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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.