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Author: Erik Rogers

Polarity Versus Phase

One of the most often misused terms among audio people is “phase”.  “Sound’s like it’s out of phase…” seems to be the go to troubleshooting response when something is out of whack. My response is always the same: “Do you mean polarity?” To which the reply is: “It’s the same thing.” Unfortunately, phase and polarity are most definitely not the same thing.  In fact they have absolutely nothing in common.  Polarity is an electrical term determining the positive and negative sides of a balanced electrical signal while phase is a frequency- specific relationship of time.  Both have bearing on the...

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It’s That Time of the Year

It’s festival season. Systems Engineers all over the world are pouring over riders and input lists, programming consoles and system processors. It’s festival season. Systems Engineers all over the world are pouring over riders and input lists, programming consoles and system processors and preparing to tune sound systems for dozens of bands to hit their stages with little or no soundcheck. This can be a daunting task for the most seasoned Systems Tech. The balance of client budget, artist rider, company policy, “that’s how we did it last year” syndrome, available equipment, and a myriad of other mitigating factors...

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It Ain't the Gear…

By Erik “E-Rock” Rogers Prologue… I am not a fan of all mixing consoles.  Including some you probably like. If you want to debate me feel free to get your own blog here.  With that out of the way…  I am quite fortunate to work with audio vendors that indulge my desires. My preference for Meyer Sound PA systems and Midas Consoles is well documented.  I know you Avid people out there like your plug-ins, your Playskool “baby’s first console” shaped knobs, and the GUI that—IMHO—is more conducive to a studio DAW than a live rock show, but I...

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Rule #1: Don't Be An A-Hole

BY Erik “E-Rock” Rogers This time around I want to focus on the “pro” part of SoundProLive. Recently I was contacted for a job that should keep me busy for the bulk of the year.  It’s a good gig with good people and I was/am honored and proud that my talents have impressed the people charged with hiring crew.  After the initial interview and subsequent follow-up interview over the phone I was hired.  It was a lock, or so I thought…  We’ll get back to that… A few years ago, while going through a rather painful divorce, I was...

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An Open Letter To South By Southwest

By Erik “E-Rock” Rogers What is the appeal to play SXSW? Is it the incredibly rude volunteer staff that treats any artist who isn’t a multi platinum, multi million dollar artist like Snoop Dogg, Soundgarden, or Lady Gaga like they are worthless?  How many of the 20,000 or more attendees are likely to have access to those shows that are for the upper echelon of sponsors and executives? Is it the allure of communing with artists of similar backgrounds?  My German client was thrilled to learn there was a German Haus where the German artists at SXSW could commune,...

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