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AMPS Newsletter September 2015
AMPS Awards event, Walter Murch thanks, JHWFF nominations, Everything Audio open day, SoundPro 2015, Alan Parson's drum sound, send me your stories, House of Cards boom techniques, Crowdmics, New Members, Windows 10!!…
Anything you want to get off your chest? Please contact Tony Andrews at - newsletter@amps.net
Header image courtesy of Halo Post Production.
Dates for your Diary
Bristol Social
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!
Yorkshire Social - coming soon!
An enterprising AMPS member has been in touch with regard to arranging a regular meet-up in the Leeds/Bradford/Sheffield area. Dates and venue coming soon.
London Social
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, Yorkshire or London?
Want a regular Social near you? It's easy to arrange one - contact us to find out how. Email admin@amps.net
Open Day at Everything Audio
9 September 2015 - 2.00pm to 9.00pm
Elstree Studios
Register for free here - http://tinyurl.com/nkzd6gh
AMPS Awards Presentation
20 September 2015 - 12.00pm to 4.30pm
Dolby Europe, Soho Square, London
SoundPro 2015
26 September 2015 - 11.00am to 5.00pm
Ealing Town Hall
Register here for free - http://soundpro2015.eventbrite.co.uk
AMPS Film & TV Awards Event - 20 September 2015
An event not to be missed! Earlier in the year, we were proud to announce the winners of the prestigious 'AMPS Award for Excellence in Sound for a Feature Film' and '… for a Television Drama', well this is the moment when the winners are presented with their prize!
To refresh your memories, the winners are - Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley for their work on Whiplash and Jon Mooney, Paul McFadden, Doug Sinclair and Howard Bargroff the TV Drama Sherlock.
After the presenatations, there will be a Q&A session with the Sherlock sound team - and of course there will be drinks, canapes and a chance to mingle and relax!
Sunday 20 September 12 noon 'til 4.00pm at Dolby Europe, Soho Square, London.
Please RSVP to admin@amps.net
Walter Murch thanks AMPS for his Fellowship
An innocent-sounding email from Peter Hodges asking if I would like to come to lunch on August 4th turned into a lovely surprise when I was presented with an AMPS Fellowship certificate by Graham Hartstone at 'La Côte' on Wardour Street. It was all a bit sudden and overwhelming, and I hope I managed to keep my VU meters in check - the excellent food and wine and companionship were big helps in that regard.
It was great to see Graham again, as well as Ivan Sharrock, Peter Musgrave, and Lionel Strutt - all friends with whom I have worked over the decades. And to meet new friends and capital 'F' Fellows as well! Heartfelt thanks to all concerned, and now looking forward to the next lunch !
AMPS Members Nominated in Jackson Hole Wildlife
Film Festival 2015
News just in - AMPS members feature highly in the finalists in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015, arguably the most prestigious awards in the field of Natural History film-making.
Andrew Wilson, Kate Hopkins, David Fluhr CAS, Tim Owens and Johnathan Rush for Monkey Kingdom (Disneynature) in the Best Animal Behaviour Program category.
Nic Allan, Andrew Wilson, Phil Jenkins and Paul Clark for Gorongosa Park (Off The Fence/PBS) in the Best Sound category.
The winners will be announced during a five-day industry conference hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, September 28-October 2, 2015, that attracts the leading filmmakers, organizations, scientists, broadcasters, and visionaries engaged in conservation and wildlife media.
See full list of finalists here - www.jhfestival.org/2015-film-competition.html
Good luck to all!
Open Day at Everything Audio - 9 September
Everything Audio are holding an event on 9 September 2015 at their premises in Elstree Film Studios.
Amongst products on display, Zaxcom founder Glenn Sanders will be passing through on his way to IBC in Amsterdam. He will be doing a sneak preview of all the new goodies that will be shown at IBC; including the Nomad Touch, the Oasis control surface for Nomad, the Deva 32 and the RX200 receiver.
You can turn up on the day, please register (its free) at the Eventbrite site - http://tinyurl.com/nkzd6gh - where there are more details, also so that Roger's Mum can make enough samosas.
SoundPro 2015 - Ealing Town Hall 26 September
Resolution has taken on the staging and management of the SoundPro expo
that was introduced by the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS) and other
pro sound organisations.

The one-day event will be held at Ealing Town Hall, London, on Saturday
26th of September and will effectively be the seventh annual event of its

"The idea of an informal, accessible and audio targeted UK event for audio
freelancers, location recordists, production sound operators, and audio
professionals in broadcast, film, post and live sound enjoys a strong
resonance among the UK audio community," said Resolution's Zenon Schoepe.
"We and the IPS share the same vision of what this great event should be
and we re co-operating to make it better and more resilient."

SoundPro 2015 will be held in a different and more appropriate hall to last
year s event and will include an informal table-top exhibition of
manufacturers, distributors, dealers and service providers, practical
presentation sessions by the IPS, and an opportunity to meet, socialise and
network with likeminded individuals.
Confirmed exhibitors include Calrec, Rycote, BCD Audio, SoundKit Ltd, Audio Ltd, Sound Network, Audio Related Technology, PMC, Focusrite RedNet, Dedleg, Ioco (Schoeps), and Sennheiser UK.
It is free to visitors  - https://soundpro2015.eventbrite.com

"At its core we want to deliver a proper table-top pro audio expo in the
best British tradition!" said Schoepe.
Alan Parsons Recording Nick Mason
How often do you find yourself in the studio with legendary producer Alan Parsons and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason? Not too often! We were delighted to be able to record some 'fly on the wall' footage at State Of The Ark Studios in London where Alan was recording part of a drum sample library with Nick.
The footage sadly was a 'little 'run and gun' and audio a tad poor but this was a unique chance to get behind the scenes and see how Alan recorded Nick on the classic Dark Side Of The Moon album - they were trying to re-create the same set-up and sound. It's not a lavish BBC production but it should give engineers and producers an insight in to Alan's methods.
Click on the above image to view…
Courtesy of Mike Banks
Call to Action - Content for Next Issue of The Journal
As the saying goes, "Everyone has a book inside them…" Well now's your chance to prove the point! And I don't even want a book, I only need 500 words… plus photographs. Of course, if you want to write more, then please do.
Been working on an interesting project recently? Encounter some highs, some lows? Put it into words, get it off your chest, share it with your AMPS members.
I would be very happy to read your thoughts, so please email to me, Tony Andrews at newsletter@amps.net
House of Cards and Digital Boom Removal
For those of you that missed it on AMPS Connect, Simon Hayes brought our attention a fascinating article regarding boom removal techniques on Netflix House of Cards.
Courtesy of www.local695.com
Crowdmics App Avoids Need for Pass-the-microphone
Ever been part of an audience and wanted to participate in a live event? Your options were limited: either raise your hand and project as far as your voice allows; or patiently await a wireless microphone to relay its way through the crowd.
An enterprising start-up is looking to our smartphones to provide assistance.
Crowdmics is an app that lets users speak into their own microphone, with the sound broadcast over wi-fi to speakers in the room.
The company makes its money by charging event organisers a fee for the service.
It can also allow event attendees to take part in polls and submit comments to the presenter on stage.
Click on the image above for a brief video explaining all by company founder Tim Holladay.
New AMPS Member 1 - Joanna Andrews
I am a trained and experienced Sound Assistant based within a few miles of London. A lifelong interest in film and TV together with extensive musical training led me to pursue a career in the broadcast sound industry. In 2004, I was awarded a place on the PG Dip. in Sound Recording for Film and Television course at the National Film and Television School, where I gained substantial practical experience as well as a grounding in Sound Editing, Foley and Sound Post Production.

Since graduating I have worked on varied projects, with a strong bias towards TV drama, including Ashes to Ashes, Spooks, Any Human Heart and Cranford, among others. In October 2010 I took a break from the sound industry in order to assist my parents in their IT business. Since their retirement, I now intend to return to TV and film full-time.
New AMPS Member 2 - Rob Edwards
Hi, I have over 12 years experience in the post production industry starting out as a runner at Goldcrest Post Production Facilities and working hard to become an experienced and well-respected ADR mixer and sound engineer.

Some of my career highlights to date include winning a Cinema Audio Society award in the category of Sound Mixing for Motion Picture – Live Action as choral recording/mixing engineer on Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables and being part of a BAFTA Craft nominated sound team for Sky1’s long running series Mad Dogs and more recently the BBC drama series The Missing.
I'm now freelance and based in the South West where I work out of Andrew Wilsons Red Room at Real World studios offering a full ADR service to an international client base.
Issue with Windows 10 and .wav Files
AMPS Sustaining Member Sound Devices has recently confirmed user reports of a serious issue with Windows 10 and removable media formatted as FAT32. Users are experiencing corruption of .wav media files by simply inserting FAT32 formatted SD or CF cards into a Windows 10 computer. Files do not need to be opened or accessed in order for them to become corrupt.
To prevent file corruption use a Windows 8.1 or earlier PC when opening, copying or downloading files recorded on Sound Devices recorders or recorder/mixers.

Sound Devices commented, ”We have been working closely with Microsoft to determine why the possible corruption of our WAV files in Windows 10. In order to build 6-series and 7-series take lists super quickly on power up, we have been using an unused, but Microsoft-reserved bit in the FAT to flag files. Windows versions prior to Windows 10 did not use this bit. However Windows 10 uses this bit to determine if a file is encrypted and if detected as such could modify header contents. Microsoft will be releasing a patch asap which provides an additional check on whether a file is truly encrypted before modifying any headers. This will resolve any corruption issues"

More information from Microsoft is here…

If you have encountered the issue please contact Sound Techniques at info@soundtq.co.nz as there are tools which may restore access to your files. Administrator privileges and a knowledge of command line prompts are required. The tools supplied on the basis of ‘Use at your own risk. Always backup your files before doing any sort of processing on them. This is not an official Microsoft product. It is just a tool to try to help out some folks who don't deserve to have their data lost’.

Please disregard this if you aren't a Windows 10 user or don't record with Sound Devices mixers or recorders… (or use a Mac! - Ed)
Also, thanks to Sound Techniques - http://soundtq.co.nz
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