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Live Mixing Know-how from Buford Jones, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles wraps up his talk with Buford Jones, tour liaison manager with Meyer Sound, about mixing live sound at the front-of-house console. Jones discusses controlling monitor levels during sound checks and live performances, and he comments on various instruments that are challenging to mix in live sound. He also stresses the importance of good communication between FOH mixers and the artists with whom they work.
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Inside Summer NAMM 2014, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles wraps up his talk with Pete Johnston, supervising producer and technical director of special events for the National Association of Music Merchants. Johnston goes into the details of what he does while the Summer NAMM show is in progress, coordinating all of the technical elements on intercom, on radio and on foot. He also explains what it’s like working with well-known performers doing sound checks in the early morning and working with a new Clear-Com system.
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Live Mixing Know-how from Buford Jones, Part 1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Buford Jones, tour liaison manager with Meyer Sound, about mixing live sound at the front-of-house console. Jones’ live sound mixing career spans decades and he has mixed with the world’s top musical performers. They discuss setting up an initial house mix, working with poor room acoustics and how techniques have changed for mixing on today’s linear, low-distortion PA systems. He also comments on mistakes he sees most frequently made by inexperienced FOH sound people.
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Inside Summer NAMM 2014, Part 1

Show 109-1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Pete Johnston, supervising producer and technical director of special events for the National Association of Music Merchants. Johnston describes the preparation for the Summer NAMM show at Nashville’s Music City Center including the acoustics environment and how it compares with Anaheim’s Pacific Ballroom, the site of the Winter NAMM show. He also discusses the process of sound checks with performers prior to the show.
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Projection Training at InfoComm

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Erica Strickland, training manager for the Americas at Digital Projection. Strickland previews her InfoComm education sessions on Understanding and Designing Warp and Blend Applications and Solid State Illumination and Projection Technology 101. She also discusses color degradation in some projectors over time and periodic projector evaluation and calibration.
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Turnkey Acoustics for the Winter NAMM Show

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Eric Geer of GeerFab Acoustics in Milwaukee. Geer discusses his project to make the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom sound right for the Winter NAMM show and the showcase TEC Awards. He details his use of MultiZorber acoustic panel to cut sound reflections and make the job of sound mixing in the room more manageable. He also outlines his plans to do the same for the Summer NAMM show in Nashville’s Music City Center.
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Audio at the Musical Instrument Museum, Part 1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Jerry Delgado of Sennheiser about the installation of the K-array Anakonda speaker array to solve a front fill problem in the theater at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Delgado describes the house sound coverage challenge that led him to demo the Anakonda for front fill in the theater. The venue is host to a huge variety of musical performances and their audiences. The Anakonda evenly spread sound over the first few rows of seats while appearing to be part of the stage architecture.
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Behind-the-scenes of eTown Hall and Recording Studio, Part 1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics about the construction and sound system installation for eTown Hall in Boulder, Co. The venue is home to a weekly eTown music show recorded before a live audience and broadcast on NPR, public and commercial radio stations nationwide. Equipped with a separate recording studio and offices, the facility is one of the most Green in the country, complete with solar panels. In part one, Berkow outlines the construction and acoustic installation on the project.
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Chicago Field Museum of Natural History’s James Simpson Theater, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles goes into more detail with Megan Henninger on the new sound system installed by Clearwing Productions in the James Simpson Theater at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. Megan describes running the speaker wiring and how they used the L-Acoustics LA Network Manager software to set up and ring out the speaker system. She also has some interesting comments on how the small 5XT speakers were concealed along the front edge of the stage.
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Behind the National Quartet Convention Feed, Part 1

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Nic Dugger, owner of Tennessee Digital Video (TNDV) in Nashville about how the company handled sound recording, intercom, IMAG and broadcast feeds for the National Quartet Convention held at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. TNDV brought its Aspiration video truck and the new audio truck, Vibration to the event.

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The SVC Blogcast encompasses the podcasts Houses of Worship AV, Corporate AV, and Networked AV. In the Houses of Worship AV podcast, ministers of media, sound, lighting and video experts, and technology manufacturers share best practices and installation secrets. Corporate AV focuses on audiovisual installation within corporate environments such as boardrooms, meeting rooms, training centers, and corporate lobbies. Networked AV covers the challenges of moving professional audio, video, and control signals across the entire signal distribution chain from source to destination.

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