SAN FRANCISCO, CA–October 6, 2006–The University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY hosted the 14th Dalai Lama last month on a visit to promote peace through education. As host to His Holiness, the University of Buffalo had many events to prepare for during this three day visit–the largest event being a speaking engagement at the school’s 30,000-seat football arena. AKG GN155SET gooseneck modules equipped with AKG CK33 capsules were used to make certain every inspirational word was heard clearly by all those in attendance.

Mark Shotwell, head audio technician for the University of Buffalo’s Center for the Arts, led the team assigned with the vital task of providing flawless audio and video production support. “We needed a high-quality microphone that would provide very good pick-up pattern for the large outdoor arena event, but needed it to be small so as not to ruin the camera shot for our video feed,” commented Shotwell. “We chose the AKG GN155 set mics because they are a low-profile, sleek-looking mic with outstanding performance capability.” At just under 5″ tall, the AKG GN155SET is a floor-standing gooseneck module with a heavy-duty, shock-mounted base. The CK33 hypercardioid capsule is part of AKG’s versatile Discreet Acoustics Modular Series, consisting of five capsules and six installation modules for customized application solutions.

A total of three GN155SET modules with CK33 capsules were used during the large football arena event. His Holiness used two of the microphones, and the third was used by an interpreter.

“The unobtrusive AKG microphones performed very well and were exactly what we needed,” enthused Shotwell.

The September 18-20th visit was part of the university’s 2006-07 Distinguished Speakers Series and centered on the theme of promoting peace across borders through education. The inspirational and educational visit included communications with students and faculty, as well as an interfaith service with local religious communities.

About AKG Acoustics:

AKG Acoustics is widely recognized as the most innovative manufacturer of microphones, wireless systems and headphones in the world. Since its founding in Vienna, Austria in 1947, the company has been granted over 1,500 patents. Today, AKG employs over 60 engineers in research and development, providing them with the most advanced tools available for design, testing and performance simulation.

AKG Acoustics GmbH is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Located at 8500 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge, CA 91329, AKG Acoustics, U.S. markets the full line of AKG Acoustics microphones, headphones, wireless systems and processing for recording, concert sound reinforcement, commercial sound, broadcast and home entertainment applications. AKG Acoustics is part of the Harman International (NYSE: HAR) family of companies, which includes trusted brands such as BSS, Crown, JBL, Infinity, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Soundcraft, Studer, dbx, Harman-Kardon, Revel and Digitech.

About the Harman Pro Group:

The Harman Pro Group ( is the world’s largest provider of professional audio products and system solutions for commercial sound, contracting, tour sound, recording and broadcast, musician, portable PA and cinema applications. !The Group is headquartered in Northridge, California and includes industry leaders AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, Crown International, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer. The Group is part ofHarman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), a leading supplier of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets.


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