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Pro Sound News Online Index: March 2020

Read stories from the March 2020 issue of Pro Sound News magazine.

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NAMM 2020 Goes Down to the Crossroads, by Steve Harvey
NAMM 2020 hit Anaheim with a blizzard of new products, technologies and educational offerings in January. Here, we take a look back, sizing up what the show meant not merely on the product side, but also in terms of how the show affects the industry and where it may indicate we’re headed.

Companies to Watch in 2020, Part Two, by Clive Young
Last month, we began our rundown of pro audio manufacturers to keep an eye on this year. Speaking with executives and industry pros, we discovered that many companies were building on momentum gained in 2019, and were planning to make the most of that velocity this year. That’s certainly the case with numerous companies we spoke with for our second installment of Companies to Watch 2020.

Fire May Bottleneck Vinyl Production, by Clive Young
Apollo Masters, the main U.S. source for lacquer master discs used in the mastering process for vinyl records, suffered a massive fire in February, raising concerns about how the vinyl revival will fare in the wake of the blaze.

MilkBoy’s Unique Ecosystem Grows, by Steve Harvey
A quarter century after composer Jamie Lokoff and producer/engineer Tommy Joyner partnered on MilkBoy, the operation has grown to encompass a top studio, two popular bars and an audio post subsidiary.

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Men Still Dominate the Music Industry, Report Finds, by Steve Harvey
The third annual USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reports, men still greatly outnumber women in the upper reaches of the music industry, particularly behind the glass.

Neumann Appoints Ralf Oehl CEO, by Daniel Gumble
In his new role, Ralf Oehl will be tasked with building Neumann’s business and brand, further developing the strategic direction of the company.

Grammy Production Award Winners Announced
Winners reflected the increasingly diverse artists and genres driving the music business.

NAB Best of Show Nominations Open
Companies that plan to exhibit at the NAB Show have been invited to submit their nominations in Future’s seventh annual Best of Show Awards program.

AVI-SPL Whitlock Merger Creates World’s Largest AV Integrator
AVI-SPL and Whitlock have agreed to merge under the AVI-SPL name (and CEO) which will create the world’s largest AV integrator, with a turnover of $1.3 billion and 3,400 employees around the globe.

Inside Genelec’s Sustainable Energy-Powered Factory
Genelec’s recently expanded facility in Iisalmi, Finland, is now powered entirely by solar, wind and hydroelectric energy. The newly added roof-mounted solar panels will supply 30 percent of Genelec’s annual power needs, while wind and hydroelectric provide the rest.

Academy Award Sound Winners Announced
In a night filled with great expectations—and surprising losses—for a number of hotly tipped films, this year’s Academy Awards telecast served up deserving plaudits for the Sound Editing and Mixing categories.

Pinewood Studios Closes Sound Department
The legendary UK-based film production studio facility located outside London is closing its sound department. Approximately 18 jobs will be affected by the closure, primarily for those based in Pinewood’s headquarters, but also in its Shepperton Studios facility.

Fire May Bottleneck Vinyl Production, by Clive Young
Apollo Masters, the main U.S. source for lacquer master discs used in the mastering process for vinyl records, suffered a massive fire in February, raising concerns about how the vinyl revival will fare in the wake of the blaze.

iHeartMedia Employees Hit by Technology
Hundreds of iHeartMedia employees have apparently fallen victim to artificial intelligence and other technologies, according to reports of significant layoffs at the company, which is the largest radio conglomerate in the United States.

Clear-Com Systems Connect Twin Mariinsky Theaters
The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, recently upgraded two venues’ audio systems, including their intercoms.

Harman Supports Audio at Elephant Eatery
Skopik and JPRO equip the new Old Elephant House restaurant at Auckland Zoo with a multizone audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.

Austrian Audio Joins METAlliance
Austrian Audio has become a METAlliance Pro Partner, a designation for companies that manufacture and sell products that meet the organization’s standards.

903pro Goes Classical in Cartagena
Colombian rental company 903pro provided audio support across several locations at the 2020 Cartagena International Music Festival.

East Looks West for Audio
TechDataPS and Arnion recently upgraded Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park’s outdoor performance venue with an all-Harman audio system.

Shanghai Arts Center Brings Constellation to China
The newly opened Nine Trees Shanghai Future Art Centre sports China’s first Meyer Sound Constellation System.

MBC Adds Calrec Desks
Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. in South Korea has purchased two Apollo consoles for its flagship MBC TV channel.

Alien-C Opens with PK Sound in China
Alien-C, a massive club in Yinchuan, China, opened in November with an 11,000-square-foot main floor and a ceiling 80 feet high. Providing audio for the club’s huge spaces are a number of systems from Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer PK Sound, provided by Beijing-based distributor Polar Audio.

Producer Andrew Weatherall, Dead at 56, by Daniel Gumble
Producer and DJ Andrew Weatherall has died at the age of 56, with the UK music industry hailing him as one of the most influential figures of his generation.


MilkBoy’s Unique Ecosystem Grows, by Steve Harvey
A quarter century after composer Jamie Lokoff and producer/engineer Tommy Joyner partnered on MilkBoy, the operation has grown to encompass a top studio, two popular bars and an audio post subsidiary.

Inside the Secret Recording Studio of ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers,’ by Clive Young
The 8G Band, house musicians for NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, writes and plays eight new songs every night. A key element of those live performances is the band’s backstage recording setup, which is managed by associate music director Eli Janney.

Studio Showcase: San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone Hangs It Up, by Steve Harvey
Tiny Telephone has been a mainstay of the San Francisco indie music scene for 22 years, but owner John Vanderslice is bringing things to a close this July, as he gets ready to sell off priceless gear to pay back the studio’s debts, even as its sister facilities in Oakland and Los Angeles continue to prosper.

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

Concordia Launches New Studio
A new recording studio centered around a Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console at Concordia University Irvine is expected to aid students’ learning experience.

Stemit Licenses AI Tech
Audionamix announced a long-term partnership with Stemit in which Stemit will license exclusive rights to Audionamix’s artificial intelligence music stemming algorithms for record labels, publishers and music distributors.

Invite Only Studios Opens 5.1 Rooms
Overlooking midtown Manhattan, three-room Invite Only Studios offers both familiar and unique recording gear.

Boiler Room Steams into Wicker Park
Boiler Room is based in a 100-plus-year-old, three-story brick building in Chicago’s Wicker Park.


Signature Post Launches in Revamped Facility, by Steve Harvey
Greg Stone launched Signature Post in a renovated space in Burbank with the aim of creating a post house that can provide the right talent, equipment and amenities for any production in Los Angeles. 

Resonate Recordings Powered by Podcast Services, by Steve Harvey
Resonate Recordings has carved a niche for itself in the podcast industry since launching in 2014 by providing post-production services to all comers, from Fortune 100 companies to anyone with a microphone and a story to tell.

ToneMesa Dines with DPA
Daniel S. McCoy captured audio everywhere from pet shops to punk rock concerts for the indie film Dinner in America.

Bay Area Gets IMRSV
Bay Area-based audio post houses IMRSV Sound and Berkeley Sound Artists have merged and will operate under the IMRSV name.

Mark Lanza Named MPSE President
The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) have elected Mark Lanza, an award-winning supervising sound editor who currently serves as the organization’s treasurer, as president.


Pro Sound News Editors’ Choice – NAMM
While literally hundreds of new products debuted at the NAMM Show, here’s a baker’s dozen of offerings that caught our editors’ eyes this year.

  • Ashly Audio AW Series On-Wall Speakers
  • Audio-Technica 3000 Series UHF Wireless System Update
  • Austrian Audio Hi-X Headphones
  • Auralex Vintage VTD-4A Vacuum Tube Direct Box
  • DiGiCo Quantum 338 Console
  • Earthworks Gravity Series G339 Instrument Mic
  • Evo By Audient Evo 8 Audio Interface
  • IsoAcoustics Stage 1 Board
  • L-Acoustics Kara II Long-Throw Modular Line Source
  • Solid State Logic 2+ USB Audio Interface
  • Sontronics Podcast Pro Dynamic Microphone
  • Universal Audio Luna Recording System
  • Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Mixer

Behringer Model D Analog Synthesizer Review, by Bruce MacPherson
The Behringer Model D Analog Synthesizer is for the most part a dead ringer for the original 1970s Minimoog, but with some extra features users will appreciate.

Sonnox Oxford Drum Gate Review, by Mike Dwyer
Sonnox’s Oxford Drum Gate is a must-have for anyone who mixes live drums.

Samson G-Track Pro USB Mic Review, by Russ Long
The Samson G-Track Pro USB mic is a complete recording solution that features a multipattern USB condenser microphone, audio interface and mixer all in one.

Audio-Technica ATH-M Series Headphone Ear Pads Review, by Rob Tavaglione
Several options are available for replacing the ear pads on Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones.

Voodoo Lab Dingbat with Pedal Power ISO-5 Review, by Rich Tozzoli
Voodoo Lab’s Dingbat pedalboard delivers a rugged, lightweight platform for organizing pedals and keeping cables neatly tucked away and out of view.



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Grammy Awards Show Jumps into AoIP, by Steve Harvey
The Grammy Awards show has long employed a large splitter system to distribute microphone and instrument signals from the multiple stages to the house sound and broadcast audio mixing consoles. This year, the production began a transition to audio-over-IP networking.

Soundwave Satisfies Dusk Music Festival’s Irate Neighbors
When locals tried to shut down Tuscon’s Dusk Music Festival over noise abatement concerns, regional audio provider Soundwave Audio had its work cut out for it.

Live Sound Showcase: The Misfits, by Robert Granger
The Misfits, headed by singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only, brought their sinister sound to New York City’s Madison Square Garden this past fall with help from audio provider Digital Sound Systems.

Clearwing Flies with XTA
Clearwing Productions recently purchased 10 XTA MX36 DSP Enabled Console Switching Systems for use on festival events.

D.A.S. Hits the Gym
Miami’s Anatomy Gym gives its newly installed D.A.S. Audio E11EVEN Sound Series a workout—and vice versa.

Allen & Heath Gets Kinky
A new production of the Broadway musical Kinky Boots opened at Buenos Aires’ 1,200-seat Teatro Astral in January. The show is mixed nightly on an Allen & Heath dLive C3500 surface, which uses 80 input channels and more than 100 scene changes during the show, paired with a CDM48 MixRack fitted with a Dante card for multitrack recording and playback.

The Met Philly Updates with Clair Brothers
Revamping sound at the former opera house was all music, no drama for Clair Brothers.

Dream Hotel Outfits with Bose
Nashville’s Dream Hotel collaborated with experiential AV systems integrator Technomedia to outfit the destination with Bose Professional products.

Chainsmokers Tour with L-Acoustics
Dance act The Chainsmokers hit the road recently for their World War Joy tour with Rat Sound and a massive L-Acoustics rig in tow.

The Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart for March 2020
Pro Sound News runs down the crews and gear on the top 10 highest-grossing tours of the month.


From the Editor: Chasin’ the Dream, by Clive Young
One busted truck driver recently discovered that the cab of a semi is no place for mobile recording.

Software Tech: The 2020 Anderton Awards, by Craig Anderton
Sizing up the NAMM Show with a moderately bloodshot eye, the Anderton Awards return.

The METAlliance Report: Why We Do This, by George Massenburg
The METAlliance was founded by a group of legendary producers/engineers with the aim of sharing their knowledge with other recording pros and highlighting gear that deserves to be commended. George Massenburg shares some high points of the journey so far.

View from the Top: Scott Kalata, Director of Theatrical Operations, Masque Sound
The director of theatrical operations at Masque Sound shares that while the audio provider is known for its work on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and touring productions, there’s far more going on inside its New Jersey headquarters.

60 Seconds with Joey Palkowitch of LEA Professional
Get to know Joey Palkowitch, North American sales manager at LEA Professional.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for March 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Arista Corp., QSC, Meyer Sound, PMC, Optocore and BroaMan, Clear-Com and Riedel Communications.

The Aha Moment: Money Matters, Part Two, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis, former owner of Radial Engineering, continues his two-part look at the bad old days of his career, and how they taught him creativity and perseverance.

Music, Etc.: Robert Tepper, by Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey talks with Robert Tepper about the artist’s Rocky IV hit, building a career behind the glass, and reaching AOR Heaven with a new album.