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Pro Sound News Online Index: November 2019

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AES: Back in the New York Groove, by Clive Young
With classes packed, an exhibit floor filled with the latest gear and a beat-heavy keynote address by hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash, the AES Convention opened in style in October.

Venue Installation Trends Converge, by Steve Harvey
The audio needs of nightclubs, theaters and houses of worship might appear to be different, yet, like other pro audio applications, they are increasingly converging onto technology platforms that are becoming common across the industry.

Studio Showcase: LA Good Vibe’s Solar-Powered Sessions, by Steve Harvey
Joachim Garraud recently built his dream studio, LA Good Vibe. It just happens to be a 36-foot RV converted into an eco-friendly solar-powered mobile recording studio, where the drum booth can sleep up to four people.

Inside KCRW’s $38M Media Center, by Steve Harvey
Earlier this year, after a decade of planning and fundraising, flagship NPR station KCRW relocated its studios and staff to the purpose-built $38 million KCRW Media Center in Santa Monica, CA.

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Music Streaming Is Popular, but So Is Stream Ripping, by Steve Harvey
More people are listening to more music, but not always legally, according to the new Music Listening 2019 report from IFPI, the UK-headquartered organization that represents the recorded music industry worldwide.

Capricorn Sound, Birthplace of Southern Rock, Returns, by Steve Harvey
Mercer University has announced a series of events to celebrate the rebirth of Macon’s historic Capricorn Sound Studios as Mercer Music at Capricorn. First opened 50 years ago, the facility will host a first look at the restored studio that helped define the 1970s Southern Rock sound.

Alteros Closes
Audio-Technica U.S. announced on Oct. 11 that it was closing its subsidiary company, Alteros, effective immediately “due to corporate strategic decisions.”

Busbee, Grammy-Nominated Producer and Songwriter, Dead at 43, by Steve Harvey
Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Michael Busbee, who collaborated extensively with Maren Morris and Lady Antebellum, and co-wrote hits with Pink, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts, has died at the age of 43.

Studio of Prince Protégé Destroyed by Fire, by Clive Young
Morris Hayes, keyboardist and musical director of Prince’s backing band, New Power Generation, was on the road with the group on September 14, when his home and studio were consumed by fire outside Little Rock, AR.

Veteran Engineer David Turner Killed in Tour Bus Crash
David Turner, monitor engineer for country artist Josh Turner, was killed Wednesday night when a crew tour bus left Highway 46 East 20 minutes outside of Paso Robles and drove off a 50-foot embankment into a creek bed.

QSC Acquires Attero Tech
In a move expected to bolster its Q-SYS audio, video and control family of offerings, QSC has acquired Fort Wayne, IN-based Attero Tech, a developer of networked AV endpoints and I/O peripherals.

Spotify Acquires SoundBetter Audio Pro Marketplace
Spotify Technology has acquired the SoundBetter global audio production and collaboration marketplace, which helps creators worldwide connect with and hire audio professionals.

Iceland Offers Rebate to Attract Recording Projects, by Steve Harvey
Iceland has announced an initiative to attract international recording artists, touting the creative inspiration of the natural surroundings and offering a 25 percent rebate on all expenses incurred while producing music in the country.

IEM Manufacturers Team for Trade Group, by Clive Young
Aiming to become a central resource for in-ear manufacturers, dealers, suppliers and end-users in that market space, the In-Ear Monitor International Trade Organization has been founded.

WAMCon New York Sells Out
Women’s Audio Mission sold out its WAMCon New York conference, which took place at New York University Steinhardt and The Cutting Room Studios in October.

Bocelli Brings It for RCF’s 70th Anniversary in Venice
Italian pro audio manufacturer RCF pulled out all the stops when it celebrated its 70 anniversary on September 19, taking over the Venice Arsenal to pack it with nearly 500 distributors, dealers and noted customers around the world for an evening of food, company history and a special performance by opera superstar Andrea Bocelli.

Woody Tone Studios Opens in Austria
Woody Tone Studios may be located in a Vienna, Austria penthouse, but the recording facility carries that rustic vibe to the hilt.

Biamp Opens New European Headquarters
The new HQ is part of larger push into new verticals in the wake of Biamp’s Apart Audio and Community Loudspeakers acquisitions.

We Out Here Festival Kicks Off with dLive and SQ
Supplied by AV production company A-Live Sound, five Allen & Heath dLive and four SQ systems ran FOH and monitors across seven stages at the We Out Here Festival, which took place in Cambridgeshire in August.

Everybody Wants to Record the World, by Steve Harvey
Simon & Greg Record the World is an online reality series that follows a pair of engineer/producers from Montreal who travel to remote locations around the globe to record local musicians in temporary studios they’ve set up.

Collapsing Scenery Builds Its Debut, by Steve Harvey
The winding road to Collapsing Scenery’s debut album was a five-year journey.

Studio Showcase: LA Good Vibe’s Solar-Powered Sessions, by Steve Harvey
Joachim Garraud recently built his dream studio, LA Good Vibe. It just happens to be a 36-foot RV converted into an eco-friendly solar-powered mobile recording studio, where the drum booth can sleep up to four people.

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

SSL, Group One Team Up
Solid State Logic announced a new business partnership with Group One Ltd. to manage its U.S. portfolio of audio solutions and operational infrastructure, and has installed pro audio industry veteran Phil Wagner as its North American senior vice president, working alongside the Group One senior management team.

Tipp Taps T-funk for Project
Prolific L.A. recording engineer, mixer and audio/video producer Nick Tipp recently used his new Telefunken matched stereo pair of M60 condenser microphones to record viola and cello for an upcoming release by renowned composer Ted Hearne.

Boston’s Mad Oak Studios Reopens
Following some wilderness years, the popular studio returns to Boston with a brand-new WSDG-designed facility.

Sound for Film & TV Event Provides Highlights, by Steve Harvey
The program for this year’s sixth annual Mix Sound for Film & TV event, a sold-out affair that attracted 650 attendees to the Sony Pictures Studios lot, offered a twin focus—immersive audio and IP networking—that reflects concerns of today’s audio industry.

Inside KCRW’s $38M Media Center, by Steve Harvey
Earlier this year, after a decade of planning and fundraising, flagship NPR station KCRW relocated its studios and staff to the purpose-built $38 million KCRW Media Center in Santa Monica, CA.

Re-Recording Mixer Barnett Keeps Things Simple
Award-winning re-recording mixer Joe Barnett has been recently using Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix for his surround sound mixes, most prominently for Netflix’s Iron Fist.

Riot Games Implements Calrec’s REMI Solutions
With Riot’s production style, remote trucks have essentially been eliminated.

Alchemy Pedals After Authentic Foley on ‘The Climb’
Getting the bicycle sounds right was a central challenge for the Foley team at Alchemy Post Sound when working on The Climb, the directorial debut by Michael Angelo Covino.

Game Creek Adopts Lawo IP
Lawo has announced a growing partnership with Game Creek Video, supplying IP technology for video and audio routing, multiviewers and overall orchestration and control for an expanding fleet of IP OB trucks.

Sound Innovations: EZ Acoustics Signature Series by Peter D’Antonio, by Marc Viadiu
Marc Viadiu, the founder and chief engineer of EZ Acoustics, recounts his company’s long journey developing its latest product, and how a chance meeting at the 2018 NAMM Show led to the involvement of longtime acoustic treatment proponent Peter D’Antonio.

Real-World Review: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen Interface, by Frank Verderosa
Veteran audio post production / recording / podcast engineer Frank Verderosa takes Focusrite’s latest Scarlett interface for a spin and likes what he sees in this Real-World Review.

Real-World Review: Røde RødeCaster Pro, by Frank Verderosa
Professional podcast engineer Frank Verderosa puts Røde’s much-discussed RødeCaster Pro podcasting production studio through the paces, and the verdict is….

Real-World Review: Roland SE-02 Analog Synthesizer, by Bruce MacPherson

Real-World Review: KRK Audio Tools App, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione tries out KRK’s new smartphone app for setting up any studio monitors, including the company’s new G4 ROKITs.

Real-World Review: McDSP 6060 Ultimate Module Collection, by Mike Dwyer
Recordist Mike Dwyer takes a look around McDSP’s collection of more than 30 modules, including 12 EQs, 10 compressors, gates, distortion, tape emulation and more.

Studio Products

Manley Limited Edition Mic

Sommer Cable Compact TT Module

Celestion Laney Cabinets IR Collection

Reason Studios Reason 11

Steinberg UR-C Audio Interfaces

Sony UWP-D21 Wireless Microphone System

BAE Audio 73EQL

Dynaudio Core 47, Core Sub Studio Monitors

Sound Reinforcement Products

DiGiCo Chilli 6

QSC KS118 Subwoofer

Arista Corp. E-Vocal Duo+ AoIP Group

Sonifex Multichannel Dante I/Os

Allen & Heath Avantis 96 kHz Mixer

Audio Precision APx500 Flex

Symetrix Composer v7.2

Audinate Dante Virtual Soundcard

ArTecHouse Gets Immersive Underground, by Clive Young
ArTecHouse, a new permanent digital art installation space, opened in September in New York City’s Chelsea Market, where its careening, AI-fueled visuals are emboldened by a sizable 30.1 immersive audio system.

Inside the Sound Design of Moulin Rouge on Broadway, by Clive Young
The Broadway smash, Moulin Rouge, mashes up more than 70 pop songs to create the ultimate jukebox musical. Tony-winning sound designer Peter Hylenski shares how the audio team met that challenge head on.

Live Sound Showcase: Weird Al Yankovic on Tour, by Clive Young
If Barbra Streisand and The Who could do it this summer, so could Weird Al—so he did. The prince of parodies played with 41-piece orchestras every night on his recent Strings Attached tour, carrying audio gear from Sound Image for the journey.

Delta Sound Spain Brings Bose for Beatification
Delta Sound Spain recently provided audio for a Roman Catholic ceremony marking the beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz de Landazuri, the first lay member and first female member of the Catholic church’s Opus Dei body to be beatified.

Heil Sound Goes Psycho
The recent Psycho Las Vegas Festival in Las Vegas took over the MGM Resort, with four stages within the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, with the Events Center arena, the House of Blues Music Hall, and two smaller stages, hosting the likes of The Original Misfits, Clutch, Opeth, and others.

QSC Gets in the Vans
Vans’ shoes and clothing remain a skate punk sartorial mainstay, even after so many years, and ensuring that the brand’s name stays out there, it holds House of Vans events around the country, mixing together everything from skateboarding to street art to musical performances.

Martin Makes 900-Year Anniversary
Leeds Castle recently marked its 900-year anniversary with a massive event, the Leeds Castle Classical Summer Concert. RG Jones Sound Engineering provided audio for an audience of 11,000 in attendance.

From the Editor: One Man’s Trash…, by Clive Young
An unexpected garage-sale find leads to ruminations on a forgotten format.

Software Tech: Will Your Hardware Rack Move to the Cloud?, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton considers whether it’s feasible to expect hardware processes to follow software processing into the cloud.

The METAlliance Report: Picking Your Reference Speakers
The legendary pros of the METAlliance—Ed Cherney, Chuck Ainlay, Al Schmitt, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner and Frank Filipetti—share their wide-ranging views about how to choose the right reference speakers for your recording space.

As Pro Sound News went to press with this issue, we learned that METAlliance member Ed Cherney had passed away. Read the story: Recording Legend Ed Cherney, Dead at 69.

60 Seconds with Tom Knesel of Powersoft
Get to know Tom Knesel, general manager U.S. for Powersoft.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for November 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Mojave Audio, Lab.gruppen and Lake, Renkus-Heinz, Mode Audio, Fishman, Riedel Communications, SMPTE and MultiDyne.

The Aha Moment: When Life Gets in the Way, by Peter Janis
Every business faces challenges, but sometimes the greatest obstacle isn’t knowledge, the marketplace or technology; it’s time.

Music Etc.: Family of the Year, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with Family of the Year about questionable band getaways, working with producer Greg Wells and embracing darkness.