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Articles Tagged Craig Leerman

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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    Craig Leerman 01/10/17 12:11 PM,
    Today’s music and special effects (like explosions in motion picture soundtracks) include a lot of low-frequency content. While larger full-range loudspeakers may have a wide frequency range, it takes subwoofers to really reproduce low end with impact, especially for bass-heavy music like electronic dance (EDM) and reggae. Deployment of main loudspeakers is usually a relatively straightforward matter, but locating and configuring subs presents numerous options and can be a bit of a challenge. Let’s start with the basics. Subwoofers are… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLoudspeakerMeasurementProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017
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    Craig Leerman 01/03/17 08:03 AM,
    Of all the tools my company brings to shows, computers (in laptop form) are certainly among the most important. They allow us to edit and play back music tracks, convert audio file formats, measure/analyze audio, and evaluate/monitor the RF spectrum and coordinate frequencies for wireless systems. We can also get equipment manuals and quick start guides, surf the web during downtime and even record the gig. Whether it’s a Mac or PC doesn’t matter as long as it helps make… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVMicrophoneNetworkingSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 12/06/16 02:13 PM,
    Acoustic performances, and the instruments themselves, usually need to be handled differently than the electronic side of things. Thumping kick drums, compressed bass guitars and the like are not the norm for performances intended to be more musically subtle. A more natural sound is desired and it starts with microphone choice and deployment. Fortunately, most instruments can be picked up quite nicely with just three types of mics that most sound folks already have in their inventories. A mic locker… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertEducationEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 12/01/16 08:05 AM,
    In its most basic form, a DI – also known as a direct box and short for “direct injection” and/or “direct insert” – takes an unbalanced high-impedance signal (i.e., from an electric guitar or keyboard) and converts it to a balanced low-impedance signal. This process is needed when running high-impedance signal at long distances, such as down a snake to a front of house console. Unconverted, the unbalanced signal can pick up noise; also, sending high-impedance signal at longer distances… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureProductAVInterconnectSignalSound ReinforcementStageStudio

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 11/29/16 07:33 AM,
    Sure, you have a great microphone collection, the latest digital console, and fantastic loudspeakers – that’s everything required of a sound company, right? Well, not exactly. The truth is that it’s the little things that can make the most significant difference between a “good” or “great” gig. Here’s a list of some (not all) of the “must haves” at any show, no matter how big or small. —- Gaffer (“Gaff”) Tape – not “duct” (or “duck”) tape, or masking tape,… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallAVBusinessConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStageSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, November 01, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 11/01/16 11:37 AM,
    We’ve all been there. The room is highly reflective or the PA can’t be placed in a preferred location for whatever reason. Or both. Ideally, you’ve noted the challenges during a walk-through and can put some thought into an overall approach and a system design that will produce success despite the obstacles. My most recent “nightmare room” serves as an example of what can be done. The space was square with two glass walls of full-length windows, two more walls… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallAVBusinessConcertDigitalLine ArrayLoudspeakerMonitoringProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, October 17, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 10/17/16 10:49 AM,
    Ask any person on the planet to think of a vintage microphone, and the Shure Model 55 is what probably comes to mind. This iconic mic was introduced in 1939, and two models that sport the distinctive box shape are still in the Shure catalog. Pretty good for a design celebrating more than 75 years! Not only is the Model 55 one of the best looking mics ever made, it also introduced a breakthrough technology in using just a single… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Friday, October 07, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 10/07/16 08:21 AM,
    Sometimes the differences between a good and a great system design are the “little things” like cables, connectors, mounts, stands, rigging, and so on. So let’s shine a bit of light on these often overlooked aspects. Loudspeaker cables come in many styles and lengths but they all do the same thing, which is to provide two conductors to connect a passive loudspeaker to its respective amplifier output. The rule of thumb is simple: “Use the largest gauge cable possible and… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectLine ArrayLoudspeakerSignalSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Thursday, September 22, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 09/22/16 06:36 AM,
    Hi. My name is Craig, and I’m a gearaholic. I tried to find a 12-step program, but quite frankly if I have to move gear more than six steps, I’m going to need a hand truck because my back isn’t what it used to be. It’s not just that I like gear; it’s that I’m addicted to it. I fall asleep reading equipment catalogs. I bypass articles in trade magazines, unless they’re talking specifically about gear, to look at the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConsolesEngineerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 09/07/16 10:42 AM,
    Whether it’s a large festival line array rig or a single loudspeaker on a stick, all audio systems have one thing in common and that’s a need for power. Before starting to design, build, or use any power distribution equipment, the local laws and electric code should be consulted. The place to start is the National Electrical Code (NEC), sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and published every three years. The purpose of the NEC is to safeguard… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallTrainingAVBusinessConcertEducationEngineerMeasurementPowerSound ReinforcementStageSystemTechnician



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