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Pro Sound News Online Index: April 2019

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Can RF Mics Be Harmonized Globally? by Clive Young
Getting the world to sing in perfect harmony may be impossible, but getting its wireless mics harmonized might just happen.

AoIP Makes Inroads Into Broadcast, by Steve Harvey
Various verticals in the pro AV market jumped onboard the audio over IP bandwagon a considerable time ago, but while the broadcast business is now open to the adoption of AoIP networks, it’s not going to flip a switch and change overnight.

Leesta Vall’s Fast-Paced Lathe Catches On, by Steve Harvey
Brooklyn’s Leesta Vall Sound Recordings has cut more than 700 sessions live to vinyl using a mix of modern and vintage gear, including an ancient Presto K8 portable vinyl record lathe.

Augspurger On the Move, by Steve Harvey
Now in his 90s, and into his seventh decade in the industry, acoustician and audio engineer George Augspurger is still busy, with a number of studio design projects currently underway in the Los Angeles area and another in Peru.

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NAB Show to Reset Schedule in 2020, by Paul McLane
The association will change a big part of its show structure for the first time in decades.

In-Ear Monitor Patent Battle Ends, by Clive Young
Legal battle between in-ear monitor manufacturers 64 Audio and JH Audio comes to a close.

Cinema Audio Society Honors Audio Pros
The Cinema Audio Society announced the winners of its 55th Annual CAS Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in sound mixing in seven categories, on Feb. 16. The evening also saw outgoing president Mark Ulano transfer the gavel to newly-elected president Karol Urban, CAS.

MPSE Winners Named
The Motion Picture Sound Editors presented its 66th MPSE Annual Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 17, recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing in 23 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special venue and other media.

Audio-Technica Extends 600 MHz Program
Program expands well into 2020.

DCR Nashville Dives into L-Acoustics
Audio provider goes deep with L-Acoustics offerings.

TEC Awards Opens Call for Entries
The 35th TEC Awards, to be held in January 2020, are already on the horizon.

Anchor Audio Gets New Identity
Update aims to convey company’s evolution.

NSI Industries, Platinum Tools Merge
NSI adds to its electrical solutions with new merger.

Point Source Audio Spins Off Wider Pro
PSA builds new distribution arm for Digigram and AuviTran.

Oscar Sound Winners Announced
Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing awards both went to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Professional Wireless Systems Opens in NY
The longtime wireless provider adds a Northeast presence.

P&E Wing Honors Willie Nelson
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing hosted its annual fete during Grammy Week in March.

Dirac Nets $13.2M Financing
High-end digital signal processing company closes latest financing round.

A Pirate’s P.A.
CoRAY and HOPS on the menu as public address meets restaurant challenge at Pirates Paradise.

SNK Studios Gets Focused
London audio post-production house SNK Studios has outfitted its ADR, voiceover recording, sound design, and television and cinema commercial music and mixing facility with a plethora of Focusrite gear.

Kaiser Chiefs Wrap Up Tour
Touring once again with gear from Adlib, the team moved to new consoles.

Rock ’n’ Roll Sound in a Salt Mine
Queen tribute act rocks concert hall inside former salt mine.

Singapore Arts Center Chooses Waves MultiRack
Venue applies MultiRack to a variety of amplified music and speaking events, corporate meetings and pop concerts.

Solotech Rebrands
Marking its 40th year, live production company Solotech updates its corporate image.

Larry Klein Is Alive and Well and Recording Everywhere, by Steve Harvey
Four-time Grammy-winner Larry Klein recently netted his third nomination for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical); now he’s reinventing the music of Jacques Brel as he produces a new tribute album.

Leesta Vall’s Fast-Paced Lathe Catches On, by Steve Harvey
Brooklyn’s Leesta Vall Sound Recordings has cut more than 700 sessions live to vinyl using a mix of modern and vintage gear, including an ancient Presto K8 portable vinyl record lathe.

Studio Showcase: Niles City Sound, by Steve Harvey
Niles City Sound may be the studio that helped launch the Grammy-winning career of throwback R&B singer Leon Bridges, but the Ft. Worth facility is determined not to be defined by that one project.

Augspurger On the Move, by Steve Harvey
Now in his 90s, and into his seventh decade in the industry, acoustician and audio engineer George Augspurger is still busy, with a number of studio design projects currently underway in the Los Angeles area and another in Peru.

Tracks – April 2019
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

A Nuage Fit for a King
J Sound Services designed and installed a new private studio for The Commodores’ William King.

Killer Tracks and Wax Partner
Production music house and indie label team up.

Laughing Tiger, “Amazing” Bass
Tiger’s Rios prowls his studio when checking bass and wound up turning to Powersoft.

Elliot Scheiner Takes a Shine to ATC
After decades with old favorites, the production legend makes a monitor move.

Welcome to the Jungle, by Steve Harvey

Ensconced in a Los Angeles neighborhood known as the Jungle, beachside Shindig Music + Sound recently marked its second anniversary by expanding its space and services, unveiling a new 5.1 mix suite and production/green room.

Music Mix Mobile Marks a Decade
Broadcast mixer of choice for top awards ceremonies and more, Music Mix Mobile turns 10.

Norris Nabs Sanken Shotguns
Sanken mics capture latest Will Smith feature.

Pixelogic Renovates Mix Facility for Dolby Atmos
Created with White Mark, the new five-studio facility is based in London.

Galatz Upgrades Dalet Workflows
Israeli national radio network Galei Tsahal updates production workflows and asset management with Dalet.

Thompson Captures The Walking Dead
Chykeria Thompson crafts a high-frequency career with Lectrosonics.

CMT Upgrades Video Suites’ Monitors
The country channel gets some big-city monitoring.

Innovations: Bose Professional ArenaMatch DeltaQ Loudspeakers, by Alan Shirley

Bose’s ArenaMatch loudspeaker development project began with a series of interviews with AV system designers and integrators for outdoor sound reinforcement systems in key market segments —professional sports stadiums, outdoor entertainment areas and higher-education sports facilities—each discussing common problems with existing systems.

Review: Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack, by Russ Long
Russ Long put the Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack to the test during a string of Amy Grant/Vince Gill shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and came away with a distinct opinion.

Review: Sound Devices MixPre-6M Interface/Recorder, by Russ Long
This interface/recorder is exceptional in that it can operate as either a USB audio interface or as an entirely self-contained, studio-quality DAW—and it performs both functions quite well.

Review: Blue Ember Microphone, by Russ Long
Ember’s low profile and sleek, smart look make it an ideal option for video, yet its sonic performance makes it a strong mic option for a project studio or a great mic locker addition for a studio of any size.

Review: Mackie FreePlay Series, by Clive Young
Mackie’s idea to offer an expanded line of largely specialized units—FreePlay LIVE, FreePlay HOME and FreePlay GO—allows the company to provide quality sound at a variety of price points that scale up with the user’s goals, ensuring customers get only the features they need.

Studio Products

Focusrite’s RedNet Control Update

PreSonus Studio Series USB-C I/Os

PMC IB2S Active Studio Monitors

Fluid Audio FX80, FX50 Studio Monitors

DiGiGrid IOS-XL, DGS-XL and MGR Interfaces

Lectrosonics DCHT Portable Digital Stereo Transmitter

Audient Sono Guitar Recording Interface

Bettermaker Stereo Bus Compressor

Sound Reinforcement Products

Yorkville Sound Synergy Array Series

L-Acoustics X4i Loudspeaker

Powersoft T Series Amplifiers

Avid Venue S6L-16C Control Surface

Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Longbow

QSC CX-Q Series Network Amplifiers

Earthworks SR314 Live Vocal Mic

Adamson Systems Engineering S-Series

Inside Graceland’s Live Audio, by Clive Young
New venue is part of large expansion effort at Elvis Presley’s homestead in Memphis, TN.

Milan AVB On Tour, by Steve Harvey
Milan AVB networking is seeing growing acceptance within the live sound industry as manufacturers and audio providers coalesce around the emerging specification.

Watching the Oscars with JBL
Mastermind Production Group updates audio system.

Firehouse Fires Up RF for NBA All-Star Weekend
Firehouse Productions tackled RF duties for multiple broadcasts surrounding and including the game.

Yamaha Makes Grand Entrance at Western North Carolina Nature Center
The Western North Carolina Nature Center zoological park in Asheville outfitted its Grand Entrance outdoor plaza with a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) System, installed by IMAGOS Entertainment LLC of Miami.

Close to the Wedge, by Phil Ward
In-ear monitors may be ubiquitous these days, as they are less likely to damage users’ hearing and also result in a quieter stage, but just because wedge monitors are on the floor, that doesn’t mean they’re down for the count.

ConCom Brings Brawn to the UFC’s Sound
UFC goes AVB to link FOH to P.A.

Live Sound Vet Greg “Chico” Lopez Hospitalized
En route to the airport to go on tour, Lopez suffered a series of strokes.

Andy Sottile, Dead at 67
Systems engineer worked at Clair Global for more than three decades.

Special Focus: Houses of Worship

PreSonus Helps Expand the Idea of Worship at Harvest House Church
Facility to be used as a performing arts center in addition to housing worship services.

Wave Church Rolls with Audio Upgrade
Wave Church’s Great Neck campus added new consoles while keeping volunteer audio staffers in mind.

C3 Church Updates with Morris
Yearlong process results in HOW’s move to digital mixing.

Houston HOW Revamps Audio System
Nearly as old as the city itself, Houston’s First Presbyterian Church has a new sound system.

Cathedral of Faith Leaps to New System
The 2,200-seat cathedral upgrades audio to tackle contemporary worship music services.

The Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart for April 2019
Pro Sound News runs down the crews and gear on the Top 10 highest-grossing tours of the month.

From the Editor: Recounting a Remarkable Career, by Clive Young

Software Tech: New Trends in Plug-Ins, by Craig Anderton
After 25 years of development, audio plug-ins are exploring worlds that go way beyond analog emulation.

The METAlliance Report: What’s Next? by Elliot Scheiner
With graduation just around the corner, recording legend Elliot Scheiner looks at the post-audio-school options for the next generation of studio engineers and suggests looking into an entrepreneurial career path.

60 Seconds with Mark Humrichouser of Shure
Get to know Mark Humrichouser, vice president of global sales at Shure.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for April 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Meyer Sound, QSC, Riedel Communications and Solotech.

View from the Top: Larry O’Connor, Other World Computing
Other World Computing’s founder/CEO Larry O’Connor talks about common sense, educating customers and founding his company 30 years ago at the age of 14.

The Aha Moment: Growing Through Acquisition, Part One, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis looks at growing your pro audio business through acquisition.

Music Etc.: Albert Hammond, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with songwriter Albert Hammond (“It Never Rains in Southern California,” “The Air That I Breathe”) about staying true to yourself, working with the Wrecking Crew, and releasing a new symphonic album.