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  • Wednesday, August 03, 2011
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    Peter Patrick 08/03/11 03:22 PM, 3 Comments
    In every project there are always a number of driving factors. However, determining the importance of each is key.  Use this checklist to carefully assess your system needs and you’ll be well on your way to a successful church sound system project. Priority of room purposes? This is critical when room acoustics are considered. Congregational singing benefits from strong room reflections, which naturally reinforce the singers voices. An acoustically “dead” space makes singing uncomfortable. On the other hand, the strength… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollInstallationInterconnectSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • microphones
    PSW Staff 08/03/11 11:20 AM, 1 Comment
    Welcome to our quiz featuring 20 questions about microphones 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.… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollEducationMicrophone

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    Mike Slattery 08/03/11 08:59 AM, 0 Comments
    This article is provided by Rane Corporation.   Large conference rooms require speech reinforcement so people at all locations can adequately hear each other. To perform speech reinforcement without acoustic feedback is difficult, add conferencing and it becomes complex. Controlling Acoustic Levels The following operations neglect any effect of room echo or room acoustics. Terms used for calculating properties: • D0: Distance from talker to the farthest listener. • D1: Distance from the source mic to the nearest loudspeaker. •… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollAVLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • tape baking
    Kyle P. Snyder 08/03/11 08:35 AM, 8 Comments
    In late 2008 I was called out by a friend to repair a Studer tape deck; an A827, which I had never used before. While I was very fortunate that the studio owned both the original alignment tape and tentelometer, the original (rather aged and unused) tape shed like crazy because of its storage conditions, and our inability to bake the tape before use. Baking has gotten myself and many a colleague out of a sticky (ha ha) situation. However,… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogTechnologistOpinionPollBusinessEducationStudioAudio

  • Tuesday, August 02, 2011
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    Old Soundman 08/02/11 04:11 PM, 1 Comment
    Hello Old Soundman: Greetings from the shore, where the clams and oysters are fresh but the local celebrity DJ’s gear is not. Then throw it out like you would do with bad seafood! But I guess that would get you in trouble. You probably want to keep your job – it sounds pretty swinging by the ocean. I normally don’t have a problem with visiting DJs when I put them on stage to spin tunes. I set my channel EQ… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionPollConcertEngineerLoudspeakerMixerProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementSubwooferSystemAudio

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    Rick Kamlet 08/02/11 04:02 PM, 0 Comments
    This is the third segment in our series on design principles for distributed systems. For additional reading, be sure to check out the first and second articles within the series. A number of different patterns can be used for laying out ceiling loudspeakers, and each pattern can be implemented in different degrees of layout density. The pattern and density selected for an installation affect: • Evenness of coverage • Sound level capability of the system • Intelligibility • Power amplification… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollAVBusinessInstallationLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementAudio

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    Neil A. Muncy 08/02/11 03:56 PM, 0 Comments
    Multiple sources of transient electrical noise (surges) including motors, HVAC equipment, photocopiers, power tools, etc, are present in all modern buildings. Surge energy conveyed by building power systems may also result from external sources such as nearby lightning strikes. To minimize the likelihood of injuries to personnel and damage to equipment due to electrical surges and accidental fault conditions, in North America the National Electrical Code (NEC) specifies that all exposed electrical equipment in building electrical systems is to be… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallAVConcertInstallationInterconnectPowerSignalStageSystemAudio

  • Monday, August 01, 2011
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    Jack Alexander 08/01/11 05:14 PM,
    There’s a great moment in Forbidden Planet where Morbius tells the young Leslie Nielsen, intrepid captain of starship C57D, that it is “time for clarification.” The generationally challenged might want to check this flick out, as it is the progenitor of Star Trek, Star Wars – even certain aspects of Avatar.  “Clarification” in this case relates to the piano thing, as in a series of articles where I detailed a multi-mic technique for providing a very loud quad monitor mix… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • acoustics
    Peter Janis 08/01/11 12:19 PM, 0 Comments
    An interesting development has occurred in recent times: folks have become much more aware that the acoustic space plays a critical role with respect to the final sound of the room. In other words, unless you “fix the room,” changing the sound system may in fact not solve the problem at all. And truth be known, bringing the room acoustics up to an “acceptable level” is often actually easier than setting up a PA system!  Testing One, Two, Clap Go… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollAVInstallationMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementAudio

  • recording
    Bobby Owsinski 08/01/11 11:23 AM, 16 Comments
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   I think it’s safe to say that we’re at the end of the “album age,” and although the format will hold on for a while, it’s clearly waning in popularity. I’ve given this a lot of thought and have come up with what I think are the reasons, but be aware, they’re not all exactly what the popular wisdom assumes. So let’s begin with the six reasons why the album format has,… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessStudioAudio