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Articles Tagged Humor

  • Friday, March 14, 2014
    Peter Mapp 03/14/14 01:03 PM,
    Editor’s Note: I ran across the following while reading through some old SynAudCon newsletters. My thanks to Peter for allowing us to share it with you here. As Pat Brown of SynAudCon noted, “These are for real - there are people out there that really believe them. This makes for good job security for all of us!” 1. Sound systems always feed back at 400 Hz. 2. Sound systems only feed back at the frequencies indicated on the graphic equalizer.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogMeasurementProcessorSignal

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    live sound
    Craig Leerman 01/29/14 04:21 PM,
    Like many professions, the pro audio business has a language all its own, with numerous unique words and phrases to describe job titles, equipment, and some of the things we use and do. Here are some examples of this distinctive lingo: Battens: Long horizontal pipes found in theatres that are used for hanging curtains and scenery. They always seem to be in an optimized lowered position so we can hit our heads of them during load-in and load-out.  Biscuit: A… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductionAudioBusinessEducationSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    line arrays
    Gary Gand 12/10/13 08:20 AM,
    Attention shoppers: the good news is that in this century, there is very little bad sound equipment. There are still plenty of bad engineers (not enough sleep and too much fun) and bad combinations of gear (70-volt clusters and powered mixers driving powered loudspeakers). But the stuff coming out of the factories - and even a lot of the proprietary (home brew) gear - is light years beyond the stuff we all got stuck with in the past. A not-so-famous… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallBusinessEducationLine ArraySound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, October 11, 2013
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 10/11/13 01:53 PM,
    Dear Old Soundman— Yes, SPA1! Were your parents named SPA.09? I’ve enjoyed reading your comments for some time now. See, even though you have named yourself after a decadent outdoor love tub, you’re okay! I wonder if you might give us your insight regarding musicians who use earplugs (sometimes very sophisticated earplugs,) but then require ridiculous monitor levels on stage. There was a lack of love in these people’s lives when they were children. I run into more problems with… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionAnalogEducationEngineerMixerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Wednesday, September 04, 2013
    Frederick Ampel 09/04/13 06:16 PM,
    Editor’s Note: Nothing discussed here is true… Right? :>) Check any good handbook of physical constants and you will find that silver has much lower resistivity than copper. In fact, silver has the lowest resistivity of anything that is solid at room temperature, and is thus suitable for making wires. However, the practical solution is to use thicker copper. Still, to avoid the debilitating nature of skin effects, the best solution is to use silver plated copper wire.  Of course,… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogAVInterconnect

  • Friday, August 16, 2013
    live sound
    Greg Stone 08/16/13 10:03 AM,
    If you’ve been in the live sound business for any time at all, or working in any field related to sound, you’re quite likely to agree that the most maddening technical anomaly of all is the elusive “hum” or “buzz.” These two terms can be related or separate, but they’re both nasty business just the same. We’ve all set systems - large and small - only to power up and discover the beast within. Is it 60 Hz? 120? 240?… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogInterconnectPowerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, July 12, 2013
    live sound
    Ken DeLoria 07/12/13 04:31 PM,
    Editor’s Note: Nothing discussed here is true…Right? For several decades, military research teams around the world have quietly been studying micro-molecular imprinting and the many ways that it can disrupt critical communication systems. You’ve probably experienced problems yourself, in a small way, but indications strongly suggest that as copper, Ethernet, and fiber signal transport systems become more and more heavily traveled, the issues will eventually reach a critical state. And few industries will be affected more than the entertainment technology… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogAnalogDigitalEthernetInterconnectNetworkingSignal

  • Monday, June 03, 2013
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 06/03/13 06:46 AM,
    An individual who corresponds to the description of a fugitive known to viewers of “America’s Most Wanted” and “Cops” known only as “JR” sent in this question, which gives me a chance to pontificate, something that I very much enjoy doing. The beautiful thing is that I can go on about stuff that my questioners are correct about, or just as well when they are off the mark. It’s all fuel for my turbine, my reactor, my photovoltaic converters. What’s… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertEngineerInterconnectMonitoringSignalStageSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    live sound
    Karl Winkler 04/30/13 11:39 AM,
    I’ve heard it said many times, in many different situations, that we tend to think we don’t have time to do something right, but then somehow, have time to fix everything that goes wrong as a result. We all know Mr. Murphy and his law about things tending to go wrong if there is any possibility for them to do so. But what can we do about it? For starters, correct that first part - the thing about making sure… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogBusinessEducationSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, April 12, 2013
    live sound
    Sully 04/12/13 10:41 AM,
    Back when I knew everything, I dragged an obscenely heavy rig up an intolerably tall mountain in a woefully underpowered truck to an impossibly small theater in the backwoods of northern Pennsylvania. Since this was when I knew everything, I had the somewhat surly local crew stack my compact TMS 3s two wide, four high, with the 15s coupled for maximum bass energy. Because stacking that box four high without a fork was sort of like pushing a dump truck… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician