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Video Devices Product Line Steps into the Spotlight at IBC for the First Time

New Brand Identity from Sound Devices Reinforces Video Product Line

AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 27, 2014 – Video Devices, mission-critical video products by Sound Devices, will make its IBC debut at this year’s exhibition (Hall 8, Stand B59). Since Sound Devices introduced its first video products, the camera-mounted PIX 240i and PIX 220i, the company has expanded on its success with a range of rack-mounted, network-connected video recorders. These product additions, including the new PIX 270i and PIX 250i, have opened new markets and product categories for the company.

“While production sound equipment is our foundation, and we continue to develop new audio gear, video production has become increasingly important for us,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are excited to highlight this new brand to the international broadcast community, in addition to our range of audio gear, at IBC 2014.”

The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i video decks offer significant advantages for production workflows, providing time-saving tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to remotely control, set up and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i (a world’s first for a video deck) and the PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective tool for high-performance video capture and presentation.

Over the next several months, the company will brand all video-related products as Video Devices, including the PIX 240i, PIX 250i, and PIX 270i recorders. All future video products will also be branded Video Devices. This is a key step in a focused strategy to make Video Devices a dominant force in the video production and video integration markets.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from its Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters, with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

High Resolution Audio to Be a Major Focus at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— DEG to present a comprehensive High Resolution Audio program October 10 at AES137 in Los Angeles —

New York, NY — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles) will feature a High Resolution Audio (HRA) program Friday, October 10, 2014. The direct result of a collaborative effort between the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will include a number of panels and sessions that address the current and future direction of HRA from various perspectives, including content creation, digital distribution, licensing of hi-res music files, archiving, subscription models, marketing/promotion of hi-res music, compatibility of playback devices and more. These panels and sessions will feature some of the brightest minds in the business as they discuss some of the most current and controversial issues concerning the rapid adoption of high-resolution audio across the industry.

“The DEG is pleased to join with the Audio Engineering Society in promoting the benefits of Hi-Res Audio during this event,” said Amy Jo Smith, President, DEG. “Working together, we can underscore HRA’s numerous benefits to the professional recording community and enlist their support in helping drive this initiative.”

For over 65 years, nearly every seminal audio development has been incubated and promoted within the AES community, beginning with stereo LPs in the 1950s and continuing with magnetic tape in the 60s, digital audio and the Compact Disc in the 70s, perceptual coding (e.g. MP3) over the past 25 years, all the way to today’s digital streaming formats. It’s no wonder that the DEG and the AES have decided to partner to bring to AES137 Convention attendees the most current and comprehensive information on the state of High Resolution Audio, which is defined as “lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better than CD quality music sources.”

For information on how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) and detailed information on the High Resolution Audio Program at the AES137 Convention, as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

About DEG
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is an industry association that advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels on behalf of the motion picture, music, consumer electronics and technology companies.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

GatesAir Drives Over-The-Air Efficiencies for National Radio Upgrade in Sweden

Network operator Teracom cites high performance, low operating costs of GatesAir FM transmitters as key differentiators from competitive solutions

CINCINNATI, August 26, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air wireless broadcast solutions for radio and television, announces that Teracom, a national network operator distributing all over-the-air radio and TV channels across Sweden, has engaged with GatesAir for a network-wide FM upgrade. The initial rollout phase will conclude in the first quarter of 2015, with installations scheduled for one dozen of its 30-plus FM stations. The remaining installations will conclude in 2016, ultimately reducing costs and improving efficiencies across the entire network.

Teracom selected GatesAir Flexiva™ transmitters following an evaluation process that proved superior modularity, reliability and serviceability against competitive products. For Teracom, these overall efficiency gains will minimize network-wide costs associated with labor and utilities over the lifecycle of the transmitters—ensuring a clear return on investment due to low total cost of ownership.

“The proven innovation of Flexiva transmitters will introduce increased efficiency and reliability in the Teracom FM network for many years to come,” says Per G Borgå, Product Manager Radio, Teracom. “We expect the operational benefits of deploying GatesAir across our FM network will deliver high-quality radio broadcasts to listeners nationwide, thereby strengthening our customers in their operative goals.”

GatesAir is streamlining the delivery and installation process through integrated and pre-tested transmitter systems, simplifying transport across Sweden and accelerating the pace at which Teracom engineers can install and deploy the transmitters. The intelligent PowerSmart® 3D architecture of Flexiva transmitters also minimizes ongoing maintenance, featuring a broadband design that enables hot-swappable modules and power supplies while reducing spare parts. Lighter module and power supply weights additionally contribute to a reduction in labor costs, requiring only a single engineer to conduct service requirements. This also allows Teracom to more effectively allocate engineering resources across its operation.

“The replacement of Teracom’s current FM transmitters with our higher-efficiency Flexiva models will ensure high performance and low total cost of ownership for years to come across Sweden,” said Alain Pecot, vice president of sales, Europe, Africa. Middle East and Asia-Pacific, GatesAir. “We’re delighted to support Teracom as the company transitions to a new generation of over-the-air technology that will surely protect its long-term investment and accelerate its ROI.”

About Teracom
Teracom offers various technical infrastructures and network solutions for the distribution of media and communication between people and companies – anywhere, anytime. Our main product areas are radio and TV broadcasting, Pay-TV offerings, transmission capacity for data connections as well as co-location and service. Teracom distributes radio and TV to households nationwide in Sweden. The terrestrial radio and TV broadcasts cover 99.8 percent of households. In the Pay-TV segment, services are offered through the subsidiary Boxer TV-Access.

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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Sennheiser Helps Houses of Worship Take the Straight and Narrow to Pristine Audio with New ‘Praise Pack’ Microphone Bundle

Praise Pack Is Tailored for the Needs of Small and Medium Sized Churches, Consisting of Four e 835 Dynamic Microphones Housed in Specially Embroidered Gator Case

Old Lyme, CT, August 25, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has launched Praise Pack: a special new microphone bundle focused on the small to midsize house of worship (HOW) market. The new bundle, which consists of four e 835 dynamic vocal microphones along with four pouches and mic stand clips, come snugly packaged in a specially embroidered, road ready Gator case.

The new bundle, priced at just $349 (a savings of more than $100 if each mic was pur-chased separately), represents a great opportunity for churches to realize clear audio re-production with four of Sennheiser’s best selling microphones. Each e835 microphone comes with a 10-year warranty and fits neatly into the black Gator case, which has ‘Senn-heiser Praise Team’ embroidered on its exterior.

“The new Sennheiser Praise Pack is perfect for small to mid-sized churches that want to make their worship services more intelligible and sonically pleasing,” said Dawn Birr, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Integrated Systems, Sennheiser. “The e 835 is a versatile, high quality microphone that is able to cut through high on-stage levels, has great feedback rejection properties and is a great technical addition to any worship service. The Praise Pack provides great protection for each mic and is ready to go at a moment’s notice.”

Sennheiser e 835 microphone features:

• Dynamic cardioid microphone for speech and vocals
• Cuts through high on-stage levels
• Clear reproduction with a high presence
• Consistent sound quality (varying distances, moving off axis)
• Handles high sound pressure levels
• Isolates handling noise, hum compensating coil
• Excellent feedback rejection
• Rugged metal housing

The new Praise Pack is a great way for small churches to begin realizing clear and crisp audio for either music or spoken word. It is also a great way for mid-sized churches to in-crease the breadth and quality of their microphone collection with four road tested, quality products from Sennheiser. To learn more about the Praise pack or to purchase, please visit www.sennheiser.com/praisepack.

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 em-ploys 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, Bel-gium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Rus-sia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mex-ico, 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 Senn-heiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call cen-ters, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

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

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Sennheiser’s new Praise Pack consists of (4) e 835 dynamic vocal microphones, (4) mic pouches and (4) mic stand clips, all housed in a rugged and specially embroidered Gator case.

DPA Microphones Expands Sales Force

U.S. office welcomes three new Area Sales Managers; promotes new General Manager

LONGMONT, CO, AUGUST 25, 2014 – DPA Inc., the U.S. branch of DPA Microphones, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Spahr, Pedro Rocha and Leonardo Romero as Area Sales Managers for the Eastern U.S., Western U.S. and Southern U.S./Latin America, respectively. The company has also promoted Shan Siebert to General Manager of the Longmont, Colorado-based office. After a year of unprecedented growth for the U.S. operations, these latest assignments signify the company’s continued commitment to its customers in the region.

“This announcement comes at a very exciting time for DPA Microphones’ U.S. operations,” says Eric Mayer, President of DPA, Inc. “Not only does this serve as an example of how our brand recognition has expanded, but it also means that we’ll be able to further grow our fan base throughout the Americas. In addition, these appointments will allow me to perform my day-to-day strategy, sales and marketing responsibilities more effectively, giving us the opportunity for even greater success. Welcome aboard, Pedro, Leonardo and Chris, and congratulations Shan!”

Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Leonardo Romero has more than 20 years experience in the U.S., Latin American and Middle Eastern markets. In addition to joining DPA, Inc. as Area Sales Manager for Southern U.S., he will also oversee DPA Microphones’ distributors in Canada and Latin America. He comes to the company from Teldyne Reson, manufacturer of high-tech sonar and hydrophone devices, where he served as Latin America Sales Director. With a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine, Romero has held sales positions for a variety of companies across the oil, printing and software markets, including Lub-Line Corporation; OneVision Software, AG; Esko-Graphics; Budde International, Inc. and Newgen Systems. He will build on these experiences to help with DPA’s presence in the HOW, theme park and cruise ship markets.

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barry University and a recording arts associate’s degree from Full Sail University, Christopher Spahr’s 20-year career spans the music, recording arts and pro sound industries. He comes to DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Eastern U.S. from RTW, where he oversaw U.S. sales and operations. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a Market Development Manager and certified U.S. RF Expert for Sennheiser, in both the installed sound and professional channels. He has also served as Staff Engineer at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and performed live sound work for various concerts, corporate functions and theater applications. These experiences make Philadelphia-based Spahr an excellent candidate to grow DPA’s reach on the East Coast and in the broadcast, theater and music markets.

A former Film Sound Instructor with The Los Angeles Film School, Pedro Rocha joins DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Western U.S. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, Rocha also earned a certificate degree in audio engineering from the Musician’s Institute and attended Full Sail University’s online entertainment business master’s program. Prior to his teaching position, Rocha served as an Avid Pro Tools® Marketing Specialist and as a pro audio and musical instrument Sales Representative for a variety of retailers, which will serve him well for his current position. In addition to his responsibilities of West Coast sales, Rocha will also be tasked with overseeing growth in the film and music industries.

Building on his five-year tenure with the company, Shan Siebert has been promoted to General Manager from his role as Service Manager, which he has held since 2010. In this new position, Siebert will oversee the day-to-day operations of the U.S. office, including distribution, technical assistance and loan facilitation. Prior to joining DPA Microphones, Shan served as a Radio Installer in the United States Army for four years, learning to solder and repair electrical equipment, and later earned a pastry degree that led to his own dessert company, where he learned the intricacies of business management. This unique background gives Siebert the perfect combination of trade and financial experience to manage and oversee DPA’s U.S. office.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

RTW Launches Online Store on Company Website

Customers Can Now Purchase Selected RTW Products Directly from Relaunched Corporate Website

COLOGNE, GERMANY, AUGUST 25, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is pleased to announce the launch of its new online store, operated by asknet, where customers can purchase a selection of RTW products directly from the company’s website. Now, by clicking the “Shop” icon on the recently relaunched RTW.com homepage, customers can buy a range of RTW metering and loudness tools.

With so much technology now available for download from the Web, RTW saw an opportunity to serve its customers even more promptly and efficiently. It chose asknet, a major worldwide provider of e-commerce solutions, to create and power the store because it enables RTW to sell its products in 26 different languages and more than 30 currencies. This allows the company to reach the widest customer base as possible. Among the products available to purchase through the online portal are models from the company’s smart line of specialized meters, the TM3 Smart and TM3-3G Smart and the recently released Masterclass Plugins Loudness Tools software, with more units being added later this year.

“At RTW, we strive to make exceptional metering products accessible to a wide range of customers, from traditional broadcasters and sound technicians to musicians and music producers,” says Andreas Tweitmann, managing director, RTW. “As with our development of the Masterclass Plugins Loudness Tools earlier this year, the launch of our new online store makes it easier for RTW customers around the world to take advantage of world-class monitoring quickly and easily. It demonstrates yet again, RTW’s commitment not just to engineering great products, but also to exceptional customer service.”

The store operates similarly to most conventional online stores, making it familiar and intuitive for users. Customers can view and select items of interest, read product details and put them in a shopping cart. As the shopping cart is displayed at the top right of the page, customers can easily view the products they have selected.

Another special feature of the successful integration of RTW’s and asknet’s system is the web price service, which ensures that data exchanged between the asknet shop database and the RTW website is updated so that store prices in the product description are always displayed correctly in all currencies on the RTW website as well.

If there are different prices in the shop than what appears on the main portion of the RTW website, it could confuse potential customers and most likely cause them to cancel the purchase. As the eCommerce specialist pays attention to precisely these subtle details, asknet’s online stores attain above-average conversion rates.

The online store’s launch coincides with RTW’s unveiling of its revamped website and updated url, www.rtw.com, which helps customers find the company website more easily.

About asknet:
Asknet, a leading global provider for customized e-commerce solutions allows merchants to sell into more than 190 countries around the globe. asknet’s e-commerce gateway exceeds market standards for software and digital media distribution. The company develops and maintains portals for software distribution and supplies 80% of all German universities with software products. asknet acts as a large account reseller for Adobe and Microsoft in the Academic Market. asknet offers students a wide range of software downloads for personal use through its leading Internet platform studyhouse.de. asknet’s customers include numerous providers of specialty software and licensing products including ABBYY, CyberLink, F-Secure, HBO, Nero, NetObjects, Norman, Panda Security and Steinberg Media Technologies. asknet was founded in 1995 as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, formerly the University of Karlsruhe). In 2013 the company’s transaction revenues amounted to around 96 million euros. For more information, visit www.asknet.com.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.com, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

Fresh Off The Warped Tour and with a New Album Ashes to Ashes, Chelsea Grin Explores the Boundaries of Extreme Metal with Sennheiser

Following Successful Summer Touring Schedule, Chelsea Grin to Embark on International Headliner Tour in Early 2015 Taking Sennheiser Along for the Ride

Old Lyme, CT, August 20, 2014: Having recently completed a rigorous touring schedule with a string of successful performances on Warped 2014 and releasing its third full-length studio LP entitled Ashes to Ashes this summer, deathcore metal artist Chelsea Grin is taking a well deserved break before embarking on yet another 24-date U.S tour this October, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder and Suicide Silence. As one of the ‘heavier’ metal bands to have performed on the Warped Tour, Chelsea Grin considers touring an essential part of its lifeblood and depends on Sennheiser microphones and wireless equipment for unmatched quality and intelligibility.

Having toured relentlessly since forming in 2007, it didn’t take long before the band realized the importance of choosing the right equipment on the road — and the positive effect this can have on an overall touring experience. One of the turning points occurred several years ago when guitarists Jaek Harmond and Dan Jones purchased a set of Sennheiser ew 172 G3 wireless units for their guitar rigs, which are both still in use today. “I always knew that Sennheiser was all about quality, and at the end of the day, that is the most important thing for us,” says Harmond.

Since then, Chelsea Grin’s following has vastly expanded (the band’s Facebook page boasts well over one million likes) and its equipment arsenal has become far more sophisticated. But its work ethic and commitment to quality has remained the same and its choices in equipment have become more discriminating than ever. Recently, the band upgraded its entire wireless infrastructure to Sennheiser’s G3 series, and the band also acquired new vocal and instrument microphones, ensuring every single one was a Sennheiser.

Hitting the Sweet Spot with Sennheiser

Harmond recalls when the band made the decision to transition its lead vocal microphone, at the recommendation of Chelsea Grin Tour Manager / Front of House engineer Gino Scarim and Sennheiser Artist Relations Manager Tim Moore: “At first, our lead singer Alex [Koehler] was a little hesitant to switch because he was so used to the competitors wired microphone. But after we A/B’d it against the Sennheiser MD 431-ii, it was no contest. The Sennheiser won every time and just sounded better,” he says. Along with the MD431-ii, a custom red and white finished ew 500-935 G3 is the choice when a wireless option is needed.

On drums, Chelsea Grin uses Sennheiser’s evolution series, with an e902 on the kick drum, e904s’s on toms, an e945 on the snare and a pair of e614s as overheads. For each of its guitars, which are running direct, the group depends on Sennheiser ew 572 G3 wireless instrument transmitters and receivers.

In Ear Monitors: The Difference is Sennheiser

With six members continually pushing extreme sound pressure levels, the band considers in ear monitor performance absolutely critical. “Since we moved onto Sennheiser wireless in ear monitors 2-1/2 years ago, we have never experienced a failure,” explains Harmond. Currently, the band is using six channels of Sennheiser’s ew 300 IEM G3 system. “They have performed flawlessly on stage — even on the Warped Tour where there are about 100 other bands nearby.”

“When we first started out, we didn’t know much about wireless,” says Harmond. “But after touring for a couple of years, we realized that we can have a dramatic impact on the quality of our performances by making the right equipment choices.” During one gig in Germany, Harmond recalls when their choice of Sennheiser made all the difference: “We had our own in ear monitors and another band showed up with a different system. For some reason, theirs wouldn’t work, but ours did. I realized at that point there was a very good reason we decided to go with Sennheiser.”

Having top quality microphones and wireless equipment from Sennheiser has enabled Chelsea Grin to sound great no matter where they play: “Audio quality has always been very important to us and we want to sound the best we possibly can at every single gig,” Harmond concludes. “Now we can roll up to any venue — whether it has a capacity of 2,000 or 20,000 — and know that whatever is coming through the PA is the best we can possibly give. It is nice to be charting our own destiny rather than having to rely on whatever is in the house system. We are very grateful for our relationship with Sennheiser.”

To learn more about Chelsea Grin, please visit: www.chelseagrinmetal.com.

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.

Caption:
Chelsea Grin lead singer Alex Koehler with his custom red and white finished ew 500-935 G3 handheld transmitter.

American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 Reaches New Sonic Heights with Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System

Best In Class Wireless System Brings out The Best From a Diverse Range of Vocalists, Amidst Challenging RF Environments

Old Lyme, CT, August 19, 2014: As the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 charges through the final leg of its highly successful summer tour, North American audiences have been treated to a broad range of talented male and female contestants performing a diverse selection of material. The new Sennheiser Digital 9000 system has delivered stellar performance every step of the way, capturing each nuance of the vocal performances in stunning detail and clarity.

This year, since the contestants are singing to backup tracks, the audio system consists primarily of a multi-channel playback rig, wireless in ear monitors and vocal microphones — putting the spotlight squarely on the Idol contestant performances. At the recommendation of Lititz, PA-based Clair Global the audio team decided to utilize (16) channels of Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless to provide the best possible audio quality for both performers and fans.

“When Clair presented me with the idea of using the new Sennheiser Digital 9000 on this tour, I was very excited because I know it is a phenomenal system,” commented Dustin DeLuna, Monitor Engineer and RF Technician for American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014. “So far, it has surpassed my every expectation — the microphones have sounded amazing across the entire range of vocalists we’ve got out here.”

The Digital 9000 system used on American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 consists of two eight channel Sennheiser EM 9046 receiver units, (14) SKM 9000 handheld wireless transmitters with MD 9235 capsules and (2) SK 9000 beltpack transmitters. Each of the (10) Idol contestants have been using the SKM 9000 transmitter / MD 9235 capsule combinations. In addition, several microphone / transmitter combinations are being used as ‘guest’ microphones and for pre-show Q&A sessions, which are extremely popular among fans.

For monitoring, the audio team has been relying on (18) channels of Sennheiser 2000 series transmitters and receivers. These cover in ear monitoring — including click tracks to make sure everyone is in time — for each of the onstage performers as well as production staff including the stage manager, lighting technician and Pro Tools operator.


Digital 9000: Outperforming in the Most Extreme RF Environments

As one might expect, the performance venues on the tour vary greatly and include arenas, casinos, theaters, sheds, outdoor fairgrounds and others. In the face of such a diverse range of performance spaces, Sennheiser Digital 9000 helps bring predictability when it comes to RF performance. “The system has been unstoppable from a reliability perspective,” reports DeLuna. “Since we started using it, there has not been a single drop out. Just the other day, we were at Indiana State Fair — it was the most crowded RF environment we have seen on this tour. But after scanning and setting up our frequencies, we had no issues. It has literally been flawless.”

For DeLuna, who is handling double duty as the tour’s sole Monitor Engineer and RF Technician, ease of use and set up time are precious. On this level, the Digital 9000 does not disappoint. “The frequency scanning features are amazing because the interface is so visual,” he explains. “Scanning takes about 30 seconds from start to finish, and the Digital 9000 allows me to visually plot out where I am going to put the microphone transmitters to see how they will work with other RF in the area. I can scan and sync these transmitters without any trouble — and I don’t even have to walk them,” he says.

Delivering Pristine, Uncompressed Sound for the Masses

Front of House Engineer Kirk Shreiner, now in his third year on the Idol tour, says the Sennheiser Digital 9000 delivers on audio quality: “It has a very clean and warm sound,” he says. “I regularly get comments on how great the microphones are on this tour, and I am having great experiences on all the PA systems we have been using with these mics.” Shreiner also appreciates the outstanding feedback rejection of the new MD 9235 capsule. “It’s not unusual to have all of the contestants up on stage singing at the same time in front of the PA, and with these microphones we’re not having to fight the system.”

For mixing in ear monitors, DeLuna has had a similarly positive experience: “The top end of the MD 9235 capsule is very smooth,” he says. “All in all, the audio seems to be very well rounded. With the Digital 9000, I am hearing more detail and it is almost like the difference between an mp3 file and a wav file. Since there is more ‘information’ in the audio, it means I don’t have to make as many EQ corrections.”

In addition to the RF reliability and sonic qualities of the system, DeLuna is especially impressed at how quiet the SKM 9000 transmitter / MD 9235 capsule combination is in light of a brand new capsule design and dampening mechanism. “We have noticed zero handling noise, and this is usually among the first things a Front of House Engineer will complain about,” he says. In an RF world that is usually dependent on buckets of AA batteries, DeLuna also appreciates the newly designed battery compartment on the transmitter: “The two buttons at the bottom that are used to slide the battery in and out are so easy to use. Moreover, the rechargeable batteries last for six hours at a time and we can run the whole day with one set of batteries,” he says.

For more information on American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014, visit www.americanidol.com/tour.

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 audio crew for the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 (L-R: Monitor Engineer and RF Technician Dustin DeLuna, Monitor Technician Matthew Van Hook, Front of House Engineer Kirk Shreiner and PA Technician Jeff Weurth)
2 – The American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 is utilizing two Sennheiser EM 9046 eight channel rack units for the Digital 9000 system.
3 – For in ear monitors, the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 uses (18) Sennheiser EM 2050 transmitter units.
4 – The Sennheiser SKM 9000 transmitter / MD 9235 capsule combination.

Early Registration for GameSoundCon Conference Ends Soon

Register for the 10th Conference on Video Game Music and Sound Design in Los Angeles by September 1 at early bird discounted price

Seattle, WA (August 14, 2014) GameSoundCon 2014, the leading conference on video game music and sound design, has announced early bird discounts on all registrations until September 1, 2014. The organization’s 10th conference will be held October 7-8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and feature two days of sessions, panel discussions and hands-on workshops from over twenty of the game industry’s leading composers, sound designers and audio directors.

“The video game industry has been changing rapidly,” said Brian Schmidt, Executive Director of GameSoundCon. “New consoles have been launched, casual and social games have exploded onto the scene. We’ve put together speakers and sessions this year that reflect the changing challenges of working in videogames for both aspiring and professional composers and sound designers. GameSoundCon continues to be the premier audio event for people who want to understand the creative, technical and business challenges of working in sound for games.”

GameSoundCon comprises four concurrent session tracks. Game Audio Essentials features presentations and panels on essential topics in game audio, specifically designed for professional composers and sound designers who want to expand into games. Game Audio Pro features talks and roundtables for seasoned game audio professionals, while separate sessions providing Hands-on FMOD Studio training and Hands-on WWise training allow attendees to bring their laptops and receive training on creating interactive music and sound effects using the industry’s leading game audio design tools.

This year’s featured keynote speaker will be Marty O’Donnell, creator of perhaps the most iconic game soundtrack of the recent era with his work on HALO. O’Donnell, formerly audio director at Bungie, now with his own studio, will talk about stimulating creativity, the video game business, and what it was like to collaborate with Sir Paul McCartney on the upcoming game Destiny.

GameSoundCon 2014 Los Angeles will be held on October 7-8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

For a complete list of speakers, sessions and more information or to register for GameSoundCon, visit www.GameSoundCon.com.

About SoundCon LLC
SoundCon LLC is dedicated to education on the art, technology and business of composing for video games and video game sound design. With award-winning speakers and panelists from throughout the game and traditional audio industries, GameSoundCon is the leading music and sound conference specifically for the professional audio community. GameSoundCon creator and speaker Brian Schmidt received the Game Audio Network Guild’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a 27 year veteran in the game audio industry, having composed award-winning game music and created sound effects for over 130 interactive games.

Sound Devices Opens New European Service Center

New Berlin Location Provides Shorter Repair Turnaround Time for European Customers

REEDSBURG, WI, AUGUST 20, 2014 – Sound Devices is pleased to announce the establishment of Sound Devices Europe GmbH and the opening of its new European Service Center in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park. The new facility has been established to extend product service and repair to the company’s growing international customer base.

With the opening of the new repair facility in Berlin, European customers can expect shorter turnaround times and lower shipping costs. In addition, local users will also have closer contact with Sound Devices technicians. The facility is stocked with a full inventory of parts and features brand-new, state-of-the-art repair equipment, and Sound Devices factory-customized test stands to ensure the highest quality service and repair possible.

“This new Service Center is a big step for us and a testament to our commitment to our European customers,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are not only committed to creating the finest video and audio products, but also providing unrivalled service to our customers. It is further proof of our continued growth and evolution as a company.”

Effective immediately, the European Service Center will perform factory service and repair for all Video Devices products, warranty and non-warranty, sold in the EU. For Sound Devices audio products, it will provide this service for the following EU countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. Distributors with established audio service repair facilities will continue to service Sound Devices audio products at this time, including Ambient Recording, Audio Electronics Mattijsen, JBK Marketing and Shure Distribution UK. Over time, all warranty service repairs will be moved to the Berlin facility.

The European Service Center is in direct contact with all European distributors, further ensuring timely delivery of service. To have product repair or service undertaken, customers should contact their local distributor directly to receive authorization.

The Berlin facility is headed by Ginetta Fassio, an accomplished Tonmeister (sound master) and Sound Devices product user for more than a decade. The expert technician team comprises highly qualified German electrical engineers, all of whom have received special training at the Sound Devices corporate headquarters in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

“Our doors are officially open and we are ready to begin handling repairs.” says Fassio. “As an extension to the team headquartered in the U.S., we will provide the personal one-on-one service that Sound Devices is known for, to those customers and distributors in Europe and the surrounding region.”

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. Established in 2014, Sound Devices Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Berlin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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