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Andrew Swift is at Electro-Voice's NAMM 2024 booth to introduce the new EVERSE 12 Weatherized Battery-Powered Loudspeaker! Will Electro-Voice's new speaker make it into your setup? Share your thoughts below.
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One of the most surprising developments at this year's NAMM conference was the announcement by Pioneer DJ's parent company of a new line of DJ products, branded AlphaTheta. The AlphaTheta Corporation is a major umbrella of audio companies that includes Pioneer DJ, KUVO, rekordbox, TORAIZ, and Serato. Now, AlphaTheta is adding a new brand to sit alongside its legacy Pioneer DJ brand that bears the conglomerate's name. As part of this exciting announcement, AlphaTheta is dropping two new DJ products: the
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It’s that time of year again—with the holidays are just around the corner, everyone is in a celebratory mood. If you find yourself wanting to buy a sound system and have no idea where to start, then this beginner’s buying guide will be of great help. For a beginner system, I highly recommend a powered speaker because they contain the built-in amplifiers that are optimized for the best sound. You don’t have to worry about calculations or providing additional equipment like amp racks and heavy speaker cables. Some powered speakers include built-
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Shure continues bringing technical excellence and dependable performance to its popular lineup of headphones and earphones with two exciting updates, a new AONIC 50 Gen 2 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphone and a new pair of the venerable SE215 earphones, styled in a distinctively eye-catching green. AONIC 50
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With so many vocal microphones out there, how do you know which one is best for you? Shure’s Russ Helfman and Laura Davidson give advice on picking out the right live vocal mic and go through the best mics that Shure has to offer. 0:00 - Introduction 1:29 - Common Polar Patters 2:47 - SM58 Mic 7:48 - Beta 58A Mic 11:03 - Super 55 Mic 14:06 - SM86 Mic 17:35 - Beta 87A & Beta 87C 20:47 - KSM8 & KSM9 27:27 - Final Thoughts 29:30 - Q&A How do you decide which microphone to choose? Let us know your tips in the Comments section, below.
by Trevor Collins ·Posted
As the available bandwidth in the wireless world becomes increasingly crowded, professionals need more and more flexible tools to meet their demands. Shure’s new GLX-D+ Dual-Band Digital Wireless System is well equipped for the task, expanding the original GLX-D system into the 5.8 GHz range.
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Musicians, performers, and system integrators looking for a wireless in-ear monitoring solution that delivers accurate sound and reliable performance are going to be very excited to hear about the new 3000 Series Wireless IEM System from Audio-Technica. This powerful yet cost-effective system operates in the DF2 band (470 to 608 MHz) of the UHF frequency spectrum, far away from potential Wi-Fi and cell phone interference
by Robert Rives ·Posted
It's clear there’s a growing segment of musicians and performers working on smaller stages who are considering switching to wireless in-ear monitoring, but concerns about expensive, complicated, and/or unreliable systems have kept them from making the move. If this sounds familiar, then you’re going to want to check out Sennheiser’s new XSW Wireless IEM systems, engineered to provide clear sound you can count on, while being easy
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted
Mobile PAs have some endemic problems—limited inputs and outputs, limited built-in effects, subpar Bluetooth performance, and acoustics that leave a lot to be desired. JBL is hoping to change that with its PRX ONE mobile PA system for midsize live events. With a clear and powerful performance, an extensive seven-channel mixer built in, a full suite of effects from renowned manufacturers, and more, the JBL PRX ONE is sure to be a hit
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When it comes to live sound mixers that punch above their class and perform day and night, Mackie immediately comes to mind. Though it has been quite a while since we've seen an analog Mackie mixer emblazoned with the Onyx name, the new Onyx Series will be a welcome sight for touring bands, engineers, home recordists, and content creators. These premium analog mixers combine upscale audio performance with powerful USB multitrack recording and playback, and since
by Jason T ·Posted
If you’re a musician who is thinking about taking your show on the road, a sound mixer may be on your wish list. If you don’t know where to start, I have some good news—you’re in the right place. What’s a Mixer Anyway? In simple terms, a mixer allows you to blend or “mix” multiple audio signals together from different sources, such as microphones, guitars, and keyboards, and you can polish each sound independently with tools such as equalizers, and effects like reverb and echo. You can then send that audio to external devices, such as powered
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JBL has announced its latest edition to the IRX-Series powered portable PA system, the IRX115S Compact Powered 15" Portable Subwoofer, which has been created to complement the IRX108BT and IRX112BT full-range powered tops. The
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted
Mobile DJs, singers, performing musicians, and bands running their own PA systems need high-quality sound reinforcement that can reach their audiences without sacrificing portability or simplicity. So, if you want that and you're hoping to avoid lugging around a vanload of speakers, stands, and cables, you should strongly consider the Bose® GrandPrix family, which offers three L1 Pro™ line array systems and two modular subwoofers to satisfy the demands of various live performance
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted
For those of you with more sophisticated wireless needs, check out these items from Professional Wireless Systems, now available at B&H. You may be looking to orchestrate wireless sound for large concert venues, or for multi-room facilities that require different settings for each individual space. Making these complicated connections can be difficult in the wireless world, but
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At NAMM 2020, AB takes a look at the best new Live Sound and DJ equipment at the show: new mixers, turntables, speakers, and more topped our list this year.   More about NAMM 2020: B&H Explora