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  • Monday, April 04, 2016
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    Andy Coules 04/04/16 10:18 AM,
    As a sound engineer, you spend years honing the ability to subtly appraise a mix. You learn to zoom in on each individual element and then zoom out to the whole mix, rapidly making decisions about what is and isn’t working so that you can tweak various parameters to bring those individual elements into one glorious whole. After a while it becomes sub-conscious, you’re not even aware of it, it’s just part of what you do. The only problem being… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertConsolesEngineerMicrophoneMixerSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, March 28, 2016
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    Bruce Main 03/28/16 06:18 AM,
    It wasn’t too many years ago that most shows were supported with trapezoidal point-source loudspeakers that were either horn loaded or front loaded. There were numerous touring companies providing proprietary loudspeaker systems, some well engineered and some not so well. Rigging was often an afterthought, and many systems were ground stacked. Companies sprang up that did nothing but design and build aftermarket flying hardware to support both proprietary and manufacturer loudspeakers. Depending on the combination of rigging and loudspeakers, the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSoftwareSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Friday, March 25, 2016
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    Wesley Smith 03/25/16 05:47 AM,
    This article is provided by PreSonus.   Although discussions of digital audio conversion have filled several books, a fundamental understanding of two terms is particularly important to correctly using your computer-based recording system: sample rate and bit depth. The conversion process is complex, and there are multiple ways to accomplish it. But no worries: We’re just going to discuss sample rate and bit depth at a basic level, as applied to linear pulse-code modulation (PCM), one of the most common… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsProcessorSoftwareStudio

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016
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    Chris Huff 03/24/16 05:43 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Many a new bass player starts with thumping out the notes in the chords of a song. They are mixed then as low-end filler.  As they progress in their skill as a bassist, are you still mixing them as an afterthought?  Sitting in the sanctuary, I watched the worship band practice. Most everyone sounded great.  And then there was the bassist. He was playing the triad notes of the chords in… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalMixerProcessor

  • Thursday, March 17, 2016
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    Gary Zandstra 03/17/16 10:13 AM,
    This article is provided by Gary Zandstra.com.   A good friend of mine, Mark, is the technical director at a large local church. A few years ago he sent me an email describing the “disaster” he had on a Sunday morning.  An excerpt: “To our surprise we had a total audio failure during the first 1/3 of second service yesterday. The audio stuttered for a brief second, came back on for about two seconds and then went totally off…. To… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogGary Z's Church SoundOpinionStudy HallEngineerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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    Mike Sokol 03/16/16 06:54 PM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”—Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride The Twitterverse was hopping last night with news of Canadian singer Grimes being “electrocuted” during a concert in Dublin. (Go here and #Grimes on Twitter.) While she was shocked on stage, she definitely wasn’t electrocuted multiple times. That’s because the word “electrocution” refers to death by electric shock. If she was indeed killed by… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectPowerSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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    Dennis A. Bohn 03/15/16 10:44 AM,
    This article is provided by Rane Corporation.   Editor’s Note: Dennis originally wrote this article in 1986 and was last revised in 1998, yet the information is as relevant now as it was then. John Roberts is one of my heroes. John wrote a regular column for the now defunct magazine Recording Engineer/Producer (RE/P) entitled “Exposing Audio Mythology.” “Laying to Rest…or at least exposing the false premises upon which they are based…some of the pro audio industry’s more obvious ‘Old… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVMeasurementProcessorSignal

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016
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    Joe Shambro 03/10/16 06:45 AM,
    Have you thought about just how much processing power we, as mix engineers of the digital age, carry around in our live rigs, even in the most simple setups – and what that processing power would look like represented in outboard gear? A few years ago, adding any level of expanded capability, let alone having the luxury of adding “flavor” to a console, involved a great deal of effort. You’d need to carefully select the amount of outboard gear to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesDigitalNetworkingProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, March 08, 2016
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    Chris Huff 03/08/16 11:37 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   No place is an engineer’s talent more tested than with vocals. A singer’s range, frequency characteristics, and vocal style all contribute to the specific sound and how it’s treated in a mix. Song arrangement is another influence. Anything’s possible, whether it’s a lead with backing vocals, multiple leads taking turns, guest vocalists, duets, and many other combinations, and this interplay is another factor in mix decisions. With so many variables and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, March 07, 2016
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    Mike Sokol 03/07/16 11:50 AM,
    Here’s something I’ve seen in at least three churches over the last several months, so I know it happens. Let’s suppose there’s a standard 100-foot audio snake from the console position running to the stage. But instead of putting the amp rack on the stage, maybe the facility is using a powered mixer at front of house, or the amp rack is already sitting next to the mixer. A look over at the audio snake shows XLR inputs from the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSound Reinforcement



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