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Pro Sound News Online Index: June 2019

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Audio Pros Prepare for VR’s Next Step, by Steve Harvey
By mid-2018, some pundits were ready to write off virtual reality as headset sales took a downward turn in only their second year of commercial availability. Now, after a sharp uptick in VR headset sales at the end of last year, it appears possible that predictions of VR’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

Breaking Down and Upswing, State by State, by Steve Harvey
Organizations representing musicians, songwriters, publishers and record labels in the United States recently launched an interactive website that analyzes the economic and cultural impact of the music industry on each individual state.

Reinventing the Audio of Apocalypse Now, by Katie Makal
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now Final Cut, a new edition of the classic war film, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, marking the culmination of a multiyear restoration effort that included a new Dolby Atmos mix presented in Meyer Sound’s Sensual Sound process.

Recording in Paradise, by Rich Tozzoli
Setting up a temporary studio for two weeks each year in St. John to record reality TV music is a tough job, but multitasker Rich Tozzoli was not only up for the challenge this year, but he also reviewed all the portable recording gear he brought along for the project.

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Netflix Unveils Audio Streaming Improvements, by Steve Harvey
The streaming provider takes its audio offerings to the next level.

Avid Q1 Results Show Continued Growth, by Steve Harvey
Subscriptions, recurring revenue, e-commerce and more are contributing to the company’s growth.

Apocalypse Now Final Cut: Hearing It Again for the First Time, by Katie Makal
“Apocalypse Now” is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a newly edited cut enhanced by new technologies including Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and Meyer Sound Sensual Sound.

Recording Golf Tourney Returns
The annual event supports A Place Called Home in South Central Los Angeles.

Onkyo Consumer Audio Acquired by Sound United
Deal Includes Onkyo, Pioneer, Pioneer Elite and Integra brands

GamesSoundCon Seeks Submissions
The annual video game sound event will return to Los Angeles in October.

2019 Tony Sound Design Nominees Named, by Clive Young
This year’s Tony Award nominations for Best Sound Design for plays and musicals have been announced.

Eventide’s Agnello Honored by NJIT
Company’s co-owner highlighted for lifetime contributions to pro audio.

David Foster Hits the Road
Following successful U.S. leg, the tour resumes up north for summer Canadian run.

WSDG Room is Catnip for DJ Duo
Production team dresses up mixes inside “vest-pocket” room.

Finneas O’Connell

Finneas on Producing Billie Eilish’s Hit Album in His Bedroom, by Steve Harvey
In April, Billie Eilish’s debut album entered the Billboard 200 at Number 1. Finneas O’Connell—her co-writer, producer, older brother and an artist in his own right—discusses recording the sonically adventurous collection at their family home.

Jacob Collier: Making Elements Co-Exist, by Steve Harvey
UK multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier discusses his relationship to technology and the imminent release of the second volume in his epic four-album, 40-plus song project, Djesse.

Sweetwater Studios Studio B

Studio Showcase: Sweetwater Studios, by Steve Harvey
From its humble beginnings as a 4-track mobile recording studio in the back of musician Chuck Surack’s Volkswagen Samba bus in 1979, Sweetwater Sound has become a juggernaut, morphing into the largest online pro audio and MI equipment retailer in the United States.

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

Carl Tatz Design Brings PhantomFocus to Jankland
Newly installed PhantomFocus System enables easier, faster mixes for Steve Jankowski.

Ross Builds Out with Genelec
Urban producer’s new facility gets outfitted with new monitors.

Abbey Road Masters Catalog Launches
A new production music catalog will originate entirely from the famed facility.

Book Discusses Women in the Studio
Academic tome explores issues of creativity, control and gender in music production.

Full Sail’s Fortress

Full Sail Goes All-In on Esports, by Steve Harvey
Full Sail University’s new $6 million, 11,000-plus-square-foot esports arena, The Fortress, is the largest such facility on a college campus in the United States. It’s part of the media arts and technology college’s Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting studio facility.

Mexico City’s Cinematic Media Adds Sound
New post audio facility aims to ride ongoing expansion in motion picture and television production in Mexico.

Sony Pictures Upgrades More Stages to Dolby Atmos
Seven is a lucky number as facility updates mix rooms to Atmos.

Mets Pregame Scores with DPA
The Mets’ TV crew field DPA mics at CitiField.

Auralation Flexes with Focusrite
Focusrite connectivity and interface technologies power diverse audio applications—including ADR, Foley, podcasting, and scoring for television—at Knoxville audio production and post facility.

CBC/Radio-Canada Building IP-Based Complex
The system will be among the largest in North America.

Recording in Paradise, by Rich Tozzoli
Setting up a temporary studio for two weeks each year in St. John to record reality TV music is a tough job, but multitasker Rich Tozzoli was not only up for the challenge this year, but he also reviewed all the portable recording gear he brought along for the project.

Products include: Universal Audio Apollo X8, IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors, Mojave Audio MA-301FET, Korg NanoKey2 and Korg NanoKontrol2, Vienna Smart Orchestra, Process Audio Sugar, Behringer MicroAmp HA400, Lunastone Boost 18, Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.6, Røde PodMic Podcasting Microphone

Studio Products

Waves Audio Submarine Plug-In

Avid Pro Tools 2019.5

Celestion Suhr Cabinet Impulse Responses

Audient Nero

Arista Corp. Stealth Audio Workstation

KRK ROkit G4

Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II with Dante

PreSonus ATOM Producer Lab

Sound Reinforcement Products

UNiKA Pro NBB-0202 Dante I/O

d&b audiotechnik ArrayCalc Exchange

Alto Professional TS3 Series Subwoofers

Audio-Technica ES954 Mic Array

Lectrosonics M2C Active Antenna Combiner

QSC AD-S6 Loudspeaker

MXL AC-360 Web Conferencing Microphone

Mixing the Zappa Hologram Tour, by Paroo Streich
More than a quarter century after his passing, rock iconoclast Frank Zappa returned to the stage as a hologram this spring, “performing” live with members of his original backing band—all of which created a challenging mix situation for FOH man Nate Lettus.

The Church

A Different Kind of Church Sound, by Larry Jaffee
The classic Australian alternative act returns to mark the 30th anniversary of its Starfish album and signature hit, “Under The Milky Way.”

Live Sound Showcase: New Orleans Jazz Fest, by Jim Beaugez
A musical institution for 50 years, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes over the city’s fairgrounds for two consecutive four-day weekends every spring to present dozens of acts on 17 stages and tents simultaneously, making for a considerable live audio challenge.

Allen & Heath Reaches Destination Church
Growing Alabama congregation gets new console.

The Roots

Roots Rock the Met’s ‘Play it Loud’ Exhibit with Frost, Martin
Kicking off the new “Play It Loud” exhibit still meant staying under 95 dB.

Yorkville Set for InfoComm
Yorkville’s multiple brands and new speakers will be on display at the upcoming trade show.

Shure Aids Burgled Venue
A small 150-cap venue in England kept its doors open with help from the mic manufacturer.

From the Editor: Podcasting Goes Prime Time, by Clive Young
While podcasting has been around for 15 years, it’s only in the last few that the format has exploded.

Software Tech: Recovering from OS Meltdowns, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton explores the changing ways to recover from OS meltdowns.

Inside Podcasting: Who are Podcasters? by Chris Curran
In our new podcasting column, Chris Curran defines who today’s podcasters are.

The METAlliance Report: Let’s Not Lose the Art in Engineering, by Chuck Ainlay
METAlliance founder and multiple Grammy-winning producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay discusses what the art in engineering is and can be, offering suggestions about how to develop one’s engineering chops while finding inspiration along the way.

60 Seconds with Larry Italia of d&b audiotechnik Americas
Get to know Larry Italia, president and CEO at d&b audiotechnik Americas.

View from the Top: Andy Farrow, Celestion
Andy Farrow, global sales director for UK-based loudspeaker manufacturer Celestion, discusses how the 95-year-old company stays on the cutting edge.

The Aha Moment: Controlling Your Own Destiny, Part One, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis looks at why change is inevitable in any business and discusses how to take control of your own destiny.

Music Etc.: Craig Leon, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with Craig Leon about producing The Ramones, folk music influences and his new synth epic, Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music, Vol. 2: The Canon.