• How to 'Ring Out' Your Stage Monitor System: Part 2

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    How to 'Ring Out' Your Stage Monitor System

    "Ringing out" the monitors is an expression that describes the technique of locating and adjusting the frequencies most prone to oscillation in the stage environment to achieve the highest possible gain before feedback. Assuming you have set up the stage to your advantage as we discussed in Part 1, you should already have a good start towards achieving loud, clean monitors without feedback. Now it is time to optimize (or 'ring out') those monitors!

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  • How to 'Ring Out' Your Stage Monitor System: Part 1

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    How to 'Ring Out' Your Stage Monitor System

    Have you ever struggled with stage monitor feedback that you couldn't control? Or maybe you found that you couldn't get enough volume and clarity out of your system without causing feedback? If so, you might want to master the lost art of 'ringing out' your stage monitor system. What does it mean to 'ring out' your monitors and how will it help you overcome feedback issues? I'm glad you asked! In this series we'll examine the world of live sound on stage and see how this essential technique can yield huge gains (no pun intended) in terms of quality sound on stage.

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  • Can’t Hear Yourself Sing Live? Try These Tips

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    Can’t Hear Yourself Sing Live? Try These Tips

    Singers in bands of all styles tend to face a very familiar problem: the inability to hear themselves when singing along with the band. This frustrating problem can cause vocalists to strain their voice trying to over project and have problems with pitch ultimately giving less than their best performance. The human voice has its own distinct limitations- unlike an electric guitar or bass, a singer cannot simply turn up the volume on his or her amp if they are not cutting through. However, taking advantage of technology can help vocalists hear themselves over the din of a loud band.

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  • Speaker Specs: Making Sense of the Technical Gibberish Part 2

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    Speaker Specs

    In Part 1 of this series we covered Frequency Response, Sensitivity, and SPL. This segment will explain Power Ratings, Crossover Systems, and Coverage Specs.

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  • Speaker Specs: Making Sense of the Technical Gibberish Part 1

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    Understanding Speaker Specs

    When trying to choose the best speaker system for your application you may find yourself confronted by a bewildering list of specifications. You might be thinking, "I just need to pick a speaker that is a good fit for my power amplifier. Why does this say 600 watts in one place and 2400 watts in another? What do all these numbers and unfamiliar words mean?" There seem to be a lot of variables to consider but what do they tell you about the system's capabilities? Let's take a look at some commonly published specifications you might encounter and become familiar with their meaning and application.

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