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HOWs Plug into Digital Networking, by Steve Harvey
Houses of worship have become some of the most forward-thinking adopters of new technologies. Several recent HOW installations nationwide underline that fact as they take on the latest products and technologies in wired and wireless audio networking and distribution.
Engineer Gena Johnson Makes ACM History, by Steve Harvey
Gena Johnson is the first woman ever to receive an ACM Award nomination in the category of Audio Engineer of the Year.
Live Nation, Veeps Team for Livestreams
Live Nation Entertainment and Veeps, the livestream platform run by co-founders Joel and Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte, have started equipping over 60 concert venues across the United States to offer turnkey livestreaming.
Mark Brunner Scholarship Announced
An annual pro audio educational scholarship will honor the memory of the late Shure executive and founding PAMA member Mark Brunner.
Immersion Networks Raises the Curtain, by Steve Harvey
Immersion Networks, founded six years ago by former researchers from Apple and Bell Labs, has previewed its first commercially available product, mix³.
Pandemic Folk-Prog Goes Platinum, by Steve Harvey
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal recorded songs by French-Canadian prog band Harmonium during the pandemic; now the album’s gone Platinum.
Studio Showcase: No Fun Club, by Steve Harvey
Built over the course of five years, Winnipeg’s No Fun Club studios brings together new and vintage technologies inside an opulent facility built out of 300-year-old reclaimed barn wood.
Ghost-Engineering Meek Mill’s Quarantine Pack EP, by Keith Nelson Jr.
Platinum-selling rapper Meek Mill thrives recording in an in-person setting, but the pandemic made that impossible. His longtime engineer Anthony Cruz shares how they overcame the challenge, kept the energy up remotely and tracked the recent Quarantine Pack EP.
Tracks – May 2021
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind five new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.
Florida Studio Adds Symphonic Monitors
Miami Beach Recording Studios co-owner Pablo Reynoso had Symphonic Acoustics install a custom-built set of 2X8V monitors with matching 12-inch subs.
BerkleeNYC Networks with TSL
Diversified married TSL’s GTP-V1 virtual control processor and virtual panels into a solution that TSL has dubbed IP-Cross Connect at BerkleeNYC.
Audio Restored Digitizes for Good Time
UK-based audio restoration specialist Graham Joiner is using Prism Sound audio converters to digitize 233 analog master tapes for Good Time Records.
Capturing a Grammy Awards Show Like No Other, by Steve Harvey
The 63rd Grammy Awards telecast was very different due to the pandemic. For the veteran audio team behind the annual television event, that meant throwing away the old playbook and starting virtually from scratch.
Celebrating Bowie with a Landmark Livestream, by Steve Harvey
Kerry Brown went from opening a record store/studio at the start of 2020 to producing an all-star 24-hour livestream honoring David Bowie at the end.
MPSE Honors George Miller
In April, the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) presented George Miller with its Filmmaker Award, the organization’s highest honor.
ÉléphantMat Livestreams Immersive Performance
French electronic music producer ÉléphantMat, the alter-ego of artist, producer and engineer Mathieu Rossier, recently recorded and streamed a live two-hour spatialized performance piece from the Grand Palais in Paris.
Cincinnati’s Fountain Square Opens New Stage
ClearSound Design installs an L-Acoustics rig at Cincinnati’s new Fifth Third Center Stage.
Nick Cave Exhibition Gets Immersive
Australian rocker Nick Cave and his music are the subjects of Stranger than Kindness, an immersive exhibition at the Black Diamond museum in Copenhagen.
Mario Leccese, Live Sound Veteran, Passes at 60, by Clive Young
Veteran live sound pro Mario Leccese, director of operations for Solotech US, has died.
Harry Potter’s Spellbinding Sound
Sound designer Gareth Fry has been using d&b audiotechnik systems on live stage productions of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.
Kim Walker-Smith Returns to the Road
Front Porch Productions has been supplying the control package for Christian artist Kim Walker-Smith’s current series of four-date mini-tours.
HOW Reliant on Pliant
New Life Church moved to livestreaming services, and that meant finding a full-duplex intercom system to help improve the church’s livestream events.
Logic Systems Nabs PK System
Event production company Logic Systems has taken ownership of the first all-black PK Sound Trinity line array system.
DiTech Updates Church with DAS
First Baptist Church recently underwent an extensive facility upgrade to its sound reinforcement capabilities in order to reach all worshipers in its 1,200-seat sanctuary.
Innovations: Deluxe One Dub Remote Audio Cloud Recording, by Greg Taieb
Deluxe’s Greg Taieb explains why new enhancements mean that now remote recording solutions have extended their utility beyond the pandemic.
Real-World Review: JZ Microphones BB29 Condenser Mic, by Rob Tavaglione
Studio owner/engineer Rob Tavaglione puts the BB29 Condenser Mic from JZ Microphones through its paces and finds it’s a winner.
Real-World Review: SPL Marc One Monitoring and Recording Controller, by Fela Davis
Putting SPL’s latest offering to the test, reviewer Fela Davis discovers that “the SPL Marc One Monitoring and Recording Controller is a beast.”
Real-World Review: PreSonus Revelator USB Microphone, by Fela Davis
Recording engineer/podcaster Fela Davis takes on the Revelator, PreSonus’ latest venture into USB microphones, and discovers it handles content creation well.
Real-World Review: Audient Evo Start Recording Bundle, by Clive Young
With a name like “EVO Start Recording Bundle,” it’s clear that Audient’s new package is aimed squarely at podcasters, content creators, home recordists, voiceover artists and the like—but does it deliver?
- SSL Ultraviolet, SiX Channel 500 Series Modules
- Empirical Labs Arousor Rev 3 Plug-In
- Focal Alpha Evo Monitors
- TC Electronic System 6000 Native Plug-Ins
- PreSonus Studio One v5.2 DAW
Sound Reinforcement Products
- Peavey Electronics Aureus Mixer
- Celestion 32-Ohm AN2075 Compact Array Driver
- Studio Technologies 5422A Dante Audio Engine
- Renkus-Heinz CA/CX121M Stage Monitor
- PK Sound Trinity Install Line Array Element
As the U.S. gets vaccinated, concerts are starting to come back—but what’s it like to mix for 4,000 fans during a pandemic?
Sounding Board: Networking in Three Dimensions, by Mike Dias
For networking to be effective, you need a simple way to document, store, and access contact information, your notes and records of correspondence—a CRM.
View from the Top: Allen Sides, Ocean Way Audio, by Tamara Starr
Nearly 50 years, multiple legendary studios and more than 1,000 album credits after he began, Allen Sides is still in the audio business and building speakers as the CEO of Ocean Way Audio.
People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for May 2021
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Meyer Sound Europe, Apogee Electronics, Shure, PK Sound, DCR Nashville, The Hideout Recording Studio and Gibson Brands.
60 Seconds with Danny Olesh, Mackie
Get to know Danny Olesh, chief technical officer at Mackie.
Music Etc. – Kieran McGee, Broken Blossoms, by Steve Harvey
In late 2019, after 10 years away from music, inspiration suddenly struck Kieran McGee and two dozen songs poured out.