Lee Everett was just an average, normal guy and very close to me. I didn’t have to come up with any crazy voices.”

Fennoy uses the Neumann TLM 103 mic inside his Whisper Room isolation booth at home, recording to his iMac running Pro Tools in conjunction with a Digidesign Digi 002 interface. “For accuracy and sound, you can’t beat Neumann,” he says. “This is the microphone that everything else is compared to.”

Cissy Jones: Raising the Level of Performance with Neumann

Cissy Jones also appreciated the deep characters within the script of The Walking Dead: “I am so happy to have had an opportunity to be part of this amazing game because it involved real people,” she says. “It is unlike anything I’ve ever done before and there was so much character development involved.”

During the production of The Walking Dead, Jones also gravitated towards Neumann — in this case, to the classic U87 large diaphragm condenser. “I have a deeper voice and all of that richness gets picked up accurately with the U87,” she says. “For animiation and video games, this is the best microphone to use if you want to capture all the detail and nuances in the recording.” Jones uses her U87 with a MacBook Pro running Adobe Audition, in conjunction with a Cakewalk two channel USB interface.

Jones agrees with Fennoy that the script afforded much more emotional breadth in the studio: “It’s conversation,” she observes. “You actually get a chance to know the characters and it’s not just battle cries. I’ve been in sessions where it is four hours of screaming, different ways of dying, or being the buxom blonde. That just wasn’t the case here and there was so much more depth.”

For Jones, audio occupies a foundational role in any gaming production, providing an irreplaceable emotional connection: “People play games to escape or experience another character in a different world,” she says. “If the audio is poor, you are taken out of that world, and it’s like watching a movie that is badly dubbed. Having audio that is spot on, on the other hand, provides the realism that people crave. Neumann helps me deliver this.”

With Season Two already in production, and with this summer’s recent release of ’400 Days,’ an episode that featured all new characters and helped bridged the gap between Season One and Season Two, The Walking Dead has already won more than 80 ‘Game of the Year’ awards around the world, and has been recognized in top industry and entertainment publications.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

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, 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.

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

Captions:
1) Dave Fennoy with a Neumann U87.
2) The Walking Dead character page.
3) Cissy Jones, pictured alongside engineer Jory Prum.

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BASSMAXX Launches New SSP215 Profundo Subwoofer

New SSP215 Profundo Subwoofer Delivers Output Comparable to Many Double 18” Subs from a Compact Double-15” Cabinet

Austin, TX (August 13, 2013) – BASSMAXX announces their new SSP215 Profundo Subwoofer, adual 15” loudspeaker powered by a 4000W amplifier with comprehensive onboard DSP. Thanks to its low height of only 17.5”, this extremely powerful sub can be placed under low stages and ceilings, and in tight corners where larger boxes won’t fit. Its largest dimension is 48” wide, which, when turned on end, makes the box an excellent stack platform for getting top boxes above the heads of the audience. The depth is a mere 22.5”, allowing it to be placed in front of stages with minimal loss of audience area and making the SSP215 a perfect truck-pack size for both 90” and 96” trucks. It’s also an outrageous drum monitor sub that minimizes space but maximizes impact.

At about half the size of the average double 18” subwoofer, the SSP215 is ideal for the mobile professional who needs substantial bass output but has limited transport space. For installations in lounges or restaurants where sound quality is a priority and space is limited, the SSP215 will comfortably take the place of double 18” boxes without loss of output or diminished frequency range while taking significantly less floor space.

The SSP215 easily competes with most double 18? subwoofers on the market, providing equal or better output with significantly less size and weight. The SSP215 is tuned low, providing linear response down to 35Hz (±3 dB) for use as a real subwoofer, with long-excursion, low distortion 15” woofers, and, thanks to the lower mass of the 15” cones, it delivers a tight, punchy sound as well as the deep, rolling bass.

The included amplifier provides 2400W to the on-board woofers. In addition, the amplifier can power a second matching cabinet, providing a total of 4000W. The SSP215 is a 4800W program rated double 15. The woofers have 4” voice coils and a power handling rating of 1200W rms and 2400W program each. The DSP features 96­­­Khz, 24 bit processing, and provides high-pass and low-pass filtering, limiting and time alignment functions. Controls include an input attenuator and mute button. Touring options include a 4-wheel transport cart with locking casters and covers for one, two or three cabinets on a cart. Installation versions are available with 16 x 3/8” threaded flypoints, and the included amplification and processing package can be ordered in a 2-space rack chassis.

All BASSMAXX products come with the BASSMAXX “Sound Defense” warranty that covers failed drivers, including burned voice coils, for two years. If a voice coil, or any other part, fails within the warranty period, replacement parts will be provided without charge.

Highlights:
- Half the size of the SSP218 boxes
- High SPL output beats most double 18” subs
- Deep bass output comparable to double 18” subs
- Convenient shape for lifting and loading
- Truck pack dimensions for touring
- Very low profile for under stages or low ceilings

Pricing & Availability
The SSP215 Profundo Subwoofer is $5148.00 MSRP.
When sold as a powered-passive combination of two subs as the PowerBASS Pair they are $3905.00 each MSRP. Further information available at www.bassmaxx.com or by calling toll-free (855) 822-7770.

About BASSMAXX
Since 1999, BASSMAXX has designed and delivered powerful and efficient sound systems to the live sound and high-end club market. Applying a ruthless practicality to uncompromising standards of quality and reliability has yielded a product line that is both exotic in performance and accessible in price. BASSMAXX is based in Austin, TX. More info at www.bassmaxx.com

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Waves Audio Introduces MultiRack Version 9.5

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 8, 2013 — Waves Audio’s MultiRack software has grown into the industry’s leading live sound plugin host. Waves now kicks things up a notch with the introduction of MultiRack Version 9.5.

MultiRack 9.5 includes a variety of new features to enhance the user experience and workflow – for instance, an improved, streamlined graphic interface; the capability to record to two computers simultaneously; 1000 snapshot support for DiGiCo consoles; and best of all, the ability to run Waves Signature Series plugins, from Chris Lord-Alge, Tony Maserati, Jack Joseph Puig, Eddie Kramer and Manny Marroquin, on any MultiRack Native or SoundGrid system.*

MultiRack 9.5 Features:

Improved, more responsive GUI
Record to two computers simultaneously
Load up to 1000 snapshots
Run Waves Signature Series plugins
Support for the upcoming DiGiGrid MGO & MGB MADI-to-SoundGrid interfaces
Waves OneKnob Wetter and Q-Clone plugins now MultiRack compatible
Chris Lord-Alge, Tony Maserati, Jack Joseph Puig and Eddie Kramer* Signature Series plugins added to SoundGrid Pro and SoundGrid Pro SD7 bundles

*Manny Marroquin Signature Series and Eddie Kramer Guitar Channel plugins not yet SoundGrid-compatible

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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