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  • Thursday, September 08, 2011
    live sound
    Dave Rat 09/08/11 07:20 AM, 15 Comments
    To accomplish anything in life, we, as humanly creatures, must utilize an assortment of resources to accomplish any given task. For example, going to a store to purchase something involves brain time in making the decision to venture out, “wear and tear” on our vehicle, and the depletion of our finances – all are expenditures of resources. Even something as simple as watching TV, in which our visual and auditory perceptions are held captive or distracted, can be viewed from… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConsolesDigitalEngineerMixerProcessorAudio

  • av installation
    Bruce Main 09/08/11 06:48 AM, 0 Comments
    For many sound hire companies, things will be slowing down soon after a busy summer season. Yes, these are the days that turn sound company owner and manager thoughts to Alternative Revenue Sources (ARS). The contracting/install market is generally one of first potential ARS markets that come to mind. There’s that club downtown that wants to stop renting and buy a system. And one of the churches that use your rental stock and services for the Christian rock festival now… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallAVBusinessEngineerInstallationTechnician

  • church sound
    Chris Huff 09/08/11 05:31 AM, 3 Comments
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   A sound tech from Washington writes regarding finding the right house volume levels, “It’s either too loud for the elderly or too soft for the youth, or too much electric or not enough bass, it’s just impossible to please everyone.” My grandmother’s cooking immediately comes to mind. My grandmother was a good cook. I’m not talking “Paula Dean with butter in everything” or “Bobby Flay with everything jazzed up.“ I’m talking… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2011
    line arrays
    PSW Staff 09/07/11 02:35 PM, 0 Comments
    In this Real World Gear installment, we look at “compact” line arrays, which we’ve defined as those with 8-inch (and smaller) LF drivers. Previously we applied this designation to “small and mini” models; however, the market is evolving so quickly and dynamically that attempts to put together “like” groups of line array modules under a precisely defined criteria is fast becoming a thing of the past. The fact is that one company’s “small” is another’s “mini” is another’s “compact” –… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollSlideshowLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Tuesday, September 06, 2011
    Kyle P. Snyder 09/06/11 01:57 PM, 20 Comments
    You’ve just finished a killer tracking session, one that you really want the ability to recreate, so now what? I’m generally confident in my memory for microphone placements and studio setup, except that plans change and what may have been easy to remember tomorrow suddenly needs to be compartmentalized until everyone is available again next month. Plus, there’s no remembering compressor or EQ settings, let alone values for gear that has less than descriptive front panels. So, what’s an engineer… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogTechnologistPollEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioSystemTechnician

  • image
    Keith Clark 09/06/11 01:13 PM, 0 Comments
    The heavy rains of the previous day were long gone and the skies crystal clear when I arrived at Coney Island in Brooklyn early on the morning of July 4 to check out the sound reinforcement for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. The annual competitive-eating competition, organized by Shea Communications, features a field of about 20 contestants from the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) converging on Nathan’s Famous Corporation’s original restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertLine ArraySound ReinforcementSubwooferSystem

  • Monday, September 05, 2011
    John Lenard Burnett 09/05/11 12:01 PM, 1 Comment
    This article is provided by Lenard Audio.   Read John’s introduction to crossovers here. Loudspeaker systems made up of woofer, mid cone and compression driver/tweeter driven by one amplifier are called passive.  Passive refers to the components (inductor and capacitor) between the amplifier and loudspeakers. These components separate the frequencies so bass goes to the woofer and high frequencies to the tweeter. The capacitor and inductor can be in simple or complex arrangements. Passive crossovers are effective but not accurate,… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollAVLoudspeakerProcessorAudio

  • old soundman
    Old Soundman 09/05/11 10:37 AM,
    Here’s one of those situations that make you wonder about your career choice or where you are in your life path. Pay close attention, our buddy Brian is showing us how to keep the disgustedness in check and not resort to a brick through the front window of this fine establishment… Dear OSM: O.K., try this one out… Hit me with it, Bri! Let me have it! You just found out the band you regularly mix for has a gig… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertInstallationInterconnectLoudspeakerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • studio
    Joe Gilder 09/05/11 09:41 AM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   In honor of Labor Day, let’s talk about work a little bit. (What, you thought I’d take the day off?) :>) I’m not talking about crap-I-have-to-go-to-the-office work. I’m talking about work in your studio, work that you (hopefully) love. Do you ever get paid for your recording skills? Do you ever charge your clients? Perhaps you don’t, but you’d like to. Or maybe you’ve started charging for a few projects here… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessStudioAudio

  • church sound
    Gary Zandstra 09/05/11 07:16 AM, 0 Comments
    I was recently out doing a demo with the JBL VerTec rig that I often talk about. The room was a traditional shoe box sanctuary that was very reverberant. The walls were plaster, the ceiling also plaster and had a slight smooth arch to it. The balcony wall was glass that stretched from side to side with a flat plaster wall above the glass. One nice thing was that the reverb was relatively full frequency and smooth.  In fact, congregational… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollInstallationLoudspeakerMeasurementSound Reinforcement