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  • Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    karl winkler
    Karl Winkler 10/29/13 10:17 AM,
    One of my first jobs in the pro audio business was to make cables, do simple repairs and be a general “tech” at the USC film school audio department. I was one of those destitute students who asked around about “anything I could get” in terms of work. And this was it. It was a good experience for a number of reasons, foremost of which was that THX guru Tomlinson Holman was one of the main teachers at the film… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionPollProductionAudioConcertEngineerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013
    church sound microphones
    Mike Sessler 10/24/13 01:53 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Today we’re going to continue our series on the electrical side of sound. Last time, we tackled ground loops; their cause and a few solutions. This time around, it’s phantom power. Phantom power is one of those often misunderstood aspects of sound. It’s really not that complicated once you get it, but up to that point it’s a bit of a mystery. Why Use It? The first question we need to ask is… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollMicrophonePowerSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    image
    Alex “Skip” Welti 09/18/13 11:15 AM,
    Editors Note: For more information on console maintenance, check out Zen & The Art Of Mixing Console Cleaning & Maintenance. I’ve cleaned a lot of faders over the years and suppose I’ve gotten a little bold when it comes to tearing a fader apart and giving it a good bath. And I’ve learned the hard way just how much punishment a fader can take before it breaks.  In some cases, a certain amount of brute force is required to crack… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollStudy HallAnalogConsolesEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Monday, September 16, 2013
    image
    Karl Winkler 09/16/13 05:13 AM,
    Preserving our hearing is critically important, but that’s not what motivated me to write this piece. Really, I just can’t stand bad sound! To a certain extent, it used to be somewhat excusable if a live show was loud and didn’t sound all that great. Sound reinforcement systems have come a long way in the past decade alone, but ‘back in the day’” good clean power was harder to come by, and loudspeakers just were not designed to produce high-fidelity… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollStudy HallEducationSound Reinforcement

  • 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