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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.

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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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Neumann Launches Digital Version of its KH 120 Nearfield Studio Monitor

Enhanced Version of KH 120 Features Digital Inputs, Time Delay Compensation

Las Vegas – April 8, 2014 – Premium audio brand Neumann announced the launch of its first digital studio monitor: the KH 120 D. Based on the KH 120 A small format studio monitor launched in 2010, the KH 120 D sets a new standard of sonic quality and price-performance ratio in the compact nearfield monitor segment. The KH 120 D will be on display at the Neumann booth at the 2014 NAB Show [booth C3217] and will be shipping this summer.

The KH 120 D is designed for tracking, mixing and mastering applications in music, broadcast, project and post-production studios. Utilizing the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation technologies, the KH 120 D ensures the most accurate sound reproduction possible. Equipped with an additional BNC input for AES/EBU or S/P-DIF formats (24-bit/192 kHz), the KH 120 D enables seamless digital workflow right up through playback on the studio monitor.

The KH 120 D also features digital delay for both analog and digital inputs, enabling the monitor to be used for demanding tasks requiring time alignment. With a maximum delay of over 400 ms, the KH 120 D is able to seamlessly address audio/video synchronization issues, or simply manage time delay compensation in situations where space constraints preclude equidistant positioning of loudspeakers.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin, commented: “Neumann’s studio monitors are built to extremely high tolerances and deliver an ‘honest’ sound. With the KH 120 D, a fully digital workflow can now also benefit from these characteristics. The addition of a built-in delay feature makes the KH 120 D suitable for new applications and represents exceptional value at this price point. It provides an answer to the very latest trends in the field of professional audio.”

The KH 120 D studio monitor is designed for use as a near-field loudspeaker or as a rear loudspeaker in larger multi-channel systems. It features a Mathematically Modeled Dispersion waveguide (MMD), flexible acoustical controls, analog class-AB amplifiers, various input formats (analog and digital) and an extensive range of mounting hardware. All of this provides the user with the maximum versatility over a wide variety of acoustic conditions, source equipment, and physical locations.

For further information please visit www.neumann.com.

About Neumann:

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser:

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

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

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1) Front and rear of the Neumann KH 120 D studio monitor.
2) Rear of the KH 120 D studio monitor.

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Sennheiser Updates Customers on Pending Spectrum Reallocation While Encourages Microphone Owners to Support of its Petition to FCC

Company Predicts Wireless Microphone Operation in the 600 MHz Range Will Remain Status Quo Through 2016

Old Lyme, Conn., April 8, 2014 – Audio specialist Sennheiser, which continues to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in light of the pending spectrum auction scheduled to take place in 2015, has launched a website to keep its customers informed on recent developments concerning the future of wireless microphones and the UHF spectrum. The website [http://sennheiser.com/spectrum] also contains a sample support letter that microphone owners can download and use to express their own views to the FCC concerning equipment replacement costs they will incur as a result of spectrum reallocation.

In the middle of 2015, the FCC plans to hold an ‘incentive auction” with the intent of transferring spectrum currently allocated for over-the-air (OTA) TV service to mobile broadband. The auction offers TV broadcasters the opportunity to relinquish or share their spectrum license in exchange for a portion of the proceeds generated by the auction. The broadcasters that operate on channels in the 600 MHz range that choose to stay on the air will be moved to a different TV channel during the subsequent repacking process, which is expected to take at least two years to complete. Therefore Sennheiser expects wireless microphone operation in the 600 MHz range to remain status quo through 2016.

While it is uncertain whether the incentive auction will be successful, Sennheiser is preparing for the possibility of a 600 MHz reallocation and is recommending that microphone operators start preparing for this transition as well. If the auction is successful, the degree of impact after UHF packing remains unclear for the following reasons:

• Wireless mics may still be able to operate in some pockets of the 600 MHz, following FCC approval, in the planned guard band and the mid-band gap. The majority of the re-purposed spectrum will be segmented into two separate blocks for up-link and down-link. Between them will be a mid-band gap. Below the downlink block will be a guard band. In repacking scenarios that affect the radio astronomy channel (TV channel 37), one or two small additional guard bands may be created. The mid-band gap and the guard band(s) are intended to be buffers, but their functionality for mics is yet to be defined.

• Reallocation may vary by market. The FCC plans to pursue the “down from 51″ plan where a range will be reallocated, starting from TV channel 51 (698 MHz) on downwards. It is unclear how far down from 698 MHz will be reallocated, in large part to the voluntary nature of the auction, but it could be as far as 578 MHz. The FCC wants the allocation between TV and mobile broadband to vary by market, but faces strong opposition from those who want the divisions to be uniform nationwide.

• Currently, there are two TV channels in each market that are reserved for wireless mic/monitor use, available to any mic/monitor operator. It is unclear whether this will still be the case after the repacking process.

Sennheiser expects to have better visibility on these details later this year.

Regardless of the outcome of the spectrum auction, Sennheiser continues to design and manufacture innovative products. Its newest wireless systems, such as the Digital 9000, are more spectrally efficient and easier to operate than ever before, despite an increasingly challenging RF environment. However, without adequate spectrum, even the most advanced equipment will not be able to operate. Therefore Sennheiser will continue to advocate and pursue political activities in the interest of its customers.

“While it is still unclear as to how the spectrum repacking will impact many thousands of audio professionals by forcing them to reinvest in compliant equipment, Sennheiser will continue to inform and support its customers wherever possible,” commented Joe Ciaudelli, Spectrum Affairs, Sennheiser. “With Sennheiser, you are not only purchasing premium products but service and support from people who care.”

Sennheiser encourages its customers to support its petition for compensation for microphone owners in light of the pending spectrum auction, and to communicate any potential equipment loss directly to the FCC. To learn more, and download a sample support letter, visit the Sennheiser website.

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.

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Sennheiser supports Dante™

Las Vegas, NV, April 7, 2014 – At NAB 2014, audio specialist Sennheiser has announced its support for the Dante™ multi-channel audio networking standard. “By joining this standard, we will be able to optimally cater to our customers in the broadcasting and live sound worlds,” explained Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division. The first product to make use of the network technology will be the company’s Digital 9000 wireless microphone system. A Dante-enabled expansion card for the receiver will be launched in summer 2014.

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG signed the Dante License Agreement with Audinate Pty Ltd at the end of March, just ahead of NAB. In 2013, Sennheiser had signed the RAVENNA Partnership Agreement with ALC NetworX GmbH, following in the footsteps of its subsidiary Georg Neumann GmbH. Sennheiser has also been a member of the AVnu Alliance since 2010.

“The future belongs to digital networking. We see the digital distribution of audio and control signals becoming more and more widespread in all areas of production,” said Claus Menke. “The flexibility and modularity of our Digital 9000 wireless system allows the seamless integration of networking technologies, making this and subsequent microphone systems a future-proof investment.”

“Sennheiser is recognised globally for its uncompromised performance,” stated Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “The Sennheiser Digital 9000 microphone receiver combined with Audinate’s Dante networking further enriches the broad suite of Dante products available for audio over IP networks in broadcast, live sound, theatre, and professional audio markets.”

About Audinate and Dante™:

Dante™ is the digital audio networking solution of choice for over 140 professional audio manufacturers in the broadcast, live sound, commercial installed and conferencing markets. Audinate’s Dante solution builds on existing Internet (IP) and Ethernet networking standards and offers a migration path to emerging standards like AES67. Dante networking replaces point-to-point cabling and matrix switching solutions offering hundreds of channels of high-performance audio, control and monitoring across existing network infrastructure. Installation and management is simplified through a unique combination of plug and play technologies, saving enormous installation and long-term ownership costs. Audio sources attached to any network port are available everywhere throughout the network with signal routing defined by software, not physical cabling. Audinate also offers a comprehensive set of interfacing options for PC and Mac equipment (Dante Virtual Soundcard and Dante PCIe card) enabling simple integration of existing software applications with the audio network.

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, 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 www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division (Photo credit: Rita Kruse)

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Refinement, redefined: Sennheiser expands studio microphone range with the MK 8

Las Vegas, April 7, 2014: At NAB Show, the world’s largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, audio specialist Sennheiser [booth C3217] will unveil the MK 8 large-diaphragm, multi-pattern condenser studio microphone.

The new microphone features five selectable polar patterns (omni-directional, wide cardioid, cardioid, super-cardioid, figure-of-eight), a low cut/roll-off filter and selectable pad. “The MK 8 expands Sennheiser’s successful series of large-diaphragm condensers, and professional users will appreciate its versatility,” said Sebastian Schmitz, microphone product manager. “Its sound is direct and harmonious, characterized by a defined bass, beautifully rounded mids and an open treble. Overall, it has a very musical sound.”

Designed and manufactured in Germany, the MK 8 echoes the sleek design of the MK 4 studio microphone. Where the fixed cardioid MK 4 was designed for plug-and-play simplicity, the multi-pattern MK 8 offers additional control for the refined recording engineer. The new microphone features a one-inch, dual-diaphragm capsule, precisely spattered with 24-carat gold and elastically mounted to reduce structure-borne noise. In addition, a three-position filter allows the user to either eliminate low-frequency noise below 60 Hz (-18 dB/octave, low-cut position) or introduce a softer roll-off effect from 100 Hz down to compensate for the proximity effect in close miking (-6 dB/octave, roll-off position).

The MK 8 is also fitted with a switchable pad (off, -10 dB, -20 dB). A -10 dB reduction in the capsule protects against excessively loud audio sources, while an additional -10 dB reduction in the microphone electronics avoids overloads in connected mic pre-amps and subsequent recording equipment.

The five switchable pick-up patterns exhibit relatively constant characteristics, especially in the low end. This ensures better, more defined sound, as the selected pattern is maintained over frequency. For example, the super-cardioid pattern will not “blur” but remain precise, providing the same high attenuation of lateral sound sources regardless of frequency.

Encased in a sturdy metal housing, the MK 8 has relatively low sensitivity to humidity as the impedance conversion is done within the capsule. It is packaged with a microphone clip and a protective pouch, and optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield, a pop filter and a hard case. The new MK 8 microphone will be available in late summer.

Technical data of the MK 8:

Transducer principle externally polarised condenser microphone
Diaphragm diameter 1” (25.4 mm)
Pick-up patterns omni-directional, wide cardioid, cardioid,
super-cardioid, figure-of-eight
Frequency response 20 to 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity 17.4 mV/Pa (–35 dBV)
Maximum sound pressure level 140 dB (pad: 0 dB)
Equivalent noise level 10 dBA, 16 dB CCIR
Dynamic range 130 dB
Nominal impedance 50 ohms
Min. terminating impedance 1 kohm
Power supply 48 V phantom power (P48)
Low-cut/roll-off filter, switchable roll-off: -6 dB/oct. from 100 Hz
low-cut: -18 dB/oct. from 60 Hz
Switchable pad 0 db, -10 dB, -20 dB
Current consumption 4.1 mA
Diameter approx. 57 mm
Length approx. 160 mm
Weight approx. 485 g
Operating temperature 0° to +40°C
Storage temperature -10° to +60°C

Optional accessories:

MKW 4 Windshield
MZP 40 Pop filter
MKS 40 Elastic suspension
MKC 4 Hard case

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.

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1) The MK 8 recording microphone
2) The MK 8 offers the recording engineer a full set of control options

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Sennheiser & Shanghai Concert Hall Collaborate Long-Term Naming Ceremony of Sennheiser Shanghai Concert Hall

Shanghai, PRC, March 25, 2014: Sennheiser Group and the Shanghai Concert Hall have agreed to terms that officially renames the Shanghai Concert Hall, “Sennheiser Shanghai Concert Hall”, effective March 10, 2014. This is the first time in Sennheiser’s history that a performance centre has been named after the company and signals a new beginning for Sennheiser Group. This prestigious event also introduces the formation of Sennheiser-owned record label, Sennheiser Media. Sennheiser Media is a subsidiary of Sennheiser. Famed Chinese musical prodigy, A-Bu is the label’s first signing and Sennheiser is pleased to launch A Bu’s first album at this event.

Sennheiser and the prestigious Shanghai Concert Hall have had a longstanding relationship in China. Through the renaming of the Shanghai Concert Hall, both Sennheiser and officials from the Shanghai Concert Hall will sign a contract that renames this historical concert hall that includes the opening of an official Sennheiser music store within the venue to sell different variety of headphones. The Sennheiser Shanghai Concert Hall was the first professional concert hall in China and aims to become a new platform to promote the development of arts in music in Shanghai and for the rest of China.

In this cooperation, Sennheiser will install a full set of top theatre and sound equipment, as well as design a state of the art centralized audio recording control system. Sennheiser will provide some of their most popular & sophisticated products such as 9000 series microphones. The world-renowned 9000 series wireless microphone is another favorite microphone among international artists and it was no surprise when it won “Outstanding Technical Achievement for Wireless Technology” at the 29th TEC. Italian loudspeaker company K-array will also be used as part of the installation.

Daniel Sennheiser, CEO of Sennheiser and Marc Vincent, President of Sennheiser, Greater China and Zhang Zhe, President of Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Center and Zhang Ming, General Manager of Shanghai Concert Hall will officiate the renaming ceremony. Daniel Sennheiser is very impressed by the infrastructure and the growth of the Chinese musical instruments market. “This collaboration is an important milestone in our continuous pursuit of perfection and it’s a privilege to be here in China,” said Daniel Sennheiser, CEO of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG.

The Shanghai Concert Hall has traditionally hosted a wide range of musical events including jazz and classical performances, and the acoustics created by Sennheiser will be second to none. A team has been set up to maintain the equipment, the concert hall’s high audio standards set by Sennheiser and ensure all performances are supported fully. Sennheiser will also provide regular workshops for the technical team at the concert hall. “It is with pride and honor that Sennheiser joins forces with the prestigious Shanghai Concert Hall to promote the music and sound culture in China.” said Marc Vincent, President, Sennheiser Greater China.

This cooperation also ensures audiences that the Shanghai Concert Hall will provide more charity events and free showcases to promote music and the artssuch as “Lunch Time Concert” and “Weekly Radio Concert”, to name a few. Shanghai Concert Hall officials also confirm that ticket prices will be maintained and managed appropriately to benefit the general public.

Mr. Zhang Zhe, President of Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Center explained further, ‘We are glad that Shanghai Concert Hall and Sennheiser can reach this incredible cooperation. This year is the beginning of the second decade following our relocation to this venue. To join hands with Sennheiser, the world’s leading audio brand, it in itself provides a lot of possibility for future development for the concert hall. We believe that this cooperation will bring about a huge impact on the development of music culture in Shanghai.”

Sennheiser Recording Facility:

Parts of the plans include a commitment to set up a professional, world-class recording studio inside the Shanghai Concert Hall, scheduled for completion in 2015. This part of the concert hall will ensure future live performances in HIFI levels can be recorded. Once the facility is ready, the Sennheiser Shanghai Concert Hall will introduce a new project called “Young Talent Inspires“ to help young up and coming artists to record an album and promote it through Sennheiser’s global sales network.
“Sennheiser has supported many art and music related events in China, such as the MIDI Music Festival, Storm Music Festival, Shanghai JZ Festival and other notable events. This title sponsorship is the first cooperation between a public institution and a business organization in China and it is going to be a great one,” said a representative from the Shanghai Concert Hall.

Introducing Sennheiser Media:

Sennheiser has created its own music label, Sennheiser Media to record and promote local Chinese and international artists. Sennheiser has named A Bu as their first recording artist under this label. A Bu will perform at the official naming ceremony as will Violinist, Tobias Preisig & Pianist, Marc Mean, respectively.

About Shanghai Concert Hall:

The Shanghai Concert Hall is one of China’s heritage architecture buildings. Originally named the Nanjing Theater, it was designed by a Chinese architect and completed in March 1930.The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Quartet, violinist Isaac Stern, pianist Alicia de Larrocha and Chinese symphony orchestras all once performed there. “The Spring of Shanghai” festival also began at the concert hall. In December 2002, the restoration project started and by July 8, 2003, the Hall was moved 66.46 meters southeastward with its foundation uplifted 3.38 meters. It reopened on September 30, 2004 and continues to be one of Shanghai’s most important landmarks.

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, Swtizerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest informationby visiting website at www.sennheiserusa.com and www.shanghaiconcerthall.org.

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Kenneth Copeland Ministries Reaches Millions of People Around the World with Sennheiser and Neumann

Sennheiser 2000 Series Wireless System and Neumann KK 204 Capsules Play an Integral Role in KCM’s Mobile Worship Team, With Live Broadcasts from Around the U.S.

Newark, TX, March 18, 2014: Kenneth Copeland Ministries has been an important contributor in the Christian community since 1967, reaching over 60 million people through its various faith-based outreach activities. In addition to the KCM broadcasts, which reach an international audience of over 100 countries, the Ministry regularly provides humanitarian and disaster assistance through its KCM Relief Fund, which recently helped provide Haiti with $2.7 million of medical supplies and 7,000 pounds of antibiotics. KCM broadcasts its meetings from various arenas, conferences centers and ballrooms around the country using Sennheiser wireless equipment combined with microphone capsules from Neumann.

KCM’s mobile set up includes (4) Sennheiser EM 2050 dual channel receivers and (8) Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld transmitters, each coupled with Neumann KK 204 cardioid capsules. “We have a very small rig, but it sounds great and saves us a lot of time,” explains Jesus ‘CHUY” Esquivel, Event Tech Coordinator/Audio Engineer for Kenneth Copeland Ministries. “We reviewed top of the line microphones from other manufacturers and the Sennheiser / Neumann combination was so clear, it was like night and day compared to all the others.”

The recently acquired system covers all the needs of the KCM worship team. The switch to Sennheiser was made after the production team faced quality and reliability issues while using products from other manufacturers: “Very often, we had trouble with RF while using other systems Esquivel reports.”With our new Sennheiser equipment, we have overcome all of these difficulties.”

In addition to the rock-solid reliability of the 2000 series wireless system, Esquivel says overall ease of use was a big differentiator: “Setting up frequencies on the EM 2050 is fast and easy,” he says. “Now, our system set up takes between 15 to 20 minutes, whereas before it took almost two hours to scan and set up with other systems. This is important because we have other things to do.”

Esquivel and his team appreciate Sennheiser’s Wireless System Manager (WSM) software, which comes bundled with the EM 2050 system and provides unparalleled access to its wireless set up via remote control. “It is very useful, especially to monitor frequencies,” says Esquivel. “Having the ability to adjust frequencies, monitor battery levels and mutes is very reassuring in both rehearsals and live performance.”

Stepping Up to Neumann
Since the music in each worship service is unique and includes a variety of vocalists, it was important for KCM to choose a microphone capsule that could deliver consistently outstanding performance. “Each of our singers is totally different,” says Esquivel. “And with the Neumann KK 204 capsules, they can perform as they like without feeling limited. If there is part of a song that is quiet, the capsule is open enough to capture every nuance to develop the sound that we need.”

The KK 204 microphone capsule is specifically designed for the Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld transmitter. Each capsule delivers a full, transparent and naturally warm sound, and a single polar pattern design enables a uniform response across the entire frequency range. This contributes to the KK 204′s excellent gain before feedback performance. “There is something about the combination of the SKM 2000 transmitter and KK 204 capsule that makes the sound,” Esquivel continues. “It is so crisp and bright and you can hear every breath a performer takes. It is also very natural — the way the voice comes out is the way the microphone captures it.”

While relatively compact, KCM’s acquisition of Sennheiser and Neumann equipment has taken its performances to the next level. “Music plays a very important role in our ministry outreach” concludes Esquivel. “We have been very pleased with how the system from Sennheiser has been working and it has made a measurable difference in the quality of our worship services.”

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.

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1) Kenneth Copeland Ministries has been an important contributor in the Christian community since 1967, reaching over 60 million people through its various faith-based outreach activities.
2) The Neumann KK 204 microphone capsule is specifically designed for the Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld transmitter.
3) Jesus ‘CHUY” Esquivel, Event Tech Coordinator/Audio Engineer for Kenneth Copeland Ministries, standing beside KCM’s rack of Sennheiser EM 2050 dual channel receivers.
4) The Neumann KK 204 capsule delivers a full, transparent and naturally warm sound, and a single polar pattern design enables a uniform response across the entire frequency range.

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Neumann Digital Microphones Shine in Digital Surround Recording of Landmark Organ Recital at Denver’s St. John’s Cathedral

Neumann Digital Microphones and KH 120 Monitors Used to Capture Performance on W.W. Kimball Organ, Following Recent $2 Million Restoration

Denver, CO, March 17, 2014: Last month, Julliard scholar and organist extraordinaire Michael Hey took the seat at the Platt Rogers pipe organ located in the narthex of Denver’s St. John’s Cathedral. The formidable instrument, a one of a kind W.W. Kimball that was built to specification almost a century ago, recently completed a painstaking 3-1/2 year, $2.5 million renovation to bring it as close as possible to its original splendor. The landmark performance on February 14th was recorded in high-resolution surround using a variety of well-placed Neumann digital microphones positioned throughout the venue.

To capture the complete sonic depth of such an instrument, St. John Cathedral’s Music Administrator, Alberto Gutierrez, turned to veteran recording engineer Mike Pappas, owner of Denver-based Pappas Consulting LLC. Pappas, who has worked extensively with The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The Aspen Music Festival and others in the past, recorded the recital in 88.2kHz resolution/24-bit digital audio.

“I’ve worked with Alberto for several years with the Colorado Symphony, and he told me about the gargantuan restoration of this magnificent organ and Mr. Hey’s upcoming recital,” said Pappas. “I’d been eager to capture such an organ for a number of years and this was the perfect chance to make an audiophile grade recording using my collection of Neumann digital mics.”

An Instrument Suited for Digital:

The Platt Rogers organ is the largest intact American cathedral organ currently in use that was built before World War II. It has 96 ranks, 5,961 pipes and is powered by an enormous 25 horsepower motor. With such a large organ, which was being played in a very large cathedral with 60′ cielings and a 3-1/2 second reverb time, one of the primary goals was to capture the entirety of the instrument’s massive dynamic range: “An organ of this size can generate frequencies as low as 11 Hz, so I had to choose the right microphones to accommodate this,” explains Pappas.

Pappas deployed left, center and right microphone arrays, positioned equal distances apart by about 9′, placed 21′ high, and 20′ away from the organ. He chose the Neumann KM 133 D digital microphones, which he says are are his ‘go-to’ microphones for symphony work and which use the legendary Neumann M50 titanium capsule and diaphragm. Pappas appreciates this microphone’s flat low frequency response and omni-directional pattern.

“Back in 1938 when they built the organ, they weren’t too concerned with being able to record at 138 dB of dynamic range,” says Pappas. “This organ is capable of generating 11 Hz notes. Using the Neumann KM 133 Ds, we were able to get a very smooth response while accurately capturing every nuance in these lower frequenicies.” For the two rear channels, Pappas opted for a mid-side pair arrangement, using the Neumann KM 184 D for the mid and the KM 120 D — which has a figure-of-eight capsule pattern — for the side. The entire recording was monitored on location using several Sennheiser headphones including an HD 600 and HD 800 open aire models.

Trailblazing with Neumann Digital Microphones:

The signal flow for the digital microphones was simple: each microphone was connected to the Neumann Digital Microphone interface — which also served as the clocking device for the entire recording system — and then was output via AES/EBU to a RME ADI 6432 converter. This outputs a MADI signal, which was then sent into Pappas’ Apple MacBook Pro running Logic X.

Simplicity is a key reason why Pappas was initially drawn to Neumann digital microphone technology: “For remote recording, using digital microphones means I have a lot less gear.” he explains. “At one point, we had 40 channels of preamps running into A to D converters, but now I am down to just 8 channels of digital — this greatly simplifies my set up.” He also realizes several advantages in audio quality. “Nothing else can give me comparable resolution, dynamic range or signal to noise ratio. Conventional signal chains include mic preamplifiers and A to D converters, and these can impart subtle colorations onto what you are trying to record. For us doing symphony work, all we want to hear is the microphone capsule.”

Neumann KH 120: Revealing the Essence of a Unique Instrument:

Following the recording, which took place on a Thursday evening, the recording stems were transported to the Colorado Symphony Hall, where Pappas has a 5.1 mix set up featuring Neumann KH 120 monitors and a Neumann KH 810 subwoofer. “The first thing we listened for was the left-right-center stereo channels to confirm all our mic placements,” recalls Pappas. “Once we knew we had that right, we added the rear channels to the mix to provide ambience.”

Pappas favors the KH 120s because of their revealing quality and dynamic response. “They are just spectacular,” he says. “What you hear is what you actually get on the mix, and it all translates. There are never any nasty surprises.” “The integration of the KH 810 subwoofer has been spectacular,” he adds. “It doesn’t call attention to itself, yet fills in exactly what you want. We never worry about how much low end is going into the mix.”

The exquisite recording of the Platt Rogers Pipe Organ is being prepared for a summer release on Chesky Records. To learn more about Neumann digital microphones, please visit http://www.neumann.com.

About Neumann:

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser:

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

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

Photo captions:
1) Michael Hey sits at the Platt Rogers pipe organ at Denver’s St. John’s Cathedral.

2) Neumann KM 133Ds capture the Platt Rogers pipe organ at Denver’s St. John’s Cathedral.

Photographs provided by Mike Pappas

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