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Legendary Sound. Urban Style. The new HD 25 Amperior from Sennheiser

Las Vegas, January 10, 2011 – Not prepared to make compromises? For all those who don’t want to decide between perfect sound and cool design, Sennheiser is now taking their star headphones from the club scene onto the streets. Based on the legendary HD 25 DJ headphones, the audio specialist is launching the HD 25 Amperior in an exciting aluminium finish. And to make sure that the headphones are ready for use at any time, they have been optimised for connection to an iPad, iPhone and iPod*, and are equipped with a microphone for easy telephoning. The unique combination offers the best of both worlds in terms of sound and design.

“The Sennheiser HD 25 is already a legend on the DJ scene. It has been one of the most popular monitoring headphones for over 20 years, and has become an essential piece of equipment in the world’s most famous clubs,” said Maurice Quarré, Director Product Lifecycle Management Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. The success story is now being continued. “The HD 25 Amperior lets even the most demanding music fans experience club sound wherever they go. And the luxurious aluminium finish proves that professional sound and elegant design can absolutely go together,” Maurice Quarré continued.

Inspired by DJs
The rugged headphones can cope with an extremely high sound pressure level and offer professional-level sound. Powerful neodymium magnets provide natural, lifelike sound reproduction with a frequency response of 16 to 22,000 Hertz. The closed design reliably keeps out background noise, while the adjustable headband and low weight ensure a comfortable fit. The ear cups can be rotated for the classic DJ monitoring style: one-sided listening.

Designed for the street
The star of the club scene is now hitting the streets in its attractive new outfit. With its luxurious aluminium finish in silver or blue, it will become just as much a part of your life style as your music or your favourite shirt. The DJ headphones are equipped with a 3.5 millimetre stereo jack plug and the nominal impedance has been reduced to allow optimum connection to portable players. For those who want to control Apple products such as an iPad, iPhone or iPod directly, an additional cable with an integrated smart remote is included. This can be used not only to regulate the volume and select tracks but also to take phone calls and activate the voice control feature. “The HD 25 Amperior offers everything you need for a unique sound experience when you’re out and about. It’s the perfect combination of sound, style and functionality – without compromises,” Maurice Quarré explained.

The new HD 25 Amperior will be available in shops beginning in March at a price of $349.95.

Technical Data:

Transducer principle Dynamic, closed
Ear coupling Supra-aural
Frequency response: 16 – 22,000 Hz
Impedance: 18 ohms
Max. sound pressure level: 120 dB (1kHz)
Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.3% (1kHz / 100dB)
Weight (without cable): 190 g
Cable length: 1.2 m headphone cable and 0.9 m additional detachable cable with integrated remote control

Excitement for your ears – Sennheiser unveils its HD 700 high-end headphones

Las Vegas, January 10, 2012 – Sennheiser’s high-end world has plenty of excitement to offer. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the audio specialist is unveiling a set of new premium headphones, the HD 700. These fully open dynamic stereo headphones combine high-end sound with an innovative headphone design.

“The HD 700 features a perfect combination of outstanding acoustic properties and sophisticated product design,” said Maurice Quarré, Director Product Lifecycle Management Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. “Its styling and material selection have been thought through down to the finest detail in order to fully exploit the sound potential of the acoustic unit.”

The ear cups are designed in such a way that the sound waves are directed to the ears at a slight angle. This results in an impressively natural listening experience. The ear cups themselves have a completely open design. This not only ensures a highly transparent sound but also clearly displays the “heart” of these exciting headphones: the 40 mm Duofol transducer. Its powerful neodymium magnet systems guarantee detailed, lifelike audio reproduction from 10 to 42,000 Hz.

Small details for a great sound
“To ensure that the acoustic properties of the headphones are not impaired by any partial vibrations, the transducer is mounted in a high-precision gauze made of stainless steel, as is the case in the HD 800 reference headphones,” explained Axel Grell, Senior Acoustic Engineer at Sennheiser. A new patent-pending feature is the special shape of the gauze, which continues the curved lines of the diaphragm. The resulting curvature reduces the volume of air beneath the diaphragm, thus guaranteeing even more precise control of the diaphragm motion and significantly lowering total harmonic distortion.

The endeavour to fully exploit the sound potential of the premium headphones led to a further small but effective innovation: a ventilated magnet system. The idea is actually quite simple. “The up and down motion of the diaphragm produces an air flow in the magnet system housing that causes the diaphragm to wobble slightly,” explained Axel Grell. “By positioning precisely defined holes in the housing directly under the magnets, we can cause the air to flow in a specific direction. This minimises the wobbling motion of the diaphragm.” And the result is impressive: with total harmonic distortion of less than 0.03 percent (at 1 kHz and 105 dB sound pressure level), the HD 700 offers brilliant trebles, precise bass reproduction and a crystal-clear sound. Dips in the bass level are effectively suppressed by the patent-pending multilayer design of the headband.

Designed to meet the highest demands
A sleek shape and the black-and-silver finish give the high-end headphones not only a luxuriously elegant but also a high-tech appearance. The ear cushions made of high-quality microfibre fabric guarantee excellent wearing comfort. “The HD 700 fulfils all the wishes of the most demanding music lovers, both in its visual appearance and its outstanding sound quality,” said Maurice Quarré. “Its warm, balanced and detailed sound turns classical music, jazz, rock or soul into a fascinating listening experience. High-end fans are bound to be delighted by these exciting new premium headphones.”

The new HD 700 will be available in shops from March and carries a street price of $999.95.

Technical Data:
Transducer principle: dynamic, open
Ear coupling: circumaural
Frequency response: 10 – 42,000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 150 ohms
Sound pressure level (SPL): 105 dB (1 kHz, 1 V)
Total harmonic distortion (THD): < 0.03 % (1 kHz, 1 V)
Jack plug:
straight ¼”(6.3 mm) stereo
Weight without cable: approx. 273 g
Cable length: 3 m

RBDG Designs Surround Mixing Studio for The Richards Group

DALLAS, TEXAS – Dallas-based advertising agency, The Richards Group, provides some of the nation’s leading companies with creative and innovative ways to build their brands. The firm recently added a 5.1 surround mixing studio, designed by Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG), to augment the post production services offered by their Richards Outpost division.

For more than three decades, The Richards Group has been a leader in corporate branding, handling advertising, interactive, relationship marketing, retail, brand, and business-to-business campaigns. The agency has achieved great success by keeping its approach fresh, from staff to campaigns to the facilities being used to produce the final deliverable for the client. Their “Click Here” division is setting new standards in creative marketing.

The Richards Group’s original in-house audio room was created in 1999 by renovating an existing conference room. The company needed a second space to accommodate its workload, with the ability to mix surround audio. “The old studio is a great space and it is still used mainly for ISDN patches and radio mixes, but with more clients looking for HD projects, we needed something to go beyond that into surround,” explains Mark Murray, audio engineer at The Richards Group. “We made the decision that if we were going to do this, then we were going to do it right and build a studio from the ground up.”

Most of the firm’s existing post production facilities are located on the 11th and 12th floors, which presented issues with cabling infrastructure and ceiling height. “High rise buildings always present a unique and challenging framework for audio production facilities,” says Russ Berger, president of RBDG, “mainly because of surrounding noise sources from other tenants and building systems. We combined creative thinking with practical experience and theoretical know-how to address these issues, and created a space that references well and accommodates more client audio work in-house.” Ultimately, to take advantage of high ceilings that provided adequate acoustic volume, the studio was located on the building’s first floor.

Murray notes that for Richards Outpost’s new studio, “We wanted a great room for surround mixes and mixed pictures that had client appeal.” RBDG responded by incorporating a projection screen in the control room’s design to help create a better viewing experience for clients. Adjacent to the control room is an isolation booth that makes projects with multiple actors easier to mic and more comfortable for the talent. Equipment highlights include a 5.1 Genelec DSP monitoring system and an Avid ICON-D Command ES console controlling Pro Tools.

Richards Outpost has already completed projects for electricity producer Southern Company, Home Depot and cable company Charter Communications. The studio also has helped cut down on travel time and project turnaround. “The big draw of doing production work in-house is to minimize travel time for our creative staff,” Murray notes. “Part of our agency philosophy is to cross-pollinate our team, so we rotate people on client assignments. They need to be available if something comes up for another account. When it gets down to the mechanical part of the mix, the creatives are able to just walk from the studio to their desk. It’s very efficient.”

Richards Outpost is creating a quality product for the firm’s clients. “It’s one of the most accurate mix spaces that I’ve ever been in,” comments Murray. “This space is really on the mark. Not just acoustically but the whole vibe of the space, it’s comfortable and very inviting. It’s a nice tribute to the work RBDG does because everything translates well in different positions in the room. I was really impressed with the entire crew. They are very caring people and were very interactive in the completion of this facility. I really appreciated that.”

About Russ Berger Design Group (www.rbdg.com)
Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG) is a design and consulting firm that combines expertise in acoustics, architecture and interiors to create technical environments and buildings for recording and broadcast studios; facilities for entertainment and media content, audio, film and post production; technical learning environments for higher education; residential theaters, and corporate production spaces.

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AES Nashville Announces Keb Mo as Keynote Speaker for 2012 Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo

“Helping Creative People Make Better Recordings”

NASHVILLE: The AES Nashville Section is pleased to announce that three-time GRAMMY-winning artist/songwriter/producer Keb Mo will be officially opening the 2012 Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo event, on Friday, March 2, with a keynote address and interactive Q&A discussion with attendees. Additionally, Mo and his go-to engineer for both studio and live performance, John Schirmer, will be walking through the production of a complete song from start to finish in the final session of the first day of NRW+E 2012, giving their unique perspectives on both the technical and emotional experiences of making a recording and conveying the truest possible message on to the listener. Having worked together on variety of musical projects, including production for artists on Keb Mo’s Yolabelle International label and musical scores for a multitude of television shows at his Stu Stu Studio in Nashville, this will afford a unique opportunity to gain insight to such a multi-faceted career and the creative process.

The Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo offers a compelling two-day recording workshop and gear exposition focused on getting the most from your personal studio recording environment. AES Nashville, in conjunction with Audio Engineering Society, Inc. in New York is presenting this industry event on March 2 & 3, 2012 at the Rocketown event center at 601 4th Ave. South, near Nashville’s famed Music Row. Designed for recording musicians, songwriters laying down demos, and professional engineers working in a personal production space, the Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo will provide essential insight and information geared to boost your career and elevate creativity.

NRW+E presenters will include leading producers, engineers, acousticians, songwriters, and musicians sharing their professional techniques and knowledge in the areas of vocal and instrument miking, songwriters production of demos, arrangements and recording for better mixes, adding rhythm and spice with virtual tracks, collaboration across time and space, work environments that enhance creativity, practical acoustic and room treatment, and technical essentials.

Cosette Collier, Chairman of the Nashville Section of AES states, “We are thrilled to be able to offer the Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo once again this year. For two days, NRW+E brings musicians, songwriters, small studio owners, audio production students and home recording enthusiasts together with professional recording engineers and music industry professionals, not for the typical ‘How I Do It’ kind of sessions, but instead, ‘How YOU Can Do It.’ Inspiration is part of the experience, but “take away” information is key.”

Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo featured events and demos will appear in a live, on-stage setting on a regular schedule throughout both days, while exhibitor booths and displays complete AES Nashville’s own convention-type setting, featuring manufacturers representing all aspects of professional audio gear and services.

“Early Bird” registration for AES members and members of participating professional songwriter, performance, musician and engineering organizations is $79, non-members is $99, student members is $39, and non-member students is $59. Early registration is open through February 3, 2012. For the full program listings, information on registering or to book an exhibition space visit: www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com.

Photo: GRAMMY-winning artist/songwriter/producer Keb Mo is Keynote Speaker for the AES Nashville Section 2012 Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo on March 2.

Now in its 7th decade, the Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the AES serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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CEntrance Ships “Audiophile Desktop” Bundle

Package contains ‘MasterClass 2504′ near field speakers and ‘DACmini PX’ amplifier / DAC

CEntrance 'Audiophile Desktop' with speakers and DAC

CEntrance 'Audiophile Desktop' with speakers and DAC

Las Vegas, NV – January 10, 2012 – At the 2012 CES Show in Las Vegas, CEntrance, Inc.the company that brought the desktop musician the AxePort Pro and MicPort Pro products for portable electric guitar/bass and microphone computer recording — begins shipping its new Audiophile Desktop(tm) product bundle. The system packs a stereo pair of “MasterClass(tm) 2504” desktop 2-way coaxial speakers and the “DACmini(tm) PX” desktop amplifier and DAC. The bundle also includes a travel case with custom foam cushioning as well as speaker and USB cables. The Audiophile Desktop system was designed from the ground up to bring Hi-Fi sound straight to the desktop for today’s Internet-connected consumers. The DAC, amp and speakers are closely matched and properly voiced to work in concert. The Audiophile Desktop bundle provides a complete digital audio listening solution for a street price of $2,000 USD and is available for ordering now. more

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Joachim Cooder Masters First Solo Album at Bernie Grundman’s

Collaboration With Diverse Artists for “Love On a Real Train”

Pictured during sessions at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (left) Joachim Cooder and engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.


Talented percussionist and composer Joachim Cooder has completed his first solo album with mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Entitled “Love on a Real Train,” the collaborative project includes work recorded in Los Angeles and in numerous other locales via the Internet.

“‘Love on a Real Train’ is the name of the album and the project,” explains Cooder. “I am not going by my name. Basically, I made instrumental tracks and then sent them out to artists I am friends with. They write and then sing or perform over the tracks and then send them back to me if they live in another city, or I book studio time and have them record here in LA. We’ve been working at a very leisurely pace, no hurry, and it ended up complete with this amazing cast of characters.”

Included on “Love on a Real Train are Inara George (Bird and the Bee), composer/trumpeter Jon Hassell, singer/songwriter Robert Francis, Cooder’s wife singer/songwriter Juliette Commagere, singer/songwriter and former skateboard pro Matt Costa, DJ Frank Lyon of the band Keepaway, and gifted violinist/vocalist Petra Haden.

“The record is ambient, but there are also some catchy tunes,” remarks Cooder. “It’s been amazing here during mastering when Bernie puts it up on his speakers and starts dialing it in. You start to hear it in a way you haven’t heard it before. To hear it grand like this is pretty special.”

Joachim Cooder was born in 1978 in Santa Monica, California. Inspired by drummer Jim Keltner, he began playing the drums at the age of five, and later studied world percussion at the California Institute of the Arts. Since then he has participated in live performances and film scores (often with his father Ry), and numerous recordings, notably Buena Vista Social Club in 1996 and BVSC presents Ibrahim Ferrer in 1998.

Cooder has also participated in the albums “John Lee Hooker, The Best of Friends” (1998), “Dead Man Walking — Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture (1995), “Mavis Staples – We’ll Never Turn Back” (2007), and “Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall” (2008).
To view a short video interview with Joachim Cooder at Bernie Grundman Mastering, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT-r3zluSdE

“Love on a Real Train” will be released on Aeronaut Records, April 3, 2012.
For more information about Bernie Grundman Mastering, visit: http://www.bgmastering.com

CAD Audio Unveils MH110 Studio Headphones

Anaheim, CA––The new CAD MH110 Studio Headphones are equipped with high output 50mm neodymium drivers that produce an extended frequency response of 18Hz to 18kHz along with exceptional detail and clarity in the widest range of recording applications.

Featuring a circumaural, precision-built monitor design, the MH110s are lightweight and include an easy-fold, comfort-fit headband that allows easy, convenient storage and hours of fatigue-free listening.

CAD Audio is also offering dealers a special HP110 Recording Bundle that includes four MH110 headphones and one HA4 Stereo 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier.

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by NAMM Booth #6632
(Hall A) in the Anaheim Convention Center, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

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Oink Ink Rolls Out New Website

New home on the web showcases shop’s creative for radio, TV, and online

Coming off many months of development and fine-tuning, Oink Ink’s new site at www.oinkcreative.com went live this month. Built in Flash from the ground up, the new site provides a rich yet approachable experience built to organize and showcase nearly two decades worth of radio and television creative the company has created for its clients. As Oink marks its 20th year in business this February, the new site reflects the company’s evolution—and hints at what’s to come.

Oink’s video work for television and the web also has a presence on the new site—spots and viral campaigns for Accountemps, Jeopardy!, and Staples represent a small sample of what the shop is working on in earnest throughout 2012 and beyond. Rotating animated promos and videos on the welcome page give agencies and clients an up-to-the-minute picture of Oink’s latest and greatest work.

In addition to serving as a complete catalog of Oink’s award-winning work, the new site also highlights the latest announcements, news and press focused on the company, giving both current and potential clients a convenient way to stay up to date with Oink’s current projects and initiatives. Oink Ink’s in-house bulletins and external industry coverage by outlets like The New York Times, Shoot and the NY Egotist have all been brought together in a streamlined blog format.

For visitors on iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and other mobile devices, the site is offered in a condensed format, featuring a sample of recent work as well as a full archive of news and press coverage.

Designer Matt Parmet of Parmet Design in Massachusetts led the redesign, with frequent input from Dan and Jim Price.

“Our goal with the new site was to create a great user experience and to explore a great portfolio. The homepage features center around the position that ‘Oink makes you look better.’ It’s not about how many awards they win, but what lengths they’ll go to produce something great,” said Parmet.

Experience the new site here.

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VERBATIM STUDIOS’ NEW CASTING DIVISION WRAPS UP BUSY SEASON

Spots in production for Accountemps, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.

The freshly formed casting division of Verbatim Studios in New York wasted little time this winter welcoming several new and existing clients in need of bicoastal casting for their radio, TV, and online projects.

Verbatim’s new media clients have kept the studio humming at near-full capacity. Longtime client Accountemps once again called on Verbatim to cast their annual online animated holiday video, featuring some of New York’s best singers and comic actors. The spot is a cheery tale of overwhelmed office workers whose spirits get a major boost when Accountemps hero Bob shows up to save the day—and the holidays. For 2011, Accountemps is producing a video for viewers in the UK featuring British singers—all cast at Verbatim’s Midtown facility. The story and animation were crafted from the bottom up by Oink Ink, Verbatim’s sister company.

In 2012, under the guidance of casting director Roman Chimienti and studio partner Jim Price, Verbatim will continue to collaborate with frequent advertising agency partner 22squared, a 90-year-old company with iconic brand clients like Baskin-Robbins, Florida’s Natural and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.

“We love seeing the studios full and busy,” said Verbatim Studios manager Jessica Rondash. “We’ve put everything we’ve got behind our casting, and agencies seem to be taking notice.”

With studios in Midtown New York City and a satellite office in Santa Monica, Verbatim is uniquely positioned to cast simultaneously from both coasts—a capability that has proven to be extremely attractive for clients of all sizes and budgets.

“More clients in radio, TV, and new media are coming to Verbatim for casting, and we’re serving them well,“ said Roman Chimienti, casting director. “They like our bicoastal talent pool, our speed, and our prices.”

For more information about Verbatim’s casting services, contact Jessica Rondash.

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CAD Audio Introduces HA4 4-Channel Headphone Amp

Anaheim, CA––CAD Audio has expanded its recording product offering with the compact new HA4 Stereo 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier.

The HA4 features four discrete channels with individual volume controls. A frequency response of 20Hz to 50kHz and signal-to-noise ratio of 110dBA ensures exceptional clarity and transparent reproduction of a recording or monitoring session along with ultra-quiet performance.

CAD Audio is also offering dealers a special HP110 Recording Bundle that includes four MH110 headphones and one HA4 Stereo 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier.

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by NAMM Booth #6632
(Hall A) in the Anaheim Convention Center, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com

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