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September 2014 l 03


welcome EDITOR’S COMMENT


AS I WRITE, two great female performers have taken to the stage for the first time in a while. Both are brilliant in my eyes. Clever, witty, detailed, articulate, dynamic, stylish.


But, while both know exactly what they want from the studio, when it comes to live performance, it’s a different world.


“The crowd was sympathetic, but when she


admitted she hadn’t soundchecked...”


I’m talking about Kate Bush and Imogen Heap. I must say, I missed out on tickets for Kate Bush, but I was there at Imogen’s headline show at the Reverb Festival at the Roundhouse at the end of last month. And, as I write, Kate is garnering five star reviews for her ‘gig of the decade’ theatrical experience. Then again, she’s had 35 years to get it right – the last time she played live was in 1979.


Imogen, on the other hand, wants to do so much but doesn’t know how to manage expectations. So, in short, her performance featuring the much- hyped mi.mu gloves was disjointed, apologetic, unsatisfactory. The crowd was sympathetic but when she admitted that she hadn’t soundchecked, and that she “kept changing everything”, you wondered where the real value for money was. (You should know that Tim Sherratt at Sennheiser UK did his utmost to make things work, but I feel he was stymied by Imogen’s spur-of-the-moment changes. That’s my opinion.) Why am I telling you this? I was wondering how to precis David Davies’ piece on AVB. I see it as a midpoint between Kate and Imogen. We’ve been waiting for seven years for the technology, but, it seems, it’s still not delivering.What to do as a fan: do you stick with it, or do you say, sorry, that’s enough? Dave Robinson


IN THIS ISSUE...


BUSINESS 4 DEBUT: d&b’s new Y-Series 5 DEBUT: Audio Precision sets ‘new standard for testing’ 6 Pro Sound Awards: how much fun are we going to have? 8 Industry appointments 10 Events and expos 12


PSNTraining


14 New products 16 Show preview: IBC2014


STUDIO 20 Tickle Audio Hire premises sold to developer 22 Meet the Realpiano man 24 Bobonne Records and doing it old school... 26 Feature: Training needs of studio and broadcast markets


BROADCAST 28 4.0 surround tested for The Proms 30 IPS calls for improved audibility in TV sound 32 Release the Hounds relies on Lectrosonics 34 Sound Devices opens European Service Centre


LIVE


36 Entec renews association with GuilFest 38 Stepping out with Allen & Heath 40 DJ Hardwell goes Loud 42 Eclectic line up at Reggae Sundance


INSTALL


44 Furman celebrates 40th anniversary 48 COVER: The Wind Tunnel Project 52 Feature: Has the AVB dream lost its lustre?


BACK PAGES


57 Hither & Dither 58 Interview: Dave Schmoldt, Audio Precision


Photo: Jake Young


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