Extending the reach of Fast-and-Wide through interviews with key industry figures

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.

Aki Mäkivirta The steady convergence of advances in technology, technical expertise, business experience and market opportunity have conspired to drive Finnish loudspeaker pioneer Genelec to bring a new, market-defining loudspeaker to market.

Cherry-picking from the company’s existing work and adding in new Smart IP technology, the 4430 has a declared mission to ‘empower the installer’ by simplifying installation and connectivity, and offering unprecedented applications.

Wireless WillyThe recent ABTT Show at Alexandra Palace saw Autograph Sales & Installations launch its Time To Change Your Tune initiative ahead of the forthcoming 700MHz frequency spectrum clearance. 

Post-show, and with the Wireless Willy mascot on point, F&W spoke to Director Duncan Bell and Technical Sales Manager Chris Austin to find out what will going to happen, how it will affect pro wireless users and how the initiative can assist them.

MPSNow in its third year, The Media Production Show (MPS) is a two-day annual event showcasing technology and talent from across the media and entertainment industry. It also features a free-to-attend seminar programme delivered by industry names prepared to share their insight, knowledge and creativity.

New to the show, the Audio Theatre covers ADR, location sound, audio in post, technical seminars and audio case studies from recent film and TV projects.

John Ginty‘They flew me to Nashville for a month, put me up at the Vanderbilt Hotel and we recorded at the famous Woodlands Studio. There were days when I went in and didn’t do anything. I played the Carol King Tapestry piano on that record. But then there were fewer and fewer gigs like that…

‘Studios were closing, budgets and record deals were going away. People were still making records, but they were doing it in their basement on a computer.’

Michael CarnesMichael Carnes has been developing surround reverbs for more than 20 years. He was the lead developer behind what may have been the first true surround reverb – the Lexicon 960L, shipped in 2000. 

A fully-loaded 960L could provide two 5.1 reverbs at 96kHz and cos a little under $20,000 – 30 times the cost of an Exponential Audio plug-in that will provide up to 22 channels of reverb at up to 384kHz with money left over for popcorn.

Michael CarnesA long-time software developer and musician, Michael Carnes is the man behind US company Exponential Audio, which arrived in 2013 with its PhoenixVerb and R2 reverb plug-ins.

That both were reverb processors is no accident, as Carnes developed the groundbreaking 960L and PCM96 studio reverberation processors while at Lexicon, as well as being responsible for Lexicon’s plug-ins.

SpaceCrateThe now familiar shipping container dates to the 1830s and the inspiration of American trucker Malcom McLean. In the intervening years, it has become an international standard for modular commercial transportation, provided building site ameneties, and spawned the ‘cargotecture’ behind pop-up shops and restaurants.

Now, the humble yet versatile shipping container has won itself a major part in the making of a forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster.

InfluenceWith a face familiar from his role as LAPD Detective Vic Mackey on the FX police drama The Shield and Captain Nathanial Barnes in Gotham, US actor Michael Chiklis is also keen to be recognised as a recording artist.

‘It’s frustrating just getting people to listen,’ he says. ‘No-one was looking for music from me. One of the greatest joys is hearing from people who have just turned on to the music – once they hear it, they’re onboard.’

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