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    Mixing Bruno Mars Live

    Chris Rabold: FOH Engineer

    Chris Rabold has gone from selling T-shirts out of a van to mixing Bruno Mars' epic two-year 24K Magic tour.

    Techniques Mar 2020
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    Stage To Studio

    How To Mix A Live Recording

    With spill between instruments and bleed from backline and monitors, live-performance recordings present unique mixing challenges. At London's PLASA show, Miloco Studios' engineer Jamie McEvoy explained how to get a great result.

    Techniques Dec 2019
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    Stage To Studio: Audio Examples

    Hear & See For Yourself

    With spill between instruments and bleed from backline and monitors, live‑performance recordings present unique mixing...

    Techniques Dec 2019
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    Q. What gadget can switch a mic between my looper pedal and the PA?

    I have a Roland RC‑30 looper pedal, but I want to be able to use a single microphone, set up so that I can use a foot pedal to switch the mic from the PA to the looper...

    Sound Advice Jun 2019
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    Dolby Atmos At The Ministry Of Sound

    Air Play

    Dolby Laboratories have been leading the development of surround-sound systems for four decades, but over the last year or so they have been piloting an intriguing surround system in a famous UK night-club...

    Techniques Jan 2017
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    Choosing A Compact PA System

    Sound Decisions

    It’s now the norm for musicians to provide their own sound reinforcement for small gigs — but what kind of system would suit you best?

    Techniques Nov 2016
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    Preventing Acoustic Feedback On Stage

    Feedback-reducing Tips

    Whether you’re a performer or an engineer, these simple feedback-reducing tips should ensure your gigs remain free from squeaks and howl-rounds!

    Techniques Mar 2013
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    Finding The Right PA System For You

    Primer

    Thinking of taking your act to the stage? Then you’ll need a suitable way of amplifying it, and that all depends on what and where you’re playing...

    Sound Advice Jun 2012
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    How To Use Modelling Guitar Preamps On Stage

    Advice & Techniques

    Guitar preamps that use digital modelling technology have found their way into vast numbers of studios. But do they have a useful place on stage, and what do you need to know if you want to use one live?

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Line Arrays Explained

    The Science And The Magic

    If you've been to a large gig or a festival in recent years, you've no doubt had the pleasure of hearing line arrays of loudspeakers in action. But why are line arrays the current 'best practice' in large-scale PA, how did they evolve, and will they ever filter down to more modest gig venues?

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Power & Electrical Safety On Stage

    PA Basics

    Staying safe on stage is more than a matter of simply making sure that willing hands are available before taking a dive. Knowing how to properly handle the mains power we all need is also crucial to performance health...

    Sound Advice Dec 2005
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    Bose Cylindrical Radiators

    Personal Live Amplification System

    For years bands have needed unwieldy, expensive PA systems to play live, and separate monitoring systems to hear themselves play. Bose's new system aims to do away with much of this complexity and expense. We take a first look...

    Techniques Feb 2004
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