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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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    Bob McCarthy 01/17/17 08:20 AM,
    A few years ago, I attended two “straight” plays, i.e., the kind without musicians. Such events are all about the dialog (and the lighting, of course). One production had no discernible sound reinforcement and the other had totally overt and apparent microphones, loudspeakers and amplification, thereby opening an opportunity for me to compare and contrast. One play was Shakespeare’s King Lear. Historians still dispute the identity of Shakespeare, but all agree that these plays were written without a sound system… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionConsolesEngineerLoudspeakerMicrophoneProcessorSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Monday, January 16, 2017
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    Mike Sessler 01/16/17 03:08 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Many years ago I wrote an article on ChurchTechArts on which the following question was posed. I seem to get asked this question a lot and it’s a great way to lead into this article: “How do you keep your volunteers sticking around? We are a large church approx 3000 members running 5 services and everything is volunteer run.” “The engineer that runs the services that weekend is there for about 20 hours… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionStudy HallBusinessEngineer

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017
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    Karl Winkler 01/12/17 07:46 AM,
    Editor’s note: This goes back to 2013, but the advice is critical to this industry and worthy of repeating. The term “bedside manner” is usually associated with doctors, but I think it’s equally appropriate for any situation where customers are being served in perhaps a technical way and communication between parties is essential. Psychology matters, and should be considered in the presentation, the choice of words, and certainly the attitude of the vendor or service provider. Case in point: when… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessConcertEducationEngineerSystemTechnician

  • Friday, January 06, 2017
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    PSW Staff 01/06/17 12:39 PM,
    Dear Old Soundman: I’m a 23-year-old law student at Yale, and I discovered this summer that I really hate the practice of law. I mean I really hate it. Here is what you should do. Tell you parents to send me your tuition money while you go “find yourself.” How’s that sound? So much that the $500/day I’m earning isn’t worth it to me. Or is it? Do you have any idea how few sound mixers make $500 a day?… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionBusinessConcertEducationSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016
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    Gary Gand 12/22/16 10:53 AM,
    Attention shoppers: the good news is that in this century, there is very little bad sound equipment. There are still plenty of bad engineers (not enough sleep and too much fun) and bad combinations of gear (70-volt clusters and powered mixers driving powered loudspeakers). But the stuff coming out of the factories - and even a lot of the proprietary (home brew) gear - is light years beyond the stuff we all got stuck with in the past. A not-so-famous… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallBusinessEducationLine ArraySound ReinforcementSystem

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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    PSW Staff 12/14/16 01:27 PM,
    Editor’s Note: Here’s an interesting thread from the PSW Live Audio Board (LAB) forums. It’s lightly edited for grammar and formatting. Enjoy. Posted by Jason I’d like to get some opinions on standard front of house DB restrictions. I’m going from a smaller PA where I didn’t really need to enforce a dB/SPL limit to a new rig that can easily outperform the small rig. I’m in a downtown outdoor environment and we have brand new high-end residential towers just… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionBusinessConcertEngineerMeasurementSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, December 09, 2016
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    Old Soundman 12/09/16 12:30 PM,
    Hey Old Soundman: I keep up with all of your writing, and I’ve got to say: you sure seem to hate us youngster sound guys. You know, the ones who go to expensive schools, so we can be brainwashed into believing 5.1 surround is the best thing for music, and louder is better. You said it, not me. As a spokesperson for us young sound guys, I must say this. We are not the idiots you make us out to… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionAVBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, November 28, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 11/28/16 12:16 PM,
    “Any industry founded on a particular technology faces the danger that a new invention will render it obsolete.” – Tom Standage, “The Victorian Internet” When I came across this quote in Standage’s fascinating book about the history of the telegraph, it struck me with such veracity that I just put the book down and stared at the wall for a few seconds. This is something I’ve occasionally found myself wondering – will the inevitable advance of technology eventually eliminate my… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionConcertEngineerSound Reinforcement

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    Gary Zandstra 11/28/16 07:56 AM,
    This article is provided by Gary Zandstra.com.   What is the role of the church sound operator? One aspect of it is bringing together all of the various inputs from musicians and blending them together in a pleasing way.  We use a variety of technical tools to do this. The skilled operator not only knows how to properly operate these tools, but combines that knowledge with a variety of other skills, such as listening and musical understanding. Often the operator… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogGary Z's Church SoundOpinionEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, November 14, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 11/14/16 11:52 AM,
    Earlier this year at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, I saw an abundance of new products from every corner of our industry. There were a few that captured my attention and begged for me to rip the credit card out, slash my way through the crowd and claim some new treasures. Yeah, I still get a little emotional over new gear. When I met Drago from Schertler, we talked about the new products they were introducing. The guitar amp collection… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureOpinionProductReviewAnalogAVConsolesManufacturerMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStageStudio



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