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  • Thursday, February 02, 2012
    Mike Sessler 02/02/12 08:12 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   This article, #InstallationFail, has been inspired by the many, many instances of bad installation practices I’ve seen throughout the years. I’ve been taking pictures and cataloging these for quite some time, and I figured it’s time to share them with the world. Now, I should point out I’m not publishing these to make anyone feel bad. Though some of you should feel bad for some of these installations. But that’s not the point.… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEngineerInstallationInterconnectTechnician

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    church sound
    Gary Zandstra 01/31/12 03:07 PM,
    One of my favorite sayings: “Audio is an art that everyone thinks is a science,  and audio is a science that everyone thinks is an art.” There’s no doubt that delivering an accurate (not to mention good-sounding) mix without missed cues is the right blend of both art and science. Knowing the science helps in setting up the mix and making sure that everything is routed properly and the right things plugged in to the right parts of the system.… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementAudio

  • recording
    Bobby Owsinski 01/31/12 09:44 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   During a long discussion about vintage instruments in the studio this week, it prompted me to think about this excerpt from The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook (written with writer, composer and good buddy Rich Tozzoli) that describes some of the intangible factors that went into manufacturing Gibson humbucking pickups in the 50’s and 60’s. As you’ll see, there are a lot of external factors that went into making a pickup back then,… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProductSignalStudio

  • Friday, January 27, 2012
    sound level meters
    Tom Young 01/27/12 02:56 PM,
    A sound level meter (SLM) is a device used to make frequency-weighted sound pressure level measurements displayed in dB-SPL. 0.0 dB-SPL is the threshold of hearing, and is equal to 20uPa (microPascals). This correlates to what one would aurally perceive when in a deep cave or in a large anechoic chamber. Packaged as a single-function handheld test device, SLMs are intended to be held at arm’s length during measurements (to reduce the effects of the body on the measurements) or… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallTrainingAVEducationInstallationMeasurementProcessorSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Bruce Swedien 01/26/12 05:32 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: RecordingFeatureAnalogEducationMicrophoneStudioAudio

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    Samuel O'Sullivan 01/25/12 08:00 AM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   This article is about a shift in perspective mostly. It’s about really embracing the tools you already have and using them to their fullest potential. For example, I have a 12-channel Mackie mixer that I double as an analog external summing amp. It contains FX sends and returns, allowing me to utilize any number of effects units (not to mention plug ins), which can be brought back in to the… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollDigital Audio WorkstationsSoftwareStudio

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2012
    Craig Leerman 01/24/12 11:15 AM,
    Alto Professional recently sent me a pair of TS115A loudspeakers to check out, and they turned out to be a gig saver - but more on that in a bit. Let’s look at the specs first. Part of the company’s TRUESONIC Series, the TS115A is a 2-way self-powered model that utilizes a 15-in woofer for the lows and a 1-in neodymium compression driver for the highs. The injection molded cabinet measures 26.8 (h) x 16.9 (w) x 15.2 (d) inches… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogRoad TestPollProductLoudspeakerSubwoofer

  • church sound
    Chris Huff 01/24/12 07:54 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   The first time I heard the word crossover was in the context of “Chris, plug those into the crossover unit.“ I was clueless.  I was helping with a live gig setup and even after being told EXACTLY where to plug in the cables, I still didn’t know what the crossover unit did.  Funny thing about it, crossovers are easy to understand.  Implementation…well, that’s a bit harder. What Is A Crossover Unit?… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollLoudspeakerProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, January 23, 2012
    live sound
    Kevin Young 01/23/12 06:12 PM,
    Beyond technical expertise and experience, Dave Natale stresses that one of the most important qualities a front of house mixer should possess is knowing how to deal with people. “Now, anybody who knows me and reads that will say, ‘Yeah. Your people skills… Great,” he laughs, admitting that he can be blunt with co-workers at times, but adding that talking around a problem doesn’t help anyone. “You have to tell people straight up what’s going on.” Natale’s ability to strip… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundProductionFeatureProductionAudioConsolesEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • daw
    Bobby Owsinski 01/23/12 02:01 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski. recently posted an article on a full-blown 48 track DAW for the iPad that looks pretty awesome. The app comes from a new company called Auria, and isn’t available quite yet, but it’s features are very complete, as you can see from the following: —48 mono/stereo, 24-bit/44.1kHz tracks, with recording for up to 24 tracks (you’ll obviously need a USB audio interface that can do that.) —64-bit, double precision mix architecture… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProductDigital Audio WorkstationsSoftware