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  • Friday, May 08, 2015
    digital consoles
    Craig Leerman 05/08/15 11:32 AM,
    One of the notable aspects of newer digital consoles is that they can be upgraded, often to a significant degree, via new software and firmware that’s usually available as a convenient download. It’s a great way to garner even more capability without the need to invest in new console (or often, additional hardware), which is always a most welcome development. There’s been a significant amount of activity of late in this regard, and we thought it useful to offer a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConsolesDigitalMixerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, May 07, 2015
    wireless systems
    Craig Leerman 05/07/15 09:22 AM,
    Wireless systems are a key component in almost every facet of live entertainment production, especially concerts and corporate meetings and events. The demand continues to increase as the supply of available bandwidth is both shrinking and becoming more congested. As a result, pre-planning and wireless frequency coordination are becoming more important, particularly as the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is preparing to sell off more of the UHF spectrum where the majority of wireless microphones and monitoring systems operate (currently 470-698… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    image
    Craig Leerman 04/20/15 03:10 PM,
    Microphones come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but many of us typically categorize them in two basic groups: vocals and instruments. And the truth is that many models can excel at either task. Take the ubiquitous Shure SM57. It’s a “go-to” instrument mic found in almost every live and studio mic kit yet it also handles vocals and speech quite well. Ever see the podium for the president of the United States? It’s long incorporated a pair… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureSlideshowMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, April 07, 2015
    monitors
    Craig Leerman 04/07/15 12:24 PM,
    It can be tough performing live on a stage – all the noise, Noise, NOISE. This is the first thing in my mind when doing stage monitoring because too much noise can compromise performances and presentations. It’s hard to be at your best when you can’t hear, let alone think, due to a sonic assault, and no amount of magic monitor mixing or technique is going to fix it. The noise comes from everywhere. The backside of the house mains.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEngineerInterconnectLoudspeakerMicrophoneMonitoringProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, April 01, 2015
    audio-technica
    Craig Leerman 04/01/15 01:28 PM,
    The new Audio-Technica System 10 PRO digital wireless system (not to be confused with the System 10, released a couple of years ago) offers numerous advanced features, including dual channel units, the ability to remotely locate the receivers/antennas, rack-mounting, and a total of 10 units that can be used together. A durable metal body, half-rack-sized chassis unit can house two receiver units, and the receivers can also be located up to 328 feet away from the chassis, linked via standard… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductDigitalInterconnectMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Friday, March 06, 2015
    live sound international
    Craig Leerman 03/06/15 06:12 PM,
    While analog is still a popular and cost-effective method of signal distribution in pro audio, the benefits of going digital far outweigh the costs of switching from analog. No more electromagnetic interference (EMI) and high-frequency attenuation problems, and no more lugging around heavy multi-core analog snakes. Still, digital’s not perfect. Latency (signal delay caused by converting the audio to/from analog and between various digital equipment) is not nearly the issue it used to be, but it can still be problematic.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesDigitalEthernetInterconnectMixerNetworkingProcessorSignal

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    live sound international
    Craig Leerman 03/03/15 05:11 PM,
    Corporate events require a slightly different skill-set (and mind-set) than band and festival gigs. There’s a lot of waiting for people to make changes, hand-holding of clients who worry about everything, waiting for more changes, communicating changes to the crew (only to find out that things have changed again), calming clients who are now terrified the changes will ruin their show – and of course, some audio thrown in for good measure. Things to remember about corporate events: • There… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConcertConsolesEngineerLoudspeakerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementTechnicianWireless

  • 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

  • Thursday, February 05, 2015
    image
    Craig Leerman 02/05/15 03:35 PM,
    When shopping to add a new console to my company’s inventory, I look at three primary aspects: reliability, sonic quality, and routing options. Most consoles from the major manufacturers are reliable and sound great, so the choice often comes down to the inputs, outputs, networking and overall routing capabilities. There needs to be the required number of inputs necessary to handle most/all of the gigs my company works, and further, we want extensive routing options and outputs to both send… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductConsolesDigitalEthernetInterconnectMixerNetworkingSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    electro-voice
    Craig Leerman 01/27/15 03:29 PM,
    My Baltimore-area high school theater was outfitted with the first quality PA system I ever worked with. It had JBL horns and cabinets in a center cluster, powered by Crown amplifiers, with a 6-channel TAPCO mixer in the sound booth and Electro-Voice 664 microphones on stage. Initially, to my finely tuned 10th grade ears, the system didn’t sound very good – the performers could barely be heard, and there was a lot of feedback. But it wasn’t long before I… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundNewsStudy HallAVMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage