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Pro Sound News Online Index: September 2020

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

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Live Sound Turns to Congress for Help, by Clive Young
The summer months are usually the busiest of the year for the live sound industry. While September typically sees the industry start to ease into a slightly less hectic fall season, the autumn of 2020 finds live sound professionals facing the exact same thing they did during the summer: Nothing. The events production industries need help, and getting the attention of those in a position to do something about it has not been easy, though hope is on the horizon.

Sound Travels Aims to Circumvent Pandemic, by Steve Harvey
Sound Travels cofounders Shruti Kumar, Emily Retsas, Prudence Rees-Lee and Laura West describe how the COVID-19 crisis served as the impetus for the remote hire platform for the music industry. “Sound Travels started as a job market and it’s turned into almost a social justice platform, so our goal is to not only help now, but to maybe come out of this better.”

Building Lil Baby’s Home Studio, by Keith Nelson Jr.
Breakout rap star Lil Baby spent three weeks this spring atop the Billboard album chart with My Turn. Now Platinum-selling engineer Thomas “Tillie” Mann is building the rapper a home studio, which was used to record “The Bigger Picture,” a single that was certified Gold before the studio was even finished.

Review: SSL 2+ Interface, by Salim Akram
Solid State Logic has entered the “affordable” segment of the pro audio marketplace for the first time with its 2+ USB audio interface. Does it live up to the SSL name? Find out in our Real-World Review.

Live Sound Showcase: Live Sound Livens Up the NBA Bubble, by Clive Young
Faced with the threat of an idle summer during the pandemic, tour sound provider Firehouse Productions realized the NBA Bubble would need immersive crowd sounds at games before the NBA did. Now what seemed like a wild idea is keeping a 38-person team of audio pros working daily through mid-October.

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NAMM Show 2021 Replaced by ‘Believe in Music Week’ Online, by Clive Young
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage on, NAMM reimagines its January convocation as an online event.

Legendary Studio Designer Francis Manzella Dies, by Clive Young
TEC Award-winning studio designer Francis Manzella died Friday, Aug. 14, reportedly due to complications from hip surgery.

CRAS Student Wins API Scholarship
Student Ponie Jones at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Arizona has won the 2020 API Saul Walker Memorial Scholarship.

Sound Productions Adds Advisory Board
Texas-based pro audio retailer Sound Productions has appointed an advisory board to help shape its future.

AES Announces Results of 2020 Elections
Joshua Reiss will join the Board of Directors as President-Elect, and Marina Bosi as Treasurer-Elect.

IMS Report: Electronic Music Industry Will Survive COVID Impact, by Clive Young
International Music Summit has released its annual IMS Business Report, assessing the state of the global electronic music industry.

Hollywood Audio Pros Demand Credit, by Steve Harvey
Hollywood sound community seeks screen credit changes to reflect parity with other key creative professionals.

Communication System Key to COVID Testing Truck
An all-in-one video collaboration system that includes a Yamaha CS-700 provides communication between medical personnel is being used at some sites offering rapid COVID-19 tests.

Classic Rock Producer/Engineer Martin Birch, Dead at 71, by Clive Young
Martin Birch, who recorded more than 60 albums for Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac and others, has died.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Safe Audio Production Released in UK, by Clive Young
Trade group AudioUK has released a 15-page document with COVID-19 guidelines for safe audio production during the pandemic. With the Coronavirus continuing to be a global concern, many of the guidelines are applicable to audio production facilities and workers around the world.

PAMA Goes Prime Time, by Clive Young
Greg Beebe, director of professional audio at Sennheiser, is also chairman of the board of directors of the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA), an industry trade group with 13 pro audio manufacturer members. The open forum that PAMA provides is one of its most valuable benefits for its members, Beebe explains.

Gearsupply Eyes How Pro Audio Gear is Resold Online, by Clive Young
Cincinnati-based Gearsupply.com has launched as an online marketplace for users to buy and sell used pro-level audio gear.

Colorado Sound Studios Unveils Expansion Plans
Colorado Sound Studios’ new addition will be a multi-functional space for everything from video shoots to podcasting to house concerts and more.

Ken Nightingall, Star Wars Boom Operator, Dead at 92, by Clive Young
A veteran film recordist, Ken Nightingall became an unlikely cult figure among Star Wars fans due to a sartorial choice while working as a boom operator on the first film.

d&b audiotechnik to Offer Certified Pre-Owned Systems
German loudspeaker manufacturer d&b audiotechnik is now offering certified pre-owned loudspeaker systems.

FOH Engineer Vinnie Kowalski, Dead at 58, by Clive Young
FOH engineer Vincent Kowalski died on July 17, closing a 40-plus year career that saw him tour with Blondie, fellow Long Islanders Dream Theater, Savatage, Kirk Franklin, Thin Lizzy, John Fogerty and Peter Frampton.

Live Sound Returns for Bastille Day Celebrations
Lawo desks handled live and broadcast sound requirements for France’s Bastille Day celebrations.

St. Mark’s Belfast Installs Martin Audio O-Line
Belfast’s St Mark’s Church has a brand-new Martin Audio O-Line system provided by Rea Sound.

Tin Box, Singapore Showcase Venue, Opens with d&b
Singapore’s Tin Box: The Live House, a showcase venue for up and coming acts, opened in early March.

LEA Professional Is In the Swim with ESS Audio
A massive pool and rec center in Poland turned to ESS Audio and LEA Professional for key audio system control.

Norway’s National Theatre Updates Mic Selection
The National Theatre in Oslo updated its collection of wireless microphones for productions in late 2019 with a move to DPA 6000s.

WKAQ-TV Readies for the Future
WKAQ has implemented a Dante-enabled Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless microphone system and facility-wide networked antenna installation.

New Website Details Proposed IPMX Spec
AIMS has launched a new website dedicated to the Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) proposed set of open standards and specifications.

Building Lil Baby’s Hitmaking Home Studio, by Keith Nelson Jr.
Breakout rap star Lil Baby spent three weeks this spring atop the Billboard album chart with My Turn. Now Platinum-selling engineer Thomas “Tillie” Mann is building the rapper a home studio, which was used to record “The Bigger Picture”—a single that was certified Gold before the studio was even finished.

Studios Adopt Sony 360 Reality Audio Format
Sony shares details of its new object-based immersive format, which is aimed primarily at headphone listening, providing a look into what it takes to mix projects in the format and who’s using it.

Studio Showcase: Funk Studios, Salt Lake City, by Steve Harvey
Jim Funk had been recording orchestrations used on Broadway and in touring musical productions for more than 15 years when he took the plunge and began building his own facility. His goal was to create a flexible room with features attractive to other musicians like him.

Direct-to-Lacquer at the Home of Country’s Big Bang, by Steve Harvey
Bristol, VA, was the site of country music’s “Big Bang,” where legendary acts like the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers cut their first sides in 1927. Now local recording studio The Earnest Tube is tipping its hat to those days by cutting mono tracks directly to lacquer disks.

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

Flying Lotus Lands on Ocean Way Monitors
Steven Ellison, known as Flying Lotus and sometimes FlyLo, has outfitted his Los Angeles studio with Ocean Way Audio’s HR3.5 monitor system.

Remastering Classic Grateful Dead for New 14-LP Set
Mastering engineer Chris Bellman worked with the original stereo master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering for the 14-LP VMP Anthology: The Story of the Grateful Dead set.

Mixer Goes Digital to Combat Spectrum Shrinkage
Production sound mixer Chris Polczinski recently began using Lectrosonics’ all-digital D2 (D-Squared) system.

An Upside to Lockdown: Recording Immersive Nature Sounds
Henrik Oppermann, creative director at immersive content specialist Sonosphere, has been building up the company’s immersive sound library by collecting everyday nature sounds in his native Hesse, Germany, using his new 3D microphone rig.

Outfitting for Atmos at Sound Striker Post, by Steve Harvey
Veteran audio post pro and production/trailer music composer Michael Phillips Keeley has updated his home-based Sound Striker Post facility, transforming it into a Dolby Atmos-capable mix room.

Field Recording for the Overheard at National Geographic Podcast, by Jim Beaugez
Smuggled dinosaur bones? Scuba diving under a pyramid? On-site binaural audio recording? It’s all part of the Overheard at National Geographic podcast’s third season.

Missing In Alaska’s Sound Puts Listeners in the Search, by Jim Beaugez
The intricate sound design of Missing In Alaska takes the investigative podcast from the icy shores of Alaska to the deserts of Arizona. Here’s how they did it.

Inventive Scoring Informs Revisionist History, by Jim Beaugez
The long-running hit podcast, Revisionist History, treats original musical scoring as an integral part of the show, bringing listeners into the moment when sound effects can’t.

James Altucher Podcast Beats Quarantine with SSL
The James Altucher Show podcast hasn’t skipped a beat during the pandemic, thanks to engineer Jay Yow and a Solid State Logic 2 audio interface.

Yorkville Sound Launches Pro Audio Podcast
The Yorkville Sound Podcast is a new monthly downloadable program created by pro audio manufacturer and distributor, Yorkville Sound.

Vox Media Reacts to Coronavirus with RedNet
When the pandemic struck, Miles Ewell of Vox Media outfitted all of the company’s podcast voice talent with flypacks that included Focusrite gear.

BNY Makes Waves with At-Home Setup
BNY Productions, which provides production services for U.S. political rallies and speeches, is using the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves plug-ins as part of an at-home broadcast production workflow for a notable client.

Dallas Audio Post Upgrades Meyer System
Dallas Audio Post has rebuilt its main mix room, outfitting it with a total of 29 Meyer Sound cinema series loudspeakers.

Stephen Arnold Music Scores Four Awards
Stephen Arnold Music scored four wins at the annual Broadcast Production Awards, which honor creatives in broadcast and streaming media.

Lawo Routes for Radio Network
Rádio Itatiaia, a Brazilian broadcaster with a network of 52 affiliate stations in the state of Minas Gerais, has installed a new Lawo routing system.

Innovations: Shure SLX-D Digital Wireless System, by Mu Yang
Mu Yang, product manager, Shure Global Product Management, traces the development process behind transitioning Shure’s long-running analog-based SLX wireless microphone into the digital realm.

Innovations: Bluesound Professional Music Distribution for Commercial Spaces, by Graeme Harrison
Graeme Harrison, vice president and general manager of Bluesound Professional, recounts how the residential streaming audio hardware manufacturer reinvented itself by launching a division aimed at commercial spaces.

Studio Products

Sound Reinforcement Products

Review: Solid State Logic 2+ USB Audio Interface, by Salim Akram
Solid State Logic has entered the “affordable” segment of the pro audio marketplace for the first time with its 2+ USB audio interface. Does it live up to the SSL name? Find out in our Real-World Review.

Dodger Stadium Gets Massive Audio Update
Built in 1962, Dodger Stadium has wrapped up a considerable renovation that included a massive installation of L-Acoustics loudspeakers.

Inside the San Jose Civic’s d&b audiotechnik P.A.
Marking the first anniversary of its installation in silence due to the pandemic, the sizable d&b audiotechnik KSL loudspeaker system at the San Jose Civic has already hosted notable shows.

Live Sound Showcase: Live Sound Livens Up the NBA Bubble, by Clive Young
Faced with the threat of an idle summer during the pandemic, tour sound provider Firehouse Productions realized the NBA Bubble would need immersive crowd sounds at games before the NBA did. Now what seemed like a wild idea is keeping a 38-person team of audio pros working daily through mid-October.

Three SSL Live Desks Land at Dallas Church
Dallas’ Watermark Community Church has installed a trio of SSL Live consoles in its flagship 4,000-seat auditorium.

Bose Professional Debuts Bose Church Initiative, Giveaway
Bose Professional has introduced its new Bose Church initiative, aiming to provide guidance, information and products to aid church leaders in engaging congregations through audio.

Prague Bar Gets Luck of the Irish with New P.A.
Prague’s Irish Times Bar recently installed a Funktion-One F5 sound system to cover the crowd but keep the neighbors upstairs content.

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

From the Editor: Discovering—and Preserving—the Earliest Known Stereo Recordings, by Clive Young
In 1901, German anthropologist Berthold Laufer used two wax cylinder recorders simultaneously to record Shanghai musicians, unintentionally creating the earliest-known stereo recordings.

The Mix Consultancy: Creating Space in a Mix, by Dom Morley
Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Dom Morley kicks off his new quarterly column sharing insights about how to create more space in your mix.

View from the Top: Glenn Burack, Bose, by Clive Young
Glenn Burack, director of aviation, military and broadcast headsets at Bose, looks back at how the company’s military headset technology, first developed in 1986, proved itself adaptable to other markets even as it evolved over the years.

60 Seconds with B.J. Shaver, Business Development Director for Install Market, L-Acoustics
Get to know B.J. Shaver, L-Acoustics’ business development director for the install market across the United States, Canada and Latin America.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for September 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Earthworks Audio, 64 Audio, PMC USA, United Recording, Audiologic, Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and AVDG.

The Aha Moment: The Quest for Truth, by Peter Janis
Former Radial Engineering CEO Peter Janis looks at the quest for truth, whether in politics or pro audio.

Music Etc. – Chuck Prophet, The Land That Time Forgot, by Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey talks with guitarist, singer, producer and raconteur Chuck Prophet about the meandering path that led to the former Green on Red leader’s latest solo project, The Land That Time Forgot.

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