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  • Friday, February 19, 2016
    Pat Brown 02/19/16 11:37 AM,
      For professional audio people, the word “power” usually conjures up visions of racks of amplifiers are used to drive the loudspeakers in a sound system. But the amplifier and other system components must have a stable power source from which to operate.  Thus the issue of power distribution, all the way from Hoover Dam to your sound system, is vital. Some of the principles of audio signal distribution in sound systems are borrowed directly from utility companies, and so… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVMeasurementPowerSignal

  • Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Mike Sessler 02/18/16 01:55 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   One of the great things about the pro audio is that one has the ability to change one’s position on a particular topic. This is a fun one for me as I have argued on both sides of the issue at various points in my career. I suspect that the position I currently take might change again someday. Or not. One never knows. Full Range Fed Before we get into the pros and… View this post
    Filed in: AVChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVEngineerLoudspeakerProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementSubwooferTechnician

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    M. Erik Matlock 02/18/16 06:46 AM,
    I will now make a statement that will, in a very broad stroke, apply to almost everyone reading this. “You are not an idiot.” Now, keep in mind that this isn’t a 100% true statement for everyone. Some folks are just bound and determined to wear a name tag with “Idiot” on it. But, for most of us, I think it’s safe to say we aren’t. Want to know why? Because we are all completely unique individuals. Each of us… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerTechnician

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    concert tours
    Greg DeTogne 02/17/16 10:43 AM,
    There’s an old adage still floating about that claims if you remember the ‘70s, you probably weren’t there. I was, and while I do have to admit that there are many memories that I just didn’t make during that decade, one that endures is of seeing Cheap Trick at Sammy G’s Circus, a bar in Kenosha, WI. This was well before the seminal live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, light years prior to the announcement last December that they will… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogConcertConsolesEngineerMicrophoneMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementTechnicianWireless

  • audio processing
    Joey Sturgis 02/17/16 08:35 AM,
    Most of us have compressed a vocal track once or twice; OK, maybe more like several thousand times. The human voice is probably one of the most dynamic instruments that shows up in mixes. While many engineers like to ride the vocals, compression is still important for taming peaks and balancing out the inner-dynamics faster than our hand-controlled faders can do. However, compression isn’t always the best answer for a vocal. Have you ever come across a vocal that was… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogDigital Audio WorkstationsMixerProcessorSignalSoftwareStudio

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    audio power
    Mike Sokol 02/16/16 11:59 AM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   I’ve been a professional audio engineer for 40-plus years and a musician for 10 years more than that, and during that time, I’ve witnessed hundreds of shock events on performance stages, recording studios, and even factory floors. A survey I ran on ProSoundWeb a few years ago revealed that 70 percent of the 3,000 musicians who responded had been shocked at least once on stage – some so severely that they were knocked unconscious.… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectPowerSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

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    Curt Taipale 02/16/16 06:54 AM,
    This article is provided by Church   VCA stands for Voltage Controlled Amplifier. In a typical analog audio console, the audio signal actually travels through each channel fader. You could think of the fader as a rotary volume control stretched out flat. As you adjust the fader, it uses a resistive element to vary the strength of the audio signal on that channel. With the fader pushed all the way to the top of its throw, the resistance is… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesEducationEngineerProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, February 15, 2016
    Scotty O'Toole 02/15/16 02:30 PM,
    Courtesy of Omega Studios.   When folks talk of churning away the hours in the studio, images of sitting behind a console and turning knobs comes to mind. Yep, that’s part of the job, as is juggling faders and cables, as well as intense listening and tweaking of sounds. However, for those planning to make a career as a recording studio engineer, there are other skill sets that can help set you apart in this demanding field. I’ll mention five… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerStudio

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    Bobby Owsinski 02/15/16 06:51 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   If you’ve never been on a real tour, it’s easy to think that they’re all like U2 or Alecia Keys, but there are actually a number of different types, categorized by their duration. This excerpt from The Touring Musician’s Handbook outlines the differences in each. Tours can be divided into six general categories of duration; local shows, one-offs, fly dates, mini-tours, full tours and corporate gigs. Let’s look each one. The Local… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, February 12, 2016
    Mark Frink 02/12/16 02:54 PM,
    Welcome to mixing monitor sound for a singer. There are many kinds of professional entertainers, songwriters and celebrities, but when working for that breed of performing artist who sings exceptionally well, a refined audio approach helps them do their best on stage. When she’s in her zone, a palpable connection to every member of the audience produces goose bumps and wet eyes. She’s easily identified because she holds the microphone in her hand. The Microphone For singers, the microphone is… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertMicrophoneMixerMonitoringProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

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