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Sennheiser’s MK4 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Hits Sweet Spot with Nashville-Based Producer Rogers Masson

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Nashville, TN – May 16, 2011: Audio manufacturer Sennheiser launched its first side address, large diaphragm condenser microphone during the NAMM show last January. The microphone, which is manufactured in Germany and suitable for a wide range of recording and broadcast applications, was widely praised for its versatility, workmanship and pricepoint, which is just $299 street.

Recently, Rogers Masson — a Nashville-based producer / mixer / engineer — used the Sennheiser MK4 while recording a publishing demo for Josh Brown, lead singer of Grammy nominated rock band Day of Fire. Masson, who does mixing and overdub work out of his home studio dubbed the Rog Mahal, works within a wide spectrum of musical genres and has worked with everyone from The Mavericks to Marilyn Manson. For his recordings, Masson relies on an agile, DAW-based system and uses his new MK4 to record everything from lead vocals to drums to screaming electric guitars. more

TRUE Systems pT2-500 Preamplifier Nominated for TEC Award

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OLD LYME, Conn. – October 7, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its newly distributed brand, TRUE Systems, has been nominated for an Outstanding Technical Achievement award by the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Foundation for its innovative new pT2-500 microphone preamplifier. The pT2-500 is an APIâ„¢ 500 series compatible module, which incorporates the company’s new Type 2 circuit design; this results in exceptional definition, musicality, headroom, and noise performance. The pT2-500 also includes a discrete FET DI circuit with THRU jack for easy connection to amps or effects.

In addition to receiving a TEC Award nomination in the pT2-500 in the microphone preamplifier category, the Neumann TLM 102 and Sennheiser G3 500 Series also received nominations in the microphone and wireless categories respectively. more

Sennheiser adds TRUE Systems to family of distributed brands

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OLD LYME, Conn. – October 4, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has added TRUE Systems, a highly regarded U.S.-based manufacturer of microphone preamplifiers, to its family of distributed brands. Currently, TRUE Systems offers five high-performance microphone preamplifiers, each of which is highly complementary to Sennheiser and Neumann’s existing product line. The products will be marketed through Sennheiser’s existing professional audio, systems integration and musical instrument channels.

TRUE Systems preamplifiers, which are affordably priced and built with the highest-quality materials available, range from single-channel to eight channel models. The entire product line — including the new 500 series modules — delivers an unparalleled dimension of flexibility to users, making them ideal for use with a variety of microphone and instrument applications. more

Neumann to Co-Sponsor That’s Voiceover, an Insider’s Look at Making a Career as a Voiceover Artist

scaled_e1283167361.jpgNew York – August 30, 2010 – Audio specialist Neumann announced that it has partnered with Push Creative to co-sponsor a comprehensive, one-day voiceover seminar event in New York City. The event, which takes place on the evening of September 22, offers a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse at the voiceover industry, while examining the practical steps required to establish and sustain a voiceover career.

The event will feature presentations from major celebrities in the voiceover industry, including endorsed Neumann artist Joan Baker, Joe Cipriano and Alan Kalter (voice of Late Show with David Letterman) and many others. In addition to covering voiceover acting, the seminar will also cover key associated careers in voiceover including writing, producing, directing and other roles. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to The Alzheimer’s Association, the leading global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support. more

Sennheiser MD 421 Turns 50!

scaled_e1278988184.jpgOLD LYME, Conn. – July 13, 2010 – This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the classic Sennheiser MD 421-U large diaphragm, cardioid, dynamic microphone. The venerable MD 421, which is still in production as the MD 421 II, has been one of Sennheiser’s best-selling dynamic microphones for decades thanks to its durability, versatility, and ability to handle high sound pressure levels. Offering exemplary performance on voices, but equally effective on a wide range of acoustic and amplified instruments, the MD 421 continues to be an essential component of any microphone collection in the studio or on the road.

The MD 421 has been improved over the years with upgrades to the housing, output connector, basket, and capsule assembly. A limited-production MD 421 Special Edition that recaptured the full-bodied performance of the microphone’s original design was introduced in 2003 to commemorate the ninetieth birthday of Sennheiser founder, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser. The MD 421 II continues the tradition of the MD 421 while upgrading the original design in order to take advantage of improved production techniques and materials. more

Goo Goo Dolls Out with Sennheiser and Neumann

scaled_e1278535685.jpgOld Lyme, Conn., July 7, 2010 – The Goo Goo Dolls occupy a unique space in the music industry, having risen from a respectable decade in the underground to worldwide stardom. Now poised to release their ninth studio album, Something For The Rest Of Us, the Goo Goo Dolls are spending much of the summer selling out arenas. Veteran engineers Paul David Hager (FOH) and Robert Windel (monitors) are relying on Sennheiser and Neumann wireless and wired equipment for nearly every aspect of the Goo Goo Dolls’ live set. Frontman Johnny Rzeznik sings into a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with a Neumann KK 104 S capsule, whereas bass player Robby Takac sings into a wired Sennheiser MD 431 II. Drummer Mike Malinin’s kit is a combination of Neumann and Sennheiser mics, including large-diaphragm TLM 103s for overheads and toms. The band’s impressive collection of basses and guitars run wireless on fourteen Sennheiser ew 572 G3 channels. Finally, with not a stage wedge to be seen, the whole band, along with several techs, use Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G3 wireless personal monitors to inspire performances worthy of the Goo Goo Dolls’ now legendary status.
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Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser dies

scaled_e1274277718.jpgOLD LYME, Conn. – May 19, 2010 – Late during the evening of May 17, 2010, only a few days after his 98th birthday, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser, audio pioneer and founder of today’s Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, passed away. The audio industry has lost a huge figure, not only in terms of his technical expertise but also in terms of his humanity.

Through his company Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser had a crucial influence on the development of sound transmission technologies and was instrumental in forging many ground-breaking developments in electroacoustics and transmission technologies. Under his guidance the first shotgun microphones and open headphones were created and he oversaw important developments in wireless radio and infra-red transmission. It was completely natural for Fritz Sennheiser to give his developers the “creative and technical freedom� they required. His humanity also shone through when – considering the significant workload involved in running an expanding company – he took time to share his knowledge with students, inspiring them with an enthusiasm for audio technology. In 1982 he retired from the management of the company, handing over to his son, Prof. Dr. sc. techn. Jörg Sennheiser. more

Sennheiser’s Professional Systems Division Names B&H Photo Video Dealer of the Year

scaled_e1273540962.jpgOLD LYME, Conn. – May 11, 2010: The U.S. subsidiary of headphone and microphone manufacturer Sennheiser named B&H Photo Video, Inc. its 2009 dealer of the year for excellent sales, customer support and comprehension of Sennheiser’s diverse line of professional audio systems and solutions.

To express its thanks, Sennheiser made a generous donation to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development fund in the name of B&H Photo Video. The donation supports the emergency relief and recovery efforts for those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti. more

Sennheiser Offers Support to Nashville Music Community as Flooding Impacts Musicians, Studios and Equipment Dealers

Old Lyme, CT, 10 May 2010 – As the Nashville flooding tragedy continues to impact both the local community and the Nashville music scene at large, audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has allocated resources and support staff to assist as the local music community assesses the damage and begins to get back on its feet.

Several of Sennheiser’s customers were affected by the flood, including equipment dealers, rehearsal studios and musicians, who are all reporting significant damage to facilities, equipment and musical instruments. Sennheiser has deployed product support staff to the region, who are able to provide consulting services to Sennheiser customers and end users at no charge.

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American Idol Winds Down to its Final Five Contestants, with Sennheiser Microphones Sounding Off as Clear Favorite

scaled_e1273082133.jpgOLD LYME, Conn. – May 5, 2010 – While the voting results of 24 million viewers are anything but predictable, there has been at least one constant throughout the entire ninth season of “American Idol:� the outstanding sonic performances of Sennheiser microphones. The audio specialist’s microphones are used ubiquitously by the show’s contestants, backing musicians, high profile guests and judges.

For the third year in a row, American Idol has used the winning combination of Sennheiser’s MD 5235 capsule along with the eye-catching, chrome-plated SKM 5200 handheld wireless microphone system. It has evolved into an icon among viewers, while delivering predictably outstanding sonic quality each night. more

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