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  • Friday, August 12, 2011
    ac power
    Dennis Ver Mulm 08/12/11 10:05 AM, 0 Comments
    The topic of AC power protection has become somewhat one-dimensional for many who regularly work with sound systems, because the concept of a power problem is tied to a specific unpleasant memory of a power disturbance that caused a great deal of grief, and perhaps a small fortune in recovery costs. This explains why some are convinced that power protection is all about guarding against power outages or regulating voltage, while others obsess about power line noise or prevention of… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallAVPowerSound ReinforcementStudioSystemAudio

  • microphones
    Chris Huff 08/12/11 08:29 AM, 1 Comment
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Imagine you walk into church one day and are told, “your job just got easier because we aren’t using praise bands any more…we’re going back to the pastor leading hymns.” Last night, while reading a church magazine, I noticed the variety of advertisements. Interested in improving your church? How about: • Softer chairs • Different colored pews • Software to monitor giving, attendance, birthdays, and the member’s favorite tv show •… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEducationEngineerMixerTechnician

  • church sound drums
    Kent Morris 08/12/11 07:01 AM, 2 Comments
    Denominational and theological differences between churches are as weak as sewing thread in comparison to the divisive question of drums in a worship service. Where some congregations see a method of regulating tempo and establishing new musical styles, others envision a source of noise and an infiltration of secular values. Should churches incorporate percussion instruments into their musical compositions? If so, how should appropriate use be determined, and by whom? Is an acoustic drum set superior to an electronic one?… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallEngineerProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, August 11, 2011
    consoles
    Jack Alexander 08/11/11 02:59 PM,
    Strip EQ adjustment remains one of the most cowboy parts of the performance art form. Absent punching the EQ defeats on the strips, there is no organized way to control the behavior of an engineer doing strips. It’s always done during performance or sound check, in response to literally immeasurable stimuli. When manipulating strip EQ, you are answering the inevitable question, “What does this need?” Further, you are answering it on multiple channels, often forty or more. You will note… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConsolesMonitoringProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • church sound
    Mark Helms 08/11/11 01:38 PM, 2 Comments
    This article is provided by Church Audio Video.   One of the most common questions from church sound personne is whether they should purchase powered loudspeakers and subwoofers or passive (unpowered) loudspeakers driven by amplifiers. This is, of course, entirely dependent on the situation. Just a few of the questions include: “Will the system be portable or installed?” “Will the connections on the installed loudspeakers be easily accessible?” “Will the people using the portable system be able to lift the… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollAmplifierLoudspeakerPowerSound Reinforcement

  • recording
    Joe Gilder 08/11/11 12:17 PM, 0 Comments
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   Last year my friend Kevin and his wife flew all the way out to Nashville from LA to record vocals for his album in my home studio. We had one week to track vocals for 13 songs. Of course, we spent a lot of time just hanging out and showing them around Nashville, but 7 days was an ideal amount of time. It gave us plenty of time to focus intently… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessEngineerStudioTechnicianAudio

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    road story
    Sully 08/10/11 11:49 AM, 0 Comments
    Sixty minutes ago I was wearing bunny slippers and watching Mexican soap operas with my robe open. Then the phone rang. Now I’m dressed and making small talk with management at 40,000 feet on a Gulfstream G150. In 120 minutes or so I’ll start mixing a show absolutely cold in front of 60,000 people at the Houston Rodeo. A mere 360 minutes after that I’ll be back in my robe in Nashville with or without the bunny slippers. As the… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollBusinessConcertConsolesEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStageAudio

  • image
    PSW Staff 08/10/11 11:38 AM, 0 Comments
    Vocal microphones are most entertainers’ and engineers’ introduction to sound systems, their first point of contact and the first piece of equipment that they purchase and carry with them. The vocal quality is of paramount importance in most sung music, and the easiest way to improve it is often to change vocal mics. Dynamic mics use the same principle as a loudspeaker, except in reverse. A diaphragm attached to an induction coil is positioned in a magnetic field. Sound moving… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureSlideshowAVConcertEducationMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • church sound
    Mike Sessler 08/10/11 10:59 AM, 1 Comment
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Most audio effects processors include a simple delay. Often, that effect gets overlooked because we typically reach for the plates, halls and other reverbs first. However, if you have the capability, adding some delay can create some very cool effects. For this post, I will contain the suggestions to vocals only. Guitarists often add tap delays themselves, and putting some tap delay on drums can be really cool (when done well). But those… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesProcessorSound ReinforcementAudio

  • digital deception
    Moses Avalon 08/10/11 09:13 AM, 0 Comments
    From the dawn of pop music until the mid-1990s, if you had put a recording contract in front of most hungry artists, they would probably have signed it without thinking twice. But artists have become too savvy to go gaga about getting a boilerplate offer from a record company, and, as a result, music biz hucksters have had to become more creative about getting an artist to sign a contract without looking closely at the fine print. These days, record… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEducationSoftwareStageAudio