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The best part of my job is visiting all thirteen of our sites. I get to meet great people, make observations, comparisons and recommendations. Then, because of my fancy nametag, people usually do what I suggest. But in the hustle of setting up portable church (twelve of our sites are portable) I don’t always have the time to thoroughly explain the reasons behind my recommendations. And when I’m not at the Meeting House, my rule is “say nothing unless you’re asked”. Words to live by, but it can lead to intense experiences of cringing followed by iPhone photos that make their way onto twitter after a few days (to protect the identities of the perpetrators).

One such issue is speaker placement. “Where do the speakers go?” It ought to be a straightforward question – it’s one of the more purely scientific parts of live production – but I’ve seen some interesting answers. Science-fiction answers. It’s time to set the record straight on a few things.

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What is Sound?

Jared Taylor —  February 4, 2013 — Leave a comment
Sound represented in a histogram

Music represented in a histogram

Have you ever seen sound? Unless you’re one of a small percentage who experience chromesthesia, the answer is probably no. But you’ve likely seen sound represented graphically in a histogram. It’s a common and useful way of displaying information about sound, but it is not what sound looks like.

Sound is wave of varying pressure, compressing and decompressing at a rate our ears can detect. If we could see it, it would look more like ripples in water, only they’re in the air and moving right at you! Continue Reading…