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  • Monday, September 12, 2011
    PSW Staff 09/12/11 11:31 AM,
    Like migratory birds heading south, AES regulars are already checking the calendar and reserving flights to New York City for October 20-23, when the venerable society’s 131st convention will occupy the Jacob Javits Center on the banks of the Hudson River. As in years past, looking beyond the throngs of manufacturers showing off the latest gear, attendees will be offered a wellspring of workshops, tutorials, papers, master classes, technical tours and, certainly not to be left out, this year’s Live… View this post
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  • Thursday, September 08, 2011
    av installation
    Bruce Main 09/08/11 06:48 AM, 0 Comments
    For many sound hire companies, things will be slowing down soon after a busy summer season. Yes, these are the days that turn sound company owner and manager thoughts to Alternative Revenue Sources (ARS). The contracting/install market is generally one of first potential ARS markets that come to mind. There’s that club downtown that wants to stop renting and buy a system. And one of the churches that use your rental stock and services for the Christian rock festival now… View this post
    Filed in: AVFeaturePollStudy HallAVBusinessEngineerInstallationTechnician

  • church sound
    Chris Huff 09/08/11 05:31 AM, 3 Comments
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   A sound tech from Washington writes regarding finding the right house volume levels, “It’s either too loud for the elderly or too soft for the youth, or too much electric or not enough bass, it’s just impossible to please everyone.” My grandmother’s cooking immediately comes to mind. My grandmother was a good cook. I’m not talking “Paula Dean with butter in everything” or “Bobby Flay with everything jazzed up.“ I’m talking… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Tuesday, September 06, 2011
    Kyle P. Snyder 09/06/11 01:57 PM, 20 Comments
    You’ve just finished a killer tracking session, one that you really want the ability to recreate, so now what? I’m generally confident in my memory for microphone placements and studio setup, except that plans change and what may have been easy to remember tomorrow suddenly needs to be compartmentalized until everyone is available again next month. Plus, there’s no remembering compressor or EQ settings, let alone values for gear that has less than descriptive front panels. So, what’s an engineer… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogTechnologistPollEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioSystemTechnician

  • Monday, August 29, 2011
    live sound
    Karl Winkler 08/29/11 04:07 PM,
    This list of “effective habits” is distilled down from a much larger list as being the most important – based on my experience these 15 or so years in the business. How these relate to you will depend of course on exactly what kind of work you are doing, but in general, they apply across the board, so to speak. You probably have your own list but because you are reading this article, it points to the fact that you’re… View this post
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    Kyle P. Snyder 08/29/11 11:45 AM, 5 Comments
    While the skies now shine bright over my home state of Indiana, less than a month ago it was particularly harrowing to use Pro Audio equipment in the Midwest. Why? Well, we were constantly plagued with blizzards and freezing rain, which had a fairly devastating effect on the local power grid. Though I never completely lost power this winter, it did often waver intermittently for hours. Thankfully, when I setup my studio, I invested in several Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogTechnologistPollDigitalPowerSoftwareStudioTechnicianAudio

  • Monday, August 22, 2011
    old soundman
    PSW Staff 08/22/11 05:21 PM, 0 Comments
    Greetings, Old Soundman, from the Great North Woods - And greetings to you from my secret location. Dick Cheney’s got nothing on me! I’m not all that old, only been riding the faders for a few years now. Ride ‘em, soundman! Yee-ha!! Hey, did you ever hear of the X Bar X Boys? The calluses are just about right on my fingers and in my ears. What a bizarre viewpoint you have. I don’t really like to think about calluses.… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionPollEngineerTechnician

  • Tuesday, August 16, 2011
    church sound
    Gary Zandstra 08/16/11 10:08 AM, 2 Comments
    When I walk into a performing arts center where the console is located up in the production booth, a million miles away from the stage and without even a hint of direct coverage from the main loudspeakers, I wonder how anyone can mix in this setting.  Yes, I know mixing theatre is different than mixing a band, and monitor loudspeakers at the mix position help. But I’ve always found it difficult to mix in these types of situations. I was… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollBusinessEducationEngineerMonitoringTechnicianAudio

  • Friday, August 12, 2011
    Chris Huff 08/12/11 08:29 AM, 1 Comment
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Imagine you walk into church one day and are told, “your job just got easier because we aren’t using praise bands any more…we’re going back to the pastor leading hymns.” Last night, while reading a church magazine, I noticed the variety of advertisements. Interested in improving your church? How about: • Softer chairs • Different colored pews • Software to monitor giving, attendance, birthdays, and the member’s favorite tv show •… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollEducationEngineerMixerTechnician

  • Thursday, August 11, 2011
    Joe Gilder 08/11/11 12:17 PM, 0 Comments
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   Last year my friend Kevin and his wife flew all the way out to Nashville from LA to record vocals for his album in my home studio. We had one week to track vocals for 13 songs. Of course, we spent a lot of time just hanging out and showing them around Nashville, but 7 days was an ideal amount of time. It gave us plenty of time to focus intently… View this post
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