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Articles Tagged Jonah Altrove

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    microphones
    Jonah Altrove 01/10/17 08:05 AM,
    My father used to say, “Son, opinions are like drum miking techniques. Everyone has one.” Or something like that… Truthfully, there’s an overwhelming amount of information already out there on this topic, so rather than rehash it here, let’s explore a less conventional approach. I’ll admit that it’s a unique method, as it’s a hybrid of studio techniques and some ideas “begged, borrowed and stolen” from engineers I admire. Picture a snare drum. Let’s mike the top and bottom heads.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 12/01/16 11:53 AM,
    Like many sound engineers, I have a background in music, so I’ve been on both sides of sound checks and know how annoying a poorly-run check can be for musicians. These experiences have led to a paradigm shift in the way I approach sound checks: they’re for the artists, not the engineers. On the road, practice time is in short supply, so many artists prefer to use their stage time to rehearse new material, tweak the backline, and tighten up… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, November 28, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 11/28/16 12:16 PM,
    “Any industry founded on a particular technology faces the danger that a new invention will render it obsolete.” – Tom Standage, “The Victorian Internet” When I came across this quote in Standage’s fascinating book about the history of the telegraph, it struck me with such veracity that I just put the book down and stared at the wall for a few seconds. This is something I’ve occasionally found myself wondering – will the inevitable advance of technology eventually eliminate my… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionConcertEngineerSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 10/27/16 12:06 PM,
    Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! I’ll be your guide as we survey signal processing capabilities of modern digital consoles. We’ll focus on several recent trends, check out the approaches of various manufacturers, and even speculate a bit on things to come. Diving In Let’s get our feet wet with a look at the concept of “pooled” DSP. “Pooled” is my term for one of the two main approaches that govern various manufacturers’ allocation of DSP in their desks, the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConsolesDigitalEngineerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, October 06, 2016
    impedance
    Jonah Altrove 10/06/16 08:42 AM,
    It may not seem so at first blush, but there are a few concepts as pervasive in live audio as the concept of impedance. It’s relevant to microphones, direct boxes (DIs), preamps, processors, amplifiers, loudspeakers, equalizers, crossover filters, and even the cables that connect them all together. In this article we’ll explore the principles of impedance, and examine how these concepts apply directly to our work in the field. Ohm Sweet Ohm In order to understand impedance, we need to… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectLoudspeakerMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    impedance
    Jonah Altrove 08/02/16 01:32 PM,
    It may not seem so at first blush, but there are a few concepts as pervasive in live audio as the concept of impedance. It’s relevant to microphones, direct boxes (DIs), preamps, processors, amplifiers, loudspeakers, equalizers, crossover filters, and even the cables that connect them all together. In this article, as well as in part 2 to follow soon, we’ll explore the principles of impedance, and examine how these concepts apply directly to our work in the field. Ohm Sweet… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVInterconnectMeasurementPowerSignal

  • Friday, July 29, 2016
    audio business
    Jonah Altrove 07/29/16 10:41 AM,
    A few years ago while working as an A1 for a local production company, I took a call from a young married couple who held an annual jam band festival on their property. In previous years the rig had been a potluck of cobbled-together “prosumer” gear, but they were seeking to bring in professional production to deal with bigger acts and a larger draw. For an expected attendance of 6,000, they requested side-by-side dual stages (plus the accompanying dual roof… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, June 02, 2016
    prosoundweb
    Jonah Altrove 06/02/16 12:09 PM,
    Every time a new audio innovation arises, it’s met by a certain amount of resistance. This is ironic and puzzling to me, seeing as our field is driven almost entirely by technology. What motivates this response? Perhaps fear that technology will replace us. Are system techs quaking in their boots, fearful of being replaced by a system processor with auto-EQ abilities? How many engineers have become unemployed as a result of automixer technology? More likely, I think it’s fear that… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogAnalogBusinessDigitalEngineerMeasurementProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, May 27, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 05/27/16 06:25 AM,
    I first started reading Live Sound International during high school (literally, during school), and I distinctly remember feeling frustrated by the professionals’ jargon. To that point, the sum total of my experience was “guess/test/revise” with whatever gear my school had lying around. I understood some concepts, but not the terms for them. I knew how to ring out a monitor, but I had no idea that process was called “ringing out.” I just knew it was a thing you were… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2016
    live sound
    Jonah Altrove 03/02/16 11:24 AM,
    PSW Top 20 presented by Renkus-Heinz   As sound engineers, we’re tasked with shaping the sound of the artist’s performance. When we’re running our consoles, we’re literally “putting together the pieces” of a song into the product that the audience hears. I’ve found that gaining an understanding of how a song “works” – how different sounds play different roles in the arrangement – helps my chances of relating the song to the audience in a way that’s enjoyable and engaging.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSound Reinforcement



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