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  • Friday, October 02, 2015
    PSW Staff 10/02/15 07:05 AM,
    Personal monitoring systems and/or wireless in-ear monitoring systems, working with earpices (“earbuds”), offer a number of advantages over monitor loudspeakers. Typically, the performer has personal control of the level of the mix via the personal mixer or wireless beltpack receiver. And no matter where the artist moves on stage, the mix will remain consistent and cleaner. Mixes can be more highly controlled, either by a monitor engineer or by personal mixing stations where the performer can select exactly what they… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowManufacturerMixerMonitoringNetworkingSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    Gary Parks 09/15/15 01:49 PM,
    Visceral, deep, percussive, tight, punchy – just some of many words used to describe bass response. A prominent low end forms the foundation for many styles of music and helps get the audience moving. Subs are specialized loudspeaker cabinets, typically operating somewhere inside the range between 20 Hz and 150 Hz, and they usually cross over into the full-range mains around 100 Hz. Especially toward the bottom of the range, these LF sounds are felt in the body as much… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    line arrays
    Gary Parks 08/12/15 10:22 AM,
    These days I’m surprised when I go to a concert or a performing arts center and don’t see line arrays flown at the sides of the stage, often complemented with digital audio networking, remote system control and monitoring, and real-time audio monitoring of the array’s response in the house. These sleek systems have come a long way from the huge piles of cabinets and horns that I remember from the mid-1960s when I first started going to shows.  Line arrays… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureNewsProductSlideshowAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Gary Parks 07/29/15 12:59 PM,
    Looming in the background of recent wireless microphone development lies the growth of high-bandwidth wireless broadband services, smart phones, digital television, and other spectrum-hungry applications. Driven by the repurposing of wide swaths of RF spectrum traditionally used for wireless mics (2010’s clearing of the 700 MHz band, the upcoming Incentive Auction of the 600 MHz band, and their equivalents throughout the world), manufacturers are pursuing solutions so that the wireless mics and similar devices will remain viable in the future. … View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowAnalogDigitalManufacturerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014
    Gary Parks 12/23/14 01:59 PM,
    It’s amazing to take a look at the latest generation of portable loudspeaker systems in terms of how far they’ve progressed. When I was with Electro-Voice as product manager for music systems in the mid-1980s, the concentration was on the design and porting of the cabinets, tweaking the components and passive crossovers for efficiency and uniform frequency response, and protecting high-frequency drivers. A big innovation was using a polyswitch in parallel with a resistor for the latter purpose, nicknamed “the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogAmplifierDigitalLine ArrayLoudspeakerMixerProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Thursday, November 06, 2014
    Gary Parks 11/06/14 05:44 PM,
    Though microphones are more than a century old, the breadth of what is available continues to grow, and new innovations and applications are regularly introduced—while some of the old standards are given new life with a different form factor or are adapted to wireless use. In interviews with a number of mic developers, we’ll explore some relatively recent milestones, as well as miniaturization and the impact of new materials and processes. Dynamic Developments Shure’s 1939 introduction of the Model 55… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationMeasurementMicrophoneProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    line arrays
    Gary Parks 11/05/14 09:03 AM,
    A line array effectively functions as a multi-element column loudspeaker, with a long vertical and narrow horizontal outline, for narrower vertical pattern control and wider horizontal dispersion. They’re designed to be flown and taken down quickly, often in “blocks” of individual modules, and to be flexibly adjustable to different curvatures. This flexibility can be particularly useful in venues where arrays need to be adjusted regularly to accommodate different types of acts, such as a performing arts center that has a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowAmplifierLine ArrayLoudspeakerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • 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