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  • Wednesday, April 02, 2014
    church sound
    Mike Sessler 04/02/14 01:32 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Gain structure is one of those very important, yet highly underrated topics in audio. It’s not nearly as glamorous as EQ, plug-ins or parallel compression, but if your gain structure is whack, no amount of EQ, plug-ins or compression will fix it. Here I’m going to focus primarily on input channel gain structure (overall system gain structure is another article entirely, but I’ll mention it briefly). The impetus for this article came from… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalEngineerMixerProcessorSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • telefunken
    PSW Staff 04/02/14 12:40 PM,
    Top producer/songwriter Mitch Allan—also an engineer and good at multitasking with a variety of artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez—notes that his new microphone of choice is the Telefunken ELA M 251E. Allan acquired the ELA M 251E, handcrafted in America and a re-creation of the time-honored large-diaphragm tube microphone, at Vintage King in Los Angeles. “My first wow microphone was my vintage (AKG) C12,” he recalls. “I explained to Chris Bolitho at Vintage… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingNewsEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudio

  • ssl
    PSW Staff 04/02/14 09:08 AM,
    Two Solid State Logic Duality SE consoles power the creative flow for Tape Studios in Edinburgh, UK, a facility described by alternative record producer/mixer Stephen A. Watkins as “built to boldly go where no studio has gone before.” The new two-story recording/mixing facility offers an equipment list and acoustics that match top facilities around the world while being able to deliver the creative experience without excessive cost. The Duality consoles are critical to the sonic success. “We wanted to put… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingNewsAnalogConsolesDigitalEngineerMixerStudio

  • live sound
    Craig Leerman 04/02/14 08:58 AM,
    Many of us are masters at the logistical side of loading and unloading trucks and moving gear. Correctly positioning and tuning the PA for the best coverage is almost second nature. After years of doing our jobs, we’ve become decent (or better) mixers, getting musicians to sound great in the PA. We’ve even acquired the skill of dealing with diva performers and smarmy promoters.  And when problems arise on a show like they always seem to do, our troubleshooting and… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • audio-technica
    PSW Staff 04/02/14 07:23 AM,
    The Concert Choir at Kirkland, Washington’s Northwest University has a reputation as a premier performance ensemble, demonstrating a wide-ranging musicality on pieces from throughout the choral repertory. For the choir’s recent annual concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, engineer Steve Smith recorded and mixed the live performance, utilizing microphones from Audio-Technica. Although the recording will likely be used only for archival purposes and internal circulation rather than commercial release, Smith did not take any shortcuts, carefully miking the 100-plus member choir,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsConcertEngineerMicrophoneSignal

  • Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    PSW Staff 04/01/14 01:51 PM,
    NSCA has announced the new Integration Business Survival Conference & Technology Showcase (IBSC), a conference designed to offer specific training and education in a small setting that gives attendees a chance to learn and see new technology one-on-one. The first regional Integration Business Survival Conference will take place on May 15-16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago North Shore in Skokie, IL. Two additional conferences are scheduled for September and November 2014, with locations to be announced soon. By offering… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundNewsAVBusinessEducationEngineerInstallationTechnician

  • prosoundweb
    Pat Brown 04/01/14 01:23 PM,
    For the majority of humans, there is nothing simpler than listening to sound. You simply, well, listen. When it becomes necessary to describe the listening experience analytically, however, a host of complex equations and diagrams are required to describe even the simplest of sonic events. The benefit of mathematical analysis is that it can yield insights that are not apparent through intuition alone. Acoustic signals are easily measured, and the audio components that produce them have characteristics that can be… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, March 31, 2014
    church sound
    Gary Zandstra 03/31/14 02:21 PM,
    According to worship leaders, what are the most important aspects of being a church sound operator? I’ve been doing an informal survey on this topic, asking worship leaders for their views.  The answers have been surprising, at least to me. For example, to this point not one of them has mentioned that a sound operator should have musical talent. Nor have they brought up the value of having a critical ear when it comes to music. Maybe it’s my own… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • pro tools
    Mark Marshall 03/31/14 10:22 AM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   When working on a project, organization is going to be more important then you can ever imagine. It’s possible that in the life span of a project, it may end up being transferred several times. For example: on the new Fife & Drom record, Introducing Fife & Drom, we did a fair amount of mobile recording. I could have just kept the sessions on the master drive, but carting bulky… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductStudy HallBusinessDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerSoftwareStudio

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014
    PSW Staff 03/27/14 09:22 AM,
    The Audio Engineering Society has just announced details on the Technical Program for the 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. Offering a diverse range of engaging Tutorials, Workshops, Technical Papers, Engineering Briefs, and industry Exhibits spread over four days, AES136 will also see the European debut of the Project Studio Expo (PSE), as well as special events and presentations featuring leading engineers,… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingNewsEngineerSound ReinforcementStudio

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