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Articles Tagged Dave Rat

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    Dave Rat 10/21/15 12:54 PM,
    Mixing front of house sound for festivals is both one of the easiest and most challenging situations we face as live sound engineers. They present a perfect storm of all factors working against us: minimal setup and sound check time, huge audiences, pressures from band management, outdoor environmental factors, plus show reviewers can make direct comparisons between the quality of our mix and a multitude of others. To make things worse, unless we work for a top-billed artist on the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductionAudioConsolesDigitalInstallationLoudspeakerMixerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Thursday, October 08, 2015
    PSW Staff 10/08/15 05:29 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: AVFeatureAVDigitalEducationEngineerLoudspeakerMicrophoneProcessorSound ReinforcementStageStudioTechnicianWireless

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    Dave Rat 09/29/15 03:14 PM,
    To accomplish anything in life, we, as humanly creatures, must utilize an assortment of resources to accomplish any given task. For example, going to a store to purchase something involves brain time in making the decision to venture out, “wear and tear” on our vehicle, and the depletion of our finances – all are expenditures of resources. Even something as simple as watching TV, in which our visual and auditory perceptions are held captive or distracted, can be viewed from… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConsolesDigitalEngineerMixerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, September 18, 2015
    Dave Rat 09/18/15 03:37 PM,
    As technology accelerates at a dizzying rate and increases in processing power are only rivaled by the size of knobs on “retro analog” gear, we find ourselves navigating between magical-designer patch cables and legitimate advances in audio. We know digital must always be “better” because CDs sound better than cassette tapes. Everything is processed, as often as possible, and just as the hot dog is the perfect meal of processed meat, sound will be perfect and consistent any day now,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, August 24, 2015
    Dave Rat 08/24/15 06:38 AM,
    How fast do sound signals travel through the various parts of the sound system? Do sound signals travel faster in analog snake cables or fiber optic cables? Also, what about transmission through the air with wireless mics? And where do the true and relevant sources of time lag exist in a audio system? What I find really interesting is that sound signal travels at differing speeds depending on whether it’s in the form of electricity, or sound waves in air,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollStudy HallDigitalSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    Dave Rat 07/13/15 06:36 AM,
    Face it, stuff happens. Sooner or later something stops working during a show. Front of house engineers must know the absolute essential components of the sound mix that are most vital – in other words, the channels that the band must absolutely have to continue playing. Generally, for a four-piece rock band in a large venue, these channels are kick, bass, guitar, and lead vocal. Just four inputs, everything else is pretty much fluff and spares. A bit extreme? Perhaps,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionPollConcertConsolesEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015
    PSW Staff 06/25/15 10:28 AM,
    Eighteen Sound Srl of Reggio Emilia, Italy, has appointed Rat Sound Systems as a Pro Provider in the United States. The announcement was made by Jeffrey Cox, director of sales, North America, for Eighteen Sound. “As a Pro Provider for Eighteen Sound, Rat Sound is now a supplier of Eighteen Sound products as well as a provider of professional support and service to the pro audio industry,” explains Cox. “As a registered service agent, they also provide re-coning and other… View this story
    Filed in: AVNewsAVEngineerLoudspeakerManufacturerSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, June 15, 2015
    quality mix
    Dave Rat 06/15/15 07:10 AM,
    Mixing sound in the live realm is not rocket science. In fact, it’s probably closer to voodoo.  A studio engineer creates a masterpiece that will (hopefully) live forever in permanent hard copy existence. But the very nature of a live mixing dictates that every show will be unique - and that none will be perfect.  A front of house engineer is in the business of creating a memory. Impact, excitement and anticipation form the landscape of the journey you’re guiding… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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    Dave Rat 10/28/14 02:31 PM,
    Prior to hitting the road with Soundgarden on tour a couple of years ago, Dave Rat documented his front of house racks. This collection of gear was deployed with a main system of L-Acoustics K1 line source (3-way) loudspeakers in flown arrays, K1-SB (2 x 15-in) subwoofers, and LA8 amplified controllers. Dave notes that some of the pieces were dictated by sub configurations he planned to use, while the Dorrough meters were on hand to provide clear visuals of average… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalInterconnectMeasurementProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
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    Dave Rat 09/19/14 03:09 PM,
    A while back I was pondering mixing live shows, as I strangely so often find myself doing, and I began to analyze the varying aspects of dynamics in live reverberant fields. Is there something more legitimate than personal preference that would add credibility to using compression? The studio humans and mastering labs use a ton of it, but comparatively, we live engineers use fairly little. I know it works well to control the variations in a band’s playing, and also… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEngineerProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement