Top 10: this week’s most popular articles

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

This week’s most read article was about one of London's most famous landmarks - and most recognisable sounds - being silenced for four years. Martin Audio MD Dominic Harter penned a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, about an alternative solution. Read what he wrote (and see editor Dan Gumble's impressive headline) Big Ben’s bell ends? Martin Audio proposes solution to keep Great Bell ringing


Also popular among our readers this week was Depeche Mode’s FOH engineer hailing the ‘incredible reliability’ of L-Acoustics K1 on Spirit tour.

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1. Big Ben’s bell ends? Martin Audio proposes solution to keep Great Bell ringing

">Big Ben’s bell ends? Martin Audio proposes solution to keep Great Bell ringing

With Big Ben’s hourly bong set to cease on Monday, August 21 for the first time in 157 years, Martin Audio has written to The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, with a solution that could keep the Great Bell ringing.

2. Depeche Mode’s FOH engineer hails ‘incredible reliability’ of L-Acoustics K1 on Spirit tour

Antony King, FOH engineer for pioneering electro rock icons Depeche mode, has hailed the performance of L-Acoustics’ K1 systems on the band’s current Spirit world tour.

3. Tony Andrews: ‘Glade Stage at Glasto the most audio fun I’ve had in ages’

Sound production company Sound-Services delivered Funktion-One loudspeakers and a Cadac desk for the Glade Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, with Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews telling PSNEurope that project was “the most audio fun I’ve had in ages”.

4. "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…

5. Pro Sound Awards 2017 Rising Star finalists revealed!

PSNEurope is delighted to reveal the shortlist for the coveted 2017 Pro Sound Awards Rising Star award.

6. Q&A: ITV sound supervisor Heather Benson on gender diversity in the industry

With a career in the broadcast audio sector spanning almost a decade, ITV trainee sound supervisor Heather Benson has seen a lot of changes in the market. Here, she discusses the subject of gender diversity in the pro audio industry over the past 10 years and why she believes the business is currently headed in the right direction…

7. World Cup 2018 intercom system given final rehearsal, but how did it perform? PSNEurope finds out…

The 10th edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup, held in Russia between June 17 and July 2 was the prelude to next year’s FIFA Football World Cup. For Belgian audiovisual company WNM, the tournament became the final rehearsal to test the Clear-Com FreeSpeak II digital full duplex wireless intercom system ‘live’. Marc Maes sent us this report…

8. ‘Easy-to-use’ Yamaha console saves set-up time for Jamiroquai festival set

A Yamaha console was used to provide audio for Jamiroquai’s headline set at the North Sea Jazz Festival last month.

9. How Shure’s Microflex Wireless system has bolstered Belgium’s Roeselare Vives University

Just before the academic summer recess, the Roeselare Vives University College campus installed a Shure Microflex Wireless system in its main auditorium and four lecture rooms. PSNE’s Belgium correspondent Marc Maes takes us inside…

10. Big Interview: Legendary producer Butch Vig talks home studio gear and the art of production

Butch Vig has shaped defining records from some of the biggest bands on earth, including Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth and a great many more. PSNE editor Daniel Gumble caught up with him for a look back at his glittering career, and what the future holds for the role of the rock producer…