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The CADLive A77 is based on an 1959 Astatic microphone
The CADLive A77 is based on an 1959 Astatic microphone

CADLive A77 Vocal Microphone

George Peterson
Road Tests

I gotta come clean. I am a confessed microholic and can’t resist checking out cool looking microphone designs — whether new releases or classics. So a year ago, when CAD Audio’s CADLive division unveiled a “reimagined” version of the company’s 1959 Astatic A77 dynamic microphone, as part of its 85th anniversary celebration, I definitely wanted to check one out.

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A Waves V-Comp was followed by a Waves Vitamin plug-in.
A Waves V-Comp was followed by a Waves Vitamin plug-in.

Off-Time Projects, Part 2

David Morgan
On the Digital Edge

When the principal artist for whom one mixes live performances happens to be an iconic acoustic guitar player, the quest for more natural-sounding reproduction of that instrument becomes never-ending. Last month, I proposed an off-the-road project that I hoped would improve the acoustic guitar sound. I did actually record myself playing my 41-year old Taylor jumbo guitar. This was the first actual recording project had done at home using Pro Tools 12 with my new Apogee Element 24 Thunderbolt interface. The Element 24 performed flawlessly, and the Element Control software is very simple to use. I had the session up and running in minutes.* Add a comment

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The EXBOX.BLDS MADI Redundancy Switch from DirectOut Technologies.
The EXBOX.BLDS MADI Redundancy Switch from DirectOut Technologies.

DirectOut EXBOX.BLDS

Vince Lepore
Road Tests

The digital audio age has presented a lot of challenges to the live sound and broadcast industries. One of those challenges is the fracturing and segmentation of different competing digital audio protocols such as CobraNet, EtherSound, Dante, Ravenna, AES67 and MADI, to name a few. A small sub-industry of specialized connectivity companies has appeared over the last decade to address some of these concerns.

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StrangeLove, pictured here, is a popular Depeche Mode tribute band.
StrangeLove, pictured here, is a popular Depeche Mode tribute band.

Paying Tribute

Dan Daley
The Biz

If you look at the top 20 tours of the current decade (2010’s, that is, ranked by total ticket sales, with some artists making the top 20 list with more than one tour), we don’t encounter an artist whose first hit occurred in this century until we get to One Direction, who came in at number 6 with their 2014 “Where We Are” tour. Other than that, though, we don’t see a twenty-something band or performer until we get to Taylor Swift, who came in at number 14 with her (appropriately titled) 1989 tour in 2015. Add a comment

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From its humble beginnings from the basement of this building in post-war Vienna, Austria, AKG has blossomed to become a world leader in audio technology, distributing its products in more than 140 countries.
From its humble beginnings from the basement of this building in post-war Vienna, Austria, AKG has blossomed to become a world leader in audio technology, distributing its products in more than 140 countries.

AKG at 70

George Peterson
Milestones

This month, AKG celebrates its 70th anniversary. From its humble beginnings in post-war Austria, the company has blossomed to become a world leader in audio technology, distributing its products in more than 140 countries. Given this accomplishment, we thought we would look back at the company’s history and examine a few of the significant products that arose along the way.

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OneMix, an iPad mixing app for Allen & Heath’s dLive, lets performers take control of their own monitor mixes.
OneMix, an iPad mixing app for Allen & Heath’s dLive, lets performers take control of their own monitor mixes.

Mixer Without a Console

Steve LaCerra
Theory and Practice

Over the past few years, you may have noticed (or been bombarded by) the availability of more and more mixing consoles that don’t have traditional control surfaces. By “traditional,” I am not referring to the now-standard operational model of a digital desk with one set of selected channel controls. I am referring to the proliferation of console-less mixers — mixers that are housed in what is essentially a stage box, often with little more than I/O connectors and a network port. What does this mean for engineers, software developers and manufacturers? There are some obvious, and some not-so-obvious answers. Add a comment

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Photos by Joan Marcus
Photos by Joan Marcus

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Bryan Reesman
Theater Sound

Andrew Keister’s Sound Design for the Current Production on Broadway

Currently running on Broadway, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a visual feast and fast-paced musical featuring a cast of nearly 40 performers, an orchestra pit with 18 musicians and a plethora of set pieces. Beyond the scenic magic that the production pulls off, the sound design of Andrew Keister (whose Broadway credits include On Your Feet, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jersey Boys) is an integral part of the show. Add a comment

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Coverage prediction in version 3 of AFMG’s EASE Focus software. The lower pane indicates an area of minimal sound energy striking the balcony face, thus reducing unwanted reflections and slapback.
Coverage prediction in version 3 of AFMG’s EASE Focus software. The lower pane indicates an area of minimal sound energy striking the balcony face, thus reducing unwanted reflections and slapback.

Dealing with Balconies

Vince Lepore
Sound Sanctuary

Room geometry is one of the biggest challenges faced by sound engineers and system designers. A single level space with a main floor can be challenging enough, especially if the room is not symmetrical about the centerline. Add in a balcony, or even two balconies, and a number of additional challenges will need to be addressed. Providing adequate reinforcement for listeners seated in and underneath a balcony can be a costly endeavor that should be carefully considered. Add a comment

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

Sometimes, a Little Production Can Be a Good Thing

Baker Lee
FOH at Large

At this point everyone is well aware of the Fyre Festival debacle that took place a short while ago that was spearheaded by self-proclaimed tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland and the entertainer Ja Rule. Whether the Fyre Festival failure was due to a lack of foresight and knowledge or an excess of hubris and greed is still to be determined as the two promoters will likely be wrapped up in multiple court cases for a good long while. Although it can be argued that McFarland and Ja Rule (a.k.a. Jeffrey Atkins) were overly ambitious in their attempt to create an exotic high-end concert experience, it should also be understood that — regardless of the various extenuating circumstances involved — there are certain basic requirements that need to be fulfilled to ensure for a successful venture of this sort. Add a comment

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