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SPECIAL REPORT: Sound

Noises On: Fans, Color Scrollers and Live Theatre
It is perhaps the biggest bone of contention today among theatre lighting and sound designers (and, to some extent, directors, general managers, and producers): the noise created by color scrollers and moving lights. Altering a design in mid-production to combat the noise handcuffs the lighting designer’s creativity; forcing sound designers to turn up the sound to compensate for it kills the live experience. Who should be responsible? What are some possible solutions? David Johnson gets the sound design point of view, while Michael Eddy talks to lighting designers, as well as checking in with a wide variety of lighting manufacturers on what steps are being done on their end to address the issue.

THEATRE

Thoroughly Modern Millie
This year’s Tony Award winner for best musical features sets by David Gallo, lighting by Don Holder, sound by John Weston, and Tony-Award-winning costumes by Martin Pakledinaz. Participating vendors include ShowMotion, Fourth Phase, ProMix, Color Kinetics, High End Systems, Cadac, EAW, Meyer, d&b, Crest, Yamaha, Lexicon, Shure, Sennheiser, Neumann, Panasonic, Akai, Barcus Berry, AC Lighting and MA Lighting. David Johnson, David Barbour, Ellen Lampert-Greaux, and Liz French report.

Into the Woods
This year’s Tony Award winner for Best Revival features sets by Douglas Schmidt, costumes by Susan Hilferty, video projection by Elaine McCarthy, special effects by Gregory Meeh, sound by Dan Moses Schreier, and Tony-Award-winning lighting by Brian MacDevitt. Participating vendors include ShowMotion, Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU), Scenic Art Studios, Fourth Phase, Masque Sound, Scharff Weisberg, Prism Production Services, Barco, Digital Projection, City Theatrical, ETC, GAMPRODUCTS, Strong, Wybron, High End Systems, MDG, Rosco, Meyer, Cadac, Sennheiser, AKG, DPA, Earthworks, Neumann, Shure, d&b, EAW, Sunfire, Rane, Aphex, Yamaha, and XTA. David Johnson and Ellen Lampert-Greaux report.

TELEVISION

Designing Pilots
Just what's involved in designing a TV pilot? Besides a bit more money and bit more time, there's the satisfaction of creating something from scratch. On the other hand, there's the chaos of dealing with producers' uncertainties and constant changes, and the very good chance that your work will never see the light of broadcast. Production designers Roy Christopher, John Shaffner, Maxine Shepard, Carey Meyer, and others talk about such new and hopeful shows as Life of the Party, What I Like About You, Presidio Med, and Firefly. John Calhoun reports.

TECHNOLOGY

Acoustics for Multi-Purpose Halls
The more uses for a space, the trickier the acoustics. Famed acoustician Christopher Jaffe discusses the challenges in making such spaces sound friendly.

FESTIVAL

Tribeca Film Festival
The city pulled out all the stops for the recent Tribeca Film Festival in Downtown New York—and so did the entertainment technology community. Designer Kyle Chepulis was among the many local artisans involved in the project. Vendors included Big Apple, ETC, Vari-Lite, Wybron, Rosco, Lighting & Electronics, Sapsis Rigging, One Dream Sound, Rose Brand, Showman Fabricators, Hudson Scenic, I. Weiss, Midas, Crest Audio, Yamaha, Meyer Sound Labs, Klaw Bros., Radion, XTA, BSS, Klark-Teknik, Neumann, Sennheiser, Shure, and Countryman.

Also in this issue...

ON AUDIO
Pete Tideman looks at digital consoles vs. analog in smaller theatre markets.

ON LIGHTING
Patrick Dierson wants all you students to stop worrying about your grades.

ON PROJECTION
Elaine McCarthy talks about her work on the Broadway revival of Into the Woods.

PRODUCT NEWS
New stuff from Alcorn McBride, Bag End, BSS, Crown, Gold Line, JBL, Listen, Martin Audio, Meyer, NEC, Neumann, Peavey, and Yamaha.

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