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Audio Post Faces Rising Expectations, Falling Budgets, by Steve Harvey
In the world of audio post-production, from commercials and television to major motion pictures, two things are increasingly certain: budgets—or lack thereof—and Dolby Atmos. Pro Sound News talks to pros to find out what’s they’re seeing day-to-day and in the larger picture.

Companies to Watch in 2019, by Clive Young
We spoke with dozens of pro audio companies, manufacturers and organizations to find out their highlights of 2018, and just as importantly, explain why the industry should keep an eye out for them in the coming year.

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California Fires Hit Recording Community, by Steve Harvey
Three major fires raged through Northern and Southern California in November, taking lives and destroying an estimated 10,800 structures across more than 240,000 acres at press time, including the homes and studios of many in the music community.

Live Production Mentoring in Dallas
For all the learning that can be done in a classroom or on a computer screen, nothing compares to getting hands on with real tools in a working environment. With that in mind, pro audio and AVL supplier Sound Productions recently hosted a technical arts training for members of Dallas Summer Musical’s High School Musical Program.

New Console Builds on Midland Theatre’s Revitalization, by Clive Young
Just outside of Columbus, OH, the Midland Theatre in Newark, OH, is a bustling cornerstone of the region’s entertainment scene. Helping provide audio for a number of those productions will be the Midland’s new house console, a DiGiCo S31.

Rethinking the Ryman’s Sound Reinforcement
The Ryman Auditorium is nothing short of sacred ground in music circles, and with good reason. But while the ambiance and vibes from generations of top-shelf performers permeate every inch of the venue, one thing that can’t stay historic is the Ryman’s audio system–which is why Opry Entertainment Group, JBL, Yamaha and AV integration firm Clair Solutions recently joined forces to overhaul the system.

A Star Is Born Doc Shares Ear Advice for Audio Pros, by Clive Young
The real-life ear doctor of A Star is Born talks new approaches to maintaining your hearing.

Soundman Aids Ailing Soccer Legend, by Steve Harvey
BT Sport sound engineer Simon Daniels is being hailed as a hero after coming to the aid of soccer legend Glenn Hoddle, who suffered a heart attack and collapsed at a London television studio on October 27—coincidentally, Hoddle’s 61st birthday.

Soundgirls’ EQL Directory to Amplify Women in Audio
Pro audio organization SoundGirls has teamed with streaming service Spotify to launch the EQL Directory, a non-profit dedicated to expanding opportunities for girls and women in music.

Swept Up in The Feeling on Tour
UK act The Feeling recently wrapped up a tour of its homeland with sound provided by SSE Audio, with the FOH mix handled by engineer Jon Lewis.

IK Multimedia Builds New Plant, Recording Studio
IK Multimedia has built out a new, $3 million manufacturing and recording facility on its company campus in Modena, Italy. The new edifice will house in-house R&D, manufacturing and logistics departments, and the studio, which in turn will be used for sound design and sampling.

UK Music Report Reveals “Sustained Growth,” by Steve Harvey
Industry-funded body UK Music has published its annual Measuring Music economic study, revealing growth across almost every sector and a significant presence on the world stage.

Adamson Hosts Global Network Conference
In late September, Adamson Systems Engineering brought more than 120 members of its global network together at company HQ in Canada for its Adamson Conference, presenting two days of pro audio product previews, training and more.

AIMS Board Welcomes Görner
Larissa Görner of Net Insight is the latest elected board member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions.

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Capturing at Zeitgeist with Amos Lee, by Steve Harvey
Producer Tony Berg discusses the making of My New Moon, the seventh album from Amos Lee, who arrived with 40 songs to record at Berg’s facility for the last 34 years, Zeitgeist Studio.

Resonance Records Digs into Dolphy, by Steve Harvey
Following restoration efforts by George Klabin, the newly released Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions marks the first official release of previously-unissued Eric Dolphy studio recordings in more than 30 years.

Studio Showcase: Private Facility Upper Deck Hits It Out of the Park, by Steve Harvey
Ever daydream what it would be like to turn your attic into a studio if money were no object? One Major League Baseball player did just that, and the result is a jaw-dropping, TEC Award-nominated private facility called the Upper Deck.

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

Mackie Time for Miller
Jason T. Miller may have co-written and produced tracks for Grammy Award winners Kanye West and Keyshia Cole and co-written a song for Reba McEntire, but he also does a lot of scoring for television and commercials. The key to managing all those projects, according to the composer, producer and session guitarist, is workflow—and ensuring that it keeps on flowing.

Grey Noise Studios Honors Hip-Hop’s Past, But Eyes Its Future
Christina Chirumbolo and Stephanie Conte set up Grey Noise Studios in 2017. With the facility located in part of the Quad Studios facility in Times Square, they’re aiming for the site to emerge once again as a crucial part of New York’s hip-hop recording community.

SAE Leipzig Upgrades with Audient
The SAE Institute in Leipzig has started overhauling its Studio 2, upgrading the room’s console to a 36-channel Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition with patchbay and Dual Layer Control (DLC).

Belgian Studio Homerecords Eyes Prism Sound
Michel Van Achter, the founder and owner of Belgian record label Homerecords, recently purchased three Prism Sound Atlas audio interfaces for his two-room facility in Liège.

Whose Job Is This Anyway?, by Lisa Johnston
Who carries the responsibility of properly archiving masters—the engineer, the label or the artist?

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From Elektra to Electric Entertainment, by Steve Harvey
Taking over the former home of Elektra Records, Electric Entertainment is ready to roll.

Sound for Film Takes Center Stage, by Steve Harvey
The annual Mix Presents Sound for Film & Television event at Sony Pictures covered a lot of ground for the hundreds of pros in attendance, including editing for animation, mixing dialogue, building an immersive room, increasing representation for women, and more.

Getting Together with Lectrosonics
Los Angeles-based sound mixer Bryan Sol Aponte is using a cart full of Lectrosonics wireless equipment on the new ABC-produced comedy TV series Splitting Up Together.

Calrecs Set Sail for University
Full Sail University has expanded its performance venue, Full Sail Live, with Calrec Audio’s Artemis and Brio36 consoles. Already using a Summa console for its Show Production degree program and Brio console for its Film degree program, Full Sail knows Calrec’s advanced audio solutions.

National Film and Television School Educates with Nugen Audio
The UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) relies on Nugen Audio's Loudness Toolkit (VisLM, ISL and LM-Correct) to help educate students to have an organic relationship with sound and deliver mixes in compliance with today's various output formats.

Movie Captures Magic Music
Ever wish you could get your favorite band back together again? One Hollywood bigwig did just that—and has a new documentary to prove it. Production sound mixer David Griesinger was faced with likely the most important aspect of the film: capturing the musicians’ work.

Tom Fleischman Wants His Work to Be Invisible, by Katie Makal
Re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman illustrated some of the differences between film and episodic television sound mixing when he discussed working on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire at the AES Convention.

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Innovations: Royer R-10 Ribbon Microphone, by Rick Perrotta, president of Royer Labs
“Being open to changing market conditions instead of fearing them provided a rare opportunity for our company,” says Rick Perotta, as he dissects the creation of the manufacturer’s latest ribbon microphone, the R-10.

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Pro Sound News Holiday Gift Guide, 2018 Edition, by Russ Long
It’s that time of year again, when producer/engineer Russ Long shares his Holiday Gift Guide, serving up ideas for cool presents that’ll thrill the audio pro in your life, from stocking stuffers to prized possessions.

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Studio Products

AudioSourceRE DeMIX Pro

• Avantone Pro CLA-200

• CEntrance MixerFace R4R

• Rupert Neve RND 5211 Mic Pre

• ATC SCM12i Monitor

• sE Electronics DM1 Dynamite Preamp, sE7 Condenser Mic

• STL Tonality Howard Benson Plug-In Suite

• Universal Audio Lexicon 480L Plug-In

Sound Reinforcement Products

• 64 Audio A2e Custom IEM Update

• Allen & Heath SQ v1.3

• Attero Tech D2FLEXio

• Bose Array Tool

• L-Acoustics Q-SYS Interoperability Plug-In

• Peavey SP 2P Loudspeakers

• PK Sound Trinity 10

• Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server-C

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Simple Minds Didn’t Forget About You, by Clive Young
The Scottish rockers played their first full-fledged U.S. tour since the 1990s this past fall. They hit the road for a seven-week, 31-show run, playing 3,000- to 4,000-seat venues across the continent.

Arena-Sized Sound for Bohemian Rhapsody
The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody took eight years to produce, but it cleaned up when it finally debuted at the box office. To help ensure that strong showing, the film’s world premiere was held in the SSE Arena, Wembley, with audio provided by Britannia Row. Staging the event proved to be a challenge, requiring not only an extensive reconfiguration of the venue’s acoustics but also the creation of a brand new audio mix of the film, which was used solely at the film’s premiere screening.

Outfitting the Big E
SCL Sound tackled audio for the Beach Boys, Ice-T, Casting Crowns and dozens of others at the Eastern States Exposition, or the Big E, which took place in Massachusetts in September.

Dierks Bentley Closes Out Tour with New P.A.
The 2018 Mountain High tour saw the country artist perform more than 60 shows, with his longtime crew along for the ride once again. While this year’s journey saw Bentley play old favorites from across his nine studio albums, it served them up via something new: a massive PK Sound Trinity advanced robotic line array bolstered by Gravity subwoofers.

Mo’ Yamaha for Mohegan
Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, is a regular stop on any arena tour these days, hosting the likes of Justin Timberlake, U2, Dave Matthews Band and countless others. Not every act that plays the 10,000-seat arena carries its own pro audio gear, however; for those artists, the venue recently acquired a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console purchased through HB Communications in nearby New Haven.

Live Sound Showcase: Rolling with Thomas Rhett’s Road Show, by Clive Young
Hard-touring country artist Thomas Rhett finished off the year with a fall trek that covered packed arenas with a new d&b audiotechnik GSL P.A. provided by his longtime audio vendor, Spectrum Sound.

The Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart for December 2018
Pro Sound News runs down the crews and gear on the top 10 highest-grossing tours of the month.

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From the Editor: Lost in Translation, by Clive Young
In mid-October, a small consumer audio interface was introduced at Prolight + Sound Shanghai without much fanfare. Now it might become the most controversial audio product in years.

Software Tech: The 145th AES Convention Anderton Awards, by Craig Anderton
Duck and cover, because the Anderton Awards are back. You've been warned.

The METAlliance Report: Choosing the Right Mic, by Frank Filipetti and George Massenburg
Engineering legends Frank Filipetti and George Massenburg share how to audition and choose the right microphone for a recording session.

The Aha Moment: Dealing with Adversity, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis discusses how to deal with adversity in the pro audio business.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Martin Audio, Powersoft, Wisycom USA, Solotech, Symetrix, Riedel, PMC, Barix, Dirac Research, Professional Wireless Systems and IABM.

60 Seconds with Janet Tufo of Neutrik
Get to know Janet Tufo, marketing director of Neutrik USA.

View from the Top: Jeremy Bridge, CEO and Chief Engineer, PK Sound, by Clive Young
Jeremy Bridge recounts how his passion for engineering and entrepreneurship paved the way for founding loudspeaker manufacturer PK Sound.

Music Etc.: James, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with Tim Booth, leader of legendary Britpop pioneers James, about generational shifts, old-school jams and Living in Extraordinary Times.