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Tools for the Personal Studio, by Steve Harvey
2020 drove home recording to new heights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Top pro audio manufacturers weigh in with tips and gear suggestions to help beginners and pros alike make the most of their spaces.
Live Sound Company Affected by U.S. Capitol Riot, by Clive Young
Rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 stole and vandalized live sound equipment that Maryland Sound International had begun setting up for the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.
Gibson Acquires Mesa/Boogie, by Clive Young
Following years of selling off brands unrelated to its core focus of guitars, Gibson acquires amp manufacturer Mesa/Boogie.
Evertz Acquires Studer from Harman, by Clive Young
Canadian broadcast equipment company Evertz Technologies is purchasing the legacy recording/broadcast studio gear brand Studer from Harman Professional Solutions.
Grammys Special Merit Award Honorees Named
On Jan. 31, the Recording Academy Special Merit Awards will recognize a variety of pros and artists with its Trustee Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards and Technical Grammy Awards.
Capitol Studios Shutters Mastering Division, by Steve Harvey
Sweetwater, Music Tribe Now ‘Super Partners’
Music Tribe, parent company to Behringer, Midas, Turbosound, TC Electronic, TC Helicon, Bugera, Tannoy, Lake, Klark-Teknik, Lab.gruppen and others, has entered into a “super partner” arrangement with online MI/pro audio retailer Sweetwater.
Tackling COVID-19 Miking Issues
Faced with COVID restrictions, Euroconcerts changed its miking approach to capture live and recorded events.
Report Aims to Revive UK Live Music Industry, by Clive Young
In UK Music’s “Let The Music Play: Save Our Summer” report, the trade organization suggests how to help the live sector recover from pandemic setbacks.
Producer Jason Slater, Dead at 49, by Clive Young
Jason Slater, founding bassist of Third Eye Blind and producer for numerous acts including Queensrÿche, has died at the age of 49.
Producer Steve Brown, Dead at 65, by Clive Young
Steve Brown, producer/engineer behind hits by Freddie Mercury, Wham, The Cult, Manic Street Preachers and more, has died following a fall in December.
Live to Vinyl to Zoom, by Steve Harvey
Nashville’s analog-based Welcome to 1979 studio and mastering room has held an annual “Direct to Vinyl” recording summit for years, but the pandemic forced the facility to take the summit online this time around.
Studio Showcase: Gold Diggers Goes All In with Sony 360, by Steve Harvey
Two years after launching a nine-room production facility, music venue and boutique hotel complex Gold Diggers has unveiled a new studio outfitted exclusively for Sony 360 Reality Audio projects.
Mining Joe Meek’s Tea Chest Tapes, by Steve Harvey
Legendary UK producer Joe Meek left behind nearly 1,900 tapes when he committed suicide in the 1960s. After sitting in storage for 50-plus years, the “lost” tapes are being digitized in a mammoth 18-month project that has saved unheard early work by David Bowie, Ray Davies, Ritchie Blackmore, Marc Bolan, Steve Marriott, Gene Vincent and more.
Tracks – February 2021
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 5 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.
Audio Op-Ed: Socially Distanced Studio Production, by Brad Price
How can facilities use audio networking to provide the creative environment musicians need while maintaining safety guidelines?
SSL Looks to the Future in Atlanta
At the 5 Star Production Studios complex in Atlanta, Solid State Logic mixing consoles are used for work with Future and other artists.
Parfitt Creates with Patch
Flock Audio’s Patch System aids composer Neil Parfitt in accessing custom signal chains during production.
Blue South Brings BCM to ATL
Producer and musician Bill Jabr has installed a 16-channel Neve BCM 10/2 MkII mixing console as part of a major refurbishment of Studio A at his Blue South facility in Atlanta, GA.
Post Audio’s New Gambit, by Steve Harvey
Supervising sound editor and sound designer Wylie Stateman oversaw four teams working on the recent Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit.
Sound Rebels Builds Its Own Fort, by Steve Harvey
Re-recording mixer D.J. Lynch and supervising sound editor Rob McIntyre have 19 Emmys between them; now they’ve opened their own Sound Rebels facility in Burbank, CA’s media district.
Producing Rick Rubin’s Broken Record, by Jim Beaugez
Rick Rubin’s podcast has seen the music icon interview everyone from The Black Keys to producers like Dave Cobb. Shaping hours of raw material into a linear show is no simple task, however.
SMPTE Elects New President
SMPTE’s membership has elected Hans Hoffmann to serve as SMPTE president for the 2021–22 term.
StreamGuys Upgrades SGrecast
StreamGuys’ updated SGrecast 4.0 podcast management/livestream repurposing system includes a new UI, editing tools and more.
Meyer, Sony Team for Netflix Project
A new reference-level screening room and lab on the Netflix campus in Los Angeles has been developed around new cinema technologies from Meyer Sound and Sony.
Britannia Row at 45
Britannia Row Productions marked 45 years in live production this year. Here’s the whole story, from Pink Floyd to the Pandemic and beyond.
Clearwing’s Christmas Under the Stars
Clearwing Productions provided audio outdoors at 10 different locations for Christ’s Church of the Valley’s annual Christmas event.
Real-World Review: Solid State Logic Fusion Stereo Outboard Processor, by Salim Akram
The SSL Fusion Stereo Outboard Processor has turned a lot of heads since its introduction, offering a half-dozen tools for adding tonal character, weight and space to a mix bus or stereo stems—but how does it hold up in our Real-World Review?
Real-World Review: Shure Beta 91A Condenser Boundary Microphone, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/studio owner Rob Tavaglione recently got a new Shure Beta91A mic—so naturally he put it head-to-head against an original Beta91.
Real-World Review: BABY Audio Parallel Aggressor Plug-In, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione put the BABY Audio Parallel Aggressor Plug-In to the test and found it was a winner.
Real-World Review: Avid Pro Tools 2020.11’s New Features, by Rich Tozzoli
Avid’s new Pro Tools 2020.11 has a number of new, fresh features; producer/composer Rich Tozzoli shares how they work and fit into his daily workflow.
Innovations: Waves Nx Ocean Way Nashville Plug-In, by Oran Moked
Mixing on headphones? Waves’ new plug-in aims to bring the 360° acoustic image of Ocean Way Nashville control rooms to your favorite ’phones.
- TASCAM TM-70 Dynamic Broadcast Microphone
- Heritage Audio BritStrip
- Roland VERSELAB MV-1
- CAD Audio GXL1800SP Studio Pack
- Yamaha MSP3A Studio Monitor
Sound Reinforcement Products
- Renkus-Heinz SX/SA28 S Series Subwoofer
- 64 Audio Nio IEM
- Nexo P15 Loudspeaker
- Martin Audio CDD
- Yorkville Sound EXM Mobile Sub
From the Editor: The Specter of Phil Spector, by Clive Young
Legendary producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector died Jan. 16, 2021, of complications from COVID 19.
Sounding Board: Know Who to Know, by Mike Dias
Audio industry pro Mike Dias shares how to know who to know—and why that knowledge will help you get things done.
View from the Top: Cesar Gueikian, Gibson Brands, by Tamara Starr
Gibson guy Cesar Gueikian, CMO of Gibson Brands, reveals how KRK is finding its way.
People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for February 2021
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Symetrix, KV2 Audio, Calrec, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Rise Organization, L-Acoustics, and David Carroll Associates.
60 Seconds with Dana Ruzicka
Get to know Dana Ruzicka, senior vice president and general manager of audio and music solutions at Avid Technology.
Music Etc. – Lee Ritenour, Dreamcatcher, by Steve Harvey
Lee Ritenour lost 100 guitars, 40 amps and his studio to a fire; now he’s back with his first true solo album, Dreamcatcher.