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AES Wrap-Up: Connecting the Industry with Itself, by Clive Young
At its heart, audio is all about connection—the transfer and understanding of ideas and information—so it was only fitting that the 145th Audio Engineering Society International Convention’s theme was “Connect.” Audio pros from around the globe descended upon New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center throughout October 17-20 to connect with their industry, with manufacturers of the gear they use every day, with new ideas presented at panels and workshops, and most importantly, with their fellow sound professionals.
Pro Sound News: A 40th Anniversary Oral History, by Steve Harvey
November 3, 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Pro Sound News. Its founder and editors warmly look back at the brand that changed—and changed with—the pro audio industry.
Legendary Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick, Dead at 72, by Clive Young
Recording engineer Geoff Emerick died in Los Angeles on October 2 of an apparent heart attack. The four-time Grammy winner recorded The Beatles from 1966 through their dissolution in 1970, contributing to albums like Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (AKA The White Album) and Abbey Road, and additionally worked with dozens of well-known acts in the decades that followed.
Producers, Engineers to Benefit from Music Modernization Act, by Steve Harvey
Codifying—among other significant provisions—the right of music producers and engineers to collect digital royalties through a consistent, permanent process, the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was signed into law on October 11 following its unanimous passage through the House and the Senate.
Leslie Ann Jones Named to NAMM TEC Hall of Fame
Leslie Ann Jones, the groundbreaking engineer, producer, and director of music and scoring for Skywalker Sound, will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame at the 34th annual NAMM TEC Awards on January 26, 2019, in Anaheim, CA.
DCC Acquires Jam Industries in New Partnership
DCC plc has acquired Jam Industries, the massive North American value-added distributor of musical instruments, professional audio and consumer electronics products, in a deal characterized by both as a new partnership. The partnership is expected to enable “global reach and huge resource depth.”
Recording Academy P&E Wing Sets New Steering CommitteeThe Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has announced its 2018-2019 Steering Committee, which will work to address issues confronting music production and promote meaningful solutions to help move the industry forward.
Sound Engineer Dies After Fall on Tom Hanks Film, by Clive Young
James Emswiller, an Emmy-winning sound engineer, died October 11 after falling off a second-story balcony while on location for a Tom Hanks movie filming around Pittsburgh.
METAlliance Sets 2019 “In Session” Event
At AES, the METAlliance announced its next In Session with the Guys immersive recording workshop for February 2-3, 2019 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. The limited-attendance event will allow attendees to observe and learn from the team in a supportive environment throughout four sessions across two days. Each session is designed to provide different experiences in the recording process and is led by the founding members.
Nadja Wallaskovits, Next AES President, Outlines Inclusive Vision of AES Future, by Steve Harvey
Wallaszkovits’ presidency will reflect changing times, state of AES.
Current AES President David Scheirman Reflects on Growth and Change at AES, by Steve Harvey
AES President David Scheirman has presided over a record-making year, serving a 14-month term—alongside his leadership colleagues—and witnessing the election of the first Executive Committee in the society’s 70-year history to comprise three women and two men.
AES Diversity and Inclusion Committee Acts with Intention, by Katie Makal
At the AES Diversity and Inclusion Committee Town Hall event held during the AES Convention, panelists discussed the character of AES’ ongoing efforts to improve diversity of its membership. The goal, as set out in the committee’s mission statement, is to attract and sustain diverse representation across genders and gender identities, races, physical abilities, ages and nationalities, as well as to welcome diverse musical genres and embrace emergent audio fields and research.
Metallica Producer Paul Curcio, Dead at 74, by Steve Harvey
Musician, producer and studio owner Paul Curcio, perhaps best known for recording Metallica’s debut album Kill ‘Em All, died of heart failure on September 10 in St. Petersburg, FL, at age 74.
Frank Serafine, Award-Winning Sound Designer, Dead at 65, by Steve Harvey
Sound designer, editor, mixer, composer and digital audio pioneer Frank Serafine died in Palmdale, in California’s Antelope Valley, on September 12, 2018, after being struck by a passing motorist. Serafine, aged 65, was reportedly standing on the driver’s side of his parked car when he was hit. He died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Yorkville Reps Ready to Roll with HK Audio
HK Audio head of market development Andreas Mayerl recently traveled to Toronto to hold the first HK Audio Training Session for Yorkville Sound U.S. sales reps. German pro audio manufacturer HK Audio joined Yorkville Sound’s family of distributed lines for North American distribution in late June.
New Festival Rocks Trondheim with Alcons
Northern European audiences have always had a taste for the heavy stuff when it comes to music, so it’s little surprise that this summer saw Norway field a new festival—Trondheim Rocks, headlined by Iron Maiden and Volbeat.
Test Shot Starfish Gets Immersive En Route to Outer Space, by Steve Harvey
Test Shot Starfish made its name providing music for SpaceX launches; now the duo is working with immersive audio pioneer Robert Margouleff to make the most of its new debut album, Music for Space.
Csaba Petocz Master Class Looks Back, Encourages Next-Generation Engineers, by Steve Harvey
Top engineer Chris Lord-Alge led the second annual Csaba Petocz Master Class at his private Mix LA studio facility in September, sharing mixing secrets and memories of his friend Petocz to the dozen students in attendance.
A Labor of Love Supreme: Saving John Coltrane’s Home Studio, by Clive Young
The now-crumbling suburban home where jazz saxophonist John Coltrane once created seminal works, including A Love Supreme, was named a National Treasure on October 9 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The designation acknowledged not only the importance of the Dix Hills, NY house in cultural and African-American history, but also the ongoing efforts of local preservationists determined to save the landmark from the brink of collapse after decades of neglect.
Studio Showcase: Oktaven Caters to Other Music, by Steve Harvey
Oktaven Audio’s co-owner Ryan Streber says his studio has grown over the last decade while recording almost solely “art music, not stuff with any commercial appeal. It’s a little disturbing and perverse, but somehow it has worked out.”
Tracks - November 2018
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.
Dream Theater Tracks with Rupert Neve Designs
Prog metal band Dream Theater has long relied on vintage Rupert Neve consoles to achieve its sound, so when the band decided to record its new album in a barn, a slew of Rupert Neve Designs mic preamps and sE/Rupert Neve microphones came along for the ride.
Méchaly Taken with PMC
French composer Nathaniel Méchaly has installed a pair of PMC IB2S XBD-A monitors in his private studio in Paris, citing the precision and openness of their sound as the main reasons for choosing this system.
TASCAM Captures Grand Performances in Los Angeles
Shows at Grand Performances—the best free outdoor concert series in downtown L.A., according to Los Angeles Magazine—are captured for posterity and for the performers on a TASCAM DA-6400 64-channel digital recorder.
Sugar Studios Expands to Streamline, by Steve Harvey
Film production and post-production house Sugar Studios recently unveiled new facilities that extend across three floors of the Wiltern Theater Tower in Los Angeles, including a 25-seat Dolby Atmos mix stage designed and integrated by Audio Intervisual Design (AID).
PMC2018 Explores Getting Paid, AI, by Steve Harvey
PMC2018 addressed a broad swath of issues related to production music, focusing not only on business issues, such as best practices for securing placements and, equally importantly, getting paid, but also how to maximize composition and production quality.
Before Noon Post Decked Out in Dante RedNet
Peter Cole has invested heavily in Dante infrastructure at his one-man audio post-production facility, Before Noon Post, including Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces.
SSL Fits betevé to a T
Spanish broadcaster betevé has purchased two Solid State Logic System T S300 32-fader broadcast audio production consoles for its main TV studios 1 and 2, which respectively handle news and general production.
SourceAudio Offers Whitelisting
SourceAudio is offering a new licensing scheme intended to avoid issues of music copyright infringement or third-party takedowns on YouTube.
Innovations: Holoplot Wave Field Synthesis Technology, by Ole Schneiders
Ole Schneiders of Holoplot explains how the company is rethinking Spatial Audio Reproduction.
Review: Ehrlund EHR-M Condenser Microphone, by Rob Tavaglione
Swedish manufacturer Ehrlund has a line of six mics and a number of transducer contact pickups, all with a triangular form-factor that reportedly harnesses the fine detail that is captured by a smaller area of pickup (towards the points of the triangle), as well as the fullness and high-output/low-noise of a larger area (think the center of the triangle).
Review: Auralex Mudguard v2 Microphone Isolation Shield, by Rob Tavaglione
Rob Tavaglione set out to test three factors: Can these shields reduce noisy DAWs effectively? Which shield produces the best vocal sound? And which one attenuates leakage the most?
Review: beyerdynamic FOX USB Microphone, by Rob Tavaglione
In my travels and reviews, I’ve always found USB mics to be incredibly convenient, if not really all that great sounding. Since these mics are often used by novices making their first forays into pro audio, they have to possess a very user-friendly feature set and still capture worthy audio across a pretty wide set of circumstances. beyerdynamic seems to have carefully straddled that elusive line between consumer convenience and pro performance with its FOX portable USB microphone.
Review: Sonarworks Reference 4 Monitoring Correction Software, by Rob Tavaglione
I had the opportunity to review Sonarworks’ Reference 3 system back in February, 2016, and the same operational principles are found here in Reference 4. To be sure, Sonarworks has made improvements under the hood to improve upon its detection/correction algorithm(s), but Reference 4 (Mac or Windows) now also includes the company’s similar monitoring-correction solution for headphones. This makes multiple reference point monitoring possible, all of it more accurate than normal, in a single, neatly-contained package.
Sound Reinforcement Products
Event Safety Summit Ready to Roll, by Clive Young
The Event Safety Alliance exists to educate the live event and touring industry, most notably through its annual Event Safety Summit. The fifth edition takes place November 28-30 at the Rock Lititz facility in Lititz, PA, and will include more than 20 presentations, workshops, forums and activities for attendees.
Hearing Pretty Woman on Broadway
Based on the hit 1990 film, Pretty Woman: The Musical opened in Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre in August, but it had already broken the venue’s single-week box office record while it was still in previews. The show is based on new songs by Bryan Adams and his songwriting partner Jim Vallance. Every night, crowds hear them via an audio system designed by sound designer John Shivers and longtime collaborator, sound designer and audio engineer David Patridge.
Mexican Nature Park Updates Theater System
Xcaret México is a resort and amusement park handling 10,000 guests per day in peak season. As a “nature park,” the site offers visitors the chance to explore underground rivers through caves, tunnels and scenery across more than 50 attractions. The busy venue recently upgraded its audio system, a move that included creating an FOH position centered around an Allen & Heath dLive system.
Renkus-Heinz ICONX Gen5 IC32-RN at Church of St. Charles Borromeo Minnesota
Built in 1959, the church of St. Charles Borromeo is a massive house of worship that serves a congregation of 1,500 families. A recent renovation made the church’s interior more beautiful but also far more sonically reflective, so a team from Metro Sound & Lighting stepped in after the fact to tame St. Charles’ problematic audio.
QSC Backs Lindsey Buckingham on Stage
Lindsey Buckingham may be in the news this week as he sues his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates for his ouster earlier this year, but that situation hasn’t prevented him from hitting the road in support of his latest solo collection, Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham, released in early October. The traveling production finds the guitarist backed by a number of musicians, including keyboardist Brett Tuggle, and even Buckingham himself, thanks to various guitar parts he pre-recorded.
Paddle Out Productions Supplies Martin Audio Gear for Garden Grove Festival
A new Martin Audio WPM system from Paddle Out Productions provided a significant upgrade in audio quality, coverage and control at the Garden Grove Festival in Southwick, MA.
DAS Audio Helps Seattle Revival Center Deliver a Crystal-Clear Message
With its mission to create environments where identity is realized, authority is revealed and destiny is engaged, Seattle Revival Center is a non-denominational house of worship located in King County, Washington. To improve the sound reinforcement capabilities of its sanctuary, the church recently elected to deploy a new sound system. To ensure first-rate speech intelligibility and music reproduction capabilities, loudspeakers from the Event and Action Series catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based DAS Audio were installed.
EAW Adaptive Line Array at Esports Event
Goodman Audio Services recently purchased an EAW Adaptive line array system and has since been putting it to work for sizable corporate and public events—including a recent esports event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York.
Live Sound Showcase: Going International with Phil Collins, by Clive Young
Phil Collins has been on the road on and off for the last 18 months, covering Europe and South America with his Not Dead Yet tour. Named after his 2016 autobiography, the production is currently crossing North America on a sold-out, 15-show arena run, with audio provided by 3G Productions (Miami/Las Vegas/Los Angeles).
Eighth Day Sound Provides DiGiCO SD7 Consoles for Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run II Tour
On the Run II, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s four-month, 48-date world stadium tour, is a massive undertaking by any definition. It’s the kind of show where Eighth Day Sound had to ensure there were seven DiGiCo SD7 consoles on hand: two at FOH, four in monitorworld, and one backstage used for rehearsals and writing sessions, supplemented by a SD12 used just for dressing room vocal rehearsals.
Centerstage - November 2018
The top 10 tours of the month.
From the Editor: Highlighting Pro Audio's Entrepreneurial Vibe, by Clive Young
When you have a personal stake in seeing something succeed, regardless of whether it’s a product or a company, you try harder and you achieve more.
Software Tech: Can Recording Studios Live in the Cloud?, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton isn’t daydreaming as he looks at the future of recording studios.
The METAlliance Report: JBL 7 Series Studio Monitors, by Chuck Ainlay
This being the second in our monthly series of reviews for Pro Sound News, I thought it only fitting that the second be a speaker review. In this review, I’ll talk about the innovative new technology of JBL’s 7 Series studio monitors and how it creates never-heard-before performance from a small speaker.
The Aha Moment: Building Momentum for Your Brand, by Peter Janis
By convincing market leaders—in our case, audio engineers and guitar techs—that our product offered a better solution, they became advocates for our products and continued to use them when future opportunities arose.
People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Neutrik, d&b audiotechnik, Radial Engineering, Apogee Electronics, Renkus-Heinz, Yamaha Professional Audio, Universal Music Group, Lawo and Powersoft.
60 Seconds: Peter James of Shure
Get to know Peter James, vice president of global sales for pro audio at Shure.
View from the Top: TJ Smith, President, Eastern Acoustic Works, by Clive Young
EAW’s TJ Smith recounts the manufacturer’s sale to RCF Group, lays out what it means for EAW and reveals what’s next for the venerable loudspeaker manufacturer.
Music Etc.: Songwriter Adam Hood, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jaques Sonyieux talks with singer/songwriter Adam Hood about keeping it raw, being true to working-class roots and the pleasure of stepping away from overproduction.