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Prism Coffeehouse PA system setup

Prism Coffeehouse PA system setup

by Buck Pomerantz

The PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI digital mixer with Active Integration connects to an iPad for wireless mixing and to a computer for editing and recording. This article looks at how the mixer is used in the Prism Coffeehouse, an acoustic music venue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 
Introduction to commercial audio systems

Introduction to commercial audio systems

by Buck Pomerantz

70-volt distributed speaker systems are often the best solution for commercial and institutional buildings.

 
dbx speaker management systems

dbx speaker management systems

by Buck Pomerantz

dbx DriveRack systems are multi-function processors, connected between the mixer and the amplifiers of a PA, that once properly set, automatically keep the mix sounding good.

 
Yamaha MG Series mixers

Yamaha MG Series mixers

by Buck Pomerantz

Yamaha's third generation MG Series analog mixers have tough metal chassis, easy-to-understand signal routing, and come in 10 different configurations.

 
Video: Kicker Redline Series amps and subs

Video: Kicker Redline Series amps and subs

by Zak Billmeier

Kicker's Redline series of amps and subs, which includes the popular CompR and CompRT subwoofers plus their KX amplifiers, gives you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker car audio gear.

 
Video: Kicker Front Row digital signal processor

Video: Kicker Front Row digital signal processor

by Zak Billmeier

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be: right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to your listening position, add bass, and engage a simulated 5.1 Surround Sound that makes it seem like you're sitting in the front row.

 
Video: installing a Thule Force cargo carrier

Video: installing a Thule Force cargo carrier

by Video Team

Thule's Force cargo carriers offers value, storage space, plus all the conveniences you want in a rooftop carrier. The diamond-textured AeroSkin lid is built to last, and the aerodynamic shape helps cut through the air.

 
Equalizers glossary

Equalizers glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications today's EQs offer.

 
Car security glossary

Car security glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and specs found in car security systems.

 
Pro audio signal processor buying guide

Pro audio signal processor buying guide

by Buck Pomerantz

This article will help you understand the different features you'll find in different kinds of sound and effects processors and why you would use them.

 
Amps make music fun

Amps make music fun

by Buck Pomerantz

When you add an amplifier to a system, the sound becomes higher, wider, and more realistic — like the band's playing on top of your dashboard and you're right there among the musicians.

 
The anatomy of an amazing form-fitting subwoofer

The anatomy of an amazing form-fitting subwoofer

by Buck Pomerantz

Stealthbox subwoofers sound so good because JL Audio analyzes each vehicle's acoustic properties, carefully measures the available space, and extensively tests and tweaks each prototype to optimize the sound for bass and the location for stealth.

 
Vibration damping installation guide

Vibration damping installation guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

A step-by-step look at how to install vibration damping in your vehicle.

 
Dance club sound system installation

Dance club sound system installation

by Buck Pomerantz

A popular Charlottesville, VA dance club had blown their old speakers trying to play music loud enough for the crowd. With Crutchfield's help, they overhauled their PA system.

 
Pro audio mixer buying guide

Pro audio mixer buying guide

by Buck Pomerantz

A mixer is the brains and control center of a recording studio or PA system. It connects all the sources of music and sound to a studio's recording system or to the amps and speakers of a PA system. This article will help you figure out the features you'll need in a mixer.

 
Review: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. amplifier gain-setting system

Review: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. amplifier gain-setting system

by Buck Pomerantz

Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. gain-setting system on their Punch amps makes setup as easy as playing an audio track and adjusting a couple volume knobs.

 
Minivan makeover

Minivan makeover

by Buck Pomerantz

Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.

 
How to tune a car sound system: adding bass

How to tune a car sound system: adding bass

by Buck Pomerantz

Here's a step-by-step recipe for getting your subwoofer sounding great.

 
Intro to live sound equipment

Intro to live sound equipment

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system and will help you figure out which ones you need.

 
Rick S's 2004 BMW 330i

Rick S's 2004 BMW 330i

by Buck Pomerantz

Rick upgraded to high-performance, luxurious sound in his 2004 BMW 330i without tearing his dash apart. He accomplished this by adding a JBL MS-8 system integration processor, replacing his factory speakers, and adding a JBL amp and an Infinity sub.

 
If your car stereo sounds bad, look at the speakers first

If your car stereo sounds bad, look at the speakers first

by Buck Pomerantz

If the music in your vehicle sounds terrible, it might be time to replace those old, blown-out factory speakers.

 
Car security FAQ

Car security FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

How difficult is it to install one of your car security systems? Which harnesses are available for my vehicle? Which system is best for me? What's a relay and how do I know if I need one? Plus more...

 
Crossovers glossary

Crossovers glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications you'll find in a crossover.

 
Cutting down resonance and road noise

Cutting down resonance and road noise

by Crutchfield Writing Team

A sound damping product like Dynamat can drastically improve your sound system's performance. We put it to the test by installing a door kit in a noisy 2002 Nissan Xterra.

 
How to choose vibration damping

How to choose vibration damping

by Crutchfield Writing Team

These days, many vehicles are very tight and wind- and road-noise is minimal, giving you a quiet ride and nice listening environment. However, many cars don't have that dreamboat feel to them - but that doesn't mean you can't make any car quieter!

 
Equalizers FAQ

Equalizers FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Q: What will an equalizer do for me? Where do I mount an equalizer? What's a spectrum analyzer and do I need one? Since I installed my EQ, my receiver's fader control won't work. Why not? Plus more...

 
10 ways to play your smartphone music out loud

10 ways to play your smartphone music out loud

by Ralph Graves

There's music inside your smartphone, waiting to get out. Here are ten ways you can share it with friends and family, and have it sound great in the process.

 
Video: Steinberg UR824 recording interface

Video: Steinberg UR824 recording interface

by Cory Teitelbaum

The Steinberg UR824 recording interface gives you up to 24 channels, so you can record the entire band at once. It features Yamaha mic preamps and built-in effects.

 
Video: Yamaha HS8 powered studio monitors

Video: Yamaha HS8 powered studio monitors

by Cory Teitelbaum

Yamaha's HS8 powered studio monitors give you the clean, uncolored sound that is vital to the recording process. Yamaha uses discrete amplifiers for both the woofer and tweeter to help deliver superb clarity and efficiency.

 

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