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Pat & Brenda Brown lead SynAudCon, conducting audio seminars and workshops online and around the world. For more information go to www.prosoundtraining.com.
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Clearing Up The Confusion: Attributes Of 70-Volt (And Other “Stepped Up”) Systems
Most people are surprised to find that “70-volt” systems share many common traits as “direct connected” counterparts. The most important trait of 70-volt (more accurately…
The Right Context: What Does “Constant Voltage” Actually Mean In Audio?
Those new to the audio field are often dismayed by the subjective nature of many audio terms, which may mean different things in different contexts.
The Reason For “Bad Sound” May Not Be The Sound System
Many things around us are getting better. Computers are faster, televisions have more resolution, and dishwashers are quieter and more powerful than ever. But with…
What Is Equalization?
As I was preparing a recent OptEQ workshop, a few things crystallized for me, the most fundamental being “what is equalization?” If…
Understanding The Nuances Of Crest Factor
The crest factor of an audio signal is the dB difference between the peaks and the RMS value of the signal. The RMS (Root Mean…
Illuminating The Audience With Beautiful, Consistent Audio Coverage
When it comes to room acoustics, definitions of “correct” or “appropriate” can be largely dependent upon the musical tastes of the listeners, often making it…
Do You Speak Geek? The Unique Language Of Audio Analysis
In my lifetime, the size of sophisticated audio analysis systems has evolved from table top, to under-airplane-seat, to computer bag, to cell phone. The cost…
Miracle Solution? What Equalization Can—And Cannot—Do
Almost every sound system has an equalizer. It can be as simple as a channel strip tone control or as sophisticated…
Tech Topic: Where There Is Flow…
The nature and measurement of impedance
Measuring Reverberation Time: An Essential Character Of Room Acoustics
The reverberation time (RT) is one of the most fundamental room measurements. It gives a broad brush stroke description of the…
Clearing Up Misconceptions And Clarifying Constant-Voltage
Why a “70-volt” system? A good question, and one that causes a lot of confusion among audio practitioners. Some common misconceptions…
The Right Match: Is “Digital” Cable Required For Digital Audio Interfaces?
The audio interface provides the means of getting the signal from one component to the next. It includes the source (output) circuit, the cable, and…
The Differences Between Dynamic Range & Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Adequate signal-to-noise ratio is one of the characteristics of a professionally designed sound reinforcement system. The terms “dynamic range” and “signal-to-noise…
Speech Intelligibility: Gathering Additional Pieces Of The Puzzle
When most people think of sound reinforcement systems, or audio systems in general, they rarely do so with regard to speech…
Quick dB Reference Chart
Increasingly, SynAudCon has been doing audio training for industries outside of mainstream audio. These include fire alarm, security and IT. Practitioners…