Meeting Report – August 2011 – Symphony On The Prairie Tour & Concert

At this, the fourth of our meetings scheduled for the year which was held on August 6th, 2011 at 6pm, we were privileged to have Alan Alford speak to us about the makeup of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s sound reinforcement needs at Conner Prairie.

Alford discussed with the amply sized crowd the numerous challenges of the job, including the difficulties of respecting the neighboring living history museum while providing quality sound for the symphony.

Alan Alford speaking to members of the Central Indiana AES. Click for more pictures.

Additionally, Alan shared with us his off-season duties, tricks he utilizes throughout a typical concert, and also gave the section a tour of the concert setup.

The meeting was once again brought to us courtesy of Conner Prairie and The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Our thanks go out to them for being such gracious hosts.

With this meeting we’ve continued our initiative of recording events for archival purposes and to allow for participation from members unable to travel.

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However, being an outdoor lecture and tour, the video’s audio quality suffered severely which we do apologize. But, if you’d like to see the tour first hand, the video at left is still a great resource.

Finally, we’d like to thank all who were in attendance. As always, those with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact us. To stay up to date on section activities, be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


About Kyle P. Snyder

Kyle P. Snyder is an engineer, educator, and consultant skilled in audio recording and mixing, sound design for film and video, facility design and integration, and live event production. Snyder works remotely on projects of all sizes from his Ohio-based studio, White Coat Audio, LLC. He is also a faculty member within Ohio University’s School of Media Arts & Studies dedicated to the advancement of audio education for engineers at every stage of development where he routinely teaches courses in music production, critical listening, and sound design for film and video.
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