Antelope Audio Announces Zen Studio, the First Portable Audio Interface with 20 Analog Inputs, 12 Mic Preamps and DSP effects

Zen Studio, featuring 38 simultaneous input and 32 output channels in a sleek, easy to carry ergonomic box, to be first seen at Musikmesse, hall 5.1, booth C60

Frankfurt, Germany, March 12, 2014: Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio introduces Zen Studio, a professional, portable audio interface with the most competitive analog and digital connectivity. The 12 world-class mic pres, Antelope’s signature clocking, the on-board DSP effects with multiple monitor mixers and the proprietary low-latency USB connectivity make Zen a world-class mobile recording system, that can fit easily inside a backpack or gear bag. Zen Studio is designed to meet the needs of the modern day producer or engineer on-the-go, as well as location sound engineers, sound designers, independent bands and musicians in search of greater sound quality and flexibility.

Supreme sound:
Antelope Audio Acoustically Focused Clocking guarantees the most authentic analog sounding A/D & D/A conversion on the market. Antelope’s clocking and conversion along with the custom USB technology implemented in Zen are identical to the ones in the top-selling 32-channel Orion interface which is a centerpiece in the playback rigs for artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, and inside the mixing and mastering studios of engineers like Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman), Brian Vibberts, Howie Wienberg or electronic music producers like Robert Babicz and Dusty Kid.

Power and flexibility:
In addition to proven sound quality, Zen Studio offers an extremely powerful DSP, based on a custom FPGA device with massive parallel processing capabilities. The proprietary FPGA makes the DSP chip in Zen Studio eight times more powerful than the ones used in similar devices. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, enhancing the workflow like no other device on the market.

Unique versatility:
All audio I/O is available simultaneously for a total of 38 possible input and 32 output channels, plus 24 simultaneous I/O channels via custom USB. Users can create up to four independent zero-latency mixes assignable to any outputs, including the two independent headphone outputs and monitor outputs. The unit is fully controllable using an intuitive desktop application on both PC and Mac, offering flexible signal routing and DSP-based effects alongside custom presets.

Zen Studio is a versatile stand-alone device as well as a perfect companion to Orion32. Zen was born out of the need for a studio-quality portable solution that can easily be taken with you, while your main interface remains in the rack. Zen Studio is based on proven technologies used in Orion32. Whereas the rack-mountable Orion32 stands out with its MADI connectivity and unmatched channel count available over USB, Zen Studio delivers a breakthrough number of mic pres and DI instrument inputs for a mobile-sized interface, along with exceptional monitoring and tracking DSP capabilities to be used on-the-go.

Zen studio is planned to start shipping by the end of Q2 2014 with a prospected price of $2,495.

Connectivity:

• 12 Class A mic preamps, with phantom power
• 8 mic/line inputs
• 4 mic/line/instrument inputs
• 2 Independently assignable headphone outputs
• 2 DSUB-25 connector (8 channels I/O)
• 1 Stereo monitor out
• 4 ADAT connectors (up to 16 channels I/O)
• 2 SPDIF RCA connectors (I/O)
• 2 Inserts over TRS
• 2 Word Clock BNC connectors (I/O)
• 1 Low-latency high-bandwidth USB 2.0

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of master clocks, A/D & D/A converters 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 circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 32-channel AD/DA USB audio interface and extremely precise master clock in only 1U. Orion32 is a breakthrough technology, offering both studio and live-recording 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.

GeerFab Acoustics Chosen by NAMM to Provide Acoustic Treatment for Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards

Custom MultiZorber Solution Brings Sonic Consistency and Even FrequencyResponse During Winter NAMM Week, Including 29th Annual TEC Awards

Anaheim, Calif. – March 11, 2014 – GeerFab Acoustics announced its was chosen by NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, to provide temporary acoustic treatment to the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom during the 2014 NAMM Show held in Anaheim, CA be-tween January 23 and 26th. The Pacific Ballroom is host to many key activities during the NAMM Show, including important industry events such as the TEC Awards, the Breakfast of Champions, the NAMM Best in Show Awards and others.

This year, the 2014 NAMM Show drew no less than 96,129 industry registrants, making it one of the most important global music industry events. For the fourth year in a row, the Pacific Ball-room, which has a capacity of roughly 1,200, was chosen as the host venue for the TEC Awards. While the space worked for conference events and seminars, the room presented massive acous-tic challenges for a high profile award show featuring live music and attended by the music indus-try’s elite sound engineers, producers and audio product manufacturers.

“The pre-treated room was a sonic mess,” recalls Eric Geer, president and founder of GeerFab Acoustics. “The overabundance of reflective surfaces and a parabolic concave structure that spanned the entire perimeter created a chaotic and uncontrollable acoustic environment.This was marked by out of control mid and high frequencies and excessive bass build up. During the TEC Awards, the room posed enormous intelligibility issues for performing artists, mix engineers and of course the audience.”

“The biggest acoustic problem was the parabolic concave surface which was about 4′ high and several feet deep. This structure disrupted the response of the room, essentially functioning as a slingshot that rocketed unwanted frequencies directly back to the audience,” Geer continued.

Last summer at a NAMM executive meeting, the acoustics of the room became a primary agenda item. “We knew we had to increase the audio intelligibility in The Pacific Ballroom,” says Pete Johnston, supervising producer & technical director of special events at NAMM. “When it came to the TEC Awards, it was an issue of credibility since we were giving out awards to sound engi-neers, producers and product manufacturers. We wanted to get it right and there was no room for compromise.”

Soon after the summer meeting and after consulting with several high profile acoustic designers, NAMM contacted Eric Geer of GeerFab Acoustics to implement an all-encompassing solution that would yield greater sonic accuracy and intelligibility for events held in the Pacific Ballroom during the entire 2014 NAMM Show, especially the 29th Annual TEC Awards.

On the weekend before NAMM week, GeerFab and Freeman, the convention services company that has been supporting NAMM since the 1960s, proceeded to install a temporary, re-usable solution consisting of (200) custom GeerFab MultiZorber panels, each measuring approximately 4′ x 9-1/2′ and consisting of lightweight, acoustically absorbent substrate material wrapped in a black fabric. These panels were strategically mounted on rigging points throughout the venue, suspended approximately a foot off the wall around the entire upper perimeter of the room, which measures roughly 30,000 square feet with a 21’ ceiling. The panels effectively concealed the concave surfaces while creating more even acoustic dispersion across the entire frequency range while also acting as a gigantic, continuous bass trap.

In addition to the room perimeter, Geer also installed a ‘acoustic hat’ above the stage, consisting of (40) 4′ x 8′ MultiZorber panels. This effectively reduced stage noise and eliminated unwanted reflections from drums, amplifiers and other instruments — enhancing overall monitoring accuracy while reducing the potential for on-stage feedback. With the “hat”, the entire installation com-prised over 8,000 square feet of MultiZorbers.

“Before the room was treated by GeerFab, it sounded horrible. There is a section of the wall that has the effect of a parabolic dish,” commented Scott Rodgers, front of house engineer for the TEC Awards. “After the MultiZorber panels were installed, it made a huge difference and the sound of the whole room tightened up significantly.”

“We ran the PA system between 98 and 105 dB and the sound was remarkably clear,” he contin-ued. “I didn’t have to touch the EQ to correct the room and by the end of the evening I had abso-lutely no ear fatigue.”

Now that the MultiZorber solution was successfully implemented in the Pacific Ballroom for the 29th Annual TEC Awards, Johnston says they are now considering a similar solution to provide acoustic treatment during Summer NAMM 2014. “We love the fact that the MultiZorbers are reus-able,” says Johnston. “Bringing great audio to our events increases the credibility of our brand while enhancing the overall experience of those attending our events.”

About NAMM:

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mis-sion to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to peo-ple of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 87 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About GeerFab Acoustics:

GeerFab Acoustics manufactures and implements acoustic solutions for a wide range of clients in entertainment, restaurant, hospitality, healthcare and other industries. The company provides complete custom design and installation services and is the manufacturer of the innovative prod-uct line RoomZorbers, which includes the MultiZorber The company is based in Milwaukee, WI and was founded by Eric Geer. To learn more, visit www.geerfab.com.

Sennheiser launches new training offensive – more RF Experts to support customer projects in future

Old Lyme, CT, March 11, 2014: The Sennheiser Sound Academy has begun a new RF Expert course. From February to September 2014, 23 wireless professionals from the worldwide Sennheiser organisation will be further trained to become RF experts, supporting their customers in the planning and execution of large events involving wireless technology. The first on-site training session took place from 24 to 28 February in Wedemark.

Extensive wireless microphone systems with several dozens of channels are now a matter of course at cultural and sports events, TV shows and large concert tours. At the same time, the complexity of the production environment is constantly increasing: in addition to the microphones for the artists and presenters, more and more channels are required for production staff to communicate and control the equipment as well as for the media reporting on an event. To make matters worse, the frequency spectrum that is available for wireless microphones is shrinking.

It is precisely these situations that are the specialist field of RF experts, who know how to make use of all technical possibilities to make complex projects with wireless systems a success. “Therefore, the course teaches extensive knowledge of the theory and practice of wireless microphone systems and antenna installations,” explained Kirsten Wessendorf, Manager Sennheiser Sound Academy. “Also, the production team at big events is very international, with many different groups of professionals working together. For that reason, intercultural training is a fixed part of the expert course.”

The 23 participants in the course come from 14 countries and, following the on-site week at the company’s headquarters, they will continue to be coached by experienced local tutors in their region. Two further on-site training sessions will round off the RF Expert training programme before it finishes in September. One of the successful projects involving RF experts who have already completed the course was, for example, the last Eurovision Song Contest.

Visit Sennheiser at prolight+sound in Hall 8, Stand A 70.

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.

Captions:
1: 23 Sennheiser participants from 14 countries have enrolled in the RF Expert course

2: One of the focal points of the training programme is the Digital 9000 wireless microphone system

3: The RF Expert course offers extensive knowledge of the theory and practice of RF wireless transmission and also includes intercultural training

(Photo credit: Karsten Koch)

Attention Music Lovers and Content Creators: Sennheiser Announces Spring Rebate on Select Headphones, Microphones and Wireless Systems

From Now Until April 30th, Customers Can Attain Bonus Savings of Up to $100 On Select Wireless Systems and Up to $50 on Select Headphones and Microphones

Old Lyme, CT, March 10, 2014: Just in time for spring, audio specialist Sennheiser announced a new rebate promotion in which consumers get up to $100 cash back on select wireless systems and $50 cash back on select microphones and headphones purchased at an authorized Sennheiser dealer. Customers can learn more and take advantage of the promotion by visiting http://en-us.sennheiser.com/rebate.

Rebates are valid on select Sennheiser HD series headphones; evolution, MD and MK series microphones; and XSW and EW series wireless systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Sennheiser dealer between now and April 30th, 2014. Following are rebate values for the various products that are included:

Headphones:

• HD 280 PRO: $10
• HD 380 PRO: $20
• HD6 MIX: $30
• HD7 DJ: $30
• HD8 DJ: $40
• HD 600: $40
• HD 650: $50

Microphones:

• e 604: $10
• e 609: $10
• e 835: $10
• e 602-II: $20
• e 614: $20
• e 935: $20
• THREE PACK e 835: $20
• THREE PACK e 604: $30
• MK 4: $30
• MD 421-II: $40
• e 914: $40
• e 965: $50

Wireless Systems:

• XSW 12: $40
• XSW 35: $40
• XSW 72: $40
• EW 112P G3: $50
• EW 122P G3: $50
• EW 135P G3: $50
• EW 100 ENG: $75
• EW 300 IEM: $75
• EW 300-2 IEM: $100

To receive a rebate on eligible products, customers will need to mail the following to Sennheiser following their purchase (postmarked no later than May 31, 2014):

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Sennheiser website at: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/rebate.
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between March 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014, from an authorized Sennheiser dealer for a product listed above.

All rebates must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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, Connecticut. 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.

ZeeVee Product Line Update Enables Interoperability With Monroe Electronics’ One-Net SE EAS System

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y., and LITTLETON, Mass. — March 10, 2014 — Monroe Electronics today announced that ZeeVee, the industry’s leading manufacturer of digital HD video encoder/modulators, is offering an update that makes Emergency Alert System (EAS) capability available across its ZvPro and HDbridge 2000 series at no additional cost. The new update enables ZeeVee’s competitively priced systems to interface with the Monroe One-Net(TM) SE EAS- and Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)-ready encoder/decoder via Monroe’s unique EAS-NET(TM) protocol.

“Adding EAS continues our tradition of providing ongoing functionality improvements across all ZeeVee models, and it is especially satisfying to be able to offer an upgrade of this magnitude for no additional charge,” said ZeeVee CEO Bob Michaels. “Protection of lives is a significant priority for our customers — and one they shouldn’t have to pay extra for in a state-of-the art-video distribution system.”

ZeeVee not only boasts a unique watermarking technology, but also offers the only Clear-QAM solution approved by both DirecTV and Dish Network. The company has once again set the industry standard by including EAS as a standard feature of its encoder/modulators. Within the streamlined EAS workflow supported by this feature, the Monroe One-Net SE system receives emergency alert information, and then processes and transmits the proper EAS information to the ZeeVee encoder/modulators. From there the encoder/modulator broadcasts that alert to all televisions being served. A properly authorized operator can also generate custom alert messages with Monroe’s custom message option.

“Using our One-Net SE/EAS-NET combination along with ZeeVee products, cable operators and campus television stations can implement industry-leading EAS technology simply and at a very attractive price point,” said Bill Robertson, vice president of business development at Monroe Electronics. “Our exclusive EAS-NET communications suite serves as the key interfacing mechanism between these systems, assuring reliable EAS data and audio transmission over a standard TCP/IP network.”

With a wide range of EAS/CAP and A/V products, Monroe is the recognized leader in EAS/CAP equipment for the campus and cable television marketplace. The Monroe One-Net SE is designed as a flexible emergency-messaging platform able to handle all EAS/CAP and custom alert messaging and keep pace with an ever-changing communication environment. With a standard Web-based user interface, the One-Net SE communicates via a network with a variety of digital devices. The system itself can be accessed via an intranet/Internet connection for monitoring or message uploads.

More information on the broad range of ZeeVee encoder/modulators is available at www.zeevee.com.

Further information about Monroe’s One-Net EAS/CAP system is available at www.monroe-electronics.com.

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About ZeeVee
ZeeVee HD/SD encoders and RF modulators convert video sources such as digital signage players and satellite receivers into digital cable channels that can be broadcast over existing coax cabling to an unlimited number of HDTVs. The company has deployed thousands of channels in corporate centers, sports bars, academia, assisted living, stadiums, casinos, hospitals, houses of worship, hotels, fitness centers, digital signage installations, and more.

More information is available at www.zeevee.com.

About Monroe Electronics
Monroe Electronics began operations in 1954 designing and manufacturing specialized electrostatic discharge (ESD) instrumentation that continues today. From its headquarters in Lyndonville, N.Y. the company provides R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service for all Monroe Electronics, One-Net(TM) SE, and Digital Alert Systems brands. Monroe Electronics’ Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) are the widely accepted standard for CATV, with a hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, and service to valued customers around the world. In October 2009, Digital Alert Systems, the leading innovator of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and EAS merged with Monroe Electronics to further extend its product offerings to radio and television broadcasters and better serve their collective customers into the future.

More information is available at www.monroe-electronics.com.

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iZotope Releases New Guide, Mixing with iZotope: Principles, Tips, and Techniques

Valuable tips and tricks for the mixing process

Cambridge, MA (March 10, 2014) - iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, announced the release of a new 70+ page guide entitled Mixing with iZotope: Principles, Tips, and Techniques. The publication, available free of charge in the iTunes store and through iZotope’s website, provides valuable instruction and step-by-step guidance for anyone wanting to learn more about the process of mixing recorded audio.

Filled with insight that represents ten-plus years of audio research and development by iZotope, this free guide demystifies the art of mixing by exploring key components of the mixing process. With the added practical experience and perspective of mix engineer Sean McLaughlin of 37’ Productions, this guide is a great starting place to explore a number of common mixing scenarios—from setting up a soundcard to delivering final, polished mixes.

“We’re happy to announce the release of a companion guide to our mixing tools Alloy 2, Nectar 2, and Trash 2,” says Product Manager Brett Bunting. “We hope both iZotope and non-iZotope users will be able to walk away feeling confident about their mixing skills and empowered to take that next step with their audio.”

Key Features:
- Get started by setting up your equipment properly and preparing for your mix
- Understand the many elements of mixing, including level, EQ, panning, and time-based effects
- Learn how to get started with a mix and how to work with clients
- Tackle common elements of a mix with specific recommendations for vocals, drums, bass, and more
- Find out the proper way to finish a mix

Download Link: Mixing with iZotope: Principles, Tips, and Techniques, is free of charge, and is accessible through PDF by visiting: www.izotope.com/mixingguide

The eBook can also be downloaded via iTunes for iPhone and iPad here.

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

For more information on iZotope products, please visitwww.izotope.com.

WHEATSTONE AND AUDIOARTS ENGINEERING LOOK TO EQUATOR AUDIO FOR SONIC ACCURACY

*** Jeff Keith in Wheatstone’s audio processing lab ***

New Bern, NC – March 2014… As one of the world’s premiere designers and manufacturers of professional broadcast audio equipment under the Wheatstone and Audioarts Engineering brand names, Wheatstone Corporation’s product development labs exercise the most stringent quality control procedures at every step of the development cycle. For this reason, the ability to know precisely how something will sound is a mission critical consideration throughout the development process. To ensure the sonic accuracy of each and every product the company releases, extensive testing and evaluation takes place—and central to this process are D5 and D8 studio reference monitors from San Diego, CA-based Equator Audio.

Jeff Keith, CPBE, NCE, is the Senior Product Development Engineer at Wheatstone Corporation and is the engineer primarily responsible for the development of the company’s audio processing products. Much of his work involves analysis and research of, and ongoing improvement to, the science and algorithms used in the company’s state-of-the-art processing products. Both at his home and work, Keith looks to his Equator monitors to ensure consistency throughout every step of the product development process. He discussed his preference for Equator Audio monitors. more…

Registration Now Open for 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention in Berlin

— FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge and premium “All Access” Badge registration is now online for AES136 Convention —

New York, NY, March 6, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society has opened registration for the 136th AES International Convention, to be held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. Headed by the AES 136th Convention co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri, the convention is set to be the premier European gathering of audio industry professionals. Over 100 Tutorials, Workshops, Engineering Briefs and Paper Sessions have been announced that will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the professional audio industry, with further detailed session and event information coming soon. Attendees are encouraged to visit the AES136 Registration Page to pre-register for their FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge, or opt for the premium “All Access” Badge, as well as to find further details on hotels and special events.

Following the success of the Project Studio Expo (PSE) at recent previous conventions, the PSE will be making its European debut at AES136, and a special Technology Showcase will also provide participating companies with a chance to interface directly with interested end users and customers at this year’s exhibition. Additionally, the Technical Program for the 136th Berlin Convention is shaping up to be one of the most diverse to be presented by the Audio Engineering Society. Paper Sessions will include subjects such as acoustics, networked audio, multi-channel systems, mobile audio, and in-depth studies into aspects of microphone and loudspeaker design. Other popular Workshop and Tutorial Sessions will bring panels of experts together to discuss a range of practical application topics, such as Audio Forensics, Film Soundtrack Loudness, microphone technique and 3-D audio in automotive applications. The convention will also host a series of student-related events and opportunities, as well as a meeting of the AES Standards Committee, Awards, Special Events, and offsite Technical Tours to audio facilities of interest in the area.

Additional information on the 136th AES International Convention in Berlin is now available on the AES136 home page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.
For further details on the AES136 Technical Program: http://www.aes.org/events/136/program/
Online Registration: http://www.aes.org/events/136/registration/
Hotel and Venue Information: http://www.aes.org/events/136/attendees/hotel/

Audio-Technica Microphones Used for SXSWfm, the Online Radio Portal for the South By Southwest Festival

— Online radio station covering Austin-based South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the world’s leading music and media events, looks to Audio-Technica products to capture in-the-field interviews and live in-studio performances —

STOW, OH, March 4, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to have its microphones and headphones used by SXSWfm, the dedicated online radio portal of the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival, which takes place each year in Austin, Texas. This year’s festival, which will be held March 7-16, will encompass film, media, technology, and of course music, with over 1700 showcasing artists playing live. The channel is now live at www.sxswfm.com and currently features artists that have showcased during the SXSW’s 27-year history and all other aspects of the festival.

“The goal of the channel is to reflect the wide spectrum of sounds you can hear when you attend the SXSW Music Festival,” stated Kevin Connor, SXSWfm Programming Manager. “It’s all kinds of music from all over the world. As the SXSW 2014 season progresses, we will be introducing you to the artists who will be joining us in Austin in March for five nights of showcases on more than 100 stages.”

Currently, the station’s DJ’s and content creators have been using the AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphones, ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and AT8035 Shotgun Microphones. “We’ve had a great experience with the Audio Technica gear we’ve been using here at SXSWfm,” notes Connor. “The ATH-M50 headphones are dependable, accurate and comfortable over the course of a long day of listening to SXSW artists and producing our station elements. The AT8035 is not only a great shotgun mic in the field for interviews, but it has also become our go-to mic in our confined voiceover space.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Dallas’ First United Methodist Church Looks to K-array Loudspeakers for System Redesign, Citing Impressive ‘Performance to Size Ratio’

K-array Speaker Installation at Historic Dallas Church Increases Intelligibility Without Detracting From Classic Interior of Landmark Architectural Design

Dallas, TX, March 3, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that First United Methodist Church (FirstChurch), a landmark of downtown Dallas for over 165 years, recently replaced its sound reinforcement system with K-array Installation series components. The new system, which consists of (10) custom color KP102 line array elements, (2) KK52 line array elements, (2) KMT18P passive subwoofers, (4) KA40 amplifiers and (12) custom color K-array KT22 Tornado 2-inch point source compact speakers, was designed by Dallas-based Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) and installed by Electro Acoustics, Inc. of Fort Worth.

With a rich music program, congregational activities and two worship services each Sunday for roughly 1,000 congregants, FirstChurch sought to replace its existing sound system with a more current, innovative solution that could deliver greater intelligibility for both music and the spoken word. The K-array’s small footprint and no-compromise audio quality made it perfectly suited for the system redesign.

Jim Burdette of WJHW handled the overall project design, which had to be sensitive to both the architectural and acoustic requirements of the interior structure: “This was a large, high ceiling space with challenging acoustics,” he says. “The existing cluster was quite a ways up and was not able to deliver the pattern control or throw that we can now achieve with modern technology. So we looked at options and eventually decided on K-array.”

Since FirstChurch is a historic and an architecturally ornate structure, getting the aesthetics just right was of paramount importance as was the overall sound quality. “Part of the criteria and design directive was to move towards a low-profile column array like the K-array,” Burdette says. “We also wanted to have greater control over the sound dispersion while reducing any gain before feedback issues.” Burdette arranged to have the K-array KP102 line arrays brought in for a scaled demo at the church. “In use, we just loved the concept — the performance to size ratio was very impressive,” recalls Chris Jordan, president of Electro Acoustics.”

The installation itself involved a split array of the KP102s: an upper module consisting of three units, and a lower module of one unit. They were mounted at the proscenium line on the front face of the wall, with the lower array positioned approximately 6′ off the main floor directed at the main floor, and the upper array positioned approximately 21′ off the main floor and pointed towards the church’s balcony. “The precision of the KP102s afforded us the ability to throw deep into the room while staying close to structure and unobtrusive,” Burdette explains. “As well, we were able to position the speakers so they could disappear among the moldings.

In addition to the primary line array speakers for the main seating areas, Burdette also specified (12) KT22 point source compact speakers to reinforce audio directly beneath the balcony. “There were some old conventional style speakers there that they were going to reuse, but I recommended switching to the K-arrays because it was much less visually intrusive,” Burdette says. “From an audio perspective, this increases intelligibility for congregants seated under the balcony.”

In the choir loft, a pair of K-array KK52 line array speakers was mounted. “The choir wanted a little more presence and even coverage,” explains Chris Jordan. “That made it perfect, and now the choir members could not be more delighted.” The overall system was rounded out with a pair of K-array KMT18P ultra-light subwoofers, which were mounted into existing soffits within the structure: “The client didn’t want us to cut into any of the existing structure, so we found old speaker cutouts in the proscenium walls,” says Burdette. “We opened these back up, put grille cloth in front of them and mounted them. This turned out really well for the architecture.”

Since completing the installation, feedback has been resoundingly favorable among the congregation. “The church likes how the new loudspeaker system is performing,” reports Burdette. “Both speech intelligibility and music clarity have increased, and the K-array solution played an integral role in achieving this.”

Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams:

Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. is a consulting firm offering state-of-the-art design services in sound systems, audio visual, scoreboard & video displays, broadcast provisions & video production, acoustics & noise control, theatre planning, lighting & rigging, distributed TV & satellite, video surveillance & access control, and tel/data structured cabling. Our strengths lie in the combined talents of principals and employees, our diverse technical and business skills, and experience accrued over the years from hundreds of successfully completed projects.

K-array:

The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, medium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit www.k-array.com.

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

Captions:
1. The K-array KP102 line array elements were mounted at the proscenium line at the front of the sanctuary.
2. K-array KT22 Tornado 2-inch point source compact speakers were placed underneath the balcony, providing enhanced audio intelligibility.
3. The K-array system was unobtrusive to the overall aesthetics and architectural splendor of FUMC.

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