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  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    microphones
    James Cadwallader 05/22/15 08:02 AM,
    Everyone agrees with the idea that you point the microphone at what you want it to pick up. But there’s another side to the coin: pointing the mic away from what you don’t want. This perspective applies both for using a particular polar pattern to eliminate undesired pickup or miking unconventionally to find a desired sound. Take drum miking. Snare bleed in the hi-hat mic can blur the snare in the mix, especially for those drummers who know how to… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
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    Gary Parks 05/21/15 10:22 AM,
    These days I’m surprised when I go to a concert or a performing arts center and don’t see line arrays flown at the sides of the stage, often complemented with digital audio networking, remote system control and monitoring, and real-time audio monitoring of the array’s response in the house. These sleek systems have come a long way from the huge piles of cabinets and horns that I remember from the mid-1960s when I first started going to shows.  Line arrays… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureNewsProductSlideshowAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    subwoofers
    Tom Young 05/20/15 02:25 PM,
    Several years ago, a technique most commonly called “aux fed subs” has been developed for reducing low-frequency “muddiness” from front-of-house loudspeaker systems. This technique has resulted in considerable benefits over a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, but there is confusion as to what it encompasses and what it accomplishes. Let’s clarify the details and describe the set up of an aux fed subwoofer system. We’ll also be addressing some frequently asked questions on the topic. In a traditional loudspeaker… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallLoudspeakerPowerProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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    PSW Staff 05/19/15 11:30 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Constructing a new sound booth in an existing sanctuary is not an easy task. My church completed construction on a new sound booth in our sanctuary several years ago, and I decided to outline our experiences. Remember Line-Of-Sight This is probably the most important piece of information you should know—sound booth operators should hear what the congregation hears. A booth located out of direct line-of-sight of the main speakers will only… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollProductionAudioEducationMixerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    fletcher greatness
    Fletcher 05/18/15 10:22 AM,
    When I was coming up as an engineer one of my mentors said something that I carry to every session: “There are two parallel universes in recorded music - greatness and perfection. At times they can touch, but they never intersect. And if you have to pick one, pick greatness”. This was an absolutely life changing moment, and these are words I’ve tried to live by ever since. There are times when a wrong note is very much the right… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureDigitalEducationMixerMonitoringSignalStudioSystemTechnician

  • Friday, May 15, 2015
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    Kevin Young 05/15/15 08:22 AM,
    Over Dan Housel’s two-year stint as monitor engineer for Lionel Richie, he’s sought constant improvement in presenting the iconic singer’s classic, distinctive vocal signature. We spoke recently, just prior to the final show at London’s O2 arena on the European leg of Richie’s latest tour, about what he’s been up to lately in that regard. “I mix on digital consoles – I’m an Avid Profile user – but having learned on analog gear and having spent time working in the… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureNewsConcertConsolesDigitalEngineerMicrophoneMonitoringProcessorSoftwareSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
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    Pat Brown 05/14/15 11:42 AM,
      Could anything be more confusing than a “power rating?” The question “How many watts” can have many answers, depending on whether we are talking about amplifiers or loudspeakers. There are also many variables regarding how power is measured and specified. The numerous variables have rendered “face value” power ratings virtually useless. Why is “power” so hard to quantify? One reason is because it is time-dependent and constantly changing - much like the “value” of the stock market. We can… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallAmplifierAVPower

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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    Mark Frink 05/13/15 11:47 AM,
    How does a world-class front-of-house engineer support a fastidious megastar who is very particular about every aspect of music production making his grand exit to touring? Barry Manilow is back on the road for “One Last Tour,” and this time he really means it. Veteran engineer Ken Newman, who began working with Manilow in 1992, is mixing for the first time on a DiGiCo SD5 console and a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system, managed by Delicate Productions system engineer Phil… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureNewsConcertConsolesEngineerLine ArrayLoudspeakerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStageSubwoofer

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 05/12/15 12:28 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   One of the things I really enjoy about my job is that I get to help churches choose AVL equipment. I am not that enamored with gear necessarily, but I enjoy the exercise of matching features and benefits with needs. We’re in a golden age of equipment right now. There is a ton to choose from, and most of it is really good—or at least good enough. And we can do more than… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionStudy HallConsolesDigitalEducation

  • loudspeakers
    M. Erik Matlock 05/12/15 08:41 AM,
    I will never forget one particular service call. A small church called me out to quote a new sound system. This room sat about 120 people, pretty standard size and shape for rural Georgia. They weren’t happy with the existing system and wanted it replaced. When I walked into the room, I saw a single, odd-looking loudspeaker mounted tight to the ceiling over the podium. The pastor and tech told me how much they hated the way it sounded. I… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwooferTechnician