New Deal Sounds Great to DPA Microphones

Danish microphone manufacturer to start 2014 with The Riverside Company as its new partner

ALLEROED, DENMARK, DECEMBER 17, 2013 – Leading microphone manufacturer DPA Microphones has consolidated its position in the market by joining forces with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that focuses on acquiring strong and growing businesses. The Riverside Company’s investment in DPA Microphones will allow DPA to significantly expand its operation and grow the company at a much faster pace.

“DPA is already a very successful and profitable company, which has been experiencing a 15 percent increase in sales, year after year, for the last five years,” says Christian Hoff, CFO of DPA Microphones. “With Riverside involved, we anticipate even stronger sales growth in the next five years.”

Riverside has extensive experience in the audio and electronics industry, having previously invested in German loudspeaker company Teufel, which was successfully divested in 2010. More recently, Riverside acquired BLUE Microphones, a U.S. manufacturer of consumer and performance microphones and related products.

Riverside Partner Thomas Blomqvist explains that Riverside saw DPA Microphones as an attractive partner because it has an innovative and well-designed product range and an international reputation for delivering outstanding quality and durability.

“This is a solid foundation for further growth and Riverside’s global network and experience in the audio industry should help propel DPA to further success,” adds Blomqvist.

Under the terms of the new deal, Hoff and Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, have retained their current positions in management and on the board, along with a 40 percent shareholding. Riverside is now the majority shareholder and will also have representation on the DPA board.

“For our day to day operation, it is business as usual,” says Poulsen. “What has changed is our ability to capitalize on our current success and make this even more significant in the future. Riverside has an extensive network worldwide, many of whom are specialists in the audio industry and have deep technical knowledge and experience that we can exploit. This investment will allow us to develop new technologies and new products at a much faster pace. It will also allow us to move into new markets and attract more good people to our brand, while still properly supporting our existing customer and partner base.”

DPA makes an array of microphones geared toward demanding professional users in application areas such as theater, broadcast, public address, live and studio. Its current product range includes headset, lavalier, instrument and vocal microphones. In addition, the company makes adapters and a variety of accessories to complement its offerings. DPA’s products are sold through the company’s own sales offices in Denmark, the U.S. and Hong Kong, as well as through a worldwide network of licensed distributors, and are used by many of the world’s top studios, broadcasters and recording artists.

Working with Blomqvist on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Björn Larsson and Associate Martin Gustavsson. Principal for Origination, Lars Eriksson, sourced the opportunity for Riverside. L.E.K., KPMG and Gorrissen Federspiel performed commercial, financial and legal due diligence, respectively. Danske Bank provided financing for the transaction. Audon A/S, an M&A International Inc. firm, advised DPA Microphones.

About The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $250 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 320 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.
www.riversidecompany.com or www.riversideeurope.com

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.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INAUGURATES MULTI-PURPOSE WSDG CONTROL ROOM

CHICAGO: For over 120 years, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has reigned as one of the world’s greatest classical music ensembles. In a move to upgrade their recording, broadcast and streaming capabilities, Marc Geelhoed, chief of the CSO’s CSO Resound record label, commissioned leading recording engineer/producers Tim Martyn and Shawn Murphy to form a design team to revamp the control room which has long served as the CSO’s technical hub.

A multiple Grammy winner, and owner of Phoenix Audio LLC based in Glen Rock NJ, Martyn has served as Technical Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival for 30 years. Oscar and Grammy-winning, film-scoring engineer Shawn Murphy, has worked with such artists as James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman and John Williams on films ranging from The Bourne Legacy, Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park.

Cognizant of the compressed time frame and technical constraints of the project, Martyn and Murphy turned to the Walters-Storyk Design Group as architectural and acoustical collaborators. “I’ve worked with John Storyk on a number of studio projects, and knew they had the creative skills and technical knowhow to redesign CSO’s control room within the limited construction window and budget allotted for this critical turnaround,” Martyn said.

WSDG Project Manager Matthew Ballos reports that their initial site visit to CSO’s 320 SF control room immediately inspired a key design point. “John Storyk and I agreed that the path to reconfiguring this 16′ wide x 20′ long room was to change its orientation from center line (rear wall) access to right rear corner. Shifting the position of the entrance immediately enabled us to improve the ‘sweet spot;’ introduce a comfortable client work area, and develop additional space to accommodate the CSO’s active CD duplication service for conductors and guest artists.” In addition to creating a custom suspended ceiling cloud and wall treatments, WSDG supervised custom millwork for the mixing desk and related cabinetry.

Designed to accommodate live recording, broadcast, streaming and post-production, the new CSO control room and recording system features Merging Technologies’ Pyramix DAWs and Horus Mic preamps and converters; a Yamaha DM2000 console; and B&W and Classé Monitors and power amplifiers. In addition, the orchestra made a serious commitment towards upgrading their microphone inventory, with new mics by Schoeps, Sennheiser, and Neumann.

“We could not be more pleased with the vastly improved appearance and functionality of our redesigned control room,” Marc Geelhoed remarked. “Tim and Shawn coordinated a remarkable team effort. Our new WSDG room is a success on every level. Our listeners and fans will clearly benefit as much as our technical staff from this new facility.”

“As an ardent enthusiast of classical music, I have an abiding love for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and their inspirational Music Director, Riccardo Muti,” John Storyk concludes. “We were honored to contribute to this important project.”

Photo 1. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Control Room revamped by WSDG. Photo by Harvey Tillis

Photo 2. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Photo 3. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Center. Photo by Jim Steere

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969′s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

New Deal Sounds Great To DPA Microphones

Leading microphone manufacturer DPA Microphones has consolidated its position in the market by joining forces with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that focuses on acquiring strong and growing businesses.

The Riverside Company’s investment in DPA Microphones will allow DPA to significantly expand its operation and grow the company at a much faster pace.

“DPA is already a very successful and profitable company, which has been experiencing a 15% increase in sales, year on year, for the last five years,” says DPA’s CFO Christian Hoff. “With Riverside involved, we anticipate even stronger sales growth in the next five years.”

Riverside has long experience in the audio and electronics industry, having previously invested in German loudspeaker company Teufel, which was successfully divested in 2010. More recently Riverside acquired BLUE Microphones, a US manufacturer of consumer and performance microphones and related products.

Riverside Partner Thomas Blomqvist says that Riverside saw DPA Microphones as an attractive partner because it has an innovative and well-designed product range and an international reputation for delivering outstanding quality and durability.

“This is a solid foundation for further growth, and Riverside’s global network and experience in the audio industry should help propel DPA to further success,” he says.

Under the terms of the new deal, DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen and CFO Christian Hoff have retained their current positions in management and on the board, along with a 40% shareholding. Riverside is now the majority shareholder and will also have representation on the DPA board.

“For our day to day operation, it is business as usual,” Christian Poulsen says. “What has changed is our ability to capitalize on our current success and make this even more significant in the future. Riverside has an extensive network worldwide, many of whom are specialists in the audio industry and have deep technical knowledge and experience that we can exploit. This investment will allow us to develop new technologies and new products at a much faster pace. It will also allow us to move into new markets and attract more good people to our brand, while still properly supporting our existing customer and partner base.”

DPA makes an array of microphones geared toward demanding professional users in application areas such as theatre, broadcast, public address/live and studio. Its current product range includes headset, lavalier, instrument, and vocal microphones. In addition, the company makes adaptors and a variety of accessories to complement its offerings. DPA’s products are sold through own sales offices in Denmark, the US and Hong Kong as well as through a worldwide network of licensed distributors, and are used by many of the world’s top studios, broadcasters and recording artists.

Working with Thomas Blomqvist on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Björn Larsson and Associate Martin Gustavsson. Principal for Origination Lars Eriksson sourced the opportunity for Riverside.

L.E.K., KPMG and Gorrissen Federspiel performed commercial, financial and legal due diligence, respectively. Danske Bank provided financing for the transaction. Audon A/S, an M&A International Inc. firm, advised DPA Microphones.

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About The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $250 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 320 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.
www.riversidecompany.com or www.riversideeurope.com

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 provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Sennheiser Appoints Mark Posgay as Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Professional Systems

Posgay Brings 20 Years of Sales and Professional Audio Experience to His New Role

Old Lyme, CT, December 12, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that Mark Posgay has been appointed to the position of vice president, sales and marketing, Professional Systems, Sennheiser Electronic Corp effective immediately. In his new role, Posgay will report directly to Sennheiser USA President, Greg Beebe.

Posgay is an experienced sales professional with 20 years of audio industry expertise. Prior to joining Sennheiser, he held senior sales positions at Harman Professional, Monster Cable, and Mars Music, where he executed strategic solutions to a broad mix of customers and partners in the areas of management, sales, training and education.

“This is an exciting time of innovation in our professional systems segment, with the recent introduction of our Digital 9000 wireless system and a diverse group of other industry leading products,” commented Greg Beebe. “Mark brings an ideal mix of audio industry knowledge, customer insight and management expertise to lead our professional systems team as we implement our strategic growth initiatives into 2014 and beyond.”

Posgay, whose office is based at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and a certificate in Music Performance and Business from Musician’s Institute.

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.

Symetrix Announces SeeSound as New Spanish Distributor

Carles Ribo, SeeSound's product manager, discussing the new distribution contract with Symetrix

Carles Ribo, SeeSound's product manager, discussing the new distribution contract with Symetrix

Eminent Spanish pro-audio distributor will support the digital signal processing brand with extensive training and trade show presence.

SEATTLE, US: Digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has announced the appointment of Barcelona-based SeeSound to serve as its exclusive distributor for the Spanish market. A pro-audio distributor with more than ten years’ experience, SeeSound offers solutions for the live, broadcast, contractor and installation markets.

SeeSound expects Symetrix products such as the Jupiter app-based DSP and flexible SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante™ DSP to resonate with a rapidly growing demand for flexible processing solutions across the Spanish market.

Reflecting on the latest addition to a 20-strong brand portfolio, SeeSound product manager Carles Ribo says that Symetrix “provides a complete solution to implement DSP and control in an audio system. SeeSound has always been aware of its capabilities and has followed its evolution, including the adoption of Audinate’s hugely popular Dante networking technology. Today, we regard Symetrix as one of the top players in this market.”

To help enhance awareness of the Symetrix product range and what it can do for a broad cross-section of professional users, SeeSound plans to implement an extensive training effort. “Audio installers and consultants need to know the possibilities of the different models and the best ways of implementing them. We will also be exhibiting the entire product range at AFIAL (25-27 March 2014), the leading pro-audio show in Spain,” says Ribo.

Craig Richardson, VP of Global Sales at Symetrix, welcomed the latest addition to the manufacturer’s family of distribution partners. “SeeSound has more than a decade’s experience of working with some of the biggest pro-audio brands in the world, and its success throughout that period speaks for itself,” he says. “Symetrix already has a strong foothold in Spain, but we are confident that SeeSound’s expertise and sales network will take the brand to the next level.”

www.seesound.es
www.symetrix.co

Myers Tapped for CentralCast Project by Virginia PBS Affiliates WCVE & WVPT

PROTRACK TO UNIFY OPERATIONS FOR THE RICHMOND & SHENANDOAH VALLEY STATIONS

Northampton, MA – Myers, the highly respected developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – today announced the award of a contract from Virginia PBS members WCVE and WVPT to consolidate their ProTrack-based infrastructure into a unified, collaborative workflow. When completed, the Centralcast will streamline the two station’s operations, reduce costs and enhance service to their viewers throughout central Virginia and bordering areas of West Virginia.

The Myers team will implement the project in conjunction with Snell, the facility’s chosen automation partner, allowing the multi-station partnership to take full advantage of existing content workflows, yet maintain independent sales and schedule rights processes for each. The stations will benefit from a unified ProTrack database environment with centralized metadata, PSIP and content library management, plus shared master control services seamlessly integrated with Snell’s ICE channel-in-a-box and Morpheus automation systems. ProTrack will also facilitate the sharing of program schedules across channels and stations.

“Myers proven, reliable, business and technical solutions have served the diverse needs of WCVE and WVPT well for many years,” said Mark Spiller, WCVE’s vice president for broadcast operations. “It’s imperative that our partners in this collaborative undertaking fully appreciate the complexities of our file-based workflow and provide the necessary integration to make it succeed. We have full confidence in the experience and expertise of the Myers team.”

“We are uniquely positioned to lay the foundation for a variety of collaborative station models,” said Crist Myers, president and CEO of Myers. “ProTrack’s operational flexibility – from an individual station to a complex, geographically dispersed hub & spoke configuration – gives our clients a wide range of options to strengthen and grow their business models. The combined power of ProTrack and Snell automation will provide the partner stations with the necessary tools to optimize and manage content across their entire transmission chain. Shared infrastructure projects like these provide efficiencies, a seamless workflow, and a sustainable model for the future.”

ProTrack, Myers’ proven flagship suite, is available in both radio and television editions. It offers comprehensive scheduling and business management for individual, multichannel and multi-station facilities. Actively used by more than 226 media outlets, supporting more than 1,300 channels, ProTrack provides a high-level of structure, scalability, and systems integration for today’s rapidly evolving media environments.

About MYERS
Myers has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. The company provides technology and services for television, radio and other digital media providers designed to improve every aspect of their operations, from contracting to invoicing, media management to scheduling, and from trafficking to reconciliation. For additional information, please visit: www.myersinfosys.com

About WCVE and WVPT
WCVE-TV, a PBS member station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, first signed on in 1964 and is owned by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation. Its programming is carried by satellite WHTJ in Charlottesville, Virginia. For further information, please visit: ideastations.org/tv

WVPT-TV, a PBS member station licensed to Staunton, Virginia, is located on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg. It first signed on in 1968 and is owned by Shenandoah Valley Educational Television Corporation. WVPT’s over –the-air coverage area consists of 40 counties in Virginia and West Virginia. For further information, please visit: www.WVPT.net

About Snell
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at http://www.snellgroup.com.

Myers Information Systems contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Sennheiser Digital 9000 System Drives ‘Next Wave’ of Interactive Art

The microphone system delivered uncompressed, artifact-free audio night after night to patrons donning Sennheiser wireless headphones

Los Angeles, CA, December 12, 2013: Last month, Invisible Cities, the world’s first large-scale opera for wireless headphones, completed its limited run of sold-out performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station – the largest railway terminal in the western United States. At the heart of the production, which was staged within the vast, multi-room expanse of the terminal as well as among its outdoor courtyards, was Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system. The microphone system delivered uncompressed, artifact-free audio night after night to patrons donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

The opera, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, was written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino. The narrative, which is accompanied by an 11-piece live orchestra being captured by a selection of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, takes audience members on an artistic, multi-sensory journey throughout the terminal as character Marco Polo describes his quests to Emperor Kublai Khan. Thanks to professional and consumer wireless technology from Sennheiser, neither the performers nor the audience members are restricted by the typical spatial confines of a theatre, and participants are invited to experience the opera from an almost infinite number of different perspectives.

Three core technology elements from Sennheiser made the technical production possible: these included wired microphones; wireless microphones and IEM (in-ear monitoring) systems; and wireless consumer headphones. Each instrument in the orchestra was miked using Sennheiser or Neumann wired microphones while performances were broadcast to performers and audience members using Sennheiser’s state-of-the-art wireless technology. Audience participants were able to experience the entire performance using wireless consumer headphones from the Sennheiser RS 120 II system.

The Heart of the System: Sennheiser’s Digital 9000

From a technical perspective, the star of Invisible Cities was the Sennheiser Digital 9000 system, which delivered eight channels of uncompressed, artifact-free audio throughout the facility and captured every delicate nuance of the libretto. The components of the Digital 9000 system used in the opera included the EM 9046 digital receiver, SK 9000 bodypack transmitters and MKE 1 clip-on microphones.

“Digital 9000 was a natural choice for the singers,” explains Dave Missall, National Market Development, Professional Systems, Sennheiser USA. “In addition to delivering 24/96 kHz performance with unprecedented dynamic range and a non-existent noise floor, the Digital 9000 system made it easy to allocate frequencies in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, which is an extremely hostile RF environment. Since the Digital 9000 transmitters have very high linearity, intermodulation is non-existent. Therefore frequencies can be set in very close range to one another with no problems, making the system spectrum efficient.”

Running in parallel with Digital 9000 was Sennheiser’s 2000 series IEM system, which handled in-ear monitoring duties for each of the singers and dancers and ensured their performances were in lock step with the musical score. EK 2000 IEM receivers, IE 8 earbuds and SR 2050 IEM twin transmitters were accompanied by a highly complex antenna system. Four distinct zones throughout the terminal served as antenna farms to achieve seamless RF coverage for both the performers and for audience members wearing wireless headphones. Depending on the zone, A 2003-UHF passive directional antennas were deployed with A 5000-CP circularly polarized models, effectively minimizing signal strength variations while eliminating multipath issues.

Sennheiser and Neumann at the Source

Sound designer Martin Gimenez specified a diverse collection of Sennheiser evolution microphones as well as Neumann microphones to cover each instrument in the 11-piece orchestra. evolution microphones were used to capture brass and percussion, as well as overall room ambience. For woodwinds and strings, including the harp, Gimenez utilized several Neumann KM 184 small-diaphragm condenser microphones. On the piano, he selected a pair of Neumann U 87 Ai large-diaphragm condensers.

“Between the sonic immediacy of the headphone concept and Christopher Cerrone’s haunting orchestration, sonic transparency was paramount on our minds,” commented Gimenez. “Having access to the entire range of Neumann and Sennheiser microphones proved vital and necessary in order to convey the amount of detail to each and every audience member.”

Sennheiser Audio Quality, from Alpha to Omega

At the opposite end of the signal chain were four hundred wireless consumer headphones from the Sennheiser RS 120 II system, which delivered premium quality sound to the audience members during each performance. Featuring a comfortable, open-air design with easy access to user controls such as volume, tuning and an on-off switch, the combination of audio quality, comfort and ease of use made the headphones the perfect choice for this particular application.

The success of Invisible Cities’ initial run has been recognized extensively in the international press and was awarded a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles. Since completing its performances there, The Industry has entertained offers for performances in Bordeaux, France and other locations in 2014.

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 www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:

1: Invisible Cities attendees listened to the opera on wireless headphones from the Sennheiser RS 120 II system

2: Sennheiser had four zones of antennas to facilitate wireless transmission throughout Union Station

3: The Sennheiser EM 9046 digital receiver

4: The 11-piece orchestra of Invisible Cities was miked using Sennheiser evolution and Neumann microphones

Prism Sound Launches ‘Bitesize’ Webinars

The enormous success of Prism Sound’s Audio Design Workshop LIVE event at the 51st AES Conference in Helsinki has inspired the company to launch a new, free webinar series – Audio Design Workshop: Bitesize.

The Bitesize series delves deeper into the audio engineering and measurement topics already discussed in Prism Sound’s popular Wednesday Webinars series. These free seminars, which are available to download from the Prism Sound website, have already covered a range of technical issues surrounding audio test and measurement and are now widely regarded as a valuable educational resource for audio engineers working in a diverse range of industries.

The launch of Audio Design Workshop: Bitesize takes the concept a stage further by delivering a detailed insight into modern testing techniques and their underlying theory. Each webinar will last roughly 30 minutes, ensuring it remains concise and relevant.

The first Bitesize webinar will take place on December 18th 2013 at 14.00 and 18:00 (UTC/GMT). This inaugural seminar will cover FFT Fundamentals and will discuss the six essential steps in audio test and measurement:
• Why you need to understand Fourier Theory
• The significance of the Time-Frequency Relationship
• DFT/FFT and why they matter
• How to choose the right window function for your measurement
• Avoiding the ‘Picket-Fence’ effect and the errors it may bring
• Make the most of your FFT – special measurement techniques
Each webinar will include live demonstrations and a Q&A session.

Anyone wanting to attend should register at www.prismsound.com/webinars to receive their session login details. Please check the Prism Sound website for information about future Bitesize webinars.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

The Ultimate in Listening Pleasure: New Sennheiser high-end cables?

The HDVD 800 Features Balanced Sound Image, Maximum Precision and Impressive Spatiality

OLD LYME, CT, December 11, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser has announced the availability of symmetrical connecting cables for its new HDVD 800 and HDVA 600 headphone amplifiers. When combined with Sennheiser high-end headphones, the new high-end cables deliver a very special sound experience.

The new CH 650 S, CH 700 S and CH 800 S high-end cables are fitted with a four-pole plug to ensure that they are optimally matched to the fully symmetrical principle of Sennheiser’s headphone amplifiers, providing a symmetrical signal transmission from the source to the headphones. “Distortion and interference are cancelled out. The sound becomes much clearer and total harmonic distortion is reduced to a minimum,” explained Axel Grell, Product Manager High-End at Sennheiser.

Excellent materials, excellent sound

The new high-end cables are made of oxygen-free copper (OFC). The CH 700 S and CH 800 S versions are additionally coated with silver, further minimizing resistance during audio transmission. The new high-end cables also have gold-plated contacts. At the receiver end, a four-pole XLR plug with gold-plated Neutrik inserts ensures optimum sound, while the other end of the cable has headphone-specific plugs. The CH 650 S is specially matched to the Sennheiser HD 600 and HD 650 headphones, whereas the CH 700 S is optimised for the HD 700 and the CH 800 S for the HD 800.

In order to fully utilize the sound potential of the HD 800 reference headphones, the CH 800 S is outfitted with an extra feature. High-quality Odu connectors from medical technology are used to ensure maximum contact reliability in order to round off the outstanding sound experience. “These three cable versions put the finishing touch to Sennheiser’s high-end world,” said Axel Grell. “When combined with Sennheiser high-end headphones and the HDVD 800 and HDVA 600 headphones amplifiers, the cables ensure perfect sound.”

The high-end cables were designed and developed at Sennheiser’s headquarters in Germany. These latest members of the Sennheiser high-end family are also being manufactured there. The Sennheiser CH 650 S, CH 700 S and CH 800 S high-end cables are now available from selected Sennheiser sales partners.

The new cables are available now. Pricing is as follows:

CH 650 S: $239.95
CH 700 S: $319.95
CH 800 S: $379.95

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. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 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, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, 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 www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) The new CH 650 S high-end cable from Sennheiser
2) The new CH 700 high-end cable from Sennheiser
3) The new CH 800S high-end cable from Sennheiser

Riedel Products at ISE 2014

MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO Universal Video Cards
Riedel Communications has released a new universal video I/O card for the company’s MediorNet Modular real-time network. Supporting a variety of small form-factor pluggable (SFP) optical transceivers, the MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO universal video cards enable the flexible configuration of MediorNet systems for bidirectional transport of analog composite video, HDMI, DVI, and optical or coaxial SDI signals.

Ideal for environments including theaters, houses of worship, hotels, convention centers, and stadiums, the MediorNet bidirectional video cards bring added flexibility to Riedel’s MediorNet Modular system. Depending on which SFP transceivers are installed, the card can handle a combination of either four HD (1.5G) or two 1080p (3G) bidirectional video signals or analog video, HDMI, DVI, or optical SDI video I/Os. HDMI I/Os employ self-locking mini HDMI connectors.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel_MN-HDO-4IO-Universal-Card3x4.jpg
Photo Caption: The Riedel MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO universal video cards make installations even more flexible.

Integrated AVB Control Panel for Artist Digital Matrix Intercom
During ISE 2014, Riedel Communications will feature its new CPX-AVB expansion card for Riedel Artist 1100 series control panels. The CPX-AVB provides the next generation of AVB interfacing for Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom control panels.

The CPX-AVB is a dedicated card that fits in the expansion slot of the Artist 1100 series OLED control panels. The card turns the control panel into an AVB-enabled device, in turn making the panel’s ports available within the entire AVB network. The expansion card converts two Artist ports to the AVB network and vice versa.

To enable further signal integration, Riedel offers a comprehensive suite of AVB-enabled interfaces for its Artist intercom platform. In addition to the existing Connect AVB x8 panel interface, the Connect AVB C8 offers eight AES connections on BNC. The device supports both bidirectional AES for intercom panels and unidirectional transport for broadcast AES.

The Connect AVB A8 provides eight analog inputs and outputs on RJ45 connectors. Riedel’s AVB Manager offers full AVB network management and features systemwide control of all AVB components.

Riedel will also have a demo at the AVnu Alliance stand, 7-H195.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-AVB-Module-for-Keypanels.jpg
Photo Caption: Riedel CPX-AVB Expansion Module

Other Products on Display:
- MediorNet Compact and MediorNet Modular signal transport mainframes
- Artist and Performer intercom systems
- RockNet networked audio systems with integrations to major console manufacturers

Company Quote:
“ISE is the premier show in Europe for seeing systems integrators and customers in the pro A/V and entertainment markets. With our powerful communications and signal transport/distribution product lines and our commitment to AVB, we are providing the fully integrated solutions that our partners and customers demand.”
– Thomas Riedel, CEO, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/549773?trk=tyah

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