From left: Richard Topham III, Rich Topham Jr. and
Joining Rich Topham, president of Professional Sound
Services, at NAB 2008 was his father Dick Topham and son
Richard III. Between the three generations, you are looking
at over 85 years of professional sound experience!
That's a lot of knowledge!
PROF. DR. FRITZ SENNHEISER TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS HALL OF FAME
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has
announced that audio pioneer Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser
is to be inducted into its CE Hall of Fame. The
95-year-old founder of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co.
KG is one of twelve honorees to be inducted in 2008, and
has been chosen by the expert jury in the category
"Founders and Inventors."
Under the management of Fritz Sennheiser, who also
taught RF wireless technology and electro-acoustics at
Hanover University in Germany, the family-owned company
designed many important innovations. These included the
shotgun microphone in the 1950s, open-back headphones in
the 1960s, infrared transmission technology in the 1970s
and revolutionary developments in multi-channel wireless
technology in the early 1980s.
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tape-deck signal setup, and other techniques are also
addressed. In addition, students are introduced to the
latest DAT and analog systems, inter-format recording
for music videos and commercial production, time code
and other management tools for post production.
Rich Topham teaching professional sound techniques
the American University in Washington D.C.
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two-channel slot-mount Digital Hybrid Wireless™
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Fusion is a high resolution audio mixer and recorder for
reality television, surround recording and ENG.
Compact and Light Weight High Quality 3 channels Stereo
ENG/EFP Mixer. Ideal companion for News
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and light weight 8 tracks Recorder on Hard Disk and CF Card. The ideal companion for
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Rycote S-Series Suspension and Windshield System
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extensive consultations with film sound recording
engineers and the electronic newsgathering requirements
of the television industry, AETA has developed the
MIX2000 Portable mixer. Aeta incorporates the latest
audio circuits to reduce size while increasing overall
performance. Weighing less than 4 lbs. the unit is
equipped with insulation transformers and offers a
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noise of almost 130 dB.
The K-Mount is
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microphones support products. A smart combination of
meticulous design and affordability, the K-MT offers
both the ruggedness of a shock mount and the isolation
characteristics of more expensive suspension systems.
A boom pole with the latest Patent Pending technology
and enhanced features that allow boom operators to
confidently capture pure sound. The graphite is
significantly lighter than the conventional boom without
sacrificing durability or stiffness. This allows for
improved agility during rapid cuing. Boom operators can
manipulate this feather light pole from point to point
because of its critical design features.
The Federal Communications Commission
Sale of "White Spaces" By Richard Lightstone, CAS
The sale of the audio spectrum "white spaces" has
created a near panic within the entertainment industry.
In an attempt to let the FCC know how it will personally
affect each of us, I am copying a letter that Ed Greene,
CAS has sent to FCC Chairman, Kevin Martin.
The CAS Board
along with the Ed Greene is initiating a letter writing
campaign. The more of us "end users" who contact the FCC
with our concerns will assist in the protection of some
of the spectrum.
So here is Ed
Green's letter -- use it as a boilerplate, edit it and
add your own personal take on this. The FCC, being an
old government institution will respond favorably to old
fashioned letters via "snail mail". Let's flood their
There is also an email address:
Chairman Kevin J. Martin:
Here is the
Federal Communications Commission
Chairman Kevin J. Martin
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
LETTER TO FCC:
To Kevin J.
I am an audio
professional who works with RF microphones and other
wireless devices. At present, RF devices operate in a
small part of the white space area of television, with
many thousands in use nationally on a daily basis. I
recently read that the FCC has auctioned off the 700 Mhz
spectrum for 19+ billion dollars and is considering new
uses for other portions of the spectrum.
Does the FCC
have any plans to protect the “white space” frequencies
now in use for Motion Pictures, Entertainment, Sports,
Broadway shows, Concerts, Television, Theme parks,
Schools and Churches? Any interruption from multiple,
new, wireless devices on those frequencies will make
present wireless, as a practical matter, unusable. In
these economic times, moving their RF spectrum would
represent an impossible financial burden for the
majority of the users of the present technology. In
addition, there would be a seriously negative effect
for producers of all these events.
About a year
ago, I appeared with other audio professionals before
the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, two
commissioners, and your legal representative, to
describe the size and scope of this issue. With less
than a year left before analog television is gone, many
professionals in this field face an uncertain future.
Can you provide any insight to FCC consideration for
protecting their spectrum?
Edward J. Greene
Member, Cinema Audio Society, Board of Directors
Member, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Television mixer for: “The Kennedy Center Honors”
“A Capitol 4th”
Memorial Day Concert”
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