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  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    audio metering
    PSW Staff 04/18/14 01:24 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: My studio is outfitted with a DAW as well as a fairly large amount of outboard equipment, and it always delivers fairly good results. However, every once in a while there’s some weird distortion, and I’ll see a clip or something on one of the 20 different meters that’s either in the DAW or on the outboard. Is there some kind of hierarchy to these meters? A: A situation where you’re using multiple pieces of… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsMeasurementSignalStudio

  • iem
    Mark Frink 04/18/14 12:11 PM,
    Ten important things to be aware of in the quest for optimum results with in-ear monitoring: Coordination. TV broadcasts are the dominant feature of the local RF spectrum. Online resources like the Sennheiser Frequency Finder, which uses a ZIP code, and the FCC’s database to provide a list of local TV broadcast stations and their signal strength, helps users tune wireless systems to interference-free frequencies, removing much of the guesswork. Antennas. Most wireless in-ear monitoring transmitters come with a simple… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    recording
    Kim Lajoie 04/17/14 06:05 PM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   EQ is pretty simple, right? Crank a knob, hear the sound’s tone change? Not quite. Just when you think you know everything there is to know about EQ, something new comes up. Here are a few advanced EQ techniques that you might not be using to full potential. 1. Mid/side EQ Any true stereo sound might be able to be enhanced with mid/side EQ. It basically turns your stereo EQ… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsProcessorSignalStudio

  • extron
    PSW Staff 04/17/14 01:37 PM,
    Extron Electronics has introduced the HSA 300, the latest addition to the company’s Hideaway Surface Access Enclosure Series of furniture-mountable enclosures and providing inconspicuous access to AV connectivity, AC power, and USB power. The enclosure’s tilt-up faceplate features connectors for HDMI, VGA, PC audio, and network pass-through, an AC power outlet, and two 5 VDC USB power outlets for charging mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. AC power outlets are available for the U.S. and central Europe, as well… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundNewsProductAVEthernetInterconnectPowerRemoteSignal

  • dennis bohn
    Dennis A. Bohn 04/17/14 12:17 PM,
    This article is provided by Rane Corporation.   This paper discusses the pitfalls (often subtle) of our industry’s failure to define and standardize what “unity gain” means, and the conditions necessary to measure it. It further discusses how people improperly use one piece of misinformation (impedance matching) to correct for this lack of standardization. All done, without knowing discrepancies exist between different pieces of equipment, and without knowing impedance matching is unnecessary, signal degrading, and wasteful. For me, it began… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVInterconnectMeasurementPowerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    recording
    Daniel Keller 04/16/14 05:56 PM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   Love it or hate it, data compression (not to be confused with audio signal compression, which is a different issue) schemes like MP3, FLAC, AAC, and other relatives have fundamentally changed music as we know it. The battle between fidelity and portability was long ago declared no contest, with convenience winning hands-down over sonic quality. But while the ability to compress what was once a wall full of vinyl into your pocket is a boon… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsProcessorSignalSoftwareStudio

  • tech tip
    PSW Staff 04/16/14 03:36 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I want to start repairing and making some of my own cables. However, I came upon a term I’m sure is such common knowledge that my question really shows my ignorance. That said, here goes: what is “tinning”? I know it’s part of the soldering process, but can you explain why it’s important, etc? A: Thanks for the question! While it’s indeed common knowledge, there’s no reason for you to know what tinning is unless… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectSignal

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    dpa microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 04/15/14 12:44 PM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Some of the most popular instruments in many genres of music are keyboards, so let’s look at some techniques to capture a grand piano, upright piano, Leslie organ speaker, digital keyboard or synthesizer. Grand Piano This magnificent instrument is a challenge to record well. First have the piano tuned, and oil the pedals to reduce squeaks. You can prevent thumps by stuffing some foam or cloth under the pedal mechanism. One popular… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • lightning boy
    PSW Staff 04/15/14 08:34 AM,
    Lightning Boy Audio (LBA) has announced the availability of the 1401 stereo microphone amp and the Ghost Box, a combination that forms a versatile all-tube stereo microphone preamp. Through the use of high quality components such as NOS paper in oil capacitors, NOS tubes, Carnhill iron and the careful layout of point-to-point wiring, the 1401 Preamp (short name) and Ghost Box command a stereo image with high fidelity.  The preamp was designed to serve as the output amplifier for the… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingNewsProductMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    image
    Bobby Owsinski 04/14/14 02:51 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Reverb. It’s use goes through cycles from a lot to almost none, but you’ll usually find at least some reverb-type ambience used in every mix. The problem is that you can’t really tell much of a distinction between the different types of some inexpensive plug-ins or boxes. In case you’re a little fuzzy about the differences between the types of reverb available, here’s a little refresher excerpt from The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsMeasurementProcessorSignalStudio





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