Recent content by The_Guest

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    Crossover with mono subs and LCR tops

    The issue isn't just being able to select what goes to your subs, but also how much. The main advantage to feeding the subs through the auxs is the ability to individually throttle the amount each channel goes to the subs. In other words, think of it super discrete low-end eq knob. I would...
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    Mixers/Consoles Recording live on location

    Be aware that "direct-out" trick with many Mackie consoles, will occupy the insert jack (split send/return TRS) which ultimately gives up the ability for the FOH mix to run serial effects/processing such as comps/gates/limiters. With 24 inputs, I'll assume most would prefer to leave the inserts...
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    Mixers/Consoles Recording live on location

    Biggest question to ask is: what is your budget? Many amateur and intermediary engineers will record their mix live either directly from the board (matrix or auxiliaries) or split their signals to a dedicated console and processing straight to ADAT/CD/Mini-Disc. This is how it's been done...
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    Microphones Microphone Testing

    Theater: Have the actors sing or recite an excerpt from the casted role. Stress that they do it all "in character." Often times people back off or shy away when there mic is the loudest thing in an empty house before the show. Bands/Music: Have the tech/musician promptly identify what...
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    Which would you get?

    Avoid the WL93 if you can. They get the job done, but they're huge, ugly, and overpriced for what else is out there. Shure makes great wireless systems, just terrible elements. Everytime I've ran their wireless I always opt to go with Sennheiser mke elements because they sound pretty good...
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    books (sound)

    You're looking for a copy of the Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook. Amazon.com: The Sound Reinforcement Handbook: Gary Davis, Ralph Jones: Books This is the number one book that comes to mind when anyone in the live audio world is asked about good literature. There are lots of things...
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    College Search for technical theatre (please help)

    Check out University of Michigan's School of Music/Dance/Theater's design and production program. They also have a BTA program for management and producing if you want to be involved in entertainment/theater but don't want to do technical or performing as a career. I have a friend in it and he...
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    Recording Audio on a Macbook Pro

    Are you playing back the audio through your macbook pro's internal soundcard? I've found a lot of times that with almost any laptop (regardless if you're using a mic or not), if you use the internal soundcard and run it through a powered speaker or PA while the laptop and powered speaker are...
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    Inexpensive but decent monitor headphones?

    Interesting you say that about the 7506. I personally don't have that picky of a set of ears. The 7506 are not the best headphones I've heard, but they're definite not the worst. I know what you mean about it's tonal characteristics. I've never bothered to do any research on this, but what...
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    What Do You Use To Tune the PA With?

    Do we have a Feli Kuti fan here? Mbira/Kalimba/Thumb Pianos are awesome! A friend of mine is in a sweet Afrobeat (myspace.com/nomomusic) band that uses them. I've never thought to use afrobeat music to tune a room before. I'll have to try that.
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    Inexpensive but decent monitor headphones?

    I know my advice will stray off topic a little bit, but I feel very strongly about these. These two are the defacto standard of live and studio monitors. You don't even have to be serious engineer or musician, they're worth it to keep around for personal use...they're simply that good...
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    Mac OS X Production Software?

    Have you found Audacity to be stable? I've always found it to really crap out or work poorly when you ask more of it than you would to a free program. I'm not insulting it because it's free, but I've always found it to be glitchy with processing (no matter what you run on it). I wish mac...
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    Personal Website

    In the traditional sense of apply to college, the website won't make a difference. It depends on what kind of program he is applying to. A friend of mine applied to a design and production program at one of the top public universities in the US and they looked at everything. They analyzed his...
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    Mac OS X Production Software?

    I own and use logic and it is an absolute pain. It's great when you know how to do something , but terrible when you don't. I would not recommend this software whatsoever for pro theater, let alone high school and community theater. The learning curve is just to darn steep. I use it for...
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    What Do You Use To Tune the PA With?

    I usually like to do a series of music from different genres and varying ranges of production quality. I'm not too crazy about Dave Matthew's Band, but I will admit it's always very full and well engineered. It's perfect for tuning a room because it has heavy drums and so many extra...