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All About Rigging

Bill Sapsis' new book, Entertainment Rigging for the 21st Century, packs a lot into 270 pages, and is equally relevant to rigging for the theatre, auditorium, arena, exhibition hall, and outdoor event markets.

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RAM: Rethinking Art & Machine

RAM: Rethinking Art & Machine, showcases pioneering artists who have addressed the relationship between art and electronic technology. Created & curated by Marla Wasser, Pursuits Inc. Video produced by Alan Hardiman, Associated Buzz Creative. Videography/editing by Johan A. du Toit. Music by Alan Hardiman

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Sound and Recording, 7th edition

Newly updated to cover networking, mixing in the box, high resolution audio coding and new file formats, this classic audio authority now appears in its 7th edition. Our review in Professional Sound magazine is here.

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Revolutionary Sound Design for Disney's Aladdin

Disney's musical Aladdin is the newest and largest stage production to be propelled by a source-oriented reinforcement approach to sound design at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. Seismic tests were ordered due to sound designer Ken Travis's robust low frequency effects. Our story begins here.

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M-S Recording: A Useful Technique for Stereo Recording

M-S (mid-side) recording is a two-mic approach to recording orchestras, jazz combos and similar self-balancing ensembles. M-S goes a long way toward reducing the “hole-in-the-middle” that can result from other two-mic stereo techniques, while affording extensive control over the width of the ensemble. More here.

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Newly Republished: Audio Systems Design and Installation

The classic reference book Audio Systems Design and Installation, by longtime AES member Philip Giddings, is back in print due to popular demand, and available online from the publisher, Post Toronto Books.

Recommended by InfoComm International as a CTS-D exam content resource, and by the Rane Pro Audio Reference as "the book on interconnection wiring, grounding, shielding and AC power," this 600-page pro audio staple has come to be highly valued by sound system designers and installers.

"This book is still the only place I have found guidelines for interfacing every conceivable combination of audio gear. If you are designing a studio, sound system, or other multimedia equipment, you need to read most of this book before you pick up your soldering iron," said Michael W. Hulbert, of Anaheim, CA, in an online review. Added Francis P. Biancamano III of New York, "This is the bible of audio interfacing. I truly could not get along without this book."

 

Book cover Audio Systems Design and Installation

 

Audio Systems Design and Installation focuses on solving design problems correctly, avoiding costly mistakes, and adding performance to system design and construction. The author demonstrates how to follow professional standards in developing audio systems in order to achieve harmony with safety and a vastly improved system design.

“Anyone who has to install or work with a professional audio system should have a copy of this book.” – Daniel R. von Recklinghausen, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

“It is so thorough, so well written and well illustrated that it has become an instant classic. Gloriously nuts-and-bolts. ‘Instant classic,' ‘must have,' ‘perennial'—strong language, rarely justified. But wait until you see Audio Systems Design and Installation!” – Ted Uzzle, Sound & Video Contractor

“A landmark book that sets the standard by which all other such books should be judged. Every audio engineer, sound system designer, installer, and technician should read and understand the contents of this book.” – Greg Vinci, IATSE 48, North Canton, OH

Author Philip Giddings is the founder of design consultants Engineering Harmonics. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa, the firm is a world leader in the design of performance sound, video, and communications systems for performing arts centers, sports facilities, public buildings, and houses of worship. He remains a senior consultant to the firm.

Audio Systems Design and Installation by Philip Giddings, P. Eng. Trade paperback. (xxvi + 574 pp, index) published by Post Toronto Books (ISBN 978-0-9920244-0-6), $69.95. For ordering information and to download the Table of Contents, visit Post Toronto Books at www.posttoronto.com.

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Intellectual Property Theft

The upcoming film Unsound examines the impact that intellectual property theft has had on the lives and careers of five different performers and bands. Philip Giddings' classic reference book Audio Systems Design and Installation is not being published as an e-book for many of the reasons explained in Unsound. 

The time and expense of acquiring and then scanning or photocopying this 600-page text just to share it with friends and others would far exceed the attention span of even the most diehard file-sharing enthusiast and act as a deterrent to the theft of Philip's intellectual property. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for music, the groundwork for the wholesale copying and outright theft of which was laid some 50 years ago with the introduction of the recordable compact cassette. It's just a little easier with today's technology. More.

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Just Because it's Sound Doesn't Mean it has to be Mixed

It may sound like heresy, but just because it’s sound doesn’t mean it has to be mixed. With the proliferation of matrix consoles, adequate DSP, and sound design devices such as the TiMax2 Soundhub and TiMax Tracker available to the sound system designer, mixing is no longer the only way to work with live sound—let alone the best way for every occasion. Our article appears in Live Sound International.

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Don't Change the Monitor Level

The pursuit of excellence is always laudable, but spending extra time and money trying to fix things that will never be heard is simply wasteful. Putting Excellence Into Perspective.

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Soundscapes: Immersive Audio

Battle of the Titans, a dinosaur exhibit featuring life-size recreations of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops designed by Jurassic Park theme park designer Hall Train, was bathed in an immersive soundscape designed by Gary Hardesty on a TiMax2 SoundHub, for replay over 36 loudspeakers. Full story in Sound & Video Contractor.

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