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George Petersen, Editor of FOH Magazine
George Petersen, Editor of FOH Magazine

Microphonics!

George Petersen
Editor's Note

In traditional audio terminology, “microphonics” typically refers to sounds that can emanate from vacuum tubes that are subjected to vibrations — say, from a guitar amp speaker — and can induce feedback (not the good kind) into a system. But this month, I wanted to rant a bit about microphones and figured “microphonics” seemed appropriate, especially as our “Buyer’s Guide” on page 34 spotlights high-end handheld condenser models.

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The ceiling and side balcony seating presented challenges that called for an intricate solution. The venue now features a versatile and modern d&b audiotechnik system. Photo by Neal Burstyn
The ceiling and side balcony seating presented challenges that called for an intricate solution. The venue now features a versatile and modern d&b audiotechnik system. Photo by Neal Burstyn

Toronto’s Historic Massey Hall Shines with New Audio System

Thomas S. Friedman
Installations

If Toronto was the capital of the U.K., then Massey Hall might reasonably be named the Royal Albert Hall. This is no fanciful comparison. Both are, in the absolute sense of the word, iconic venues for their respective cities and share a common era, being built within just a few years of each other in the late 19th century.

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For more details on the alliance between NAMM/Joe Lamond and Parnelli Awards executive producer Terry Lowe, go to parnelliawards.com.
For more details on the alliance between NAMM/Joe Lamond and Parnelli Awards executive producer Terry Lowe, go to parnelliawards.com.

Hey… What Are You Doing Next January?

Terry Lowe
Publishers Note

I like InfoComm. I like it a lot more since the floor planners put the audio area next to the lighting and staging area. It made a lot of sense and should have been done years ago. What did this accomplish besides cutting down on the number of steps I took? Well, it added a lot of traffic to the lighting and staging pavilion. I had many lighting and staging exhibitors tell me it was one of the busiest shows they’ve had there.

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The new VUE system provides clear, side coverage.
The new VUE system provides clear, side coverage.

Great Hills Baptist Church

George Petersen
Installations

An (Audio) Transformational Experience

Great Hills Baptist Church has long been a cornerstone of Austin’s faith community. Located in a town long known for its deep involvement in music, this vibrant and growing congregation definitely needed a high-fidelity sound system to suit the needs of parishioners in the church, which seats approximately 2,700.

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Photo by Kevin M. Mitchell
Photo by Kevin M. Mitchell

Mixing Norah Jones

Kevin M. Mitchell
Production Profile

FOH Engineer Gordon Reddy’s “Less is More” Mix

With Norah Jones, it’s all about the piano. Specifically, that Yamaha C6S grand piano. FOH engineer Gordon Reddy first works to figure out what is going to wrap back around the stage from the P.A. and how much of that can he keep from going into the piano. “Without a doubt, that is the largest challenge I have,” he says, admitting that if Jones went with a MIDI controller with sampled grand sounds, it would be easier for him.

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FOH July 2017 Buyers Guide
FOH July 2017 Buyers Guide

Handheld Condenser Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

There’s no denying that dynamic microphones have been the standard in vocal performance mics for decades. However, if you’re looking for extended bandwidth and fast transient response in a handheld, a condenser mic can be the perfect choice. So this month, we’ll look at some current condenser microphones designed for live performance. All models listed require phantom powering. No frequency response data is given; a “flat” response is rarely desirable and many models include LF or upper mid presence boosts to add character or intelligibility. Weight can be a factor, when certain vocalists use a handheld mic over extended periods. And street pricing is provided for your convenience.

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Memphis Beale Street Music Festival is a regular Profound Sound client. Photo courtesy Sierra Hotel Images
Memphis Beale Street Music Festival is a regular Profound Sound client. Photo courtesy Sierra Hotel Images

Profound Sound

Debi Moen
Regional Slants

Keeping Local Music Loud and Clear in Memphis

There’s no shortage of music in Memphis. And where there’s live music, there’s a sound reinforcement company. Profound Sound has helped keep the local music plugged in and playing loud and clear for the past 27 years. Owner William Floyd founded the full-service sound reinforcement company in January 1991. He now shares operating duties with his main employee, Joe Brown, and hires extra support when needed. The company also rents backline and small systems.

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Yamaha’s 1987 DMP7 was the company’s first digital console.
Yamaha’s 1987 DMP7 was the company’s first digital console.

Yamaha Celebrates 30 Years of Digital Mixers

George Petersen
Milestones

Three Decades of Trailblazing Excellence

In 1987, Yamaha unveiled the DMP7, a groundbreaking digital mixer featuring channel parametric EQs, two internal effect processors, a stereo compressor, advanced scene memory that allowed instant recall of multiple mix setups and unique motorized faders that moved with each recall. The DMP7 also represented a significant company milestone as its first digital mixer, providing a solution for professional keyboard players and also for those mixing in live and studio situations.

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