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Articles Tagged Live Sound International

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
    PSW Staff 04/28/16 03:11 PM,
    Not so long ago, consoles with 32 channels and 16 auxiliaries could cover the requirements of almost any band and most festivals, but today, bigger shows often require 100 channels and 50 mixes or more. At the same time, the genre of large-format consoles continues to grow and evolve. The recently introduced Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 and Avid VENUE | S6L, both highly anticipated, have now been released and are seeing steadily increasing action in a range of applications. Further, Allen… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureProductSlideshowAVConsolesDigitalManufacturerMixerSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, April 22, 2016
    Live Sound Staff 04/22/16 02:56 PM,
    The definition of which characteristics make a line array small- or large-format, is somewhat arbitrary. Is it how wide or high each element is, how much it weighs, how many components each houses, the diameter of the components, or how loud it gets? For this overview, we’ve based the selection on the size of the largest LF driver within the array, considering those with 8-inch to 10-inch cones to be medium-format. Even within the medium-format category, there’s a lot of… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureSlideshowAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    Pat Brown 04/20/16 06:53 AM,
      A loudspeaker array is a collection of loudspeakers that is assembled to achieve a coverage pattern that cannot be achieved with a single device. Arrays are most commonly implemented to achieve a wide horizontal coverage pattern from a position on or above the stage. The “perfect” array would be a collection of loudspeakers whose radiation pattern was indistinguishable from a single (hypothetical) device that provided the needed pattern for the audience area. Many attempts have been made to solve… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallAVLoudspeakerMeasurementSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, March 18, 2016
    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

  • Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    John Godenzi 03/01/16 06:48 AM,
    Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an article that originally appeared on the original Live Sound International website in January of 1993, and it provides a lot of information that’s still relevant today. Part 1 is available here. “Well of course it sounded good, it was in surround sound!” It would be understandable if you asked what “surround sound” means. To me, using the term is akin to observing that light is bright! I have yet to discover… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertEngineerLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, February 26, 2016
    John Godenzi 02/26/16 01:58 PM,
    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the original Live Sound International website in January of 1993, and provides a lot of information that’s still relevant today. See Part 2 here. During the intermission she leaned over the mixer complaining that the sound in Row 3 was making her ears vibrate. My patient assurances that we would do what we could to help were interrupted by the guy from the back row who leant over the effects rack and yelled… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertEducationEngineerLoudspeakerProcessorSound ReinforcementStageSystem

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
    Duncan Fry 02/25/16 11:11 AM,
    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the original Live Sound International website in the late 1990s, and provides a lot of information that’s still relevant today. The first time I mixed a band—wow—it was like riding the musical equivalent of a mechanical bull, stuck on 10! There just seemed to be no way to keep everything under control. I just couldn’t keep the levels loud without them running away from me. Things would be alternately too loud or soft,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationEngineerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    Craig Leerman 02/17/16 03:26 PM,
    The textbook definition of a microphone is a transducer that converts acoustical energy (sound waves) into electrical energy. Basically, a sound wave hits a diaphragm or membrane and causes it to vibrate. These vibrations are turned into electricity and flow out to the console. Mics are usually categorized by the conversion process that’s used to turn acoustical energy into electricity. The most common type used on live stages are dynamic designs that work on the electromagnet principle where a coil… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureProductSlideshowStudy HallAVManufacturerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, February 12, 2016
    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

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2015
    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

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