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  • Friday, June 28, 2013
    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
    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
    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