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  • Friday, December 02, 2016
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    Pat Brown 12/02/16 11:12 AM,
      It’s all about inputs and outputs (I/O). How do I get an audio signal from one to the other? The ongoing evolution of professional audio has produced a number of viable digital interfaces to complement legacy analog I/O practices. The choices may seem confusing at first, but when you break them down the strengths and weakness of each become apparent. In this overview, I will start with analog since it is familiar to most readers and serves as a… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallTrainingAnalogAVDigitalEducationEngineerEthernetInstallationInterconnectMeasurementProcessorSignalSystemTechnician

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    Mike Sessler 12/02/16 07:34 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   For the novice sound engineer, it can be pretty intimidating to walk up to a large analog or digital console and try to figure out the routing of audio signals. It wouldn’t be so bad if the only place the sound had to go was to the main loudspeakers in the room. Occasionally that’s the case, but most of the time, we’re also sending different mixes to monitors for musicians; to lobby and… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesMixerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 12/01/16 11:53 AM,
    Like many sound engineers, I have a background in music, so I’ve been on both sides of sound checks and know how annoying a poorly-run check can be for musicians. These experiences have led to a paradigm shift in the way I approach sound checks: they’re for the artists, not the engineers. On the road, practice time is in short supply, so many artists prefer to use their stage time to rehearse new material, tweak the backline, and tighten up… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

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    Craig Leerman 12/01/16 08:05 AM,
    In its most basic form, a DI – also known as a direct box and short for “direct injection” and/or “direct insert” – takes an unbalanced high-impedance signal (i.e., from an electric guitar or keyboard) and converts it to a balanced low-impedance signal. This process is needed when running high-impedance signal at long distances, such as down a snake to a front of house console. Unconverted, the unbalanced signal can pick up noise; also, sending high-impedance signal at longer distances… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureProductAVInterconnectSignalSound ReinforcementStageStudio

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 11/30/16 12:26 PM,
    I have to make a confession. KRK sent me its latest line of control room monitors over a month ago. Yes. I’ve been dragging my feet on returning the pairs of new V4s and V8s for one simple reason… They sound really good. My standard procedure when reviewing monitors is to throw a few favorite albums at them and see what happens. If they still sound good after that stage, then we look at adding some mics and making some… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductReviewLoudspeakerMonitoringStudio

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    Ken DeLoria 11/30/16 08:47 AM,
    Very often the topic of “room tuning” comes up in the practice of pro audio, but what we’re really talking about is “system optimization.” And over the course of many years, we’ve used many tools that seemed to—or actually did—contribute to desirable results. But system optimization is not just about turning knobs (virtual or otherwise) until things sound good. Sure, you can do that, and maybe that’s all you have time for under certain circumstances, but it’s not likely to… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVLoudspeakerMeasurementProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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    Merlijn van Veen 11/29/16 12:49 PM,
    Many believe that condenser microphones are more sensitive than dynamic microphones (moving coil) and therefore pick up “everything,” e.g., stage wash and noise. Sensitivity, however, is nothing but a constant conversion rate from pressure to voltage and more important, it is distance independent. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the reason for picking up “everything.” Most condenser mics are indeed more sensitive. A Neumann KMS 105 condenser with a sensitivity spec of 4.5 millivolts at 1 Pascal (4.5 mV/Pa) is… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureVideoStudy HallMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

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    Craig Leerman 11/29/16 07:33 AM,
    Sure, you have a great microphone collection, the latest digital console, and fantastic loudspeakers – that’s everything required of a sound company, right? Well, not exactly. The truth is that it’s the little things that can make the most significant difference between a “good” or “great” gig. Here’s a list of some (not all) of the “must haves” at any show, no matter how big or small. —- Gaffer (“Gaff”) Tape – not “duct” (or “duck”) tape, or masking tape,… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallAVBusinessConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStageSystemTechnician

  • Monday, November 28, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 11/28/16 12:16 PM,
    “Any industry founded on a particular technology faces the danger that a new invention will render it obsolete.” – Tom Standage, “The Victorian Internet” When I came across this quote in Standage’s fascinating book about the history of the telegraph, it struck me with such veracity that I just put the book down and stared at the wall for a few seconds. This is something I’ve occasionally found myself wondering – will the inevitable advance of technology eventually eliminate my… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionConcertEngineerSound Reinforcement

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    Gary Zandstra 11/28/16 07:56 AM,
    This article is provided by Gary Zandstra.com.   What is the role of the church sound operator? One aspect of it is bringing together all of the various inputs from musicians and blending them together in a pleasing way.  We use a variety of technical tools to do this. The skilled operator not only knows how to properly operate these tools, but combines that knowledge with a variety of other skills, such as listening and musical understanding. Often the operator… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogGary Z's Church SoundOpinionEngineerSound ReinforcementStage



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