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Andy Coules started his career in the industry as a tea boy in a studio, working his way up to studio engineer before developing a taste for live sound. This enabled him to combine his love of travelling and hotel rooms and tour the world with a diverse array of acts, often in the role of sound engineer/tour manager. Ryan McCambridge is a freelance audio engineer, writer, producer & programmer from Toronto, Canada. He has taught audio production in workshops and universities, is the creator of the production blog Bit Crushing and is the frontman of A Calmer Collision. To ﬁnd out more, go to www.bitcrushing.com or www.acalmercollision.com. Jim Evans has been involved in and reported on the professional audio and music industries for more than four decades. Founding editor of Pro Sound News Europe, he has written for Audio Media since its inception and is a regular contributor to a number of leading industry publications and websites. His television credits include collaborations with the late Peter Cook and Micky Most. Brad Watts has been a freelance writer for numerous audio magaziness, has mastered and mixed various bands, and was deputy editor of AudioTechnology in Australia. He is now digital content manager for Content and Technology.
WELCOME Adam Savage Editor Audio Media International
very year I think that the appeal of the NAMM Show has reached its peak, and every year I am proved wrong again. NAMM 2014 was a big one for pro-audio – thanks to announcements such as the Midas M32, QSC TouchMix (look out for a review of the mixer in this issue actually, page 40), and Audio-Technica M-Series – but as for the 2015 event, even the more minor stories we reported from the show over the past couple of weeks were hungrily consumed by legions of gear heads eager to take in as many updates from Anaheim as their brains could handle. So as you can imagine, then, when we got the news out about the major launches from Avid, Allen & Heath and Music Group, the site took a bit of a pummeling. It may have been around since 1901, but there’s no sign of interest in the NAMM Show slowing down any time soon. Quite the opposite in fact – I even spotted it trending worldwide on Twitter more than once over the four days, and I’ve never seen that before with an industry trade event. Couldn’t make it out to California and want to know what all the fuss was about? Then check out our Product News pages in this issue. And when you’re done with that, make sure you take a look at our interview with Lee Walpole and Stuart Hilliker of Boom Post, who more than deserve the recent BAFTA nomination for their work on hit ﬁlm The Imitation Game; an in-depth feature on the in-ear monitoring market; a Geo Focus article on why Italy is a challenging place to be involved in pro-audio at the moment and if you were a regular Audio Pro International reader, you might recognise a few faces when you turn to our Opinion section this month. I’d also like to say how delighted I am with the response we’ve had so far to our new publication. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we couldn’t have hoped for a better reception, so thank you to everybody who has phoned, emailed, tweeted or spoken to me in person in the last month about the magazine and website. Although many of these comments have been about the smart design of AMI, it was nice to hear that the editorial content is also appreciated! It’s good to know we’re on the right track. I hope you enjoy the issue, and I’m sure I’ll see some of you at ISE and BVE, let me know if you fancy meeting up!
Published on Feb 6, 2015