Articles from the March 2018 Issue

Walk the Moon 2018 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Walk the Moon’s “Press Restart Tour”

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • Production Profile
• March 13, 2018

Walk the Moon is out on its headline “Press Restart” tour in support of its What If Nothing album. We caught the band’s sold-out show in February in Oakland, CA and spoke with FOH engineer James Wooten and monitor engineer Daniel Kirkpatrick about mixing the band. In March and April, the tour plays overseas in places such as Sweden, Germany, Belgium and the U.K., then heads back to the U.S. in June and July to co-headline amphitheaters with Thirty Seconds To Mars.

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The Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Daniel Boud

Inside Six Recent Theater/Performing Arts Center Projects

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FOH Staff •
  • Installations
  • March 2018
• March 13, 2018

The upgrading and facility enhancement of theater and performing arts spaces continue on an upward spiral, whether in converted environments, new construction and refurbishment of existing venues. With that in mind, we present these recent installation projects. Each takes a different approach, proving there are numerous solutions to any audio challenge — large or small — for any performing space, either new or historic.

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The Band's Visit photo by Matthew Murphy

The Art of Subtlety: Sound Design for ‘The Band’s Visit”

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • Theater Sound
• March 13, 2018

The Band’s Visit is a refreshingly different type of Broadway musical. While it has some impressive moving scenery courtesy of Scott Pask and moves at a good pace, it eschews flashy song and dance numbers to deliver a heartfelt story about people seeking intimate connections, even fleeting ones, that will excite their ordinary lives. Directed by David Cromer, the show at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre stars Tony Shalhoub as the leader of an eight-piece Egyptian police band that makes an unexpected pit stop in a remote Israeli village after getting the wrong directions to the site of their next concert.

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March 2018 FOH Buyers Guide

Digital Wireless Microphones

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FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • March 2018
• March 13, 2018

Just as consoles, system control and signal processing have made the switch to digital, wireless mics are also making the transition. And wireless audio is ideally suited for the digital domain, whether for the precision of packing more frequencies into smaller bandwidths, applying security encryption or simply taking advantage of transmitting an unaltered digital stream. We looked at some recent offerings and found systems for nearly any application or budget.

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d&b audiotechnik’s new GSL line array comes in 80- and 120-degree dispersion versions.

d&b audiotechnik SL-Series Large- Format Line Array

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • Road Tests
• March 13, 2018

Twelve years after debuting its J series, d&b audiotechnik introduces its new SL-Series flagship line array, which builds upon J’s strengths and propels the company into the future. In January, I traveled to Germany for a close-up, hands-on look at this next-generation, large-format speaker system. And with the company’s new Soundscape object-based immersive audio system, 2018 is shaping up to be an impressive year for d&b.

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The DiGiCo SD5 console with Waves Soundgrid integration.

Touring: It Really Does Take Planning

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • On the Digital Edge
• March 13, 2018

Although our touring schedule does not resume until later this spring, there are always off-the-road research tasks to be accomplished and proposed modifications to be discussed in preparation for the next run of shows. This year’s itinerary will include several gear transitions outside the U.S. Reproducing our extensive gear spec overseas will require detailed advance planning. That process begins with publishing a precise description of the sound system elements that will be provided by Clair Global for the spring and summer U.S. shows. Read More...

CMA Touring Awards logo

Nashville’s Road Warriors Have Their Own Awards Event

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • The Biz
• March 13, 2018

There’s touring, and then there’s touring Nashville style. Country artists are the hardcore frequent flyers of the music business, even if the “flying” is being done aboard a 1993 Golden Eagle with 350,000 miles on it. If you’ve ever been to Nashville on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening during the season, just about every Kroger and Walmart parking lot has several buses idling their engines there, the drivers in the store stocking up on beer and Skittles while waiting for band members and tour techs to assemble at these ad hoc staging areas before the three- and four-day short-run tours. Read More...

FOH Magazine Theory and Practice - Passive and Active Crossovers

Crossing Over

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • Theory and Practice
• March 13, 2018

We hear the term crossover all the time in pro audio, and crossovers play an extremely important role in our P.A. systems. A crossover (sometimes called a “crossover network” or “frequency dividing network”) is an audio circuit that divides the full frequency range into high- and low-frequency bands, and sometimes also mid-frequency bands.

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Fig. 1: Routing front fills from a console matrix output is just one option to consider. This also shows optional under-balcony fills, which are typically a delayed version of the main P.A. feed.

Using Front Fills

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • Sound Sanctuary
• March 13, 2018

This may seem counterintuitive, but the front few rows at church are often the worst places to sit, at least for good sound. Seasoned sound engineers instinctively know that if they go to a concert, they want to sit as close to FOH as possible. The front row is cool to be close to your favorite artist (or pastor in this case), but the sound is often lacking. Read More...

Illustration by Andy Au

Big Ears

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FOH Staff •
  • FOH at Large
  • March 2018
• March 13, 2018

There are various videos floating around the internet of a young boy named Dylan Beato demonstrating his uncanny ability to identify piano notes and chords while his back is turned toward the piano. Dylan’s father, Rick, sits at the piano and plays each note, interval, chord and cluster while Dylan listens and identifies each played note, which is then verified by his father.

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SQ5 AMM

Allen & Heath Adds Class-Leading AMM and Expansion Options for SQ

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • New Gear
• March 12, 2018

Allen & Heath has introduced new expansion and advanced automatic mic mixing (AMM) capabilities for its SQ digital mixer series as part of a major firmware update.

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CURV 500 TS

LD Systems CURV 500 TS Now Available

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FOH Staff •
  • March 2018
  • New Gear
• March 6, 2018

LD Systems announced the latest addition to its CURV Series, the CURV 500 TS touring array.

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