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  • Saturday, May 04, 2013
    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
    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
    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

  • 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

  • live sound
    Karl Winkler 03/12/13 10:59 AM,
    Purple loudspeakers sound better than black ones. At least that’s what I hear when I see them. And plaid loudspeakers sound, well, more complex, with additional harmonics. Think I’m crazy? Actually, this is a real effect. Well, not purple versus black versus plaid loudspeakers, exactly. But a carefully controlled test might prove something along these lines, as evidenced by recent scientific reports about how the brain fills in some of the gaps, or even obscures certain things, due to input… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogPollLoudspeakerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, March 04, 2013
    PSW Staff 03/04/13 06:52 PM,
    Enter to win Electro-Voice loudspeakers, subwoofers and microphones in the latest PSW Sweepstakes. ProSoundWeb is giving away Electro-Voice prizes in March, April and May. Specifically, for each drawing, we’re giving away: March: Two RE320 premium dynamic microphones valued at $998. April: Two ZLX-12P 12-inch, 2-way powered loudspeakers valued at $1,958. May (Grand Prize): Two ZLX-15P 15-inch, 2-way powered loudspeakers and two ELX118P subwoofers (with poles) valued at $3,285. Three prizes in all — awarded at the end of March, April… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingChurch SoundFeaturePollProductionAudioAVBusinessMicrophone

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2013
    Bruce Bartlett 02/26/13 04:45 PM,
    From 1957 to 1962, pop and rockabilly star Rick Nelson recorded a string of number 1 hits such as Be Bop Baby, Believe What You Say, Poor Little Fool, Lonesome Town, It’s Late, Stood Up, Hello Mary Lou, and Travelin’ Man. Although these hits were produced before multitracking and digital recording, their sound quality is incredible—powerful and punchy, wide range, with extremely low hiss. What a sound they got 50 years ago. By studying the recording techniques used back then,… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollEngineerMicrophoneStudio

  • Monday, February 11, 2013
    David Miles Huber & Robert E. Runstein 02/11/13 03:50 PM,
    Go here for the first installment of this article. The Magnetic Tape Head Most professional analog recorders use three magnetic tape heads, each of which performs a specialized task: —Record—Reproduce—Erase The function of a record head (Figure 1) is to electromagnetically transform analog electrical signals into corresponding magnetic fields that can be permanently stored onto magnetic tape. In short, the input current flows through coils of wire that are wrapped around the head’s magnetic pole pieces. Since the theory of… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProductionAudioAnalogEducationEngineerSignalStudioSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, February 05, 2013
    Chuck McGregor 02/05/13 10:05 AM,
    Polarity and Phase - two terms are often used as if they mean the same thing. They are not. POLARITY: In electricity this is a simple reversal of the plus and minus voltage. It doesn’t matter whether it is DC or AC voltage. For DC, Turn a battery around in a flashlight and you have inverted or, more commonly stated, reversed the polarity of the voltage going to the light bulb. For AC, interchange the two wires at the input… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallProductionAudioAVEducationLoudspeakerSignal

  • Thursday, January 17, 2013
    human hearing
    Pat Brown 01/17/13 09:27 AM,
    The human auditory system is equipped with two inputs - left and right ears. This “binaural” processing system provides us with the ability to localize where sound is coming from, something that a one-eared listener would have difficulty in doing. Playback systems may utilize any number of channels to surround the listener with sound, but two channels is always enough to simulate the human listener. Recording enthusiasts have long discovered the benefits of stereo microphones. While not necessarily “human-like,” they… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallProductionAudioAVInstallationMeasurementSignalSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician