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  • Friday, September 16, 2011
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 09/16/11 01:14 PM, 3 Comments
    Hey OSM Hey Dan! Yoko Onos. You know what I mean, I’m sure everyone who has sat behind a sound board knows what I mean. The know-it-all girl friends of the prima-donna lead singers. Oh, yes. And really, they can be the girlfriend of any band member. Her guy is always not loud enough in the mix. But a word of caution, Dan. Please do not libel Yoko Ono. I know that it is tempting to blame her for the… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollBusinessSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

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    Pete Senoff 09/16/11 12:19 PM,
    I think the question could best be answered by the analogy: “What’s wrong with wetting your finger to measure wind velocity?” In truth, the VU meter does a great job of indicating the average level of a constant state signal. However the VU meter becomes unpredictable when attempting to measure the actual levels involved in a transient passage or in a complex waveform. Since music is composed of complex waveforms and transient passages a problem in accurate monitoring does exist.… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureSlideshowStudy HallEducationEngineerStudio

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    Bobby Owsinski 09/15/11 02:23 PM, 0 Comments
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   There are a few people on the planet that know a lot about microphones and how they’re made, but not many know as much and have the dedication of David Bock, the founder and owner of Bock Audio (formerly Soundelux Microphones). After all, how many people would go to the extent of teaching themselves German just so they could read the old Neumann service manuals? David makes some truly excellent mics, and… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessEducationMicrophoneStudio

  • ipad
    Chris Huff 09/15/11 02:00 PM, 1 Comment
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Apple iPads are turning up in the audio booth as a new sound source.  Much like my article on using different types of smart-phones as audio sources, iPads are something you need to consider.  Let’s look a how to get the audio out. The iPad uses a common 3.5mm stereo plug. Either you or the user should have a cable with the 3.5mm plug on each end. The back of your… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollProductDigitalInterconnectSignalAudio

  • amplifiers
    Pat Brown 09/15/11 08:42 AM,
    Click here to view/download a printable pdf of this article. I’ve done enough theorizing and musing about power and power ratings in part 1 and part 2 of this series. Let’s convert some utility power into audio power. First, some details about the testing. The Source, The Load “Source” and “load” are usually associated with amplifier and loudspeaker. I had to zoom out another level and consider the AC source to the amplifier (these amplifiers need a lot of juice).… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollProductAmplifierAVInterconnectMeasurementSignal

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2011
    live sound
    Kevin Young 09/14/11 03:45 PM,
    It’s fair to say that Bob Goldstein loves a challenge, and the bigger, the better. “We do really, really big, really, really well. Everyone puts in the effort. There’s no quit,” he says. Consequently, when Goldstein talks about his life and career, he does so by relating anecdotes that focus on the challenges – personal and professional – that he and MSI have proudly met over time. Some are a result of the incredibly complex jobs he delights in taking… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundProductionFeatureSlideshowProductionAudioBusinessEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • church sound
    David McLain 09/14/11 02:49 PM, 1 Comment
    An important note: Equalization is the last step that should be taken in tuning a sound system. Unless a system is correctly designed and carefully set up, the equalization may not accomplish much, and could actually degrade the sound. Make sure your gain structure is correct before working through this process. There’s a podcast on the subject here. There are three basic approaches to tuning the system. The easiest method is the use of an automated room equalizer such as… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollMeasurementProcessorSystem

  • crossovers
    John Lenard Burnett 09/14/11 10:03 AM,
    This article is provided by Lenard Audio.   Read John’s introduction to crossovers here and his discussion of passive crossovers here. Active systems can be 2-way, 3-way, or 4-way.  The line level signal from the preamplifier or mixer is electronically filtered into the correct frequency bands to be sent to independent amplifiers that drive the bass loudspeaker, mid loudspeaker and tweeter separately.  The auditory difference between an active and passive loudspeaker system is noticed by everyone. A correctly set up… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollAVEducationProcessorSignalAudio

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    PSW Staff 09/14/11 08:46 AM, 0 Comments
    Welcome to our quiz featuring 20 questions about stage monitoring and related issues. This is somewhat subjective and largely intended for entertainment purposes - better known as FUN for short - although there is fact and/or truth in many of the “correct” responses. Time for the obligatory non-apology: “We apologize if this quiz offends anyone. That is… er, is not... our intention. Besides, if you don’t like it, we’ll just claim you took it out of context.” Enjoy! 1) Why… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertEducationLoudspeakerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStageAudio

  • recording
    Matthew Weiss 09/14/11 07:42 AM,
    This article is provided by the ProAudioFiles.   Andrew Dawson is a Grammy-Award winning engineer and producer. A fast rising-star on the scene, his credits include Kanye West, Common, T.I., Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Erykah Badu & more. He’s been the primary tracking & mix engineer for the last 4 Kanye West albums, including the latest, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Andrew kindly took time out of his busy schedule to speak with me - Engineer… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerProcessorStudio