Sennheiser Press Releases http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser Kirby Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:23:27 -0400 The latest news from Sennheiser USA Sennheiser’s new cloud-based IT management solution for headsets and speakerphones helps busy IT departments keep in touch with business http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/sennheiser-s-new-cloud-based-it-management-solution-for-headsets-and-speakerphones-helps-busy-it-departments-keep-in-touch-with-business http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/sennheiser-s-new-cloud-based-it-management-solution-for-headsets-and-speakerphones-helps-busy-it-departments-keep-in-touch-with-business Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Audio specialist Sennheiser has launched HeadSetup™ Pro Manager, a powerful cloud-based IT management solution developed to track, monitor, update and configure settings on multiple Sennheiser devices from a single, easy to use dashboard that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. The new solution takes the pressure off IT professionals, letting them effortlessly stay in control of their Unified Communications environments.

HeadSetup™ Pro Manager now makes it easier to keep in touch with business.

HeadSetup™ Pro Manager now makes it easier to keep in touch with business.

Unified Communications brings enormous benefits to businesses – increasing the ease and efficiency of everyday operations and giving teams unprecedented mobility and flexibility. Yet these advantages often bring an increase in workload and complexity for IT departments that need to manage and secure a growing number of devices. Sennheiser’s new HeadSetup™ Pro Manager now makes it easier to stay in touch with existing headsets and speakerphones by providing access to fast mass deployment, easy update management, centralized configuration and reporting options from one single easy to use dashboard that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

“The role of IT professionals is often made needlessly frustrating by the added, never ending challenge of tracking assets and keeping devices up to date. This can consume many valuable man hours and can also proof to be disruptive to the users,” said Andreas Bach, President at Sennheiser Communications A/S. “With HeadSetup™ Pro Manager we have taken on this challenge with a secure and flexible IT Management tool that frees up your IT team to stay focused on higher value activity while delivering a seamless and secure Unified ommunications experience.”

HeadSetup™ Pro Manager is a cloud-based enterprise SaaS (Software as a service) hosted on Microsoft Azure cloud services and Microsoft Azure SQL/NoSQL databases. This scalable and resilient solution allows for highly secure control of remote devices, even across multiple sites through encrypted communication with a client on each user’s computer. No sensitive data is stored. Sennheiser’s client application, HeadSetup™ Pro, works in the background to manage connected headsets or speakerphones with minimal distractions to the end user.

HeadSetup™ Pro Manager delivers benefits in three main areas – Asset Management, Update Management and Configuration Management.

Asset Management
The new software solution offers a detailed overview of all headsets and speakerphones installed in the company. From one location it is possible to receive an overview of both active and inactive audio devices to identify the registered owner and user. By offering visibility of assets, IT departments can more effectively manage resources to improve productivity.

Update Management
HeadSetup™ Pro Manager provides a flexible and cost effective way to push out latest software updates to all an organization’s Sennheiser headsets, at a time that’s most convenient to IT and users alike. It is possible to push new updates to an unlimited number of users or defined user groups from a single easy to use dashboard and to schedule automated updates in a way that causes minimal downtime and disruption to the business.

Configuration Management
The centralized configuration option allows all settings to be controlled from the IT department, while headset users experience a simple plug and play solution. HeadSetup™ Pro Manager makes it possible to centrally push configurations or lock specific specifications on wired and DECT wireless headsets to comply with regulatory compliance settings for specific groups or individuals from one single dashboard tool.

In addition, HeadSetup™ Pro Manager’s report function makes it possible to create reports on headset usage to gain full control of your inventory and insights into the company’s UC environment.

Today, the most successful organizations rely on Unified Communications to power their operations. Sennheiser’s premium portfolio for business communication solutions optimizes this experience for users through superior audio quality, enhanced comfort and effortless ease of use. With the release of HeadSetup™ Pro Manager, this Sennheiser experience also comes to the IT department, letting businesses stay focused on the challenges ahead.

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'SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AUDIO' SERIES IN NYC PROVIDES 'DEEP DIVE' INTO EMERGING VR/3D AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/shape-the-future-of-audio-series-in-nyc-provides-deep-dive-into-emerging-vr-3d-audio-technologies http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/shape-the-future-of-audio-series-in-nyc-provides-deep-dive-into-emerging-vr-3d-audio-technologies Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Audio specialist Sennheiser announced a collaboration with music and tech education series The Digilogue to host a 4-day event: the ‘Shape the Future of Audio’ series. The event will take place at Interface NYC between October 4 to 7, and will include panels on VR/3D Audio and The Streaming Economy, master classes on various topics including production and engineering, as well as performances from leading contemporary artists. During the event, Sennheiser will also host several activations so attendees can experience the company’s AMBEO 3D audio technology first-hand.

The Future of Audio series in early October will include segments on virtual reality and streaming, as well as master classes and live music.

The Future of Audio series in early October will include segments on virtual reality and streaming, as well as master classes and live music.

“Our Shape the Future of Audio series being produced in cooperation with The Digilogue is an immersive forum to inspire the next generation of creators,” commented Stefanie Reichert, Director Trade Marketing, Retail, Americas at Sennheiser. “During the series, we will host experts and performers, all of whom will demonstrate and share what is in store for those looking to create expressive, next generation content using the latest VR and AMBEO 3D audio technology from Sennheiser.”

To register for any of the four days’ events, visit: https://www.thedigilogue.com/

The Future of Audio in NYC
The series kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 4 with the VR/3D Audio Panel — an entire session dedicated to virtual reality and AMBEO 3D. Thought leaders and subject matter experts from a variety of companies in this sector — including Littl Star and Mach1 — will share their insights during a vibrant, interactive discussion. As live music plays a major role in the series’ programming, the panel will also include a performance by Brooklyn-based Hip/Hop act Soul Science Lab.

Day 2 of the Shape the Future of Audio series will focus on 'The Streaming Economy' and how this affects the current and future state of audio technology. The day will include panelists from Spotify and Atlantic Records

Day 2 of the Shape the Future of Audio series will focus on ‘The Streaming Economy’ and how this affects the current and future state of audio technology. The day will include panelists from Spotify and Atlantic Records

The second day’s panel on Thursday, Oct. 5 will focus on The Streaming Economy and include a discussion on the implications of streaming and how it affects the current state and future of music. Insight from songwriters, artists and key players in the music industry — including panelists from Spotify and Atlantic Records — will be shared with attendees, with rhythmic beats courtesy of DJ KEVY KEV.

The final panel, to be held on Friday, Oct. 6, will focus on music applications such as Snapchat, Genius and Mixcloud — and explore how these mediums are affecting contemporary music culture and how they will continue to play a role within audio technology in the future. Music on Fab Roc will provide live music during Friday’s session.

During the Shape the Future of Audio series, attendees will get a chance to see learn about the new AMBEO Smart Headset from Sennheiser, which enables users to capture realistic 3D audio from their mobile devices

During the Shape the Future of Audio series, attendees will get a chance to see learn about the new AMBEO Smart Headset from Sennheiser, which enables users to capture realistic 3D audio from their mobile devices

Hands-on applications from Sennheiser
During all four days, Sennheiser invites attendees to experience and explore its products in diverse range of real-life applications. Using Sennheiser HD 25s, HD 280 Pro and other headphones, attendees will be able to produce and engineer their own tracks in the Sennheiser pop-up studio. During a studio activation, attendees will also have the opportunity to experience Sennheiser’s new AMBEO SMART HEADSET — designed to capture audio in 3D with stunning realism. Finally, a special travel / lifestyle activation provides attendees with the opportunity to rent any of Sennheiser’s new Bluetooth wireless headphones — such as the PXC 550 and the HD1 Wireless — and enjoy a personalized experience throughout the day.

To learn more about the Shape the Future Audio series in New York or to register, please visit https://www.thedigilogue.com/.https://www.thedigilogue.com/.

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SENNHEISER ANNOUNCES INTEROPERABILITY WITH SWYX http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/sennheiser-announces-interoperability-with-swyx http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/sennheiser-announces-interoperability-with-swyx Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Sennheiser, a leading provider of premium audio solutions for business, is pleased to announce their cooperation and certified product interoperability with Unified Communications specialist Swyx.

Sennheiser and Swyx now offer their mutual customers full product interoperability and an improved user experience

Sennheiser and Swyx now offer their mutual customers full product interoperability and an improved user experience

Sennheiser has been appointed Swyx Technology Alliance Program partner, by the Dortmund-based IP and Unified Communications solutions provider for small and medium sized businesses. The full range of Sennheiser business products including wired, DECT-based and Bluetooth headsets and speakerphones have been comprehensively tested and certified by Swyx to guarantee seamless interoperability. Thanks to the successful certification, Sennheiser audio solutions for business can be used alongside the Swyx softphone client with plug and play simplicity. Whether in the office or on the go, users can transform their PC or laptop into an intuitive universal communication tool for more productive working. The combination of Sennheiser devices and Swyx solution provides HD audio quality and effortless ease of use, with full call control management.

Commenting on the certification, Martin Claßen, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Swyx Solutions AG, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sennheiser as a Swyx Technology Alliance Program partner. Sennheiser has a long heritage of audio excellence. The certified plug and play interoperability will benefit our mutual customers in their daily work and deliver a superior communication experience for enhanced productivity.”

Andreas Bach, President at Sennheiser Communications A/S, said: “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Swyx as well as the interoperability with Swyx’s award-winning solutions for small to medium sized companies. The alliance makes our solutions available to Swyx customers who can now benefit from the powerful combination of Sennheiser’s superior sound quality in seamless integration with Swyx solutions.”

Experience Sennheiser and Swyx
Sennheiser will showcase its portfolio of compatible business solutions at the Swyx Partner and Technology Conference 2017 in Bonn, Germany on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. To learn more, please visit: https://www.swyx.com/company/press/press-releases/press-detail/news/detail/News/swyx-partner-and-technology-conference-2017.html

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DRESSING UP A MODERN CLASSIC: INTRODUCING THE SENNHEISER GSP 301 AND GSP 302 GAMING HEASETS http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/dressing-up-a-modern-classic-introducing-the-sennheiser-gsp-301-and-gsp-302-gaming-heasets http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/dressing-up-a-modern-classic-introducing-the-sennheiser-gsp-301-and-gsp-302-gaming-heasets Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Audio specialist Sennheiser announced two new color variations on its GSP 300 gaming headset — the GSP 301 and GSP 302. The new headsets are the ultimate upgrade for gamers ready to level-up and being offered exclusively through the Sennheiser webshop. While both headsets are identical to the GSP 300 from a technology perspective, each one features new monochromatic styling variations. Gamers can choose among the GSP 301 in a satin white finish, the GSP 302 in matte black, or the original GSP 300 in duotone black and blue.

The GSP 301 gaming headset, featuring a satin white finish, is a fresh take on a modern classic.

The GSP 301 gaming headset, featuring a satin white finish, is a fresh take on a modern classic.

Since its debut last August, the GSP 300 has been well received by gaming enthusiasts, drawing a loyal base of gamers who crave a combination of premium sound quality, stylish looks and comfort. The new GSP 301 and GSP 302 headsets, colored in satin white and matte black respectively, deliver detailed sound quality and feature a broadcast grade noise-cancelling microphone for crystal-clear communication without distraction.

Bass in your face
The acoustics on the new GSP 301 and GSP 302 do not disappoint. Enhanced bass emphasizes ‘in your face’ action, while superior closed acoustic technology allows exceptional transparency and realism. This allows the gamer to be fully immersed in the experience without outside disruption. Multi-platform compatibility with the PCV 05 combo audio adapter enables a seamless connection across multiple platforms including PC, Mac, PS4™ and Xbox One.

The GSP 302 is equipped with a broadcast quality noise-cancelling microphone that minimizes background noise

The GSP 302 is equipped with a broadcast quality noise-cancelling microphone that minimizes background noise

Dressing up to play
The GSP 301 and GSP 302 feature cushy XL memory foam ear pads for a best-in-class acoustic seal. Sennheiser’s product material choices were based on extensive research into the ergonomics of the human ear — and as a result, the GSP 300/301 and 302 are able to deliver robust performance for extended hours of play.

The aviation-inspired split headband reduces pressure for enhanced comfort, while a clever ball-joint hinge makes it easy to perfectly angle the speakers to suit your face shape. The noise-canceling microphone helps minimize background noise so gamers can remain focused while playing solo or on a team. An easy to reach volume wheel on the right and a boom mic on the left that auto-mutes when raised ensures that the user is always in control of the audio.

The GSP 301 and GSP 302 are being offered exclusively through the Sennheiser webshop at a price of $99.95 US ($129.99 CAN). For a limited time, customers ordering any of the GSP 300 gaming headset models through the Sennheiser webshop will also receive a complimentary GSA 50 headset hanger as a free gift. As all Sennheiser products, the GSP 301 and GSP 302 are built to last and come with a two-year international warranty.

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ACCLAIMED REPORTING CAPSULE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SENNHEISER WIRELESS MICROPHONES http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/acclaimed-reporting-capsule-now-available-for-sennheiser-wireless-microphones http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/acclaimed-reporting-capsule-now-available-for-sennheiser-wireless-microphones Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 The accessory portfolio for Sennheiser wireless microphones has now been further expanded with the MMD 42-1 dynamic microphone head, which is available from today. The omni-directional capsule is well known from the popular MD 42 reporter’s microphone and as a component of the AVX Combo Set, but will now be made available as an individual accessory that is compatible with most of Sennheiser’s wireless systems. A great choice for reporting tasks, the microphone head is extremely rugged, minimizes wind and pop noise and forgives less than ideal positioning.

The MMD 42-1 microphone head is an ideal choice for any reporting task, where it ensures excellent speech intelligibility

The MMD 42-1 microphone head is an ideal choice for any reporting task, where it ensures excellent speech intelligibility

The MMD 42-1 is a high-quality dynamic microphone head with an omni-directional pick-up pattern. Its design, including a special double-layer mesh basket, minimizes wind, pop and handling noise. With journalism applications, the capsule will ensure excellent speech clarity and consistent levels without the user having to point the microphone directly at the interviewee. “Acoustic ruggedness” is ensured by its high maximum sound pressure level of 154 dB.

The MMD 42-1 microphone head is compatible with the Sennheiser wireless microphone series AVX, D1, SpeechLine Digital Wireless, evolution wireless, 2000, 6000 and 9000.

Technical Data
Transducer principle: dynamic
Pick-up pattern: omni-directional
Frequency response: 40 – 18,000 Hz
Max. sound pressure level: 154 dB
Sensitivity: 1.8 mV/Pa +/-2.5 dB

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HANDMIC DIGITAL – PROFESSIONAL SOUND FOR MOBILE JOURNALISM http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/handmic-digital-professional-sound-for-mobile-journalism http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/handmic-digital-professional-sound-for-mobile-journalism Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 At IBC, audio specialist Sennheiser has announced the availability of its HANDMIC Digital. An ideal choice for mobile journalism and podcasting, the microphone brings broadcast sound quality to iOS devices as well as Macs and PCs. The HANDMIC Digital is extremely rugged, highly resistant to cell phone interference, and offers excellent suppression of handling, wind and ambient noise, which is important when recording on the showfloor, at events, in manufacturing spaces or in similarly noisy environments. The dynamic HANDMIC Digital features Apogee’s award-winning A/D converter and pre-amp technologies for direct connection to USB or Lightning ports.

Sennheiser’s HANDMIC Digital brings professional audio quality to iOS devices, Macs and PCs

Sennheiser’s HANDMIC Digital brings professional audio quality to iOS devices, Macs and PCs

“A handheld microphone is perhaps the most convenient and flexible tool for mobile journalism. There is no need to mike the interviewee, you can deal with any number of contributors and also have a high level of control over the interview,” explains Nicole Fresen, product manager at Sennheiser. “In the field, the HANDMIC Digital brings these advantages to your iOS device, transforming it into an efficient recording tool, with audio enhanced to professional standards. At home, the HANDMIC Digital will be ideal for producing podcasts or voice-overs.”

Sennheiser’s HANDMIC Digital is a smart tool for field interviews

Sennheiser’s HANDMIC Digital is a smart tool for field interviews

The rugged sound upgrade for journalists and podcasters
The HANDMIC Digital has been designed to withstand the rigors of field use. An all-metal housing ensures robustness, while the capsule is shock-mounted to suppress handling noise. The microphone is resistant to wind noise and, of course, the EMI emitted by cell phones. It can easily cut through high ambient noise levels, ensuring excellent speech presence even in loud environments.

The HANDMIC Digital can be used with common media production programs and apps, such as FiLMiC Pro, Periscope, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere or Apogee MetaRecorder and Maestro. Apogee’s apps, for example, allow the user to record audio, conveniently control the microphone gain and activate functions such as a rumble reducer, overload eliminator or hiss reducer. A red status LED indicates that the microphone is streaming audio.

Complete package
The HANDMIC Digital microphone is supplied with two 2m connection cables (Micro USB to Lightning, and Micro USB to USB type A), a microphone clamp and a solid table stand. A pouch and a quick guide are also included.

“With this microphone, you are ready for an interview in seconds,” says Nicole Fresen. “And if the person you are interviewing should also feel like singing – the HANDMIC Digital is a great microphone for that, too!”

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SMART SOUND FOR SMART PRODUCTIONS – THE SENNHEISER FOCUSMIC DIGITAL http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/smart-sound-for-smart-productions-the-sennheiser-focusmic-digital http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/smart-sound-for-smart-productions-the-sennheiser-focusmic-digital Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 At IBC, audio specialist Sennheiser is previewing the FOCUSMIC Digital, a rugged mini-shotgun microphone for high-quality videography with the iPhone. Designed with a proven Sennheiser capsule and Apogee PureDigital pre-amp and A/D converter, the FOCUSMIC Digital plugs directly into the Lightning port of the iPhone and delivers high-quality, focused audio from the direction of filming. The new mic attaches to the smartphone via a rugged metal grip that can accommodate a variety of iPhone models (from SE and X to 8 plus) and case designs, and also allows the mic to rotate through 270°, including a selfie position and a transport position. The FOCUSMIC Digital will be available from Q2 2018.

The FOCUSMIC Digital is an ideal choice for any mobile journalism task from interviews to commentary and for general filming work and content creation. “As its name suggests, the FOCUSMIC Digital will bring directional high-quality sound to your iPhone videos,” explained Dela Bahlke, product manager at Sennheiser. “Whether you’re using the mic for private or professional video applications – it will break the sound limits imposed by the phone’s built-in mic and preamp.”

“Like other products co-developed by Sennheiser and Apogee – ClipMic digital, MKE 2 digital, MK 4 digital, and the AMBEO Smart Headset – FOCUSMIC Digital benefits from the expertise of two leaders in audio recording technology to deliver a transformative solution that provides professional sound quality and ease of use in an industry-standard form factor,” commented Sean McArthur, Apogee’s Director of Marketing. “We know mobile videographers from the enthusiast to the professional will love working with FOCUSMIC Digital.”

The FOCUSMIC Digital will ensure convenient iPhone videography

The FOCUSMIC Digital will ensure convenient iPhone videography

Enhanced and focused audio
“Smartphones face a substantial audio challenge: their built-in microphones and microphone pre-amps are designed for phone calls, not for video sound,” said Dela Bahlke. “Therefore, content creators who want to deliver quality videos to their audiences need to employ an external microphone and a dedicated preamp.” The FOCUSMIC Digital uses a tried-and tested Sennheiser camera microphone capsule, and features a high-quality Apogee in-line A/D converter and mic pre-amp to capture impeccable audio. The new mic effectively rejects side noise, enabling focused sound capture even in loud environments.

App control for setting the gain and useful filters
To perfectly adapt the microphone to close and distant sound sources, its sensitivity or gain can be conveniently adjusted via apps such as Apogee’s free Maestro and MetaRecorder applications. These apps also allow to set various DSP filters that enhance the audio recording still further, such as a rumble filter, a hiss reducer or an overload protection function - gain control. These settings can also be retained should the user then opt to film or record with an app that does not offer such extensive configuration options.

The FOCUSMIC Digital will provide focused audio from the filming direction and conveniently swivel through 270° - from transport position to POV position and “selfie” mode

The FOCUSMIC Digital will provide focused audio from the filming direction and conveniently swivel through 270° - from transport position to POV position and “selfie” mode

Rugged enough to go anywhere
As a rugged partner to the iPhone, the FOCUSMIC Digital features an all-metal microphone casing and a sturdy metal grip. The grip is fitted with a standard ¼” - 20 UNC - thread to attach to camera accessories such as tripods, table stands and handles.

On this grip, the microphone can be turned through 270° from the 0° rest and transport position on the back of the smartphone to the interview/filming - POV - position and further to the “selfie” position. A total of 14 lock positions are available to optimally direct the mic at the sound source.

The FOCUSMIC Digital is supplied complete with a foam windshield. No batteries are needed as the microphone is powered directly by the smartphone.

The estimated availability of the FOCUSMIC Digital is Q2 2018.

Preliminary technical data
Transducer principle: permanently polarised condenser microphone
Pick-up pattern: super-cardioid/lobar
Connector: Apple Lightning connector
DSP filters and functions: rumble filter, hiss reducer, overload protection function

Apple®, Lightning® and iPhone® are trademarks of Apple Inc.

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SENNHEISER LAUNCHES “AMBEO FOR VR” PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/sennheiser-launches-ambeo-for-vr-partnership-program http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/sennheiser-launches-ambeo-for-vr-partnership-program Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 At IBC, audio specialist Sennheiser has officially announced its “AMBEO for VR” Partnership Program, which has been created to ensure seamless production workflows for VR and AR productions. The program encompasses collaborations with acclaimed manufacturers of field recorders, VR live cameras and live streaming software, mixing plug-ins and VR platforms. The first participants in the program were revealed today.

Zoom, Aaton Digital, Orah, Sphericam, Noise Makers and Harpex have joined the AMBEO for VR partnership program

Zoom, Aaton Digital, Orah, Sphericam, Noise Makers and Harpex have joined the AMBEO for VR partnership program

“The future of audio is in immersive sound experience, and perhaps this is nowhere more apparent than in the field of VR,” said Véronique Larcher, co-director AMBEO at Sennheiser. “With the launch of the AMBEO VR Mic last year we have provided an easy-to-use tool for 3D audio productions, while our AMBEO Blueprints website provides ample information on recording and mixing 3D audio. Now our new partnership program helps content creators to design the full VR experience with ease.”

Acclaimed industry partners
Innovative audio for video manufacturer Zoom is including the AMBEO A-B conversion software in its F8 and – by the end of the year – F4 field recorders, best-sellers in the VR community. “At Zoom, we always take into high consideration new technology for audio recording,” commented Masa Iijima, Zoom Corporation CEO. “VR audio has just started and we are happy to partner with Sennheiser AMBEO to provide such an innovative VR recording solution to professionals and creators with our F8 and F4 field recorders.”

The Zoom F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder has the AMBEO A-B conversion software included

The Zoom F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder has the AMBEO A-B conversion software included

Motion picture equipment specialist Aaton Digital will also ensure “AMBEO for VR” compatibility for its Cantar X3 and CantarMini audio recorders. By embedding the A-to-B converter, Zoom and Aaton Digital will save their users the inconvenience of having to externally convert the microphone’s A-format output to the processing-compatible B-format. The field recorder will directly output the B-format, ready for the further processing of the 3D audio signals.

The combination of Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D audio sound and Orah’s Vahana VR 360° video software enables content creators to create a truly immersive experience

The combination of Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D audio sound and Orah’s Vahana VR 360° video software enables content creators to create a truly immersive experience

In the area of VR cameras and live streaming, Sennheiser is cooperating with Orah and Sphericam. Formerly known as VideoStitch, Orah is a major provider of high-quality live and postproduction 360° video creation software and the first company to have offered an all-in-one 4K camera for VR live streaming. Its Vahana VR 360° video live stitching and live streaming software now seamlessly integrates with Sennheiser’s AMBEO VR Mic. By adding 360° sound to 360° video in real-time, users are now able to create even more immersive live VR experiences.

Sphericam has paired its Sphericam Beast cinematic 360º camera with the AMBEO VR Mic to deliver an unparalleled experience for demanding film productions

Sphericam has paired its Sphericam Beast cinematic 360º camera with the AMBEO VR Mic to deliver an unparalleled experience for demanding film productions

Sennheiser’s first partner among professional VR camera makers is Sphericam, who paired its state-of-the-art Sphericam Beast cinematic 360º camera with the AMBEO VR Mic to deliver an unparalleled experience for demanding film productions. This tight collaboration resulted in an unrivaled purpose-built, high-end VR video and audio capture system, combining 4 x 4K60 10-bit Raw / Prores capture with the unique quality of the AMBEO VR Microphone, ensuring the highest fidelity immersion.

The Ambi Head binaural renderer from Noise Makers ensures convenient binaural monitoring and balancing of an immersive mix

The Ambi Head binaural renderer from Noise Makers ensures convenient binaural monitoring and balancing of an immersive mix

Noise Makers is a longstanding AMBEO partner for VR mixing plug-ins. Its Ambi Head binaural renderer allows monitoring Ambisonics audio in 3D and crafting the balance of the immersive audio mix over headphones. The Ambi Head plug-in offers an AMBEO option for the mixing engineer to monitor their VR mix binaurally with the spatial and timbre qualities inspired from another AMBEO recording tool, the Neumann KU 100 dummy head.

The Harpex plug-in is Sennheiser AMBEO certified

The Harpex plug-in is Sennheiser AMBEO certified

In addition to the AMBEO VR Mic’s proprietary A-B format converter, some acclaimed plug-in specialists have joined the AMBEO for VR partnership, among them Harpex. Its Harpex-X signal processing algorithm aims at extracting the maximum amount of spatial information from sound field recordings, with a Harpex plug-in converting the AMBEO VR Mic’s A-format signal into the standard surround and 3D surround formats used in film and television, binaural stereo and VR and AR applications (higher-order AmbiX).

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BLACK PEAKS ON THE RISE WITH SENNHEISER http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/black-peaks-on-the-rise-with-sennheiser http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/black-peaks-on-the-rise-with-sennheiser Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Formed in 2013 in Brighton on the UK south coast, Black Peaks is a four-piece progressive rock band that are going places. Their debut album Statues has been described by The Independent as ‘an exceptional combination of alternative rock, heavy metallic riffs, prog infused concepts and subtle post-rock flourishes that all interweave to create an extremely accomplished debut’ and they have been championed by both Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter and Zane Lowe. Having started out, as most fledgling bands do, with an unrefined mix of microphones, adding Sennheiser to their inventory has made a world of difference.

Will Gardner of progressive rock band Black Peaks in close contact with the fanbase - copyright Ian Coulson

Will Gardner of progressive rock band Black Peaks in close contact with the fanbase - copyright Ian Coulson

“We were originally an instrumental three-piece, which was me, Andrew Gosden on bass and Liam Kearley on drums,” explains guitarist Joe Gosney. “We quickly got Will Gardner (vocals) involved and from there our music really started to take shape. We spent 2013 and 14 playing a bunch of shows around the UK and getting tracks together for what would eventually become our debut album Statues.”

With their live performances becoming more frequent and higher profile – last year, for example, saw them support the Deftones, playing to a crowd of 12,000 at Wembley Arena and this year, as part of a six-week run round Europe and Scandinavia, Mastodon and System Of A Down – they wanted to upgrade their equipment, with microphones being the number one priority.

“We’re now using Sennheiser e 935s on Will’s vocal and 904s on Liam’s toms,” says their front-of-house engineer, Jack Childs. “I love the 935s for their clear glassy highs and rich low mids, the clarity is amazing. They work so well with Will’s voice as he has such a wide dynamic range. I find they perform really well when he’s whisper quiet, keeping their definition and clarity, yet they can handle the insane screams and extreme SPL that this guy can produce (he really is a loud chap)! When he is screaming at full tilt, the 935s continue to provide me with warm and balanced low mids, giving a full-bodied defined tone that makes pronunciation easy to hear, even in the most unruly of venues and spaces we play in.”

An evolution e 935 reliably picks up Will Gardner’s energetic vocals - copyright Ian Coulson

An evolution e 935 reliably picks up Will Gardner’s energetic vocals - copyright Ian Coulson

Jack has found the biggest difference in using Sennheiser, compared to many of the other mics he’s tried with Will, is that they sound consistent throughout the show.

“I’ve found other leading brands tend to clog up with spit and start to sound dull after half an hour of use and its really apparent,” Jack adds. “I feel confident using the e 935s live, as I know they will do their job every show of the tour - these are some seriously well-built and hard wearing mics. The Black Peaks’ show is intense musically, but also physically. The mics have been thrown around stages all over Europe and after two years of vigorous touring they are still going strong and sound like new, even if they are looking a bit tired now.”

“The last few years have been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest,” concludes Joe. “We have been so humbled by the response to Statues. “We have been touring the record for the past two years now and played hundreds of shows around the UK and Europe in support of it, and knowing that we have great sounding, reliable mics has made a world of difference.

“We’re now back in Brighton, working hard on our next album and can’t wait to get it out. When we start to tour it, our Sennheiser mics will be going with us!”

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DEMAND EVEN MORE FROM YOUR MUSIC http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/demand-even-more-from-your-music http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/sennheiser/press-releases/demand-even-more-from-your-music Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 At this year’s IFA, Sennheiser is launching an enhanced version of one of its highest-performing earphone models. Created for the discerning music enthusiast, the new IE 80 S offers a brilliant lifelike sound with outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity. With a unique sound customization function and additional customization features such as an interchangeable cable and memory foam ear tips from ComplyTM, the IE 80 S promises to take the mobile music experience to the next level.

A unique sound customization function makes it possible to adjust the frequency response of the IE 80 S according to personal taste.

A unique sound customization function makes it possible to adjust the frequency response of the IE 80 S according to personal taste.

Sennheiser’s new IE 80 S builds on the accomplishments of the original IE 80, which drew on Sennheiser’s expertise in the professional monitoring sector to meet the demands of listeners seeking as much fine detail as possible. The IE 80 S reflects this classic formula, enhancing the professional high-fidelity stereo sound through an improved fit, while incorporating a new design that shares the visual aesthetic of Sennheiser’s high-end audiophile range.

“The IE 80 S brings together professional sound quality and high-end aesthetics – the best of both worlds for those seeking to upgrade their portable audio experience,” said Marcel Salzmann, Product Manager Audiophile at Sennheiser.

Outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity are ensured by a dynamic speaker system with powerful neodymium magnets. A unique sound customization function allows the user to adjust the frequency response according to personal taste. For further customization, the IE 80 S comes with a wide choice of ear adapters, which now include memory foam ear tips from ComplyTM alongside standard and lamella silicon options. These choices enhance sound quality through a better fit in the ear canal. The earphones’ passive noise attenuation of up to 26 dB allows every fine detail of music to be savored – even in noisy environments.

Merging form and function, the earphones’ rugged industrial design conforms to the shape of the ear and includes stainless steel elements and a red colored strain relief on the right earphone connector for easy side recognition.

The IE 80 S earphones have been crafted for maximum durability and feature a tough and interchangeable cable which makes it possible to customize the earphones or adapt them to take advantage of different connectivity choices. For making phone calls on the go, an optional smart remote cable with one-button control and an in-line microphone will be available at the Sennheiser webshop and participating retail partners. Optional ear hooks are supplied to guarantee an even more secure fit and enhanced wearing comfort. The IE 80 S comes with a carry case for storing the earphones and accessories.

The new IE 80 S will be available from September and is priced at $349.95 (U.S.) and $469.95 (Canada).

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