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Articles Tagged Real World Gear

  • 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

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    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
    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

  • Friday, November 01, 2013
    Gary Parks 11/01/13 05:07 PM,
    In the past year or so, several major players have introduced digital wireless microphone systems, ranging from entry level to professional units. While generally maintaining the traditional form and functions of the products, engineers have adapted concepts and techniques from computer networking, cellular telephones, and digital signal processing to enhance their performance. Expect this trend to continue, since the new technologies can provide advantages in dense RF (radio frequency) environments, as well as generally excellent audio quality. And in some… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowMicrophoneWireless

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    Gary Parks 09/11/13 10:19 AM,
    Expanding on the basic technologies of dynamic and condenser transducers, manufacturers continue to develop new microphones to meet the needs of musicians and sound engineers in a range of formats, sizes, and price points. In more recent introductions, we’re seeing a mix of innovative development, refinement of previous technologies, specialization of mics to specific applications, and changes in manufacturing.  Higher end condenser vocal mics are truly amazing devices, and even most of the relatively inexpensive models are durable, reliable, and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, February 15, 2013
    digital consoles
    Craig Leerman 02/15/13 04:50 PM,
    Simply put, the market for compact digital consoles has exploded. Manufacturers are offering an increasing number of smaller models, which can also provide additional advantages that include lower prices and ease of transport. Not every gig requires a ton of inputs, and not every portable show and venue has need of a larger control surface. A lesser footprint doesn’t necessarily mean that commensurate feature sets are lacking. Many models utilize the same high-end components and accessories of their larger siblings,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowProductionAudioConsolesDigitalSound Reinforcement

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