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March 2016
Neumann Recognized for Outstanding Technical Achievement at 31st Annual TEC Awards

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin and Director Audio Recording at Sennheiser, accepted the award for U 47 fet in the ‘Microphones – Recording’ category.

Additionally, the Neumann KM 84 small-diaphragm microphone was inducted into the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame. The TECnology Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor and recognize audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility owners and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.

“We are grateful to the NAMM Foundation for this recognition, and to our industry peers who selected the Neumann U 47 fet in a highly competitive category,” commented Wolfgang Fraissinet. “The successful relaunch of this iconic microphone required not only a unified vision among our entire team, but relentless attention to detail and execution since it was built according to the original schematics and specifications.”

Wolfgang Fraissinet

“We also thank the NAMM Foundation for inducting the venerable KM 84 into the TECnology Hall of Fame,” he continued. “This microphone joins five other Neumann and Sennheiser products that have received such a distinction, and is indeed a great honor.”

The Succession of the KM 100 Series

The small condenser microphone series KM A is the successor of the KM 100 series. The capsule heads of the KM 100 Series (also known as the AK series) are still available. Only the body (output stage KM 100) is discontinued. The capsule heads of the KM 100 Series (AK Series) can be used on the output stage of the KM A series with a mechanical adapter (AR 100 KA), which can be ordered from your local Neumann supplier.

Adapter AR 100 KA
Adapter AR 100 KA
The TiME Lab – Equipped with Neumann Studio Monitors

The TiME Lab at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) contains a unique system that enables users to detach themselves from the underlying technology while seamlessly experiencing the media’s contents. HHI developed a model of Immersive Media technology, which gives the recipient a completely new picture and sound impression. The system provides images projected in the highest 3D resolution and spatial audio with the highest quality sound (object-oriented 3D audio / wave field synthesis). This total system approach represents the present state-of-the-art for a high quality multimedia experience.

Avant Premier 180 degrees screen

The presentation of the project took place during the Berlin Film Festival in 2015 as part of the Avant Première. Together with an IOSONO processor, thirty-two Neumann KH 120 studio monitors and four KH 870 subwoofers were used to reproduce the 3D audio experience. They were selected over other loudspeaker systems as they offer the most transparent sound reproduction, which is in keeping with the goal of the whole project.

Avant Premier rear monitors

The documentary "PLAYING THE SPACE" was produced in a 180° panoramic video format, and spatial audio and musical experience all at the same time. The innovative technology can be experienced, not only for different styles of music but also acoustic spaces and adventure. Classical music, performance art or choral music, whether at the Philharmonic, in Stattbad Wedding or Kraftwerk power station (all in Berlin) - each of these places has its own identity.

TiME Lab is a networking platform for developing new immersive media technology; Partners for PLAYING THE SPACE include, amongst others, Berlin Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin International Film Festival, ARRI, and the companies Sennheiser and Neumann, who supported this project.


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