Archive of the Microphones, Mic Processors Category

Top-quality transmission in noisy environments: the new HMD 26 broadcast headset

broadcasterOld Lyme, Conn – April 9, 2010 – Whether at the football stadium or a Formula One racetrack, the HMD 26 broadcast headset from Sennheiser is ideal for professional use in noisy environments. The sound pressure level of the headphones ensures precise listening even in the noisiest situations, while the hyper-cardioid microphone guarantees broadcast-quality voice transmission.

It is not only sports events that are noisy: a high level of background noise on film sets or during outside broadcasts can also make it necessary to use special equipment. “Our many years of experience in the broadcasting sector have gone into the HMD 26,� explained Jörg Buchberger, Industry Team Manager Aviation and Professional Headsets at Sennheiser. “Its top-quality sound and transmission characteristics make the HMD 26 the ideal choice for outdoor applications.�

Work in peace and quiet
The new broadcast headset has a frequency response of 20 to 18,000 Hz, ensuring detailed, lifelike sound reproduction. At the same time, the sound pressure level of up to 105 dB offers sufficient reserves for even the noisiest of environments. The closed design effectively attenuates external noise by up to 25dB. Those who prefer even more peace and quiet while working can choose the HMDC 26. This version is additionally equipped with Sennheiser’s NoiseGard function for active noise reduction. At the push of a button, it reduces background noise by a further 18dB. more

Sennheiser Helps Christian Broadcasting Network Take Wireless Sound to New Level, Helping it Prepare for 700 MHz Transition

EM372 rackOLD LYME, Conn. – April 8, 2010 – Back in December of 2008, the Christian Broadcasting Network (http://www.cbn.com), the nation’s oldest Christian broadcast facility and one of the largest Christian television ministries in the world, began preparing for Digital TV Transition (DVT) and the clearing of the 700 MHz frequency band.

The Virginia Beach, VA-based campus, which is the main production engine of CBN, features two100′ x 100′ broadcast studios as well as a smaller news insert stage. Each of these environments, which are fully outfitted for HD, collectively produce an average of 25 to 30 shows each week–for both domestic and international programming. more

Audio-Technica Holds Audio Demos by Industry Veterans at NAB

— Audio veterans Michael Abbott and Dr. Fred Ginsburg to impart practical real-world information on mixing for broadcast and film audio acquisition —

STOW, OH, April 8, 2010 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in microphone and headphone technology, is holding a series of informative audio demonstration and instruction events during NAB 2010 at the company’s booth, C1632.

Throughout each day on Monday 4/12, Tuesday 4/13 and Wednesday 4/14, renowned audio/broadcast veteran Michael Abbott, perhaps best known as Audio Coordinator for the GRAMMY® Awards, will present multi-track microphone mixing demonstrations entitled “Mix a Basketball Game in 5.1.� The sessions will allow attendees to mix a basketball game under Abbott’s direction. Participants will experience real-time, hands-on mixing in A-T’s custom listening room, using state-of-the-art equipment (including a Calrec Sigma audio console), and audition and compare stereo, mono, shotgun and boundary mic options. more

Sennheiser Unstoppable Amid Extreme RF Congestion at NBA Halftime Show

ShakiraArlington, Texas – March 31, 2010: This year’s NBA All Star Game brought some 108,000 basketball fans to the “Texas-sized� Dallas Cowboys Stadium, a record-breaking number for the sport. Consistent with the high-profile spectacle of the event, which included several days of games and skills contests, the big game’s halftime show rivaled that of the Super Bowl, being broadcast to 215 countries in 44 languages. Columbian pop sensation Shakira and R&B superstar Alicia Keys delivered their stellar performances with “wired� fidelity and rock-solid reliability, over thirty channels of Sennheiser 5000 and 2000 Series wireless microphones and G2 and G3 monitoring systems. The Sennheiser gear ably navigated the RF space, which, like the stadium itself, was filled to capacity. In addition, a range of Sennheiser wired microphones handled the backline.

Cowboys Stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world, a fact that simultaneously impressed and intimidated Kevin Sanford, president of Wireless First, the company that provided the gear and RF coordination for the show. Sanford arrived nine days before the game itself to pave the way for hiccup-free wireless performance during all the entertainment phases of the big weekend, culminating with the halftime show. “The sheer size of the place and the distances we had to cover made this a very challenging job,� remarked Sanford. “In addition to the frequencies I was dealing with, there were something like three hundred other wireless channels in use! CNN, TNN, you name it, everyone was consuming wireless channels.� In addition to bringing his arsenal of Sennheiser gear that was used for both Alicia Keys and Shakira’s performances, Sanford relied on often easily-forgotten textbook advice: careful antenna placement that maintains height and line of sight between transmitter and receiver. more

Sennheiser Collaborates with New England Institute of Art on Student Program Aimed at Developing Talent in Live Broadcast

Randy Flick and Dustin GreggOLD LYME, Conn. – March 30, 2010 – Over the past several years, audio specialist Sennheiser has been a regular presenter in New England Institute of Art’s Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit (BADASS), which provides students from all over the Northeastern U.S. with an opportunity to learn about emerging trends in broadcast technology and other areas. After an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from both students and faculty, Sennheiser worked with the Institute to create a potentially ‘life changing’ career opportunity for a broadcast student: shadowing an A1 during a live HBO boxing event.

Dustin Gregg, a senior at New England Institute of Art, was selected from a pool of top student applicants and was asked to shadow Randy Flick, senior audio for HBO Boxing and a top A1 in the sports industry. “It was like learning about basketball from Michael Jordan,” Gregg said. Sennheiser and New England Institute of Art believe that by initiating sponsorships such as this, students will arrive in the working world better equipped with the relevant knowledge and tools that a career in broadcast requires. more

Audio-Technica Mics Chosen for 13th Consecutive Yeat at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

— Audio-Technica continues to be the microphone of choice at the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony —

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STOW, OH, March 16, 2010 — For the 13th year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied over 50 mics to capture the audio for this widely celebrated musical event, which took place at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. The 25th annual induction ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was held on March 15, 2010, with inductees including Swedish pop group ABBA, British progressive and pop/rock legends Genesis, British invasion hitmakers The Hollies, reggae vocalist Jimmy Cliff, garage rockers The Stooges and non-performers David Geffen, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Elie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell. The show was broadcast live on Fuse and www.fuse.tv. more

K-array Loudspeakers and Sennheiser Microphones Bedazzle Audiences During SXSW Music Festival

k-arrayAustin, TX, March 22, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser provided spectacular sound for a diverse range of artists during the SXSW Music Festival as its microphones and wireless transmitters—as well as the revolutionary loudspeakers from distributed brand K-array—were put through the paces over the course of the three-day event. Sennheiser sponsored busy stages at the PureVolume House, Maggie Mae’s and Speakeasy–each located at the heart of Austin’s music scene.

The stage at PureVolume House featured a set of the K-array Redline KR200s loudspeakers, which deliver ‘no compromise sound’ within an astonishingly small footprint. Artists were also provided with a Sennheiser SKM 2000 wireless handheld transmitter with MMD 935-1 capsule and a full complement of evolution microphones for reinforcing guitars, drums and other instruments. Similar equipment was used during performances at Maggie Mae’s and Speakeasy. more

Audio-Technica Provides Microphones for NBC Coverage of Vancouver Winter Games

— Audio-Technica microphones enabled NBC to capture audio for the 5.1 surround sound broadcast during coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, February 12-28, 2010 —

STOW, OH, March 15, 2010 — Audio-Technica, a world leader for microphone solutions for over 45 years, was selected to provide microphones to NBC during the network’s coverage of the XXI Olympic Winter Games from Vancouver, February 12-28, 2010. The announcement was made by Bob Dixon, Director of Sound Design, NBC Olympics, and Greg Pinto, Audio-Technica Vice President of Marketing.

NBC used several Audio-Technica microphones, headphones and related products for their broadcasts. Notable models include the BP4027 Stereo Shotgun Microphone, which was used on hand-held cameras for close-ups of athletes in the finish-line area or awaiting scores; the AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone, which was used at every venue to capture the surround ambience of the stadiums, arenas and finish-line crowds; and the BP896 MicroPointâ„¢ Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone, which was used on talent in the broadcast studios. more

Sennheiser and Neumann Help Manhattan Center Light “The Fuse Box”

Brian HardgrooveOld Lyme, CT –March 10, 2010: To carry out his dream of creating an environment totally focused on the art of making music, producer and musician Brian Hardgroove looked to Sennheiser and Neumann to ensure “The Fuse Box� would be loaded with the latest and most innovative microphone technology. The Fuse Box, which is also the name for Hardgroove’s nationally syndicated radio show, is a centrifuge for new music and content creation located in New York City’s legendary multimedia and entertainment complex, the Manhattan Center. more

Audio-Technica Enhances BP892 Microset Headworn Mic with Dual Ear Mount

— The AT8464 Dual Ear Mount now comes standard with all BP892 MicroSet units —

— The new AT8464 allows a single ear-worn BP892 MicroSet® Headworn Mic to be converted to a dual-ear-worn unit for maximum stability and comfort —

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STOW, OH, March 1, 2010 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, is enhancing its BP892 MicroSet® Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone with the AT8464 Dual-Ear Microphone Mount. The high-SPL successor to Audio-Technica’s popular AT892, the BP892 offers increased dynamic range with maximum audio quality and minimum visibility. The Dual-Ear Mount allows users to convert their single-ear-worn BP892 MicroSet to a dual-ear-worn unit for maximum stability and comfort. This device will now come standard with all BP892 MicroSet units, and is also sold as a stand-alone item to retrofit BP892 and AT892 units already in the hands of end users.

Ideal for broadcast, live sound, theater, ENG, house-of-worship and fitness applications, among other active uses, the AT8464 provides additional stability and a comfortable fit for the BP892. It easily converts the mic to left or right wearing positions, and the continuously adjustable headband fits both children and adults. It features a durable, lightweight, low-profile design with an included cord clip. Like the BP892 it accompanies, the AT8464 is available in both black and theater beige. more

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