Archive of the Microphones, Mic Processors Category

Transaudio Group Now Shipping True Systems PT2-500 Mic Pre

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 2010: TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor for TRUE Systems is now shipping the PT2-500 mic pre and DI. TRUE Systems continues its contortionist legacy of packing immense-sounding microphone preamplification into tiny spaces. Descendant of the TRUE Systems Precision 8, which squeezes eight audiophile-grade preamps into a single rack space, the PT2-500 conforms to the modular 500 Series format. Like all the other preamps in the TRUE Systems family, the PT2-500 delivers stunning detail, rich analog depth, and a robust, reliable design. But the PT2-500 is 500 module sized, for audio professionals who want everything in a rack ready to use, over and over again, without buying additional power supplies and multiple racks.

The PT2-500 features up to 70 dB of high-headroom, low-noise microphone gain. An exceptionally high-quality direct input (DI) calms edgy piezos and provides a THRU jack for amping or effects. Switchable phantom power, 80 Hz high pass filter, and polarity reverse give the unit appropriate flexibility, even in its tiny, 500 Series space. Like all TRUE Systems preamps, the PT2-500 boasts a frequency response that reads like a misprint, 1.5 Hz to 600 kHz (-3 dB), ensuring that the audible and usable ultrasonic ranges are well within its linear response. more

Audio-Technica Microphones Selected for WKSU’s Folk Alley Mobile Studio

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— Popular Internet radio stream equips its new mobile studio with Audio-Technica mics for live music capture, in-studio performances and voiceovers —

STOW, OH, May 18, 2010 — Audio-Technica, a world leader for microphone solutions for over 45 years, was recently selected as microphone of choice employed by the new mobile studio for the Folk Alley live streaming web radio program from Kent, Ohio-based WKSU-FM. Audio-Technica microphones are used for announcement/voiceover applications, live music broadcast and in-studio guests/performances in the mobile broadcast vehicle, which has been up and running since August 1, 2009, and was part of the team for the National Public Radio (NPR) stream from the 50th Anniversary Newport Folk Festival later that month. more

Sennheiser MD 421 Turns 50

md421.JPGPointe Claire, Quebec, Canada, May 2010: This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the classic Sennheiser MD 421-U large diaphragm, cardioid, dynamic microphone. The venerable MD 421, which is still in production as the MD 421 II, has been one of Sennheiser’s best-selling dynamic microphones for decades thanks to its durability, versatility, and ability to handle high sound pressure levels. Offering exemplary performance on voices, but equally effective on a wide range of acoustic and amplified instruments, the MD 421 continues to be an essential component of any microphone collection in the studio or on the road.

The MD 421 has been improved over the years with upgrades to the housing, output connector, basket, and capsule assembly. A limited-production MD 421 Special Edition that recaptured the full-bodied performance of the microphone’s original design was introduced in 2003 to commemorate the 90th birthday of Sennheiser founder, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser. The MD 421 II continues the tradition of the MD 421 while upgrading the original design in order to take advantage of improved production techniques and materials. more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sennheiser Sound Academy Announces Spring/Summer Seminars, Covering RF wireless, Installed Sound and Recording Technology

OLD LYME, Conn. – April 26, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it is kicking off another robust season of its Sennheiser Sound Academy training series. Since its inception in 2006, The Sennheiser Sound Academy has become established as one of the premier traveling seminars related to professional audio. The seminars cover three fundamental technology areas related to sound reproduction: RF wireless technologies, recording technology and installed sound.

The focused curriculum of the Sennheiser Sound Academy has proven to be of interest to sound professionals in a broad range of fields, including broadcast, theater, film, music related industries and many others. Each seminar is led by Sennheiser experts, all of whom are accomplished in a wide range of sound applications. The Sennheiser Sound Academy is typically held in a variety of locations including universities, recording studios, theatres, houses of worship and many other places. more

A look behind the scenes: the HMD 26 broadcast headset in a field trial

Randy FlickOld Lyme, CT, 13 April 2010 – Sennheiser is a leading player in the broadcasting sector; for more than 50 years, the audio specialist has been developing professional broadcast technology in close cooperation with end users. For Sennheiser’s new HMD 26 broadcast headset, the company took advice and considered feedback from several experts in the field of broadcasting.

One of them is Randy Flick, senior audio for HBO Boxing and a top A1 in the sports industry. During the last month, Randy put the HMD 26 through its paces during a live HBO Boxing event at Mohegan Sun Casino in CT and also at an HBO PPV event at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The aim was to measure the performance of the HMD 26 in a demanding, live broadcast environment. more

Sennheiser Initiates 20% Price Decrease on Renowned MKH 416 Broadcast Microphone

MKH 416OLD LYME, Conn. – April 12, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that effective April 12th, the first day of the National Association of Broadcasters convention, it has initiated a 20% price decrease on its MKH 416 shotgun microphones. The price decrease brings the powerful sound, robust construction and ultra-reliable performance within reach of a wider audience of broadcast consumers.

The MKH 416 shotgun interference tube microphone is one of Sennheiser’s most successful shotgun mics. Its excellent directivity and compact design, high consonant articulation and feedback rejection make it an excellent choice for film, radio and television, and especially outdoor broadcast applications. more

New versions and an accessory kit for Sennheiser’s smallest clip-on microphone

MKE 1 WhiteOld Lyme, Conn. – April 12, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser is introducing new color and connector options for the MKE 1, the company’s smallest clip-on microphone. In addition to the traditional black and beige models, the MKE 1 is now available in white and brown. Sennheiser also announces a new accessory set for the MKE 1, which includes everything required for securely attaching the tiny microphone in a variety of applications.

“We added a white version of the MKE 1 microphone to the portfolio especially for our broadcast customers,� says Robb Blumenreder, channel manager for professional systems at Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. “The brown version is ideal for theater applications.� more

Professional receivers and transmitters now with a wider switching bandwidth

EM 3732-IIOld Lyme, CT, April 12, 2010: Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching new versions of its professional wireless products at NAB 2010. The EM 3732-II twin receiver and the SK 5212-II bodypack transmitter feature a switching bandwidth of up to 184 MHz and have a special mode for more interference-free transmission frequencies. This means that sound engineers can adapt to worldwide transmission conditions more easily and avoid interference from other transmitter with the same excellent channel separation and strong signal immunity that they are accustomed to from professional Sennheiser systems.

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The doubled switching bandwidth enhances the flexibility and versatility of the EM 3732-II receiver and its sister models, the EM 3731-II and EM 3732-COM-II. “The receivers are fitted with very high-quality linear amplifiers and auto-tuning filters,� explained Robb Blumenreder, channel manager of professional systems at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters. “This greatly reduces the amount of intermodulation products, ensuring reliable reception even in difficult RF environments.� more

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