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Articles Tagged Real World Gear

  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

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