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Companies to Watch, by Clive Young
In our annual look at what’s in store for the year ahead, a variety of pro audio manufacturers assess their 2020 and share insights as to what you can expect from them—and the industry at large—over the next 12 months.
MixedByAli Acquires Former Death Row Records Studio, by Clive Young
Grammy-winning mix engineer Derek “MixedByAli” Ali has purchased the facility that created classic tracks by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and others.
Bruce Swedien, Legendary Engineer, Dead at 86, by Clive Young
A giant among recording engineers, Bruce Swedien died Nov. 16 at the age of 86. Renowned for recording Michael Jackson’s 66-million-selling Thriller album, Swedien worked with a who’s who of 20th century popular music.
AES 2020: An Online Hit
The Audio Engineering Society’s annual convocation vaulted online for a virtual show this year, and will go west to Las Vegas for its 2021 edition in October next year.
Shure Acquires Stem Audio
Shure expands its footprint in the conferencing audio ecosystem market with the acquisition of Stem Audio.
Alan Parsons Debuts Online Recording Course
The online course, based around Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording DVD series, goes live, adding new and updated content.
JAM Industries Acquires The Music People
Pro audio, MI, lighting and consumer electronics distributor Jam Industries has acquired Berlin, CT-based The Music People.
Floating the Audio of the World Rowing Championships
The audio needs at this year’s World Rowing Championships included live and streaming sound, eight commentary channels in multiple languages, wireless mics for the medal ceremonies and music playback—all handled on one console.
Shure Aids Andrea Bocelli Foundation
Shure has donated a substantial amount of hardware to the new Camerino Music Academy in Italy, built by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.
Monitor Moves Inspire the BossHoss
When the BossHoss reinvents pop hits into country-flavored tracks, it often reinvents its recording methods in the process.
Tour Beats the Pandemic with a Boat
Violet Road bought an 80-ton boat, turned it into a tour bus on water, added an Alcons P.A. and kept touring this past summer.
Coast Mastering Digs In, by Steve Harvey
Michael Romanowski suffered for his clients’ art, going without heat in his home for 18 months as he dug out 10 feet beneath his house to create the new home of Coast Mastering.
Saving the Dylan Archive, by Steve Harvey
More than 60 2-inch master tapes from the Bob Dylan Archive were slowly being ruined by adhesion syndrome. Iron Mountain’s Kelly Pribble shares how he meticulously preserved the tapes before they were irreparably destroyed.
Studio Showcase: Noise Nest, by Steve Harvey
Inspired by pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek’s now-defunct Fantasy Factory, producer/entrepreneur Nick Gross developed a small songwriting facility into Noise Nest, a sleek new studio complex in Hollywood.
Tracks – January 2021
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.
Louisiana Phil Streams Through Rupert Neve Preamps
Mischa Kachkachishvili used a remote setup of 32 channels of Rupert Neve Designs’ class-A RMP-D8 preamplifiers to record the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Garth Richardson Connects with Dante
After creating a Dante network throughout Farm Studios’ property, producer Garth Richardson can now record virtually anywhere on the seven-acre site.
Republic Records Installs SSL Origin Console
A new 32-channel Solid State Logic Origin analog in-line mixing console has been installed at Republic Records Studios in Los Angeles.
Capturing Anyway Stories, by Chris Reilly
New York City’s Anyway Café is cute, quirky and the subject of a new web series pilot where musical production mixes were tackled remotely by broadcast event mixers John Harris and Jody Elff.
Netflix Post Panel Encourages Women in Sound, by Steve Harvey
Netflix’s recent “Women in Sound” panel featured a panel of women working in post-production, dubbing and music sharing their experiences.
Fighting for Audio’s Seat at the Table
Audio technology helps the podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz explore how we experience sound in the modern world, aiming to “bring joy to sound itself.”
Bi-Level OB Truck Rolls with RTS
M&J doubles down on going up, creating the first vertically expanding broadcast truck.
Harris Mixes Remotely with Neumann
Grammy, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning broadcast and mix engineer John Harris has transitioned to a remote mixing environment.
Up Schitt’s Creek with Lectrosonics
Bryan Day, sound mixer for TV comedy series Schitt’s Creek, captured production dialogue with Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless Venue and Venue2 modular receivers, LR beltpack receivers, HMa plug-on transmitters and SSM micro transmitters.
Miking for Manipulation
Brian D’Oliveira, founder and creative director at La Hacienda Creative in Montreal, records the otherworldly sounds of his 900-plus unique instruments to produce award-winning work for films, TV and videogames using a matched pair of Sanken CUX-100K microphones.
Nu Deco Ensemble’s New Shows, by Steve Harvey
Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble returned to playing live shows in October, with precautions ranging from masks to Plexiglas to social distancing all in place.
SES on the Move, by Clive Young
Not even the pandemic could stop tour and event sound provider Special Event Services from opening its new 52,000-square-foot company headquarters in Mocksville, NC.
Audio Op-Ed: Untethering Live Music with 5G, by Leonard Lee
Technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expanding the possibilities for how we can drive live music innovation.
Mississippi Church Expands
Heritage Apostolic Church in Holly Springs, MS, built a new sanctuary for its growing congregation, opting for an open two-story space with tiered seating along the stairways on either side. Covering the entire space are 16 Fulcrum Acoustic FL283T dual 8-inch subcardioid modules in two separate arrays on either side of the altar.
Baseball-Themed Rigoletto Covers Bases, Audience
The Tulsa Opera recently took outdoor shows in a whole new direction when it performed a baseball-themed version of the Verdi opera Rigoletto at ONEOK Field, with the help of Axiom Audio and a sizable L-Acoustics Kara P.A.
John Hopkins, R.I.P.
John Hopkins, FOH engineer and tour manager, died of undisclosed causes Nov. 21 at the age of 50. A native of Oquawka, IL, Hopkins got his start in audio mixing at Gabe’s in Iowa City, IA, before going on to tour with doom metal and hard rock acts like Sleep, Corrosion of Conformity, Overkill, High on Fire, Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, Neurosis and one of his own all-time favorite acts, The Melvins.
Real-World Review: Apple Mac Pro Rack, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli shelled out $10K for an Apple Mac Pro Rack. Was it worth it?
Real-World Review: Austrian Audio Hi X50 and Hi-X55 Headphones, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/studio owner Rob Tavaglione puts Austrian Audio’s top headphone models—the Hi-X50 and Hi-X55—to the test to see how they fare against the pro-audio market … and each other.
Real-World Review: Sennheiser MD 435 and MD 445 Mics, by Fela Davis
Sennheiser’s new dynamic MD 435 and MD 445 handheld vocal microphones get put through the paces in a real-world review.
Innovations: Lauten Audio LS-308 Microphone, by Brian Loudenslager
Lauten Audio founder Brian Loudenslager explains how the company produced a microphone expressly designed for recording situations where isolation is essential but nearly impossible to achieve.
- Steinberg Nuendo 11
- Earthworks Audio ICON Microphones
- Scope Labs Periscope Microphone
- Waves CLA Epic Plug-In
- Blackmagic Design Fairlight Desktop Console
Sound Reinforcement Products
- Yamaha CL/QL Neutrik Mic Preamp Control
- EAW MKD1200 Series Installation Loudspeakers
- Audix TM2 Acoustic Coupler for IEMs
- Allen & Heath SQ MADI Option Card
- Yorkville Sound Synergy SA102, SA115S Loudspeakers
From the Editor: Bring on the ‘HITS’ in 2021, by Clive Young
The METAlliance Report: METAlliance Miking, by Frank Filipetti
Grammy-winning engineers Al Schmitt and Frank Filipetti compare opinions and practices on making the most of your mics.
Sounding Board: 5 Steps to Becoming a Skilled Networker, by Mike Dias
Audio industry pro Mike Dias breaks down five steps to becoming a skilled networker.
View from the Top: Ash Levitt, Heil Sound, by Tamara Starr
Ash Levitt, president of Heil Sound, shares how a career in academic research psychology helped prepare him to lead the legendary pro audio manufacturer.
60 Seconds with Tylene “Ty” Robinson
Get to know Tylene “Ty” Robinson, director of sales and marketing at Symetrix.
People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for January 2021
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Eastern Acoustic Works, AtlasIED, Full Compass, Focusrite Pro, Clear-Com, Advanced Systems Group and Renkus-Heinz.
Music Etc. – Goldfinger Never Look Back, by Steve Harvey
John “Feldy” Feldmann, leader of ska-punk heroes Goldfinger, shares how the band recorded its latest album, Never Look Back.