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The May 2018 Digital Edition

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Articles from the May 2018 Issue

‘Smart’ Phones: My Love-Hate Relationship

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George Petersen •
  • Editor's Note
  • May 2018
• May 15, 2018
Some of us non-millennials who are “age-blessed” actually remember the pre-smartphone era, a simple time from long ago when terms like “pay phones,” “long-distance calls,” “rotary dials” and advanced technologies like “calling cards” were actually common parts of the vernacular. However, time and technology marches on, and like it or not, we now exist in […] Read More...

Pink ‘Beautiful Trauma’ Tour

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • May 2018
  • Production Profile
• May 15, 2018
Audio Crew Navigates Complex Show Design to Provide Great Results  The Pink Beautiful Trauma tour had the potential to be, from an audio perspective, traumatic indeed. The lighting, staging, sets, gags (including a two story puppet) and most of all, the flying by the artist and her dancers, elevated the overall challenge of serving up […] Read More...

Judas Priest ‘Firepower’ Tour

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Bryan Reesman •
  • May 2018
  • Production Profile
• May 15, 2018
A Nightly Dose of Firepower Heavy metal legends Judas Priest are back on the road in support of their critically acclaimed March, 2018 album release, Firepower. For a band approaching their 50th anniversary, Judas Priest are still as potent as ever, and their recent arena tour across North America has impressed fans, particularly with a […] Read More...

Sports Facility Projects

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • Installations
  • May 2018
• May 15, 2018
Sports Facility Projects Recent Sound System Upgrades Score Points with Fans  Sports-goers have embraced the fan experience in a big way, and ranging from high school games and NBA events to major league baseball, attendees have become accustomed to hearing music playbacks and play-by-play announcements with pristine clarity and intelligibility — all at rock ‘n’ […] Read More...

Mid-Sized Line Arrays

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George Petersen •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • May 2018
• May 15, 2018
When it comes to versatile P.A. rigs, it’s hard to beat the flexibility of a line array system with 8-inch woofers. And the industry has really embraced the concept of these high-performance powerhouses. Combined with subwoofers, these are the ideal answer for anyone seeking a compact, yet high-SPL solution for clubs, houses of worship, theaters, […] Read More...

Royer Labs R-10 Ribbon Microphone

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George Petersen •
  • May 2018
  • Road Tests
• May 15, 2018
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m one of those diehard ribbon mic fans. In fact, I published the first review of Royer’s — still remarkable — R-121 model some 20 years ago, and have been hooked on the company’s ribbon mics ever since. Although originally a common tool used for sound reinforcement applications (beginning with George’s […] Read More...

Tour Planning, Part 3: Entering the Final Phase

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David Morgan •
  • May 2018
  • On the Digital Edge
• May 15, 2018
The final preparatory phase for this year’s tour would be accomplished in Lititz, PA, at the world headquarters of Clair Global, our longtime audio supplier. This is one of my favorite times of the year because it means not only that we are finally getting back to work, but that I will have the opportunity […] Read More...

No Joke – Live Comedy is Big Business

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Dan Daley •
  • May 2018
  • The Biz
• May 15, 2018
You can make serious money by making people laugh. Jerry Seinfeld earned $69 million between June 2016 and June 2017, according to a Forbes magazine ranking of highest-paid comedians, while second-ranked Chris Rock earned $57 million, followed by Dave Chappelle, who earned $47 million. (Some have ventured from the standup circuit into building their own […] Read More...

Transformers (NOT the Movie)

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Steve LaCerra •
  • May 2018
  • Theory and Practice
• May 15, 2018
We hear a lot about audio transformers. “Transformer-balanced DI.” “Transformer-isolated split.” What, exactly, is a transformer, and what can it do for you? Let’s have a look. A transformer is a passive electronic device that allows an AC input (like an audio signal) to be transferred to the output, without physical contact. As we’ll see, […] Read More...

Bass: How Much is Too Much?

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Vince Lepore •
  • May 2018
  • Sound Sanctuary
• May 15, 2018
There’s no such thing as too much bass. Everyone loves bass. I love bass. You love bass. We all love bass. If you have worked in a church for even five minutes, you know this is not true. We all hear the complaints. “There’s too much bass,” or “Why does there have to be so […] Read More...

Science!

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Baker Lee •
  • FOH at Large
  • May 2018
• May 15, 2018
A partial definition of the word “science” from the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: 1: The state of knowing: knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding; 2: Knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method. Then there is this from “The Science […] Read More...

Innings Festival

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FOH Staff •
  • May 2018
  • Showtime
• May 15, 2018
Sound Co
Clearwing Productions

Venue
Tempe Beach/Arts Park,
Tempe, AZ Read More...

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