Archive of the Microphones, Mic Processors Category

Statement of financial position 2010: Sennheiser achieves record turnover

Wedemark, Germany — June 23, 2011 – Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG published its financial statement for the business year 2010, reporting an increased turnover of 468.2 million Euros, compared to 389.9 million Euros last year. This corresponds to an increase of 20.1 percent and is the largest turnover in the company’s history. Profit increased from 3.8 million Euros (in 2009) to 22.6 million Euros.

“All product groups and all markets have contributed to this positive result,” said Volker Bartels, Spokesperson of Sennheiser’s Executive Management Board. “One of the important factors that contributed to this result was the revival of the professional side of our business and the highly positive growth at the end of the year, particularly in the consumer segment. Now we have to stabilize this dynamic growth and further expand our business.” On average in the year 2010, the Sennheiser Group employed 2,117 people, 1,153 of them in Germany. more

Audio-Technica 2011 InfoComm Press Kit

http://www.clynemedia.com/audiotechnica/InfoComm_2011/index.html

AUDIO-TECHNICA DISPLAYS SPECTRAPULSE® MTU301 BODY-PACK TRANSMITTER
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AUDIO-TECHNICA OFFERS BP893cW MicroEarset HEADWORN MICROPHONE WITH 2000 AND 3000 SERIES WIRELESS SYSTEMS
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Top Voiceover Artist Joan Baker Finds Success by Cultivating the Talent of Others and ‘Surrounding Herself’ with Neumann Microphones

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New York–June 21, 2011: In her ascent towards becoming a top voiceover artist, Joan Baker’s success has taken root on two basic principles: “know your voice” and “choose the right equipment.” After getting her start by doing cartoon character voices on cable television, Baker’s talent was quickly spotted by several top voiceover agencies, giving her a platform from which to drive her own success and become aligned with the right tools of the trade. One her first decisions was to use Neumann microphones.

Since then, Baker has built her career not only on doing traditional voiceover work for clients like CNN, the Tribeca Film Festival and The Biography Channel, but her career has blossomed in other areas such as narrating audio-books and teaching aspiring voiceover artists how to take the next step in their own careers. In her book, “Secrets of Voiceover Success” and as co-founder of the annual “That’s Voiceover” conference, Baker describes the importance of equipment selection and her own affinity with Neumann microphones. more

Sennheiser and Neumann Outperform in Subterranean Recording Adventure, Capturing Sonic Nuances of A Cappella Vocal Ensemble

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Ely, Minn. – June 8, 2011: On one frigid afternoon this past February, a crew from Classical Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and the A cappella vocal group, Cantus, MPR’s 2010-2011 Artist-in-Residence, took a three-minute pitch black ride down to the 27th level of the Soudan Underground Mines to record a performance 2,341 feet below the surface. This audio and video venture — which highlights the most recent installment in Classical MPR’s Sonic Architecture series — relied on a pair of Sennheiser MKH 800s and Neumann KM 140 microphones to capture the performance and the natural acoustics of the cave.

The performance, which was produced into a video and radio piece using DTS Neural Sound, presented several challenges for Rob Byers, technical director at MPR. Byers had to select a range of gear that would perform in an unorthodox “one-take” environment. “There was no room for mistakes — we had to get in, record and get out,” he said. more

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

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

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

Audio-Technica 2011 NAB Press Kit

http://www.clynemedia.com/audiotechnica/NAB_4_11/index.html

AUDIO-TECHNICA HOLDS PRESENTATIONS BY INDUSTRY VETERANS AT NAB
Audio-Technica (booth C1717), a leading innovator in microphone and headphone technology, is holding a series of informative audio demonstration and instruction events during NAB 2011 at the company’s booth, C1717. more

More Power to the API Lunchbox

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JESSUP, MARYLAND: API’s groundbreaking and industry-leading lunchbox® frame for 500-Series modules just got better. The re-engineered lunchbox boasts many improvements, including an increased power supply current of 215mA per slot, the addition of DB-25 connectors for easy input and output connection and XLR access to channels 7 and 8 of the multi-pins. The revamped lunchbox also provides individual power rail LED indication and re-settable fuses on the power rail of each slot, so that one faulty module will not affect the others. The addition of a 100 Vac input voltage tap allows for wider international versatility.

Despite the numerous changes, the lunchbox’s basic design remains true to its roots. It still has six slots for standard API 500-Series modules, an internal phantom power supply and rugged steel chassis. For now, the new lunchbox remains priced at $499. more

Audio-Technica Now Shipping AT2022

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STOW, OH, March 15, 2011 — Audio-Technica is now shipping its AT2022 X/Y Stereo Condenser Microphone. A dual-element condenser microphone designed for stereo recording, the AT2022 features two unidirectional condenser capsules in an X/Y configuration pivot to allow for 90-degree (narrow) or 120-degree (wide) stereo operation for extremely versatile pickup. The capsules also fold flat for storage and transportation. It is designed for general stereo recording, as well as field sound capture.

The AT2022 includes a 1.6′ (0.5 m) cable terminating in a 3-pin XLRF-type and a 1/8″ (3.5 mm) connector. The output of the microphone is a 3-pin XLRM-type connector. The microphone requires a 1.5V AA battery for operation. more

Ben Arthur’s Dubway Days and the Metric Halo ULN-8

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2011: Ben Arthur is a charismatic, self-made singer/songwriter who has released four critically-lauded albums and opened for such acts as Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, and the Dave Matthews Band. His knack for successful collaborations has earned him the friendship of many very talented musicians who tend to fly just under the radar of the mass media. That knack and those friendships will be put to the dramatic test on Dubway Days, a web-TV show – and possible Network TV show – that will air its pilot episode on February 14, 2011 at www.breakthruradio.com. It so happens that Ben Arthur is also an ardent Metric Halo user.

The tagline for Dubway Days, “Two Artists… One Day… One Song,” sums up the mechanics of the show, but its drama hinges on the immensity of that task. Ben Arthur and a guest begin a day of taping in the morning with absolutely no preconceived ideas for a song. Viewers get a front row seat to witness the false starts and eventual magic that evolves from the creative struggle to not just produce music, but to produce great music. Once the song is written, producers Mike Crehore and Al Houghton take the lead to engineer and orchestrate a polished, radio-ready recording of the song using the amazing tools of Dubway Studios. more

Airtools Voice Processor 2X Adds New Preset Features

2xglamour.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2011: Heir to the Symetrix legacy of industry-leading voice processors for broadcast, the AirTools Voice Processor 2x implements a feature-rich DSP set that optimizes the sound of on-air voice talent. Latest in the long list of features that makes the Voice Processor 2x easy to incorporate in any studio situation is that now users can import or export specific presets without disturbing any other existing settings.

“Station managers can move the entire device file of one AirTools Voice Processor 2x to another unit, but more specific transfers involving individual presets were not yet possible,” said Mark Ullrich, senior technical sales engineer at Symetrix. “There may be situations where voice talent moves among various studios. With this latest software release, station managers can copy individual presets from one unit and move them to other units without overwriting other device file settings such as dynamic processing or EQ. This adds one more convenience to a device that is already very flexible.” more

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