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The Arena Experience

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FRONT of HOUSE editor George PetersenYou may have noticed a basketball arena on the cover of this month’s issue — specifically San Antonio’s AT&T Center, which now features a 72-box L-Acoustics Kudo system, as part of its recent $110-million revamp. That is one of the new sports facility installations we’ve spotlighted, beginning on page 36 (you can link to the story here). And there’s a good reason to have that as a focus this month.

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Editor's Note

My Election Prediction

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George Petersen, Editor, FOH MagazineNo matter what side of political spectrum you fall into, you must admit that this year’s presidential contest has at least has been entertaining and has taken a few unexpected turns. On the bright side, every time some candidate utters a single syllable, there’s a mic there to pick it up, and probably a system set up by some sound company to make those gems of wisdom even louder. Hey, it’s a campaign cost — spread the wealth. Add a comment

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Editor's Note

Theater Sound: The Ultimate Challenge?

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George Petersen, editor, Front of House MagazineSorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’re looking for an easy gig in audio, theater sound is no picnic. In fact, it’s probably the toughest job in audio. On a large musical production, the FOH engineer may have to deal with a 20-piece orchestra/band, another 20 (or more) performers and chorus members on wireless headworn mics, plus dozens of cue playbacks of ambiences, sound effects, etc. That’s a whole lotta input sources, all requiring precision timing. Add a comment

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Editor's Note

Nashville: After the Flood

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FRONT of HOUSE magazine editor George PetersenIt is nearly six years since early May of 2010, when torrential rains and flooding struck Tennessee, parts of Kentucky and northern Mississippi, leaving a horrific swath of death and destruction in its wake. And Nashville was far from immune to the effects of the storm, with major damage to the city and surrounding areas. But especially hard hit were those along the Cumberland River, which crested at nearly 52 feet, creating a nightmare for companies like Soundcheck and the many music and touring businesses housed there. Also affected with serious damage were the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Opry Mills, Bridgestone Arena, LP Field, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Grand Ole Opry House itself. But Nashvillians are a close-knit community and pull together in times of need. So other venues — notably the Ryman Auditorium and the War Memorial Auditorium (ironically, both former homes of the Opry) — pitched in to host Opry performances during the few months while the Grand Ole Opry itself was refurbished and repaired.

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Editor's Note

Revisiting Audio History

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FRONT of HOUSE editor George PetersenFirst of all, Happy New Year to everyone! By now, I’m sure you’re aware that 2016 is an election year. But whatever your party/candidate inclinations, 2016 brings great news, as political rallies and events all generate much needed $$$ into the pockets of sound companies paid to spread the message. So get out and be a part of the process (and collect some cash along the way) while helping create a piece of history. Add a comment

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Editor's Note

What Price Freedom?

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George Petersen, editor, FRONT of HOUSE MagazineLike all of you, we at FRONT of HOUSE were shocked and saddened by the events in Paris on Friday November 13. [For more on the aftermath of the terror attacks, see related stories here and here.] The extensive news coverage and interviews of witnesses and survivors painted a horrific picture, but what hits home is that so-called “soft” targets — such as music venues, trains and restaurants are added to a growing list that once was largely confined to airports, embassies and military installations.

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Editor's Note

The 'Other' Social Networking

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Pat Quilter and George Petersen at the Parnelli Awards, and Joe Bull and David Hewitt at AES.Mention “social networking,” and the first thing that comes to mind is staring at your computer or smartphone screen for hours on end, sharing cat pictures or a video of some guy riding a bicycle into a swimming pool. And as cool as this may be to the hipster set, it’s no replacement for an actual (not virtual) experience with actual humans, or as the late, great Marvin Gaye once put it: “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Baby.”

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Editor's Note

Dynamic Range of Live - and Life

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George Petersen, editor, FRONT of HOUSE MagazineIn between mixing FOH for (and tour managing) Blue Öyster Cult, our ace correspondent Steve La Cerra comes up with some highly utile — and always entertaining — writings on audio basics in his “Theory & Practice” column, found on page 57. A couple weeks ago, we chatted about a topic for this month’s entry and decided that something about gain structure and dynamic range would be appropriate. After all, these are two fundamentals that play an essential role in achieving good sound, yet sometime cause confusion when mixing (pardon the pun) reality with theoretical abstracts.

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The Leap of Faith: H.O.W. System Upgrades

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FOH editor George PetersenAll faiths share a common thread of spreading the message. Now exactly what that message is may vary considerably among church members and different religions, but every church can be helped in that endeavor with a sound system that provides clarity and intelligibility to the message and ensuring that every member of the congregation can receive the word.

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Ideas and Innovations

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FRONT of HOUSE Editor George PetersenIt’s hard to believe, but the 2015 Parnelli Awards season is almost upon us. So far, FRONT of HOUSE readers have already stepped up to select the finalists vying for the top regional sound company honor — the Hometown Hero Award. These include DBS Audio (Coatesville, PA), Mid-Coast Sound (Nashville), Clearwing Productions (Milwaukee), Spider Ranch Productions (South San Francisco), Onstage Systems (Dallas) and Toronto’s Sound Art. Congratulations to all! Add a comment

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