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Strother Bullins

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Live Sound Showcase: Ghost’s Tour of Death

By Strother Bullins. The controversial Grammy-winning rock band from Sweden, Ghost, just wrapped up the U.S. leg of its A Pale Tour Named Death; PSN caught up with the band’s FOH engineer, Dave Nutbrown, to find out how he...


Studio Showcase: NightBird Recording Studios

By Strother Bullins. The story of NightBird Recording Studios is just about as rock and roll as it gets: producer/writer Jed Leiber was collaborating with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck in a guest room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. Complaints...

Gear and Technology

Elite Debuts A2-5 Mini Portable PA

Elite Acoustics Engineering has unveiled its A2-5 Mini Live Performance Amplifier offering four input channels plus auxiliary input alongside key features of Bluetooth connectivity, built-in effects, and a built-in rechargeable battery providing over eight hours of play time on...


Rack-Mixer Revolution

By Strother Bullins. Proprietary mix surfaces are still the norm at FOH positions around the world, yet seemingly every new digital mixing product on the market boasts some touch-based or GUI (Graphic User Interface) feature. Many are nearly or...


View From The Top: Powersoft’s Lastrucci

By Silas Lynch. Claudio Lastrucci began his journey into pro audio as a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, drums and saxophone “a bit,” he admits of the latter. But it was while attending the University of Electronic Engineering in Florence, Italy,...

Gear and Technology

Bittree Bows ProStudio 9625F Patchbay

Bittree, manufacturer of pro-grade audio, video and data patching systems, has announced the second product in its new ProStudio series of “premium-quality yet affordable” audio patchbays, touts the firm. Complementing the recently-introduced ProStudio 4825F compact desktop model, the front-programmable...


Studio Showcase: AOFTHEI

NORTHBROOK, IL—Based in an affluent Chicago suburb, Artists of the Industry (AOFTHEI) is a burgeoning creative content agency and production studio with a variety of approaches to music and artist development up its sleeve.

Music Production

Remixing an R.E.M. Classic for Atmos

By Strother Bullins. Twenty-five years ago, R.E.M.’s eighth studio album—the monumental Automatic For The People—was released. On November 10, Craft Recordings will reissue the classic 1992 album in a variety of remastered formats, the most elaborate of which—the Deluxe...


Studio Showcase: Douglass Recording

By Strother Bullins. Housed in an old garage space in the Gowanus neighborhood, Douglass Recording opened in May after a half-decade of planning and development. The studio was designed by Vincent Van Haaff and Jacques LaCroix, and features a...

Gear and Technology

Review: ESI Audiotechnik U168 XT USB Interface

By Strother Bullins. ESI Audiotechnik GmbH—a branded and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) pro audio design/manufacturing firm since 1998—is now shipping its 24-bit/96 kHz-capable U168 XT audio interface ($499.95 street), featuring what are arguably a recordist’s most commonly needed I/O...

Music Production

At AES: Producers Talk Getting Paid

By Strother Bullins. Thursday afternoon, in an important Special Event, “Producing Across Generations: New Challenges, New Solutions," a panel led by New York University's Nick Sansano, Director of Production Studies/Co-Director of Musicianship, and featuring audio pros (including George Massenburg),...

Music Production

At AES: Saving The Music of Star Wars

By Strother Bullins. Thursday morning, a packed special event, "Bearing Witness: The Music of Star Wars, Archiving Art and Technology,"featured Skywalker Sound's Leslie Ann Jones and Dann Thompson as they detailed their efforts for Sony Classics' re-release of soundtracks...


At AES: Case Lauds AES’s Innovations

By Strother Bullins. As outgoing AES President Alex Case explains it, the Society's past year has been one of hard work, innovative growth and new excitement. Collaborative AES efforts have materialized in such things as increased valuable rich content...

Gear and Technology

Review: DPA DM6000 Microphone Base

Having already reviewed DPA’s lovely d:screet SC4098 supercardioid podium microphone in both house-of-worship (HOW) and theater environments (in Pro Sound News’ June 2015 issue), I revisited this world-class microphone recently, pairing it with the new DM6000 Microphone Base, an...


Studio Showcase: NYC’s GSI Studios

By Strother Bullins. GSI Studios is a new music recording studio located in Midtown Manhattan—something that is increasingly a rarity, offers co-founder and saxophonist Daniel Rovin, who partnered on the facility with co-founders Austin White, a bassist, and multi-Grammy...

Gear and Technology

Review: Blue Mics Essential Series

By Strother Bullins. At NAMM 2017, Blue Microphones announced three newly revamped microphone models as part of its Essential Series, a collection comprised of the company’s best-selling condensers, featuring updated aesthetics, more sonic flavor and some key added features....

Gear and Technology

Review: Lauten Audio Series Black Mics

By Strother Bullins. Upon auditioning Series Black by Lauten Audio—a typically “higher-end” and all-original design-centric microphone manufacturer—I felt as if I might’ve discovered a new subcategory of condensers. Though budget priced, the series provides a significant value in tonality,...


Console Choices Multiply for Festivals

By Strother Bullins. With the popularity of multi-act musical events at an all-time high, mixing console needs at FOH and monitor positions are broader and more complex than ever. After all, many festivals host dozens of acts, and thus...


Special Report: DAW Growth in 2017

By Strother Bullins. Some of us remember aligning analog tape machines while others of us have always had a complete recording studio, sans inputs, in our hands. Many have lived through the transition, experiencing both extremes. Yet today, essentially...

Gear and Technology

Review: BassBoss SV8 Loudspeakers

By Strother Bullins. While an increasing number of loudspeaker products claim to be “multipurpose,” the SV8 Powered MicroMain from relative newcomer BassBoss truly is a “jack of all trades” and perhaps a master of several. The company touts the...

Post and Broadcast

Lawo Adds SIP to R3LAY

Lawo's R3LAY Virtual Radio Mixer software has been upgraded with the ability to use SIP streams as on-the-air audio sources, as well as several other enhancements and updates. R3LAY is radio software that enables broadcasters to build “virtual broadcast...

Gear and Technology

Digigram Bows Audioway Bridge

By Strother Bullins, Technology Editor. Digigram has introduced the first product for its new Audioway range of IP studio solutions. Audioway Bridge is intended to be a gateway between legacy and IP-based audio equipment in the studio.

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