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Pro Sound News Online Index: December 2019

Read stories from the December 2019 issue of Pro Sound News magazine.

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AES Reflects Increasingly Diverse Audio Industry, by Steve Harvey
The AES is taking an industry-leading role in increasing the diversity of its members and management, with notable success in the area of female involvement in positions of influence.

The State of Plug-Ins: From Emulations to the Unknown, by Steve Harvey
Having so many plug-in choices can be overwhelming—what is an engineer to do? Three top pros share their insights—and favorite plugs. 

Thinking Big with A Bad Think, by Steve Harvey
Michael Marquart’s latest album as A Bad Think, The Saviour, had a production think-tank behind the scenes: co-producer/engineer Dave Way; co-producer/studio owner Marquart; and mix engineer Bob Clearmountain, who mixed the album in both stereo and 5.1 surround.

Live Sound Showcase: Kacey Musgraves, by Jim Beaugez
Album of the Year Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves began her world tour in October 2018 as an opening act and finished it 13 months later as an arena headliner. Engineers Travis Bing (FOH) and Dalton VanVolkenburgh (monitors) recount the journey.

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Ed Cherney

Recording Legend Ed Cherney, Dead at 69, by Clive Young
Grammy, Emmy and TEC Award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney died Oct. 21. He was 69. Over the course of a career that began in the 1970s, Cherney not only worked with the biggest names of the era and won multiple high-profile awards, but also became a driving force in the recording community, holding positions in multiple industry organizations as well as educating emerging generations of studio pros.

Sony Launches 360 Reality Audio Music Format
Sony Corp. has launched 360 Reality Audio, an immersive music format utilizing Fraunhofer’s MPEG-H Audio object-based spatial technology, which will be available for streaming from platforms including Amazon Music HD, Deezer, nugs.net and Tidal later this fall.

Recording Academy Initiative Promotes Creatives
The social media initiative “Behind the Record” aims to spotlight producers, engineers and others who contribute to the music recording process.

Podcasting’s A Priority at The Video Show
Pro Sound News is curating a podcasting stage at The Video Show, a two-day event taking place in Washington, D.C., at the beginning of December. The podcasting stage will field a variety of sessions designed to assist and inform audio pros with varying levels of expertise in the field, from those thinking of delving into podcasting to seasoned veterans looking to up their game.

Yorkville to Distribute Aston Mics in United States
As Aston Microphones readies new products for 2020, the company has teamed up with Yorkville Sound for full North American distribution.

South’s First Studio Razed, by Clive Young
A nearly three-month standoff between preservationists and developers over a building that once housed the first recording studio in the South ended on October 31, when the final legal challenges preventing demolition of the site were dropped.

Chuck Ainlay Leads Annual Csaba Petocz Scholarship Event
Audio-Technica, the Recording, Radio and Film Connection and Clyne Media recently hosted the third annual Csaba Petocz Master Class Scholarship at Peter Frampton’s Studio Phenix in the Berry Hill district in Nashville.

Bob Ludwig Receives dCS Legends Award
After the opening day of the AES Convention in New York last week, dCS (Data Conversion Systems Ltd.) kicked off its new dCS Legends Award program, co-curated with the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, presenting its first award to mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.

Dr. Dre

Recording Academy P&E Wing to Honor Dr. Dre
Legendary producer/artist/entrepreneur Dr. Dre will be honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles.

RDx to Centralize Recording Rights Management
IFPI and WIN have appointed RDx to handed a global metadata exchange for record and music licensing companies.

RCF to Launch Massive Outdoor Venue in 2020
There’s little question as to what brand of house P.A. will be used inside the new RCF Arena Reggio Emilia. Set to become the largest outdoor venue in Italy—and likely one of the largest permanent performance facilities in the world—the new site will open for business on Sept. 12, 2020 with a concert by Italian singer Ligabue.

Arts Center Reaches for the Sky
The MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, a new arts venue, sports five exhibition galleries, a large learning and community studio, and The Sky Room, a flexible auditorium on the upper floor with 150 retractable seats (300 standing). The performance space is equipped with an EM Acoustics sound system supplied by event production specialists, Hawthorn.

Mexico Post Facility Expands for the Future
Cinematic Media’s new post production facility, part of GGM Estudios in Mexico, will house eight Dolby Atmos-certified stages and cutting rooms.

Working with studio designer Jan Morel, producer Ummet Ozcan built his dream facility, Oz Studios, in his house.

Inside Ummet Ozcan’s New Studio
Working with studio designer Jan Morel, producer Ummet Ozcan has built his dream facility, Oz Studios, in his house.

China’s Dragon Boat Race Goes Wireless
China Central Television’s broadcast of the traditional 2019 Dragon Boat Festival was captured with the aid of modern wireless gear.

Main Event Makes Moves with Martin
Cementing its presence in the Caribbean’s meetings, incentives, conventions and events market, Main Event nets a new Martin Audio system.

 

John Staley

AES 2019 Convention Wrap-Up

The Audio Engineering Society has always sought to reflect the industry, whether through addressing new technologies like VR and immersive audio or welcoming diverse members from all backgrounds. This year’s convention in New York saw all this and more addressed as the organization broadened its continuing missions of audio education and fostering greater industry inclusiveness.

AES 2019 stories from prosoundnetwork.com: 

  • AES: Back in the New York Groove, by Clive Young
    With classes packed, an exhibit floor filled with the latest gear and a beat-heavy keynote address by hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash, the AES Convention opened in style in October.
  • PSN’s Best of Show Award Winners: AES 2019
    The Audio Engineering Society Convention always draws crowds and experts to explore important technologies and trends, but this year saw a slew of intriguing product introductions as well. Here’s what caught our eye on the show floor.
Grandmaster Flash during his AES keynote address John Staley
Speaking at the “Evolution of Album Production” panel were, from left, Terri Winston, executive director of the Women’s Audio Mission; engineer Gloria Kaba; mastering engineer Heba Kadry; and Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum engineer, vocal producer and vocalist Simone Torres. Katie Makal

 

A Bad Think

Thinking Big with A Bad Think, by Steve Harvey
Michael Marquart’s latest album as A Bad Think, The Saviour, had a production think-tank behind the scenes: co-producer/engineer Dave Way; co-producer/studio owner Marquart; and mix engineer Bob Clearmountain, who mixed the album in both stereo and 5.1 surround.

Getting Immersive with The Traveler, by Steve Harvey
Most music currently being remixed for Dolby Atmos is catalog rock, according to mastering and mix engineer Michael Romanowski. Looking to change that, he and Eric “ET” Thorngren teamed up to mix an immersive version of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s recent blues smash, The Traveler.

The custom console originally built for FAME Recording Studios' B room in 1967.
The custom console originally built for FAME Recording Studios’ B room in 1967.

Studio Showcase: FAME Recording in Muscle Shoals, AL, by Steve Harvey
FAME Recording Studios’ B room captured some of the most incendiary performances of the 1960s and ’70s. Recently brought up to date with a mix of new and vintage gear, the facility is ready for a new era of great music.

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

Grundman Cuts Quad Disc Live
Bernie Grundman Mastering has cut the first ever all-analog live quadraphonic direct-to-disc recording as a gift for attendees at the 2019 Making Vinyl conference in Hollywood, at which Grundman was honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

16-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console at The Vault

The Vault Locks In New Console
The Vault, a private recording studio for producer and engineer Kevin Sellors, recently expanded with the addition of a 16-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console loaded with 16 Shelford 5052 mic preamp/inductor EQ modules and a pair of Shelford 5051 inductor EQ/compressor modules.

PreSonus Partners to Offer Hits’ Multitracks
PreSonus has announced an agreement with Mix the Music, a new online store offering downloadable stems from officially licensed major-label multitrack recordings provided by Universal Music Group and others.

Lectrosonics Captures El Camino
Production sound mixer Phillip Palmer relied exclusively on Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless to record almost all of the dialogue and many incidental and ambient sounds for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which recently premiered globally on Netflix.

AKG Honors Quincy Jones
AKG by Harman recently held its 70th-anniversary party at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the company honored producer Quincy Jones with an AKG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Wave Studios
Wave Studios Mark DiFiore

Catching a Wave in New York, by Steve Harvey
Wave Studios has enjoyed steady growth since it was founded in London’s Soho district in 1999 by sound designers Warren Hamilton and Johnnie Burn. Focusing on audio post services for advertising and film clients, the company subsequently put down roots in Amsterdam, and earlier this year celebrated the first anniversary of its outpost in Lower Manhattan.

Mixing Tarantino Requires Staying True to Sources
For Academy Award-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his longtime re-recording mixer Michael Minkler and veteran music editor Jim Schultz used Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix plug-in to mix from stereo and even mono to 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos.

Church’s New Mic Heard but Not Seen
Dr. Robert Jeffress, lead pastor at First Baptist Dallas, recently became one of the first U.S. users of a new subminiature headset microphone.

Ukraine Calls on Calrec for News Channel
First-time Calrec customer Nash TV has purchased two 32-fader Artemis Light audio consoles for its around-the-clock news channel in Kiev, Ukraine.

Green Street Readies for Dolby Atmos
Composer, sound designer and dialogue director Rob King has readied his Green Street Studios facility for immersive sound projects, expanding his stereo Genelec monitor system to 7.1.4.

SMPTE and IABM Share Knowledge
SMPTE and IABM are collaborating to share knowledge and expertise, initially to allow members of each organization to take advantage of the other’s training courses at discounted rates.

DAP Upgrades for Immersive Projects
Dallas Audio Post recently upgraded its main mixing stage to handle Dolby Atmos projects, adding products from Meyer Sound and Avid.

Allen & Heath Avantis Digital Mixing Console
Allen & Heath Avantis Digital Mixing Console

Sound Innovations: Allen & Heath Avantis Console, by Daniel Gumble
Allen & Heath has completed its trilogy of 96 kHz digital mixing consoles with the launch of Avantis, a brand new desk based on the company’s XCVI FPGA engine.

AES Best of Show Award Winners
The Audio Engineering Society Convention always draws crowds and experts to explore important technologies and trends, but this year saw a slew of intriguing product introductions as well. Here’s what caught our eye on the show floor.

Reviews: What to Get a Sound Pro for the Holidays, by Russ Long

Real-World Review: Eventide Instant Phaser and Instant Flanger MkII, by Mike Dwyer
Recordist Mike Dwyer puts Eventide’s Instant Phaser and Instant Flanger MkII emulation plug-ins to the test.

 

Studio Products

Sound Reinforcement Products

David Byrne’s American Utopia
David Byrne leads an ever-moving band of musicians through an engrossing concert experience with American Utopia, aided by dozens of Shure Axient Digital wireless systems.

Bringing David Byrne’s American Utopia Tour to Broadway, by Clive Young
David Byrne’s American Utopia tour is playing the Great White Way through February, featuring a massive band that remains entirely mobile throughout the performance thanks to a feat of RF wizardry.

International Resolution Benefits RF Mic Users, by Joe Ciaudelli
Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser’s director of spectrum affairs, was recently a member of the U.S. State Department delegation to the international Radiocommunication Assembly. The delegation led an effort to enact Resolution ITU-R 59—international legislation that could prove beneficial to wireless microphone operations. Here, Ciaudelli explains the process and significance of the resolution.

Kacey Musgraves used a wireless Shure Axient Digital wireless mic system outfitted with a Telefunken M81capsule nightly on her recent year-long world tour. Photo: Catherine Powell
Kacey Musgraves used a wireless Shure Axient Digital wireless mic system outfitted with a Telefunken M81 capsule nightly on her recent year-long world tour. Photo: Catherine Powell

Live Sound Showcase: Kacey Musgraves, by Jim Beaugez
Album of the Year Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves began her world tour in October 2018 as an opening act and finished it 13 months later as an arena headliner. Engineers Travis Bing (FOH) and Dalton VanVolkenburgh (monitors) recount the journey.

Technotrix Rolls into Riot Fest 2019
Chicago’s perennially popular Riot Fest marked its 15 anniversary this year, fielding acts ranging from Slayer to The Village People. Tackling sound duties at four stages throughout Douglas Park was audio provider Technotrix.

Audio Biz Steps into Irish Fest
The indie rep firm fielded a preshow/demo suite to ensure visiting engineers were up to speed on FOH and monitor consoles at the massive event.

Capaldi Takes FE-Live Around the World
Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has been touring the world this year on the back of a hit album—a journey that included a UK string of arena dates, all of which sold out. Bringing some of the fruits of that success back home, Capaldi hit the road with Glasgow-based SR company FE-Live.

Jim Yakabuski at the SSL Live L500 console used for Peter Frampton’s final tour.

Mixing Peter Frampton’s Final Tour
A mainstay of rock radio since the 1970s, Peter Frampton recently concluded his performance career with an arena-packing last run, dubbed Peter Frampton Finale – The Farewell Tour. Along for the ride to mix house nightly was FOH engineer Jim Yakabuski, who oversaw a SSL Live L550 desk at each stop.

New P.A. Helps Get HOW Move-In Ready
Christ the King Anglican Church recently moved into an existing church building in Hoover, Alabama, and renovated the facility in the process. Aiding that effort, MediaMerge of Birmingham designed and installed a Dante-enabled sound system in the sanctuary.

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

From the Editor: Follow Podcasting’s Path—or Blaze It Yourself, by Clive Young
So how do you break into podcasting, record a great series and get a massive following? That’s a question we’ve been mulling a lot recently at Pro Sound News, as we’ve been curating a day of top podcast professionals who will discuss those topics and more at The Video Show, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4–5, 2019.

AES president Nadja Wassaskovits records a podcast at AES in the Focusrite booth. John Staley

Software Tech: AES Returns to Its Roots, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton looks at the changing trends of the annual AES Convention.

View from the Top: Tom Sumner, Yamaha, by Steve Harvey
Tom Sumner, president of Yamaha Corp. of America, shares how the company has thrived through good times and bad, and why it’s not afraid to Make Waves.

60 Seconds with Phil Wagner, Solid State Logic
Get to know Phil Wagner, senior vice president of Solid State Logic Inc. (U.S.).

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for November 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Neutrik USA, Renkus-Heinz, QSC, d&b audiotechnik, Clear-Com, NTP Technology and dbTechnologies.

The Aha Moment: Make It Easy!, by Peter Janis
Former CEO of Radial Engineering Peter Janis explores why companies have to make life easy for the client, even if it’s hard to do.

Rose Mann-Cherney and Ed Cherney METAlliance

The METAlliance Report: Ed Cherney (1950-2019): Someone Truly Special
METAlliance co-founder Elliot Scheiner pays tribute to his friend, recording legend Ed Cherney, who passed away in October. 

 

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