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Prism Sound’s Audio Design Workshop LIVE Travels To Helsinki

High profile guest speakers from Texas Instruments and Klippel are joining the next Prism Sound/Oxford Digital Audio Design Workshop LIVE, which takes place in Helsinki on August 21st, 2013. In an industry first, this groundbreaking event will be webcast live from the 51st AES Convention to audiences around the world.

The registration page for the live webcast can be found here:

http://audiodesignworkshoplivehelsinki-SS.eventbrite.com

The event, which is held in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society (AES), is open to all engineers, engineering managers, students and academics involved in audio engineering. It will feature seminar sessions and workshops hosted by some of the most experienced engineers in the audio industry who will share their knowledge and practical expertise in active loudspeaker design, providing the audience with an opportunity to learn from their many decades of collective experience.

“The seminar sessions will cover aspects of analogue and digital audio system design and optimization, with a major emphasis on real-world, practical problem solving,” says Simon Woollard, Test & Measurement Product Specialist at Prism Sound. “Our audience will have plenty of opportunity for hands-on experimentation, and for networking with the presenters and other participants. This is a fantastic chance for everyone involved in audio engineering to learn the tricks of the trade from luminaries within the audio industry.”

Prism Sound and Oxford Digital, who have joined forces to organise the Audio Design Workshop LIVE series, have extensive experience in the field of audio engineering.

Prism Sound has been developing audio measurement solutions for over 25 years and has pioneered many major innovations in this field. The company offers high quality audio analyzers that are suited to a wide range of test and manufacturing environments.

Oxford Digital specialises in digital audio signal processing for mobile and consumer equipment. Its products include an extremely compact audio DSP core with a rapid programming and development environment and Sonic Tuning Tools that allow rapid optimisation of the sound reproduced by compact loudspeaker systems. The complete toolset is targeted at reducing time-to-market and lowering software maintenance costs.

Audio Design Workshop LIVE will feature seminar sessions and Q&A opportunities where delegates will have the chance to ask the panellists for answers and advice.

Places for Audio Design Workshop LIVE are limited and anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to register now. This can be done online via the dedicated registration page: http://audiodesignworkshoplivehelsinki-SS.eventbrite.com or by calling +44 (0)1353 648 888.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

DANLEY UPS THE SPLS ON ITS SH SERIES OF SYNERGY HORNS

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Not content to rest on its laurels, Danley Sound Labs announces improvements to many of its already highly-regarded SH-Series full-range loudspeakers. The new versions are identified by the suffix “HO,” which stands for “high output.” For example, the if one wishes to get the most performance out of the Danley SH-96 they should order the Danley SH-96 HO. The new designs use a more powerful two-way high frequency. As a result, the low- and mid-frequency drivers can now be driven to their full potential while still maintaining Danley’s characteristic frequency response, phase response, and fidelity. In conjunction, the new designs use a new crossover and have additional options for bi-amping and for changing the low-frequency impedance. Because the cabinets themselves haven’t changed, the new versions retain the coverage and frequency loss patterns of the originals. The new models include the SH-95 HO, SH-96 HO, SH-64 HO

“The original versions can be easily modified to become the new ‘High Output’ versions,” explained Ivan Beaver, lead engineer at Danley Sound Labs. “It just takes the new high frequency driver, a new crossover, and a new switch panel.” In addition, the midrange drivers are also wired a little differently, which is incorporated as part of the new crossover wiring harness. “There are two options on the new switch panel,” said Beaver. “First, there’s a biamp/passive switch. In passive mode, the new cabinets run pretty much like the old versions, except that the mid/high section will be relatively louder than the woofers, assuming the woofers are running at 8ohms.”

He continued, “And that’s the second option. Users can select a woofer impedance of either 2ohms or 8ohms. Some people do not like to run at 2ohms, whereas others may need the additional output when using smaller amplifiers. The wire run should also be considered when choosing the impedance. With a 2ohm load there will be more loss across the wire. How much loss will depend on the size of the wire and the length of the run. An 8ohm load will have a higher damping factor than a 2ohm load, and it is of course easier to bridge an amp into an 8ohm load than into a 2ohm load.” In biamp mode, the mid/high section takes the crossover circuitry and the low section thus has no built-in crossover.

Because the new switch panel cannot be expected to operate reliably if left exposed to the elements, weatherized versions of the new High Output loudspeakers must be pre-ordered with specified biamping and impedance settings.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

Prism Sound Hosts Audio Design Workshop LIVE

Some of the most experienced engineers in the audio industry will be sharing their knowledge and practical expertise in active loudspeaker design at a unique workshop being hosted by Prism Sound and Oxford Digital, in partnership with the Audio Engineering Society, LOUDSOFT and TTid.

Audio Design Workshop LIVE will take place at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on March 25th 2013 and will be open to engineers, engineering managers, students and academics involved in audio engineering.

“The seminar sessions will cover aspects of analogue and digital audio system design and optimization, with a major emphasis on real-world, practical problem solving,” says Simon Woollard, Test & Measurement Product Specialist at Prism Sound. “Our audience will have a unique opportunity to learn from our panel’s many decades of collective experience, plus there will be plenty of opportunity for hands-on experimentation, and for networking with the presenters and other participants. This is a fantastic chance for everyone involved in audio engineering to learn the tricks of the trade from luminaries of the audio industry.”

Audio Design Workshop LIVE will feature seminar sessions presented by Peter Eastty and John Richards of Oxford Digital; Peter Larsen of LOUDSOFT; Ian Dennis and Simon Woollard of Prism Sound; plus a guest presenter to be announced shortly. There will also be a panel discussion/Q&A where delegates will have the chance to ask the panellists for answers and advice, a hands-on session with evaluation units and demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities to network. All delegates will also receive an audio engineering gift pack.

“We are encouraging delegates to bring along their own loudspeakers for evaluation and enhancement using Oxford Digital’s DSP tools,” Simon Woollard adds. “And for those who can’t physically attend, there will be the opportunity to watch the proceedings live via a global webcast.”

Places for Audio Design Workshop LIVE are limited and anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to register now. This can be done online via the Prism Sound website: www.prismsound.com/ADWLCambridge2013, or by calling +44 (0)1353 648 888.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

CLEAR-COM EXHIBITS LATEST IN BROADCAST INTERCOMS AT BVE 2013

LONDON, 6 FEBRUARY 2013 ? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communications systems, is displaying its latest range of broadcast intercom solutions at BVE 2013 (Stand J16). Included among the intercom offerings on display are the recently unveiled Eclipse HX matrices and HelixNet Partyline system. The company is also presenting its BroaMan interface options and the latest upgrades to the Tempest®2400 wireless intercom. more

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DIFFUSING / SCATTERING SOUND: Sound Diffusion Explained

Acoustic Diffuser DemonstrationAcoustics First has just released another in a series of videos to help explain acoustical principles using simple, easy to understand video demonstrations. This latest demonstration tackles the mystery of acoustic sound diffusion. Using an array of ping pong balls to represent sound visually, this video simply demonstrates what occurs when sound strikes the surface of an acoustic diffuser. First, you will see what happens when sound hits a flat reflective surface with no acoustical treatment. Acoustic Sound DiffuserThe balls all bounce at the same time and in the same direction. This represents what happens to the sound when it hits a flat reflective surface like a wall. Then you see what happens when sound hits an acoustic sound diffuser. You will immediately notice the energy of the wave of balls is scattered in all different directions as well as deflected at different time intervals. Diffusers, disperse or scatter the sound like crowd control, preserving the sound to maintain sound clarity without destructive interference. This is the basic principle behind acoustic sound diffusion.

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Grizzly Bear Evolves its Unorthodox Onstage Vocal Chain, Using Several TRUE P-Solo Preamplifiers

2012 has been a defining year for Grizzly Bear, a Brooklyn, NY-based indie rock band that has headlined at venues including Radio City Music Hall in New York and The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and performed on television shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and others. A few years ago, the band began employing a somewhat unorthodox practice of integrating guitar pedals and other stage effects into its onstage vocal chain. Thanks to front of house engineer Drew Malamud, the band has recently taken this approach to the next level by incorporating several TRUE Systems P-Solo preamplifiers, distributed by audio specialist Sennheiser.

“When I started working with Grizzly Bear back in 2009 around the release of ‘Veckatimest,’ they were doing things like taking their stage mics and plugging them right into reverb pedals with just an XLR to 1/4″ adapters on the end of the cable,” Malamud recalls. “Then after the reverb pedal, they would go into a DI and that was their vocal chain. It didn’t sound very good because a microphone likes to hit a preamplifier before anything else.”

Malamud began searching for a suitable preamp solution to use at the foot of the stage, before eventually choosing the TRUE P-Solo. “I liked many things about the P-Solo,” he says. “It is compact, has a robust build and also has an internal power supply rather than a wall wart. I was already familiar with the great sound because I have a TRUE Precision 8 in my own studio.” Malamud soon acquired six TRUE P-Solos for Grizzly Bear’s live performances, one for each vocal mic on the stage.

After setting up the P-Solos on stage, which took the microphone input and then ran to a Radial Engineering X-Amp™ active preamplifier, through a series of effects pedals and finally through a Radial JDI, there was a noticeable increase in the quality of the audio signal. “Once we had the TRUE P-Solos all set up and routed through the wireless personal monitors, the band couldn’t believe the difference in sound they were hearing versus just plugging a mic into an effects pedal,” Malamud says. “They were able to experience much more sonic detail and clarity.”

Having noticed that TRUE preamplifiers are often used in recording trucks for well-known festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella and others, Malamud has long appreciated the natural sound of the TRUE P-Solo. “It is a clean sound that I knew would work with Grizzly Bear,” he says. “It also had really nice LED metering on the front so I could see what was going on, even in extremely low light situations.”

While its onstage vocal chain set up may be somewhat unconventional, it is the result of Grizzly Bear’s relentless desire to recreate the sonic textures of their studio work in a live setting. “Part of their whole sound is the effects,” Malamud says “When Grizzly Bear is recording and mixing in the studio, I am always thinking, ‘How am I going to help recreate this sound live?’ And for the onstage vocal effects, the TRUE P-Solo is a perfect fit.”

As Grizzly Bear continues to find new audiences around the world and its live rig continues to expand and evolve, the band remains committed to its sound: “I feel like it’s all been a natural growth,” concludes Malamud. “We are one of the few bands in music today still doing everything with analog at front of house with really unique and exotic gear and vintage analog effects. Our TRUE P-Solos are a perfect complement to our approach.”

TRUE Systems P-SOLO at a glance

Natural, musical, highly detailed soundfield
Complete compatibility with condenser, dynamic and ribbon mics
A totally balanced, dual servo, high dynamic range, transformerless design
Internal linear AC power supply for excellent transient response
Built-in DI: high-impedance instrument output
High impedance instrument input
High-pass filter and 48 V phantom power
Dual analog outputs
Four-level metering
Oversize volume control with selectable 10 dB input level attenuation
Compact, portable, solid desktop case

The upgraded version of the P-SOLO is available now, and pricing remains the same at $599.95.

Photo captions:
1) Grizzly Bear during a rehearsal on their Fall 2012 tour.
2) The TRUE P-Solo is a core component of Grizzly Bear’s on-stage live vocal chain.

Sennheiser Circle Series and DW Pro2 Headsets Win Top “Six Dragons” Rating from Voice Recognition Leader Nuance

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its DW Pro2 wireless headset received the top ranking for quality from Nuance, a leader in voice and language technologies. The DW Pro2 was the only and first product in Nuance’s recent wireless headset comparison to receive a score of “Six Dragons” — the highest possible ranking from the company’s rigorous testing — for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate for Mac.

Nuance routinely assigns quality rankings to audio equipment such as headphones and microphones on a scale of one to six dragons, six being the highest. According to the company, microphones and headsets are subject to a stringent evaluation of performance, accuracy, ease-of-use, durability, Windows compatibility and other criteria. To date, Nuance has certified more than 20 wireless headsets from nine other manufacturers .

In addition to the DW Pro2 headset’s Six Dragons rating, Sennheiser’s Circle Series SC230 and SC260 models received a top score of Six Dragons in the wired category.

“Sennheiser is completely dedicated to achieving great quality audio,” said Bill Rice, national sales manager, telecommunications, of Sennheiser. “The reason why Sennheiser is able to score so highly in these evaluations is because for more than 65 years, our core expertise has been sound. In the world of voice recognition, this is the ultimate attribute.”

The DW Pro2 professional wireless headset is an ergonomically designed, high-performance DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) headset that delivers HD voice quality and noise-cancelling capabilities in a comfortable, sleek design. The DW Series consists of the DW Pro1 and the DW Pro2, with the Pro2 being the stereophonic version. Professional wireless headsets allow workers greater comfort and mobility in an office setting, resulting in increased productivity and more precise communications.

Sennheiser’s DW Pro headsets were previously awarded a 2012 Speech Technology Excellence Award from TMCnet’s Customer Interaction Solutions magazine, which recognizes companies that have made significant contributions improving speech applications for their clientele. These models have also been certified for interoperability with telephony solutions from Microsoft, Avaya, Cisco, IBM and Polycom.

As business environments rely increasingly on digital audio content, speech recognition continues to gain momentum as a valuable tool. This technology is especially pertinent in markets such as healthcare, where physicians can transcribe patient records and verbal comments into their (now mandatory) electronic health records; or in education, where students and professors can electronically digitize the text of their lectures. Nuance holds significant market share in the healthcare vertical, as more hospitals and private practices transition their paper records to secure, electronic data files, in adherence with government HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations.

“We developed our Dragon ranking system to help ensure our customers are aware of the highest quality audio products for our Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate for Mac products. We congratulate Sennheiser and its DW Pro2 for achieving Six Dragons,” said Peter Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer for Nuance, and General Manager for Dragon.

Neumann KH 120 Studio Monitors Deliver Superior Midrange and Truthful Response for Classical Music Producer Leszek Wojcik

Since the early 1970s, Leszek Wojcik has been recording exquisite classical music performances at top venues including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Rose Theater and Carnegie Hall, where he is employed as recording studio manager. Wojcik, who is also a highly sought after freelance classical recording professional, recently acquired a pair of Neumann KH 120 monitors.

Wojcik had been using a competitor’s pair of monitors, but ‘never really fell in love with them.’ He decided to switch to the Neumann KH 120s after one of his classical recording colleagues, Mateusz Zechowski, recommended them, citing their outstanding transparency and natural sound. Since then, they have become a foundational element of his control room and he’s never looked back.

“It took me about 15 seconds to make the decision to switch to the Neumann KH 120s,” Wojcik says. “The midrange is fantastic. It’s very truthful and flat, which is critical in recording classical music. For me, the midrange is the single most important part of a monitor’s sound, because most of the compositions in Western music were written for this range.”

Wojcik, who has a master’s degree in Tonmeister Studies from Chopin Music Academy and who lectures on “Aesthetics of Recording” at New York University, is well versed in both the theory and practice of audio recording and draws from over three decades of experience: “I come from the school that encourages making your decisions based on listening,” says Wojcik. “No two situations are the same in classical music recording so you have to keep searching for the perfect sound and you do this by listening. For this reason, the main component of the control room are the monitors, and the Neumann KH 120s are a great tool.”

Wojcik’s first field test of the KH 120 came during the recording of a performance of an orchestra from Qatar at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City. Wojcik set up his Neumann KH 120s in an alcove adjacent to the hall where he monitored the recording and also sent out a stereo broadcast mix for television. While he was monitoring at low levels, he says that the KH 120s performed admirably, providing a dynamic sound that simplified his job.

For Wojcik, having the right mix of tools is an absolute prerequisite to creating the vibrant recordings he has become known for in the industry. “I’m sure that the chisel and the hammer that Michelangelo used to create his statues were the highest possible quality of the time, and for me, the Neumann KH 120 is a wonderful tool to have — it’s like Michelangelo’s chisel,” Wojcik said.

In addition to the Neumann KH 120 monitors, Wojcik relies heavily on other Neumann and Sennheiser equipment such as Neumann KM series microphones, Sennheiser MKH series microphones — including the Sennheiser multi-pattern MKH 8000 which he uses on the ‘most demanding’ instruments — and a pair of classic Sennheiser HD 580 headphones.

“The basic premise of classical music recording is concert realism,” Wojcik concludes. “The recording should reflect the concert sound. If you go to the ideal concert hall, sit in the ideal seat in the ideal distance from the performance, this is how you should expect to hear a well made recording. Your skill and your choice of tools is immensely important. In my work as a recording recording professional, the Neumann KH 120s are a very important tool for me.”

Image caption:
Leszek Wojcik recording on location with his Neumann KH 120 monitors at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City.

K-array and Hip Hop Legend Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC Help Inspire Underprivileged Children through New York Foundling’s Camp Felix

On Thursday, August 16th, children enrolled at Camp Felix participated in an exhuberant talent show, capping a two-week camp of activities that included arts and crafts, music, creative writing, drama and several workshops. Camp Felix, which is hosted each year by The New York Foundling — a prominent family services organization specializing in child welfare — is an overnight summer camp located in Putnam Valley, NY that features a variety of educational events and activities abandoned and underprivileged children.

Thursday evening’s talent show included a wide range of performances from children aged 8 to 13 such as synchronized Spanish dance routines, singer/songwriter performances and several vocal acts. The performances, which were broadcast to an audience of approximately 200 attendees through a pair of K-array KR 200 loudspeakers, also featured a performance of “Walk This Way” by Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC to cap off the evening.

Perhaps the highlight of the evening was when McDaniels gave a heartfelt message of hope to the children, stressing that they can overcome challenges and achieve whatever they want to in life. The New York Foundling, which helps over 13,000 people each year and whose guiding principle is ‘abandon no one,’ strengthens families and communities by helping each individual reach his or her potential. 

McDaniels was enthusiastic about the sound of the K-array loudspeakers and Sennheiser’s overall participation in the event: “Sennheiser had the K-array speakers at Camp Felix for the kids’ talent show and it was amazing,” he said. “People out in the parking lot wanted to know who was sounding so good at ‘the concert.’ And it was only two speakers!”

Ben Escobedo, RF services & field support engineer, technical services, Sennheiser, was on hand to set up and provide mixing services for the event: “This camp was for a great cause, and the K-array’s were just fantastic,” he said. “For an outdoor venue such as this, I needed something that was portable and could fit in my car, but that was powerful enough to provide great sound for the entire camp audience.”

Escobedo, who was able to get the system up and running in a matter of minutes due to its extreme portability, set up a simple mixer and connected Sennheiser microphones including an ew135 G3 wireless to provide flexibility on the stage, as well as e835, e935 and e965 wired microphones.

Photo captions:
1. Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC communicates a message of inspiration to children attending Camp Felix.
2. Performances at Camp Felix included Spanish dance routines; K-array KR 200s are visible at the left side of the photo.

Ryan Larkin
Sales & Marketing
www.AcousticsFirst.com
Acoustics First Corporation
PH: (804) 342-2900

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