Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) Once Again a Hit!

— Annual charity event held at Malibu Country Club raises thousands of dollars for charity A Place Called Home —

Los Angeles CA, June 26, 2014— The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) was held on June 2, 2014, at the Malibu Golf Club, and once again the Los Angeles recording community rose to the occasion, making the RIGT a huge success. The event was organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and benefited the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. GRAMMY®-winning recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt once again served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Sponsors included Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audio-Technica, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, Vintage King Audio, Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis, Avid, Dave Collins Mastering, Clyne Media, NAMM, JBL Professional®, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, The Record Plant, SAE LA, Full Sail University, Universal Mastering, Westlake Recording Studios, studioexpresso.com / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup. Additionally, Hyundai Motor America worked closely with KMD Productions to offer a series of special opportunities to tournament participants.

Approximately 100 players made the rounds following the day’s registration time, which included a putting contest, a longest drive of a marshmallow, Hole-in-One opportunities, a Million Dollar Shootout, circus entertainment, coffee, Bloody Mary’s, Tequila golf cart, mimosas, and amazing food at the 19th Hole. After 18 holes, the following winners were announced:

• 1st Place, Team – 14A Jonathan Hodge, Larry Butler, Ernie Williams, Morie Roberts
• 2nd Place, Team -10B Greg Dalton, James Arceneaux, Mike Brown, Jason Seymour
• 3rd Place, Team – 8A Jason Bellamy, Adam Maples, Vinny Capuano, Mike Metz

Contest winners included
• Closest to Pin # 15: Gary Lux
• Longest Drive #10: Scott Pregerson
• Longest Drive #13: Chandu Arachi
• Longest Putt # 17: Jason Bellamy

“We were all extremely pleased with the day’s events and how many people turned out to support A Place Called Home,” stated event organizer Karen Dunn. “Once again the L.A. recording community took time out of their busy schedules to support a great cause. We are all looking forward to next year’s tournament which will be bigger and better!”

For more information about the tournament, visit http://www.recordingindustrygolftournament.com/, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

Photo Caption 1: The collected participants in the 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament. Photo credit: Paul Lester.

Photo Caption 2: Event organizer Karen Dunn (center), with event co-chairs Ed Cherney (left) and Al Schmitt (right). Photo credit: Paul Lester.

About A Place Called Home:
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

Antelope Audio Announces Shipment of its Portable Audio Interface with 12 Studio Grade Mic Pres and 20 Analog Inputs

Zen Studio Brings Unprecedented Functionality and Quality in a Portable Design, Enabling Musicians, Engineers and Sound Designers to Capture Pristine Audio While ‘On the Go’

June 26, 2014 · Santa Monica, Calif. – Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio announced that its widely anticipated Zen Studio multi-channel recording interface is now shipping. Priced at $2,495, Zen Studio is a multi-faceted, portable audio interface with best-in-class analog and digital connectivity. Measuring just 16.8” / 418 mm wide and constructed in an attractive and durable housing, the Zen Studio delivers ‘world class’ capabilities to audio professionals who want to capture outstanding, studio-quality recordings in any location.

A fully featured recording interface complete with Antelope’s industry standard clocking technology and a built-in monitoring section, Zen Studio consists of 12 studio grade mic pres, on-board DSP effects and the company’s proprietary low-latency USB connectivity — all in a package that can easily fit inside a backpack. Zen Studio is perfectly suited for traveling musicians, location sound engineers, field recordists and producers seeking the ultimate in portability and sound quality.

Supreme sound

While the Zen is diminutive in size, it delivers stunning audio quality with 12 studio grade microphone preamplifiers, Antelope Audio’s Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management algorithm and A/D & D/A conversion technology. This combination makes it the most authentic analog-sounding interface on the market. The unit’s custom USB and conversion technologies are identical to that of the top-selling 32-channel Orion32 interface, which is a centerpiece in the playback rigs for artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, and integral to the mixing and mastering studios of engineers like Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman), Brian Vibberts, Howie Weinberg or electronic music producers like Robert Babicz and Dusty Kid.

Power and flexibility

In addition to world class, studio-grade audio quality, Zen Studio offers an extremely powerful DSP, based on a custom FPGA device with massive parallel processing capabilities. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, enhancing the workflow like no other device on the market.

Unrivaled versatility

All audio I/O is available simultaneously for a total of 38 possible input and 14 outputs (including headphone outs), plus 24 simultaneous I/O channels via custom USB, supporting 24-bit, 192 kHz audio. 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 along with custom presets.

Zen Studio delivers unparalleled quality and portability for the modern recordists. Its feature set makes it flexible for almost any recording and playback application, and its size makes it suitable for just about any location. For more information, please visit the Antelope Audio site at http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

Jampro Helps SLAM 101.1 Keep Jamin’ in Barbados

New 4-Bay Broadband FM Antenna System Boosts Radio Station’s Coverage

Barbados, West Indies – SLAM 101.1 FM radio in Barbados recently took delivery of a Jampro JCPB-4 bay high-power broadband FM broadcast antenna system, along with transmission line and installation accessories as well as an RCCS Starpoint combining system, to help the station continue to reach a devoted listener base.

According to Jampro President Alex M. Perchevitch, “Jampro is delighted to help improve the broadcast power of SLAM FM radio with our powerful JCPB 4-bay Broadband FM antenna. This is a robust and high-quality solution that will help the station continue to expand its reach throughout Barbados.”

The JCPB is ideal for broadband and multi frequency applications. Silver-plated inner conductor connectors are used throughout for maximum contact life and minimum power loss. The solution also offers outstanding VSWR and bandwidth without field tuning. The JCPB antennas are built with stainless steel and aluminum, making them sturdy and reliable.

Jampro’s RCCS Starpoint combining system provides an economical and high-quality channel combiner that is designed to feed community antennas with up to five stations. The RCCS series employs bandpass filters each with a phased line of custom length to provide low VSWR levels. The bandpass technology offers intermodulation suppression of both the combined frequencies and any other frequencies in the local environment.

SLAM FM is a family-based radio station that provides the Barbados region with fresh, modern entertainment guided by a focused informed play list and is entrenched in local and regional cultures. With a mainstream format, the station is heavily focused on the 15 to 30-year-old market.

About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 25,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. Additional information on JAMPRO can be obtained at www.jampro.com.

Jampro contact: Sonia Del Castillo
916-383-1177 • mailto:Sonia@jampro.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283
harriet@desertmoon.tv

NEUTRIK USA ANNOUNCES NEW SCCD-W COVER FOR powerCON® SERIES CONNECTORS

**** Photo: Neutrik’s SCCD-W spring-loaded cover ****

Charlotte, NC – June 2014… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to introduce the SCCD-W spring-loaded cover for its D-size chassis powerCON Series connectors. Following up on Neutrik’s highly successful SCDX fliptop covers, which provide IP42 Ingress Protection weather resistance for unmated D-size chassis connectors, the new SCCD-W is a heavy-duty cover that shuts automatically after unplugging the cable connector and seals the chassis connectors against dust and water to the IP65 rating. The transparent cover enables one to see the protected chassis connector at all times. more…

Miley Cyrus with Sennheiser Digital 9000 on Bangerz tour

Old Lyme, Conn., June 23, 2014 – Miley Cyrus is currently on tour with her fourth and definitely most controversial album to date, Bangerz. Having comprehensively ditched the Disney image of her teenage years – although not the purity of her voice which is dominant all the way through the album – Bangerz exhibits influences that shift dramatically between pop, hip-hop, funk, country, R&B and dance. The tour is equally eclectic and outrageous, featuring a giant hot dog, a troupe of dancing furry animals and cartoon characters, foam fingers and some very skimpy costumes amongst other things. High-energy and steeped in self-mockery, there is never a dull moment. Critics have been largely very positive, appreciating her vocal performance, audacity and charisma, with one critic from Time magazine calling her one of the “most dynamic performers of her generation”. On this tour, and for the first time, Cyrus is performing with the new Digital 9000 microphone system from Sennheiser.

Despite the change of image and musical direction of recent years, Cyrus has remained faithful to key members of her technical team, in particular monitor engineer Vish Wadi and FoH engineer Paul David Hager. Both have been working with Cyrus (and Sennheiser) for a number of years. Wadi’s relationship with Sennheiser goes back some 17 years, while Hager has been working with Sennheiser since he engineered the Goo Goo Dolls tour in 2005.

“Miley had been using an SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with a 5235 capsule which was a great combination for her – very robust and sounded good — but Paul [Hager] and I were really keen to try out the digital system,” explained Wadi. “When we did, we both fell in love with the sound quality and the innovative RF capabilities, so we decided to move Miley over to the Digital 9000 system for this tour. She is using an SKM 9000 handheld transmitter with the MD 9235 capsule, and it sounds fantastic!”

Wadi noted that FoH engineer Paul David Hager was a significant driving force of the desire to move over to digital. “If anything, it was even more important for him than it was for me because Paul is using digital outputs, and therefore wanted a fully digital workflow, whereas I am using analogue outputs because I think it works better for monitors, especially in-ears. That said, there has definitely been an overall improvement in sound quality, and the other major bonus is that it just makes life so much easier for all of us in terms of setup and operation. The frequency scanner is a real time-saver and once you’ve understood how it all works, it’s just a dream to work with.”

Hager is in complete agreement, and made particular reference to the Digital 9000’s unique, completely uncompressed digital transmission. “The difference in sound quality is measurable,” he said. “The wireless sounds much more natural without all the companding that was previously a feature of wireless systems. As a result, the 9000 doesn’t have that typical “wireless mic” sound – in fact, it almost sounds just like a cabled mic. Also, it can handle great distances without dropout, which for a major tour like Miley, where we’re in huge venues with massive stages, is a significant plus point. The other feature I love is the choice of AES outs right into my console for the cleanest possible signal chain – no messing around with any extraneous signal converters, it’s just direct from mic to console.”

“It’s also simplified things for me in terms of workflow,” continued Hager. “The fact that Miley and her background singers now sound so much more natural than before means that I don’t have to EQ nearly as much. The other thing that I love is having a range of heads for the mic so that I can find the right one for her voice. The downside is that we’re now spoiled for anything else – having used the Digital 9000, it’s going to be hard to go back to any other wireless system!”

Both engineers have been working with Sennheiser for some time, but Wadi in particular has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the company. “My first contact with Sennheiser was in 1997 when I was trying to find a mic for Mariah [Carey],” he recalls. I came across the 5000 Series and talked to Greg Beebe [now President of SEC, the wholly-owned US subsidiary of Sennheiser]. He sorted me out for Mariah, and we became friends. Some years later, I needed a mic for Sting, and again, Sennheiser was the only company that really reacted and cooperated with me to develop the product I was looking for. In fact, the e865 dynamic cardioid mic was a direct result of that project. Since then, I’ve been involved in road-testing new gear and giving feedback whenever I can.”

“I think Sennheiser is a great company because despite their size and prominence in the market, they are still a family-run company, and those “family values” are definitely a defining factor in the attitudes of their workforce. You get an incredibly personal service wherever you are in the world — which is enormously reassuring, and from a technical and developmental point of view, they are always a step ahead of the crowd. The result is that you get to deal with great people AND great products. What could be better than that?”

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).

Photo captions:
1: Miley Cyrus with her SKM 9000 handheld transmitter (photo credit: Getty Images/Tim Mosenfelder)

2: Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 is the only digital wireless system able to transmit full, uncompressed audio in the UHF range

Music Marcom Marks 10th Year

PR & Marketing agency serves over 50 music companies over the past decade, looks to the future

Phoenix, AZ (June 23, 2014) – Music Marcom (www.musicmarcom.com) is celebrating 10 years in business in 2014. During that time, the company has successfully provided marketing communications services to over 50 musical instrument, professional audio, and music technology companies as well as recording facilities and audio industry professionals.

Combining their collective PR and marketing experience from such companies as Guitar Center, Magix Entertainment, SDI Media, Steinberg Media Technologies and Fender Musical Instruments, Brian and Martina McConnon founded Music Marcom in 2004. “We actually met at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California,” points out Brian McConnon. “We have different, but complimentary skills sets that allow us to cover a lot of ground for our clients.”

The vision was to provide small to mid-size companies a menu of expert marketing and communications services as an alternative to an expensive in-house department. By keeping Music Marcom focused and specialized, they are able to provide a tremendous value for their clients. “As we ramped up, we found this formula fit a wide range of situations, from start-ups that need the entire portfolio of marketing services, to mid-size companies that need product launch or tradeshow support, and large corporations that need focused and targeted PR,” says Martina McConnon.

Kim Pfluger, PR and Events Manager for iZotope, Inc. said, “iZotope has had the pleasure of working with Music Marcom since the very beginning. Their focus, attention to detail, and assertiveness continue to build our brand in the Pro Audio, MI, and Post Production industries, as well as new industries and geographic locations. Up for anything, they deliver great results with a positive attitude, fostering close relationships with the media on iZotope’s behalf.”

As the industry has evolved, so too has the way Music Marcom markets their clients’ products and brands. “The shift to digital media has created more opportunities to engage customers, but it has also fragmented the landscape into specific interests and preferences,” adds McConnon. “We help clients plan and implement traditional PR and marketing strategies with modern digital, social, and content marketing strategies for a completely integrated approach.”

“We have been working with Music Marcom for the last five years to help us gain better product recognition of our musician oriented publications in the MI space,” said John Cerullo, Group Publisher, Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. “They have done an amazing job augmenting our in-house efforts, which is exactly what we needed when we started this relationship. Brian and Martina have been wonderful to work with and are very engaged with both our publications and authors. This makes all the difference in the end results. We look forward to working with them well into the future.”

For more information on Music Marcom’s services, please visit www.musicmarcom.com, email martina@musicmarcom.com, or call 610-577-4982.

RTW Expands Into Additional Markets with New Products

Masterclass PlugIns Software and TM3-Primus Provide Entry-Level Offerings to Creatives Everywhere in the Audio Industry

COLOGNE, GERMANY, JUNE 23, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, recently announced that the company is expanding into new applications with three product segments, thus enabling a larger pool of professionals to access the company’s award-winning metering tools.

RTW has launched a new product segment that serves Software-based products. The Masterclass PlugIns Loudness Tools, a standard-format plug-in for Windows and Mac OS platforms, is the first item of this product line to serve the needs for users in the DAW sector.

In addition, the new Smart products segment includes the TM3S, TM3-3GS, TMR7S and the company’s latest innovation TM3-Primus – all compact, fully loaded, specialized meters at an attractive price point. This product segment is ideal for individuals working in smaller production environments such as mixing and recording studios and OB vans.

The RTW Premium product segment includes the flagship products of RTW’s flexible and scalable TouchMonitor range. This consists of all versions of the TM7, TMR7 and TM9 audio meters, as well as the SurroundControl products, all of which are good choices for larger television and radio broadcast environments.

For more information, please visit www.rtw.de or www.rtw.com.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

For A/V Installation and Staging Company, Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO PA System is the Perfect Solution for Outdoor and Remote Applications

Webb Audio Visual Embraces Audio Intelligibility and Ease of Use of Sennheiser LSP 500 Wireless PA System, Citing Breakthrough Performance and Capabilities

Las Vegas, June 19, 2014 – One year after its launch at InfoComm, Sennheiser’s [InfoComm booth C10908] LSP 500 PRO PA system continues to make waves as a breakthrough product within the audio installation and corporate A/V markets, providing unparalleled performance in a uniquely compact and flexible design. The new wireless PA system, which was awarded an IF product design award in the ‘Audio/Video’ category last March, has proven to be an invaluable solution within Salt Lake City-based Webb Audio Visual’s aresenal of audio tools.

As an international installation and staging company with clients like Shaklee, Nu Skin International and Disney, Webb Audio’s business is primarily centered on corporate A/V installations and large-scale event productions. Webb Audio’s rental business routinely supports meetings, general sessions and conventions for mid to large size enterprises in just about every vertical market. Since acquiring a demo unit of the LSP 500 system after visiting the Sennheiser booth at InfoComm last year, the Company has put the product into heavy rotation while quietly retiring a competing brand’s wireless speaker from its rental inventory.

“The LSP 500 is far superior to competitive products in both ease of use and intelligibility,” comments Robbie Dalley, Retail & Rental Sales Manager, Webb Audio Visual. Since deploying the LSP 500 on a wide range of projects, Dalley says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “The audio quality has been beyond what anybody could have expected. Not just the speech intelligibility, but for music as well. The sound quality is clear across the entire spectrum.”

For Webb Audio Visual, the ‘sweet spot’ for the LSP 500 integrations has been in remote locations and at outdoor events that often lack sufficient power to drive a small audio system and require wireless connectivity. According to Dalley, the extremely long battery life of the LSP 500, along with its super-fast set up and tear down capabilities, make it the ultimate portable speaker system.

One of the more recent applications that Webb Audio Visual used the LSP 500 for was for a press conference on the lawn of the Utah State Capitol buiding between the Downtown Alliance and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. In this scenario and many others like it, Dalley says the set up and tear down time required for his team has been significantly reduced, and the wireless capability has been ‘plug and play.’

Dalley finds the Bluetooth capability of the LSP 500 especially convenient and his clients often rely on this to stream music before and after speech communications. “It is simple to operate for our clients, and the fact that can play music directly from an iPad or other wireless device in addition to all the other capabilities is a huge benefit,” adds Dalley. The music player also has a convenient recording function, which allows audio input to be recorded directly on a USB device.

“For us, the LSP 500 has been a breakthrough,” concludes Dalley. “Our clients are sophisticated and have a certain expectation of how things should sound and look. We have a reptuation as a place where clients can come for quality, and the LSP 500 really reinforces the quality of our own brand in the marketplace.”

Each Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO can take up to three receivers for wireless microphones, and each also has a combined socket for a 6.3 mm jack plug and an XLR-3 connector for using a wired microphone. The wireless Sennheiser loudspeaker has room for two rechargeable batteries but uses only one of them to supply power at any time. That ensures reliable operation and an operating period for the LSP 500 PRO of up to seven hours.

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 www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) Robbie Dalley, Retail & Rental Sales Manager, Webb Audio Visual
2) The Sennheiser LSP 500, front view
3) The Sennheiser LSP 500, rear view

Hillcrest Baptist Church Remains at the Pinnacle of Wireless Audio Technology, Ensuring a Clear Message with Sennheiser

As Church Expands its Facilities and Evolves its Wireless Capabilities to Serve its Over 5,000 Member Congregation, Audio Intelligibility, Flexibility and Reliability are Key

Old Lyme, Conn. – June 19, 2014 – Pensacola FL-based Hillcrest Baptist Church has a tremendous growth story, sprouting from a modest ‘shed’ of a structure back in 1955 with just a handful of congregants. Since then, the church’s facilities and membership — along with its audio capabilities — have increased exponentially. Hillcrest was among the first houses of worship to embrace Sennheiser’s G1 wireless technology back in the late 1990′s.

Now, the church relies on multiple channels of Sennheiser’s G3 wireless series across five different locations, while many of the original G1 units remain in use. These include the primary worship center, the children’s workshop area, the student worship center, the northwest hall (a multi-purpose facility) and within a portable video production setup that has been in use for several years.

While Sennheiser wireless technology plays an critical role in each of these locations, the most important area is the worship center where the message is delivered two times each week to approximately 2,200 parishioners. According to Greg Klimetz, Production Manager of Hillcrest Baptist Church, the most important part of the church service is to have intelligible, high quality audio that never drops out. He says that their Sennheiser wireless equipment has come through time and time again in this regard.

“I personally like the ease of use of all the Sennheiser equipment,” Klimetz says. “Back in the late 1990s, the G1 series was revolutionary and simple to operate. Now, the G3 series is even easier to use.” Ease of use is important to Klimetz given the constantly shifting needs of the space. “Our staging is always changing and our stage is very large — so if we ever have to repatch microphones or reroute audio signals, our wireless systems enable our worship leaders and performers to move around the stage freely, without being hindered.”

Ease of use is also important to Klimetz because it enables him to accomplish more with fewer A/V resources: “It is very easy for our worship leaders to set up the Sennheiser equipment with minimal training. Since they are able to create their own in ear mixes, it allows them to be more independent and means I need fewer volunteers. My workload is considerably smaller because of the Sennheiser wireless technology we have in place,” he observes.

In its primary worship center, Hillcrest has (16) channels of Sennheiser wireless, including (14) channels of ew 100 G1 series units and (2) channels of 2000 series wireless. Additionally, there are (9) channels of IEM G3 units at front of house, in addition to various antenna combiners and splitters. The 2000 series units are used for the pastor and worship leader, who use a lavalier mic and a Sennheiser ew 100 handheld transmitter coupled with an e 965 capsule respectively. The G1 series beltpacks meanwhile are used to facilitate the use of wireless instruments on stage, which include acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin and other instruments. Each of the in ear monitor units are set up so the vocal team can create their own mixes on stage.

The children’s worship area, which was added in 2008, features (12) channels of G3 wireless to carry its youth programming, while the student worship center, which has approximately 200 students in its ministry, has (4) wireless microphone channels and (6) G1 and G3 in ear monitor units. Hillcrest’s north west hall, its multi-purpose facility, has a total of (3) channels Sennheiser G1 and G2 series units. Meanwhile the portable system, which brings an entirely new set of video production capabilities to Hillcrest, features one channel of G3 wireless and (2) channels of ew G3 wireless, along with an ew 100 handheld transmitter as well as a Sennheiser ME 67 shotgun mic.

Having a portable system that is able to deliver pristine audio has been a huge benefit to the congregation, which receives regular video updates each week in the worship center: “We shoot announcement videos each week that are featured in our worship services and we also use video to introduce sermons, capture testimonials and facilitate other communications,” says Klimetz. “I can tell you that we have used Sennheiser wireless on every single one of those videos, whether it has been a lavelier mic under someone’s shirt, or a wireless transmitter / receiver set up with a Sennheiser shotgun mic. This has made it incredibly easy to capture great audio for these video productions.”

Klimetz, who in his previous role was production manager for the contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave for seven years, understands the importance of maintaining uncompromising audio quality not only in church facilities but in live touring environments. “When I was the band’s production manager, we used Sennheiser technology from the beginning and the equipment was always extremely reliable. Ironically, many of the original G1 units we were using with Big Daddy Weave were purchased by Hillcrest and are still fully operational. They just don’t break.”

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.

Captions:
1) The student center at Hillcrest Baptist Church, which has approximately 200 students in its ministry, has (4) Sennheiser wireless microphone channels and (6) G1 and G3 series in ear monitor units

2) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s main worship center, which has (16) channels of Sennheiser wireless and (9) channels of Sennheiser in ear monitor units.

3) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s video production includes one channel of Sennheiser G3 wireless and (2) channels of Sennheiser ew G3 wireless, along with an ew 100 handheld transmitter and an ME 67 shotgun mic.

4) Hillcrest Baptist Church’s main worship center rack, with its Sennheiser G3 wireless units.

Sound Devices 970 Brings Rackmounted Audio to InfoComm 2014

64-Track Dante and MADI-Equipped Multi-Track Audio Recorder Makes AV Debut

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 18, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video production equipment, showcases the 970, its first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted solution, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI, at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6443). The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including live events such as concerts and sports recording, corporate events, houses of worship (HOW), studio and mobile production, as well as theater and museum presentations.

Sound Devices 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported.

The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

The Sound Devices 970 features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. In mission-critical audio-over-IP AV installations, where hundreds of audio channels are distributed between zones, setting up a redundant network to protect against loss of audio due to network failure provides peace of mind. The ability to have one drive transferring files over Ethernet, while another continues recording, offers significant production time savings. Corporate, HOW, theater and museum presentation videos that are created, edited and rendered remotely can be transferred directly to the venue.

File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names and reel folders can be done during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante, acting as a bridge and routing matrix between these types of audio I/O.

Sound Devices 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control. It also features the Sound Devices proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. In addition, the 970 features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. This occurs when a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, with the 970, simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files.

With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock. It can also slave or be jammed to any other time-code source. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports external synchronization from word clock, MADI or AES. To simplify the connection of multiple digital inputs, SRCs are available for all MADI, Dante or AES inputs.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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