Live: QSC Control of Stadium Audio

May 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Home of the NFL Detroit Lions, Ford Field recently installed a QSC Q-Sys integrated system platform (two Q-Sys Core 3000 main frames and 27 Q-Sys I/O frames) to replace the original system, which was a mixture of analog and networked digital audio using a variety of processors and technology. Durrell Sports Audio handled the system redesign, which occurred just three weeks prior to the 2010 National College Hockey League Playoffs. ...

Live: New York City Theater Goes 5.1

May 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Last year, The Victory Theater’s audio system (originally installed in 1995) began to show its age. The theater’s director of production, David Jensen, consulted with Anthony Nittoli (principal designer with Akustiks, LLC), who had supervised the ’95 install. Says Jensen, “Anthony maintained his consultant relationship with the theater over the years, and I was fortunate to ‘inherit’ him when I came onboard in 2001. In addition to performing annual systems service, he has also used the new Victory as a lab for systems testing. He knows this venue better than anyone.” ...

Get It Live Over the Web

May 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

True, many mid-level bands find themselves on 200-plus-dates-a-year tours, finding that ticket sales and merch provide the majority of their income. But with ever-increasing ticket prices—not to mention the soaring cost of fuel—is this traditional touring model really able to keep the cash flow coming in? Factor in that an artist just can’t hit all of the spots across the map on their tour; it’s just not feasible. So why not tackle both issues with one fell swoop—stream your concert, online, in high-resolution audio and video to a much larger, global audience. ...

Live: Blues Travelers Deliver to Fans

Mar 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

It began as nightly recordings for archival purposes; for the past couple of years Blues Traveler has been offering concert fans a high-quality recording they can take home after the gig. But for FOH engineer Adam Fortin, who has been with the band since 2006, finding the right combination of gear to get the best multitrack recordings with some digital consoles has been a challenge....

Live: Bowery Boston Upgrades

Mar 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

The Bowery Presents—with assistance from Scorpio Sound Systems—recently retrofitted its Boston venue with a new state-of-the-art sound system, which includes a d&b P.A and Avid Profile boards at both front of house and monitors....

FixIt: Cinematic Orchestra Monitor Engineer Paul Hatt

Mar 1, 2011

The Cinematic Orchestra usually uses wedge monitors, but for the Royal Albert Hall performance, almost all the bandmembers had to use in-ears, and we used wedges for the guest vocalists, supporting acts and as a general backup, along with some spot monitoring for the conductor and some sections of the London Metropolitan Orchestra. I took eight returns...

Get That Guitar!

Feb 1, 2011, By Pete Keppler

The sheer number of different amps, amp simulators, direct-input systems and acoustic pickups on the market today for guitar is pretty staggering—probably not that far from the number of musicians who are out there actually plugging into it all. In the world of guitar amps alone, dozens of boutique companies have sprung up in the past 10 to 20 years, not to mention the major manufacturers that keep cranking out new models every year and bringing out various re-issues of their classic amps from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. With so much gear out there, the quest for a killer guitar tone in your live mix may seem a little daunting. It will take a bit of experimentation, but assuming your player has settled on a rig that they’re comfortable with onstage, it’s relatively easy to zero in on your options and make a choice for the best method of capturing that sound. ...

FixIt: Flyleaf FOH Engineer Rich Caldwell

Feb 1, 2011

Flyleaf originally wanted a recording truck or mobile setup to come out, but we felt confident that we could capture the audio ourselves and then just hand them a hard drive of the whole tour. Using existing budget, we purchased a Pro Tools HD rig and added a MADI-to-Digilink interface. That instantly turned the [Soundcraft Vi6] desk into a 64-track mobile studio with full virtual soundcheck capability....

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