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Articles Tagged M. Erik Matlock

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 11/11/15 11:13 AM,
    Riley Vasquez has deep roots in the music business and production work. The grandson of Bill Hardin, founder of Bill Hardin Music stores, he grew up in Georgia surrounded by instruments, gear and musicians, and with a foundation in church production, he quickly learned the ropes and discovered a passion for mixing live shows at front of house. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State in 2011, Vasquez quickly established himself as a tour manager and engineer for the likes of… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConsolesEducationEngineerMicrophoneProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 11/10/15 07:19 AM,
    The new PreSonus Eris Series active studio monitors, designed for the budget-conscious studio seeking accurate and powerful reference monitors, make a strong first impression. The series incorporates a proprietary Midwoofer-Tweeter-Midwoofer (MTM, also known as “D’Appolito”) configuration, utilizing matched midrange drivers working together to create the effect of one much larger driver. The E44 is outfitted with two 4.5-inch, custom-woven Kevlar LF/midrange drivers, while the E66 uses 6.5-inch versions. Both models have a 1.25-inch, silk-dome HF driver centered between the mid/low… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductReviewAVLoudspeakerManufacturerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Monday, November 09, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 11/09/15 11:41 AM,
    After several years designing and installing sound systems for small- and mid-sized churches, I discovered an unobtainable goal that we tend to pursue, even though we know it’s a mirage. I’m referring, of course, to the concept of idiot-proofing. A recent trade show visit had me concerned about the way a lot of gear is being marketed. At least to me, it appears that most manufacturers are working to eliminate the human element in purporting to design equipment that simply… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureTrainingAVEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Friday, October 23, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 10/23/15 05:36 PM,
    Through a series of difficult decisions, I found myself retired from mixing about five years ago. Mostly involuntarily. Since then, I’ve secretly hoped that the gravitational pull of the production world might drag me behind a console once again. Well, it happened. When our oldest daughter began making plans to marry one of Athens, Georgia’s finest musicians, they wouldn’t settle for anything traditional. Arrangements were made for a full-blown concert with several heavy-hitters from the groom’s career taking turns on… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureConcertConsolesDigitalEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, October 12, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 10/12/15 10:44 AM,
    It’s become a regular gig, opening boxes of toys and forming opinions for these reviews. Sometimes I’m impressed, sometimes not. Normally, I don’t have a problem keeping my cool and writing something moderately monotone. This might be different. For those who know the story, I have a pair of vintage Pioneer HPM-100 reference monitors from the 1970s in my office. These have been nicknamed “the lie detectors” because of how clean and accurate they are. No details escape them. So… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductReviewLoudspeakerManufacturerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 08/27/15 09:30 AM,
    Many years ago, we hosted a three day worship arts conference. Not like the conferences I was paid to do, traveling around the country with large budgets and excessive amounts of gear. This one confined me to my home church, with no budget and no warehouse full of touring grade audio toys. It would prove to be a challenge to my maniacal, control-freak nature which served promoters and bands so well during my career. Basically, this conference was about various… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, August 17, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 08/17/15 11:00 AM,
    Do not read this article. You’re probably looking for technical advice and I’m not that guy. We have many fine authors on PSW, including Chris Huff and Mike Sessler and Curt Taipale and many others for that. They’re the church sound gurus. Not me. I’m just the guy who writes the foundational stuff about survival. Not losing your mind. Dealing with pastors and leaders and your own families. All the stuff we already know but sometimes forget. But since you’ve… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationEngineerSound Reinforcement

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    M. Erik Matlock 08/17/15 07:22 AM,
    During the late nineties, Russia was going through some pretty dramatic changes. One of the big ones was opening up to allow churches to come in. Many Americans were arriving to serve as missionaries while that door was open, including a family that we knew. Within a year, they were part of a rapidly growing church that met in a large (rented) theater space in Moscow. Someone donated money and equipment for a portable system, and they managed to put… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureEngineerMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Friday, July 03, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 07/03/15 12:28 PM,
    Garth Brooks is back. Following a 13-year hiatus from touring, the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood has been on the road for several months in support of his latest album, Man Against Machine, continuing on an open-ended basis in selling out arenas across North America. Prior to announcing his retirement in 2001, Brooks had undoubtedly been the top-selling recording artist on the planet for a decade. His first album, released in 1989, peaked at number 2 on the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureNewsConcertConsolesDigitalEngineerLine ArrayLoudspeakerMonitoringProcessorSoftwareSound ReinforcementStageSubwooferWireless

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    M. Erik Matlock 07/03/15 05:34 AM,
    “Seriously?” That was my response when I was asked to help record a live album inside a prison. It was 1998 and I was only nine months out of recording school. The person asking for assistance was my friend Larry Howard, who’d been working inside of penitentiaries for years with Prison Fellowship Ministries. He explained the deal. We would break down our entire recording studio and all the gear we had, load it into a moving van, and drive it… View this story
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