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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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    Andy Coules 01/17/17 01:52 PM,
    Of all the tools at the disposal of the sound engineers, our ears are probably the most important yet also the most overlooked. Much like any other tool it helps to fully understand how they work to get the most out of them and ensure a productive working life – because if they break, that’s it, we can’t just go out and buy a new pair. Ears are transducers, devices that receive signals in one form of energy and convert… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Friday, January 13, 2017
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    Bill Whitlock 01/13/17 02:32 PM,
    “A cable is a source of potential trouble, connecting two other sources of potential trouble.” The humor in this statement may be lost on those who regularly assemble sound systems. But a reality of sound systems is that a signal accumulates noise as it flows through equipment and cables. And once noise contaminates a signal, it’s essentially impossible to remove it without altering or degrading the original signal. For this reason, no system can be quieter than its noisiest link.… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVDigitalInstallationInterconnectPowerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

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    Mike Sokol 01/13/17 06:34 AM,
    Many live mixes are not only too loud, but also sonically unbalanced. I got to thinking about this (again) when recently re-reading “How Loud Does It Need To Be?” by Peter Janis of Radial Engineering here on ProSoundWeb. Yes, I’m saying it right here: far too many live mixes are just plain bad. That is, too much bass, too many highs, and dynamics out of control. Add this to SPL in excess of 110 to 115 dB and it’s not… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMeasurementMixerSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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    Jonah Altrove 01/10/17 08:05 AM,
    My father used to say, “Son, opinions are like drum miking techniques. Everyone has one.” Or something like that… Truthfully, there’s an overwhelming amount of information already out there on this topic, so rather than rehash it here, let’s explore a less conventional approach. I’ll admit that it’s a unique method, as it’s a hybrid of studio techniques and some ideas “begged, borrowed and stolen” from engineers I admire. Picture a snare drum. Let’s mike the top and bottom heads.… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, January 09, 2017
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    Ike Zimbel 01/09/17 11:42 AM,
    For many in pro audio, working with wireless systems is still thought to be a “nightmare” filled with peril, an accident waiting to happen, and so on. In actual fact, wireless systems are meant to work and in fact do work every day in thousands of concerts, theatrical productions, festivals, churches, broadcasts and the like, all around the world. With that in mind, I’ve compiled this list of troubleshooting steps to take when encountering wireless problems in the field. Hopefully… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneMonitoringSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Friday, January 06, 2017
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    Kent Morris 01/06/17 08:06 AM,
    Are effect tools or toys? The answer is, it depends. In the hands of a seasoned operator, time-based effects deepen the sonic landscape and present a clarified image of the proceedings. However, when wielded by a careless knob-jockey, effects tend to cheapen the sound and draw attention away from the message of the song. The difference between tool and toy falls to understanding the effect’s purpose and its role within the larger scope of the song. Fortunately, the learning curve… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerMonitoringProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, January 05, 2017
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    Ken DeLoria 01/05/17 01:03 PM,
    Over the years many have debated the relative merits of “looking at screen traces” on an analyzer versus using human hearing to determine how a loudspeaker, or an entire system, actually performs. While both practices are of course valid, it’s extremely difficult for the human ear to detect, characterize, and correct small deviations in frequency and phase response, and even harder to characterize driver distortion in a meaningful manner. Likewise, the ear is often stymied when attempting to typify transient… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVDigitalLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSystem

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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    PSW Staff 12/28/16 10:16 AM,
    Kramer Electronics announces the acquisition of iRule, manufacturer of cloud-based control and automation software for commercial and residential markets. In 2014, Kramer announced a partnership with iRule to deliver control and automation technology – Kramer Control. This acquisition will enable Kramer to leverage the iRule software platform to best address a growing demand for advanced control and automation solutions.  The Kramer Control platform enables integrators to deliver control of lighting, HVAC, communications, A/V and more—along with worldwide connectivity, a critical… View this post
    Filed in: AVNewsAVInstallationInterconnectRemoteSignalSoftwareSystem

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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    Bruce A. Miller 12/21/16 07:39 AM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Once upon a time I was doing the typical thing of going with what I was told worked or what I watched the engineers I had assisted do.  Specifically, I was recording piano with a pair of matching microphones in an XY pattern around the hammers. I knew about many approaches (another mic at the far end of the piano and then pan that mic over to the bass side of the stereo… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016
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    Mike Sessler 12/15/16 07:46 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Editor’s note: This one obviously goes back a few years, but the information is worthy of repeating. One of my favorite scenes in Ghostbusters is when Egon gives the guys a warning about crossing the streams. As we know, it’s not good. Not good at all. Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you. Dr. Peter Venkman: What? Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams. Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalEthernetInstallationInterconnectNetworkingSignalSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician



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