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FRONT of HOUSE editor George Petersen
FRONT of HOUSE editor George Petersen

Summer Daze

George Petersen
Editor's Note

Way back in my starving student days, summer didn’t mean three months of beach parties, but pouring on any additional work I could muster to self-finance my education. As an IATSE Journeyman, I could snag projectionist work, either running theatrical films or events ranging from closed-circuit, big-screen TV sports (mostly boxing matches) or corporate/convention gigs, for clients ranging from Mary Kay cosmetics to traveling spectacles designed to persuade car dealers to order more new Lincoln Continental models in the fall. And there was plenty of drive-in theater work, in case I wanted to do the 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift. There was also an additional hour’s pay each day to walk around the field with a cart full of parts to fix the clip-on 4-inch door speakers that customers liked to abuse in every conceivable manner.

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Twenty One Pilots tour photo by Jay Blakesberg
Twenty One Pilots tour photo by Jay Blakesberg

Twenty One Pilots

George Petersen
Production Profile

Emotional Roadshow World Tour
Like many original bands, Twenty Øne Piløts (TØP) have a distinctive and unique musical style that defies pigeonholing them into any easily defined genre, but has oft been described as “schizophrenic pop.” But whatever you call it, this Columbus, OH-based duo of vocalist/keyboardist/bassist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun offers a sound that has increasingly caught on, and now grown to include legions of fans in nearly every country worldwide.

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Brand New tour photo by Greg Good/Pixel Oasis
Brand New tour photo by Greg Good/Pixel Oasis

Brand New & Modest Mouse

Kathy Vargo
Production Profile

Thunder Audio Makes Mighty Sounds on Co-Headlining Tour

Two major modern rock bands ignite on a blistering co-headlining tour. Twenty-four U.S. cities in just a month’s time, no additional support acts, both bands to play full headlining sets and alternate closing the show. Primarily playing major outdoor amphitheaters, Portland-based alt-rock veterans Modest Mouse and Long Island, NY emo-grunge band Brand New are artists whose styles demand both power and finesse.

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The Calico Saloon recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation, including the sound system. Photo by Steve Leiken
The Calico Saloon recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation, including the sound system. Photo by Steve Leiken

Calico Saloon at Knott's Berry Farm

Thomas S. Friedman
Installations

Sophisticated Control Tames the Old West Sound

In 1920, Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the then-sleepy southern California community of Buena Park to farm 20 acres of rented land. They eventually founded a fried chicken restaurant, which by 1940 was serving as many as 4,000 meals a day and is now the world’s largest chicken dinner restaurant.
To offer waiting customers something to do and to pay homage to the pioneering spirit of his grandparents, Walter developed Ghost Town, eventually the first of Knott’s Berry Farm’s six themed areas. Today, that land is part of 160-acre Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s first theme park and the 12th most-visited amusement park in the country.

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Photo by devmarya
Photo by devmarya

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

Dr. Kevin Kloesel
Safety Factor

Lightning Safety Planning for Live Productions

Lightning kills thousands of people across the globe every year. Lightning also arrives with thunder, which acts an audible alert system that warns of dangerous conditions outside. If thunder is heard, anyone outdoors is in danger of being struck by lightning. A common myth is that it must be raining for lightning to occur. In fact, many lightning fatalities occur when rain is not falling. When lightning threatens, immediate action is required to promote life safety.

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Universal-Fit Earpieces for IEM Systems
Universal-Fit Earpieces for IEM Systems

Universal-Fit Earpieces for IEM Systems

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

In live performance, in-ear monitoring has changed everything. A rock-solid wireless transmitter combined with beltpack IEM receivers and accurate earpieces can significantly improve nearly any show or presentation. Not only can performers hear themselves far better than stage wedge mixes, but IEM use typically results in lowered stage volume. With a great IEM mix, the FOH engineer’s task becomes simpler, the audience get better sound and artists are happy — everybody wins.

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Peavey RBN 112 Ribbon Speaker. Internal LEDs illuminating the ribbon element can be switched on or off.
Peavey RBN 112 Ribbon Speaker. Internal LEDs illuminating the ribbon element can be switched on or off.

Peavey RBN 112 Ribbon Speaker

George Petersen
Road Tests

There are hundreds of models of 12-inch two-way, speaker-on-a-stick P.A. enclosures on the market from scores of manufacturers. And with good reason — this particular format offers a great combination of full range response with enough oomph to handle applications ranging from bread-and-butter corporate gigs to smaller venue music reinforcement in clubs, houses of worship — you name it. Add in an external sub(s), and such systems easily handle larger venues, all from a compact, easy to use system.

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Radial KickStand and Shure Beta 52 on Steve Gadd’s kit. Photo by David Morgan
Radial KickStand and Shure Beta 52 on Steve Gadd’s kit. Photo by David Morgan

Small Boxes, Big Sounds

David Morgan
On the Digital Edge

A friend of mine in Vancouver, Canada, occasionally sends me surprises that are always very cool. These products are never big and loud, nor are they flashy and expensive. The items that arrive from Peter Janis at Radial Engineering are colorfully packaged, yet always contained within a simple metal box. Each product is of the highest quality and extremely efficient in accomplishing its particular application.

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Photo by Sergey Nivens
Photo by Sergey Nivens

Concert Barometer

Dan Daley
The Biz

The State and Future of the Live Music Industry
Nashville International Airport sends out this notification email they cutely refer to as an “Aireport.” The one from mid-June warned of excessive security line delays as hordes of attendees from two major music events in and around the city began heading home. What it didn’t reveal was the very different experiences those two events had. The CMA Fest, formerly Fan Fair, set a new benchmark, averaging 88,500 fans per day for the five-day event. About 65 miles away, however, attendance the Bonnaroo festival was “slightly less” than the average of 80,000 that bought tickets for the last two years.

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Photo by Wellphoto
Photo by Wellphoto

Console du Jour

Steve LaCerra
Theory and Practice

Dealing with Unfamiliar Mixing Desks

Engineers who tour without production have mixed blessings. If the P.A. system at a particular venue is terrible, they don’t have to live with it for long. If the system at a venue is wonderful, they get it only for one show. Sometimes we can advance our favorite console, and sometimes we get whatever has been installed in the room. Other times, the result may be whatever gear that’s available from the inventory of the sound company providing the P.A.

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