Buyer’s Guides

Kick Drum Microphones

Kick Drum Microphones

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• June 15, 2016
Back in the day, options for miking bass drums were few and far between. Among these were AKG’s D12 or the venerable Sennheiser MD-421. However, over time, as the kick drum was transformed into the foundation of live mixing, a market opened for specialized mics for kick applications, with new high-SPL, plug-and-go models that required […] Read More...
May 2016 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide

Dynamic Handheld Vocal Microphones

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• May 18, 2016
Condenser vocal microphones continue to rise in popularity, yet you can never have enough dynamic vocal mics. Rugged and dependable, most of these can also double as an instrument mic, while still taking the punishment and keeping on ticking — making them ideal for a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications. To download a PDF […] Read More...
Headworn Microphones

Headworn Microphones

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• April 12, 2016
Headworn microphones continue to be the standard in theater, broadcast, presentation audio and, increasingly, live performance. In checking out some top of the line headworn mics, we encountered a wide selection in a variety of prices with terminations for various systems, and both headband and earworn styles to fit individual preferences. Most suppliers also carry […] Read More...
Large format line arrays

Large Format Line Arrays

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• March 12, 2016

Tours and installs in arenas, stadiums and larger venues typically need long throw, high power systems, that call out the really big guns — typically in the form of. large-format line arrays, here defined as systems with dual 12- or 15-inch woofers. In such applications, systems are rarely used as simple pairs and are usually deployed in multiple box arrays, with prices determined as part of an overall system purchase (typically with subs, amps, rigging, wiring, processing, etc.) and as such, single-cabinet pricing is less meaningful and not provided. URL’s for each company are attached; contact the manufacturer for more information.

To download a PDF of the March 2016 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

 

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Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• February 22, 2016
Condenser microphones with small diaphragms (typically in the half-inch range) are an essential part of any music reproduction system. Offer fast transient response and upper-frequency clarity, these are often the first choice for drum overheads, cymbals, hi-hat, percussion, guitar, stringed instruments, reeds, piano, harp and orchestral strings. We checked out a variety of mics suitable […] Read More...
Two-Inch Neodymium Compression Drivers

Two-Inch Neodymium Compression Drivers

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• January 15, 2016
The heart of many high-output sound reinforcement speakers is the 2-inch (exit) compression driver. Other versions of compression drivers exist — from half-inch to four-inch exit models — but the 2-inch neodymium versions offer a combination of efficiency, power handling, serious midrange punch and light weight that has made these ideal replacements in live sound […] Read More...
Mid-Sized Digital Consoles

Mid-Sized Digital Consoles

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• December 12, 2015
Bring on the revolution! Here’s a snapshot look at digital consoles capable of 24 or more channels, while having a fairly compact footprint and at under 60 pounds each, could be moved by an average person. All prices are street, except where noted. To download a PDF of the Dec. 2015 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK […] Read More...
Digital Wireless Microphones

Digital Wireless Microphones

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• November 19, 2015

As with other categories of pro audio gear, wireless systems have embraced digital technologies. And in today’s ever-crowded RF landscape, this move is ideally suited for packing more frequencies into smaller bandwidths, adding flexible control, applying security encryption or simply transmitting an unaltered digital stream. We looked at some recent offerings and found systems for nearly any application or budget. Speaking of pricing, these are omitted here as systems can vary widely depending on selections in transmitter/receiver options, mic/capsule choices and accessories. Company URLs are provided if you need more information.

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Mini-Size Line Array Systems

Mini-Size Line Array Systems

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• October 16, 2015
Sometimes, bigger isn’t better, as anyone who has tried to park a Humvee in Manhattan can attest. In the past year, we have covered large and mid-sized line arrays, so this time we turned to more compact units, having LF drivers less than seven inches in diameter. Such arrays can be a perfect choice in […] Read More...

AC Power Distro Systems

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• September 19, 2015
To have a great show, you need clean, dependable power, and today’s productions require plenty of it for audio, backline, video and lighting. In the days of yore, most sound companies had to DIY their power distro systems, but these days, there’s little need for that with an ample selection of quality, reliable products that literally […] Read More...
FOH buyers guide on Handheld Condenser Microphones

Handheld Condenser Microphones

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• August 18, 2015

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.

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FRONT of HOUSE Magazine Buyers Guide on Personal Monitor Mixers

Personal Monitor Mixers

FOH Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• July 14, 2015
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 […] Read More...

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