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Show Production Basics

Subject : performing-arts
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1. From the Monitor Desk; Cover artists from speaker locations on the sides of the stage; Usually tri-amped systems; Stereo bus designed to manage these - but Mix SENDS can also be utilized






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






3. System for feeding one or more separate mixes to the performers for use while recording and overdubbing; Also known as a Cue Mix ~ MONITORS






4. Early form of sound reinforcement made of various materials including silver and tortoise shell






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


6. 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






7. Real Time Analyzer; Wired at the CUE OUTS






8. 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






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






10. 15 minutes






11. A mixer within a mixer that usually controls additional speaker systems






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






13. Too far away inside the sound will be diffused






14. Major loss in dB






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






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






17. Running monitors; Running house system; Communicating with the stage






18. Hired by the sound company or venue and paid salary; Set-up and maintain FOH system and often mix opening artists; Responsible for set-up - teardown - and maintenance of systems






19. Used for the Pre/Post Channel Fader






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






21. Optimum = Somewhere in the middle of the floor






22. Introduced the first moving coil speaker (loudspeaker) in 1874






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






24. False






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






26. In charge of scheduling (spaces - rehearsals - and production meetings) and coordinating stage managers for the productions






27. System for the audience; Simple left/right mix down of the artist






28. Semicircular; Acts as a natural acoustic amplifier






29. 1st U.S. President to have speeches publicized via loudspeaker to large crowds






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






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






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






33. Splits full range audio into frequencies from high end of the spectrum to the high speakers - mids to the mid speakers and lows to the low speakers






34. 1st stage of protection; Prevents damage to sound system by limiting and/or compressing overall ouput






35. large cable that hooks up to these mass connectors and carries the audio from the splitter box back to the House console area






36. Splitter Box; Main Snake; Fan Outs






37. Masks with acoustic horns in the design; High-soled shoes to help with projection; Reflective acoustic shells designed into staging; Stadium stye seating for patrons; Jars filled with different layers of ash used for sound absorption and diffusion






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






39. Covers a room from a single line of speakers over the rest of the venue saving time and labor costs; Multiple speakers hung together - either vertically or horizontally - so that they can act as one huge speaker






40. 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






41. 20 Hz - 100 Hz






42. Device used to compensate for undesired sound system characteristics or room acoustics






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






44. True






45. When the volume over the headphones is affected by the channel fader; Generally more useful on a single channel; Common for an AUX OUT to be added to this mix so the engineer can listen to the signal being sent to that aux






46. Latin word meaning 'a place of hearing'






47. Allows use of two or more consoles; 1 House & 1 Monitor; Can be wall mounted or placed in a rack; Basically a big set of Y-cables in a box; Does not belong in FOH area






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






49. Responsible for the line array technology boom; Developed the L-ACOUSTICS V-DOSC system in 1993






50. Monitors kept near the FOH engineer so proper mixing can be done during the live performance