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Articles from the September 2019 Issue

Birth of a Super-Venue

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George Petersen •
  • Editor's Note
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
Another day, another mega new sports stadium or arena springing up somewhere. The latest is San Francisco’s new Chase Center, which at a whopping cost of $1.4-billion, seems to be the trend. But this is no “typical” soak-the-local-tax-base project. Yeah, it’s the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, which previously played 47 seasons […] Read More...

New Gear

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FOH Staff •
  • New Gear
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
In the Sept. 2019 issue of FRONT of HOUSE magazine, there are new gear listings for: Allen & Heath GX4816 and DX012 Stageboxes ART USB DI Audio-Technica ES925 Modular Gooseneck Mics Avante Audio Imperio SUB210 Subwoofer Bose ControlSpace Commercial Sound Processors d&b audiotechnik A-Series Echo Fix EF-X2 Tape Echo Future Sonics MG6HX IEMs Hermit Cab […] Read More...

The Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • Production Profile
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
Nostalgia is a powerful force, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that’s the sole driver behind the Backstreet Boys’ recent resurgence of success. This long-running vocal quintet has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of the most revered and successful musical acts in history. They’re also in an elite group of artists […] Read More...

Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Festival Focus
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
Maryland Sound Supports Main Stage at Back-to-Back Weekend Events Maryland Sound International’s Robert Jones is a longtime fan of two of music’s most historic events — The Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, which bookend two weekends in late July/early August. Since 2012, he’s been part of both for Maryland Sound. Today an account manager, Jones […] Read More...

Houses of Worship

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • Installations
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
Once a simple, set-and-forget production, sound reinforcement sound can be a tough assignment. Worship services range from traditional piano/organ with voices to high-SPL praise bands at rock concert levels; or with many churches, it may be a combination of the two, serving different congregations just hours apart. Unfortunately, few H.O.W. spaces are designed with acoustical […] Read More...

Tacoma’s Spanish Ballroom

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Yu Howe •
  • Installations
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
Landmark Sound for a Historic Venue When venerable grunge-rockers The Melvins played the Spanish Ballroom at the McMenamins Elks Temple in downtown Tacoma, WA, in early May, just two weeks after the opening of the seven-story hostelry and music venue, the SPL meter at FOH hit 110 dB. That no one in the guest rooms […] Read More...

The Caverns

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Dan Daley •
  • Installations
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
This Rocking Venue Gets an Upgrade that Fred Flintstone Would Appreciate Todd Mayo had never been inside a cave before Memorial Day, 2008. When he came out of the first one he’d ever been in — Cumberland Caverns, in McMinnville, Tennessee, about 50 miles southeast of Nashville — Mayo, a former marketing specialist from Memphis, […] Read More...

Center Clusters and Exploded Clusters: The Debate Continues

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David Kennedy •
  • September 2019
  • Tech Feature
• September 11, 2019
Last month (FOH, Aug. 2019, page 28) we examined the history of center speaker clusters and the key manufacturers that developed/offered the large HF horns and bass boxes (installed flying junkyards), as well as the later trap (trapezoidal) cluster enclosures. These early center clusters were good at speech-type P.A. (public address) — primarily for communicating […] Read More...

Compact Powered P.A. Speakers

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George Petersen •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
Once upon a time, the field for point-source speakers for portable P.A. applications was dominated by two-way 12-inch and 15-inch systems. These were (and still are) an ideal solution for all sorts of general-purpose audio gigs, whether employed as main front of house P.A., turned horizontally and used as stage monitors, or as side fills […] Read More...

“I-N-T-E-L-L-I-G-I-B-I-L-I-T-Y. Intelligibility.”

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Chris Capaletti •
  • September 2019
  • Tips & Tricks
• September 11, 2019
Dugan Automixing Helps Maintain Clarity at National Spelling Bee As a freelance FOH engineer working in the Washington, DC area, I frequently handle microphone mixing for live events and I have used automixing from Dan Dugan Sound Design for a long time. In May 2019, I was contracted to handle the sound for the Scripps […] Read More...

Ehrlund EHR-H Vocal Microphone

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John McJunkin •
  • Road Tests
  • September 2019
• September 11, 2019
For decades, the standard workhorse microphones for handheld use in live sound applications have been of dynamic topology. Dynamic handheld mics from numerous manufacturers are used because they deliver good quality audio and they’re tough as nails. They’re durable and roadworthy — two attributes that are critical for touring, and very desirable for live sound […] Read More...

Feedback Control

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John McJunkin •
  • September 2019
  • Sound Sanctuary
• September 11, 2019
There are dozens of things that can go wrong in a live pro audio environment, many of which go completely unnoticed by the audience. Feedback is not one of those. It’s the one thing that can cause the heads of the entire audience to swivel around — in choreographed unison — to see which incompetent […] Read More...
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