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Live Sound News

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 »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

Yamaha Commercial Audio Updates Firmware of Dante-equipped Products

Yamaha has released firmware updates for many of its Dante-equipped products, introducing AES67 compatibility and connectivity along with a number of other functionality updates. Yamaha CL/QL series Digital Mixers:... Read more »

8 Accessories to Streamline Your Gig

Want to have a better experience at your gigs, regardless of where you're playing? Mitch Gallagher shares eight smart accessories for musicians that will make packing up and setting up at your gigs more enjoyable... Read more »

5 Essential Accessories for Live Sound

Sometimes it's the little things that can make or break a live performance. Mitch Gallagher shares five helpful accessories to keep on hand that can prevent problems before they arise. After the video, learn more... Read more »

How to Automate Patches for Live Performances

Whether you're a guitarist, keyboard player, or other type of electronic musician, automating your gear to change presets along with your performance is a huge help. Mitch Gallagher shares expert advice on... Read more »

How to Use a Click Track to Maximize Live Performance

Performing along with a click track is a smart way to tighten up your playing, and it doesn't have to be complicated. Veteran performer Nick D'Virgilio shares some expert advice on using a click track for live... Read more »

Live Monitoring 101: How to Use In-ear Monitors

Being able to hear yourself is critical for a great live performance, and in-ear monitors are a smart solution. Nick D'Virgilio shares some expert advice on getting the most out of your in-ear monitoring system at... Read more »