Archive for August, 2013

Sennheiser Delivers Unplugged Studio Performances During The Newport Folk Festival®, Bringing an Additional, Intimate Stage to Newport

Newport, RI – August 19, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser once again created a truly unique performance environment at the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins during this year’s Newport Folk Festival®. In cooperation with Paste Magazine, Sennheiser hosted performances by Amanda Palmer, The Milk Carton Kids, Justin Townes Earle, Langhorne Slim and many others over the course of the nationally renowned three-day festival.

Sennheiser recorded and broadcast the performances to thousands of attending fans between Friday, June 26th and Sunday, June 28th using state of the art quality microphones, wireless systems and headphones from Sennheiser and an array of studio microphones from its German subsidiary, Neumann. Videos of the performances will be posted and shared on Sennheiser’s social outlets, including Facebook [www.facebook.com/SennheiserUSA] and YouTube [www.youtube.com/sennheiserusa] over the coming days and weeks. Watch for updates and more information on Sennheiser’s Twitter page [www.twitter.com/SennheiserUSA].

“We don’t just participate in events in the traditional and often static way,” said Stefanie Rei-chert, strategic marketing, Sennheiser. “We always look to create added value and deliver a deep and meaningful sound experience that only Sennheiser can deliver. We managed to do exactly that in Newport, and in the process we made several new friends who will not forget these special performances for a long while.”

Premium Technology Delivers Unique Experience, Adding Value to Newport

This is the second year in a row that Sennheiser and Paste Magazine have collaborated on these performances at Newport. The company’s proprietary wireless technology, paired with the historic and alluring atmosphere of the Fort Adams Ruins, evoke an atypical musical experience that fans cannot experience anywhere else. Many of the artists performed in an unplugged fashion, so audiences could experience the music in its most natural and pure form; for many attendees, this was a highlight of the festival.

“It was a privilege to once again welcome Sennheiser to the Newport Folk Festival®,” com-mented Jay Sweet, producer of the Newport Folk Festival®. “For the second year in a row, the inclusion of the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins truly enhanced the festival expe-rience for all guests and musicians alike. And, thanks to the quality footage, even those who could not attend can experience the unique sounds, sights and vibe that make the Newport Folk Festival® unlike any other festival, or place, on earth.”

Nick Purdy, publisher of Paste, added: “At Paste we love to show more than we love to tell – matching Newport Folk’s stellar lineup to Sennheiser’s headphones give us a chance to give music fans an experience they’ll never forget.”

As music fans such as those attending Newport become more sophisticated in their own musi-cal tastes, they are also becoming more demanding in how they listen to music. Sennheiser is able to deliver an authentic, high quality listening experience through the use of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, as well as through its unmatched wireless and headphone expertise. The result is a listening experience worthy of both the most discriminating fan’s passion for mu-sic, and the artist’s unrelenting craftsmanship.

Fans who were not able to attend the festival in person will soon be able to experience the music through high-definition video and the very same microphone feeds that were used during the actual performances.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless trans-mission 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, Con-necticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engi-neering 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.

Photo captions:
1. Amanda Palmer performs at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at the The Newport Folk Festival®, 2013.
2. Fans wearing Sennheiser headphones enjoyed intimate performances by their favorite artists at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at the The Newport Folk Festival®.
3. The Lone Bellow performs at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at The Newport Folk Festival®, 2013.

EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Releases Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional

Purchase Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional before August 31, 2013 and get PLAY 4 and the SSL/EW FX Global Suite FREE!

Hollywood, CA (August 19, 2013)EASTWEST is proud to announce the Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional, the popular customizable bundle that allows users to individually select a minimum of 7 award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Virtual Instruments at a discounted bundle pricing.

This new collection includes the flagship Hollywood Diamond series as well as the Platinum Editions of Symphonic Orchestra, Choirs and Pianos, adding the versatility of multiple microphone positions. Customers can choose 7 or more from 21 award-winning virtual instruments, such as
- Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition
- Hollywood Brass Diamond Edition
- Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds Diamond Edition
- The Dark Side
- Ministry of Rock 2
- Quantum Leap Spaces
- Quantum Leap Solo Violin

Each of these virtual instruments is a veritable masterpiece with truly authentic sounds, and the incredible detail and sound options are unprecedented. Anyone familiar with EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP knows that all their virtual instruments are recorded with today’s top talent in their world-class studios with the best equipment available, and are used and endorsed by some of the most successful composers in the world.

With the Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional, musicians have access to these instruments and articulations at a fraction of the price of buying them individually as all products are discounted at more than 60% off each product’s retail price (discount only applies to initial purchase of CCC2 PRO with a minimum of 7 products).

The Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional products are pre-installed on an ultra fast 2TB external hard drive that is able to run the instruments with a USB 3 connection. The massive collection is powered by EASTWEST’s PLAY 4 software.

In addition to offering the Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional at a great bundle price, EASTWEST provides USA customers with the opportunity to pay over 6 months at soundsonline.com with their new “Bill Me Later” feature (subject to credit approval).

As with all EASTWEST products, an iLok security key is required (not included and available online). As an incentive to new customers, first time EASTWEST customers will receive a 50% discount off the list price of the iLok2 security key. With iLok 2, one key will hold up to 500 licenses from EASTWEST and others.

Pricing & Availability
If ordered before August 31, 2013, PLAY 4 and the optional SSL/EW FX Global Suite are included for free ($99 / €79 value). The Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional is available at http://www.soundsonline.com/CCC2-PRO and http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/CCC2-PRO (for European customers).
The standard configuration of the Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional is available for $1,499 / €1,159. The final price depends on the user’s selection. Product and ordering information can be found at the links above depending on your location.

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST (www. soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com and soundsonline-forums.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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EASTWEST Announces SSL/EW FX Suite for PLAY4

Experience the precision and tonal characteristics of SSL console products, complete with EQ & Dynamics, Transient Shaper, Stereo Compressor, and EW Reverb Expansion

Hollywood, CA (August 16, 2013) – EASTWEST has teamed up with legendary studio console maker Solid State Logic to present the SSL/EW FX Suite, a collection of professional audio processing tools for use inside the EASTWEST PLAY 4 software. The SSL audio processing tools provide the superior precision, advanced feature set and legendary tonal characteristics of SSL console products. These tools allow musicians to achieve professional compositions that sound like a record.

The foundations of the SSL collection are adaptations of two SSL console classics. The EQ & Dynamics Channel plug-in provides an EQ & Dynamics processing solution with all the power, precision, flexibility and signature tone of an SSL console channel strip. The legendary Stereo Compressor gives users the classic SSL stereo compressor that brings power and punch to the music without compromising clarity. The Transient Shaper is a ‘task specific’, carefully selected and crafted processing tool to get outstanding drum and percussion sounds quickly and easily.

The EASTWEST Reverb, an expansion of the Reverb in the Player view, is also included. It adds some features that are not part of the Player Reverb, as well as many additional reverbs:
- A high-pass and low pass filter set, with 2 handles on the graph for modifying the filters visually
- A mono button
- 726 additional reverb presets that are not available on the Player page Reverb
- A selection of ‘true stereo’ reverbs that are added only when this FX package is installed.

With the SSL/EW FX Suite, users can save their custom instruments in the Browser menu for recall at any time, with the added convenience of being able to change any parameter in real time. These SSL audio processing tools are identical to those found in the SSL Duende Native Plug-in suite, for a fraction of the price, limited only to their use within the PLAY 4 software.

For complete product information and details, please visit http://www.soundsonline.com/SSL-EW-FX

Pricing & Availability

The SSL/EW FX Suite is included free for use with each new release after the introduction of PLAY 4. Previously released PLAY collections require an upgrade that can be downloaded at http://www.soundsonline.com/SSL-EW-FX for $99 / €79 (only one upgrade is required for all PLAY releases).

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST (www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com and soundsonline-forums.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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Upcoming 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Offer Expanded and Highly Focused Broadcast and Streaming Sessions

— New panels for this year’s show reflect key current trends in broadcasting and streaming, including the weather event-inspired “Broadcasting During Disasters” and the future of sound attached to 4K video —

— Topics from previous panels also reflect changes in the industry, such as last year’s examination of the loudness issue for television broadcasting, this year broadened to encompass radio and streaming applications, and the Facility Design rubric looking at new ESPN broadcast facilities in Connecticut and Qatar —

New York, NY, August 13, 2013 — Always at the cutting edge of key trends in broadcast sound and streaming audio, the Broadcast and Streaming Sessions at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) will bring an intense focus on key frontiers in professional audio. Reprising his role for the 27th year as Chairman of Broadcast and Streaming Sessions, David Bialik has consistently developed meaningful and significant sessions that draw standing-room-only crowds.

This year’s broadcast/streaming sessions are the most exciting yet, offering a look at the implications of how new technologies will affect broadcast and streaming audio, such as “Audio For 4K TV,” and “Broadcasting During Disasters,” a look at how the close-to-home strike of Hurricane Sandy last year impacted news and other broadcast operations, as well as updated iterations of longstanding issues facing the industry, such as loudness and maintenance.

“As always, what we’re doing is taking key issues and technologies in the broadcast and streaming domains and looking at them closely and intensely, but in a way that’s as relevant and accessible as possible to the greatest number of people,” explains Bialik, who also works as the Project Manager for Streaming Operations at CBS Radio in New York City. “We make a special effort to develop mini-tracks focused on topic-related issues,” he says. “For example, attendees will find groupings of events on Troubleshooting, Audio for TV, and Radio & Streaming, which are virtually crash courses on these issues. We strive to make them interesting and entertaining, but still keeping the information at the highest level. And we strongly emphasize that these events are discussions of technologies and techniques, not sales presentations. The AES Convention continues to serve as an essential destination for the serious audio professional.”

The sessions for this year’s AES Broadcast/Streaming series are a mix of cutting-edge new topics and updated familiar ones. Events include:

“Broadcasting during Disaster” – “How Hurricane Sandy impacted the ability of broadcasters to quickly respond with accurate, timely life-safety information,” says Bialik.
“Is it time to retire the MP3 protocol for Streaming?” — “The MP3 format has been around a long time now,” he says. “The key point we’re going to focus on is, is backwards compatibility holding up future progress?”
“Audio for Mobile TV” and “Streaming and the Mobile Initiative,” which both look at the issues audio faces as it moves into the mobile landscape. “Today, cars are being designed to be compatible with mobile phones, not the other way around,” says Bialik. “The tail is wagging the dog.”
Other sessions include timely and relevant topics, including focuses on “Audio for 4K TV,” “Listener Fatigue and Retention,” “Television Loudness and Metadata,” “HTML5 and Streaming,” “Modern Audio Transportation Techniques for Remote Broadcasts,” “Hardware Troubleshooting Basics,” “Technology and Storytelling: How Can We Best Use The Tools Available To Tell Our Stories,” “Facility Design” and “Loudness Control for Radio and Internet Streaming.”

“This year’s Broadcast/Streaming Sessions will be as good as any that David has assembled in over a quarter century of keeping these topics at the cutting edge, and then some,” observes Bob Moses, Executive Director of the Audio Engineering Society. “Attendees will be drawn to these sessions by their compelling and timely topics and David’s elegant assemblage of technical talent on each carefully thought-out panel, and they will come away with new information about technologies and techniques that will help them take their own careers further.”

For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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