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  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 11/10/15 07:19 AM,
    The new PreSonus Eris Series active studio monitors, designed for the budget-conscious studio seeking accurate and powerful reference monitors, make a strong first impression. The series incorporates a proprietary Midwoofer-Tweeter-Midwoofer (MTM, also known as “D’Appolito”) configuration, utilizing matched midrange drivers working together to create the effect of one much larger driver. The E44 is outfitted with two 4.5-inch, custom-woven Kevlar LF/midrange drivers, while the E66 uses 6.5-inch versions. Both models have a 1.25-inch, silk-dome HF driver centered between the mid/low… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductReviewAVLoudspeakerManufacturerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Monday, October 12, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 10/12/15 10:44 AM,
    It’s become a regular gig, opening boxes of toys and forming opinions for these reviews. Sometimes I’m impressed, sometimes not. Normally, I don’t have a problem keeping my cool and writing something moderately monotone. This might be different. For those who know the story, I have a pair of vintage Pioneer HPM-100 reference monitors from the 1970s in my office. These have been nicknamed “the lie detectors” because of how clean and accurate they are. No details escape them. So… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductReviewLoudspeakerManufacturerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015
    Mark Frink 09/01/15 12:38 PM,
    Yes, I know. When I first saw TouchMix at NAMM two years ago, I thought it was a toy, but while I was at Summer NAMM’s new TEC Tracks, across the aisle QSC was presenting “the world’s most powerful and portable easy-to-use compact digital mixer” with hourly live performances. TouchMix is well into its second year and second software revision, so I knew it was stable. Greg Mackie and Peter Watts consulted with QSC to design this unique little mixer,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewConsolesDigitalEngineerInterconnectMixerMonitoringRemoteSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    studio monitors
    M. Erik Matlock 07/29/15 08:48 AM,
    Out of the box, my first impression of the new Les Paul Reference Monitors from Gibson was that I didn’t even care what they sounded like. They’re absolutely gorgeous. My room received an instant aesthetic upgrade just by having them in there. The active (bi-amped), 2-way line offers 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch carbon woofer options, each joined by a 1-inch carbon-coated titanium tweeter in a front-ported, bass-reflex enclosure. The rear panel includes high- and low-frequency trim controls for tailoring, both… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogReviewLoudspeakerMonitoringProcessorSignalStudio

  • Thursday, January 08, 2015
    PSW Staff 01/08/15 05:17 PM,
    The QSC TouchMix compact mixer series caught my attention from the moment it was introduced. The control surface is without physical faders – inputs and adjustments are accomplished via the large (6.1 x 3.5 inch) color TFT touch screen and rotary knob on the surface, or wirelessly via a tablet running the TouchMix app. And it’s been designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced users. The company recently sent me the 16-channel model, appropriately named the TouchMix-16,… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogReviewConsolesDigitalEngineerInterconnectMixerSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, August 25, 2014
    PSW Staff 08/25/14 12:11 PM,
    Symetrix announced today that it has appointed Pro AVLS to serve as sales representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and with an office in Margarita Island, Venezuela, PRO AVLS will use its expertise spanning more than 20 years to spearhead sales for products including Jupiter, the line of fixed-architecture standalone DSPs, and SymNet, the range of open-architecture Dante scalable DSPs. “As Symetrix continues to grow globally, one of the next steps in this… View this post
    Filed in: AVNewsReviewDigitalInstallationManufacturerNetworkingProcessor

  • Monday, June 16, 2014
    PSW Staff 06/16/14 12:55 PM,
    A top touring company in the U.S. is currently evaluating TDA (Time Domain Analysis), the first of its kind loudspeaker analysis software that provides access to loudspeaker and sound reinforcement system parameters that have been unobtainable—until now. And we’ll soon be presenting the touring company’s report on this new tool here as a Road Test review. In the meantime, more about TDA software: Proprietary technology and new time domain analysis algorithms means that a sweep can be done in a… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureReviewEngineerLoudspeakerMeasurementRemoteSoftwareSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Monday, May 05, 2014
    rational acoustics
    Craig Leerman 05/05/14 07:50 AM,
    If you need a class compliant sound pressure level (SPL) monitoring and logging system or just want a great way to keep track of SPL at gigs—keep reading. SG Audio of Denmark has developed an SPL measurement system called 10EaZy, and the folks at their exclusive U.S. distributor, Rational Acoustics, were “Smaart” enough (see what I did there) to send me a system for review.  SG Audio offers measurement systems designed to meet the needs of those who require IEC/ANSI… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductReviewDigitalInterconnectMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • 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