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    Wharfedale WPM1

    Portable Active PA Speaker

    Whether you’re looking for a compact stage monitor or a boost for a small PA, this active speaker could help.

    Reviews Oct 2011
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    JBL Eon 515XT

    Portable Active PA Speaker

    The Eon range of portable powered speakers evolves further, with new styling, improved output, and more besides.

    Reviews Sep 2011
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    Mackie SRM150

    Portable Active PA System

    If you’re in need of some extremely portable amplification or monitoring, Mackie’s tiny SRM150 might just save the day.

    Reviews Sep 2011
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    HK Audio Elements

    Modular PA System

    If you’re looking for a lightweight PA setup that can be scaled to suit your needs, HK’s Elements system warrants closer inspection...

    Reviews Aug 2011
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    DAS DS108

    Passive PA Speakers

    The extremely portable size and shape of these neat little PA speakers make them suitable for a range of more unusual sound-reinforcement jobs, plus those awkward gigs in tiny venues.

    Reviews Jun 2006
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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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    Renkus-Heinz CF151

    Active PA Speakers

    Although Renkus-Heinz is a well-known name in high-end PA components, it's not one often seen on the stages of more modest gig venues — but that may be set to change with the arrival of the new CF/CFX series.

    Reviews Jun 2006
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    Fohhn Xperience II

    Powered PA System

    This premium German-made PA aims to offer a genuine hi-fi approach to live sound reproduction. But is it worth the investment?

    Reviews Mar 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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    Yamaha Stagepas 300

    Portable Powered PA System

    We test this affordable complete vocal PA you can carry from the car to the stage in one trip!

    Reviews Mar 2006
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    Voice Systems Eclipse

    Active PA Speakers

    The PA market isn't short of powered 'plastic' cabinets at the moment, but not many use the coaxial speaker design approach — which is what sets apart this Italian-made model.

    Reviews Dec 2005
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    RCF ART 322A

    Active PA Speakers

    Italian company RCF have a good pedigree. They helped design and manufacture for Mackie when the latter first entered the live sound market. We check out RCF's own entry in the portable powered PA stakes.

    Reviews Dec 2005
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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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    MIDI On The Road: Part 2

    Preparing The System

    Having looked in Part 1 at how to condense your studio setup for use as a live rig, David Harman concludes this short series with tips on how to prepare yourself and your gear for the rigours of live performance.

    Techniques Sep 2001
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    MIDI On The Road: Part 1

    Designing The Rig

    Being a MIDI-based musician doesn't mean that you can't get out and play live gigs; you just need to plan more carefully than the average pub band. Grizzled live MIDI veteran David Harman explains the pitfalls and outlines some of the preparation you need to take your show on the road.

    Techniques Aug 2001
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    Recreating The Ballet Mécanique In The Digital Age: Part 2

    Exploration

    Last month, Paul D. Lehrman described how he became involved in a project to create a performable edition of George Antheil's prophetic but never performed, Ballet Mechanique, in its original version with 16 synchronised player pianos and a human ensemble. With the process of sequencing the 1240-measure work complete, he was now faced with the task of preparing the first ever live performance of the piece...

    Techniques Sep 2000
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    Q. How can I conquer PA feedback when rehearsing?

    I am singer in a band just starting out, and we practise at rehearsal rooms with cheap PA equipment. I use Behringer...

    Sound Advice Sep 2000

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