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PreSonus StudioLive Series III
PreSonus StudioLive Series III

PreSonus StudioLive Series III

George Petersen
Console Profile

It’s hard to believe it’s already been eight years since PreSonus unveiled its first StudioLive 16.4.2 digital console back in 2009, and over the years, the platform has been enhanced, improved and expanded. Even better yet for end users, advancements in digital technology have reduced the pricing of the mixers over time, while adding additional features and functionality.

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Main Screen of the Waves Primary Source Expander Plug-in
Main Screen of the Waves Primary Source Expander Plug-in

Waves Primary Source Expander Plug-in

Vince Lepore
Road Tests

Over the last several years, Waves has embraced the live sound industry, releasing numerous solutions targeted directly at live sound engineers. Software such as Tracks Live multi-track recording software and hardware like Waves’ SoundGrid Servers, MGO, MGB interfaces and eMotion LV1 live mixer have anchored Waves’ position in the sound reinforcement industry. These are not simply tweaks of plug-ins originally intended for studio use. Instead,

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Waves eMotion LV1 Digital Mixer

Waves eMotion LV1 Digital Mixer

George Petersen
Console Profile

Waves is no stranger to plug-ins, hardware and software systems for pro audio applications, and since 1992, the award-winning company has been a leading supplier of DSP solutions for pro users in studios, venues, broadcast facilities and tours worldwide. In fact, for the past quarter century, anywhere quality audio is being created or reproduced, chances are that at least one Waves product was involved somewhere in the signal chain.

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Earthworks DP30/C ‘Drum Periscope’ mic on tom
Earthworks DP30/C ‘Drum Periscope’ mic on tom

Tom-Tom Mics: Why Choose ‘A’ and Not ‘B’?

David Morgan
On the Digital Edge

While watching last week’s Chelsea Blues football (soccer) match, I received a phone call from an old friend and colleague, Tony Blanc. He had taken over the mixing duties at FOH for Cher, a former client of mine. I was pleased to hear that, as Tony is a terrific mixer and will do an excellent job with that show. Cher shows are great fun for a FOH person and my memories from the three years I mixed her shows at Caesars Colosseum in Las Vegas are all good. As a Cher alumnus, I was flattered that Tony chose to contact me. We hadn’t spoken in a while and our catching up discussion ended up stretching out well into the second half of the game. Sorry, Blues!

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Yamaha Rivage PM10
Yamaha Rivage PM10

Yamaha Rivage PM10

George Petersen
Console Profile

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary of digital mixer technology, Yamaha’s flagship Rivage PM10 digital console remains a top choice of live sound engineers on major tours and installations. Since officially debuting in the U.S. two years ago, this comprehensive mixing system family continues to expand with new options and enhancements. With 144 input channels, 72 mix buses, 36 matrix buses and 24-bit/96 kHz clarity, the Rivage PM10 significantly increases the quality and versatility necessary in the live sound environment, while inheriting some of the most popular features from its renowned PM Series consoles.

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Among the upbeat signs of a successful season for the live music industry is the number of mega-selling pop act that have signed on for festivals in 2017, keeping those crowds coming.
Among the upbeat signs of a successful season for the live music industry is the number of mega-selling pop act that have signed on for festivals in 2017, keeping those crowds coming.

Another Upbeat Touring Season on the Horizon

Dan Daley
The Biz

Inside every little universe within the big one, we all share clocks time-based on their own chronological markers, and for live sound, the clock tends to start around this time every year as the major tours begin to roll out. The good news is that things look about the same as they did in 2016, which was a very good year for music touring.

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FOH April 2017 Buyers Guide - Digital Wireless Microphones
FOH April 2017 Buyers Guide - Digital Wireless Microphones

Digital Wireless Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

It’s not a surprise that wireless mics are making the transition to digital, just as consoles, signal processing and system control have eased into communicating via streams of zeroes and ones. And with the precision of packing more frequencies into smaller bandwidths, applying security encryption or transmitting directly to AES or Dante, digital wireless makes a lot of sense in many — but not all — applications. FRONT of HOUSE checked out some recent offerings, and we found systems that were well suited for nearly any application or budget. Note that pricing is omitted here, as systems can vary widely depending on transmitter/receiver choices and options, such as external antennas. Company URLs are provided for more information.

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Modern perks (such as a reduced footprint, ease of recording, simple-to-use touch screen access, versatile connectivity options and remote Wi-Fi control via an iPad or tablet), as found on this DiGiCo S21, can contribute to a decision to consider a new desk.
Modern perks (such as a reduced footprint, ease of recording, simple-to-use touch screen access, versatile connectivity options and remote Wi-Fi control via an iPad or tablet), as found on this DiGiCo S21, can contribute to a decision to consider a new desk.

Your Console: When to Upgrade?

Vince Lepore
Sound Sanctuary

Who doesn’t want to upgrade their digital console? I always want the latest and greatest, newest digital console on the market. I’m always bored with my old, tired console, with failing faders and touch screens that just don’t calibrate the way they used to. It’s easy to tell yourself that, isn’t it? That having a brand new, shiny digital console would make your tech team so much better off? From my own experience, that’s not always the case. Add a comment

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