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Articles Tagged Loudspeaker World

  • Friday, August 14, 2015
    line array
    PSW Staff 08/14/15 12:43 PM,
    Compact line arrays are those we’ve defined as having low-frequency drivers measuring 8 inches or smaller. Array modules in this genre offer a relatively small footprint in terms of size, weight and cost, yet they are capable of delivering significant output. They’re conveniently portable due to the size/weight factor, and are suitable for a range of fixed installations as well. Compact arrays present a scalable solution – a single unit will provide main coverage to a relatively small space, and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogSlideshowLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Monday, August 10, 2015
    loudspeakers
    Bob McCarthy 08/10/15 03:23 PM,
    Previously, I addressed the impact of breaking and tapering a line of loudspeakers (here). Now let’s turn our attention to balconies. Everybody seems to love breaking main loudspeakers horizontally into left and right, but breaking them vertically into upper and lower? Not so much. We can be repeat offenders when it comes to multi-main horizontal breaks, such as a parade route or racetracks. Multi-mains can go vertical as well, although it’s unlikely that we’ll expand beyond two elements. Vertical expansion… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    studio monitors
    M. Erik Matlock 07/29/15 08:48 AM,
    Out of the box, my first impression of the new Les Paul Reference Monitors from Gibson was that I didn’t even care what they sounded like. They’re absolutely gorgeous. My room received an instant aesthetic upgrade just by having them in there. The active (bi-amped), 2-way line offers 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch carbon woofer options, each joined by a 1-inch carbon-coated titanium tweeter in a front-ported, bass-reflex enclosure. The rear panel includes high- and low-frequency trim controls for tailoring, both… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogReviewLoudspeakerMonitoringProcessorSignalStudio

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015
    prosoundweb
    Joe Brusi 06/10/15 06:00 AM,
    Remember Pac-Man (originally “Pakkuman” in Japan), the video game that debuted in the 1980s? For the unfamiliar, Pac-Man is a yellow ball that opens its mouth to eat dots as it is guided through a maze while avoiding being touched by four ghosts. What’s Pac-Man got to do with loudspeakers? Well, if you ever see him on a prediction coverage map, chances are the directivity balloon of the loudspeaker was not fully measured. For a long time in pro audio,… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerMeasurementSignalSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, June 01, 2015
    line array
    Bob McCarthy 06/01/15 07:31 AM,
    A friend of mine who’s not an audio engineer went to a show and later told me it sounded too loud and unintelligible. Plausible? Sure. Now try this: another friend said it sounded like the line of the loudspeakers had been broken. Still seem plausible? No?  I figure everyone knows what a broken line sounds like since it’s such a big issue for discussion in the audio community. Every time I tune a system or hold a seminar, someone tells… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVLine ArrayLoudspeakerMeasurementProcessorSignalSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    subwoofers
    Tom Young 05/20/15 02:25 PM,
    Several years ago, a technique most commonly called “aux fed subs” has been developed for reducing low-frequency “muddiness” from front-of-house loudspeaker systems. This technique has resulted in considerable benefits over a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, but there is confusion as to what it encompasses and what it accomplishes. Let’s clarify the details and describe the set up of an aux fed subwoofer system. We’ll also be addressing some frequently asked questions on the topic. In a traditional loudspeaker… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallLoudspeakerPowerProcessorSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    loudspeakers
    M. Erik Matlock 05/12/15 08:41 AM,
    I will never forget one particular service call. A small church called me out to quote a new sound system. This room sat about 120 people, pretty standard size and shape for rural Georgia. They weren’t happy with the existing system and wanted it replaced. When I walked into the room, I saw a single, odd-looking loudspeaker mounted tight to the ceiling over the podium. The pastor and tech told me how much they hated the way it sounded. I… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerLine ArrayLoudspeakerSound ReinforcementSubwooferTechnician

  • Friday, May 08, 2015
    meyer sound
    PSW Staff 05/08/15 05:46 AM,
    Meyer Sound holds that keeping the design, manufacturing, and assembly of its drivers and amplifiers at its Berkeley headquarters is the only path to innovation and product consistency. Along the way, the company notes that its engineers have also discovered unexpected opportunities by having R&D, manufacturing, and quality assurance right on the same multi-block campus. Vice president of research and development Pablo Espinosa discusses why Meyer Sound chooses this approach to product development and manufacturing. Q: What can factory visitors… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundNewsAmplifierBusinessLine ArrayLoudspeakerManufacturerSound ReinforcementSubwoofer

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    audio power
    Pat Brown 04/29/15 06:03 AM,
      Trying to characterize amplifiers or loudspeakers only by power ratings is akin to trying to completely characterize a person by a photograph. There is always much more than meets the eye. Few subjects generate more confusion in the audio world than power. There is a very good reason for this—it’s a confusing subject, and one that can easily fool our intuition. Most of us are on a power trip—our attitude is that “more is better.” We want bigger amplifiers… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierAVInterconnectLoudspeakerMeasurementPowerSignal

  • Tuesday, April 07, 2015
    real world gear
    PSW Staff 04/07/15 02:54 PM,
    Available in a range of sizes and cabinet shapes, compact 2-way loudspeakers are an MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the live sound world. They serve as mains, monitors, side fills, center fills, near fills, front fills and delays, and can quickly be ground stacked, flown, or placed on a stand. In addition, they can almost always be carried by one person. Many (most) of these boxes are trapezoidal in shape, with many offering an enclosure angle for stage monitoring. Smaller… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogSlideshowLoudspeakerSound Reinforcement