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Articles Tagged Cabling And Interconnect

  • Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    direct boxes
    Gary Parks 07/08/14 03:53 PM,
    Given the wide variety of audio sources that are connected to the microphone and line inputs of the mix console, the availability of high-quality DI boxes is a true blessing. Electric basses, acoustic guitars with piezo transducers, other stringed and wind instruments with pickups, effects units, CD players, computers, and more contribute to the overall audio palette of the event. DI boxes (also called direct boxes) are the tools that allow the disparate sources, each with its own distinct functions,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Sunday, June 22, 2014
    church sound
    PSW Staff 06/22/14 11:40 AM,
    Operating the sound system from the mix position during a recent Sunday worship service, it all began when the first note from our grand piano was distorted. Hmm… We’d checked the piano channel and sound prior to the service, and all was fine. My first reaction to the distortion being produced was to reduce the gain on that console channel, thinking perhaps the piano player was nailing the keys very hard. Yet the problem remained. Next, I did a pre-fade… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInstallationInterconnectMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    power techniques
    Bill Whitlock 06/11/14 12:05 PM,
    When a system contains two or more pieces of equipment that are grounded, whether via power cords or other ground connections, a “ground loop” will likely be formed. (See Figure 1, below.) Although ground loops often involve power line safety ground connections, disabling them is both highly dangerous and illegal. However, devices called “ground isolators” can be inserted in the signal path to break the loop safely. This approach attacks the problem at its fundamental roots, while tampering with safety… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectPowerSignalSystem

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    tech tip
    PSW Staff 04/16/14 03:36 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I want to start repairing and making some of my own cables. However, I came upon a term I’m sure is such common knowledge that my question really shows my ignorance. That said, here goes: what is “tinning”? I know it’s part of the soldering process, but can you explain why it’s important, etc? A: Thanks for the question! While it’s indeed common knowledge, there’s no reason for you to know what tinning is unless… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectSignal

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
    signal levels
    Peter Janis 04/10/14 03:06 PM,
    Today’s live stage productions have become tremendously complex. All sorts of different instruments and electronic sources must be “orchestrated” along side the microphones and signals that need to be split off to a multitude of mixers to feed the house system, stage monitors, in-ear monitors, broadcast truck, Internet uplink and recording system. Paramount to the design is trying to insure some form of simplicity or standardization that will allow quick changes should disaster occur. In fact, even with today’s most… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • audio cable
    PSW Staff 04/10/14 02:14 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I’m currently in the process of building a home studio and just at the point of wiring all of the raw cable to patch bays. However, I’m a bit stuck because I’m not sure what patch bays to get. Is one “style” of patch bay better/more durable than another? I guess the same question goes for the patch cables themselves. A: Wow, is this ever a loaded question. Because the industry can’t come to a… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectSignalStudio

  • Friday, April 04, 2014
    live sound international
    Craig Leerman 04/04/14 04:16 PM,
    A few weeks ago one of the neighbors in the industrial complex where I keep my shop came over to say hello while I was in the middle of doing some PM (preventative maintenance) on cables. As I sat at a bench surrounded by piles of microphone and loudspeaker lines, he asked why I was spending so much time on “stupid cords.” I replied, simply, that without the stupid cords, the rest of my equipment is worthless. A system is… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogDigitalEthernetInterconnectNetworkingSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, March 21, 2014
    cable
    Victor Brown 03/21/14 01:51 PM,
    Cable selection presents two primary challenges: myriad choices and overall quality. I’ve explored these challenges and have defined six factors that can help point you in the right direction. These factors include appearance, durability, flexibility, sonics, conductivity and shielding. Let’s have a look. Appearance Understand the difference between the look of quality—like shiny gold-plated connector housings—and actual quality construction and materials. A primary problem arises when assumptions are made that the materials inside a cable housing are as fancy as… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectLoudspeakerSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    image
    Rob Stam 03/12/14 04:50 PM,
    Over the years, in my many encounters with church building committees, there’s often a common theme: The desire to build a room that can be utilized for a multitude of functions, including worship, special events, dinners, receptions…the list goes on. It’s a discussion filled with looking toward the future, and one that necessitates compromise in order to accommodate any number of issues. For example, wouldn’t it have been nice—25 years ago—if the building committee had considered that there might be… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionAudioConsolesInstallationInterconnectMicrophoneSignalStage

  • Monday, February 24, 2014
    image
    Al Keltz 02/24/14 07:51 AM,
    While they’ve become one of the most popular and recognized multipin connectors in pro audio, the back-story of how MASS connectors came to have such impact shouldn’t be overlooked. Interestingly, MASS connectors weren’t even intended for audio applications; rather, they were originally developed for use in oil exploration. Oil company engineers connected seismographs with miles of cable in areas suspected of containing oil deposits. Explosive charges were then buried along the lines and detonated. The resulting echo “signatures” were captured… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductStudy HallAnalogConcertInterconnectSignalSound ReinforcementSystem