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The December 2018 Digital Edition

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Articles from the December 2018 Issue

Working in a Danger Wonderland

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George Petersen •
  • December 2018
  • Editor's Note
• December 12, 2018
I’ve often mentioned that summer is the sound season. With schools out, there are ample opportunities for the enterprising sound company — and not simply for huge operators specializing in major tours. In fact, summer provides gigs of every sort, ranging from street fairs to county and state fairs and everything from rodeos and demolition […] Read More...

Parnelli Audio Innovator Brock Adamson

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • December 2018
  • Features
• December 12, 2018
Brilliant. Driven. A perfectionist. A keen intellect. A bit of a curmudgeon. These are the words that come up again and again in describing Brock Adamson. A man of few words when someone wants him to talk about his personal life, he prefers his work does his talking for him. And it does. Over the […] Read More...

Simple Minds ‘Walk Between Worlds’ Tour

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Steve Jennings (Photos & Text) •
  • December 2018
  • Production Profile
• December 12, 2018
One of the most successful Scottish bands of the 1980’s, Glasgow-based Simple Minds formed in the 1970’s and achieved five albums that charted at number one in the U.K. The band continues a long and lively career, both on the road and with studio albums. The most current is their 2018 release, Walk Between Worlds. […] Read More...

Drake & Migos “Aubrey & the Three Migos” Tour

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • December 2018
  • Production Profile
• December 11, 2018
To refer to Drake and Migos simply as two of the hottest commodities in contemporary hip-hop is an understatement. As two of the biggest acts on the global music map these days, it’s understandable that fans were worked into a frenzy when the announcement came in May 2018 that the 6ix God and Versace-clad “Bad […] Read More...

“Pretty Woman – The Musical”

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Bryan Reesman •
  • December 2018
  • Theater Sound
• December 11, 2018
New Broadway Production Takes a Bold Audio Approach The year’s runaway Broadway success, Pretty Woman — The Musical, has been packing in audiences since officially opening on Aug. 16, 2018 at New York’s Nederlander Theatre. Directed by Jerry Mitchell from a book by Garry Marshall and with songs by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, this […] Read More...

Powered Double-18 Subwoofers

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George Petersen •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • December 2018
• December 11, 2018
Nothing packs a punch to a sound system like adding a subwoofer, or two… or more. Over the years, the double-18 format has proven to be most popular with pro users, and with good reason. They’re easy to stack and easy to truck-pack. And subs with onboard amplification are easy to implement, offering a quick […] Read More...

dBTechnologies VIO L212 Line Array

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George Petersen •
  • December 2018
  • Technology Spotlight
• December 11, 2018
It’s been coming for some time, so we shouldn’t be too surprised, but the latest extension of dBTechnologies’ successful VIO line array series finally made its U.S. debut out in the parking lot at this year’s LDI show in Las Vegas, and it is poised to make some serious waves in the touring and installation […] Read More...

Yamaha DZR10-D and DXS15 XLF Speakers

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John McJunkin •
  • December 2018
  • Road Tests
• December 11, 2018
The “speaker-on-a-stick” topology has been with us for over two decades and over those 20-plus years, dozens of manufacturers have made them available, spanning a broad range of prices, quality and customer satisfaction. The most prominent among these manufacturers even offer multiple lines of pole-mounted speakers to serve several distinct markets, ranging from consumers to […] Read More...

Great Holiday Gift Ideas for the FOH Reader

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George Petersen •
  • December 2018
  • Features
• December 11, 2018
Let’s face it — sound reinforcement pros are not easy to shop for. We have enough cutesy chachkas and useless trinkets. What we could really use is something meaningful that could make a difference in our everyday lives. So with that in mind, we present our annual holiday gift guide. Just leave this issue of […] Read More...

Backlines are Booming

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Dan Daley •
  • December 2018
  • The Biz
• December 11, 2018
Once upon a time, the stage backline was a few Fender or Marshall (or Sunn or Ampeg) guitar and bass amps coupled with a relatively generic drum kit and maybe a Fender Rhodes suitcase. Toss in some mic stands and a few timbales for seasoning, and most bands were ready to go. After all, the […] Read More...

Dealing with the Big Production

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Vince Lepore •
  • December 2018
  • Sound Sanctuary
• December 11, 2018
As we enter the Advent season, a common dilemma for church technical directors is deciding whether to buy or rent equipment for special services and programs — whether it’s an expanded “sing-it-yourself Messiah” or an involved Christmas pageant. When you’re in need of additional equipment for a special set of services, should you rent the […] Read More...

The Audio Diplomat

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Baker Lee •
  • December 2018
  • FOH at Large
• December 11, 2018
There is more to being a live audio engineer than just being a knowledgeable technician. While it’s fun and exciting utilizing and applying one’s technical prowess, it must be understood that technical skills and ability are only one part of the equation for an engineer who is doing live sound. In the same way that […] Read More...

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