Producer Mark Ronson and long-time FOH engineer for Radiohead Jim Warren were among the winners at the first Pro Sound Awards, held last Thursday at London’s Ministry of Sound.
Ronson received the Recording Production of the Year Award for his work on the Bruno Mars album Unorthodox Jukebox, which reached number one on both the UK and Billboard album chart, while Jim Warren bagged the Touring/Live Sound Engineer of the Year trophy for his exemplary work at the mix position. Although Ronson couldn't be there on the night – engineer Al O'Connell picked up the award on his behalf – he later tweeted, "the award means alot to me and thank you".
Warren was also absent, as he was working in the Maldives. He sent a 'thank you' message via a video clip, whereby he acknowledged his colleague the 'Egyptian magician', engineer Sherif El Barbari.
Toby Alington won Studio Engineer of the Year. He said afterwards: "This stretch of 12 months’ work of all different types of projects from film music, concerts through to things like the Brits and MTVs. To be recognised for the energy and emotion we put into each and every one of those projects is the best reward I could have."
Wigwam Acoustics clinched the Installed Sound Team of the Year gong, and Goldcrest Post received the Broadcast Audio Facility of the Year prize.
Other winners on the night included British Grove Studios, Sennheiser’s Mark Saunders and Conrad Fletcher & the Mixbus Audio Team for NT Live.
Xavier Stephenson was named the first Pro Sound Awards Rising Star, while Soundcraft Studer was victorious in the Marketing Campaign category.
Two special awards were presented on the night.
Acoustician and studio designer Andy Munro was rewarded with Lifetime Achievement recognition. He commented: "I’m completely overwhelmed! It’s been something like 40 years since I started my own company and it’s just grown and grown. We’ve worked with just about everyone – not just the studios but the bands, the producers, the musicians and I think we just had a simple common goal – it’s all about the sound."
BEIRG, the British Entertainment Industry Radio Group, took the Grand Prix for its tireless campaigning for adequate access to interference-free spectrum for wireless technology users. John Steven of BEIRG is pictured, left, receiving the award on behalf of the group, from Grand Prix sponsor DiGiCo. (Yes, that is a cardboard cut-out of founding BEIRG member, Duncan Bell of Autograph, who couldn't be there on the night.)
The inaugural event, sponsored by headliners DiGiCo and Sennheiser and held in the famous London nightclub, saw hundreds of guests from across the professional audio industry celebrating and socialising until the early hours of Friday. The party was hosted by staff from across Intent Media’s seven audio and entertainment titles: PSNEurope, Installation, Audio Media, Audio Pro International, MI Pro, TVBEurope and Music Week. The reception was sponsored by Martin Audio, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) bought the fizz, and Fineline Media Finance kept everyone drinking at the After Party until the early hours.
The winners list in full:
LIVE/TOURING SOUND (sponsored by Medialease)
Engineer of the Year
Tour Sound Production
Audio Electronics Mattijsen for the coronation of King Willem-Alexander, Amsterdam
Mark Saunders, Sennheiser
STUDIO (sponsored by Focusrite Novation)
Engineer of the Year
Recording Production of the Year
Mark Ronson for Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (album)
Studio of the Year
INSTALLED SOUND (sponsored by Genelec)
Team of the Year
Permanent Installation Project of the Year
Funktion-One for toboggan run for Winter Olympics, Sochi 2014
Temporary Installation Project of the Year
Sennheiser for David Bowie Is, V&A, London
BROADCAST AUDIO (sponsored by Sony)
Team of the Year
Conrad Fletcher and the Mixbus Audio Team for NT Live
Broadcast Event of the Year
Riedel for the Red Bull Stratos Project
Facility of the Year
MARKETING INITIATIVE / CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR (sponsored by PLASA London)
RISING STAR (sponsored by Sennheiser)
GRAND PRIX (sponsored by DiGiCo)