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  • Thursday, December 10, 2015
    mixing consoles
    Craig Leerman 12/10/15 12:41 PM,
    At the heart of a sound reinforcement system is the mixing console, handling the routing, gain adjustments, balancing between inputs, EQ, and possibly some processing of the audio as well. When it’s a large analog console, invariably at least one person walks up to us at a gig to ask, “Do you know what all those knobs do?” Recently while freelancing at a gig on an unfamiliar digital board, I had to ask another audio tech for help in finding… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • mic preamps
    Dennis A. Bohn 12/10/15 08:43 AM,
    This article is provided by Rane Corporation.   Selecting the right preamplifier for a given microphone, or conversely, selecting the right mic for a given preamp, involves two major factors along with several minor ones. First, the two big ones: 1) Input headroom. Do you have enough? 2) Noise. What will the preamp add to your mic? You need to determine whether the mic, under worst-case conditions, is going to overload the preamp input stage, and also whether the preamp… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVMicrophoneProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2015
    qsc
    Bob Lee 12/09/15 12:17 PM,
    Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the March/April 2000 issue of Live Sound International, and it still provides a wealth of valuable information on this important topic. Q.) What does a power amplifier do, anyway? A.) In a nutshell, a power amp takes your audio signal and provides both voltage gain and current gain to drive loudspeakers. The voltage gain is necessary because line-level audio runs around a volt, peaking at maybe 8 to 12V, and loudspeakers need… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVMeasurementPowerSignalSound Reinforcement

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    Karl Winkler 12/09/15 06:56 AM,
    Recently, I was subjected to a strikingly dull conversation with a top touring mix engineer. He really didn’t seem to be into his job, or anything else for that matter. Apparently, being behind that quarter-million dollar console out in an audience of thousands, mixing shows for that totally hot female star that everyone knows, just wasn’t cutting it for this guy. What? Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Of course. We’re blessed to belong to an industry that attracts passionate people from… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    train on tour
    Greg DeTogne 12/08/15 03:21 PM,
    The last thing you need when you get some precious time off from the road is to come home and find a black bear in your refrigerator. “This isn’t the first time, and probably won’t be the last,” says Jason Moore, having just cleaned up the foraging brute’s half-eaten mess in his garage, where the aforementioned fridge resides. “We know this guy. He huffs, puffs, and pounds the ground a bit every time we chase him out of here, but… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertConsolesEngineerLine ArrayMonitoringProcessorSound ReinforcementWireless

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    Scott Hawksworth 12/08/15 12:22 PM,
    This article is provided by RecordingExcellence.com.   I wanted to write a brief post addressing workflow as it relates to anything in music production, but specifically in studio recording. Too many people get caught up in gear, the science of behind sound, discovering quick recording tricks, and more, that they forget about the fundamentals. What is workflow? Broadly defined, workflow is: The sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogBusinessEngineerStudio

  • microphones
    Craig Leerman 12/08/15 06:55 AM,
    A lot of my work is with conferences and corporate meetings. The approach is slightly different in comparison to traditional music gigs, particularly when it comes to microphones. Wireless lavalier and headworn/earset microphones are common in “corporates,” visually discreet while allowing presenters to move about the stage and use their hands to demonstrate products or operate controls of computers and AV equipment. When the feed is going to a PA system, lavalier mics with a directional pattern should be used… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, December 07, 2015
    recording
    Michael Romanowski 12/07/15 12:15 PM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   The mastering engineer is the last step of the artistic phase, and the first step of the manufacturing phase. It’s the final opportunity to listen, polish, and make a change in the sonic presentation. It’s also the first step of the manufacturing phase, because it prepares the master in the way that best suits the needs of the manufacturer. The goal is to listen to the broad picture; the actual content is immaterial. The mastering… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSignalSoftwareStudio

  • prosoundweb
    Mark Frink 12/07/15 06:49 AM,
    Sharing is the very definition of a multi-act music festival, though some shares are bigger than others. Various performing artists or groups take turns with a venue’s audience and stage, as well as its sound, lights and video production. Multi-act festivals provide more entertainment than the usual concert headliner with one or two support acts, using two or more festival stages to ensure continuous live music. A festival’s added draw allows headliners to perform before larger crowds and openers to… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerSignalSoftwareStage

  • Friday, December 04, 2015
    audio history
    Andy Coules 12/04/15 02:28 PM,
    Back in 1915, the first World War was raging across Europe, Charlie Chaplin’s film “The Tramp” was released, Babe Ruth hit his first career home run, the one millionth Ford car rolled off the assembly line, the first stop sign appeared in Detroit (that can’t be a coincidence), and Billie Holiday, Orson Welles, Les Paul, and Frank Sinatra were all born. Towards the end of the year, on December 24, a Magnavox PA system was deployed to amplify a Christmas… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierConcertConsolesLine ArrayLoudspeakerMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement



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