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Articles Tagged Best Practices

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2016
    stage monitors
    Craig Leerman 02/09/16 07:25 AM,
    My company has worked countless smaller to mid-sized festivals and variety shows over the years, and through trial and error we’ve discovered several approaches and problem-solvers that make life a little easier when it comes to working with stage monitoring. As always, the first step to success is advancing the gig. We never take the promoter’s word that the riders we’ve received are current, so we call each artist’s representative to make sure we’ve got the latest monitoring requirements. The… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConcertConsolesDigitalInterconnectLoudspeakerMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, January 11, 2016
    signal flow
    Barry McKinnon 01/11/16 07:06 AM,
    Editor’s Note: This article was featured in the very first issue of Live Sound International, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Published in January 1992, the article is understandably a bit dated, yet it still provides a wealth of valuable information on an important topic in sound reinforcement. Signal distribution can get unwieldy at times. One of the worst situations is the slow evolution of a sound reinforcement system. The growing demands on the system require the addition of components until… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectPowerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, January 08, 2016
    prosoundweb
    PSW Staff 01/08/16 11:39 AM,
    ProSoundWeb presents at least two feature articles every day of the working week, meaning that there are 40-plus long-form articles highlighted each and every month. That’s a lot. In fact, so much so that we got to thinking that it would be handy to present a round-up of the most-read articles for those who might have missed at least some of them the first time around. What follows is the top 5 most-read articles on PSW for the month of… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingChurch SoundFeatureBlogEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioTechnician

  • Thursday, January 07, 2016
    wireless systems
    Ike Zimbel 01/07/16 12:04 PM,
    When deploying wireless, whether it’s a single system or several, and whether it’s for a tour, a one-off, a broadcast, at a church or wherever, it’s important to keep track of a whole range of parameters besides the most obvious one of frequency selection. Why? The two main reasons are consistency and preparation. In other words, making sure that anything that needs to be replaced, from a single piece to the entire system, is checked and vetted as well as… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneMonitoringProcessorSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Thursday, December 10, 2015
    mixing consoles
    Craig Leerman 12/10/15 12:41 PM,
    At the heart of a sound reinforcement system is the mixing console, handling the routing, gain adjustments, balancing between inputs, EQ, and possibly some processing of the audio as well. When it’s a large analog console, invariably at least one person walks up to us at a gig to ask, “Do you know what all those knobs do?” Recently while freelancing at a gig on an unfamiliar digital board, I had to ask another audio tech for help in finding… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    microphones
    Craig Leerman 12/08/15 06:55 AM,
    A lot of my work is with conferences and corporate meetings. The approach is slightly different in comparison to traditional music gigs, particularly when it comes to microphones. Wireless lavalier and headworn/earset microphones are common in “corporates,” visually discreet while allowing presenters to move about the stage and use their hands to demonstrate products or operate controls of computers and AV equipment. When the feed is going to a PA system, lavalier mics with a directional pattern should be used… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, December 07, 2015
    recording
    Michael Romanowski 12/07/15 12:15 PM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   The mastering engineer is the last step of the artistic phase, and the first step of the manufacturing phase. It’s the final opportunity to listen, polish, and make a change in the sonic presentation. It’s also the first step of the manufacturing phase, because it prepares the master in the way that best suits the needs of the manufacturer. The goal is to listen to the broad picture; the actual content is immaterial. The mastering… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSignalSoftwareStudio

  • Friday, December 04, 2015
    church sound
    Chris Huff 12/04/15 10:02 AM,
    PSW Top 20 presented by Renkus-Heinz   “Can you come to our church and run sound in a few weeks?” “Can you run sound for my band next weekend?” Work as an audio geek long enough and you’ll get these questions, usually followed by the statement, “Don’t worry, we’ve got all the gear, you just need to show up.” Danger Will Robinson! I’ve been in these situations and one thing’s for sure: it’s never as easy as it sounds. Standard… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEngineerInterconnectMeasurementMixerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Wednesday, December 02, 2015
    prosoundweb
    Nicholas Radina 12/02/15 11:54 AM,
    Being organized and prepared ahead of the gig is a huge key for the independent audio practitioner, a.k.a., Lone Audio Ranger. As I write this article, I’m smack dab in the middle of a multi-day, mixed programming event – a live outdoor cooking show with lots of wireless, video playback, record feeds, musicians, and emcees. This event is impeccably organized with everyone on the same page, and for the most part, happy. I chalk it up as a success. Yet… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConsolesEngineerInterconnectMixerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015
    prosoundweb
    Patrick Killianey 12/01/15 03:29 PM,
    A while back, I took some aspiring engineers to a trade show where some “antiques” were on display. Namely, CD/DVD players, along with a few analog multitrack players. Over the last 30 years, audio equipment has certainly followed the better-smaller-cheaper model of the computer industry. But like the computer market, repairs are no longer typically done at the part level. If the laser in a CD player goes bad, the chassis with the whole drive motor and optical track will… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureStudy HallAnalogDigitalEducationEngineerInstallationSignalStudioSystemTechnician



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