Making the future of audio technology tangible – that is audio specialist Sennheiser’s aim at prolight+sound. At the joint stand together with Neumann.Berlin in Hall 4.1, D11, a Sound Experience Room will invite visitors to enjoy the world’s best headphones – the Sennheiser HE 1 – and the AMBEO 3D Audio immersive sound experience through a reference set-up with Neumann loudspeakers. The stand also provides the opportunity to try out the Venue Modeling software, which takes 3D audio into the DJ world, and catch a glimpse of Sennheiser’s upcoming virtual reality microphone.
The centrepiece of the Sennheiser and Neumann.Berlin stand is the Sound Experience Room, which offers listening sessions with the Sennheiser HE 1 headphones, Sennheiser AMBEO 3D audio, and stereo and surround-sound demonstrations with Neumann loudspeakers. As part of the AMBEO demonstrations, tonmeister Gregor Zielinsky will not only play original 9.1 recordings but also upmix stereo material generated using his own special algorithm to show the full potential of the reproduction format. His reference set-up consists of Neumann KH 310 at all front positions, KH 120 for the four rear speakers and a KH 870 as a subwoofer.
For the stage and turntables
Musicians can expect to find a wide-ranging portfolio of wired and wireless microphones from the evolution to the 2000 series on show, while DJs will encounter not only professional headphones like the HD 25, but also demo versions of the Venue Modeling software. This VST plug-in from the “AMBEO 3D audio” programme from Sennheiser features the room characteristics of various clubs – such as Mighty in San Francisco, the Rex Club in Paris or Berghain in Berlin – thus enabling DJs, even at the planning phase, to experience their sets as if they were in the clubs themselves. The sound can be tailored to the room atmosphere, and a growing venue database ensures that the set can be ideally prepared every time. The VST plug-in will be available from December 2016.
Top quality for the studio
Whether it is for a home studio or a major recording studio, visitors will be able to experience the entire bandwidth of recording solutions – from the classic Neumann U 87 studio microphone to a Sennheiser product innovation for home studios. There will be a special focus on Neumann products for home studios. The monitoring loudspeakers from the studio specialist can be tested in the Sound Experience Room.
Cooperation with DJ Con
At prolight+sound, Sennheiser will be cooperating with the DJ Convention, a special show covering an area of around 900 square metres between Halls 5.1 and 6.1 that presents everything that is sure to make professional and amateur DJs’ hearts beat faster. In addition to the HD 25 series, Sennheiser will also present a demo version of its Venue Modeling software there.
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 2,700 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. 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 2014, the Sennheiser Group had sales totalling €635 million. www.sennheiser.com, www.neumann.com