Author: By by Clive Young
May 29,2015
House engineers hate it when touring engineers try to revamp their audio systems. Touring engineers hate using poorly assembled house systems that barely function. Nobody’s happy—but would you pull a gun out over it? One guy did.

Author: By by Steve Harvey
May 27,2015
Networking is becoming ubiquitous in live sound, both for install and for portable/touring applications. What are the challenges and practical implications as end users deploy systems? What clever solutions are they coming up with now that they have some experience under their belts? We explored these questions in a cover story for the June, 2015 issue of Pro Sound News; what follows is further discussion beyond the printed article.

Author: By Strother Bullins, Reviews Editor, NewBay Media AV/Pro Audio Group
May 26,2015
In my job as Reviews Editor, I listen to a lot of different studio monitoring systems in my workspace. When this ADAM AX Series three-way system arrived for review, I was reminded of how lovely, detailed and expressive I’ve always found ribbon tweeters to be in studio monitors. Meanwhile, having previously reviewed the excellent MK 4—a Sennheiser cardioid LDC made at the company’s HQ in Germany for $299 street—I jumped at the opportunity to try its multipattern sibling, the MK 8, also made in Germany.

Author: By by Clive Young
May 21,2015
There's more to Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA than musical training. With that in mind, the venerable college has released an ebook, Want A Career In The Music Industry? Six Things You Should Consider, that shows what potential students should be doing to prepare for or maintain a music-industry career—a move that instantly makes readers mentally check-off "I do that, I don't do that," thus determining whether they're serious about being in the field or should just be content to love music and explore other professions instead.

Author: By by Clive Young
May 14,2015
Forty years ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded some of their breakthrough Born To Run album at 914 Sound Studios in the small town of Blauvelt, NY.  They spent a lot of time there—so much that occasionally the band pitched a tent in the studio's backyard rather than drive home to New Jersey. Ultimately, however, they only used one song on the final album, opting to record the rest at The Record Plant in New York City. Still, if only a single song could make it to the finished LP, it was the right one: the propulsive title track. We all know what happened to Springsteen, but whatever became of 914 Sound Studios and its audio team?

Author: By by Clive Young
May 11,2015
It’s no secret that record pressing plants are heavily backlogged these days. Aiming to help out bands and simply learn something new, Texas-based Austin Signal recording studio has started offering lathe-cut vinyl services—essentially hand-cutting records one-by-one. Intrigued, we sat down with studio owner Jon Neiss to learn more and discovered that’s only part of what makes his studio unique.

Author: By by Brian Davidson
April 27,2015
Brian Davidson, Production Director at Dallas, TX-based Park Cities Baptist Church, shares his thoughts and experience as to how best to make the most of assistive listening systems in Houses of Worship and other venues.

Author: By Rob Tavaglione for
April 22,2015
As it happens from time to time, I get requests for advice from fellow engineers. Sure, there's questions about compressors or methodologies, but the most common is the good ol' “what mic should I buy?” question. This recent inquiry from Terry Moore of Abstract Studios in Houston—asking about affordable mic purchases for singer/songwriters—seemed like it might be informative for a lot of our readers. Terry was agreeable with sharing, so here you go

Author: By by Mr. Bonzai
April 14,2015
This interview with the remarkable Stan Freberg, from the Lunching With Bonzai series of 167 interviews, first appeared in Mix magazine in 1983. I met Stan Freberg not because I recognized his face, but because I overheard his voice in a crowded L.A. supermarket. I did a mental double-take, looked around and pushed my way through the shopping carts to shake this man's hand. He cordially introduced his 12-year-old son, Donavan, and we made plans for a lunching. I thought it would be revealing fun to meet with two generations of Frebergs.

Author: By by Clive Young
April 6,2015
Frank Sinatra knew his way around a recording session, as this seven-minute, fly-on-the-wall clip of the singer recording “It Was A Very Good Year” shows. Singing with a live orchestra, the Chairman of the Board puffs away on his cigarettes, keeps an ear out for bad notes, cracks jokes to keep the mood up and remains focused on the practical demands of the day, too, concerned that the song remain short enough for rigid radio formats.

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