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The chambers of the Pittsburgh City Council, featuring recently-installed Dante-networked Audio-Technica ATND8677 microphone desk stands with Engineered Sound conference microphones.
The chambers of the Pittsburgh City Council, featuring recently-installed Dante-networked Audio-Technica ATND8677 microphone desk stands with Engineered Sound conference microphones.

Pittsburgh City Council Chambers Select Audio-Technica

Debi Moen
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PITTSBURGH— The City of Pittsburgh recently installed a Dante-networked Engineered Sound conference microphone system from Audio-Technica for the city council chambers. The council members had been using the same XLR-connected microphones for 30-plus years and needed the newer technology. According to David Finer, Pittsburgh’s communication technology manager, the single biggest selling point of Audio-Technica was the programmable mute button.

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Howie Lindeman at one of RiseUp As One’s four DiGiCo SD7 desks.
Howie Lindeman at one of RiseUp As One’s four DiGiCo SD7 desks.

DiGiCo Builds Bridges for 'RiseUp As One' Music Fest

Debi Moen
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SAN DIEGO - Univision and Fusion Media Group assembled RiseUp As One as a concert to celebrate music, diversity and unity on the US-Mexico border in San Diego. 3G Productions provided five DiGiCo consoles to make sure the sound never missed a beat. Howard “Howie” Lindeman and Ron Reaves manned the two SD7s at the FOH, while the two monitor consoles were similarly assigned and manned by Michael Bove and Stan George.

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Arroyo Seco band room and Instructor Kelvin Flores.
Arroyo Seco band room and Instructor Kelvin Flores.

Arroyo Seco Students Conserve Hearing with Alpine

Debi Moen
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SANTA CLARITA, CA - Kelvin Flores, director of instrumental music at Arroyo Seco Junior High School in Santa Clarita, CA,  arranged for parents to purchase Alpine’s MusicSafe Classic and MusicSafe Pro musicians’ ear plugs for his students. Flores has high frequenty hearing loss and wanted to protect his students' hearing with a solution that he himself uses. 

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Son of Cirque du Soleil Co-Founder Killed in Accident during Setup for ‘Luzia’ in San Francisco

Frank Hammel
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SAN FRANCISCO — Olivier Rochette, 42, was killed during setup for Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia in San Francisco Nov. 29. The accident, involving a telescopic lift, was first reported to emergency responders at about 6:45 pm, according to reports. Rochette, son of Cirque du Soleil co-founder Gilles Ste-Croix, was rushed to a hospital with a head injury but died at 10:37 p.m. He had been working as a technician on the show at the time of the accident.

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Monitor engineer William Valentine (left) manning the DiGiCo SD9, with playback tech David Reyes standing nearby. Photo: Andrew Hawkes
Monitor engineer William Valentine (left) manning the DiGiCo SD9, with playback tech David Reyes standing nearby. Photo: Andrew Hawkes

Andy Grammer Travels Light with DiGiCo

Debi Moen
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LOS ANGELES - Clair Global has been supplying DiGiCo consoles to Andy Grammer's range of gigs this past year, which included a co-headlining trek with Gavin McGraw and as the opening act for Train. The Stealth Core 2-equipped SD9 for monitors and SD10 for FOH gives the tour increased functionality but with a smaller footprint in the truck, helping save on transportation costs.

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The Abba Pater Church in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Photo: Maritsally Photography
The Abba Pater Church in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Photo: Maritsally Photography

Martin Audio Covers Puerto Rico's Abba Pater Church

Debi Moen
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ARECIBO, PUERTO RICO  - With the Abba Pater Church's move to a larger structure came the need for a new sound system. Caribbean Broadcast Suppliers provided a system comprised of Martin Audio CDD speakers and CSX subwoofers. Pastor Jose Montijo Soler says, "Once the system was installed and configured, the sound in our church was spectacular––the instruments and vocals have a unique definition and the coverage is exceptional throughout the space.”

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Tower of Power. Photo: courtesy of Knoxville Area Urban League.
Tower of Power. Photo: courtesy of Knoxville Area Urban League.

Tower of Power Gets Bigger Boost with FBT

Debi Moen
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KNOXVILLE, TN — When the Knoxville Urban League needed a corporate event house to support its annual gala this year, they turned to Mike Brown, president of M&M Productions, for a turnkey event. Brown knew he needed a versatile system that would provide clarity and intelligibility for the many spoken presentations during the popular social event – while still being dynamic enough to support the powerhouse band, Tower of Power, for the concert portion of the evening. He turned to FBT for his FOH audio rig for the event.

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Behind the Scenes Counseling to Aid Industry Depression, Addiction

Debi Moen
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NEW YORK - The Behind the Scenes organization has created the BTS Counseling Fund to help industry professionals in fighting depression and addiction. After an initial period of fundraising, Behind the Scenes will begin accepting applications for grants from the fund. Funds will also be available to individuals entering an in-patient or intensive out-patient recovery program or those experiencing an emergency in-patient mental health event.

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Alex Macleod (monitor engineer) and Ken 'Pooch' Van Druten (FOH engineer).
Alex Macleod (monitor engineer) and Ken 'Pooch' Van Druten (FOH engineer).

Justin Bieber Takes Telefunken on Tour

Debi Moen
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SOUTH WINDSOR, CT - Justin Bieber's "Purpose World Tour" is carrying Telefunken microphones for vocals and all of the live instruments in the show. "After trying several manufacturers' capsules we found that the Telefunken M80 was the best capsule for vocals," says FOH engineer Ken "Pooch" Van Druten (pictured here, right) with monitor engineer Alex Macleod.

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Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s most popular sites for concerts and other social events.
Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s most popular sites for concerts and other social events.

Meyer Sound for Toronto's Casa Loma

Debi Moen
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TORONTO - The Gothic castle Casa Loma is also a popular concert site in Toronto. Event Media Design recently installed Meyer Sound IntelligentDC self-powered loudspeakers into its glass-walled outdoor pavilion. The events required symphony hall sound, but needed the noise control that Meyer Sound products provided for the neighborhood nearby.

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