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DiGiCo Showcases SD12 at AES New York Convention

Representing the culmination of 15 years of digital console design, DiGiCo’s new SD12 console was the centerpiece of the company’s presence at the AES New York Convention.

Spotlighted on Group One’s stand, the desk shared the show floor with DiGiCo’s S31—the larger, triple-screen sibling of the S21 - and the company’s flagship SD7 touring console, among other products.

“From the stages of Summerfest’s 50th in Milwaukee to the audition and elimination rounds of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in Los Angeles, the SD12 has very quickly been showing up on numerous tours, festivals and installs since we launched it at NAMM back in January,” says Group One Vice President of Audio Matt Larson. “Equipped with DiGiCo’s latest generation of Super FPGA processing along with the Core2 platform and dual 15-inch touchscreens, the popular desk embodies the best features of both the SD- and S-Series combined into a highly compact yet intuitive and user-friendly design.”

For more information visit www.DiGiCo.biz 

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

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Audio-Technica Now Shipping New AT5047 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Audio-Technica is now shipping its new AT5047 Cardioid Condenser Microphone. The most recent addition to A-T’s 50 Series (which also includes the AT5040 vocal microphone and AT5045 instrument mic), the AT5047 is a studio microphone that features the same capsule as the AT5040 but with a transformer-coupled output and optimized electronics.

Boasting the widest dynamic range among all Audio-Technica microphones, the AT5047 is equipped with a transformer-coupled output, and said to maintain a constant load output impedance, even when capturing sources at high SPL, resulting in a more stable relationship between the mic and a mic preamp or console input.

The AT5047 features four rectangular two-micron-thick diaphragms, which function together to provide a combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm. A-T says that discrete components have been selected and optimized for performance and compatibility with a wide array of microphone preamps and console inputs, and that advanced internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body, and the included advanced-design AT8480 shock mount provides superior isolation.

Featuring a housing of aluminum and brass, each AT5047 has been hand-assembled and inspected. A custom hard-shell carrying case with die-cut foam compartments offers protection during storage and transport.

AT5047 specifications:

  • Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Open Circuit Sensitivity: -29 dB (35.5 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Maximum Input Sound Level: 148 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
  • Noise: 6 dB SPL
  • Dynamic Range (typical): 142 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 88 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • Phantom Power Requirements: 48V DC, 2.7 mA typical
  • Weight: 592 g (20.9 oz)
  • Dimensions: 165.3 mm (6.51') long, 57.0 mm (2.24') maximum body diameter
  • Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Accessories Furnished: AT8480 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 3/8" to 5/8" stand adapter; protective carrying case

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.


Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

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NUGEN Audio Introduces Halo Upmix Second & Third Order Ambisonic Output and Advancements for Loudness Toolkit at AES 2017

NUGEN Audio introduced a new version of its Halo Upmix 3D Immersive Extension and launched an update for Loudness Toolkit 2, version 2.7, at AES NY, as part of the company’s surround management, loudness monitoring, correction and true peak limiting for workstations offerings.

NUGEN Audio continues into the immersive audio field with its Halo Upmix, announcing a further update to its Halo Upmix 3D Immersive Extension. Having launched first order Ambisonic output capability in July, this latest upgrade will allow second and third order Ambisonic output and support for AmbiX and FuMa formats.

“Halo Upmix, generating higher order Ambisonic output, is yet another innovation from NUGEN Audio in immersive audio,” says Ed Gray, Avid's director of partnering programs. 

Additionally, the Halo Upmix 3D Immersive Extension update will also include both 7.1.4 and 5.1.4 channel configurations to facilitate production in Auro-3D formats – a three-dimensional audio standard used across several industries, including cinema, gaming and automotive applications.

“Immersive audio is becoming a rare conceptual game changer that has the potential to re-define how we create and enjoy sound, as engineers seek new tools and workflow to fully exploit this exciting and rapidly developing technology,” says Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio.

NUGEN Audio has also announced a new version of its Loudness Toolkit, version 2.7. Loudness Toolkit 2 includes the VisLM-H meter, LM-Correct quick-fix tool and ISL true peak limiter. This update makes Loudness Toolkit a companion for NLE and DAW users. Loudness Toolkit 2 also features “DynApt dynamic adaptation technology available as an extension for LM-Correct, enabling streamlined LRA targeting.

New features include a unique power-compensated true peak safe dither algorithm for the ISL True Peak limiter. Several different forms of dither are available, said to enable the minimization of quantization errors and artifacts from bit depth reduction processes. ISL is designed to automatically compensate for the dither applied, by which, says Nugen TPmax is preserved and true peak compliance violations are not accidentally introduced in the final output dither stage, as might potentially be the case when engaging traditional post-TPmax dither functions.

For the LM Correct quick-fix tool and VisLM Loudness Meters, 7.1 dialog anchored analysis and processing is now possible. Additionally, for both LM-Correct and VisLM, the EBU Mode has been updated to reflect new guidance on LRA readings for audio under 60 seconds long. Nugen says that this and other minor usability and compatibility enhancements reflect the company’s commitment to keeping pace with loudness standards worldwide. 

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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

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DAD Adds Speaker Correction for AX32

Pro | Mon | 3 is an audio monitor control solution that offers stand-alone monitor control functionality and speaker processing covering a range of functionality for music recording studios, location music recording, and post production environments. 
With the new Version 3, as an integrated part of the AX32 and DX32 units DAD offers the new desktop Monitor Control Unit, with layered control functionality. By adding the new SPQ | Speaker Processor card to the AX32, 128 channels with 1024 filters can be allocated to the outputs of Pro Mon, all with a 56-bit floating point calculation precision, giving a filter dynamic range of > 130dB.

When adding the Pro | Mon | 3 license, a range of additional monitoring control features are added to the DADman software, enabling AX32/DX32 to operate as a processor with control of signal routing, control room speaker levels and monitor cues in any channel format including stereo, 5.1, 7.1.4, Dolby Atmos and other 3D and immersive audio formats. The control and configuration is managed by the new DADman 5.1 software, which also serves as a control center enabling devices compliant with Avid Eucon or MIDI to operate the monitor functions.
Multiple monitors and cue outputs in various channel formats can be configured and controlled from one or more hardware MOM’s (Monitor Operating Module) with individual cue mix functionality and dedicated monitor mixing. Adjustable parameters include level, pan, cut, mute and even downmix from, for example, a 7.1 multichannel format. All settings and configurations can be saved and recalled.

"In short, when combining the routing, processing and control surface options with the ability to quickly save and recall setting, you essentially get a centerpiece that allows you to switch between various workflows. Potentially, this can save significant amounts of valuable production time," says DAD Sales Director Mikael Vest. “Further, Pro | Mon | 3 and DADman 5.2 support 64 bit Apple OS X and Microsoft Windows which gives a more responsive feel. It also provides compatibility with the Avid Eucon 64-bit protocol which we have adopted as a Eucon connectivity partnerMost of the Pro | Mon | 2 controls are available via Eucon and can be configured in detail on Eucon-enabled control surfaces such as the Avid S6, Avid S3, Avid Pro Tools Dock and the Pro Tools Control iPad app for wireless cue mix and monitor control. Also, standard MIDI controller devices can serve as controls, as well as third party controllers from TAC Systems and CB Electronics."

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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

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Sennheiser and Neumann Showcase Recording Microphones Alongside 3D-Audio-Capture Tools and Monitoring Solutions

Sennheiser and Neumann will be showcasing their suite of high-quality microphones and monitors for both professional and home studios at the 143rd AES Convention at the Javits Center in New York City. Highlights on display from Neumann include the U 87 Rhodium Edition microphone and the KH 80 DSP monitor loudspeaker in a new white version. For Sennheiser, the focus will be on its groundbreaking AMBEO 3D audio recording technologies – presenting the AMBEO VR microphone for producing 3D VR/AR audio and the renowned MKH 800 TWIN recording microphone for loudspeaker-reproduced 3D audio.
Neumann U 87 Rhodium Edition
The U 87 Rhodium Edition was created to honor the 50th anniversary of the microphone’s release. Limited to only 500 units worldwide, this microphone is plated with rhodium, a material rarer than gold and more reflective than any other metal. Each of the meticulously crafted microphones is individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Wolfgang Fraissinet, President, Neumann.Berlin.
The joint Sennheiser and Neumann booth will also showcase the full line of microphones and monitors for professional studios and home recording use. Neumann microphones on display will include the U 87 ai, U 47 FET, TLM 67, TLM 102, TLM 103, TLM 107, M 147 Tube, M 149 Tube, KM 184 A, and the KU 100 dummy head. Sennheiser microphones on display will include the AMBEO VR Mic, MK 4 digital, MK 8, ClipMic digital, MKE 2 digital, and the MKH 800 TWIN. The MKH 800 TWIN features a dual-capsule design, which allows its pick-up pattern to be remotely controlled at the mixing desk or via a dedicated MKH 800 TWIN plug-in for DAWs, allowing any intermediate characteristic. The free plug-in also allows management of multiple TWIN microphones for 3D audio recording.
Also featured is the Neumann line of precision studio monitors, which includes the brand-new KH 80 DSP in white. Other Neumann monitors on display include the KH 810, KH 310, and KH 120.
AMBEO demonstrations in 1E04
Sennheiser will host demonstrations of its AMBEO 3D immersive audio technology in demo room 1E04 for the duration of the convention. The sessions will include a walk-through of AMBEO 3D audio for loudspeaker playback and the AMBEO VR microphone. Special guests such as producer and surround sound expert Tom Ammermann and sound designer and psychoacoustician Lasse Nipkow will join attendees to relate their experiences with the technology. The schedule of demonstration and listening sessions is as follows:
Tom Ammermann – 10/18 at 11:00 AM; 10/19 at 12:00 PM; 10/20 at 11:00 AM
In this Electro-Pop-focused session, attendees will hear 3D audio mixes from Booka Shade and Kraftwerk. Participants can look forward to engrossing immersive sound, and Tom will be open for questions.
Lasse Nipkow – 10/18 at 1:00 PM; 10/19 at 2:00 PM; 10/20 at 1:00 PM
EDM producers aim to fully envelop nightclub audiences in sound. 3D audio offers immense potential to increase the immersiveness of that experience and engage the emotions of the audience. Lasse discusses the future of dance music and 3D audio and how it relates to film sound, while delving into explanations of relevant psychoacoustic phenomena via sample recordings and videos.
Gregor Zielinsky – 10/18 at 3:00 PM; 10/19 at 4:00 PM; 10/20 at 9:00 AM
Tonmeister Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser, will present examples of live and studio AMBEO productions. Also, the MKH 800 TWIN plug-in will be explained and presented in a live session. This free plug-in makes working with the double-capsule MKH 800 TWIN easier and more flexible.
Jim Anderson & Ulrike Schwarz – 10/18 at 5:00 PM
Live recording experts Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz of Anderson Audio New York will present audio captured at this year’s Chelsea Music Festival, delivered via Sennheiser’s immersive AMBEO 3D audio format. The recordings feature works by Beethoven, Ravel and Gershwin.
Convention sessions on 3D audio
In addition to hosting demonstrations and listening sessions in its own demo room, Sennheiser staff will participate in several presentations and panels regarding the state of 3D audio technology during the convention.
Spatial Audio: SA15 – Afternoon Listening Session in 9.1
Saturday, October 21, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm (Rm 1E06 - PMC Room)
This 90-minute immersive listening session will be dedicated to experiencing recently recorded works created for multichannel loudspeaker listening environments. The program will include classical, pop, electronic, jazz, and world music recordings created by a variety of engineers and producers who are dedicated to the art of spatial audio.
TW07 Tech Behind the Tools: Production to Playback
Friday, October 20, 9:00 am – 10:30 am (Rm 1E12)
This 90-minute panel of engineers and technologists will educate attendees about the technology behind a different product, tool or service on the journey from audio production through playback. The panel features Véronique Larcher, co-director AMBEO Immersive Audio, Sennheiser. http://www.aes.org/events/143/workshops/?ID=5590
Game Audio & VR: GA14 – Immersive Headphone Audio Reproduction in VR/AR
Friday, October 20, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Rm 1E13)
Presenting virtual and augmented-reality content via head-mounted displays is a key focus for content creators and technology manufacturers. This display method allows for mobility and unconstrained movements and enables virtual content to be immersively embedded into the real world. Headphone transparency to environmental sounds and the proper application of augmented audio content to the real acoustical environment are among the major technological challenges we face. Panelists will discuss these challenges for signal processing and headphone acoustics for different AR & VR application requirements.
The panel is chaired by Juergen Peissig, Sennheiser, and features Véronique Larcher, co-director AMBEO Immersive Audio, Sennheiser. http://www.aes.org/events/143/gameaudio/?ID=5699
Spatial Audio: SA13 - 3D Ambeo Live and Studio Recordings
Saturday, October 21, 10:45 am – 11:45 am (Rm 1E06 - PMC Room)
Live recording experts Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz of Anderson Audio New York captured this year’s Chelsea Music Festival for playback via Sennheiser’s immersive AMBEO 3D audio format. During this session, they will present the resulting recordings. Host Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser, will present further examples of live and studio AMBEO productions. Additionally, the MKH 800 TWIN plug-in will be explained and demonstrated in a live session. This free plug-in provides an easy way to maximize the potential of the highly flexible, dual-capsule MKH 800 TWIN mic. http://www.aes.org/events/143/spatialaudio/?ID=5743



Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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