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Pro Sound News Online Index: April 2020

Read stories from the April 2020 issue of Pro Sound News.

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Coronavirus Halts Live Sound Industry, by Clive Young
Evolving quickly from a localized virus to a worldwide pandemic, the novel coronavirus has upended every industry around the globe, including pro audio.

Broadcasters Prep for Live Immersive Content, by Steve Harvey
The ability to provide immersive audio is quickly moving from being an option in many fields to a necessity. Whether being applied to broadcast content, cinema, or live and concert sound, the various formats—as well as the facilities and gear that are used to mix them—are only growing in popularity.

Keeping Le Studio’s Memory Alive, by Steve Harvey
The legendary Canadian facility Le Studio Morin Heights outside Toronto recorded classic albums before it was abandoned and ultimately burned down. Now Halo, a new studio facility in Hamilton, ON, has completed a modern re-creation of Le Studio’s control room—and perhaps its magic touch.

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A tornado tore through The Basement East in East Nashville early on March 3, 2020. Staff inside survived by taking cover in the basement.
A tornado tore through The Basement East in East Nashville early on March 3, 2020. Staff inside survived by taking cover in the basement. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Deadly Tornado Hits Nashville Venue, Studio, by Clive Young
A deadly storm passed through middle Tennessee on March 3, causing numerous tornadoes, including one that tore through East Nashville, leaving a path of destruction in its wake that harmed the music community.

T.I. Buys Atlanta’s Silent Sound Studios, by Clive Young
Aiming to preserve a key part of Atlanta’s recording history, Grammy-winning rapper T.I. has purchased Silent Sound Studios.

Solotech Acquires Miami’s Pro Sound Inc.
Canada-based Solotech makes further advances into U.S. live production and systems integration markets with new acquisition of Pro Sound Inc.

CAS Announces New Board of Directors
Cinema Audio Society president Karol Urban announced the results of the CAS board of directors election, which resulted in two new executives: Steve Venezia as vice president and Lee Orloff as treasurer.

Funktion-One Co-Founder Retires
Capping more than 40 years in pro audio manufacturing, John Newsham retires to return to live sound engineering.

Hard Rock Producer Keith Olsen Dead, by Clive Young
Keith Olsen, the Grammy-winning producer/engineer who arguably defined the sound of hard rock in the late ’70s and ’80s, has died.

Oberlin Launches Recording Degrees
Making use of its nine concert venues and recording studio, Oberlin College & Conservatory will start a new program in Recording Arts and Production beginning in the fall of 2020.

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) ProAV Working Group has published its new Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) open standard set.

Wicked Tour Takes Quantum Leap
The touring edition of the Broadway musical Wicked has taken a DiGiCo Quantum 7T console on the road.

Tom Kobayashi, Skywalker Sound/ISDN Pioneer, Dead at 91, by Steve Harvey
Tom Kobayashi built and ran George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound before pioneering the use of ISDN and fiber optic networks for audio work.

Sweetwater Opens Distribution Center, by Clive Young
Expected to double Sweetwater’s order fulfillment capabilities, the new distribution center is only the latest in a series of expansions underway at the pro audio retailer’s headquarters.

Abbey Road Institute Opens First U.S. Location
The Abbey Road Institute’s first U.S. location will open this fall at Miami Art House in Florida, led by Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Julio Reyes Copello.

Music Entities Aid Nashville Tornado Recovery
Iron Mountain, Gibson and regional guitar shops have the backs of music professionals as part of Nashville’s tornado recovery.

DirectOut’s In with Hans Zimmer
A top touring draw in Europe since 2018, the symphonic The World of Hans Zimmer tour carries a variety of DirectOut gear.

Coda Caps Kassel Festival
SR provider Ambion fielded a beta system of Coda’s new N-Ray line array at the Kulturzelt music festival in Kassel, Germany.

Inside the Audio Post Process of Parasite
Audio post-production services for Parasite, the first foreign language film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, were provided by South Korean film facility Live Tone Studios.

Meyer Sound Lands at Helsinki Airport
Conceived in support of the idea that you only get one chance to make a first impression, the massive immersive installation Aukio at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport offers travelers the opportunity to discover the sights and sounds of Finland. Key to this immersive experience is a massive Samsung video screen and 27 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

Schawa TV Serves Up Badminton
Schawa TV used Sonifex commentator units when covering the 2019 Badminton World Cup in St. Jakobshalle, Switzerland for Japanese station TV Asahi.

Keeping the Mix Cool for Art on Ice
European ice skating show Art on Ice toured with an Allen & Heath dLive desk this year.

Martin Makes Mountain Club Move
The club Frozen Cherry in the Lebanese ski resort of Zaarour has been equipped with BlacklineX loudspeakers from Martin Audio.


Karma Auger (left) and Erich Gobel of Studio 1 LA
Karma Auger (left) and Erich Gobel of Studio 1 LA

Immersive Mix Room Studio 1 LA Debuts, by Steve Harvey
Karma Auger and longtime collaborator Erich Gobel have teamed up to run Studio 1 LA, a new mix facility built from the ground up to handle immersive mixes in Dolby Atmos.

New Halo Music Studio Inspired by Legendary Le Studio Facility, by Steve Harvey
The legendary Canadian facility Le Studio Morin Heights outside Toronto recorded classic albums before it was abandoned and ultimately burned down. Now Halo, a new studio facility in Hamilton, ON, has completed a modern re-creation of Le Studio’s control room—and perhaps its magic touch.

Studio Showcase: Valhalla Jumps into Analog Immersive Mixing, by Steve Harvey
Valhalla Studios owner/Manowar founder Joey DeMaio collaborated with Grammy-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper and top engineer Ronald Prent to upgrade the facility’s main room to handle all immersive formats.

Tracks – April 2020
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

Wells Adapts to In-the-Box
Producer/engineer Greg Wells (Elton John, Celine Dion, The Greatest Showman) has been using SSL gear for his ITB workflows.

NRG Goes Big with Ocean Way
Producer, engineer and studio owner Jay Baumgardner has installed Ocean Way Audio dual-subwoofer HR2EX towers in Studio B at his NRG Recording Studios.

Universal Bows All-Women Project
100% Her is a production music album whose tracks were all composed, mixed and mastered by women.

Pavlik Goes All-In with DPA
Rostislav Pavlík recently recorded Slovak opera singer Gustáv Beláček at the Brno concert hall in the Czech Republic, capturing the performance for his record label, Pavlík Records, with the aid of various DPA microphones.


On-hand for the Oscar sound panel were (l-r): (L-R) Glenn Kiser, Director, Dolby Institute; Donald Sylvester, Ford v Ferrari; Michael Minkler, Once upon a Time in…Hollywood; Mark Ulano, Ad Astra, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood; Dean Zupancic, Joker; Tom Ozanich, Joker; Alan Robert Murray, Joker.
The Dolby Oscar Nominee Party at the Television Academy on Feb. 6, 2020, in North Hollywood, CA. Danny Moloshok/Invision for Dolby/AP Images

Oscar-Nominated Sound Teams Speak, by Steve Harvey
The Academy Award-nominated sound teams behind Ad Astra, Joker, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood and Ford v Ferrari share how they brought aural magic to the multiplex.

Podcasting? Yeah, They’ve Got That, by Steve Harvey
While some big-box retailers might jump on the podcasting boom by selling gear, Staples has a far bigger plan—it’s opened podcast studios in six test stores, with technical designs and acoustics created by Professional Audio Design president Dave Malekpour and his team. 

Fox Nabs Bluehorn First
The Newman Scoring Stage at the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles marks the first permanent installation of Meyer Sound’s Bluehorn System in a major commercial studio.

M3 Makes Waves in Miami
Music Mix Mobile recently used the new Waves SuperRack SoundGrid while mixing DJ Khaled, Maroon 5, DaBaby, Guns N’ Roses, Snoop Dogg, and Dan + Shay for broadcast.

Collison Promoted to Partner at Alchemy
Independent Foley studio Alchemy Post Sound has elevated Ryan Collison, who has been with the team for six years, to partner.

Focusrite Launches Podcast Makeovers
Have a favorite podcast that sounds awful? Has Focusrite got a contest for them—a full podcast studio makeover.


SSL System T
SSL shipped v2.3 Release for the System T broadcast console in January.

Sound Innovations: Solid State Logic System T Broadcast Console, by Thomas Jensen
Thomas Jensen, vice president of technical operations for Solid State Logic’s Systems & Support Group New York, recounts the history of the company’s System T broadcast console and its ongoing refinement to benefit its users and the marketplace.

Review: DPA 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone, by Russ Long
Producer/engineer Russ Long puts the brand-new DPA 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone to the test for this real-world review.

Review: PhantomFocus System Studio Monitors, by Russ Long
The PhantomFocus System has evolved into a portfolio of physical studio designs and products that hold their ground against anything in the world today.

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Meek Mill performs
During Grammy Week in February, Dolby Atmos for Live was used for a full performance by rapper Meek Mill at NeueHouse Hollywood.

Dolby Atmos Moves into Live Sound, by Steve Harvey
Immersive audio is available in cinemas and homes; now live sound is increasingly exploring ways to bring that element to the concert world with artists like Meek Mill and Santana. The live sound team at Dolby Atmos shares its insights.

Monitor Engineer Brian Hendry, Dead at 67
Monitor engineer Brian Hendry spent 40 years mixing top acts, from Tom Petty to Jennifer Hudson.

Live Sound Showcase: Guster, by Steve Harvey
Alternative folk-pop mainstay Guster spent the start of the year on the road with a U.S. acoustic tour that not only showed off the band’s instrumental skills but also found it performing with an unlikely monitor setup.

Alison Krauss Rolls with ProductionOne
Memphis-based ProductionOne fielded its new Alcons Audio LR18 line array for shows with the bluegrass icon Alison Krauss.

Tested Explores Hamilton’s Sound
FOH engineer Kevin McCoy shares with Adam Savage what it takes to mix the hit show Hamilton.

Jetwave Wireless Adds NY Office
Covering the New York City region, the new Jetwave Wireless facility will be used for show buildouts and customer support.

Solid State Logic Gets Cooking at Verse
Leave it to a Grammy-winning engineer to put an SSL console in his new restaurant.

Audio Powers Calvary Chapel’s Growth
Newport News, VA’s Calvary Chapel redeveloped a shopping center into a church campus, making audio a prime focus of the effort.

The Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart for April 2020
Pro Sound News runs down the crews and gear on the top 10 highest-grossing tours of the month.

From the Editor: Making the Most of a Rough Time, by Clive Young
It’s a rough time right now and whether we like it or not, a lot of audio pros have more time on their hands than they’d like. If nothing else, it’s a good time to catch up on that pile of books you’ve been meaning to read.

Software Tech: Safeguarding Your Software Tools, by Craig Anderton
You may be self-isolating at home with your computer right now, but that doesn’t mean someone can’t steal your files. Craig Anderton explores how to keep your software and songs safe.

View from the Top: Gordon Kapes, President, Studio Technologies, by Clive Young
Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies, shares the business philosophy and insights that have helped the 16-employee company launch more than 100 products over the years.

60 Seconds with John McMahon of Meyer Sound
Get to know John McMahon, vice president of sales and marketing at Meyer Sound Laboratories.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for April 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at d&b audiotechnik, Neutrik USA, Avid, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Riedel Communications, Danley Sound Labs and LEA Professional.

Music, Etc.: Rob Graves, Solstice, by Steve Harvey
Multiple Dove Award-winning musician and producer Rob Graves talks about his latest collaboration with hard rockers Red and his own solo piano album, Solstice, as well as why coronavirus could have a small upside.