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The Freedom of Sound: The New Neumann TLM 107 Microphone

Standard-setting Microphone Features Multiple Polar Patterns for Studio, Broadcasting and Demanding Home-Recording Applications

New York City – October 18, 2013: At this year’s Audio Engineering Society Convention, premium audio brand Neumann [booth 2831] announced its newest studio microphone: The TLM 107 large diaphragm microphone. It stands for innovation based on tradition and is a universal, standard-setting microphone with multiple polar patterns for studio, broadcasting and demanding home recording applications.

The TLM 107 features a surprisingly fresh design and a novel operating concept. Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin, explains: “The TLM 107 is a modern, high-resolution sound transducer with excellent reproduction characteristics that enable it to capture the original sound without any coloration, thus ensuring unlimited design freedom in mixing and post-production.”

For the first time, all of the microphone switch functions are controlled through an elegant, wear-resistant navigation switch. The contemporary, intuitive operating concept includes an illuminated pattern display in the chrome ring, with the Pad and Low Cut status LEDs positioned to the left and right. The switch and display are located on the rear of the microphone so as to not distract singers. After 15 seconds, the display is turned off automatically, allowing the TLM 107 to be positioned discretely on the stage.

The newly developed double diaphragm capsule is inspired by one of Neumann’s top models, the D-01. With its exceptional impulse fidelity, the TLM 107 is particularly suitable for percussion and the finest overtones of stringed instruments. As a multi-pattern microphone made by Neumann.Berlin, the TLM 107 is impressive not only in the cardioid setting, but delivers balanced sound for all five directional characteristics: Omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8, with the intermediate patterns wide-angle cardioid and hypercardioid.

For all polar patterns, up to 8 kHz the sound reproduction is almost linear, while a slight high frequency boost lends brilliance and freshness to recordings. Particular attention has been paid to the natural reproduction of the human voice, especially the critical “s” sound. Low sensitivity to pop sounds is ensured by an acoustically optimized grille, which has a characteristic Neumann design, with youthful, flowing lines. The capsule is designed to minimize sensitivity to humidity and other environmental influences. For example, the front and rear diaphragms are at ground voltage, thus preventing the electrostatic attraction of dust particles. In order to ensure that no dust enters the interior, the sound transducer — like all Neumann capsules — is mounted in one of the best cleanrooms in Germany.

Transformerless circuitry permits a high degree of linearity and a large dynamic range. The self-noise of only 10 dB-A is practically inaudible. The maximum sound pressure level, specified as 141 dB SPL, can be increased to 153 dB SPL via the two-stage pre-attenuation, so that sound from even the loudest sources can be transmitted without distortion. The switchable Low Cut with the settings Linear, 40 Hz and 100 Hz has been carefully adapted to practical recording situations: The 40 Hz setting eliminates interference noise below the range of fundamental tones, while the 100 Hz setting is ideally suited to speech and vocal recordings.

The TLM 107, which is priced at $1,699.95 and available in late November, is supplied in the colors matte nickel or black, and includes a stand mount. Detailed product information can be found at www.tlm107.neumann.com.

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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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DPA Microphones Takes its Final Leap into the d:ep End

Company renames remaining mics in collection to reflect the popular ‘d:’ branding

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 18, 2013 – DPA Microphones is delighted to announce at the 135th International AES Convention (Booth 2551) that its 4060, 4080 and 4090 Miniature and 5100, 5006A, 5006-11A and 5015A Surround Microphones will be joining the ‘d:’ family of names. Building off the success of the company’s new “d:” branding, the current 4060, 4080 and 4090 Miniature Mics now fall into the d:screet™ Miniature Microphones group and the Five-channel surround solutions are henceforth known as the d:mension™ Surround Microphones.

DPA has also chosen to add the ever-popular 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headsets under the d:fine™ Headset Microphone category, and the mics will also receive an upgrade to coincide with the existing d:fines. Additionally, it’s new d:dicate™ Recording Microphone line combines the company’s best new and existing capsules and preamplifiers from the previous Reference Standard series.

“A few years ago, we decided to change the names of our new products to make them more recognizable and easy to remember,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “In the past, our products were branded with numbers, which were difficult to understand and remember unless you were a DPA aficionado. We wanted names that were more meaningful and more interesting. After some brainstorming, we decided on the ‘d:’ (colon) names. Starting with a ‘d’ made it easier to remember as it connects the mics to the DPA name, and leaving out the second letter gave it a graphic element that worked well with our new DPA design.”

Announced at DPA Microphones’ recent Partner Conference at the DPA Microphones Denmark headquarters, the unveiling of the new d:screet Miniature Microphone and d:mension Surround Microphone names is another step in the company’s plans for full “d:” branding. Each product category has been carefully planned out by the DPA Microphones team.

With the company’s 5100, 5006A, 5006-11A and 5015A Surround Microphone now grouped together under the d:mension Surround Microphone line, customers can easily swap between capsules and boom options. Comprised of the 4080 Miniature Cardioid Lavalier, as well as the 4060 and 4090 Omnidirectional Hi-Sens Microphones, the d:screet line also includes the company’s new 4098 Podium Microphones announced earlier this year.

“We found words starting with the letter ‘d’ that fit the significance to the product line,” continues Poulsen. “For instance, people are devoted to their instrument and to their sound, therefore our d:vote Instrument Microphones. The d:fine name was selected as we felt the microphone would define a new generation of headsets. The d:facto because the mic sets a new standard within vocal microphones and d:dicate for people who are dedicated to superior sound. Each name was introduced as there was significant updates within each product group.”

Now known as the DPA d:mension Surround Microphone, the 5100 is a compact microphone that provides users with ease of use and stunning sound quality. It is ideal for bringing truly engaging surround ambience to sport events, documentaries and other applications that especially require HDTV production. The d:mension 5006A, 5006-11A and 5015A are complete Surround Kits with five carefully factory-matched d:dicate microphones. The 5006A kit features d:dicate 4006A omni mics exclusively, while the 5006-11A is made up of a combination of the 4006A omni and 4011A cardioids mics and the 5015A is comprised of the 4015 wide cardioids.

Originally designed for use with wireless systems in theater, television and close-miked instrument applications, the d:screet 4060 capsule is highly unobtrusive, which lends itself to an exceedingly accurate omnidirectional pattern. Also a member of the d:screet family, the d:screet 4080 is well suited for broadcast, conference and other live performances in the studio or in the field. It is acoustically pre-equalized, which makes the voice more distinguishable and improves speech intelligibility.

The DPA d:screet 4090 is a high-quality omnidirectional condenser microphone with a uniquely natural and open sound, that is suitable for instrument miking applications in the studio or on the stage. Due to its remarkably linear frequency response in the 20 Hz to 20 kHz range, sound system engineers can also use the 4090 for sound system alignment, testing and tuning.

Additionally, the 4066 and 4088 Headset Microphones are being absorbed into the d:fine category while the company’s existing Reference Standard Microphones, new modular MMC4018 Supercardioid Capsule and well-known MMC4007 High-SPL Omnidirectional Capsule are now in the d:dicate line.

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 always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is 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.

iZotope Releases Nectar 2 Production Suite

Flawless vocal production is just a click away

AES, New York City, (October 18, 2013)iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has released Nectar® 2 Production Suite. Designed specifically for voice, Nectar 2 harnesses the power of iZotope’s award-winning vocal technologies to quickly and easily treat your voice to sweet results. Whether you’re tracking or mixing, Nectar 2 is designed to deliver professional vocals fast.

“When developing Nectar 2, we focused on adding cutting edge tools like the new Harmony and FX modules, as well as classic tools that have made vocal recordings sound great for decades, like the new EMT 140-modeled plate reverb,” says Brett Bunting, Product Manager at iZotope. “By providing all the tools necessary to create a unique vocal chain, we’re excited to make working with vocals even more inspiring for our users.”

Exclusive to the new Nectar 2 Production Suite, two additional plug-ins are included for perfecting your vocal sound. Pitch correction is simpler than ever with the new Pitch Editor plug-in, and you can remove distracting breaths without tedious, time-consuming editing with the new Breath Control plug-in.

KEY FEATURES:

Explore eleven powerful tools within Nectar 2: Harmony, Plate Reverb, FX, Pitch, Delay, De-Esser, Saturation, Compressors, Gate, EQ, and Limiter.

- Add impact and space to a vocal track with a new EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb.
- Transform a vocal take into a dynamic, harmonized ensemble of up to twelve voices with a few mouse clicks or by playing your MIDI with the Harmony module.
- Get smooth, pitch-perfect takes quickly with new dedicated Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins.
- Expand your palette of vocal sound with seven new creative effects in the new FX module.
- Tweak each module’s powerful settings and controls in the Advanced View, or make quick adjustments in the streamlined Overview panel.
- Switch easily between Tracking and Mixing modes to improve vocals at all stages of production.
- Hear instant results with over 150+ new presets inspired by current and classic vocal styles.

For more information about Nectar 2, visit www.izotope.com/nectar.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Nectar 2 Production Suite, featuring the dedicated Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins, will be available for $219 through October 30, 2013 (regular MSRP $299 USD / €185 EURO).

Customers who purchased Nectar after August 1, 2013 will receive an email with a free upgrade to Nectar 2 Production Suite upon release.

Users of Nectar 1 or Nectar Elements can log in to their iZotope accounts at www.izotope.com/myaccount for upgrade information and special upgrade pricing.

COMPATIBILITY

Nectar 2 can be used as plug-ins in your favorite host. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 Wireless System, HDVD 800 and Neumann KH 310 Monitor Nominated for 29th Annual TEC Awards

Sennheiser and Neumann Receive Nominations in Wireless Technology, Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement, and Studio Monitor Technology Categories

ANAHEIM, CA – October 17, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its Digital 9000 Wireless System, HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC, and the Neumann KH 310 Monitor have been nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement for the 29th Annual TEC awards. The presentation ceremony is scheduled to take place during the 2014 NAMM Show, to be held in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2013.

Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 Wireless System, which has been nominated in the ‘Wireless Technology’ category, is the most advanced professional wireless system in the world and supports professionals across broadcast studios, theaters, and live performances. The HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC, which has been nominated in the ‘Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement’ category, allows for optimal performance when paired with any Sennheiser audiophile headphones. The Neumann KH 310 Monitor, meanwhile, is a three-way active tri-amplified monitor that is nominated in the ‘Studio Monitor Technology’ category.

“We are thrilled to have such a strong presence once again at this year’s TEC Awards for both Sennheiser and Neumann,” commented Greg Beebe, president of Sennheiser Electronic Corp. “We would like to thank all of our employees around the world for their unrelenting commitment in developing and marketing these groundbreaking products, and of course our customers for their loyalty and continued feedback.”

Presented by the Technical Excellence & Creativity Foundation, the TEC Awards are the professional audio industry’s most prestigious awards. Nominations in Outstanding Technical Achievement in Product Design were made by a select panel of sound and music industry professionals in numerous audio specialties, and were were based on product entries by audio manufacturers. Products and projects released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013 were eligible for a nomination.

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System:

The Digital 9000 Wireless System offers completely uncompressed and artifact free digital audio, combining sonic purity and outstanding dynamics. It’s the first digital wireless system that works without compression, allowing for full HD audio transmission. The system uses extremely steep filters to allow a very narrow set-up of the respective radio frequencies within the available frequency range. Through this, the risk of intermodulation is eliminated, allowing for the most reliable wireless operation.

Senheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC:

The HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC is a solid-state amplifier that generates the ultimate acoustic performance when paired with any of Sennheiser’s audiophile headphones. It highlights crisp, balanced and distortion-free sound through a high-quality Burr-Brown digital/analog converter (DAC). The amplifier is outfitted with an symmetrical input socket, which allows for incoming signals to be symmetrized before processing takes place. The HDVD 800 also offers an extra USB input, allowing for 24 bit data transmission at 192 kHz.

Neumann KH 310 Monitor:

The Neumann KH 310 monitor can be used in a wide range of acoustical conditions in a variety of locations such as project and recording studios, broadcast centers and OB vans. Its many uses range from a near-field monitor, a front loudspeaker in mid-sized multi-channel systems, or a rear loudspeaker in a larger multi-channel system. The KH 310 is a three-way active tri-amplified monitor utilizing Mathematically Modeled Dispersion™ Waveguide (MMD™). It offers flexible acoustical controls, various input options, and a wide range of mounting hardware.

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.

Photo captions:
1. The Sennheiser Digital 9000 Systems
2. The Sennheiser HDVD 800 Amplifier / DAC
3. The Neumann KH 310 monitor

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