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Concert Sound and Lighting Systems, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Concert Sound and Lighting Systems provides comprehensive coverage of equipment and setup procedures for touring concert systems. The new edition will cover the new equipment now available and discuss other venues where the skills and technology are being used.

This new edition incorporates the continuing developments in concert sound and lighting systems maintaining the premise that the reader has had no previous experience. The practical how-to illustrations teach the reader about the equipment, and this thoroughly updated edition will include new equipment such as radio microphones, in-ear monitoring, digital audio products and digital lighting products. The author also discusses new venues outside the
traditional concert touring environment and applies the skills and technology to such diverse events as product launches, theatrical arena spectaculars and outdoor stadium productions. In addition to an introductory section on touring concerts, there are sections on sound systems and lighting systems and an explanation of how all the parts fit together to create a professional, safe, efficient show.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Part I Introduction to Concert Systems
    1. Chapter 1 Introduction to the Touring Concert
      1. The Touring Party: Who’s Who
      2. Local Crew
      3. Local Personnel
      4. Your Career Path
    2. Chapter 2 Power
      1. Metering Three-Phase Power
      2. Laying Power Cables
      3. Chain Motor Power
      4. Sound-Power Distribution System
      5. Loading a Three-Phase Distribution System
      6. Lighting-Power Distribution System
      7. Electrical Safety
    3. Chapter 3 Rigging
      1. Rigging of Points
      2. Chain Motors
  9. Part II Sound Systems
    1. Chapter 4 Speaker Systems
      1. Types of Speakers
      2. Stacking Speakers
      3. Flying Speakers
      4. Delay Systems
      5. Center Clusters
      6. Distributed Systems
      7. Analyzing Speaker Systems
    2. Chapter 5 Power Amplifiers
      1. Patching Amplifier Racks
      2. Fault Finding
      3. Turn On-Turn Off Procedure
    3. Chapter 6 Multicore System
      1. Signal Distribution
      2. Splitter Systems
    4. Chapter 7 Drive System
      1. Graphic Equalizer
      2. Crossovers
      3. Limiters
      4. Drive Multicore Cables
    5. Chapter 8 House Mixing Consoles
      1. Input Channel
      2. Output
      3. Talkback Module
      4. Power Supply
      5. Gain Structure
      6. Console Care
      7. Mixing
    6. Chapter 9 Effects Units
      1. Digital Delays
      2. Reverberation Units
      3. Musical Instrument Digital Interface
      4. Use of Effects
    7. Chapter 10 Inserts
      1. Limiters
      2. Noise Gates
    8. Chapter 11 Monitor Systems
      1. Monitor Consoles
      2. Monitor Speakers
      3. In-Ear Monitors
      4. Mix Contents
    9. Chapter 12 Microphones and Direct Boxes
      1. Types of Microphones
      2. Direct Boxes
      3. Microphone Placement
    10. Chapter 13 Sound System Setup Procedure
      1. Preparation
      2. Setup
      3. Hanging the Speakers
      4. Show Time
      5. Load Out
      6. Division of Duties
      7. System Check
  10. Part III Lighting Systems
    1. Chapter 14 Trusses and Grids
      1. Rigging Trusses and Grids
      2. Ground Supports
      3. Lifting Grids
    2. Chapter 15 Lamps
      1. Types of Instruments
      2. Hanging Lamps
    3. Chapter 16 Dimmers
      1. How a Dimmer Works
      2. Ramps
      3. Types of Dimmers
      4. Dimmer Patching
    4. Chapter 17 Control Cables
      1. Care of Multicore Cables
    5. Chapter 18 Control Consoles
      1. Manual Consoles
      2. Computer Consoles
    6. Chapter 19 Intercom Systems
    7. Chapter 20 Smoke Machines
      1. Foggers
      2. Dry Ice Machines
      3. Pyrotechnics
      4. Cracked Oil
    8. Chapter 21 Drapes
      1. Black Dressing
      2. Cycloramas
      3. Scrims and Gauzes
      4. Screens
      5. Curtain Tracks
      6. Kabuki Drops
    9. Chapter 22 Follow Spots
      1. Operating Follow Spots
    10. Chapter 23 Color
    11. Chapter 24 Lighting Plots
      1. Reading a Lighting Plot
      2. Circuit Coding
      3. Putting Together a System
    12. Chapter 25 Lighting System Setup Procedure
      1. Setup
      2. Show Time
      3. Load Out
      4. Maintenance
      5. Safety
  11. Appendix A Color Media Guide
  12. Appendix B Circuit Laws and Cable Wiring
  13. Appendix C Production Checklists
  14. Appendix D Safety Awareness
  15. Further Reading
  16. Glossary
  17. Index