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Loud… Louder… LOUDEST – Who’s to blame for excessive volume at gigs?

Andy Coules on why those less glamorous gigs should be just as important as large-scale shows to good engineers… [Full Article]

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Andy Coules explores the benefits of working in small venues.

Andy Coules on why those less glamorous gigs should be just as important as large-scale shows to good engineers… [Full Article]

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Selecting The “Right” Direct Box (DI) For Bass Guitar

What type of direct (DI) box works best for bass guitar? The answer is easy: it depends. In fact, more than anything else, it depends on the type of bass that the DI is going to be used with… [Full … Continue reading

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Understanding Analogue & Digital in Terms of Audio

Analog? Digital? Both? In professional audio, many choices exist, but there’s not enough time to make the wrong ones. We regularly hear claims floating about, often skewed by particular opinions and interests that tend to color underlying simple truths… [Full … Continue reading

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Silence Can Be Golden: The Value Of Selective Muting

In high school, I held a stressful job: paint mixer at the local hardware store. The equipment looked like it was from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab – and I was Igor. One extra drop of dye could turn Orange Ruffy into … Continue reading

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Plugging In: The Ever-Growing Processing Stable

The other day during load-in for a production, I used something I’d not touched in more than a year: outboard gear. We were adding a small analog console as a sub-mixer for the installed system when I decided to place … Continue reading

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Using Various Types of Equalization.

Equalization (EQ) can be used to do a lot of things. Some of these things are very basic, while others are kind of exotic. In this post, we will focus on the most typical uses for the different kinds of … Continue reading

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Focus On The Knobs? Making Technology Transparent In The Quest Of Art.

At one time or another, all of us who have sat behind a mixing console at a show are asked “do you know what all those knobs do?” Of course the answer is “yes”—or at least it should be… [Full … Continue reading

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7 Things You Should never Do While Mixing

Top 7 tips to learn and live by when you are behind the mixing console at a live show… [Full Article]

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A Teachable Desire To Improve: Sorting Out The Stuff That Really Matters

What would you say is the most valuable skill in our industry? I recall a top mix engineer saying that he wants to work with sound team members that have an innate understanding of signal flow and a good attitude. … Continue reading

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Adventures In Playing And Mixing The Same Show

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in music performance, I largely gave up being a musician and concentrated completely on learning the trade of being a sound engineer. Although I continued to play the viola for perhaps the first half of … Continue reading

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A video preview of the new Yamaha TF Series Digital Mixing Consoles

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