KEXPThe culmination of six years of fundraising, an intensive location search, and an extensive design and build programme, KEXP 90.3 FM Radio now occupies a 25,0000sq-ft, US$15m broadcast/live production complex in the shadow of Seattle Center’s iconic Space Needle.

The station is now set to build on its role in the important Seattle music scene, and Public Radio’s stature within the local, national and global radio/internet community.

United RecordingUS recording specialist United Recording has established an archiving division based around what is currently perhaps the most complete, purpose-built archiving suite operating  – a secure, climate-controlled suite that features such attention to detail as a specially built anti-static floor to prevent any electrical mishaps.

A full-time dedicated maintenance staff means the gear is well cared for and running correctly at all times.

BSTAppearing at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival (BST) for the fourth consecutive year, Martin Audio’s MLA PA delivered its best performance ever – thanks to new system optimisation software.

From the opening blast of Massive Attack to the closing weekend with Mumford & Sons, Take That and Stevie Wonder, the event showed that it continues to evolve in terms of technical development.

Undisclosed LocationWhen designing their ‘green’ 5,000-sq-ft Victorian home in the Washington, DC-area, Matt MacPhail and wife, Ann Lyles MacPhail, were committed to using sustainable, efficient building techniques and materials.

They were also set on a having professionally designed, acoustically superlative recording studio to serve their thriving audio production business, News At Eleven Productions.

Future of BroadcastingA working lifetime in the making, weeks in preparation, and the presentations lined up for the 2016 Future of Broadcasting conference were thrown a curveball just days ahead of delivery. With the result of the EU Referendum announced on Friday, the conference convened on the following Monday to make its predictions.

With many speakers erring on the side of caution, one stood out – Claire Enders’ warning over future BBC funding…

BottleRockTaking place for the fourth time in California’s Napa Valley, the BottleRock festival combines live music on multiple stages with the region’s tradition of wine, brewing and food.

Additional attractions for the discerning music fan were the live debut Alcons LR18 pro-ribbon loudspeaker system on the Lagunitas Stage and the inaugural use of Vue Audiotechnik’s al-12 on the Miner Family Winery Stage.

Livingston StudiosBefore expanding into, and later retreating from, additional premises in Guillemot Place, Livingston Recording Studios set up in 1960s London as a film dubbing studio with a nice turn in folk recording. Relocating to St Johns Hall in North London in 1980, it subsequently became one of London’s leading recording facilities.

In 2012 Livingston came under the Miloco studio umbrella, and has recently completed a refurbishment that puts it right back at the top.

Tbilisi Opera and Ballet TheatreOfficially known as the Zakaria Paliashvili Tbilisi State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Georgia’s Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre has re-opened its doors following a comprehensive six-year refurbishment – including that of its audio infrastructure.

The project – which began in March 2013 – was handled by German systems integrator Salzbrenner media, and includes sound mixing, routing and comms.

Estudio 13A distinctive addition to Mexico City’s architectural profile, a striking seven-storey building is the new home of Estudio 13.

Featuring a three-storey glass wall and dramatic, balcony-like profile, the facility has been designed by WSDG to house the triplex 7,000-sq-ft recording facility – two full control rooms and ettendant live recordingrooms, and a Piano/Rehearsal Room featuring a Bösendorfer Imperial piano.

True MemoirsTrue Memoirs of an International Assassin stars Kevin James as an accountant who writes a book about a fictional killer-for-hire – which his publisher mistakenly prints and sells as a true story, thrusting him into a life of danger and hiding.

Necessarily, this involves helicopter and car chase scenes – often difficult for audio capture. For True Memoirs, the production team turned to DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4098 Supercardiod Microphone.

Q Mark

With areas of the internet awash with harsh criticism of Avid’s present business direction, I met with an Avid spokesperson to discuss the company’s position. A frank and healthy conversation later, we’d agreed to follow up for a post on F&W – with sight of copy before posting.

Having arranged the meeting, Avid’s PR agent then reported that he wasn’t ‘really in a position to comment’. After a promising start, the corporate ranks had closed…

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