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  • Monday, October 12, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 10/12/15 10:44 AM,
    It’s become a regular gig, opening boxes of toys and forming opinions for these reviews. Sometimes I’m impressed, sometimes not. Normally, I don’t have a problem keeping my cool and writing something moderately monotone. This might be different. For those who know the story, I have a pair of vintage Pioneer HPM-100 reference monitors from the 1970s in my office. These have been nicknamed “the lie detectors” because of how clean and accurate they are. No details escape them. So… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductReviewLoudspeakerManufacturerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    studio monitors
    M. Erik Matlock 07/29/15 08:48 AM,
    Out of the box, my first impression of the new Les Paul Reference Monitors from Gibson was that I didn’t even care what they sounded like. They’re absolutely gorgeous. My room received an instant aesthetic upgrade just by having them in there. The active (bi-amped), 2-way line offers 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch carbon woofer options, each joined by a 1-inch carbon-coated titanium tweeter in a front-ported, bass-reflex enclosure. The rear panel includes high- and low-frequency trim controls for tailoring, both… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogReviewLoudspeakerMonitoringProcessorSignalStudio

  • Thursday, January 08, 2015
    PSW Staff 01/08/15 05:17 PM,
    The QSC TouchMix compact mixer series caught my attention from the moment it was introduced. The control surface is without physical faders – inputs and adjustments are accomplished via the large (6.1 x 3.5 inch) color TFT touch screen and rotary knob on the surface, or wirelessly via a tablet running the TouchMix app. And it’s been designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced users. The company recently sent me the 16-channel model, appropriately named the TouchMix-16,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogReviewConsolesDigitalEngineerInterconnectMixerSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, June 16, 2014
    PSW Staff 06/16/14 12:55 PM,
    A top touring company in the U.S. is currently evaluating TDA (Time Domain Analysis), the first of its kind loudspeaker analysis software that provides access to loudspeaker and sound reinforcement system parameters that have been unobtainable—until now. And we’ll soon be presenting the touring company’s report on this new tool here as a Road Test review. In the meantime, more about TDA software: Proprietary technology and new time domain analysis algorithms means that a sweep can be done in a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureReviewEngineerLoudspeakerMeasurementRemoteSoftwareSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Monday, May 05, 2014
    rational acoustics
    Craig Leerman 05/05/14 07:50 AM,
    If you need a class compliant sound pressure level (SPL) monitoring and logging system or just want a great way to keep track of SPL at gigs—keep reading. SG Audio of Denmark has developed an SPL measurement system called 10EaZy, and the folks at their exclusive U.S. distributor, Rational Acoustics, were “Smaart” enough (see what I did there) to send me a system for review.  SG Audio offers measurement systems designed to meet the needs of those who require IEC/ANSI… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewDigitalInterconnectMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, October 11, 2013
    Daniel Abelson 10/11/13 10:49 AM,
    I don’t typically write about products, mostly because I’m more interested in the human element in sound reinforcement. To me, gear is the lesser part of the equation. Seventy percent of great sound is your contribution; the accumulated skill and experience of the show’s engineers and crew. Manufacturers create great tools for our industry, but I’m convinced that talented, experienced personnel using average gear will deliver consistently better results than average crews using the finest equipment available. However, I do… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewConcertDigitalInterconnectProcessorSignalStage

  • Monday, September 09, 2013
    Craig Leerman 09/09/13 02:08 PM,
    The Radial Engineering PZ-DI active direct box provides several features that come in very handy if you work with piezo-equipped instruments, and it can also be used in any application where a quality DI is needed. The PZ-DI incorporates a proprietary analog circuit with low-noise FET op-amp, and has a stated frequency response is 20 Hz to 20 kHz with total harmonic distortion less than 0.02 percent. The enclosure has the standard “book-end” shape found with most Radial DI boxes,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogReviewInterconnectSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2013
    Craig Leerman 08/06/13 12:53 PM,
    The recently introduced Cerwin-Vega! P-Series is comprised (so far) of two boxes, the P1500X full-range powered loudspeaker and the P1800SX powered subwoofer. The two can be utilized separately or together, and are designed for portable and installed applications. The P1500X is a 2-way, bi-amped loudspeaker in a bass-reflex enclosure, incorporating a 1.75-inch-diaphragm (1-inch-exit) compression driver joined by a 15-inch woofer. The class D amplifier is rated as delivering 540 watts continuous and 1,500 watts dynamic. Frequency response is stated as… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewAmplifierLoudspeakerMixerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Friday, March 15, 2013
    Gary Parks 03/15/13 03:41 PM,
    Audio-Technica’s first entry into digital wireless was SpectraPulse, a specialized system for secure conferencing applications. Now with the new System 10, A-T has brought digital wireless into a simple format at popular price points. System 10 is not a professional touring wireless microphone system, like the company’s 4000 and 5000 Series, yet it implements some impressive technology in an easy-to-use package. The system sounds good and contains a variety of integral features that solve common wireless performance and coordination problems.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewMicrophoneSignalSystemWireless

  • Friday, October 05, 2012
    Jon Tidey 10/05/12 02:06 PM,
    This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine.   This week I bought the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter from the Apple Store to add an extra Firewire 800 port to my iMac. I’d been planning on getting one since they were announced along with the Retina Macbooks in the summer. At $29, is it just another overpriced white plastic Apple accessory? I wouldn’t say it’s overpriced. At this time it’s the cheapest thunderbolt accessory and the only way to… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogReviewDigital Audio WorkstationsInterconnectStudio