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Pro Sound News Online Index: September 2019

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Reinvented AES Convention More Relevant Than Ever, by Steve Harvey
The annual Audio Engineering Society Convention returns to New York City in October, bringing with it all-new master classes and workshops focusing on hip-hop, R&B and EDM, as well as several events that shine a light on podcasting, and a wider selection of product development sessions.

Metadata Gains Momentum, by Clive Young
Collecting and using metadata—information associated with a recording that denotes technical specs, creative information and a list of people involved in a recording’s creation—is an issue that has dogged the industry since consumers began shifting to digital downloads in the early 2000s.

Preserving the Past in Philadelphia, by Steve Harvey
Drexel University is preserving, archiving and researching 7,000 tapes left unclaimed after Sigma Sound Studios, the home of Philly Soul, closed in the early 2000s. Now Drexel’s Music Industry Program has unearthed and issued a previously unreleased 1969 album by Nat Turner Rebellion.

Studio Showcase: Blackbird Studio Takes Immersive to the Next Level, by Steve Harvey
John McBride, co-founder of Nashville’s Blackbird Studio, explains how and why the facility revamped its Studio C—famously outfitted with 138,646 individual pieces of wood for diffusion—into a 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos mix space.

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Apple Unveils Digital Masters, by Steve Harvey
Apple has quietly rolled out an effort to encode its audio offerings from high-resolution masters.

Rethinking VR Sound Synthesis, by Steve Harvey
The 12-tone Mother Chord is at the heart of a new approach to modal sound effects in VR.

Plugging Into Abbey Road, by Frank Wells
On July 10, Abbey Road Studios drew a contingent of pro and consumer audio journalists for the launch of Waves’ Abbey Road Studio 3, a plug-in that emulates the monitoring environment of Studio 3 in software for virtual monitoring with headphones.

Berklee Teams with Steinberg to Bring in Cubase
Cubase 10 will become a cornerstone of the school’s film scoring department.

Inner Ear Studio Burgled, by Clive Young
A mainstay of Washington, D.C.’s punk/indie scene since the 1970s, Inner Ear Studio was burgled in July, with a selective thief making off with what owner Don Zientara estimated was $10,000 in recording equipment.

Etsy Acquires Reverb
Etsy, an e-commerce website focused on handmade and vintage items and craft supplies, has acquired Reverb, an online marketplace for new, used and vintage musical instrument and pro audio equipment, in a cash deal reported to be worth approximately $275 million.

Sheeran Sets All-Time Tour Record
The two-year Divide tour is now the highest-grossing and most-attended tour of all time.

Sennheiser Brings AMBEO to Cars
Following two years of development, Sennheiser will bring its immersive AMBEO technology to cars when it unveils an in-car sound system at Monterey Car Week.

Solotech Acquires J Sound Services
Solotech broadens its increasingly international footprint with acquisition of Nashville design-build company.

AES Reveals 2019 Election Results
The society’s membership has chosen a new president-elect.

Grammy Pros Team at Summer NAMM
Top pros weighed in on topics ranging from “demoitis” to the role of the producer.

Yorkville Digs Into Oh Canada Ribfest, by Clive Young
More than 54,000 people came out to the decade-old ribfest, getting their fill of food and music via a Yorkville Sound P.A.

Henszey Sound Gets Immersed, by Steve Harvey
As momentum builds behind immersive music releases, Dave Henszey has opened Henszey Sound, a recording and mixing facility overlooking Universal City in Los Angeles that is fully outfitted for Dolby Atmos and stereo work.

Preserving the Past in Philadelphia, by Steve Harvey
Drexel University is preserving, archiving and researching 7,000 tapes left unclaimed after Sigma Sound Studios, the home of Philly Soul, closed in the early 2000s. Now Drexel’s Music Industry Program has unearthed and issued a previously unreleased 1969 album by Nat Turner Rebellion.

Studio Showcase: Blackbird Studio Takes Immersive to the Next Level, by Steve Harvey
John McBride, co-founder of Nashville’s Blackbird Studio, explains how and why the facility revamped its Studio C—famously outfitted with 138,646 individual pieces of wood for diffusion—into a 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos mix space.

Zylia Adds Services
New Mix/Master Service available for users of the company’s 360° microphone.

Bisson Finds the Keys to Her Heart at United
Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist Anne Bisson completed the album Keys to My Heart at United Recording in collaboration with recording engineer Michael C. Ross, assistant engineer Wesley M. Seidman and mastering and lacquer cutting professional Bernie Grundman.

Zardonic Installs PMCs
Audio engineer Federico Ágreda Álvarez, better known as masked Drum & Bass producer Zardonic, recently installed a pair of PMC result6 nearfield monitors in his studio in Germany.

It’s Metric Halo for Hulu’s Catch-22
Sound designer Maurizio Argentieri used beta versions of the ULN-8 and 2882 3D hardware interfaces from Metric Halo to record 32 tracks of production sound on the set of Hulu’s miniseries adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel.

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

Human Expands in Chicago, by Steve Harvey
Peek inside Human, the music and post shop co-founded by Morgan Visconti, which has opened a new location in Chicago in a former music production studio.

Capturing Concerts for VR, by Alvin Fernald
Supersphere, an entertainment production company that specializes in immersive and interactive live broadcast events, recently teamed up with mobile production specialist TNDV to create the Audiophile Series, a set of live concerts presented in VR with a real-time, ambisonic audio mix.

Digital Arts NY Grows Staff and Services
Digital Arts has added a handful of former Nutmeg Creative staff members to its roster. As part of the expansion, the Manhattan-based post-production house is adding an ADR stage/mix room.

AAP Media Network All In for Calrec
A half-dozen Calrec Brio36 consoles have been installed in the production facilities of AAP Media Network in Pakistan.

Spiritland Launches OB Music Truck
The UK’s Spiritland Productions in the UK, operated by ex-BBC sound supervisors Gareth Iles and Antony Shaw, has launched a purpose-built audio OB truck based around Solid State Logic’s System T S500 audio console and is aimed primarily at the live music broadcast market.

Sim New York Grows to Meet Demand
New York post facility expands with slew of new suites, studio and more.

Innovations in Sound: Eventide H9000 Network Effects Platform, by Tony Agnello
Eventide managing director and co-owner Tony Agnello recounts the colorful history of the company’s flagship digital multi-effects processors, from the pioneering SP2016 to the ambitious new fifth-generation H9000 Network Effects Platform.

Real-World Review: Universal Audio UAD 175B & 176 Tube Compressor Plug-In Collection, by Rich Tozzoli
PSN reviewer/TV composer Rich Tozzoli puts the plug-ins to the test and loves the glowing results.

Real-World Review: Eventide UltraTap Delay Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
PSN reviewer/TV composer Rich Tozzoli puts Eventide’s UltraTap to the test.

Real-World Review: Soundtoys Little AlterBoy Plug-In, by Rich Tozzoli
PSN reviewer/TV composer Rich Tozzoli puts SoundToys’ Little AlterBoy to the test.

Real-World Review: Zoom GCE-3 Guitar Lab Circuit Emulator, by Rich Tozzoli
The ZOOM GCE-3 is a compact USB audio interface that puts ZOOM Guitar Lab’s endless collection of guitar effects, amps and cabinets at your fingertips whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.

Real-World Review: Listen Up!, by Steve Harvey
This book by Grammy-winning producer, engineer and mixer Mark Howard and his brother, Chris Howard, is an album-by-album account of working with iconic artists such as Anthony Kiedis, Michael Stipe, Gord Downie and Bono.

Studio Products

Røde Microphones Lavalier Go

Avid S1 and S4 Control Surfaces

AMS Neve GenesysControl Plug-In

KRK Systems KRK Audio Tools App

Eventide Audio Blackhole Reverb Plug-In

CEntrance MicPort Pro 2 Interface

Focusrite Brainworx bx_console Plug-In

Celestion BN10-200X Bass Impulse Response

Sound Reinforcement Products

Audio-Technica ATUC-IR

Shure VPH Mic Handle

Sonifex AVN-DIO Dante Audio Interfaces

Bose Pro ControlSpace Processors

Audinate Dante Controller Update

Primacoustic Broadband 48-Inch Acoustic Panel

Radial Engineering SW8-USB

Keatona Custom KXA

Shinedown Steps Up on Tour, by Steve Harvey
Shortly before a block of about two dozen U.S. shed dates in June and July, Shinedown called on Andy Meyer to take over the front-of-house spot.

Twelve Foot Ninja Attacks Europe
Australian act Twelve Foot Ninja spent the summer tearing through Europe with festival slots at Download, Rock the Coast and Nummirock, as well as various headline shows, all mixed on an Allen & Heath dLive Wings digital mixing system.

Live Sound Showcase: Barbra Streisand Returns to Her NYC Roots, by Linda Romanello
While never one to tour extensively, Barbra Streisand played a trio of dates this summer that included a stop in her old hometown of New York City to play Madison Square Garden. Along for the ride were a d&b audiotechnik GSL System, DiGiCo desks and customized Audio-Technica AE5400 handheld mics, not to mention a 15-piece orchestra.

Masque Sound Launches Production Services Division
Broadway audio mainstay Masque Sound has launched a Production Services division, which will provide equipment rentals and production services for live and recorded events outside its typical theatrical business.

S.A.G. Brings Sound to MTA Festival
Stage Arts Groups (S.A.G.), a diversified production and artist management enterprise based in Beijing, has been making the rounds this summer with its new Meyer Sound Leo Family systems, which it put to use at the MTA (Music Technology and Art) Festival, staged at the Tianmo Nature Scenic Area northwest of Beijing. The event drew more than 50,000 revelers to enjoy Chinese and international acts spanning the musical spectrum from folk to pop-rock, hip-hop and pop-punk.

Stefani Struts with DPA
Gwen Stefani’s “Just a Girl” residency at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater in Las Vegas serves up all the pop star’s hits; the one spot with no hits has been the wireless signal between Stefani’s d:facto 4018V vocal microphone and engineer Eddie “El Brujo” Caipo’s monitorworld at stageside.

Missouri Baptist Convention Hits the Road
The organization is covering its constituents at live events throughout the year with a new Martin Audio P.A. in tow.

Queen Latifah Pops Into Boston
The award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and producer recently wrapped a mini summer tour playing with symphonies in major markets, including a two-day stop at the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 3 and 4.

Medimex Festival Brings in Bose
A key event for the Italian music industry, the annual Medimex International Festival and Music Conference was held this summer in Taranto. Helping provide audio for the numerous live acts that performed there, International Sound of Bari, Italy, installed a Bose Professional DeltaQ ShowMatch compact line array system.

ENTEC Visits Parookaville
Audio provider ENTEC brings EDM to the masses at German dance festival.

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

From the Editor: Should the South’s First Studio Be Saved?, by Clive Young
The site where the first country music hit was recorded stands at the center of a legal battle in Atlanta that pits local preservationists against a major resort developer.

Software Tech: The Services Industry?, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton ponders whether the music software industry will take the services route to offset maturing sales.

The METAlliance Report: Making the Most of Your Room, by Frank Filipetti
These days, any space can suddenly become a recording studio. If you’re working in the up-and-coming facility also known as the Guest Bedroom, Grammy-winning producer/engineer Frank Filipetti has several inexpensive and easy-to-implement ideas that will improve the sound of your room.

View from the Top: Andy Munitz, Sony North America, by Clive Young
Andy Munitz, pro audio product manager at Sony North America, discusses product development, new offerings and the privilege of being part of the pro audio industry.

60 Seconds with John Fiorito of DAS Audio
Get to know John Fiorito, national sales manager, Installation & Nightclubs, at DAS Audio.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for September 2019
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Arista Corp., THAT Corp., Neutrik USA, iZotope, Genelec, Countryman Associates, Apex Audio and Pro Media Audio & Video.

The Aha Moment: You Are Either Growing or You Are Dying, by Peter Janis
Peter Janis explains why first-class manufacturing, a well-oiled administration and excellent customer service are important, but mean nothing without sales.

Music Etc.: Respecting His Roots, by Jacques Sonyieux
Jacques Sonyieux talks with vocalist Marcus Scott about his new solo album, Back 2 Da Soul, creating a sonic palette, and what it was like to become the new frontman for Tower of Power.

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