The great and the good of pro audio were out in force at the Ministry of Sound in London last night for the triumphant return of the Pro Sound Awards.
This year’s winners included double winner Sound by Design, recipient of both the Permanent Installation Project of the Year and Installed Audio Team of the Year awards; Capital Sound, recognised for its contribution to the groundbreaking 2013 British Summer Time concert at Hyde Park; and Andrew Dudman, who recorded the Oscar-winning score for Gravity – also a winner in the Best Sound in Post-Production category – at Abbey Road.
Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction won Best Recording Production, while Metropolis completed the list of winners in the studio category, taking home the prize for Best Studio. Although she couldn’t be there in person, Faith showed her appreciation via a specially recorded video message.
As well as the return of the drinks reception, buffet dinner and afterparty, the event saw the debut of The Pre-Roll, which saw early attendees treated to a series of talks with legendary producers Andre Jacquemin, Ben Hillier and Stephen Street (pictured, R–L, with session host Phil Ward), before engineers Dave Swallow, Matt Kanaris, Jon Burton and Charles “Chicky” Reeves took to the stage for a well-received (and frequently hilarious) live sound panel session.
Other highlights were AIR Studios’ Jon Webber picking up the Rising Star Award before the evening’s major accolades, Lifetime Achievement and Grand Prix, were presented to John Pellowe and Miloco, respectively.
Here’s a full list of winners:
LIVE/TOURING SOUND (sponsored by Allen & Heath)
Engineer of the Year: Reay Grant
Best Tour Sound Production: Capital Sound for British Summer Time, Hyde Park
Best Theatre Sound: Chris Mace for I Can’t Sing!
Engineer of the Year: Andrew Dudman
Best Recording Production: Paloma Faith – A Perfect Contradiction
Best Studio: Metropolis
Best Sound in Post-Production:Gravity
BROADCAST AUDIO (sponsored by Sony)
Team of the Year: BBC Proms
Broadcast Event of the Year: Channel 4 for the 2014 Winter Paralympics
Facility of the Year: Pinewood Studios
Team of the Year: Sound by Design for the Royal Albert Hall
BestPermanent Installation Project: EM Acoustics/Sound by Design for the Royal Albert Hall
BestTemporary Installation Project: Source Distribution/Genelec for the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery
MARKETING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Shure: Call for Legends
RISING STAR (sponsored by Soundcraft)
John Webber, AIR Studios
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT (sponsored by Metropolis)
Stay tuned for a full photo gallery!