29/09/2016 Los Angeles

Shaping the Future of Audio: Sennheiser and Neumann Focus on Recording Microphones and Immersive Audio at the 141st AES Convention

At AES Los Angeles 2016, Sennheiser and Neumann will be highlighting a wide range of new and legacy microphones for various recording applications at their joint booth (#411). Recently introduced models will include the Collectors Edition U 47 fet and the versatile TLM 107 from Neumann, as well as the new MK 4 digital and the upcoming AMBEO VR Mic from Sennheiser. The topic of VR and AR will also take center stage at the Audio Engineering Society’s AVAR Conference, where Sennheiser will also be actively participating. Immersive audio can be experienced in an additional demo room (#503) via a 9.1 set-up with Neumann monitor loudspeakers.

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A full complement of classic recording microphones will also be on display at AES 2016: From Neumann, this will include the U87 Ai, TLM 67, KM 184 and several other recording staples. Among the recording microphones from Sennheiser are the recently introduced MK 8 multi-pattern microphone, as well as classic models from the MKH range, which can be turned into digital microphones using the MZD 8000 digital module.

The booth will also feature the entire Neumann monitor speaker range, including a live stereo set-up of KH 310 and KH 120 nearfields. Ongoing immersive audio demonstrations will be held in the demo room, where the 9.1 monitoring set-up includes KH 310 and KH 120 as well as KH 810 subwoofers. During the exhibition, Sennheiser will also unveil a ‘design update’ to one of its most sought-after professional headphones – targeting the next generation of recording engineers and music production professionals.

AMBEO 3D Audio and AVAR Conference

Visitors to the Sennheiser and Neumann booth will have the opportunity to experience the promise of fully immersive audio. Recorded by Sennheiser using its AMBEO VR Mic, the demonstration of AMBEO – complete with 3D video – shows how this innovation is further closing the gap between audio playback and reality. The compact AMBEO VR Mic, which is scheduled to become commercially available in November 2016, is an ideal tool for VR production.

As part of the Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference (AVAR), which the AES will hold in parallel to this year’s Convention, Sennheiser will participate in a panel on “Immersive Sound Capture for Cinematic Virtual Reality”, which takes place on October 1st from 11:30 to 12:30 in Theater Room 441. The panel will take a look at the technical and physical requirements that VR places on location sound engineers and discuss the benefits and constraints of spatial ambience and point sources. It finishes with an in-depth look at audio monitoring for VR productions. Sofia Brazzola of Sennheiser Strategic Innovation commented: “Within the framework of our AMBEO 3D audio program, we have been active in the VR production field for quite some time, developing the optimum solution for immersive audio capture. We are therefore extremely happy to be chairing this exciting panel on Cinematic VR.”

In an AVAR paper session, Sennheiser’s Johannes Kares will present a paper he co-authored with Véronique Larcher on Streaming Immersive Audio Content. This session will take place on September 30, 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm in Room 409A. It will focus on various approaches that enable audio engineers to create immersive audio content for live streaming, either by using existing tools and network infrastructures to deliver static binaural audio, or by readying themselves for the emerging tools and workflows for Virtual Reality streaming. As Johannes Kares explains: “Immersive audio for live music streaming is a topic of critical importance as it gives listeners the illusion of being transported to a totally different acoustic environment. This makes the streaming experience much more realistic and enjoyable.”

Visit Sennheiser and Neumann at the AES Convention, Booth No. 411, and in Demo Room 503.

Visitors to the AVAR Conference are kindly invited to the paper session “Streaming Immersive Audio Content” (September 30, 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm in Room 409A) and the panel on “Immersive Sound Capture for Cinematic Virtual Reality” (October 1, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Theater Room 441).

About Sennheiser and Neumann
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers’ needs. Sennheiser is a family-owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,750 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. As part of the Sennheiser Group, Georg Neumann GmbH, known as “Neumann.Berlin”, is the world’s leading manufacturer of studio microphones. Founded in 1928, the company has been recognized with numerous international awards for its technological innovations. Since 2010, Neumann.Berlin have expanded their expertise in electro-acoustic transducer design to also include the studio monitor market. In 2015, the Sennheiser Group had sales totaling €682 million. www.sennheiser.com, www.neumann.com


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