Sennheiser Middle East and UAE distributor, Venuetech paired up to host a digital audio seminar last month at the recently completed Meydan Hotel in Dubai. The event, ‘The Digital Audio Chain – From Input to Output’, included a live workshop and presentations on the complete digital signal path, starting at Sennheiser and Neumann’s digital microphones, through the interface with the latest digital mixing desks, to the output stage, be that recording, live broadcast or loudspeaker systems.
A host of industry professionals were on hand to give the 40 plus attendees the benefit of their experience, including Guillaume Ehret – project manager Digital Microphones, EMEA, Sennheiser; Marcel Babazadeh – international sales director, Innovason; Alain Roy – owner, Espace Concept and Technologies YouCan; and Emmanuel Denoyer – chief engineer - research, Espace Concept and Technologies YouCan.
The seminar focussed on digital audio developments and how they benefit both the listener and the user; in particular how the AES 42 protocol is having a positive impact on the capabilities of audio engineers.
AES 42 has been developed by the Audio Engineering Society and Neumann and is now integrated into many manufacturers’ products, including microphones and mixers. Both Neumann and Sennheiser produce digital ranges of microphones that use AES 42 to send data back and forth from the control point.
“The benefits of this shift from conventional analogue signal are manifold,” commented Mig Cardamone, business area manager for Sennheiser Middle East. “Being able to run very long cable lengths without any interference or loss is a unique benefit of our digital mics. Having a very low noise floor allows microphones to be placed at longer distances from the sound sources, providing a better quality of recording and production. As well as the obvious benefit in audio quality when using a wide-array of microphones, engineers will know that this will save them time on set-up and therefore allow more time at the console.”
Phil Massey, general manager for Sennheiser UK and Middle East, said event was an important platform to discuss technology and for the industry to meet with the Sennheiser team.
“We feel that this type of event is of great benefit to us as a manufacturer and to the industry in the Middle East,” he said. “Being able to let the key players in the broadcast and live sound industries compare our analogue and digital microphones, and for us to listen to the challenges they face in the field, is key to the ongoing development of our relationship with the region.”