May 29, 2014
Eletro-Voice has a very long and interesting history. If you are audio gear aficionado, you might know that EV won the very first Academy Award for a music product back in 1963. The product that won was their legendary shotgun studio microphone, the 642 Cardiline. In the years that followed, EV began making lots of popular microphones, loudspeakers, and they also designed of the first commercial system for matrix four channel stereo. Fast forward to 2014 and EV have introduced the world to its new line of loudspeakers dubbed ETX.
There are four powered loudspeakers in the line: the ETX-10P, ETX-12p, ETX-15P, and ETX-35P. There are also two subwoofers in the line: the ETX-15SP and the ETX-18SP. In the video above we highlight the ETX-10P loudspeaker and the ETX-15SP subwoofer. All of the loudspeakers and subwoofers carry the same or similar technology, so let’s take a look at …
February 28, 2014
As any band or musician will tell you, their humble beginnings usually led them to a crossroads when it came time to pick a PA system for practice and gigs. A number of questions begin to surface as to what type of PA system to get. Active or passive? How many watts do we need? How loud can we get? Today there are so many choices when it comes to picking the proper PA system that it can seem overwhelming. The advantage to the growing marketplace is that you now have companies that are making loudspeaker systems more portable and sounding better than ever before. One of those companies is QSC and their latest line of powered speakers, the K-Series.
We asked the band Yip Deceiver out of Athens, GA to come and use the K-Series for a performance to really put these speakers to the test. Yip Deceiver are currently …
February 8, 2014
Ditching the full sized PA system for a smaller more portable system might be an easy choice to make when you are factoring in something like size and wires. Cables and wires are something that have to be ran around the house or hid if possible – so needing to use less of them is the only surefire way to lessen the work involved in setting these things up. One could go with wireless speakers and something that maybe uses Bluetooth to send information from device to device, but it would probably be better to go with a wired three piece system.
These three piece systems are made by many companies, not just companies that make DJ or musician products. They are also designed and made by computer companies like Logitech. Some may prefer to go directly with a brand that has experience in the speaker industry. Some of these …
May 6, 2013
The art of setting up and configuring a PA system has been discussed before, but not at length. There are just too many ideas to talk about and too many options to consider – but any newbie should begin by looking at the bare essentials rather than the tip of the apex. Think of it the same way a business looks at their bottom line. They can take risks and ventures out into the wild, but at the end of the day they have a very basic need that needs to be filled. The same can be said about PA systems.
Being by understanding what your minimum need is. If you are using this system in a stadium sized arena, then it is clear that a house party sized system won’t cut it. But even with this methodology, there should be some legroom to go. It’s like your purposes when …
May 5, 2013
The word “PA system” is often misunderstood and is taken to mean something that it isn’t. It is very similar to what we mean when we say RCA cables or Kleenex – we’ve given the maker of a product that product definition. But that’s alright; there is naturally some confusion when it comes to speaker systems, as it is not just as simple as plugging in a speaker. Today, speaker systems come in all types and varieties, and one can have an active speaker system that will suit their needs just fine – but if they want a system to be more flexible, it helps to know about speaker systems in general.
A PA system usually consists of a PA mixer as well as an amplifier in line with a speaker. The key part here is the PA mixer. This mixer does things similar to a DJ mixer, …