Among the many new products for IBC 2018, Sennheiser will preview the SK 6212 mini-bodypack transmitter for its Digital 6000 wireless microphone system. Available in early 2019, the mini-transmitter will be an ideal choice for any broadcast, theatre or live audio show that requires an inconspicuous, ultra-compact package with the same reliable and intermodulation-free transmission as that offered by the other Digital 6000 transmitters.
Highly expected will be the launch of the new Memory Mic, a wireless microphone for smartphones, and the accompanying video app, already developing to must-have tools for mobile journalists and content creators who rely on their mobile phone for quick and uncomplicated audio and video capture. The small, lightweight wireless microphone offers broadcast-quality sound and works at any distance from the smartphone. The free Sennheiser video app offers one-touch synchronization of audio and video, sensitivity selection to optimally adapt the mic to the speaker and a mixing function to select the optimum balance between the standard audio recorded by the smartphone and the audio recorded via the Memory Mic.
Enhanced Monitor Sound
But Sennheiser also has something new on offer for monitoring: The IE 40 PRO are the company’s latest entry model in a series of brand-new professional in-ears. The IE 40 PRO in-ear monitors ensure impeccable audio reproduction with warmth, great detail and natural clarity, improving the artist’s focus and performance control even in difficult stage situations. The meticulous audio performance is complemented by a well thought-out mechanical design that includes a patent-pending, break-proof cable ducting.
The IE 40 PRO ensures impeccable audio reproduction with warmth, great detail and natural clarity, thus improving the artist’s focus and performance control even in difficult stage situations. This meticulous audio performance is complemented by a well thought-out mechanical design that includes a patent-pending, break-proof cable ducting. In early 2019, the IE 40 PRO will be joined by the IE 400 PRO and the top-of-the-range IE 500 PRO.
“The IE 40 PRO is the first and most accessible in a new series of fantastic sounding dynamic in-ear phones,” says Jannik Schentek, Product Manager Professional Audio at Sennheiser. “In the field test phase, the IE 40 PRO’s sound reproduction astounded the engineers and bands that tried the prototypes. They were delighted with the clear and natural reproduction, which enabled them to better connect with every member of the band and to critically monitor their performance.”
At the heart of the IE 40 PRO is a high-quality Sennheiser driver, which delivers a naturally warm and powerful sound with great clarity. Distortion is at a very low level with 0.1% at 1kHz and 94dB. The bass and lower mids can not only be heard but also felt – a delight for bass players, guitarists and drummers. Powerful Neodymium magnets provide the necessary punch with an SPL of up to 115dB. This clear and natural sound has the added benefit of reducing acoustic stress for the user, who will be able to set the monitors at a lower level.
The audio performance is complemented by a clever mechanical design which includes a patent-pending cable ducting that reduces the risk of cable breaks. The connector is accommodated inside the ear mould, where it sits protected against the wear and tear that occurs during heavy use.
To protect users against excessive stage sound, the IE 40 PRO are able to reduce ambient sound by up to 26dB. This is achieved by a choice of included silicone ear tips (S, M, L) and a special ear tip made from memory foam, which expands to perfectly fit the ear canal. As the length of the human ear canal varies, the earphones’ ‘sound tunnel’ has two rest positions to attach the ear tips to. Thus ensuring perfect sealing has the added benefit of providing powerful bass reproduction.
The IE 40 PRO will be available in black and transparent versions from the end of September 2018. It comes complete with a soft storage pouch, a cleaning tool and silicone ear tips in three sizes (S, M, L) and a pair of memory foam ear tips in size M.
HD 300 PRO Monitoring Headphones
Continuing the legacy of the classic HD 250 Linear, the HD 300 PRO monitoring headphones will make their first appearance at a European tradeshow, as will the HMD 300 PRO headset for camera operation and backstage communications. The 300 PRO series includes the HD 300 PRO and HD 300 PROtect monitoring headphones (the latter with selectable ActiveGard protection) as well as the HMD 300 PRO and single-sided HMD 301 PRO communications headsets. The headsets feature ActiveGard and a noise-compensated, super-cardioid boom microphone for clear communications in loud production environments.
The Essential Omni series of lavalier and headset microphones will also make their European debut, closing the gap between Sennheiser’s high-end solutions for broadcast, music and theatre and the microphones supplied with its best-selling evolution wireless 100 series. The MKE Essential Omni and HSP Essential Omni bring the accepted core acoustics of the MKE 2 and HSP 2 to a new audience at an attractive price.
Highlights from studio specialist Neumann.Berlin include 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.
The workflow of binaural audio recording and processing is the main focus of AMBEO at IBC. In addition to microphone solutions such as the Neumann KU 100 binaural head, as well as the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset and AMBEO VR Mic, the dearVR Spatial Connect mixing software from Sennheiser partner Dear Reality will be demoed. There will also be a variety of binaural audio recordings to round off the presentation.
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