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  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011
    church sound
    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
    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
    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

  • studio
    Bobby Owsinski 10/12/11 05:19 PM, 3 Comments
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   I got to thinking about the pro audio products I’d like to see invented after reading a similar story on home theater audio. When you think about it, we’ve all gotten pretty comfortable with technology that no one could ever consider as cutting edge. Even though core recording products exist in the following areas, there’s plenty of room for growth. Let’s take a look at a pie-in-the-sky wish list: 1. A new… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessLoudspeakerMicrophoneStudioAudio

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2011
    Pat Brown 10/11/11 04:07 PM, 0 Comments
    Site surveys are a necessary part of all construction trades. The ground must be firm enough to support the building. The water must drain properly. There must be adequate ingress and egress. The list goes on. Sound system designers should also perform a site survey of the auditorium to determine the conditions in which the new sound system must operate. There are a multitude of parameters that can be measured in a building, but it won’t be possible, practical or… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollAVBusinessInstallationInterconnectLoudspeakerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemAudio