Over the past two years, Sennheiser's traveling series of one-day seminars have become requisites for professionals and students with keen interests in broadcast, theater, film and music. Focusing on both RF wireless techniques and studio recording practices, the Sound Academy sessions have visited nearly twenty cities throughout the U.S. thus far. The most recent Sound Academy was held at the world-famous Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage in northern California.
Hosted in conjunction with Recording Magazine and led by Sennheiser's Senior Applications Engineer, Mike Pappas, the studio recording seminar demonstrated the basic microphone techniques and advanced recording practices in an exciting environment.
Naturally, all studio recording concepts and techniques were demonstrated on a comprehensive array of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, all of which will be on display at AES 2008.
During the course, attendees learned how to place the Sennheiser MKH 8000 series microphones to obtain the best musical sound, while also tuning in to the subtle nuances between each of the other models that make up Sennheiser's renowned MKH line. Vocals were captured and accentuated with several industry-standard Neumann microphones, including the vintage-inspired TLM 49, the legendary U 87 large-diaphragm microphone, the cardioid KM 184 as well as the new TLM 67, which offers three switchable directional characteristics.
Noted Leslie Ann Jones, director of music and scoring, Skywalker Sound. "We were pleased Sennheiser asked to have their Sound Academy here at Skywalker Sound. Our scoring stage was the perfect environment. There was much to learn, regardless of the level of the attendees' experience."
Sennheiser will also be bringing its RF wireless seminar to San Francisco, Boston and Cleveland this fall. The RF seminar is designed to teach attendees how to plan for trouble-free operation of multi-channel wireless microphones and personal monitoring systems in even the toughest environments. Held in conjunction with Live Sound International, the seminar is taught by Volker Schmitt, who played a key role in the development of several Sennheiser products, including its line of evolution wireless microphones, and Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser's industry team manager for professional products.