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Small Groups during Slim Summer Sundays

Having been a church choir director now for many years, I have been faced with the dilemma of what to do during the slim summer...

Set a Festive Mood Before the Concert Begins

One of the highlights of the holiday season is enjoying one of the many music programs that add so much to the season.  While attending one such holiday...

Microphone Placement

Microphone placement?  I just put the mics in front of the performers and everything seems fine.  What more do I need to know?  Well,...

Efficiency Expert

I was pleasantly surprised to come across Carmine Caruso’s Musical Calisthenics for Brass in our online database.  I studied trombone with Carmine from 1968...

Microphone Types and Uses

Definition:  Microphone -- or mic -- converts acoustic energy into electrical energy, resulting in an audio signal. Rather than going into the scientific details, I...

Audition Day: Turning the Tables

For the college bound, after months of careful research wading through hundreds of brochures and catalogs, numerous discussions with your private teacher, band or choral...

Mixing Live Sound

Here are a few handy tips and some basic information on what goes into setting up and mixing live sound: A "mix" is created...

The Job of a Sound Engineer

Chapter 1 of The Basics of Live Sound by Jerry Slone defines a sound engineer as “A person who brings together separate sounds to...