September 3, 2015
If system engineers use white and pink noise to tune a concert PA, and audiophiles vehemently insist that everything sounds better on vinyl, how about using vinyl records of white noise to prep a speaker system? I’m joking, of course, but here’s the thing: Between September 9-18, 2015, if you happen to be in Brighton, England, you can visit the White Noise Boutique, custom-design your own random white noise, and have it lathe-cut to vinyl by hand, while you wait. Seriously.
September 1, 2015
Stanley Clarke's "School Days" may be a jazz fusion classic from the mid-1970s, but if you go hear him live in concert today, be prepared to hear it via modern live sound gear overseen by his FOH engineer of 14 years, Travis Rogers.
August 25, 2015
When Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield began filming Ricki and the Flash, starring as aging rockers, the film’s music wrangler, Neil Citron, was appointed with a difficult task: to record the film’s musical numbers live. Pro Sound News covered this feat in its September, 2015 issue, but there was even more to the story, including cool video clips, that you can enjoy here.
Author: By Rob Tavaglione for
August 24, 2015
We audio engineers are notorious for having, collecting and bragging about our rig—our ever-growing and oh-so-precious kit. Producers smile confidently for the camera against a chaotic backdrop of racks, stacks and jacks that somehow indicate the value and depth of their expertise. I found myself “too defined by my belongings,” wanting to do more with less, and so I began a journey of rig reduction about a year ago. The goal? To reduce choices in the studio, shrink the kit, force quicker decision-making and increase quality.
August 13, 2015
Faced with changing demographics, shrinking budgets and yes, dwindling book-circulation numbers, many quick-thinking libraries have begun reinventing themselves by adding Maker Spaces: tech-savvy facilities that provide everything from graphic-arts software to 3D printers to simple—but sometimes complex—recording spaces.
Author: By Erica Basnicki
July 29, 2015
For years I have regretted my pierced tragus. The tragus is that little flap of skin that covers the opening in to your ear canal. The actual piercing is remarkably painless (not a lot of nerve endings there).
Trying to fit in-ear monitors or earbud-type headphones around the ring? Impossible – and very painful. An earbud never stays in place for long so I can either jam it back in place every few seconds, live with over-ear headphone sweat (yum), or accept the poor stereo imaging from having one headphone further away from my ear than the other.
Then, it happened. On an otherwise ordinary day at Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt, some benevolent (and body-modification sympathetic) deity guided me to the Ultimate Ears booth.
July 23, 2015
Battles has always been an interesting band, staking out a musical space somewhere between the conformity of modern electronic loop-based music and the improvisational nature of experimental, freeform rock. The trio mines the tension between musical forms, but recording that push-and-pull so that it maintains an organic truth isn’t a simple process—and that’s captured in the short documentary, Battles: The Art of Repetition.
Author: By Strother Bullins, Reviews Editor, NewBay Media AV/Pro Audio Group
July 1, 2015
In a recent Decibel Geek podcast, superstar pop songwriter Desmond Child (whose songs are on well over 300 million albums sold) shared some stats that echo sentiments bouncing around our industry as of late: Sustainable income as a professional songwriter is disturbingly endangered. “Jon, Richie and I get six million streams on Pandora every quarter, as an average, of 'Livin’ On A Prayer,’ just the one song,” offers Child of his co-creation with Bon Jovi. “So just imagine all the other streams we’re getting. Yeah, but we got a big check for $110 [for the song last quarter] to split amongst the three of us and our publishers. Yeah. The streaming thing is a beat and we have to switch that...the record companies get 96 percent of the money and we get 4 percent because they got in there and made deals and bought into these companies. Frankly, we got dicked—all the songwriters. We’ve got to turn that around.”
July 1, 2015
Focused as we are on Pro Audio, we don’t usually wade into the waters of commercial audio products, but when AKG invited us to the launch of its new N90Q By Quincy Jones headphones, we were intrigued. The N90Qs, due out September 7, 2015, are being touted as “the first headphones with personalized sound;” sporting technologies such as TruNote, which shoots your ears to create customized correction filters; DSP presets; high-end materials and more, that may well be the case.
June 29, 2015
The July, 2015 issue of Pro Sound News features a Live Sound Showcase on the current Volbeat world tour; what follows is a longer, extended version of the story than the print edition. Volbeat may have been founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, but the heavy metal band’s hard-charging sound has caught on around the globe—a fact proven by its current world tour, which included a run through arenas and theaters across North America that ended last month. Providing audio for the journey was Denmark-based Victory Tour Production, with support from Montreal-based Solotech; at the controls were FOH engineer Mads Mikkelsen and monitor engineer Kristoffer Hinrichsen, joined by systems tech Theis Romme from Victory, and Étienne Lapré and David Barriault of Solotech.
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