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  • Tuesday, December 09, 2014
    Andy Coules 12/09/14 08:41 AM,
    What we commonly call “PA” is an amplification system used to reinforce a sound source and distribute it through a venue or building. PA stands for “public address” which hints at its most common usage – voice-based announcements in public spaces, be they train stations, sport stadia, shops, hospitals or airports. While the principals of public address have existed since Vitruvius first explored architectural acoustics in 20 BC, I’m much more interested in the modern electric PA system and its… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierBusinessConcertLoudspeakerMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, November 10, 2014
    PSW Staff 11/10/14 12:08 PM,
    The name “Jensen” is likely familiar to many in the pro audio industry as a hallmark of technical excellence, particularly with respect to transformers. And that will live on, especially in light of Jensen Transformers recently becoming a member of the growing group of companies in the Radial Engineering stable. But the story of how that name came to prominence is assuredly not well known, and it’s a fascinating account. Born in 1942, Deane Jensen grew up in Princeton, NJ.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierBusinessEngineerManufacturerPowerProcessorSignalTechnician

  • 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

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Howard Massey 10/31/14 05:15 AM,
    Ah, the eighties. Every record sounded like it was made in a stadium, every singer working their uppermost range until it seemed as if their vocal cords were about to leap out of their throat, every hit wrapped in a glossy package of shimmering guitar leads and silky bass. And, of course, every snare drum was passing through a gated reverb. Hugh Padgham is largely responsible for many of those sounds—particularly the latter— but he’s also responsible for crafting many… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerStudioTechnician

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
    Chris Huston 10/16/14 12:09 PM,
    10:30 PM . . . the ‘NOW GROVE’. . . the comedy team has slipped back behind the curtain . . . the room is hushed . . . expectant. . . apprehensively darkened . . . unaware that tonight’s performance is to be, too, a live taping of material for Sammy Davis’ new Motown album . . . SAMMY DAVIS JR LIVE AT THE GROVE. Connected umbilically to the GROVE by some 400 yards of audio and coax cable,… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesInterconnectMicrophoneMixerRemoteSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, October 03, 2014
    seeburg jukebox history
    Tom Lubin 10/03/14 03:01 PM,
    Somewhere in its early years, the coin operated record player acquired the name “jukebox.” There are several theories about the origin. The most accepted is that the word “juke” is a corruption of the word “jook,” an African American slang term for dancing. The source of the music for this dancing would have been called a “jookbox.” A second version is that “jook” meant “sex” which may have made sense since brothels were some of the first establishments to install… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogBusinessEngineerLoudspeakerRemoteStudio

  • Thursday, September 04, 2014
    Craig Leerman 09/04/14 05:09 PM,
    The majority of old microphones in my collection are for display, largely because they’re, well, old. Some require repair, others need an unusual connector or cable assembly to function. But the AKG D202E is different. It’s not in my working mic locker but I’ve employed it several times on stage, and may do so again, even though it’s the oldest AKG mic in my set. The D202E is a cardioid dynamic handheld model with a twist—it employs two separate diaphragms,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, July 31, 2014
    Craig Leerman 07/31/14 12:33 PM,
    If you were a musician in the 1970s or are a fan of vintage gear, the name Univox should be familiar. Merson Musical Products, a musical instrument division of Unicord Incorporated, made and marketed a wide range of products with the Univox brand, including guitars, keyboards and cool-looking blue Tolex-covered guitar and bass amps. In addition, Merson Musical Products was the U.S. importer of Marshall amps, Korg keyboards and other lines including Tempro brand drums (my first kit). Some big… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, July 11, 2014
    Mike Stahl 07/11/14 03:46 PM,
      From the author: After performing in bands throughout high school, college and thereafter (simultaneously spending three post-graduation years as a middle school history and math teacher), I began my career in audio by owning and operating a small recording studio in northeastern Pennsylvania. My studio created and recorded advertising jingles for local businesses and also provided audio equipment for live events. When the early ‘70s gasoline crisis limited the ability of clients to travel to my studio, I had… View this story
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  • Monday, June 30, 2014
    rolling stones
    Bruce Borgerson 06/30/14 05:55 AM,
    If you’ve seen the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter movie, you might recall Jimmy Johnson’s brief speaking role. He was the one coaching Keith Richards on the proper Alabama pronunciation of “Y’all come back, y’hear.” For three nights in December of 1969, the Stones cut basic tracks and live vocals for three songs: “You Gotta Move,” “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar.” The sessions took place at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios—the “burlap palace” at 3614 Jackson Highway—a nondescript former casket factory which… View this story
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