Meeting – Live Sound for a Major Musical Show and Holiday Dinner

Live Sound for a Major Musical Show and Holiday Dinner
(Please read carefully.)

When/Where: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019, 4:15 PM @ Hilbert Circle Theater followed by Dinner at Shapiro’s ~ 5: 45 PM.

Join us for a hands-on talk with Alan Alford, audio engineer for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as he explains the details and challenges for the ISO’s 34 st annual IPL Yuletide Celebration musical production. Among the challenges of this production is handling over 35 wireless microphone systems. This season, Alan will be using a Yamaha PM7 console, the Shure Axient wireless radios and Clear-Com FreeSpeak wireless systems.

NOTE: There is a tight window for this session – the talk with Alan will begin promptly at 4:15 PM and end at 5:15 PM. We have been asked to assemble just inside the 32 E. Washington Street entrance (Symphony Center) by 4:15 PM; specifically, do NOT enter the theater by the main doors on the Circle.

Also, because of the tight schedule and very busy backstage area, it is important that you RSVP so we can have an accurate list of those attending – otherwise, you may not be able to be admitted.

There are two Yuletide productions that day, one at 2:00 PM and the other at 8:00 PM. Frankie Moreno is this year’s host. You may wish to attend one of these (your option) in order to have a greater appreciation for the magnitude and complexity of the task of handling live sound for this major production. (We are not able to hold a block of tickets; that is, you must purchase your own ticket(s), available online at www.indianapolissymphony.org.) HCT is located at 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Parking is available in several nearby garages and at Circle Center (underground).

Immediately following we will proceed to the nearby Shapiro’s restaurant, 808 S. Meridian, for a holiday dinner.  Cost for AES members only will be $7.00, with the balance being subsidized by the Section.  Treasurer, Phil Hodson, will take your $7 share (cash only) before paying the total bill.  Non-AES members will need to pay the full amount.

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Presentation on Acoustics with Gavin Haverstick

What: Acoustics with Gavin Haverstick
When: November 14th 6:30pm 
Where: Forney Hall G124 – Purdue University (480 W Stadium Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47907)
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Join Central Indiana AES and Purdue University’s Student Chapter for a presentation on acoustics by Gavin Haverstick

Event is free but we ask that you register so we know you’re coming. Parking is on own. Visitor parking on campus is available at various locations including Northwestern Avenue Garage located at 504 Northwestern Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906 .


Meeting Announcement – Join us at IUPUI’s ReverBall

What: IUPUI ReverBall – Free!
When: November 7th 3:30pm – 10:30pm 
Where: Eskenazi Fine Arts Center – 1410 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Our Central Indiana AES Section meet time will be 6:30 PM at Eskenazi Fine Arts Center (1410 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis).  This evening’s activities will include a Tour of IUPUI’s Music Technology facilities across campus, along with various ensembles that will be performing throughout the Eskenazi Fine Arts Centeras part of IUPUI’s ReverBall.  We will see various installations plus exhibitions and performances by students from the Herron School of Art and the Music and Arts Technology program.

Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. After meeting at the EFAC as a group we will take the Yellow JagLine to the Music and Arts Technology building on campus at approximately 7:00pm. Tour will wrap up by 8:00pm and we will head back to the arts center.

The ReverBall exhibit and performances at Eskenazi Fine Arts Center are free and open to the public. However, we ask that any AES members wishing to join on the tour of the technology facilities to please register for the event at our eventbrite page or by contacting centralindianaaes@gmail.com

Our host will be Dr. Tim Hsu, faculty member in Purdue’s Music Technology program. 

For more information on the event visit go.iu.edu/2c50 

An Evening with John Cooper

Central Indiana – July 18, 2019

Meeting Topic: An Evening with John Cooper

Moderator Name: Michael Petrucci

Speaker Name: John Cooper, freelance FOH mixer for Bruce Springsteen and other noted artists

Other business or activities at the meeting: It was announced that Section elections will commence at this time. Nominations are open and should be submitted to the Secretary. Voting will be done electronically (via special website). Results are expected on/about August 20, 2019.

Meeting Location: ESCO Communications, Indianapolis, IN

Summary

This evening’s guest presenter has been an FOH engineer/mixer for Bruce Springsteen since 2001. He has also worked as FOH engineer/mixer with other numerous other artists, including: John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, and Lionel Richie. 

John talked about his approach and experience in mixing for major, live music performances. Some of the things he highlighted included: 
• Understanding and maintaining the proper gain structure. 
• A result that sounds good/acceptable, not something that reads ideally on a meter. 
• Having appropriate backup equipment and a strategy to deploy, when necessary. 
• Be cautious of level limits with digital consoles. Some people are using analog matrices to do certain mixes in order to work around these issues. 
• Use of delays to achieve some stereo effects from a mono source. 
• Protools can provide a virtual sound check. 
• The teleprompter is a key element in this scale of road show — everyone uses it to know the where they are in the show. There could be as many as 20 displays. Related to this — many shows are automated. 
• The entire stage is on UPS. 
• There is a definite difference in energy level between an afternoon rehearsal and an evening performance. 
• Bass guitar balance (with the rest of the band/orchestra) is a very important consideration. 
• Front fills are important, especially for the performer to be understood. Balance can be tricky and important. 
In regular business, biennial elections for the Section were announced and the process will commence promptly. The value of AES membership was highlighted, including product discounts (Apple, Dell, Sound Particles and Focal Press) plus career resources (profiles, forums, and job board postings from sustaining member companies).

Written By: Barrie Zimmerman, Secretary