Archive by Hummingbird Media

Moog Music Sponsors This Weekend’s Hopscotch Music Festival

Moog Music has announced it will be sponsoring this weekend’s Hopscotch Music Festival, which showcases some of North Carolina’s finest musicians while pairing them with notable national and international artists. Slated to bring over 10,000 attendees to downtown Raleigh, Hopscotch is the second biggest new music festival in North Carolina after Moog’s own festival, Moogfest.

“Hopscotch is doing great things for music lovers in our state by bringing boundary pushing artists to North Carolina and putting local bands on a larger platform. Moog has always supported musicians that aren’t afraid to take risks and we’re honored to support festivals like Hopscotch that showcase these artists. It’s a great time to be a music fan in North Carolina with Hopscotch and Moogfest happening almost back to back on the calendar,” said Emmy Parker, Moog Sr. Marketing and Brand Manager.
 
Moog’s Hopscotch stage at the Hive @ Busy Bee Café, will feature some of North Carolina’s most experimental genre bending musicians, including: Found sound sculptor, Feltbattery; avant-garde jazz trio, The Hot at Nights; DJ’s for change, Beat Report; heart breaking fuzz-folk outfit, The Toddlers; and experimental-electro-metal duo Tomas Phillips and Craig Hilton.
 
Festival goers will also get a treat when DJ, Producer, and founder of Fool’s Gold records, Nick Catchdubs, hits the Moog stage. Fool’s Gold has signed and supported some of the most influential and experimental hip-hop and electronic artists of the last three years, including Moogfest alumni, Chromeo. 
 
To show its support for music fans in its home state of North Carolina, Moog will be welcoming each Hopscotch ticket holder at Wrist Band City in Downtown Raleigh’s Sheraton Hotel with giveaways, a daily raffle of their handcrafted effects pedals and the chance to play Moog’s iconic analog synthesizers.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

No Comments

Email This Post Email This Post

Related Topics: The Wire |

K-array and Hip Hop Legend Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC Help Inspire Underprivileged Children through New York Foundling’s Camp Felix

On Thursday, August 16th, children enrolled at Camp Felix participated in an exhuberant talent show, capping a two-week camp of activities that included arts and crafts, music, creative writing, drama and several workshops. Camp Felix, which is hosted each year by The New York Foundling — a prominent family services organization specializing in child welfare — is an overnight summer camp located in Putnam Valley, NY that features a variety of educational events and activities abandoned and underprivileged children.

Thursday evening’s talent show included a wide range of performances from children aged 8 to 13 such as synchronized Spanish dance routines, singer/songwriter performances and several vocal acts. The performances, which were broadcast to an audience of approximately 200 attendees through a pair of K-array KR 200 loudspeakers, also featured a performance of “Walk This Way” by Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC to cap off the evening.

Perhaps the highlight of the evening was when McDaniels gave a heartfelt message of hope to the children, stressing that they can overcome challenges and achieve whatever they want to in life. The New York Foundling, which helps over 13,000 people each year and whose guiding principle is ‘abandon no one,’ strengthens families and communities by helping each individual reach his or her potential. 

McDaniels was enthusiastic about the sound of the K-array loudspeakers and Sennheiser’s overall participation in the event: “Sennheiser had the K-array speakers at Camp Felix for the kids’ talent show and it was amazing,” he said. “People out in the parking lot wanted to know who was sounding so good at ‘the concert.’ And it was only two speakers!”

Ben Escobedo, RF services & field support engineer, technical services, Sennheiser, was on hand to set up and provide mixing services for the event: “This camp was for a great cause, and the K-array’s were just fantastic,” he said. “For an outdoor venue such as this, I needed something that was portable and could fit in my car, but that was powerful enough to provide great sound for the entire camp audience.”

Escobedo, who was able to get the system up and running in a matter of minutes due to its extreme portability, set up a simple mixer and connected Sennheiser microphones including an ew135 G3 wireless to provide flexibility on the stage, as well as e835, e935 and e965 wired microphones.

Photo captions:
1. Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC communicates a message of inspiration to children attending Camp Felix.
2. Performances at Camp Felix included Spanish dance routines; K-array KR 200s are visible at the left side of the photo.

St. Michael’s Church in New York City Discovers New Clarity in Music and Spoken Word with Recent K-array Loudspeaker Installation

Churches can provide an inspirational and pleasing atmosphere for congregants to enjoy both music and sermon messages. But frequently, challenging acoustic environments and highly reflective interior spaces can make creating a quality listening experience an enormous challenge. Recently, St. Michael’s Church in New York City upgraded its audio system for masses and services and chose Sennheiser-distributed K-array loudspeakers — not only for their unmatched audio quality, but also for their ability to blend into the existing aesthetics of the church.

The St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which is located on the upper West Side of Manhattan, has been a mainstay for parishioners since its construction was completed in 1807. Its reverberant space makes it ideal for music performances, but the existing loudspeaker system that was in place more than 25 years was simply not up to the task of accurately reproducing both spoken word and live music performances with the quality and intelligibility that was required.

Once St. Michael’s made the decision to upgrade, authorized Sennheiser dealer PanAVid recommended installing K-array speakers and amplifiers to increase both sonic integrity and intelligibility, thereby improving the overall worship experience for congregants.

“The church’s reverberation makes it difficult to produce spoken word sound that is clear to all members of the congregation, but the K-array speakers and amplifiers provided crystal clear sound that has solved the problem,” said Robert Loehr, vice president of operations at PanAVid.

PanAVid installed two K-array KK 100 loudspeakers for the main system, two KKS 50s for the main sub-woofer system, and a total of six KK 50s as delay support speakers: two in the balconies and the other four spread throughout the sanctuary, all controlled by a programmable Roland digital mixing console.

“Although the church is beautiful in its classic design, this provides a unique acoustic challenge making it difficult for many of our congregation to hear the services,” said John Edward Cantrell, St. Michael’s Church’s choirmaster, organist and chief audio engineer. “K-array speakers and amplifiers helped us take advantage of the high frequencies the room favors, while boosting the overall quality of our spoken word services.”

The combination of the KK 50, KK 100 and KKS 50 made it possible for PanAVid to design a system that would meet the needs of St. Michael’s Church. The KK 50 and KK 100 speakers are compact line array elements comprised of multiple 2” neodymium transducers in a strong stainless steel chassis — each casting a wide dispersion pattern that can be configured horizontally or vertically. The KKS50 is a compact line array bass system comprised of 4 x 4” neodymium transducers housed in a stainless steel chassis that can also be configured horizontally or vertically.

The interior of St. Michael’s Church, which has a reverb time of approximately 3.5 seconds, has been particularly challenging for spoken word messages to be heard loud and clear. But Cantrell says the new K-array-based system generates a pleasing, crystal clear sound that provides clarity throughout the entire church.

With the new K-array installation now complete, Cantrell is able to spend more time creating inspirational music by playing the organ and leading the choir rather than at the mixing console grappling with interior acoustics and audio intelligibility.

Photo captions:
1. During a recent audio upgrade at St. Michael’s Church in New York, K-array speakers were chosen not only for their sound quality but also to match the aesthetics of the interior.

2. In the recent St. Michael’s audio upgrade, six K-array KK 50s were installed as delay support speakers.

3. View of the St. Michael’s sanctuary.

Sennheiser Unveils Premium Headsets Optimized for Microsoft Lync, Enabling Increased Quality in Unified Communications Deployments

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced the launch of two headset lines optimized for Microsoft Lync. The Circle Series wired headsets and the DW Series wireless headsets have been optimized for Microsoft Lync to enhance productivity in busy working environments. The new headsets help enable organizations leverage productivity advantages of a unified communications environment while providing comfort, voice clarity and premium sound quality for users.

Circle Series
The Circle Series includes two Microsoft Lync-compatible models: the dual-sided SC 260 ML and the single-sided SC 230 ML. Each is designed to deliver HD voice clarity sound and comfort to busy contact center, office and Unified Communication professionals. “In increasingly busy workplaces, smart communication tools that allow users to work more efficiently can give a competitive advantage. With Sennheiser’s launch of its new wired Circle Series headsets optimized for Microsoft Lync, we can help provide our mutual customers with an even wider choice of Unified Communications tools to improve their business productivity,” says Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager Lync Marketing at Microsoft Corp.

DW Series
The DW Series DECT wireless headsets includes three Microsoft Lync-compatible models: the 2-in-1 DW Office ML with headband and ear hook, the DW Pro1 ML single-sided headset and the DW Pro2 ML double-sided headset. “The DW Series of headsets optimized for Microsoft Lync leverages Sennheiser’s expertise in sound quality, noise cancelation and wireless audio transmission,” said Tori Seliokas, channel manager for telecommunications at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters. “The DW Series features an intelligent design, intuitive pairing options and a generous wireless range of approximately 180 feet within a typical office building. These features, especially when combined with Microsoft Lync optimization, can be a very powerful unified communications tool in just about any workplace.”

“Sennheiser is very pleased to be extending our portfolio with these five new wired and wireless products, each of which are now optimized for Microsoft Lync,” Seliokas concluded. “With our leadership in sound quality, comfort and hearing protection, contact center, office and Unified Communication professionals can enjoy an enriched communications experience.”

Photo captions:
Sennheiser’s Circle and DW Series headsets are now optimized for Microsoft Lync.

Neumann KH 120 Monitors Maintain Sonic Consistency in WWE’s Challenging Multiple-Medium Post-Production Environment

The production standard is set extremely high for post-production engineers at WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.), a global entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn. that reaches over 13 million viewers in the U.S. and broadcasts to more than 145 countries in 30 languages. Recently, WWE installed several pairs of Neumann KH 120s in its editing and post-production suites, which are used to monitor its weekly television, web and live auditorium programming.

The Neumann KH 120 was chosen for its versatility and its ability to deliver consistent sound quality across multiple broadcast mediums. Post-production staff at WWE relies on monitors in their non-linear video editing suites to produce audio that will provide viewers with the best possible listening experience on television, online and in arenas.

WWE produces seven hours of domestic television and another 80 hours of international content every week of the year, in addition to two home video titles and a pay-per-view event each month. When it came time to upgrade the video editing suites in WWE headquarters, the production team spent 18 months investigating options to get audio quality that sounded like “real speakers,” said Chris Argento, vice president of post-production at WWE.

“I fell in love with the audio quality of the small, self-powered Neumann KH 120 monitors,” Argentino says. “The stereo imaging and center channel information are absolutely perfect, and it’s incredible how accurate they are. There’s no artificial high end or feeling of processing. They sound like ‘real speakers’ and enable us to develop programming where we can judge the sound for television, online and the arena.”

Argento tested a variety of monitors while upgrading WWE’s Audio Mixing suites. For large suites, he selected Neumann’s new O 410 active midfield studio monitors. Having been extremely pleased with the crisp sound of the O 410s, Argento turned again to Neumann for the smaller non-linear video editing suites, which he chose to outfit with KH 120 monitors after getting firsthand experience with them during the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

WWE initially deployed pairs of KH 120 monitors in six non-linear editing suites, and subsequently added pairs to 14 additional suites. Now that the Neumann KH 120 has become the standard for WWE monitoring environments, Argento says he plans to add even more pairs of KH 120 monitors to additional editing suites in the near future.

Following its mantra of “good video is made by good audio,” WWE engineers are faced with a daily challenge of providing a consistent quality across existing and future media. Argento says the Neumann KH 120 monitors have made it easy to achieve this consistency, while maintaining the company’s high standards of audio quality.

The monitors have also aided editing and production staff in finishing programs that must forego audio post-production. Argento said it is critical post-production engineers are able get the same listening experience viewers will have later, and in this regard, he says the KH 120s have exceeded expectations.

As the first of Neumann’s line of studio monitors, the KH 120 is designed for use as a near-field loudspeaker or as a rear loudspeaker in larger multi-channel systems. It represents the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation and measurement technologies to ensure the most accurate sound reproduction possible.

Antelope Audio Eclipse 384 AD/DA Converter Brings Master-Quality Audio to Korn Frontman Jonathan Davis’ Road Rig

Korn shook up the rock world at the end of 2011 when the L.A.-based band released its tenth studio album, “Path of Totality,” featuring collaborations with a host of dubstep producers including multiple Grammy Award-winner Skrillex. Now, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is doubling down on his recent statement that “North American dubstep is the new electronic heavy metal” through a side project, Killbot, and a solo project under his DJ name, J Devil, recording into a laptop on the road and in the studio, using Antelope Audio’s new Eclipse 384 converter, master clock and monitor controller.

Davis recently added the Eclipse 384 AD/DA converter in order to streamline his mobile production rig after spotting it on the Antelope Audio web site. The 384 kHz A-to-D/D-to-A converter is clocked using the same Oven Controlled Clock and 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology that is implemented in Antelope Audio’s renowned Trinity Master Clock. The Eclipse 384 offers additional features conducive to mobile production applications, including two dedicated headphone amplifiers and a custom USB interface, as well as two large peak meters on the front panel. In order to simplify operation, users can create up to five custom presets of favorite setups via the system’s OS X- and Windows-compatible software control panel that may then be recalled from the Eclipse 384’s front panel.

“This is all I’ve got now; I used to have racks of stuff,” says Davis, who records vocals, guitar and bass into an Apple MacBook Pro through a signal chain comprising little more than the Antelope Eclipse 384, an API Channel Strip and a Shure microphone. “It’s basically my studio all in one box. It’s the best interface I’ve used. I love that everything is right there,” he says of the Eclipse.

Davis, who has been performing DJ sets using the moniker J Devil, is a longtime aficionado of electronic dance music (EDM), and has been producing dubstep-influenced remixes for rock and electronic artists for several years. Having started creating EDM on his laptop “for fun,” Davis has now teamed up with dubstep producers and fellow metal-heads Sluggo and Tyler Blue to form Killbot, a “metalstep” collaboration that has signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak dance record label and has announced plans to release a four-track EP. There is also a J Devil solo EP in the works.

Davis has jumped into EDM production with both feet, making use of every waking minute to create new music for all of his projects. “Making electronic music and learning to produce and learning my new instrument—laptop, I call it—has been an amazing thing,” he told Billboard.com recently. “After every Korn show I come offstage, take a shower and I start writing.”

By utilizing high-grade audio production equipment such as the Antelope Eclipse 384, Davis is able to produce release-ready masters right there on the tour bus or the hotel room. “The Eclipse is essential, because it gives me everything I need to work on the road and not just make a demo. The stuff I actually do on the road I keep and it sounds great—it’s not just a demo that I have to rework or re-record later,” he says.

Sennheiser and Full Compass to Co-Sponsor Vocal Recording Clinic Featuring Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound

Audio specialist Sennheiser and Full Compass Systems, a national leader in professional audio, professional video, A/V, lighting and musical instrument sales, are co-sponsoring a special audio recording clinic on Tuesday, September 11th at the Full Compass facility in Madison, WI. The event will feature renowned, Grammy® award-winning sound engineer Leslie Ann Jones, who will demonstrate vocal recording techniques and cover best practices when recording live vocals in the studio.

Attendees will be provided with a pair of Sennheiser HD 449s, enabling them to monitor both recording and playback. The event will feature door prizes including a K-array Piccolo audio system, a Neumann TLM 102 microphone and a TRUE Systems P-SOLO microphone preamplifier.

Leslie Ann Jones, who is Director of Music Recording and Scoring with Skywalker Sound, has been a recording and mixing engineer for over 30 years. She began her career at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles in 1975 before moving to Northern California in 1978 to accept a staff position at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There she worked with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Angela Bofill, and Narada Michael Walden, and started her film score mixing career with “Apocalypse Now.”

From 1987 to 1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios located in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. She recorded projects with Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michelle Shocked, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Marcus Miller, as well as the scores for several feature films and television shows.

In 2003, Leslie was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Classical, and received a Grammy Award for The Kronos Quartet’s recording of Berg: Lyric Suite, which won Best Chamber Music Album. This year, she won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works by Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams.

World renowned DJ legend Bob Sinclar becomes Sennheiser’s first global headphones endorser – combining music with style

Old Lyme, Conn., August 7, 2012 – With a list of hits including ‘World Hold On’ and ‘Love Generation’ as part of his back catalogue, Bob Sinclar can truly be described as a DJ legend. The man who brought the groove back to the dancefloor – a man who marches to the beat of his own tune, producing number ones around the world which are played on radio stations in every country and on every continent. Bob Sinclar has carved out a reputation as one of the most talented DJs on the planet and Sennheiser is proud to announce that he will be its first global endorser for the new Amperior headphones. This is a collaboration be¬tween a man and a company who are both passionate about music and style.

The Sennheiser Amperior brings DJ-club sound quality to the streets – perfect for everyday music fans wanting superior sound as they listen to their beats on the move. The Amperior mobile headphones are a must-have for users wanting to experience the professional quality enjoyed by Bob Sinclar. They combine the pureness of sound of a great performance with a high-end look and style.

For Bob Sinclar sound quality is paramount. Whether three people in a small room are listening to his hits, or a dance floor full of clubbers, the sound needs to be precise and exact, and he gets this with Sennheiser – having used their HD 25 headphones for years. For him, nothing is more important than sound quality in order to share the energy of the songs with his audience; for them to hear, enjoy and react to each beat and every word.

For Bob Sinclar, being a DJ is a way of living – and was his dream since the age of 16. He is passionate about sharing energy with the crowd, creating an environment for them to escape to and lose themselves in their enjoyment of the music.

From the States to South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, the demand for Bob Sinclar’s smooth disco-tinged house sets is unwavering. His flair for blending vocals, instrumentals and rhythms into one soaring, euphoric house set rocks clubs to their very foundation wherever he touches down.

On the partnership with Sennheiser, Bob Sinclar commented, “I have worn Sennheiser headphones since I was 18, since the start of my career, because of the quality of sound. It goes straight to your ear so you can enjoy and lose yourself in the music. I want people on the streets to experience with the Amperior what I myself experience when I DJ, when I produce, when I listen to the music that I not only make, but that inspires me. Sennheiser creates a professional quality of sound for every day, and is the best in the industry.”

Sennheiser Amperior headphones are part of the lifestyle range. Their sound signature has been derived from the legendary HD 25 monitoring headphones. They bring together cutting-edge and superior sound technology with stunning materials to create headphones that people want to be seen wearing. The Amperior come in a silver or blue aluminium finish and are the perfect choice for those who don’t want to choose between perfect sound and cool design. Allowing people to experience club beats wherever they are – a real design statement which means you’ll stand out in the crowd and show your real appreciation for quality sound. Demonstrating their exclusivity, Sennheiser Amperior headphones are currently only available in Apple stores and Apple online stores and they are the perfect fit for the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Peter Callan, President, Consumer Electronics at Sennheiser explained, “These headphones are essential for all music lovers who want to experience the pure joy of a great sound performance – whenever they want and wherever they go. We are extremely excited and proud to be working with Bob Sinclar, a true musical legend, who combines fashion and style with music – just like the new Amperior.”

As Rockport Music Expands Operations and Musical Repertoire, Neumann KK 205 Capsule Delivers Unmatched Performance

Rockport, MA – July 25, 2012: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that Rockport Music has acquired several Neumann KK 205 capsules in addition to four channels of Sennheiser 2000 series wireless. The new equipment helps Rockport ensure it is able to deliver premium sound quality over the course of its 52 week programming schedule.

Rockport Music, which is best known for its Rockport Chamber Music Festival which began in 1981, has recently undergone significant expansion of both its physical footprint and musical repertoire. In 2010, it opened the Shalin Liu Performance Center, an elegant building that houses its 334 seat, world-class concert hall as well as a multi-function/reception space located on the 3rd floor used for corporate meetings, intimate performances, wedding receptions and many other activities.

The acquisition of the Neumann KK 205 capsules, as well as Sennheiser EM 2050 two channel receivers, Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld wireless transmitters and lavalier body packs, in addition to a new antenna combiner, helps Rockport realize enormous performance flexibility while offering an unmatched dimension of audio quality to discriminating artists — many of whom insist on performing with Neumann.

Since the new facility opened, Rockport has gone from being a six week performance operation to a 52 week one, simultaneously expanding its repertoire beyond classical to now include jazz, folk, world music, pop and just about every other conceivable musical genre. The new concert hall has advanced A/V facilities including a 20 foot projection screen, and routinely features high definition simulcasts of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and England’s National Theater.

“During my first year here in 2010, one of my first goals was to bolster and enhance our in-house P.A. equipment,” commented David Shriver, technical operations manager for Rockport. “Having very high quality wireless handheld mics and belt packs was very important to me since I wanted a system that could be mostly used on stage but also offer flexible usage applications for other spaces in our facility.”

“The deciding factor for me in adding the Sennheiser 2000 wireless series came when Neumann introduced the KK 204 and KK 205 capsules this year,” Shriver continued. “I get rider requests for Neumann mics all the time, and I knew this was the direction we needed to go in. Neumann is the gold standard in microphones, and when an artist comes in and sees a Neumann mic, they are instantly confident in its ability to deliver.”

When the new Sennheiser 2000 wireless system is not being used in the concert hall, Shriver is able to use it on the 3rd floor multi-function/reception space: “Sennheiser’s Dave Missall came out, looked at the situation, and recommended an RF solution with antennas in the reception space and an antenna combiner to the existing antenna system in the concert hall. This enables me to use my four new RF systems in both places.”

While evaluating the new capsules and wireless sytem, Shriver relied on Rob Pemberton of Wellesley, MA-based Parsons Audio, who was proud to assist in the upgrade of such a world class facility, as well as Sennheiser area sales manager Mike Cleary. “Mike was great,” recalls Shriver. “He would let me try out a bunch of different microphones while we were trying to figure out what to buy — not just for handheld vocal mics, but for drums and other instruments as well.”

Shriver and Rockport Music are pleased with their new equipment acquisition: “The quality has been just top notch,” comments Shriver. “Since we added the Neumann capsules, a number of guest engineers and visiting bands have expressed their interest in working here and performing with the Neumann capsules on the stage. The sound makes a world of difference and also makes my job easier. I can run the mics flat and they sound great — also there is greater feedback rejection when compared to other microphones.”

Award-Winning Features
The acoustic features of the KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads are derived from the multiple award-winning wired Neumann stage microphones, the KMS 104 and KMS 105. The KK 204, with its cardioid pattern, ensures the best possible suppression of sound originating from 180 degrees to the rear, while the supercardioid KK 205 has greater directivity, and maximizes incident sound from the front as compared to sound from the rear. Due to the “single polar pattern design,” the polar patterns are very uniform over the entire frequency range and provide excellent resistance to feedback.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Public Radio Enhance Workflow with Neumann Digital Microphone Technology

Denver (CO), Minneapolis (MN), 24 July 2012 – Recording a large orchestral performance can involve extreme dynamic level changes, highly reverberant environments and dozens of channels of microphones, cables and associated electronic circuitry. Using traditional analog equip­ment, controlling these factors can be cumbersome, and maintaining a simple, agile workflow is often difficult. Using several dozen analog microphones onstage significantly raises the noise floor, and may introduce distortion during loud passages. Now, with Neumann’s pioneering range of digital microphones, users can experience an all-digital workflow — dramatically increasing signal integrity and user controllability.

A “Twenty-First Century Orchestra” Goes Digital

Since returning to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) to take up the position of President/CEO, Gene Sobczak has begun to modernize the organization with an ambitious program of performances featuring pop and rock artists, recordings, webcasts and educational outreach. Sobczak has also forged relationships between Mike Pappas, a Denver-based recording engineer, and Sennheiser Electronic Corporation to ensure that every nuance of the orchestra is captured with innovative digital microphone technology from Neumann.

The CSO has already shared the stage this year with Trey Anastasio of the rock band Phish, Denver-based multi-instrumentalists DeVotchKa, and Boston-based alt-rockers Guster. In his role as volunteer engineer for the CSO, Pappas captured all three of these shows with an arsenal of Neumann digital microphones.

Realizing Agility and Simplicity

Pappas used 56 KM D series Neumann digital mics in a variety of omni-directional, cardioid and hypercardioid polar patterns. The mic list also included a Neumann KU 100 dummy head binaural stereo microphone for hall ambience, and a KMR 82 D shotgun for spot miking.

When using analog microphones and mixers, self-noise causes the noise floor to become more audible as channel counts increase. This is not the case with digital microphones however, which maintain a consistent noise floor whether one is using a single unit or three dozen units. “In a conventional analog mic setup,” says Pappas, “mix 24 channels together and the noise floor comes up by 15 dB. Now, take 56 analog microphones and you’re looking at the noise floor coming up by 20 or 25 dB. This is significantly lower when using digital microphones. With a Neumann digital microphone you go from capsule to A-to-D converter in less than an inch. What that means is that you don’t have this low level analog signal running through hundreds and hundreds of feet of cable, and then into your preamps. In the end, all the cable does is add more noise.”

Simple Workflow, Astounding Results

Pappas’ workflow is typically very simple: Neumann mics plugged into Neumann Digital Microphone Interface (DMIs), with the signals converted into MADI for transport to a DiGiCo mixing console for monitoring while recording into a computer running Apple Logic software. “The workflow is easier because there’s less stuff you need to worry about when you use digital mics,” Pappas observes. “You plug them in, fire up the software and the system pretty much runs itself. Plus we don’t have problems with things like hums and buzzes.”

“We recorded analog for many years with some of the best gear on the planet,” says Pappas. “When we switched over to full digital, the first thing we noticed was that we could hear the hall very clearly. We couldn’t hear this with analog gear because the noise floor of the gear was significantly greater than the noise floor of the hall.” Since Pappas received his first batch of Neumann digital mics back in 2004, he hasn’t looked back.

A Leading Broadcaster Forays into Digital Mics
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), which established itself in 1967 as a classical music station, has grown to become one of the United States’ premier public radio entities and currently operates a 43-station radio network. American Public Media (APM), MPR’s parent organization, is the nation’s largest distributor of classical music programming. MPR frequently records and broadcasts the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) for “Performance Today,” a program that reaches 1.3 million listeners on 256 stations each week.

The SPCO is a 34-piece ensemble and the only full-time chamber orchestra in the U.S. Now in its 53rd season, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world.

In early April, Cameron Wiley, MPR technical director for SPCO programming, implemented an eight-channel system at a performance by the ensemble at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, MN. He recorded the concert to a Nuendo system using Neumann KM 183 D, KM 184 D and KM 185 D digital microphones, with the main mic array arranged in a modified Decca Tree configuration.

Since there was no rehearsal, Wiley had to take an educated guess while setting levels based on his experience recording the SPCO with his analog rig – the tympani proved troublesome. Thankfully, he recalls, the increased headroom afforded by the Neumann digital system handled the KM 143 D spot mic with no distortion. “That mic was being hit pretty hard, but it handled this very well. If we had used analog, it wouldn’t have survived those levels.”

As a longtime user of analog microphones, Wiley appreciates the benefits of an all-digital mic setup – especially the control provided by Neumann’s Remote Control Software (RCS). “Being able to control polar patterns as well as onboard DSP can be a lifesaver. Having that capability in a mic is fantastic and it certainly makes workflow much easier to deal with.”

To learn more about Neumann digital microphones, please visit http://www.neumann.com.

Image Captions:

CSO_1.jpg:
Resident Conductor Scott O’Neil conducting the Colorado Symphony Orchestra with a Neumann KM 133 D capturing the sound (photo credit: Darius Panahpour)

CSO_2.jpg:
The Neumann KM D digital microphones feature extended dynamic range and an extremely low noise floor, making them perfectly suited for orchestral recordings (photo credit: Darius Panahpour)

Neumann_KM D_family.jpg:
The Neumann KM D family of digital microphones features an agile selection of omni, cardioid and super-cardioid polar patterns

Neumann KM 184 D.jpg:
The Neumann KM 184 D was used during a recent recording by MPR

About

The Radio magazine The Wire provides information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements. The information shown here is posted by companies and their representatives and are not edited or previewed by the Radio magazine staff. The content providers are solely responsible for the content of their posts. If you would like your company's news and information to appear here, contact us.

Calendar

September 2014
S M T W T F S
« Aug    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication