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Roundtable: The Wild, Weird & Fun World Of Technical Riders

“What’s the strangest (weird, interesting, funny, etc.) thing you’ve ever seen requested on a rider?” Let’s see what our panel of audio professionals has to say. Christopher “Sully” Sullivan: While still a young, wide-eyed “soundling” trying to find my way… Read More

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Roundtable: The Wild, Weird & Fun World Of Technical Riders

“What’s the strangest (weird, interesting, funny, etc.) thing you’ve ever seen requested on a rider?” Let’s see what our panel of audio professionals has to say. Christopher “Sully” Sullivan: While still a young, wide-eyed “soundling” trying to find my way… Read More

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 you ask 10 audio practitioners this simple question, you’re likely to get 10 different answers. Read More

Mic Methods: Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Everyone agrees with the idea that you point the microphone at what you want it to pick up. But there’s another side to the coin: pointing the mic away from what you don’t want. This perspective applies both for using… Read More

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 Square) is defined as the “heating value” of the signal – the voltage that would… Read More

Sensitive (Mic) Matters

Many believe that condenser microphones are more sensitive than dynamic microphones (moving coil) and therefore pick up “everything,” e.g., stage wash and noise. Sensitivity, however, is nothing but a constant conversion rate from pressure to voltage and more important, it… Read More

Backstage Class: Team Effort

For the performing musician there are few things worse than bad sound. If the mix is bad in the PA the audience can’t hear the music, and if it’s bad in the monitors it makes it difficult to play together… Read More