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Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, interested parties, we of the theatrical sound community are under attack. Not that this attack is anything new, rather, this is one we have been enduring for years. Barely a week goes by without another salvo launched on the internet, in The New York Times, in other popular media, and in private grumbling: the claim that amplification is ruining musical theatre, that musical theatre shows are too loud, that we are responsible for creating a

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