Category Archives: Commentary & Editorial

The Larry Estrin NAB 2014 Ask Me Anything Interview

An audio technology expert, Larry Estrin has gathered a number of credentials, including: contributing to the first live multi-satellite global broadcast (Elvis in Hawaii), conceiving and designing the wireless microphone system for NFL referees, founding Best Audio, engineering and implementing the first stereo broadcast of the Academy Awards and Grammys, designing the multi-dimensional sound environment concept for Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade, and receiving the Civilian Service Medal for his work with the USO during Operation Desert Storm.

Larry sat with us during NAB 2014 to talk a bit about his experiences, from handling audio for the pope to developing the first wireless mic system for NFL referees.

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Drop the Mic with A-T

Have you ever witnessed a mic drop? It’s a victorious moment, one of personal definition and momentous achievement.

Did you just school the haters in their own schoolyard? Drop the mic! Did you just bust the fattest freestyle flow anyone has seen or heard since the’80s in Harlem? You better drop the mic!

Basically a “mic drop” (whether or not someone literally drops a microphone) is a declaration and celebration of achievement. If you’ve ever “dropped the mic,” we’d like to hear about it. Share your amazing audio victories with us. Did you win an award for something music related? Did you get a standing ovation you weren’t expecting? Whatever the nature of your victory, A-T wants to know about it.

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Steve Lagudi Blog Series: Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – Acoustic Guitars, Part 1

This is the ninth installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – if you missed his latest post – Part 2 of his series on Dynamics and Effects – you can read it here.

I know…you are probably thinking, acoustic guitars in metal and hard rock?! Yep, it does happen. There are two usual approaches when dealing with acoustics. Some have a built-in pickup, which can sound good, but oftentimes doesn’t, so using a good DI box and bypassing (setting flat) any of the tone controls can give you something better to work with. The second approach: using mics on it. Once again, it can be either a dynamic, condenser, or a combination of both mics and even a combination of the mics and the DI.

On the road again.

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