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Al Schmitt Honored With Hollywood Star

Date: 09/10/2015

HOLLYWOOD, CA—The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored recording engineer, mixer and producer Al Schmitt with a star on the Walk of Fame, outside the Capitol Records tower where he most frequently works, on August 13, 2015.  MORE

When The Fans Are All Making Music, Who’s Listening?

Date: 09/09/2015

A story like this issue’s feature on Propellerhead’s new portable platform may give rise to a “Why is this in PRO Sound News?” query.  MORE

Avid Everywhere At Sundance And Pie Town

Date: 09/08/2015

Last month in this space, we covered engineer choices in project sharing for audio production, reporting that many engineers opt for free services such as Dropbox and others for digital collaboration and distribution.  MORE

AES139 Tech Program Set

Date: 08/25/2015

The Audio Engineering Society has lined up its most in-depth technical program yet for this year’s 139th International AES Convention, being held October 29 – November 1, 2015, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  MORE

P&E Wing To Clarify Hi-Res

Date: 07/01/2015

The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has embarked upon the creation of a series of Hi-Res Production Guidelines, clarifying the technology and techniques essential to producing high-resolution music.  MORE

Facing Wireless Challenges As Video Comes Under The Umbrella

Date: 06/29/2015

CHATSWORTH, CA—Over the past decade or more, as the music recording business has evolved and the primacy of the recording studio has been challenged by home and even mobile production, facility owners have had to look elsewhere to maintain revenues.  MORE

“Imagine” Engineer Dennis Ferrante Dies

Date: 06/29/2015

NEW YORK, NY—Dennis Ferrante, Grammy-winning recording engineer for the likes of John Lennon, Kiss, Hall & Oates, Lou Reed and others, died of heart failure on Saturday, June 6.  MORE

Immersive Content: AES 57th International Conference On Entertainment Tech

Date: 06/08/2015

HOLLYWOOD, CA—Issues of acoustics, the challenges of low frequency reproduction, loudness, processing, personalization and immersive audio formats were the focus of the Audio Engineering Society’s recent three-day 57th International Conference in Hollywood, CA.  MORE

18Th Annual Audiomasters Aids Audio Pros

Date: 06/03/2015

NASHVILLE, TN—Records were set at the JBL Professional AudioMasters Live and Sweetwater AudioMasters, held on consecutive days at the Harpeth Hills Municipal Golf Course on the outskirts of Nashville— not records based on player skills, but rather on sponsorships, player counts and diversity of activities.  MORE

Mastering Legend Doug Sax Passes

Date: 04/07/2015

Legendary mastering engineer Doug Sax of The Mastering Lab in Ojai, CA, passed away on April 2, succumbing to cancer just three weeks short of his 79th birthday.  MORE

Yamaha Merges Pro Audio Businesses

Date: 04/02/2015

In a bold move, Yamaha Corporation of America is consolidating its Live Sound Department, Steinberg North America and Commercial Audio Units into a newly formed Professional Audio division. Founded with the aim of creating a unified presence within the live sound, recording and sound installation markets, the new division will be led by 27-year Yamaha veteran, Alan Macpherson.  MORE

Avid CEO Talks Pro Tools 12, Expansion

Date: 03/20/2015

by Frank Wells. “As this industry changes, it impacts us just like it does an artist or a producer, a mixer, and our role as a member of the family, as the technology expert in the family, is to use our expertise to help move the family forward,” opined Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avid Technology, sitting down to talk to PSN during Winter NAMM 2015. NAMM saw the introduction of Avid Technology’s new flagship DAW, Pro Tools 12, with a basic companion DAW package, Pro Tools First. Pro Tools 12’s primary new features center on the Avid Everywhere concept, allowing access to music marketing and distribution tools, enabling collaboration and offering new software licensing models. Pro Tools First is a free software package, also conceived with collaboration in mind. Creating music “isn’t the whole problem anymore,” said Hernandez. “[The problem is] creating a way to sustain what you love doing. The tools have gotten simpler, but the environment’s  MORE

Auto-Tune: The Controversy That Will Not Die

Date: 03/12/2015

Auto-Tune hit the world in 1997, and Antares has continued to update its software since then.  MORE

Software Aids In Power Use Of Hardware

Date: 03/10/2015

Recently, when I found myself working in a ‘traditional’ studio (amazing that I even have to say that), I noticed how much better I knew all of the outboard gear.  MORE

The Compatibility Game

Date: 03/10/2015

The “big features” that live within a DAW—digital audio, MIDI, automation, video integration, etc.—are already in place, but once you go outside the DAW, matters become less certain.  MORE

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