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Articles Tagged Real World Gear

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
    consoles
    Craig Leerman 08/11/14 06:26 PM,
    Digital consoles have certainly changed the way our workflows and the ways we mix. No more cumbersome large-frame analog consoles that take four or more stagehands to move and set up. No more promoters and event planners crying about how much room said large-frame analog console and associated outboard drive and effects racks are occupying at front of house. No more large, heavy analog snake cables to coil up at the end of the gig now that we can run… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerNetworkingSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, July 14, 2014
    microphones
    PSW Staff 07/14/14 10:09 AM,
    Perhaps more than any other pro audio component, microphones are a personal choice, subject to the specific preferences and goals of both users and sound techs/engineers. Manufacturers continue to create new mics in a wide range of formats, sizes, and price points, stemming from a healthy mix of innovative development, refinement of previous technologies, specialization of mics to specific applications, and changes in manufacturing. For decades, dynamic mics were pretty much the exclusive choice for live applications due to their… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowInterconnectMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Monday, June 09, 2014
    loudspeakers
    PSW Staff 06/09/14 11:01 AM,
    While line arrays get much of the press, the real workhorses of pro audio are traditional 2-way loudspeakers. They remain invaluable for a range of very good reasons, with versatility that translates to “great bang for the buck” topping the list. A quick check of manufacturer websites bears this out, where information on dozens of 2-way models are just a few clicks away. Available in a wide range of sizes and cabinet shapes, they can serve as mains, side fills,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogSlideshowAmplifierLoudspeakerMixerPowerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Thursday, May 29, 2014
    line arrays
    PSW Staff 05/29/14 09:05 AM,
    Compact line arrays are those we’ve defined as having low-frequency drivers measuring 8.5 inches and smaller. Array modules in this genre offer a relatively small footprint in terms of size, weight and cost, yet they are capable of delivering significant output. They’re conveniently portable due to the size/weight factor, and are suitable for a range of fixed installations as well. Compact arrays present a scalable solution – the addition of more loudspeakers easily expands coverage capabilities, and at an affordable… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowStudy HallLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    loudspeakers
    PSW Staff 04/14/14 11:04 AM,
    Despite their rather scant appearance, many modern column loudspeakers deliver exceptional full-range performance, and this can be furthered by companion LF boxes and subwoofers. Although they’ve been around for more than a half-century, column loudspeakers are popular because they offer a compromise solution for those who need efficiency in the vocal range combined with even coverage and a very slim, unobtrusive profile. A look into line source coupling behavior and pattern control tells us that loudspeaker cones exhibit coupling behavior… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogSlideshowAVDigitalInstallationLine ArrayLoudspeakerSoftwareSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014
    consoles
    PSW Staff 03/27/14 10:26 AM,
    While smaller digital consoles have been getting the lion’s share of attention of late, there’s still a lot going on when it comes to larger models. In the past month or so alone, Yamaha, Soundcraft and Midas have introduced new larger consoles. Solid State Logic (SSL), long noted for its studio consoles, also recently entered the market with the appropriately named “Live” large-format desk. Many mix engineers still rely on larger consoles both for reasons of necessity and personal preference.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, March 03, 2014
    image
    PSW Staff 03/03/14 06:11 PM,
    As their name implies, large-format line arrays are designed for bigger concert and event applications. They’re powerhouses, and in many cases, are now much more than simply loudspeakers, better described as integrated systems. Many of the models we’re presenting here incorporate dedicated power and DSP packages (onboard or rack-mounted), as well as being outfitted with increasingly sophisticated control, networking, and optimization packages. Integral rigging is usually user-friendly and marked by precision. Driver configuration and enclosure design remain a defining factor.… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogProductSlideshowAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    loudspeakers
    PSW Staff 01/14/14 06:46 PM,
    Designing a loudspeaker system is a lot easier today than it was in the past. It used to be that only a limited number of drivers were available, and there was a lot of trial and error involved in making the boxes. Now we’re blessed with two major improvements. First, we have computers to help us, and programs like BassBox Pro and Hornresp make it easy to design and make changes to the design without ever having to cut a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Sunday, December 08, 2013
    subwoofers
    Craig Leerman 12/08/13 12:35 PM,
    While we tend to think of extended bass as a modern invention, audio folks have been expanding frequency response for decades. Way back in 1932, A.C. Thuras received a patent for a bass reflex ported design, and in 1934, Andre D’Alton was granted a patent for a bandpass design. However, true separate subwoofers (dedicated band-limited enclosures with cone loudspeakers for frequencies generally below 100 Hz) did not become commonplace until the 1960s, and even then were mainly used in limited… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Monday, December 02, 2013
    power amplifiers
    PSW Staff 12/02/13 11:48 AM,
    There’s a lot to like when it comes to modern power amplifiers, and a variety of options abound. They provide tremendous power from far lighter packages, and in many cases, resemble a rack-mount processor more than a device capable of generating several thousand watts of audio power. The primary advancement in terms of power is efficiency. Greater output efficiency means less heat, and therefore, less weight, as well as more AC power making it to the loudspeakers. The most common… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogSlideshowAmplifierAVNetworkingPowerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement