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Neumann Presents U47 fet Microphone to Grammy-Award Winning Audio Engineer / Producer Bruce Swedien at the 137th AES Convention

swedienLos Angeles, October 15, 2014: During the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention held here last week, premium audio brand Neumann made a very special presentation of a new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to esteemed recording engineer and producer Bruce Swedien.

Swedien, who counts the recording and mixing of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album among the highlights of his lifetime of career accomplishments, was presented with serial number 82 of the U 47 fet Collectors Edition, in honor of the year that the Thriller album was released to the public. The presentation was made by Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet at the Neumann booth on Friday, October 10th.

The original U 47 fet was used extensively by Bruce Swedien throughout the recording of Thriller, so the event was especially fitting as Neumann launched its new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to a new generation.

u47frontWolfgang Fraissinet commented: “It is a very special honor for our company to honor Mr. Swedien in this way. He has not only left an indelible mark on the recording community at large, but his contributions to the recording of Thriller and countless other recordings have had a tremendous influence on our culture.”

The Neumann U 47 fet microphone was iconic in shaping the sound of the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. As the transistorized successor of the U 47, it permitted the processing of very high sound pressure levels for the first time, and engineers were able to place it directly in front of extremely loud sound sources such as guitar amplifiers and kick drums, as well as in front of more delicate sources such as vocals and acoustic instruments. The combination of the U 47 fet’s ability to capture high sound pressure levels and the unique capsule design derived from its famous tube-based predecessor, the U 47 fet contributed to many legendary recordings.

Now, the U 47 fet Collectors Edition has been faithfully reproduced using the original production documents and schematics. The Collectors Edition is supplied with a high-quality wooden case with special packaging, and an individual certificate with the serial number of the microphone and signature of Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet.

The U 47 fet is now shipping and is priced at $3,999.95. For more information, please visit u47fet.neumann.com.

About Neumann:
Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

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, Conn. 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.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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KH 420 – The first midfield monitor from Neumann

Los Angeles, October 11, 2014: Neumann is expanding the successful KH line with its first midfield monitor: the KH 420. The active 3-way system (10″+3″+1″) is ideal for larger 5.1 and 7.1 configurations and listening distances of up to 11 meters.

1With a corner frequency of 52 Hz, the KH 120 nearfield monitor set new standards in its class for low frequency performance. Neumann engineers have succeeded in raising the bar with the KH 420; its 26 Hz corner frequency is not only lower than other comparable midfield monitors, but a whole octave lower than the KH 120. Anyone requiring even lower bass reproduction for surround systems with a dedicated LFE channel can add the KH 870 woofer to extend the response down to 18 Hz.

Computer-optimized drivers, the Mathematically Modeled Dispersion Waveguide (MMD™), acoustical controls for matching the speakers to the listening room, a highly flexible input section, and a wide range of mounting hardware make the KH 420 a versatile monitoring tool for the audio professional. The KH 420 has been designed to provide optimum dispersion regardless of the orientation of the cabinet. This is possible thanks to the rotatable waveguide section which contains both the high frequency and midrange drivers.

2An optional Digital Input Module (DIM 1) will be available for the KH 420, which provides the monitor with digital AES3 and S/P-DIF inputs and a delay function. This feature, which is available on both the digital and analog inputs, may be used for audio/video lip synchronization and to compensate for non-equidistant speaker placement. Maximum delay time is 409.5 ms with a minimum resolution of 0.1 ms.

“The KH 420 delivers an accurate picture of the tonal nuances of the original recording,” says Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin. “In order to deliver a perfect stereo image, the KH 420 pushes the boundaries of what is possible in terms of linearity, performance and close production tolerances. It reflects the quality-driven approach that Neumann.Berlin has been committed to for many decades”.

Key technical specifications of the KH 420:
Drivers: 10″/3″/1″, amplifier output: 330/140/140 watts
Free field frequency response: 26 Hz … 22 kHz, +/-3 dB
Maximum SPL: 122.4 dB
Crossover frequencies: 570 Hz and 2 kHz
Dimensions/volume/weight: 645x330x444 mm / 93 liters / 35 kg

DIM 1:
Inputs:
Analog signal -> analog XLR input
AES 3 signal -> digital XLR input
AES 3, S/P-DIF signal -> digital BNC input
Delay section: 0 … 409.5 ms for analog and digital input
Sampling rate: 32 … 192 kHz

The KH 310 D nearfield monitor:

3One of the most compact 3-way monitors in its class, the KH 310 is the perfect choice for situations where space is limited. In addition to extra digital inputs, this brand new digital version comes with all the delay features of the DIM 1 module described above.

With the KH 120 D, the KH 310 D and the KH 420 with optional DIM 1 module, Neumann now offers monitors in three distinct size classes to support a completely digital workflow.

Key technical specifications of the KH 310 D:

Drivers: 8.25″/3″/1″, amplifier output: 210/90/90 watts
Free field frequency response: 34 Hz … 21 kHz, +/-3 dB
Maximum SPL: 116.3 dB
Crossover frequencies: 650 Hz and 2 kHz
Dimensions/volume/weight: 253x383x292 mm / 28.3 liters / 13 kg

Inputs:
4Analog signal -> analog XLR input
AES 3 signal -> digital XLR input
AES 3, S/P-DIF signal -> digital BNC input
Delay section: 0 … 409.5 ms for analog and digital input
Sampling rate: 32 … 192 kHz

Both the KH 420 and the KH 310 D are expected to ship in late October 2014. The KH 420 will be priced at $4,899.95, while the KH 310 D will be priced at $2,749.95. Additionally, KH 120 D digital monitor (previewed at NAB) is now available in the U.S. and priced at $1,249.95.

You can find more details on these products at www.neumann-kh-line.com.

About Neumann:
Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

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, Conn. 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.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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LANDMARK 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOOG MODULAR

Moog’s 1:1 Recreation of Keith Emerson’s Modular Synthesizer shown at AES ‘14

50anniversaryOctober 11, 2014, Asheville, NC: October 12, 2014, marks the 50 Year anniversary of the unveiling of the Moog modular synthesizer at the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) New York convention. On that day in 1964, Dr. Robert Moog introduced the world to a com-pletely new type of instrument that would go on to change the course of music history and influence decades of future instrument design.

The Moog modular synthesizer was comprised of individual electronic modules, housed in a wooden frame, and it made use of voltage-control as a new way of creating power-ful sounds that had never been heard before.

em2After its debut at AES, the scientific-looking Moog modular instrument that made ex-traordinary new sounds with rapid alterations and exotic tonal colors, started to gain in popularity. Musicians began to establish the Moog system as the archetype of synthesis. One of the earliest and most famous artists to adopt the new instrument was Keith Em-erson, keyboardist for the innovative band Emerson Lake and Palmer. Touring the world for over forty years with this unique instrument, Emerson has made his Moog modular system the most recognizable synthesizer of all time.

The 50th Anniversary of the Moog Modular is a historical landmark for musical instru-ment design and popular music. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Moog Music has faithfully and painstakingly recreated Keith Emerson’s Moog modular. This new Em-erson Moog Modular System (EMMS) utilizes original design material and parts to dupli-cate each facet of Mr. Emerson’s custom instrument down to the smallest detail. The modules in the EMMS are built exactly as the originals were in the Moog Factory in Tru-mansburg, NY in the 1960s: by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods. Today, Moog also released a mini-documentary featuring a Moog engineer, a Moog Historian, and Bob Moog himself, that explores Moog Music’s quest to resurrect the original methods, materials and designs used in the foundational modular synths.

em1“It’s a dream come true for us to bring back these instruments that our company is so known for, and to make them visually and sonically perfect. It’s even more perfect that exactly 50 years after the first Moog synth was shown to the public, people can come to AES 2014 and experience the new Emerson Moog Modular System,” said Brian Kehew, Moog’s Historian.

This towering recreation of the world’s most recognizable synthesizer will be on display in Moog booth 1028 at the 137th AES convention in Los Angeles, CA through Sunday 10/12/14. It is the first time the Emerson Moog Modular System has been shown to the public since it’s unveiling at Moogfest 2014.

Of the 5 Emerson Moog Modular Systems Moog will build, only 1 remains available for sale. The price is $150,000 USD. To inquire about purchasing the last remaining Emerson Moog Modular System, contact Steve Maass at Moog Music. 828.251.0090 ext. 205 or email steve.m@moogmusic.com. Serious buyers only please.

Mini-Documentary: http://bit.ly/1uUNBNS
Photos: http://bit.ly/1vRXBXn
Product Page: http://bit.ly/1tiCVdl

About Moog Music:

Moog Music synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted in the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

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The Neumann U47 fet is Back!

Los Angeles, October 10, 2014: The 1960s and 1970s are considered to be one of the most innovative periods in the history of music. Many sound concepts of this pioneering time are currently being rediscovered and are regarded as a great enrichment – particularly in the digital audio world. The interplay among studio technologies of different generations forms the basis of unprecedented freedom for new sound experiments.

u471An icon of that era which was decisive in helping to shape the sound of the 1970s is the Neumann U 47 fet. As the transistorized successor of the U 47, it permitted the processing of very high sound pressure levels for the first time, for instance allowing positioning directly in front of loud amps. Due to this feature, and the capsule sound derived from its famous tube-based predecessor, the U 47 fet contributed to many legendary recordings of the time.

Now the U 47 fet is back! For the new “Collectors Edition U 47 fet”, Neumann has resumed production of this classic mic, according to the original production documents and schematics. The Collectors Edition is supplied with a high-quality wooden case with special packaging, and an individual certificate with the serial number of the microphone.

In terms of technical design, the U 47 fet is a condenser microphone with a cardioid directional characteristic and fet 80 circuit technology. Among other things this technology, also used in the U 87, is characterized particularly by a wide dynamic range. The K 47, already employed in the U 47, is a double large-diaphragm capsule with a slight boost in the range above 2 kHz.

If required, a switchable low-cut filter raises the lower cutoff frequency electronically from 40 Hz to 140 Hz, and switchable attenuation can reduce transmission levels by 10 dB. In addition, to prevent overloading of the connected preamp, the output signal can be reduced by 6 dB via a switch on the bottom of the microphone.

u472Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin, explains: “Today many new musical currents are defining themselves through the possibilities of digital production technology. The relaunch of the U 47 fet now provides the opportunity of using epoch-making technologies from different decades side by side. Vintage sound meets the modern world – providing ideal conditions for the realization of new creative soundscapes.”

The list of renowned artists who have created musical masterpieces with the sound of the U 47 fet – including AC/DC, Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen, and later R.E.M, the Pretenders, a-ha, Dire Straits, Metallica, Michael Bublé and many others – can now grow longer …

The microphone, which available in classic nickel, is shipping now and costs $3,999.95. All information and images can be found at: www.u47fet.neumann.com.

About Neumann:

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

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, Conn. 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.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Powersoft Launches Armonia Pro Audio Suite™ 2.5.0, With New Interface and Advanced Control of Powersoft X Series

Software Upgrade Represents a Milestone in the Development of Powersoft’s Pro Audio Suite

Ventura, CA, October 9, 2014: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced the launch of Armonía Pro Audio Suite 2.5.0™. Since the first software edition was released in 2009, Armonía Pro Audio Suite™ has gained a reputation as a powerful solution that helps audio professionals significantly improve sonic performance and system reliability in their loudspeaker systems.

armoniascreeshotArmonía Pro Audio Suite 2.5.0™, which is able to control the all new X series amplifiers, is designed to facilitate seamless remote control and monitoring of Powersoft amplifiers. With the new software version, system engineers can easily perform on-line or off-line system setup and tuning — as well as manage and monitor all vital functions in real-time from a remote PC via a single intuitive GUI.

The new release of Armonía Pro Audio Suite 2.5.0™, which is most relevant update to the digital signage monitoring and processing software to date, is able to maximize interaction among loudspeakers, as well as manage the entire range of Powersoft products.

New Software Interface:

armoniaxThe update to Armonía Pro Audio Suite includes a new interface to control the advanced features of Powersoft’s X Series (e.g. Matrix / Speaker Routing / Redundancy Priorities, and improves control functionality for the new DigiMod DSP-D amp modules: such as parameter settings, bank preset management, grouping information and preset locking functions.

Armonía can also control and monitor a complex system with greater ease and intelligence by leveraging LivingWorkspace, an innovative component that is able to render a quick overview of the entire system status on the workspace. With LivingWorkspace, users can access critical information about signal presence, muting, gain reduction and clipping instantaneously. Additionally, link state and alarms state are clearly visible by icons, which appear on both the border and background.

Finally, a software update has been included allowing OEM manufacturers to significantly raise their own brand profiles. While using Armonía ProManager, the software is able to configure any IK Series amp modules combination, so loudspeakers manufacturers can make their custom-branded products accessible in Armonía. This provides an added benefit of customization and visibility.

Learning and Collaboration Resources:

There are many ways to for users to become more familar with Armonía Pro Audio Suite, including a rich tutorial section on the Powersoft website available here: http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/software/armonia-tutorial. This includes a host of training videos that cover comprehensive topics such as handling presets, digital signal, running a system and many others. Additionally, Powersoft hosts a very active Armonía support forum [http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/armonia-forum] where users can gain valuable insight directly from their peers. Finally, the Armonía Sound School has been established as an ongoing resource to help disseminate knowledge in the field of sound engineering.

Armonía Pro Audio Suite 2.5.0™ is accessible via a free download and fully compatible with Windows 8.1 and earlier. For more information on Armonía Pro Audio Suite, please visit http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/software/armonia-pro-audio-suite.

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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Antelope Audio Introduces Satori — a Next Gen Monitoring Controller, Combines True Analog Monitoring and Summing Capabilities

Satori Offers a Comprehensive Feature Set and Extreme Efficiency in a Sleek 1U Rack

Los Angeles, October 8, 2014: Building on its unrivaled pedigree of high-end mastering solutions like Eclipse 384, leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio [AES booth 1019] introduces a true analog monitoring and summing system. Satori, a Japanese Buddhist term referring to enlightenment, is designed to deliver an ‘epiphany’ experience to the sound engineer. Antelope’s renowned relay-controlled stepped attenuator, the extremely versatile connectivity options and great selection of stereo effects such as mid-side monitoring, place the Satori among the most advanced monitoring controllers in the world, equally suited to both commercial and project studios.

Extremely Transparent, Coherent Audio Processing:
SatoriFrontSatori expands upon the acclaimed design architecture of Eclipse 384 – Antelope’s award-winning mastering AD/DA and monitoring controller. Carefully designed analog circuits and fast, transparent relay attenuators ensure the audio integrity throughout the whole signal path. The 0.05 dB platinum relays provide supremely accurate volume control and perfect L/R balance, even at the lowest listening levels.

“We wanted to design a clean and transparent monitoring controller that would not compromise the quality of our converters and will provide sound engineers with a genuine listening experience,” commented Igor Levin, founder and CEO of Antelope Audio. “Satori is a part of our concept for creating a coherent signal path all the way from the analog source through conversion, recording and playback. Along with Satori, this philosophy is expressed in our latest product additions: MP32, Pure2, and Orion32.

Dedicated Headphone Amps:
satoriFour independent headphone outputs allow individual source selection and volume control, enabling separate feeds for musicians or vocalists. The headphone drivers on Satori employ the same audiophile-grade circuitry found in Antelope’s line of premium home audio products, and are able to drive both low and high impedances.

Great Flexibility and Efficiency:
Satori offers a plethora of functionality such as talkback and level trims, as well as stereo effects like mute, mono, dim and mid-side. The mid-side effect is rarely implemented in monitor controllers, yet routinely requested by mastering engineers. Gain offset is available for any input and output, making A/B testing extremely easy and efficient. In addition to providing outstanding monitoring capabilities, Satori includes a fully analog 8-channel summing mixer. This kind of analog summing, with warm punch and excellent dynamics, allows engineers who work completely “in-the-box” to mix signals in the analog domain for a more natural blending of instruments.

Abundant Input/Output Options:
SatoriRearWith a generous amount of connectivity options, Satori fits perfectly in any studio and represents the ultimate in user flexibility. With eight stereo inputs, four stereo outputs, a range of connectivity options including XLR, 1/4″ TRS and D-Sub 25, the 1U unit is unique in its class. In addition to four stereo speaker outputs, Satori features a dedicated subwoofer output. The unit also features D-Sub 25 connectivity, elegantly solving the issue of connecting to multi-channel converters such as Orion32.

User-friendly Front Panel and Remote Control:
Satori’s delicately machined aluminum volume knob and large LED front panel push buttons allow easy access to the most commonly used monitoring functions such as input and monitor selectors, gain adjustment and level trimming. The unit also ships with the next generation of software application [Mac and PC] enabling flexible and accurate control. The software control panel allows fast and responsive source and speaker switching, accurate volume control, stereo effects selection, headphone controls and user-recallable presets. Analog summing is fully controllable via the software application.

Satori is scheduled to ship later in Q4 of 2014 and will be priced at $1,475.

About Antelope Audio:
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

Photo captions:
1) Antelope Audio’s new Satori, a true analog monitoring and summing system.
2) Teaser video for Antelope Audio’s new Satori monitoring and summing system.
3) Rear panel of Antelope Audio’s new Satori monitoring and summing system.

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From World Class Mastering Rooms to Your Own Living Room: Antelope Audio Introduces the Unparalleled Combination of Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC and 10M Atomic Clock

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest Attendees will be Among First to Experience Depth and Clarity Made Possible by Antelope’s Quad DAC Architecture and Ultra Stable Clocking

Denver, October 8, 2014: Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [exhibit Marriott Tower, Suite 1125] is once again setting new standards of audio fidelity at this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) by demonstrating its new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC in combination with its 10M Audiophile Atomic Clock. Attendees of RMAF will be among the first in the U.S. to experience the unrivalled sound quality made possible by the high rate, quad DAC architecture present in the Zodiac Platinum when connected to the ultra stable Audiophile 10M Atomic Clock, an upgraded and enhanced version of Antelope Audio’s renowned Isochrone 10M clock.

Zodiac_platinum_10m_bundle_1080x1080During the demonstration at RMAF, the Antelope suite will consist of two systems built around Zodiac Platinum DACs, with one system connected to the 10M Audiophile Atomic Clock and the other functioning solely as a DAC/preamplifier. The digital signals will originate from a Music Vault M7 music server by Sound Science. The first system (which includes the 10M) will also consist of a Lyngdorf 2170 integrated amplifier with Room Perfect room correction, powering a pair of King Sound Prince 3 electrostatic full range loudspeakers.

The Second system, which will use the Zodiac Platinum as a DAC/preamplifer, will receive its digital signal from Second Music Vault Music Server. The Zodiac Platinum will be used to feed a M20 stereo vacuum tube headphone amplifier, which will drive two Kingsound H3 electrostatic headphones. The Zodiac Platinum will also feed a Kingsound M10 solid state headphone amp that will be driving another pair of Kingsound H3 electrostatic headphones.

Antelope Audio is widely regarded as an authority in digital clocking and audio conversion technologies and is well-known in the professional audio community. The same technology featured in the Audiophile 10M Atomic Clock is also present in the company’s flagship 10M Atomic reference generator and routinely used at the best recording, mastering and postproduction facilities around the Globe.

Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC
The Zodiac Platinum features custom, ultra low jitter USB for streaming up to DSD128 and 384 kHz PCM, plus comprehensive analog and digital I/O. It also features fully reclocked and de-jittered digital outputs along with analog preamp inputs, ensuring sonic purity at the input stage. With its 64-bit precision 8x linear phase PCM and DSD upsampling capabilities and quad DAC architecture, the Zodiac Platinum is able to achieve stunningly transparent imaging and dynamics in the most demanding audiophile environments. With high precision relay attenuators for fast and precise control of main outputs and dual variable impedance headphone outputs, Zodiac Platinum puts power control into the hands of the listener.

10M Audiophile Atomic Clock
The 10M Audiophile Atomic Clock is an upgraded and enhanced version of Antelope’s legendary Isochrone 10M master clock, which has become an industry standard for ensuring audio quality and accurate sound reproduction among leading producers, sound engineers, artists and movie post-production studios worldwide. When coupled with Antelope’s 10M Audiophile Atomic Clock, the Zodiac Platinum Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter management technology, reaches an even higher standard of professional-grade performance and a noticeable improvement on audio depth and clarity.

Voltikus PSU: The Ultimate Power Supply
Voltikus PSU is a second generation power supply that is purpose built for the Zodiac Platinum. Hear the difference that a triple regulated power supply with integrated power line filtering can make in combination with an uncompromising DAC and clocking environment.

The Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC & Audiophile 10M Atomic Clock Bundle sells for $12,995. The Zodiac Platinum ships with a dedicated aluminum IR remote and as well as a custom software control panel for PC, Mac or mobile control applications.

Stop by the Antelope Audio suite at RMAF for a complete demonstration by contacting Antelope representative Neal Van Berg at (720) 308-4000, or visit the Antelope website at: www.antelopeaudio.com.

About Antelope Audio:
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

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Introducing the Pure2 by Antelope Audio: A Two Channel Mastering Converter from the Authority in Clocking

Pure2 Features Best in Class Conversion Quality, Dual DAC Architecture and Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) Technology from Antelope’s Flagship Trinity Master Clock

Los Angeles, October 7, 2014: As part of a multi-dimensional product unveiling at the 137th International AES Convention, leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio introduces Pure2, a mastering-grade 24/192 kHz AD/DA 2-channel converter and master clock. Pure2 builds on Antelope Audio’s mastering legacy of the very successful high-end converter Eclipse 384.

Pure2FrontThe Pure2 enables users to realize unsurpassed digital clarity and analog realism, while offering a flexible set of connectivity options and extremely efficient and ergonomic software remote control. Pure2 employs an all-new design that leverages best-in-class Burr-Brown converters and the same Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology present in Antelope’s ultra high-end Trinity master clock.

More than just a mastering converter, Pure2 comprises five distinct high performance components:

• An A/D converter with optimized overloads handling
• A D/A converter with dual DAC architecture
• A high-end headphone amplifier with a dedicated D/A
• A relay-based analog volume control for supremely accurate monitoring
• A master clock with 4th generation of Antelope’s AFC jitter management

Pure2With Pure2, clear and realistic audio quality is within reach. In addition to its first-rate conversion and AFC technology, the unit also features Antelope Audio’s pristine analog circuitry, which is driven by a proprietary, multi-stage linear power supply. When monitoring through speakers, Pure2′s relay-based stepped attenuator ensures exceptional transparency and perfect L/R balance, even at low listening levels. Additionally, Pure2′s dual-DAC technology — with separate DAC chips for left and right channels —guarantees superior stereo separation and imaging.

“As digital devices and software-based tools become more and more ubiquitous in recording and playback environments, advanced clocking and conversion technology is now a prerequisite towards getting great sound,” commented Igor Levin, founder and CEO of Antelope Audio. “Pure2 puts world class mastering functionality within the reach of just about anyone, at a fraction of what it would have cost just three years ago.”

Pure2: The New Heartbeat of Your Studio
Pure2RearWith Pure2, attaining immaculate audio quality does not have to be complicated. The device includes a highly intuitive software control panel (compatible with both Mac and PC) enabling users to manage all facets of its operation from a computer. Meanwhile, the front panel of the unit also includes user-definable presets for added routing convenience and efficiency.

Among the most exciting features of Pure2 are its unparalleled connectivity options. With several Word Clock outputs, Pure2 can function as the master clock for an entire studio and can also be locked to Antelope’s legendary 10M Atomic Clock for even greater clocking stability. Further, Pure2 can be connected via S/PDIF, TOSLINK, AES and USB, making it suitable for nearly any studio environment.

Pure2, which is a perfect standalone mastering-grade converter for any studio and live application, is scheduled to ship in late Q4 of 2014 and will be priced at $2,195.

About Antelope Audio:
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

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1) The Antelope Audio Pure2 is a mastering-grade 24/192 kHz AD/DA 2-channel converter and master clock.
2) Teaser video for the new Antelope Audio Pure2 mastering converter.
3) Rear panel of the Antelope Audio Pure2.

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Werkstatt_01ASHEVILLE, NC, October 7, 2014: Today, Moog Music announced the official worldwide release of the Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Moogfest 2014 Kit — a patchable analog synthesizer designed to inspire the exploration and modification of classic Moog circuits while delivering a myriad of vintage and new raw, mangled, and monstrous Moog tones. This highly-portable instrument is secured in a solid-steel chas-sis and features a harmonically rich Moog VCO, classic 4-pole Moog Ladder filter, wide-range LFO with audio-rate modulation capabilities, ADS envelope generator, and an analog patchable header for expansive sonic experimentation, manipulation, and decimation.

Today also marks the launch of WerkstattWorkshop.com (beta) — an interactive creative learning portal containing project ideas, mod tutorials, parts lists, educational lesson plans, 3D printer files, Arduino integration and control and many other dynamic resources for Werkstatt owners. This microsite also includes Moog’s new and ongoing research surrounding the use of subtractive synthesizers in STEM and STEAM high school classrooms. Lessons in these studies are focused on project based learning opportunities, and encouraging a creative deployment of practical skills in STEM fields. All lessons and associated materials are open source and available online free to educators across multiple disciplines.

“Analog synthesizers have long had their own maker culture born of curious engineers, physicists and hobbyists alike,” said Moog Music CEO, Mike Adams. “Bob Moog got his start at the age of 15 by studying and modifying Leon Theremin’s designs. We’d like to share our love for learning, music, and electronics to empower a new generation of makers to expand on our work and take it to levels we can’t yet imagine,” Adams said.

Werkstatt _02In April 2014, the Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Kit was made available to Engineering VIP ticket holders at Moogfest 2014, Moog’s multi-day celebration of technology, art and music. The success of the workshop at the festival prompted Moog to release a limited number of Werkstatt’s to select US dealers. Starting today the Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Kit is available and in stock at all Moog Music dealers worldwide. MSRP of $329 US

Video Links:
http://youtu.be/32wzAhNy5aY

Audio Links:
https://soundcloud.com/moogmusicinc/sets/werkstatt-o1-moogfest-2014-kit

Product Page:
http://www.moogmusic.com/products/werkstatt/werkstatt-ø1-moogfest-2014-kit

Community:
www.werkstattworkshop.com

About Moog Music:
Moog Music synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted in the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

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The Black Keys Turn Blue with Sennheiser

Old Lyme, CT, October 6, 2014: Overnight success was slow in arriving for Ohio garage rock duo, The Black Keys (TBK). The band was active for over a decade in small clubs on the Midwest indie circuit before the big time finally caught up with them in 2010 with the release of their sixth album, Brothers, and its quirky hit single “Tighten Up”. “We accidentally took off,” remarked TBK’s drummer, Patrick Carney. “We weren’t expecting that.” Nevertheless, they’ve had to get used to it as record sales and popularity have climbed steadily ever since, to the point where their eighth album, Turn Blue, released in May 2014, debuted at number one in the U.S., Canada and Australia, the band’s first record to top the album charts anywhere. The band is currently in the midst of their Turn Blue worldwide tour complete with a full range of Sennheiser microphones specified by their long-time FoH engineer, Jason M. Tarulli, and fully endorsed by monitor engineer Rob Elliot.

The Black Keys - Patrick Carney-photo credit Chris IsaacTarulli has been with the band since their early days, starting out in small Ohio clubs and living out of the back of a van. He clearly did a good job as Carney and the other half of the duo, guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach, have remained loyal to him throughout. Tarulli experienced the meteoric rise to fame right alongside the band, learning as they learned how to transition from small and medium-sized clubs to sold-out 10,000-seater arenas. Naturally, that has had a certain impact on the kind of gear available to the band: “It’s great to be able to choose what we want after so many years of having to make do with anything and everything!” said Tarulli. “As far as Sennheiser is concerned, this is the first tour where we’ve had Sennheiser gear throughout, and so far it’s been great.”

The Black Keys’ production manager Anthony Pitcher is a long time Sennheiser friend and was instrumental in cementing the relationship with Jason Tarulli and Rob Elliot. “I’ve used the Sennheiser line exclusively for years,” said Pitcher. “It wasn’t a tough sell with my audio team – they’re brilliant engineers who already had a thorough knowledge of the product line. It was just up to me to bring it to the table for this band.”

The Black Keys - Dan Auerbach-photo credit Chris Isaac“Overall, I’m really into the classic sound and feel of Sennheiser mics like the MD 441, 421 and the e 906,” said Tarulli. “I went for a combo of e 906 and MD 421 for Auerbach’s main guitar rig, with the 906 placed near the centre of the cone to get all the mid/hi-mid details plus the crunch and fuzz that comes from the Marshall amp and Fender guitar, and the 421 placed midway or nearer to the outer edge of the cone to get the low-mid warmth. Blended together, that makes for a nice, full, big-sounding guitar. I’ve got a 906 on the rhythm guitar because it’s a great mic for guitars, (actually, I think the 906 is an all-round great mic, period. You could use it for almost anything loud and it would sound fantastic) and a 421, the classic bass guitar mic, on bass. You can’t really go wrong with this choice, the 421 has excellent low/low-mid response.”

For the drums, Tarulli explained that as Neumann microphones had been used for making the records, the idea was to carry some of them over for the live drum sound in conjunction with Sennheiser equipment. He opted for an e 901 and e 902 for the kick drum, stating them to be respectively, “a good, solid inside kick mic to get the sound of the attack and the drum shell tone and the outside mic to get more of the drum head sound.” He went for an MD 441 on the snare (“a solid mic with good rejection”) and a Neumann KM 184 on the hi-hat which he described as “a small condenser mic that gets the sizzle of the hi-hats without sounding thin.” He also went for KM 184s as overhead mics. “The KM 184 is an excellent small-diaphragm condenser with good detail – the cymbals are full sounding, not thin or washy and it also complements the microphones on the rest of the kit for a more natural feel,” he explained.

TBK Dan Auerbach-photo credit Chris IsaacFor the rest of the kit, Tarulli decided on an MD 441 for the cow bell: “Overkill? Maybe!” he laughed, “but it really makes the cowbell feel full and even. Also, I can push the fader up when things get quiet to add a little extra ambience to the snare.” His final choice regarding the drum kit was an e 904 for the tom-toms, which is perhaps the choice he is the most pleased with. “The biggest problem I had for a while was with the tom mics,” he recalled. “I love mics like the 421 for toms, but mics that size can be difficult to focus and the stands can be clumsy and take up too much real estate on the drum riser. Most drummers can’t help but hit them…. sometimes fatally! The 904 solved all my problems – it’s compact, clips easily onto the drum, won’t come loose or fall off, even after the occasional wild hit from a drumstick, and sounds great.”

Engineers-photo credit Chris IsaacLast but not least, Tarulli decided on e 945s for both the tambourine and main vocals. “The 945 is a good all-round mic with excellent rejection and proximity effects,” he remarked. “The tambourine comes through really well, even in the midst of a loud stage, and it does the same job for the vocals, resulting in nice clear vocals and a crisp-sounding tambourine.”

Rob Elliot, an experienced UK monitor engineer (The Cure, Gomez) has been working with The Black Keys since July 2013. He cheerfully admits that Tarulli was responsible for specifying all the mics. “Jason has been with them forever, so it’s perfectly natural that he should specify the gear. That said, I think he made an excellent choice, so I’m more than happy.”

The final word went to Sennheiser Canada’s Chris Isaac who handles artist relations and has been looking after the band: “It’s great to have The Black Keys on board,” he said. “They are a fantastic rock duo with great stage presence who never fail to bring the house down with their live performances wherever they go. They also happen to be really cool guys, along with their team, who are a pleasure to work with.”

The Black Keys are currently working their way round the US before breaking for Christmas and a month off. In February they will embark on a second European leg and finish in Australasia.

The Sennheiser Group, with its head office in Wedemark (Hanover Region) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2013 the family company, which was founded in 1945, realised a turnover of around 590 million euros. Sennheiser has more than 2,500 employees worldwide and operates its own factories in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. The company Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor speakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres) are also part of the Sennheiser Group. You can find further up-to-date information about Sennheiser online at www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: Patrick Carney of The Black Keys relies on Sennheiser and Neumann microphones for his drumkit

2: TBK’s guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach with his e 945

3: TBK’s FoH engineer Jason M. Tarulli (l.) and monitor engineer Rob Elliot

(Photo credit for all images: Chris Isaac)

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