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Technology and Applications


Wrangling RF at Festivals Just Got Harder

For years, certainly since the transition to DTV in 2010, when wireless audio equipment operators had to vacate the 700 MHz band, RF coordinators have been warning that the sky is falling. Well, that day is here.


Console Choices Multiply for Festivals

By Strother Bullins. With the popularity of multi-act musical events at an all-time high, mixing console needs at FOH and monitor positions are broader and more complex than ever. After all, many festivals host dozens of acts, and thus...


NYC Festival Fields 23.1 Immersive System

By Ian MacDonald. Despite its relative infancy, AEG/Goldenvoice’s Panorama Festival has made a splash. Not only did this year’s edition, held July 28-30 on Randall’s Island nestled between Manhattan and Queens, feature headliners like Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called...


Miking Kendrick Lamar at Coachella

With 125,000 in attendance at this year’s Coachella Festival, ensuring that every syllable recited by headliner Kendrick Lamar could be heard loud and clear was crucial. The task fell to the artist’s audio team, which employed Sennheiser’s Digital 9000...


PWS Cruises Through Coachella

This year’s Coachella found Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) on-hand to provide frequency coordination for all wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and communications on the eight music stages, The Antarctic Dome, a sponsor stage, content ENG crews, artist interviews crews and...


Audix Set For Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival may colloquially be known as Jazz Fest, but that’s just about the only thing small about it. The legendary festival is held 7 nights across 10 days, hosting dozens of acts across 15...


Montreux Jazz Festival Digitizes Archives

Forever ahead of the technological curve, the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival has recently been digitizing its entire archive in conjunction with the Claude Nobs Foundation, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and data specialist HGST.


Networks, AoIP Flourish in Festival Audio

The proliferation of digitally-networked audio rigs and an increased acceptance of the latest AoIP (audio over internet protocol) pro audio technologies in live sound have made the modern music festival setting more comprehensively digital than ever before.


VUE Rocks China’s Ningbo Fête

World Music Day was recently celebrated in more than 450 cities in 120 countries around the world, including at the “Croisements Festival” at the 3rd Ningbo Fête de la Musiqué at the Ningbo Cultural Plaza in China. VUE Audiotechnik...


CMA Music Festival Gets RAD for RF

The annual CMA Music Festival, held June 9-12 in Nashville, offered up more than 500 artists playing more than 250 hours of concerts across 11 stages, including the crucial Nissan Stadium stage, where Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood,...


EAW Plays Coachella

Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound has provided sound systems for numerous stages at the annual Coachella Festival for years. The perennial must-see festival, held across the sprawling Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA garners the better part of 200,000 people...


Meyer Sound Answers Boston Calling

The recent outdoor Boston Calling festival in Boston’s City Hall Plaza brought the likes of Sia, Disclosure, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Janelle Monae, and Haim to town, to perform through two Meyer Sound LEO family systems, provided by Atkinson, N.H.-based...


Punching Through with Microphones

Choosing a vocal microphone and wireless system for touring and festival work is largely dependent on musical style, audio system technical logistics and the individual needs and comfort of the artist at hand. Here, eight touring professionals detail their...


BassBoss Brings It in Austin

All performers want to look good in front of their hometown crowd, and for loudspeaker manufacturers, it’s the same story. Case in point: BassBoss, based in Austin, TX, has a sizable presence in various venues around town, but when...


A&H Gets Folksy In NZ

Held annually at the Kumeu Showground, northwest of Auckland, January’s edition marked the 43rd year of the Auckland Folk Festival. Audio provider Sound Light And Stage tackled audio for the event, providing Allen & Heath’s Qu-32 compact digital mixers.