Shure Axient Wireless Management Network
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
Interference Detection and Avoidance detects RF
interference and enables the system to move to a clear and compatible
frequency in milliseconds.
For 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
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
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
The Axient Wireless Management Network is now available at Dale
Contact: Tim Finnegan
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Universal Audio Apollo
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.
Dale Pro Audio is currently accepting preorders on the
Universal Audio Apollo.
For more information on any of Universal Audio's products, contact
email@example.com or call 888.462.7828.
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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
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.462.7828.
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By 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
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.
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.
Solution-D provides pure Neumann capsule sound for the digital age.
For more information on Neumann's Solution-D, contact
email@example.com or call 888.462.7828.
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Staff Pick - The Sennheiser MM 550 by Dale's Dylan M. Page
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.
I’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).
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
TalkThrough, 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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
In 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.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.462.7828
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