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  • Thursday, August 18, 2011
    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

  • 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
    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