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From left, Antony King (FOH engineer), Richard Trow (systems engineer) and Terence Hulkes (audio crew chief & FOH tech). Photo by Steve Jennings
From left, Antony King (FOH engineer), Richard Trow (systems engineer) and Terence Hulkes (audio crew chief & FOH tech). Photo by Steve Jennings

Depeche Mode 'Global Spirit' Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Cover Story

For more than 30 years, Depeche Mode — comprised of Dave Gahan (lead vocals), Martin Gore (guitar, keys, vocals) and Andrew Fletcher (keyboards) — have dominated the scene with their mix of electronic pop/rock/new wave and dance music. They have had 17 Top 10 albums in the U.K. charts and sold more than 120 million albums. On the road for the current Global Spirit tour, which runs until July of 2018, the band is accompanied by Christian Eigner (drums) and Peter Gordeno (keyboards, bass, backing vocals).

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FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, Dec 2017, DSP Power Amplifiers
FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, Dec 2017, DSP Power Amplifiers

DSP Power Amplifiers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

Over the years, one of the most amazing advances in technology in pro audio comes in the form of the modern power amplifier. Long gone are the days when the glass ceiling of $1 per watt seemed unbreakable. Meanwhile, amplifiers have incorporated Class-D switching power supplies to reduce weight and size, and at the same time, networking and onboard digital signal processing have made these powerhouses more versatile and flexible than ever. With that in mind, we decided to look at some third-party designs that can adapt to nearly any situation. That said, we are not presenting proprietary amplifiers — such as those designed for systems such as L-Acoustics, VUE or Bose, where the amps are integrated specifically to match the speakers from those companies.

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The Free (Audio) Press - and You

George Petersen
Editor's Note

No, this month I am not launching into a heated diatribe about restrictions on the freedom of the press, as outlined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Not that I won’t be addressing this topic in some future issue, but at least for the time being, let’s examine a quite different “Free Press” theme, this being the accessibility of FRONT of HOUSE to help promote your company and/or products.

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d&b audiotechnik used its demo space at the recent AES show to preview its Soundscape technology. The new system promises to give sound designers and engineers control over multidimensional source placement, acoustic room simulation and signal matrix processor capability to create dynamic audio experiences.
d&b audiotechnik used its demo space at the recent AES show to preview its Soundscape technology. The new system promises to give sound designers and engineers control over multidimensional source placement, acoustic room simulation and signal matrix processor capability to create dynamic audio experiences.

d&b audiotechnik Soundscape

Thomas S. Friedman
Technology Spotlight

3D Spatialization System Shows Promise

Tradeshow demo rooms tend to be pretty predictable. You walk into a boxy, less-than-ideal acoustical space, pick through some familiar CDs, then sit back and take in 117 dB playbacks with throbbing bass and piercing highs. The whole point is to provide a positive audio impression during a 10-minute presentation, but more often than not, I’ve walked out on such aural assaults before the first 90 seconds have elapsed.

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FOH engineer Ben Monroe
FOH engineer Ben Monroe

Mary J Blige 'Strength of a Woman' Tour

Suzi Spangenberg
Production Profile

Arguably the best-dressed person working FOH today, Ben Monroe cuts a dapper figure in the three-piece suits he is known for wearing. Having just completed a 44-gig tour with Mary J. Blige, Monroe was in good spirits, coming off two tours with Blige that he calls “hands down, the best in my life.” A big statement from someone who’s been in the biz for 40 years now.

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The dual-sub/eight satellite Curv 500 PS system.
The dual-sub/eight satellite Curv 500 PS system.

LD Systems Curv 500 Micro Line Arrays

Vaughn Skow
Road Tests

There’s no arguing that line arrays are dominating FOH systems these days. Likewise, it’s accepted that smaller, more efficient and better sounding boxes are replacing the huge, brute force boxes of yesteryear. I recently provided sound support for a unique event that magnificently merged these two trends for great results. I can’t help but feel as though this particular show was a glimpse into the crystal ball of what’s to come. Like it or not, we had better all be ready.

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Left to right: monitor engineer Jayson Pietri, tour manager Kyle Wood and FOH engineer Rob Thomas
Left to right: monitor engineer Jayson Pietri, tour manager Kyle Wood and FOH engineer Rob Thomas

Third Eye Blind 20th Anniversary Tour

Kyle Ritland
Production Profile

Following up on their 2017 “Summer Gods” tour in June and July with special guests Silversun Pickups, Third Eye Blind embarked on their October-and-November “Fall of the Summer Gods” tour, continuing their travels across the U.S. and Canada in celebration of the 20 years since the band released their first album, Third Eye Blind, in April 1997.

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The author began by mixing Fiona Apple at California’s Ohana Festival, followed by a private event in Boston with Stevie Nicks.
The author began by mixing Fiona Apple at California’s Ohana Festival, followed by a private event in Boston with Stevie Nicks.

A Tale of Two One-Offs - Mixing Fiona Apple and Stevie Nicks

David Morgan
On the Digital Edge

This past fall, I had the pleasure of participating in two one-off shows that each turned into the kind of magical experience that sustains us all in the fiercely competitive music business.

The first was a unique and exquisite performance by Fiona Apple at the beachfront Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA. The second was a private event in a small hotel ballroom that included an outstanding set performed by Stevie Nicks and her virtuoso band.

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John Stadius
John Stadius

Parnelli Profile: Audio Innovator John Stadius

Kevin M. Mitchell
Features

“The definition of an innovator is ‘a person who develops a new design, product, or who has new ideas about how to do something’,” says Jack Kelly of Group One Limited, distributor of DiGiCo consoles and other pro audio and lighting brands. “John Stadius has continued to develop new ideas and designs for many, many years and has helped redefine what’s possible in the pro-audio industry.”

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Nashville’s Hotel Indigo is among those nontraditional 'venues' that have begun featuring live music.
Nashville’s Hotel Indigo is among those nontraditional 'venues' that have begun featuring live music.

Here a Stage, There a Stage - All the World's a Stage

Dan Daley
The Biz

If you were in the right place at the right time last January, you might have enjoyed a very intimate concert by Stevie Wonder. Local singer-songwriter Grayson Erhard was wailing away at Wonder’s classic “Superstition” from the small stage in the lobby of the Anaheim Marriott during the Winter NAMM Show. As Erhard plowed through the song, Wonder heard him and made his way over the stage, joining him on a couple of verses (and helping him remember a few of the lyrics, though Erhard can be forgiven if he seemed more than a bit surprised).

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