Lawo hosts successful “Digital Workflow” workshop in Rastatt


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On November 8, 2011, the “Digital Workflow” workshop was held at Lawo AG in Rastatt, Germany. Entitled “Integrated and innovative — from the mixing console to the microphone,” the free-of-charge seminar was led by experts from Sennheiser, Neumann and Innovason who presented the latest product developments and their role in the digital workflow. Furthermore, this practical workshop offered sound engineers and Tonmeisters the opportunity to try out the digital microphones and mixing consoles in small groups.

The lectures about Neumann digital microphones and Innovason’s Eclipse GT digital live mixing console were focussed on creating easy workflows; they were followed by explanations from Martin Kaiser of TSE AG who, as Technical Director of this event, illustrated the successful deployment of these devices at the “Classic Open Air” classical music festival in Berlin in July (for video documentation please go to http://www.youtube.com/user/GeorgNeumannGmbH ).

The afternoon workshops included demonstrations and explanations from sound engineer Carsten Kümmel about live mixing setups using the example of the “Regensburger Schlossfestspiele” festival in Bavaria. Neumann’s Jörg Pohl and Sennheiser’s Heiko Mildenberger offered a practical introduction to the technology of digital microphones.

In a first workshop held back in March at Sennheiser in Wennebostel, Germany, Tonmeisters and sound engineers were given an initial introduction to the capabilities of the digital microphones from Neumann and Sennheiser under live conditions in combination with the digital Eclipse console from Innovason. “An integrated signal chain from the microphone to the mixing console is fast and cost-efficient,” explains Marcel Babazadeh from Lawo AG, International Sales Director for the Innovason brand. “This is because the audio signal is digitally converted directly after the capsule so there is no need for an expensive pre-amp.”

The first digital microphone from Neumann, the D 01, was introduced to the industry in 2003. “Up to now, digital microphones have been mainly used for broadcast and dubbing applications. However, we are now seeing more and more applications for recordings of classical and jazz concerts as well as musicals” says Jörg Pohl from Neumann.