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  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015
    PSW Staff 11/25/15 11:55 AM,
    Welcome to our quiz featuring 20 questions about stage monitoring and related issues. This is somewhat subjective and largely intended for entertainment purposes—better known as FUN for short - -although there is fact and/or truth in many of the “correct” responses. Time for the obligatory non-apology: “We apologize if this quiz offends anyone. That is… er, is not... our intention. Besides, if you don’t like it, we’ll just claim you took it out of context.” Enjoy! 1) Why do vocal… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallConcertLoudspeakerMixerMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • church sound
    M. Erik Matlock 11/25/15 06:52 AM,
    Central Georgia is known for several things, including great food, classic southern culture, and a disproportionate number of churches. One church that’s stood as a beacon for many years is Christ Chapel, located on the north side of Macon. Currently serving as the audio director at the church, Jon Beachy and his family found everything they were searching for after relocating to Macon about 15 years ago. “We’d picked out a few churches to visit, and Christ Chapel was the… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConsolesEngineerMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    rational acoustics
    Jamie Anderson 11/24/15 01:06 PM,
    Feed The Brain. The primary job of a measurement rig is to acquire electrical and acoustical signals and feed them to the processor so that it can analyze, compare, slice, dice, fold, spindle and mutilate those signals and produce multi-colored charts, graphs and the all-important squiggly lines. “But my software can produce squiggly lines all by itself without all those bothersome wires, preamps and microphones. Isn’t that enough?” Maybe. It depends on whether you are getting paid to pose or… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallAVDigitalMeasurementMicrophoneProcessorSignalSoftwareSound ReinforcementSystem

  • church sound
    PSW Staff 11/24/15 07:05 AM,
    The reshaping of entertainment production wireless operations in the U.S. is currently underway, and it will impact all wireless microphone, in-ear monitoring and intercom system users – including those working in church sound – in the near future. The shrinking UHF band, where the vast majority of wireless systems currently operate, will get even smaller with the 2016 commencement of the 600 MHz incentive auction to allow the mass introduction of white space devices. Almost all of the remaining UHF… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallMeasurementMicrophoneProcessorSignalWireless

  • Monday, November 23, 2015
    Alex Fernie 11/23/15 12:21 PM,
    Among many of the recent entrants into the sound profession, I’ve noticed a lack of knowledge when it comes to wiring a stage. Perhaps it’s due to a lot of sound engineering schools being essentially studio-based courses. Or maybe it’s simply that it’s difficult to get a young mind to concentrate on something as mundane as running cable when there is a digital board with loads of lights and buttons sitting in the corner of the room! Improper wiring of… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerEthernetInterconnectMonitoringSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, November 20, 2015
    Tom Young 11/20/15 03:56 PM,
    When traveling to different time zones, we need to correct our time-keeping tools in order to align our activities to the local standard time. Very simple. Likewise in sound reinforcement systems, we often encounter multiple sources of misalignment, albeit in much smaller time increments. The importance of these misalignments is often subject to debate, but with the advent of a wide variety of very good digital processing products, correcting such anomalies is no longer out of reach for most of… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallLoudspeakerMeasurementProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
    Curt Taipale 11/19/15 07:26 AM,
    This article is provided by Church   Skill: the ability to do something well; expertise. I recently asked the members of the Church Soundcheck (CSC) discussion board for their thoughts on the key technically oriented skills that a church sound tech must have (or strive for). It resulted in a lot of great input, which I’ve whittled down into this list. 1. Have a musical ear. When we say people have “good ears,” we mean that they know what… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMixerMonitoringProcessorSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    Karl Winkler 11/17/15 07:26 AM,
    Preserving our hearing is critically important, but that’s not what motivated me to write this piece. Really, I just can’t stand bad sound! To a certain extent, it used to be somewhat excusable if a live show was loud and didn’t sound all that great. Sound reinforcement systems have come a long way in the past decade alone, but ‘back in the day’” good clean power was harder to come by, and loudspeakers just were not designed to produce high-fidelity… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, November 16, 2015
    Jerrold Stevens 11/16/15 07:10 AM,
    “Subwoofers should be located on the floor if at all possible.” This is one of those classic bits of audio “conventional wisdom.” I hear it from system operators on nearly every project. But is it true? If we look at the physics of sound, we learn that, as with most things in the world of audio, “it depends.” So let’s start by discussing why the floor might indeed be a good place to put subwoofers. Placing any loudspeaker against a… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogProductStudy HallAVConcertInstallationLoudspeakerMeasurementSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Friday, November 13, 2015
    church sound
    Gary Zandstra 11/13/15 12:53 PM,
    This article is provided by Gary   Over the last 30-plus years, I’ve served on numerous tech teams at various ministries and have learned many things – many of them the hard way. While nothing replaces knowing the tech side of the audio craft, there’s a lot more to being successful in the role. Here are some things I’ve picked up along the way, combined with the results of an informal survey of worship leaders about what they want… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician