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 on: Today at 08:12:28 am 
Started by M. Erik Matlock - Last post by M. Erik Matlock
Church Sound: Everything Is Amazing, And No One Is Happy
Acknowledging how awesome all this technology is, and cutting it some slack when it doesn't work right.
By Mike Sessler • September 20, 2018



Louis CK has a bit in his routine where he describes some of the miracles of modern life, and how we’re never happy with them.

I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when a few of our musicians got to complaining about the trouble they have communicating with each other during rehearsal now that we’re all on ears.

I thought back to three years ago when I arrived at Coast (my church). We had 7-12 monitors on stage that typically generated 88-90 dB SPL at front of house, 90 feet away with the main PA off.

The sound was pretty dreadful back then, the stage was a mess, the piano was rarely in tune and had more drums in those mic’s than piano, sound check typically took more than an hour and at the end, people were rarely completely happy.

Today, we’re so dialed in that sound check can be done in 20 minutes if everyone cooperates, stage volume is almost 0 and by all accounts, the sound in the house is better than it’s ever been.

The piano sounds great, and by changing out most of the mic’s so does everything else. Oh, and with the M-48 personal mixers, the musicians can usually get a great mix; one that’s tweaked exactly for them.

Everything is amazing, and no one is happy...

Continue reading here: https://www.prosoundweb.com/channels/church/church_sound_everything_is_amazing-_and_no_one_is_happy/

 22 
 on: Today at 08:11:12 am 
Started by M. Erik Matlock - Last post by M. Erik Matlock
Church Sound: Everything Is Amazing, And No One Is Happy
Acknowledging how awesome all this technology is, and cutting it some slack when it doesn't work right.
By Mike Sessler • September 20, 2018



Louis CK has a bit in his routine where he describes some of the miracles of modern life, and how we’re never happy with them.

I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when a few of our musicians got to complaining about the trouble they have communicating with each other during rehearsal now that we’re all on ears.

I thought back to three years ago when I arrived at Coast (my church). We had 7-12 monitors on stage that typically generated 88-90 dB SPL at front of house, 90 feet away with the main PA off.

The sound was pretty dreadful back then, the stage was a mess, the piano was rarely in tune and had more drums in those mic’s than piano, sound check typically took more than an hour and at the end, people were rarely completely happy.

Today, we’re so dialed in that sound check can be done in 20 minutes if everyone cooperates, stage volume is almost 0 and by all accounts, the sound in the house is better than it’s ever been.

The piano sounds great, and by changing out most of the mic’s so does everything else. Oh, and with the M-48 personal mixers, the musicians can usually get a great mix; one that’s tweaked exactly for them.

Everything is amazing, and no one is happy...

Continue reading here: https://www.prosoundweb.com/channels/church/church_sound_everything_is_amazing-_and_no_one_is_happy/

 23 
 on: Today at 08:08:52 am 
Started by Greg_Cameron - Last post by Erik Jerde
Anybody else seeing bad rendering of the forums on Safari? I see a huge gap between the top banner adds and the actual thread list. And links are kind of smattered all over the page in weird spots.


Also, I don't seem to be getting notification on threads I've turned on notifications for.


Thanks for any insight.
Greg

Safari works fine for me.   Notifications have been broken for a long time.  The issue has been brought up previously.  There appears to be no desire to fix it.

 24 
 on: Today at 08:02:49 am 
Started by Tony Mamoh - Last post by David Winners
With the subs placed directly against each other, they will acoustically couple, meaning they will act as one speaker. You won't hear any discernable difference between horizontal and vertical orientation. It's when you start spacing cabinets out that you start changing the coverage.

 25 
 on: Today at 06:52:52 am 
Started by Taylor Hall - Last post by Miguel Dahl
This is not a tech-tip, but I often print or write small labels and tape them to either the base of the gooseneck mic or the table itself where it just says "Please speak into the mic, or it will be difficult to hear you".

But I'd go for goosenecks at each position with on/off button if no automixer / tech is available. Maybe insert comps and gain the inputs to get enough juice, and flip the polarity on every second mic.

 26 
 on: Today at 06:51:32 am 
Started by Tony Mamoh - Last post by Tony Mamoh
I admit I am a novice when it comes to application of acoustics to live sound in the real world.  I am seeking basic technical information on the pros and cons of placing a pair of 1-18 subwoofers vertically (stacked on top of each other) or horizontally (stacked side by side).

Sometimes, to give the illusion I have a dual 18 subs like the real pros, I place the 1-18 subwoofer pair side by side/horizontally. However, I had a scenario recently where I did an outdoor event. We needed to place the FOH mains speaker on a pedestal as high as possible.....in order to throw as far back as possible to the audience. We 'experimented ' with stacking the subwoofers on top of each other (vertically); and placed the dual 15/horns full range mains speaker on top. I must confess that we achieved the primary aim of getting a good throw as far as possible to the audience from the mains speakers.

But I really  don't know if that is a good practice, and what the (sometimes theoretical and academic) low frequency response might be from the subwoofer placement position.

I also confess that I am yet to read the famous book on acoustics and psycho acoustics of live sound. Those of you that have either read the book, or have many years of experience with the acoustics coupling from subwoofers may be kind enough to share one or two things with me.

Thanks!

 27 
 on: Today at 06:46:20 am 
Started by Miguel Dahl - Last post by Miguel Dahl
Hi Miguel, I have wrestled with this issue, and finally found a solution. What I ended up doing is writing a new scene with the channels arranged the way I want them to be. This scene, "Scene-1" will be the next one after "Master". So, leave the first scene (Master) however it comes up, add a scene, and arrange things as you want them.
When you open the file, make sure you are on the master scene before you connect to the devices. When WSM asks you if you want to send WSM settings to the devices, or read the device settings into WSM, always choose the latter.
WSM will populate the master scene in whatever order, but when you go to Scene-1, your devices should be how you want them. Having said that, I have had a few issues where Scene-1 didn't save as part of the current show file, so make sure you save a starter show file to use as a template in case that happens.

Thanks! I'll try this. But I can't understand that something this "obvious" needs a workaround.

 28 
 on: Today at 06:31:20 am 
Started by dave milton - Last post by Johannes Halvorsen
First: Buy an Artnet node. That gives you a ton of options to choose from.

Personaly I'd recomend QLC+: It is free, stable, relatively easy to learn, cross platform and open source. QLC+ is well suited for the use cases you describe.

If you want something more "industry standard" you can actually run one universe of dmx for free from Martin MPC. But then we are talking a waaaaaay steeper learning curve.

 29 
 on: Today at 05:03:54 am 
Started by John L Nobile - Last post by Gordon Brinton
I have yet to hear a mini line array that sounds natural and full-bodied like a conventional box speaker. To me, they just seem to sound slightly mechanical, cold, shrilly, and unbalanced across the frequency spectrum. Perhaps it's their lack of sizable mid and low-mid drivers or their overabundance of upper-mid. Maybe this one is different, but I am not holding my breath.

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 on: Today at 02:07:02 am 
Started by Patrick Tracy - Last post by Justice C. Bigler
Nothing wrong with the Countryman E6 earset mics. But some people don't like the single ear only rigging for them. The Countryman's are a couple hundred less expensive than the DPAs, which are about $600.

Mics that small are kind of fragile. I would buy two of whatever you get.

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