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  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    j. hall 10/20/15 10:51 AM,
    Reading stories about all the recording “heroes” of yesterday and today gets old. These guys and gals never seem to do anything wrong. Every single thing they try always works? Yeah, right. Let’s focus instead on something I like to call Failure 101. A studio colleague and I have always agreed that it’s more interesting to look at experiments that totally failed. We’re not recording heroes - just a couple of guys not scared to turn knobs, push buttons, move… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureOpinionDigital Audio WorkstationsMicrophoneProcessorStudio

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    Craig Leerman 10/13/15 06:25 AM,
    I was recently working a stage at a local festival in Vegas. There were many other performers, some on small stages and some just walking around. While out on a food run, I ran into a large crowd watching a performance and stopped to take a look. It was a Native American puppeteer dressed in cowboy-style clothing, operating a marionette designed to look Native American and dressed in traditional costume, complete with a big feather headdress. And the guy was… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    George Tucker 09/22/15 06:36 AM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   “Obscurity is the realm of error.” — Attributed to Luc De Clapiers. The Wrecking Crew is a documentary about an elite collection of musicians. These troubadours were studio musicians who helped add to the sound of rock n’ roll from the mid 1950s to the present day. Despite their incredible influence, their names and body of work were known only by a small set of music industry insiders. Their names do not… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureNewsOpinionAVBusinessEngineerTechnician

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Karl Winkler 09/17/15 06:31 AM,
    When I was a budding sound engineer with the U.S. Air Force Band during the 1990s, one of my mentors was a consultant in the Washington, D.C. area named George Weber. George was a somewhat eccentric guy and definitely a dyed-in-the-wool audiophile. He had done some modifications to the band’s K&H studio loudspeakers, and those things did sound amazingly good. George once invited me to his home and played some record albums on his super-high-end stereo system. The turntable alone… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallProductionAudioEducationLoudspeakerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, September 14, 2015
    Bobby Owsinski 09/14/15 11:50 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Knowing the proper etiquette while recording is almost as important as doing your gig. If you make people uncomfortable or do something that’s considered out of place and chances are that you won’t be asked back. Let’s look at the way everyone expects you to act during the session with these 14 points taken from The Studio Musician’s Handbook. Most of them apply to just about everyone on a session. 1. If… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureNewsOpinionStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerStudio

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2015
    Mike Sessler 09/08/15 05:47 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   The other day I was having lunch with a good friend of mine. We got to talking about the TD at a church we both know, and some struggles this guy was having with his facility. My friend asked this TD if he knew that the church that literally shared the parking lot with his had a lift, and would probably let him use it. The TD’s response was—to me anyway—shocking. He said… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureNewsBlogOpinionAVBusinessEngineerInstallationSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Saturday, September 05, 2015
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 09/05/15 11:22 AM,
    Dear Old Soundman: I don’t have a nickname. How do I get one? Do I need one? Sincerely, Scohen Dude! You absolutely need one! Everybody needs one! How about if I call you “Sco”? That is what aspiring young “yo-cat” fusion musicians at the Berklee School of Music in the 80s called guitarist John Scofield. These are the same obsessive characters who smugly referred to Charlie Parker as “Bird” and John Coltrane as “Trane,” and sat around discussing “Chick” and… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, September 03, 2015
    Karl Winkler 09/03/15 06:48 AM,
    It’s one of those debates that seems to go on forever, and has been discussed heavily in professional audio and hi-fi circles during the “digital era” that began in the early 1980s with the advent of the compact disc: Can people hear anything above 20 kHz? And if so, does it matter? As it turns out, this has been an important subject in scientific and medical circles. In a 2003 article by Martin L. Lenhardt, Au.D., Ph.D., entitled Ultrasonic Hearing… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionProductionAudioAnalogDigitalSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015
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    M. Erik Matlock 09/01/15 05:22 AM,
    In the midst of a fairly frantic load-in for a show in San Antonio, we made a horrible discovery. The lighting rig, the sound system, the entire show was dead. Because the trunk full of feeder cable was missing. We were (literally) about a thousand miles from the shop. Not a good situation, especially when the clock was ticking and there was less than six hours to showtime. For those who don’t know, feeder cable is that stuff that defies… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerPowerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 08/27/15 09:30 AM,
    Many years ago, we hosted a three day worship arts conference. Not like the conferences I was paid to do, traveling around the country with large budgets and excessive amounts of gear. This one confined me to my home church, with no budget and no warehouse full of touring grade audio toys. It would prove to be a challenge to my maniacal, control-freak nature which served promoters and bands so well during my career. Basically, this conference was about various… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician