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Networked Audio Track at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Explore Broadening Applications in Audio Networking Capabilities

— Dedicated Workshops and Tutorials will cover leading-edge developments and technology deployment in networked audio for system integration, broadcast, live sound, recording and more —

New York, NY, August 12, 2014 — Networked Audio is set to take center stage throughout the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, with a series of well-crafted Workshops, Tutorials and special sessions focused on the latest developments in audio networking technology, standards and practices. Scheduled for Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, the AES137 Convention will present a dedicated Networked Audio Track, featuring a comprehensive set of presentations and professional opportunities dealing with the latest developments and technologies in networked audio, as well as applications for system integration, broadcast, live sound, recording, contractors and more.

Chaired by Tim Shuttleworth, a noted networked audio engineer and the Engineering Manager at systems manufacturer Renkus-Heinz, this year’s Networked Audio Track explores the ever-broadening applications of digital audio on local and wider area networks. From Audio-over-IP used across continents in the broadcast sector, to super-low-latency audio transfer in the studio environment, to low-latency systems for live sound reinforcement in fixed installations and touring systems, the medium of choice is increasingly a high performance Ethernet/TCP/IP network. Workshops and Tutorials will cover the history of audio networking as well as leading-edge developments, with session titles including “Using AES67 Networking — Practical issues in AES67 Deployment”; “Software Tools for Telematic Performances”; “Large Scale AVB Networks/AVDECC Control”; “Implementation of a Large Scale Ethernet AVB Audio Network at ESPN”; and “Using Audio Content Over IP Technology in Public Radio.” Additionally the AES Convention will play host to a Telematic performance linking Los Angeles, Montreal and Stanford University in a showcase featuring live, interconnected performances with musicians across time zones geographical locations.

Tim Shuttleworth stated, “We have continued to grow the Networked Audio portion of the Convention this year, and expect really great participations from our presenters and attendees. One of the popular topics at this convention will be the deployment and performance verification for AES67 standard-based Layer 3 systems, as well as the implementation of Ethernet AVB in cars, recording, and broadcast studios. Developments in standardized command and control protocols will also be highlighted, as well as a multi-site live performance in which the musicians collaborate across time zones and countries over internet connections, which will showcase the capabilities and limitations of a disseminated ensemble concert.”

Further detailed information on the Networked Audio Track at the AES137 Convention, as well as Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program formation are available on the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

GatesAir Showcases Intelligent Networking, Interoperability for Reliable IP Signal Transport at IBC2014

Over-the-air leader’s IBC debut includes Intraplex® LiveLook to strengthen visibility into IP network performance

CINCINNATI, August 12, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, will showcase intelligent networking and signal transport reliability as a key part of its over-the-air efficiency and innovation message at IBC2014 (RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, September 12-16, Booth 8.B10). GatesAir will help broadcasters better comprehend and improve network performance with the launch of Intraplex® LiveLook, a dynamic software solution that improves analysis and troubleshooting for IP transport. GatesAir will also demonstrate new interoperability features that enhance audio contribution and distribution opportunities for over-the-air broadcasters.

LiveLook is a real-time interactive monitoring solution that works in conjunction with Intraplex® IP Link codecs, optimizing performance for mission-critical audio contribution and distribution networks. LiveLook provides time-based graphical analysis of network statistics, including burst packets and other performance-related measurements that adversely affect IP signal transport. Built-in data mining algorithms automate packet analysis and subsequent report generation, recommending optimal techniques for error mitigation. This streamlines the setup, configuration and optimization of IP networks to reduce complexity and improve overall network performance.

Broadcasters further benefit from analysis of both live and logged data. The graphical nature of LiveLook, in conjunction with log clock association, gives users better insight into performance trends over periods of time. Additionally, the continuous logging of IP packets ensures that broadcasters can easily pinpoint and analyze statistics from a specific time window to review and troubleshoot known performance issues.

Ultimately, Intraplex LiveLook is a value-added complement to reliability techniques already built into IP Link codecs, including dynamic stream splicing, an application that provides hitless recovery of dropped packets via seamless convergence of main and backup streams. These and other integrated redundancy measures ensure IP Link codecs match the performance reliability of traditional T1/E1 circuits, while significant lowering total cost of ownership.

“Many broadcasters have already transitioned to IP signal transport as its reliability is well established, but to date have lacked tools that provide true visibility into network performance,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “It’s just as critical to understand how well live streams and recovery techniques are performing, especially in large contribution and distribution networks. LiveLook introduces another layer to the IP transport reliability story by adding true performance visibility, allowing broadcasters to understand how and why performance issues from random to heavy burst packet losses are happening — and how to improve their network architectures to prevent future occurrences.”

GatesAir will additionally showcase initiatives surrounding standards-based interoperability initiatives, including support for the EBU 3362 specification. The EBU 3362 specification in part covers the use of standard SIP and RTP protocols to establish audio streams. This compatibility allows IP Link codecs to seamlessly mix with other hardware codec vendors across large broadcast networks, as well as software codecs used on various smartphones and tablets — a clear indicator of the company’s forward-looking interoperability strategy.

Support for SIP, or the Session Internet Protocol, is especially attractive for remote broadcasts and similar contribution applications. Instead of requiring a remote encoder, a broadcaster can call into an IP Link receiver at a radio station using an iOS or Android phone, for example, to contribute an on-air feed. Additionally, a listener or guest with a SIP phone or application can similarly contribute to a live or recorded broadcast call using a common mobile device.

GatesAir’s innovations for intelligent networking and interoperability integrate hardware and software into a single, complete solution that accelerates IP transitions and simplifies how broadcasters transport professional, high-quality on-air content.

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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‘David Bowie Is’ Makes its U.S. Debut in September at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Sennheiser Technology Enables Visitors to Experience a Unique, Multi-Faceted Journey of the Artist’s Sound and Style

Chicago, August 11, 2014: On September 23rd, the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition makes its U.S. debut at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The exhibition, meticulously curated by the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, explores the incredibly diverse work of one of the greatest artists of our time. For each of the exhibits, including the MCA exhibit coming to Chicago in September, V&A has partnered with audio specialist Sennheiser to ensure the best possible audio experience for visitors.

‘David Bowie Is’, which has already been experienced by more than half a million visitors around the world during its recent visits to London, Berlin, São Paulo and Toronto, is an artistic and technical marvel that covers the entire expanse of Bowie’s luminous career: from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane and beyond. By leveraging Sennheiser’s audio expertise, including its guidePORT technology and 3D immersive sound simulation equipment, visitors are left with an unforgettable sound and style experience that explores the very essence of David Bowie. Sennheiser’s guidePORT expert Robert Généreux is on site to install and configure the system at MCA.

David Bowie’s career is marked by continual re-invention, intellectual depth, musical inno-vation, striking visual presentation and unwavering artistic integrity. The exhibition takes visitors on a sonic and visual journey, retracing his creativity and influences from all areas of his art using a wealth of material — including videos, stage costumes, album covers, stage sets, photographs and of course his music. To develop the exhibit, curators Victoria Broackes (V&A) and Geoffrey Marsh were given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive, consisting of more than 70,000 pieces.

An Unprecedented Marriage of Art and Technology

In preparation for their sonic and visual journey, each museum visitor is given a pair of Sennheiser headphones and a guidePORT receiver — enabling them to walk freely into 25 different ‘display zones’. Inside a control room behind the scenes, Sennheiser is constantly broadcasting 25 live audio streams through transmitters that are perfectly mapped to the floor plan of the exhibit. Each time a visitor walks towards a different display, the relevant audio stream activates, broadcasting high quality audio through corresponding antennas located nearby. Small trigger units called ‘identifiers’ located throughout the exhibit are able to recognize the geo-location of each visitor and pick up the appropriate audio stream.

In addition to the pristine streaming audio occuring throughout the exhibit, visitors are also invited to experience an extraordinary 3D audio spectacle, consisting of Bowie concerts from over the years and an exclusive ‘mash up’ of his songs, created by Tony Visconti, Bowie’s long-time producer. The immersive audio experience is made possible by a special 3D upmix algorithm created by Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser’s International Recording Applications Manager, and the experience is delivered through an array of hidden loud-speakers from Neumann — a Sennheiser subsidiary.

‘David Bowie Is’ is groundbreaking not only as an interactive exhibition of one of the greatest artists of our time, but also in how it integrates Sennheiser technology throughout the overall experience. This is another example of how Sennheiser has been a driving force in the innovation of sound since 1945 and routinely supports innovators and artists all around the world.

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 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.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
(1) Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973
Design by Brian Duffy and Celia Philo, make up by Pierre La Roche
Photograph by Brian Duffy
© Duffy Archive

(2) Teaser video for the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

(3) Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour, 1973
Design by Kansai Yamamoto
Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita
© Sukita / The David Bowie Archive 2012

(4) Using Sennheiser’s guidePORT receivers, visitors of the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibit are able to experience pristine streaming audio throughout the exhibit.

iZotope Announces RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced

The next generation of an industry standard

Cambridge, MA (August 8, 2014)
iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced an update to its flagship audio repair and enhancement suite, RX®. RX, an Emmy Award-winning audio repair toolkit, is used by musicians, sound engineers, and post production professionals everywhere to transform noisy, distorted, or flawed audio into pristine material.

Launching this September, the new RX 4 is designed to be the ultimate companion to a DAW or NLE with new intelligent modules, time-saving features, and deeper levels of integration with their hosts.

Watch the iZotope RX 4 preview

HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES:
* Easily adjust and balance the volume of vocals and instruments with the new non-destructive editing feature, Clip Gain.

* Reduce distracting background noise from dialogue and vocals in real time with the Dialogue Denoiser (now a standard feature with both RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced).

* Streamline the editing process with a round-trip workflow compatible with Pro Tools, Logic, and other popular hosts through the RX Connect functionality.

For audio professionals in post production, music production, and mastering, the Advanced version of RX 4 includes additional time-saving features to reliably deliver great-sounding results:
* Automatically balance the volume of mixes with the Leveler, freeing more time for creative mix decisions.

* Ensure a consistent-sounding mix by seamlessly matching multiple recordings with varying sonic profiles via EQ Match.

PRICING

* RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced are coming in September. Specific pricing details will be available at that time.

* Customers who purchase RX 3 after August 7, 2014 will receive a free upgrade to RX 4 upon release.

* Customers who purchase RX 3 Advanced after August 7, 2014 will receive a free upgrade to RX 4 Advanced upon release.

* Special upgrade pricing to RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced will be available for all previous RX customers upon release.

AVAILABILITY
Sign up for the iZotope newsletter to be among the first to hear when RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced become available. Learn more at www.izotope.com/rx4.

COMPATIBILITY
Both RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced can be used as a standalone audio editor or as a plug-in. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

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

Westlake Pro Hosts Mixing Master Class with Andrew Scheps

First videos in series now available on YouTube

Los Angeles, CA – Westlake Pro, a leading retailer of professional audio, video, broadcast equipment, recording, and live sound equipment, technical services and musical instruments, recently hosted a Mixing Master Class with legendary audio engineer Andrew Scheps. The seminar, which took place at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, was filmed and edited into a video series, with the first of 13 now available for viewing on Westlake Pro’s YouTube channel.
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The Audio Engineering Society Offers Events and Resources for Audio Professionals All Year Long

— AES, known for its benchmark annual conventions and conferences, runs additional educational events throughout the rest of the year covering such key topics as audio for video games; the shifting audio landscape of cinema, television and the Internet; and more —

New York, NY, August 5, 2014 — Audio professionals are eagerly awaiting the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which will take place Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Many know, however, that this annual U.S. conference and exposition is part of a complex web of a number of other educational and social events sponsored by the AES throughout the year. These events take place all over the world and focus on specific areas of interest to audio professionals. They serve to create a forum amongst professionals in those fields, and through these gatherings and the publication of their proceedings, contribute to the advance of international science and technology.

This year, in addition to the upcoming 137th AES Convention, those working with or interested in spatial audio can attend the 55th International Conference, scheduled to take place August 27-29, 2014, in Helsinki, Finland. This AES Conference will bring together researchers and practitioners in all fields of spatial audio, including recording and reproduction of spatial sound, perception of spatial sound, transmission and coding.

For those working in the complex arena of video games, the 56th International Conference, which takes place February 11-13, 2015 in London, UK, will cover the latest challenges and changes that the industry has faced in recent years. The conference aims to reflect the needs and interests of all professionals working in or around the area of game audio, to further the dialog between existing industry experts, to create a forum for sharing techniques and technology and to help advance game audio on current and future platforms.

A broader perspective will be addressed at 57th International Conference (subtitled The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology – Cinema, Television and the Internet), which will convene March 6-8, 2015, in Hollywood, CA. There, issues important to these verticals, including loudness monitoring, dialog intelligibility and next-generation immersive audio for cinema and home, will be discussed by leaders in these areas of knowledge.

AES also creates events aimed at specific global regions, focused on topics that are relevant to those working in these areas. This year, they include the Central European Student Summit 2014, September 12-14, 2014, in Moscow, dedicated to the state-of-the-art acoustical recording, and the 15th International Symposium on New Trends in Audio and Video, held on September 25-27, 2014, in Wroc?aw, Poland, organized by the Chair of Acoustics and Multimedia, Wroc?aw University of Technology, under auspices of the Polish Section of the Audio Engineering Society. These and other conferences, symposia and summits provide an ongoing set of resources for audio professionals all over the world.

AES Executive Director Bob Moses stated, “The depth and breadth of the field of professional audio is incredibly huge and endlessly fascinating. While our flagship annual events are on everyone’s agenda, it’s important to remember that the AES is always using a range of other events to make sure as much knowledge as possible is available to as many people as possible. We like to say, ‘If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES,’ and by that we mean that AES is everywhere, all the time.”

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.

AES Announces Free Exhibition Registration and Special Hotel Packages for Upcoming 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles

New York, NY, July 29, 2014 – If it’s about audio, it’s at AES!, and registration is now open to attend the biggest audio event of the year – the AES137 Convention in Los Angeles, California. The AES is gearing up to take over the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 9-12, 2014, located in the revitalized L.A. Live entertainment district. From an audio, entertainment and technology market standpoint, Los Angeles has much to draw upon including recording studios, post-production facilities, television and broadcast, film, live sound, international electronic and print media, gaming, tech/web development, and more – all in a city that boasts a large, diverse population of ages and demographics. The top professionals from the Professional Recording, Production, AV and Communications industries will descend upon the Los Angeles Convention Center for three days of exhibits and four days of workshops, technical papers and program content tailored to the current audio and communications landscape.

Registration
Two badge packages are available: the Exhibits-Plus Badge (free) and the All Access Badge.

Exhibits-Plus badges are your free ticket to attending the AES Exhibition – the nation’s largest collection of professional audio manufacturers showing off their latest products and technologies. Additionally, your Exhibits-Plus badge will give you access to Project Studio Expo, Live Sound Expo, Special Events and more. Best of all, Exhibits-Plus badges are completely free! (advance registration required.)

All Access badges are available to anyone looking to take their knowledge and professional career to the next level. AES will once again be the meeting place for the top names in audio engineering to deliver a diverse program of workshops, tutorials, papers and more on the latest developments in professional audio. All Access badge-holders may attend all on-site AES events. (Tickets for tech tours cost extra and can be purchased on-site.)

Hotels
Once again, the AES has made arrangements with several of the best hotels in the area to offer special pricing and reservations for AES attendees. For access to these special rates, visit the AES137 Convention Housing website and check out these exclusive deals available only through the AES. These deals offer the best price accommodations within easy reach of the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. Live, and a host of restaurant and entertainment options, and each has been chosen to work with us to accommodate you during your stay.

These reduced-rate rooms will not last long, and attendees can request hotel reservations here or contact the AES Housing Customer Contact Center: Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm (Eastern Time); 1-800-483-2433 (Toll Free U.S. & Canada); 415-979-2269 (Outside U.S. & Canada); AESHousing@cmrus.com. Books today for best availability!

For further information on the AES137 International Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

Bose® L1® Model II Portable Line Array System Used for “Live from The River Music Hall”

Boston-area 92.5 FM The River’s “Live from The River Music Hall” thrills listeners over the airwaves, and the live audience gets an extra-special treat via the Bose® L1® Model II Portable Line Array System

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 29, 2014 – “Live from The River Music Hall” has been the on-air live-music feature for greater Boston’s WXRV 92.5 FM The River for nearly 20 years. Starting in 1995, the broadcaster has been among the Boston area’s leading independent FM music stations. The feature “Live from The River Music Hall” has brought listeners intimate original performances by some of the best local, regional and national artists, including The Pixies, Steve Earle, Aimee Mann, Neil Finn, The 1975, fun., Passenger, The Hold Steady, Ed Sheeran and others. Shows are recorded in one of three venues: the huge performance space at the station’s studio in Haverhill, MA, where more than half of the live shows take place; the Foundation Room at the Boston House of Blues; or The Sinclair Club in Cambridge. For the past two seasons, artists have been performing through an L1® Model II Portable Line Array System from Bose® Professional Systems – one of the ways in which Bose, based in Framingham, MA, supports live and broadcast music in its own backyard. The system consists of one L1 Model II system with two B1 bass modules.

“The artists who have used the Bose L1 system have absolutely loved playing through it,” says Dennis Carroll, Owner of Dennis Carroll AV in Boston. The firm acts as the media services provider who videotapes each performance and authors a finished video for uploading through the station’s website, making a visual recording of each performance available after the radio broadcast. “The performance space at the radio station is a wonderful place to play, hear and record music — it goes back to the 1940s and ‘50s, when it was used for live studio broadcasts; many performers signed their names on the wall and they’re still visible today, so it has a lot of history.”

Carroll, who worked for Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler as their personal studio assistant from 1998 to 2004, and who was the videographer for the Dalai Lama’s visit to Boston in 2003, says at least two of the artists who have performed there eventually ended up buying their own Bose PAs. “At least one of them literally called me up and said he was going to Guitar Center and getting an L1 system for himself,” Carroll recalls. “The sound of that system and the fact that it has virtually eliminated feedback has made real fans out of many of the artists who have used it. It’s really been great that Bose is willing to support live music on the air with great sound.”

Carroll adds that the station’s L1 systems serve more than the show tapings. He notes, “The station also uses these systems at station events, such as VIP/backstage tents at large concerts they’re sponsoring. And on a personal note, I have used an L1 system in my side gig as a musician. The L1 system is so portable, setup is quick and easy, and it sounds great. It’s perfect for small events but powerful enough to use for just about anything we need it for.”

“Live From The River Music Hall” had 17 shows performed, broadcast and recorded last year, and Carroll says another 25 shows are expected to be produced this season. The show’s popularity online has recently translated into availability on Comcast’s on-demand video service. “We’re looking forward to another awesome-sounding season for the live shows, thanks to Bose,” he says.

The Lena Live Radio Hour is On-Air with DPA Microphones

Syndicated web-based radio show simplifies studio setup with company’s d:dicate Recording Microphone range

NEW YORK, JULY 29, 2014 – Listeners the world-over tune in to BBS Internet Radio every Thursday to hear The Lena Live Radio Hour, hosted by Professor Lena Miremonde. The multi-faceted program covers topics from physics and politics, to music and art. In order to ensure the audio is perfectly clear over the airwaves, the station relies on DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ Recording Microphones with MMP-A preamp. With the capability to switch between the d:dicate 2011 Cardioid and 2006 Omnidirectional capsules, the program’s producer, Julian Lampert, is afforded a modular functionality that can cover a large variety of audio needs while offering the benefits of fantastic sound quality and a drastically simple setup.

Thanks to his musical background, Lampert has been familiar with DPA for years. When he went searching for a microphone solution for Lena Live, he felt DPA’s selection of recording mics could easily be integrated into the station. Using just one d:dicate preamp, Lampert can choose between the 2006 Omni capsule, to record commercial and performance music, and the 2011 Cardioid capsule, to record interviews with distinguished guests who join the program to share the latest in science, medicine, the arts, politics, psychology and economics.

“The modular capability of the d:dicate Recording Microphones is exactly the reason we chose DPA,” shares Lampert. “What worked extremely well was that the range increased our efficiency dramatically and we’ve had really fantastic results all around.”

Since there is an immediate shift between the live musical performances and Miremonde’s commentary and interviews, the station had to find a way to make the microphone transition simple to avoid a lull between music and speech. Once Lampert and the program engineer decided to test relying on just one mic to cover speaking and musical audio needs, they were surprised by how well the solution worked.

“When the modular series came out, that was really our answer, and we’ve been very happy ever since,” shares Lampert. “We’ve been using less equipment, which has a very wonderful benefit of increasing our efficiency and also creating a much higher sound quality, especially for the interviews. I think of these microphones as part of my musical instrument collection, they’re more than just microphones.”

The d:dicate Recording Microphone range combines the best capsules with the best preamplifiers to deliver superior sound for all applications where high-quality audio is required. The 2011 Cardioid and the 2006 Omni are rooted in the design technology of DPA’s classic miniature capsules. The 2011, primarily optimized for on-stage use, upholds audio clarity, richness and dynamic range to fit the needs of a radio program while the 2006, which, when combined with the MMP-A preamp, produces a low distortion with an accurate and faithful sound.

In addition to using DPA for radio, Lampert always uses the company’s mics for his main role as a professional composer. He additionally relies on DPA mics to record his performances and stage work for commercial music and acoustic instruments. With over 10 years of experience, Lampert has written for two-time Olympic Champion figure skating legends Ludmila & Oleg Protopopov.

Miremonde is internationally known as a musician, journalist and educator.
With her expertise in performance psychology, she established an approach that applies to virtually all areas of human performance: from artistic expression to public-speaking, from academic achievement to developing self-confidence among young adults. She infuses an aura of music and art into nearly every area of conversation, whether it be medicine, politics, film-making or cooking. Drawing from her rich background of life and work in Europe and the U.S., Miremonde’s shows often project ideas that are universal to listeners all over the globe.

The Lena Live Radio Hour can be heard on iTunes Radio, Tune-In Radio and other radio networks. The show is currently featuring “The Nobel Series,” profiling four Nobel Prize winners in the areas of physics, medicine and biology. Other guests have included Carol Roth, CNBC contributor and New York Times best-selling author; Mark Barondess, celebrity attorney; David Gallo, oceanographer and CNN contributor; Sir Richard Roberts, 1993 Nobel Laureate, biochemist and molecular biologist, New York State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Suzi Oppenheimer; and the late UN Ambassador Jerome Shestack.

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

The Ultimate Sonic Journey: Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum Relies on the Sennheiser HD 600 As a Critical Listening Tool in Creating New Yes Album

The Sennheiser HD 600 Plays a Key Role in Delivering a Spacious, Detailed Sound Experience, Removing Sonic Barriers Between Artist and Listener

Old Lyme, CT, July 29, 2014: Since forming in 1968 and subsequently releasing more than 20 studio albums including classics like Fragile, Close to the Edge and Tales from Topo-graphic Oceans, Yes built its international success on the very foundations of progressive rock. Still very active as one of rock’s most influential bands, Yes recently opened their latest chapter of musical innovation with the release of Heaven & Earth. Produced by the legendary Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, David Bowie) and mixed by Billy Sherwood (Nektar, Motorhead), Los Angeles-based Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum got the call to put the finishing touches on the classic band’s latest sonic creation, keeping his Sennheiser HD 600 audiophile grade headphones close by.

Appelbaum, who runs Maor Appelbaum Mastering and works across a broad range of genres, chose to use the Sennheiser HD 600s as a studio reference tool to bridge the gap between album production and listener. Over the course of the project, he listened as both a technically minded professional and as a passionate music fan, with the ultimate goal of delivering an emotionally engaging listening experience. In the conversation that follows, Appelbaum discusses the ins and outs of mastering a modern day classic.

What is your role as mastering engineer?

I bring an objective ear to the process. Since I haven’t heard a project before, I can listen like a fan yet have control over the outcome. I am the buffer between what is created in the studio and what finally arrives to the listener’s ear. My ultimate goal is to help create a better, more emotionally engaging listening experience. Part of how I do this is through critical listening, which is evaluating how the music’s ‘feeling’ is presented from a frequency perspective. In making my evaluations and decisions, the tools I use are very important to me. For example, I have an excellent monitoring system with many sets of speakers so I can control how these frequencies are presented. I also use headphones to help me hear other details that might be missed by speakers.

How did you begin working on the new Yes album?

Billy Sherwood and I have collaborated on many albums together, and in the past two years I have mastered around 20 albums that he has worked on. He is very well known in progressive rock circles and we have a very good, longstanding relationship. One day he called me asked me to master the new Yes album and it was a great surprise. Once the mixes came in, I wanted to take them to the next level, while keeping the openness of the recording and all the dynamics in tact.

How can headphones help in the mastering process?

They are a great tool for checking the stereo spread and also evaluating low level details — which can consist of room tones, reverberation and other items. Speakers are important in helping evaluate the dimension in a production, but in most cases they are in front of you. On the other hand, headphones are essentially surrounding your head and can really help you figure out if your imaging natural or if it feels artificial.

When did you decide to rely on headphones in the process?

Once I figured out the processing chain that I wanted to use, I listened to the project on head-phones because I figured that listeners of this album would include audiophiles as well as people who enjoy listening to headphones — not just people who listen through earbuds and speakers. I think you always want to make sure that the product sits well with the clientele, and of course Yes has many fans that are bound to listen on headphones — both ‘old school’ fans who grew up with headphones and hi-fi systems and ‘new school’ fans who grew up lis-tening to music on computers. Today, music fans want to have a better production system, but portable — that’s why I think there is more sales of headphones than ever before.

Why were you drawn to the Sennheiser HD 600s?

A friend of mine bought a pair and he was really excited about them. He kept after me and I realized that if he was enjoying them that much, I should really give them a shot on the Yes project. It was the first time I bought anything sight unseen, solely on a recommendation. I got them, put them on my ears and said ‘Wow – these really sound good!’ I didn’t feel like they were hyped and they sounded very natural. They had all the detail I needed, and were very comfortable – which can be important over long sessions. Also, the frequency response was never piercing and didn’t fatigue me. I took them off, listened to my speakers, then put them on again and realized that the HD 600s sounded very close to my speakers — as much as a pair of headphones can.

What were your specific goals in mastering this album and where did the HD 600s play a role?

For this album, it was very important for me to hear a three dimensional sonic image — not just with speakers shooting straight at me. Using the HD 600s, I could hear the entire panoramic spread in great detail — it was very revealing. With speakers you can also hear this, but with headphones it is better because they sit right on your ear, there is nothing in between you and the music. On an album like this, where everything is very open, hearing things this way is very important and the HD 600s were perfect. They sounded like a nice pair of expensive, audiophile speakers, but on your ears.

Can you describe the overall design and form of the HD 600s?

The build quality is excellent. Its padding on the HD 600 is just right, and the tension is loose enough that you don’t feel an exorbitant amount of pressure your ear. Also, they are not too heavy, so you don’t feel like there is something bulky on your head. The cable is super flexible and the plug is robust. Overall, I love the sound quality and the HD 600 is very comfortable to work with. I am very impressed and I think I will be using them more and more.

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.

Photo caption:

1) Maor Appelbaum, Mastering Engineer
2) The Sennheiser HD 600 headphone

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