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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    Bobby Owsinski 02/13/13 05:23 PM,
    Here’s an excerpt from The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Second Edition, available here. Most great mixers think in three dimensions. They think “Tall, Deep and Wide,” which means to make sure that all the frequencies are represented, make sure the mix has depth, then make sure it has some stereo dimension as well. The “Tall” dimension (which is called “Frequency Range”) is the result of knowing what sounds right as a result of having a reference point. This reference point can… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerStudioTechnician

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    PSW Staff 02/13/13 09:39 AM,
    Award-winning engineer/producer Ryan Hewitt and top studio designer Hanson Hsu are presenting hands-on studio education with Studio Prodigy | Master Class Series, the ultimate experience in professional audio mentoring. Attendees hear everything in a ZR Acoustics Virtuoso Environment as chart-topping engineers, artists and producers reveal their studio techniques and applications—in a real studio. The Studio Prodigy series opens with a full-day master class on “Hybrid Mixing Techniques,” led by Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Avett Brothers, blink-182 ) at… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsTrainingDigital Audio WorkstationsEducationEngineerStudioTechnician

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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    PSW Staff 02/12/13 11:08 AM,
    The San Francisco offices of Delicate Productions recently conducted an in-depth three-day training session for the Martin Audio MLA Compact loudspeaker system. Attended by 12 top-tier Delicate touring and regional engineers along with notable independent engineers and facility owners interested in MLA technology, the session had a practical mission, according to general manager George Edwards. “We currently own an inventory of MLA and MLA Compact enclosures,” Edwards explains, “and we feel that any product with this level of depth and… View this post
    Filed in: AVLive SoundNewsTrainingAVEducationEngineerLine ArrayManufacturerTechnician

  • Monday, February 11, 2013
    David Miles Huber & Robert E. Runstein 02/11/13 03:50 PM,
    Go here for the first installment of this article. The Magnetic Tape Head Most professional analog recorders use three magnetic tape heads, each of which performs a specialized task: —Record—Reproduce—Erase The function of a record head (Figure 1) is to electromagnetically transform analog electrical signals into corresponding magnetic fields that can be permanently stored onto magnetic tape. In short, the input current flows through coils of wire that are wrapped around the head’s magnetic pole pieces. Since the theory of… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProductionAudioAnalogEducationEngineerSignalStudioSystemTechnician

  • Thursday, February 07, 2013
    live sound
    Paul Watson 02/07/13 05:28 PM,
    British RF engineer Barry Macleod has had a long and distinguished career in rock ‘n’ roll, looking after wireless systems at major international events such as Live 8 and Live Earth, as well as a plethora of BRIT Awards and MTV Awards ceremonies. I recently spoke with him about his latest project, the touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar (JCS), which will hit U.S. arenas in the coming months. Paul Watson: The JCS tour required 50 channels… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogEngineerMeasurementMicrophoneSound ReinforcementTechnicianWireless

  • Wednesday, February 06, 2013
    PSW Staff 02/06/13 12:39 PM,
    As football fans gathered at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and in front of television sets around the world for Super Bowl Sunday, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company, was on location in New Orleans to provide its expert frequency coordination and RF management for referee microphones, as well as pre-game and halftime entertainment. For the company’s 17th consecutive Super Bowl, PWS once again partnered with ATK Audiotek and Versacom for the big game. Recognizing that preparation is extremely important… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundProductionNewsProductionAudioConcertMicrophoneSound ReinforcementTechnicianWireless

  • Tuesday, February 05, 2013
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    Mike Sessler 02/05/13 12:59 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   I’ve been having quite a few discussions of late as to what separates great technical artists from, well, less great ones. More specifically, the discussions have focused on the reasons it’s hard to train people to be great tech artists, and why it takes so long. You see, it’s not enough to simply know how to use the gear. In most cases, that’s the easy part. No, the real challenge is to know… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerSystemTechnician

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    PSW Staff 02/05/13 10:32 AM,
    Piper Payne is an accomplished mastering engineer, recording engineer, and audio archivist who is currently working out of Michael Romanowski’s mastering studios in San Francisco, California. While working on a graduate studies certificate from the Unviersity of Stavenger in Norway, she became a member of the beta team for Metric Halo’s flagship ULN-8 interface, and it has remained an irreplaceable fixture in both her recording and mastering work ever since. An audio evangelist, Payne has turned other professionals on to… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingNewsEngineerStudioTechnician

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    PSW Staff 02/05/13 09:30 AM,
    From December 28th to January 20th, Lennon and McCartney fans were treated to the theatrical concert Hey Jude at Forum in Copenhagen. A spectacular musical and visual treat with lighting design by Jonas Bøgh, the Beatles-inspired show used a host of Martin Professional MAC luminaires, including the new MAC III Wash, with supply by Nordic Rentals. “I needed a very powerful fixture to create an enormous ‘background of light,” explains LD Jonas Bøgh. “At the beginning of the theatre concert… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundProductionNewsProductionLightingConcertStageTechnician

  • recording
    Bobby Owsinski 02/05/13 05:42 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Here’s an excerpt from The Music Producer’s Handbook regarding a checklist for overdubs. If you want your overdubs to go fast and easy, follow this list. It works every time. Do you have a list of overdub priorities? Do you know which overdubs absolutely must get done and which ones are less important? A list will keep you on track budget-wise and time-wise. Can you record in the control room? Most players… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerStudioTechnician