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  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    Karl Winkler 11/17/15 07:26 AM,
    Preserving our hearing is critically important, but that’s not what motivated me to write this piece. Really, I just can’t stand bad sound! To a certain extent, it used to be somewhat excusable if a live show was loud and didn’t sound all that great. Sound reinforcement systems have come a long way in the past decade alone, but ‘back in the day’” good clean power was harder to come by, and loudspeakers just were not designed to produce high-fidelity… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, November 16, 2015
    Jerrold Stevens 11/16/15 07:10 AM,
    “Subwoofers should be located on the floor if at all possible.” This is one of those classic bits of audio “conventional wisdom.” I hear it from system operators on nearly every project. But is it true? If we look at the physics of sound, we learn that, as with most things in the world of audio, “it depends.” So let’s start by discussing why the floor might indeed be a good place to put subwoofers. Placing any loudspeaker against a… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogProductStudy HallAVConcertInstallationLoudspeakerMeasurementSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Friday, November 13, 2015
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    Gary Zandstra 11/13/15 12:53 PM,
    This article is provided by Gary   Over the last 30-plus years, I’ve served on numerous tech teams at various ministries and have learned many things – many of them the hard way. While nothing replaces knowing the tech side of the audio craft, there’s a lot more to being successful in the role. Here are some things I’ve picked up along the way, combined with the results of an informal survey of worship leaders about what they want… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Craig Leerman & Keith Clark 11/12/15 12:29 PM,
    In the world of sound there’s an old adage that states, “Your system is only as good as the weakest component in the signal chain.” This is especially true of a system’s loudspeakers. They are the last link in the chain and are directly responsible for communicating everything that’s been done to the signal along the way. Going beyond simply delivering sound into a room, they actually become a living physical element, dynamically interacting with their surroundings. In other words,… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLine ArrayLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

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    Bruce Main 11/12/15 06:40 AM,
    We’re currently in-between touring seasons. Cables and snakes have been tested and repaired, wood painted, and cases treated to fresh new stenciling. All racks have been repackaged to their standard configurations, trucks subjected to annual maintenance, and warehouse floor swept - twice. Aside from a stray show here and there, for many hire companies, things are pretty quiet. Yes, these are the days that turn sound company owner and manager thoughts to Alternative Revenue Sources (ARS). The contracting/install market is… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallAVBusinessInstallationInterconnectMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 11/11/15 11:13 AM,
    Riley Vasquez has deep roots in the music business and production work. The grandson of Bill Hardin, founder of Bill Hardin Music stores, he grew up in Georgia surrounded by instruments, gear and musicians, and with a foundation in church production, he quickly learned the ropes and discovered a passion for mixing live shows at front of house. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State in 2011, Vasquez quickly established himself as a tour manager and engineer for the likes of… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConsolesEducationEngineerMicrophoneProcessorSound Reinforcement

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    Bruce Swedien 11/11/15 07:17 AM,
    This excerpt is the first in a series from Bruce Swedien’s book Make Mine Music by Hal Leonard Microphone Design Technology And Microphone Technique Along with this development of a more live sound and hi-fi in the popular recorded music of the early 1950’s, a great deal of experimentation and improvement in microphone placement and technique was going on at the same time. Much energy and effort were put into the development of innovative microphone design. American microphone design technology… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductionAudioAnalogEducationMicrophoneStudio

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    Ike Zimbel 11/10/15 11:25 AM,
    It’s 9 am and I’ve just tumbled off the bus into today’s venue, a.k.a., “The Naming Rights Arena,” another stop on the five-month, 59-city Rock This Country tour by Shania Twain that I’m working with VER Tour Sound. The first hour is spent helping the rest of the audio crew as we tip the first of two trailers (mostly PA). About an hour later, the second trailer is empty as well, and I’m able get to focus on my “real”… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEngineerMeasurementMicrophoneSoftwareSound ReinforcementTechnicianWireless

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    M. Erik Matlock 11/10/15 07:19 AM,
    The new PreSonus Eris Series active studio monitors, designed for the budget-conscious studio seeking accurate and powerful reference monitors, make a strong first impression. The series incorporates a proprietary Midwoofer-Tweeter-Midwoofer (MTM, also known as “D’Appolito”) configuration, utilizing matched midrange drivers working together to create the effect of one much larger driver. The E44 is outfitted with two 4.5-inch, custom-woven Kevlar LF/midrange drivers, while the E66 uses 6.5-inch versions. Both models have a 1.25-inch, silk-dome HF driver centered between the mid/low… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductReviewAVLoudspeakerManufacturerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Monday, November 09, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 11/09/15 11:41 AM,
    After several years designing and installing sound systems for small- and mid-sized churches, I discovered an unobtainable goal that we tend to pursue, even though we know it’s a mirage. I’m referring, of course, to the concept of idiot-proofing. A recent trade show visit had me concerned about the way a lot of gear is being marketed. At least to me, it appears that most manufacturers are working to eliminate the human element in purporting to design equipment that simply… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureTrainingAVEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician