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Pro Sound News Online Index: July 2018

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Pro Audio Rethinks Critical Listening on Headphones, by Steve Harvey
The use of headphones for pro-level critical listening applications has increased in an effort to ensure that media translates to the medium in the best way possible.

Early Events Warm up InfoComm Crowd, by Clive Young
Part of InfoComm’s success this year stemmed from a slew of pre-show events that helped draw a sizable crowd.

Joe O’Herlihy

Live Sound Showcase: U2—Speaking from Experience,  by Clive Young
After a massive stadium tour last summer, U2 returns to the arenas to close out its Innocence + Experience concept tours. Sound director Joe O’Herlihy discusses the tour and looks back at mixing U2 for 40 years.

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QSC founders John Andrews (left), Barry Andrews (center) and Pat Quilter marked 50 years of their company with a celebratory cake at InfoComm.

QSC Marks 50th Anniversary, by Mary Bakija
QSC hits the big 50, looking both back and ahead.

United Sound Systems Up for Sale, by Clive Young
Legendary Detroit facility hits the market with a $1.5 million price tag.

Cordial Cables Hits U.S. Shores
German cabling manufacturer Cordial Cables has set up shop in the States, establishing a U.S. partnership with Santa Barbara, CA-based MV Pro Audio.

Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical. Photo: Joan Marcus

2018 Tony Award Sound Winners Announced, by Clive Young
2018 marks the first time the Tony Awards’ Sound categories have been handed out since they were controversially cancelled in 2014.

RapcoHorizon Acquires Lava Cable
Owasso, OK-based MI cable company joins RHC family.

Women’s Audio Mission Holds First L.A. Event
Women’s Audio Mission brought together top women in pro audio to share knowledge and training in its inaugural conference, WAM @ Capitol.

BBC to Close Iconic Maida Vale Studios, by Steve Harvey
The BBC has announced that it intends to close and replace its iconic Maida Vale Studios, which over the years have hosted sessions from the likes of Bing Crosby, the Beatles and David Bowie.

Community Professional Loudspeakers Turns 50
Founded by Bruce Howze in 1968 to develop concert-worthy loudspeakers, Community evolved its market focus from tour sound to MI and now to install, though Howze’s technical leadership has been the one constant throughout.

SEC Charges GilmanSound Founder Defrauded Investors of $3.3 Million, by Katie Makal
Purported oil “sonication” companies sell snake oil instead, SEC alleges.

Green Day Greets Buenos Aires
A brand-new d&b audiotechnik GSL System covered 37,000 screaming punk fans at Argentina’s Estadio Velex Stadium.

Audio Plus at Bangkok’s Transmission Asia

Audio Plus Added to Transmission Asia
Partners behind the high-profile EDM event brought the PA from the other side of the world to satisfy specs.

AES Milan Explores the Power of Sound
The AES Milan 144 International Convention set the stage for four days of all things audio with the opening ceremonies on Wednesday, May 23.

Acoustic panel at Sandhill Winery

Adjusting Volume for Vino Viewing Room
A cell-phone photo winds up softening a tasting room’s acoustics.

AVnu Bows Milan Protocol
The standards-based protocol Milan was unveiled at InfoComm.

Bill Chrysler at Third Coast’s SSL 4000G console, located in Studio A’s control room.

Making Waves at Third Coast, by Steve Harvey
When Bill Chrysler isn’t on the road behind a monitor console for Maroon 5, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and others, he can be found behind a studio console at his facility, Third Coast Recording Company.

Engineer/Fuzz Tone Inventor Glenn Snoddy, Dead at 96, by Clive Young
Studio engineer/owner and inventor of the first distortion box, Glenn Snoddy died May 21, 2018.


Jordan Brooke Hamlin Builds Her Dream Studio in the Woods, by Steve Harvey
Geared largely toward female artists, Nashville’s MOXE is a studio retreat on 20 acres of woodland recently opened by artist and producer Jordan Brooke Hamlin, who designed and constructed the facility.

Tracks – July 2018
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

United Welcomes VEVA
Archiving company VEVA Sound takes up residence at United.

Telefunken Goes 3D
Telefunken Elektroakustik has teamed with Power Station New England to create an immersive 3D audio listening experience.

Firehouse 12 Adds Sankens
Studio nabs high-res mics for acoustic music recording.

Pictured at MG Sound in Vienna with the SSL XL9080K console are (l-r) Placido Domingo and producer Gregg Field.

MG Sound Hosts Placido Domingo
MG Sound recording studios in Vienna, Austria recently hosted opera superstar Placido Domingo.

Adding Gear Deep Inside The Bunker
Transitioning from a private to commercial studio, The Bunker bulks up its equipment offerings.

Surrounded by PMC at Evolution Studios are Philip Selway (left) and Nick Moorbath. Photo: Ian Wallman.

Radiohead’s Selway Surrounded by Soundtrack Work
Studio bulks out monitoring to accommodate horror film project.

MPEG-H Trialed at Eurovision Song Contest, by Steve Harvey
The first trial for live production of immersive and interactive sound using the MPEG-H TV Audio System took place at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Pace Pictures

A Change of Pace in Hollywood, by Steve Harvey
Pace Pictures is a new 20,000-square-foot sound and picture finishing facility in Hollywood.

SMPTE Releases Technology in Media Entertainment Survey
Survey looks at artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), immersive media, professional media over managed IP networks and more.

CCTV Goes IP with Clear-Com
Clear-Com connects China Global Television Network internally and overseas.

Suite TV

White Mark Designs Suite TV Room
Suite TV added the fourth studio after its existing three audio suites were regularly filling up with work.

Innovations: Celestion CDX14-3040 Compression Driver, by Paul Cork
Paul Cork, head of engineering at Celestion, discusses the company’s new compression driver, explaining ways it takes a traditional approach, yet updates performance over its predecessor, the 3030, and how some of that improvement was accomplished with the use of neodymium.

Need to Know: Cybersecurity, by Paul McLane
Every enterprise is at risk as attacks diversify and adversaries get smarter.

Need to Know: Cybersecurity and Pro Audio, by Tom Kenny
Until recently, the main focus on security of media and media assets in the digital age involved the distribution chain, whether a song, movie or live performance. Over the past five years, the emphasis is shifting to the production and post-production chains.

Future Names 2018 InfoComm Best of Show Award Winners in Audio
The Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

Sterling MX5 and MX8 monitors

Review: Sterling MX5 and MX8 Studio Monitors, by Rob Tavaglione
Sterling Audio, a division of Guitar Center, has brought its MX line to market, which includes models with 3”, 5” and 8” woofers.

Review: Flares Pro Earphones, by Rob Tavaglione
I believe there is some audiophile gear that can excel in our professional world, including these earphones.

Review: Krotos Reformer, Reformer Pro, Dehumaniser II and Dehumaniser Simple Monsters, by Rob Tavaglione
Krotos’ Reformer and Dehumaniser lines offer a new approach to sound design.

Accusound cable

Review: Accusound IX3 and MX4 Balanced Cables, by Rob Tavaglione
Whether cables can affect sound is always up for debate, but producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione has few qualms about these ones.

Studio Products

Audionamix IDC Plug-In

Avid NEXIS | E5 NL Nearline Storage

BigRock BoomLok for Mic Stands

Elysia Skulpter 500 Preamp

Genelec 7050C Subwoofer

Harrison AVA De-Esser Plug-In

Sonarworks Updates Reference 4

Sound Devices MixPre-3M, MixPre-6M

TASCAM Updates DR Series Recorders

Ultimate Ears IEM, IPX Connection System

Sound Reinforcement Products

Allen & Heath SQ-7 Console

Alteros GTX L.A.W.N. Wireless Handheld Transmitters

Bose Professional Expands ControlSpace Line

EAW UX Amplifiers

EM Acoustics HALO-A Line Array

PWS 4×4 Quad Antenna Distro for Shure Axient

QSC Premium Business Music Solutions

Sennheiser, Yamaha Digital 6000 Integration

SSL L100 Live Console

Waves DSPRO StageGrid 4000

Derek Featherstone (left) and Ralph Mastrangelo

Live Sound Pros Acquire UltraSound, by Clive Young
UltraSound, the longtime live sound provider for the Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band and others, passes into familiar hands.

Live Sound Showcase: U2—Speaking from Experience, by Clive Young
After a massive stadium tour last summer, U2 returns to the arenas to close out its Innocence + Experience concept tours. Sound director Joe O’Herlihy discusses the tour and looks back at mixing U2 for 40 years.

Castle Hills Church Adds A&H
Rebuilding after flooding, San Antonio church updates audio with Allen & Heath.

UNT Expands RedNet Network
Huge RedNet system installed nearly three years ago at the College of Music at the University of North Texas remains solid as a rock as new units are added and the network is further expanded.

USS Midway

MixOne Fields VIO for Gin Blossoms
The benefit, supporting local military-focused nonprofits, was held aboard the USS Midway.

Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer Gets in the Zone
Brooklyn multi-genre venue adds Waves system to answer variety of needs.

Wix Wickens

QSC Hits the Road with McCartney MD Wix Wickens
When Paul McCartney and his ace band hit the stage, they may start playing songs more than 50 years old, but you can be sure that the equipment bringing those classics to the audience is quite up to date. Case in point: keyboardist and musical director Paul “Wix” Wickens and his keyboard tech, Howard “DJ” Howes, have been using a QSC TouchMix-30 Pro professional digital mixer and K.2 Series loudspeakers as part of Wickens’ stage rig.

Pink Droyd at the recently renovated Clyde Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN.

Sweetwater Renovates Fort Wayne Theater
Historic Clyde Theatre transformed into world-class music venue.

New P.A. Elevates Church
Mobile church turns to WorxAudio P.A. for weekend services.

From the Editor: The Next Wave of Urban Studios Is Not Quite What You’d Expect, by Clive Young
Recording studios have been disappearing from major cities for years; now an unexpected trend may be changing that trend.

Software Tech: Apple Drops Intel? What Does It Mean for Us?, by Craig Anderton
The latest Apple rumor is that the company is going to replace Intel’s chips with their own starting in 2020. Of course, 2020 is light years away in computer time, and Apple has been known to change its mind. (Seen any Apple cars lately?) While this move makes sense, I’m going to go out on a limb and explain why any angst may be unjustified for audio pros.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry
Industry moves include promotions and hires at Focusrite Pro, QSC, d&b audiotechnik, Heil Sound, Alteros, Guitar Center, dBTechnologies, Pelican Products, Clear-Com, Avid, Solotech, Lawo and DiGiGrid.

View from the Top: Sara Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, VUE Audiotechnik, by Clive Young
From the top of VUE, Sara Elliott shares her views.

Music Etc.: Ian McCulloch, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen about black mold, why the best vocal take is always among the first three, and why the danger of covering one’s own songs is overstated.