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Pro Sound News Online Index: January 2019

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Pro Audio Education to Expand at NAMM, by Steve Harvey
Held in Anaheim Jan. 24 to 27, the NAMM Show 2019 is scheduled to feature more than 250 pro audio sessions dedicated to every aspect of production.

Pro Podcasting Blasts Off, by Clive Young
Professional podcasting has become big business and its audience is only increasing—48 million Americans now listen to podcasts weekly. As a result, the need to provide a quality listening experience is growing, too, and the pro audio industry is answering the call.

Reinventing Remain in Light, by Steve Harvey
2015 Producer of the Year Grammy Award-winner Jeff Bhasker reveals the production process behind Angelique Kidjo’s first English-language album, a cover of Talking Heads’ iconic Remain in Light.

The Dead’s Wall of Sound Lives, by Clive Young
In 1974, the Grateful Dead toured with a short-lived, 75-ton P.A. system—the Wall of Sound—that became the stuff of legend. Last month, tribute act Dead On Live and live sound provider Asbury Audio teamed up to re-create it for one night only.

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RCF Group Acquires DPA Microphones, by Clive Young
In its second major acquisition of 2018, Italy-based RCF Group has entered into an agreement to purchase Denmark-based DPA Microphones.

d&b audiotechnik Creates China Subsidiary
The new venture comes as part of the firm’s commitment to growth in APAC region.

QSC Opens Training Center in Boulder, CO
The site will provide hands-on training for current and future QSC offerings.

“Stairway to Heaven” desk

“Stairway to Heaven” Desk Sold at Auction, by Clive Young
The desk, used to record dozens of iconic acts, including Led Zeppelin, was auctioned off by Bonhams, selling for roughly $142,300.

K-array Launches K-array USA
Italian loudspeaker manufacturer to chart its own course in U.S. market.

Solotech Acquires UK’s SSE Audio Group, by Clive Young
With the massive acquisition, North American live sound provider Solotech establishes a sizable presence in the European market.

L-Acoustics Buys HGP
Move aims to bolster L-Acoustics’ R&D process.

MPSE to Honor Stephen H. Flick
Flick’s career includes such modern classics as Die Hard, Robocop and Poltergeist.

Production GRAMMY Nominations Announced, by Steve Harvey
Artists may grab all the headlines, but there’s plenty of top audio pros nominated this year for a variety of production GRAMMYS—find them all here!

NAMM Names TECnology Hall of Fame Inductees
Eight products created between 1943 and 2000 will be inducted during the 2019 NAMM Show.

Steve ’n’ Seagulls Fly with Allen & Heath dLive Wings System
The Finnish bluegrass act have been touring the UK with a compact mix system.

DiGiCo Acquires KLANG:technologies
DiGiCo nets Germany 3D IEM system manufacturer KLANG after collaborative efforts between the companies.

Latin GRAMMY Engineering Awards Announced
Recording, mixing and mastering engineers behind some of the past year’s biggest hits were recognized at the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.

Bose ShowMatch DeltaQ line array at Rock al Parque festival

Festivals Flow with Bose
International festivals in four different countries opted for Bose P.A.s this year.

RCF Readies 2019 Live Sound Course
RCF will help provide a university-level low-residency audio course in Italy this spring.

BTI Studios Acquires Berliner Synchron
BTI now owns 63 studios across 24 facilities worldwide.

Monitor City Moves with Adamson
Australian live sound company rolls with new Adamson system.

From left, Daniel Gumble, Stormzy and Fraser T. Smith

PSNE 2018 Award Winners Announced
d&b audiotechnik, Sennheiser, Chris Marsh and Abbey Road among the big winners at Pro Sound News Europe’s 2018 Pro Sound Awards

Reinventing Remain in Light, by Steve Harvey
2015 Producer of the Year Grammy Award-winner Jeff Bhasker reveals the production process behind Angelique Kidjo’s first English-language album, a cover of Talking Heads’ iconic Remain in Light.

Dave Way Shows the Way It’s Done, by Steve Harvey
Multiple Grammy-winning engineer and producer Dave Way, who has worked with nearly everyone (only a slight exaggeration), chats about working on the latest 7Horse project and his home-based Waystation Studio.

Gold Diggers

Studio Showcase: Gold Diggers Reinvents the Destination Studio, by Steve Harvey
Nestled in East Hollywood at a notorious site, Gold Diggers has opened as a boutique hotel, club and music recording facility masterminded by L.A. nightlife impresario Dave Neupert and Kingsize Soundlabs’ Dave Trumfio.

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

Beth Hart’s Got Soul with New Live Release
Artist tapped Sweetwater Studios’ Mark Hornsby to record, mix new live album out November 30.

Genelec Immerses College
Valencia College has added four 7.1.4 studios for students.

Lennon, Swift Engineer Brings Treatments to Steve’s Music House
The Franklin, TN-based production facility is decked out in Auralex.

Mixing It Up at the Dairy
Mix engineer Dean James Barratt (Sam Smith, Paloma Faith) has a new console.

Jim West

Weird Al Yankovic’s Guitarist Is No Slacker
Slack key guitar king Jim West shares his thoughts on acoustic guitar miking.

Reworking a Career to Keep Working in Audio
“I was finally able to invest in my career,” says sound mixer Nicholas L. Minter.

Furman Powers Producer/Mixer Michael James
The veteran producer/engineer keeps it clean in his mix facility.

Inside the Audio of Doctor Who, by Kevin Hilton
Through the years, galaxies and countless adventures, Doctor Who—the character and the TV series—has changed and been reinvented. In all this, audio has played a key role.

Gimlet Media

Gimlet Media’s New Podcast Studios Serve Up a Cocktail of Content, by Steve Harvey
Gimlet Media opened a production facility in Brooklyn in 2018 that features a dozen podcast studios, a recording studio, a conference room, a lounge and more, all designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group.

Six Trucks, Six Calrec Consoles
New fleet will handle variety of projects, including major league soccer broadcasts.

Mielle Ezra on Miking Exteriors for Film
Capturing audio for indie films and documentaries, Mielle Ezra has her preferences when it comes to miking.

DPAs Capture Impossible Action
As the explosive hit comes to video, production sound mixer Chris Munro talks miking MI:6.

SMPTE 2018 A Success at New Venue
Held at a new venue, the event included annual membership meeting, Women in Technology Luncheon and more.

The audio team of “A Star is Born”

Capturing A Star Is Born Live at Coachella, by Steve Harvey
The audio team of the recent remake of A Star is Born recounts the challenges of recording live vocals for the entire film, and filming live/mimed scenes onstage at Coachella and Glastonbury.

Innovations: PreSonus CDL12 Loudspeaker, by Wesley Smith, PreSonus Audio Electronics
PreSonus director of loudspeaker design Hugh Sarvis and loudspeaker designer Don Keele presented their research on constant directivity at the 143rd AES Convention; their whitepaper subsequently became the blueprint for PreSonus’ CDL12 loudspeaker.

Review: Fryette Power Load, by Rich Tozzoli
Power Load lets you achieve real amp tones without having to mic up a cabinet.

Review: Eventide H9 HotSawz Synth Algorithm, by Rich Tozzoli
HotSawz allows users to bring a little synth action to the table. It’s a very cool addition to the H9 arsenal.

Review: Universal Audio UAD Lexicon 480L Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
What I like about the 480L plug-in are the same things I liked about the original: its depth, warmth and clarity, with a bit of edge.

Review: Keeley Eddie Heinzelman VoT Verb o Trem Pedals, by Rich Tozzoli
The Verb o Trem is the simpler of the two; the Workstation brings more flexibility for those who need it. Each is a worthy pedal with a rich sonic vibe that’s equally at home in the studio or on the stage.

Review: McDSP EC-300 Echo Collection Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
This is a tone-shaping, sonically modulating dream delay that I use on virtually every session.

Review: Sennheiser EW 500 G4 Wireless Vocal Microphone, by Liz May
With the added channel count, and the updated housing and interchangeable capsule option, the 500 series is a solid investment for a venue like mine.

Studio Products

Steinberg Cubase v10
• Craig Anderton Home Recording Books
• RØDECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio
• TASCAM TH-07 Headphones
• PreSonus Quantum 4848 Audio Interface
• Waves Dave Audé Producer Pack
• Propellerhead Reason Quad Note Generator Rack Extension

Sound Reinforcement Products

• Audio-Technica Mic Bundles
• Alteros Direct-to-Fiber Extension
• BroaMan Updates Route66
• Yorkville Sound EF10, EF12, EF15
• Yamaha YAI-1
• Lectrosonics Updates Duet Firmware

Dead On Live

Bringing the Dead’s Wall of Sound Back to Life, by Clive Young
In 1974, the Grateful Dead toured with a short-lived, 75-ton P.A. system—the Wall of Sound—that became the stuff of legend. Last month, tribute act Dead On Live and live sound provider Asbury Audio teamed up to re-create it for one night only.

Surviving Mixing My Bloody Valentine
FOH engineer Philip J. Harvey works around MBV’s demanding levels.

Mixing Moby with the L.A. Phil, by Steve Harvey
In a world premiere event celebrating the L.A. Philharmonic’s 100th Season, Moby performed with an orchestra for the first time in his career, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. FOH engineer Drew Curtis, orchestra mixer Shawn Murphy and house ME Kevin Wapner tell all.

Frank Carter’s Festival Freedom
A swap to new wireless system gave the rising punk band freedom to roam.

Mixing the Latin GRAMMYs
Audio provider Firehouse Productions fielded a quartet of DiGiCo desks.

Metal in Mexico City
Loto Audio provided sound for a double-headliner gig of Papa Roach and Good Charlotte.

Allen & Hozier
Hozier recently rolled through Europe on his sold-out tour, and FOH engineer Steve Pattison was along every step of the way.

Shinoda Tour Rolls with DAS
Longtime monitor engineer Kevin McCarthy brings a passel of DAS on world tour.

Twenty One Pilots

Live Sound Showcase: Touring Trench with Twenty One Pilots, by Steve Harvey
Alternative hip-hop duo Twenty One Pilots have been traveling the world since October on the Bandito Tour, with sound provided by VER Tour Sound.

Backing Up Frankie Valli
The Jersey Boy hits Chicago with the help of Gand Concert Sound.

Church at Viera Covers Variety
The Florida-based church recently underwent a massive audio update, adding a number of Allen & Heath desks for FOH, streaming and monitoring applications.

Apart Audio Enters U.S. Market
Apart Audio, part of the Audioprof Group, which includes Community Pro, enters United States market.

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

From the Editor: Coming Down with Acquisition Fever, by Clive Young
Major acquisitions were a constant part of the pro audio landscape in 2018.

Software Tech: Last Year Meets Next Year, by Craig Anderton
2018 laid the groundwork for what might be the dominant computer experience of the future for pros.

Al Schmitt

The METAlliance Report: Emotions in the Mix, by Al Schmitt
Twenty-time Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt discusses the emotional relationship he has with a mix and shares more on the process with an excerpt from his new memoir.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at PMC Speakers, Adamson Systems Engineering, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW), American Music & Sound, One F Sound (MASELEC distributor), MSE Audio, CODA Audio, Middle Atlantic Products, Rupert Neve Designs, Silicon Line and Martin Audio.

Christian Heil

View from the Top: Christian Heil, Founder, L-Acoustics, by Daniel Gumble
L-Acoustics founder Christian Heil shares how getting a Ph.D. in particle physics led to creating the P.A. that changed live sound forever—and why “hyperreal sound” will have the same effect.

The Aha Moment: Selection to Become a Destination, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis shares why offering a wide selection of products is key to a manufacturer’s success.

Music Etc.: William Shatner Treks Through Christmas, by Jacques Sonyieux
Captain Kirk himself talks about recording his new Christmas album, hanging out on Brad Paisley’s tour bus, and what the recent Mars landing might mean for our future.