Sarah Jones

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The coronavirus pandemic has darkened the live sound landscape, with events canceled, jobs lost, and colleagues living in isolation. As the industry faces uncertain times, technology providers are stepping up to support audio pros with expanded online learning resources. We’ve put together a list of courses, webinars, and certification classes for any experience level—and they’re all free. (Interested in lighting and control system training? We cover some of those options here.)
DBS Audio Systems is ready to bring your biggest audio system concepts to life. A leader in production services, installations, sales, and rentals, DBS sees clients return again and again to collaborate on projects ranging from festivals, concerts, and other live events to complex audio installations for corporate and academic venues, mixed-use spaces, and houses of worship. Working out of his shop in Coatesville, PA, just 45 minutes west of his hometown of Philly, DBS president Dave Brotman straddles horse-country living with projects in Washington D.C., New York, Maryland, Philadelphia and nationwide, as well as abroad, and the contrast suits him fine.
If you checked out last week's post, you know that this year’s ISE Show was the biggest yet. In the audio world, networking, connectivity, AV over IP, AI and VR continued to be big news. (Oh, and we saw a zillion amazing new loudspeakers.) This week, we highlight a few spatial audio tools debuting at the show. What were your favorite products at ISE? Let us know in the comments.
Judgment Day at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory was a stunning, opera-scale production, punctuated by composer Daniel Kluger’s dramatic brass score and Drew Levy’s immersive sound design. I talked to Kluger and Levy to learn how they’ve honed a collaborative process that allows them to execute some of the most visionary ideas in immersive theatre sound. Read Part One here.
What’s your go-to PA? Sure, you head out with the big systems on the big tours, but for weddings, meetings, house concerts, and nontraditional venues, a portable PA will likely do the trick. These systems just keep getting better: We’re continually seeing lighter, more powerful systems, and features like built-in effects, Bluetooth streaming, and app control are becoming standard. Looking for new options? Check out a few notable debuts that have crossed our desks the past few months.
Those of us of a certain age can credit Alanis Morissette’s 1995 seminal album Jagged Little Pill for legitimizing our collective insecurity, heartbreak, and rage. Songs like “You Oughta Know” and “Hand in Pocket” were intensely personal, yet somehow, we could all relate, and they became anthems for a disaffected generation.