Archive for March 1st, 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)

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LEGENDARY ENGINEERS/PRODUCERS GATHER AT 54TH ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 29, 2012) — M3 (Music Mix Mobile), a New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company, were onsite at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards with their Eclipse and Horizon trucks, which served as the control rooms for the broadcast music mixes of all of the GRAMMY Awards musical performances. It’s a real team effort, and several prominent members of the Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy®, including John Harris, Leslie Ann Jones, Hank Neuberger, Phil Ramone, and Eric Schilling, began planning months in advance for this extraordinarily complex audio production.

Pictured here on show day in front of the Eclipse broadcast truck are legendary engineers Al Schmitt and Geoff Emerick (who were on site to supervise audio for Paul McCartney), Bob Clearmountain (supervising the Bruce Springsteen mix), and Broadcast Music Mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling. Missing is Telecast Audio Supervisor Hank Neuberger—who took the photo!

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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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Martin Audio Keeps Levels Up for Avicii at Pier 94

New York, NY––A New Year’s Eve celebration for the ages, this 3-day event put on by the legendary 4-story, 30,000 square foot night club Pacha New York featured world renowned DJ, remixer and producer Avicii backed by a Martin Audio system from Advanced Audio Technology.

Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, had a Top 20 hit in 2010 with his debut single, “Bromance.” He followed that in 2011 with “Levels” which became a Top 10 single throughout Europe, Australia, and the UK. That same year, he was ranked 6th in the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine.

Held at Pier 94, the event was attended by over 45,000 club goers dancing to over 60 straight hours of non-stop earth-shaking house/electronic music from Avicii, Victor Calderone, Cazzette, Boris Benassi and others without a break.

Asked to describe specific audio challenges during the event, Advanced Audio’s Jason Ojeda responded, “I designed the system with Mark Ramsay to be played at 125dB for a 60 hour run with very little stress on drivers and amplifiers. We’re happy to report that there were no failures. If we needed to get a little more out of the W8LCs at certain points, we had no problems doing that. All of the artists walked into the space and couldn’t believe the Martin Audio rig they were hearing because the detail in the upper frequency range was outstanding.”

Based on a DISPLAY modeling software design, the mammoth Martin Audio system was comprised of 48 W8LC enclosures, 10 flown WLX subs, 28 ground-stacked WSX subs, 12 WS218X subs and six W8VDQ differential dispersion loudspeakers, all driven by Lab Gruppen PLM 20,000Q and PLM 10,000Qs. The Advanced Audio crew included Jason Ojeda (FOH), Angelo Poulos (Monitors) and system techs Craig Allen, Aaron Kovachik and Jonathan Snyder.

Summing up his reactions about how the system worked for the event, Ojeda said, “We chose Martin Audio because of its amazing audio detail and rock solid bass. With electronic music playback, you need a ton of bottom end. Between the WSX And flown WLX the street was vibrating all the way down to 42nd St And 11th Avenues. Since the event was on the pier of the West Wide highway and 58th St., I think Martin accomplished that goal for us!”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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AURALEX ACOUSTICS HELPS SOUNDCHECK REPUBLIC

EAST GREENBUSH, NY, MARCH 1, 2012 – When Seth Powell, owner and engineer of SoundCheck Republic Recording Studio, enlisted the services of Dominick Campana, owner of Pro Sound Associates, to partner with him on the design of his newly relocated facility, Campana turned to Auralex Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, for the studio’s sound treatment needs.

A range of Auralex products were utilized, both in the construction phase as well as for post-construction wall treatments. To ensure maximum isolation, Auralex’s SheetBlok™ Sound Isolation Barrier, RC-8™ Resilient Channel and U-Boat™ Floor Floaters were installed. Wall treatments include Auralex’s WavePrism™ and QuadraTec™ bamboo diffusors, along with the company’s environmentally friendly four-inch Studiofoam® Metro™ acoustic foam.

As the studio is located on the second floor of a large historic home in a residential area, sound isolation was key for the SoundCheck Republic project. In order to provide a space that was acoustically accurate, the room was completely gutted. The room was then redesigned to ensure the flow and wall configurations were correct. The main isolation component was Auralex’s SheetBlok. Made of a dense, limp-mass vinyl material, SheetBlok is about 6dB more effective than solid lead at stopping the transmission of sound. It acts as a thin, dense sound barrier layer in walls, ceilings or floors and is most effective when used as one component of a multi-layered construction scheme.

“The use of the Auralex SheetBlok made a huge difference in keeping the sound isolated to the studio,” adds Campana. “We pretty much went all out in sealing the room and even created custom inserts for the windows. After installing the SheetBlok, we had a full rock band practice in the studio and it measured 124 DB inside the room and there was absolutely no sound outside. The materials just worked awesome and Seth is very pleased.”

In order to make sure the walls were separated from the actual structure, Auralex’s RC-8™ 24′ x 8′ resilient channels were used. On the floor, Auralex’s U-Boats™ were used to support the framing, and isolate and decouple them from the surrounding structure.

SoundCheck Republic also features Auralex’s WavePrism and QuadraTec diffusors, part of Auralex’s Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series, along with Auralex’s environmentally friendly four-inch StudioFoam Metro throughout the space. The QuadraTec’s unique tiered design provides excellent scattering properties, resulting in a warm, musical character to the dispersed sound. The Auralex WavePrism eliminates flutter echoes and other acoustical anomalies without removing acoustical energy from the space. The differing heights of protrusions of the acoustic Studiofoam Metro products serve to spread sonic energy out in the time domain, as well as each absorbing a slightly different slice of the frequency spectrum

“A predominant feature of the studio is its use of bamboo,” says Campana. “The Auralex bamboo diffusers were the perfect match both aesthetically and acoustically for the project. The use of the diffusers provides the ability to open the space up in a really natural way, resulting in a response associated with much larger rooms.”

Campana was so pleased with the finished product that he plans to use the studio as a showcase, bringing in potential clients to show them studio construction examples and the different uses for the Auralex products and product line.

“Auralex’s ability to provide a wide array of top-of-the-line products that are easy to install make them the obvious choice for me,” adds Campana. “From bass traps and corner traps to regular metro foam and the different types of diffusers, they provide all sorts of options that all can make a bad space sound great. In addition, Auralex’s customer service is consistently excellent and in Charlie Eaton, we have a very good rep in upstate New York.”

SoundCheck Republic’s state-of-the-art facility comes equipped with all of the latest equipment and has been used by such recording artists as Graham Parker, The Figgs and The Charlie Watts Riots.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

LECTROSONICS WIRELESS DEPLOYED ON PRODUCTION OF ‘UNWASTED WEEKEND’

*** Matt Israel with Isletta Pueblo elder Joe D. Lucero ***

Albuquerque, NM – March 2012… Unwasted Weekend, a recent program developed by Above The Influence, is a teen-focused anti-drug campaign created by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The effort, supported by MTV through a series of style vignettes, included a shoot that recently took place in New Mexico. As with any location sound project, there is precious little time for re-takes, so ‘getting it right the first time’ is a crucial component of working in this business. That’s precisely why Matthew Israel, the location sound mixer on the project, uses wireless microphone technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

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