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Articles Tagged Craig Leerman

  • Friday, April 22, 2016
    isemic
    Craig Leerman 04/22/16 09:41 AM,
    As an audio technician, my ears have the final say in how a system is tuned, but with the passing of time, they’re not quite as reliable as they used to be. As a result, I’m increasingly relying on measurement systems to help with dialing in the PA. I also utilize SPL apps on my phone and iPad to help monitor volume levels, and that’s worked out well. So when I first saw the iSEMic 725TR measurement microphone from iSEMcon,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductAVMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSound 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

  • Monday, March 07, 2016
    digital console
    Craig Leerman 03/07/16 03:29 PM,
    Today’s digital consoles have an enormous amount of features already built in, but that’s not the end of the story. Many can be expanded even further with additional I/O (input and outputs) via stage boxes as well as networking with various other devices like monitor consoles, personal monitoring systems, and recording/broadcast trucks. In addition, there’s often basic (at least) recording to USB onboard, various ways to interface with digital audio workstations (DAW) and recording units, and more. All of this… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureProductAVConsolesDigitalProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    image
    Craig Leerman 02/17/16 03:26 PM,
    The textbook definition of a microphone is a transducer that converts acoustical energy (sound waves) into electrical energy. Basically, a sound wave hits a diaphragm or membrane and causes it to vibrate. These vibrations are turned into electricity and flow out to the console. Mics are usually categorized by the conversion process that’s used to turn acoustical energy into electricity. The most common type used on live stages are dynamic designs that work on the electromagnet principle where a coil… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureProductSlideshowStudy HallAVManufacturerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    prosoundweb
    Craig Leerman 02/10/16 08:46 AM,
    There are many different ways of checking PA systems. Some of us play music and walk around the venue, while others use sweeps or pink noise and deploy on a measurement program. Many do a combination of both. Regardless, at some point in the process, we usually grab a microphone and listen to the PA with our own voice. Witnessing hundreds (thousands?) of these voice checks over the years has led me to compile the following “types.” Which one do… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertEngineerMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • 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

  • Friday, January 22, 2016
    image
    Craig Leerman 01/22/16 11:12 AM,
    How many freelance stagehands does it take to plug in a cable? It sounds like the setup line of a joke, but it’s actually the subject of a recent discussion with a colleague. At a gig a couple of weeks ago, he’d asked a freelance stagehand to plug in a cable at the back of a rack. It was dark, particularly in the recesses of the rack, and the stagehand couldn’t see the channel numbers (let alone the jacks). Without… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionAudioBusinessConcertEngineerTechnician

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    consoles
    Craig Leerman 01/20/16 07:17 AM,
    Digital consoles typically aren’t limited in terms of interconnect to what’s physically included within the control surface, expandable with a variety of stage boxes that provide a wealth of inputs and outputs as well as routing and more in both the digital and analog realms. Many of these boxes also carry the console’s “mix engine” and remote controllable microphone preamps, along with facilitating networking with other system components and handy for all sorts of outboard recording and playback, broadcast feeds,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductConsolesDigitalEthernetInterconnectMixerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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    Craig Leerman 12/30/15 07:38 AM,
    The Old Soundman once said to me, “A speaker ain’t a speaker unless it’s got some speakers inside.” Indeed, true words of wisdom. Cone and compression driver technology has improved considerably over the years, mirroring the progress of the loudspeaker systems that utilize them. The result is sonic quality that’s vastly upgraded, along with enhanced durability. Advanced design techniques and the employment of materials such as neodymium in magnet structures have helped lead this charge. Today’s drivers are marked by… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureSlideshowAVLoudspeakerManufacturerSound Reinforcement

  • 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



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