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Pro Sound News Online Index: May 2020

Read stories from the May 2020 issue of Pro Sound News

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How Pros Are Livestreaming During the Pandemic, by Clive Young
Take a deep dive into the technology and techniques that artists are using while livestreaming during the pandemic.

Audio Post Perseveres Despite Pandemic, by Steve Harvey
Despite the pandemic, some audio post providers like Goldcrest Post and Hobo Audio are soldiering on and envisioning what the industry will be like when it reopens.

Studio Showcase: Azmyth Changes with the Times, by Steve Harvey
Azmyth Recording Studios, a multiroom facility in Indianapolis that incorporates the Azmyth School of Music Technology, recently entered its 21st year of operation. That’s cause for celebration in any city, but perhaps even more so in Azmyth’s case because, as owner and chief engineer Ryan Adkins wryly observes, “Indianapolis is not really a destination recording town.”

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Upcoming Pro Audio Training Webinars, by Clive Young
Here’s a non-partisan, alphabetical rundown of educational pro-audio webinars coming up, provided by manufacturers across the industry.

Recording Academy Sets COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Recording Academy/MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund will help musicians and touring pros whose livelihood has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Crew Nation to Aid Pros
Live Nation has co-founded the Crew Nation fund to provide financial aid to concert production professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ardian Completes Audiotonix Acquisition
Ardian’s deal to purchase a majority stake in pro audio console conglomerate Audiotonix has been completed.

Roadie Rescue to Aid Pros Who’ve Lost Gigs
Clair Global, Event Safety Alliance, Take1 and others team for GoFundMe campaign to benefit freelance production professionals.

Stoner Leaves Studio Suite
Twenty-three years after launching studio management software Studio Suite, creator Joel Stoner moves on.

Summer NAMM Cancelled, TEC Award Nominations Rescheduled, by Clive Young
With Summer NAMM cancelled, the TEC Awards’ nominees announcement has been moved and the Music City Center is readying to become a hospital.

NAB Show Replaced by New Offerings, by Steve Harvey
The 2020 NAB Show will be replaced by NAB Show Express, a “digital experience,” and an enhanced annual NAB Show New York in October 2020.

AVIXA to Hold InfoComm 2020 Virtually
InfoComm, AVIXA’s annual convention for the pro AV industry, is moving online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Called InfoComm Connected, the event will take place June 16–18.

Clair Global Jumps Into Community Disaster Relief Effort
Live sound powerhouse Clair Global is helping create temporary disaster relief structures for use during the coronavirus outbreak.

Eddie Kramer to Star in Rock Documentary, by Clive Young
Legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer will be the focus of an upcoming documentary, From the Other Side of the Glass.

National Recording Registry Adds Inductees
What do Mr. Rogers, Dr. Dre and the Village People have in common? They were inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in March.

Mixing a Virtual Orchestra for a Viral Smash, by Katie Makal
In an effort to bring her community together during the coronavirus crisis, Shelbie Rassler had the idea of recording the Bacharach/Hal David song “What the World Needs Now Is Love” with her friends. The clips that make up the collaborative video were recorded by more than 70 musicians and artists from their homes across the country. With audio mixing assistance from Dan Santiago, Rassler edited, arranged and produced a video that provides some inspiration in this time of uncertainty.

AES Vienna Convention to Move Online
The Audio Engineering Society’s annual European convention, set to take place in Vienna, Austria, May 25–28, has been partially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wild Rice Theater Grows with Clear-Com
Singapore performance group Wild Rice has created its own theater, with intercoms handled by Clear-Com systems.

Kensington Enters Ziggo Dome with TiMax
Dutch band Kensington recent arena shows were bolstered by immersive sound provided through a TiMax SoundHub.

Outline Outfits New Clark City Stadium
The 20,000-capacity New Clark City Athletics Stadium in the Philippines was recently outfitted with a new Outline Stadia P.A. system.

Andrea Bocelli’s Engineer Talks Coronavirus, by Clive Young
Speaking from Florence, Andrea Taglia, FOH engineer for opera superstar Andrea Bocelli, discusses the novel coronavirus from the vantage point of Italy.

Stage Tec Upgrades Swiss Parliament
Stage Tec has upgraded the parliament building in Bern, Switzerland, supplying consoles, a router and network as part of a modernization project.

Chicano Batman Reinvents Its Sound at Barefoot Recording, by Steve Harvey
Eleven years into its career, Chicano Batman entered L.A.’s Barefoot Recording determined to reinvent its vintage R&B-soul-funk-psychedelic-Tropicália-lounge groove with the help of producer Leon Michels and mixer Shawn Everett.

Dirac Moves into Control Room Correction, by Steve Harvey
Dirac threw its hat into the control room correction ring at NAMM 2020, launching a version of its Dirac Live product intended for the pro audio market.

Studio Showcase: Azmyth Changes with the Times, by Steve Harvey
Azmyth Recording Studios, a multiroom facility in Indianapolis that incorporates the Azmyth School of Music Technology, recently entered its 21st year of operation. That’s cause for celebration in any city, but perhaps even more so in Azmyth’s case because, as owner and chief engineer Ryan Adkins wryly observes, “Indianapolis is not really a destination recording town.”

Tracks – May 2020
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

Little Days Captures Pop & Tacos with Mojave Mic
Gov’t Mule side-project Little Days captured its retro pop album Pop & Tacos with a Mojave MA-200 in a variety of uses.

Genelec Influences Influencers
PNDA Studios caters to internet influencers with a sound—and look—that matches their aesthetic.

Syracuse U Networks with Rupert Neve Designs
Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music is using modern networking to provide recording capabilities across the entire campus.

Thirion Shares Tips for Costume Miking
David Thirion, a nearly 20-year veteran of production sound, shares thoughts on costume miking with DPA mics

Post Audio Looks Home, Away Despite Pandemic, by Steve Harvey
Whether it’s actors building voiceover booths at home or Foley specialists figuring out how to keep going until non-essential businesses can reopen, the audio post community is doing its best to navigate the pandemic.

NBC News Audio Tech Larry Edgeworth Dies of COVID-19, by Steve Harvey
Larry Edgeworth, a 25-year veteran of NBC News who worked out of the network’s Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in Manhattan, died on Thursday, March 19, from complications brought about by the coronavirus

New NBCU Complex Anchored by Five SSL System T Desks
The newly opened $125 million NBCUniversal Boston Media Center sports six studios and five SSL System T consoles.

NEP Updates OB Truck Monitors
With two new trucks sporting TSL MPA1 units, NEP’s U.S. Broadcast Services team plans for more trucks across its fleet to include them.

Russian TV Network Installs 30 Calrec Consoles
All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) is completing the installation of 30 Calrec Brio36 audio consoles into its studios.

Lawo Disrupts COVID-19’s Disruption
Lawo developed a new method to conduct a remote factory acceptance test (FAT) of new radio systems at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp.

CNN’s Daily Coronavirus Podcast Beats Challenges, by Jim Beaugez
Working from separate home studios, CNN Audio and Dr. Sanjay Gupta create bite-sized content every weekday for the Coronavirus: Fact or Fiction podcast.

Producing Rolling Stone’s Podcast During a Pandemic, by Jim Beaugez
Currently sheltered in their homes, Rolling Stone’s podcast team improvises to keep the content coming.

Wrongful Conviction Adapts to Life on the Inside, by Jim Beaugez
We’re all experiencing social isolation, but for this podcast team, changing how it produces the show is only part of the experience.

Sound Innovations: Genelec W371A Adaptive Woofer System, by Will Eggleston
As the world of audio production continues to evolve, with work happening in increasingly smaller spaces, the Genelec W371A Adaptive Woofer System goes in a new direction, aiming to provide large main-monitor performance in a freestanding package.

Real-World Reviews from the Seventh Annual St. John Recording Retreat, Part One, by Rich Tozzoli, Mike Dwyer and Bruce MacPherson
Every year, reality TV composer/PSN reviewer Rich Tozzoli teams up with fellow composers to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands with suitcases of compact recording gear in tow. Taking over a house for two weeks, they lay down TV tracks in paradise while also reviewing the gear. Find out how some of this equipment fared.

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Live Sound Pro Joe McGrath Survives COVID-19, by Clive Young
Live sound pro Joe McGrath watched $30,000 in gigs vanish from his schedule this spring, but that was nothing compared to the near-death experience he had as one of the first audio pros to contract COVID-19 on the job. 

On the Road with Jason Aldean
Until the coronavirus pandemic derailed the spring touring season, country star Jason Aldean was packing arenas nightly with help from Nashville’s Spectrum Sound.

Live Sound Showcase: To Kill A Mockingbird at MSG
To Kill a Mockingbird, playwright Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel, is a Broadway hit, but a recent one-off performance for 18,000 students inside New York’s Madison Square Garden took the play—and the technical challenges faced by its audio crew—to a whole new level.

Clear-Com Visits UNT for Wireless Training
Clear-Com recently visited the University of North Texas (UNT) to co-host an educational session on the basic principles of wireless intercom technologies and applications.

Church of Living Water Undergoes Audio Update
Olympia, Washington’s Church of Living Water recently undertook an effort to upgrade its audio for its congregation, including installing two Allen & Heath dLive desks.

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix on Mics, Quarantine
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix muses about his favorite live mic and the unexpected benefits of quarantine times.

Omaha Arena Updates Aging Audio System
Omaha’s 18,300-seat CHI Health Center arena recently underwent a massive audio upgrade centered around Leopard line arrays from Meyer Sound.

Waves eMotion LV1 Goes on Tour with Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator’s monitors are mixed nightly on a low-key, lightweight Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer.

From the Editor: When Will the Gigs Come Back?, by Clive Young
The segment of pro audio most visibly hit by the pandemic has been the sound reinforcement industry, with thousands of live sound pros out of work overnight, with no gigs ahead for the foreseeable future due to tours put on pause, shuttered venues and bans on large gatherings.

Software Tech: Livestreaming in the Age of Pandemic, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton shares insights and advice for livestreaming during the pandemic.

METAlliance Report: METAlliance on Lockdown, by Chuck Ainlay
Just like all recording engineers ever, the multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning members of the METAlliance have said, “If I had the free time, I’d….” And now they have the time. From embracing high-res audio to building a new mix room to starting an immersive committee for the Recording Academy, here’s how five recording legends are putting their time to good use.

View from the Top: Martin Seidl, CEO, Austrian Audio, by Clive Young
When a 2017 global reorganization left Vienna-based employees of AKG laid off, Martin Seidl saw an opportunity to keep the team together and create something new in the form of Austrian Audio.

60 Seconds with Jonathan “JP” Parker of Danley Sound Labs
Get to know Jonathan “JP” Parker, director of global sales and marketing at Danley Sound Labs.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for May 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Group One Ltd., Meyer Sound, DHD Audio, MSE Audio, Clear-Com, beyerdynamic and Lectrosonics.

The Aha Moment: Settling Supply Chain Issues, by Peter Janis
Former Radial Engineering CEO Peter Janis shares hard-earned lessons on settling supply chain issues.

Music, Etc.: Lara Downes, Some of These Days, by Steve Harvey
Pianist Lara Downes shares insights about recording her new album, which mixes interpretations of revered freedom songs with pieces by celebrated early 20th century African American women composers.