Buyer's Guides

FOH Dec. 2013 Buyers Guide - Digital Snakes

Digital Snakes

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Once upon a time, digital snakes were regarded as “why would I need that to just replace a cable?” But with the proliferation of digital mixers and simple interfacing via fiber or Cat-5 cabling, the idea started catching on. This was helped by their ability to reduce the FOH footprint with the ease of doing signal “splits” and the convenience of locating preamps in remote-controllable stageboxes; while replacing hundreds of pounds of copper with a lightweight reel — or two, for redundancy.

To download a PDF of the Dec. 2013 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

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FOH July 2013 Buyers Guide: Two-Inch Compression Drivers

Two-Inch Exit Compression Drivers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

In many ways, the 2-inch (exit) compression driver forms the heart of the typical large-format sound reinforcement speaker. True, other versions of compression drivers — from half-inch to four-inch exit models — exist, but the 2-inch versions offer a combination of efficiency, power handling (band-limited, of course) and serious midrange punch that has made these such a popular component in high-output live sound systems for more than a half century.

To download a PDF of the July 2013 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

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FOH Nov 2013 Buyers Guide - Dynamic Handheld Vocal Microphones

Dynamic Handheld Vocal Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

There’s no single product that’s more iconic to the live industry than the handheld vocal mic. And while condenser models have caught on in popularity over the past few years, there’s something comforting about a rugged, tough-as-nails dynamic model that night after night, can stand up to the roughest treatment — and keep on ticking. We looked for some examples in this genre and found a great selection of models that combine durability and excellent performance for any pro live sound application. Check ‘em out!

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FRONT of HOUSE June 2013 Buyers Guide

Small-Format Digital Consoles

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Today’s small-format digital consoles (defined here as models with under-$10k street pricing and moveable by a single person) are long on features, inputs and DSP power, while providing a surprisingly compact footprint. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of what’s available in small-format mixers, many of which will be represented at this month’s InfoComm show.
To download the June 2013 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

DSP Amplifiers

DSP Amplifiers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Amplifiers keep getting smarter, offering more features and improved connectivity, while at the same time becoming more compact, energy efficient and more reliable than their predecessors. We decided to take a look at the top-of-the-line offerings in designs offering onboard DSP and found a bountiful harvest. It should be noted that some companies offer powering packages designed for specific loudspeakers, but here, we’re spotlighting general-purpose amps that can be used with a wide variety of models and applications. All prices are MSRP list and URL’s are provided for more information.

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FOH May 2013 Buyers Guide - Headworn Microphones

Headworn Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Over the years, headworn microphones have evolved from clunky, low-fi affairs into lightweight, nearly invisible transducers capable of serious audio quality that can equal or best many handheld mics. Once mainly relegated to singing drummers and keyboardists, today’s headworn mics are more frequently becoming the choice of lead vocalists, classical soloists, live theatre performers, as well as for singers and spoken word in houses of worship applications.

To download the May 2013 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

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Large-Format Line Arrays

Large-Format Line Arrays

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Big jobs and huge installations require sizable systems, and we offer this look at a selection of large-format line arrays, here defined as systems with dual 10-inch (or larger) woofers. In this range, speakers are rarely used as simple pairs and are usually deployed in multiple cabinet arrays, with prices often determined as part of an overall system purchase (typically with subs, amplification, rigging, wiring, dollies, etc.) and as such, single-cabinet pricing becomes less meaningful and is not provided. URL’s for each company are attached; contact the manufacturer for more information.

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Personal Monitor Systems - FOH April 2013 Buyers Guide

Personal Monitor Systems

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Personal monitor systems allow performers to create their own customized monitor mixes. These have been very popular on stage as well as in the H.O.W. environment, whether used to feed floor wedges, headphones or in-ear systems. Most are modular and expandable to create various sized arrays, so prices are not included here, although websites are provided for more info.

To download the April 2013 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

FOH 2013 August Buyers Guide - Channel Strips

Channel Strips

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Originally designed for studios, channel strips — in this case, single-channel units offering a mic preamp, EQ, dynamics (and sometime more) — have become popular with sound reinforcement users. Besides adding a different flavor to your mix, these are an ideal solution for putting a little “frosting on the cake” for that featured performer’s “money channel” or a bit of analog warmth, punch or sizzle to your console. The trend is on the rise and we found plenty to choose from, for any budget. Check ‘em out!

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FOH Buyers Guide, March 2013, Double-18 Subwoofers

Double-18 Subwoofers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

When you start talking about big sound, ground-stacked double-18 subwoofers are pretty much the standard of the industry. And whenever you’re on that topic, the subject soon turns to “How many do you need?” This isn’t to say that there are other variants that can do the job — ranging from double- and quad-15 boxes to massive systems with one, two or more 21-inch drivers, but if anything defines the foundation of large event product today, it’s the double-18 sub. And one of the easiest ways to upgrade an existing sound rig is to add a couple — or more — ground-stacked subs.

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