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Articles Tagged Real World Gear

  • Friday, October 02, 2015
    PSW Staff 10/02/15 07:05 AM,
    Personal monitoring systems and/or wireless in-ear monitoring systems, working with earpices (“earbuds”), offer a number of advantages over monitor loudspeakers. Typically, the performer has personal control of the level of the mix via the personal mixer or wireless beltpack receiver. And no matter where the artist moves on stage, the mix will remain consistent and cleaner. Mixes can be more highly controlled, either by a monitor engineer or by personal mixing stations where the performer can select exactly what they… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowManufacturerMixerMonitoringNetworkingSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    Gary Parks 09/15/15 01:49 PM,
    Visceral, deep, percussive, tight, punchy – just some of many words used to describe bass response. A prominent low end forms the foundation for many styles of music and helps get the audience moving. Subs are specialized loudspeaker cabinets, typically operating somewhere inside the range between 20 Hz and 150 Hz, and they usually cross over into the full-range mains around 100 Hz. Especially toward the bottom of the range, these LF sounds are felt in the body as much… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Friday, August 14, 2015
    line array
    PSW Staff 08/14/15 12:43 PM,
    Compact line arrays are those we’ve defined as having low-frequency drivers measuring 8 inches or 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 – a single unit will provide main coverage to a relatively small space, and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogSlideshowLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    line arrays
    Gary Parks 08/12/15 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

  • 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

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    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
    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