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blake_shelton.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 2009: Sennheiser artists and products made their mark at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show, which was broadcast on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5th. Endorsed artists Sugarland, Jake Owen and the Zac Brown Band all took home top prizes. Sennheiser wireless and wired microphones were favored by artists such as Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire – who also hosted the show – as well as presenters, including magician David Copperfield and U.S.M.C. Lt. Andrew Kinard. In addition, nearly every featured performer on the three-hour show made use of Sennheiser’s G2 wireless monitor technology.

McEntire opened the show on a wireless SKM 565 G2 vocal mic paired with an EM 550 G2 receiver, taking to the stage later in the telecast to perform her new single, “Strange.” McEntire also made use of Sennheiser G2 wireless personal monitors, as did the majority of the artists performing on the show, including Brooks & Dunn, Heidi Newfield, Toby Keith, George Straight, Taylor Swift, Lee Ann Womack, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, John Rich, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland and Rascal Flatts. ATK Audiotek provided production for the show, with monitor mixer Michael Parker working alongside Robert Brogden, who handled all of the wireless personal monitor assignments for 16 stereo mixes and 32 receiver packs.

Sugarland joined the show-opening medley to perform part of “It Happens” using SKM 5200 RF handhelds fitted with MD 5235 capsules in combination with EM 3532 receivers, and made a second appearance later in the evening for a rendition of “What I’d Give.” The pair picked up the award for Top Vocal Duo, and McEntire also presented lead vocalist Jennifer Nettles with a Crystal Milestone Award. The honor was in recognition of Nettles being the first woman to be credited as the sole songwriter on the ACM’s song of the year, since Donna Fargo in 1972, for 2007′s “Stay.”

The ACM opened some of the voting to the public for the first time this year, and also invited along some younger artists to perform, resulting in a twenty percent increase in the viewing audience over last year’s broadcast. One of those artists, Miley Cyrus, made her ACM Awards show debut with “The Climb,” sporting a handheld SKM 5200 with MD 5235 capsule with a unique custom white, metallic and chrome finish. Sennheiser turned around the special order for three of the customized microphones for Cyrus in just 48 hours before the show.

Sennheiser artists Lady Antebellum, who have been touring with a stage full of Sennheiser equipment, also appeared on the telecast, performing “I Run To You.” Co-lead vocalists Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley regularly use the SKM 5200 wireless handheld, with Scott using an MD 5235 capsule, while Kelley favors the Neumann KK 105 S capsule. A Sennheiser EM 3532 receiver was paired with the two wireless microphones on the show. Background singer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood was on a 935 capsule on a hardwired mic. At last year’s show the threesome picked up the ACM Award for Top New Duo or Group.

This year’s beneficiary of the Top New Duo or Group honor was the Zac Brown Band, a Sennheiser artist based in Georgia with another Sennheiser artist, Jake Owen, picking up the ACM Award for Top New Male Vocalist.

The SKM 5200/MD 5235 combination was also put to use by Blake Shelton, for his performance of his hit single, “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” from a stage in the audience. Magician David Copperfield used the wireless mic and capsule pairing as he produced Taylor Swift from an apparently empty box for her performance on the show. Introducing Trace Adkins performing his song “Til the Last Shot’s Fired” with the West Point Glee Club in support of Wounded Warrior Project, while also announcing the ACM’s charitable Lifting Lives Foundation, U.S.M.C. Lt. Andrew Kinard also wielded an SKM 5200 RF handheld with MD 5235 capsule.

ABOUT SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC CORPORATION 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.

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PHOTO CAPTION Sennheiser endorser, Blake Shelton, performing from a stage in the audience, during the Academy of Country Music Awards Show held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, used the popular Sennheiser SKM 5200/MD 5235 combination for his performance of his hit single, “She Wouldn’t Be Gone.” (PHOTO CREDIT: © 2009 Getty Images)

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eastwest_church.JPGMARIETTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 2009: Although the appeal of the services at East West Church in Marietta, Georgia cuts across generations and backgrounds, their content is unabashedly dynamic and contemporary. The church recently moved all of their activities to an under-equipped family life center so that their 450-seat sanctuary could undergo a dramatic renovation. Everything, from the all-important audio system to the carpeting underfoot, benefited from the overhaul. East West Church hired Nashville-based powerhouse Pro Audio Solutions to deliver fidelity and “bigness” worthy of their technically-polished and uniquely inspired services. Pro Audio Solutions’, Scott Oliver, director of contracting, made good with a Danley-centered system that’s clean enough to mix an album on!

Pro Audio Solutions is in the uncommon position of providing design and installation services for both houses of worship and high-end recording studios in and around Nashville and across the nation. Thus, they have a unique perspective on the gear used in houses of worship and on the philosophical underpinnings of sound reinforcement. Oliver broke into the business as a musician, working as a first-call sub for the mega-churches of Southern California. “I try to bring my experience of working in those West Coast churches to the Southeast,” he commented. “They have a ‘bigness’ that is so much more than merely adequate sound reinforcement – it’s more like the “wow factor” you get at a stellar concert.”

scott_oliver.JPGHis overall design goals for East West Church were not unlike those of his recording studios: the system was to be extremely accurate, sonically superlative, fatigue-free, and abundantly dynamic. He has found that Danley loudspeakers and subs backed up by Danley amps and DSPs meet those goals gracefully. “I like working with Danley because the people over there are truly passionate about what they do,” Oliver said. “They live it, and it’s obvious in the performance of their products. And unlike the specifications published by other manufacturers, in which you could easily hide Jimmy Hoffa, Danley specifications are refreshingly accurate.”

Consistent with a recording studio philosophy, Oliver ignored the ubiquitous and arguably stilted mono cluster and instead carefully implemented a stereo solution. He placed two Danley SH-50s on each side of the room for a combined 100 by 50-degree dispersion pattern that covers most of the seats on the main floor with distinct left-right imaging. A single Danley SH-95 hanging below each of those clusters provides stereophonic front fill. For the balcony, Oliver again relied on a left-right pair of Danley SH-95s. Although by industry standards, the SH-50s and SH-95s provide abundant bass, Oliver goosed the system with a pair of Danley TH-115 subwoofers, one each on the floor below the main clusters.

Danley DSLA amplifiers power the system, and a pair of Danley DSLP48 digital loudspeaker management systems provide sonically pure processing on the front-end. “The system still would have sounded great if I had gone with other manufacturers’ amps and processing, but I’ve found that when I use Danley from top to bottom, everything is perfectly matched,” said Oliver. “It sounds that much better.” Because the Danley cabinets are so efficient and don’t require bi or even tri-amping, Oliver was able to keep the amplifier and processing expenses to a minimum. In addition, their tight pattern control obviated the need for costly – and possibly unsightly – acoustical treatments.

At the FOH position, Oliver provided East West Church with a Tascam DM4800 digital mixing console. While hardly the darling of the church set, he noted that the DM4800 is actually more flexible than the standard fare – and at half the cost. In addition, Ashly 4.24GS Digital Graphic EQs along with an Ashly 4.24RD Remote Control were installed to provide eight channels of equalization for the floor monitors. Noted Oliver, “Ashly products are very well-made, easy to use, and sound great.

Again favoring a studio-inspired solution instead of the rutted, knee-jerk choices so common in the industry, Oliver populated the stage with Heil large-diaphragm dynamic microphones. All vocalists sing into Heil PR22s and all guitars convey to the larger system through Heil PR30s. A PR22 covers the saxophone. “The Heil microphones are one of a kind,” he said. “The large diaphragm imparts a ‘studio condenser’ feel to the sound, but they are rugged enough to endure punishment for years and years, week after week. Their clarity is over the top and complements the honesty of the Danley system nicely.”

In conclusion, Oliver is hardly modest about East West Church’s new sound system. “It’s truly stunning,” he proclaims, “unbelievable! You really have to hear it. The sound is so defined and honest, you could mix an album in that church!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

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PHOTO CAPTIONS IMAGE 1: Scott Oliver, director of contracting for Nashville-based, Pro Audio Solutions, handled the audio design for East West Church located in Marietta, Georgia. IMAGE 2: At East West Church, Marietta, Georgia, Pro Audio Solutions used Danley SH-50s on each side of the room for a combined 100 by 50-degree dispersion pattern with a single Danley SH-95 hanging below each of those clusters for stereophonic front fill.

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Visual Formula Adds Up L-ACOUSTICS

visual_formula_b-live_rig.jpgMIAMI – April 2009 — Visual Formula, LLC of Miami reports that it has now expanded its inventory of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers to 24 KUDO elements, 18 SB28 subs and 18 LA8 amplified controllers, augmented by eight 112P powered enclosures and ten 115XT HiQ wedges.

The company purchased its initial quantity of KUDO, SB28 and LA8 for its live production division nearly a year ago, at which point the rig was immediately deployed on a number of large-scale events, including a BBC Radio One live broadcast from South Beach for the Winter Music Conference and the kickoff of the global BACARDI B-LIVE tour at Bayfront Park Amphitheater. more

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skm2000_ni.JPGOLD LYME, CONNECTICUT – APRIL 2009: Sennheiser is introducing the 2000 Series, a professional, entry-level wireless microphone system at NAB 2009. The 2000 Series includes rugged products for a wide range of wireless applications. Handheld and body-pack transmitters with single or twin receivers are available for stage, broadcasting and installed sound applications. For monitoring, professional users can combine the diversity receivers of more

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New Solution to On-Site Connector Breakage Debuts at NAB

LAS VEGAS, NV, APRIL 20, 2009 ─ Wireworks, the leading innovator of audio/video cabling systems and custom panels, introduces Guardian Panel Mounts at NAB 2009 (Booth C4147). Now, Wireworks can help protect connectors from accidental damage by providing an easy way of recessing connectors in a wall or standard electrical box. more

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— GC Pro provides crucial help in choosing technology products for audio, projection video, acoustical treatment and lighting for church’s new worship space —

— From the “vision-casting� stage through supervising the systems installation and integration, GC Pro works as a close partner with ministries to assure that they have the right technologies and systems for what they currently need, in addition to being ready for future expansion and upgrades —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, April 21, 2009 — When Journey Christian Church made the decision to invest in a brand new facility, it chose Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, as its partner to provide a wide range of A/V products, support and consultation. Journey looked to GC Pro to make certain that the new sanctuary’s technology systems would be at the cutting edge of today’s standards and to prepare the church for future systems upgrades as its technical ministry expands. As part of Journey’s new facility, GC Pro collaborated with the church’s leaders in choosing and supervising the installation of systems that covered all aspects of A/V technology. more

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Leading Composer Gives an Insider’s Tour of New Products

HOLLYWOOD, APRIL 21, 2009 — EASTWEST, the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, is offering tutorials for its EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP “SILK� and “PIANOS� collections free for download on the company’s website. more

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Ross Video Embeds V-Series Module Into Its Vision QMD/X Switcher Family

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, APRIL 21, 2009 ─ Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a Vitec Group brand, reinforces the built-in flexibility of its V-Series panel technology with the V-Series Module, a compact-size control panel provided with the same powerful intercom capabilities as the popular range of rack-mount and desktop display panels. Adapted to meet the requirements of Ross Video, a prominent manufacturer of products used in live production applications, the V-Series Module will complement the existing device modules in the Vision QMD/X family of modular multi-definition production switchers. A technology demonstration of the V-Series Module, which Ross Video will designate as “VisionCom,� will be shown at Ross Video’s NAB booth (SU1807). more

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Aviom Inspired System Streamlines Performance Setup and Execution

BOULDER, CO, APRIL 21, 2009 – Funkiphino, Colorado’s premiere funk band, has developed a new working paradigm centered around Aviom’s Pro64® and Pro16® system capabilities and intuitive interface. From critical monitoring and intercom capabilities to front-of-house mix and streamlined setup, the Aviom-inspired system used by Funkiphino is a model for the future. more

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Klaus Voormann Records at Ardent Studios

A Sideman’s Journey Includes Don Nix and Bonnie Bramlett.


Pictured at Ardent Studios in Memphis are (L-R) engineer/mixer Jason Latshaw, Don Nix, Bonnie Bramlett and Klaus Voormann.

At the suggestion of Don Nix, celebrated artist, musician and record producer Klaus Voormann traveled to Ardent Studios to track and mix his debut album, A Sideman’s Journey.

German-born Voormann is known for his long association with The Beatles, for whom he designed the cover of their album Revolver. He was also bassist with the British Invasion group Manfred Mann and later a respected session player and record producer. He recorded extensively with John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Carly Simon, among numerous others. In 1996 Klaus was asked by Apple Records to design the covers for the Beatles Anthology albums. He painted the covers along with his friend, fellow artist Alfons Kiefer.

Ardent’s own Jason Latshaw engineered the new Voorman project. Memphis players participating included Rick Steff/keyboards, Joel Williams/drums, Steve Potts/drums, Jackie Johnson and Susan Marshall/background vocals. Bonnie Bramlett duets with Nix on “Mockingbird.” Other players include David Hood/bass of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Kelvin Holly from Little Richard’s band, and John Fohl/guitar.

Tracks recorded at Ardent include “My Sweet Lord,” “Imagine,” “Mockingbird” and a Voormann original, “So Far.” The roster of players that contributed tracks recorded outside of Ardent include Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Carly Simon, Dr. John, and Jim Keltner, to name a few.

Don Nix (Stax artist, producer and writer) and Voormann’s friendship goes back to the ’70s. In addition to his vocal contributions, Nix helped coordinate the new project’s players, studio and engineering. Initially scheduled to track several songs at Ardent, Voormann decided to complete overdubs and mixing, too.

The project explores his career, visiting people and locations that changed his life, meeting friends and colleagues, singing and sharing old stories, making music and recording new versions of old songs he has participated in.
Proceeds from the record will go to benefit the Lakota Sioux Sacred Wilderness Environment and Health Project: Produced by Christina and Klaus Voormann, “A Sideman’s Journey” is scheduled for release late Spring, 2009.

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