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Articles from the February 2018 Issue

The exterior. Photo by Louise Leblanc

Grand Théâtre de Québec

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • Installations
• February 20, 2018

The Grand Théâtre de Québec is a world-class performing arts complex that is the crowning jewel of downtown Quebec City. Designed by Polish-Canadian architect Victor Prus, the facility was originally proposed to commemorate the Canadian Centennial of 1967, although due to various delays, the venue did not open until January 16, 1971.

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The SIP crew, from left - Dan Devisser, Sammy Skalbeck, Matt Dominguez, Shannon Stewart, Christian Chambers and Austin Lanning

Stewart Independent Production

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • Regional Slants
• February 20, 2018

Shannon Stewart and Dan DeVisser joined forces at an early age. Both loved concerts, especially with favorite bands. But more than that, great sound spoke to them. And the source of that sound? Gear.
Now, their company, Stewart Independent Production (SIP) is celebrating more than 25 years as an independent production company. They’ve created experienced, pro concert touring team that designs, builds, manages and supports concerts in Saugatuck, MI, but mostly in areas beyond. Read More...

Hanging / Choir Microphones

Hanging / Choir Microphones

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FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • February 2018
• February 20, 2018
If you think about it, nearly any end-address mic can be used in an overhead hanging application, whether for theater, orchestra or choir sound reinforcement. Yet an unobtrusive — almost unseen — appearance is often highly desirable in this application. Thus, miniature condenser capsules that can be separated from the electronics for a near-invisible appearance […] Read More...
Jerry Harvey Audio 13v2

Jerry Harvey Audio Performance Series Universal Fit IEMs

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • Road Tests
• February 20, 2018

One of the issues facing musicians who use IEMs is the debate over whether to use custom-fit or “generic” fit earpieces. Custom IEMs promise better isolation and increased comfort, but capturing an accurate ear impression is critical to a successful fit.

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The Earthworks SV33

Bringing a Studio Mic to the Stage

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • On the Digital Edge
• February 20, 2018

About 10 years ago, I started exploring Earthworks’ complete microphone product line in greater detail. The live sound industry has long relied on the company’s excellent precision measurement mics, but I was only marginally acquainted with its widely acclaimed series of small diaphragm omnidirectional studio mics. And I was completely uninformed about Earthworks’ products designed the live sound market. At that time, there was an increasing word-of-mouth buzz within the live sound community regarding a new family of Earthworks products suited for live sound applications. I was especially interested in the new drum mics that received great user reviews. This marked the beginning of a relationship with Earthworks that has remained beneficial and strong for the past decade. Read More...

Old-school record stores are a rare sight, yet recorded music and the concert industry are still interrelated.

Both Sides Now

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • The Biz
• February 20, 2018

Live music rules, but we still need recorded music to be healthy.

Readers of this column know that live music has become the engine of revenue for the music business. Of all the somersaults the industry has gone through in the last two decades, including seeing physical music formats all but disappear (vinyl’s cool but it’s still just a tiny hipster niche), the biggest one of all is how the status of recorded music changed places so completely with live music: the concert ticket that was once viewed as a promotional proposition to sell the LP that the tour was designed to promote has now become the object of desire that the recorded tracks are used to tout. Read More...

The piano is one instrument where either large or small-diaphragm mics can be used, depending on the desired sound. Photo courtesy Sennheiser

Mics: Does Size Really Matter?

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • Theory and Practice
• February 20, 2018

Anyone reading FRONT of HOUSE is probably familiar with a variety of microphone designs using moving coil, ribbon or condenser capsules. I often joke that having a lot of mics is like having a lot of crayons: you don’t want the eight-pack, you want the super-variety pack with 152 colors and the sharpener built into the box. You never know when you’ll need that ever-so-subtle shade of color. If only mics were as inexpensive as crayons…

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Fig. 1 - L-Acoustics X8 coaxial loudspeakers' predicted coverage. Yellow area is the main choir loft listening plane.

Monitoring for Choirs

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • Sound Sanctuary
• February 20, 2018

One of the most challenging aspects of our traditional worship and special events is monitoring for the choir. Below are some suggestions for getting the most out of your choir monitors. My church has been coasting along on an old and inadequate set of loudspeakers for the past decade and we make it work, so it’s not impossible by any means.

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EAW Resolution 2.5

EAW Resolution 2.5

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • New Gear
• February 17, 2018

EAW announced the an update to its Resolution proprietary simulation software, Resolution 2.5, that allows the user to import external graphical images.

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Vantec-118A

D.A.S. Audio Vantec-20A and Vantec-118A

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • New Gear
• February 15, 2018

D.A.S. Audio announced the launch of its Vantec-20A and Vantec-118A active curved source line arrays.

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The new UX Series from EAW is a complete amplification and processing solution for installation and production applications utilizing EAW loudspeakers.

EAW Debuts New Amplification and Processing Solution

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • New Gear
• February 7, 2018

Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) announced its UX Series amplification and processing solution for install and production applications using EAW loudspeakers.

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Rio3224-D2

Yamaha Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 Dante Network I/O Racks

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FOH Staff •
  • February 2018
  • New Gear
• February 7, 2018

Yamaha Professional Audio announced its new Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 Dante Network I/O Racks.

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