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 ProSoundNetwork.com
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
June 29, 2015
The July, 2015 issue of Pro Sound News profiles recording studio Veneto West; what follows is additional exploration into the facility and mindset of producer, mixer, engineer and recording artist, Ronan Chris Murphy. “I love teaching; my father always wanted me to be a teacher,” says
Murphy. “But I never wanted to teach in an institution.” His Recording
Boot Camps (recordingbootcamp.com)
are as much about social interaction as education: “We’re all recording
nerds—we’d hang out and talk about this stuff over dinner for free.”
June 26, 2015
It’s easy to get stuck in "the same old way of doing things," just because that’s how we’ve always done them. If we’re lucky, every so often, something comes along that shows us a different approach or at least reminds us why we do things certain ways. I had that kind of moment back in March, when I was filmed for Fanarchy, a documentary premiering on some Epix channels July 9 at 8PM.