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Articles Tagged Craig Leerman

  • Thursday, July 07, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 07/07/16 11:33 AM,
    Several years ago my company was hired to provide production for a fashion show in a ballroom. In advancing the show with the producer, the audio portion looked to be fairly easy, with just a few wireless microphones for the presenters and music playback provided by a DJ. Outputs were supposed to be the feeds to the left and right main PA stacks, along with a send to the video company recording the show. Add a board mic and our… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallAVConcertEngineerInterconnectSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, July 01, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 07/01/16 06:06 AM,
    Some of us may only have access to a limited microphone inventory in our day-to-day work, while others may have a wider range of choices. Regardless, most tend to stick with “go-to” favorites in terms of both mics and techniques. There’s rarely if ever the luxury of testing different mics and positioning at sound check, so we opt for what we know works. Amidst this routine, however, there are bound to be situations where a creative, unusual mic choice and/or… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallAVEducationEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Monday, June 27, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 06/27/16 06:11 AM,
    Festival season, in particular, means dealing with portable generators for show power. At performance venues, we hardly give power a second thought, simply handing our tails or feeder to the house electrician to tie into the “company switch.” Then we check the voltages at the distro end with a meter to make sure everything is connected properly, and that’s usually it – no more thinking about the power until it’s time to disconnect at the end of the gig. The… View this story
    Filed in: ProductionFeatureProductStudy HallProductionAudioPowerSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, June 02, 2016
    isemic
    Craig Leerman 06/02/16 04:05 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

  • Wednesday, June 01, 2016
    waves audio
    Craig Leerman 06/01/16 11:59 AM,
    A console that has a computer for a brain, rather than being limited to hard-wired analog paths, offers many advantages. Easily one of the most significant is that new features and capabilities can be easily (and at low to no cost) added via software updates. This provides much better return on investment to those who purchase the gear while also making life easier on the mix and tech side of the equation. The software-based approach also means that firmware upgrades… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConsolesDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsMixerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    podcasts
    Craig Leerman 05/11/16 11:33 AM,
    As audio professionals, we’re usually not concerned with how the content of podcasts and webcasts is delivered. Our focus is getting quality audio to the recorder or computer and making things sound their best. I categorize casting and streaming into two basic groups: speech gigs and musical performances. Typically, the web conferences and corporate podcasts that I work consist mainly of speech with some pre-recorded music thrown in. Music performances are a bit more complex and I’ll address how to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalInterconnectNetworkingProcessor

  • Thursday, May 05, 2016
    live sound
    Craig Leerman 05/05/16 12:40 PM,
    Recently a young person asked me about my work, and as I explained some of the various aspects, it triggered something in my brain. I realized that I had actually just barely scratched the surface in terms of telling him about the wide range of responsibilities that many of us have. For example, we’re regularly involved with sales before the show (and often during and after). From simply speaking to clients about their needs, to putting bids together, to being… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • 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
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    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



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