If you’re coming from an audio background and attempting to learn stage lighting, it can seem like an entirely different world. In a PA system, you start with the source signal and proceed down the chain. Most basic sound equipment will operate with a simple 0-10 volume control and the output of one unit running to […]Read more "Stage Lighting: DMX and DIP Switches"
I venture to say that most of us aren’t in music for the science. However, there are some places where knowing a little bit of science can help you manage the complexities of a full-range PA system or even something as simple as picking the right speaker cabinet for a guitar head. So, let’s learn […]Read more "Ohm’s Law and You"
Short of a power outage, nothing stops a performance quicker than feedback problems. Fortunately, most feedback issues can prevented or minimized with a few tricks during set up and sound check. The first step is positioning. The relationship between speakers and microphones is important and will be the largest determining factor of whether you […]Read more "Fight the Feedback"
Of all the common misconceptions in the world of pro audio, the one that keeps popping up in conversations for me is the nature of outdoor sound reinforcement. I’ve heard the exact same axiom repeated by knowledgeable people with completely opposing viewpoints. Check it out: “What is the best way to improve the sound of your […]Read more "Outside Sound: Playing in the Park"
Pre-made cable is great. We, here at Seismic Audio, make cable in all sorts of configurations and lengths. For most situations, this is all that is needed. Order the right cable, plug in, and go. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes the length isn’t quite right. Sometimes a different connector is needed. Sometimes […]Read more "Building Cables for Fun and Profit"
Houses of worship have their own particular live sound needs above and beyond the usual rock-and-roll gig. The idea is still to reinforce the sound to the point that the audience can hear clearly and comfortably. However, in most worship settings, this is a much lower volume than even the smallest of gigs. Also, there […]Read more "Fundamentals of Church Sound"
We’ve all been there … the gig where everything goes wrong. We can’t stop the worst from happening but by following these few simple steps, we can be prepared for it. We, here at Seismic Audio, have gathered all our best tips for being making sure we that our gigs go smoothly. Hopefully, some of […]Read more "10 Point Checklist for Stress-Free Live Sound"
Whether you are in a band, are a DJ or KJ, are a sound engineer, or you rent PAs; the soundcheck is a vital moment that determines how the actual show will go. If you have an effective soundcheck, the show should be a breeze and you’ll have the time to fix any unexpected problems. […]Read more "Essential Tips for an Effective Soundcheck"
DJs, rightfully, spend a lot of time working on their sets. This is the heart of DJing. However, if your live show sounds bad then it doesn’t matter how good your set is. I’ve collected some good tips here for the gigging DJ. Some may be common sense, some may not occur to you without […]Read more "10 Effective Live Sound Tips for DJs"
We here at the Seismic Audio blog, just like you at home, are always looking for ways to improve sound quality. Sometimes, it is a new technique for your instrument. Sometimes, it is a new piece of gear. Today, we’ll look at actually improving the room itself. We’re going to talk about acoustic foam and […]Read more "Explaining Acoustic Foam"