Category Archives: April 2020

Pro Sound News Online Index: May 2020

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How Pros Are Livestreaming During the Pandemic, by Clive Young
Take a deep dive into the technology and techniques that artists are using while livestreaming during the pandemic.

Audio Post Perseveres Despite Pandemic, by Steve Harvey
Despite the pandemic, some audio post providers like Goldcrest Post and Hobo Audio are soldiering on and envisioning what the industry will be like when it reopens.

Studio Showcase: Azmyth Changes with the Times, by Steve Harvey
Azmyth Recording Studios, a multiroom facility in Indianapolis that incorporates the Azmyth School of Music Technology, recently entered its 21st year of operation. That’s cause for celebration in any city, but perhaps even more so in Azmyth’s case because, as owner and chief engineer Ryan Adkins wryly observes, “Indianapolis is not really a destination recording town.”

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Upcoming Pro Audio Training Webinars, by Clive Young
Here’s a non-partisan, alphabetical rundown of educational pro-audio webinars coming up, provided by manufacturers across the industry.

Recording Academy Sets COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Recording Academy/MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund will help musicians and touring pros whose livelihood has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Crew Nation to Aid Pros
Live Nation has co-founded the Crew Nation fund to provide financial aid to concert production professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ardian Completes Audiotonix Acquisition
Ardian’s deal to purchase a majority stake in pro audio console conglomerate Audiotonix has been completed.

Roadie Rescue to Aid Pros Who’ve Lost Gigs
Clair Global, Event Safety Alliance, Take1 and others team for GoFundMe campaign to benefit freelance production professionals.

Stoner Leaves Studio Suite
Twenty-three years after launching studio management software Studio Suite, creator Joel Stoner moves on.

Summer NAMM Cancelled, TEC Award Nominations Rescheduled, by Clive Young
With Summer NAMM cancelled, the TEC Awards’ nominees announcement has been moved and the Music City Center is readying to become a hospital.

NAB Show Replaced by New Offerings, by Steve Harvey
The 2020 NAB Show will be replaced by NAB Show Express, a “digital experience,” and an enhanced annual NAB Show New York in October 2020.

AVIXA to Hold InfoComm 2020 Virtually
InfoComm, AVIXA’s annual convention for the pro AV industry, is moving online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Called InfoComm Connected, the event will take place June 16–18.

Clair Global Jumps Into Community Disaster Relief Effort
Live sound powerhouse Clair Global is helping create temporary disaster relief structures for use during the coronavirus outbreak.

Eddie Kramer to Star in Rock Documentary, by Clive Young
Legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer will be the focus of an upcoming documentary, From the Other Side of the Glass.

National Recording Registry Adds Inductees
What do Mr. Rogers, Dr. Dre and the Village People have in common? They were inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in March.

Mixing a Virtual Orchestra for a Viral Smash, by Katie Makal
In an effort to bring her community together during the coronavirus crisis, Shelbie Rassler had the idea of recording the Bacharach/Hal David song “What the World Needs Now Is Love” with her friends. The clips that make up the collaborative video were recorded by more than 70 musicians and artists from their homes across the country. With audio mixing assistance from Dan Santiago, Rassler edited, arranged and produced a video that provides some inspiration in this time of uncertainty.

AES Vienna Convention to Move Online
The Audio Engineering Society’s annual European convention, set to take place in Vienna, Austria, May 25–28, has been partially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wild Rice Theater Grows with Clear-Com
Singapore performance group Wild Rice has created its own theater, with intercoms handled by Clear-Com systems.

Kensington Enters Ziggo Dome with TiMax
Dutch band Kensington recent arena shows were bolstered by immersive sound provided through a TiMax SoundHub.

Outline Outfits New Clark City Stadium
The 20,000-capacity New Clark City Athletics Stadium in the Philippines was recently outfitted with a new Outline Stadia P.A. system.

Andrea Bocelli’s Engineer Talks Coronavirus, by Clive Young
Speaking from Florence, Andrea Taglia, FOH engineer for opera superstar Andrea Bocelli, discusses the novel coronavirus from the vantage point of Italy.

Stage Tec Upgrades Swiss Parliament
Stage Tec has upgraded the parliament building in Bern, Switzerland, supplying consoles, a router and network as part of a modernization project.

Chicano Batman Reinvents Its Sound at Barefoot Recording, by Steve Harvey
Eleven years into its career, Chicano Batman entered L.A.’s Barefoot Recording determined to reinvent its vintage R&B-soul-funk-psychedelic-Tropicália-lounge groove with the help of producer Leon Michels and mixer Shawn Everett.

Dirac Moves into Control Room Correction, by Steve Harvey
Dirac threw its hat into the control room correction ring at NAMM 2020, launching a version of its Dirac Live product intended for the pro audio market.

Studio Showcase: Azmyth Changes with the Times, by Steve Harvey
Azmyth Recording Studios, a multiroom facility in Indianapolis that incorporates the Azmyth School of Music Technology, recently entered its 21st year of operation. That’s cause for celebration in any city, but perhaps even more so in Azmyth’s case because, as owner and chief engineer Ryan Adkins wryly observes, “Indianapolis is not really a destination recording town.”

Tracks – May 2020
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

Little Days Captures Pop & Tacos with Mojave Mic
Gov’t Mule side-project Little Days captured its retro pop album Pop & Tacos with a Mojave MA-200 in a variety of uses.

Genelec Influences Influencers
PNDA Studios caters to internet influencers with a sound—and look—that matches their aesthetic.

Syracuse U Networks with Rupert Neve Designs
Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music is using modern networking to provide recording capabilities across the entire campus.

Thirion Shares Tips for Costume Miking
David Thirion, a nearly 20-year veteran of production sound, shares thoughts on costume miking with DPA mics

Post Audio Looks Home, Away Despite Pandemic, by Steve Harvey
Whether it’s actors building voiceover booths at home or Foley specialists figuring out how to keep going until non-essential businesses can reopen, the audio post community is doing its best to navigate the pandemic.

NBC News Audio Tech Larry Edgeworth Dies of COVID-19, by Steve Harvey
Larry Edgeworth, a 25-year veteran of NBC News who worked out of the network’s Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in Manhattan, died on Thursday, March 19, from complications brought about by the coronavirus

New NBCU Complex Anchored by Five SSL System T Desks
The newly opened $125 million NBCUniversal Boston Media Center sports six studios and five SSL System T consoles.

NEP Updates OB Truck Monitors
With two new trucks sporting TSL MPA1 units, NEP’s U.S. Broadcast Services team plans for more trucks across its fleet to include them.

Russian TV Network Installs 30 Calrec Consoles
All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) is completing the installation of 30 Calrec Brio36 audio consoles into its studios.

Lawo Disrupts COVID-19’s Disruption
Lawo developed a new method to conduct a remote factory acceptance test (FAT) of new radio systems at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp.

CNN’s Daily Coronavirus Podcast Beats Challenges, by Jim Beaugez
Working from separate home studios, CNN Audio and Dr. Sanjay Gupta create bite-sized content every weekday for the Coronavirus: Fact or Fiction podcast.

Producing Rolling Stone’s Podcast During a Pandemic, by Jim Beaugez
Currently sheltered in their homes, Rolling Stone’s podcast team improvises to keep the content coming.

Wrongful Conviction Adapts to Life on the Inside, by Jim Beaugez
We’re all experiencing social isolation, but for this podcast team, changing how it produces the show is only part of the experience.

Sound Innovations: Genelec W371A Adaptive Woofer System, by Will Eggleston
As the world of audio production continues to evolve, with work happening in increasingly smaller spaces, the Genelec W371A Adaptive Woofer System goes in a new direction, aiming to provide large main-monitor performance in a freestanding package.

Real-World Reviews from the Seventh Annual St. John Recording Retreat, Part One, by Rich Tozzoli, Mike Dwyer and Bruce MacPherson
Every year, reality TV composer/PSN reviewer Rich Tozzoli teams up with fellow composers to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands with suitcases of compact recording gear in tow. Taking over a house for two weeks, they lay down TV tracks in paradise while also reviewing the gear. Find out how some of this equipment fared.

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Live Sound Pro Joe McGrath Survives COVID-19, by Clive Young
Live sound pro Joe McGrath watched $30,000 in gigs vanish from his schedule this spring, but that was nothing compared to the near-death experience he had as one of the first audio pros to contract COVID-19 on the job. 

On the Road with Jason Aldean
Until the coronavirus pandemic derailed the spring touring season, country star Jason Aldean was packing arenas nightly with help from Nashville’s Spectrum Sound.

Live Sound Showcase: To Kill A Mockingbird at MSG
To Kill a Mockingbird, playwright Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel, is a Broadway hit, but a recent one-off performance for 18,000 students inside New York’s Madison Square Garden took the play—and the technical challenges faced by its audio crew—to a whole new level.

Clear-Com Visits UNT for Wireless Training
Clear-Com recently visited the University of North Texas (UNT) to co-host an educational session on the basic principles of wireless intercom technologies and applications.

Church of Living Water Undergoes Audio Update
Olympia, Washington’s Church of Living Water recently undertook an effort to upgrade its audio for its congregation, including installing two Allen & Heath dLive desks.

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix on Mics, Quarantine
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix muses about his favorite live mic and the unexpected benefits of quarantine times.

Omaha Arena Updates Aging Audio System
Omaha’s 18,300-seat CHI Health Center arena recently underwent a massive audio upgrade centered around Leopard line arrays from Meyer Sound.

Waves eMotion LV1 Goes on Tour with Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator’s monitors are mixed nightly on a low-key, lightweight Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer.

From the Editor: When Will the Gigs Come Back?, by Clive Young
The segment of pro audio most visibly hit by the pandemic has been the sound reinforcement industry, with thousands of live sound pros out of work overnight, with no gigs ahead for the foreseeable future due to tours put on pause, shuttered venues and bans on large gatherings.

Software Tech: Livestreaming in the Age of Pandemic, by Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton shares insights and advice for livestreaming during the pandemic.

METAlliance Report: METAlliance on Lockdown, by Chuck Ainlay
Just like all recording engineers ever, the multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning members of the METAlliance have said, “If I had the free time, I’d….” And now they have the time. From embracing high-res audio to building a new mix room to starting an immersive committee for the Recording Academy, here’s how five recording legends are putting their time to good use.

View from the Top: Martin Seidl, CEO, Austrian Audio, by Clive Young
When a 2017 global reorganization left Vienna-based employees of AKG laid off, Martin Seidl saw an opportunity to keep the team together and create something new in the form of Austrian Audio.

60 Seconds with Jonathan “JP” Parker of Danley Sound Labs
Get to know Jonathan “JP” Parker, director of global sales and marketing at Danley Sound Labs.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for May 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Group One Ltd., Meyer Sound, DHD Audio, MSE Audio, Clear-Com, beyerdynamic and Lectrosonics.

The Aha Moment: Settling Supply Chain Issues, by Peter Janis
Former Radial Engineering CEO Peter Janis shares hard-earned lessons on settling supply chain issues.

Music, Etc.: Lara Downes, Some of These Days, by Steve Harvey
Pianist Lara Downes shares insights about recording her new album, which mixes interpretations of revered freedom songs with pieces by celebrated early 20th century African American women composers.

 

Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for April 2020

From left, Christopher West, Cameron Wilkison, Matthew Rilling
From left, Christopher West, Cameron Wilkison, Matthew Rilling

d&b audiotechnik

Continuing its North American expansion, d&b audiotechnik has made a number of recent staff appointments. Christopher West has been named regional manager for the Mid-Atlantic; Cameron Wilkison has been brought on as regional manager, Western Canada; and Matthew Rilling has taken on the role of regional support specialist. West, based in Greensboro, NC, brings with him 17 years of experience working at SE Systems, which provided him with a background in sales, education, design and deployment of audio systems. Wilkison, based in Burnaby, BC, was previously at Radial Engineering and its subsidiary Primacoustic, where he worked as a product specialist. He also has experience in the sale and rental of musical instruments and equipment, and has worked as the director of entertainment for Toy Zebra Productions. Rilling, based in Austin, TX, joins d&b from Big House Sound, where he worked as an applications engineer; he has extensive experience as a sound engineer.

Brant Mathiason
Brant Mathiason

Neutrik USA

Neutrik USA has appointed Brant Mathiason to the position of regional sales manager–Midwest. In this position, Mathiason will manage and develop customer relationships and activities through the introduction of Neutrik’s new and existing product offerings, with a primary focus on supporting new design opportunities. Based out of Brookings, SD, he previously spent 29 years with Daktronics, holding positions in control systems design and installation, and video products applications engineering, as well as titles including product demonstration department manager and, most recently, product manager.

Kathy-Anne McManus
Kathy-Anne McManus

Avid

Avid has appointed Kathy-Anne McManus to the newly created role of chief customer experience officer, aiming to ensure Avid delivers satisfaction and value for customers in every interaction with the company. McManus re-engineered Avid’s solutioning, services and customer care operations since joining last year as senior vice president, global customer solutions and services, reportedly boosting the company’s ability to provide support of its global customer base and subscriber base during the ramp up of Avid’s cloud and SaaS solutions. In her expanded role, McManus will lead ideation, design and implementation of new programs, processes and systems.

Glenn Lorbecki
Glenn Lorbecki

Audio Engineering Society

Glenn Lorbecki has agreed to serve as the Audio Engineering Society’s treasurer. Lorbecki has served the AES on its Financial Planning Committee for several years, where he implemented numerous refinements in the organization’s financial workflow and reporting. He assumes the role of treasurer with an intimate knowledge of the society’s finances. Lorbecki is replacing Richard Wollrich, who has resigned as AES treasurer. Lorbecki will serve as treasurer through the 2020 election and a one-year term of office as treasurer-elect. An AES member since 1988, Lorbecki’s background in fiscal management stems from his 20-plus years of business experience as president of the recording/video post-production company Glenn Sound.

Dave Caulwell
Dave Caulwell

Riedel Communications

Riedel Communications has appointed Dave Caulwell to the newly created position of North American channel manager, a promotion from his previous role as business development manager for the Eastern United States. Caulwell has more than 20 years of experience in event technology and production, with a heavy background in video production. Prior to joining Riedel in 2016, he held both technical and managerial roles, planning and supporting live events for many high-end corporate clients. He also was responsible for strategic direction and securing new business for several live event companies, including Alchemedia.

Jonathan “JP” Parker
Jonathan “JP” Parker

Danley Sound Labs

Danley Sound Labs has restructured its sales and marketing division. Longtime Danley staff member Jeff Pulliam has been named general manager, while Jonathan “JP” Parker has been promoted to director of global sales and marketing. Parker will oversee the division, including newly promoted national sales manager Skip Welch, who will manage the domestic sales team. This team will include Cooper Hedden, promoted to Southeast regional sales manager, Jay Andrews (formerly with Lienau AV), promoted to Northeast regional sales manager, and Kim Comeaux (formerly with Anderson Marketing), promoted to Western regional sales manager. Additionally, Harold Sexton has been recruited as a sports market & house of worship specialist, while Scott Howard has joined as a recording specialist.

Bradley Drummond
Bradley Drummond

LEA Professional

LEA Professional has named Bradley Drummond director of application engineering and consultant relations. Drummond will work with customers, manage customer feedback, provide application and design support, provide business development, and manage global consultant relationships. Drummond was previously director of product development for Harman Professional, based in its China office. Prior to that, he served as project manager and systems designer for John Lyons Systems, during which time he worked on the design and installation of audio systems in more than 150 global venues.

Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com

Tracks – April 2020

Welcome to Tracks, our monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum, running down who’s using what gear where.

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Sweet Lizzy Project, “Technicolor” Kandace Springs, “The Women Who Raised Me” Framing Hanley, “Envy” David “Ace” Cannon, “Maggie May Dreams” Abby K, “Dirty Love” Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam, “Grand Slam” Gerry Gareau, “Feet Off the Brakes” Cheerleader, “Almost Forever” Maya De Vitry, “How to Break a Fall” Jarrod Dickenson, “Ready the Horses”

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Pro Sound News Online Index: April 2020

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Coronavirus Halts Live Sound Industry, by Clive Young
Evolving quickly from a localized virus to a worldwide pandemic, the novel coronavirus has upended every industry around the globe, including pro audio.

Broadcasters Prep for Live Immersive Content, by Steve Harvey
The ability to provide immersive audio is quickly moving from being an option in many fields to a necessity. Whether being applied to broadcast content, cinema, or live and concert sound, the various formats—as well as the facilities and gear that are used to mix them—are only growing in popularity.

Keeping Le Studio’s Memory Alive, by Steve Harvey
The legendary Canadian facility Le Studio Morin Heights outside Toronto recorded classic albums before it was abandoned and ultimately burned down. Now Halo, a new studio facility in Hamilton, ON, has completed a modern re-creation of Le Studio’s control room—and perhaps its magic touch.

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A tornado tore through The Basement East in East Nashville early on March 3, 2020. Staff inside survived by taking cover in the basement.
A tornado tore through The Basement East in East Nashville early on March 3, 2020. Staff inside survived by taking cover in the basement. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Deadly Tornado Hits Nashville Venue, Studio, by Clive Young
A deadly storm passed through middle Tennessee on March 3, causing numerous tornadoes, including one that tore through East Nashville, leaving a path of destruction in its wake that harmed the music community.

T.I. Buys Atlanta’s Silent Sound Studios, by Clive Young
Aiming to preserve a key part of Atlanta’s recording history, Grammy-winning rapper T.I. has purchased Silent Sound Studios.

Solotech Acquires Miami’s Pro Sound Inc.
Canada-based Solotech makes further advances into U.S. live production and systems integration markets with new acquisition of Pro Sound Inc.

CAS Announces New Board of Directors
Cinema Audio Society president Karol Urban announced the results of the CAS board of directors election, which resulted in two new executives: Steve Venezia as vice president and Lee Orloff as treasurer.

Funktion-One Co-Founder Retires
Capping more than 40 years in pro audio manufacturing, John Newsham retires to return to live sound engineering.

Hard Rock Producer Keith Olsen Dead, by Clive Young
Keith Olsen, the Grammy-winning producer/engineer who arguably defined the sound of hard rock in the late ’70s and ’80s, has died.

Oberlin Launches Recording Degrees
Making use of its nine concert venues and recording studio, Oberlin College & Conservatory will start a new program in Recording Arts and Production beginning in the fall of 2020.

AIMS Bows IPMX
The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) ProAV Working Group has published its new Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) open standard set.

Wicked Tour Takes Quantum Leap
The touring edition of the Broadway musical Wicked has taken a DiGiCo Quantum 7T console on the road.

Tom Kobayashi, Skywalker Sound/ISDN Pioneer, Dead at 91, by Steve Harvey
Tom Kobayashi built and ran George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound before pioneering the use of ISDN and fiber optic networks for audio work.

Sweetwater Opens Distribution Center, by Clive Young
Expected to double Sweetwater’s order fulfillment capabilities, the new distribution center is only the latest in a series of expansions underway at the pro audio retailer’s headquarters.

Abbey Road Institute Opens First U.S. Location
The Abbey Road Institute’s first U.S. location will open this fall at Miami Art House in Florida, led by Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Julio Reyes Copello.

Music Entities Aid Nashville Tornado Recovery
Iron Mountain, Gibson and regional guitar shops have the backs of music professionals as part of Nashville’s tornado recovery.

DirectOut’s In with Hans Zimmer
A top touring draw in Europe since 2018, the symphonic The World of Hans Zimmer tour carries a variety of DirectOut gear.

Coda Caps Kassel Festival
SR provider Ambion fielded a beta system of Coda’s new N-Ray line array at the Kulturzelt music festival in Kassel, Germany.

Inside the Audio Post Process of Parasite
Audio post-production services for Parasite, the first foreign language film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, were provided by South Korean film facility Live Tone Studios.

Meyer Sound Lands at Helsinki Airport
Conceived in support of the idea that you only get one chance to make a first impression, the massive immersive installation Aukio at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport offers travelers the opportunity to discover the sights and sounds of Finland. Key to this immersive experience is a massive Samsung video screen and 27 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

Schawa TV Serves Up Badminton
Schawa TV used Sonifex commentator units when covering the 2019 Badminton World Cup in St. Jakobshalle, Switzerland for Japanese station TV Asahi.

Keeping the Mix Cool for Art on Ice
European ice skating show Art on Ice toured with an Allen & Heath dLive desk this year.

Martin Makes Mountain Club Move
The club Frozen Cherry in the Lebanese ski resort of Zaarour has been equipped with BlacklineX loudspeakers from Martin Audio.

 

Karma Auger (left) and Erich Gobel of Studio 1 LA
Karma Auger (left) and Erich Gobel of Studio 1 LA

Immersive Mix Room Studio 1 LA Debuts, by Steve Harvey
Karma Auger and longtime collaborator Erich Gobel have teamed up to run Studio 1 LA, a new mix facility built from the ground up to handle immersive mixes in Dolby Atmos.

New Halo Music Studio Inspired by Legendary Le Studio Facility, by Steve Harvey
The legendary Canadian facility Le Studio Morin Heights outside Toronto recorded classic albums before it was abandoned and ultimately burned down. Now Halo, a new studio facility in Hamilton, ON, has completed a modern re-creation of Le Studio’s control room—and perhaps its magic touch.

Studio Showcase: Valhalla Jumps into Analog Immersive Mixing, by Steve Harvey
Valhalla Studios owner/Manowar founder Joey DeMaio collaborated with Grammy-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper and top engineer Ronald Prent to upgrade the facility’s main room to handle all immersive formats.

Tracks – April 2020
Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.

Wells Adapts to In-the-Box
Producer/engineer Greg Wells (Elton John, Celine Dion, The Greatest Showman) has been using SSL gear for his ITB workflows.

NRG Goes Big with Ocean Way
Producer, engineer and studio owner Jay Baumgardner has installed Ocean Way Audio dual-subwoofer HR2EX towers in Studio B at his NRG Recording Studios.

Universal Bows All-Women Project
100% Her is a production music album whose tracks were all composed, mixed and mastered by women.

Pavlik Goes All-In with DPA
Rostislav Pavlík recently recorded Slovak opera singer Gustáv Beláček at the Brno concert hall in the Czech Republic, capturing the performance for his record label, Pavlík Records, with the aid of various DPA microphones.

 

On-hand for the Oscar sound panel were (l-r): (L-R) Glenn Kiser, Director, Dolby Institute; Donald Sylvester, Ford v Ferrari; Michael Minkler, Once upon a Time in…Hollywood; Mark Ulano, Ad Astra, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood; Dean Zupancic, Joker; Tom Ozanich, Joker; Alan Robert Murray, Joker.
The Dolby Oscar Nominee Party at the Television Academy on Feb. 6, 2020, in North Hollywood, CA. Danny Moloshok/Invision for Dolby/AP Images

Oscar-Nominated Sound Teams Speak, by Steve Harvey
The Academy Award-nominated sound teams behind Ad Astra, Joker, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood and Ford v Ferrari share how they brought aural magic to the multiplex.

Podcasting? Yeah, They’ve Got That, by Steve Harvey
While some big-box retailers might jump on the podcasting boom by selling gear, Staples has a far bigger plan—it’s opened podcast studios in six test stores, with technical designs and acoustics created by Professional Audio Design president Dave Malekpour and his team. 

Fox Nabs Bluehorn First
The Newman Scoring Stage at the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles marks the first permanent installation of Meyer Sound’s Bluehorn System in a major commercial studio.

M3 Makes Waves in Miami
Music Mix Mobile recently used the new Waves SuperRack SoundGrid while mixing DJ Khaled, Maroon 5, DaBaby, Guns N’ Roses, Snoop Dogg, and Dan + Shay for broadcast.

Collison Promoted to Partner at Alchemy
Independent Foley studio Alchemy Post Sound has elevated Ryan Collison, who has been with the team for six years, to partner.

Focusrite Launches Podcast Makeovers
Have a favorite podcast that sounds awful? Has Focusrite got a contest for them—a full podcast studio makeover.

 

SSL System T
SSL shipped v2.3 Release for the System T broadcast console in January.

Sound Innovations: Solid State Logic System T Broadcast Console, by Thomas Jensen
Thomas Jensen, vice president of technical operations for Solid State Logic’s Systems & Support Group New York, recounts the history of the company’s System T broadcast console and its ongoing refinement to benefit its users and the marketplace.

Review: DPA 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone, by Russ Long
Producer/engineer Russ Long puts the brand-new DPA 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone to the test for this real-world review.

Review: PhantomFocus System Studio Monitors, by Russ Long
The PhantomFocus System has evolved into a portfolio of physical studio designs and products that hold their ground against anything in the world today.

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Meek Mill performs
During Grammy Week in February, Dolby Atmos for Live was used for a full performance by rapper Meek Mill at NeueHouse Hollywood.

Dolby Atmos Moves into Live Sound, by Steve Harvey
Immersive audio is available in cinemas and homes; now live sound is increasingly exploring ways to bring that element to the concert world with artists like Meek Mill and Santana. The live sound team at Dolby Atmos shares its insights.

Monitor Engineer Brian Hendry, Dead at 67
Monitor engineer Brian Hendry spent 40 years mixing top acts, from Tom Petty to Jennifer Hudson.

Live Sound Showcase: Guster, by Steve Harvey
Alternative folk-pop mainstay Guster spent the start of the year on the road with a U.S. acoustic tour that not only showed off the band’s instrumental skills but also found it performing with an unlikely monitor setup.

Alison Krauss Rolls with ProductionOne
Memphis-based ProductionOne fielded its new Alcons Audio LR18 line array for shows with the bluegrass icon Alison Krauss.

Tested Explores Hamilton’s Sound
FOH engineer Kevin McCoy shares with Adam Savage what it takes to mix the hit show Hamilton.

Jetwave Wireless Adds NY Office
Covering the New York City region, the new Jetwave Wireless facility will be used for show buildouts and customer support.

Solid State Logic Gets Cooking at Verse
Leave it to a Grammy-winning engineer to put an SSL console in his new restaurant.

Audio Powers Calvary Chapel’s Growth
Newport News, VA’s Calvary Chapel redeveloped a shopping center into a church campus, making audio a prime focus of the effort.

The Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart for April 2020
Pro Sound News runs down the crews and gear on the top 10 highest-grossing tours of the month.

From the Editor: Making the Most of a Rough Time, by Clive Young
It’s a rough time right now and whether we like it or not, a lot of audio pros have more time on their hands than they’d like. If nothing else, it’s a good time to catch up on that pile of books you’ve been meaning to read.

Software Tech: Safeguarding Your Software Tools, by Craig Anderton
You may be self-isolating at home with your computer right now, but that doesn’t mean someone can’t steal your files. Craig Anderton explores how to keep your software and songs safe.

View from the Top: Gordon Kapes, President, Studio Technologies, by Clive Young
Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies, shares the business philosophy and insights that have helped the 16-employee company launch more than 100 products over the years.

60 Seconds with John McMahon of Meyer Sound
Get to know John McMahon, vice president of sales and marketing at Meyer Sound Laboratories.

People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for April 2020
Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at d&b audiotechnik, Neutrik USA, Avid, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Riedel Communications, Danley Sound Labs and LEA Professional.

Music, Etc.: Rob Graves, Solstice, by Steve Harvey
Multiple Dove Award-winning musician and producer Rob Graves talks about his latest collaboration with hard rockers Red and his own solo piano album, Solstice, as well as why coronavirus could have a small upside.

Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com

The Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart for April 2020

ACT | STATISTICS CREW EQUIPMENT
1 Aventura  |  CLAIR GLOBAL Franklin Spinal Rosado (he); Javier Chico Morales (me); Arnaldo Hernandez (acc/se); Joaquin Fontana (mse/rf); Chivo Irigoin, Gracie Fischley (tech) HC: Avid Venue S6L; MC: Avid Venue S6L; HS: Clair Cohesion 12, Cohesion 10, CP218, CP6; MS: Clair Cohesion 10, 12AM, CP218; IEM: Shure PSM 1000; HA: Clair PakRack Lab.gruppen PLM20K44; MA: Clair StakRack Lab.gruppen PLM20K44; HARDWIRED MICS: sE Electronics; Radial DIs; WIRELESS MICS: sE Electronics; FOH EQUIPMENT: Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5045; Waves Plug-ins; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5045
2 Eagles  |  CLAIR GLOBAL Tom Evans (he); Ricky Leon, Charlie Hernandez Jr. (me); Jared Lawrie (cc/se); Erick Ruiz (rf/stage e); Jen Smola, Matt Patterson, Dustin Andersen (techs) HC: SSL Live L500; MC: DiGiCo SD5; Avid S6L; HS: Clair Cohesion CO-12, CO-8, CP-6, CP-218 subs; MS: Clair Cohesion CM-22; Clair 12am, ML-18; IEM: Shure PSM 1000; HA: Lab.gruppen; MA: Lab.gruppen; HARDWIRED MICS: Shure Beta 87, Beta 57a, Beta 91a, SM58, SM58s, SM81, Beta 56, Beta 58a, SM48; Audix D6, SCX25a; AKG 451; Audio-Technica AT4050; Telefunken M80, M80SH, M81, M81SH; Sennheiser e904, e906, MD409, MD421; DPA FA4018V, 2011C; Radial JDI, J48, SW8, DM1, JX44 switcher, Tonebone Headbone VT amp switcher, North Star overdrive, AC Driver acoustic preamp; WIRELESS MICS: Shure Axient; FOH EQUIPMENT: Bricasti M7; Waves Live; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Neve 5035
3 Celine Dion  |  SOLOTECH Denis Savage (he); Jean Sebastien Boucher (me-Dion); Martin Paré (me-band); Jonathan Trudeau (cc); Frankie Desjardins (se); Marc Theriault (rf); Adam Harris, Simon Bédard, Antoine Lebrun (techs) HC: SSL L550+; Allen & Heath SQ5; MC: (2) SSL L550+; HS: L-Acoustics K1, K2, Kara, KS21, K1-SB, A15, X8, 5XT; IEM: Shure PSM 1000; HA: L-Acoustics LA12x, LA4X; HARDWIRED MICS: Shure; Sennheiser; Neumann; DPA; WIRELESS MICS: Shure Axient; Shure; DPA; Earthworks; Neumann; FOH EQUIPMENT: Waves Rack; TC Electronic System 6000; Bricasti M7; Eventide Eclipse; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: TC Electronic System 6000; Bricasti M7; GML 8200; SPL 2800; SSL Sigma; Bettermaker EQ 232P; KLANG FABRIK
4 Andrea Bocelli  |  PRG Andrea Taglia (he/me/se); Francesco La Camera (orch e); Alan Henig (cc); Gabriele Turra (ae); Andre Roy, Tomasz Gajewski, Armando Montalvo, Justin Willmon, Connor Murray, Alex Rotelli, Justin Stiepleman (tech) HC: (2) DiGiCo SD7 Quantum; HS: L-Acoustics (88) K2, (4) K1-SB, (22) KS28, (36) Kara, (8) X12, (14) X8; MS: (4) Meyer Sound UM-1P, (7) UPM-2P; IEM: Shure PSM 1000; HA: L-Acoustics LA12X; HARDWIRED MICS: Schoeps CMC 6/MK 21, CMC 6/MK 4; Shure KSM32, SM57, VP88, TL46; AKG C414; Schertler DYN-B; Electro-Voice RE20; various DIs; WIRELESS MICS: Shure UR2/KSM9, UR1 with TL46, DPA 4099; FOH EQUIPMENT: Meyer Sound Galileo; L-Acoustics P1, LA Network; Lexicon 960L; TC Electronic 6000; dbx 162SL; Tascam SS-CDR200 (SD recorder); Tascam SS-CDR200 (SD player)
5 The Lumineers  |  SOUND IMAGE Josh Osmond (be); Brad Galvin (me); Stephen Wharton (cc); Ryan Cornelius (se); Emily Arnold, Tucker Arbuthnot (pa techs) HC: Avid Venue S6L-32D; MC: DiGiCo SD5; HS: Meyer Sound Lyon, Leo, Leopard, 1100-LFC; IEM: JH Audio Layla; HARDWIRED MICS: Audix D6; Shure Beta 91A, KSM141, 81/C, KSM8, SM58, KSM137, Beta98; sE Electronics VR2; Neumann KMS150; Telefunken M80, M81-SH, M60 FET; Sennheiser e602; Heil PR30; DPA 4099; WIRELESS MICS: Shure Axient Digital, AXT-600; FOH EQUIPMENT: Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor, 5045, 5043; API 2500; Lectrosonics TM400; MiPro ACT848; McDSP AE600, SPC2000, NR800, Ultimate Compressor; Meyer Sound Galaxy 816 AES; Apple Mac Pro; Avid Pro Tools; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: (2) Waves Extreme Server; Rupert Neve Designs 5045 Primary Source Enhancer, 5024 Quad Mic Pre; Waves C6, API 2500, PSE, CLA-2A; Wisycom MTK 952, (2) MFL, SPL2208, MPR50-IEM
6 Blake Shelton  |  CLAIR GLOBAL Jeff “Pig” Parsons (be); Brad Baisley (me); Jim “Fish” Miller (cc/se); Rachel Rozzi (mse); Melissa Terrazas, William Turner (techs) HC: Avid Venue S6L; MC: Avid Venue S6L; HS: Clair Cohesion-12, Cohesion-10, CP-218, CP-6; MS: Clair CM-22, CM-14; IEM: Wisycom MTK952; HA: Lab.gruppen PLM 20000Q; MA: Lab.gruppen PLM 20000Q; HARDWIRED MICS: Sennheiser Evolution; Audio-Technica; Radial J48 DI, JDI, SW8, ProD1, SGI, ProRMP; WIRELESS MICS: Sennheiser 6000 with e935 capsules; FOH EQUIPMENT: Waves GEQ, FDBK, PSE; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: McDSP, AE600
7 Marc Anthony  |  PRG Jose Rivera (he); Eric “Pyle” Ramey (me) Jorge Solorzano (stage tech/mgr); Kevin Valind (se/cc); Nikki Berna (m tech); Taylor Johannes (pa tech) HC: Yamaha RIVAGE PM10; MC: DiGiCo SD10; HS: Meyer Sound Leo, Lyon, Leopard, 1100-LFC; MS: Meyer Sound MJF-210, Leopard; IEM: Shure PSM 1000, P6HW; HARDWIRED MICS: Shure; DPA; WIRELESS MICS: Shure Axient Digital, Beta 58
8 KISS  |  CLAIR GLOBAL Adam Stuart (be); Scott Diamond (me); Don Baker (cc/se); Scott Megrath (ae); Robert Taylor III, Casey Harriman (tech) HC: DiGiCo SD7 Quantum with SD Racks; MC: DiGiCo SD7 Quantum with SD Racks, Yamaha QL-1(drummer); HS: Clair CO-12, CO-10, CP-6, CP-218; MS: Clair CM-22, 12AM, CP-118; IEM: Shure PSM 1000, Shure P9HW; HA: Lab.gruppen PLM 20K44; MA: Lab.gruppen PLM 20K44; HARDWIRED MICS: Shure 52a, Beta 91a, SM 57, SM 58, VP-88, KSM 137; Neumann TLM 102; Sennheiser MD-421, MKH-416, e935, e904; Audio-Technica AT 4050, AT 3031; Radial J48, JDI; WIRELESS MICS: Shure Axient AD4Q; FOH EQUIPMENT: Waves Mercury Bundle, SSL Collection 4000, TASCAM SS-CDR250N; Bricasti Design M7; Empirical Labs EL-8; API 2500
9 Billy Joel  |  CLAIR GLOBAL Brian Ruggles (he); Josh Weibel (me); Rich Schoenadel (cc/se); Jay Yochem (m tech); Tom Ford, Bryan Darling (tech) HC: DiGiCo SD5; MC: DiGiCo SD10; HS: Clair Cohesion CO-12, i-3, P-2, R4, CP-218; MS: Clair CM-22, SRM, ML-18; IEM: Sennheiser 2050; HA: Clair StakRak (Lab.gruppen); MA: Lab.gruppen; HARDWIRED MICS: Shure; AKG; Sennheiser; Audio-Technica; Radial J48, JDI, SW8, Firefly; WIRELESS MICS: Shure UR Series; FOH EQUIPMENT: Waves
10 Tool  |  EIGHTH DAY SOUND Alan “Nobby” Hopkinson (he); Beau Alexander (me); Jerod Unteid (cc/mtech); Liam Halpin (se); Dan Buckley (stage tech); Greg Vierley (pa tech); Henry Sendak (lead fx pa); Joey Armada (fx pa tech) HC: Midas XL-4; MC: DiGiCo SD7; HS: d&b audiotechnik GSL, KSL, V, SL-Sub, B22; MS: d&b audiotechnik M2, J8, J-Subs, Y-Series, B6; IEM: JH Audio Roxanne; HA: d&b audiotechnik D80; MA: d&b audiotechnik D80; HARDWIRED MICS: DPA d:facto 2; FOH EQUIPMENT: Klark Teknik DN360/370 Graphic EQ; Smart Research C2 Compressor; Drawmer DS201 Noise Gates; dbx 160 Compressor, 120 Sub-Harmonic Synthesizer; Avalon vt737a Preamp/Compressor; BSS DPR-901 Mk One Dynamic EQ; Summit DCL200 Valve Compressor; Radial PhazerBank; Lexicon 480L Dual Engine Reverb; TC Electronic M2000 Reverb, 2290 Digital Delay, D-Two Digital Delay; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Yamaha SPX 990, SPX 2000

 

Legend: (he) house engineer. (ahe) ass’t house engineer. (be) band’s house engineer. (me) monitor engineer. (ame) ass’t monitoring engineer. (bme) band’s monitor engineer. (se) systems engineer. (ae) ass’t engineer. (tech) technician. (cc) crew chief.

HC: house console. MC: monitor console. HS: house speakers. PMS: personal monitor systems. MS: monitor speakers. HA: house amplifiers. MA: monitor amplifiers.

Top 10 grossing tours as ranked by Billboard. Some tours did not report grosses for all shows; rankings may be affected as a result. Equipment and crew information are provided by the respective sound reinforcement companies.

 

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