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Steve La Cerra

Steve La Cerra

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Steve La Cerra is an independent live sound and recording engineer based in the New York area. He is the front-of-house engineer and tour manager for Blue Öyster Cult and has worked with artists such as Joe Jackson, The Struts, Firehouse and Robert Fripp. Steve teaches Music Technology at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY and has authored many articles on professional audio technology. He is currently working on a book about live sound.

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In Part 1 of this two-part article, we talked about the importance of matching power amplifiers to loudspeakers. Now we’ll take a look at powered speakers and how they make it easier to configure

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DSP (short for “Digital Signal Processing”) is used widely in live sound to process audio after it has been converted to digital information. Some of the advantages of digital processing, as opposed to analog processing, are reduced noise and

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In Part 1 of this article we discussed how DSP (“Digital Signal Processing”) is used by powered loudspeakers. This month we’ll see how DSP is incorporated in mixers (both analog and digital). A Rich Legacy The

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One of the problems with mixing live sound is that you can’t always put the Front of House console in the best mix position. Yikes! It’d be nice to have an area smack in the middle of every club

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The first time I heard a recording of myself playing drums with a band was an ear-opening experience. It wasn’t terrible, but it sounded nothing like the way I imagined it in my head. Every song sounded like we

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