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Pro Sound News Online Index: October 2019

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State of the Industry
Pro Sound News presents its annual overviews of the recording and live sound industries, looking at the current Recording and Live Sound trades, examining how each is powering new trends and reacting to changing developments around them.
SOTI: Recording, by Steve Harvey
SOTI: Sound Reinforcement, by Clive Young

Studio Showcase: Little Everywhere Grows Up, by Steve Harvey
After years as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer, creating Grammy-nominated work with Modest Mouse, the Murder City Devils and Cold War Kids, Dann Gallucci found the next phase of his career in podcasting.

Immersive Audio at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, by Steve Harvey
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is shaping up to be a record-breaking event, as host broadcaster Olympic Broadcasting Services will provide 5.1.4-format audio from all 45 venues.

Live Sound Showcase: Rhapsodizing with Queen + Adam Lambert, by Clive Young with Katie Makal
In the wake of the Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen + Adam Lambert packed arenas across the United States this summer with a sold-out string of shows. Along for the ride was a sizable audio system from Clair Global that included DiGiCo consoles and Shure Axient Digital wireless systems.

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Propellerhead Rebrands as Reason Studios
The Reason Rack Plug-In is planned to ship on Sept. 25 as a VST 3 plug-in, with an AU version expected before the end of the year.

RIAA Rolls Out Revenues Report, by Steve Harvey
The U.S. music industry sees double-digit growth at the mid-year mark.

Audinate Reports Strong Growth, by Steve Harvey
The growth is driven in part by an increase in shipments of Dante chips, cards, modules and software. The number of Dante-enabled products for sale is up 30 percent, while the number of OEMs shipping Dante-enabled products is up 22 percent, according to the report.

Game Audio Vets Found Audio Hive
Audio production company takes aim at video games.

SiriusXM Readies New Hollywood Complex
New facility to launch with Billie Eilish, Dave Matthews and Howard Stern broadcasts.

Warm Audio Readies New HQ
The pro audio manufacturer will move to a new home next spring.

Jimmy Johnson, Dead at 76, by Steve Harvey
Producer, engineer and guitarist Jimmy Johnson had a hand in some of the indelible hits of the 1960s and ’70s, working with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Rolling Stones.

WAMCon Los Angeles Event a Hit
WAM’s fifth conference was its first focusing on sound for animation, film, television and games.

Post-Buyout, Martin Audio Marks Massive Growth
A year after Martin Audio’s high-profile management buyout, the loudspeaker company announces double-digit sales growth.

PMC, AES Team for Scholarship
The first annual Sound for the Future Scholarship has been awarded to Dora Filipovic, a Ph.D. candidate in digital media arts at the University of Surrey.

Dynaudio Debuts New North American HQ
The new headquarters includes an Experience Center for demos and training, as well as a larger warehouse.

Big Brother Is Listening … in Canada
Solotech helped capture the audio for the perennial reality TV hit this past season with some help from Allen & Heath.

Canadian Church Gets Soundscape Installation
While d&b’s Soundscape technology was developed for immersive sound, the HOW installation found a different use for it.

Shure Expands in Berlin
The pro audio manufacturer has set up in Berlin’s Fredrichshain-Kreuzberg district.

Vix in the Mix, by Steve Harvey
A personal production setup these days can be anything from a full-blown recording studio to rival high-end commercial facilities to something as simple as a laptop, an interface and headphones. But Jenn Vix’s production rig features something unusual: a dinosaur.

Back to The Futureheads, by Steve Harvey
Barry Hyde of UK post-punk band The Futureheads talks about recording the band’s self-produced new album—its first in six years—at the group’s home away from home, First Avenue Studios in England.

Studio Showcase: Little Everywhere Grows Up, by Steve Harvey
After years as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer, creating Grammy-nominated work with Modest Mouse, the Murder City Devils and Cold War Kids, Dann Gallucci found the next phase of his career in podcasting.

Duro Adopts ATC, by Steve Harvey
Mixer Ken “Duro” Ifill recently adopted ATC SCM45A three-way nearfield monitors.

Beyond Music Releases Global Collaboration
Beyond Music and artistic director Larry Klein selected 10 compositions and 22 artists to travel to Studios La Fabrique to record an album for the Beyond Music Project. The 22 artists included in the project hail from 17 countries around the world.

American University Adds Genelec 5.1 Systems, by Steve Harvey
The audio technology program at American University in Washington, D.C., now boasts 5.1 monitor systems from Genelec in its two main control rooms.

No. 1 Album Mixed in Dolby Atmos
“The Traveler” by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has been mixed by engineer Eric “ET” Thorngren and mastering and mix engineer Michael Romanowski for a Dolby Atmos release on Aug. 30.

Immersive Audio at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, by Steve Harvey
With less than 10 months remaining before the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, the Olympic Games is shaping up to be a record-breaking event, with Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the permanent host broadcaster, set to produce an unprecedented amount of content across all delivery platforms.

Chicago’s Periscope Expands to Los Angeles, by Steve Harvey
Periscope has acquired Sonic Pool’s 22,000-square-foot Hollywood complex and is building out a full-service post house, with an Atmos room already working on a streaming series. General manager Ben Benedetti and co-owner Michael Nehs share the company’s plans and accomplishments to date.

Sound Innovations: LEA Professional Connect Series Amplifiers, by Brian Pickowitz
LEA Professional was founded earlier this year by a team of veteran audio executives and engineers who aimed to build an installation-oriented, IoT-enabled professional amplifier with cloud-based control and monitoring. Months later, LEA’s first products are rolling off the line, and vice president of marketing Brian Pickowitz recounts the journey to this point.

Real-World Review: KRK ROKIT 8 G4 Studio Monitors, by Rob Tavaglione
What do you do for an encore if you’ve already got the best-selling line of monitors in the world? Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione puts KRK’s new answer to that question through the paces.

Real-World Review: Vanguard Audio Labs V1S+LOLLI Mic System, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione put Vanguard Audio Labs’ flexible V1S+LOLLI Mic System through the paces in an extensive rundown of different applications. Find out how it fared.

Real-World Review: sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Mic Bundle, by Rob Tavaglione
Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione recently put sE Electronics’ V Pack Arena Drum Mic Kit to the test during sessions in his studio, Catalyst Recording. Here’s what he found out in this real-world review.

Studio Products

MXL Overstream Bundles

Røde RødeCaster Pro v2.0

Nugen Audio VisLM Update

Celestion Ruby Impulse Response

RTW TouchMonitor Metering for Dolby Atmos

TC Finalizer Reissue

iCON Pro Audio Platform Nano

SSL Native Plug-Ins v6.3

Sound Reinforcement Products

DirectOut Prodigy.MC Adds Features

Royer AxeMount Dual Mix Mount

Clear-Com FreeSpeak Edge

Audio-Technica UniPoint Boundary Mics

Bose Portable Product Accessories

DPA 2028 Vocal Mic

Lab Gruppen CA Series Amplifiers

Yamaha Sound Bar Collaboration Kit

Vampire Weekend Goes 360 at MSG, by Larry Jaffee
The New York indie rockers are on the road this fall, and a stop at their hometown arena, Madison Square Garden, was made even more special when they performed in-the-round for the show, though the configuration delivered a set of challenges for the tour’s audio crew.

Outfitting Audio in Fender’s In-House Venue
A training room-turned-private venue inside Fender’s factory has been put through the paces by rock legends.

Live Sound Showcase: Rhapsodizing with Queen + Adam Lambert, by Clive Young with Katie Makal
In the wake of the Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen + Adam Lambert packed arenas across the United States this summer with a sold-out string of shows. Along for the ride was a sizable audio system from Clair Global that included DiGiCo consoles and Shure Axient Digital wireless systems.

Montgomery PAC Upgrades
Mixing desks find a new home in Montgomery, AL.

Historic High School Upgrades Auditorium Audio
More than 80 years after it was first built, the art deco auditorium at C.K. McClatchy High School now sports a Yamaha Active Field Control system and specialized Audix mics to go with it.

Lykke Li Tours Light
The Swedish singer/songwriter’s FOH position is centered around a Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer.

Gaga Gets Immersive
The entertainer continues her pop culture reign with a pair of well-reviewed Las Vegas residencies that make use of immersive live sound technologies.

Audio Logic Systems Takes Off to Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival answers the question, “d&b or not d&b?”

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

From the Editor: Excitement Builds for AES, by Clive Young
Every AES show delivers new surprises, people, gear and experiences, and this year’s edition, taking place Oct. 16–19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, will be no exception.

Software Tech: Is Inexpensive Pro Audio Software Over?, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton ponders whether the era of inexpensive pro audio software is over.

The METAlliance Report: Living the Dream (or “Still Working on That Studio Tan?”)
Working in the studio is sometimes the exact opposite of healthy living. The pros of the METAlliance—including legendary Grammy-winning engineers Al Schmitt, Chuck Ainlay and Elliot Scheiner—share their tips on how to take care of yourself and still get the job done.

View from the Top: Colleen Harper, AES
Colleen Harper, the new executive director of the Audio Engineering Society, shares how the AES is changing to provide more value and education to members, foster greater diversity, and embrace modern music genres and audio technologies.

60 Seconds with Rich Zabel of Riedel
Get to know Rich Zabel, vice president of sales for North America at Riedel.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for October 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at d&b audiotechnik, Almo Corp., LEA Professional, Shure, QSC, Neutrik USA and Atlona.

The Aha Moment: Good People, by Peter Janis
“Hire good people and give them the space to thrive.” It seems obvious, but if you’re the boss, it’s not that easy to do. Peter Janis explores why.

Music Etc.: Olivia Jean, Night Owl, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with former guitarist of the Black Belles and longtime Jack White protégé Olivia Jean about finding fuss-free tones, producing her new album and working in Third Man Studios.

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