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Articles from the December 2017 Issue

Illustration by Andy Au

The Quest for the Perfect Mix: Human and Technology Skill Sets

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FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • FOH at Large
• December 12, 2017

During the course of a recent conversation with one of my shop guys, the discussion turned to analog consoles, bi-amplification, crossovers and crossover points. I was talking to him about how one could control the audio from the amplifiers or crossover either by turning down a given field or by moving the crossover point. He admitted to me that he “missed being a part of the whole analog thing,” but would really like to learn about it, since he does find it “fascinating.”

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Meyer Sound’s MAPP is among the analysis/prediction programs available as a free download.

Acoustic Fixes for Better Sound

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FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Sound Sanctuary
• December 12, 2017

Its effects are commonly misunderstood. Its importance is criminally underrated. It is the first thing on the chopping block in any church install or retrofit. You guessed it — acoustics. How something that is so important and has such a tremendous impact on the performance of a sound system gets put on the chopping block is a mystery as old as time. People like us — audio geeks, audio nerds — we get it. Lay people rarely understand until it is too late.

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When you press that solo button, you’ll definitely be disconcerted to experience hearing the snare feed in your cans before it reaches the P.A. system.

Tick-Tock: What’s the Deal with Time Alignment?

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FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Theory and Practice
• December 12, 2017

A famous engineer on a Federation Starship once said “Captin, I canna’ change the laws of physics…”

Scotty may have been talking about the amount of time he needed to restart the warp engines, but if he was an audio engineer, he might have been referring to time alignment. Sound travels really s-l-o-w compared to the speed of light, the speed of electricity and certainly warp speed.

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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

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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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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

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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 dual-sub/eight satellite Curv 500 PS system.

LD Systems Curv 500 Micro Line Arrays

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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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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

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

DSP Power Amplifiers

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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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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for the FOH Reader

Great Holiday Gift Ideas for the FOH Reader

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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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John Stadius

Parnelli Profile: Audio Innovator John Stadius

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

“The definition of an innovator is ‘a person who develops a new design, product, or who has new ideas about how to do something’,” says Jack Kelly of Group One Limited, distributor of DiGiCo consoles and other pro audio and lighting brands. “John Stadius has continued to develop new ideas and designs for many, many years and has helped redefine what’s possible in the pro-audio industry.”

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From left, Antony King (FOH engineer), Richard Trow (systems engineer) and Terence Hulkes (audio crew chief & FOH tech). Photo by Steve Jennings

Depeche Mode ‘Global Spirit’ Tour

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FOH Staff •
  • Cover Story
  • December 2017
• December 12, 2017

For more than 30 years, Depeche Mode — comprised of Dave Gahan (lead vocals), Martin Gore (guitar, keys, vocals) and Andrew Fletcher (keyboards) — have dominated the scene with their mix of electronic pop/rock/new wave and dance music. They have had 17 Top 10 albums in the U.K. charts and sold more than 120 million albums. On the road for the current Global Spirit tour, which runs until July of 2018, the band is accompanied by Christian Eigner (drums) and Peter Gordeno (keyboards, bass, backing vocals).

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Left to right: monitor engineer Jayson Pietri, tour manager Kyle Wood and FOH engineer Rob Thomas

Third Eye Blind 20th Anniversary Tour

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FOH Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Production Profile
• December 12, 2017

Following up on their 2017 “Summer Gods” tour in June and July with special guests Silversun Pickups, Third Eye Blind embarked on their October-and-November “Fall of the Summer Gods” tour, continuing their travels across the U.S. and Canada in celebration of the 20 years since the band released their first album, Third Eye Blind, in April 1997.

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