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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2012
    church sound system budget
    Tom Walter 02/22/12 12:31 PM,
    An Apple iPod is priced at less than $100 for a basic model. The “name brand table radio” that some are convinced provides provides concert hall sound quality is priced at $350 and up. A simple portable CD player with headphones is priced at $20 and up. What do all of these have in common besides being mass-produced consumer audio devices. By and large, each is only used by one listener at a time. Now, what if I quoted a… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionPollStudy HallBusinessInstallationSystem

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    church sound
    Gary Zandstra 02/21/12 02:01 PM,
    Do you replace production/system equipment based on it being worn out or for new features and functionality? When we get a new system or new piece of gear, often the last thing on our minds is repairs or the life cycle of the system. In my view, churches are getting better at understanding professional A/V systems. I find that in general the market is more aware of the cost versus the expectation of the system, along with the willingness to… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallConsolesInstallationLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • recording
    Barak Shpiez 02/21/12 01:13 PM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   During the AES Convention in New York City this past October, I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture given by mastering engineer Scott Hull of Masterdisk Studios. The lecture focused on creating mixes and masters for vinyl pressing. Though there are those of us who might not even release music on any physical medium these days, there are many who like the look, feel, and most importantly, sound, of… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollAnalogEngineerStudio

  • Monday, February 20, 2012
    california jam
    Wayne Yentis 02/20/12 01:23 PM,
    Oh, what an interesting time it was! Concert sound reinforcement was in the early stages of moving to where we are today. This article originally appeared in the June 1974 issue of Recording Engineer Producer (REP) magazine, and Live Sound also ran a text-only version many years ago. It is presented here in its full glory, without editing and much as it originally appeared, to provide a fuller understanding and appreciation of that time and place and the people behind… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollStudy HallConcertDigitalEngineerMonitoringSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • Church Sound Checklist
    Bruce Bartlett 02/20/12 01:18 PM,
    Following is a list of some common sound problems and several ways to solve them. At least a few of these might seem obvious, but we’ve all made simple mistakes like not flipping a switch. If the advice given here doesn’t work, determine which device is at fault, then obtain help from tech support at the manufacturer or contact a qualified audio professional. No Sound—Be sure everything is plugged into AC power and turned on. (Sorry – had to mention… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallEducationSound ReinforcementSystem

  • image
    Pat Brown 02/20/12 01:03 PM,
    If acoustic parameters sometimes seem difficult to grasp, this practical example should help clarify at least one of them, the Limiting Distance, DL. This is a parameter associated with reverberant spaces, such as gyms and churches with little absorption. Remember that in such spaces there will exist a reverberant sound field LR, that is uniform throughout the space, as well as specific reflections that are not. If a loudspeaker or other acoustic source is used to excite the space, there… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallAVEducationEngineerInstallationMeasurementSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • image
    Michael Miles 02/20/12 12:49 PM,
    The design of a concert sound system, especially for stereo sound, requires close attention to issues such as room acoustics, headroom, loudspeaker levels, timing, and coverage. For a surround system, those basic issues are even more important and complex. This is because the timing and level distribution of the sound are dependent on the direction of wave propagation. Mono and stereo sound can propagate generally from the stage toward the more distant part of the audience, where the level may… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertProcessorSound ReinforcementAudio

  • image
    Bruce Bartlett 02/20/12 11:17 AM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Microphones.   Nothing has more effect on the sound of your recordings than microphone technique. For example, which mic you choose—and where you place it—affect the recorded tone quality. That is, mic technique affects how much bass, midrange, and treble you hear in the monitored sound of a musical instrument. Mic choice and placement also affect how distant the instrument sounds in the recording, and how much background noise you pick up. This guide… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollMicrophoneSignalStudioSystemAudio

  • Friday, February 17, 2012
    image
    Mike Sessler 02/17/12 02:19 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   I’ve had several people ask me about my vocal effects lately, so I thought I’d write a post about it. A few caveats: First, this is descriptive, not prescriptive. I’m not telling you what you should do, but what I’m currently doing. Second, this has changed about 4-5 times over the last 4-5 years. My process changes to adapt to the hardware I have available. If Waves comes through with some of their… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesMixerProcessor

  • loudspeakers
    PSW Staff 02/17/12 12:55 PM,
    When I started working with audio, most companies built their own main and monitor loudspeaker enclosures. Some did it because it could save them money, but the majority did it because they wanted products that were simply not commercially available, so they had to design and build the systems themselves. Today there are a multitude of loudspeaker companies making a wide variety of different enclosures – with more designs hitting the market seemingly every week – but there are still… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollProductSlideshowAVLoudspeaker