AES 2018: Sennheiser Reveals Latest Audio Transmitters, Solutions, Mic Systems, and More
Sennheiser (Booth 724) will show the upcoming SK 6212 mini-bodypack transmitter for the Digital 6000 wireless microphone system at AES 2018. Available in early 2019, the mini-transmitter will be an ideal choice for any theatre, broadcast or live audio show that requires an inconspicuous, ultra-compact package. The SK 6212 offers the same reliable and spectrum-efficient transmission as that offered by the other Digital 6000 transmitters, which will also be on display along with the EM 6000 DANTE receiver and the L 6000 modular, rack-mount charging unit for the system.
Sennheiser and Neumann are also happy to present the new 500 G4-KK205 wireless microphone system, launched on 1 October to mark Neumann.Berlin’s 90th company anniversary. This special promotional bundle combines a Sennheiser evolution wireless ew 500 G4 microphone system with the Neumann KK 205 true condenser capsule, and will be available until the end of the year. The vocal set makes the acclaimed Neumann sound available to a much wider audience — as until now, Neumann microphone heads had been reserved for Sennheiser’s 2000, 6000 and 9000 wireless series.
Studio highlights from Neumann include the limited-edition U 87 Rhodium Set and the re-issue of the famous U 67 tube microphone. Much loved for its smooth sound and extraordinary versatility, the U 67 was the quintessential studio workhorse throughout the 1960s, the formative years of modern music. Built to the original specifications, the U 67 comes in a vintage case, complete with an elastic suspension, a microphone cable and the redesigned NU 67 V power supply. Also on show for professional studios will be the U 47 FET and the M 149 Tube microphones.
For home recordists, Neumann will have their wide range of small but powerful TLM series on active display: The TLM 102, TLM 103 and TLM 107 are waiting to be tried out by music and recording enthusiasts.
Furthermore, Neumann will demonstrate the first release of its Neumann.Control app for iPad, which opens up the full potential of the KH 80 DSP studio monitor. Via standard IP networking, Neumann.Control gives full access to the functions of the KH 80 DSP that are not already available via the back panel. The free software 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.
AMBEO at AES
Sennheiser continues to demonstrate its spatial audio solutions for capture, mixing, processing, and playback and will be showing Final Stop — a 3D thriller produced earlier this year with the AMBEO Smart Headset. Further, the company will feature a live demonstration of its AMBEO VR Mic and the Neumann KU 100 binaural head, as well as a demonstration of its VR Mic using Sound Devices MixPre-6’s forthcoming firmware integration with the microphone.
Mixing VR in VR – this is the exciting possibility offered by dearVR SPATIAL CONNECT, a brand-new VR application. Launched by Sennheiser partner Dear Reality, this stand-alone software allows developers and engineers to mix immersive virtual reality experiences directly in a VR environment, eliminating tiresome switching back and forth between the mixing and the reproduction environments. “This is the mixing console of the future,” says Christian Sander of Dear Reality. “Sound engineers can mix with their hands and intuitively arrange the sound sources in a 3D space. The engineer cannot only hear all sound sources in the software but also see them – they are represented as spheres that can be moved and mixed as desired.”
dearVR SPATIAL CONNECT controls the digital audio workstation, including the 3D audio processing plug-in dearVR PRO. During the mixing process, the developer or audio engineer wears VR glasses, and uses the VR controller and attached virtual ray to position the audio sources, set their level and control solo/mute and automated modes for the sound sources.