on the coverPro Audio Rethinks Critical Listening on Headphones, by Steve HarveyThe use of headphones for pro-level critical listening applications has increased in an effort to ensure that media translates to the medium in the best way possible.Early Events Warm up InfoComm Crowd, by Clive YoungPart of InfoComm's success this year stemmed from a slew of pre-show events that helped draw a sizable crowd.Joe O'HerlihyLive Sound Showcase: U2—Speaking from Experience, by Clive YoungAfter a massive stadium tour last summer, U2 returns to the arenas to close out its Innocence + Experience concept tours. Sound director Joe O’Herlihy discusses the tour and looks back at mixing U2 for 40 years.Click to downloadDownload the July 2018 issue of Pro Sound NewsQSC Marks 50th Anniversary, by Mary BakijaQSC hits the big 50, looking both back and ahead.United Sound Systems Up for Sale, by Clive YoungLegendary Detroit facility hits the market with a $1.5 million price tag.Cordial Cables Hits U.S. ShoresGerman cabling manufacturer Cordial Cables has set up shop in the States, establishing a U.S. partnership with Santa Barbara, CA-based MV Pro Audio.2018 Tony Award Sound Winners Announced, by Clive Young2018 marks the first time the Tony Awards' Sound categories have been handed out since they were controversially cancelled in 2014.RapcoHorizon Acquires Lava CableOwasso, OK-based MI cable company joins RHC family.Women’s Audio Mission Holds First L.A. EventWomen’s Audio Mission brought together top women in pro audio to share knowledge and training in its inaugural conference, WAM @ Capitol.BBC to Close Iconic Maida Vale Studios, by Steve HarveyThe BBC has announced that it intends to close and replace its iconic Maida Vale Studios, which over the years have hosted sessions from the likes of Bing Crosby, the Beatles and David Bowie.Community Professional Loudspeakers Turns 50Founded by Bruce Howze in 1968 to develop concert-worthy loudspeakers, Community evolved its market focus from tour sound to MI and now to install, though Howze’s technical leadership has been the one constant throughout.SEC Charges GilmanSound Founder Defrauded Investors of $3.3 Million, by Katie MakalPurported oil “sonication” companies sell snake oil instead, SEC alleges.Green Day Greets Buenos AiresA brand-new d&b audiotechnik GSL System covered 37,000 screaming punk fans at Argentina's Estadio Velex Stadium.Audio Plus Added to Transmission AsiaPartners behind the high-profile EDM event brought the PA from the other side of the world to satisfy specs.AES Milan Explores the Power of SoundThe AES Milan 144 International Convention set the stage for four days of all things audio with the opening ceremonies on Wednesday, May 23.Acoustic panel at Sandhill WineryAdjusting Volume for Vino Viewing RoomA cell-phone photo winds up softening a tasting room's acoustics.AVnu Bows Milan ProtocolThe standards-based protocol Milan was unveiled at InfoComm.Making Waves at Third Coast, by Steve HarveyWhen Bill Chrysler isn’t on the road behind a monitor console for Maroon 5, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and others, he can be found behind a studio console at his facility, Third Coast Recording Company.Engineer/Fuzz Tone Inventor Glenn Snoddy, Dead at 96, by Clive YoungStudio engineer/owner and inventor of the first distortion box, Glenn Snoddy died May 21, 2018.MOXEJordan Brooke Hamlin Builds Her Dream Studio in the Woods, by Steve HarveyGeared largely toward female artists, Nashville's MOXE is a studio retreat on 20 acres of woodland recently opened by artist and producer Jordan Brooke Hamlin, who designed and constructed the facility.Tracks - July 2018Tracks is a monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum.United Welcomes VEVAArchiving company VEVA Sound takes up residence at United.Telefunken Goes 3DTelefunken Elektroakustik has teamed with Power Station New England to create an immersive 3D audio listening experience.Firehouse 12 Adds SankensStudio nabs high-res mics for acoustic music recording.MG Sound Hosts Placido DomingoMG Sound recording studios in Vienna, Austria recently hosted opera superstar Placido Domingo.Adding Gear Deep Inside The BunkerTransitioning from a private to commercial studio, The Bunker bulks up its equipment offerings.Radiohead’s Selway Surrounded by Soundtrack WorkStudio bulks out monitoring to accommodate horror film project.MPEG-H Trialed at Eurovision Song Contest, by Steve HarveyThe first trial for live production of immersive and interactive sound using the MPEG-H TV Audio System took place at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.Pace PicturesA Change of Pace in Hollywood, by Steve HarveyPace Pictures is a new 20,000-square-foot sound and picture finishing facility in Hollywood.SMPTE Releases Technology in Media Entertainment SurveySurvey looks at artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), immersive media, professional media over managed IP networks and more.CCTV Goes IP with Clear-ComClear-Com connects China Global Television Network internally and overseas.Suite TVWhite Mark Designs Suite TV RoomSuite TV added the fourth studio after its existing three audio suites were regularly filling up with work.Innovations: Celestion CDX14-3040 Compression Driver, by Paul CorkPaul Cork, head of engineering at Celestion, discusses the company's new compression driver, explaining ways it takes a traditional approach, yet updates performance over its predecessor, the 3030, and how some of that improvement was accomplished with the use of neodymium.Need to Know: Cybersecurity, by Paul McLaneEvery enterprise is at risk as attacks diversify and adversaries get smarter.Need to Know: Cybersecurity and Pro Audio, by Tom KennyUntil recently, the main focus on security of media and media assets in the digital age involved the distribution chain, whether a song, movie or live performance. Over the past five years, the emphasis is shifting to the production and post-production chains.Future Names 2018 InfoComm Best of Show Award Winners in AudioThe Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.Sterling MX5 and MX8 monitorsReview: Sterling MX5 and MX8 Studio Monitors, by Rob TavaglioneSterling Audio, a division of Guitar Center, has brought its MX line to market, which includes models with 3”, 5” and 8” woofers.Review: Flares Pro Earphones, by Rob TavaglioneI believe there is some audiophile gear that can excel in our professional world, including these earphones.Review: Krotos Reformer, Reformer Pro, Dehumaniser II and Dehumaniser Simple Monsters, by Rob TavaglioneKrotos’ Reformer and Dehumaniser lines offer a new approach to sound design.Accusound cableReview: Accusound IX3 and MX4 Balanced Cables, by Rob TavaglioneWhether cables can affect sound is always up for debate, but producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione has few qualms about these ones.Studio ProductsAudionamix IDC Plug-InAvid NEXIS | E5 NL Nearline StorageBigRock BoomLok for Mic StandsElysia Skulpter 500 PreampGenelec 7050C SubwooferHarrison AVA De-Esser Plug-InSonarworks Updates Reference 4Sound Devices MixPre-3M, MixPre-6MTASCAM Updates DR Series RecordersUltimate Ears IEM, IPX Connection SystemSound Reinforcement ProductsAllen & Heath SQ-7 ConsoleAlteros GTX L.A.W.N. Wireless Handheld TransmittersBose Professional Expands ControlSpace LineEAW UX AmplifiersEM Acoustics HALO-A Line ArrayPWS 4x4 Quad Antenna Distro for Shure AxientQSC Premium Business Music SolutionsSennheiser, Yamaha Digital 6000 IntegrationSSL L100 Live ConsoleWaves DSPRO StageGrid 4000Live Sound Pros Acquire UltraSound, by Clive YoungUltraSound, the longtime live sound provider for the Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band and others, passes into familiar hands.Live Sound Showcase: U2—Speaking from Experience, by Clive YoungAfter a massive stadium tour last summer, U2 returns to the arenas to close out its Innocence + Experience concept tours. Sound director Joe O’Herlihy discusses the tour and looks back at mixing U2 for 40 years.Castle Hills Church Adds A&HRebuilding after flooding, San Antonio church updates audio with Allen & Heath.UNT Expands RedNet NetworkHuge RedNet system installed nearly three years ago at the College of Music at the University of North Texas remains solid as a rock as new units are added and the network is further expanded.USS MidwayMixOne Fields VIO for Gin BlossomsThe benefit, supporting local military-focused nonprofits, was held aboard the USS Midway.Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer Gets in the ZoneBrooklyn multi-genre venue adds Waves system to answer variety of needs.Wix WickensQSC Hits the Road with McCartney MD Wix WickensWhen Paul McCartney and his ace band hit the stage, they may start playing songs more than 50 years old, but you can be sure that the equipment bringing those classics to the audience is quite up to date. Case in point: keyboardist and musical director Paul “Wix” Wickens and his keyboard tech, Howard “DJ” Howes, have been using a QSC TouchMix-30 Pro professional digital mixer and K.2 Series loudspeakers as part of Wickens’ stage rig.Sweetwater Renovates Fort Wayne TheaterHistoric Clyde Theatre transformed into world-class music venue.New P.A. Elevates ChurchMobile church turns to WorxAudio PA for weekend services.From the Editor: The Next Wave of Urban Studios Is Not Quite What You’d Expect, by Clive YoungRecording studios have been disappearing from major cities for years; now an unexpected trend may be changing that trend.Software Tech: Apple Drops Intel? What Does It Mean for Us?, by Craig AndertonThe latest Apple rumor is that the company is going to replace Intel’s chips with their own starting in 2020. Of course, 2020 is light years away in computer time, and Apple has been known to change its mind. (Seen any Apple cars lately?) While this move makes sense, I’m going to go out on a limb and explain why any angst may be unjustified for audio pros.People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio IndustryIndustry moves include promotions and hires at Focusrite Pro, QSC, d&b audiotechnik, Heil Sound, Alteros, Guitar Center, dBTechnologies, Pelican Products, Clear-Com, Avid, Solotech, Lawo and DiGiGrid.View from the Top: Sara Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, VUE Audiotechnik, by Clive YoungFrom the top of VUE, Sara Elliott shares her views.Music Etc.: Ian McCulloch, by Jacques SonyieuxJacques Sonyieux talks with Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen about black mold, why the best vocal take is always among the first three, and why the danger of covering one’s own songs is overstated.