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

Audio Oktoberfest

George Petersen
Editor's Note

There is no shortage of signs that fall has arrived. The kids/grandkids are back in school (finally) and in many areas, trees are undergoing their annual transformation of colors with a dazzling display of autumn foliage. However, for the true pro audio aficionado, the REAL sign of fall is the Audio Engineering Society’s yearly U.S. convention.

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From left, Kyle Fletcher (P.A. tech), Dave McMullin (monitor engineer), Trey Smith (FOH engineer), Sean Henry (crew chief/system engineer) and Cory Benson (monitor tech). Photos by Steve Jennings
From left, Kyle Fletcher (P.A. tech), Dave McMullin (monitor engineer), Trey Smith (FOH engineer), Sean Henry (crew chief/system engineer) and Cory Benson (monitor tech). Photos by Steve Jennings

One Republic 2017 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos & Text)
Production Profile

New Digital Tools Help the Crew Recreate Album Nuances for the Live Shows

OneRepublic wrapped up their headlining slot on the 16th annual Honda Civic Tour, joining a long list of other headliners that began with Blink-182 and Everclear in 2001. Since then, this tour’s other headline acts over the years have included Maroon 5 (2005), Panic! At the Disco (2008), Linkin Park (2012) and One Direction (2015).

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Hurricane Harvey/NOAA Satellite Image
Hurricane Harvey/NOAA Satellite Image

Hurricane Relief

Debi Moen
Features

How Our Industry Helps Others Weather the Storm

The worst of times can bring out the best in the human spirit. The world witnessed this with people helping people during Hurricane Harvey’s flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Before the waters subsided, Hurricane Irma pounded islands in the Caribbean, Cuba and Florida, and not long after that, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, major earthquakes crumbled buildings and lives in Mexico.

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The event fused the demands of a big corporate speaking gig with an A-list concert and awards show. Photos courtesy Leo Events.
The event fused the demands of a big corporate speaking gig with an A-list concert and awards show. Photos courtesy Leo Events.

Walmart's Annual Shareholders Meeting

Mike Wharton
Features

Providing Audio for Walton Arena and 100,000+ Simulcast Web Viewers

The Walmart Shareholders Meeting, held annually since 1994 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR, combines elements of traditional corporate meetings with a glitzy awards show and rock concert, all for the biggest company in the world, in a venue designed primarily for basketball games.

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Radio Active Designs’ website (radioactiverf.com) offers an interactive map is a resource with information on spectrum availability by U.S. region.
Radio Active Designs’ website (radioactiverf.com) offers an interactive map is a resource with information on spectrum availability by U.S. region.

Wireless Manufacturers Offer 600 MHz Exit Strategies

Frank Hammel
Features

The New Owners of the FCC’s Auctioned Frequencies Aren’t Waiting Until 2020; The Time to Switch is Now

Earlier this year — April 13, to be precise — the FCC triggered a 39-month phase-in period for their one-time reallocation of what is commonly referred to as the 600MHz band of wireless spectrum by publishing their Channel Reallocation Public Notice (CRPN). Users of wireless devices, it seemed, had until 2020 before they would need to finally phase out their use of gear in the no-longer-legal 600MHz frequencies.

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PreSonus AIR series
PreSonus AIR series

PreSonus AIR Series

Robert Lindquist
Road Tests

At PreSonus, AIR exists because there’s a seemingly endless demand for high-quality active 2-way loudspeaker systems with optional subwoofers.

With the sub as the base, a pole inserted into the mounting cup, and a 2-way box on top, you have a compact ground stack that takes up little space in a small club, church hall, school — anywhere you need a portable full range system that can easily be disassembled and stored until needed.

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Royer Labs R-10 Ribbon Microphone
Royer Labs R-10 Ribbon Microphone

Royer Labs R-10 Ribbon Microphone

George Petersen
Road Tests

It’s hard to believe, but it has been nearly two decades since 1998, when innovator David Royer launched Royer Labs, a mic company dedicated to creating modern ribbon microphone designs. The first product was the R-121, which employed a patented (U.S. #6,434,252) proprietary offset ribbon technology based on a pure aluminum ribbon and neodymium magnet structure. The result was a smooth, warm sound in a compact and rugged design that quickly found favor with audio engineers everywhere.

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The Auditorium Shores stage is a favorite outdoor space for large festival gigs on the banks of Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin.
The Auditorium Shores stage is a favorite outdoor space for large festival gigs on the banks of Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin.

Big House Sound

Debi Moen
Regional Slants

25 Years of Good Vibrations in Austin, Texas

It was a cosmic coincidence. In summer of 1991, just a month before Austin officially proclaimed itself as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” a constellation of club activity was leading to the formation of a sound company that could handle such a stellar declaration.

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1984 at the Hudson Theatre. Photos by Julieta Cervantes
1984 at the Hudson Theatre. Photos by Julieta Cervantes

The Art of Noise

Bryan Reesman
Theater Sound

Tom Gibbons' Disruptive Sound Design for Broadway's 1984

Some plays apply sound design to enhance the performances onstage, to add sonic color to the world being depicted, and perhaps to take us into an alternate state of mind. Tom Gibbon’s jackhammer sound design for 1984 on Broadway does all of those things while also making audiences feel discombobulated and keep them attuned to the grim near future world being depicted. Co-directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, this mind-bending stage adaptation of the famous George Orwell novel has resonated with people in these tumultuous times, perhaps so much so that often times people walk out of the show during its climactic torture and reprogramming scenes.

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