Front Of House November 2012 : Cover

“Frankenstorm” Shuts Broadway, Crane Haunts Carnegie, BeneÛt Concert Raises $23M NEW YORK — With tropical/winter hy-brid storm Sandy inundating NYC mass transit with a surge of seawater, the Broad-way League, representing 40 theaters in the city, opted to pull the plug on performances Tuesday, Oct. 30, extending the shutdown that kept stages dark Sunday, Oct. 28 and Monday, Oct. 29. Among the cancelled productions for all three days: Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, Once and Mama Mia! and of-Broadway shows including Stomp, Bad Jews, Disgraced and Golden Child . The closings were not unprecedented — the threat posed by Hurricane Irene in August 2011, remembered now as largely a false alarm, also led to a near-total shut-down of Broadway productions, including Saturday shows. The only silver lining to Sandy’s much-bigger impact is that the storm closings included a Monday, when much of Broadway is dark anyway. The storm, dubbed by some as “Fran-kenstorm” both for its freakish combina-tion of tropical and winter storm elements and its late October arrival, created night-marish scenarios for Halloween-themed events along with havoc for suppliers to the industry from Washington DC to Bos-ton and extending as far inland as the Great Lakes. Sandy’s reach extended even farther for anyone in the industry attempting to fy to the Northeast — more than 18,000 fights were reported cancelled. While most of Broadway’s theatres re-opened Oct. 31, Carnegie Hall was haunted by a ghoulish spectre left in Sandy’s wake — a broken and dangling rooftop crane atop a luxury high-rise building across the street. City ofcials restricted access to the venue and cut of power as a safety precau-tion. By late Nov. 4, the damaged crane had been swiveled, lashed and secured suf-ciently to re-open all but the northern lane of 57th Street. But the combined efects of the storm continued on page 5 PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. NOVEMBER 2012 Vol. 11 No.2 MDNA Tour: A Quest for Perfection Steve JenningS Product Hits from AES The quest to deliver studio-polished sound to huge crowds in live, raw, real-world settings may seem impossible, but the Eighth Day Sound crew backing Madonna’s MDNA tour is up for the challenge. The M.O. for FOH engineer Tim Colvard and system tech Mark Brnich (pictured above), monitor engineers Sean Spuehler and Matt Napier and the rest of the crew includes d&b audiotechnik speakers and subs, DiGiCo SD7s at FOH and monitors, Shure and Sennheiser mics and lengthy sound checks before each show. For more, turn to Production Profle, page 34. OCA Alliance Incorporates, Promotes Open Standards, Industry Membership SAN FRANCISCO — The Open Control Architecture (OCA) Alliance, the industry collective developing a media networking system control standard for professional applications, announced that it has been ofcially incorporated as a non-proft trade association. The incorporation represents the lat-est milestone for the Alliance, which was founded in June 2011 to develop a stan-dardized control and monitoring architec-ture for professional media networks. Since its founding, the Alliance has moved rapidly, releasing initial technical documents to its Observer members in October of 2011 and the complete OCA 1.0 Specifcation to the Observers in May of 2012. The Specifcation now stands at Re-lease 1.1. Coincident with its incorpora-tion, the Alliance has placed the entire continued on page 12 During a wild week where the SF Giants won the World Series and hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, AES re-turned to San Francisco. George Petersen reports on the most interesting product developments from a live sound perspec-tive. For the full report, turn to page 30. 2012 Parnelli Awards Honor The Industry’s Best LAS VEGAS — The 2012 Parnelli Awards, “Disney Rigger” Rocky Paulson welcomed Bra-held at the Mirage Las Vegas Oct. 20, honored nam and his family to the stage, for whom the gala celebration served as the ulti-Lifetime Achievement award win-mate retirement party. ner Charlie Hernandez, Audio In-The evening oscillated between novator Dave Shadoan, Visionary sincerity and hilarity, with Shadoan, Award winner Joe Branam and two for example, expressing heartfelt dozen others who have helped de-gratitude for his late partner, Ross fne the world of live event produc-Ritto, then taking some time to tion as we know it today. share with the audience some au-Hosted by Cory Wells of Three thentic roadie vernacular. Shadoan Dog Night fame, surprise guests also received video tributes from Billy Squier and Jake Berry also took Dave Shadoan, Patrick Jason Mraz, Sting and Brad Paisley. the stage to honor Hernandez, who Stansfeld and Charlie For more on the awards show expressed his gratitude to a long Hernandez at the gala. roster of fellow roadies before making a stirring and full list of winners, turn to the Parnelli Awards call to action to help the less fortunate. Fellow 2012 wrap-up feature starting on page 26. Installations 38 Center, and, on page 44, a look inside the Pike PAC in Indianapolis. A preview of the $63 million SFJAZZ Road Tests 45 GLD-80 and Countryman’s H6 Headset Mic (page 46). This month we check out Allen & Heath’s www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

2012 Parnelli Awards Honor The Industry’s Best

LAS VEGAS — The 2012 Parnelli Awards, held at the Mirage Las Vegas Oct. 20, honored Lifetime Achievement award winner Charlie Hernandez, Audio Innovator Dave Shadoan, Visionary Award winner Joe Branam and two dozen others who have helped defne the world of live event production as we know it today.<br /> <br /> Hosted by Cory Wells of Three Dog Night fame, surprise guests Billy Squier and Jake Berry also took the stage to honor Hernandez, who expressed his gratitude to a long roster of fellow roadies before making a stirring call to action to help the less fortunate. Fellow “Disney Rigger” Rocky Paulson welcomed Branam and his family to the stage, for whom the gala celebration served as the ultimate retirement party.<br /> <br /> The evening oscillated between sincerity and hilarity, with Shadoan, for example, expressing heartfelt gratitude for his late partner, Ross Ritto, then taking some time to share with the audience some authentic roadie vernacular. Shadoan also received video tributes from Jason Mraz, Sting and Brad Paisley.<br /> <br /> For more on the awards show and full list of winners, turn to the Parnelli Awards 2012 wrap-up feature starting on page 26.

“Frankenstorm” Shuts Broadway, Crane Haunts Carnegie, Benefit Concert Raises $23M

NEW YORK — With tropical/winter hybrid storm Sandy inundating NYC mass transit with a surge of seawater, the Broadway League, representing 40 theaters in the city, opted to pull the plug on performances Tuesday, Oct. 30, extending the shutdown that kept stages dark Sunday, Oct. 28 and Monday, Oct. 29.<br /> <br /> Among the cancelled productions for all three days: Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, Once and Mama Mia! and of-Broadway shows including Stomp, Bad Jews, Disgraced and Golden Child.<br /> <br /> The closings were not unprecedented — the threat posed by Hurricane Irene in August 2011, remembered now as largely a false alarm, also led to a near-total shutdown of Broadway productions, including Saturday shows. The only silver lining to Sandy’s much-bigger impact is that the storm closings included a Monday, when much of Broadway is dark anyway.<br /> <br /> The storm, dubbed by some as “Frankenstorm” both for its freakish combination of tropical and winter storm elements and its late October arrival, created nightmarish scenarios for Halloween-themed events along with havoc for suppliers to the industry from Washington DC to Boston and extending as far inland as the Great Lakes.<br /> <br /> Sandy’s reach extended even farther for anyone in the industry attempting to fly to the Northeast — more than 18,000 fights were reported cancelled.<br /> <br /> While most of Broadway’s theatres reopened Oct. 31, Carnegie Hall was haunted by a ghoulish spectre left in Sandy’s wake — a broken and dangling rooftop crane atop a luxury high-rise building across the street.<br /> <br /> City officials restricted access to the venue and cut of power as a safety precaution. By late Nov. 4, the damaged crane had been swiveled, lashed and secured sufficiently to re-open all but the northern lane of 57th Street.<br /> <br /> But the combined effects of the storm and crane mishap forced Carnegie Hall to cancel, reschedule or relocate all of its planned performances from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7, including appearances by the Tokyo String Quartet, Jadranka Jovanovic, Idina Menzel, Lang Lang, Andrea Griminelli and the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, among others.<br /> <br /> A Red Cross fundraising benefit concert, Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, featuring New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, Staten Island native Christina Aguilera and Long Island native Billy Joel, among others, aired Nov. 2 at 8 pm (EST) on NBC-affliated stations, cable networks and websites. The telethon/webathon event raised close to $23 million in a four-hour span.

OCA Alliance Incorporates, Promotes Open Standards, Industry Membership

SAN FRANCISCO — The Open Control Architecture (OCA) Alliance, the industry collective developing a media networking system control standard for professional applications, announced that it has been officially incorporated as a non-profit trade association.<br /> <br /> The incorporation represents the latest milestone for the Alliance, which was founded in June 2011 to develop a standardized control and monitoring architecture for professional media networks.<br /> <br /> Since its founding, the Alliance has moved rapidly, releasing initial technical documents to its Observer members in October of 2011 and the complete OCA 1.0 Specification to the Observers in May of 2012.<br /> <br /> The Specification now stands at Release 1.1. Coincident with its incorporation, the Alliance has placed the entire Release 1.1 Specification on its public website, oca-alliance.com, for free download.<br /> <br /> In the coming months, the Alliance will transfer the Specification to a public standards organization for ratification as an official open public standard, free for all to use. After that, the Alliance will actively support the standards-making process, and will at the same time promote and support the adoption of OCA as a tool for the professional media systems industry.<br /> <br /> “Incorporation represents another major step forward in the creation of a robust, feature-rich media networking control solution,” said Terry Holton, senior manager, Product Planning at Yamaha’s R&D Center. “We are making significant progress, with excellent participation from all our founding member companies.”<br /> <br /> In its new role as a trade association, the Alliance invites all interested companies to join. Alliance founders include Bosch Communications Systems, d&b audiotechnik, Duran Audio, Loud Technologies, Media Technology Systems, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Salzbrenner StageTec Mediagroup, TC Group, and Yamaha Commercial Audio.

MDNA Tour: A Quest for Perfection

The quest to deliver studio-polished sound to huge crowds in live, raw, real-world settings may seem impossible, but the Eighth Day Sound crew backing Madonna’s MDNA tour is up for the challenge. The M.O. for FOH engineer Tim Colvard and system tech Mark Brnich (pictured above), monitor engineers Sean Spuehler and Matt Napier and the rest of the crew includes d&b audiotechnik speakers and subs, DiGiCo SD7s at FOH and monitors, Shure and Sennheiser mics and lengthy sound checks before each show. For more, turn to Production Profle.

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