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Articles Tagged Real World Gear

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
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    PSW Staff 04/28/16 03:11 PM,
    Not so long ago, consoles with 32 channels and 16 auxiliaries could cover the requirements of almost any band and most festivals, but today, bigger shows often require 100 channels and 50 mixes or more. At the same time, the genre of large-format consoles continues to grow and evolve. The recently introduced Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 and Avid VENUE | S6L, both highly anticipated, have now been released and are seeing steadily increasing action in a range of applications. Further, Allen… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureProductSlideshowAVConsolesDigitalManufacturerMixerSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, April 22, 2016
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    Live Sound Staff 04/22/16 02:56 PM,
    The definition of which characteristics make a line array small- or large-format, is somewhat arbitrary. Is it how wide or high each element is, how much it weighs, how many components each houses, the diameter of the components, or how loud it gets? For this overview, we’ve based the selection on the size of the largest LF driver within the array, considering those with 8-inch to 10-inch cones to be medium-format. Even within the medium-format category, there’s a lot of… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureSlideshowAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, March 11, 2016
    loudspeakers
    PSW Staff 03/11/16 01:46 PM,
    Mention column loudspeakers to grumpy old soundmen and the Shure Vocalmaster immediately springs to mind, as every ’70s band used it. But column loudspeakers continue to gain in popularity because they offer a solution for those who need efficiency in the vocal range combined with even coverage and a very slim, unobtrusive profile. Line sources have been around for well more than a half-century. For portable sound applications, audiences tend to be small. Installed systems are often employed in reverberant… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogSlideshowAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 02/17/16 03:26 PM,
    The textbook definition of a microphone is a transducer that converts acoustical energy (sound waves) into electrical energy. Basically, a sound wave hits a diaphragm or membrane and causes it to vibrate. These vibrations are turned into electricity and flow out to the console. Mics are usually categorized by the conversion process that’s used to turn acoustical energy into electricity. The most common type used on live stages are dynamic designs that work on the electromagnet principle where a coil… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureProductSlideshowStudy HallAVManufacturerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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    Craig Leerman 12/30/15 07:38 AM,
    The Old Soundman once said to me, “A speaker ain’t a speaker unless it’s got some speakers inside.” Indeed, true words of wisdom. Cone and compression driver technology has improved considerably over the years, mirroring the progress of the loudspeaker systems that utilize them. The result is sonic quality that’s vastly upgraded, along with enhanced durability. Advanced design techniques and the employment of materials such as neodymium in magnet structures have helped lead this charge. Today’s drivers are marked by… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureSlideshowAVLoudspeakerManufacturerSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, December 03, 2015
    meyer sound
    PSW Staff 12/03/15 01:43 PM,
    Large-format line arrays (which we loosely identify as models with 12-inch and larger woofers) are ideal for large-scale concert and event applications, both indoors and outdoors. They really deliver in terms of output, and in many cases, are now much more than simply loudspeakers, better described as fully integrated systems. The vast majority 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… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowAmplifierLine ArrayLoudspeakerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, October 02, 2015
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    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
    subwoofers
    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



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