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AMPS Newsletter January 2016
Happy New Year to all! 2016 has a lively start with the AMPS Film Award Nomination, scroll down for more details - winner to be announced on 8 February.
We also have a regular flow of new AMPS members, and for this month I've included some audio, music, sound-related articles that caught my eye.
Header image - Courtesy of John Rodda from Marco Polo.
Dates for your Diary
BSC Expo 2016
29-30 January 2016
Battersea Evolution, Battersea, London SW11 4NJ
AMPS Socials
Leeds Social - Wed 13 January
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds LS2 8JP, 7.00pm.
The venue has a great selection of beers, burgers and pizzas on offer. Parking is available at the Merrion Centre (5 Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8BT) for £1 per hour after 6pm. For any further info please contact AMPS member Tom Wilkin on 07809 691925. Please try and support this new event if you can!
Bristol Social - last Wednesday each month
Beerd, 157-159 St Michaels Hill, Cotham, Bristol BS2 8DB, 7.00pm on the last Wednesday of each month is the place to meet up with other AMPS members and like-minded people! Apparently, great craft beers and amazing pizzas are available!
London Social - first Tuesday each month
Make sure that you attend the AMPS Social at the De Lane Lea bar in Dean Street on the first Tuesday of every month - be social with your AMPS members! The first Tuesday in every month - 6.30pm.

… not in Bristol, London or Leeds?
Andrew Wilson reports, "Very pleased that we are launching our Yorkshire Social this month in Leeds. We could also soon be launching in Cardiff. If anyone elsewhere in the country would like to get something going in their region please let me know and I’ll get you started. I’ll do the admin and emails, we just need someone local to host!"
Contact Andrew - andrewwilson@amps.net
All events are open to AMPS members and guests. They are a great chance to put faces to names, to network and to chat. It’s a rare opportunity for production sound and post sound folk to get together, plus there’s beer and food...
AMPS 3rd Annual Film Award Nominations
The nominations for AMPS 3rd annual award for ‘Excellence in Sound for a Feature Film’ have been released.
The full list of nominees are -
Bridge of Spies - Drew Kunin, Production Sound Mixer; Gary Rydstrom, Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer; Andy Nelson, Re-recording Mixer.
The Hateful Eight - Mark Ulano, Production Sound Mixer; Wylie Stateman, Supervising Sound Editor; Michael Minkler, Re-recording Mixer.
The Martian - Mac Ruth, Production Sound Mixer; Oliver Tarney, Supervising Sound Editor; Paul Massey, Re-recording Mixer.
Spectre - Stuart Wilson, Production Sound Mixer; Per Hallberg, Supervising Sound Editor; Scott Millan, Re-recording Mixer.
Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Stuart Wilson, Production Sound Mixer; Matthew Wood, Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer; Andy Nelson, Re-recording Mixer.
Stuart Wilson, Production Sound Mixer on Spectre and Star Wars – The Force Awakens said, “To receive an AMPS Award nomination is a very special honour for me because it is selected by some of the finest sound professionals working today. I’m delighted, many thanks to the membership and to my team whose hard work has helped make it an incredible two in the same year!"
AMPS wish to offer thanks to long-time AMPS Sustaining Member, Dolby Laboratories who is once again sponsoring this prestigious award.
New Years Greetings from The Chair
On behalf of the AMPS council, I would like to wish the membership of the association a very happy prosperous and busy New Year. 2015 showed strong growth in the areas of high budget feature film and TV drama, though independent British film had a bit of a tougher time of it and broadcast television faced a constant battle to maintain rates. So let's continue to work together to increase the profile of film and TV sound in 2016. The AMPS film and TV awards are starting to gain influence and recognition, helping to raise the profile of the asociation.

Finally AMPS is a voluntary organisation, and we desperately need more volunteers from the membership to help push the organisation to the next level. If you can help with ideas for events, training, writing articles for the Journal or Newsletter, etc, please step forward and get in touch with our administration secretary Shelly Jones - admin@amps.net - or contact a council member.
Paul Davies
Richmond Film Services on the Move
Due to re-development, after 30 years of being situated in The Old School in Richmond, Richmond Film Services are moving to Building 11, Shepperton Studios.
Their first day of business at their new address will be Monday 18 January 2016, but they will be closed for business on Friday 15 January as they move equipment to the new premises.
They anticipate that their business phone number 020 8940 6077 will stay the same.
Sonic Boom: Why Clubs are Cranking up the Quality instead of the Volume
Venues run by music obsessives are cranking up the quality instead of the volume, and bringing acoustic perfection to the public.
Outside a former kitchen on an east London street called, perhaps fittingly, Club Row, there’s a chalkboard advertising “COFFEE, EGGS & BLOODY GOOD SPEAKERS”. You might pass it by thinking it was just another bit of café-culture whimsy, but this is more than an eatery and lounge with challenging music in the background. This is Sonos Studio, which provides an extraordinary set of sonic experiences in a cafe and lounge space that is designed to be as acoustically perfect as a high-end recording studio.
The Answer to Why Pro Tools Upgrades have gone from the Avid Store
At the beginning of the month Pro Tools Expert reported Pro Tools HD 'Missing From Avid Store' following the new upgrade plans introduced on January 1st 2016. They did some digging and can now reveal why the Pro Tools HD upgrades are not visible on the Avid Store. In addition Pro Tools Expert have found a way to still get the upgrades at last year's prices.

What Avid has chosen to do, is to have them in the Avid Store BUT to hide them from normal use. So if you go direct into the Avid Store you will not find the Pro Tools upgrade options listed.
However if you have yet to upgrade your Pro Tools HD software, or when it comes to renew your existing upgrade or upgrade/support plan, you should go into your Avid Master Account and choose the appropriate item to trigger an upgrade.
Why Exactly is Spotify Being Sued and What Does this
Really Mean?
On December 28th, 2015 long-time streaming foe, David Lowery, who runs the Trichordist blog and fronts the bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, filed a class-action lawsuit seeking at least $150 million in damages against Spotify. The lawsuit alleges that Spotify knowingly, willingly and unlawfully reproduces and distributes compositions without obtaining mechanical licenses.
Ok, so those are the facts, but what does this really mean?
Favourite Sounds of 2015
Designing Sound recently published their favourite 'audio tracks' from 2015. A number of contributors name (and shame) their faves in music, foley, soundtrack and gaming. All in all, quite an entertaining read (and listen).
But do make sure that you scroll to the bottom of the feature to watch this YouTube clip - Clapping Music by Steve Reich - a few years old now, but very entertaining. And either watch the whole thing, or scrub through to the last 30 seconds. Hilarious!
Oh, here it is on YouTube…
Industry News & Comment
New AMPS Member 1 - Adam Lidbetter
I’m a freelance audio engineer and re-recording mixer, having worked on a number of independent music and film projects as either a recording, mix or mastering engineer. I also work as a reversioning mixer for BBC Persia, and I am a lecturer in audio engineering at SSR London, and an Avid expert certified Pro Tools instructor.
New AMPS Member 2 - Rowan Watson
“Hi, I’m Rowan.  I'm a sound effects editor and sound effects recordist from Wellington, New Zealand.  I moved to London just under a year ago after finishing up on The Hobbit trilogy with the team at Park Road Post.  I’m excited about joining AMPS and I’m really looking forward to meeting new people, learning new things, and contributing to some great soundtracks in the future."
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Please send your thoughts to admin@amps.net.
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