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Genelec 8010 Active Monitor Nominated for Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Award

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— Award winners will be announced Saturday, January 24, 2015, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California —

NATICK, MA – Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, is proud to announce that its 8010 Bi-Amplified Monitor System, the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range, has been nominated for a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Studio Monitor category. The 27th annual TEC Awards will be presented Saturday, January 24, 2015, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

“It is a tremendous honor that our 8010 has been nominated by industry professionals for outstanding technical achievement,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. Marketing Director. “It is great to be recognized by our peers for our hard work, dedication and innovation, and all at Genelec Oy in Finland and here in the U.S. are very excited to see the results in Anaheim.”

Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.

The 8010 Active Monitor is the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small editorial studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work. Featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and efficient Class D power amplifiers – one for each driver – the 8010 produces more sound pressure level than might be expected from a monitor of this size. Thanks to its exceptional sound quality, small size and universal power supply, 8010 is the perfect monitor companion for music production professionals on the move.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

The Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee Holds Successful AES67-2013 Standard “PlugFest” Event

New York, NY — The Audio Engineering Society – the world’s preeminent source of education, standards and technology in the field of audio – recently held a successful interoperability testing event, in cooperation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), of its AES67-2013 standard at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in Munich, Germany. Held October 27 – 30, this PlugFest demonstrated the functional compatibility of a number of different implementations of the AES67 standard for high-performance streaming audio over IP networks across a varied range of platforms and products. This standard specifically provides comprehensive interoperability recommendations in the areas of synchronization, media clock identification, network transport, encoding and streaming, session description and connection management.

The AES67 PlugFest event, put on by the AES Standards Committee (AESSC), offered an exclusive chance for manufacturers to test and experiment with the AES67 networking standard protocols in a controlled environment, overseen by AESSC members. Over the three- day event, 16 different networked-audio products with AES67-specific extensions were tested, with participating brands including ALC NetworX GmbH, Archwave AG, Axia Audio, Digigram SA, DirectOut GmbH, Georg Neumann GmbH, Lawo AG, Merging Technologies S.A., SOUND4 and Telos Systems Inc. The PlugFest provided a commercially-neutral context for engineers from these manufacturers to connect their equipment to that of other developers and to confirm, through testing, that signals are transmitted and received correctly according to the standard, in the practical interests of all participants.

“We are very pleased with the recent success of our ‘PlugFest’ event in Munich last month, as we continue to gather further research in interoperability for the implementation of AES67,” stated Bruce Olson, AES Standards Committee Chair. “With the participation of leading manufacturers, this hands-on event was able to clearly and reliably demonstrate the AES67 audio networking standard in a controlled environment across a number of different platforms. The AES Standards Committee continues to provide the most rigorous testing and development within the professional audio community, and these events help to strengthen our mission to standardize and educate our latest developments for audio professionals worldwide.”

For further information on the AES67-2013 standard, click here, or visit the AES Standards page at http://www.aes.org/standards/. The full report on the event, titled “AES-R12-2014, Report on AES67 interoperability PlugFest, Munich 2014” is also available on the AES website here.

About AES67-2013
The AES67-2013 standard defines an interoperability mode for transport of high-performance audio over networks based on the Internet Protocol. For the purposes of the standard, high-performance audio refers to audio with full bandwidth and low noise. These requirements imply linear PCM coding with a sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz and higher and resolution of 16 bits and higher. High performance also implies a low-latency capability compatible with live sound applications. The standard considers latency performance of 10 milliseconds or less. This standard provides comprehensive interoperability recommendations in the areas of synchronization, media clock identification, network transport, encoding and streaming, session description and connection management.

Sennheiser still on top for Kylie Kiss Me Once Tour

Old Lyme, CT, December 4, 2014: Pop Princess Kylie Minogue has been touring Europe this autumn before heading back to her native Australia. Sennheiser microphones and wireless monitor systems have played a vital role in Eighth Day Sound’s audio production. The tour’s microphone package features Sennheiser SKM 5200 mics with MD 5235 capsules and EM 3732-II receivers, with monitoring via Sennheiser SR 2050 IEM transmitters and EK 2000 IEM belt packs.

kylie“The SKM 5200/MD 5235 combination really suits this show, as Kylie spends a lot of time out in front of the PA system on the B stage,” says Kevin Pruce, Kylie’s Front-of-House engineer. “Other combinations gave me less headroom, while the size and weight of the microphone are also very important. We have a great relationship with Sennheiser, in particular Mark Saunders. He is always available for advice and the backup is superb.”

This is confirmed by production manager Kevin Hopgood, who says, “Sennheiser – what can I say? We have a working relationship with Mark and the team going back over 12 years and the support on the 2014 tour has been, as ever, exemplary. Kylie hasn’t picked up another brand of microphone by choice since the first time we tried them – the weight, feel and audio quality are all perfect for her.

“Sennheiser has always delivered assistance with customization to tie in with the show aesthetics, this year with microphone bodies in scarlet, hot pink and chrome. Kylie is all about quality and attention to detail, so Sennheiser equipment is the ideal complement.”

Rod concurs, adding, “Sennheiser is extremely serious about giving the best support possible and DiGiCo are completely insane! I wouldn’t have it any other way – the quality and service are at a point whereby I would find it difficult to use any other gear. The only important addition to the hardware I can think of would be a high-quality side-chain espresso machine…”

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.

Picture caption:
Kylie Minogue sings into a Sennheiser SKM 5200/MD 5235 during her Kiss Me Once Tour (© Ken Makay)

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STAGETEC’S NEXUS STAR ROUTING SYSTEM CENTRAL TO OPERATIONS AT 3G PRODUCTIONS, INC.

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Las Vegas, NV – December 2014… When it comes to entertainment and sports industry events, Las Vegas is, without question, one of the major hubs for televised special event production. The behind-the-scenes technical know-how that goes into producing a major network broadcast event is mind boggling. At many such extravaganzas, engineering expertise from Las Vegas-based 3G Productions, Inc. is central to the event’s success. And to ensure rock solid audio signal management, the company relies upon routing technology from Germany’s Salzbrenner Stage Tec Mediagroup.

With offices in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted production company that is involved in live production, sound equipment rentals, equipment sales, and installed sound. Keith Conrad serves as the Director of Marketing / Controller for the company. In this capacity, he oversees multiple areas of operations, marketing, and finances for the company. Recognizing the critical nature of a router’s functions, he discussed his fondness for Stage Tec’s Nexus system.

“Our Nexus router resides in two TV studios,” Conrad explained. “We have one in the USA and the other in Europe. The Nexus system also travels around the world for shows done in all types of remote locations, such as stadiums or trade shows. The router that we’re using for our live show applications has a Nexus Star at the center of the system, which includes a dual matrix for routing inputs to outputs. Our system is equipped with three of Stage Tec’s RFOC optical interface cards. These connect to multiple base devices that are located at FOH, Stage, and remote areas where the talent is located. We use all types of audio transport to get signals in and out of the Nexus. These include analog, AES digital, Dante, and MADI.”

“Our router is currently being used primarily as the front end for broadcast events,” Conrad continued. “We use the Nexus router so that we can collect all of the analog and digital inputs from all over the broadcast and be able to route those signals quickly and efficiently to all of the various locations of the production—from the ACR (Audio Control Room) to FOH and Monitors. We’re also tying the router into our communications systems to seamlessly route communications to different areas of the production. By taking this approach, we don’t have to run separate cables and make hard patches.”

When queried about those Nexus attributes he finds most beneficial, Conrad offered the following thoughts, “The most appealing aspect of the Nexus router is the ability for us to keep the same front end—analog and digital I/O—and easily switch out the consoles that we are using for any given project. Sometimes, a Yamaha CL1 or CL5 digital mixing console is the best option for what we’re doing, based on the nature of the application and the real estate available. With the use of the Dante card, we can easily change out the console and keep all of the routing in place for both our inputs and outputs to our drive rack and amplifiers. Equally important, with the MADI cards, swapping out large frame digital consoles such as those from Soundcraft, Studer, and Midas is a piece of cake.”

In addition to its signal management flexibility, Conrad was equally enthusiastic about the Nexus router’s audio performance, “One of my favorite parts of the Stage Tec Nexus router is its Mic Pre Amps. Sonically, these Mic Pre’s blow away the stage boxes offered by live sound consoles. By interfacing our equipment via Dante or MADI cards, we end up having the best sounding sound reinforcement consoles you will ever hear. The next best part of the Nexus router’s Mic Pre’s are the splits. Being able to have four discrete head amps for each mic input alleviates the need for a copper splitter, which saves us time and space on productions.”

When you’re operating at the level of 3G Productions, knowing your equipment manufacturer has your back is critically important. Here too, Conrad offered high praise for Stage Tec. “The Stage Tec team has been a pleasure to work with,” he said. “When we purchased our equipment, we had to immediately put it to use for a show in a short timeframe. The Stage Tec team provided on-site support at our warehouse and even had a presence at our first few events to ensure everything ran smoothly. Since then, when any issue on show site or potential application comes up, the team has always been there to provide responsive customer support.”

Before redirecting his focus back to an upcoming project, Conrad offered these parting comments, “Overall, I’d have to say that Stage Tec provides great technical and sales support for what has been a very durable and reliable product. The Nexus router’s modular system, with its ability to expand enables us to make the system as small or as large as the project requires. The router’s design provides for a customizable and flexible product that can be used in a multitude of applications.”

To learn more about 3G Productions, Inc., visit the company’s website at http://3glp.com/.

About Salzbrenner Stage Tec Mediagroup
The Salzbrenner Stage Tec Mediagroup is a dynamic organization with a focus on audio, video, and intercom technology. The company offers a broad range of dovetailed products and services that perfectly complement one another—from a cost-effective announcement system for a school or a sound-reinforcement installation in a church, all the way to the design, construction, and project management of extensive multi-disciplinary solutions for broadcasters, theatres, stadiums, and multi-purpose venues. To learn more, go to www.stagetec.com.

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Photo ID: (from left to right): Terry Murphy, Clark Stewart, Will Taylor, Joe Ramos (in back), Keith Conrad (in white), and Jon Daly.

Pro Sound Effects Releases Expansion 2 Library

62 GB of Ambiences, Impulse Responses and Production Elements

New York, NY – Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound library company, has released the Expansion 2 library – 2,721 royalty-free sound effects (62 GB) of indoor & outdoor ambiences, impulse responses, new production elements, and sports recordings. Developed with user feedback as an enhancement to Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library the Expansion 2 provides critical utility backgrounds and design elements for cutting edge film, game, television, radio and audio post production.

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“Expansion 2 marks the second enhancement we’ve made to our Hybrid Library line,” commented Douglas Price Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “Our team’s collaboration with current Hybrid Library owners was critical in determining what sounds and metadata structures would yield maximum utility and value. After three years of the Hybrid Library program, we’re more committed than ever to supporting freelancers and independent media creators with accessible pricing for big library features.”

Expansion 2 Key Features:

- 62 GB delivered on 64 GB USB 3.0 custom flash drive
- 2,721 sound effects including 1,332 hand-picked ambiences, impulse responses, new production elements and sports sound effects
- Masterful Metadata for fast, pinpoint searching
- 100% Royalty-Free
- Developed with feedback from Hybrid Library owners
- 50 download credits to Online Library
- Available by Application Only
- $2500 in value for only $500 through December 31st 2014 (reg. price $750)

View Expansion 2 Audio Demos, Metadata and Full Features

In addition, Soundminer search software is available as an optional Add-On to provide seamless DAW integration right out-of-the-box.

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.

New Black 7′s ‘Fine Wine’, Chandler Limited infused…

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Brentt James Arcement, Jason K. Herman, Tory Stoffregen (L,C,R)

Chandler Limited’s own Tory Stoffregen and his band The New Black 7, have matured into a worthy addition to any music-loving soul’s library with the release of the recent single ‘Fine Wine’ and video from their upcoming album, ‘God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise’.

While the journey of every record has its own tale, this production is exceptionally noteworthy in its setting, cast, and a childhood friendship spanning decades.

The New Black 7 have made the in-house recording studio of the Shell Rock, Iowa based pro-audio manufacturer Chandler Limited their home, while enlisting Chandler’s founder Wade Goeke for co-production.

The ability for The New Black 7 to lay down tracks at Chandler Limited’s recording studio has benefits. The obvious one is having access to some of the greatest recording equipment on the planet, while another is offering themselves up as worthy guinea pigs to challenge the designs of Wade’s latest creations. A large chunk of Chandler Limited’s product line gets into the act, including super secret prototype hardware, and the highly anticipated soon to be shipping REDD.47 tube microphone pre-amplifier from Chandler Limited’s Abbey Road Studios line. (for details, see session notes at end of article)

The band’s job is clear, perform, and they do. For Wade’s part, he’s placing microphones, dialing in sounds, ever-tweaking his creations until satisfied. With this much recording gear at your fingertips, and the guy who designed it in the room ready to tune the device on the spot, you know the options are endless.

By now Tory and the band have Wade’s voice calling out ‘Do it again’ etched into their DNA. However, The New Black 7’s talent and musicality coupled with Wade’s electronic design prowess yield a wonderful result.

The whole track is well crafted and the energy is certainly captured to great effect. Tory’s rollicking baritone lead vocal pouring into a Chandler prototype microphone keeps your ears pinned back for the next turn in this infectious track. Guitarist Jason K. Herman’s meticulous performance effortlessly sparks crunchy harmonic embers from the tubes of a Chandler Limited GAV19T guitar amp, all plucked at just the right times. Then, there are those drums! The consummate professional Brentt James Arcement’s drumming perfectly drives ‘Fine Wine’ comfortably along, while New Black 7’s go-to studio bassist and newest member, Dan Dryden holds down the fort. This is what you want to hear in a track, distinct elements, each with its own character, however bonded by some unidentifiable force.

With pots turned sideways, switches worked, and meters long-since dimed, the many takes, and tracks in the bag, ‘Fine Wine’ was ready to be mixed and mastered.

Being so close to home in a variety of ways, this artistic endeavor left Tory, the band, and Wade with many emotions, and considerable contemplation of who would handle mixing duties. Enter Grammy and Emmy award-winning engineer Jamie Tate.

Nashville based Jamie Tate (Alan Jackson, Marty Stuart, Justin Moore, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift) was chosen to unify the catalog of bits melody, harmony, and groove that would become ‘Fine Wine’.

The New Black 7’s Tory Stoffregen had this to say about the selection of Jamie Tate for mixing duties, “We were big fans of his mixes, big and punchy but not typical “Nashville” gloss. A little bit country and a little bit rock and roll!”

With everything patched-in and so Chandler, it is only fitting to find Jamie Tate’s studio ‘The Rukkus Room’ has a stash of vintage Chandler Limited gear. Jamie a long-time Chandler Limited user commented, “I use my TG1 Limiter on every session, from the first Taylor Swift record to this new Billy Currington single; I have serial #12! I also have the Chandler Limited EMI TG Channel; again, it’s such an early version. The TG Channel along with my U-47, it’s my default vocal chain. If I record or mix it, these Chandler Limited EMI/Abbey Road Studios boxes will be on it.”

When you listen to ‘Fine Wine’ it instantly surrounds you, full of fidelity, dimension and the vocal perfectly placed. Of course the sonic characteristic of Chandler Limited gear is there; however, how Jamie has presented the energy of The New Black 7 to the listener takes it to a special place.

With Jamie’s brilliant mix completed, the track was set for finalizing. For mastering, the boys leaned on Chandler Limited’s longtime relationship with Abbey Road Studios; that was a no brainer.

Click here to listen to the New Black 7’s single ‘Fine wine’. To learn more about The New Black 7 visit the band’s website.

Session notes (Chandler Limited Gear): REDD.47 Pre-amp (Vocals, Bass guitar), Prototype CL microphone and prototype channel (Vocals), TG2-500 Pre-amp with TG Channel MKII EQ (Kick drum, and Snare), Little Devil Pre-amp and Little Devil EQ (Toms, Rooms, Overheads), Zener Limiter (Room mics), TG2 Pre-amp/DI, prototype CL microphone, prototype channel, and GAV19T guitar amplifier (Electric Guitars), Prototype channel (Acoustic guitar, and Mandolin)

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.

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