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  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    Dave Rat 07/13/15 06:36 AM,
    Face it, stuff happens. Sooner or later something stops working during a show. Front of house engineers must know the absolute essential components of the sound mix that are most vital – in other words, the channels that the band must absolutely have to continue playing. Generally, for a four-piece rock band in a large venue, these channels are kick, bass, guitar, and lead vocal. Just four inputs, everything else is pretty much fluff and spares. A bit extreme? Perhaps,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionPollConcertConsolesEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, July 10, 2015
    Mike Sokol 07/10/15 12:34 PM,
    Provided by Live Sound Advice.   Important lessons can often be learned while doing humble tasks — lessons that can later apply to everything else in your life. So it was with my 19 year-old son Alan’s Honda Civic. He had received it the year before, and while it ran pretty well, there was a nagging engine miss at idle. He pretty much worked around it, slipping the automatic transmission into Neutral at stoplights so it wouldn’t shake itself to… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollProductionAudioEducationEngineerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015
    Mike Sessler 07/07/15 05:15 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   A while back I wrote a post on virtual sound check. Simply put, virtual sound check is a mechanism for capturing the inputs to your board as close to right after the mic pre as possible, then being able to easily play that back, in the same inputs as the real band. Digital consoles have made this process relatively easy, though the exact implementations vary. The other day I was asked to recommend… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollConsolesDigitalMonitoringSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, July 06, 2015
    Pat Brown 07/06/15 07:11 AM,
      The device commonly referred to as a “speaker” is more correctly referred to as a loudspeaker system. It is comprised of some transducers, a crossover network, an enclosure, and a few additional parts. Loudspeaker system designers must be familiar with the complicated interactions of the components that form the system. An assemblage of good parts does not guarantee a good system. (Note: For the remainder of this article I will refer to a loudspeaker system as simply a “loudspeaker.”)… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollProductStudy HallInstallationLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    microphone images
    Tim Vear 06/30/15 11:31 AM,
    Microphone techniques (the selection and placement of microphones) have a major influence on the audio quality of a sound reinforcement system. In order to provide some background for these techniques it is useful first to understand some of the important characteristics of the microphones themselves. The most important characteristics of microphones for live sound applications are their operating principle, frequency response and directionality. Secondary characteristics are their electrical output and actual physical design. Operating Principle The type of transducer inside… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    Jack Alexander 06/26/15 07:24 AM,
    If one follows the literature (and street talk) in both the audiophile and professional sound communities, “equalization” is a very bad thing. If you use it, you get, in no particular order, comb filtering, phase shift, lack of transparency, non-linear response, one note bass, harshness, mid-fi sound, lack of neutrality, proof of your status as an amateurish guitar-store soundman, as well as proof of your status (from the audiophile perspective) as a deaf knuckle-dragging roadie. Standing on Mars, as they… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollEducationEngineerMonitoringProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Joe Gilder 06/24/15 12:21 PM,
    Article provided by Home Studio Corner.   When I say reverb what comes to mind? How about delay? For a lot of people who are just starting out with recording and mixing, they may think that reverb is that awesome plug-in you use to make everything sound like it’s in a cathedral. And when they think of delay you may think of The Edge from U2. The truth is, there is SO MUCH you can do with reverb and delay… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProcessorSignalStudio

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    Chris Huff 06/24/15 07:04 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Water was streaming out the end of our driveway. The main water pipe going to the house had sprung a leak.  There were only two ways of fixing the problem; digging up the driveway for finding and repairing the leak or running a new line without disturbing the driveway at all.  A problem with an audio cable isn’t always solved by running a new cable. Sometimes you’ve got to look under… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallInterconnectSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, June 03, 2015
    installed sound
    Pat Brown 06/03/15 07:02 AM,
      Why a “70-volt” system? A good question, and one that causes a lot of confusion among audio practitioners. Some common misconceptions about 70-volt (actually 70.7-volt) distribution systems: • There is 70.7 volts on the line at all times. • The 70.7 volts is a “carrier” that the audio is riding on. • A voltmeter across the line should measure 70.7 volts during the operation of the sound system. And there are many more. With that in mind, let’s take… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallProductionAudioAVBusinessInstallationInterconnectNetworkingSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Monday, June 01, 2015
    old soundman
    Old Soundman 06/01/15 07:02 AM,
    Dear Old Soundman: Recently I’ve been doing many more concerts where concert grand pianos are being played (and in some cases two at the same time) by very talented musicians. My question is directed at providing the very best sound reinforcement possible in an outdoor environment for these pianos. I’ve tried a number of combinations, and last year did several shows using two Shure SM81 condensers. I placed each a few inches over the strings, essentially horizontal (aiming down the… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollProductionAudioBusinessMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

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