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Dynamic Microphones: How Do They Work?

There are two major categories of microphones: dynamic mics and condenser mics. Whereas condenser microphones feature charged capsules that operate on the electrostatic principle, dynamic mics function via passive... Read more »

What is the Difference Between an Active and a Passive DI Box?

The most obvious difference is that passive DI boxes don't need to be powered. Active DI boxes require a power source, usually batteries or phantom power over an XLR jack. But the differences go deeper than that... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Guide: Recording Live Music

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians: Recording Live Music: Expert Advice to Record Your Live Gigs. This downloadable guide will tell you everything you need to know to... Read more »

Musikmesse Is Here!

Musikmesse, the huge annual music and pro audio trade show held in Frankfurt, Germany, is here — and needless to say, there is loads of new gear on display! Be sure to check out our Musikmesse trade show... Read more »

Country Legend Merle Haggard Passes

Merle Haggard, iconic country music singer/songwriter/musician, passed away today. He was 79 years old. Haggard's family was from Checotah, Oklahoma, but had moved to Bakersfield, California. He was born not long... Read more »

How to EQ for Open, Airy Mixes

You often hear people talking about "open" mixes that sound "airy" rather than mushy. Generally, "air" corresponds to those frequencies over 12kHz or so -┬áthe high, sparkly stuff. Many times when we mix, there tends... Read more »

Sweetwater Joins Industry in Rallying Behind New Audio Format

Sweetwater Sound, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio equipment in the U.S., has announced that they are partnering with major professional audio gear manufacturers and industry-leading... Read more »

What’s a “Line Check”?

A "line check" is the process of making sure that all of the microphones, cables, and direct boxes on stage are working before the show or soundcheck starts. You can do this by having an associate with a cable... Read more »

Live Sound Tip: Don’t Forget the Drum Mat

Not every venue will have a drum mat or rug for the drums to be set up on. It may not seem like a vital piece of a kit compared to the hardware, drums, cymbals, and percussion, but that lowly mat can be the... Read more »

Live Mix Compression: Use Carefully

When you're mixing in the studio, you can never have enough compression. One compressor is used for a couple of dB of compression on a track, then another compressor adds a couple of dB of compression on a bus, and... Read more »

Playing Well with Others – Teamwork Onstage

When you're playing music onstage, communication and cooperation are essential. When everyone is playing tight and really listening to one another, the groove is infectious. You hear your part in the larger context... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hand-held Recorder

In these days of computers, smartphones, and tablets, it's easier than ever to plug microphones into an audio interface or mixer, and send all the sources to your DAW of choice. But don't underestimate the value of... Read more »

Live Sound: Cable Organization

Nothing can ruin your set faster than tripping over cables — not only are cables a safety hazard for the performers, it's all too easy to pull over a piece of gear, break an input or output jack, or otherwise... Read more »

Major Firmware Update for MOTU Interfaces

MOTU has released the version 1.2.5 firmware update for the 1248, 8M, 16A, UltraLite AVB, and other latest-generation audio interfaces. The free, downloadable update offers significant new features including a new... Read more »

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

Waves Announces BSS DPR 402

The latest plug-in from Waves is the BSS DPR 402 compressor/limiter/de-esser. Long a favorite for studio, live sound, and broadcast applications, the DPR 402 has been heard on countless recordings, concerts, and... Read more »

Synths Onstage: Keyboard Amp or PA?

The Internet is littered with articles, blogs, and opinions on how to amplify electric guitars onstage. While there isn't as much discussion about it, synths need amplification too! You have two choices for... Read more »

Live Sound: Control Tom Rumble with Gates

If you're doing live sound for a loud band or in a larger venue, you'll likely find yourself needing to mic up the drums and send them through the PA. But as the volume goes up, you can start to have problems with... Read more »

Disc Makers Celebrates 70th with Giveaway

Our friends at Disc Makers are celebrating their 70th anniversary — and you could be a lucky winner! As part of the celebration, Disc Makers presents "Disc Makers Ultimate CD Wallet Bundle Prize Package,"... Read more »

Live Sound Month Continues at Sweetwater!

As part of Live Sound Month, the experienced sound-reinforcement engineers and performing artists at Sweetwater have prepared over 30 articles covering topics from speaker coverage and speaker delay to the best way... Read more »

Does my PA Need a Subwoofer?

It takes a lot of energy to project very low frequencies. This means that in a medium-sized or larger venue, it's easy for kick drums and low toms, bass guitars, synth basses, and other very low frequency sounds to... Read more »

Preventing Volume Wars

We admit it, we love to hear a cranked up guitar amp, a thunderous bass, and hammering drums — there's nothing like it! But volume can very easily get out of hand, leading to a volume war onstage. The... Read more »

What is the “Ducker” on My PA Mixer?

On a live mixer, a ducker literally "ducks" (attenuates or reduces the volume of) the signals when a "trigger" or "sidechain" signal is detected on a specific channel. Duckers are particularly useful for when... Read more »

What is a “Snake” and Do I Need One?

"Snake" is a generalized term for many cables all permanently bundled together in a tube or other binding. A snake is useful when you need to route a bunch of cables from one location to another — rather than... Read more »