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  • Tuesday, October 09, 2012
    Bruce Bartlett 10/09/12 11:32 AM,
    Portable loudspeakers are amazing in their versatility, able to serve as mains, fills, delays, stage monitors and much more, providing solutions for hundreds of applications in live sound reinforcement. These 2-way miracle workers usually include an 8-inch, 12-inch or 15-inch ported woofer and a compression driver on a horn or waveguide, with dispersion (6 dB-down points) commonly at 40 degrees (v) by 90 degrees (h) or 40 degrees (v) by 120 degrees (h). The primary purpose of this dispersion is… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureProductAVLoudspeakerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • Monday, October 08, 2012
    live sound international
    Kevin Young 10/08/12 05:48 PM,
    Throughout his 38 years in pro audio, Mike Scarfe has always placed an emphasis on the leading edge, not only in terms of the services and equipment he provides through his Maryland-based company, MHA Audio, but by adapting the company’s business model dramatically over time. It’s a strategy that has fostered the company as a leading regional sound reinforcement provider in the North American market. When Scarfe established MHA Audio in 1983, the primary focus was audio production for high-profile… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBusinessConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, October 04, 2012
    live sound international
    Ken DeLoria 10/04/12 05:53 PM,
    “Cause you are a magnet, and I am steel.” – Walter Egan Magnets play a vital role in hundreds of thousands of devices, ranging from small toys and disk drives, to washing machines, industrial motors, and of course, loudspeakers (and microphones). And chief among magnetic material is the rare-earth composite called neodymium. It’s more properly known as Nd–Fe-B, for indeed, what we casually call “neo” is really a processed alloy of three elements: neodymium, ferrite, and boron. Neo is highly… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogLine ArrayLoudspeakerSubwoofer

  • Monday, October 01, 2012
    live sound
    Greg DeTogne 10/01/12 11:11 AM,
    As a long-time audio engineer based in Southern California, Paul Beach has earned a reputation for doing things outside the norm, lending his system design and mixing talents to performances on a number of levels, including large-scale outdoor events. “It seems that I have a knack for working my way into situations that require going beyond what many traditionally expect of technology,” he says. “I may use gear in an unorthodox fashion at times, but the net result always clears… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertInterconnectLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementWireless

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    Bruce Bartlett 10/01/12 10:09 AM,
    In designing a live sound system, you’ll come up with all sorts of questions, such as: One power amplifier is rated at 1,000 watts, and a different brand is also rated at 1,000 watts. Do they actually produce the same power? Suppose you add more loudspeakers in parallel to a power amp output. Does the amp produce more power, less power, or the same? Does each loudspeaker have to handle more or less power as you add more loudspeakers? To… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallAmplifierAVEducationPowerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Sunday, September 30, 2012
    line arrays
    PSW Staff 09/30/12 09:25 AM,
    In this Real World Gear installment, we look at compact line arrays, which we’ve defined as those with 8-inch (and smaller) LF drivers. Generally speaking, products in this genre offer a relatively small footprint in terms of size, weight and cost. They’re conveniently portable due to the size/weight factor, but are suitable for fixed installations as well. For dynamic full-range music presentation, compact arrays are usually accompanied by at least one subwoofer. In addition, the vast majority of full-range models… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowProductionBacklineLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, September 28, 2012
    live sound
    Greg Stone 09/28/12 03:57 PM,
    From the outside looking in, the term “equalization” seems harmless enough: Using equipment to tame or enhance audio frequencies in order to obtain a more balanced overall effect. When I’m working a gig, after the old “Are you the DJ?” question, the next thing I usually hear involves EQ: “How do you do it?” While some prefer to let the new “automated” gear do the lion’s share of the EQ setup, others go by ear. My own preference is a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogEngineerProcessorTechnician

  • Monday, September 17, 2012
    Paul Watson 09/17/12 05:47 AM,
    Recently, about 100 people (including yours truly) squeezed into the basement of London’s Soho Theatre in the heart of the West End for the world launch of the Si Performer, a unique mixing console from Soundcraft. The new Si Performer packs a number of enhancements over and above the Si Compact, but what makes it really different is that it’s the first production audio console to integrate DMX lighting control. First things first – the Si Performer looks to be… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductProductionLightingConsolesDigitalInterconnectSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, September 13, 2012
    Kevin Young 09/13/12 04:01 PM,
    If there’s one overarching force that has driven Stuart “Dinky” Dawson’s career it’s a never-ending search for quality. A relentless innovator, he cut his teeth mixing and designing systems for some of the most prominent acts of the past five decades. And though they came from a broad spectrum of genres, in every case his goal was the same - to consistently improve the methods and the tools he employed in an effort to deliver the highest quality reproduction of… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertMixerSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • Monday, September 10, 2012
    Craig Leerman 09/10/12 04:09 PM,
    The Olson M-191 is one of the more interesting-looking microphones I’ve run across, a hybrid metal and plastic unit that has a style all it’s own. Olson Electronics may not be a familiar name. Started by Sid Olson in Akron, OH in 1961, the company grew into a large retail chain that carried a wide variety of consumer electronics, including stereos, CB radios, TV antennas, parts, tubes, batteries, and car audio equipment. Olson Electronics was sold in the late 1960s… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductStudy HallManufacturerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage