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Gear of the Year 2020, by Clive Young
Think the pandemic brought pro audio to a standstill in 2020? Think again! Amazing audio equipment was released every month, and we’re taking a look back at some of the most significant product debuts, updates and reinventions of the year.
Explosion Destroys Virginia Studio, by Steve Harvey
A massive explosion rocked a shopping mall in Harrisonburg, VA, on Oct. 17, destroying a number of businesses in the ensuing fire, including Blue Sprocket Sound recording studio.
AKM Factory Fire: A Pro Audio Industry Disaster, by Clive Young
An 82-hour fire in AKM’s Chinese semiconductor factory is already hurting numerous top pro audio manufacturers around the globe, potentially stopping the production of top equipment for months.
AKM Fire Fallout: What’s Pro Audio’s Next Move? by Clive Young
Two weeks after a three-day fire ravaged AKM’s DAC/ADC factory, the pro audio industry must decide its next move.
Police Nab Suspects in Idaho Studio Heist, by Clive Young
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a November 1 burglary of $35,000 in gear and instruments from Audio Lab Recording Studio in Garden City, ID.
Clair Global Co-Develops Virtual Crowd for Events
The new interactive streaming technology Virtual Crowd is a collaboration between Fireplay, PRG, and Clair Global.
Legendary Engineer Don Hahn, Dead at 81, by Clive Young
Don Hahn, whose engineering work could be heard on everything from “We Are the World” to Star Trek, died Oct. 10 at the age of 81.
Live Nation Debuts Black Tour Directory
Aiming to foster greater inclusivity in production roles on tours and events, Live Nation Urban has developed The Black Tour Directory.
Cinema Sound Credit Petition Launched
The CAS, MPSE and AMPS have launched a petition as the next step in their Sound Credit Initiative to gain parity in movie credit positioning.
Get 4.75 CTS RUs at AV Network Nation
AV Network Nation, taking place virtually on December 10, will allow CTS, CTS-D, and CTS-I holders to earn AVIXA Renewal Units (RUs).
COVID Concert Experiment Shares Results, by Steve Harvey
According to the results of an experiment in Germany, indoor sports and cultural events including music concerts could return soon—under the right conditions.
Game Publisher Outfits 5.1.4 Lab
5.1 games are increasingly common, but Shenzhen Leiting Digital is already looking at the next step as it develops the titles of tomorrow.
Vietnam Airport Upgrades Audio
Vietnam’s Van Don International Airport recently installed a large-scale Harman Professional airport sound solution.
Shure Invests in Wavemark
The move finds Shure bolstering its focus on Broadcast, Theatre and Content Streaming applications.
Salzburg’s OVAL Lands L-ISA
Salzburg’s mall-based venue The OVAL recently added a L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.
Boutin Barrels Through the Pandemic, by Steve Harvey
How did Grammy-winning engineer Paul Boutin get where he is today? Despite what he humbly says, it’s not just luck.
Louis Bell Breaks Out, by Steve Harvey
Named Variety’s Producer of the Year, Louis Bell has been killing it, creating hits with Post Malone, Halsey, the Jonas Brothers and more. Now the go-to producer, engineer and co-writer reveals his streamlined workflow, talks about working out of Electric Feel Studio and more.
Studio Showcase: Citizen Vinyl, by Steve Harvey
A former newspaper printing plant/radio station has gotten a new lease on life as Citizen Vinyl—home to a recording studio, vinyl record pressing plant viewable by the public, mastering studio, café/bar, record store and performance facility.
Tracks – December 2020
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.
L.A. College of Music Revamps with SSL
Los Angeles College of Music finished renovating its Student Recording Studio with a new 32-channel Solid State Logic Origin console.
Steve Albini Gets Fuzz on Tape at United
Power trio Fuzz hit United Recording with recording legend Steve Albini just before lockdown for the group’s new collection, III.
Sony 360 VME—An Ace Up the Sleeve, by Steve Harvey
When the pandemic sent audio post pros home to work remotely, Sony used it as an opportunity to launch 360 VME, its virtual monitoring software.
Recording Robert Plant’s Digging Deep Podcast, by Jim Beaugez
Where does a rock legend record his podcast? Anywhere he wants to—and that includes the pub, crowded record stores and more. Co-host/producer Matt Everitt explains how he keeps it sounding cohesive.
Using Immersive Audio in Podcast Production
Vaudeville Sound takes an immersive approach to the Amazing War Stories podcast, taking listeners from the living room to the front lines.
Working Class Audio Podcast Tackles Realities of Recording Life, by Jim Beaugez
For more than 300 episodes, freelance engineer/former studio owner Matt Boudreau has explored the ups and downs of the recording life with his Working Class Audio podcast.
BNY Gets Political with Meyer Sound
BNY Productions has been monitoring through Meyer Sound Bluehorn System speakers in its production studio.
MixOne Streams with A&H
MixOne Sound recently delivered live broadcast mixes of Chaka Khan using an Allen & Heath dLive.
Game Creek Trucks Connect with Riedel
Game Creek Video has launched four new mobile units in the last year, with a fifth nearing completion, that all use Riedel Communications’ MediorNet FusioN IP gateway solutions.
Illegal Halloween Events Lead to Industry Scrutiny, by Clive Young
Numerous illegal largescale Halloween events were broken up by police around the country at the end of October, putting event organizers and production companies under scrutiny in their wake.
Live Sound Has Answers for Other Markets, by Graham Hendry
Half-formed hybrid plans due to COVID-19 are everywhere; live sound and AV can help make them whole.
d&b, Autograph Team for d&b Fanblock
Professional sports are back but sans fans, so d&b audiotechnik and Autograph have teamed up to fill stadiums with the sounds of ecstatic fanatics.
Void Rocks the Yacht
A Chicago-based, 20-person capacity, 56-foot luxury yacht now sports a club-worthy Void Acoustics sound system.
RCF Takes It Outside
Phoenix, AZ-based Arizona Sound Productions provided RCF loudspeakers and video production for a series of televised outdoor boxing matches.
Brooklyn Tabernacle Updates Audio
The Brooklyn Tabernacle recently updated its audio system after 20 years, ultimately opting for an EAW ADAPTive System.
The Pro Sound News Holiday Gift Guide 2020, by Russ Long
Producer/engineer Russ Long weighs in once again with his annual suggestions about what to get the most persnickety audio pros on your gift list this year.
Real-World Review: Avid Pro Tools Carbon Audio Interface
Producer/composer Rich Tozzoli has been putting Avid’s brand-new Pro Tools Carbon to the test and says it’s “a creative game-changer.”
Real-World Review: Mackie MP-360/460 In-Ear Monitors with MP-BTA Bluetooth Adapter, by Fela Davis
Recording pro Fela Davis puts two different models of Mackie IEMs — the MP-360 and the MP-460 — to the test in the studio, and comes away impressed.
Innovations: Celestion HornWizard App, by Ken Weller
When companies started asking Celestion for custom horns, the company responded with its new HornWizard software.
- Shure MV7 Hybrid XLR/USB Podcast Mic
- SPL Control One, Marc One Monitor Controllers
- Focusrite Pro Red 8Line
- MXL Revelation Mini FET Mic
- Rupert Neve Designs 5254 Compressor
Sound Reinforcement Products
- L-Acoustics and JH Audio Contour XO IEM
- Meyer Sound Spacemap Go App
- SoundTools WallCAT 8 Wall Plate
- Bose L1 Pro Portable P.A. Family
- RTS OMNEO Main Station
From the Editor: A P.S. for the PSN Gift Guide, by Clive Young
If you know a sound pro who’s been good this year (OK, as good as they could manage), here’s a few extra entries for your gift-giving perusal.
The Mix Consultancy: Are Modular Synths Useful to Mix Engineers? by Dom Morley
Modular synths are all the rage; Grammy-winning engineer Dom Morley looks at how they fit into mixing.
Sounding Board: Networking Works When You Know Your Part, by Mike Dias
Industry veteran Mike Dias explains why career networking works best when you know your part.
View from the Top: Ralf Oehl, CEO, Neumann, by Tamara Starr
Ralf Oehl, CEO of Neumann, shares how the legendary audio manufacturer honors its past while changing with the times.
60 Seconds with Preston Gray of Yamaha Corp. of America
Get to know Preston Gray, director of marketing for pro audio at Yamaha Corp. of America.
People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for December 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at DAS Audio of America, Meyer Sound, Sweetwater, Point Source Audio, Endless Noise, Holoplot, Vaudeville Sound Group and Shure.
Music Etc. – M.A.G.S. Moves Forward, by Steve Harvey
Elliott Douglas, aka M.A.G.S., talks pros and cons of self-recording, his stage name and more.