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Livestreams Reign Supreme, by Steve Harvey
A year ago, livestreaming was often seen as little more than a side hustle for some artists; now it’s a corner of the industry that’s exploding, with dozens of startups providing production services to answer growing demand. Even when live shows return, many expect streams to remain part of the modern production regimen.
Recording the Red Planet, by Clive Young
How NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover captured the first audio ever recorded on another planet.
Sennheiser CEOs Start Consumer Partner Search, by Clive Young
Co-CEOs Andreas and Daniel Sennheiser sit down with PSN to explain their search for a consumer electronics business partner, and what’s ahead, post-pandemic.
Aston Mics Acquired by Music Tribe, by Clive Young
UK studio mic startup Aston Microphones has been purchased by Music Tribe, parent company to Behringer, Midas, Turbosound, TC Electronic and other brands.
iZotope Teams with Native Instruments, by Clive Young
iZotope has teamed up with Native Instruments to operate together under a newly formed parent entity, Music Creation Group.
Pirate Sees Self-Service Studio Market for the Taking, by Steve Harvey
Having conquered the UK, Pirate aims to build 4,000 unattended, self-service studios across North America by 2024.
Neutrik Acquires Connex
The Neutrik Group has added to its connectivity offerings with the newly announced acquisition of Connex, headquartered in Oldenburg, Germany.
Telefunken Elektroakustik Hits 20
Telefunken Elektroakustik is celebrating two decades in business this year.
New Inclusion Report Shows Little Progress, by Steve Harvey
There is little to celebrate in the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s annual report, “Inclusion in the Recording Studio?”
We Are Moving the Needle Gender Equity Initiative Launches, by Steve Harvey
Emily Lazar, Grammy Award-winning founder of The Lodge mastering and mixing facility in Manhattan, has introduced We Are Moving the Needle, a new initiative to bring equity and inclusion to the music industry.
KMC Gets First KSL Soundscape Install
Taiwan’s new Kaohsiung Music Center is the site of the first d&b audiotechnik KSL Soundscape installation.
Smallpools Makes a Splash, by Steve Harvey
The pandemic didn’t stop indie pop act Smallpools from finishing its second album, even if that meant renting a Nashville Airbnb during lockdown.
Studio Showcase: Silverbirch Studios Takes Root in Fort Wayne, by Steve Harvey
With internet content so crucial to modern artist development, new independent facility Silverbirch Studios has been specifically built to capture both audio and video for artists’ campaigns.
Tracks – April 2021
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind five new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.
Graphic Nature Audio Moves
Will Putney’s Graphic Nature Audio recording studio is relocating to a rural property in Kinnelon, NJ.
Software Tech: Building Your Windows Audio PC, by Craig Anderton
Pro audio legend Craig Anderton recently built the recording PC of his dreams—here’s some of the questions, issues and answers he discovered along the way with builder Jayce Murphy of PCAudioLabs.
ATSC 3.0 to Impact Hollywood, by Steve Harvey
ATSC 3.0, the new digital television transmission standard, can deliver high-quality audio, including immersive formats, impacting many viewing platforms.
Tiny Desk Concert Heads Home, by Jim Beaugez
National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert, its flagship music program, has produced more than 1,000 musical performances that have been streamed billions of times since 2008. Once the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, however, the staff was under the gun to rethink the show from the ground up.
Producing Trial of the Chicago 7’s Audio Was a Trial in Itself, by Steve Harvey
The audio team behind writer/ director Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 faced numerous challenges, including managing 15 remote mics in some scenes.
Sound Mixer Globetrots
Chasing reality TV productions around the world, sound mixer Stu Chacon brings along a lot of wideband wireless equipment for every occasion.
Solotech Acquires Morris Light & Sound
Solotech is broadening its footprint in Nashville with the acquisition of Morris and its systems integration division, InteRise.
Meyer Sound Spacemap Go Lands at AREA15
Las Vegas’ AREA15 includes “The Portal” where visitors are surrounded by 360-degree projection-mapped video and immersive audio enabled by Meyer Sound’s Spacemap Go.
Real-World Review: Leapwing Al Schmitt Signature Sound Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
It’s one of the most buzzed-about plug-ins in recent memory, but does Leapwing’s new Al Schmitt plug-in really capture the essence of a legendary engineer/producer with 23 Grammys and 160 Gold and Platinum albums? Our Real-World Review says yes.
Real-World Review: Brainworx Bx_Console Focusrite SC Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
Producer/composer Rich Tozzoli put Brainworx’s Bx_Console Focusrite SC to the test and it became a “go to” in his workflow.
Real-World Review: Apple Audio Unit Plug-Ins, by Rob Tavaglione
In this Real-World Review, studio owner Rob Tavaglione discovers a top suite of free plug-ins has been hiding in plain sight.
Innovations: Martin Audio TORUS and Display 3, by Dom Harter, Martin Audio
Martin Audio CEO Dom Harter provides insight into the company’s new TORUS constant curvature array and Display 3 software.
Innovations: Solid State Logic System T Platform, by Steve Harvey
As established at-home workflows evolved into work-from-home activities, Solid State Logic fast tracked development of the System T platform to enable it to fit into the new production paradigm.
- Røde Microphones Wireless Go II
- Rupert Neve Designs 5057 Orbit Summing Mixer
- Celestion SpeakerMix Pro Plug-In
- Black Lion Audio Revolution 2×2 Audio Interface
- Imperative Audio PVB Portable Vocal Booth
Sound Reinforcement Products
- Audio-Technica ES945 and ES947 Boundary Mic Variations
- Avid Venue 7
- Audinate Dante AVIO Bluetooth Adapter
- KLANG:technologies KLANG:controller
- Professional Wireless Systems TS Helical Antenna
From the Editor: Are We There Yet?, by Clive Young
Usually it’s kids in the backseat that ask ‘Are we there yet?’ Now it’s being asked by audio professionals who want to get back to work after a long pandemic-induced break.
Audio Op-Ed: The Show Must Go ‘On,’ by Jim MacGregor of Shure
Wireless systems are designed for some downtime—but not a full year offline. Here’s how to bring them back up to speed.
Sounding Board: Networking is Knowing How to Map Your Connections, by Mike Dias
Audio pro Mike Dias explains why networking isn’t just something you do when you’re looking for a job; it enables you to do your job.
People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for April 2021
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Pro Media Audio Video (a division of Clair Global), Freedman Electronics (parent of Røde Microphones), sE Audiotechnik, Void Acoustics, Bryston, Guitar Center, Paragon 360 and Symetrix.
60 Seconds with Dudley McLaughlin, Renkus-Heinz
Get to know Dudley McLaughlin, national sales manager at Renkus-Heinz.
Music Etc. – Tim Atlas, by Steve Harvey
Producer, engineer and artist Tim Atlas sits down to discuss his career so far, including that time he was a contestant on The Voice.