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Silk Road. Photo: Max Whittaker
Silk Road. Photo: Max Whittaker

DPA Microphones Travel with Silk Road and Yo-Yo Ma

Debi Moen
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NEW YORK - DPA Microphones recently journeyed around the world with The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Audio Engineer/Designer Jody Elff chooses DPA as his go-to mics for a vareity of reasons. “One of the greatest advantages of DPA mics, aside from their fidelity, is that they are nearly invisible from the audience's point of view,” adds Elff. “This allows the audience to enjoy the music rather than be distracted by the technology, and frees the artist from feeling ‘trapped’ by a physical relationship to a microphone on a stand. For a live performance situation this is enormously liberating.”

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Tony Pittsley is the sound supervisor for Blue Man Group Orlando.
Tony Pittsley is the sound supervisor for Blue Man Group Orlando.

RME Production Tools Prove Ideal for Orlando's Blue Man Group

Debi Moen
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ORLANDO - To manage the Blue Man Group's various audio signals and to ensure pristine audio quality and the routing flexibility required, the Orlando show’s production crew relies on RME audio equipment, distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Synthax, Inc. Tony Pittsley, who manages a team of four FOH engineers and oversees the music instrument techs for the show, specified the RME gear, including RME’s FireFace 800, MADIface USB, and MADI Router.

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Justin Bieber's "Purpose World Tour." Photo: Andrew Benge
Justin Bieber's "Purpose World Tour." Photo: Andrew Benge

Meyer Sound Rolls with Justin Bieber's World Tour

Debi Moen
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LOS ANGELES - VER Tour Sound is supplying a Meyer Sound Leo Family reinforcement system on Justin Bieber’s “Purpose World Tour.” FOH engineer Ken “Pooch” Van Druten reflects on the tour's aggresive staging and the time challenges, sometimes having just 15 minutes until doors open to hear the PA. "We time align the system, do a little bit of EQ and then just go for it. With the Leo Family rig, it works," he says. "Some other systems out there can be finicky and would require a lot more time to get ready – time which we don’t have.”

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According to Frost’s System Engineer Jose Lima, “We had a crowd of about 1,200 people that we wanted to keep totally involved until it was time for them to gather in front of the windows.”
According to Frost’s System Engineer Jose Lima, “We had a crowd of about 1,200 people that we wanted to keep totally involved until it was time for them to gather in front of the windows.”

Frost Productions, Martin Audio Team Up for Department Store Event

Debi Moen
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NEW YORK - Frost Productions deployed a Martin Audio MLA Mini system for an outdoor concert of highlights from Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” at a department store holiday window unveiling. Says Frost’s System Engineer Jose Lima, “We had a crowd of about 1,200 people that we wanted to keep totally involved until it was time for them to gather in front of the windows.” He adds, "MLA worked out brilliantly! It sounded crisp and intelligible with a lot of presence, plus the bass was really smooth and natural."

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Masque Sound’s custom “ringer box” delivers authentic 1920‘s era telephone sounds on cue. Photo: Julieta Cervantes
Masque Sound’s custom “ringer box” delivers authentic 1920‘s era telephone sounds on cue. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Masque Sound Makes Headlines on 'The Front Page'

Debi Moen
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NEW YORK - Masque Sound has recently made headlines for its role in the Broadway revival of the classic 1928 play, The Front Page. The story takes place in a newsroom, and a big part of the action centers around the busy ringing of telephones to carry the play and dialogue forward. Masque Sound’s Gary Stocker was applauded for creating a one of a kind "ringer box" that delivers authentic 1920's era telephone sounds on cue on stage. Masque Sound also provided a custom PA system for the show.

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Brandon Breitenbach and Gene Kim.
Brandon Breitenbach and Gene Kim.

Yamaha Consoles Provide for 'Children of God' Tour

Debi Moen
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BUENA PARK, CA - Christian musician Phil Wickham toured the US until November with two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio consoles. Spectrum Sound supplied consoles for the East Coast, while Legacy Productions provided for the West Coast dates. Monitor engineer/production manager Gene Kim and FOH engineer/tour manager Brandon Breitenbach have used PM5D and M7CL consoles in the past, so the CL was an easy transition. “The workflow and speed of the console is what really made us start considering the Yamaha CL console for our fall tour," says Kim.

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Audio-Technica System 10 Pro Digital Wireless components, as used by students at Nashville’s Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet School.
Audio-Technica System 10 Pro Digital Wireless components, as used by students at Nashville’s Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet School.

Audio-Technica Hits Right Notes for Nashville Montessori School

Debi Moen
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NASHVILLE - Nashville’s Corner Music Audio & Video paid for and installed the Audio-Technica System 10 Pro Wireless Microphone System in Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet School's theater arts program in Nashville. Corner Music's Bob Nickerson says, “The System 10 Pro is already set up to work in the frequency band that many theatrical applications will soon have to move to. In that way, the System 10 Pro future-proofs the school’s theatrical department.” Instructors say the students also like the clarity of the sound, the lack of feedback, its durability and easy operation.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame chose Ampeg amplifiers for its new outdoor stage and beer garden.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame chose Ampeg amplifiers for its new outdoor stage and beer garden.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Selects Ampeg for Outdoor Stage

Debi Moen
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CLEVELAND - During this past summer, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame installed a large outdoor performance stage and beer garden for local and national artists to perform as part of the Summer Jam sessions and Summer in the City concert series. In assembling backline for the new stage, the Hall team sought a bass amplifier that represented rock 'n' roll: the Ampeg SVT. "Ampeg is a legendary rock 'n' roll brand, so it's especially appropriate for the Hall of Fame, and we had a connection to Ampeg through (musician) Will Lee," says the Hall of Fame's Steve Dobo.

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