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Charlie Watkins Audio Pioneer 1923 — 2014

By Gary Cooper Few have contributed as much to the technology behind rock & roll as Charlie Watkins and his company, WEM. We celebrate the life of one of audio’s great inventors. Look closely at the video of Stones In The Park and there, among the Hell’s Angels, Mick Jagger in his frock, Keith Richards…
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Coronavirus Brings Entertainment World To A Standstill

7:00 AM, Friday, 3/13/2020 By: Associated Press The entertainment industry prepared Thursday for an unprecedented shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, canceling upcoming movies, suspending all Broadway performances and scuttling concert tours until it’s safe to welcome crowds back.To accommodate calls for social distancing, Hollywood moved to pause the normal hum of TV…
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How 14 Major Cities Are Responding to the Coronavirus

By Noah Yoo and Eric Torres Expect concert cancellations and postponements as New York, Paris, Seattle, and more ban mass gatherings As cities across the world continue to monitor developments in the coronavirusoutbreak, public health officials are coordinating with state and federal governments to determine whether or not public gatherings should be canceled to avoid further…
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“The Tonight Show” is a Full House with Three SD7 Consoles and Five SD-Racks

FOH Staff • News • March 2, 2020 FOH engineer Artless Poole, Jr. keeps house band The Roots, guest artists, and Fallon himself loud and clear onstage through a newly DiGiCo Quantum engine-equipped desk NEW YORK CITY — Every week for the past seven years, Jimmy Fallon steps onstage in Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center…
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Allen & Heath Academy Now in Session

FOH Staff • News • March 10, 2020 All available seats were filled at a Southern California Allen & Heath Academy session, seen here focusing on wireless application control of a live sound console. VAN NUYS, CA – Introduced in February with its first classes in Van Nuys, CA, Allen & Heath Academy offers attendees…
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A Lil Nostalgia… 20 Amazing Vintage Photos of the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound, 1974

March 06, 2020 1970s, California, event & history, music, San Francisco, science & technology, strange & WTF Weighed over 70 tons, comprise dozens and then hundreds of amps, speakers, subwoofers, and tweeters, stand over three-stories tall and stretch nearly 100 feet wide. Its name could only be the “Wall of Sound”. The Wall of Sound was an enormous public address system…
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Gibson is donating guitars to musicians who lost instruments in Tennessee tornadoes

Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson wants to help musicians impacted by the deadly  tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee earlier this week.  Gibson Gives, a nonprofit wing of the global guitar brand, plans to donate guitars to players with damaged or destroyed instruments as a result of the early Tuesday storm, a news release…
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PLSN on the Hunt for more Showtime Stories

PLSN Staff • NewsNewsroom • February 28, 2020 Hello fellow Live Event Personnel. Each month PLSN features our Showtime section where we list six different shows that took place recently. We simply show a nice image from the date and list all the gear and crew involved in the show. Everyone gets some kudos. We…
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PSAV® ANNOUNCES PLANS TO MOVE TO NEW MASTER BRAND

March 3, 2020 | Press Release Growth and capabilities support change to acquired company name SCHILLER PARK, Ill., March 3, 2020 – PSAV, a global leader in event experiences, announced today that it will align its portfolio of companies under a new master brand and will assume the name Encore. With a global footprint reaching…
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DiGiCo Consoles Were Sizzling For Super Bowl LIV’s Hot Halftime Show

 A pair of SD5 consoles handled front-of-house mixing for well-received performances by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, while two Quantum 7 desks in monitor world were plenty for the 150-plus outputs for the singers, musicians and dancers on stage MIAMI, Florida – February 2020 – Super Bowl LIV was a truly Latina-American event: Bronx-born Jennifer Lopez…
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