Buyer's Guides


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Powered Subwoofers

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides
To download a PDF of the March 2010 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

I happen to be a fan of the powered speaker concept, but I know a lot of guys who want nothing to do with them. And most of those guys tend to be driving flown systems and they're logic is hard to argue with - if an amp goes on the ground, it can be fixed or replaced mid show, but you can't do that when they are in the air. But most of us groundstack subs (gotta get that coupling...) so the point is moot. Here is a category we can all get behind.



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Wireless Personal Monitor Systems

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides

For a PDF of the July 2009 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE .


Your intrepid FOH’ers have covered personal monitors (also known as “speakers in your head”) from that end of the signal chain a couple of times. But no matter how good your earpieces are, they are of no real use unless you have a wireless IEM tranceiver package that is at least as good as your earmolds.  And in the post-700 world, doing more in less bandwidth is just something wireless guys have to deal with. Here is some of the cooler stuff we have seen to help that happen.

iPhone Apps

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides
Studio Six Digital SPL meter
I was out on a gig a couple of months ago and one of my favorite people in this business, Buford Jones, was on the same gig. Somehow as we were talking it came out that we both have the SoundMeter app from Faber Acoustical on our iPhones. We began comparing notes, agreed that we both liked it. He asked if mine was calibrated, and I said "sorta," explaining that I went to a show and just jacked around with the settings until it was reacting consistently within a couple of dB of the "real" meter sitting a few feet away on the console. I asked how he has calibrated his, and he told me he used MAPP and the anechoic chamber at Meyer Sound. So I'm guessing his is a bit more accurate.
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Pre-Packaged Drum Mic Kits

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides
For a PDF of the June 2009 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE .

When the first packaged kits containing a complement of microphones for miking a drum kit first appeared, they were really seen as either a way for mic makers to make a few extra bucks by selling several mics at once or a way for the inexperienced to get a package of mics that would all work together properly.

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Digital Consoles Over $75K

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides
To download a PDF of the November 2009 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

If it’s not one thing…  When it came time for the annual digital console buyers’ guide we figured that there were now so many systems out there under the $50K mark that we could never fit them into print.

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MegaWatt Power Amps

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides

For a PDF of the May 2009 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE .

With one of these puppies you should never have to hear those fateful words, “I haven’t got enough power, Captain” on a gig.

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Compact Line Arrays

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides

To download a PDF of the October 2009 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

 

Line arrays—in the right hands and set up properly—provide almost unprecedented pattern control. But what if the room you are working in (say a church or a small-ish theatre) needs that kind of control but a big concert array is just too much in terms of space, SPL and money?

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System Controllers

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides

For a PDF of the April 2009 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

Cheap DSP has meant many changes in the pro audio world, and most of them mean we get to sell off or leave boxes at the shop, because what used to take four separate boxes is now done with one. The system controller is maybe the best example. Where your “drive rack” once contained crossovers, EQs, compressor/limiters and time delay, these computerized wonders do all that—usually in a single rack space—without breaking a sweat. As we see more processing migrating to the actual amps themselves, even these boxes are not safe from the march of progress. But here is a look at the current state of affairs. 


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Digital Snakes

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides

For a PDF of the September 2009 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

The days of hauling tons of copper around to get the audio signal from the stage to the console are rapidly fading. This short chart will give you an idea of what is out there that will let you carry a good reel of Cat5 cable instead of a giant multi-core snake.

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Powered Subwoofers

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides

For a PDF of the March 2009 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE 

Concert quality subs with drivers of at least 18 inches are already beasts. So, what the hell, we might as well put the power in the box, too. Truth is, we decided to do a Buyers Guide on powered subs and realized that unless we were prepared to publish it in book form we would need a way to further limit submissions.

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