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  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    Jack Alexander 06/26/15 07:24 AM,
    If one follows the literature (and street talk) in both the audiophile and professional sound communities, “equalization” is a very bad thing. If you use it, you get, in no particular order, comb filtering, phase shift, lack of transparency, non-linear response, one note bass, harshness, mid-fi sound, lack of neutrality, proof of your status as an amateurish guitar-store soundman, as well as proof of your status (from the audiophile perspective) as a deaf knuckle-dragging roadie. Standing on Mars, as they… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollEducationEngineerMonitoringProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Derek Sexsmith 06/25/15 11:25 AM,
    This article is provided by The snare drum and electric guitar are often the driving force of a song despite the kick and bass being considered the foundation of a mix. Turn down the snare drum and the congregation will feel reluctant to clap with the song.  Mic the top and bottom of the snare drum. The top mic will catch the stick hitting the drum and pick up much of the body of the snare. The bottom mic… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationEngineerMixerProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

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    Bruce Bartlett 06/25/15 07:18 AM,
    Take a breath of fresh air on a country morning. That’s the sensation you get from a well-amplified acoustic ensemble. Guitar, upright bass, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo – all produce a sweet, airy sound that can be captured with the right approach. Acoustic music heard over a sound reinforcement system is all about beauty and naturalness, not hype. Listen to a number of well-recorded CDs of old-time country, bluegrass and acoustic jazz. In most cases you’ll hear no effects except some… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Joe Gilder 06/24/15 12:21 PM,
    Article provided by Home Studio Corner.   When I say reverb what comes to mind? How about delay? For a lot of people who are just starting out with recording and mixing, they may think that reverb is that awesome plug-in you use to make everything sound like it’s in a cathedral. And when they think of delay you may think of The Edge from U2. The truth is, there is SO MUCH you can do with reverb and delay… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProcessorSignalStudio

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    Chris Huff 06/24/15 07:04 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Water was streaming out the end of our driveway. The main water pipe going to the house had sprung a leak.  There were only two ways of fixing the problem; digging up the driveway for finding and repairing the leak or running a new line without disturbing the driveway at all.  A problem with an audio cable isn’t always solved by running a new cable. Sometimes you’ve got to look under… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallInterconnectSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Pat Brown 06/23/15 11:26 AM,
      A letter to a church building committee might read: Thank you again for the opportunity to provide you with a proposal for the sound system for your house of worship. While we appreciate your interest in “good stewardship” in the funding of this project, and understand your request for “church pricing” for the work, the following points should be kept in mind when determining the best value for the dollars spent. #1 - Dynamic Range Church sanctuaries are usually… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallAVBusinessInstallationInterconnectSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    Bobby Owsinski 06/22/15 05:32 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   By my count, there are 8 “constants” that we find in vocal recording. These are items or situations that almost always prove to be true. Just keeping them in mind can save you a lot of trouble in the search for a sound that works for you and your vocalist. Here are a few tips taken from The Recording Engineer’s Handbook and The Music Producer’s Handbook to help you get a great… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudio

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    Rational Acoustics 06/22/15 08:32 AM,
    Editor’s Note: The following article is an excerpt from the new white paper “Smaart 7 Impulse Response Measurement and Analysis Guide,” available as a free download (pdf) from Rational Acoustics. Go here for the direct download of the guide, and also note that sample IR wave files used for figures within the document can be downloaded as a zip file here. ———————————————————- What is an impulse response? In the most basic terms, an impulse response (IR) can be defined as… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLoudspeakerMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, June 19, 2015
    Daniel L. Newman 06/19/15 07:09 AM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   The integration business can be a fickle place. Factors such as seasonality, dependence on government spending and the way the overall economy can influence spending can present unique challenges for businesses. With the potential for such volatility, commercial integrators are faced with cash flow issues. Most CIs have accounting departments, but cash flow is a different animal. Cash flow is unique because an organization can be generating strong profits but have no… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogProductionAudioAVBusinessInstallation

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
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    Karl Winkler 06/18/15 04:39 AM,
    What makes acoustic sound sound acoustic? I got to thinking about this when I attended a performance of Wozzek by Alban Berg at the Santa Fe Opera. Like most top opera companies in the world, the SFO mounts most of their performances 100 percent acoustically. The exceptions are when the composer calls for effects on the vocals, or for one of the orchestral instruments to be highlighted with reinforcement. Even in those rare cases, the goal remains to present the… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionAnalogBusinessDigitalMeasurementSignalSound Reinforcement