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Articles Tagged Microphone World

  • Thursday, August 20, 2015
    Mark Frink 08/20/15 05:25 AM,
    In the beginning, the list of microphones on drums was minimal, even in recording studios. Before the arrival of rock and roll in the late 1950s, with its steady emphasis on the 2-and-4 backbeat, putting microphone near the snare was out of the question, and there weren’t many drum microphones on The Ed Sullivan Show. The difference between country and western was the drums required to push western swing music, but it wasn’t until the Grand Ole Opry moved to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, August 13, 2015
    PSW Staff 08/13/15 06:16 AM,
    How much do you really know about microphones? Make sure to keep track of your answers throughout this 20 question quiz and check them against the key on page 3. 1.) The dB is used when measuring mics because: A.) It’s more fun B.) It’s more logarithmic C.) It’s the standard for acoustic pressure measurements in audio D.) It helps the companies sell more mics 2.) 20 micropascals is: A.) The pressure present at an Atlas III launch B.) The… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductionAudioEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStudioSystemWireless

  • Friday, August 07, 2015
    Dave Isaac & Reggie Dozier 08/07/15 01:30 PM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   Editor’s Note: In this article, famed Motown producer/engineers Dave Isaac and Reggie Dozier reflect on capturing some of the best-recorded vocal performances in history. As the men behind the boards for Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and many more, this dynamic duo has helped shape more than a few Motown hits. There were many recording techniques used in my years as an engineer back in Detroit in the various recording studios around:… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogDigitalEngineerMicrophoneMixerProcessorStudio

  • live sound
    Nicholas Radina 08/07/15 09:01 AM,
    Are you a Lone Ranger of the audio world? I’ve been one for 20 years, working as an independent practitioner of live sound. Lone Rangers face the common scenario of ever-increasing responsibilities from advancing the load in and out, to pinning the stage, handling musicians and tour managers, corporate clients and eager brides. All with no A2 or enough hands or help – just a steady schedule of shows ranging from music to corporate events to weddings to comedy shows,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalEngineerInterconnectMicrophoneMixerMonitoringSignalSound Reinforcement

  • microphones
    Craig Leerman 08/07/15 05:50 AM,
    Two of the coolest microphones in my collection are from the RCA MI-6207-G Aeropressure Series. What makes them unique is a “Paracoustic baffle,” a parabolic shaped piece of metal used to help convert them from omnidirectional to more directional. Complete units are rare because the baffles were easily damaged or lost. I’m lucky to have found two: an almost mint condition example in the common burnt umber (RCA brown) finish, and a very clean specimen in the rare black and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessManufacturerMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, August 05, 2015
    digital consoles
    Mark Frink 08/05/15 06:46 AM,
    Digital consoles have produced many benefits and changes to touring live sound workflow. Instant reset-ability, automated scene changes and multi-band festivals on a single mixer, just to name a few. Perhaps the biggest is that it’s no longer necessary to bring the console itself from on tour; instead, the console’s show file just needs to be loaded onto a similar desk. While the move from analog to digital also drastically reduced console size and weight on a per channel basis,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesDigitalEngineerMicrophoneMixerMonitoringSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Gary Parks 07/29/15 12:59 PM,
    Looming in the background of recent wireless microphone development lies the growth of high-bandwidth wireless broadband services, smart phones, digital television, and other spectrum-hungry applications. Driven by the repurposing of wide swaths of RF spectrum traditionally used for wireless mics (2010’s clearing of the 700 MHz band, the upcoming Incentive Auction of the 600 MHz band, and their equivalents throughout the world), manufacturers are pursuing solutions so that the wireless mics and similar devices will remain viable in the future. … View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowAnalogDigitalManufacturerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    shure mixer
    Shure Incorporated 07/22/15 11:00 AM,
    Every time the number of open or active microphones in your church system increases, the system gain (or volume) also increases. The effect of this is greater potential for feedback as more microphones are added, just as if the master volume control were being turned up. In addition, unwanted background noise increases with the number of open microphones. Here, the effect is a loss of intelligibility as the background noise level rises closer to the level of the desired sound.… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollProductionAudioMicrophoneMixerSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    microphone images
    Tim Vear 06/30/15 11:31 AM,
    Microphone techniques (the selection and placement of microphones) have a major influence on the audio quality of a sound reinforcement system. In order to provide some background for these techniques it is useful first to understand some of the important characteristics of the microphones themselves. The most important characteristics of microphones for live sound applications are their operating principle, frequency response and directionality. Secondary characteristics are their electrical output and actual physical design. Operating Principle The type of transducer inside… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Bruce Bartlett 06/25/15 07:18 AM,
    Take a breath of fresh air on a country morning. That’s the sensation you get from a well-amplified acoustic ensemble. Guitar, upright bass, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo – all produce a sweet, airy sound that can be captured with the right approach. Acoustic music heard over a sound reinforcement system is all about beauty and naturalness, not hype. Listen to a number of well-recorded CDs of old-time country, bluegrass and acoustic jazz. In most cases you’ll hear no effects except some… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage