Author: By Rob Tavaglione for
October 1, 2015
For Rob Tavaglione, recording a phone interview with top NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson was a routine audio session—until he heard what the six-time championship cup winner had to say and realized he could apply Johnson's words of racing wisdom to his own craft.
October 1, 2015
Kings of heavy rock since the early Nineties, Clutch went into the studio in early 2015 with producer/engineer Machine (Lamb of God, Every Time I Die) to record its latest album, Psychic Warfare. While they'd worked together on earlier records, it was a brand-new recording experience, as the producer's Machine Shop Recording Studios had recently relocated from New Jersey to Dripping Springs, TX, 25 miles outside of Austin. It's a great-sounding record, so we went to Machine himself to find out more about the album’s recording process.
September 25, 2015
This is an expanded version of the View From The Top article featured in the October, 2015 issue of Pro Sound News, highlighting Matt Ward, CEO of Plugin Alliance.
Overseeing Plugin Alliance is Matt Ward, who brought a lifetime’s experience to the table when he joined the company in January, 2014. After spending most of the Eighties in retail, Ward spent the Nineties working with pro audio manufacturers such as Studer, Otari and E-MU Systems. After riding the turn-of-the-millennium dotcom bubble at Liquid Audio, Ward returned to pro audio in 2002 at Universal Audio, where he stayed until becoming Plugin Alliance’s CEO.
September 11, 2015
When the Twin Towers came down on September 11, 2001, millions around the world were affected, and the pro audio industry reacted. Hundreds of audio pros around the country donated their services to benefit concerts, but one sound company was affected directly by the events of 9/11: RSA Audio of Edgewood, NY, which had been providing audio for an 11-day dance festival called Evening Stars—On Stage at the Twin Towers, held at the base of the World Trade Center.
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.
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