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  • Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    no shock zone
    Mike Sokol 02/05/14 03:12 PM,
    Provided by the No Shock Zone.   In part 1, we covered what voltage is and a bit on how it’s measured. Here let’s look at how to use a basic digital voltmeter to measure any power outlet or extension cord for proper voltage. The reason this procedure is so important is that sometimes venues do crazy things with power outlets. For instance. I was teaching a seminar last year in a “gymnatorium” and plugged in my little demo rack… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMeasurementPowerSignalSystemTechnician

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    church sound
    Mike Sokol 01/15/14 05:09 PM,
    Provided by the No Shock Zone.   Most musicians really don’t want to learn about electrical engineering, or even how basic electricity works. Everyone, however, should learn how to test for and avoid electric shocks on stage. Guitar amps and mixing boards as wired from the factory are inherently safe, but they can become silent-but-deadly killers if plugged into an extension cord or wall outlet that’s improperly grounded. This is because guitars are held in moist hands while wet lips… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierInterconnectMicrophonePowerSignalTechnician

  • Friday, September 20, 2013
    Mike Sokol 09/20/13 02:30 PM,
    Every year, hundreds of musicians and audio techs suffer serious electrical shocks while on the job, and these incidents have the potential to be fatal. Therefore, it’s imperative to have a basic understanding of electricity to avoid possible electrocution, and further, this knowledge can help protect your equipment from going up in smoke. GFCI? No it’s not the name of an insurance company or a European sports car, GCFI is an abbreviation for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter or G-F-C-I. They’ve… View this story
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  • Friday, May 31, 2013
    Bill Whitlock 05/31/13 11:56 AM,
    The idea that “dirty” power causes audio system noise problems has a nearly irresistible intuitive appeal - and there are dozens of companies ready to cash in on this widespread but mistaken belief. For example, here is a quote from a well-known manufacturer of power conditioning products: “Today’s residential systems contractors face unprecedented challenges where high resolution, trouble-free operation is required. From inducing AC ground loops, video hum bars, static bursts, damage from AC line surges and variable audio and… View this story
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  • Tuesday, August 02, 2011
    Neil A. Muncy 08/02/11 03:56 PM, 0 Comments
    Multiple sources of transient electrical noise (surges) including motors, HVAC equipment, photocopiers, power tools, etc, are present in all modern buildings. Surge energy conveyed by building power systems may also result from external sources such as nearby lightning strikes. To minimize the likelihood of injuries to personnel and damage to equipment due to electrical surges and accidental fault conditions, in North America the National Electrical Code (NEC) specifies that all exposed electrical equipment in building electrical systems is to be… View this story
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  • Thursday, March 17, 2011
    dave rat live sound
    Dave Rat 03/17/11 07:35 AM, 3 Comments
    Although the musicians we work with can tax our patience at times, and occasionally less than pleasant thoughts regarding them cross our minds, I seriously doubt that watching them fry from high voltage is something any of us would want to be responsible for. With that in mind, here are some basic precautions and tests to reduce if not eliminate the possibility of electrocuting our musical friends. Let’s start by stating that it is of the utmost importance that the… View this story
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  • Monday, August 31, 2009
    arx usb
    PSW Staff 08/31/09 03:10 PM, 0 Comments
    ARX Systems has announced the addition of the new and unique USB I/O Universal Transformer Isolated USB Interface to its range of precision audio tools. The USB I/O is a true “plug and play” analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog pro audio interface and requires no special driver program installation on Mac OSX, Win XP and Vista. It features transformer isolated audio inputs and outputs, with new USB analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converter chipsets that are incorporated into the circuit topology, allowing maximum headroom… View this story
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  • Tuesday, August 04, 2009
    PSW Staff 08/04/09 03:19 PM, 0 Comments
    Registration is now open for fall classes of the NSCA University Electronic Systems Technician (EST) Training Series, providing convenient and in-depth training. Training starts September 14 and runs for 38 weeks. The Electronic Systems Technician (EST) curriculum includes a comprehensive overview of the entire commercial electronic systems industry. Students learn about a variety of systems, applications, national codes and standards while gaining real-life, on-the-job training as well as the ability to: • Interpret electrical drawings, site plans and more •… View this story
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  • Wednesday, July 15, 2009
    infocomm ford av
    PSW Staff 07/15/09 09:11 AM, 0 Comments
    The Board of Directors of InfoComm International has selected Jim Ford, PE, of Ford Audio-Video Systems to serve as InfoComm Secretary-Treasurer for the remainder of 2009.  Ford will serve as President-Elect in 2010, and will continue to ascend through InfoComm’s offices, in accordance with the InfoComm Bylaws. “InfoComm’s Board of Directors had the unfortunate task of selecting a successor to Michael Vergauwen, who passed away a few weeks ago,” said Jay Rogina, CTS, President, InfoComm International.  “The Board consulted with… View this story
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