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Pro Sound News Online Index: September 2018

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Exhibitors, New and Returning, Prep for AES, by Steve Harvey
The 145th AES Convention, which takes place in October in New York City, is attracting some new exhibitors and, thanks to a variety of factors, bringing some old friends back into the fold.

Pro Audio Centers In on Experience, by Clive Young
Pro audio manufacturers are creating experience centers to help their customers—and themselves.

Live Sound Showcase: Sleep, by Steve Harvey
This immersive concert put everyone to sleep—on purpose.

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Logitech Acquires Blue Microphones, by Clive Young
A $117 million deal will see Blue move to the tech accessories manufacturer.

AES Archiving Event Proves a Success
The conference drew pros and presenters from around the industry to discuss the creation and maintenance of audio archives, as well as explore the Library of Congress facilities and engineers.

Shure Scores Hat Trick with Global Excellence Awards
For the third consecutive year, Shure has won a GPA Global Excellence Award.

Educators Examine RCFs for Exile
Educators recently got an eyeful of an RCF rig used for country artists Exile.

Meyer Sound Awarded Patent for Bluehorn Tech
The patent covers proprietary digital technologies inside the company’s Bluehorn System studio monitors.

Capitol Studios

Capitol Studios Launches Online Mastering, Vinyl Services
Capitol Studios enters the growing online mastering market.

Report Explores Mixing Console Market
Changes are in store for the mixing console marketplace, says analyst report.

Apogee Names Phil Wagner President, by Clive Young
Wagner aims to grow interface manufacturer in core markets.

Fantasy Recording Studios to Close in September, by Steve Harvey
The famed recording facility, which can trace its roots back to 1949, will close its doors in mid-September.

Second Annual Csaba Petocz Master Class Scholarship Opens
Event to honor the late recording engineer through education.

METAlliance Readies for Busy Fall
Appearances and announcements are in store.

Shure Axient Lands at Renovated Leicester Haymarket Theater
Aiming to host events and teach students, the Leicester Haymarket Theater has been revived and undergone an audio upgrade in the process.

Tackling Björk’s Effects on the Road
Touring Europe this summer, Björk’s vocals were handled—and heavily effected—with care.

HK Audio Rolls up to Rock & Bike Fest
Two sound companies teamed up to cover the annual event.

Moving Feet at Meadows in the Mountains
Delivering the P.A. via horse-drawn cart is just one challenge when it comes to providing sound for Bulgaria’s Meadows in the Mountains festival.


Broadcasting Hits in the Himalayas
Nepal’s HITS FM has updated with a new studio centered around a Lawo console.

Calrec Reports Korea Sales
Calrec consoles continue to make inroads in Korea.

Toby Scott Is His Own Boss, by Steve Harvey
Toby Scott spent nearly 38 years working on the road and in the studio with Bruce Springsteen, but these days he’s working with local talent out of his Cabin 6 studio in Whitefish, MT, and aims to expand his horizons.

ZBB’s Hopkins Has It Made in the Brighter Shade, by Steve Harvey
John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, not to mention a longtime producer/engineer. Now you can add studio owner to the list, thanks to his Atlanta-based Brighter Shade Studios.

Studio Showcase: Collins Opens the Door to Hinge, by Steve Harvey
Grammy-winner Dave Collins has been mastering music you know by heart since the 1980s, and now has completed a new facility with two rooms, the other being used by Craig Bauer, another Grammy winner whose Chicago-based Hinge Studio was Kanye West’s home base in the ’90s.

Tracks – September 2018
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

Timbaland’s Virginia Beach Studio Hits the Market, by Clive Young
The R&B megaproducer’s Virginia Beach studio complex is up for sale, along with its gear.

Mixing Elvis Presley’s “New” Gospel Album
Ed Seay turned to a system from CTD while working on the new Elvis Presley album.

Inside the Immersive Mixes of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, by Steve Harvey
More than 60 million people have seen Mamma Mia! on stages around the world and its cinematic version was a hit 10 years ago. This summer the long-awaited sequel played everywhere with a variety of immersive mixes that were created with the input of ABBA songsmith Benny Andersson.

Roger Federer in “Play Your Heart Out”

Roger Federer Gets into Farm League, by Steve Harvey
Commercial production company Farm League called on music producer Money Mark to transform Roger Federer’s love of tennis into music for a spot for Wilson’s newest tennis racket.

Wisycom Takes a Test Drive
Hitting the road in Europe, Motor Trend captured a few test drives for posterity, grabbing audio via Wisycom wireless gear.

Calrec Helps Broadcast Ministry’s Message
A pair of Calrec desks come in handy at SBN.

Lectrosonics Skydives into Mission: Impossible—Fallout
Lectrosonics gear was put to the test during the filming of stunts for the latest Mission: Impossible film.

Chapman University Upgrades Comms
The school’s film and media arts department upgraded its comms after a dozen years of hard use.

Sugar’s Sweet New Space
Post-production house’s expansion includes 25-seat Dolby Atmos mix stage.

Technicolor Closes Film and Immersive Sound Facilities, by Steve Harvey
Technicolor will shutter its film audio and immersive audio facilities by year’s end, refocusing on episodic and streaming sound services.

Douglas Grindstaff

Douglas Grindstaff, Star Trek Soundman, Dead at 87
The five-time Emmy winner served as MPSE president and won its Lifetime Achievement Award.


Innovations: Pliant CrewCom Wireless Intercom System, by Tom Turkington
Tom Turkington, vice president of technology at Pliant, discusses why espousing theoretical or “ideal” conditions for the range of an RF system does not accurately reflect the practical operating distance under real conditions.

Need to Know: AI, by Michael Garwood
AI is fueled by data, which can come in many different forms for many different uses. On its own, that data may not seem useful. However, contained within it could be the difference between success and failure (profit and loss). This is where AI comes into play, where a machine may be able to do the job of a human.

Need to Know: AI in Pro Audio, by Tom Kenny
While still in its infancy, AI is most definitely coming to pro audio.

Waves CLA-3A

Review: Waves CLA-3A Modeled Compressor Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli discusses one of the plug-ins he turns to on a fast-moving session, and offers audio examples of the plug-in at work.

Review: J. Rockett Audio Designs Rockaway Archer, by Rich Tozzoli
Rockaway Archer has a vibe and character to it that works well in front of an amp or in a DI signal path.

Review: Manley Reference Cardioid Tube Microphone, by Rich Tozzoli
Rich Tozzoli takes a look at the Manley Reference Cardioid Tube Mic, a high-end piece of gear with a well-established pedigree.

Review: Soyuz SU-013 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, by Mike Dwyer
This mic shows the same excellent build quality that we’ve come to expect from Soyuz.

Neural DSP Darkglass Ultra

Review: Neural DSP Darkglass Ultra Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
Neural DSP partnered with Darkglass Electronics on this plug-in set, which emulates two of Darkglass’ classic hardware units: the B7K Ultra and the Vintage Ultra.

Review: FabFilter Saturn Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
FabFilter Saturn offers a range of distortion models inspired by the vintage sound of tubes, tape and guitar amps.

Review: D&A H-0600 Hydra Triple Guitar Stand, by Rich Tozzoli
I didn’t realize the importance of a guitar stand until I used this one on a full session.

Studio Products

Audio-Technica ATH-M60x Monitor Headphones

Genelec S360 SAM Studio Monitor

Sennheiser Memory Mic Wireless Microphone

Universal Audio UAD Software v9.6

The Musicians Guide to Home Recording by Craig Anderton

Bettermaker Mastering Equalizer

Attero Tech Synapse DM1

Waves Abbey Road Chambers Plug-In

Sound Reinforcement Products

EAW Radius RSX212L Module, RSX18F Subwoofer

Presonus Earmix 16M Personal Monitor Mixer

Yamaha CL/QL v5.0 Update

Allen & Heath 96 kHz Dante Card for SQ

Radial Catapult Mini TX and RX

Countryman H7 Headset Microphone

JBL VTX A8 Line Array

Sommer Cable SYSBOXX Panel System

Hooray for Hollywood, by Steve Harvey
Hollywood Sound Systems has had a colorful history, from handling sound for the Oscars in the 1960s and ’70s to providing a veritable Aladdin’s cave of live and studio sound products for rental today.

Monitor Engineer Michael Mule, Dead at 57, by Clive Young
Monitor engineer Michael Mule worked with everyone from Iron Maiden to Anita Baker across a nearly 40-year career that began at CBGB.

Miking Paramore
Currently rolling through Asia, Paramore has a slew of Telefunken mics in tow.

Heil’s Sizzling Sound for the Bacon Brothers
One of the rare celebrity-fronted acts that garners musical respect, the Bacon Brothers are back on the road.

Liberty Church Monitors in 3D
The musicians and singers at Liberty Church Gulf Breeze’s three services each Sunday hear themselves spatially in relation to the other performers on stage.

FOH at Sleep featured a DiGiCo SD10 console

Live Sound Showcase: This Immersive Concert Put Everyone to Sleep—On Purpose, by Steve Harvey
Sleep—an eight-hour instrumental concert—was performed in July for 500 dozy people on cots in a downtown L.A. park using a massive d&b audiotechnik immersive system.

First Baptist Alpharetta Mixes on the Move
An ultra-active HOW needed an audio system that could move just as quickly.

DiGiCo Digs World’s Largest Festival
DiGiCo SD consoles were stationed at all 12 stages during Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

Pier 17

Making Audio Appear on a Pier
SIA Acoustics designed the house system at the new open-air concert hotspot on Pier 17 in New York to avoid leaking into neighboring areas.

Creating Comms for Sight & Sound Theatres’ Biblical Productions
A massive theater with equally massive productions required a wireless comms system to match.

From the Editor: The Other “Analog vs Digital” Battle, by Clive Young
The internet has moved into every aspect of our lives, but advancing your pro-audio career is still best done in the real world.

Software Tech: The NKS 2.0 Spec—Controller Salvation?, by Craig Anderton
Whether NKS has value depends on how you plan to use it, and what updates may be forthcoming.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Full Compass, d&b audiotechnik, Shure, Group One Ltd., Sweetwater, API and Yamaha Professional Audio.

60 Seconds with Peter Janis of Exit-Plan
Former Radial Engineering president/CEO Peter Janis sits down with PSN to discuss his new consultancy, Exit-Plan.

View from the Top: Dom Harter, Managing Director, Martin Audio, by Clive Young
One of the biggest pro audio news stories of the year was Martin Audio’s management buyout. Managing director Dom Harter sits down with Pro Sound News to look at where the venerable loudspeaker manufacturer’s been and what lies ahead.

Mikaela Davis

Music Etc.: Mikaela Davis, Delivery, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux speaks with Mikaela Davis about her latest album, selecting a producer, and where the harp sits in modern music.