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Pro Sound News Online Index: August 2019

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Audio’s Place in the Rising Global AV Market, by Clive Young
The global pro AV market is skyrocketing, and audio has a surprising place in that picture.

Tools for the Personal Studio, by Steve Harvey
These days, a “personal studio” can be anything from a proper recording facility to a smartphone. What tools will make your private recording space sound even better? An assortment of recording pros from across the industry weigh in with their advice and insights.

Live Sound Showcase: Raising the Roof—and Expectations—at Summerfest, by Steve Harvey
Many concerts have raised the roof at the 23,500-seat American Family Insurance Amphitheater, the flagship venue of Milwaukee’s Summerfest, but this year the roof-raising happened literally, as architects and audio pros raised a 607,000-pound, half-acre section of the roof 26 feet higher.

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Sennheiser Makes Major Moves
Sennheiser increased its R&D investment to a total of $68.3 million in 2018.

Focusrite Group Acquires ADAM Audio
High-end studio monitor manufacturer joins Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify.

Audix’s Houck Retires
Audix mainstay stepped down at end of June.

Audioboom Adds On
Podcast creation company adds new production facilities in NYC.

C.L. Holloway in his atomic recording studio

Scientists Capture Queen Using Quantum Physics, by Steve Harvey
NIST team tunes in to atomic audio.

Jack Renner, Grammy-Winning Engineer, Dead at 84, by Clive Young
Music teacher-turned-Grammy winning engineer Jack Renner co-founded Telarc in 1977.

Niko Bolas on Mixing Posthumous Prince Album
Faced with mixing the new archival release Originals, engineer Niko Bolas had to find the best way to honor the material, including taking the results to Bernie Grundman Mastering, where many Prince albums were previously mastered.

Sweetwater’s GearFest 2019 Draws Record Crowds
The annual confab netted its largest crowds ever with 17,000-plus in attendance.

Steely Dan Gear to Be Auctioned
Recording equipment, guitars and more belonging to the late Walter Becker of Steely Dan will go up for auction in October.

Roskilde Festival

Meyer Sound Rolls into Roskilde
This year marks the second year of the ongoing collaboration between Meyer Sound and Northern Europe’s biggest festival.

ABC Takes on Primo Maggio Roma 2019
Rome’s annual music festival presented 31 acts over two days on a rotating stage.

Producer Phillipe Zdar, Dead at 50
The producer, one half of French dance outfit Cassius, was 50 years old.

Biamp Acquires Community, Apart Audio
Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio will join Biamp as product families within the company’s portfolio, with business functions gradually blending to form a single Biamp business.

John Sebastian performs at Woodstock

Woodstock 50: Back to the Tapes, by Steve Harvey
Woodstock took place 50 years ago this month, and for those who weren’t there (or were and don’t remember it), Rhino is releasing three versions of its “Woodstock – Back to the Garden – 50th Anniversary Experience” box set, including a 38-disc edition with all 432 tracks (267 previously unreleased) performed by every artist on the bill.

Getting Heavy with Will Putney, by Steve Harvey
New Jersey-based metal producer and guitarist Will Putney chats about his multiroom studio, his drum-focused production process and his new guitar tone plug-in in a wide-ranging interview.

The Bubble

Studio Showcase: The Bubble Grows Bigger in Austin, by Steve Harvey
Austin’s active music scene has long overshadowed the local recording business, but in the Hyde Park neighborhood south of downtown Austin, one recording studio is hoping to turn that around.

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

Refurbishing the Future, by Larry Jaffee
Nashville-based mastering house Independent Mastering returns to mastering vinyl for the first time in decades following a four-year, $30,000 odyssey to rebuild a 1940s cutting lathe.

Williams Takes Lectrosonics to Work
“You can drive a truck over it and still use it.”

Cain Takes on Waves Nx
Composer David Cain mixes latest jazz trio album in surround.

Strung Like a Horse performs

Horse Hitches to Ross-Spang
Rising Americana band teams with Matt Ross-Spang for first studio album.

Zylia to Grab Bluegrass
Old-school bluegrass to be captured with immersive recording technology.

Pros on Prepping Films for the Home, by Steve Harvey
Pros from Netflix, Sony Pictures, JBL and more share their knowledge and views on translating theatrical film soundtracks for home listening environments.

Making AI-Generated Production Music, by Steve Harvey
In a study conducted earlier this year, audio effectiveness measurement platform Veritonic quizzed consumers to determine whether they could tell the difference between music created by a human and that generated by an AI. Spoiler alert: they couldn’t.

Making the Most of Spider-Man’s Sound
The worldwide smash had its audio post work completed at Sony Pictures Post Production Services.

Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams) in FX’s “Fosse/Verdon”

Alchemy Builds SFX for Fosse/Verdon
Foley specialists collaborate with supervising sound editors Daniel Timmons and Tony Volante in re-creating the sounds of the Broadway and film magic.

Live Media Group Triples Fleet
LMG expands its fleet with acquisitions, retaining staff and facilities

Lawo Provides New NEP Truck’s IP Infrastructure
NEP bows next generation sports broadcast mobile units.

McCoy Deploys DPA for Paddleton
Improvisations by Ray Romano and Mark Duplass captured with DPA and Wisycom.

Innovations in Sound: Clear-Com FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless Intercom System, by Simon Browne
Simon Browne, vice president, product management, at Clear-Com, discusses the expansive history and painstaking development of FreeSpeak, its digital wireless intercom system.

Review: Aston Stealth Microphone, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione puts Aston Microphones’ latest model through the paces and finds the Stealth is ready to make its presence known.

Focal Trio11 BE

Review: Focal Trio11 BE Studio Monitors, by Rob Tavaglione
Never a fan of Focal’s SM9 studio monitors, longtime PSN reviewer producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione puts the company’s new Trio11 Be monitors to the test and comes away impressed.

Studio Products

Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6

Antelope Audio Synergy Core FX Platform

Focusrite Scarlett Gen3 Interfaces

Apple Logic Pro X

Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 Plug-In

KEF America LSX Monitor Accessories

United Plugins FireCobra

Sound Reinforcement Products

ProCo W.I.E.M.S.

LEA Professional IoT Amplifiers

Yamaha StagePAS 1K

Electro-Voice MFX Monitors

Powersoft Mezzo Amplifiers

L-Acoustics A Series Installation Loudspeakers

Martin Audio BlacklineX Powered Series

QSC TouchMix-30 Update

Saatchi Gallery Multimedia Show Goes Immersive, by Mel Lambert
Famed London gallery uses immersive sound to enhance high-tech art installation.

Tool on Tour
On the road with a new album due in August, Tool continues to fine tune its sound.

Live Sound Showcase: Raising the Roof—and Expectations—at Summerfest, by Steve Harvey
Many concerts have raised the roof at the 23,500-seat American Family Insurance Amphitheater, the flagship venue of Milwaukee’s Summerfest, but this year the roof-raising happened literally, as architects and audio pros raised a 607,000-pound, half-acre section of the roof 26 feet higher.

Tonys Tap Shure
Firehouse Productions tackled audio for the annual ceremony.

BCS Brings Mics to Mythics
An Oracle integrator needed to update ceiling mics in multiple rooms.

KeyFest Turns to QSC
The three-day clinic, held annually at the campus of Sweetwater Sound, made use of QSC live sound gear.

Brown Note Hits Chicago
Tool, SOAD, Ghost and others annihilate crowd at Chicago festival.

RRS Rolls with Adam Sandler
Las Vegas-based RRS Audio provided audio for the comedian’s spring tour.

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

From the Editor: Live Sound Gets Environmentally Sound, by Clive Young
Concerts are scientifically proven to be good for your health; now they’re becoming good for the Earth, too.

Software Tech: The New Mac Pro, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton deep dives into the new Mac Pro and considers what it means for audio pros.

The METAlliance Report: Modern Loudness, by George Massenburg
METAlliance co-founder George Massenburg explores the perils and pitfalls of modern loudness and explains why mastering engineers and artists who ignore its downsides do so at their peril.

Paul Tapper, CEO of NUGEN Audio

View from the Top: Paul Tapper, CEO, NUGEN Audio, by Clive Young
Paul Tapper, CEO of NUGEN Audio, shares how a Ph.D. in pure mathematics, a background in programming and being in the right place at the right time brought NUGEN to life.

60 Seconds with Eric Mayer, d&b audiotechnik
Get to know Eric Mayer, vice president of sales, Americas, at d&b audiotechnik.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for August 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at DAS Audio of America, Riedel Communications, 64 Audio, Sennheiser, Fishman, American Music and Sound, L-Acoustics, Martin Audio North America, Eastern Acoustic Works, Apex Audio and Pro Media Audio & Video.

The Aha Moment: Getting Creative to Create Demand, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis, former CEO of Radial Engineering, discusses ways to get creative when it comes to creating demand for your pro audio product.

Music Etc.: Collective Soul, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with Will Turpin of Collective Soul about the band’s 10th album, Blood; staying inspired after 25 years; and exploring one’s humanity.