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  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 08/27/13 12:55 PM,
    Dear Old Soundman, One of the bands I mix (that does corporate shows) has an older bass player who does nothing but complain about the sound every night. “It’s too high-end-y, the sax should sound fuller, forget the singers! Turn their damn monitors down now! You suck, get your ears fixed, etc.” Yes, but does he say anything about turkey basters? Now I should note that he is not the leader of the band, nor does he sign my check.… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertLine ArraySignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    concert sound
    Bobby Owsinski 07/17/13 08:01 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Here’s an interesting development that could signal a major advance in stage and concert lighting - audio powered LEDs. Yes, researchers at Hirose-Tanikawa Group at the University of Tokyo have developed an LED that can actually be powered by nothing but audio. An experimental setup of the new system uses an off-the-shelf speaker to deliver an ultrasonic sound wave which is converted into power by a circuit board covered in microphones. The… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionFeaturePollVideoProductionAudioLightingStagingBusinessConcertSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, June 28, 2013
    stagehands
    Teri Hogan 06/28/13 04:47 PM,
    Any time a group of production professionals congregates to chat, the conversation invariable turns to the topic of labor. That’s when the griping and complaining begins. It seems that less-than-stellar stagehands are an epidemic - at least to hear all of the talk about it. Our sound company has nothing but excellent experiences with stagehands because we chose to do address this issue head on. We do business with several labor companies in our general region, and developed a training… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionFeatureBlogPollStudy HallProductionBusinessConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Saturday, May 11, 2013
    recording
    Joe Gilder 05/11/13 05:02 PM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   Let’s debunk some mixing myths today, David Letterman style. Here are 10 common myths about mixing: #10 – “I need big 8-inch monitors and a subwoofer to adequately mix the low end.” Yes, bigger loudspeakers produce more low frequencies, but that doesn’t mean you NEED them. I’ve never owned anything bigger than a 6-inch speaker, and I know lots of engineers who mix all day long on 5 and 6-inch monitors.… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollStudio

  • Friday, May 10, 2013
    equipment endorsements
    Karl Winkler 05/10/13 04:43 PM,
    One of my favorite stories about endorsements comes from a trade show in Las Vegas. I was having lunch with a friend and happened to overhear some guys from Sony talking at the table next to us. They were describing a guy who had walked into the booth saying, “Hey, can I get an endorsement deal with you guys?” So they replied, “What product are you interested in?” And the guy replied, “It doesn’t matter.” As someone representing a manufacturer,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductionAudioBusinessEngineerManufacturerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Saturday, May 04, 2013
    recording
    Jon Tidey 05/04/13 10:46 AM,
    This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine.   This is an old but very effective trick for mic’ing kick drums. Take a Yamaha NS10 speaker cone and use that to capture the extra low frequencies of the drum. Without going into too much theory about this, a dynamic microphone and a speaker are essentially the same thing: they’re both transducers. They take acoustical energy and convert it into electrical energy or vice versa. So what you do is take… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogPollProductMicrophoneStudio

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2013
    microphones
    Mike Sessler 05/01/13 09:45 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   It happens to all of us; we put a mic in a boom stand, set it to the right height, tighten the clutch and set off to the next task. When we turn around and look, the mic drooped down toward the floor like a limp noodle. We head back, tighten the clutch some more, only to find the mic will not stay put. I have been so frustrated by this phenomenon that… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollProductMicrophone

  • Saturday, April 27, 2013
    recording
    Bobby Owsinski 04/27/13 12:40 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Before drums can sound good under the microphones, they have to sound great acoustically first. . So what does sounding “great” actually mean? While the definition of great is different to different people on a general level, in the studio it usually means a kit that is well-tuned and free of buzzes and sympathetic vibrations. This means that when you hit the a rack tom, for instance, the snare doesn’t buzz and… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollMicrophoneSignal

  • Friday, April 19, 2013
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 04/19/13 11:20 AM,
    Old Soundman, Yes, Stip! I occasionally run sound for a band that tends to play local hole-in-the-wall venues. Okay, we feel sorry for you, now move on! The “stage” for the band is always in one of 2 places: in a nice boomy corner, or, better yet, right in front of that brick or paneled wall. These are the times that try men’s souls! I guess you might be a female, so no offense intended. I don’t know what “Stip”… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertLine ArraySignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    gear purchasing
    Teri Hogan 03/12/13 04:48 PM,
    So you need a new “thingamajig” for your system? The problem: there are so many brands and types of this thingamajig available, how do you best go about the process of choosing the one is exactly right for your situation? Sometimes buying a new toy - rather than being fun and exciting - is instead fraught with frustration and indecision. And the need rarely comes at a “financially convenient” time.  Purchasing professional audio gear can’t be an impulse decision, because… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollStudy HallProductionAudioAnalogBusinessDigitalEducationManufacturerSound Reinforcement