NEUMANN MONITORS FOR PODCAST INNOVATOR STITCHER

KH 120 AND KH 310 NEARFIELD MONITORS SPECIFIED IN NYC-BASED STUDIO

NEW YORK CITY/BERLIN, April 8, 2019 – As podcasting becomes the content medium of choice for an increasing number of listeners around the world — including 73 million people in the U.S. alone — top facilities are insisting on best-in-class monitoring solutions to outfit their studios. Stitcher, an industry leader in podcast content creation, distribution and advertising, recently specified Neumann KH series monitors inside its new WSDG-designed studio facility in New York.

Stitcher has employed the Neumann KH 120 two-way studio monitors in its studio and edit suites, and one studio also includes a pair of Neumann KH 310 three-way monitors. System specifications for the new studio were made on the recommendation of Romina Larregina, Partner, Director of Production at WSDG.

Listen up
John DeLore, Senior Production Manager at Stitcher, says that podcasting studios share many similarities with traditional recording studios, including a primary need to accurately capture and reproduce the human voice. “But the main difference is that in most of our sessions we're recording only voices,” he says. “Therefore, since there are fewer instruments competing for the listener’s attention, we have to be attuned to every nuance of the voice coming through.”

While some podcasts can entail a simple stack of two or three mono voice tracks, DeLore says that more complicated sessions can run upwards of 20 or 30 tracks, which might include sound design, ambient sounds, field recordings, interview tape, and archival audio in addition to in-studio host tracking. This means that the monitoring environments must be equipped to handle complex mixing tasks in addition to routine tracking and editing: “In these cases, we need maximum clarity and frequency range to make sure all the information is coming through clearly, and that all the scoring and sound design is sculpted around the voice.”

Neumann KH 120: Punching above its weight class
For the in-studio Stitcher team, a ‘typical’ production process might include capturing the interview or the host. Then the team will assemble other content where required — such as clips, sound design and music. Once the mixing process arrives, the engineer will dive into the finer points of EQ, compression, noise reduction, and achieving satisfactory balance among all tracks.

So far, says DeLore, the Neumann monitors have delivered: “The KH 120s have been working really great for us and have been able to deliver more than enough low frequency response for our tracking and mixing needs. What we hear is a clear reproduction of our signal chain, with no additional coloring or overcompensation. This is important, because we need these recordings and these mixes to translate to several possible playback scenarios, such as car stereos, ear buds, or built-in laptop speakers.”

Meantime, a pair of Neumann KH 310 three-way monitors in one of its larger studios has served as a perfect complement to the KH 120s: “Because we want to record bands in that room, the extra firepower of the 310s was a good fit,” DeLore says. “Also, the 310s are designed to provide a wider sweet spot, which is ideal for podcasts which can have production teams of 4-5 people who need to all sit in the studio and be able to hear the same mix.”

“The decision to go with the Neumann monitoring systems was made after several discussions with the client,” commented Romina Larregina. “The equipment size and frequency range worked perfectly for the room sizes we were working with. Once the system was in place, the frequency response was calibrated to customize each of the control rooms to obtain the most accurate sounding environment possible.”

While the completed podcasts will typically be consumed as compressed MP3 files through listening platforms such as Stitcher’s own podcast-listening app, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Pandora, the Stitcher production team has to be attentive to the overall quality throughout the entire process. “Our mission at Stitcher is to take even the simplest shows and make sure they sound optimal — so having clear, accurate and consistent monitoring across all our rooms is of utmost importance,” says DeLore.

Photo credits: John Muggenborg, www.johnmuggenborg.com.

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3D AUDIO REFERENCE LISTENING ROOM WITH NEUMANN KH 310 STUDIO MONITORS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT at Ilmenau, Germany, set up a new reference listening room for their SpatialSound Wave technology. This impressive installation was outfitted with thirty Neumann KH 310 A studio monitors, supported by KH 805 subwoofers.

3D Audio promises an intense, immersive listening experience, but with many playback systems the localization suffers outside of the optimal listening position. SpatialSound Wave, developed at Ilmenau in the German province of Thuringia, offers breathtaking razor-sharp localization throughout almost the entire room. As if it were an actual acoustic environment, the listener can approach (virtual) sound sources; levels change in a natural way. The main fields of application for SpatialSound Wave are theaters, installations, and planetariums. Its list of users includes the Opernhaus Zürich, the Staatsoper Berlin, and the Zeiss Planetarium in Jena.

Dr.-Ing. Daniel Beer, Head of Electroacoustics, (right) and Christoph Sladeczek, Head of Virtual Acoustics (left) in the new reference listening room of Fraunhofer IDMT at Ilmenau.

“Apart from sound and high level handling, the KH 310 also impressed with its sharp localization,” Daniel Beer explains. Product consistency plays a major part in this: “Later, before installation, we measured the individual loudspeakers and could confirm that the differences in frequency response were below 1 dB.” The result speaks for itself: SpatialSound Wave in the new reference listening room of Fraunhofer IDMT at Ilmenau sounds absolutely breathtaking!

Dr.-Ing. Daniel Beer, Head of Electroacoustics, adds: “The intelligence is in the algorithm that controls the loudspeakers. Originally, SpatialSound Wave was based on wave field synthesis, which controls the loudspeakers so the individual signals are superimposed in such a way that the sound field is reproduced. In recent years, however, we included a lot of psychoacoustics. The algorithm was altered in such a way that the reproduction of the sound field is not physically correct anymore, but the loudspeakers may now be spaced further apart.”

The Optimal Loudspeakers
In order to find the optimal loudspeakers for the new reference listening room Monitor speakers from a large number of manufacturers were compared in an elaborate test setup. Christoph Sladeczek, Head of Virtual Acoustics: “We used classic listening test methods. […]. All systems were room calibrated, and the levels were matched precisely. Next we prepared a test procedure in which fifteen participants reviewed various parameters, which we later evaluated statistically.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, where the SpatialSound Wave technology was developed.

The First Neumann Headphone

Berlin, January 24, 2019 – Neumann.Berlin, known and appreciated worldwide for its legendary studio microphones and high-class studio monitors, is expanding its product portfolio: At the NAMM show in Anaheim/USA, the company's first headphone has been introduced.

The Neumann NDH 20 is a closed-back studio headphone combining excellent isolation with the carefully balanced sound image and outstanding resolution you would expect from a Neumann product. It is thus ideally suited to monitoring, editing and mixing tasks, even in loud and noisy environments.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President Neumann.Berlin: “Unlike most other closed-back headphones, the NDH 20 is also suited to mixing purposes. An unusually flat frequency response and natural stereo image allow for mixing with confidence and ensure compatibility to all playback systems. The NDH 20 is a dream come true: reliable studio-grade monitoring – even on the road.”

The NDH 20’s newly designed 38-mm drivers with high-gauss neodymium magnets ensure high sensitivity and low distortion. In other words, the NDH 20 would not need a dedicated headphone amplifier; it sounds just as great on mobile devices such as laptop computers.

Its entire construction is true Neumann quality: The headband is made of flexible spring steel while the ear cup covers are machined from lightweight aluminum. Large and soft memory foam ear pads make the NDH 20 a pleasure to wear for long periods without fatigue. For easy transportation, the NDH 20 is foldable.

Features:

  • Linear sound balance, like Neumann’s acclaimed studio monitors
  • Excellent isolation allows working in noisy environments
  • High long-term comfort, easy transportation
  • Two detachable cables (straight/coiled)

All further product information can be found at www.neumann.com

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Deep Bass in a small Place

Berlin, January 24, 2019 – With the KH 750 DSP Neumann presents a new – particularly compact – subwoofer. It is the ideal choice for smaller rooms and the perfect complement to the Neumann KH 80 DSP studio monitors.

The KH 750 DSP has a unique and flexible 2.0/0.1 Bass Manager allowing the subwoofer to be used in many different system configurations. On the back panel there are analog and digital inputs and outputs, four routing modes and adaptable acoustical controls to allow for seamless system integration. The Neumann.Control App for iPad® gives access to many additional functions inside the subwoofer.

The newly designed 10” long-throw driver has a large magnet, linear motor design and a very stiff pressed steel basket. As subwoofers are usually placed on the floor, a robust grille protects the driver from accidental damage. The well-braced cabinet is a sealed design which brings the fastest possible transient response. The two analog XLR inputs are balanced as are the two analog XLR outputs. The 192 kHz / 24-bit digital input can accept AES3 and S/P-DIF signals.

The KH 750 DSP can be used in music, broadcast, and post production studios for tracking, mixing, and mastering. Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin, adds: "Thanks to the significantly reduced housing depth, the KH 750 DSP is 'compatible' with the often confined space available in home recording and broadcast studios."

Features:

  • Easily installed compact cabinet with a very deep bass response
  • DSP engine optimizes output to achieve reference class sound
  • Neumann.Control App for iPad® to set up, align and operate in a system

All further product information can be found at www.neumann.com

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NEUMANN HONORED WITH 90TH ANNIVERSARY ‘SERVICE TO INDUSTRY’ AWARD DURING AES 145TH PRO AUDIO CONVENTION IN NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY/BERLIN – October 2018 – During the AES 145th Pro Audio Convention recently held in New York City, Neumann.Berlin was presented with a 90th Anniversary ‘Service to Industry’ award by the AES — which celebrated its own 70th anniversary in parallel. The award was presented to Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet during a special ceremony on Thursday, October 16th in celebration of the company’s standard-setting legacy of engineering prowess in the development of microphones for studio and live performance, and for Neumann’s advancement of microphone technology.

The award ceremony took place on the first day of the exhibition at the PSE Recording Stage inside the Jacob Javitz Center complex, where Graham Kirk, AES International Sales Director and Al Schmitt, multi-GRAMMY® Award winning engineer/mixer presented on behalf of the AES.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by such a stalwart organization such as the AES, and by Al Schmitt, who is a celebrity in his own right and also a great friend,” commented Wolfgang Fraissinet. “I am proud of Neumann’s accomplishments over the last 90 years, and humbly accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues, past and present. We are committed to excellence in everything we do and already looking forward to our 100th in ten years!”

During the exhibition, Neumann displayed many of innovations, both past and present. For instance, its limited-edition U 87 Rhodium Set and a re-issue of its famous U 67 microphone were at the stand, while more recent products on display included the Neumann.Control app for iPad, which opens up the full potential of the KH 80 DSP studio monitor. Neumann.Control, which utilizes standard IP networking, allows users to define loudspeaker systems from mono to 3D audio set-ups, align them for a well-balanced in-room sound, and then operate them centrally.

Caption:
AES international sales director Graham Kirk (left) and multi-Grammy Award winning engineer/mixer Al Schmitt (right) present the award to Neumann president Wolfgang Fraissinet (center)

THE U 87 RHODIUM EDITION

NEUMANN CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE LEGENDARY MICROPHONE

WITH THE ULTIMATE LIMITED EDITION

Berlin/Amsterdam, 15 September 2017 – There is an elite category of products that exist outside of the march of time – transcending their moment to become timeless icons. In the world of recording, the Neumann U 87 is one such legend. For 50 years this professional studio microphone has been setting standards in the field of audio recording. Now, Neumann celebrates the anniversary of this studio legend with the U 87 Rhodium Edition – a spectacular creation that gives the beautiful U 87 an extra special look to celebrate its timeless achievement.

The U 87 has gained its cherished status thanks to the incredible universality and versatility that has made it a vital part of recording for a half century. Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin, explains that this is why something very special was needed to mark the 50-year anniversary – a rhodium-plated edition of the acclaimed U 87: “This extraordinary combination is the ideal way to celebrate the 50th birthday of the U 87. The exclusivity and beauty of rhodium powerfully expresses the timeless quality of this microphone. The Rhodium Edition truly embodies the high standards of Neumann.”

Alongside its technical accomplishments, the mythic status of the U 87 is as much about the fabric of memories and history woven around the microphone itself. Almost all the great names in the music industry have recorded with the U 87. This peerless history influenced the choice of rhodium. Far rarer than gold, it reflects light more than any other metal, which is why it is used for the mirrors of high-performance telescopes that study the farthest reaches of the universe. This transcendent quality sets it above other precious metals.

Exclusive, limited and made to order
Neumann is offering the U 87 Rhodium Edition only once, made to order and limited to only 500 units worldwide. Each of the meticulously crafted microphones is individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity hand signed by Wolfgang Fraissinet, President, Neumann.Berlin.

Every U 87 Rhodium Edition is supplied with a Neumann aluminum case and a special Rhodium Edition EA 87 elastic suspension. A pair of black gloves is also included for keeping the limited-edition microphone in pristine condition.

The U 87 Rhodium Edition is exclusively available via select dealers with orders starting from September 2017. To learn more and to enquire as to availability, please visit the special microsite celebrating 50 years of the U 87, which provides an up-to-date list of dealers with available special editions. www.neumann.com/50YEARS-U87

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U 67 - RETURN OF A LEGEND

NEUMANN LAUNCHES RE-ISSUE OF THE FAMOUS U 67 TUBE MICROPHONE

Berlin/Anaheim, January 25, 2018 – It was the microphone that defined the sound of the sixties: The U 67 tube microphone, introduced in 1960, was the quintessential studio workhorse throughout the formative years of modern music. To this day, many top-level engineers would choose the U 67 as their “desert island” microphone for its inimitably smooth sound and extraordinary versatility. This universal studio microphone has acquired a legendary status, and with it a large and passionate community of fans: Now Neumann has incredible news for lovers of the U 67: for the first time in decades, the iconic tube microphone is back in production and built to the original specifications.

"The sound and technical design of the U 67 are truly timeless," said Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin. "Its cone-shaped body and the tapered headgrille have become iconic for the Neumann brand. The re-issue has been meticulously reproduced to original specifications, and we are very proud to re-launch this superb tube microphone at NAMM."

Suitable for any recording task

With three selectable polar patterns – omni-directional, cardioid, and figure-of-8 – and advanced tube circuitry, including low-cut and pad switches, the Neumann U 67 is well-equipped for virtually any recording task. Its smooth top-end with a subtle tube shimmer makes the U 67 an outstanding vocal microphone for both male and female voices. Due to its essentially linear response in the three polar patterns, the U 67 is also a very versatile microphone for all kinds of instruments such as strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, drums, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar and upright bass.

Return of a legend

On its launch in 1960, the U 67 was quickly adopted as the new studio standard because of its extraordinary versatility and sound quality. The U 67 was the first microphone equipped with the famous K 67 capsule, which has since become associated with "the Neumann sound" and continues to be used in its successor, the U 87 A. No less important is the U 67's masterful tube circuit, which features a clever pre-emphasis/de-emphasis scheme to minimize tube hiss. The U 67 was also the first microphone to address modern recording techniques such as close miking, with its switchable low-cut filter compensating for the proximity effect occurring at short recording distances. Using its pre-attenuation, the U 67 can handle high sound pressure levels of up to 124 dB without distortion – and much more if users do not mind a bit of "tube grit"…

Sonically, the current re-issue is identical to the U 67 made from 1960–1971. It uses the same capsule and electronic design. Key parts, such as the BV 12 output transformer, have been meticulously reproduced according to original documentation. Its EF86 tubes have been carefully selected in a dedicated measurement facility for optimal characteristics and lowest noise.

U 67 Set

The U 67 comes in a vintage case that is – just like the U 67 re-issue – hand-made in Germany. Besides the microphone, it includes an elastic suspension, a microphone cable and the NU 67 V power supply. The power supply was redesigned to meet today's strict safety requirements and to accommodate the slightly higher filament current of newer premium-grade tubes. The new NU 67 V is fully compatible with older U 67 microphones, and automatically adapts to the local mains voltage.

The U 67 Set will be available from March 2018

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