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AES67, AVB/TSN, Dante Power AoIP’s Rise, by Steve Harvey
With live sound, post production and, increasingly, music production facilities now routinely utilizing audio-over-IP networks, 2018 looks like it could be the year that the broadcast world reaches the proverbial tipping point and joins them.
Audio Exhibitors Ready for InfoComm 2018, by Clive Young
As InfoComm 2018 lands in Las Vegas next week, pro-audio exhibitors explain why it's such a crucial show for the industry.
Yamaha Acquires Ampeg from Loud Audio, by Clive Young
With its sale of Ampeg to Yamaha, Loud moves to place an increased focus on pro audio.
London’s Legendary AIR Studios Up for Sale, by Clive Young
Founded by late Beatles producer George Martin, London's AIR Studios has recorded the likes of Paul McCartney and Adele, as well as countless film and TV soundtracks. Now it's on the market.
Leon Speakers Acquires Terra Speakers
Custom audio/AV solutions manufacturer Leon Speakers has acquired Terra Speakers, a Maine-based manufacturer of all-weather speakers, with the intent of expanding its residential and commercial product offerings.
AES Sets Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders
The event will cover everything from safe and effective mixing of in-ear monitors for live performance to raising the public’s awareness of hearing conservation.
Audinate Adds Track at InfoComm Event
Audinate will introduce a new hands-on, interactive track, "Optimizing Your Dante Network," during its annual Dante Networking World event at InfoComm 2018.
The Next Generation of Genelec, by Steve Harvey
Genelec’s founders had a rough road at first in establishing the Genelec brand, which is today a mainstay of the professional audio industry. This year Genelec celebrates its 40th anniversary by honoring its history as a new generation prepares to lead it into the future.
2018 Tony Award Sound Nominations Announced, by Clive Young
The Tony Awards, the high-profile annual awards ceremony for theatrical achievements on Broadway, has announced the 2018 nominations for Best Sound Design of a Musical and of a Play. Significantly, these are the first nominations in the newly reinstated award categories, following their controversial elimination in 2014.
Shure to Exit Phonograph Cartridge Market, by Clive Young
Shure has announced it will stop producing phonograph cartridges by this summer, quietly ending its 85-year presence in the phono category.
Adam Hall NA Merges with MDG
Newly-formed Adam Hall Group North America teams with Musical Distributors Group.
Gibson Brands Files for Bankruptcy, by Katie Makal
Gibson, parent company to pro-audio brands KRK, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega and others, has filed for bankruptcy.
Clear-Com Celebrates 50 Years, by Clive Young
Clear-Com has spent much of this year celebrating as it marks its 50th year in business. Since its founding in 1968, the company has grown with the times and technologies to become a global provider of professional real-time communications solutions and services.
AES@NAMM Education Team-Up Extended Through 2021
Following inaugural edition of AES@NAMM, the organizations cement three-year pact.
Lectrosonics Captures Artemis Fowl
UK-based production sound mixer and recordist Colin Nicolson has expanded his Lectrosonics kit and has been using a pair of SSM micro belt pack transmitters for his current production, Walt Disney Pictures’ Artemis Fowl, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
JoeCo Captures Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts
JoeCo recorders used to preserve charity shows by Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Kasabian and Def Leppard.
La La Land Live Show Hits the Road
FOH engineer Troy Choi mixes live music to La La Land screenings around the world.
Epah Takes a Leap with SSL System T
Epah Estúdios, which provides live mixing, recording and production services to the Brazilian broadcast industry, has launched UMA-5, a new vehicle featuring a Solid State Logic System T broadcast audio production system.
Ashby Turns to Audient for VOs
Recording for international clients like Costa, Microsoft, Clairol and Twitter from her home studio, voice artist Caroline Ashby has been using two Audient audio interfaces, iD22 and iD4, to capture parts for numerous TV commercials, game characters, radio promos, corporate training clips and children’s toys.
LipSync Upgrades to Atmos with Avid, AMS Neve
Post-production house LipSync Post has upgraded its Soho-based facility, enlisting the help of HHB Communications’ Scrub division to create a hybrid, dual Avid S6 and AMS Neve DFC-3D desk, and also upgrade to Dolby Atmos mixes with a new HE-RMU Rendering and Mastering Unit.
Cut Chemist’s Album Alchemy, by Steve Harvey
Lucas McFadden, aka Cut Chemist, says, "For this record, I was running away from isolation and back into a group dynamic. I wanted many people to have a hand in this—to sound like a band, a collaborative effort.”
Police Photos Reveal First Look Inside Prince’s Legendary Tape Vault, by Clive Young
Investigating Prince's death in 2016, police photographed all of his Paisley Park complex—studios, bedrooms and more—revealing the first-ever look inside his legendary tape vault, which contained hundreds of unreleased songs.
Studio Showcase: Modern Electric Sound Recorders, by Steve Harvey
Modern Electric Sound Recorders has revitalized the advertising market in Dallas.
Mixing Elton John for VR360—On Headphones
Helping kick off Elton John’s upcoming four-year farewell tour, effects company Spinifex was recently tasked with putting together Elton John—Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Legacy (VR360), a career-retrospective 360/VR project. While the CGI brought to bear was impressive, understandably, getting the music element of the endeavor right was just as crucial.
Sweetwater Studios Records Hometown Songstress
Sweetwater goes all out for The Voice runner-up Addison Agen, helping her record her first album and see it through to completion.
Neil Young’s Former Home/Studio Up for Sale, by Clive Young
Every artist needs a place to retreat from the world and recharge; some wind up turning those sacred spaces into their workplaces as well. That was the case with Neil Young’s former Topanga Canyon home, where he built a studio 50 years ago. Today, that retreat is now up for sale with a decidedly 2018 price tag of $1,800,000.
Producer/Songwriter Reggie Lucas, Dead at 65, by Clive Young
A jazz guitar prodigy turned producer, Lucas variously produced, wrote for and played with the likes of Madonna, Miles Davis, Roberta Flack and many others.
Tracks - June 2018
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.
MidCoast Makes Music with Metric Halo
Chris Hanson, guitarist, executive producer and owner of MidCoast Music, has been using Metric Halo products for recording new material in his production music company’s dedicated studio and on location around Milwaukee and elsewhere.
Zobler Mixes Things Up with Manley
Two-time Grammy winner Erik Zobler, who has been using Manley gear for decades, most recently has been mixing FOH for Kenny Loggins tours, recording Romanian X Factor participants, mixing music for the 2018 film The Little Mermaid, and mixing a new funk/jazz album for Byron Miller.
Paranormal Records Turns to Mackie Monitors
Malaysian hit house Paranormal Records upgrades to XR-series monitors.
Rarefied Recording Grows Organically
Studio owner Roy Silverstein built his facility, boutique studio Rarefied Recording, as something of a passion project over the years. Located in the North Park area of San Diego, the studio offers a control room, live room, and two sound locks which double as small iso booths.
Gratitude Sound Grows Cross Country, by Steve Harvey
After touring the world with a succession of hardcore bands, working as a guitarist, guitar tech and stage manager, Bryan Hinkley tired of the road. His career ambitions eventually led him back home to Boston, where he established Gratitude Sound in 2014.
New Audio Offerings at VRLA 2018, by Steve Harvey
The annual gathering of the VR production world returned to L.A. with eyes and ears wide open.
The Really Fast Rise of Really Slow Motion, by Steve Harvey
Movie trailer music company celebrates five years.
Fox Installs Yamaha on Newman Stage
Since installation, the console has been used on such films as The Greatest Showman, The Mountain Between Us and Ferdinand.
Shure's a Little Bit Country
Two dozen channels of Shure Axient Digital were used at the ACM Awards on April 30.
Innovations: Ultimate Ears IPX Cable Connection System, by Mike Dias
Mike Dias, director of sales and marketing for Ultimate Ears Pro, discusses the thinking behind recent product refinements.
Need to Know: 5G, by Jeff Baumgartner
New platform will accelerate wireless speeds, connect the Internet of Things—and drive competition.
Need to Know: 5G and Pro Audio, by Clive Young
When the FCC closed bidding in its auction for frequencies in the 600 MHz spectrum in April 2017, the situation didn’t look good for the countless audio professionals whose wireless mics and in-ear monitors operated in that frequency band. And then things got worse.
Review: Sennheiser/Apogee AMBEO Smart Headset, by Russ Long
The concept of the AMBEO Smart Headset is a high-quality pair of earbuds that integrate a microphone on the exterior, allowing for easy monitoring and simultaneous picture-perfect microphone placement.
Review: Earthworks SV33 Cardioid Capacitor Microphone, by Russ Long
Besides excelling at vocal recording, the SV33 mic’s natural sound character makes it a perfect option for instrument recording.
Review: Mojave MA-1000 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone, by Russ Long
The Mojave MA-1000 is an audio gem that can hold its own against any microphone manufactured today.
Review: Royer R-10 Ribbon Microphone, by Russ Long
Although you wouldn’t guess it from the mic’s exceptional sonic performance and build quality, the R-10 is the most affordable Royer mic to date.
Sound Reinforcement Products
Cool Tools Track T-Mobile's 600 MHz Coverage, by Steve Harvey
Crowdsourced data tools can help determine if you can still use that 600 MHz wireless mic system in a given area.
Smith Center Updates Meyer Rig
An upgraded Meyer Sound bolsters fine arts productions at Reynolds Hall, part of Las Vegas' Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Custer Road's dLive Cluster
An audio update led to purchasing a trio of new consoles.
OFX Turns to EAW for HOW
EAW Radius systems now reside in churches in Philadelphia and Columbia, MD.
VUE Gives Marley Cup Volume
VUE system powers all-ages celebrity soccer match and reggae festival at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, SC.
L-Acoustics Hangs Over Overture Hall
Clearwing Systems installs L-Acoustics in flagship performance venue in Madison, WI.
Mid South Audio Goes Big with Nexo
SR provider heavily researched largest gear purchase in its history.
Live Sound Showcase: Forever on the Move with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, by Clive Young
The Tedeschi Trucks Band typically plays 200 gigs a year, which keeps its audio team busy taming the stage volume of 12 people musically flooring it without an IEM in sight.
Mixing Fetty Wap on Tour
Rapper on the road plays through Bose at HOB.
Valencia College Builds Largest Educational Focusrite RedNet Installation
Facilities for Valencia College’s Sound & Music Technology program are connected via Focusrite RedNet.
OSA Updates Chicago's Navy Pier with Harman
The new Polk Bros. Performance Lawns bring music to the masses at Navy Pier.
Shepherding Audio for The Lamb's Chapel
A sizable new sanctuary for The Lamb's Chapel sports an audio system to match.
QSC Rallies at Sacramento's Raley Field
A QSC TouchMix mixer handles video screen audio, announcers, on-field mics and more for River Cats games.
House Votes to Modernize Music Compensation, by Steve Harvey
Passing by unanimous vote, a bill aiming to reform compensation for music licensing heads to the Senate.
From the Editor: How Pro Audio Trade Shows Rebounded, by Clive Young
Today, trade show attendance has rebounded, and in some cases the shows are bigger than ever. Exhibitors are aware of that more than anyone, so I asked reps from a number of companies that will be at InfoComm for their take on how the conventions found their way back.
Software Tech: Can Pro Audio Software Sustain? by Craig Anderton
The lessons of Cakewalk, Emagic, Steinberg, Digidesign and Syntrillium are instructive because each presents possibly sustainable economic models for pro audio software.
People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry
Industry moves include promotions and hires at d&b audiotechnik, Calrec Audio, Ashly Audio, VUE Audiotechnik, the Business Solutions Group of Guitar Center, Riedel Communications, Solotech, Prism Sound, API, the NSCA Education Foundation, Lawo and QSC.
View from the Top: Maureen Droney, Managing Director, Producers & Engineers Wing and Recording Technology, The Recording Academy, by Clive Young
“I’m privileged to be an advocate for my favorite people: recording engineers and producers."
Music Etc.: The Record Company, by Jacques Sonyieux
The Record Company talks about its sophomore album, surpassing expectations, and how a Fleetwood Mac song got the band out of the living room and into a commercial studio.