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

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

George Peterson
Editor's Note

I might be showing my age, but I recall as a kid in 1963, hearing Nat King Cole’s “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” when it first came out. With its carefree, feel-good theme, it was perhaps the perfect summer song for the time. Of course, no one could have predicted that five months later, the country would be plunged into turmoil with the events of Nov. 22, 1963, when perhaps we all lost a bit of innocence. Add a comment

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Solotech provided an L-Acoustics K1/K2 rig
Solotech provided an L-Acoustics K1/K2 rig

Chance the Rapper's 'Be Encouraged' Tour

Kevin the Writer
Production Profile

Genre-bending juggernaut Chance the Rapper is proving worthy of the arena-sized tour he’s now on, selling out his great-sounding pyro-filled show wherever he goes. On May 14, he made it a special Mother’s Day edition at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Chance brought his mother down from Chicago for the show and surprised her by bringing out one of her favorites, neo soul artist Maxwell. He announced that 18,300 people showed up to see him that evening, which seemed to surprise even him.

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FOH June 2017 Buyers Guide
FOH June 2017 Buyers Guide

15-Inch Neodymium Woofers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

The heart of many sound reinforcement speakers is the 15-inch low-frequency driver. Woofers have advanced considerably over the years and 15-inch models with neodymium magnet structures offer a combination of efficiency, power handling, low-to-upper bass punch and light weight that has made these ideal replacements in live sound systems. Looking at current offerings in 15-inch neodymium woofers, we found a wide range of models that are ideal for your restoration, rebuild or design project. We should also note these represent the tip of the iceberg and many of these are also offered in versions with 4-ohm impedances, higher/lower power variants and even ferrite models. We have included URL’s and (if applicable) booth numbers for this month’s InfoComm show for your convenience.

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Eighth Day Sound provided an Adamson system for the tour. Photo by Josiah Van Dien
Eighth Day Sound provided an Adamson system for the tour. Photo by Josiah Van Dien

Shawn Mendes' 'Illuminate' World Tour

Thomas S. Friedman
Production Profile

Canadian pop music is a hot commodity these days, and it hasn’t taken long for Shawn Mendes to put his name alongside those of Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Justin Bieber when it comes to international demand and acclaim. That point is made perfectly clear when one considers the routing of Mendes’ current Illuminate World Tour, supporting the album of the same name that ultimately cemented his status as a worldwide star.

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Syva can be combined with one or more LF extension cabinets.
Syva can be combined with one or more LF extension cabinets.

L-Acoustics Syva Segment Source Loudspeaker System

George Petersen
Technology Spotlight

Founded in 1984 by Dr. Christian Heil, L-Acoustics was never about creating “me-too” products. Even from the company’s earliest days, L-Acoustics designs took a breakthrough approach, incorporating solid science and real-world physics into speakers, from its first coaxial system (1989’s MTD115/LLC) to the Wavefront Sculpture Technology three years later and 1994’s landmark V-DOSC system. The latter introduced the concept of the modern line array and forever changed the face of concert sound systems, even to this day.

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The Weeknd's 'Starboy: Legend of the Fall' tour photo by Steve Jennings
The Weeknd's 'Starboy: Legend of the Fall' tour photo by Steve Jennings

The Weeknd's 'Starboy: Legend of the Fall' Tour

Kevin M. Mitchell
Production Profile

The Weeknd is on the Starboy: Legend of the Fall outing, playing festivals and sold-out arenas across the country in support of the artist’s third studio album, Starboy, which was released last fall. The Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, is performing in the round for most of the shows. And while he spends a lot of time on the catwalk, he works the sides of the house more than he does the front or back, says FOH engineer Derek Brener. “It’s almost as if the FOH perspective has been shifted to the sides.”

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Fig. 1: An AES67-enabled Dante device, acting as the Boundary Clock, bridges the PTPv1 and PTPv2 clock domains.
Fig. 1: An AES67-enabled Dante device, acting as the Boundary Clock, bridges the PTPv1 and PTPv2 clock domains.

Improve Your Timekeeping

Hyder Khalil
Tech Feature

Audio Networks and Switching Your Way to PTPv2 Support

Audio networks are hardly new, with a huge increase in the number of projects using audio networks over the past few years. Besides the various solutions (like Dante, RAVENNA, etc.), which have made this possible, there are a number of protocols working under the surface too. One of these is IEEE 1588 (otherwise known as PTP or Precision Time Protocol), one of the protocols that underpins many of the various audio (and video) networking standards.

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The main concert hall at Liberty University’s School of Music is shown here with the telescoping choir seating in place. Spacious FOH position features a DiGiCo SD5 house console. Photo by Alan Karchmer
The main concert hall at Liberty University’s School of Music is shown here with the telescoping choir seating in place. Spacious FOH position features a DiGiCo SD5 house console. Photo by Alan Karchmer

Liberty University Concert Hall Takes Variable Acoustics to the Next Level

Thomas S. Friedman
Installations

The pride of Lynchburg, VA, Liberty University’s School of Music, set a new benchmark for acoustical flexibility as it debuts one of the world’s first performance venues to offer adjustable architectural acoustics working hand-in-hand with Meyer Sound’s Constellation active acoustic system. Students, faculty, guest ensembles and the surrounding community can now experience musical performances of any genre in acoustical surroundings precisely tailored for optimum benefit.

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DiGiCo SD12 Digital Console
DiGiCo SD12 Digital Console

DiGiCo SD12 Digital Console

Vince Lepore
Road Tests

A few years ago, I started wondering if DiGiCo’s SD series was getting a bit long in the tooth. The SD7 has been around for a decade, and despite being one of the most well-appointed consoles in the market, it started showing its age. I’m not sure why. Maybe it is the lack of multi-touch screens, the somewhat dated software interface or the lack of Dante connectivity.

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