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Pro Sound News Online Index: May 2019

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Esports Engage at 2019 NAB Show, by Steve Harvey
Recognizing the rapidly growing business sector, the NAB Show this year launched its inaugural Esports Experience, showcasing the latest online gaming trends and content delivery technologies.

Raia Studios

Studio Design Shifts with the Times, by Steve Harvey
Studio designers are finding less work at commercial music recording studios, and an increasing emphasis on the education market, audio post-production houses, podcast studios and home-based production rooms.

Real-World Review: KEF LSX Monitors, by Rob Tavaglione
New LSX monitors from KEF aim squarely at the intersection between pro and consumer, satisfying both camps with app-driven operation, professional performance and an emphasis on convenience for all parties.

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Counterfeit Pro Audio Gear Seized in China
A raid on a factory in Enping City, Guangdong, resulted in police seizing hundreds of counterfeit audio products, halting an aggressive attempt to rip off pro audio manufacturers and their customers.

Recording Engineer Must Pay $4M to Prince Estate, by Clive Young
Engineer George Ian Boxill and his business partners have been ordered by a Minnesota judge to pay nearly $4 million to the estate of Prince, nearly two years after they attempted to release Deliverance, a six-song EP of previously unreleased songs that Boxill and the late artist collaborated on.

Adatasol Acquires Studio Suite Software
AlterMedia’s studio management software, Studio Suite, and its related assets, have been acquired by Adatasol, an Ohio-based software development company.

Spotify Acquires Parcast
Following its recent acquisition of Gimlet Media, which houses a podcast production complex designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group, and podcast tools developer Anchor, Spotify Technology has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Parcast, a premier storytelling-driven podcast studio.

AES Wraps Up Dublin Convention
March saw the Audio Engineering Society bring its annual International Pro Audio Convention to Dublin, Ireland for the first time, hosting attendees from 47 countries for four days of audio science and education.

Madeleine Noland

Noland Named ATSC President
The Advanced Television Systems Committee has named Madeleine Noland to succeed Mark Richer, who in January announced his plan to retire after leading the standards development organization for 20 of its 35 years, as the new ATSC president, effective May 15.

RTW Hits New York
As part of a larger expansion in the U.S., German audio metering manufacturer RTW has opened its first office in New York, led by Claudia Haase.

TSL Products Acquires DNF Controls
UK-based broadcast workflow solutions manufacturer TSL Products has acquired DNF Controls, a U.S.-based company that has offered a range of human-to-machine and machine-to-machine solutions for more than 27 years.

Gear Worth $70,000 Stolen from Producer Tucker Martine
Thieves stole vintage mics, amps and guitars from Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Tucker Martine’s nearly completed studio. Now efforts are underway to help Martine, who’s worked with R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists and others, recover.

Andreas Sennheiser

Andreas Sennheiser Offers Insight Into AMBEO, by Clive Young
While AMBEO is often mentioned in the same breath as AR and VR, it wasn’t initially created with those uses in mind.

Sweetwater Studios Sets Pro Tools Masterclass
Sweetwater Studios senior producer/engineer Mark Hornsby will host a three-day intensive masterclass on Avid Pro Tools at Sweetwater Studios, the commercial recording arm of Sweetwater Sound, and Sweetwater University on May 9-11.

iZotope Acquires Exponential Audio
iZotope has acquired Exponential Audio’s product line of digital reverbs, and the latter company’s founder, Michael Carnes, has joined iZotope as a Research Fellow.

Privilege Ibiza

Rocking Privilege Ibiza, the World’s Largest Club
Four companies fielded Clair Bros. loudspeakers for a shindig at the world’s largest club.

L-Acoustics Acquires DeltaLive
With the acquisition, the longtime pro-audio manufacturer moves into the live sound business.

Evertz, Lawo IP Lawsuit Heats Up
Audio and video technology specialist Lawo is pushing back following the announcement in March that Evertz has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against the company.

Multi-Use UK Venue Invests in Epic Upgrade
TV production company and music venue Epic Studios has embarked on a major audio upgrade of its Norwich, UK, premises with Allen & Heath dLive and SQ mixing systems and a permanent installation of Martin Audio’s MLA P.A. system.

Music Biz Hall of Fame Inductees Named
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that this year’s inductees to its Music Business Hall of Fame will include the late Sir George Martin, various major and independent record labels and executives, music industry landmarks and Rolling Stone magazine.

A Joy-Ful Reunion 30 Years On, by Clive Young
Pop-punk pioneers Too Much Joy reunited with mix specialist Michael James for the band’s new single.

Stevo’s Studio Goes West, by Steve Harvey
Stephen “Stevo” George’s name is on more than 100 million albums—and now a number of Netflix series.

Studio Showcase: A Vintage Vibe in Modern-Day Memphis, by Steve Harvey
Memphis Magnetic Recording, a new studio just blocks from Beale Street, was named by owners Scott and Claire McEwen as a reference to both the city’s pull on them and the facility’s many tape machines.

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

ATCs Deliver for Ed Cherney
Veteran engineer Ed Cherney has added to his haul of awards last month, winning two Grammys with Willie Nelson for work that was tracked and mixed entirely on ATC SCM45A 3-way nearfield monitors.

Timbaland Studio Sold
Recording/mixing engineer and event coordinator Josh Haddad has purchased Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley’s Thomas Crown Studio complex, designed by WSDG Walters-Storyk Design Group, renaming it Virginia Beach Recording Arts.

Fenix Reborn with PMC
Fenix, a recording studio in Varnhem, a small Swedish village within reach of Gothenburg and Stockholm, has rebuilt its main control room to accommodate a new PMC QB1 XBD-A monitoring system.

Animalistic Recording
Recordist aims to capture animal sound frequencies beyond human hearing.

Stitcher Studio

Stitcher’s Flexible New Facility, by Steve Harvey
Podcast network Stitcher recently moved into its new headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, building out a 2,000-square-foot production complex comprising three studios, two edit rooms and two iso booths designed in concert with WSDG Walters-Storyk Design Group.

Sonifex Marks 50th Anniversary
Broadcast audio gear manufacturer Sonifex celebrated its 50th anniversary in March. Sonifex designs and manufactures audio products for the radio and TV industry and currently exports more than 70 percent of its products out of the UK.

Thompson Digs in for Dialogue
Sound mixer Chykeria Thompson adds a variety of projects to her resume following the Super Bowl.

One Union Rises from the Ashes
Following a devastating fire and a complete rebuild, Bay Area post-production sound company One Union Recording has reopened with five all-new, state-of-the-art studios designed for mixing, sound design, ADR, voice recording and other sound work.

Todd-AO Unveils PhADR iOS App
App aims to improve remote ADR recording via iPhones.

NextRadioTV Deploys Riedel Network
NextRadioTV has deployed a large-scale, 204-node Riedel Communications MediorNet real-time signal network to serve as the backbone for its new audiovisual infrastructure at the broadcaster’s new facilities on the Paris campus of the Altice Group.

Carolla Podcast Undergoes Audio Update
Adam Carolla’s name may be on the title, but making his eponymous podcast The Adam Carolla Show happen is a team effort, as the affable host is backed by executive producer Chris Laxamana, who oversees production from creation to distribution.

Waves eMotion LV1

Innovations in Sound: Waves eMotion LV1 Complete Live Mixing System, by Mick Olesh
Waves’ Mick Olesh discusses the company’s recently introduced eMotion LV1 system, intended to be an all-inclusive/cost-effective mixing solution for live engineers working in clubs, touring bands and houses of worship.

Review: Revive Audio Vintage Audio MSL-Mk2 Compressor, by Rob Tavaglione
The MSL really is very good at mix compression, where it does punchy, clean and powerful work without any muss or fuss.

Wilkinson Audio DeBleeder

Review: Wilkinson Audio DeBleeder, by Rob Tavaglione
This plug-in intelligently suppresses drum bleed and leakage from close mics while retaining the drum’s natural decay. It requires a bit of tuning and some effort, but yes, DeBleeder really works.

Review: RME Babyface Pro Interface, by Rob Tavaglione
Rob Tavaglione takes a look at the pro-level performance of RME’s 24-channel, 192 kHz bus-powered USB audio interface.


Review: KEF LSX Monitors, by Rob Tavaglione
New LSX monitors from KEF aim squarely at the intersection between pro and consumer, satisfying both camps with app-driven operation, professional performance and an emphasis on convenience for all parties.

Pro Sound News NAB Best of Show Award Winners
The 2019 NAB Show, held April 8-11 in Las Vegas, was loaded with new product introductions. The editors of Pro Sound News, representing Future’s Pro Audio Technology Group, roamed the aisles and came away with our picks for Best of Show.

Studio Products

Genelec Aural ID

SSL System T S500m Console

Steinberg Nuendo 10

Røde Wireless Go Digital Mic System

MakeProAudio MPA Platform

Magix Sound Forge Pro 13

Flock Audio PATCH Patchbay

Wheatstone Strata 32 Console

Sound Reinforcement Products

d&b audiotechnik B8-SUB

Yamaha TF Series Firmware Update

Celestion OEM Offerings

Audio-Technica Instrument Mic Mounts

Clear-Com V-Series Iris Intercom Panel

Neutrik opticalCON Dragonfly Series

Allen & Heath dLive Firmware v1.8

Funktion-One Vero VX Line Array

Founder Buys Back Pro Media, by Clive Young
Prior owner Andrew Serb and a group of private partners made up of senior staff members have acquired Pro Media Audio & Video from Panasonic North America. Serb originally founded the company, which specializes in audiovisual solutions for the sports, live entertainment district, performing arts, corporate and transportation markets, 43 years ago.

J Cole Preps for the Game
The Playroom, one of Charlotte’s oldest and most established rehearsal facilities, hosted rapper/singer J Cole and his team for five days as the artist prepared for his halftime performance at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Hotel Vegas Feels Synergy
The venue’s Spring Break event saw Rock N Roll Rentals bring in a Yorkville system for 10 days of concerts.

Joan Baez Inspired a Heil Microphone
Folk legend Joan Baez has been touring the world on what will be her “last year of formal, extended touring,” and along for the journey have been a passel of Heil Sound microphones. It turns out, however, that more than 10 years ago, the artist inspired what became one of the brand’s best-known offerings.

Old Dominion Tours with Edwina
A highlight on country act Old Dominion’s current arena tour has been the performance of a new song, “One Man Band,” with the moment underlined by the group using an Edwina vocal microphone from boutique mic manufacturer Ear Trumpet Labs.

Taylor Gets a HALO-A
Taylor Productions has taken purchased the first EM Acoustics HALO-A line array system delivered to the United States.

Jacob Collier

Live Sound Showcase: Jacob Collier, by Steve Harvey
UK multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier and his production director, Ben Bloomberg from MIT’s Media Lab, reveal the custom technologies behind the staging of their solo and four-piece and performances on the current U.S. tour.

George Strait Rides into NRG Stadium Show
The country legend recently broke the Houston stadium’s attendance record with the help of GP Productions and LD Systems.

Masque Sound Equips Falsettos Tour
The recent Broadway revival of Falsettos led to five Tony Award nominations in 2017 and now a national tour of the production, with sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, using audio gear provided by East Rutherford, NJ-based Masque Sound.

Reinventing the Agora Theatre’s Audio
Cleveland’s legendary venue has reopened for business following a $3 million renovation that included its audio system.

CTS Nashville Jingles with JBL
Full-service production company CTS put its new JBL VTX A8 line array speaker systems to the test a few months ago when it held its annual CTS Jingle & Mingle event for clients and friends.

Revitalizing a Reverberant Chapel’s Sound
A 19th century Swiss chapel recently got an audio overhaul to tame its aggressive reverberation.

CCI Solutions Revamps CCV Audio Systems
AV provider CCI Solutions recently updated audio at the Etiwanda Gardens campus of Christ Church of the Valley in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as part of a larger audio, video and lighting installation.

ICF Mittelland

Swiss Church Nets New System
Pros find an audio answer for a wide but shallow hall.

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

From the Editor: On Adopting Technology, by Clive Young

Software Tech: Remote Possibilities, by Craig Anderton
Smartphones and tablets have fostered a veritable explosion in DAW remote control options.

The METAlliance Report: Walk the Room, by Frank Filipetti
Multiple Grammy-winner Frank Filipetti explains why engineers starting to work in a studio for the first time should instead take a walk—around the room.

Christophe Anet

60 Seconds with Christophe Anet of QSC Live Sound
Get to know Christophe Anet, marketing manager at QSC Live Sound.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for May 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Renkus-Heinz, Listen Technologies, Alteros, d&b audiotechnik, Synthax, PK Sound, Solotech, Apart Audio, Biamp, Pioneer DJ Americas and L-Acoustics.

View from the Top: Bob Brennan, Reflex Marketing, by Clive Young
Bob Brennan, founder of Reflex Marketing, reflects on the long-running rep firm’s history; why the dealer, manufacturer and rep firm have to be equals; and the value of training.

The Aha Moment: Growing Through Acquisition, Part Two, by Peter Janis
Part two of Peter Janis’ look at growing your pro audio business through acquisition.

Micky Dolenz

Music Etc.: Micky Dolenz, by Jacques Sonyieux
Hey, hey, it’s Micky Dolenz, looking back on 50-plus years as a Monkee, recording with the legendary Wrecking Crew and more.