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Articles Tagged Gary Parks

  • Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    real world gear
    Gary Parks 10/08/14 12:36 PM,
    Over the past three or so years, many of the major suppliers have introduced digital wireless microphone systems, with some offering models from entry level to professional, and others remaining at the higher end. Additionally, one of the earliest entrants into digital wireless, Line 6, released a new generation of its platform last year. Digital systems represent a paradigm shift, bringing with them new technologies, often greater immunity to interference, typically excellent and uncompressed frequency response, and sometimes the ability… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowDigitalMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementSystemWireless

  • Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    direct boxes
    Gary Parks 07/08/14 03:53 PM,
    Given the wide variety of audio sources that are connected to the microphone and line inputs of the mix console, the availability of high-quality DI boxes is a true blessing. Electric basses, acoustic guitars with piezo transducers, other stringed and wind instruments with pickups, effects units, CD players, computers, and more contribute to the overall audio palette of the event. DI boxes (also called direct boxes) are the tools that allow the disparate sources, each with its own distinct functions,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Gary Parks 05/07/14 04:44 PM,
    It’s great to have microphones available that are small enough to hide on the bridge of a violin, on the bell of a sax, or near the mouth of a singer – and yet produce excellent sound quality with sufficient gain before feedback that they can be used for professional sound reinforcement. Headset, lavalier, instrument and other miniature mics have become both smaller and better over the years, to the point where some sound engineers choose them over larger format… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Monday, April 07, 2014
    Gary Parks 04/07/14 02:14 PM,
    Reliable monitoring is essential to performers on stage, allowing them to blend their musical contributions with the other players – keeping them in time, on pitch, and able to creatively interact. Traditionally, this function was performed by low-profile loudspeakers aimed generally toward the areas where the performers were active, with level control, sufficient coverage, bleed into open microphones, and feedback all issues that needed to be overcome. Another issue, especially with acts performing at high levels, was/is a contribution to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductDigitalEthernetInterconnectMixerMonitoringNetworkingSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, March 06, 2014
    Gary Parks 03/06/14 07:18 PM,
    Particularly over the past couple decades, meeting the needs for greater freedom and flexibility in live performance has meant that microphone companies have expended considerable effort designing and building the hardware to deliver the output wirelessly. Virtually every mic manufacturer has its own brand of wireless, and these units make up a significant portion of their microphone sales. Add the ongoing changes in the RF landscape and a voracious demand for spectrum from communications and consumer devices, and the pressure… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductMicrophoneProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    Gary Parks 02/12/14 10:20 AM,
    The performing arts center has a theatrical performance on Tuesday, a rock show Thursday, symphonies Friday and Saturday, and a jazz quintet Sunday – with ballet and opera the following week. Everything from spoken word to recorded accompaniment to live music is reproduced by the loudspeaker system(s), and with the price of tickets, the sound has to be clear, full, and intelligible.  The quality of what the audience hears is critical to their experience of the artistic performance, with focus… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogAVInstallationLine ArrayLoudspeakerMeasurementSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Monday, January 13, 2014
    audio networking
    PSW Staff 01/13/14 06:06 PM,
    Transporting live audio signals in the digital domain has gone from unusual to common over the past few years, as digital consoles have become the norm, pro audio equipment is regularly outfitted with AES/EBU, optical, and Ethernet connectors for audio and control purposes, and pristine recordings are made on laptops via digital audio interfaces or direct from the console. It’s now possible to network virtually all of the audio signal chain between the microphone or musical instrument and the loudspeakers… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogEthernetInterconnectNetworkingRemoteSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, November 06, 2013
    Gary Parks 11/06/13 11:28 AM,
    Whether it’s a band using amplified and acoustic instruments, a bassist switching between electric and double bass, a drum kit right next to an acoustic piano, a particular sound that needs to be isolated in the face of loud ambient noise – or, well, you name it – selecting the right microphone (and deploying it in a certain way) can make a big difference in attaining the desired level and audio quality. With that in mind, let’s take a survey… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Friday, November 01, 2013
    Gary Parks 11/01/13 05:07 PM,
    In the past year or so, several major players have introduced digital wireless microphone systems, ranging from entry level to professional units. While generally maintaining the traditional form and functions of the products, engineers have adapted concepts and techniques from computer networking, cellular telephones, and digital signal processing to enhance their performance. Expect this trend to continue, since the new technologies can provide advantages in dense RF (radio frequency) environments, as well as generally excellent audio quality. And in some… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowMicrophoneWireless

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    Gary Parks 09/11/13 10:19 AM,
    Expanding on the basic technologies of dynamic and condenser transducers, manufacturers continue to develop new microphones to meet the needs of musicians and sound engineers in a range of formats, sizes, and price points. In more recent introductions, we’re seeing a mix of innovative development, refinement of previous technologies, specialization of mics to specific applications, and changes in manufacturing.  Higher end condenser vocal mics are truly amazing devices, and even most of the relatively inexpensive models are durable, reliable, and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowMicrophoneSound Reinforcement