PSNE’s 2018 Pro Sound Award Winners Announced

d&b audiotechnik, Sennheiser, Chris Marsh and Abbey Road among the big winners at Pro Sound News Europe's 2018 Pro Sound Awards
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The 2018 Pro Sound Awards.

The 2018 Pro Sound Awards.

London, UK (November 26, 2018)—Pro Sound News Europe held its annual Pro Sound Awards on Thursday, November 22, at London’s Steel Yard. d&b audiotechnik, Sennheiser, Chris Marsh and Abbey Road were among the big winners on the night at the 2018 Pro Sound Awards, on a night that also saw grime icon and Glastonbury 2019 headliner Stormzy make a surprise appearance to present Fraser T. Smith with the Best Producer award.

Now in its sixth year, the 2018 Pro Sound Awards took on a very new complexion, with a raft of new product and people-focused awards introduced to recognize the most innovative work taking place across the industry.

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Taking home the inaugural Breakthrough FOH Engineer award was burgeoning theatre sound specialist Heather Knott, while rising studio star Lauren Deakin Davies took home the event’s first-ever Breakthrough Studio Engineer award, having worked on numerous records with a host of acclaimed artists.

Marta Salogni received the new Best Studio Engineer Award, following a string of projects with several internationally revered artists, while touring veteran Chris Marsh picked up this year’s Best FOH Engineer accolade.

On the product front, d&b audiotechnik scooped the Best Live Loudspeaker award for its GSL range as well as the Best Immersive Sound Project for Starlight Express; Sennheiser emerged victorious in the Best Live Microphone category for its Digital 6000 series; and Unity Audio’s Mini Rock series won this year’s Best Studio Monitor award.

Elsewhere, Abbey Road took home the Best Studio award.

A number of special achievement awards were also announced prior to the event. these included the Campaign Award, which went to Red Bull Studios’ Normal Not Novelty initiative, the Best Producer award, presented to Fraser T Smith by surprise guest Stormzy, Outstanding Contribution, received by L-Acoustics founder and line array pioneer Christian Heil, and Company of the Year, received by Genelec, which celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year.

See the full list of winners below.

Best Live Loudspeaker

d&b audiotechnik - GSL

Best Live Microphone

Sennheiser – Digital 6000

Best Live Sound Production - Sponsored by EAW

Meyer Sound - Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) tour

Best FOH Engineer - Sponsored by d&b audiotechnik

Chris Marsh

Breakthrough FOH Engineer - Sponsored by Harman

Heather Knott

Best Studio

Abbey Road

Best Studio Monitor Sponsored by Focusrite

Unity Audio – Mini Rock Monitor

Best Studio Microphone

Neumann – U 67

Breakthrough Studio Engineer

Lauren Deakin-Davies

Best Studio Engineer

Marta Salogni

Best Mixing Console - Sponsored by EAW

Solid State Logic – L100

Best Installation Project - Sponsored by d&b audiotechnik

Delta Live – BBC Proms 2018

Best Immersive Sound Project

d&b audiotechnik – Starlight Express

Campaign Award

Red Bull Studios – Normal Not Novelty

Best Producer

Fraser T. Smith

Company of the Year

Genelec

Outstanding Contribution

Christian Heil