Buyer's Guides

Kick Drum Microphones

Kick Drum Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Back in the day, options for miking bass drums were few and far between. Among these were AKG’s D12 or the venerable Sennheiser MD-421. However, over time, as the kick drum was transformed into the foundation of live mixing, a market opened for specialized mics for kick applications, with new high-SPL, plug-and-go models that required little or no EQ to provide a solid kick sound. Today, there are dozens of such models available — and even more, if you consider all the boundary-style mics suitable for the task. We looked into some current market offerings and found a huge selection to fit anyone’s taste or budget. And in terms of cost, all include a street price here, so get kicking!

To download a PDF of the June 2016 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

Two-Inch Neodymium Compression Drivers

Two-Inch Neodymium Compression Drivers

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

The heart of many high-output sound reinforcement speakers is the 2-inch (exit) compression driver. Other versions of compression drivers exist — from half-inch to four-inch exit models — but the 2-inch neodymium versions offer a combination of efficiency, power handling, serious midrange punch and light weight that has made these ideal replacements in live sound systems. Looking at current offerings in 2-inch exit neodymium compression drivers, we found a wide range of models from a dozen manufacturers.

To download a PDF of the Jan. 2016 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

May 2016 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide

Dynamic Handheld Vocal Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Condenser vocal microphones continue to rise in popularity, yet you can never have enough dynamic vocal mics. Rugged and dependable, most of these can also double as an instrument mic, while still taking the punishment and keeping on ticking — making them ideal for a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications.

To download a PDF of the May 2016 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

Mid-Sized Digital Consoles

Mid-Sized Digital Consoles

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Bring on the revolution! Here’s a snapshot look at digital consoles capable of 24 or more channels, while having a fairly compact footprint and at under 60 pounds each, could be moved by an average person. All prices are street, except where noted.

To download a PDF of the Dec. 2015 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

Headworn Microphones

Headworn Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Headworn microphones continue to be the standard in theater, broadcast, presentation audio and, increasingly, live performance. In checking out some top of the line headworn mics, we encountered a wide selection in a variety of prices with terminations for various systems, and both headband and earworn styles to fit individual preferences. Most suppliers also carry headworn mic models in other styles and prices, and websites are listed if you require additional information.

To download a PDF of the FOH April 2016 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

Digital Wireless Microphones

Digital Wireless Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

As with other categories of pro audio gear, wireless systems have embraced digital technologies. And in today’s ever-crowded RF landscape, this move is ideally suited for packing more frequencies into smaller bandwidths, adding flexible control, applying security encryption or simply transmitting an unaltered digital stream. We looked at some recent offerings and found systems for nearly any application or budget. Speaking of pricing, these are omitted here as systems can vary widely depending on selections in transmitter/receiver options, mic/capsule choices and accessories. Company URLs are provided if you need more information.

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Large format line arrays

Large Format Line Arrays

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Tours and installs in arenas, stadiums and larger venues typically need long throw, high power systems, that call out the really big guns — typically in the form of. large-format line arrays, here defined as systems with dual 12- or 15-inch woofers. In such applications, systems are rarely used as simple pairs and are usually deployed in multiple box arrays, with prices determined as part of an overall system purchase (typically with subs, amps, rigging, wiring, processing, etc.) and as such, single-cabinet pricing is less meaningful and not provided. URL’s for each company are attached; contact the manufacturer for more information.

To download a PDF of the March 2016 FRONT of HOUSE Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

 

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Mini-Size Line Array Systems

Mini-Size Line Array Systems

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Sometimes, bigger isn’t better, as anyone who has tried to park a Humvee in Manhattan can attest. In the past year, we have covered large and mid-sized line arrays, so this time we turned to more compact units, having LF drivers less than seven inches in diameter. Such arrays can be a perfect choice in many — though not all — smaller venues, whether performances spaces, theaters, houses of worship and for all sorts of portable rental gigs. Here are a few current offerings for you to consider.

To download a PDF of the FRONT of HOUSE Oct. 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

Condenser microphones with small diaphragms (typically in the half-inch range) are an essential part of any music reproduction system. Offer fast transient response and upper-frequency clarity, these are often the first choice for drum overheads, cymbals, hi-hat, percussion, guitar, stringed instruments, reeds, piano, harp and orchestral strings. We checked out a variety of mics suitable for live sound use and found a wide range of models to fit anyone’s budget.

To download a PDF of the Feb. 2016 FOH Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

AC Power Distro Systems

George Petersen
Buyer's Guides

To have a great show, you need clean, dependable power, and today’s productions require plenty of it for audio, backline, video and lighting. In the days of yore, most sound companies had to DIY their power distro systems, but these days, there’s little need for that with an ample selection of quality, reliable products that literally take the bite out of supplying a clean, safe AC power feed. It should be noted that the following represent samplings from the manufacturers’ lines, and most offer a number of other products —stock and custom — to check out, so URL’s are provided for each company.

To download a PDF of the FRONT of HOUSE Sept. 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.