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Case Study: 3D Immersive Audio

3D immersive audioFeaturing performances from Imogen Heap and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie orchestra conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer, Sennheiser recently presented an ‘extraordinary’ concert at London’s Central Hall Westminster.

Kicking off Sennheiser’s Reshaping Excellence campaign – and marking Sennheiser’s 70-year history – it set oput to demonstrate the potential of 3D immersive audio.


Case Study: Lattitude Studio South

Lattitude Studio South

Created to provide ‘a very private and discreet’ studio for Michael Lattanzi’s writing, engineering, production and mixing, Lattitude Studio South’s word-of-mouth reputation has brought outside users to its location in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.

Designed by Lattanzi himself, the facility is extremely well equipped, being centred on mixing consoles from Neve, SSL and API, and makes extensive use of Auralex Acoustics sound treatments.


Case Study: The Journey

The HiveSound designer Mike Bedford from Hoare Lea called on Out Board’s Robin Whittaker and TiMax SoundHub to provide immersive live audio playback and 3D spatialisation in the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan World Expo.

With the expo focused on sustainability, technology and food – themed Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life – the UK pavilion resembles a giant beehive in a wildflower meadow, designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress and engineer Tristan Simmonds.


Recording: The Time Before Mics

Recording on WaxYour last recording session may have used virtual mics and outboard. The guitar amps, as well as mic positioning, may have been similarly virtual. Alternatively, you may have been placing real mics around a live band before settling down in the control room. Something a bit more ‘real’.

Very real and very fundamental, Duncan Miller’s most recent sessions returned him to a time when there were no microphones…


Son Doong: Recording the Infinite Cave

Son DoongCalled the Infinite Cave because of its size, Son Doong is among the world’s biggest caves. Recently, photo journalist Martin Edström led a team that photographed it and recorded the sounds occurring inside it.

‘Sound wide, there was always something to be heard – wind, water dripping, a river running, distant birds and sometimes also the thundering silence, if you know what I mean.’


Case Study: The First Fully Digital Orchestra

Lille National OrchestraClaiming to be the first orchestra to ‘go fully digital’, the Lille National Orchestra (ONL) is using a digital signal chain from sound pick-up to recording.

The orchestra’s own mobile studio comprises a total of 33 digital Neumann microphones, 24 digital Sennheiser microphones (all on active stands and booms), and six DMI-8 interfaces. Also included in the studio are a six-channel Sennheiser wireless system and a full Neumann monitoring set-up.


Case Study: Mixing at the Millennium Stadium

Millennium StadiumOpened in 1999 to host the Rugby World Cup, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium has since seen a range of sports events, as well as concerts from the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, U2 and The Rolling Stones staged under its retractable roof.

Visitors to rugby’s Six Nations were largely unaware that announcements and entertainment during the matches were delivered via a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI mixing desk, supplied by PAI Group and operated by AB Acoustics.


Theatrical Address: Loudspeakers for Theatre

Altec A7‘When we started in 1973, there were no loudspeakers, there were no mixers, there were no radio mics, there were no miniature mics that were made specifically for theatre use,’ recalls Autograph Sound Recording’s Andrew Bruce.

The breakthrough for loudspeakers came in 1980 with the release of Meyer Sound’s UPA – that and and The Godfather of Theatre Sound stepping in to champion its potential…


Case Study: Temple Beth Israel

Temple Beth IsraelWith an increasingly technology-savvy congregation, Melbourne’s Temple Beth Israel is the first synagogue in Australia to stream Shabbat services online. But that same awareness meant that the failing sound system needed to be replaced.

Poor directional control and speech intelligibility, and the inflexibility of the infrastructure limited the development of new services and events. The time was right to improve the usability of the Synagogue’s sanctuary spaces.


Case Study: India National Games 2015

National GamesThe sound systems required for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the recent National Games 2015, held at the Greenfield Stadium in Kerala during February, reflected both the scale and importance of the event.

In keeping with the event’s stature, responsibility for the live sound and feeds for broadcast coverage of the event fell to leading sound reinforcement and turnkey audio systems specialist, Sound.Com.


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