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PSNEurope December 2016 digital edition available now

Magical sound in Harry Potter, mysterious band members in Civil Civic, The Cure on tour, a look back at the year and more in this month's magazine

Expelliarmus! Flying in on a broomstick is the December issue of PSNEurope, with an exclusive look and chat with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sound designer Gareth Fry. He talks about creating the sound effects from scratch as virtually everything is magical in the play that opened in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London.

It’s part of the changing face of theatre, with this month’s feature article exploring the extravaganza’s that are now put on stage, the popularity of outdoor shows and the importance of sound that has audience’s rising to their feet for a standing ovation.

The other feature delves into audio interfaces – a crucial piece of kit that comes in a bewildering variety ­– with users demanding a lot more from their boxes and manufacturers having to consider a range of features when designing their product.

Meanwhile, post-rock outfit Civil Civic have never written a song by sitting in the same room and thrashing it out, with the duo based in two different cities. Find out how they’ve managed to create two pulse-quickening, throttle-engaging albums of impressive instrumentals and about the third founding member of the band – their mysterious drumbox!

Read about UK pop-goth legends The Cure touring Manhattan and how UK audio provider Britiannia Row have been helping the group since 1979 – this time choosing to field a full audio system for North America, rather then picking up a stateside PA.

Don’t miss out on the Q&A with James “We Three Kings” – we’re not sure if he is bringing gold, frankincense or myrrh, but we wanted to know what was on his Christmas list. Turns out Trump making it compulsory to install Martin Audio’s CDD is number six.

Finally, take a look back at a historical year – Brexit, Trump, Pokemon – and all that happened in the pro audio world. It wasn’t all bad news!