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Pro Sound News Online Index: February 2020

Read stories from the February 2020 issue of Pro Sound News magazine.

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Companies to Watch in 2020, Part One, by Clive Young
We spoke with dozens of audio industry leaders to compile this year’s list of “Companies to Watch.”

NAMM Users In New Podcasting Gear, by Steve Harvey
The podcast wave seems to only keep rising as more people discover the format, becoming avid listeners and in some cases podcasters themselves. Dozens of pro audio manufacturers debuted podcast gear at the NAMM Show, aiming to lower the barriers to entry while raising the quality of audio.

Studio Showcase: June Audio Returns to Utah, by Steve Harvey
After 20 years away, June Audio has returned to Provo, UT, with a newly built, Wes Lachot-designed multiroom facility housing EDM production suites, live rooms and a considerable collection of instruments, backline and accessories.

Live Sound Showcase: The Who, by Paroo Streich
The Who have 50 years of touring under their belts. For their current production, Moving On!, the band is playing with a symphony orchestra at each stop, bringing even more heft and might to their classic rock staples.

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Focusrite Acquires Martin Audio, by Clive Young
Known for its recording gear brands, Focusrite took a major step into the live sound market in late December with the acquisition of loudspeaker manufacturer Martin Audio. Focusrite paid £39.2 million ($51.2 million) for the business.

Harman Pro Names Brian Divine President, by Clive Young
Brian Divine takes the helm for the Harman Pro division, which owns JBL Pro, AKG, AMX, Soundcraft, Studer, BSS Audio, Crown, dbx and Lexicon.

AMS Neve Opens U.S. Showroom
AMS Neve has opened its first showroom in the United States, partnering with Westlake Pro at the retailer’s headquarters in North Hollywood, CA.

Avid’s Sibelius Aids Visually Impaired
Avid and Berklee College of Music have teamed to improve accessibility in Sibelius composition software.

At CES: Alicia Keys Talks Connecting Through HD Music, by Anthony Savona
Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys spoke with Emily Lazar, founder and chief mastering engineer at The Lodge, and Andre Stapleton, head of label relations—North America at Amazon Music, about the value of HD Music streaming.

At CES: Bluetooth SIG Debuts Bluetooth LE Audio
Bluetooth LE, the biggest update to Bluetooth in its nearly 20-year history, incorporates the Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3).

Renkus-Heinz Co-Founder Looks Ahead at 90
As he enters his 10th decade, Renkus-Heinz co-founder Harro Heinz makes predictions about the future of pro audio.

MPSE Announces Golden Reel Winners
The Motion Picture Sound Editors presented the 67th MPSE Annual Golden Reel Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing in 23 categories.

Roni Nevo Named EAW CEO
EAW has named Roni Nevo CEO. Nevo is the president of RCF USA and will retain that position. RCF Group is the parent company to both companies.

Audio Builders Workshop Sets Retreat Workshops
Three scholarships for women to attend the Mountain Recording Retreat have been announced.

Sweetwater’s Big 2019
Online pro audio/MI retailer Sweetwater had its biggest year ever in 2019, hitting $805 million in sales, up 11 percent from $725 million in 2018.

Gear, Pros Honored at NAMM TEC Awards
Skywalker Sound’s Leslie Ann Jones was inducted to the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame at the event.

Classic Rock Engineer Nick Blagona, Dead at 74, by Clive Young
Canadian engineer Nick Blagona designed Le Studio and recorded classic tracks by The Police, Bee Gees, King Crimson, Deep Purple, Alexisonfire, April Wine, Chicago, Rainbow and others.

Tim Boyle, Hollywood Score Mixer, Dead at 71, by Clive Young
A first-call score mixer for decades, Boyle had more than 300 film and television credits across his career.

Oscar Sound Noms Announced
Oscar sound nominations were announced Jan. 13, including the six films named in the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing categories.

Music Sales Hit Record High in UK, by Steve Harvey
A report from the Entertainment Retailers Association says spending by UK music fans on streaming services exceeded £1B ($1.31B) for the first time in 2019.

BAFTA Sound, Music Noms Announced
The British Academy has announced its nominations, including those for sound and original score, for the BAFTA film awards.

UK’s Monnow Valley Studios for Sale, by Clive Young
Monnow Valley Studios, which recorded Black Sabbath, Oasis, Robert Plant and others, will be redeveloped if it isn’t sold by February.

Schauspielhaus Bochum Brings It
Schauspielhaus Bochum recently completed a major installation, which included an audio renovation, complete with multiple Allen & Heath dLive systems.

Clear-Com Workshops Connect in APAC
Clear-Com teamed with Hamilton ASD Jason Crystal to present hands-on theater communications workshops in Australia and Singapore.

AMS Neve Gets Funky in Italy
Funky Junk Italy has increased its stock of AMS Neve 1073DPA Stereo Mic Preamps.


Capricorn Studios Revitalized, by Steve Harvey
Literally on the verge of collapsing only a few years ago, Capricorn Sound Studios, the Macon, GA, facility that invented Southern rock, has been restored and revitalized by its new owner, Mercer University.

NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, by Steve Harvey
New York University has consolidated its media, technology and art departments into a new facility in Brooklyn. The site includes studios, editing suites, rehearsal spaces, offices and Oscilloscope Labs, the private production studio of late Beastie Boys rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch.

Studio Showcase: June Audio Returns to Utah, by Steve Harvey
After 20 years away, June Audio has returned to Provo, UT, with a newly built, Wes Lachot-designed multiroom facility housing EDM production suites, live rooms and a considerable collection of instruments, backline and accessories.

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

Gateway Reviews with Sonoris
Sonoris Review software allows Gateway Mastering’s clients to hear, approve projects remotely.

Burwell Remodels with WSDG
WSDG created a sizable studio for film composer Carter Burwell in his newly renovated 4,420-square-foot home at the end of Long Island.

Atmos Music on TIDAL
Music fans can now find various WMG and UMG music artists in Dolby Atmos on TIDAL.

Dissecting Immersive Music
PMC Studio in Los Angeles recently hosted an immersive audio workshop titled “The Anatomy of Immersive & Surround Sound Audio” for a select group of invited producers and engineers from across the industry.


Butter Jams to Make Bread, by Steve Harvey
The hard-working staff at Butter Music and Sound’s West Coast facility, situated only a block from Venice Beach, does everything from original music and music licensing from its own catalog to music supervision and sound design.

BAM Studios Opens Podcast Division, by Clive Young
Chicago-based BAM Studios recently launched its own podcast division, aiming to provide one-stop shopping for podcasters by offering everything from original content development to full production recording, editing and music, as well as final posting to a variety of hosting services.

School Adds Studio Tech Comms
Kearney High School in Missouri has upgraded the workflow of its Bulldog Broadcasting Network (BBN) with new beltpacks and a Dante intercom audio engine.

TeamSpeak Tapped for Overwatch
TeamSpeak will become the Overwatch league’s official voice supplier through 2022.

Kaiser Comm Builds Post Facility
Kaiser Comm Construction recently completed a multiroom facility encompassing three Dolby Atmos stages in Burbank for Signature Post, which is owned by Greg Stone, principal of SPG Studios.

Inside the Oscar-Nominated Sound of Ford v Ferrari
Much of the drama in Ford v Ferrari hinges on the excitement conjured by the sound captured by production sound mixer Steve Morrow and his team.

AES to Garner Technical Emmy for AoIP Work
The Audio Engineering Society will receive a Technical & Engineering Emmy Award for its work with audio over IP, sharing the award with six partners who were involved in developing the AES67 standard: ALC NetworX, Audinate, Kevin Gross, QSC, The Telos Alliance and Wheatstone.

ITU Recommends ATSC 3.0 as Broadcast Standard
ATSC 3.0 is now a recommended digital broadcast standard for everything from 4K Ultra HD to mobile.



Sound Innovations: ASI Audio X Sensaphonics 3DME Music Enhancement System, by Michael Santucci
When the founder of pioneering IEM manufacturer Sensaphonics teamed up with the CEO of Think-A-Move, a manufacturing company focused on headset products used in high-noise applications, the result was a brand new company that takes a fresh approach to bringing 3D audio to affordable IEMs.

Review: Cranborne Audio Camden 500 Mic Amp, by Rob Tavaglione
“Once I read their claims … my curiosity was piqued.” Rob Tavaglione checks out the Cranborne Audio Camden 500 Mic Amp and calls it “a game-changer.”

Review: Newfangled Audio Elevate Bundle, by Rob Tavaglione
Rob Tavaglione evaluates the Elevate Bundle, a package that consists of the component pieces of the Elevate Mastering Limiter (Punctuate, Saturate and Equivocate) as individual plug-ins.

Review: AKG K275, K371 Headphones, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione puts his favorite AKG headphones aside to put the company’s new K275 and K371 headphones to the test inside his recording studio, Catalyst Recording.

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Tool Tours with Intricate, Immersive Sound, by Steve Harvey
Touring the world behind Fear Inoculum, Tool’s first album in 13 years, the prog-metal heroes are filling arenas with a massive audio system that takes a new approach to immersive live sound.

Live Sound Showcase: The Who, by Paroo Streich
The Who have 50 years of touring under their belts. For their current production, Moving On!, the band is playing with a symphony orchestra at each stop, bringing even more heft and might to their classic rock staples.

Soundcheck Nashville Celebrated the Holidays with Charity in Mind
Soundcheck Nashville combined its 2019 holiday celebration with a charity drive that collected more than 700 toys and bikes for needy children in the Nashville area.

Stick Figure Drawn to Bose ShowMatch
Reggae/dub band Stick Figure, on tour for its latest album, recently rolled up to a venue with a Bose ShowMatch loudspeaker system.

Shure Captures AMA Stars
A broad selection of Shure microphones were employed at this year’s American Music Awards.

Clear-Com Goes Back to School
Students at the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, Belmont University in Nashville recently got hands-on intercom training from Clear-Com.

Avicii Tribute Concert Overcomes Audio Challenges
A Meyer Sound Leo Family system of nearly 270 loudspeakers was used to cover 58,000 fans inside Stockholm’s Friends Arena at an Avicii Tribute Concert in December.

AES Readies Worship Sound Academy
The Audio Engineering Society’s first AES Worship Sound Academy will place March 10–11, 2020, at the Johnson Center on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

The Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart for February 2020
Pro Sound News runs down the crews and gear on the top 10 highest-grossing tours of 2019.


From the Editor: Don’t Smuggle Yourself in a Road Case, by Clive Young
While the pro audio world loves a nice road case, it’s a safe bet that beleaguered ex-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn loves them even more.

Software Tech: MIDI 2.0 Comes Into Focus, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton focuses on MIDI 2.0, a standard 37 years in the making.

The METAlliance Report: Grid Versus Groove, by Frank Filipetti
The art of recording multiple instruments together in a room is becoming a dying art.

View from the Top: Andrew Bishop, BishopSound, by Daniel Gumble
The loudspeaker market has no shortage of players, but live sound manufacturing veteran Andrew Bishop knows what he’s up against with his new U.K. boutique brand, BishopSound, which aims to provide that “British sound” at a mid-market price.

60 Seconds with Michael Descoteau, Synthax
Get to know Michael Descoteau, broadcast sales manager at Synthax.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for February 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at ASI Audio, Clear-Com, Atlona, Mackie, K-array, Platinum Tools, LEA Professional and Reflex Marketing.

The Aha Moment: Money Matters, Part One, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis, former CEO of Radial Engineering, recounts how the not-so-good old days at the start of his career taught him perseverance and that money matters.

Music, Etc.: Ranky Tanky, by Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey talks with Grammy-nominated band Ranky Tanky about the influence of Gullah culture and the pioneering work of Bessie Jones.