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  • Friday, June 24, 2016
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    PSW Staff 06/24 10:37 AM,
    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 Ivan While doing a demo/shootout (with several different brand loudspeakers) the front of house guy said something that I have never heard before, and usually thought the opposite was preferred. He said about one of the products (his mind was already made up about another product) before the demo was even setup… “I don’t like product… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureForumConcertEngineerLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementStage

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    Karl Winkler 06/24 06:19 AM,
    Our friend Karl Winkler of Lectrosonics came up with these microphone inspired “Twenty Questions” quiz. Click on the box below each question for its respective answer. In addition, we’ve provided all answers at the end of the quiz. Good luck!   1.) Which has more overall rejection: cardioid or figure 8?   A.) Cardioid.   B.) Figure 8.   C.) They’re about the same.   D.) Omni has more rejection.   2.) Why would you choose a cardioid over a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductionAudioMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 06/22 05:45 AM,
    Hey OSM Hey Dan! Yoko Onos. You know what I mean, I’m sure everyone who has sat behind a sound board knows what I mean. The know-it-all girl friends of the prima-donna lead singers. Oh, yes. And really, they can be the girlfriend of any band member. Her guy is always not loud enough in the mix. But a word of caution, Dan. Please do not libel Yoko Ono. I know that it is tempting to blame her for the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductionAudioBusinessSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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    Bruce Bartlett 06/21 06:22 AM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Unsure about phantom power? Let’s clear up the mystery. Nearly all mixing consoles and audio interfaces provide phantom power at their microphone input connectors. Most condenser mics need phantom power to operate, so you simply plug the mic into the mixer to power it. But the ways we use and connect phantom power can make a big difference in how well those mics work. So what, exactly is phantom power, and how… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesInterconnectMicrophoneMixerPowerSignal

  • Thursday, June 16, 2016
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    Ken DeLoria 06/16 11:18 AM,
    When it comes to microphones, there are a thousand flavors. While some manufacturers seek to advance the state of the art, others work to recreate the classic designs of the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. It goes to show that new isn’t always synonymous with better. Look no further than the popularity of various plugins that model the tonality (i.e., distortion and other imperfections) of tape machines. The plugins – and even the use of actual tape machines themselves –… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallTrainingMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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    Michael Santucci, Au.D. 06/15 10:57 AM,
    This article is provided by Sensaphonics.   Editor’s note: I’ve known Michael Santucci for a couple of decades now. I’ve been to his clinic and have talked with him numerous times about hearing health. His company, Sensaphonics, a manufacturer of in-ear monitors, is unique. The products are designed to promote safe listening through maximum isolation, and it’s the only IEM company with a Musicians Hearing Clinic on site. They would literally rather sell you a hearing test than a pair… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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    Greg DeTogne 06/14 10:49 AM,
    Fremont Street is where it all really started in Las Vegas. As the site of many firsts for both the city and Nevada, consider that within an area of five fabled downtown blocks, the city’s first hotel was built (the Hotel Nevada in 1906), Nevada’s first gaming license was issued (to the Northern Club), and the town’s first high-rise took shape (the Fremont Hotel in 1956). By 1992, however, Fremont Street was no longer leading the way, a fact underscored… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureAVDigitalInstallationLine ArrayLoudspeakerNetworkingProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, June 13, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 06/13 06:30 AM,
    Being the online forum lurker that I sometimes am, there are times when I’m struck by a pattern or trend that was never clear before (for whatever reason). It happened just a while ago, and the context is relevant to what we do in our business of live sound. This particular discussion, on a music forum, was a thread about “the great tone we’ve spent years perfecting that is destroyed when it goes through a PA.” (You guessed it –… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Tuesday, June 07, 2016
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    Ike Zimbel 06/07 06:10 AM,
    As the use of wireless systems continues to grow and the available wireless spectrum continues to shrink, the need for someone to coordinate all of that wireless on any given event becomes greater. It’s why you’re increasingly likely to encounter a frequency coordinator on a show or tour. With this in mind, and as a frequency coordinator, I’ve come up with a list of frequently asked questions about what I do. What is a frequency coordinator? A person (or team… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallAVConcertDigitalEngineerMicrophoneSoftwareSound ReinforcementTechnicianWireless

  • Monday, June 06, 2016
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    Andy Coules 06/06 06:05 AM,
    In a continuation of my previous article (here), I’m taking a look at five more of the most common live mix mistakes I’ve encountered when attending gigs as an audience member and offering some potential solutions to these everyday issues. Excuse me while I kiss this guy. It still surprises me when I go to gigs where either the vocals can’t be heard or they’re so buried in the mix that it’s impossible to make out what they’re saying. The… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertConsolesEngineerInterconnectMixerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement



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