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  • 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

  • Friday, October 14, 2011
    cardioid subwoofers
    PSW Staff 10/14/11 11:14 AM,
    Ever since the introduction of line arrays, it has become harder for subwoofers to keep up with the efficiency of tall columns of coupled transducers in large full-range systems. This has helped drive transducer and amplifier manufacturers to produce increasingly powerful low-frequency components. Multi-kilowatt dual-18 enclosures are now the standard. However, while flown full-length line arrays do a superb job of getting full-range sound to the back of enormous venues, stacked subwoofers – even with their advantage of half-space coupling… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureSlideshowConcertInstallationLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    PSW Staff 09/27/11 03:55 PM,
    In the not-too-distant past, professional touring systems consisted of two or three remotely located consoles, tied to a combination of low-level passive or dynamic input sources (along with some active or phantom-powered inputs), connected by long lengths of multicore snakes, through a system of transformer-isolated or (yikes) passive hard-wired splitters. The effect on low-level signals with multiple consoles and long lengths of multi-core is a reduction in signal level, higher noise floor and less bandwidth. The most vulnerable points for… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductSlideshowAnalogConsolesDigitalMicrophoneMonitoringProcessorRemoteSound ReinforcementStageAudio

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2011
    PSW Staff 09/21/11 02:16 PM,
    This month we look at line source column loudspeakers, which are also sometimes called “architectural” loudspeakers, presumably because their slim-profile design allows them to blend well into their surroundings. Despite their rather scant appearance, however, many modern column loudspeakers deliver exceptional full-range performance, and this can be furthered by companion LF boxes and subwoofers. There are two primary types of column loudspeakers – those that offer the ability to “digitally steer” the vertical beamwidth and those that don’t. But it’s… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductSlideshowLine ArrayLoudspeakerProcessor

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2011
    line arrays
    PSW Staff 09/07/11 02:35 PM, 0 Comments
    In this Real World Gear installment, we look at “compact” line arrays, which we’ve defined as those with 8-inch (and smaller) LF drivers. Previously we applied this designation to “small and mini” models; however, the market is evolving so quickly and dynamically that attempts to put together “like” groups of line array modules under a precisely defined criteria is fast becoming a thing of the past. The fact is that one company’s “small” is another’s “mini” is another’s “compact” –… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollSlideshowLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    PSW Staff 08/10/11 11:38 AM, 0 Comments
    Vocal microphones are most entertainers’ and engineers’ introduction to sound systems, their first point of contact and the first piece of equipment that they purchase and carry with them. The vocal quality is of paramount importance in most sung music, and the easiest way to improve it is often to change vocal mics. Dynamic mics use the same principle as a loudspeaker, except in reverse. A diaphragm attached to an induction coil is positioned in a magnetic field. Sound moving… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureSlideshowAVConcertEducationMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, June 30, 2011
    Craig Leerman 06/30/11 02:11 PM,
    It’s pretty obvious to anybody that listens to popular music that bass is featured prominently, but most styles of music also have important low-frequency content. The smooth glissando of a plucked upright bass in a jazz quartet, the dramatic staccato roll of a tympani in an orchestra, and the melodic rhythm of a piano player’s left hand are all examples of this. Accurately reproducing these and other low notes through a sound reinforcement system often requires at least one subwoofer.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductSlideshowLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer