Questions tagged [live-sound]

managing/improving the sound in the case where the music is being performed live, in front of an audience.

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In live performance, what is a “monitor”

In discussions about live amplified performance, I have heard the term "monitor" or "monitor speaker" - what does this mean?
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Cheap way to make sound from a MIDI keyboard, without PC

I have a USB MIDI keyboard which is totally useless when not plugged in into a PC and playing a digital instrument. Is there a cheap way, for example some type of box which has predefined sounds, ...
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What is balanced audio all about?

What is balanced audio? What is a balanced cable? What is the advantage of using balanced audio? How does balanced audio work?
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Why acoustic-guitar often use direct output instead of amp miking while on-stage?

When I'm performing a song (well, any) on stage, with an acoustic-electric guitar, the soundman tells me that I should use direct output into the mixer, but when I ask for it to be plugged into an amp ...
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Pop filters and dealing with plosives in live performance

I was just listening to a recording of a performance I did a few weeks back, and couldn't help but notice the ridiculously explosive P's and B's. I'd obviously like to avoid this. I can't recall ever ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of a line out compared to a close mic system

I'm a fairly novice techie, and I'm setting up a rig for a big musical production, with the help of some others, and we are thinking about close micing a guitar amp for the pit band, as opposed to ...
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Can a physics simulator be used to generate sounds for music?

Does anyone use, or know of, a simulator for creating sounds based on simulating the vibrations of real objects? I saw an art display called Tipping Point that created a sound-scape based on ...
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what kind of equalization is done for different music genres for your guitar tone?

I have articles which say that if you are into classic rock and metal then you should have more of MIDS etc can some one please provide information that for different kind of genres what kind of EQ is ...
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Can the Behringer XR18 XAIR Digital Mixer be used as a breakout box?

I'm looking for ways to record 8 channels of sound to a DAW while passing the 8 channels along to the sound guy. The Behringer XR18 has been reccommended to me but I don't want to buy it until I know ...
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What are my options to incorporate a sub-woofer into a PA system for live music performance?

My current PA system I use with my band (usually 2 guitars, a bass guitar and drummer - with 3 vocal mics) consists of a powered mixer (Mackie 808S) driving passive speakers with 12" low/mid drivers ...
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PA System Factors To Consider

What are some of the things to consider and devices to have when creating a PA system for a church to be used both indoors and outdoors...?!