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ad info: http//www.fohhotims.com ThE NEws MagaziNE For LivE souNd JANUARY 2008 Vol. 6 No. 4 Led Zeppelin Gets the “Full Roar” Treatment LoNdoN — Nineteen years after their last appearance, the three surviving members of Led zeppelin, together with John Bonham’s son Jason, took to the stage at the 02 arena to perform a tribute concert for their late record label boss ahmet Ertegun, who signed them to atlantic records in 1968. at front of house was a Midas XL8 Live Performance system provided by Britannia row, with two engineers at the controls. Big Mick mixed the band — Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass and drummer Jason Bonham, while robert Plant’s front of house engineer roy williams handled Plant’s vocals and effects. “i had known from before the start of rehearsals that two engineers would be doing the show, one to look after the band and one to concentrate on robert’s vocals and effects. Not the easiest thing to do: two engineer, two pairs of ears and two egos! Mick and i have known one another for over 30 years and are both from the Black country, so that helped a lot. “The XL8 let me have my own world to work in with just the vocal mic and eight effects — leaving Mick to create his world without either of us getting in one another's way. No blood was drawn, we had a blast and more importantly are still friends.” Look for full coverage in the February issue of FOH. Association for Manufacturing Excellence Tours Crown ELKharT, iN — as crown international has transitioned to a leaner manufacturing approach over the past few years, the company’s endeavor has not gone unnoticed. as a result of streamlining its manufacturing, further improving both efficiency and product quality, crown recently had the distinction of being a tour site for the association for Manufacturing Excellence (aME) 2007 international conference in chicago. continued on page 8 Whitespace Wipeout? X2’s “Audio As Data” Approach Addresses Wireless Congestion Concerns By Bill Evans sacraMENTo, ca — Yes, FOH has been all over this one. we think it is important. Everyone who makes and sells wireless products for audio is scrambling to find a way — be it political or technological — to deal with the ever-tightening rF spectrum space available for our use. shure has been leading the political battle in washington and gathering interested parties to urge the Fcc to consider live audio wireless in future plans. Meanwhile, technological solutions — ranging from a sabine’s use of the 2.4 ghz band to audio-Technica’s recently announced (but still confined to boardroom applications) ultra wideband approach — have begun to emerge. one of the most intriguing of these new tech approaches is coming from a small company continued on page 5 Heil, Lectrosonics Join Forces With New Wireless Products FairviEw hEighTs, iL and rio raNcho, NM — Playing on the concept of “core competency” (doing what you do best and leaving the rest to someone else), a duo of highly regarded audio companies has announced a “strategic partnership” that will result in several new products. Lectrosonics, manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, and heil sound, creators of microphones for recording, live sound and broadcast professionals, have announced they have entered into a strategic partnership. The first product resulting from Lecrosonic/heil coupling is known as the Lectrosonics uTPr20. combining the capsule from heil sound’s Pr20 dynamic microphone with Lectrosonics uT series digital hybrid wireless transmitters, the new handheld wireless microphone system combines Parnelli award-winner Bob heil’s acclaimed dynamic mic technology with Lectrosonics’ digital/analog hybrid technology, continued on page 8 20 26 30 Ring in the New Year with Coop’s Boss with the start of a new year, it seems fitting that we go back in time to the first FOH interview ever: John cooper, Foh engineer for Bruce springsteen. we first spoke to him more than five years ago at the Forum in Los angeles when he was mixing his first L.a. springsteen show. This time around, Bill Evans met up with John, in Philly, during the latest swing — the Magic Tour, which has the same foundation, just bigger, with more than 120 boxes in the air for arenas, and still, that is sometimes not enough. although stage volume is always a concern with Bruce’s three-guitar attack, we learn the biggest challenge. “The guitars are loud,” John says, “but that is not the issue. it’s the crowd. sometimes, they are so loud that i have a hard time getting the band up above the crowd.” Turn to page 18 to find out how coop is doing it this time around. Installations UMass’s Lipke Auditorium needed the Goldilocks of sound systems. Road Test We see how the Allen & Heath iLive and JTS line of mics measure up. Product Gallery We tell you where to stick it with speakers on a stick.