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  • Monday, August 22, 2011
    Bobby Owsinski 08/22/11 09:41 AM, 0 Comments
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   The graphic below represents the dilemma of the recording studio business. It’s the legendary Electric Lady Studio’s rate card from 1994 and it’s evidence why so many legendary studios have been turned into condos. If you take notice, a lock-out rate (meaning the studio is purchased for the entire day) ranges from $2,500 to $2,800 a day. Sixteen years later, major studio rates are the same, even less if you get a… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessStudioAudio

  • Friday, August 19, 2011
    PSW Staff 08/19/11 08:14 AM, 11 Comments
    Welcome to our quiz featuring 10 questions about bass and subwoofers! Take a read and see how you stack up against the questions, and be sure to check out our other quizzes as well.     1.) The wavelength of a 40 Hz sine wave is: A. 18.3 ft (5.58m) B. 27.5 ft (8.38m) C. 40 ft (12.2m) D. 80 ft (24.4m)   2.) A bass reflex loudspeaker is also known as: A. An omni-bass B. A contra-bass C. A… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionStudy HallAVEducationEngineerLoudspeakerSignalSound ReinforcementSubwooferSystemAudio

  • Thursday, August 18, 2011
    Bruce Bartlett 08/18/11 01:01 PM, 1 Comment
    The sound check is critical – if well done, it gives the band confidence in you so they can relax and just play. And when you give the band the monitor mixes they need, they perform better. In this process, first you do a line check. Are all the mics and DIs connected to the right inputs and working okay? Then you do a sound check: set the levels, EQ and mix, with the goal of everything will sounding great… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionPollConsolesEngineerInterconnectMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStageSystem

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    Gary D. Davis 08/18/11 12:19 PM,
    R-e/p: Tell us about redoing the control room for Village. GEORGE AUGSPURGER: From my standpoint, even before getting into the subtleties of those things that the client may like, there are a number of things you do in any control room. One is that you try to get the thing as nearly as possible to be bilaterally symmetrical. You’re stuck with two channel and four channel stereo, which are both oriented left and right, and to get any kind of… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProductionAudioInstallationStudioSystem

  • church sound
    Mike Sessler 08/18/11 11:05 AM, 0 Comments
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Any type of live production is fraught with peril. There are a ton of tasks that need to be accomplished in the right order, at the right time, for the service or production to run smoothly. Add in the pressures and complications of most church systems (often less that ideal) and working with non-professional volunteers (we love them, but it’s not what they do for a living), and it’s easy to forget a… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollBusinessAudio

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    Fletcher 08/18/11 08:49 AM, 1 Comment
    What makes a good microphone preamplifier? What makes one mic preamp better for an application than another? Why even bother with “outboard” preamps? Frankly, there are no standard “correct” answers to these questions, it’s all about a subjective sense of aesthetic that users have to determine their own bad selves. Mic preamps - like wine, cars, guitars, and the brand of cigarettes you smoke - are all a very personal decision. What I may find remarkably mundane and boring may… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProcessorStudio

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2011
    PSW Staff 08/17/11 01:25 PM, 0 Comments
    There are almost as many ways to capture guitar amplifier sound with a microphone as there are for a piano. And as with piano (and kick and snare drum, for that matter) single-mic approaches can’t always provide the best solution for guitar amps - we must also explore multiple-mic approaches. About four decades ago, at the “dawn” of modern live sound reinforcement, there was the Shure SM58 for vocals and the SM57 for instruments. This eventually included mic’ing guitar amps,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • microphones
    Kent Margraves 08/17/11 09:40 AM,
    This article is provided by Sennheiser.   Live instrument mic’ing is no picnic. Especially when there are multiple elements on a stage that an audio mixer wants to capture and reproduce properly. With acoustic drums, the issue is compounded exponentially given that in order to isolate each drum “voice” correctly, you really need a heck of a lot of mics. Or do you? There are a thousand ways to mic and mix a drum kit with success. Conversely, there a… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesMicrophoneMixerProcessorStage

  • Tuesday, August 16, 2011
    church sound
    Gary Zandstra 08/16/11 10:08 AM, 2 Comments
    When I walk into a performing arts center where the console is located up in the production booth, a million miles away from the stage and without even a hint of direct coverage from the main loudspeakers, I wonder how anyone can mix in this setting.  Yes, I know mixing theatre is different than mixing a band, and monitor loudspeakers at the mix position help. But I’ve always found it difficult to mix in these types of situations. I was… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollBusinessEducationEngineerMonitoringTechnicianAudio

  • Friday, August 12, 2011
    alcons audio
    Kevin Young 08/12/11 02:21 PM, 0 Comments
    Since forming in 2002, Netherlands-based Alcons Audio has offered systems – loudspeakers, amplifiers and processing – developed and manufactured in house, with the loudspeakers in particular noted for proprietary RBN pro-ribbon drivers. But the technology is only part of the equation, says David Rahn, a veteran of the U.S. market who’s heading up the company’s just-announced expansion as national sales manager of the new Alcons Audio USA. Before entering the tough, competitive U.S. marketplace, however, the company took careful measure… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollBusinessLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSound ReinforcementAudio