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Neil Diamond tour photo by Ari Michelson
Neil Diamond tour photo by Ari Michelson

Neil Diamond's 50th Anniversary Tour

Kevin M. Mitchell
Cover Story

Stanley Miller Recounts his 49 Years with Neil

A lot has changed in 50 years of touring for Neil Diamond, save for one: his fierce loyalty to his band and crew. At the top of that list is Stanley Miller, who has been on the road with him for 49 of those 50 years. There’s no one saying that he or she has been with one artist working audio for as long, and it’s hard to image anyone topping Miller’s longevity with a single artist.

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Upgrading the historic structure to modern audio and AV standards proved to be a task of epic proportions.
Upgrading the historic structure to modern audio and AV standards proved to be a task of epic proportions.

A House United

R. Maxwell
Installations

Audio Upgrade at South Carolina’s House of Representatives Chamber Gets Bipartisan Support

The South Carolina House of Representatives consists of 124 part-time citizen legislators elected every two years to represent the state’s 124 separate single-member districts. Operating from the House of Representatives Chamber, officials recently oversaw a massive restructuring of the Chamber’s AV facilities, which in addition to legislative sessions, is also used occasionally for a wide range of special events.

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

Not as Easy as it Looks

Frank Hammel
Editor's Note

As anyone who has produced a large (or even small) concert event can tell you, there are lots of details to be taken care of. Fortunately, on the audio/lighting/video/staging side, many such technical minutiae can be taken care of with a few phone calls to the right vendors who will handle such details professionally. In fact, if you are looking for a few suggestions, more than 4,500 companies and resources offering expertise in every facet of event production can be found using the Event Production Directory (epdweb.com), a searchable database that is available in print and as a free app. Add a comment

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NAMM CEO Joe Lamond and Parnelli Executive Producer Terry Lowe
NAMM CEO Joe Lamond and Parnelli Executive Producer Terry Lowe

The Parnelli Awards Move to NAMM

Kevin M. Mitchell
FOH Interview

Strategic Alliance to Benefit All Sides of Music and Live Entertainment

As announced last month, NAMM is expanding their January Anaheim trade show to further include the live event production industry, and a big part of that strategy is bringing the Parnelli Awards to it. One factor making this possible is Anaheim Convention Center’s 200,000 square foot expansion, which will allow pro audio, lighting, staging, video, and all related manufacturers to have space available to them to exhibit at an international trade show that already pulls in over 100,000 professional registrants.

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Photos by Todd Kaplan
Photos by Todd Kaplan

Game of Thrones

Thomas S. Friedman
Production Profile

Not exactly your “typical” tour, the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience wrapped up last month, with the show’s composer Ramin Djawadi bringing the music of the wildly popular HBO series Game of Thrones off the screen and onto an in-the-round, 360-degree live immersive stage concert experience featuring 807 linear feet of jumbotrons and 3-D designs that rise from the stage floor. Oh, and sound — lots of sound.

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Active Direct Boxes
Active Direct Boxes

Active Direct Boxes: Bring on the Basics

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

There are few more basic — or more useful — accessories than a direct box. These can range from simple transformer-in-a-case units to elaborate rack mount multichannel designs. Let’s sidestep the active-versus-transformer debate for now. Both have their place; in fact, I have a half-dozen of each in my shop. So let’s examine some straightforward active direct boxes. All of those spotlighted here are single-channel, compact units that are powered via a phantom power and/or a standard 9-volt battery. Sorry, no tube models or units with preamps or onboard guitar/bass EQ, and nothing requiring AC powering.

To download a PDF of the May 2017 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

The NAB show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in late April.
The NAB show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in late April.

Show Report: Live Sound Surprises from NAB 2017

George Petersen
Features

Clearly, the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention, held April 22-27, 2017 in Las Vegas, is not a sound reinforcement show. There wasn’t a line array or power amplifier in sight anywhere among the 1,806 exhibitors spanning more than a million square feet of exhibit space. But there was a whole lot of technology on display, under NAB’s M.E.T. (Media. Entertainment. Technology.) theme, and a certain proportion of that — especially in terms of consoles and wireless gear — were aimed specifically at the live audio user. Given that premise, we waded through the masses of 103,443 or so registered attendees and uncovered some real gems for sound reinforcement pros.

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FOH May 2017 Sports Facility Projects Feature
FOH May 2017 Sports Facility Projects Feature

Sports Facility Projects

George Petersen
Installations

Audio installations and upgrades within sports facilities typically present severe challenges to integrators and system designers. Perhaps the most formidable of these is the sheer scale of multiple coverage areas. The latter often entails working with enormous, cavernous open-air spaces while also delivering an acceptable listening experience to everyone occupying the seats, whether fans are courtside or in the upper “nosebleed” seats of an arena or — in a stadium project — on the grandstand, bleachers, end-zones or beneath a second or third deck. Add a comment

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Ashly digiMix24 Live Digital Console
Ashly digiMix24 Live Digital Console

Ashly digiMix24 Live Digital Console

George Petersen
Road Tests

Ashly Audio has a long history building reliable analog mixing and outboard equipment for the professional live sound and installation markets. While the company carries a considerable legacy of analog expertise, Ashly is no newcomer to digital gear; its Ashly Protea DSP processors are world renowned for delivering top-notch sound and seamless integration with control technologies that users can easily navigate.

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