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Articles Tagged Real World Gear

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2012
    PSW Staff 08/14/12 04:20 PM,
    While it’s true that vocal microphones can do double duty on instruments, only select models do both jobs well. Simply put, vocal mics are optimized for voice – many have a presence peak, or a boost in a band of upper midrange frequencies. This enhances the articulation and intelligibility of voices, but when applied to instruments, it can add coloration that’s detrimental. Vocal mics also tend to roll off lower end frequencies (below the voice range) to help eliminate handling… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, July 09, 2012
    line arrays
    PSW Staff 07/09/12 03:53 PM,
    We define “medium format” line arrays as those with 10-inch low-frequency drivers, and we’ve created “small” and “compact” format categories for models with more miniscule LF drivers. This is a somewhat arbitrary definition, but no more so than the various designations that manufacturers use for their loudspeaker/line array systems—one entity’s “miniature” is another’s “mid-size” and so on. When the modern version of line arrays hit the market more than a decade ago, the vast majority were of the large format… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, May 11, 2012
    digital consoles
    PSW Staff 05/11/12 12:47 PM,
    The tide of digital consoles continues to rise. In general, they’re getting smaller and lighter, but overall capabilities are increasing at a steady pace. Already this year we’ve seen several companies introduce new models and series, and they all look to be smartly executed packages, providing users with more. More I/O. More networking. More recording capability. More effects. And, well, just more. This is an ideal scenario for the marketplace. If you’re more focused on the “look and feel,” there… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductSlideshowConsolesSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, May 04, 2012
    Gary Gand 05/04/12 04:21 PM,
    Ever heard of the Zagat Restaurant Guide? The Zagats (whom I’ve met) are a husband and wife team who sift through hundreds (thousands?) of forms sent in by diners (folks who eat at restaurants). The resulting ratings are democratic instead of “demo-critic” (critics are often tainted by too much booze or bad attitudes) or “demo-vicious” (bad hair day taken out on the poor restaurant owner). I look at this overview as kind of a Zagat Microphone Guide. The instrument mic… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, April 27, 2012
    line arrays
    PSW Staff 04/27/12 04:44 PM,
    It seemed just a short time ago that the line array market was headed in one direction: down. As in, virtually every new line array was smaller and lighter that its respective predecessor. Yet recent events have shown that the large-format genre (which we loosely identify as models with 12-inch and larger woofers) still has plenty of life left. As a matter of fact, within just the past year or so, at least five new large-format series have hit the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureSlideshowLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, March 07, 2012
    wireless systems
    Craig Leerman 03/07/12 10:49 AM,
    The early history of the development of wireless microphone systems is a bit murky as to “who did what and when,” but it might be surprising to know that they’ve been around in various forms for more than 60 years. In fact, back in the mid-1940s, publications such as Popular Science showed schematics and kits for making low-power wireless microphones that could transmit to a nearby AM radio. The Shure Vagabond system, which debuted in 1953, most certainly was one… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductSlideshowMicrophoneSound ReinforcementSystemWireless

  • Friday, February 17, 2012
    PSW Staff 02/17/12 12:55 PM,
    When I started working with audio, most companies built their own main and monitor loudspeaker enclosures. Some did it because it could save them money, but the majority did it because they wanted products that were simply not commercially available, so they had to design and build the systems themselves. Today there are a multitude of loudspeaker companies making a wide variety of different enclosures – with more designs hitting the market seemingly every week – but there are still… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollProductSlideshowAVLoudspeaker

  • Sunday, January 08, 2012
    Craig Leerman 01/08/12 11:26 AM,
    When it comes to loudspeakers for professional audio applications, line arrays get the glory and much of the press, but traditional 2-way boxes are still the real workhorses of the business. 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 bear this out as well. Again, the latest line array might be the “next big thing” touted on the home… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollSlideshowLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Monday, November 14, 2011
    Craig Leerman 11/14/11 04:11 PM,
    Long ago, an old sound guy imparted to me words of wisdom about the optimum way to mic instruments: “Pick your best microphone, put it on your best stand, place it in the best spot, point it in the best direction, and hope for the best.” That statement seems a bit trite, but it also contains truth. So where do we start in this pursuit of the “best” in all aspects of instrument mic’ing? While it’s true that vocal mics… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollSlideshowAVMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, October 24, 2011
    PSW Staff 10/24/11 02:15 PM, 0 Comments
    The common “wisdom” just a few years ago was that the emergence of self-powered loudspeaker lines with enclosure-mounted amplifiers and protection circuitry tuned specifically for the loudspeaker meant the days of rack-mounted power amplifiers were numbered. But it’s funny the difference that innovation can make. Today’s amplifier is a powerhouse, light years removed from the huge, heavy and inefficient designs of the recent past. Current designs are also far lighter, and in some cases, come in a compact package that… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollSlideshowAmplifierAnalogAVDigitalSound Reinforcement

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