FRONT of HOUSE September 2012 : Cover

Freakish Weather, Isaac Play Havoc with Summer Shows NEW ORLEANS — Wind and rain from Hurricane Isaac forced a wave of concert cancellations in late August and over La-bor Day weekend as remnants of the storm moved inland. Although 2012 wasn’t the worst year on record for named storms from the At-lantic — thanks partly to better infrastruc-ture, Isaac wasn’t nearly as costly as Katrina in 2005 — freakish weather has cancelled a number of events this summer. By causing a wave of airport closures, Isaac nixed performances ranging from the Chicago/Kool & the Gang show Aug. 31 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre to the Aug. 30 show featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band at Santa Monica Pier. (Six of the band’s eight performers were stuck in New Orleans.) Isaac’s meandering uncertainty also led to the cancellation of many Aug. 27 gigs at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, including Lynyrd Skynyrd’s show. The Southern rockers also had to pull the plug Aug. 31 in Memphis as Isaac soaked drought-scorched inland areas. Thunderstorms cancelled The Band Per-ry’s Sept. 1 gig at the Maryland State Fair and also their opening gig for Brad Paisley at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas Aug. 18. “This was our frst rainout, ever,” noted Kevin Freeman, Brad Paisley’s longtime pro-duction manager and FOH engineer. PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. SEPTEMBER 2012 Vol. 10 No.12 Blues Brothers Go Digital Hanging Microphones Mackie Launches DLM Speaker Line SEATTLE — Musically, this is a town that has seen it all, from Jimi Hendrix to the grunge movement of the 1980s and 1990s to today’s diversity of new music in every genre. But on August 27, when a popular downtown club is packed with audio press and industry pros on a Monday afternoon, something big is going on. And that was the launch of Mackie’s new DLM series speakers. “With the launch of our DL1608 mixer, 2012 has been a massively exciting year,” says Mackie senior VP John Boudreau. “It was nearly 15 years ago that we embraced the powered loudspeaker with the SRM 450. In 2012, Mackie continues to advance live sound technology with the DLM series, an innovative, no-compromise powered loud-speaker line that features all-new Mackie TruSource technology, integrated digital mixing and processing and 2,000 watts of power in the most compact design — ever” Three models are ofered: the two-way DLM8 ($699/street) and $999 DLM12, and the $849 DLM12S single-12 subwoofer — both with onboard DSP, 2-channel mixing and a kickstand for foor monitor duties. These full-range boxes have high out-put 8-or 12-inch TruSource drivers with a common-magnet, 1.75-inch compression driver for point-source performance and molded PC-ABS cabinets that are stack-able, fyable or pole-mounted. The com-panion DLM12 subwoofer has a compact poplar ply cabinet. All have onboard 2,000 Class-D amplifcation and shipping is slat-ed for late October. For more, see “Tech Preview,” page 30. The Blue Brothers Revue wrapped up its summer touring leg before going out again in the fall, with production manager/FOH mixer Bill Girdwood at the helm of a Roland M480 console, digital snake system and M48 personal cue mixers. Girdwood found the compact system ideal for touring and providing a big sound from the 10 musicians and performers onstage. For the full story, turn to page 26. Used in an overhead application, wheth-er for speech, theater, orchestra or choir re-inforcement — an unobtrusive appearance is often highly desirable in hanging micro-phones. We surveyed a selection of what’s available and found a bounty of models that combine excellent performance in a stealth design. Check out this month’s Buy-ers Guide, which starts on page 32. Road Tests 34 Parnelli Host and Hometown Finalists Named, Voting Begins! LAS VEGAS — Cory Wells of Three Dog Night w i l l host the 12 th annual Parnelli Awards gala, set for Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Las Vegas. ( For full details, see story, page 5.) The six regional winners/ North American fnalists for the 2012 Hometown Hero Award contest have also been chosen by FRONT of HOUSE readers ( profles begin on page 40 ). And the names of all the other individuals and companies on the ofcial 2012 Parnelli Awards Ballot ( page 39 ) are based on nominations made by FOH readers last month. The Parnelli ballot is also online at www. parnelliawards.com, and voting has begun! Named for world-class production and tour manager, the late Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien, who worked with Queen among many other top acts, the Parnelli awards were founded 12 years ago to honor companies, individuals and products that have demonstrated excellence in the live produc-tion industry. continued on page 5 Steve Savanyu eyes the M50Q HDSP+ETH from Powersoft and, on page 35, Evan Hooton tests StageSource speakers and the StageScape M20d mixer from Line 6. Theory and Practice 48 Steve La Cerra, who ofers tips on the proper care and feeding of microphones. We use (and abuse) mics every day, says www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

Freakish Weather, Isaac Play Havoc with Summer Shows

NEW ORLEANS — Wind and rain from Hurricane Isaac forced a wave of concert cancellations in late August and over Labor Day weekend as remnants of the storm moved inland.

Although 2012 wasn’t the worst year on record for named storms from the Atlantic — thanks partly to better infrastructure, Isaac wasn’t nearly as costly as Katrina in 2005 — freakish weather has cancelled a number of events this summer.

By causing a wave of airport closures, Isaac nixed performances ranging from the Chicago/Kool & the Gang show Aug. 31 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre to the Aug. 30 show featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band at Santa Monica Pier. (Six of the band’s eight performers were stuck in New Orleans.)

Isaac’s meandering uncertainty also led to the cancellation of many Aug. 27 gigs at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, including Lynyrd Skynyrd’s show. The Southern rockers also had to pull the plug Aug. 31 in Memphis as Isaac soaked drought-scorched inland areas.

Thunderstorms cancelled The Band Perry’s Sept. 1 gig at the Maryland State Fair and also their opening gig for Brad Paisley at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas Aug. 18. “This was our first rainout, ever,” noted Kevin Freeman, Brad Paisley’s longtime production manager and FOH engineer.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Freakish+Weather%2C+Isaac+Play+Havoc+with+Summer+Shows/1172552/125796/article.html.

Mackie Launches DLM Speaker Line

SEATTLE — Musically, this is a town that has seen it all, from Jimi Hendrix to the grunge movement of the 1980s and 1990s to today’s diversity of new music in every genre. But on August 27, when a popular downtown club is packed with audio press and industry pros on a Monday afternoon, something big is going on. And that was the launch of Mackie’s new DLM series speakers.

“With the launch of our DL1608 mixer, 2012 has been a massively exciting year,” says Mackie senior VP John Boudreau. “It was nearly 15 years ago that we embraced the powered loudspeaker with the SRM 450. In 2012, Mackie continues to advance live sound technology with the DLM series, an innovative, no-compromise powered loudspeaker line that features all-new Mackie TruSource technology, integrated digital mixing and processing and 2,000 watts of power in the most compact design — ever”

Three models are offered: the two-way DLM8 ($699/street) and $999 DLM12, and the $849 DLM12S single-12 subwoofer — both with onboard DSP, 2-channel mixing and a kickstand for floor monitor duties. These full-range boxes have high output 8- or 12-inch TruSource drivers with a common-magnet, 1.75-inch compression driver for point-source performance and molded PC-ABS cabinets that are stackable, flyable or pole-mounted. The companion DLM12 subwoofer has a compact poplar ply cabinet. All have onboard 2,000 Class-D amplification and shipping is slated for late October.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Mackie+Launches+DLM+Speaker+Line/1172554/125796/article.html.

Parnelli Host and Hometown Finalists Named, Voting Begins!

LAS VEGAS — Cory Wells of Three Dog Night will host the 12th annual Parnelli Awards gala, set for Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Las Vegas. (For full details, see story, page 5.)

The six regional winners/ North American finalists for the 2012 Hometown Hero Award contest have also been chosen by FRONT of HOUSE readers (profiles begin on page 40). And the names of all the other individuals and companies on the official 2012 Parnelli Awards Ballot (page 39) are based on nominations made by FOH readers last month. The Parnelli ballot is also online at www. parnelliawards.com, and voting has begun!

Named for world-class production and tour manager, the late Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien, who worked with Queen among many other top acts, the Parnelli awards were founded 12 years ago to honor companies, individuals and products that have demonstrated excellence in the live production industry.

Honorees for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award (to Charlie Hernandez, profiled in this issue, page 36) and Audio Innovator (Sound Image’s Dave Shadoan, profiled next month) have already been announced, along with Parnelli Visionary award winner Joe Branam of rigging company Branam Enterprises.

Every other Parnelli Awards category is up for grabs at the moment — and ultimately dependent on YOU, the FRONT of HOUSE reader. We won’t know the winners of the more than two dozen awards categories ourselves until YOUR votes are tallied after the voting closes Sept. 30, 2012.

Another much-anticipated part of the Parnelli Awards voting is the “IT” (Indispensible Technology) awards. These spotlight new gear (launched between June 2011 and June 2012) in four categories: Audio, Lighting, Staging and Projection.

All winners will be announced during the annual Parnelli Awards ceremony and gala dinner, held the evening of October 20, 2012, at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. Last year’s event was a sellout; so get your tickets in advance at parnelliawards.com/reservations.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Parnelli+Host+and+Hometown+Finalists+Named%2C+Voting+Begins%21/1172557/125796/article.html.

JH Audio

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