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  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
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    PSW Staff 06/23/16 10:32 AM,
    Courtesy of Acoustic Geometry.   Once upon a time, back in the big-dang vinyl-record-label era, I was one of two mixing engineers on a big-dang album project with a huge-dang artist. We had the luxury of working in a recording studio with a vinyl-disc-cutting mastering room down the hallway, so, naturally, we took advantage by having reference discs – “refs” – cut just for us. We then schlepped these one-off 33-1/3 RPM acetate LPs around to different homes and stereo… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogLoudspeakerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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    Dennis A. Bohn 06/21/16 11:20 AM,
    This article is provided by Rane Corporation.   This paper discusses the pitfalls (often subtle) of our industry’s failure to define and standardize what “unity gain” means, and the conditions necessary to measure it. It further discusses how people improperly use one piece of misinformation (impedance matching) to correct for this lack of standardization. All done, without knowing discrepancies exist between different pieces of equipment, and without knowing impedance matching is unnecessary, signal degrading, and wasteful. For me, it began… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVInterconnectMeasurementPowerSignalSound Reinforcement

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    Bruce Bartlett 06/21/16 06:22 AM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Unsure about phantom power? Let’s clear up the mystery. Nearly all mixing consoles and audio interfaces provide phantom power at their microphone input connectors. Most condenser mics need phantom power to operate, so you simply plug the mic into the mixer to power it. But the ways we use and connect phantom power can make a big difference in how well those mics work. So what, exactly is phantom power, and how… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesInterconnectMicrophoneMixerPowerSignal

  • Monday, June 20, 2016
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    Chris Johnson 06/20/16 06:17 AM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   A growing number of businesses, learning facilities and houses of worship are embracing AV technologies. After all, services like videoconferencing, multimedia presenting and even full-on telepresence can substantially benefit collaboration and productivity. Rather than leave AV as an afterthought, it’s important for these organizations to prioritize AV during the construction phase of new builds or remodels to ensure the technology performs optimally. Collaborative Tools, Collaborative Construction Ironically, many AV solutions are designed… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogAVBusinessInstallationSystem

  • Friday, June 17, 2016
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    Pat Brown 06/17/16 06:26 AM,
      How much power can an audio amplifier produce? As you might expect, “it depends.” I will approach this from two angles—in theory and in practice. This article will deal with the theory. Part 3 will show how things play out in the real world. Importance Of Efficiency Amplifiers don’t make power. They convert it. Any audio power that comes from your amplifier must in turn come from the utility outlet that it is connected to. This is why the… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVMeasurementPowerSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, June 16, 2016
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    Ken DeLoria 06/16/16 11:18 AM,
    When it comes to microphones, there are a thousand flavors. While some manufacturers seek to advance the state of the art, others work to recreate the classic designs of the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. It goes to show that new isn’t always synonymous with better. Look no further than the popularity of various plugins that model the tonality (i.e., distortion and other imperfections) of tape machines. The plugins – and even the use of actual tape machines themselves –… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallTrainingMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

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    Bill Mueller 06/16/16 06:08 AM,
    Courtesy of Omega Studios.   Most of us have heard about the New York parallel compression drum mix technique. (Not to be confused with our HOT Drum Setup Tip.) This is where you send a drum mix to a stereo bus and then apply compression to the bus and feed that signal back into the two mix. This method can be used in either very subtle or obvious ways by varying the amount and character of the compression and how… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerProcessorSoftwareStudio

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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    Curt Taipale 06/14/16 06:25 AM,
    This article is provided by Church Soundcheck.com.   The popular Charismatic phrase – “flowing with the Spirit” – has caused more harm and more strife and more heartache than probably any other phrase in the Christian’s vocabulary I can think of. There have been times when there I was, happily busting my rear to get a particular audio ministry job done, only to hear the immortal Charismatic church trademark of “oh, by the way, we’re changing this, this, this and… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogAVBusinessEngineerSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, June 13, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 06/13/16 11:40 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Mix engineers are called on to do so much more than ever before. Tweaking the track timing used to be done way before the mixing stage, but mixers find themselves doing it more and more. Here are some tips for tweaking track timing in you DAW from the new Advanced chapter in the 3rd edition of The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook.———————————— No matter how great the players on the session are, there’s always… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerSoftwareStudio

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    Karl Winkler 06/13/16 06:30 AM,
    Being the online forum lurker that I sometimes am, there are times when I’m struck by a pattern or trend that was never clear before (for whatever reason). It happened just a while ago, and the context is relevant to what we do in our business of live sound. This particular discussion, on a music forum, was a thread about “the great tone we’ve spent years perfecting that is destroyed when it goes through a PA.” (You guessed it –… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician



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