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Articles Tagged Craig Leerman

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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    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
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    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

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    microphones
    Craig Leerman 12/08/15 06:55 AM,
    A lot of my work is with conferences and corporate meetings. The approach is slightly different in comparison to traditional music gigs, particularly when it comes to microphones. Wireless lavalier and headworn/earset microphones are common in “corporates,” visually discreet while allowing presenters to move about the stage and use their hands to demonstrate products or operate controls of computers and AV equipment. When the feed is going to a PA system, lavalier mics with a directional pattern should be used… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
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    Craig Leerman & Keith Clark 11/12/15 12:29 PM,
    In the world of sound there’s an old adage that states, “Your system is only as good as the weakest component in the signal chain.” This is especially true of a system’s loudspeakers. They are the last link in the chain and are directly responsible for communicating everything that’s been done to the signal along the way. Going beyond simply delivering sound into a room, they actually become a living physical element, dynamically interacting with their surroundings. In other words,… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLine ArrayLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Thursday, November 05, 2015
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    PSW Staff 11/05/15 11:16 AM,
    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. Here we kick off with the top 5 most-read articles on PSW for the… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingChurch SoundFeatureBlogAVEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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    Craig Leerman 10/13/15 06:25 AM,
    I was recently working a stage at a local festival in Vegas. There were many other performers, some on small stages and some just walking around. While out on a food run, I ran into a large crowd watching a performance and stopped to take a look. It was a Native American puppeteer dressed in cowboy-style clothing, operating a marionette designed to look Native American and dressed in traditional costume, complete with a big feather headdress. And the guy was… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician



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