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Basic Live Sound Reinforcement by Penny Pattison, Raven Biederman

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Part 3

Tools of the Trade

The Public Address System

These chapters focus on the most obvious tools of the live audio engineer—the audio technology of the P.A. system. While the earliest audio technology was developed with sound production/reproduction in mind, it didn’t take long for performers to bring their mics onstage with them whether the show was being broadcast or not, giving birth to the live sound audio field. Live sound, and the audio industry in general, has always been defined by the audio technology of that era, and changes, large and small, in the live audio field have usually been preceded by changes in the capability and cost of the audio engineering technology it relies on. Even industry changes that seem, at first glance, to ...

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