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

Springtime is Console-Time!

George Petersen
Editor's Note

Not sure if you believe in the prognostications of a certain groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, but as of March 20, springtime is officially here — at least from a calendar, if not a meteorological standpoint. Oddly enough, for me, one of the first signs of spring is not new leaves on the trees and flowers starting to spring up, but the arrival of Musikmesse/Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, Germany. Over the years, like Winter NAMM, this massive event has itself blossomed from an instrument-only show into an all-encompassing meeting of both the M.I. and Pro Audio worlds, with a healthy serving of DJ and lighting technologies thrown in for good measure.

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Close to 100,000 visitors from 144 countries attended the combined PL+S and Musikmesse shows.
Close to 100,000 visitors from 144 countries attended the combined PL+S and Musikmesse shows.

Product Hits of PL+S in Frankfurt

Mike Lawson
Features

 The Prolight+Sound (April 4-7) and Musikmesse (April 5-8) conventions returned to Frankfurt, Germany for their 2017 editions, and drew crowds to see the latest in M.I., pro audio and lighting gear from hundreds of manufacturers from around the globe. Everyone enjoyed the pleasure of a week of unseasonable sunshine in normally cold Frankfurt, especially as people stateside were dealing with cold weather, high winds, rain and snowfall.

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Ann Wilson of Heart 2017 tour photo by Steve Jennings
Ann Wilson of Heart 2017 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Ann Wilson Rocks Solo

Kevin M. Mitchell
Production Profile

With sister Nancy tied up with another project, Ann Wilson has hit the road with her appropriately named “Ann Wilson of Heart” tour. The first leg included 20 shows that kicked off March 8 at the Moore Theatre in Wilson’s hometown of Seattle and wrapped up on April 7 at the Park Theatre PAC in Providence, RI. The second leg, including 23 concerts, is slated to launch May 19 at Indio, CA’s Fantasy Springs Casino. It continues through early July, wrapping up in Anaheim, CA.

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Dokken was among the other artists to play HOR recently. Photo by Ryan Richardson
Dokken was among the other artists to play HOR recently. Photo by Ryan Richardson

House of Rock

Christopher Buttner
Installations

A Unique Production/Performance Complex Blooms in a Wine Country Setting

In a pristine business park of well-kept warehouses and offices located in northwest Santa Rosa, in bucolic Sonoma County, CA, one immaculate structure stands out against the more conservative surrounding architecture of its wine distributor, microbrewery, electrical supply and motorcycle mechanic neighbors.

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Greensky Bluegrass photo by Kevin M. Mitchell
Greensky Bluegrass photo by Kevin M. Mitchell

Greensky Bluegrass: Mixing it Like a Rock Act

Kevin M. Mitchell
Production Profile

Lots of pedals, lots of gain— definitely not your daddy’s bluegrass band

“This is not a traditional bluegrass band — it’s a rock ‘n’ roll show,” FOH engineer Greg Burns declares. “Traditional bluegrass tends to be mixed ‘crispy,’ but [Greensky Bluegrass] can be dark and messy, and you’ll hear more songs in minor keys than major.”

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The 2017 FRONT of HOUSE Console Survey
The 2017 FRONT of HOUSE Console Survey

The 2017 FRONT of HOUSE Console Survey

George Petersen
Features

A month ago, FRONT of HOUSE conducted an extensive reader survey looking for options and (pardon the pun) input on mixing consoles used in live audio applications. We did an emailing to nearly 24,000 readers and received an impressive response with some 4,675 replies. This equates to a return rate of approximately 20%, which in the science of statistical analysis is well above the average for such surveys, where a “good response” is generally defined as being in the 10% to 15% range. Equally telling is the fact despite this being a fairly long survey (nearly two dozen questions), more than 70% of the respondents (3,301) stayed throughout the entire questionnaire.

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DiGiCo SD12
DiGiCo SD12

DiGiCo SD12

George Petersen
Console Profile

Founded in 2002, DiGiCo celebrates 15 years of manufacturing exceptional digital mixing consoles. Its first model — the D5 Live — established DiGiCo as a key player in the industry, while championing the digital mixing concept. The SD Series followed, delivering a powerful new way of working, with the flagship SD7 becoming a common sight on high-profile tours. In 2015, DiGiCo launched the affordable S21 (followed a year later by the S31), offering a new, modern workflow. In 2016 came Stealth Core 2 software, which increased the power of the SD range of consoles exponentially. Now, DiGiCo is delivering its latest creation, the new SD12.

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Crest Audio Tactus Digital Mixing System
Crest Audio Tactus Digital Mixing System

Crest Audio Tactus Digital Mixing System

George Petersen
Console Profile

Crest Audio, a division of Peavey Commercial Audio, has partnered with Waves to create Tactus, a modular touch-screen based digital mixing system. After several years of development and intensive real-world testing, the system is now available.

Tactus is all about modularity and scalability, designed with separate components users can select to create a customized console system solution to fit their needs.

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