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Articles Tagged Karl Winkler

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 05/18/16 06:06 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 15, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 04/15/16 05:57 AM,
    One of my favorite stories about endorsements comes from a trade show in Las Vegas. I was having lunch with a friend and happened to overhear some guys from Sony talking at the table next to us. They were describing a guy who had walked into the booth saying, “Hey, can I get an endorsement deal with you guys?” So they replied, “What product are you interested in?” And the guy replied, “It doesn’t matter.” As someone representing a manufacturer,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductionAudioBusinessEngineerManufacturerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Friday, March 18, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 03/18/16 10:04 AM,
    I mentioned in a previous article (What, Me Worry?) that I’ve been troubled by the lack of fundamental audio and acoustics knowledge often displayed in our industry. And because of this, there are misconceptions that are difficult to stamp out. So in an effort to help, I’ve whittled down a concentrated list of the top technical concepts I think everyone in our business should have under their collective thumbs. Of course there are many more important ideas and concepts that… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductionAudioAnalogEducationInterconnectMicrophoneMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Thursday, March 03, 2016
    live sound international
    Karl Winkler 03/03/16 11:25 AM,
    I’ll start by saying that “elitism” is something that I’m as guilty of as many working in pro audio. While blind A/B/X testing is a great tool, I think there’s also something to be said for at least some of the esoteric claims made by audiophiles. The basis of my reasoning: when we spend a lot of time with particular audio devices (or fine wines or superbly crafted musical instruments), our perception changes. Our threshold shifts either up or down,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallBusinessDigitalInterconnectMeasurementSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, February 12, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 02/12/16 06:49 AM,
    Purple loudspeakers sound better than black ones. At least that’s what I hear when I see them. And plaid loudspeakers sound, well, more complex, with additional harmonics. Think I’m crazy? Actually, this is a real effect. Well, not purple versus black versus plaid loudspeakers, exactly. But a carefully controlled test might prove something along these lines, as evidenced by recent scientific reports about how the brain fills in some of the gaps, or even obscures certain things, due to input… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogLoudspeakerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, January 18, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 01/18/16 01:58 PM,
    When first starting down the audio path, I eagerly read every scrap of information I could get my hands on about how the “pros” approached their craft. What kind of gear were they using? What techniques? What was the “secret sauce”? In the late 1980s, I was much more interested in recording and had not yet seen the light about live sound reinforcement. And in those days, the Lord-Alge brothers were a big deal in the recording world. While Home… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Thursday, January 07, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 01/07/16 06:51 AM,
      For me, good sound and its opposite, Dr. Evil Sound, are very personal issues. Good sound really enhances the listeners’ experience, while bad sound, being unfortunately far too common, really takes away from the performance. I’ve heard from several engineers, guitar techs and monitor guys that they know their artists to be sensitive to sound to the degree that if things aren’t going right, the performers have trouble continuing on. I can understand this – bad sound has a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConsolesEngineerMixerSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2015
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    Karl Winkler 12/09/15 06:56 AM,
    Recently, I was subjected to a strikingly dull conversation with a top touring mix engineer. He really didn’t seem to be into his job, or anything else for that matter. Apparently, being behind that quarter-million dollar console out in an audience of thousands, mixing shows for that totally hot female star that everyone knows, just wasn’t cutting it for this guy. What? Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Of course. We’re blessed to belong to an industry that attracts passionate people from… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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    Karl Winkler 11/17/15 07:26 AM,
    Preserving our hearing is critically important, but that’s not what motivated me to write this piece. Really, I just can’t stand bad sound! To a certain extent, it used to be somewhat excusable if a live show was loud and didn’t sound all that great. Sound reinforcement systems have come a long way in the past decade alone, but ‘back in the day’” good clean power was harder to come by, and loudspeakers just were not designed to produce high-fidelity… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, November 03, 2015
    live sound
    Karl Winkler 11/03/15 12:06 PM,
    One of the biggest challenges any of us face in our careers, and maybe even personally, is communicating effectively. Sub-standard communication, or lack of it altogether, can severely damage or hold back an organization or an individual. And I’ve yet to find a problem or awkward situation that can’t be made almost immediately better with good communication. In the business of live sound reinforcement, there are numerous potential pitfalls in this regard, ranging from old riders to lack of a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician



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