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Product Hits of AES 2014

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2014 AES Show opens to record crowds.LOS ANGELES — It's been 12 years since the annual Audio Engineering Society show made an appearance in Los Angeles, this time returning to the L.A. Convention Center from October 8 through 12, 2014. And for audio professionals, this was the place to be, with the exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions packed all four days, with 15,403 registered attendees — representing a 28% increase over the 2012 San Francisco Show, the last time AES was held on the West Coast.

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On the Digital Edge

The Ever-Evolving Digital Console User Interface

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During the 2014 AES show, David Morgan (second from left) participated in a technical discussion panel on the programming and operational aspects of the different user interfaces that have evolved for live digital consoles. Also pictured (left to right) are Louis Adamo, Patrick Baltzell and Harold Blumberg.The James Taylor tour recently completed its seven-week European itinerary in London. My original intention was to spend a few extra days in that familiar and beloved city following the final show at the Royal Albert Hall. During that stay, my day-off-buddy and monitor engineer, Rachel Adkins, and I had planned on hitting up some museums, eating great curry, taking a drive out to Stonehenge and catching up with old friends. That appealing script, however, had to be altered before we even left the USA.

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The Biz

Mad Men

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Fig. 1: This 1952 ad for RCA’s BA-6A vari-mu compressor emphasizes specs, features and a sepia-toned product shot. Pro audio advertising hasn’t exactly lived at the cutting edge over the last half century but it has been evolving. When you look back at ads in the trade publications from the 1970s and earlier (like everything else, they’re up there online), you’ll see pretty staid graphics and copy, mostly nerdy product shots and verbiage that consisted mainly of dry data taken directly from spec sheets, such as the 1952 RCA BA-6A vari-mu compressor ad shown in Fig. 1. No CLIO Awards for this bunch.

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Theory and Practice

Power Distro Basics: Stay Safe

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This Whirlwind Power Link portable distro system is designed for safe tie-ins to AC power by licensed personnel.One book that should probably never be written is Power Distro for Dummies. Given the high voltages in play where power distribution is concerned and the danger of physical harm, it’d be a better idea if dummies stayed out of the electrical room and left electrical work to licensed electricians. However, there are certain things about power that audio people need to know, and though we do not suggest that you attempt adding a new circuit breaker box to a venue unless you are a licensed electrician, it might make your life easier if you knew a bit regarding power distro requirements.

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Sound Sanctuary

Monitoring Your Monitors

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Low-profile wedge monitors can reduce the chance of blocking views from seated parishioners. In some sanctuaries — such as here in Austin’s Unity Church of The Hills — the monitors can be “stairstepped” to increase sightlines even farther.We all take monitors pretty much for granted. Whether you use in-ears or floor wedges at your church, they are as common as your main front of house speakers. But did you know that, in the early-mid 1960’s, many bands hit the road without the benefit of monitors of any type. Before floor wedge monitors became popular and commonplace, speakers were simply placed on either side of the stage and turned toward the performers.
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FOH at Large

"I Should Have Known"

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Illustration by Andy AuIn a recent 60 Minutes interview, President Obama admitted that the U.S. intelligence community had underestimated “ISIS” and what was taking place in Syria while — at the same time — overestimating the Iraqi army’s capability to combat the threat. A shocking admission but, then again, over- and under-estimations have shaped history for thousands of years, and sometimes it is not just a lack of foresight that attributes to a poor judgment call or policy. Official procedure, monetary concerns, various alliances and hubris are a few talking points that might lead to a poor assessment of any given situation. Add a comment

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New Gear

Midas Announces PRO Series Firmware Update

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Midas recently announced the G2.5 firmware release for the company's PRO Series digital live performance consoles and select DL15x and DL25x fixed-format I/O devices. The new firmware adds an array of new features and provides more than 100 significant performance enhancements. Add a comment

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New Gear

NEXT-proaudio Launches New Web Site

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NEXT-proaudio noted the recent launch of the latest version of its web site at next-proaudio.com. The site features easy-to-navigate technical support, complete product information and the most recent company news. Add a comment

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New Gear

QSC GXD Series Processing Amplifiers

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QSC GXD Series Processing AmplifiersQSC’s GXD Series processing amplifiers promise to combine power, performance and reliability coupled with the convenience of onboard digital signal processing along with contemporary styling, multiple routing options and advanced protection circuitry. The GXD 8 has a list price of $999.99 and the GXD 4 is offered at $599.99 list with both models available in January 2015.

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New Gear

HK Audio Adds EASE Focus 2 Data for Linear 5

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HK Audio Adds EASE Focus 2 Data for Linear 5HK Audio noted that EASE Focus 2 GLL data is now available for its Linear 5 tops. The Linear 5 range joins HK Audio’s Elements, ConTour Array, Cadis, Cohedra and Cohedra Compact systems in the EASE Focus 2 database. Add a comment

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