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  • Friday, January 18, 2013
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    PSW Staff 01/18/13 05:36 AM,
    Dear Old Soundman: I’m a 23-year-old law student at Yale, and I discovered this summer that I really hate the practice of law. I mean I really hate it. Here is what you should do. Tell you parents to send me your tuition money while you go “find yourself.” How’s that sound? So much that the $500/day I’m earning isn’t worth it to me. Or is it? Do you have any idea how few sound mixers make $500 a day?… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundNewsOpinionBusinessConcertEducationSound ReinforcementStageStudio

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    PSW Staff 01/18/13 05:08 AM,
    EnvironmentalLights.com recently added a top-of-the-line 24 Channel (3 Amps per Channel) DMX Decoder to their Studio Series of DMX controllers and decoders. This new addition allows for greater design flexibility, higher load capacities, and includes the newest scrambled pulse width modulation (S-PWM) technology. “What it does, in plain English, is it takes the DMX output from any standard DMX console or controller, and decodes the signal so you can drive 4-wire LED RGB lights,” said Alicia Cheng, Director of Product… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionNewsProductProductionLightingConcertStage

  • Thursday, January 17, 2013
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    PSW Staff 01/17/13 11:18 AM,
    An Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system is currently on a national tour of the UK with the hit musical, Bugle Boy, which traces the life, career and mysterious disappearance of the late bandleader and composer Glenn Miller. The system is based around an iLive-T112 Control Surface and an iDR-48 MixRack fitted with a MADI network card. “I first saw the modular iLive system at a PLASA show a few years ago, so when the compact fixed-format iLive-T Series… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundProductionNewsProductionAudioConsolesDigitalSound ReinforcementStage

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    Ken DeLoria 01/17/13 09:17 AM,
    “Don’t go breaking my heart” —Elton John & Kiki Dee Whether it’s a shackle, a hoist, a crane, or a beefy fly frame, never forget that everything breaks. The only question is under what load and under what conditions. To address this issue, the rigging industry has adopted the term “SWL,” which stands for Safe Working Load. You might also see “WLL,” which stands for Working Load Limit. When you purchase a shackle, a pairing ring, or a length of… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionFeatureSlideshowStudy HallProductionRiggingStagingBusinessConcertEducationInstallationLoudspeakerStageSystem

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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    PSW Staff 01/16/13 12:47 PM,
    Fostex has introduced the TH-900 dynamic headphones and the HP-A8C 32-bit DAC/headphone amplifier, sold separately but optimized to work together. The TH-900 headphones include specially engineered driver unit with a 1.5 tesla magnetic circuit that allows the unit to achieve significantly wider range, as well as the company’s proprietary “Biodyna” 50mm biodynamic diaphragm for purity of sound reproduction. The headphones are crafted with Japanese Cherry Birch housings, which offer a rigid and extremely dense texture that creates a robust acoustic… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsProductDigitalLoudspeakerMonitoringProcessorRemoteSignalStageStudio

  • Monday, January 14, 2013
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    PSW Staff 01/14/13 11:25 AM,
    DPA Microphones played an integral part in recording the audio for the film version of the hit musical Les Miserables, which features an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks and Sacha Baron Cohen. Nominated for nine BAFTA Awards, including one for Sound, Les Miserables used an innovative technique that involved recording vocals live on set with the cast singing to a live piano accompaniment played to them through earpieces.  The orchestra was recorded later in… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionNewsProductionAudioMicrophoneStageWireless

  • Friday, January 11, 2013
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    PSW Staff 01/11/13 11:51 AM,
    Lighting designer and operator Ed Warren of Next Level Lights turned to Martin Professional’s MAC Viper Profile for Mumford & Sons’ “Tour of Two Halves” (first half theatres, second half arenas). The tour hit dates in the UK and Ireland in November and December as a leg on their extended “Babel” world tour. The award-winning 1000 W fixtures were recommended to Warren by Rob Sinclair, who worked as visual consultant for the tour. “He’d used them previously and recommended them… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionNewsProductionLightingConcertStage

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    PSW Staff 01/11/13 11:16 AM,
    The new VC-Dot LED string from Martin Professional was used to dynamically line the 14-meter high “Giganta” take off ramp on Nitro Circus Live’s recent European tour. Used for accent lighting on the edge of the ramp, the lightweight strings of individually controllable LED Dots provided a host of advantages for lighting designer Paul Collision. In the past, Paul says, the “Giganta” ramp, which is used for freestyle BMX, skate and other things with wheels, has been edged with LED… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionNewsProductionLightingConcertManufacturerStage

  • Thursday, January 10, 2013
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    PSW Staff 01/10/13 01:25 PM,
    Last November American entertainer Jennifer Lopez gave performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg that won the hearts of Russians all over the country. Rental company Euroshow not only supplied all of the equipment for the concerts in both cities but gave lighting designer Sean Burke the chance to try out Martin Professional’s new MAC Viper Profile. For the show in St. Petersburg, Euroshow changed the preliminary specification to 1500 W MAC III Profiles and 1000 W MAC Viper Profiles (instead… View this post
    Filed in: ProductionNewsProductionLightingConcertManufacturerStage

  • Wednesday, January 09, 2013
    rat sound
    Craig Leerman 01/09/13 05:54 PM,
    Cables present plenty of problems in audio systems, and it’s something Dave Rat and the gang at Rat Sound have been addressing with a growing line of SoundTools products. I recently received several units to check out, including the XLR Sniffer/Sender, the NL-4 Sniffer/Sender, the 1/4” Sniffer/Sender, and the Mic Swapper. The sniffer/senders are cable testers, but unlike many devices of their type, they can be used to check cables/snake channels when they’re in place at a show or installed… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductInterconnectMeasurementMicrophoneSignalStage