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New@NAMM: Signature Series Analog Mixing Consoles

By Jamie Rio

“Our new Signature Series consoles pack features and circuits from some of our best consoles in our history,” said Sean Karpowicz, HARMAN Soundcraft’s Product Manager, “But never before has such high-quality analog sound been available in these sizes and price points.”

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Christmas Again

By Jamie Rio

Well my friends, we are here again. It’s December and Jesus Christ’s birthday is just around the corner. I know we usually don’t think of Christmas as a birthday party but every year the entire world celebrates the birth of the Christ (the savior of mankind for some of us). Some of you (possibly many […]

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Understanding Podium Mics

By Jamie Rio

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by politics. Especially the all-encompassing presidential elections that seemed to dominate the TV of the day. I remember watching President Jimmy Carter’s inaugural address and that he spoke at a podium with two microphones. I really wasn’t a Carter fan but that’s not the point. What does […]

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Compression: What It Is and Why It's Good

By Jamie Rio

A compressor (a.k.a.dynamic processor) is designed to automatically control the volume or dynamics of the sound traveling through it. Compressors can improve the intelligibility of vocals and control where instruments are placed in the overall mix. Understanding the ParametersTo understand how to properly use a compressor you will first need to understand the parameters of […]

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Making The Switch To IEMs

By Jamie Rio

About 20 years ago, I was playing an acoustic guitar and singing worship music in front of a Galaxy Hot Spot monitor mounted on a mic-stand.The thing was turned up so loud I almost lost a filling but after adjusting the EQ and volume, I had my own personal monitor mix. That experience really has […]

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Church Gear: Buy It or Rent It?

By Jamie Rio

A few years ago I installed a really nice sound system in a church located in the South Bay area of Southern California. The church had been damage by a fire 12 months earlier and they were having Wednesday and Sunday services in a large tent set-up in the church parking lot. A local audio […]

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Portable Praise

By Jamie Rio

At my church, reaching out to the community is one of our highest callings. Our out-reach programs can range from visiting a shut-in to putting on a concert in the local park. The latter, of course, requires a sound system—a portable one. Portable PA systems, however, are not just for out-reach gigs. They can be […]

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How To Mike A Piano

By Jamie Rio

A couple decades ago, a Sunday school teacher at my church decide she wanted her first and second graders to perform in the “big church”. So, five volunteers carried a vintage Kimball piano into the main sanctuary and placed it in front of the platform. We had one rehearsal where I simply opened the top […]

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