Small Venue Systems

Small Venue Systems

November 19, 2015

Small Venue Systems

Music magazines, like Live Sound International or FOH (Front of House), often feature articles highlighting the latest in sound systems, but it seems a majority of these articles are catered towards large, up-scale budgets and locations. It’s always fascinating to read about what these bigger venues are doing and how quickly technology is progressing. However, many sound people work in hundreds of small venues throughout the US. If your band plays gigs in small venues or if you operate sound systems in small venues, your sound dynamics radically differ from the larger sites. You have to adapt your skills to the characteristics of small venues to achieve sound success.

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Pick the Perfect System for DJs

How to Pick the Perfect DJ System

November 17, 2015

There used to be a time when DJs had to lug heavy loads of vinyl records to their parties, used turntables and were spinning dance records. The advent of cassettes, CDs and then MP3 players revolutionized the DJing world. DJs now have virtual turntables on their laptops and instead of hauling around 70-pound speakers they can get better sound quality with smaller speakers half the weight. Throughout the digital evolution, one item has remained constant and that is the purpose of DJs.

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Mixer with EQ

Where to start with EQ

November 11, 2015

Mixer with EQ

Patience and Practice, if you want to learn to use EQ and adjust EQ in a venue for a live concert or a recording, are the two attributes you absolutely need. If you lack these, we suggest you develop them in a hurry otherwise your sound will be an earful. Anyone working in audio absolutely needs to develop this fundamental skill, yet many people struggle with EQ. We have put together a few general tips to get you started or to fine-tune your EQing abilities.

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Recording band rehearsal

Tips to Successfully Record a Rehearsal

November 10, 2015

Recording band rehearsal

Recording your rehearsals is an integral part of trying to improve your performance skills. You need recordings so you can listen to them later and break down the tape to see what you are doing well, what needs tweaking and what is just not working and needs to be really improved upon. There are many factors to consider when recording a rehearsal. It’s much easier if you are a lone musician and gets more complicated if you are band with guitarists, drummers and more.

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Plan a Successful Gig

Plan and Deliver a Successful Gig

November 04, 2015

Plan a Successful Gig

Gigs are not easy to come by and when you do get the opportunity, you want to ensure it goes extremely well, as a good product is the best form of marketing. If you can impress the crowd, those people will talk about you and your chances of success will trend upwards. Here are a few tips to help you have a good show:

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Sound Engineer Concert Series

Gig Etiquette: Sound Engineer's Guide to a successful gig

November 03, 2015

Sound Engineer Concert Series

The first consideration when preparing for a live gig is having the correct setup for the task at hand for a smooth running gig. It is important to get a rundown of what you are going to need for almost any gig. You would rather have too much than not enough. Remember, every gig is different and equipment will vary but the following is what you will need for every gig:

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US Built Audio

US Built Audio: An Ocean of Difference

October 27, 2015

US Built Audio

Americans are still reeling from the latest economic crisis to hit our country in fall 2008. Although experts keep stating we have moved beyond the recession, we can still see its lingering effects in our communities. At the peak of the economic downturn, there were a lot of lost jobs along with families losing their homes and this is a situation no one would like to have repeated in the future.

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The Challenges of Outdoor Sound

The Challenges of Outdoor Sound

October 21, 2015

The Challenges of Outdoor Sound
People love being outdoors and it’s a part of our natural heritage, from camping trips and family BBQs to large sporting events held under open skies. A concert in the great outdoors offers a unique experience to the crowd, but represents many challenges for the organizers. Sound in the open air needs particular attention. Otherwise, the entire experience can be ruined. High frequencies can be ripped away by the wind and sound needs to reach the whole crowd, but not bother the neighbors. Luckily, there are an abundance of strategies and technologies that can be used nowadays to ensure you consistently get fantastic sound at your outdoor venues.

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Road Trip – Doing Your First Tour

Road Trip – Doing Your First Tour

October 20, 2015

Road Trip – Doing Your First Tour

Landing your first tour can be exciting, but it can also be fairly stressful if you don’t know what to expect. There is a lot to consider, including equipment hauling, transportation, and even communicating with different venues. One of the first things you should do is consider what issues will arise. The more you tour, the easier it will get and you will become accustomed to what the demands of being on the road are. In an effort to ensure you are well prepared, here are some tips that will help you survive your first tour and get you well on the way to becoming a professional at touring.

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Benefits of Bi-Amping

The Benefit of Bi-Amping and 4-pin Speaker Cables

September 23, 2015

Benefits of Bi-Amping

In the days of hardware based electronic crossovers, it was necessary to send your bi-amp signals to separate power amps and then connect to your speaker's high frequency and low frequency drivers with separate cables or a custom wired cable. This made for a larger truck pack having more cables per speaker and a greater number of connection points between the board, crossover, power amps and speakers.

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Personal Ear Monitor Tips

July 16, 2015

Personal Ear Monitor Tips

This video offers advice that will be invaluable for first time ear monitor users as well as current users. Included in the video are tips on mixing, obtaining the optimal signal strength and how to deal with the isolated feeling of wearing earbud monitors on stage. 

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Bass Missing Down the Middle

Bass Missing Down the Middle

June 22, 2015

While reading through a professional audio forum online, a question was brought up by someone regarding the bass response of his system. He was having problems with very little bass down the middle of the room, but still had bass on the sides. On one side of the stage, he had to put the subwoofer behind the main speakers, but he had delayed the rest of the system to compensate. He was unsure if the small delay was causing the low bass in the middle issue. His system was comprised of very high quality components with the proper amplifiers and loudspeaker processors, although no Carvin Audio products.

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