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  • Tuesday, August 09, 2016
    Bobby Owsinski 08/09/16 09:06 AM,
    You may never work in a studio that has an assistant engineer, and if you own your own gear, you may never be one yourself, but it’s good to find out what an assistant in a major facility like the Record Plant, Capitol, Oceanway or Avatar really needs to know. These seven tips are excerpted from my Recording Engineer’s Handbook, and many come from the legendary Al Schmitt (who’s won more Grammys than any other engineer). They’ll help you understand… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessDigital Audio WorkstationsEducationEngineerSoftwareStudioTechnician

  • Monday, August 08, 2016
    church sound
    Mike Sessler 08/08/16 09:00 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   I get to talk to a lot of churches now. Being involved with a number of church renovation projects each year, I hear some interesting strategies. One of those strategies is to not run conduit for AVL wiring, but to plan on doing what we call “free air” wiring instead. Free air is just what it sounds like; the cable is running through free air. There may be ceiling trusses or beams to… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInstallationInterconnectLoudspeakerSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, August 04, 2016
    best practices
    Craig Leerman 08/04/16 11:25 AM,
    We’ve all been there. Working a show or even attending as a spectator, the house system looks more than adequate but it underperforms. There are many reasons it happens, including broken components, lousy musicians, poor acoustics, operator error, and more. Finding out if something is wrong with a system or individual components usually takes very little test equipment. The first and most important tool is our ears. Listen to an installed system when it’s not in use or set up… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerLoudspeakerProcessorSoftwareSound ReinforcementSubwooferSystemTechnician

  • Wednesday, August 03, 2016
    clair brothers
    Gary Parks 08/03/16 10:32 AM,
    A live concert or event often serves a wider audience than those seated in the arena. In addition to the audio in the house and video at the side of the stage, it might also be simulcast to a separate location, streamed on the web, recorded for archival or other purposes, and/or broadcast via radio or television.  To accomplish this task, audio signals from microphones and instruments must be split beyond the traditional front of house and monitor positions and… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConcertConsolesInterconnectMixerNetworkingSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    Jonah Altrove 08/02/16 01:32 PM,
    It may not seem so at first blush, but there are a few concepts as pervasive in live audio as the concept of impedance. It’s relevant to microphones, direct boxes (DIs), preamps, processors, amplifiers, loudspeakers, equalizers, crossover filters, and even the cables that connect them all together. In this article, as well as in part 2 to follow soon, we’ll explore the principles of impedance, and examine how these concepts apply directly to our work in the field. Ohm Sweet… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVInterconnectMeasurementPowerSignal

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    Michael Santucci, Au.D. 08/02/16 08:31 AM,
    This article is provided by Sensaphonics.   Editor’s note: I’ve known Michael Santucci for a couple of decades now. I’ve been to his clinic and have talked with him numerous times about hearing health. His company, Sensaphonics, a manufacturer of in-ear monitors, is unique. The products are designed to promote safe listening through maximum isolation, and it’s the only IEM company with a Musicians Hearing Clinic on site. They would literally rather sell you a hearing test than a pair… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, August 01, 2016
    live sound international
    Andy Coules 08/01/16 01:09 PM,
    For the performing musician there are few things worse than bad sound. If the mix is bad in the PA the audience can’t hear the music, and if it’s bad in the monitors it makes it difficult to play together effectively. Whatever level artists are at in the music industry, they spend valuable time, effort and money preparing for those precious minutes on stage but all of those efforts can quickly be undone by subpar sound engineering. It’s no coincidence… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • live sound international
    Kevin Young 08/01/16 08:55 AM,
    Karrie Keyes enjoyed a unique view of the 1980s-90s punk rock scene as well as the rise and evolution Pearl Jam, one of the more popular groups of the past 20-plus years. In fact, I recently caught up with the noted monitor engineer during a break on the band’s current tour, which finishes up later this month with dates at Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago. Keyes’ career also includes live mix work with RHCP, Fugazi, Sonic… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogBusinessConsolesEngineerMonitoringSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, July 29, 2016
    audio business
    Jonah Altrove 07/29/16 10:41 AM,
    A few years ago while working as an A1 for a local production company, I took a call from a young married couple who held an annual jam band festival on their property. In previous years the rig had been a potluck of cobbled-together “prosumer” gear, but they were seeking to bring in professional production to deal with bigger acts and a larger draw. For an expected attendance of 6,000, they requested side-by-side dual stages (plus the accompanying dual roof… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016
    Craig Leerman 07/28/16 11:22 AM,
    One day on a freelance gig I walked into the room to discover that the A/V company provided me with an older analog console with two racks of outboard gear. While setting up front of house and patching in all of the effects and processing, I found myself wishing for a digital console. The very next freelance gig I was presented with a brand-new digital console and no extra gear at front of house. As I waded through menus trying… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalInterconnectMixerProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

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