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  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015
    Mike Sokol 12/16/15 12:07 PM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   I often hear stories about church leaders who won’t let the sound team “turn any knobs” on the mixing console. The leaders expect a great music mix to happen every week simply because it previously sounded great one time. Or perhaps there was one lucky service where none of the mics had any feedback. The assumption is that if there were no problems last week, there shouldn’t be any problems this week as long… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Monday, December 14, 2015
    Andrew Stone 12/14/15 11:03 AM,
    This article is provided by Church On The Move.   We’ve tried to stay transparent over the years with our commitment to our rehearsal process and getting an event to translate successfully in the room. On the live production side, much effort is spent developing and refining these elements in preparation for a live event. Here’s a glimpse into this process from the technical side. A few years ago I started a meet-up scheduled late in the week but prior… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureNewsBlogProductionLightingProduction SoftwareRecordingVideoAVEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • recording
    Bobby Owsinski 12/14/15 09:10 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Perhaps the most difficult task of a mixing engineer is balancing the bass and drums (especially the bass and kick). Nothing can make or break a mix faster than how these instruments work together. It’s not uncommon for a mixer to spend hours on this balance (both level and frequency) because if the relationship isn’t correct, then the song will just never sound big and punchy. Here’s an excerpt from The Mixing… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Friday, December 11, 2015
    Maxwell Kopsho 12/11/15 12:20 PM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   When we discuss the ways that AV can become more IT, it is important to emphasize that the transition to becoming more IT is not one that should take AV away from its core competencies. I have had a lot of discussions lately with some of the best minds in AV and we seem to all agree that we (AV) need to continue to promote our value. This is to say that… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVBusinessInterconnectNetworkingSignalTechnician

  • recording
    Bruce A. Miller 12/11/15 09:08 AM,
    This article is provided by   First of all, I would like to make it clear that I have only recently decided to forgive digital for how it sounds. Yes, I agree that digital is easier, more convenient, and more stable in terms of a storage medium, and you can do very cool things that would be difficult or even impossible using analog. Unfortunately, I’ve always felt that analog technology better captures midrange nuances that are crucial to any… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsMixerSignalSoftwareStudio

  • 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
    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

  • image
    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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