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Antelope Audio Brings Good Cheer to the Audio Community with Holiday Sales on High-End Converters and Clocks, Including Zodiac+, Trinity and Eclipse 384

Antelope Audio announced that it is once again offering significant year-end, holiday discounts on its most popular and accessible products designed for audiophiles and audio professionals. Between now and December 31st 2012, select Antelope dealers will be offering the company’s Zodiac+, Trinity and Eclipse 384 at a discount of 15 percent off street price.

“Good clocking and conversion are fundamental building blocks towards achieving the best possible audio quality,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio USA. “By taking advantage of our holiday discounts and acquiring Antelope’s best-in-class technology, audiophiles and music professionals can measurably improve the performance of their systems, whether they are listening to music or creating it.”

Antelope Audio’s clocking and conversion technology is used by the most discriminating engineers and mastering professionals in the music, film and television industries, and is a staple in many famous recording studios around the world. The company’s popular line of Zodiac D/A converters represent an elegant solution for nearly any home A/V system, and can dramatically improve overall audio performance.

Following is product and pricing information for items included in the sale:
Zodiac+ HD Mastering 192kHz DAC: Was $2,696, now $2,299
Trinity Universal HD Master Clock: Was $2,995, now $2,549
Eclipse 384 Mastering AD/DA Converter: Was $6,995, now $5,946

To take advantage of Antelope Audio’s holiday discounts, customers in the U.S. may contact Sweetwater.com, Vintage King, Alto Music and JSS. For complete product information, please visit the Antelope Audio website.

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Antelope Audio Announces Black Friday to Cyber Monday Discounts on its Master Clocks and AD/DA Converters

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, Antelope Audio announced a comprehensive discount for customers on its entire product line, excluding the new Orion 32, which is expected to ship in December. By contacting selected North American dealers, customers can take advantage of a 15 percent discount on Antelope’s Isochrone line of master clocks – including the renowned Trinity and 10M – as well as its line of Zodiac DACs and the Eclipse 384 mastering AD/DA converter, which was released to critical acclaim last winter.

“This is a perfect opportunity for users to increase the performance of their infrastructures, whether they are project or commercial studio owners, live sound engineers or just music aficionados who favor listening to uncompromising audiophile-quality recordings,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio USA. “Our clocks and converters are used in the most famous mastering houses and production facilities around the world and can make all the difference in attaining exceptional sound quality. What a great opportunity this is to step up to an Antelope system.”

Dealers participating in the seasonal discounts include Alto Music, AudioVision San Francisco, Calistro Music, Dale Pro Audio, Guitar Center, JSS, RSPE, SoundScienceCat, Sweetwater, Vintage King and Westlake Pro in the U.S.; Studio Econimik in Canada; and Audio Gate International in Mexico.

To learn more about the special offer, please visit manufacturer’s Black Friday Sale page or the websites of the authorized dealers. For complete product information, please visit Antelope Audio’s website.

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Antelope Audio Announces World’s First 32 Channel AD/DA Converter and Audio Master Clock in a 1U Rack Box

Antelope Audio today announced Orion 32, the world’s first 32-channel AD/DA converter and audio master clock in a 1U rack. The new device supports both MADI and USB interfaces, clocked by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology.

Orion 32 allows 192 kHz I/O streaming of 32-channel digital audio through its custom-built USB chip, which provides simple connectivity to any USB-enabled DAW or computer. The converter also provides 32 channels of 96 kHz audio through its Fiber Optic MADI I/O connections, which can be used to connect with any suitably equipped MADI device.

Orion 32 also supports ADAT protocol by offering 16 I/O channels, for even greater compatibility with a large number of audio devices. The multi-channel converter inputs and outputs pass the analog signal through 8 D-SUB 25 I/O connectors.

Antelope Clocking for Increased Sonic Accuracy
In addition to being an extremely high quality audio converter, Orion 32 is also an audio master clock. The Orion 32 employs Antelope’s proprietary 4th generation of AFC and oven controlled oscillator, both technologies that made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader for accuracy and reliability in recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the world. The four word clock outs, together with the 10 MHz input, make Orion 32 ideally suited to be in the center of any project or high-end studio.

“The multi-channel Orion 32 is the logical step, following our highly acclaimed stereo AD/DA converter Eclipse 384 we launched last year,” Igor Levin, Antelope Audio CEO says. “We have developed this device in response to customers who have demanded Antelope’s signature-quality sound, but in a multi-channel device. Orion 32 is ideally suited to a sound engineer’s needs for high quality, clean and transparent conversion, combining the efficiency of MADI and USB interfaces with the perfection of Antelope clocking.”

With its seamless digital routing options, the Orion 32 offers exceptional flexibility. The routing feature allows sound engineers to, for example, use the AD conversion and output the signal simultaneously both through the MADI and USB interfaces. The device is managed through a user friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X. Moreover it is equipped with five preset buttons for fast and easy recall of favorite settings.
Orion 32 is packaged in a 1U enclosure with an eco-friendly power consumption of only 15 Watts. In addition to saving rack space and having very low heating levels, Orion 32 comes with an extremely reasonable pricing even for small home studio, launching with a street price of only $2,995.

Key Features

  • Antelope Audio precise AD/DA conversion technology
  • Up to 192 kHz on 32 channels I/O via custom-built USB chip
  • 32 channels I/O via Fiber Optic MADI I/O connections
  • Eight D-SUB 25 connectors for AD and DA
  • 16 channels on 4 ADAT input and output connectors
  • Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking with Atomic input
  • Antelope’s proprietary Oven Controlled Oscillator for supreme clocking stability
  • Four word clock outputs and one word clock input
  • Five presets for fast and easy recall of favorite setups
  • 1U rack size with power consumption of 15 Watts and very low heating levels
  • A user friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X

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Moog Announces Release of “Analog Delay,” First Delay Designed Exclusively for the 500 Series Pro Audio Format

Today Moog Music announced the release of the “Analog Delay,” the first delay designed and created exclusively for the 500 series pro audio format. The Analog Delay is a 100% analog signal path module that features 800ms of delay time, front panel MIDI control, and an assignable Tap Tempo/CV jack on its front panel. Included with each unit is a free VST/AU/RTAS editor for easy implementation into any recording, live, and performance situation.

The Analog Delay has been designed with tone, connectivity, and flexibility at the forefront. Moog’s engineering team worked tirelessly to deliver a delay with an incredibly clean front end that could easily be pushed into a warm, natural overdrive for saturated delay trails or distorted delay effects.

Though not on the front panel, the Analog Delay features a 6 Waveshape LFO that allows users to create other time based effects such as tape delay, chorus and extremely modulated sounds. The LFO is easily accessed via MIDI and the free VST/AU/RTAS Analog Delay plug-in editor.

Also accessible via the included editor are advanced features like Tap/CV input routing, Keyboard Control settings, Clock Divisions and a Delay Multiplier for access to illegal delay times (up to 4x the front panel position). In addition to Tap Tempo and CV control, the Tap/CV input can also convert click track audio into a tap tempo signal.

The new Moog 500 Series Analog Delay module will be debuting at the 2012 AES conference in San Francisco booth 1222 and is expected to begin shipping in Dec. 2012

Web Page: moogmusic.com/analogdelay

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Grizzly Bear Evolves its Unorthodox Onstage Vocal Chain, Using Several TRUE P-Solo Preamplifiers

2012 has been a defining year for Grizzly Bear, a Brooklyn, NY-based indie rock band that has headlined at venues including Radio City Music Hall in New York and The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and performed on television shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and others. A few years ago, the band began employing a somewhat unorthodox practice of integrating guitar pedals and other stage effects into its onstage vocal chain. Thanks to front of house engineer Drew Malamud, the band has recently taken this approach to the next level by incorporating several TRUE Systems P-Solo preamplifiers, distributed by audio specialist Sennheiser.

“When I started working with Grizzly Bear back in 2009 around the release of ‘Veckatimest,’ they were doing things like taking their stage mics and plugging them right into reverb pedals with just an XLR to 1/4″ adapters on the end of the cable,” Malamud recalls. “Then after the reverb pedal, they would go into a DI and that was their vocal chain. It didn’t sound very good because a microphone likes to hit a preamplifier before anything else.”

Malamud began searching for a suitable preamp solution to use at the foot of the stage, before eventually choosing the TRUE P-Solo. “I liked many things about the P-Solo,” he says. “It is compact, has a robust build and also has an internal power supply rather than a wall wart. I was already familiar with the great sound because I have a TRUE Precision 8 in my own studio.” Malamud soon acquired six TRUE P-Solos for Grizzly Bear’s live performances, one for each vocal mic on the stage.

After setting up the P-Solos on stage, which took the microphone input and then ran to a Radial Engineering X-Amp™ active preamplifier, through a series of effects pedals and finally through a Radial JDI, there was a noticeable increase in the quality of the audio signal. “Once we had the TRUE P-Solos all set up and routed through the wireless personal monitors, the band couldn’t believe the difference in sound they were hearing versus just plugging a mic into an effects pedal,” Malamud says. “They were able to experience much more sonic detail and clarity.”

Having noticed that TRUE preamplifiers are often used in recording trucks for well-known festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella and others, Malamud has long appreciated the natural sound of the TRUE P-Solo. “It is a clean sound that I knew would work with Grizzly Bear,” he says. “It also had really nice LED metering on the front so I could see what was going on, even in extremely low light situations.”

While its onstage vocal chain set up may be somewhat unconventional, it is the result of Grizzly Bear’s relentless desire to recreate the sonic textures of their studio work in a live setting. “Part of their whole sound is the effects,” Malamud says “When Grizzly Bear is recording and mixing in the studio, I am always thinking, ‘How am I going to help recreate this sound live?’ And for the onstage vocal effects, the TRUE P-Solo is a perfect fit.”

As Grizzly Bear continues to find new audiences around the world and its live rig continues to expand and evolve, the band remains committed to its sound: “I feel like it’s all been a natural growth,” concludes Malamud. “We are one of the few bands in music today still doing everything with analog at front of house with really unique and exotic gear and vintage analog effects. Our TRUE P-Solos are a perfect complement to our approach.”

TRUE Systems P-SOLO at a glance

Natural, musical, highly detailed soundfield
Complete compatibility with condenser, dynamic and ribbon mics
A totally balanced, dual servo, high dynamic range, transformerless design
Internal linear AC power supply for excellent transient response
Built-in DI: high-impedance instrument output
High impedance instrument input
High-pass filter and 48 V phantom power
Dual analog outputs
Four-level metering
Oversize volume control with selectable 10 dB input level attenuation
Compact, portable, solid desktop case

The upgraded version of the P-SOLO is available now, and pricing remains the same at $599.95.

Photo captions:
1) Grizzly Bear during a rehearsal on their Fall 2012 tour.
2) The TRUE P-Solo is a core component of Grizzly Bear’s on-stage live vocal chain.

Sennheiser to Host “Al Schmitt & Friends” Roundtable at AES to Include Elliot Scheiner, Ed Cherney, George Massenburg, Chuck Ainlay and Frank Filipetti

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will sponsor “Al Schmitt & Friends: AES Roundtable of Award-Winning Engineers” at the 133rd Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention, to be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco later this month. The roundtable, which is free to registered AES attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, will cover a range of recording-related topics and includes some of the biggest names in audio production: Elliot Scheiner (Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton), Ed Cherney (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), George Massenburg (Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor), Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits) and Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, KISS).

The roundtable will be hosted by 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt and is being presented as part of Sennheiser’s Recording Sound Academy (RSA) program. Admission to the event at the convention is free for all AES attendees. For those not able to attend, the event will be recorded and posted online at the Recording Sound Academy (RSA) and AES websites. The archived video can be viewed free for all RSA and AES members, and just $9.95 for non-members. To learn more or to sign up for RSA, please visit http://www.sennheiserrsa.com.

Details on time and location
When: Friday, October 26, 2012 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. PDT
Where: 133rd AES Convention, San Francisco
Moscone Convention Center Special Events Room #134

Topics covered at the roundtable will include:
Understanding the differences of recording at home, in a project studio and in a larger traditional studio
How to effectively record drums
How and when to use effects
Techniques for vocal thickening
Obstacles that were encountered and resolved during the recording of classic albums
Diplomacy in the studio with artists, executives and other stakeholders

During the presentation, the panel will answer questions both in person and those posted by RSA members from the RSA forum page.

Register for the Online Recording Sound Academy
By registering for Sennheiser’s Online Recording Sound Academy, participants have the opportunity to have two of their own mixes critiqued by award-winning engineers, in addition to having access to live and archived webinars and other special events featuring well-known artists and producers. Members can also access exclusive tutorial videos and receive a free copy of CuBase LE5 mixing software as well as the chance to win a Neumann U 87 studio microphone.

Photo caption:
Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer (image courtesy Capitol Studios).

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Moog Announces Revolution 2 of its Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer

Moog Music announced the release of Revolution 2 for its Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer, which was recently nominated for a 2013 TEC Award in the ‘Musical Instrument (Hardware)’ category. REV 2, which is a free update for Minitaur owners, unlocks a host of new performance features and implements a number of user requested updates to Minitaur and the free Minitaur Editor/Librarian.

Among these updated features, Minitaur REV 2 owners can now create up to 100 presets and store them directly within their Minitaur. Presets are managed from within the free Editor/Librarian software and can be conveniently recalled from the Minitaur’s front panel controls.

Also in REV 2, a new operational mode for the Decay/Release knob provides users independent control of Decay and Release times from Minitaur’s front panel. Users can easily switch between this new mode and Minitaur’s legacy mode from the front panel.

In addition, Minitaur’s CV and Gate inputs are now assignable from the Minitaur Editor/Librarian software. The Pitch and Mod CV inputs can be routed to any function, while the Gate input can be routed to functions with on/off behavior. REV 2 also enables Minitaur to effectively function as an intuitive CV to MIDI converter.

Minitaur: Analog Bass Synthesizer
The Moog Minitaur is a powerful, compact analog bass synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function design. At only 8.5″ x 5.25″ and less than 3lbs, the Minitaur puts legendary analog Moog bass into a package designed to fit seamlessly into today’s performance and production environments.

To download REV 2 firmware, and an updated manual go to: http://www.moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur#downloads-tab

NOTE: This Firmware update requires the Minitaur REV 2 Editor/Librarian.
To receive the Minitaur REV 2 Editor/Librarian, register your Minitaur at http://www.moogmusic.com/register

Currently registered Minitaur owners will receive an email from Moog with download instructions.

Links:
Web Page: http://moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur
Sounds: http://moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur#sound-tab
Videos: http://www.moogmusic.com/sight-and-sound/product_demo/minitaur-rev-2

Photo caption:
The Moog Minitaur analog bass synthesizer

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Moog Minitaur and Animoog Receive Technical Achievement Nominations for 28th Annual TEC Awards

Moog Music announced that it has been nominated for the 28th Annual TEC Awards in two separate categories: “Musical Instrument Technology (Hardware)” and a new category, “Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets.” The TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. The 28th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Nominations are based on product entries made by a select panel of industry professionals in numerous audio categories. Products must be released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012, to be eligible for nomination.

Mike Adams, CEO/President of Moog Music, commented: “It is a privilege for us to be considered for two TEC Awards this year, especially in the new Smartphone and Tablet Apps category. We are very proud of the work our team has done on both the Minitaur and Animoog and are grateful for this recognition.”

Minitaur: Analog Bass Synthesizer
The Moog Minitaur, which captured a nomination in “Musical Instrument Technolgy” is a powerful, compact analog bass synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function design. It is the first instrument in Moog’s Taurus family that does not have foot pedals. At only 8.5″ x 5.25″ and less than 3lbs, the Minitaur puts legendary analog Moog bass into a package designed to fit seamlessly into today’s performance and production environments.

Animoog: Expressive, Captivating and Sonically Immersive
Animoog, which has been nominated in the new “Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets” category, is powered by Moog’s new Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE) and is the first professional polyphonic synthesizer designed for the IOS. Animoog captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the modern touch surface paradigm, enabling a user to quickly sculpt fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve. Visually captivating and sonically immersive, Animoog brings IOS music production to the next level.

For more information about Minitaur or Animoog, visit http://www.moogmusic.com.

For more information about the TEC Foundation, visit http://www.tecfoundation.com.

Photo caption:
Moog Music’s Minitaur and Animoog.

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Sennheiser Circle Series and DW Pro2 Headsets Win Top “Six Dragons” Rating from Voice Recognition Leader Nuance

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its DW Pro2 wireless headset received the top ranking for quality from Nuance, a leader in voice and language technologies. The DW Pro2 was the only and first product in Nuance’s recent wireless headset comparison to receive a score of “Six Dragons” — the highest possible ranking from the company’s rigorous testing — for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate for Mac.

Nuance routinely assigns quality rankings to audio equipment such as headphones and microphones on a scale of one to six dragons, six being the highest. According to the company, microphones and headsets are subject to a stringent evaluation of performance, accuracy, ease-of-use, durability, Windows compatibility and other criteria. To date, Nuance has certified more than 20 wireless headsets from nine other manufacturers .

In addition to the DW Pro2 headset’s Six Dragons rating, Sennheiser’s Circle Series SC230 and SC260 models received a top score of Six Dragons in the wired category.

“Sennheiser is completely dedicated to achieving great quality audio,” said Bill Rice, national sales manager, telecommunications, of Sennheiser. “The reason why Sennheiser is able to score so highly in these evaluations is because for more than 65 years, our core expertise has been sound. In the world of voice recognition, this is the ultimate attribute.”

The DW Pro2 professional wireless headset is an ergonomically designed, high-performance DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) headset that delivers HD voice quality and noise-cancelling capabilities in a comfortable, sleek design. The DW Series consists of the DW Pro1 and the DW Pro2, with the Pro2 being the stereophonic version. Professional wireless headsets allow workers greater comfort and mobility in an office setting, resulting in increased productivity and more precise communications.

Sennheiser’s DW Pro headsets were previously awarded a 2012 Speech Technology Excellence Award from TMCnet’s Customer Interaction Solutions magazine, which recognizes companies that have made significant contributions improving speech applications for their clientele. These models have also been certified for interoperability with telephony solutions from Microsoft, Avaya, Cisco, IBM and Polycom.

As business environments rely increasingly on digital audio content, speech recognition continues to gain momentum as a valuable tool. This technology is especially pertinent in markets such as healthcare, where physicians can transcribe patient records and verbal comments into their (now mandatory) electronic health records; or in education, where students and professors can electronically digitize the text of their lectures. Nuance holds significant market share in the healthcare vertical, as more hospitals and private practices transition their paper records to secure, electronic data files, in adherence with government HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations.

“We developed our Dragon ranking system to help ensure our customers are aware of the highest quality audio products for our Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate for Mac products. We congratulate Sennheiser and its DW Pro2 for achieving Six Dragons,” said Peter Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer for Nuance, and General Manager for Dragon.

Audio for video: Sennheiser launches online tutorial for filmmakers

“If you’re asking me ‘What is the most underestimated power of filmmaking?’ that would be sound,” says filmmaker Geert Verdickt. To remedy this situation, the multi-award-winning video journalist has joined forces with audio specialist Sennheiser to develop a series of tutorial videos dedicated to the subject of audio for video filmmakers. In a total of five episodes, Geert Verdickt shows ambitious filmmakers how to record perfect sound for their videos, and does it in a way that is both professional and entertaining. New tutorials will be uploaded to www.sennheiserusa.com/audioforvideo every two weeks through November 14.

“The video series is packed with useful tips on every aspect of audio for video, ranging from everyday situations to particularly challenging filming environments,” explained Oliver Ohrndorf, Marketing Manager Professional at Sennheiser. “The tutorials are aimed at video journalists, video filmmakers and amateurs who want to enhance their video images with excellent sound. Geert Verdickt is not only an outstanding video filmmaker but also an entertainer who is able to inspire and motivate his audience.”

The subjects dealt with in the tutorials include wireless audio recording, choosing the right microphone, recording with DSLR cameras and using shotgun microphones, as well as tips and tricks for avoiding proximity effect and reducing wind noise.

A win-win situation
Not only does each tutorial provide valuable information, it also gives participants a chance to win an attractive prize by answering a question on the subject. For each episode, there will be a chance to win three combinations of an MKE 600, Sennheiser‘s new video shotgun microphone and a set of classic HD 25-II headphones. The winners will be drawn from all the correct answers submitted.

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