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Moods Jazz Club in Zurich Streams Concerts in Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D Audio

The Moods jazz club in Zurich, Switzerland has created a new streaming platform for its concerts, called moods.digital. It offers both live streaming and video on demand, creating the new Moods’ “Digital Concert Club” over the internet.

Sennheiser said by the end of 2017, about 20 concerts will be provided in AMBEO 3D audio. Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEOs of Sennheiser, and Claudio Cappellari, co-director of Moods, said listeners can expect an immersive listening experience beyond compare.

With full bass sounds and the characteristic saxophone solos, jazz listeners will hear every nuance as they immerse themselves in the sound of the bands. Before AMBEO, this authentic experience was reserved for live concertgoers only.

While there are live albums and concert recordings, conventional recordings have never been able to truly reproduce the magic of such an evening. With the AMBEO immersive format, the magic and charm of a jazz concert can unfold in the living rooms of the subscribers.

“When recording jazz music, audio quality is a make or break factor for the listener’s audio experience,” said Claudio Cappellari, co-director of Moods. “Letting our online guests experience a concert live as if they had a seat on the stage itself – this is only made possible thanks to [Sennheiser's] AMBEO 3D audio technology.”

“More and more people are experiencing live events at home. With binaural AMBEO 3D recordings such a concert experience is incredibly real,” said Daniel Sennheiser.

The club uses the Neumann KU 100 dummy head to record the concert in the same way as a listener would experience it. The dummy head is fitted with two high-quality microphones in its 'ears', which capture the sound image in 3D. This binaural recording carries the complete spatial and ambient information, which is then reproduced unadulterated when listening via standard stereo headphones. The listener will enjoy a completely natural, transparent and spatial sound.

The on-stage microphones for the mastered stereo mix are used as spot microphones for the individual instruments in the AMBEO mix. Their signals are mixed with the dummy head recording, and positioned in a spatially correct manner with the help of AMBEO plug-ins.

The Moods is a concert venue in Zurich that organizes daily jazz, world, funk, soul, pop and electro concerts during the season.

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