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macProVideo.com and Neumann Announce SongCraft Remix Contest

Old Lyme, CT – July 9, 2013: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that it has partnered with macProVideo.com (MPV) in support of MPV’s 4th SongCraft Remix Contest. The contest challenges entrants to remix an exclusive track entitled ‘K(no)w” by Erin McKeown and Ben Sollee, providing a chance to win a Neumann TLM 102 large diaphragm condenser microphone valued at $699 plus a one-year subscription to macProVideo.com.

‘K(no)w” was written and produced from start to finish in the new MPV video tutorial, SongCraft: Songwriting with Erin McKeown and Ben Sollee. In the video, the two singer songwriters meet for the first time and are tasked with composing a song from start to finish in a single day. The finished article, which was produced in New York City’s Dubway Studios, was recording using an extensive assortment of Neumann microphones, including the TLM 102.

The contest is free of charge and open to participants anywhere in the world. By visiting and registering at the contest website, entrants can download track stems for remixing via SoundCloud. Final mixes must be uploaded to the SoundCloud submissions box no later than midnight PST, July 31st 2013, and contest winners will be announced on the MPV site shortly thereafter. Visit the contest website for instructions and regulations.

Great Things Come in Small Packages

With the TLM 102 large diaphragm microphone, Neumann has put legendary sound within the reach of the home and project studio users. The TLM 102, priced at juste $699, is 13% smaller than its “big brother”, the TLM 103, and delivers outstanding sonic quality in a small and economically attractive package. The microphone, which is available in both black and nickel finishes, has a maximum SPL of 144 dB and is extremely quiet with a self-noise of 12 dB-A.

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.

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Sound meets fashion: Sennheiser’s new MOMENTUM On-Ear

Old Lyme, CT, July 9, 2013 – Delighting ears and turning heads: Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones see the audio specialist getting seriously fashionable. The newest addition to Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM family debuts in a palette of fresh, pastel colors that’s right in step with the latest fashion collections. To celebrate the launch of the headphones, renowned photographer Alexander Gnädinger worked with three established fashion bloggers from different countries to create personal portraits reflecting the colors and the style of the new MOMENTUM On-Ear.

Injecting bright, beautiful color into Sennheiser’s range of headphones, the new MOMENTUM On-Ear is crafted from the finest materials and available in four colors, inspired by an international team of design experts and trend scouts. With versions in blue, green, pink and ivory, the pastel shades define an emerging trend for subtler color that is a key look in the current fashion collections.

The look, the feel, the sound

As well as exciting those with an eye for style, the MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones are a tactile delight: They feature a headband and earpads finished in high-tech Alcantara®, a specialised luxury material loved by designers and automotive upholsterers for its unique combination of softness, durability, and breathable comfort. While providing supreme comfort, the Alcantara® earpads isolate the listener for a great listening experience on the move, even in noisy urban environments. Lightweight sliders of premium brushed stainless steel complete the high end look.

Seriously stylish does not mean compromising on sound. The MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones deliver a sound experience that one would expect from audio specialist Sennheiser. The high performance transducer system offers an uncompromising sound performance: Rich, detailed and with a slight bass emphasis.

Inspired by fashion, inspiring the fashionable

To reflect idea and vision behind the MOMENTUM On-Ear, Sennheiser has worked with Alexander Gnädinger, a renowned photographer in the field of fashion and lifestyle, to explore how the unique colors and styling of the headphone range could inspire international fashion bloggers. Starting with a pair of MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones in the colors that best matched their own distinctive style, bloggers Luke Todd from the UK’s “FashionBeans”, Haleigh Walsworth from France’s “Making Magique”, and Anna Frost from Germany’s “Fashionpuppe” were invited to work with the photographer to art direct and model in their own photoshoots.

Alexander Gnädinger explains how the vision came together: “It was very interesting to work with the three different bloggers, to look at them, learn from them, work with their style and then jointly create a personal portrait, related to fashion, music and the new Sennheiser headphones.”

“I really like the MOMENTUM On-Ear. It creates the link between fashion and music. Where it has always existed it’s now shown in a physical form – it looks good, with great colors and the sound is brilliant. It really cements the bond between the two,” says FashionBeans’ Luke Todd.

The new headphones feature a single sided detachable cable with convenient in-line remote and mic for Apple iDevices, for easy control over music playback and to make and receive calls on the go.

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.

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Sennheiser Announces Shipment of its New HDVD 800 Digital Amplifier

OLD LYME, Conn. – July 2, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its new HDVD 800 digital amplifier is now shipping. The new amplifier is designed to provide a crystal clear, brilliant response and is ideally suited for driving the entire line of high-end headphones from Sennheiser, including the HD 600, HD 650, HD 700, HD 800 and other models.

The new HDVD 800 provides a crisp and detailed, distortion-free response — making the listener feel as they were sitting directly in front of the audio source. Designed, developed and manufactured in Germany, the new amplifier is a manifestation of the effort and vision that drives Sennheiser in the development of its high-end products, creating an unsurpassed level of acoustic performance.

Balanced sound image and impressive spaciality?Sonically, the HDVD 800 delivers a balanced sound image, maximum precision and impressive spatiality. It features a fully symmetrical layout that ensures even signal transmission from the source to the headphones. “The fully symmetrical principle effectively compensates for interference and distortion,” explains Axel Grell, Sennheiser’s High-End Product Manager at Sennheiser. “The sound therefore becomes much clearer as total harmonic distortion is minimized.”

The HDVD 800 is also equipped with an asymmetrical input socket; when using this input, incoming signals are symmetrized before further processing takes place. Digital sources are connected to the rear of the unit as an AES/EBU input or S/PDIF (optical and coaxial). The HDVD 800 also features an extra USB input, which offers 24 bit data transmission at 192 KHz*.

Sophisticated materials for a premium touch

A glass panel embedded in the aluminium housing of the amplifier gives a clear view of the top-quality interior of the devices. The rotary potentiometer is mechanically connected to the volume control by a 150mm long shaft. This unusually long shaft allows the signal path between the audio source and the potentiometer to be kept very short, thus preventing possible interference of the signal. High-quality components (Alps RK 27 quad) ensure that the volume is controlled with maximum precision and a fine rotary ‘feel’. Also visible through the glass panel are the cooling element, the audio relay and countless MELF resistors for the amplifier.

The housing, the potentiometer control as well as the rotary switch for selecting the source are all made of anodized aluminium, while the front panel of the housing and the controls are milled from solid material. The HDVD 800, which is priced at $1,999.95, was developed and designed in Germany.

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. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 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, 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.sennheiserusa.com

*Driverless operation on a Mac from operating system OS 10.5 onwards. A driver is included for Windows computers from XP operating system onwards for 192 kHz operation.

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Sennheiser provides unwavering support and flawless wireless as CMA Music Festival shatters attendance records

Nashville, TN, July 1, 2013 – From June 6 to 9, the Country Music Association (CMA) held its 42nd Annual Fan Fair, a four-day music festival consisting of dozens of country performances including current, chart-topping Sennheiser users such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band to ‘heritage’ artists including Kenny Rogers and Oak Ridge Boys.

Each year, the festival gains in popularity around the world and this year was no exception as the total number of attendees exceeded 80,000 over the course of the festival — a 13 percent increase in overall attendance compared to 2012. Sennheiser supported the production with wireless equipment consisting of eight channels of EM 3732-II receivers, coupled with SKM 2000-XP handheld wireless transmitters and MMD 935-1 cardioid microphone capsules.

Curt Jenkins was responsible for the audio as project manager for Nashville-based Sound Image. Jenkins made contact with Tim Moore, Sennheiser USA’s artist relations manager, several weeks before the event for assistance in coordinating artist and engineer equipment needs. With the complexity of the event in mind, Moore suggested bringing in the Sennheiser Global Relations Team for additional support utilizing their production-ready technical assets. “Sennheiser recognizes the challenges technicians and engineers face during these events to stay efficient, so our pre-configured wireless equipment racks give them one less thing to worry about,” commented Kristy Jo Winkler, Global Relations Manager, Americas. The equipment was used extensively over the course of the performances at LP Field — Nashville’s 68,798 capacity sporting arena that is also home to the Tennessee Titans U.S. football team.

In addition to the wireless racks, Sound Image appreciated the microphone capsules Sennheiser provided. “The e 935 microphone and MMD 935-1 capsule have become very popular and are the choice of a large number of Sennheiser users,” commented Tim Moore. “The MMD 935-1 capsule has a natural response that consistently and accurately reproduces the source. When Curt asked for support from Sennheiser, I knew that the 935-1 capsule would be perfectly suited for the application.”

Sennheiser: providing wireless support where it‘s needed

“I was managing audio for the whole event,” commented Curt Jenkins, who was asked to provide several additional channels of production wireless to cover the festival’s heritage acts as well as ongoing MC activities. “Since it was being filmed for TV by a major network, we had to ensure all the audio was rock solid, especially considering we were multi-tracking everything. We asked Sennheiser if they could help and they arranged to have a rack sent over without delay.”

In addition to the wireless microphones, Sennheiser also supplied several SR 2050 IEMs and evolution series wired microphones. The equipment was used throughout the duration of the four-day festival, providing clear and predictably flawless performance to the record-setting, sell-out crowd. From the outset, Jenkins had no doubt that the MMD 935-1 capsules would perform well in a stadium environment, especially considering that it has been the ‘go-to’ capsule for both Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton: “The capsules themselves are well rounded,” he says. “The MMD 935-1 is totally controllable in a stadium environment and because of its wide frequency response works great on anybody’s voice.”

No clicks, pops, swishes or dropouts

Jason Glass of Cross Plains, TN-based Clean Wireless Audio was hired by Sound Image to handle RF coordination for the stage microphones, IEMs, television crews as well as touring rigs for guest acts during the festival. Glass was tasked with covering the entire stage performance area as well as a secondary stage in the audience, located approximately seventy-five feet beyond the downstage edge of the main stage.

He put the Sennheiser rack into play from the moment it arrived during load-in on June 3rd. “We relied heavily on the Sennheiser wireless receivers and transmitters during each of the four days, and everything worked perfectly,” he recalls. Each day, Glass worked alongside each artist’s tech team to provide backup frequencies should any trouble arise. “Not only were the vast majority of pre-assigned Sennheiser frequencies clean, but Taylor Swift’s RF Tech Bill Flugan emailed me afterwards to let me know their show went flawlessly.”

Glass, who has toured for over 20 years as a monitor engineer, says that the Sennheiser gear performed as advertised: “Everything worked so incredibly well. In four days, we didn’t experience a single click, pop, swish or dropout.” Glass says in addition to the incredible reliability of the Sennheiser wireless, he also appreciates the cross-compatibility between the 2000 series and 5000 series wireless systems: “When you are working with different touring acts, some walk in with Sennheiser 5000 systems — if the next act walks on and are carrying the 2000 series, you can push a few buttons on the receiver and be ready to go,” he says.

Sennheiser Global Relations making it work

Perhaps most of all, Glass is appreciative of the care that goes into pre-configuring a turnkey system. “When you obtain a turnkey system from Sennheiser Global Relations, the rack is absolutely gorgeous. It is well thought out, constructed and functions exactly as you would expect,” he says. “For instance, each BNC cable is no longer and no shorter than needed — when you are trying to squeeze every last decibel out of an RF transmission system, things like cabling become a factor and Sennheiser does it right.”

“It brings to mind the old catch phrase ‘German precision engineering’,” concludes Glass. “Everything has its purpose, and that’s appreciated. When you talk to people at Sennheiser, they know their stuff.”

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.

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Get the right mic for your sound – Sennheiser’s ‘evolution Soundroom’ app makes choosing a microphone easy

Old Lyme, Conn., June 20, 2013 – With such a broad range of microphones meeting a wide spectrum of needs, what’s the best way to identify the Sennheiser mic that’s right for you? What’s the difference between vocal microphones like the e 935 and e 945? How does the bass drum sound change when it is picked up by two microphones? With the ‘evolution Soundroom’ app for the iPad you can stop wondering and get hands on: just select a microphone and listen to its sound using professional recordings.

“This app brings the reproduction side of a recording studio to the iPad,” explains Oliver Ohrndorf, Marketing Manager for Music Industry, Live Sound and Rental. “’evolution Soundroom’ not only allows users to compare microphones virtually, but also to create their own mixes and save them as presets.”

Based on professional recordings
The audio material used for the iPad app has been recorded with incredible precision in the Sennheiser Studio (formerly Peppermint Park Studio) by Gregor Zielinsky, tonmeister and International Recording Applications Manager, and live sound engineer Sebastian Schmitz, Product Manager for Wired Microphones.

With drums, bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, trumpet, trombone and saxophone, the audio recordings for the app are extensively orchestrated and show the best microphones for each instrument. All microphone tracks are available in high audio quality (44.1 kHz WAV), raw and can be remixed to suit the user’s requirements. Using the app, users can listen to and compare the following Sennheiser microphones:

• Vocal microphones:
o MK 4 (large-diaphragm true condenser, cardioid)
o e 965 (large-diaphragm true condenser, cardioid and super-cardioid)
o e 945 (dynamic, super-cardioid)
o e 935 (dynamic, cardioid)
o e 865 (condenser, super-cardioid)
o e 845 (dynamic, super-cardioid)
o e 835 (dynamic, cardioid)

• Instrument microphones:
o Bass drum: e 901 (miked from the inside), e 902 (inside + outside), e 602 (outside)
o Snares: e 904 above; e 604 top and bottom
o Hi-hat: e 914, e 614
o Rack tom: e 904, e 604
o Floor tom: e 904, e 902
o Overheads: 2 x MK 4, 2 x e 914
o Bass: MK 4, e 906, direct out
o Electric guitar (solo): MK 4, e 906
o Electric guitar (rhythm): MK 4, e 906, e 606
o Electric guitar (room mic): MK 4
o Acoustic guitar: 2 x MK 4, direct out
o Trumpet: MK 4, e 908
o Trombone: MK 4, e 908
o Saxophone: MK 4, e 908
o Wind instruments, room mics: 2 x MK 4

Building on this exciting feature set, Sennheiser plans to develop the app further, for example, by adding different musical styles. The evolution Soundroom app can be downloaded from the Apple Store for free. More information is available at:
http://en-us.sennheiser.com/microphones/evolution — customers who do not own iPads can utilize a scaled down mic finder on this page.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Ger-many, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was es-tablished in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by sub-sidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, 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 Com-munications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

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

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Sennheiser and K-array Create State of the Art, Immersive Sound Experience at Hunt Library, NC State’s Pioneering ‘Library of the Future’

Raleigh, NC – June 10, 2013NC State is known around the world as a preemi-nent technology and research university, preparing thousands of students each year for the most demanding and creative high-tech careers on the planet. The University re-cently opened its pioneering, state of the art new learning facility and technology incuba-tor, James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The new facility, which features audio solutions from Sennheiser and K-array, provides students and faculty with unmatched visualization, computing and collaboration technologies for advanced, next generation applications in engineering, computer science, textiles, design, and other disciplines.

Located on the University’s Centennial Campus and designed by renowned international architectural firm Snøhetta, the Hunt Library is meant to be a ‘technology sandbox’ — a place where innovative ideas can flourish and collaborative dialog can be exchanged without restriction. During the design phase of the facility, Sennheiser became an official ‘Powered By’ partner.

“We had to find the right technology partners that could fit into our vision,” says Maurice York, Head, Information Technology NCSU Libraries, NC State University. “The Hunt Library is an impressive building, designed by one of the best architecture firms in the world,” says York. “So performance and form factor were very important considerations for us all the way through. We wanted to create a sound environment that brought this incredible visual environment to life, so visitors would have that ‘WOW’ experience.”

Scott Frey of Pittsburgh-based The Sextant Group handled the A/V design and supervised equipment specification for the entire project, and the installation was handled by Tampa, FL-based integrator AVI-SPL, a company that was chosen for their knowledge in complex A/V installations: “AVI-SPL have a quality team in the field and were one of only a few companies that could fill the requirements of the project,” says Frey. “We were very confident working alongside them from the very beginning.”

The library, which is comprised of more than 220,000 square feet, had several dedicated spaces featuring large-scale visualization, interactive displays, 3D motion technologies and other visual elements that would be complemented by highly specialized audio componentry from Sennheiser and K-array. “Audio quality is always the first thing I con-sider, and then aesthetics follow closely behind,” says Frey, who identified K-array as a suitable solution following a visit to the K-array demo room at the InfoComm trade show in 2011. “The video componentry was the highest quality on the market, so I wanted to match this with the highest possible audio quality.”

Frey thought the K-array system would be perfect for the Library’s Game Lab — not only because of their sound, but because of their small footprint. “I had maybe 6″ to work with for each speaker, and had to ensure the sound was paramount,” Frey recalls. “Those 2″ linear drivers on the KK102 really sold me — a traditional loudspeaker would have been twice that size.”

After setting up a K-array surround system in the Game Lab, Frey was so pleased that he specified them for other environments within the Library as well, in addition to head-phones and wireless equipment from Sennheiser. Sennheiser’s Eric Reese facilitated demonstrations in several rooms that were still under construction at the time, including what would eventually become the Auditorium. “Even though we knew the acoustical properties of the rooms would change, it was important for us to be inside the building and inside those spaces,” York explains. “After we set up a 5.1 system in the Game Lab, we then went down to the Auditorium and auditioned several different types of music. The performance of the system just blew us away.”

There were five primary A/V environments the team focused on for the initial installation: the Game Lab, the Teaching and Visualization Lab, the Creativity Studio and the Audito-rium. Each space had a completely different technology focus and design program.

The Immersion Theater
Located on the main level of the library and just 40′ inside of the main entrance, the Im-mersion Theater serves as a presentation space for faculty to show off their research, and a space for students to discuss and review their projects. It features a 20′ curved micro-tile display wall as well as an intelligent but powerful sound system from K-array. “We originally thought of limiting the audio requirements to just voice reproduction, but after discussion we realized we needed a much richer sound environment,” York recalls. “Part of the acoustic challenge was that the space was open to the main traffic through-way. We had to contain the sound inside of the space so it didn’t bleed out into the read-ing rooms, but still provide an engaging audio experience.” The solution was to deploy several of K-array’s KV50 ultra slim line arrays in the ceiling, along with KU36 ultra slim subwoofers — which were mounted above the video wall. This combination created fo-cused and powerful sound dispersion for those working in the space, without distracting students in the nearby reading rooms.

Game Lab
North Carolina’s Research Triangle is recognized as a main center of gaming devel-opment, with one of the most dense concentrations of gaming companies in the U.S. NC State offers an undergraduate program that is focused on the entertainment side of gaming, as well as a graduate program that is focused on sophisticated applications like artificial intelligence, environmental simulations and advanced training platforms. The Game Lab, which doubles as a development lab and a place where students can take a break and play their favorite console games, features a 20′ wide micro display wall, which can be augmented into 80 disparate LED cubes – each measuring 10″ x 12″. The multi-channel audio system features a 5.1 K-array set up with (3) KK102 line array ele-ments, each comprised of (16) 2″ neodymium magnet transducers and positioned hori-zontally at left, right and center of the display wall. Two K-array KK52s serve as rear left and right channels, and a 12″ KMT12P ultralight subwoofer, mounted in custom cabi-netry underneath the display wall, provides 600 watts of detailed sub-bass frequencies. In addition to the K-array, the Game Lab also features four channels of Sennheiser wire-less comprised of SR 300 IEM G3 transmitters, EK 300 IEM G3 receivers and RS 120 wireless headphones, in addition to several Sennheiser lavalier and handheld wireless microphones.

Teaching and Visualization Lab
The Teaching and Visualization lab is designed with similar design principles as an open, black box theater. “We wanted to create a room in the facility that was adaptable enough that we could constantly change it,” York explains. The room features an open infrastructure overhead, as well as exposed walls and flooring so pipe grids, cables, electricity and other items can be easily accessed and adjusted. Surrounding the room is a 270-degree projection screen, which provides an immersive, 3-sided wrap-around visual experience. Audio is covered with a 5.1 surround system from K-array, which in-cludes three KK102 line arrays mounted horizontally in the front (left, right and center), and two KK52s for rear left and rear right channels. The sub-bass system, a K-array KMT12P, is mounted above and suspended from the ceiling deck. In mounting the speakers, integrator AVI/SPL deployed an intelligent clamping system enabling speak-ers to be repositioned as needed.

Creativity Studio
Similar in design to the Teaching and Visualization lab in its ‘black box theater’ approach, the Creativity Studio is a multi-collaboration environment designed for many people to use simultaneously. The space features (16) 10′ x 4′ whiteboard panels that can be moved, reconfigured or retracted to meet the specific needs of a project, making the room extremely flexible. Large screens on both sides of the room and two rotating walls in the middle enable it to function as separate rooms or as one large space. Two separate K-array 5.1 systems were deployed with a similar clamping solution as the Teaching and Visualization lab; once again, the KK102s were deployed for left, right and center, with the KK52s covering left rear and right rear channels. For sub-bass frequen-cies, two K-array KMT12Ps were mounted in the ceiling. “Since the room could be di-vided into two rooms, we wanted each half of the room to have its own 5.1 surround system; these can be tied together to make a 10.2 system if the full room is used. This is where the pipe clamping system helped so we could adjust and shift the set up as needed,” York says.

Auditorium
Another key space in the new installation is the new 400-seat auditorium, which is locat-ed just below the Immersion Theater near the entrance of the library. This theater fea-tures a 30′ wide screen — the largest projection screen on campus — complemented by a state-of-the-art K-array surround sound system. The auditorium is used primarily for lectures and as a classroom, but also doubles as an all purpose theater for ‘movie night’ and other campus activities. All of the K-array speakers are completely hidden from view, mounted in niches behind the screen and behind acoustic paneling surrounding the space. In the front of the room behind the screen are eight vertically mounted K-array KK102s positioned at left, center and right, supplemented by (4) KK102s posi-tioned at rear left and right. Finally, (16) KK52s are positioned around the perimeter of the room, which help create an immersive and authentic sound experience.

For Frey, the project was a resounding success. “This was one of the best projects I ever worked on and I got top quality support from the NC State personnel, the design team, the integrator and of course Sennheiser. The quality demands of the project were very high and required the best efforts from everyone involved,” he says.

The Hunt Library helps NC State realize its vision of becoming among the most techno-logically innovative universities in the world, and serves as an important vehicle for re-search, learning, collaboration and experimentation. By implementing a world-class sound environment, the University was able to provide a more enriching A/V experience. “The installed systems we have right now are just the starting point,” York adds. “We are seeing lots of potential applications for different types of speakers and ways we can use them in the different spaces, since they each have their own character.”

K-ARRAY
The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, me-dium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit www.k-array.com.

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. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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K-array Introduces Anakonda: A ‘Bendable Speaker’ That Can Adapt to Almost Any Integration Environment

Old Lyme, Conn. – June 12, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced the availability of the latest product from its distributed brand K-array. Anakonda is a benda-ble speaker that combines outstanding audio quality with an enormous range of configu-ration and installation possibilities. Anakonda is the perfect solution for a variety of indoor our outdoor applications such as theme parks, museums, broadcast studios and many others.

Since each speaker element is bendable, the Anakonda can be wrapped around poles, columns, or mounted to curved or otherwise uneven surfaces. Speakers are available in 6-foot lengths, and can link to up to 16 combined elements using the Anakonda’s in-tegrated NL4 connectors. The speaker’s dedicated presets support a variety of configurations, including both standalone and combination use wtih K-array KMT Series subwoofers.

“The Anakonda establishes a completely new set of possibilities for rental companies, integrators and end users,” commented Vanessa Jensen, senior product specialist, in-tegrated systems, Sennheiser. “The speaker’s flexible design makes it perfect for both portable and installation designs, indoor or outdoor. With the Anakonda, it is now possible to get great sound just about anywhere.”

The Anakonda looks as great as it sounds. With a sleek and discreet design for which K-array has become well known, the speaker delivers crisp, intelligible audio while enhancing the aesthetics of just about any installation environment. Each Anakonda includes a wall bracket, as well as fabric covers in both white and black to enhance vis-ual appeal and protect against dust.

Adding to its flexibility, the Anakonda is compatible with other K-array products such as the KA40 amplifier and the KMT12 and KMT18 subwoofers. Each KA40 amplifier can drive up to 16 Anakonda (KAN200) elements per channel, and the KMT12 and KMT18 subwoofers can support up to 8 Anakonda’s per channel.

The Anakonda, which is priced at $899.95, is available in the U.S. exclusively through authorized Sennheiser dealers. Below is a complete list of specifications:

Acoustics
Speaker power handling: 150 W (AES)
Frequency range: 150 Hz – 18 kHz +/- 6 dB (1)
Impedance: 64 ?
Maximum SPL: 96 dB (continuous) – 102 dB (peak) (2)
Coverage: Horizontal: 160°, Vertical: 10°
Crossover Type: External crossover required
Frequency: High pass @150 Hz, 24 dB/oct suggested minimum

Transducers
Full-range: 8 x 1” neodymium cone driver with 0.75” voice coil

Physical
Dimensions: 79.5 x 2.2 x 1.4 in.
Weight: 3.09 lbs.

(1) With dedicated preset
(2) measured with musical signal

K-ARRAY
The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, me-dium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit www.k-array.com.

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. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Antelope Audio Orion32 Delivers Optimal Sound Quality and Reliability During Recording of Ray Fuller Performance at Buddy Guy’s Legends

Last month, the new Antelope Audio Orion32 multi-channel interface was put to the test during a live recording of blues maestro Ray Fuller at one of the premier blues club destinations in the United States: Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. The recording, which consisted of non-stop 60 and 90-minute sets before a live audience, was captured in its entirety using the Orion32, which recorded 26 tracks of audio in 96k to a MacBook Pro running Pro Tools.

For freelance engineer Mike Picotte, the benefits of the Orion32 were immediately apparent from the moment he began setting up the remote recording rig — which was situated several flights of stairs above the venue. “I didn’t want to have to carry a lot of gear, and for this particular project, I wanted to keep my set up lean, yet powerful,” he says. Since the Orion32 is able to handle 32 tracks of 96k audio in a single rack space, Picotte was able to maintain an extremely compact set up, with zero compromise on sound quality. “I just ran a USB from the Orion32 to my laptop, and recorded the whole show,” he says. In addition to the Orion32, Picotte also had an Antelope Audio 10M Atomic Clock in his rack to maximize the fidelity of his rig even further.

Picotte, whose day job is with audio retailer Sweetwater Sound, acquired the signal by placing a splitter snake onstage so he could access all of the venue’s microphones, then supplemented the house mics with his own — creating a fully redundant set up with plenty of alternate audio source possibilities. “I wanted to have everything covered and then decide later what I actually needed, so I brought my own mic locker with me just in case,” he recalls. Picotte ran the snake up the stairs into a small room where he was able to record and monitor the performance using a Dangerous D-Box system and a pair of Sennheiser HD 380 closed back headphones.

At the preamplifier stage, Picotte employed two TRUE Precision 8s and an Audient ASP008, which he then connected to the Antelope Audio Orion32. He then recorded the entire performance over USB 2.0 at 96k to the MacBook Pro via the Orion32, without incident or interruption. “Performance-wise, the Orion32 was amazing,” Picotte recalls. “There was no lag time on the screen, and no hiccups at any point during the entire gig. I ran 26 channels at 96k without stoppage and had no issues whatsoever.”

Thanks to the flexible i/o architecture of the TRUE Precision 8, Picotte was also able to run backup audio feed to a separate system as a safety. But the backup system suffered a complete failure mid-way through while capturing audio at just 44.1k. “Next time, I will probably use another Orion32 as a backup instead of another device,” he says.

Remote recording in complete confidence

In the past, Picotte would typically record to an external drive. But with the combination of the Orion32 and the solid-state architecture of the MacBook Pro, this is no longer necessary. “Now, with all the testing that I’ve done, I record directly to the solid state drive on the MacBook via the Orion32, then immediately transfer the audio to a secondary hard drive following each set,” he explains.

Picotte had full confidence in his Orion32 well before the recording gig. “Before the Ray Fuller performance, I tested the Orion32 over MADI into my Pro Tools HD system and USB into Pro Tools natively,” he says. “Although I tested it at a 64 sample rate, I ran a 1,024 sample buffer size during the gig because there was no artist mix, therefore no need to tax the computer system.”
A great challenge for any remote recording engineer is being able to adapt to unpredictable technical environments. In this sense, the Orion proved to be the ultimate ‘Swiss Army Knife,” ready for just about any situation: “Even though I knew the capabilities of the venue well in advance, it was exciting to come to the live recording knowing that I could mix and match signals on the Orion32 if I had to,” says Picotte. “I had analog, optical and MADI i/o options all at my disposal if I needed them.”

The Orion32′s ‘True to Life’ Sound

Perhaps most importantly of all, Picotte characterizes the Orion32 tracks he captured as ‘extremely detailed and accurate.’ “There was great separation on the drums and particularly good transient response on the kick, snare and overhead,” he reports. “Some converters will soften the transients, or it will feel like they are not coming across like they do live. The Orion32 gave me the best representation of how the band actually sounded in the club, and with no coloration. All the channels were clean, and the depth and stereo imaging were outstanding.”

“Whether it is a studio or a live recording, my goal is to capture all the sonic details of a performance,” Picotte concludes. “Ray Fuller is known for his tone and I wanted to capture the band the way they sounded that night at Buddy Guy’s Legends. With the Orion32, I was able to do this and deliver a ‘true to life’ recording when it was over.”

About Antelope Audio

Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ 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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Fast, simple, sound: the LSP 500 PRO PA system from Sennheiser

The new LSP 500 PRO PA system from audio specialist Sennheiser will set new standards in the world of sound. The wireless LSP 500 PRO will be unveiled in the U.S. at InfoComm 2013 and offers outstanding sound and simple control via an app.

This innovative wireless loudspeaker ensures that the PA system for any event can be installed in next to no time. Not only does the wireless LSP 500 PRO eliminate the need for time-consuming laying of cables, Sennheiser also provides an app that enables up to 20 loudspeakers to be remotely controlled at the same time.

User-friendly control by an app

The entire PA system is controlled by the LSP 500 PRO app, which essentially takes over the functions of a mixing console. No matter whether it is the volume, the equalizer or the delay – the Sennheiser app makes it easy to control all of the audio settings. Configurations can be set either for individual speakers or for groups of speakers as well as for the audio sources connected to them.

“The app is a genuine labour-saving device for setting up PA systems at an event,” explained Martin Gurtner, Portfolio Manager at Sennheiser’s Integrated Systems Division. “This user-friendly and efficient application makes the Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO the ideal partner for events of all sizes, such as congresses, galas or press conferences.”

Highly versatile

Each Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO can take up to three receivers for wireless microphones, and each also has a combined socket for a 6.3 mm jack plug and an XLR-3 connector for using a wired microphone. The highly versatile loudspeaker is additionally equipped with a USB connector and a Bluetooth interface as well as an AUX input and output. If more than one loudspeaker is being used, one of them can be defined as the master and then connected with the other speakers – the slaves – via a wireless link.

Every LSP 500 PRO has a built-in music player that enables music to be played directly from an external device via the USB connector or the Bluetooth interface. The music player also has a convenient recording function which allows audio input to be recorded directly on a USB device. “Whatever the application, the LSP 500 PRO PA system provides Sennheiser’s usual excellent level of audio quality, which not only guarantees optimum speech intelligibility but also offers good sound for music,” explained Martin Gurtner.

Reliable operation with two batteries

The wireless Sennheiser loudspeaker has room for two rechargeable batteries but uses only one of them to supply power at any time. That ensures reliable operation and an operating period for the LSP 500 PRO of up to seven hours. The use of a second battery also allows the battery to be removed for recharging while the speaker is still in use. The current state of charge of each of the two batteries of a loudspeaker is shown continuously by the Sennheiser app, keeping the sound engineer informed about the power supply at all times. If a battery level becomes critically low, a warning is instantly displayed.

The LSP 500 PRO is compatible with microphones from Sennheiser’s evolution wireless 100, 300 and 500 series. The speaker comes with a dust cover. A white stretch cover, a padded rugged cover and a trolley bag for secure transportation are available as accessories.

The Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO loudspeaker will be available from summer 2013, and the app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple iTunes Store from summer onwards.

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. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 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.

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Antelope Audio Unveils Zodiac Platinum – a 768 kHz DSD DAC That Raises the Gold Standard in D/A Conversion

Santa Monica, CA, May 30, 2013– Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio will introduce the newest member of its stellar Integrity line of D/A converters – Zodiac Platinum at the T.H.E Show Newport, Hilton hotel, room 402, between May 31 and June 2, 2013. The new Antelope DAC brings audio appreciation to a higher level, offering the audiophile community the widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode and a sample rate of 768 kHz via a custom-built USB chip.

The extreme DSD256 greatly extends the accuracy and transparency of the audio reproduction as well as the overall system performance. The custom-designed Antelope USB chip compliments high fidelity by reducing clock jitter and pushing the envelope of the USB streaming with sample rates four times higher than those offered by similar devices.

Whereas many top of the line DACs offer PCM upsamplers, the Platinum is the first device to offer a DSD upsampler. This distinctive feature allows the upsampling of DSD64 to DSD256, pushing DSD noise into higher frequencies, vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion. The Platinum bypasses internal digital filters built into the DAC chip by implementing a custom upsampler with carefully designed high-precision linear phase filters in the FPGA.

Signature Antelope Clocking
In the heart of the new Platinum lie the renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which are Antelope’s signature for unprecedented sound quality appreciated by the best recording, mastering and post production studios around the world. In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10 MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference and therefore an uncompromised digital to analog conversion.

“The new Zodiac Platinum is not just a response to our customers’ requests for an Antelope DAC with DSD support, but a next level in home audio entertainment,” shared Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. “The unique 256 X DSD mode, 768 kHz sample rate, quad DAC architecture, and the 64-bit upsampler, together with the atomic input propels Zodiac Platinum into a league of its own in terms of musicality, imaging and detail. This new device will take our customers’ listening experience to an entirely new level.” Levin added.

Zodiac Platinum has inherited the stepped relay volume control and the dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control from its very successful and highly appreciated predecessor Zodiac Gold. The Platinum also comes with an elegant remote control and has the option for external audiophile grade power supply Voltikus. In addition to the PC and Mac control panels available in the Zodiac Line, the Platinum also offers the comfort of the remote control from a mobile application, available for Android and iOS.

The new DAC is planned to hit the market by the end of July 2013 with an expected retail price of $4,895. The bundle with Voltikus PSU will be $5,495.

Zodiac Platinum features
Antelope 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology
10MHz input for Antelope’s Rubidium atomic clock
Widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode
Ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator
Up to 768 kHz sample rate via custom USB chip
Switchable 64-bit 8x linear phase upsampler
Quad DAC architecture for superb dynamic range
Stepped relay volume control accurate to 0.05 dB
External audiophile-grade power supply option
Dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control
Analog inputs for true preamplifier functionality
Re-clocked and de-jittered digital audio output
Aluminum unibody IR remote
Control application for PC, Mac and mobile devices
Automatic internet-based device upgradability

Analog Inputs
1x Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4” TRS
1x Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA

Analog Outputs
2x Headphone outputs on 1/4” TRS
1x Trimmable balanced output on XLR
1x Unbalanced output on RCA

Digital Inputs
2x S/PDIF coaxial inputs
2x optical TOSLINK inputs
1x AES/EBU input
USB on standard B type connector
Atomic / Word Clock Input

Digital Outputs
1x De-jittered AES/EBU Output
2x De-jittered S/PDIF Outputs

About Antelope Audio
www.AntelopeAudio.com
The digital audio world leader, Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than a 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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