A whole lot of line arrays have appeared over the past decade, to the point that nearly all sound reinforcement manufacturers have a version, with the latest trend being compact boxes to either fill a club or augment larger systems in arenas. Mix surveyed the field of recent introductions to help break down the choices, and, because it is touring season, we’ve steered clear of columnar systems in favor of larger touring packages. Please visit the company Websites for more detailed descriptions.
At Winter NAMM 2014, Yamaha introduced its new generation of MG Mixer Series at the 2014 NAMM Show. Yamaha MG Mixers (MSRP: $129 to $929) will ship in the first quarter of 2014. The redesigned MG Series provides compact, cost-effective and great sounding solutions for installations, recording or live settings. Ten models incorporate technologies originally developed for high-end professional mixers, including studio-quality preamps, powerful digital signal processing and rugged, reliable construction.
At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Waves Audio showed its eMotion Mixer for SoundGrid systems, which it recently introduced: the emotions LV1 for live sound front-of-house and monitor applications, and eMotion Studio, for recording, mixing and post-production facilities. eMotion is designed to integrate seamlessly with Waves SoundGrid-compatible I/Os.
HK Audio announced the E 110 Sub AS ($1,299.99 street price) at Winter NAMM 2014, a new bi-amplified subwoofer in the company's modular and reconfigurable Elements portable line array series. The E 110 Sub AS packs two 600-watt Class-D power amps into one portable 2x10-inch subwoofer, allowing it to power an Elements passive E 110 Sub in addition to up to four Elements series E435 (or two E835) midrange/high units, in order to offer a more powerful setup with fewer components in a smaller footprint.
Peavey Electronics in Meridian, Miss., released the RBN 215 Sub and RBN 112 powered speaker enclosures at Winter NAMM 2014. These 1,500-watt speakers are designed for installations or portable applications, and driven by highly efficient power amps designed specifically for powered speaker enclosures.
Peavey Electronics in Meridian, Miss., announces new additions to its PV Series of mixing consoles offering non‐powered mixer performance with state‐of‐the‐art features for live or studio applications: the PV 6, PV 6 BT, PV 10 BT and PV 14 BT consoles.
At Winter NAMM 2014, Harman’s JBL Professional announced the latest addition to its EON portable loudspeakers with the new EON600 Series, which uses JBL’s advanced waveguide technology and proprietary transducers, promising to bring the quality of high-end studio monitors to a highly flexible, easy-to-use P.A. system.
At Winter NAMM 2014, Harman’s JBL Professional announced the VRX Line Array Calculator (LAC) for its VRX Constant Curvature Series loudspeakers. The VRX LAC offers an accurate and easy-to-learn design tool that allows configuration of VRX systems prior to deployment.
Since its introduction in late 2006, Meyer Sound’s Constellation system has found a home in high-end performing arts centers, houses of worship, theaters, museums, and more, including a recent installation at Jazz at Lincoln Center in midtown Manhattan. But a little more than a year ago, the company generated some buzz around a rather unique install in downtown Berkeley, Calif., at a Oaxacan-themed restaurant named Comal.
The Bowery Ballroom has been open in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for the past 15 years. Operating under the aegis of Northeastern concert-promotion and venue management company The Bowery Presents, and with a capacity of 550, The Bowery Ballroom is selling out shows every week, presenting up-and-coming indie rock bands alongside the likes of Arcade Fire, The Pixies and Yoko Ono. In July, the readers of Rolling Stone magazine named the Bowery Ballroom one of the 10 best live music venues in the U.S., citing its “consistently great sound and sight lines.”
In this interview with Sean O'Connell, the CEO and founder of Music Allies and Creative Allies in Asheville, N.C., we catch up with the ongoing and expanded reach of Radio Bonnaroo, now in its 10th year at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the festival's HayBale Studios on-site recording studio.
For the better part of 2013, The Killers—singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, guitarist David Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer, and drummer Ronnie Vannucci—have been on the road in the U.S. and Europe playing arenas, stadiums and theaters in support of their 2012 release, Battle Born.
ATK Audiotek of Valencia, Calif. (atkaudiotek.com), recently revamped the American Idol set at CBS Television City in Hollywood with JBL Professional loudspeakers. “We had to accommodate a number of needs for the new set,” explains Pat Baltzell, sound designer for American Idol.
Steel Pulse made its U.S. debut at 9:30 Club on the night of Bob Marley’s funeral, and it was broadcast worldwide. Dylan played there two nights in 1997 as he was receiving his Kennedy Center Honor. The Beastie Boys, after a five-year hiatus, returned to the stage at 9:30. Cyndi Lauper, the Fleshtones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World, Fugazi, Adele…they all have put on memorable performances at 9:30.
If you read Mix’s December 2012 cover story on recording Celine Dion, you know that the pop chanteuse is quite particular and demanding when it comes to being able to hear herself in the studio. The same is true in concert, and it has taken a lot of trial and error, spearheaded by Dion’s monitor engineer, Francois Lalonde (pictured)—who also happens to be her vocal recording engineer—to perfect their current live monitoring setup.
WARREN HELLMAN'S MUSICAL GIFT TO SAN FRANCISCO
Designed by theater architect Thomas W. Lamb as a Vaudeville house and movie theater, the 1,800-seat Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. opened in 1926 and has endured over the decades as an entertainment venue in various incarnations. As a performance space in the early 1970s it became a major East Coast rock venue, attracting The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Santana, Eric Clapton and Traffic.
Anda Union Engineer Tim Pearce on miking the horse-head fiddle: “The horse-head fiddle is like a smaller, two-stringed version of the cello. One of the main problems I had using a mic on a stand [on this instrument] is that they are so energetic—it was impossible to keep them close to the mic."
The new Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas is a multiroom venue that has already hosted artists such as Nicki Minaj, Akon, Cee Lo Green, LL Cool J and others. Space is divided between the Gallery room, dance floor and the Pussycat Dolls Lounge for a total capacity of 1,000. R2W Inc. (Las Vegas) designed and installed the audio system, which includes more than 90 JBL AE Series and Control Contractor Series speakers, all powered by Crown amps.
Justin Hess has been mixing Lucero’s live sound for three years, and he’s seen the group go from a four-piece roots rock group to their current incarnation as an eight-piece Memphis soul band, adding keyboards, pedal steel and horns. The increase in sonic volume and dimension has also led to a growing fan base.
The Moody Theater, where Austin City Limits relocated almost a year ago, has won Pollstar’s award for Best New Venue 2012. Working with BOKA Powell Architecture, veteran acoustician Steven Durr designed the house and studio facilities with the experience of the audience and performers in mind.
BB King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Keb Mo and many others come to the White House in a celebration of the blues. Take a look inside the rehearsals and hear what artists had to say about being at the White House and the magic that is blues music.
Last month, the Flaming Lips visited Bimbo’s 365 (San Francisco) as part of the regional Noisepop festival. FOH engineer Chris Chandler had to pare down the band’s usually extensive equipment package, yet managed to reproduce the Lips’ big sound in a relatively small space.