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Day 1 Of En Coulisse 2013 One For The Books

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The first day of Solotech’s En Coulisse trade show is now one for the books – quite literally. As previously mentioned, the 2013 edition was the largest of the event’s 14-year history, and the word is that next year’s will, as it has the last several, expand.

On a very positive note (for this writer, anyhow), about 80 per cent of the copies of Professional Sound and sister publication Professional Lighting & Production we brought with us disappeared today, meaning we’ll probably run out before tomorrow’s show is even an hour old. Plenty of great feedback and suggestions – the former of which is always appreciated and the latter of which is highly valued.


Solotech’s En Coulisse Begins With Big Announcement

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Welcome to En Coulisse 2013

Andrew here, reporting from Solotech’s En Coulisse trade show, happening today and tomorrow at the Palais des congres in downtown Montreal. The show kicked off with a major announcement today – that Solotech has officially opened Sales & Integration division offices in both Vancouver and Halifax, giving the sound, lighting, and video mammoth a literal coast-to-coast reach. For the full story on that, click here.

I arrived at the convention centre good and early to get the latest copies of Professional Sound and sister publication Professional Lighting & Production set up for attendees. The show didn’t officially open until 10, though there were already swarms of curious production technologies professionals outside of the hall when I arrived.



Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Hi there, my name is Rick De Vries. Since 2011, I have been studying journalism at Niagara College’s Welland Campus and I am excited to be writing content for Professional Sound this month. It is an honour to be part of such an amazing team. I’ve always had a passion for writing and a desire to learn something new every day. This is a great opportunity for me, especially with the diversity of so many different publications to write for. I am a hobbyist photographer, a self-taught guitarist/bass player and an artist-at-heart.

Self-Destructing Audio Experiment from 1969

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Click here to view video: Alvin Lucier’s 1969 sound experiment

Tech gadget website Gizmodo has unearthed a very interesting (and creepy) recording from 1969 by composer Alvin Lucier. In the video, Lucier records and then re-records his voice numerous times until in turns into nothing but eerie noise.

As the folks at Gizmodo explain, “Lucier’s recording—’I Am Sitting in a Room’—banks on the fact that for any given room (the one you’re in now, your bedroom, the mayor’s office), there are certain frequencies of sound that’ll resonate above all others. Every time a recording is made inside this room, these frequencies slowly creep in over everything else—namely, Lucier’s voice. With each successive version, Lucier sounds more like a robot trapped in a tin box, until he sounds like nothing at all. It’s the audio equivalent of a xerox made of a xerox ad infinitum, and unlike anything you’ve heard.

HHB Host Special Seminar With Producer David Bottrill

Friday, December 7th, 2012


HHB President Dave Dysart (standing) and producer David Bottrill.

HHB President Dave Dysart (standing) and producer David Bottrill.

HHB Canada, the Canadian distributor of Blue Microphones, hosted a special seminar in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 6, with Grammy-winning producer David Bottrill. The event took place at the Harris Institute and featured some outstanding performances by guitarist Alistair Christl and his band.

Throughout the evening, Christl and his and band, which included a percussionist and an upright bass player, would perform songs while Bottrill recorded them using Blue Microphones’ high-end studio mics and mic preamp.   Bottrill – who has worked with a staggering array of highly accomplished bands including Muse, Tool, Peter Gabriel, and Kid Rock – would playback the recordings for the audience and take questions on studio techniques, microphone placement, and anything else that came to mind.


Women In AV Seeking Industry Support For Hurricane Sandy Victims

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Women in AV are asking all industry professionals to join them in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy by contributing much needed support and technical solutions to help people rebuild and return to their lives with hope and encouragement.

The immediate goal is to equip shelters with a portable projection screen and projector or a flat panel display in time to watch the Macy’s Day Parade. This is a cherished and long standing tradition for the people of New York and New Jersey and assistance from AV professionals will help bring the sense of community and togetherness that makes up the very fabric of who they are.

For more information or questions, you can contact womeninav@gmail.com, info@itdrc.org, or sarah@accessca.com.

Read more about how you can help Hurricane Sandy victims.


PS is Seattle Bound!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Professional Sound magazine is Seattle bound. Pro audio manufacturer Mackie, a brand of Loud Technologies Inc., has invited us to attend the launch of three new sound reinforcement products being unveiled in the Emerald City on August 27.

The company has been fairly tight-lipped about what the products are, but considering the popularity surrounding the launch of its DL1608 iPad-integrated digital mixer during NAMM 2012 (winning the Best In Show honour), curious minds can predict the to-be showcased products will offer a complement to Mackie’s successful mixer.

So until the curtains are drawn on the 27th, we can only surmise that the products will follow-suit of the DL1608 by targeting the MI market by offering professional touring and audio grade technologies in a package geared towards the specific requirements demanded by the MI market and its customers.

PS will be live-tweeting photos and information from the launch event, so follow us on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/ProfSound) and Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/professionalsound) for up-to-date industry news, including what these mystery products will be.

Building Waters’ Wall

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Behind "The Wall" in Quebec City.

While in Quebec City for the annual Festival d’ete de Quebec, I had the pleasure of joining Technical Director Jean Richard behind the main stage on the Plains of Abraham for a quick walk-around the structures and systems being employed for the show. It took me a while to notice, but there was a massive plywood wall flanking the stage, breaking only where the Bell Stage sat.

Turns out Quebec City is making Roger Waters of Pink Floyd’s dream come true. Waters’ current The Wall Tour has hit a slew of cities across North America, each with its own 400-ft. wall (some a bit longer, some a bit shorter). Whereas most of these shows were arena dates, Roger Waters’ spectacle is one of the first two “private” productions happening on the historic Plains, and for the show, producers in Quebec are building a wall 1,000-ft. long.

Sounds like Mr. Waters is quite excited to perform the QC date considering the site’s natural and awe-inspiring beauty. And who wouldn’t be? It’s a magnificent site.

“That Board. That Room. That Is Sound City.”

Friday, July 20th, 2012

American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, producer, sometimes actor, lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter, and founder of the Foo Fighters, and drummer for Nirvana, Dave Grohl has established a long and fruitful career in the music industry.

His latest endeavour is a documentary film on iconic Van Nuys, California recording studio Sound City Studios, birthplace of such legendary records as Nevermind (Nirvana), Rumours (Fleetwood Mac), After The Gold Rush (Neil Young), Rage Against ThE Machine’s self-titled, and Damn The Torpedoes (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).

Directed by Grohl, Sound City takes an in-depth look at the legacy wrought through the four-decade long history of the studio, which closed its doors in 2011. Not much information has been released yet, but looking at the teaser trailer, it appears as if Grohl has nailed-down some impressive interviews to talk about the legendary room, including: Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Trent Reznor, Butch Vig, and John Fogerty.

No release date has been announced, but keep checking www.soundcitymovie.com for updates.

Brian Ahern’s Coming Back To The Coast

Friday, June 8th, 2012

I’m a little late to the party with this, but I’m planning on heading to Charlottetown on Tuesday, June 19th to take in a keynote interview and workshop with producer/engineer Brian Ahern. Born and bred in Halfiax, Ahern’s best-known for his work in Nashville, producing artists like Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Willy Nelson, Anne Murray, and the man in black himself, Johnny Cash.

Ahern’s workshop is part of the Charlottetown Festival’s introduction of Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash, running throughout the summer and into the fall. Info on the workshop is here.

I’m hoping to land some goodies for PS, so keep an eye to the blog and the mag in the next few weeks…


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