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PSNPresents 5: The future of studios and broadcast audio

Following the hugely successful evening of fat-chewing and beer-drinking in November 2016, PSNEurope announces the fifth ‘PSNPresents…

Two panels of leading producers and engineers will discuss the current state of the studio and the future of broadcast audio on June 6 at Sway Bar, London.

The first panel on the studio features, Andy Wright, producer (Simply Red, Simple Minds), TommyD, DJ/producer, (KT Tunstall, Corrine Bailey Rae) and Ian Dowling , mixer/producer (Adele, Catfish and the Bottleman, Blaenavon)

Fresh from consecutive Radio 2 “Albums of the Week” with Simple Minds’ Acoustic and Nell Bryden’s Bloom, Wright’s recently back from his latest project in Japan. Beginning with Simply Red (he has production credits on all of their albums since 1995), stints with Dave Stewart, The Eurythmics and Annie Lennox led to chart success with the likes of Atomic Kitten, S Club 7 and Natalie Imbruglia as well as high-end projects with artists like Jeff Beck and Luciano Pavarotti. A full list of his production credits would run to many pages, but recent highlights include the raw rock’n’roll of Imelda May and the critically acclaimed Simple Minds release Big Music.

TommyD has certainly tried his hand at most things. Travelling to New York as a teenage DJ, he was influenced by the house music of the Paradise Garage. On his return to London, he became an early resident at the nascent Ministry of Sound. His production break came through Right Said Fred’s irresistible I’m Too Sexy; he went on to produce two huge albums for Welsh pop act Catatonia, including the bestselling International Velvet and Equally Cursed and Blessed, and other indie acts too. Since 2009 he’s been recording as Graffiti6 with Jamie Scott, and three years ago he launched his own drinks company.

Dowling started his career at Strongroom in the early 2000s and followed the traditional runner through to in-house engineer path until 2008 when he left to engineer and mix for producer Jim Abbiss. During his time with Abbiss he has engineered and/or mixed records by Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club, KT Tunstall and Adele (which won him a Grammy in 2011 for engineering and mixing 2 songs on ’21’). In the last year, Wright has produced the debut album from Hull punks LIFE, mixed and produced singles for newcomers Black Honey, engineered tracks for McBusted and One Direction, and mixed albums by Blaenavon and The Orwells.

The second panel on the future of broadcast audio features Catherine Robson, radio/sound at The BBC, Mark Briscoe, head of audio at dock10 and Eddie Veale of Veale Associates.

The session will delve into the innovations and developments taking place within audio technology and how they are equipping broadcast productions in the current climate and for the future. Hear first-hand perspectives from those at the cutting edge of broadcast audio development (BBC R&D), live production, and post production as they discuss how innovations such as object-based, spatial, and immersive audio technology is having an impact on their professions.

Robson has worked in radio sound for the BBC since 2000. Her specialism is sound design for radio drama, binaural audio and 3D sound for 360 video and VR. She created the sound design and binaural mix for Ring, a horror radio drama for Radio 4. Following the success of that, she set up the first operational 3D sound studio in the BBC outside Research and Development, using their tools.

Some of the binaural productions that have been created in the 3D studio are: The Russell T Davies adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was the first ever binaural feature film; six 360 films for Planet Earth 2 using dynamic binaural sound design; and an episode of Doctor Who called ‘knock Knock’ which is the first binaural tv drama to be made available on BBC iPlayer.

Briscoe has been dock10’s head of audio since 2014. Whilst at dock10 he has mixed such series as The Five, Scott and Bailey, Last Tango In Halifax, Danny and The Human Zoo, Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang and Happy Valley for which he was nominated for an AMPS (Association of Motion Picture Sound) Award and won the 2014 TVB Award, beating the likes of Sherlock and the Honourable Woman. Prior to joining dock10 Mark was Senior Dubbing Mixer at ITV Manchester. His credits include: The Accused, The Street, Last Tango In Halifax, Bedlam, Appropriate Adult and Hit and Miss. Mark started his career at ITV as a trainee sound editor before becoming a dialogue editor and finally a dubbing mixer.

Veale has a career spanning nearly 50 years and is acclaimed as one of the UK’s most influential studio designers. He has been responsible for designing and building Europe’s first professional home recording studio for John Lennon and pioneering the presenter-driven radio station for Beacon Radio. Some of the studios that Eddie has designed include Sarm, The Mill, Roundhouse, Lansdowne, Trident, Decca, Global Radio, GMG Radio, Virgin, Channel 4 and Carlton TV.

Phil Ward, previous editor of PSNEurope and now freelance to titles including Installation, Lighting & Sound International, Pro Audio Asia and AV Magazine, will host the first panel, while the second will be chaired by Barney Jameson, director of The Inside Story, an independent agency delivering marketing, public relations strategy and business development support for leading brands within professional audio.

The night kicks off at 7pm with registration and drinks, before the first panel starts at 7.30pm, with the second panel on at 8.45pm and more drinks afterwards.

Tickets are free and people should register online.