Leading Cable Manufacturer Joins Pro Audio Organization
Seen at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood are (L-R) Ed Cherney, Sommer Cable America’s Martin Ucik, and Al Schmitt. Photo by David Goggin.
The METAlliance (Music Engineering & Technology Alliance) has announced that Sommer Cable has become the newest Pro Partner of the organization. Pro Partner membership is limited to companies that have shown the ability to manufacture and distribute products that meet the organization’s professional audio qualifications.
The METAlliance is comprised of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. The METAlliance founders are Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and the late Phil Ramone.
The METAlliance’s Ed Cherney commented, “I’ve never seen such quality, such strength of connectors, and such attention to detail with cables before. When I started testing them out, I could tell these guys were really fanatics about their design and manufacture. I appreciate that, because a lot of times the thing that goes bad in the studio is the cable. With Sommer cables, I am confident that that will never happen.”
Fellow co-founder Frank Filipetti added, “I’ve been using the Sommer AES digital cables for several weeks now. After putting them through my testing boot camp, they ended up replacing my very high–end digital cables, which to be honest, cost nearly three times as much. What freaked me out was not that they were sonically better than anything else I had here at my studio, The Living Room, but how much better. There really was no comparison. Even more surprising was how amazing the digital AES cables sounded carrying analog signals. Finally a “‘one cable does all’.”
Martin Ucik, CEO of Sommer Cable America, commented, “Sommer Cable is excited to be associated with this legendary group of engineers and producers. The METAlliance Pro Partnership recognition validates the incredible amount of effort we put into our products.”
Sommer Cable America offers a free catalog with over 12,000 products for the A/V installation, pro-audio, broadcast, video, music, IT and HiFi market.
“I have my studio at Village Recorders in LA,” remarked Ed Cherney. “When I showed the Sommer catalog to the guys in the tech shop, they were so knocked out I had to leave it with them. It’s about 4 inches thick, filled with the finest quality products you’ve ever seen.”
Sommer Cable’s newly developed Carbokab 225 features a unique conductor smoothing with highly compressed carbon that is directly applied to the concentrically arranged Oxygen Free, Grade 6 Chilean copper strands of each conductor. This provides the same electrical benefits as from a solid wire, yet the cable stays flexible and guarantees consistent excellent electrical values. The transmission properties of the SC-Carbokab 225 also provide an absolutely linear sound image over long distances of up to 700 feet. The Carbokab 225 electrical shielding provides 100% optical coverage (aluminum fleece plus copper mesh screen) to prevent interference from peripheral units (effects devices, computers, synthesizers, etc.) that are used in the professional studio. For the individual wire insulation, a special HDPP (High Density Polypropylene) material is used to ensure lowest capacitance values. The outer Soft-PVC jacket guarantees flexibility and stability of the cable from minus 25 to plus 70 degrees Celsius (-13 to +158 Fahrenheit) temperatures. Free 1ft. cable samples of the Carbokab are available from Sommer cable America.
The METAlliance Pro Partnership is a group of companies that share the founders’ belief that a call for quality is important. It is limited, by invitation, to those companies that provide products and services deemed worthy of consideration by professionals. Sommer Cable joins other METAlliance Pro Partners: AKG, Audio-Technica, Avid, Cakewalk, DPA Microphones, JBL Pro, Lexicon, Manley Laboratories, GML, Millennia Music & Media Systems, Neumann USA, Prism Sound, Royer Microphones, Sanken Microphones, Solid State Logic, Sonnox, Steinberg, tc electronic, Universal Audio, and Yamaha.
ABOUT SOMMER CABLE
Sommer Cable Germany is an enterprising development and manufacturing company with a catalog of over 12,000 products for the A/V installation, pro-audio, broadcast, video, music, IT and HiFi market, with business partners in over 50 countries. In 2015, Sommer Cable America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sommer Cable Germany, was established in Santa Rosa, CA by new CEO Martin Ucik. The new company supplies the North American markets with Sommer’s wide range of innovative and high quality products. 707.200.4020 http://www.sommercable.com/en
ABOUT THE METALLIANCE
Established in 2005, the METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance) was founded by globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and the late Phil Ramone. The METAlliance works with educators to help insure the skills and techniques that have developed through the history of recording are carried forward.
The METAlliance ProPartner program rewards those manufacturers truly deserving recognition as advocates for better quality in audio recording and reproduction. Through the ProPartner program, the organization works closely with manufacturers to evaluate, recognize, and certify products that meet the best standards for quality in the recording arts and science. http://www.metalliance.com/
METAlliance: strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of audio recording.