Sennheiser Provides ‘Future-Ready’ Communication Tools for Widener University

Widener University’s Communication Studies program is dedicated to providing its student body with a combination of quality academics and real-world preparation, and is constantly evaluating ‘future-ready’ communication tools that will help its students succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. Recently, Widener became the first university to participate in Sennheiser’s Digital Microphone Education Program, and acquired a pair of Neumann TLM 103 D digital microphones.

“Students need the best tools possible because I can’t think of today, I have to think of 10 years from now because that’s the environment in which my students will be working in,” comments Dwight DeWerth-Pallemeyer, director, communication studies, Widener University. “If they are last-generation, sub-standard equipment, they are really going to be in a terrible situation in five, 10 years from now. With our new digital mic outfit from Neumann, we are providing them with the most advanced microphone technology available.”

Widener’s Communication Studies program prepares students for careers in broadcasting, film, and other emerging media areas. The Neumann TLM 103 Ds are used for voiceover work, music recording, and live broadcasting on WDNR-FM, Widener’s 100 percent student-run radio station. The program — which just launched a new course on media informatics that looks at the combination of computer technology and media systems — is rapidly expanding and will relocate to a new building next year with dedicated audio and video suites.

Prior to acquiring the Neumann TLM 103 Ds, DeWerth-Pallemeyer invited the Sennheiser Sound Academy team to come in and provide a detailed overview of digital microphone technology. “Sennheiser has been instrumental in helping us take full advantage of our new microphones,” he says. “They ran a class for us that covered audio production and also helped us with integrating and setting up our new digital mics.”

DeWerth-Pallemeyer says his investment in the TLM 103 Ds was money well spent. “Neumann has always been the Holy Grail in microphones,” he observes. “The great thing about these digital mics is that they are so versatile for our different applications. You don’t hear any noise and they sound fantastic.” Typically, the program uses the microphones on both Macs and PCs in conjunction with Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, and other applications.

For DeWerth-Pallemeyer and the rest of the Communication Studies faculty at Widener, their daily use of digital microphone technology represents both a challenge and a learning opportunity. “Usually, we are experiencing digital technologies on the output end,” he states. But with the Neumann digital mics, our students are seeing the input component as well, and more importantly, how the different pieces of digital technology fit together.

“I love audio and I love students who get really fired up about it,” DeWerth-Pallemeyer adds. “It is really exciting when you see a student who knows more than you do. Technologically, this is often the case, but intellectually it takes a bit longer for them — this is when experience in the field comes into play.”

The Neumann TLM 103 D is a large diaphragm digital microphone suitable for all professional and semi-professional applications requiring uncompromising digital sound quality. The capsule, derived from that used in the U 87, has a cardioid pattern, is acoustically well-balanced and provides extraordinary attenuation of signals from the rear.

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