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SENNHEISER TEAMS UP WITH FOX SPORTS TO FIND THE NEXT GREAT AUDIO TECH

aldous_stevens.JPGCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – JUNE 2009: Delivering a successful sports broadcast for network television is as much art as it is science, but a confluence of forces are threatening to make it a lost art practiced only by a graying and ever-shrinking cadre of sages. Sennheiser has teamed up with FOX Sports to reverse that trend with an immensely practical, hands-on, trial-by-fire introduction to real-world sports broadcasting for promising students of telecommunications. David Missall, Sennheiser’s director of market development for the Eastern region, originated the program and selected its first student, junior Michael Stevens of Ball State University, to work with industry veteran Fred Aldous in the FOX Sports mix truck at the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina. The experience was, in equal parts, demanding, eye-opening, and inspiring.

“I don’t see a lot of people coming up behind my generation,” said Aldous, who holds the dual titles of FOX Sports audio consultant and senior mixer. “Most students are fixated on breaking into the music, recording or live sound markets. I think it’s important to show students that there are careers outside of the music business – and good careers at that!”

At the same time, Missall kept hearing the same plea from the schools and universities he visited: help us find jobs for our talented students! “It’s well-known that the broadcast industry is struggling with a shallow talent pool,” said Missall. “With the contacts that we have at Sennheiser, I said why don’t we start connecting the broadcasters with the universities? Everyone would benefit!”

But Missall and Sennheiser did more than just come up with a good idea, they promised to fund it! Missall approached Ball State University communications professors to find the most promising student who would benefit from the experience of working at Aldous’ side for two frenetic days. After a series of phone interviews, Missall selected Stevens. In support of his expressed interest in broadcasting, the junior had already worked with the Ball State Sports Network as a utility technician, a camera operator, and as a technical director. Scaling that experience up to the level of FOX Sports at a NASCAR event would undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

In addition to his many technical accomplishments, Aldous is an avid and infectious teacher. “Fred has done everything, and he has the patience to teach,” said Missall. “He is one of those special people that you want to work with who will foster this relationship between the schools and the broadcasters.” Aldous promised, not only to instruct but, to give Stevens full access to the FOX Sports mobile complex.

Sennheiser paid for Stevens’ travel, hotel and expenses for the intense, two-day experience. “I was surprised at how much actually goes into that broadcast,” Stevens said. “I had the idea that there was a main TV and a sub switch for video replays, but it’s so much more than that. FOX had four trucks, and they were all equally important. It was really cool to see how all the components interacted.”

As it turned out, the production was held hostage by the weather, which provided its own unscripted education. Despite a forecast to the contrary, it rained buckets! “The problem with the rain is that we were still on the air doing rain fill and, even after the network on Sunday chose to go to alternate programming, we still did updates every 10-15 minutes,” Aldous explained. “There wasn’t a lot of time to go deep into a lot of things just because we had our obligations to do on-air updates. But the good thing for Michael was that he got to see us in full operating mode, which is total and controlled chaos.”

He continued: “Even though we originally wanted someone focused on audio, it was a benefit that he knew so much about so many different areas, because he got the big picture. I put him in the room with the producers and directors so he could get a better perspective on the interaction that they have. He sat with my effects mixer, the radio mixer. He saw how our graphics interact. It was to our benefit that he had a good basic understanding of television production.”

“What Sennheiser is doing with FOX is a blessing for people like me who want to get into this business,” Stevens said. “The experience really put into perspective what it takes to do a big show for a huge network like FOX. Without having seen it first-hand, I wouldn’t have appreciated its magnitude. If Sennheiser can keep doing this for students, there are going to be a lot of people – like me! – sold on the fact that they want to do live sports broadcasting.”

Based on this initial success, Sennheiser plans to repeat the unique internship program on an annual or semi-annual basis.

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.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

PHOTO CAPTION Sennheiser has teamed up with FOX Sports to introduce real-world sports broadcasting to promising students of telecommunications. The first student selected for the program was Michael Stevens, a junior at Ball State University, pictured here, standing, with his sports broadcasting mentor, Fred Aldous, FOX Sports audio consultant and senior mixer.

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SENNHEISER DOMINATES CMT MUSIC AWARDS

cmt_sugarland.JPGNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 2009: The 2009 CMT Music Awards from Nashville were a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n roll this year, with guest appearances from, quirky new wavers, the B-52s and the new wave of British heavy metal pioneers, Def Leppard, among the night’s highlight performances. Sennheiser wireless microphones and personal monitor systems also made appearances throughout the night’s telecast, during which Sennheiser artists Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band took home awards for Video Duo of the Year and the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year respectively.

Sugarland took the audience by surprise when, during a rendition of the B-52s’ big hit, “Love Shack,” the Athens, Georgia-based band joined them onstage. Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles performed with Sennheiser SKM 5200 RF handhelds with MD 5235 dynamic capsules, with background vocals on evolution series e 935 wired mics.

Kevin Sanford of Wireless First, Inc. in New York, provided wireless coordination and equipment for the show and the red carpet area, including multiple channels of Sennheiser’s new fully digital EM 3732 receivers. “I love the new 3732s. It’s very user friendly,” comments Sanford, enumerating the system’s many superior features. “The sensitivity, the functionality, booster on/off, the power aspect. The readout is flawless, and its readability is exceptional compared to other systems.” Sanford is especially pleased with the antenna functionality of the new unit. “You can go into one 3732 unit and link eight units with two antennas with no need for a DA [distribution amplifier].”

Sanford oversaw in excess of 150 channels of wireless, including communications systems as well as microphones and wireless personal monitors. Onstage Sennheiser users, in addition to Sugarland, included Eric Church and Justin Moore, who both made use of the handheld SKM 5200/MD 5235 combination. The Eli Young Band also performed with the SKM 5200/MD 5235, as well as a new 2000 Series RF handheld vocal mic with a 935 capsule. Gloriana used a similar 2000/935 combination along with an SKM 5200 topped with a Neumann KK 105 capsule. Lady Antebellum made use of a wired MD 441 vocal mic for the trio’s performance of their 2008 single, “Lookin’ For A Good Time.”

Sanford, who fielded a half-dozen channels of the new Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless microphones, offers, “They’re beefy! They performed really well.” With everybody watching their dollars, he adds, “The 2000 Series is at a price point most of us rental boys can afford.”

Outside Nashville’s Sommet Center, Sanford maintained about a dozen channels of Sennheiser wireless. That included handheld SKM 5200/MD 5235 combinations plus ew 300 IEM G2 monitor/IFB systems for CMT’s red carpet arrival area hosts, Katie Cook and Lance Smith.

Although audio producer Michael Abbott notes that he was removed from the action, sitting in the audio remote truck, he was impressed with the performance of the new EM 3732 and 2000 Series receivers in a dynamic environment. Noting that lighting effects on the stage set, which covered two-thirds of the arena floor, generated “a high noise floor of unwanted RF,” he says, “The Sennheiser equipment worked really well. We didn’t have any dropouts.”

The 2009 CMT Music Awards, now entering its ninth year, is country music’s only fan-voted award show. The awards presentation was broadcast live from its original home at the Sommet Center in downtown Nashville on June 16th.

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.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

PHOTO CAPTION Sennheiser’s new SKM 2000 Series made it U.S. television debut at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee with country music duo, Sugarland, who performed and walked away with the Duo of the Year Award. Singer-songwriters Kristian Bush (background vocals, lead vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar, harmonica) and Jennifer Nettles (lead vocals) used the SKM 5200 RF handhelds with MD 5235 dynamic capsules PHOTO CREDIT: (c) 2009 Getty Images

SENNHEISER IMPLEMENTS NEW AFFORDABLE RF SUPPORT SERVICES

OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT – JUNE 2009: Sennheiser Electronic Corporation announces several new RF consultation and support services, which are intended for Sennheiser’s end users and dealers. The array of premium, yet affordable, services include transmitter customization, a free “help desk,” spectrum sweep consultations, and Sennheiser’s competitive 700 MHz rebate.

“These services are intended to help guide customers through the challenging RF environment and ensure they can purchase wireless equipment with confidence,” said Joe Ciaudelli, RF spokesperson for Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. “These services added on to the Sennheiser 700 MHz Rebate program for virtually all Sennheiser wireless microphone purchases made between December 1, 2008 and December 1, 2009 clearly defines our leadership position in the helping users navigate the ever-changing RF marketplace. In fact, customers can even swap their old non-Sennheiser products for a new Sennheiser system.”

NO-CHARGE HELP-DESK For immediate technical support, customers can obtain free RF wireless advice by contacting Sennheiser’s Help Desk. The complimentary service includes a free wireless system evaluation, as well as timely and informative responses to any other wireless-related inquiries.

PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE Each Sennheiser RF component and system includes a two-year warranty. In addition to this warranty, Sennheiser now offers a Performance Guarantee for new purchases. Sennheiser will retune or replace any system operating below 698 MHz, which will be illegal to operate by an eligible licensee according to any changes to FCC rules that become effective within the warranty period. This new safeguard is exclusive to Sennheiser.

ENHANCED ASSISTANCE Enhanced Assistance service may be purchased with new system purchases up to 16 channels. Sennheiser will review specified equipment list, coordinate the frequencies for the system for a fixed location, and provide factory setup and testing before shipping.

LARGE SYSTEM CONSULTATION This advanced service is for new system purchases greater than 16 channels. Sennheiser will perform a review of intended venue blueprints, system design, component list, frequency coordinate the system for a fixed location, and provide factory setup and testing before shipping.

SPECTRUM SWEEP CONSULTATION This large system design assistance includes an on-site spectrum sweep, complete analysis, and a comprehensive written report. Based on this report, Sennheiser will design the system, provide component list, frequency coordinate the system for a fixed location, and provide factory setup and testing of the new system before shipping.

PLATINUM SERVICE For multi-venue campuses, properties, or major tours. Sennheiser will provide complete and continuing design assistance, annual on-site frequency sweep, new purchase coordination, annual wireless system maintenance, and free on-site service and repair for critical issues. A critical issue means that the system is down, production cannot be conducted, or the customer is experiencing continual failures as a result of the issue.

RACK ‘N ROLL Sennheiser now offers the service of installing Sennheiser RF wireless systems into rack cases, providing a turnkey solution shipped directly from the factory for an 8-system rack or a 16-system rack. Price includes the rack case, Enhanced Assistance service, and integration of the wireless systems into rack but not the cost of the wireless systems.

SERVICE PRICES
Enhanced Assistance: MSRP: $500.00 • Order # S-EA
Large System Consultation: MSRP: $750.00 • Order # S-LMC
Spectrum Sweep Consultation: MSRP: $2,000.00 plus reasonable travel expenses • Order # S-SSC
Platinum Service: MSRP: Quoted on a per site or per tour basis. Customers are asked to contact their Sennheiser representative for details.
Rack ‘n Roll: Eight-system rack – MSRP: $1,500.00 • Model # S-8SR; Sixteen-system rack – MSRP: $3,000.00 • Model # S-16SR

The Sennheiser RF Services order form and additional details are available on the Sennheiser website at www.sennheiserusa.com/RFservices.

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.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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SENNHEISER INTRODUCES K-ARRAY AT INFOCOMM 2009

k_array_group.JPGORLANDO, FLORIDA – JUNE 2009: Sennheiser Electronic Corporation will introduce K-array, the newest addition to its family of distributed brands, at InfoComm 2009. K-array manufactures incredibly thin, lightweight loudspeakers that deliver impressive power and sound quality for medium to large-scale applications, including touring, events, installed sound, and broadcast.

“K-array has already generated an incredible amount of excitement in Europe and the Middle East, and we are very pleased to bring the brand on board in the North American market,” said Dawn Birr, product manager for K-array at Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. “Installed and live sound professionals will be very impressed with the space-saving designs, easy set-up, and sheer power of the entire K-array line.”

SUPERB AUDIO PERFORMANCE FOR INSTALLED SOUND APPLICATIONS K-array installed sound audio products fill boardrooms, museums, corporate events, churches, broadcast studios, and theaters with quality sound while remaining nearly invisible. The compact components range from four inches deep all the way down to half an inch, while retaining an incredible amount of power and adaptability.

Models include the Vyper 3D line arrays, Tornado point-source speakers and the Kobra series of ultra-slim 3D line arrays. The power of the series is exemplified by the Vyper KV50 ultra-flat 3D line array element, which is less than 1.5 inches wide, and half as deep, but can fill a space that seats hundreds.

PROFESSIONAL-GRADE AUDIO FOR SMALL AND LARGE EVENTS K-array’s Red Line delivers amazingly clear audio for concerts, conferences, parties and other functions. The adaptable and portable PA systems are only a couple of inches wide, yet can deliver full, rich sound to an audience of 1,000 people.

The line includes the KR100, KR200 two-way speakers, and KL12 and KL18 ultra-light subwoofers. The KR speakers measure only a couple inches across, and the KL subwoofers weigh just over twenty-five pounds. With adjustable coverage and extreme portability, they represent the best possible solution for event audio.

THE AUDIO SOLUTION FOR TOURING AND OTHER LIVE APPLICATIONS K-array’s range of lightweight, space-saving audio components for live venues are easy to transport and set up. Despite their small size, the components deliver substantial sound quality at venues of all sizes, from intimate clubs to arenas.

The KH series, which consists of the KH4 two-way flat panel line array and KH15 two-way ultra-compact line array, are self-powered, yet measure only six inches deep. The KH4 is ideal for long throw applications, such as arenas, while the KH15 is designed for medium throw applications, such as theaters, concert halls, and churches.

The KS series is extremely portable, and easy to fly or ground stack. Set up time is greatly minimized when using the KS series in conjunction with complimentary amplifiers and subwoofers.

The KS4 “figure 8″ subwoofer is also remarkably small, weighing in at less than eighty-five pounds. This makes for a top-quality touring PA that is only a fraction of the size of a traditional touring PA system.

The KA series of Class D amplifiers address all the needs of high-end applications. Each amplifier is outfitted with on-board DSP, which provides perfect signal processing for all K-array products, as well as a broad selection of dedicated presets.

Rounding out the offerings for live sound applications are the Overbass series of self-powered subwoofers and the ultra-compact, high-output KM8 stage monitor. The KM8 enables accurate reproduction of both vocals and instruments with high gain before feedback, and can operate alone or in an array of multiple units.

ABOUT K-ARRAY K-array is a renowned manufacturer of innovative PA loudspeakers and amplifiers with global headquarters in Florence, Italy. The company was originally established in 1990 as an acoustic research and installation provider. Less than ten years later, it began manufacturing under the newly minted K-array brand. Since then, K-array has introduced a range of product lines providing unparalleled performance, not only for the installed sound market but, for live audio, event audio, and even for broadcast studios.

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.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

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API SUPPORTS NERF WITH GEAR AND WILD TURKEY!

api_dand_danz.JPGNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 2009: The Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF) has managed to upstage the great Jerry Lewis charity events, at least among audio professionals. NERF’s annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament, now in its twelfth year, has become something of a special holiday for those who normally goose faders or splay resistors far from the sweet smell of freshly cut grass under azure skies. This year’s tournament, held at Nashville’s Harpeth Hills Golf Course, drew over two hundred participants for friendship, shenanigans, and, at least, the pretense of golf, all for the financial support of a very worthy and relevant charity. Established thirteen years ago by the Nashville chapter of AES, NERF raises funds for Nashville engineers that experience serious health or financial crises. As a longtime sponsor of the high-spirited event, API was again on hand to dole out good food and liquid mirth. API president Larry Droppa, his son Daniel, director of sales and marketing, Dan Zimbelman, and from sales, Mark Seman, turned hole 16 into a celebration of the wild turkey on both days of the event, with on-the-spot smoked wild turkey served over Chesapeake stuffing and cranberry mustard. Participants chased the flavorful snack with shots of, you guessed it, Wild Turkey Bourbon.

Paul Soroski, a producer and engineer from Austin, was surprised to learn that API cooks up more than just extraordinary audio equipment. “I’m a big fan of everything that API makes. My studio is filled with tons of API gear,” said Soroski, a self-avowed amateur chef. “But I got something even better today! The food was delicious and Larry literally gave me the API apron off his back! I’ll wear it proudly whenever I cook and maybe whenever I mix!”

api_cochran_droppa_hobbs.JPGOn top of the nosh and juice, two Arsenal Audio by API modules were raffled off. Neil Robins won an Arsenal Audio R20 dual mic preamp on day one, and Morgan Hobbs won an Arsenal Audio R24 dual four-band EQ on the second day.

“The NERF golf tournament is a lot of fun,” said Droppa. “It’s one thing to raise money for an important charity, and API is proud to support NERF. It’s another thing to spend a few days in the sun with so many industry friends. But at the AudioMasters, it’s like the best of both worlds! We’re already brainstorming about next year’s theme!”

ABOUT API Automated Processes, Inc. remains the leader in analog recording gear, with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 Recording Consoles, as well as the classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

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PHOTO CAPTIONS FIRST IMAGE Smokin’ those wild turkeys (note the one that got away in the lower right corner) at the recent AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament are Dan Zimbelman, API’s director of sales and marketing (and chef extraordinaire) and Daniel Droppa, son of API’s president, Larry Droppa. SECOND IMAGE At the recent AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament, Nicole Cochran, event coordinator, and Larry Droppa, president of API enjoy the gleeful jump of Morgan Hobbs, as he was named winner of the Arsenal Audio by API R24 EQ at the 16th hole raffle.

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TRANSAUDIO GROUP SUPPORTS NERF… BIG TIME!

trans_cappellino_bowman_dacus.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 2009: In what has become a much-anticipated industry mainstay of hobnobbing, shenanigans, and sun-drenched good times, the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF) hosted the 12th annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament on May 21 and 22 at the Harpeth Hills Golf Course. In excess of 200 audio professionals showed up to demonstrate their golfing prowess (or, in many cases, lack thereof!) and, perhaps more importantly, to contribute money to NERF.

Established thirteen years ago by the Nashville chapter of AES, NERF raises funds for Nashville engineers that experience serious health or financial crises. TransAudio Group, distributor and importer of high-end professional audio equipment, has sponsored a hole at the NERF tournament for years. This year TransAudio-sponsored Hole Five and organized the donation of several (drool-inducing) pieces of gear for golfers.

Golfers arriving at Hole Five registered for three different drawings one for a REDDI Tube DI, courtesy of Peter Montessi at A Designs Audio, a P-SOLO mic pre-amp, courtesy of Tim Spencer at TRUE Systems, and a Bock Audio 195 studio condenser microphone, courtesy of David Bock Audio and TransAudio Group. Stan Dacus won the A Designs REDDI, which many engineers claim to be the world’s very best DI. Neal Cappellino walked away with the Bock Audio 195, the studio workhorse found in most studios. The super-neutral TRUE Systems P-SOLO mic pre was won by Pete Abbott.

But TransAudio Group didn’t stop there. The silent auction generates much needed cash for NERF and TransAudio donated gear here as well. Sean Sullivan walked away with a Daking Mic Pre One as the highest bidder at the event’s auction!

“TransAudio Group is proud to support the important work of the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund,” said Bowman. “Of course, the tournament is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends – a most enjoyable form of charity! Unlike so many of us, the lucky winners that walked away with TransAudio Group-donated gear were excited to get back to ‘work’ so that they could put their new toys to use!”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

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PHOTO CAPTION Richard Bowman, sales manager for TransAudio Group presented Neal Cappellino (left) with a Bock Audio 195 microphone and Stan Dacus (right) with a REDDI Tube DI at the TransAudio Group-sponsored Hole Five raffle during the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF) benefit golf outing.

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THREE NEW DANLEY SUBS SET TO ROCK INFOCOMM

th_812_rock_monster.JPGGAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – JUNE 2009: In the time-honored Tom Danley tradition of “knocking the audio socks off” of NSCA/InfoComm attendees, Danley Sound Labs is introducing three new subwoofers at the upcoming show in Orlando, Florida. The first model, the TH-812 also known as the “Rock Monster,” is a tapped-horn subwoofer system that has eight 12-inch long-excursion low-frequency drivers perfect for the touring market. more

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SYMETRIX ANNOUNCES SymNet DESIGNER, 9.0 WITH SymVue

symvue.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 2009: Symetrix, a leading provider of audio processing solutions for the commercial, broadcast, and pro audio markets, announces the latest upgrade to its highly successful SymNet platform of network audio solutions. SymNet Designer 9.0 is now available for download. The key feature of this new version is SymVue, a real-time user control panel application that displays control screens exported from SymNet Designer 9.0 functioning as a multi-user, multi-point control environment for SymNet systems.

SymVue runs on any Windows-compatible device, including touch screen enabled PCs and tablets, which run Vista or XP. The computer communicates directly with SymNet hardware over Ethernet, independent of SymNet Designer. The desired user control interface is created in SymNet Designer 9.0 as a control screen, and then exported to one or many Windows devices for tailored operation of the SymNet system.

Multiple computers can control one system. One computer can control SymNet units. Any single control can be common to multiple computers. All SymVue computer(s), any Symetrix ARC wall panels, and even third-party control systems are synchronized with each other at all times.

This process of creating a graphical user interface and exporting it to off-the-shelf control hardware represents a significant savings in time and money when compared to third party control systems. The included collection of customizable graphic objects coupled with the ability to import .JPG, .BMP, and .PNG files means user displays can be of the highest quality.

“This release takes the utility of SymNet to the next level,” stated Paul Roberts, Symetrix director of sales and marketing. “SymVue technology has a very high ‘wow’ factor for integrators and system designers. Depending on the system requirements, they may not need to turn to a specialized control system, and they recognize the value in that.”

After seven years in the global market, SymNet has matured into a very complete processing, mixing and routing solution. SymNet Designer 9.0 software comes with more than 500 processing objects, including a collection of logic and control functions that can accept or issue commands via external triggers and devices. Every SymNet hardware device has rear panel connectors for analog control inputs, relays, open collectors, and serial communication. This connectivity, combined with approachable ARC wall panels and SymVue-enabled computers, gives system designers and integrators a viable alternative to traditional control systems for A/V installations up to a certain level of complexity.

Find out more about the SymNet platform, and download SymNet Designer 9.0 at www.SymNetAudio.com.

ABOUT SYMETRIX For over three decades, sound system designers, broadcasters and sound engineers have relied upon the performance, value and reliability of the Symetrix suite of audio routing and processing products.

Symetrix continues to set the benchmark in sound quality, and user-friendly control interfaces, while providing legendary reliability hand in hand with our commitment to non-stop innovation.

You’ll love the ease of doing business with our incredible team of audio and business professionals, who excel in their commitment to serve our customers at the highest level from start to finish, again and again.

Innovative Audio Routing and Processing Solutions – Engineered by Symetrix

For more information on professional audio products from Symetrix, SymNet, Lucid and AirTools please call (425) 778-7728 or refer to websites, www.SymetrixAudio.com, www.SymetrixAudio.com, www.SymNetAudio.com, www.SymNetAudio.com, www.AirToolsAudio.com, www.AirToolsAudio.com and www.LucidAudio.com.

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AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST WOWS HOMETOWN CROWD WITH NEW SENNHEISER 2000 RF SERIES

danny_gokey.JPGMILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – May 2009: “American Idol” Top 3 contestant Danny Gokey had the privilege of debuting the new Sennheiser 2000 Series handheld wireless vocal microphone on U.S. television during his homecoming concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It may be small consolation for Gokey, who did not make it to the finale, but on past evidence he has a successful recording career still ahead of him.

The 2000 Series mic, outfitted with an evolution series 935 capsule, was delivered by Sennheiser’s local area rep, Eric Reese, just in time for the late afternoon concert. “It looks great, it handles nicely. It’s just a great product,” enthuses Brian “BK” Koerner, audio operations manager for Clearwing Productions, the Milwaukee-based company that supplied full production for Gokey’s show. “Everything went well, and the mic sounded amazing.”

Koerner reports that nearly 26,000 fans attended the show, which was held at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage at Henry Maier Festival Park, home of Summerfest, on the shore of Lake Michigan. The live performance, which included a full band, was part of “Danny Gokey Day,” which took Milwaukee’s “Idol” finalist around his hometown on a daylong series of events that were filmed by FOX for a segment on the top three elimination episode that was broadcast on May 13th.

Koerner notes that the Clearwing Productions crew members at the event were very impressed with the features of the 2000 Series system, which includes a high level of frequency flexibility and multichannel capability, and provides professional control via Sennheiser’s Wireless Systems Manager software. “They were really impressed and said it was outstanding. The internal antenna distribution system, the Ethernet connection for a PC – there’s everything on this unit that we just love,” he says. “Now they’re pulling my coattails to go and buy a bunch of it. It gives me an opportunity to spend more money!”

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.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

PHOTO CAPTION American Idol finalist, Danny Gokey, debuted the new Sennheiser 2000 Series microphone during his homecoming concert in Milwaukee on May 13th that was filmed by FOX for one of the final show segments.

SENNHEISER PRESENTS THE EVOLUTION WIRELESS G3 • THE THIRD GENERATION OF THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WIRELESS SERIES NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.

ew_145_g3.JPGOLD LYME, CONNECTICUT: Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of the third generation of its evolution wireless system products in the U.S. The new 100, 300 and 500 G3 series rack-mount wireless products, which incorporate a broad range of enhancements to the company’s most successful wireless series, are now shipping. The ew 300 IEM G3 wireless monitoring system, along with portable ENG sets for reporters and filmmakers, are scheduled to ship in July.

New features in Sennheiser’s G3 wireless systems promise easy setup and ensure that PA companies, established and up-and-coming performers, musicians, presenters and reporting teams can get up and running quickly. Featuring rugged metal housings, all G3 series true-diversity receivers now have a switching bandwidth of 42 MHz with 1,680 tunable UHF frequencies for interference-free reception. All third-generation receivers offer a new one-touch synchronization feature, which enables G3 transmitters to communicate with G3 receivers via an infrared interface, simplifying setup dramatically.

The frequency management function makes more compatible frequencies available. The 500 series has up to thirty-two presets on twenty channel banks, and six additional banks can be freely programmed in 25 kHz steps. The 300 series supports twenty channel banks with up to twenty-four compatible presets each, and six further channel banks are freely programmable in 25 kHz steps. And finally, the 100 series offers twenty channel banks with up to twelve presets each, with one further channel bank freely programmable in 25 kHz steps.

On 500 and 300 series receivers, a built-in Ethernet port supports interconnection with a PC running Sennheiser’s Wireless System Manager software. This provides monitoring and professional data management for multi-channel systems. For larger systems, the standard output power in both 300 and 500 series may be reduced from 30 mW to 10 mW in order to accommodate even more channels in a given frequency range.

A large, backlit dot matrix display provides access to enhanced menu options and information readouts. For faster access to the most important functions, the operating menu is now separated into a user level and an advanced level. The user level includes everyday functions such as frequency preset selection and audio levels, while the advanced level is reserved for more specialized programming, such as direct frequency selection, reset to factory settings and – for the 500 and 300 series – synchronization and warning settings. All receivers additionally display transmitter battery strength.

All G3 series receivers include an upgraded Soundcheck Mode that was only previously available on the G2 500 series models. Soundcheck Mode can now be operated even during the performance, and the audio and field strength levels are continuously measured, with the receiver recording the maximum values for AF and the minimum values for RF. In addition, the highly popular 500 series five-band equalizer is now included in all G3 series.

With the audio frequency range of all G3 receivers now extended from 18 kHz down to 25 Hz the systems are eminently suited to use with bass guitar. The 500 and 100 series Instrument Sets additionally offer a guitar tuner mode, for tuning an instrument right on the receiver. Another enhancement for instrument use is the guitar cable emulator, which allows users to dial in the typical change in the sound caused by the capacitance of the guitar cable.

The switching power supply in all G3 receivers is ideal for touring acts and rental companies who need a wireless solution that can be powered from worldwide sources. The tip of the power supply can be changed to suit the AC power plug requirements of a particular country. Offering an environmentally friendly option that also reduces running costs, all portable transmitters and receivers may be powered by optional Sennheiser BA2015 rechargeable battery packs instead of standard batteries. For this, the portable devices (with the exception of the plug-on transmitter) are fitted with external charging contacts so that the battery pack may be conveniently recharged while still in the transmitter.

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.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

PHOTO CAPTION The Sennheiser ew 145 G3 – one of the models from the new G3 series.

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