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May 21st, 2013

Last week, I had the chance to visit the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on campus at the University of British Columbia. It’s an absolutely gorgeous concert that was originally designed for classical and orchestral music performances – those not requiring much, if any, sound reinforcement. This year, the venue has been going through a revamp of its audio system, including new line arrays for louder shows and Meyer’s new CAL steerable loudspeakers for those requiring precisely-directed sound. The entire centre, including its very cool studio theatre, is being networked using an Optocore fibre ring.

The venue’s self-produced season just wrapped, and now the team is getting ready for grad madness. We’ll wish them well and look forward to catching up once that wraps up…

 

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May 16th, 2013

Studio 2 Live Room at The Warehouse Studios

Andrew here, reporting from Vancouver. I had the pleasure of stopping in on the folks at The Warehouse Studios in the Gastown district of the city yesterday and man, what a treat. As if the reputation of the room and its residents wasn’t enough already, the folks I met were very welcoming and all hard at work on some slick-sounding projects.

The door from Powell St. is quite inconspicuous – just a black door with the street address “100” and a buzzer to the left. Once through, though, there’s a sunny open courtyard and private parking lot that immediately gives the vibe of some kind of exclusive compound. Once you hit reception, you’re greeted with a clean architectural look and a massive collection of vintage (and I mean vintage) recording and broadcast mics.

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May 2nd, 2013

It was a long day, but a good one. Today was the second and final day of the 14th edition of Solotech’s En Coulisse trade show and the general consensus from exhibitors is that a lot of good business took place on the second floor of Montreal’s Palais des congres.

It was a pleasure to catch up with Solotech president Denis Lefrancois and talk about his plan for the company’s operations and growth over the coming years. The company’s ambition was certainly apparent with yesterday’s announcement that new Sales & Integration offices have opened in Halifax and Vancouver.

Beyond that, there’s not much more to be said; En Coulisse is a world-class event that grows each year and continues to deliver. Check out some more photos from the event by clicking “Read More.”

Cheers from Montreal. And go Habs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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