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Discussion in 'General Advice' started by ruinexplorer, May 26, 2008.

  1. ruinexplorer

    ruinexplorer Minion CB Mods Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    I end up subscribing to many different theater related magazines (Lighting Dimensions, Stage Directions, Lights & Sound America, etc.). What I was wondering is what others prefer for articles, new product info, classified ads, or other stuff?
     
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    I am a high school student, and have found a great deal of information in Light & Sound America. The price is great for a student too =D

    I like it better than a few other magazines that I subscribe to.
     
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    Live Design has been getting better over the last 6 months or so, kind of makes me glad they merged Entertainment Design and Lighting Dimensions together. Lighting and Sound america is also pretty good.
     
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    i stick with stage directions...its free :]
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    Ross, almost everything is free if you know where to look.

    Live Sound International
     
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    ruinexplorer Minion CB Mods Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    Agreed, I don't pay for any of them (I have about seven that I subscribe to).
     
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    List with hyperlinks, por favor?
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Since Lighting&Sound America published my article, I'm kind of partial to them, but I also like PLSN. Live Design, not so much. I miss the original Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions, and the USITT Journal. Another I like a lot is ESTA's Protocol.
     
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    And it was a fabulous article straight out of these very forums too!

    I like L&S America and Stage Directions the best. You can really learn something reading them. Lot's of great new tricks, product reviews, learn from the interviews with pros. Live Design is mostly pretty pictures without a lot of content to learn from. It's nice to look at but not something that you read and say "Oh I never thought of trying that before." PLSN/FOH are good for industry news but the articles are kind of week.

    If you get turned down for the free subscription most of them allow you to read the latest issue on their website. This topic was covered about a year ago and I posted links to all the websites. Someone with more ambition than me at the moment can search. All the magazines are free if you are in a position of spending money... they are paid for by the advertisers. Some give them away to students as well.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    See the (freshly created) Collaborative Article: Industry Periodicals.
     
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    I have to say that "Stage Directions" as a good solid tech/gen theater mag for community theaters, especially those that don't have large budgets. It's readable and often approachable. However, it's one of the few I have written for - go figure!
     
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    I get Live Design and Light and Sound America and are pretty happy with both of them. They seem to cover wide varieties of topics ranging from AV to Lighting to Sound and the whole gamot. I actually liked it better before Live Design because I got Lighting Dimensions and that was much more intensive on my field.

    I also for some unseen reason get Architectural lighting but hardly read it because for the most part it has no effect on my line of work.
     
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    Lighting & Sound America is a great one. I've subscribed to Stage Directions, PLSN, and Live Design too, all of which aren't terrible but LSA always tends to have something interesting in every issue and PLSN is great especially when you're interested in knowing what big mainstream tours are using gear-wise.

    either way, all of those are free, and hey if its free, i'll take what i can get. :)
     
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    Of all the ones I've gotten so far, I've got to say that the most informative one to me was Light and Sound America, but I've also found Stage Directions to be useful as well. (I've only gotten one issue of each so far, though...)

    Now, if someone could point me to a good sound/light magazine for church users, that would be marvelous... Although LSA did have a cool article in this last issue.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Sorry...can't resist...:p... Ask and ye shall receive: Technologies for Worship Magazine.
     
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    I'm fond of PLSN's Tip of the Week which is sent out in the email editions.
    They may be things to try, things I already do, or not my style, but more often or not they're amusing.
     
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    The lighting director for randy travis told me to subscribe for PLSN magazine. Its free!!!
     
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    ruinexplorer Minion CB Mods Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    You can also check out Church Production Magazine. I found it to be a little more technical than TFWM, but that means that it isn't as good for smaller churches with less technical staff.
     
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    Through the above magazine, I found there's an "LDI" specifically for the Houses of Worship, to be held this year in Houston, 11/5-7/08. Worship Facilities Conference & Expo.
     

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