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  • Friday, January 13, 2017
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    Mike Sokol 01/13 06:34 AM,
    Many live mixes are not only too loud, but also sonically unbalanced. I got to thinking about this (again) when recently re-reading “How Loud Does It Need To Be?” by Peter Janis of Radial Engineering here on ProSoundWeb. Yes, I’m saying it right here: far too many live mixes are just plain bad. That is, too much bass, too many highs, and dynamics out of control. Add this to SPL in excess of 110 to 115 dB and it’s not… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMeasurementMixerSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017
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    Ike Zimbel 01/12 02:17 PM,
    In the early 1990s I was serving as a maintenance tech in a large recording studio complex when I got a call from the sound company I’d worked for in the previous decade. Was I available to mix and tech front of house for the upcoming Canada Day (July 1st in Canada, like July 4th in the U.S.) gig at the provincial legislature? I hadn’t done live sound in a while, but it was a daytime gig, on a paid… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogTrainingBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

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    Karl Winkler 01/12 07:46 AM,
    Editor’s note: This goes back to 2013, but the advice is critical to this industry and worthy of repeating. The term “bedside manner” is usually associated with doctors, but I think it’s equally appropriate for any situation where customers are being served in perhaps a technical way and communication between parties is essential. Psychology matters, and should be considered in the presentation, the choice of words, and certainly the attitude of the vendor or service provider. Case in point: when… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessConcertEducationEngineerSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    subwoofers
    Craig Leerman 01/10 12:11 PM,
    Today’s music and special effects (like explosions in motion picture soundtracks) include a lot of low-frequency content. While larger full-range loudspeakers may have a wide frequency range, it takes subwoofers to really reproduce low end with impact, especially for bass-heavy music like electronic dance (EDM) and reggae. Deployment of main loudspeakers is usually a relatively straightforward matter, but locating and configuring subs presents numerous options and can be a bit of a challenge. Let’s start with the basics. Subwoofers are… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLoudspeakerMeasurementProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • microphones
    Jonah Altrove 01/10 08:05 AM,
    My father used to say, “Son, opinions are like drum miking techniques. Everyone has one.” Or something like that… Truthfully, there’s an overwhelming amount of information already out there on this topic, so rather than rehash it here, let’s explore a less conventional approach. I’ll admit that it’s a unique method, as it’s a hybrid of studio techniques and some ideas “begged, borrowed and stolen” from engineers I admire. Picture a snare drum. Let’s mike the top and bottom heads.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, January 09, 2017
    wireless systems
    Ike Zimbel 01/09 11:42 AM,
    For many in pro audio, working with wireless systems is still thought to be a “nightmare” filled with peril, an accident waiting to happen, and so on. In actual fact, wireless systems are meant to work and in fact do work every day in thousands of concerts, theatrical productions, festivals, churches, broadcasts and the like, all around the world. With that in mind, I’ve compiled this list of troubleshooting steps to take when encountering wireless problems in the field. Hopefully… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneMonitoringSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Friday, January 06, 2017
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    PSW Staff 01/06 12:39 PM,
    Dear Old Soundman: I’m a 23-year-old law student at Yale, and I discovered this summer that I really hate the practice of law. I mean I really hate it. Here is what you should do. Tell you parents to send me your tuition money while you go “find yourself.” How’s that sound? So much that the $500/day I’m earning isn’t worth it to me. Or is it? Do you have any idea how few sound mixers make $500 a day?… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionBusinessConcertEducationSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, January 04, 2017
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    Bob McCarthy 01/04 07:54 AM,
    Editor’s Note: Follow the links to check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this series. The analyzer is at the core of a measurement system. The manufacturers of laboratory test equipment design their products to be adaptable to a wide variety of scientific applications. Their working assumption is that individual users will add the peripheral devices required for their application. The laboratory analyzer needed a lot of help to be ready for the down and dirty of… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallAVEducationEngineerMeasurementSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017
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    Kevin Young 01/03 01:22 PM,
    Over Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato’s 25 years as a front of house engineer, she’s worked with a wide variety of artists, among them: pop icons Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani, 90s rock outfits Collective Soul and Goo Goo Dolls, and currently, she’s on tour with one of her favorite bands from her teenage years, Styx. Sabolchick recalls working with a colleague, Jeff Heintz – who’s since served as a co-production manager and keyboard tech for Styx – on Stefani’s first solo… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBusinessConcertConsolesEngineerSound Reinforcement

  • prosoundweb
    Craig Leerman 01/03 08:03 AM,
    Of all the tools my company brings to shows, computers (in laptop form) are certainly among the most important. They allow us to edit and play back music tracks, convert audio file formats, measure/analyze audio, and evaluate/monitor the RF spectrum and coordinate frequencies for wireless systems. We can also get equipment manuals and quick start guides, surf the web during downtime and even record the gig. Whether it’s a Mac or PC doesn’t matter as long as it helps make… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVMicrophoneNetworkingSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless



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