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Articles Tagged Microphone World

  • 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

  • Thursday, September 06, 2012
    Bruce Bartlett 09/06/12 03:05 PM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Microphones.   Here’s a highly simplified explanation of mic specs in plain English. It may help you evaluate microphones based on their specifications. MICROPHONE TYPE: Dynamic, condenser, ribbon These terms refer to the way the microphone converts sound into an electrical signal. Each type has its own “sound” and application. Dynamic: Good sound quality, rugged. Popular for guitar amps and drums. Does not require phantom power. Condenser: High-fidelity, detailed sound with lots of clean… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Tuesday, September 04, 2012
    church sound
    Gary Zandstra 09/04/12 02:48 PM,
    Micing an upright piano is definitely one of the more difficult tasks required of a sound tech/engineer.  Over the years I’ve tried numerous different techniques trying to get that “big, warm” piano sound. On most of these occasions, it was in a live rock/pop situation, where the only choice is to get the mics as close to the piano as possible to keep stage bleed to a minimum. But recently I was asked to do front of house for a… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2012
    PSW Staff 08/14/12 04:20 PM,
    While it’s true that vocal microphones can do double duty on instruments, only select models do both jobs well. Simply put, vocal mics are optimized for voice – many have a presence peak, or a boost in a band of upper midrange frequencies. This enhances the articulation and intelligibility of voices, but when applied to instruments, it can add coloration that’s detrimental. Vocal mics also tend to roll off lower end frequencies (below the voice range) to help eliminate handling… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2012
    shure microphone world
    Tim Vear 08/08/12 12:49 PM,
    Lavalier Microphones The desired sound source for a lavalier microphone is a speaking (or occasionally singing) voice. Undesired sources include other speaking voices, clothing or movement noise, ambient sound, and loudspeakers. Balanced low-impedance output is preferred as usual. Adequate sensitivity can be achieved by both dynamic and condenser types, due to the relatively close placement of the microphone. However, a condenser is generally preferred. The physical design is optimized for body-worn use. This may be done by means of a… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2012
    Bobby Owsinski 07/10/12 09:47 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Recently I talked about how to go really old school and record the drums with a single mic. Today we’ll come into the future just slightly and look at how it was done with two mics. This was the sound of many of those great hits from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Beach Boys, etc., at least in the beginning of their careers. If you look at pictures of recordings in the early… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneStudio

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2012
    Bruce Bartlett 07/03/12 12:51 PM,
    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

  • church sound
    David McLain & Jeremy Carter 07/03/12 10:20 AM,
    Any time a band has some of its sound coming through the main PA system (usually vocals and electronic instruments) and some of the sound coming from the stage acoustically (most notably the drums) you have problems. The drummer must play loud enough to keep up with the sound system, which he cannot hear. However, playing loudly enough for the back row of listeners means that the drums are often too loud for the first several rows. It’s even louder… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogPollMicrophoneMonitoringSound ReinforcementAudio

  • Tuesday, June 05, 2012
    ribbon microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 06/05/12 05:07 PM,
    It used to be that the fragile nature of ribbon microphones made them unsuitable for most live sound applications. But not anymore – many more recent models have been beefed up for added ruggedness, which is great because it allows us add their special sonic qualities to our live mixes. Lets explore the unique devices that are ribbon mics, including their design, technology, application, and techniques of use. PHYSICAL DESIGN The majority of dynamic mics are based on moving coil… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, May 28, 2012
    Dale Alexander 05/28/12 11:41 AM,
    The question that is at the top of the list when we talk to pastors and music ministers: Why can’t we hear the choir? For a church with an active choir ministry this can be one of the most volatile challenges they have to deal with. The solution to the problem is usually not a simple one. In many evangelical churches, the choir is still an extremely important element of the worship service although the musical styles have evolved from… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertSound ReinforcementStage

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