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Articles Tagged Mike Sokol

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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    Mike Sokol & Hector La Torre 07/13/16 06:09 AM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   DI boxes (“Direct Instrument” or “Direct Inject” boxes) are very helpful tools in a live sound system. The most common type is called a passive DI, which includes an isolation transformer and ground lift switch.  The primary function of a DI box is to convert the unbalanced (1/4-inch 2-conductor) phone plug output on your keyboard or guitar into a low-impedance (low-z), balanced (3-conductor) XLR jack, which can be plugged directly into your signal snake… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogEducationInterconnectMonitoringPowerSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, July 01, 2016
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    Mike Sokol 07/01/16 11:05 AM,
    Cables are the bane of our existence as sound technicians. Can’t live with ‘em, and can’t live without ‘em. On many gigs I can have upwards of 100 XLR cables, which get used for everything from stage microphones and DI boxes, to sending audio to active loudspeakers for monitors, FOH, and delays. But while running XLR cables to the loudspeakers is certainly the least expensive and possibly most robust solution, many times it’s too cumbersome and creates logistical nightmares. For… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewDigitalEthernetInterconnectLoudspeakerSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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    PSW Staff 06/22/16 07:02 AM,
    Live Sound Co. launches its Live Sound Advice YouTube channel, free instructional videos featuring industry expert Mike Sokol, on choosing and using the right sound gear for your music production or worship service The new company has also chosen to integrate InstaSnake into its training events and productions.   “My first exposure to InstaSnake technology was in 2008 when I was hired by Jeremiah Leiter at Maryland Sound International (MSI) to wire much of the audio infrastructure for the first… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundNewsAVDigitalEducationEngineerInterconnectSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, June 06, 2016
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    Mike Sokol 06/06/16 10:18 AM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   No, it’s not the name of an insurance company or a European sports car—GFCI is an abbreviation/acronym for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. They’ve been required in many localities for electrical outlets located near sinks or the outside of residences since the early 1970s. The two types of GFCIs you’ll encounter are either built into the power outlet itself (Figure 1, left) or inside the circuit breaker at the power panel (Figure 1, right). Both… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallAVInstallationPower

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016
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    Mike Sokol 05/26/16 10:23 AM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   One of the most common questions that comes up on many live sound forums is how to stop noises in a sound system. I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting on this subject over the past several years, plus I’ve been battling sound system noise such as hum in the field for more than 45 years, so here’s my observations on sound system noise and what to do about it. Before having any chance… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallAVInstallationInterconnectSound ReinforcementStageSystem

  • Monday, May 16, 2016
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    Mike Sokol 05/16/16 06:13 AM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   If terms such as gain structure, impedance matching and headroom are unfamiliar, or worse, give you a headache, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most church sound techs would rather have their gear work perfectly right out of the box than have to tweak it into compliance. Nevertheless, when it comes to setting up and operating a sound system, a working knowledge of gain structure (and a few related concepts) will help you get the… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierConsolesMeasurementMixerProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Thursday, May 05, 2016
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    PSW Staff 05/05/16 03:36 PM,
    Live Sound Advice is offering a free instructional seminar, entitled The Art of Equalization, focusing on preventing feedback, improving intelligibility, and creating better music mixes. The event is slated for Wednesday, May 11, at the Williamsport Banquet Hall in Williamsport, MD, beginning at 6:30 pm. It will also be streamed live as a webinar. Find out more and register to attend and/or receive a link to the webinar here. The seminar will be led by veteran educator Mike Sokol, an… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundNewsTrainingAVBusinessConsolesEducationEngineerLoudspeakerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Friday, April 29, 2016
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    PSW Staff 04/29/16 03:21 PM,
    Editor’s Note: Here’s an interesting thread from the PSW Live Audio Board (LAB) forums. It’s lightly edited for grammar and formatting. Enjoy. Posted by Jay Last weekend I refused to let a band roadie (did the setup but didn’t mix or anything) use their own stage drops at the front of the stage. One of the drops I did approve was a Hubbell 4-plex with the low profile plastic box. One I rejected was the same but broken and held… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureForumStudy HallAVInterconnectPowerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, April 07, 2016
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    Mike Sokol 04/07/16 03:48 PM,
    Recently an attendee of one of my workshops e-mailed about problems he’s having in providing a bass guitar mix over a personal monitoring system utilized by a 4-piece band, all of whom wear in-ear monitors. The system has one transmitter feeding four receivers, receiving a simple split-track mix with all vocals on one channel and all instruments on the second channel. (Note that the bassist is plugging directly into the snake via an active DI box without any amplifier or… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMeasurementMonitoringProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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    Mike Sokol 03/16/16 06:54 PM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”—Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride The Twitterverse was hopping last night with news of Canadian singer Grimes being “electrocuted” during a concert in Dublin. (Go here and #Grimes on Twitter.) While she was shocked on stage, she definitely wasn’t electrocuted multiple times. That’s because the word “electrocution” refers to death by electric shock. If she was indeed killed by… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectPowerSignalSound ReinforcementStage



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