Brooklyn, NY (July 12, 2005)–Sound Portraits Productions’ “StoryCorps” venture started last year as a 9 x 12-foot interview booth in NYC’s Grand Central Terminal, configured to record stories of Americans in their own words, for broadcast through media outlets such as National Public Radio. Neumann microphones were a part of the first StoryCorps booth via a contribution of a pair of TLM 103 large diaphragm microphones, and has again joined forces with Sound Portraits for their next venture–a StoryCorps booth that opened today at the location of NYC’s World Trade Center. The booth features two Neumann TLM 127/SET Z microphones and Sennheiser HD280 headphones. Neumann mics and Sennheiser headphones used by Sound Portraits Productions for the new StoryCorps booth at the location of the World Trade Center.
“The World Trade Center booth will have special access for families who lost someone on September 11 to come in and remember that person,” explained Sound Portraits Productions founder (1994) and MacArthur Fellow David Isay. “Just as with the Grand Central Terminal booth, we expect the WTC booth to give participants powerful and deeply meaningful experiences; it’s just that some or many of the WTC interviews will be directly related to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.”
The Neumann TLM 127/SET Z microphone kit features a three-pattern (cardioid, omni, and ‘R’ remote pattern control) large-diaphragm FET condenser mic, with models available in either black matte or nickel finish. The TLM 127 is built around the K 127 dual-diaphragm capsule and also includes a -14dB attenuator pad, a two-position high-pass filter, and controllability by Neumann’s optional phantom power supply, the N48 R-2. Other package features include an EA 1 elastic suspension mount and cherry box.
According to Isay, his longstanding affinity for Neumann products made the incorporation of the TLM 127 microphones into the WTC StoryCorps booth easy. “I have been making radio documentaries for NPR for many, many years,” he explained. “I’ve used Neumann mics to record every single one of them. I am a Neumann fanatic and will always remain so. There is no better mic to capture the warmth and texture of the human voice. When it came to recording an oral history of America, only one brand of microphone would do.”
Noted Dawn Birr, brand manager, Neumann USA, “All of us at SEC are proud to be a part or the Sound Portraits effort. It’s not often a manufacturer gets to be part of what is a truly worthy cause–one that benefits all of us and the country as a whole”
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