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Posted on Friday, October 23, 2009


OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT - OCTOBER 2009: The world's most respected name in high-end studio microphones, Neumann, and its parent company, Sennheiser, teamed up with Harmonix Music Systems, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games to add historical realism to the fast-selling The Beatles Rock Band video game, that was released globally on 9 September 2009. Consumers who purchase the game will see The Fab Four sing into Neumann microphones in all the studio scenes, just as they did in real life during those now-legendary Abbey Road studio sessions.


The Beatles: Rock Band allows fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles' extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band's legendary career. Additionally, for the first time in a music videogame, The Beatles: Rock Band introduces three-part vocal harmonies to gameplay, allowing gamers to revel in the unparalleled vocal stylings of The Beatles.


And since it is known that most of The Beatles' trademark vocal harmonies were recorded into Neumann U 47s and U 48s, and some people claim that ALL of their vocal harmonies were recorded into those mics, the game uses them for the studio scenes with their near-century-old Neumann logos prominently displayed.


"The Beatles' recordings are absolute magic, even on the most tired forty-fives," remarked Kristy Jo Winkler, Sennheiser's relations manager for the Americas and Canada. "Their nearly exclusive use of the highest-quality Neumann microphones is a huge part of the overall Abbey Road recording phenomena. We're very happy that The Beatles: Rock Band has paid such careful attention to the historical details and that Neumann will play a key role in what is destined to be a landmark in the history of video games!"


Everyone who has every seen a picture of the Beatles singing into a large cylindrical microphone, either singly or as a group, has seen one of their cherished Neumanns. Of course, sound engineers need no introduction as they know the U 47 and U 48 just as car enthusiasts know the Lamborghini or the'64 Mustang. The Beatles and their engineers prized the microphones for their clear, transcendent tonal quality. The newly-remastered Beatles catalogue, that was released simultaneously with the Rock Band video game, reveals the beautiful vocal harmonies that so define their sound.



Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser's pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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