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Pro Sound News Online Index: October 2020

Read stories from the October 2020 issue of Pro Sound News.

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Live Sound Turns to Livestreaming, by Clive Young
When the pandemic scuttled touring, artists quickly moved to livestreaming—and then, seeing the results, production professionals moved into the field as well to give it a much-needed boost in quality.

AES 2020: Something for Everyone, Everywhere, by Steve Harvey
The Audio Engineering Society’s 149th Convention will be hosted virtually this year, and to accommodate the online format, the program is being expanded from four days to four weeks.

Tatz Helps DeMarcus Get a Grip, by Steve Harvey
Studio designer Carl Tatz has built multiple studios for Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus over the years. The Grip II, a two-room facility in the artist’s home, has been used to record three of the band’s albums and literally thousands of songwriter demos.

Benefit Album Inspires, Educates, by Steve Harvey
Rock legend Jackson Browne shares how he and a group of musicians and songwriters from four continents traveled to Haiti to record songs inspired by the Caribbean island nation while also helping to educate audio engineering students there.

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Clair Global Acquires Eighth Day Sound, by Clive Young
Clair Global has acquired Eighth Day Sound, bringing two of the largest tour sound companies in the U.S. under one roof.

Live Events Pros Declare ‘Red Alert,’ by Clive Young
On Sept. 1, more than 1,500 venues, famous buildings and homes across the United States were lit up in red in a national effort to raise awareness of the live events industry’s plight during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants ranged from venues like the Hollywood Bowl to iconic structures like the Empire State Building to industry players like Rock Lititz.

NAB Moves Spring Show to Fall of 2021, by Paul McLane
The National Association of Broadcasters has decided to move the 2021 NAB Show from April to October of next year.

Calrec Sound Institute Debuts Online
Calrec has launched the Calrec Sound Institute, a series of online certification training courses.

Educators Are in the Kitchen During COVID-19
Audio Test Kitchen reports that various audio institutions around the world are using the company’s mic performance comparison website as a teaching tool.

Focusrite Experiences Record Growth
Focusrite—parent company to Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, Ampify, ADAM Audio and Martin Audio—has had a very good year in spite of, and in some cases because of, the pandemic.

Purdue Researchers Reinvent the Guitar Pickup
Researchers at Purdue University have created a printed circuit board that acts as an electric guitar pickup—a concept they say will lead to more quickly produced and consistent pickups.

RIAA Releases Mid-Year Report
According to the mid-year report released by the RIAA, revenues for recorded music continued their upward trend in the U.S. during the first half of 2020.

Scientists Hold Concerts to Study COVID-19 Spread, by Steve Harvey
Researchers in Germany recently held three concerts in a single day to investigate how the coronavirus is likely transmitted in group settings. The team hopes to use the data gleaned from the event to create guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 and allow entertainment venues—as well as the artists and the service industries that support them—to safely restart.

WSDG Pitches In for Drive-In
WSDG aided the Magazzino Italian Art museum in Cold Spring, NY, this summer when the organization held outdoor film screenings.

Rolling Stones Exhibition Gets Atmos-Infused PMC Setup
The Rolling Stones – Unzipped museum exhibition will feature a PMC speaker system to present immersive concert footage.

Yi Sun-sin Stadium Updates with EV and Dynacord
Yi Sun-sin Stadium in Asan, South Korea, installed a sound system based around Electro-Voice loudspeakers powered and processed by amplifiers from Dynacord.

Meyer Sound Convenes at Adelaide Convention Centre
The Adelaide Convention Centre recently updated its audio systems with Meyer Sound systems.

Providing Socially Distanced Concert Sound in Belgium
The Studio 100 Pop-Up Theatre in Belgium usually hosts 2,000 spectators, but is now holding concerts for 200 spread across the same space.

Sixième Son Upgrades to Genelec 5.1 System
Global sonic branding agency Sixième Son recently upgraded the studio facilities at its headquarters in France to a 5.1 setup based around Genelec Smart Active Monitors.

Tatz Helps DeMarcus Get a Grip, by Steve Harvey
Studio designer Carl Tatz has built multiple studios for Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus over the years. The Grip II, a two-room facility in the artist’s home, has been used to record three of the band’s albums and literally thousands of songwriter demos.

Coldcut’s South African Jams Create Keleketla, by Steve Harvey
Pioneering UK DJ duo/multimedia artists Coldcut break down the challenges of recording their new album, Keleketla, across multiple studios in Africa and Europe, as well as working with a cast of dozens, including the late legendary drummer Tony Allen.

Studio Showcase: Mad Muse Studios, by Steve Harvey
There’s a method to their madness at L.A.’s Mad Muse Studio—an open-floor-plan studio that features a classic SSL console previously used by the likes of Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre and Eminem.

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

Studio Bonsai Sprouts from Focusrite Hub
Six-time Grammy-nominated record producer, engineer, mixer and remixer, songwriter and programmer Damian Taylor has built out a Dante-networked setup at Studio Bonsai, located at his home in L.A.’s Frogtown neighborhood, centered on Focusrite components.

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.

PMC’s Peter Thomas Provides UMG with Rare Elton John Recording, by Steve Harvey
Peter Thomas, owner and managing director of UK speaker manufacturer PMC, has supplied Universal Music Group (UMG) with a rare Elton John recording from his private collection that will be released as part of a special double album on Record Store Day.

Leland Sklar Tracks at Home with SSL Interface
Leland Sklar, who has recording credits on more than 2,000 album projects, never recorded at home until he recently got a Solid State Logic 2+ USB audio interface.

Creating Modern Family’s Modern Sound, by Steve Harvey
The audio team behind Modern Family was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award every year of the show’s 11-year run. In the wake of the series’ finale, they look back at their journey.

Sound Design Leads the Way for ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts, by Jim Beaugez
“A big part of sound design and scoring is actually finding the moments of simplicity, where you can pull back,” says Julia Lowrie Henderson, senior editorial producer for ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcasts.

The Dave Ramsey Show Rethinks Its Podcast Workflow, by Jim Beaugez
The Dave Ramsey Show is Apple’s fourth most popular podcast—so why is its behind-the-scenes team retraining on audio production processes?

Sound Tracking the Podcast Deep Cover: The Drug Wars, by Jim Beaugez
Journalist and author Jake Halpern began pursuing the story of former FBI agent Ned Timmons before he even had a home for the project. The effort eventually became the Pushkin Industries podcast Deep Cover: The Drug Wars, whose sound design is inspired by 1980s music and the real songs of narcotraffickers.

ProMedia Podcast Studio Expands with Adorama
NYC-based ProMedia’s podcasting studio now offers video capabilities to facilitate a variety of new projects.

Unlocking the Audio Secrets of Decoder Ring, by Jim Beaugez
Producer Benjamin Frisch reveals the music mix tricks he uses to shape Slate’s Decoder Ring podcast.

Tree of Knowledge Podcast Rooted in RME Interface
The studio for Roy Rotstein’s Tree of Knowledge podcast now sports an RME Babyface Pro interface.

NFL’s Carolina Panthers Pounce on Podcasting
Working with StreamGuys’ SaaS toolset and delivery network, the NFL franchise knocks out 11 weekly podcasts.

Goldcrest Team Talks Post During Lockdown
Goldcrest Post completed work on the psychological thriller She Dies Tomorrow during the pandemic lockdown.

Korean Broadcaster Upgrades Concert Mixing Systems
Korean Broadcast System (KBS), South Korea’s public broadcaster, has implemented Lawo IP technology, including two mixing consoles.

Shindig Delivers Soundtrack to “Got Milk?” Revival
Shindig Music + Sound created a catchy hip-hop track to help introduce a new generation of milk drinkers to the iconic “got milk?” tagline.

Lectrosonics Takes a Dive with Dominic Fike
Armed with a Lectrosonics recorder and transmitters/receivers, Jack Goodman chronicled the adventure of rapper and singer Dominic Fike jumping out of a plane to promote his new album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong.

Sound Innovations: Flock Audio PATCH System, by Darren Nakonechny
Darren Nakonechny, founder and CEO of Flock Audio, recounts the upstart company’s journey, from his first idea of rethinking the typical patch bay for his home studio to developing and releasing its first product, PATCH.

Review: TZ Audio Stellar X2 Large Capsule Condenser Microphone, by Frank Verderosa
As an audio post editor and voiceover/podcast tech consultant, Frank Verderosa had high expectations for the Stellar X2—and was not disappointed.

Review: Universal Audio Teletronix LA-3A Audio Leveler Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
Producer/composer Rich Tozzoli checks out the UA Teletronix LA-3A Plug-In and thinks it’s the “most effective two-knob piece of gear available.”

Review: Mesa Boogie Cabclone, by Rich Tozzoli
Producer/composer Rich Tozzoli discovers that the Mesa Boogie CabClone quietly rocks with the best of them.

Review: IR Guitar Speaker Cabinet Simulator, by Rich Tozzoli

Review: Eventide Shimmerverb Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
Producer/composer Rich Tozzoli puts the Eventide Shimmerverb plug-in to the test and finds it “opens up a whole new world.”

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Billy Strings’ Drive-In Tour Rolls On
Bluegrass sensation Billy Strings’ Meet Me at the Drive-In tour is on the move, playing socially distanced drive-in venues like Wilkes-Barre Township’s Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Live Concerts Come Back to Alaska
Koch Sound fielded its Allen & Heath GLD console at Backyard BBQ 3 in Sterling, Alaska. The August concert featured artists such as Craig Morgan, Matt Stell and Jimmie Allen.

Riedel Pops into NBA Bubble
A massive Riedel Bolero wireless and Artist digital matrix intercom solution is being used inside the NBA Bubble.

Pro Sound News Announces Fall Best of Show Award
Pro Sound News has announced the recipient of the 2020 Best of Show Award Virtual Edition program.

Broker Sound Adds to Adamson Inventory
Poland’s Broker Sound recently added to its inventory of Adamson Systems Engineering loudspeakers.

Symetrix Supports YETI in Chicago
In the latest YETI store in Chicago, the Werd Company installed AV systems based around Symetrix audio routing and signal processing.

Warner Grand Theatre Dials In DiGiCo Desks
Aiming to become a high-profile tour stop, San Pedro, CA’s 1,525-seat Warner Grand Theatre has installed a new sound system to take on all comers.

Special Report: Houses of Worship
Pro Sound News looks at various recent audio installations in worship spaces around the world.

  • Dining Hall Serves Up Sound
    Jesuit preparatory school Loyola Blakefield recently upgraded its Dining Hall with a new sound system based around Renkus-Heinz’ ICLive X Series loudspeakers.

From the Editor: An Industry Interrupted, by Clive Young
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the pro-audio industry in ways both expected and surprising, but while manufacturing and recording are recovering from lockdown, live sound is being left behind.

The METAlliance Report: Sound Aesthetics—It’s Written in Stone, by Frank Filipetti
Multiple Grammy Award-winner Frank Filipetti looks at the different approaches to sound design, weighing the value of a performance that’s exciting but rough against ones that are more technically refined but less heartfelt.

View from the Top: Mohit Parasher, Guitar Center Business Solutions, by Tamara Starr
Mohit Parasher, newly appointed president of Guitar Center Business Solutions, shares why the future is “Smart”—as in Smart Homes, Smart Offices and Smart Venues.

60 Seconds with Robert Trebus of d&b audiotechnik
Get to know Robert Trebus, director of Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) and Remanufacturing at d&b audiotechnik.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for October 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Audix, Synthax, Yamaha Corp. of America, Symetrix, Danley Sound Labs, All Pro Integrated Systems and AVDG.

Music Etc. – Jackson Browne, All-Stars Let the Rhythm Lead, by Steve Harvey
Rock legend Jackson Browne explains how he and a group of musicians and songwriters from four continents traveled to Haiti to record songs inspired by the Caribbean island nation while also helping to educate audio engineering students there.