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Articles from the January 2018 Issue

U2 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Top Tours of 2017: U2

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FOH Staff •
  • January 2018
  • Showtime
• January 17, 2018

Tour:
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Sound Co:
Clair Global

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George Petersen, Editor of FOH Magazine

The New NAMM

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FOH Staff •
  • Editor's Note
  • January 2018
• January 17, 2018

The 2018 NAMM Show returns — as usual — to the Anaheim Convention Center this month, from January 25 to 28. That part is perhaps familiar, but this time around, it’s going to be a whole new NAMM event. Often phrases like “new and improved” are simply misused marketing tools to denote fewer crackers in a slightly smaller, “more convenient” box. However, this is hardly the case with NAMM 2018, which truly will be expanded, and actually improved with additional exhibit space, more educational opportunities and an expanded focus on the pro audio, lighting, sound reinforcement and event production community.

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Imagine Dragons 'Evolve' World Tour, photo by Todd Kaplan

Imagine Dragons ‘Evolve’ World Tour

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FOH Staff •
  • January 2018
  • Production Profile
• January 17, 2018

Imagine Dragons, which has gone from playing basements and dive bars to touring major arenas on multiple continents within a few short years, embarked on the Evolve world tour, their biggest yet, in support of their June 2017 release of the album by the same name, After the extensive opening trek across North America in late 2017, the tour has found the Las Vegas-based foursome performing 35 dates across three additional continents in 2018, starting with Malaysia’s Malawati Stadium on Jan. 6 and continuing with more shows in Asia, Europe, South America and back to Europe through Aug. 31, 2018.

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Recent Club Projects

Recent Club Projects

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FOH Staff •
  • Installations
  • January 2018
• January 17, 2018
FRONT of HOUSE presents a half-dozen recent installation projects that are drawing big crowds to clubs, with enhanced beats happening everywhere from Cabo San Lucas and Guangzhou to New York, Las Vegas and West Dundee, IL. To download a PDF, CLICK HERE. Read More...
Damian Marley onstage. Photo by Evan Wollenberg

Jamrock Reggae Cruise

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FOH Staff •
  • Features
  • January 2018
• January 17, 2018

Cruise Production, 3G and Jonas Provide Audio for a High-Seas Adventure

For the fourth year in a row, Cruise Production teamed up with 3G Productions and Jonas Productions for the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise, a five day reggae festival on the high seas. More than 4,000 fans packed the sold-out Independence of the Seas to enjoy performances by such reggae luminaries as Damian and Stephen Marley, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea and Tarrus Riley. In all, more than 40 artists and DJs kept the party (and the audio crew) going nonstop with live performances, DJ sets and a reggae sound clash DJ battle. The cruise set sail from Fort Lauderdale on November 13 with stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

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Chris Conley at FOH

Mixing Los Lonely Boys

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FOH Staff •
  • Features
  • January 2018
• January 17, 2018

Appropriating the advertising slogan of a well-known insurance company, front of house engineer Chris Conley knows a thing or two, because he’ s seen a thing or two. Conley caught his first break in the late ‘80s while working security at a music club in Detroit, where he was born and raised. One night, just hours before all-girl L.A. grunge-rockers L7 were due to play, the house engineer, Conley’ s longtime friend, received a call.

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The Parnelli Awards will take place Jan. 26 at the Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim, CA. Bobby 'Boomer' Thrasher, longtime production manager for Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and others, is winner of the 17th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

Parnelli Profile: Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher to Accept Lifetime Achievement Honor

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FOH Staff •
  • Features
  • January 2018
• January 17, 2018

Not even a sudden declaration of war slows down Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher, a “no-problem-only-solutions” kind of guy. In 1990, Billy Joel had done a USO show in Washington D.C., and he wanted to do more overseas. “To make it financially feasible, we tacked on some dates between Japan and Australia,” says Steve Cohen, Lighting/Set Designer for Joel. So in January of 1991, they had a deal that if USO would pick them and their four semis’ worth of gear in Japan and deliver them to the Philippines and then on to Australia, they could do it.

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Drum Mic Bundles

Drum Mic Bundles

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FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • January 2018
• January 17, 2018
There are lots of ways to choose microphones for capturing drums, and a near-infinite number of choices in terms of available models for the task. Microphone selection for such applications can be a daunting proposition; however an increasing number of manufacturers have been packaging transducers for drum miking into convenient bundles that are matched for […] Read More...
The upgrade took place at the megachurch’s main Lake Forest, CA location. Photos by Jake Henricksen.

Saddleback Church

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FOH Staff •
  • Installations
  • January 2018
• January 17, 2018

Sound Image Helps Upgrade System, Acoustic Elements

The systems integration division is a well-kept secret,” says Larry Italia, VP integration division. “We are well known for our concert projects, but lesser known is the amount and size of our installation work.” Just this year Sound Image has worked on the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, the Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall at Utah State University in Logan, UT, Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. However, Italia adds, “the number one vertical market for us is the house of worship market.”

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Audix Performance 40 Series Wireless Family

Audix Performance 40 Series Wireless

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FOH Staff •
  • January 2018
  • Road Tests
• January 17, 2018

Before I get started, I should confess that I have been a fan of Audix gear since day one, especially its popular OM- and D-Series microphones. These have always yielded solid, dependable and great sounding results, making them a real favorite in my book. That said, I have no experience with the company’s wireless mics, making this outing with the new Performance Series RF systems a venture into some new territory, and I was anxious to check these out first-hand.

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Understanding Unity Gain: Waves H-Comp screenshot

Understanding Unity Gain

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FOH Staff •
  • January 2018
  • Theory and Practice
• January 17, 2018

The concept of unity gain is deceptively simple: when the output level from a device is equal to the input to that device, you have achieved unity gain. It’s like a high level of Audio Zen, only better. When we say “device,” we can be referring to a hardware device or a plug-in — the concept applies equally in the analog and digital domains. The problem is that most “devices” are intended to mangle audio in some way or another, and that’s where simplicity goes out the window. Let’s look at a few examples.

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In Memoriam

The Passing of Two Masters

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FOH Staff •
  • January 2018
  • On the Digital Edge
• January 16, 2018

Somehow, 2017 brought the loss of so many legendary and influential musicians. Among those taken from us were South African guitarist/vocalist/writer/producer, Ray Phiri, and Cameroon’s celebrated guitarist/writer/arranger, Vincent Nguini. It was my immense honor and distinct artistic pleasure to have worked literally hundreds of shows with these gentlemen while both were members of Paul Simon’s touring band. Ray joined the aggregation for the 1987-89 Graceland tours after co-arranging and co-producing much of the landmark, scene-changing Graceland album. Vincent joined the tour in 1990 after collaborating heavily on what may be Paul Simon’s most intricate and luxuriant musical endeavor, The Rhythm of the Saints.

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