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Top 10: Last week’s most popular articles

Daniel Gumble 18 August 2017
Top 10: Last week’s most popular articles

Our top 10 round-up features the most read stories on Pro Sound News Europe in the past seven days.

The latest chart-topper is another PSNEurope Butch Vig exclusive, as the legendary producer gives us the inside track on what it was like to record Smashing Pumpkins’ landmark album Siamese Dream.

Also popular this week was news of Funktion-One’s “mindblowing sound” at Radio 1’s Ibiza Weekend, while our rare and exclusive interview with Ofcom captured the industry’s imagination.

Our behind the scenes look at Hans Zimmer’s live tour also proved a big draw.

See below for the full Top 10 rundown, and be sure to follow us on Twitter to get all the latest news from the pro audio industry as it happens.

1. “I thought, man, this is over”: Butch Vig on making The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘difficult’ second album Siamese Dream

The legendary producer has given PSNE the inside track on three of his finest works to date – including Smashing Pumpkin’s epic alt-rock staple Siamese Dream. The second album from the Chicago rockers sold six million copies worldwide, but it wasn’t plain sailing in the recording studio…

2. ‘Mindblowing’ Funktion-One sound system used for Radio 1’s Ibiza weekend

Cheshire Event Production supplied a Funktion-One Evo sound system for BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza 2017 event on August 5-6.

3. Radio frequencies and pro audio: an exclusive interview with Ofcom

UK spectrum and broadcast regulator Ofcom has been at the forefront of reallocating spectrum for new mobile and media uses. This has brought it into conflict with wireless microphone users, who feel it is not always open about its approach and attitudes. In a rare – but not straightforward – interview, Kevin Hilton tries to get a clearer picture…

4. Exclusive: Behind the scenes at legendary film composer Hans Zimmer’s world tour

Britannia Row is currently supplying audio for the Hans Zimmer Live 2017 World Tour. We went behind the scenes at the SSE Wembley Arena show to check out the sound set-up…

5. Google Doodle celebrates 44 years of hip hop with interactive DJ turntable

Google has dedicated today’s Doodle to a hip hop milestone by allowing users to experiment with an interactive DJ turntable.

6. Brighton library installs sound masking system to provide privacy in open-plan rooms

Brighton’s Jubilee Library is benefiting from sound masking technology to provide privacy and confidentiality for conference room users.

7. 10 things NOT to do when mastering

After some tips to help master the, er, mastering process? Audio mastering engineer Tony Cousins is on hand to offer up some of his best advice from years working in the industry. Take note…

8. Recording engineer launches campaign to give freelancers rights to Shared Parental Pay

Recording engineer Olga Fitzroy has launched a petition to change the government’s Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) scheme to include self-employed people.

9. Q&A: One Love Manchester engineer Toby Alington on a long career in live broadcast

Think of just about any major TV show or live event that has involved music and it’s likely that Toby Alington was the man behind the desk mixing audio for the broadcast. Over the past 30 years he has notched up a staggering 23 BRIT Awards, 17 MTV Europe Music Awards, and has helmed the BBC Music Awards since it started in 2014. He has also handled sound for The Voice, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, and has produced TV and DVD soundtracks for a glittering array of artists, including Adele’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Most recently he was tasked with taking on the One Love Manchester show – the most watched music event of the year to date. Here, Alington takes a retrospective look back at some of his many career highlights and shares some of his most memorable moments over the past three decades…

10. ‘Diving into the ocean of sound’: FOH engineer hails Germany’s largest silent concert with Allen & Heath

Allen & Heath helped deliver ‘sound’ at a special silent concert in Stuttgart recently, with FOH engineer hailing the performance of the firm’s GLD-80 mixer at the show.

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