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Welcome EDITOR’S COMMENT Hello and welcome to PSNLive! A different approach for this, the ninth edition of our annual supplemental

“Among our key fi ndings, it pleased me that sound engineers are just as

concerned about rising ticket prices as the rest of us”

report, PSNLive, you’ll fi nd. We decided to go straight to the people on the front line when it came to the surveys. So, while you’ll fi nd a couple of potted Q&As with a handful of manufacturers dotted around the next 12 pages, the makers of the kit have not been the primary focus of our research. No, for 2014, we contacted just the sound engineers and the PA companies – between 75 and 80 in total – to see how they were faring and what their expectations were. Among the key fi ndings, it pleased me that sound engineers are just as concerned about rising ticket prices as the rest of us. Meanwhile, PA companies are expressing discomfort at the pressure to reduce overheads. Plus ça change, there, I think. Richard Morgan, ex John Hornby Skewes, is a fi rst-time contributor for this PSNLive. We pounced on his relocation to Germany (and his very fi ne language skills), and asked him to assess the rock scene in the rock-solid country. And, yes, business is good. Find out more on p18.

David Davies – who, as previously – was responsible for analysing Zing Insights’ research in the earlier reports – looked at how companies such as Soundcraft and RCF have adapted to push into unfamiliar channels (p24). Plus, you get to discover what a grolar bear looks like… While industry veteran Rene van der Linden looks back on a career embracing club beats and classical spectaculars (p28), Kevin Hilton talks to a cross-section of sound engineers to see how their use of digital consoles (and the plug-ins and effects therein) measures up to the traditional outboard rack approach. Big valves or binary values? Page 30 for the low-down. Then we come to a very special feature for PSNLive: Marc Maes, our Belgian correspondent, was able to immerse himself in the huge technical undertaking that is 14–18, a musical, on a grand scale, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War, or World War I. With exclusive photos from Carole Edrich, Marc’s piece captures the enormity of the show. In fact, it looks so good, we just had to put it on the cover. (And yes, the fact that WWI ripped Europe apart is not lost on me, as PSNLive looks at a very different landscape today.) Some essential intel from second-hand svengali Bob Kelly, and then a somewhat tongue-in-cheek overview of the best VIP areas on the festival circuit, brings another PSNLive to a close. We hope you fi nd it as enlightening as ever.

Cover image: 14–18, Nekkerhal, Mechlin © Carole Edrich (

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David Davies (all data analysis), Kevin Hilton, Marc Maes, Richard Morgan, Claire Evans, Bob Kelly


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