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  • Thursday, January 12, 2017
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    Karl Winkler 01/12/17 07:46 AM,
    Editor’s note: This goes back to 2013, but the advice is critical to this industry and worthy of repeating. The term “bedside manner” is usually associated with doctors, but I think it’s equally appropriate for any situation where customers are being served in perhaps a technical way and communication between parties is essential. Psychology matters, and should be considered in the presentation, the choice of words, and certainly the attitude of the vendor or service provider. Case in point: when… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessConcertEducationEngineerSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    subwoofers
    Craig Leerman 01/10/17 12:11 PM,
    Today’s music and special effects (like explosions in motion picture soundtracks) include a lot of low-frequency content. While larger full-range loudspeakers may have a wide frequency range, it takes subwoofers to really reproduce low end with impact, especially for bass-heavy music like electronic dance (EDM) and reggae. Deployment of main loudspeakers is usually a relatively straightforward matter, but locating and configuring subs presents numerous options and can be a bit of a challenge. Let’s start with the basics. Subwoofers are… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLoudspeakerMeasurementProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • microphones
    Jonah Altrove 01/10/17 08:05 AM,
    My father used to say, “Son, opinions are like drum miking techniques. Everyone has one.” Or something like that… Truthfully, there’s an overwhelming amount of information already out there on this topic, so rather than rehash it here, let’s explore a less conventional approach. I’ll admit that it’s a unique method, as it’s a hybrid of studio techniques and some ideas “begged, borrowed and stolen” from engineers I admire. Picture a snare drum. Let’s mike the top and bottom heads.… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, January 09, 2017
    wireless systems
    Ike Zimbel 01/09/17 11:42 AM,
    For many in pro audio, working with wireless systems is still thought to be a “nightmare” filled with peril, an accident waiting to happen, and so on. In actual fact, wireless systems are meant to work and in fact do work every day in thousands of concerts, theatrical productions, festivals, churches, broadcasts and the like, all around the world. With that in mind, I’ve compiled this list of troubleshooting steps to take when encountering wireless problems in the field. Hopefully… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneMonitoringSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Friday, January 06, 2017
    church sound
    Kent Morris 01/06/17 08:06 AM,
    Are effect tools or toys? The answer is, it depends. In the hands of a seasoned operator, time-based effects deepen the sonic landscape and present a clarified image of the proceedings. However, when wielded by a careless knob-jockey, effects tend to cheapen the sound and draw attention away from the message of the song. The difference between tool and toy falls to understanding the effect’s purpose and its role within the larger scope of the song. Fortunately, the learning curve… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerMonitoringProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, January 05, 2017
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    Ken DeLoria 01/05/17 01:03 PM,
    Over the years many have debated the relative merits of “looking at screen traces” on an analyzer versus using human hearing to determine how a loudspeaker, or an entire system, actually performs. While both practices are of course valid, it’s extremely difficult for the human ear to detect, characterize, and correct small deviations in frequency and phase response, and even harder to characterize driver distortion in a meaningful manner. Likewise, the ear is often stymied when attempting to typify transient… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVDigitalLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSystem

  • church sound
    Mike Sessler 01/05/17 08:11 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Editor’s note: This one obviously goes back a few years, but the information is worthy of repeating. Audio folks can be snobs when it comes to gear. But the reality is, we can’t always have our favorites. Sometimes, it’s a simple budget issue. At Coast Hills (my church), we didn’t have the budget for Meyer Sound, d&b audiotechnik or L-Acoustics loudspeakers. If I had held out for those brands because they have more… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConsolesLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Wednesday, January 04, 2017
    al schmitt
    Bobby Owsinski 01/04/17 04:56 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   After 18 Grammys for Best Engineering (more than any other engineer) and work on over 150 gold and platinum records, Al Schmitt needs no introduction to anyone even remotely familiar with the recording industry. Indeed, his credit list is way too long to print here (but Henry Mancini, Steely Dan, George Benson, Toto, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, and Diana Krall are some of them), but suffice it to say that Al’s name… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneProcessorStage

  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017
    prosoundweb
    Craig Leerman 01/03/17 08:03 AM,
    Of all the tools my company brings to shows, computers (in laptop form) are certainly among the most important. They allow us to edit and play back music tracks, convert audio file formats, measure/analyze audio, and evaluate/monitor the RF spectrum and coordinate frequencies for wireless systems. We can also get equipment manuals and quick start guides, surf the web during downtime and even record the gig. Whether it’s a Mac or PC doesn’t matter as long as it helps make… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVMicrophoneNetworkingSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Friday, December 30, 2016
    prosoundweb
    PSW Staff 12/30/16 08:17 AM,
    PSW Top 20 presented by Renkus-Heinz   As we turn the page on 2016, we’re happy to present the 20 articles that were the most-read over this past year on ProSoundWeb. Note that some of the articles that delivered top results over the past 12 months were actually written and posted over a year ago, but they continue to prove of high interest and value to our worldwide readership. In addition, some very popular articles posted more recently have not… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingChurch SoundFeatureBlogBusinessEducationSound ReinforcementStudio



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