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  • Monday, October 24, 2011
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    Mike Sessler 10/24/11 06:43 AM, 1 Comment
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   A few weeks ago, one of my younger readers recentlyasked me about a “hit by a bus list” (HBABL for short). So, I thought it might be good topic for an article. First, it might be helpful to define what at “hit by a bus list” even is. The definition may vary from church to church, but basically it seeks to answer the question, what happens if you’re hit by a bus on… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollDigitalEducationEthernetMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemTechnicianAudio

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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    Greg DeTogne 10/19/11 08:56 AM, 0 Comments
    Beyond the stellar names that have graced its stage, one of the other enduring legacies at New York City’s Blue Note is its sound. Forged within a long, narrow, and asymmetrical space, the voice of this venerable jazz club in Greenwich Village between 6th and McDougal Streets extends from a centrally-located stage out onto a crowd seated at multiple levels, most within 20 feet of the performers. Imbued with good acoustics, the room nonetheless presents its fair share of audio… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductAmplifierConsolesInstallationLoudspeakerSound Reinforcement

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    Chris Huff 10/19/11 07:33 AM, 5 Comments
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Standing behind my FOH guy on Sunday morning, I watched every knob he turned. I watched every fader he moved. I watched the way he’d listen to the music and made a change on the board.  Simple observations. Much of your time behind the mixer is doing the same thing.  Now ask yourself, “Do all those little changes make a difference?” YES!  YES THEY DO! The little changes can bring an… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorTechnician

  • recording
    Matthew Weiss 10/19/11 06:57 AM, 0 Comments
    This article is provided by the ProAudioFiles.   Parallel compression refers to the technique of running a mult of a signal, compressing that mult, and then blending it in with the uncompressed signal. Some compressors also have a “mix” knob where you can blend the compressed and uncompressed signals. The benefits of parallel compression are many-fold, though there are a few pitfalls. Setting up a parallel compression chain can be daunting. Compression on it’s own can be a bit complex… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollConsolesMixerProcessorStudio

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2011
    interconnect
    Pat Brown 10/18/11 01:01 PM,
    Almost every Syn-Aud-Con seminar has attendees from other technical fields that need to learn about sound systems and audio. These fields include networking, telephony, lighting, electrical and others. Many tell us that audio is the most confusing thing they have encountered in their technical careers – and it is no wonder. Consider the input types that may exist on a mixing console. I found all of these on units sitting around the shop. There are nine (9) analog topologies and… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollAnalogAVDigitalEthernetInterconnectNetworkingSignal

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    Gary Zandstra 10/18/11 08:27 AM, 1 Comment
    As a church sound technician/operator: · How good are you at what you do? · How much time do you spend practicing and improving your skills? · How are you practicing? · What do you do to practice? If I posed the above questions to a musician I would get solid answers from them. The answers would vary, but here is what I would expect to hear. Q. How good are you at what you do? A. I am a… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEducationEngineerTechnicianAudio

  • Monday, October 17, 2011
    consoles
    Ken DeLoria 10/17/11 08:27 AM,
    Not so long ago, mixers had six channels, round knobs, and green paint. Next came a parade of large-format mixing desks, weighing hundreds of pounds. Later, the first digital consoles appeared, also weighing hundreds of pounds. (Is there an echo in here?) Finally, second generation digital consoles emerged as smaller, lighter, and less expensive versions of their predecessors, some with surprisingly advanced capabilities including really useful on-board effects, choice of EQ types, optional plug-ins, and much more.  Whether you love,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductBusinessConsolesDigitalInterconnectSoftware

  • church sound
    Mike Sessler 10/17/11 07:57 AM, 1 Comment
    It’s important to adopt strategies for remaining sane while mixing monitors in churches. I touched upon some of those strategies in a previous article, where the focus was on how to group multiple musicians together to obtain positive results, how to stay organized, and how to run a sound check. All of the above assumes you’re mixing monitor wedges for the stage. Wedges work well in some circumstances, but have many downsides. Being loudspeakers, they obviously add to the mix… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollMixerMonitoringStage

  • Friday, October 14, 2011
    cardioid subwoofers
    PSW Staff 10/14/11 11:14 AM,
    Ever since the introduction of line arrays, it has become harder for subwoofers to keep up with the efficiency of tall columns of coupled transducers in large full-range systems. This has helped drive transducer and amplifier manufacturers to produce increasingly powerful low-frequency components. Multi-kilowatt dual-18 enclosures are now the standard. However, while flown full-length line arrays do a superb job of getting full-range sound to the back of enormous venues, stacked subwoofers – even with their advantage of half-space coupling… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureSlideshowConcertInstallationLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2011
    church sound
    Mike Sessler 10/12/11 06:31 PM, 4 Comments
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   A while back I wrote a post on virtual sound check. Simply put, virtual sound check is a mechanism for capturing the inputs to your board as close to right after the mic pre as possible, then being able to easily play that back, in the same inputs as the real band. Digital consoles have made this process relatively easy, though the exact implementations vary. The other day I was asked to recommend… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesDigitalMonitoringSound Reinforcement