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Articles Tagged Karl Winkler

  • Friday, July 15, 2016
    professional audio
    Karl Winkler 07/15/16 05:43 AM,
    When I was getting stated in this business, I had some excellent mentors along the way. One of the things they taught me was to be prepared with a set of tools and the knowledge to use them properly. While organizing the U.S. Air Force Band Sound Workshop (an annual event for military sound engineers) during the 1990s, I passed along this information to the budding audio people, many of whom were musicians transitioning to sound for a variety of… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerMeasurementSound ReinforcementSubwooferTechnician

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 06/29/16 06:27 AM,
    A book I recently read and reviewed for the AES Journal got me thinking about the blend of art and science we face regularly in professional audio. The book, “Audio Production and Critical Listening; Technical Ear Training” by Jason Corey (Focal Press/CRC Press), is a very comprehensive work and covers every conceivable approach to ear training for mix engineers. As with music, I believe that ear training is important in the audio world. Corey covers everything from EQ to dynamics… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, June 24, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 06/24/16 06:19 AM,
    Our friend Karl Winkler of Lectrosonics came up with these microphone inspired “Twenty Questions” quiz. Click on the box below each question for its respective answer. In addition, we’ve provided all answers at the end of the quiz. Good luck!   1.) Which has more overall rejection: cardioid or figure 8?   A.) Cardioid.   B.) Figure 8.   C.) They’re about the same.   D.) Omni has more rejection.   2.) Why would you choose a cardioid over a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductionAudioMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, June 13, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 06/13/16 06:30 AM,
    Being the online forum lurker that I sometimes am, there are times when I’m struck by a pattern or trend that was never clear before (for whatever reason). It happened just a while ago, and the context is relevant to what we do in our business of live sound. This particular discussion, on a music forum, was a thread about “the great tone we’ve spent years perfecting that is destroyed when it goes through a PA.” (You guessed it –… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    live sound
    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



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