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  • Tuesday, November 22, 2011
    choir microphones
    PSW Staff 11/22/11 11:49 AM,
    Like many things in live sound, there are not a lot of real hard and fast rules when it comes to how to mic a choir. The goal is good balance, a natural sound, and high gain before feedback. The most popular microphones for choirs are small diaphragm condenser types that are purpose designed, though in certain situations large diaphragm (condenser and dynamic) models can be effective if deployed correctly. Small condenser mics for choir have a cardioid (and sometimes… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationInstallationMicrophoneMonitoringSound ReinforcementStageAudio

  • X-Y Stereo Miking Technique
    PSW Staff 11/22/11 07:29 AM,
    One of the most popular specialized microphone techniques is stereo mic’ing. This use of two or more microphones to create a stereo image will often give depth and spatial placement to an instrument or overall recording. There are a number of different methods for stereo. Three of the most popular are the spaced pair (A/B), the coincident or near-coincident pair (X-Y configuration), and the md-side (M-S) technique. Spaced Pair Technique The spaced pair (A/B) technique uses two cardioid or omni… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollStudy HallMicrophoneAudio

  • Monday, November 21, 2011
    PSW Staff 11/21/11 09:00 AM, 0 Comments
    Blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa is currently on tour with Electro-Voice equipment, promoting his latest long-player “Dust Bowl.” The guitarist has loaded all his cabinets with EVM12L speakers for years, and their full-bandwidth performance has become an essential element of his carefully crafted tone. Bonamassa and long-time tour manager/front of house engineer Warren Cracknell loaded three fresh 4 x 12 cabinets with more EVM12Ls for the latest tour, all set to do duty onstage alongside multiple EV RE320 microphones that are… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundNewsPollProductMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • microphones
    PSW Staff 11/21/11 08:08 AM, 0 Comments
    Wohler Technologies has announced that Dale Pro Audio has become Wohler’s first North American reseller and distributor for the SoundField product line of digital and analog surround and stereo microphone systems for recording and broadcast applications. Dale Pro Audio will offer the full SoundField product line from its New York City offices and showroom. “We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with Dale Pro Audio, which has become a highly respected and well-established vendor to numerous media and entertainment companies, not just… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingChurch SoundNewsPollAVBusinessManufacturerMicrophoneAudio

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    PSW Staff 11/16/11 10:57 AM, 0 Comments
    Three-time Grammy-nominated Brazilian sound engineer Gabriel Pinheiro, is well-respected in the Latin American music world. He is also the proud owner of two DPA SMK4061 stereo miking kits, which he recently discovered during a live concert recording. “The PA company had a few of them and I decided to try them on piano, double bass and cello,” says Pinheiro, who has been chief engineer at Biscoito Fino Records’ recording studio for the past 10 years. “It was the first time… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingNewsPollConcertMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Rob Schlette 11/15/11 10:47 AM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   Background vocals aren’t just “more singing”; they have a job in the arrangement. Specifically, background vocals are usually either: a)  A layer of the lead vocal track intended to provide strength through tonal complexity, or b)  An additional instrumental idea intended to provide harmonic context for the melody. Whether you’re planning overdubs or you’re in the middle of a mix, it’s never too late to be sure the background vocals… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollMicrophoneProcessorStudio

  • Monday, November 14, 2011
    Craig Leerman 11/14/11 04:11 PM,
    Long ago, an old sound guy imparted to me words of wisdom about the optimum way to mic instruments: “Pick your best microphone, put it on your best stand, place it in the best spot, point it in the best direction, and hope for the best.” That statement seems a bit trite, but it also contains truth. So where do we start in this pursuit of the “best” in all aspects of instrument mic’ing? While it’s true that vocal mics… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollSlideshowAVMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, November 11, 2011
    church sound
    Mike Sessler 11/11/11 11:09 AM, 2 Comments
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   As I’ve had the opportunity to mix a lot more often lately, I’ve spent more time working on my vocal effects. The techniques I’m using currently are really a mashup of things I gleaned from Dave Pensado and his guests, my own experience and tastes and conversations with other front of house guys. Please note that this post is descriptive, not prescriptive. There’s no magic here, just a few things that I’ve been… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollMicrophoneProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • audio-technica
    PSW Staff 11/11/11 10:11 AM, 0 Comments
    Audio-Technica celebrated its 18th year of supporting the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards by providing an extensive selection of vocal and instrument microphones for its annual awards show. The 45th Annual CMA Awards aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound on November 9 on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and featured over 200 Audio-Technica microphones, including an array of hard-wired mics and Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless systems. Audio-Technica microphones were chosen for their ability… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundNewsPollConcertMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Thursday, November 10, 2011
    worship drums
    Tom Young 11/10/11 04:43 AM,
    Mic’ing drums in a contemporary worship environment is a learned craft and skill that relies on technical know-how, a musical ear, partnership with musicians (and the drummer in particular), favorable acoustics, well-behaved loudspeakers, reasonable financial investment, and lots of patience. How’s that for mix of encouraging and disheartening words? The need for sound reinforcement in contemporary worship and gospel music is similar to that in modern pop music (including R&R, R&B, soul, funk, electric folk, etc.), especially where musical content… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallTrainingMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage