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Signal To Noise, Episode 207: Kyle Jensen & Jess Buttery, Theater Sound Design

Detail their work co-designing a recent production of the musical "RENT" at Hamilton College as well as their sound system design philosophy, challenges presented by the show, and much more.

Theatrical sound designer Kyle Jensen returns to the show in Episode 207, joined by Jess Buttery, production manager for the theater department at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, to talk with Michael about their work co-designing a recent production of the musical RENT at the college. They discuss the sound system design philosophy and implementation used for the production, some of the challenges of the show, and how Kyle and Michael worked collaboratively throughout the process. They also explore the balance between professional production quality and educational value in a college theater setting and more. This episode is sponsored by Allen & HeathRCF — and now — Rational Acoustics (welcome aboard!).

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And, co-host Michael Lawrence has published “Between the Lines,” a book about tuning sound systems for live events, and more importantly, about making decisions. Find out more here.

The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is hosted by Live Sound/PSW technical editor Michael Lawrence and pro audio veterans Kyle ChirnsideChris Leonard and Sam Boone.

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