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Live Sound Tech Tips

Line 6 Releases Free SoundScape M20d Software Update

Line 6 has released version 1.1 software for the SoundScape M20d digital mixer. The new version enhances the mixer's onboard recording features and enables remote iPad control over the mixer via existing Wi-Fi networks.

Cool Tool: Pro Co Sign Off

There are moments onstage when it would be useful, as a performer, to be able to mute your microphone. Maybe you want to talk to a bandmate without broadcasting through the PA. Maybe you're a singing drummer who... Read more »

What is an Encoder?

Q: I see a lot of keyboards and control surfaces that say they have "encoders." Isn't this just a regular knob? A: A rotary encoder does indeed closely resemble (and perform) like a traditional control "knob" on a... Read more »

PRM1 Precision Reference Microphone for PreSonus Smaart Measurement

The PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 and StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixers offer affordable audio analysis and correction via Smaart Measurement Technology, which is super handy for optimizing your system for ideal sound... Read more »

How to Rackmount Non-rackmount Gear

Q: I have a piece of gear that I want to install into my rack, but it's not rackmountable — there are no rack ears, and I can't find a rackmount kit for it. What can I do? A: There are a number of rackmount shelves... Read more »

Dangerous Music and Live Sound

Think you can only use a Dangerous Music 2-Bus or 2-bus LT in the studio? Think again! Forward-thinking live sound engineers are now taking Dangerous summing boxes on the road, and using them to enhance the sound... Read more »

JDK R22 and Paragon?

Did you know that the JDK R22 Dual Channel Compressor has a famous, high-end lineage? It's true! The compressor circuit in the R22 comes directly from the famous ATI Paragon PII Live Sound Production Console, long... Read more »

How To Use a Dangerous Music Source with a Subwoofer

Q: The Dangerous Music Source doesn't have a subwoofer output. Is there a way to hook one up? A: Although the Source doesn't have a "dedicated" subwoofer out, there are several ways to accomplish connecting one... Read more »


Native Instruments has released version 5.1 of KONTAKT (part of Native Instruments KOMPLETE). The new version includes added support for the 32-bit native AAX format, the "Jump" amp effect from GUITAR RIG, automatic... Read more »

Balancing Modeling Amp Presets

Q: I have a modeling combo guitar amp. I love the flexibility and that I can store presets for each song, plus it sounds great! Here's my problem: I can't seem to get the volume of the presets balanced. When I... Read more »

PreSonus Universal Control 1.7 for StudioLive

PreSonus has released version 1.7 of Universal Control, which adds expanded Smaart Analysis features to the StudioLive 24.4.2 and StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixing consoles. New features include the Spectra module... Read more »

JamHub Onstage

Think that your JamHub can only be used in the rehearsal room for band practice? If so, you're only getting part of the experience! Why not take your JamHub onstage or into the studio for personal monitor mixes?... Read more »

Line 6 DT25/DT50 v2.0 Firmware

Line 6 has relesed version 2.0 firmware for their DT25 and DT50 amplifiers. The new firmware adds 26 additional HD preamps, taking the total to 30. In addition, any preamp can be combined with dynamic topologies... Read more »

Line 6 StageScape Tutorials

Line 6 has posted a series of tutorial videos on the amazing new StageScape mixer. Whether you own one of these marvelous mixers or you're considering picking one of them up, these videos will give you all the info... Read more »

Roland Integra-7 Front and Rear Inputs

Q: The Roland Integra-7 has two sets of stereo inputs, one set on the back and one set on the front. Does one take priority? In other words, if I plug into both, which one works? A: Both sets of input jacks on the... Read more »

Roland Integra-7 Inputs

Q: What can the inputs on the Roland Integra-7 be used for? A: Stereo external signals may be connected to the front and rear panel inputs on the Integra-7 and routed through the unit's Motional Surround processor... Read more »

Roland Integra-7 and USB

Q: Do I need a driver installed on my computer to hook it up to the USB port on the Roland Integra-7? A: The USB port of the integra-7 will provide MIDI input and output to your computer without installing a driver... Read more »

USB Thumb Drive Not Mounting

Q: I want to update the operating system on my Roland Integra-7, which you do by transferring a file from your computer onto a USB thumb drive, then plugging the thumb drive into the Integra-7. The Thumb drive has... Read more »

Sidechain Tuning with EQ

Want to get more out of your compressor? Combine its sidechain input with an equalizer! (Some compressors have filtering and/or EQ available as built-in processing on their sidechain inputs.) Running the signal... Read more »

Radial 500 Series Chassis Omniport

Q: I really like the 500-series format for audio gear, and I'm thinking about getting a chassis to mount modules in — Radial Engineering makes a couple that I like, and one thing I'm interested in is the... Read more »

Exploding Stage Lights?

Q: I've heard that you should never touch the light bulb within a stage light because they can explode! Is that true or is it an Urban Lighting Legend? A: Some experts say that it is not a good idea to touch... Read more »

1176 Attack and Release

Quick Tip: Remember that the Attack and Release controls on the 1176 compressor/limiter operate in the opposite direction you might expect. Turn the Attack knob up for a shorter attack and down for a longer attack... Read more »

Master Fader Preview

The buzz for Mackie's DL1608 iPad-powered 16-channel digital live mixer is huge! If you've been waiting to get your hands on the Master Fader control app to check it out, we have good news: a free preview of the app... Read more »

Ableton 64-bit Support/Public Beta

Ableton has announced that version 8.4 of Live will feature native 64-bit support. Even better news is that registered Live 8, Live Suite 8, Live Intro, and Live Lite 8 users can download a beta version of the new... Read more »