Articles & Videos: Live Sound

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.

Are you trying to make sense of the gear you'll need to set up a live sound system? Confused about mixers, sources, amplifiers, cables, microphones, and more? Crutchfield looks at the basics in this short video.

This brief buying guide will give you an overview of the types of speakers available for live sound use, and get you on the road to finding the right speakers for your live sound needs.

Microphones buying guide
by Ralph Graves

Not all microphones are created equal. Different types of mics are made for different purposes. Knowing those differences can help you choose the microphone best suited to your needs.

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.

A PA speaker system needs an amplifier to power the speakers. This article walks you through the basics of power amplifier applications and gives you advice for choosing the right amplifier for your system.

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.

PreSonus StudioLive mixers are perfect for school or community theater productions because they are easy for students and volunteers to learn.

If you're gigging at small venues, you need a PA system that's compact and easy to operate. And it should be both rugged and affordable. Here are some tips on how to build the right system for your shows.

Charlie's Guitar
by Charlie Pastorfield

Crutchfield web editor Charlie has entertained people for decades playing a variety of guitars, but one in particular has a story right out of The Natural. Check out the video above to learn how this one-of-a-kind instrument came to be, and how it relates to a former U.S. President and local Charlottesville, VA hero.