Pro Sound News Online Index: May 2018

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Sennheiser's $55,000 HE 1 headphones are positioned as the ultimate in consumer audio. The amplifier sits on a solid block of Carrara marble. On its release, Sennheiser's press release stated, "The HE 1 combines a unique amplifier concept with carefully selected materials and highest-quality craftsmanship. With a frequency response that extends beyond the range of human hearing and the lowest total harmonic distortion that has ever been measured in an audio reproduction system, it is a milestone product in Sennheiser history."

Lines Blur Between Consumer and Pro Audio, by Clive Young
The idea of what constitutes a quality listening experience has evolved with technology advances over the past several decades.

NAB Show 2018: AI, IP and More, by Steve Harvey
The NAB Show roars into Las Vegas each year, bringing with it gear that reflects the changes of the last 12 months and likewise keeps an eye toward the future of broadcasting in all its major, and occasionally macro, forms. Here, we take a look at not only what the convention presented, but how it did so.

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T-Mobile Eases 600 MHz Transition, by Steve Harvey
T-Mobile published an updated list of current and projected deployments of its 600 MHz services on its How Mobile Works website and has also added a new sign-up feature for those wishing to receive monthly notifications.

VER to Merge with PRG
VER has entered into an agreement to merge with Production Resource Group, bringing together two of the largest event production companies in North America.

Future Publishing Acquires NewBay, Parent Company of Pro Sound News
Future plc, the global platform for specialist media, has completed the acquisition of NewBay.

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RIAA Talks 2017 U.S. Music Revenues
With digital downloads falling off a cliff and CD sales dwindling, a massive surge in paid music subscriptions and the continuing rise in vinyl shipments drove U.S. music revenues to a second consecutive year of growth, according to the RIAA’s 2017 year-end report.

WAM Announces Conference for Women in Audio at Capitol Studios
WAM @ Capitol will take place June 9, 2018 at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

Avid Connect: “Getting Stronger Every Year,” by Katie Makal
At the fifth annual Avid Connect event in Las Vegas, new Avid CEO Jeff Rosica said, "I’m really eager to further tighten the bond between Avid and our global community. Together with the Avid team, we’ve accomplished a lot these last few years, but I will tell you there’s still a lot more we can do."

L.A. Recording Studio Fire Kills Two; Arson Suspected, by Clive Young
A fire inside a recording facility in Studio City claimed two lives on April 14, while leaving two others in critical condition. The cause of the 7 a.m. blaze appears to have been arson.

Memphis Studio Burglar Bites Employee’s Face, Say Police, by Clive Young
Attack reportedly the culmination of numerous days of harassment by the suspect, who is now in police custody.

Recording Industry Golf & Poker Tourney Set
Organizers have announced the 2018 Recording Industry Golf & Poker Tournament (RIGT) will be held Monday, June 4, 2018, at Sand Canyon Golf Club (formerly known as Robinson Ranch Golf Club) in Santa Clarita, CA.

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National Recording Registry Adds 25 Titles, by Steve Harvey
Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” is now officially a national treasure with the announcement by the Library of Congress that the 1984 mega-hit joins 24 other iconic titles in the National Recording Registry.

Canada to Follow U.S. with 600 MHz Auction, by Steve Harvey
March 2019 will see Canada follow in the U.S.'s footsteps as it auctions off its 600 MHz spectrum—but pro-audio wireless users there have not been forgotten.

ISY: China’s EDM Fest
Some human experiences are just universal, whether it’s stopping to appreciate a gorgeous sunset, breaking bread in the company of family and friends, or going crazy when the beat drops at a massive EDM festival with 60,000 other revelers.

Lisbon’s Resonate Conference Explores Sound in Architecture
The role of sound in architectural space was recently the focus of RESONATE: Thinking Sound and Space, a one-day conference co-organized by reSITE, a Prague-based nonprofit platform acting to improve the urban environment, and MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) in Lisbon, Portugal, which hosted the event. Meyer Sound was a notable collaborator for the event, which drew more than 320 participants from various disciplines

Providing Audio for Asia’s Biggest LED Screen
Investing in Asia Pacific's biggest LED screen was no small undertaking for Hong Kong’s Sogo department store. The 230-by-53-foot video screen outside the retailer’s flagship store faces into Hong Kong's Causeway Bay has a massive presence, and now that’s compounded by two 12-ft Renkus-Heinz IC Live Triple column line arrays on hand to provide audio for the screen.

dLive Does Double Duty for Rick Wakeman
Keyboardist Rick Wakeman is seemingly perpetually on the road touring in support of his many recordings, both solo and with permutations of the legendary prog rock act Yes. Recently, his travels brought him to England’s Lincoln Cathedral, where he recorded a live version of his 2017 Piano Portraits album in front of a live audience

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The Unlikely Return of Quadraphonic Vinyl, by Steve Harvey
Is the world ready for the return of quadrophonic vinyl records? KamranV, co-founder of Bedrock.LA, a multiroom rehearsal and production facility in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angles, and former president and CTO of Moogfest, believes the answer is yes.

Ross Hogarth Takes Rita Coolidge Through Time, by Steve Harvey
Producing, recording and mixing Rita Coolidge's first album of new material in 25 years was an enjoyable challenge for multi-Grammy-winner Ross Hogarth. Here's how it happened.

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Studio Showcase: Striking Gold at Eldorado, by Steve Harvey
Eldorado Recording Studios sports gear from the 1950s and a track record that includes seminal albums by My Chemical Romance, The Offspring and Jane's Addiction.

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Software Tech: MIDI-CI Makes Its Debut, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton digs into the MIDI Capability Inquiry specification—and digs it.

Tracks - May 2018
Tracks is Pro Sound News' monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum, running down who’s using what gear where.

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Producing David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, by Clive Young
While he’s worked with everyone from T. Rex to Altered Images to D:Generation, producer Tony Visconti will forever be linked to the most famous artist he produced: David Bowie. Recently he discussed the creation of the famed Berlin Trilogy, created with Bowie and Brian Eno.

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Fortium Aims to Prevent Entertainment Hacking, by Steve Harvey
Entertainment production facilities today are faced with not only having to create great content but also ensuring that the audio and video used remain out of the hands of hackers. Fortium Technologies has jumped into the fray to help keep content under lock and key.

Central Post LA Centers on Security, by Steve Harvey
Central Post LA is the very model of a modern post facility, packing the latest audio and video technologies into seven studios occupying a modest two-story building located close to some of the biggest content producers in Hollywood.

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Innovations: Analyzing and Answering Networking Challenges: Audinate Dante Domain Manager Platform, by Brad Price
As AV systems move toward using IP networks for connectivity, we now see much deeper levels of integration for control and configuration. How is this changing the idea of AV gear and what it means to be an AV professional? Audinate’s Brad Price explains.

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Since St. John is still recovering from hurricane damage—it was pounded by back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017—the name of the game this year was to travel light; here’s the majority of the recording setup. (Used in May 2018 Pro Sound News article Rich Tozzoli’s Fifth Annual St. John Recording Retreat)

Rich Tozzoli’s Fifth Annual St. John Recording Retreat, by Rich Tozzoli
PSN reviewer Rich Tozzoli returns to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands for his annual recording retreat, reviewing ultra-portable pro-level gear to make it happen in a region still recovering from multiple hurricanes last year.

Review: Roland R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder, by Clive Young
A workhorse that does what you expect of it, the R-07 offers some comprehensive features for those who need more out of a consumer recorder than just the basics.

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Pro Sound News Names NAB Best of Show Award Winners for 2018
The 2018 NAB Show, held April 9-12 in Las Vegas, is loaded with new product introductions. The editors of Pro Sound News, representing the NewBay Pro A/V Group, roamed the aisles and came away with our picks for Best of Show.

Studio Products

Calrec Type R

NTP Penta 720 and 721

RME Digiface Dante, AVB

Sanken CS-M1 Short Shotgun

SSL System T Version 2

Blue Bottle Limited Edition Mic

Steinberg, Rupert Neve UR-RT2 and RT4

Yamaha NUAGE v2

Sound Reinforcement Products

Avid Venue S6L Modular Platform

Crest XD-16 and XD-28 Mixers

d&b GSL System

DiGiCo 4REA4

Optocore Festival Box

Radial Tonebone AC-Driver

Yamaha’s New Loudspeaker Lines

Audio-Technica ATW-T6002x

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AIMS’ Showcase Theater Brings IP to the Masses at NAB Show, by Clive Young
Taking over all three halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the NAB Show is a massive undertaking for exhibitors and attendees alike, but while there is gear to check out as far as the eye can see, education plays a strong role in the show, too. Underlining that fact, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) used this year’s NAB Show to host its IP Showcase on the show floor in the Central Hall.

Over the Moon with Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has been all over the place on her current concert jaunt, duly dubbed the LA to the Moon tour, and keeping pace with her every step of the way has been FOH engineer Kevin Madigan, overseeing an extensive audio system from Sound Image (Escondido, CA).

L-Acoustics K2/Kara speaker setup at the Wiltern during where’s the drop? soundcheck (appeared in PSN article Deadmau5 Drops the Beat at L.A.'s Wiltern Theater, May 2018)

Live Sound Showcase: deadmau5 Drops the Beat at L.A.’s Wiltern Theater, by Steve Harvey
Joel Zimmerman, known to EDM fans as deadmau5, branched out in more ways than one at the end of March when he presented his music orchestrated for strings, brass and woodwinds—but no percussion—at the Wiltern theater in Los Angeles.

Oilers Fans Get Something to Gush About
The new Rogers Place arena in Edmonton, Canada houses the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, crowds of up to 18,000 people and a massive sound system from d&b audiotechnik. Oilers Entertainment Group’s consulting team, led by Vernon Mason, worked with acoustic consultancy, Orchestral Arts Inc. (OAi), to create the system.

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Urban Renewal Project performs at Southwest Invasion

QSC Invades Southwest Invasion in Austin
Concurrent with SXSW, the annual Southwest Invasion concert series/lifestyle village was held in downtown Austin, TX. Up-and-comers and music notables like Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Cabbarra and DMC performed at the venue, which was outfitted with gear from QSC Professional.

Praise Tour Sings RCF’s Praises
The 2018 Festival of Praise tour is on the road, featuring Grammy Award winning singer/multi-platinum producer Fred Hammond; 10-time Grammy winning a capella group Take 6; multi-Grammy winner Donnie McClurkin; and Gospel hitmakers James Fortune and Pastor Charles Jenkins. Along for the ride to ensure that audiences catch every note is a sizable RCF line array system.

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From the Editor: Bringing Pro Audio Values to the Consumer Marketplace, by Clive Young
The process of integrating pro audio technologies into consumer offerings is different for every product, but it’s a balancing act every time—and one person with some insight into the process is Jack Joseph Puig.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry

60 Seconds: James Greenspan, Yorkville Sound
Get to Know James Greenspan, marketing and communications manager at Yorkville Sound.

View from the Top: Doug Carnell, Vice President of Business Solutions, Guitar Center, by Clive Young
“The goal is to utilize the best in creative minds to solve our customers’ problems and utilize our strengths in engineering and design.”

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Music Etc.: Neko Case, Hell-On, by Jacques Sonyieux
Hell-On is Neko Case's first album in five years, which she completed after finishing up projects with The New Pornographers and her female Canadian supergroup case/lang/veirs.