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Articles Tagged Road Test

  • Monday, September 09, 2013
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    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
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    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

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013
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    Craig Leerman 07/11/13 04:44 PM,
    Countryman is well known for the Type 85 DI box, and I’ve seen more than a few riders where a DI is simply referred to as a “Countryman.” I have several Type 85s in my inventory, and have been looking forward to getting the newer Type 10S to the bench for a listen. An active box, it’s built as ruggedly as the Type 85, with a solid aluminum casing that can stand up to anything a tour or crew can… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogReviewInterconnectProcessorSignalStage

  • Monday, June 10, 2013
    shure
    Craig Leerman 06/10/13 02:00 PM,
    After hearing a lot of great things about the Shure KSM9HS, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one to try out. It’s a handheld vocal condenser (electret-biased) microphone with dual diaphragms and switchable polar patterns – hypercardioid and subcardioid – that can be selected via a switch located under the removable grill. The KSM9HS includes dual 3/4-in, gold-layered, low-mass Mylar diaphragms, a Class A discrete transformerless preamplifier, advanced suspension shock mount system for the cartridge, a 3-stage grill… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, May 30, 2013
    mackie
    Craig Leerman 05/30/13 01:13 PM,
    The new Mackie DLM loudspeaker series is made up of DLM8 (8-in) and DLM12 (12-in) 2-way models joined by the DLM12S (12-in) subwoofer. Both 2-way models incorporate a Class D amplifier that provides up to 2,000 watts (peak) of acoustic power to a new transducer design that Mackie calls TruSource Technology, optimized by onboard digital processing. TruSource incorporates the woofer with a 1.75-in compression driver in a coaxial configuration. It’s a unique take, using a newly developed single compact common-magnet… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewLoudspeakerProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Friday, March 15, 2013
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    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

  • Monday, February 11, 2013
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    Gary Parks 02/11/13 10:29 AM,
    When a company has a great vocal microphone, the first question is “where’s the wireless version?” After Earthworks released the SR40V hypercardioid vocal microphone a year or so ago, that very question soon arose – both from users and wireless manufacturers. The result is the WL40V vocal head for handheld wireless transmitters. Integral to completing the project was a significant technological challenge: how to retain the microphone’s frequency range, transient response, and other audio characteristics when a wireless link is… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Wednesday, January 09, 2013
    rat sound
    Craig Leerman 01/09/13 05:54 PM,
    Cables present plenty of problems in audio systems, and it’s something Dave Rat and the gang at Rat Sound have been addressing with a growing line of SoundTools products. I recently received several units to check out, including the XLR Sniffer/Sender, the NL-4 Sniffer/Sender, the 1/4” Sniffer/Sender, and the Mic Swapper. The sniffer/senders are cable testers, but unlike many devices of their type, they can be used to check cables/snake channels when they’re in place at a show or installed… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductInterconnectMeasurementMicrophoneSignalStage

  • Tuesday, January 08, 2013
    mackie
    Craig Leerman 01/08/13 04:26 PM,
    I’ve had a chance to check out and use the new Mackie DL1608 digital mixer for a while, and if I had to use a single word for the review it would be “cool.”  Mackie has managed to put together a small package with a lot of great features, and paired it with an Apple iPad for the control surface. Let’s take a look at the specs. The DL1608 is a very compact mixer at only 11.5 (w) by 15.4… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConsolesDigitalMixerSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, November 12, 2012
    yamaha
    Craig Leerman 11/12/12 05:23 PM,
    The CL5 is the largest model in the new Yamaha CL Series of digital consoles. The line-up comprises three consoles, the CL1, CL3 and CL5, all founded on the company’s Centralogic interface and ranging in scale from 48 to 72 mono plus eight stereo inputs. All offer 16 DCAs, 24 mix/8 matrix output buses, eight mute groups, 300 scene memories, and recording options. The CL5 provides three banks of eight channel faders in addition to eight Centralogic and two master… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerNetworkingProcessorSound Reinforcement





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