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  • Tuesday, December 20, 2011
    Bruce Bartlett 12/20/11 11:07 AM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Microphones.   Condenser microphones need phantom power to operate their internal circuitry. Phantom power is supplied to the mic through its 2-conductor shielded cable. The power can be supplied either from a stand-alone device or from a mixing console (at each mic connector). The microphone receives power from, and sends audio to, the mixer along the same cable conductors. It’s called “phantom” because the power does not need a separate cable; it’s “hiding” in… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollProductMicrophone

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    Jeff Kuells 12/20/11 09:28 AM,
    When I set out writing the article it was originally about 70-volt audio distribution systems. However, it occurred to me that prior to educating readers about 70-volt systems, it was more important to examine the market conditions we’re currently face today. Quite often, sound reinforcement companies are asked to perform audio installations. While sound contracting and live sound may be the focus of a few businesses tackling both markets is not the norm for most sound reinforcement companies. However, one-stop… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollAVBusinessInstallationInterconnectSignalSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • church sound staff
    Bobby Owsinski 12/20/11 07:31 AM,
    (Click here to go to part 2 of this article.) As a staff sound operator, your fundamental charge is to make sure the best possible audio is available for every church function—that seems fairly obvious. However, unlike most of the rest of the world, churches thrive because of the efforts of volunteers. With help from God, they achieve great things and do good works. In the workforce, an employee commits to fill a job position, understanding that there will be… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnicianAudio

  • Monday, December 19, 2011
    church sound
    Chris Huff 12/19/11 07:49 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT?! Have you ever mixed the band and felt something was wrong with the mix? You tweak and tweak but the sounds just don’t gel. Time to trash your mix and start over. The Two Benefits of Trashing Your Mix 1. You save time. It’s hard to start over on a mix when you consider how much time you spent building it. However, when you can’t identify the… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesMixerSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, December 15, 2011
    live recording
    Joe Gilder 12/15/11 08:01 AM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   A couple months ago I got a gig recording a live concert. It wasn’t your typical show. One singer, one piano, in a big old church. In addition to recording the concert, I was also in charge of running live sound. Everything turned out really well, but there was a LOT to do and think about to ensure a smooth concert and a great-sounding recording. For one thing, the singer was… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollConcertDigital Audio WorkstationsMonitoringSoftware

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    Bobby Owsinski 12/14/11 10:08 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   It’s not unusual for musicians and engineers that are doing a lot of work in their home studio on bookshelf-sized speakers to crave more bottom end. As a result, the first thing they think about is adding a subwoofer to their monitor system. That’s all well and good, but there are a few steps that you can follow that might help your venture into low frequency territory a lot easier. 1. Do… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollLoudspeakerMonitoringStudioSubwoofer

  • church sound
    Mike Sessler 12/14/11 09:11 AM, 1 Comment
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Headphone extensions have been the bane of many a sound engineer’s existence. The cables on IEMs are never long enough to get from the musician’s head to the Aviom or M-48, which means we need to provide some sort of extension cable. In the past, I’ve tried buying 1/4-inch headphone extensions and used 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch adapters, but those cheap, off-the-shelf adapters are very stiff and the adapters don’t always work. Recently, we’ve… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollInterconnectMonitoringStage

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2011
    Kevin Young 12/13/11 02:10 PM,
    Over the course of relentless touring – first in support of their 2008 self-titled debut album, and more recently, 2011’s Thank You, Happy Birthday – Cage The Elephant has built a reputation for raucous, high-energy rock performances during which they leave everything on stage. The main factors informing the approach of the band’s engineers, Jay Rigby (monitors) and John Hagler (front of house), is accurately capturing and amplifying that energy. The two have had plenty of time on tour to… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • church sound
    Chris Huff 12/13/11 08:15 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   The lights dimmed, the Christmas performance started, and the orchestra played.  Only the orchestra had something I didn’t expect.  And it worked in a way I hadn’t expected. This weekend, my family and I attended a Christmas performance at a local church. The sanctuary holds less than 1,000 people, which includes a small balcony, so let’s call it a small-ish church.  The performance began with a 20-piece orchestra. Due to the… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEngineerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, December 12, 2011
    PSW Staff 12/12/11 03:23 PM,
    More than 650 worship production personnel and live sound operators converged on the Dallas Convention Center in early November to check out the first-ever Live Sound Compact Systems Demo, held in conjunction with the WFX Conference & Expo. The demo provided the first-ever opportunity to directly listen to, evaluate, and compare a dozen compact loudspeaker systems in a controlled listening environment. In addition, all participating companies had representatives on hand to provide technical details and pricing information. The event was… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureNewsPollProductBusinessEducationLine ArrayLoudspeakerMeasurementSound ReinforcementAudio