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Pro Sound News Online Index: February 2019

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Mohit Parasher, president of Harman Professional Solutions and executive vice president of Harman

Parasher Aims to Reinvent Harman Pro, by Clive Young
“We believe we have an opportunity as a team to transform the pro industry,” said Mohit Parasher, president of Harman Professional Solutions and executive vice president of Harman.

NAMM Refines Its Pro Audio Experience, by Steve Harvey
The 2018 NAMM Show introduction of its new pro audio wing was a hit, but there was room for improvement. A year later, new tweaks are in place.

Colleen Harper

AES Names New Executive Director
The Audio Engineering Society has appointed Colleen Harper to be its new executive director as the organization steps into what it already expects to be “a banner year,” according to president Nadja Wallaszkovits.

Listeners Eat to the Beat with KJZZ’s Soundbite, by Steve Harvey
KJZZ’s Soundbite in Phoenix, AZ, is the only known mobile radio broadcast studio in the United States that’s also a combination food truck and performance stage, able to serve up audio, video, artists and hot dogs with ease.

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Mark and Rachelle Graham

Symetrix Gets New Ownership
Audio DSP hardware and software company Symetrix has been sold by current owner Julia Ogden to Mark and Rachelle Graham.

Bose Pro Acquires ZiipRoom
Bose Professional heads further into the meeting technology market with new acquisition.

Guitar Center’s Business Solutions Group Acquires TVTI
GC bolsters its B2B services with new addition.

Argosy Acquires SCS
Studio furniture manufacturer will expand Nashville presence with acquisition.

United Sound Systems

United Sound Systems Saved—with a Twist, by Steve Harvey
The beleaguered historic studio has been saved from demolition by an unlikely new owner.

Jeff Alexander, Former Sennheiser Executive, Dead at 56, by Clive Young
Former Sennheiser sales executive Jeff Alexander died on Dec. 17, 2018. An engaging friend to many in the pro audio industry, Alexander brought an engineer’s deep understanding of technology and the artistic insight of a musician to his role.

Recorded Music Growth is Strong, but Slower, by Steve Harvey
An end-of-year forecast predicts recorded music revenues will hit $18.9 billion for 2018.

NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

Miking Up Mars: NASA Ready to Record Red Planet, by Clive Young
NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover will capture audio on Mars properly for the first time.

Sweetwater Continues Sales Streak
Online MI/pro audio retailer had another big year in 2018.

Cinema Audio Society Announces Nominees
This year’s awards will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

Audio Engineer and Inventor Robert Schulein, Dead at 76
Schulein was a key force at numerous pro audio manufacturers.

FOH engineer Matt West

Phoenix Goes West with FOH Engineer Matt West
The French act’s current world tour continues this spring with FOH engineer Matt West in tow.

Acquisitions Bolster RCF Group, by Daniel Gumble
DPA was bought by RCF in December 2018. PSNEurope editor Daniel Gumble talks with RCF CEO Arturo Vicari and DPA CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen about their future plans.

Gary Numan at Royal Albert Hall

Tackling Monitors for Gary Numan’s Orchestral Tour
The “Cars” hitmaker played the Royal Albert Hall as part of a six-show orchestral run.

Jesse Magnum at The Glow

Jesse Mangum Shoots from the Hip, by Steve Harvey
Producer/engineer Jesse Mangum has no patience for slick sounds created in facilities to match, and The Glow, his hand-built recording studio outside Athens, GA, reflects that considered mindset.

In Search of the Perfect Signal Chain, by Steve Harvey
Maor Appelbaum’s mastering desk is an ever-changing patchwork of old and new gear, with units swapped in and out in his eternal quest for something newer, better or just different.

Barefoot Recording

Studio Showcase: Barefoot Recording Opens Up to the World, by Steve Harvey
Eric Valentine’s Barefoot Recording in Hollywood is now available to outside clients.

Producer/Musician Steve Ripley Dead at 69
The studio owner and inventor also led the Grammy-nominated act The Tractors.

RCA Studio B Adds RND Console
The Nashville facility recorded the likes of Elvis, Dolly Parton, the Everly Brothers and countless other legends. Now it has a new console.

Tracks – February 2019
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

API Becomes Studio Lynchpin
Legacy AXS desk lands at secret studio.

Focusrite Feels the Love
Focusrite pitches in for One Love Malibu fundraiser concert.

House of Blues Studios Nashville

Universal Music Group Acquires House of Blues Studios Nashville, by Steve Harvey
Corporate owner of Abbey Road and Capitol Studios snaps up multi-building Berry Hill studio campus.


Listeners Eat to the Beat with KJZZ’s Soundbite, by Steve Harvey
KJZZ’s Soundbite in Phoenix, AZ, is the only known mobile radio broadcast studio in the United States that’s also a combination food truck and performance stage, able to serve up audio, video, artists and hot dogs with ease.

Gregg Rudloff, Dead at 63, by Clive Young
A second-generation film sound engineer, Rudloff had seven Academy Awards nominations to his credit, winning three for sound mixing on The Matrix in 1999, Glory in 1989 and Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, a year in which he was also nominated for American Sniper.

Stage Tec Mixes Congress Chaos
IP-based live production is stepped up at computer club event.

Calrec Brio at University of Surrey

UK Uni Adds Calrec
Calrec’s Brio prepares students for audio careers at University of Surrey.

Sony Dives into Spider-Verse
The audio team on the current animated hit used top equipment, Sony Pictures’ mix facility and a hand drill when working on the film.

Nugen Keeps Srinivas Balanced
PTSD short film “Discharge” needed balance between score and dialogue.

Inside Podcast Engineering School
After starting out working on Ice Cube and Jeff Buckley albums, Chris Curran has turned his sights to podcast education.

Genelec S360 SAM Studio Monitor

Innovations: Genelec S360 SAM Studio Monitor, by Will Eggleston
Genelec’s Will Eggleston provides a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the S360 SAM studio monitor, as the company aimed to address music and performance trends, immersive audio for post-production, fixed installations and home theater with as small a product as possible.

Review: Roswell Pro Audio Colares Condenser Microphone, by Rob Tavaglione
The Colares can be exceptionally colorful and “character driven,” and that’s what makes it special—but with its unique pad, it can be an entirely different, neutral and “invisible” mic, which makes it really valuable.

Review: UK Sound 1173 Mic Pre Compressor, by Rob Tavaglione
UK Sound’s 1173 brings the best of both worlds into a single unit, offering a Neve-style 1073 preamp and Universal Audio 1176 FET compressor.

AudioSourceRe DeMIX Pro

Review: AudioSourceRE DeMIX Pro, by Rob Tavaglione
AudioSourceRE is up to some seriously revolutionary stuff, especially considering that this is nascent technology.

Review: Goodhertz Megaverb Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli finds the Megaverb plug-in to be an incredibly useful tool to achieve unique reverb effects.

Review: Goodhertz Vulf Compressor Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli says this plug-in is a beast.

Studio Products

ZAOR Maestro Series

Shure MV88+ Mic/Video Kit

JBL Professional One Series 104 Monitors


Warm Audio WA-251

Zylia Studio PRO, Ambisonics Plug-Ins

Audio Precision APx555 B Series Analyzer

PreSonus Atom

Sound Reinforcement Products

RAT Tail Distortion Cable

IsoAcoustics Stage 1 Isolators

AKG DMS Wireless Systems

Mackie DRM Loudspeaker Series

Aviom Boom Line

Electro-Voice EVID Loudspeakers

Meyer Sound Software Updates

Yorkville Sound Elite Subwoofer

Future-Proofing New York City’s Central Park Summerstage, by Clive YoungThe 5,500-capacity outdoor venue in NYC is often overlooked, but it hosts 190,000 people every year for 50-plus productions, plus ABC’s televised Good Morning America summer concert series. Now it’s getting a $5 million refurbishment that includes bringing its aged audio system up to date.


Live Sound Showcase: Ghost’s Tour of Death, by Strother Bullins
The controversial Grammy-winning rock band from Sweden, Ghost, just wrapped up the U.S. leg of its A Pale Tour Named Death; PSN caught up with the band’s FOH engineer, Dave Nutbrown, to find out how he provided a clean mix for the ghoulish group.

Drake and Migos Roll in the Round
Eighth Day Sound fielded 250+ Adamson loudspeakers for the 360º hip-hop tour.

Fulcrum Acoustic Nets Patent
Patent “Passive Cardioid Speaker, No. 10,123,111 B2,” was granted to inventor David W. Gunness.

Brandon Blackwell

Fishing for Analog Sound
Brandon Blackwell, a live engineer for acts including Camila Cabello, has been integrating analog gear into his live sound setup.

Rational Acoustics Expands
Smaart test/measurement software developer on the move.

Sound Image Bolsters Revolution 3 Tour
Sound Image tackled audio for the Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult summertime bill.

ASG Adds Audio to Bay Area JCC
Advanced Systems Group created a quartet of systems for classroom spaces.

Installer Counsels Church on Sound
Whitaker Brothers North chooses Bose Professional Systems for Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Moorestown, NJ.

25 Nights Festival

Professionals Team for 25 Nights Festival
Washington Professional uses Community Professional for holiday event in Newport News, VA.

Mikers of the Ark of Salvation
South Carolina’s Ark of Salvation Church now sports multiple choir mic systems and more.

The Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart for February 2019
Pro Sound News runs down the crews and gear on the Top 10 highest-grossing tours of 2018.

From the Editor: Consumed with Music Consumption, by Clive Young
While public accolades recognizing talent and hard work are fulfilling, for many creatives in the industry, whether they’re artists, producers, engineers or something else, their greatest, most gratifying award is something that the rest of the world will never see: their bank accounts.

Software Tech: How the Cloud Changed Music Software, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton explores how the cloud changed music software.

The METAlliance Report: Critical Listening and Critical Evaluation, by George Massenburg
Industry legend—and METAlliance co-founder—George Massenburg examines the differences between hearing and listening, and discusses how they shape and affect our efforts to evaluate music and technology.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for February 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Adamson Systems Engineering, Martin Audio North America, Allen & Heath, Shure, LOUD Audio and Allied ProTech.

Kenton Forsythe

Kenton Forsythe Returns to EAW
A co-founder of the company, Forsythe designed classic loudspeakers like the KF850.

60 Seconds with Bryan Bradley of Group One Ltd.
Get to know Bryan Bradley, president of Group One Ltd.

The Aha Moment: Finding Alternate Paths, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis looks at finding alternative paths for achieving pro audio business goals.

Music Etc.: Kasey Chambers’ Campfire, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with Kasey Chambers about nitpicking vocals, microphone choices and what it’s like having her dad playing in her band.