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The Ranch Production HouseHaving been individually and jointly involved in mixing some household names in the music industry, the latest venture shared by Lewis Chapman and Geoff Swan combines a closer partnership with a desire to move into Dolby Atmos mixing.

These goals have resulted in an new Atmos room opening at The Ranch Production House near Southampton – which features a Merging Technologies and Neumann solution that is quickly proving successful.

With wireless multichannel audio established as an essential element of large-scale music events, theatre productions and broadcasting, can Sennheiser’s WMAS (Wireless Multichannel Audio System) technology survive a practical test by two seasoned frequency managers?

How does the system ‘get along’ with narrowband systems? And how does it respond to direct interference?

Mateusz WoźniakOur thirst for bringing the saturation characteristics of analogue audio electronics and magnetic tape to digital audio recording continues seemingly unsated. Almost every week brings word of a new ‘saturation’ plug-in of some kind, summoning the distortion found in old recordings to add to new ones.

One such is PSP Saturator – hardly ‘just another’ saturation plug-in, however, this has a history and pedigree worth exploring.

George VladFrom the winds that blow through the freezing Romanian Carpathian Mountains to the sounds of the searing heat of Ethiopia’s deserts, Romanian sound recordist George Vlad has taken a childhood love of sound, and built an expansive career in location recording.

His constant companions on his far-ranging ventures around the world are his Sennheiser microphones and headphones.

Rob AshardWorking on some of the most popular primetime entertainment shows on mainstream UK TV, Sound Supervisor Rob Ashard’s audio mixes are heard by millions of viewers around the country and worldwide on a weekly basis.

‘I joined London Weekend Television as an apprentice, working on the studio floor for about four years. I then graduated to Gram Op, as well as covering other jobs like OB Comms, before becoming a Sound Supervisor, and then going freelance.’

Aston Element micFollowing 18 months of R&D and three months of development, followed by extensive listening tests, Aston Microphones has released the details of its forthcoming Aston Element and the R&D behind it.

Using a series of public testing sessions, the company steered the performance of the mic using data collected from comparison tests with major marques. Aston calls the outcome The People’s Microphone.

The James Altucher ShowIn six years, James Altucher’s interview-based podcast has grown from a New York living-room experiment to a 40m download success. Past guests on The James Altucher Show include Tyra Banks, Mark Cuban, Peter Thiel, Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss and William Shatner.

The show’s engineer, Jay Yow, recently made Solid State Logic’s SSL 2 audio interface a central part of the production – to great effect.

Jeremy TuszA native of Canada, Jeremy Tusz’s introduction to Merging Technologies’ Pyramix workstation was unsurprisingly through his time at McGill University, followed by subsequent Merging encounters around Europe, including at Polyhymnia in the Netherlands and Galaxy Studios in Belgium.

After returning to Canada and freelancing as an engineer/editor/producer on more than 100 albums, he began assembling his own gear…

Denis Savage, Jean-Sébastien Boucher and Martin Paré with SSL Live L550 digital mixing consoleCéline Dion recently brought the curtain down on her Las Vegas residency after more than 1,100 sold-out performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and embarked on a 12-month tour in support of her Courage album.

Global entertainment technology services provider Solotech is providing sound, lighting, video and rigging for the Courage World Tour, including three Solid State Logic Live L550 digital mixing consoles at FOH and monitors.

audio engineer and sound designer Dan ScottA member of the Orlando-based Ty Fy Studios team since 2007, audio engineer and sound designer Dan Scott counts LucasFilm, Cartoon Network, Fox, Walt Disney Entertainment and Walt Disney Imagineering among his clients and films, rides, and Broadway-calibre theatre shows on his resumé.

Since 2016, he has relied on Flux:: Immersive’s Spat Revolution real-time 3D audio mixing software to create realistic immersive virtual audio environments.

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