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  • Friday, June 10, 2016
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    j. hall 06/10/16 10:21 AM,
    It seems to me that over the course of many years and many technological “advances,” we have once again come to an age-old question: where is the line of acceptability? As recording techniques, and production ethics change as quickly as we receive DAW updates and debug programs, I think we need to pause for a bit of reflection. It is, of course, a well-accepted theory that you can’t properly embrace the future until you understand the past. So, let’s take… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureOpinionStudy HallBusinessDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEducationEngineerStudio

  • Friday, June 03, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 06/03/16 06:13 AM,
    In November of 1997, I ruined my wife’s life. Well, maybe not her life… But definitely the way she listens to music. After explaining the mixing process and how we listen to specific sounds and their relationship to other sounds, she began listening differently. She began to point out reverb tails. She noticed variations to drum tones and the amount of distortion on guitars. She even picked up on loops versus recorded instruments occasionally. During a road trip, we were… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogOpinionEngineerStudio

  • Friday, May 27, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 05/27/16 06:25 AM,
    I first started reading Live Sound International during high school (literally, during school), and I distinctly remember feeling frustrated by the professionals’ jargon. To that point, the sum total of my experience was “guess/test/revise” with whatever gear my school had lying around. I understood some concepts, but not the terms for them. I knew how to ring out a monitor, but I had no idea that process was called “ringing out.” I just knew it was a thing you were… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, May 20, 2016
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    Old Soundman 05/20/16 10:56 AM,
    Why is it that people like us, night after night dealing with musicians, and the person at every gig that comes up and says the sound sucks, let me at that thing pal, just because he got a new CD player for Christmas. Why do we still want to mix live music? I swear it’s a sickness! 1. You’re right, it is a sickness. Seek help from qualified medical personnel before it’s too late. Turn yourself in for re-grooving. You… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionConcertEngineerLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 05/19/16 11:06 AM,
    A recent conversation with another engineer got me thinking about experiences that shaped my skills. While in the trenches, certain restrictions and limitations were aggravating and occasionally provoked fits of rage. However, in hindsight, those same events were actually beneficial to developing my skills. Budget Restrictions Many, many…. many years working with churches teaches you one incredibly important skill… Making do with what you have. Part of what established me as a moderately well-respected system installer was my understanding of… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallProductionAudioAVBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

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    Mike Sessler 05/19/16 06:07 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   How many times have you heard this phrase: “If we had a digital sound board, we could save so much time on sound checks and it would sound the same every week.” Or this one: “We have a digital board, so why does my monitor mix change every week?” Or my personal favorite: “Are the sound guys not saving the settings each week, because it’s so different every weekend…” These questions and comments… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogOpinionAnalogConsolesDigitalMixer

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016
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    James Cadwallader 05/12/16 06:02 AM,
    Whenever I’m at the local Guitar Hut, I like to listen to the people who come in and talk with the pro audio sales guy about gear. These conversations are often filled with nebulous audiophilic adjectives like “warm”, “sweet” and “punchy”. The sales guy has little motivation to be a source of truthful or accurate information. He just wants to make a sale. Meanwhile many of his customers already have their minds made up as to what piece of gear… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionAnalogBusinessEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 04/27/16 10:34 AM,
    If you happen to make your living from this industry, I have a thought for you to consider… Learn the art of customer service. Good luck with that idea, though. There aren’t a lot of great examples anymore. Just pick a random memory from any recent trip to a big box store or restaurant. Chances are, you encountered someone who hates their job, despises customers and has no intention of positively representing the company that is currently providing their paycheck.… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogOpinionAVBusinessEngineer

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016
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    Michael MacDonald 03/31/16 05:47 AM,
    Almost everybody in the pro audio business is a specification or “spec” junkie. From folks on the recording side to the sound reinforcement practitioners, we all want every detail of the technical performance of every piece of equipment in a system. Specs seem extremely important, particularly those that represent a numerical improvement from past products, which are heralded as an advantage.  But man cannot live by specs alone. Quite often, those who turn to specifications to answer questions should instead… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureOpinionProductProductionAudioAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 03/23/16 06:10 AM,
    Over the course of my life, I have survived as a scavenger. My own dad, once, called me “the possum king.” A guy who can always find a way to survive. A guy who can live off the stuff nobody else sees value in. Not a title I want to wear, but it kinda fit. This played out as I built up my little production company and studio. When I first started out, I tried to do it the mainstream… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionFeatureOpinionStudy HallAVBusinessSound ReinforcementStudio



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