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  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
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    Gary Parks 05/21/15 10:22 AM,
    These days I’m surprised when I go to a concert or a performing arts center and don’t see line arrays flown at the sides of the stage, often complemented with digital audio networking, remote system control and monitoring, and real-time audio monitoring of the array’s response in the house. These sleek systems have come a long way from the huge piles of cabinets and horns that I remember from the mid-1960s when I first started going to shows.  Line arrays… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureNewsProductSlideshowAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
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    Craig Leerman 04/20/15 03:10 PM,
    Microphones come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but many of us typically categorize them in two basic groups: vocals and instruments. And the truth is that many models can excel at either task. Take the ubiquitous Shure SM57. It’s a “go-to” instrument mic found in almost every live and studio mic kit yet it also handles vocals and speech quite well. Ever see the podium for the president of the United States? It’s long incorporated a pair… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureSlideshowMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, April 07, 2015
    real world gear
    PSW Staff 04/07/15 02:54 PM,
    Available in a range of sizes and cabinet shapes, compact 2-way loudspeakers are an MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the live sound world. They serve as mains, monitors, side fills, center fills, near fills, front fills and delays, and can quickly be ground stacked, flown, or placed on a stand. In addition, they can almost always be carried by one person. Many (most) of these boxes are trapezoidal in shape, with many offering an enclosure angle for stage monitoring. Smaller… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogSlideshowLoudspeakerSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, April 06, 2015
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    Mark Frink 04/06/15 10:29 AM,
    In the beginning there was resistance to digital consoles, but the tide has turned and the advantages of digital live sound workflow are so numerous that we now take many for granted. An obvious advantage is size and weight. Compact digital desks weigh 50 pounds or less, and a 100-meter Cat-5 snake fits in the back of stage box racks. Analog consoles and their associated outboard gear, multi-core snake and splitter take a couple rows in a truck instead of… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogSlideshowConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerMonitoringProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    column loudspeakers
    PSW Staff 03/17/15 10:00 AM,
    Mention column loudspeakers to grumpy old sound guys and the Shure Vocal Master immediately springs to mind, as it seemed that every ’70s band used it. Actually, line sources have been around for well over a half-century, but they’ve gained in popularity of late because they offer a solution for those who need efficiency in the vocal range combined with even coverage and a very slim, unobtrusive profile. The characteristics of line source columns – wide horizontal coverage, minimal vertical… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogProductSlideshowAmplifierAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    line arrays
    Gary Parks 11/05/14 09:03 AM,
    A line array effectively functions as a multi-element column loudspeaker, with a long vertical and narrow horizontal outline, for narrower vertical pattern control and wider horizontal dispersion. They’re designed to be flown and taken down quickly, often in “blocks” of individual modules, and to be flexibly adjustable to different curvatures. This flexibility can be particularly useful in venues where arrays need to be adjusted regularly to accommodate different types of acts, such as a performing arts center that has a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowAmplifierLine ArrayLoudspeakerProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    real world gear
    Gary Parks 10/08/14 12:36 PM,
    Over the past three or so years, many of the major suppliers have introduced digital wireless microphone systems, with some offering models from entry level to professional, and others remaining at the higher end. Additionally, one of the earliest entrants into digital wireless, Line 6, released a new generation of its platform last year. Digital systems represent a paradigm shift, bringing with them new technologies, often greater immunity to interference, typically excellent and uncompressed frequency response, and sometimes the ability… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowDigitalMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementSystemWireless

  • 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