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NAMM 2017, during one of the rare moments of clear weather. Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM
NAMM 2017, during one of the rare moments of clear weather. Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM

Live Sound Products Shine at Rainy NAMM 2017

George Petersen
Cover Story

Okay, I was wrong in last month’s “Editor’s Note” (FOH, Jan. 2017, page 4) where I believed a long-range 10-day forecast from The Weather Channel predicting a warm, dry Winter NAMM show. However, in 2017, we live in uncertain times, and after a seven-year drought, the usual sunny January skies of Southern California turned into a deluge from Jan. 19-22, 2017. Yet a few raindrops couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm for some 100,000 audio and music pros that descended on the Anaheim Convention Center for four days of fun, new technologies and new products.

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Switchfoot at the House of Blues, Dallas. Photo by Christopher Townsend.
Switchfoot at the House of Blues, Dallas. Photo by Christopher Townsend.

Mixing Switchfoot's 'Looking for America' Tour

George Petersen
Production Profile

Like so many rock bands, the Switchfoot story started off as guitarist Jon Foreman, his bassist brother Tim Foreman and drummer Chad Butler began rocking out in their San Diego garage. Armed with surfboards and cheap electric guitars, the plan was to finish college at the University of California San Diego, but tempted with an indie record deal from RE:Think records, they set out on the road — and never looked back.

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The complex performance came together with just two rehearsals. Photos by L. Barry Hetherington
The complex performance came together with just two rehearsals. Photos by L. Barry Hetherington

Jacob Collier at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

Thomas S. Friedman
Features

Acclaimed British multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier rose to Internet fame with his split-screen YouTube videos, covering some classic songs in his own multi-faceted, original style. Since then he has collaborated with some of the world’s great musicians, as well as continuing to develop his own unique sound — gaining a well-deserved reputation for exceptional musicianship and musicality.

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Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden
Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden

Inside Seven Recent House of Worship Projects

Thomas S. Friedman
Installations

Achieving great sound in a house of worship setting is fraught with challenges. Worship services may range from simple piano and/or organ with voices to high-SPL contemporary music at rock concert levels; or with many churches, it may be a combination of the two, serving two different congregations. Unfortunately, few house of worship sanctuaries are built with acoustical needs in mind, and often feature highly reverberant spaces with ample use of wood, glass, marble and other acoustically reflective materials.

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The Saddle Rack’s main P.A. features six Tectonic PL-12 Plate flat panel speakers. Photo by Horacio Lopez
The Saddle Rack’s main P.A. features six Tectonic PL-12 Plate flat panel speakers. Photo by Horacio Lopez

Nightclub Spotlight: The Saddle Rack

Thomas S. Friedman
Installations

The largest country music club in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Saddle Rack, was founded by Hank Guenther and opened on Aug 13, 1976 in San Jose, CA. The club prospered for some 25 years, but the astronomical rise of real estate prices in the Silicon Valley eventually swayed Guenther to close the club in 2001 and sell the 6.5-acre parcel of land where it stood.

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FOH Magazine Buyers Guide Feb 2017 - Road Cases
FOH Magazine Buyers Guide Feb 2017 - Road Cases

Mini-Size Line Array Systems

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

Big sounds can come in small packages, as evidenced by the products in this month’s Buyers Guide, focused on compact line array systems having LF drivers smaller than seven inches in diameter. And while these are probably not the best choice in a large outdoor concert of arena environment, such systems are perfectly suited to many small to medium venues, especially where the ability of these systems to provide discrete, low-profile sound may be the perfect solution. With that in mind, take a look at these products — all of which provide a scalable, flexible answer for an install, rental or portable system combining both intelligibility and musicality.

To download a PDF of FOH's Feb. 2017 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

Ashly digiMIX24 Digital Console
Ashly digiMIX24 Digital Console

Ashly digiMIX24 Digital Console

George Petersen
Technology Spotlight

Digital technology has been a godsend for pro audio, bringing more flexible and powerful products to a wide array of users. However, with many devices, a massive feature list is often accompanied with a complex and involved learning curve. And there’s the rub, especially in certain environments, such as performance spaces, and the educational and house of worship markets, where audio gear may be used by a mix of experienced pros and volunteer or novice operators.

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The Universal Clip kit is offered in hardwired or wireless terminations.
The Universal Clip kit is offered in hardwired or wireless terminations.

Audio-Technica ATM350a Microphone Systems

George Petersen
Road Tests

Miniature mics are gaining in popularity, particularly in instrument miking applications, where despite their size, they are often capable of delivering big sound. The latest offering in this category is Audio-Technica’s ATM350a Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone, which is offered in complete turnkey packages (also sold separately) providing discreet, rock-solid mounting solutions for a host of instruments, including woodwinds, strings, brass, percussion, drums and piano.

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CADLive D88
CADLive D88

CAD Audio CADLive D88 Kick Drum Microphone

George Petersen
Road Tests

Once mainly focused on the contracting/installation business (through its Astatic Commercial Audio Products division), CAD Professional Microphones was launched in 1988 as the pro audio division of Astatic to design and manufacture microphones for recording studio and live sound users.

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