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Subject : performing-arts
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1. False






2. Founded in 1979 in Southern california and acquired accounts of Black Flag - Pearl Jam - The Cult - Beck - and Red Hot Chili Peppers






3. Primary purpose is to send signal to additional sound systems






4. Up to 168 pins; Large output connectors on the end of the snake






5. Usualluy always RED; Numbered; Used for return signal and communication






6. P/A






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






8. 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






9. Verification that all the cables for mics & amplies are connected and sending signal properly






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






11. Typically contains 4 amplifiers on average (Max = 6);






12. Introduced the trapezoidal arrayable loudspeaker cabinet in 1980






13. 1st stage of protection; Prevents damage to sound system by limiting and/or compressing overall ouput






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






15. Founded by Jim Gamble and Jim Chase in Hermosa Beach - CA in 1972; Clients included Grand Funk Railroad & Boston






16. Presidential Republican Convention (Chicago - IL)






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






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






19. From the FOH; Used in addition or instead of an apron fill to cover audience members seated under or below the FOH speaker clusters






20. Developed by George Lucas and Thomlinson Holman; Debuted with the film 'Return of the Jedi'; Proprietary electronic crossover network and rigorous audio equipment specifications and performance standards






21. Splitter Box; Main Snake; Fan Outs






22. Real Time Analyzer; Wired at the CUE OUTS






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






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






25. This button will route aux sends to group master






26. Founded by Jim Gamble and Jim Chase in Hermosa Beach - CA in 1972; Clients included Grand Funk Railroad & Boston






27. Meyer Sound; The first self-powered - high-level sound reinforcement loudspeaker (1240 watts)






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






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






30. This button will route aux sends to group master






31. 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






32. From the FOH; Covers audience members seated behind the stage






33. Contains fan outputs from stage - fan outs from effects - and fan outs to drive racks; Interface can stay plugged into console jacks






34. Stage area to the rear of stage performers that is furthest away from the audience






35. Vocals --> (Basic Rhythm) Kick - Snare - Hat --> Primary Instruments --> Toms - FX - etc.






36. 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






37. Contains fan outputs from stage - fan outs from effects - and fan outs to drive racks; Interface can stay plugged into console jacks






38. Debuted at the George Strait Country Music Festival in 1999






39. In live performance this is the reference mix that the engineer uses; In studio recording it is the mix in the artist's headphones; One of the engineer's most valuable tools; Post outboard EQ and Mix Master Faders






40. 1st stage of protection; Prevents damage to sound system by limiting and/or compressing overall ouput






41. Microphones -> Mic Cables -> Subsnakes -> Splitter -> House Main Snake (Fanout/Console/FX Rack/ Drive Rack/Return Lines (Fanout) -> Main Snake -> Splitter -> Drive Lines -> Amp Racks -> Speaker Cabinets






42. Patched into EFFECTS / AUXILIARY SENDS






43. Stage area to the rear of stage performers that is furthest away from the audience






44. Works in house at live music venues to maintain audio systems; Generally entry-level positions; Most begin working monitors; May or may not get to mix for opening artists






45. Setting the levels to get the best signal transfer through a console; Always start with the stereo bus - channel and monitor faders set to 0dB (Unity Gain) then adjust preamp for initial volume






46. Founded in 1967 in Lititz - PA and had accounts with Elvis Presley - Elton John - Yes - Fleetwood Mac - KISS - Queen - and The Moody Blues






47. Splitter Box; Main Snake; Fan Outs






48. Polar Patterns; Sensitivity of Microphones; Placement of Microphones ~ The goal is to decrease ambient noise and only amplify the desired signal






49. True






50. False