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George Petersen
George Petersen

Mergers and Acquisitions...and More

George Petersen
Editor's Note

Over the past few months, the production industry has been awash in rumors about some big changes afoot among several large players in the biz, who may soon be combining their operations. Unfortunately, we can’t report on these rumors until they are factually confirmed. But if you turn to these hallowed pages in the months (or weeks) to come, we’ll keep you informed just as soon as we can break the news. Add a comment

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Sound Designer Elisheba Ittoop
Sound Designer Elisheba Ittoop

Backstage Profile: Sound Designer Elisheba Ittoop

Vincent Olivieri
Features

Sound designer and composer Elisheba Ittoop is always working to maintain a good balance between various aspects in her life. She balances her theater design career with other sound design work. She balances her work life and her family life. She balances maintaining professional footholds in multiple American cities. Every designer must find their own balance, and Ittoop works every day to constantly adjust hers, taking advantage of her background and skillsets to craft a life that has the right balance for her and responding to changes in her life to adjust her professional activity. Add a comment

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Terry Lowe, publisher of FRONT of HOUSE magazine
Terry Lowe, publisher of FRONT of HOUSE magazine

And He Said it Shouldn't Be Done...

Terry Lowe
Publishers Note

I was in London at the PLASA Show in October of 2002 with a freshly-printed copy of the first issue of FRONT of HOUSE in my hand. I went up to a very well-respected industry luminaire (pardon, the lighting reference). I proudly handed it to him and he looked at it for a few seconds, then quite sincerely said, “You know, the industry just doesn’t need another performance audio magazine.” Add a comment

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Hilton Presbyterian Church, Newport News, VA
Hilton Presbyterian Church, Newport News, VA

Spotlight: Houses of Worship

FOH Staff
Installations

The only constant behind optimizing the sound for a house of worship project is change. Along with the shift from traditional church music to something more akin to a rock concert, church congregations are moving into unorthodox locations, and traditional churches are reaching out with mobile satellite services in gyms and other non-traditional locations. With sound designers and audio integrators scrambling over an obstacle course of potential compromises to the goal of an ideal listening experience for every seat in the house of worship, those manufacturers who can provide gear to meet their “mission impossible” challenges for any space have a decisive advantage.

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From Left, FOH Engineer Chris Marsh and System Tech Charlie Albin. 2017 Ed Sheeran World Tour photo by Steve Jennings
From Left, FOH Engineer Chris Marsh and System Tech Charlie Albin. 2017 Ed Sheeran World Tour photo by Steve Jennings

Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' World Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos & Text)
Production Profile

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is out on his world tour in support of his latest album ÷ (Divide), a title which follows in the footsteps of his previous releases, 2014’s X (Multiply) and 2011’s + (Plus). The albums were released, respectively, in March 2017, June 2014 and Sept. 2011.

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The venue, now run by local brewpub company McMenamins, was originally built as a ballroom in 1914.
The venue, now run by local brewpub company McMenamins, was originally built as a ballroom in 1914.

Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR: Natural Sound for a Loud Rock Venue

Yu Howe
Installations

Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom has enjoyed a storied existence since opening on the eve of World War I as Ringler’s Cotillion Hall. A live music venue since the 1960’s, when artists such as the Grateful Dead, Ike & Tina Turner and Buffalo Springfield performed, the historic building is starting a new chapter with a major audio equipment refresh, courtesy of design, sales and integration company Tone Proper AV, located in nearby Gresham, OR. Add a comment

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Clearwing provided audio for all stages as Milwaukee's 'Big Gig' turned 50
Clearwing provided audio for all stages as Milwaukee's 'Big Gig' turned 50

Festival Focus: Summerfest 2017

Frank Hammel
Features

Heavy rain put a damper on the opening day of Summerfest 2017, but Milwaukee’s mammoth “Big Gig,” which turned 50 this year, has shaken off bigger obstacles to success in the past. First-decade challenges included including significant losses for the festival’s second year (1969), six-figure crowds and a near-riot for Sly and the Family Stone (1970), comedian George Carlin’s arrest for profanity (1972) and an actual riot with 300 arrests during Humble Pie’s performance (1973).

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Despite the venue’s size, the stage is large and wide.
Despite the venue’s size, the stage is large and wide.

Recovery Unplugged

R. Maxwell
Installations

Austin Performance Space Uses Music Therapy for Detox

The Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center uses the power of music to help its patients heal from drug and alcohol addiction. Offering medically supervised detox, residential inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and sober living, Recovery Unplugged offers a music-based treatment approach that provides patients with access to a well-rounded recovery experience. Add a comment

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Robert Scovill on tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 2017
Robert Scovill on tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 2017

Q&A with Robert Scovill

Kevin M. Mitchell
FOH Interview

Robert Scovill mostly got off the road a few years back to lend his skills and experience to Avid in developing their emerging line of VENUE digital consoles, most recently the SL6. But the road still calls, and when it’s Tom Petty on the other end, he tends to say “Yes.” He came through my town, St. Louis, and he and the band put on a sonically superb show. Apparently, it was not a fluke. As the 40th Anniversary Tour sees the light at the end of the tunnel, I made this extremely busy engineer (and recipient of multiple Parnelli awards for FOH Engineer of the Year) sit down with me.

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