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The May 2019 Digital Edition

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Articles from the May 2019 Issue

Celebrating the Legacy of Sound Reinforcement

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George Petersen •
  • Editor's Note
  • May 2019
• May 8, 2019
Over the decades, the development of professional audio has experienced a rich and fascinating history. And much of this legacy has been maintained and chronicled by any variety of organizations, ranging from the Edison Museum in New Jersey to New York’s Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio and the Museum […] Read More...

Product Hits of Prolight+Sound and NAB Expo 2019


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Mike Lawson and the FOH Staff •
  • Features
  • May 2019
• May 8, 2019
The tradeshow wars are on, and 2019 was no exception, with dueling pro audio expos happening a week apart, with Frankfurt, Germany’s Prolight+Sound / Musikmesse taking place April 2-5 and NAB exhibits in Las Vegas from April 8-11. At least for next year, jet-setting attendees get a little breathing room with Messe / PL+S happening […] Read More...

Vintage Concert Audio Show Shines at Prolight+Sound

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Photos & Text by David Scheirman •
  • Features
  • May 2019
• May 8, 2019
For me, one of the highlights of this year’s Musikmesse/Prolight+Sound was not on the exhibit floor, but in a display area that spotlighted P.A. gear from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Known as the “Vintage Concert Audio Show” (VCAS) this special expo included not only 200 items from the formative days of sound reinforcement, […] Read More...

Mixing Michael Buble’s 2019 World Tour

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Suzi Spangenberg •
  • May 2019
  • Production Profile
• May 8, 2019
FOH engineer Craig Doubet discusses science, sound, tour life and…violence? Many kids can lay claim to building gear using Radio Shack kits back in the day, or being the person teachers tapped to solve their school AV problems. However, only one can claim these as the spark igniting a diverse career stretching from designing a […] Read More...

Aerosmith’s ‘Deuces are Wild’ Residency

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Bill Evans •
  • May 2019
  • Production Profile
• May 8, 2019
Legendary Rockers Kick Off Las Vegas Residency Series — in Immersive Sound In the beginning, there was mono… Oh, wait. You thought this was supposed to be a piece about the new Aerosmith residency in Las Vegas? We’ll get there. This is a show where it’s really impossible to separate the performance from the tech, […] Read More...

Mixing Billie Eilish

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Jeff Hawley •
  • May 2019
  • Tour Spotlight
• May 8, 2019
In a wide-ranging interview at SXSW 2019, Drew Thornton’s excitement around the March 29 release of Billie Eilish’s debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was palpable. Not one to hold back on adjectives, Eilish’s FOH engineer boldly predicted the album release would be “insanely, mind-blowingly huge.” He was right. Just […] Read More...

Sports Facility Projects

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • Installations
  • May 2019
• May 8, 2019
Recent Sound Systems Maximize the Fan Experience Today, from high school and college games to NBA and NHL events, sports-goers expect to hear music playbacks and play-by-play announcements with pristine clarity and intelligibility — all at rock ‘n’ roll playback levels. In such cases, tired, old arena center clusters or stadiums ringed by paging horns […] Read More...

Top-of-the-Line Handheld Condenser Microphones

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George Petersen •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • May 2019
• May 8, 2019
It’s no secret that dynamic microphones have pretty much been the standard in vocal performance mics for decades. However, if you’re looking for a handhend with extended bandwidth, greater detail and fast transient response, a condenser mic is just the ticket. With that in mind, we present this look at some current top-end condenser models. […] Read More...

Cardioid/Directional Subwoofer Arrays, Part 1

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David Kennedy •
  • May 2019
  • Tech Feature
• May 8, 2019
In the May, 2018 FRONT of HOUSE, Vince Lepore asked if flown sub arrays would cover better at his church and still “hit like they did on the floor,” and should they be Left and Right, or Centered? He showed a pair of sound model coverage graphics that showed the much smoother coverage from a […] Read More...

Waves TRACT Plug-in

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Steve LaCerra •
  • May 2019
  • Road Tests
• May 8, 2019
Waves’ TRACT (Time and Response Auto Correction Tool) plug-in is designed to facilitate sound system tuning and alignment. Do we really need another audio analysis program? Well, TRACT is not your typical analysis software. It works in conjunction with Rational Acoustics‘ (rationalacoustics.com) industry-standard Smaart software. Smaart performs the audio measurements. TRACT imports the measured data […] Read More...

Multi-Bus Compression

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Steve LaCerra •
  • May 2019
  • On the Digital Edge
• May 7, 2019
Compression is one of the audio engineer’s most valuable audio tools. Applications for compression include protection for power amps and speakers, making instrument levels more consistent or even squashing all of the dynamic range out of a sound. But the real fun begins when you start using compression for creative effects. Back in the July […] Read More...

Picture Perfect

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Dan Daley •
  • May 2019
  • The Biz
• May 7, 2019
When Hollywood Tackles Live Sound, They Need to Get It Right When film or television directors want to portray music being made, they often tend towards the typical tropes — the “producer” leaning against a generic recording console with incoherent blinking lights while the band plays and sings, ensemble, on the other side of the […] Read More...

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