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Historic Webster Hall Gets a Sonic Makeover

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The heart of Webster Hall’s new sound system centers around its L-Acoustics KARA rig and DiGiCo consoles. Webster Hall, the venerable music venue in New York City’s East Village, has been many things to many people over the years. Starting in the late 19th century as a hub for bohemians, artists and anarchists, it became a hangout for hoodlums during Prohibition, including a purported ownership stint by Al Capone himself. During the 1950s, the facility did a turn as Webster Hall Studios, operating as RCA’s East Coast recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and countless other icons recorded albums on the Grand Ballroom stage.

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LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City Gets Major Digital Upgrade

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A highlight of the special Christmas performance was an appearance by the Muppets — and plenty of inputs for all, including the 360-voice choir, orchestra soloists and special performers. Photos by Edgar ThompsonEvery year, the Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter-day Saints present a Christmas show with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square. The event takes place over three evenings at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s series of shows included special guest Santino Fontana, the Sesame Street Muppets and also myself. Of course, I wasn’t in the show, but I had an amazing time watching and listening to this incredible event.

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Installations Showcase: New Theater Projects

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Suffolk Theatre, Riverhead, NYTheaters can exist in an extraordinary variety of forms, ranging from (ancient — yet still used) amphitheaters to storefront conversions to specifically designed modern performing arts centers and repurposed movie palaces, and everything in between. So when it comes to deciding what sound system is best in any particular venue, the answers are as varied as the architecture, seating and decor. More than a few of these were never intended for either high-SPL music programs or even for the needs of traditional theatre, where vocal articulation and intelligibility is paramount.

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A Sonic Upgrade for the Moody Theater, Home to "Austin City Limits" on PBS

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The Moody Theater is the new home of Austin City Limits, the long-running PBS show.History was made back in October 14, 1974, when the now-landmark PBS series Austin City Limits kicked off with the taping of its pilot episode, featuring a performance by the then-not-quite-iconic Willie Nelson. After first airing in 1975, the public’s reaction to the show was nothing short of sensational.

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High Altitude Audio: Sundance Film Festival Gets a Louder Soundtrack

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Park City Live features a Bose RoomMatch system.Live sound is all about moving lots of air, and that was a particular challenge for the music shows at the Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, UT, over 11 days in January. The thin air in Park City — an even 7,000 feet above sea level — challenges crewmembers at load-in as muscles beg for oxygen. Further up the road, a series of private shows held for guests at the Hotel Montage borders on hypoxia at 8,300 feet. Add a comment

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