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

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.

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.’

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