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This week’s top article was our interview with U2 producer Andy Barlow, who spoke about the process behind the making of the band's new album Songs of Experience. If you haven't read it yet, you can read it now.

Also proving popular this week was the news that London mayor Sadiq Khan is planning to introduce the 'agent of change' bill to his new London Plan, meaning property developers will have to foot the bill for soundproofing their buildings, rather than grassroots music venues being threatened with hefty fines and potential closure.

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1. ‘It was like giving birth’: Andy Barlow on producing new U2 record Songs Of Experience

Producer, mixer and sound engineer Andy Barlow has spoken exclusively to PSNEurope about his production work on new U2 album Songs Of Experience and how he also became the legendary rock outfit’s live sound design consultant.

2. Midwich acquires Sound Technology

Sound Technology will continue to operate as an independent company, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Midwich Limited. 

3. UK Music welcomes Sadiq Khan’s plans to protect music venues

The draft London Plan has proposed to bring in agent of change for new building projects. 

4. 'Being employee focused is good business’: Focusrite chairman Phil Dudderidge on its new Pro division, trade shows and the effects of Brexit

Last month, Focusrite announced the launch of its new Pro division, a new dedicated segment of the company tasked specifically with bringing its professional focused products to new markets. Editor Daniel Gumble met executive chairman Phil Dudderidge to find out more. 

5. 5 of the best live microphones on the market

PSNEurope takes a look at some of the best live microphones available on the market...

6. Breaking the sound barrier: Lauren Deakin Davies on starting out as a producer

Producer, engineer, solo artist and session musician Lauren Deakin Davies is currently one of the UK’s brightest young talents, tearing up record books left, right and centre. Editor Daniel Gumble caught up with her in a Hertfordshire pub to talk music production, gear and the challenges facing the studio sector. 

7. 'The perfect next step': Rental company KO-Sound take Digico console on 11-date theatre tour

In mid-September, rental company KO-Sound took delivery of its third Digico console. And the desk immediately embarked on a 11-date tour in Dutch theatres, reports Marc Maes. 

8. 'There are no noise restrictions!': behind the scenes at live events training college Backstage Academy

Wakefield-based college Backstage Academy promises to train the next generation of live industry professionals. Tara Lepore paid them a visit to see how it’s equipping students for one of the fastest-growing sectors of the audio industry.

9. Meyer Sound launches ‘very low frequency’ line array

As well adding low frequency impact to audio in clubs and music concerts, the VLFC can also add special effects in cinemas and theme park attractions.

10. Professional microphone market to grow more than 50% by 2021

The professional microphone market is expected to surpass 7m units by 2021, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting.