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Neumann Announces Special Offers on Microphone, Monitor Purchases as Part of 85th Birthday Celebration

Old Lyme, Conn. – October 14, 2013: In celebration of its 85th birthday, premium audio brand Neumann USA has announced two very special incentives for U.S. based consumers interested in purchasing its microphones and studio monitors.

Effective immediately, customers purchasing any Neumann microphone are eligible to receive a free Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphone, while customers purchasing a pair of Neumann KH 120 studio monitors, or a single KH 310 monitor, are eligible to receive a free soft carrying case, courtesy of Neumann.

Rebates are valid on products listed above, which must purchased from an authorized Neumann dealer between now and December 31st, 2013. Eligible rebate claims require the following:

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Neumann website: http://www.neumannusa.com/promos
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between October 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, from an authorized Neumann dealer for a product listed above
• All materials must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2014

Authorized Neumann dealers are listed online at www.neumannusa.com/dealerfinder. To download the rebate forms, please visit www.neumannusa.com/promos.

Neumann was founded in Berlin in 1928 and has since become ubiquitous in the recording, broadcast and live sound industries. Neumann offers a range of world-renowned microphones for studio recording, live sound, broadcast and many other applications. The company’s line of studio monitor systems, including the KH 120 and KH 310, reflects Neumann’s philosophy of achieving the most accurate sound reproduction using state-of-the-art technologies and techniques.

To learn more about Neumann microphones and studio monitors, please visit http://www.neumannusa.com.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Hal Leonard Publishes Down the Rhodes – The Fender Rhodes Story

The Fender Rhodes story told in interviews with the greatest musicians of all times

Montclair, NJ (October 14, 2013)Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is the first and only book documenting how the Rhodes changed the sound of music and was part of the greatest hits and most influential music ever recorded. Invented by Harold Rhodes as a rehabilitation tool for soldiers in World War II, the Fender Rhodes piano both revolutionized and empowered musicians to explore a new, electric frontier of music.

Through interviews with a remarkable cast of music notables, the book takes an insider’s look into how this electric piano has played an integral role in the creation of a wealth of music, from the 1960s through today. Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story brings together a large collection of prominent artists to talk about their music and experiences with the Fender Rhodes: Michael Bearden, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, D’Angelo, Eumir Deodato, George Duke, Larry Dunn, Donald Fagen, Ronnie Foster, Rodney Franklin, Robert Glasper, Jay Graydon, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Ellis Hall, Herbie Hancock, Lalah Hathaway, Rami Jaffee, Bob James, Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Jeff Lorber, Robin Lumley, Ray Manzarek, Les McCann, Marcus Miller, Steve Molitz, John Novello, David Paich, Jerry Peters, Greg Phillinganes, James Poyser, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Lenny White, Maurice White, Vince Wilburn Jr., Allee Willis, the CBS musical instruments staff, and others.

A Blu-ray of the documentary film about the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, on which Down the Rhodes is based, is included with each book. Readers can enjoy rare moments with some of the greatest artists of all times and learn how the Rhodes inspired their music.

The modern-day revival of the instrument’s popularity, the intimate stories, and the never-before-seen photographs of artists and pianos make this book a must-have for anyone interested in keyboards, piano and music history. A special Limited Edition is presented in a beautiful leather case, Down the Rhodes is a definite collector’s item and a wonderful gift. More information at www.HalLeonardBooks.com – including video samples of the movie.

About the authors
Gerald McCauley is from Los Angeles and has an extensive production career, working with many prominent artists and songwriters in the music industry. He worked as A&R Director for Monster Music, where his projects included 3 Doors Down’s concert DVD The Better Life (Rarities Edition), and served as A&R/Production Consultant for the Grammy Award-winning George Benson/Al Jarreau album Givin’ It Up. His debut release, The McCauley Sessions, and his CD/DVD Gerald McCauley’s West Coast All-Stars Live Sessions have become favorites among music lovers worldwide.

Benjamin Bove lives in Los Angeles and is a pianist and television music composer, and the Fender Rhodes piano is essential to his sound. Exposed to the Rhodes at the age of 14, Bove became a resident expert over the next decade, restoring and custom building Fender Rhodes pianos. As a graduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he worked in production for E! Entertainment and drew on his experience to produce Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story. Currently working on his debut record, Bove is being lauded as a young force to watch in a new generation of Rhodes pianists.

Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story
$44.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00119290
ISBN: 9781480342422
Width: 10.0″ Length: 10.0″ 288 pages, Blu-ray with documentary included!
More information at www.halleonardbooks.com

Please contact Music Marcom if you’d like to interview the author, print an excerpt or would like to request a review copy of the book:
Music Marcom
Martina McConnon
v: 610-577-4982
e: martina@musicmarcom.com

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SADiE Helps Producer Steve Portnoi Capture Elgar

Producer and engineer Steve Portnoi used a SADiE LRX2 to produce Elgar’s The Apostles – a double CD that was recently awarded a much coveted Gramophone Classical Music Award.

Portnoi’s recording of the Hallé Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, won the 2013 Gramophone Award in the Choral category. Earlier this year, the CD also won BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Year and Choral Recording of the Year Awards.

“I use the LRX 2 at every stage in the process,” explains Portnoi. “I record both the live concert in the Bridgewater Hall and the rehearsal direct to the LRX. We want to keep the excitement that you only get at a live performance, so what ends up on the CD is essentially the concert recording. The rehearsals are only used to cover points where audience noise is obtrusive, or where there are minor blemishes, which could become annoying on repeated listening.”

Portnoi’s LRX configuration is two mic input cards, giving him 32 mic amps, and an AES card which he uses to connect to external devices and to give him extra track inputs for large projects such as this. Using a 16 channel A to D increases his track count to a possible 48 – he used 44 tracks on The Apostles.

“There were a lot of elements in this recording,” Portnoi says. “Not only did we have a full symphony orchestra to contend with, but we also had two choirs, six soloists, and for the first time on a recording of this work, a separate Apostles chorus, not to mention an offstage Shofar (a Hebrew horn).

Back at his studio, Portnoi used the LRX to create his stereo mix.

“For such a small box, the LRX is a remarkably powerful mixer, enabling me to create the sound-world that I require, as well as matching the sound of the empty hall to the concert mix,” he says. “Also, any shift in perspective of the soloists can be smoothed out using the LRX automation.”

Any patch editing is also carried out on the LRX. At this stage Portnoi uses Izotope RX2 to remove some of the noises inherent in a live performance, meaning that he can use less of the rehearsal patches and more of the live performance.

Portnoi has been a Sadie user since the early 80s and upgraded to Sadie 6 at the first opportunity, having helped with the Beta testing. “Of course, I also use Sadie for the final, mastering stage. Sound Suite gives me full PQ and DDP mastering facilities.”

Gramophone Magazine described The Apostles as ‘a set not to be missed’ and reviewer Andrew Aschenbach drew particular attention to Steve Portnoi’s production, which he described as ‘astutely balanced’, ‘thrilling’ and with a ‘colossal dynamic range’. This is the second of the great Elgar Oratorios that Portnoi has recorded for the Hallé Label and the second time his efforts have been rewarded with a Gramophone Award.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

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iZotope to Unveil the New Nectar 2: Vocal Production Suite and Show the New Emmy Award-Winning RX 3: Audio Repair Suite at AES 135

Press conference and panel discussion will feature innovative new products and workflow solutions from iZotope

New York, October 11, 2013iZotope Inc. will host a press conference and panel discussion at this year’s Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention on Friday, October 18th. The press conference, starting promptly at 10:30 a.m EST, will feature the new Nectar 2 Vocal Production Suite and iZotope’s new RX 3 Audio Repair Suite. Immediately following at 11:00 a.m., iZotope will present the panel discussion, Tips from a Pro LIVE! Audio Woes in Music and Post Production.

• WHAT: An iZotope press conference and panel discussion.
• WHEN: Friday, October 18: 10:30 a.m. press conference, 11:00 a.m. panel discussion
• WHERE: Knowledge Center (Room 1E05), Javits Center, New York City.

Press Conference: Introducing Nectar 2 and RX 3

Press conference attendees will get a thorough preview of the new Nectar 2 vocal production suite as well as the long-anticipated RX 3 audio repair suite. Nectar 2 brings the best of digital innovation and analog character into a complete set of tools designed specifically for voice, while iZotope’s RX 3 helps post production and audio professionals overcome audio issues with unprecedented efficiency.

Panel Discussion: LIVE! Audio Woes in Music and Post Production

This panel discussion, moderated by mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner (James Taylor, David Bowie), will feature GRAMMY-Award winning engineer Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen) and post production mixer Jared Bartlett of Clean Cuts Audio. The panel will highlight personal stories of audio mishaps and solutions, while providing useful insight on production processes that can be applied to just about any audio workflow environment. The panel will be followed by a lively Q&A discussion, as well as personalized product demos of both RX 3 and Nectar 2.

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.

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Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Cakewalk SONAR

Experience the horsepower in SONAR, the new exciting digital audio workstation from Cakewalk

Montclair, NJ (October 9, 2013) Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping The Power in Cakewalk SONAR, the Quick Pro Guide to all the core features along with powerful new workflows: recording, editing, mixing, and releasing.

Every chapter presents the most up-to-date approach to working in SONAR, helping the user to simplify the appearance of the program so they can focus more on the music and less on the technology. The book will show how to develop practices and techniques that provide a solid foundation for creativity, efficiency, and productivity.

Learn how to navigate SONAR’s enhanced Skylight user interface with Auto and Timeline Zooms and with Smart Grid. Edit audio and MIDI tracks using the enhanced Smart Tool and powerful Piano Roll view and get the most creative potential out of the Matrix view.

William Edstrom, Jr. also teaches how to bring a project from start to finish using virtual MIDI instruments, audio tracks, and loops, followed by the application of ProChannel effects to craft a track into a professional and polished mix. To conclude the production workflow, he demonstrates how to render a multi-track project down to a stereo file suitable for burning to a CD or uploading to the Web. The accompanying DVD-ROM contains valuable video tutorials that will help you see how the techniques described in the text apply to real-life creative scenarios.

About the Author
William Edstrom, Jr. (Milwaukee, WI), an author, audio engineer, and business owner, is best known for his video tutorials on DAW technology, mixing, mastering, and plug-ins for Groove 3. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, plays guitar and bass, and has decades of experience in all aspects of recording and sound reinforcement. A lifelong student, instructor, and the creator of Lilacwriter.com – an online co-writing tool for songwriters – Edstrom is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Harvard Business School.

The Power in Cakewalk SONAR
$16.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333874
ISBN: 9781476806013
Width: 8.5″Length: 11.0″, 222 pages, DVD-ROM included

More information at www.halleonardbooks.com

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Sennheiser Delivers Flawless Wireless Performance on Bruno Mars ‘Moonshine Jungle Tour’

New York City, October 10, 2013: Superstar Bruno Mars finished the North American leg of his Moonshine Jungle Tour in September ­ a run that consisted of over 40 U.S. and Canadian dates, a spectacular appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, and an announcement that he will perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on February 2, 2014. This month, the Moonshine Jungle Tour continues on to Europe before setting out to Australia and New Zealand in early 2014. Bruno and his band rely on Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems.

At the VMAs, which were broadcast from New York City’s Barclays Center and reached more than 10.1 million viewers, fans were treated to a thrilling rendition of Mars’ new single, “Gorilla”. Dressed in a leopard skin shirt on a stage awash in green lasers and gorilla imagery flashing on a massive LED screen, Mars delivered a memorable, soulful vocal performance through a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II wireless transmitter and MD 5235 capsule. During the VMAs, which also featured performances by Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and others, Mars picked up two Moonman awards: Best Male Video for his #1 hit single “Locked Out of Heaven”, and another for “Best Choreography” for his latest single, “Treasure”.

The VMAs were the icing on the cake for Bruno Mars’ production team, who has endeavored to continually raise the audio quality and production standards of the touring operation for the past several years. Sennheiser’s global relations team has played a direct role in helping them achieve this goal by providing superb wireless and microphone technology. “When I took on the Bruno Mars gig over 2-1/2 years ago, he and the background singers were using a competitor’s model. I just knew there was a better microphone and capsule combination for him,” recalls James Berry, monitor engineer for Bruno Mars. “I began transitioning the background singers first, then worked with the front-of-house guy to get Bruno to try a Sennheiser microphone. Now you couldn’t pry that microphone out of his hands if you tried!” he says.

For wireless audio at the VMAs, as well as with the rest of the tour, the Bruno Mars production team has relied on Sennheiser. At the VMAs, one particular challenge was the massive LED walls at the rear of the stage. “We had to shoot the wireless signal right through the LED walls,” Berry recalls. “We did a lot of pre-planning on antenna placement when we got there. It was all rock solid and performed flawlessly.” The monitor crew used Sennheiser’s WSM software to save set-up time: “We used WSM to preload all the frequencies we were sent, so when we arrived, we just booted up the system and were ready to go in about ten minutes. In the past, we would have had to go to every individual unit and program all this information in.” Berry also used the software to monitor each wireless element in real time: “I rely on WSM to see my battery and RF levels, as well as all the inputs and outputs,” he says.

Honing In on Bruno Mars’ Microphone and Wireless Touring Rig

Derek Brener, who has been Bruno Mars’ front-of-house engineer for 3-1/2 years, recalls a point where Bruno’s audio infrastructure took a huge step forward: “One of the main turning points was when James came in and said he would not use anything else but the Sennheiser wireless ­ that’s when everything changed. James is such a heavy hitter having worked with Beyoncé, Weezer and lots of other great bands, I trusted his opinion.”

After trying various Sennheiser capsule and transmitter combinations for some time, Berry and Brener eventually settled on an SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with an MD 5235 capsule. “For me, the MD 5235 capsule punches through the PA system better than any other microphone we’ve used on Bruno Mars,” says Brener. “Bruno is very involved with Derek and me on the way things sound and has very clear ideas on what he wants and what he expects,” Berry adds. “Now, it is a comfort thing. Whether we are playing arenas, stadiums or awards shows, there is no debating ­ he wants Sennheiser, and that’s what he’s going to get.”

For vocals and horns, the band’s wireless consists of ten channels of Sennheiser EM 3732-II receivers, seven SKM 5200-II transmitters with MD 5235 capsules and three SK 5212-II bodypack transmitters. Berry says that one of the primary reasons they chose the EM 3732-IIs was because of the AES3 digital output with external word clock synchronization: “We are clocking our wireless devices at 96kHz to get the best sound quality we can. We didn’t consider anything other than this unit because we knew it would give us the best sound quality and reliability on the RF side.”

“For me, clocking at 96kHz opens everything up so it sounds more full,” Berry continues. “You have the entire frequency expanse in there, and what you put in is what you get out. Therefore you can hear the Sennheiser MD 5235 microphone capsules we are using with even greater fidelity.”

The band also relies on Sennheiser for its wireless monitor systems, of which Berry has sixteen channels of SR 2050 IEM. This covers the entire band, as well as off-stage technical staff. “I’ve used a lot of in-ear systems, and the reason I chose Sennheiser is because of sound quality,” says Berry. “The wireless IEMs deliver a wide stereo image so I can put things right into place where they need to go in my mix. For me, there is no other option than the 2k series because of that.”

All in all, over the course of the entire North American tour including the VMAs, the Sennheiser equipment has performed flawlessly, reports Brener: “We have never, ever experienced a drop out as long as we have had the Sennheiser wireless. It is all rock-solid. I have major confidence in Sennheiser.”

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1: Bruno Mars on stage during the Moonshine Jungle Tour with his Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter and MD 5235 capsule (photo credit: Getty Images)

2: James Berry, monitor engineer for Bruno Mars, beside his racks of Sennheiser wireless (photo courtesy of DiGiCo)

3: Bruno Mars‘ front-of-house engineer, Derek Brener

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Neumann’s Jürgen Breitlow to be Featured on Panel Highlighting Microphone Specifications at 135th AES Convention

Breitlow will Discuss Technical Specifications of a Microphone on Panel to Take Place on Thursday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m.

New York – October 9, 2013: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that Jürgen Breitlow, director research & development, Neumann GmbH, will be featured on a panel entitled “Microphone Specifications – Believe it or Not” to take place in room 1E12 at the Javitz Center in New York City. Breitlow will discuss the technical specifications of a microphone, among other topics during the panel.

• WHAT: “Microphone Specifications – Believe it or Not” panel, featuring Jürgen Breitlow, director research & development, Neumann GmbH
• WHEN: Thursday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m.
• WHERE: Room 1E12, Javitz Center, New York City

Breitlow is an accomplished development engineer who has been with Neumann for 13 years. The panel, which is to be moderated by Eddy B. Brixen, EBB-Consult/DBA Microphones, is being presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications. Following is an abstract:

“There are lots and lots of microphones available to the audio engineer. The final choice is often made on the basis of experience or perhaps just habits. (Sometimes the mic is chosen because of the looks… .) Nevertheless, there is essential and very useful information to be found in the microphone specifications. This workshop will present the most important microphone specs and provide the attendees with up-to-date information on how these are obtained and understood. Each member of the panel—all related to industry top brands—will present one item from the spec sheet. The workshop takes a critical look on how specs are presented to the user, what to look for and what to expect. The workshop is organized by the AES Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications.”

To learn more or register for the panel, please visit the AES website or contact Christopher Currier, Product Specialist at Neumann at (860) 434-9190 x185 or ccurrier@sennheiserusa.com.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Sennheiser to power World’s First Large Scale Opera for Wireless Headphones, Invisible Cities, Premiering at Los Angeles’ Union Station This Month

The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser Push the Boundaries of Art, Imagination and Wireless Technology for an Unprecedented, Interactive Dramatic Experience

Los Angeles – October 9, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its world-class professional and consumer technology will play an integral part of Invisible Cities: the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones. The landmark production, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, will stage its world premiere on Saturday, October 19th at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station — the largest railway terminal in the western United States.

The Invisible Cities opera, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, combines historical fiction with surrealist elements to create an ‘invisible opera for wireless headphones’. The opera’s narrative, which centers on explorer Marco Polo’s descriptions of fantastical cities to Emperor Kublai Khan, transform’s Calvino’s novel into a unique experience for each participant — combining a classic art form with the ultimate in technology. By using wireless headphones from Sennheiser, audience members will be intimately connected to the storyline, while having the ability to roam freely as the opera moves throughout the terminal.

“Art-making is not just about great ideas but about ingenious execution — making a vision something real,” commented Yuval Sharon, artistic director, The Industry. “Sennheiser is literally making The Industry’s dreams come true; this production simply would not exist without their commitment to innovation and the drive for excellence that will make this such a magical experience for audiences.”

“Our world is characterized by fast-paced, interactive communication and consumers seek experiences that touch them in a much deeper and more meaningful level. Invisible Cities caters to this desire and delivers a truly innovative performance to its audience,” commented Stefanie Reichert, director strategic marketing, Sennheiser. “We have worked in close cooperation with Sennheiser global relations, including project manager Kristy Jo Winkler, to make this a seamless experience for the entire audience. Invisible Cities showcases how innovative technology and cutting-edge artistic vision drives innovation in the arts.”

While Invisible Cities is an opera at its essence, it is unconventional in many ways. For example, there is no opera house and no assigned seats — audience members are not restricted in their movement and encouraged to roam freely. Also, whereas audience members at a conventional opera typically rely solely on natural building acoustics to hear an operatic production, Invisible Cities will utilize Sennheiser’s state-of-the-art wireless technology to convey both dialog and music to listeners. Performers will be outfitted with Sennheiser wireless microphones and attendees will use Sennheiser’s RS 120 wireless consumer headphones for a complete, intimate audio experience.

At the heart of Invisible Cities‘ technical production will be Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system, which will provide patrons with pristine, uncompromising audio for the duration of the performances. This system, which was launched last year after having been under development for over a decade, is the most advanced wireless system in the world and used in top level theatre, music and broadcasting events.

An 11-piece orchestra consisting of strings, brass and percussion will perform an original score and will be miked using a selection of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones. Singers, dancers and performers in the production will also be outfitted with Sennheiser wireless microphones, and will be able to listen to their performances and director cues using Sennheiser’s world-class in-ear monitoring system (IEMs). The performance audio will be sent to a multi-channel digital console, where it will be mixed and broadcast via wireless RF technology to attending patrons, each of who will be donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

Bexel, based in Burbank, Calif., custom built a Managed Antenna System (MAS) that allows for extended coverage of Sennheiser’s wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and headsets.

On the audio side, Bexel also supported Sennheiser’s superb high-quality microphones with a DiGiCo SD11 paired with a DiGiCo D-Rack. The orchestra, located approximately 1,000 feet from the main hall, is connected via fiber. The DiGiCo system allows the audio mixer to con-trol the mic preamp from that distance.

We are delighted to partner with Sennheiser and the The Industry’s audio professionals on Invisible Cities,” says Rod Allen, Bexel business segment manager, Audio West. “Sennheiser, who is providing the RF integrity, along with Bexel engineering and the rest of the audio team, has a big task to make that mix relevant no matter where the main focus happens to be in the venue, because the listener has only one stereo mix to reference. It was an intriguing assignment to help launch this unique event in a working public train station with the talent roaming throughout the venue.”

For more information on Invisible Cities, including performance dates and ticket information, please visit http://invisiblecitiesopera.com/.

Photo captions:
1) The Invisible Cities opera, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, combines historical fiction with surrealist elements to create an ‘invisible opera for wireless headphones’. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross)

2) Invisible Cities, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, will stage its world premiere on Saturday, October 19, at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station — the largest railway terminal in the western United States. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross).

3) Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director, The Industry, on the set at Union Station with his Sennheiser RS 120 headset and SKM 2000 transmitter. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross)

About The Industry
The Industry is a new home for new and experimental opera in Los Angeles. Founded and led by director Yuval Sharon, The Industry creates ambitious productions that expand the traditional definition of opera and explore new paradigms for interdisciplinary collaboration. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times writes “The Industry is quickly and dramatically becoming an essential component in American opera. It’s now indispensable to the LA scene.” The Industry’s inaugural production, Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney’s Crescent City, was instantly hailed as “reshaping LA opera” (Los Angeles Times) and “changing the face of music-theater in this city overnight” (Out West Arts). The large-scale multimedia production, featuring the work of six visual artists in a 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Atwater Village, performed over three weeks in May 2012 to capacity audiences. The Industry recently presented First Take, a west coast opera workshop showcasing excerpts from six new operatic works-in-progress by the legendary Pauline Oliveros, and rising star composer Mohammed Fairouz at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. For more information visit: www.TheIndustryLA.org.

About L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius, and film producer Dimitri Chamblas. L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Pro-grams include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as various modular performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with various artists: visual artists, musicians, designers, directors and composers. L.A. Dance Project promotes the work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for contemporary dance. For more information visit: www.ladanceproject.com.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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AES NY: Antelope to Demonstrate Orion32 Multi-Channel Interface and Host “Hanging Out (LIVE)” with Jimmy Douglas and Michael Brauer

Demonstrations to Highlight Hybrid Multi-Channel Setup With the Orion32 — Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs to Feature Orion32 in 500 Series Product Set-Ups

New York, October 9, 2013 — During the AES convention exhibit in New York this month, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Booth 3139] will demonstrate the power and flexibility of its newest multi-channel interface: the Orion32. Antelope’s U.S. Director of sales and marketing, Marcel James, will be on hand to walk attendees through the unit’s capabilities when used with hardware summing and equipment inserts, while explaining how to make full use of Orion’s powerful Control Panel and Mixer.

GRAMMY-Award winning engineer Brian Vibberts (Michael Jackson, Chick Corea) has prepared a Pro Tools mix session for this special presentation and will discuss how the Orion32 fits into a broader hybrid audio setup consisting of 3rd party equipment from Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs.

“Hanging Out” with Antelope at the AES Exhibit

Antelope will also host two live episodes of its new “Hanging Out” Series with multi GRAMMY-Award winning mix engineers Jimmy Douglas [Justin Timberlake, Jay Z] and Michael Brauer [My Morning Jacket, Coldplay]. These sessions — which will feature a meet and greet — will occur at the Antelope booth on Friday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m. respectively. Both episodes will stream live on the Antelope Audio YouTube Channel along with live show demos and reports.

Additionally, the Orion32 will be featured within Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs’ AES exhibits. These companies, which will be demonstrating new 500 series modules and other equipment, will be using the Orion32 as the primary playback device to simulate mixing scenarios using hardware summing and other techniques.

Purple Audio will be debuting it’s new mixer, dubbed MF Twenty 5 that integrates with a 500 rack, effectively making it a sidecar. The unit is targeted at home users doing hardware summing — but also prefer working with faders. The new MF Twenty 5 will be taking its input signal from the Orion32. “I will be running the Orion32 because I want all the I/O, and because we have lots of video people coming in from time to time,” he says. “The Orion32 is a very affordable converter with a full-bodied character and a sound I would describe as ‘realistic.’”

Distribution Companies Fingerprint Audio and Rupert Neve Designs have been using the Orion32 for their demonstrations of Rupert Neve Designs popular summing and processing products and the sE Mic line. Jonathan Pines, director of strategic operations for Fingerprint Audio and Rupert Neve Designs, says the Orion32 is a “game-changer” which he uses regularly in the studio for his own projects. “I use the Orion32 in conjunction with Antelope’s 10M Atomic Clock, which creates an audible improvement to the already great sound of the Orion,” he says. “Also, the Orion is incredibly easy to use and works flawlessly for me both on the studio and on the road.”

For more information, please visit the Antelope Audio website, or to learn more about the AES convention, please visit the Audio Engineering Society home page. You can access a playlist of Antelope’s “Hanging Out” episodes here.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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NEUTRIK ANNOUNCES NEW NL2FX speakON® CONNECTOR

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Charlotte, NC – October 2013 (AES Booth# 2530)… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to announce the introduction of the new NL2FX speakON connector. The new NL2FX replaces the outgoing NL2FC connector and, in the process, introduces several important improvements that will be of considerable importance to audio professionals everywhere. more

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