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Pro Sound News Online Index: August 2018

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European P.A. Brands Eye U.S. Market, by Clive Young
In recent years, many overseas P.A. brands have raised their profile within the United States.

DAWs Broaden Reach, Deepen Feature Sets, by Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey shares an overview of recent updates to popular DAWs used in the pro audio world.

Live Sound Showcase: Jack White at Jazz Fest, by Jim Beaugez
On his first tour in four years, Jack White is playing arenas, clubs and festivals. In keeping with his championing of retro audio, which includes his Third Man Records label and vinyl pressing plant, the tour is carrying all-analog FOH and monitor rigs.

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Martin Audio Sold in Management Buyout, by Clive Young
Loud Audio has sold its high-end pro loudspeaker brand, Martin Audio, in a management buyout backed by UK-based private equity firm LDC.

Fire Destroys Soundsphere Factory, Offices, by Clive Young
Early morning fire totals Soundsphere; manufacturing moved to Florida.

GameSoundCon Turns 10
The video game music/sound design conference returns to Los Angeles on October 9-10, 2018.

SSE Acquires Capital Sound
The move comes following a strategic partnership the companies entered earlier this year.

Jim Malloy, Grammy-Winning Elvis Engineer, Dead at 87, by Clive Young
Elvis Presley called the six-time Grammy nominee “the best engineer anywhere, as far as I’m concerned.”

TEC Awards Nominees Announced
With an eye to January 2019, nominees for the 34th TEC Awards were announced at Summer NAMM.

Yorkville Sound to Distribute HK Audio
Yorkville will bring the Germany loudspeaker manufacturer’s lines to North America.

Grammy Nomination Rules Change for 2019, by Steve Harvey
A string of new rules have been made for next year’s Grammy Awards nomination process, including one that affects restoration engineers.

Sweetwater Goes Big at GearFest
Annual open-to-the-public MI/audio event drew 15,000-plus attendees in July.

QSC to Build EMEA Headquarters and Experience Center
Pro audio manufacturer QSC has broken ground on a new EMEA headquarters to be located in Sinsheim, Germany.

Charles Kitch, Sound Productions Founder, Retires
After leading the dealer/distributor for 45 years, Kitch passes the baton.

Former Flyte Tyme Studios to Be Demolished, by Clive Young
The facility that produced dozens of platinum albums under Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will soon record its last session.

Jünger Audio Enters Insolvency
The Berlin-based audio manufacturer declares insolvency in hopes of speeding resolution of a larger restructuring effort.

Mixing Monitors for Bowie in Berlin
A series of classical music-styled concerts celebrating David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy led to complicated monitoring needs.

Adamson E-Series Makes Waves in South Korea
Adamson makes inroads into South Korean live sound scene.

Cabling Manufacturer Klotz Expands
Munich-based cable manufacturer Klotz AIS GmbH has opened a new expansion to its production and storage facilities in order to meet rising product demand

Paris Couple Keeps Studio Running Hot
Making a name for itself in the competitive Parisian recording scene, Jolokia Studio (named after a type of chili pepper) has been steadily growing since its start in 2014.

Funktion-One, MC2 Attend World Cup
Volgograd, Russia, hosted four World Cup games in June in its new stadium, which sports a MC2-powered Funktion-One system.

EM Acoustics Grows
According to EM Acoustics operations director Mike Wheeler, the British loudspeaker manufacturer has been on an upward swing in recent years.

Modern Mastering Evolves in the Hollywood Hills, by Steve Harvey
Stephen Marsh has been a top mastering engineer for decades and is still handling everything from soundtracks to singles, but recently his sideline—servicing and restoring Studer A80 tape machines—has grown to become 40 percent of his work.

Big Bad Sound Flourishes in Mid-Market Niche, by Steve Harvey
Big Bad Sound L.A. cohorts Zach Fisher and Jack Ruley created their facility specifically as a “middle ground studio” and it has taken off as a result, drawing the likes of Rancid and others as its reputation has steadily grown.

Studio Showcase: Pros Continue to Seek Hyde Street Studios, by Steve Harvey
Once the home to legendary studio Wally Heider Recording, San Francisco’s Hyde Street Studio has flourished since 1980, having hosted everyone from the Grateful Dead to Tupac. Now it’s just opened a new second facility in the Sunset District and has finished a two-year refurbishment of a classic console as well.

Tracks – August 2018
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

Dual Dualities for Ty Fy
Orlando’s Ty Fy Studios, responsible for the audio content in Disney’s theme park and cruise line attractions, has brought in a 48-channel SSL Duality δelta Pro-Station with winged frame for Studio A and a 24-channel Duality δelta for Studio C.

Jacquire King Treats with Primacoustic
Take a peek inside the personal studio of producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Buddy Guy, Dawes and more).

Telefunken Captures Leo-Z
For his debut solo album, Materia Prima, composer and pianist Leo-Z recorded various models of Steinway grand pianos with his Telefunken ELA M 260 Stereo Set of small diaphragm condenser microphones.

Enemies Befriend Radial in Tangier
Canadian band Your Favourite Enemies recently packed up their Radial Engineering gear and took it to Morocco, where they spent several months writing and recording new material.

Producer/Musician Richard Swift, Dead at 41
Noted producer and indie musician Richard Swift died July 3 in Tacoma, WA, after being admitted to a hospital last month for an undisclosed medical condition.

Producer, Q Division Founder Mike Denneen, Dead at 54
Mike Denneen, an influential producer, engineer, and co-founder of Q Division Studios who worked with artists including Aimee Mann, Fountains of Wayne, Guster, Morphine, the Click Five, Gigolo Aunts and Letters to Cleo, died of cancer on July 10.

Temp Love Breaks Out in Bay Area, by Steve Harvey
In business for the last five years, full-service music company (scoring, music supervision and far more) Temp Love recently moved to a new facility in San Rafael—a room formerly part of George Lucas’ renowned Industrial Light & Magic complex.

AC-4 Audio Delivery Picks Up Pace, by Steve Harvey
This year has seen a significant uptick in activity for AC-4, Dolby Laboratories’ end-to-end audio solution for next-generation broadcast and streaming services—and here’s why.

Stage Tec Celebrates 25 Years
Berlin-based professional audio equipment manufacturer Stage Tec celebrates its 25th anniversary on July 1.

Let Them Hear Cakes
Capturing audio for Food Network show Vegas Cakes keeps Neil Curschman busy.

Sony Sound Team Posts Superfly
The sound team at Sony Pictures Post Production Services brought Columbia Pictures’ reimagining of Gordon Parks Jr.’s 1972 crime drama Superfly to life with intricate soundscapes for Atlanta’s neighborhoods, as well as nightclubs, gun battles, car chases and more.

House Hunting with Wisycom
Capturing audio for the HGTV tentpole program keeps Randy Sparrazza on the move.

Innovations: Calrec Audio Type R, by Henry Goodman
The rise of streaming services and increased competition for the attention of listeners is forcing radio to look for innovative ways to engage audiences. Modern stations are finding that they need to operate in a multitude of ways to connect with different target audiences, and Calrec is aiming to facilitate that with its new Type R console.

Review: Shure Axient Digital Wireless Microphone System, by Liz May
Shure’s flagship Axient Digital wireless system handled everything we threw at it and came through with flying colors during PSN’s review process.

Review: Yamaha Stagepas 600BT Portable P.A. System, by Billy Davis
Stagepas has impressive sound quality and will be a valuable asset to any gigging musician or presenter who plays small, intimate venues.

Review: Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position P.A. System, by Jordan Kaplan
Bose has developed a number of portable P.A.s over the years with its L1 series, but the S1 Pro Multi-Position P.A. System, released this past spring, represents the most affordable system yet—and it still offers sound quality worthy of the Bose nameplate on the front.

Review: Shinola Bookshelf Speaker, by Steve Harvey
Shinola Bookshelf Speakers are a consumer product resulting from a collaboration with studio monitor specialists Barefoot Sound.

Studio Products

Accusonus ERA Audio Repair Plug-In Bundles

Avantone Pro CLA-10 Studio Monitors

Calrec Brio Expansion Packs

Delta H Design ZR Nano Technology

Digital Audio Denmark SPQ Speaker Processing DSP Card for AX32 Monitoring System

Kenton Thru-12 MIDI Data Spreader

Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless Mic Products in 941-960 MHz Band

MOTU 8pre-es Interface

Sound Reinforcement Products

Alclair Audio Electrostatic Custom In-Ear Monitors

Audio-Technica 6000 Series Handheld Transmitter

Crown Audio DCI Amplifiers

Mackie DL Series Mixers

Meyer Sound UP-4slim Loudspeaker

QSC TouchMix-30 Pro Firmware Update

SSL Remote Tile and V4.7 Software

Yamaha YAI-1 Conference Ensemble

Roger Waters Show Fields Massive P.A.
Roger Waters has put on massive rock spectacles throughout his career, performing the music of Pink Floyd with over-the-top theatrics, both visual and aural. When he played London’s British Summer Time festival in July, that meant Capital Sound had to field more than 300 loudspeakers for the show.

Recording Ed Sheeran on the Road
FOH recordings of the artist’s recent stadium shows have come in handy for multiple uses.

CMT Awards Turn to Shure
Audio coordinator Kevin Sanford and the sound crew used 24 channels of Shure Axient Digital and UHF-R wireless mics with 24 channels of PSM 1000 in-ear monitors for the live broadcast on CBS of the fan-voted 2018 CMT Awards from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 6.

Anderson, EAW Visit White House
Harrisburg, PA-based Anderson Audio fielded an Eastern Acoustic Works Adaptive sound system earlier this month when it provided sound for a concert as part of The White House’s annual Fourth of July festivities.

PVRIS Alights with A&H
FOH engineer/production manager Connor Hawkins focuses in on a favorite console, Allen & Heath’s dLive Digital Mixing System.

Sound Image Covers San Francisco Pride
More than half of the celebration’s 20 stages were covered by Sound Image, and seven of those were outfitted with Vue Audiotechnik systems.

Live Sound Showcase: Jack White at Jazz Fest, by Jim Beaugez
On his first tour in four years, Jack White is playing arenas, clubs and festivals. In keeping with his championing of retro audio, which includes his Third Man Records label and vinyl pressing plant, the tour is carrying all-analog FOH and monitor rigs.

Consoles and Connection at Coachella
Rat Sound deployed more than 20 SD12 and SD10 consoles for this year’s festival.

Eighth Day Sound Rolls Into Governor’s Ball
Cleveland-based SR provider fields Adamson for main stage at NYC festival.

Tackling World Music at Salem World Beat Festival
Every year, the Salem World Beat Festival brings the music and traditions of 70 countries to Oregon, fielding 10 stages throughout Riverfront Park for the two-day event. This year, the main stage audio was tackled by local audio production company Alpha Sound.

From the Editor: Sonic Aging: Pro Audio’s Next Untapped Market?, by Clive Young
Over the last few years, a movement has sprung up within the spirits industry championing a process called “sonic aging,” which uses loudspeakers to both speed up alcohol’s aging process and affect its flavor.

Software Tech: Machine Learning: Ready for Prime Time?, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton asks, Is machine learning ready for prime time when it comes to recording?

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Yamaha Corp. of America, Zoom North America, Sound Lounge, Lawo, DPA Microphones, Synthax, Innovox Audio and Neutrik USA.

60 Seconds with Jeff Rocha, L-Acoustics
Get to know Jeff Rocha, director of product management at L-Acoustics.

View from the Top: Mike Belitz, CEO, Ultimate Support Systems and Radial Engineering, by Clive Young
For most people, accessories are what you buy after your main purchase. For CEO Mike Belitz, accessories are the main purchase—in the form of Ultimate Support Systems, purchased in 2006, and Radial Engineering, purchased earlier this year.

Music Etc.: Blues Traveler, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with Matt Rollings of Blues Traveler about finding the right studio, being open-minded during recording and, most of all, staying focused.