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  • Friday, April 29, 2016
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    PSW Staff 04/29 03:21 PM,
    Editor’s Note: Here’s an interesting thread from the PSW Live Audio Board (LAB) forums. It’s lightly edited for grammar and formatting. Enjoy. Posted by Jay Last weekend I refused to let a band roadie (did the setup but didn’t mix or anything) use their own stage drops at the front of the stage. One of the drops I did approve was a Hubbell 4-plex with the low profile plastic box. One I rejected was the same but broken and held… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureForumStudy HallAVInterconnectPowerSound ReinforcementStage

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    Ike Zimbel 04/29 11:34 AM,
    In 1980 I was working for a band, doing sound…and lights…and some backline…from front of house. During the 11 months I was with them, the band completed a successful showcase, landed a record deal, released its first album, and did a national tour of bars and universities. Truck and van deal…did I mention that I also drove the truck? On this particular night, pre record deal, we were part of the way through a week-long gig at a Toronto bar… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertEngineerMixerProcessorSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, April 25, 2016
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    John Mills 04/25 12:45 PM,
    What Is It? A high pass filter, or HPF, is exactly as it sounds.  It is a filter we can use on our soundboards that ONLY allows the higher frequencies pass. It is sometimes referred to as a Low Cut filter for a similar reason. It is also the most overlooked tool in the sound engineer’s arsenal. Where It’s Found. Some soundboards only have a High Pass Switch which is fixed at a certain frequency, often 80Hz or 100Hz.  This… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAnalogConsolesDigitalEducationEngineerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, April 22, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 04/22 09:41 AM,
    As an audio technician, my ears have the final say in how a system is tuned, but with the passing of time, they’re not quite as reliable as they used to be. As a result, I’m increasingly relying on measurement systems to help with dialing in the PA. I also utilize SPL apps on my phone and iPad to help monitor volume levels, and that’s worked out well. So when I first saw the iSEMic 725TR measurement microphone from iSEMcon,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductAVMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, April 21, 2016
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    Peter Mapp 04/21 05:43 AM,
    Editor’s Note: I ran across the following while reading through some old SynAudCon newsletters. My thanks to Peter for allowing us to share it with you here. As Pat Brown of SynAudCon noted, “These are for real - there are people out there that really believe them. This makes for good job security for all of us!” 1. Sound systems always feed back at 400 Hz. 2. Sound systems only feed back at the frequencies indicated on the graphic equalizer.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogMeasurementProcessorSignal

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 04/20 11:17 AM,
    Several times, over the course of working with my last crew, we had situations involving clients who didn’t hold up their end of the deal. It was fascinating and challenging to resolve these problems. On one festival stage, the client had followed only part of our standard agreement. The deposit was half of the fee for building a stage, sound system and lighting rig. The deal was that as soon as everything was in place and operational, the balance was… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionLightingStagingAVBusinessConcertSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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    Dennis A. Bohn 04/19 11:47 AM,
    This article is provided by Rane Corporation.  ; While selecting a power amplifier for a specific loudspeaker is often rather easy, selecting a preamp for a specific microphone is not. Terminology is the problem. At one end we find power amplifier and loudspeaker manufacturers speaking the same language, or at least using the same vocabulary. Power amps are rated in watts and ohms, while loudspeakers are rated in ohms with a maximum power handling capability stated in watts. Unfortunately, at… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, April 15, 2016
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    Old Soundman 04/15 03:06 PM,
    An individual who corresponds to the description of a fugitive known to viewers of “America’s Most Wanted” and “Cops” known only as “JR” sent in this question, which gives me a chance to pontificate, something that I very much enjoy doing. The beautiful thing is that I can go on about stuff that my questioners are correct about, or just as well when they are off the mark. It’s all fuel for my turbine, my reactor, my photovoltaic converters. What’s… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertEngineerInterconnectMonitoringSignalStageSystemTechnician

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    Karl Winkler 04/15 05:57 AM,
    One of my favorite stories about endorsements comes from a trade show in Las Vegas. I was having lunch with a friend and happened to overhear some guys from Sony talking at the table next to us. They were describing a guy who had walked into the booth saying, “Hey, can I get an endorsement deal with you guys?” So they replied, “What product are you interested in?” And the guy replied, “It doesn’t matter.” As someone representing a manufacturer,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductionAudioBusinessEngineerManufacturerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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    Dave Rat 04/13 11:15 AM,
    Ideas are magnetic and when a useful concept gains popularity, minds will refine and push the limits of innovation, often to the point of absurdity and well past the point of diminishing returns. Meanwhile as a technological feeding frenzy progresses, there are often gaps between productive practices and comprehensive solutions. These gaps are what I find especially interesting to explore and solve. Take a moment and picture the scenario of overseeing a nightly posh dinner banquet. Each day setting up… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEngineerLoudspeakerMeasurementProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement



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