Magazine article Stage Directions

Sweet Sound of Success

Magazine article Stage Directions

Sweet Sound of Success

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EDITOR'S NOTE

A frequent theme of many of the articles that have packed our pages the last year is how arbitrary and subjective the quality of sound is-the most intangible of all the design elements. From the actors to the stagehands, from the designers to the audience, virtually everyone in the house will express a different opinion on the level and caliber of the audio emanating from the stage (i.e. too loud, too soft, etc.). But very few will reach a consensus. So what does this mean? That buying effective sound equipment may be akin to a Sisyphus forever pushing his rock up the hill to no avail?

Not necessarily. In fact, if you do your acoustical homework on your space-learning its strengths and weaknesses-you will probably be able to garner the highest grade of equipment you need to produce the most melodious results. In this month's special section on sound, we've adopted a much more pragmatic, less aesthetic approach to its maligned and misunderstood dynamics. From information on finding the perfect mixer ("Console Counseling," page 40) to an easy-to-follow troubleshooting guide that identifies common sound problems and ways to rectify them ("Quick Fixes For 10 Snafus," page 44), our mission to offer viable solutions to everyday theatrical gaffes has never been more readily apparent. Providing further context to this premise is E. Victor Brown's comparative study of how flexibility is guiding the audio installations at two facilities-the Sunoco Performance Theater at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, PA, and the as yet uncompleted Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, future home of the Oscars ("A Tale Of Two Facilities," page 48).

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