Sennheiser Host Sound Expert Event

More than 50 sound engineers from across Europe joined the Sennheiser Sound Expert Seminar in Düsseldorf, Germany. The two-day event was packed with workshops, with a particular focus on professional digital wireless including the new WMAS wideband technology. A dedicated “Experience Room” provided the engineers with an opportunity to listen in to WMAS prototypes and create their own in-ear mixes with this new technology.

“The Sennheiser team was delighted to again welcome expert guests from across the EMEA region,” said Chris Kopp, project manager of the Sound Expert Seminar. “Offering a platform where engineers and producers can network, exchange ideas, and find out about the latest industry developments was a key ingredient of this seminar. However, what was decidedly more important was our guests, whose expertise and enthusiasm made the seminar into something very special.”

Wireless and psychoacoustics

Members of Sennheiser’s application engineering team were on site to run the wireless workshops, sharing the latest tips and tricks and offering hands-on sessions with WMAS development prototypes. Using the bidirectional prototypes as IEMs only, engineers could experience the clarity of a low-latency digital IEM and do multitrack recordings of their own in-ear mixes on digital consoles to directly compare them with analogue IEMs.

In hands-on sessions, the guests could compare analogue and digital wireless IEM sound

Immersive audio and captivating binaural audio samples were at the centre of Lasse Nipkow’s psychoacoustic workshop. Nipkow has been researching into applied psychoacoustics since 2010, and he has done both 3D recordings of classical music and dance music as well as sound design for animated movies.

The immersive audio and binaural session

A breeding ground for music

The roots of many national and international bands, in particular from the punk and electro scene, are in Düsseldorf. During a very special city tour (“The Sound of Düsseldorf”) participants learnt about “Die Toten Hosen”, “DAF” and “Kraftwerk”, and listened to audio samples by the bands.

Thomas Hofer, Monitor Engineer said: “I was particularly excited about the long-awaited new WMAS digital wireless system – I was finally able to listen to the bidirectional bodypacks and was impressed by their sound quality. A game changer in the in-ear sector! I can hardly wait to do my first jobs with it and finally be able to offer this sound quality to my customers.”

​Richard Brooker, Sound Designer/Engineer said: “The Sennheiser Sound Experts Seminar was excellent, this is exactly the kind of event that our industry needs. We are, essentially, a very small group of people in the professional audio world of Engineers and Designers. We should get together and talk, not only with manufacturers but with each other.”

Chris Parker, Patchwork London, said: “… very impressed and excited to experience the next generation of RF solutions for live production. As demand for spectrum expands, while usable spectrum shrinks, Sennheiser have developed something game changing in terms of deployment and quality that I’m really excited to see in action on the road.”