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Microphone Month 3

Live Sound News

Why Buy Your Guitar From Sweetwater?

See how Sweetwater goes to great lengths to give you the very best online guitar buying experience. From our online Guitar Gallery that allows you to see and select the exact instrument you want to our 55-point... Read more »

How to Live Stream Your Worship Service

From the beginning, Sweetwater has proudly helped churches and worship ministries make the most of modern media technology in order to best reach their entire congregation. In the past, that meant offering quality... Read more »

Remembering Chris Cornell

In September 1989, I was in LA as a panelist at the sold-out Concrete Foundations Forum — an annual event and the world's first exclusively heavy metal industry convention. On the evening of September 23, one of the... Read more »

Rein in the Reverb

Reverb is an integral part of near every finished recording. It creates space in the mix, and ambience and body for individual instruments. For some types of sound design, a huge, cavernous reverb is an integral... Read more »

Powered Mixer, Powered Speaker, or Power Amp?

Q: I see powered mixers, powered speakers, and power amps for PAs. I'm a bit confused which do I need? Does everything need to be powered? A: What we're referring to here is an amplifier for driving PA speakers... Read more »

Shure GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Shure GLX-D digital wireless series. GLX-D systems feature Shure's sophisticated LINKFREQ automatic frequency management, and bidirectional communication that lets your transmitter... Read more »

QSC K.2 Series Loudspeakers Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the QSC K.2 series of powered loudspeakers. The K.2 Series is packed with more of everything. Double the power. Higher SPL. Greater low-frequency extension. Experience sublime clarity... Read more »

Waves Updates Plug-ins to v9.91

Waves has updated their plug-ins to version 9.91. In addition to fixing bugs, the new update includes the following enhancements: All plugins now have control mapping for Avid S3 and S6 control surfaces.H-EQ: New... Read more »

Vocalists: Bring Your Own Mic to the Gig

As a vocalist singing with bands (and that includes instrumentalists who sing backups as well as lead singers), it's possible to get by without owning your own vocal microphone. Often the person in the band who owns... Read more »

Peace of Mind: Uninterruptable Power Supply

Many people use an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) battery back-up power unit for their computer — basically a UPS is a battery that provides power when the AC from the wall is cut. With a UPS there's... Read more »

Best Mics for Recording Rap Vocals

Neumann U 87 The Neumann U 87 is an industry-standard condenser mic and has been for years because of its signature sound. The familiar look and sound of the U 87 have made it an engineer's and producer's top pick... Read more »

Do I Need to Put my Guitar Amp on a Stand?

Many players prefer to raise their combo amp up off of the floor, and a dedicated amp stand is often more convenient and stable way to do this versus using a chair. There are several reasons to raise a guitar amp... Read more »

Live Monitoring 102: How to Use In-ear Monitors (Continued)

This is a continuation of the first video, Live Monitoring 101: How to Use In-ear Monitors, which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKU9LbMOV20 Being able to hear yourself is critical for a great... Read more »

How to Reduce Feedback On Stage

We've all been there: the band starts playing, and what begins as a mild, soft high ringing sound suddenly becomes a harsh and overpowering squeal that overwhelms the sound of everything else and makes everyone... Read more »

Get Your Free Copy of Band:Smart

Want to know everything about everything related to bands and making it in the music business? Then you must check out Martin Atkins' acclaimed Band:Smart book — and we've got it for you completely FREE of... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Breaking In A Speaker and Speaker Breakup?

Don't confuse speaker breakup with "breaking in" a new speaker — they're completely different things! Often when you buy a new speaker that hasn't had audio pushed through it yet, the cone will be stiff... Read more »

Roland V-1SDI Live Video Switcher Software and Firmware Update

Roland has announced both software and firmware updates for their V-1SDI Live Video Switcher. The V-1SDI Version 1.5 firmware update supports capturing a still image from the V-1SDI RCS software for Windows or Mac... Read more »

How to Hear Your Vocals Onstage

Are you having a tough time hearing yourself when you're singing onstage? You're not alone. As a vocalist, you can't simply turn up your instrument at the source — you can only sing so loud; straining may blow... Read more »

To Emphasize an Instrument in the Mix, Boost Its Presence

Many guitar amps feature a Presence control. Depending on the specific amp, the Presence is generally operates as a high treble control, adjusting the range around 4kHz or so. The control is so named because when... Read more »

Listen to Reduce Mic Leakage Onstage

When you're mixing an artist or band live, mic bleed/leakage can be one of your biggest enemies. During sound check, be sure to do a PFL (pre-fade listen) check of each microphone as the full band is playing. Don't... Read more »

Cable Management Tools for Stage and Studio

Spaghetti may be tasty, but it belongs on a plate, not the back of your rack. The sheer amount of time many of us waste sorting out tangled cables and liberating vital components of our rigs is criminal, especially... Read more »

Live Mixing Tip: Use Reverb to “Position” Backup Vocals

Getting the balance between lead vocal and background vocals can be tricky, particularly if you're in a small venue where the instruments aren't running through the PA. In these situations, reverb is your friend... Read more »

How to Sync Lighting to Your Live Show

Well-synchronized lighting can take your live show to a new level — chaotic lighting can clear the room in a hurry. Mitch Gallagher shares advice on using a DMX interface to control your lighting show from DAW... Read more »

Digital Mixer Tip: Build a Live Mix Off a Template

Using templates is a time-honored technique for quickly setting up your DAW in the studio. But it can also be a time saver when setting up your digital mixer for a live show. (Various digital mixers may use... Read more »