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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    Ken DeLoria 07/30/15 10:38 AM,
    Being on the team that makes a professional audio system work optimally in a public venue is a rich and rewarding experience – especially so if you enjoy working with the artist, as well as the music that the artist creates. In fact, many audio professionals enter the craft because they’re attuned to music; I know that I did. While we can’t help but prefer one stylistic genre over another, as professionals, we must nonetheless always do our best. We’re… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionProductionAudioAVBusinessEducationSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Daniel L. Newman 07/28/15 12:28 PM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   Hey integrators, what if I told you there is a question about your business that you have to ask yourself if you ever want to achieve your optimal level of success? Then, what if I told you I would be willing to bet that you don’t ask yourself this question today? Would you want to know what the question is? Of course you do ... and I’m going to tell you right… View this post
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  • Monday, July 20, 2015
    Barry Rudolph 07/20/15 11:28 AM,
    Have you ever wondered why some recording artists and producers are more successful in the studio at accomplishing their goals than other people who are equally or more musically talented? As a recording engineer, here’s what I’ve noticed about successful people in the studio. Vision I’ve found successful people come in all personality types from the very shy and soft-spoken to the boisterous extrovert but they all share a common trait: they have a very specific “vision” of their songs… View this post
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  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    Dave Rat 07/13/15 06:36 AM,
    Face it, stuff happens. Sooner or later something stops working during a show. Front of house engineers must know the absolute essential components of the sound mix that are most vital – in other words, the channels that the band must absolutely have to continue playing. Generally, for a four-piece rock band in a large venue, these channels are kick, bass, guitar, and lead vocal. Just four inputs, everything else is pretty much fluff and spares. A bit extreme? Perhaps,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionPollConcertConsolesEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Monday, July 06, 2015
    old soundman
    PSW Staff 07/06/15 12:55 PM,
    I don’t think this note is from the original LL Cool J. This other LL we have here needs to learn that you can’t put 100 prisoners in a correctional system bus made for 40. Watch as I reason gently with him … Dear Old Soundman— Welcome, LL! Please help. I currently run sound for an eight-piece group that includes a three-piece horn section. My problem is not getting a good clear sound; either I get the rhythm section to… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionProductionAudioBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    live sound
    Karl Winkler 06/18/15 04:39 AM,
    What makes acoustic sound sound acoustic? I got to thinking about this when I attended a performance of Wozzek by Alban Berg at the Santa Fe Opera. Like most top opera companies in the world, the SFO mounts most of their performances 100 percent acoustically. The exceptions are when the composer calls for effects on the vocals, or for one of the orchestral instruments to be highlighted with reinforcement. Even in those rare cases, the goal remains to present the… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionAnalogBusinessDigitalMeasurementSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, June 08, 2015
    Chris Huff 06/08/15 08:28 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   I call it the Bryan Adams curse. In the mid-1980s, his music was heard on every station with a music format of top 40, adult contemporary, and even smooth jazz. From his rock songs to his ballads, his music was everywhere. Today, I’m apt to switch stations when I hear one. But what if he released remixes of his music? I’m listening. The Bryan Adams curse doesn’t often happen with artists.… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureNewsOpinionStudy HallEducationEngineer

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Mike Sessler 05/12/15 12:28 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   One of the things I really enjoy about my job is that I get to help churches choose AVL equipment. I am not that enamored with gear necessarily, but I enjoy the exercise of matching features and benefits with needs. We’re in a golden age of equipment right now. There is a ton to choose from, and most of it is really good—or at least good enough. And we can do more than… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionStudy HallConsolesDigitalEducation

  • loudspeakers
    M. Erik Matlock 05/12/15 08:41 AM,
    I will never forget one particular service call. A small church called me out to quote a new sound system. This room sat about 120 people, pretty standard size and shape for rural Georgia. They weren’t happy with the existing system and wanted it replaced. When I walked into the room, I saw a single, odd-looking loudspeaker mounted tight to the ceiling over the podium. The pastor and tech told me how much they hated the way it sounded. I… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwooferTechnician

  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    Karl Winkler 05/11/15 12:16 PM,
    It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with technology. What used to be “merely” hardware now has a software component. Everything has layers, touch screens, and incredible power and flexibility, which is great. But the not-so-great part is that the learning curve is ever steeper. And while there are standards for MIDI, USB, .WAV, Ethernet, MADI, and many other methods of keeping all this gear connected and communicating, each mixing platform, DSP box and loudspeaker management unit has its own… View this post
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