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Articles Tagged Kent Margraves

  • Monday, April 07, 2014
    consoles
    Kent Margraves 04/07/14 12:57 PM,
    Mixing at festivals – good times! Or is it? Anyone who has worked as either a guest mixer or system tech in a festival environment probably has stories about the inherent ups and downs and, certainly, the hyper pace and stress that are part of the gig. And we’ve all heard a few horror stories of artists hitting the stage patched incorrectly or without a sound check. But there’s also the unique thrill of mixing in a hyped environment with… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, March 06, 2014
    church sound
    Kent Margraves 03/06/14 03:16 PM,
    Many worship venues have made the transition from “wedges” to “ears” for stage monitoring purposes, and often find that this can be a surprisingly tricky process. Essentially, wedges are loudspeakers that are laid sideways and angled up at the performers. The sound content or “mix” in each monitor, or group of monitors, is customized for the performers’ needs and each often have a much different balance than the house sound mix. In-ear monitor systems have become popular in recent years.… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerLoudspeakerMicrophoneMonitoringSignalStage

  • Monday, August 12, 2013
    church sound
    Kent Margraves 08/12/13 04:46 PM,
    Have you ever heard a comment from a worshipper, whether positive or negative, regarding the live sound experience that totally differs from what you thought you just heard and mixed? Large room acoustics (particularly room modes), loudspeaker selection/orientation/optimization, audience size and participation, and several other factors all contribute to the fact that the live sound experience is different in every seat in your worship space. If it’s a great room with proper system design and installation, those variations may be… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Friday, April 26, 2013
    church sound
    Kent Margraves 04/26/13 07:10 AM,
    I mix several worship services, but recently had a chance to enjoy a couple of productions from the audience’s perspective (a rare experience!). As an audience member, I was soon reminded of the fact that audio techs sometimes forget (or just don’t know) about audio gain staging for wireless microphones. The clipped (overloaded, distorted) sound on the wireless head-worn microphones during loud vocal passages was certainly distracting—no one wants to hear that! Audio people soon learn that every sound system… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalStageWireless

  • Thursday, April 04, 2013
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    Kent Margraves 04/04/13 09:51 AM,
    Provided by Sennheiser.   Ever had a comment from a worshipper, whether positive or negative, regarding the live sound experience – and it differs totally from what you thought you just heard and mixed? Large room acoustics (particularly room modes), loudspeaker selection / orientation / optimization, audience size and participation, and several other factors all contribute to the fact that the live sound experience is different in every seat in your worship space. If it is a great room with… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertConsolesEngineerLoudspeakerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Wednesday, January 09, 2013
    church sound
    Kent Margraves 01/09/13 12:05 PM,
    Provided by Sennheiser.   The worship mixer’s job is executed in the mix position during worship, but its success is mostly established outside the mix position, prior to worship. 1. Know The Music Beforehand Get whatever rehearsal music media is available to the worship team for review (legally). Learn the arrangements by listening during the week. Not only will your mixes come together quicker for each song, you’ll also anticipate things like guitar solos or false endings before they happen—not… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerInterconnectMixerMonitoringStageTechnicianWireless

  • Friday, August 17, 2012
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    Kent Margraves 08/17/12 02:48 PM,
    Provided by Sennheiser.   Many worship venues have made the transition from “wedges” to “ears” for stage monitoring purposes, and often find that this can be a surprisingly tricky process. Essentially, wedges are loudspeakers that are laid sideways and angled up and at the performers. The signal content, or “mix,” in each monitor or group of monitors is customized for the performer’s needs and sometimes will sound quite different than the house mix that the audience hears. Wireless personal monitors… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollDigitalEducationMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementSystemWirelessAudio

  • Monday, November 14, 2011
    sennheiser
    Kent Margraves 11/14/11 09:11 AM,
    Have you ever experienced a case of microphones squealing feedback before they are loud enough in your PA mix? Even with great mics and a wise layout, sometimes you could still use more gain-before-feedback (GBF). We’ll take choir miking as our example for discussion. We usually mic choirs with several cardioid condenser microphones, right? The feedback that occurs here is caused by the microphone(s) hearing itself being amplified in the PA system. The microphone picks up the source in front… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesMicrophoneMixerProcessorSignalStage

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2011
    microphones
    Kent Margraves 08/17/11 09:40 AM,
    This article is provided by Sennheiser.   Live instrument mic’ing is no picnic. Especially when there are multiple elements on a stage that an audio mixer wants to capture and reproduce properly. With acoustic drums, the issue is compounded exponentially given that in order to isolate each drum “voice” correctly, you really need a heck of a lot of mics. Or do you? There are a thousand ways to mic and mix a drum kit with success. Conversely, there a… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesMicrophoneMixerProcessorStage





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