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The November 2018 Digital Edition

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Articles from the November 2018 Issue

The Democratization of Audio

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George Petersen •
  • Editor's Note
  • November 2018
• November 13, 2018
If you read the title to this missive and are looking for political undertones, you will probably be disappointed. Instead, I’d like to muse about the notion of providing a quality audio experience for everyone that attends an event. It is a goal that can (and should) be achievable, yet it flies in the face […] Read More...

NAMM, Round 2!

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Terry Lowe •
  • November 2018
  • Publishers Note
• November 13, 2018
Hey! Have you made plans to attend NAMM yet? If you didn’t make it last year, promise yourself that this year, you’ll get out of the cold — wherever you are — and come to the sunny Southern California weather when winter’s at its worst with a chilly 70°F. Ask anyone who attended the last […] Read More...

Mics, Mixers and More: Product Hits of AES and LDI

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Steve LaCerra •
  • Features
  • November 2018
• November 13, 2018
FRONT of HOUSE contributor Steve La Cerra reports on the highlights of the recent AES Show for this Show Report. His “On the Digital Edge” column will return in Dec. 2018. Meanwhile, FRONT of HOUSE staff also checked in on the concurrent LDI show in Las Vegas. —ed. Flying under the banner “Connect,” the 145th […] Read More...

Hometown Heroes: Meet the Regional Winners

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Features
  • November 2018
• November 13, 2018
The readers have spoken and out of a slew of great audio companies in every U.S. region and Canada, they have chosen the best of the best. These companies share a great deal besides bragging rights for this win: Similar start-up stories, a shared passion for serving their community, and the smarts to know what […] Read More...

Beck 2018 “Colors” Tour

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George Petersen •
  • November 2018
  • Production Profile
• November 13, 2018
Colors, the acclaimed 13th album from Beck, came out just over a year ago. And this hard-working American singer/songwriter/rapper/multi-instrumentalist has been pretty much on the road ever since, kicking off his 2018 tour with an Auckland City Limits (Auckland, New Zealand) performance in early March. This was soon followed by a U.S. leg, then a […] Read More...

Rascal Flatts “Back to Us” Tour

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • November 2018
  • Production Profile
• November 13, 2018
Rascal Flatts tours tend to run together, FOH engineer Jon Loeser explains, as the band is always touring. “It’s also always evolving, going from having a large band to stripping it way down. This latest touring cycle is building the band back up. There are new arrangements of classic hits with added electronic and percussion […] Read More...

2001: A Live Odyssey

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Bryan Reesman •
  • Features
  • November 2018
• November 13, 2018
A Half-Century Later, A Sci-Fi Masterpiece Returns to the Big Screen with Live Chorus and Orchestra For many devoted followers, watching Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen with a superior sound system is akin to a religious experience. When I saw it this past spring on the big screen in commemoration […] Read More...

FOH Engineer Amanda Davis

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Suzi Spangenberg •
  • FOH Interview
  • November 2018
• November 13, 2018
Amanda Davis is ready to rumble. We caught up with the 32 year old L.A.- based FOH engineer for Janelle Monáe, and quickly learned that while she likes to “sit in silence” prior to a show, she’s not one to shy away from having the backs of her fellow tour mates. More on that later. […] Read More...

Nine Recent Theater/Performing Arts Center Upgrades

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • Installations
  • November 2018
• November 13, 2018
Today, despite competition from multi-screen cinemas, home theaters and all forms of sporting events, there is still considerable interest in watching humans in live onstage performance, whether in drama, musicals, concerts, dance, opera — the list is nearly endless. And while stadium shows are less common these days, venues in the 500- to 3,000-capacity range […] Read More...

Breaking Down the Walls

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • Features
  • November 2018
• November 12, 2018
Austria’s Bregenz Outdoor Festival Creates an Immersive Sound Experience — On a Floating Stage Well-known to opera fans throughout Europe — and beyond — the Bregenz Festival in Bregenz, Austria had its first performances in 1946, a year after the end of World War II. In a town that didn’t even have a theater, the notion […] Read More...

Broadway’s Carousel Takes an Immersive Twist

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • November 2018
  • Theater Sound
• November 12, 2018
The 2018 revival of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic musical, Carousel, recently completed its run at the 1,417-seat Imperial Theatre in New York City. Its sound design earned the show and its sound designer — and Tony winner — Scott Lehrer, with associate Alex Neumann, a Tony nomination this year. An immediate hit when it first […] Read More...

Going Green at Coachella…

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Ken Deans •
  • Festival Focus
  • November 2018
• November 12, 2018
…Starting with the Lighting Towers Power is always a challenge. You need it here, but the disconnect is over there. Miles of cable, cable ramps (which you never have enough of), spilled diesel, it’s a mess! After 35 years of doing festivals, various events, I have probably been responsible for burning enough diesel to get […] Read More...

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