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12/21/2011
Neumann Development Department leadership team changes - Berlin

Wedemark, Germany, 21 December 2011 – After 37 years’service with the company, Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Peus, President of Development at Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, will retire at the end of 2011. Joining straight from university, Stephan Peus began his career in 1974 when he joined Neumann’s microphone development team in Berlin. In 2000 he was appointed President of Development at Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin. He played a major role in the continued development of Neumann’s microphone technology for the studio and stage sectors.


Stabswechsel im Entwicklungsbereich

(From right to left) Dr. Heinrich Esser, President of the Professional Systems Division at Sennheiser electronic; Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing & Finance at Georg Neumann; Stephan Peus, President of Development at Georg Neumann; Prof Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Sennheiser electronic; Jürgen Breitlow, Director of Research & Development at Georg Neumann.

When developing new products, Stephan Peus was inspired by customer requests and was always keen to achieve the highest-possible levels of technical excellence. Neumann microphones connect the world of the artist with that of the sound engineer – whether at live concerts, in the studio or on any of the big international stages. Peus and his team continuously strove to achieve the highest quality and the famous Neumann sound with every new model, pushing the limits to the final three decibels (which are always the most expensive ones…)

Major milestones of successful microphone development:

During the 90s the warm sound of the tube came back into fashion. As a result Neumann developed tube microphones such as the successful M 149 Tube. In 1997 the TLM 103 – the quietest microphone with a noise level of only 7 dB (A) – enthused the global markets. In 2002, Sennheiser and Neumann produced their first joint product – the KK 105 S capsule head with the SKM 5000 handheld transmitter; making the legendary Neumann sound wireless and introducing a whole new sound dimension to live stage applications. A year later, in 2003, the company launched the BCM 104 – the first product of the new Broadcast line – and specifically tailored to voice applications. In the same year Neumann made the leap into the age of digital microphone systems (Solution-D); products which fulfilled the highest requirements of professional audio productions and which are another highlight of innovative audio technology of the future. Stephan Peus and his team pioneered all these developments based on his profound acoustical knowledge and experience.

Awards for Development and numerous Patents

Neumann developments have received the TEC Award for “Outstanding Technical Achievements” thirteen times. The pinnacle of the company’s history was the Technical Grammy Award in 1999, which was received for overall technical achievement.

“With his work for Neumann in Berlin, Stephan Peus has been a major driving force in global audio technology. He and his team set the standards for innovative and future-orientated audio technology far beyond the boundaries of the company. He achieved great successes for the company, and we are both proud and sad to see him retire,” says Volker Bartels, spokesperson for the Executive Management Board of Sennheiser Group and President of Corporate Services.


New Leadership Structure at Georg Neumann

Dr. Heinrich Esser

On 1/1/2012, Dr. Heinrich Esser, President of the Professional Systems Division at Sennheiser electronic, will now in addition, become President of Research & Development at Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin. In the future, Wolfgang Fraissinet, long-standing President of Marketing & Finance, will head the operative management at Neumann in Berlin. Together with Dr. Heinrich Esser he will drive the strategic development of Georg Neumann and optimise the company’s close proximity to its markets and customers. Jürgen Breitlow will become Director of Research & Development. Breitlow is an experienced development engineer and has been with Neumann for 11 years. He has worked closely with Stephan Peus and Wolfgang Fraissinet over the past few years and is ideally qualified and prepared to take on new leadership tasks.

Sennheiser Group with its headquarters in Wedemark (Hannover region, Germany) is one of the leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless broadcasting systems. In 2010 the company, which was founded in 1945 and is in family ownership, made a turnover of approx. 468m Euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 staff worldwide and has its own factories in Germany, Ireland and the US. Sennheiser has subsidiaries in many parts of the world, including France, the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the US. The company also cooperates with trading partners in many other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor speakers) and Sennheiser Communications A/S (a joint venture business manufacturing headsets for PCs, office and call centre use) are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG

12/13/2011
Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis - ‘Digital to Air´ performance on BBC 1

In 2011, BBC Radio 1 broadcast a special live-to-air performance by one of the UK's brightest vocal talents, Leona Lewis, performing a cover of Labrynth’s Let the Sun Shine and an amalgamation of Leona’s Better In Time and Rihanna’s Man Down, with two very different backing bands. This ‘Live Lounge’ broadcast from London’s Hackney Empire, hosted by the station’s Trevor Nelson, helped launch Hackney Weekend 2012, where Leona and Plan B, both from the area, will play at a huge free music event to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.

This unique, one off performance, utilised 24 Neumann digital microphones - a mix of seven TLM 103 Ds, four KMS 105 Ds and 13 KM 184 Ds. The digital microphone set up was augmented with a few analogue Sennheiser evolution models, comprising two e904s, an e905, an e901 and two classic MD421’s, demonstrating that the deployment of digital and analogue microphones together on one stage can be achieved with ease.

The Neumann digital microphones were fed straight into a DiGiCo SD Rack, via a bespoke 48 channel patchable AES multicore system and associated AES microphone cables, supplied by VDC Trading. The SD Rack contained eight AES 42 input modules, effectively eliminating the need for an external converter and achieving an all digital signal path from the back of the microphone capsules straight to broadcast. Control was via a DiGiCo SD9 digital mixing console which, in turn, fed an XTA DP448 for system control using standard AES left and right, direct to a pair of K-Array KR400s.

Dave Wooster and Alan March, Sound Reinforcement Specialist and Business Development Specialist respectively for Sennheiser UK, were on hand throughout, with Wooster mixing the performance for both monitors and FOH from the SD9 and supplying the BBC with their live sound feed with a direct MADI split from the SD rack.

“The whole production was geared around producing the best sound for the live broadcast, whilst providing the audience of invited guests with the best possible coverage without interfering with the broadcast sound,” explains Wooster. “Also, for the first time, the majority of the stage was mic’d with a selection of Neumann’s new digital microphones, providing a digital path from the back of the capsules through to the system processors feeding the Karray KR400 system in the auditorium, which Sennheiser UK also supplied.

“The clarity of the signal coming from the digital Neumann microphones was simply stunning. A complete lack of any form of low level system noise resulting in perfect reproduction,” states Wooster.

Alan March continues; “We fully expect our investment in the SD Rack AES42 input cards to pay off. We are now in a position to demonstrate to anyone who wants to listen, the benefits of a digital mic set up in a live environment. The input cards eliminate the need for a separate external converter and the results were clearly audible – or more accurately, not!! Complete silence coming down the mic cable and the absence of any low-level noise that can be introduced at an analogue mic pre-amp stage makes a huge difference. Everybody involved was really impressed by the total cleanliness of the audio.”

Hackney Empire is a traditional UK theatre, with a ground floor and three balconies. The audience was spread across the ground floor and the first balcony. A pair of KR400s were placed either side of the stage on the floor of the auditorium. From this position, using the system’s flexible angle options, complete coverage was achieved.

“We created a very basic mix on the SD9 for the FOH system, as the main focus of this show was for the live radio broadcast, but the KR400s really made the most of the feed they received,” continues Wooster. “The combination of the KR400s and the level of quality produced from the digital mics was a perfect partnership for this event.”

He continues, “The definition in both areas was nothing short of amazing, with the performance of Let The Sun Shine, with piano and strings – the only two instruments being played - full of body and dynamics, allowing Leona’s vocal to sit perfectly in the mix and demonstrating the true capabilities of the K-array system. In fact, the theatre’s technical manager’s initial scepticism when he first saw the system was soon replaced by comments of ‘I have never heard such audio reproduction from any system in this venue, let alone one with such a discrete profile. Truly amazing!”

Story and photos: Sennheiser UK

With the following link you can watch the performance and hear the results:

Dave Wooster
Dave Wooster
HiHat mic: KM 184 D
HiHat mic: KM 184 D
TLM 103 D for percussions
TLM 103 D for percussions
KMS 105 D vocal microphone
KMS 105 D vocal microphone
12/13/2011
Céline Dion
© Gérard Schachmes

Celine Dion and audio crew handpick Neumann and Sennheiser for Las Vegas performances

Las Vegas, November 2011 – Global superstar Celine Dion’s recent return to The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas has once again been a resounding success, marked by sold-out shows and rave reviews. Her previous headliner show at Caesar’s ran from 2003-2007 and was attended by over 3 million fans. This time around, Celine--who performs with 31 musicians including a full orchestra and backup band--personally selected the Neumann KK 104 S cardioid capsule coupled with a Sennheiser SKM 5200 II handheld transmitter to deliver her legendary vocals. In addition to her vocals, a full array of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones are used to capture the complex performance, which is produced by AEG/Live Concerts West and directed by Ken Ehrlich, renowned for his work on the Grammy Awards.

Celine is appreciated by her audio staff for her amazing ear and sense of sound, as well as her strong capability for participating in technical decisions. Before launching the show, she spent a full day reviewing gear and testing microphones with Denis Savage, her sound designer and FOH engineer; François “Frankie” Desjardins, her system designer; Charles Ethier, her monitor engineer and Marc Theriault, her RF engineer.

Audio Crew

A win for the Neumann KMS 104 S
“We were using the A-B-C-D testing methodology,” explained Desjardins, who has been working with Celine for 18 years, and it always came back to the Neumann head. At the end of the day, Celine was convinced she had the best microphone in her hand --a Sennheiser SKM 5200 II transmitter outfitted with the Neumann KK 104 capsule.”

In addition to featuring over 31 musicians on stage, Celine's show also includes a spectacular light and video display as a backdrop. As she performs, moving stage pieces, video and lighting enhance the theme of each song. Still, there is an intimacy to the show that highlights Celine's stunning unique voice. The KK 104 S accurately captures every nuance and detail throughout each performance.

For Celine, performances all come down to emotion and self-expression. “I think she loves the KK 104 S because it allows her to express herself best,” comments Desjardins. “She creates this natural compression with the mic and her voice by pulling away when she pushes more, in order to keep the same dynamic."

Desjardins says that the KK 104 S is remarkably consistent in its sound, regardless of how the mic is positioned to the singer: "When she sings off-axis, the sound is almost identical to the on-axis sound except that it is of course lower in intensity,” he explains. “A lot of other mics would change tone, and possibly lose all the details when they reach 25 degrees off-axis. The KK 104 S can handle this--it’s one of its greatest characteristics.”

A collaborative relationship
Sennheiser was involved from the outset in helping Celine’s audio staff allocate a wide range of possible microphones for the show. “We have a great relationship with Sennheiser, and they have always been right behind us on everything,” said Desjardins. “For this show they made every effort to source equipment for us--not only microphones, but wireless equipment. This really helped us identify our needs.”

“Sennheiser is pleased to have played a significant role in Celine’s most recent performances at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas,” commented Jean Langlais, president of Sennheiser Canada. “Celine is a very discriminating artist who is intimately aware of every aspect of her performances--especially the sound. It is clear that this has been a success not only from the perspective of Celine and the technical teams involved, but also the millions of fans who were lucky enough to attend.”

In addition to Celine's use of the Neumann KK 104 S, the show is also outfitted with an array of other Sennheiser and Neumann mics. "We are using the Sennheiser SKM 2000 XP wireless series on the backup singers, coupled with a MME 865 capsule,” said Desjardins. “And we have Sennheiser and Neumann all over the drums--the Sennheiser evolution 900 series sound fantastic for this application.”

Drummer Dominique Messier was very involved in researching which microphones sounded best on drums, recording everything on multi-tracks and playing it back in order to determine what worked best. He ultimately chose Sennheiser e 902s for the toms; a Neumann KM 150 for the high-hat; a Neumann KM 184 and MKH 800 TWIN on overheads. “He also put a Neumann TLM 102 on the vintage kick drum we’re using,” explains Desjardins, and it not only delivers the right sound, but also compliments the look.”

Sennheiser MKH 800 TWINs are used on the three conga drums. “We put the 800s in the middle of them, and by using this different pattern, I have to say, I’ve never heard balance like that.” said Desjardins.

Story: Sennheiser USA

12/13/2011
George Massenburg

Neumann KH 120 monitors chosen by audio practitioner and professor George Massenburg

Over the course of his five-decade long career, George Massenburg has been a successful equipment designer and manufacturer, an internationally renowned record producer and engineer, a multi Grammy(r) Award winner, and a member of the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. More recently, he has turned yet another page in his career, and is now an associate professor at Montreal’s prestigious McGill University, where he was named to the Dean’s Chair in the Schulich School of Music in 2010.

Fifty years ago, Massenburg first had the opportunity to hear a Neumann U 67--a microphone he eventually acquired and still cherishes. Just weeks ago, he tried the new Neumann KH 120 studio monitor, which has earned a coveted spot in his daily workflow. In his role at McGill, the only university in North America to offer a Master’s and PhD degrees in sound recording, Massenburg is helping students understand the role that audio plays in a much broader context of film and multimedia.

You have accomplished so much in your career. What inspired you to take on a role as professor?
GM: In 1995, an acquaintance from Poland named Wieslaw Woszcyk contacted me. At that time, he was a young sound engineer with a degree looking for work in New York City. Eventually he found his way to Montreal to McGill University, which had--and arguably still has--the best post-graduate music and sound recording track in the world, which is modeled after a European Tonmeister degree. Over the years, McGill graduates have done very well--these are people who love sound recording before they come in and that makes all the difference. The real attraction for me in teaching is that I really learn a lot--so when the opportunity came up for me to join the faculty, the attraction was irresistible.

I came on to develop some new tracks, one of which is a formal effort in video production--something that I have been increasingly interested in for years. Here I have an opportunity to, for instance, take musicians and teach them how to be cameramen, rather than trying to train journeyman cameramen to be sensitive to music. Another of my roles is to elevate McGill in the eye and ear of the Internet--to extend the presence of McGill to the world.

What was your first experience with Neumann?
GM: The first time I held a Neumann microphone was in 1961, when I was invited to come and see a friend’s studio. It was Deane Jensen, and I was just 14 years old. Listening to early stereo recordings played from an Ampex 300 through Beyer DT48 headphones transmuted my genes right there on the spot, and that’s when I knew I had to record music. It was all about picking microphones and listening to different positions for them. We had a couple of Neumann U 67s, U 48s, KM 56s and others. That was my first introduction to recording, through Neumann many years ago.

Where do the new Neumann KH 120 studio monitors fit into your world now?
I like the Neumann KH 120 studio monitors; they fill an empty niche in my workflow. They are so small that I can pack them for the road, and set them up just about anywhere and really get a sense of a mix. With the KH 120s, an Apple(r) MacBook Pro 17, my DAW, Prism converters, and a portable work surface, I can do a pretty darn pro mix in a hotel room--I have not been able to do that easily until now. Recently, I’ve been mixing the McGill Opera production of La Bohéme on them--a big, high-definition show--and found them to be very relatable to the outside world.

What are some of the sonic attributes you appreciate in the KH 120s?
First and foremost, they are flat and transparent. But the size is what makes them a real winner. I don’t need to have a wall of monitors driven by 10,000 watts of power--these are all that I need. They are just heavy enough to give me punch in the low end, and they speak evenly at both high and low levels.

What are the benchmarks you consider when evaluating a studio monitor?
A couple of things: first, a studio monitor should be flat, but at the same time fill a room (if there's an artist or outside producer present you'll want to impress them). Better monitors will have a tight center image, along with even dispersion, transparency (the ability to hear subtleties in the presence of loud stuff), and flatness through the crossover region. Both speakers in a pair need to be well matched so it sounds like one speaker. I liked the crossover of the original Klein and Hummels a lot, and the Neumann KH 120 is a very nice improvement on this--it is very well designed and tooled. The stereo imaging was also great in the Klein and Hummels, and it is even better in the Neumann KH 120s. The center is dead center.

How important is it to have a common reference point when monitoring?
If you're used to going into the same, big control room and listening to your work on the wall or on near-fields, they're a basis for your choices--a reference. But often these days we're going into a musician's-poor-excuse-for-a-studio, and we need near-fields that we can really depend on--although you'll have to deal with the often-poor acoustics of the room, and maybe pull the monitors in close so the room doesn't contribute too much to what you're hearing. But if you can take monitors that you like to this sort of gig, you'll have a much better idea of what you've got. This is exactly the niche that the KH 120s fill for me--they do pretty much everything that I need them to do.

Having run a successful equipment company, what is your perspective on the importance of maintaining integrity throughout the manufacturing process?
What you always worry about after you hear a great product is whether a company will decide to mass-produce it at a low cost, possibly in an inferior manufacturing environment. That's never going to happen with Neumann and Sennheiser--these companies are still all about quality and carrying this throughout the manufacturing process. Speaker serial numbers 10,001 and 10,002 will sound as good as the pair that I have.

Story and photo: Sennheiser USA

November 2011
Neumann Launches Active Studio Subwoofer

The Neumann name is synonymous with audio excellence at the front end of the audio chain. It was therefore natural for Neumann to extend its involvement to the world of audio reproduction. Neumann recently announced the new KH 120 two-way active nearfield monitor. This was received so enthusiastically by customers and reviewers alike that it is now followed by the launch of a matching subwoofer, the KH 810.

Over the past few years, numerous developments in transmission technologies have increased the demands placed on professional monitoring systems. As a result, modern production facilities now require high-quality monitoring systems that can accurately reproduce any signal, including the latest 7.1 discrete high definition formats.

The KH 810 is far more than a simple subwoofer; it serves as the heart of a modern monitoring system. The comprehensive 7.1 High Definition Bass Management™ system meets the latest demands of the industry and perfectly complements the Neumann KH 120 nearfield two-way monitor. It can be used either as a subwoofer dedicated to reproducing the LFE channel, or as a means of providing low frequency extension with an increased maximum SPL. With the KH 810, it is now possible to assemble flexible monitoring systems for studios of different sizes, with a smooth, uniform response that ranges from below 20 Hz to above 20 kHz.

The integrated 7.1 High Definition Bass Manager™ is compatible with all formats, from mono to the latest 7.1 high definition systems such as Blu-ray. Eight electronically balanced analog XLR inputs ensure flexible interconnectivity for modern studios. Four-mode LFE channel processing guarantees maximum compatibility across all formats, while 4th order crossovers and flexible acoustic controls allow seamless system integration. Built-in volume control permits centralized system adjustment of replay levels, independently of the source. The electronics can be located remotely to reduce cabling, and to allow the cabinet to be mounted flush to a wall.

State-of-the-art amplifier technologies and acoustic components have been used to ensure maximum accuracy of sound reproduction. A robust 10" driver, solid cabinet and carefully designed ports guarantee tight, articulate, distortion-free low frequency reproduction down to 18 Hz, even at high playback levels. By using sum output, Plane Wave Bass Array™ (PWBA™) techniques can acoustically improve lateral consistency in the listening area and further increase low frequency linearity. The flexibility of the system is further enhanced by an extensive range of accessories.

The combination of KH 120 and KH 810 is ideal for tracking, mixing and mastering in music, broadcasting, project and post-production studios.

KH 810 Front View
KH 810 Front View
KH 810 Rear View
KH 810 Rear View
09/20/2011

Sign to the castle


Festive Opera Gala with Digital Microphones

At the 2011 Thurn und Taxis Schlossfestspiele music festival in Regensburg, audio engineer Carsten Kümmel relied on digital Neumann systems in combination with an Innovason digital mixing console.

The 9th Thurn und Taxis Schlossfestspiele took place at the castle in Regensburg from July 5 to 24, 2011. This is the time when Princess Gloria opens her castle park, and one of Germany’s largest inhabited castles is transformed into a genuine event location. The performances take place in the castle courtyard, in the open air – rain or shine.

Every summer there is an opera in Regensburg – this year Turandot was performed. Each year there is also a festive opera gala, this time with Maltese star tenor Joseph Calleja and the celebrated soprano Kristine Opolais. Regensburg – “Regen” is German for “rain” – lived up to its name the entire evening, however the audience of just under 3,000 did not allow its mood to be dampened by the large amounts of water falling from the sky.

For eight years, Carsten Kümmel has been responsible for the audio aspect of the Schlossfestspiele. The graduate audio engineer and classical music specialist is in his element in the front-of-house (FOH) position. However, it is not easy to achieve good sound in the open air, with a large orchestra. “Last year, for West Side Story we had 103 inputs, and the mixing console had 104 channels and 48 buses, which meant that we really used it to capacity,” explains Kümmel. Nevertheless, here it is a matter of not only the large number of channels, but also the multitude of delays, since each microphone has its own delay line.

Audio Engineer Carsten Kuemmel

This year Kümmel, with his audio colleagues Christoph Böhm and Dunja Maurer, worked for the first time with digital Neumann microphones for all the instruments of the orchestra.

In the FOH position which, being under the stands with a peephole over the mixing console, is really not ideally situated, Carsten Kümmel had two Eclipse mixing consoles from Innovason for the Hofer Symphoniker orchestra conducted by Daniel Klajner. Altogether 42 microphones were positioned on the stage, all of them Neumann Solution-D mics. These worked directly with the Innovason mixing console.

The Odeon Concerte company, the event organizer in Regensburg, always endeavors to find the best way to make the sophisticated concerts a perfect delight for the artists and audience. In this instance, Carsten Kümmel was asked to implement a completely digital solution, utilizing a digital pathway from the microphone to the amp.

This was a case for the French mixing console manufacturer Innovason, which has entered into partnership with Neumann and Sennheiser. Here the remote control for the digital microphones is already built into the mixing console.

The signal goes from the digital Neumann microphone to a Digital Microphone Interface (DMI) and from there to the mixing console. Kümmel explains: “The DMI is a box where I go in with eight microphones and come out with eight EtherSound signals. This is a device from Neumann that works together with the mixing console.”

As emphasized by Kümmel, the difference is enormous: “I have complete remote control of the microphones from the mixing console. I can change the directional characteristic, if the microphone allows this, and I can also make a line check directly from the mixing console by switching on the signal generator in the microphone. One can implement a high-pass filter, attenuator, limiter – or whatever is desired – directly at the console.”

Practical assistance for installing the system is also provided by the small lights on the microphone, which can likewise be controlled from the mixing console. During the installation, if the audio engineer on stage does not at once find the “second violin” microphone, the light can easily show the way. However, Kümmel stressed several times that Dunja Maurer, his colleague in Regensburg, is very experienced with orchestras, and also immediately established a good connection with the musicians.

Kümmel is already looking forward to the next Solution-D software version, which is to permit delays to be set directly at the digital microphone. In fact, he makes extensive use of delays. For instance, he uses a delay for each of the 42 individual stage microphones, and if he can do this directly at the microphones, in many cases this will eliminate the need for an entire second mixing console.

Stage

Carsten Kümmel is clearly as enthusiastic about the interaction between the digital microphones and the mixing console as he is about the mixing console itself. He says: “What excites me about the Innovason Eclipse is the possibility of keeping all the channels clear via the SmartFader concept. I have faders, for example one called Strings. Pressing it brings up all the string mics on the left side, so that I can work on one group after another, while always maintaining order and keeping an overview.”

Another great advantage of the Innovason console mentioned by Kümmel is the possibility of making a multitrack recording via the built-in hard disk recording system. This gives him the opportunity of recording the dress rehearsal or a soundcheck directly. Then, when the musicians are no longer there, he can play it all back to try out the sound in a wide variety of positions, so as to adjust for optimal sound. The recording is accomplished very easily, by pressing the Emergency Record button. The console then records all 64 tracks directly, without the necessity of creating a project or routing anything.

High-quality equipment was also used for the sound reinforcement in the Regensburg castle courtyard. There were two towers, one to the left and the other to the right of the stage, each with nine Q1 systems from d&b, which were only for those seated in the stands. Kümmel states: “I did not angle them to the extent that they were directed toward the parquet, first because the people sitting below would then localize the sound upward, and secondly because I do not like Q1 speakers to be too sharply angled; this breaks the tower up into individual speakers, which destroys the effect of a line array.”

For the nearby area of the parquet, Q7 loudspeakers were installed laterally, with a flying 12/20 in the center. In addition, for the first row eight E3 speakers were used, so that there too the sound could be localized in the center of the stage. Kümmel explains: “We wanted to avoid the situation where people sitting far to the left, with a speaker still further left, would see a signal originating to the right, but hear it to the left. They should be able to localize the sound in the direction where they see the star tenor.”

The bass was provided by two flying QSubs, as well as four QSubs on the ground, three directed forward and one directed backward, and one B2 speaker on the ground for the lowest frequencies.

As stage monitors, three KS systems were installed in the lateral traverses for the entire festival, in order to facilitate communication, as well as to provide sounds in the opera that should not be heard over the PA, such as CD recordings, calls, stage music and sound effects. At the opera gala, there was also a d&b MAX monitor for Ms. Opolais and Mr. Calleja.

However, that was not all, adds Kümmel: “Beneath the stage I concealed four loudspeakers per side to project toward the castle walls and from there back to the stands. With the Lexicon 960 I added backward reverb, so as to imitate a concert hall somewhat. This could not be heard directly, but if I turned it off, the music would suddenly sound as if it was no longer coming from the stage, but from the loudspeakers.”

Incidentally, the line array hangs in the open air the whole time, with no protection from the rain. “If the loudspeakers could be damaged by rain, they shouldn’t be there,” says Carsten Kümmel.

For him the greatest challenge was posed by the few minutes of soundchecks with the orchestra before the performance. Kümmel explains: “You wait the whole day and rehearse it in your mind, and then the soundcheck starts and you have to give 200 percent and are running, running. I have to use as little of the musicians’ time as possible. How long did I take? Perhaps seven, eight minutes. By then you have to be finished.”

Stage

As is the case each year, all of the technical equipment was supplied by the Sugar company from Sinzing bei Regensburg. Kümmel considers the proximity of the company to the festival site to be a great advantage: “One can always react quickly, since the source of supply is in a village close by; this reduces stress, and the people there do a really good job.”

The digital microphones, together with the Innovason mixing console, made a perfect debut in Regensburg. Carsten Kümmel states: “We had no malfunctions or other problems at all.”

According to Carsten Kümmel: “Whoever has worked this way once certainly does not wish to return to analog mics. This is all new territory, however classical music has always pioneered innovative technology, particularly in the area of digital technology.”
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Stage in the evening
Stage in the evening
Audio Engineer Carsten Kuemmel
Audio Engineer Carsten Kuemmel
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Stage
DMI-8 Digital Microphone interfaces
DMI-8 Digital Microphone interfaces


07/29/2011

Gendarmenmarkt


Digital premiere at Berlin's Classic Open Air 2011

For twenty years, music lovers from Germany and abroad have been traveling to the Classic Open Air Festival in Berlin to enjoy internationally acclaimed artists performing classical masterpieces in the magnificent setting of the Gendarmenmarkt square. During the past years around 600,000 people have attended 105 concerts, with musical offerings ranging from opera, operetta and musicals to crossover productions featuring pop, soul, swing and jazz classics.

With this year's series of concerts between July 7 and 12, the organizer celebrated 20 years of staging this successful event. At the same time, a new technical concept made its debut behind the scenes. This year for the first time, the audio infrastructure was digital, based on the use of two all-digital Eclipse mixing consoles from Innovason and digital microphones from Berlin-based manufacturer Neumann.

Video documentation on Youtube

Gendarmenmarkt

An Ethersound network linked microphone interfaces, stageboxes, monitor mixers, FOH mixers and the built-in recording facility. This type of system offers much greater flexibility than an analog setup – right from the planning phase. It is much easier to carry out changes at short notice – if necessary, even during live operations – because there is no fixed point-to-point wiring to consider. Routing remains highly flexible and independent of the hardware.

During setup, the greatly reduced cabling complexity makes life much easier for the technical crew. All of the audio channels are carried by a single cable no thicker than a pencil. There is no comparison with the equivalent analog multicores.

Gendarmenmarkt

Martin Kaiser from TSE AG and the event's technical director says, "Another powerful benefit is its immunity to interference, especially at events with complex lighting systems. The deployment of digital microphones means that the background noise is now below the threshold of audibility for audience and musicians. The cumulative background noise from the large number of open channels needed when an orchestra is miked up would otherwise be quite audible. In addition, when we were soundchecking the string section we were immediately impressed by the superb sound quality of the digital mics (Neumann KM 184 D and KM 143 D). We hardly needed to use any eq at all. The TLM 103 D large diaphragm microphone proved to be a highly effective choice for the double basses."

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The fact that the gain setting can be stored in a digital microphone – prior to signal splitting – means that the various downstream devices, particularly the monitor and FOH mixer, require just very little trimming. The signal generator and LED indicators built into the mic greatly facilitate the process of correctly matching microphones to instruments during line check and soundcheck. In practice, this feature can save valuable time as well as money, since these adjustments can be carried out directly from the mixing console.

Says Manfred Bamberg, FOH sound engineer, "Being able to store all the parameters and copy the channel settings is a tremendous help. On tour, the M.A.R.S. recording system built into the 64-channel Eclipse console even lets you perform a 'virtual soundcheck' without the musicians being present by playing back a recording of the previous day's performance and using that to adjust the basic mix. When the musicians arrive, no more than minor adjustments should be needed."

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Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales for Neumann, says, "The companies that provide sound systems for major events are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of digital audio technology – and of digital microphones. Their successful debut at this large and prestigious event here on our doorstep marks a very important milestone for us."

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01/27/2011
Double Gold for Neumann
This year, two products of the Berlin microphone manufacturer Neumann have been distinguished by the Outstanding Technical Achievement TEC Award at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, USA: One is the large-diaphragm microphone TLM 102, which has quickly succeeded in establishing a new entry-level class for Neumann studio microphones, making professional Neumann quality accessible to new groups of users. The other prize-winner is the KMS 104 plus, a model variant in the Neumann stage microphone series that is especially optimized for female voices.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin, states: “This year the entire Neumann team in Berlin is particularly pleased to have received this coveted award twice – in both the studio and stage areas. With models in the KMS series having already been honored by the TEC in the years 2000 and 2007, Neumann has now also achieved the status of acting as a reference for wired stage microphones in the realm of vocal microphones. These two TEC Awards mean that Neumann has now received the award a total of thirteen times, and is thus once more leading the way in the audio industry.”

The TEC Award

Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.

KMS 104 (plus) / KMS 105 - Studio quality on stage

The quality of studio condenser capsules in a sturdy housing suitable for the stage. Pop, wind and handling noises are eliminated using innovative acoustic and/or electronic filters. The low self-noise, clearly defined directional characteristic, and excellent feedback resistance and speech intelligibility make the series ideal, e.g. for in-ear monitoring applications. The KMS 104 plus has been especially optimized for the requirements of female voices in the rock and pop field.

TLM 102 – The gateway to the “Neumann sound”

With its ingenious design and attractive price/performance ratio it is ideal for project studios and home recording, or where budgets are tight. Its special strengths are vocal recordings (with very good speech intelligibility and handling of pops and sibilants) and recording at high SPLs.

2 TEC Awards for Neumann
TEC Awards Documents
TEC TLM 102 Envelope
TEC Awards KMS Envelope
05/12/2010
Neumann Expands Product Portfolio
At prolight+sound a logo on the Neumann stand, visible from afar, alerted visitors to the fact that Neumann, world-famous for professional microphones, is now applying its electroacoustic expertise to the other end of the audio chain.

A few months ago it was announced that Neumann would add studio monitors to its product portfolio. This range is based on the products of the well-known Klein + Hummel company. Their monitors have an excellent reputation in German-speaking countries and a few others, but are less familiar internationally.

“That will certainly change in the near future, because the Neumann brand is well-established in the international studio world. We anticipate a strong synergy effect here,” explains Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin. “In the history of the company, Neumann stands for far more than microphone technology. Over the decades we have also produced record-cutting equipment and studio consoles, for example. Our expertise in transformer design
– for the microphone – as well as in signal processing and digital audio technology, has already been demonstrated. In addition Neumann has a leading role in the area of high technology, which is successfully implemented, for instance, in the digital microphones of the Solution-D series.”

Existing studio monitors are being incorporated into the Neumann product portfolio as the “KH Line”. Over time, new products will be developed to fullfil the needs of the most discerning customers in the market. The core concept of excellence in audio reproduction will remain and cutting edge technologies will continue to set Neuman Studio Monitoring Systems apart from the masses. Later this year, the first new studio monitors carrying the Neumann label will be launched.

Most of the former Klein + Hummel engineers continue to work for the Sennheiser Group, in support of the markets Installed Sound at Sennheiser, and Studio Monitor Systems at Neumann. Thus, for the most part, the same people still stand behind the products. Service for present and future customers is also ensured, with the accustomed Neumann quality.

Klein + Hummel has been part of the Sennheiser Group since 2005. At the beginning of 2010 it was decided that the Studio products business would be further developed by Neumann, and that the Installed Sound area would be integrated into Sennheiser.

The logo says it all
The logo says it all
Another novelty: Neumann monitor demos
Monitor Demos
In the fall, the secret will be revealed: The first Neumann studio monitor
In the fall, the secret will be revealed: The first Neumann studio monitor
Neumann: Not just excellent microphones...
Neumann: Not just excellent microphones...
10/22/2009
TLM 67 – Studio mic of the year
With the TLM 67, at this year’s AES in New York, Neumann microphones have now been honored for the eleventh time with the coveted TEC Award! The award is granted annually for exceptionally creative technical developments in various product categories. For the TLM 67, this applies particularly to the circuit technology, which transforms this microphone into a modern adaptation of the legendary U 67. The new circuit design is modelled closely on the sound characteristics of the classic U 67, but manages without a tube. Similar Neumann circuit technology has already been successfully proven in the TLM 49, which received a TEC Award in 2006.

Three switchable directional characteristics (omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-eight), switchable 10 dB preattenuation and a high-pass filter ensure a wide range of applications for the TLM 67, with detailed adaptability to the specific recording situation.

With the TEC Award and the MIPA awarded this spring, the TLM 67 has received two of the most important prizes in our sector for the best recording microphone of the year 2009. The TLM 67 is thus increasingly following in the – admittedly illustrious – footsteps of its classic counterpart. This is one more reason why "67" has a place of honor in the history of our company, which now extends back more than 80 years.

TLM 67 Studio Microphone with TEC Award
10/16/2009
TLM 102 - Smart. Sweet. Powerful.
With the TLM 102, Neumann is defining a new generation of studio microphones. This applies not only to the design of the microphone but also to the price.

The reduced overall size contributes to an exceptionally compact appearance, which unites all of the typical design components of a Neumann microphone. The harmonious proportions and gleaming grille ring ensure that even at first glance, the TLM 102 attracts attention.

The TLM 102 is impressive in terms of sound: In the interior is a newly developed large-diaphragm capsule (cardioid) with a maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB which permits the recording of percussion, drums, amps and other very loud sound sources, for example. However the most important applications are in the realm of vocals and speech; a slight boost above 6 kHz provides for excellent presence of the voice in the overall mix.

Due to its flexible field of application and price, the microphone will certainly be at home in ambitious home recording and project studios, as well as in the broadcasting area, particularly if priority is given to clear lines of sight to the speakers. Neumann has recently received an increasing number of requests for this type of capability.

The TLM 102 is available in black and nickel, with a stand mount, at a price of around 600 euros.

Product information can be found at

TLM 102 Studio Microphone
09/07/2009
Neumann at the IBC 2009
The Berlin microphone manufacturer Neumann is expanding its digital line-up specifically for applications in the electronic news gathering (ENG)/broadcasting area. New developments to be exhibited include the digital shotgun microphone KMR 81 D and a capsule head with a figure-eight directional characteristic (KK 120) in the Neumann digital miniature microphone series. Use of these innovations in combination permits digital MS stereo recordings to be made with an integrated digital workflow. The program is complemented with new accessories for adapting to a wide range of uses, from field recordings to installed sound applications.

The now rapidly advancing introduction of high-definition television (HDTV) is associated with increasing requirements in terms of audio technology, which can be met in an optimal manner with the aid of digital microphones. As a result, we are also working on a portable version of the digital microphone interface DMI-2, which is expected next year.

Neumann is a co-exhibitor with Sennheiser, at Stand C51, Hall 8.

05/29/2009
Video on YouTube
Wolfgang Fraissinet talks about digital microphones and the philosophy of Neumann at Sweetwater/USA.

05/15/2009
The multi-channel digital microphone interface
By now many users have spread the word that digital microphones offer decisive advantages in many fields of application. Weight, setup times, space requirements, investment costs, and costs for transport and production are lower than in the case of current analog solutions. This is especially applicable to complex setups, where a large number of microphone channels are operated in parallel, for example setups for orchestral recordings in the studio or live PA systems.

The DMI-8, an eight-channel version of the digital microphone interface, is now available from Neumann, considerably simplifying the setup in such cases.

In addition to the proven functions of the two-channel DMI-2:

  • AES 42 to EBU conversion


  • Synchronization of the microphones without a sample rate converter


  • Automatic word clock or AES 11 synchronization


  • All sample rates, from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz


  • Complete control and storage of the settings via Mac or PC


The new DMI-8 also offers the following features:

  • The capability of cascading up to 128 channels


  • Level meter and gain setting on the front panel, operable even without a computer


  • D-sub 25 outputs with Tascam and Yamaha pin assignments


  • Optical ADAT interface


  • Open architecture for later connection to other multi-channel interfaces and audio networks, such as EtherSound and MADI


It goes without saying that the DMI-8, like the DMI-2, can be used with microphones from any manufacturer that comply with the jointly established AES 42 standard.

The introduction of the new interface once again significantly reduces the cost per channel for digital microphones. Particularly since no additional converters or preamplifiers are required, there is a clear cost advantage in comparison to correspondingly high-quality analog configurations. In addition, of course there are practical handling advantages, and an enhanced resistance to interference.

DMI-8 Digital Microphone Interface
05/27/2009
The MIPA goes to ... TLM 67
At this year’s Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, the mipa awards were granted for the tenth time. For the sixth time, Neumann is one of the proud winners: The TLM 67 is the No. 1 in the Studio Microphone category. This demonstrates that with the TLM 67 Neumann has succeeded in creating an outstanding synthesis of tradition and innovation.

More than 100 international magazines vote on the mipa (Musikmesse International Press Award) in a total of 40 product categories.

For decades, Neumann has been recognized worldwide as a standard-setting, leading producer of studio microphones. In the history of the company, dating back over 80 years, many Neumann products have become internationally recognized classics of audio history, and have been awarded numerous prizes. Throughout the decades, our success has been based on a quality- oriented approach with no compromises, in both the development and manufacture of products.

The TLM 67 studio microphone receives the 2009 MIPA award.
05/04/2009
Digital microphone technologies on the rise
At the 126th AES 2009 convention Neumann Berlin focuses on special microphone technologies developed for professional systems. Besides the well-known wide product range, visitors are invited to try and compare analog microphones with digital microphone technologies.

Experience shows that Neumann digital microphones offer decisive advantages in many fields of application. We offer valuable seminars held directly at the booth providing an interesting insight on digital workflows. In collaboration with experts from Optocore, Camelot, and Sennheiser visitors will be shown the added value of digital microphone technologies based on practical examples.

As digital microphones are being put to use in numerous practical applications, the specific advantages are becoming increasingly apparent. Many production workflows are being redefined, permitting enhanced effectiveness and reliability. With their own peripheral products, more and more companies are providing for the seamless integration of digital microphones into large networks. In workshops with our partners at the AES, we would like to share and discuss these experiences.

Neumann at the 126th AES convention in Munich
03/27/2009
Full Sound. Full Control. The KMS 104 plus
With the KMS 104 plus, the Berlin microphone manufacturer is presenting a new mic in the series of Neumann stage microphones, which have now become established worldwide. The KMS 104 plus has a cardioid directional characteristic, an extremely transparent sound for optimal intelligibility of the lyrics, and maximum reliability with respect to feedback, to ensure a secure, flawless stage performance.

In comparison with the KMS 104 and KMS 105, the acoustic properties of the bass range have been redefined. In close cooperation with professional musicians, with the aid of extensive practical tests, the KMS 104 plus has been especially optimized for the requirements of female voices in the rock and pop field.

As with the other Neumann stage mics, there is no need for concern about exposing valuable equipment to the rough working environment of the stage: The housing, grille, capsule and electronics are suitably robust.

The KMS 104 plus is supplied with a padded nylon case and the appropriate stand clamp.

The new KMS 104 plus
02/23/2009
40 Neumann Workshops at Prolight + Sound 2009
At Stand C30 in Hall 4.1, Neumann will be offering trade fair visitors a program of short seminars with expert moderators. The seminars, 40 in total, focusing on 10 different topics, will deal not only with general questions concerning the use of microphones in the studio and on stage but also with special topics such as the amplification of choirs, the creation of band demos, the use of digital microphones in home recording studios, voice training for various musical styles, optimal monitoring, and measures for improving room acoustics.

The workshops of Peter Weihe, perhaps the best-known studio guitarist in Germany, promise to be particularly exciting. From his wealth of experience over the decades, Peter Weihe will provide practical tips for recording acoustic guitars and guitar amps.

Seminars will be held on all four days of the trade fair, from 9:45 am to 6:00 pm. The complete program with all of the information concerning the seminar topics and moderators can be downloaded below. Participation is free of charge, and no preregistration is required, however those who come early will get the best seats.

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05/17/2008
Neumann celebrates its 80th anniversary with the launch of the TLM 67
In the world of studio microphones, the numbers “47”, “67” and “87” have associations that inspire enthusiasm among professionals. It is no coincidence that the name of the new TLM 67 contains the number “67”. In many respects, the TLM 67 is based on the “workhorse” of the 1960s, the legendary U 67. Like the U 67, the TLM 67 incorporates the K 67 capsule. In addition, the special new circuit design closely reproduces the sound characteristics of the classic U 67, without the use of tubes. Similar Neumann circuit technology has already proved very successful in the TLM 49.

The TLM 67 is extremely versatile. Its three switchable directional characteristics (omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8), selectable 10 dB pre-attenuation, and high-pass filter permit detailed adjustments to be made depending upon the specific recording situation.

The TLM 67 introduces a novel Neumann dual-color design. The pearl-gray of the microphone body combined with the classic Neumann nickel lends the microphone a touch of distinctive individuality. On the occasion of its 80th anniversary, the Neumann company is honoring its founder, Georg Neumann, with a three-dimensional metal emblem on the front of the TLM 67.

The design and circuit technology of the TLM 67 represent a contemporary development of the U 67, conveying its positive attributes to the present era.

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03/18/2008
TLM 103 D – Digital version of a classic
The Neumann TLM 103 D, available immediately, is the digital version of a well established microphone for home recording and project studios.

Particularly when used with digital workstations, which are very widespread in this sector, digital Solution-D microphone technology makes life easier for users. The integrated, extremely fast peak limiter guarantees optimal recording levels at all times. Likewise, the Neumann A/D converter built into the microphone eliminates the necessity of tedious experimentation with external converters and pre-amps. This ensures that the legendary Neumann sound is captured unchanged on the user’s hard disk, with optimal quality.

The TLM 103 D is available in nickel and black, with a stand mount. Starter kits are also available, consisting of the microphone, an elastic suspension and a connection kit for direct connection to an AES/EBU or S/PDIF interface.

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02/13/2008
Expanded selection of topics: The Neumann workshops at Prolight + Sound 2008
At Prolight + Sound 2008, the Berlin microphone manufacturer Neumann will once again offer a program of workshops (at C30, Hall 4.1), with an even more extensive selection of topics than before. The topics offered have been completely revised, and many new moderators will be introduced.

The total of 44 workshops, held during the 4 days of the trade fair from 10am to 6pm each day, will of course cover topics such as singing on stage and in the studio, signal processing for vocal recording, and how to find the ideal microphone of a lifetime. In addition, new themes that will be addressed include: “How to handle droning resonances – Acoustics and studio design”, “Trumpets and other brass instruments in the studio and on stage”, “From live recording to band demo”, “Digital technology in the home recording studio” and “Technical aspects of modern choral work”. There will also be opportunities to gain entertaining insights into the life of a Foley artist.

The moderators are jazz trumpeter Nils Wülker, vocal trainer Annette Marquard, choir trainer and studio manager Rainer Stemmermann, acoustics expert Peter Maier, audio engineer Nils Hamann, Foley artist Dieter Hebben and loudspeaker specialist Andrew Goldberg.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin explains: “We have expanded the range of topics covered in our workshops in response to frequent customer requests, and have included themes that go beyond pure microphone technology. In addition, at Prolight + Sound Neumann will be presenting the TLM 103 D, a new member of the Solution-D microphone family, which will be extremely interesting for the home recording sector in particular.”

The seminars are 20 to 40 minutes long, and are free of charge.

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09/21/2007
The U 87 Anniversary Set is now available
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of what is probably the world’s best-known studio microphone, the exclusive U 87 Anniversary Set is now available from Neumann. This special edition, in a fine and robust, classic style case, is offered with unique product features. In addition to an elastic suspension and a signed certificate of authenticity with serial number, the set includes a exclusively designed pop screen. Its characteristic design is a reminiscence of the sixties, the early years of the U 87.

Visually, the entire set is very impressive due to the combination of polished nickel parts with the traditional Neumann matte nickel look. The set will definitely increase in value over the years. It includes a dust cover embroidered with the anniversary logo, and a pair of white gloves with which to handle this valuable equipment.

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08/01/2007
Neumann begins “U 87 and You” contest
What do you associate with the name “U 87”? Almost every audio engineer or musician immediately thinks of the Neumann U 87, probably the world’s best-known studio microphone, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Those who send a short video message (max. 30 seconds) concerning their associations with the U 87 to My-U87-Message@Neumann.com via e-mail or MMS by December 31, 2007, have the chance to win a special prize that is not for sale on the market: A draw will be held among the 87 most interesting entries, for the prize of a trip to Neumann Berlin (travel and hotel costs incl.), providing an in-depth insight into the secrets of development and manufacture of the U 87 and all of the other legendary Neumann microphones. Of course there will also be ample time for sightseeing in the constantly changing metropolis.

The U 87 Anniversary Set will be available in a few weeks. This is something which collectors, fans, and all those who have ever dreamed of owning a U 87 can look forward to; it is an exclusive version with unique product features.

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05/09/2007
Solution-D continues to expand
Neumann is announcing a further expansion of the Solution-D family. Three additional capsules are now available for the digital KM D miniature microphone system:

KK 131: Free-field equalized omni
KK 143: Wide-angle cardioid
KK 145: Cardioid with high-pass

There are now 6 different capsules available, providing professional users with a complete range of tools from the world of digital microphones, to handle even the most demanding recording situations.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin, explains: “The new capsules are the logical development of the Neumann strategy of comprehensively expanding the digital microphone program.”

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02/23/2007
Full program: The Neumann workshops at prolight + sound 2007
This year the well-known Berlin microphone manufacturer will once again offer an extensive program of workshops at its trade fair stand (C 30, Hall 4.1). There will be more than 30 short seminars covering a wide range of topics, including the practical application of studio and stage microphones, voice training and professional stage performance, the recording of electrical and acoustic guitar, and the selection of the right near-field monitor for a home recording studio.

The seminars are 30 to 45 minutes long, and are free of charge. In light of the enthusiastic response in previous years it is advisable to arrive early, since there is a limited number of headphones available for participants.

The moderators include guitarist Markus Wienstroer, members of the “Flying Pickets” a cappella group, vocal trainer Billi Myer, and Andrew Goldberg, a product specialist of the speaker manufacturer Klein + Hummel. The complete seminar program will be available for download from the Neumann website www.neumann.com four weeks before the beginning of the trade fair.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin explains, “For us this workshop program, especially tailored to the visitors at Prolight + Sound, is an important reflection of the customer orientation of our company.”

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02/15/2006
Neumann receives "Silver Award“
In 2006 The readers of the Acoustic Guitar magazine voted for their favorite gear for the 5th time since 1998. Nearly 5000 readers voted the winners in 32 categories. The awards went not to single products but to product lines resp. their manufacturers.

Neumann won the 2006 Players’ Choice Silver Award in the category „Microphones“.

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11/08/2006
Visit our demonstration room at this year’s Tonmeistertagung in Leipzig
On all four days of this year’s Tonmeistertagung in Leipzig (November 16 to 19, 2006), we will be holding workshops concerning the use of digital microphones in our demonstration room, D 13 (level 2). These will include discussions of the following topics:

• Why are digital microphones so important?
• The advantages of a completely digital signal chain
• Technical principles of the Solution-D
• The Neumann A/D converter – What makes it one of the best in the world?

• The advantages of a peak limiter integrated into the microphone
• Additional integrated DSP functions

• Technical and economic advantages of a digital microphone system

• The new digital Solution-D miniature microphones
• The KM D Starter Set for connection with AES/EBU or SPDIF interfaces

• Experiences with various applications and reference projects
• The first completely digital recording: The Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester conducted by Kent Nagano

• A glance at the future: What are the next steps?


Visitors will be able to test and compare the microphones on-site.

Exact starting times will be indicated on an information board on-site.

We will also provide the opportunity of testing various studio, broadcast/film and stage microphones on-site.

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11/01/2006
Success story
Within a very short time, the Neumann TLM 49 has become one of the microphones most in demand for professional vocal recordings. The combination of retro design, vintage sound and state-of-the-art circuit technology is evidently precisely attuned to the needs of users and the spirit of the times.

At this year’s AES Convention in San Francisco, the TLM 49 was awarded the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio 2006 TEC Award for Microphone Technology/Recording.

Following the award ceremony Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales of Neumann Berlin, explained, “We are pleased that with this product we have once again succeeded in satisfying the wishes and requirements of our customers. In the development phase, we spared no effort in analyzing the specific sound concepts with extensive practical tests.”

The TLM 49 is a studio microphone with a retro design and a warm sound that is optimized for vocal performance. It uses the K 47 capsule of the legendary M 49 and U 47 microphones, with a cardioid directional characteristic. It is available with a matte nickel finish and is supplied as a set with an elastic suspension.

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05/24/2006
New Solution-D members
Neumann showed an entire series of new products of the Solution-D family at the AES in Paris. Solution-D, the Neuman family of digital mics, is expanding to become a full-fledged line of products. Following the D-01, a large-capsule mic offering a choice of 15 directional characteristics, the well-known KM 180 series is now entering the digital world, naturally according to the demanding criteria of the Berlin brand.

While the TLM 49 released in April symbolizes modernity based on tradition, with the digital KM 180 D series, Neumann is pursuing a path of development resolutely directed toward the future.

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04/04/2006
Retro at its best: The Neumann TLM 49
The retro design of the new TLM 49 gives an indication of the capabilities of the mic. Without having heard the TLM 49, from the design, inspired by that of the Neumann classics of the 1950s, customers can gain an idea of the sound characteristics.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales, explains, “During the development phase the sound was adjusted in extensive practical tests, with the result that the TLM 49 is ideal particularly for vocal and speech recording.”

The warm character of the sound simultaneously lends the voice richness and transparency, giving it an outstanding ability to make its presence felt in the mix. As is the case with the Neumann classics, the voice comes to the fore with no unpleasant overemphasis of the high frequencies. The TLM 49 in fact employs the renowned K 47 capsule, which was also featured in the M 49 and the U 47.

In addition, the TLM 49 is also suitable for instrumental applications in professional production studios and demanding home recordings. It is supplied as a set, with an elastic suspension.

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02/20/2006
More than 30 Neumann workshops at prolight+sound 2006
Due to the extremely positive response last year, at the upcoming prolight+sound the Berlin studio microphone manufacturer Neumann will again be offering an extensive program of workshops. During the four days of the trade fair, a total of 32 workshops on a wide range of themes related to recording and microphones will be offered at the Neumann stand (C30, Hall 4.1).

Workshop moderators include Andrea Figallo and Simon John Foster who, as members of the Flying Pickets, can draw upon a wealth of experience in the areas of stage performance and vocal percussion.

Markus Wienstroer, a German guitarist who is in demand for studio and live performances (including tours with Westernhagen and Christopher Cross), will demonstrate practical aspects of acoustic and electric guitar recording and the role of the guitar sound in the overall mix. In addition, moderators such as vocal trainer Billi Myer, studio operators, audio engineers and specialists from the Neumann company will share many secrets and tips concerning microphones and vocal and instrumental recording.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin, explains, “In our workshop program, with the aid of experienced moderators, we would like to provide answers to many questions that are repeatedly asked by customers. In addition to technical aspects, we will ensure that the entertainment factor is not neglected.”

The complete program, with details on all 32 workshops, including the starting times and moderators, can be found on the Internet at: www.neumann.com. The workshops are 30 to 45 minutes long; participation is free of charge.

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11/07/2005
Neumann phantom power in the TECnology Hall of Fame
At this year’s AES convention in New York, phantom power developed by the Neumann company was inducted into the well-known TECnology Hall of Fame. As pointed out by Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin, “This is yet another indication of the important role played by the Neumann company in the development of professional audio technology.”

The development of phantom power, which for decades has been an established technology worldwide, has an interesting history. In the year 1966, Neumann presented a new series of transistorized microphones to Norwegian Radio. For compatibility reasons, Norwegian Radio requested that these microphones be operated using phantom power. Due to the limited daylight hours during the winter months, the studios used an auxiliary lighting system fed by a central 48 V power supply. This was therefore the voltage used for powering the microphones. This was the origin of 48 V phantom power, which was later standardized in DIN 45596, and which today is available with every professional mixing console.

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11/07/2005
Welcome to our relaunch!
We are pleased to welcome you to our completely redesigned site, with even more information related to the theme of microphones. We would particularly like to mention the new section, “The company”, as well as the search function for all downloadable files. Within seconds, this feature allows you to call up all of the online documents and photos that are available for a product. Also, don’t forget to re-register for the free Neumann Newsmailer. Subscribers have the chance to win a draw for a TLM 127 studio microphone!

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01/12/2004
Double Distinction for Neumann at the 2004 TEC Awards in San Francisco
Two Neumann microphones were distinguished at the Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards ceremony at this year’s AES Convention in San Francisco: the contemporary TLM 127 and the legendary U 47.

Neumann U 47 inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame
As an important milestone in the 125-year history of professional audio, the Neumann U 47 has been inducted into the newly created TECnology Hall of Fame.

The U 47, which appeared in the year 1949, introduced the pioneering technology of switchable polar patterns, and was characterized by a unique sound. While multipattern technology has now become a standard feature in many microphones, the sound of this mic remains legendary and is still highly prized today.

In the past, superstars such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Miles Davis and David Bowie used the U 47 repeatedly during the course of their careers. For the proud owners of a well-preserved U 47, this mic remains a top favorite even today, and is used in numerous contemporary productions, for instance by Lenny Kravitz and Robbie Williams.

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Neumann TLM 127 receives 2004 Microphone Technology / Studio TEC Award
Simultaneously, the TLM 127 large-diaphragm mic introduced last year succeeded against strong competition in the studio microphone category. Over the 20-year history of the TEC Awards, the TLM 127 is the seventh Neumann microphone to receive one of these coveted awards for technical excellence and creativity.

“The 2004 TEC Award confirms the results of numerous test reports in recent months. With the development of the TLM 127, Neumann has succeeded in bridging the gap between the TLM 103 and the classic U 87, with an innovative new product that meets customer sound expectations over a wide range of applications. The simultaneous induction of the U 47 into the TECnology Hall of Fame clearly documents Neumann’s role over the decades as a leading manufacturer of studio microphones,” comments Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin.

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05/09/2003
M 149 Jubilee - Platinum Edition
In addition to numerous new product releases in the 75th anniversary year of Neumann, the Berlin creator of fine microphones, there is now an official "Jubilee Edition" for fans and collectors: the M 149 Jubilee, top model in the area of tube technology and recipient of several awards as a high-tech tool for professionals. Not entirely coincidentally, the finish is reminiscent of that of the classic U 47 of the 1950s. The headgrille and lower part look chrome-plated, but in fact have a high-quality platinum finish. The body has the well-known Neumann nickel finish. In addition, the "75 Years" logo is engraved on the front, and all of the microphones bear consecutive serial numbers of the limited edition of 500.

The microphones are available as a complete mono or stereo set with high-polish elastic suspensions and vintage power supply units with hammer finish, in a high-quality aluminum case which provides these treasures with excellent protection on the way to work - for it would be a great pity to keep them simply as ornaments in a display case. For years the technical specifications and sound properties of the M 149 Tube have thrilled audio engineers around the world.

If desired the case can be personalized with the name of the proud owner and the microphone serial numbers, engraved on a special metal plate.

"We are sure that this unique special edition will suit the taste of many Neumann fans. Certainly it is not a stereo set for everyone, but many people are looking for something exclusive, and we would like to fulfill this wish in our anniversary year," explains Wolfgang Fraissinet, President Marketing/Sales at Neumann, Berlin.

M 149 Jubilee
M 149 Jubilee
05/09/2003
Metal Cases and Attractive Neumann Sets
Among these are complete mono and stereo sets (consisting of microphones and elastic suspension) for many large-diaphragm microphones such as the TLM 103, TLM 170, U 87 Ai and the new TLM 127. Each set comes in a sturdy, high-quality aluminum case. In future, these cases will be available for all current Neumann large-diaphragm mics.

The new stereo sets with their attractive pricing cost appreciably less than two individual systems. All stereo set microphones have consecutive serial numbers.

The program is rounded out with stereo sets of "Series 180" miniature microphones. Each set is housed in a fine-quality wooden box.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales, states, "With these sets Neumann is responding to numerous customer requests in the international market. Here we demonstrate once again that Neumann responds to customer requests and requirements with comprehensive market-oriented solutions."

TLM 103 stereo set
TLM 103 stereo set
KM 184 stereo set
KM 184 stereo set
05/09/2003
Successful Start for Neumann Broadcast Line
The first model in the Neumann Broadcast line, the BCM 104, has now successfully passed the test of practical implementation in various broadcast studios. Its acoustic and electrical properties, and the completely new design, developed with the aid of 3D simulations, have met with a very positive response.

After a short test, several broadcast stations spontaneously decided to continue broadcasting with the BCM 104 for a few days, and to equip facilities for several announcers permanently with this mic.

"We were in great suspense concerning the first practical implementation and are naturally pleased that this completely novel compact construction, with integrated isolation from structure-borne noise and built-in pop screen directly in front of the capsule, meets the requirements of users," reports Stephan Peus, General Manager of Development at Neumann, Berlin.

The Broadcast line will be expanded later this year with the BCM 705. This will be a first in the 75-year history of the Neumann company, since the BCM 705 will be equipped with a dynamic capsule. Wolfgang Fraissinet, President Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin explains, "This is yet another innovation introduced by Neumann. The dynamic BCM 705 will cost considerably less than the BCM 104 condenser version, and will thus address the problem of the enormous cost pressure of equipping facilities for many announcers. However the new model will preserve all of the features typical of the Neumann Broadcast line, such as the simple exchange of microphone headgrilles for different announcers using the same microphone, and the integrated features for the suppression of interference noise."

05/09/2003
Neumann Solution-D in Production, for PC and Mac
"It took a little longer than originally planned," says Wolfgang Fraissinet, President Marketing/Sales at Neumann, Berlin, "but with the development of the Solution-D system Neumann is breaking new technological ground, assuming a pioneering role in the audio world and paving the way for future developments. This type of fundamental research takes time."

Now the dream has become a reality: The first genuine production models of the Solution-D are being delivered worldwide. At the same time, the Solution-D software has been expanded so that it is compatible with the important Mac OS 9/OS X platform, thus making digital Neumann technology available to all users in professional audio studios.

"We see the Solution-D D 01 microphone as the first step in this basic technology. Additional products will follow, and as always we will keep our ears open to the market and will listen carefully to our customers," promises Stephan Peus, President and Director of Development at Neumann.

The few systems already in use worldwide, which are in fact preproduction models, have been greeted enthusiastically in the professional world. For instance, Solution-D technology has already been used in the production of the soundtracks of "Matrix Reloaded," "Lord of the Rings" and "Terminator 3."



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