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  • Thursday, January 28, 2016
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    Bruce Swedien 01/28/16 10:22 AM,
    Excerpted from the excellent “Make Mine Music” by Bruce Swedien, available from musicdispatch.com. It’s my opinion that after all is said and done, psychoacoustics is really why we are interested in recording music in the first place. Psychoacoustics can be defined simply as the psychological study of hearing. The true aim of psychoacoustic research is to find out how our hearing works. In other words, to discover how sounds entering the ear are processed by the ear and the brain… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallTrainingEngineerSignalStudioTechnician

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    Chris Huff 01/28/16 06:39 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   There are times when you didn’t learn the right way to mix a vocal or an instrument or a band. That’s OK. You learned. You moved on.  But then there are the lies you tell yourself over and over. You don’t learn. You can’t move on. Your work suffers. WAKE UP!* *Any judgment on my part is because I’ve believed some myself. I don’t live in a glass house…at least not… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessConsolesEngineerMixerTechnician

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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    Jason Corey 01/27/16 04:34 PM,
    Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Audio Production and Critical Listening: Technical Ear Training, available from Focal Press. In the recording process, engineers regularly encounter technical issues that cause noises to be introduced or audio signals to be degraded inadvertently. To the careful listener, such events remove the illusion of transparent audio technology, revealing a recorded musical performance and reminding them that they are listening to a recording mediated by once invisible but now clearly apparent technology. It becomes… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureStudy HallAnalogDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsInterconnectMixerPowerSignalStudio

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    M. Erik Matlock 01/27/16 12:23 PM,
    At some point, every freelancer considers the possibility of moving up in the world and buying their own big system. Some do it, some don’t. But everyone has their reasons for the final decision. After years of doing shows as a hired gun, I began to consider the niches in my market and ways to take my little business to the next level. I determined that the big hole in my local market was for a dedicated monitor rig. My… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVBusinessConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

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    Keith Clark 01/27/16 07:24 AM,
    Seventy-five years ago, a confident young entrepreneur in Chicago embarked on his career, combining an interest in sound with his work. On April 25, 1925, Sidney N. Shure rented a one-room office at 19 South Wells Street for five dollars per month and founded the Shure Radio Company, a business that sold kits for building radios at a time when factory-made radios were not yet available. As a child, S. N. Shure was fascinated by radio. In 1913, when he… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingFeatureStudy HallProductionAudioAnalogBusinessDigitalMicrophoneProcessorSound ReinforcementStudioWireless

  • Monday, January 25, 2016
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    Daniel L. Newman 01/25/16 01:52 PM,
    This article is provided by Commercial Integrator   Maybe no one has so profoundly summed up the essence of building brand loyalty than Simon Sinek in his Ted Talk, “Start with Why”. If you haven’t watched it before, I recommend it highly. There are many great Ted Talks, but this is one that has stuck with me ever since I saw it. But I digress… Simon notes people don’t buy what you do or how you do it, but they… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVBusinessDigitalEducation

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    Joe Gilder 01/25/16 07:10 AM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   When I started recording more seriously, I was spending most of my time in professional studios. Fancy studios are awesome. You’ve got a pretty control room with a big console, patchbay, and couches. You’ve got a nice big tracking room, and you’ve probably got a couple of extra rooms or vocal booths thrown in there. All this is great, however, for those recording in personal studios, chances are the musicians you… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureStudy HallProductionAudioDigitalInterconnectMixerSignalStudioSystem

  • Friday, January 22, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 01/22/16 11:12 AM,
    How many freelance stagehands does it take to plug in a cable? It sounds like the setup line of a joke, but it’s actually the subject of a recent discussion with a colleague. At a gig a couple of weeks ago, he’d asked a freelance stagehand to plug in a cable at the back of a rack. It was dark, particularly in the recesses of the rack, and the stagehand couldn’t see the channel numbers (let alone the jacks). Without… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionAudioBusinessConcertEngineerTechnician

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    Pat Brown 01/22/16 06:34 AM,
      Here’s a handy quiz for checking your knowledge about audio power. Rather than submit you to the typical “right or wrong” questions with exact numerical answers, I’ve elected to provide a different means of self-evaluation. I can tell you up front that the answer to every question is “It depends!” But what’s really being asked is “WHAT does it depend on?” At first glance it may seem that the question is not even related to audio. Don’t be fooled.… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVEducationLoudspeakerPowerSignal

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016
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    John Calder 01/21/16 11:30 AM,
    Courtesy of Acoustic Geometry.   There’s a moment early in the movie “Men In Black” – after a big green alien has put up ‘all his hands and flippers’ (and was then blasted to goo) – where an older, tired-out Agent D says to Agent K “They’re beautiful, aren’t they?” K replies “What?” And D says “The stars. We never just – look anymore.” I’m in the sound business, so I don’t have to worry about blasting creatures into goo… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVEngineerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio



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