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  • Monday, February 11, 2013
    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
    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
    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

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2012
    Tim Weaver 10/09/12 05:24 PM,
    To me, the true measure of any wireless system is sound quality. Features are nice, but can I tell if what I’m hearing is wired or wireless? Based upon the use of the Lectrosonics Venue wireless microphone receiver and companion transmitters on numerous live gigs over the course of an evaluation process that has lasted about three weeks, I can confidently state that this is a family of products that really pushes the limits of wireless sound quality. The Venue… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductReviewMicrophoneSound ReinforcementSystemWireless

  • Thursday, September 06, 2012
    road test
    Gary Parks 09/06/12 04:10 PM,
    Along with a “greenie” screwdriver, needle nose pliers, and polarity checker, a new tool from Kaltman Creations is ideal to have in an audio production kit. The Invisible Waves RF-id SOLO immediately and accurately determines the frequency of virtually any wireless transmitter, saving the time and hassle of numerous measurements when you have a group of wireless equipment that needs to work together. The compact handheld unit instantly reads both analog and digital wireless single-carrier frequencies, from 50 MHz to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementSystemWireless

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2012
    Craig Leerman 07/31/12 05:24 PM,
    The Radial Engineering ProD8 is an 8-channel, rack-mountable passive direct box that is optimized for use with keyboards, but it has many other uses at gigs as well. The eight channels can each be used with mono sources, or with stereo sources that it can merge to mono. The unit also offers loop-through routing capabilities, as well as an effects loop on every channel. Like all Radial units I’ve worked with over the years, the ProD8 is very well built.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductReviewAnalogInterconnectSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, April 13, 2012
    roland systems group
    Craig Leerman 04/13/12 09:52 AM,
    The M-480 digital console is a primary component in the steadily expanding V-Mixing system family from Roland Systems Group that also includes other console models, as well as digital snakes, personal mixers, protocol interfaces and the new R-1000 multi-track digital recorder. The M-480 is the largest console in the series (other models include the 400, 380 and 300), offering 48 mixing channels plus 6 stereo returns (for a total of 60 channels), left/center/right outputs, 16 aux buses and 8 matrices.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogPollProductConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerNetworkingSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2012
    Craig Leerman 01/24/12 11:15 AM,
    Alto Professional recently sent me a pair of TS115A loudspeakers to check out, and they turned out to be a gig saver - but more on that in a bit. Let’s look at the specs first. Part of the company’s TRUESONIC Series, the TS115A is a 2-way self-powered model that utilizes a 15-in woofer for the lows and a 1-in neodymium compression driver for the highs. The injection molded cabinet measures 26.8 (h) x 16.9 (w) x 15.2 (d) inches… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogRoad TestPollProductLoudspeakerSubwoofer

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    road test
    Craig Leerman 01/10/12 08:17 AM,
    The Danley Sound Labs SM-60F is a passive, full-range loudspeaker that utilizes Tom Danley’s Synergy Horn concept, where multiple drivers covering different frequency ranges all play into a single horn. It’s loaded with 2 x 8-inch woofers and a 1 x 5-inch mid/high coaxial driver. Dispersion is 60 x 60 degrees. The Danley TH-Mini is a compact subwoofer that uses a single 12-inch driver in a tapped horn configuration. At only 24 x 15 x 22 .5 inches and 76… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureNewsBlogRoad TestPollProductLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer