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Antelope Audio’s Orion32 Helps International DJ/Producer Dusty Kid Usher In the Next Chapter of Electronic Music Creation

Orion32 Serves as Kid’s ‘Digital Hub,’ Providing Unmatched Flexibility and Audio Quality in Routing Hardware and Software Virtual Instruments

Anaheim, CA, January 23, 2014: Antelope Audio [Booth 7118 - Arena] counts international DJ/producer phenomenon Dusty Kid (a/k/a Paolo Alberto Lodde) among its fans. A dedicated electronic music artist since age 12, Dusty Kid is very much in demand among the international DJ circuit, having toured relentlessly for the last seven years. In the studio, the Orion32 has helped Dusty Kid realize his dream of realizing the ultimate ‘modular studio,’ enabling him to seamlessly connect the hardware and software devices he needs for unmatched flexibility and audio quality. We spoke to Dusty, who was born to make music [indeed, he claims his first word was 'vinyl] just before the 2014 NAMM Show to find out how the Orion32 fits into his music creation scheme.

How is being a DJ now different from being one say, ten years ago?
Well, I am not a DJ even though what I do in clubs reflects more or less what a DJ does. But I can tell you that ten years ago being a good DJ was certainly about playing vinyl, having good technique and traveling just about anywhere to get the chance to buy records other people were not able to find. Today, it is quite different as most people use computers to match tempos of digital files and basically anyone can find just about any music on the Internet!

Tell us about where the Orion32 fits into your studio
I use a Mac Pro running Ableton Live. I also use a UAD card with all the available plugins. The rest of my set up is basically hardware. All my synthesizers, vintage mixers, reel-to-reel machines and effect boxes are all connected to the Orion32 so I use it like a sort of ‘digital patch bay.’ Using it this way, I can plug anything to anything with a simple click. So the Orion32 has enabled me to create this big modular set up — this makes everything very interesting, fun and also more experimental. The best thing is that using both Ableton Live and Orion32, I can instantly create very complex chains of machines!

What was your initial draw to the Orion32?
I wanted to see if everything I read about the Orion32 was true, which described a beautifully designed and simple to use interface with multiple I/Os based on USB technology — all in a single rack space and for under $3,000. It was almost too good to be true. My fear was that such a product would be unstable and have poor drivers, but when I got the chance to try it I was pleasantly surprised.

What was your experience with other interfaces before finding Antelope?
I used a big name competitor for three years or so, and I had so many troubles. Besides the limited number of I/O that never seemed to be enough, I found that I had to adapt my work flow with a patch bay. Also the drivers in my last unit were incredibly unstable and I experienced problems with sync, latency and even worse, clicks and pops during recordings. The Orion32 solved all these problems while giving me the opportunity to work 100% inside Ableton Live without having to disconnect or repatch cables. Since using the Orion32, I have never experience problems with drivers and the clocking has been perfect. Since my studio contains so much hardware and digital devices, keeping the clocking perfectly aligned can be problematic.

What do you appreciate most about the Orion32?
Well, with 32 ins and 32 outs, the Orion really does everything for you if you don’t need to mix out of the box — and its price / performance ratio is just ridiculous. I have been using the Orion32 for several months now and everything is working flawlessly. Currently, I only use the Orion32 in the studio, but now I am thinking about how useful it could be in a live performance environment if I decide to include external synths and effects. It would be very easy to set up since I would not require a large mixing console to get all the hardware properly connected.

For more information on the Antelope Orion32, please visit the Antelope Audio website:
http://www.antelopeaudio.com/en/products/Orion32-Multi-Channel-AD-DA-converter.

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20-year experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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Sennheiser Introduces New Lineup of DJ Headphones at the 2014 NAMM Show: HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ

Anaheim, CA, January 22, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser [Hall A, booth 6577] announces a brand new range of professional mixing and DJ headphones at the 2014 NAMM Show. Building on the legacy of its iconic HD 25 DJ headphones, which have been used by the world’s leading music producers and DJs for 25 years, the new HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ are designed for the most demanding users and punishing professional environments.

Developed in conjunction with some of the world’s top DJs including Bob Sinclar, Luciano, Andy Baxter, Missill and Davina, the three new DJ headphones deliver excellent sound reproduction with the highest levels of external noise attenuation. The durable materials, exceptional build quality and unrivalled product support make these new professional headphones from Sennheiser the perfect choice for mixers and DJs at any level.

Mark Posgay, vice president sales and marketing, Sennheiser, commented: “The new HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ build on the success and legacy of our HD 25 headphone. The entire range utilizes a proprietary acoustic system designed to address the needs of many different performance and production applications.” ??The HD8 DJ is designed for professional DJs and features outstanding sound reproduction, while the HD7 DJ provides an engaging, dynamic sound that is especially suited for live performance. Both headphones deliver a mid-low end emphasis with clarity retained in the high frequencies, in addition to a ‘tight’ overall sound. The HD6 meanwhile, is focused primarily at studio-based music creation and delivers a balanced, accurate sound for mixing and monitoring work. “The elliptical, circumaural ear cups were specially designed to ensure a perfect fit for more users,” says Posgay. “This provides excellent external noise attenuation that can cope with very high sound pressure levels, which effectively means that users can monitor at safer levels.”

The DJ headphone range is features unmatched comfort and durability, whether they are being used in the studio or in live performance. The elliptical shape of the ear cups prevents pinching and is enhanced by interchangeable ear pads for comfortable listening during long periods of use. For hassle-free one-ear monitoring, both DJ models feature a brand new swivel feature with up to 210 of movement and three different wearing positions. With both coiled and straight 3m high-performance cables included that can connect to either ear cup, the headphones can adapt to suit just about any user preference. A bayonet twist lock enables a secure connection to the headphones.

All three models are built to withstand the rigors of daily studio work and a life on the road. Sennheiser has engineered the range from durable, high-quality materials to take even the roughest everyday professional use, proven through rigorous and extended quality tests. And when the life on the road pushes the limits too far, Sennheiser’s new headphones offer replaceable parts and a peerless commitment to customer service with at least five years’ parts availability guarantee even after end-of-life, and global support for quick replacements, wherever the work takes you.

The HD6 Mix ($279.95), HD7 DJ ($329.95) and HD8 DJ ($389.95) will be available at the end of this month.

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.

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