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Pro Sound News Online Index: January 2020

Online index of February 2020 issue of Pro Sound News magazine.

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Gear of the Year 2019, by Steve Harvey
Top audio pros look back at 2019 and share what new equipment caught their eye, what was added to their audio arsenal, what old standbys took their projects to the next level and more.

Concert Industry Continues Growth in 2020, by Clive Young
While year-end tallies of 2019’s top-grossing tours weren’t yet available as we went to press, there’s little question that this year will be remembered as one of the biggest ones ever for the concert industry.

Audio Keeps Up as Esports Explodes, by Steve Harvey
The second Esports Production Summit in Los Angeles presented a broad agenda that offered insights about the role of audio in esports broadcasting.

Audiotonix Acquired by Ardian
In December, French private equity firm Ardian quietly purchased a majority stake in Audiotonix, the UK-based parent company of Solid State Logic, Calrec, DiGiCo, Allen & Heath, KLANG:technologies and DiGiGrid.

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Hackers Posed as Producer to Steal, Leak Music, by Steve Harvey
Accused hackers reportedly stole 50 GB of tracks, many unreleased, and leaked them.

Pulitzer Prizes Add Audio Category, by Steve Harvey
Underlining the growing influence of podcasting, an experimental Pulitzer Prize audio category has been announced for the 2020 prize cycle.

Galaxy Audio Acquires Ansr
Special Projects Audio and parent company Ansr Audio—players in the wireless fitness audio marketplace—have been acquired by Galaxy Audio.

Dolby, WMG Partner on Atmos Music
Dolby Laboratories and Warner Music Group have announced a partnership to provide artists with an immersive platform for their music.

ESA Draws Pros to Summit
Three-day event features nearly 30 presentations, workshops and networking opportunities for the live event community.

NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame Names 2020 Inductees
The NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame has announced this year’s seven inductees.

Spotify Wraps Up Most-Streamed List, by Steve Harvey
Spotify has released its extensive rundowns of the top streamers for the year and the decade, providing insight into the world’s musical tastes.

CMA Gets Audio-Technica for Christmas
The Country Music Association’s 2019 CMA Country Christmas Show had a variety of Audio-Technica mics on-hand for the telecast.

Music’s Unluckiest Night, by Clive Young
Producer/engineer Morten Lindberg has a career total of 28 Grammy nominations and 0 wins—the unluckiest streak in Grammy Awards history. Will he finally win in 2020?

Yamaha Readies NAMM Grand Plaza Stage for 2020
Yamaha will present three major concerts at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show, fielding its flagship Yamaha and Nexo pro audio equipment to make them happen.

Shure Opens Experience Center in London
The facility is officially named the Rose Shure Experience Center after co-founder Rose Shure.

Reality TV Concert Rolls in Germany
The hit Germany reality TV show, Sing meinen Song—Das Tauschkonzert, concluded this season with a massive live concert at Germany’s biggest open-air stage, mixed on Allen & Heath dLive consoles.

Cathedral Installs 100+ d&b Speakers
A new system installation inside the York Minster cathedral required more than 100 loudspeakers.

China’s Spectacular Chapel of Sound, by Cynthia Wisehart
Beijing-based OPEN Architecture is putting the finishing touches on its spectacular Chapel of Sound, a boulder-shaped concert hall in a rocky valley at the foot of Jinshanling Great Wall.

PMC Picked for Pinewood Scoring Studio
Youki Yamamoto’s facility at Pinewood Studios in the UK was recently augmented with a pair of PMC monitors.

OBX VIDEE Van Runs with Riedel
A new 4K HDR OB van, OBX VIDEE, recently launched in Italy, outfitted with Riedel intercoms.

RCF Group Acquires Montarbo, by Fiona Hope McDowall
The purchase follows in the footsteps of RCF Group’s 2018 acquisitions of DPA Microphones and Eastern Acoustic Works.



L.A.’s Sure, Sure Brings It All Back Home, by Steve Harvey
Something akin to a mashup of Steely Dan and Talking Heads, Sure Sure have been living together since 2014, mixing, engineering and producing all their own music in their home studio.

Moxy Brothers Team for Production, by Steve Harvey
Adrian Young, drummer of No Doubt, and Todd Forman, former sax player of Sublime, have partnered to launch record production team Moxy Brothers, offering everything from songwriting and performance to engineering, mixing and mastering.

Studio Showcase: Tweed Recording Academy, by Steve Harvey
Engineer and educator Andrew Ratcliffe has relocated Tweed Recording from Oxford, MS, to Athens, GA. In the process, he’s established an audio engineering school and a new studio based around the first Sound Techniques desk to be produced in 40 years.

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

Bates Builds ATC Collection
Longtime ATC user Tyler Bates, who works across the film, television, video game and record industries, recently purchased a second pair of ATC SCM20ASL monitors to match the sound of his other rooms.

Narwhal Nets 5088
Narwhal Studios, a recently opened collaboration between producers Brian Deck and Jim Gifford in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, is now home to a new 16-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console loaded with Shelford 5052 mic preamp/inductor EQs.

Studio Matched with Ocean Way, MDG
Noisematch Studios, a new facility designed by the Malvicino Design Group and built from the ground up in Miami, features an SSL Duality SE 48 console and an Ocean Way Audio HR2 Tri-Amplified monitoring system, and is a 2020 nominee for the TEC Award in the Studio Design Project category.

WSDG, TC Zhou Build in Beijing
Walters-Storyk Design Group recently collaborated with studio engineer TC Zhou to create a new recording facility in Beijing, China.

Machines with Magnets Attracts API
Machines with Magnets recording studio recently commissioned a new 24 channel API 2448 console for the facility’s main recording room.

PreSonus Partners on Multitracks (Mix the Music)
PreSonus has announced an agreement with Mix the Music, an online store that offers downloadable stems from officially licensed major-label multitrack recordings provided by Universal Music Group, Fox Film Music, WaterTower Records, Real World Records, Electronic Arts and others.




Waterman Sound Goes with the Flow, by Steve Harvey
Newly established Toluca Lake, CA, audio post-production facility Waterman Sound offers the technologies, amenities and industry neighbors to draw productions interested in one-stop shopping.

Audio Keeps Up as Esports Explodes, by Steve Harvey
The second Esports Production Summit in Los Angeles presented a broad agenda that offered insights about the role of audio in esports broadcasting.

Calrec Adopted for Esports
With esports audiences reportedly totaling more than 200 million worldwide, organizations including EA Sports, Full Sail University, OGN and others are turning to traditional broadcast solutions to handle their complex tournaments.

Man Made Makes Change
Manhattan-based sound design, sonic branding and music creation facility Man Made Music has upgraded the stereo and surround monitoring in one of its two control rooms with PMC speakers.

Finishing Move Nabs SSL
Finishing Move, a production duo who compose music and sound design for games, television, film and ad campaigns, have been using an all-analog SSL Fusion stereo outboard processor for their game score work.

Sound Lounge Adds Podcast Services
New York post house Sound Lounge has launched a package of sound production and post-production services for podcasts, offering studio recording, remote recording, sound editing, sound design and mixing.

Wee Works with Nugen
Producer and mixer Alvin Wee, who cut his teeth working with composers and record producers in Los Angeles on film projects such as Kung Fu Panda, Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle, has been using a Nugen Audio Producer bundle and Halo Upmix for mixing and mastering.

Godfather at Goldcrest
For the Epix crime drama Godfather of Harlem, the sound team at Goldcrest Post, led by and supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer Jacob Ribicoff and re-recording mixer Bob Chefalas, was tasked with bringing city streets and other environments depicted in the show sonically to life.


Sound Innovations: John Storyk Looks Back at 50 Years of Studio Design, by Steve Harvey
On the 50th anniversary of architect John Storyk’s first studio commission, he reminiscences about designing Electric Lady and reveals future plans for Walters-Storyk Design Group as he looks forward to not retiring.

Almo Pro A/V Acquires NewComm Technologies
Almo now takes on all NewComm’s ClearOne inventory while former NewComm Customers gain access to various AV brands, more.


Review: Avid Pro Tools Ultimate, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli shares how he uses Avid Pro Tools Ultimate in the real world.

Review: Goodhertz Trem Control, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli says, if tremolo is your thing, Goodhertz Trem Control should be in your computer.

Review: Universal Audio Avalon 737 Tube Channel Strip, by Rich Tozzoli
Audio engineer Peter Moshay and Rich Tozzoli agree that the UAD Avalon VT-737 is “stunning.”

Review: Universal Audio Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser DS, by Rich Tozzoli
While it’s a great linear-phase de-esser, reviewer Rich Tozzoli uses the Oxford SuprEsser DS plug-in as a bass enhancement tool.

Review: Universal Audio OX Amp Top Box v1.2, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli takes a look at the update to Universal Audio’s reactive load box and guitar recording system.

Review: Sound City SC 20 Combo, by Rich Tozzoli
Reviewer Rich Tozzoli says, check out the Sound City SC20 Combo if you’re looking for a solid, hand-assembled, tone-shaping tube amp.

Review: Wireworld Pro Audio Polaris Instrument Cable, by Rich Tozzoli
Cable is one of those things you shouldn’t take for granted, and it’s worth it to invest into your tone with a quality piece like Wireworld’s Polaris instrument cable.

Review: Vienna Symphonic Big Bang Orchestra and Smart Orchestra Expansion Pack, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli takes a look at the free Big Bang Orchestra starter edition from Vienna Symphonic Library.

Review: Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier 25, by Rich Tozzoli
The Mini Rectifier 25 is like having a plug-in hardware amp on your desktop, except that it’s not—it’s living, breathing tubes.





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Audiotonix Acquired by Ardian
In December, French private equity firm Ardian quietly purchased a majority stake in Audiotonix, the UK-based parent company of Solid State Logic, Calrec, DiGiCo, Allen & Heath, KLANG:technologies and DiGiGrid.­

Lizzo Hits the Road with DiGiCo
“Truth Hurts” but touring didn’t this year for the chart-topping rapper as she played 90 shows in six months, supporting her massive hit.

Live Sound Showcase: Godsmack Tour Serves Up Legends Live, by Clive Young
The Boston rockers have been on the road for over a year in support of their latest, tearing up arenas and sheds along the way. We catch up with the crew and find out how they keep the tour ticking like clockwork.

Soiled Dove Dives into A&H dLive
Long-running Denver night spot Soiled Dove Underground recently updated its sound system with an Allen & Heath dLive console.

Work Pro Audio Goes to Hong Kong
Work Pro Audio may be a brand manufactured by Equipson in Spain, but one of its SL210A line array systems is now on the other side of the world, bringing sound to events, concerts and more in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Iowa’s Roof Garden Ballroom Revived with Electro-Voice
Built in the 1920s and shuttered in 1988, the Roof Garden Ballroom reopened this past summer with a concert by Tommy James and the Shondells. The venue’s new house system includes Electro-Voice X-Line Advance X2 line array loudspeakers powered by Dynacord IPX series DSP amplifiers.

Khalid Runs Free with DPA
R&B sensation Khalid has been touring the globe on his Free Spirit World Tour. Along for the ride is production manager and FOH engineer CJ Blair, overseeing gear from Clair Global, including a DPA Microphone d:facto 4018VL Vocal Mic, used by the singer himself.

New Zealand Church Turns to Clear-Com
LIFE Church in New Zealand recently outfitted its newest facility with a sizable Clear-Com FreeSpeak II communication system.

Rebuilding the Colosseum at Caesars Palace
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas opened in 2003, playing host to Céline Dion’s record-breaking series of residencies. Nearly 10 million fans and 16 years later, Dion played her final show at the venue on June 8, 2019, at which time the 4,300-seat venue went on hiatus for technical and design updates. The venue now has a new Solotech-provided Meyer Sound Leo Family system anchored by LYON arrays, replacing the Meyer system that Solotech first installed there in 2003.

Bose Line Array on Arizona Tour
Signed in 2016, Atlantic/APG recording band ARIZONA has spent much of the last few years on the road, touring behind two albums and a string of rock/electropop singles. Mixing the band’s live sound is FOH engineer Abel Ocasio, carving the band’s live sound on an endless variety of house PAs, including, recently, a Bose ShowMatch line array system from Bose Professional.

Jackman Knocks Out 90 Shows with Solotech
Whether tearing it up as Wolverine, smarming it up as a school superintendent in the upcoming HBO movie Bad Education, or turning it up in song-and-dance performances on Broadway, Australian-born entertainer Hugh Jackman pretty much does it all. That includes touring the world, as he did recently on a 90-show global concert production known as “The Man. The Music. The Show.” Along for the ride was audio gear provided by Solotech.



From the Editor: A Voice-O-Graph Blast from the Past, by Clive Young
Songbyrd Music House and Record Café is home to one of the last surviving Voice-O-Graph booths—a 1940s vending machine that recorded customers to a vinyl record, cut right on the spot.

Software Tech: Amp Sims Go Pro, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton explores how amp sims, once frowned upon, have gone pro.

Audio Op-Ed: We Need to Talk About Money, by Dom Marley
Getting a great engineering gig can be hard, but sometimes getting paid at the end can be even harder. Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Dom Morley shares his time-tested methods for getting what you deserve.

View from the Top: Lance Podell, Iron Mountain, by Clive Young
Lance Podell, senior vice president/general manager of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, shares how the storage and information management giant is making assets more secure yet more accessible than ever before.

60 Seconds with Anna Csontos of QSC
Get to know Anna Csontos, executive vice president, chief of staff and chief market officer at QSC.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for January 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Symetrix, Lectrosonics, Focusrite, Renkus-Heinz, d&b audiotechnik, Manley Laboratories and Ashly Audio.

The Aha Moment: Creating Discipline in the New Year, by Peter Janis
Former Radial CEO Peter Janis says, make a new year’s resolution to bring discipline to your business practices.

Music, Etc.: Gloria Gaynor, by Steve Harvey
Gloria Gaynor’s gospel album Testimony is up for two Grammy Awards, taking the career of the disco legend (“I Will Survive”) in a whole new direction. Gaynor and engineer F. Reid Shippen dish on recording the live-to-analog album.