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  • Friday, February 19, 2016
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    Old Soundman 02/19/16 04:14 PM,
    Dear Old Soundman: I’ve been asked to be the “sound dude” (or “concert operations manager” as I prefer to call it)... That’s kind of funny, but also kind of silly. Don’t get me wrong, when I was a young pup like you, titles meant a lot to me too. ...for a local band, since once upon a time I was a “roadie” for the likes of Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, Sammy Kershaw and others. Hey, what’s Randy Travis really… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionProductionAudioAnalogEducationEngineerInterconnectMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 02/10/16 08:46 AM,
    There are many different ways of checking PA systems. Some of us play music and walk around the venue, while others use sweeps or pink noise and deploy on a measurement program. Many do a combination of both. Regardless, at some point in the process, we usually grab a microphone and listen to the PA with our own voice. Witnessing hundreds (thousands?) of these voice checks over the years has led me to compile the following “types.” Which one do… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertEngineerMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Friday, January 29, 2016
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    Old Soundman 01/29/16 03:59 PM,
    “Getting ahead without being a jerk” is actually what our young friend said he wanted to discuss. I will use the pseudonym “Oz Man” for him due to the volatile nature of his dilemma! Notice that he is so distraught that he offers no salutation! At the age of 17, I entered my journey of wanting to be a sound professional. At age 27… … that makes it a decade later, right? … I have gone to “rock and roll… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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    Young Soundman 12/23/15 07:33 AM,
    Dear Young Soundman, I finally got my first gig to tech a real system, using giant line arrays in a multi-level performance hall for a one-off performance of some ’70s band I’ve never heard of. I flew out and met the rest of the crew, and was told that the main person to make happy was the front-of-house operator. While this seems simple enough, he asked some basic questions like “How are you going to tune the room”, and so… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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    PSW Staff 11/25/15 11:55 AM,
    Welcome to our quiz featuring 20 questions about stage monitoring and related issues. This is somewhat subjective and largely intended for entertainment purposes—better known as FUN for short—although there is fact and/or truth in many of the “correct” responses. Time for the obligatory non-apology: “We apologize if this quiz offends anyone. That is… er, is not... our intention. Besides, if you don’t like it, we’ll just claim you took it out of context.” Enjoy! 1) Why do vocal acts prefer… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertLoudspeakerMixerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, November 09, 2015
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    M. Erik Matlock 11/09/15 11:41 AM,
    After several years designing and installing sound systems for small- and mid-sized churches, I discovered an unobtainable goal that we tend to pursue, even though we know it’s a mirage. I’m referring, of course, to the concept of idiot-proofing. A recent trade show visit had me concerned about the way a lot of gear is being marketed. At least to me, it appears that most manufacturers are working to eliminate the human element in purporting to design equipment that simply… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureTrainingAVEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2015
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    Keith Clark 11/04/15 07:18 AM,
    Karl Winkler’s reference to “great quotes” in his recent column (here) got me thinking about the many (too many to count, in fact) insightful comments that have appeared on the pages of ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International over the years. It lead to a weekend of reading more than a hundred archived articles, and from them, I’ve drawn the following quotes about the world of pro audio. “People don’t come to hear me mix, they come to hear the act.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConcertEngineerMonitoringSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, November 02, 2015
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    Old Soundman 11/02/15 07:25 AM,
    Dear OSM: I’m wondering if you have had this question before… Probably, but go ahead. … I work for a local company with dreams of going regional/national… You have something in common with many fellow Americans! And foreigners too! … although my employer never seems to get the gigs. See, you have even more in common with many audio servants! As well as people all over who work for caterers, Top-40 bands, laser companies, gardening services, and of course, the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductionAudioBusinessEngineerSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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    Craig Leerman 10/13/15 06:25 AM,
    I was recently working a stage at a local festival in Vegas. There were many other performers, some on small stages and some just walking around. While out on a food run, I ran into a large crowd watching a performance and stopped to take a look. It was a Native American puppeteer dressed in cowboy-style clothing, operating a marionette designed to look Native American and dressed in traditional costume, complete with a big feather headdress. And the guy was… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Friday, September 18, 2015
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    Dave Rat 09/18/15 03:37 PM,
    As technology accelerates at a dizzying rate and increases in processing power are only rivaled by the size of knobs on “retro analog” gear, we find ourselves navigating between magical-designer patch cables and legitimate advances in audio. We know digital must always be “better” because CDs sound better than cassette tapes. Everything is processed, as often as possible, and just as the hot dog is the perfect meal of processed meat, sound will be perfect and consistent any day now,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician



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