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For A/V Installation and Staging Company, Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO PA System is the Perfect Solution for Outdoor and Remote Applications

Webb Audio Visual Embraces Audio Intelligibility and Ease of Use of Sennheiser LSP 500 Wireless PA System, Citing Breakthrough Performance and Capabilities

Las Vegas, June 19, 2014 – One year after its launch at InfoComm, Sennheiser’s [InfoComm booth C10908] LSP 500 PRO PA system continues to make waves as a breakthrough product within the audio installation and corporate A/V markets, providing unparalleled performance in a uniquely compact and flexible design. The new wireless PA system, which was awarded an IF product design award in the ‘Audio/Video’ category last March, has proven to be an invaluable solution within Salt Lake City-based Webb Audio Visual’s aresenal of audio tools.

As an international installation and staging company with clients like Shaklee, Nu Skin International and Disney, Webb Audio’s business is primarily centered on corporate A/V installations and large-scale event productions. Webb Audio’s rental business routinely supports meetings, general sessions and conventions for mid to large size enterprises in just about every vertical market. Since acquiring a demo unit of the LSP 500 system after visiting the Sennheiser booth at InfoComm last year, the Company has put the product into heavy rotation while quietly retiring a competing brand’s wireless speaker from its rental inventory.

“The LSP 500 is far superior to competitive products in both ease of use and intelligibility,” comments Robbie Dalley, Retail & Rental Sales Manager, Webb Audio Visual. Since deploying the LSP 500 on a wide range of projects, Dalley says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “The audio quality has been beyond what anybody could have expected. Not just the speech intelligibility, but for music as well. The sound quality is clear across the entire spectrum.”

For Webb Audio Visual, the ‘sweet spot’ for the LSP 500 integrations has been in remote locations and at outdoor events that often lack sufficient power to drive a small audio system and require wireless connectivity. According to Dalley, the extremely long battery life of the LSP 500, along with its super-fast set up and tear down capabilities, make it the ultimate portable speaker system.

One of the more recent applications that Webb Audio Visual used the LSP 500 for was for a press conference on the lawn of the Utah State Capitol buiding between the Downtown Alliance and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. In this scenario and many others like it, Dalley says the set up and tear down time required for his team has been significantly reduced, and the wireless capability has been ‘plug and play.’

Dalley finds the Bluetooth capability of the LSP 500 especially convenient and his clients often rely on this to stream music before and after speech communications. “It is simple to operate for our clients, and the fact that can play music directly from an iPad or other wireless device in addition to all the other capabilities is a huge benefit,” adds Dalley. The music player also has a convenient recording function, which allows audio input to be recorded directly on a USB device.

“For us, the LSP 500 has been a breakthrough,” concludes Dalley. “Our clients are sophisticated and have a certain expectation of how things should sound and look. We have a reptuation as a place where clients can come for quality, and the LSP 500 really reinforces the quality of our own brand in the marketplace.”

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 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.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

Photo captions:
1) Robbie Dalley, Retail & Rental Sales Manager, Webb Audio Visual
2) The Sennheiser LSP 500, front view
3) The Sennheiser LSP 500, rear view

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Hillcrest Baptist Church Remains at the Pinnacle of Wireless Audio Technology, Ensuring a Clear Message with Sennheiser

As Church Expands its Facilities and Evolves its Wireless Capabilities to Serve its Over 5,000 Member Congregation, Audio Intelligibility, Flexibility and Reliability are Key

Old Lyme, Conn. – June 19, 2014 – Pensacola FL-based Hillcrest Baptist Church has a tremendous growth story, sprouting from a modest ‘shed’ of a structure back in 1955 with just a handful of congregants. Since then, the church’s facilities and membership — along with its audio capabilities — have increased exponentially. Hillcrest was among the first houses of worship to embrace Sennheiser’s G1 wireless technology back in the late 1990′s.

Now, the church relies on multiple channels of Sennheiser’s G3 wireless series across five different locations, while many of the original G1 units remain in use. These include the primary worship center, the children’s workshop area, the student worship center, the northwest hall (a multi-purpose facility) and within a portable video production setup that has been in use for several years.

While Sennheiser wireless technology plays an critical role in each of these locations, the most important area is the worship center where the message is delivered two times each week to approximately 2,200 parishioners. According to Greg Klimetz, Production Manager of Hillcrest Baptist Church, the most important part of the church service is to have intelligible, high quality audio that never drops out. He says that their Sennheiser wireless equipment has come through time and time again in this regard.

“I personally like the ease of use of all the Sennheiser equipment,” Klimetz says. “Back in the late 1990s, the G1 series was revolutionary and simple to operate. Now, the G3 series is even easier to use.” Ease of use is important to Klimetz given the constantly shifting needs of the space. “Our staging is always changing and our stage is very large — so if we ever have to repatch microphones or reroute audio signals, our wireless systems enable our worship leaders and performers to move around the stage freely, without being hindered.”

Ease of use is also important to Klimetz because it enables him to accomplish more with fewer A/V resources: “It is very easy for our worship leaders to set up the Sennheiser equipment with minimal training. Since they are able to create their own in ear mixes, it allows them to be more independent and means I need fewer volunteers. My workload is considerably smaller because of the Sennheiser wireless technology we have in place,” he observes.

In its primary worship center, Hillcrest has (16) channels of Sennheiser wireless, including (14) channels of ew 100 G1 series units and (2) channels of 2000 series wireless. Additionally, there are (9) channels of IEM G3 units at front of house, in addition to various antenna combiners and splitters. The 2000 series units are used for the pastor and worship leader, who use a lavalier mic and a Sennheiser ew 100 handheld transmitter coupled with an e 965 capsule respectively. The G1 series beltpacks meanwhile are used to facilitate the use of wireless instruments on stage, which include acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin and other instruments. Each of the in ear monitor units are set up so the vocal team can create their own mixes on stage.

The children’s worship area, which was added in 2008, features (12) channels of G3 wireless to carry its youth programming, while the student worship center, which has approximately 200 students in its ministry, has (4) wireless microphone channels and (6) G1 and G3 in ear monitor units. Hillcrest’s north west hall, its multi-purpose facility, has a total of (3) channels Sennheiser G1 and G2 series units. Meanwhile the portable system, which brings an entirely new set of video production capabilities to Hillcrest, features one channel of G3 wireless and (2) channels of ew G3 wireless, along with an ew 100 handheld transmitter as well as a Sennheiser ME 67 shotgun mic.

Having a portable system that is able to deliver pristine audio has been a huge benefit to the congregation, which receives regular video updates each week in the worship center: “We shoot announcement videos each week that are featured in our worship services and we also use video to introduce sermons, capture testimonials and facilitate other communications,” says Klimetz. “I can tell you that we have used Sennheiser wireless on every single one of those videos, whether it has been a lavelier mic under someone’s shirt, or a wireless transmitter / receiver set up with a Sennheiser shotgun mic. This has made it incredibly easy to capture great audio for these video productions.”

Klimetz, who in his previous role was production manager for the contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave for seven years, understands the importance of maintaining uncompromising audio quality not only in church facilities but in live touring environments. “When I was the band’s production manager, we used Sennheiser technology from the beginning and the equipment was always extremely reliable. Ironically, many of the original G1 units we were using with Big Daddy Weave were purchased by Hillcrest and are still fully operational. They just don’t break.”

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

Captions:
1) The student center at Hillcrest Baptist Church, which has approximately 200 students in its ministry, has (4) Sennheiser wireless microphone channels and (6) G1 and G3 series in ear monitor units

2) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s main worship center, which has (16) channels of Sennheiser wireless and (9) channels of Sennheiser in ear monitor units.

3) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s video production includes one channel of Sennheiser G3 wireless and (2) channels of Sennheiser ew G3 wireless, along with an ew 100 handheld transmitter and an ME 67 shotgun mic.

4) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s main worship center rack, with its Sennheiser G3 wireless units.

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Sennheiser microphone technology set to feature in Brazil

Old Lyme, Conn., June 16, 2014 – When national soccer teams from all over the world line up to compete for victory in Brazil, several hundred million TV viewers will be watching live and many will be more than happy to stay up all night in order to follow the action. During the tournament, the production company Host Broadcast Services (HBS) will be using wireless and wired microphones from Sennheiser, including the new Esfera surround microphone system, to capture the stadium atmosphere as realistically as possible and to provide the matches with thrilling commentaries and pitchside reports.

Whether sports fans or not, for TV viewers soccer is set to reign supreme for the next few weeks. For HBS, which has been producing such events since 2002, preparations have long been underway — the equipment and teams required for Brazil have been on-site since the beginning of April, carrying out intensive groundwork in order to ensure smooth broadcasts from the twelve stadia.

In Brazil HBS will, for the first time, use Sennheiser’s new Esfera surround microphone system, which produces complete 5.1 surround sound from the signal of a compact stereo microphone. “For us, high-quality images and high-quality sound go hand in hand,” comments a spokesperson from HBS. “And with Esfera we can create 5.1 sound with ease – even in post-production. Due to their compact construction and the small amount of cabling required, Esfera microphones will be used in a number of areas in the stadia, e.g. in the players’ tunnel, outside to capture the atmosphere and in the Camera 1 position as a fail-safe for 5.1 surround sound.” A total of 36 Esfera microphones (SPM 8000) will record the sound in the twelve stadia; in the International Broadcast Centre, two Esfera processing units (SPB 8000) will then be used to produce 5.1 sound from the stereo signals.

The sound of volleys and goal kicks will be captured using around 300 shotgun microphones – including MKH 8070 long gun microphones for the very precise recording of distant sound sources, MKH 8060 short gun microphones and MKH 418-S stereo shotgun microphones. MD 46 reporter microphones will also be in action at the edge of the pitch.

A total of 24 plug-on transmitters from the 2000 series will be used for wireless boom microphones and for spidercam-mounted MKH 8060s. Every camera team will also have a wireless reporting set (EK 2000 camera receiver and SK 2000 bodypack transmitter with MKE 1 clip-on microphone) and a wired MD 46 reporter microphone at its disposal. The audio signal will be monitored via HD 25 headphones.

Team and match news:

Of course, background reports about the teams and other stories from Brazil are a vital element too. To this end, HBS has also put together additional wireless packages for reporters: 40 wireless reporting sets with technology from the 2000 series will provide crystal clear sound transmission (EK 2000 camera receivers and SKM 2000 handheld transmitters with MMD 935 microphone heads), while 40 talk-back links will enable reporters to maintain contact with editorial staff (SK 2000 transmitters and EK 1039 bodypack receivers with HD 25 headphones).

Wolfgang Guse, Sales Director Professional Systems at Sennheiser Vertrieb und Service: “The demands regarding broadcasting from Brazil will be very high – image and sound quality must be excellent. We are delighted that HBS has been working with us for such a long time and has again, in Brazil, chosen to rely on our high-quality products.”

Sennheiser equipment in Brazil:

Microphones in the twelve stadia / camera team equipment

• 36 Esfera surround microphone systems (36 SPM 8000 stereo microphones; two SPB 8000 processing units)
• 240 MKH 8060 short gun microphones
• 48 MKH 8070 long gun microphones
• 96 MKH 418-S stereo shotgun microphones
• 47 MKH 416 short gun microphones
• 120 MD 46 reporter microphones
• 24 wireless channels of the 2000 Series for boom and spider cam microphones
• 47 wireless microphone systems for camera use (EK 2000 camera receivers, SK 2000 bodypack transmitters with MKE 1 clip-on microphones)
• 47 MD 46 reporter microphones
• 47 HD 25 monitoring headphones

Additional equipment for team news reporting:

• 40 camera systems (EK 2000 camera receivers, SKM 2000 handheld trans-mitters with MMD 935 microphone heads)
• 40 talk-back links (SK 2000 bodypack transmitters, EK 1039 bodypack receivers, HD 25 headphones)

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, Australia and New Zealand, 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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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1: In Brazil, HBS will use Sennheiser shotgun microphones, wireless microphone technology and Esfera surround microphone systems

2: The MKH 8070 long gun microphone can record even distant ball contact reliably and realistically

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Sennheiser Encourages Customers to ‘Gear Up and Cash In’ During New Wireless Rebate Promotion

From Now Until August 31st, Customers Can Trade In Their Old Wireless Gear for up to $200 Cash Back on Select New Sennheiser Wireless Systems

Old Lyme, Conn., June 2, 2014: Some things are worth waiting for, like Summertime and audio specialist Sennheiser’s latest rebate promotion — which offers customers of select new wireless systems up to $200 cash back for qualifying trade-in equipment.

Between now and August 31, wireless customers can trade in their old wireless systems for cash rebates when purchasing new Sennheiser wireless systems. Cash back will be given for systems including XS Wireless ($50), ew 100 G3 ($100), ew 300 G3 ($150) and ew 500 G3 ($200) — full model numbers listed below. Rebates are valid on Sennheiser wireless systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Sennheiser dealer between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014. Customers can learn more and take advantage of the promotion by downloading the PDF here: http://www.sennheiserusa.com/gear-up.

Following is a listing of rebate values for the various products included in the promotion:

XS Wireless Systems ($50 rebate value)
• XSW 12
• XSW 35
• XSW 52
• XSW 65
• XSW 72

ew 100 G3 Systems ($100 rebate value)
• ew 112 G3
• ew 112-p G3
• ew 122 G3
• ew 122-p G3
• ew 135 G3
• ew 135-p G3
• ew 145 G3
• ew 152 G3
• ew 165 G3
• ew 172 G3
• ew 100-ENG G3

ew 300 G3 Series ($150 rebate value)
• ew 312 G3
• ew 322 G3
• ew 335 G3
• ew 345 G3
• ew 352 G3
• ew 365 G3
• ew 300 IEM G3
• ew 300-2 IEM-G3

ew 500 G3 Series ($200 rebate value)
• ew 512 G3
• ew 572 G3
• ew 500-935 G3
• ew 500-945 G3
• ew 500-965 G3

To receive a rebate on eligible products, customers will need to mail the following items to Sennheiser following their purchase (postmarked no later than September 30, 2014):

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Sennheiser website at: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/rebate.
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014, from an authorized Sennheiser dealer for a product listed above.

All rebates must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless trans-mission 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, Con-necticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engi-neering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

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Antelope Audio Delivers Analog Warmth and Clarity on Jay-Z’s Magna Carter World Tour

Front of House, Monitors and Playback Rigs All Clocked Externally Using Antelope Audio Trinity | 10M Combination, While Orion32 Facilitates 32 Channels of Pristine Playback

Santa Monica, CA, June 11, 2014 – Having completed the second European leg of his international Magna Carter tour in support of his latest blockbuster album Magna Carta Holy Grail, world famous hip hop artist Jay-Z continues to dazzle arena audiences with his uncommon talent, sheer charisma and authentic performances. The tour, which began in October of last year, is expected to continue as more dates and locations are announced.

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Antelope Audio, fresh off of Rihanna’s “Diamonds World Tour”, has played a central role in the Magna Carter tour’s audio system, providing clocking for all critical production stations including front of house (FOH), monitors and playback. “I am from the old school, and for me, it is all about the analog sound,” comments Kelo Saunders, FOH engineer for the Magna Carter tour. “In this digital world we all now live in, the Antelope Audio Trinity and 10M add a new dimension, bringing it closer to what you might expect from analog. It opens the mix right up and that’s what I love about it.”

Jay-Z’s production team embraced Antelope’s clocking and conversion equipment approximately one year ago, after some of their equipment was damaged in a flood following Hurricane Sandy. “After the flood, we lost a lot of our gear,” recalls Kenny Nash, a veteran engineer who has handled monitors for The O’Jays, Brian McNight, Vivian Green and many others. “But from the old comes the new, so we rebuilt our rig and brought the Antelope stuff in starting with a 10M and a Trinity. When I began clocking my console off of these units, my mixes changed.”

“With the Antelope gear, my mixes sounded brighter and the sonic spectrum widened,” Nash continued. “I am able to run a lot of my channels flatter now, where I used to have to have some EQ bumps. It kind of made the whole mix just open up.”

Currently, Jay-Z’s Magna Carter tour utilizes an Antelope Audio Trinity | 10M combination at FOH to which the console and Pro Tools system are both slaved. The monitor system, meanwhile, is clocked by an Antelope 1oM, and provides clocking for two Antelope Orion32s, both located at playback.

For playback engineer Demetrius Henry, the Antelope Orion32 AD/DA audio interface — which provides 32 channels of pristine I/O in a single rackspace unit — has opened up an array of new possibilities. Henry, who first used the Orion32 during Rihanna’s “Diamonds World Tour”, was shocked at how much power the device delivered in such a small footprint. “It really blew my mind that Antelope was able to send and receive 32 channels of 192k audio all over USB, without me having to install some kind of proprietary hardware card on my computer,” he says.

“By using the Orion32, I am able to give FOH and monitors more channels and more audio to work with, without having to increase our rackspace,” Henry continues. “This gives them more flexibility to isolate playback tracks so they can manipulate each of them individually. On this tour, we gave Jay 30 tracks whereas we, in the past, would normally be limited to 16 or even less. This let’s the engineers really dial into the specific sounds they are looking for.”

By giving the FOH and monitors more channels of clear audio, Henry says the difference was audible: “You could absolutely hear the difference,” he says. “It got brighter and more detailed. The fact that we now have more separation with the stems and are able to now sum them in the console rather than in the box has helped get us better separation. So now the mix has more depth, more punch and is cleaner overall.

Having better clocking and more refined conversion has helped the Jay-Z tour deliver more of a studio grade audio performance, something Henry considers quite a big innovation. “I come from a studio environment, so it has been my dream to help translate as much clarity and definition from the studio to the live experience as possible.

Omar Edwards, keyboard player for Jay-Z, sums it up best describing Antelope’s role and the importance of the audio system in a live setting: “There is a lot of information happening onstage,” he says. “There is playback, there is the band and all this information is coming into the system. To make all of this clear so people can grasp what the music is all about it has to sound clear. We can rehearse for months and if it doesn’t sound clear, the music won’t connect. Connecting is the point – and this inspires people. Whatever great artist exists, they were once inspired in this way. I use one word to describe what we are getting from Antelope: clarity.”

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.

Photo captions:
1) Hanging Out at Jay Z’s Magna Carter Tour video
2) Kelo Saunders, Front of House Engineer for Jay Z’s Magna Carta tour.
3) The Antelope Audio Trinity | 1oM combination is being used for clocking during Jay Z’s Magna Carter tour at Front of House.
4) Demetrius Henry’s playback rig

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Introducing the Moog Theremini: A re-imagining of one of the oldest electronic musical instruments

Asheville, NC, May 28, 2014— Today Moog Music announced the official release of the Theremini; a re-imagining of one of the oldest electronic musical instruments, and Bob Moog’s first love – the Theremin. It is the only known instrument that you play without touching. Moving your hands in the space around its antennas controls pitch and volume. The Theremini combines a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog, with the traditional no-touch playing of a Theremin.

The Theremini’s sound engine captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and effects, allowing for a wide range of styles and tones. The front panel features a multi function LCD screen, which displays a chromatic tuner with real-time feedback of each note as it is played. This is a useful tool for correcting a player’s position and pitch for each note. The Theremini also features a portable design with tabletop feet, bottom nesting pitch antenna, and a built-in speaker for quick setup and rehearsal anywhere.

“Learning to play a traditional Theremin is extremely difficult because there’s no tactile feedback, so you have to rely completely on your ears,” said Moog Music CEO Mike Adams. “The theremini has built-in tools that not only help users learn to play, but also teach pitch recognition and scales. Now anyone can play immediately.”

The Theremini features controls for pitch correction, scale, and root note, which allow anyone to adjust the level of playing difficulty, and to explore new means of music creation and gestural control. At the maximum position, the Theremini will play every note in a selected scale perfectly, making it impossible to play a wrong note. If pitch correction is set to minimum, the Theremini performs exactly as a traditional Etherwave Theremin – an analog heterodyning oscillator controls pitch.

For live performance and gestural control, the Theremini features a stereo effects processor with two line level audio outputs, an assignable ¼” CV output jack with selectable range, and a mini USB jack for preset editing, sound and firmware updates, and MIDI control.

The Theremini has begun shipping and is available at authorized Moog Music dealers worldwide. moogmusic.com/dealers

Retail Price: $319
Product Page: moogmusic.com/Theremini
Product video: http://youtu.be/1cqcTbDxsHM

About Moog Music:

Moog Music synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted in the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

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Impeccable sound quality meets excellent design: Sennheiser’s new DJ headphone range wins Red Dot Design Award

Old Lyme, CT, May 22, 2014 – The Sennheiser headphones HD8 DJ, HD7 DJ and HD6 MIX have received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for product design. Awarded annually by a jury of experts, the Red Dot is awarded to products whose excellent design sets them apart.

Evaluating a total of 4,815 products submitted by 1,816 international manufacturers, designers and architects, the jury of 40 product design specialists was impressed with the design of the headphones, which supports their impeccable sound quality. Sennheiser has engineered the DJ headphone range from durable, high-quality materials to take even the roughest professional use. “We developed the HD8 DJ, HD7 DJ and HD6 MIX for DJs who expect their headphones to withstand the rigours of daily studio work and a life on the road without wanting to compromise on their aesthetics,” said Ivan Kuan, Head of Product Management, Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. “Therefore, we are delighted our dedication to the headphones’ design is now being recognized by the judges of the Red Dot Design Award”.

Designed to move crowds:

Designed in conjunction with some of the world’s biggest DJs such as Luciano, Bob Sinclar and Davina, the HD8 DJ, HD7 DJ and HD6 MIX are manufactured to meet the needs of professional DJs down to the smallest detail. Characterized by their high build quality, the DJ and mixing headphone range provides complete user comfort for hours at the decks, whether in the studio or when moving crowds at gigs. For hassle-free one-ear monitoring, both DJ models feature swivelling ear cups with up to 210° of movement and three different wearing positions. The elliptical shape of the ear cups avoids pinching the ears and is enhanced by interchangeable ear pads made from soft velour and a leatherette material for comfortable listening during long periods of use. The coiled and straight oxygen-free copper cables can be attached to either ear cup via gold-plated connectors.

The headphone range as well as the other products awarded the Red Dot, will be showcased at the annual Design on stage exhibition at Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, from 8 July to 3 August 2014. With 4,000 square metres, the museum hosts the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design. The new line of DJ headphones will also be shown at Movement Festival in Detroit this weekend.

About the red dot design award:

With nearly 5,000 entries from 53 countries, the Red Dot Design Award is one of the world’s biggest design competitions. The Red Dot has also become internationally established as one of the most appreciated seals of quality for outstanding design. The award focuses on three categories: product design, communication design and design concept, which are each judged independently. In the product design category, an international expert jury evaluates the submitted products on the basis of their degree of innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics, durability, symbolic and emotional content, product periphery, self-explanatory quality and ecological compatibility in a total of 23 categories.

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, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, 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.

Captions:
1: The Red Dot Design Award honours products whose excellent design sets them apart.

2: Sennheiser’s new DJ and mixing headphone range has been awarded the Red Dot for their exceptional design quality.

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Peyroux journeys through The Blue Room with Sennheiser

Old Lyme, CT, April 10, 2014 – Jazz singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux is currently on tour throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Far East and the US to promote her sixth and latest album, The Blue Room. Noted for her trademark smoky vocals and understated image, Peyroux is a genre-blending singer who fuses jazz, blues, country and pop into a style that is undeniably her own, enabling her to revisit and reinvent some of the greatest classics of our time from the likes of Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen and The Beatles.

The Blue Room is Peyroux’s fourth collaboration with distinguished producer and jazz musician Larry Klein (who has also produced Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracy Chapman and Herbie Hancock amongst others). What started out as a homage to Ray Charles has turned out to be a glorious fusion that also draws in classics from other artists and has become Peyroux’s musical narrative through time and genre, all with her own unique interpretation. Peyroux and the entire band have selected a combination of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones as their systems of choice for this tour, with Peyroux opting for a Neumann KMS 104.

Peyroux’s FoH engineer, Gerard Albo, who was highly instrumental in the artist’s final choice of microphone, explained why he felt that Sennheiser and Neumann would be a good option. “I’m a big fan of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones,” said Albo. “I’ve been working with them since 2006 with artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Roisin Murphy, Amy Winehouse, Anastacia and many more. They offer very high quality products with a huge range to choose from covering pretty much any live, studio or broadcast situation with guaranteed results. They also have a massive worldwide network which means I can get access to just about any equipment I need – and support – wherever I am.”

Albo first introduced Peyroux to Neumann microphones last year at the beginning of a tour. After a few tests between the Neumann KMS 104 and KMS 105, they both felt that the KMS 104 cardioid microphone was better suited to bringing out the subtleties of her voice. “Madeleine is a perfectionist,” explained Albo. “Unlike many other artists she knows exactly what she wants and is able to recognize all the frequencies while tuning her monitor. She has extremely good ears and high expectations when it comes to sound. Her performance is very quiet and understated, yet her voice has huge dynamic range so sonic perfection is a must, particularly as every song tells a story and it is essential that the audience understands every word. We went for the cardioid KMS 104 in the end rather than the hypercardioid 105, mainly because Madeleine is very mobile when she sings and often moves away from the microphone. I confess this can be a bit of a challenge for me at times but the 104 is still able to capture all the details in her voice, so we’re both happy! The KMS 104 suits her perfectly, and I honestly can’t think of a better tool to bring out the best of Madeleine’s voice. Finally, it’s solid, road-proof and looks good – what more could you want!”

As far as the rest of the band is concerned, Albo opted for a full complement of Sennheiser microphones, starting with (2) e 614s for snare and hi-hat, 3 x e 908 D for toms, 5 x MK 4 for the Leslie speaker, guitar amp and acoustic bass, an MKH 8040 stereo pair for the grand piano and finally (2) e 935s for backing vocals. “The e 935 is one of my favorite vocal mics,” stated Albo. “It was Amy Winehouse’s mic for the last five years. As for the rest, they are all excellent quality, well-built, reliable microphones. I love the MK 4 on guitar amps, piano lows, cello and overheads, whilst the MKH 8040 is perfect for stereo overhead for the piano – detailed and rich-sounding.”

Albo continues, “I have a great relationship with Pierre [Morant, Head of Global Relations]. He has been an invaluable help for all my projects over the last few years. This close relationship is a massive asset for me as a freelance sound engineer – it enables me to maintain the very highest standards with the artists, and Sennheiser’s level and quality of global support is second to none – it’s enormously reassuring to know that in whichever far-flung corner of the world you happen to find yourself in, Sennheiser support is never far away should you need it.”

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

Photo caption:
Madeleine Peyroux relies on a Neumann KMS 104, while her band and backing singers use various Sennheiser models, from the evolution range to MK 4 and MKH 8040
(Photo credit: Andy Sheppard)

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DSLR Video Guru Barry Andersson Relies on Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Microphone for Authenticity of Sound, Ease of Set up and Reliability

Author of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real World Production Techniques and Instructor of DSLR Dynamics Two-Day Masterclass Says Audio is ‘Mission Critical’

Old Lyme, CT – April 9, 2014 — As the video industry continues to experience unprecedented growth following the advent of DSLRs and the explosion of mobile devices, there has been a massive increase not just in the amount of video consumers, but also video content creators. Barry Andersson, author of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real World Production Techniques and instructor of DSLR Dynamics’ two-day masterclass on video production, is helping thousands of aspiring filmmakers become intimately familiar with the tools they need to create professional looking — and sounding — DSLR-based videos. Andersson depends on his Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone to deliver consistently reliable and authentic sounding results.

Sennheiser spoke to Andersson, who just completed his nationwide filmmaking masterclass and who is currently in the midst of scheduling another multi-city instruction tour for later this year, about DSLR video technique and the importance of capturing authentic sounding audio.

What kind of audience is drawn to your classes?

They come from all over the spectrum. I would say that 50 percent of them consider themselves professionals. Even among professionals, there are many people that need to catch up their knowledge base. If you are coming from photography, DSLR video is new. If you’re coming from traditional video cameras, DSLR video is new. If you haven’t done video before, of course it’s new. My classes comprise a mix of beginners and advanced skill levels, but there are always gaps that I can help people address. I want to help them get good quality images and sound with the least amount of pain so they can actually work on the creative side instead of constantly worrying about the tech.

What is the most important takeaway in your classes?

I want people to enjoy it. Sometimes people look at making video as very complex. Video and filmmaking used to be a specialized field, but this is no longer the case. Very often, one person does everything — the video, the audio, the lighting, the interviewing. I think people get overwhelmed and it can take joy out of doing it. I like to make them comfortable with their tools, so when they go out, they actually want to be shooting again. There will always be the lens, the sensor, the lighting and the sound. If you master these elements, you have the skill set to be creative no matter where you are or what platform you are on.

What role does sound play in capturing DSLR video?

I think capturing good sound is mission critical, and this is probably the most requested topic among my students. In my experience, people will watch something that looks horrible and sounds good much longer than if they watch something that looks beautiful and sounds terrible. I want my students to understand that capturing great audio doesn’t have to be complicated. I want them to listen to it and say, “Ah, that’s what it should sound like.” It is at that point where we can begin talking about the art of sound.

What do you think of the Sennheiser MKE 600 as a production tool?

The first thing that struck me about the MKE 600 is just how small it is. I am telling my students more and more to carry the least amount of stuff possible, to stay small, light and nimble. The MKE 600 is very small but the audio quality is exceptional. Also, the build quality is very solid – you don’t have to worry about pieces snapping off. All of my equipment has to be able to withstand being dragged up and down stairs, packed and repacked. And in this regard, the MKE 600 is unsurpassed.

Can you describe the audio quality of the MKE 600?

Sure. In videos, 90 percent of the time, people are capturing the human voice on their videos and then pushing them out to the web. With a microphone like an MKE 600, you are golden. I just finished 22 interviews over the course of a week and my MKE 600 was on the camera the whole time. It renders the human voice in an authentic and natural tone, and sounds good in little rooms or big rooms. There is no extra noise or anything that feels like it shouldn’t be there. It just sounds natural and clear. With the MKE 600, Sennheiser is bringing high-end audio out to the masses — this is really exciting.

Are there any other features on the MKE 600 that you find useful?

Yes, the low-cut filter. We were shooting in a large room where we had some low rumble noise — there was a closet that had this loud piece of gear inside and we couldn’t get in there to shut it off. Then we switched the low cut filter on the MKE 600, and it was gone — just like magic. This is incredibly helpful because I know if I record the audio right, I don’t have to mess with it later. I tell my students that there are many tools you can work with in post production, but if you can get it sounding right at the source you can save so much time. And we all know time is money.

What about the durability of the MKE 600?

As soon as I picked up the MKE 600, I sensed that Sennheiser had put a lot of time and effort into the build. This is so important because many of us in this industry are ‘one man band’ operations. We are all moving so fast from place to place, and there is so much wear and tear. If the build quality isn’t there in a product, or if there are these little plastic parts that can break, you are just opening yourself up to problems on already really tight production schedules.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headsets and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

Photo captions:
1) Barry Andersson on a shoot with his Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone.
2) The Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone.
3) Barry Andersson at work in his studio.

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Sennheiser Mentorship Program Catapults Former Audio Student Zachary Templin into the Big Time With HBO Pay-Per-View

Templin Serves as A2 in HBO Pay-Per-View’s First Boxing Event Outside the U.S.

Las Vegas, April 9, 2014 – Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, the founder of audio specialist Sennheiser [NAB booth C3217] would often say, “Luck is chance plus preparation.” Since 2009, the company’s Student Mentorship Program has been providing audio students real-world preparation to become audio professionals in the sports broadcasting industry, working in collaboration with top broadcast networks such as HBO and Fox Sports.

Zachary Templin, who participated in Sennheiser’s Student Mentorship Program in 2012, recently got a chance to apply the knowledge he acquired as a participant in the program, having been hired by HBO to be lead RF coordinator on its first Pay-Per-View boxing match broadcast from outside the U.S. Templin, who already had three major national broadcast events under his belt under, one of them in the Mentorship Program, was recruited as an understudy to lead RF A2 Lloyd Jacobsen, who was not able to attend due to an emergency just six days before the crew was set to broadcast the Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match from Macau, China.

“Zach’s situation represents the perfect scenario of the Sennheiser mentorship program,” commented Jason Cohen, director, sports production at HBO. “This is a young man who started with us in September of last year and quickly immersed himself into the audio team. Almost instantaneously, he became a person we wanted to use in a freelance capacity in an A2 role.”

Templin’s chance to lead as RF coordinator for the Pay-Per-View bout in China came about partly through being at the right place at the right time, but mostly by his being prepared. While shadowing lead RF A2 Jacobsen during the Ward-Rodruiguez bout at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. on November 16th, Zach was asked to be an emergency fill-in for the event in China. “Not only did Zach finish the entire show by himself, but two days later, my lead engineer was supposed to fly to an island off of Hong Kong, Macau, to handle HBO’s first ever international PPV telecast.”

“When my lead RF A2 couldn’t do it, my options were either to cold call freelancers who may or may not know our show, or asking Zach, who just spent the past month working with Lloyd on the RF system, “When I asked Zach how well he knew the system, he said ‘I know it, I can do it.’ He had absolutely no hesitation or pause, and his response was so convincing that I knew he was ready.” Cohen then asked him to fly home to pick up his passport and his bag, and he was in Hong Kong six days later.

For the Macau production, HBO’s mission was to recreate a ‘Las Vegas’ style Pay-Per-View event, maintaining a similar standard of quality the company has firmly established in its domestic broadcasts. This required shipping a flypack setup with over 200 cases of equipment and overcoming other logistical hurdles such as working on off-hours in a foreign country alongside a mostly non-English speaking production crew.

“To achieve a smooth and seamless production, we turned to our friends at Bexel and they sent a Hercules Fly Pack, an elite production system that provided all the flexibility we needed,” said Cohen. “It was the most beautiful, pristine flypack I’ve ever seen and our team was blown away by its firepower and overall monster size.”

Randy Flick, senior audio mixer, HBO Boxing, worked closely with Zach throughout his participation in the Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program, which included many HBO productions including the Pacquiao-Rios bout in Macau. “He just performed wonderfully,” says Flick. “It is a really big deal moving this production outside of the U.S. and the engineering team knocked it out of the park.” As lead A2 RF coordinator, some of Templin’s responsibilities included coordinating frequencies on the RF software program, ensuring RF beltpacks and wireless microphones are operational and assembling RF antennas.

Lloyd Jacobsen has nothing but accolades for Templin: “I had done all the prep work for China, but I couldn’t go due to a last minute emergency,” he said. “Zach just went in my place and just tore it up. What he was able to pull off was very impressive. Having a few shows under his belt leading up to that was key.”

The Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program has proven to be a win-win for not only for students and top broadcast networks, but also for the larger broadcast industry as a whole. “We want to make sure that the new people coming into our shows have the required knowledge, and the only way they can learn is by doing. Our partnership with Sennheiser has been a great and they have provided many capable mentoring students,” observes Randy Flick. Jason Cohen agrees: “The program gives my guys a chance to reach out to this community of younger talent and offer them opportunities that many others didn’t have when coming into this industry. At the same time we are able to build a pool of talent that we can rely on with young men who are eager to learn.”

For Zach Templin, the program has offered a depth of experience that he would not have otherwise been able to acquire: “It’s not experience you can get locally, because these are major national, and sometimes worldwide broadcasts that only happen a few times a year. There is no other mentorship program that I know of that gets you into the thick of things on such a large scale.”

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.

Photo captions:
1) The Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match was broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View from Macau, China in November, 2013.
2) Former Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program participant Zach Templin served as Lead RF A2 during HBO’s first Pay-Per-View boxing event broadcast outside the U.S.
3) Randy Flick, senior audio mixer, HBO Boxing.
4) The audio team shares a moment at the Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match, broadcast from Macau, China in November, 2013.

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