• Side-Chaining: Harnessing Your Compressor for Better Mixes, Part 2

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    Side-Chaining: Harnessing Your Compressor for Better Mixes

    In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the basic concept of side-chaining along with a couple of the most common applications. In this segment we'll learn about more specialized uses of side-chaining and how to set up your system for side-chaining.

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  • Side-Chaining: Harnessing Your Compressor for Better Mixes, Part 1

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    Side-Chaining: Harnessing Your Compressor for Better Mixes

    The concept of side-chaining is nothing new; studio engineers and mastering specialists discovered long ago how to use one track to control others in the mix with this method. But what is side-chaining and how can it be utilized to get a better mix? Sometimes it is desirable to create a powerful mix without forcing the vocals or more subtle instruments to compete for sonic space. By using the solo tracks to control a compressor on other or the rest of the tracks, the engineer seeks to maintain a relatively uncompressed mix that automatically "steps out of the way of the solos." Subtle side-chain applications are intended to enhance the separation of instruments in the mix without drawing the listener's attention. More dramatic applications can significantly alter the feel of the song and these often become part of the sounds themselves. 

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  • Sound Investments: Choosing the Right PA for Your Church, Part 3

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    Choosing the Right PA for Your Church

    If you read parts 1 and 2 of this series, you should have a better idea of which format your church's PA system needs to be for your present needs. You should also have a plan for investing in equipment today that can grow and meet your needs tomorrow. What other factors do you want to keep in mind when planning a sound system? In this article we'll explore some other systems and accessories you'll want to incorporate into designing your system.

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  • Throwing a House Show? Five Things You Need to Help it Run Smoothly

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    Throwing a House Show? Five Things You Need to Help it Run Smoothly

    A true staple of rock and roll is a good old fashioned house show. The house show or house party can be enjoyed by high school garage bands and adult bands alike. Compared to more traditional venues, house shows provide a more intimate and inclusive atmosphere for both bands and audience members. While they may not always be as glorious as they are portrayed in movies, a well-run house show is a thing of beauty and actually takes a lot of organization to get right.

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  • Sound Decisions: Choosing the Right PA for Your Church, Part 2

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    Sound Decisions: Choosing the Right PA for Your Church

    In the Part 1 of this series, we learned how choosing the right format for your church sound system is crucial to keeping your message easily understood. The wrong setup can literally create reflections that clutter your listeners' aural field and make it harder for them to hear the message. We also discussed how a very large system calls for some professional design and installation advice. Now what if your church is a new startup, or a mobile outreach that might become a brick-and-mortar church one day? Is your mobile church towing a trailer and setting up a system for each service? Maybe your budget only allows for a small investment in sound reinforcement, but you don't want to invest in equipment you'll have to replace later? In each of these cases you'll want to take a creative approach to building your system incrementally. Let's look at some options for building a modular system over time and become familiar with the design considerations.

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