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Pro Audio In Memoriam 2020

In memoriamNew York, NY 2020 (December 24, 2020)—As we look back at 2020, it is impossible to think of the year without remembering all the people we’ve lost. The Coronavirus has taken over 300,000 people in the U.S. at this writing, and sadly more will join that terrible number in the weeks and months to come. We offer our sympathies to all who have lost someone this year.

In the pro-audio industry, many succumbed to the virus, but there were likewise many who came to the end of their travels for other reasons. Here, we honor audio pros the industry lost this year that were memorialized in the pages of Pro Sound News, starting in January, 2020 and moving chronologically through the year to December.

Tim Boyle, Hollywood Score Mixer, Dead at 71
Recording Engineer Nick Blagona, Dead at 74
Producer Andrew Weatherall, Dead at 56
Legendary Monitor Engineer Brian Hendry Passes at 67
Lectrosonics Rep Howard Kaufman Passes
Legendary Producer Keith Olsen Dead
Tom Kobayashi, Skywalker Sound / ISDN Pioneer, Dead at 91
Larry Edgeworth, NBC News Audio Tech, Dies of COVID-19
Producer/Engineer Knox Phillips, Dead at 74
Sam Clayton Jr, Producer-Engineer / Jamaican Bobsled Team Member, Dead at 58
Roy Williams, FOH Engineer for Robert Plant/Led Zeppelin, Dead at 73
Producer Robert “Bobby Digital” Dixon, Dead at 59
Producer/Artist Rupert Hine, Dead at 72
Former Sennheiser Executive Paul Whiting Passes
Ken Nightingall, Star Wars Boom Operator, Dead at 92
Hard Rock Producer/Engineer Martin Birch, Dead at 71
FOH Engineer Vinnie Kowalski, Dead at 58
Legendary Studio Designer Francis Manzella Passes
Barry O’Hare, Jamaican FOH Engineer, Dead at 56
David Croxton, KV2 Sales Director, Dead at 59
Zappa Engineer/Pro-Audio Exec Mark Pinske Dead at 70
Mark Brunner, Shure Executive, Passes
BAE Audio Founder Cameron “Brent” Averill, 1949-2020
Recording Engineer Donald C. Hahn Passes at 81
Bruce Swedien, Legendary Engineer, Dead at 86
Producer Jason Slater, Dead at 49


Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com

Pro Sound News’ Top 10 Articles of 2020

Pro Sound News top 10 articles of 2020New York, NY (December 24, 2020)—With the end of 2020 upon us (and not a second too soon), we look back at the year that was, presenting the Top 10 Pro Sound News articles of 2020 that appeared on prosoundnetwork.com, as ranked by the site’s Google Analytics readership statistics. Intriguingly, while the biggest news of the year was the pandemic, virtually none of these articles even mention it. Instead, audio pros like yourself were mostly interested in either looking ahead to when things would get back to normal by checking out the latest gear, or looking back at great moments in audio, whether it was the recording of classic albums or the earliest known stereo recordings. No one knows what 2021 will bring, but for now, enjoy the most popular articles from our site, and we’ll see you in the new year.

10. Discovering—and Preserving—the Earliest Known Stereo Recordings
By Clive Young. In 1901, German anthropologist Berthold Laufer used two wax cylinder recorders simultaneously to record Shanghai musicians, unintentionally creating the earliest-known stereo recordings.

9. Apple Mac Pro Rack: A Real-World Review
By Rich Tozzoli. Producer/composer Rich Tozzoli shelled out $10,000 for an Apple Mac Pro Rack computer; was it worth it?

8. The METAlliance Report: The Recording of Steely Dan’s Aja
By The METAlliance. Widely considered a pinnacle of recording excellence, Steely Dan’s 1977 album Aja had an occasionally tortured gestation—but it won the Grammy for Best Engineered Album. Now METAlliance members Al Schmitt and Elliot Scheiner share the inside scoop on how…

7. Sennheiser Announces Layoffs Amidst Slowing Market
With consumer and live sound sales heavily impacted by COVID-19, Sennheiser will cut 650 jobs worldwide by the end of 2022.

6. Inside the Live Sound of Live Aid, Part 1: London
By Steve Harvey. We look back at the live sound effort that went into the legendary charity concert Live Aid, held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia. With 60+ acts on the bill and 160,000 in attendance—not to mention 1.9 billion watching it…

5. Creative Editing is Key to Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend Podcast
By Jim Beaugez. A variety of audio editing tricks help audio producer Matt Gourley ensure that the Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend podcast keeps the laughs coming.

4. Danny Leake, Legendary Studio/Live Engineer, Dead at 69
By Clive Young. In addition to working as Stevie Wonder’s FOH engineer for three decades, Danny Leake also recorded dozens of top artists in the studio, leading to six Grammy nominations for his efforts.

3. Tool Tours with Intricate, Immersive Sound
By Steve Harvey. Touring the world behind Fear Inoculum, Tool’s first album in 13 years, the prog-metal heroes are filling arenas with a massive audio system that takes a new approach to immersive live sound.

2. Exclusive: Yamaha Launches Rivage PM5, PM3 Desks, DSPs, More
By Clive Young. Take an exclusive sneak peek of Yamaha’s most ambitious expansion for the Rivage series yet, as the company introduces two new consoles—the PM5 and PM3—as well as a pair of new DSP engines—DSP-RX and DSP-RX-EX—and Version 4 firmware.

1. AKM Factory Fire—A Pro-Audio Industry Disaster
By Clive Young. A 82-hour fire in AKM’s semiconductor factory is already hurting numerous top pro-audio manufacturers around the globe.

Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com