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Pro Sound News Online Index: July 2019

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Pro Audio Weighs the Troubles with Tariffs, by Steve Harvey
Manufacturers feel the pressure as the U.S. trade war with China heats up.

InfoComm Draws Crowds, Loudspeakers, by Clive Young
Every year, InfoComm is a magnet that attracts AV industry movers and shakers, and this year’s edition was no different.

Drugs hidden inside counterfeit loudspeakers

$835M Drug Bust in Fake Loudspeakers, by Clive Young
Australian border police recently discovered 1.8 tons of methamphetamine and heroin smuggled inside a cargo shipment of counterfeit loudspeakers from Thailand.

Eavesdropping on the Cold War, by Mel Lambert
How do you get a theater audience to experience the paranoia and suspicion of East Berlin in 1968? For the sold-out London run of Anna, it meant putting headphones on every spectator and using a binaural mix to direct attention during the play’s overlapping scenes.

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Police Seize 1.8 Tons of Meth, Heroin Smuggled in Counterfeit Loudspeakers, by Clive Young
Australian border police recently discovered 1.8 tons of methamphetamine and heroin smuggled inside a cargo shipment of counterfeit loudspeakers from Thailand.

Can Music Row Be Saved?
Once home to dozens of studios and music industry businesses, Nashville’s Music Row put the city on the map—and is now in danger of being wiped off the earth.

Arista Nets New AV Website
New Arista site focuses on the audio-visual market.

ITU Report Explores the Future of AI in Broadcast
Is AI coming for your broadcast audio job? No, but it could speed up the boring parts.

UMG to Remix Thousands of Songs in Atmos, by Steve Harvey
Dolby and UMG Team for Dolby Atmos music agreement.

At InfoComm: Retailers to Power Pro AV Biz Boom, by Anthony Savona
Retail ready to razzle dazzle in the coming “Experience Economy.”

Sound Designer Paz Makes Tony History, by Clive Young
Jessica Paz, co-sound designer for Hadestown, became both the first woman to nominated for and also the first to win the Best Sound Design of a Musical category.

RCF Goes to Milan
Avnu Alliance has announced that Italy-based professional audio manufacturer RCF has joined as a new member of the organization’s pro AV segment to support the Milan network, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary at InfoComm 2019.

AVIXA Women’s Council Honors Industry Leaders, by Megan A. Dutta
The AVIXA Women’s Council hosted more than 325 women and men at its annual breakfast.

Celestion Sponsors Truth in Audio
Manufacturer backs emerging live sound industry school.

Sonarworks Nets New Financing
The Eastern European audio software developer has completed a €5 million Series A round of financing.

Joe Pham, chairman of the 2019 AVIXA Board of Directors

Experience Matters: AVIXA Chairman Explains Why, by Cynthia Wisehart
The chairman of the 2019 AVIXA Board of Directors discusses industry trends and more.

Whisky a Go Go Gets New P.A. System
The famed L.A. musical launch pad has updated its audio system.

Alan Parsons Readies Trio of Classes in New Studio
The three themed events will be held at his new facility in Santa Barbara, CA.

James Towler

Keeping Steve Winwood Connected
James Towler oversees the Traffic man’s Dante networks on stage and in the studio.

Grupo AR Acquires Martin Audio System
New loudspeaker inventory will be used throughout the Dominican Republic.

SSL Travels with Los Temerarios
After 40 years, the band still plays to more than 10,000 fans a night.

Thunder Rolls Into StudioUK hard rock lifers hit the studio and the stage with Bose.

Eilish Rolls into Coachella with Allen & Heath
The young songstress wasn’t the only major artist using A&H desks at the festival.

Drake’s Vacation Tour

Drake Takes Sennheiser on “Vacation,” by Fiona Hope
Wireless Sennheiser gear could be found all over the rapper’s recent Assassination Vacation tour of Europe.

Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley

Sum 41’s Whibley Gets Band’s Album in Order, by Steve Harvey
You might imagine that, as frontman, principal songwriter and sole original member of Sum 41, Deryck Whibley would have better things to do than get into the weeds regarding the creation of the band’s latest album. But as the producer, engineer and mixer of the project, he is more than happy to talk shop.

Yeasayer Takes a New Approach to Recording, by Steve Harvey
The acclaimed experimental rock band returns with Erotic Reruns, its latest self-produced album, which was almost entirely tracked, overdubbed and mixed at the home studios of its three core members.

Studio DMI

Studio Showcase: Studio DMI, by Steve Harvey
The electronic dance music scene has exploded in Las Vegas over the past decade in the city’s resorts and clubs. No newcomer to the genre, Studio DMI has long specialized in EDM, and now has moved to a new multiroom complex specially designed to meet the needs of the field’s most prominent practitioners.

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

23dB Productions

Focusrite Delivers Workflow Changes to 23dB Productions
From recording live sound to podcasting, the company’s gear of choice has kept busy.

MSM Studios Opens PMC-Equipped Dolby Atmos Room
The room is primarily used to mix and master Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc music releases.

Oxford Studio Shops Local
Ride frontman Mark Gardener’s studio nets new SSL desk.

Karen O, Danger Mouse Capture Album Creation with Immersive Documentary
A massive Meyer Sound immersive system was used for the documentary’s premiere.

MSM Studio Group

PMC Opens Demo Spaces in NYC, L.A.
PMC’s new U.S. studios will be creative hubs as well as demo spaces.

NYC Mayor’s Office Announces Grants for Women in Music, by Steve Harvey
Music producers, engineers, composers and musicians who identify as women will now be included in NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre’s content creation grant program.

Somers Streamlines Undercurrent with RedNet
Multi-story studio reduces cable clutter with new network.

Hobo on the Move, by Steve Harvey
Having long provided audio post services for reality TV staples like Gold Rush, Manhattan-based audio studio Hobo has launched a long-form original content development company, Hobo Films, that’s finishing work on the pilot for its first dramatic series, The System.

Sony Posts Men in Black: International Sound
Audio for the recent Columbia Pictures action adventure Men in Black: International was completed by Sony Pictures Post Production Services on the studio lot in Culver City, CA.

KUED Upgrades with Brio
Salt Lake City-based PBS station nets new desk.

Bal Takes Lectrosonics to the Hop
Location recordist aims to reduce frequency use.

Schwartz Makes Billions with Sanken
The Showtime series Billions, that is.

Verizon Media Lands Lawo
Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Huffpost, Yahoo News, RYOT, Engadget, Tech Crunch and Makers could all potentially use the newly renovated studios.

Norman Lear’s Classic Sitcoms Air Live with ShureTV Revivals of All in the Family and The Jeffersons were captured with Shure mics.

Eurovision Broadcast Dives into Waves
Much of the annual three-day event was mixed on eMotion LV1 live mixers.

d&b KSL

Innovations in Sound: d&b audiotechnik KSL System, by Matthias Christner
While d&b audiotechnik previewed its flagship GSL large line array system for customers, it began discussing the possibility of scaling down the technology. That effort has resulted in the KSL System.

Lectrosonics D Squared

Innovations in Sound: Lectrosonics D Squared Digital Wireless Microphone System, by Karl Winkler
Digital microphone systems are expected to meet three performance criteria—high channel counts, decent battery life and long range—but achieving any two of those goals generally comes at the expense of the third. Lectrosonics aims to change that expectation.

Eventide H9000

Review: Eventide H9000 Multi-Effects Processor, by Russ Long
The H9000 Harmonizer is a significant leap forward from 2006’s eight-channel H8000FW.

Review: Zylia Recording System, by Russ Long
With immersive audio about to enter the mainstream, my guess is that Zylia will be one of the primary players in the field.

Royer dBooster

Review: Royer Labs R-DB20 dBooster In-Line Signal Booster, by Russ Long
Ribbon mic manufacturer gets into the mic signal booster/impedance buffer game.

Pro Sound News InfoComm Best of Show Award Winners 2019
• Ashly Audio mXa-1502 Mixer Amp
• Avid Pro Tools 2019
• Bose Professional ArenaMatch Array & Utility Loudspeakers
• Clair Brothers C10 Dual 10-Inch Line Array
• Crestron Electronics UC Video Conference Smart Soundbar & Camera
• Meyer Sound ULTRA-X40 Compact Loudspeaker
• Pliant Technologies MicroCom Wireless Intercom System
• Renkus-Heinz IC Live X Steerable Array Loudspeakers
• Wireless Mic Belts RF Rac Wireless Equipment Storage

Studio Products

RME Babyface Pro Podcasting Bundle
Radial Catapult Mini TRS Cat 5 Audio Snake
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 Mk II
Manley Labs Limited Edition Dual Mono Mic Preamp
Sommer Cable SC-MONOCAT 121
Studio Technologies Model 207 Esports Audio Unit
Roswell Pro Audio Delphos II Condenser Microphone
Rodecaster Pro Firmware Update

Sound Reinforcement Products

Neutrik USA NA2-IO-DPRO Interface
Martin Audio WPS Line Array
d&b audiotechnik A-Series Loudspeakers
Arista Corp Apollo Duo AoIP Line
Yamaha Active Field Control System Update
DPA 4097 Choir Mic
EAW SB818P|F Subwoofer
Lectrosonics D Squared Digital Wireless Microphone System


Eavesdropping on the Cold War, by Mel Lambert
How do you get a theater audience to experience the paranoia and suspicion of East Berlin in 1968? For the sold-out London run of Anna, it meant putting headphones on every spectator and using a binaural mix to direct attention during the play’s overlapping scenes.

Eclectic Kensington Presents Series Goes PPA, by Steve Harvey
Kensington Presents has been promoting pop-up music shows at a variety of non-traditional Los Angeles area venues for years, relying on powered portable P.A.s to cover intimate crowds.

Suzanne Ciani

Live Sound Showcase: Suzanne Ciani, by Steve Harvey
Nobody said “shhh” when electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani played a live quadrophonic performance at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

Clair Solutions Asks, ‘What’s in Your Arena?’
Clair Solutions recently upgraded the house SR system for the 20,000-seat Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

Inside the Colorado Symphony’s Immersive Star Wars Show
Hyperspace got “hyperreal” when Clearwing Productions deployed L-Acoustics’ L-ISA for a live orchestral accompaniment to The Empire Strikes Back.

Excision Wraps Up Apex Tour with PK Sound
EDM artist brings 225,000-watt rig on the road.

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

Statue of Liberty Museum

From the Editor: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Audio, by Clive Young
The new Statue of Liberty Museum makes effective use of modern AV technology, as evidenced by the lump in your throat.

Software Tech: Will Podcasts Elevate the Small Studio?, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton ponders if podcasts will elevate the small studio.

The METAlliance Report: METABollocks, by Frank Filipetti
This month, the METAlliance is taking a different tack. They call it “METABollocks,” as they sound off on all the studio aggravations that get under their collective skin.

METAlliance Adds Lewitt as Pro Partner
Austrian microphone manufacturer joins METAlliance Pro Partners including Audio-Technica, Yamaha and DPA Microphones.

60 Seconds with Glenn Booth, Yamaha Corp. of America
Get to know Glenn Booth, director of marketing for the professional audio department at Yamaha.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for July 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Propellerhead, Calrec, Renkus-Heinz, beyerdynamic, QSC, d&b audiotechnik, DAS Audio of America, Riedel Communications, 64 Audio and Sennheiser.

View from the Top: Jan Glasband of Equi=Tech, by Clive Young
In 2017, Equi=Tech faced a perfect storm of challenges, including the death of founder Martin Glasband. Now with his sister Jan leading a determined team of pros, the company is moving forward in new directions.

The Aha Moment: Controlling Your Own Destiny, Part Two, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis delves deeper into controlling your pro audio company’s destiny.

Steven Van Zandt

Music Etc.: Steven Van Zandt, by Jacques Sonyieux
Whether you know him as Miami Steve from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Silvio Dante from The Sopranos or as the leader of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, you’ll find Steven Van Zandt has a lot to say about working in analog, respecting musical roots and finding that “intangible element.”