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Articles Tagged Best Practices

  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    microphones
    Joe Shambro 04/06/16 04:29 PM,
    In the world of live sound, certain topics are guaranteed to draw fellow engineers into a multi-hour discussion that ends in no agreement and a hefty bar tab. Drum miking is at (or near) the top of the list. Further, every situation is different. Sometimes it’s best to just go with a pair of overheads and a kick mic, while at the other end of the spectrum, sometimes the situation calls for individual spot mics for all 48 inputs on… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertMicrophoneMixerProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, April 05, 2016
    audio tools
    Craig Leerman 04/05/16 12:28 PM,
    The majority of live shows and events present interconnect challenges. We need to interface our gear with installed house systems, recording or broadcast trucks, A/V companies, rental gear, and even equipment from our own inventory that has different connectors. My company’s inventory, for example, consists of various analog and digital consoles, some of which have 1/4-inch TRS (tip/ring/sleeve) connectors for outputs, while others have XLR connectors and still others are outfitted with some combination of both. As a general rule,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectMixerNetworkingPowerSignalSound ReinforcementStage

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    Ike Zimbel 04/05/16 06:54 AM,
    In early 1986 I got a call to see if I was available to mix an up-and-coming young band for a gig at the local art college. If it worked out, there were more gigs to come. I was indeed available, and subsequently arrived at the appointed hour to load in. The PA was, as things were at the time, made up of individual components: bass bins, low-mid cabinets, mid-high horns, and tweeters. I don’t remember what brand (or brands)… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConcertEducationEngineerInterconnectMicrophoneMonitoringSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, April 04, 2016
    image
    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

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016
    live sound
    Ken DeLoria 03/29/16 05:41 AM,
    If you’ve ever been on a large gig where the primary sound system failed, even if just for a short period, you’ve probably sensed you’re at risk of being on the wrong side of an impending riot. Audiences get restless, to say the least. This is an extremely high-stress position to be in. If you’re the go-to technician expected to restore service, the rapidly elevating tension makes it tremendously difficult to troubleshoot the problem with each passing half-moment. It isn’t… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierConsolesInterconnectMicrophonePowerSignalSoftwareSystem

  • Friday, March 04, 2016
    wireless systems
    Ike Zimbel 03/04/16 10:06 AM,
    So, you’ve done your scan, frequency coordination, antenna placement, walk-around and war-gaming tests, and everything works. All of your wireless transmitters are resting comfortably in their metal trays, the batteries are good and line check has verified that all of your units are sending audio where they’re supposed to. What else can go wrong? Well, for one, a presenter or performer can end up with the wrong transmitter in his/her hand at a critical moment. Wireless microphones, being, well, wireless,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2016
    live sound
    Jonah Altrove 03/02/16 11:24 AM,
    As sound engineers, we’re tasked with shaping the sound of the artist’s performance. When we’re running our consoles, we’re literally “putting together the pieces” of a song into the product that the audience hears. I’ve found that gaining an understanding of how a song “works” – how different sounds play different roles in the arrangement – help my chances of relating the song to the audience in a way that’s enjoyable and engaging. An awareness of how different instrumental parts… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    audio power
    Mike Sokol 02/16/16 11:59 AM,
    I’ve been a professional audio engineer for 40-plus years and a musician for 10 years more than that, and during that time, I’ve witnessed hundreds of shock events on performance stages, recording studios, and even factory floors. A survey I ran on ProSoundWeb a few years ago revealed that 70 percent of the 3,000 musicians who responded had been shocked at least once on stage – some so severely that they were knocked unconscious. I’ve also witnessed dozens of ground-fault… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectPowerSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016
    prosoundweb
    PSW Staff 02/11/16 02:34 PM,
    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 SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogAVEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioTechnician

  • 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



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