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  • Thursday, July 02, 2015
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    Greg Stone 07/02/15 12:03 PM,
    From the outside looking in, the term “equalization” seems harmless enough: Using equipment to tame or enhance audio frequencies in order to obtain a more balanced overall effect. When I’m working a gig, after the old “Are you the DJ?” question, the next thing I usually hear involves EQ: “How do you do it?” While some prefer to let the new “automated” gear do the lion’s share of the EQ setup, others go by ear. My own preference is a… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogEngineerProcessorTechnician

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    infocomm
    PSW Staff 07/01/15 07:35 AM,
    InfoComm 2015, the annual conference and exhibition for the professional audio-visual market held in June in Orlando, was visited by a record 39,105 professionals attending from more than 108 countries. This represents a 5.6 percent increase in attendance over InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas. “InfoComm is the ideal place to make AV purchasing decisions, connect with contacts and learn principles that will boost your effectiveness,” states David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, executive director and CEO of InfoComm International. “The industry strongly… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowAVBusinessEducationManufacturerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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    Peter Janis 06/30/15 06:33 AM,
    One of the most challenging tasks confronted by a sound engineer is amplifying orchestral instruments on a loud stage. Problems abound, including bleed, resonance, feedback… oh, and frustration! It’s important to first understand the environment before dealing with the challenges. When in a “classical” concert hall, orchestral instruments such as violin, cello or upright bass are usually miked with omnidirectional condenser microphones. Omnis are particularly effective at producing a natural sound as they do not focus their attention on a… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertInterconnectMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
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    Sully 06/29/15 05:04 AM,
    “Here…these are for you. “Let me count that back - One (1) pair floppy plaid shoes; one (1) Bravo-52 latex red rubber nose (with custom strap); two (2) mechanical chickens with servo-waste evacuation system; and three and a half (3 1/2) cans of I told you so (generic substitute). “I must ask you to put on these garments, pick up the chickens and proceed about your business until load out. “This demand is in accordance with our technical rider, which… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    recording
    Bobby Owsinski 06/22/15 05:32 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   By my count, there are 8 “constants” that we find in vocal recording. These are items or situations that almost always prove to be true. Just keeping them in mind can save you a lot of trouble in the search for a sound that works for you and your vocalist. Here are a few tips taken from The Recording Engineer’s Handbook and The Music Producer’s Handbook to help you get a great… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudio

  • impulse response
    Rational Acoustics 06/22/15 08:32 AM,
    Editor’s Note: The following article is an excerpt from the new white paper “Smaart 7 Impulse Response Measurement and Analysis Guide,” available as a free download (pdf) from Rational Acoustics. Go here for the direct download of the guide, and also note that sample IR wave files used for figures within the document can be downloaded as a zip file here. ———————————————————- What is an impulse response? In the most basic terms, an impulse response (IR) can be defined as… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLoudspeakerMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, June 19, 2015
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    Daniel L. Newman 06/19/15 07:09 AM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   The integration business can be a fickle place. Factors such as seasonality, dependence on government spending and the way the overall economy can influence spending can present unique challenges for businesses. With the potential for such volatility, commercial integrators are faced with cash flow issues. Most CIs have accounting departments, but cash flow is a different animal. Cash flow is unique because an organization can be generating strong profits but have no… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogProductionAudioAVBusinessInstallation

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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    Bruce A. Miller 06/17/15 04:53 AM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Often, a young engineer will start to position microphones based on what they see done by others or read in a magazine. Sometimes they experiment and move the mics to see if the sound improves, but usually once someone ends up with a mic setup they like they stop trying to improve it. There are certain standard approaches that have been successful, but even these approaches should never be considered “etched in stone.”… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudio

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 06/16/15 06:22 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   I was recently asked by a reader for some suggestions on helping his church’s leadership understand the need to hire an integrator for new building project. This is something we talk about a lot. Sadly, most churches don’t do it well. In the case of our reader, his leadership thinks that they can do the job in-house, and things will be just fine. As someone who has been working in churches a long… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationInstallationSystem

  • Monday, June 15, 2015
    quality mix
    Dave Rat 06/15/15 07:10 AM,
    Mixing sound in the live realm is not rocket science. In fact, it’s probably closer to voodoo.  A studio engineer creates a masterpiece that will (hopefully) live forever in permanent hard copy existence. But the very nature of a live mixing dictates that every show will be unique - and that none will be perfect.  A front of house engineer is in the business of creating a memory. Impact, excitement and anticipation form the landscape of the journey you’re guiding… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem