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Petty performs center stage with a Telefunken M80 dynamic microphone.
Petty performs center stage with a Telefunken M80 dynamic microphone.

Industry News: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Reunite for 40th Anniversary Tour

FOH Staff
Features

For Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ big 40th Anniversary tour, with shows running from April through September this year, FOH engineer Robert Scovill has specified an Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) ADAPTive sound reinforcement system supplied by Escondido, CA-based Sound Image. Along with the system, which includes Anya array and Otto subwoofer modules supplemented with Anna delay towers for stadium shows, Sound Image is supporting the tour with crew.

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Moscow-based design and systems integration company, Muztorg.PRO, deployed a Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array system for LOFT in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Moscow-based design and systems integration company, Muztorg.PRO, deployed a Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array system for LOFT in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Recent Nightclub Projects

FOH Staff
Installations

This month, FRONT of HOUSE takes a look at some recent installations nightclub sector — in particular, the new sound systems deployed for Hudson Ultra Bar in Hoboken NJ, Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas, the Oxford Social Club in San Diego, the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, Switch in Southampton, U.K. and LOFT in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (pictured here).

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FOH August 2017 Buyers Guide - Mid-Sized Digital Consoles
FOH August 2017 Buyers Guide - Mid-Sized Digital Consoles

Mid-Sized Digital Consoles

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

Bring on the revolution! Ideal for install or portable applications, here’s a snapshot look at some digital consoles capable of 24 or more channels, while having a fairly compact footprint and — at under 60 pounds each — could be moved by an average person. Prices are somewhat variable, depending on options and selected system package configurations, so check before purchasing.

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Studio Six Digital iTestMic2
Studio Six Digital iTestMic2

Studio Six Digital iTestMic2

Vince Lepore
Road Tests

Audio test and measurement have come a long way in the last 15 years. It wasn’t all that long ago that dedicated measurement hardware was still the only realistic option for critical measurement work. As personal computers and laptops became more prevalent in the audio field, measurement came within reach of virtually any working engineer. The inevitable evolution of this trend is for smart phones and tablets to perform the same measurement tasks that required a high-end laptop only five years ago.

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The Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, TX.
The Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, TX.

We're Doing WHAT?

David Morgan
On the Digital Edge

After an all-too-brief six-day break, it’s time to head back on the road. This tour leg starts out in a somewhat unorthodox fashion. We begin with a show at AT&T Park in San Francisco, home stadium of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. It will, of course, be a very well attended event that will require a very large audio system. Our next show is two days later in Frisco, TX — 1,724 miles away.

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Tour Supply’s Nashville studio. The setup includes an Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixer.
Tour Supply’s Nashville studio. The setup includes an Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixer.

Covering Your Tracks

Dan Daley
The Biz

Diners should sometimes be cautioned against looking into the kitchen of a restaurant they plan to eat in. So it goes with live music shows: the audience comes to be entertained, not edified. There is no need to look behind the proscenium curtains to see how the tour sausage is made. Too bad, since these days there’d be a lot to see, including the category of playback systems for live tracks and effects, and people to operate those systems. The expanding dominance of pop divas and divos has only accelerated the need for complex backing tracks in the live mix, as has the demand to have the recording-studio experience recreated live on stage for every show.

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Too much of a good thing?
Too much of a good thing?

What Happened to Safety?

Steve LaCerra
Theory and Practice

I’ve just returned from what can best be described as a hellacious three-week run of shows in the U.K. and Europe. Maybe I should modify that: I’ve just returned from a three-week run of hellacious travel. Truth be told, there were no bad shows, but there were a few incidents that I found disturbing.

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