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Articles Tagged Audio Basics

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    live sound
    Karl Winkler 04/21/14 09:46 AM,
    As with the ever-ongoing debates about “tubes versus transistors,” “analog versus digital” and “Mac versus PC,” there’s not likely to be agreement any time soon about “objective versus subjective” when it comes to sound quality. Extremists in the “Objectivist” camp argue that, “if it can’t be measured, it doesn’t exist” while on the other hand, the “Subjectivist” side firmly backs the idea that “human beings can hear things that can’t be measured.” How often has it been suggested, “use your… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallAmplifierAnalogDigitalEngineerMeasurementSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    audio metering
    PSW Staff 04/18/14 01:24 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: My studio is outfitted with a DAW as well as a fairly large amount of outboard equipment, and it always delivers fairly good results. However, every once in a while there’s some weird distortion, and I’ll see a clip or something on one of the 20 different meters that’s either in the DAW or on the outboard. Is there some kind of hierarchy to these meters? A: A situation where you’re using multiple pieces of… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsMeasurementSignalStudio

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    Mark Frink 04/18/14 12:11 PM,
    Ten important things to be aware of in the quest for optimum results with in-ear monitoring: Coordination. TV broadcasts are the dominant feature of the local RF spectrum. Online resources like the Sennheiser Frequency Finder, which uses a ZIP code, and the FCC’s database to provide a list of local TV broadcast stations and their signal strength, helps users tune wireless systems to interference-free frequencies, removing much of the guesswork. Antennas. Most wireless in-ear monitoring transmitters come with a simple… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    church system upkeep
    Bill Thrasher, Sr. 04/17/14 05:06 PM,
    When it comes to the upkeep of sound and A/V systems, I suspect that we often confuse or misuse the terms maintenance, service, repair, replacement and other related words. Here are a few of my definitions: Maintenance—General care and cleaning done at regular intervals that helps equipment and systems last longer and continue performing at their best; Service—More comprehensive than maintenance, this is usually performed by a trained professional with the purpose of addressing minor performance issues before they become… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesLoudspeakerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementSystemWireless

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    Michael MacDonald 04/17/14 04:34 PM,
    Well it’s that time of year! The start of the summer touring season is fast approaching. Yes, it’s the time of year when things really start to get busy. Comments like “It’s so busy I can’t breathe” are often heard. Too many balls in the air, and they begin to be dropped. Calls don’t get returned, and hair gets pulled out. Time management is the key to getting more done in any business. Once at a conference of dealers from… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • dennis bohn
    Dennis A. Bohn 04/17/14 12:17 PM,
    This article is provided by Rane Corporation.   This paper discusses the pitfalls (often subtle) of our industry’s failure to define and standardize what “unity gain” means, and the conditions necessary to measure it. It further discusses how people improperly use one piece of misinformation (impedance matching) to correct for this lack of standardization. All done, without knowing discrepancies exist between different pieces of equipment, and without knowing impedance matching is unnecessary, signal degrading, and wasteful. For me, it began… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVInterconnectMeasurementPowerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    church sound
    David McLain 04/16/14 05:04 PM,
    When thinking of a church, most people conjure images of a building with chairs or pews, carpet on the floor, maybe some stained glass. The loudspeakers hang in a cluster near the front and there’s a sound booth in the back. Down the hallway are the nursery and the church office. While that describes the majority of churches, a growing number of churches are forming that don’t fit that description at all. Churches that do not own a building are… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierBusinessConsolesEngineerLoudspeakerMixerProcessorSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • tech tip
    PSW Staff 04/16/14 03:36 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I want to start repairing and making some of my own cables. However, I came upon a term I’m sure is such common knowledge that my question really shows my ignorance. That said, here goes: what is “tinning”? I know it’s part of the soldering process, but can you explain why it’s important, etc? A: Thanks for the question! While it’s indeed common knowledge, there’s no reason for you to know what tinning is unless… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectSignal

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    dpa microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 04/15/14 12:44 PM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Some of the most popular instruments in many genres of music are keyboards, so let’s look at some techniques to capture a grand piano, upright piano, Leslie organ speaker, digital keyboard or synthesizer. Grand Piano This magnificent instrument is a challenge to record well. First have the piano tuned, and oil the pedals to reduce squeaks. You can prevent thumps by stuffing some foam or cloth under the pedal mechanism. One popular… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • mixing
    Craig Leerman 04/15/14 12:24 PM,
    Like the majority of people working in the audio biz, I love music. Growing up in the 1970s, I was fortunate that my favorite FM radio station played a pretty diverse selection of musical styles, including folk, soft rock, pop, disco, R&B, rock, and even heavy metal. While exposed to quite a few musical styles and artists, I developed personal favorites. Most Saturdays would find me at the record store, spending the few bucks earned that week from mowing lawns… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician





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