Shure Axient Wireless | Universal Audio Apollo |Pro Tools|HDX | Neumann Solution-D | Staff Pick - Sennheiser MM 550

Shure Axient Wireless Management Network

Shure LogoShure Incorporated is now shipping the Axient™ Wireless Management Network, which can automatically change frequencies to avoid interference.  Axient employs several breakthrough technologies – some offered for the first time in a wireless microphone system-- that work together to deliver interference-free audio in today’s hostile RF spectrum environment.
Axient delivers great sound and gives engineers new capabilities to adapt to poor or rapidly changing conditions during an event:  the ability to change frequencies in mid-performance, the ability to adjust transmitter settings in real time, and the ability to transmit full-fidelity audio on redundant frequencies for added security.
The Axient system’s agility in difficult RF conditions is driven by four key features: 
Interference Detection and Avoidance detects RF interference and enables the system to move to a clear and compatible frequency in milliseconds.
Shure's Axient Wireless SystemFor critical microphones where even the briefest gap in audio is unacceptable, Frequency Diversity mode transmits full-bandwidth audio on two separate frequencies.  If one frequency is disrupted by interference, the audio from the second frequency is automatically used.
ShowLink™ remote control enables the operator to make real-time remote adjustments of transmitter settings (such as audio gain, RF output power, and RF mute) while the microphone is live, without interrupting a performance or disturbing an elaborate costume.  Control coverage extends throughout the entire performance area and can be extended to include backstage areas.
The Axient Spectrum Manager scans the spectrum constantly, and monitors, ranks, and deploys backup frequencies automatically.  This ensures that the system uses only the cleanest frequencies during a performance.

The Axient Wireless Management Network is now available at Dale Pro Audio!

Contact: Tim Finnegan
phone: 888.462.7828

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Universal Audio Apollo

Universal Audio LogoMeet Apollo. The High-Resolution Audio Interface with Classic Analog Sound.

Apollo is the first professional, high-resolution computer audio interface that delivers the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™- ready interface combines genuine UA analog design with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality and onboard Realtime UAD Processing. Using Apollo, music producers and performers can finally track audio through a range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — in real time, and with a sleek, elegant workflow on both Mac and PC.

Universal Audio ApolloDale Pro Audio is currently accepting preorders on the Universal Audio Apollo.

For more information on any of Universal Audio's products, contact or call 888.462.7828.

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Pro Tools|HDX - Better, Faster, and Easier and Shipping!

Pro Tools HDX w/ HDIO We knew Avid's announcement of Pro Tools|HDX was a game changer it was introduced at last year's AES Convention. Well, the revolution is here and Pro Tools|HDX is now available. Many of our customers have enthusiastically embraced the new platform and have voted with their wallets to upgrade to the next evolution of Pro Tools hardware and software.

As a dedicated professional, you’re looking for faster, higher quality, and easier ways to record, edit, and mix the most demanding productions. Meet the more powerful, new generation of Pro Tools|HD - Pro Tools|HDX. Featuring the powerful HDX PCIe card, Pro Tools® HD 10 software, and your choice of Pro Tools HD Series interface, you get more tracks, more headroom, and up to 5x more dedicated DSP acceleration per card to sound your best, faster than ever. Create and mix the highest quality, most massive music and post productions with the confidence that comes with guaranteed performance.

With Pro Tools|HDX, you get up to 5x more power per card than Pro Tools|HD Accel, so you can focus on your mix - not your mixer. Create bigger, more complex mixes with 4x more tracks (up to 768 voices with three cards). Double your ins and outs with up to 64 channels of I/O per card (up to 256 total). And handle large plug-in-heavy mixes easily with 4x more Automatic Delay Compensation.

Pro Tools|HDX uses floating-point calculations for plug-in processing and mixing, enabling you to achieve the best sound quality possible, with the least effort. Record and mix in higher resolution - up to 32-bit, 192 kHz audio - and significantly greater dynamic range. And let your mixes breathe with increased headroom, eliminating clipping and obsessive gain staging.

Go from composition to completion at the speed of your creativity. Work with advanced audio, video, and automation tools that streamline music and post production. Get highly responsive recording and playback performance with the extended disk cache, which loads your entire session into RAM. And collaborate easily with other audio and video creators through OMF®/AAF/MXF file interchange.
Avid's new HDX Card
There’s a reason why more professionals trust the sound of Pro Tools® than with any other DAW. Now get even higher audio fidelity, greater dynamic range, and pristine audio clarity with Pro Tools|HDX, which includes Pro Tools HD software and your choice of Pro Tools HD Series interface. Plus, with over 75 high-quality virtual instruments and sound processing plug-ins included, you can create great-sounding music and mixes easily.

To find out more about Pro Tools|HDX, please contact or call 888.462.7828.

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Neumann Solution-D

Neumann LogoBy now, almost all audio signal processing components are available in digital form. With Neumann’s Solution-D, the legendary Neumann sound is available in the digital realm!

Choose the perfect microphone for your application, from a large diaphragm multi-pattern microphone to a modular miniature solution, with various choices in between.

To eliminate the guesswork and the cost in finding the correct A/D converter, a patented A/D converter has been optimized for the microphone and is positioned at the capsule.

A Digital Microphone Interface (DMI) allows you to control standard microphone parameters remotely via PC or Mac for up to 128 microphones.  Changing directional characteristics, adjusting pre-attenuation, and adding a low-cut filter can all be tested quickly and easily prior to recording and the parameters can be saved for quick recall.

Neumann’s Solution-D provides pure Neumann capsule sound for the digital age.

For more information on Neumann's Solution-D, contact or call 888.462.7828.

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Staff Pick - The Sennheiser MM 550 by Dale's Dylan M. Page

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In this day of MP3 players, tablet computers, and smart phones, people are becoming less and less tethered to physical locations, and are using their electronics while in motion, be it on planes, trains, automobiles, or while walking to the store on a summer day. While it was once commonplace to carry a large "boom-box" on one's shoulder, sharing the local radio station with all who were within earshot, this trend has generally fallen out of fashion, and headphones have become the norm in popular culture.

Sennheiser is known for making amazingly accurate and high quality transducers. Whether it's a microphone or a headphone, Sennheiser has a reputation for quality and accuracy.

Sennheiser MM 550 TravelI’ve been curious about the MM 550 for months. I previously owned a “bargain-brand” Bluetooth earpiece for my old Nokia mobile phone (many years ago), and the quality had deterred me from seeking Bluetooth devices for quite a while.  Nonetheless I have a lot of respect for Sennheiser, so when I saw that they had produced a line of Bluetooth headphones, I had to check them out. I currently own an Apple iPhone 4S, as well as an Apple iPad 2. I decided to purchase the Sennheiser MM 550 headphones, and use them with both devices.

The first thing I noticed about the MM 550 was that it came with a lot of accessories. Included in the packaging was a USB cable (for charging), as well as a USB power adapter, including interchangeable plugs to suit all world outlets. There was also an airline adapter, as well as a 3.5mm cable for use with non-Bluetooth devices. All of these accessories would be easy to lose track of, except Sennheiser was smart enough to plan for this by including a carrying case.

Pairing the headphones to my devices was quite simple. The first time they are powered on, they automatically enter discovery mode, where they are visible to Bluetooth devices. I quickly was able to listen to music on my iPhone 4S. Pairing them to my iPad 2 required that I press and hold the button on the MM 550’s headphones until the multi-colored LED flashed and then it entered discovery mode once more. This process only has to be done once per device, and since then, I have just enabled Bluetooth on whichever device I wanted to “plug” my headphones into, and it has paired with that device within moments.

One note about these “headphones” is that they are not quite “headphones...” They are, in fact, full Bluetooth headsets, meaning that they include a discrete microphone, allowing you to make phone calls, as well as use the microphone for all applications where an audio input would be required (Skype, for example).

Using the MM 550 is a breeze: all controls are conveniently located on the outside face of the right-side headphone. You can easily adjust volume, play/pause, next track, previous track, Talkthrough, SRS, and Bluetooth control, without removing the headphones.

Sennheiser MM 550 with CasehTalkThrough, by the way, is one of the features that I thought would be pointless, but turns out to be one of my most commonly used features. The MM 550 offers great isolation from the noise of the outside world, but there are times when it is beneficial to be able to hear what’s going on in your general vicinity. I use this feature every day, when I’m travelling to work. I like to listen to music during my subway ride, as well as during the walk from the subway station to our offices at Dale. When I grab a cup of coffee from the café on way to work, I simply press the TalkThrough button on the headphones, and my iPhone pauses what I’m listening to, and instantly turns on the external microphones embedded in the MM 550, allowing me to have a conversation at a normal level, with complete intelligibility. When I’m done with the conversation, I can simply press the TalkThrough button once more, and the music picks up where it left off, and I’m back “in the groove” on my walk to work... Very handy!

Now, I thought that the main reason I’d be using the MM 550 headphones, was because I like to “rock out” on my way to and from work (as well as chatter back and forth with Siri, which works perfectly with the MM 550 headphones), however I had no idea how much they would improve on my experience using my iPad 2.

I bought the Apple iPad 2 on the day it was released. Yes, I was one of those people who waited on line for hours, just so that he could be the first (in my case, about the 300th) person to buy an iPad 2 from the Manhattan flagship store. In the time since its release, I’ve been using it every day, in every way I can come up with. I would either use it with the internal speaker, with my Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, or with my Beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones: all of which had their respective advantages.

Using the internal speaker on my iPad 2 meant that I was free to hold the iPad 2 in any orientation, and I was free of all cables, however the volume, bass response, and overall listening experience was lacking, and there was no privacy in the experience (not something you want to do on the New York City Subway).

Using the Apple Earphones allowed me to listen in privacy, however the bass response was still lacking, but on the upside, there was a built in microphone for using applications that allowed for voice-recognition or recording. The Apple Earphones cable was not a huge problem, although it did get in the way while attempting to hold the iPad 2 in certain orientations.

Using the Beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones allowed for an amazing acoustic experience, however they have a particularly long cable (handy in the studio, not so much on the Subway), which got in the way while using the iPad 2, and there was really no neat way to use them comfortably in public. This was the exact situation where the Sennheiser MM 550 blew away any and all competition!

Sennheiser MM 550 with iPad running Sunrizer SynthIn addition to working at Dale, I’m also a musician and audio engineer. I’ve developed a penchant for downloading music apps for my iPad 2, and composing “on-the-go.” Using the Sennheiser MM 550 headphones with my iPad 2 gives me the exact experience I’d been dreaming about since I first imagined mobile music creation (I still remember the high hopes I had for the first generation of tablet PCs). I can work with my iPad 2 in any orientation without the worry about tangling cables or pressing up against the headphone jack. Using the Stereo Bluetooth connection, cables have become a thing of the past! The connection is very low latency, so I can tweak knobs, adjust levels, and head an immediate response in crystal clarity. Using the Sennheiser MM 550 headphones, I can finally work completely wirelessly, while maintaining the level of clarity once reserved only for wired headphones. (Sennheiser MM 550 shown to the right, with Beepstreet's Sunrizer Synth App running on the Apple iPad 2)

In addition to the MM 550, Sennheiser has also released the MM 100 and the MM 450. My father uses the MM 100 with his iPhone 4, and Sheldon (who works with me here at Dale) uses his MM 450 with his Samsung Focus Flash Windows Phone. All three of these models work flawlessly, and have become indispensable additions to our wireless worlds.

For more information on Sennheiser's products, contact us at or call 888.462.7828

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