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Live sound is the art of reinforcing and enhancing sound created live on stage in a way that is complementary to the intentions of the performers

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Di-Box, Audio interface or Both for live performances in theatres?

I'm a juggler, selling a circus-musical to theatres in Europe and I have been gradually buying all the equipment that I need to perform with, without borrowing it from each theatre I go to. One issue ...
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How do I power a Yamaha EMX5?

I know basically nothing with about audio engineering and need some help. I just recently bought a Yamaha emx5 powered mixer. What is the best way to protect it from a power surge? Do I need a power ...
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Recording from XR18 to Tascam-DR40

I have a live performance that I'd like to record from the house Behringer XR18 mixer to a Tascam DR40. What's the best way to do this? What exact cable and output source to the Tascam should I use? ...
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Wireless in-ear monitors for multiple dancers

I'm seeking a sound solution for my upcoming dance performance where 6 dancers sync their movement through in-ear monitors, while the audience experience the performance silently. Any good, low-cost ...
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What is a low-cost home-brew way add basic stage monitor with PA system?

We are a bunch of past middle-age friends who pretend to be a band. We started doing small open-air gigs where we use a single 80W (RMS) PA system as our output into the small crowd. To minimize audio ...
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Using Bluetooth Speakers for Live Music

I have a small analog mixer, a Xenyx Q802usb, with two 1/4" speaker outputs. The venue I'm considering would be a small coffee shop that can get slightly louder than we can overcome with our acoustic ...
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Searching for live natural soundscapes

I'm looking for live and all day long soundscapes of real natural places. I know these things are rare but maybe someone knows sites with this kind material?
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In regards to live sound, what is “Mix Coherency”?

I attended a training for a major console maker today. The rep mentioned the console and processing being totally time aligned / delayed and that this made it "mix coherent" or "fully mix coherent". ...
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Identify a technique used when miking boxing matches?

I've noticed that during some well-produced (HBO eg) boxing matches, sometimes the mix seems to include an audible 'swoosh' for a missed hook or other fast, wide punch. It's very effective and mostly ...
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Soundcraft Vi6 audio output issue

This is quite an interesting problem I'm having. I go to a local church and recently volunteered to mix their live band occasionally on Sunday mornings. They have a SoundCraft Vi6 console. Everything ...
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PA Speaker Placement Wide Room

I have a question regarding the best speaker placement for our venue. Unfortunately, the venue is about 2:1 width to length. It's quite small, about 30' long and 60' wide. The stage comes off the back ...
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Can I connect DI box to mixer line in?

I am presently feeding my DI boxes through a multicore and into my mixers XLR mic inputs. However I wonder if I could feed them into the line inputs (1/4" jack) instead. I would obviously need to ...
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Real Time indoor streaming and music mixing

I am working on this project where we are doing a live performance with about 6 musicians placed away from each other in a big space. The audience will be wearing their headphones and as they move ...
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live background noise suppression with noise source

I have a set of microphones connected to a computer using windows 10, is it possible to remove background noise from the stream of a microphone using the sample of the other microphone ? I need to ...
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How to monitor input levels on the Yamaha MG16/4

How do I monitor microphone levels (or other inputs) prior to the signal leaving the mixer? We have a Yamaha MG16/4, and we're currently using the XLR inputs with dynamic microphones. Basically, I'd ...
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What settings Zoom H2n for live theatre

I am using my Zoom H2n recorder for recording live theatre (mostly musicals) for our regional company. It's mostly for the cast/archiving. What is the best settings for H2n WITHOUT patching the ...
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Unbalanced Phono output from (Pioneer DDJ-SB2) to balanced XLR mic level

I'm playing a gig in a few days where I need to connect my Pioneer DDJ-SB2 to a XLR mic level input. Assuming that the XLR is balanced. Can anyone suggest the best way to achieve that? I was thinking ...
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Adding live band and choir to PA System

I have a similar task to do as with this question Sound system for home theater and band but mine has a different application. I am running an event venue To start, my challenge is to be able to ...
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PA System Setup

I'd like to know where a crossover fits in a PA system. I'm using a basic pa system like below. [singer]->[microphone]->[mixer]->[?]->[speakers]. The ? means do I connect the mixer to ...
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Using compressors in Live Sound (Houses of Worship)

Context: I recently (~2 months ago) got a gig mixing live sound for a church. I've had years of audio education, but none of the courses offered included extensive applications in FOH mixing (very ...
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Sound on big festivals is sometimes horrible

Can someone explain me what is wrong with the sound on big festivals these days? Everytime I stand in a festival hall/tent there is a lot of rumble, mainly from the bass, sometimes it gets better when ...
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Tuning a house of worship by referencing through headphones

Actually I have many questions here. I'm quite new to live signs reinforcement and I have no formal training in it and I want to learn more so pardon me if anything sounds stupid. We've recently ...
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Should I sell this awesome equipment?

I bet any music-lover / audiophiile knows this one. You own or find or get a great piece of audio equipment, be it speakers, a huge old tube amp, old mixing desk, vintage headphones, etc. for which ...
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How to make sampler?

I was on a concert with orchestra and there was a player performing sampler on the keyboard. The player played from the score which had a standard notation. However when a tone is pressed on the ...
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Sound reinforcement for 400 people

I'm working with a musician who conducts workshops for corporates. He's a percussionist and uses music and percussion to teach them stuff. This time around he's working with about 400 people in a huge ...
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How to restrict the dynamic range of a vocal without thickening it?

The context is live PA, not recorded. So I deal with a singer that has a very full voice -- the power is all over the low mids. It's actually a great strong voice. There's a catch... Her mic ...
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How to manipulate speed of playback music during live show?

I'm a sound engineer for the play my school is doing. At one point, which the director has warned me could vary each night, the music that will be playing out of my laptop and into the mixing desk ...
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For those of you who mix live sound:

Have you ever had complaints that your live mix was too loud? My last gig I had replies of "best ever, sounds awesome, the sound was amazing" and one person (that I know of - who knows, I could have ...
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How to achieve 180 degree dispersion from one speaker cluster?(live pa)

As a live performer I am often set up against a wall in the middle of a restaurant playing easy-listening music with diners in front and on both sides of me.A Bose system is supposed to be able to ...
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Live vocal effect, dynamic dependant. delay & reverb

I was on live show yesterday, hear this what i will try to explain. When singer talks to crowd or just sing quiet her voice, effect can be just barely heard. But when she raise voice volume effect ...
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New auditorium construction— where is the 100% perfect place for sound?

I work for a church as a system admin. Considering the size of the organization, my tasks also involving being the go-to guy for research and making any decisions involving any form of technical ...
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Using Home System for PA Duties

I have a 150W amp and these two Pioneer speakers (6 ohms, 75W each) that have 8 inch woofers and look pretty powerful. I'm wondering if they can be used for PA duty as well... I have a friend who ...
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Live sound at professional hockey games

Was wondering what kind of mics are used the get the sound of the hits, skates, sticks etc. for the live broadcasts of pro hockey games. Like a couple dynamic or condenser mics setup around the rink?
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tv show sound operations

Does anybody know what is involved from a sound point of view in doing sound operations for a tv talk show for example something like the Graham Norton. I am starting on live and prerecorded tv ...
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What kind of Mac to buy?

I've just started doing live sound at my local theater company and we might get a new Mac as opposed to using our antiquated Acer notebook any more. For the upcoming show, we need to use QLab to play ...
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How to deal with a reverby room…

Hello, Basic question. Was sound engineering in a school hall/food mess and the acoustics were something horrible. Reflection city, which resulted in an extremely muffled (especially the low-end) and ...
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PA for a long room

I'll be running sound for an event that includes a live band, and then later on an announcer (for award presentations). The venue is about 300 seated capacity, but it's a very long room with the stage ...
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guitar wireless micing question

How would you mount a wireless mic pack like this one to guitar without damaging the guitar or impeding the player? [EDIT] oh and the strap is not preferable!
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Live “gunshot” sound- cant use blanks- ideas?

I'm doing the sound design for an adaptation of a Sherlock Homes novella this summer. The venue is outdoors, a raised stage in a field. The play has a number of gunshots, and Production has some ...
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B1D popscreen from Schoeps

Has anyone used the B1D as a close-speech pop guard for their Schoeps microphones? http://www.schoeps.de/en/products/b1d I am specifically going to test it out with an MK41. I need something that ...
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Amp for live music/sound design?

Hi folks. This question may seem a bit off topic, (but it's sound designy, I promise!) I value the opinions here, and I wonder if anyone with a background in sound reinforcement has any advice. I ...
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Live Production Audio Question Re: Buzzing Monitor

I am currently enjoying a fantastic theater production as the assistant sound designer for a musical. The sound designer that hired me has moved on to another Tech rehearsal and has left me with the ...
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Decent wireless/wired lav mic kit

At this moment, I'm editing some video for work that we hired an (awful) camera / sound guy for from our University's library. His camera work wasn't bad, considering all he did was aim the camera ...
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Organic Sound Cue Techniques

Hello Sound Designers! I'm currently working on a sound design for a live theatre show. One of the challenges I have is to create a cue that imitates the experience of covering you ears and ...