Andy Coules takes a look at the new SSL Live L300 Digital Live Sound Console.


It may be a compact alternative to the L500, but has downsizing taken away any of the original’s appeal? Andy Coules investigates… [Full Article]

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Psychology 101: Who’s opinion counts?


As a practicing sound engineer, who do you listen to before, during, and after sound checks, performances, and recording sessions? Spoiler Alert! The short answer is everybody. So now you can skip this advice column and read about the latest Chinese microphone that bears a Germanic sounding name. Enjoy… [Full Article]

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An object lesson in how NOT to record a live album.


Whenever we record music there are certain “golden rules” that aid us in getting the end results we require. These rules are based on years of experience and have been handed down from engineer to engineer as a useful guide to the best practices. While they’re not rigid, experience has taught us that it is wise not to break them if we hope to produce a recording of the required standard (i.e., to be released)… [Full Article]

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From The Ground Up: System Engineer Tom Worley On Building A Career


A couple of trusted friends, both long-time touring sound veterans, recently introduced me to Tom Worley as a highly skilled system pro who not only really knows his stuff, but is a true pleasure to work with. Not yet 30 years of age, Tom’s worked with a who’s who of tours by top artists, largely as a system engineer/tech, and most recently, as the audio crew chief for leading UK touring company Britannia Row on the recent Depeche Mode world tour. I thought it beneficial to present more about Tom’s career path and “how he got here.” [Full Article]

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The sun is shining so it’s time to start thinking about festival season.

This month, Coachella heralds the start of the American music festival season, showcasing a wide range of musical styles to fans and talent buyers from around the country… [Full Article]

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4 Essential Meters for Live Sound

An article about four useful meters for live sound mixing. [Full Article]

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Andy Coules takes a look at the new Zoom H5 hand-held digital recorder.

Promising power and flexibility, the Zoom H5 claims to have set a new standard in portable recording, but does Andy Coules agree? [Full Article]

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Understanding Analog & 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 Article]

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Some useful advice.

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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Ben Hammond asks if monitor engineers might become a thing of the past.

Having just come off a five-band-bill UK tour, on which four of the five bands were carrying their own in-ear monitoring system, and not one monitor engineer, it begs the question – are monitor engineers soon to be a thing of the past?… [Full Article]

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Using condenser microphones in live applications.

For decades, dynamic microphones were the only choice for live applications due to their ruggedness. Live engineers didn’t want to take delicate, expensive condenser mics on the road. All of that’s changed now that condensers have been made more robust and roadworthy, and they’re quite capable of handling a wide range of live applications… [Full Article]

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A look at the use of digital consoles for monitor mixing.

Monitors for touring and at festivals present a unique set of conditions and challenges, with digital console technology helping engineers rise to the occasion. It’s also interesting to see the ways that networking is serving to more closely ally house and monitors… [Full Article]

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