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.

Once again, this week's most-read story comes from our Big Interview with Butch Vig, with the legendary producer talking about what it was like to work with 90s grunge band Sonic Youth on their seventh studio album Dirty.

Also popular was news of speaker manufacturer Coda Audio UK hiring a new head of application to help build an internal training structure in the company; engineers on Rag'n'Bone Man's tour praising the flexibility of Digico's SD7 console; and details of K-array's front fill solution for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' last large-scale tour.

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1. “It was tricky”: Butch Vig on reining in Sonic Youth’s guitar jams on 1992 album Dirty

Having worked with some of the most iconic rock acts in the world, Butch Vig has more than a few stories to tell. The legendary producer has given PSNEurope the inside track on three of his finest works to date – including Sonic Youth’s 1992 album Dirty.

2. 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. PSNEurope 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…

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

The second album from the Chicago rockers sold six million copies worldwide, but it wasn’t plain sailing in the recording studio…

4. 'They were not slackers’: Butch Vig on working with Kurt Cobain and Nirvana on iconic album Nevermind

Nirvana’s Nevermind sold more than 30 million copies and played a huge part in bringing grunge music to a mainstream audience. Vig tell PSNE about working with the band to produce what has now become a massively influential album.

5. Coda Audio UK appoints head of application to help build internal training structure

Coda Audio UK has appointed Steve Norman to the position of head of application UK to support the sales team and formulate an internal training scheme.

6. Live Nation files complaint over AEG’s ‘anti-competitive’ behaviour at O2 Arena

Concert promoter Live Nation has filed a complaint with the Competitions & Markets Authority against its rival AEG Live.

7. Exclusive: Rag‘n’Bone Man engineers hail versatility of Digico SD7 console

The engineering duo behind Brit Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man’s summer tour have praised the flexibility of Digico’s SD7 mixing consoles on FOH and monitors.

8. Depeche Mode 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, describing it as a “benchmark system that provides quick and easy rigging, accurate reproduction, balanced frequency response and incredible reliability makes an 11-month stadium tour a breeze”.

9. K-array provides front fills for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ last large-scale tour

K-array loudspeakers are providing the front fill solution on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 2017 gigs – shows that are expected to be the band’s last ever large-scale tour.

10. 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…