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Show Production Basics

Subject : performing-arts
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  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. True






2. (1953) - 1st wireless microphone available to the public developed by Shure






3. Time; Acoustics; Microphones & Placement; Stage Volume; Condition & Level of Gear






4. Random noise that is at equal energy at all frequencies






5. Speakers and other audio equipment suspended in air; Provides better sight lines and allows for larger crowds by freeing up space; Reason for strict weight limits and safety requirements






6. False






7. 20 Hz - 100 Hz






8. 'Wrote the book' on practically all aspects of loudspeaker component and horn design; Most speaker systems today rely on this technology; Began as Western Electric






9. Shop Technician --> System Technician --> System Engineer --> Band Engineer






10. AFL; On the Mix OUTS the Cue or Solo Button is an example






11. British physicist and writer involved in the development of key patents in wireless telegraphy; Also improved loudspeaker with nonmagnetic spacers to keep the air gap between the inner and outer poles of a moving coil transducer






12. Mixing console used in course of instruction; 40 channels; 8 Subgroups; 8 AUX Sends; 4 Matrix Outputs; Input sections on right and left and master section in middle






13. Microphones -> Mic Cables -> Subsnakes -> Splitter -> Monitor Fanout -> Console -> EQ Rack (Mix Inserts) -> EQ -> Console -> Mix Outs -> Amp Racks -> Multiple Monitor Wedges






14. Usually located in the rear of the house or in the balcony; Houses technicians who complete any music or sound effects






15. Mix Coherence and Individuality of Instruments - High Level of SNR in Microphones - All Instruments Leaving Sound System at Same Time - Be Fluent in the Most Basic Reinforcement Concepts - Helping the Performer in Any Way Via Sound - Constantly Impro






16. Mix Coherence and Individuality of Instruments - High Level of SNR in Microphones - All Instruments Leaving Sound System at Same Time - Be Fluent in the Most Basic Reinforcement Concepts - Helping the Performer in Any Way Via Sound - Constantly Impro






17. 1st U.S. President to have speeches publicized via loudspeaker to large crowds






18. Hired by the artist; Negotiates salary with and mixes the artist






19. 1st stage of protection; Prevents damage to sound system by limiting and/or compressing overall ouput






20. Major loss in dB






21. Operates just like a dynamic loudspeaker except it has no cone; Small diaphragm couples into a flared horn






22. Processing needed to run the sound system (EQ - Limiter - Crossover)






23. Latin word meaning 'a place of hearing'






24. Best to keep drive and effects racks separate to avoid confusion






25. True






26. The standard in live sound reinforcement for both digital and analog shows






27. EQ -> Limiter -> Crossover






28. Patched into EFFECTS / AUXILIARY SENDS






29. Attempt to emulate the singer's manners and techniques as much as possible






30. 1st actual device in signal flow; Attenuation device






31. Semicircular; Acts as a natural acoustic amplifier






32. From the Monitor Desk; Monitors that are located behind the artist and pointed downstage to cover area that cannot be covered by the floor wedges on the front line






33. 1st to use a foldback monitor system at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium in 1961






34. False






35. Package tours and the Motown Era created the need for these in the 1950's






36. Used when a production dictates that a console would exceed the number of channels available in a given frame; Smaller frame that usually






37. Developed first microphone; Telephone transmitter invented for Alexander Graham Bell in 1876; Patented the first flat disc gramophone






38. The oldest sound company in the world; Began by offering clients audio advertising to recover from the Wall Street crash






39. 'Wrote the book' on practically all aspects of loudspeaker component and horn design; Most speaker systems today rely on this technology; Began as Western Electric






40. Introduced the trapezoidal arrayable loudspeaker cabinet in 1980






41. Console; Assignments; VCA; Subgroups; Mutegroups; FX; Setting Up Units; Assigning AUX; Double-Checking of Dynamic Patches; EQ; Mic Placement






42. This button will route aux sends to group master






43. Presidential Republican Convention (Chicago - IL)






44. The angle between an incoming wave and an imaginary line drawn perpendicular to the surface of the new medium






45. Package tours and the Motown Era created the need for these in the 1950's






46. FOH






47. Mixes for the audience






48. Too far away inside the sound will be diffused






49. The standard in live sound reinforcement for both digital and analog shows






50. Audience microphones that can be lowered during performance and brought up for clapping - hoots - etc.