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  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
    microphones
    Greg Stone 02/26/15 04:11 PM,
    All microphones are not created equal. Cardioid, supercardioid, hypercardioid, condenser, ribbon - literally dozens of choices. (It’s enough to give you a cardioid cardiac!) In many situations, our budgets just won’t allow the top-of-the-line models in our mic cases. Meanwhile, the same questions present themselves for every show, large or small. What kind of mic(s) on the backline? What to do about the softly singing angel at lead vocal? What about the singer that can never ever stay on mic… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureVideoStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneMonitoringStage

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    jensen
    Bill Whitlock 02/25/15 02:09 PM,
    If electrical wiring, from main breaker panel to outlet, consists of Romex and plastic J-boxes, an “isolated” or “technical” ground system is already in place. This is the case In most, but not all, residential wiring. However, when wiring consists of metallic conduit and J-boxes, as in most commercial buildings, an isolated safety-grounding scheme can sometimes reduce audio system noise. It is most applicable in situations where conduit may come in contact with building steel, water pipes, gas pipes, or… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectMeasurementPowerSignalSystem

  • Monday, February 23, 2015
    church sound
    Gary Zandstra 02/23/15 05:45 AM,
    This article is provided by Gary Zandstra.com.   Producing great sound in a worship service can seem as elusive as finding a soloist who always sings on key. However, this doesn’t have to be. Many factors influence the quality of sound: room acoustics, sound-system design and performance, operator experience, and quality of musical performance. Here are some practical tips on how to tie all of that together toward an optimum result. 1) Understand The Basics To get the most out… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEducationEngineerInterconnectLoudspeakerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Friday, February 20, 2015
    pat brown
    Pat Brown 02/20/15 03:29 PM,
      As I was preparing for our recent OptEQ workshop in Dallas, a few things crystallized for me, the most fundamental being “what is equalization?” If you ask 10 audio practitioners this simple question, you’re likely to get 10 different answers. In the most literal sense, equalization means to “make equal.” But make what equal? Here are some thoughts for consideration. Literal Definition In the strictest use of the term, equalization applies to the correction of minimum phase aberrations in… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogDigitalMeasurementProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    wireless
    Ike Zimbel 02/17/15 04:32 PM,
    One of the main causes of RF (radio frequency) interference is intermodulation products created by our own wireless equipment. In this piece, I will outline some of the common setup and handling errors that contribute to this problem. First up is increased noise floor and intermodulation (intermod or IM) products due to transmitters being in very close proximity. If you work with a single band and just put mics up on stands every day, you might not encounter this. But… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMeasurementMicrophoneRemoteSignalSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015
    church sound
    Mike Sessler 02/12/15 01:09 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Recently I had an experience I’ve had before. I was working on mixing down a song we did a few years ago, and I just couldn’t get it working. I do this stuff for fun now that I have more free time, and I enjoy playing with different techniques in the studio that I wouldn’t be able to do live. I had been working on the mix for quite a while, and it… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Friday, February 06, 2015
    live sound international
    Chris Huff 02/06/15 10:44 AM,
    I created a frog. It wasn’t intentional. Naturally, I’m not talking about a real frog, but look at the photo that opens this article. You’ll never read a mixing book that says, “Make the snare’s EQ curve look like a frog in water.” (If you do, stop immediately and back away.) Seriously, when it comes to snare mixing, the last place (literally) you want to be is behind the mixer. With that in mind, here are three primary factors I’ve… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConsolesEngineerMicrophoneMixerProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    church sound
    Kent Margraves 02/04/15 02:18 PM,
    The worship audio mixer’s job is executed in the mix position during services, but success is mostly established outside the mix position prior to worship. 1) Rehearsal Music. Get whatever rehearsal music media is available to the worship team for review (legally). Learn the arrangements by listening during the week. Not only will your mixes come together quicker for each song, you’ll also anticipate things like guitar solos or false endings before they happen – not just after they’ve already… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConsolesEngineerInterconnectLoudspeakerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Tuesday, February 03, 2015
    live sound
    Karl Winkler 02/03/15 03:43 PM,
    I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the role musical education plays in audio mixing. There have been numerous threads about the subject in several on-line forums, and the responses seem evenly divided between “not needed but it doesn’t hurt” and “it’s actually a hindrance” and “it certainly helps.” Because I earned a degree in music performance, I’m biased on the subject, with my opinion leaning toward the “it helps” camp. Still, I can’t help but wonder if it really… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEducationEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
    micrphone techniques
    Bruce Bartlett 01/26/15 08:50 AM,
    Let’s face it—the live sound reinforcement realm presents some microphone challenges that regularly threaten sound quality. Look at the conditions. The monitors feed back. They leak into the vocal microphones and color the sound. The bass sound leaks into the drum mics, and the drums leak into the piano microphones. And then there are the other mic-related gremlins breath pops, lighting buzzes, wireless-mic glitches, and even electric shocks. So let’s have a look at solving at least some of these… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageTechnician