ICYMI: Check out the Top 10 stories on AMI this week

At the end of another busy week in the world of pro audio, we’ve rounded up the 10 most popular stories at AMI from the past seven days…

Dominating the headlines this week was the sobering live music industry report suggesting that revenues for the event supply sector will have plummeted 95 per cent year-on-year by the end of 2020, with approximately 170,000 jobs across the events sector set to be lost.

Details of Foo Fighters live-streamed #SOSFest gig was also among our top stories this week, with the US rock giants relying on a BRIT Row remote mixing solution, while news of a new Abbey Road scholarship also caught the industry’s attention.

Meanwhile, our report on the opening of the London Palladium for its first socially distant production offered some unique insights into what the future of theatre might look like.

Plus, our interview with indie rock icon Marika Hackman on the making of her upcoming Covers was also among this week’s big hitters, as was the first in our exclusive series of 2% Rising interviews with the multi-talented Eve Horne. 

See the Top 10 in full below.

1. ‘A toxic pool of debt’: Events suppliers revenues down 95 per cent in 2020

Revenues across the live events supply industry (audio, lighting, staging) are set to plummet by 95 per cent into a “rapidly developing toxic pool of debt”, according to a report from LIVE, an umbrella group representing the live music industry.

2. Foo Fighters rely on Brit Row remote mixing for #SOSFest gig 

On October 18, Foo Fighters performed a live streamed gig from Hollywood’s legendary Troubadour venue as part of #SOSFest with a virtual remote mixing solution from Britannia Row.

3. ‘A breakthrough for sound designers’: Meyer Sound unveils Spacemap Go 

Meyer Sound has today launched Spacemap Go, a new spatial audio tool hailed by Steve Ellison, the firm’s director of spatial sound as “a breakthrough for sound designers and sound artists”.

4. New Abbey Road scholarship to ‘help diversify next generation of engineering’

Abbey Road Studios has launched a new scholarship and work placement programme for young black students, which its managing director Isabel Garvey says will “help diversify the next generation of engineering professionals from the ground up”.

5. The future of theatre: Inside the reopening of the London Palladium 

On October 11, the London Palladium opened its doors for a socially distant staging of the fittingly titled Songs For A New World. Audio Media International finds out how the show fared from an audience and an audio perspective from events production specialist Robins Audio and discusses what the production could mean for the future of theatre as we know it.

6. JBL reveals new powered subwoofer 

JBL Professional has announced its new IRX115S powered subwoofer.

7. Meyer Sound announces new recruit and promotion

Meyer Sound has promoted Katrin Rawks to director of loudspeaker engineering and recruited Ianina Canalis as application architect, spatial audio specialist.

8. ‘It made me feel young again’: Marika Hackman talks ‘Covers’ and making music through COVID

On November 13, indie icon Marika Hackman releases Covers, an eclectic new album of covers from artists as diverse as Radiohead, Beyonce, Grimes and Elliott Smith. It’s also the first album solely produced by Hackman herself. AMI editor Daniel Gumble caught up with her to find out how the production process took her back to her artistic roots…

9. Shure introduces subminiature DuraPlex microphone

Shure has unveiled its new subminiature (5mm) DuraPlex omnidirectional lavaliere and headset microphone.

10. 2% Rising: Meet Eve Horne

Audio Media International is delighted to present the first in an ongoing series of engineer and producer interviews as part of our partnership with 2% Rising. Here, we catch up with London-based producer and songwriter Eve Horne…