Buyer's Guides

FOH buyers guide on Handheld Condenser Microphones

Handheld Condenser Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Dynamic microphones have been the standard in vocal performance mics for decades. However, if you’re looking for extended bandwidth and fast transient response in a handheld, a condenser mic is just the ticket.

To download a PDF of the FRONT of HOUSE August 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

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FOH March 2015 Buyers Guide - DSP Amplifiers

DSP Amplifiers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

No doubt about it — amplifiers are smart and keep getting smarter, with recent models offering an increasing amount of onboard DSP to handle system setup/engineering chores.

To download a PDF of the FRONT of HOUSE March 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

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FRONT of HOUSE Magazine Buyers Guide on Personal Monitor Mixers

Personal Monitor Mixers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Over the past couple years, there has been an explosion of tablet / smartphone-based systems where musicians can control their own monitor mixes via Wi-Fi. But dedicated personal mix hardware systems are a better choice in many instances, especially in cases such as multi-act shows, festivals, houses of worship and other events where you don’t want to rely on every performer remembering to bring a compatible device that’s fully charged and with the correct app installed. The systems listed can feed wedges, headphones or in-ear systems. All are modular and expandable to create various sized arrays, so prices are not included here, and URLs are provided for more info.

To download a PDF of the FRONT of HOUSE July 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

FOH Feb 2015 Buyers Guide - 21 Inch Subs

21-Inch Subwoofers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

As with all things in life, sometimes we all need a little extra. And that approach certainly applies equally to sound systems. So if you want to add impact to your system, nothing quite does it like a 21-inch subwoofer.

To download a PDF of the Feb. 2015 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE:

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One-Inch Compression Drivers Buyers Guide, FOH Magazine, June 2015

One-Inch Compression Drivers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

The one-inch exit compression driver rose to prominence nearly 70 years ago, implemented in classic products such as Altec Lansing’s 604 coaxial and the venerable Voice of the Theatre A-7. With the need for higher power handling, 1.4- and 2-inch drivers since became popular choices, although 1-inch designs remain a standard, as an MF/HF driver in smaller speakers and for upper-MF reproduction in larger multiway and line array systems.

To download a PDF of the FRONT of HOUSE June 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

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Jan. 2015 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide - Road Cases

Road Cases

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

One thing you can say about gear: If it has value and is going on the road, it needs a case. And a good case can make a huge difference between a show going on or being cancelled. These days, there are dozens — if not hundreds — of companies building transport cases and we decided to present a selection of them. Please note that many companies also provide custom foam cutting and most have case templates for common pieces of gear, so a “custom” design for your piece of gear may be fairly simple. And if you want custom colors or graphics, many companies can accommodate your request.

To download a PDF of the Jan. 2015 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

FRONT of HOUSE May 2015 Buyers Guide - Large-Format Line Arrays

Large-Format Line Arrays

Frank Hammel
Buyer's Guides

The really big jobs, such as stadiums, arenas, festivals and other installs, require sizeable systems, and we offer this look at a selection of large-format line arrays, here defined as systems with dual 12-inch (or larger) woofers.

To download a PDF of the FRONT of HOUSE May 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

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FOH magazine Buyers Guide, Dec. 2014, Portable Systems

Portable Systems

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Call it what you want — speaker on a stick, or whatever — but portable systems, with their fast, easy setups are the bread and butter of our industry and, combined with a sub or two, can offer impressive performance in smaller venues.

To download a PDF of the FOH Dec. 2014 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

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Rack Mount: Digital Mixers - Small but Mighty

Rack Mount Digital Mixers - Small but Mighty

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

One of the hottest trends today is the move toward compact digital consoles. Perfect for small footprint installs, portable gigs or anywhere where you want to travel light, these offer a blend of power, DSP punch — and in many cases, expandability to meet future needs.

To download a PDF of the April 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

 

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Drum Mic Kits - FOH Buyers Guide Nov. 2014

Drum Mic Kits

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Over the past few years, more and more manufacturers have been offering pre-packaged bundles or kits of microphones selected specifically for drum miking. These range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, but all offer a grab-and-go package that offers an easy solution with individual transducers matched for the job at hand.

To download a PDF of the Nov. 2014 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide on Drum Mic Kits, CLICK HERE.

 

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