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  • 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

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    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

  • Friday, September 02, 2011
    church sound
    Mike Sessler 09/02/11 01:57 PM, 3 Comments
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   This isn’t the first time I’ve built a snake like this, nor is it the first time I’ve written about it. But we’ve made a few updates, so I thought I’d write a new article on them. This particular snake in question is what we use for our percussion or winds player, though sometimes it gets dragged over to the guitar position depending on the weekend. The design goals were thus: create a… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollInterconnectMonitoringStage

  • subwoofers
    Tom Young 09/02/11 04:49 AM,
    Over the past several years, a technique most commonly called “aux fed subs” has been developed for reducing low-frequency “muddiness” from front-of-house loudspeaker systems. This technique has resulted in considerable benefits over a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, but there is confusion as to what it encompasses and what it accomplishes. Let’s clarify the details and describe the set up of an aux fed subwoofer system. We’ll also be addressing some frequently asked questions on the topic. In a… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollLoudspeakerProcessorSubwoofer

  • Thursday, September 01, 2011
    micrphone techniques
    Bruce Bartlett 09/01/11 04:01 PM, 2 Comments
    Let’s face it -  the live sound reinforcement realm presents some microphone challenges that regularly threaten sound quality. Look at the conditions. The monitors feed back. They leak into the vocal microphones and color the sound. The bass sound leaks into the drum mics, and the drums leak into the piano microphones. And then there are the other mic-related gremlins breath pops, lighting buzzes, wireless-mic glitches, and even electric shocks. So let’s have a look at solving at least some… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallMicrophone

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    Alex Fernie 09/01/11 03:41 PM, 0 Comments
    Among many of the recent entrants into the sound profession, I’ve noticed a lack of knowledge when it comes to wiring a stage. Perhaps it due to a lot of sound engineering schools being essentially studio-based courses. Maybe it’s simply that it’s difficult to get a young mind to concentrate on something as mundane as running cable when there is a digital board with loads of lights and buttons sitting in the corner of the room! Improper wiring of a… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollStudy HallEducationEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemAudio