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  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    microphones
    James Cadwallader 05/22/15 08:02 AM,
    Everyone agrees with the idea that you point the microphone at what you want it to pick up. But there’s another side to the coin: pointing the mic away from what you don’t want. This perspective applies both for using a particular polar pattern to eliminate undesired pickup or miking unconventionally to find a desired sound. Take drum miking. Snare bleed in the hi-hat mic can blur the snare in the mix, especially for those drummers who know how to… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    subwoofers
    Tom Young 05/20/15 02:25 PM,
    Several years ago, a technique most commonly called “aux fed subs” has been developed for reducing low-frequency “muddiness” from front-of-house loudspeaker systems. This technique has resulted in considerable benefits over a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, but there is confusion as to what it encompasses and what it accomplishes. Let’s clarify the details and describe the set up of an aux fed subwoofer system. We’ll also be addressing some frequently asked questions on the topic. In a traditional loudspeaker… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallLoudspeakerPowerProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
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    Pat Brown 05/14/15 11:42 AM,
      Could anything be more confusing than a “power rating?” The question “How many watts” can have many answers, depending on whether we are talking about amplifiers or loudspeakers. There are also many variables regarding how power is measured and specified. The numerous variables have rendered “face value” power ratings virtually useless. Why is “power” so hard to quantify? One reason is because it is time-dependent and constantly changing - much like the “value” of the stock market. We can… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallAmplifierAVPower

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 05/12/15 12:28 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   One of the things I really enjoy about my job is that I get to help churches choose AVL equipment. I am not that enamored with gear necessarily, but I enjoy the exercise of matching features and benefits with needs. We’re in a golden age of equipment right now. There is a ton to choose from, and most of it is really good—or at least good enough. And we can do more than… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionStudy HallConsolesDigitalEducation

  • Monday, May 11, 2015
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    Karl Winkler 05/11/15 12:16 PM,
    It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with technology. What used to be “merely” hardware now has a software component. Everything has layers, touch screens, and incredible power and flexibility, which is great. But the not-so-great part is that the learning curve is ever steeper. And while there are standards for MIDI, USB, .WAV, Ethernet, MADI, and many other methods of keeping all this gear connected and communicating, each mixing platform, DSP box and loudspeaker management unit has its own… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureNewsOpinionStudy HallAV

  • Friday, May 08, 2015
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    Bruce A. Miller 05/08/15 09:21 AM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Once upon a time, there was no recorded music.  To hear music you needed to go to a live performance. Eventually sheet music was printed and available to buy. If you liked the song, you bought the sheet music … if you were lucky enough to have an instrument and could play you could actually hear the song. The piano (or other musical instrument) was an important part of home entertainment. In the… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureStudy HallAnalogDigitalEducationEngineerMicrophoneMixerSoftwareStudio

  • Thursday, May 07, 2015
    apple
    Daniel L. Newman 05/07/15 11:49 AM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   It only took the industry a few years to figure out how to utilize the iPad in a meaningful way to improve the user experience of audio-visual technology. This isn’t a knock on AV, its just a fact. Most of the early iterations of iPad control and integration left something to be desired. The good news is we have moved past that. Today, Android and iOS are part of our life. In… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVBusinessDigitalEthernetInterconnectNetworkingRemote

  • wireless systems
    Craig Leerman 05/07/15 09:22 AM,
    Wireless systems are a key component in almost every facet of live entertainment production, especially concerts and corporate meetings and events. The demand continues to increase as the supply of available bandwidth is both shrinking and becoming more congested. As a result, pre-planning and wireless frequency coordination are becoming more important, particularly as the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is preparing to sell off more of the UHF spectrum where the majority of wireless microphones and monitoring systems operate (currently 470-698… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Wednesday, May 06, 2015
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    PSW Staff 05/06/15 03:35 PM,
    Audio-Technica has posted the latest videos in its series exploring different aspects of mic technique, mic placement and more. Utilizing some of Audio-Technica’s most popular products – including 40 Series, Artist Elite, 20 Series and others – these videos illustrate various tips and tricks for capturing audio in real-world applications. Specifically, the new installment of 10 videos focuses on microphone recording basics for various instruments including banjo, brass instruments, dobro, mandolin, organ, piano, saxophone, small ensembles, stereo techniques, strings and… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingNewsStudy HallTrainingAVEducationManufacturerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageStudio

  • church sound
    M. Erik Matlock 05/06/15 12:54 PM,
    It’s not easy, being a church tech. We face a barrage of challenges, every time we enter the room. Most often, it’s our diplomatic skills more than our mixing skills that keep us alive. We must stay focused, and effective, while encountering one ridiculous situation after another. If you’ve mixed for more than nine minutes, you know some of the folks who seem determined to put you in a straitjacket. For the church tech, it’s different than the guy mixing… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician