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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 70.7-volt) systems is the use of transformers on the loudspeakers (usually internal) to “step down”… Read More

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Streaming & Casting

As audio professionals, we’re usually not concerned with how the content of podcasts and webcasts is delivered. Our focus is getting quality audio to the recorder or computer and making things sound their best. I categorize casting and streaming into… Read More

Sonic Decisions

How something sounds to each of us is very subjective. Not everyone hears the same – this was a big “a-ha” moment for me early in my career as an independent audio practitioner, a.k.a., a Lone Audio Ranger. Aside from… Read More

In The Studio: Stereo Microphone Techniques

One of the most popular specialized microphone techniques is stereo miking. The use of two or more microphones to create a stereo image will often give depth and spatial placement to an instrument or overall recording. There are a number… Read More

Church Sound: The Intentional Tech

One of the most challenging aspects of doing production in a church setting is that church happens every week. During the week we have meetings, stuff to fix and install, TPS reports to file and a host of other things… Read More

A User’s Guide to Hearing

Of all the tools at the disposal of the sound engineers, our ears are probably the most important yet also the most overlooked. Much like any other tool it helps to fully understand how they work to get the most… Read More

Charting The Mix

As sound engineers, we’re tasked with shaping the sound of the artist’s performance. When we’re running our consoles, we’re literally “putting together the pieces” of a song into the product that the audience hears. I’ve found that gaining an understanding… Read More

Flying Solo On The Front Lines

Are you a Lone Ranger of the audio world? I’ve been one for more than 20 years, working as an independent practitioner of live sound. Lone Rangers face the common scenario of ever-increasing responsibilities from advancing the load in and… Read More