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Live Mixing: Studio EQ Versus Live EQ

In one sense, EQing is EQing. If you're familiar with the process of scanning for frequencies using an equalizer and boosting and cutting in the studio, the mechanics are the same when using an equalizer in a live... Read more »

Live Mixing: Know Where Your Instruments Sit in the Frequency Spectrum

Anyone who mixes audio needs a good working knowledge of which instruments "live" in which frequencies. But this is especially true of live mixing, where the volumes tend to blend everything into mush if you're not... Read more »

What Exactly Is a Line Array?

Early line arrays, such as the 1967 Shure Vocal Master system that featured the VA300-S Speaker Column, a "highly directional, wide range, line-radiator" (according to Shure's manual) didn't initially catch on, but... Read more »

Live Sound Month at Sweetwater!

We're celebrating Live Sound Month at Sweetwater! For over three decades, our passion has been helping performers take the stage with confidence, with PA solutions that cover everything from churches to coffee... Read more »

How to Prevent Feedback on Stage by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtzk7ifB-Jc Sweetwater's Don Carr presents some great tips on avoiding feedback while you're performing onstage. From mic-handling techniques to speaker positions, these tips will... Read more »

6 Must-have Mics for Live Sound

Translating a performance to a live audience begins with the mic. Every sound source that is not plugged line level directly into the console, such as drums, guitars, vocals, horns, and any acoustic instrument... Read more »

Take Your Drum Sound with You – Carrying Your Own Mics

Drummers don't have it easy. We chose to play a big, bulky instrument, and we love it. Most of us work hard at finessing "our sound" just like our melodic instrument counterparts. Keyboard players, guitarists, bass... Read more »

Equalization for Live Sound

What's an EQ? Before we dive into the relative merits of parametric channel equalizers and graphic EQs, it's important to understand a few of the fundamentals that govern all forms of equalization. All equalizers... Read more »

Timing is Everything: Time-aligning Speakers for Your PA

When a PA system isn't able to properly cover the audience, a common remedy is to add supplemental speakers, frequently called ancillary speakers (ancillary means "providing something additional to the main... Read more »

Creating a Silent Stage

Here's a typical scenario: you arrive at the venue, and the stage is smaller than you were told. In fact, your band will barely fit on it. The stage is also backed into a corner, surrounded by hard surfaces that... Read more »

The Fundamentals of Live Sound Recording

The subject of how to accomplish live sound recording is as broad as the reasons for recording live. The setup that's perfect for capturing a stereo mix and tossing it up on YouTube before the audience gets home... Read more »

Mixing Live Sound with Plug-ins

Modern sound engineers have more processing tools at their disposal than ever before, with plug-ins for live sound becoming as commonplace as their hardware counterparts. Especially in large-format music mixing and... Read more »

Power Management for Your Live Sound Rig

Audio clarity is greatly affected by the quality of the power used to run audio equipment. This is one of the many aspects of live sound that your audience won't notice so long as everything's done correctly, but if... Read more »

Epic Live Show Fails: 5 Tips for Avoiding Them

Have you ever heard the term "trial by fire"? Wikipedia defines that phrase like this: "Trial by ordeal, by which the guilt or innocence of the accused is determined by subjecting them to a painful task." You may be... Read more »

Adding Triggers to your Drum Kit

Do you make elaborate sounding records that take the sounds of your drum kit to many different places? Do you want to play those songs live and have them sound the same as your records? Do you want your drums to... Read more »

Adding a Subwoofer to Your PA

Why Add a Sub to Your PA? There's nothing quite like a chest-pounding kick drum, a bass line you can feel in your bones. But even with subtler applications, adding impact to low frequencies isn't the only good... Read more »

Audio Networking Explained

Computer networks have been used for decades to interconnect multiple computers and other digital equipment. A network provides an economical and efficient way for devices to share data and for users to communicate... Read more »

4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing!

As a musician, there is nothing more important than protecting your hearing. Sure your hands, feet (especially if you are a drummer), and voice are incredibly important, but as far as music is concerned, all of... Read more »

Utilizing Ribbon Mics for Live Sound

I discovered ribbon mics late in my career, after I'd been engineering for 20 years. I only knew the classics before that, such as the RCA 44 and 77-DX, which looked great in glass cases or in photos of music stars... Read more »

Five Must-haves for Taking Computers on the Road

It wasn't too long ago that the thought of relying on a computer for live performance was cause for skepticism, but today computers are a mainstay in live performance. Whether it's for the biggest rock or pop bands... Read more »

The DI Box – What is it? Why Do I Need One?

What Is a DI Box? Born out of necessity in studios such as Motown and United Sound Systems to accommodate the electric instruments emerging in the 1960s, direct boxes began as a way to resolve a basic impedance... Read more »

Gig Essentials: Backup Wi-Fi Router

When you're packing up gear for your gig and making sure you have spare batteries, cables, and other essentials, a backup Wi-Fi router may not be on your list of essentials. But with the multitude of digital mixing... Read more »

8 Essential EQ Tips for Live Sound

As misunderstood as they often are, equalizers are the bread and butter of good sound reinforcement, and knowing how to properly EQ is one of the most critical jobs of running the board. From correcting problems and... Read more »

Complete Your Live Sound Kit with 10 Must-have Accessories

Sometimes they're toolboxes, sometimes they're old army bags or converted equipment racks, but one thing's for sure, every seasoned live sound tech keeps a kit full of essential gear that's saved at least one major... Read more »