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  • Friday, October 11, 2013
    Daniel Abelson 10/11/13 10:49 AM,
    I don’t typically write about products, mostly because I’m more interested in the human element in sound reinforcement. To me, gear is the lesser part of the equation. Seventy percent of great sound is your contribution; the accumulated skill and experience of the show’s engineers and crew. Manufacturers create great tools for our industry, but I’m convinced that talented, experienced personnel using average gear will deliver consistently better results than average crews using the finest equipment available. However, I do… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewConcertDigitalInterconnectProcessorSignalStage

  • Monday, September 09, 2013
    Craig Leerman 09/09/13 02:08 PM,
    The Radial Engineering PZ-DI active direct box provides several features that come in very handy if you work with piezo-equipped instruments, and it can also be used in any application where a quality DI is needed. The PZ-DI incorporates a proprietary analog circuit with low-noise FET op-amp, and has a stated frequency response is 20 Hz to 20 kHz with total harmonic distortion less than 0.02 percent. The enclosure has the standard “book-end” shape found with most Radial DI boxes,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogReviewInterconnectSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2013
    Craig Leerman 08/06/13 12:53 PM,
    The recently introduced Cerwin-Vega! P-Series is comprised (so far) of two boxes, the P1500X full-range powered loudspeaker and the P1800SX powered subwoofer. The two can be utilized separately or together, and are designed for portable and installed applications. The P1500X is a 2-way, bi-amped loudspeaker in a bass-reflex enclosure, incorporating a 1.75-inch-diaphragm (1-inch-exit) compression driver joined by a 15-inch woofer. The class D amplifier is rated as delivering 540 watts continuous and 1,500 watts dynamic. Frequency response is stated as… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewAmplifierLoudspeakerMixerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013
    Craig Leerman 07/11/13 04:44 PM,
    Countryman is well known for the Type 85 DI box, and I’ve seen more than a few riders where a DI is simply referred to as a “Countryman.” I have several Type 85s in my inventory, and have been looking forward to getting the newer Type 10S to the bench for a listen. An active box, it’s built as ruggedly as the Type 85, with a solid aluminum casing that can stand up to anything a tour or crew can… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogReviewInterconnectProcessorSignalStage

  • Monday, June 10, 2013
    Craig Leerman 06/10/13 02:00 PM,
    After hearing a lot of great things about the Shure KSM9HS, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one to try out. It’s a handheld vocal condenser (electret-biased) microphone with dual diaphragms and switchable polar patterns – hypercardioid and subcardioid – that can be selected via a switch located under the removable grill. The KSM9HS includes dual 3/4-in, gold-layered, low-mass Mylar diaphragms, a Class A discrete transformerless preamplifier, advanced suspension shock mount system for the cartridge, a 3-stage grill… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, May 30, 2013
    Craig Leerman 05/30/13 01:13 PM,
    The new Mackie DLM loudspeaker series is made up of DLM8 (8-in) and DLM12 (12-in) 2-way models joined by the DLM12S (12-in) subwoofer. Both 2-way models incorporate a Class D amplifier that provides up to 2,000 watts (peak) of acoustic power to a new transducer design that Mackie calls TruSource Technology, optimized by onboard digital processing. TruSource incorporates the woofer with a 1.75-in compression driver in a coaxial configuration. It’s a unique take, using a newly developed single compact common-magnet… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewLoudspeakerProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Friday, March 15, 2013
    Gary Parks 03/15/13 03:41 PM,
    Audio-Technica’s first entry into digital wireless was SpectraPulse, a specialized system for secure conferencing applications. Now with the new System 10, A-T has brought digital wireless into a simple format at popular price points. System 10 is not a professional touring wireless microphone system, like the company’s 4000 and 5000 Series, yet it implements some impressive technology in an easy-to-use package. The system sounds good and contains a variety of integral features that solve common wireless performance and coordination problems.… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewMicrophoneSignalSystemWireless

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2012
    Tim Weaver 10/09/12 05:24 PM,
    To me, the true measure of any wireless system is sound quality. Features are nice, but can I tell if what I’m hearing is wired or wireless? Based upon the use of the Lectrosonics Venue wireless microphone receiver and companion transmitters on numerous live gigs over the course of an evaluation process that has lasted about three weeks, I can confidently state that this is a family of products that really pushes the limits of wireless sound quality. The Venue… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductReviewMicrophoneSound ReinforcementSystemWireless

  • Friday, October 05, 2012
    Jon Tidey 10/05/12 02:06 PM,
    This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine.   This week I bought the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter from the Apple Store to add an extra Firewire 800 port to my iMac. I’d been planning on getting one since they were announced along with the Retina Macbooks in the summer. At $29, is it just another overpriced white plastic Apple accessory? I wouldn’t say it’s overpriced. At this time it’s the cheapest thunderbolt accessory and the only way to… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogReviewDigital Audio WorkstationsInterconnectStudio

  • Monday, September 17, 2012
    PSW Staff 09/17/12 01:45 PM,
    Soundcraft’s “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) series will visit Chicago this coming October 16, providing tips and tricks about using Soundcraft Vi Series consoles. The Chicago sessions will be hosted by Ken Newman, front of house engineer for Barry Manilow and owner of Newman Audio. Newman is currently on tour with Manilow and has also mixed live sound for Chris Isaak, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Liza Minnelli, Paul Anka and other top performers. He began mixing sound in 1972 as a… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundNewsReviewTrainingAVConsolesDigitalEducationManufacturerMixer

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