October 2017 • Vol.XXVIII No.5 Contents DEPARTMENTS Escape from the city at Villa Sound, Pg. 30 9 INPUT Higher Churches, Higher Efficiency FEATURES 10 SIGNALS The latest from across the DRAKE’S GIFT TO TORONTO Canadian pro audio industry The Eighth Annual OVO Fest 18 PROFILE By Michael Raine Imagine a “Best of Rap/R&B” playlist on Apple Music. Now imagine bringing it to life with a massive PA and having the genre’s biggest star host the show. That is OVO Fest. Andrew Hope, Jon Jukes & Bobby Smale ART’s TubeMix Five-Channel Mixer, Nugen Audio’s MasterCheck Pro loudness measurement tool & the JST Dynamics plug-in bundle from Joey Sturgis Tones. 22 PRODUCT TESTS 26 58 ITINERARY Your industry calendar 60 CLASSIFIEDS 62 PROJECT FILE Manitoba’s Zion Mennonite Church, in concert with Kendrick Lamar & more 38 By Andrew King Andre Kaden Black tells us about crossing the Atlantic with Brantford, ON’s IOV to record at the most important and revered recording studio in the world. 53 ADVERTISERS’ INDEX The Secret to Stevie Ray’s Tone & Miking Tips from Echoplant By Andrew King One of New Brunswick’s best-known tourist attractions gets new sound systems to bring guests back in time. A Canadian Producer’s Perspective on Working in the Iconic U.K. Recording Facility New tools & technologies for pro audio professionals 56 SOUND ADVICE 34 Celebrating Acadian History & Culture at Pays de la Sagouine ABROAD AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS 44 PRODUCTS NEW SYSTEMS FOR OLD STORIES Sharing some laughs & Acadian history at Pays de la Sagouine, Pg. 34 LAIDBACK LOCATION, SERIOUS SOUND Singhampton, ON’s Villa Sound 30 By Kevin Young About 20 minutes south of Collingwood, Villa Sound is a destination studio with an old-school vibe and cutting-edge capabilities that reflect the current state of the industry. Abroad at Abbey Road Braving the Laidback Location, House of Worship Design: Atlantic Elements Serious Sound Higher Ceilings, New Systems for Higher Efficiency New Brunswick’s A Canadian Producer’s Singhampton, ON’s Villa Sound Perspective on the Iconic U.K. Studios Pays de la Sagouine DRAKE’S GIFT TO TORONTO PLUS: Zion Mennonite Church, Kendrick Lamar on Tour & More www.professional-sound.com Cover Photo: Drake onstage at the 8 th annual OVO Fest.