RE-ENFORCEMENT — What is the Goal?


(Author’s Note: The topic for this article was originally suggested by a comment from Barry McKinnon of MC Squared Design Group, North Vancouver, BC., Canada.) OK, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for some serious military grade explosive driven myth busting! MYTH #1: Sounds reinforcement is a 20th century development. We have a tendency to think […]

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The Mix in the Room


The art and science (for it is both) of live sound reinforcement in any worship space must take into consideration a large number of factors unique to HOW sound. For example, you may well have to mix speech, recorded music, live music, professional and non-professional speakers, musicians, to serve an audience (congregants) that will literally […]

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The Sound of Sound


In a world of steadily increasing digitization, robotization and electronic origination of everything from voicemail prompts to virtual customer support, the musical world has not been left out of the progression to artificial sources. Of course there remains the world of orchestral, operatic and some styles of folk/country music performances, which are as unrepentantly “live” […]

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Conference Room Greatness


I just love conference rooms. These rooms have such power in them and strengthen the attendees with a sense that “I am safe to share my ideas in private, with people who want to be here.” Then there are times I enter one, and I see all the possibilities of a space that could host […]

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Intelligibility and Acoustics: A Conflict Resolved?


It’s the Law The astonishing thing about the laws of physics and the mathematically derived acoustical parameters that govern sound reproduction is that, despite considerable effort by many well meaning or at least well motivated individuals and manufacturers over the last 150+ years, they simply haven’t changed, and, just in case you think there is […]

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Building, Design for Sound and Acoustics, Part 1: Understanding the Basics of Sound


By John J. Lupo Division Manager, North Florida, Dynamark Systems This is part one of a multi-part series of articles that will provide a solid understanding of the principles of sound and acoustics as it relates to design and construction of both public and private spaces. Parts 2-5 will cover decibels, STC ratings, soundproofing and […]

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Williams Sound IR Emitters Added to EASE Software This Month


Williams Sound has told rAVe that its WIR TX75, WIR TX90 and WIR TX9 infrared emitters will be supported in EASE as of March 15. EASE (Enhanced Acoustic Simulator for Engineers) is software that provides AV system designers and consultants with detailed, realistic modeling and simulation of venue acoustics and sound system performance. EASE models […]

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Focus on Technology: PC Based Conferencing Still Requires Good Acoustics and Lighting for Groups


By Steven J. Thorburn, PE, CTS-D, CTS-I Thorburn Associates Our smart phones and tablet PCs have brought video chat to the masses. So why can’t we use it for business calls? You can – we have. While still not the quality of a good purpose-built system, desktop conferencing is very close as a feasible alternative […]

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L-ACOUSTICS Launches LA4X Amplified Controller


The L-ACOUSTICS LA4X amplified controller is based on a four-input by four-output matrix architecture and uses a universal switch mode power supply suitable for mains from 90V to 265V. A “green” product, the power supply features something they call “Power Factor Correction”, which maximizes the amplifier efficiency and takes advantage of nearly 100 percent of […]

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