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The Reason For “Bad Sound” May Not Be The Sound System

By Pat Brown Three factors of roughly equal importance play the key role in good sound – and two out of three isn’t good enough. The Operator I’ve intentionally saved this one until last. The most overlooked link in the chain is the end user of the system. This includes the mixer operator and any…
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Remote Music Production

By Paul Hedges Successful Recording Over The Internet Freed from the need to worry about engineering concerns, the author nails a killer vocal take… Social distancing needn’t mean the end of studio recording. We explain a simple, free setup for real-time online collaboration. I’ve been making music with my friends since the very early ’80s,…
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Rolling With The Changes: The Busy Life & Times Of Audio/RF Technician Gary Trenda

By Kevin Young Catching up on the career and outlook of a busy professional working high-profile events like the Super Bowl to gigs that can be less demanding.  In late January 2020 when I caught up with audio and RF technician Gary Trenda, he was getting ready to head out to his next job, Super…
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Charlie Watkins Audio Pioneer 1923 — 2014

By Gary Cooper Few have contributed as much to the technology behind rock & roll as Charlie Watkins and his company, WEM. We celebrate the life of one of audio’s great inventors. Look closely at the video of Stones In The Park and there, among the Hell’s Angels, Mick Jagger in his frock, Keith Richards…
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“The Tonight Show” is a Full House with Three SD7 Consoles and Five SD-Racks

FOH Staff • News • March 2, 2020 FOH engineer Artless Poole, Jr. keeps house band The Roots, guest artists, and Fallon himself loud and clear onstage through a newly DiGiCo Quantum engine-equipped desk NEW YORK CITY — Every week for the past seven years, Jimmy Fallon steps onstage in Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center…
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Allen & Heath Academy Now in Session

FOH Staff • News • March 10, 2020 All available seats were filled at a Southern California Allen & Heath Academy session, seen here focusing on wireless application control of a live sound console. VAN NUYS, CA – Introduced in February with its first classes in Van Nuys, CA, Allen & Heath Academy offers attendees…
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A Lil Nostalgia… 20 Amazing Vintage Photos of the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound, 1974

March 06, 2020 1970s, California, event & history, music, San Francisco, science & technology, strange & WTF Weighed over 70 tons, comprise dozens and then hundreds of amps, speakers, subwoofers, and tweeters, stand over three-stories tall and stretch nearly 100 feet wide. Its name could only be the “Wall of Sound”. The Wall of Sound was an enormous public address system…
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DiGiCo Consoles Were Sizzling For Super Bowl LIV’s Hot Halftime Show

 A pair of SD5 consoles handled front-of-house mixing for well-received performances by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, while two Quantum 7 desks in monitor world were plenty for the 150-plus outputs for the singers, musicians and dancers on stage MIAMI, Florida – February 2020 – Super Bowl LIV was a truly Latina-American event: Bronx-born Jennifer Lopez…
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Check One, Two: A Primer On Sound Check (And More)

By Craig Leerman It can be a simple matter or a more detailed procedure ranging from system tuning through line checks and more. For many engineers, the term “sound check” refers to the time the band hits the stage before the gig, plays a few numbers, has their monitor levels adjusted and then heads off…
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AO Drones launches the iconic Motorola Razr in the Dubai sky

PLSN Staff • International News • February 28, 2020 DUBAI, UAE – AO Drones, the specialist global provider of drone light shows, recently delivered an airborne show for a video campaign promoting Motorola’s reimagination of its iconic Razr flip phone in the Middle East and Africa. The resulting video quickly attracted over 200,000 views through…
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