The Lost Colony relies on Point Source Audio Microphones
The Lost Colony relies on Point Source Audio Microphones

Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Not a Word is Lost

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The Lost Colony Relies on PSA Microphones
The outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, has been telling the story of the first English colonies in North America since 1937. The Waterside Theatre, located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and performing from the end of May through the end of August, requires audio equipment that has to stand up to the outdoor elements, including water—in both the form of rain and perspiration—as well as wind and heat. All of which could potentially shorten the useful life of a microphone.

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: 3 Unexpected Ways to Mic a Violin

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Many shows these days have musicians onstage, incorporated into the production’s environment, seen playing, often costumed and integrated seamlessly into the performance. They are often even actually part of the narrative, with an actor/musician being a character, at times major roles in the show. Shows like The Band’s Visit, Once, War Horse, and Bandstand all had cast members playing instruments live onstage as did recent New York productions of Company and Sweeney Todd. With a growing number of shows where an instrumentalist is right in the thick of the performance, it is the job of sound designer and the A1 to figure out how to mic that instrument. To help, Point Source Audio has put together some unexpected ways to mic a violin for your consideration.

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Point Source Audio at InfoComm 2019
Point Source Audio at InfoComm 2019

Sounding Board: Point Source Audio Well Received at InfoComm 2019 with Dual Element Microphones

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Point Source Audio (PSA), displayed their patent-pending CO2 Confidence Collection, a new class of built-in redundant microphones, at this year’s InfoComm trade show held June 12-14 in Orlando, FL. If you missed the show, here is a quick tour of their booth with Point Source Audio's Dave Johnson:

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James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio will be participating on a panel at the upcoming TSDCA Meeting
James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio will be participating on a panel at the upcoming TSDCA Meeting

Sounding Board: James Lamb, President Point Source Audio, Part of Panel Discussion at Upcoming TSDCA Meeting

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James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio will be taking part on a panel at the upcoming Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA) annual membership meeting in Chicago. Lamb will be joining Rona Siddiqui and moderator, Lindsay Jones to discuss music composition. This will be Session #4 - Orchestrators and Composers: Demystifying the Collaboration, that will take place at 6:00pm on Sunday, June 23rd at the new headquarters of Shure, Inc. in downtown Chicago.

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Point Source Audio debuts an innovative new moldable microphone that can be user-shaped into a halo, collar, or headset mic.
Point Source Audio debuts an innovative new moldable microphone that can be user-shaped into a halo, collar, or headset mic.

Sounding Board: Point Source Audio to Unveil Moldable Microphone at ABTT 2019

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Point Source Audio (PSA), manufacturer of specialty sub-miniature body-worn style microphones, including the twice patented EMBRACE™ earmount mic’ing system, announces it will unveil their new GO-8 Series of microphones featuring the GO-8WD, a revolutionary moldable microphone that shapes into a variety of mic styles, at UK’s premiere theatrical show, The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) 2019.

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Actors in Our Town at Lindenwood University create live Foley effects to great results. Photo: Rachael Hollis
Actors in Our Town at Lindenwood University create live Foley effects to great results. Photo: Rachael Hollis

Sounding Board: The Perfect Sound Mix at Lindenwood University

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Sound designer Anthony Elliott adds Foley Effects for his sound design for Our Town

At Point Source Audio, innovation is at our core, as is supporting the next generation of audio professionals, so from time to time we want to take note of the exciting work being done by young designers. For a recent production of Our Town at Lindenwood University, sound designer Anthony Elliott mixed recorded sound effects with live Foley effects to great results. The theater program at Lindenwood has an inventory of PSA CO-8WL lavalier mics, which Elliott notes solved a particular production challenge as the actors broke the fourth wall and moved into the house. Read on to learn more about Elliott’s design for Our Town in his own words:

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Video on Customizing the EMBRACE Mic for Better Concealment

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One of the challenges that face both designers and technicians is how to hide a microphone on an actor. In their hair or in their costume; there weren’t a lot of good solutions to this challenge, until Point Source Audio created its EMBRACE™ Earmount microphone solution. As a customizable mic’ing solution that is engineered for concealing, EMBRACE has earned praise from end-users, as well as two patents from the U.S. Patent Office. The innovative design means the patented EMBRACE’s shapeable structure can be trimmed, bent and, shaped to a custom-fit for each user allowing for microphones to be easily concealed and quickly custom-fitted for the wearer—providing a placement of the microphone in just mere seconds that is consistent and stable. Here's a video from Point Source on customizing your EMBRACE microphone for over ear concealment:

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James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio
James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio

The Sounding Board: 5 Key Considerations When Choosing the Right Mic

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Point Source Audio’s work with numerous sound professionals over the last decade has resulted in groundbreaking microphone developments such as the EMBRACE and the CO2 Confidence Collection microphones. Throughout this process, we have identified 5 key considerations that will help ensure you are choosing the perfect tool for each and every cast member and individual production.

You’ve found your sound, now what? Picking the right microphone is not just about the purity of the sound it produces. While that is paramount and desired, in a real-world production there are other external factors that will affect the choice of mic you choose. Some of these considerations you may not have any control over, and some will present themselves to be fun challenges to overcome. 
Among those challenges can be finding microphones which can stand up to blood, sweat, tears and rain. Checkout this video to see how well Point Source Audio microphones meet those challenges:

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