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  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    M. Erik Matlock 02/24/16 07:19 AM,
    As a large human, you can rest assured that I know a few things about food. Following a similar train of thought, after more than twenty years in professional audio, I know a little about sound. I guess my ears serve a similar purpose as my taste buds. They know what they like. That concept hit me after a shopping error, when unintentionally purchased a box of artificially flavored instant grits. Not just any artificial flavor, either. This packaging claimed… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallConcertEngineerProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, February 22, 2016
    Duffy Wilbert 02/22/16 12:13 PM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   Since leaving InfoComm on my way to whatever is next I’ve had the opportunity to do some great things. I’ve gotten to speak at events, serve as a panelist, attend sales meetings, consult, and as a freelancer been both a tech and manager at some live events. These opportunities have allowed me to see a common thread, or challenge, and that is: planning for the future while balancing the business present. Following… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureOpinionStudy HallAVBusiness

  • Friday, February 19, 2016
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 02/19/16 04:14 PM,
    Dear Old Soundman: I’ve been asked to be the “sound dude” (or “concert operations manager” as I prefer to call it)... That’s kind of funny, but also kind of silly. Don’t get me wrong, when I was a young pup like you, titles meant a lot to me too. ...for a local band, since once upon a time I was a “roadie” for the likes of Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, Sammy Kershaw and others. Hey, what’s Randy Travis really… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionProductionAudioAnalogEducationEngineerInterconnectMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Friday, January 29, 2016
    Old Soundman 01/29/16 03:59 PM,
    “Getting ahead without being a jerk” is actually what our young friend said he wanted to discuss. I will use the pseudonym “Oz Man” for him due to the volatile nature of his dilemma! Notice that he is so distraught that he offers no salutation! At the age of 17, I entered my journey of wanting to be a sound professional. At age 27… … that makes it a decade later, right? … I have gone to “rock and roll… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, January 18, 2016
    Karl Winkler 01/18/16 01:58 PM,
    When first starting down the audio path, I eagerly read every scrap of information I could get my hands on about how the “pros” approached their craft. What kind of gear were they using? What techniques? What was the “secret sauce”? In the late 1980s, I was much more interested in recording and had not yet seen the light about live sound reinforcement. And in those days, the Lord-Alge brothers were a big deal in the recording world. While Home… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Monday, January 04, 2016
    Bill Mueller 01/04/16 12:23 PM,
    Courtesy of Omega Studios.   Starting out as a mix engineer can be daunting, and the road to success for graduates of recording schools and audio engineering educational programs often find that success comes from lots of experience.  In order to fast-track you to better results, I’m offering a list of the five most common mistakes I see in first time studio mixes from aspiring mix engineers: 1. Mixing too loud is a near universal mistake new engineers make. Above… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureOpinionStudy HallEducationEngineerMonitoringStudio

  • Wednesday, December 23, 2015
    young soundman
    Young Soundman 12/23/15 07:33 AM,
    Dear Young Soundman, I finally got my first gig to tech a real system, using giant line arrays in a multi-level performance hall for a one-off performance of some ’70s band I’ve never heard of. I flew out and met the rest of the crew, and was told that the main person to make happy was the front-of-house operator. While this seems simple enough, he asked some basic questions like “How are you going to tune the room”, and so… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2015
    Karl Winkler 12/09/15 06:56 AM,
    Recently, I was subjected to a strikingly dull conversation with a top touring mix engineer. He really didn’t seem to be into his job, or anything else for that matter. Apparently, being behind that quarter-million dollar console out in an audience of thousands, mixing shows for that totally hot female star that everyone knows, just wasn’t cutting it for this guy. What? Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Of course. We’re blessed to belong to an industry that attracts passionate people from… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • 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

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