Point Source Audio: Sounding Board Blog: Microphone Survival in a Monsoon (Wedding)

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Whether you’re producing an outdoor performance in inclement weather or a stage show that involves rain showers, you’ll need to consider how waterproof your mics are. We covered waterproof microphones and taking care of mics after they get wet in our Halloween mic gore-proofing post. Here we are going to take a look at how sound designers and audio crew set up Point Source Audio microphones in the wet and wild performance of Monsoon Wedding.

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Speaking Tube hardware including mouthpieces and whistles
Speaking Tube hardware including mouthpieces and whistles

Historical Calling Technology: The Speaking Tube

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Before the mid-nineteenth century, prompters used aural methods to “call” the show. Prompters used bells, whistles, flags and call boys to signal a change in lights, scenery, or to cue a special effect. (See my earlier article on Calling Technology for more information on the different calling methods.) Over the next half century, calling procedures changed significantly. The audience heard and associated the bells and whistles as part of the performance, however, with new technology the prompter’s calling duties transformed into a silent, invisible activity. The first step towards imperceptible cueing was the speaking tube.

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IATSE celebrates its 125th Anniversary
IATSE celebrates its 125th Anniversary

IATSE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

Michael Eddy

On July 17, 1893, representatives from New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Denver, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Buffalo and Boston, came together at the Elks Hall, located at 27th Street and Broadway in New York City and founded The National Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes (NATSE). In 1902, The NATSE becomes the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

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Elation Professional has launched Obsidian Control Systems for development of lighting control solutions
Elation Professional has launched Obsidian Control Systems for development of lighting control solutions

Elation Introduces Obsidian Control Systems

Stage Directions

Elation Professional is excited to embark on a new chapter in its evolution with launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products. Obsidian Control Systems combines over 25 years of experience developing professional entertainment lighting control solutions for automated and theatrical lighting fixtures.
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards

Applications are Being Accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards

Michael Eddy

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards. The worldwide honor is given to architecture firms for designing theatres that epitomize creative image, contextual resonance, community contribution, explorations in new technologies, and functional operations. The deadline for applications is September 4, 2018.

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Young Frankenstein as lit by Lighting Designer, Nick Glen
Young Frankenstein as lit by Lighting Designer, Nick Glen

LD Nick Glen Balances Comedy and Drama in Young Frankenstein

Stage Directions

The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (more commonly called Young Frankenstein) has been a popular staple in regional theatres across the globe since its 2007 Broadway debut. At a recent production of the musical comedy at the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, designer Nick Glen supported the fantastical story of an American doctor who finds his body parts in Transylvania with a lighting design that smoothly balanced comedic and dramatic elements.

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George Masek rejoins Philips Vari-Lite
George Masek rejoins Philips Vari-Lite

George Masek Returns to Philips Vari-Lite

Stage Directions

Signify Entertainment Lighting announces the return of Philips Vari-Lite veteran George Masek. His appointment closely follows the arrival of Brian Friborg as the new Head of Signify Entertainment Lighting, and of Gary W. Sanders as Sales Manager for the Americas. Based at the company's Dallas office, Masek will look after Business Development for the Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Selecon, and Showline brands.

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