Professional Sound - June 2022 - Page 14


PSB Speakers Celebrates 50 Years of Hi-Fi Sound
PSB Speakers is celebrating 50 years of delivering hi-fi speakers “ at the intersection of science-based sound reproduction and musical enjoyment .” Founded in St Jacob ’ s , ON , in the summer of 1972 by classically-trained violinist and self-taught acoustics designer , Paul Barton , and a couple of his high school friends , PSB Speakers soon became a pioneer in marrying psychoacoustics research with loudspeaker design .
“ As a musician and acoustics designer , it has been such an honour to work with some of the top scientific minds in the field over the decades ,” says Barton . “ In academic research , like what was happening at the NRC , it wasn ’ t uncommon for research to get published and then just gather dust on a shelf somewhere . But I got the unique opportunity to take that research and turn it into real products that PSB customers could enjoy their favourite music on , and that has been the most satisfying thing for me throughout these 50 years .
The brand ’ s anniversary celebrations opened with a virtual live event on June 1 , 2022 , featuring an intimate conversation with Paul Barton moderated by Doug Schneider , founder of SoundStage !. Attendees were the first to watch a documentary of the brand , specially produced for the 50 th anniversary , which was released to the rest of the world on June 2 nd . Friends of PSB Speakers , including Iso- Acoustics and Bluesound , offered up door prizes , with a grand prize draw for a pair of PSB Speakers AM 5 Powered Bookshelf Speakers at the end of the event .
For more information , go to www . psbspeakers . com .
Hill Kourkoutis Becomes First Woman in Junos History to Win Recording Engineer of the Year
Toronto-based music producer , writer , engineer , and mixer , Hill Kourkoutis , became the first woman in Juno Awards history to be nominated for , as well as the first woman to win Recording Engineer of the Year , at the 2022 Juno Opening Night Awards on May 14 , 2022 , at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre . Kourkoutis was nominated for her work on Tania Joy ’ s “ The Drought ,” as well as SATE ’ s “ Howler .”
Previously , Kourkoutis played on , produced , and mixed Leela Gilday ’ s album , North Star Calling , which won a 2021 Juno Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year . That album also won Gilday the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year . Over the course of her career , Hill has worked with artists such as The Weeknd , Serena Ryder , Cassie Dasilva , Digging Roots , and Amanda Rheaume .
“ Thank you to SATE and Tania Joy for entrusting me with their hearts and your art ,” Kourkoutis said when picking up her award . “ Thank you to my team ; Joe D ’ Ambrosio , Jodie Ferneyhough , Jordan Howard , CCS , and Daytripper [ Music Publishing ]. My family , who has been the most supportive ever , thank you for letting me follow my dreams . My partner Abby , mom , dad , Cerise , Dimitri . I dedicate this award to my late friend , Tim Thorney , who is my mentor and champion . Thank you .”
NAB Show Announces Winners of the 2022 Product of the Year Awards
On April 26 th during the 2022 NAB Show in Las Vegas , the winners were announced for the fourth annual Product of the Year Awards . The awards recognize the most significant and promising new products and technologies among those exhibited for the first time at the 2022 NAB Show .
Winners were selected by a panel of industry experts in 15 categories . To be eligible for an award , nominated products had to come from companies exhibiting at the 2022 NAB Show and are delivered within the 2022 calendar year .
In the category of Audio Production , Processing and Networking , the winners were Spalk ’ s Virtual Commentary Studio and Audio Design Desk ( ADD ).
Meanwhile , NAB has confirmed that the total registered attendees for this year ’ s show were 52,468 , including 11,542 who came from outside the U . S . In total , show attendees and exhibitors came from 155 countries .
For more information , go to www . nabshow . com .