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Jordan Bondurant and the cast of A Wall Apart at the 2017 NYMF. Photo by Michael Schoenfeld
Jordan Bondurant and the cast of A Wall Apart at the 2017 NYMF. Photo by Michael Schoenfeld

A Tale of Two Mixes

Bryan Reesman
Theater Sound

Sound Designer Matt Otto and A1 Curt Miller Talk NYMF

A welcome home for adventurous and off-the-wall productions, the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) challenges even the heartiest sound designers and live engineers. The month-long off-Broadway extravaganza celebrated its 14th year this past July with a solid assortment of musicals, workshops and classes within two main venues: Theatre Row and Playwright Horizons, both located on West 42nd Street.

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

To SIR, with Jubilation

Baker Lee
FOH at Large

While a 50-year time period is a mere speck on the timeline in the grand scheme of things, it is worth noting that on the day-in, day-out scale of measurement the achievement of 50 years is something to celebrate. Consider that a 50-year time period is more than half of most people’s lives, the 50th wedding anniversary is deemed the Golden Anniversary and, in Judeo-Christian tradition, the number 50 is thought to be the Jubilee year which is a time of joy and universal pardon. Leviticus 25:10 reads, “Thou shalt sanctify the fiftieth year, and shalt proclaim remission to all the inhabitants of thy land: for it is the year of jubilee.” Of course, now that this article is of biblical proportions, it means that it cannot be refuted or denied.

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Nikon’s Forestry Pro Laser Rangefinder, ThermPro’s thermometer/hygrometer device and CTP Systems dBbox 2 line testing tool
Nikon’s Forestry Pro Laser Rangefinder, ThermPro’s thermometer/hygrometer device and CTP Systems dBbox 2 line testing tool

What's In Your Workbox?

David Morgan
On the Digital Edge

The topic of headphones for live engineers discussed in this column last month has generated a more detailed thought process in which I began to chronicle the various tasks accomplished each day at FOH using a set of headphones. It seems somehow ironic that at each show, I perform my work on a huge arena or stadium line array sound system, but I still spend much of my time behind the console inside the private world of my headphones. I then expanded those thoughts by touching on other current tools used for particular tasks that often come up daily.

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Justin Bieber's 2016-2017 Purpose tour ended early. Tour photo courtesy Philips Vari-Lite.
Justin Bieber's 2016-2017 Purpose tour ended early. Tour photo courtesy Philips Vari-Lite.

When the Shows Don't Go On

Dan Daley
The Biz

A Canceled Flight is Bad Enough. But What Happens when the Tour is Canceled?

The abrupt cancelations of several high-profile tours in the last year reveal the financial risks that touring professionals, including FOH and monitor mixers, have to accept in a much more active and unpredictable touring market and moment.

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Fig. 1: For tom mics, a super- or hyper-cardioid pattern may result in less cymbal leakage — if the cymbal’s position coincides with one of the nulls of the pickup pattern.
Fig. 1: For tom mics, a super- or hyper-cardioid pattern may result in less cymbal leakage — if the cymbal’s position coincides with one of the nulls of the pickup pattern.

Choose Your Weapons Wiseley

Steve LaCerra
Theory and Practice

We all have favorite microphones that we prefer to use for particular applications. Some of the more popular suspects that engineers agree upon (!) include Shure SM57 on guitar cabinet, Shure SM58 for vocals, Sennheiser MD421 for bass cabinet, or AKG D112 for kick drum. The list could go on all day, and we could argue the pros and cons of the various tools we can’t live without.

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Multipurpose buildings diagram
Multipurpose buildings diagram

An Efficient Sound Solution for Multipurpose Buildings

Vince Lepore
Sound Sanctuary

Churches are in the unique and difficult position of providing sound reinforcement for multi-use facilities. Our campus hosts a diverse array of events each week, ranging from contemporary worship, conferences, outside fundraisers and even large dinners. One of the challenges that we face is the constant need for “just two wireless mics and computer audio.” Sound familiar? How do you take a large line array driven by an advanced digital audio console and make it usable for these small events? Answer: Pay an audio engineer for every little event. These types of events cost the church money and run the tech team into the ground with a million little one-off gigs.

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