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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

  • waves
    David Stagl 02/17/15 12:33 PM,
    I tend to go back and forth on some of my mixing approaches. For example, I thought I had sworn off using drum overhead mics in exchange for under-miking cymbals, but lately I’ve been flying my good ol’ overhead mic on the drums again. When I do use an overhead mic, I’ve become a fan of using an X-Y stereo mic to capture more of an overall kit sound than simply cymbals. Using a stereo mic is advantageous for this… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsMixerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, February 13, 2015
    recording
    Joe Gilder 02/13/15 01:03 PM,
    Article provided by Home Studio Corner.   Ever thought about using a patchbay in your studio? More elaborate patchbays can provide unlimited freedom in interconnecting your equipment, but on the downside, there can be significant cost involved. Yet there can be several benefits in having some sort of a patchbay available—and in this video, Joe presents an alternative. It involves using a relatively inexpensive, off-the-shelf solution, providing the equivalent of sixteen (16) 50-foot cables in one box at a far… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectProcessorSignalStudio

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015
    microphones
    Craig Leerman 02/12/15 03:17 PM,
    What are generally categorized as “miniature” microphones come in three basic configurations: lavalier, headworn and suspended. As someone who does a lot of corporate shows and events, I’ve got quite a bit experience with all three types. Lavalier mics (“lavs”) can be attached to clothing (usually via a clip) or hidden in costumes, hats and even hair (usually for theatrical performances) to pick up vocals without being visually distracting. They come in wired versions but are far more commonly are… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectMicrophoneRemoteSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • 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

  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    recording
    Daniel Keller 02/11/15 01:57 PM,
    Before there was digital recording, before spring reverb, even before analog tape, there was EQ. Equalization is one of the oldest tools in the audio engineer’s arsenal, and one of the most useful. Used judiciously, EQ can do wonders to de-clutter a crowded soundscape. Used with precision, it can remove offending sounds we hadn’t necessarily intended to capture. Used correctly, a bit of EQ can be all that’s needed to make peace between dueling guitars, scoop the mud from the… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogConsolesMixerProcessorStudio