Studio Showcase


Bridging Creativity And Control

Date: 03/24/2015

by Strother Bullins. In 2009, audio engineer and educator Owen Curtin gathered a team of former students and colleagues to relaunch Cambridge MA’s Fort Apache South— a classic recording facility in the greater Boston area—as the Bridge Sound & Stage. However, this was no mere renaming and reopening. They turned the main control room on its ear, placing an 88-key hammer- action keyboard where its analog console used to be.  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

Berklee’S Massive Mass. Ave Project

Date: 03/18/2015

by Kelleigh Welch. When it comes to designing a new building in the heart of Boston, fitting everything you need into a small footprint can be a challenge. That was the case for Berklee College of Music and Walters-Storyk Design Group when they developed the new educational compound at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, which opened its doors in the summer of 2014. “Our biggest challenge with this project was definitely the layout,” explained John Storyk, principal, WSDG. “It was like figuring out how to fit 120 pounds into a 100-pound sack.”  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

Studio Showcase: Just What The Doctor Ordered

Date: 03/10/2015

Recording engineer Daniel Charles—owner/proprietor of houston, TX’s Sonic Pharmacy recording studio—was honed on punk rock, thus well prepared for a future working with DIY and indie-minded recording artists.  MORE

Studio Essentials: Perennial Favorites

Date: 03/10/2015

Years of insightful interviews with top engineers, mixers and producers have taught me a lot, including the truths within a well-worn cliché: the more things change, the more they stay the same.  MORE

From The Designer’S Perspective

Date: 03/09/2015

One of the software bundles I started using quite a bit recently is the eXplorer III release from Rob Papen.  MORE

Studio Showcase: Larrabee Takes Over Schnee Studio

Date: 03/09/2015

LOCATION—What is a facility to do when the recording studio right next door goes up for sale?  MORE

Lectrosonics Hooks Cold Water Cowboys

Date: 03/02/2015

Mark Barry, lead sound consultant for extreme reality television series Cold Water Cowboys, employed Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless systems during the current season, which wraps soon.  MORE

Immersive Sound: Bottom-Up Market Demand

Date: 03/02/2015

Initially debuting in cinemas in 2012, immersive—or 3D—sound has moved with lightning speed into the living room compared to previous multichannel audio formats.  MORE

Grammy Production Award Winners Named

Date: 02/09/2015

Sam Smith, at his first Grammys, Beck and Beyoncé were the standout winners at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8, 2015, grabbing 10 trophies between them. On the other side of the glass, the engineers, mixers, producers, remixers and mastering engineers also picked up awards.  MORE

The 2014 Anderton Awards

Date: 11/20/2014

It was a cliffhanger: With the founder of the audio industry’s only virtual awards show absent due to pressing family concerns, the Anderton Awards seemed in as much peril as Lindsay Lohan’s career.  MORE

From Missouri To Ohio, Via California

Date: 11/20/2014

The talents of Jim Wirt give him perspective on nearly every angle of the music recording business—musician, artist, writer, performer, engineer, producer and record company owner—and his career path translates his unique vibe of rock and roll authenticity with a solid academic base.  MORE

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