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Bruno Mars delivers record-breaking halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII with Sennheiser

New York, February 11, 2014: The stars aligned during Super Bowl XLVIII on the evening of February 2 as Bruno Mars delivered an unforgettable halftime performance to a record-breaking broadcast audience of 115.3 million viewers – the largest in Super Bowl history. For the duration of the performance, Bruno Mars sang through his Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter, coupled with an MD 5235 dynamic microphone capsule, ensuring crisp and detailed sound for millions of fans around the world.

During the 12-minute set, which included his top hits “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Treasure” and “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars showcased his versatility as an entertainer with a dramatic drum-solo introduction, James Brown-inspired dance moves, and an instantly recognizable soulful voice captured by Sennheiser.

Working alongside veteran production provider ATK Audiotek, Bruno Mars’ production team – including monitor engineer James Berry and front-of-house engineer Derek Brener – specified Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitters and MD 5235 capsules for each of the three vocalists on stage, including Bruno Mars. In addition, all of Bruno Mars’ performers were equipped with Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless monitoring systems. “It was rock solid perfection, just as we expected,” says Berry. “Everything just worked, and we had no problems.”

Preparing for the Big Game
Whether they are touring the world or performing at the Super Bowl, preparation is key for Bruno Mars’ production team. “First, I need to have all my Sennheiser products there, because I know it’s all going to work,” says Berry. “We went in on Monday, checked everything and Bruno came in on Tuesday. Then we ran through rehearsals three or four times a day – everything was easy and we didn’t have any problems.”

“You’ve got to let go of the pressure in the moment,” adds Brener. “We must have rehearsed upwards of ten times so we knew what we were doing and we knew that it sounded great. Thankfully, with Sennheiser, you don’t have to worry about the ‘What if’ moments, since Sennheiser virtually never fails.” Brener was grateful to have ATK Audiotek by his side as well. “They are so well prepared for the scale of this kind of production – especially on the biggest show of the year.”

Cutting Through the Mix
Wherever Bruno Mars is on stage – including at the Super Bowl – his Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter with MD 5235 capsule is always nearby. “It’s very imporant to us that Bruno is on the SKM 5200,” says Berry. Derek Brener explains how the MD 5235 capsule is especially well suited to Bruno Mars’ voice: “There is something special about this capsule,” he says. “It just punches through the PA better than any other mic we’ve tried on Bruno. There is a special quality in the timbre of his voice, and how this aligns with the MD 5235. It’s a great match.”

“I am grateful we are able to use the products that we want on a high-profile broadcast production like this, because on some other TV shows, you are at the mercy of having to use other equipment that is provided,” adds Berry. “We hear the quality of these microphones every day while we’re on tour and it’s always reassuring to know that Bruno’s vocals come across perfectly in a broadcast mix.”

For Brener, the ultimate test of the audio quality is the broadcast mix itself. For this reason, Bruno Mars’ team hand picked legendary record producer/engineer Brendan O’Brien to supervise this. “For a broadcast going out to nearly 120 million people, this was a really smart move,” observes Brener. “He’s already done a Super Bowl with Bruce Springsteen and has produced so many great records – this allowed me to concentrate on delivering a great house mix.”

While Bruno Mars’ halftime performance during Super Bowl XLVIII may have astounded millions of audience members around the world, Berry says that Bruno Mars’ team approached the performance just like any other show. “This show was no different than any of our other stage shows,“ he says. “Bruno puts out the same amount of energy whether he is in a club or whether he is performing for millions of people. We took that same approach as a crew. It is all a matter of making him feel comfortable, and for Bruno to feel comfortable, he needs the right microphone. That’s always a Sennheiser.”

For front-of-house engineer Brener, the Super Bowl performance was a resounding success: “When people would ask me who I was rooting for, I would say ‘Bruno’. And Bruno won!”

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.

Photo Caption:

Bruno Mars sang through his Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with MD 5235 capsule during his halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII (Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images)

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Sennheiser and P!NK soar to new heights during 56th GRAMMY Awards

Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2014: Once again, music’s biggest event of the year did not disappoint as the 56th GRAMMY Awards featured exquisite performances by P!NK, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Queens of the Stone Age – all of whom used Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems. Hosted for the third time by LL Cool J, the spectacular event was telecast live from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on January 26, drawing no less than 28.5 million viewers around the world.

Perhaps the most dramatic performance during the evening was from P!NK, whose flawless vocal performance was only matched by her breathtaking mid-air acrobatics before a live audience of nearly 20,000. For the duration of her aerial segment, she used a custom earpiece with an integrated boom microphone built to specification by Sennheiser – the result of a highly collaborative project that helped her engineers achieve all the technical aspects required by the performance.

“There is so much physicality in P!NK’s show with her spinning and flying around that we needed a reliable microphone and IEM that sounded great and would be as unobtrusive as possible,” commented Jon Lewis, monitor engineer for P!NK. “So Sennheiser worked with our engineer Horst Hartmann to create a custom design and integrate the microphone with the earpiece, providing both stability and stellar audio. The earpiece features a single driver which provides plenty of definition without any significant ear fatigue.” The microphone features a Sennheiser HSP 4 capsule with a cardioid polar pattern.

“Because of the circus aspect of P!NK’s performance, she is in a totally different environment at any given time,” Lewis continued. “Whether she is being flung in the middle of the air in front of the PA or in the middle of the stage, it is reassuring to know that she has a reliable microphone and an IEM that is her primary reference throughout the show.” Following the aerial performance, P!NK switched to a Sennheiser SKM 2000 transmitter coupled with a custom MD 9235 capsule.

Delivering on a promise of reliability, versatility and performance
Dave Bellamy, who already has 16 GRAMMY Award events under his belt, handled the on-site RF coordination, deploying a total of 22 channels of Sennheiser wireless during the show including the units used by P!NK: “We used a Phoenix 8 antenna system with 10 arrays, put in place specifically to handle the in-air acrobatics,” he says. “The only thing I need to be concerned with was the effect of the costume and body on her transmitter. In this application, the Sennheiser SK 5212 propagates extremely well and is very compact in size. It isn‘t affected as much when being used on the body as other transmitters and I like that.”

On the receiving side of the signal, Bellamy had several Sennheiser EM 3732-IIs, which he says is a robust, reliable receiver. ”I like the way we can change frequency ranges to about anywhere we want to go,” he observes. “I am using channels 62 and 67 because of the high number of RF devices in the show – these are the only receivers that will hit these upper range frequencies on the market, and I really need them.”

In addition to the wireless channels used for performances, Bellamy also utilized two channels for LL Cool J, who presented through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter coupled with an MD 5235 dynamic microphone, as well as an SK 5212-II bodypack transmitter. “The bodypack transmitter is working just as good as the handheld transmitter,“ says Bellamy. “Having this level of predictability means I can sleep at night!”

Several Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun mics and Neumann KM 184 condenser microphones were used to capture sounds of the audience, and were later mixed with performances, providing millions of music fans the next best thing to being there. “We use the MKH 416s on the front line, and the KM 184s as surround mics,” explains Tom Holmes, production mixer for the GRAMMY Awards. “We always use these microphones because they sound great and don’t get in the way of the show. Our ultimate goal is to have listeners at home feel like they are in the same environment.“

Support where and when it is needed
During such a high-profile event as the GRAMMY Awards, or while on tour in just about any location around the world, Lewis and the rest of his team depend on Sennheiser’s unwavering support, which is delivered personably and consistently at a global level. “We’ve got such a great relationship with Sennheiser, it is like having a close friend you can always call on wherever you go,” says Lewis. “You always know there is going to be somebody to support you, no matter what territory you are in: Australia, Europe, North America or anywhere else. For those of us who spend their lives on the road, it’s really nice to have a friendship like that.“

“We look at this as a support operation,“ says Tim Moore, artist relations, Sennheiser USA. “Many people rely on our gear from production rental houses, mix engineers, RF coordinators and of course artists. As a truly global organisation, Sennheiser is able to respond quickly to any of our customers’ needs, no matter where they occur in the world – including at high-profile events such as the GRAMMY Awards.”

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.

Photo captions:

1: P!NK performs at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards, singing through a customised Sennheiser headset
(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage/getty images)

2: Dave Bellamy, RF Coordinator of the 56th GRAMMY Awards, used several channels of Sennheiser wireless during the performances

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Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System and HDVD 800 Amplifier Receive Outstanding Technical Achievement Award at 29th Annual TEC Awards

Sennheiser Products Are Recognized During 2014 NAMM Show as Best in Class in Wireless Technology and Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement Categories

ANAHEIM, CA, January 27, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its Digital 9000 wireless system and HDVD 800 amplifier were both recognized with Outstanding Technical Achievement awards by the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Foundation. Sennheiser USA president Greg Beebe was on hand to accept the awards during a reception held at the 2014 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA on Friday evening.

Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 Wireless System, which took over a decade to develop, is the most advanced professional wireless system in the world and supports professionals across broadcast studios, theaters, and live performances. The HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC meanwhile allows for optimal performance when paired with any Sennheiser audiophile headphones.

“On behalf of the entire Sennheiser team, I want to express my gratitude to the TEC Foundation for recognizing the Digital 9000 and the HDVD 800 with Outstanding Achievement awards,” said Greg Beebe. “At Sennheiser, we are committed to the Pursuit of Perfect Sound — and this commitment is reflected in products that dramatically improve our customers’ abilities to deliver audio quality that is second to none. The Digital 9000 and HDVD are two such products.”

Since the TEC Foundation was established in 1990, Sennheiser and Neumann have been presented with a cumulative total of 20 Oustanding Technical Achievement awards as well as having five products represented in the TECnology Hall of Fame, including the venerable MD 421 microphone.

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System
The Digital 9000 Wireless System offers completely uncompressed and artifact free digital audio, combining sonic purity and outstanding dynamics. It’s the first digital wireless system that works without compression, allowing for full HD audio transmission. The system uses extremely steep filters to allow a very narrow set-up of the respective radio frequencies within the available frequency range. Through this, the risk of intermodulation is eliminated, allowing for the most reliable wireless operation.

Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC
The HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC is a solid-state amplifier that generates the ultimate acoustic performance when paired with any of Sennheiser’s audiophile headphones. It highlights crisp, balanced and distortion-free sound through a high-quality Burr-Brown digital/analog converter (DAC). The amplifier is outfitted with a symmetrical input socket, which allows for incoming signals to be symmetrized before processing takes place. The HDVD 800 also offers an extra USB input, allowing for 24-bit data transmission at 192 kHz.

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.

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Antelope Audio’s Orion32 Helps International DJ/Producer Dusty Kid Usher In the Next Chapter of Electronic Music Creation

Orion32 Serves as Kid’s ‘Digital Hub,’ Providing Unmatched Flexibility and Audio Quality in Routing Hardware and Software Virtual Instruments

Anaheim, CA, January 23, 2014: Antelope Audio [Booth 7118 - Arena] counts international DJ/producer phenomenon Dusty Kid (a/k/a Paolo Alberto Lodde) among its fans. A dedicated electronic music artist since age 12, Dusty Kid is very much in demand among the international DJ circuit, having toured relentlessly for the last seven years. In the studio, the Orion32 has helped Dusty Kid realize his dream of realizing the ultimate ‘modular studio,’ enabling him to seamlessly connect the hardware and software devices he needs for unmatched flexibility and audio quality. We spoke to Dusty, who was born to make music [indeed, he claims his first word was 'vinyl] just before the 2014 NAMM Show to find out how the Orion32 fits into his music creation scheme.

How is being a DJ now different from being one say, ten years ago?
Well, I am not a DJ even though what I do in clubs reflects more or less what a DJ does. But I can tell you that ten years ago being a good DJ was certainly about playing vinyl, having good technique and traveling just about anywhere to get the chance to buy records other people were not able to find. Today, it is quite different as most people use computers to match tempos of digital files and basically anyone can find just about any music on the Internet!

Tell us about where the Orion32 fits into your studio
I use a Mac Pro running Ableton Live. I also use a UAD card with all the available plugins. The rest of my set up is basically hardware. All my synthesizers, vintage mixers, reel-to-reel machines and effect boxes are all connected to the Orion32 so I use it like a sort of ‘digital patch bay.’ Using it this way, I can plug anything to anything with a simple click. So the Orion32 has enabled me to create this big modular set up — this makes everything very interesting, fun and also more experimental. The best thing is that using both Ableton Live and Orion32, I can instantly create very complex chains of machines!

What was your initial draw to the Orion32?
I wanted to see if everything I read about the Orion32 was true, which described a beautifully designed and simple to use interface with multiple I/Os based on USB technology — all in a single rack space and for under $3,000. It was almost too good to be true. My fear was that such a product would be unstable and have poor drivers, but when I got the chance to try it I was pleasantly surprised.

What was your experience with other interfaces before finding Antelope?
I used a big name competitor for three years or so, and I had so many troubles. Besides the limited number of I/O that never seemed to be enough, I found that I had to adapt my work flow with a patch bay. Also the drivers in my last unit were incredibly unstable and I experienced problems with sync, latency and even worse, clicks and pops during recordings. The Orion32 solved all these problems while giving me the opportunity to work 100% inside Ableton Live without having to disconnect or repatch cables. Since using the Orion32, I have never experience problems with drivers and the clocking has been perfect. Since my studio contains so much hardware and digital devices, keeping the clocking perfectly aligned can be problematic.

What do you appreciate most about the Orion32?
Well, with 32 ins and 32 outs, the Orion really does everything for you if you don’t need to mix out of the box — and its price / performance ratio is just ridiculous. I have been using the Orion32 for several months now and everything is working flawlessly. Currently, I only use the Orion32 in the studio, but now I am thinking about how useful it could be in a live performance environment if I decide to include external synths and effects. It would be very easy to set up since I would not require a large mixing console to get all the hardware properly connected.

For more information on the Antelope Orion32, please visit the Antelope Audio website:
http://www.antelopeaudio.com/en/products/Orion32-Multi-Channel-AD-DA-converter.

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20-year 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.

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Sennheiser Introduces New Lineup of DJ Headphones at the 2014 NAMM Show: HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ

Anaheim, CA, January 22, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser [Hall A, booth 6577] announces a brand new range of professional mixing and DJ headphones at the 2014 NAMM Show. Building on the legacy of its iconic HD 25 DJ headphones, which have been used by the world’s leading music producers and DJs for 25 years, the new HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ are designed for the most demanding users and punishing professional environments.

Developed in conjunction with some of the world’s top DJs including Bob Sinclar, Luciano, Andy Baxter, Missill and Davina, the three new DJ headphones deliver excellent sound reproduction with the highest levels of external noise attenuation. The durable materials, exceptional build quality and unrivalled product support make these new professional headphones from Sennheiser the perfect choice for mixers and DJs at any level.

Mark Posgay, vice president sales and marketing, Sennheiser, commented: “The new HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ build on the success and legacy of our HD 25 headphone. The entire range utilizes a proprietary acoustic system designed to address the needs of many different performance and production applications.” ??The HD8 DJ is designed for professional DJs and features outstanding sound reproduction, while the HD7 DJ provides an engaging, dynamic sound that is especially suited for live performance. Both headphones deliver a mid-low end emphasis with clarity retained in the high frequencies, in addition to a ‘tight’ overall sound. The HD6 meanwhile, is focused primarily at studio-based music creation and delivers a balanced, accurate sound for mixing and monitoring work. “The elliptical, circumaural ear cups were specially designed to ensure a perfect fit for more users,” says Posgay. “This provides excellent external noise attenuation that can cope with very high sound pressure levels, which effectively means that users can monitor at safer levels.”

The DJ headphone range is features unmatched comfort and durability, whether they are being used in the studio or in live performance. The elliptical shape of the ear cups prevents pinching and is enhanced by interchangeable ear pads for comfortable listening during long periods of use. For hassle-free one-ear monitoring, both DJ models feature a brand new swivel feature with up to 210 of movement and three different wearing positions. With both coiled and straight 3m high-performance cables included that can connect to either ear cup, the headphones can adapt to suit just about any user preference. A bayonet twist lock enables a secure connection to the headphones.

All three models are built to withstand the rigors of daily studio work and a life on the road. Sennheiser has engineered the range from durable, high-quality materials to take even the roughest everyday professional use, proven through rigorous and extended quality tests. And when the life on the road pushes the limits too far, Sennheiser’s new headphones offer replaceable parts and a peerless commitment to customer service with at least five years’ parts availability guarantee even after end-of-life, and global support for quick replacements, wherever the work takes you.

The HD6 Mix ($279.95), HD7 DJ ($329.95) and HD8 DJ ($389.95) will be available at the end of this month.

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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Antelope Orion32 Multi-Channel Interface, Nominated for TEC Award, to be Demonstrated at 2014 NAMM Show

Demonstrations to Highlight Hybrid Multi-Channel Setup With the Orion32 — Antelope Audio to Also Show Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC/Headphone Amp, Following Successful Unveiling at International Consumer Electronics Show

Anaheim, CA, January 21, 2014: During the 2014 NAMM Show this month, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Booth 7118 - Arena] will demonstrate the power and flexibility of its newest multi-channel interface: the Orion32. Antelope’s U.S. Director of sales and marketing, Marcel James, will be on hand to walk attendees through the unit’s capabilities when used with hardware summing from Rupert Neve Designs and 500 series module inserts from Purple Audio, Maag Audio, Bettermaker and Electrodyne. Antelope will also be demonstrating its Eclipse384 converter, with the Orion32 and Eclipse384 clocked by the company’s renowned 10M atomic clock.

Antelope’s 2014 NAMM Show booth will feature rolling hourly demonstrations of its gear as well as the following guest VIP presenters at 1:00 p.m. each day:

Friday, January 24thEric Sarafin (aka Mixerman) (Foreigner, Ben Harper)
Saturday, January 25thBrian Vibberts (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, The Black Crowes)
Sunday, January 26thHowie Weinberg (Bjork, Ramones, Muse)

The Orion32 is a nominee for the 29th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the ‘Computer Audio Hardware” category. The awards will be presented during the 2014 NAMM Show on Friday evening, January 24th at a special ceremony. The TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production.

Orion32: Unmatched I/O Flexibility, Audio Quality and Clocking Accuracy:

Antelope Audio’s Orion32 is the world’s first 32-channel AD/DA converter, supporting both MADI and USB interfaces, clocked by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology. The device features 192 kHz I/O streaming of 32-channel digital audio through its custom-built USB chip, which provides simple connectivity to any USB-enabled DAW or computer. The converter also provides 32 channels of 96 kHz audio through its fiber optic MADI I/O connections, which can be used to connect with any suitably equipped MADI compatible device.

In addition to being an extremely high quality audio converter, Orion32 is also an audio master clock. The device employs Antelope’s proprietary 4th generation of AFC and oven controlled oscillator, technologies that made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader for accuracy and reliability in recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the world. The 4 word clock outs, together with the 10 MHz input, make Orion 32 the ideal centerpiece to any project studio, high-end studio or live performance environment.

Introducing the Zodiac Platinum SDS DAC/Headphone Amp:

Antelope Audio also introduces its new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC/headphone amplifier fresh from the International Consumer Electronics show. The Zodiac Platinum features a 256X upsampling mode, which helps realize the true potential of DSD – delivering new standards in accuracy, transparency, imaging, and dynamics. In addition to featuring a custom-built USB chip capable of carrying DSD128 and up 24-bit, 384 kHz PCM files, the Zodiac Platinum boasts a wide range of connectivity options, including AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/O, a couple of TOSLINK inputs (PCM only), a set of balanced and unbalanced analog outs, as well as an unbalanced RCA input.

To learn more, please visit http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

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.

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Sennheiser to Demonstrate its Unique Laser Drum Microphone Concept at 2014 NAMM Show

Daily Demonstrations Will Feature Concept Microphone Developed by Sennheiser Technology and Innovation Lab, San Francisco

Anaheim, CA – January 21, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser (Hall A, Booth 6577) announced that it will exhibit an advanced concept microphone at the 2014 NAMM Show, which is designed to improve drum sound pick-up. The concept, developed by Sennheiser’s Technology and Innovation Lab in San Francisco, is unique and based on a recording technology supported by lasers.

In the past, Sennheiser has used exhibitions such as the NAMM Show as sounding boards to gain insight and feedback on its latest developments in its Pursuit of Perfect Sound. The new laser drum concept will be demonstrated on the Sennheiser stage to visualize the idea.

Typically, many microphones are used to capture the sound of a drum kit. However, each single microphone usually captures many other sounds in addition to its intended source. This is why many engineers have used gating techniques to keep the sonic image focused and avoid what is commonly referred to as comb filtering: a series of delayed signals that create sonic interference.

Rather than relying soley on dynamics processing, Sennheiser’s laser drum microphone concept uses laser vibrometers to measure the vibration of the drum head. Instead of being triggered by acoustic waves, the gates for each drum are triggered using the laser beam which picks up the visual vibration of the drum head. This equates to less bleed across the pieces of the entire kit, and a more focused overall drum sound.

To experience Sennheiser’s unique laser drum microphone concept in person, please visit the Sennheiser booth between Thursday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 26th at 11:15 a.m., 1:50 p.m. or 4:50 p.m.

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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Sennheiser Announces Lineup for On Stage Product Demonstration Performances at NAMM 2014

Product Showcases Begin at Noon Each Day and Carry on through Sunday

Anaheim, CA, January 20, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser (Hall A, Booth 6577) announced that its booth stage at NAMM will feature an impressive roster of emerging musical talent. The product demonstrations — which will feature the latest audio equipment from Sennheiser and its family of distributed brands— will begin at noon on Thursday, January 23rd and continue through Sunday afternoon, January 26th.

Scheduled performances are as follows and may be subject to change:

Thursday, January 23rd

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo (Sennheiser product concept)

• 12:00 p.m. – Marcus Eaton (Eclectic acoustic pop)

• 12:45 p.m. – Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden (singer/songwriter, soundtrack)

• 1:30 p.m. – Corey Gray and Jake Coco (singer/songwriter pop)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Dilana (rock)

• 3:00 p.m. – Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden

• 3:45 p.m. – Corey Gray and Jake Coco

• 4:30 p.m. – Marcus Eaton

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Friday, January 24th

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 12:00 p.m. – Nina Storey (fusion of alternative rock/blues/jazz / soul)

• 12:45 p.m. – Magnolia Memoir (jazz/blues inspired rock)

• 1:30 p.m. – Calico (Americana)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Nina Storey

• 3:00 p.m. – Magnolia Memoir

• 3:45 p.m. – Marcus Eaton

• 4:30 p.m. – Calico

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Saturday, January 25th

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 12:00 p.m. – Raining Jane (eclectic rock/folk)

• 12:45 p.m. – Charles Jones (keyboardist)

• 1:30 p.m. – Debby Holiday (rock/dance/soul)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Special Guest

• 3:00 p.m. – Charles Jones

• 3:45 p.m. – Debby Holiday
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• 4:30 p.m. – Kelly Moneymaker (rock/blues/classic rock)

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Sunday, January 26th

• 12:00 p.m. – Nu Blue

• 12:45 p.m. – Katie Cole (Americana/acoustic rock)

• 1:30 p.m. – Honey Whiskey Trio (folk/bluegrass)

• 2:15 p.m. – Nu-Blu (bluegrass/country)

• 3:00 p.m. – Katie Cole

• 3:45 p.m. – Honey Whiskey Trio

Each year, the Sennheiser booth stage provides a high-quality, entertaining platform for emerging talent to heard by the over 80,000 people attending NAMM. For more information on artist performances, or to learn more about Sennheiser, please stop by booth 6577 or visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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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Legendary Towne Crier Cafe Opens New Venue in Upstate New York, Drawing International Talent and Elevating Sound Experience with Sennheiser

Towne Crier Cafe, Hub for American Roots, Jazz and World Music Since 1972, Re-Opens in Beacon New York with Stunning Decor, Farm Fresh Food and Authentic Sound from Sennheiser

Beacon, NY, December 17, 2013: One of the best music scenes in New York is actually just outside New York City — approximately, 65 miles north in Beacon, New York. The city’s newest jewel is the Towne Crier Cafe, which combines an exquisite Americana-style restaurant, an intimate performance space and authentic sound from Sennheiser — all within a striking new facility designed from the ground up. While the venue is new to Beacon, The Towne Crier Cafe has an established legacy as one of New York’s most unique performance venues, hosting both emerging and established musical acts from here and abroad.

The Towne Crier Cafe, which is near the banks of the Hudson River and close enough to draw audiences from northern New Jersey, southeastern Connecticut as well as New York, is situated in an ideal location. Beacon has a vibrant artistic community with galleries, a thriving music scene and one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums: Dia: Beacon. Towne Crier owner Phil Ciganer says the club has received a warm reception from the surrounding community since its opening — partly because it continues to attract fans from all over the region: “On any given night, people who know The Towne Crier will show up because they’ve known us over the years,” he says. “When people come here, they also enjoy other parts of the town. The city is enjoying a renaissance and we are all working together to make it a nice, regional focal point.”

The facility in Beacon was an oversize warehouse before Ciganer put pencil to paper and began transforming it into an exquisite performance space and restaurant. “Everything from the framing, to the electric, to the sound system had to be built — it was a major project that took more than nine months,” he recalls. Once all the construction and interior elements were complete, Ciganer turned his attention towards the sound system. “The most important thing for me was to have the best sound anywhere,” he says. “We want people to be comfortable here and experience great music.”

The Towne Crier’s relationship with Sennheiser began over a decade ago when Greg Beebe, then a product manager for Sennheiser U.S. and now its president, paid a visit to Ciganer. “Greg was very impressed with what we were doing here and offered his support, so we began using Sennheiser at that point and have been very pleased with the sonic quality and durability of the microphones since,” he says. “When we moved to Beacon, I thought it would be a good idea to reconnect and strengthen our ties, so Tim Moore [Sennheiser artist relations] came to visit to assess the sound requirements we had in the new space.”

Moore recommended a package of Sennheiser’s evolution series wired microphones to cover vocals, piano, acoustic instruments such as guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as well as drums and other instruments. This included several e 935 dynamic microphones for vocals, e 914 small diaphragm condenser microphones for piano, acoustic instruments and room ambience, e 906 dynamic microphones for guitar cabinets and several other microphones including the e 902, e 904 and e 905 to cover drums and other instruments.

Joe Johnson, front of house for the Towne Crier, is elated with the performance of the evolution series, which he has running into a Soundcraft Performer 3 digital console and a Meyer P.A. system: “The e 935 is one of the best vocal mics I’ve ever heard,” he says. “The e 914s have a nice, open presence and a firm low end. We also use these as overheads on the drums — they are so versatile.” The e 935 was recently used as the vocal microphone during a performance by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb. “Jimmy has such a unique voice and an unusual microphone technique,” says Johnson. “With the e 935, you could really understand the diction and his lyrics.”

While the Towne Crier Cafe has established itself on an entirely new level, its overall vision remains the same as it was in 1972, says Ciganer: “Since the beginning, the music has always been the most important thing to me,” he says. “I have always associated Sennheiser with high quality, and Sennheiser microphones have helped us get the sound to where we wanted it to be.”

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 captions:
1) Songwriting great Jimmy Webb performs through a Sennheiser e 935 dynamic microphone and a pair of e 914 small diaphragm condenser microphones on the piano to an enthusiastic audience in November, 2013.
2) Joe Johnson, front of house for The Towne Crier, mixes a show using a Sennheiser e 935 microphone so artists can hear him clearly through stage monitors.
3) Singer/songwriter Sam Gleason sings through a Sennheiser e 935 dynamic microphone with an e 914 small diapragm condenser microphone on his acoustic guitar.

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Sennheiser Appoints Mark Posgay as Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Professional Systems

Posgay Brings 20 Years of Sales and Professional Audio Experience to His New Role

Old Lyme, CT, December 12, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that Mark Posgay has been appointed to the position of vice president, sales and marketing, Professional Systems, Sennheiser Electronic Corp effective immediately. In his new role, Posgay will report directly to Sennheiser USA President, Greg Beebe.

Posgay is an experienced sales professional with 20 years of audio industry expertise. Prior to joining Sennheiser, he held senior sales positions at Harman Professional, Monster Cable, and Mars Music, where he executed strategic solutions to a broad mix of customers and partners in the areas of management, sales, training and education.

“This is an exciting time of innovation in our professional systems segment, with the recent introduction of our Digital 9000 wireless system and a diverse group of other industry leading products,” commented Greg Beebe. “Mark brings an ideal mix of audio industry knowledge, customer insight and management expertise to lead our professional systems team as we implement our strategic growth initiatives into 2014 and beyond.”

Posgay, whose office is based at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and a certificate in Music Performance and Business from Musician’s Institute.

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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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