The December 2017 Digital Edition

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Articles from the December 2017 Issue

Andres Cepeda performed at the Colden Auditorium on Sept. 16, 2017.

Andrés Cepeda

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Showtime
• December 12, 2017

Sound Co
Q Lights & Sound Production

Venue
Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Queens, NY

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for the FOH Reader

Great Holiday Gift Ideas for the FOH Reader

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Features
• December 12, 2017

George Petersen, FRONT of HOUSE editor, put together his annual list of holiday gift ideas for sound pros for the Dec. 2017 issue of FOH. You can find it on page 33, or just read on for the introduction to the article and click the link to download a PDF of the page.
Let's face it - sound reinforcement pros are not easy to shop for. We already have enough cutesy chachkas and useless trinkets to last a lifetime - or longer. What we could really use is something meaningful that could make a difference in our everyday lives. So with that goal in mind, we present our annual holiday gift guide. Here are our suggestions of great gifts for the 2017 holiday season.

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Jack Russell’s Great White came to the Tampa area in late September to take their fans back to the rocking days of the 1980s.

Jack Russell’s Great White

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Showtime
• December 12, 2017

Sound Co
COLT Sound and Light

Venue
Central Park Performing Arts Center,
Largo, FL

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FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, Dec 2017, DSP Power Amplifiers

DSP Power Amplifiers

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • December 2017
• December 12, 2017

Over the years, one of the most amazing advances in technology in pro audio comes in the form of the modern power amplifier. Long gone are the days when the glass ceiling of $1 per watt seemed unbreakable. Meanwhile, amplifiers have incorporated Class-D switching power supplies to reduce weight and size, and at the same time, networking and onboard digital signal processing have made these powerhouses more versatile and flexible than ever. With that in mind, we decided to look at some third-party designs that can adapt to nearly any situation. That said, we are not presenting proprietary amplifiers — such as those designed for systems such as L-Acoustics, VUE or Bose, where the amps are integrated specifically to match the speakers from those companies.

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The 'So Long Summer Festival' staged at the Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds in Jefferson City, MO featured headliners Night Ranger on Friday, Sept. 22 and Trace Adkins on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

Trace Adkins and Night Ranger

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Showtime
• December 12, 2017

Sound Co
Wise Productions

Venue
Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds
Jefferson City, MO

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d&b audiotechnik used its demo space at the recent AES show to preview its Soundscape technology. The new system promises to give sound designers and engineers control over multidimensional source placement, acoustic room simulation and signal matrix processor capability to create dynamic audio experiences.

d&b audiotechnik Soundscape

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Technology Spotlight
• December 12, 2017

3D Spatialization System Shows Promise

Tradeshow demo rooms tend to be pretty predictable. You walk into a boxy, less-than-ideal acoustical space, pick through some familiar CDs, then sit back and take in 117 dB playbacks with throbbing bass and piercing highs. The whole point is to provide a positive audio impression during a 10-minute presentation, but more often than not, I’ve walked out on such aural assaults before the first 90 seconds have elapsed.

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The show took place Oct. 24, 2017.

Living Colour

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Showtime
• December 12, 2017

Sound Co
Sounds Cool Live Audio

Venue
Rochaus
West Dundee, IL

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The dual-sub/eight satellite Curv 500 PS system.

LD Systems Curv 500 Micro Line Arrays

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Road Tests
• December 12, 2017

There’s no arguing that line arrays are dominating FOH systems these days. Likewise, it’s accepted that smaller, more efficient and better sounding boxes are replacing the huge, brute force boxes of yesteryear. I recently provided sound support for a unique event that magnificently merged these two trends for great results. I can’t help but feel as though this particular show was a glimpse into the crystal ball of what’s to come. Like it or not, we had better all be ready.

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The concert, for University of Wisconsin/Madison students, was held at 17,000-plus-capacity Kohl Center on Oct. 30.

DJ Khaled

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Showtime
• December 12, 2017

Sound Co
Intellasound Productions

Venue
Kohl Center, University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

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The author began by mixing Fiona Apple at California’s Ohana Festival, followed by a private event in Boston with Stevie Nicks.

A Tale of Two One-Offs – Mixing Fiona Apple and Stevie Nicks

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • On the Digital Edge
• December 12, 2017

This past fall, I had the pleasure of participating in two one-off shows that each turned into the kind of magical experience that sustains us all in the fiercely competitive music business.

The first was a unique and exquisite performance by Fiona Apple at the beachfront Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA. The second was a private event in a small hotel ballroom that included an outstanding set performed by Stevie Nicks and her virtuoso band.

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The street festival took place in Los Angeles on Aug. 18, 2017.

Echo Park Rising

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Showtime
• December 12, 2017

Sound Co
Spaceland Presents

Venue
Echo Park Neighborhood,
Los Angeles, CA

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Nashville’s Hotel Indigo is among those nontraditional 'venues' that have begun featuring live music.

Here a Stage, There a Stage – All the World’s a Stage

FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • The Biz
• December 12, 2017

If you were in the right place at the right time last January, you might have enjoyed a very intimate concert by Stevie Wonder. Local singer-songwriter Grayson Erhard was wailing away at Wonder’s classic “Superstition” from the small stage in the lobby of the Anaheim Marriott during the Winter NAMM Show. As Erhard plowed through the song, Wonder heard him and made his way over the stage, joining him on a couple of verses (and helping him remember a few of the lyrics, though Erhard can be forgiven if he seemed more than a bit surprised).

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