The mixer is the cross roads of the sound system and they come in all shapes and sizes.
We show you how to understand any mixer by breaking it down in 6 stages. The key to mastering any mixer is understand what is there and why it is there. (Busses, trims, Pre, Post, VCAs, Matrix, parametric EQ and more).
This divide and conquer approach will enable you to oriented to any make or model mixer quickly.
Sound systems often live and die by microphone selection and placement. If this part is not right, the system will not sound right (garbage in – garbage out).
A vast array of microphone types exist and everyone has their favorite. Decision made with microphones effect the signal-to-noise ratio and direct-to-reflected ratio. These in-turn have a profound effect on sound quality.
They best way to understand this interaction is to hear them. We use a wireless system to demonstrate the trade offs. What matters and what doesn’t becomes clears when you hear it demonstrated in real-time.
Interfacing Audio Components
Why are their so many different connectors used in audio systems?
In addition to the many types of connectors, there is balance, unbalance, consumer, professional, analog, digital – modern sound systems mix all of these technologies.
What are direct boxes, transformers and pads and when do I need them to solve problems interfacing audio components? Digital Audio add yet another set in interconnect methods. In some cases all of this is replaced with wireless.
Pat will help you learn out to connect any input to any output.
All audio devices will distort if you drive them with too much signal (clipping) and all can be noise if you do not drive them with enough. Gain structure is the practice of getting this right for each component of the signal chain.
Pat will demonstrate how to optimized the system gain structure. Done in the right order, it only takes a few minutes to optimized the gain structure of your sound system.
There are hundreds of different types of loudspeakers in the marketplace, but they can be categorized by a handful of performance parameters. We demonstrate the difference between them and the pros and cons of each of them.
Key specifications such as sensitivity, power handling, impedance, and coverage angles are effectively demonstrated with live demos.
Placement and aiming of loudspeakers is critical. Pat will show you how to start with the best case scenario and then compromise if necessary.
Topic of loudspeaker ends with setting signal delay in multi-speaker systems.
Signal processing includes equalizers, crossovers, delays, compressors, limiters and others. Some have a technical role while others are there for artistic expression.
Used properly it can enhance the system just like spice on food. Used improperly, it can mask some fundamental problems that the system has.
The only way to know is to take a A to Z approach and do the right things in the right order – build from the ground up. We will lay the proper groundwork by demonstrating what each process does.