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Pro Sound News Online Index: March 2021

Read stories from the March 2021 issue of Pro Sound News.

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Worshiping Together While Apart, by Mary Bakija

Houses of worship are using a variety of pro audio technologies for in-person services, livestreaming, recording and more to bring their messages of faith to the masses. Manufacturers have responded by creating the advanced yet accessible tools they need. How has COVID changed HOWs’ adoption of tech, and what will happen in the wake of the pandemic?

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Pro Audio Legend Rupert Neve Passes at 94, by Clive Young
Legendary designer Rupert Neve died Feb. 12, leaving behind a monumental legacy of equipment used in every corner of pro audio.

Elliot Mazer, Noted Producer/Engineer, Dead at 79, by Clive Young
Legendary producer/engineer Elliot Mazer, best known for his work with Neil Young, Janis Joplin and others, died of a heart attack in his San Francisco home on Feb 7.

Shure Petitions FCC for Dedicated Wireless Mic Channel
Shure has petitioned the FCC to ensure a dedicated “vacant” 6 MHz UHF channel is available in each market for wireless microphone use.

Sweetwater Revenues Roll Past $1 Billion, by Steve Harvey
In 2020, Sweetwater served more than 1.5 million customers, taking annual revenues past $1 billion for the first time in the company’s 42-year history.

Meyer Moves Into Warsaw’s ROMA
A mainstay of Warsaw’s live music and theater scene, Teatr Muzyczny ROMA has netted a new Meyer Sound LINA system.

Ortofon, Phonocut Team for Vinyl Recorder
Danish turntable cartridge company Ortofon has teamed up with startup Phonocut on the development of the latter’s vinyl recorder.

Turtle Beach Acquires Neat Microphones
Gaming accessory company Turtle Beach takes aim at the microphone and podcast markets by netting Neat.

Native Instruments Nets New Partners
A majority of shares in Native Instruments have been purchased by tech investment firm Francisco Partners.

Bryston Acquired by Management, Colquhoun Audio
Audio electronics and loudspeaker manufacturer Bryston has been acquired by longtime VP James Tanner in partnership with Colquhoun Audio.

The Wonderly of It All, by Steve Harvey
You’ve heard the work of alt-folk/soundtrack mavens Wonderly; now the duo is releasing two collections about the “Pacific Northweird.”

Studio Showcase: San Juan Sound Supports Diverse Local Scene, by Steve Harvey
Matteo Burr, drummer and founding member of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, fell in love with San Juan, Puerto Rico, and before long, he envisioned opening a new recording facility to support the diverse local scene. Three years, two hurricanes and 50 guitars later, it’s happened.

Iron Mountain Expands Music Archiving Services, by Steve Harvey
There’s more to modern music archiving than preserving tapes, as IMES’s Rory Kaplan explains.

Tracks – March 2021
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind five new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

New Record Adds New SSL
Rubin Nizriis positioning his New Record Studios facility for the next stage in its growth with the installation of a 32-channel Solid State Logic Origin analog in-line mixing console.

Smith Builds Out with Neve
Cuban-American recording artist Mike Smith, who is also a co-executive producer and main judge on BET’s One Shot competition series, recently overhauled his studio in Charlotte, NC, and installed a Neve 8424 console.

Recording Takes Queen’s Gambit
Sound mixer Roland Winke’s recording rig helped immerse viewers in the world of chess for the Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit.

Rivera Talks Collaboration, by Steve Harvey
The Queen’s Gambit composer Carlos Rafael Rivera’s first musical collaboration with Scott Frank was teaching the writer/director how to play guitar.

Top Cinema Sound Teams Talk Up Audio Efforts, by Steve Harvey
Audio pros behind the films Mank, Sound of Metal, and Judas and the Black Messiah share how they answered the challenges of their productions.

Rarified Heir Prepares, by Jim Beaugez
With season one of the burgeoning podcast recorded pre-pandemic, Rarified Heir faces a major workflow challenge for season two.

Drop Ship Audio Adds Calrec
A Calrec Artemis Beam console is being used on a popular reality show in its fourth season, installed in a studio with a major U.S. network.

Shure Unmasked on Fox
Panelists are sporting Shure headset microphones on the Fox TV series The Masked Dancer and The Masked Singer.

Endless Noise Library Launches
Music and sound design company Endless Noise has launched the Endless Noise Music Library with a strategic partnership with SoundCloud to provide a uniquely curated compilation of artists from their vast platform.

Festival Returns for Summer Down Under
South Australia’s Summer Sounds Festival presented 18 shows over four weeks for 2,100 fans each night, all the while meeting pandemic protocols.

Cornerstone Church Reaches Out
Cornerstone Church recently upgraded its sound reinforcement system with a new audio system based around loudspeakers from DAS Audio

Packing the House with P.A.
To retain the sense of aural intimacy brought on by livestreaming services, the House is ready for congregants to return, having added a new Adamson P.A.

Good Shepherd Rounds Up New Gear
Good Shepherd Church in Bokjeong-dong, South Korea, recently added an Allen & Heath Avantis console and ME-1 mixers to its audio setup.

VUE on the Move
VUE Audiotechnik has made a number of major organizational changes under owner Michael von Keitz with the turn of the year.

Stillery Stuck on EAW
The Stillery, a restaurant/venue in Chandler, AZ, is sporting an EAW RSX P.A. system paired with a Midas M32 digital console.

Real-World Review: Repairing Spoken-Word Recordings with iZotope RX 8 Advanced, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione explains how he repairs spoken-word recordings with iZotope Rx 8 Advanced in this real-world review.

Real-World Review: SSL VHD 500 Series Microphone Preamp, by Rob Tavaglione
PSN put the VHD 500 Series Microphone Preamp through the paces and found it provides users with an affordable way to achieve that classic SSL sound.

Innovations: Audix TM2 Integrated Acoustic Coupler for In-Ear Monitors, by Carl Sundberg
Audix’s Carl Sundberg explains how the new Audix TM2 can help engineers test IEM performance on the road without using lab gear.

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From the Editor: Getting Ready for “Normal” to Return, by Clive Young

(The METAlliance Report) Ed Cherney: Recalling an Engineering Great, by Steve Harvey
As the late engineer Ed Cherney is honored by the Grammys this weekend with a posthumous Trustee Award, his fellow METAlliance members look back with fondness at their friend’s legacy.

The Mix Consultancy: The Four (and a Half) Jobs in a Studio, by Dom Morley
Grammy Award-winner Dom Morley takes us through the variety of jobs in a modern studio and the responsibilities they entail.

Sounding Board: How to Network Effectively Without Audio Trade Shows, by Mike Dias
Real networking opportunities happen every day, all year, independent of time, space or location. Here’s how you can make them happen for you.

View from the Top: Richard Factor, Eventide Audio, by Tamara Starr
Richard Factor, Eventide Audio co-founder and board chairman, describes the push for diversification and the sense of individual responsibility at the company that keeps progress on track.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for March 2021
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at PK Sound, Empirical Labs, Dirac, ULTRASONE, Digigram, Audix, Renkus-Heinz, and the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA).

60 Seconds with Michael Palmer, Eastern Acoustic Works
Get to know Michael Palmer, director of U.S. sales at Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).

Music Etc. – Jim Keller, By No Means, by Steve Harvey
Jim Keller’s latest album, By No Means, is his first solo project in seven years, but the co-founder of power-pop band Tommy Tutone has not been slacking.