Professional Sound - June 2021

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June 2021

Vol.XXXII No.3




The Bar Has Been Raised for Podcasts

Once a DYI affair, podcasts are a flourishing part of the audio industry

By Michael Raine

From the New York Times’ The Daily to CBC Podcasts’ Someone Knows Something and countless more hit shows, podcasts are now as much a part of the cultural landscape as TV and movies. As such, the era of podcasts being a DIY hobby recorded in a host’s garage (not that there’s anything wrong with that, Marc Maron) has passed. We’re now firmly in the era of professionally-recorded and produced podcasts. But even looking beyond media heavyweights like the New York Times or CBC, or startups flush with Spotify’s cash, the independent podcasts are still upping their production game considerably. So, with all this said, what goes into making a proper-sounding podcast?


Jazz En Rafale LIVE CAM

A Live & Intimate Online Concert Experience

By Kevin Young

The pandemic forced many annual festivals to reimagine themselves with varying degrees of success. But by partnering with Marginal Studios and the historic Piccolo Recording Studios, Montreal’s Jazz En Rafale 2021, which consisted of performances by some of Quebec's most prolific and celebrated jazz artists, however, managed to provide audiences and participants alike with an intimate, unique live performance experience.


The Opera House

Revitalizing a Legend

By Andrew Leyenhorst

Toronto’s Opera House, opened in 1909, is one of Canada’s most esteemed venues; a home for music and the arts at large for over a century, it continues to stand as an iconic fixture in the city and as a symbol of Toronto’s creative heritage. While the building currently serves as “The Hub,” a full-service broadcast and content creation space, the venue has also used their downtime from live performances to prepare for the future with a revitalized sound reinforcement suite by Adamson Systems Engineering.


One-on-One with

Sam Guaiana

The next generation of recording icons is well on its way

By Andrew Leyenhorst

“Rock and roll ain’t gonna die,” sang Brian Johnson back in 1980. Luckily for us all, it still hasn’t. It’s taken on many different forms since those days, but the truth of the matter is that there will always be a place in the world for heavy music; and wherever you find heavy music, especially nowadays, you’re bound to come across some of the most talented producers, engineers, and mixers in the game. Professional Sound chats with Sam Guaiana, whose work with artists including Silverstein, Like Pacific, Rarity, and the UK’s Trash Boat, has amassed over 50 million streams on Spotify alone.





The Challenges & Opportunities Facing Professional Recording Studios



The latest from across the Canadian pro audio industry



Kurtis Castello, Saam Hashemi & Dave Misener


Product Tests

Newfangled Audio’s Elevate mastering plug-in bundle, Rode’s Wireless Go II dual channel wireless microphone system & Heritage Audio’s BritStrip channel strip



The latest tools & technologies for audio professionals


Advertisers’ Index


Sound Advice

Preparing Live Sound for Long-Term Streaming



Your industry events calendar




Project File

The Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field, Netflix’s Cobra Kai & more


Cover Photo: The Daily host Michael Barbaro courtesy of The New York Times