3 MegaVox PA System Features Teachers Will Love

The school year is about to start and once again teachers everywhere face the age-old problem of how to grab students’ attention in a world where distraction runs rampant. Portable classroom sound systems are an affordable and proven way to boost a teacher’s voice to all corners of the classroom, gymnasium or schoolyard. If you’re seeking an affordable sound system… Read the rest

8 Audio Terms You Need To Know When Choosing A Sound System

Choosing a sound system for your event or venue can be a difficult task if you don’t speak the lingo. Descriptions and specifications of audio products can sometimes be difficult for novice buyers to understand, even with the Web at their disposal. Fortunately, AudioLinks has compiled a glossary of audio terminology featuring handy definitions of essential audio terms to help… Read the rest

Need A Mixer? Think Yamaha

Yamaha mixing boardA mixer is an essential device for recording and performing artists,  as well as audio engineers. You can use a mixer almost anywhere to help meet your audio needs, including at a recording studio, business conference, church event or school play. If you’re looking for a powerful, reliable and portable mixer, I highly recommend the Yamaha MG166CX 16-Channel Mixer with… Read the rest

Need a PA System? Try the Fender Passport PA System

Fender PA SystemIf you’re looking for a portable, easy-to-use amplifying device that delivers plenty of audio support and power during a performance or event, try a Fender PA system. The Benefits of Using a PA System As the technical director of an a cappella group, I love gear and favor products that deliver power and support. But I am also a… Read the rest

5 Questions to Ask Before You Rent or Buy Audio Gear

Your organization is planning its next conference, and you’re in charge of providing microphones. There’s only one problem: you don’t have any gear. What next? Is it better to rent your delegate microphone system, or is it better to buy it? There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. No matter what kind of pro-audio equipment you… Read the rest

What Are Headphones, Headsets & Earphones?

Headphones, Headsets & Earphones: How to Tell the Difference Headphones, headsets, earphones: These terms are freely tossed around the internet with little regard for accuracy. What exactly do they mean, anyway? First the bad news: There is little (if any) consensus as to precise meanings for these terms. Now the good news: AudioLinks has unilaterally concocted our own definitions for… Read the rest

This 300 Watt PA Won’t Break Your Back

Portable stereo PA systems have come a long way since the bulky monsters that strained the backs of musicians (and the shocks of Econoline vans) during the 70’s and 80’s. A few years back, Fender sparked something of a  portable PA arms race with the introduction of their Passport PA systems. Now Samson has entered the fray with their modular… Read the rest

Instrument Cables, Speaker Cables: What’s the Difference?

Why All Cords Aren’t Created Equal Consider the common cable: Two plugs, 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch, with a few feet of cable in between. That’s all there is to it, right? Wrong! Using the right cable at the right time can mean the difference between a crystal clear tone and a humming mess. In extreme cases, the incorrect cable… Read the rest

Mike vs. Mic: Which Abbreviation is Correct?

It’s a familiar dilemma to those of us who write about audio: What’s the abbreviation for microphone, “mike” or “mic”? For years (since roughly 1961, in fact), the former abbreviation – “mic” – has been the preferred choice of the pro audio industry. This does lead to problems, however. When you place a “mic” in front of an amp, is… Read the rest

5 Points to Ponder Before You Buy a Mic for Your Studio

Condenser MicrophoneYou’re putting together your home project recording studio. You’ve cleared out your spare room and plugged in your digital multitrack recorder. There’s only one thing missing- Microphones! What kind of mic should you add  to your home studio recording equipment? With a host of great sounding microphones by manufacturers like AKG, Shure, and Sennheiser, you can get warm sounds out… Read the rest