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Articles Tagged Techniques

  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 12/06/16 02:13 PM,
    Acoustic performances, and the instruments themselves, usually need to be handled differently than the electronic side of things. Thumping kick drums, compressed bass guitars and the like are not the norm for performances intended to be more musically subtle. A more natural sound is desired and it starts with microphone choice and deployment. Fortunately, most instruments can be picked up quite nicely with just three types of mics that most sound folks already have in their inventories. A mic locker… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertEducationEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

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    Mike Sokol 12/06/16 07:58 AM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   Few things can affect the quality of a sound as loudspeakers being out of polarity. You can lose bass response, cancel out vocals and cause general phase mayhem in a sound system. There are many ways to determine polarity; however, here’s a very inexpensive and easy solution to test for proper wiring inside loudspeaker cabinets before installing them, and without running any audio signal through them. See Thumper, below. It’s my trusted polarity signal… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectLoudspeakerMeasurementSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Monday, December 05, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 12/05/16 07:59 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   The road case is essential to anyone on tour with gear that needs to be protected, so I thought this would be a good time to bring back something that I posted about few years ago. It’s an excerpt from The Touring Musician’s Handbook that provides a good look at the differences between popular road case styles. Here we go. For many musicians, buying road cases for their gear is sort of… View this story
    Filed in: ProductionFeatureBlogProductionCases & AccessoriesAVBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStageSystemTechnician

  • Friday, December 02, 2016
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    Mike Sessler 12/02/16 07:34 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   For the novice sound engineer, it can be pretty intimidating to walk up to a large analog or digital console and try to figure out the routing of audio signals. It wouldn’t be so bad if the only place the sound had to go was to the main loudspeakers in the room. Occasionally that’s the case, but most of the time, we’re also sending different mixes to monitors for musicians; to lobby and… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesMixerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 12/01/16 11:53 AM,
    Like many sound engineers, I have a background in music, so I’ve been on both sides of sound checks and know how annoying a poorly-run check can be for musicians. These experiences have led to a paradigm shift in the way I approach sound checks: they’re for the artists, not the engineers. On the road, practice time is in short supply, so many artists prefer to use their stage time to rehearse new material, tweak the backline, and tighten up… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, November 28, 2016
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    Gary Zandstra 11/28/16 07:56 AM,
    This article is provided by Gary Zandstra.com.   What is the role of the church sound operator? One aspect of it is bringing together all of the various inputs from musicians and blending them together in a pleasing way.  We use a variety of technical tools to do this. The skilled operator not only knows how to properly operate these tools, but combines that knowledge with a variety of other skills, such as listening and musical understanding. Often the operator… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogGary Z's Church SoundOpinionEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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    PSW Staff 11/23/16 12:35 PM,
    Editor’s Note: Here’s an interesting thread from the PSW Live Audio Board (LAB) forums. It’s lightly edited for grammar and formatting. Enjoy. Posted by Jim Does anyone have any advice or stories? Up here in Canada winter is planning its inevitable return. I’ve a few out door winter and holiday themed events booked and was making a mental prep list. With digital consoles and equipment in general, the worst symptoms of extreme cold are screen freeze and cable stiffness. The… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallAVConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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    Peter Novak 11/22/16 08:11 AM,
    Courtesy of Omega Studios.   I’d like to expand on my last topic of sound selections in your production: the art of layering sounds so that they cut through in your mix for a more professional sound in your audio tracks. I generally approach this with the frequency content being my main focus. Does the sound or patch you’ve selected translate properly to other monitors once you take your song out of the studio? What I mean by that is,… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEducationEngineerProcessorStudio

  • Monday, November 21, 2016
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    Andrew Stone 11/21/16 02:11 PM,
    This article is provided by Church On The Move.   Getting to the point where I’m truly happy with an audio mix can be quite a process. Over the years a strategy of sorts has shown itself that not only helps me delete unknown variables prior to mixing but gives me a great platform to build a truly consistent mix. Once the creatives map out the set I’ll spend some time perusing the songs, either the original recordings or a… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogEngineerSound Reinforcement

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    Joe Gilder 11/21/16 08:12 AM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   Whether it’s a documentary on your favorite band, a movie scene in a recording studio, or a full-page ad in Sweetwater‘s latest catalog, one common theme exists: vocalists use large-diaphragm condenser microphones. I’m not a big fan of the phrase “that’s how we’ve always done it.” Certainly we should learn from the experience of others, but doing something just because everyone else does it leads to a fairly boring experience. Do… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneMixerSignalStudio



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