Author: Jamie Rio

Compression: What It Is And Why It’s Good

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 Parameters To understand how to properly use a compressor you will first need to understand the parameters of this piece of outboard gear. Obviously, I have no idea what make or model you may be using, but I can still touch on the five main elements of compression: threshold, ratio, attack, release and gain or gain make-up. “Threshold” sets the point...

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Miking Your Heavenly Choir

As a worship sound pro, the top three questions asked of me are: 1) How do I get my audio system to sound better? ? 2) How do I make my worship band sound better? and 3) How do I make my choir sound better? This month we will be investigating #3. The first thing you will want in your choir are a group of people who can sing on pitch and in time. I know that’s painfully obvious, but many wonderful churches will let anyone who feels the calling to sing in the choir. If that’s you, then...

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New@NAMM: Signature Series Analog Mixing Consoles

“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.” HARMAN Soundcraft’s Signature Series analog mixing consoles are available in four frame sizes: 10-channel, 12-channel, 16-channel, and 22-channel. The Signature Series Multi-Track consoles are available in 12-channel (14-in/12-out USB interface) and 22-channel (24-in/22-out USB interface). 



All Signature Series consoles incorporate Soundcraft’s iconic Ghost mic preamps, drawn from the company’s top-of-the-line professional consoles, to deliver extraordinary audio quality with...

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Christmas Again

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 of you) don’t even believe that Jesus was born on the 25th of December. I’ve heard he was born in April or simply Spring in general and that Christmas is just a replacement for the pagan rituals of the winter solstice. All those possibilities really don’t matter much to God. Catholics and Christians decided that December 25th is the day of Jesus’ birth and I think God is good with it. Besides, even if we found out that Jesus was born on June 4th we are not going to change from December 25th to June 4th. No matter how compelling any evidence could be.   Ok, we also know that the Three Kings (and their entourage) found Joseph, Mary and Jesus two years later and brought gifts. So, as a result of the Kings generosity, we will give gifts to friends and family forever on December 25th. Of course there is an abundance of good will towards men (and women) during this season. This is all great as far as I am concerned.  I...

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Understanding Podium Mics

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 matter is those two microphones. It seems like a rather obvious move now. One mic goes down and you still have another one on line. However, the big question in my mind was what manufacturer supplied those two microphones for the inauguration? I didn’t get the answer to that question until much later in my life. In the meantime Ronald Reagan was elected President and was inaugurated. At his big speech he used three microphones. I figured this guy had to be more cautious than Carter or he just wanted to make certain that every word he spoke was heard. So this is obviously about podium (also known as pulpit) microphones. Not presidential podium mics but House of Worship pulpit mics. By the way, every president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama has used a Shure SM57 for their inauguration speeches. So, you may ask yourself, “If the 57 is good enough for all those Presidents, shouldn’t it be good enough for my pastor?” Well, if the answer were yes, that would be the...

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