TECH TALK – THE POOR OLD OMNIDIRECTIONAL MICROPHONE

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On March 4, 2019
by Simon Byrne. THE POOR OLD OMNIDIRECTIONAL (OR OMNI) MICROPHONE HAS FALLEN OUT OF FAVOUR, WHICH IS A SHAME BECAUSE IT HAS A LOT OF GREAT CHARACTERISTICS. The primary reasons we don’t see many of them in live sound is gain before feedback, and spill between sources. But in many cases, these are simply not […]
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TOUR SMARTLY – GET OUT THERE

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On February 18, 2019
by Simon Byrne. TOURING IS DIFFERENT TO ONE-OFF GIGS IN THAT WHEN YOU ARE ON A TOUR, YOU ROLL OUT THE SAME PRODUCTION REPEATEDLY. THEREFORE IT PAYS TO DO IT AN EFFICIENT WAY. EFFICIENCY GIVES YOU THE GIFT OF TIME WHICH GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO REFINE YOUR EVENT FURTHER, FIT MORE INTO YOUR DAY, […]
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SHAM CONTRACTING EXPOSES WORKERS TO BEING SUED

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On February 11, 2019
by Simon Byrne. OUR REGULAR READERS WOULD KNOW THAT CX OFTEN BANGS ON ABOUT CASUAL LABOUR BEING ESSENTIALLY FORCED TO GET AN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS NUMBER, OR MISS OUT ON THE WORK OFFERED. THIS IS SHAM CONTRACTING. IT IS WHERE A WORKER IS ENGAGED AS A CONTRACTOR BUT IS DOING THE SAME WORK, OR SUBSTANTIALLY THE […]
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TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN COMMS

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 27, 2018
by Simon Byrne. Mix-Minus A mix-minus, or clean feed, is a particular way to setup a mixing console, such that a mix-minus output of the mixer contains everything except the associated input. For example, in a teleconference, the remote presenter’s audio is fed into the PA system, whereas the output fed back to the remote […]
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AUDIO TRANSFORMERS

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 19, 2018
by Simon Byrne. THE HUMBLE TRANSFORMER OFTEN HAS A BAD NAME IN PROFESSIONAL AUDIO, AND IN MY VIEW, IT IS UNWARRANTED. A WELL-BUILT TRANSFORMER WILL SOLVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH LITTLE OR NO SIGNAL DEGRADATION. Audio transformers can: • Raise (step up) or lower (step down) a signal voltage • Increase or decrease the […]
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COMMS – ON DEVICES YOU ALREADY OWN

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 15, 2018
by Simon Byrne. I LOVE HOW THE INTERNET AND NETWORKING PROTOCOLS ARE HAVING A DRAMATIC, AND IN MY VIEW, A POSITIVE EFFECT ON OUR INDUSTRY. WE ARE MOVING TO A POINT WHERE ALL OUR LIGHTING CONTROL, VISION, AND AUDIO TRAVEL ACROSS A SINGLE NETWORK BACKBONE. But a lot of operators don’t like putting all their […]
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VIDEO PROJECTION HISTORY – THE TALARIA

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On October 22, 2018
by Simon Byrne. 30 years ago, the brightest video projector available for hire in Australia was the General Electric Talaria. In the late 1980s they cost about $180,000 and produced a massive 1,500 lumens! Yes, a $180,000, 75 kilogram machine produced less light output than your cheapest office LCD projector that you’d pickup from Officeworks […]
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PROFESSIONAL VIDEO OVER IP

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On August 27, 2018
by Simon Byrne. Unlike professional audio, pro video has stubbornly resisted the transition to IP (Internet Protocol) for a few reasons. Firstly, video over IP continues to evolve and, up until now, has had issues such as the lack of adequate bandwidth and too much latency. As the investment in SDI equipment is significant, moving […]
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SAFE DATA AT LIVE EVENTS

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On July 23, 2018
By Simon Byrne. DATA STORAGE PLAYS A HUGE PART IN LIVE EVENTS IN THIS MODERN WORLD. FROM DIGITAL AUDIO DESKS TO PROCESSORS, LIGHTING CONTROL, RECORDERS, VIDEO PROCESSING, AND DISPLAY. IN SOME WAY THEY ALL USE TEMPLATES, MEDIA, AND COMPLEX CONFIGURATIONS THAT ARE STORED DIGITALLY. This brings enormous power and creativity to our productions, but equally […]
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USE IT OR LOSE IT

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On June 28, 2018
By Simon Byrne. If you are a small to medium profitable production company thinking of buying some new gear, this month is a great time to do it. The May Federal Budget extended the simplified depreciation rules allowing the instant write off threshold for assets up to $20,000 to 30th June 2019. But to take […]
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