Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus™ System Goes to School

— Personal studio design guru Carl Tatz shares his design secrets and acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System expertise with students and staff at Berklee College of Music and SAE Nashville, as well as contributing a chapter to Bobby Owsinski’s new tome The Studio Builder’s Handbook —

Nashville, TN: “Carl Tatz has used his previous experience as a studio owner to become not only one of the most forward-looking studio designers today, but an innovator in monitoring technology as well. His PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) monitor tuning protocol is quickly becoming the standard by which all others are measured,” quotes bestselling author and music/technology advisor Bobby Owsinski, who has dedicated an entire chapter in his latest textbook, The Studio Builder’s Handbook, based on a point that Carl Tatz, noted personal studio designer and creator of the PFS, drives home with knowledgeable stealth and experience: “There is nothing more important in a control room than the accuracy of your monitoring.”

Tatz also comments about his recent invitations to lecture at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Nashville, Tennessee branch of SAE: “I try to give them something practical they can take with them and use right away in their own home studios.”

“Carl was so gracious to come speak with our senior audio students at SAE Nashville during Acoustics class. The students were very excited to hear about the PhantomFocus System, and the information Carl shared provided an unparalleled educational experience for our students,” comments Crystal Armentrout, Director of Education, SAE Nashville.

Rob Jaczko, Chairman of the Production and Engineering Department at Berklee, recalls, “I thought the students asked some great questions and learned a lot also.”

“There are quite a few things you can do to improve your home studio monitoring that are really quite simple and very rewarding if you are willing to take the initiative to calculate your monitoring position relative to the room’s acoustic peaks and nulls and deal with the first reflection points relative to what I call the Null Positioning Ensemble™,” instructed Tatz.

When Tatz extends this information to its logical end, adding many steps including various decoupling and isolation modules, subwoofer system and powerful DSP, the result is what he has achieved with the PhantomFocus System. “A lot of what I do is about myth-busting, and I’ve broken quite a few in developing the PhantomFocus System, choosing to rely on physics and the resulting sonic performance rather than acoustic superstitions.” And that performance is quite dramatic, as anyone who has experienced the PFS will agree.

Lowell Introduces Digital Specifier’s Guides for Consultants, Contractors and Systems Integrators

— Online documents make it easy to compare products in easy-to-navigate flip books —

PACIFIC, MO, March 12, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional AV Products for more than 60 years, has introduced online Specifier’s Guides designed to be used as a resource by consultants, contractors and systems integrators. The documents can be found in both Flash/“flip-style” and PDF formats at www.lowellmfg.com/main-literature.html. Offering both Flash and PDF formats accommodates multiple platforms, so those accessing from personal computers, tablets, smartphones or other devices can easily view specs in the office or in the field.

The digital books make it easy for users to compare products via spec sheets, instead of going back and forth between web pages or downloading multiple spec sheets for reference. The new Specifier’s Guides are part of an ongoing series of Lowell resources for consultants, contractors and systems integrators. Specifier’s Guides currently available include “Racks & Enclosures,” “Rackware® Accessories,” “Power & Surge Suppression,” and “Packaged Speaker Systems and Soundmasking.” Another book is in the works for speaker assemblies and audio components.
The series of online Specifier’s Guides will be updated on an ongoing basis.

For more information, visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com

White Mark Expands Into India and The Middle East

Following the most successful year in its 15 year history, White Mark Ltd is expanding its business to encompass India and the Middle East where it has appointed Jeffrey Marcedo and Dylan Hilton as its new agents. The appointments will enable White Mark to offer its high quality acoustic and design services to music, broadcast and film dubbing clients.

David Bell, managing director of White Mark, says: “Jeffrey and Dylan are experienced audio professionals with high level contacts in India and the Middle East. We are now focusing our attention on these areas as we believe the market is ripe for expansion, particularly among film industry clients who are looking to build high-end dubbing suites. White Mark has extensive experience in this area, with film dubbing and post production facility projects completed or currently running for many European customers including Savalas, Hackenbacker, Real World, Molinaire and Spool, together with numerous others in Russia, Africa, the Far East and the Americas, both North and South. We feel the time is right to improve our direct communication with India and the Middle East and that having associated personnel in place who can deal directly with clients locally will result in a more effective service, particularly in the early stages of projects.”

Jeffrey Marcedo has over 15 years’ experience as an engineer and producer in the audio industry. He started his career at Magikraft Studio in Mumbai and has worked with many music directors from India’s Hindi film industry, including Ranjit Barot, Vishal-Shekar, Anu Malik and Ismail Darbar. He has also undertaken sound design work for advertising agencies such as Lintas, Ogilvy & Mather, Rediffusion and Trikaya Grey, and spent four years as Production Manager and Sound Designer at Big FM’s national studios in India.

Marcedo has been involved in a number of high profile audio installations. These include being part of the Big FM National Programming (core) team, which was responsible for the technical set up and programming launch of 45 stations across India. More recently he set up international radio stations for Nile FM and Nogoom FM in Cairo, a project where he worked closely with White Mark, which was responsible for the acoustic and studio design.

Dylan Hilton is a sound engineer, with over 10 years’ experience. He started his career at Ava Audio Labs studio in Mumbai, where he engineered music and film sound projects for many leading Indian musicians. He has also handled sales and technical support for pro speaker brand Turbosound in Mumbai and set up a sound rental company.

Hilton currently runs a sound installation and consultancy company for various clubs, restaurant, lounges, auditoria and theatres. Working with brands such as Martin Audio, Kling and Freitag, JBL, Lab Gruppen and Powersoft, he has recently completed projects for a variety of Mumbai nightclubs and restaurants including Bonobo, Out of the Blue, Oak & Barley, Woodside Inn, Rude Lounge, Indulge, Cult and Della Adventures.

Commenting on the new relationship with White Mark, Jeffrey Marcedo says: “India and the Middle East have great potential and this is the right time to be a part of it. In India, particularly, the audio industry has grown and evolved over recent years but there are very few local companies that specialise in the high end acoustic design services offered by companies such as White Mark. Clients and industry professionals are now realising the importance of acoustics and are keen to access the knowledge and expertise that White Mark can bring to their projects.”

Hilton adds: “We are looking at all potential avenues where a professional acoustic setup is required. This obviously includes radio stations, recording studios, post production facilities and film dubbing suites, but we also feel there is scope for White Mark to expand into clubs, auditoria and theatres.”

For more information about White Mark’s services in India and the Middle East please contact Jeffrey Marcedo on Tel: +91 7666946264 or Dylan Hilton on Tel: +91 9820568671.

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About White Mark:

Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last fifteen years it has designed and supervised the construction of over 500 production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Germano Studios in New York, Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 140 audio studios and many broadcast and video editing facilities for more than 60 companies in Soho alone. The list of clients includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, De Lane Lea, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, DeLuxe, 750mph, NBC/Universal, Wave, Unit and Boom. Advertising agency clients include worldwide facilities for Hogarth International and AMV/BBDO on four continents.

HOSA TECHNOLOGY PROMOTES PUSEY TO VP OF SALES & MARKETING

**** Photo: Jonathan Pusey ****

Buena Park, CA – March 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for musicians and audio professionals, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jonathan Pusey to the newly created position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Pusey’s appointment is intended to help guide the company as it transitions to its next generation of leadership. His appointment took effect in January 2012. Pusey will be stationed at the company’s headquarters in Buena Park, CA. more…

Reliable Sennheiser RF Equipment Supports Super Bowl XLVI

Indianapolis, Indiana – March 8, 2012: In the fractured and multifarious landscape of modern media, the Super Bowl stands as a monolith, gathering the nation together before its television sets to partake of common experience. Indeed, this year’s game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots was the most-watched program in television history, earning 111.3 million viewers. Of course, the modern Super Bowl experience includes much more than football. In addition to the multi-million dollar commercials, many are drawn to watch the celebrities and celebrity performances. This year, Country Music’s first couple, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, kicked things off with a rousing duet. Shelton was later featured in his judge’s chair on the season premier of NBC’s hit, The Voice. At halftime, Madonna starred in a richly choreographed medley of her chart-toppers (to the tune of 114 million viewers – more than the game itself!). Rock-solid Sennheiser RF equipment gave everyone involved as much peace of mind as one dare hope at this, the most critical of all mission-critical events.

With a stirring rendition of “God Bless America,” Lambert and Shelton gave the Super Bowl a patriotic commencement. Lambert sang into a new custom-made pink Sennheiser SKM 2000-XP handheld mic with an MMD 935-1 capsule that was created for this event. Shelton sang into a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld mic with an MD 5235 capsule. “On such a high-pressure show with so many top-of-their-field experts managing such a massive logistical undertaking, one has to be adamant to get the mics you want,” observed Brad Baisley, the duo’s monitor engineer. ”Of course, Miranda used her new pink Sennheiser microphone, and Blake the Sennheiser SKM 5200. The top end is always superb, the sound is natural, and Miranda and Blake know how to work those capsules. Of course, Sennheiser’s RF has always been rock-solid for us, and that was proved once again at the Super Bowl. In addition to their great products, the assistance from Sennheiser’s Tim Moore was fantastic. He was extremely helpful in ensuring we had the equipment we needed in the appropriate frequency ranges.”

To put the magnitude of the Super Bowl in perspective, Madonna’s 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet tour – the highest grossing tour by a solo artist and the fourth highest grossing tour of all time – played to 3.5 million people in just over a year’s time. If you crunch the numbers, Madonna would have to play over thirty such tours back-to-back to match her one-time TV-land attendance at the Super Bowl! “Once the show starts, there’s not a lot you can do if something goes wrong,” said Matt Napier, Madonna’s longtime monitor engineer. “The best – and really the only – thing you can do in a situation like that is to have the best equipment available and to prepare thoroughly. I trust Sennheiser in Madonna’s high-stakes concerts, and that trust was rewarded with a perfect performance at the Super Bowl.”

“On tour, we have our own dedicated RF tech,” said Napier. “But as a general rule, we keep things simple and reliable by using Sennheiser wireless exclusively and their Wireless Systems Manager software, which is an effective tool for managing our frequencies.” Madonna used the Sennheiser HSP 4headset at the start of the medley and then switched to a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld Blake and Mirandatransmitter with an ME 5005 capsule for the remainder. All of Madonna’s guests (Nicki Minaj, MIA, LMFAO) used Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld transmitters with Neumann KK 104 capsules. Cee Lo Green’s mic used the MD 5235 capsule. Sennheiser EM 3732 receivers captured the on-stage magic for the wired world beyond. Finally, Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless personal monitors rounded out the equipment list for Madonna at her request.

“No matter where we’re playing, the combination of the Sennheiser SKM 5200-II transmitter, ME 5005 capsule, and EM 3732 receiver delivers fantastic audio quality and reliable, flexible RF performance,” said Napier. “Together with Sennheiser’s 2000 Series wireless personal monitors, we’re high fidelity start to finish, with rock-solid reliability and easy frequency coordination. In addition, having the full support of Sennheiser affords me peace of mind. We needed a gold-plated SKM 5200-II transmitter for Madonna and a chrome SKM 5200-II for Cee Lo. With no time to spare, Kristy Jo Winkler and Tim Hunten, Sennheiser, and Jason Bellamy at Soundtronics arranged the delivery of these transmitters. The mics were on their way the same day. That kind of service means a lot in this industry. A big thanks goes out to the Sennheiser team!”

Sennheiser Partners with UniqueSquared to Bring Mobile Studio to Austin During World-Famous Music Week

AUSTIN – March 06, 2012: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has partnered with music retailer UniqueSquared to bring a 45-foot mobile recording studio bus to Austin during its world-famous music week between March 14th and 16th. The UniqueSquared Mobile Studio, which will make stops at various locations in downtown Austin during its music festival, is being co-sponsored by Sennheiser and features a control room, isolated vocal booth / tracking room, a listening lounge and plenty of gear from Sennheiser and Neumann. Music fans are encouraged to attend and admission is free.

The UniqueSquared Mobile Studio will feature an assortment of world-class microphones from Sennheiser and Neumann and several dedicated listening stations equipped with a selection of the latest headphones from Sennheiser — including the HD 800, which many audiophiles consider to be the best-sounding headphone in the world. Following is a selection of the audio equipment that the mobile recording studio will have on hand for musicians and fans to demo:

– Sennheiser e 906, e 914 and MK 4 instrument / vocal microphones
– Sennheiser e 835 and e 935 dynamic vocal microphones
– Neumann TLM 103 condenser microphone
– Sennheiser Amperior, HD 25, HD 205, HD 280, HD 650,HD 800 headphones and others
– TRUE Systems P2 Analog preamplifier (distributed by Sennheiser)

“We are happy to co-sponsor the UniqueSquared Mobile Studio this year in Austin,” commented Tim Moore, artist relations manager, Sennheiser. “It is exciting to interact with so many diverse music fans in one place, and the Mobile Studio enables them to try out a wide range of Sennheiser and Neumann products in a professional environment before making a purchasing decision.”

The UniqueSquared Mobile Studio, which will also have products for sale, is being presented in conjunction with the Sennheiser / Paste party at The Stages on Sixth — where 33 artists will perform over the course of three days.

Over the course of the showcase event, one pair of Sennheiser HD 800 headphones will be given away each day to three lucky registered showcase attendees and hundreds of cards will be given away featuring free music downloads of Sennheiser artists. A dedicated, interactive listening station will be provided for the duration of the event so music fans can experience Sennheiser’s latest products including the Amperior DJ-style headphones, which were recently unveiled at CES 2012.

Sennheiser Rocks (and Rolls in the Deep) with Big Grammy Winners

Los Angeles, California, March 1, 2012: This year’s Grammy Awards event, hosted by LL Cool J, celebrating music’s biggest night, went down in history as the second highest rated telecast since the show’s inception in 1959. It was a phenomenal undertaking showcasing nearly thirty diverse musical performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, along with a very last minute tribute celebrating the late Whitney Houston. So when Sennheiser artists took the stage, their engineers knew they had to have Sennheiser microphones to assure their performances would go off without a hitch.

Adele, the big winner of the evening, tied the record, set two years ago by Beyoncé, for the most awards won by a female artist in one year. The 23-year-old pop-soul singer won the night’s most prestigious awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video for the single “Rolling in the Deep,” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.”

The most highly anticipated performance of the evening finally arrived when Adele took the stage to perform “Rolling in the Deep.” Her favorite nickel-finish Sennheiser SKM 2000-XP wireless handheld transmitter with MMK 965-1 capsule conveyed her beautiful voice to the adoring crowd. Dave McDonald, Adele’s front-of-house engineer, said, “It’s a great microphone. We started using it just after the Brit Awards in February of last year, and she’s loved it ever since.” He adds, “Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the equipment we use is Sennheiser – and the point-one percent is Neumann.” Her performance brought the Grammy audience to its feet for the longest standing ovation of the evening.

Foo Fighters, nominated in a total of six categories, swept the entire rock category, winning awards for Rock Song and Rock Performance for “Walk,” Rock Album for Wasting Light, Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “White Limo,” and Best Long Form Music Video for “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.”

The band rocked the stage twice during the Grammy broadcast, performing “Walk” from a tent on Nokia Plaza, adjacent to the Staples Center, then returning to play “Rope” during the electronic dance music segment with David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, and deadmau5. Frontman Dave Grohl made use of his usual Sennheiser MD 431 II vocal mic on both songs. Ian Beveridge, Foo Fighters’ longtime monitor engineer, spoke highly of Dave’s vocal mic: “I love that microphone to death. That microphone is so unbelievably flat in the high-end, and incredibly stable with moisture and temperature. During their shows, we used to have terrible instability problems with other microphones, and I was going through maybe four, five or six microphones a show with Dave, swapping them out. Now, I keep the 431 for the whole show. I can’t remember the last time there was any feedback during Foo Fighters’ show. And these Grammy performances were no exception.”

Bruno Mars, channeling James Brown with his energetic, throwback performance of “Runaway”, had the singer using an SKM 2000-XP with MMD 945-1 capsule. James Berry, monitor engineer for Mars shared, “Sennheiser products have great sound and reliability. We could not have done it without Sennheiser. I’m always grateful for their gear and support in making it happen under the stress of a live event like the Grammys.”

Other Sennheiser users got to shine during the show, too, including the evening’s host, LL Cool J, who made use of an SKM 5200. Alicia Keys sang a duet with Bonnie Raitt in memory of Etta James through her SKM 5200-II vocal mic with MD 5235 capsule. Katy Perry made a memorable entrance, descending in a glass box with her baby blue hair and her SKM 5200-II/MD 5235 combination to perform her new post-divorce song, “Part of Me.” During a medley honoring and featuring Glen Campbell, Blake Shelton performed the songwriter’s “Southern Nights” using his SKM 5200-II /MD 5235 vocal mic. Tony Bennett, in a duet with Carrie Underwood on “It Had to Be You,” also used an SKM 5200-II.

(Photo Credit: © 2012 FilmMagic)

SOLID STATE LOGIC APPOINTS SENNHEISER MIDDLE EAST AS NEW DISTRIBUTION PARTNER

New arrangement increases presence and highlights the importance of the Middle East for two of pro audios most respected brands

DUBAI AIRPORT FREE ZONE, UAE – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce that it has appointed Sennheiser Middle East (SeME), a division of Sennheiser UK, to be a manufacturer’s representative in the Middle East for SSL console products including C-Series Digital, Duality and AWS Consoles. Over the past 20 years, SSL has built up a significant music, film and broadcast customer base across the Middle East and SeME has built an extensive client network developing Sennheiser’s business in the region. This new partnership reflects SSL’s ongoing success and commitment to the region and will enhance both companies’ ability to develop strong customer relationships and deliver exemplary customer service.

SSL's Paul Lindsay with SeME's Mig Cardamone

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Sonnox Offers 35% Discount In Spring Sale

OXFORD, UK: In a special pre-Easter holiday promotion, Sonnox is offering a rare 35% price reduction on all plug-ins and bundles throughout the month of March. Available from authorized resellers as well as the Sonnox website, the Spring Sale encompasses individual Sonnox plug-ins as well as bundles such as the popular Sonnox Elite Collection which includes: Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, Transient Modulator, Reverb, Limiter and SuprEsser.

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames says, “It’s been well over a year since we’ve had a sales promotion like this. We intend it to enable new customers to join the countless professionals all over the world who enjoy the same high-quality plug-ins for their work. Pro Tools 10 users will even get free upgrades to our forthcoming AAX Native plug-ins, so there has never been a better time to buy!”

The Sonnox Spring Sale ends March 31st 2012. For more information please visit: www.sonnox.com

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Sennheiser and Paste Magazine to Present 33 Bands in Three Days for Ultimate Music Lovers’ Showcase at Stages on Sixth in Austin

AUSTIN – February 28, 2012: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has partnered with Paste Magazine to present an ultimate music lovers’ showcase during Austin’s famous music week on March 14, 15 and 16. All in all, there will be 33 performances over the course of three days by an eclectic mix of new and established acts held at the Sennheiser-endorsed The Stages on Sixth.

The marathon lineup at Austin’s The Stages on Sixth will include indie rock veterans The Wedding Present, The dBs and Built to Spill, as well as newer acts such as We Were Promised Jetpacks, Blitzen Trapper and Lumineers. Each of the two indoor and outdoor stages will feature sound delivered by premium audio brand Sennheiser.

Sennheiser Returns to Austin

Sennheiser will be sponsoring a showcase at The Stages on Sixth during Austin’s most revered music week for the second time in a row. Sennheiser will have its latest headphones on display, including the Amperior DJ-style headphones unveiled at CES earlier this year, as well as its famous evolution wired microphones. Following are details on locations and times:

· What: Sennheiser & PastePresent The Stages on Sixth, Austin
· When: Wednesday, March 14-16, noon to 6:00 p.m.
· Lineup (may be subject to change without notice)
o Wednesday, March 14: MyNameIsJohnMichael, River City Extension, Apparat, Caveman, Typhoon, The Chain Gang of 1974, Rich Aucoin, Hospitality, Tennis, Van Hunt, Ben Kweller
o Thursday, March 15: Dinosaur Feathers, Howler, Vintage Trouble, JC Brooks, Of Monsters and Men, The dB’s, Rubblebucket, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Blitzen Trapper, Japandroids, Built to Spill
o Friday, March 16: Barr Brothers, Crooked Fingers, Lumineers, The Belle Brigade, Reptar, Rhett Miller, Idle Warship, Alberta Cross, The Wedding Present, Punch Brothers, Glen Hansard

For more information and to RSVP, visit www.sennheiserusa.com/paste.

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