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Dante™ card and new firmware for Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 Series now available

1Old Lyme, CT, November 25, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser has announced the availability of its Dante™ card for the EM 9046 receiver, enabling the top-of-the-range Digital 9000 wireless microphone system to be integrated into Dante™ audio-over-IP networks. Also available are – as free downloads – the associated new Digital 9000 firmware version 3.0.3, and the new Wireless Systems Manager 4.2 with a set of optimised monitoring functions.

“With the EM 9046 DAN extension card, broadcast and live audio engineers can now easily integrate Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range wireless microphone system into a Dante™ network,” says Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser. “They benefit from the system’s exceptional sound with the incredible convenience of routing high-definition audio data via Audinate’s Dante™ Controller.” Dante™ works with existing network infrastructure using IP and Ethernet standards and offers hundreds of channels of high-quality audio. The networking solution is currently used by more than 155 pro audio manufacturers worldwide.

2The EM 9046 DAN extension card is simply inserted into the expansion slot of the EM 9046 eight-channel receiver. Internally, the card features sixteen audio inputs to send the digital audio and command signals over the Dante™ network. Connection is via two Gbit RJ45 sockets that serve to either establish two redundant network circuits or daisy-chain the signals. The card works with sampling rates of 44.1/48/88.2 and 96 kHz at a resolution of 24 bits.

New Digital 9000 firmware
The new firmware version 3.0.3 for Digital 9000 can be downloaded free of charge at http://en-de.sennheiser.com/service-support-services-software-downloads. With this firmware update, the receiver’s clock menu will be expanded to include a “MAN” (multichannel audio network) option, enabling the receiver to synchronize to the word clock of the Dante™ network.

3Additional benefits of the new firmware version include the monitoring of up to four daisy-chained receivers via any of the receivers’ monitoring outputs and the automatic assignment of frequencies after a scan. Engineers are now also able to scan just a 24 MHz portion of the spectrum instead of the entire booster range of 168 MHz. This increases speed in critical frequency situations.

The new firmware also includes the highly sophisticated refinements made by Sennheiser to address the near impossible conditions experienced during the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. The event took place in a super-reflective venue with a near all-metal construction but the capabilities of the Digital 9000 system were enhanced still further to be able to detect and cope with this extremely reflective environment. In addition to this advance, version 3.0.3 also ensures improved network capability with managed enterprise environments.

New Wireless Systems Manager software
4Sennheiser has adapted its Wireless Systems Manager software to include a monitoring function for the Dante™ card. The new version 4.2 allows users to monitor the EM 9046’s Dante™ audio streams from any point in the network, and to listen to the headphone monitor audio stream of connected EM 9046 receivers without any additional hardware.

WSM (Sennheiser Wireless Systems Manager) Software Version 4.2 is available from the same download address as the Digital 9000 firmware, or from http://en-de.sennheiser.com/service-support-services-wireless-systems-manager.

About Audinate and Dante™
Dante™ is the digital audio networking solution of choice for over 155 professional audio manufacturers in the broadcast, live sound, commercial installed and conferencing markets. Audinate’s Dante solution builds on existing Internet (IP) and Ethernet networking standards and offers a migration path to emerging standards like AES67. Dante networking replaces point-to-point cabling and matrix switching solutions offering hundreds of channels of high-performance audio, control and monitoring across existing network infrastructure. Installation and management is simplified through a unique combination of plug and play technologies, saving enormous installation and long-term ownership costs. Audio sources attached to any network port are available everywhere throughout the network with signal routing defined by software, not physical cabling. Audinate also offers a comprehensive set of interfacing options for PC and Mac equipment (Dante Virtual Soundcard and Dante PCIe card) enabling simple integration of existing software applications with the audio network.

About Sennheiser
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1: Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range Digital 9000 wireless system is now Dante™-ready
2: Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser (Photo credit: R. Kruse)
3: The EM 9046 DAN card simply slots into the Sennheiser receiver, enabling Digital 9000 to send uncompressed HD audio data over a Dante™ network

EM 9046 DAN includes license from Audinate Pty Ltd under U.S. patent number(s) 7747725, 8005939, 7978696, 8171152 and other patents issued, see www.audinate.com/patents.

Sennheiser Helps Inspirational ‘Skid Row Marathon’ Documentary Come to Life with Pristine Audio

MKH Shotgun Microphones Serve as a Key Storytelling Tool as a Superior Court Judge Leads Homeless Citizens on The Road to Recovery

judgeOld Lyme, Conn. – November 24, 2014 – In early 2013, Director Mark Hayes read a story about a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Craig Mitchell, who started the Midnight Mission running club consisting of former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless people and others who fell on hard times — either by making the wrong choices at earlier points in their lives, or by simple misfortune. Immediately sensing the emotional gravity and compelling human dimension of the story, Hayes and his partner, producer Gabriele Hayes, requested a meeting with Judge and began the journey towards creating their feature documentary, Skid Row Marathon.

From their earliest conversations in the Judge’s chambers to the finish line of the Accra International Marathon in Ghana, Africa last year, Sennheiser microphones were there to capture every last detail of the journey — including all the challenges, struggles, dreams and successes each of the runners experienced. The struggles were almost overbearing — but the successes were overwhelming: After completing the International marathon in Ghana, some of the runners went on to complete the 29th Los Angeles Marathon last March, while others are now training to compete in the Marathon of Rome this spring.

benshirleyAmong the characters in the film are Ben Shirley, a former heavy metal musician whose career was destroyed by drug and alcohol addiction; Rafael Cabrera, who was sentenced to life in prison after shooting a rival gang member; and Brian Langston, whose family lived out of a car after his father became ill with diabetes and was no longer able to work. Each of these club members have their own heart wrenching stories of how they fell on hard times, yet were able to pick themselves up by overcoming the immense physical and emotional challenge of a marathon.

“The sweet spot of this story is the Judge, who is also a big runner,” explains Mark Hayes. “Here is a guy whose job it is to rule on legal matters and hands out sentences to people, mostly involving prison terms. But when he is not working, he is helping people who fell into hard times get a fresh outlook on life by training for and running marathons.” The Midnight Mission running club — named after the century-old human services organization — began after a defendant finished his prison term, came back to visit the judge and subsequently invited him to Skid Row to meet some of his friends. “He went down and spoke to a few of them, and realized that starting this running club was something positive he could do,” Mark explains.

Sennheiser Shotgun Mics: The Ultimate Storyteller’s Tool
boomAt the earliest stages of the production, Mark and Gabriele both knew that the audio production would play a key role in the storytelling; and based on the unpredictable nature of the content and dialog, there would often be no ‘second chance’ to get it right. They contacted Christopher Currier of Sennheiser, who was eager to help and recommended a microphone package consisting of the MKH 416 shotgun microphone, HD 25-II headphones for monitoring and EW 112-PG3 G3 wireless systems. “Mark and Gabriele were already very familiar with our gear and had been using the older MKH 415 for their past work. Adding the MKH 416 and a few other tools just rounded out their equipment list for this amazing project,” Currier said.

Once the project began, Mark and Gabriele were told by the Judge that they would have to run with the club. “Thankfully Gabi is a runner, so she would run alongside them with a camera and an MKH 415 microphone mounted on top to capture all the action,” Mark says. Twice a week, the group would complete a seven mile run and then gather on a street corner to check on how everyone was progressing — both with the running and in their personal lives. “To capture these important conversations, Gabi would have an MKH 415 on a boom pole connected wirelessly, and I would be shooting with a camera with an MKH 416 on a shoe mount,” Mark explains.

One of the most important audio segments the team captured was an early interview with the Judge in his chambers at the Superior Court of Los Angeles, during which he explained why he started the club. “Once again, we used the boom pole with the MKH 416, and also a lavalier microphone (the MKE2-EW Gold) on the Judge’s collar, connected to a G3 wireless transmitter,” Mark recalls. “After we finished the shoot, we took the audio back for editing and it just sounded fantastic. When the audio is perfect, it can make up for a shaky camera or other visual imperfections that may occur.”

equipmentAfter the marathon training phase was completed, the running club and production crew flew to Ghana, West Africa, where the environmental conditions became harsh and challenging: “When we got there, it was like 100 degrees and very dusty,” Mark recalls. “A lot of the roads were not paved, and we were right by the ocean. It was probably the worst situation for equipment you can imagine.” Gabriele and Mark began to notice rusting and wear on the camera equipment. “I was really worried because we were under the most extreme circumstances of heat, dust, humidity and salty air. Despite all this, the audio performed flawlessly, and the Sennheiser gear we had was no worse for the wear.”

While recording location audio on the streets of Los Angeles and Ghana, the Mark and Gabriele appreciated the super cardioid pickup pattern of the MKH 416, which enabled them to focus more narrowly on the subjects they were trying to capture — without unwanted ambient noise. Audio was fed into a Sony FS700 camera, and the pair monitored on Sennheiser HD 25-1 II headphones.

“The HD 25 headphones provided an incredible amount of isolation so we could hear every detail of the dialog, just as we were capturing it,” Mark says. “Also, since there was a lot going on around us including other members of the production crew speaking, we appreciated being able to rotate the earcup so we could listen to outside activity when we were not shooting.”

With production to be wrapped up next March, the film is now scheduled to be released in September of 2015. Looking back on the production phase, Mark appreciates having had Sennheiser at his side: “We never had to worry about the audio — this enabled us to put our focus where it needed to be: on the content and storytelling.”

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the Internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1) The crew sets up the Sennheiser G3 wireless system on Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell during filming of Skid Row Marathon.

2) A member of the Midnight Mission running club, Ben Shirley, speaks on camera during filming of Skid Row Marathon.

3) The Skid Row Marathon crew filming on location in Ghana, West Africa.

4) The Sennheiser audio equipment performed flawlessly despite challenging environmental conditions on location in Ghana, West Africa.

Antelope Audio Offers Black Friday Discounts on Selected Top Sellers

Award-Winning Multi Channel Audio Interfaces, Orion32 and Zen Studio to Be Discounted Through December 7th; Free Rack Mounting Kit is Included with Purchase of a Zen Studio

Santa Monica, CA, November 24, 2014: For the third year in a row, Antelope Audio announces an attractive package of Black Friday discounts in North America, effective from November 24th until December 7th. During this period, customers can purchase an Antelope Audio Orion32 Multi-Channel AD/DA converter at a promotional price of $2,795 [discounted from a regular price of $2.995], or a Zen Studio portable pro audio interface at a promotional price of $2,295 [regular price of $2,495]. In addition, Antelope is offering a free Zen Studio Rack Mounting Kit with any purchase of a Zen Studio audio interface.

1The new, custom rack mounting kit – Z-Rack – combines both form and function in an aesthetic 2U design with dedicated vents. Sold separately, Z-Rack is valued at $79.

“Each year during Black Friday, we provide more customers the chance to experience the premium quality of our products through special discounts,” said Marcel James, Director of Sales and Marketing for Antelope Audio USA. “The Orion32 and the Zen Studio bring the finest audio quality to just about any application, whether you are a touring musician, recording engineer, mobile producer or broadcast professional. The Black Friday special is a great opportunity to get gear from Antelope Audio into your rack.”

Both the Orion32 and the Zen Studio have been recognized with Outstanding Technical Achievement nominations by the TEC Foundation — in 2013 and 2014 respectively. More recently, the Zen Studio won an Innovative Product Award in Mix/PAR’s first Reader’s Choice awards and Orion32 was nominated for a Sound on Sound 2015 Award.

To learn more about Orion32 or Zen Studio, please visit Antelope Audio’s Professional AD/DA Converters and Interfaces.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

PRO SOUND EFFECTS DEBUTS SOUND DESIGN SPOTLIGHT VIDEO SERIES

Episode 1: How Ryan Billia (Rumble Audio, Brooklyn) is Making it in Indie Film

NEW YORK, NY – Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has released the first video in its Sound Design Spotlight Series featuring Ryan Billia of Rumble Audio in Brooklyn, NY. The Spotlight Series is designed to bring awareness to the art and craft of sound design and to provide practical knowledge and inspiration for the growing number of aspiring sound designers.

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In the Series debut, Pro Sound Effects takes us into Billia’s one-stop audio post facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, goes behind the scenes to reveal workflow and creative approach, and finally onto the big screen where Billia shows us how he designed Icelandic Geyser explosion sounds for Land Ho! (Sony Picture Classics) using Pro Tools and the Hybrid Library.

“People hear sound design everywhere, but are not exposed in-depth to the art and craft behind it,” said Douglas Price, Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “To raise the bar, we decided to create a series of video interviews with forward-thinking sound designers to capture the creative spirit and technology of storytelling’s other side – that which is heard and not seen.”

Watch the full Spotlight Series video (11:17) here.

Or, skip to Geyser explosion design scene here.

ABOUT the SOUND DESIGN SPOTLIGHT Series:
The Sound Design Spotlight video series interviews forward-thinking sound designers to capture the creative spirit of story-telling through sound design and technology.

ABOUT PRO SOUND EFFECTS:
Pro Sound Effects® curates and delivers the Next Level sound effects library for media producers worldwide. The Pro Sound Effects Library is 220,000+ royalty-free sounds effects available both online and on hard drive. The Library spans the entire sonic spectrum and is continually updated. Founded in 2004, Pro Sound Effects is relied upon by top freelancers and big media production companies worldwide.

Access the Power of ProTools 11 for More Effective Mixes and Masters

Hal Leonard publishes Producing Music with ProTools 11 and Mixing & Mastering with ProTools 11 by Glenn Lorbecki and Greg “Stryke” Chin

Montclair, NJ – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published Mixing and Mastering with ProTools 11 and Producing Music with ProTools 11, both by certified Pro Tools trainer Greg Lorbecki and Avid pro audio specialist Greg “Stryke” Chin.

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Given Pro Tools 11′s high-tech enhancements in delivery speed, ultra-low latency, inclusion of the Avid Audio Engine, and HD video-editing capability, users need practical guides to get up and running quickly and efficiently. In these focused guide, Lorbecki and Chin unlock the full potential of ProTools 11 as a professional mixing and mastering platform. They put the best of ProTools at the reader’s fingertips, with plenty of online sessions, audio examples, and video tutorials to guide them along the way.

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Published as Quick Pro Guides by Hal Leonard, both books are designed to help the readers quickly implement professional techniques into their music productions. These straightforward, task-driven, and easy-to-understand books cover material in a way that gets to the point and helps maximize creative and technical accomplishments. The books also include online media that provides audio and video demos as well as helpful key command charts and chapter review quizzes to reinforce key concepts.

About the Authors:
Glenn Lorbecki is an award-winning producer-engineer, musician, composer, and educator. President of Glenn Sound Studios, Lorbecki has been in the recording business since th days of punk music and has produced or recorded projects for Weezer, green Day, Dave Matthews, Tori Amos and more. He is a certified Pro Tools trainer and an instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Greg “Stryke” Chin is a well-respected and internationally acclaimed producer, DJ, and Avid specialist. He has had Billboard chart success with his Ad Finem project and as a remixer for artists such as Depeche Mode and Pink. Chin has taken on the role of company spokesperson for Avid, giving clinics and seminars about the creative and efficient uses of Avid’s products.

Mixing & Mastering with Pro Tools 11
$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00122309
ISBN: 9781480355095
Width: 8.5″
Length: 11.0″
135 pages

Producing Music with Pro Tools 11
$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00122307
ISBN: 9781480355088
Width: 8.5″
Length: 11.0″
154 pages

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard.

iZotope Releases Iris 2

New sample-based synthesizer includes 11 GB of versatile patches and samples

Cambridge, MA – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has just released the newest version of their sample¬-based synthesizer, Iris. Iris 2 is a visual instrument that combines the power of a sampler with the flexibility of a modular synth.

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New features include a robust modulation system, sample pools that can load both samples and classic oscillator waveforms, a completely redesigned interface with extensive visualizations and metering, enhanced effects and filters, and fresh patches to inspire creativity.

Iris 2 is built so that new sounds can be discovered right out of the box, including soaring leads, growling basses, classic synths, and percussive effects. More than 350 patches with intuitive controls are included, so that users can easily produce and perform music that they have tweaked and customized.

“After listening carefully to feedback from hundreds of musicians, producers, and sound designers, it became clear that Iris is a one-of-a-kind tool in their craft,” says iZotope Product Manager Bradford Swanson. “We’ve designed Iris 2 to help inspire musicians with new possibilities and sounds that are easy to access and tweak, but still totally unique.”

The core of Iris 2’s creative engine is the ability to layer samples. Endless combinations can be made by mixing a built-¬in collection of analog oscillator waveforms, an 11 GB sound library of samples, and users’ own audio files. Dynamic tremolo effects, expressive vibratos, and radical filter sweeps can be achieved through up to five adjustable curve ADSR envelopes, as well as five LFOs with dozens of morphing wavetable options. Iris 2 is rounded out with multiple effects, like eight distortions, a classic synth chorus, digital and analog delay options, and a warm plate reverb emulation.

iZotope’s award¬-winning spectral filtering technology contributes to the Iris experience. Users can visualize and edit their sound with incredible precision by drawing, selecting, and isolating sonic components from each sample layer.The world is your instrument.

See Iris 2 in action: http://youtu.be/ceY_crXdTJU
Hear the sounds of Iris 2: http://youtu.be/Cd4BMESUN14

Learn more at: www.izotope.com/iris

Availability:
Iris 2 is available now at www.izotope.com/iris and at select retailers.

Pricing:
Iris 2 is on sale for $199 USD ($99 USD upgrade) through December 11, 2014. After that date, Iris 2 will be available at the regular price of $299 USD ($149 USD upgrade).

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Iris 2 pricing.

Compatibility:
Iris 2 runs as a plug-¬in or as a standalone application.

Operating system requirements:
Windows: 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.7 or later (Intel only)

Plug-in formats:
32/64 bit Audio Units, VST, VST3, AAX, and RTAS

Plug-in host compatibility:
Ableton Live 8 and 9, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studo, Bitwig, and many more.

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

EASTWEST Offers Major Discounts On Acclaimed Virtual Instruments

Buy One Get One Free Promotion and Complete Composers Collection 3

Hollywood, CA – EASTWEST is currently offering two impressive promotions at www.soundsonline.com: The Complete Composers Collection 3 Pro and also a Buy-One-Get-One-Free promotion of select instruments.

Customers can enjoy up to 60% off the list price when choosing a minimum of 7 instruments as part of the new Complete Composers Collection Pro 3. This massive collection for music, film, TV, and game composers offers a choice of 54 products that cover virtually every musical genre with over 12,000 instruments. All samples are installed on a 2TB ultra fast external hard drive for fast access. And for the first time, NEW RELEASES are also available as part of this extraordinary bundle!

From now until November 30, 2014, customers have the opportunity to buy one and get one free of the following 20 virtual instruments:

- Steven Wilson Ghostwriter
- Stormdrum 3
- Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds
- Hollywood Orchestral Brass
- Hollywood Orchestral Strings
- The Dark Side
- Ministry of Rock 2
- Symphonic Choirs (Platinum and Gold)
- Symphonic Orchestra (Platinum Plus, Platinum, and Gold)
- Stormdrum 2
- Silk
- Gypsy
- Pianos (Platinum, Gold & Silver)
- RA
- Ministry of Rock
- Fab Four
- Voices of Passion
- Solo Violin
- Spaces Reverb
- Goliath

Offer details and ordering information can be found at http://www.soundsonline.com/EW-QL-BOGO for the world excluding Europe; and http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/EW-QL-BOGO for Europe.

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST (www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer.

Powersoft Captures Nuance and Detail of The Earth Harp and Other Artistic Performances at Pennsylvania’s Mercyhurst University

Clean and Pristine Audio is the Name of the Game for Fact AV Technologies at The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center and Other Venues within the University’s Institute for Arts & Culture

Erie, PA, November 21, 2014: For Eric Johnson, owner of Erie-based Fact AV Technologies, Inc., the emotional impact of music is all in the nuance and detail. When he started his small company more than 25 years ago, Johnson set out to raise the standards of live sound for small scale and intimate venues, raising audio quality to levels more typically found in larger halls and higher seating capacity performance spaces. To stand out in a crowded market of AV solution providers, Johnson decided to come in at the ‘high end’ and build the foundation of his audio rack around Powersoft amplification,

1One of Johnson’s mainstay clients, Mercyhurst University, routinely draws national touring talent for its three intimate venues including two smaller spaces geared towards acoustic performances, and the spectacular 792-seat capacity Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center — which opened in 1996 as part of the University’s Institute for Arts & Culture (MIAD). To ensure the space is enveloped in uncompromising, pristine audio, Johnson relies on a selection of nimble, yet powerful, Powersoft amplifiers, in addition to EAW loudspeakers and digital mixers from Midas and Digico.

Typically, performances at MIAD might include jazz and orchestral concerts, but the University also attracts unconventional and artistically innovative acts such as Malibu, CA-based William Close, maestro of the Earth Harp — the longest stringed instrument in the world, and Ugandan artist Simite, who plays the Kalimba — a type of thumb piano. “These artists, and all the artists that play here, have a very specific idea of what their art and their presentation should sound like,” commented Eric Johnson. “My goal is to try to reproduce their vision as closely as possible using the tools that I have. My amplifiers from Powersoft are an important component in reproducing that performance.”

“The Secret Sauce” is Powersoft

2For performances at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Johnson relies on just four rackspaces of Powersoft amplifiers to cover FOH: (2) K10s for the subwoofers, and (2) K3s for mid and high frequencies and an M50Q for the balcony. Considering such a small amplification footprint, his Powersoft rack packs a punch: “I can hit 110 dB on the back wall if I want to,” he exclaims. In addition to his Powersoft amplification at FOH, he typically has four EAW loudspeaker cabinets on stage and another pair of loudspeakers off of the balcony, all running through a Midas Pro 2 48-channel digital console. At monitors, he has a rack with (3) Powersoft M50Qs, and other with (3) Powersoft M30s, with audio running through the Digico console.

For Ugandan artist Simite, it was a ‘bare minimum’ performance with just (7) channels, but the nuance of the audio was absolutely critical to the performance. “I was unfamiliar with most of the instruments in his arsenal except for the acoustic guitar,” Johnson admits. “So I simply approached it like I might approach a jazz band, trying to make the performance as transparent and full sounding as possible without making it sound forced.” Johnson is convinced that his high end Powersoft amplification helped him capture exactly what the artist wanted to hear. “As he played the Kalimba, the guitar player intertwined melodies in such a way that you really needed to hear every single note they were playing. While this was going on, Samite was singing with loops and creating very complex harmonies.” By the end of the show, Johnson says, audience members were dancing on the stage and Simite himself was very pleased.

3Earlier this fall, global touring artist William Close and the Earth Harp Collective also performed in Erie at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. In contrast to the diminutive Kalimba ‘thumb piano’, the Earth Harp had its audio reproduction challenges, albeit on a much larger physical scale. As the largest stringed instrument in the world with brass strings spanning hundreds of feet, the Earth Harp was actually strung from the stage to the balcony of the theater. The tones created by the Earth Harp —which are rich with harmonics and complex overtones — are unlike any other instrument and require the finest audio equipment to capture every detail. According to Johnson, Powersoft amplification stood up to the challenge.

“As William began stringing his Earth Harp from the stage to the balcony of the theater, I was scratching my head wondering what in the world this was going to be like,” Johnson recalls. “With a jazz band, you have preconceptions and can anticipate what it is going to sound like, but with someone like William, who is a true innovator, there is no basis because it’s never been done. Thanks in large part to my Powersoft rig, I was able to accurately represent those sounds, and in this case that really made the show.”

“Mercyhurst is one of my favorite places to perform and the sound system is amazing,” commented William Close. “The harmonic tones of my Earth Harp were so clear and powerful; there is no doubt in my mind that the Powersoft amplifiers helped bring this instrument and all the other instruments to a whole new level of sonic splendor. The concert hall itself really became the instrument, and the sound system brought out all the musical magic and detail.”

For Johnson, the right amplification is a critically important choice. “In my work, it all comes down to my tools, and Powersoft plays a big part of this,” he concludes. “These performances as subtle and delicate, so it is critical to have equipment that is going to perform that way. With my K and M series amplifiers, I don’t have to spend a lot of time getting it to sound just like the artist wants.”

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

Captions:
1) William Close and the Earth Harp Collective perform at Mercyhurst.
2) System Engineer Nick Corsi (L) and Eric Johnson, Founder of Fact AV Technologies, Inc.
3) William Close strung his Earth Harp from the stage to the balcony of Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Antelope Audio Zen Studio Wins Mix/PAR 2014 Innovative Product Award

Zen Studio is Chosen as the Most Innovative Interface in Publication’s First Readers’ Choice Awards

PARlogoSanta Monica, CA, November 19, 2014: Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio announced that its Zen Studio won an ‘Innovative Product Award’ in the first Mix/PAR reader’s choice awards. The Zen Studio audio interface was nominated in the Interface category alongside equipment from several other leading audio manufacturers. Each of the winning products were selected by readers of Pro Audio Review and Mix Magazine.

“We are pleased that Zen Studio has been recognized with an Innovative Product Award by readers of Pro Audio Review and Mix Magazine,” commented Marcel James, Director of US Sales and Marketing, Antelope Audio. “We believe the many innovations in Zen Studio and our other products like Pure2, MP32, Orion32, Satori and others are raising the bar and shaping the expectations of pro audio consumers, who are demanding greater flexibility and uncompromising audio quality in the products they choose.”

zenfrontIn recognition of outstanding technical achievement, Zen Studio recently received a nomination for the 30th Annual TEC Awards. Zen Studio is a professional portable audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller. It is built with the purpose to be a powerful professional mobile recording studio, but its features such as 20 analog inputs, 12 world-class mic preamps, Antelope’s acclaimed conversion and clocking, onboard DSP effects, multiple monitor mixers, custom high-bandwidth low-latency USB, and Mac/PC control software make it a perfect recording solution not only for location but studio recording as well. Since its launch in May, Zen Studio, has received multiple recognitions from the media, users and Grammy Award winning engineers across the Globe.
Zen Studio was designed and manufactured based on proven conversion, clocking and USB technologies used in Orion32, the company’s best selling product. Orion32 is part of the critical audio signal path in a number of large live shows and prominent studios. For its diminutive size, Zen Studio delivers a breakthrough number of mic pres and DI instrument inputs in a mobile interface, along with exceptional monitoring and tracking DSP capabilities more commonly found in high end, commercial studios.

For more information on Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/zen-studio-portable-audio-interface.

About Antelope Audio:
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

Essential Electronics Theory for the Audio World

Hal Leonard Publishes Electronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects

Electronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects introduces concepts, techniques, and tools needed for productive growth in the fields of audio, video, and multimedia recording. It includes essential theory relating to electronics principles specific to the audio world, as well as practical lessons on soldering, how to use a digital multimeter for testing audio gear and cables, and how to use an oscilloscope and function generator to diagnose circuits. Also included are descriptions of the components found in electronic circuits and how they work.

“Even if you never open up a piece of gear, an understanding of the concepts of electronics will add to your ability as an audio professional,” says seasoned instructor Alden Hackmann. “This book will be extremely helpful when troubleshooting gear, such as bad cables, faulty microphones, malfunctioning preamps, consoles with bad power supplies, speakers with intermittent output, and other issues.”

Hackmann uses a bare minimum of math to demonstrate practical concepts, plus every chapter includes a hands-on lab to reinforce that chapter’s concepts. There are also seven projects to help the reader develop fundamental soldering skills, including the introduction of techniques for use with a broad variety of cables. The electronics topics includes voltage, current, resistance, and power, and how they are related to one another. Resistors, capacitors, diodes, batteries, switches, LEDs, transformers, diodes, transistors, inductors, and tubes are all explained in a clear and concise manner. With 12 distinct sections, this book can be used in both the class environment and for self-study.

The accompanying DVD-ROM contains lecturers and illustrations that support and reinforce the concepts presented in the text.

About the Author:
Alden Hackmann has been working with electronics from a very young age. A research biologist at the University of Washington for over 20 years, Hackmann is also one of very few high-end manufacturers of a obscure musical instrument called a hurdgy-gurdy. His work with this fascinating instrument led him to metal machining, woodworking, laser engraving, inlay, and resin casting, but it also prompted a strong interest in electronics, fueled by designing onboard amplification systems for the hurdy-gurdy. His custom hurdy-gurdies – manufactured in partnership with his wife, Cali – are in strong demand, both internationally and domestically (www.hurdygurdy.com). An instructor for the Art Institute of Seattle, Hackmann teaches electronics, recording, and other audio classes. As his multiple intellectual worlds intertwine, he also designs custom electronics and enclosures for the biotech industry and has recorded and mixed live concerts and designed lighting for the Over the Water Hurdy-Gurdy Association. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Electronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects
$39.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00119291
ISBN: 9781480342439
Width: 8.5″
Length: 11.0″
322 pages

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books, An Imprint of Hal Leonard.

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