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Thomas Kenny

Mix Editor Tom Kenny joined Mix in 1988 after receiving a masters' degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington. He has written extensively for Mix through the years, developing the Sound for Picture section in 1991, followed years later by a book on the subject. He was named Editor in 2003.

On the Cover: Fantasy Film Center Reborn

It is rare that a story about an iconic, large-scale, world-class studio closing is followed—in this case nearly a decade later—by a story of its successful rebirth. It just doesn’t happen. Technologies change, people move on, other facilities open to fill the void. But it can happen, as it did this year with the reopening of the fabled Fantasy Film Center, at the corner of 10th and Parker in......

Control Theory

Control Theory doesn’t often come up in casual conversation. But it’s come up for me lately, quite a bit actually, and I still have a hard time getting a grasp on it. My daughter’s boyfriend, John, is a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, in engineering, emphasis on Control Theory. While in school, he is researching possibilities for improvements in MRI machines, with professors from Stanford,......

Thanks for the Dinner, David

Last night, in Santa Fe, I had a nice dinner with David Schwartz, co-founder of Mix and the man who hired me as an editorial assistant for $5.50 an hour way back in 1988. At the time, his was the signature at the bottom of this page. I had some amazing colleagues on the staff to introduce me to pro audio and to the magazine world, among them Blair Jackson, who taught me more about writing and......

VUE Debuts Two at BottleRock

It’s not easy to debut new live sound products in real world situations. Few engineers want to risk the introduction of new technologies with a touring act, when everything is already working and the band is happy. But festivals? Where most of the gear is fixed and only the major acts bring in their consoles? They are an ideal test-bed for the introduction of new technologies, and in George......

Living the Good Life

Until very recently, Conway Recording Studios was something of a mystery to me. Forty years in the business, with A-list, Top-10 artists walking through the doors late in the afternoon or long past midnight; a world-class, three-studio complex that has stayed true to its original mission; a lush, palm-filled island on the edge of Hollywood, with beautiful tropical gardens outside and Vincent......

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