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Special Report: Immersive Audio for Music In Play? by Steve Harvey
Immersive audio for film and TV has long been ruled by a few key players, but a number of startups are approaching immersive music in new ways, including Audible Reality, Sana360 and Orbital Audio, the latter co-developed by Grammy-winning artist/producer Ricky Martin.
Genelec Opens U.S. Experience Center
Genelec has built a new experience center serving as a mix room, a theater and a research and test center at the company’s U.S. Headquarters.
Sound Particles Awarded Epic MegaGrant
Audio software developer Sound Particles has been awarded $50,000 as part of the Epic MegaGrant program created by Epic Games.
Audio-Technica’s Phil Cajka Sets Retirement
Audio-Technica U.S. president/CEO Phil Cajka has announced his pending retirement March 31, 2021, after being with the organization since 1981.
72nd Engineering Emmy Awards Winners Announced, by Clive Young
This year’s Engineering Emmy Awards will honor a variety of individuals, companies and organizations, including two audio-oriented winners, when they’re held later this month.
JIExpo Theater Jumps with Meyer
The 2,500-capacity JIExpo Theatre in Jakarta recently opened and put its Meyer Sound Constellation system to the test with a concert by Yo-Yo Ma.
Osaka Onken Adds Adamson S-Series
Longtime Japanese audio provider Osaka Onken has taken delivery of a sizable Adamson S-Series system.
AVkraft Augments Audio in India’s Sacred Heart Forane Church
Mathew George, founder and owner of systems integrator AVkraft, designed a new QSC-based audio system for India’s Sacred Heart Forane Church.
SSL Reveals Easter Egg Hidden in Fusion
Solid State Logic has revealed an Easter Egg—a “new” capability that has been hidden inside every Fusion outboard processor for the last two years.
Zappa Engineer/Audio Exec Mark Pinske Dead at 70, by Clive Young
Across five decades, Mark Pinske was a renowned audio executive, studio owner and live sound engineer, most notably for Frank Zappa, as well as David Lee Roth, Bobby Brown, B.B. King and others.
BAE Audio Founder Cameron “Brent” Averill, 1949–2020, by Clive Young
Cameron “Brent” Averill, founder of BAE Audio, died in August at the age of 71.
Mark Brunner, Shure Executive, Passes, by Clive Young
A veteran of the pro audio industry for more than 30 years, Shure mainstay Mark Brunner died Oct. 1 of undisclosed causes.
David Croxton, KV2 Sales Director, Dead at 59
Industry veteran David Croxton, sales director of KV2, has died due to a fatal accident. He was 59.
Recording Roddy Ricch for Round Two, by Keith Nelson
Platinum-selling artist Roddy Ricch’s highly anticipated sophomore album is coming out any second. Album engineer Chris Dennis breaks down the production process that has kept the rapper recording throughout the pandemic.
Studio Showcase: Fever Recording Runs Hot, by Steve Harvey
When Clear Lake Recording in North Hollywood, CA, found itself bursting at the seams with work, owner Eric Milos purchased and renovated a nearby facility to create Fever Recording, a cool studio with a boutique hotel vibe.
Tracks – November 2020
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.
Elk Rolls Out Real-Time Remote Performance, by Steve Harvey
For decades, musicians have dreamed of being able to play remotely with others without latency. Now Swedish developer Elk is debuting Aloha, which it says allows users to play together in real time. CEO Michele Benincaso discusses the technology’s development.
LemonTree Networks with RedNet
A second LemonTree Studios has opened in L.A. with 12 control rooms and a live room, all networked with Dante and Focusrite RedNet interfaces.
Mike Elizondo Moves in with Genelec
Grammy-winning producer Mike Elizondo’s new Nashville facility sports Genelec Studio Monitors.
Going Head to Sneakerheads, by Steve Harvey
Netflix’s hot new comedy series Sneakerheads has a head-spinning hip-hop/ trap score. Composer Haim Mazar discusses his tech, inspiration and process.
Creative Editing: The Key to Conan O’Brien’s Podcast, by Jim Beaugez
A variety of audio editing tricks help audio producer Matt Gourley ensure that the laughs keep coming on the top-rated Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast.
Mix Sound For Film Event a Virtual Hit, by Steve Harvey
The annual Mix Sound for Film & TV event moved online this year, successfully recreating the physical experience with nary a glitch during its two-day premiere.
Podcast Audio Compression—How and Why with Eric Krasno Plus One, by Jim Beaugez
Eric Krasno Plus One producer Matt Dwyer shares how he approaches using compression and limiting to improve the podcast’s audio mix: “People are listening to these things in their car, in the gym, and you want to serve the conversation rather than focus on an audiophile experience.”
BNY Follows Politics from Meyer Sound Studio Monitors
BNY Productions has been monitoring through Meyer Sound Bluehorn System speakers in its production studio.
CAS to Honor Sound Mixer William B. Kaplan
Mixer William B. Kaplan’s career spans projects ranging from Animal House to Back to the Future to Top Gun to Apple TV’s The Morning Show.
Riedel Pops into NBA Bubble
A massive Riedel Bolero wireless and Artist digital matrix intercom solution is being used inside the NBA Bubble.
Mixer Captures Great Performances with Lectrosonics
Production sound mixer Reid Mangan has been using Lectrosonics gear to record virtuoso violinist and conductor Scott Yoo, host of the PBS Great Performances series Now Hear This.
Reinventing Classroom Audio in Pandemic Times
Like many higher learning institutions, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, worked overtime this summer to accommodate remote learning during the fall semester.
Barry O’Hare, Legendary Jamaican Engineer, Dead at 56, by Clive Young
A mainstay of Jamaica’s recording and live sound scene for decades, engineer Barry O’Hare died from complications related to COVID-19 on Sept. 19.
Special Report: Houses of Worship
Pro Sound News looks at various recent audio installations in worship spaces around the world.
- Mosaic Church Moves to d&b
Nevada’s Mosaic Church fills its 1,100-capacity worship facility with high-energy live music via its new d&b audiotechnik A-Series system.
- Ste. Anne de Detroit Updates with ISP
The Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit was updated with a new custom ISP Technologies system installed by BC Pro Sound.
- 12Stone Church Turns to Royer
During the pandemic, streaming services is more important than ever, so 12Stone Church upped its miking game.
Hughie’s Adds to EAW Inventory
Hughie’s Event Production Services in Cleveland, OH recently updated its live sound inventory with the addition of EAW Anna and Otto loudspeakers.
Martin Audio Moves into Arco’s Centrale Caffe
Arco’s Centrale Caffe recently underwent a complete renovation, which included installing substantial numbers of Martin Audio loudspeakers.
Real-World Review: Dirac Live Room Calibration/Correction Software, by Rob Tavaglione
Purpose-built rooms with ideal acoustic treatments may not need room correction software, but all the rest do. Producer/studio owner Rob Tavaglione takes a look at the latest entrant in the field, Dirac Live, and finds it may be the best.
- Mackie EleMent Mics
- Lectrosonics DCHR Digital Receiver
- Zoom PodTrak P8 Podcast Studio
- beyerdynamic TG D70, TG 101 Microphones
- KEF LS50 Meta Speaker
Sound Reinforcement Products
- Radial Engineering PZ-Pro 2-Channel Acoustic Preamp
- Pure Resonance SD5 Ceiling Speaker Array
- L-Acoustics K3 System
- Extron SSP 200 Surround Processor
- Wharfedale Pro I Series Loudspeakers
Innovations: NTP Technologies Penta 721s-DNT, by Jan Lykke
It can be a challenge to match clocking and sample rates as Dante networks become bigger. NTP’s Penta 721s-DNT aims to solve that, says business development manager Jan Lykke.
From the Editor: The Future Is Now: Redesigning Pro Sound News, by Clive Young
We tell you about everything new in pro audio, so it was time for our monthly magazine to look as current as our content. Now Pro Sound News has been redesigned from top to bottom.
Sounding Board: Networking From Six Feet, by Mike Dias
Industry veteran Mike Dias debuts his audio career column, looking at how live sound pros can approach the toughest job of all: networking.
View from the Top: Blake Augsburger, LEA Professional
LEA Professional founder Blake Augsburger shares his vision for the company and its products.
60 Seconds with Zack Saltpeter, Mackie
Get to know Zack Saltpeter, national sales manager at Mackie.
People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for November 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Meyer Sound, iZotope, Iron Mountain and Solotech.
Music Etc. – Ace of Cups, by Steve Harvey
All-female band Ace of Cups played with rock legends in the 1960s, but never caught a break. Fifty years later, they’re making up for lost time.