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  • Thursday, January 12, 2012
    live sound
    Teri Hogan 01/12/12 08:19 AM,
    It is not usual to encounter an entirely new musical genre, nor is it unusual not to have a clue what to do with it. And that’s exactly what some in the live audio community are encountering with the burgeoning Celtic music scene. Historically, Celtic music has been around a lot longer than America itself. In fact, Celtic music is the roots of bluegrass. Irish and Scottish immigrants brought their traditional folk music with them and several generations later, it… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertEngineerMicrophoneMonitoringSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    Bobby Owsinski 01/11/12 05:38 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Now with solid state memory becoming more and more the norm, it’s important to realize that it can occasionally also be at the root of some problems as well. Although it doesn’t happen that often, some nasty crashes can be avoided with a minimum of maintenance. Here are some tips for memory card care from Scott Bourne (he has a photography great site called that I’ve adapted for audio instead of… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollDigitalSoftwareStudio

  • image
    Keith Clark 01/11/12 11:03 AM,
    Editor’s Note: After more than 45 years as a pro audio industry fixture, Jim Long has called it a career, retiring in December from Electro-Voice, where he most recently served as director, strategic projects. Among so many strengths, he’s probably best known for his unique ability to explain audio concepts in simple, logical and just plain understandable ways. Jim’s technical and product presentations thankfully strayed far from the typical recitation of jargon and feature sets - more free-form conversation involving… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollBusinessLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSound ReinforcementAudio

  • church sound
    Mike Sessler 01/11/12 10:09 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   The topic for this post comes from a reader who wants to know what he should do when faced with the requirement to mix no louder than 85 dB SPL peaks. That’s right, 85 dB peaks. Why I Hate Volume Limits I used to own a video production company. We were often hired to do video based on length. I always tried to talk the client out of imposing a length limit on… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollMixerProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    loudspeaker impedance
    Pat Brown 01/10/12 01:20 PM,
    One of the most confusing subjects in audio? Loudspeaker power ratings. It’s generally accepted that a large loudspeaker power rating is a sign of quality and something to be desired. And it’s the performance metric that probably has the greatest influence on the consumer’s buying decision. But a closer look reveals that power rating is far less significant than other metrics regarding the performance of the loudspeaker. The term “power rating” requires further explanation to avoid misunderstanding. It’s tempting to… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallAmplifierAVLoudspeakerPowerSound ReinforcementAudio

  • church sound
    Casey Watson 01/10/12 12:45 PM,
    This article is provided by Church Audio Video.   When a loudspeaker or sound source is placed in a corner so it is near three surfaces (like the junction between two walls and the floor), it is said to be in 1/2 space. This is similar to the concept of 1/2 space (up against one wall) and 1/4 space (at a junction between two walls). When sound sources are placed near surfaces in this way, more of the energy moves… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollLoudspeakerMonitoringSound Reinforcement

  • road test
    Craig Leerman 01/10/12 08:17 AM,
    The Danley Sound Labs SM-60F is a passive, full-range loudspeaker that utilizes Tom Danley’s Synergy Horn concept, where multiple drivers covering different frequency ranges all play into a single horn. It’s loaded with 2 x 8-inch woofers and a 1 x 5-inch mid/high coaxial driver. Dispersion is 60 x 60 degrees. The Danley TH-Mini is a compact subwoofer that uses a single 12-inch driver in a tapped horn configuration. At only 24 x 15 x 22 .5 inches and 76… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureNewsBlogRoad TestPollProductLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Monday, January 09, 2012
    Matthew Weiss 01/09/12 10:07 AM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   What is dynamic processing? A dynamic processor is something that outputs a signal, where the level of the outgoing signal is based on the level of the incoming signal. In other words, a loud signal coming in will come out differently than a quiet signal coming in. Basic Types of Dynamic Processors Compressors: The most common – the louder the signal is coming in, the less level it provides going… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollAnalogDigitalProcessorStudio

  • church sound
    Chris Huff 01/09/12 09:44 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   You need to get out of your normal audio routines.  The more you keep doing what you’ve always been doing… well…you aren’t going to improve your sound.  Therefore, I’m starting out 2012 by giving you seven assignments.  These assignments will make you really think about your mixing, your equipment, and your expectations.  Best of all, these assignments are relatively easy! 1. [Mixing] Consider two vocalists singing the same lines. Try creating… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEducationEngineerMixerTechnician

  • Sunday, January 08, 2012
    Craig Leerman 01/08/12 11:26 AM,
    When it comes to loudspeakers for professional audio applications, line arrays get the glory and much of the press, but traditional 2-way boxes are still the real workhorses of the business. They remain invaluable for a range of very good reasons, with versatility that translates to “great bang for the buck” topping the list. A quick check of manufacturer websites bear this out as well. Again, the latest line array might be the “next big thing” touted on the home… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollSlideshowLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer